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The 2007 Summer Gadget Guide

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This summer, technology is dedicated to the proposition that you can take it with you. From a grill that plays your iPod on the patio to a hardware firewall that works in hotel rooms, there are gadgets galore to help get you there in fine digital style.

Computing isn't just about work, either. Increasingly, it's about play, and the current crop of gizmos reflects the reach of technology into your off-duty life. Whether you go to the beach on vacation this summer, or to the ends of the earth, you'll take more digital gadgets than ever before -- cell phones, GPS devices, cameras, toys, and media players.

We've divided this year's crop of fun, useful, or just plain weird devices into six different categories:

  • Media That Moves. Here's the mobile, wireless, take-it-with-you stuff that lets you go to that cabin in the woods without leaving it all completely behind. You want your music with you on that scuba dive? You can do that, too.
  • On The Road. Take to the highways or the skyways with a happy heart and no worries. You can sit in your hotel room in Fredonia and confidently use their power, protect your data, and make sure no strangers are prowling through your home.
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