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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

AirPlay May Soon Be A Part Of Your TV

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home News" @ 04:03 PM

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-...on-devices.html

"Apple Inc. (AAPL) is weighing an expansion of its AirPlay audio service to include streaming video from an iPhone or iPad to television sets, according to two people familiar with the project."

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is considering licensing its AirPlay service to TV manufacturers for integration at the device level. AirPlay is a competitor to DLNA which more prevalent in Windows PCs. With AirPlay integration, devices running iOS will be able to stream audio and video to any AirPlay enabled device wirelessly.

Licensing AirPlay to TV manufacturers could have a big impact on Apple's own Apple TV device as well as other stand alone boxes such Boxee Box and Roku as your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch essentially becomes your streaming box. If AirPlay is widely adopted, everyone who has an i device will have a Roku like equivalent box with them all the time. Sharing home videos and pictures will become easier too.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Stream Your Media Around With Skifta

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:30 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5733604/skift...v-from-anywhere

"Skifta allows you to play media pretty much anywhere, on any device. You can stream media-whether it's music, photos, or video-from your phone to a TV, from your home PC to your phone, or even from your home PC to your friend's TV using your phone as an intermediary. All you need is a DLNA-compatible device, which includes lots of different things, from a PlayStation 3 to an XBMC box to a simple Windows 7 computer."

It seems like there's a new media streaming app coming out every week, and Skifta seems about the same as every other one I've looked at. They're all based around DLNA compliance - unfortunately, neither one of my big-screen TVs has DLNA functionality...so I'm kind of hooped in that regard. I've opted instead to connect devices to my TVs that allow me to get the media I want. In the case of my 50" plasma on my digital wall, it has an HP Slimline computer connected to it; my 72" DLP has an Xbox 360 and a Boxee Box. My next TV will certainly have DLNA compliance, but I'm not about to go out and buy a new TV for that sole purpose.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Samsung Announces WiFi-enabled SH100, Allows Galaxy S to be a Viewfinder

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/04/...s-your-smartph/

Samsung has announced an interesting WiFi camera. In addition to the usual abilities of uploading images via WiFi, it allows the Samsung Galaxy S to act as a viwefinder for the camera. I am going to guess that other Android phones will work as well, with the aid of an app. US$200 also gets you a 14 megapixel sensor with a 5x zoom lens going from 26mm to 130mm equivalent, 720p movie mode, DLNA and wireless PC sync. Coming to your favourite camera store in March.


Friday, December 31, 2010

HTC Ventures Into The Living Room

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Android Phones" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/30/...treamer-review/

"To say that HTC's Media Link is small is an understatement... It's so small that we thought that our friendly government import agents had stolen it from the box that had obviously been jimmied open for inspection while en route to our European test lab."

HTC's ambitions have lately started to venture far from its usual stomping grounds. The HTC Sense team for instance want to extend their UI design into consumer electronics, and some of you might remember the HTC Shift, a marriage between a UMPC slate and Windows Mobile. Here we have another sample of HTC's diversification strategy, albeit a logical one given their proven strength in smartphones. The HTC Media Link leverages on existing DLNA technology to allow wireless media streaming from your HTC smartphone to any DLNA ready screen. It's a neat device, especially for its size, and can act as a WiFi hotspot. Engadget's impressed with it, though they did note some weaknesses (compliance with other DLNA devices, the price) and they think its more suitable for road warriors rather than the home. Think it's suitable for you? Click through the link to read the review.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Best Personal Media Streaming Tool? Lifehacker Readers Say PS3 Media Server

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5713376/best-...s3-media-server

Lifehacker had a vote where they asked their readers what the best media streaming software was, and PS3 Media Server came out on top. I'll be honest, I've never even heard of it - but then again, I've sort of given up on media streaming from my PC and that's why I bought the Boxee Box. Still, looking at the feature set - and the fact that they're working to support more than just the PS3 - it looks pretty compelling. But...Java? Ewwww!


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Using SmartPhones For Phone Calls? That's So Pre-CES 2010!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2010/01...-now-available/

"PacketVideo ... announced today at CES that it is bringing the world’s most popular connected home experience into the mobile environment with the launch of TwonkyServer™ Mobile. The free version of PV’s award-winning TwonkyMedia™ server solution is designed specifically for Android handsets to take media sharing among connected devices to an entirely new level."

I have to admit that at first, when I saw TwonkyServer Mobile, I thought "huh"? I mean, when I think of a media serving device, I think of a multi-terrabyte server that houses the entire life of you, your family, your dog, cat, mouse, neighbour and five cousins who are overseas. I do not imagine a piddling 32GB chocolate bar that you barely use to talk anymore since your fingers ate busy twittering away. But on second thought, it does kind of make sense. While smartphones certainly do not have multi-terrabyte storage, yet, more and more people are using them as their entertainment devices, and in combination with TwonkyServer mobile and the right hardware, you can hop onto your friends WLAN and play movies without having to carry a dock, or adapter cable or any such nonsense as that. UPnP combined with DLNA is shaping up to be a universal media delivery standard, much like how bluetooth has become a universal headset standard.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

PacketVideo Updates TwonkyMedia Manager

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:30 AM

http://www.twonkymedia.com/

"With TwonkyMedia manager, you can share your media on compatible devices throughout your home. Want to send a photo slideshow to your digital photo frame? No problem. Watch your favorite videos on the TV? Easy. Play music in every room in your house? TwonkyMedia manager makes all this possible."

PacketVideo has updated their TwonkyMedia Manager to version 1.1. TwonkyMedia Manager stems from the TwonkyVision Server, but unlike Server, it is a commercial program for Windows for $39.95. TwonkyMedia Manager is a UPnP media server that also works with the DLNA standard. It collects all your media on your computer and puts it into a pretty little library which you can manage, access and stream from all over your home. It can also act as a portal to YouTube, Flickr and other media sites. The recent update includes some performance and interface improvements along with an expanded Internet radio list and added support for several online services. There are several competitors with a lot of the similar features as TwonkyMedia Manager, so it is nice to see PacketVideo updating its software and not rest on its laurels.


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