PowerPage Podcast Episode 146

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Date: Thursday, December 2nd, 2010, 22:29
Category: Podcast

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Episode 146 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (25.5 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics:
LTE for iPhone, Retina Display for iPad, Apple POS and we play “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Kiwi 2 (free or $10 without ads) – Sweet new Twitter client for Mac OS X.
  • Knox ($35) – Simple and secure encryption.
  • BlogPress ($2.99) – Fast and easy to use, blogging app that highly intergraded with your favorite social networks:

Rob

  • 1Password ($40) – Now works with Google Chrome (and Windows).
  • TikTok ($25) and LunaTik ($50) – Multi-Touch watch conversation kits for the 6th-gen iPod nano.
  • Om Nom? – Handy pocket reference to look up what foods are safe for your dog to eat.

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BBC planning subscription-only iPlayer app for iPad in 2011

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Date: Thursday, December 2nd, 2010, 10:05
Category: iPad, News, Software

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You love the BBC.

And the BBC loves your iPad.

Per paidContent:UKthe BBC has announced that it plans to begin the international launch of its lauded iPlayer catch-up service by first rolling out a paid subscription service for iPad users.

While iPlayer itself is free, it’s included as part of the annual license fee that U.K. residents pay to support the ad-free, non-profit BBC (the fee currently works out to around US$20 per month). Because of that, the service is not currently available to users outside the U.K.

BBC.com’s managing director Luke Bradley-Jones says that iPlayer’s global rollout will only be available via a paid subscription at launch, though the organization is talking with advertisers about supporting free areas of the service, as well as examining additional models such as pay-per-view and download-to-own. Prices for the service have not yet been revealed.

The iPlayer application is currently available in the U.K. only via Web browser; while an iPlayer iOS app has been developed, it has yet to be released. Still, the service proven popular, registering 139 million requests in the month of October, compared to Hulu’s 260 million.

The app, in turn, could bring UK-only shows (including the mighty “Dr. Who”) to international viewers, the BBC taking a chance in the pay-for-streaming-video marketplace.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you have any thoughts on this, please let us know.

Users report HDMI handshaking, connectivity issues with second-gen Apple TV

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Date: Thursday, December 2nd, 2010, 05:32
Category: Apple TV, News

It’s a nifty thing, but perhaps a bug fix is in order.

Per AppleInsider, some early adopters of Apple’s second-generation Apple TV are reporting issues with streaming HD rentals and problems completing “HDMI handshakes” between the new Apple TV and their HD TVs.

Several discussion threads on Apple’s support forums related to issues with HD rentals not loading and HDMI connectivity problems have reached hundreds of posts in length as increasing numbers of Apple TV owners report having trouble with the device.

Users reported that Apple TV displays HD rental wait times of hundreds of minutes, while other video, such as trailers, HD Netflix movies, and YouTube begin playing after just a few minutes. “At one point, the HD movie was going to take over 3,000 minutes to load,” wrote one user.

Though a portion of the users have resolved the issue by upgrading to higher bandwidth Internet, others report the problem occurring even with high-speed connections capable of handling HD video.

Another Apple support thread details potential compatibility issues between Apple TV and a number of HD TV sets. Users report frequent “HDMI handshakes” between the TV and Apple TV, with the picture returning with inverted colors. A user-compiled list of TVs affected includes models by Philips and Sony.

The Apple TV 4.1 firmware update, which was released last week alongside iOS 4.2, does not appear to resolve either issue.

Apple unveiled the revamped US$99 Apple TV in September with a focus on ‘the cloud’ and streaming media. With just 8GB of onboard storage, Apple’s new set top box serves as a hub for content streamed from the Internet, computers, or iOS devices.

If you’ve seen these issues on your end or discovered a fix or workaround of your own, please let us know.

Elgato releases EyeTV 3.5 update

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Date: Thursday, December 2nd, 2010, 05:24
Category: News, Software

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Late Monday, Elgato Systems released version 3.5 of its EyeTV software application, which finds and tracks all television programming you want to see and allows users to pause live television and save content to file.

The new version, a 104 megabyte update which can be found here via MacUpdate (and can also be found through EyeTV 3.0’s update feature), adds the following fixes and features:

– Enhanced performance & stability with EyeTV Netstream Sat.

– Recordings from IceTV are now correctly labeled as Movie or Series when exported.

– Fixes a problem where thumbnails were not always created for recordings.

– Fixes a problem where recordings without thumbnails had no artwork when exported.

– Fixes incorrect positioning of subtitles when changing between SD and HD channels.

– Fixes invalid characters being displayed in chapter names on the new Apple TV.

– Resolved an issue where EyeTV HD recordings in iPad format would display artifacts when played back on devices running iOS 4.

EyeTV 3.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run. The program retails for US$79.95.