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The Ultimate Mushing Application is for Fan & Participant Alike.

This groundbreaking project takes everything that The Facebook Live Mushing Community has been able to do over the last three seasons and adds to that list of tools everything that Dwayne Edward Beals, owner of Sled Dog News LLC and Electronic Engineer, has either utilized or wished for while attending winter events in Alaska & the Yukon full time over the last half-dozen years.  

  • Video: Filtered & Categorized Sled Dog Video from all around the World. The Sled Dog News App automatically searches the internet for the latest in public, free & relevant sled dog related video and filters/categorizes it for your convenience and enjoyment!
  • LiveChat: Chat about every race, with every app owner at the same time, in real time. Detaching Live Chat from the video stream and providing it as a stand alone product allows for it's use during races that aren't streamed live online. Whether you are watching a tracker marker update every few minutes or waiting for the latest race notification, you are never disconnected from the sport. 
  • Mushbook: Social Media for sled dog lovers. Mushbook is much like 'Facebook' but without all of the ridiculous cat videos.  The Social Media Network 'Mushbook' allows for In-App private & secure sharing of materials specifically related to the mighty sled dog. No cats allowed.
  • Calendars/Events/Directories: Interactive media-rich information repositories matched to your location. Location based Search auto-detects your position & displays the closest listings around your current location while Geo Targeted push notifications, utilizing Geo Fencing of current events, alert you when present nearby.
  • Lodging Reviews: Personally reviewed & recommended Lodges, Hotels and other rooming options at or near race venues. Add your own reviews & recommendations for car rentals, dining out & dining in options and much, much more.
  • Coupons/Discounts: Pre-loaded exclusive In-App coupons & discounts. Up to 50% off standard rates.Valuable and fun coupons including 'Two Plus One' where you purchase two nights and receive a third night free,  'Scratch & Win' where you digitally scratch off the coating on the coupon & hope to win, and exceptionally generous 'Percentage Off' options as well when it applies.
  • News Feeds: Direct In-App feeds from Sled Dog News and other online sources of mushing news, as well as an exclusive In-App News Feed to be updated regularly with the latest. This App brings you the best of both worlds; categorized public feeds as well as exclusive content produced specifically for the app owner.
  • Pocket Tools: Miscellaneous useful pieces of software that have been included for their usefulness while attending races in person, for the most part. These included but are not limited to a currency converter, a weather portal, a torch, a calculator, a notepad, a voice recorder, a pedometer and a countdown timer. 
  • Free Classified Ads: List & discover items based on user location & Geo Targeting. Geotargeting is the process of providing unique content and/or services to website visitors based on their geographical location
  • The Usual: Miscellaneous options one would expect in an app or on a website. 'Connect With Us' allows you to reach out via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google among other methods. 'Review' allows you to post your opinion about the app. 'About Sled Dog News' is just that. 
  • Pieces still in the process of being developed: Other useful tools that may or may not make the final cut. Among these are the Fitness Application, Hyperlocal Resource Guide and Sled Dog Friendly Real Estate Listings.

Based on 6 years of personal experience filming remote races and created by one of the pioneers in independent sled dog news coverage and the use of live streaming video to strengthen communities, this truly is the Ultimate Mushing Application!

All contributors to this campaign will receive the PRO version of the App for free. Are you in?

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The SLED DOG NEWS Ultimate Mushing App Utilizes Geo Targeting Technology to Alert Owners of Nearby Races.

Geotargeting is the process of providing unique content and/or services to website visitors based on their geographical location.
Geotargeting is the process of providing unique content and/or services to website visitors based on their geographical location.

Utilizing this technology, visitors to the 2019 Iditarod will be presented with the following exclusive offer from the Aviator Hotel Anchorage:

Up to 50% off Rooms , 20% off meals, and many other great deals!
Up to 50% off Rooms , 20% off meals, and many other great deals!

Find lodging near a race venue that has been personally reviewed and recommended by Dwayne Edward Beals and other registered users, before booking a room for your stay all without leaving the App. 

Don't forget to check the Coupon/Discount Tab first though for amazing discounts offered only to race fans and only through the new Sled Dog News App!

The staff at Sled Dog News is pleased to announce that your next trip to the start of the Iditarod (2019?) just became much more affordable with the arrangements we have made with the Aviator Hotel Anchorage. Race fans with the new App will have access to coupons good for astonishingly generous discounts! 

Rooms: 50% of standard rate, no other offers apply and based on availability. Restaurant: 20% off breakfast/dinner menus. The coupon is loaded on the App already and when you select the Redeem button you will receive the discount code which you will give to the front desk when making your reservation. 

Their newly refurbished salt-water pool will be open by then and it's the largest hotel pool in town. The App will also include the hotel menu, Music Cafe hours, event listings and more so that you will be prepared to get the most out of your stay. If you have specific food requirements, Tracy the Chef will do his best he says, depending on how busy it is at the time, to modify the dishes to meet your needs. Arranging these things in advance to your arrival is recommended.

Many will have saved and planned for years in order to experience the start of the Iditarod and we are pleased to be able to ensure in some small way, through personally experience, recommendations and now amazing discounts in the new App, that your experience is every bit as wonderful as those lucky enough to attend dream it will be. 

If you have been wondering why Sled Dog News has been experimenting with so many different crazy things this season as we drove over 10,000 miles again while covering the sport, well now you know why!

The Sled Dog News App contains 15 unique elements as of the writing of this line. The first of those is the video tab. This part of the App organizes all of the social media coverage of the sport, Live and Prerecorded, as well as coalescing other (filtered and approved) existing sled dog related media available, before delivering it to you in a manner that allows for instant and easy access. 

No more scrolling through dozens of unrelated posts, across a half-dozen social media platforms, just hoping for your sled dog fix. It is all on your home screen, and as such, is just but a simple tap of your finger away. 

One tap to open the app, one to choose the Video Tab, and one tap to decide between Viewing Public Video, Viewing Premium Video, Recording Video or even the built-in ability to Go Live in The Facebook Live Mushing Community using the camera right on your phone.

In addition, links to pay-per-view material will be provided. When it comes to following any given race, this App is designed to provide you with all relevant information and coverage with just a few taps of your finger.

Android, iOS, Fire OS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Amazon Phone & HTML5
Android, iOS, Fire OS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Amazon Phone & HTML5

The Sled Dog News Mushing App will be released for Android, iPhone and all other mobile devices including Blackberry, Amazon and Windows phones. (The app will eventually have a corresponding Windows PC presence as well.)

Testing out the new App's LIve Chat Room that allows for a private group discussion among all of The Ultimate Sled Dog Race Fan App owners!
Testing out the new App's LIve Chat Room that allows for a private group discussion among all of The Ultimate Sled Dog Race Fan App owners!

Detaching Live Chat from the video stream and providing it as a stand alone product allows for it's use during races that aren't streamed live online. Whether you are watching a tracker marker update every few minutes or waiting for the latest race notification, you are never disconnected from the discussion with Live Chat.

Also use the App to: 

  • Locate upcoming Sled Dog Events to watch online, or near you to attend personally. (By utilizing Geo-fencing technology, App owners will automatically receive notification of any races within a set number of miles from your location. Never miss the chance to attend a race ever again due to the busy nature our lives.) 
  • Plan your road trip to the race with the App's built-in navigator. 
  • Read reviews of relevant businesses located near the venue. 
  • Book a recommended hotel room. 
  • Order a meal and then even chat about the experience with other App owners or... 
  • Meet up with like minded fans in order to share that meal and your mutual interests after the two of you are matched up with the built-in Dating Service that pairs up likely matches between App users/race fans. (Allows for one on one chat with other App users as well.) 

The app also includes a race directory that will show all events on a global map, is searchable, will display races by user proximity, and allows for App owners to list events near or familiar to them as well. Each listing can include photos, videos, PDF's, official race page links and other relevant info. This promises to be the most complete and interactive directory of global sled dog races available.

We haven't really come up with a name for certain but have it about 80% functional and aim to have it tested out by contributors before submitting it to the App Store for listing. A lot to determine before then, but that is where you come in. We will be sharing a link where you will have access to the Beta Test version and then will rework it based on the feedback. 

A short recap on some aspects of the App: Searchable location-based and media rich database of global races as shown on an interactive world map that initially loads and shows the nearest races based on proximity to your current location. A private and secure In-App social network based on Facebook but called Mushbook for now, real-time chat room much like the one we are all used to at the end of the Iditarod, organized and filtered sled dog related videos from around the world, updated in real time, much like you would find if you searched FB, YouTube, Vimeo, Ustream and all of the other platforms out there and waded through the piles of content... but in this case just a tap away. A meet-up page that detects other registered App owners in your proximity like when at a race let us say, and then let's you discover and "swipe" through other members attending the same event before sending them a message letting them know that you are there as well and did they want to meet at the Aviator for dinner? Which of course is 20% off using the pre-loaded coupons for lodging, meals and more. Anyway, back to it.

More to come, including the Kobuk 440 it seems, according to the race countdown also built into the App. I have to thank it for reminding me. I might have missed the start of the race. A mass start! That was close.

Thanks Ultimate Mushing App!!!

 - Dwayne Edward Beals

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