Media Center PC

Sony 1.5TB Home Media Server

Sony 1.5TB Home Media Server

Sony's latest cookie-tin media PCs, the VGF-HS1 and HS1S "Liblog Station", will launch in Japan on May 17th.  The compact system is intended as a home server, with gigabit ethernet, support for the DLNA media sharing standard and a choice of either 1TB (the HS1) or 1.5TB (the HS1S) of storage.  Media can be either accessed on the home network or from a remote location either through a browser interface or via a pre-established "data link function" that makes a non-local device appear local.

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.

 

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