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Photographer shows iPhone 6s Plus in relief of a DSLR at MLB game (Gallery)

How does the upgraded camera on the iPhone 6s Plus perform under real-world conditions? Today we get our best look yet thanks to a photo gallery of a recent MLB game shot by photographer Brad Mangin for Sports Illustrated. Click for full-size images While the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus don’t officially go on […]

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Jordan Kahn

September 21st

Apple

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MLB clarifies: Ned Yost was only reminded Apple Watch must not be connected to iPhone during games

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MLB has clarified a somewhat ambiguous Kansas City Star report that it told Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost that he must not use his Apple Watch during games. The organization told MarketWatch that Yost was merely reminded that the watch must not be connected to his phone during games.

The MLB staffers managing on-field operations did call Yost to make sure he wasn’t using the data on his watch, […] but it was just a routine call. “It’s not banned,” said an MLB spokesman.

The spokesman added that if future smartwatches gained data functionality independent of linked smartphones, the MLB would address that issue separately.

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Ben Lovejoy

August 20th

Apple

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MLB strikes out, bans Kansas City manager from using the Apple Watch it gave him

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Since the device was released, many concerns regarding appropriate and inappropriate times to use Apple Watch have come up, and here is yet another one. Major League Baseball gifted Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost an Apple Watch Sport for being the manager of the All Star Game last month, and now, MLB is telling Yost that he can’t use the device during games and while in the dugout.

Major League Baseball has long been against the use of any smartphones during games, even going as far to restrict inactive players from accessing their devices during a game. When Yost was seen wearing his Apple Watch in the dugout earlier this week during a game against the Los Angeles Angels, many questioned whether or not that was allowed.

MLB then called Yost and told him that he was not allowed to use his Apple Watch during games, according to Kansas City Star reporter Andy McCullough. Yost explained to MLB that when not connected to his iPhone, Apple Watch is nothing more than a glorified clock. “When you’re away from your phone, all it is is a watch. It’s just a clock,” Yost told MLB.

Outside of the dugout, Yost says that he uses his Watch to keep track of his fitness progress and check the weather. For what it’s worth, Yost was ejected for arguing with umpires during tonight’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. That’s more time he can spend with his Watch, though.

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Chance Miller

August 19th

Apple

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MasterCard turns on Apple Pay for MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park

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MasterCard announced today that it’s turning on Apple Pay at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio just in time for the 2015 MLB All-Star game taking place July 14.

Those attending the game, or the pre-game events kicking off this weekend, will be able to use Apple Pay to pay for food, merchandise, and more.

“We’re thrilled to partner with MLBAM to bring contactless acceptance to the 2015 MLB All-Star Week festivities. Through our longstanding relationship with MLB and MLBAM, we are constantly looking for opportunities to create enhanced fan experiences both in-stadium and online, whether that’s through advanced payment capabilities or delivering surprises to fans.”

As it has done with past events, such as the recent PGA Tour earlier this year, MasterCard is running a promotion offering attendees that opt for Apple Pay a chance to win one of its Priceless SurprisesAt other events, MasterCard has been known to offer seat upgrades, event related merchandise, VIP experiences, and more for those that pay with Apple Pay:

“MasterCard cardholders who use Apple Pay at contactless merchandise and concession acceptance locations at the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest taking place July 10th through July 14th or in-stadium at Great American Ball Park from July 12th through July 14th could get a little something extra – from All-Star branded premiums, autographed memorabilia to prepaid cards and more.”

Apple has been rolling out Apple Pay to more banks and credit unions each month since first launching the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch-based payments service in the US back in October. It most recently brought the service to 20 more US banks and credit unions ahead of an international expansion into the UK later this month.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: all-star game, Apple pay, cincinnati, great american ball park, iPhone, MasterCard, MLB, Ohio

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Jordan Kahn

July 10th

Apple

Mac

Behind the Crazy New Analytics Tech Changing How We Watch Baseball

If you turned on the Cardinals v Nationals game last night, you witnessed the first live broadcast of Major League Baseball’s awesome new player tracking and statistics system. This is Statcast: The incredibly fast, incredibly detailed art of playing baseball, broken down into easy to digest metrics that make sense. Hell yeah.

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Mario Aguilar

April 22nd

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MLB At Bat app redesigned, updated with new features for Spring Training

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The MLB.com At Bat app for iPhone and iPad gets a big update today in time for Spring Training bringing Spanish language support, new features, and all the details on what content will be available. Most of the app has also been redesigned including all new UI’s for team pages, scoreboards, and the newsreader.

Also new in the app for version 8.0.0 and 2015:

• New UI for all 30 team pages & the league-wide scoreboard (iPhone only)
• Player search expanded to include all active and historical MLB player cards (iPhone only)
• Re-designed UI for the newsreader (iPhone & iPad)
• Team-by-team statistical data filters (iPhone only)
• Native resolution to optimize At Bat for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
• Easy access to every game with new team schedule navigation (iPhone only)
• Application available in Spanish language, requires device language set to Spanish (iPhone & iPad)

As for Spring Training content, here’s what you’ll get with the usual $2.99/month or $19.99/year subscription:

  • Watch live streaming of more than 200 available Spring Training games with an MLB.TV Premium subscription (iPhone, iPad, select Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire, Fire Phone)
  • Listen live to available Spring Training radio broadcasts (all)
  • Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat Premium subscribers (portable to Mac or PC with a valid MLB.com account)
  • Universal support for At Bat Premium subscribers, with accessibility on iPhone, iPad and other supported smartphones and tablets
  • Track batter-by-batter action for every Spring Training game (all)
  • Comb through sortable batting, pitching and fielding statistics (all)
  • Stay on top of breaking news, schedules, interactive rosters and player stats for every team (all)
  • Customize At Bat’s home screen to feature your favorite team (all smartphones)
  • Access to a video library archive, searchable by player, team or keyword (all smartphones)
  • Classic games video archive, featuring dozens of baseball’s most legendary games (all)

The updated MLB.com At Bat app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store, at bat, iPad, iPhone, language support, MLB, redesign, Spanish, Spring Training, subscription, update, version 8

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Jordan Kahn

February 27th

Apple

Mac

R.B.I. Baseball 15 coming to Mac w/ redesigned MLB ballparks & full rosters

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MLB Advanced Media has announced that R.B.I. Baseball 15 will be released this spring and will be available for the first time on Mac. This is a follow-up to the popular version from last year that made its debut on iOS.

R.B.I. Baseball 15 promises a number of updates bringing the most realistic experience to date, most notability including authentic ballparks and full 25-man rosters for all 30 Major League teams. It also includes user stat tracking for the first time as well as an online multiplayer mode with both ranked and friendly games. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will be on the cover for this year’s rendition. A release date has yet to be announced.

R.B.I. Baseball 15 Back This Spring, Better Than Ever

NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today, MLBAM officially announced R.B.I. Baseball 15 will be coming to baseball fans this spring, marking the second edition of the iconic video game franchise as developed for next generation consoles, smartphones and tablets by the NY-based media and technology company. Since the easy-to-play game returned last year, MLBAM has been working to deliver an all-new R.B.I. Baseball for 2015, which will include high-resolution graphics and a suite of new features, many driven directly from fan feedback during that debut season.

R.B.I. Baseball 15 also will mark the introduction of two prominent players as featured athletes, whose contributions on and off the field symbolize the importance of sportsmanship and giving back through charitable organizations, children’s hospitals and local communities. Chicago Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo will serve as the game’s first-ever cover athlete while 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pedro Martinez has signed on to promote the title.

Rizzo, 25, will be the first Cubs player featured as a cover athlete for a baseball video game in more than a decade. A native of Florida, Rizzo was named to the 2014 National League All-Star Team, finished the season ranked among the top ten in nearly every offensive category, including second with 32 home runs, and was the youngest player ever to be honored with the Branch Rickey Award for exceptional community service.

Martinez, a two-time cover athlete for the World Series Baseball series, also was once-upon-a-time included as a pitcher in previous versions of R.B.I. Baseball during the early years of his playing career in the National League. A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Martinez was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year, receiving 91.1 percent of the votes the first time he was on the ballot. Martinez, who finished his 18-year career with 219 victories, a 2.93 ERA and 3,154 strikeouts, will be inducted July 26, 2015 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

NEW FEATURES IN 2015
BALLPARKS: Completely redesigned authentic Major League ballparks for all 30 franchises, each crafted with detailed design characteristics fans will easily recognize.

FULL ROSTERS: Play with complete 25-man Major League rosters for all 30 teams, modifying your batting order or pitching rotation at any point. Set the active 25-man roster from each franchise’s 40-man roster.

STAT TRACKING: Track batting and pitching statistics in season mode for the first time ever, including viewable team, player and season league leaderboards.

ONLINE PLAY: Choose to play in online multiplayer mode in friendly and ranked games.

GAMEPLAY SETTINGS: Pick your competition level – Easy, Medium or Hard.

PC & MAC DEBUT: Introducing availability for personal computers on the Steam platform, coming this spring.

R.B.I. Baseball 15 will include the many features added in its off-season while remaining fast-paced and fun to play with the genre’s classic two-button controls. Players can master the art of hitting and fielding easily with the retro controls and manually manage the movement and location of every pitch  from release to crossing the plate.

With the expansion to include more than 1,000 active Major League players in its roster database, R.B.I. Baseball 15 will include detailed on-field attributes for every player, again updated from the hundreds of millions of data points collected and analyzed by MLBAM.

R.B.I. Baseball 15 is being developed by MLBAM and officially licensed by MLB and MLBPA. It will be available as a digital download this spring for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and supported Android smartphones and tablets.

For more information, please visit rbigame.com and follow @RBIGame.

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“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Trevor Daugherty

February 9th

Apple

Mac

MasterCard kicks off Apple Pay advertising on TV with its latest World Series promotions

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We haven’t seen any TV ads from Apple for Apple Pay since it launched earlier this week on Monday, but that doesn’t mean no one else is advertising the new mobile payment service on television. Apple Pay partner MasterCard has begun airing a new set of MLB World Series-focused ads aggressively promoting Apple Pay and the iPhone 6 in the process. As we noted earlier this week, both MLB stadiums for the World Series will be accepting Apple Pay at the concession stands for each baseball game meaning you got buy your peanuts and cracker jacks using just your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Check out the ads below to spot Apple Pay in action at the baseball stands.

The first MasterCard Apple Pay ad spot is called “Priceless Surprises with Mariano Rivera & Tommy Lasorda” and shows fans meeting the baseball stars and using Apple Pay at the stadium. MasterCard is promoting Apple Pay by allowing customers to win tickets to games and other surprises.

“We’re surprising cardholders with major league surprises!

We’ve been bringing Priceless Surprises to baseball stadiums around the country all season, like meeting Dodgers great Tommy Lasorda and Yankees legend Mariano Rivera! Use your MasterCard with Apple Pay for a chance at Priceless Surprises like tickets to the World Series, and more.”

The next MasterCard Apple Pay spot called “Priceless Surprises George Brett” follows the same format again showing people at the World Series using Apple Pay and meeting famous baseball players.

“We’re surprising cardholders with major league surprises!

We’ve been bringing Priceless Surprises to baseball stadiums around the country all season, like meeting Royals great George Brett! Use your MasterCard with Apple Pay for a chance at Priceless Surprises like tickets to the World Series, and more.”

Banks and credit card companies supporting Apple Pay at launch have been quick to promote the mobile payment service, and these World Series MasterCard ad spots continue to show that enthusiasm. Apple Pay’s launch was seen as a mostly positive experience for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, although some users have since reported glitches with the service.


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Zac Hall

October 22nd

Apple

Mac

Both MLB stadiums will accept Apple Pay at concession stands for 2014 World Series

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Forbes reports today that during the 2014 World Series (which starts tomorrow) two MLB stadiums will be accepting Apple Pay at concessions stands. Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium and San Francisco’s AT&T Park will be the first professional sports stadiums to accept Apple’s new payment process.

MLB hasn’t clarified when the rest of the league’s stadiums will begin accepting Apple Pay. The hardware has apparently only been installed at the World Series stadiums so far.

There are also plans to implement Apple Pay in the MLB At the Ballpark app to allow users to purchase tickets using Touch ID in a future update, though there’s no timeline for when that feature will be available just yet.

Major League Baseball has previously been home to early rollouts of Apple technology, like iBeacons and CarPlay. Apple even went to bat in court to protect MLB and others from a patent infringement lawsuit.


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Mike Beasley

October 21st

Apple

Mac

MLB trashes ISPs, doesn’t like the FCC’s ‘fast-lane’ plan one bit

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The net neutrality debate is far from over, especially since the FCC is still sorting through more than one million comments on the matter. Quartz reports that one of those comments comes directly from Major League Baseball, which argues against allowing for Internet "fast lanes" despite the fact that its own MLB Advanced Media (BAM) platform could benefit from such a scheme as long as MLB agreed to pay the proper fees to ISPs.

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Chris Smith

August 1st

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