Deck the Halls with Cell Phones and iPods?

iPod Christmas Ornament Walking through my local Target the other day, my husband, my daughter and I decided to meander through the Christmas area that is tucked away in the back corner of the store. It is seriously hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is less than two months away.

My daughter and I slowly looked through the rows of sparkling glass ornaments. She is four years old and completely giddy with excitement that Santa’s visit is just weeks away. There were the typical snowmen, reindeer and Santa Clauses lining the walls. Then we looked through the assortment of Doras, Spongebobs and Disney princesses. And then out of the corner of my eye, I spotted some cell phone and iPod glass ornaments. I let out a little chuckle because this certainly demonstrates how tech-focused our society really is today.

Cellphone Christmas Ornament I didn’t purchase the cell phone or iPod ornament for my tree that day. Though, I think I will go back and buy them now. Every year, my tree is filled with ornaments that reflect the personalities, hobbies and memories of my family. And I live in a house of gizmo nuts. My husband and my daughter argue over who gets to use the one iPad. So, I think my tree should reflect that gizmo-mania. Don’t you?

So, deck the halls with cell phones and iPods? Sure. Why not? I’ll just stick the cellphone ornament next to the one of Princess Leia in the gold bikini. And let me just tell you, the Princess Leia one doesn’t belong to my daughter.

Father’s Day: It’s not too late!

Yep, we know you forgot. How? Because you’re reading this!

Well it’s not too late – you can get Dad a gift card. And it doesn’t have to be mailed; it can be e-mailed. is a great place to get a gift card just because of the sheer amount of choice that Dad has to choose from. And you can also customize the design that he gets.

PS> Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

How To Be Safe When Shopping Online

If you’re a reader of this gadget blog, then there’s a greater than 99% chance that you shop online. A lot! While for the most part, it’s a positive experience for most people – the convenience of home, the speed of checkout and of course, the great prices, there is a darkside – the risk of being scammed or cheated by an online vendor.

You can be safe shopping online. Follow the tips in this article to quickly become an expert on the subject. Then make sure to pass it onto your friends and family. If these ethically-challenged vendors don’t get any bites or sales, then they won’t be around for very long.

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Gadget Gifts – Ideas, Recommendations, Suggestions

We’ve put together a list of gadget gifts for the gizmo-lover in your life. These aren’t just great for the Christmas holiday season but any time of year. For the most part, we’ve tried to stay away from the usual and obvious electronic gadgets like MP3 players, phones and cameras, but instead bring you a variety of neat electronic gift ideas and in most cases useful items that are still worth their salt as far as gadgets go.


Let’s start with some toys/puzzles/games. Perplexus is a spherical 3-D maze with a ball bearing that you to need to navigate around a maze. Simply to learn, hard to solve and master!
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12 Gizmos for Christmas: #6 MP3 Player

MP3 players are again among the Geek’s top 12 Gadgets of Christmas and Apple’s iPod continues to outsell and rule this market. If you’re looking for our list to include Zune, SanDisk, Archos or Creative… you’ll be disappointed because they simply do not make the best seller list.

The bestselling iPod is the Apple iPod touch 3rd Generation ($179.99 for the 8GB to $359.99 for the 64GB) that comes installed with the iPhone OS 3.1 software and a 3.5″ widescreen Multi-Touch display.

Apple iPod nano 5th Generation with 8GB with a smaller profile 2.2″ color TFT display.

Finally, the Apple iPod classic 7th Generation with 160GB is a great choice for someone who loves to carry all their music with them (roughly 40k songs) but they don’t care about grabbing apps from the iTunes store. Also, this is a hard drive based iPod so don’t exercise or run with this one!

12 Gizmos for Christmas: #7 Gaming Devices

Gaming systems have always been a hit for our holiday gifts wrap-up and this year, even in a recession, there is no exception.  Over the past three years we have the same players with consoles from Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft with minor changes to the consoles such as a “Silver Edition”, “Slim Edition” or some other sort of “Limited Edition”.  In any case, the changes between editions are slight including better energy efficiency or support for the latest HDMI standard, etc…

Our first pick is the best selling console probably due to price and the ease of use for casual or party gamers… the Nintendo Wii. Additionally this console has really created a new genre of popular games with the advent of legitimate exercise games.

The Play Station 3 is the second best selling console on the market with incredible high definition graphics and an excellent Blu Ray player converging high definition video with a console.  It’s easy to make the leap from a $200 Blu Ray player to a $300 Play Station 3 that includes a Blu Ray player.

Finally, XBox 360 is a great gift choice for the hard core gamer as some of the best titles exist only on the XBox 360 platform. Gears of War and Halo franchises are both exclusive to the XBox 360 console so if you’re giving a console to a true gamer, XBox 360 should be at the top of your list.

12 Gizmos for Christmas: #8 Blu Ray Players

With many Blu Ray Players dropping to sub-$100 around Black Friday and through the holidays including combo deals with new TVs, Blu Ray Players will be under many trees this Christmas. While DVD sales will still far outweigh Blu Ray Discs, the Blu Ray Players will become a hot commodity.

The best seller at Amazon and other retailers is the Panasonic DMP-BD60. The player is constantly either bundled or on sale so this unit is always competitively priced for a major name brand. Additionally, the player provides 1080P up-convert for DVDs and Viera Cast allowing you to pull up YouTube, Picasa and Weather. This geek got this Blu Ray Player through a bundle deal and after watching Up (great movie, I laughed and cried) on a new Samsung LED LCD TV, my socks were absolutely blown off!

Next, the Sony BDP-N460 allows for instant streaming online entertainment from leading providers at a medium price point.

Finally, if you have a wall-mounted TV, you need to check out the Samsung BD-P4600. This wall-mountable Blu Ray player directly matches the Samsung LED TVs, but you can use with any wall mounted TV. Besides being sexy, some of the features include Wi-Fi capable, Netflix video and Pandora music streaming not to mention all the Audio/Video features you’d look for in a higher end Blu Ray Player.

12 Gizmos for Christmas: #9 Mobile Phone

The number nine slot in the Geeks countdown goes to Mobile Phones. Typically we’ll list a few types of mobile phones (conventional mobile phones, smart phones and multimedia phones); however this year we are going to exclusively concentrate on smart phones. Perhaps we hang around with too many geeks, but if someone we know purchases a mobile phone that’s not a smart phone… they are shunned by our geek society!

The top selling consumer mobile phone still is the iPhone. The app store and interface will continue to allow Apple to see strong sales for the iPhone. Next, the Blackberry Bold 9700 has strong sales and is currently number one on Amazon’s bestselling mobile phones with it’s full QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive optical trackpad, Wi-Fi networking, camera/camcorder (this phone has great quality) and Bluetooth stereo music. Finally, the Palm Pre deserves at spot at number three with Palm’s new webOS featuring Synergy technology to auto-pull together your contacts and calendars into one screen.

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