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Pivos Xios XS all-in-one Entertainment Center

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Introduction – Pivos XIOS XS Media Player Pivos Technology Group is someone we heard from awhile back with the Xios DS media player. Overall it was a pretty nice setup but as time went on it aged and like most android based devices the upgrades to the newer OS and features began to slow it down a bit so Pivos took this as the opportune time to act and upgrade and with that comes the new model we have today, the Xios XS. The Xios XS come with upgraded memory and processor onboard but the real jump it gets is from the custom android 4.2.2 OS named “TOFU” This OS starts basically like you would with a bootable XBMC like you can make with the Linux versions where it starts right into the media player front end, however once you start to dig in you will find that while it closely resembles XBMC ... Read More »

Synology announces the DS415play, a 4-bay NAS for media-junkies

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Synology has announced the DS415play. This is a 4-bay version of the DS214play giving anyone who has a big media-collection even more space to store it on. The idea with the “play”-versions of their NAS:es is that they are geared towards working as best as possible as a media hub offering to stream multiple HD-streams to various devices without breaking a sweat. The trick is that they come with hardware transcoding of various media formats making sure the CPU is not the limiting factor. CPU Dual-core Intel Atom running at 1.6 GHz Hardware transcoding H.264 (AVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1 System memory 1 GB DDR3 Drive Bay(s) 4 Max. Internal Capacity 24 TB (6 TB HDD X 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types) Hot Swappable Drive Yes USB 2.0 Port 3 USB 3.0 Port 2 LAN Number (RJ45) Gigabit x 1 Performance Over 112.45 MB/s Reading, 101.21 MB/s Writing The DS415play of course ... Read More »

Valve releases game streaming over local network!

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One of the cool things with the Nvidia Shield console is the ability to stream games from a computer to it. I’ve always wanted something similar between computers as it would have been nice to have a less powerful laptop and still be able to play more complex games running on a “gaming server”. Well, it looks like I will get my wish as Valve has released the game streaming feature on Steam. Basically what it does is that if you have 2 computers on your local network running steam it will allow you to run games on either computer from the other computer.  This means that even if you have a small laptop with just on-chip graphics it still will be able to run more demanding games by streaming it from the more beefy PC. Since I am currently in Chicago for phpTek conference I cannot try this myself ... Read More »

Asus Cube Google TV Review

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Asus Cube is the device that features latest Google TV OS that want to be part of your living room entertainment setup. With a good design, an unique remote, and $139 price tag, can it push Google TV further where others may have failed? Let’s find out.  No related posts. Read More »

Plex going freemium – is it the end of the world?

I know I am not alone using Plex for media consumption. I would say it is by far my favorite Media Center Software, much because it handles all my media in the background (getting information about movies and TV-series episodes) and then allows me to access it on my iPad, Nexus 7, phone, desktop and so on. Add the support for “channels” where you find stuff like Hulu, Netflix (don’t ask me how well that works as I cannot use those here in Sweden) and it really is one piece of software I cannot be without.  No related posts. Read More »

Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band router

The ASUS RT-N56U is a nice looking router that comes with support for both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, a lot of useful features, and an excellent user interface. No related posts. Read More »

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