Monitor Math – TMO Daily Observations 2020-05-20

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss widescreen displays and how many Ks and inches and lines you really need.

This New Law Could Ban Cable TV Fees

· Andrew Orr · News

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A new law that passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate could ban ISPs from charging you certain fees.

All of the Apple Product Placements in Television

· Andrew Orr · Link

The Product Placement Blog compiled a list of all of the Apple product placements in movies, TV shows, and music videos.

You will find here the most complete list on the web about brands seen in Hollywood movies, TV shows and official music videos, embedded marketing examples and information about them.

It’s 80 pages long, which is notable since Apple doesn’t pay for product placements in television.

Apple and Oprah Winfrey Team Up for Original Shows

· Jeff Gamet · News

Oprah Winfrey producing original shows for Apple

Apple has a new partner for original television content: Oprah. Apple says it’s a multi-year deal where Oprah Winfrey’s original cotent will air as part of its growing lineup.

CES – LG Booth OLED TV Video Tour

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Every year at CES I make it a point to pass through the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall at least once just to see the spectacle of new TVs on display. Each year, all the big manufacturers try to out-do one another (including renting booth space under dummy company names and expanding last-minute) just to create the most impressive display. This year, for me, LG’s OLED TV tunnel was a perfect entrance to the mayhem. Thankfully, I got there before the power went out, but that’s another story for another time. For now, just enjoy my tour through the LG tunnel.

CES – TiVo Demos Alexa, Google, and IFTTT Integrations, Coming in February

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – TiVo has been making a lot of changes to its user interface lately, and it’s not all just on the surface. Under-the-hood they’ve added some hooks and been hard at work putting all the pieces together for some pretty impressive third-party integrations. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integrations are pretty far along, and TiVo is close to getting certifications for both of those, likely being available before the end of February. More than just turning TiVo on and off, these voice assistant integrations allow for fairly granular controls, including channel changing, play/pause, rewind, and even commercial skip. IFTTT integrations take this one step further, allowing bidirectional communications. This means TiVo could tell IFTTT that the “press D to Skip” icon is on the screen, and that could trigger an IFTTT skill to send the “skip” message back to TiVo. Yep, auto-skip is available and I’ve seen it in action! Even better news: IFTTT integration will work all the way back to Series 4 (Premier) units and doesn’t require the new Hydra UI (except auto-skip actually will require Hydra, at least at launch). Look for more from TiVo soon.

CES – TiVo Demos Alexa, Google, and IFTTT Integrations, Coming in February

Apple KRACK Debacle, iMac Edition, Rubio vs Cook vs China, Apple Hires TV Executives - Pop.0 Ep.24

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the AirPort KRACK fix, and why the iMac Pro should really be called iMac Edition. They also dig into political criticism of Tim Cook speaking in China and Apple’s overall position in that country. And when they hear that Apple has hired new television execs, they hope it means Apple’s leadership is learning how to delegate.  (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)

Eclipse Tips, AR Needs Eyeware, and No Apple Television Set - ACM 424

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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The eclipse is coming, and Bryan and Jeff have some tips for viewing it. They also explore practical limitations on augmented reality (AR) without the help of specialized eyeware. For a bookend, they deconstruct a new rumor about a supposed Apple television set. Spoiler, it ain’t happening.

Rural PBS Just Got Saved by T-Mobile

· Andrew Orr · News

PBS will continue to offer free kids shows, educational programs, and emergency alerts to millions of Americans thanks to T-Mobile.

Universal Search on Apple TV Expands, Plus Crackle, Filmstruck, and Freeform

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Apple's TV app on multiple devices, now including the Crackle app.

The fourth generation Apple TV gets several improvements today. The universal search function now includes Spike, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Plus, Apple’s TV app now supports the Crackle, Filmstruck and Freeform apps. These apps are supported across multiple devices.