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Tech Expert Dishes on Top Gifts

Don't waste time second-guessing your holiday gift selections this year. Instead, let Westport resident and tech expert David Pogue guide you through the high-tech gadget jungle to the real gems.

On Monday night, Pogue, the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times , provided a standing-room-only crowd in the library's McManus Room with the inside scoop on hot tech gifts this holiday season.

• iPad : According to Pogue, a recent Nielsen Survey shows the No. 1 requested gift this year among 6- to 12-year-olds is the iPad — and with good reason.

"It's a huge mega hit," Pogue said as he used his own iPad for demonstration. "The beauty of it is the apps."

• iPod touch & iPhone : Both of these iFamily members are not only highly requested, they also received the Pogue seal of approval. Like the iPad, Pogue thinks both of these are great buys because of the 300,000 plus applications available on each.

The biggest difference between the two is that the iPod touch does not have a cell phone connection. But, as Pogue said, it is possible to make phone calls using the iPod touch.

"You get your kid an iPod touch and get them Skype to make unlimited free phone calls from the iPod touch to another Skype user," he said. "Or, you get this Line 2 and $10 a month turns your iPod touch into a full-blown wifi telephone."

• MiFi : Wouldn't it be nice to have Internet access on all your wireless devices no matter where you are? With a MiFi, Pogue said it's possible.

"It looks like a fat credit card and it's a personal battery-powered wireless hotspot in your purse or pocket," he said. "It's totally amazing."

• Pico Projectors : Another gadget Pogue talked about was this small, portable projector.

"You can take it anywhere," he said. "My kids projected a movie on the ceiling of a plane once."

Other gadgets Pogue likes: Slingbox , Canon S90 digital camera, OpenX universal package opener.

Are you surprised the iPad is the most requested gift? Did someone you know ask for any of these items? Which one(s)?

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