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DARPASo, Stanford’s Volkswagen Touareg ‘Stanley’ is the winner of the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005, bringing home $2 million in cold, hard cash. In case you don’t know what I am talking about, the DARPA Grand Challenge is a race where cars must autonomously go from start to finish without any human input. The Touareg finished the race in a matter of 6 hours and 53 minutes, with an average speed of 19.1 miles per hour.

Read More | DARPA Grand Challenge via I4U


Yahoo! PodcastsYahoo! has just unleashed their Beta Podcast directory and service. This is another big move in the blogging/podcasting space. You can even sync podcasts with your digital audio player using the Yahoo! service, although this functionality has been in iTunes for months now. Nonetheless, check out the service - they even give you pointers on how to record your own show. Here is the Gear Live Podcast area on Yahoo!

Yahoo! Podcasts offers a comprehensive directory of series and individual shows from across the Web, complete with detailed search results, most popular and highest rated lists, and editorial picks. Our goal is to make it easy for Yahoo! users and your listeners to find and subscribe to your show and listen wherever and whenever they want.

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Tunetag for iPod nanoHere’s how to allow just about anyone fast enough to steal your iPod nano with ease. Tunewear’s new PRIE Tunetag ID case is like an around-the-neck ID badge holder, but the main feature of the unit is that it has a dedicated compartment for the iPod nano. Now, you can also store other things like cash, credit cards, and identification, but why put all that around your neck instead of tucked away safely? After all, Steve Jobs said that the little change pocket on yoru jeans was really built for the nano, didn’t he? Still, if you must have one, you can get it for $29.95 USD.

Read More | Tunetag Product Page via TUAW

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Xbox 360 Launch Okay, so Microsoft has been continually saying that we should expect about 20 games to be available on November 22 for Xbox 360 launch. At X05, we got a glimpse at what we could expect to see on store shelves. At X05Microsoft confirmed eight launch titles, five of which are from Electronic Arts: Project Gotham Racing 3, Kameo: Elements of Power, Perfect Dark Zero, Madden NFL 06, NBA Live 06, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06, FIFA 06, and Need for Speed Most Wanted. Activision went on to announce four of their own Xbox 360 launch titles: Call of Duty 2, Quake 4, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, and GUN (a brand new Western-themed action game). Furthermore, Take-Two announced that Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, NBA 2K6, NHL 2K6, Top Spin 2, and Amped 3 available at launch. Throw Dead or Alive 4 into this lineup and it doesn’t look too shabby at all.

Google ReaderSo Google is demonstrating their latest product, Google Reader, right now at Web 2.0. This is Google’s foray into the RSS reader market, using a GMail-like web interface to display one’s various feeds. Being that the service just launched, it is moving at a snail’s pace, even on my 8.0Mbps cable line. However, feel free to give it a shot - go ahead and add our feed to your Google Reader list!

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80GB Silver iPodMan, Apple just knows how to get the ol’ Internets all riled up, don’t they? Now it seems that, according to Think Secret, there will not be an iPod video unveiling at the October 12 press show. Instead, they think we can expect small upgrades to the current iPod line which would include an 80GB iPod, and a new silver color option. We should also expect updates Power Macs and PowerBooks. Now, call me crazy, but isn’t 80GB just a tad large for an iPod that is solely dedicated to music? Time will tell.

Read More | ThinkSecret

Google Maps LocalThe thing about Google is that they are perfectly happy releasing a product under the Beta tag, and leaving it there, right? Not so with Google Local and Google Maps. The services have been combined under the Google Local brand, with the maps now offering hours of operation, links to reviews, and other local business information under the “Details” tab of the address bubble. Pretty nifty.

Read More | Google Local via Lifehacker

Oakley THUMP 2Hold up, Oakley’s THUMP glasses did well enough to warrant a sequel? Lil’ John must have spent a pretty penny on these bad boys. Nonetheless, look for the Oakley THUMP 2 to hit retail by the end of October ‘05 with 1GB of storage for $449 USD, and 512MB for $349 USD. The THUMP 2 glasses and MP3 player hybrid will support MP3, WMA, WAV, and iTunes AAC. Users will use a USB 2.0 connection to move their music over to the THUMP 2 glasses.

Read More | I4U

Lipstick USB DriveInteresting way to keep people from putting their hands on your data - store it in a faux lipstick case! The In The Pink USB flash drive provides 128MB of data storage in a pinkish, pearlish, girlish package. The pink also may be in part to the fact that £1 out of every purchased is donated to breast cancer research.

Read More | Digital Era via ShinyShiny

Dremel Pumpkin CarvingWhile we haven’t been at the pumpkin carving forefront over the past few years, we certainly welcome the opportunity to use a Dremel tool on something that, if ruined, we won’t cry about. That is what makes the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit such a draw. Complete with detailed instructions for carving elaborate designs into the squash, the Dremel tool sells for $30. Is there a happier way to get into Halloween? We think not.

Read More | Dremel via OhGizmo!