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Apple’s 1-billion active devices figure in perspective

Apple’s 1-billion active devices figure in perspective

This afternoon, Apple announced many firsts and bests, one of the simplest being "1 Billion Active Installed Base". This number represents what Apple has recorded as "iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch devices that have been engaged with [Apple] services within the past 90 days". That's one whole heck of a lot of devices. It doesn't account for devices that've been active offline exclusively, and it doesn't count how many Apple devices have been sold to date.

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Apple TV gets Podcasts app in 9.1.1 update

Apple TV gets Podcasts app in 9.1.1 update

Apple TV owners have been getting some love this month. First, VLC arrived just a couple of weeks ago. Finally bringing one of the most popular media players to the device was definitely a great move. Now users will have a new way to listen to their favorite podcasts.

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VLC finally arrives on Apple TV

VLC finally arrives on Apple TV

In September, VideoLAN announced the media player VLC would be arriving for Apple TV in the future. Though it has taken a few months of waiting, VLC for Apple TV is now officially available through the App Store. With it, users are able to access and watch their media files in whatever format they exist, sidestepping the cumbersome conversion process. VideoLAN promises users have access to “every feature and format support” VLC offers on other platforms.

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Microsoft’s rumored Xbox Mini is a bad idea, here’s why

Microsoft’s rumored Xbox Mini is a bad idea, here’s why

Recently, rumors have started to swirl regarding a new Xbox. No, I'm not talking about the standard generational leap that consoles go through. Instead, the rumors suggest a smaller, underpowered machine that competes directly with the Apple TV. But is that really a good idea?

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Littlstar brings 360-degree videos to the Apple TV

Littlstar brings 360-degree videos to the Apple TV

360-degree videos have become a big thing this year, whether it's through a virtual reality headset or via watching a specially-formatted YouTube video on a smartphone inside Google Cardboard, the clips are appearing in more and more places. Now they're finally coming to the TV screen, thanks to a new Apple TV app from Littlstar, a streaming video service similar to Vimeo and YouTube, but with a focus on 360-degree and VR videos.

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Apple TV Review (2015): Living with big-screen Siri

Apple TV Review (2015): Living with big-screen Siri

Shouting back at the TV used to be frowned upon; now, with the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple is positively encouraging it. The Cupertino firm's take on the future of the living room has released Siri from its iPhone and iPad prison, while a new remote, access to the App Store, and beefier specifications promise a slicker and more flexible experience. I've been living with the revamped set-top box for the past six weeks, to see just how much of an upgrade this is.

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BBC iPlayer app finally lands on Apple TV

BBC iPlayer app finally lands on Apple TV

Just over six weeks after the debut of the new Apple TV, the BBC has kept their word about their streaming video app coming the set-top box. The BBC's iPlayer is now available on the new Apple TV in the UK, bringing live and on-demand video content from the national broadcaster. The anticipation for iPlayer has been high, as the app has been notably missing from previous Apple TV models for some time.

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App Store now shows Apple TV support in iOS

App Store now shows Apple TV support in iOS

Since the Apple TV's official App Store launched a month ago, we've seen a host of new apps on the market for it. In fact, just earlier today it looks like there were well over 2,000 of them just waiting to be downloaded. But if you're looking through the store on another device, how do you know if the app you're considering purchasing will work on your shiny new Apple TV? Well, it looks like Apple is finally letting you know.

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Pandora launches app for Apple TV

Pandora launches app for Apple TV

Pandora has announced that it has launched a new larger version of its app designed specifically for the Apple TV and your big screen in the living room. The Apple TV version of the app has all the features that fans of Pandora have come to know in other apps the company offers.

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Google Play Movies & TV now supports Apple TV, cellular streaming

Google Play Movies & TV now supports Apple TV, cellular streaming

Just because it isn't its native platform doesn't mean Google is giving iOS users the short end of the figurative stick when it comes to accessing content. Unlike some other retailer who seemingly wants to kick out rival devices from its shelves. Google has just pushed an update to its Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS, not Android, that adds some interesting and useful, not to mention timely, features, like direct support for Apple TV as well as streaming over cellular data connections.

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Apple TV App Store grew to more than 2,000 in a month

Apple TV App Store grew to more than 2,000 in a month

It feels almost unbelievable that it has only been a month since Apple formally opened up its App Store for Apple TV developers. Especially when you consider that there are an estimated 2,624 apps that now grace that app marketplace for Apple's TV set-top box. Even Eddy Cue confirms there is as much, without getting into exact numbers of course. And the insights that app metrics site appFigures share are quite interesting as the Apple TV seems to break every set expectation as far as app statistics go.

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Apple TV remote app for iOS to get Siri features in 2016

Apple TV remote app for iOS to get Siri features in 2016

Apple just released tvOS 9.1 for the new fourth-gen Apple TV this week, not only allowing users to take advantage of the Siri Remote's voice capabilities for searching music, but also making the device compatible with the Remote app for iOS. The latter means that users can enter text and navigate menus on the Apple TV from their iPhone or iPad. However, since Siri is already built into the iPhone, what about an iOS Remote app that took advantage of voice input just as the Apple TV's physical remote does?

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