Some time ago we introduced you to Miuro, a playtoy for your iPod, and now its newest generation has arrived. This one not only boogies, it does so spontaneously instead of having to be pre-programmed with software that is based on what is referred to as “chaotic itinerancy.” This means that instead of you instructing your Miuro to dance, it can probably teach you a few steps.
ZMP President Hisashi Taniguchi says that the bot uses algorithms to analyze and translate beats into dancing the way that bees move around flowers. He is hoping that someday Miuro will be the “ultimate virtual pet” which will feature built-in sensors that can seek you out and play you a tune, whether you want it to or not. The release date has yet to be determined, but it will only be available in Japan at start up. Do you suppose that if we let it play “Achy Breaky Heart,” it could teach us to line dance?
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As evidenced by the video above, found on YouTube by one of our readers, the Apple iPhone now has an official launch date: June 29, 2007. The commercial first aired this evening during an episode of 60 Minutes. The announcement of the release date was subtle, and was featured at the end of the spot, which showcase a few of the iPhone’s functions. We were expecting Steve Jobs to announce the launch date at WWDC, but what do we know? All that matters now is that the biggest mobile phone launch in history is just a few weeks away.
UPDATE: Apple just posted three new iPhone commercials, all featuring the June 29 launch date.
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So you use your iPod to play music, video, games, and maybe even utilize the notes section. Apparently the folks at Purple Ghost Software felt all this wasn’t enough, and invented iGadget, allowing you to add driving directions, weather reports, RSS, text files and even music listings to your iPod. Got Outlook? iGadget allows your iPod to utilize Outlook features such as email, appointments, tasks and contacts. There’s also software to help you recover songs from your iPod and transfer them back to your PC if your hard drive crashes. iGadget is compatible with all iPods and is available for $20 USD, but is currently on sale for $15.
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Earlier today, Walt Mossberg interviewed Steve Jobs about all things Apple, including the name change, the iPhone, DRM-free music, and YouTube coming to Apple TV. Brightcove is hosting a few video clips of the All Things Digital conference, and we thought we might share the Steve Jobs interview highlight with you. There is some good information here, plus you get a look at the Apple TV YouTube interface. Give it a look, and let us know what you think.
So we just informed you about the iPod Digital Drumsticks which, when hooked up to your iPod, allow you to release your inner Tommy Lee. You say drumming isn’t enough for you? We present the MiJam Mini Keyz, a tiny keyboard that can also be hooked up to an iPod, and features drum loops and 8 synthesizer-like keys, so you can add beats and sounds to your fave tunes. Plus, the Mini Keyz allows you to customize your jams, with Tempo Up/Down, Volume Up/Down and Rhythm and Style buttons. You can even add a recording device (not included) to save your symphonies. Available now for $20.
This has to be one of the gaudiest iPods we have seen to date. Buy a Limited Edition Tide “Loads of Hope” t-shirt in blue, yellow, or black for $10.00 and you will have a chance to win a customized Tide iPod or a $50.00 gift card from the iTunes store from Proctor and Gamble. All proceeds from the sales will go to the St. Bernard Project, which is endeavoring to build 10 houses for New Orleans’ families. We realize that not everybody wants to sport a shirt that turns you into a walking billboard, but maybe you could just purchase one for your Uncle Malcolm for Father’s Day and keep the reward, should you win one, for yourself. The promotion is open until June 25.
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Paul McCartney’s soon-to-be released album, “Memory Almost Full,” is now an exclusive at the iTunes store. Pre-order the 13 tracks and receive a complimentary “Dance Tonight” music video with Natalie Portman and McCartney’s single “Ever Present Past” with your order. If you are outside North America, you receive an exclusive acoustic version of the “Dance” single track.
Apple also announced that all of McCartney’s 25 solo albums will be available digitally for the first time this month. We suspect that this may have something to do with the contract over the use of the Apple logo, but we are content enough in the knowledge that we finally have access to Sir Paul’s music. If you don’t have the cash right now, not to worry. “Memory” will become available to all June 5.
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We have heard the rumor that microwave ovens can injure someone with a pacemaker, now we find out that PMPs can do the same. A study was conducted by a 17 year-old high school student who gave iPods to one hundred subjects, the mean age being 77. Electrical interference was detected in about 50% of the cases when the PMP was held for 5 to 10 seconds, two inches away from a patient’s chest. Occasionally, it even caused problems when held up to 18 inches away, and in one case it made a pacemaker stop working altogether. Next time you decide to take a jaunt into a retirement home, you had better leave the music behind.
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Not too long ago, we informed you about the latest version of iTunes, which addressed most incompatibility issues with Windows Vista. Apple has now released an update that will “...correct an issue that caused some iPods to become corrupted when ejecting them using Windows Explorer or the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ function in the System Tray,” according to Microsoft’s Windows Vista Team. The team also states that “...[Microsoft and Apple] recommend you download this software.”
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True story: We were on the NYC subway this morning, and spotted a Wall Street-type wearing what appeared to be wireless headphones, with no MP3 player in sight. Intrigued, we saw an iMuffs logo on the side, and noticed numerous controls on the headset itself. Hmmmmm. After a little Googling, we discovered that iMuffs are indeed wireless headphones, utilizing Bluetooth 2.0 technology! You can listen to your tunes from up to 30 feet away from your iPod, and you can even integrate your Bluetooth cellphone—when you receive a call, your iPod is instantly paused and you can talk through the iMuffs’ microphone. Genius. iMuffs can be charged through a USB port, or with the included charger. The iMuffs range from $150 - $180 USD, depending on the type of iPod you’re using.
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