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Linux web tablet gains personal media access feature

Apr 16, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

A web service aimed at letting users stream PC-based multimedia content to mobile devices has added support for Nokia's Linux-based N800 web tablet. Orb Networks says its MyCasting service enables registered users to access their personal media from anywhere their N800 can connect to the Internet.

The N800 is Nokia's second-generation Linux-based web tablet. With a stronger processor and double the RAM of the first-generation 770, it plays back video significantly better, according to several reviews.

Orb's “MyCasting” software for the N800 supports media types that include photos, videos, and music, and does not require users to install additional software on the N800; apparently, the software transcodes content to formats and resolutions supported by the device. Additionally, the N800's existing Opera web browser can be used to program the MyCasting software's DVR (digital video recording) feature, for scheduled TV recording, Orb said.

Ari Virtanen, VP of convergence at Nokia, stated, “The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet was developed to make it easy for people to access content anywhere there is WiFi. Orb's MyCasting [turns] the device [into] a jukebox of personal media.”

In other news, the N800 earlier this month gained support for RealNetworks's browser-based Rhapsody music player and online music store/service.


Orb's MyCasting application for installation on N800 users' PCs can be freely downloaded here (it's actually the standard Orb PC application, but accompanied by explanatory information aimed specifically at N800 users, a spokesperson said). The PC application requires a newer Windows PC with lots of RAM and disk space, as well as a broadband Internet connection.

Incidentally, Orb's “technical folks” found that the Orb service worked fine on Nokia's earlier 770 Internet Tablet “the last time they tested it,” the spokesperson added.

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