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The gadgets we tried, tested, and actually liked this week

CNET's crew of editors reviewed a nice variety of products this week; sort of like a sampler box of chocolates, except it's gear and gadgets.

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4 'iWatch' alternatives Apple could unveil on Sept. 9

Apple may show off a wearable device at its September iPhone event. But don't call it an iWatch just yet. Here's what else Apple watchers say the company could be cooking up.

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Laptops, desktops, and hybrids worth taking to school

Get a new college computer or high school hybrid with these education-minded Windows and Mac machines.

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Roku TV: A better Smart TV at a phenomenal value

Our favorite Smart TV suite combined with extremely aggressive pricing makes the TCL Roku TV a phenomenal value despite its so-so picture quality.

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Inexpensive drone fun for novice flyers

The affordable and fun Rolling Spider quadcopter is also the easiest to pick up and fly (or drive).

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8 features we hope the iPhone 6 "borrows" from other phones

Apple doesn't hold the patent on good ideas. These hardware and software goodies from other phones would make Apple's next iPhone even better.

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This gadget stops you from slouching

This magnetic tracker clips to your clothes to track your movement and posture throughout the day and sends that data to your iPhone.

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Sony quietly starts selling Digital Paper E Ink tablet online

Sony has very quietly started selling its 13.3-inch e-reader, Digital Paper, via the web to US addresses.

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High-end speakers that sound good and look great

The Bowers & Wilkins CM1 S2 stereo speakers look great and sound terrific, but they aren't the best choice for rockers.

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Get better pictures with these travel-ready gadgets

Carrying around heavy photography gear is no fun. Use these accessories to help lighten your load.

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Tiny town crowdfunding full-size USS Enterprise

A crowdfunding campaign aims to build a full-size working version of the USS Enterprise from "Star Trek" in the Canadian Badlands, but the funding goal is a long way off.

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Turn your iPad into an old-school typewriter with Hanx Writer

Tom Hanks loves typewriters and wants to give iPad writers the feeling and sound of using a manual typewriter.

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Why Samsung needs a win with the Galaxy Note 4. Hint: Big iPhone

Apple is expected to launch its own big-screen smartphones a week after Samsung's Unpacked event, putting more pressure on the Korean electronics giant.

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8 phones that are super-tough

From water-resistant handsets to full-blown rugged devices, CNET takes a look at some recent phones that can go where most can't.

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How to fix Google Play errors

Not sure what to do after getting a non-descript error message in Google Play? Check out these errors and their solutions to get everything working again.

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Where to get free cloud storage

Interested in storing and accessing important files over the Internet? We show you services with the best features for the best value.

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A mini laser printer at an unbeatable price

If you're looking for a budget laser printer, the Samsung SL-M2020W should be your first stop.

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Your futuristic laser keyboard is here!

This pocket-sized Bluetooth device is able to project a keyboard on a flat surface, but it doesn't work well as it should.

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Forget NFC, Toshiba is plotting high-speed TransferJet for smartphones

The company's plans for the wireless transfer technology start with USB adaptors, but the ultimate goal is embedding TransferJet into smartphones.

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