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Qualcomm Skifta Media Shifting Platform to take on Sonos

Qualcomm Skifta Media Shifting Platform to take on Sonos

Qualcomm has announced its Skifta Media Shifting Platform, a new push to get its DLNA/UPnP service into more home entertainment hardware, with the first kit to arrive being the Skifta Wireless Audio Adapter. Adding Skifta streaming support to existing home entertainment devices, the new adapter is set to drop sometime in the first half of this year. However, it's Skifta's upcoming hardware development kits and SDK that shoudl make the real difference, embedding the tech into wireless speakers, TVs, STBs, routers and NAS, and other A/V adapters.

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Skifta released for iOS for instant DLNA and AirPlay command

Skifta released for iOS for instant DLNA and AirPlay command

The Apple family of mobile devices are about to get a taste of what it means to be able to instantly connect to your own home network for media streaming magic thanks to Qualcomm's Skifta. This app is being described at the moment as "a first release with feature parity as an eventual goal", meaning it will have some of the features the Android version has presently with a few bits not quite up to speed at launch. You'll be able to work with DLNA, AirPlay, and open wi-fi-connected network devices galore very, very soon.

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Skifta to challenge AirPlay and Sonos with streaming speaker deal

Skifta to challenge AirPlay and Sonos with streaming speaker deal

Qualcomm's Skifta music streaming system has found itself an A/V partner, with speakers toting the chip firm's DLNA-based AirPlay rival set to hit stores in the summer of 2013. The Skifta team has inked a deal with Tymphany, a speaker ODM (original design manufacturer) whose hardware is rebadged under various brands and sold in stores like Best Buy, to embed the Skifta Audio Module into future systems as the default, replacing Bluetooth in the process.

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Skifta app adds Instagram and Dropbox for home network streaming

Skifta app adds Instagram and Dropbox for home network streaming

The app known as Skifta is one that allows you to instantly take command of the contents of every wi-fi connected device in your home with your Android device - and soon it'll be working with Dropbox and Instagram too. This app is one which we've had a brief look at in the past, and with the undeniable ease and quickness with which we were able to get up and running, there should be no doubt in the amount of greatness that's about to be unleashed with integration with the cloud-based archives at Dropbox and Instagram. This update will take place on the 23rd of October and will join an ever-growing set of channels that also work with the system.

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NETGEAR Developer Program teams with Qualcomm for smart apps galore

NETGEAR Developer Program teams with Qualcomm for smart apps galore

The first step in any awesome developer adventure is to prove to developers that working with a group like NETGEAR is worth the effort - now that they've got Qualcomm Atheros on their team, that goal just got a lot easier. What the folks at the newly announced NETGEAR Developer Program are showing off today to get people pumped up for the program itself is Qualcomm Atheros' Skifta. This Skifta app is not brand new, but it's definitely making the whole idea of developing for NETGEAR hardware seem well worth the effort.

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Skifta promises easy DLNA media-shifting [Video]

Skifta promises easy DLNA media-shifting [Video]

One of Qualcomm's more low-key demonstrations from today is actually the one thing you can try most readily yourself.  Skifta aims to make media shifting more straightforward, using a single client PC or Mac that can then be accessed by any DLNA and UPnP client in your home or remotely.  The system works using a simple web-based interface which will work on your desktop or cellphone browser (the Skifta team had an HTC Hero on hand to do just that), and then that content from pretty much any DLNA device gets funnelled around.

Video demo after the cut

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 23 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 23 2011

First let us tell you of three rather important points from the Android Community side of the world today - first, the Nexus S and Nexus One Gingerbread 2.3.3 updates are going out OTA right this moment, then, take a peek at two bootloader points: Motorola XOOM Has Bootloader That’s Both Unlockable and Relockable and Atrix bootloader gets totally locked down. Awesome and harsh! Then have a look at some of the biggest fattest news you'll ever want to hear at a time like this as far as Apple goes: New MacBook Pro specs leak, plus Apple Thunderbolt Light Peak branding, hooray! Grab yourself the first big update to Windows 7 since its launch, and have another look at Intel Light Peak [Event This Thursday Fuels MacBook Pro Rumors].

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