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The Escapist's Holiday Buyer's Guide

The Escapist Staff | 8 Dec 2009 05:00
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Logitech Harmony® 900 Universal Remote

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"Do me a favor and turn down the TV?" your friend asks while doing the dishes. Looking down at the 6 different remotes on his coffee table, you look back at him in panicked confusion. "How?" Universal remotes are not a shiny new idea, but Logitech's Harmony line feels like a breakthrough. Its illuminated touch screen adapts to whatever you are doing and the power to configure each soft button will fill any geek with glee. But the true power of the Harmony is that your non-techie wife will be able to handle all of your entertainment system's components with just one tool, instead of yelling for the one she married. The 900 is an upgrade from the award-winning Harmony One, providing RF technology which allows you to control devices through solid matter. Next Step: The Logitech Harmony 9000 Neural Transmitter.

Friday I'm In Love T-Shirt

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If you love early 90's Cure songs and pictogram puzzles, this is the must-have shirt for you this holiday season. The best part of owning such a garment is stumping your smugly self-righteous friends. Sure, they may have shaggy black hair and write self-indulgent poetry like Robert Smith, but can they figure out that the 20 blocks of art on your chest correspond to the verses of the only happy song in The Cure's catalog? No, they can't, and you get to rub it in their pasty faces.

Palm Pre

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The Pre is the first smartphone that doesn't feel too complicated for its own good. It has all of the bells and whistles of the iphone without having to drink the Kool-Aid of the Apple brand. It even excels in places the iphone can't. The Pre's webOS makes simple actions like closing an app fun with a flick on the touchscreen and the hardware keyboard is easily accessible only when you need it, like illegally Tweeting while driving. Want an app store with none of the bloat? Palm has one. Want to integrate Google chat, texts and even AIM in the same application? The Pre is bundled with it. Want to be able to take a picture after the sun goes down? The Pre's got a flash for its camera and the iphone, well...

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