Personal Tech Guide

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TrackitbackPhone, Come Home
The smaller they get, the easier they are to lose. For peace of mind, affix a $10 ID label to your gizmo and register it with Trackitback's Web site. If it's lost, the label instructs the finder to contact Trackitback, which offers a reward.

Razrwire SunglassesCool Shades
Oakley's new $295 Razrwire sunglasses take shades to a whole new level. A Motorola Bluetooth headset connects to the eyewear with a release clamp that can be worn on either side. Made from O-luminum, an alloy 40% lighter than titanium, these babies are as comfortable as they are cool.

Satellite Navigation SystemHang A Right At Big Ben
Heading off to Europe but don't know your way around? No worries. Hewlett-Packard and ViaMichelin have teamed on a plug-and-drive satellite navigation system that provides street maps of Europe. The $530 setup uses HP's iPaq rx1950 PDA and ViaMichelin's GPS software. It has an integrated Wi-Fi adapter, 3.5-inch screen, and media player, and it runs Windows Mobile 5.0.

Oxyride XtremePowerPower To Go
When it comes to batteries, rechargeable ones are still the best bet. The next best thing is Panasonic's new alkaline battery, the Oxyride XtremePower, designed for digital devices that suck energy. Based on nickel oxyhydroxide chemistry, the Oxyride ($5 for a AA four-pack) has a higher voltage, delivering up to twice as many pictures in digital still cameras.

Detour DVDLiving Room Art
A 6-foot TV isn't much good when there's nothing worth watching. A $25 Detour DVD turns your blank screen into a work of art with stylish screen savers. Ten visual tracks loop or play at random in wide-screen format.

Digital Cyclone My-Cast5Storm Tracker
When you can't get to the Weather Channel, now there's Digital Cyclone. For just a few bucks a month, its My-Cast5 service for mobile phones displays on your phone all the cool graphics of a TV meteorologist, complete with Doppler radar, storm and lightning tracking, and hourly forecasts, based on your chosen location.

MII FlashcamFreeze!
Many a man in blue wouldn't mind having the MII Flashcam hanging on his belt. Northland Security Products has tricked out this $2,500 flashlight with a 3-megapixel camera and 1 Gbyte of RAM that stores an hour of video. A night-vision mode gives off infrared illumination. Watch the surveillance on a 1.5-inch TFT-LCD color monitor or download it to a computer.

Disc-Go-Pod PlusPampered Discs
If you want to keep your DVD collection in tip-top shape, then the Disc-Go-Pod Plus from Disc-Go-Tech is for you. The $495 device features self-adjusting polishing pads and multiple timed repair cycles that let you put your disc in and walk away. Dual-port polish flow systems make disc repair fast and easy, and keep your DVDs shiny, clean, and ready to enjoy.

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