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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Chumby

Insignia Infocast

The game console as Net appliance

WebTV's descendents

Google TV

HP's DreamScreen

The Chumby One is a versatile Internet media receiver that can do everything from check local weather to wake you up in the morning; it is also the heir apparent to the Internet appliance vision that spawned the Audrey and Netpliance I-Opener a decade ago.

It features a 3.5-inch touch screen, a USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm audio output, and retails at around $99.

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With a built-in Wi-Fi connection, the Insignia Infocast ($169) quickly accesses Web content like Pandora Internet radio, Facebook, and The Weather Channel and more than 1,500 applications from Chumby industries--all available without a subscription fee.
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Though game consoles aren't traditionally thought of as Internet appliances, the PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox 360 all take advantage of the Internet for both Web video and social-gaming features.
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Internet-connected TVs, such as the Panasonic Vieracast model seen here, are the modern day reincarnation of earlier visions like Microsoft's WebTV (later MSN TV).
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Google has its own take on the Net-connected television. Dubbed Google TV, it is set to debut later this year on devices like this Logitech set-top box (left) and televisions from Sony (right).
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HP's take on the modern Internet appliance is the DreamScreen, an LCD display that combines a digital photo frame with the ability to get videos, Internet radio, and other content from the Web.
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