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Zune HD hands-on and unboxing video

Zune HD hands-on and unboxing video

It feels like a long time from the early rumors to devices on shelves, but Microsoft's latest PMP, the Zune HD, is finally here.  Packing WiFi along with a touch-sensitive OLED display, the Zune HD is based on NVIDIA's Tegra 720p-capable chipset and promises not only music and high-definition video but also Internet access and gaming.

Video unboxing and demo, plus gallery, after the cut

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Zune HD premature promo video confirms 3D gaming

Zune HD premature promo video confirms 3D gaming

With the Zune HD officially launching in a matter of hours, it isn't long before all the mysteries of Microsoft's new PMP are splayed open like a druid sacrifice.  Still, until then we'll keep gobbling up whatever we're given, such as some prematurely posted adverts for the Zune HD and seemingly confirmation that it will be capable of 3D gaming.

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Microsoft Zune System Maintenance Taking the Social Offline On the 14th

Microsoft Zune System Maintenance Taking the Social Offline On the 14th

Ah, can you feel it? We're just days away from the launch of the Zune HD, and Microsoft took it upon themselves to go ahead and let us know that some maintenance is scheduled for the 14th. The newsletter was sent out to Zune Pass subscribers, letting them know that access to the Zune suite of applications will be down most of the day starting the 14th.

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Microsoft Zune HD Officially Not Bound for European Markets Any Time Soon

Microsoft Zune HD Officially Not Bound for European Markets Any Time Soon

Sorry to say, but it looks like Microsoft is following their trending behavior, and not planning on releasing the Zune HD any time soon in the European market. There are a lot of assumptions regarding the reasoning behind this, especially after the initial Zune models never roamed far from home, but the truth is, it probably boils down to the Software and the content that propels the Zune.

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Microsoft Zune Software Update Coming September 15

Microsoft Zune Software Update Coming September 15

The Zune HD is coming, on Setember 15, with a full refresh of the Zune line up, and a brand new software along for the ride. Or, that's at least what we're being told via the Zune newsletter, recently sent out. From what we can tell, the launch of the Zune HD will herald the release of the new software, specifically designed for the new hardware being released.

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Microsoft Zune HD Looks To Be the Only Zune On the Market Soon

Microsoft Zune HD Looks To Be the Only Zune On the Market Soon

With the release of the Zune HD pretty imminent, the news we're getting seems right on cue. Microsoft has a wide range of Zune players out right now, from 4GB all the way up to 120GB, but it looks like they're setting all of their hopes and dreams on the next best thing. And yes, it is the next best thing.

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Microsoft Zune HD Pamphlet Shows Off HD Movies In Marketplace

Microsoft Zune HD Pamphlet Shows Off HD Movies In Marketplace

The Zune Software is populated with many a great thing. From television shows, to podcasts, there's generally something for everyone. Of course, you can't expect any less from today's online marketplaces, now can you? And while many people were wondering why the Xbox 360 would be getting HD movies (via the upcoming update) before the Zune itself, those worries are now being addressed. And let's just say, the console isn't getting all the love.

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Microsoft Zune HD Shows Marketplace Apps at Best Buy Demo

Microsoft Zune HD Shows Marketplace Apps at Best Buy Demo

Did you happen to make it into a select few Best Buy stores over the weekend? If so, did you get a chance to stare at/touch/play with a Zune HD? We certainly hope so. But! If you didn't get that great of an opportunity, then it looks like a video might just have to cut it for now. And why is this video so amazing, other than giving you another look at the sexy piece of gadgetry? It shows off the Marketplace on the device, and then right there, smack-dab in the middle: Apps.

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Apple iPhone 3GS Is Apparently Capable of A Lot More

Apple iPhone 3GS Is Apparently Capable of A Lot More

Something to ponder over at the most, debate about at the least. Let's face it, Apple has been known to put the reigns on things they don't think is necessary. You may agree with the giant's work ethic, and others may not, but in the end it seems to be working out for them one way or another. This may be one of those random things that doesn't amount to anything, but considering what "the Zune HD" can do, maybe it's time that Apple takes a look at the capabilities of their monster hit, and quit holding it back.

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NVIDIA and Microsoft Are InTEGRAl to the Zune HD

NVIDIA and Microsoft Are InTEGRAl to the Zune HD

Sure, it's common knowledge that the Zune HD will be powered by a ridiculously powerful NVIDIA Tegra processor, and that's one of the many reasons the Zune HD is so anticipated at this point. But up until recently, NVIDIA has been pretty quiet about their powerhouse of a processor, for whatever reason. It wasn't until the Zune HD went up for pre-order, that NVIDIA's website began to reflect the upcoming release, and with it, they got down to the nitty-gritty, detailing exactly what we should expect with the Zune HD's September 15th launch.

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Zune Gets Creative with XNA

Zune Gets Creative with XNA

The media portion of the upcoming Zune HD is something of considerable consideration recently, as many people are wondering if the upcoming PMP will strive to defeat the iPod Touch, or even start a fight with it. And, as we've seen recently, Microsoft seems pretty determined to get the ball rolling on developers working with their peripheral. But, one question that hadn't been pressed much, was how the future games of the Zune HD could be developed and implemented.

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Apple App Developers Being Bribed to Trade Over to the Microsoft Zune HD?

Apple App Developers Being Bribed to Trade Over to the Microsoft Zune HD?

One of the reasons the iPhone and iPod Touch are so popular, is because of the hefty App Store. There has been some significant conversations out on the web about whether or not mobile media devices releasing from this point on will survive in the market without having their own version of Apple's App Store, and now that Microsoft's Zune HD is on the precipice of release, people are wondering whether or not the Zune HD can move on from being just another Personal Music Player (PMP), and navigate into the lucrative world of mobile media.

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