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Apple's fall event

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by BubblePuppy, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    My only problem so far with the AppleTV is that I can't find any documentation that it's DLNA compatible. This means that I can only share media from a machine running iTunes.

    That's a major pain on a Windows Home Server.
     
  2. Steve

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    With bluetooth now supported, you could conceivably use it as a phone with Skype (or the free Vonage app that offers free US calls), but only in wifi enabled locations. That said, if you're always near a wifi hot-spot, that's certainly an option.

    I also wonder what kind of battery life you'll get with wifi and bluetooth on all the time? I'm not sure why Apple felt the need to make the new model even thinner than the old one. That one was only half the thickness of the iPhone, and the additional "bulk" that was shorn from the 2010 model would have been better served to make room for a larger battery and a more useful image sensor than one limited to VGA-quality photos. Just my .02.
     
  3. Steve

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    Apple wants a cut of the $4.99 HD movie and $.99 cent TV show episode revenue, so they're not gonna let you use it without iTunes, IMHO.
     
  4. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I agree... I'm sure in Apple's "mind" they figure you buy AppleTV because you want iTunes content mainly. IF you wanted other content from other places, you'd buy a different set-top box.

    It might appear short-sighted not to support other sources for content... but Apple probably knows their audience and figures anyone buying AppleTV they want to keep them in "the family" for future content purchases.
     
  5. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    So instead I use a Mac Mini with Boxee on it. No skin off my back, and it looks better, too.
     
  6. Steve

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    FWIW, a few interesting Nano competitors with video were announced here.

    Among them: "The [Archos] 32IT has a 3.2" touchscreen, an 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and 8GB of storage, it also has a video camera and will launch in mid-September for $149 [...] All of the [Archos] devices will ship with FroYo, the most current version of the Android operating system."

    The Samsung Galaxy tablet was also just unveiled and, as hoped we'd see on the Droid tablets, it has both rear and front-facing cameras. It's only a 7" screen, but rumors are a device with a larger screen is on the way. The Galaxy can also be used as a speakerphone or a Bluetooth phone. It's listed as Android 2.2, upgradeable to 3.0. There's a Galaxy promo video here.
     
  7. roadrunner1782

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    Yes and the thing I like best is that my iPhone 3G will be useful again. I'm telling you that thing has been so slow every since the 4.0 update.
     
  8. Steve

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    My son-in-law upgraded to an iPhone 4, so I'm using his old 16GB 3G as an iPod and SKYPE/VONAGE "wi-fi phone" in a pinch. I'm having fun with it and looking forward to the 4.1 update myself.
     
  9. Steve

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    Just loaded 4.1 on my iPhone 3G I'm using as an iPod and it's definitely "snappier". :up:
     
  10. dpeters11

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    Bummer, it's confirmed.

    New Touch has half the memory as the iPhone4. iPhone has 512. Touch and iPad have 256.

    At one point an Apple page said the Touch had vibration. It doesn't, and they removed that reference.
     
  11. gopherhockey

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    I'm going to start to do the math around Apple TV, Boxee or some of the other units coming out. (I ordered the new Apple TV to see how that goes, no doubt there will be functionality upgrades and added services in time)

    I've loved DirecTV since I got it but its nearly time for a divorce I think. In another year I am guessing I can retire my DTV equipment and watch what I need via the Internet. I was an early adopter of DTV... its starting to feel like those days again when a new technology is ripe to change the way we watch shows.

    (the only glimmer of hope was the NFL app that came out today for the iPad.. if they were to do this for regular programming things may get interesting)
     
  12. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    I have considered that as well. It would be easy to migrate over to internet and free local HD broadcasts. The only problem is that costs savings will only last so long. Without a doubt all internet providers will eventually start putting data caps on their plans meaning that it will cost extra if you use large amounts of data. You are then back to square one.
     
  13. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    Plenty of folks thought that about the original AppleTV too, and that's kinda fallen by the wayside.

    My suggestion would be a new HDMI Mini with Plex or Boxee installed on it.
     
  14. Chris Blount

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    Looks like I will be getting the new Apple TV today. Will let you know how it goes.
     
  15. Steve

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  16. P Smith

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    So you'll have both - Roku XD|S and Aplle TV; let us know what is better and why.
     
  17. Chris Blount

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    Yeah, it will be interesting. I have the old Apple TV as well and one thing did stand out with Apple TV. The HD PQ was a lot better then the ROKU streaming. I expect the new Apple TV to be no different (hopefully). I think the compression Apple uses yields less artifacts.
     
  18. Chris Blount

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