Mintpass Mintpad

As they say in Manchester, this is Mint. It's always strange but sweet to see a modern update on age-old behaviour, and this particular gadget works at updating the old naughty school favourite of note-passing. Writing with a stylus, you can pass notes to other Mintpad users from this wireless, handheld gadget. But that is not all, Mintpad also functions to play up to 4 GB of music or videos and uses WiFi to surf the net on a 320 x 240 display screen. So, in the not too distant future we could be seeing hormonally-driven school kids everywhere scrawling "my mate fancies you," this time in stylus.

Mintpass Mintpad

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BBC iPlayer

The BBC has expanded its viewing options for the iplayer to include an expanded range of portable media players. As of right now the devices capable of playing TV content streamed or downloaded from the popular website are listed as PC, Mac &  Linux computers, Apple iPhone &  iPod Touch, Nokia N96, Creative Zen, Philips GoGear, Sony Walkman X Series, Nintendo Wii, NetGear EVA8000, Linksys DMA2200 and Virgin Media.

The iPlayer site points out that the PMP downloads have been tested on Sony Walkman E and S series, Archos 605 WIFI and Internet Media Tablet, Philips GoGear 52xx series, Samsung YP-P2 and YP-Q1 and Nokia N96. I've used my Creative Zen to watch "Stephen Fry In America" and as techradar points out, any device that supports Windows Media-protected content should work fine.

Of course devices without Wi-fi must download the content (That should be obvious) but assuming your connection is quick it wont take long at all.

Via: Shiny Shiny


Creative have a bunch of new MP3 players on the market, the Mozaic, ZEN X-Fi (8GB) and The ZEN X-Fi (16GB & 32GB) with wireless LAN.

The ZEN X-Fi in its 16GB & 32GB versions, supports wireless for extra versatility. It Features Xtreme Fidelity technology, which restores crystal clarity to MP3s and takes all your music to a higher level. The top-quality in-ear earphones give you the best music playback, and Wireless LAN support lets you stream music and video from your PC to the player around the home, download content and chat online. The large, full-colour screen is great for watching videos and photos, while the built-in speaker lets you share your music. With FM radio, voice recorder and SD card slot for extra storage. The 8GB version has teh same feature set, but lacs the Wireless LAN support.

If like me you don't like running unnecessary applications on your computer and dislike anything that supports DRM creatives players are a great choice. I get loads of use out of my Zen and will be looking to upgrade to the 32GB ZEN X-Fi.


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