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Speaking of Apple and gaming, here’s Sean Heber:

Apple now has everything they need to disrupt the game console industry in a way that none of them see coming. I predict that we’ll see a new AppleTV update (and hardware) this fall along with a new app extension type for AirPlay. AirPlay will become about more than just streaming video to your AppleTV - instead that’ll simply be one of the things you can do with it. Apps (mostly games, I suspect) will be able to bundle an AirPlay extension inside - just like how apps can now bundle photo editing or sharing extensions as of iOS 8. The key difference is where the AirPlay extension app actually executes - instead of running on your device itself from within another host app, the AirPlay extension app will be automatically uploaded to whatever AppleTV you are currently AirPlaying with and will run directly on the AppleTV natively instead. This means no video streaming lag and minimal controller lag. Your iPhone would then turn into a generic game controller with onscreen controls or, if you have a physical shell controller attached to your iPhone, it activates that instead. The game controller inputs are then relayed to the AppleTV and thus to the AirPlay extension app using the new game controller forwarding feature.

This is a very interesting idea — apps as air(play)borne viruses that “infect” the Apple TV unit. It sounds almost crazy enough to be true.

Remember that while it’s stated to have no internal storage, the Apple TV (the hockey puck variety) does actually have 8 GB of memory. This would certainly be enough for any single app (of which games are almost always the largest) to fully reside temporarily, while playing. 

The wild card here in my mind, is the input. The long-rumored new Apple TV box has long been said to be built around some sort of new control paradigm. Will a “magic wand” or some other such controller work with these games as well? Or will there be something else? Or will it simply rely on an iPad/iPhone?

[via John Gruber]

Is the ‘AirPlay killer’ already dead?

It may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but HDMI radically simplified our home entertainment. Once, connecting devices to a television required any number of different video and audio cables — including composite, component, VGA, DVI, and more. Now, HDMI has supplanted nearly all of them. It’s ubiquitous, and it’s simple to use. One cable transmits video and audio at the same time. People understand how it works. MIRACAST COULD CUT THE HDMI CORD But an HDMI cable is still a bulky, cumbersome thing to carry around if you’re simply trying to connect a smartphone or tablet to a television. That’s why the wireless industry is working on a wireless alternative. It’s called Miracast. It might have already failed. But if the industry can turn things around, it could have the potential to cut that pesky cable. 

Hard to say goodbye to this beautiful place, @yesenialinares in our #airplay mesh set and black label @specimensofseduction sheer romance robe

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I built an AirPi Wireless Speaker.  It consists of a raspberry pi, small amp circuit, powered usb hub, wifi adapter, bookshelf speaker, and a usb battery.  

You simply turn it on and wait for it to boot up then you can play music from your itunes or iphone using airplay.  I also have mpd and mpc installed so that androids can play music on it too.

It took about two weeks to complete and the instructions on how to install are posted below.

My reddit post

video of it working

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How-To After the break.

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Panic:

The good news? If someone complains that this insignificant plug costs $50, tell them it’s a tiny computer!

They ripped the thing apart and found an ARM-based SoC built by Apple, complete with its own RAM. 

Their guess was that this system was meant to enable AirPlay to more easily convert video output from a Lightning connector to HDMI. But an anonymous comment they link to seems to dispel that. Instead, this may be a fairly powerful micro-computer whose sole purpose is video conversion (as opposed to doing it on an iOS device).

Sadly, the video output from this adapter isn’t all that great right now (supposedly being worked on). Still, fascinating that Apple went through all this engineering for an adapter that relatively few people will buy. 

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Updates on Like Money airplay

Finally exact numbers lol - The song was played by 33 radio stations this week! And have a total of 254 spins (we finally broke the 200 spins mark, yay!). Things are starting to look brighter for Like Money and i actually think that they might break into the Hot 100 chart again soon (crossing my fingers right now).

Hopefully they will continue promoting the song, but we have to do our part too, right? So let’s keep requesting the song via twitter, calling the stations and requesting on mediabase. FIGHTING! <3