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This Week in Gadgets 10-29-10
Steve Jobs and Apple managed to stay out of the gadget news this week but here are some other very interesting announcements in the world of gadgets.
Wi-Fi Direct
Gaining Momentum

Have you ever wondered why you need to make two Wi-Fi devices connect to your router in order to talk to each other? Wi-Fi Direct or as some call it “Wi-Di,” has been trying to make it easier to go peer-to-peer for some time but with very little participation from the industry. That could all change as certification gets under way that could lead to all kinds of possibilities for interaction between two Wi-Fi- enabled devices. Stay tuned…
Color Nook Announced
Remember the old Nook with that color LCD display below an e-Ink display? Well Barnes and Noble has announced dumped the E-Ink display in their new Nook that has a 7-inch color touchscreen, LCD display and will sell for around $249. We guess they had to offer something to compete with the iPad but we still think there is a market for a “purpose-built,” e-reader that offers super long battery life and great outdoor view-ability.
Sony’s Answer to Windows Phone 7 Xbox-Friendly Smartphones?
Based on a story on Engadget, rumors hit the market as soon as this holiday season. All this is pure speculation at this point but with Microsoft about to start shipping an Xbox smartphone doesn’t a Sony PS phone make sense?
Reason to Buy a GPS?
With more smartphones able to provide maps and turn-by-turn navigation, you have to wonder about the need for a dedicated personal navigation device. Escort, who makes one the leading radar detectors, has announced a new device called the Passport iQ that incorporates their highly acclaimed Passport 9500ix radar and laser detector into a GPS. It includes a database of red light cameras and speed traps and when mounted it on the windshield or dashboard, it looks more like a GPS than a radar detector. You can buy the Passport iQ for an MSRP of $649.99. A Bluetooth hands free calling version is forthcoming.
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