Yahoo! has begun the rollout of their Yahoo! Publisher service, offering a $5000 prize to the site which most creatively implements the new service, namely Y!Q. Y!Q allows site visitors to perform a contextual search in relation to the content that is displayed on the current page. For example, if I was at a site reading about the latest version of the Apple PowerBook and used the Yahoo! Publisher contextual search, it would display the most relevant search results at that moment in time regarding the new PowerBook. To me, it looks similar to Vibrant Media’s IntelliTXT ads, which I actually don’t mind too much.
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We’re not too shocked that the Xbox 360 will be sold for around $300, but we’re curious about how profitable the machine is going to be for the first cycle of manufacturing. Aside from that, but I’m not sure if I’ll pick one up at launch. Ironically, I’m hoping that Microsoft can convince me to spend hundreds of dollars on launch day to get one as the thing just seems so damn cool. Either way, I can’t wait for the next-gen consoles to arrive.
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I personally don’t own any LPs or EPs, but I might consider converting some of my dad’s albums later on. I honestly don’t see much in the collection, but some invaluable LPs like a Pryor record are just too good to let them go to waste. I could buy a new record player, but even with all these technological advances they still haven’t created a portable LP player. This CNet article presents a more rational solution to anyone that wants to preserve and convert their records.
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Gross, yet sadly intriguing. If any of you try this mod/hack/disgusting feat - let us know, and take pictures.
“Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine” is a cockroach-controlled mobile robot system. The system uses a living Madagascan hissing cockroach atop a modified trackball to control the three-wheeled robot. Infrared sensors also provide navigation feedback to create a semi-intelligent system, with the cockroach as the CPU.
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While not real, it is certainly an interesting use of technology. The concept behind Forget-Me-Not panties is that they have a built-in GPS, and can detect body temperature and heart rate. All of the data could be viewed and managed remotely, thus allowing you to see if your wife/daughter/mother is getting their freak on when they aren’t supposed to. Check out this “testimonial”:
When my daughter hit puberty I nearly had a heart attack. She started looking like a woman and suddenly she was wearing revealing clothing and staying out late with her friends. Rather than become an over-protective parent , I decided to try forget-me-not panties.
They work wonderfully. My wife and I bought our Sarah several pairs so we can watch her around the clock, and if we see her temperature rising too high, we intervene by calling her cellphone or just picking her up wherever she is.
This is one of the many sites taking part in the Contagious Media project.
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Here’s another one for all you do-it-yourselfers out there. Lighter than air is an autonomous flying robot. It utilizes blimp design principles, combining a helium filled envelope with 3-channel motor control allowing it to navigate in 3 dimensions. The schematic can be found at the creator’s site. Cool, but I doubt not as flashy as the robot helicopter.
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In case you missed it, Playfeed is giving away an Xbox 360 Limited Edition customized faceplate. This one is from E3, and has the multiple green circle effect along with the text “E3’05 Limited Edition” emblazoned on the front. Yup - you can score a faceplate a full six months before the console debuts.
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I sometimes wonder why I can’t come up with gimmicky-yet-functional gadget ideas that might make me rich. Probably my lack of creativity coupled with the fact that I have no desire to do an actual work. I digress. Anyways, check out the Power Strip Liberator. All it really amounts to is a one foot extension cable. The allure here is that you can plug in all of your huge power blocks into any surge protector without having to shuffle around to make room. These things are only $1.79. Genius.
Mortal Kombat fans get ready because Midway is releasing yet another title of this huge franchise. This time is a little different, because now the game is played almost like the previously used “Konquest” mode. You experience the Mortal Kombat II world as either Liu Kang or Kung Lao. The characters will each have 10 different fatalities, weapons, interactive environments, and customizable characters. Jump down for some screenshots.
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