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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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.
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