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  • Full moon continues to be the bane of star-watchers

    This hasn't been a great year for meteor-watching: the nearly full moon has made it difficult to see both the Perseid and Leonid meteor showers this year. Sadly, the same situation will occur for the Geminid meteor shower, the last of the year's stellar events, which will be somewhat dimmed by the light of the waning full moon.

    The Geminids are scheduled to peak tomorrow and Wednesday evening, when it should still be possible to see up to a hundred meteors per hour if the weather's good. This particular shower is usually great for watching and photographing the meteors, as they tend to be relatively slow and bright.

    The Geminid meteor shower is also unusual compared to other meteor showers because it's not caused by the Earth passing through the debris trail of a comet. On the contrary, the debris stream that causes the Geminids is actually from an asteroid called Phaethon 3200. These asteroids tend to be more solid than those from comet tails, which is why they are frequently

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  • From 3D tech to a sea of copycat iPads, these attempted innovations flopped in 2011

    In 2011, technology gifted the masses with the magic of the cloud and 4G as far as the eye can see, but the year wasn't without its disappointments. In fact, this year's tech climate bore witness to some failures of truly epic proportion: From launch letdowns to billion dollar bungles, here are our picks for the biggest technology fails of 2011.

    1. Android Tablets
    Well over a year after the release of the first iPad, not a single company has managed to make a dent in Apple's strangehold on the tablet market. When it debuted at CES at the beginning of 2011, the Motorola Xoom looked to boast all the trappings of a proper iPad rival: the sleek new Android tablet operating system, plenty of power under the hood...what could go wrong? But a few short months later, the Xoom and other would-be successful slates like the slew of Galaxy Tabs have all blurred together. There is still hardly a single compelling reason to buy a tablet that isn't cut from Apple's cloth — and the debut of the iPad

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  • You want to pick out a great gadget gift for that special guy in your life, but you have no idea where to start? Well, we'll let you in on a little tech expert secret here — start by matching the device to his personality. We've spent countless hours doing extensive research on this subject ("extensive research" = playing with each and every gadget you see below, with the exception of the JetLev) and talking with many a man here at Tecca and beyond, to create the perfect list for that special dude in your life. We've even given you a price range in each type, so whether you're on a budget or feeling like a big, big spender these days, there's something here for every guy on your list!

    Type #1: The digital dad He's the king of the castle, the master of the minivan, the ruler of the remote — so his gift has to give him a little metime in a way he can truly appreciate.

    Roku 2 XSBest budget pick: $
    DeviceRoku 2 XS TV streaming device
    Price: $99

    The Roku 2 XS streaming entertainment device packs a

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