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Review: Kodak Easytouch Share

Kodak may have stumbled a bit while transitioning from its historic film roots to the modern digital world, but lately the company has created some killer products. For example, the Pulse digital photo frame remains one of my favorite products ever, and the new Easyshare Touch is my new favorite camera.

With these products, Kodak has demonstrated a knack for making previously cumbersome tasks–like sharing photos–simple. The Pulse frame, for example, has its own e-mail address; friends and family members can send new photos right to it. Likewise, it can automatically absorb new pictures from the likes of Facebook and Flickr.  Read More >>>

Are Penny-Auction Sites Worth the Price?

Could I interest you in a brand new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 digital camera for $4.26? How about an iPad 2 for $12.75? Or a $100 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card for $0.92?

Those aren’t made-up prices. They’re among the recently completed sales at Sixjax, a new penny-auction site where you can score some pretty big-ticket items for a fraction of the list price.

At least, that’s the promise. The reality is a bit different. Read more >>>

5 Cool Tech Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (May 8, in case you haven’t marked your calendar yet), but you’ve still got time to buy Mom something great. Flowers are nice, sure, but they usually don’t last more than a few days. If you want a gift that keeps on giving, head to the technology aisle.

I’ve rounded up five geek-chic items that are sure to please any mom. Read more >>>

Review: The Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi Hits All the High Notes–and One Sour One

I could blab all day about the pros and cons of the new Wi-Fi edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but I know all you really want is the answer to this question: “Is it better than the iPad?”

Because, let’s face it, Apple’s tablet is the standard-bearer, the one against which all others must be judged. And, so far, there really hasn’t been another model that could compete with it.

I won’t keep you on pins and needles. Is the Galaxy Tab better than the iPad?

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Kindle Library Lending and Two Other Ways to Score Free eBooks

Regular Tech-pert readers know of my fondness for e-readers–and my hatred of e-book prices. (Sorry, publishers, but you can’t give me a good argument for why older and out-of-print titles aren’t priced at a buck or two.)

Fortunately, there are ways to get books for your Amazon Kindle (and, in some cases, your Barnes & Noble Nook) without spending a dime. Don’t worry, they’re all perfectly legal–though there are a few limitations.

First up: a virtual trip to your local library. Read More >>>

My Thoughts on the ‘Kindle with Special Offers’

I’m not sure how to feel right now.

Yesterday, Amazon took the wraps off the Kindle with Special Offers, an updated version of the $139 Wi-Fi-only Kindle. What’s so “special” about it? In a word: ads.

Priced at $114, the Kindle with Special Offers (KSO for short) displays ads instead of the author illustrations that normally appear when the device is in standby mode. It also shows ad banners along the bottom of the home screen.

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Five Cheap Ways to Go Green for Earth Day (or Any Day)

Earth Day comes only once per year (this year it’s April 22), but let’s be realistic: every day should be Earth Day. After all, this is our only available planet (for now).

Don’t you think we should keep it habitable for as long as humanly possible?

Technology can help–and so can you. With the right gear and few small changes to the way you work and live, you can save money, energy, and quite possibly the Earth.

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Get 20GB of Amazon Cloud Storage for $1 (or Less!)

Earlier this week, Amazon rolled out an interesting new service: Cloud Drive. It’s like an online hard drive, a place where you can store music, photos, documents, and other files. That not only gives you a Web-based backup for important stuff, but also lets you access your data on the go (like from a mobile phone or friend’s PC).

If you already have an Amazon account, you get five free gigabytes (GB) of Cloud Drive storage just for showing up (i.e. signing in). That’s a good start, though if you have a large photo or music library you want to archive, it may not be enough.

How does 20GB sound? You can get that four-fold increase in storage simply by buying an album–any album–from the Amazon MP3 Store. Seriously, no joke.

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The Best $10 PC Games You’ve Never Heard Of…

Bored with Bejeweled? Played enough Plants Vs. Zombies? I know the feeling: these so-called “casual” PC games are fun for a while, but they get old.

Sounds like you’re ready for something a little different–a little “indie.” Just as independently-developed music and movies offer a refreshing change from mainstream Hollywood, so do indie games provide unique, offbeat, and very often thrilling entertainment.

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