SlingPlayer Mobile app comes to iPad, allows streaming TV, video content from 3G and Wi-Fi connections

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Date: Wednesday, November 24th, 2010, 09:48
Category: iPad, News, Software

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It’s been nifty on other devices, it can’t help but nifty on the iPad.

Per iLounge, Sling Media has released an iPad version of its Slingbox client for iOS devices.

The SlingPlayer Mobile app for iPad allows users to stream TV and other video content to their iPad from select Slingbox devices using a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. Users can view and control video content via the SlingPlayer app and Slingbox from sources such as cable, satellite and IPTV set-top boxes and DVRs, TiVO, Apple TV and even home security cameras.

Slingbox Pro-HD users can also stream digital over-the-air broadcasts. SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad follows the release of SlingPlayer for iPhone (available for US$29.99) earlier this year with a redesigned iPad-native interface including a revamped programming guide and a recent channels feature.

Slingbox for iPad is available from the App Store for US$29.99. The SlingPlayer applications for iOS require a Slingbox Solo or Pro-HD and are not compatible with older Slingbox devices.

The app requires iOS 4.2 or later to instal and run.

Apple explains iOS 4.2 security fixes

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Date: Wednesday, November 24th, 2010, 08:41
Category: News, security, Software

Following Apple’s Monday release of iOS 4.2 for iPads, iPhones and iPod touch devices, the company outlined its security fixes in a Knowledge Base entry posted online.

Per Macworld, many of the patches protect against malicious attackers running code on your device, which could in theory be used for all sorts of malicious purposes. Vulnerabilities were corrected for WebKit, Configuration Profiles, CoreGraphics, FreeType (in PDF rendering), and more to prevent against this type of attack.

iOS 4.2 also includes a fix for iAd content display, to prevent attackers in what Apple calls “a privileged network position” to force phone calls from your device without your permission. A separate fix for Mail corrects an issue where carefully-crafted HTML emails could track whether you viewed a message, even if you had turned off remote image loading in Settings.

The update also addresses a situation where your MobileMe password could become visible to an outside user in a privileged network position when using the Photos app to send images to the service. iOS 4.2 also corrects a race condition that could force the Reset Safari option to take a full 30 seconds to remove your saved Web passwords–during which time a speedy user with access to your device could still log in to those sites.

So, there you have it. And if you’ve noticed any major changes in iOS that you’d like to comment on, let us know.

Carbon Copy Cloner updated to 3.3.7

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Date: Wednesday, November 24th, 2010, 07:34
Category: News, Software

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Late Tuesday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, reached version 3.3.7. The new version, a 4 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Resolved in issue introduced by Mac OS X 10.6.5 in which errant messages related to allocating memory for ACLs were reported.

- Improved several progress indication irregularities.

- Fixed a problem affecting some Tiger users in which the source and target menus were not properly populated.

- The “Show log” button that is presented when the scheduled task helper application reports a problem will work more consistently now.

- Minor errors will no longer prevent CCC from blessing the target volume.

- Fixed a minor scheduling issue in which tasks that ran after 11PM could not be (re)scheduled to run before 11PM on the next day.

- Fixed a regression introduced by CCC 3.3.5 in which deny Access Control Entries were not preserved. Simply re-running a backup task with this updated version of CCC will repair any of the affected ACEs on the target volume.

- Resolved an issue in which CCC would errantly report that the connection to a remote Macintosh had been dropped when two minutes had elapsed without encountering any files that needed to be updated.

- The software update mechanism used by the scheduled task helper application (introduced in version 3.3.4) now uses the interval settings defined in the main application. Additionally, when the scheduled task helper application determines that an update is available and launches the main application to perform the update, the main application will now be more reliable about immediately executing the update procedure

- Fixed a race condition involving multiple scheduled tasks trying to roll the same log file (e.g. on startup).

Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3.7 retails for a US$10 shareware registration fee. The application requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.