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Apple + Valve = OS X Gaming Push

Apple + Valve = OS X Gaming Push

This weekend we're hearing basically every single tech, gaming, and Apple-heavy site flip out over the idea that Tim Cook's visit to Valve means an Apple gaming console is in the mix - I disagree. Several simple factors mean that Apple's next-generation television push isn't going to be a full-fledged television, and several simple factors count Valve out of the physical gaming system game as well. Instead, I contend that Apple will be releasing their next-generation MacBook Pro line with emphasis on graphics and computing power, with Valve's library of OS X-compatible games there to back up their claims.

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Apple’s new Apple TV A5 chip is 41% smaller than previous A5

Apple’s new Apple TV A5 chip is 41% smaller than previous A5

It has been newly revealed that the Apple A5 chip that appears in the newest version of the Apple TV set-top streaming box is actually based on a dual-core architecture. Not only that, it is also 41% smaller than the A5 chip found in other Apple devices. These are factors that would significantly lower Apple's manufacturing cost, an important factor in the new Apple TV.

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LG Google TV 2.0 takes on future Apple TV this week

LG Google TV 2.0 takes on future Apple TV this week

In what might be a surprise move for many not following extremely closely LG's involvement in the Google TV platform, the manufacturer has been tipped this week as coming with Google TV 2.0 to the USA as soon as this weekend. A report coming from Shinhan Investment Corporation in Korea, LG will be bringing their 3D LED TV model to the states in two sizes: 47-inch and 55-inch, with prices set at or around $1600 and $2100 USD respectively in online outlets. This move is said by Shinhan to perhaps be in anticipation of an Apple TV Smart TV set release later this year.

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Apple adds Universal Studios movies to iTunes in the Cloud

Apple adds Universal Studios movies to iTunes in the Cloud

Apple has quietly inked a deal with Universal Studios to permit iTunes users to re-download the studio's movies via iCloud, leaving Fox the final hold-out for the cloud service. Apple had added movie support to iCloud - allowing users to download content they had purchased from the iTunes store to multiple devices registered to the same account - when it launched the new iPad and the third-gen Apple TV; however, thanks to a previous agreement with HBO, neither Universal Studios nor Fox movies were available under the service.

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Would You Pay A Massive Premium For An Apple Television?

Would You Pay A Massive Premium For An Apple Television?

It’s becoming increasingly clear to just about everyone that at some point in the next several months, Apple will be announcing a television. The device could come with everything from iCloud integration to access to the App Store, and depending on who you talk to, it could have dramatically improved specs or simply match some of the products on store shelves.

Either way, it’s coming soon.

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Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Long-standing rumors of a standalone Apple TV set continue to percolate, with suggestions that Foxconn parent Hon Hai's display deal with Sharp, along with fresh Apple panel patents, lend weight to the HDTV whispers. The Cupertino company is apparently working on an advancement of Fringe Field Switching (FSS) systems suitable for HDTV-scale panels, with Patently Apple flagging up a recently granted patent for the TFT LCD display technology. FSS is currently used in Apple's smaller devices, and relies on IPS display technology of which Sharp is a notable patent holder.

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Who’s buying the Apple TV?

Who’s buying the Apple TV?

Apple has already fessed up to the new iPad selling well, but sales stats for the refreshed Apple TV have been less forthcoming. The company added 1080p support to the set-top box, together with refreshing the interface, while a new Apple A5X chipset now allows for Full HD AirPlay streaming from the new iPad. Yet there's still no indication whether Apple's "one more thing" was a success or otherwise.

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Post-Jobs Apple lacks “bad design” firewall claims ex-Apple TV guy

Post-Jobs Apple lacks “bad design” firewall claims ex-Apple TV guy

Controversy over the third-gen Apple TV today, as a former Apple designer responsible for the last-gen set-top box's interface criticized the new UI as old ideas recycled now Steve Jobs is no longer around to veto them. Michael Margolis took to Twitter to comment on the recently announced 1080p Apple TV, suggesting that "those new designs were tossed out 5 years ago because SJ [Steve Jobs]didn't like them" and that "now there is nobody to say "no" to bad design."

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Apple’s new Apple TV goes through teardown

Apple’s new Apple TV goes through teardown

A lot of focus has been placed on Apple's new iPad, but of course there was another new device revealed this month. The new Apple TV is perhaps even more interesting since Apple's push to enter the living room market hasn't been as successul as its tablet endeavors. So what did it bring to the table this time around? All the juicy details have been revealed.

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