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Apple TV will let developers tap into universal search

Apple TV will let developers tap into universal search

It seems that things are shaping up quite nicely for the new Apple TV, long delayed but will soon be rocking the living room. More than just the multimedia box its predecessor was, this new gen Apple TV is an entertainment nexus which now includes even gaming. With the wealth of content available to it, users might find themselves drowning in titles, names, and content sources. Luckily, Apple plans on opening up its universal search not just to its commercial partners but to third party developers as well.

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Amazon banning Apple TV and Chromecast sales over Prime Video

Amazon banning Apple TV and Chromecast sales over Prime Video

Amazon is banning sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast, flexing its retail muscles to push its own Prime Video service. The news, revealed to third-party vendors in an email today, is being billed by Amazon as a move to reduce confusion among customers who might expect any set-top box or media adapter included in the online catalog to be compatible with its own on-demand services.

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Apple lands banhammer on iFixit for Apple TV teardown

Apple lands banhammer on iFixit for Apple TV teardown

Teardowns have become part and parcel of tech life. Usually they happen after a device becomes available to the public. Sometimes, they happen before, though usually somewhat secretively or with less media buzz. But when you're iFixit, you don't really have that luxury, which now they are finding out the hard way. On its blog, the popular teardown experts have revealed that their Apple developer account has been banned and their app removed from the App Store. All because they were probably way too excited over the Apple TV.

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MAME emulator runs on new Apple TV, might be short-lived

MAME emulator runs on new Apple TV, might be short-lived

The new Apple TV marks Apple's more formal foray into the land of mobile gaming. But while iOS already does have a lot of titles, both big and small, in its App Store, the platform will be forever be deprived of one class of games, at least officially: emulated games. So when an emulator is shown working well on the new tvOS, there is indeed reason to take notice. But while iMAME does seem to run on the yet to be launched 4th gen Apple TV, it might not last the year, given Apple's policies.

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Apple TV iFixit teardown reveals huge heat sink on top

Apple TV iFixit teardown reveals huge heat sink on top

Apple likes its devices slim and space conscious, which is one of the reasons why it consistently refuses to put larger, longer-lasting batteries inside its iPhones. The company, however, seems to have thrown that principle out the window with at least one of its latest products, the new Apple TV. At 35 mm tall, the latest Apple TV stands almost half an inch higher than the 23 mm of its predecessor. Thanks to iFixit's teardown, we now know why Apple chose to deviate from its usual design rules.

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What Google needs to make Chromecast 2 a hit

What Google needs to make Chromecast 2 a hit

After a leak of images earlier today it's become apparent that a Chromecast 2 is on the way from Google. This device would do battle with the new Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV - or would appear to, to those that've never used one before. If this new Chromecast 2 device were to do battle with the "smart tv" units on the market today, what might it need? Does Chromecast need to change at all to continue to find users? Yes and no

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Apple TV games now required to work with Siri Remote

Apple TV games now required to work with Siri Remote

It seems that Apple TV developers, particularly game developers, are already hitting a bit of a snag even before the device launches to the public. Seen by some as a bit of flip-flopping on Apple's part, the company updated to App Programming Guide for tvOS to include one small but earth shattering change for game developers. Contrary to what it first said on stage and in public, games that support controllers are now required to support the Apple TV remote, a.k.a. the brand new Siri Remote.

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VLC in development for Apple TV’s tvOS

VLC in development for Apple TV’s tvOS

VideoLAN, maker of the can-play-almost-anything video app VLC, announced that a version of the media player for Apple TV is in the works. The new version will work with Apple TV’s tvOS, and though the effort is said to still be in its early stages, there’s already a working version with the developers. The announced was made in a statement by VideoLAN president Jean-Baptiste Kempf, who detailed some other changes and info about the video player.

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Apple TV unboxing shows off Siri Remote

Apple TV unboxing shows off Siri Remote

Earlier this month Apple unveiled its new line of products including the revised Apple TV. We spent some hands on time with the new Apple TV and found it to be a nice update. It's about the same size as the old Apple TV with the main difference being that it’s a bit thicker and it has that new Siri remote.

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Plex media streaming app coming to new Apple TV

Plex media streaming app coming to new Apple TV

With the new Apple TV that was announced last week getting the ability to run third-party apps along with its own App Store, we can begin to imagine some of the great apps and services from iOS that will get ported over. One that just been confirmed by its creators is Plex, the popular media server streaming app that lets users watch video content on their mobile devices. Speaking to ITWorld, Plex co-founder Scott Olechowski said they are eager to get started with the developer beta of tvOS, the Apple TV's new operating system.

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Apple TV isn’t promising Siri universal media search

Apple TV isn’t promising Siri universal media search

Siri may have taken up residence in the new Apple TV, but voice-controlled search isn't going to be a free-for-all. At launch, the set-top box will use Apple's digital assistant to go hunting through HBO, Hulu, Netflix, and Showtime, along with its own own iTunes catalog. However, the company has also confirmed that, rather than offering an open API which would allow any third-party developer to do the same, it will be working with services on an individual basis.

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SteelSeries Nimbus: a wireless game controller for new Apple TV

SteelSeries Nimbus: a wireless game controller for new Apple TV

Those looking forward to playing games on the new Apple TV will be happy to hear they won't be restricted to using the motion sensing Siri Remote that comes included. Gaming accessories maker SteelSeries has just announced Nimbus, a wireless Bluetooth console-style controller that's compatible with the new Apple TV. Echoing the design of the Xbox One controller, the Nimbus features standard layout of twin analog sticks, a D-pad, four face buttons, and four shoulder buttons.

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