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    For the bookworm who's rarely without a bestseller by her side, consider gifting Amazon's newest Kindle. The third-generation Kindle is one-third of an inch thick and only 8.7 oz. Amazon's latest and greatest can hold up to 3,500 books and last up to one month on a charge (as long as the wireless is turned off). The WiFi-only version is $139 and the 3G Kindle is $189.
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    If you have a shutter-happy friend or family member, why not get them a pocket-size printer to go with their pocket-size digital camera? The Polaroid Pogo Mobile Printer can pair with Bluetooth-enabled smart phone or digital camera and prints 2 x 3-inch color images in less than a minute. And it's only 8 oz. The mobile printer costs $49.99.
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    It may be an oldie, but it sticks around for good reason. Even though Apple's iPod shuffle continues to shrink, it can still hold 15 hours of music on just one charge. The newest clip-on version fits in the palm of your hand and comes in five bright colors. Users navigate the shuffle with clickable buttons and VoiceOver technology that responds to voice commands (in 25 languages). The shuffle is available online and in brick-and-mortar stores for $49.
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    Sandisk's Sansa Fuze MP3 player puts music and video in your pocket. The touch control media player plays music files and lets you listen to FM radio (with an option to pause or record stations). For a 4 BG version, prices start at $79.99 and go up to $119 for a 16 GB player.
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    The newest Apple TV is smaller than before but delivers big returns. The smaller, cheaper device lets users stream movies and television shows over the Internet. Instead of buying programs, users can rent TV shows for 99 cents and first-run movies for $4.99. The price for the new Apple TV is $99, down from $229. The small black box also streams content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, along with music, videos and photos from home computers and Apple devices.
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    For the gadget fiend who is constantly battling a knot of cords, check out the new PowerMat charging station. The PowerMat charges iPhones, BlackBerrys, Android Phones and the Nintendo DS Lite wirelessly. All you do is plug the mat into the wall and put a PowerMat case or inline battery replacement onto the device. To get a charge you just place the gadgets on top of the mat. Prices range from $69.99 to $99.99, depending on how many devices and what kinds of devices you want to charge.
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    For the gamer on the go, the Nintendo DS Lite offers hours of play for $129. The 4-lb. device supports 19 hours of continuous gameplay on one charge and its Wi-Fi connection lets you compete against other gamers around the world in real-time. A built-in microphone enables voice commands and a wide range of games means gamers of all genres and ages can stay entertained.
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    Stylish to look at, simple to use and small enough to fit in a pocket or purse, Flip cameras are another annual favorite. Prices range from $149.99 to $249.99 and, depending on which model you choose, provide up to 12 hours of video. They also include a flip-out USB arm to easily transfer files to a computer. If you want to personalize the gift, you can choose a patterned or custom-designed skin for the camera.
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    Owners of the Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS Digital ELPH will not only capture great photos, they'll look good taking them. The sleek digital camera weighs just 4.6 oz. but still boasts a 2.7-inch LCD viewing screen. It offers 14.1 megapixel resolution and a 28mm wide-angle lens with 4x optical zoom lens. It also can shoot 720p HD video. It comes in a range of colors and costs $179-$229.
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    If you want to bring some color into a big-time reader's black and white world, take a look at Barnes & Noble's new NOOKcolor. This new e-reader is about half an inch thick and weighs about 15.8 oz. Magazines and books look extra engaging in the NOOKcolor's 7-inch display and with the Nook's built-in Wi-Fi, you can browse the Web, socialize and share with friends on Facebook and check your e-mail. The newest Nook is $249.
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    For the gadget rebel who refuses to be an iPhone-toting Apple fanboy, take a look at the Droid Incredible by HTC. The super fast smartphone runs on Verizon's 3G network and uses Google's Android operating system. It features an 8-megapixel camera and 8 GB of internal memory. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G are all onboard and the phone gives you access to the thousands of applications in the Android market. The touch screen measures 3.7 inches diagonally and lets you receive e-mail, listen to music, browse the Web and use third-party apps (all at the same time, if you so choose). The phone is available for $199 with a two-year contract.
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    Another new Android device winning accolades from all corners is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. At $400 (with a two-year T-Mobile contract and rebate), it's certainly a budget-stretcher. But the Android-powered, 7-inch touchscreen device is a gadget that can play many roles. Watching movies, listening to music, checking e-mail, browsing the Web, video chatting, game playing, book reading and more are all possible on this one device.
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    The Tom Tom GO 2405TM might be the perfect gift for the navigationally-challenged friends and family members on your holiday list. The $300 device not only comes with a lifetime supply of traffic and map updates, its Bluetooth technology lets you talk on the phone safely. You can see incoming call information and make and answer calls without using your hands.
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    The Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter may not be the most practical gift for the holidays, but it promises tons of fun. The $300 iPhone-, iPod Touch- and iPad-controlled quadricoptor can fly for up to 12 minutes at a time, while feeding live video to your Apple device. It flies inside and outdoors and can be used in a variety of games available in the iTunes app store. It can even fly and fight with other drones with a Wi-Fi network.
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