Archive for May 12, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Amazon Prime Video Coming to Apple TV

John Paczkowski:

Amazon’s Prime video app — long absent from Apple TV — is indeed headed to Apple’s diminutive set-top box. Apple plans to announce Amazon Prime video’s impending arrive to the Apple TV App Store during the keynote at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5 in San Jose, California.


As part of the arrangement between the two companies, Amazon — which stopped selling Apple TV devices two years ago, when it also banned Google’s Chromecast devices from its virtual shelves — will likely resume selling Apple’s set-top box.

I still find Amazon’s policy of not directly selling iPads weird.

Update (2017-10-27): John Voorhees:

As Amazon rolls out new products and apps, I’m left wondering where the hell is my Amazon Prime Video app for the Apple TV?

Update (2017-11-09): John Voorhees:

Wondering how long ago it was announced that Amazon Prime Video was coming to the Apple TV? @rmlewisuk has you covered. Spoiler: 157 days.

Secret Audio and Key Recording

Dan Goodin:

Almost a year after app developer SilverPush vowed to kill its privacy-threatening software that used inaudible sound embedded into TV commercials to covertly track phone users, the technology is more popular than ever, with more than 200 Android apps that have been downloaded millions of times from the official Google Play market, according to a recently published research paper.


SilverPush founder Hitesh Chawla said the finding surprised him because his company abandoned the ad-tracking business in late 2015.

Dan Goodin:

HP is selling more than two dozen models of laptops and tablets that covertly monitor every keystroke a user makes, security researchers warned Thursday. The devices then store the key presses in an unencrypted file on the hard drive.

People trust Apple to protect them from this kind of stuff.

Better GitHub Searching

Daniel Jalkut:

To search any subpath, just modify the search with the “path:” flag: “struct String” path:/stdlib. Six results, all pertinent to the actual implementation of “struct String”. Just what I was looking for.

There are lots of fancy constraints you can apply to GitHub searches, I simply hadn’t thought to look them up until now. Maybe some of them will make your exploration easier, too.

It’s so great having access to the Swift source during development.

How to Shoot on iPhone 7

Apple has a bunch of short videos that show how to use the iPhone’s camera (via Phil Schiller, Hacker News). Very nicely done.

Amazon Lowers Free Shipping Threshold to $25

Lauren Thomas:

In February, Amazon reduced its minimum order amount required to qualify for free shipping — for non-Prime members — to $35 from $49, price tracker BestBlackFriday first reported.

Amazon's website now reads that online orders of $25 or more, featuring eligible items, will qualify for free shipping.

This news comes after big-box retailer Wal-Mart, in January, rolled out free two-day shipping for orders over $35. The shift was one of the first major changes Marc Lore made at Wal-Mart since the retailer purchased his e-commerce start-up,, last year.

I gave in and got Prime, now that the Visa card gives you 5% back.

Previously: Amazon Increases Free Shipping Threshold, Amazon Increases Free Shipping Minimum to $35.

Update (2017-05-15): resoluteteeth:

Walmart has free two-day shipping on orders over $35 right now, with no membership required, and yet people are still writing articles like this asking, “will it be possible for Walmart to get 2 day shipping within the next couple years?”

We’ve had lots of problems with Walmart orders, such as boxes that never ship or arrive damaged. The prices are good, but you just can’t depend on receiving the correct, working item on time, like with Amazon.