Kodi 16.0 for Linux Includes Multi-Touch Support

Kodi (formerly XBMC Media Center) V. 16.0 Alpha has been released to a new branch. The new branch includes some changes:

New Features:
Multi-touch support for the Linux platform has been added

Improvements:
The add-on manager has been improved
Personal Video Recorder (PVR)functionality will help you to record and watch live TV
The playback of VP9 and VC1 video codecs on Android has been enhanced

Removal:
According to the changelog, the Karaoke module has been removed.
The old implementation for audio and video provided by libstagefright has been removed.

You can download Kodi 16.0 Alpha 4 right now from Softpedia and give it a try, but if you are not an advanced user you might want to wait for the stable version.

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Top 10 xbmc / Kodi addons

Since launched, XBMC (now known as Kodi) has gathered a large group of fans. Some of the more technical fans created addons for XBMC. Addon sites typically divide them into categories: Games, Subtitles, Programs, Services, Skins, Audio, Video and more.

We tested several dozens of the addons and came up with our Top 10 list of addons.

1) XBMC Torrent (now known as Pulsar) – the premier alternative to popcorn time. XBMCTOrrenet features a large catalog of content, including movies, tv shows, music, video and more. It is easy to download and install.

2) XBMC Hub – is now known as TV addons and allows watching TV.

3) Navix – allows streaming videos straight from the Internet

4) Bluecop Repo – Get dozens of free cable channels !

5) Sports Devil – if you are a sports fan this is the place for you. You can find here sports content from all over the world.

6) PseudoTV – takes your feeds and videos and creates TV channels for others to see

7) NetfliXBMC – you can now watch netflix through this awesome addon

8) USTV VoD – you can basically find all types of content on this new addon

9) UTorrent – don’t you just love torrents? with uTorrent there’s no need to download them anymore!

10) XBMC Library updater – saves you the need to restart XBMC every time you update the library.

If you have additional recommended addons please post them below!

Toshiba Chromebook: Better Than A PC?

Toshiba is the latest company to enter the Chromebook market. The Toshiba Chromebook is a large device compared to other Chromebooks available in the market. It offers a 13.3 inch screen in a very affordable price. Priced at around $249, it can be considered as an affordable desktop replacement.

Toshiba chromebook

The only question arises is whether Toshiba may be able to compete with other big manufacturers like HP, Dell, and Samsung.

Design

Designing a decent looking machine at this price point is a very difficult task for any manufacturer. But I must confess that Toshiba has a done a great job to design its Chromebook.

The Chromebook weighs around 1.5 kg which less quite less comparing it to other device in its price range. We should also not forget that it offers a 13.3 inch display which is highest among the competition. It has the same weight as that of MacBook Air. It is also just 20mm thick, hence will easily fit our bag pack.

The build quality is average with a plastic body frame. Toshiba has avoided the glossy plastic feeling that is haunting the Chromebook. The design is simple, functional and effective.

Display

The Toshiba Chromebook packs a 13.3 inch display with a resolution 1366 x 768 pixels. The display is above average comparing its price point. It’s enough crisp for day watching YouTube or Netflix videos as well as for document editing, which is one of the main function of a Chromebook.

The TrueBrite Led display is not an IPS one hence the viewing angles seemed below average. The color reproduction and contrast levels also appeared below the par. The black color appeared greyish on the display when watching videos. But that was not a surprise seems we can’t have an HD like quality in this price point.

Performance

The Toshiba Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U chip – the same present in the Acer Chromebook. The processor is clocked at 1.4 Ghz. The processor is coupled with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of SSD storage. It also comes with free 100 GB Google drive subscription for a period of 2 years.

We also get 802.11b/g/n wifi and Bluetooth 4.0. It also has a welcome which can record 720p videos. The quality of video recording was quite average.

Battery

One thing which really impressed me was its battery life. The light ChromeOS makes the device quite power efficient. It provided a battery life for more than 9 hours on a single recharge. I played a video in loop mode and the battery died in 4 hours and 56 minutes. Hence the excellent battery life makes the device a must have gadget to carry on long trips.

Verdict

The Chromebook continues to grow and is becoming more productive with each update. For a person who wants to buy a laptop for its multimedia capability, web browsing or basic document editing, Chromebook seems to be an exceptional device.

Toshiba has done a great job with its Chromebook. The Chromebook has decent build quality, performance and excellent battery life. The screen size is also perfect for a Chromebook. The Chromebook has actually blurred the difference between a laptop and a tablet.

Top 5 Tech News Websites

As the world of technology is advancing so is the news websites related to them. In this post-modern technology era, if you are not updated with latest news then you may feel serious inferiority complex when among your friends and any other social circle. When everybody would be talking of KitKat you would be wondering how mobile phones can be related to KitKat.
I have gathered 5 top technology news website, which will keep you informed about all the trends and news of tech world and they would surely prove to be your savior.

Editor’s Choice: GIZMODO.COM

Gizmodo is very useful website when it comes to gadgets. They feature all latest news about gadgets and you can get a great guide about many interesting gadgets. Gizmodo updates the content every few minutes and what I personally like about this site is that they have a serious sense of humor. The negative side of the website is its look and feel but they have great content for gadget lovers.

2. MASHABLE.COM

Mashable is a great website which I personally like a lot and I recommend to everyone. It keeps you updated and informed about the social media happening. The website has millions of unique visits and it has more than six million followers. It has also great look and feel, you feel aesthetically pleased while visiting them. Even they have massive amount of content still one finds it surprisingly easy to navigate.

3. CNET.COM

CNet is great quality and content website, it has great product reviews. It was founded in 1994 and you can find reviews, news, articles, podcasts and a great blog on technology. This website has consistently won WebbyAwards. Again the layout of the website is highly interactive and one feels easy while navigating the website.

4. Wired News

Wired is also one of the best technology website. Formally it was known as hotwire. You will find in depth coverage of technology trends and the effects those trends are having on entertainment, business, society and science. They have also a blog where articles related to technology are published. WebMonkey is also there another part but that is for web developers and web designers.

5. TechCrunch.Com

TechCrunch is a leading website in tech news that would be very helpful in keeping you informed about latest technology and the trends in it. Website also reviews internet portals, websites, and products. As far as the navigation and aesthetics are concerned, website won’t disappoint you. You can easily navigate through content.
Bookmarking some of the great websites saves you from lot of headache. Whenever you need to read something you simply open a bookmarks tab and opens your favorite website. So I would recommend bookmarking all these websites as they are authentic and much better than normal newbie websites and blogs. They are experienced and they all have mature content. Some of these websites also offers you to write for them. If you have some news or something like that it would be best idea to be a part of these great tech news websites.