You may already know that Sims creator Will Right has been hard at work making Spore, a game that involves evolution of unicellular creatures to intelligent life. Electronic Arts has released the Creature Creator, free editing software that you can use to devise your own Spore and customize buildings, vehicles, etc. Over 250,000 of them have already been built and displayed on the Sporepedia Website. If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, there is now a video/dance competition. The $49.95 game will be available for PCs, Macs, mobile phones and Nintendo DS this September.
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Take a peek at iriver’s business card-sized electronic dictionary. To be released in Japan, the D5 offers a 3-inch LCD display, supports 33 different languages and has up to 16 hours of music or video play time. Pick from black, white, or girly pink, and watch for them if you are globe-hopping this week. A 2GB version is available for ¥39,800 (~$369.00,) while a 4GB version can be had for ¥44,800 (~$415.00.)
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Moving one step past the rotating iCooly iPod touch stand we told you about last week is this iHome Rotating Alarm Clock. The iH41 can be set on its side to watch video and the clock will do likewise. Set the clock to wake to your tunes through EXB speakers and charge your touch at the same time. The device also has battery back-up, a snooze bar and an Aux/MP3 line-in jack for those who are iPodless. Pre-order for $79.00 for a July delivery.
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The MII Flashcam is not only for seeking out baddies in the dark. It has a video camera system with night vision and audio recording. The 17-inch cam, made of aircraft aluminum with a polycarbonate lens, is waterproof and will record up to 2 hours of video with audio. The Flashcam has 1GB storage and a 1.5-inch TFT screen for display, unless you want to save it to check it out on PC at CONTROL headquarters. Discreetly contact Northland Security for pricing details.
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ASUS’s new offering for home entertainment is the Mini PC Nova Lite PX24. The supposedly world’s smallest mini-PC has a built-in independent graphics card, hi-fi speakers with Dolby digital Life/DTS Connect, and is energy efficient. At a size of 242 x 184 x 51mm and a weight of 1.5kg, it supports HD1080i/1080p and is packed with Windows Vista Home Premium as well as Intel CPU. For more fun, utilize its Media Center for photographs, video, and broadcasting music. Contact ASUS for pricing.
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Fujifilm has unveiled its 10 Megapixel FinePix Z200fd. Only 19.8mm thick, the cam has a 5x Fujinon optical zoom lens, 52MB internal memory plus xD-Picture card, SD and SDHC compatibility, and a 2.7-inch high resolution screen. It also has dual image stabilization, face detection technology, VGA movie capture, PictBridge for direct printing, and the new mode of Folder Select for categorization. No price has yet to be announced, but availability is expected this fall.
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Thanko’s MP4 player comes with a green bonus. A detachable solar panel will keep the entertainment coming, at least as long as the sun shines. One hour of charge will give you 15 minutes of video. In case of a cloudy day, use its USB connection to charge for about 5 hours. The 4GB player has a 220 × 176 pixels LCD screen, SD card support, built-in FM radio, mono speaker, voice recording, and a couple of games. Thanko’s offering carries a price of ¥9,980 ($96.00.)
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Last year we introduced you to the JVC Everio GZ-HD7 Camcorder, now say hello to JVC’s entry into the Flipvideo category. The GZ-MS100 is their first SD-based standard budget cam with one-button upload to YouTube via included Cyberlink software. It can support MPEGs, 2 channel Dolby Digital and JPEG stills. The horizontal device has a Konica Minolta Lens, a 35X optical zoom, Laser Touch Operation, and a 680,000K CMOS sensor. Due out in June, the GZ-MS100 carries a MSRP of $349.00.
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HTC’s Touch Diamond is the latest smartphone to join the pack. It features a 2.8-inch touch screen, TouchFLO 3D for images, a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus cam for stills and video, HSDPA connectivity, 4 GB memory, 256MB ROM, and 192 MB DDR SDRAM. There is GPS, HTC Weather reporting, and it has both Wifi and Bluetooth capability. At a size of 102 X 51 X 11.5mm and a weight of 110g, look for the Touch Diamond to come out for play in June.
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Mobiado has released the Camo, a top of the line cellie for the outdoorsy type. The cami design is hand-painted, so you know that its Limited Edition of 200 isn’t made for the masses. The phone is made of an anodized aluminum shell with stainless steel buttons and a 65k display with a 208 x 208 pixel res. It also features tri-band GSM, Bluetooth support, video streaming, music player and FM, and a 1.3 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash. Contact Mobiado for price and availability details. We just want to know, if a Camo gets lost in the woods and rings, does it still make a sound?
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