Update re: D-Link Boxee Box in the UK

D-Link is committed to supporting Boxee Box owners, the team will be releasing a patch to update the Flash player and other features. This update is currently undergoing development and testing and will be released by the end of the year. At this stage we anticipate that the Boxee Box will deliver great online video content well into the future. We can confirm that support for the Boxee Box will remain unchanged.

Also under development is Boxee TV, however this is a product with a US TV tuner and will not be launched within Europe. It is another part of the D-Link Boxee Box family offered in the US, and specifically tailored to the broadcast and home entertainment market in that country.

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Keeping your personal content personal

A story recently (and mistakenly) claimed that Bruce Willis was looking to sue Apple for the right to pass on his “extensive” music collection to his children when he passes away. The background to this story is that purchasing music, video and books on services like iTunes and Amazon means you are licensed to use that content and don’t actually “own” a copy in the traditional sense or the right to copy it and share it with others (like the mix tapes some of the older ones amongst us will remember!). While the Bruce Willis story was later found to be largely made up, this does raise an interesting point regarding do you actually own your content in the cloud?

Furthermore if your content is important to you, you want to always be able to access your content when you need it and know where it is. Content stored in the cloud can be stored anywhere in the world and services can be severely impacted by the likes of power outages or even natural disasters. For example, users of Dropbox were affected in July this year after a storm took down out its servers in one of Amazon’s datacentres in Virginia. The fact is that keeping content in the public cloud is no guarantee that it will always be available or 100% safe.

But there is an alternative. Home users can now make use of their own personal cloud that lets them access their own files stored at home from any location over the internet. Furthermore, you can be sure that the content you own is yours to share with whoever you choose and that you know exactly where it is at any time. You can still benefit from all the perks of the cloud, just with a more personal touch.

11ac what the fuss is about

There is no doubt that we are doing some fun things with our personal devices these days. We can share comments and content instantly through social media using our smartphones, send large files speedily over the internet, view security cameras in our home on holiday and watch our favourite shows in full streaming HD. While we are living in good times and enjoying the best in cutting edge technology, spare a thought for the network working hard in the background to make it all happen.

If you have a decent router and a well-planned home network then it should perform well enough to cope with several people accessing the internet at the same time and multimedia, but as we move more to HD streaming across all devices it will soon become pushed to the limits. But fear not avid streamer – the new 802.11ac standard of wireless is ready waiting around the corner to help tackle these issues and help your network deal with whatever the next technology has to throw at it in the foreseeable future.

The new 802.11ac standard of routers and other devices promise much greater speeds – exceeding speeds of one gigabit per second – easier set up, clearer connection and greater coverage across the home. As such, 802.11ac is ideal for wireless HD and 3D streaming and can make sure the “buffer circle of death” becomes a thing of the past. So if you are worried you are too demanding on your home network, soon you can get back to enjoying all your devices at home guilt free, with 11ac.