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Contributing Editor Yardena (Denny) Arar is a San Francisco-based freelance writer, avid online shopper, media junkie, consummate foodie, and proud possessor of a private pilot's license.

Your Next E-Book Reader: Color and Video--and Nearly Unbreakable

Next-generation e-book readers will be able to handle types of content that today’s models just can’t. Look for the first ones later this year.

Tax-Prep Sites: The Big Three Fight for Your 2009 Return

Intuit TurboTax, H&R Block at Home (formerly TaxCut), and Second Story Software's TaxAct all offer solid Web-based tax-prep services, with the pricing and the hand-holding options being the main differentiators.

Nero SecurDisc 2.0: Improved Security For Optical Storage Media

Nero says the improved data-protection technology should increase the chances of recovering content from damaged CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

Netgear Announces Superfast Powerline Network Products

The announcements made at CeBIT include next-generation powerline and advanced multimedia-optimized Wi-Fi products.

Asus Debuts Slimmer, Trimmer Netbooks

Three new netbooks are on display this week at CeBIT, with features like metallic cases, USB 3.0 support, and long battery life.

CeBIT: ASUS Joins the E-Reader Party

Company's first e-reader will feature a 9-inch display, lightweight design, and wireless connectivity.

Slow Navigation Hampers Sony Reader Daily Edition

Sony's new e-reader is optimized for viewing newspapers, but its sluggishness limits its practical value.

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Bookeen's Cybook Opus Wins Featherweight E-Reader Crown

Though it's slightly on the expensive side, the Cybook Opus is a great, highly portable e-book reader for anyone who doesn't care about frills.

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Panasonic Pooh-Poohs Black-Level Brouhaha

Panasonic has confirmed a video enthusiast’s observation that blacks on Panasonic plasma TVs get brighter over time, but says that this is a side effect of technology that optimizes overall performance--and that it will be less apparent on newer sets.

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Vizio Shows Off Powerhouse Home Entertainment Lineup

Opting to preview its product line in a hotel meeting room rather than the CES show floor, Vizio displayed offerings with razor-thin displays and all sorts of wireless technologies.

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Tame Your TV’s Wild Volume Swings

Gefen’s new Volume Stabilizer sits between your set and your audio system, detecting and adjusting for sudden changes in media volume (like noisy ads).

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Stream Anything from Your PC to Your HDTV, Wire Free

Intel's new chips can compress the contents of a PC display on the fly and stream it wirelessly to a soon-to-be-introduced Netgear set-top box.

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HDTV 2010: Get Ready for 3D, More LEDs, OLEDS, Pixels, and Web Services

3D takes center stage, but don't discount HDTVs with new Web services, mainstreaming of 1080p screens, and LED-backlit LCDs.

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Blio E-Book Platform: No Reader (Yet), But Great Graphics

Based heavily on Microsoft presentation technologies, Blio excels at recreating illustrated titles that don’t fare well on e-Ink displays.

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Panasonic Promises 3D Plasma HDTVs by Summer, Adds Skype Support

The consumer electronics reaffirmed its commitment to 3D technology by announcing a full line of 3D HDTVs and a 3D-enabled Blu-Ray Disc player.

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