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20140618-130431-47071787.jpgWith the recent release to the developer community of the latest iteration in the Apple TV firmware (Apple TV 7) it would appear that Apple are almost confirming the second generation Apple TV end of support life.

The latest version of the popular media centres operating system is thought not to support the second generation Apple TV. Leaving owners on the soon to be outdated TV 6 Firmware.

This will be no great shakes to early adopters. Unless of course your wanting to take advantage of the iOS 8 peer-to-peer air play facility, said to allow streaming from iOS 8 devices direct to Apple TVs running firmware version 7.

Those wanting to take advantage of the peer-to-peer streaming will need to purchase a third generation Apple TV (MD199B/A in the UK) then upgrade to firmware version 7 on day of public release. Which is scheduled for sometime at the end of this year.

Apple TVs have been available since January 2009, and proved hugely popular due to their ‘budget’ price for their media streaming capabilities. The third generation unit was first unveiled on March the 7th 2012. With a “revision” to the unit arriving on the 28th of January 2013. So far there has been no rumours of a fourth generation unit. However, the second generation unit was released in September 2010, so perhaps this September will see an all new fourth generation.

AmazonAmazon are shortly going to be releasing their very first entry in the mobile phone market, currently known as just the “Amazon Phone” rumours are starting to circulate that this phone may well have a killer feature.

The phone will predictably be running Amazon’s very own flavour of the popular Android operating system. The Amazon OS features tight integration into the Amazon services and stores.

Although it would be unbelievably cool, unfortunately content on the phone will not be ‘projected’ into the air like the holographic clips in the movies such as iRobot. The 3D Holographic display will give the illusion of depth of field of the onscreen content.

Its also said to be sporting eye tracking technology developed by a Japanese firm named Omron’s Okao Vision. This feature is also rumoured to be in the up and coming Samsung Galaxy S4.

Initial rumours suggest the the Amazon phone will sport a 4.7inch screen running at just 720p. Although this wont be as sharp a quality as some of the other devices on the market running at 1080p, this will aid the battery life of the device.

The device will have (what has rapidly become the norm’) 2 cameras, a forward facing camera capturing images at 12 mega pixels and a rear facing camera capturing images at 13 mega pixels. Its expected to be running the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and have 2GB of ram built into the device.

Amazon recently released a ‘teaser’ video of the device which you can watch below

On day of release its thought that the device will only be available on the AT&T network, with no news as of yet of a worldwide launch.

The Amazon event in Seattle is due to start at 3.30am AEST (17:30 GMT), and will not be available to stream online. Presumably a keynote video will be released shortly afterwards.

Breaking Bad LogoNetflix have announce plans to bring 4D Ultra quality “Breaking Bad” to their popular steaming service..

“Breaking Bad” is AMC TV’s critically-acclaimed series following Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) as they set off on an adventure producing crystal meth in the back of an RV camper van.

Netflix – perhaps one of the biggest online streaming services in the world have recently announced their plans to transmit the entire collection of “Breaking Bad” episodes in stunning 4K Ultra HD.

4D is 3,840×2,160 pixels Which equates to 4 times the quality of a HD picture (1,920×1,080 pixels).

“Breaking Bad” will be Joining “House of Cards” and “Moving Art” in the 4K TV series collection. This will compliment the current collection of movies (Smurfs 2,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Ghostbusters 2″) that are currently available to Netflix subscribers in the US.

This is a massive step in the right direction for the steaming media world, however as 4K is a very new technology, it’s unlikely many will be rushing to stream this content. It’s currently unclear how well the world-wide web connections will handle this load. However – it’s certainly a sign of things to come.

It has been confirmed that, although the 4K movies are currently only available in the US, “Breaking Bad” will in fact be available to UK Netflix subscribers – with the required hardware and an internet connection sporting at least a 15Mbps download speed. This was recently confirmed in a tweet from Joris Evers

Rumours are also starting to circulate that next up to receive the Netflix 4k Ultra treatment are the popular shows “Orange is the New Black” and “Lillyhammer”

To enable 4K streaming from your Netflix account you will need to make sure your playback settings are set to ‘High’. To do this login to your Account, go to Account and then Playback Settings and then select High.

Make note of the text in this dialogue box, which confirms it will use up to 7GB per hour for Ultra HD streaming.

tetouch iOS7 icon Smile, a developer of productivity applications for Mac and iOS, has released TextExpander touch 2.6, an update for the iOS version of their customizable typing shortcut tool. The update adds support for the Fleksy keyboard as well as various minor fixes.

TextExpander touch is £2.99/$4.99 available on the App Store and requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7.

What’s new in TextExpander touch 2.6:

  • Support for Fleksy, a new color keyboard that makes touch typing easy and accurate
  • Various minor bug fixes

TextExpander touch Features:

  • Type faster on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch using short abbreviations that expand into long snippets of text
  • Compose notes quickly and easily that contain frequently-used text like addresses, phone numbers, email signatures, URLs, etc.
  • Automatically insert your notes into Mail, SMS and Twitter clients, or copy-and-paste messages into other apps on your iOS device
  • Use your snippets directly in many TextExpander-enhanced iOS apps
  • Sync your snippets using Dropbox, or import your snippet groups from your Mac via your local wifi network
  • Share snippet groups with other iOS devices and Macs on your local network
  • Save composed notes in an archive for reuse
  • Organize snippets in groups
  • Sort snippets and organize groups via drag and drop
  • Add Predefined Groups such as emoji, accented words, symbols, and HTML/CSS
  • Add snippet groups available online via URL
  • Create “fill-in-the-blank” snippets including text fields and multiple choice options to quickly customize a snippet upon expansion
  • Create and use formatted text and plain text snippets in notes or when sending to email
  • Add macros to your snippet with the “Insert” menu to include things like the current date and time, clipboard contents, nesting of other snippets, and more

System Requirements:
iOS 7

For more information on TextExpander touch, please visit:

iPad ManAlthough Apple have always denied any wrong doing they have today announced they are to settle the class action recently filed against them by 33 US States and Territories regarding the setting of e-book price ‘fixing’. There are also several individuals also looking to sue Apple in an attempt to recover costs for overpaying for their e-books.

Apple have distributed e-books through their ‘iBooks’ platform for both iOS and OS X since November 2009 when iPad caused a rift in the personal technology market with the very first iPad.

Publishers sell their content to major e-book suppliers such as Amazon and Apple, leaving them to set their own onward retail price.

Apple had been cited for conspiring with 5 of the worlds largest publishing houses to set pricing of e-books, in an attempt to prevent Amazon selling the e-books at a loss.

Full details of the e-book class action have not been released by the courts, however it’s known that Apple had been accused of overcharging e-book purchasers a whopping $280m via their illegal price fixing talks. 

Although Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had always denied the companies involvement, this settlement is a complete about-turn from Apple.

The publishing houses have also agreed to pay more then $166m to settle the charges filed against them.

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