The Gillmor Gang almost didn’t happen today, as technical problems tormented the hastily assembled pre-holiday hoedown. Will Kinect save Microsoft? No, says Robert Scoble. Will Facebook and Apple destroy our freedom as they capture our identities and lock us behind a pay wall of our own choosing? Yes, says identity leader Dick Hardt. Gillmor had other ideas, but spent much of his time below decks trying to wrangle Kevin Marks’ up and down Skype connection. This is a long show, about as long as it takes to set up Apple TV and the new iOS version 4.2 on a chain of iDevices, but in the end something about it works. Enjoy while you’re waiting for the turkey to cook, and a Happy Thanksgiving from the Gang.
When Apple released the first beta version of iOS 4.2, we were excited about the AirPlay feature as it allowed users to stream content from apps like YouTube, Netflix, Mobile Safari that implemented the video playback controller to stream audio and video content to the new Apple TV.
However, when iOS 4.2.1 was released finally on Monday, we were disappointed to find out that the AirPlay feature was only available on the iPod and YouTube app and it was possible to only stream audio from third party apps.
Erica Sadun, iPhone developer and hacking expert who writes for TUAW was not pleased with this limitation and has figured out a way to enable video streaming from third party iPhone apps using the AirPlay feature using unpublished APIs. She explains:
AirPlay Video is part of a public framework called MediaPlayer. This is the same MediaPlayer framework that developers use to show video in their applications. The current movie players ship with an AirVideo selection option built right in. The problem is that when you select AirVideo in a non-Apple application, the video continues to play on-device; only the audio is re-routed through the server to Apple TV. [..]
Having gotten this proof of concept working, there’s still a lot left to get done to transform this into a stable solution that works with general applications. Keep in mind that you’ll be working with unpublished APIs, so the above classes and code are not App Store Safe. That’s why we have a jailbreak world, after all.
iPhone developer and hacker, Steven Troughton-Smith has optimized Ericaâ€™s work to a single line of code that can be implemented by developers and has also eliminated the need for the YouTube workaround. Erica goes on to add:
Yes, it still won’t be App Store safe, but it’s jailbreak friendly, works flawlessly, and suggests only a single item that Apple could move to a public API to open up this functionality to developers. What’s more, with a little screen scraping or off-screen layer manipulation and a clever use of AVFoundation, you can probably have games working out to Apple TV almost immediately.
You can checkout the custom AirPlay video app that Erica has developed using unpublished APIs:
So the good news is that we can probably expect some jailbreak apps that will allow users to stream video and audio content to the new Apple TV.
As for the App Store apps, we will probably have to wait for Apple to make the APIs public so developers can add the feature to their apps.
What do you think? We would love to hear your opinion on the AirPlay feature in the comment section below.
Redsn0w 0.9.6b4 makes use of Geohotâ€™s USB bootrom exploit used in limera1n for iOS 4.1.
Redsn0w 0.9.6b4 is available for both Mac and Windows users.
As Dev team had explained in the update yesterday there is good news if you are an iPhone 3G, older iPhone 3GS, and non-MC iPod touch 2G user and some bad news for users who own an iPhone 3GS (new bootrom), iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch 2G (MC Model), iPod touch 3G and the iPod touch 4G.
iPhone 3G, older iPhone 3GS, and non-MC iPod touch 2G users will be able to enjoy the benefit of an untethered iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak using Redsn0w.
Unfortunately, iPhone 3GS (new bootrom), iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch 2G (MC Model), iPod touch 3G and the iPod touch 4G users will have to manage with a tethered iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak using Redsn0w. As Dev team had explained yesterday:
A tethered jailbreak means that each time your device loses battery power or needs to be rebooted, you must attach it to a PC or Mac to boot into the jailbroken state.
Comex is working hard to bring a untethered iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak for users with newer devices so weâ€™ll let you know if we have any further updates.
Redsn0w will NOT hactivate or unlock your iPhone. So if you want to unlock your iPhone and currently have iOS 4.1 or lower running on your iPhone then please wait for Dev team to release PwnageTool for iOS 4.2.1 as it preserves the baseband from getting upgraded so that you can use Ultrasn0w to software unlock your iPhone. Dev team is also expected to release a new version of Ultrasn0w shortly for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G users. They have mentioned that the unlock for iPhone 4 users will need more effort and are not in a position to provide any further information currently.
But if you donâ€™t care about jailbreaking or unlocking your iPhone then connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your computer and click on the “Check for Update” button from the device summary page in iTunes to download the iOS 4.2 software update.
Do you like the new features included in iOS 4.2? Were you looking forward to the iOS 4.2 software update? Please let us know your take in the comments section below.
adeelarshad82 writes “Apple’s highly-anticipated iOS 4.2 update for iPad, iPhone, and the iPod touch finally arrived this morning, along with an update for Apple TV. The update includes Airplay, which enables wireless streaming of video, photos, and music from your iOS device to Apple TV. AirPlay is an exciting new development for iOS device owners who also have Apple TVs. As long as the devices are on the same wireless network, they automatically detect each other. AirPlay also lets users multitask while streaming video to an Apple TV. Unfortunately though, AirPlay is a one-way street. Users cannot stream something they rented on Apple TV to their iOS device. The iOS 4.2 update also included the introduction of AirPrint, which is the wireless printing solution for the iPad. (The ability to print to a printer attached to a local PC or Mac was dropped from the release, however.) Other minor changes Apple squeezed into this update were: better Word document fidelity in iWork, multi-tasking, and Game Center.”
Google TV is mess. Apple TV is a joke. Using a Roku is about as exciting as cleaning my gutters. I like the Boxee Box, but my wife doesn’t understand why; she doesn’t get it and that says something. Downloading torrents or NZBs is time consuming and only a small portion of the population actually has the know-how and hardware to do it. Sorry. Cord cutting is a lost cause.
Listen, I’m all for canceling Comcast and joining the ranks of the cord cutters. I hate Comcast so much. If Comcast had a large, fluffy mascot, I would punch it in the face. That’s saying something if you know me. But the fact remains that there is simply no way to replicate Comcast’s or any other cable provider’s service right now. If you want to watch TV, you have to pay for it â€” but you can still complain along the way.
Cable is damn expensive and so through various media streamers, game systems, and services, I’ve tried just about everything to replace it, but nothing gives you the same experience and service as *shock* cable — or satellite — TV.
The Boxee Box is tiny. Most of the Internet knows that. But when compared directly to standard A/V devices, its tiny stature really sinks in. (ha) It has about the same footprint as a new Roku or Apple TV, but the sinking box design makes the actual space it takes up a bit larger. Still, it’s smaller than either one of the Google TV boxes and just about every other AV device. The same goes for the remote. I’m not sure if this is a good thing though.
Apple has just updated its homepage with an announcement that it will be making a major announcement related to iTunes tomorrow.
If you head over to Appleâ€™s website now, you will see the following message on their website:
Tomorrow is just another day, that youâ€™ll never forget
Check back here tomorrow for an exciting announcement from iTunes
The announcement is expected at 7AM PST or 10AM EST or 3PM GMT or 12AM JST.
Apple hasn’t provided any hints about the announcement but it is being speculated that Apple might unveil its cloud based iTunes service. Speculations over a cloud based iTunes platform has been doing the rounds for quite some time now. We had written about this for the first time after Apple announced the acquisition of struggling online music service, Lala.
Weâ€™ve heard rumors that the cloud based service might allow users store their music, movies and TV shows on Apple’s servers thereby letting them access the stored content from a plethora of devices including the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and the new Apple TV.
We canâ€™t wait to find out what Apple has in store for us. What are you expecting? Do you want the cloud based iTunes service or subscription based music service or both? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
AT&T has apparently started offering their iPad Wi-Fi+3G customers the option to manage their data accounts online from any computer.
According to folks over at 9to5Mac, all you need to do to manage your AT&T data account associated with the iPad is to head to AT&T’s iPad specific landing page (www.att.com/ipad) and click the â€œadd data now buttonâ€ and proceed with the on screen instructions.
Now, users can manage their data by heading to www.att.com/ipad and clicking on the â€œadd data nowâ€ section on the middle of the page on the right side. AT&T notes that you can now also use this website to setup and manage new iPad 3G devices you purchase. This will come in handy if you want to make quick changes to your iPad data account anywhere you are. You are no longer limited to using your iPad to make these changes.
This sadly will also come in handy if you happen to lose your iPad 3G for any reason. You will now be able to easily cancel your 3G service until you find it or get a new unit.
The data usage section will be particularly useful for iPad 3G users to monitor how much data they’ve used out of the 2GB monthly data cap.
In other news, folks over at TUAW are reporting that the upcoming version of Keynote’ 11 might come with a cool feature that would allow users to stream Keynote presentations from an iOS device to the new Apple TV via AirPlay. Apparently, an iPhone user Jared sent an email asking Jobs whether the newly launched Apple TV would support presentations via an iOS device or even a Mac for that matter. Steve has in his usual style replied to the mail.
Jared: Will the new Apple TV accept Keynote presentations via iOS device or a Mac? If it will I will go buy two at an Apple store tonight.
Jobs: Itâ€™s all coming soon. Stay tuned.
TUAW has also published the email with its headers:
So, how many of you are looking forward to this feature making it to Keynote’ 11?