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Real Networks demos Unifi cloud media platform at CES

It's still not quite ready for beta testers to try out, but Real Networks was more than happy to give CES 2011 attendees a look at their upcoming Unifi service. Unifi will allow users to stream digital content stored on their desktop to computers to a variety of devices -- including your favorite smartphone. Unlike some desktop-to-mobile streaming apps, Unifi will also let you send content back...

Google Docs now lets you stream video files you upload

Google has just snuck a rather slick feature into Docs which you might not have noticed. You could already play audio files you had uploaded to your Google Docs storage, but now you can play video files as well. Google's player supports a number of different formats, including its own WebM/VP8, MPEG4, 3GP, MOV, AVI, MPEG, FLV (Flash video), and WMV (Windows Media). The heavy lifting is performed...

mPlayer -- the cross-platform, open source media player -- ported to webOS

Sure, the webOS App Catalog lags behind the markets of other mobile OSes -- but the homebrew community continues porting apps to HP/Palm's platform. One of the more recent additions is mPlayer, the cross-platform open source media app. Ported to webOS by Treo8 forum member Woshíthb123, mPlayer for webOS is far from perfect -- but it's only a first release after all. Playback of Big Buck...

Adobe announces Project ROME public preview, brings all-in-one content creation to the cloud

Adobe let-fly its ROME free public preview over the weekend, for use on the desktop in AIR, or direct in the browser. Project ROME is an attempt to blend the kind of static content creation that InDesign allows, plus interactive media elements and a bit of PowerPoint thrown in for good measure, all wrapped in a cloud-based solution. It's difficult to describe exactly what ROME is, as it does so...

VLC arrives on the iPad, iPhone version coming up!

VLC lovers, rejoice! Well, VLC lovers who own an iPad, anyway. Applidium has announced that VLC for iPad has been approved and is now available for download from the App Store. In case you were wondering about the open source implications of the release, good news on that front: Applidium states that the code will be released before the end of the day. The blog also states that they've begun...

Twitter Tuesday - photos and videos may land in your Twitter stream soon

The big story in Twitterland this week is the rumors of photo and video support coming to the Twitter website. Up until now, you've been able to use third party services to share photos and videos, and a lot of clients -- including the official Twitter mobile apps -- have been able to display them with one click. Well, now there's something called "Tweet Media" that's showing up in some users'...

Audio and video come to Kindle ... but only on Amazon's iPad app

Audio and video on Amazon's Kindle? They'd have to launch a whole new device to do that, right? Nah, they're doing it anyway, but only as part of the Kindle iPad app. That's right: Amazon's just introduced new features that can only be accessed on a competitor's reading device. What the heck are they thinking? Well, they're probably thinking that there's more profit in selling books on every...

VLC 1.1 gets extension support

That panel above might not look familiar to current VLC users, and there's a good reason for that. It's because the Last.FM Context Panel is from an extension -- something which is all-new for VLC version 1.1. Jean-Philippe Andre announced the news this weekend, noting that they're different than the modules developers have been able to create for previous versions. Extensions will be created...

Boxee beta officially available

Boxee is one of those magically delicious technologies that you may not "get" until you try it. Then you try it and you're hooked. I'm just talking about the old alpha builds here, which I tried on my non-techy mate and she loved Boxee, frequent crashes and all. With tons of free video and audio streaming content, plus the ability to add your locally stored multimedia wares, it's one of the least...

Linux-based media center Enna ready for its close up

It's here! Enna, a media center application made for Linux is finally ready for public release. Yay? If you're not sure what this is, you're not alone. First, GeeXbox is a Linux app that turns your computer into a media center that can work on a lot of software configurations. Enna is a nice graphical interface for GeeXbox that adds some cool new features and makes it a lot more usable. The...

Apple TV, amongst other things, now mixes your music!

Not only was there an update to iTunes today but there was also a software update for the Apple TV media center box thingee! With it there's a shiny press release and overhauled website. If you haven't heard of Apple TV, it's their answer to the Windows Media Center -- just plug it into an HD TV, connect to a Mac or PC running iTunes via your local network... and blam! All of those lovely...

Convert audio and video files in 2 clicks with Oxelon Media Converter

There are dozens of great programs for converting media files from one format to another. Some of our favorites are Super, MediaCoder, and WinLAME, and VirtualDub.But if you're looking for a fast and simple solution, you probably won't find many programs that are as simple to use as Oxelon Media Converter. Oxelon adds two shortcuts to your Windows context menu: one for transcoding audio files,...

VLC 1.0: Open source media player is all growed up

VLC is an open source, cross-platform media layer for Windows, OS X, and Linux. It's been around for years, and it's earned a reputation as a media workhorse that can handle pretty much any video codec you can throw at it. So it's hard to believe that it's just today that VLC finally hit version 1.0. VLC 1.0 includes a number of new features including new HD video codecs, finer speed controls,...

Share your multimedia collection automatically with iGliss

Like to share your photos on Flickr, your videos on YouTube, and your music on whatever the audio equivalent is, but tired of uploading files manually? iGliss is a media sharing site that lets you upload photos, videos, and music. You can load your media the old fashioned way by uploading and tagging your files one by one. Or you can use the handy little iGliss PC client that can monitor any...

Flipping the Linux switch: Disturbingly easy installs, now with sound and action

Last week, we walked through installing Ubuntu Linux. It's not a particularly hard process, and Ubuntu is great because it clearly illustrates the basic steps every Linux distribution goes through when it installs on a hard drive. Even if you don't use Ubuntu or a derivative, just looking at the installer screenies gives a nice story arc to a generic Linux install. New users often find the first...