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by Razvan Serea
Serviio is a free media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to renderer devices (e.g. a TV set, Bluray player, games console or mobile phone) on your connected home network. Serviio works with many devices from your connected home (TV, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBox 360, smart phones, tablets, etc.). It supports profiles for particular devices so that it can be tuned to maximise the device's potential and/or minimize lack of media format playback support (via transcoding). Serviio is based on Java technology and therefore runs on most platforms, including Windows, Mac and Linux (incl. embedded systems, e.g. NAS).
There is also a paid Pro edition which further enhances the possibilities of sharing content in your connected household. Free vs Pro comparison.
streams audio, video (SD & HD) and image files in their native format or transcoded in real-time streams content from online sources, like RSS feeds, live audio/video streams, web page content includes a plugin system to support streaming from non-trivial online sources supports most known playlist formats supports subtitles automatically updates the media library when you add/update/remove a media file or a metadata file supports RAW camera images wide array of localized library browsing options supports different editable renderer profiles supports automatic renderer detection and per-IP profile assignment extracts metadata of your media files the way you want it, incl. embedded metadata tags, local metadata files, online metadata sources (in preferred language), XBMC, Swisscenter, MyMovies supports video thumbnails, CD covers, DVD posters, etc. categorizes video files into movie and/or series and marks last viewed episodes of a series integrates with trakt.tv Supported renderers:
Samsung TVs and Bluray players (supports additional features, e.g. subtitles) Sony TVs and Bluray players Panasonic TVs Playstation 3, Playstation 4 Xbox 360, Xbox One LG TVs and Bluray players Toshiba TVs Sharp TVs Philips TVs WDTV Live (supports subtitles) Oppo BDP-83 MusicPal DirecTV DVR Pure Flow devices ROKU Android phones, iOS phones ... and many more Serviio 2.2 changelog:
added a new build for QNAP Arm64; ticket #1157
include fileName field in CDS API browse response; ticket #1160
support 8-digit IMDB ids in file names; ticket #1158
added support for NVidia HW acceleration (via useNVidiaAcceleration system property); ticket 1153
switched from thetvdb.com to themoviedb.org for TV metadata; ticket #1155
fixed audio albums shown for restricted users; ticket #1141
Download: Serviio 2.2 | 124.0 MB (Freeware, paid upgrade available)
View: Serviio Website | Other Operating Systems | Screenshot
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Gigabyte launches new servers with new AMD EPYC 7003 processors
by Paul Hill
Gigabyte Technology has announced over 40 servers and server motherboards that come with or support the new AMD EPYC 7003 Series processors. The firm said that these new servers are exceptional in high-performance computing (HPC), HCI virtualization, cloud, and data analytics and that they’re suitable for on-premises or cloud data centers.
The latest generation of Gigabyte servers have been tested and are ready for AMD’s latest EPYC processors. Gigabyte has several series in their server line-up including the R-series, H-series, G-series, S-series, and M-series. The full list of devices is as follows:
R-series R152-Z30, R152-Z31, R152-Z32, R152-Z33, R162-ZA0, R162-Z10, R162-Z11, R182-Z90, R182-Z91, R182-Z92, R182-Z93, R262-ZA0, R272-Z30, R272-Z31, R272-Z32, R272-Z34, R282-Z90, R282-Z91, R282-Z92, R282-Z93, R282-Z94 H-series H242-Z10, H242-Z11, H252-Z10, H252-Z12, H262-Z61, H262-Z62, H262-Z63, H262-Z66, H262-Z6A, H262-Z6B G-series G242-Z10, G242-Z11, G292-Z20, G292-Z22, G292-Z24, G292-Z40, G292-Z42, G292-Z43, G292-Z44, G492-Z51
S-series S452-Z30 M-series MZ32-AR0, MZ72-HB0 Each of the new products from Gigabyte supports up to 64 cores and 128 threads, up to 4TB of DDR4 memory (up to 3200MHz) can be installed in each socket, and there are 128 to 160 PCIe 4.0 lanes available between the CPU and drives or accelerators.
As part of its offering, Gigabyte provides Gigabyte Management Console (GMC) for BMC server management via a platform accessible through a web browser. Gigabyte Server Management (GSM) software is also available for download and allows you to monitor and manage several servers easily.
Sky Mobile allows customers to share spare data with others
by Paul Hill
Sky has announced that its mobile customers can now share their spare data with others who may need it. Sky Mobile customers only need to add a free Sky Mobile SIM to their account which they can then share with friends or family. The gift SIM can be topped up using spare Piggybank data.
With more people staying home and using their Wi-Fi connections, they’re building up more of their data than usual and accumulating an average 69GB in their Piggybank. To help customers use this data, Sky Mobile is letting them share it. The new gift SIMs will be free for 12 months but afterwards, the company will begin charging £5 per month to use them or customers can cancel.
Commenting on the offer, which is only available until February 25, Managing Director of Sky Mobile Paul Sweeney said:
To take advantage of the offer, head to sky.com/sharemysparedata and add a free SIM to your basket. When it arrives, follow the instructions on the packet to activate it. Afterward, you can use the My Sky App to add data from your Sky Piggybank to the new SIM which friends and family can take advantage of.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft reportedly working on its own custom ARM chips for servers and Surface [Update]
by Rich Woods
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Microsoft is working on its own custom ARM chips, which will be used in servers and Surface products. The plan is to rely less on Intel, coming on the heels of the fanfare around Apple's transition to ARM across its entire lineup. However, according to the report, Microsoft is going to be using Arm's designs, which Apple does not do.
Apple actually calls its processors 'Apple Silicon', because they are, in fact, custom-designed. Rather than licensing the actual designs, Apple just licenses the instruction set, making its own designs. What Microsoft would be doing, assuming that this report is accurate, is more similar to what we see from the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, and so on.
Microsoft has been offering an ARM flavor of Windows since 2017, but to date, it's only run on Qualcomm processors. The first two generations of the product were repurposed smartphone chips, including the Snapdragon 835 and the Snapdragon 845-based Snapdragon 850.
The Snapdragon 8cx was the first one that was designed from the ground up for PCs, and it was developed by Qualcomm in close collaboration with Microsoft. Later, a slightly modified version of the Snapdragon 8cx shipped in the Surface Pro X, but this time, the chipset had Microsoft branding. The 'SQ' in Microsoft SQ1 stood for Surface-Qualcomm.
Making an ARM chip for Surface is something that really wouldn't make much sense for Microsoft, especially since it would be using the same kind of ARM license that Qualcomm uses, and also since Qualcomm's PC chipsets are already developed in such close collaboration with Microsoft. Microsoft wanting to distance itself from Intel is obvious, but it's unclear why the Redmond firm would be distancing itself from Qualcomm at this point.
Making an ARM chip for servers, on the other hand, makes a lot more sense. Microsoft announced in the past that it had plans to optimize Windows Server for ARM, and Qualcomm isn't as strong of a player in the server chipset market. The company could also use them in its Azure datacenters, and it would be a means of keeping one more thing in-house.
The chip design division inside of Microsoft reports to Jason Zander, who's in charge of Azure, so this should give you an idea on which of the two ideas the team is focused on, servers. If it was a focus on Windows and Surface, the project would fall under Windows and devices lead Panos Panay. Of course, it wouldn't be the first time a product crossed the bridge between Azure and Windows.
The report cited sources that didn't want to be named, and it did not say when we can expect to see these products.
Update: Microsoft has responded to our request for comment with a statement from communications head Frank X Shaw.
"Because silicon is a foundational building block for technology, we’re continuing to invest in our own capabilities in areas like design, manufacturing and tools, while also fostering and strengthening partnerships with a wide range of chip providers."
Android 11 Beta 2 cleans up the share menu by merging app share intents
by Rajesh Pandey
Google released the second beta of Android 11 for all compatible Pixel devices with a bunch of bug fixes and stability improvements. Among the plethora of changes, the company has also tweaked the share menu to give it a cleaner look. The move comes after Google greatly improved the speed of the share menu with the Android 10 update last year.
The company has done this by merging multiple share intents from the same app into one. So, for example, while Twitter used to show multiple share intents in the share menu -- Tweet, Direct, and Fleet -- the share menu in Android 11 beta 2 only has one Twitter share intent. To access the other intents, users will first have to tap on the Twitter button in the share menu and then select the desired intent. This is also denoted by the small drop-down arrow in the share intent of an app.
Share menu in Android 10 (left) vs Android 11 (right) This does mean that there's now an additional step for sharing content in apps with multiple share intents. However, Google is allowing users to pin specific share targets as a workaround to this problem. This can be done by long-pressing on a share intent and selecting the 'Pin' option. Pinned share options are now shown at the top of the share menu with a pin icon to highlight that they have been pinned.
Given how cluttered the share menu in Android devices tends to become due to multiple share intents from the same app, this move from Google is definitely a welcome one.