Get an early start on … gifts for techies

1: Sound advice

Bang & Olufsen’s new iPod/iPhone/iPad docking station is as functional as it is impossibly sleek: Custom conical speakers and high-performance amplifiers give it an impressive range, and it doesn’t require adapters or extra cables for each product.

2: In a snap

For the shutterbug, Nikon’s new Coolpix S1100pj has a ton of nerdy little extras, including a LCD touch screen and a built-in projector.

3: Turn it up

Boston Acoustics’ “TVee Model 20” adds big sound to your TV with a sleek soundbar and wireless subwoofer.

4: Travel smart

Go ahead and read your airport magazines — the Easy2Pick luggage tag will send a message to your wireless receiver when it’s getting close.
$25 at Office Depot and

5: Write stuff

Gadget fiends, rejoice: The Livescribe Echo Smartpen stores all of your notes to upload to a computer, and has a microphone and speaker for audio recording and playback.

6: Christmas vacation

Sanyo’s new VPC-CA102 underwater camera is waterproof up to 10 feet under, shoots video and zooms so you can stay away from the really big fish.


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

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Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."


Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

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Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

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Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…


Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.


Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.


Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…


Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.