STREAMING TV

Why, asked a reader, do we have Google TV when we could have Roku to bring in channels like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon?

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COMPARING GADGETS

Engadget.com/compare lists every gadget category you might think of, such as printers, computers, fitness devices, game machines, phones, speakers, you name it. When you click on a category, you get a list of the brands with the best reviews, and comparisons between them, as well as user comments. Here we learned that “Jambox” speakers get the same high rating as “Sonos,” but are cheaper, at $132 to $220, compared to $200 to $300.

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HIGH TECH MED

— Tiny robots the size of a human cell can carry drugs to the brain and eye. Beats surgery. Chinese researchers have developed micro robots for curing strokes and eye diseases without an operation. A thin layer of nickel on the robots allows them to be controlled magnetically. (There’s more info about this on the web. Search on the phrase “Chinese scientists build tiny robot to battle human diseases.”)

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GOOGLE GLASS COMPETITOR

Google Glass enthusiasts make it sound like everyone will soon be wearing a glasses frame able to project a tiny display. None of this is breakthrough technology; it’s dependent on massive storage capacity and ultra-fast processing by somebody’s data service somewhere, like Google, or the NSA.

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RECOGNIZING FACES

Use an upcoming facial recognition app while wearing Google Glasses and you will be able to glance at some people and instantly see their Facebook and LinkedIn histories as well as anything they might have posted on dating sites. What fun – and how exhausting. It all appears on a projection in front of your eye.

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PRINTING IN METAL

Unless you’re making frameworks for body parts, most of the plastic things that come out of 3D printers look like junk. So how about printing in metal? Now we’re talkin.

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THE XBOX ONE

A number of critics have been saying the Xbox One isn’t worth getting because some of the most popular games won’t play on it. That’s not the only reason. We got one because our favorite game, Peggle, is out in a new version that only plays on Xbox One. The other reason was just to keep up to date on what’s happening out there. It’s a good thing we’re having a blast playing that game, because everything else about the Xbox One feels overpriced and underwhelming. Want to use Skype for phone calls? Or Amazon Instant Video? Or Internet Explorer? Or even the popular Netflix and Hulu networks? Fuggedaboutit. Nearly everything you want to do except free games, requires an […]

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TRACKING YOUR STEPS

We’ve tried several of the new watches that count your steps and measure your fitness , but the one we stuck with turned out to be the least difficult to use and the least expensive. It’s the “Omron Digital Pocket Pedometer,” which was $22 at Amazon. (Amazon’s prices fluctuate, so while you’d think they were always the best deal, often they’re not. Check other discount stores as well.)

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NOW PRESENTING

Every time Joy picks someone to be a speaker at her woman’s club, they moan about the lack of a laser pointer for their PowerPoint presentation. We found one that’s so useful we may have to get it.

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A SMARTER LIGHTBULB

Even though an LED light bulb can last 30,000 hours, compared to 750 to 1000 for an ordinary bulb, we’ve been reluctant to spend $70 on one. The “Lumen TL 800″ may change our minds. Very impressive.

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