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I hate iTunes. And I think Apple does, too

iTunes went from being a svelte piece of software to an octopus of an application—and with that, an array of problems began popping up. iTunes 7, for instance, saw 18 updates in less than 12 months. Likewise, iTunes 10 (with Ping!) had 19 updates in a year. iTunes 11, meanwhile, needed 17 patches in its 11 month life. On the bright side, things are looking better for iTunes 12—with only three releases since its rollout in October […], it’s fair to ask if iTunes is any better. All this history sidesteps the injection of the App Store into iTunes. With the launch of iOS 2, iPhone owners needed somewhere to download their various digital goodies from, and someone in Cupertino thought it would be a great idea to make iTunes that place. – John Patrick Pullen, Quartz

Tablo Users To Get More Hard Drive Space and Other Features

Besides support for larger hard drives than the current limit of 2TB the update will also include new features to make the experience more user friendly including expansion of fast forwarding and close captioning support for Mac/PC Android tablets and TV’s as well as the Amazon Fire TV. Users will also be able to clean up their expanded hard drives with the ability to delete episodes of a specific series, delete watched content or even purge the entire list at once. The new deleting options will be available for TabloTV apps on Mac, PC, Android TV, Android tablets, Amazon Fire TV and (soon) to Roku. – Ryan Michael Downey, The Streaming Advisor

Innovative Systems launches Streaming TV app

Innovative Systems has launched a new video service that can deliver live video channels to subscribers over their data connection. […] Customers can access the Streaming TV App using a Roku 3 or Streaming Stick device and then use their Roku remote to view channel guide information. Viewers also have the ability to pause live programming along with fast forward and rewind functionality. – Telecompaper 
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Apple just accepted a rare $999 app

This week, […] Vizzywig 4K debuted. This hyper-deluxe iPhone application “captures full 4K resolution photos at the rate of 24 photos per second along with synched audio” rather than capturing video. You can thus get really, really, really nice clips with your iPhone 5s. […] The same logic may apply to the extremely small pool of people who truly, deeply care about capturing 4K video quality on their iPhones. For those of us who care slightly less about iPhone video quality, there is also a somewhat more modest VizzyWig application that is priced at $30. This editing suite is more than 30 times cheaper than the one on VizzyWig 4K… and perhaps that is the point. – Tero Kuittinen,BGR
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XBMC Changes Name to Kodi, Reduces Trademark Confusion

It’s a fair argument: If the name of one’s application, Xbox Media Center, seems to suggest that the app runs on one’s Xbox gaming consoles—which it doesn’t really do right now—then perhaps it’s time for a rebranding? […] “Furthermore, while the software still acts as a media center, it also hosts addons, loads games, streams content to and from numerous devices, and can ultimately act as a complete replacement for whatever platform it is hosted on. Indeed, XBMC today is far more an Entertainment Center than a simple Media Center,” reads a blog post by Kodi community/project manager Nathan Betzen. […] The move to the new Kodi branding shouldn’t affect use of the app at all, save for the obvious changing of the splash screen that announces the app’s title. The next version of the app will be Kodi 14, not XBMC 14. More importantly, those looking to make fan sites in tribute to Kodi will now have a clearer definition of just what “confusing” means in regards to use of the Kodi name—specifically, that a site can do that so long as its use “doesn’t confuse other users and the community.” – David Murphy,PCMag
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