GIF is (finally) dead. Long live Webp.

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Spread the love1        It has been a long and bumpy ride, GIF initially appeared 33 years ago, and improved the next year by supporting animation. In the 90’s, GIF rocked the yet young internet, being the first image format supported by most browsers of the time. It was extremely limited by today’s standards. It only supported 256 different colours, but you could choose those from any of the 4 billion colours supported. And until 1992, it was the only really usable image format in the internet. Not only that, but you could also do animations, small movies. Back in the early …

Android TV players – You get what you pay for

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Spread the love         It’s now 2021, and your large smartTV bought in 2017 is not becoming unbearably slow and lacks most of the current content. When you want to watch HBO Max or Disney Plus on your huge, but now becoming obsolete smartTV, you only have a few alternatives: Hook your laptop to it, which is cumbersome Get a set top box from a decent PayTV operator, such as Vodafone TV Spend 200€ on an Apple TV 4K Look for a cheap AndroidTV player The thing with AndroidTV media players is that there’s one for all price ranges. However, we all …

Google’s contradictions are killing CMAF and screwing everyone , including its own users

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Spread the love255        Or why you won’t get 4K quality on Netflix content using Chrome anytime soon. I’ve tracked CMAF development before [1], and how the whole industry went through so much effort into creating a common format which would be compatible with every single device out there. Yes, manifests would be different between HLS and DASH, but the underlying streamed content would be shared between all devices. In order for people to understand how we got that far, we need to understand that it took Microsoft’s willingness to allow applications and devices using Playready 3 or below to become incompatible with content encrypted …

Samsung EVO MicroSD card 32GB

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Spread the love          Manufacturer  Samsung Brand  EVO Announced Capacity 32 GiB Formatted  Capacity 29,80 GiB UHS Class 1 SD Bus UHS50 Price Amazon.com – $11.50 Amazon.co.uk – £8.99 AliExpress – €8.19 This is what vertical integration means… almost. When it comes to memory devices, Samsung is the the undisputed king of the hill, leading both DRAM and NAND markets, and a very relevant player on all semiconductor markets, including NAND controllers. With this in mind, we expect nothing short of a very competent display of performance from any Samsung branded product. In this review we focus com Samsung EVO MicroSDHC 32GiB card …

Kingston SDHC MicroSD Class 10 32GB

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Spread the love          Manufacturer Kingston Brand MicroSDHC Announced Capacity 32 GB Formatted  Capacity 28,97 GiB UHS Class  1 SD Bus UHS104 Price Amazon.com – $9.45 Amazon.co.uk – £7.59 AliExpress – €11.92 Sometimes, a gigabyte is smaller than it should … Kingston is one of the old kids on the block for flash storage. Althogh known for price conscious SD cards and USB sticks, it has recently started moving into higher performance products. This movement was probably driven by two different forces: pressure from lower cost asian vendors, and the need to create a higher brand awareness in order to compete on the SSD …

Sandisk Ultra MicroSD review

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Spread the love         Sandisk Ultra MicroSD Manufacturer Sandisk Brand SDHC Ultra Announced Capacity 32 GB Formatted  Capacity 29,71 GiB UHS Class I SD Bus UHS50 Price Amazon.com – $11.99 Amazon.co.uk-8.19 AliExpress – €8,21 Sandisk is the incumbent portable flash storage manufacturer ever since the days of Compact Flash cards and one of the few that actually manufactures the products it sells under it’s brands. And ever since then Sandisk is known for high performance flash storage. Then it moved to the SD card market, and most recently on MicroSD. Since the Compact Flash times, the need to differentiate between different performance metrics causes Sandisk …

Secure digital card USB-3.0 reader shootout: MacBook Pro embedded SDCard reader Vs rest of the world

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Spread the love         New Secure Digital cards sport theoretical speeds up to 104 MiB/s, for UHS-1 cards, or even 312 MiB/s for UHS-2 cards. Now, those are only bus speeds, and actual speeds may be a far cry from it, but in some instances real performance isn’t that different. On the other hand, it clearly demonstrates need for updates SD Adapters, as those new Secure Digital buses require compatible adapters, and again, USB3 compatibility. Then, which are the use cases for an USB3 adapter? Well, unless you intend to use your SD cards to extend your laptop storage, for instance, using …

HDMI-CEC Guide: What it is and why you should have it (and use it)

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Spread the love         Editor’s note: HDMI-CEC is also known as Anynet+ (Samsung), CE-Link (Toshiba), EZ-Sync (Panasonic), Bravia Theater Sync (Sony) and SimpleLink (LG). Apart from any eventual proprietary extensions, all support the same basic functionality. There is a plague invading our living rooms for the past couple of years: remotes. First there was only one: the TV remote, then the VCR remote came in, but over the last couple of years, things started to go awry: DVD remote, Bluray remote, cable box remote, AV receiver remote and so forth. Typical AV setup during the years The thing is, when the TV remote appeared, there …

HDMI 2.0 is finally here, but may not be what you were expecting

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Spread the love         Back in September 4th 2013, HDMI Forum released the new version of HDMI, which was upgraded to version 2.0. This new version brought some very necessary upgrades in terms of supported bandwidth and the much needed new 4K resolutions. Also, as an added bonus, existing 1.4 category 2 cables would be compatible with the new standard and resolutions. On the other hand, people learned to put some salt on some technological breakthroughs and product launches, with some call vapourware or paperware. Anyways, HDMI 2.0 would have no reason to diverge from the rest of the industry best practices, and as such it brings some …

Installing Owncloud 6 on QNAP hardware – Additional Steps for version 6

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Spread the love         EDIT: Please note since QNAP QTS 4.1.x and ownCloud 7.0.2 the following steps aren’t working anymore. A new post will follow. This post comes as a following to the original Installing and using ownCloud on QNAP hardware post, and serves to users in the process of doing both clean installs and upgrades.  First of all, I need to explain the need for this post: Live was peachy, until someones decided to upgrade ownCloud to version 6.x on any QNAP hardware, both ARM or x86 based. When this upgrade is performed, the user is presented with a white screen, caused by …

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