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Amazon Cloud Player app comes to Samsung Smart TVs and Roku media players

Amazon Cloud Player app comes to Samsung Smart TVs and Roku media players

Today, Amazon has announced that their Cloud Player app is now available on 2012 Samsung Smart TV models, as well as Roku media players. The new app gives Cloud Player users access to their entire music library on these new devices, and they join a long list of products that the Cloud Player app is already compatible with, including the Kindle Fire, Sonos music players, Android devices, and iOS devices.

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Linn Kiko takes AirPlay up a level

Linn Kiko takes AirPlay up a level

Linn might not be the first name you associate with iPhone and iPad streaming, but the Scottish company is hoping that change all that with its "budget" Kiko media streamer. "Budget" for Linn means £2,500, mind (the company's hand-made kit usually comes in at around $70k) though you do get a fair amount for your money: while the Kiko system will play nicely with Apple's AirPlay, Linn has also custom built its own streaming hardware complete with audio upsampling whether you're listening to music on a phone or tablet, through Spotify or Netflix, or from your games console or Blu-ray player.

 

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Neil Young Pono player revealed to oust iPods for audiophiles

Neil Young Pono player revealed to oust iPods for audiophiles

Neil Young might not be the first person you'd think of to reinvent the iPod, but the famous musician has been working on an alternative - promising top-notch sound - for some time now, and it's finally been shown in the wild. Pono, demonstrated by Young himself on The Late Show with David Letterman, Rolling Stone reports, isn't just a single media player but an ecosystem of a download store, the PMPs to play those purchases, and a special digital-to-analog conversion technology which promises studio-quality audio.

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GeeXboX 3.0 lands with XBMC 11 integration

GeeXboX 3.0 lands with XBMC 11 integration

After nearly a year of waiting, GeeXboX 3.0 has arrived with XMBC 11 integration in tow. The developers announced the latest build today, revealing that it also includes PVR functionality, which means that you can watch and record live TV using GeeXboX 3.0. That feature will definitely be appreciated, as will the fact that the developers of GeeXboX have made this latest version compatible with a number of different ARM systems, in addition to the typical x86 32 and 64-bit systems the program typically supports.

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Amazon Kindle Fire full event video and wrap-up

Amazon Kindle Fire full event video and wrap-up

This week the folks at Amazon introduced a set of new Kindle tablets including a refresh of the Kindle Fire, two new Kindle Fire HD tablets, and a reader called Paperwhite. This last entry in the list of new items might be the most overlooked to the biggest news seekers, but it's set to overtake a still massive ereader market with technology that's set to dash standard E-Ink's brains out - and it's relatively inexpensive, too! The original Kindle Fire was refreshed with a lower price, and both the Kindle Fire HD 7 and 8.9 were introduced with pre-orders starting today.

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Popcorn Hour A-400 media player unveiled by Syabas

Popcorn Hour A-400 media player unveiled by Syabas

Syabas has announced the latest iteration of its Popcorn Hour media player, the A-400. Like the models before it, this is a networked player that allows for easy media playback (especially in the case of local content), but unlike the models before it, this one can boast support for 3D video. It also brings a number of "studio-quality" video processing features to the table, including adaptive detail and contrast enhancement along with adaptive debanding.

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