WD TV Live HD Gets a New Windows Sticker and ‘Play To’ Functionality

WD TV Live HD Media PlayerMicrosoft has blessed Western Digital's HD network media player with Windows 7 compatibility. So, in addition to being a perfectly capable UPnP client, WD TV Live HD now supports Play To functionality directly from Windows Media Player 12. In other words, just about any media file accessible by Windows Media Player can be zapped to [...]

Add Your Favorite Web Apps to Windows Media Center

Media Center Studio Beta ScreenshotAttached here is a how-to video showing how one can easily add their favorite web apps to Windows Media Center (Vista / 7) using Prism by Mozilla Labs and Media Center Studio (hat tip to halcion1). Note that for a better user experience you may want to track down web app interfaces that have been [...]

Watch Windows 7 Media Center Recordings Remotely with Remote Potato

Remote Potato GraphicRemote Potato is a nifty little PC server app that allows you to browse your Windows 7 Media Center electronic program guide (EPG), manage recordings, and stream video from your home PC for playback via a web browser. Below is a demo of Remote Potato showing off its latest Silverlight powered interface that's capable of [...]

DigitalRise X9 Windows 7 Multi-Touch Tablet PC

DigitalRise X9 Tablet PCDon't like Android? Can't stand the iPad? You're in luck! On March 3rd you'll be able to order DigitalRise's new X9 multi-touch tablet PC powered by Windows 7. The X9 offers a 10.2-inch (1024x600) touchscreen, Intel Atom N270 1.6Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, 1.3MP webcam, 3G via SIM, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, [...]

Hack Windows 7 Media Center to Accept Additional IR Remotes

A reader of Lifehacker submitted a tip to the site detailing how one can use a Zune Wireless Remote (two versions available: new, old - pictured above) or Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote with Windows 7 Media Center. The hack is simple enough to do, requiring a single digit in a command string to be changed [...]

Elan Demos Multi-touch Enabled Windows Media Center Remote

Elan Smart Remote ControlWhat do you know? Multi-touch has been integrated into an HTPC remote for Windows Media Center. The attached video demo shows how Elan Microelectronics Corp.'s capacitive touchpad Smart Remote Control works in conjunction with Windows 7's built-in touch features over RF. You'll notice that it makes browsing photos and web pages on your TV a [...]

Windows 7 ‘Play To’ Demonstration

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z998RRVT_RY] Attached above is a video of Microsoft's Brad Brooks demonstrating Windows 7 Play To (earlier coverage) at a launch party in New York. What's amazing is that a humble laptop (Dell XPS 16) is able to serve up photo, music, and video content to 15 DLNA certified devices with only a 54% CPU load. Brooks [...]

CNN Blogger Bunch: Windows 7, Hulu Subscription

Chris Pirillo (Chris.Pirillo.com), Pete Cashmore (Mashable), and Brian Chen (Wired.com) share their thoughts on the launch of Windows 7 and the possibility of Hulu moving to a subscription model. All in all, it's an interesting roundtable from three self avowed Mac guys with Windows experience. But I agree with Chris... the OS is becoming irrelevant in these [...]