Long time readers of this blog know how much I would love to see a web browser plugin for the Apple TV.
I guess my prayers have been answered. Brandon Holland (yes that same guy who’s been contributing a lot lately) has just informed me that he’s working on just that: a Backrow version of Safari.
His target date is March 1st. He said this is due mainly to his bandwidth allocation for this month. I guess his Skype Plugin proved to be pretty popular.
UPnP Media Servers have been around for awhile now. You can store all kinds of media like photos, music and video files on them. It is just a convenient way to store all your media files and have them accessible from anywhere on your network. Of course, you do need a UPnP client to access these servers. These clients are available on many hardware and software platforms but so far none for the Apple TV. Well, thanks to Bruno Keymolen, the Apple TV is no longer left out.
Introducing Home MediaCloud, a UPnP Client for the Apple TV. Now, not only can you access those media files from your PS3, Xbox 360, Macs and other devices, you can do it via the Apple TV too.
Like most hacks available here, you do need an ssh-enabled Apple TV (with software version 1.1). You also need to install a few libraries in order to get it to work. And, lastly, to support a wide range of video formats, it is advised that you also install Perian and Flip4Mac on your Apple TV.
Any questions or suggestions, you can contact Bruno directly.
Just got an email from Brandon that the plugin has been released. The file image is available here.Â Â It is in DMG format for Macs only.
If you have already hacked your Apple TV to run the ATV Loader, which accesses Awkward TV’s plugin directory, then you can just install it from there. Just select the Skype plugin entry and install. Can’t be any easier than that.
As mentioned previously, the plugin works as a front end for Skype. So you need to already have Skype installed on your Apple TV in order for this to work.
Brandon is providing this plugin without any documentation or instructions for now. So, please proceed with caution. He should have some instructions available soon.
If you like the plugin, we highly recommend that you donate to Brandon. The guy has been doing some good work for our community and deserves some compensation.
Now, go make some calls.
If you’ve been waiting for the ultimate Apple TV-related hack, this is your day, my friend.Â For today, you can order your favorite pizza with just a few clicks on your Apple TV remote.
Forget game emulator hack, OS X hack, USB drive hack. etc.Â Those you can live without.Â But ordering pizzas without getting off the couch?Â Now, that’s useful.
You can have this features if you install the latest version ofÂ nitoTV plugin.Â And we thought those guys couldn’t top the previous version, which bundled five different game emulators.Â Â We were so wrong.
Now we’re in a dilemma.Â Should we upgrade to the new firmware next week or should we keep the latest version of nitoTV?Â Pizzas or HD rentals?Â We’ll pick pizzas for now.
Enabling keyboard and mouse on the Apple TV is not new. You can do it by plugging them directly to the Apple TV or you can use connect them via Bluetooth. However, what if you don’t want to physically connect them. After all, you probably don’t want to clutter your nice home theater setting with unsightly keyboard and mouse.
This is where Synergy comes in. This multi-platform open source software allows one set of keyboard and mouse to be used on multiple computers all at once. Based on a client/server model, the server portion of the software gets installed on the computer where the mouse and keyboard reside. Client software is then installed on other computers (Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix, etc.) to receive the server’s input.
Dotcom78 has posted steps on AwkwardTV.org’s Wiki of how the OS X client of Synergy can be installed to be controlled by a master computer. The procedure to get this working is pretty involved so be sure to follow them carefully.
For a look at how Synergy works, you can check out this YouTube video of someone controlling 7 screens with one set of mouse and keyboard via Synergy.
Didn’t we have this discussion a few months back about making an Apple TV remote out of the iPhone?Â Well, somebody did it.
A posting on the Romanian blog, Pic Poc, has detailed steps in order to turn your iPhone into a full-fletched Apple remote.Â Â It requires these “simple” steps:
- install XAMPP (OS X web server)
- install Brandon Holland’s IR keyboard kext
- editÂ edit /etc/sudoers and /etc/rc.local
- install the Apple TV remote web app on to your iPhone
Give it a try and let us know how it goes.