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NHL GameCenter Live Coming Soon To an iPad Near You

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Granted the sporting world may be focused on the start of the upcoming World Series, or an NFL season that’s in full swing, but the NHL season is also underway. With that, iPad puck fans can look forward in the near future to being able to watch live games on their devices.  The NHL had also been one of the first pro sports leagues to optimize their site for the iPad.

Perry Cooper, senior VP of digital media for the NHL spoke with Multichannel News saying that the league’s young, affluent fanbase are poised to take full advantage of its mobile web offerings.  According to Scarborough Research, NHL fans are more likely to own smartphones than fans of any other major professional sport.

“It really serves every aspect and segment of our fan and it allows us the opportunity to upgrade and matriculate people to a more robust experience,” Cooper said.

The league currently maintains three NHL GameCenter apps – which can vary anywhere from free options to subscriptions – and can allow fans the chance to stream live games, view in-game highlights and get access to other NHL content on devices like the BlackBerry, iPhone/iPod touch and Nokia handsets, and the iPad.

The free portion provides live scores; live in-game stats for each team and player; a full-season schedule; standings, player profiles, archived results and stats for the current season, searchable content and a personalized experience.

If you’re thirsting for something a bit more, NHL GameCenter Premium is available on the iPad for .95, which offers up video highlights, condensed games and live game audio in addition to everything found in the free edition.  Unfortunately, NHL GameCenter Live is only available in the U.S. for Verizon Wireless users, due to contractual obligations that the league has.  That version allows users to stream live video of games.  Perhaps iPhone users won’t be out in the cold if we ever see that Verizon version, hmmm?

But just the same, according to league officials, GameCenter Live is going to be due out later this year for the iPad!  Presumably it will come at a cost, but if you live out of the state of your favorite team, it could certainly be worth it!

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Apple Streaming Back to the Mac Event Live

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Nothing like keeping us in suspense, but better late than never: Apple has confirmed that today’s “Back to the Mac” event will be streamed live.

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple will provide a live video stream of today’s “Back to the Mac” media event, which begins at 10am PST (1pm EST). This is good news to Apple fans, who have been kept in suspense almost until the last moment.

In years past, Apple usually streamed their media events live, but more recently we’ve had to enjoy liveblogs of the event from tech journalists in attendance. That appears to have changed now, with Apple streaming their September 1 music-centric event and now the Back to the Mac event marks the second one in a row.

Unfortunately, only the Apple faithful are invited — the live stream requires Safari on Mac OS X 10.6, an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Sorry, Windows users!

Press release follows, get your credit cards at ready!

Media Alert
Apple to Provide Live Video Streaming of Today’s Event
What: Live video stream of Apple’s October 20 event
When: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 10:00 a.m. PDT
Where: www.apple.com

Live Video Streaming

Apple® will broadcast its October 20 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™. The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on October 20, 2010 at www.apple.com/uk.

This broadcast is the property of Apple and is protected by US copyright law and international treaties. Any reproduction or distribution is strictly prohibited without prior written approval from Apple. Please contact Apple Public Relations with any questions.

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RIM: Problems With 7-Inch Tablets Live In Apple's "Distortion Field"

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Yesterday, Steve Jobs had some subtle words for Apple’s competitors, and RIM was quick to respond right back.  The co-CEO of RIM said that the comments didn’t apply to users “who live outside of Apple’s distortion field.”  Ouch.

Those comments were made by RIM’s Jim Balsillie in an effort to fend off Jobs’ comments thought to be about the company’s 7 inch PlayBook launching in early 2011.  He thinks consumers are “getting tired of being told what to think by Apple.”

“For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7-inch tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience,” Balsillie had noted in his response.  “We also know that while Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to full access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash.”

Balsillie was also not fond of Jobs’ comments about the iPhone outselling the BlackBerry in the September quarter.

“RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 (million to) 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter,” said Balsillie.  “Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than sunny summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders.”

And the icing on the cake?

“As usual whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story.”

In case you missed it from yesterday, head here for a nice recap of Apple’s earnings call, including some of the comments from Steve that prompted RIM’s feisty response.

Whose claim do you feel is more validated, readers?  Apple’s?  RIM’s?  Neither?  Feel free to leave your thoughts below!

via AppleInsider

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Live Blog: Apple's Back to the Mac Special Event

Join us on Wednesday, October 20 at 10:00AM PDT as we live blog Apple’s Back to the Mac event.

We’re expecting Steve and company to announce the next major OS X upgrade and judging from their invite, we’re pretty sure it’s going to called Lion.

There are also rumblings of a new MacBook air being introduced.

We’ll all find out soon enough. See you then.

 

 

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The Mac|Life Show – Live: Episode 2

 

 

Welcome to The Mac|Life Show.

We’ll be live streaming the taping of the show at 4:00PM PDT today.

This week Flo composes a song and Robbie rides a scooter for science. We also talk about Apple’s upcoming Mac event. Tune in. 

If you can’t watch the live stream, don’t worry, we’ll post the video in this article when we’re done.

To share your ideas with us before, during, and after the live show, you can contact us via Twitter, Facebook or email us.

 

 

The live stream is also available on Ustream.

 

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Podcast #162: Dual-Radio iPhones and Jailbreaking Goes Live… For Windows?

Apple is rumored to be working on an iPhone that will work on CDMA and GSM networks. Dual radio iPhone FTW!

Nic and Robbie wonder why Sprint never gets any iPhone rumor love and talk about the awesomeness of switching to any US carrier we want.

Battling hackers release jailbreaking apps and both of them are Windows only. Booo. We talk about the problems with the tools, warn users about jailbreaking and talk about the iPhone Dev Team.

And don’t forget to check out our DonorsChoose page.

Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions.

This week’s Battlestar Applactica picks:

Cut The Rope – $.99

 

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Lego Universe is Live… For Some

My oh my, but this is a happy day for LEGO fans–especially those who had the foresight to pre-order the LEGO Universe MMO game. In a press release from on high, the LEGO Group announced that the game’s servers are now live, allowing access to individuals who opted to pre-purchase the game two weeks earlier than LEGO Universe’s slated October 26th launch date. For you privileged few who have already purchased the game, today marks a new a new chapter in your life: You’ll no longer need to alienate your family and friends in order to bring your creations to life with small plastic blocks. Starting today, you also have the option of alienating them through the use of a computer. Technology makes everything better!

Available for both Mac and PC platforms, LEGO Universe is the first and only MMO that allows payers to get their game on in an environment drawn from playing with LEGOs in meatspace. The games sees players rise up to stop the threat posed by the evil Maelstrom (presumably some pretty bad dudes,) by joining forces with the heroic Nexus Force alliance. The stakes of the battle are high, with the spoils of victory being the power of Imagination itself. In order to wage war against the forces of evil, players are called upon to build devices and objects that will aid them as they travel through the LEGO Universe. Best of all, the game has an easy-to-use interface that will allow players to bring creations of their own to life for use in-game. What could possibly be sweeter?

For more information on what is sure to be a great time for LEGO fans of all ages, head on over to LEGO Universe’s official site.

 

 

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The Mac|Life Show – Live: Episode 1

Welcome to The Mac|Life Show.

We’ll be live streaming the taping of the show at 4:00PM PDT today. 

Instead of creating a show based on what we think you want, we’ve decided to create a show with you. Your input is important for the show and we’ll be adjusting the format of it based on what we learn from these first episodes and your feedback. If you can’t watch the live stream, don’t worry, we’ll post the video in this article when we’re done.

To share your ideas with us before, during, and after the live show, you can contact us via Twitter, Facebook or email us.

 

The live stream is also available on Ustream.

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The Mac|Life Show – Live: Episode .75

 

Welcome to The Mac|Life Show–LIVE AND IN PERSON!!!

Instead of creating a show based on what we think you want, we’ve decided to create a show with you. Your input is important for the show and we’ll be adjusting the format of it based on what we learn from these first episodes and your feedback. If you can’t watch the live stream, don’t worry, we’ll post the video in this article when we’re done.

To share your ideas with us before, during, and after the live show, you can contact us via Twitter, Facebook or email us.

The live stream is also available on Ustream.

 

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