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Creative lose MP3 class-action suit

Creative lose MP3 class-action suit

Creative have lost the class-action suit brought against them regarding the quoted capacity of their PMPs.  As such, the company will be forced to offer discounts on future hardware purchases to those who bought a hard-drive based MP3 player before Creative made clear in their documentation exactly what storage was available.  On offer to claimants is a half-price ZEN Stone or 20-percent off any single item at the Creative US online store.

Creative face hefty class-action payout over PMP hard-drive claims

Creative face hefty class-action payout over PMP hard-drive claims

It's hard to imagine that there could still be people out there who believe hard-drives will have as much space on them as manufacturers' spec-sheets boast, but that very issue looks to have turned around and bit Creative on the behind.  A class-action suit was filed against the company regarding the quoted capacity of their hard-drive based media players, and it could result in a huge settlement for anybody who bought such a device between May 5th 2001 and April 30th 2008.  Of course, Creative themselves aren't admitting culpability, but seem to be making the gesture as more of a goodwill attempt than because they secretly feel guilty and have been unable to sleep at night.

Creative ZEN PMP gets colorful makeover

Creative ZEN PMP gets colorful makeover

Creative have quietly revealed new color options for their ZEN iPod-rival.  Set to be released in eye-catching pink and red versions, the PMP is otherwise identical to existing ZEN models.  That means you get the same 2.5-inch, 320 x 240, 16m color TFT display, choice of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB flash storage and SD/SDHC expansion slot.

Creative Live! Cam Notebook Ultra

Creative Live! Cam Notebook Ultra

Creative has released a total of 4 new Webcams all of which are Plug n Play capable, have integrated microphones, and as far as webcams go, look pretty attractive. The most interesting is the Creative Live! Cam Notebook Ultra which claims the ability to take up to 5MP still images.

New HP Blackbird Alpha configuration

New HP Blackbird Alpha configuration

This new configuration integrates the Intel QX9650 into the configuration along with several other very high-end components to make the ultimate gaming rig. I got to see the Blackbird 002 at CES and I almost dropped to my knees and started bowing, it truly is a thing of beauty even when its off, but when its up and running you can add raw power to that list of things it is.

Creative Videophone cat let out the bag by FCC

Creative Videophone cat let out the bag by FCC

Check out this Skype phone on crack! Lets start with the cell-phone like keypad, the 7” screen, the integrated 2-hour battery, and the webcam with a 76 degree viewing angle. Oh yeah, did I mention it has dual mics to make sure whatever you say comes in clearly?

Creative ZN-Z32G-BK 32GB flash MP3 Player launched in Japan

Creative ZN-Z32G-BK 32GB flash MP3 Player launched in Japan

This little gem launched today, and I assume the 32GB is flash storage, every site I saw this thing at referred to the storage as “memory” and the capacity is a rounded out flash size like 8, 16, 32, 64, instead of HDD sizes like 200, 250, and 400GB. Anyways, it’s a Creative Zen model, and it comes in black, and it can store about 8k songs.

Creative Zen Stone Plus giving Apple even more troubles

Creative Zen Stone Plus giving Apple even more troubles

So first, the Zen Stone came out from Creative, and the fact that it wasn’t an Apple product, combined with the fact that it was the same size, with similar functionality as the Shuffle, and it was slightly cheaper, well that was enough to help the original model sell a good number of units. Well now it appears Creative is besting Apple’s Shuffle in more areas than price.

In fact they are fixing one of the few flaws of the shuffle, the lack of a screen for navigational purposes. Then they are upping the storage to iPod Nano levels with 4GB for the Zen Stone Plus.

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