NuForce has unveiled a new digital amplifier for digital audio and streaming devices called the NuForce Dia. The new amplifier promises clear sound without having to be overly complex. The amp delivers 24-bit/192kHz D/A converting and a 24W stereo amp. The design of the device is to connect to your TV components like DVD players, HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and Apple TV boxes among other things.
Following revelations from Steve Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson, long simmering rumors of an Apple "iTV" television set have boiled over with the latest reports claiming it's a matter of "when" and not "if." A new wave of speculation on an upcoming Apple product certainly can't be without concept renderings and that's what we have here from artist Guilherme M. Schasiepen.
Apple disappointed many iPhone 4 owners with the news that Siri, the digital personal assistant technology, would only be available on the new iPhone 4S, and efforts quickly began to hack Siri onto the older smartphone. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith got the local app running with no problems, but faced Apple's servers refusing to play ball with anything but the newest iPhone. Now, with the judicious application of some validation tokens from an iPhone 4S, it's possible to get Siri on the iPhone 4 and iPod touch up and running, even without official support from Apple itself.
Apple's television plans are a case of "when" not "if" the latest rumors insist, with Steve Jobs' well-quoted "I finally cracked it" comment believed to be referring to Siri replacing the traditional remote control rather than the TV hardware and design itself. "Steve thinks the [TV] industry is totally broken" a source told the NYTimes, one of several who apparently confirmed that Apple was experimenting with TV hardware and software. "Absolutely, it is a guaranteed product for Apple" was the message, with execs supposedly knowing the true Apple TV was on the roadmap as far back as 2007.
Among several interesting revelations, the new biography on the late Apple co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, reveals his plans for a future Apple TV. And by that, we don't mean just another iteration of the current Apple TV set-top box, but a full-fledged Apple-branded television set designed on the same principles of simplicity and ease of use that have made Apple's other products so successful.
Netgear is taking on Apple TV, Roku and others with its new NeoTV streaming player, a compact set-top box packing integrated WiFi b/g/n and capable of funneling 1080p Full HD content to your TV. Billed as a straightforward way of making your dumb TV smart, when the $79.99 streamer goes on sale later this month it will offer over 100 "internet channels" including Netflix, Vudu HD, YouTube, Pandora and Vimeo, as well as social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
When it comes to Apple products working with the television, it's generally either hit or miss - for example I, personally, have it in my column signature that I use an iPad for a VCR, playing Netflix shows with it all day long (that is, before and after work, of course.) Up until recently, the app didn't function well unless you had it turned to portrait mode. Recently an update fixed this and it's perfect. Similarly, I've got a friend who purchased an Apple TV and used it for a week, then never touched it again, while I've got an uncle who has the same unit and has used it basically every day since he got it. Today we find an application for iTV, a name for a product that may well push Apple to the brink of one of our most universally American products since the dawn of color sets.
When it comes to displays, you can throw more pixels at them to boost quality - such as Apple's Retina Display on the iPhone 4 - or you can work on improving the quality of the pixels you've already got. Nanosys reckons it has the way to do just that, delivering boosted colors that use no extra power and with no extra cost in the display-sandwich; it's certainly convinced Robert Scoble, who can't help but namecheck the iPad 3 as an ideal potential suitor.
Mitsubishi first unveiled several new HDTVs earlier this year at CES 2011. Leading the lineup was the massive 92-inch 3D DLP Home Cinema TV that we got a closer look at inside the Mitsubishi Mobile Marketing Showroom. Excitement for the TVs were ramped up, but availability and pricing details were kept vague. Today, however, the entire lineup finally gets officially priced.
The world is about to change via a single app set for Apple mobile users - Apple iWork for iOS, their fabulous productivity suite including Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. This set of apps is also available for iPad and iPad 2, of course, now available as an update for FREE! Users on platforms that have not yet purchased any of the iWork apps will be able to today for $9.99 each. Each of these apps is quite established in the Mac OSX world, now it's time to bring on the smaller screens!