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Sling Media launches private beta of SlingPlayer for Symbian

by Brad Linder, posted Aug 13th 2007 2:54PM
Symbian SlingPlayerAlmost a year after Sling Media announced a SlingPlayer client would be available for European phones running the Symbian operating system, the company is working on an American version.

Sling is currently accepting testers, but the beta is currently live. SlingPlayer for Symbian will officially work on Nokia N75, N95, and E65 phones, although your results may vary with other devices. You'll need a 3G or Wi-Fi capable device to apply for the beta, seeing as how streaming video is going to look pretty bad on any phone without a high speed internet connection.

You'll also want to be on AT&T or T-Mobile to sign up, since the client supports GSM networks.

No word as to when an official US Symbian client will be released. But it's probably fair to say you'll have to wait at least a month or two since the beta is just getting underway.

[via Engadget]

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The iPhone isn't the first mobile phone, you know - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 7th 2007 12:57PM


The Apple iPhone looks like the coolest damn thing since...well, the last thing Apple introduced. But did you know there were mobile/cell phones before it? It's true! I looked it up on Wikipedia.

After the jump is a TV commercial for the Centel, a mobile phone from 1989 (the company was bought by Sprint in the early 90s). Sure, the phone is the size of a two liter bottle of Pepsi, but it's still pretty cool. Notice that there isn't one word of dialogue in the commercial, which is rather remarkable, considering the ad is for something you communicate with. If they made the commercial now, there would be lots of talking and texting and rap music in the background.

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Jay Leno's take on cellphone TiVo scheduling - VIDEO

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 26th 2007 1:30PM
After a long courtship, TiVo and Verizon finally launched a service this month allowing users to schedule recordings through their cellphone. I've long been of the opinion that this is a really cool feature that nobody really needs and few people will use. But the folks at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno seem to have come up with a use that I'd overlooked.

So there you go. I was wrong. There is an upside to being able to schedule your TiVo with a cellphone.

[via TiVo Blog]

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TiVo and Verizon launch remote scheduling

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 14th 2007 5:33PM
TiVoTiVo and Verizon officially launched their new partnership today, allowing Verizon Wireless customers to schedule TiVo recordings directly from their cell phone.

Verizon's not the only company offering such services, but this is good news for TiVo customers. Well, those that are frequently in the position where they want to schedule a TV recording from their phone. Given that you can already schedule recordings through TiVo's web site or through Yahoo! TV listings, I can't imagine the phone urge arises too often.

The service which will cost you $1.99 a month, will work with TiVo Series2 or Series3 boxes. On the phone side, you'll need a "Get It Now" capable phone, including the Samsung SCH-a950, LG Chocolate, and LG VX8300.

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Sony Ericsson cellphone/remote control combo

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 9th 2007 3:41PM
Sony Ericsson patent
Not content with using your cellphone to schedule recordings on your PVR? That universal remote control in front of your TV doesn't have enough functions for you? Sony Ericsson's got you covered.

Pushing the limits of product convergence to the point where they just don't make any sense, the mobile phone maker has apparently filed for a patent on a device that combines a television remote control and a cellphone. Because god knows I like to take my TV remote to work with me.

I suppose if it's a universal remote, you could program multiple devices into your phone and control the TV at your office with the same device as the one in your living room. But really, has anybody ever asked for a device like this?

[via uberphones]

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Wireless carriers letting you schedule a PVR with a cellphone

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 6th 2007 7:33PM
mobile phone TVSky+ customers in Britain have been able to schedule their PVRs to record shows via a mobile phone for a while now. But it looks like US wireless carriers are starting to catch up.

AT&T launched a service Tuesday allowing Homezone customers to schedule recordings with their cellphones. Next week Verizon and Vodafone will launch a service allowing customers to program TiVo units by phone. Sprint plans to enter the remote recording market later this year.

This would all be such a brave new world if most mobile phones didn't have screens the size of a fingernail, making browsing TV listings a real chore. On the other hand, if you're working late and suddenly realize that there's a new episode of Survivor on that night that you don't want to miss, these new services could come in handy.

On the other hand, Reuters points out that a Jupiter Research study showed fewer than 10 percent of people actually want the ability to schedule PVR recordings on a cellphone. That may have something to do with the relatively small percentage of the population that actually has a PVR in the house.

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Orange to let UK customers control PVRs through mobile phones

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 19th 2007 11:32AM
OrangeUK-based mobile phone company Orange is working on a mobile electronic program guide that will allow subscribers to access their home personal video recorders from their mobile phones. The service will work with Orange's broadband TV service, and should be available during the second half of 2007.

Users will be able to browse listing and schedule recordings, as well as perform keyword searches. Orange customers will also be able to stream television content directly to their phones.

In related news, US-based Gist Communications has ended a beta test of their UGuide software allowing users to control a Windows Media Center system from their mobile phones. A message on the UGuide web site says now that the beta has been concluded, service will be suspended until commercial deployment of the service.

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The Simpsons: Little Big Girl

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 12th 2007 11:50AM


Homer: Why would I go to Utah? I love booze, caffeine and monogamy.

This episode really felt like two episodes in one, with both Lisa's story about her made up Native American heritage and Bart becoming involved with an older girl (played by Natalie Portman). Overall, my first reaction --having only seen the episode once-- is that it felt like the quintessential Simpsons episode with plenty of smart dialogue and enough hidden gags I know I probably won't catch until the second or third round in syndication. Of course, that could just be because I'm really slow.

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Nokia offering Cartoon Network downloads

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 19th 2006 3:04PM

dexter's labTurner Broadcasting and Nokia recently inked a deal that will see content from Cartoon Network offered through the Nokia Content Discoverer client which is currently available on a number of Nokia devices. The special client is designed to make it easier for users to find content to download. The deal only includes clips and games of shows such as Dexter's Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls and Johnny Bravo, but not full episodes, though perhaps full episodes aren't possible with this particular client. I wouldn't know since I don't really do that whole mobile phone or handheld device thing. It's just not my bag, you dig? I knew you could. Anyway, if you don't have this particular client but still like to watch cartoons on a tiny screen, you can always get some of these 'toons from iTunes, too.

[via Toon Zone]

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Use your Tivo to charge your iPod

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 3rd 2006 1:07PM
USBI'm pretty much a technophobe, meaning I'm not only completely inept and ignorant when it comes to any kind of electronic or mechanical gadget, but I actually collapse to the kitchen floor sobbing whenever I make toast. Being who I am, I never would have figured out what our sister site PVR Wire discovered via the Tivo blog, which is that you can use your Tivo (or any DVR with a USB port, I suppose) to charge your iPod or mobile phone. Just plug the USB cord into the USB port on your Tivo, connect your handheld device to the other end, and there you go. I haven't actually tried this yet, but apparently it works. If you folks have any other fancy uses for the Tivo, let me know in the comments.

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Lost stars featured in new 'mobisodes'

by Anna Johns, posted May 23rd 2006 5:38PM
lost logoLost is the latest show to spin-off 'mobisodes', special short episodes for mobile phones. Starting this fall, Verizon will make the 2-3 minute segments available to its customers. The little spin-off episodes will actually feature the Lost stars, such as Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly, etc. Producer Carlton Cuse told SciFi Wire that the Lost producers insisted the stars of the show be part of the mobisodes. He said, "We don't want to do the 24 version, where you're dealing with characters you've never seen and have no relation to the central characters." Ouch.

[Via Pop Candy]

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How William Shatner Changed the World (some thoughts)

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 13th 2006 12:01PM

shatnerIn 1998, science fiction author Thomas M. Disch wrote a book called The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of which chronicled how science fiction books and movies predicted a lot of the technological advancements we have today.

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Science fiction, as opposed to science fantasy, has to be grounded in science, at least to a certain degree. What made all those space age weapons and doodads so intriguing was that they could possibly exist, perhaps not at the moment, but eventually.

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Program your Tivo with your mobile phone

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 7th 2006 1:01PM

tivoTivo and Verizon Wireless are announcing Tivo Mobile, a new technology that will allow people to use their mobile phones to program their Tivos from anywhere. Currently, users can program their Tivos through Yahoo and the Tivo Web site. This is yet another way the company hopes to set itself apart from other DVR manufacturers and compete in the market place. I have Tivo, but I don't have a mobile phone so this news doesn't affect me too much. What about those of you who could take advantage of this new offer? Is this something you would use?

[via Lost Remote]

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