The Microsoft LifeCam NX-3000 is an inexpensive, basic Webcam for laptops that delivers acceptable video quality and little else. The bundled LifeCam software is third-rate -- we prefer the apps that Creative and Logitech bundle with their Webcams -- although the design mirrors the Creative Live Cam Notebook Ultra, which we like.
MySpace and Facebook may dominate the U.S. market, but across the world, a social-networking land grab is underway. A slew of also-rans in the U.S. have attracted some unlikely followings. In Brazil, everyone's on Orkut. In Peru, it's Hi5.com. Philippines: Friendster. The U.K.: Bebo, the hottest site in all the world (that doesn't end in -ace or -ook).