Setting up your Apple TV with your iPhone

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Austin White

I missed this.  Bluetooth in your iPhone now allows you to setup your Apple TV 

Story is here originally from TechCrunch


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Guest on ThinkMake Sell

Posted on October 20, 2013 by Austin White

I listen to a lot of podcasts.  Partly to pass the time on a commute, but primarily to learn more from other people. One of the shows that I have been listening to from the beginning is ThinkMakeSell - Turning your ideas into a Business.  Thomas Borowski is the host and he has interviewed some incredible creators.  It is one of the shows I look forward to weekly.  

This week I was lucky enough to be a guest on the show.  My first podcast.  Thomas and I traded a few emails when I commented on a sub-segment of the who he was doing called The Makers Journal where he goes through the process of publicly designing, building and crowd funding his Groovboard 2.

If you are interested in learning more about blocs or how they came to be here is a link to the show, it runs just over1 hour.  If you are interested in taking an idea to production I would listen to all of these.

Thanks Thomas for the great show and inspiration!



New Apple TV Software update

Posted on September 24, 2013 by Austin White

Apple TV released a software update a few days ago that coincided with the iOS 7 release. A few owners reported that their AppleTV's were bricked as a result of the update.  Apple pulled the release and today has re-released the software.  The Verge has an article on the new features.  I was lucky enough to not have an issue and am enjoying iTunes radio through my entertainment center now. Wroth the upgrade for sure.

Did you ahve any issues during the upgrade?


Posted in AppleTV, iOS, News

New Channels for Apple TV

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Austin White

This week we were lucky enough to get several channels added to the Apple TV.  This update included the Vevo News channel, The Weather Channel, Smithsonian Channel, and two Disney channels: Disney Channel and Disney XD.  Disney channels require you to sign in with your current cable provider so they are not free channels but  still nice to have.  


MacRumours has the full story here.


Gear with Style Review Video Review

Posted on May 06, 2013 by Austin White

This is blocs first video review from Gear with Style.  Great camera work and Michael said really nice things.  Thanks !


Posted in AppleTV, cool products, News

MacLife gives blocs 4 out of 5 stars !

Posted on March 11, 2013 by Austin White

The April issue of MacLife has a full page review on blocs.  Senior editor Susie Ochs did a really nice review of the Cherry Bloc.  It sounds like she got some good rubbing around the office for reviewing a wood product in the tech world.

"So, its come to this," we keep joking around the office, "Susie is reviewing a chunk of wood."

I am glad she was able to stick with it and write a positive review even after being teased by her co-workers.  Being from WIsconsin she also noted the high quality of products that come out of that state and I was glad to be one of them.

We lost a star due to shipping cost.  But thats OK it is solid wood and I don't get to set the postal prices! 

Thanks MacLIfe for the kind words.


The article is not on the website yet but will link to the piece when it is.


Posted in News

Dress up your Apple TV top and bottom

Posted on March 05, 2013 by Austin White

Recently I have had several customers ask me if I could recommend a place where they can get a "cover" for their Apple TV top match their bloc.  I learned about a company called Lazerwood Industries from a friend.  Lazerwood makes a really high quality walnut and a black stained cherry that fit a top the Apple TV dressing it up an allowing it to blend into your surroundings more easily.  Pair it up with a bloc and you really have created a beutiful media center.  

Lazerwood Industries Apple TV cover   


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