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Card night on TV
Set up is simple: You put two AAA batteries in the remote and 4 AA batteries in the oval-shaped base unit. (The grayish blue gadget also can be hooked up to an optional AC adapter.) Then, you hook the $40 device into the A/V jack of a TV or VCR. You can choose from 12 variations of solitaire, poker and blackjack. When you're ready to play, you direct the action with the device's remote control. Best of all, the remote has a range of 20 feet.
Karaoke for your PC
The program, which includes five free MIDI karaoke songs, can be downloaded for $29.95. A free trial version also is available.
Design your own audio player
The $150 player also comes with 64 megabytes of built-in memory, an expansion slot for a Secure Digital/Multimedia memory card, a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable, ear buds, MusicMatch Jukebox Plus Version 6.1 software, faceplate samples and one AA battery.
New style for DVDs
The $300 player also features a Precision Drive2 System, which helps it play discs that aren't in perfect condition; Virtual Surround Sound circuitry that helps regular TV speakers produce better sound and Custom Parental Control that lets parents control content.
Surfing on the cheap
Internet users who are looking for a cheaper way to go online may want to consider Kmart's updated BlueLight Unlimited Internet Service. Although the service is no longer free, the price unlimited access for $8.95 a month is still quite a bargain, especially when you consider that it now offers more than 5,000 access numbers in 49 states. Better yet, the service no longer clutters your computer screen with an annoying ad banner bar. Even without the ads, Kmart is, of course, hoping you'll be inclined to click your way to one of its online store's BlueLight specials.