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How to enable 3G SlingPlayer iPhone that just launched

SlingPlayer Mobile has just been launched on the iPhone. The app lets you watch live TV from your at home cable, satellite and DVR signals by streaming live content. Note, that SlingPlayer Mobile does not support Sling Classic, AV, and Tuner models, but will work with the new Slingbox and other legacy devices.

The app was delayed because of excessive bandwidth concerns on AT&T’s network. The app has now been launched, but the service is restricted to only WiFi and will not work via 3G as it has been blocked by AT&T.

AT&T today released an official statement saying, “Applications like this, which redirect a TV signal to a personal computer [including the iPhone], are specifically prohibited under our terms of service,” AT&T went on to say, “Slingbox, which would use large amounts of wireless network capacity, could create congestion and potentially prevent other customers from using the network. The application does not run on our 3G

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Amazon launches iPhone Kindle book store, acquires Stanza

Amazon has just released a specific iPhone optimized Kindle book store. iPhone and iPod touch users can now easily browse and download more than 280,000 Kindle eBooks for the iPhone.

Ian Freed, Amazon vice president, said the consumer response to the new app is “tremendous”.

The app also utilizes Amazon’s 3G Whispersync technology, which essentially syncs bookmarks across the iPhone, iPod touch, and of course, the Kindle. So now, if you are reading a book on your iPhone, you can easily pick up later on your Kindle.

In related news, Amazon acquired iPhone eBook developer Lexcycle, the maker of the popular Stanza iPhone app. Stanza, the free application, gives people access to more than 100,000 eBook content partners. Lexcycle said the application will not change as a result of the acquisition.

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AT&T, O2, Germany ban Skype iPhone app

Skype has just launched its new mobile iPhone app allowing people to make free skype-to-skype calls and to also make calls to mobile phones or landlines around the world at cheap rates, essentially allowing people to bypass using their carriers voice services.

The telecoms have now essentially banned the Skype mobile application for the iPhone, or restricted it to only work via WiFi.

Both O2 in the UK and AT&T in the US has just restricted the Skype app on the iPhone to only work via WiFi. Germany has banned the application altogether.

Net Neutrality groups in the US have raised concerns and filed a motion with the FCC to seek an investigation as to whether AT&T has violated any Internet laws.

AT&T maintains it has the sole right to block competitors from accessing its network. It is highly unlikely the telecoms will unblock Skype, in fact, more telecoms might block the service, given consumers can easily use Skype as a perfect substitute to making expensive calls via the wireless providers.

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Skype for BlackBerry to support 3G calls, unlike iPhone

Skype mobile for the iPhone has now launched, and the much-anticipated Skype app for the BlackBerry is coming in May. There are some differences between the two. The BlackBerry will get the Skype Lite version, that will actually support both 3G and WiFi calling over the BlackBerry, the iPhone is currently restricted to calls only over WiFi. However, some other features for the BB will not be present (at least immediately), including file transfer support, and voicemail. Skype for BlackBerry will initially only support the Curve and the Bold.

As part of Skype’s plan for mass integration, the company recently reached a deal with Nokia to have Skype preinstalled on the upcoming Nokia N97 when it ships. Skype’s next plan is to release a version for Palm’s upcoming Pre Web OS powered handset, followed with other standard versions for other platforms.

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Skype Launches on iPhone, coming to BlackBerry

eBay’s popular VoIP service Skype has just launched a mobile version of its service for the iPhone. A BlackBerry version will launch by the end of May. It firstly rolled out the iPhone Skype app on Tuesday in Japan (already available in Japan from the time difference) and will also launch tomorrow for everyone else. Reports indicate the sound quality and everything else is great. The apps will be completely free to use and download, but some features such as making calls requires Skype credits.

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iPhone Developer Greenstone Nets $1.5M from iPhone App Game

Brian Greenstone is one of few iPhone developers who have been extremely successful. Greenstone developed Engimo, a 3D puzzle game where you manipulate slides, bumpers, and other pieces to control streams of flowing liquid. Liquids fall from “droppers”, your objective is to move and rotate the various puzzle pieces to divert the flow of the falling droplets so that they can reach their target.

Greenstone’s Engimo has sold 810,000 copies of the game in only six months, netting him a cool $1.5 million in profit. Today, Greenstone did a quick interview with the Guardian and talks about his success with developing for the iPhone. Read the full story

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Sirius XM Radio Confirms iPhone App

siriusSirius XM Radio has just announced plans to release an iPhone application sometime during the second-quarter. Sirius XM Radio satellite sales have been hit hard mainly because of poor auto sales where the service was an added option on new model cars. XM Radio was also hit hard with the bankruptcy of Circuit City who sold the products.

Sirius XM Radio more recently sold a 40% stake to John Malone’s Liberty Media while a $172 debt was due. The iPhone application be available to all the 19 million current iPhone users, 7 million of which are based in the U.S.

Sirius also said it expects to post EBITDA of more than $300 million by the end of 2009, which would be the first profit recorded by the company.

No price information was released.

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Amazon Releases Kindle eBook Reader for iPhone

Amazon has just released Kindle for the iPhone for free. The iPhone app now lets you read your books and synchronize your bookmarks with your Kindle reader. You can also transfer books from your iPhone to your Kindle. There are still many limitations with the Kindle iPhone app, for example, you can’t purchase books directly from the app, and you can’t view newspapers and documents on the app either.

It looks like this is Kindle’s response to Google opening up Google Book Search on the iPhone among other mobile platforms.

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GPS Turn-by-Turn Directions on iPhone Here


G-Map U.S. West and G-Map U.S. East are new iPhone Apps that brings turn-by-turn GPS navigation to the iPhone. The app costs $19.99 and brings many advanced navigation features including address search, distance countdown to each turn, POIs, the ability to avoid certain roads such as tolls roads, highways, route recalculation, among other features such as 3D intersections (select intersections). However, the app does have one fairly large raw back: it doesn’t have voice prompts. A future update should fix these problems, really bringing GPS navigation to the iPhone.

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Microsoft Tag Now on Your iPhone

Microsoft at CES has just unveiled its second iPhone app, Microsoft Tag. The program lets users take snapshots of almost anything then the program retrieves information including media, contact information, special offers, and so on. Microsoft Tags is based on Microsoft’s High Capacity Color Barcodes system, which is a high capacity barcode system that stores more information, as seen in the image below. The system is similar to the QR Code matrix. You can get Microsoft Tag now Read the full story

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