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Format Wars While we love the way competition helps to bring down prices, format wars can just bring us headaches. Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Brothers have all announced their support for HD DVD, which was developed by Toshiba and NEC; while Blu-Ray will have Dell, Philips, Sony and Twentieth Century Fox in their corner. It's still too early to tell, but it sounds like Blu-Ray will emerge victorious, especially since the PS3 will support it out of the box, and it holds about a third more data. The downside is that unlike HD DVD, the hardware would be more expensive and incompatible with current players.

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The CyberCar Cab model

An organization of 15 European research centers, have introduced the first road-ready vehicles that require no driver. While there are already airport carts that do this, they require embedded road tracers, while the CyberCar has a pre-programmed route. Coupled with a laser-sweeping the device on it's front end, it can also avoid or stop in front of obstacles. We wonder how you feel about cruising around without a human navigator at the wheel, but this could certainly be the future we're all destined for. Already the town of Antibes on the French Riviera, and other nearby areas are considering buying fleets to taxi tourists around their crowded streets. I'd like to see them pull some of the manuevers I've witnessed with the cabs in Manhattan.

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GloThongHave you ever wanted to see glow in the dark neon panties glowing in a club? No, I haven't even thought about it either. However, GloThong is set to change that. They are the makers of the undergarment that once charged via and A/C adapter, will glow all night long while you shimmy on the dancefloor. Of course, if you are caught off guard you can also just keep the handy thong car charger in the glove compartment and you are set. Yeah, I said it. The GloThong will be available in December, but you can order it now. Time to get me mine!


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Lycos DDoS ScreensaverThis has got to be one of the coolest things I have seen on the news scene in a while. In an effort to stop spammers, European Lycos sites are now doing a "Make Love, Not Spam" "promotion". What exactly is it? Get ready. All you need to do is drop an email to Lycos via their site, and they will send you information on downloading their screensaver. Install it, and you will help to frustrate known spammers about as much as they frustrate you. When the screensaver is active, it is constantly requesting information from spammer IP addresses. This causes a lot of uneccessary (and expensive) bandwidth usage for the spammer. Now they can choose to ignore it and pay the higher fees, or they can come out and try to take Lycos to court. However, in doing so they are then basically outing themselves as spammers and will be subject to the discipline that comes with that. Simply Genius.

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iPod Mini Haters



There's a lot of anti-iPod sentiment out there, as evidenced by some of the comments I've seen lately on the internet. Are these people just "haters" or do they have a valid point? Surely the iPod features some great usability and customer support, but some argue that for the same price you can get players with better features. Gear Live wants to hear your thoughts. Is the iPod the end-all be-all? The debate continues on our message boards.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T3

Our good friends here at I4U got a chance to look at Sony's latest digital wonder, billed as the World's Thinnest 5MP Digital Camera. You can import one from Dynamism for about $599. The latest model features some subtle but valuable improvements, including better picture quality and warmer colors. You even get an English user's manual with it, plus the black model is exclusive only to Japan.

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ZipKord Retractable Earbuds
My wife always says that I’m obsessed with wrapping up my earbud phone cords when I’m done with them.  What can I say?  I like things tidy and neat, at least when it comes to gear, considering how expensive things can get.  Imagine my curiosity when I discovered that ZipKord offers a pair of in-ear buds that, get this, auto-retracts the cord for easy storage.  We here at Gear Live had to check it out.

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Target Sell Marijuana



Hey, it turns out that Target is looking to reach out to the younger crowd within the next 4-8 weeks. That's right, no more trying to search for what you want on street corners or dark alleys - just go to Target.com! I guess this is just one of the many ways the retail chain is going to try and take down the almighty WalMart. Now, let's see how long these links remain active:

Marijuana

Crack

Hooker

(Thanks damn!)
EB Games Black Friday 2004Okay tech heads, we know that this Friday is the kick off that starts the 2004 shopping season. Black Friday is where it's at as far as deals go and the like, but finding out about the sales in advance is always such a chore. The information is kept top secret, locked away in a safe, then shipped off to Fort Knox for safekeeping. So how are you supposed to map out your black friday 2004 route to maximize on the awesome savings? Gear Live has your hookup for all the rumored sales going on.

Time to get your game on, courtesy of EB Games.

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Circuit City Black Friday 2004Okay tech heads, we know that this Friday is the kick off that starts the 2004 shopping season. Black Friday is where it's at as far as deals go and the like, but finding out about the sales in advance is always such a chore. The information is kept top secret, locked away in a safe, then shipped off to Fort Knox for safekeeping. So how are you supposed to map out your black friday 2004 route to maximize on the awesome savings? Gear Live has your hookup for all the rumored sales going on.

Circuit City is up next.

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