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USB3.1 becomes official, hits 10Gbps

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There is a bit of a cat-and-mouse game going on with the two high-speed peripheral serial bus competitors at the moment.
First, it was USB3.0 hitting that 5Gbps mark. Then, Intel and Apple combined to launched Thunderbolt, a 10Gbps serial bus combination with DisplayPort on new Apple Mac systems.
Now, the USB Promoters Group has just finished the final specification for new USB3.1, which matches Thunderbolt’s 10Gbps data transfer rates.… Read more

Is OVO a Chromecast/Miracast combo?

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It looks like an egg but this new Indigogo project aims to deliver what its devs are calling the ‘First Autoplay Online Video Player and App’ in a compact little mini PC-like device called OVO.
The device is an on-line media player controlled by the OVO-Q app. If it sort-of sounds a bit like Chromecast, a little bit like Miracast (read about the difference here), that’s not an inaccurate way to describe it.… Read more

Beware when buying HDMI to VGA adapters

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With the rise of mini PCs, there’s been plenty of interest in ways to get the HDMI output of these devices connected up to old VGA monitors many of us still have lying around.
While prices for HDMI to VGA adapters have fallen dramatically over the last year or so, you need to be careful you don’t go too low.
At the very bottom of the market, you’ll find a number of HDMI to VGA cables – basically just a multi-wire cable with an HDMI plug on one end and a VGA plug on the other.… Read more

[Video] Chromecast Gameboy emulator hack runs ROMs in the cloud

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Google may have launched its Chromecast dongle to significant fanfare last week, but that hasn’t stopped the hacking community from having a bit of fun of its own.
It started earlier this week when one hacker managed to get root access and run a shell on the device, but it’s continued further with another adventurous developer getting a Gameboy emulator running on the dongle, controlled by a PC keyboard remotely.… Read more

Google Chromecast code goes open-source

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Hot on the heels of its launch of the Chromecast dongle, Google looks to have already released the source code to open-source, available on Google’s source code website at https://code.google.com/p/chromecast-mirrored-source/.
Cnx-software.com found it and managed to compile it but didn’t have a Chromecast dongle to try it out. Still, it appears you need some kernel binary files direct from Marvell before you can completely recreate the dongle code build – libGAL.so, libPEAgent.so, libOSAL.so, libOpenCrypto.so, libGtvCa.so all need to be available before ‘content_shell’ can be compiled.… Read more

Chromecast vs Miracast – what’s the difference?

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With Google launching its new $35 Chromecast dongle, there’s a bit of confusion around how it compares with Android 4.2′s new Miracast feature and whether or not the two are the same thing.
So what’s the Chromecast vs Miracast story? Miracast… Read more is a new feature integrated into Android 4.2 that allows two supporting devices to create a direct ‘peer-to-peer’ connection between themselves over Wi-Fi for the purpose of audio-video mirroring.

[UPDATE] Google Chromecast teardown: similar to Rockchip’s $10 Miracast dongle?

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Google has decided to take on the AppleTV with a low-cost option, introducing the Google Chromecast dongle.
Despite its $35 price tag, it’s a somewhat interesting single-function design that will work with any HDMI-ready big-screen TV and allow media streaming from an Android phone or tablet. The hardware itself is surprisingly basic.
The CPU is a Marvell DE3005-A1 SoC CPU, however, there is absolutely nothing on the web about this chip.… Read more

BenQ XL2411T delivers 144Hz refresh rate, GROM, is 3D ready

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PC peripherals maker BenQ has launched a new high-resolution, high-refresh rate LCD monitor release in Australia, the BenQ XL2411T.
The new 24-inch 16:9-aspect ratio monitor includes a new feature called GROM – Gaming Refresh rate Optimisation Management – which allows users to customise how the screen is displayed from screen size and resolution to refresh rate settings of 100, 120 or 144Hz.… Read more