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BOSS eBand JS-8 offers solace, practice to lonely guitarists [Video]

BOSS eBand JS-8 offers solace, practice to lonely guitarists [Video]

While this might look like a streaming media player, it's actually BOSS' latest accessory for the lonely guitarist.  The BOSS eBand JS-8 packs an SDHC card slot and USB port for playback of full music files, backing tracks or rhythm loops, as well as squeezing in BOSS guitar effects and built-in stereo speakers.

Video demo after the cut

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FlipShare TV gets official: reasonably straightforward streaming

FlipShare TV gets official: reasonably straightforward streaming

Having been prematurely outed by the FCC a little over a month ago, Cisco and Flip Video have officially launched the FlipShare TV, their new media streamer system.  Consisting of a USB transmitter for your PC/Mac, a set-top box and a remote control, the FlipShare TV uses a proprietary wireless standard and accompanying software - which is preloaded onto the USB transmitter itself - to beam content to your big-screen TV.

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Zune HD purple and magenta versions arrive

Zune HD purple and magenta versions arrive

Zune Originals promised us more color choices for Microsoft's Zune HD PMP, and as expected the catalog has been updated with new magenta and purple versions.  The colors - which join the original black, silver, blue, red and green models - are part of Microsoft's Zune HD holiday promotion, and the company is also offering free message engraving.

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Apple iTunes LP and Extras creation open to all

Apple iTunes LP and Extras creation open to all

Apple's iTunes LP and iTunes Extras system promise boosted whole-album sales for major artists, but until now the interactive media experiences have been limited to the big names in music publishing.  That's all changing, however, with Apple throwing open the door to anybody with a iTunes distribution contract and even making various templates available so that the creation process isn't too tricky.

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LaCie LaCinema Classic HD: 1TB, 1080p HD and DLNA

LaCie LaCinema Classic HD: 1TB, 1080p HD and DLNA

LaCie seem to be going back and filling in any blanks in their mediaplayer line-up right now, neatly slotting the LaCinema Classic HD into the range.  Coming somewhere in-between the non-HD LaCinema Classic and the HDD-free LaCinema Classic Bridge, the new device promises Full HD 1080p playback of various formats - including DivX, MKV, AVC and H.264 - from its 1TB internal hard-drive, together with DLNA media server support.

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iPod shuffle headset concept by Isamu Sanada

iPod shuffle headset concept by Isamu Sanada

Remember Apple's iPod Bluetooth headset patent application, which polarized opinion back at the end of October?  That seems to have at least partially inspired SlashGear's Apple concept merchant of choice, Isamu Sanada, who has come up with a clever iPod shuffle design that can be attached to both regular earbuds and a flexible headset.

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Spotify Mobile for S60 released

Spotify Mobile for S60 released

Streaming music-on-demand service Spotify threw the radio cat among the Nokia pigeons back in September, when it announced a S60 mobile client was on the way.  It's taken a few months, but now that client has been released, bringing Spotify to more than thirty devices running the S60 OS; that's not just Nokia handsets, either, since Spotify have made the necessary tweaks to get the app running on some S60 devices from other companies, such as the Samsung Omnia HD and the Sony Ericsson Satio.

Full list of supported devices after the cut

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Pogoplug updated: Twitter & Facebook integration, more USB ports

Pogoplug updated: Twitter & Facebook integration, more USB ports

Pogoplug have announced their second-generation device, and it aims to build on the usability of the original multimedia sharing brick.  As well as a new hardware design, with four USB 2.0 ports versus the first-gen model's single port, there's also new software with better integration with social media and online galleries such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.  The core concept, however, remains the same: a sixty-second setup, basically amounting to plugging in at least one hard-drive, an ethernet connection and power, and registering the Pogoplug serial number to a free account online.

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Skifta promises easy DLNA media-shifting [Video]

Skifta promises easy DLNA media-shifting [Video]

One of Qualcomm's more low-key demonstrations from today is actually the one thing you can try most readily yourself.  Skifta aims to make media shifting more straightforward, using a single client PC or Mac that can then be accessed by any DLNA and UPnP client in your home or remotely.  The system works using a simple web-based interface which will work on your desktop or cellphone browser (the Skifta team had an HTC Hero on hand to do just that), and then that content from pretty much any DLNA device gets funnelled around.

Video demo after the cut

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Cowon iAudio 9 PMP gets unboxed

Cowon iAudio 9 PMP gets unboxed

Perhaps it's a 2009 thing and, come the new year, packaging will won't enthral us so, but for now there's a great deal of geeky appeal in how manufacturers choose to present their tech.  Cowon have generally been associated more with audio performance than they have with style, but it looks like some of the "shape up" message is getting through: DAP Review have just taken delivery of the iAudio 9 PMP, and as their unboxing photoset shows there's obviously been a lot of thought put into how it's packaged.

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Qualcomm FLO TV on sale today; major stampedes not expected

Remember FLO TV?  We’d forgive you if Qualcomm’s standalone streaming TV handheld had slipped your mind; after all, the market for a dedicated device for mobile TV (that’s already available on certain mainstream cellphones) seems pretty limited.  Still, if you’ve been saving your pennies and waiting anxiously to pick up a FLO TV Personal Television, salvation is at hand: it’s going on sale today.

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Boxee Box official: debut on December7th

Boxee Box official: debut on December7th

Boxee has long been the darling of the homebrew DVR crowd, turning the Apple TV into a far more capable - and less iTunes-centric - media system and brightening DIY HTPCs no end.  Now the company has announced its plans for an off-the-shelf Boxee Box, which will deliver the same sort of experience but without the need to build it youself.

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