Amazon Prime Video Finally Comes to Apple TV

Amazon Prime Video Finally Comes to Apple TV

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amazon Prime Video is now available on tvOS
  • The feature was first spotted on the iOS App Store
  • The app’s arrival is in the midst of a spat between Amazon and Google

Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV is a finally a thing. In a world of walled gardens, it’s the customers who suffer from a lack of choices. And today, they’re set to get more options for their video consumption desires. To recall, back at WWDC 2017, Apple had announced that Amazon Prime Video will be coming to Apple TV as well as the TV app. The deal was also presumed to mean that Amazonwould resume stocking the Apple TV set-top box on its online marketplace. The former has come to pass on Wednesday, but the latter has yet to happen.

First spotted on the iOS App Store, the Amazon Prime Video app for iOS had received an update on Wednesday that brought it to version 5.0. The changelog clearly mentions that users will now be able to watch Amazon Prime Video on their Apple TV directly, if they download the separate tvOS app – meant for Apple TV 3rd Generation and later set-top boxes. Now, a few hours later, the Amazon Prime Video app for tvOS has gone live on the dedicated tvOS App Store, with users across the world reporting seeing the app. Neither Amazon or Apple have yet to make an official statement about the launch. v5.0 of the Amazon Prime Video app on iOS also brings Universal Search support for iOS search, and iPhone X support.

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Amazon Prime Video app on iOS App Store earlier in the day, with changelog clearly mentioning support

The arrival of Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV comes on the heels of a continued spat between Amazon and Google. Just this week, the latest blow was dealt by Google – the search giant announced it would block the YouTube app on Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV devices. As we mentioned, Amazon hasn’t listed the Apple TV (or Google’s Chromecast dongles) on its online marketplace since 2015. Amazon had explained the move by saying it wanted to avoid confusing customers who might expect its Prime Video service to be available on devices sold by Amazon. However, Google clearly mentions this treatment as its reason for pulling YouTube support.

In a statement, Google said, “Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make (its) Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of (our sister company) Nest’s latest products.

“Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV,” Google said. “We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”

Amazon reacted to Google’s statement with its own, “Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website.”

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Microsoft’s Email Insights finally adds some useful search smarts to Outlook

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Email Insights, a new experimental app from the Microsoft Garage, is the answer to a problem Google’s Gmail solved more than a decade ago: how to search Outlook and find exactly what you want.

Google’s Gmail gained enormous traction in part because it allowed a quick, convenient way to search emails. Today, you can search Outlook, but it arranges the results in order with no real preference given to what might be most relevant.

Email Insights works with both your Microsoft Outlook desktop application as well as Gmail, and attempts to bring the three most relevant results to the top of your inbox via an “intent pane.” The tool also provides contextual autocomplete, spelling correction and a fuzzy name search that will pull up the name of a contact, even if you’re not entirely sure how to spell it.

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The “intent pane” within Email Insights brings up relevant search results to the top of your inbox.

Users can open tabs within Email Insights to perform multiple searches. The search box can also be used to fire off a quick, one-line email to a contact, or even set up a quick meeting—functions that are becoming more common in the notifications window within smartphones.

If you’d like, you can even “detach” the Email Insights toolbar from Outlook itself and drag it down to your taskbar, Microsoft said.

Why this matters: Let’s face it: Gmail is still easier to use than Outlook, at least where everyday email searches are concerned. If Email Insights proves as useful as it sounds, maybe Outlook will incorporate it into a future release. The problem, though, is that this app is being published via Microsoft Garage, Microsoft’s online home for app experiments. If you like Email Insights, encourage others to download it, too. Otherwise, Microsoft could kill it, as it recently did with Cache, its erstwhile Google Keep killer.

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Finally, Mobile Live Video Streaming Comes to YouTube

Look out Facebook, Periscope, et al ... Google has entered the mobile live video arena with the release of the YouTube live streaming app.

Six years after YouTube featured live-streaming for desktops in 2011, the company finally decided to bring the app to mobile.

YouTubers around the world have been waiting for this feature since the company announced it in June of 2016. It is here, but with a caveat. You need more than 10,000 followers to use the feature. This is a smart move on the part of YouTube, because it can continue to test the platform with power users and work out all the kinks. By the time the rest of us get it, which will be soon according to the company blog, it should be perfect.

YouTube is late compared to Facebook Live and Twitter with Periscope, but the sheer number of users it has and the way it is monetized probably led the company to take its time and get it right.

YouTube Live Streaming App

The streaming feature is built directly into the YouTube mobile app, having the same features as regular YouTube videos. The platform protects you from unauthorized use, and the streams can be found through recommendations, playlist or search.

To start streaming, you have to first confirm your channel has been verified. Also your account must not have been restricted for live stream in the past 90 days. You then enable streaming from the Creator Studio tools, go to Live Streaming, write a title, take a picture for the thumbnail, and start streaming.

Look out Facebook, Periscope, et al ... Google has entered the mobile live video arena with the release of the YouTube live streaming app.

Streaming starts immediately, and YouTube will automatically start and stop the stream for you at the right time. Events gives you more control with preview, start and stop features.

When it finally becomes available for everyone else, small businesses can augment their YouTube channel by engaging live with their audiences. Chefs, artists, DIYers, IT experts and many small operators can give lessons, interact and provide added value services for their customers. The only downside is that have to wait for the full roundup.

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Finally! SIM-Free, Unlocked Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Available

iPhone users who’d rather not be locked into a two year contract with a mobile carrier, rejoice. After a longer than usual wait, the unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can finally be purchased outright.

Apple recently made the unlocked versions of both devices available and they’re currently for sale on the Apple Store website.

Apple usually makes unlocked versions of its phones available within three to four months of the devices being released. This time, heavy demand for the the phones may have delayed release of the unlocked versions, 9to5mac.com speculates.

Apple introduced the latest version of its flagship mobile device, the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 phablet, in Sept. 2014. And the company sold a record 10 million phones in its first weekend.

Right now, the unlocked iPhone 6 starts at $649 and the iPhone 6 Plus phablet has a $749 base price.

The starting price of the iPhone 6 brings 16GB of storage. More storage from the 64GB model costs $749 and the 128GB version sells for $849.

The base price on the iPhone 6 Plus gets you 16GB of storage. The 64GB model sells for $849 and the 128GB version has a $949 price tag on it.

An unlocked smartphone means the device is sold directly to consumers without an SIM card inside.

This allows buyers of the phone to choose from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile or any other carrier they prefer.

Obviously, the unlocked version of any device carries the weight of the full cost initially.

Otherwise, new iPhones are usually purchased by users who will pay for the device over the course of their typical two year contract with a mobile carrier.

Those phones are pre-loaded with SIM cards specific to the carrier. Once someone buys an unlocked iPhone, all they need to do is insert a SIM card in the appropriate slot and turn on the phone.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in the unlocked versions, will walk users through the activation process once they insert their new SIM card.

The iPhone 6 standard model features a 4.7-inch display with a high 1334-by-750 pixel resolution.

At the same time when iPhone 6 was introduced, Apple also unveiled, for the first time, a phablet version of the device. The iPhone 6 Plus features a larger 5.5-inch display and even more detailed 1920×1080 pixel resolution.

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