Here it is, June again: Father's Day festivities on the third Sunday and graduations all month as kids move from grade to middle to high school to college and beyond. Skip the tie (y-a-w-n). Resist the same-old gift card. We live in amazing times, so why not give a gift that reflects that? Tablet computers are changing the way people communicate, work and play. Searching for a too-elusive Wi-Fi signal is a thing of the past. Even on a budget that's closer to pen than Porsche, you have plenty of options.
By Dan Tynan and Christina Tynan Wood
Powered by Google's smart TV technology, this book-sized set top box connects your HDTV, cable box, and DVR to our home network, allowing the four to switch easily between live, YouTube, and Netflix or Amazon movies, while streaming music, surfing the Web, checking e-mail, and updating Facebook. Parental controls help keep a safe distance between younger surfers and the Web's seamier side. And instead of a half dozen remotes cluttering the coffee table (when they're not misplaced, that is), we can do it all from the Smart TV's wireless keyboard. That alone is worth it.