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ASRock Vision 3D HTPC Gets the Hands-On Treatment in Taipei [Video]

ASRock Vision 3D HTPC Gets the Hands-On Treatment in Taipei [Video]

There's no doubt that getting hardware shown off, in any capacity, is something we look forward to. Especially if it's an early sneak peek of something we're still a ways out of getting any official look at. For example, the ASRock Vision 3D HTPC, which is sitting over in Taipei right now just waiting to get unveiled at this year's Computex. And, oddly enough, it's actually pretty good.

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MvixUSA HDHome S2 and S4 HTPCs outed

MvixUSA HDHome S2 and S4 HTPCs outed

MvixUSA have unveiled their latest home media systems, and the HDHome raises the game from basic streamers of the past and delivers a full Windows 7 HTPC experience.  The Mvix HDHome Media Center is available in two sizes - S2, with two hot-swappable HDD bays, and S4 with four bays - each offering a slot-loading Blu-ray player, embedded TV tuner, RAID, WiFi a/b/g/n and HDMI.

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Project Natal “about all living room experiences”: tailors content based on physical response

Project Natal “about all living room experiences”: tailors content based on physical response

Microsoft's plans to use Project Natal for more than just Xbox 360 gaming were clear from the start; Bill Gates spared little time before confirming that the Windows team was already eyeing up the motion-tracking hardware for their own purposes.  Its taken a while, however, before they've told us exactly how else Natal might integrate with our lives outside of game-play.  According to Marc Whitten, general manager of the Xbox 360 team at Microsoft, Project Natal is "about all living room experiences," down to tracking your favorite sports teams based on what jersey you're wearing or which referee decisions you're boo'ing.

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Shuttle unveils 3.3cm thick XS35 PC

Shuttle unveils 3.3cm thick XS35 PC

Shuttle is well known for making small form factor computers for use in the home or office. The tiny systems can be used for all manner of things from gaming to HTPC rigs taking up little space. Shuttle has announced its latest SFF PC called the XS35 that will be seen at CeBIT next month.

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Boxee adding paid-content support Summer 2010

Boxee adding paid-content support Summer 2010

Boxee have announced that they intend to add payments support to their media center platform, allowing users to purchase pay-per-view and subscription content from the company's media partners.  Expected to roll out over the Summer, the payments system will work in tandem with the existing free content, with media owners able to charge for none, some or all of their offerings.

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ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

ASUS' Eee Box EB1501 was already standing out as a potentially decent HTPC, and the company have added another feather in its metaphorical cap by apparently introducing a Blu-ray version.  Announced back in October 2009 with Intel's Atom 330 CPU, NVIDIA Ion graphics and a slot-loading DVD burner, the new Eee Box EB1501-Bo367 with Blu-ray is now showing up with several European online retailers.

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