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Microsoft “living room” Zune advert tips big-screen intentions

Microsoft “living room” Zune advert tips big-screen intentions

Microsoft are looking to take Zune into the living room, at least if a job advert posted by the company is to be believed.  The Zune team is apparently looking for a software engineer to develop "innovative user experiences" for living room media, including on-demand music and video.

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Microsoft Zune retail displays to get brighter

Microsoft Zune retail displays to get brighter

Microsoft's retail location plans are now public, but it's much more likely you'll come across something like this new Zune retail display at your local electronics emporium.  Designed by Oregon-based Planned Marketing Solutions International (PMSI), the new renders show a far more eye-catching (and less brown) evolution of the current, relatively dreary Zune displays.

More renders after the cut

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Microsoft Tegra-based phone rumors reignite; Poppycock says firm

Microsoft Tegra-based phone rumors reignite; Poppycock says firm

Microsoft is once again being tipped to announce a new, homegrown smartphone that would not only use the company's software but their own hardware too.  This latest incarnation of the rumor comes courtesy of Broadpoint AmTech analyst Doug Freedman, who has suggested that Microsoft will use a Qualcomm baseband and NVIDIA Tegra chipset in their new device.

"We have been able to identify NVDA’s second handset design win for the Tegra Applications Processor (our Jan. 12th note identified HTC). We believe that Tegra is also designed into an upcoming Microsoft smartphone (with a Qualcomm baseband solution). We believe that MSFT may announce one of the new phones at 3GSM" Doug Freedman, chip analyst, Broadpoint AmTech

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Xbox, Zune & WM teams bearing brunt of initial Microsoft layoffs?

Xbox, Zune & WM teams bearing brunt of initial Microsoft layoffs?

After Microsoft announced 5,000 job cuts as part of its financial control measures, speculation has begun about which departments will be hardest hit.  The earliest identified target appears to be the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) unit, responsible for Xbox, Zune and Windows Mobile development, who according to some sources will be bearing the brunt of the initial 1,400 redundancies.

Don’t expect a Zune phone, says Ballmer

Don’t expect a Zune phone, says Ballmer

It looks like Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is finally showing Apple's iPhone a little respect.  After initially tearing into Apple's device when it was first announced, Ballmer has now conceded that the iPhone and BlackBerry have a pretty firm grasp on the smartphone.  Along with that, Ballmer also said that we shouldn't hold our breath for a Zune Phone.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 1 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 1 2009

We kicked off the week with a review of HP's MediaSmart EX487 Home Server, but after that brief dalliance with Microsoft it was Apple that caught most of the headlines.  Much of it is rumor, of course, about what will launch at Macworld next week - A new unibody 17-inch MacBook Pro with integrated battery?  A new Mac mini?  An iPod touch HD tablet? - but the Dev Team gave us something more concrete with the release of yellowsn0w.  If you've been waiting to unlock your iPhone 3G, now's your chance.

Zune 30 crash is leap-year issue; will automatically fix claims Microsoft

Zune 30 crash is leap-year issue; will automatically fix claims Microsoft

Microsoft have responded to the spate of Zune 30 crashes, blaming a bug in the PMP's code that leaves it unable to cope with the leap year.  Since the problem will apparently reset itself on January 1st 2009, at noon GMT, the company is not planning an immediate fix; instead, users should follow instructions at the Zune forums which basically amount to letting the PMP's battery expire and then restarting it.

Microsoft Zunes reportedly committing mass suicide

Microsoft Zunes reportedly committing mass suicide

Reports came flooding in stating that the 30GB Microsoft Zunes are killing themselves. This is not happening to just a few here and there either, it’s widespread. From what we gather there is some sort of weird bug that is somehow simultaneously killing all of the music players starting at 12AM.

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Blue & Red Zune 120 available

Blue & Red Zune 120 available

Two new color variants of the Zune 120 PMP have been unveiled, the not entirely inspiring red and blue, in addition to the existing black model.  Otherwise functionally identical, the new versions have silver touch-pad bezels and can be specified with the same choice of rear-panel patterns.

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Microsoft ‘Pink’ cellphone blending Zune & Sidekick DNA at CES 2009?

Microsoft ‘Pink’ cellphone blending Zune & Sidekick DNA at CES 2009?

Microsoft execs may be denying that any self-branded cellphone is in development, but somebody connected with the company doesn't seem to have got the same memo.  CNBC's Jim Goldman quotes "a good source" claiming Microsoft are combining the Zune and technology from Danger (the company behind the Sidekick) to create a device offering "true competition to the iPhone".  Codenamed "Pink", a prototype could be finished in time to unveil at CES 2009 in January.

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10 free MP3s per month for Zune Pass subscribers

10 free MP3s per month for Zune Pass subscribers

Microsoft have tweaked their Zune Pass subscription service to include a number of free-to-keep tracks every month, which users can continue to play even if their subscription lapses.  From today, Zune Pass users will be able to select up to ten tracks each month to be kept in DRM-free MP3 format; the music can come from studios including EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group (UMG) and Warner Music Group.

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Zune flash PMP price-cut, plus firmware v3.1 released

Zune flash PMP price-cut, plus firmware v3.1 released

Microsoft have simultaneously cut the price of their flash-based Zune PMPs and launched version 3.1 of the media device's firmware.  Those unaffected by the lure of the iPod can now pick up a 4GB Zune for $99, down from $129, while the largest, 16GB Zune drops to $179 from $199.

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