Mac/Windows/Linux: Popular HTPC front-end media manager Boxee announced the latest version of the Boxee desktop software for all systems this week, with heaps of new features including quick access to commonly-used items on the home screen, more social integration, and a retooled UI. Unfortunately this is the last version of Boxee that will be available for download; future releases will only be made available on the Boxee Box and other set-top equipment.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
To celebrate the impending November release of the Boxee Box, I'm writing a series of posts on our sibling site Gizmodo looking at how a media player initially designed for a proprietary console has now evolved into a high-powered, bargain-priced media centre box. Head there now to check it out and share your XBMC memories.
The Boxee Box media centre, which is a dedicated piece of hardware that runs the excellent Boxee media centre application, has set its release date for November of 2010 (pushed back from second quarter of this year). Can't wait? Build your own cheap but powerful Boxee media center with our guide.
The shiny new Boxee Beta didn't launch with Apple TV support, but there was a geeky hack to load it up. Now it's much, much easier to install, or upgrade, the Beta onto Apple's would-be HD media centre.
Windows/Mac/Linux: If you've been using the recently released Boxee Beta media centre but found it to be a bit on unusable side of buggy (at least one Lifehacker writer felt that way), good news: Boxee just released an update to Boxee Beta, and while the update doesn't have any new features, it's overflowing with bug fixes (over 500 resolved issues in total). A few highlights among the fixes.
The shiny new Boxee Beta is out for every platform except Apple TV. Some intrepid hackers have, however, created an unofficial installation method for that shiny, slim box.
If you liked what you saw when Boxee previewed their new private beta release and don't quite have the patience to wait for the beta to officially open up to the public in January, you can now grab Boxee Beta from BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay.
You've seen what Boxee's beta media centre software will look like. Now you can peek at pictures and specifications for D-Link's official Boxee Box, a small computer with HDMI outputs made specifically to run the open-source media centre.
The Boxee team unveiled its upcoming beta release today. From the outset, it looks a whole lot more pretty and user friendly. Native search powers, media queues, much improved looks, and easier navigation are coming to computer-connected TVs soon.