Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

If you’ve been wondering what to do with you brand new iPhone 3GS, this is a good start:

(worth checking out just for the soundtrack 🙂 )

The song is generated using a software called Vocaloid.

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The long awaited Slingplayer Mobile arrived in the Apple app store this evening as a $29.99 download. The price is as expected and I was about to hit purchase before I noticed this:

Slingplayer Mobile for the iPhone only supports streaming over a Wi-Fi connection at this time.

That defeats the purpose of Slingplayer entirely for me, I think this is one I will skip until it is available with connections on 3G. If it doesn’t appear on 3G, the Apple / AT&T combo may have killed one of the best possible applications for the iPhone.

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wsjI’ve been trying out the new Wall Street Journal iPhone app and it isn’t that bad at all. Considering that it is free it has a pretty broad collection of full articles from the journal. Maybe I won’t need a subscription to the Journal to keep up with what’s happening in the business world while I’m in school: especially if they do a couple of changes to the app considering its still version 1.0. This is a drastically better app at version 1.0 than the NY Times app I think, just because it allows access to more content.

What is interesting is that on the Kindle the Dow charges $9.99 a month for the Journal, I’m sure it’s a better reading experience but for my daily dose of business news: the iphone works fine. You also have access to some great audio and video from WSJ through the app (subject to AT&T network limitations). What’s also interesting is that rather than structure the app as a reader for a paper version of the WSJ (like in the kindle), this app is structured to basically mirror the WSJ website, that might explain part of the pricing strategy.

What’s not so good is that they seem to have left in the ability to start charging for at least some paid content within the app. My guess is that they will implement this pretty quickly considering Dow Jones’ normal policy towards this type of access. Hopefully I’m wrong and we will see a shift in strategy, that will save b-school students a little bit of money!

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sling-iphoneI’ve been waiting for Sling Player to come out on iPhone for a while now (almost an year actually). Unfortunately the last couple of weeks have not brought much good news.

– First, Sling announced that older Slingboxes are not compatible: ouch, now that I’m going to business school it will be hard to justify buying a new slingbox just to get the iphone app

– Second, there are rumours that AT&T is pushing back on Sling. First we had a TOS change that was pretty obviously targeted at Sling and then quickly pulled again. Now the rumours say the app has been officially rejected. We all knew this was a possibility but hoped that the popularity of Sling would win the day.

What does this mean for us: if the rumours are true, we will likely see a wifi only Slingplayer.

I honestly don’t know why we have apps coming out that are wifi only. Skype for example. I want my slingplayer (or Skype) on the move, when I’m on the train, when I’m walking to work, etc. Not when I’m at home by my wifi router.

Sling on wifi for me is as good as no Sling at all.

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