Sling pulls ultimate bad move in order to sell more hardware to iPhone owners

We really thought we liked Sling.  Not anymore…They just became another greedy media company in one very poorly thought out move.  Sling is only allowing users of its more expensive products to use the upcoming iPhone client.  Slingbox, Slingbox AV, and Slingbox TUNER owners won’t be able to use their Slingboxes on the iPhone or iPod touch.  They will need to buy some of the more recent hardware (with a $50 discount).  Poor form Sling, very poor form.  Image below.

via Engadget


Obama's iPod gift to the Queen is 'symbolic'

We’re not trying to get all wishy washy here on you but Obama’s iPod gift to Queen Elizabeth II actually could be seen to have some deeper meaning. 

For any of you that have to do work in Europe, you know that the prices of iPods over there are about 25% higher than you can find in the US.  We often get hassled by our European colleagues to bring iPods (and sometimes iPhones and Macs) with us whenever we visit.  It is also why, oftentimes, when you see Europeans in the US, they are likely looking for an Apple store or walking out of one. 

But that’s not the point.  The Queen didn’t ask Obama to get her an iPod to save a few bucks (hopefully).

Obama’s choice of the iPod as a gift represents a lot of what America is good at.  We are the world leader in Technology (for the time being).  We may not manufacture all of it but we design a lot of it.  Apple is also one of the leading brands in the world.  It is a very recognizable symbol of ingenuity and creative thinking.  The iPod also holds Music and Movies.  We are also pretty good at those things as well.  In fact, these areas are some of the last where the US still leads the world.

Of course the British press is all over Obama’s gift giving choices.  Hiis previous "gaffe" was getting Prime Minister Gordon  Brown a set of 25 incorrectly region-coded DVDs.  Who knows if this had some sort of deeper meaning or sentimental value?  If gift giving is the biggest complaint they can throw at Obama, we’re still in good shape. 

We think the iPod Touch makes a great gift, even for a Queen.  They even loaded it with videos of the Queen’s last visit to the US and some Broadway showtunes.  

It certainly beats a framed self portrait.

April Fool's day around the Web

April Fools is in high gear today around the technology world:

Apple is selling an album of silence

Google is not only the king of search but it is the undesputed leader in April Fool’s day gags.

Quallcom is putting wireless transmitters in birds.

Macworld UK is reporting Steve Jobs is in an ice skating contest.

Opera has face gesture recognition.

Gizmodo looks like it got taken over by a pre-teen alien conficker virus.

Reddit looks more like some other site.

ThinkGeek has some good stuff on their site today.

More below

TUAW is going back in time.

Even Microsoft has gotten into the act.  Sorta.

The Guardian is moving to Twitter.

Tivo is recording ahead of time now.

We’re sure there are many more.  Hook us up in the comments, we’ll post.


New iPhone SDK 9M2725 and iPhone OS 7A259g released…breaks Skype's AT&T access?

We aren’t sure if we’ll be able to use Skype over 3G after installing this. Anyone want to test this for us before we commit to losing 3G VOIP?  More juicy details below.

Update: Skype over 3G and Tethering still work properly.

Along with the SDK, iPhone 3.0 Beta 2 Build: 7A259g is also released.  It comes in at 228 MB.

We are, as you can see, downloading them both now and will report on any improved snappieness™.

Skype works on AT&T's 3G on iPhone 3.0

We just found something very interesting.  When you install Skype on a 3.0 developer preview iPhone, you can use AT&T’s connection to make and receive calls.  It even works pretty well over EDGE.  Skype treats AT&T’s WWAN like a Wifi connection.  I did a quick video and posted it below:

Update:we just made a Skype call over 3G to another 3.0 iPhone using 3G.  The sound quality was as good, if not  better than normal AT&T.  (Thanks  Josh!!)

BTW, if you are commenting that it doesn’t work for you and you don’t have the 3.0 developer preview, you are missing the whole point of this post.