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A new update for both second and third generation Apple TV devices was released Monday, Software Update 5.1.
Though the update brings a few new features and upgrades into play, there aren’t many major improvements.
Chief among the additions is the ability to view Shared Photo Streams, which now allows you to ‘browse photos and comments, and receive notifications of new content,’ according to Apples support page.
Additionally, 5.1 allows users to have more than one iTunes account per device, and will make switching between those accounts simple and easy.
Improved stability and AirPlay integration
While there are also some performance-related improvements to Apple TV, some smaller additions have also been implemented.
There’s now some better AirPlay functionality, including the ability to ‘send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices.’
That includes both AirPort Express and additional Apple TVs.
Fortunately, users can protect their AirPlay with an onscreen code, which should help prevent others from hijacking things like party playlists.
Users will also be able to search for movie trailers right from their Apple TVs, and U.S. users can now local theater times.
New screen savers have been added, and users will also find better options for subtitling after updating their Apple TV.
New YouTube iOS app arrives, gives service a home on iPhone 5. YouTube is set to be without a home on the iPhone 5, so Google has released a new version of the service for iOS.
The app brings advertising to the service for the first time on iOS and is available from the Apple Appstore now.
Speaking about the app, Google said on its blog: ‘The new app is built by YouTube engineers, to give our iPhone and iPod touch users the best mobile experience.’
New features on the app include tens of thousands more videos, new YouTube channel guide, faster search functionality and better sharing.
At the moment, the app is for iPhone and iPod users but there will be an iPad optimised version ‘in the coming months’ according to Google.
Back in August, Apple confirmed that it was severing ties with YouTube and would no longer pre-load the app on to its devices when iOS 6 rolled out.
This prompted Google to create a new app and have it downloadable from the app store.
This isn’t the first time Apple has shunned Google – it also revealed back at WWDC, when it first announced iOS 6, that it was no longer using Google Maps, preferring to partner with TomTom for its own version of the software.
Something awesome just landed on your iPad, courtesy of Algoriddim, the maker of cool DJ-ing app dubbed djay. Their newest release is a music video mixing program for the iPad called vjay. Now, I’ve been to parties where high-tech DJs perform live mixes using just Algoriddim’s djay app, but this one takes the concept of fun to the next level…
Besides using Skype for instant messaging and video chats, a musician has found a way to use the service to his advantage – by giving his fans personal one on one concerts over the internet. Denison Witmer, a singer/songwriter, had to turn down a tour to spend time with his wife and newborn child but he still wanted to keep performing for other people. Fortunately with the technology available today – he managed to make it happen.
The BBC’s popular on-demand catch up service iPlayer has been released to the international community for a monthly fee. The app itself is free to download but use of the service will cost users €6.99 per month or €49.99 for the entire year.
At present the service is only available in Europe in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. It is understood that the service hopes to launch in the US soon, although no date has been set.
The service will provide users with on-demand access to top BBC television and radio shows, many of which are currently sold via services like iTunes on a per-episode basis. Downloads from these paid content providers has risen 45.7% through 2010-2011, and the BBC hopes to capitalize on this rising popularity with the subscription model iPad app.
Speaking to paidContent, the BBC revealed that this ‘global iPlayer’ will differ from the UK’s current version:
The global BBC iPlayer app will be a different proposition to the UK on-demand service, which is partly based around catch-up of the BBC’s linear channels. As such, programming will not automatically transfer to the global iPlayer – instead it will be an editorially curated mix of contemporary and classic programming.
In the UK, the BBC’s iPlayer service served 159 million requests in May 2011 alone.