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Thursday, 30.01.14
KICKSTARTER: Able-HD to Kickstart the Able-HD Plus - Lightweight and Paper-thin Full HD LED Monitor
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:28 CET under 01 - General News

Last night I received a press release of an upcoming Kickstarter campaign which sounds interesting. Top 50 Kickstarter entrepreneur Nell Harton, who's earlier campaign exceeded the goal by 2000 %, is looking for further funding to make the lightweight and paper-thin Able-HD Plus monitor a truth. The Able-HD Plus monitor allows users to take the experience and enhanced productivity of a multi-monitor system with them wherever they go. The 15" or 17" 1080p Full HD display is said to weight around 2 pounds / 0.9 Kg only and is less than a third as thick as a standard HD monitor and fits easily in a backpack or briefcase. A multi-port, detachable adapter board is said to be compatible with laptops, smartphones, Xbox, Ouya, Pi, Kano and other devices, and comes complete with Audio in/out, HDMI, VGA, and DVI plugs.


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Friday, 13.12.13
AVAILABLE: Sling Media releases SlingPlayer for Windows 8.1 - Finally adds support for Windows RT
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 01 - General News

Following last month's announcement, Sling Media also kept its promise and has just released its Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 compatible SlingPlayer, which finally allows Windows RT users, like Microsoft Surface RT owners, to watch their linear home TV and media in a more convenient Metro style. With a Slingbox at home (or where ever), users can now enjoy live or recorded TV on Windows 8.1 devices over a wired, WiFi or HSPA/LTE connection. The SlingPlayer for Windows 8.1 is the perfect companion to Windows 8 tablets or PCs. Sling Media's award-winning SlingPlayer software takes full advantage of the high performance, screen resolutions and video quality of Windows 8.


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Monday, 18.11.13
PLACESHIFTING: Sling Media announces SlingPlayer Roku Support and unveils Plans for a Windows (RT) 8.1 App [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:47 CET under 04 - Android News

Following its own SlingCatcher, which faded away pretty soon after launch, and support for Google TV, which both brought a Slingbox streamed TV signal on a second TV screen, Sling Media today unveiled a new version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Android and iPhone, which is now available as part of the Roku channel introduction. With this new SlingPlayer Mobile app, Slingbox customers will be able to watch their live or recorded TV through a Roku streaming player connected to a TV in another room in the house or in a remote location. Customers will be able to either use the SlingPlayer Mobile Android or iPhone app to initiate the video and send it to the TV with a tap of a button.


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Thursday, 24.10.13
PLACESHIFTING: Sling Media unveils new Slingbox Features related to Movies, Media and More
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:25 CET under 01 - General News

Sling Media has yesterday announced the official release of its latest firmware upgrades for the Slingbox 500, Slingbox 350, Slingbox Pro-HD and Slingbox Solo, which contain several new interesting features. Owners of a Slingbox 500 have now access to "Blockbuster On Demand". As part of the firmware and software client update, Blockbuster On Demand is now the premium video service for the Slingbox 500. It allows owners to search, browse, view trailers and rent movies for viewing on their big-screen TVs. However, Blockbuster on Demand can't be used to placeshift Blockbuster movies to remote Laptops, smartphones or tablets. It only works with the connected TV.


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Tuesday, 17.09.13
THOUGHT: Now that you have an MHL-Enabled Smartphone or Tablet - What's Next?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:53 CET under 09 - Thoughts

In my little "What's Next?" series, let us talk today about MHL (which stands for Mobile High-Definition Link) - a technology of which I'm a big fan of but also a technology which might be still a little bit underrated and conveniently overlooked, until you have experienced its value for the first time. I had my very first contact, where I experienced its value, two years ago when I was for three months in Angola and where my MHL-enabled Samsung Galaxy S2 virtually connected my German Slingbox to the living room TV screen which allowed me to watch live German TV on the other side of the equator. However, since then many more use cases and usage scenarios were added and I want to list just a few here.


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Tuesday, 10.09.13
EXPANSION: Huawei unveils the Mediacast HD 500 - first DVB-S2 Satellite Receiver with Home Networking capabilities
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:51 CET under 01 - General News

At the still running IFA in Berlin, last week Huawei - so far best known for its 3G dongles, tablets and smartphones - unveiled for the first time its Mediacast HD500 - a DVB-S2 satellite receiver with HbbTV (red button). The pretty much state-of-the-art Huawei Mediacast HD500 has a DVB-S2 twin tuner for simultaneous recording up to two programs as well as the typical slots for CI+ modules to also use the set-top box with pay TV smart cards, such as HD+ and Sky. Furthermore its comes with a built-in 500 GB hard disk to record up to 500 hours of standard definition and 250 hours in HD resolution. However, it wouldn't be a Huawei set-top box if the HD500 would be just another dumb satellite receiver but it also comes with WiFi at 2.4 and 5 GHz as well as LAN which allows easy integration into the home network.


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Monday, 24.06.13
REVIEW: Sling Media Slingbox 500 - a European Perspective
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:31 CET under 08 - Reviews

Ever, since I got my first Slingbox Classic back in 2006 (right in time for the Football World Cup at that time), I was thrilled by Sling Media's easy-to-use place-shift technology which allowed to stream your linear home TV and recorded TV shows to a PC or smartphone anywhere in the world. And since I'm travelling quite a bit, I'm still thrilled to have access to my live TV, recordings and DVDs, doesn't matter where I'm or was: from Angola, to Spain, to the UK to Uzbekistan to the U.S. I was and still am able to watch live soccer matches, watch the latest news or just a good movie or TV show; without taking care or rights restrictions and availability of Internet streams.


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Monday, 27.05.13
QUICKVIEW: Hands-on with the iBolt MHL Streamer XL Dock for Android Smartphones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:43 CET under 08 - Reviews

Ever, since I've used MHL the first time back in 2011 (when I did a project in Angola), I was fascinated from the easiness and usefulness of this new standard, which connects compatible smartphones (at the moment, Android only) with flat screens via HDMI. As a matter of fact, this allows to mirror the smartphone screen in high-definition, up to 1080p, plus Dolby 7.1 audio output. The fastest, and the easiest way to connect a smartphone to a HDMI equipped flat screen is a simple MHL-HDMI adapter with connected HDMI cable. However, docking stations are always nicer, especially in living rooms and such a docking station comes from iBolt: the MHL Streamer XL Dock.


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Saturday, 02.02.13
SERVICE: the::unwired launches SlingPlayer RT Web Page for Windows RT Tablets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:31 CET under 01 - General News

Everybody - hopefully - loves the Slingbox and everybody - hopefully - loves Windows RT and the RT powered Microsoft Surface but how do both play together well? While Sling Media offers a couple of pretty good clients for different platforms, namely Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS and Windows Phone, there's yet no client available for Windows RT. And while Windows RT comes with Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10, Sling Media's web player is also not an option because it requires an ActiveX plug-in which can't be installed on ARM powered Windows RT devices. The only chance is to access your compatible Slingbox through Facebook but who wants to watch TV via Facebook?


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Monday, 11.06.12
BENEFIT: Samsung and Eurosport to bring the London Summer Olympics 2012 to the Galaxy S III - free of charge
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:39 CET under 04 - Android News

While the UEFA Euro 2012 is currently on air, the next sport highlight is already around the corner and if you want to watch the Summer Olympics 2012 on your phone, but don't have a Slingbox available anywhere around, Samsung and Eurosport have a special offer for you, if you are using a Galaxy S III. Since Samsung is one of the major sponsors of the Olympics, it has teamed-up with Eurosport and sponsors all European Samsung Galaxy S III customers (except Italians - sorry to say) a free one month subscription of the Eurosport Player . The subscription, which can be activated any time between July 14th and August 12th 2012, is worth of 5.90 Euro.


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Friday, 27.04.12
QUICKVIEW: HTC Media Link HD HDMI Adapter for HTC One S and HTC One X
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:06 CET under 08 - Reviews

At the recent Mobile World Congress, HTC announced - together with its new One-series of Android smartphones - the HTC Media Link HD. And while the idea of a Media Link is nothing new, HTC announced its first HTC Media Link back in 2010, this time the Media Link HD goes a slightly different way than the first one. While the Media Link was a wireless DLNA adapter for HDMI TVs, the new HTC Media Link HD is way more a companion to fully mirror the HTC One S and One X content on HDMI enabled TVs while at the same time also offering full multitasking capabilities. It allows to watch HD movies from HTC Watch, videos and photos and listening to music, stored on the One S and One X.


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Monday, 28.11.11
THOUGHT: Back from Angola - back on Duty
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:41 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Have you missed me as much as I've missed you? Maybe you haven't noticed it all but I was away earlier this autumn but if you follow me on Twitter, you know that I was away for three months in Angola. Angola? The country between Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo? The country which was in a civil war for nearly 30 years which just ended in 2002 and the country which is still full of landmines? Yes, I'm talking about that Angola! A country which is the second largest oil exporter of Africa, rich of diamonds, unfortunately still full of landmines with Luanda, the capital, which is said to be the most expensive capital of the world, where a simple pizza can easily costs over US$ 35 or a beer in the supermarket up to US$ 5 or more!


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Monday, 20.06.11
ACQUISITION: Google acquires SageTV - Google TV and Android to benefit from?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 04 - Android News

This could be massive. On Saturday, SageTV announced that it has been acquired by Google. SageTV is the company behind SageTV Media Center, a proprietary, commercial DVR (Digital Video Recording) and HTPC (Home Theater PC) software for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux (quite similar to Microsoft's Windows Media Center add-on for Windows Vista and Windows 7). It features an integrated EPG (Electronic Programming Guide, allows to watch and record TV through TV tuner cards as well as it provides an interface music and photos and even features a place-shift functionality - similar to the Slingbox.


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Friday, 03.06.11
REMOTE: Samsung launches Smart View App for Galaxy S II - allows Place-Shift at Home
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:14 CET under 04 - Android News

Not really a Slingbox replacement, Samsung's newly launched "Smart View" application is an interesting alternative to place-shift media in a home environment. It enables users to view content from a Samsung Smart TV or other input devices right on the Samsung Galaxy S II, via WLAN - whether consumers are enjoying cable broadcast programs or content from a Blu-ray player, camcorder, set-top box or other input device. In addition, users can browse any currently installed Smart TV applications from their mobile devices, bringing even more functionality and convenience to the Samsung apps experience.


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Wednesday, 10.11.10
PLACESHIFT: Sling Media releases SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right after the North American launch of Windows Phone 7 on Monday, US-based Sling Media has yesterday evening released its popular SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Phone 7 which allows to watch, or better stream, home TV and video recordings on/to any Windows Phone 7 smartphone. However, there's a drawback since the new SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Phone 7 is only compatible to Sling Media's Slingbox Pro-HD or Slingbox Solo. It's not compatible to the Slingbox Pro, Slingbox AV, Slingbox Tuner or Slingbox Classic and since Sling Media isn't offering a trial version of it's new SlingPlayer Mobile, it's recommended to be sure that a supported Slingbox is used prior purchasing the software.


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Tuesday, 22.06.10
VIDEOVIEW: SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

Today, Sling Media released its long awaited SlingPlayer Mobile for Android which is now available from the Android Market for US$ 30. However, unfortunately there's no try before buy version offered and therefore this videoview should verify if it's worth the money. If you are already using a Slingbox, we don't have to tell you what place-shift can do for you. If you are new to the Slingbox, we recommend to read one of the::unwired's Slingbox reviews first. So the SlingPlayer Mobile for Android allows users to finally enjoy home TV or video on their Android smartphones as well and Sling Media has released a completely overhauled and simplified user interface for the Android version.


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RELEASED: Sling Media launches SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:30 CET under 04 - Android News

Right in time for the final rounds of the FIFA World Cup 2010, Sling Media announced today the availability of its SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Smartphones. The all new application gives Android phone users easy access to their home TV experience anywhere they have mobile phone or WiFi internet access. Now anyone with an Android phone never has to miss a favorite TV show when they're away from home. When in your mobile phone provider's area of 3G, 4G or WiFi coverage and connected to a Slingbox SOLO, PRO or PRO-HD, SlingPlayer Mobile makes it simple to watch and control your living room television at any time from any location.


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Thursday, 27.05.10
UNVEILED: Sling Media previews SlingPlayer Mobile for Android [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:00 CET under 04 - Android News

While Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile, the mobile client for the company's Slingboxes, is already available for a while for several mobile platforms like Windows Mobile, the iPhone or BlackBerry, an Android version is still not available but we recently learned, that it seems to be in private Beta testing at the moment. Nevertheless, SlingMedia itself now gives a sneak-peek of the upcoming Android version on Facebook, demoing it on the brand new HTC EVO 4G. Like the latest SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile and iPhone, the Android version seems to feature a nice looking but simplified finger-friendly GUI. No word yet if the SlingPlayer Mobile for Android will also native streaming over 3G wireless networks but it's most likely.


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Monday, 15.02.10
MWC10 LIVE: SlingPlayer Mobile for Apple iPhone now supports 3G WWAN Streaming
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:20 CET under 01 - General News

Sling Media, Inc. today announced its SlingPlayer Mobile app for the Apple iPhone has been updated to support 3G networks and is available now available from iTunes. Sling Media made the announcement at the start of the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain. With access to the Internet and connection to a Slingbox Solo, PRO or PRO HD, SlingPlayer Mobile software allows viewers to watch and control their living room television at any time from any location. SlingPlayer Mobile App users can change channels, control their DVR and watch their favorite shows, all on the iPhone or iPod touch.


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Thursday, 04.02.10
ALLOWED: AT&T gives Green Light to Sling over 3G - other Carriers to follow soon? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:24 CET under 01 - General News

While Windows Mobile users were always been able to watch live TV over AT&T's 3G network, accessing their Slingbox by using Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile, iPhone users weren't able to do the same because AT&T said that such a bandwidth-intensive video service would overwhelm the 3G network. Therefore Sling Media limited the SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone to work over the iPhone's Wi-Fi connection only. And following AT&T's constraint, Sling Media has only offered the feature-limited SlingPlayer Mobile version for Apple's iPhone worldwide. But all that is about to change now - at least for AT&T customers - according to an article at The New York Time.


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Wednesday, 27.01.10
UPDATE: Sling Media releases finger-friendly SlingPlayer Mobile 2.0 for Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile was the company's first mobile SlingPlayer client for its famous Slingboxes, it came into its years since the initial SlingPlayer Mobile 1.0 for Windows Mobile was pretty stylus-centric and Sling Media already showed-off - how a nice looking finger-friendly GUI could look when the company released its Apple iPhone/iPod Touch SlingPlayer Mobile. Now, after months of work, Sling Media released its SlingPlayer Mobile 2.0 for Windows Mobile 6.x touchscreen-based Professional smartphones which features a similar, finger friendly GUI by not cutting-off any of the Windows Mobile features including native streaming over 3G wireless networks.


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Thursday, 07.01.10
PLACESHIFT: Sling Media to introduce Flash-based SlingPlayer - Android Client in Work
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:32 CET under 01 - General News

During the CES, Dave Zatz from Zatz Not Funny just had the chance to talk with John Gilmore, Sling Media' General Manager, who unveiled an upcoming Adobe Flash-based SlingPlayer being demo'ed in their booth. This means that you'll be able to turn your Sony PS3 into a SlingCatcher and additional mobiles should be more quickly supported. At the end of the day, it could mean that smartphones like Windows Mobile, Android and webOS will soon be able to be used as a SlingCatcher. According to Gilmore, the Flash player will hit the market first half of 2010 with initial support for the Slingbox Pro-HD and with the Slingbox Solo to follow-up.


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Friday, 02.10.09
RUMOR: SlingPlayer Mobile to hit Android and webOS anytime soon?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 01 - General News

While nothing is confirmed, a recent job posting on Sling Media's website unveiled that the company behind the Slingboxes is looking for a "Senior Mobile User Interface Designer". The job will be "to create the next generation user interfaces for Sling Media customers. The Senior Mobile User Interface Designer works closely with Product Management to define visual design and user interaction for Sling’s mobile products. This position requires a deep understanding and passion for UX". However, most interesting is the part where Sling Media highlights the required expertise: "on the existing user interface paradigms used on iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, and webOS".


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Tuesday, 08.09.09
THOUGHT: Abroad but Connected - on the way with the SlingCatcher and MiFi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

It's somewhat funny (or sad, however you take it). Was all the (mobile and wireless) technology originally designed to make life easier, it made the life somewhat more complicated but - no question - also more convenient. When I was in vacation at Mallorca last week, I put two mobile phones into the bag as well as my camera and some chargers. So far so good and in the pre-mobile phone days, you put a book into the bag instead the mobile phone and nobody thought about chargers because just a battery for needed for the simple Kodak cameras. However, since (for me) vacation never means disconnected, I also put my Netbook into the bag (which thankfully allowed me to leave my way heavier Notebook at home), my Apple Airport Express wireless access point, but also my Novatel MiFi, a Proporta USB Mobile Device Charger and even my Slingmedia SlingCatcher.


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Friday, 19.06.09
REVIEW: Sling Media SlingCatcher for SlingBoxes and Internet TV
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

Sling Media's SlingCatcher is the counterpart for the company's Slingboxes (see our previous reviews of the Slingbox Classic here, the Slingbox Pro here and the Slingbox Solo here) which Sling Media introduced back in 2005. For the use of the Slingbox, Sling Media initially developed a PC software called SlingPlayer - which was later released in a mobile version as well - and this software provides access to a remote Slingbox to watch TV on a PC, Mac or smartphone. And while the SlingPlayer was a software only, the SlingCatcher is another hardware product from Sling Media which acts as a counterpart to the Slingbox and includes the SlingPlayer software as well to bring the SlingStream back to every connectable TV. Thanks to the SlingCatcher's on-screen interface and remote control, Slingboxes can now be remote controlled, straight from the couch and without any further use of PCs.


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Friday, 12.06.09
PHOTOVIEW: Sling Media SlingCatcher for SlingBox's and Internet TV
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:31 CET under 08 - Reviews

Sling Media's SlingCatcher is the counterpart for the company's Slingboxes. While the originally developed SlingPlayer and SlingPlayer Mobiles allowed you to watch TV on your PC or smartphone, the SlingCatcher includes the SlingPlayer in a piece of hardware and brings your Slingbox back to every connectable TV thanks to SlingCatcher's on-screen interface and remote control. Furthermore, it's a universal media player for your TV by bringing Internet videos from your PC or personal media from your USB hard drive to your PC as well. The SlingCatcher gives you access to your Slingbox on another TV in your house or anywhere in the world, if you can watch a video on your PC, you can use the SlingProjector software to project it wirelessly to your TV or attach a USB storage to the SlingCatcher and view your favorite media files on your TV.


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AVAILABILITY: Sling Media's Slingboxes finally hitting Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:01 CET under 01 - General News

Not that this info has any interest for international readers but it might have for German readers. Late last year, Sling Media, the famous maker of Slingboxes, announced it will also come to Germany and finally Sling Media opened its German online shop as well. As a matter of fact, Germany is one of the last Western European countries Sling Media comes to. Founded in 2004, Sling Media, Inc. invented a new product category called place-shift when it brought its first Slingbox to the market. The Slingbox turns any Internet-connected PC, Notebook/Netbook, Mac or smartphone (incl. support for Windows Mobile, Symbian, BlackBerry and iPhone) into your home television. That means you can watch TV virtually anywhere in the world.


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Sunday, 29.03.09
DEVELOPMENT: Doug Berrett hints WebGuide functionality for Windows Live Mesh [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:07 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a frequent the::unwired reader, you know that I have a real passion for using my Slingbox and WebGuide on my Windows Mobile smartphones since both really spices up my Windows Phones. Since I travel a lot, I'm either missing my favorite TV shows due to other appointments or I'm unable to watch them on hotel TVs because the channel isn't available there. For live TV I'm using my Slingboxes but to schedule a Media Center recording, either from PCs/Notebooks or from Windows Phones, I'm still using WebGuide 4 which is one reason why I haven't upgraded my Microsoft Media Center to the TV Feature Pack or Windows 7 yet because in this case WebGuide would break.


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Saturday, 27.12.08
UPDATE: Sling Media releases new version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Earlier this week, Sling Media released two new versions of its SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobiles: One for Windows Mobile Professional smartphones and one for Windows Mobile Standard smartphones, which are both available available for download now.
The primary feature addition in the new release is official support for new screen resolutions incl. 800x480, 640x480, 400x240 and 320x320 which means the new version of SlingPlayer Mobile, which works with every Slingbox, provides now support for 15 new Windows Mobile handsets including the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, the Palm Treo Pro, the HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, as well as the Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia among others.


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Thursday, 09.10.08
AVAILABLE: Sling Media releases SlingCatcher for immediate availability
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:19 CET under 01 - General News

Announced earlier this year, Sling Media today announce that its award-winning SlingCatcher, a clever extension for its Slingboxes, is now available for purchase from leading retailers and online retailers in the U.S. as well as in Canada and the UK. The SlingCatcher is a universal media player that seamlessly delivers broadcast TV, Internet video and personal content to the TV. The SlingCatcher closes the gap of getting place-shift TV streamed to a hotel room which, nevertheless, has to be watched in most cases on the Notebook instead of the TV screen at the hotel room. Furthermore it allows customers to watch online video from any popular site on the internet including network television sites like ABC.com, video content sites like Hulu.com, community video sites like YouTube.com, and even online movie rentals from popular services like Netflix.


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Monday, 06.10.08
EXPANSION: Sling Media's Slingboxes to come to Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:34 CET under 01 - General News

Sling Media has launched the Slingbox in the UK and Sweden some time ago already but now it comes to more countries across Europe, including Germany. Founded in 2004, Sling Media, Inc. invented a new product category called place-shift and Sling Media is a different kind of consumer electronics company - one that's working to demystify convergence technologies and to create empowering experiences for the digital media consumer. The focus of Sling Media is to embrace - not replace - existing products and standards by enhancing them with hardware and software that make divergent technologies compatible and greatly improve the consumer experience. Because, after all, can't we all just get along?!


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Wednesday, 01.10.08
BETA: Microsoft plans place-shift solution for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:36 CET under 01 - General News

I have no idea for how long Microsoft is trialing it's "Microsoft Mobile Media" service already, the FAQ talks about "Dogfood 1" and "Dogfood 2" (Microsoft's term for internal Betas), but it looks like Microsoft is finally working on a kind of "place-shift" product as well - quite similar to Orb. Mobile Media is described to "allow you to quickly and easily access your personal content - pictures, music, and videos - on your personal computer from your mobile phone [At the moment, Windows Mobile 5 and 6 Standard and Professional smartphones are supported]. You can also automatically send pictures that you take with your phone to your PC. To use Mobile Media, you'll need to download and install client applications on both your PC and Mobile phone."


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Wednesday, 02.07.08
DEAL: Expansys UK offers the Slingbox Classis for £59.95 only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:01 CET under 01 - General News

If you read the::unwired on a regular base, you know that I love place-shift and my Slingboxes. And if you are located in the UK (I'm not yet sure if it's also shipped to other European countries) Expansys UK has someting special for you: the Slingbox Classic for £59.95/75 Euro only! The Slingbox Classic (see my previous review here) allows you to watch and control your favorite TV source from anywhere in the world on your laptop or mobile phone (mobile clients for Windows Mobile and Symbiand needs to be purchased separately). So now you can watch your DVR, DVB-T, digital cable, satellite receiver or DVD player wherever you see fit.


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Wednesday, 14.05.08
THOUGHT: AT&T adds unlimited mobile data to its MEdiaNet GoPhone plan
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:12 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I arrived in Seattle yesterday for this year's Möbius conference and there are some exciting changes and improvements since I was here last month: AT&T has added an unlimited data option to its MEdiaNet service for its GoPhone pay as you go plan.
I wrote about all this mobile data tragedy for inbound roamers last month when I was here for the MVP Global Summit and when I was hunting for a reasonable way to go online from my Notebook and Windows Mobile smartphone and the only option I found was AT&T's GoPhone prepaid service which, however, costs me around US$ 10 per MB (without using any dedicated data options).


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Tuesday, 29.04.08
UPDATE: Sling Media updates SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile and Symbian S60
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 01 - General News

Sling Media today announced the availability of its previously unveiled SlingPlayer Mobile uppdate for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs (aka Professional and Classic), Windows Mobile Smartphone (aka Standard) and Symbian S60 smartphones.
The SlingPlayer Mobile clients are required to watch and control home television programming from anywhere in the world via a Slingbox. These new versions add support for additional handsets (for example the Samsung SGH-i760, the Palm Treo 500/500v and the Nokia N95 8GB), improved video streaming quality on select handsets (like the Sprint HTC Mogul), add support for additional set-top boxes, provide additional channel favorite logos and some few under the hood tweaks.


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Friday, 18.04.08
THOUGHT: Yes - AT&T's Prepaid plans work fine for Mobile Data
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:02 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, some days ago, I've blamed the U.S. carrriers for not offering any prepaid data enabled SIMs for inbound roamers and it turns out, I was wrong. Well, it wasn't just me who was wrong but basically the sales person at AT&T had no clue what he is selling. My fellow MVP and friend Mike Temporale just told me 2 days ago that he is using an AT&T SIM card if he is in the U.S. and that this SIM works perfect for data as well.
As you might can imagine, I was somewhat irritated but he showed me and indeed he was accessing Smartphone Thoughts without any problems, straight from his Windows Mobile smartphone. Furthermore he told me that it doesn't matters which plan you use, either the US$ 100 for one year or the US$ 0.25 per day, both would work.


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Friday, 11.04.08
RETROSPECTION: Back from Tel Aviv - on the way to Seattle
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Not sure if you have missed me the past days but as you might have noticed, I haven't updated the::unwired. Well, the reason was, as said earlier, that I was the whole week in Israel for the HANDY Tech 2008 to which I was invited by HANDY and PocketPCFreak.com.
In addition to my presentation at HANDY Tech 2008, I've also visited a couple of Israeli start-ups like Modu and Fring and - for sure - I took the time to travel around Israel where I've visited Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and other great places here, just to mention a few.
Just arrived this morning with El Al (but flying El Al is another interesting story), I'm currently on the train to Frankfurt, from where I'm writing this article, to catch my flight tomorrow morning to Seattle where the Microsoft MVP Summit happens next week.


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Tuesday, 18.03.08
UNVEILED: New SlingPlayer Mobile players on the horizon?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:29 CET under 01 - General News

Engadget Mobile got the information that Sling Media is currently working on new SlingPlayer Mobile versions for Windows Mobile Standard and Professional devices as well as working on an optimized Nokia N95 8GB client and going to expand their current Symbian S60 clients to include UIQ support as well. While the updated featureset wasn't announced today, Sling Media unveiled that the update will includes a better support for newer handsets.
Most likely, Sling Media will ensure that its SlingPlayer Mobile is Windows Mobile 6.1 compatible right after device availability as well as supporting new screen resolutions like Samsung's unique i780 320 x 320 pixel display.


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Tuesday, 26.02.08
VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on with DVB-H on Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not that mobile broadcasting TV via DVB-H, T-DMB or other technologies is a mass-market in the western hemisphere yet but it's most likely that it will be the next buzz (at least a buzz for technology vendors and mobile operators which will try to sell it to its customers) and I have to admit, that I'm quite fascinated from the possibilities, mobile TV offers. While I prefer to use a Slingbox (at the moment), especially because it always provides me my local TV, doesn't matter where in the world I'm, there are some good reasons for mobile broadcasting. For instance it doesn't requires a flat data plan which you definitely need for streaming. Also, in most cases, the quality of broadcasted TV is better.


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Monday, 18.02.08
SHOWCASE: PacketVideo brings TV Services to WiFi enabled Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:17 CET under 01 - General News

On this year's Mobile World Congress, PacketVideo has demonstrated its new pocketable mobile broadcast receiver which is said to turn any WiFi-enabled phone and PMP into a mobile TV. The mobile broadcast receiver receives and decodes an available digital TV signal and sending the decoded stream via WiFi to a playback device. The receiver uses specific, patented protocols to ensure optimum rendering of the TV signal on the playback device and is said to even provide secure access to premium channels. PacketVideo plans to support a wide range of TV standards, including TDtv, DVB-H and MediaFLO as well as for WiMAX (but not DVB-T?).


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Tuesday, 08.01.08
UPDATE: Sling Media announces SlingPlayer 2.0 for PC - no new SlingPlayer Mobile yet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:46 CET under 01 - General News

Not yet available, Sling Media announced the upcoming release of its SlingPlayer 2.0 for PC which will includes last year's announced Clip+Sling functionality, allowing Slingbox customers to "grab" clips of their favorite television moments and instantly share them online. Additionally, SlingPlayer 2.0 incorporates an electronic program guide that displays a customer's television channel lineup and programming. Last, but not least, SlingPlayer 2.0 incorporates a 60 minute video buffer that allows local pause, rewind, and fast forward transport controls.


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Friday, 04.01.08
PLACE-SHIFT: Sling Media to introduce the Slingbox PRO-HD later this year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:47 CET under 01 - General News

Not that I'm aware of a single Windows Mobile smartphone which can playback high-definition 1080i videos (I mean Windows Mobile users are already happy to get VGA) but that's just too cool not to talk about it. Sling Media is going to add another Slingbox to its current line of "place-shifters", the Slingbox PRO-HD, a follower to the earlier released Slingbox PRO, which will, like the Slingbox PRO, includes multiple inputs and outputs, including digital audio and a digital (ATSC/QAM) tuner (so expect a North American release only).
Not only will the Slingbox PRO-HD stream up to 1080i content and 5.1 surround within the home to a computer, it can also be used to ship high-def material to another HDTV via Sling Media's forthcoming SlingCatcher.


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Thursday, 06.12.07
REVIEW: Vodafone LG KS20 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:28 CET under 08 - Reviews

During the past 14 days I had the chance to test LG's latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the LG KS20, a Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone which is currently on sale from Vodafone.
The LG KS20 is a typical rep of a new kind of Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Editions, featuring latest state-of-the-art specs but unlike most previous Windows Mobile phones, the LG KS20 looks stylish which definitely also addresses non techies and attracting non-geeks as well as tech-savvies.
While the LG KS20 is designed for the EMEA and APAC markets only. While it's powered by a Qualcomm MSM7200 CPU, the device supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps only.


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Monday, 26.11.07
FOLLOW-UP: the::unwired's Slingdex now lists T-Mobile Vario III, LG KS20 & Samsung SGH-i780
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 07 - Follow-Ups

During the past week and over the weekend, I had some time to update the::unwired's Slingdex, which measures the run-time of mobile devices while constantly streaming a Slingbox stream (read more about the::unwired's Slingdex here) and the latest results are quite promising.
The T-Mobile Vario III and the LG KS20 scored both 2:37 hours while the (pre-production) Samsung SGH-i780 was one minute worse only and scored 2:36 hours.


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Thursday, 15.11.07
REVIEW: O2 Xda star Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

For the past weeks I had the pleasure to use the recently announced O2 Xda star (O2 Germany's version of the HTC Touch Dual) Windows Mobile smartphone and if I say I had the pleasure I definitely mean it was (and still is) a pleasure. Since the introduction of the Windows Mobile non-touchscreen Smartphone, I haven't used Pocket PC Phone Editions as my primary mobile phone anymore (except for some shorter tests if I reviewed a device) but this smartphone I'm using now for over four weeks as my primary smartphone. You might wonder what makes the device so good, especially because it lacks some basic features like WiFi what I normally request from all my smartphones? Well, it's the combination of design, size, Windows Mobile 6 Professional features and HTC enhancements.


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Wednesday, 31.10.07
THOUGHT: How to remote control your Slingbox connected MCE from your Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:21 CET under 09 - Thoughts

The past days my girlfriend and I were off for some vacation which we spent in Mallorca again. And as good as the weather was during the day, in the night it became too cold to sit outside and therefore we spent some good time in the evening either in the bar or in the hotel room. Not bad at all, since we still had some TV recordings we wanted to watch anyway.
Thankfully our favorite hotel in Mallorca has free in-room Internet and with a downstream of roughly measured 3000 Kbps, the speed is quite decent for streaming. At least it's good enough to watch TV from the Slingbox at home, especially because I have an upstream of 2048 Kbps which means the result was quite sufficient.


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Wednesday, 24.10.07
SITE: Introducing the Slingdex Test Scenario for Battery Comparison
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:06 CET under 06 - Site News

Standby- and talk-time are important hard facts for today's mobile devices and mobile phones since these figures tell the user something about the run-time, he can expect from the device. However, as good as these figures are, they are not saying anything about the actual use-time of a device. Especially with the introduction of smartphones, the whole battery life figures changed dramatically because smartphones are not used for voice calls and a couple of text messages anymore but smartphones handle appointments and contacts, acts as portable media centers by playing audio tracks and videos as well as being Internet access devices for web and E-Mail.


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Monday, 22.10.07
REVIEW: Sling Media Slingbox SOLO
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 08 - Reviews

If you plan to use your Slingbox with an external set-top box only (like a satellite receiver or a Microsoft Windows Media Center), the recently launched Slingbox SOLO is the right device for you. Unlike the Slingbox PRO (see our earlier review here) or the Slingbox CLASSIC (see our earlier review here), the Slingbox SOLO doesn't includes an aerial/coaxial antenna input (including a DVB-T tuner) but Composite Video, S-Video and Component Video input/output only which can be connected to one standard or high definition (HD) set-top box or DVR/DVD-Player (including a Microsoft Windows Media Center or Apple TV).


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Monday, 08.10.07
REVIEW: Sling Media Slingbox PRO - UK Version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

Late last month, Sling Media announced the launch of the Slingbox Pro for the UK and thanks to Sling Media, I've recently received a Slingbox PRO for a review.
If you know what place-shift is, I'm sure you know what the Slingbox is able to provide. If you are new to this topic, the short explanation is that every Slingbox lets you watch your home TV on nearly any Internet connected PC or mobile device by taking the TV signal, converting it into an IPTV stream and sending it to your LAN or Internet connected PC or mobile device. Well, this might sounds complicated but far from it, in most cases it's a 5 - 10 minute installation and configuration only and after you are ready to watch your home TV on your connected Notebook, Mac or Windows Mobile smartphone, doesn't matter if you are at home or abroad.


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Wednesday, 03.10.07
UNVEILED: E-Plus silently tests HSDPA in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 01 - General News

E-Plus, a German GSM and UMTS network operator, and the last carrier in Germany which hasn't HSDPA alive, seems to silently test HSDPA now (finally). At least that's what I've see since yesterday on my O2 Xda comet which never indicated a H (for HSDPA) so far but an U (for UMTS) only. And yes, sources close to E-Plus confirmed this on request but said only a very few parts of the E-Plus network got this HSDPA upgrade yet.
You might wonder why this is so important, at least for me? Well, E-Plus is the only carrier in Germany which offers true and unlimited 2.5G and 3G data flat which is somewhat important for me.


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