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A DVD player for karaoke fans
The Vi200-CR Model is about the size of a kid's pencil box and costs $279. The Vi200-FR Model, which includes the player, a remote and a laptop-size wireless keyboard, costs $299.
A purr-fect robot companion
NeCoRo is cuddly, thanks to its synthetic fur, and features a variety of touch, light and sound sensors that let it interact with its environment. Like most cats, it will let you know when it wants attention, even purring when you pet or play with it. NeCoRo doesn't come cheap at $1,400. It is only available by order and comes in gray or tan tabby cat colors.
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Ring in the New Year with hot new phones
These phones are more compact than their predecessors and are programmable in a miniature version of the Java language.
Other hot phones to check out include Samsung's N200 flip phone ($179) that works on the Sprint network, LG Telecom's ultra-compact T510 ($149) for Verizon networks, and Motorola's Timeport 270 ($179) that supports VoiceStream's high-speed General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) data network.
Zoom, zoom, tunes
To help sort through the hours of compressed music stored on these discs, the player features ID tags that can help you search for your favorite tunes by the album, song and artist. You also can create play lists that let you pick which songs you want to hear, or simply let the device play the tunes at random.
The Blaupunkt San Jose MP41 comes with a credit-card sized remote and costs just under $400.