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17 02, 2015

Comcast Xfinity Apple TV Activation – Updated

By |February 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech, TV|Tags: , , , , , , , |

**We've added a list of apps with Comcast Xfinity Apple TV activation to the end of this post.** If you're an Apple TV user and a Comcast Xfinity subscriber, you've probably wondered why the steps to activate certain channels on the Apple TV don't work. It doesn't seem to be an issue with Apple's software. It appears that Comcast doesn't want certain channels like History, AETV, Lifetime, etc. available to Apple TV users. Comcast is actually dense enough to make this a difficult process without [...]

11 02, 2015

Confession: I Love My Apple TV

By |February 11th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Movies, Tech, TV|Tags: , |

You may recall that in a previous life I wrote for the now-deceased TUAW. In 2009, I wrote a short diatribe detailing my hatred for the Apple TV. At this point, the Apple TV was 2 1/2 years old, and I had struggled with it for about a year. If my memory is correct, that piece grew to be one of the most popular things I ever wrote; clearly, the frustration resonated with many others. I don’t say this to toot my own horn but rather to calibrate your understanding of how bad the Apple TV really was [...]

22 05, 2013

Xbox One Leaves the Door Open for Innovation

By |May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Articles, Gaming, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I've been following the Xbox One press very closely over the last two days. Why would an Apple guy care about the Xbox One? Honestly, it's because gaming on the Mac doesn't compete with the console. I've never been a fan of the PlayStation controller, so I've been a die-hard Xbox guy since the first Xbox hit my doorstep in 2001. I’m not going to get into which console is better or why I don’t game on the Mac; I’m just going to cover the current state of turmoil in the console gaming business. We [...]

4 01, 2012

The third Apple TV should remain a digital media receiver

By |January 4th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

No matter how you look at it, the TV industry is a race to the bottom.  Every manufacturer tries to outdo the other by improving capabilities while lowering the price.  Just five years ago, I bought a 32-inch 720p LCD TV that I thought was generously priced at $1100.  Two years after that, I bought a 46-inch 1080p LCD TV for $50 less than the first.  Looking at the current market prices, I could buy a better quality 46-inch 1080p LED TV for $600.  That's a slap in the face. Honestly, I'm willing [...]

1 06, 2010

WWDC Apple event next week

By |June 1st, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , |

If you've been living under a rock, you probably don't know that on June 7th, Apple will be launching it's World Wide Developer Conference with a keynote from CEO Steve Jobs. The 4th generation iPhone is widely expected to make its debut on Monday. While no one is sure what we'll be seeing on Monday, we've heard rumors of Apple TV updates to rival Google's introduction of Google TV... and possibly some other hardware updates. Either way, we're hoping to see the iPhone take a turn towards complet [...]