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Xbox One, your new Media Center?

Xbox One, your new Media Center?
On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled its new console: the Xbox One. But the Redmond company has not released a console, but a Media Center. Very few games have pointed the tip of their nose at the conference, Microsoft is focused on media and social aspect of machine. A good strategy? At the conference, we heard much the “media” and “TV” words. Xbox One is indeed a true multimedia center especially designed for the American market. TV is omnipresent, it is possible to, very quickly, move from one app to another, follow live sports, to make a call on Skype, to rent movie… But the Xbox One might have more than one card up its sleeve in the European market, including through...
May 24, 2013 | 681 Views | HTPC News

A new multimedia player from Google is under consideration in the FCC, and may be released soon

A new multimedia player from Google is under consideration in the FCC, and may be released soon
The Nexus Q is not officially dead by Google (but dead in our hearts and minds, which is what really matters). Virtually all the news about this multimedia remind us of what it could be and (we can almost say that for sure) never will. But that does not mean that Google gave up of thinking in that kind of device. Quite the contrary. A documentation of a product from Google sent to the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC, reveals that a new device, which goes by the name H840, is undergoing testing and prior analysis for an approval in the United States. A curious detail: the device has the identification number of H2G2-42, a clear reference to the literary saga The Hitchhiker’s...
May 21, 2013 | 61 Views | HTPC News

Google embarks on the music streaming

Google embarks on the music streaming
According to the Financial Times, Google would like to offer a service competing directly with Deezer, Spotify and others. After the launch of Google Music, the group is in negotiations with record companies to prepare for the launch of its own music streaming service offering then an unlimited database. Different offers are available, including premium access. However, free access should be available, allowing Google to place ads, which is already 95% of its revenues. This new service should be available on smartphones or Android tablets, and to compete with Apple and iTunes. Currently, Google Music is a music download service available in some countries and can host up to 20,000 titles. The...
March 4, 2013 | 44 Views | HTPC News

Project Ayr: an art deco HTPC

Project Ayr: an art deco HTPC
For long winter evenings, what would you say to a computer that, at the same time, allows you to watch a movie and heat the room? This is essentially the Jeffrey Stephenson’s last proposal, a designer specialized in IT. Jeffrey Stephenson has just completed a new mod, that is to say, an homemade computer case, dubbed “Project Ayr“. Again, with a retro appearance, specifically art-deco...
February 11, 2013 | 171 Views | HTPC News

The H.265 video format finally approved

The H.265 video format finally approved
After being announced last summer by the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG), the new H.265 format has finally been approved by the ITU (International Telecommunications Union). A compression format that takes over the famous H.264 as used on the web, the H.265 or HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), promises much better video quality through compression algorithms advertised as being up twice as...
January 29, 2013 | 100 Views | HTPC News

Samsung Chromebox Series 3 with Core i5, appears in online store

Samsung Chromebox Series 3 with Core i5, appears in online store
Everything happened like good things happen: in a casual way. A Liliputing reader was simply surfing the world wide web, when suddenly faced with a machine that had not yet become official. It was a Chromebox Series 3, equipped with Core i5 and appearing, much to everyone’s surprise, in stock and available for purchase. So, the fans of Chrome OS already perked up at the same store in seeking...
January 17, 2013 | 128 Views | HTPC News

LG Magic Remote: a new gyroscopic remote for 2013 TV range

LG Magic Remote: a new gyroscopic remote for 2013 TV range
In the preamble of CES 2013, after the great success of the Magic Remote, LG unveiled a new version of its remote control with some news, starting with a new design, improved voice control function, and always the presence of a gyro sensor. The new Magic Remote version 2013 offers four modes of control, with the ability to control the television with voice and gesture commands, but also with a few...
December 20, 2012 | 148 Views | HTPC News

Steam on your TV: Final version of Big Picture

Steam on your TV: Final version of Big Picture
Valve has officially launched the final version of Big Picture mode for its Steam download platform which can now play PC and Mac games on your TV, thus gaining use comfort. The Steam download platform meets a real hit with PC, Mac and now GNU/Linux gamers (still in closed beta), especially because of the very large catalog of games, but also because of some very attractive promotions offered by...
December 4, 2012 | 83 Views | HTPC News
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