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ASRock Vision 3D 252B reviewed: a quiet, top-shelf HTPC worthy of the premium price

August 3rd, 2012

ASRock Vision 3D 252B reviewed a quiet, topshelf HTPC worthy of the premium price

Sure, we know there’s great temptation to go the DIY route when considering your next HTPC, but if you’re looking for a small form factor solution, there are legitimate advantages inherent to prebuilt systems. HotHardware just put the ASRock Vision 3D 252B through a rigorous review, and while it isn’t the newest rig on the block, it’s said to be worthy of your consideration just the same. At the system’s heart, you’ll find a Core i5 2520M — which is from the Sandy Bridge era — but the diminutive computer is said to provide flawless playback of all media types. Other high points include the system’s quiet operation and low power consumption, and in summation, “The component choices, connectivity options, and form factor all hit the sweet spot.” While the roughly $900 price may deter some, HotHardware recommends the Vision 3D 252B as a worthwhile HTPC that provides better connectivity options and a smaller size than the DIY alternative.

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ASRock Vision 3D 252B reviewed: a quiet, top-shelf HTPC worthy of the premium price originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 03 Aug 2012 02:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Peel AllPlay TV unites media sources for Android fans, puts them in harmony with Google TV

June 29th, 2012

Peel AllPlay TV unites media sources for Android fans, puts them in harmony with Google TV

It’s been a awhile since we caught up with Peel, but the company has certainly been putting its time to good use with a big update to its Android app at Google I/O. A new AllPlay TV component acts primarily as a companion for Google TV, pooling together listings of the disparate sources of conventional and streaming TV without having to break out the awkward remote until absolutely necessary. Live TV, DVR recordings and Netflix all sit side by side; if the season premiere of a show is coming up and last season’s finale remains tragically unwatched, Peel will be the cue to record the new airing and hit Netflix for the catch-up. Peel warns that AllPlay TV won’t be part and parcel of the app until July — as compensation, it’s promising that the release will bring Android 2.3 users into the fold, and a parallel version is coming to iPhone and iPod touch owners in the next few months.

Peel AllPlay TV unites media sources for Android fans, puts them in harmony with Google TV originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jun 2012 05:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Seas0npass tethered jailbreak now available for Apple TV 2s running iOS 5.1

March 31st, 2012

Apple TV owners no longer need to choose between jailbreaking or running the recently released iOS 5.1 update, now that FireCore has pushed new versions of Seas0nPass (0.8.3) and aTV Flash (black) (1.4.1). Currently, the jailbreak is still tethered, so if you should have to reboot your hockey puck, connecting it to a computer and repeating the process will be required. Unfortunately, the tools won’t work on the new third generation Apple TVs yet, and even on supported hardware some plugins, like Plex and XBMC, are still listed as not working. All the details can be found beyond the source link for both the free Seas0nPass jailbreaker and $29.95 aTV Flash that adds more functionality.

Seas0npass tethered jailbreak now available for Apple TV 2s running iOS 5.1 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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MythTV turns 0.25, is actually ten in human years

March 9th, 2012

Perhaps it’s to help it keep that start-up vibe but, for whatever reason, on the eve of its tenth birthday MythTV is about to release version 0.25. That’s right, it’s the two bit anniversary of one of our favorite open source HTPC programs. So, what’s new in this edition? A lot. In fact, for full details you’ll have to hit up the changelog at the source. But, we can guarantee that the new MythTV Services API will open up a whole new frontier to devs. If you’re looking for more, well, don’t worry — the creators have also added support for IPv6, AirPlay, HTTP Live Streaming, and DirectX acceleration. For more details and to download the beta for yourself, hit up the source link.

MythTV turns 0.25, is actually ten in human years originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google, LG to team up on ‘Google TV Nexus’ edition for next release?

January 13th, 2012

While not all of Google’s aims to change cellphones with its Nexus brand program may have been achieved, it has created some admirable devices in cooperation with HTC and Samsung (way to pass on that one Sony Ericsson). According to Bloomberg, its next step may be to do the same with LG for TVs. As product manager Rishi Chandra mentioned in an interview with us, the next focus for Google TV will center around increasing its ability to personalize the user experience and further enhance content discovery, and anonymous sources indicate LG could get first crack at it later this year. What’s odd about this development is that on TVs, so far the two versions of hardware that have debuted already featured software largely free of manufacturer customizations, unlike phones. At this year’s CES LG, along with Vizio, is among the first to show a custom skin for the software, along with its new remote. However, the original aim of the Nexus was to work “even more closely with our partners to bring devices to the market that are going to help showcase very quickly the we’re working on” so if this can help cut down the long window we saw before the last Google TV update, we’re all for it.

Google, LG to team up on ‘Google TV Nexus’ edition for next release? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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