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Is the long-awaited Apple television vaporware?

Is the long-awaited Apple television vaporware?

Apple is working on a television. That’s what the rumor mill says, at least. It’s also what analysts claim, what Steve Jobs hinted to in the Walter Isaacson biography on his life, and what everyone hopes to see. But at this point, I’m starting to wonder if all of those claims and our hopes and our dreams about an Apple television won’t ever translate to an actual device launch.

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Steve Jobs didn’t want Apple to make TVs

Steve Jobs didn’t want Apple to make TVs

A year before he died, Steve Jobs let it be known to Apple's top 100 employees that the company should not release a TV as its next product. This revelation came from Yukari Iwatani Kane, Wall Street Journal's former Apple beat reporter and author of a new book about Apple's post-Jobs days.

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iOS-exclusive movie service coming to United Airlines flights

iOS-exclusive movie service coming to United Airlines flights

The folks at Patently Apple have acquired information on an upcoming onboard entertainment system coming to United Airlines flights starting next month. The service, upon launch, will be exclusive to iOS mobile devices, and will offer access to hundreds of movies and TV shows sans charge.

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Apple’s hobby snowballs: Apple TV fastest growing product

Apple’s hobby snowballs: Apple TV fastest growing product

At a shareholder meeting this week, Apple made clear the current state of affairs with Apple TV, showing it to be the fastest growing product in their hardware line-up. As it was announced that the company made $1 billion USD in revenue in 2013 from Apple TV alone, Tim Cook was reminded of his comment on the Apple TV being a "hobby" all the way back in January of 2012. Today Cook suggested of Apple TV that "it’s a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days."

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Google Play Movies & TV for iOS launches in App Store

Google Play Movies & TV for iOS launches in App Store

Following the launch of the Google Play Music app for iOS in November, the company has expanded that push into Apple's playground, announcing today on Google+ the availability of Google Play Movies & TV for iOS. The app was released today, and can be nabbed straight from the App Store by those running iOS 6 or higher.

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Apple TV software update brings on PBS and Yahoo Screen

Apple TV software update brings on PBS and Yahoo Screen

A software update is headed to Apple TV this week with both Yahoo Screen (similar to the iOS experience) and availability of a new PBS app to boot. This update allows users to attain PBS content as well as Yahoo video content where such features were limited - if available at all - through alternate means.

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Aereo online DVR TV hits Android

Aereo online DVR TV hits Android

The extent to which Aereo brings the live television and DVR universe to the public this week has extended to reach Android. Android devices are now part of the family of machines able to partake in the Aereo subscription model, allowing users to work with internet, using TV signals broadcast over the air and seen by users in their home or around town. The Android app that allows this all to happen will be available from the Google Play app store starting on the 22nd of October - at that time a public beta will be released for Android phones and tablets running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher.

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Apple TV taking over the living room, claims over half of streaming box market

Apple TV taking over the living room, claims over half of streaming box market

As the company stands now, Apple may not seem too invested in the television space. All they have is the Apple TV to show for it, compared to a slew of mobile products like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Obviously, this seems to be changing, as CEO Tim Cook has said himself that Apple is interested in television, but seeing as how they only have the Apple TV, the company owns 56% of the streaming box market.

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Apple TV iOS 5.4 beta includes iTunes Radio, Conference Room mode

Apple TV iOS 5.4 beta includes iTunes Radio, Conference Room mode

With the announcement of iOS 7 last week, Apple showed off a handful of new features coming to the new mobile OS later this fall, including Control Center and an entirely new design that aims to be a flatter design than past iterations. While Apple TV was left out of the discussion during the event, it seems Apple will be including some of the new features with the latest Apple TV beta.

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Apple TV with “iRing” controller added to baseless rumor collection

Apple TV with “iRing” controller added to baseless rumor collection

The Apple television rumors are heating up again, folks. Only this time, there's some extra information that's floating around. In what sounds like a completely ridiculous prediction, analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets says that an Apple television will launch this year, and it will come with an "iRing" of sorts as the motion controller. However, will it ever see the light of day? Not likely.

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Sharp may not need Foxconn after all

Sharp may not need Foxconn after all

Sharp has been in a financial rut for quite a while now, and if things don't go its way, it could wind up filing for bankruptcy. Many companies have rallied to save Sharp's financial back by making generous investments. Samsung invested about $111.5 million in Sharp to gain a 3% stake in the LCD panel manufacturer, and Qualcomm invested $120 million in order for Sharp to develop MEMS display technology for Qualcomm's subsidy, Pixtronix.

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Jony Ive Blue Peter video up now: chatting on gold and aluminium

Jony Ive Blue Peter video up now: chatting on gold and aluminium

If you live outside the UK or haven't got access to the Britain-based Blue Peter television program for whatever reason, you'll be glad to see that the full chat they've had this past week with Jony Ive is now available in full. The Blue Peter program hosts a variety of engineers, inventors, and famous people of all kinds and has done so over its record-holding span of years actively broadcast on television. Apple's own Jony Ive's appearance included chats about three different designs created by children who rose to the challenge provided the week before, and showed Ive receiving a special badge in his honor.

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