XviD and SSH purportedly installed on Apple TV

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on March 23, 2007

A thread has been posted over at the somethingawful.com forums over by a couple of people claiming to have installed the Perian Quicktime tool, and Dropbear SSH server on an Apple TV.

We, however, remain skeptical for now; they provide one fuzzy image and a ‘promise’ it is real, as well as the claim that they guessed the password.

Apple TV is in stock at Apple Store NY

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on March 23, 2007

AppleTVHacks.net has just spoken with an Apple Store representative for the Fifth Avenue, New York City store, who told us “I was told it just arrived”, and that yes, they would be available to people turning up at the store today.

After lots of promising, it seems the invasion of the Apple TV is well under way!

$100 Bounty on Apple TV Harddrive Upgrade

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on March 23, 2007

The clever peeps over at Techrestore have opened up the Apple TV and snapped some shots.

Among other notables is what looks like a standard IDE hard drive. We are offering up $100 bounty for the first person to submit to us the first, verifiable, previously unpublished hard drive upgrade for the Apple TV.

Your entry needs to include step by step instructions, photos of the process, and photos or a video demonstrating the increased capacity. Entries should be made by emailing submissions@appletvhacks.net with the subject line “Bounty Submission”.

Update: The bounty has been awarded to Jonathan Bare who successfully upgraded his Apple TV and provided a step by step guide.

PC Magazine review Apple TV

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on March 22, 2007

PCmag.com has posted and extensive review of the Apple TV. The awarded Apple’s latest toy 4 / 5 stars, and even took it head to head with an XBox 360.

Their main gripe isn’t with the hardware, but with the cost of content from iTunes:

I think Apple TV is a fantastic product—but I won’t be buying one until I can watch movies with it for less than the price of going to see one in the theaters.

It’s worth pointing out that there are alternatives to buying your Apple TV content on iTunes; and as time progresses we imagine there will be more and more sources for Apple TV content. We hope to keep track of these sources via our content category.

Apple TV Manual

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on March 22, 2007

The Apple TV Manual is now available online from the Apple site. It can give those unfortunate enough not to have an Apple TV of their own a glimpse of what they are missing.

First Apple TV accessories coming soon?

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on March 22, 2007

Wired have a story about the as yet unusued USB port seen on the back of the Apple TV. From the article:

Apple TV is all shiny and wonderful and hard to find, but it does have a few shortcomings, such as hard drive too small to hold more than a few HD movies.

Apple bloggers and analysts suspect that may not be a problem for long, noting the as-yet unitilized USB port on the set-top box and recent talks between Apple and Miglia, which makes a variety of TV and VoIP accessories for Macs and PCs.

All the Miglia products have disappeared from the Apple Store, so it seems something could be in the works. Rumors are abound.

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