XBMC Eden Beta Reveals Myriad Improvements, More Control Over Them

XBMC EdenJust in time for the New Year, the XBMC team have released the first beta version of XBMC 11, codenamed Eden. Eden follows on from XBMC 10 Dharma, which itself entered beta 16 months ago and was released this time last year. The developers have not been idle in that time, as you can see [...]

Keep a Lookout for New Nettop-sized HTPCs with AMD’s new E-450 APU (It’s the New Hotness)

AMD Fusion ArchitectureA while back we talked about the differences and benefits of AMD's E-350 APU over an Intel Atom + NVIDIA ION 2 combo for a SFF HTPC setup. Now, AMD has a new and improved chip, the Fusion E-450, which boasts a 1.6GHz processor, enhanced HD graphics (HD 6320), and support for faster DDR3-1333 memory, [...]

Attack of the External CableCARD TV Tuners for Windows 7 Media Center

SiliconDust HDHomeRun PrimeMedia streamers like the Apple TV, Boxee Box, and Roku are all the rage these days, however, I have a feeling HTPCs and PVR software usage is going to be making a comeback soon (or at least see an uptick from current levels). Hauppauge and SiliconDust are both set to launch their CableCARD (M-Card) TV [...]

Nielsen Survey Reveals How People Prefer to Use Hulu vs. Netflix

Nielsen 2011 Hulu Netflix SurveyKudos to Nielsen. The company has conducted a survey which reveals how people actually use Hulu and Netflix. Not surprisingly, people like watching TV shows on Hulu (73%) and movies primarily via Netflix (53%), which makes sense since Hulu is made up of TV network content (well, at least a majority of it is) and Netflix [...]

Hauppauge Set to Launch a Dual Tuner USB CableCARD Receiver Later This Month

Hauppauge WinTV DCR 2650 Facebook PicHauppauge is teasing its Facebooks fans with pics of their upcoming CableCARD receiver, the Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650. It will be priced at $129 and will be available through the company's Amazon store later this month. No word on what the compatible platforms are, but most likely it will only be Windows Media Center 7 (WMC7). Anyone interested [...]

Acer Revo RL100 Now Available in the U.S., Gets a $499 Price Tag

Acer Revo RL100Acer is such a tease. Acer gave us all a sneak peek of their Revo 2 with RevoPad early last year at IDF, a devices that runs Windows Media Center Embedded and leverages Intel's CE4100 SoC (the same chip found in D-Link's Boxee Box). Then later that year Acer introduced the AMD + NVIDIA ION [...]

CompuLab’s ‘Trim-Slice’ Tegra 2 Powered, Ultra-slim SFF PC Hints At What’s Next for PCs

CompuLab Trim-Slice PhotoLow power, high-performance ARM processors are all the rage these days. We're seeing them in super tablets capable of outputting 1080p video and multitasking all at the same time. Last week we gave you a glimpse of the 1Ghz single-core BeagleBoard-xM, which hackers are using to run multiple ARM compatible operating systems on. Today, we're [...]

Giada Adds the AMD Fusion E-350 APU Powered A50 Mini HTPC to Their Lineup

Giada MiniPC A50Impressed by AMD's E-350 APU over Intel's Atom D525 with ION2 performance? Well, here's a new mini HTPC to consider — and most likely the thinest yet! The Giada MiniPC A50 boast a AMD Fusion E-350 APU with integrated Radeon HD 6310 graphics, supports full 1080p HD and DirectX 11 gaming, offers USB 3.0, includes [...]