Month: October 2013

AirPlay by Google

Airplay Google
In the world of media streaming, there is plethore of offers now, but we are still left with little to no result when we are looking for a standard. Basically, as the streaming is most likely involving a smartphone or tablet as the source, the controller or the renderer, we have then to find something that works with the mobile platforms.

So far, I think that Windows phone have a too little market share to represent what should be the standard, although we have to note that Microsoft did a pretty good job on the integration, recent owner of a Win8 laptop, I can vouch that the improvements in that matter are quite huge, though the library management is still not on par with the best media players (at least in my taste).

Extremetech has here an interesting article about what Google needs to work on to get their standard to compete with Airplay. Because yes, here, I am not shy to admit that so far, Airplay is for sure the easiest solution to implement, even though it has its limitations.

This article is almost a year old but unfortunately, the changes since then have been rather …slim.

Google, please get yourself together and release us something that will really launch the music streaming for the masses.

Fanless HTPC

Fanless CPU coolerOur fellow blogger from Fanlesstech did their choice and are offering 3 references builds to get a silent HTPC.

We have the choice between 3 models

All those models comes with a SSD for the storage, this means that you either have your own home server or NAS to store your digital content or that you extensively rely on the online ressources (Netflix, Spotify,…). You can of course append an additional HDD, either internal (if you can fit it as the Entry-Level model use a rather small case) or external, but in any cases, you won’t have a truly silent HTPC anymore nas the conventional HDD are sometimes even more noisy than a very good fan.

To be noted as well that none of the three builds include a Graphics card, therefore, the High-End is not really a High-End machine, but rather one of the best you can get without discrete graphics and without moving parts. For those willing to go for a discrete graphics, you still have solutions as many manufacturers today offer passively cooled graphic cards, though you’ll have to be careful as in such full passive system, the heat will build up significantly. The graphic cards sold as passive often take as assumption that there is a minimal airflow in the case.