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Boxee goes beta

After what has seemingly been a never-ending "alpha" period for the famous XBMC fork, Boxee, tonight the Boxee crew have finally (as expected) unveiled the first beta release of Boxee. For starters, they have totally revamped the user interface especially surrounding the home screen. Up top are...

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Mac OS X, now HDTV-ready with 10.6

Got a fancy new Mac with some flavor of DisplayPort connector and a shiny new copy of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard installed? If you do and you also happen to hook said Mac up to an HDTV via an HDMI adapter, then head on over to System Preferences to check out the latest uncovered Snow Leopard nugget of...

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TUAW Guide: Setting up the Ultimate Mac mini Home Theater

The Mac mini has always been the perfect form factor for a media center appliance (often called a Home Theater PC/HTPC). It's extremely small, almost completely silent and it can easily blend into an existing electronics shelf - or be hidden away completely. The lack of a refresh (and rumors that...

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Boxee remote app for iPhone and iPod Touch available on App Store

We've made no secret of our love for the Boxee media center. Its lovable interface works great from 2ft. to 20ft. and covers just about everything an HTPC should on both the Apple TV and Mac mini. Now, after weeks of being in review, the folks over at the Boxee blog have finally announced the...

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Boxee releases new alpha, adds Netflix support

It's a pretty awesome day to be a Netflix fan. Not only is the Watch Instantly service officially available for OS X, it's also now working via boxee, my favorite media center application! Boxee pushed out an impromptu update last week for Apple TV owners, specifically to address issues with...

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New version of Boxee supports Hulu

We've covered the Boxee social-networking media center application before, including the recent release that runs on the Apple TV. Now yet another alpha has been released that adds a long sought-after feature: internet flash video playback for "Hulu, CBS, Comedy Central and MySpaceTV." Other updates...

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CenterStage open source media center updates, offers preview of future interface

The Mac media center market is heating up lately, with a healthy collection of competitors to Apple's Front Row offering unique features and different UI experiences. This is great news for anyone who wants to turn an older Mac into a media center, or if Front Row simply doesn't float your boat....

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Rumor: iPhone as Apple TV remote

Loop Rumors is reporting on a patent Apple has filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office entitled, "Multi-media center for computing systems." In short, the filing describes a "media-player with remote control capabilities" that is used to control several media devices, and even share data with...

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Apple TV analysis from Piper Jaffray

While you're waiting for the Apple TV to ship any day now, MacNN has some interesting snippets of analysis on the device from Piper Jaffray's senior analyst, Gene Munster. Of note, there are a surprising estimate of 118 million 'active' iTunes users compared to Windows Media Center's 12 million...

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iTheater media center launches new site, version bump

iTheater is an open source media center app for Mac OS X which we've blogged before. While I hear it's definitely still rough around the edges, the project has launched both a new site and a version bump to 0.1.2a - both sporting all-new UIs. Various bug fixes and other additions have made it into...

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Ask TUAW: Where do you put your Apple remote?

"Where's the zapper?!" A time old phrase uttered countless times in countless living rooms across the world, usually accompanied by an expletive or two. Now that Apple has standardized Front Row and bundled a remote with nearly its whole range, Mac mini, MacBook and MacBook Pro owners are also...

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Intel stumbles while stepping to Apple's 6 button remote

Honestly: I'm always down for some competition; it keeps (some) companies innovating and (hopefully) on their toes. But wow... if you're going to openly take on a device like Apple's beautiful and simple 6-button Remote, it might be a good idea to make sure you're firing on all cylinders. Check out...

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Turn that Mac mini into a media center - finally

When the mini was announced, about the only person NOT thinking "media center Mac" was Bill Gates. I immediately bought one, and I bought the then-new El Gato EyeTV with that ATI logo on it (the full name escapes me). That El Gato box is ugly, gets hot, and didn't really do what...

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BusinessWeek seeking Mac mini owners

Mac mini owners, listen up. Peter Burrows at BusinessWeek Online is looking for Mac mini owners. Specifically, he wants to hear from people who are using Intel-based minis as living room media centers. Do you have a setup that fits the bill? You can either leave him a comment here, or send an email...

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Apple Announces New Intel-based Mac Minis

Well, it's not quite the Apple Media Center that I've been wishing for, but it's close. At today's special Apple Event, the company announced two updated models of their Mac mini. 1.5GHz Intel Core Single1.5GHz Intel Core Solo processor 2MB L2 Cache 667MHz Frontside Bus 512MB memory (667MHz DDR2...

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