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Zune 30 crash is leap-year issue; will automatically fix claims Microsoft

Zune 30 crash is leap-year issue; will automatically fix claims Microsoft

Microsoft have responded to the spate of Zune 30 crashes, blaming a bug in the PMP's code that leaves it unable to cope with the leap year.  Since the problem will apparently reset itself on January 1st 2009, at noon GMT, the company is not planning an immediate fix; instead, users should follow instructions at the Zune forums which basically amount to letting the PMP's battery expire and then restarting it.

Microsoft ‘Pink’ cellphone blending Zune & Sidekick DNA at CES 2009?

Microsoft ‘Pink’ cellphone blending Zune & Sidekick DNA at CES 2009?

Microsoft execs may be denying that any self-branded cellphone is in development, but somebody connected with the company doesn't seem to have got the same memo.  CNBC's Jim Goldman quotes "a good source" claiming Microsoft are combining the Zune and technology from Danger (the company behind the Sidekick) to create a device offering "true competition to the iPhone".  Codenamed "Pink", a prototype could be finished in time to unveil at CES 2009 in January.

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Microsoft announces XNA game development for the Zune

Microsoft announces XNA game development for the Zune

Microsoft is well known for being on the very bleeding edge of technology, paving paths that no one has ever thought to venture down. Take the Zune for example, who thought that digital music was the way of the future? What's that? Apple beat them to it by half a decade? Oh. Well, Microsoft may have one-upped Apple this time, as they're going to be opening up the Zune to game developers. Take that Apple!

Microsoft and Goods pair up to make Gold Zune 2s

Microsoft and Goods pair up to make Gold Zune 2s

Microsoft commissioned Goods to make 20 gold Zunes. 10 are 80GB models, 10 are 8GB flash models. They look nice, and they are obviously made with gold. No word on price, and I am sure the line is short for a gold Zune, but its still probably longer than 20 people, so it will be interesting to hear what price was actually paid for each of these limited edition models.

Microsoft bank emptied of new 80GB Zunes

Microsoft bank emptied of new 80GB Zunes

Sure, you can find 4GB and 8GB flash models all over the place. Once again though, MS put their eggs in the wrong basket and focused production efforts on the flash models expecting them to be the ones selling out, but no, it’s the new 80GB versions that are sold out both online and in retail stores.

Apparently the retailers aren’t expecting any more stock of the 80GB players until after Christmas. So, Microsoft finally makes a player worthy of a sellout and then they run out of them well before the holiday season and won’t be restocked until well after. Genius.

Microsoft to excel past Apple with new Zune Originals

Microsoft to excel past Apple with new Zune Originals

Everyone knows that if you order your iPod from Apple online you get the option to customize is with up to two lines of text across the back. Well Microsoft is taking it a step further with their new Zunes and offering up 4 lines of text and even the option to have an entire piece of art engraved on the back.

The new 4, 8, and 80GB Zunes that are dropping tomorrow will have this option of customization, but the real question is, will Microsoft be selling the customized Zunes or do they have a deal worked out with one of their third party retailers where they take care of it all? I think it would be nice to see Microsoft actually start selling something hardware wise themselves.

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