Boxee announced next firmware update

Boxee Box

Boxee finalized the periodicity of firmware updates for Boxee Box and other Boxee-based devices. It’ll be released every three months. So, next update should be available in May. It’ll include following improvements – faster loading and scrolling, favorites and history in browser, improved ffwd/rwd controls, new look for on-screen-display, possibility to sort by source, .nfo support, new languages and support for iPad.

Also Boxee promised fix a log of bugs in the upcoming update, such as generating of duplicate button presses in case of using USB IR receiver, impossibility to invoke HTTPS URLs from search bar, wrongly displaying of special characters etc.

VUDU finally came to Boxee Box!

boxee_and_vudu

Good news for Boxee Boxes owners and VUDU subscribers. With the latest firmware update you’ll have access to the VUDU content from your Boxee Boxes. Moreover, Boxee supports 1080p HD video at 24 fps and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround thanks to VUDU TruFilm technology which optimizes the encoding, transmission and display of HDX movies.

Unfortunately VUDU is available for the US only. But you still should upgrade your Boxee Box. Because except VUDU the latest firmware brings a lot of other changes and bugfxies, i. e. forcing of subtitle automatic selection during MKV file playback, support for language selection in subtitle/audio or settings to control de-interlacing and video filters configuration. To run upgrade procedure just go to Settings>System>Update and wait till the system download and install it.

Alternative firmware for Samsung and LG LCD TVs

Samsung LED TV

As you may know the modern TVs allow to watch media content not only from local sources but from network shares or online services as well. But producers limit functionality. For example, to get media content from the network share only DLNA can be used. UPnP or Samba are not supported at all. But thanks to open source enthusiasts there is a way to get more from your TV.

Project SamyGo offers alternative firmware for the Samsung TVs. Using this firmware you’ll able to mount NFS or CIFS/SAMBA network shares, receive media content from UPnP servers, use WiFi adapters 3rd-part companies, activate PVR functionality. Additionally you’ll have telnet access to your TV and ability to run custom scripts when TV switched ON.

Another project openlgtv offers alternative firmware for LG TVs. It also offers possibility to mount NFS or CIFS/SAMBA network shares supports UPnP and much more. Using USB Ethernet adapter you can add your TV in the local network even it doesn’t have built-in Ethernet port! There is another project for LG TVs – LGMOD v1.2, which additionally offers a web interface to configure your TV.

It’s good to see that consumers have a choice between limited official firmware and alternative one offered much more features. And number of those features is increased continuously.

HAI’s Version 2.15 controller firmware is out

HAI Omni Pro II

The latest HAI firmware expands the audio options and flexibility of its Omni and Lumina home control systems. Now they support a bunch of professional audio systems from NuVo, Xantech, SpeakerCraft and Proficient. Also, the NuVo Grand Concerto, Essentia, and Simplese; Xantech MRC-88; Speakercraft MZC; and Proficient M4 and M6 audio systems have been added to HAI’s audio connectivity list, joining the NuVo Concerto, Russound CAM, CAV, CAA-66 and CAS44 audio systems.

The new firmware also includes a number of additional enhancements to the automation capabilities of all of the Omni Family and Lumina Family controllers. These include support for the CentraLite StarLite lighting system, the ability to blink UPB lights at varying blink rates, raise/lower temperature settings a fixed number of degrees from their current settings, temporarily change the light level of a light then return to the previous setting, and control the action of the LED and beeper when displaying a message on a console or Touchscreen.

Nokia 770 a firmware upgrade

Nokia 770 Nokia 770 developers promised to include next version of OS some usefull features such IM and VoIP client. Well, they did it in OS 2006. Moreover, existing owners of Nokia 770 can get it as upgrade. It allows to get new features without waste their customizations.

A new features in the OS 2006 edition include:

  • Pre-installed Google Talk
  • Free service lets users chat and speak
  • Interoperates with any Jabber-based chat client
  • Support standard SIP based VoIP clients for enterprise use ()
  • Enhanced text typing with full-screen finger keyboard
  • Improved memory performance
  • Refreshed look
  • Improved home view desktop applets for fast access to Internet services, such as searching Google

As benefit for using open source platform, Nokia get from Maemo community about 120 stable applications for the 770, including an instant messaging client based on GAIM. These are all available for download at no charge.