Archive for February, 2011

New EFO Google TV Mini Wireless Handheld Keyboard

EFO RF Google TV Mini Wireless Handheld Keyboard

EFO launched its new product – Google TV Mini Wireless Handheld Keyboard. It looks like Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard in general but has a few significant changes. First of all, the EFO Google TV Mini keyboard is design to work with Google TV. So, it sports a full set of keys (standard keyboard layout) and multi-touch pad worked in Linux, Windows, Mac OS X. Also the shape of the keyboard is better.

The new EFO keyboard can use either RF or Bluetooth to communicate with box. Its price is $65.00, but now with discount you may buy it for $45.50 only! So, don’t miss your chance to get cool controller for your HTPC.

Demo video after jump.
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Glasses-free Toshiba’s 3DTVs selling in Japan

3DTV  Toshiba glasses-free TV

Toshiba started selling its Glasses-free 3DTVs in Japan. They sold just around 500 20-inch units which less then they expected. Maybe the reason is a high price – almost 3000 USD for 20″ model or the Toshiba’s glasses-free technology is still green. In any case, will see how Toshiba improve it and how its competitors will react.

The first XBMC update for AppleTV2 and iPhone/iPad

Apple TV XBMC

XBMC just released the first update for AppleTV2 and iPhone/iPad port of its excellent software. The Changelog includes following:

  • GUI speedup
  • Webserver enabled
  • RTMP support
  • AC3/DTS Audio Dialogs
  • Rotating for the iPhone and iPad
  • Black and Dim screensavers working
  • Bluetooth Support
  • SMB shares with Windows Live Essentials should work.
  • Sleep timer works
  • Add-on updates now working
  • Decrypted ISO playback works
  • Thumbnail creation fixed

To get that upgrade on your AppleTV2 just run following commands in the console:
apt-get update && apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2
Also the question about output 1080p video was clarified. XBMC can decode 1080p video. But AppleTV2 has either hardware or software restrictions to 720p only.

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Unplggd: A Week with XBMC on AppleTV 2G

Apple TV XBMC

Unplggd shared their impression about practically using XBMC on AppleTV 2G during one week. Generally it works and this gives a hope for next release which should be much better. The major problem found during the testing is sluggish navigation. Maybe this is IR remote issue or the lack of memory. Also the system crashed when wireless N connection is used instead of wired. In any case XBMC should be adopted for AT2 more accurately. Especially as because there is no any alternative for AT2 stock software. PLEX is still alpha. So, XBMC has good chances to be the best for ARM as well. Also it’d be interesting to have possibility to tun Boxee on AT2 as well.

To summarize Unplggd experience with XBMC on AppleTV 2G I can suggest such solution for experienced users who know how to troubleshooting and recovery system. The rest should wait next release which I hope should be more stable.

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