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Gadget Advisor presents the best in gadget news, including audio/video, digital imaging, gaming, home automation, office, solar, toys, and more.

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Whether you love or hate Apple, you must admit that the iPhone revolutionized cell phones as we know them today. Before the 1st generation iPhone hit the market, the top selling phone for the past three years was the Motorola RAZR. However, not too long ago, the iPhone and Apple enjoyed monumental achievement by becoming the best selling phone in the third-quarter of 2008.

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Kodak has released the Zi6, a PDA-size camera that has the capability to record HD video of the utmost clarity. Consumers can record in multiple modes, including camera photos (of course), HD60, HD, and VGA.

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The Flipbac viewfinder helps customers snap angled photos from the hip, without having to kneel, or take candid portraits that include your own face. The angled viewfinder is ideal for experimenting with photography by taking photos from uncommon perspectives.

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Building on the success of the Archos 605 WiFi, Archos has now released the new Archos 5 portable media player. The units feature a new, faster Texas Instruments central processor, a larger screen (exceptional quality), touch-screen operation, vivid colors, up to 720p resolution, plugin support (most cost extra), and more in a simple, intuitive design.

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Displaylink USB video technology introduced the possibility of secondary USB monitors to the technology community. ASUS has now successfully extended this technology to create a unique product, the ASUS UFOTO, which combines the functionality of a photo frame and a secondary monitor. It is a 7" monitor that allows a high resolution display of up to 800x400 pixels (720x480 viewing area).

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HDPC stands for Hybrid Portable Dual Computer. The device originates from the consumer's need for a portable device that is able to perform complex functions. When someone needs a light weight and small device that is able to perform like a desktop computer, a Smartphone could be a very attractive option.

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Western Digital has released the new WD TV external HD media player that works in conjunction with one or two external hard drives to playback video, audio, and view photos at up to full high definition quality (1080p).

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Many of today's gadgets use power even when they are not turned on (usually due of lights or LED readouts). There are numerous examples of this ranging from stereos to computers. The power used is usually not very much, but if you'll be away from home for an extended period of time or are particularly power conscious, the Outlet Switch can be a handy alternative to unplugging power cords.

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Nikon Corporation has announced the Media Port UP300x multimedia playback headset that features display, headphones, audio/video player, Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, built-in memory, and the power source all-in-one.

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When traveling, whether for business or leisure, it's always important to gather the gadgets you'll need for your trip. Some are essential, some are fun, but forgetting any of them can make for an unpleasant trip. For the sake of being obvious, we'll assume that you don't forget your laptop or cell phone. Here are some of the less-obvious gadgets that you may want to consider when traveling.

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