Wireless AirStash flash drive reviewed; the Carrier IQ brouhaha; holiday gift guide (week in review)What would you say to a lightweight, pocket-sized flash drive that streams movies, music, and photos to your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone? Meet AirStash, a clever little Wi-Fi-enabled gizmo that works like a charm, but costs a pretty penny.

Also this week: A diagnostic program for smartphones called Carrier IQ raises serious privacy concerns; a must-have podcast app for iPhone users; and we kick off our holiday gift guide, starting with picks for your favorite student.

Portable AirStash flash drive wirelessly streams media files to your iPhone or iPad (hands-on review)
About the size of a thumbdrive, the AirStash wirelessly shares videos, photos, music, and more with an iPhone, iPad, or just about any Wi-Fi-enabled gadget. Read more…

Wireless AirStash flash drive reviewed; the Carrier IQ brouhaha; holiday gift guide (week in review)The Carrier IQ privacy brouhaha: what you need to know
A firm that makes diagnostic software for phones is accused of accessing keystrokes, location data, SMS messages, and other private data. Should you be worried? Read more…

Holiday gift guide: Gadgets for college students
From a stylish laptop backpack to a voice-recording pen that’ll change the way she takes notes, we’ve got six gadgets sure to please your favorite scholar. Read more…

Seasons e-greetings! Top 5 sites for sending holiday cards & messages
Tired of hokey holiday cards? Skip the stationary store, save some cash, and preserve a few trees by creating your own personalized greeting cards online. Read more…

Podcast 005: The Carrier IQ controversy; spying on your teen’s text messages
This week, we have it out over Carrier IQ, the software that stands accused of spying on our smartphones. Also: should you spy on your teen’s text messages? Read more…

Are there any Android app gift cards for international shoppers? (reader mail)
Gift cards for Android apps are coming soon to Europe and other overseas markets. Just don’t expect a huge selection of Android apps to choose from. Read more…

Downcast: a must-have app for iPhone podcast listenersDowncast: a must-have iPhone app for podcast listeners
There’s a hidden gem on the App Store that blows the iPhone’s native podcast manager away, especially when it comes to downloading new episodes. Read more…

How do I spy on my teen’s text messages? (reader mail)
Sure, there are indeed plenty of ways to secretly spy on your kid’s text messages. Whether you should, of course, is another question. Read more…

How to save your Photo Stream snapshots before they’re deleted (reader mail)
Saving your Photo Stream images forever is easy—and in some cases, it even happens automatically. Here’s how to do it. Read more…

Cyber Monday deals include cheap iPads, Blu-ray players, digital cameras
Yes, I know, Cyber Monday is history. Believe it or not, though, a few of these HDTV, Blu-ray, digital camera, and tablet deals are still on. Read more…

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