NYTimes.com launches interactive gift guide

NYTimes.com just launched an interactive tech gift buying guide. This is both a good example of interactive journalism and a handy tool for anybody who’s on the market for holiday gadgetry, no matter how tech-savvy they may or may not be.

In addition to tech gift guides for the part-time athlete, road warrior, TV fan and young people in your life, the Times’ new interactive offering includes a feature-by-feature explanation of products like digital cameras, smart phones, camcorders and TV’s by a miniature David Pogue.

Space-age David Pogue will help you decide which digital SLR to buy me this holiday season.

Don't worry mom: Space-age David Pogue will help you decide which digital SLR to buy for me this holiday season.

I could see the Flash-driven Pogue-o-matic Product Finder, as it’s called, being a useful tool for most shoppers, especially those that might not be well-versed about the trade-off between an optical viewfinder and screen-based display on the back of point-and-shoot digital cameras.

This new Personal Tech Extra section of NYTimes.com also features related content from their database of editorial content, as well as some product reviews fed in from CNet.com.

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