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Zune HD is Digital Entertainment Handheld say sources

The Zune HD is actually a “digital entertainment handheld” that will allow Microsoft to take on Apple, Sony, Nintendo and Google, claim the latest leaks.  In fact, according to TeamXbox.com, rumors regarding the Zune HD actually started filtering in all the way back in August 2008; their sources tell them that the Microsoft device – codenamed “xYz”, to suggest the bridge between Xbox and Zune – will be a converged device but not a phone, and have a large WVGA touchscreen display together with “hardware features not found on any handheld on the market”.

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Zune HD launching September?

Zune HD launching September?

The Zune HD June launch tweets may have been fake, but well-connected-regarding-Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott has thrown PMP lovers a bone in the shape of the actual launch schedule for the upcoming device.  According to Thurrott's tweet, the Zune HD will hit shelves in September.

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Microsoft Zune HD tweet rumor was fake

It now looks like June will not see a new Microsoft Zune HD launch, as the company admits it accidentally linked to a fake Twitter account.  Rumors started earlier this week, after a tweet from account “officethemovie” suggested that a new Zune would land next month; however, the account Microsoft’s Office 2010 Movie site intended to link to is “Office2010Movie“.

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Possible hardware specs for Zune HD, Microsoft Pink phone emerge

Possible hardware specs for Zune HD, Microsoft Pink phone emerge

We just heard earlier today that Microsoft developers themselves might have tipped off the upcoming launch of Zune phone in June, but now we're learning even more about what a Zune HD or project Pink phone might look like. On the inside, that is.

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Microsoft tip new Zune in June: “hold off from buying an iPhone/Pre”

Microsoft tip new Zune in June: “hold off from buying an iPhone/Pre”

More Microsoft Zune news today, as the company's own developers tip a new product set to launch in June.  The Office 2010 team are mainly intending to twitter about their software, but they've also suggested that "June 2009 will be an important month for Zune lovers"; a second tweet advised would-be iPhone and Palm Pre buyers to hold off in anticipation of a new Microsoft product launch.

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More Zune HD details emerge

More Zune HD details emerge

After artwork images leaked online of the new Zune HD, more details are now coming out about the next generation MP3 player from Microsoft. The Zune HD is rumored to feature an AMOLED capacitive touch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and HDMI out. It will coming in 16GB and 32GB flavors, and will be poised to compete directly with Apple's iPod Touch.

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4th Gen Zune coming to compete with iPod Touch?

4th Gen Zune coming to compete with iPod Touch?

Engadget got a hold of some artwork of the new Zune HD. At first it was believed to simply be a concept, but there are rumors coming from "sources close to Zune" that this is indeed the next Zune. The Zune 4th Generation will be a bit smaller than the iPod Touch, and have competitive features.

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Microsoft confirm new Zune hardware in 2009

Microsoft confirm new Zune hardware in 2009

Short and, if you're a Microsoft PMP lover, sweet: Zune team member Brian Seitz at Microsoft has confirmed that the company will release new Zune hardware this year via his Twitter account.  No specific details for the new model - or models - have been revealed.

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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.

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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?

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.

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