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5 great tech gifts under $100

Keith brings you five great tech gifts under $100 - perfect for family or Yankee swaps.

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Nokia impresses with latest Internet Tablet

Nokia's N800 Internet Tablet is a very small, thin and portable handheld device with a large color touchscreen (800 by 480 pixels) and the ability to perform Web browsing, play multimedia (music, photos and videos), read e-mails and access other applications (games, calculator, etc.). While this is a Nokia device, the N800 doesn't access a cellular network, instead it uses Skype to perform VoIP calling through the device's Wi-Fi connectivity.

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New Zunes out from Microsoft

Microsoft is releasing three new Zune portable media players this week along with tighter integration with Windows and a new Zune Marketplace.

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Google (and Keith) have an android fetish

Jason and Keith discuss the Google mobile phone platform, big purchases by Dell and Symantec, and how bad their caffeine addictions have gotten.

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The FTP Threat

Every week, the news is filled with stories of yet another breach of data with millions more identities being stolen by hackers. A lot of attention is given to newer Web 2.0 applications with unproven security track records. But one company is trying to shine the light on another potential hole with a long history on the 'Net: FTP. Network World's Jason Meserve talks with Proginet Senior VP Arne Johnson about FTP, its potential risk to corporate data and what you can do to better protect your organization's data. (9:37)

Dissecting the Storm Worm threat

Josh Corman created a bit of a stir at the recent Interop conference when he told attendees that the Storm Worm botnet seemed to be retaliating against researchers trying to probe its inner workings. In this podcast, Network World's Jason Meserve talks with Corman about the Storm worm, its repercussions and what you can do to protect yourself. (14:22)

UTM: Is it ready for prime time?

Are there unified threat management firewalls with the chops to provide the perimeter security functions that an enterprise needs? Network World Lab Alliance member Joel Snyder talks with Network World's Christine Burns about the conclusions that can be drawn about UTM now that testing of the products is complete. (19:36)

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Stuffing 10 pounds of data in 5-pound pipe

How did First Command Financial Planning Services manage to pack 70 megabytes of data through a 22 megabyte pipe to speed disaster recovery systems? Kevin Dunn, director of network operations, First Command Financial Planning explains on this edition of Voices from IT Roadmap. (9:08)

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Writer's strike is boon for me

Considering that we're about a month away from not having any new TV shows to watch because of the Writer's Guild strike, the prediction from In-Stat that "more than 16 million U.S. TV households may be using their broadband service more than they use their TV sets" within the next three years doesn't seem so far-fetched. In fact, the prediction may come true sooner than they're predicting.

I'm thinking label printers aren't on Santa's list…

It's the time of the year for holiday gift-giving and wish lists and all sorts of holiday gift guides (don't worry, ours comes out on Monday, Nov. 19). Most of these lists will include things like iPods, iPhones, gaming consoles, HDTVs, stereo systems, etc. But what if you just make or sell office supply devices like label printers?

Reason #547 to loathe Microsoft . . .

Probably because I'm a glutton for punishment, I decide to try and download Microsoft's new Zune music software (new Zune devices available tomorrow), mainly to see how the software handles the downloading and browsing of podcasts (who knows, maybe Zune users would want to listen to a few Network World podcasts on their device).

Video rentals via iTunes coming soon?

A guy who's upgrading his iTunes application looks at some of the code differences between the updates and finds some keywords regarding the possibility of video rentals and on-demand video.

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Keith Shaw is an award-winning editor at Network World. In addition to creating the Cool Tools universe of columns, blogs and videocasts, he also edits the weekly DEMOletter newsletter http://www.demo.com/demoletter and is the senior editor of product testing at Network World http://www.networkworld.com/reviews/. You can reach Keith at mailto:kshaw@nww.com

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