Sling ups the app ante: Android and iOS updates add Roku support, Windows 8 app on deck

The Xbox One isn't the only gadget that's got a bull's-eye on your television viewing. Slingbox owners are about to get quite a few additional options when streaming live TV.

The new SlingPlayer 3.0 apps for Android and iOS, available today, offer an overhauled user interface with a variety of improvements on both platforms. Among the upgrades delivered are improved guide data for better program discoverability and filtering; accompanying statistical data during live sporting events; and in-app Twitter and Facebook integration. (See the video embedded below for a sneak peek of the new app in action.) … Read more

Internet Explorer transforms into anime heroine

CNET Update is super kawaii:

In this episode of Update:

- Meet Microsoft's new anime Internet Explorer personification, Inori Aizawa. After downloading IE11 on Windows 7, you can also check out her themed site and wallpaper.

- Read up on a few lesser-known Marvel heroes before their shows air on Netflix in 2015.

- See which entertainment apps will be on the PlayStation 4 when it launches next week. Microsoft has yet to say which apps will be on the Xbox One, which hits stores a week after PS4.


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Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus among first PS4 entertainment apps; HBO Go and YouTube are no-shows

Sony has announced the entertainment apps that will be available on the PlayStation 4 when the console launches on November 15. Dominated by familiar names like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Crackle, and Hulu Plus, the lineup is similar to what's offered on the current PS3 console.

According to Sony, the launch lineup is as follows:

Amazon Instant Video Crackle Crunchyroll Epix Hulu Plus NBA Game Time Netflix NHL GameCenter Live Redbox Instant Sony Music Unlimited Sony Video Unlimited Vudu YuppTV

The most notable name missing from the list is YouTube. Also absent (despite being available on the PS3) are Cinema … Read more

Amazon signs up for 'future of streaming' ORBX

One potential future for streaming technology doesn't look much like it does today, and that was enough to convince Amazon Web Services to sign up for it.

Amazon began to offer to AWS customers technology on Tuesday that allows them to stream complex games and software, thanks to a deal with visual rendering firm OTOY to implement the new JavaScript codec ORBX.

AWS customers using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) G2 will be able to stream complex software and games that require scalable GPU ray traced rendering such as Autodesk 3DS Max and Maya from AWS servers to … Read more

Streamnation expands to streaming, sharing your movie, TV show collections

Remember when you used to let friends and family borrow a DVD? Streamnation would really like you to start doing that again, but with your digital media.

What started off as just a way to store, stream, and share your own original photos and videos is now also a way to view and lend your movie and TV show collections to friends and family as well as borrow from theirs.

It works like this: Sign up for an account and upload your DRM-free movies and TV shows to your account on Streamnation (there's support for 27 video and 23 photoRead more

Amazon sets Nov. 15 release date for first original TV series

Amazon may be playing catch-up with Netflix on the original content front, but it's taking a different approach to releasing its homegrown TV series.

Amazon Studios -- the entertainment production arm of the e-commerce giant -- said Monday it will release the first three episodes of TV series "Alpha House" on November 15 and the same for "Betas" a week later. To see the remaining eight episodes, however, customers must sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription for $79 a year, which gives them access to Prime Instant Video and free, two-day shipping on many … Read more

Chromecast adds Pandora to short list of apps so far

Pandora is on Chromecast at last, after Google said in July that an app for the Internet's leading radio service was "coming soon."

After Google introduced its $35 Chromecast HDMI dongle (read CNET's review) to easily fling apps like Netflix and Google Play Music onto televisions, Chromecast's life has been marked by feverish consumer interest and a dearth of updates that, combined, give the impression that Google was caught flat-footed.

Many of the indications that Google got ahead of itself when it unveiled Chromecast are flattering to the search giant, even if they were frustrating … Read more

LinkedIn inserts profiles into e-mails

CNET Update needs no introduction:

In this episode of Update:

- Discover LinkedIn's new "Intro" e-mail tool for iPhones, and learn why some may feel uneasy about signing up. LinkedIn is beefing up other mobile apps, too.

- Edit 6-second Vine videos or save several for later with the updated app.

- Save $100 off the original Surface Pro. Microsoft drops the price since the new Pro 2 hit stores. (But you'll still be paying extra for that keyboard cover.)

- Watch your TiVo recorded shows outside the house on an iOS device with the Roamio update. … Read more

TiVo adds downloading, streaming shows to iOS devices

TiVo's latest DVR line, the Roamio, is now a little more functional for mobile users.

The company announced on Thursday that Roamio Pro and Roamio Plus owners can now stream and download their live television and recorded programming to iOS-based devices. The feature works whether they're home or away, but requires a Wi-Fi connection.

TiVo's offering is available to iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch owners running iOS 5.1 or higher. The streaming is available only to one device at a time, according to TiVo.

In addition, TiVo said some copyrighted content might not be available to … Read more

How to add more storage to an iOS device

Apple's iDevices famously -- make that infamously -- rely on fixed storage. If you need more space, well, too bad.

Granted, you can try a utility like PhoneClean, which can reclaim some space, but that gets you only so far. For any kind of significant storage boost, you have little choice but to upgrade to a more capacious iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

Actually, you do have one other option. A growing number of devices give you extra space for music, movies, photos, documents, and other data, and some of them are surprisingly affordable.

I'm talking about wireless card … Read more