LG Electronics (LG) have announced the beta opening of LG Cloud service with the aim of providing seamless connectivity and streaming access to all digital content across various electronic devices.
Although cloud is today’s hottest IT buzzwords, LG Cloud is the first that allows users to manage and consume all types of content on “three screens” which includes Android smartphones, PCs and smart TVs (including but not limited to CINEMA 3D models) without a separate set-top box.
To use the service, users need to download the LG Cloud app from Google Play or LG SmartWorld app store from their Android smartphones, LG SmartWorld store from their LG Smart TVs or the LG Cloud website (www.lgecloud.com) from their PCs or laptops. LG’s Cloud service automatically synchronizes smartphone content with the cloud server and the user’s PC and TV. Photos and videos taken with the smartphone can be viewed and streamed to the PC or TV almost instantaneously. Videos edited on a PC can be uploaded to LG Cloud for viewing seconds later on a smartphone. Unlike other cloud services, there’s very little waiting or lag time since the content is streamed to the TV, PC or smartphone, not downloaded first.
The difference is in LG’s Real-time Streaming Transcoding technology. The conversion happens on the server in realtime, not on the device. There is no need to worry about installing codecs or converters, everything happens seamlessly and in the background with no involvement from the user. No other cloud service can make this same claim.
The service also works perfectly with 3D content. Vacation videos taken with an LG 3D smartphone can be uploaded via 3G or Wi-Fi to the LG Cloud service. Back home in the comforts of the living room, the family can watch the vacation footage as it streams from LG Cloud to their LG CINEMA 3D Smart TV in superb three dimensions.
To better develop cloud services that prioritize convergence, LG created a new division called Smart Business Center to focus specifically on content and services. Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company, is also responsible for the new Smart Business Center.
LG Cloud will be offered as both a free and paid service. Free storage space and pricing will differ market to market and will be announced separately as the service becomes available in that country.
D-Link have posted a short how-to guide for Boxee Box owners who want to use their own slideshow as a screensaver.
Here is what they posted:
One of the neat features available on the Boxee Box by D-Link is the ability to use your own snapshots or other images as the screensaver slideshow if you’re tired of the default Boxee icons. It’s definitely a nice surprise for you or your guests when you switch on the TV and automatically see a slideshow of pictures from your recent family reunion or your kid’s last birthday party.
This feature is easy to set up, and all you need is an SD card or USB flash drive with your images on it. Here’s how to do it:
- Create a folder on your SD card or flash drive named “Slideshow” and place the pictures for your slideshow inside.
- Plug your SD card or flash drive into the Boxee Box and navigate to Settings > General > Screensaver and change the screensaver mode to “Slideshow.”
- Select the “Slideshow Folder” option and a dialog should appear which allows you to select the folder your slideshow will come from.
- Select the “Slideshow” folder on your SD card or USB drive.
- Click on the “OK” button on the right hand side of the page, and your personal slideshow screensaver should now be fully functional.
You can now preview your screensaver to make sure it works, and then proceed to impress (or embarrass) your friends with the pictures they didn’t realize you took at the party last weekend.
Have you got a Boxee Box? What do you think of it?
How many of you reading this have a screensaver enabled on your computer? And for those of you who do, how many use pictures and photos you have taken as the screensaver? Are you storing those photos on that computer in order to run the screensaver?
Well, did you know that you could easily store those photos on your Windows Home Server and have that computer, in fact, any of your computers, run a slideshow screensaver from your Windows Home Server?
It is actually quite nice to see some of your photos appearing when your screensaver kicks in, kind of reminds you of good times.
So, here is what you need to do in order to make this happen (for this walk through I have used Windows 7, but it is the same principle on earlier versions of Windows).
On the Desktop, right click anywhere there is free space and then click on Personalize.
Down in the bottom right hand corner you will see an icon called Screen Saver – click it.
In the Screen saver selection box, choose Photos.
By default this will use any images that are stored in the Photos folder on that computer. Because you want to use photos stored on your Windows Home Server click the Settings button.
Click the Browse button.
Click on the box at the bottom currently with Pictures in. You need to replace that with the \\servername\Photos (where \\servername is the name of your server). This will point the screensaver at the Photos shared folder on your Windows Home Server. You can use any folder you want to if you don’t want to use Photos. Click OK when you are done.
You will now see the screensaver will use picture from Photos (\\atlantis) (which is the name of the Windows Home Server I am using for this article). You can also choose the speed that the pictures change and also if you want them shuffled. Just click on Save when you are done.
All you need to do now is set the time you want to wait before the screensaver kicks in and then click on OK.
And that’s it. You can now enjoy viewing photos stored on your Windows Home Server as a screensaver.