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The 45 best and coolest tech gifts of 2020

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. I don't know about you, but I've never gotten a techy or tech-adjacent gift I wasn't excited about--it's true. Opening up a gift and getting a new pair of headphones or a fun gadget I wasn't expecting is almost always fun, even if it isn't something I thought I wanted. That's the problem with trying to buy a fun new tech gift for a giftee: How do you single out the small margin of great products from the ocean of sub-par stuff? Easy--you check out our picks below. Reviewed tests tech all year long and this list is chock full of our favorite gadgets. Roku's fancy "Ultra" media streaming device has been our favorite for a couple years running now, and for good reason. Processing is snappy and the UI is extremely friendly and intuitive, making it easy to settle in for a night of Netflix (or Hulu, or Amazon Prime, or YouTube, or Twitch, or anything else) without a hitch.


The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech

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The world never changes quite the way you expect. But at The Verge, we've had a front-row seat while technology has permeated every aspect of our lives over the past decade. Some of the resulting moments -- and gadgets -- arguably defined the decade and the world we live in now. But others we ate up with popcorn in hand, marveling at just how incredibly hard they flopped. This is the decade we learned that crowdfunded gadgets can be utter disasters, even if they don't outright steal your hard-earned cash. It's the decade of wearables, tablets, drones and burning batteries, and of ridiculous valuations for companies that were really good at hiding how little they actually had to offer. Here are 84 things that died hard, often hilariously, to bring us where we are today. Everyone was confused by Google's Nexus Q when it debuted in 2012, including The Verge -- which is probably why the bowling ball of a media streamer crashed and burned before it even came to market.


Cool Gadget Gifts

Boston Herald

After all, we test thousands of technology products in our lab each year, rating them against competitors, crowning winners and losers, all with the simple focus of telling you what technology to buy. Each of us has fielded numerous emails, texts, and phone calls from our readers, parents, high school friends, and others asking: "Which (TV, laptop, phone, headphones, or fill in the appropriate blank) should I buy?" We happily dispense this buying advice because we love what we do. Who better to assemble the ultimate tech-focused gift guide than us? The majority of the products in this story are ones that we've tested and rated throughout the year. There are, however, a few we haven't yet reviewed, or are in the process of reviewing, but we believe merit inclusion for their value proposition, specific appeal, or general cool gadget factor. After the last pine needle has fallen and all the gift wrap is recycled, we'll continue to update this story throughout the year, so it always includes our favorite products, and you have a curated list of gift ideas for every holiday. What's on your wish list this year?


Cool Ggadget gifts

Boston Herald

After all, we test thousands of technology products in our lab each year, rating them against competitors, crowning winners and losers, all with the simple focus of telling you what technology to buy. Each of us has fielded numerous emails, texts, and phone calls from our readers, parents, high school friends, and others asking: "Which (TV, laptop, phone, headphones, or fill in the appropriate blank) should I buy?" We happily dispense this buying advice because we love what we do. Who better to assemble the ultimate tech-focused gift guide than us? The majority of the products in this story are ones that we've tested and rated throughout the year. There are, however, a few we haven't yet reviewed, or are in the process of reviewing, but we believe merit inclusion for their value proposition, specific appeal, or general cool gadget factor. After the last pine needle has fallen and all the gift wrap is recycled, we'll continue to update this story throughout the year, so it always includes our favorite products, and you have a curated list of gift ideas for every holiday. What's on your wish list this year?