The fascinating relationship/rivalry between Microsoft and Apple was ratcheted up a notch this week. At Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference, CEO Steve Jobs announced their Apple-exclusive web browser, Safari, will be released for Windows XP and Vista—and will be up to twice as fast as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, and 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2. The move is seen as part of Jobs’ business strategy to broaden Apple’s presence in the browser market, of which they only have 5 percent, compared to Microsoft’s whopping 80 percent. Curious? A test version of the browser is available at Apple’s web site. This writer will give Safari a test run with Windows Vista and report back soon…
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Steve Jobs is set to deliver another of his hypnotizing keynote speeches this morning from the 2007 Worldwide Developers Conference. We are here to bring you live notes, thoughts and commentary on all Steve has to say about the future of Apple and it’s products. Let’s jump in, as things are getting started:
- After another “I’m a PC, I’m a Mac” skit, Steve takes the stage and begins to give us a few WWDC 2007 numbers. There are over 5,000 attendees at the event this year, which makes it the biggest ever. There are over 950,000 Apple Developer Connection members.
- We have just realized that the Apple Store has just gone down. New products for us today?
- Steve talks about the transition to Intel, and how seamless and fantastic it all has been. Intel CEO Paul Otellini hits the stage to accept a shiny award disc from Steve, and says a few words which can all be summed up by saying that Intel has enjoyed working with Apple. Steve says he is proud of the Macs they are shipping with Intel chips inside them.
Even before the iPhone has left the starting gate, companies are already beginning to offer accessories. Boxwave has 20 of them for sale now, including the ClearTouch Anti-Glare Screen for $12.95, the VersaCharger PRO for wall, car, plane and USB for $25.95, the Flexiskin anti-dust and durable case for $27.9 , and miniBuds Headphones with Neodyium drivers for $22.95. If you just can’t wait for the iPhone’s arrival June 29, at least you can preshop for your new toy. Visit Boxwave to see what other goodies are available.
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Sega seems to be intent on creating an entire iMenagerie of iPets. First it was the iDog, then the iFish, now the iPenguin. It has the usual flashing LED in its tummy, a speaker in the back of its head, a mini-plug for headphones, and a nose sensor. At a size of 3.56 x 3.54 x 4.72-inches, it needs 3 AAA batteries (not included.) You can pre-register for your very own iPenguin which is due out on July 26 for $59.00. from Sega, then play it a rousing John Philip Sousa tune from your iPod.
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The other day we gave you a first-hand look at some of the new features in Parallels 3.0. The guys over at Parallels just dropped us an email to let us know that the new version has just been released. You can now head on over to the Parallels website to buy version 3.0, which features Snapshots, SmartSelect, and 3D GPU graphic support. We will be heading over to Parallels HQ in an hour or so to get a first-hand look at all of the cool new features, and should have that video available for you here later this evening. Until then, check out our Parallels 3.0 gallery in case you missed it.
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Finally there is an earbud case cool enough to go with your iPod. The earBuddy is made by SendStation of ballistic nylon and can withstand 200 lbs. (90 kg) of force if you happen to get caught in foul weather. The case also has an inside frame so that you can keep your earbuds wound up, as opposed to just shoving them inside. Available with a detachable keyring and weighing less than an ounce, the earBuddy can be yours in orange/silver or black at the SendStation Store for $14.95.
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We know that all of our Mac fans out there have been waiting for the new version of Parallels to be released - you know, Parallels 3.0, which introduces 3D support? Yeah, that one. While that is the big feature that many of us have been waiting for, there are over 50 other additions and improvements waiting for you in the new version of Parallels. Things like Snapshots, which aim to make your virtual machines bulletproof, and SmartSelect, which allows you to tell Parallels which application - in which operating system - to open any sort of file type. This is all powerful stuff. We put together a photo gallery of some of the more exciting Parallels 3.0 features for you to take a look at - go check them out, and let us know what you think. We have been playing with it, and it is well worth the money. You can pick up a copy of Parallels here.
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We are constantly trying to decide whether to use our extra USB port for downloading more music to our iPod or keeping our infra-red mouse hooked up. The IncipioHitch connects to the Apple sync and charge port on a second generation nano and converts it to a simple USB. The gadget is available in black or white for $14.99, but you can also get a Limited Edition Zebra from IncipioHitch soon. We’re all in favor of anything that can make our cords a bit less chaotic behind our PCs. As it is, we are almost too scared to look back there.
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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