As promised, Microsoft has released the latest version of its popular browser, Internet Explorer 9, so after a long time, the final version of Internet Explorer 9 is finally here.

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Its tiny, it befriends you and appears to me as slightly creepy. But if you like your social-networking, you’re going to like Pingo. Its a tiny robotic penguin that sits next to your computer and interacts with you, delivers you news, reads emails, RSS feeds, headlines, weather and responds to voice commands – hey it does sound pretty useful! Pingo is also different from other similar products in that it links with the user’s facebook account. It launched two days ago, if you get one of these, you’ll be able to use its dedicated Facebook app to give it a personality, profile as well as manage its daily life.

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Thanks to Liz who sent this tip in, it looks like Microsoft is now finally ready to out their Facebook / Twitter / Last.fm dashboard update for Xbox Live users in the UK. This update will finally expand the Xbox 360’s abilities towards becoming an overall more social networking and multimedia capable gaming console.

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Chillingo, a leading iPhone gaming app developer which has launched popular titles such as Circuit Strike One, Defender Chronicles, Toki Tori, Graviton and many more has decided to lead the way in developing a social gaming platform for the iPhone.

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To be known as the Crystal, it will take advantage of iPhone OS 3.0’s new powerful SDK functions in developing never before seen gaming apps. The Crystal itself will also soon be unveiling its own SDK, for those who are interested we’ve got the priority sign up link for you after the break.

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Keepon, the robot which was once just a oneoff hand-crafted project is now being mass produced by its creators who have started their own company called BeatBots. The little guy will (actually, is now) be on sale for a base price of $30,000, primarily targetting researchers interested in the field of robotics or more specifically the subject of Human Robot Interaction.

Now, obviously I realise what you are probably thinking right now, that little thing for 30-grand? But, apparently, if you wait a little while, they are planning to come out with a new version which will use a simpler mechanism and have a cheaper price tag.

Watch this video of Keepon in action, then you might know what all the fuzz is about…

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