Saturday, December 09, 2006

James Kim Walked 16 miles and not 10 miles before the ultimate collapse

James Kim Senior CNET Editor(1971-2006) also know as gadget man at CNET indeed from the latest news had walked for 16miles before he collapsed to death in order to save his stranded family in Southern Oregon's rugged Rogue River Canyon,Oregon state.Earlier in the news it had been reported that he had walked for 10 miles which infact is now confirmed as incorrect.

If you wish to write to the Kim family directly, you can do so at JamesandKati.com. Many of you have also expressed a desire to make donations. The Kim family is working on setting up an official fund. In the meantime, you can make out checks to "The James Kim Memorial Fund" and mail it to this address:

The Kim Family c/o CNET Networks 235 2nd Street San Francisco, CA 94105 .For more details on the original news check out Oregonlive for the full story. You can also check out seattle times for the updated full story
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Friday, December 08, 2006

Available to download: Winamp Latest 5.3.2 updated MP3 Player Software

Winamp one of the most popular mp3 players in the market has launched the new version. The interface of Winamp 5.3.2 is smiliar to Winamp 5.3.1 version but some updates have been added to it .

We will take a closer look at the enhancements and helpyou decide if you should upgrade to the latest version or not.

The two new features that have caught my eye are synching with Windows mobile devices and the transcoding tool. Further the new version also features a lot of fast ripping themes what i mean by lot is really lot, check them out your self , better visualization and better handling of your mp3 files. The best feature is that the new version suporots Windows mobile devices .Plugins for I-pods, Creative players and other USB devices have been added to the list.

A new feature called the transcoding tool lets you to convert files from one format to another(1 to 10 different formats) has been added to the list. Check out the screen shots below
Its video playback features are more than adequate when combined with the proper DirectShow decoders/filters like ffdshow, making it the closest thing to a fully-capable universal media player the Windows world has. So to decide whether to update to Winamp 5.3.2 or not is the question. Well the new version indeed is lot smoother and has a lot of bugs being fixed. If you are a freek in converting music to various formats then the update is for you. And finally if you do use a pocket pc and play mp3 files then this update is really for you. Hope that helps...

For a full list of updates go here
you can download the latest version from winamp site
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HTC P4350: The Latest Sliding QWERTY Mobile phone from the HTC Mobile family

I had written a previous post regarding HTC TYTN Pocket PC Phone and here comes a new kid in the block. HTC P4350 was released a couple of days back and it really looks has a great phone with a enormous amount of features. The inspiration to writing this article came from my friend who is a Gizmo geek. He had purchased the HTC TYTN phone couple of days back. It really looks super cool and easy to use. HTC P4350 is just 17mm thick and features a semi-automatic sliding full QWERTY keypad. The slim and compact form factor hosts a large internal memory – 128MbROM and 64mb RAM, ensuring the handset delivers a full “office in your pocket” experience for business users on the go.

Features of HTC P4350:
  1. A 2.8" TFT Touch screen color display with a landscape view giving you a perfect view your emails, pictures,videos. It in turn has a touch screen feature making it a PDA phone.Its display system is really fantastic with rich colors (65,536 colours)
  2. Its a World Wide Quad phone with connectivity interms of Bluetooth 2.0,Wi-fi and Infra Red. The Bluetooth 2.0 feature is really impressive and fast interms of browsing,chatting,videos etc. The Wi-Fi is updated to the latest 802.11b/g technology.
  3. It has a hidden slidding QWERTY keypad underneath making it one of the slimmest PDA phones in the market.
  4. It has a 2.0 mega pixel camera attached to it.. Camera is pretty OK compared to other phones
It also includes a 5 way navigation control on top along with an inbuilt Dual speaker and micrphone as additional featues. It operates on Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition and you can keep yourself entertained with audio and video using the Windows Media player. Overall its a great Business Phone with Rich, Smart, Innovative phone for yourself or for your buddy. With Mobile emailing and Messaging at hands this Phone is far too good to be left out. Check out the site for more details .The phone is currently priced at U$735 and is currently available only in Europe and Asia.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Nintendo Wii: Perfect and Ultimate Christmas gift for Teenage Kids

Nintendo the oldest and largest company in Video gaming console market launced Wii on November 14th 2006 across USA. In 7 days of sales Wii's sales had crossed 1 Million(source)and providing a tough competition to the high priced and troubled Sony PS3 and in range to the Microsoft's Xbox. Well i wouldn't say actual competition but something that would keep Sony and Microsoft on their toe's all the time. Nintendo's Wii is currently prices at 250$ across USA about half the cost of PS3 and about 50$ less that Microsoft Xbox and is available at leading stores all over the country.

The initial reactions in the market is that Wii is fun and it really has brought even non video gamers to love it. The Wii is simply a blast to play and stands apart from its competitors.Wii is appealing to consumers as a safe, family-fun system. Many see it as a device for the entire household to enjoy, while as the Xbox 360 continues as the primary system for the household's serious gamers.Wii has been welcomed in the United states warmly and with open arms. It had received an enormous press coverage and it does really live up to its expectations (source).

Wii console is Nintendo's smallest home unit yet; measuring 44 mm wide, 157 mm tall, and 215.4 mm deep in the vertical orientation. It is the size of 3 DVD cases with a slot loading disk drive in the front. The console can be places either horizontally or vertically .Wii has an inbuilt wi-fi enabling to connect to the Wi-mote and Nunchuck controller. Wii's motion-sensing controller smacks of gimmickry, is appealing to consumers as a safe, family-fun system. Its virtual console has a nostalgic appealing making it the next generation gaming systems. It also has a SD slot to store photos, Games . Wii also has a sensor box that could be placed either on top of the TV or below it. This sensor box connects the Wii's console and the Wii-mote and the Nun chuck controller.Many see it as a device for the entire household to enjoy, while as the Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 continues as the primary system for the household's serious gamers.

Wii comes in with a motion sensitive system that translates movements of the Wii mote controller and the Nunchuck into Racket swings, Baseball hits,Steering wheel motions etc. The primary controller is held in the right hand and it includes a power button on top left followed by Direction buttons similar to previous Nintendo consoles. Further for some games we need to include a Nunchuck controller that could be held in the left hand. The Nunchuck is attached to the Remote with a Chord and included two buttons on top with an analog stick on the top. The incorporation of motion detection into realtime games indeed is an amazing technological advancement by Nintendo. While the Wii's controllers is very innovative its processing power is not. It lacks the HD teachnology as that of a Sony PS3 or an XBox.

Nintendo include a Wii Sports game CD that includes 5 games and also an introductory course that explains How to use Wii?. It also includes a Mii Channel that allows you to customize your avatars in the games. The system also includes a Shopping channel to purchase Classical Video games from Wii online for about $5-10. Wii is also backward compatible with GameQ and older gaming systems. The console features ports on top to connect game pads for playing older version games. Wii with its motion sensitive technology and its much viceral feeling of play makes it more connected rather than mashing buttons. Wii doesnt have the best graphical features as that of Ps3 or XBox. The graphics are cartoonic and simplistic but its console does offer a nostalgic appeal and Nintendo for sure wont dissapoint us. We will know with time whether Wii is a short term novelty, sea storm or a revolution in gaming world. Time will decide Nintendos fate in the Video game world.

For latest list of Wii Games check it out here
For Videos on Wii's Technology and Users View Check youtube
heck our of the Game Legend of Zelda... Its super cool for all those game fans

Sharing Photos with Picasa and Hello Without loosing Resolution

Hmmm I have browsing online and was looking for a solution to share large pictures with some of my friends and i came across this solution. Googles another product Hello is really an awesome product to share pictures along with Picasa. All you have to do is install picasa and Hello and you are ready to share large pictures with your friends and family. Here is the solution to share pictures without loosing the resolution

Step1: Install Picassa from here
Step2: Install Hello from here
Step3: Open Hello Program and click on the link Invite. Invitation is a must to send your photos to your friends.You can invite your friends with their email address or with their Gmail username.
Step4: Once the Invitation is accepted your friend shows up as ONLINE on the Hello program. Remember your friend needs to run the Hello program on his PC.
Step5: Click on the Icon Send Pictures and it opens up the Picasa Photo editor. Choose the Photo or the folder containing photos and Click on the "HELLO" icon in the bottom right of the picasa editor. The photos are ready to be sent. The best feature is you can send photos fast and with out loosing resolution.

Top Ten Software Downloads You must have for your PC

Web Root Spysweeper 5.2: Spy Sweeper remains a favorite for protection from spyware. Spyware has been growing at an exponential rate and it gets more sophisticated day by day.Spy Sweeper delivers the most advanced spyware detection, blocking and removal available to beat dangerous spyware programs. Its removal engine has the ability to detect the toughest,smartest and malicious spywares in the market.The new interface in web root spysweeper has a cool interface making it easily navigatable for the users. The trail version is available for free and easily downloadable but it doesnt remove any spywares. Check out the webroot website to download or purchase the full version.


IrfanView 3.99: IrfanView is a very fast, small(1000KB), compact and innovative FREEWARE graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista. It supports about 99 graphics formats starting from the basic JPEG,Bmp,Png,Jpg etc and about 16 Audio/Video formats. It includes a feature to convert images from one format to another format. It supports multi language and has the option of thumbnail/preview option. IrfanView is now bundled with Google Toolbar and Google Desktop Search. Latest there have been a lot of plugins that been added to make it more users friendly It is free for individual,non commercial use and can purchased online for commercial use.check here for more details..


Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06:Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition is perhaps most downloadable software in the market. With the exponentail growth of malicious spyware and adware. Ad-Aware is perhaps the best product in terms of protection from adware. It has the ability to scan RAM,Hard drive, External Devices and Registry. In the latest version it implements the Code Sequence Identification technique to identify variation of the current and new malicious adwares.Its scanning speed is pretty fast utilizing less amount of CPU and RAM. It includes an ability to block browser hijackers and quaratine affected files. The best part is that it is only 3MB in size and does not occupy much space in hard drive. check out lavasoft site for more details of different versions availlable for users.

Spyware Doctor 4.0: It is infact noted as the best spyware software by PC Magazine for 2005 and 2006. It is a spyware software that provides real time anti spyware protection against adwares,trojans,keyloggers, spyware cookies,adbots,phising attacks etc. It is about 7mb in size and is extremly fast and utilizes low in memory and RAM. The Onguard feature provides real time protection and actively check monitors your computer for r adwares in real time. Version 4.0 too has an option to include windows restore point.check out here for downloading trail version of spyware doctor

Bit Comet 0.79:
It is the most powerful,clean,fast bit torrent client. It Is
written in object oriented programming language c++ and is pretty in terms of CPU usage compared to other torrent clients. Further it is free and has no limitations on its usage. It supports about 43 languages and supprots preview of video files that you are downloading from peers. Further it even includes features to instant message other bitcomet users making it more user friendly. Finally its only 4mb in size. you can Download it from here

Registry Mechanic 6.0: Yet ant other Award winning softwre that is most popular among
users and infacts has 7,000,000 downloads. It is another tool to clean your PC, registry errors and also optimizing your PC interms of performance. It is about 4mb in size and is extremly powerful and fast interms of performance.Registry Mechanic finds a wide range of defects, including references to already uninstalled programs, missing help files, broken shortcuts, virtual devices, start-up programs, fonts, and configuration files. It also can automatically repair invalid entries at Windows start-up. Unfortunately most of its features are only available in its full version that users can purchase for a fee.

Bit Torrent: Bit Torrent is probably the most Successful software among peers who share audio,video files etc. Bit Torrent is a Peer to Peer Technology popularly known as P2P among users that allows users to share files by installing a Bit Torrent client in their PC's. With over 70 million users connected world wide it becomes largest shared network in the history of internet. Further to that it is available in 20 different languages making it more user friendly among users. The software is about 6mb in size and has no limitations in distribution and its free.you can download it here

ICQ lauches 5.1 Version: ICQ probably the most popular instant messaging service has
releases a new version of its IM service. ICQ beats other IM interms of its ability to provide an extrordinary amount of services all integrated in one bundle. It included features like IM,file transfer ,SMS, Voice and Video chat and ability to search for users. It even includes features of sending greeting cards, play online games and also customize your shortcuts. No wonder it has become the most popular IM Service on the internet. Check out the ICQ website to download or for more details..

Limewire 4.12.3: Limewire is perhaps the fasted p2p sharing program. It has a clean interface with a new spam block control feature in the latest version helping the user to remove spam or unwanted or junk results. It has a cool and elegant interface with an inbuilt chat, search buttons, and allows itune integration in both Mac and Windows. Its extremely small in size of about 350KB and is available in a number of languages.. check here to download the latest version of limewire software from the limewire website

Morpheus 5.3.0.1038:Finally coming to the last product morpheus latest updated version has really been the product to install on PC's. The new version supporting Bit Torrent has enabled podcasting features that allows to subscribe and manage podcasting features. Morpheus client even connected to users in other networks like limewire, emule etc to download files. It comes in two version. Pro version has a free but the free version as the name says is totally free to download. For safe downloads morpheus has included parental control,anti sniffing and is working with anti virus software to prevent virus and worm attacks. Download it here.

Orkut Friend Limit to1000

Hmmm i just was logged on to orkut and i came across this news that Orkut the social online community that connects people through a network of trusted friends infact has a limit on the number of friends to 1000. So if you are nearing that mark better be watchfull in whoom you add.The cap cannot be raised and all you can do to add new friends is to delete some of your old friends or else not end up adding new friends. Surprise Surprise to all those fans of orkut.check out this pic (source)
The other intersting news is that inorder to join orkut you dont need an invitation. All you need is a google account if not you can create one and start orkutting.
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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Ipod vs Zune: Top Mp3 Players War has started

Apple had released ipod on October 23rd,2001 and there was no lookback in the world of mp3 players. Ipod indeed has been the most successful mp3 player in the current era. Comptetitors like Creative,iriver,samsung did come in with similar products but just went back. So what's new in the market for the customers. Microsoft had lauched "probably could be called as Microsoft's Ipod" Zune mp3 player on November 14th,2006. Zune is know is first mp3 player in a connective environment and what it means is that zune users can share enterainment like albums,movies,videos etc. This is a new leap that takes Zune much ahead compared to other players in the market.Zune is expected to give tough competition to established Ipod in coming months.

So you now have two products and you are not sure to go in for Apple's ipod or Microsoft Zune mp3 player. Let me help you in making some quick decisions as which one of those is best suitable for you. To give a match we are comparing the 30GB ipod with the Zune mp3 player. To begin with first lets compare the looks of ipod and Zune mp3 players.

Zune comes in black, brown and white compare to Ipod in Black and White.Zune slightly edges over ipod in terms of size and screen size(unsurprising QVGA). Navigation through albums is highly intuitive in Zune. Ipod is slightly thinner than Zune which in turn makes it lighter than the zune player. Vidoes and Albums look far superior in Zune compared to Ipod and Zune gets +1 here over Ipod.

Start of with Ipod is Incredibly thin and intuitive design; beautiful LCD; supports photo and video playback; seamless integration with iTunes, which boasts the world's biggest music catalog and a new video store; smooth video; lots of extra features, such as a world clock, a stopwatch, and PIM applications; a galaxy of accessories designed for the iPod; great overall value.Microsoft's Zune has very good playback performance of audio, video, and photos; intuitive and colorful interface; good FM radio with RDS; works well with Zune Marketplace software; integrated wireless allows sharing of songs (limited) and photos; many accessories available at launch.
  • Storage: Ipod and Zune both have a capacity of 30GB
  • Battery life: Ipod(14 hrs) Zune(12hrs) Ipod goes +1
  • Screen Size: Ipod(2.5 inches) and Zune (3 inches) diagonally Zune goes+1
  • Wireless:The current features no Wifi connectivity whatsoever, Zune, however, is 802.11g Wifi enabled, and features a slew of sharing and broadcasting features Zune goes +2
  • Navigation:The iPod clickwheel is simple to use, and an intuitive interface. The Zune circular buttons, are merely a directional pad. While video of the Zune UI looks stylish and eye catching, without a “clickwheel” styled nav control, it won’t be as smooth as the iPod. Ipod+2
  • FM Radio Capability - Zune comes with a built-in FM tuner. If you want to listen to radio on your iPod, you have to buy an accessory. Zune goes +3
  • Download Choice - With iTunes, if you want to buy music, it will cost you .99 cents per song, or you can purchase by the album. With Zune, you’ll be able to choose from buying songs individually, or purchasing an “all-you-can-eat” subscription, allowing you to listen to as much music as you want. Microsoft’s decision to give users a choice, gives Zune the edge. Zune goes +4
  • Podcasting - Both Zune and Ipod support podcasting
  • Game player- Ipod supports game playting while Zune doesnot have this feature. Ipod goes +4
  • PC/MAC support: Ipod supports both PC and Mac but Zune supports only PC. Ipod goes +5.
Additional Features of Zune:WMV playback, H.264 playback, MPEG-4 playback, Built-in FM radio, JPEG photo playback, Upgradeable firmware, USB 2.0 compatibility. Well Ipod just edges over Zune at the current scenario but my bet is on Zune and i hope that it would come out on top of future. Here is why i fee that Zune would be better:

Zune goes one step ahead in terms of connected entertainment where users are allowed to share pictures,videos,albums etc. wirelessly and it takes about 10sec for a song to be transferred between zunes.File sharing is allowed between zunes like for example if you think the latest song in the market is cool you can send it over to a friend who owns a zune. He can listen to that song for 3 days or 3 times which ever comes first and if he likes it he can purchase it or else the song gets deleted automatically
Display- Both in Landscape( n/a in ipod) and portrait mode . Videos look cool in landscape mode Background- Customize the background that is not available in ipod
Parental Control - Parents can control to what music there kids can listen by using this featue
Sharing with XbOX- you can share files with XbOX and resolution can also be modified based on the needs on the Xbox
RSS Aggregator- You can use the RSS aggregator to listen to your favourite stations and then trasfer them using Zune software to the Zune player. There is also a feature that when updates are available the updation takes place automatically on synching.

Microsoft pre-loaded each Zune device with a variety of songs and music videos from hot, new artists as well as some fun films and images. With something for everyone, the pre-loaded Zune content may just help you discover your new favorite band. Zune preloaded content includes the following:

Audio Tracks (s0urce)
  1. Band of Horses, “Wicked Gil” (Sub Pop Records)
  2. Bitter:Sweet, “The Mating Game” (Quango Music Group)
  3. CSS, “Alala (Microsoft edit)” (Sub Pop Records)
  4. Darkel, “At The End of The Sky (edit)” (Astralwerks)
  5. Every Move a Picture, “Signs of Life” (V2)Small Sins, “Stay” (Astralwerks)
  6. The Adored, “Tell Me Tell Me” (V2)
  7. The Rakes, “Open Book” (V2)
  8. The Thermals, “A Pillar of Salt” (Sub Pop Records)
Music Vide0
  1. 30 Seconds to Mars, “The Kill” (Virgin Records)
  2. BT, “1.618” (DTS Entertainment)
  3. Chad VanGaalen, “Red Hot Drops” (Sub Pop Records)
  4. Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva, “True Skool” (Ninja Tune)
  5. CSS, “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above” (Sub Pop Records)
  6. Fruit Bats, “Live: The Wind That Blew My Heart Away” (Sub Pop Records)
  7. Grandaddy, “Elevate Myself” (V2)
  8. Hot Chip, “Over and Over” (Astralwerks Records)
  9. Kraak & Smaak featuring Dez., “Keep Me Home” (Quango Music Group)
  10. Kinski, “Live: The Snowy Parts of Scandinavia” (Sub Pop Records)
  11. Paul Oakenfold, “Faster Kill Pussycat (Featuring Brittany Murphy)” (Maverick Records)
  12. Serena-Maneesh, “Drain Cosmetics” (Playlouderecordings)
Film Shorts
  • 5 Boro: “A New York Skateboarding Minute” (Skateboarding)
  • Radical Films: “Kranked — Progression” (Mountain Biking)
  • TGRTV The North Face (Skiing/Snowboarding)
Images
A variety of images to personalize a Zune device, including 12 classic rock posters from “Art of Modern Rock” .
Zune comes is a Cool Black Box with a bit of accessories including a Car pack, Home pack and a Travel pack with cool metallic ear buds. Check out this cool video about zune

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Hide or Remove Blogger Navbar in Blogger Beta

Well i have been looking in to Bloggers terms of service of whether we can actually hide or remove Blogger Toolbar. The answer to that would be an YES or NO. It could be argued in both the ways. Blogger specifically does not mention that you should not remove or hide the navbar but there is always the condition that if there is no option to change the content then it means that you should not modify the content. Anyway the topic is really arguable in both the sides and hope blogger updates its terms of service. Here is the terms of service of blogger



By creating your BlogSpot Site, you agree that Pyra has the right to run such advertisements and promotions.You also agree that you will not attempt to block or otherwise interfere with advertisements displayed on your BlogSpot site via JavaScript or any other means. Doing so is grounds for immediate termination of service. The manner, mode and extent of advertising by Pyra on your BlogSpot Site is subject to change.You also agree that you will not attempt to block or otherwise interfere with advertisements displayed on your BlogSpot site via JavaScript or any other means. Doing so is grounds for immediate termination of service. The manner, mode and extent of advertising by Pyra on your BlogSpot Site is subject to change.


Coming to the point of Hiding Blogger Navbar in Blogger Beta. As Blogger got updated to Blogger Beta there had to be a solution to hide the Blogger Navbar as the hack for the Blogger version doesn't hold good for the Beta Version. There are two methods that one can use to hide the Navabar:
To start off you need to:
  1. Login to Blogger Beta In the Dashboard
  2. Click on the Link Template
  3. In the Template click on the Link Edit HTMLHere
  4. you can see the blogger template code and now look for
  5. place the below code in betweens the above style sheets and you are ready to go

Method1: (for Blogger Beta)

Using CSS style of hiding the Navbar. We write a simple piece of code
#navbar-iframe /* Indicating to the Navbar ID */
{
height: 0px; /* Reducing the height of the Navbar to 0px */
visibility: hidden; /* Reducing the visibility to hidden */
display: none; /* Remove the display option(indirectly hiding it */
}
Method 2:(source:Bloggeratto)
#navbar-iframe{opacity:0.0;filter:alpha(Opacity=0)}
#navbar-iframe:hover{opacity:1.0;filter:alpha(Opacity=100, FinishedOpacity=100)}

For those who are still using blogger version you can implement the method 1 by replacing #navbar-iframe with #b-navbar and the hack does work out well

Users let me know your comments if the technique works for you

Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP

Microsoft has come up with the version 11 of Windows Media Player. To simply describe It has a great visual effective interface bringing a new look to your digital entertainment with excellent performance especially working with large media files and its integration with Urge, Which is the Unlimited Music Download And Exclusive site. You can check out free music and download for free on this site for 14 days. Windows Media player 11 is simply cool and awesome. So why are waiting for Login to Microsoft website and Start downloading it for free.

Windows Media Player(WMP) 11 which was released earlier this year does have a visually appealing interface as well its impression in terms of performance and features. I would say it is Microsofts jukebox of today. Apple has been amazingly successful at winning over the PC users(and ofcourse mac users) by infilteratiing the machines via iTunes but with Windows Media Player 11 Coming out Microsoft would say We are here You have got some tough Competition ahead. Windows Media player 10 was a far too dissapointing version and loosing out the Windows market to theiTunes player. With the new version releases Microsoft would go out seriously challenging the iTunes music empire.It acts as a repository and player for all your music, video, and images, unlike Apple's popular player. And while WMP 11 doesn't integrate with the iTunes Music Store, it also doesn't lock you in to one purchasing source. In fact, it integrates numerous stores including Napster,audible.com,Movielink, and MTV's new Urge service.(source: PCMAG). With the addition of MTV's Urge the jukebox music service is certainly ready for the battle with Apple. The tight integration of the Urge music service was outrightly impressive beacuse of the improved file management performance in WMP11.

The release of Version 11 brings in a major change in the feel and navigation styles of WMP players and iTunes. In general with almost all the media players you usually scroll throgh a list of files. This is where WMP11 deviates and it lets you browse your library cover by cover giving you a nice graphice feel good interface. The good point is that it makes you much more appealing visually and your music collection no longer is just a spreadsheets of files. The other feature that really impresses me is that Microsoft has integrated a World Wheel search Technology.


It basically lets you search tracks,albums,artists in the search bar at a stunnig speed of light. The highlight is that the search list will start appearing as you type in each alphabet of your search phrase and the results are those almost there before you finish typing. Media player just beats iTunes in its ability to see album art pop up and it goes up +2 on this feature.


With the Launch of the Beta player Microsoft transformed Windows Media player from a mediocrity into a Powerful music and media application. Microsoft has put in enormous efforts into creating a user friendly interface, better software and service and better portability with the devices. The playback controls are glossy,inviting and have cool looks. The Navigation buttons are simplifies and right on top so that you dont get lost. The revamped menu buttons are the most striking feature on the interface.

The main menu has five choices that open up for categorical sub menus. The main browser too has been altered with a colorful album driven view of music, thumbnail view of photos and screenshots of video files. The Media player also has the ability to track down images and automatically update your library using a new audio fingerprinting technology. Syncing and burning audio and vidoes have become much easier as well. The playlist panel that is on the right side of the menu has a simple arrangement that is easily saved and edited and brining it close to the Apple designed applications.


Another cool feature is that when it come to syncing and copying files there is a graphical display indicating the amount of room you have to fill up in the CD,iRiver Clix or Creative Zen Vision:M players. so you have the option to automatically fill up the device to the max if you choose to based on albums,artists etc. The ability to autofill the device is really an intelligent and crafty technique and its a huge advantage when one chooses a subscription services.

The window layout is fairly straightforward. The familiar tree navigation, reminiscent of WMP 10 and iTunes, sits on the far left side and lets you select among views: Album, Artist, Song, and others. Back and Forward buttons that look like those inn Internet Explorer 7 reside at the top left and greatly simplify navigation


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