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Is 2014 Shaping Up to Be Apple’s Year?

Is 2014 Shaping Up to Be Apple’s Year?

We hear it annually: this is going to be Apple’s year. The company’s fans from around the globe predict that Apple will come up with something new or groundbreaking and dramatically change how we interact with technology.

Over the last few years, however, those folks have been wrong. Apple has not unveiled anything in the last few years that could be considered groundbreaking in any way. In fact, save for the Mac Pro, its latest product launches have been awfully boring.

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PLAiR 2 aims to one-up Chromecast with on-device apps

PLAiR 2 aims to one-up Chromecast with on-device apps

There's a big competitor out in the wild today for the Chromecast called the PLAiR 2, a new generation of the original PLAiR, made to connect to your television's HDMI port and act as a full-fledged smart TV. You'll be able to connect to and control this machine from your Android smartphone or iPhone - or iPad, for that matter - and stream media with ease. This updated version of the device also ads Android TV action, allowing you to browse and install apps straight to the dongle itself.

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Apple grabs cable and IP expert for presumed Apple TV push

Apple grabs cable and IP expert for presumed Apple TV push

Apple has reignited speculation of a renewed push into TV and home entertainment products, quietly hiring a cable and networking specialist to work on "part of something big" for the Cupertino firm. Former CableLabs engineer Jean-François Mulé confirmed the move on his LinkedIn profile, with his new title the vague "Engineering Director" at Apple. However, there are already suggestions that the new exec's expertise in PeerConnect could be of particular interest to his new employer.

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Apple TV one-tap setup from iPhone quietly capitalizes on Bluetooth LE

Apple TV one-tap setup from iPhone quietly capitalizes on Bluetooth LE

Apple has added one-tap instant setup to the Apple TV, using Bluetooth LE and an iOS 7 device to automatically load WiFi network and Apple ID information to the streaming set-top box. Quietly introduced today, the new feature appears to have been enabled in Apple TV OS 6.0 - re-released earlier this week - and helps new Apple TV owners to avoid punching in setup details such as complex WiFi passwords with the bundled remote.

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Bricked Apple TV 6.0 may be restorable

Bricked Apple TV 6.0 may be restorable

When Apple first launched the Apple TV 6.0 update a lot of people scrambled to download and install it. Some people reported some significant issues with the update including the loss of content, the inability to access the Internet, and even some devices turning into useless bricks after trying to apply the update. There is a bit of hope for users who have bricked devices after a failed update.

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Apple TV 6.0 adds AirPlay from iCloud, iTunes Radio, more

Apple TV 6.0 adds AirPlay from iCloud, iTunes Radio, more

Apple TV has been updated, with v6.0 of the set-top box's software adding iTunes Radio, music purchase support, access to content stored in iCloud, and more. The new software brings the same iTunes Radio streaming support that Apple added to iPhones, iPads, and iTunes on the desktop earlier this week to the television, in addition to AirPlay from iCloud streaming for playing videos stored in Apple's cloud backup without needing to download them first.

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Nobody cares the Apple TV was a no-show at Apple’s event

Nobody cares the Apple TV was a no-show at Apple’s event

After the lights went down on Elvis Costello and Apple’s September 10 iPhone event came to a close, the Internet was abuzz with stories discussing what the company didn’t announce at its event.

Surprisingly, the discussions surrounding what wasn’t announced didn’t solely reside in news about the iPad or long-lost Apple television. Instead, the Apple TV made an appearance in many of those reports, with analysts, Apple handicappers, and consumers wondering where in the world their updated set-top box was.

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