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Apple TV Take 2 finally released!

Apple TV Take 2

If you are like me, you’ve been waiting for Apple TV Take 2 to hit for just about a month now. When it was delayed two weeks ago, I stared at my Apple TV in disgust. In it’s current form, it was nothing more than a YouTube viewer, and sometimes, a nice picture screensaver. However, the wait is no more. As part of today’s Tuesday updates, has finally released the Apple TV Take 2 software, and it is available now for download. Aside from a freatly enhanced UI, here are some of the features:

  • Movie rentals in both high definition and standard definition
  • Flickr photo browsing and slideshows
  • .Mac photo gallery browsing and slideshows
  • Purchasing of items from iTunes Store from Apple TV
  • Browse and view podcasts in iTunes Podcast directory on Apple TV

If you have an Apple TV, fire up Software Update on the device to get the new hotness, and let us know what you think.

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iTunes 7.3 Now Available, Features iPhone Support

iTunes 7.3 has just made 7.3 available this morning, which is the version you need to be running if you hope to activate your after getting it home. Here are the details of the download, straight from Apple:

With iTunes 7.3, you can now activate iPhone service and sync it with your music, TV shows, movies and more. Also, you can now wirelessly share and enjoy your favorite digital photos from any computer in your home with Apple TV.

So there you have it, you get both iPhone functionality, as well as the ability to view digital photos on Apple TV from any computer on your network.

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YouTube on Apple TV Image Gallery Walkthrough

So yesterday we let you know that YouTube is now on Apple TV. We decided to put together a gallery showing off the slick YouTube interface that Apple put together to turn YouTube into a living room experience. We show you everything, from downloading the update, to the menu system, to our YouTube username (hint: it’s gearlive - subscribe to us!). As we said yesterday, YouTube videos on Apple TV are encoded in H.264 format, so they are very watchable - even in the ten foot experience. Click on for the full gallery, which includes 15 images.

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Gallery: YouTube on Apple TV Image Gallery Walkthrough


YouTube Arrives on Apple TV

Steve Jobs announced it at All Things D, and earlier today released the first software update for the Apple TV, which included the addition of to the device. As we noted previously, YouTube has begun to encode videos in the H.264 codec, and these are the videos you are able to see on Apple TV. This should result in higher quality visuals, and YouTube plans to have 10,000 videos encoded by June 29th, and will continue adding more each week. If you have an Apple TV, be sure to fire up software update for YouTube functionality.


Video: Steve Jobs All Things Digital Interview Highlights

Earlier today, Walt Mossberg interviewed Steve Jobs about all things , including the name change, the iPhone, DRM-free music, and YouTube coming to Apple TV. Brightcove is hosting a few video clips of the All Things Digital conference, and we thought we might share the Steve Jobs interview highlight with you. There is some good information here, plus you get a look at the Apple TV YouTube interface. Give it a look, and let us know what you think.


The Bleeding Edge In High Resolution Now Available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Announcements

For all you fans of our award-winning video show, The Bleeding Edge, we wanted to let you guys know that we have created a high resolution feed for your viewing enjoyment. This is perfect if you want to stream the shows over your network to an Apple TV or Xbox 360. You can subscribe to the high resolution version of The Bleeding Edge in iTunes, or you can download them episode-by-episode in the show notes of any previously posted show. Enjoy!


Unboxing Apple TV: Gallery

Our bad! When we put up our Apple TV Unboxing Gallery, maybe you would have appreciated it if we actually let you know it was there. So, here we are to redeem ourselves, with what we think is a not-too-shabby look at the Apple TV unboxing experience. If you are curious about what comes in the box (not much, really) as well as what is lacking (video cables?), you may find our gallery of some use to yourself. Once again Apple has done a fantastic job of making a device possibly feel more special than it is simply by the way they packaged it—although, with their failure to pack in any sort of video cable, be it digital or analog, they managed to also make you feel like something is missing at the same time. See for yourself in our Apple TV unboxing gallery.

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Gallery: Unboxing the Apple TV

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Home Entertainment

So we’ve managed to put up an Unboxing Gallery of the Apple TV, and neglected to notify you when we did it. Oh well, still, we are sure that there are plenty out there who are curious about what comes in the box (not much), along with what the Apple TV looks like from all sides. And really, once again Apple has done a fantastic job of making a device possibly feel more special than it is simply by the way they packaged it—although, with their failure to pack in any sort of video cable, be it digital or analog, they managed to also make you feel like something is missing at the same time. In any event, click on for the Apple TV unboxing gallery.

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Apple Releases 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station

Airport Extreme

Apple has quietly upgraded their WiFi router line, releasing the AirPort Extreme. The main feature of the new model is that it features 802.11n wireless, which provides twice the range and five times the speed than 802.11g. The unit is 6.5-inches square, and 1.2-inches tall - but seems to leave a bit to be desired. For instance, there are only three ports for connecting other devices to the AirPort extreme, while most other routers have four. Also, the ports do not support Gigabit ethernet, which is another downer for a product using the term “extreme” in its name. On the plus side though, it does have a USB port for connecting a USB printer or external hard drive. The best part though? It also comes with an 802.11n Enabler, which unlocks the 802.11n capabilities of the newest iMac and MacBook Pro models, which shipped with WiFi cards capable of 802.11n speeds. We suspect you simply run the Enabler, and your Core 2 Duo iMacs and MacBook Pros will fly. The Airport Extreme Base Station ships in February for $179.99 USD.

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MacWorld 2007: Apple Announces Apple TV

Apple TV

Steve Jobs has just announced that iTV has become Apple TV. For those keeping count feature-wise, this thing has USB 2.0, WiFi, HDMI, Component, digital audio, etc. It also has a built-in 40GB hard drive, allowing you to store content directly on the device. Steve made sure to note that the Apple TV is powered by an Intel chip, along with an 802.11 b/g/n wireless antenna. While we were hoping for 1080p support, we knew it was a long shot. However, we do get HDTV support at 720p. The Apple TV can sync with one of your computers, but can stream content from five others. The interface is very close to what you see in Front Row, but obviously upgraded. The Apple TV ships in February, and will retail for $299 USD - available for pre-order now.

Read More | Apple TV Product Page

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