Archive for May 26, 2009

Zune HD Announced Today

Zune HD Announced Today

Those mock up photos leaked earlier in the month turned out to be the real deal. Microsoft announced the Zune HD today. The device is meant to compete with Apple's iPod Touch. The HD comes from the device's support of HD Radio and 720P HD video (through the optional docking station) and will feature a 3.3" 16:9 multi-touch OLED display. This makes it the first portable media player to include HD radio, giving it a higher quality sound than standard definition radio.

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Microsoft equipped 1 Millionth Ford with SYNC

Microsoft equipped 1 Millionth Ford with SYNC

Steve Ballmer reported today that Microsoft SYNC is now in 1 Million Ford company vehicles, including Ford Fusions, Focuses, and even Lincoln MKS luxury sedans. The Bluetooth integration features that SYNC provides gives drivers wireless and even voice control over their phones and mp3 players. I personally enjoyed using SYNC during my test drive in California and Microsoft has a winning product here. Obviously since they've just achieved 1 million units.

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Tonium Pacemaker Pocket DJ Review and Demo

Tonium Pacemaker Pocket DJ Review and Demo

I wish I was a DJ. Or at least, I wish I was talented enough to use the Tonium Pacemaker Pocket DJ effectively. I play drums but I can't mix beats, so I had to call in reinforcements. My good friend DJ T.A.I. offered to help out with taking a look at the Pacemaker, and he was able to throw together a short demo for us in the very short amount of time he had the device.

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Windows Vista and Server 2008 Service Pack 2 released

Windows Vista and Server 2008 Service Pack 2 released

Microsoft released the final version of the Vista and Server 2008 SP 2 today and they can be downloaded through the Microsoft Update center on your PC. For both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions, any beta builds of SP 2 MUST be uninstalled before attempting to install the final version. In order to uninstall the beta build, use the Control Panel application Programs and Features, select "View installed updates", and look for KB94846 in "Windows".

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Psystar file for bankruptcy

Psystar file for bankruptcy

Psystar have reportedly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, leaving it likely that the company will be steamrolled by Apple's legal team in their ongoing court case.  Having file the relevant documentation on Thursday May 21st, the bankruptcy hearing itself will take place on June 5th; unlike most such hearings, Psystar's will be of particular interest as the company's equity creditors will be named.

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA size-comparison with 1008HA Seashell

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA size-comparison with 1008HA Seashell

Cover the children's eyes, it's a pair of Eee PC's getting close and snuggly.  In actual fact, this is the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell - in white - and the Eee PC 1005HA - in black - showing that a removable battery does not a porker make.  NetbookNews grabbed some comparison shots of the two netbooks, basically identical machines aside from a few millimeters thickness.

More comparison shots after the cut

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Microsoft Zune Upgrade Program planned?

Microsoft Zune Upgrade Program planned?

It's not quite as exciting as a new Zune HD, but if you fancy upgrading your old Zune 30GB or would like to help Microsoft shift some more of their current-gen stock, then the Zune Upgrade Program might be for you.  According to unnamed sources, Microsoft are preparing to launch a discount scheme whereby cuts of up to $70 will be on offer to existing owners looking to switch to a more recent model.

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