Until we get a whole new model with, hopefully, a brand new look to the operating system, we have to stick with what we've got. The number of media channels is not getting any smaller, with Apple adding new content on a regular basis. For example, Apple recently added NatGeo TV. Content options are great, but sifting through dozens of channels can be a pain sometimes.
If you're tired of scrolling through the nearly seven dozen channels looking for the ones you use most, you can hide everything you don’t want to access, making it much easier to get to the content you want. We've got a quick tutorial to show you how.
Customizing Channels on the Main Menu
- On Apple TV, go to your Settings app, which is always in the second row below your iTunes and shared computer channels.
- Select Main Menu from the list.
- Select "Hide" for every channel that you don't want showing by selecting the channel and clicking the center select button on the Apple TV remote. Channels that will be visible on the Apple TV are listed as "Show," while channels that will no longer show up are listed as "Hide."
New channels will appear on the Main Menu whenever they are added to Apple TV. If you don't want to see them, follow the steps above for the new channel.
You can also go back and add channels to Main Menu whenever you like by clicking on it until it has "Show" next to it instead.
If your Apple TV is running slowly, shuts off randomly, or is otherwise working poorly, one way to fix it is to restart it.
- Unplug the connection to your television set.
- Unplug the power cable from the box.
- Plug the TV cable back in.
- Plug the power cable back in.
- Wait for Apple TV to finish reloading.
There may be deeper issues with your set-top box that a simple restart can't fix. If so, you may need to reset it to factory settings.
- On Apple TV, go to the Settings app.
- Select General.
- Scroll down to select Reset.
- Select Restore.
If you can't restore Apple TV to its factory settings from the Main Menu (like, if your box is frozen and just stops working altogether), you can perform the process via iTunes by connecting your Apple TV to your computer.
You will need a micro-USB cable and the latest version of iTunes running on your Internet-connected computer for this process.
- Disconnect the power and television cables from Apple TV.
- Open iTunes on your computer. Then connect Apple TV to your computer using the micro-USB cable. If you have the third-generation Apple TV, you will also need to plug the box into a power source.
- Once connected, Go to the Apple TV summary page in iTunes and select "Restore Apple TV."
- When the restoration process is finished, disconnect Apple TV from your computer and reconnect it to your television set.
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There have been a wide range of both complaints and praises regarding the larger screened iPhones Apple introduced last fall, but this one is new. Matt Bonner, longtime member of the San Antonio Spurs, gave an interview recently in which he blamed a season-changing injury on Apple’s larger screened iPhone (via Yahoo).
Bonner revealed that he suffered from tennis elbow in his non-shooting arm for a two-and-half month period during the 2014-2015 NBA season. The pain was such a distraction to Bonner that before we would even catch the ball he would be dreading the pain. How did he come down with tennis elbow? He used his iPhone 6 Plus too much…
Bonner said that since his new iPhone was so much bigger than his previous device, he had to stretch further to reach the buttons. Surprisingly enough, the Spurs training staff has seen an injury like this before, so Bonner’s case is not as unique as you may want to think.
Here’s what Bonner had to say regarding season-altering injury:
“I hate to make excuses, I was raised to never make excuses, but I went through a two-and-a-half month stretch where I had really bad tennis elbow, and during that stretch it made it so painful for me to shoot I’d almost be cringing before I even caught the ball like, ‘Oh, this is going to kill.’ Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it. When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it.”
Meanwhile, 39-year old Tim Duncan is chugging right along and the Spurs recently signed LaMarcus Aldridge, who will likely eat away at Bonner’s playing time for the upcoming season. Also, if the 6′ 10″ NBA player is complaining about the size of the iPhone 6 Plus, what does that say about it?
Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPhone 6, iphone 6 plus, Matt Bonner, NBA, Spurs
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Microsoft today has introduced a new app for iOS and Android that makes it considerably easier for friends and family to make plans while on the go. Dubbed Tossup, the app was developed by the Microsoft Garage, which means it implores new ideas and thinking that the company hopes will catch on to the masses.
Tossup helps groups decide on plans by giving them suggestions and allowing each member of the group to vote and suggest other options. It offers the ability to make decisions regarding timing, availability, what to do, nearby venues, and spending limits. The app uses Bing to pull in restaurant information such as opening hours, reviews, addresses, and more.
Tossup also supports voting on topics such as which pair of shoes buy or which team will win the upcoming game. The app is developed by a group within the Outlook team in Silicon Valley and has been tested extensively by users at the University of Washington and Santa Clara University.
Regarding Tossup, developer team member Jennifer Shen had the following to say:
“Tossup removes the friction around planning. It’s really about connecting with people, removing barriers that cause plans to fall through. Our aim is for you to spend more time hanging out with friends rather than coordinating schedules.”
Tossup is available now on the App Store. Check out a video below demoing the app:
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