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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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Zune Pass Subscriptions Jumping Over to the UK?

Zune Pass Subscriptions Jumping Over to the UK?

For one lucky UK-based resident, the Zune Pass snuck up on him. As many of us out there know, the Zune HD isn't available in the UK, and on the software side of things, neither is the Zune Software or Zune Pass. And while there may be plenty of other options, there's at least a few members of civilized society who would love to get their hands on the Zune Pass, which offers up an unlimited amount of song downloads for just $14.99 per month. At least, that's what it costs in the States. UK pricing, if the screenshot is to be believed, is a bit different.

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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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Microsoft Menlo mobile OS tipped to replace CE: “frankenOS” for cross-platform compatibility

Microsoft Menlo mobile OS tipped to replace CE: “frankenOS” for cross-platform compatibility

Windows CE isn't exactly the most popular of mobile platforms, but it's still reasonably common to find it hiding underneath the custom UI of various MIDs, PMPs and other devices, not to mention Microsoft's own Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7 and Zune OSes.  Now, Microsoft are apparently looking at replacing CE with a new platform, codenamed Microsoft Menlo, which combines Windows NT for mobile devices with a new "Experiment 19" graphics platform.  According to Mary Jo Foley's digging, the project is being led by Galen Hunt, who's also responsible for Microsoft'a Singularity work.

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The Daily Slash: April 27th 2010

The Daily Slash: April 27th 2010

Does it feel like this week is going by pretty slow to you, too? We could've sworn this was a Wednesday, but thankfully we've got a daily tally, so we figured out the error of our ways pretty quickly. So, welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got an unknown HTC Android device, Facebook changing up video formats, and a lesser version of the Samsung Galaxy S. And then in the Dredge 'Net, it seems that LTE will have more sustainability than WiMAX, a new PlayStation 3 firmware update to add a nice feature, and then finally the Zune HD gets some new games added to the library, along with a new app.

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Microsoft Zune HD2 Seen at Microsoft Experience?

Microsoft Zune HD2 Seen at Microsoft Experience?

At least we can say that this isn't the first time the Zune HD2 has been rumored about. Because, let's face it, if you've got something as thin as this, you'll need some kind of other story to support it. Luckily, we've got that in this situation. According to a report over at Zunited, apparently a director and blogger got a chance to see the new Zune HD, along with a few pieces of other Microsoft tech.

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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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Microsoft Zune HD 64GB Available Now

Microsoft Zune HD 64GB Available Now

If you haven't already picked up a Zune HD, perhaps now would be a good time. Unless, you're a fan of a different kind of Personal Media Player. In any event, Microsoft has just pulled the curtain off their granddaddy of the lineup, officially making the 64GB model available for purchase. But, hopefully you've been saving your hard-earned pennies, because it's going to cost you.

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Microsoft Zune HD 4.5 Update Available Now

Microsoft Zune HD 4.5 Update Available Now

It's been a week, exactly, since we brought you the initial news regarding the next update to Microsoft's Personal Media Player (PMP), the Zune HD. And, sure enough, we've got a pretty big update in regards to the release of Zune HD's 4.5 software upgrade. It's out now. Yep, those non-firm details that Microsoft couldn't talk about must've been code for wanting to make us all surprised at how quickly they released it. Well, it worked. We're pretty excited. (We love updates.) And sure enough, it's adding all the goodies we mentioned before.

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Zune HD 64 confirmed; 16GB & 32GB prices slashed

Zune HD 64 confirmed; 16GB & 32GB prices slashed

Remember the Zune HD 64 spotted on the Microsoft's site earlier this week?  The company has just been in touch to let us know that it is indeed launching a 64GB version of the OLED touchscreen PMP, together with reducing the price of the existing 16GB and 32GB models.  The new Zune HD 64 will arrive April 12th for $349.99.

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