Media Center PC

CES 2008: Moneual I*magine HTPC gets Innovation recognition

CES 2008: Moneual I*magine HTPC gets Innovation recognition

Looking like an up-ended keg, albeit one full of your home media, the oddly-named Moneual I*magine is an HTPC capable of pumping out 1080p, 5.1 surround sound and reacting to voice commands either through a built-in microphone or remotely via Bluetooth headset.  However, it's the straightforward and intuitive interface - presented either on your attached screen or on the 7-inch touchscreen on the I*magine itself - that has garnered the Moneual machine a CES 2008 Innovation nomination.

 

Xbox 360 DivX/XviD playback, Does it work?

Xbox 360 DivX/XviD playback, Does it work?

Well, the fall dashboard update landed yesterday at 2AM, and we’ve already covered most of the other features of the update, but one little thing that was almost snuck in is DivX/XviD support. For those not in the know, they are both video encoding formats, if you have ever downloaded a movie from a peer to peer network; chances are good it came in one of these formats.

Microsoft offering up Internet TV to some Vista users

Microsoft offering up Internet TV to some Vista users

Users of Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate might be getting a Media Center update that grants them access to a beta version of an ad supported Internet TV. Finally, Microsoft is dropping something new, something worthy of a Vista upgrade.

Word is that it’s just a few TV shows, some concerts, and some movie trailers right now, all of which are ad supported. The quality is said to be “near DVD” too, which isn’t great, but just offering this service is a great start; they can work on higher resolutions later.

Linksys leaks existence of Vista-friendly Media Center Extenders

Linksys leaks existence of Vista-friendly Media Center Extenders

It never fails to surprise me how many companies can't seem to manage updating their sites to schedule - either you have a recently launched product missing from the pages altogether, or something new "accidentally" goes live before the PR department would like it to.  Today Linksys are the careless ones, putting teaser details of their Vista-compatible 808.11n Media Center Extenders online then whipping them down again.

 

Latest Sony VAIO AR600 range has media sights on your desktop

Latest Sony VAIO AR600 range has media sights on your desktop

It's difficult to fashion a laptop capable at dragging attention from Apple's slender, expensive-looking (and expensive costing!) MacBook and MacBook Pro ranges, but Sony are obviously hoping to do that with a nicely designed cross-section.  Their VAIO AR600 line may be big-boned and destined for that catch-all "desktop replacement" label, but it looks pretty sexy from the side.

 

New Microsoft MCE Extenders with useful new features

New Microsoft MCE Extenders with useful new features

So, Microsoft, yeah the giants that hide behind Redmond, WA, the very same ones, have finally decided to catch up with everyone else and begin supporting DivX and Xvid in some of their devices. I know, I know, I said “No Wai!” too, but they are really going to do it.

They are partnering with D-Link, Linksys, and Niveus Media to drop some new Media Center Extenders on a new platform called “Extenders for Windows Media Center”. Not only will the new devices finally get Xvid and DivX support, they will also support the new WMV HD and encrypted HD streaming formats as well.

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