First Third Party iPhone App Appears on Apple’s Site

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Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, 15:14
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The sharp-eyed folks over at Macenstein.com have pointed out what may be the first third party application designed for Apple’s upcoming iPhone.
The description for Scenario Poker, included in Apple’s Dashboard games section, describes the title as being designed for the iPhone’s screen size and resolution as well as supporting a “tap” interface as well as a mouse-friendly double click interface.
To date, Apple has not specified the exact criteria for third party iPhone applications or what’s involved in the development of any such titles.
If you have any ideas or comments about this, let us know.

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Apple TV Hacks Abound, Add RSS and Video Game Emulation

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Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, 08:13
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It was only a matter of time between when the Apple TV was released and people would try to make it do…everything.
A pair of new hacks to Apple’s recently released media device now allow the Apple TV to act as both a news reader as well as a video game emulation unit for NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis game console titles.
The RSS reader, according to Engadget, is installed as a plug-in. Full details and the plug-in itself can be found here at the twenty08 blog.
The video game emulation is a bit foggier, but appears to be functional, a wiki post over at awkwardtv.org citing that several emulators by Richard Bannister can work with the addition of SSH. Below is a YouTube video of the hack in action, though no directions as to how to set this up for yourself have been posted as of yet:




Finally, AppleTVHacks.net and FalWallet.com have offered a $1,000 bounty for a hack that enables full external drive support through the Apple TV’s USB port.
If you’ve tried these hacks or know of another project that’s pushing what the Apple TV is capable of, let us know.

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HungryFlix Begins Providing Apple TV Content

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Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, 08:10
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The Apple TV has been out for a few weeks now. And after all the content you can find around the house has been ripped from your DVD collection, the hunt for additional material to store to the device continues.
The guys over at MacDailyNews are reporting on HyngryFlix.com, a web site which provides independent content for portable media devices such as the Apple TV and Sony PSP. Here, creators can upload their own content while customers can pull down films for a few dollars per title.
Even as the argument over formatting, resolution, playback and the quality of titles available for purchase over in the iTunes Store rages on, there’s always room for a third party to step in and offer something.
Take a look and if you have an opinion on what you see or know of a similar site doing the same thing, let us know.

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AirPort Extreme 802.11n Base Station Firmware Update Released

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Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, 07:55
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On Monday, Apple released version 7.1 of the firmware for its recently released 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme Base Station. The update, a 4.6 megabyte download, provides general fixes, compatibility updates and security improvements for the wireless router.
Specifically, the update patches a security hole in the way the Base Station accepts IPv6 connections. According to AppleInsider, the update alters this to prevent servers and other services from attacks, the revised method changing how the router accepts traffic from both computers inside and outside a local network.
The update also provides a correction in the way the station handles hard drives through its AirPort Disk feature. Before, computers on a local network could view the names of files in password-protected columes without having to enter the password. This has been changed to protect sensitive file information where applicable.
Users can also open the AirPort Utility program and choose “Check for Updates” from the AirPort Utility menu to snag the update.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new firmware version, please let us know.

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