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Amigo's MP3 player
Amigo's MP3 player

Sony's eBook reader

Which bibliophile wouldn't want to own this one? With the ability to carry all the books you want in a readable form without being too worried about misplacing your hard copies which you tend to with a mix of selfishness. The PRS-500's spring release slipped to summer and now it slipped to fall. If that doesn't irritate you, then what would. Price: $350


This is not a gadget, but a nifty little program that most of us would need sooner or later. Webaroo is a free software program and service that lets you search and browse real web pages without a connection. The core program is a pretty small download (5.0MB), once you have this tool installed in your computer or a handheld all you need to do is register at the website and download the `webpacks'. The largest webpack among the available ones is the Wikipedia with a footprint of 6GB, but again, that is a very small price to pay for having the entire site in your pocket. And these are just one of the many packs that are available. Considering that is genuinely free, one should surely try it and to top it all, it is the brainchild of an Indian - Rakesh Mathur. Website:

Black magic

Insignia Amigo This is what any tech junkie would call cheap thrills. Apart from being a tempting piece of hardware, the Amigo, considering everything, is a darn good MP3 player. First off, it looks great - the black exterior, the sleek looking buttons make it pretty attractive, add to that a blue display that perfectly complements the black it look great. With support for MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM (PlaysForSure-ready), and the ability to display pictures and album art on the display this is definitely another thorn in the iPod's flesh. The package includes a mini-USB cable and a rubberised carrying case.Price: $99 - 1GB $129 - 2GB




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