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Arctic releases a tiny $229 Linux PC designed for XBMC

Arctic is now selling a small form-factor desktop computer with an Intel Atom processor, AMD Radeon HD graphics, and a Linux-based operating system designed to support the XBMC Media Center application. In other words, for $229 you can pick up a low-power computer with an open source media center, the hardware to handle high-definition video, […]

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XBMC 12 Frodo media center now available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, more

After months in development, version 12 of the popular XBMC media center app is now available for download. The latest version adds support for live TV and personal video recorder functions on supported platforms, and support for two entirely new platforms: The Raspberry Pi and Google Android. You can download XBMC 12 “Frodo” for free […]

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Experimental XBMC Android build adds hardware-accelerated video for most devices

The latest experimental builds of XBMC for Android offer improved playback of high definition video on most Android phones, tablets, and set-top-boxes. When the developers of XBMC launched their first pre-release builds for Android, the software was only optimized for devices featuring Amlogic AM8726 processors. But there are new experimental builds which support some of […]

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Unofficial XBMC build supports HD video on most Android devices

The makers of the popular XBMC media center app have been making early builds of XBMC available for Android for months. But the official builds don’t support hardware-accelerated video playback on most Android devices — which means you may not be able to play 720p or 1080p video if you use the official builds. There […]

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GameStick $79 gaming console promises support for XBMC and DLNA… eventually

The GameStick is an upcoming $79 stick which you can plug into your television to run Android games on the big screen. It also includes a wireless game controller, a special user interface optimized for the TV, and a store for apps and games that are compatible with the hardware. Now the folks behind the […]

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XBMC 12 Beta 2 media center released for Android, Windows, Linux, more

After months of testing, the developers of the popular XBMC media center software have released the first official easy-to-install version of XBMC for Android. It’s based on XBMC 12 “Frodo” Beta 2, and it shares most features with the latest builds of the media center software for Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS and Apple TV […]

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XBMC 12.0 Frodo beta media center hits Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS (Android on the way)

The developers behind the popular XBMC media center software have released the first beta version of XBMC 12.0 Frodo. The updated media center still provides a full-screen user interface designed to make it easy to navigate your online and offline media collections on a TV. But XBMC 12.0 adds new features including support for live […]

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Early builds of XBMC for Linux ported to Allwinner A10 devices

One of the nice things about tablets, mini PCs, and other devices with Allwinner A10 processors is that it’s very easy to get Ubuntu, Fedora, or other Linux-based operating systems to run on them. And once of the nice things about those operating systems is that they make excellent media centers when you add the […]

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ZAP-A10 Android 4.0 mini PC with AMlogic CPU

The ZAP-A10 is a media player or mini PC designed to run Google Android. The little box measures 4.6″ x 4.6″ x 1.1″ and weighs less than 10 ounces, and comes with a media remote control. You can hook the box up to a TV to stream music, movies, or other content over the internet, […]

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Raspberry Pi adds MPEG-2, VC-1 support for media center users… for a fee

The Raspberry Pi is a tiny, inexpensive computer that was originally designed for education institutions. The idea was that if the developers could make a mini PC available for $25 to $35, it would make it easier for teachers and students to learn programming, access the internet, and perform other basic computing tasks. But ever […]

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Nightly builds of XBMC media center for Android

The developers of the popular open source XBMC media center application have started porting the software to run on Google Android. The app isn’t available from the Google Play Store yet, but the source code is available — and that’s led some folks to compile it and create installable pre-release versions of XBMC for Android. […]

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XBMC will turn the $99 Ouya gaming console into a media center

The Ouya is a $99 video game console with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB ports. It runs Google Android 4.0, comes with a wireless game controller, and it’s designed as a low cost platform for playing Android games on a big screen TV. But […]