Holiday Guides for Technophiles

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Is there a technophile on your gift list? Or maybe you are the one hoping for some gadgety goodness under the tree.

Use these guides to help make your lists, and maybe, if you’ve been good this year, you’ll find something from one of them under your tree:

cnet: Holiday Gift Ideas Broken down into manageable categories, there is even a Tech for Foodies and Cheapskate category. (also includes a way to create your own wish lists)

Digital Trends: 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

ZDNets: Holiday Tech Gift Guide

PCWorld: Holiday Gift Guide

Newest Version of Kindle Set to be Released

If you are an avid reader, you probably have bookshelves overflowing with books. Stacks of books in the corner. Piles of books on your bedside table. Boxes of books in your attic.

While there is sometimes nothing like holding a book in your hands – the feel of the pages as you turn them, the sound of the pages as they crinkle – the stacks of books eventually become something of a hassle.

Have you heard about Kindle? Amazon is releasing Kindle 2, the newest version of its wireless reading device. Release date is February 24th, but you can preorder them here.

Check out some of its features:

  • Slim & Lightweight: Just over 1/3 inch and 10.2 ounces
  • Books in under 60 seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
  • Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for crisp images and text; even reads well in bright sunlight
  • Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging
  • More Storage: Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books
  • Faster Page Turns: 20% faster page turns
  • Read-to-Me: Text-to-Speech feature means Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud.
  • No Wireless Bills: No monthly wireless bills, data plans, or commitments. Amazon pays for Kindle’s wireless connectivity so you won’t see a monthly wireless bill.
  • Large Selection: Over 230,000 books, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines and blogs available
  • Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise
  • Read in the sunlight with no glare

It seems like a pretty amazing little device (and it is little!)

For more information, including videos and reader thoughts on it, visit the Kindle shop at Amazon.

Do Your Research Before Purchasing New Electronics

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photo: Michael Mistretta

Every month new gadgets and widgets and woozits are put on the market. It sometimes seems as though before we can get our new purchase out of the box, a new version has come out.

Because of the constantly changing inventory on the store shelves, it is important do do your research prior to making your purchase, so that you can avoid buyers remorse.

The list below is a starting point for conducting your research. Read up and buy smarter!

Amazon Electronics Knowledge Center – information is provided on electronics from TVs, to keyboards, to monitors

Digital Tips– This site is so thorough; it even has a section for 60+ year old looking to make digital purchase. There is even a place to enter you zip and locate a place to recycle the electronics you are replacing.

About.com Electronics and Gadgets – In addition to information on gadgets, there is a section for video games and equipment.

and of course, there is Consumer Reports – a subscription is required to view a lot of the reviews, but there is still plenty of free content to help your research.