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GIFTS FOR GLAD DAD; Steve Lawson's games and technology round-up Tech Heads.

Byline: Steve Lawson

IT'S Father's Day this Sunday.

But, oh, what to get for the old codger who's got a drawer-full of comedy pants, enough whisky to fell a horse and the complete works of Perry Como?

Well, here's a few techy suggestions, mums and kids...

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training/Nintendo DS Lite pounds 144.99, Amazon

Help him keep the old brain cells alive with the game that has swept the world, a bundle of mentally-stimulating, fun-packed challenges designed to "train" your noodle well into old age.

Of course, he'll need the wonderful, innovative, touchscreen-sensitive DS Lite to play it on. Get him the black one, it's more macho.

Nokia N95

It's the mobile phone with everything - GPS satnav, 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens, Wi-Fi, 3G, music player, Bluetooth, email, blogging tools, laser-guided missile defence system... actually, I made that last bit up.

But seriously, Nokia have crammed an amazing amount of technology into this remarkable handset.

It'll set you back a cool pounds 500 SIM-free but it's way, way cheaper on contract.

Wayfinder SpeedAlert

This turns any mobile phone into a speed camera detector.

The SpeedAlert software can be downloaded over-theair to a mobile with no need for a PC.

It uses GPS to note the car's position in relation to its database of more than 17,000 safety camera locations, and can give visual and audible warnings.

Costs pounds 54.99 or can be had with a Wayfinder Sirf III GPS receiver for pounds 109.99. See www.wayfinder.com

Apple iPod Nano

Go on, get him one and load it with Megadeth tunes just for a laugh.

The 4GB (about 1000 songs) second-generation Nano is tiny, can't be shaken out of its groove even by the most active disco-dancing dad and, at only pounds 100, is an absolute bargain.

The Pursuit Of Happyness DVD

An hour-and-a-half of abject misery and gut-wrenching frustration, topped off with a single moment of pure joy. Bound to make him feel better about himself. And something to watch it on...

Philips PET720 Portable DVD Player pounds 99.99, Amazon

Compact player with a seven-inch colour LCD display, plus Philips Zero Bright Dot for optimal screen quality. Also plays MP3/WMA-CD music or your JPEG still images. Comes with a rechargable battery, AC power supply, car power adaptor and remote control - ideal for the potting shed.
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Date:Jun 15, 2007
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