Apple has released a software update for Apple TV, bringing it to version 5.3. HBO GO and WatchESPN are now available directly on the service, as well as Sky News, Crunchyroll and Qello to increase Apple TV’s live news, sports and TV programming options.
“No Fear” is a popular slogan to put on the back of your pickup truck. It’s also entirely meaningless, and an outright lie. It’s important to fear things; that’s how we, as a civilization, stay alive. One thing we shouldn’t have to fear, however, is poor audio quality when recording podcasts, music and whatnot. That’s why Blue Microphones has released Nessie.
E3 and WWDC 2013 have come and gone, but our Street by 50 on-ear headphones giveaway continues until Saturday night at midnight PDT. The Street by 50s from SMS Audio are valued at $179.95, so don’t miss this chance to get a great new set of cans to hear all that game and app audio in its full glory.
Epson, bucking the trend of ever-bigger devices, has announced a newcomer to their printer family. The Expression XP-410 features a printer, scanner, and copier, but crams it all into a space that’s only as big as two pieces of standard computer paper laid side by side. For small desks, apartments, or just anybody looking to conserve space, this focus on compactness is sure to be appreciated.
My immediate initial impression upon viewing publicity photos and animations previewing Apple’s forthcoming replacement for its long-in-the-tooth (and then some) Mac Pro desktop models was that this would be what the Mac Pro Cube could have evolved into had it survived. The simple, elemental shape, amazingly compact dimensions, and “thermal core” design for efficient, convection aided, vertical stack cooling all hark back to the general concept pioneered by the Cube 13 years ago.
During the WWDC 2013 keynote, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, took the stage to introduce the all new Airport Time Capsule and Extreme base stations. These have an all new design with a white tube structure and a silver Apple logo on top, and take advantage of the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.
At WWDC 2013, Apple released updated MacBook Air laptops with a vastly improved battery life. The battery life has increased from 5 hours on the 11-inch MacBook Air to 9 hours. The 13-inch MacBook Air has 7 hours of battery life currently, and it will have 12 hours of life with the new model. They use the Haswell ULT processor for lower-power consumption with improved graphics.
As WWDC 2013 continues, Apple has introduced a new line of the Mac Pro with Haswell processors. The new Mac Pro appears to be about half the size of the current generation of the Mac Pro and moves away from a tower shape. Instead, Apple appears to be moving towards a more roundish and slicker design. The Mac Pro now also allows users to lift off the top of the Mac and access all of the I/O underneath. This will allow for easier customization of the device and give users more control over their Macs.
Want to take your tunes outside with you, but don’t feel like sharing? While BOOM’s excellent Urchin speaker provides water- and shock-resistant music for groups, their Spooners headphones let you keep the party solo while still shaking off dust, water, and a pretty bruising amount of abuse.
At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Intel showed off a new 128GB thumb drive that uses Thunderbolt technology. Intel mentioned that this thumb drive was the “world’s fastest thumb drive,” and they may be right. Thunderbolt technology was developed by Apple in tandem with Intel and was introduced on the 2011 Macbook Pro. The technology is known for its speed capabilities, as it allows data transfer at speeds of up to 10Gbps.
The report comes from Russian newspaper Izvestia. The iWatch filing reportedly has a registration date of December, 3, 2012 in Jamaica because it is harder for the filings to come up in searches when they are filed in countries in the Caribbean. Apple has filed for both class 9 and class 14 trademarks, meaning it is a computer and is also a wearable like a watch, necklace etc.
After months in beta, Apple has finally released the OS X 10.8.4 update for Mountain Lion. The OS X update is available now for download via the Mac App Store, and brings major improvements throughout Mountain Lion, including Wi-Fi connectivity and Microsoft Exchange compatibility, Safari bug fixes, a fix for an issue that prevented users from making FaceTime calls to non-U.S. numbers, and other enhancements.