How to watch Apple’s iPad and Mac Event on Mac and Windows

Just under a month after it’s last event, Apple is here with yet another event which is set to reveal updates to the iPad and Mac product lines.

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The live stream will require Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X v10.6.8 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. Mac and iOS users can stream the event through Apple’s website here when it kicks off at 10 a.m. PDT tomorrow.

Apple TV

Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.

Windows

Like the iPhone 6/ Apple Watch event, Apple’s iPad/Mac Oct. 16 press event won’t be streaming on Windows and will requires Safari on a Mac, iOS device or an Apple TV. That means that Windows users will have to figure how to get the stream going using the workaround (via 9to5Mac).

You’ll need to download VLC player and check back here tomorrow for the final streaming link to complete the instructions:

  1. Download VLC Player from here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html
  2. Install it.
  3. Open VLC. Click Media (top left) > Open Network Stream.
  4. You will see this screen:
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  5. Paste this link into that field: http://p.events-delivery.apple.com.edgesuite.net/14pounqefvoiubefvpiub10/m3u8/atv_mvp.m3u8
  6. An “Unable to open the MRU file …”  will appear until the stream has started.

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad Air, iPad mini, and Retina iMac alongside a possible Retina MacBook Air and a release date for OS X Yosemite. 

Apple redirects homepage to today’s event countdown

Earlier today, with less than 24 hours until today’s major media event, Apple began redirecting its entire homepage in the U.S., Apple.com, to Apple.com/live, which displays a countdown to the event. Apple’s move to redirect all homepage traffic to its event countdown is undoubtedly an effort to ramp up anticipation for the upcoming announcements.

Apple’s promotion of the event along with its location at the Flint Center, where the original Mac was unveiled, suggests that Apple has something huge in the works for tomorrow’s announcements. While Apple’s media events are always major affairs, Apple has made an extra effort this year to build up hype for the big unveiling… Continue reading Apple redirects homepage to today’s event countdown

Mozilla reportedly developing its own Google Chromecast competitor, probably called the “NetCast”

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser and the upcoming Firefox OS, is working on a media-streaming stick set to directly compete with the Google Chromecast and other similar products, according to GigaOm. The device, as expected, runs on Mozilla’s own Firefox OS, originally designed for smartphones, and is apparently referred to as “Netcast” within the Firefox browser. While the device doesn’t yet have a name or release date, it’s said that it will be more open to developers looking to hack its capabilities.

The new streaming device has allegedly been in development for some time, and changes are still being made. The focus here, however, is on openness; GigaOm reports that developers will eventually be able to code apps for multiple platforms, including Windows Phone and Amazon’s Fire phone. However, it’s unclear how involved Mozilla is in the hardware’s development. In an official statement, a spokesperson wrote:

“Firefox OS is an open platform freely available for any company to build on top of without restriction. This means companies can experiment with different form factors that run Firefox OS.”

The statement may seem like a thin denial aimed at possibly instilling the idea that a third-party could be behind this project, and it’s certainly possible that some other company is responsible for the hardware side of things, but the software is certainly coming from inside the company, as indicated by the references in the browser. Check out a video of the device in action, after the break:

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Apple releases iOS 8 beta 2 along with new Apple TV OS update

Two weeks after the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference and the release of the first beta build of iOS 8 to developers, Apple has released the iOS 8 beta 2 to developers. The new release is available over-the-air in iOS 8’s Settings menu, and it’s available for supported iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

iOS 8 officially launches this fall and includes several new features for both consumers and developers alike. iOS Device users will experience a new Health app for integrating health and fitness data from different wearables, improvements to Safari, enhanced Messages features, design tweaks in Mail, and significant changes to notifications, photo management, and the keyboard. Developers will now be able to create and embed third-party keyboards, integrate the Touch ID fingerprint scanner into apps, and integrate third-party home automation products with iOS.

Here are the consumer focussed changes to the UI, etc.:

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Apple updates the Apple TV with new “Events” Channel

(Credit: Matthew Frost)
(Credit: Matthew Frost)

For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to get golden tickets or did not get them on purpose, and will be giddily watching WWDC from the comfort of our own homes, Apple has added its promised WWDC channel to Apple TV for viewing the live stream of the conference’s keynote tonight.

The keynote can also be streamed from Apple’s website via Safari on OS X or iOS, or QuickTime 7 on Windows.

 

The keynote will kick off at 10am PDT today when Tim Cook and other top Apple execs will take the stage at Moscone West Center to reveal the next version of iOS and OS X to the 5,000 developers present.

This year’s keynote is expected to include a peek at iOS 8 and OS X 10.10, in addition to Apple’s new home automation platform. New hardware is also expected to appear at the event — possibly in the form of new iMacs, a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air, or even the long rumoured and eagerly anticipated iWatch.

Given that Eddy Cue recently claimed at the CodeCon that Apple currently has its most exciting product pipeline in 25 years, this could be an event to remember.

AT&T to acquire DirecTV for almost $50B

AT&T has officially announced their plans to acquire satellite television operator DirecTV for $48.5 billion.

The terms of the deal came together at roughly $95 per share (which comes to a grand total of $48.5 billion dollars).

If you add the nearly $19B worth of debt that DirecTV is towing behind it, though, this deal sets AT&T back to a price closer to $67.5 billion!

It appears that DirecTV will continue to operate as an (mostly) independent company for at least a while, even after the deal closes. They will be keeping their headquarters in El Segundo, CA, and AT&T has pledged to offer stand-alone DirecTV service for at least 3 years.

AT&T and DirecTV still have to convince regulators, in both the US and Latin America, where DirecTV has a fairly huge customer base (roughly 20% of its revenue stream), that this merger is a good idea. AT&T expects that to take at least 12 months — so if you’re worried about the deal impacting your service in any negative ways, know that you’ve got a year or so before that can even start to happen.

This deal also means quite a bit for Apple.

Given the relationship between Apple and AT&T, maybe a future Apple TV could have the option of integrating with DirecTV: arguably a more attractive option than adding a subscription-based Comcast streaming service.

Apple has also pursued similar negotiations in the past, although the company ran into problems when it tried to convince both Comcast and DirecTV to let customers use their Apple IDs for credentials instead of Comcast’s or DirecTV’s systems.

New report suggests no Apple TV or iWatch at WWDC, only OS X 10.10 and iOS 8

If you’re hoping to get a peek at Apple’s game-changing future products at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference you need to, reportedly,“ dial back [their] expectations or be disappointed.”

Re/code reported yesterday that Apple will not unveil a new version of its Apple TV set-top box at WWDC (nor the iWatch):

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell Code/red that Tim Cook will not use WWDC to unveil Apple’s mythical wearable device. Nor will he use it to show off a new Apple TV, or even preview the new software the company is developing for it. Which makes perfect sense, really. There’s little point in Apple unveiling a new OS in advance of a significant hardware update. The big announcements at this year’s WWDC are going to be OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 and, perhaps, the rumored Healthbook app, Apple’s coming foray into health and fitness tracking.

Apple has been preparing a big update to the Apple TV for a while now, and new hardware was expected to be shown as early as last fall. After that didn’t pan out, more recent reports have pegged the update to arrive in the first half of this year.

Rumours have predicted the iWatch’s arrival in the fall at the earliest anyway, so the exclusion of that product shouldn’t come as a surprise.

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iOS 7.1 code indicates Apple working on Siri for Apple TV

Code found within the iOS 7.1 SDK suggests that Siri is headed to the Apple TV in future. Pierre Blazquez first discovered the reference on Friday(tweet below). We have since confirmed that the code does exist in both iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1′s files but not in 7.0.6.

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The file is a supporting property-list resource for Assistant (Apple’s internal name for Siri), containing information about the feature. The UIDeviceFamily array declares what platforms are compatible with the feature.

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As shown by Apple’s documentation, ’1′ and ’2′ represent the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad families whereas ’3′ represents the Apple TV family.

The Apple TV has been given the ’3′ designation ever since Apple TV became based off iOS. The Lowtide application uses the ’3′ identifier for instance, as do current Apple TV apps.

References to a new Apple TV have already been found in iOS code. Although this particular finding is not indication of new hardware, it seems plausible that Apple will not bring Siri to the current generation of Apple TV, which lacks microphone input.

It has previously been reported that a new Apple TV is in development, with a focus on apps and games. A new input method, potentially including Siri, has also been rumored for this upcoming update.

 

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Users of first generation Apple TVs unable to connect to iTunes Store

Some users of the first version of Apple’s set-top box have reported that their devices are suddenly unable to connect to the iTunes Store, according to a 19-page discussion thread (viaMacRumors) on Apple’s support website. A backend change is most likely responsible for this problem, though Apple hasn’t yet clarified whether this is a permanent change or a temporary glitch.

The issue was first reported three days ago, with new reports coming in every day since. Thus far no one has been able to find a remedy. At least one user in the thread notes that his Apple TV is working fine while connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable, but it seems such successes are few and far between.

Second- and third-generation Apple TVs seem to be unaffected. This outage follows a similarly peculiar drop in FaceTime connectivity for users of iOS 6.

Use Voice Search with your Apple TV

If you thought that Amazon’s latest offering, the FireTV is the only Media Player/Set-top box that lets you search the stores using your voice, think again. Apple TV has had that feature for quite sometime, you’ll need an iOS device and the Remote app, though.

Open the Remote app, tap on your Apple TV, and you will be able to control it. If you go to a search field, you can dictate into your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, instead of typing.

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If you tap the search button in one of the stores like Movie, TV shows, or Music, the Remote app will display a search field. In the keyboard below the field you’ll see a microphone button, just to the left of the spacebar. Tap this button, and speak into your iDevice’s microphone.

As you speak, you”ll see the waves dancing around at the bottom of the screen. When you’ve finished, tap Done, then tap Return. The text will be sent to your Apple TV.

If you own an iOS device in addition to your Apple TV, this is an almost effortless way to use voice search with your Apple TV.