Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 21:30 UTC
Games The E3 is supposed to be all about gaming, but since you can only go so far with realistic renderings of bullets entering and exiting various body parts, Microsoft's keynote was more about expanding the Xbox ecosystem - with, among other things, Internet Explorer and SmartGlass. The latter is a service which allows you to use additional devices - tablets, smrtphones, PCs - as remote controls for your Xbox. IT goes much further than that though, while watching a TV show or a game, SmartGlass can show additional content (i.e., a map of Westeros while watching Game of Thrones), or pick up content where you left off. Pretty cool - and coming to iOS and Android as well, including the game integration. Yup, expect Office for iOS and Android to land soon.
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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Fri 8th Jun 2012 15:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
ilovebeer
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I've never paid more than $140 for my Intel Atom/Nvidia ION[2] systems (with 2-4GB ram, all installed on SDHC cards), though I do take advantage of MIR's and sales. I also don't care that ION is eol'ed because vdpau is already stable & widely supported on Windows and linux whereas vaapi is not, especially on linux. I know work is being done, slowly but surely, but with vdpau you're already past those growing pains. CPU speed is a non-issue on dedicated systems really. The GPU handles all the heavy lifting, my kernel compiles are done in 5-6 minutes, and I never notice CPU usages go above 10% in typical HTPC use. I haven't come across anything that the ION couldn't handle.

All that being said, I'm actually interested in getting an E350 just to see how it performs. I would also like to help vaapi become more stable & supported in linux as well. The one downside is the mediocre deinterlacers though. There may be workarounds for that as long as the paths exist and there's enough CPU to handle it (should be fine). I haven't kept up with linux xvba/vaapi though so my info could be outdated since it's been a few months from my last talk to devs about it.

I do have a Raspberry Pi I was going to start screwing around with but this honestly has more of my interest at the moment.

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