Then I zoomed into Bandon.
This is as close as I can get:
What’s the problem I wonder?
For kicks n giggles I am not going to use Google Search for a week and I’m using Bing instead.
Not just because I am getting very uncomfortable with how Google is hijacking Local search results but also because competition and variety are good things.
So I started reading about the TIME Zuck story on Gawker, lost interest about a paragraph in (it's TIME FFS, my Dad stopped buying it in about 1987) and suddenly I spotted the GAP Ad with its Foursquare button.
Today we’re announcing a new version of the Android platform — Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It includes many new platform technologies and APIs to help developers create great apps.
Ooh nice :
* Enhancements for game development
* Rich multimedia: VP8 and WebM, as well as support for AAC and AMR-wideband encoding.
* New forms of communication: Support for front-facing camera, SIP/VOIP, and Near Field Communications (NFC)
Big hat-tip to @micflan for pointing me in the right direction on this recently. I had tried and failed several times previously.
I did a post a few months back about getting streaming media working on both old Nokia N770s and iPhone from an Easy Peasy based EeePC netbook running MediaTomb. The idea was that it could be the ultimate in-car media center. The one massive annoyance was that I couldn’t get it working on Android due to it having only one crappy non-functional UPnP client.
In the meantime, people have been busy on Android! Streaming using UPnP now works perfectly. Having said that, I bloody hate UPnP, give me bog-standard Samba file-sharing any day. Works perfectly on XBMC, Boxee and every PC/Mac. Given that the Astro File Manager has an SMB add-on on Android, the absence of network media playing using SMB has nothing to do with lack of oomph on the handset.
Anyway, I digress, the setup is very simple for this. If you have one of those Iomega or WD etc NAS media boxes then I’m pretty sure UPnP is setup already so you don’t have to do anything there. If you have a PC that holds all your movies and other media then you just need to pop over to TVersity and install their free UPnP Server on the PC. Once installed you just tell it what directories to share out. Job done at that end.
Then on the Android phone you just need to install UPnPlay to browse the remote media and a decent media player to display it. The two I’ve been trying most recently are RockPlayer and VPlayer. Both have their own positives and negatives depending on the media source (particularly around A/V sync) so if you have problems with one, try the other.
Another huge advantage that both RockPlayer and VPlayer have over the built-in media player (and others) is that they don’t require local files to be transcoded to MP4. They are perfectly capable of playing all the standard AVIs, MKVs and anything else you can throw at it, without even needing to be downsampled to a smaller screen resolution. RockPlayer has the added advantage of using the built in h.264 hardware decoder if you are using MP4s to reduce the main CPU load (and therefore improving battery life I’m guessing)
I’ll do another quick post soon on the HDVP-2 media streamer I got recently. Whilst is works with TVersity, I’m having AV Sync issues there too.
Imagine you are on the road for a few days, you are checking your tweets and suddenly you see the new version of Ubuntu or CentOS has been released. You know that when you get back to base, you’ll have to wait ages for it to download. If only there was a way around it.
If you have an Android phone, you can now sort that problem out with Transdroid. It’s a little fiddly to get going but works perfectly once it does. What you need is:
The steps are as follows:
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