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Mar 11, 2012

Script: Projekktor Zwei

Projekktor Zwei is a very customizable JavaScript library for building HTML5-based video players.

Flash players are slowly disappearing from the Web, and scripts like Projekktor Zwei are helping drive the final nail in their coffin.

Projekktor Zwei flaunts a  wide range of features that might make even some Flash video players look outdated or not up to par.

Some of these include great cross-browser support, channels, playlists, pre and post roll images, theming, easy branding, YouTube HTML 5 integration, true fullscreen support and a unified JavaScript API.

As for supported media formats, Projekktor Zwei can play back files in FLV, VP6/Sorenson Spark, H.264, webm, ogg/theora, ogg/vorbis and MP3.

In the case of older browsers that don't support HTML 5 video, a Flash fallback is available via the Jaris FLV Player.

Download Projekktor Zwei via links below.

First Sony Xperia Pepper (MT27i) Press Render Leaks

There has been much talk on Sony's Android roadmap for 2012. Some of the devices leaked a few months ago have already been launched or are about to get released on the market.

Sony Xperia S is now available for purchase in the UK, Australia, Singapore, as well as a few other countries, while Xperia S and Xperia U have been officially announced and are expected to hit shelves in April.

Information about Sony Xperia Pepper (MT27i) leaked a while back. Some of the phone's specs are already known, and a some benchmarks have surfaced as well.

Today, the folks at Ameblo.jp manged to get their hands on a press render of the allegedly Sony Xperia Pepper (MT27i). 

Rumor has it that the smartphone might be officially announced in the following weeks, but so far there are no additional details on the exact release date for Xperia Pepper.

There's a high chance that the smartphone will be renamed in order to follow the same naming-pattern of the newly announced Xperia NXT series.

It appears that the Sony Xperia Pepper (MT27i) will be shipped with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread operating system, but it will likely receive an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade soon after launch.

The Xperia Pepper (MT27i) is a mid-range Android smartphone. The handset is powered by a dual core processor clocked at 1GHz. It is equipped with an ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 chipset, though this has yet to be confirmed.

Furthermore, Sony Xperia Pepper (MT27i) sports a 3.7-inch FWVGA capacitive touchscreen display that supports 480 x 854 pixels resolution. In addition, the smartphone packs a 5-megapixel rear photo snapper. 

Other highlights of the device includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, NFC support with Xperia Smart Tags, and 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery. The smartphone is aimed at youngsters and will probably launched in more color variations.

iPhone Tethering Tool Released - No Jailbreak Required

After seeing their iOS application rejected from the App Store, Tether decided to “innovate” and released an HTML5-based web app that lets you share your iPhone’s Internet connection with your computer.

The web-app allows you to have full Internet access on your Mac using your iPhone’s data plan. “No more WiFi hotspots, extra data plans or costly Air Cards”, says Tether. It also doesn’t require a jailbreak.

Users simply install the desktop Tether app on their computer, then access the Safari browser on their iOS device and visit http://tether.com/web.

Account holders then log in, follow the on screen instructions, and the web page should establish a connection between the iOS mobile device and the Mac or Windows PC.

Tim Burke, CEO of Tether, said “It was clear from our initial application iTether, there was enormous demand within the iPhone ecosystem. It was unfortunate that Apple decided to remove our application, only 20 hours after we launched. However, this caused us to innovate. Our underlying patent-pending technology behind Tether for iPhone is unlike anything on the market.”

Tether is currently compatible with iOS, BlackBerry and Android platforms, as well as Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, on the computer side.

The makers say Tether can be used on numerous carriers all over the world.

“You can travel country to country without worrying how to set it up depending on the new carrier network you may be roaming on,” says Tether.

Since the service runs through your existing data plan on your iPhone, you won’t have to upgrade to any other plan, nor will you have to purchase an additional one.

“This makes Tether the obvious choice for cost savings, especially when you consider an aircard may lock you in for another 3 year contract,” says the company.

The sellers are running a launch promotion that offers the service for $15 / year through the end of next week. After the promo ends, Tether will cost $30 / year.

Transform Raspberry Pi in a Home Theatre

Raspberry PI, a mini PC with an estimate cost of  $25 (€18.5), developed by The Raspberry Pi Foundation, has received yet another distro, this time transforming it into a home theatre. 

The new distribution is an ARM port of Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center, or better known as OpenELEC, which is built specifically to run XBMC, the open source entertainment media hub.

With this distribution installed, Raspberry PI will be able to act as a Home Theatre PC, fulfilling the role of a DVD player or Sky box.

OpenELEC is really small and has only 70 MB (including XBMC, Python, and all services/tools needed to run XBMC) is the tiniest distribution available so far.

According to the developers, the distro still needs a lot of work, but it will be launch for tests soon.

Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix 14 Available for Download

Raspberry Pi, a miniature computer with an estimate cost of just $25 (€18.5) that is capable of running a Linux distro or RISC OS, has just received a version of the Fedora OS. 

Dubbed Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix, the distribution produced by Seneca Centre for Development of Open Technology which hosts the Fedora ARM build system, is now available for everyone to test.

According to the developers, The Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix is a distribution that contains software packages from the Fedora project (specifically, the Fedora ARM secondary architecture project), packages which have been specifically written or modified for the Raspberry Pi, and proprietary software provided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation for device access.

The current version available for download is Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix 14, but version 17 is already on its way.

EVGA Readies Z77 FTW Motherboard

This photo made its way to the Internet and it might be the first sighting of the EVGA Z77 FTW platform, powered by the LGA 1155 socket and compatible with Ivy Bridge CPUs.

Folks around the net have started to see the photo, but they can't guarantee it is the Z77 FTW or some other platform.

At any rate, it boasts the LGA 1155 socket and Ivy bridge CPU compatibility, plus five PCI Express x16 slots.

Also, there are four DDR3 memory slots and four SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, plus four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports.

Furthermore, Gigabit Ethernet is present, along with some USB 3.0 ports, PCI Express disable switches, a debug LED, 7.1 channel audio, a Thunderbolt port (apparently) and 10-phase power.

Finally, Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons exist as well, which means that the motherboard is clearly suited for overclocking.

No prices or availability date have been revealed yet, of course.

CeBIT 2012: G.Skill's 16 GB Quad-Channel DDR3 Kit at 2.66 GHz

G.Skill made sure to attend the 2012 edition of CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, so we aren't overly surprised to hear that it has launched a new memory product.

Nevertheless, we did feel our eyebrows rise a bit when we read just how the company decided to describe its new product.

After all, it isn't every day that an IT player feels sure enough of itself to say that its new RAM offering is the best there is.

Granted, describing something as “world's best” isn't exactly rare, but G.Skill probably prompted its rivals to get even more serious when it said that its new RAM kit was the greatest quad-channel out there.

“To provide overclocking enthusiasts the best memory solution, G.Skill R&D team is always dedicated to push DDR3 performance to boundary,” a statement by the company reads.

“This ultimate DDR3 2666MHz 16GB kit is without a doubt the best quad channel memory solution on the market; it allows extreme overclockers to unleash the maximum power of their X79 systems.”

If the four 4 GB modules really work at 2,666 MHz, we can see why G.Skill would make such a claim.

The Ripjaws Z 16GB features latencies of CL10 12-12-31 and was demonstrated on an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme motherboard.

Furthermore, the CPU (central processing unit) employed in the test was an Intel Core i3-3960X central processing unit.

The voltage settings were not specified, but the memory sub-system did provide a bandwidth of 85.3 GB, so this really is the fastest memory solution announced, so far, for the Intel LGA 2011 socket. Too bad Ivy Bridge CPUs aren't going to ship for quite a while.

Of course, it is only a matter of time before rival companies match G.Skill, perhaps even surpass it. And if not, the DDR4 standard will blow out of the water everything available today.

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