Call for testers! Get $50 to test latest hack.

by editor @ on March 30, 2007 and Semthex, from Hackint0sh forums, are looking for testers to help test the latest hack on the Apple TV.

You must be comfortable with opening your Apple TV to access the harddrive, and perferably have good knowledge of OS X and the command line. We will only accept a few testers, and only the first one of those to successfully install the hack will win the $50.

By asking to test you agree to non-disclosure, until such a time the hack is made public. All the testers chosen will receive credit when the hack is announced.

Update: We have received loads of emails and are now closed for any more entries. Sorry if we don’t reply to your entry, we got kind of swamped! More news when we have it!

Use your USB keyboard and mouse

by editor @ on March 30, 2007

A hacker named Turbo has posted instructions on enabling USB keyboard and mouse to work with the Apple TV. To do so, you need to download the patch he has written, and then apply it to your mach_kernel.prelink file with this command:

bspatch mach_kernel.prelink mach_kernel.patched turbo-disable-usb-whitelist-20070330.bsdiff

You can then use this tip from AwkwardTV to enable your mouse pointer (which you won’t see otherwise), and you are away!

Apple TV plugin to play non-iTunes videos

by editor @ on March 29, 2007

ericIII, from the awesome AwkwardTV gang has constructed the first useful plugin (known as a ‘frapplication’) for the Apple TV.

It allows you to play video content stored on the AppleTV, but not inside the iTunes media file structure. This is a great first step towards integrating additional software features right into the Apple TV:

A couple plugins we would like to see are:

- A quit menu. We would like to be able access the other features that are being enabled for the Apple TV (alternative media players, 3rd party applications etc.) whilst keeping quick and easy access to the standard Apple TV GUI.

- A games menu. This would be a nice addition for people with kids, simple games that can be played using the remote.

- An RSS reader. Quickly and easily read news from your favourite websites on your TV, whilst eating cereal.

- A Record menu! This one would be a biggie, built right into the Apple TV, the option to record programs using a schedule.

What would you like from a plugin built right into the Apple TV?

Update: You can now download it here.

Is there an Apple TV backdoor?

by editor @ on March 29, 2007

Over at the Tutorial Ninja’s site their is a claim that Apple have a backdoor in the Apple TV. With some features that have been hacked open (e.g VNC and SSH) becoming disabled.

Is this an Apple TV backdoor? Or is it just a software update or repair permissions script that has side effects? Nobody is quite sure yet.

$500 bounty to make an Apple TV telephone exchange

by editor @ on March 28, 2007

asterisk $500 bounty to make an Apple TV telephone exchange

Apple TV Hacks are please to announce the second in our series of bounties! $500 has been put up by Sokol & Associates for the first team to get the open source PBX system, Asterisk, running on an Apple TV.

Asterisk is a complete IP PBX in software; PBX being a telephone exchange system like you may find in your office. It runs on a wide variety of operating systems including Linux, Mac OS X, OpenBSD, FreeBSD and Sun Solaris and supports Voice over IP in many protocols, and can interoperate with almost all standards-based telephony equipment using relatively inexpensive hardware.

In addition the winner will also receive an all access pass to the AstriCon conference and exhibition this fall in Phoenix, Arizona (worth $550).

The rules:

1) We must be able to reproduce the hack based on detailed instructions provided.
2) The hack must use the stock Asterisk 1.4.2 code.
3) The hack must include the new Asterisk GUI.
4) Asterisk must start at boot time and run as a system service.
5) The hack must be previously unpublished.

“At $299, it would make an ideal embedded PBX platform.”, says Steven Sokol, and who could disagree? Combined with all the other features, both built in and being added through hacks, the Apple TV could fast become the single box solution to a whole host of problems and even more irresistable at a low price point.

Questions in the comments, please. Submissions should emailed to, like usual.

iTunes competitor, Joost, running on Apple TV

by editor @ on March 28, 2007

Joost, an iTunes competitor can now be run on an Apple TV. Joostteam and ars technica both have articles.

Joost, though still in beta, is the brainchild of the same people behind the Kazaa and Skype. It will offer Cable TV shows straight to your computer, via the internet by way of (legal) peer to peer filesharing. Obviously, this could be a brilliant function to have on your Apple TV!

joost iTunes competitor, Joost, running on Apple TV

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