Sometimes it's hard to keep up with the technology that drives the gadgets that enhance our lives as we play, talk, listen, watch, get directions and even read. Here are some of the hot items in the world of electronics that are sure to thrill the tech geeks on your list. Houston Chronicle
m Nintendo Wii: The home gaming system has staying power. This year, Nintendo is offering a Red Wii Bundle in honor of the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. New games for the Wii include Wii Party, a multiplayer family game. $199.99 for Red Wii and $49 for Wii Party.
PlayStation Move: For PlayStation3 fans, the new Move puts the player in the game. The hardware includes a camera, a navigation controller and a motion controller made by Sony. It hooks up to the PS3 and can be used to turn games into a 3-D experience. It can be used for new games, including Kung Fu Rider and Sports Champions. $100 and up for the bundle.
Nintendo DSi XL: This top-of-the-line portable game will make children and grownups alike drool. It is larger than the DS Lite and has an easy-to-use stylus. Three educational games come loaded. $180.
m Sony Internet TV: This is a TV game changer, or so the company says. This set, powered by Google TV, allows access to the Internet and your cable provider so the you can surf multiple sources for what to watch. Prices range from $1,400 for the 46-inch display to $600 for the 24-inch model.
Samsung televisions with 3-D capability: Why watch movies such as Avatar on any old television set when 3-D television is popular? Samsung has 3-D-capable models. The LED C8000 Series is available in a 65-inch super-skinny model and sells for about $6,000. But sizes and prices vary, so look for less expensive models.
Beats by Dr. Dre: Tired of the dreadful sounds coming out of your iPhone or MP3 player? Monster produces a line of light, compact and high-quality headphones for Beats by Dr. Dre to solve that problem. Sporty types may want to try the Powerbeats headphones inspired by LeBron James and designed for mobility. Powerbeats are $169 and iBeats are $119. They can be found at consumer electronics retailers.
. EVO 4G: Android devices are this year's thing in smartphone technology. The 4G Android device by HTC is more than just a telephone or even a smart phone. It offers fast multimedia, including streaming music, pictures, files and video. $199.99 at Sprint retail stores.
Droid Incredible: Also made by HTC, this smart phone offers more than 50,000 applications in the Android market. $199.99 at Verizon Wireless stores.
. iPad: Apple's answer to the electronic reader is really not just for reading. It can be used to browse the Web, check e-mail, watch videos, play games and more. Books are available through the iBookstore. $499 and up at Apple stores.
Kindle: This popular electronic reader from Amazon has come down in price in the past year. The Kindle 3G and Kindle Wi-Fi offer access to more than 750,000 books, are smaller and lighter than previous Kindles and have a month of battery life. Kindle 3G is $189, and Kindle Wi-Fi is $139.
Garmin Nuvi 3790T: The portable navigation device is thin and easy to carry. It has a touch screen but also offers voice-activated directions. Good for driving and walking. $449.