Apr 08 2014

Review - CyberLink PowerDVD 14 : Adds HEVC & Cloud

Last year CyberLink added the option to subscribe to PowerDVD alongside their cloud service, and that continues to be available this year with PowerDVD 14. The $44.99 per year (or $14.99 per quarter) alongside the standard purchase options of Ultra ($99.95), Pro ($79.95) and Standard ($49.95). If you opt for the subscription or Ultra 10GB of CyberLink Cloud storage is included in the price alongside the Android/iOS/Windows 8 “Metro” Power Media Player. There are quite a few new features this year, including HEVC (H.265), WASAPI audio support, and automatic cloud-based file synchronization between clients. I’ve had the chance to play with a beta release of the product – click through for some impressions an the full PR.

Apr 07 2014

Poll - How Many TVs Do You Have in Your House?

1-2
43% (34 votes)
3-4
34% (27 votes)
5-6
14% (11 votes)
7 or More
10% (8 votes)
Total votes: 80
Apr 07 2014

Podcast - Missing Remote Podcast Episode 16

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We discuss some Wireless Extenders this week. Amazon FireTV and if we are going to buy it or not. Xbox One Security flaw found by a 5 year old. Mike Garcen’s thoughts on Media Browser 3 install from two week ago. Kickstart find for lightbulb/bluetooth speaker. We bring up helping other get their media experience better for $500. As always this weeks podcast is powered by Geekinated.

This show is run by Kyle Button(@techbutton), Senior Editor MissingRemote.com and Co-founder of Geekinated and is joined this week by John McMahon(@JohnMcMahon_) Co-founders of Geekinated. We also have a special guest Mathew Adamson(@MinnesotaMathew) Check out the show notes and links below. We record each week, and you can follow us on the Geekinated YouTube Channel for Video Podcast, or check out the Audio Downloads below. Each podcast is powered by Geekinated. Check out the Geekinated Podcast that happens right after this podcast every week posted on Geekinated.com. Where we branch out and talk about everything Geek.

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Apr 07 2014

Review - Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS Server and XBMC Home Theater Computer

NAS (Network Attached Storage) units have been growing in popularity over the years, due to their ease of use in providing a lot of storage in a compact enclosure, while making redundancy a simple matter of replacing drives when warned. With the HTPC continuing to evolve however, where does the NAS stand in supporting or replacing your traditional server box filled with your media? The N5550 from Thecus has been out for almost two years now, but the modifications made to this affordable five-bay NAS box allow us to pose the question whether a NAS can truly replace your need for a traditional HTPC. By having simple integration with XBMC media center software the N5550 can offer the unique hybrid opportunity of being both your NAS and your media center in a single unit.

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As the Thecus N5550 is not new, there are plenty of server-based review websites which cover in detail the speeds, power and data transfer speeds of the system’s NAS functionality. So instead, I’ll be focusing this review on the full time HTPC-usage capabilities of the box. However, I did want to cover briefly the specifications of the box which is basically a full powered system:

Item

Spec

Processor

Intel® Atom™ Processor D2550 (1.86GHz Dual Core)

System Memory

2GB DDR3

LAN Interface

RJ-45x2: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X

WOL supported

USB Interface

USB 2.0 host port x4 (back x4)

Mar 31 2014

Podcast - Missing Remote Podcast Episode 15

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UHD or Ultra HD what is the right term? Android Powered TV by Phillips with Ambient Light. We discuss cheaper Projector Screens for DYI and some other screen by Elite Screens. We discuss what media consumption televisions we have at our houses, and where we are going with it. We ask about a lower amount today to help with Media, and we go into some new reviews we are working on. Stay tuned for all the great talk with new Microphones and new 1080P Webcam over at our YouTube show.

This show is run by Kyle Button(@techbutton), Senior Editor MissingRemote.com and Co-founder of Geekinated and is joined this week by Eric Hall(@wxrocks), John McMahon(@JohnMcMahon_) all Co-founders of Geekinated. Check out the show notes and links below. We record each week, and you can follow us on the Geekinated YouTube Channel for Video Podcast, or check out the Audio Downloads below. Each podcast is powered by Geekinated. Check out the Geekinated Podcast that happens right after this podcast every week posted on Geekinated.com. Where we branch out and talk about everything Geek. Downloads and Embeded player and show notes after the break

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