Posts Tagged ‘zune’

Zune Phones on the Way?

January 19, 2010

Not content to be the brains behind the guts of Google’s Nexus One, it seems that HTC could have a hand in Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 release, alongside LG.

HTC does have a bit of a flair for design :)

While this is all purest rumour and speculation for the moment, the folks at Engadget have pointed to LG’s Apollo and HTC’s Obsession to be the flagship devices for Microsoft’s upcoming addition to the mobile space, Windows Mobile 7. While we’re very curious to see some more official details about Windows Mobile 7, the current rumour is that we’ll see two different flavours of the devices, aimed at business and media use respectively.

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HP Goes on Trademarking Spree

December 30, 2009

HP has gone on something of a trademarking spree, soaking up as many strange words as you could reasonably shake a stick at, including Zeen and Airlife. They’re prompting some fairly wild speculation.

Word comes from Gizmodo of the latest news on HP’s new trademark acquisitions, as well as the descriptions of just what we might expect those names to represent when a product finally does hit. The Zeen is said to be a “portable handheld device for receiving and displaying text and images and sound; computer software for use in transmitting and displaying text, images and sound; computer peripherals; computer hardware.”

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Is Steve Ballmer Safe for 2010?

December 22, 2009

Rumours have been circulating that Microsoft could well ditch its CEO, Steve Ballmer, at some stage in 2010, but some have been quick to criticise that prediction.

It seems that Ballmer has been in slowly heating water since the launch of Microsoft’s by now egregious last operating system, Windows Vista, which managed put a company Microsoft’s size in a very awkward position indeed. It had been estimated that if Windows 7 had stumbled in the same way as Vista, Microsoft might well not have survived it, but fortunately enough, here we are, with Windows 7 a roaring success.

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Microsoft to Launch Zune Services in Europe

November 16, 2009

Microsoft has announced that it is to launch its Zune brand outside of the US, though sadly without the hardware that accompanies the services in North America.

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Microsoft’s own entry to the portable media player (PMP) market, originally simple called the Zune, proved to be a fairly solid piece of hardware, but never quite seemed to take off in the face of Apple’s iPod dominance. The more recent launch of the Zune HD hasn’t seen Microsoft’s marketshare increase substantially (in fact, it’s fallen to just two per cent), but the Zune HD is by a far a more impressive piece of hardware.

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Next-gen DS to Use Tegra?

October 15, 2009

Rumours are leaking out that Nintendo has selected the Nvidia Tegra to be the device powering its next generation hand-held console, though relatively little is known about the device itself for now.

Embarassingly, I have a pink DS and I love it to bits :)

Embarassingly, I have a pink DS and I love it to bits :)

Word comes via BrightSideofNews that the Tegra architecture could comfortably ensure that the new device would be fully backwards compatible with current generation Nintendo DS games, meaning that those of us who already have a vast library of cartridges likely won’t see them rendered instantly obsolete; Nintendo has a habit of maintaining back-compatibility in the handheld market.

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Ballmer’s Job in Question?

October 9, 2009

Things aren’t looking good for Steve Ballmer, with word streaming in that investors are beginning to question the degree Microsoft’s success under it’s long standing CEO.

Ballmer has always had the all important 'Eeeeeuuugh' factor...

Ballmer has always had the all important 'Eeeeeuuugh' factor...

Steve Ballmer’s antics have time and again earned him space in the headlines, but Steve Ballmer making headlines personally is often a bit more of an embarrassment for Microsoft than free news space (as anyone who remembers him chewing out an employee he noticed holding an iPhone last month will know). Now though, it’s started to look like the investors are beginning to question Steve’s ability to lead the company.

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Microsoft to Bring Zune Services to Apple Devices?

October 7, 2009

Microsoft has speculated about bringing some of its Zune services to other devices before, but now it’s mentioned Apple devices specifically.

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Microsoft’s Zune line may not have turned out to be the iPod killer it was touted as when the original Zune first launched (and we still wonder how much that has to do with it not seeing release outside the US), but it seems as though rumours that Microsoft was repositioning the Zune brand from hardware to services have been spot on. According to the All About Microsoft blog, Microsoft is currently considering taking the Zune services to Apple devices.

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No Zune HD Outside US

September 11, 2009

Microsoft has announced that it doesn’t have any plans to release its upcoming media player, the Zune HD, outside of the US at the moment.

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While many were hopeful that the launch of the touch-screen Zune HD would see the brand start to gain some attention in Europe, Microsoft has shot those hopes down when ArsTechnica got in touch to ask about the device.

According to the Microsoft representative they managed to get in touch with, “For the time being, the ZuneHD device will remain US Only. Right now we are focused on deploying an exciting service in the form of Zune Video to 18 markets. We are looking at potential future hardware experiences for these markets, but do not have anything to announce right now.”

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Sony Announces New Walkmans

August 26, 2009

Sony has announced two new additions to its Walkman line that seem to be designed specifically to go toe to toe with the iPod Touch and Microsoft’s upcoming update to its Zune line (which we’re unlikely to see very much of on this side of the pond, sadly).

Sony S Series

The new S and E Series Walkman players boast what Sony is calling “high quality built-in stereo speakers that allow users to share music out loud.” we’re not sure how comfortable we are with “share music out loud” but the intention is nice. We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Creative’s Zen X-Fi already let’s people “share music out loud,” but the Sony does boast some genuinely interesting features, including a staggering 42 hour battery life, which puts it on par with the iPod Classic, more so than the iPod Touch.

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Music Copyright Suit Hits Microsoft and Yahoo

July 2, 2009

With all of the copyright-rights suits going around, it seems as though it was inevitable that someone eventually target household names, but it’s happened in a way that’s both a bit grander and a bit stranger than expected. The companies being taken to task are Microsoft, Yahoo and Real Networks, all of which sold music, apparently legally, through online services.

How long before they just decide the whole affair is pointless and we go back to cassettes?

How long before they just decide the whole affair is pointless and we go back to cassettes?

This particular suit is brought by MCS Music America against the various services the three companies run, yahoomusic.com, rhapsody.com and zune.com. The issue stems from the ability to listen to “on demand streams” of particular songs. The argument is that these services sell not only the content of the tracks in question, but also the “underlying composition”. If all of this seems a little confusing, that’s probably because it is… The problem seems to stem from the fact that there are two separate acts copyrighted in music, the first is the song itself, the composition, and the second is the performance of that composition. Apparently you have to license both now.

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