From microsoft.com: “REDMOND, Wash. — May 26, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the evolution of Zune, the company’s end-to-end music and entertainment service, to a new platform and new markets. Zune will extend its video service to Xbox LIVE internationally this fall. This marks an important development in the Zune strategy and brings the Zune brand to more than 17 million international Xbox LIVE subscribers. In addition, Microsoft confirmed the next generation of the Zune portable media player, Zune HD. Available in the U.S. this fall, Zune HD is the first portable media player that combines a built-in HD Radio receiver, high-definition (HD) video output capabilities, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch screen, Wi-Fi and an Internet browser.”
For all you iPhonies, version 2.0.2 is now available via iTunes. Apple haven’t made it clear exactly what fixes are included, but the address book and text message delays that were common under 2.0.1 seem to have been fixed. (Yes, I finally got one…)
I got my new mobile phone this week. It’s the HTC Touch Diamond…oh yes! It’s beautiful. It’s sleek. It’s light. It replaces the Nokia N95 I’ve had since last August. The real reason I wanted a new Windows Mobile-based device is that we’re running a pilot project to integrate our Nortel CS1000 PBX with Microsoft Office Communication Server to give us full unified communications. There’s a Communicator Mobile client app that runs on WM devices that connects to our OCS server in the office to give me presence and IM capabilities to all my corporate contacts.
Initial impressions are that it’s an excellent unit, although the battery life has yet to be determined under “normal” usage, as opposed to the incessant playing with that it’s currently getting. I just can’t leave it alone.
As an iPhone alternative, it’s got a few things the iPhone doesn’t: MMS, video recording, and the ability to load any WM apps I want. It’s also got a 3MP camera, as opposed to the 2MP one in the iPhone.
I’ll post more as I get used to it.
You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen this on Youtube. It’s a movie from disintegrator.co.uk – “Home of the most devastating rubber band Gatling gun in the world” (and apparently very popular at the moment, as the web site is currently being trounced!)
It’s a must-see.
It’s a Nokia N95. It’s the dogs. Unfortunately, the Irish rugby team at the World Cup in France failed to give me anything worth taking a photo of. GPS sucks the daylights battery though.
If this is true, I’ll be going down the Xbox 360 route thank you very much.
[Update: Sony has confirmed the higher price is for Ireland only, due to its higher VAT rate. The 60GB PS3 is still set at EUR 599 for the rest of Europe, GBP 425 for the UK.]
I finally got my TeraStation last week, and it’s been sitting under a coffee table in the den since. It’s not totally quiet, but my wife and kids haven’t complained yet, so I suppose that’s good. I set it up with RAID 1 to give two 500GB shares on the network. All my Recorded TV from my MCE2005 and Vista Ultimate (X64 build 5744) boxes are sync’d to one share on the NAS box using the free Microsoft SyncToy nightly. All my pictures, videos and music are on the other share.
The best thing is that I now have about 300 hours of TV recorded without having to delete stuff I haven’t yet watched. The worst thing is that I now have 300 hours of TV I haven’t watched…
There’s no noticeable network lag when watching recorded TV from the unit (all the DVR-MS files are recorded in High-quality – about 3GB/hour).
The web interface to the box is clean and straight-forward, although the help text popups could do with being re-translated into english, as it appears as if that was an afterthought.
If you’re short of disk space, I’d definitely recommend this unit. Along with the 2.0TB unit (4x500GB), it’s also available in 0.6TB (4x160GB), 1.0TB (4x250GB), and 1.6TB (4x400GB) configurations.