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Apple TV Shouldn’t Set the Living Room Standard

Apple TV Shouldn’t Set the Living Room Standard

The set-top box market picked up in the past year. A slew of companies joined the fray, like Boxee, while others, including Roku, Apple, and Western Digital, improved their line of products to better appeal to consumers.

Aside from the Apple TV, perhaps the most notable addition to the set-top box market last year was Google TV. The platform was made available on the Logitech Revue and some Sony HDTVs, and was expected to captivate audiences.

But it didn’t. And all the while, the Apple TV performed quite well.

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Apple maintains 7 year lead over PCs in ACSI consumer satisfaction rankings

Apple maintains 7 year lead over PCs in ACSI consumer satisfaction rankings

Apple has managed to pull further ahead of its Windows-running rivals when it comes to consumer contentment, with the news that the Cupertino company has maintained its pole position in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).  According to ACSI's research among buyers, satisfaction with Apple machines has grown over the past twelve months compared to rivals Dell, Acer and HP, who hold joint second place.

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Apple TV hands-on

Apple TV hands-on

The rumors were true, the Apple TV really has slimmed-down, gotten wise to streaming and turned itself into an affordable and tempting home entertainment device.  We grabbed some hands-on time with the impressively compact media player after the Apple keynote, and while we'll need to get one into our living room to know exactly how well the Apple TV's new rental focus delivers, we've still got some first impressions after the cut.

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Apple’s Liquidmetal tech potential vast tips insider

Apple’s Liquidmetal tech potential vast tips insider

Apple's collaborations with Liquidmetal to date has only produced one (public) component, the iPhone SIM removal tool, but don't assume the Cupertino's investment in the injection molding IP will be limited to paperclip alternatives.  Cult of Mac has been talking to Drew Merkel, a $1m investor in Liquidmetal, about what the technology is capable of, and to be frank it sounds tailor made for the sort of hardware Apple has been putting out over the past couple of years.  According to Merkel, the custom Liquidmetal prototype "is the most advanced injection-molding machine ever made," capable of casting complex, fingerprint resistant components in a single shot.

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Nintendo v. Apple

Nintendo v. Apple

I was at E3 last week (was that just last week?) and attended two separate Nintendo events: the press conference where Nintendo talked about upcoming products, and an Analyst Q&A session where Nintendo executives explained Nintendo’s strategy to a group of mostly financial analysts who looked grossly out of place at E3 (financial analyst types dress much, much better than the average E3 attendee). One of the things that struck me in the press conference is how much Nintendo is competing against Apple in mobile gaming, and one of the things I discovered in the Q&A session is how much alike the two companies are in their approach to product development.

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New Apple Mac mini gets HDMI, GeForce 320M & chassis update

New Apple Mac mini gets HDMI, GeForce 320M & chassis update

Apple has finally unveiled its new Mac mini, and as expected the ultra-compact desktop packs an HDMI port along with "up to twice the graphics performance" and an SD card slot.  The new, smaller Apple Mac mini comes with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, 320GB HDD and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics; the regular model has a slot-loading 8x DVD burner, but as before an OS X Snow Leopard Server version will be offered with no optical drive but two 500GB HDDs instead.

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Sony BRAVIA 3D HDTVs Now Available for Pre-Order

Sony BRAVIA 3D HDTVs Now Available for Pre-Order

The push for 3D may have started in the movie theaters, but it's definitely a sensation that's invading our living rooms. Whether you're a fan or not probably doesn't matter anymore (outside of your own living room, of course), because it doesn't look like companies are slowing down any time soon. Sony, in fact, has just announced that they've got the largest array of 3D-capable devices on the market, which is bolstered by the fact that you can now pre-order your favorite BRAVIA 3D HDTV from their online store.

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$99 Apple TV update gets iPhone OS, 1080p HD and cloud-storage?

$99 Apple TV update gets iPhone OS, 1080p HD and cloud-storage?

Details of Apple's upcoming Apple TV platform refresh have emerged, with Engadget claiming to have heard from a trusted source that the Cupertino company is planning a new, $99 set-top box that would use iPhone OS and cloud-based storage.  In fact, the new Apple TV sounds a lot like a headless-iPhone: it's described as having minimal ports, basically just power and a 1080p HD video output, as well as using the same 1GHz Apple 14 CPU and 16GB of onboard storage.

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Chopper 2 for iPad uses iPhone as controller, HDTV for display [Video]

Chopper 2 for iPad uses iPhone as controller, HDTV for display [Video]

We've all seen Scrabble played on the iPad with iPhones used as tile racks, but Dave at Magic Jungle Software had more ambitious plans for his Apple tablet.  He hooked up an iPhone to act as a Bluetooth controller with his new - currently unreleased - game Chopper 2, then going on to connect the iPad itself up to a 42-inch HDTV via the composite adapter.

Video demos after the cut

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