"RIM announces Blackberry 8800"

Yay! It's way past time to get a new Blackberry, isn't it?

"Research in Motion (RIM) today announced a new Blackberry smartphone. The new 8800 merges the form factor of the traditional Blackberry with the piano-black design of the 8100. The new phone comes with integrated GPS and a n illuminated 'Pearl' trackball.

"Other than the original 8100 Pearl, the 8800 tries to appeal to traditional Blackberry customers with a security-focused, but enhanced feature set. As the original Blackberry devices, the 8800 is wider than the 8100 and offers a full QWERTY keyboard."

Oh yeah, it's stylish!


"Tech Gifts for the Lawyer [&/or Paralegal] in Your Life"

Fun version of the classic Santa Claus story packed with links to tech toys of interest to all kinds of legal folks:

"It was the night before [insert favorite winter holiday here], and all through the office, the associates were stirring, but I was home at the house. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nick (or whatever winter gift-giving person you prefer -- your spouse, your child, your great grandmother or even a red-suited character with a white beard and a jolly smile) would soon be here.

"The children were nestled all snug in their beds, so we had the house to ourselves. 'What do you want for Christmas, darling?' my lovely bride whispered in my ear. I knew that we were supposed to be settling down for our long winter's nap, but I was excited about all the gifts I would get from a lawyer-centric Santa, so I decided to answer her question. I drew up a contract.

"'First, my dear, I, the undersigned, would like a High Definition TV.' I was confused by the options, however, what with LCD panels, DLP projection sets and the high-end Plasma screens. The LCDs have been coming down in price, and the DLPs, while needing more space, due to the projection mechanisms, are also becoming inexpensive. Plasmas are so yesterday, and still a little more expensive than comparable LCDs. Even I, the Future Lawyer, have a budget, so I settled on a lesser-known make of LCD, the Vizio 42 inch set (only $1,299)."

The complete article from Rick Georges, author of the Future Lawyer blog, contains even more great gift suggestions....


CrunchGear: Best electronics of 2006

Lots of fab tech gifts -- games, music, phones, mobile stuff, sure, but I really liked the infrared trash can!

"CrunchGear’s editors searched far and wide for the best gadgets of 2006. We’ve included devices from our own pages and some things we picked up over the year that made us smile. Read on for everything we loved this year.

[snip]

"This is hilarious, but I’m nominating the Nine Stars DZT-42-1 11 Gallon Infrared Trash Can. It has an MSRP of $99 but we got it for $37 at Costco and it’s been one of the best kitchen investments we’ve made in a while. The can runs on 4 D batteries and reacts to a presence in front of the sensor. No more foot switches, no more touching a dirty trash can lid. It’s going to be a great toy for the boy when he’s old enough to peer over the top edge.

"Not sure how you’d be able to sneak this under the tree, but give it a go. -JB"

BTW, "Crunchgear is a blog covering gadgets, gear and computer hardware. It is a part of Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch Network."