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January 12, 2006
Slinging on your Mac
I've been a big fan of Sling Media's Slingbox since it's debut last year, even though it's a bit of a bear for non-techies to set up.
For those who don't know, the Slingbox connects to your television or set-top box at home, is linked through your broadband network and streamed to a Web-connected laptop anywhere in the world. The $250 box has been selling quite well to road warriors like myself who want to catch the local football game from a hotel room or find out what the latest twist is on "Lost" after a long business meeting.
But if you're a Mac user, as with many products, you're out of luck because the company didn't have a software client to make it happen. But not for long. The folks at Sling Media at MacWorld this week have been demonstrating software for use with Mac computers, which I'm sure makes a lot of people oh, so happy.
Not only can you get your tv fix on the road or at work, but you'll soon be able to do it on a cool Mac, with screaming performance that Apple is getting from its switch to Intel. It's yet another example of why Apple's switch is going to be a boon to us all.
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