This is the February update for Screenly, where you can read about the latest updates from Screenly.
In the last update, we announced beta WiFi support. Today, we are happy to announce that the beta trial was a success. As a result, we are now extending the feature to general availability. We still strongly recommend that you use a wired connection for any production deployments, but, if that is not possible, you now have the ability to use WiFi.
If interested, read more about Screenly WiFi support.
A number of our users have built successful businesses on top of Screenly. Naturally, many of these companies are starting to have a large repository of assets stored in their Screenly account. Over the past year, we’ve been contacted by a number of these users asking us to add the ability to group assets into folders in order to make their asset repository more manageable.
To make our users’ lives easier, we’ve now added functionality so that users can group assets inside their Screenly account.
Lots and lots improvements behind the scenes
We’ve spent a lot of development time in the last few months improving things behind the scenes. As Screenly grows as a company (and we’ve seen a lot of growth recently), it’s important that we build a solid foundation for Screenly solutions on the back-end. This is exactly what we are working on.
Pre-flashed SD cards available
Thanks to our partner Pi Supply, you can now order pre-flashed SD cards with Screenly. These SD cards available for both Screenly and Screenly OSE, and the SD cards can be purchased from Pi Supply.
Linux User & Digest coverage
Linux User & Digest (now Gadget) published an in-depth article about Screenly titled “Digital Signage with Screenly”. If you’re in the U.K., you can likely find this magazine at your local store or newsstand. If you don’t feel like leaving your desk, you can also read the article on the Gadget website.
(If you’re thinking that it was a strange interview, you’re right. It was a fully transcribed Skype interview, which explains the casual tone of the text.)
Screenly V2 Beta Invite
For some time, we’ve been working on a new Screenly Player module. We demonstrated the power of the new Screenly player module at TechCrunch Disrupt and received a huge amount of interest. We’re looking to open up the V2 player beta to some beta customers in Q2. If you’re interested in participating in the beta, please fill out this form.
Since the last newsletter, we’ve been busy attending a lot of events. It has been a lot of fun, and we’ve been able to meet a number of our users in person.
BBVA IoT event
The first event was BBVA’s IoT Day in Madrid, Spain. Together with Canonical and Cloud.net, we spent the morning talking about Screenly, Ubuntu Snappy Core, and IoT in general. During the afternoon, we held a hands-on lab where the participants could work on their own projects with our help.
While in Madrid, we were also invited to speak at Betabeers, which is the largest tech meetup series in Spain. We were greeted by an eager group of techies, and we covered Screenly solutions as a use case for IoT.
In December, together with our partner Pi Supply, we had a booth at Pi Wars — the Raspberry Pi robotics challenge competition in Cambridge. Rumor has it that it was the biggest Raspberry Pi event to date, and it surely was a full house. Not only did we get to meet a number of our users, but we also got to hang out with Eben and Liz from the Raspberry Pi foundation.
TechCrunch Disrupt London
Just a few days after Pi Wars, we headed over to TechCrunch Disrupt London to join our friends over at ArcticStartup. At Disrupt London, we gave a sneak-peek of the upcoming version 2 of our Screenly Player module. People who walked by our booth were blown away regarding how far we could push the Raspberry Pi.
In addition to making Screenly’s digital signage solutions even more awesome, we also booked a packed schedule of events this spring.
Mobile World Congress (MWC)
Later this month, between February 22nd and 25th, we will be at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry. You’ll find us in Canonical/Ubuntu’s booth.
Raspberry Pi’s 4th Birthday Party
During the first weekend of March (5–6th), we will be in Cambridge for the big Raspberry Pi’s 4th Birthday Party event. If you’re there, please swing by and say hi.
Cloud Expo Europe
If you’re planning to attend Cloud Expo Europe in London on April 13th, you should head over to the Service Provider & Cloud Ecosystem Technology Theatre at 14:30. If you do so, you’ll find that Viktor (Screenly’s co-founder) will be on the panel “Future containers, virtualization, or both?”.
That’s it for this time. Hopefully we will see you at one of our upcoming events. Also, as always, if you want to get in touch, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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