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A Kaleidescape of Classic Movie Moments

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A Kaleidescape of Classic Movie Moments

Feel like rewatching a favourite scene from, say, Raiders of the Lost Ark, but can't watch the entire film? Kaleidescape might just have the solution with the Kaleidescape Scenes.

Available as an automatic update for every Kaleidescape system, Scenes consists of more than 4000 classic moments from 700 films-- entertainment "snacks," as the company calls them.

It appears to be not only a new way for users to experience their favourites, but also a simple and well organised means to create a demo Continue reading...

Excito's Private Cloud Update

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Excito's Private Cloud Update

Excito updates its Bubba TWO with the B3-- beefing up its hardware and software to make it more powerful and energy efficient while having it act as a personal cloud.

It carries a 1.2GHz ARM processor together with 512MB of RAM, while Excito says power consumption is as low as 5W. The device can handle up to 4TB of file sharing and storage.

The company also claims installation is a fairly simple 3-step process, thanks to a web-based interface providing access to all of the B3's functions-- whcih Continue reading...

Can IEEE P1905 Unite Home Networking?

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Can IEEE P1905 Unite Home Networking?

IEEE is developing a standard called P1905, an abstraction layer allowing devices and services to work over any of the four main extent home networking technologies — HomePlug AV over power lines, MoCA over coaxial cable, Ethernet over Cat 5 twisted pair cable and Wi-Fi for wireless.

Paul Houzé of France Telecom-Orange, the Chair of IEEE P1905.1 Working Group, says  “Creating a bridge between the world’s most popular wired and wireless technologies will bring much-needed synergy, making home networ Continue reading...

ReQuest's Next Media Server Generation

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ReQuest's Next Media Server Generation

ReQuest launches the F3, packing its multi-zone Serious Play server technology into a new compact chassis.

For clients more serious about their music it plays 96kHz/24-bit HD audio (as well as conventional mp3 files), together with streaming radio, NetSync for iTunes and Pandora support. It also carries out automatic dual encoding.

The MediaPlayer (or IMC) allows for HD media playback, with support for online video services (YouTube, Hulu, Netflix), archived DVDs and blu-ray changer control (via Continue reading...

NAS Market to Experience Explosion

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NAS Market to Experience Explosion

Instat forecasts the WW Network-Attached Storage (NAS) market will soon experience something of an explosion as consumers demand centralised storage to access from all their portable CE and devices.

This demand will lead to NAS shipments to reach over 11m units in 2015 according the analyst's report, at an annual growth rate of 36.4%.

WW revenue for consumer NAS in 2010 totals $678.4m, with 30.3% Y-o-Y growth.

Originally an enterprise concept, the need centralised storage is becoming more apparent Continue reading...

"Global" Launch for Sony Music Streaming

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Sony launches its cloud-based music streaming service, "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity"-- starting  off with the UK and Ireland.

Music lovers will have initial access to 6 million songs from labels like Universal, Sony, Warner, EMI and a number of indipendent labels.

Other European countries should have the service sometime in 2011. So far mentioned are Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Unsurprisingly, no mention of other European countries yet.

Through the service customers can play their Continue reading...

A Litl Settop Box

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A Litl Settop Box

Litl plans to take on Google and Apple's TV offerings with its internet-TV settop box

With a planned early 2011 launch, it carries the same Linux-based OS as litl's Webbook (a device whose key feature is literally bending backwards).

The OS supports Adobe Flash 10.1, and its SDK was released at this year's Flash and the City developers' conference.

Few details are out-- the box comes with a touchscreen remote allowing multitouch gesture control. It has HDMI and composite-out connections as well Continue reading...

WHDI Streaming Through a Stick

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WHDI Streaming Through a Stick

Amimon reveals its WHDI Stick pair, a small HD transmitter and a receiver. Once the transmitter is plugged into the PC, it transmits to either receiver (plugged into TV's HDMI port) or to any WHDI enabled set.

Amimon says the device is the smallest WHDI compliant product to date.

WHDI security and HDCP 2.0 copy protection allow users to stream copy-protected content from their PCs,in uncompressed 1080p/60Hz HD with less than 1 millisecond latency.

The stick will hit the market in 2011.

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Eminent iTRIO for Wireless HD TV

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 Eminent iTRIO for Wireless HD TV

Eminent's wireless HD sender EM7100 iTRIO connects devices like a Blu-ray player or HD media player to the TV at full HD image quality up to 1080p.

The kit does more than simply replace an HDMI cable, though.

The transmitter has two HDMI ports, plus Scart and VGA inputs. It means you can connect four devices and use the credit card-style remote to switch between them. A VGA to component adaptor is bundled, so you can connect devices that use this standard such as older Xbox 360 consoles and Continue reading...

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