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Jun 201503

Showtime to launch standalone streaming service

by Shane Roberts


Following the lead of HBO, Showtime (a Viacom/CBS company) is launching their own standalone, cable free streaming service. The difference is Showtime will have their service for $10.99/month, which is lower than HBO’s $14.99/month.

The service will give members access to various movies, TV shows, original programming and live streaming. Also like HBO, Showtime is going to give 30 day free trials for people that sign up. The service will be an Apple exclusive on Apple TV at first, and should launch in early July.

Mar 201506

Excited for Apple Watch? Check out some of the apps

by Shane Roberts

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With the pending release of Apple Watch, a lot of people are wondering what kind of apps are going to be made available. Well, Apple has been tasking developers with making apps and submitting them for approval ahead of the launch of Apple Watch. One website has been compiling many of those apps, what they do, how they work, etc.

If you’re curious about some of the apps for Apple Watch, and want to get a feel for some of the features that the new smart watch will accomplish, click here.

Feb 201526

Episode of ‘Modern Family’ shot entirely on Apple devices

by Shane Roberts


One of the best comedies on TV, ‘Modern Family,’ really took a modern approach to shooting their latest episode. Just like so many families across the world, the family in the show communicated exclusively via FaceTime on Mac, iPhone and iPad – and that’s how the show is shot – entirely from iPhone, iPad and Mac. Check out the behind the scenes of the episode, and then check out the episode itself over on

Jan 201527

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3, OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Updates

by Josh C

As expected, Apple has released new updates for Mac’s running OS X Yosemite and iPhone and iPad’s running iOS 8. These updates address a number of issues and bugs.

OS X 10.10.2

Starting with the Mac, OS X 10.10.2 address security issues around the so called “Thunderstrike” exploit for Mac systems equipped with a Thunderbolt port. Other notable fixes include improvements to VoiceOver and a fix for users experiencing Wi-Fi disconnection issues.

The full list of updates in OS X 10.10.2 are as follows:

  • Resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect
  • Resolves an issue that might cause web pages to load slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Spotlight to load remote email content when this preference is disabled in Mail
  • Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones
  • Adds the ability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine
  • Improves VoiceOver speech performance
  • Resolves an issue that could cause VoiceOver to echo characters when entering text on a web page
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the input method to switch languages unexpectedly
  • Improves stability and security in Safari

You can download the OS X 10.10.2 update by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen, then on the App Store. In the App Store window, click on Updates in the top right corner. Once your Mac has checked for available updates, click Update next to the OS X 10.10.2 download or click on Update All to download all available updates.

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iOS 8.1.3

The iOS 8.1.3 update also addresses a number of security issues and bugs, while also reducing the storage requirements for downloading software updates such as these. If a lack of space has stopped you from downloading the latest version of iOS, this update solves that problem for you.

The full list of updates for iOS 8.1.3 are as follows:

  • Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime
  • Addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results
  • Fixes an issue which prevented multitasking gestures from working on iPad
  • Adds new configuration options for education standardized testing

You can download the iOS 8.1.3 update by visiting Settings on your iPad or iPhone. From there, tap on General then Software Update. Once your device has checked for an available update, tap Download and Install. Please note, your iPhone or iPad may need to be plugged into a power source to complete this update if you are running low on battery.

Jan 201527

Apple TV Gets Sports Illustrated’s 120 Sports Channel

by Josh C

120 Sports app on Apple TV

In yet another in an endless stream of free updates for the set-top box, Apple TV owners now have access to 120 Sports programming. The 120 Sports channel, created in part by Sports Illustrated, promises a wide range of programming from the NBA, PGA, NCAA, MLB, NHL, and NASCAR. Content is updated daily with hours of highlights, recaps, and sports talk without the need for cable subscriber logins or an account of any kind.

120 Sports app on Apple TV

Not seeing the new channel on your Apple TV? Visit Settings, then General and Software Update to make sure you are running the latest version of the Apple TV software.

Jan 201526

Apple Unveils “Free on iTunes” Section

by Josh C

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Who doesn’t love free? Apple’s recently launched “Free on iTunes” section collects more than a dozen free songs and TV shows in one easy to browse location. Current selections include songs from popular artists like Asking Alexandria and Washed Out. Thinking of getting into a new television show? Pilot episodes for Fox’s new show Backstrom, featuring The Office’s own Rainn Wilson, and SyFy’s new12 Monkeys series are both available for free downloading as of this writing.

“Free on iTunes” comes as the unofficial replacement for the highly regarded “Free Song of the Week” program, which was unceremoniously removed from its decade long spot in the iTunes Store just weeks ago. While we’ll always have a special place in our hearts for the “Free Song of the Week” program, expanding the option to over a dozen tracks sure will help us get over it.

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