Posts Tagged ‘atv’

Apple HD iPad 3 unveiled, coming to Canada March 16

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Apple Inc. pulled back the curtains on the third generation of its tablet renaissance-inspiring iPad on Wednesday at a special event in San Francisco.

The new device includes many of the features which have long been rumoured to be in the works, including a high-resolution screen and the ability to connect to advanced 4G cellular networks. All three major Canadian wireless carriers — BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada unit, Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. — will be offering the new iPad for the same price as the iPad 2 starting March 16.

Voice dictation is also coming to the iPad through a new key on the touchscreen keyboard. However, the feature appears to be scaled down from the voice activated “Siri” digital assistant Apple introduced with the iPhone 4Slast October.

Other new iPad features include an iSight camera capable of recording high-definition (1080p) video and capturing 5-megapixel still images. Apple said the A5X processor used to power the new iPad is “twice as fast” and offers “four times the performance” as the Tegra 3 chip found in the iPad 2.

To help clear iPad 2 inventory, Apple also announced a US$100 discount on iPad 2 models. Canadian iPad 2 pricing now starts at $419 for the WiFi-only 16GB models.

By introducing a third iteration of the iPad while rival products remain at the first-generation stage represents an attempt by Apple to maintain its dominance in the increasingly cutthroat mobile market. Manyexisting iPad owners are expected to buy the new version in addition to first-time tablet buyers.

More than 55 million iPads have been purchased around the world since the device was launched less than two years ago. The popularity of iOS devices, of which Apple has sold 315 million including iPhones and iPods, has already started eating into sales of the company’s core Mac computer line thoughApple is well known as a company unafraid to eat its young.

Apple also announced the latest version of its iOS operating system at the event, which is available immediately as a software update, and a new version of its Apple TV set-top box capable of supporting 1080p-level resolutions.

iClarified – AppleTV – How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2G Using Seas0nPass (Mac) [4.3]

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

WORKS!

just did it, Now onto xbmc!

via iClarified – AppleTV – How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2G Using Seas0nPass (Mac) [4.3].

Broadcom Crystal HD chips. Damn!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Have a read about this amazing New technology designed by broadcom to do all your video decoding, its tiny, its CHEAP, and it will change the way we build media centers!

quoted from Davilla, From XBMC.org – 1080p HD content playback has always been the Holy Grail for any Media Center application but this has traditionally been difficult; playback using software decode alone requires a very hefty CPU and hardware decoding has only been made available recently using the nVidia’s VPDAU technology, available only on Linux. Windows has its own platform specific solutions and poor old OSX has no public APIs available at all. There really is nothing around with a common API that enables hardware accelerated 1080p HD content playback that can also be used under all three major platforms (OSX, Linux, and Windows). Well, that situation is about to change.

crystalhd-pr-shot

The Dark Knight vc1 running at 1080p on an AppleTV

Through hard work and the joint efforts of several TeamXBMC/Redhat developers and the Broadcom Media PC Group, cross-platform hardware decoding of mpeg2, h.264 and VC1 video content up to 1080p will be coming to XBMC on OSX, Linux, and Windows via the Broadcom Crystal HD Hardware Decoder (BCM970012). The Broadcom Crystal HD is available now in a mini-PCIE card with ExpressCard and 1X PCIE form factors to follow. This means that the AppleTV and all those lovely new netbooks, Eee Boxes and older Intel Mac Minis have exciting new potential.

This solution has a common programming API, so many 3rd party developers and applications will be able to leverage hardware accelerated video content playback across OSX, Linux, and Windows platforms with minimal source code changes. Best of all, this is an open source solution with full source code for driver and library available for OSX and Linux under a GPL/LGPL license. Wow, this indeed is the Holy Grail and a major score for the open source community as this means no more tainted Linux kernels! Support has already been added to XBMC under the svn trunk. Our bleeding-edge users can expect to find the feature in the next nightly builds from our community builders, the more patient can wait until the next stable release. Other media projects such as FFmpeg, MythTV and Xine will soon follow as their developers add support.

The Windows driver binary, as well as the Linux source code for the driver and library can be found at the Broadcom web site. For OSX, the binaries and source code for the driver and library will be hosted at google code. Users in the USA can purchase the Crystal HD mini PCIE card from Logic Supply for $69 at the time of this posting, and of course there’s always ebay for those outside the USA.