The MediaPortal Team is very proud to announce our first Alpha release of the long anticipated MediaPortal 2. You can find the download link at the bottom of these release notes, but it has been placed at the bottom for a reason. There are few things you need to understand before you begin the installation. This is an “Alpha Release”, meaning support features will be on the lighter side, while bugs and errors could be on the heavier side. While most people will download MP2 to “check it out”, we need to know what you think, so please help us by filling in bug reports. Find out how here . You can have MP2 installed and working along side your MP1 installation. Have no fear that looking at MP2 will harm your MP1 setup. There are not many plugins supported for MP2 as of yet, so do not think that MP2 is ready to replace your MP1… remember this is an Alpha Release. Why MediaPortal 2? Normally in this section of MediaPortal’s release notes, we go over changes and offer many links to the changelog. Well, MP2 is brand new, nothing has changed as it has Continue Reading
Archive for March 2nd, 2012
Can’t find a metal object? Your iPhone can actually work as a Metal Detector and help you out. The aptly named app Metal Detector utilizes the compass by reading its interference with metal objects to detect where they are. Although imperfect, it helped a friend of mine find a fork he dropped in the grass at night so if you lose something, the app can be pretty useful. More »
Music video website Vevo sent an email to its users today announcing that they will soon be required to log into Vevo.com using Facebook, The Next Web reports. The news brings back speculation that Vevo could move from YouTube to Facebook. Vevo’s contract with Google lasts another year, but a possible deal with Facebook could result in an ad revenue sharing model similar to what Google and Vevo have now. A partnership could help Facebook monetize and give it another advantage over Google. Vevo would likely benefit from getting a higher cut of advertising. It currently gives Google 35 percent. The email to Vevo users says a new version of the site is coming March 9. At that point, all accounts must be connected with Facebook. Streaming service Spotify is another music platform that recently switched to Facebook-only login. The Spotify app has quickly reached 15.9 million monthly active users, according to our AppData traffic tracking service. Vevo’s Facebook app has only 390,000 MAU, but most people access Vevo videos through YouTube, not Vevo.com. Vevo.com has full Open Graph integration. When users watch music videos, stories are automatically shared to Ticker, Timeline and News Feed. The site incorporates Like buttons and Facebook comments. Google-owned YouTube does not. YouTube also doesn’t require users to log in. But by getting users to watch more videos on Vevo.com or a new Facebook app, Vevo can provide users with more personalized experiences and collect more data about its audience. We analyzed what future a partnership between Facebook and Vevo would do for the social network here . Image credit: The Next Web
As efforts to save the spotted owl seem to be failing, the government is getting ready to try some experimental forestry to keep the species alive. Apparently the scientific approach is to hunt down the owl’s competition and let the loggers in. In other words: There are some hard times ahead for the barred owl. More »
These days, there are more ways to keep time than ever before: our cell phones automatically update themselves through wireless networks; our computers keep sync with atomic clocks; even our cars, ovens and television sets keep track of and tell us the time. Nevertheless, the watch endures as a classic icon of style, and it’s thrilling to see how companies are trying to innovate on this very analog device in an increasingly digital world. A recent post on Boingboing tipped me off to a fabulous new watch making the rounds online. With a steampunk-esque belt design, Devon’s Tread watches rely on a system of belts, motors and pulleys to show the time. Like the NOOKA clocks I reviewed earlier , it diverges from the usual circle format, instead separating the minutes, hours and seconds into separate visualizations. Part of the secret sauce in the watch’s formula is how its powered. Most watches today rely on kinetic energy or a standard battery (and some aficionados still rely on wind-up). Devon’s Tread runs on a their lithium polymer rechargeable cell that charges via wireless induction. According to the extensive manual (online as a PDF) , you simply need place it in its futuristic display box and it begins charging. (more…)
New submitter Ogi_UnixNut writes “In Venice, Italy, physicists have shown that it is possible to use two beams of incoherent radio waves, transmitted on the same frequency but encoded in two different orbital angular momentum states, to simultaneously transmit two independent radio channels. In principle this allows the implementation of an infinite number of channels in a given, fixed bandwidth, even without using polarization, multiport or dense coding techniques. It’s potentially a boon for congested spectrum problems, although at the moment I suspect it would only work for directional links.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.
This is, by a wide margin, the funniest thing you will see on the Internet today. The great cartoonist Caldwell Tanner has made a Choose Your Own Adventure Novel for those of you who dream of the excitement of office life. The Boss wants his document yesterday. Why haven’t you printed it? There are thirty pages and six possible endings to this story. See if you can survive. Link -via Super Punch