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Patent Application Could be Trouble for Zune

Patent Application Could be Trouble for Zune
While Microsoft is touting the wonders of the music sharing features of the new Zune media player, I’m quite familiar with a project in which a team from the MIT Media lab developed a similar wireless music sharing capability a couple of years ago.

Microsoft Zune is Really a Toshiba

Microsoft Zune is Really a Toshiba
Crunchgear has broken the news that the initial Microsoft Zune media player will be manufactured by Toshiba, not Microsoft. The device has been registered with the FCC as the Toshiba 1089. It’s been confirmed that the player features a 30GB hard drive, a 3″ LCD, USB 2.0
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Aol Cancellation Call Recording…

Aol Cancellation Call Recording…
I don’t know how I missed this video when it came out back in June… This guy recorded his call with the AOL anti-cancellation nazis. It would be really funny if it weren’t so sad. Actually, it is really funny…

Apple to Pay $100 Million to Creative

Apple to Pay $100 Million to Creative
Apple and Creative Technology, Ltd. today announced a broad settlement ending all legal disputes between the two companies. Apple will pay $100 million to license Creative’s patent in all Apple products. Apple can recoup a portion of its payment if Creative is successful in licensing this patent to others.

Microsoft Zune Pricing Details

Microsoft Zune Pricing Details
[UPDATE 9/28/2006: After rumors of a low-ball $229 price, the Zune was officially announced for $249.99 – that’s the real, final MSRP] This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE) has learned from several retailers that Microsoft is planning to release their “iPod killer”, Zune digital media player this fall (rumors have it as a November 14th release date) at an MSRP of $299. The players will come in three colors initially and will have a 30GB hard drive and Wi-Fi capabilities.

Creative Announces Zen Neeon 2 Mp3 Players

Creative Announces Zen Neeon 2 Mp3 Players
Creative Labs has announced the release of a new version of their Zen Neeon music players, improving significantly on the original models by adding a color screen, video playback and greater memory capacity.With these specs, these players look poised to take on the Apple’s rival iPod Nano line: 1, 2, and 4GB options 1.5″

Saints Row Demo Hits Xbox Live Marketplace

Saints Row Demo Hits Xbox Live Marketplace
Microsoft is coming fast and furious these days with additional content on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Earlier this week it was Ninety-Nine Nights, now the GTA-esque actioner, Saints Row is available for you to try out.

Head-to-Head Comparison Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD Titles

Head-to-Head Comparison Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD Titles
Hi-Def Digest has posted the first head-to-head reviews of three movies recently released in both Blu-Ray and HD DVD formats. While none of the three cross-platform titles is really deserving of the high-definition treatment, at least the comparison gives us some sens of the two formats in an apples-to-apples test.

It’sOfficial: E3 2007 Downsized

It’sOfficial: E3 2007 Downsized
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) made an official announcement today in response to the rumors floating around that E3 2007 would be canceled. The show will go one but with a new, smaller format. According to the ESA the event “…is evolving into a more intimate event focused on targeted, personalized meetings and activities…” In addition, Gamespot is reporting that ESA President Douglas Lowenstein has stated that the show will be pushed back until July 2007 to “give publishers more time to polish their holiday releases.”

Rumor: E3 Canceled (or at Least Downsized?)

Rumor: E3 Canceled (or at Least Downsized?)
This just in… Next Generation is reporting that the Entertainment Software Association is expected to cancel the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video gaming expo for the forseeable future as a result of the joint pullout of a number of major exhibitors.

Video of Record Breaking Geometry Wars Game in Progress

Video of Record Breaking Geometry Wars Game in Progress
I recently stumbled across this video posted by k4rn4ge, the dude with the all-time high score on Geometry Wars Evolved for the Xbox 360. Personally, I’ve never managed to get past 250,000 points on the game, so I’m in awe of this unbelievable score of 21,242,600 points.

DVD Tv Combo Channels Apple Looks (Sorta)

DVD Tv Combo Channels Apple Looks (Sorta)
Our friends over at Oppo Digital, makers of the universally loved OPDV971H DVD Player, have just released this odd little DVD/LCD TV combo, the LT-2007. Combining a 20″ LCD screen (4:3 ratio) and a DVD player into a single white housing, the set displays a striking resemblance to some of the early Cinema Displays from Apple.

Ninety-Nine Nights Demo Available on Xbox Live

Ninety-Nine Nights Demo Available on Xbox Live
Developers Q Entertainment and Phantagram released the demo version of their Xbox 360 hack and slash title Ninety-Nine Nights on the Xbox Live Marketplace today. The game has gained alot of advance buzz due to the massive battle that can involve hundreds of enemies.

Is Directv’s HD Dvr Finally Coming?

Is Directv’s HD Dvr Finally Coming?
For those of us who have DirecTV’s HR10-250 TiVo, it’s a bittersweet reality that a new HD DVR has been in the works for quite some time. While I personally love the TiVo UI, the current HD DVRs have been fraught with problems ranging from overheating, to HDMI connectivity bugs, to dying hard drives.

Galaga Comes to Xbox Live Arcade

Galaga Comes to Xbox Live Arcade
One of my favorite arcade games of all time, Galaga, has made its way onto Xbox Live Arcade today. Unlike some of the other classic games to make it to XBLA (hear me Frogger!) this one appears to be a faithful rendition of the original game, complete with online scoreboards and Xbox Live achievements.

iTunes Download Kiosks Coming Soon

iTunes Download Kiosks Coming Soon
Australian hardware and software house, 22Moo has announced that they are working on an iTunes download kiosk called the “PodBuffet” for use in airports, train stations, hotels and other public places. The device will run on a Mac Mini with a touch panel LCD screen and virtual keyboard software.
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