Harold Goldberg

Star sites

Want to own cool stuff sold by celebs? Last we looked, none were holding yard sales, and the likelihood of finding Leo DiCaprio’s name in a classified is, well, zilch. Now you can go straight to the sites of America’s leading pop-cult luminaries and pick up a terrific trinket.

BEN AFFLECK Ben Affleck’s ( com/centralsquare) the only star hawking autographed scripts ($19.99 for Good Will Hunting).

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Wireless services

It’s a revolution: The Japanese mobile-phone service DoCoMo (sounds like an old Beach Boys title!) is making entertainment on cell phones rapturously popular. With its instant-on Net, millions of wild- eyed kids in Tokyo and beyond perch like happy Pokémon characters over their phones. DoCoMo is not yet available in the U.S. — but there is a mighty good alternative: The current titan of cell tech is LG’s LGI-3000W, a first-of-its-kind cell phone and PDA combo. Its large, high-res monochrome screen (bigger than DoCoMo’s) makes graphics look stellar.

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What do stars do when they’re not making movies? Loll on Nevis? Explore the unheralded health benefits of sashimi? Nah. They make provocative commercials for Japanese TV, 10 of which are shown in QuickTime format at Gaijin a Go-Go ( There’s sweaty, braless Demi Moore hyping a protein drink (no words, just panting), Antonio Banderas pitching cars (a few words, mostly laughter), and Keanu Reeves sipping whiskey (no words, just boozing).

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First there was Tamagotchi, then Furby, then Interactive Yoda, but are you ready for a surly interactive fish? While Seaman is the most sophisticated virtual pet you’ve ever hatched, he’s also the weirdest. Part Peter Lorre, part George Costanza, part Don Knotts, Seaman sucks you in á la Survivor, except here you’re a voyeur with a difference, since you make Seaman evolve via a microphone that plugs into your control pad.

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The latest must-have wireless gadgets

Songs in the key of beepers? Instead of one boring note, the customizable Myna ($49.95, lets you program in virtually any melody. Be everything from Korn-y to ‘N Sync.

Forget DiCaprio: The battery-operated Night Navigator ($99.95, lets you swoon over Leo, the constellation. Plug in your coordinates and pinpoint stars — the Milky Way kind — wherever you are.

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High-Definition TV: is it for us average folks?

They’re here! Well, okay, sort of. Digital and high-definition television have hit the market, and even though surveys show that more than two thirds of us have heard of them, only techies know precisely what they are. But by May 2002, Uncle Sam says all of us must have access to DTV. Here’s a guide to help cut through the clutter.

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Tube Talk: what does this gibberish mean?

You thought the internet was rife with arcane babble? Check out the buzzwords of the HDTV lunar landscape.

GRAND ALLIANCE Sounds like a secret society that wants to capture Homer Simpson, but it’s the networks and consumer electronics manufacturers that began meeting in 1993 to create digital-TV standards.

ANALOG TV Sounds and pictures broadcast via radio waves (and, more recently, delivered by cable). TV’s been that way since before Ralph Kramden yawped ”To the moon, Alice!”

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