QNAP’s HD Station Just Got Better With JRiver Media Center Support

QNAP continues to improve the experience for their customers and the newest incentive is an upgrade to the HybdridDesk Station 3.0 app that now comes with integrated support for the renowned JRiver Media Center and thereby provides even more options and choices for the users when it comes to their media experience.

The HybridDesk Station, for those who don’t already know it, is a combination of technologies that allows you to use your NAS unit as a PC by simply attaching a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor to it. Among others, it uses multimedia transcoding, Virtual Machine (VM) integration, cloud integration, NAS connection technologies, and more.

JRiver Media Center is perfect to manage a large library of media files and even multiple media servers within the same network. The media center features cover art and metadata art to make the management easier and users can use the powerful media player for flawless direct-streaming of every multimedia format as well as multi-zone multimedia streaming.

JRiver Media Center doesn’t just stream video, you can also use it to record directly with yourself. It also covers music and files besides the motion picture features. It has functions such as equalizer, tempo, pitch, and sample rate available to satisfy audiophiles’ tastes too.

The HD Station 3.0 is supported by QNAP’s TS-x51, TS-x51+, HS-251/251+, TS-x53 Pro, TVS-x63, TVS-x71, TVS-871T, TS/TVS-x80, TS-x70 and TS-x79 series with QTS 4.2.0 or above firmware.

Thecus Adds System Failover Feature in Firmware Update For ThecusOS 5.0

Network attached storage is great and with plenty of bays and drive arrays you can build yourself a system with great redundancy, but that is little good if the power or network connection goes out on the NAS. When such a scenario happens, you’ll need an active failover feature and that is just what Thecus added with a firmware update for the ThecusOS 5.0.

By utilizing System Failover, users will be able to create data, network, and system redundancy and thereby minimize disruptions in the workflow. The Thecus System Failover feature is a fault tolerance process that creates mirrored data volumes. With at least two Thecus NAS available, data is copied by schedule and all changes are mirrored between the two NAS systems. While the second NAS is not visible, it communicates with the primary NAS and takes over to become the primary NAS in the event of a power or network failure, a scheduled maintenance, or other unforeseen circumstances.

This new feature isn’t just for large companies, small and medium businesses rely more and more on their storage and any downtime is critical. With two Thecus NAS systems, you get a great redundancy at a fairly low price.

System Failover is available now on the following Thecus NAS models:

  • N16000, N12000, N16000PRO, N12000PRO, N16000V, N12000V, N8900V, N8900PRO, N8900
  • N6850, N8850, N10850
  • N7710, N7710-G, N7770-10G, N8810U, N8810U-G, N8880U-10G, N7700PROV2, N8800PROV2
  • N2800, N4510U, N4510UPRO, N4800, N4800ECO, N5550, N5810PRO, N7510

Xbox One Gets 43 Games Added to Backwards Compatibility List

One of the biggest announcements at this years E3 wasn’t a new AAA title or gaming console, it was Microsoft Announcement of backwards compatibility on the Xbox One to play old Xbox 360 games on the new console. A feature that had been requested by users for a long time. Right of the start there were close to hundred games announced to be compatible and now 43 games have been added to that list, including Wither 2 and Dark Souls 2.

The recently released Windows 10 brings even more benefit to the table as it allows you to stream your Xbox One games to the PC and play them there – and soon you’ll be able to do the same with a long list of Xbox 360 games. The new feature is scheduled for a November release, something that should provide Xbox owners with a lot to do over the holidays.

Finder.com.au has been putting together a list of Xbox 360 titles that will be backwards compatible and that is where the 43 newly added games can be found, bringing the total up to 130. Particular highlights of the latest additions include: Dark Souls II, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, I Am Alive, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Saints Row The Third, Soul Calibur IV, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Trials Evolution and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

Current Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility List

  • A Kingdom For Keflings
  • A World Of Keflings
  • Alan Wake
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation: HD
  • Assassins Creed
  • Assassins Creed Revelations
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Bayonetta
  • BioShock
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Borderlands
  • Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
  • Call of Juarez Gunslinger
  • Call of Juarez: Bound By Blood
  • Cars
  • Child of Eden
  • Civilization Revolution
  • Clash of Heroes HD
  • Dark Souls
  • Dark Souls II
  • Dead Space
  • Defense Grid: The Awakening
  • Endwar
  • Fable 2
  • Fable 3
  • Fallout 3
  • Far Cry 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  • Forza Horizon
  • Forza Motorsport 2
  • Forza Motorsport 3
  • Forza Motorsport 4
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgement
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfare
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfare 2
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Halo 3
  • Halo 4
  • Halo Anniversary
  • Halo Wars
  • Halo: O.D.S.T
  • Halo: Reach
  • Hexic HD
  • I Am Alive
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Killer is Dead
  • Madden NFL 16
  • Mass Effect
  • Monster High: New Ghoul in School
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • N+
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • Ninja Gaiden 3
  • Pac-Man CEDX
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Prototype
  • Prototype 2
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Risen
  • Risen 2
  • Risen 3: Titan Lords
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Sacred 3
  • Saints Row
  • Saints Row The Third
  • Shadow Complex
  • Shadowrun
  • Shoot Many Robots
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Soul Calibur IV
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction
  • Splinter Cell: Double Agent
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Toy Story 3
  • Trials Evolution
  • Trials HD
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise
  • Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Worms 2: Armageddon

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eBay Looking to Place Interactive Mirrors in Changing Rooms

eBay is looking to move themselves into the brick-and-mortar retail world, expressing interest in implementing mirrors into dressing rooms that will offer the customer suggested accessories and product browsing – all available through a touch screen. These screens are being installed as a trial at the Rebecca Minkoff store, seeing them follow a similar path to online retail giant Amazon – who of which are preparing a store opening in New York. eBay is part of a movement to make our retail habits more interactive, providing users with simpler options to pick and chose clothing and accessories, helping them save time and quite possibly helping these stores to turn some extra profits.

eBay’s head of innovation and new ventures, Steve Yankovich, commented: “So physical retail, a showroom, I think will never go away”. This statement regards eBay’s positioning on store-fronts capabilities and viability moving into the future.

This whole experience will be utilized through an app installed on the user’s phone, meaning that these screens will be able to utilize the persons purchasing history and further help them to choose their garments. Clothes in these stores will be connected to RFID tags, allowing these interactive mirrors to recognize not only the customer, but the clothes that they are sampling for purchase. This system will allow shoppers to attach their purchases and test fittings to their personal profile, allowing them to track their favorite styling and brands as they see fit.

Here’s hoping they install some kind of strong security system as there’s a seemingly large possibility of hackers utilizing the cameras installed in these mirrors for personal benefit in criminal fashion.

Image courtesy of  Bloomberg Businessweek

Amazon UK Refers to “The PC Master Race” in Poll

Once upon a time, Amazon UK allowed for users to vote for their favorite console of all time. According to “eight facts we learned from those entries”, the PC Master Race only missed the knock out cut by nine votes.

Confused? The PC Master Race is a commonly used term by heavy computer users, often claiming that the advances in computer technology outweigh that of consoles and referring to them as ‘peasants’. It is rumored that this term was first coined (or made popular by) well-known PC game reviewer “Yahtzee” from a series aptly named ‘Zero Punctuation‘, due to his fast talking nature. In this series he refers often to the ‘Glorious PC Master Race’ in his witty and informative gaming reviews – this is seen in the image above.

This information was provided to us through Reddit user LightninLew, courtesy of the /r/pcmasterrace subreddit. In the comment section, there’s the general slander for console gaming and it’s users – but as always an interesting appreciation for the of the older consoles, with one user stating “… I’m OK with this. PS2 was my childhood.” It’s an interesting loophole, whereas consoles such as the PS2, Nintendo 64 and SNES often seem to slip past the ‘console peasant’ stereotype. Could this be due to nostalgia?

Another user in the comment section defended the PS2 claim and likening it to the GameCube, claiming that “The PS2 and GameCube are what I at least consider the last “true” consoles – just plug in and play”. Further comments were made that due to the nature of PC’s being close to console architecture at that time, they’re exempt from the ‘peasant’ classification.

Cover image courtesy of STEAM
Inset image courtesy of Reddit

‘Our Story’ Available on Snapchat to all Users

Snapchat news is something that we’ve covered before, and it’s certainly something that you’re likely to see more and more of. It’s becoming an extremely popular application for sharing photos between our younger generations – allowing you to send a photo or video to a friend, with the media deleting itself in a short time-frame.

Recently, Snapchat introduced a feature which allowed users to add their own photos and videos to the “story” of an event – trialing this at Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapalooza and other similar events.

They were reportedly “blown away” by the public response to this new addition, so now all snapchatters, not just attendees, have the ability to use the “Our Story” feature.

The Snapchat blog let us know how to use their added goodies:

“You’ll notice today that there’s a new ‘Live’ section beneath your Recent Updates …That’s where you’ll be able to experience Stories contributed by the Snapchat community at all sorts of events. It’s a great way to check out what’s happening around the world.”

They went on to point out that this feature is their “favorite new product”. Unfortunately they made no mention of exactly what events will be put under this list and whether these events will be picked at random, or possibly even pay for the rights to be featured.

In a closing statement, they said:

“We were absolutely blown away when Snapchatters contributed over 350 hours of Snaps to Our Story during EDC, Rio, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza,”

Image courtesy of The Tech Files