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Axentra's Net-Box One
January 26, 2005

"The Net-Box One is described as a 'Multifunction Server Appliance', acting as a network and internet-based email and file server, with combined router, access point and firewall functionalities. At the heart of this versatile little device is of course a Mini-ITX board running Linux, and a rather nice web-based interface - the 'OEone platform'."


New Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman plays MP3s

By Jørgen Sundgot, Monday 17 January 2005
infoSync World

"Equipped with a 20 GB hard drive and measurements minute enough to compete with Apple's popular iPod mini, the NW-HD3 Network Walkman will support both the ATRAC3 and MP3 formats. To come in five colours, the NW-HD3 relies on a non-exchangeable Lithium Ion battery to power it for up to 30 hours, and connects to computers via a USB 2.0 interface."


infoSync World : New PMA400 PMV from Archos doubles as PDA

"New to Archos' line-up, however, is the introduction of integrated 802.11b Wi-Fi connectivity which will enable the PMA400 to connect wirelessly to networks. This comes in addition to the unit's support for Ethernet, as well as USB 2.0 for exchanging data with other devices. Also supported is USB Host capabilities, which enables other USB mass storage peripherals such as digital cameras, hard drives and also keyboards to connect to the PMA400."

"In addition to its personal media viewer capabilities, the PMA400 also offers a wealth of PDA functions due to being powered by the Linux-based Qtopia platform. Applications include an e-mail client with support for POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP protocols; an Internet browser by Opera; support for the Mophun gaming engine; and a full compliment of Personal Information Management applications. Also, the PMA400 will come with software to synchronize PIM information with Microsoft Outlook."

D-Link MediaLounge DSM-320 review by PC Magazine,1759,1750282,00.asp?kc=PCRSS02129TX1K0000530

By Bill Howard

"For about half the price of a Windows Media Extender device that only plays on a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 PC, you can handle music, photos, and video with the affordable D-Link MediaLounge DSM-320 ($199 direct). Early versions had a number of minor but frustrating glitches. The current models are better, but not perfect, and installation has improved."


Videos Quick, Easy and Automatic,1412,66231,00.html

By Katie Dean
02:00 AM Jan. 11, 2005 PT
Wired News

"While the idea to combine BitTorrent and RSS isn't new, Cherian said his program is less complicated than others and doesn't "demand computer enthusiasts' knowledge.""


DVD-quality video over the Net?

"EdgeStream unveiled on Wednesday a new television set-top box that uses its proprietary IPTV software platform and can, according to the company, deliver DVD-quality, on-demand broadcasts over the Net."


Faux File-Sharing


"What consumers want—an out-of-box way to share and transmit files between different storage media and computers (and users)—is exactly what manufacturers don't want to give them, but they'll tease us a little."


D-Link i2eye DVC-1100 Wireless VideoPhone,1759,1747317,00.asp

"Video quality was best at 256 Kbps, which could pose a problem for lower-bandwidth DSL but should not be a problem for many cable modem or DSL services. Quality at 128 Kbps was acceptable.

You configure the unit with the included remote control via on-screen configuration screens from the comfort of your couch. The DVC-1100 model we tested connects to your network using either an Ethernet or wireless connection (it works with any Wi-Fi–compliant 802.11b/g access point or router). An external microphone port and phone port can be used to improve audio quality." MediaPortal

HD and SD Satellite Television Receiver
Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
Digital Media Server

A/V Interfaces:
DVI-I/RGB output
HD component video output
Composite video/stereo audio out (RCA)
S-video out (4-pin mini-DIN)
Coax RF out (F)
Optical digital audio out (Toslink)

Optional Drives:
Optical: CD/DVD RW
Hard Disk: 80-250 GB Capacity

Other Interfaces:
Ethernet (RJ-45 10/100 Base-T)
Wireless (802.11b/g Wi-Fi)
USB host ports (front and rear panel)
IR receiver (external)


TiVo Untethered and Ready to Go,1282,66152,00.html

Associated Press / Wired
02:56 PM Jan. 02, 2005 PT

"No longer confined to TiVo digital video recorders in the living room or bedroom, subscribers will be able to transfer their recorded shows to PCs or laptops and take them on the road -- as long as the shows are not specially tagged with copy restrictions. That's also the case for pay-per-view or on-demand movies, and some premium paid programming.

Users also will be able to copy shows onto a DVD -- soon after but not immediately at the service launch, company officials said."