Holiday gift guide 2012

Spending on consumer electronics is expected to top $250 per shopper this holiday season and, according to the Consumer Electronics Assn., 76% of gift-giving adults plan to give a gadget as a present. That doesn’t mean finding the right item is an easy task, though. To help out, Variety offers up a few ideas that are bound to please even the most discriminating tech-lover.

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10 Gifts Gadget Lovers Will Love

When it comes to the holidays, gadgets perennially top people’s wish lists — and retailers are happy to oblige.

Shoppers will spend an average of $252 on consumer electronics this year, according to a Consumer Electronics Association forecast, with 76 percent of gift-giving adults planning to give a gadget as a present. Sorting out the hot items from the ones destined to end up in the clearance bin — or at a garage sale — isn’t easy, though.

If you’re looking for a perfect tech gift for a friend or loved one, click ahead for suggestions that can’t miss.


Amazon fights multi-front war

Remember when was just an online bookstore?

As the Internet has evolved, Jeff Bezos and company have transformed with it. And while the site is certainly a retail powerhouse and dominates the publishing (and ePublishing) industry, Amazon has become a company with deep interests in other forms of entertainment — and those efforts are starting to bear fruit.

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America’s Radio News Network – May 3

Every Thursday, I join Chris Salcedo and Lori Lundin on the mid-day edition of America’s Radio News Network to discuss trends and news in the technology and video game space. This week’s topics were Amazon’s call for original television content for its streaming service, Target’s decision to stop selling the Kindle, RIM’s vow to keep keypads on its phones and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Also… we try to figure out why Chris has trouble pressing “M” when texting.

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America’s Radio News Network – April 12

Every Thursday, I join Chris Salcedo and Lori Lundin on the mid-day edition of America’s Radio News Network to discuss trends and news in the technology and video game space. This week’s topics were Sony’s restructuring, the Dept. of Justice’s antitrust case against Apple and several book publishers (which could result in lower eBook prices) and the heartwarming story of Caine’s Arcade.

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Amazon lights the Fire

The Kindle Fire is on the way to customers – and with it, Amazon’s hoping to revolutionize the tablet business.

The $199 entertainment-focused device is actually shipping a day earlier than planned, as Amazon looks to build on the substantial buzz the Kindle Fire has generated since it was first announced. The company also plans to ship the Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G eReaders tomorrow – six days ahead of schedule.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Gadget gift guide 2010

This holiday season, gadgets are a good worry-free gift to get that bizzer who has everything — particularly since everything that’s tech seems to be changing. From 3D TV and a video-streaming set-top box to a new twist on motion-capture gaming, Variety has put together a list of the latest gizmos that are sure to be as much fun to give as they are to receive.

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The Surefire Holiday Hit: Gadgets

Consumers may be planning to spend less on gifts overall this holiday season, but that frugality seemingly won’t apply when it comes to consumer electronics.

Fueled by demand for Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle eReader, gadgets are expected to be the top category in retail during the fourth quarter. A survey from the Consumer Electronics Association finds that consumers will spend an average of $232 on gadgets and gizmos this year.


Amazon unveils Kindle Singles

Bite-sized snacks fill the grocery stores. Bite-sized gaming is taking that industry by story. So it was only a matter of time before bite-sized eBooks hit the market.

Amazon has unveiled a new initiative dubbed “Kindle Singles” – snacky novellas or essays from thought leaders. The mini-books will range from 10,000 to 30,000 words and will be priced considerably lower than full-length titles.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog