Contents tagged with Portable Media Center

  • Microsoft Portable Media Center, RIP: 2004 - 2006

    Posted by bink on May 8 2007, 7:46 PM. Posted in Portable Media Center.

    Engadget: Finally officially confirmed by a Microsoft employee, the story goes that last year Redmond sent out a letter to hardware partners that was heretofore unbeknownst to us, the jist being PMC 2.0 is the last version you're gonna see, so wrap up your devices now, we're not supporting it anymore. We'll definitely miss you PMC, from your syncing with our Media Center PCs, to the wacky variety of devices you rode in on. We're still a little unsure of your successor, but perhaps with time that little brown wireless player will actually pull it together and do you proud.
  • New Portable Windows Media Center Devices

    Posted by bink on January 7 2006, 3:26 AM. Posted in Portable Media Center.

    At the CES Keynote speech, Bill Gates showed some cool new devices. There are new Toshiba and LG portable media center that are really nice. The LG has a 16:9 screen, while the Toshiba is the same size as the video iPod. These are the actual devices that Bill was showing off on stage. Major Nelson was able to grab them from him after he was done with them. These are also the first public photos of these devices that I am sure you’ll end up seeing on Engadget sometime soon.

    See the devices on Major's Flickr site

  • HP iPod pics

    Posted by bink on August 27 2004, 7:57 PM. Posted in Portable Media Center.

    Forget about the category this article was posted in... it is close.Paul Thurrott posted 1st screenshots of HP iPodiPod with flame case iPod with blue case iPod with poster case <!-- End Gutter Cell 10px Wide --><!--startindex--><!-- Start Content Area. To increase width of content area, modify width of table cell below. --><!-- End Content Area --><!--stopindex-->
  • Creative Zen Portable Media Center Review, Part 1...

    Posted by bink on August 27 2004, 2:08 PM. Posted in Portable Media Center.

    A Windows Media MVP wrote a portable MCE review.......Being a Media Center MVP with some interest in the Digital Media Division as well, I’ve been keeping track as much as possible about some of the new stuff coming along. Portable Media Centers (PMC) really caught my eyes and ears when I first heard about them. Back then I hadn’t a clue what size drives they’d have so I had high hopes that they might be a breakthrough device that would fit my needs perfectly. Something that would really do damage to Apple’s iPod. While some might have put the idea out there that Microsoft wanted the PMC to be an iPod killer, I don’t really think this is true. I think most people within Microsoft who were working in the area knew perfectly well that this device was different and really could not be compared with previous Portable Music Players. The OEMs that signed on to make the device, Creative, iRiver, Samsung, knew the device was different. The only real way they could be compared would be in terms of size, weight, battery life, easy of use, style, and sexiness. The feature set of a PMC far surpasses a regular Portable Music Player. Besides it having a GUI that’s strikingly similar to the Media Center (imagine that) it’s got the PMP part down perfectly. You’ve got playlists, album art, and all that. But you’ve also got videos, TV, and pictures. It really is a on the go Media Center. Or like Microsoft says, [almost] all your media. Here. There. Everywhere. Full review at sourceAlso pre-order at amazon
  • Microsoft: Europe 'iPod Killer' Debut in 2nd Half of '04

    Posted by bink on March 18 2004, 4:48 PM. Posted in Portable Media Center.

    The first handheld gadgets to play music and movies on Microsoft Corp.'s "iPod killer" software will be available in Europe in the second half of 2004, the world's largest software company said on Thursday.

    The gadgets will run on Microsoft's yet-to-be-unveiled Portable Media Center software in a direct assault on iPod, Apple Computer Inc.'s hot-selling digital music player.

    Working with a host of manufacturing partners, Microsoft is introducing a device that plays movies and stores digital photos as well as songs in a bid to grab a share of the fast-growing digital media player market.

    "We think this is going to be one of the hot devices for Christmas 2004," said James Bernard, product manager for Portable Media Center. The U.S. software giant has enlisted Creative Technology Ltd. and Korea's Reigncom Ltd.'s iRiver International unit to develop devices for the European market.

    Microsoft said the Creative devices will be available in Sweden, the United Kingdom and Denmark first, retailing for between 550 euros and 599 euros ($678.50-$738.90) and 399 pounds and 449 pounds ($724-$814.70).

    The product will be available in Germany, France, Italy and Spain to follow, but also by year-end, Microsoft said.

    Price details and retail launch dates were not available for the iRiver device. Continue at source

  • Video on Portable Media Center

    Posted by bink on January 18 2004, 6:59 PM. Posted in Portable Media Center.

    Microsoft joins the mobile media market James Bernard, Portable Media Center product manager, MicrosoftJanuary 14, 2004, 1:02 PM PT3 minutes 5 secondsCNET's Patrick Houston gets the scoop on the features included in Microsoft's recently released Portable Media Center operating system.

    See the video