Items tagged with Play

For years now, pundits have slammed the Android ecosystem as a whole for being fairly lax with protocol as it relates to app apperances on tablets. By and large, iPad-specific apps look infinitely better than Android apps blown up on a tablet. Many devs simply don't bother to re-code their app for larger screen devices in the Android world, and the ecosystem as a whole has suffered because of it. It looks as if that may be changing, at long last. A new post on Google's Developers Blog highlights a few changes that'll hit the Play Store on 11/21. Earlier this year, Google Play added a “designed for tablets” section, where users could easily discover apps that look great on their 7”-... Read more...
Google is officially bringing support for wireless printing to smartphones and tablets with the release of its new Cloud Print App for Android devices. With the Google Cloud Print application, you'll be able to print from any compatible Android device running the app to any Google Cloud Print connected printer. You can also track the status of your print jobs from the app. Google Cloud Print works with a variety of web-connected devices including your phone, tablet, Chromebook, and PC. When using the app on your smartphone or tablet, the Google Cloud Print option will appear in the sharing menu. As a result, nearly any application with the sharing option will be able to print content. Depending... Read more...
It's been a long time coming, but at least, in-app subscriptions have arrived on the Google side of things. Apple's own iOS App Store has supported in-app subscriptions for quite some time, and starting this week, Google Play users can say "yep, same here!" If you aren't familiar with in-app subscriptions, it allows devs to offer apps for free, and then once you're in, they can charge for upgrades and other things, but on a recurring basis. It's a unique business model, and we're sure that Android developers will be thrilled to hear the news. In-app billing has been on Google Play for over a year, with 23 of the 24 top-grossing apps in Google Play using it. Starting today, developers can use... Read more...
According to a report from Digitimes, industry sources have indicated that a co-branded Google and ASUS tablet may be coming to the U.S. as early as May. The tablet reportedly would be a 7-inch model and cost between $199-$249, and would also feature the Google Play Store. This is in line with earlier rumors that have the tablet pegged as sporting a quad-core Tegra 3 chip and shipping with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, like the one NVIDIA and ASUS teased at CES. A low-cost 7-inch tablet with media (i.e., Google Play’s apps, music, books, and movies) as a central focus would compete well with the Amazon Kindle Fire. Depending on the rumored tablet’s hardware specs, OS, and other... Read more...
We suppose it was only a matter of time, really, before Google took stock of its media, entertainment, and app stores and decided to roll them up into one unified product. Today, the company is unveiling the Google Play Store, which combines Google’s Android Market, Music, and eBookstore into one ball of wax. Simply put, Google Play gives you access to music, books, movies, and apps in one place. Even better, like other Google products such as Google Docs and Gmail, it’s designed to be available with a single sign-on across all your devices and the Web. Thus, you can acquire content from Google Play via your desktop Web browser, phone, or tablet and enjoy it on any of those devices... Read more...
If you think LaCie is only about hard drives, DVD burners and flash drives, think again. Today, the outfit has extended its LaCinema Black Series by introducing the LaCinema Black PLAY and LaCinema Black RECORD. Both of these HD media streamers are definite high-end devices, with pretty much every feature you could imagine on a streamer and even a few you wouldn't typically expect. These boxes can pull in content from UPnP networked computers (Macs and PCs), and the custom user interface makes it easy to navigate through material, select it and play it back. Both of the set top boxes are designed by Neil Poulton, and aside from standard Ethernet, owners can hook these up via Wi-Fi and pull down... Read more...
It use to be that the big buzz word going around the industry was convergence.  In the multimedia living room of tomorrow, a melding of the capabilities of various entertainment center components, along with the computer functionalities, is the end goal that will culminate into a more intelligent, connected entertainment center.  Or at least it seems to be.  Granted, the HTPC (Home Theater PC) has come a long way at making that goal a reality but you'd have to agree we're not there quite yet.  Interestingly, in a reverse merger sort of fashion, Boulder CO company Silicon Mountain (mountain of silicon perhaps?) steps out today with the first fully integrated HDTV PC product. ... Read more...
Netflix and Samsung Partner to Instantly Stream Movies on Next Generation Blu-ray Disc Players Samsung BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 Blu-ray Players Transformed into Gateways that Give Consumers Access to More Than 12,000 Choices of Movies and TV Episodes from Netflix Partnership will Include Streaming to a Range of Home Entertainment Products LOS GATOS, Calif. and RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service, and Samsung Electronics America, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced a broad partnership to offer consumers the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes... Read more...
Beginning early next year, you’ll be able to buy a Samsung TV with built-in support for DivX movies. The DivX Certified Samsung devices will be able to play DivX media files via an Ethernet connection that is certified by the Digital Living Network Alliance or directly through a USB port. DivX developed video codecs that compresses digital media files so that they can be streamed over the Internet while still allowing for high-quality playback. Samsung currently offers DivX Certified DVD players, mobile phones, and other devices. To ensure the best media experience, products must undergo rigorous testing before they can bear the DivX Certified logo. “As an innovator in the consumer... Read more...
DisplayLink brings multi-monitor computing to the Intel 4 Series Express Chipset FamilyFirst ever quad-monitor solution for Intel-based desktop and notebook PCs SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 19, 2008 – Helping to make it even easier for PC users to work and play on multiple monitors, quad-monitor technology developed by DisplayLink, for the Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family optimizes quad monitor computing for notebooks and desktops. Quad-monitor technology combines DisplayLink's USB network display software with the Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family for desktop and notebook PCs, where, the technology outputs images on up to four displays at the same time - two integrated... Read more...
It certainly wouldn't be a deal-breaker (or maker) to us, but if you still can't get a Nintendo Wii (and annoyingly, it's still in short supply), and you're interested in signing your life away for two years to Comcast, this could be the deal for you.On Monday, hot on the heels of the announcement that Comcast will soon receive a slap on the wrist --- and hopefully, an order to stop throttling P2P --- Comcast announced that new subscribers to their Comcast Triple Play package will receive a complimentary Nintendo Wii system.Triple Play is what it sounds: three services: high-speed Internet, digital cable, and digital voice.  Currently in my area this upgrade would run us $69 / month. ... Read more...
We're overstating the obvious here, but there is a reason why the face of so many vlogs is a pretty, young woman. You don't need an in-depth study of Social Technographics to figure it out either: This is an admittedly oversimplification, but simply put, Straight men want to be with her and women just want to be her. By catering to prurient interests and role modeling (did we happen to mention that many of these women vloggers are also wicked smart?), a large portion of the online community is a ready-made audience. So it should be no surprise then that Playboy.com (which has been an online presence since the early days of the public Web: 1994) is looking to capitalize on the popularity of vlogging... Read more...
Last night we attended the Digital Life Press Preview event in New York City. One product that caught our attention was AOC's new 2230Fm display. As a 22-inch, HD flat-panel display there is nothing necessarily earth-shattering about its design. But what tripped us up was the marketing tag for the device: "No PC Required." Huh?  Product Specifications:• Digital Media Player• Digital Photo Frame• 720p through 1080p HD Compatible• USB 2.0 HUB• 4-in-1 memory card reader• Digital Input DVI-D & HDMI with HDCP• Low profile integrated speakers• Contrast Ratio 20,000:1 (dynamic)• Glare screen – provides higher color saturation • Plug... Read more...
There should be no doubt as to whether the engineers at HP dream in black-and-white or in color. The question should be: How many colors do they dream in? The answer: over one billion. That's how many colors HP's new DreamColor LP2480ZX LCD is capable of displaying: "The HP DreamColor Display features a new liquid crystal display (LCD) that provides a range of more than 1 billion colors in a 30-bit, LED-backlit display. The display is now shipping worldwide for a U.S. list price of $3,499."Three and a half grand might seem pretty steep for a display, but for a number of professional-level, color-accurate-critical applications, the level of accuracy that the price buys is truly mission critical:... Read more...
The Cell microprocesssor is the very powerful heart of the Playstation 3 gaming console. People have found all sorts of uses for them other than playing Assassin's Creed, including using them for medical research through the Folding at Home program. Now the US military has spent $133 million to put together the world's fastest supercomputer, capable of performing over one quadrillion calculations per second (a Petaflop) using almost 13,000 slightly improved versions of the Cell processor, along with some AMD Opterons. They call it Roadrunner.To put the performance of the machine in perspective, Thomas P. D’Agostino, the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, said that... Read more...
Philips introduces the 22 inch 3D Display that gives professional applications a new dimension Philips is introducing a 22-inch 3D Display that provides an exciting, entertaining and engaging 3D experience, at InfoComm 2008 (June 18-20). The 22-inch 3D display, available as frame-mount and desktop, is ideal for use in digital signage for retail, point-of-sale advertising, gaming applications in casinos, games and 3D visualization. Thanks to the WOWvx technology used in Philips 3D Displays, no special viewing glasses are needed. Philips 3D Solutions provides end-to-end 3D system solutions ranging from 3D displays, 3D content creation and conversion tools to technology licensing. By expanding its... Read more...
A little over a week ago, Netflix unveiled a set-top box for watching on-demand movies and TV. The content box -- dubbed the "Netflix Player" -- was developed by the ingenious team at Roku.We were curious about the box and how it came to be, so we chatted with Tim Twerdahl, the VP of Consumer Products for Roku. Tim told us a little about the guts of the box, the future of the set-top box, and what he's watching now. Here's what we found out...Hey Tim, what powers the Player?Tim: It's running on Linux and we're using an NXP core processor. I'm not really deep into the tech side of things, but the version of Linux it's running is not off-the-shelf.Is there a storage device in the player?Tim: ... Read more...
New VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX Enables Brilliant Dual Digital Displays First board to feature the new VIA VX800 digital media chipset delivers enhanced video playback, dual display and dual Gigabit LAN Taipei, Taiwan - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX board, the first to feature the VIA VX800 chipset, for sophisticated digital signage and retail display systems. As today's information, entertainment and commercial display system feature ever more immersive content, the VIA EPIA M700 addresses the increasing demands for enhanced media playback and visual clarity across multiple displays in digital multimedia... Read more...
A set-top box that delivers streaming video from Netflix is now a reality. The Netflix Player is made by Roku, and retails for about $100. If you've got access to a broadband connection,  have a Netflix rental account, and own a Roku box and some cables, you're good to go. Just not "go everywhere," yet. Setup is simple, and--if you've got a solid broadband connection--picture quality is acceptable and streaming performance was almost entirely lag-free. Those looking for the HD video quality and polished interface of Apple TV and Vudu will be disappointed. The Netflix Player is strictly barebones--you're not intended to do anything more than just dive in and watch the movies and TV shows... Read more...
AUO is expected to unveil today a number of innovative display technologies, including what it claims are "the world's first Curved Display Technology on glass substrate," and "the world's thinnest Ultra Thin 1.9-inch TFT-LCD." AUO is one of over 550 vendors exhibiting their wares at the Society for Information Display's Display Week 2008 show in Los Angeles this week."The world’s first Curved Display is developed and produced by AUO with TFT-LCD process on glass substrate. The curved radius is 100mm, and therefore requires a special thinning technology. The specially designed curved backlight unit maintains uniformity in brightness and contrast on the curved surface. Unlike the existing e-paper... Read more...
Adobe's Flash player has a 98% percent install rate, so I guess it's safe to call it an industry standard for video content. They've just released the latest version, Flash Player 10,  nicknamed "Astro," as a beta test. It's got some interesting things under the hood that work in the background to make video playback faster. On the visual side, it allows interactive 3D display based on 2D pictures, and for some reason, a "Pixel Bender" that allows you to swirl and distort the image and make yourself seasick if you like. Adobe has enhanced performance by enlisting the user's graphics card to render Flash graphics as well as by employing dynamic streaming, which means that video quality changes... Read more...
Why wait to play with someone else's Microsoft Surface multi-touch tabletop display, when you can build one yourself! Apparently a big hit at this last weekend's Maker Faire, was an open-source design for tinkerers to inexpensively build  their own multi-touch tabletop display with off-the-shelf components. The design comes from Eyebeam, a self-described, "art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation." "...engineers at Eyebeam... have created a scaled-down open-source version of Surface, called Cubit. By sharing the Cubit's hardware schematics and software source code, the engineers are significantly... Read more...
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