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Microsoft today has shared the next wave of features that we will begin to roll out, on your Xbox One. These features will become available to members getting the early previews in the coming days and weeks and will be available to the full Xbox Live community in April.

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  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.

We’re also extending more invitations to Xbox Live members around the world in our current 13 Xbox One markets. New invitees will be sent an Xbox Live message to register. Once registered, you will be able to test the early features included in the update and provide feedback on a private forum.

The external hard drive storage feature is still no in this update, is still a big one and Microsoft have promised it on the to do list.

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TomTom wins exclusive deal to deliver real-time traffic information to the Automobile Association website.

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TomTom announces a partnership with the AA which will provide the most accurate real-time traffic information for the AA’s Traffic News website.   The AA website will now include TomTom HD Traffic data, which provides a live view of road conditions and areas of congestion, enabling consumers to better plan their journeys:

http://www.theaa.com/traffic-news/index.jsp

TomTom HD Traffic creates a picture of traffic conditions as they evolve.  HD Traffic contains information from multiple data sources, including connected navigation devices, mobile phones, road sensors and real time incident data.  TomTom combines this anonymous information to produce real time traffic products using proprietary and tested methods.

Updates are provided every minute ensuring the AA’s customers are fully aware of the current road conditions before they start their travel.  TomTom HD Traffic provides comprehensive coverage across the UK.

With TomTom HD Traffic, the AA is safe in the knowledge that its users can accurately plan their journeys and be fully aware of the most up-to-date conditions on their routes,” said Charles Cautley, Managing Director of TomTom Automotive and Licensing.  “We believe that by partnering with the AA, TomTom is making it possible to more efficiently use the road network and reduce traffic congestion in the UK.”

We are focused on helping drivers prepare for their journeys by using the most up-to-date traffic information available to ensure they are not caught by surprise with traffic incidents or significant congestion,” said Steve Wing of the AA.  “We trust that by equipping drivers with TomTom HD Traffic, they will have both a more positive navigation experience and a faster and safer journey.

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Apple have released an update to their 2nd generation Apple TV’s, taking them to version 4.4.4.

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What’s in the Update:

Stability and performance : Apple TV software version 4.4.4 includes general performance and stability improvements, including a fix for an issue that displayed an error when playing some video content.

You can update to the latest software by going to Settings -> General -> Update Software.

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Apple have released an update to their 2nd generation Apple TV’s, taking them to version 4.4.3.

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At this point it isn’t actually clear what is included in the update, and Apple have yet to update it’s KB articles.

You can update to the latest software by going to Settings -> General -> Update Software.

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Apple have released a number of updates, including an EFI update for the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air.

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This update fixes several issues to improve the stability of MacBook Air (mid 2011) computers and is recommended for all users.

This update includes fixes delivered in MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.1 that enhance the stability of Lion Recovery from an Internet connection, and resolve issues with Apple Thunderbolt Display compatibility and Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance on MacBook Air (mid 2011) models.

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Apple have released an update to their 2nd generation Apple TV’s, taking them to version 4.4.2.

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Apple TV Software Update 4.4.2 features

Features:

  • Photo Stream: View photos taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud.
  • AirPlay Mirroring: Wirelessly stream what’s on your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 screen to our HDTV.
  • National Hockey League: Watch live games, view highlights, scores, and more.
  • Wall Street Journal: Watch up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis from leading experts.
  • New Slideshow themes: Enjoy your photos on your HDTV with new slideshow themes: Photo Wall, Flip-up, and Shifting Tiles.
  • Netflix: Support for subtitles when available.

Apple TV devices with software version 4.4 and 4.4.1 have an issue with updating software to later versions. The recommended way to resolve this is go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings, prior to updating. Note: If you apply the software update without resetting all settings first, the updater will reset the settings for you.

Once the Apple TV has been reset, you can then successfully update to the latest software by going to Settings -> General -> Update Software.

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Yesterday CyberLink released an update to PowerDVD 11 and introduced a number of new features.

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Here is the press release:

London — September 1, 2011 — CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) today released a new update for PowerDVD 11, the award-winning media playback software for PCs. PowerDVD 11 now includes new features for seamless connectivity with smart devices so all digital media can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.

PowerDVD 11 empowers users to fully experience a world of digital entertainment no longer bound by location or device. PowerDVD 11 introduces new features that take entertainment beyond the PC with support for wireless transfer and playback of content between tablets, PCs and DLNA devices. Two new smart device apps from CyberLink, PowerDVD Mobile and PowerDVD Remote, work seamlessly with PowerDVD 11 so it is easy to share and play media between several devices.

“PowerDVD earned the recognition as the world’s ultimate media player on the PC through delivering an unparalleled digital entertainment experience,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “Now CyberLink lets you bring this experience with you everywhere you go—on the PC, in the living room, or on the move.”

Key Features in PowerDVD 11
Media Entertainment Beyond the PC: New app PowerDVD Mobile for Android tablets, PowerDVD Remote, and PowerDVD 11 easily share, play and download media across different platforms so you can enjoy digital media wherever you choose.

Ultimate Universal Player: PowerDVD 11 is the only player you will need, perfect player for Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, videos, music, photos and more. Now PowerDVD can also wirelessly stream Blu-ray and HD content over Intel WiDi 2.1.

Upscale to HD & 3D Quality: CyberLink’s unique TrueTheater™ enhancements allow you to upscale the image quality of your movies and videos. Try TrueTheater® HD to give standard definition DVD and video images the look and feel of true high-definition or convert 2D photos and videos to 3D.

Your Social Media Hub: Search YouTube directly from PowerDVD and watch TrueTheater™-enhanced video or view Facebook and Flickr photos and slideshows all from one application.

Play with the PowerDVD Remote: Remotely control PowerDVD playback of Blu-ray and DVD movies, videos, photos and music from the comfort of your sofa with an iPhone, iPad or Android device.

PowerDVD Mobile is an app for Android tablets that plays videos, music and photos as well as wirelessly connects your tablet with PowerDVD on your PC through your Wi-Fi network.

PowerDVD 11 Ultra users can receive free upgrades to this latest version together with a complimentary license for PowerDVD Mobile for Ultra. Users purchasing PowerDVD 11 Ultra will also receive a bonus license of PowerDVD Mobile for Ultra.

Key Features of PowerDVD Mobile
Wirelessly download and share media from PowerDVD on the PC to Android tablets with Save To and Share On features.

Play media from your Android device to DLNA TVs with Play To features. PowerDVD Mobile will stream media to your DLNA TV so you can enjoy the videos and photos from your Android tablet on the comforts of the big screen.

All-in-one media player for videos, photos, and music on Android tablets so digital media can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.

Apply one-click photo enhancements to touch up photos and create and watch cool slideshows of the best images.

Product Availability

PowerDVD 11 is available online in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian and Portuguese. CyberLink offers OEM versions to PC and CE manufacturing customers, while a free trial download is also available from the CyberLink website.

CyberLink PowerDVD 11 Versions

PowerDVD 11 Ultra: UK £79.99

PowerDVD 11 Deluxe: UK £54.99

PowerDVD 11 Standard: UK £39.99

Upgrades from previous PowerDVD versions are available starting at £24.99

PowerDVD Mobile for Android tablets is available on the Android Market in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian and Portuguese.

CyberLink PowerDVD Mobile Versions
PowerDVD Mobile:                            UK £14.59

PowerDVD Mobile for Ultra:              BONUS license with Purchase of PowerDVD 11 Ultra

PowerDVD Remote for smartphones and tablets is available on the Apple App Store and Android Market in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian and Portuguese.

CyberLink PowerDVD Remote Versions

PowerDVD Remote: UK £3.99 for PowerDVD 11 Standard version users

PowerDVD Remote FREE: BONUS app with Purchase of PowerDVD 11 Ultra/Deluxe

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There are rumors that Lion will be released this week, but today Apple released a number of updates for it’s iLife 11 software.

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The updates include:

iPhoto 9.1.5 Update

This update supports general compatibility issues, and also addresses overall stability and performance. Minor issues addressed include:

•  The date range of each event now updates correctly to reflect changes made to photos using the Adjust Time and Date command

•  Addresses an issue that could cause the Photos view to scroll incorrectly when Event Titles are displayed

•  Fixes a problem that could prevent Ken Burns animations from being applied correctly on photos in a saved Classic slideshow

•  Deleting photos from a web album using the contextual menu now removes them from the album without deleting them from the library

•  Addresses an issue that could prevent a crop adjustment from being removed from a photo when using the Revert to Original command

The update is recommended for all users of iPhoto ’11.

iDVD 7.1.2 Update

This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues, including the following:

  • Improves reliability of imported iPhoto ’11 slideshows.
  • Fixes a problem that could prevent files from re-linking.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause iDVD to use all available CPU capacity when searching for missing files.

This update is recommended for all iDVD 7 users.

iMovie 9.0.4 Update

This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues, including the following:

  • Support for opening projects imported from iMovie for iOS.
  • Fixes an issue where some audio adjustments were not preserved.
  • Addresses a performance issue when using large quantities of video clips with keywords.
  • Resolves issue with slow application launch when working with large iPhoto libraries.

The update is recommended for all users of iMovie ’11.

Today, Synology have announced a number of updates for their DiskStation boxes, including a VPN Center Package, a Mail Station Package Update and AirPlay Support.

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Here is the press release:

Synology® Announces Official Release of VPN Center Package, AirPlay Support, Mail Station Package Update for its NAS servers, and Official DSM 3.1 OS for USB Station 2

Taipei, Taiwan—June 8, 2011—Synology® Inc. today announced the official release of VPN Center Package and AirPlay support, along with the Mail Station 2 package update for its DiskStations and RackStations. The official DiskStation Manager 3.1 (DSM 3.1) for USB Station 2 was also launched.

With the official VPN Center package implemented, a Synology NAS server works as a VPN server to provide cost-effective remote access solutions. Businesses can establish virtual networks to achieve full connectivity between their office locations, and allow their employees to reach resources and data as if they were within the private network.

AirPlay support provides an alternative way to conveniently stream multimedia content stored on Audio Station. Users can switch to the Media Renderer mode on Audio Station, and play music on any AirPlay devices. With DS audio, iOS and Android devices can also be used for streaming music to any AirPlay compatible products.

The operating system of USB Station 2 is now officially upgraded to DSM 3.1. Sharing multimedia content and documents is made more efficient with revamped Audio Station and File Browser which offers searching criteria and document preview. AirPlay and AirPrint support enrich the capabilities of mobile devices. Other enhanced features such as RSS feeds and torrent search on Download Station are also available.

Availability

The VPN Center package and AirPlay support apply to the following models: RS2211+, RS2211RP+, DS1511+, RS411, DS411+II, DS411+, DS411j, DS411slim, DS211+, DS211, DS211j, DS111, DS1010+, RS810+, RS810RP+, DS410, DS410j, DS710+, DS210+, DS210j, DS110+, DS110j, DS509+, RS409+, RS409RP+, RS409, DS409+, DS409, DS209+II, DS209+, DS209, DS109+, DS109, DS409slim, RS408, RS408-RP, DS508, DS408

They are available for free download at http://www.synology.com/support/download.php

The Mail Station 2 package update additionally applies to the following models: DS209j, DS109j, DS108j, RS407, DS207+, DS207, DS107+, DS107, DS107e, CS407, CS407e

It is available for free download at http://www.synology.com/support/download.php

Synology DSM 3.1 for USB Station 2 is available for free download at
http://www.synology.com/support/download.php?lang=enu&b=Others&m=USB Station 2

Synology at a Glance

Founded in 2000, Synology is a young and energetic company dedicated to developing high-performance, reliable, versatile, and environmentally-friendly Network Attached Storage (NAS) server products. Our goal is to deliver user-friendly solutions and solid customer service to satisfy the needs of businesses, home offices, individual users and families.

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