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Hot Fuss ReviewGear Live Music Reporter Greg Norton checks in with his Mid-Week Music Roundup. This week, Greg gives us the low down on the latest from The Roots, Taking Back Sunday, and The Killers.

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Nintendo DS Final Design
Despite loving both the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP, many people had a complaint about one galring difference between the systems - the design. The PSP was the sleek, ultra-hip console while the Nintendo DS looked blocky, chunky, and uncool. Nintendo stated they were close to the final design, but the E3 version was still going to be tweaked.

Wait no longer - the finalized Nintendo DS design has been release by Nintendo, and it almost bring a tear to my eye. This is definately something that can compete with the Sony PSP if you wanted to base it on looks alone. Nintendo also made it known that the final name of the machine is, in fact, Nintendo DS...so no more trying to sound like you are "in the know" by referring to it as the Nitro.

The console has a scheduled release date of November 4th in Japan, followed by a United States launch the week after.
Sony Clie TJ27

Although the worldwide handheld market shows a slight increase of 3.2% from first quarter to second quarter of 2004, it still posted a 2.2% drop from second quarter of 2003, according to research firm IDC's recent study. PalmOne showed a notable growth over the last quarter, while HP showed a loss of its market share during the same period. Sony continues to hold on to 7.8% of the market, though that is a much smaller percentage than last year. This is in part due to their announcement to discontinue its Clie line outside of Japan.

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FreeFlatScreens.com Sony Wega Proof When the free iPods site became known, many were quick to write it off as a scam, even after proof was presented to show otherwise. Soon after, the free flatscreens promotion started, and again people cried foul. Well, to all the doubters (along with the hopefuls), Gear Live brings you proof of the validity of this promotion. Click for more.

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Motorola iTunesIn what can turn out to be a potentially huge announcement, Apple and Motorola have announced a joint venture which will give owners of certain Motorola phones the ability to play iTunes purchased music on their mobile phone. A mobile version of the iTunes Music Player is currently under development under Apple, as this program will become the standard music application on all mass-market Motorola music phones. The phones are set to debut in the first half of 2005.

This marks the first official device that will be able to play music purchased via iTunes, aside from the Apple iPod line of digital audio players. Users will sync their music via USB or Bluetooth. My question is, just how much of my 7 GB of music will one of these phones hold?

Read More | Motorola / Apple Joint Press Release
Explorer 8000 DVR ReviewThis machine will forever change how you watch TV.

That's a pretty bold statement, I know. And to make things bolder: Since TV is so closely tied to our lives, this product will also change your life overall. There, I said it. In the past couple of months, I've concluded that no one should be without some form of DVR in their homes. While TiVo and ReplayTV are perhaps more widely recognized, you simply can't deny the convenience and flexibility that comes out of this box, called the "Explorer 8000" directly from the folks at Scientific Atlanta and Time Warner. Click the link for Hector's review.

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iPAQ hx4705

HP today introduced several new iPAQ handhelds. Pictured here is their new top-of-the-line hx4705, which features a 4-inch 640 x 480 VGA color display, and an Intel PXA270 processor clocked at 624 MHz. Other goodies include 128 MB of Flash ROM and 64 MB of RAM. It also offers both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, as well as dual card slots for Secure Digital and Compact Flash. Another notable feature is a laptop-like touch-pad in place of the usual directional pad.

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HD DVD in LonghornMicrosoft has made it known that its next generation operating system, codenamed Longhorn, will ship with HD DVD support built in. Microsoft said nothing about Blu-Ray (HD DVD's main rival) support, and it almost seems safe to assume that it will not be supported by the OS out of the box. Being that Windows is the majority leader by an extremely large margin, this could mean the beginning of a faster paced HD DVD development schedule - than again, who really know when Longhorn will even arrive?

Blu-Ray based technology has already started to hit store shelves, while HD DVD devices have yet to enjoy the same success.

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Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack ReviewSo, by now you've probably seen the movie. Twice. If you are considering purchasing the soundtrack, join Gear Live Music Columnist Greg Norton in his debut column, as he gives us an in-depth look at the Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack.

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iPod mini PinkWhen we introduced the FreeiPods.com story last week on Gear Live, many a reader emailed us telling us that it had to be a scam. Others were excited and wanted to join in, so we set up a thread on the Gear Live Boards dedicated to helping people earn free iPods.

We now have word that Andrew B., one of our own, has in fact received his free 15 GB iPod from FreeiPods.com. Click the link to see the pictures.

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