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Autonomic Media Server Gets Boost

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Autonomic Media Server Gets Boost

Autonomic upgrades the popular cloud-enabled Mirage MMS-5 media server with the MMS-5A-- now with a re-designed chassis, a new UI and audiophile-grade playback.

The MMS-5A supports 24-bit/192kHz digital USB audio output, while Autonomic claims the upgraded "sexy" chassis is ultra-quiet through the removal of the internal fan. The new UI makes navigation through online media sources (Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Spotify and TuneIn) easier.

Users can also add content from iDevices via AirPlay Continue reading...

Microsoft's War for the Living Room Continues

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Microsoft's War for the Living Room Continues

Microsoft plans to turn the Xbox 360 into even more than just a games console/online media player combination-- Xbox SmartGlass promises to unite all screens in the house (including mobile devices) with the machine.

Xbox SmartGlass is a wifi remote app. It allows users to control both video and game content with tablets or smartphones, using the Xbox 360 console as a hub.

First seen at E3 2012, the app also acts as a second screen-- showing extra video content depending on the content on screen. Continue reading...

Samsung Takes on iTunes, Spotify

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Samsung Takes on iTunes, Spotify

The Galaxy S3 is more than a flagship smartphone for Samsung-- it also launches Music Hub, the Samsung take on online music services of both iTunes and Spotify variety.

Initially exclusive to the Galaxy S3 (but will also launch on PC and other Samsung devices soon enough), Music Hub offers streaming, radio stations, cloud-based music storage and a music store, with a catalog of 19m songs courtesy of digital content technology provider 7digital.

The service will be available in free (offering 30-second song previews) and premium (with €9.99 monthly subscription) versions.

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Windows 8 Gets Media Center as Add-On

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Windows 8 Gets Media Center as Add-On

Microsoft announces Media Center for Windows 8 will be available as an add-on-- a digital purchase one does through "Add Features" in the Control Panel.

Media Center comes free in Windows 7 Premium and Pro.

Apparently the price covers royalty costs of codecs supporting broadcast TV (DBV-T/S, ISDB-S/T, DMBH, and ATSC), VOB file playback and DVD playback. A codec all versions of Windows 8 do support is Dolby Digital Plus.

In case you are wondering the standard Windows 8 standard Media Player does Continue reading...

A Server for the Biggest Collections

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A Server for the Biggest Collections

Even customers with the biggest of movie collections will find it difficult to fill up the FilmoScope DX-- a server with a disk capacity expandable to a maximum of 256 terabytes.

The server comes with standard storage of 14TB to store movies and albums as a single collection, and is compatible with DUNE, TWIX, Xtreamer and Popcorn Hour media players as well as players from FilmoScope Lab itself.

FilmoScope also provides DX-series servers with optional built-in 4 or 6 TI multi-zone audio, handling Continue reading...

Digital Music For Those Who "Do Not"

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Digital Music For Those Who

Cloud-based music service rara.com hopes it will attract mass-market customers who don't listen to digital music-- saying 60% of consumers "never experienced any form of digital music."

To do so, rara.com employs a "simple and beautiful" web-based UI (claiming it makes listening to online music as easy as switching on the radio), licensing agreements with Universal, Sony, EMI and Warner and the services of Grammy Award winner Imogen Heap as associate editor.

Powering the service itself is Omnifone-- Continue reading...

Kickstarting the "Truly Universal Remote"

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Kickstarting the

Convergence Technologies has plans for what it claims is "the first, truly universal household remote"-- the Bridge, compatible with not only standard TVs and STBs, but also PCs and game consoles.

Looking like a games controller, the Bridge combines a QWERTY keyboard, an analog stick handling mouse control and x4 shoulder buttons.

Control signals come via IR and RF4CE protocol, meaning it is compatible with around 95% of TVs from the last 3 years, as well as the Playstation 3 console (Wii and Continue reading...

Western Digital Media Player Series Gets Wifi

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Western Digital  Media Player Series Gets Wifi

Western Digital announces the 5th generation of its networked media player series-- the WD TV Live Plus, the first with built-in wifi support.

It comes with support for most online video and music services, including the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, Dailymotion and Spotify (also a first for WD).

Connections come through HDMI and Composite A/V, with ethernet port and 802.11n wifi support handling online functionality and x2 USB ports for external HDDs.

It also handles virtually every video, Continue reading...

Logitech Uses Smartphones, Tablets as Universal Remotes

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Logitech Uses Smartphones, Tablets as Universal Remotes

Logitech enters the smartphone/tablet as universal remote arena with the Logitech Harmony Link-- a wifi-enabed IR device and app combination working with both Android and iOS devices.

One connects the hockey puck-sized Harmony Link to the TV before installing the app on their devices-- without the need for attaching any dongles to smartphones or tablets.

Users can use iPads with the app as a full entertainment control system (complete with personalised program guides) while smartphones get universal Continue reading...

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