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Nokia N8 has native DivX support

Nokia N8 has native DivX support

Nokia continue to drip out new information about the Nokia N8's abilities, and after the impressive photo and video editing demonstration earlier it's now the turn of multimedia playback to briefly hog the spotlight.  According to Blog-N8.fr, a French Nokia representative confirmed that the N8 would be able to natively play DivX encoded videos, along with the H.264, MPEG4 and other formats mentioned at the handset's official launch.

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iRiver S100 Brings Sleek Good Looks to Entry Level PMPs [Video]

iRiver S100 Brings Sleek Good Looks to Entry Level PMPs [Video]

iRiver has been in the MP3 and PMP industry for a long time, and some of their most recent devices have been remarkably well manufactured. Especially in the shiny aesthetics department. And in today's market, that's almost half the battle. No one wants an ugly gadget to show off to their friends, after all. And there's definitely no worry about anyone being unimpressed with the shiny good looks of the new S100. It's a simple design, no doubt about that, but that's not a bad thing at all.

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Viliv HD5 1080p PMP gets listed; launch imminent?

Viliv HD5 1080p PMP gets listed; launch imminent?

We've generally stuck to Viliv's MID and netbook ranges before now, but the company's HD5 PMP deserves a second look.  Built around a 5-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, the HD5 supports a bevy of video codecs at up to 1080p HD resolution, complete with an HDMI port for hooking up your big-screen TV.  Announced officially back at CES 2010, it's fresh to the company's website and presumably preparing for an imminent launch.

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Archos 5 gets unofficial Maemo hack [Video]

Archos 5 gets unofficial Maemo hack [Video]

Maemo might be evolving into MeeGo, but it's going by a circuitous route that takes in some Archos 5 play along the way, albeit unofficially.  A group of Archos tinkerers have been persuading Maemo (in its Mer form) to run on both the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (usually found running Android) and the Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet, and while it's not a perfect implementation it does at least function.

Video demos after the cut

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Apple planning iTunes Live using Lala tech?

Apple planning iTunes Live using Lala tech?

A newly filed trademark application by Apple for "iTunes Live" has been spotted, though the actual functionality it will brand is so far unclear.  While TechCrunch seem convinced iTunes Live is a push to sell more concert recordings by Apple, there's also speculation that it could be a "live connected" aka cloud jukebox style system.  SlashGear columnist Michael Gartenberg predicted just as much late last year, in the aftermath of the Apple Lala acquisition.

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Audiophile-friendly Nationite S:Flo2 gets reviewed

Audiophile-friendly Nationite S:Flo2 gets reviewed

Audiophile-PMPs are a pretty rare breed, especially if you don't want to empty your entire bank account to acquire one, and so the Nationite S:Flo2 has plenty riding on it.  Priced from $119.50 (albeit only netting you a mere 2GB of storage), the S:Flo2's selling point isn't its touchscreen, video capabilities or games, but its excellent audio quality.  Joker of the MP4Nation forums has reviewed the S:Flo2, and it turns out you really don't need to spend crazy money to get crazy-good sound.

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Ainol V8000HDW PMP gets reviewed: slick 1080p from HDMI output

Ainol V8000HDW PMP gets reviewed: slick 1080p from HDMI output

PMPs should have HDMI ports.  It's a pretty straightforward - and common-sense - idea, but most big-name portable media player manufacturers would far prefer to fit a proprietary socket and then sell you a pricey adapter cable afterwards.  Ainol may not be a brand name you're familiar with, but judging by MP4nation's review their new V8000HDW certainly should be on your shortlist if you're keen on HD playback.

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Zune HD gets OpenZDK fan-made performance dev framework

Zune HD gets OpenZDK fan-made performance dev framework

We all know that lurking inside the Zune HD is NVIDIA's potent first-gen Tegra chipset, but what isn't so well publicised is that Microsoft's XNA development platform for the PMP doesn't allow access to the hardware's full capabilities.  In fact, it means no 3D, no internet access and performance apparently an order of magnitude less than what the Zune HD is capable of.  That wasn't good enough for the ZuneBoards team, and so they've come up with OpenZDK, an alternative development platform to XNA.

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