As you finalize your holiday shopping—there are still a few days left of Hanukkah, and you’re down to 3 weeks before Christmas—there’s nothing to set off a little bit of pre-gift-giving buyer’s remorse like a rumor that the next version of whatever you just bought is coming out next week.
Internet-based video and “Internet TV” are among some of the most-hyped features of many of the entertainment products being peddled this year for the holidays. Apple TV, Google TV, and the Boxee Box are just a few of the consumer electronics devices for Web-based entertainment that are being targeted at people more comfortable with a remote in their hand than a computer mouse.
My wife the librarian is, to say the least, an avid reader. And as her birthday is approaching, I decided to give her a tech-gift that would keep on giving: Barnes & Noble’s new Nook Color e-reader. The new Nook arrived yesterday, and after she spent several hours absorbed with her new gadget, she deigned to let me take a look at it.
Apple has released, after much delay, a new version of its operating system for the iPhone and iPad that finally brings “multitasking” to the iPad, in addition to a number of other features that iPhone users already have had at their disposal.
But aside from all the usual bells and whistles, there’s one feature that the forgetful will really appreciate. Apple has made its “Find My iPhone” service free, instead of tying it to the MobileMe subscription service. The service is also available for the iPad with the new release.
An HP/Palm tablet. It’s been 10 months since Consumer Electronics Show attendees were promised waves upon waves of tablet computers.