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Apple and Samsung bring iTunes and AirPlay to smart TVs

Apple and Samsung bring iTunes and AirPlay to smart TVs

In a press release announcing the new Apple support, LG said "With AirPlay 2, users can easily play videos directly from their Apple devices, iTunes and other video apps, music or photos to their LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R".

There is no mention of any restrictions on access to content, with the specific mention that users have free and unhindered access not just to their already owned entertainment on iTunes but access to browse, rent and purchase any content including their QLED 4K and 8K TVs, The Frame and Serif lifestyle TVs, as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models. According to Apple's own website, "leading TV manufacturers are integrating AirPlay 2 directly into their TVs, so now you can effortlessly share or mirror nearly anything from your iOS device or Mac directly to your AirPlay 2-enabled smart TV". More surprising is that Samsung smart TVs will also get the iTunes app. The deal also signals that "peak iPhone" is very real and that Apple is looking for ways in which it can supplement its revenue in the face of a declining iPhone market.

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Meanwhile, Microsoft also added 11 additional mouse pointer sizes in the Cursor and Pointers settings menu for a total of 15. The report adds that Windows 10 on 39.22% of all the Windows desktops in December 2018, while Windows 7 is on 36.9%.

Samsung is the first TV brand to benefit from the iTunes app integration but we wouldn't be surprised to see others follow suit. AirPlay 2 will allow users to stream content from their iPhone or iPad to their TV to enjoy things like playing videos, or even music, podcasts, etc. And should the much-rumoured Apple video streaming service subsequently arrive, it now looks like it will land on smart TVs in a similar fashion. Also, the TVs are also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, meaning that you have multiple assistant options at hand in order to take control of your media.

Apple's iPhone sales decline, appears to have delivered a significant 2019 change of direction for Apple, with the decision to cuddle up with Samsung to deliver a new content era for the big US Company whose shares are now crashing and burning as consumers turn away from Apple hardware raising more questions than we have answers. The app is due to launch in Spring 2019.

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Harden finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists, connecting on 10-of-23 from beyond the arc. Harden , 29, had his fifth straight 40-point game as he led Houston to the overtime victory Thursday.

AirPlay 2 support includes compatibility with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform.

Best of Enemies Beyond lawsuits, the companies have still long shared both a close partnership, with Apple relying on Samsung for components such as screens in the latest high-end iPhones, as well as fierce rivalry. This is to "create a consistent experience across Samsung's platform", said Samsung.

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Australia will look to address their batting woes quickly against a charged-up Indian team in sight of a historic series triumph. Pujara's 18th Test century came up when he swatted the 199th ball he faced to fine-leg and it just about reached the boundary.


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