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Unlock Apple TV with a Thumb Drive Hack

Play Any Multimedia File with Boxee, Thumb Drive Hack for Apple TV

Boxee Thumb Drive Hack by Scott DavillaAre you an Apple TV lover that has been disappointed by the functionality of the system in not letting you play all those multimedia files you have collected over the years. There are quite a few people out there that have had complaints about Apple’s stringent restrictions on what media files users can playback on their Apple TV.

Well not to worry. With the advent of Boxee, users can now playback almost any video file on their computer with no media restrictions.

Boxee is a software patch coded by Scott Davilla that can be loaded onto an Apple TV via USB stick. Once users have patched their system they will see a Boxee menu appear on Apple TV which will give them an update option that will install Boxee on their Apple TV unit.

The software needs to be loaded via a “bootable” USB thumb drive in order to work properly but if your USB drive is not bootable by default there are many applications out there that can format the drive and make it bootable.

Right now Boxee is invitation only through Scott Davilla’s site but users that have received invites to download the software can also send invites to others. The software is currently only available for Mac, but Scott plans to release a Windows and Linux version in the following week.

For more information on Boxee checkout the full article here on Wired.com.



New iPhone Tethering Software on Apple Apps Store gets Pulled

Tethering App for the Apple iPhone Briefly Available to Users

iPhone Tethering Software App from Apple Apps StoreIn the latest technical debacle from Apple, tethering software for the Apple iPhone was made available on the Apple “Apps” store for about 20 minutes before being removed entirely.

Users who were lucky enough to download the $10 software created by Nullriver, gained the ability to tether iPhones to their laptops or PCs, enabling online access for those systems through the phone itself.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the issue, as to why the software was available from Apple’s Apps store because of the supposed screening process Apple has in place to ensure only “approved” apps are available for sale.

Nullriver posted an article explaining what had happened, and wrote they were still waiting on a response from Apple as to why the software had been pulled.

As an iPhone owner I am very disappointed to see a company preach about innovation, only to stifle it when there is money to be made. This seems to be the trend that has followed the release of the iPhone, and anyone who has tried to enable the device to do more than what Apple had originally intended.

They have obviously come a long way from the days of building computers in the garage. While this has helped provide consumers with numerous innovations in computers, Apple seems to have lost sight of the original passion they had to “create” technology. Either that or they feel they should be able to corner the market on “thinking different”.

For more details on the story checkout the full article at TechCrunch here




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