The perfect android TV box to watch YouTube, Netflix, and 4K videos. It is low priced, Google and Netflix certified, Voice Search remote, Google Cast and low power consumption. Specifications: Dimensions • Length: 101mm • Width: 101mm • Thickness: 19.5mm • Weight: 176.5g (+/- 1g) • Color: Black Basic specs • Output Resolution: Up to 4K 60fps • Processor: Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz • GPU: Mali 450 750MHz • RAM: 2GB DDR3 • Flash: 8GB eMMC • System: Android TV 8.0 • Security: Widevine L1 + PlayReady 3.0 Wireless connectivity • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5GHz • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0/3.0 Video • VP9 Profile-2 up toRead More →

Since Ubuntu code names are in incremental alphabetical order, we now have Cosmic Cuttlefish after Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver. Ubuntu 18.10 will be released on 18th October 2018. Ubuntu 18.10 release schedule will be different from previous releases. Unlike the previous releases, there will be no alpha or beta milestones. This will be replaced by ‘testing weeks’. 1. GNOME 3.30 Most of the visual and under the hood changes in GNOME 3.30 will be seen in Ubuntu 18.10 as well. 2. New default theme Ubuntu 18.04 was supposed to have a new look with the community developed Communitheme. This theme could not be completed inRead More →

On 5GHz WiFi there are more channels and less interference, both are important for fast wireless communications. The bandwidth can even be increased multifold by combining channels. 5GHz was introduced in 802.11a, but the radios were expensive and the band didn’t gain popularity. 802.11n was defined for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, which finally launched 5GHz use. The latest 802.11ac is only defined for 5GHz but all devices still support 802.11n and most also on 2.4GHz Channels The 5GHz band is divided into 5MHz channels like the 2.4GHz band. Fortunately only every fourth channel (36, 40, 44…) is used which provides for de facto 20MHzRead More →

The new generation smart STB is a multi-functional appliance integrating traditional broadcasting content (DVB-T2), high-quality OTT content delivery, game console (Android 7.0), local media playback and internet application. It promotes the connectivity between home terminal and human, changes the way of content access, and makes more users to enjoy information and entertainment content from the internet and traditional television. Features Manufacturer: KAONMEDIA Dimensions: L x W x H: 150mm x 150mm x 30mm Weight: 200g Color: Black CPU: AMLogic S905D SoC Quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 Max CPU Freq. 1.5GHz 64-bit ARMv8-A Supported 32-bit/64-bit ABIs – arm64-v8a, armeabi-v7a, armeabi Security TrustZone & TVP GPU: Penta-coreRead More →

IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi protocol summary Protocol Frequency Channel Width MIMO Maximum data rate (theoretical) 802.11ac wave2 5 GHz 80, 80+80, 160 MHz Multi User (MU-MIMO) 1.73 Gbps1 802.11ac wave1 5 GHz 80 MHz Single User (SU-MIMO) 866.7 Mbps1 802.11n 2.4 or 5 GHz 20, 40MHz Single User (SU-MIMO) 450 Mbps2 802.11g 2.4 GHz 20 MHz N/A 54 Mbps 802.11a 5 GHz 20 MHz N/A 54 Mbps 802.11b 2.4 GHz 20 MHz N/A 11 Mbps Legacy 802.11 2.4 GHz 20 MHz N/A 2 Mbps 1 2 Spatial streams with 256-QAM modulation. 2 3 Spatial streams with 64-QAM modulation. 802.11ac wave2 Released in June 2016 Key New Features forRead More →

Coffee Lake (Gen9.5) Hardware Accelerated Video Capabilities Codec Encode Decode Profiles Levels Max Resolution Profiles Levels Max Resolution MPEG-2 (H.262) Main High 1080p (FHD) Main Main, High 1080p (FHD) MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) High, Main 5.1 2160p (4K) Main, High, MVC, Stereo 5.1 2160p (4K) JPEG/MJPEG Baseline – 16k x 16k Baseline Unified 16k x 16k HEVC (H.265) Main, Main10 5.1 2160p (4K) Main, Main10 5.1 2160p (4K) VC-1 ✘ Advanced, Main, Simple 3, High, Simple 3840×3840 VP8 Unified Unified N/A 0 Unified 1080p VP9 0 2160p (4K) 0, 2 Unified 2160p (4K) ===== Fixed-function Quick Sync Video format support Cantiga Clarkdale / Arrandale Sandy BridgeRead More →

NVENC – Hardware-Accelerated Video Encoding GPU H.264 (AVCHD) YUV 4:2:0 H.264 (AVCHD) YUV 4:4:4 H.264 (AVCHD) LOSSLESS H.265 (HEVC) YUV 4:2:0 H.265 (HEVC) YUV 4:4:4 H.265 (HEVC) LOSSLESS MAX Color MAX Res. MAX Color MAX Res. MAX Color MAX Res. MAX Color MAX Res. MAX Color MAX Res. MAX Color MAX Res. Kepler 8-bit 4096 x 4096 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Maxwell (1st Gen)* 8-bit 4096 x 4096 8-bit 4096 x 4096 8-bit 4096 x 4096 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Maxwell (2nd Gen) 8-bit 4096 x 4096 8-bit 4096 x 4096 8-bit 4096 x 4096 8-bit 4096 x 4096 N/A N/ARead More →

On August 5, 2015, Intel launched Skylake products with full fixed function Main/8bit decoding/encoding and hybrid/partial Main10/10bit decoding. On August 20, 2015, Nvidia released the GeForce GTX 950(GM206), which includes full fixed function HEVC Main/Main10 hardware decoder like the GTX 960. On November 10, 2015, Qualcomm Detailed Snapdragon 820 Smartphone SoC which is the first chip in the series to support 4K HEVC 10bit decoding. On August 30, 2016, Intel officially announced 7th generation Core CPUs(Kaby Lake) products with full fixed function HEVC Main10 hardware decoding support. On October 25, 2016, Nvidia released the GeForce GTX 1050Ti(GP107) & GeForce GTX 1050(GP107), which includes full fixedRead More →

You probably don’t need such an advanced home networking device like the ASUS RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router, but you want it, and when you get it, you’ll love it. The router boasts a fast 800MHz dual-core processor and supports a Wi-Fi chip that offers up to 1.3Gbps speed on the 5GHz frequency band and up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. It also comes with a firmware (ASUSWRT web-based interface) that adds a host of features. The fastest Wi-Fi router to date by a significant margin, and also a fun router to use. It basically has everything you’d want from an excellent router, forRead More →