Tech Talk Holiday Gift Guide

All Items are Sorted by Price - Most Expensive to Least Expensive

Casio Exilim EX-S770

Casio EX-S770

The sexy EX-S770 shoots 7.2-megapixel still images and records high-quality movies in MPEG-4 format. In addition, it features Casio's Super Bright 2.8-inch wide-screen LCD (the world's first), but still retains the ultra-slim credit card size of its predecessors at only 11.3mm, the slimmest in the world. You can loose this camera in your pocket or purse. Its impressive wide-screen display employs a 230,000-pixel LCD that clearly displays images and information down to the smallest detail, and boasts a maximum brightness of around 1100cd/m2 - that is over 2 times brighter than current industry averages making it easier to see outdoors on a sunny day.

My review unit was Blazing Red but it also comes in Premium Silver and Graphite Blue. The all stainless steel case made me feel very comfortable as I took about 1,000 photos on my recent trip to Peru. The battery life is great and you can take up to 550 photos per charge! The 'Best Shot' custom settings were easy to use which was helpful as I switched from standard mode to landscape, to macro, to portrait, to taking photos of food and back to standard throughout the trip. The video was so very easy to use, it recorded easily in high-quality VGA-sized movies in MP-4 format by the push of a button and uses image stabilization in a 16:9 wide format. I only wish I had remembered how easy it was to shoot the videos and I would have shot many more. The ladies who were on the trip with me all wanted to buy one. The small size, huge bright screen, ease of use and photo quality made me grab for the EX-S770 for most of my shots. Casio has also added new functions to make the most of the EX-S770's new wide screen. There is even the ability for data storage which allows computer data like emails, documents, web pages etc. to automatically be converted to JPEG format and transferred to the camera. That way with the push of the 'Data' button you can transfer important information to your camera such as maps, tourist attractions, itineraries etc. and have it readily available without the need to carry your laptop!

The estimated price is $349.99 but I found it as low as $269

Learn more at http://exilim.casio.com/

 

TomTom® GO 910 GPS Receiver

TomTom® GO 910 GPS Receiver

TomTom GO 910 is a smart, easy-to-use, portable navigation solution. The crystal-clear widescreen display, 3-D graphics and clear, accurate turn-by-turn voice instructions help you find your way to any address in the U.S., Canada or Europe. For added functionality, you can play your stored music and audiobooks on the built-in MP3 player. price: $699.99 o Extra-wide 4" LCD touchscreen gives you smart design and easy-to-use navigation o Detailed maps pre-installed on the hard disk for door-to-door navigation across U.S., Canada, Europe o Clear, concise instructions can be delivered in 36 languages in over 50 different voices o Doubles as a hands-free car kit using Bluetooth® technology You can find the TomTom at your local RadioShack store.

 

Motorola Bluetooth®

Motorola Bluetooth Headphone

The Motorola Bluetooth® - Stereo Headset HT820. You can now stream from your phone, stereo or PC to your headset for wire-free listening enjoyment. Music will automatically pause when a call comes in. When the call ends, the music resumes play. This will eliminate the clutter of wires between devices. Price for product: $129.99. You can find this product at your local RadioShack Store. 


Casio Z1000 10.1MP Digital Camera

Casio Digital Camera

Sleek design, impressive performance. This stylish camera with 10.1-megapixel CCD has great standout features that make it a cut above the rest. Its 2.8" wide Super Bright LCD display gives a clear, high-resolution view of all shots. The 3x optical zooms in for great close up shots, and the anti-shake technology helps prevent image blurring due to hand or subject movement. Price: $399.99 o 10.1-megapixel CCD captures incredible high-resolution photos for printouts up to poster size o 3x optical/4x digital zoom makes it easy to zoom in for great closeup shots o Wide 2.8" LCD display delivers glass-clear, high-resolution viewing of your photos and video o Exilim Engine delivers high-speed performance for operations like start up, image scrolling and more 

Canon DC40 DVD Camcorder

I got to test Canon's top of the line DVD camcorder offering one of the highest resolution camcorders in its price range. I had the loan of a Canon DC40 which offers a 4.3 Megapixel CCD and so much more! The Smooth Zoom feature ensures smooth, steady zooms automatically, while Level Shot helped me keep the camcorder level. A large widescreen LCD makes it easy to compose and review the video. The DC40 even let me record and show High Resolution Widescreen images on a standard TV, in letterbox format. All this in a compact size whose design makes it easy to operate, carry or put in your my pocket. Unlike the tape variety, this camera records direct to DVD which offers all the convenience and functionality of DVD technology, which includes a wide array of options for shooting and sharing your video. Only 3" (8cm) in diameter, the DC40's DVD -R/-RW discs are compatible with most DVD players and can store up to 30 minutes of video in standard mode and 60 minutes of video in long play mode. That's 120 minutes on a double-sided disc!

With the DC40's DVD technology, you no longer have to worry about mistakenly taping over a once-in-a-lifetime piece of video. Whenever your shoot, the DC40 automatically records onto a blank part of the DVD.

The DC40's DVD functionality also makes it possible for you to review your footage quickly and easily without the bother of rewind or fast-forward searching. With the camcorder's Visual Index, you can review your footage at a glance and play the selection you want. You can even select shots and arrange them into a playlist. It's like editing your video right in your camcorder! The DC40 records true High Resolution Widescreen for picture perfect video. Canon's Widescreen HR Mode uses the entire width of the image sensor, capturing true 16:9 widescreen. So why is the way you record widescreen images so important? Because you want an image made for widescreen, not adapted for widescreen. Widescreen is the future -- every HD television is widescreen. If you haven't made the move to HD the DC40 also lets you show your great Widescreen HR video on a standard television in letterbox format.


Canon camcorders use the entire width of the image sensor to capture your precious video in true 16:9 format. What difference does this make? It's simple. With more pixels captured, you get better image quality. Other camcorders force the wider picture into a smaller space on the sensor -- giving you a less than true image, with fewer pixels and lower quality. With High Resolution recording on a Canon camcorder, the canals of Venice will be as grand as you remembered seeing them.

The viewfinder of your DC40 displays the image in a "letterbox" view -- from side to side and top to bottom, what you see will be what you get. No guessing and extra work when looking at an image that's distorted like a fun house mirror. Not only that, but the DC40's big, 2.7" LCD screen lets you see exactly what you're recording.

Plus, to make it even easier, a Widescreen Button lets you switch from standard 4:3 to 16:9 Widescreen Mode at the touch of your finger. The widescreen feature can also be used in both Program Mode and Easy Recording Mode, as well as with the camcorder's advanced image stabilization.

The DC40 comes with a 10x optical zoom lens, precisely matched to the camcorder's CCD and featuring high-quality glass with a unique, super spectra coating developed exclusively by Canon to reduce flare and ghosting for a clean image. Combined with the camcorder's powerful 200x digital zoom, the lens gives an impressive range of focal lengths. I used a shorter focal length to record the breathtaking landscape in Machu Picchu and while out on a boat viewing amazing bird and sea life in Peru. I used the  longer focal length to capture close ups of the penguins and sea lions.

Image Stabilization

The DC40's built-in high-quality image stabilizer allowed me to shoot rock-steady video, even while bouncing along in a small boat. It even works while panning and zooming.  

Stunning Digital Photography - With Canon's DoubleShot technology and the DC40's many advanced photo features, you get both a digital video camcorder and digital still camera -- all rolled into one. What's more, the DC40's photo features make it a still camera that rivals other state-of-the-art digital cameras with its 4.3 Megapixel CCD that ensures sharp, vivid video also gives you brilliant digital photographs as well as offering:

  • 9 Point Ai-AF
  • High Speed Shutter
  • Auto Exposure Modes
  • Image Effects
  • Motor Drive Mode
  • Special Scene Modes
  • Simultaneous Photo Recording so you can shoot still photos while you are filming video!
  • Built-in Flash with Red-Eye Reduction
  • Stitch Assist
  • Dolby Digital Stereo Audio ensures your audio quality is as good as your image quality
  • Built-in Electronic Lens Cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Plus, you don't have the bother of your lens cap dangling from your camcorder
  • 2.7" LCD Screen with Backlight makes it easy to compose and review your shots. The backlight feature gives you a bright, easy-to-see screen, even in direct sunlight
  • Easy Color Menu System has been newly designed, making it easier to operate your DC40
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Terminal for fast transfer of video
  • Wireless Remote Control lets you operate your DC40 from a distance, so you won't be left out of the picture
  • Digital Effects/Fades add professional looking touches to your videos
  • Selectable Display Languages gives you the choice of English, as well as additional languages that include: Japanese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Korean
  • 1 Year Parts And Labor Limited Warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers' warranties expire

I was impressed that a video would offer such sophisticated 'Special Scene Modes'. These are a wide selection of automatic exposure modes makes it easy to capture great photos -- and video -- under any conditions. Portrait mode ensures shallow depth of field for a pleasing background to your shots of friends and family. Sports mode stops the action with faster shutter speeds. Night mode is designed to give you great shots after the sun goes down. Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure on your subject. Sunset mode results in vibrant, well-exposed colors for one of the toughest subjects to capture. Use Spotlight mode when your child is on stage and in the spotlight -- literally -- and you want to make sure the exposure is right for them. And, Fireworks mode records brilliant images of another tough subject: the holiday fireworks display.

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SplashTravel - Tools for the Palm and Treo Traveler

15 Must Have Tools for when you Travel

15 must-have tools when you travel -- or anytime you have to deal with different time zones, currencies, measurements or country codes. When you are on the go, you need information at your fingertips. SplashTravel includes clocks, timers, calculators, converters, and all sorts of data that you'll find handy while catching a flight, waiting for a train, or sitting in a cab on your way to a meeting. SplashTravel is the virtual Swiss Army knife for road warriors! 

Website  http://www.splashdata.com/splashtravel/index.htm 

IRISPen Express and IRIS Card mini

When you're jet-setting and don't want to forget a name or a face, the following products, available through I.R.I.S., are ideal for keeping track and can even teach you to speak a foreign language! IRISCard mini: lets you scan business cards in black and white or greyscale. It includes OCR software that automatically reads the card, and sends the data to their appropriate fields, then exports the data to contact management tools, recognizing business cards from up to 54 different countries. The IRISCard mini ships out compatible with both Mac and Windows. IRISPen Express: designed to work like a highlighter, scan the IRISPen express over printed text and numbers and they are automatically retyped into an application. Scanning at up to 1,000 characters per second, the product is the fastest and most accurate pen scanner for PC and Mac platforms, and works in more than 55 languages. 


 

SAFEKEEPER

SAFEKEEPER is the first, all-in-one software program to incorporate the best parental controls available in one complete package.  For years we have taught children the vital lessons for staying safe outside of the home, but with the popularity and advancement of the Internet, unsafe situations are no longer just outside the home. The Internet has become the new playground for predators. That is why there is SAFEKEEPER - the first all-in-one software program to incorporate the best parental controls available in one complete package. Set apart in a class by itself from other safety products on the market, it is easy to install, easy to use, fully customizable, and works automatically giving parents peace of mind. Developed by three men who are also concerned parents of teenagers, SAFEKEEPER offers time controls, Web blockers, predator alerts, chat monitors and more. SAFEKEEPER is currently available online at www.mysafekeeper.com and in select retail stores nationwide.

 

How to Wow - Photoshop Elements Fundamentals and Creations

Learn the Basics of Adobe Photoshop Elements from Software Cinema.
Anyone who has a digital camera can learn the basic fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop Elements with Software Cinema's new interactive training DVDs or Workshops on Demand. Photoshop experts Mike McHugh and Wayne Rankin walk viewers through easy-to-learn, step-by-step processes on how to do simple color correction, editing and retouching of your favorite digital snapshots. "Viewers will feel as if they are being taught over 45 editing and digital photo enhancing techniques by a personal Photoshop coach - all in the comfort of their own home and on their own time schedule," said Gary Burns, director of operations at Software Cinema. Software Cinema's two new Photoshop Elements Product-On-Discs featuring Mike McHugh and Wayne Rankin are now available for $45.00 each. The Workshops-On-Demand option is available for $29.00 with unlimited access for 90 days. Both products can be ordered by going to www.software-cinema.com 

 

Loc8tor

Don't Lose It - Locate It.  With its miniaturized tags that can be attached to almost any item and a range of up to 600 feet, Loc8tor blends a combination of new and traditional technologies to help find your most important possessions actually guiding you in to even the most hard to find places. Loc8tor can even help stop your possessions from getting lost in the first place. Loc8tor's versatile nature enables use around the home, in the office, or out and about.

Loc8tor is conducting a special holiday promo of 10% discount and a '14-Day No Quibble Home Trial.

For more info and to pick up the Loc8tor, visit their website at www.loc8tor.com


iPod compatible Messenger Bag


This product incorporates Elektex smart fabric so that you can store your iPod in the bag and control it through fabric controls on the strap of the bag. A built in speaker, incorporated into the bag's design, gives you the freedom to share music with people and enjoy music without uncomfortable headsets. If you walk into a crowded subway or room however, you can just put your headset back on and your iPod stays hidden away and safe in your bag. The 3.5mm jack also gives you a place to plug in your laptop, cell phone, or MP3 device and take advantage of the speaker's quality sound.
 

 

 

G-Tech Wireless Smartphone Keyboard


This portable keyboard also uses ElekTex smart fabric and is designed for PDAs, cell phones, the Blackberry and handheld devices. Perfect for the frequent traveler or business person on the go, this wireless keyboard unrolls to the size of a regular keyboard and provides the space to work more efficiently without having to tap away on a tiny PDA or cell hone pad. Weighing 2.4oz (without batteries), the standard G-Tech ElekTex keyboard design can be rolled up when not in use to fit easily in a pocket or handbag. Combined with Bluetooth connectivity, this brand new touch-responsive interface for portable devices is 100% fabric, water-repellent. The keyboard has a battery life of 10 hours of constant typing and comes with a mobile phone/PDA stand.
 

Solar Charger for Cell Phones, iPods or PDAs


Our solar chargers act like solar powered portable reusable power sources for your cell phone, your iPod or your PDA. Solar Style solar chargers and portable batteries are great for saving energy, worry-free and converter-free travel, in an emergency and can increase personal security. Imagine if you could listen to the radio and still power-up your cell phone while you were waiting for help in the aftermath of an earthquake, a hurricane like Katrina or a Tsunami like the on experienced in Indonesia? Or imagine if you never have worry about your cell phone quitting in the middle of an important deal, or getting stuck by the side of the road without the power to call for help! Take advantage of the free power provided by the sun in order to stay wired on the go, anywhere, any time, no matter what the local ampage or outage. 
Website  www.solarstyle.com 


Instant HDTV PCI

Receive Free Over the Air HDTV Broadcasts on your PC. Enjoy all the clarity and brilliance of crystal clear HDTV broadcasts on your PC monitor instead of buying a new HDTV. HDTV broadcast's look better because they have up to 6 times the resolution of standard TV broadcasts and many broadcasts include Dolby 5.1 Audio so HDTV sounds better too! And HDTV is FREE - HD Shows are broadcast over the air, no need for cable TV or satellite subscriptions. Just add Instant HDTV PCI and a TV antenna to receive HDTV! If you still have analog Cable TV in your house you can also use the Instant HDTV PCI to receive standard TV and Cable broadcasts in addition to HDTV broadcasts.
Website  www.adstech.com 

 HP CD/DVD Tattoos

Give your CDs and DVDs a new look and "tattoo" them in the world's glossiest labels! HP's CD/DVD Tattoos (15 5x7 sheets for $9.99) ultra-thin, highly durable plastic labels provide an attractive alternative for personalizing CDs and DVDs with any inkjet printer. Unlike traditional paper labels, the CD/DVD tattoos are water, smudge, and fade-resistant and feature anti-curl technology, which prevents curling or warping even if exposed to extreme temperatures. Because of the outstanding image quality, HP CD/DVD Tattoos are ideal for customizing discs for special events, gifts, and private music collections. You can even create and personalize Tattoos using your own photos or free design templates available on HP's website: www.hp.com/go/tattoos.

 

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