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Jan
25
2014

Apple may be working on a new Apple TV Box with Native Gaming Capabilities

Rumours by several sources suggest Apple may currently be working on a whole new set-top box as a successor to current Apple TV boxes, with updated hardware and software to support many more types of content and improve the slickness of the whole experience. But a separate report out today from iLounge says that Apple also plans to cater for the growing number of app developers and iOS users using the boxes as pseudo-game consoles, with plans to introduce native gaming support to the Apple TV, along with direct support for game controllers.

 

With Apple’s AirPlay technology allowing not just video and music, but also direct streaming of anything that happens on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch onto a TV Screen via an Apple TV box, many users have started taking advantage of the feature to show their small-screen games on TV while they play them on their iDevice. And with Apple allowing iOS app developers to build experiences that employ the Apple TV in specific ways; and iOS games taking advantage of this more and more to provide multi-screen gaming experiences (not unlike the Wii U combining TV and Gamepad), Apple TV is quickly turning into a games console in its own right – but there’s a problem. Streaming games from screen to screen adds a noticeable lag – around a tenth of a second – between the two devices, which for high-action gaming like shooters; or games that require fast reactions like racers, can completely kill the game play. Also, even for games with direct Apple TV support, using controllers other than the iDevice running the game requires those controllers to be paired with the device, not the Apple TV itself, introducing further lag.

 

Now though, it’s been suggested that Apple are looking into furthering the ability of Apple TV to play games, with sources such as iLounge claiming that planned software updates will introduce the ability to install games directly on the Apple TV box itself, as well as direct support for game controllers. 9to5Mac, who have a high level of accuracy regarding Apple rumours, claim knowledge that Apple may be planning to directly implement the Apple iStore into a future Apple TV refresh, lending some suggestion as to how the former may be achieved – but stop short of suggesting the updates are anything to do with gaming, instead suggesting the new hardware will be a refresh with a focus on improving the speed and user experience.

 

Apple have declined to comment on any of these rumours.

 

The current Apple TV last received a significant update in March, 2012, so it’s due for a refresh. Though no date for the supposed new Apple TV has yet been suggested – either by Apple or by rumourmongers – the suggestion from the latter is to expect a launch in Spring or Summer 2014. With Apple generally preferring Autumn for major announcements on the iPhone/iPad side of things these days, that timing would make a lot of sense as a way to keep up interest in Apple throughout the year.

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    Dec
    18
    2010

    PlayStation release an official iPhone and Android App; plus a Scalextric game comes to iOS!

    There’s been plenty of buzz in Tech Central, that Sony is plotting a PlayStation Android phone, which would effectively combine a PlayStation Portable with a Google Android phone. We’re still to see anything come out of those rumours, but obviously Sony hasn’t been keeping a blind eye to Smartphones – according to a post on T3.co.uk, Sony have just released an official PlayStation App for Android and the iPhone.

    The new Playstation App needs iOS 4, or Android 1.6 or higher, to play nicely on the phone. Sadly, there’s no gaming to be hand with the app – yet. But it DOES allows you to keep track on your trophies and get the latest PS3 and PSP news direct from the source, as well as share your favourite stories and chatter with your pals via Facebook, Twitter and email.

    Meanwhile, Scalextric fans may like the recent announcement that an official Scalextric app for iPhone and iPad has just been launched as well! Just like the real thing you can build your own tracks to race around and thanks to Apple’s Game Centre you can race on other people’s tracks and set new best times.

    What do you think of the new apps?

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    Nov
    17
    2010

    Google Docs on the go – Google introduces Mobile editing support for Docs

    Google has long claimed that one of their main aims for Google Docs is “making it possible for you to get things done from anywhere, at any time.” And wherever you are, if you’re like most people, you probably have your mobile with you most of the time. So what’s the best way to satisfy that goal? Mobile editing, of course! Yet for a long time now, Google Docs has lacked this feature.

    Earlier this week though, Google rewrote its documents editor to make it more real-time and add more features to make documents more customisable, among other enhancements. But they also were working on having it support mobile platforms. And today, Google has announced that Docs now fully supports editing on your mobile browser.

    It’s easy to get started: visit docs.google.com in a browser on a supported device, and select the document you want to edit. Then, when you’re viewing it, press the Edit button to switch to the mobile editor. Google are rolling the new document editor out to those using phones running Android with Froyo (version 2.2) or higher; and iOS devices (version 3.0+) including the iPad. It is currently only available for English-language users, though the users can be anywhere in the world, and Google claims they will be adding support for other languages soon.

    Sounds like a cool productivity booster! But what do you think?

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