Play Blackjack on your jailbroken AppleTV using Couch Surfer Pro and HTML5

Many of the set-top boxes of today are very versatile, allowing owners to add applications and games at their own leisure. Apple TV 2G however, doesn’t allow this, strange given the scale of its much celebrated App Store, with hundreds of thousands of downloadable apps and games.

A post by appletvblack demonstrates that one can attain a little gaming joy through a HTML5-based Blackjack game through the second-gen Apple TV. One game is hardly comparable to what you could get from an iPad, for example, but it is worth checking out nonetheless.

HTML, to give a little background for those of you that don’t know, is essentially language of the internet – the core structuring behind the web pages you see every time you open your Safari or your Firefox.…

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iOS 4.3 Brings Vimeo to AppleTV 2G and a few other changes

Today Apple quietly released an update for the second-generation Apple TV, adding support for browsing videos stored on the Vimeo service, as well as purchasing and streaming TV shows via iTunes in the Cloud. YOU SHOULD NOT UPDATE if you wish to have your AppleTV jailbroken. It is unclear at this time whether or not any of the current jailbreaking tools will work with this new update. Only update if you do not want to jailbreak.

Notably, for the first time since the second-generation Apple TV was released last fall, this update also appears to unify the “Apple TV Software” version and “OS Build Version”, which are now both listed as 4.3.…

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Photo Stream and AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 Coming to Apple TV 2

Among the tons of the new features that will come to our iDevices this fall along with iCloud and iOS 5, there are two Apple TV2-related features. The first one is Photo Stream – a special Photo Stream album on your Apple TV 2 will let you access your photos stored in iCloud. iCloud’s Photo Stream service automatically uploads the photos you take or import on any of your devices and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices and computers.

The other feature is AirPlay mirroring that lets wirelessly display everything you do on your iPad 2 right on your HDTV through Apple TV 2.…

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aTV Flash 4.3 for 1st Generation Apple TV Now Available

Firecore has announced the release of aTV Flash version 4.3 for the original Apple TV. Included are some new features, as well as a number of improvements to existing features and core components.

The new update includes File Sharing (SMB Server) that allows you to stream non-iTunes media stored on your Apple TV (including media stored on external drives) to other devices including a second Apple TV (silver or black) or a Mac/PC computer.

After installing the File Sharing package through the Maintenance –> Install Extras menu, the File Sharing option can be enabled through the Maintenance –> Settings menu.…

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Stream Your iPhone’s Camera To Your Apple TV via AirPlay Using ‘Camera for Apple TV’ App

Technology is a wonderful thing, especially when two pieces of tech come together to either do something super cool or fix a problem in people’s lives. ‘Camera For Apple TV’ manages to do both, and we love it!

What ‘Camera For Apple TV’ does is quite simple yet amazing at the same time. After opening the app on your iPhone you’ll see the familiar camera view, with the screen showing you what the iPhone’s camera sees. What’s new is the equally familiar Airplay logo which, when stabbed with an eager finger, allows users to throw the video from their iPhones to the big screen using an Apple TV.…

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aTV Flash (black) Beta5 for Apple TV 2 Now Available

aTV Flash (black), Firecore’s flagship product for the 2nd generation Apple TV, has been updated to Beta5. This time the developers’ main focus has been on building and improving the Media Player feature: according to Firecore, the Media Player has received a “big boost” in Beta5, but is still under heavy development with many more features and improvements still to come.

What’s new in Beta5?

General

  • Added AppleTV 4.2.2 compatibility
  • Improved installer routine
  • Improved handling of failed installations
  • Improved error handling
  • Minor UI adjustments

Media Player

  • Added SMB streaming
  • Added photo slideshows
  • Added basic video playlists
  • Added ‘Favorites’ section
  • Added individual photo browsing and viewing
  • Added support for ‘xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/folder’ shares
  • Added support for guest/anonymous NAS logins
  • Added volumes list sorting
  • Added option to disable metadata fetching
  • Added option to hide file extensions
  • Improved handling of HD video files
  • Improved memory management
  • Improved DVD file detection
  • Improved remote share folder browsing (root folder issue)
  • Improved Remote.app support
  • Resolved artifact issues (green line near bottom of screen)
  • Resolved rare crashes related to AFP streaming
  • Resolved issues in share navigation resulting in incorrect ‘menu’ button handling
  • Resolved issues resulting in incorrect video playback after rewinding on ‘fastest’ speed
  • Resolved issues related to removing saved shares
  • Resolved duplicate AFP share entries
  • Resolved conflicts with XBMC
  • Minor UI fixes
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

Couch Surfer Pro

  • Added HTML5 audio support (for sites like http://tv.tunein.com/)
  • Added EyeTV streaming
  • Improved web pages scrolling and layout handling
  • Improved iOS-optimized JavaScript support
  • Improved highlighting of large web elements
  • Auto-complete history is now cleared when clearing history
  • New SSL indicator
  • Other minor bug fixes

Weather

  • Added 5-day forecasts
  • Added location search option
  • Added automatic location detection (if no saved locations exist)
  • Added day/night weather forecasts
  • Added ‘Feels Like’ temperature info
  • Minor UI fixes

Last.fm

  • Added lightweight audio streaming player
  • Improved memory management

What Firecore is still working on

  • New lightweight audio/video player
  • Additional codecs
  • DVD chapter controls
  • AC3/DTS (5.1 surround) sound
  • Subtitle support
  • Multiple audio track support
  • Improved UI and file browsing
  • Better memory management

Beta5 is available through the Downloads tab in your account.…

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AppleTV Updated to 4.2.2 (iOS 4.3)

AppleTV Updated to 4.2.2 (iOS 4.3)


Apple released minor software update for Apple TV 2 – labeled 4.2.2 – which generally fixes some audio and video playback issues (see the full list of changes below). The IPSW name is still 4.3, but the build version changed from 8F202 to 8F305. @i0n1c has already updated Apple TV 2 kernel for his original 4.3.1 untether. NitoTV confirmed that the new untether works “beautifully”.

Apple TV Software Update 4.2.2 features:

  • Audio: addresses an issue in which audio is not output when playing some video content.
  • Video playback: addresses an issue in which video is not displayed when playing some content.
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