Among this week's coolest new gizmos is the first media stream to incorporate Google TV, a soft white LED light bulb, upgraded digital cameras from Panasonic and Samsung, a Sony A/V receiver with built-in Wi-Fi, and a thumb drive containing a minicomputer that turns your dumb HDTV into a smart HDTV.
Okay, it's still a little early to worry about the shrinking daylight hours (we don't turn the clocks back until Nov. 4). But if you buy this incandescent-like LED soft white light light bulb when it hits stores this fall ($25, one of the least expensive LED bulbs), you'll likely never have to worry about replacing it. This bulb, which looks like a cloth whiffle ball but weighs more than a baseball, has a rated life of 25 years. Not only will it cost much less per year to light than an incandescent, but you won't have to pay for a new bulb every year.