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CES 2009: Creative Zii ‘Stemcell Computing’

CES 2009: Creative Zii ‘Stemcell Computing’

Creative have been demonstrating their new Zii platform this week at CES, catchily titled "Stemcell Computing", which is promising a huge shift in how multimedia is handled by mobile devices.  Zii comprises a number of scalable Processing Elements, or PEs, each of which can be individually re-tasked to different tasks.  In that way, rather than a device having a set amount of video decoding, encoding or high-definition processing capability, it can selectively assign generic PEs to whatever the task at hand.

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Creative Zii teaser promises ‘Stemcell Computing’

Creative Zii teaser promises ‘Stemcell Computing’

Creative are preparing to launch a new processing chip at CES 2009, Zii, which the company is advertising as using "Stemcell Computing".  Announced via a teaser webpage, Zii is believed to be a different type of product to the company's X-Fi audio processing chip, and will find its way into a variety of upcoming products.

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Creative Vado HD 720p $200 camcorder up for preorder

Creative Vado HD 720p $200 camcorder up for preorder

Creative Labs' as-yet unannounced Vado HD camcorder has been prematurely advertized by Amazon.  The point-and-shoot camcorder, which is capable of recording 720p high-definition footage, has gone up for preorder on the site, priced at $199.99 (with a given list price of $229.99).

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Creative Zen Moo MP3 Players are cow-tastic

Creative Zen Moo MP3 Players are cow-tastic

In case you're on the hunt for a totally unique MP3 player, then you might want to consider the Creative Zen Moo MP3 Player. Yes, you read that right. These little MP3 players are designed in the shape of a cow and are feature-filled.

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Creative to show off new X-Fi Go! mobile sound card

Creative to show off new X-Fi Go! mobile sound card

Creative is expected to be showing off their new Creative X-Fi Go! Mobile sound card this week at IFA. The card is an update to the companies Soundblaster Play! and offers users a sound card that they can port between computers and take with them on the go.

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Creative Fatal1ty X-Fi USB Headset

I remember back in the day when the name Fatal1ty was just first being heard around the internets. This was some kid that was making a real name for himself in the professional gaming world by dominating in Quake III Arena, and going on to win (or place very well) in dozens of professional tournaments. Nowadays you don't hear much about his victories, but you do see gaming products with is stamp of approval on them. The latest such products is the Creative Fatal1ty X-Fi USB Headest.

First, this headset is not going to improve your fragging skills, I don't care who has their name stamped on it. However, I can bet that this guy has spent more time gaming with a headset on than most of us, so he probably knows what he's talking about.

Creative ZEN Mosaic PMP launches

Creative have announced their latest PMP, and it seems they've drawn inspiration from their bathroom.  The ZEN Mosaic is a flash-based media player with a 1.8-inch LCD, audio and video playback, as well as an FM radio and voice recorder.  Initially available in 2GB and 4GB sizes, next month will see 8GB and 16GB versions join the line-up.

Creative Zen X-Fi reviewed: solid build but sound processing disappoints

Creative's Zen X-Fi certainly has the spec-sheet to take on Apple's PMP range, but until now we weren't sure it followed through with the usability.  Jenn over at Pocketables has been playing with what must be one of the first out of the shipping crates, and while she likes the PMP it does seem to fall short of Creative's "the sound of perfection" marketing hyperbole. 

Creative Zen X-Fi US pre-release pricing

Creative made things official with the Zen X-Fi PMP earlier this week in Singapore, confirming that the music and video capable player would be hitting shelves there imminently.  Now, courtesy of Buy.com, we have US pricing, and it turns out the figures are pretty close to like-for-like conversions.

Creative Zen X-Fi WiFi-blessed PMP gets official

Creative have finally brought their new PMP, the Zen X-Fi, blinking into the sunlight.  The WiFi enabled media player had already been spotted surfing the FCC, but Creative's Singapore division has officially announced the new Zen.  Among its talents are wireless streaming and content sync from a PC, together with instant messaging via the onboard Yahoo! and MSN clients.

Creative Zen X-Fi PMP with WiFi hits FCC

Creative's latest PMP has been spotted by multiple sources, including a detail-scant FCC test report [pdf link] and a few leaked photos.  The upcoming media player, called the ZEN X-Fi, is said to include WiFi, instant messaging, a built-in FM radio and speaker, and Creative's sound-fettling X-Fi technology.  Storage is either 8, 16 or 32GB, plus there's an SD card slot to augment it.

Flip Mino camcorder landing June 4th

If Creative thought they could smack down budget camcorder rival Flip with their recent Vado and get away with it, it's time for a reality check.  An eagle-eyed browser has spotted Flip's latest model, the Mino, in B&H's print catalog, and it's likely to be the company's retort to the Vado's "dramatically thinner and lighter" claim.  So far, little is known about the camcorder, aside from its $179.99 price-tag, choice of white or black casing and June 4th release date.

Presumably it's a smaller, lighter version of the existing Flip Video.  The pop-out USB port looks to have moved; it was previously on the side, and now, although it's hard to make out, it appears to have shifted to the top of the camcorder. 

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