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Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD media players announced

Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD media players announced

Iomega has announced their latest digital media devices, the Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD, ScreenPlay Plus HD and the ScreenPlay TV Link Director, each of which promise to funnel your video, audio and image content onto your HDTV.  The top-spec ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player has 1TB of onboard storage together with an ethernet connection for DLNA streaming playback across a network; there are also three USB 2.0 ports, for plugging in external storage, a USB WiFi adapter or cameras for direct playback.

It supports up to 1080p HD 24fps video playback in H.264, WMV and MKV formats (among others) in addition to streaming YouTube, Shoutcast radio, RSS feeds and podcasts.  The Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD will arrive in the US later in January 2010, priced at $249.

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Personal Television is a little blurry for now

Personal Television is a little blurry for now

In a world that's short on all sorts of resources from oil and gas to water, recently we've been asked to cut down our use yet more. Last week, Ralph de la Vega said heavy users of music over data on the AT&T wireless network were bandwidth hogs, that 3% of smartphone users were using 40% of his capacity and frankly, we need to all cut back just a bit. Spectrum is among the few things that they're not making any more of and, with more users than ever, it's going to be hard to come up with the capacity needed to keep everyone happy. One solution to this is to shift some of the capacity off of current networks and come up with new broadcast models for content distribution. The folks at FloTV have done just that. The service has been around for a bit, mostly on handsets from AT&T that carry support for the service. In a reverse trend the FloTV folks have gone from the phone to creating a dedicated device for the service.

MSI MT-V660 PMP looks to Zune HD for design inspiration

MSI MT-V660 PMP looks to Zune HD for design inspiration

We're not wanting to point fingers here, but we couldn't help but notice some striking design similarities between the new MSI MT-V660 PMP and Microsoft's Zune HD; still, given the number of iPod copycats we've seen over the years, having your industrial design "borrowed" is now practically a sign that you've arrived.  Appearance aside, the MT-V660 gets a 3.2-inch display, TV output and a reasonably broad range of codec support thanks to the Rockchip RK2806 chipset.

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Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver does exactly what you’d expect

Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver does exactly what you’d expect

Bluetooth stereo gateways aren't especially new, so you may as well go for the one that hits the best price point and chucks in a few helpful additional features.  The Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver is latest to hit the market, a compact $49.99 dongle that can receive streamed audio from your iPhone, iPod touch or in fact any device capable of A2DP, and funnel it into your home stereo or standalone speakers.

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LOOQS MeFrame WiFi photo frame packs Internet Radio, more

LOOQS MeFrame WiFi photo frame packs Internet Radio, more

While the LOOQS MeeFrame looks, at first glance, like just another digital photo frame - albeit one that sensibly includes WiFI b/g - what makes it moderately interesting is how it fits into the rest of LOOQS' ecosystem.  The company's line-up includes a media storage device - the MeeBox NAS - and a version that integrates a wireless access point - the MeeBox Router - each of which can stream content to the touchscreen MeeFrame; alternatively it can show content from LOOQS' online MeeChannel portal.

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RAmos T11TE touchscreen PMP packs 1080p HD

RAmos T11TE touchscreen PMP packs 1080p HD

If you're in the market for an iPod alternative, and you don't mind going with a brand that your friends have never heard of, how about the RAmos T11TE?  The 5-inch 800 x 480 PMP may not look all that distinctive from the outside, but its Full HD 1080p output via an HDMI connection certainly singles it out from the rank & file of more mundane MP3 players.

Nokia 5235 Comes With Music outed: Q1 2010 for €145

Nokia 5235 Comes With Music outed: Q1 2010 for €145

Nokia seem determined to fill in every possible gap in their line-up with different variants of otherwise identical handsets, and latest to the fore is the Nokia 5235 Comes With Music.  As the name suggests, this is a version of the Nokia 5230 outfitted with the company's unlimited music downloads service, and it's expected to drop in Q1 2010 with an MRSP - unsubsidized and untaxed - of €145 ($214).

Lala and the Shift from Apps to Services

Lala and the Shift from Apps to Services

Over the weekend, news broke from both the NY Times and Wall Street Journal that Apple had purchased the online music service Lala.

What's Lala? A little background. Lala's been around for awhile, gone through iterations involving free online listening before settling in on a hybrid model. First. Lala lets you listen to any song you currently have on your PC that it matches to its database (a concept based on the idea of music fingerprints and a digital locker that goes back to the early days of mp3.com) and upload any song you may have that they don't know about. Once completed, you've now got access to all your music any place there's a computer with a web browser and an internet connection. There's also an additional model that lets you listen to any song for free but only once. After that the song must be "purchased" and can only be streamed from the web but not downloaded to a computer or any other offline device.

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Creative ZiiSOUND D5 iPod speaker dock eschews anything ZiiLABS

Creative ZiiSOUND D5 iPod speaker dock eschews anything ZiiLABS

Looking for a guaranteed way to confuse press and customers alike, and dilute your new brand?  Creative have a good example: they've called their latest iPod speaker dock the ZiiSound, which you'd expect to thus include some of the clever ZiiLABS "StemCell Computing" magic they've been discussing this week.  Instead it's a bog-standard speaker dock, with nary a whiff of a Zii processor.

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