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Gadget Guidance 2008: Leftovers

Beyond the evergreen categories like cameras and computers, you may find a few other types of gadget occupy a spot on your shopping (or wish) list. GPS receivers It helps if you can play with one in a store, so you can see if you like, or at least tolerate,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 26, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Gadgets , Tips  
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Gadget Guidance 2008: (Don't Call Them) MP3 Players

The market for MP3 players -- more accurately called "media players," since most also handle photos and video clips -- is dominated by one company, Apple, that didn't even enter this business until the fall of 2001. Should you do anything about that? Probably not. The iPod deserves most of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 26, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Gadgets , Music , Pictures , Tips , Video  
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Gadget Guidance 2008: Digital Cameras

The proof that digital cameras have arrived as a mass-market product? You can now ignore the number that was once supposed to drive any such purchase, resolution. Seven million pixels (megapixels) has become the minimum on new models, a figure way more than sufficient to allow for sharp 8-by-10 printouts....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 26, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Gadgets , Pictures , Tips  
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Black Friday Sales Forecasts

I've never seen the point of getting up in the pre-dawn darkness on the day after Thanksgiving just to save a few bucks on my holiday shopping -- my time has value too! But I have been known to go online that afternoon or evening to snag a one-day "Black...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 26, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thanksgiving Tech-Support Recipes

Those of who are a primary source of tech support for our families know what's coming this weekend--not just a prolonged eat/nap/eat sequence, but a request, or outright plea, that you give your folks' computer a tune-up. Debugging deep-seated software ailments is difficult enough under ideal conditions, much less when...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 24, 2008; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Computers , The business we have chosen , Tips  
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