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We're not quite sure when it happened, but media streaming has taken off in a big way. Just about every consumer electronics company with any experience in the HD/Wi-Fi/routing businesses has decided to jump in, with Netgear being no different. The new Digital Entertainer Live is a step-up from the EVA9150 introduced last year, as evidenced by the EVA2000 model name. The Internet-connected box enables users to watch YouTube videos and a wide range of online content right on their television, and it'll also play back material stored on USB storage devices and networked drives/computers around the house. In addition to personal media collections and YouTube, consumers can now easily browse, download... Read more...
While Sony has made strides to ditch its proprietary ways in some aspects, it certainly has more work to do in others. Take the memory card game for example. Most everyone these days uses a camera that supports either SD/SDHC or CF (CompactFlash). You'd probably have to search pretty hard to find anyone using xD, Memory Stick Pro or any other off-the-wall format.That said, Sony's still a believe in the MSPro and MSPro Duo formats, as it has today introduced a new pair of flash cards for those who think 16GB cards are simply for suckers. The two cards offer the most capacity of any Sony-made flash card (32GB), as the 32GB PRO-HG Duo HX and 32GB PRO Duo models provide ample storage for those with... Read more...
It's the signs of a changing world. Changing demands. Changing norms. And a changing face of gaming. It's the digital era, and it's officially being ushered in at GameStop. While many tied to the brick-and-mortar gaming industry have wondered just how they'd cope with the increasing demand from gamers to have new titles "on-demand," GameStop is staying one step ahead of the curve. Of course, when you see just how far Blockbuster has fallen now that Netflix has entered the picture, you can better understand the company's desire to keep up with the times.The self-proclaimed "world’s largest video game and entertainment software retailer" has today chosen Chris Petrovic to fill a newly created role... Read more...
While it's not quite a household yet just yet, Vudu is definitely well-known and respected in the media streaming sector. The company broke through a few years back with its dedicated Vudu movie streaming device, and by and large, it has stuck to its guns so far. Today, however, it's showing a new side of itself, along with an all new Vudu user interface and a partnership that'll definitely have you considering an LG as your next HDTV.In what amounts to the company's first significant non-set top box initiative, Vudu has announced a deal that will bring its movie streaming service to LG HDTVs, even to existing ones. For those unfamiliar with the service, Vudu is a rather elegant streaming service... Read more...
Well, what have we here? Unless our eyes are deceiving us, we believe we're looking at the latest media streamer in the long line of newfangled media streaming devices. As media becomes more and more mobile (and thus, less and less attached to whatever device it's actually stored on), AV addicts are finding the allure of taking their content and playing it back anywhere increasingly hard to resist.MediaGate has actually been in the streaming business for quite some time now, and by and large, its players are well respected in the industry. The company's latest, which it boldly calls "one of the most advanced high-definition multimedia players available," is the oddly named  MG-M²TV.... Read more...
Digital photo frames have been gaining traction in the market for years now, and with prices on them continually spiraling downward, more and more of 'em are being used as gifts and whatnot to decorate the modern home. Rather than just joining the herd, Toshiba has decided to spice its latest digital media frames up a bit with Wi-Fi and widgets. What more could you ask, right?The company's new trifect, which are features in House Beautiful Magazine's Kitchen of the Year, take the digital photo frame to the next logical level. By having Wi-Fi built in, these can remain connected to the 'net so long as you have a wireless router in your home. By doing so, it can utilize FrameChannel's web portal... Read more...
ARCHOS, a company that claims to have released the first-ever, pocket-sized hard, drive-based MP3 player, has struck a deal with Blockbuster to feature ARCHOS netbooks in Blockbuster stores. The ARCHOS 10 netbook, manufactured by the company which is evidently well-known in Europe and unknown in the US, will allow access to entertainment from Blockbuster on the go.In a canned, press release statement, Joanne DeLorenzo, VP of product for Blockbuster, said, "Blockbuster strives to provide consumers with convenient access to media entertainment when and where they want it. Enhancing our consumer electronics offerings with an affordably priced netbook that allows customers to access our online... Read more...
LaCie Introduces the First Mobile High-Definition Multimedia Player: LaCinema Rugged HD Enjoy HD movies on any HDTV One cable connection to HDTV via HDMI User-friendly graphical interface Shock-resistant and designed for mobility LaCie announced today its LaCinema Rugged multimedia hard drive is now available in High Definition – LaCinema Rugged HD. The LaCinema Rugged product range has the most compact, reliable, and mobile multimedia players on the market. Now, with enhanced HD capability, the LaCinema Rugged HD is the first multimedia player in its class, to allow users to store and play High Definition content – on any HDTV in Full-HD 1080p resolution. The LaCinema Rugged HD comes with 500GB*... Read more...
Wow, can you believe it? At long last, Boxee is on Windows. It's sort of strange how one of the world's most popular applications first arrived on Mac, then Linux and on Windows last, but at least the world's most popular operating system can now run the program natively. In what we're considered the company's most significant announcement to date, Boxee has introduced an Alpha version of Boxee for Windows, and it's taking feedback as we speak in order to push out a finalized version as soon as possible ("later this year").Moving forward, the company hopes to keep updates and upgrades in sync between Windows, Mac and Ubuntu users. Additionally, Boxee has landed a big-time deal with Major League... Read more...
Windows Home Server is quite possibly one of Microsoft's most unheralded operating systems. Many speak longingly of Windows XP, jokingly of Windows ME, disappointedly of Windows Vista, and hopefully of Windows 7. But seldom discussed is the little-known and little-used operating system designed to be installed on a home server and act as a central depository for serving media and other files, as well as a place to backup your home systems' files. For those who have used it, many praise Windows Home Server's functionality and performance--especially since Microsoft has made some significant updates to the OS recently. (Windows Home Server is actually based on Microsoft's Windows Server 2003.)It... Read more...
Well, that was quick. On the very same day that boxee proudly introduced the newest, greatest and most feature-packed version of its media browsing software, Hulu has shot down what was arguably the best addition. This morning, Boxee told its users that the new version enabled access to public RSS feeds, and yes, Hulu's feeds were included in that mix. Now, out of nowhere, Hulu has straight-up blocked the Boxee browser from accessing its material. You see, Boxee and Hulu have been going back and forth with one another for months now. First, Boxee added Hulu and received generous praise from excited users. Then, Hulu requested (er, demanded) that it kindly be removed from the service, and Boxee... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard's ready to release its latest MediaSmart servers, and, for a change, they don't hate the Mac.The EX485/EX487 are designed for home or home office use, in large part to enable you -- or your friends and family -- to access any media (music, photos, videos, etc.) via the Internet. You can network all your media files from all the computers in your home and create an online server that you can, in turn, make available to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, godparents, best friends from high school, you know, anyone. It also enables an automatic backup of all these digital memories.It is based on Microsoft’s Windows Home Server operating system, but according to a pdf on HP's website,... Read more...
As we've mentioned previously, Marco has been working on a Storage Media Server build for a project showcase at Symantec's Security with Speed site.  The purpose of the site is an effort by Symantec to create awareness that their new Norton Security 2009 product has been completely engineered from the ground up with speed and low system resource utilization in mind.  As a side benefit to their campaign, the Security with Speed site is also a pretty good resource for multitude of PC tech info, including HotHardware's contribution to the Storage Media Server project that Marco has been working on.  Today we offer you the next installation of BigWop's video journal on building... Read more...
Our man Marco BigWop Chiappetta has been doing a little bit of moonlighting on us, at the Symantec Security with Speed site.  One of his projects there has been to put together a Storage Media Server build as a showcase of sorts that takes a DYI approach.  In one of his first episodes, Marco steps us through component selection and there are some pretty interesting choices here.  Take a look... We'll keep you updated on the project in the weeks ahead but thought you might enjoy this little walk-through of the setup of his self-made storage server mayhem. ... Read more...
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