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High-Tech Holidays: Space-Age Gadgets for the First Holiday of the New Millenium

What to get the guy or gal who has everything? No problem. There will be a myriad of new electronics introduced this holiday season. So chances are excellent your giftee has never even heard of your present, let alone has one of his or her own. Here are a number of high-tech items for your car and home. May they live long and prosper.

The Magellan 750 Navigation System (Approximate Price: $2,000)

Satellites are the answer to just about everything, and finding your way around town is no exception. The new Global Positioning Satellite systems can pinpoint your exact location within about 10 feet. This means that the new GPS navigation systems always know where you are in relation to where you’re going.

Magellan’s 750 system is fully transportable-it is powered through a cigarette lighter-so you can pack it in your briefcase, take it with you on the plane and transplant it into your next rental car. Just download the CD-ROM map of your current surroundings and you’re an expert. It tells you through voice commands and visual cues where to turn next. Just plug in the address of your destination (since it already knows where you are) and it will plot a course. Specify scenic, most direct (back roads and short cuts) or fastest (highways) and it’ll get you there. Miss a turn? No problem, the 750 will reroute you instantly.

The more complete CD-ROMs as well as the Point of Interest Library include restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, etc. This is the perfect companion for any modern road warrior who still has fundamental issues about asking for directions.

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