On this Friday, it’s time to celebrate the start of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Closer to home, Apple is pivoting once again on what it would like to do for television.
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Apple to take control of your TV guide
It seems that Apple’s plan for television has changed yet again. A few years ago, the rumors were flying that Cupertino was set to launch an Apple-branded television set. When those plans died, we heard that Apple would launch a video stream service similar to the one offered by Sling TV.
On Thursday, Re/Code explained that “Apple’s new TV plan is a TV guide.”
Apple has started talking to TV programmers and other video companies about creating a digital TV guide that would work on both Apple TV boxes and other Apple devices, like iPhones.
The idea is to let users see what kind of programming is available in video apps made by the likes of HBO, Netflix and ESPN, without having to open up each app individually, and to play shows and movies with a single click.
Hopefully, we’ll hear more about the Apple TV Guide at next month’s “iPhone 7” event.
Speaking of Apple TV
We continue to work on our AppAdvice/TV site and hope you like what you see. Some timely pages worth checking out:
Apple, Beats celebrates the Olympics
Cupertino is getting into the Olympic spirit by offering a new line of Beats headphones. The $379.99 Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, Unity Edition comes in multiple color combinations, including Red/White/Blue, Green/Red, Green/Yellow, and more.
The world has arrived in Rio for the start of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The #OpeningCeremony is tonight, Aug. 5.
On this day
Today, Aug. 5 is Work Like a Dog Day.
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We’ve looked around the web and found these other stories worth considering:
- Apple Will Pay a ‘Bug Bounty’ to Hackers Who Report Flaws, The New York Times
- This Is the Smartest Thing Facebook Ever Did, The Observer
- Designers come out for Apple in patent fight with Samsung, Reuters
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