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Apple TV v2.3.1 update yanks Boxee

Apple TV v2.3.1 update yanks Boxee

Apple have released a new update for the Apple TV, version 2.3.1, and users have discovered that it unceremoniously dumps the unofficial Boxee plugin from their set-top box.  Boxee is an open-source media player, and by installing it onto the Apple TV the STB is able to play just about any DRM-free multimedia file, rather than simply Apple's own iTunes content (or files specifically compatible with iTunes).

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iPhone 3G Softbank 1-Seg TV Tuner reviewed: power hungry but great

iPhone 3G Softbank 1-Seg TV Tuner reviewed: power hungry but great

Softbank's 1-Seg TV tuner for the iPhone 3G has gone on sale in Japan, meaning mobile media obsessed commuters can now entertain themselves with live TV as well as YouTube clips of kids getting over-excited about their Nintendo Wii.  The device, announced at the end of October, streams TV footage to the iPhone via WiFi; meanwhile a cable provides extra power from the tuner to the iPhone, in an attempt to prolong runtime.

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1-Seg TV tuner & battery accessory for Japanese iPhone 3G

1-Seg TV tuner & battery accessory for Japanese iPhone 3G

When the iPhone first came out, many pundits suggested it would be pretty much ignored in Japan where high-tech mobile devices are commonplace.  That, of course, ignored the legendary Apple lust-factor, and the sheer usability of the handset; however, it's proved tricky to ween the Japanese public off their feature-overload, and so, caving to public demand, carrier Softbank have announced a 1-Seg TV tuner for the iPhone 3G.

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Meizu M8 – no, of course it doesn’t look like an iPhone…

Meizu M8 – no, of course it doesn’t look like an iPhone…

So the rep from Meizu, much like the company as a whole, continues to profess their design didn’t come from the iPhone, that their design was completed some time towards the end of 2006, well before the iPhone was released. They still don’t mention anything about the software though, which is almost definitely stolen from Apple.

Apple TV software update finally available

Apple TV software update finally available

The new Apple TV update is now available for download. In case you missed our coverage of MacWorld where the update was announced, the major features in this update are PC-less access to the iTunes store, and both SD and HD movie rentals.

VUDU slashed price to battle AppleTV?

VUDU slashed price to battle AppleTV?

In respond to the recent announcement from AppleTV & Apple Video on demand, the broadband IP-based Vudu slashed its $399 Set-To-Box down to $295, effective yesterday in order to compete with the crowded VOD market.

Apple TV Take 2

Apple TV Take 2

I don’t recall what the old interface looked like, but the new interface looks amazing and makes heavy use of the CoverFlow technology, in a very good way. The ability to use it without a PC is also a great feature, and it’s more power efficient that way.

Macworld 08: Keynote Summary & Transcript

Macworld 08: Keynote Summary & Transcript

After all the usual rumor, intrigue and speculation, another Macworld Keynote comes to a close.  It's been a morning of updates and a few significant launches, with Apple TV, iTunes, the iPhone and the iPod Touch all getting new software, the introduction of $3.99 movie rentals from all of the major studios, Apple's first NAS in the shape of the Time Capsule and, of course, the super-slim, super-sexy (and already super-controversial) MacBook Air.

The full SlashGear transcript of the Keynote is after the cut, and you can guarantee that we'll be bringing you all the latest coverage of these new additions and upgrades to Apple's range over the coming days. 

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