After you've set up your Xfinity X1 box, programmed a 30-second skip on the XR2 remote, and took the X1 Remote app for iOS out for a spin, you'll soon realize that neither the remote control nor the iPhone app features a jump-ahead-one-day button. On the old remote, the B and C buttons let you jump back and ahead one day,respectively, when browsing the guide, which came in useful when you were hunting for upcoming shows to record.
With most eyes trained on 2014 as the year of Apple HDTV news, another Apple presentation has come and gone without word about the Cupertino, Calif. computer maker's ambitions for the living room.
As expected, Apple unveiled updated MacBook Pro laptops and next generation of its tablet, the iPad Air and iPad Air Mini, at an event Tuesday. But the company didn't have anything to say about Apple TV.
The latest discussion around Apple's television aspirations -- as it has been for more than a year -- is that late 2014 will be the time for a launch of an ultra-high definition Apple TV … Read more
Will 2014 be the year that Apple unveils its much-rumored TV? One analyst thinks so.
Ultra-high definition Apple TVs with 65-inch and 55-inch frameless screens are likely to launch by the end of next year, according to Advanced Research Japan analyst Masahiko Ishino. Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Ishino said that the TVs will probably sell at anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500.
One of Apple's goals is to do away with all of the tuners and cables required for conventional TVs, according to Ishino.
"It'll probably be more of a smart monitor than what … Read more
Here's what I'd like to see.
I know from all the financial ads on TV that you like to plan your portfolio well in advance.
Might I therefore suggest that you keep a vast stack of money for the vacation of several lifetimes in the early summer of 2032?
You see, I don't want to alarm you excessively, but the world might end in August 2032.
Yes, the chances are small -- perhaps 1 in 63,000. But, as they say in lottery ads, you never know.
My mildly alarmist tone comes from hearing that scientists at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory in the Ukraine have … Read more
Will the long-rumored Apple TV refresh finally make an appearance at Apple's October 22 event?
Speculation is running wild Friday after Amazon France and Amazon Germany both indicated that Apple TV units were unavailable and would not be replenished until October 23 -- a day after an Apple event that's expected to bring new iPads, among other things. Amazon US, meanwhile, still has Apple TV units available, as does Apple's own online store. Amazon France was updated with Apple TV stock, but it's being sold through a third-party and not Amazon.CNET's live coverage of Apple's October 22 event … Read more
Let me be clear: the Xfinity TV X1 Remote app for iOS will not replace the XR2 remote that accompanies the X1 cable box. The app, however, offers a couple of features that may have you keeping your iPhone resting on your coffee table next to your cable remote.
The X1 Remote app has three primary screens. The first screen features four arrow buttons and an OK button for navigating the onscreen guide and menus. Swipe to the left for the second and third screens, which feature a number pad and playback controls, respectively. A static row with three buttons … Read more
The product, model No. GX-SM530CF, includes more than 100 smart TV apps such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. It also allows viewers to access live cable content without having to pay the expensive monthly rental fees associated with a cable box.
The media player will retail for $149.99 and will be available October 23.
I've been living with the Xfinity X1 box for about a week now and have some tips to disseminate regarding setting up the device. Before getting into the X1's settings, I would first direct you to a code to program a 30-second skip button on the XR2 remote that comes with the X1 box.
Now, onto some settings to investigate and tweak on the X1 box itself. To access settings, press the Xfinity button on your remote and arrow over to the gear icon from the top row of menu options.
In the first section, Device Settings, there … Read more
"Doctor Who" fans in every dimension will be happy to see this first set of photos from the show's 50th anniversary special.
The BBC unveiled six pictures from "Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor" on Tuesday, showing current (but soon departing) Doctor Matt Smith, previous Doctor David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Coleman, and others.
"'The Day of the Doctor' is nearly here!" Smith said. "Hope you all enjoy. There's lots more coming your way, as the countdown to the 50th begins now." … Read more