Archive for October, 2011

Release of embedded Linux media distribution OpenELEC

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OpenELEC – just another embedded Linux distribution to build HTPC, recently was lunched in version 1.0. It uses XBMC as a front-end and customized back-end. OpenELEC is designed for Intel-based, Nvidia ION-based and AMD Fusion-based systems and run from USB stick or memory card. Special build will be available for Xtreamer Ultra platform (Xtreamer is a partner of OpenELEC). The size of ISO is just about 100MB (depends of the platform type) and it requires less than 130MB on the HDD.

Except a small size and nettop application OpenELEC offers a very simple way for configuration, extending by add-ons (such PVR for LiveTV, Torrent clients, rsync, LCD/VFD display support), an open add-on framework, GPU acceleration (Intel VAAPI, nVidia VDPAU, AMD XVBA (via VAAPI), Broadcom CrystalHD).

So, get OpenELEC 1.0 ISO, make bootable USB and try new HTPC software.

PLEX client for Samsung SmartTV

PLEX is coming to Samsung SmartTV. The client is implemented as a widget. It isn’t perfect yet. But it offers quite enough features such a browsing of media library, watching movies and TV shows, pausing, fastforward, continue watching of movie from where it was stopped. Note to be able use PLEX client on your Samsung TV you should have PLEX server. This is the most important difference between XBMC and PLEX. Client-server architecture allows to bring PLEX to various devices like Roku, LG or Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players.

[via AutomatedHome]

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

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He was crazy enough to change the world and he changed it! R.I.P. Steve Jobs.

X10 Going into Receivership

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Looks like it’s the end of X10. Not as technology yet but as a company for sure. However, there is no reason to worry about that. First of all, X10 many European home automation retailers have a good level of stock of X10 devices. Secondly, Chinese manufactures offer a good range of X10 devices with better design and price. And finally, there are good alternatives to X10 such Z-Wave, ZigBee, EnOcean, PLCBus. So, it’s good reason to upgrade your home automation system or start with new technology.

[via AutomatedHome]

Bluetooth music receiver BoomBoom 75

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Simple and elegant way to stream music from smartpone or tablet to audio system or boombox is offered by Marmitek. Its BoomBoom 75 can be connected to the aux-in, line-in or MP3-link connection input to receive music over Bluetooth. It’s powered by miniUSB or battery and pairs up to 8 devices. Cool device with reasonable price – just €34.95.

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