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Sling Media, the makers of SlingBox TV place shifters, has just released a firmware and software client update for its products that makes enjoying TV anywhere even easier for Apple fans. Most notably, the update bring AirPlay support. Now users can beam live TV from their Slingbox-connected TV to any other HDTV in their household or even a remote location as long as it’s equipped with an Apple TV. That is much less than the cost of adding an additional cable box to your secondary TV. AirPlay is only available for the Slingbox 500, Slingbox 350, Slingbox PRO-HD and Slingbox SOLO.

Owners of the top-of-the-line Slingbox 500 will be gaining even more usability from this update:

Slingbox 500 customers will also see enhanced My Media features including the ability to access personal photos and videos stored on a USB drive attached to the Slingbox 500 through the SlingPlayer client software… Therefore, customers who have videos and photos stored on a hard drive at home can access the files remotely wherever they happen to be.

SlingPlayer for the web has also been updated with full support for Apple’s latest operating system, OS X Mavericks.

The new My Media features will be first available for the PC/Mac and coming soon to the SlingPlayer app for iOS/Android. Blockbuster On Demand is now available for Slingbox 500 owners – bringing Slingbox a step closer to becoming an all-in-one entertainment center.

…search, browse, view trailers and rent premium movies for viewing on their big screen TV in beautiful HD quality with a Blockbuster On Demand account.

The Slingbox 350/500 are the current generation boxes and retail for $179.99/$299.99 respectively. If you’re just looking to break into the place shifting scene, keep an eye on 9to5Toys as we typically feature Slingbox SOLO units for as low as $55. If you have yet to buy an Apple TV the best place to pick it up is from Apple’s official refurbished store for just $75.

Full press release follows.

MEDIA ALERT: Blockbuster On Demand and Enhanced My Media Now Available on Slingbox® 500

Sling Media also Announces SlingPlayer Mobile AirPlay Support

What: Sling Media is pleased to announce Blockbuster On Demand, a premium Over the Top (OTT) video service for the Slingbox 500. This is part of a just-released firmware and software client update. Slingbox 500 customers can now search, browse, view trailers and rent premium movies for viewing on their big screen TV in beautiful HD quality with a Blockbuster On Demand account.

Slingbox 500 customers will also see enhanced My Media features including the ability to access personal photos and videos stored on a USB drive attached to the Slingbox 500 through the SlingPlayer client software—first on PC/Mac and coming soon on SlingPlayer for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. Therefore, customers who have videos and photos stored on a hard drive at home can access the files remotely wherever they happen to be.

SlingPlayer for Web has also been updated with the following features:

Support for Microsoft Windows 8.1 and IE 11

Support for Apple OS X Mavericks and Safari 7

Who: Pioneers of “TV Anywhere” technology, Sling Media provides video delivery products for retail customers and television service providers. Its retail products – the Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350 – deliver live and on-demand access to all of your favorite TV shows, sporting events, recorded programming and premium content on your mobile device of choice in up to Full HD 1080p resolution, with no additional subscription fees required.

Why: The Slingbox is perfect for sports fans, technophiles, frequent travelers or anyone who wants to view their entire channel lineup via their PC/Mac, tablet, smartphone and now Apple TV. In addition, Slingbox 500 customers can enjoy premium movies from Blockbuster On Demand on their living room TV and access their personal photos and videos stored at home, anywhere using SlingPlayer software on their favorite devices.

From the TV-screen user interface OR a PC/Mac, confirm that the firmware on the Slingbox 500 is version 1.6.228.

These updates were automatically rolled out to customers starting the morning of Wednesday, October 23, 2013. If your firmware has not updated, you can manually update firmware on the TV screen user interface: About → Firmware Version → Check Updates.



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How To Use Airplay On Apple Watch

AirPlay on Apple devices lets you stream songs and videos to other AirPlay-compatible speakers and TV. But here’s the less-known fact: you can also use AirPlay on your Apple Watch. 

Your Apple Watch has an AirPlay audio icon in its Control Center (accessed by swiping up from the watch screen’s bottom). This makes it possible to choose which device you want to play music from. Here’s how to use AirPlay on your Apple Watch.

Understand what AirPlay on Apple Watch is and its limitations

Background: The tiny speaker on your Apple Watch gives Siri answers, system feedback, etc. But it cannot use this speaker to play music. Thus, you always have to connect your Apple Watch to a compatible device like AirPods, AirPods Max, Beats headphones, third-party Bluetooth headphones, speakers, or Apple TV.

This may also make you think that you can AirPlay directly from your watch to other AirPlay devices. But you must understand that it’s just a button to choose audio output to the limited devices mentioned above. You can’t use this to connect to AirPlay Speakers, etc. 

You’re limited to Bluetooth devices. This fact can be confirmed when you tap the watch’s AirPlay icon from Control Center → tap Connect a Device → it opens the Bluetooth pairing screen of the watch Settings.

Apple Insider says that AirPlay is limited on the watch to preserve battery life. I couldn’t agree more.

One more thing: You cannot stream (AirPlay) songs directly from your Apple Watch to HomePod. But if the HomePod is playing songs via, say, iPhone, you can control it using your Apple Watch.

Conclusion: AirPlay on Apple Watch is limited in functionality. It is a “select Bluetooth output device” button.

Now that you understand the crux, here’s how to use that Apple Watch AirPlay icon to select or change the audio output from your wrist.

How to use AirPlay in WatchOS

Press the Digital Crown and tap Music.

Tap Library.

Scenario 1: If no Bluetooth devices are connected, you’ll see a screen that says “Choose where to play audio.” Tap on a device name. (left image below)

To change the sound output from your wrist, tap the AirPlay icon at the bottom left.


You can do the same process from the watch Control Center.

If music is playing from your Apple Watch, you may not see HomePod as one of the options in AirPlay. But if music is playing on the iPhone, and you’re controlling it with your Apple Watch, you may see the option for HomePod. (see the steps and image below)

How to use AirPlay icon to choose devices connected to iPhone

Open Music on your watch.

Tap On iPhone.

Control HomePod using Apple Watch

Open Now Playing on your Apple Watch.

If you see Watch or iPhone at the top left, tap < to go back.

Scroll to choose HomePod from the Now Playing screen.

Note: Make sure your HomePod, iPhone, and Apple Watch are all connected to the same Wi-Fi.

Enjoy AirPlaying audio content on your Apple Watch!

This is how you can use the AirPlay icon on your Apple Watch. I hope this guide helps answer your questions. 

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Install Twrp And Root 5.1.1 Update On T

While Galaxy S6 5.1.1 root has been out for a while now, the T-Mobile Galaxy S5 users were left behind as regards their own Android 5.1.1 root, for build G900TUVU1FOF6. Not anymore, using the basic work done by 5.1.1 root chief g.lewarne over S6 5.1.1 builds, user   over at XDA brought the trick to S5 5.1.1 build, and with great help from some solid and tons of Trap music, he did it — he achieved the root on T-Mobile Galaxy S5!

That’s some real good news, but it comes with a little nagging issue of warranty getting broken. Well, this method uses custom recovery, and breaks KNOX flag, meaning warranty of your T-Mobile S5 will be lost if you root your device.

Remember that Trap music that ShinySide listened a lot of while working S5 5.1.1 root, well, the resulting end product, a custom kernel packaging the root access, has been slightly appropriately named after that only, as, meet one and only — TrapKernel!

All you need to do achieve root access son your T-Mobile S5 is flash the TrapKernel using TWRP/CWM recovery. But if you don’t want to lose warranty, better wait this one out. While there are no hopes as to how and when KNOX-free root solution will be available, it’s upon you to think and decide whether you want root right now or not.

TrapKernel, based on your build no.

Supported devices

T-MOBILE GALAXY S5, model no. SM-G900T

Don’t try on any other Galaxy S5 set than model no. G900T!

Don’t try on any other device whatsoever!


Warning: Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Download the Odin software, TWRP recovery and TrapKernel file from above. Be sure to download the trap kernel based on your current build no., otherwise, camera may stop working for you.

Connect Galaxy S5 to PC and transfer the TrapKernel file to the device. It’s very important step, don’t miss it. Make sure you have the TrapKernel on your S5 before proceeding further. (Keep TWRP recovery and Odin on your PC, don’t transfer them.)

Extract the Odin file. You should get this file, Odin3 chúng tôi (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).

Disconnect your S5 from PC if it is connected.

Boot Galaxy S5 into download mode:

Power off your T-Mobile S5. Wait 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.

Press and hold the three buttons Volume Down + Power + Home together until you see warning screen.

Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.

Connect your Galaxy S5 to PC now using USB cable. Odin should recognize your S5. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! message appearing in the Log box in bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also show a no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below.

You cannot proceed until you get the Added!! message, which confirms that Odin has recognized your device.

If you don’t get Added!! message, you need to install/re-install drivers again, and use the original cable that came with device. Mostly, drivers are the problem (look at step 2 above).

If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do steps 6 to 12 again. For this, close Odin, disconnect your S5, remove battery, insert it back after 5-6 seconds and then start from step 6 again.

Reboot your S5 into recovery mode. Do this:

Power off your S5. Wait 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.

Press and hold the three buttons Power + Home + Volume up together until you see Samsung’s logo. Then let go of the buttons. You will soon enter TWRP recovery.

[Optional] Create a backup. Tap on backup, and then select partitions of your choice, preferably all of them, and then do the Swipe action at bottom to start backing up the whole phone! It would always come very handy in case anything bad happens to phone. Go back to TWRP’s main screen by tapping on Home button at bottom left corner.

Now, the Android 5.1 Root. On main screen of TWRP, tap on Install, and then browse and select the Trapkernel file ( On next screen, just do the Swipe action at the bottom to root Galaxy S5 on 5.1 build.

Tap on System Reboot button after that to restart the phone, which will be now rooted on 5.1.1 OF6 update.

That’s it. Enjoy root access! And let us know if you need any help with T-Mobile S5 5.1.1 root access.

Update: Oneplus One Hands On And First Impressions

In just 4 months OnePlus have managed to build enough hype and excitement around their brand and first ever device to make even the likes of Xiaomi jealous! If you haven’t already read the full details of the OnePlus One and its amazing price you can see them here in our earlier post, if you are ready then keep reading for the first OnePlus One hands on and first impressions.

Keep in mind that the OnePlus One in these images is a pre-production sample and that some of the features of CM11S were not added yet.

Update: Added the OnePlus One video hands on below also so you don’t need to go from post to post.

OnePlus One Hands on

There are going to be obvious comparisons made between the OnePlus One and the Oppo Find 7a so let’s start with the similarities in design.

Picking the OPO up for the first time you can feel the difference in weight between it and the Oppo Find 7. The OnePlus One is lighter than the Find 7, weighing 162g compared to 170g, thanks to the magnesium frame but it is the distribution of the weight which is most notable. The OPO feels more balanced in your hands than the Find 7a and with slightly narrower edges and a flatter rear also feels a more comfortable in the hand too.

The white model shown in these photos has the Silk white rear panel. OnePlus tell us the finish is made from cashew nuts, the result is a soft to the touch finish that feels much better than the simple textured rear of the Find 7a.

Physical controls on the OPO are just a single power button and volume rocker, but these are on the opposite sides to the Find 7a. So the power button is on the right where as the volume rocker is on the left. This took a bit a re-learning, but once you remember it isn’t a problem and the actual location of each button seems to land beneath your fingers more accurately. Again a small detail but a nice one.

The stereo speakers are located in the base of the OnePlus One, either side of the USB. Sound was pretty good, but we were told that there will be some adjustments for the final production model.

This being an international version of the OPO the rear of the phone has a CyanogenMod logo (the Chinese version of the phone will ship with ColorOS). The camera and dual LED flash are surrounded by a metal place similar to that on the Oppo Find 5, and the OnePlus Logo is carved out of the shell material.

On to the front of the phone and you can see that we have a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display from JDI, front facing 5 mega-pixel camera with 80 degree lens to the left of the receiver, an LED notification light between the two, and capacitive navigation buttons on the chin of the phone. Dimensions are 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm, so slightly wider and longer than the Find 7 but not quite as thick.

The screen on the OnePlus One sits away from the body with the bezels a few mm below. This creates a metal lip around the phone which is said to help protect the display if the phone is dropped on its edges. It also adds a nice design flourish to the already good-looking chassis.

If you saw the words “capacitive buttons” and decided that the OPO isn’t the phone for you just hold on as you can easily turn on onscreen buttons if you prefer, but doing so will disable the capacitive controls.

OnePlus One hands on – CyanogenMod 11s

The Cyanogenmod 11S build on these pre-production phones isn’t the final one so the icons aren’t the final ones and some of the features were missing. The production phone will have the icons seen in the press images here, and additional features will be added in time.

What we did learn though was that CM11s will be able to support themes designed for other ROMs so if for example you had a favourite MIUI theme you wanted to use there should be no problem using it.

Other features in CM11S include enhanced security, the voice command feature which activates when hearing “OK, OnePlus” and a new CyanogenMod camera application. The camera app has Normal, HDR, Night, Sport modes along with filters. Switching between them is simply a matter of sliding up or down on the screen, much faster and nicer to use than the menu options in ColorOS.

We’ll wait for our review unit to arrive and for the final build of CM11S to launch to make a full review, but what we could see on the phones we tested was a nice base, with snappy performance and happily uncluttered.

OnePlus One video hands on

OnePlus One first impressions

I had a good long time to play with the OnePlus One flagship and overall came away with the impression that this is the phone Oppo could have had as the Find 7.

From just $299 the OnePlus One has a better looking design, better balance and weight and is slightly more comfortable to hold than the Find 7. What makes matters worse is the OPO gets a 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB RAM, the same camera specs, optional covers and a larger 3100mAh battery than the Find 7 too!

Sure the OPO misses a removable battery, VOOC fast charging, memory expansion and cool LED notification beam, but for the price it represents amazing value for money, even more so than Xiaomi phones (for international customers at least).

But there are some important questions;

Is it worth buying the OnePlus One if you already have the Find 7a?

Is the OnePlus One the Flagship killer it was promised to be?

So do you need a Find 7 and OPO? I would say no. If you already have the Find 7 it would seem pointless to buy the OnePlus One, unless of course you have plenty of extra cash for phones or if you feel like being a part the OnePlus phenomenon. On the other hand if you are choosing between the Find 7 and Oneplus One, the OPO would be my personal choice.

Is the OnePlus One really the flagship killer it was promised to be? This is a difficult one to answer as different users want different things from their devices. If you want amazing hardware, great usability, Cyanogenmod all at an amazing price then there is really nothing on the market to touch the OnePlus One yet. If you need the best of the best i.e a 2K display, f1.8 aperture etc then there are other options out there, but are they really worth the extra cost?

What do you think of the OnePlus One? Is this the phone you imagined? Are you impressed or did you wish for more?

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Com Alum Brings Another Genius To Life On The Screen

COM Alum Brings Another Genius to Life on the Screen Producer Sam Sokolow talks about Einstein, Picasso at tomorrow’s Cinemathèque

Antonio Banderas (left) plays Pablo Picasso in the second season of the National Geographic Genius series. Pablo Picasso (right), a towering figure in 2oth-century art. Photo courtesy of Facebook

When BU Today talked to Sam Sokolow last year, he was awaiting the premiere of the National Geographic TV channel series Genius. Sokolow (COM’91) is an executive producer of the series.

The show, starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein, went over big, drawing large audiences in 175 countries and earning strong reviews. The Guardian called it “a sassy, robust ride: whiplash-smart and littered with imaginative visual connections.” The series also earned 10 Emmy nominations.

Now a second season of Genius is about to debut, this time focusing on Pablo Picasso and starring Antonio Banderas as arguably the 20th century’s most important artist. The show premieres on National Geographic on April 24, but before that Solokow returns to BU tomorrow to screen the first-season pilot of Genius and show the trailer for the second season as part of the Cinemathèque series, a College of Communication program that brings accomplished filmmakers to campus to show and discuss their work. (His contract prohibits showing a new episode before the premiere.)

Sokolow says the response to the first season was everything he could have hoped for. “It was my first Emmy nomination,” he says. “To be nominated for best limited series, when the other nominees included Big Little Lies and Fargo and The Night Of—to me these are the best shows on television, and to be in a category with them was an honor that I’ll cherish forever. I was just so proud of the show.”

The COM grad is also living the dream in other ways. “I just left a breakfast meeting in West Los Angeles, and I’m driving to Beverly Hills, where my office is, on a 75-degree day,” he says in a phone interview. “Then I have to run up to Hollywood for lunch with a director. It’s almost a caricature.”

Sokolow credits BU with helping him get his start, which included shooting commercials and working on game shows and series development. He got involved with Genius because his production company, EUE/Sokolow Entertainment, owned the film rights to Walter Isaacson’s 2008 book, Einstein: His Life and Universe. Sokolow was instrumental in pushing to make it a TV series rather than a movie.

It takes a special kind of genius to carry 10 hours of TV, and choosing a subject for the second season required a lot of research.

The company started looking at inventor Nikola Tesla, who designed a system to deliver electricity.

“He may have been brilliant and had phenomenal discoveries that affected our lives, and he may have had business dealings that were dramatic,” Sokolow says, “but he was a workaholic and for the most part went to the same restaurant and ate the same thing for dinner every night at a table for one.”

Picasso was more promising. An innovator who lived a life set against major historical moments, he completely changed his discipline, and he also has a global brand.

“And he has 10 hours of story to tell,” says Sokolow. “Picasso certainly lived a dramatic life that at times could be akin to a primetime soap opera.”

And once the producers learned that Banderas was from Picasso’s hometown of Malaga, Spain, there was little doubt about who would play the artist. “Just that itself, from a cultural perspective and a language perspective, an understanding-of-the-world perspective, makes him such a rich choice,” Sokolow says. “From what I understand, this is a role and a character he has been interested in since he started acting.”

He says showrunner Kenneth Biller and executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have formed a sort of repertory company, not just with respect to the crew, which is normal, but also for some of the cast members: both Johnny Flynn and Samantha Colley return in different roles this season. Howard also directed the season opener, which was shot in Budapest, Malaga, Paris, and Malta.

Although National Geographic has not formally committed to a third season, Sokolow is confident that it will. And while his team hasn’t decided who the third genius will be, they have decided that it will be a woman.

In the meantime, they have plenty on their plate. EUE/Sokolow Entertainment just closed a deal to turn “a really significant contemporary American novel” into a premium television series, and they are working on another series set in the multicultural Latino community of Miami.

Sam Sokolow speaks and screens an episode of his National Geographic series, Genius, tomorrow, Friday, April 13, at 7 pm, at the College of Communication, Room 101, 640 Commonwealth Ave. The event, part of the BU Cinemathèque series, is free and open to the public.

The second season of the Genius series, about Pablo Picasso, starring Antonio Banderas as Picasso, premieres on National Geographic on Tuesday, April 24, at 9 pm.

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Apple Makes Its Blockbuster Fall Kinda Official

If there ever was any doubt fresh Apple gadgets were coming this Fall, one just needs to read between the lines of what Apple’s finance boss Peter Oppenheimer said during June quarter conference call with analyst. In a Q&A Session, the exec hinted at a “very busy Fall”.

The statement echoes a recent note by a reliable analyst who projected a flurry of Apple product launches throughout September and into late-October. When pressed to explain himself, Oppenheimer dodged giving a straight answer by insisting on leaving it there and instead “go into more detail in October.” Touché, Pete, touché indeed!

The full Oppenheimer quote:

We are on track to have a very busy Fall. I would like to leave it there and go into more detail in October.

Going into “more detail in October” could be a code-word for an Apple media event in a few weeks time. It’s also the first time, at least to my knowledge, for any Apple exec to pledge to any vaguely specific timeframe concerning unreleased products, especially while discussing earnings.

Apple has gotten away without launching a major new product for eight months now. That being said, we’re expecting a fifth-generation iPad, a seventh-generation iPhone and Haswell-driven iMac/MacBook Pro updates real soon.

And yes, that mid-range plastic iPhone, too.

Discussing Apple’s business model, CEO Tim Cook said (emphasis mine):

We’re here to make good products.

We think that if we focus on that and do that really well, the financial metrics will come.

We start at the product because we believe that the most important thing is that our customers love the products and want them.

Our key catalysts will always be new products and new services in existing and new categories.

“New categories” might include an alleged Apple smartwatch and a full-on television set.

“We’re working on some stuff that we’re really proud of, and we’ll announce things when we’re ready,” Cook teased further.

In all likelihood (and in spite of DigiTimes), we won’t see a Retina iPad mini until the first quarter of 2014 as Apple and its suppliers tackle battery and performance challenges that stem from packing four times the pixels onto the 7.9-inch display area.

For the three-month period ended June 30, Apple saw its iPod, Mac and iPad sales shrink year-over-year, with only the iPhone growing to 31.2 million units sold, up over 26 million a year ago.

Some bloggers gloated as Samsung made $1.43 billion more in profit than Apple. Indeed, whereas the iPhone maker made a net profit of $6.9 billion during the June quarter, its rival Samsung reported making $8.33 billion.

This couldn’t be farther from truth: the $8.9 billion in Samsung Electronics profits came from a crazy vast array of products, not just smartphones.

For the sake of correctness, Samsung Electronics builds phones, tablets and TV sets, in addition to a wide range of consumer electronics parts like lithium-ion batteries, semiconductors, chips, solid-state storage, NAND flash chips and hard drive devices.

@zacharye Not true. Compare handset profits, not all-company numbers

— Christian Zibreg (@dujkan) July 23, 2013

All told, Samsung Electronics has assembly plants and sales networks in 88 countries and employs around 370,000 people.

Surprisingly enough, the otherwise sensationalist SAI went with a more toned-down headline which correctly states that “Samsung made $1.43 billion more in profit than Apple last quarter.”

Your notes of interest from the earnings call are right here.

So, what are you expecting from Apple’s busy Fall?

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