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ASUS O!Play HD2 detailed; launches this week for £109

ASUS O!Play HD2 detailed; launches this week for £109

It's been a while since we've heard from ASUS about their USB 3.0 toting O!Play HD2 multimedia center, but now - with the launch tipped for this week - the company is being a little more forthright about the specifications.  Supporting USB 2.0 and eSATA external drives, the ASUS O!Play HD2 also has an internal 3.5-inch hard-drive bay and can be used as a regular USB 3.0 external HDD in its own right.

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QNAP NMP-1000P network media player offers vast format support

QNAP NMP-1000P network media player offers vast format support

QNAP has outed its latest network media player, the NMP-1000P, a compact STB that offers Full HD 1080p video, Dolby and DTS digital surround sound, optional NAS functionality and internet media streaming.  Able to gobble up a 3.5-inch hard-drive in its internal bay - either for storing local content or acting as a backup drive for networked computers - the NMP-1000P uses Sigma Designs new 667MHz SMP8643 SoC video/audio decoder.

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HDCP anti-copy software exploit released: can crack 1080p in real-time

HDCP anti-copy software exploit released: can crack 1080p in real-time

Intel's suggestion that they didn't expect a software exploit using the cracked HDCP anti-copy protection seems to have been a red rag to a bull (or at least to the coding community), as its taken less than two weeks for just such an exploit to be developed.  Rob Johnson and Mikhail Rubnich have created an open-source decoding system which they're describing as a proof of concept, yet which is still capable of cracking HDCP on 1080p sources in real-time (on a powerful enough machine).

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Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 and AZ3100-U3072 All-In-Ones outed

Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 and AZ3100-U3072 All-In-Ones outed

Acer seems to have taken a leaf out of Bang & Olufsen's design book with the aesthetic for their new all-in-ones, with the AMD-based Acer Aspire AZ3100-U3072 and the Intel-based Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 offering perhaps the best styling this side of an iMac.  The 21.5-inch AZ3100-U3072 is the cheaper option, with AMD's 2GHz Athlon II 170u CPU, 3GB of memory and a 500GB HDD, while the 23-inch Full HD AZ5700-U3112 gets Intel's 3.2GHz Core i5-650 CPU, 4GB of memory, a 1TB HDD and a touchscreen.

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