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Ubuntu headed to tablets, STBs and embedded car platforms

Ubuntu headed to tablets, STBs and embedded car platforms

Expect more Linux-based touchscreen tablets, mobile devices and set-top boxes over the next couple of years, as Canonical prepare to push touch functionality in their Ubuntu distribution.  According to director of business development Chris Kenyon, the OS manufacturer is targeting "the digital home or something you carry around" - though not smartphones - with new builds that prioritise finger-friendly UIs and stripped down packages that boot quickly and offer speedy access to core mobility functionality.

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Google bought Agnilux for tablet frugality expertise?

Google bought Agnilux for tablet frugality expertise?

It's a morning of acquisition talk today, with Google confirming that they've bought Agnilux, a company started by ex-PA Semiconductor employees.  The move has caused much speculation as to what exactly it is Agnilux have been working on; initially there was talk of low-power server chips, obviously of interest to Google since the company has massive server farms driving its various search and cloud-based services.  More recently, however, someone familiar with the deal told the NYTimes that in fact Agnilux is made up of "systems guys focusing on hardware-software integration ... not chip design" that could help Google make more efficient tablets.

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ePVision launches PHD-205LE set top box

ePVision launches PHD-205LE set top box

Set top boxes are very common today to pick up over the air HD broadcasts and to view cable channels. If you live in an area where broadcasters transmit over the air HD signals you may need a set top box to send those signals to your TV. ePVision has announced a new HDTV receiver called the PHD-205LE that offers lots of connectivity and features.

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Android 1080p set-top box prototype gets demo

Android 1080p set-top box prototype gets demo

It might not mean much to the Android smartphone lurking in your pocket (or that you'd like to have there), but MIPS and Sigma Designs have been demonstrating an Android-based set-top box capable of 1080p high-definition video.  The STB prototype is being positioned as "a major milestone toward the creation of a reference platform" for Android-powered home entertainment devices, with the two companies adding support for Sigma's hardware graphics acceleration and decoding.

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Boxee gets Netflix in latest update

Boxee gets Netflix in latest update

Boxee is pretty much brand new, but they're already releasing an update to add new features to the mix. The company's media player software that's currently in an alpha version for Macs and Linux only, just got an update that adds the ability to stream Netflix movies and videos from sites such as the WB network, MTV and offers up photos from the Boston Globe.

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