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The Wall Street Journal also suspects features like social media tools

Apple is planning to release a set-top box with a myriad of new features onboard, but it must contend with cable operators and entertainment companies first.

The new Apple set-top box device has one main goal: to offer both live and on-demand content in one place. The digital-video recorder (DVR) would store TV shows on the Web, allowing customers to watch it at any time.

Apple already offers the $99 Apple TV, which is a digital media receiver that plays digital content originating from the iTunes Store, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, etc. However, Apple is looking to release something with added features to draw customers.

Specific features associated with the new Apple set-top box are speculative at the moment, but The Wall Street Journal proposed likely new additions like an iPad-like user interface, which would be both familiar to most customers and easier for them to use, and also social media options that allow people to share their TV shows through networks like Facebook and Twitter.


But in order to launch Apple's latest idea, it has to work with cable operators and entertainment companies -- and that's not the easiest thing to do. Why? Mainly because cable operators have their own competitive set-top box products, and entertainment companies don't want Apple changing the current pay TV method and gaining more power with more licensing rights to content in the long run.

However, Apple's latest TV idea isn't out to disrupt the pay TV business model. It's not throwing out sci-fi ideas to ruin the cable industry, but rather, offer improvements on options already available. For example, Apple's set-top box aims to allow customers to access all episodes of a TV show rather than just select episodes of a current season. It also wants older seasons to be available as well.

Source: The Wall Street Journal



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RE: WOW !!!
By Tony Swash on 8/19/2012 6:44:32 AM , Rating: 0
Only an idiot would think that

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Andriod didn't save them


means

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Android hasn't benefited HTC


Google tossed HTC a lifeline but like most of the Android OEMs they were too stupid and too useless to to do anything with it. Given a free and modern OS and these goons can't even make any money. Pathetic. Let them die and let's move on.

Only Samsung, a giant, ruthless Asian chaebol, has known how to play the Android card, and the way they did it was to shadow Apple's every move and every product. Some of the Chinese handset makers now seem to be making waves and also aping Apple

http://www.brianshall.com/content/china-they-copy-...

But guess which search engine the Chinese Androiders will be using (hint: not Google).

Other than Samsung Android is a failed business model for all it's players including Google who have spent vastly more than they have earned or will probably ever earn on Android. Do you think this was Google's Android game plan? To end up with all the power, leverage and the money from Android in the hands of Samsung? In a panic Google bought Motorola a loss making handset maker, I guess they must have been reading "My Guide to Aquisitions" by S.Ballmer.

Other than Samsung the only other big financial success of Android are the pirates and the crooks.

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According to security research firm Kaspersky Labs, the volume of new malware targeting Android devices nearly tripled in the second quarter of 2012. Over the three-month period, the company found more than 14,900 new malicious programs targeting the platform. Nearly half of the malicious files were classified as multi-functional Trojans that were programmed to steal data from smartphones and could also download and install programs from remote servers.

http://www.bgr.com/2012/08/17/android-malware-q2-2...

And dopes like you think Android is just great.


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