Guys from boxee certainly don’t waste their time and can be now proud not only of boxee’s high popularity but also of its fast-growing community. More than 40 apps were developed in response to their App Dev Challenge. The apps are being successively incorporated into boxee. If you still haven’t tried it out on your TV, you can take a look at some of them on boxee´s blog and vote for the best one in each category. Polls are open till June 22nd.
Winners will be announced at boxee event in San Francisco on June 23rd.
aTV Flash version 3.6 is now available. This new version includes the newly released Couch Surfer Pro and AirControl applications.
Couch Surfer Pro adds mouse/pointer support, easier navigation, and faster page loads. Couch Surfer Pro is everything you love about the Internet right on your AppleTV.
AirControl beta adds support for the new Loop™ Pointer from Hillcrest Labs. Consumers who use aTV Flash (version 3.6 with AirControl) will be able to use the Loop Pointer to navigate menus, control video and browse the web with the flick of a wrist.
This new version is available for both Mac and PC. Current customers will have access to the new version immediately in their online account.
Find more at aTV Flash.com
There have been some software updates lately released and announced:
Jaman , a movie download service, has released new version of their Jaman Player that lets you synch Jaman and other movies to your AppleTV. Here you’ll find how to watch Jaman movies on your AppleTV.
aTV Flash, a patchstick that enables installing plugins and other applications on Apple TV, has released 3.5.5 version of their installer program. This version includes a number of efficiency improvements for the installer application as well as support for the popular Hotspot Shield application that enables private web browsing. New aTV Flash has been released for both Mac and PC.
Finally Boxee announced that their Windows version, earlier available only for invites, will be open to all June 23rd.
boxee published an update about its App Dev Challenge:
see you at Mezzanine! – we were able to book Mezzanine in San Francisco as the venue for the event on June 23rd. following our meetup in Webster Hall in NYC, we thought we should find a similar place in San Francisco.
how to build a boxee app – there are now two examples of boxee apps that could serve as a good starting point for building your own app. the first one is ThruYou and the second is songza. if you have any question about the API or the development process you can check out the boxee dev forum, or connect with idan on twitter.
Drobo + 4TB – our friends at Seagate are sponsoring 4TB of Barracuda drives for each of the 3 Drobos we are giving away at the event. Drobo + 4TB is my personal setup at home, connected to my Mac Mini over the network and serving all my videos, music and pictures. it is excellent!
ideas for boxee apps – want to build an app, but don’t have a specific idea? you can look at what people are asking for on getsatisfaction, search on twitter, look at services with open APIs, or just think of what you’d love to see on boxee and is not already there. fred wilson will be happy to see someone build a La Blogoteque app.
As with the previous event, there will be a new version of boxee released on the night of the event which contains updated features and content.
working on a boxee app? let us know http://bit.ly/boxeedevchallenge
To encourage both companies and individuals to add new content and features onto its platform, boxee launched app development challenge that will culminate with a boxee meetup in San Francisco on June 23rd.
Here you have some details:
The boxee dev challenge will have 3 categories: Video, Music and Photos.
In each category we will have a People’s Choice award and a Judge’s Choice award:
People’s Choice Award: Drobo + 4TB from Seagate
Judge’s Choice Award: Sony Bravia XBR9 46″
The deadline for submitting your application is June 14th at 11:59pm PT, but we encourage you to submit early and often as we’ll be talking up cool applications as they come in.
Voting will take place between June 15th – June 22nd.
On June 23rd will have a boxee event in San Francisco (RSVP here) announcing the People’s Choice and our esteemed judges will choose a winner from the 10 most popular apps in each category.
The judges at the event will be:
Veronica Belmont – Tekzilla, Qore
Ryan Block – GDGT, former EIC Engadget
Cali Lewis – host of geekbrief.tv
Avner Ronen – boxee founder and CEO
Looking for more info on how to develop boxee apps: check out http://developer.boxee.tv and take a look at the sample app (we will publish additional sample apps). Please submit your app to email@example.com.
Whether you’re a developer or just a boxee fan, we look forward to seeing you @ the event.
Apple has filed a set of patents for a Wii-style remote control for Apple TV.
In the two patent applications Apple describes a “wand” for controlling the operations of a media system, suggesting the iPhone-maker may be considering games for Apple TV.
That would involve distributing them to the device through the iTunes App Store, as is currently the case for the iPhone.
In January, it was suggested that NVIDIA’s Ion platform is likely to be included in the next Apple TV.
Among the uses proposed by Apple for the wand are zoom operations, a keyboard application, an image application, an illustration application and a media application.
Other possiblities for the wand include it being used to call up a dock, and then to select an option from the menu by moving the wand across the screen.
The controller could also scroll through a CoverFlow display and be used to manipulate photos by zooming in and out and rotating.
It will be interesting to see how it develops, and if this will finally move apple to invest more in the platform.