By Judy Antell

Technology

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Green Dad

Dads can power up their tech toys with the new Fuji EnvironMAX batteries. These mercury-, cadmium-, and PVC-free, landfill-safe batteries are even packaged using soy-based inks, recycled paper, and PET plastic. They are priced the same as conventional batteries and last as long. There are Super Alkaline in AA, AAA, C, and D ($3.99) and Digital Alkaline in AA and AAA ($5.99) at Target Stores or www.greenfuji.com.

 

 

A Houseful of Tunes

Equip your home with the Sonos Multi-Room Music System so the whole family can enjoy music. Everyone can hear his/her favorites, or you can all listen to the same thing — even in the backyard or on a deck. The Sonos can be wirelessly controlled from an iPhone or iPod touch, and gives you access to all the music on your iPod, plus 15,000 free Internet radio stations, Pandora, and Last.fm. $999 atMoore Electronics or www.sonos.com.

 

Hang Out With Your Blu-ray

Samsung has the first wall-mountable Blu-ray player, so your home theater can look even sleeker. The BD-P4600 plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs, and can also play Netflix streaming movies and Pandora Internet radio. It connects wirelessly as well. $499 at Best Buy in Nyack.

 

Save Everything

Your work computer may have backup, but your personal computer also needs backup storage. The HP MediaSmart Server EX485 automatically backs up digital photos, videos, music, and documents from any Mac or Windows PC in the house. And it offers virus protection. You can also share your music library, consolidate iTunes on the server, and play the music on any computer in the network. The server makes it easy to access photos from outside the home, so distant relatives can see your pictures even without you uploading them to a photo-sharing site. $599 at www.hpdirect.com or Amazon.com.

 

 

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