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Personal Tech: Latest sign voice over IP is getting big: Linksys, the networking hardware company, is selling the phones.

The $50 Belkin Battery Pack for iPod uses four standard AA batteries to give up to 15 hours (six hours for video) of extra life; RadarGolf's Ball Positioning System detects a microchip inside special balls via radio frequency.
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Kodak EasyShare V610

Panasonic Lumix FX01
38-mm to 380-mm nonprotruding dual lenses
Lens
28-mm wide-angle/zoom pop-out lens
6 megapixels
Picture quality
6 megapixels
10x optical zoom
Zoom

3.6x optical zoom
2.8-inch LCD screen
Display

2.5-inch TFT screen
Less than an inch thick
Size

Less than an inch thick
$450
Price
$250




Belkin Battery Pack for iPodAll Juiced Up
There are nearly as many types of iPod chargers as there are garage bands playing Zeppelin covers--everything from USB ports and car lighters to homemade contraptions inside Altoids tins. But whatever happened to just good old AA alkaline batteries? The $50 Belkin Battery Pack for iPod uses four standard AA batteries to give up to 15 hours (six hours for video) of extra life. An LED indicates charge levels. It's compatible with the iPod video, 4G, and 3G.



VoIP phones WIP300, WIP330VOIP Crazy
Latest sign voice over IP is getting big: Linksys, the networking hardware company, is selling the phones. It unveiled two models, the $220 WIP300 and the $370 WIP330, that carry VoIP calls on 802.11g wireless networks. The WIP330's built-in Internet browser can attach to public hot-spots and access e-mail. SecureEasySetup software establishes an encrypted connection with a Linksys Wireless-G router with the press of two buttons.



RadarGolf's Ball Positioning SystemGolf Helper
More than any other sport, golf seems to attract the most gadgets. RadarGolf's $250 Ball Positioning System may sound complicated, but the premise is simple: A handheld device detects a microchip inside special balls via radio frequency. An LCD display points the direction, and an audio signal increases as the duffer moves closer to the ball.



Wireless Kensington PilotMouse Laser MiniTravel Mouse
Even the best built-in laptop pointing devices can be clumsy and tiring to use for long periods. The wireless Kensington PilotMouse Laser Mini is here to help. Just attach the dongle to your laptop's USB port, and Windows automatically detects the mouse, which can work from up to 30 feet away. That means you can use it for presentations when you can't be right next to your laptop.

No cord makes this mouse easy to store and use in cramped conditions. All this for about $40. Your pointer finger will thank you.



IPOD BlingIPOD Bling
Tired of the boring white earphones that come with your iPod? Then iDiamonds may be for you, assuming you have money to burn. [email protected]'s heart-shaped diamond clip-on is designed by jeweler Stefano Dossola and sells for $958. Versions in the shape of a moon, star, or lightning bolt are available for $843. No word on whether matching exercise clothes are planned.

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