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Sling Adds Chromecast Support Through Slingplaye​r Mobile Apps

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 18th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: Unimpressive :: Read Review »

Sling Media has added support for Chromecast through their Slingplayer app for iPhone and iPad. Chromecast allows you to send content to your TV straight from your mobile device, and Slingplayer lets you turn that around and watch TV on your mobile device.

With the two combined you can use the Slingplayer as a remote control for changing the channel, navigating the guide, or accessing the DVR connected to the Slingbox, and you can send videos to the TV via the new 'Cast' icon within the app. Conveniently, the Slingplayer app can run in the background so you can keep doing important things like playing Angry Birds while you watch TV.

The SlingTV unit can also be controlled with the app, like a remote in case you own one.

You can download Slingplayer on the App Store for $14.99.

Slingbox M1 Hardware Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Rich on August 4th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar ::
The Slingbox M1 is an odd piece of hardware that fills a very specific niche, but it fills that niche quite effectively.
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SlingPlayer for iPad Receives 3.0 Update - Adds Second Screen Control, Split-Screen Navigation, and More

Posted by Rob Rich on November 18th, 2013
iPad App - Designed for iPad
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iPad users get ready: SlingPlayer has just received its newest update (3.0) today!

First in today's software overhaul is an improved interface that makes it easier for users to search for the content they want using special filters and third-party services. Next on the list: Sports. Now finding the Big Game, or even a smaller one that you just really want to see, is a snap. And once that game is found users can check live statistics, find scores, and rant/gloat all over social media from directly within the app.

On the more technical side of things we have Second Screen Control and Split-Screen Navigation. Second Screen Control allows current SlingBox customers to turn their iPad into a "second screen companion," which is sort of like a super-fancy remote control that can also be used to view media directly. Split-Screen Navigation, on the other hand, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: users can search for stuff to watch, do their social media thing, and check up on The Sports while simultaneously watching a video on their iPad. Neat stuff!

The SlingPlayer update is live right now, and requires iOS 7.0 or later. Oh, and all these nifty features are only available for the U.S. and Canada for some reason.

Slingbox Gets Updated to Support AirPlay Through the Use of SlingPlayer Mobile

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 25th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
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Sling Media, the company behind Slingbox, has announced new firmware and software updates that brings AirPlay support to the iPhone and iPad version of SlingPlayer. This allows Slingbox customers to view live TV on their Apple TV, and also gives them the ability to watch TV on a second TV without needing another set top box.

App Update: SlingPlayer Apps Updated - Price Cut in Half

Posted by Jeff Scott on October 10th, 2012

The SlingPlayer iPhone and iPad apps have both been updated today to support the new 350 and 500 models and their 1080p HD streams. In addition, the apps have dropped in price by 50% and now are only $14.99 each.

We have the Slingbox 500 in house and we'll have a full review for you in the coming days, once we've had a chance to put it through it's paces.

App Store News Round-up for August 11th

Posted by Jeff Scott on August 11th, 2009

Sure, Apple is dead to Jason Calacanis but we think the old rainbow fruit might still have a little life left in her -- therefore, here's the latest iPhone app store news.

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[/caption]Duke Nukem 3D is awesome and disappointing. Today, Richard takes a look at Duke Nukem 3D. He's a lot more generous with the app than I think I would have been. Such is the way with reviews. While it's amazingly cool to see Duke on the iPhone screen, that excitement was greatly diminished once I started to play it. The controls are just awful. To me they just show a complete lack of understanding of the platform. Something you'd expect to see of an amateur developer but not from a developer with this much experience. They must have just had to rush it out for some reason. Also, seems as though they aren't limiting the speed properly. On a 3GS, the movements are extremely fast. Oh well, it's still cool to see. Let's hope the controls get fixed up soon. For nostalgia's sake I'd love to actually be able to play it rather than just show it off.

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[/caption]Galcon 1 year anniversary brings a facelift. We've heard from Galcon creator Phil Hessey that he has submitted an update that gives it "shiny real-game feel instead of a made in some guy's basement feel." While we think the original looks fantastic, take a look at this sample image to see what awesomeness is to come. The update marks the 1 year anniversary of Galcon being in the app store.

If you're not familiar with Galcon, it's a great single / multiplayer real time strategy game. It's a fantastic game if you like a little strategy with your arcade, check it out. The update has been submitted and is a free upgrade to anyone who has bought the app. It should be available soon.

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SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 to work over 3G -- outside the US. So if AT&T has no say in what apps get approved, why is AT&T the only carrier who's customers will not be seeing an update to Slingplayer to allow streaming of content over 3G? Viewing content over 3G is just one of the features planned in this rumored release recently submitted to Apple. Other purported features in this update include 16:9 viewing and an updated user interface for Dish Network users. Via TUAW.

eTextbooks may finally be here. CourseSmart have released an iPhone application that interfaces with their online textbook rental service. According to their site the usual rental is for 180 days and is about 50% the normal cost of the book. The downside is of course that there is no trade in value. So in the end it's about the same as buying and then selling a textbook yet considerably more convenient. The app is free and requires an account from their site to use.

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USAA bank brings virtual check deposits to the iPhone. USAA have updated their mobile banking app and included a new feature they call Deposit@Mobile. The feature allows their customers with iPhones to take a picture of the front and back of a check to deposit it. Once that's done and it's verified at the bank, the check will appear in your account just like you deposited it at an ATM. It's a pretty big advancement and one that's sure to see some scrutiny from security experts. But, it's a step in the right direction.

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SlingPlayer Mobile

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Bryan Barletta on May 13th, 2009
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: Unimpressive
After almost a year of waiting for this app to hit the shelves, we wind up with a watered down version that all the other mobile platforms have already been enjoying for the same price they paid for a full featured version.
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