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Planex MZK-WDPR Rugby router/touchscreen media player

Planex MZK-WDPR Rugby router/touchscreen media player

Remember the unusually rugby-ball shaped Qisda router that was spotted leaping through the FCC back in early December?  The touchscreen media-player-cum-router has now been spotted - on sale - in Japan, as the Planex MZK-WDPR "Rugby" wireless network router.  As the Qisda manual suggested, the wireless networking device supports WiFi b/g/n, has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen and can play YouTube videos, locally stored media and internet radio stations.

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iriver Smart HD K1 PMP gets video demo

iriver Smart HD K1 PMP gets video demo

You know what's the one thing pretty much guaranteed to take the lust-worthy edge off a new PMP?  Spotting the Windows CE homescreen lurking on it, that's what.  iriver's slender Smart HD K1 turned a few heads when it officially launched earlier this month, but as this video preview shows a CE desktop is only a few taps away.

Video demo after the cut

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Hulu $4.99 paywall rumored: Could this pave way to official Boxee support?

Hulu $4.99 paywall rumored: Could this pave way to official Boxee support?

Mutterings of premium content continue to sweep across the streaming media space, with Hulu the latest to be tipped as preparing to move some of the more popular shows behind a paywall.  The news - which suggests Hulu are considering asking a $4.99 per month subscription for older episodes of shows like 30 Rock, Modern Family and House - comes after Boxee announced their own plans to launch premium content over the summer.

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets second shot at Android 1.6 update

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets second shot at Android 1.6 update

Having briefly released and then promptly pulling the last firmware update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, the French company have left owners waiting as they tweak the apparent "major issue" in the web browser.  Now Archos have tried again, releasing firmware 1.7.33 complete with an update to Android 1.6 Donut for the touchscreen tablet.

Boxee adding paid-content support Summer 2010

Boxee adding paid-content support Summer 2010

Boxee have announced that they intend to add payments support to their media center platform, allowing users to purchase pay-per-view and subscription content from the company's media partners.  Expected to roll out over the Summer, the payments system will work in tandem with the existing free content, with media owners able to charge for none, some or all of their offerings.

Iomega iConnect hands-on

Iomega iConnect hands-on

We called Iomega's iConnect a Pogoplug derivative back when the company announced it last week, but having caught up with the company at CES 2010 it seems we may have been a bit too harsh.  Ostensibly a straightforward way to get USB storage hooked up to your network, in fact sharing HDDs and flash drives is just one string to the iConnect's bow.  Check out our demo video and more details after the cut.

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Popcorn Hour A-200 networked media tank: $179 from Jan 18th

Popcorn Hour A-200 networked media tank: $179 from Jan 18th

Popcorn Hour have eschewed CES 2010 for their latest media player, and instead stealth-announced it on their user forum.  The Popcorn Hour A-200 is a compact set-top box that slots in-between the company's entry-level A-110 and flagship C-200; you lose the externally-accessed HDD/Blu-ray bay (though you can still internally mount a 2.5/3.5-inch HDD) but still get 1080p HD functionality and the company's new UI and app center.

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chumby sunfury touchscreen tablet spotted

chumby sunfury touchscreen tablet spotted

The problem (well, one of them) with CES is that, while this year's show was a little smaller than in previous years, there's still no way you can work your way around every corner of every booth, make every press conference and see everything on offer.  Happily chumby's incoming next-gen tablet was spotted by technabob, and they have all available details on the chumby sunfury too.

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Boxee Box by D-Link demo

Boxee Box by D-Link demo

Boxee have already developed something of a cult following with the software incarnation of their media player, and with the unveil at CES 2010 of the standalone Boxee Box by D-Link we've a feeling they're about to go mainstream.  We stopped by to check out the latest version of Boxee, together with the Tegra 2 packing hardware D-Link have put together for it; you can see our hands on video after the cut.

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Boxee Box Tegra 2 confirmed; Boxee Beta goes public

Boxee Box Tegra 2 confirmed; Boxee Beta goes public

Now that the Boxee Box by D-Link is officially official, and the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset is the same, Boxee can finally confirm that yes, they've used the low-power 1080p-capable Tegra T20 chip in their upcoming media streamer.  According to a new post on the Boxee blog, the dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU means the Boxee Box is capable of Adobe Flash 10.1 decoding, HD streaming and local 1080p playback.

Naim Audio UnitiQute audiophile’s WiFi radio/streamer

Naim Audio UnitiQute audiophile’s WiFi radio/streamer

Naim Audio have pushed out a new all-in-one audio system at CES 2010, the Naim UnitiQute, a combination radio, internet radio, DLNA streamer and media player.  The UnitiQute packs an FM radio, together with DAB in markets where the service is broadcast, along with both ethernet and integrated WiFi connectivity for UPnP streaming of audio from local and internet network sources.

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D-Link Pebble Media Player for local & network streaming

D-Link Pebble Media Player for local & network streaming

D-Link would like to point out that Sling Media aren't the only company who can do place-shifting with interestingly-designed hardware, and to that end the networking specialists have outed the D-Link Pebble Media Player at CES 2010.  A curvaceous lump with both HDMI and ethernet connectivity, the Pebble can stream media from across a network or play it from local memory cards or USB sticks.

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