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2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas gifts 2010Holiday shopping, even for the most enthusiastic of consumers, is never easy. No one wants to overspend on gifts especially in a sluggish economy. Here are some diverse holiday present ideas that should fit most budget parameters.

If there is anything good to be said for a recession is that household goods, which normally would not be thought of as presents, do make for thoughtful gifts. Honeywell’s Air Purifier helps keep rooms free of dust particles while Bissell’s PowerEdge vacuums have a similar design to the expensive Dyson brands and are more adept at cleaning up after pet hair and dander.

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ContourHD: The World’s First HD Wearable Camcorder

VholdR, the leader for shoot and share wearable video cameras, is introducing ContourHD -- the world’s first (and lightest) HD Wearable Camcorder.  A Seattle based start-up helping adventure sports enthusiasts tell stories of action, adventure, and travel through video, VholdR leads the way in making action video easy to shoot and share. VholdR is dedicated to creating simple tools that enable hands-free capture and effortless sharing of video online with others.

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Lithuania Ranks Number 1 for Fastest Public WiFi


With summer travel upon us, the world's hottest destinations with the best WiFi is not what you'd expect. Consider this, ranking at 20th, the USA is not even close to boasting that it has the fastest public WiFi in the world. Internet-based communications hub Ooma [] — which lets users make calls overseas via WiFi — has compiled a detailed report to help WiFi-loving travelers choose their destinations wisely. Travelers with the Ooma home phone service and companion mobile app route calls overseas by downloading the Ooma Mobile App and connecting to WiFi. And that give the company an edge and a need to understand where the best WiFi is happening. Here’s what they have learned.

Top 20 Countries With The Fastest Public WiFi (average download speeds in Mbps)

• 1) Lithuania (15.4 Mbps)

• 2) Croatia (14.05 Mbps)

• 3) Estonia (13.75 Mbps)

• 4) Ireland (11.43 Mbps)

• 5) Romania (11.32 Mbps)

• 6) United Kingdom (10.97 Mbps)

• 7) Denmark (10.52 Mbps)

• 8) Hungary (10.37 Mbps)

• 9) Belgium (10.07 Mbps)

• 10) Slovenia (9.72 Mbps)

• 11) Bulgaria (9.67 Mbps)

• 12) Singapore (9.49 Mbps)

• 13) Finland (8.69 Mbps)

• 14) Switzerland (8.67 Mbps)

• 15) Latvia (8.46 Mbps)

• 16) Germany (7.96 Mbps)

• 17) Sweden (7.90 Mbps)

• 18) Portugal (7.43 Mbps)

• 19) Canada (7.16 Mbps)

• 20) U.S.A. (6.89 Mbps)


Top 5 With Fastest Overall Internet Connection Speeds

With an average connection speed at 6.1 megabits per second (MBPS), Ooma also found the countries with the fastest and slowest connection speeds overall (both private and public).

• 1. South Korea

• 2. Norway

• 3. Hong Kong

• 4. Sweden

• 5. Switzerland


Top 5 Countries With The Slowest Overall Internet Connection Speeds (ranked from slowest)

• 1. Venezuela

• 2. Paraguay

• 3. Namibia

• 4. Bolivia

• 5. Nigeria

So the next time one argues the private sector does it better, one can bet those countries with the fastest speeds did it with some kind of public/government support — and getting the job done.

Re-use Your Old Hard Drive as New Portable Drive with DIY Kit

A leading provider of Mac® and PC performance upgrades, storage drives and accessories, Other World Computing has Other World Computingdeveloped the OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit -- the lowest-cost way to upgrade a laptop hard drive at home, school, or office to a faster (to 7200 rpm, larger (to 1TB) hard drive or high-performance SSD without sending the laptop out for repairs or buying a new laptop.

The OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit provides everything needed to increase space and performance for a MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini storage, or PC laptop and be “green” by re-using the “old” hard drive as a new portable external drive.

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