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7digital logo7digital has decided to challenge iTunes in a download music and video war. Newly relaunched, it promises lower prices and simpler technology. Established in 2004, the service offers tracks from indie labels as well as EMI, who also give the iTunes Store copyright-free protection. Many tunes will be sold for 50p (~$.98) in MP3 format and will include free online storage.

At this point, Apple iTunes owns about 80% of the market because of the preference of iPods in the world but Ben Drury, Managing Director, says that their company will not store personal details in files purchased from 7digital. iTunes utilizes DRM (Digital Rights Management) which contains full name, e-mail addy, and account information. Maybe saving that extra penny will not be worth the trouble, but we like the idea that another download site will not only protect our personal space but allow us to share our music with others.

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Parallels 3.0 GiveawayIt’s been a while since we have given away something to you guys, the readers that keep us in business. We have seen a lot of excitement around the Parallels 3.0 feature walkthrough video that we posted the other day. A few people emailed in saying that $79.99 was a bit too rich for their blood for , although we feel that it is a tremendous value, even at that price. Others have balked at paying $50 to upgrade their software from 2.0. We say forget all that, and instead, just participate in our contest where you can get a new copy of Parallels 3.0 for free. Here are the details:

Our Parallels video walkthrough was published on our video show, The Bleeding Edge. We have made the Parallels episode available for your viewing after the jump. You can find the show in iTunes in both high resolution format (suitable for Apple TV) and a smaller iPod format. Go ahead and check out either link, which will take you right to the iTunes pages for the respective format, and if you would be so kind, go ahead and subscribe.

Now, on to entering. All you need to do to enter is write up a short review of the show on the iTunes page. Once you do that, let us know, and you are in. If you leave a review for both the Apple TV and iPod versions, you get two entries into the giveaway. We will run the contest through Sunday, and then randomly choose a winner based on the number of entries we receive. You must live in the USA or Canada to be eligible for the prize.

Good luck to everyone - we look forward to reading the reviews.

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Steve Jobs Keynote Speech

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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WWDC 2007 keynote 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 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.

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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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iPenguin

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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earBuddyFinally 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 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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