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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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Boxee Box gets Intel CE4100 as Tegra 2 dumped; $199 preorders today

Boxee Box gets Intel CE4100 as Tegra 2 dumped; $199 preorders today

Bad news for NVIDIA, whose Tegra 2 chipset has been dropped by D-Link and Boxee for the upcoming Boxee Box by D-Link.  According to Boxee's Avner Ronen, despite NVIDIA's hype the Tegra 2 chipset couldn't cope with H.264 HD video as it was able to with high-profile VC-1, and as such they replaced it with Intel's Atom CE4100.  Boxee has partnered with Amazon and Best Buy to kick off preorders of the now $229 Boxee Box later on today.

Update: Boxee has been in touch to let us know that, while the MRSP of the Boxee Box will be $229, it'll be up for preorder - and have a street price - of $199.

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Apple TV hands-on

Apple TV hands-on

The rumors were true, the Apple TV really has slimmed-down, gotten wise to streaming and turned itself into an affordable and tempting home entertainment device.  We grabbed some hands-on time with the impressively compact media player after the Apple keynote, and while we'll need to get one into our living room to know exactly how well the Apple TV's new rental focus delivers, we've still got some first impressions after the cut.

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IN Media !ROFL adds Android to IP set top box

IN Media !ROFL adds Android to IP set top box

Remember the bizarrely named IN Media !ROFL set-top box from a few months back?  The company has just announced that they're using Android with the IP STB, apparently including Android Market access so that users will be able to download applications and games and play them on their HDTV.  Details are scarce, but IN Media also says they support cloud-based streaming from online storage, together with video-on-demand through services like Netflix and Blockbuster.

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Netgear NeoTV 550 HD network media player outed

Netgear NeoTV 550 HD network media player outed

Netgear has outed their latest HD-capable home media player, the Netgear NeoTV 550, together with a range of new HomePlug AV compliant Powerline adapters delivering up to (a theoretical) 500Mbps connection speeds.  The NeoTV 550 (NTV550) has HDMI, component and composite video outputs (together with analog and S/PDIF digital audio outputs) and can play local 1080p HD files on attached USB, eSATA or SD storage or stream from UPnP, DLNA or WMP11 network sources.  Meanwhile a second version, the NeoTV 350, swaps the eSATA for another USB port and has a more basic remote.

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HTC Wildfire gets Sync 3.0 update for PC multimedia management

HTC Wildfire gets Sync 3.0 update for PC multimedia management

Multimedia management for Android devices has always been underwhelming when compared to the sort of integration Apple offer with iTunes and the iPhone 4, with many users turning to DoubleTwist to fill the gap.  Now HTC have stepped in; the new version of HTC Sync (v3.0) adds media synchronization with "popular media players" on the PC, sucking over music, playlists, images and other content and squirting it into - at first - your HTC Wildfire.

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