Paddy Power have become the first bookmaker to introduce a revolutionary “second screen” technology to one of their apps. The Irish bookmaker has teamed up with a New Work based development company called TVTak
to bring their customers latest the “point and click” live sports detection software.
Here’s how it works. You’re lying on your sofa or sitting in a pub watching the latest Liverpool Vs Everton derby. You decide you want to check the latest odds on the game. Rather than having to search through the various menus and options to find the game in question, all you need to do is point the phones camera at the TV, hit the “TV Bet” button and bob’s your uncle. It really is that simple!
The recognition technology has initially only been integrated into the new Paddy Power Premier League App, although we can expect it to become a feature of all their apps once the trial has completed. One of the key aspects of the new feature is that it works on any television, whether it’s an old cathode ray tube TV or a state of the art flatscreen telly. Once you point the smartphones camera at the television, the mobile camera analyses the video playing and the information is matched in real-time against a database of all the games currently being broadcast.
Sylvie McDermott, the mobile sportsbook manager for Paddy Power, predicts the “new and fun” technology will prove a hit with the company’s legion of tablet and smartphone customers.
Besides debuting this groundbreaking sports detection software, the free Premier League app also provides soccer fanatics with team news, latest scores, premiership fixtures, league tables, real-time match data (red card, first scorer, red cards, yellow cards etc.) as well as Twitter and Facebook integration. Download the app for free right HERE
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The blogosphere has been alight for the past few weeks with the news that Siri, the Apple iPhone’s personal assistant, can now answer a wide range of sports betting questions following the iOS6 upgrade. While most iPhone users have been bemoaning the loss of Google Maps, sports fanatics have been busy putting Siri’s sports knowledge to the test.
IPhone users can now ask Siri a variety of question, such as “Who will win between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans this weekend?” and she’ll provide the latest betting odds in seconds.
Sports junkys can now also ask Siri to get the score on any game. We asked Siri who won between the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams at the weekend and she answered the Rams won 17 to 3. Pretty impressive.
Siri’s newly aquired sporting knowledge doesn’t stop there. The assistant can also solve arguments by providing stats on any football, basketball or baseball player. For instance, when we asked which running back is better, Cedric Benson or Matt Forte, up popped both players stats on our phone.
To put Siri to the test we asked her what Russell Martin’s batting average was during the 2012 Major League Baseball's regular season and she replied correctly that it was .211. WOW!!!
Siri also appears to have done a little reading over the summer holidays. If you are looking for a good sports related book to read, Siri’s got an answer. No need to thrawl though Amazon reviews anymore, just ask Siri for her opinion and she'll tell you what you should be reading.
If anyone else has got any interesting sports related Siri answers, we'd love to hear them. Just visit our online discussion on Siri's newfound sports knowledge HERE UPDATE: We've come across this interesting article with videos of Siri answering sports questions.
Anyone who has tried to watch sports on their iPhone, iPad or laptop while travelling abroad will know that their favourite TV channels are often blocked. This can be very frustrating when you want to watch a big Champions League soccer game, an NFL/NBA game or a big horse race like the Grand National or the Melbourne Cup.
When TV Networks buy a particular sporting event (or TV Show or Movie) they are only buying the rights for a particular geographic region. For this reason they are required to block users from other countries viewing that particular game, match or tournament.
What a lot of people don’t realise is that it is very easy by-pass these restrictions by using a VPN service. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and what these services do is create a secure channel from your iPhone or iPad’s internet connection to various locations around the world. When you use a VPN you experience the web in the same way that people in those countries experience the web.
Two of my favourite sports are cricket and snooker. Unfortunately, the BBC iPlayer is only available in the United Kingdom so I am not able to watch live streams in the United States. To circumvent this restriction I use a VPN that will connect me to a network in the UK so that I use the BBC iPlayer or Channel 4 On Demand apps. When I’m home in the UK I use a VPN to connect me to a U.S. network so that I can catch up on all my favourite TV programs on Hulu and Netflix.
This might sound very techy and complicated but believe me it’s not. Setting up and using VPN services is very straightforward and easy to do. There are literally hundreds of VPN services out there for you to choose from. I have personally tried about 10 different VPN’s over the past few years but I would just like to feature the two best VPN apps that I’ve found so far. TunnelBear - www.tunnelbear.com
This is my favourite VPN by far and here’s why... Half a gig free every month -
If you are only a very light user and would only need to use a VPN occasionally then this is the perfect option for you. TunnelBear offer each subscriber half a gig of bandwidth free every month. It’s really cheap
- TunnelBear is the cheapest quality VPN I have found so far. An unlimited bandwidth subscription for a month costs only $5 while their yearly package comes in at just $50. A real bargin. It's simple to use
- If you are a technophobe but you really want to watch your favourite boxing match or football game on your iPhone or iPad, then TunnelBear is for you. The user interface resembles an old transistor radio and it has only 2 switches. One to turn the VPN on and off and the other to select the country you would like to connect to.
The only downside to TunnelBear is that you can currently only connect to networks in the United Kingdom and United States. If you want to watch TV shows in Australia or Canada for example, you will need to find another solution.Here is a video I found that does a much better job than me at demonstrating just how great TunnelBear is...
HideMyAss - www.HideMyAss.com
Hide My App is my second favourite iPhone and iPad VPN service and here’s why…
I was very impressed with HideMyAss because of the number of countries it covers. With HideMyAss you can watch your favourite sports in 42 countries, including the USA, UK, Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Singapore, France, Romania, Australia, Turkey, Moldova, Finland, Brazil, Hungary, Japan, Panama, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Ukraine, Spain, Czech Republic, Ireland, Russia, Latvia, Egypt, India, Israel, Indonesia, Malaysia, Greece, Serbia, Hong Kong, Estonia, Lithuania and Italy.
With the HideMyApp app you can watch any free to air channel with a live stream in any of these 42 countries. Unfortunately, it is a little more expensive than TunnelBear, coming in at $12 a month or $79 for a year. That still represents really great value if you really want to watch the Cheltenham Racing Festival or Royal Ascot on Channel 4/BBC or if you want to catch an NBA or NFL game in the States.
As I mentioned already, there are dozens if not hundreds of different services out there, so if neither of these meet your requirements, then I’m sure there are plently out there that will. Sports fanatics may also want to check out our article on How to Watch Any Sport for Free on the iPhone or iPad
Thanks to betting apps for iPhones, Androids and BlackBerrys, you can now place a sports bet, play a few hands of Omaha poker or enjoy a game of Blackjack, whenever or wherever you are. As a result, betting apps for iPhones have become indispensable for those who travel a lot. For this reason we’ve put together a few tips for using betting applications while on the move. NATIVE Vs WEB
iPhone betting apps that are downloaded from the App Store are called Native betting apps. Native betting apps work great for all types of mobile gambling and are generally free to download and use on your iPhone. The downside is Apple sometimes restrict the use of these type gambling apps to certain Countries and jurisdictions. If an iPhone sportsbook app is licensed in the United Kingdom, then it will work perfectly in London but it will fail to activate when you arrive in New York.
Web apps look and function in the same way as Native apps, except that you access them via the iPhone’s Safari browser rather than the app store. These are no restrictions on where these apps can be used.
If you are someone who travels a lot, we would recommend you sign-up with mobile betting companies who offer web apps rather than native apps because they will work anywhere in the world. USE FREE WiFi
Many airlines and train companies now offer free or subsidised WiFi to their customers. Playing mobile casino or poker games on an iPhone does require a pretty solid connection. Losing your 3G connection when you’ve got a dream hand would be a catastrophe. It is always worth inquiring if free Wifi is provided regardless of where you are. PRESERVE YOUR BATTERY
One of the great things about the iPhone is the great battery life. When you run out of juice it usually pretty easy to find a charger that you can borrow. If you do find yourself on a long journey and your battery is running a bit low, there are a couple of things that you can do to prevent it going dead.
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- Turn Off Wifi - If you are not using WiFi you should turn it off in Settings as your iPhone is continually searching for a WiFi connection otherwise, which is a drain on your battery.
- Switch Off Geo-location. If you are using an application like Google Latitude that tracks your location, you should also temporarily disable this feature to preserve your battery life.
- Lower Brightness Levels – Everyone who owns a smartphone knows that watching videos or playing games can eat your battery. If you are playing a lot of poker and casino games while traveling, it is a good idea to lower the brightness level on your iPhone to extend the battery life.
Data roaming charges can add up pretty quickly and sometimes it’s just not possible to find a free WiFi connection when you need to place a mobile bet in a hurry. If you want to use your sportsbook or poker apps while traveling abroad, you should first purchase a data package from your mobile carrier. For a few dollars or euros you can usually buy a data package that give you peace of mind and let you use your favourite apps as much as you like.
Sport betting, casino and poker apps have become wildly popular over the past couple of years. Almost every week now a new sportsbook, Texas Holdem app or casino game is released for the iPhone and iPad. If you ask any mobile gambler what the single greatest benefit these betting apps are, they will invariably tell you that it is their convenience and portability.
We all know there are plenty of iPhone apps out there like WatchESPN and Sky Mobile TV that let you watch football, baseball, cricket and any other sports live providing you are willing to pay 100's of £ $ or € on a yearly subscription. But can we watch sports live on our iPhones for free? The answer is YES WE CAN
So how do I watch my favourite team play live on my iPhone? The biggest obstacle to watcing live sports on the iPhone is its lack of Flash support, so the first thing you need to do is download the Skyfire browser app from the App Store. The beauty of the Skyfire app is that it allows you to view Flash videos on your iPhone. It currently costs $2.99 / £1.79 / €2.39 but is well worth the investment. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skyfire-web-browser/id384941497
OK, once you’ve installed the Skyfire browser on your iPhone, here’s what you do.
For those of you who are maybe a little confused about what Skyfire is or how to use it, I've included a YouTube video demonstration below that may explain thing a little better. I've also included a list of other free sports stream websites at the bottom of the page.
- Launch the Skyfire browser app (It's basically just a browser like Safari, IE, Firefox, Chrome or any other)
- Using the Skyfire browser, visit any of the websites that offer free live streams of sporting events. For example, try http://www.fromsportcom.com/
- Now from the list of available sports streams, select the one you want to watch. If the page contains a flash video you will notice that the Skyfire browser opens a smaller window on the bottom of your screen with a play button. Select the play button.
- The Skyfire browser will now attempt to convert the Flash video into a format that the iPhone can play (it converts to HTML5 for any geeks who are curious). You may get the following message “Optimizing the video for your device and connection speed” while the video converts and buffers for your device.
- After about 10 - 20 seconds the video should begin playing. Now just sit back and watch your favourite team play for FREE (hopefully!)
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