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November 28, 2014

Sony VGX-TP1 media center PC line gets an update

Sony has launched 2 new two new versions of its circular home theater PC. Both the Sony VGX-TP1D and the VGX-TP1DQ sport 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo CPUs, 2GB of RAM, GeForce 8400M GT graphics, WiFi, and HDMI and VGA outputs. They also pack 4 USB ports, Firewire, media card readers, TV tuners, and a wireless keyboard. But while the TP1D comes in white and packs a 320GB hard drive, the TP1DQ comes in blac...

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Lian-Li Tyr X2000 HTPC case is a towering choice

Most home theater PC cases aim to make a computer look as much like a DVD player as possible. They typically lay on their sides like an old-school PC or a VCR and they hide most of the inputs and outputs on the back so that you don't get distracted by too many lights and other doohickeys when you're looking at your TV. The Lian-Li Tyr X2000 computer case certainly hides away all the nasty bits on...

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Has Windows Media Center been a hit or miss for Microsoft?

Microsoft has been offering Windows Media Center since 2002. But six years later, many PC users don't even know the 10-foot interface for viewing media and recording TV shows exists -- even if it's already installed on their computers. But does that make Windows Media Center a failure? MSNBC seems to think so. In an article on Microsoft's hits and misses during Bill Gates tenure, MSNBC calls Windo...

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TiVo to launch in Australia next week

It's been a long bumpy road, but it looks like Australia's Seven network will begin introducing TiVo on July 1st. For the first 3 months, you'll be able to pick up a TiVo box exclusively from Harvey Norman, but after that it should be available at other major electronics retailers. A TiVo box will set you back $700 AUD. While that might seem a bit steep by US standards, that's all you'll ever hav...

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Gizmodo visited by the ghosts of TiVo remote past, future

Gizmodo has an intriguing article looking at the ins and outs of the TiVo remote control. Not from a technical standpoint, but from a historic one. Back in 1998, for example, TiVo wanted to develop a remote that looked like no other. But before settling on the "peanut" style design, the company considered remotes that looked more like spatulas, breadsticks, or toads. The post has dozens of pict...

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Cannon PC shows off media center with 6 CableCARDs

Think your TiVo HD is pretty hot stuff because it can record 2 shows at once? Cannon PC, makers of high end media center computers recently demonstrated a system that's cable of recording 6 HDTV programs simultaneously using 6 CableCARDs. As you can tell from the screengrab, Cannon PC isn't ready to sell a consumer model with 6 CableCARDs just yet. But the company wanted to show that it is possi...

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Media Center Extender shootout, courtesy of EngadgetHD

When Windows Vista was released, Microsoft proudly highlighted the inclusion of media center functionality in Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate - the two most widely used consumer versions of the operating system. And one of the coolest features is support for media extenders, or relatively cheap computer-like boxes that you can connect to your home network to access your media throughout th...

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HP MediaSmart Connect looks like a media center, acts like an extender

HP has unveiled the MediaSmart Connect, a set top box that looks an awful lot like a full fledged media center, but which is actually a Windows Media Extender. What that means is you can plug the MediaSmart Connect into an HDTV, connect it to your home network, and use the device to stream content from your PC to your TV. While you can use it to play videos, music, and photos stored on your PC, ...

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Azureus is now officially Vuze

Azureus has officially put all of its eggs into a basket called Vuze. The company has dropped its standalone BitTorrent client as instead focusing on Vuze, which is a combination Bittorrent search engine and desktop video player. Azureus has also officially changed its name to Vuze and yesterday released Vuze 3.1, an updated client with a handful of new features, including: Create user profi...

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MyMediaPlayer: Desktop media player for Hulu

Like watching video streams from Hulu, but don't like that you have to open a web browser to do it? Paul Yanez, the developer behind Not Apple TV, Hulu Media Player, and a Flash-based Joost clone is back, and this time he's developed a desktop player for Hulu called MyMediaPlayer. The program is built on Adobe AIR, which is a platform for bringing web-based applications to the desktop. It provid...

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