Apple gave its Apple TV set-top box an internal overhaul Friday, issuing a software update that adds a few new features to the device. Arriving two days after AllThingsD predicted it would, the new firmware brings with it a bunch of enhancements.
Among new features included in Apple TV 6.0: Support for iTunes Radio and purchases from the iTunes Music Store, the ability to view videos and photos from a shared photo stream, and AirPlay From iCloud, an upgrade to Apple’s AirPlay wireless-streaming software that allows people who have purchased content from Apple’s iTunes store to play that same content on other Apple TVs.
Today’s update to Apple TV follows the release of iOS 7, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system earlier this week; there is continued speculation about new Apple TV hardware.
Remember Google+? Do you remember its coolest feature? That’s right, the Hangout. The free video conferencing service is easy to use and easy to share, making for one of the — if not the — best formats on the internet for discussion. Those discussions can be embedded in sites, saved to YouTube for viewing in the future, and they can be made completely private or totally open. If it’s not something you use regularly, and you actually know people that you like to talk to, you’re missing out.
Tomorrow at 2pm (eastern) Geek.com is going to kick off its first ever Geekout. It’s a Google Hangout on Air, in other words a hangout between a group of people (us) that can be viewed by other people (you). It’s like a podcast with video, that doesn’t require you to install iTunes, where you can drop us a comment if we get boring. OK, so it’s not much like a podcast, but it’s going to be fun and it’ll give you a chance to interact with a few of the Geek.com staffers.
The Hangout on Air will run from 2-3pm tomorrow. This week we’re going to show off the new Chromebook Pixel, talk a little about Mobile World Congress, and give our thoughts on the upcoming PlayStation 4. We’ll even take some time to talk about new things going on in the world of science, as well as the latest apps that are keeping our phones and tablets busy. As we do more of these, we’ll start having guests join us for interviews, and whatever else you think we should be talking about. I’ll be participating, as will Google+ social butterfly Russell Holly. Other Geeks and Friends of Geek might stop by as well, you’ll just have to tune in to see.
If you’re already using Google+, be sure to add our page to learn more about what’s coming up in future Hangouts. We will also be broadcasting live on YouTube, where you’ll be able to comment both in real time and when the video is up for viewing afterwards. Our goal is to make this as interactive as possible, so feel free to let us know what you think as we do more of these.
After the Geekout is over, we’ll save it to the site’s YouTube channel so you can follow up if you were unable to watch live.