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Microsoft restores Zune HD page, not axed yet

Microsoft restores Zune HD page, not axed yet

When Microsoft unveiled its Zune Pass price drop with a new splash page showing the service working for PCs, Windows Phones, and the Xbox, the company appeared to have pulled any reference to its Zune HD mp3 player. This quickly sparked reports that it was the end of the road for the device. But not so, says Microsoft, clarifying today that the whole thing was a publishing mistake.

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Microsoft Zune Pass price drops, 10 songs a month along with it

Microsoft Zune Pass price drops, 10 songs a month along with it

Starting on the 3rd of October, those hoping for a lower price point for the Zune Pass unlimited music service will be jumping for joy as $14.99 turns into $9.99. With this price cut comes a few other cuts as well, including the option to download 10 songs per month that you can keep for your own forever. This price cut will take place on October 3rd, 2011, and will be available to Canadian Zune users as well. Will this cut finally convince you to jump in on the Zune revolution*?

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Microsoft CEO must go demands influential investor

Microsoft CEO must go demands influential investor

An outspoken and influential hedge fund manager made waves at an investor conference yesterday by calling for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to step down. Suggesting Ballmer's "continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock," Greenlight Capital chief David Einhorn insisted it was time to "give someone else a chance" at the helm. The investor - whose fund currently holds approximately 9m Microsoft shares, or around 0.11-percent of the outstanding shares - blamed Ballmer for wasting time and money on poorly considered mergers and acquisitions, as well as short-sightedly mishandling the smartphone, PMP and tablet segments.

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Microsoft May Finally Kill Zune?

Microsoft May Finally Kill Zune?

According to a Bloomberg source, Microsoft will discontinue production of its Zune media player. Instead, the company will shift its focus to other devices and concentrate on developing the Zune software for mobile phones.

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Microsoft’s Zune HD Gets Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft’s Zune HD Gets Windows Live Messenger

While the Zune HD may still be missing the applications store that many would have liked to see, that's not stopping Microsoft from releasing an important option. If you're a fan of Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger service, and you still know a few people out there that use it, then hopefully you've got a Zune HD to enjoy the application that Microsoft just unveiled. The app brings a lot of the same functionality as the desktop version, so it isn't a scaled down, disappointing version.

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Zune spreads: Zune Pass in Europe, v4.7 syncs Windows Phone 7 devices

Zune spreads: Zune Pass in Europe, v4.7 syncs Windows Phone 7 devices

Microsoft has announced the next phase of expansion for its Zune multimedia platform, and it means that the Zune Pass subscription download service is finally spreading outside of North America.  As of v4.7, the Zune software will also be the tool for managing Windows Phone 7 devices; Microsoft will roll it out in over 20 countries, together with bringing Zune Pass access to the UK, France, Italy and Spain.

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Microsoft Zune HD’s Future to be Revealed in October, Insider Claims

Microsoft Zune HD’s Future to be Revealed in October, Insider Claims

We've already heard that Microsoft's working on the HD 2. And, there's probably plenty of people who are eagerly anticipating its announcement, or at least some spy shots. And while we wish we could provide those for you today, that's just not the case. Instead, we're hearing murmurs from an insider that the official unveiling of the future of the Zune HD, whatever that may be, is set to go public come this October. Right along side the official debut of Windows Phone 7.

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Microsoft Zune HD Refresh in the Works?

Microsoft Zune HD Refresh in the Works?

Considering all the press a certain Cupertino-based company received today, and besides a valiant effort from Samsung, there was one other main company that has been strangely silent about their current Personal Media Player line-up. Microsoft's Zune HD is one of the best out there, in both aesthetically pleasing lines and power under the hood, coupled with features, it's one device that we hope isn't getting shoved under the rug. Thankfully, if some sources are to be believed, it looks like something could indeed be in the works.

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Microsoft Windows Phone to be Enhanced Through Connected Services

Microsoft Windows Phone to be Enhanced Through Connected Services

Perhaps unlike the KIN, Microsoft has a lot of faith in their reboot to the Windows Mobile Operating System lineage. They're putting a lot of effort, on both the software side of things, as well as enforcing the hardware side of things, to make sure that the mobile OS they launch later this year is the best they believe it can be. And while relying on the Operating System itself for the majority of feature-driven aspects to attract customers is good in of itself, it's also the extra features that's going to draw in plenty of more folks to your platform. Andy Lees, Senior Vice President for Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business, announced some of those extra features at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Multifunction Devices and Teens

Multifunction Devices and Teens

Multitasking is a huge concept for devices today. The idea of a single use, single feature device is becoming increasingly rare. Today, the lines are really blurring in technology - between mobile and desktop devices, between phones and media players, between TVs and computers. Even alarm clocks have WiFi built in. And especially among teenagers, the idea of multipurpose, connected devices is becoming more and more important.

For teenagers, one of the most important concept of our lives is being connected to each other - we like being in touch with all our social circles, be it for friends around the corner from school to friends across the globe. Media, entertainment, and pictures are also huge features - consider the huge importance of music, movies, video games, and Facebook albums in today’s world. And in portable devices especially it’s become more and more critical to have these features to ensure that you appeal to teens.

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The Daily Slash: June 23rd 2010

The Daily Slash: June 23rd 2010

Wednesday's seem to have a mind of their own. Seriously, they can just feel like they go on forever. That hump at the middle of the week can either be a great motivator, or something that just drags you down. Thankfully, considering the announcements and other pieces of news, today was definitely a good day. Welcome to The Daily Slash. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got an expected release date for Froyo, we go hands-on with the Parrot AR.Drone, and US Cellular is getting a BlackBerry. And then in the Dredge 'Net, Xbox 360 won't play Zune music in the background, the Nintendo 3DS can do 3D video chat, we've got a huge yacht.

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