While the world waits to find out the facts about Microsoft's next videogame console, new rumors have popped up suggesting what its plans to go all-in on the Xbox-as-media center concept entail. According to The Verge, multiple unnamed sources suggest the plan is to include an HDMI passthrough and guide overlay, similar to the method used by Google TV. There's no word on any possible IR blaster (or IR GamePad, Wii U-style) integration, but thanks to Microsoft's partnerships with cable TV providers, it's trying to provide integration that goes a "step further" than what we've seen so far. That includes Kinect control, with next generation hardware that can recognize when viewers have turned their heads away and pause video automatically, with additional features rolling out after launch. There's no confirmation of controversial always-on requirements for gaming, but it will apparently need to be logged on for streaming (of course) and controlling incoming TV signals.
A collection of rumors posted on Kotaku includes references to an "XTV", and a LinkedIn post that connects tagging of video to the project, similar to Shazam or IntoNow's features. Also dug up on various job profiles are mentions of a "cloud-driven, voice-optimized experience" and the next generation of SmartGlass.
Microsoft had great success with an evolving media approach to its console business with the Xbox 360 -- apps and original content are in, with Mediaroom and Media Center pushed to the side -- and even if these rumors are true, we wouldn't be surprised if what exists in a few years ends up changing just as much. Still, given the (lack of) response to Google's overlays and gesture control integrated by Samsung, LG and others, it will be interesting to see if a similar approach attached to an Xbox finds different results.
Yamaha has outed a new high-end home theater in a box to ensure that whatever audio / visual device you use, it'll sound amazing. The YHT-679BL includes an Ethernet port for internet radio, networked music and pulling down AirPlay tunes. It's got an iOS, Android and Kindle Fire-compatible app and there's even a USB port up front that'll charge your device as you use it. Offering 4K HDMI and pass-through 3D video, the unit's clad in piano-gloss black, while a 6.5-inch, 100W subwoofer will add some floor-shaking to the two tower and three satellite speakers that are included. It'll set you back $650, plus whatever it costs to get some soundproofing done once your annoyed neighbors are done with you.
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Yamaha YHT-697 home theater in a box brings AirPlay, iPad connectivity to the masses originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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26/08/2010 - Take control of your TV with your HTPC via HDMI-CEC
Take control of your TV with your HTPC via HDMI-CEC originally appeared on Engadget HD on Wed, 25 Aug 2010 22:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
17/11/2009 - Review: Lenovo IdeaPad U350
The Lenovo IdeaPad U350 laptop offers computing and entertainment technology at its best.
With the retail price starting from as little as R6 699 (~$900), the IdeaPad U350 is a must for technology lovers for its amazing range of utilities. The smallest IdeaPad U350 laptop is a mere 1.58kg and is less than 25mm in size, making it easy to carry around.
23/10/2009 - Phillips Launches Wireless HDTV Box in the U.S.
Philips confirmed U.S. retail availability for its much-anticipated Wireless HDTV Link, introduced in September at IFA 2009 in Berlin.
HDTV Link uses innovative technology to wirelessly deliver high-definition TV picture quality (up to 1080p) without ruining the aesthetics of the home.
It transmits HD signal up to 75 feet away from the TV without signal loss or degradation, making it possible e.g. to stream devices like a Blu-ray player to a TV from the other side of the room.
25/09/2009 - IFA 2009: Real Cable Feels the Difference
VIDEO INTERVIEW. Quality cables become more and more important part of HD - both video and audio - markets. At IFA 2009 in Berlin, Biz-News.com interviewed Catherine Torchin, Managing Director and owner of Real Cable. She described to us the strategy of the company that has already been successful on 25 markets worldwide.
Laurent Zawadil, Technical Menager for Real Cable, showed us the latest company’s product – innovative 1.4 HDMI cable with additional Ethernet Channel. The cable will be introduced to the market in October this year, but you can take a look at its main features right now.
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LG W63 enters gaming monitor arena, claims to be the best originally appeared on Engadget HD on Thu, 03 Sep 2009 18:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Philips launches Wireless HDTV Link, gives airborne HDMI a fightin' chance originally appeared on Engadget HD on Thu, 03 Sep 2009 12:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
03/09/2009 - IFA 2009: Philips Launches Wireless HDTV Link
Today at IFA 2009, Philips presented Wireless HDTV Link that allows to connect TV to set top box and AV components without any cable.
Wireless HDTV Link transmits 1080p/30 HD signal up to 20 meters, making it possible e.g. to stream devices like a Blu-ray player to a TV from the other side of the room.
10/08/2009 - Atlona Announces New AT-HD530 Down-Converter
Atlona Technologies announced their soon to be released HDMI/DVI to Composite and S-Video Down-Converter, the AT-HD530. This device will covert high-definition television video signals to standard-definition video that can be viewed on conventional television receivers or computer monitors.
30/07/2009 - Atlona Releases Swiveled HDMI and DVI Cables
Atlona has released a new range of HDMI and DVI to HDMI cables that feature a swivel connector end which allows them to bend at 90 degrees in either direction.
This connector design enables users to nearly flush mount their HDTVs - avoiding the problems posed when connecting standard HDMI cables to rear-facing HDMI ports.
Onkyo has introduced two new 7.1-channel home theater systems that it claims deliver leading edge AV processing and surround sound reproduction for HDTV and Blu-ray.
The HT-S7200 and HT-S6200 each feature powerful AV receivers with 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs, 130 watt-per-channel amplification, processing for every major audio format on the market.
3D, ARC and Ethernet capable HDMI 1.4 hardware announced, still a long way off originally appeared on Engadget HD on Wed, 22 Jul 2009 20:37:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
16/07/2009 - Belkin Cancels FlyWire Wireless HDMI Device
After a series of postponements Belkin has finally said it will not be releasing its FlyWire wireless HDMI accessory.
According to the company, the decision not to offer the FlyWire for sale has been taken because of the current state of the economy.
07/07/2009 - MEDION Unveils Mobile HD Netbook
MEDION has unveiled its next generation netbook - with an 11.6" HD display and ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 graphics.
The AKOYA MINI E1312 appears to offer fast performance for its class.
28/05/2009 - New HDMI Cable Adds Internet Data to Video and Audio
A new version of the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cable has been announced by the industry alliance responsible for licensing the specification.
HDMI Licensing said the upgraded 1.4 version of HDMI will make it easier to connect Internet-connected HD video devices to TVs and other appliances.
The new cable will be able to transfer Internet data as well as video and audio data - something that the existing version isn't able to do.
05/05/2009 - Source announces Warpia wireless USB-to-HDMI adapter
P.S.- Yes, we hope image quality is better than this totally bunk press pic on the Warpia site.
Source announces Warpia wireless USB-to-HDMI adapter originally appeared on Engadget HD on Mon, 04 May 2009 17:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
17/04/2009 - Belkin Flywire Delayed, Price Rises
The launch of Belkin's FlyWire has once again been delayed - this time until August.
First announced at CES 2008, the initially promising-sounding wireless device streams 1080p HD content from multiple HDMI inputs to HDTV televisions using the 5GHz band.
Torrent has released a magnetic connector that aims to overcome the frustrating problem of loose HDMI cable connections.
The start-up says that with the help of a sliding sleeve its MagLoc connector gives a five-fold improvement in the HDMI connection strength.
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LED-infused HDMI cables add some light to your home theater originally appeared on Engadget HD on Sat, 04 Apr 2009 01:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
30/03/2009 - Gefen announces 4x2 and 2x4 Switchers for HDMI v1.3
Read - 4x2 Switcher for HDMI v1.3
Read - 2x4 Switcher for HDMI v1.3.
Gefen announces 4x2 and 2x4 Switchers for HDMI v1.3 originally appeared on Engadget HD on Sun, 29 Mar 2009 23:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Gefen's 8x4 CAT-5 HDMI Matrix is probably overkill for you originally appeared on Engadget HD on Fri, 20 Mar 2009 08:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
Filed under: CablesMonster to deliver said cables to retail, but we're crossing our fingers that it partners with other brands that are less soiled by frivolous lawsuits and priced even remotely close to "reasonable." At any rate, the new ultrathin cables feature RedMere's MagnifEye Active chip technology, and while we're not told precisely how slim these new strands will be, we're sure Monster will make quite the fuss whenever they begin to ship. Now, the only question remaining is this: will there be a locking version?
RedMere introduces industry's thinnest "smart" active HDMI cables originally appeared on Engadget HD on Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:37:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
05/03/2009 - Hi-Den Launches First HDMI 1080p Photo Viewer
It seems peculiar that with the drive towards making HDTVs all-singing, all-dancing Internet-connected marvels, little had been done to improve something as simple as enjoying your photos on the big screen.
Now Hong-Kong-based Hi-Den Vision has popped up with what it claims is the world's first HDMI 1080p digital photo viewer.