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Best Tech Gifts for 2010 Holiday Seasons – Gift Guide

It is that time of year again. You have to figure out what to get your loved one or a close friend and you don’t mind footing the bill to buy them some new tech gadget. So which one do you choose? We have a few top-tech-gifts to choose from for this year’s holiday season.

Some of the new tech gadgets out this year are simply amazing. You have everything from the new Apple iPad to new Flat-Screen HDTV sets. So what are some of the best rated tech gadgets to choose from for holiday gifts?

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Best Tech Gifts for 2010 Holiday Season

Apple iPad
A great gift for those who do not mind using iTunes and the App Store to purchase apps. Great for someone who is already familiar with Apple’s iOS and who may already have an iPhone. Pretty much the number 1 rated tablet on the market in terms of portability and ease of use. Prices start at $499.

Samsung Galaxy Tab
Available on Sprint, T-Mobile Verizon and AT&T. An excellent alternative to the Apple iPad. Runs off of the Android OS and has a starting price of $399

Amazon Kindle
Great e-book reader that has the largest library of e-book readers so far. Excellent screen for reading in bright sunlight with built-in Wi-Fi. Prices start at $139.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350
An excellent pocket digital camera with a fast shutter. If you are sick of that shutter delay then the Sony Cyber-shot line-up may be your answer. Prices start at $150

Garmin Nuvi 3790T GPS
One of the best GPS units on the market currently but comes at a higher price point starting at $440. Great function and super slim. Has an excellent touch-screen and software is easy to use compared to many other GPS units in this class.

Apple iPhone 4
Obviously one of the hottest items on the tech market period. An excellent buy if you are upgrading that old flip phone. The iPhone 4 is getting some serious competition with Android powered phones lately and now the introduction of Windows Phone 7 OS. Prices start at $199 with a 2/year contract via AT&T.

HTC Evo 4G
Sprints best smartphone and one of the most talked about Android OS phones on the market. 4G speed is awesome but coverage of 4G connectivity is limited right now in the US. Prices start at $149 with a 2/year contract.

Roku XDS Streaming Player
The Roku XDS is a great media device allowing Netflix streaming and a very wide range of media playing abilities. If you are not an avid iTunes movie goer then the Roku XDS may be your choice over the Apple TV. The price is $99.

Panasonic Viera TC-P46G25 Series HDTV
Panasonic is still sold on their plasma technology in flat-screen HDTV as are many avid TV consumers. Picture quality is among the best in the industry providing the deepest blacks you can find on virtually any flat-screen HDTV on the current market. Has built-in streaming abilities such as Netflix. Prices start around $990 at various stores. Shopping around for this one with some patients will save you some money.

Panasonic HDC-SD60K HD Camcorder
Camcorders have come a long way now offering High-Definition recordings in just about every model currently available. The new Panasonic line has great quality and records great Hi-Def video. Shop around and look at the whole line before you drop the starting price of $350 on this one.

Apple Macbook Air
If you have the cash, pick one of these up! This is by far one of the best laptops in the smallest factor form you can get on the market. The downfalls of it is its memory is not upgradable limiting you to either the 2gb Ram/64GB flash drive version on the 11-inch or up to the 4gb Ram/256GB flash drive version on the 13-inch. Prices start at $999 for the 11-inch 2gb Ram/64GB flash drive version and go up to $1,599 for the 4gb Ram/256GB flash drive version on the 13-inch.

HP Envy 17
A great looking laptop with an Apple-ish feel to it. Big clear screen and customization options. Good price for a big laptop full of power. Prices start at $1,299.

Apple iPod Touch, iPod nano, iPod Classic
Among the best mp3 players around. Although not truly classified as an ‘mp3’ player, the vast iTunes library turns the iPod Touch and Classic into a great portable media machine. New iPod nano offers the smallest size of most mp3 players yet packed full of audio functionality. Prices start at $49 for the iPod shuffle, $149 for the iPod nano, $229 for the iPod touch, and $249 for the iPod classic.

Playstation 3 slim & Xbox 360
Gaming is on a new level this year with new systems from both Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. It all comes down to preference for which system you want. The PS3 Slip sports great multimedia features and bluray disc playback. The Xbox 360 has been upgraded to a slimmer and sleaker case with 1080p HDMI output and the optional Kinect system. The Nintendo Wii continues to offer unsurpassed interactivity. Nintendo Wii bundle starts at $195, Xbox 360 slim starts at $299 and the PS3 Slim starts at $299.

Dell UltraSharp U2711
If you are looking for the Mac-Daddy of computer monitors, then go no further than the new Dell UltraSharp U2711. This is the first monitor, aside from the new iMac 27inch built-in screen, to offer 2560×1440 resolution not to mention its 27-inch size. Prices start at $899.

Apple iMac 27-inch
If you do not know about the new iMac then you must come from under your rock. The latest iMac is the best looking desktop there is if you do not mind it’s all-in-one form factor. Pimped out with the Intel Core i5 2.8GHz and marvelous 2560×1440 27-inch LED backlit screen, the new iMac is a monster that can also run Windows 7. Prices start at $1199 for the 21.5 inch version and $1,699 for the 27-inch Core i3 version.

What items will you buy this year for the holidays?

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Sony Internet TV Rolling Out First HDTVs Powered By Google TV

sony-internet-hdtv-google-tv-1Cable and Satellite TV better watch out because there seems to be a new sheriff and deputy in town by the name of Sony and Google. Sony is finally rolling out details on the first HDTV sets that will support a new Google TV (internet TV) platform. The new ‘Sony Internet TV’ comes in 1080p LCD and LCD LED flavors under $1,500 and will be available later this month around October 24 at local Best Buy stores to start off.

The new Sony Internet TVs will have built in Wi-Fi and an included keypad remote with integrated mouse and keyboard for navigating the Google TV interface.

There will be a starting line of 24-inch ($599) Sony Internet TVs along with 32-inch ($799), 40-inch ($999) and 46-inch ($1,399). LED (LED backlit) models will also be included in the lineup with a slightly higher price of course. Each TV will have pre-installed apps including Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, YouTube and Sony’s Qriocity streaming-video service. The Google TV integration may be the forefront hit of these new TV sets. There will also be apps available to control your Google TV through an Android powered phone.

In the world of ‘Internet TV’, we have yet to see anything ‘sure-shot’ thing to stick and take off. Google TV may be the answer to cutting the cord but we won’t really know until we see these new Sony TVs on the market, faster and not-so-expensive ISP (Internet Service Provider) support and a large library of available TV programming and movies available.

Due to this news the question arises, would you dump your current cable or satellite subscriptions in place of Google TV/Internet TV service offered on one of these new Sony Internet TVs if the price is ‘right’? What would it take for you to leave your current cable or satellite TV? Is this the wave of the future?

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Testing-1-2-3: YouTube Does Live Streaming

YouTube has just announced that it will start testing out a new streaming platform that will allow broadcasters to stream live video.

You have probably been wondering when YouTube would actually get into streaming live since so many other companies not near as big as YouTube have done this for years. YouTube obviously has a big following being the biggest ‘open’ video service on the internet but according to reports, YouTube streaming has been in the works for a long time now.

With any type of video streaming comes the necessary partners involved to make it all work and most importantly, make it all legal. The primary four content partners are Next New Networks, Young Hollywood, Howcast and Rocketboom. The embedded widget below shows you the LIVE streaming schedule starting with a few bits today.

Do you think we are looking at the beginning to replacing cable/satellite TV networks with streaming internet networks? Will YouTube even support such an infrastructure to even begin to talk about replacing anything that we see on TV?

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Google TV: Taking the Complicated and Boring Out of TV

google-tv-1Remember those days of changing your schedule to meet the schedule of TV so that you can actually watch something good? Sure, those days are still here but now you can bring everything you love about the web to your TV. Will it be a big hit?

Google TV searches all your channels, hubs, favorite websites… so on and brings it to your TV. Google TV will basically make your TV smarter so you do not have to waste time looking for what you want and more time watching.

Okay, now that my sales pitch is over. Check out the introduction to Google TV in the YouTube video below.

Did you know that Google has partnered with Dish Network and scored a retail partnership with Best Buy? So that means rolling out Google TV will be right in your face the next time you go shopping for that new tech gadget at your local Best Buy. Better yet, we should start seeing commercial advertising Google TV on our “boring TVs” soon.

Google is basically going to roll out a TV service that targets the 4 billion TV users worldwide. And you thought Facebook had a big following with 400 million users. That’s nothing to the world-domination that Google seeks with the new Google TV

Google TV will be open sources for both Android and Chrome source trees. Don’t even ask me about the iPhone. You know the deal there!

Google TV is expected to be released in early 2011. Until then, I guess I will turn on some Family Guy and try to enjoy my boring TV life.

So, will Google TV catch on?

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