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Cool Yule Tools: the game show

Nov 21, 20053 mins
Network Security

* Cool Yule Tools: the game show * What's in Keith's gift sack? * Sony launches video service * The past 7 days on the Cool Tools Happy Blog * Featured reader resource

Keith Shaw’s Cool Tools Alert


It’s holiday gift giving time! Keith (with a little ‘The Price is Right’ inspiration) brings you six products from our annual Cool Yule Tools 2005 Gift Guide sure to please the gadget lover.

COOL YULE TOOLS 2005: What’s in Keith’s holiday gift sack?

We’ve been dreaming of the future, and it has arrived in the form of this year’s online holiday gift guide. We’ve got reviews and suggestions of more than 100 high-tech products that you’ll want to give to friends, family or yourself.

Browse the gifts by topic:

See the complete list:

After Hours Gifts (games, games and more games):

LATEST COOL TOOLS COLUMN: Sony launches video service

For years, companies have tried different approaches to get people to add video to their phone calls. The latest effort is from Sony and Glowpoint, which last week launched a consumer version of Sony’s Instant Video Everywhere (IVE, pronounced “ivy”) service. The basic IVE service will let consumers make free, unlimited voice and video calls to other IVE members. Think Skype with the addition of a Webcam.


SMC boosts its powerline gear

It turns out that Netgear isn’t the only one still gutting it out in the powerline equipment space.

Panasonic launches ultralight rugged notebooks

Usually the terms “ultralight” and “rugged” don’t mix together when you’re talking about notebook PCs, but Panasonic has found a way to create some models that are thin and light, yet can take a beating.

Netgear gives more power to powerline gear

You gotta hand it to Netgear for sticking with the powerline market when it seems like everyone else just wants to sell wireless gear (true home networking gurus like yours truly integrate wireless AND powerline).

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 and is the senior editor of product testing at Network World You can reach Keith at