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Gigabyte M528 MID is cool and very portable

Posted in Handheld Entertainment by Shane McGlaun on December 12th, 2008

Gigabyte M528 MIDI like netbooks, I happen to think that the tradeoff of screen size and some power for portability is well worth it for the way I use a notebook. That said I think going below an 8-inch or 9-inch screen size is too much of a compromise, but some folks want even more portability in their web access device.

The MID walks the line between a netbook and smartphones like the iPhone and Gigabyte has an interesting new MID called the M528. The M528 was seen back in June, but Gigabyte has updated the specs. Running on Linux the device has a 4.8-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 800×480 that is touch sensitive.

Stephen King’s “N.” short story becomes cell phone serial

Posted in Handheld Entertainment by Shane McGlaun on July 25th, 2008

Stephen King’s “N.”If you like to read you have probably read something by Stephen King. King is one of the all-time bestselling authors and his work has been seen in virtually all possible display mediums. Theatrical films have been made by the dozens based on his work, his stories have appeared in magazines, and TV shows have been built around his work.

King is branching out and bringing a new, original and previously unpublished short story to a new medium. The story is called “N.” and will be offered to viewers on mobile phones and via the Internet. Bringing “N.” to the small screen required a partnership between Scribner, Simon & Schuster Digital, Marvel Entertainment, and CBS Mobile.

Coby Electronics launches first ever wireless HD Radio receiver

Posted in Handheld Entertainment by Shane McGlaun on July 21st, 2008

Coby HDR-650 HD Radio Component ReceiverPlain old radio is hurting a bit of late with stiff competition from satellite radio and digital tracks that are replacing normal radio in cars for many drivers. To try and get back some of the defecting radio listeners HD Radio launched with promises of higher audio quality at a price everyone will like—free.

The catch is to get HD Radio (assuming some stations in your area broadcast HD Radio) you have to get a new receiver. Coby Electronics has announced a pair of new HD Radio receivers including the HDR-700 Portable HD Radio System and the HDR-650 Component HD Radio Receiver. The HDR-650 is intended to be integrated into existing component systems in the home and will sell for $99.

Napster lays claim to largest digital music store

Posted in Handheld Entertainment by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2008

Napster Claims Over 6 million TracksNapster has walked onto Apple’s beach and kicked sand in the face of iTunes. Napster now claims to have the largest MP3 store around with 6 million tracks. Napster also claims that its tracks are iPhone and iPod compatible.

Napster says that its MP3 store is 50% larger than any other MP3 store and has the largest major label catalog of any digital music store. It also claims to have the largest catalog of independent music available as well.

ZVUE rolls out ZP3 flash memory player

Posted in Handheld Entertainment,Portable Meda Players by Nino Marchetti on December 13th, 2007

ZVUE ZP3ZVUE, a maker of low cost portable media and digital audio players, today unveiled a thumb-drive style player which uses flash memory. The new ZVUE ZP3 is available in a 512 MB configuration.

The ZVUE ZP3 is capable of holding upwards of 125 songs in MP3 format. It comes preloaded with 30 top music hits of the year and is also capable of playing WMA music, including DRM subscription music. It is loaded through Windows Media Player and connects to a computer via USB.

ZVUE 260 – A Cheaper Video iPod?

Posted in Handheld Entertainment,News by Chris Weber on January 18th, 2007

Handheld Entertainment ZVUE 360 media playerHandheld Enertainment unveiled is new media player, the ZVUE 260. The ZVUE 260 is an entry level, next generation media player that is targeted at the low end of the media player market.

“We wanted to build a portable media player that is not only as sexy and useful as any player on the market, but is affordable as well,” said Jeff Oscodar, president and chief executive officer of HandHeld Entertainment. “We think we have accomplished these goals by creating the ZVUE 260.

The unit is about the same size as a Video iPod. The 260 has a 2.5 inch active matrix TFT backlit screen. Videos can run at up to 30 frames per second in a resolution of 320 by 240.

The 260 has a built in speaker in case you forget your headphones or want …