Transcend Released MP710 Digital Music Player, Recorder and Fitness Tracker

Smartphones can do it all, but they’re not always the best choice. For music and fitness lovers, the phone might have to limited battery time and for those Transcend released the Black and White MP710 digital music player.

Next to the music player it has some built-in functions to keep track of your fitness progress. You can set workout times, calories limits, number of steps or the distance traveled as goals and to be notified when those goals are reached and it works with a built-in G-Sensor step counter. A simple but effective method.

One of the advantages of such a device is the increased battery time compared to your smart phone. The MP710 can deliver 42 hours of music playback on a single charge. It has 8GB storage and a 2-inch full colour TFT display that should be viewable even in bright sunlight.

It also doubles as a voice recorder, line-in recorder and comes with built-in FM radio. You can scheduled recording of radio broadcasts or use it for interviews with up to 28 hours continuous use while the A-B repeat function will help you when you have to write down a transcript of the recorded audio.

The Transcend MP710 comes backed by a two-year warranty and as either black or white model. At the time of writing it can be had at Amazon for £41.99.

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Valve Adds Native Music Player in Steam Music, To Be Available in Big Picture Soon

SteamOS has not been so user-friendly of late, not to mention the major flaws it has. From not being bootable on DVD, to nuking hard drives clearly mentioned with the ‘install at your own risk’ warning, it did not look so amazing, not to mention worthy of giving it a try.

A recent announcement states that Valve added Steam Music features in the operating system, which basically searches for your music content on the hard drive and lets you play it inside the Steam interface. It is said that there is also a version in Steam’s Big Picture Mode as well to give it a try if you are too afraid of installing the SteamOS.

According to Valve, randomly picked beta participants will soon get early access to the Steam Music player. The company also confirms that a desktop version of the player is ‘en route’ as well. There is no news about implementing any multimedia offerings such as the ability to buy songs, manage and integrate online accounts such as Google Play, or other features you see on modern music players nowadays.

It may not look much at first, but keep in mind that it is still a beta version, and as Valve states on their intro page, the next steps in the Steam Player evolution will be mainly decided by the early beta feedbacks given.

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Nokia Guru To Be An iPod Shuffle Competitor

Nokia is known for cool accessories, and the new batch of phones and tablets about to be unveiled soon from the Finns is likely to be no exception. A new gadget called Nokia Guru has appeared, and it has every bearing of a music-related accessory.

The matchbox-like cyan Guru in the picture has a volume rocker and a play button, as well as a pair of in-ear headphones matching its color. There is a microUSB port in there as well, suggesting the device might carry its own battery and/or storage. There is an NFC tag, and some are suggesting it is Bluetooth equipped, too, so what exactly is the goal here, remains to be seen.

It could be a player and a Bluetooth headset in one to help keep the huge Lumia 1520 in your pocket. And if it is, Nokia’s first phablet could have a cyan version. Who knows? We’ve also heard that the new Lumia 525 about to be shown will be a music-centric phone, so the Guru could be meant for it. All is likely to be revealed sooner than expected, more specifically when Nokia World is taking place, so let’s hope for something amazing.

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