Have some ideas about how to spend the upcoming 2011 Thanksgiving Day? No matter you prefer to play Thanksgiving Flash Games on the internet at home; or visit your friends and relatives to give and exchange Thanksgiving Gifts; or just escape with your loved one to have the last-minute Thanksgiving Getaways probably in an isolated but beautiful island in Maldives or Fiji, you can find something useful here in this blog to make your Thanksgiving Fantasy come true and memorable.
The easiest and virtual Thanksgiving Animation Card and Thanksgiving Flash Games.
This is fun to play crazy turkey online games and greet your netizens by sending an interesting catch Mr. turkey Flash e-card. It is indeed a quiet, eco-friendly and conservative way but uses the latest technology, to express your love and gratefulness to the one you really care.
Check our mixed Thanksgiving e-card and Flash game collection below to get inspired.
Thanksgiving E-Card: Turkey Flight
Thanksgiving Flash Game: Hidden Objects
Thanksgiving Flash Game: Turkey Flying
The actual and best 100 hardware, software and service products and gadgets of the entire 2011 can be your coolest Thanksgiving Gifts this year.
Tablet computers, smartphones, home TVs, cool cameras, useful programs and applications… are all available to pick and make your selection stand out of the crowd.
Hover your mouse over the individual item to see more details.
- 1. Verizon LTE
- 2. Apple MacBook Air (Mid 2011) family
- 3. Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Family
- 4. Samsung Epic Touch 4G
- 5. Microsoft Kinect
- 6. Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G 16GB
- 7. Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Mango
- 8. HP ePrint
- 9. Sony Alpha SLT-A77
- 10. Samsung Series 9
- 11. Google +
- 12. Canon EOS Rebel T3i
- 13. AMD Radeon HD 6990
- 14. LG Electronics Infinia 47LW6500 3D LED TV
- 15. Spotify Ltd Spotify
- 16. MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer
- 17. Sony Tablet S1
- 18. Origin Genesis Z68
- 19. Microsoft Internet Explorer 9
- 20. Amazon Kindle Fire
- 21. Google Wallet
- 22. T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide
- 23. Barnes and Noble Nook Color
- 24. Samsung UN46D8000 46-Inch 3D LED TV
- 25. Novatel MiFi 4510L for Verizon LTE
- 26. Canon PowerShot G12
- 27. Microsoft Office 365
- 28. Dell XPS 15z
- 29. HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275
- 30. HTC Evo 3D
- 31. Google Maps for Android
- 32. Asus Eee Pad Slider
- 33. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
- 34. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi 16GB
- 35. Sony Handycam NEX-VG20
- 36. Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 4TB
- 37. Sony Bravia 46HX820 3D LED TV
- 38. Sony Alpha NEX-7
- 39. Motorola Droid Bionic
- 40. Turntable.fm
- 41. Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player
- 42. Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage 500GB
- 43. Lenovo ThinkPad X1
- 44. Sony VAIO SB Series (VPCSB1BGX)
- 45. Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus
- 46. Intel 510 Series SSD 250GB
- 47. Adobe Premiere Elements 10
- 48. HTC ThunderBolt
- 49. AMD FX (Bulldozer) CPU Family
- 50. Sony Handycam HDR-TD10
- 51. Qnap TurboNAS TS-259 Pro+
- 52. Lenovo ThinkPad X220
- 53. mSpot, Inc. mSpot Music
- 54. HP TouchSmart 610 Quad
- 55. Asus U31Jg
- 56. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
- 57. Nikon Coolpix S9100
- 58. Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
- 59. Amazon Kindle Touch
- 60. Razer Blade
- 61. Canon Pixma MG8220
- 62. Epson Artisan 837 Color Inkjet All-In-One
- 63. Zite, Inc. Zite Mobile
- 64. Trend Micro Mobile Security Personal Edition
- 65. Dell Precision M6600
- 66. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet
- 67. MoboTap Dolphin Browser HD
- 68. M-Audio BX5 D2 Speaker System
- 69. D-Link DHP-1320
- 70. Xobni Corporation Smartr Inbox for Gmail
- 71. Casio Exilim EX-H20G
- 72. Lightbox Photos for Android
- 73. Acer Aspire Revo RL100-UR20P
- 74. Synology DiskStation DS411slim
- 75. Toshiba Thrive 7″
- 76. Wacom Bamboo Connect
- 77. Casio Tryx Digital Camera (Black)
- 78. Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5
- 79. Apple Inc. GarageBand
- 80. Google Apps
- 81. Micro Express MicroFlex 23B
- 82. Ubuntu Version 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”
- 83. Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb
- 84. Earndit
- 85. Smartfish Reflex Keyboard and Whirl Mouse
- 86. Aliph Jawbone Jambox
- 87. Facebook Timeline
- 88. 1UP Industries Bins
- 89. Doc Freedom Syncdocs
- 90. Box.net OpenBox Service: LinkedIn
- 91. PinGuo Camera 360
- 92. Code 42 Software CrashPlan Pro
- 93. Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH–LC11
- 94. Gogo In-Flight Internet
- 95. Eye-Fi Eye-Fi Mobile X2
- 96. Weebly, Inc. Weebly
- 97. Maxthon International Limited Maxthon
- 98. Sony Dev-5 HD Digital Recording Binoculars
- 99. HP TouchPad
- 100. Samsung Series 5 Chromebook
|1||Networking & Wireless|
Verizon’s LTE service smoked the competition in our carrier-versus-carrier 4G wireless speed tests, offering download times that were nearly three times as fast as most competitors’. Verizon also has a big head start in 4G LTE wireless services, with coverage in more than 140 U.S. cities.
|Apple MacBook Air (Mid 2011) family|
Apple’s Core i5-based, solid-but-slim laptop comes as close as any we’ve seen to being the ultimate ultraportable PC, thanks to significant performance improvements when compared to predecessors–as well as a much lower price than the first-generation Air.
|Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Family|
Intel’s second-generation Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs use an entirely different architecture than the first-generation CPUs did, and the new chips bring us dramatically improved graphics performance, stellar power numbers, and improved energy efficiency.
|Samsung Epic Touch 4G|
The Galaxy S II series of Android phones is expertly built for mobile media, thanks to a stunning AMOLED display, 4G speeds, and excellent camera. The phone is available on several carriers under different names: Sprint’s Epic Touch 4G, AT&T’s Galaxy S II, and T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II.
The fast-selling motion-control peripheral for the Xbox 360 does a lot more than enhance gaming. The Kinect has become a huge source of experimentation for the hacker set, leading to everything from virtual invisibility cloaks to virtual shadow puppetry.
|Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G 16GB|
Apple’s second-generation iPad is undoubtedly the gold standard for tablets. So why’s it ranked this low? Complacency. The iPad 2 offers snappier performance, cameras, and a lighter body, but Apple could have done much more to cement its market-defining status. As the year winds down, the iPad 2’s hardware seems to lag behind the competition’s, instead of sprinting ahead.
|Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Mango|
It’s hard to consider Microsoft an underdog, but that’s exactly what it is in the mobile OS arena. Mango represents a huge step forward in the company’s efforts to change that situation, as it retains the most likable aspects of Windows Phone 7 OS and adds new features and refinements–without being an iOS or Android copycat.
Phones and tablets are now recognized as important tools for work, but printing from these devices is usually a no-go. HP’s ePrint service solves the problem by letting you print from any mobile device by sending jobs via email–and unlike Google Cloud Print, it’s not in perpetual beta.
|Sony Alpha SLT-A77|
The innovative A77 is a prime contender for camera of the year. Sony’s flagship translucent-mirror camera offers shooting speeds and video options that we’ve never seen before: a blazing 12 frames per second at the unit’s full 24.3-megapixel resolution, 1080p video at 60 fps, and an arsenal of creative, fun-to-use shooting modes.
|Samsung Series 9|
The extremely slim, solidly built Samsung Series 9 is our pick for an outstanding Windows-based ultraportable PC. At $1600 for its base configuration, the Series 9 has the slick looks and impressive performance to compete with the MacBook Air–if you can afford it.
If you want to compete with an 800-pound gorilla like Facebook, it helps to be an 800-pound gorilla named Google. This social-networking service offers granular privacy controls, deep integration with Google services, a better mobile app, and an unconfusing interface.
|Canon EOS Rebel T3i|
The novice-friendly Rebel T3i is a top-notch DSLR for many reasons: It turned in one of the best scores we’ve ever seen in PCWorld Labs’ image tests, it shoots great video, and it’s a phenomenal value for less than $1000 as a kit.
|AMD Radeon HD 6990|
If you need sheer, no-holds-barred graphical power for your gaming rig, look no further than the dual-GPU AMD Radeon HD 6990. It’s one of the fastest graphics cards to have churned through PCWorld Labs’ speed tests–and it had better be, given its daunting $700 price tag.
|LG Electronics Infinia 47LW6500 3D LED TV|
With a street price as low as $1400, this 47-inch, LED-backlit television from LG provides a ton of bang for the buck: passive-glasses 3D, excellent picture quality, integrated streaming video, and a picture-calibration wizard.
|Spotify Ltd Spotify|
Spotify’s music-streaming service is our favorite in a crowded field of that includes Pandora and Turntable.fm, though we aren’t wild about its Facebook login requirements. It one-ups competitors by letting you stream the song you want when you want, and its music database is up-to-date and robust.
|MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer|
This 3D printer is an intimidating device for casual users, due to its price, assembly, and design requirements. However, it’s the only product on our 100 Best Products list that could let you print out the other 99, and it’s destined for the top 5 once its ease-of-use improves.
|Sony Tablet S1|
Sony’s wedge-shaped tablet is the first Android device that has the potential to give the iPad a serious run for its money. It gets bonus points for not being a cookie-cutter clone of Apple’s market-leading tablet.
|Origin Genesis Z68|
Meet the anti-tablet. Priced just short of $2500, this Origin Genesis desktop PC turned in one of the highest Worldbench scores we’ve ever seen for a mainstream desktop, thanks to a Core i5 CPU overclocked to 5.2GHz, 16GB of RAM, two Nvidia GeForce GTX 560Ti video cards, and more than a terabyte of storage.
|19||Browsers & Add-Ons|
|Microsoft Internet Explorer 9|
Though IE’s reputation is shaky, the latest version is slick and speedy, has better security against malware, is HTML5-friendly, and offers GPU-enhanced graphics performance. The resulting browser competes well against “sexier” options such as Chrome and Opera.
|Amazon Kindle Fire|
A recent addition to the crowded tablet market, the 7-inch, Android-based Amazon Kindle Fire is essentially a media-consumption device that ties into Amazon’s extensive online services. The tablet’s most intriguing feature may be its sub-$200 price.
Our vote really goes to the promise of using near-field communication (NFC) for hassle-free phone-based payments, and Google Wallet is the most intriguing NFC-payment system to date.
|T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide|
According to our test results, this keyboard-equipped model is the best camera-phone in the business. In addition to offering excellent image quality, the phone has a low-light-optimized sensor, a motion-controlled panorama mode, and features that rival the ones on some stand-alone cameras.
|Barnes and Noble Nook Color|
This color touchscreen e-reader combines sharp text and gorgeous images, but like the Kinect, its extra appeal lies in its hackability. DIY projects abound, including the ability to install Android and use it as a tablet, make it a dual-boot e-reader, or improve its battery life.
|Samsung UN46D8000 46-Inch 3D LED TV|
With excellent picture quality, an ultraslim bezel, active-shutter 3D playback, and the ability to stream Hulu Plus, Netflix, and other content via its Smart TV Hub, this 46-inch LED-backlit HDTV does a lot–and looks good while doing it.
|25||Networking & Wireless|
|Novatel MiFi 4510L for Verizon LTE|
In our head-to-head tests of 4G LTE mobile hotspots for Verizon, we found Novatel’s MiFi to be the easiest to use, with a great interface and support for up to five connected devices.
|Canon PowerShot G12|
Its combination of manual controls, excellent still-image and video quality, an adjustable LCD screen, and a solidly built body make the PowerShot G12 the best all-around fixed-lens camera we’ve tested this year.
|Microsoft Office 365|
With the best font and formatting options of any online office suite, great file compatibility with desktop-installed versions of Office, and online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, this is today’s top cloud-based productivity suite.
|Dell XPS 15z|
No doubt about it: The slick, sturdy Dell XPS 15z borrows its aesthetics from Apple’s Macbook Pro. But at $1000 for its base configuration, it offers terrific performance and hardware for a more-affordable price.
|HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275|
Any scanner can handle a piece of paper; but what about a cupcake, or a toy robot? Enter TopShot, a camera on an adjustable arm that takes multiple, birds’-eye-view photos of 3D objects, combining them into a single image with shadows and contours. This color laser MFP is the first product to possess that artsy feature.
|HTC Evo 3D|
This Android phone for Sprint bills its 3D display as its marquee feature, which is sort of a shame. Its 4G data speeds, gorgeous design, and snappy dual-core processor make it the best Sprint phone of 2011, and you can turn the 3D effects off if you don’t want them.
|Google Maps for Android|
Our pick for the most indispensable mobile app is Google Maps: free turn-by-turn directions, integrated reviews of businesses, and the most up-to-date maps when you need them.
|Asus Eee Pad Slider|
If you’re having trouble deciding between a laptop and a tablet, the Asus Eee Pad Slider may be for you. This thicker-than-most slate has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard an a built-in USB 2.0 port that makes it a seriously productivity-minded tablet.
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2|
The GH2 is a touchscreen camera done right. It has amazing video capabilities for a still camera, thanks to touch-to-focus controls and a manual video mode, making it the best interchangeable-lens camera for video we reviewed in 2011.
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi 16GB|
Let’s face it: You must be onto something if Apple tries to block sales of your tablet. The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 was the first Android tablet to show the mobile OS’s potential on the bigger screen.
|Sony Handycam NEX-VG20|
Sony’s new interchangeable-lens camcorder offers improved specs compared to last year’s VG10 (1080p/60-fps AVCHD Progressive video, RAW stills, and an ergonomic redesign). It’s also compatible with a translucent-mirror lens adapter for continuous phase-detection autofocus.
|Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 4TB|
For about $250, you can get a hard drive that should keep you packing in the bits and bytes for a very long time. This USB 3.0 drive is the first to offer an insane 4TB of storage.
|Sony Bravia 46HX820 3D LED TV|
The hardest part of watching great-looking 2D and 3D footage on this 46-inch Sony LED set is keeping your eyes on the screen. Besides offering awesome picture quality, it’s one of the most stunningly designed sets we’ve ever seen.
|Sony Alpha NEX-7|
With an eye-level OLED viewfinder, a 24.3-megapixel APS-C size sensor, solid video capabilities, and a manual navigation system with top-mounted dials, the NEX-7 is a fine addition to Sony’s NEX compact interchangeable-lens line.
|Motorola Droid Bionic|
The Droid Bionic supplanted the Motorola Atrix on our list for a number of reasons: 4G speeds, a dual-core processor, and custom accessories such as an Atrix-like laptop dock, an HDMI-powered “HD Station,” and an in-car GPS mount.
|40||Music and Audio|
No music service entertained the PCWorld editorial staff more this year than Turntable.fm, which lets you create a room, invite your friends, and take turns DJing while chatting. You can upload your own music or select from Turntable.fm’s own song database.
|Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player|
Amazon’s Cloud Drive frees a lot of storage space on your mobile devices, offering 5GB of space merely for signing up and 20GB if you buy an album on Amazon Music. And your stored Amazon purchases don’t count against your storage space.
|Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage 500GB|
The 500GB wireless Seagate GoFlex Satellite could be your tablet’s best friend, as it lets you dump all of your beefy music and video files onto it and access them without cables. We love the idea, but the mobile app required to access files from your device needs a ton of work.
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1|
The ThinkPad X1 is an ultraportable, but it’s not as lean as such rival laptops as the Macbook Air and the Samsung Series 9. Still, it’s our pick of the year for business-minded travelers, thanks to its combination of durability and performance.
|Sony VAIO SB Series (VPCSB1BGX)|
If you’re willing to pay a bundle for the best-performing thin-and-light laptop we’ve tested this year, opt for the $2500 configuration of the Sony VAIO SB. This 2.7GHz dual-core Core i7 laptop smoked competitors of similar size in our WorldBench 6 tests. It comes with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive, and somehow it still manages to deliver great battery life.
|45||Antivirus & Security|
|Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus|
Every security company offers some sort of cloud security program, but Webroot SecureAnywhere has a different take on the idea. It doesn’t rely on signature updates, and it features a Web portal that lets you manage security on all of your systems. The “Complete” package also includes Webroot’s security app for iOS and Android.
|Intel 510 Series SSD 250GB|
The Intel 510 SSD series tied for top performance honors among solid-state drives in our tests. With a capacity of 250GB and a price of $580, it lets you add top-flight SSD performance without breaking the bank. Previously, 250GB or so of SSD storage would have cost about $200 more.
|Adobe Premiere Elements 10|
It’s hard to believe that the full-featured Premiere Elements 10 costs just $100, as it offers color-correction, keyframing capabilities, and 64-bit-system compatibility. This package is the current king of consumer video-editing suites.
The ThunderBolt was the first phone to use Verizon’s top-rated LTE network. As such, it introduced 4G to the masses. Its other specs weren’t too shabby, either: an attractive 4.3-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, and a very solid build.
|AMD FX (Bulldozer) CPU Family|
AMD promised gamers a processor that would deliver speedy performance but wouldn’t break the bank. They delivered Bulldozer, a line of CPUs that offer impressive overclocking potential, topped off with an eight-core processor.
|Sony Handycam HDR-TD10|
In 2011, 3D video didn’t exactly prove that it was ready for prime-time, but the TD10 is a standout in the realm of 3D video capture. This twin-lens, dual-1080p shooting 3D camcorder provides manual parallax controls for adjusting the 3D effect in footage as you shoot.
|Qnap TurboNAS TS-259 Pro+|
If you’re willing to pay top dollar for speed–say, 83 mbps while writing data and 65 mbps while reading data over a gigabit network–there’s no better option than this two-bay NAS enclosure. Included in the $600 price is the excellent Qnap OS for your data-management needs.
|Lenovo ThinkPad X220|
The no-nonsense X220 delivers exactly what ThinkPad users have come to love–a top-notch keyboard and touchpad, a durable-but-light body, sterling performance, and battery life expandable to 23 hours–all wrapped up in an ultraportable package: .
|mSpot, Inc. mSpot Music|
It may not be as famous as its rivals, but mSpot provides one of the best audio-streaming services for Android and iOS devices. Even in areas plagued by low reception, music playback is practically flawless; and mSpot’s personalized radio features make this app a winner.
|HP TouchSmart 610 Quad|
With configurations starting at $1600, this 23-inch touchscreen PC isn’t the cheapest system on the block, but you get a ton for your money. The unit we tested packed a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 1TB of storage, and 8GB of RAM. But here’s the kicker: The entire frame slides down, giving you an unprecedented access to the touch experience.
The lightweight U31Jg offers a fantastic blend of affordability, battery life, and business performance, with an $800 price tag for its 2.53GHz Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB drive. It’s not the best fit for multimedia hounds, but it s a top-notch business ultraportable.
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V|
It was a banner year for pocket megazoom cameras, and the 16X-zoom Cyber-shot HX9V is the most feature-loaded of the lot: in-camera GPS, great low-light performance, superb video quality, and even 3D still-image capture.
|Nikon Coolpix S9100|
Another fine pocket megazoom, this one offering best-in-class photos, the 18X-zoom Coolpix S9100 turned in the best image quality we saw in 2011 from a fixed-lens camera. It’s fully automated, too.
|Canon PowerShot SX230 HS|
And here’s our pocket-megazoom pick for anyone who desires manual controls. The 14X-optical-zoom SX230 HS sweetens the deal with great image quality, high-speed modes, and in-camera GPS.
|Amazon Kindle Touch|
At $99 (that’s for the ad-supported “Special Offers” version of the Kindle Touch), Amazon’s first multitouch-enabled, keyboardless e-reader is bound to be popular this holiday shopping season. Two months of battery life per charge doesn’t hurt, either.
This big, wide, 17-inch gaming laptop is thinner and lighter than any other laptop in its class–even Apple’s. Razer has designed something unique here, with a cool LCD touchpad and customizable macro buttons, all in a slick, lightweight package.
|Canon Pixma MG8220|
The Wi-Fi-enabled Pixma MG8220 lets you send print jobs wirelessly from an Android or iPhone app. It also offers CD/DVD printing, adds creative filters to photo prints, and has a nifty 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD. Basically, this is about as cool as a $300 inkjet multifunction printer gets.
|Epson Artisan 837 Color Inkjet All-In-One|
The year’s other cool $300 MFP is this one. You get CD/DVD printing and cloud printing; and while its own touch control panel isn’t quite as flashy as the Canon Pixma MG8220’s, the Artisan 837 makes up for that by coming through with better photo quality, cheaper inks, and an automatic document feeder.
|Zite, Inc. Zite Mobile|
The Zite app for iOS is part magazine-style content aggregator and part mind reader. It scans your social networking feeds and serves up stories about some of your favorite topics, in a clean, easy-to-read print-like layout.
|Trend Micro Mobile Security Personal Edition|
As mobile devices become a more-integral part of everyday computing, the more you need to protect them. This security app for Android devices scans apps for malware, protects against phishing attacks, and offers robust text- and call-blocking features.
|Dell Precision M6600|
At 9 pounds and $5700, Dell’s Precision M6600 laptop is hefty in both weight and price. The trade-off is a quad-core Core i7 system with plenty of power for hard-core graphics and engineering pros, as well as a best-in-class touchscreen display.
|Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet|
Lenovo’s work-minded ThinkPad Tablet offers a good-looking display, pen input, and preloaded productivity apps geared toward business users. It’s a bit thicker and heavier than most tablets, but the bulk means more room for port options.
|MoboTap Dolphin Browser HD|
Dolphin is a stellar replacement for the stock browser on both iOS and Android. It features tabbed browsing and support for gestures, and overall it provides a pleasant mobile browsing experience.
|M-Audio BX5 D2 Speaker System|
The M-Audio BX5 D2 speakers are the cream of the crop in among low-priced self-powered units, delivering about as much bass as you can get in a speaker set that doesn’t dominate your limited desk space.
|69||Networking & Wireless|
This elegant hybrid product is one of the first to combine Wi-Fi and PowerLine networks in a single box. It cuts a few corners, but it scores as a clever way to deliver wireless service to portable devices, and wired networking for streaming media to consumer electronics.
|Xobni Corporation Smartr Inbox for Gmail|
Finally, Gmail users can get in on the same good stuff that Xobni for Outlook has been bringing to the table. Smartr Inbox for Gmail by Xobni adds detailed info about your e-mail contacts, and it turns your inbox into a central communications hub, including social networking via Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
|Casio Exilim EX-H20G|
The 10X-optical-zoom EXH20G snaps good-looking pics and has outstanding battery life, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It also has the best in-camera GPS features we’ve ever seen, thanks to its mapping feature, points-of-interest database, and an autonomic positioning system for indoor use.
|Lightbox Photos for Android|
There’s no Instagram for Android, but Lightbox Photos goes a long way toward making that deficiency a moot point. This free photo-archiving, -editing, and -syncing app lets you instantly upload your pics to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr.
|Acer Aspire Revo RL100-UR20P|
The slim, 1-inch-thick Revo RL100 is a home-theater PC built for your living room. Beyond its Blu-ray drive and 750GB of onboard storage, it has a slide-out, light-up keyboard and wireless trackpad.
|Synology DiskStation DS411slim|
“Small and speedy” aptly describes this $320 two-bay NAS enclosure. In our tests it averaged data speeds of 45 mbps writing and 58 mbps reading over a gigabit network. Synology’s browser-based DiskManager Station 3.1 operating system is an excellent management tool, as well.
|Toshiba Thrive 7″|
The sharp 1280-by-800, 225ppi display on the 7-inch, dual-core Thrive renders text beautifully, and the slate is a promising smaller-size tablet for anyone who wants expansion options. It offers Micro-USB and Micro HDMI ports, as well as a MicroSD slot on board.
|Wacom Bamboo Connect|
Wacom has gained quite a following among graphics professionals thanks to its pen-and-pad-like input tablets, but most of them are too expensive for casual users to consider buying. The $80 Bamboo Connect, however, is priced to move, and its USB connector lets you plug in and create digital hand drawings on your laptop or desktop.
|Casio Tryx Digital Camera (Black)|
The Casio Tryx’s biggest wow factor trait is its unique, twistable design, which lets you prop the camera up or hold it as you would a traditional camcorder. It also performs impressively, capturing low-light images well, offering a 240-fps high-speed mode, and supporting some very creative photo effects.
|Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5|
We’ve never seen a faster video-editing program than Premiere Pro CS5.5, thanks to GPU-accelerated features that tap into Nvidia graphics cards. In our tests, the hardware acceleration reduced rendering time by about 70 percent.
|Apple Inc. GarageBand|
This $5 music-making app for Apple’s iPad is stunning, allowing you to play virtual instruments, record and mix multitrack songs, or even plug in your guitar with an adapter and record actual instrumentation.
For just $50 per user per year, this is the most cost-effective cloud suite out there. The only installed software you need is a browser in order to edit, share, and collaborate on documents in real-time using Google Apps.
|Micro Express MicroFlex 23B|
For a little more money than your average tablet costs, you can get this $600, 3.3GHz Sandy Bridge desktop loaded with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray disc drive, two USB 3.0 ports, and an AMD Radeon HD 6670 graphics card. That’s an unbelievable deal.
|Ubuntu Version 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”|
Linux has a reputation for being an operating system built primarily for hard-core geeks and tinkerers, but the slick, multitouch-enabled Ubuntu 11.04–code-named ‘Natty Narwhal’–is a surprisingly newbie-friendly distribution.
|Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb|
Android Honeycomb has its share of kinks, but this tablet-only OS takes full advantage of larger screens. The “holographic” desktop is customizable with resizable widgets, and apps truly shine as a result of deep integration with the rest of the Honeycomb OS.
Finally, you can enjoy some tangible rewards for working out all the time, other than those rock-hard abs. This service tracks your running activity via Nike+ or Fitbit, shows your stats on a leaderboard with other users, awards virtual trophies, and lets you trade in earned points for gifts.
|Smartfish Reflex Keyboard and Whirl Mouse|
Though sold separately, these two items are no ordinary input devices. The keyboard shifts position across regular intervals, with the keys adjusting slightly to help you vary your positions. The mouse is situated on a pivot, which makes it incredibly comfortable to use.
|Aliph Jawbone Jambox|
How can big sound come out of a speaker so small? The Jambox churns out audio with remarkable depth for the gadget’s size, and it can do so sans wires: The speaker pairs with phones, PCs, and other devices via Bluetooth or a line-in port.
Love it or hate it, Facebook definitely keeps things interesting. The social-networking giant’s latest wave of features includes the life-spanning Timeline, music-(over)sharing features courtesy of Spotify, and a whole new set of privacy issues to complain about. On Facebook.
|1UP Industries Bins|
If you’re looking for a quick-and-easy way around Windows 7’s taskbar limitations for pinning documents and apps, look no further than Bins. This free app lets you create folderlike bins on your taskbar, keeping more of your favorite stuff immediately at hand.
|Doc Freedom Syncdocs|
If you want to keep your locally stored Word docs and your cloud-stored Google docs synced up without much hassle, we recommend that you try this free app. It works in the background, scanning selected documents for ongoing changes and uploading up-to-date copies to your online storage account.
|Box.net OpenBox Service: LinkedIn|
We love Box.net’s free-and-easy app for sharing documents–and entire folder–with contacts on LinkedIn and with Facebook friends. The free service gives you 5GB of space to work with just for signing up.
|PinGuo Camera 360|
In a perfect world, this would be the default camera app for Android phones. The free version of Camera360 improves overall image quality, speeds up shooting, and offers an extensive array of creative image filters.
|Code 42 Software CrashPlan Pro|
We forgive you if you’re not all that excited about making full backups of your data, but it’s still a critical safeguard. This unintrusive download backs up your files to the cloud (paid version only), to a friend’s computer, or to a combination of the two.
|93||Networking & Wireless|
|Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH–LC11|
Though we liked Novatel’s MiFi a bit better for overall ease of use, this portable hotspot fits in your pocket, taps into Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and offers better battery life and speedier service than the MiFi device.
|94||Networking & Wireless|
|Gogo In-Flight Internet|
Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi service has been around for a few years now, but it keeps getting better and expanding to more airlines. Nine air carriers and 1166 individual planes offer the service, which is a godsend during coast-to-coast flights.
|Eye-Fi Eye-Fi Mobile X2|
Eye-Fi’s Mobile X2 storage card forms a P2P connection between a camera and a phone or tablet, letting you offload pics to mobile devices instantly.
|Weebly, Inc. Weebly|
If you need a free, quick, and easy way to get a Web page up–and optimized for mobile devices, too–check out the WordPress-like Weebly. With a free account, you get unlimited storage, e-commerce options that don’t cost you a cut of your sales, and a searchable database of images.
|97||Browsers & Clients|
|Maxthon International Limited Maxthon|
If you’re never heard of the Maxthon browser, that’s a shame. It offers the ability to switch between Webkit and Trident rendering engines, meaning that virtually no website is incompatible with it.
|Sony Dev-5 HD Digital Recording Binoculars|
This is unquestionably the most compelling set of binoculars we’ve seen this year. Built for bird-watchers and for sports fans in the nosebleed seats, these binoculars record 1080p video in both 2D and 3D, snap 7-megapixel images, and offer geotagging via built-in GPS.
With somewhat sluggish performance, a limited selection of apps, and a ho-hum display, the WebOS-based TouchPad falls short of the tablet competition. Wait, a $99 fire sale, you say? We’ll take two!
|Samsung Series 5 Chromebook|
Samsung’s first-generation Chrome OS laptop didn’t live up to our performance expectations for the $430-and-up price, but we like where this “cloud-based laptop” idea is headed. Here’s hoping that the next-generation Chromebook is more affordable and much more usable.
10 most breath-taking Thanksgiving Getaways let you get out of town to enjoy a hassle-free holiday and with all the trimmings.
Don’t have to go home for Thanksgiving this year? Take advantage of the upcoming long-weekend for a quick beach escape, urban adventure, or early-season ski trip. Check our 10 easy Thanksgiving Getaways slideshow below and this is called life.
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