Twilio & Boxee Hackathon (updated)

by tomek on April 9, 2010

Twilio Boxee Hackathon Twilio & Boxee Hackathon (updated)Hack Hack Hack, All Day Long,
Hack the phone while I sing this song,
Gonna hack TV too, gonna make it ring (bro?)
make it SMS & call, with Twilio

With these rhymes Andrew from Boxee tries to encourage developers to participate in “TV Meets Telephony” Hack challenge. Boxee has partnered with Twilio, a SF-based startup that has a very cool web-service API for telephony, to host a hackathon to see what kind of Boxee apps people can come up with using the telephone.  The contest will culminate in a 29-hour Hack Day on April 10th and 11th in both SF & NYC.

More details here.

[update] And the winners are:

1st place: Bring the Popcorn (Drew Baumann and Brett Hazen)

2nd place: Find My Phone (Fuzz the Destroyer)

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How to Recover Data from Apple TV

by tomek on March 17, 2010

appletv recovery media How to Recover Data from Apple TVYou are trying to boost your pc performance in some less conventional way and then, suddenly, there is only gray smoke what have left from your 1 TB heard drive and your enormous movie collection? Your ‘puppy’ buried your brand new tiny netbook in the garden and you will never find out where? Lost your music and last holidays’ photos? You’re crashed but you recall you had copied it to your Apple TV some time before. Yes, coping files to the Apple TV is making a backup without knowing it. The only question now is how to get it back. Here is what you have to do to recover your priceless media files from your atv.

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Adding DVDs to AppleTV

by tomek on February 5, 2010

dvd to apple tv Adding DVDs to AppleTVA simple how-to for those who still haven’t figured out they can move their DVD collection do the atv. “Ripping your personal DVD’s for the AppleTV adds convenience. Selecting them from My Movies is so much simpler than finding and then loading up the DVD,” says Guy and we do agree. Guy recommends using DVD43 for ripping and HandBrake for converting to mp4, but remember there is a lot of other software that can do this job. For those who like to organize their movies with DVDpedia, PARA9 has just released DVDpedia FrontRow and AppleTV plugin 2.0.6 with AppleTV 3.0.1 support.

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Is an iPad a Revolutionary Device?

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on January 29, 2010

ipad Is an iPad a Revolutionary Device?After all the rumors and geek’s dreams… I’m almost sure some people get disappointed about the device and the general consensus among the people I spoke with about the iPad is that “Wow! But is not for me,” or “It’s only for geeks.”

Yeah, Wednesday’s presentation was quite impressive and I have to agree that it would be nice to have such a device. But if I already have a computer and an iPhone… the only reason to buy the iPad would be that is not so expensive and that I love to have gadgets.

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Boxee Beta Now Works on Apple TV

by tomek on January 15, 2010

boxee beta apple tv Boxee Beta Now Works on Apple TVAlthough there is still no official release from Boxee team, the community has already brought the Boxee Beta to the Apple TV. On the Boxee Blog, Jim Wiley posted a step by step guide on how to enable the Beta on the atv.

The guide assumes that you have SSH enabled on you ATV and you know how to log in to it to issue commands via a Terminal and that you know how to copy files over from your PC/Mac. But in case you were a complete noob, Jim has also given a short explanation on how to do this.

It was already verified on the latest ATV 3.0.1, as well as on ATV 2.4 software.

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1080p Coming to Apple TV

by tomek on December 30, 2009

1080p apple tv xbcm broadcom crystal 1080p Coming to Apple TVThat’s a great news: several TeamXBMC/Redhat developers and the Broadcom Media PC Group made it possible to play 1080p content on Apple TV! It is called Broadcom Crystal HD and it’s a cross-platform hardware decoding of mpeg2, h.264 and VC1 video content up to 1080p.

It will be coming to XBMC on OSX, Linux, and Windows via the Broadcom Crystal HD Hardware Decoder (BCM970012). It is available now in a mini-PCIE card with ExpressCard and 1X PCIE form factors.

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