Helio, a new wireless service provider aimed at the young-adult market, debuted today with two new phones. Bringing some of Korea's powerful phone technology over to our shores, the phones host a bevy of features, including exclusive access to a fully functional mobile MySpace. The phones are the $275 Hero and the $250 Kickflip (shown), each featuring a 2-megapixel camera and a high-resolution screen. The service is decidedly premium, with plans at $85, $100, or $135 per month for 1,000, 1,500, or 2,500 minutes, respectively.… The Pentagon has announced another contest for designing autonomous cars, the third such competition. Sponsored by research arm DARPA, the contest is for automobiles that can traverse a 60-mile urban course, complete with traffic and obstacles, with no driver or remote control. The prizes are $2 million for first place, $500,000 for second and $250,000 for third. The previous contest was set in the desert between California and Nevada and was won by a Volkswagen Toureg modified by a group of Stanford researchers.… Researchers predict that Microsoft will need to delay the release of its upcoming operating system, Windows Vista, for a second time. Previously slated for release in fall 2006, it's already been pushed back to January 2007 for retail customers due to the complexity of the code. Researchers say the fixes required after upcoming beta testing will delay Vista until the April-June quarter of 2007. Microsoft denies the predictions and claims to be on track with development for their current release date.
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