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Video: SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad Gets Teased

SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad
(Image & video courtesy of Engadget)

It’s hard not to love Slingbox, the home theatre hardware capable of throwing any video plugged into it to whatever compatible device you might have. The iPhone has had SlingPlayer Mobile for some time now, but what’s been missing has been a version optimized for the iPad — which is finally coming soon.

Engadget is reporting that an iPad version of SlingPlayer Mobile is on the way, and you can get a preview look at how it works with the embedded video below. Sling is on a roll lately, having just launched on the new Windows Phone 7 platform, and promises the iPad version will be “better than any mobile app we’ve ever done.”

In particular, the video streaming quality gets a boost on the iPad thanks to Apple’s own H.264 Live Streaming. “The UI looks nicely responsive and unobtrusive, and the video does indeed look pretty great in the middle of a 360p YouTube video,” according to Engadget.

Apparently, SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad is done and ready to go, but the company is waiting for Apple to release iOS 4.2 before they make it available to all. (Speaking of which, where is that iOS 4.2…?)

Given that the iPad already has Netflix, Hulu Plus, ABC and any number of other ways to consume content, it will be interesting to see how SlingPlayer Mobile stacks up against the onslaught of competition — particularly with so many people cutting the cords on their cable and satellite television these days.

To be notified when SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad is available, head to the Sling website and drop them your e-mail address.

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RIM Goes After The iPad With New Video

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Perhaps RIM was just feeling a wee left out of the Beatles love from this morning.  They have released a new video with a side-by-side video between their upcoming PlayBook tablet and the iPad.

The video below tries to make a comparison showing that the PlayBook can load pages faster than the iPad, and also has full Flash capabilities.

As Business Insider points out, web browsing is the number one use for the iPad, so chalk one up for RIM in emphasizing that feature.  See below and make the call yourself!

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Video: iOS 4.2 Delayed Because of iPad Wi-Fi Issues?

It’s widely believed that Apple would unleash iOS 4.2 this week — most likely on Friday — on the heels of Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1. Users got Mac OS X 10.6.5 as promised on Wednesday, but we may be forced to wait a bit before the others come along.

MacStories is reporting that the release of iOS 4.2, which the website originally predicted for Friday, November 12, may now be delayed at least a week. Earlier this week, the same website accurately predicted that the final Mac OS X 10.6.5 public release would fall on Wednesday, which did indeed come true — sans the expected support for network-connected printers using the AirPrint feature.

It now appears that MacStories only got one out of three correct, because they also predicted that iTunes 10.1 would be released Wednesday and the software is MIA as of Friday morning. Apple traditionally releases updates to the media player in advance of iOS updates, since they’re generally required for new firmware.

The latest rumor is that iOS 4.2 itself has been delayed to address “Wi-Fi connection issues experienced by many users running the GM (gold master) build on the iPad.” MacStories notes that the bug has been widely documented by both users and developers on message boards, Twitter and even Apple’s own support discussion forum.

“Basically, even if the iPad manages to successfully connect to a local network, the connection is lost after a few minutes,” MacStories noted. “This seems to be the most common problem among users, although some can’t simply use Safari at all. The bug has been reported to Apple, and they apparently decided to delay the release of iOS 4.2 to fix the bug.” (The Wi-Fi bug is demonstrated in the embedded YouTube video below.)

According to what MacStories has heard, Apple may in fact release a second gold master build as early as today to address the Wi-Fi issue, then release the update to the public up to two weeks later — although the website seems confident the release will come before Thanksgiving, despite Apple only promising “November.”

Study Finds that Users Love Their iPad for Books and Video

With the announcement of a sleeker, sexier new aluminum bodied MacBook Air, you might have forgotten about Apple’s other slim tablet device, the iPad. Apparently, the device has made quite the stride in the e-books and video sphere, as the iPad is widely used to consume both those forms of media.

A Nielsen study on the devices found that users are utilizing the iPad for its video and e-book capabilities, and that they don’t spend much time with this kind of interactive content on their iPhone. Survey respondents said that they read books 39 percent of the time on the iPad and watched television shows 33 percent of time, compared to the respective 13 percent and 11 percent on the iPhone. These numbers probably have everything to do with the difference in screen real estate between the two devices, because the iPhone is still popular for content like news and music since it’s made to comfortably fit inside of a pocket or purse.

Perhaps the most surprisingly news of all from this Nielsen study is that 63 percent of users have paid for and downloaded apps on their iPads, but a staggering 30 percent haven’t even bothered downloading a single app since they’ve taken the device out the device. That makes you wonder what the point is of even purchasing an iPad, but our assumption is that many users who aren’t too keen on the idea of dropping the cash for a computer with a full fledged operating system are simple utilizing the iPad for its internet capabilities.

Via GigaOM

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Video: Mall of America Pits Apple Against New Microsoft Store

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(Image and video courtesy of 9to5Mac)

It looks like the folks in Redmond have fired up their copying machines again, this time taking the bold move of building a new Microsoft Store right across the hall from an already-existing Apple Store in the Mall of America.

9to5Mac is reporting that the latest Apple versus Microsoft skirmish has come to the Mall of America, the 4.2 million square foot shopping goliath in Bloomington, Minnesota (located in a suburb of the popular Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul). As you can see from the photo above, Steve Ballmer and Company are erecting a new Microsoft Store across the aisle from the existing Apple Store, which will certainly make for some potentially awkward (but interesting) moments between staff members at the two retailers.

Microsoft currently has four stores open, but the Mall of America location threatens to be much, much larger than Apple’s current location there, if the embedded YouTube video below is any indication — and that’s saying something, since Apple’s location there is already pretty good size.

If we had to guess, we’d say somebody is gonna lose their job once this particular Microsoft Store opens — can there really be room for both right across from each other in such a huge retail space? Time will tell.

Personally, we’d like to see some late-night water balloon fights between the stores, or perhaps a spirited game of dodgeball once the crowds have dispersed for the day. Now that would be entertainment…

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Video: New Apple TV Running SHAtter Jailbreak

Apple TV SHAttered
(Image and video courtesy of The Dev-Team Blog)

With the second-generation Apple TV now in the hands of most early buyers, the pieces of the jailbreak puzzle are finally falling into place as the pending SHAtter exploit has now been unleashed on the new device.

The Dev-Team Blog has updated their earlier post showing a fourth-generation iPod touch running the new SHAtter exploit, which has now been ported to the new second-generation Apple TV that landed in the hands of customers this week. The exploit has not been released to the public as yet, but promises to jailbreak all iOS-based devices, potentially for life.

“It’s confirmed,” The Dev-Team writes on their blog. “SHAtter can trick Apple’s new AppleTV 2G into restoring to a pre-jailbroken IPSW from PwnageTool too! Literally the only UI application on the ATV is Lowtide.app, but now the window is open for jailbroken apps of all varieties.  (Just like the early iPhone days, the only apps you’ll see on the AppleTV will be jailbroken ones).”

If you’re not familiar with jailbreaking, it’s essentially a way to enable writing to an Apple device, particularly with the intent of running apps or mods that might otherwise not get approved by Apple. PwnageTool has long been one of the best ways to create custom firmware, combining Apple’s iOS with hacker tools which are then used to restore an iDevice via iTunes.

As we told you about earlier this week, the “LowTide” app that The Dev-Team refers to is the Front Row-based user interface you see running on the new Apple TV when you boot it up, providing the various menus for the device. That app has already been ported over to an iPod touch as part of the ongoing effort to hack the new ATV.

Right now, having SHAtter running on the Apple TV doesn’t mean much since no apps have been written or modified to run on the device, but it’s a first step toward further coolness to come. The Dev-Team have kindly provided the embedded YouTube video below, showing root access into the ATV box via SSH which ends with showing that the box has indeed been SHAttered.

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WordPress 2.6 for iOS Allows for Video Recording & Uploads

Stable, flexible and easy to use, WordPress is an obvious choice for those who blog for a living or just want to keep their family up-to-date on what they’ve been up to on the other side of the country. With a multitude of plug-in options, themes and the ability to host your published blog on WordPress’ servers or one of your own choosing, the platform is nothing but win for writers who want to get their content online quickly and with a minimal amount of fuss.

There was great rejoicing throughout the land when WordPress released their iOS app to the iTunes App Store a few years back. The original version of the application was a meat and potatoes sort of affair: It got the job done but wasn’t particularily flashy. Incremental updates brought eager users a few desirable bits and pieces; rounding the app out nicely by refining the user interface and allowing deeper interaction with features that WordPress users have enjoyed on their computers for a long time. The latest update of the app–version 2.6–introduces the ability to record video on your iPhone or video-equipped iPod touch, and then upload it to a WordPress blog. Now that’s classy. Also included in the update are the ability to auto save posts on your iOS device as you type them, an overhaul of how the app deals with local drafts and a number of bug fixes to improve stability. If WordPress for iOS 2.6 sounds like your cup of tea, all you need is an iTunes account and enough coin in your pocket to pay the low, low price of free. The app can be downloaded here. 

 

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Tango Dances Its Way Into App Store with Mobile Video Calling

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If you don’t have any friends with a FaceTime-equipped device but still want to enjoy mobile video calling, there’s a new option that’s just hit the App Store in the form of Tango, available for both iOS as well as Android.

All Things Digital’s Walt Mossberg devoted this week’s Personal Technology column to the just-released Tango app, which provides free video calling between iOS and Android devices in the same style as Apple’s own FaceTime.

After installing the Tango app, a simple registration is required (involving only your cell phone number, name and e-mail address) and once you allow the app to search your address book, it will find any friends who are already registered for the service and add them to your Tango Contacts. Given that the service is so new, you’ll likely come up with a blank Contacts list to start, but once you tap on the Invite tab, you can quickly invite others to join the party via e-mail or SMS.

So how does it work? “In my tests, Tango worked as promised, and was simple to use,” Mossberg reveals. “But the quality of its video calls was uneven, and only a few of my calls matched my best experiences with FaceTime, which, while hardly perfect, was better. Video froze or stuttered too often for my taste, and will have to become more reliable for me to recommend the service for important or frequent use.”

Mossberg is quick to note that despite its quirks, Tango is worth giving a try, since unlike FaceTime, the service is cross-platform (iOS and Android), works over both Wi-Fi and 3G and even runs on the older iPhone 3GS, which Apple’s own solution certainly does not. The tech guru also found the service easier to use than competitors like fring or Qik, particularly since Tango uses your mobile number to connect with other users rather than some arcane login name that you friends and family may not know.

While Mossberg previewed the Tango app on Wednesday, it became available to the public on Thursday and the free 5.4MB download is now live on the App Store. Tango requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible only with the iPhone at this time.

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Video: Can Your iPod nano Walk? This One Can!

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It’s nice to sometimes take a break from reporting about mythical products such as the Verizon iPhone or the Facebook Phone and just kick back for 35 seconds and watch video of an iPod nano walking. Wait, what…?

Mashable is reporting that an enterprising hacker known only as PachimonDotCom has taken to YouTube to share his love of robotic wizardry with the world. After previously turning both the iPhone and the iPad into dancing robots, he’s now set his sights on Apple’s new diminutive iPod nano — and judging from the embedded video below, we’d say he’s succeeded nicely.

While PachimonDotCom’s previous efforts involved utilizing iOS to create “faces” for the iPhone and iPad, that proved to be trickier for the iPod nano, especially since its proprietary OS doesn’t allow installation of apps. So how did this enterprising hacker get around the dilemma? The eye animation was created with a simple animated GIF.

Getting the iPod nano to dance required a little more ingenuity: “For this project, I have developed very simple way to control two servo motors by iPod nano: using the sound from headphone jack as PWM signal that controls the servo motors!” the hacker explains on his YouTube channel. “Yes, two servos are powered by miniature 3.7V 110mAh Li-Po battery and control lines are directly connected to headphone jack! Very simple!”

If you’re as fascinated by dancing Apple mobile devices as PachimonDotCom is, the hacker encourages folks to follow him on Twitter and of course, you can always subscribe to his YouTube channel as well to see what he’ll come up with next. Dancing Apple TV, anyone…?

(Image and video courtesy of Mashable and PachimonDotCom)

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Video: Using Your iPhone to Pay for the Subway

Visa payWave with iPhone
(Image and video courtesy of Mashable)

If you need more evidence that we’re living in the future, check out the video below from Visa, who has started a test program in New York City which allows subway riders to pay their fares with nothing more than your iPhone.

Mashable is reporting that New York City is the latest hot spot getting a pilot program to test out Visa’s payWave system using the iPhone. With the New York City Transit, NJ Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey all on board, it means that you can now pay your subway, bus and train fares right from the iPhone itself — no cash, plastic or Metro card required.

Visa’s demo video shows that travelers pass by the payment terminal with a simple wave of their device in front of a contact-free reader. The payWave system requires the smartphone to be equipped with a sensor in order to transmit the payment information, and Visa is also working with Bank of America to expand the system to other retailers in New York City as well.

If you don’t happen to live or work in Manhattan, fear not: Visa is currently working with the L.A. Metro to expand the trial to the west coast, using TAP ReadyCARD dual-use prepaid Visa cards, which act as both transit tickets and Visa debit cards (no iPhone use there just yet, it appears). Visa payWave is already international, with the payment processor already installing the technology in Kuala Lampur, Singapore, Paris, Istanbul and London.

For now, the New York City subway test is only installed at 28 stops along the Lexington line, but a successful trial period will likely expand its reach to even more places in the future.

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