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SlingPlayer for iPad Streams Your Productivity Away

Are you thrilled by the new levels of productivity you’ve reached thanks to this week’s iOS 4.2 update for iPad? Well, if you have SlingPlayer hardware lashed to your home entertainment center, get ready to kiss your new found zest for getting things done goodbye as the company has finally unleashed an iPad client to bring all of their place-shifting goodness to your Apple-branded tablet where and when ever you feel like goofing off.

Unlike it’s poor resolution iPhone cousin, SlingPlayer’s iPad app brings the noise… and some pretty decent video quality too. Just hook it up to either a Slingbox Pro or ProHD, and you’ll be able to get your boob tube on anywhere you can find an internet connection. With a UI that’s been specifically designed for the iPad and an easy to navigate program guide, the application looks like it could very well be a winner for TV loving iPad owners. Let’s hope it is: SlingPlayer for iPad comes with a hefty price tag. For that much coin, you’d want it to work exactly as advertised.

If you’re the type that takes your TV watching seriously, the application can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store now.


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Sunday Sides: iPad Coming To Northern Europe and Free MobileMe?

mobilemeWho says that all the news has to happen during the week?  Today we have a couple of tidbits in that following up on the iPad’s continued global dominance, it looks like Northern Europe shall soon see a rollout of the device.  And then in other news, could we at long last see free MobileMe? 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark should soon see that magical device headed their way.  In conjunction with the launch, European carriers Tre, TeliaSonera AB and Tele2 AB announced on Friday that they will offer up data subscriptions for iPad users, but unfortunately details were not readily available as to when the plans would launch and what the prices would be for the data plans.

However, TeliaSonera confirmed that it wouldn’t be selling the actual iPad.  “As things look right now, we will only offer subscription packages for the iPad,” according to Bengt Olsson, TeliaSonera’s head of communications.  “The iPad launch is imminent and we plan to release our subscription offer in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark simultaneously,” he notes.

In other news, as we anxiously await the features of iOS 4.2, scuttlebutt is afoot that perhaps part of Apple’s mysterious data center could be devoted to free MobileMe services.

MacRumors had discovered in the most recent iOS 4.2 betas a “new private framework” that contained error messages that referenced free MobileMe accounts.  Some of those errors included: “The maximum number of free accounts have been activated on this iPhone” and “This iPad is not qualified for free MobileMe service.”

As AppleInsider points out, while Apple does offer up a 60-day free trial for its currently a year MobileMe service, it’s sort of sketchy as to how exactly an iOS unit would “qualify” for free service.

Regardless, as we’re nearing the end of November, which is when Apple had said that iOS 4.2 would be out, keep an eye on your iOS update during your holiday preparations this week!

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Place Your Bets: Calculating the iPad Odds for Black Friday

Black FridayGamblers can find just about any reason to indulge in their favorite temptation, and with the Black Friday shopping season only a week away, odds makers are already placing their own bets on who will be hot this shopping season. is placing bets that even a marginally improved economic outlook will benefit retailers nationwide as Black Friday arrives next week. The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally called “Black Friday” because many retailers count on a flood of customers to finally post a profit for the year heading into the Christmas season.

Retailers aren’t the only ones seeing green leading up to Black Friday, either: CEO Mickey Richardson and his team of experienced odds makers have rounded up a list on who will move the most iPads next Friday, as well as which retailer will report the largest sales overall.


BEST BUY +175 36%
WAL-MART +120 45%
AMAZON.COM +150 40%
APPLE +160 38%






WAL-MART +100 50%
TARGET +120 45.5%
SEARS +175 36.4%
AMAZON +150 40%
KMART +200 33%
BEST BUY +200 33%
MACYS +200 33%







Confused? The experts at reveal that the +/- figure indicates the return of the wager — for example, betting on the candidate least likely to win would earn the most amount of money. The percentage is the likelihood that response will occur.

So who are you placing your bets on?

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iPad 2 Rumored to Gain Dual GSM-CDMA Radio

iPad screenWith Verizon Wireless offering the iPad coupled with their CDMA-flavored MiFi 2200, it’s not a surprise to hear rumors that the next generation of Apple’s tablet may come with a CDMA-compatible radio baked right in alongside GSM so 3G can be used anywhere in the world.

AppleInsider is reporting that the 3G model of Apple’s next iPad will up the ante by including both GSM as well as CDMA radios, making it a “world mode” device usable anywhere in the world. GSM is the standard used in the U.S. by AT&T and T-Mobile and most everywhere in the world (particularly throughout Europe), while the older CDMA is primarily in this country, used by Verizon and Sprint.

A “world mode” iPad would allow a Verizon or Sprint customer to use those companies’ CDMA network here in the U.S., but allow them to pop in a local SIM card for use on any GSM network while traveling overseas, or potentially even here in the U.S. in areas where AT&T has broader coverage.

The new rumor comes from Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair, who released a note to investors claiming “Apple is developing a new iPad with a Qualcomm multimode CDMA-GSM chip built in.” Such a move would negate the need for carriers such as Verizon to bundle a wireless hotspot device with the iPad.

Blair’s other prognostications reveal that the next iPad “will be thinner and will have a forward-facing camera,” both of which are widely expected, particularly with Apple’s current push to get FaceTime on additional devices. After debuting on the iPhone 4 in June, the video chat technology moved to the fourth-generation iPod touch in September and was recently released as beta software for the Mac as well.

“The new iPad is thinner than the existing model and is essentially made from one piece of metal with no pins needed,” Blair wrote. “We understand it requires a new type of manufacturing process as a result, similar to the company’s unibody approach seen in MacBooks.”

The analyst stopped short of predicting when we might see an updated model, although it’s widely expected in the spring, perhaps on the first anniversary of the original model.

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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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Comcast Releases Xfinity Remote for iPad and iPhone

Comcast is bridging the gap between your cable box and iPad with a new remote app called Xfinity. This remote application lets you not only link and control your cable box with your iPad, but will even let you invite friends to watch the same TV show you are watching.

The application, which will work with both the iPhone and iPad, lets you browse your OnDemand content, search for content, and then switch directly to those channels right from your iPad. You can also schedule DVR recordings of your favorite shows, series, and movies.

Anyone with the following requirements will now be able to say, “Good-bye” to their remotes:

– Internet connection (Wi-Fi or 3G)
– XFINITY TV or Comcast Digital Video service
– Compatible cable/set-top box (for TV and DVR control)
– Comcast ID or Email Address (and Password)

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.”

iPad Gaming Coming to a TV Near You

There’s a whole lotta ruckus surrounding the fabulous iPad/iPhone game The Incident of late. With the recent release of the of Version 1.2 of the The Incident, The game’s developer Matt Comi gave giddy players the ability to control all of the action on their iPad screen by using their iPhone or iPod touch. If that wasn’t enough awesome sauce for you, then you’ll be thrilled to hear about the second generous helping he has planned: With the release of Version 1.3 of the application, gamers will be able to get their pew-pew fix on an even larger scale as the incident will be playable on TVs and monitors via a direct iPad connection.

Yeah, we’re kinda excited.

While Comi doesn’t reveal exactly how he’s managed to get his game up and running on an HDTV at the same time as he controls it with another iOS device, it all bodes well for the future of iOS gaming. With so much talk of late surrounding whether or not the latest iteration of Apple TV could act as another portal to the constantly growing world of iOS applications in conjunction with what we’re seeing from The Incident, it may only be a matter of time before we see any number of popular applications make the jump from our iOS powered devices to the big screens of living rooms everywhere.

Hey Nintendo: Remember back when you mentioned that Apple was the “enemy of the future“? Yeah, Cupertino’s coming for you. Big time.


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Podcast #166: Verizon iPad and More Apple Patents

Verizon introduces a new iPad commercial with a pretty sweet Mi-Fi deal. So sweet that Susie’s pretty bummed about her iPad 3G.
Apple drops another patent and this time it looks like our beloved menubar is in trouble. Oh no, not the menubar!

Plus, we answered a few reader calls, and your questions from Twitter and Facebook.

This week’s Battlestar Applactica picks:

Katy Perry Revenge – .99

Fruit Ninja HD – .99

Routesy Pro Bay Area – .99

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