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Amazon needs more than 3D to sell a smartphone

The retail giant will likely launch a sensor-packed smartphone on June 18. And while Amazon teases new technology, Barnes & Noble gives up on the Nook tablet as we know it.

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Amazon needs more than 3D to sell a smartphone

The retail giant will likely launch a sensor-packed smartphone on June 18. And while Amazon teases new technology, Barnes & Noble gives up on the Nook as we know it.

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The <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/t-mobile-g-slate/4505-3126_7-34545777.html" >G-Slate from LG</a> (available from T-Mobile) was one of the first Honeycomb tablets to arrive after the introduction of the Motorola Xoom, and the first to market with 4G wireless.
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<b>The hook: </b>Stereoscopic cameras on the back can capture 3D video.
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Top tablet flops

A short list of short-lived tablets.

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You procrastinated. You waited. The weather was bad. You were buried at work. Whatever your excuse, you need to get gifts for friends and family -- and time is running out.  Well, don't worry: thanks to the wonder of digital gifting, you can send an e-book, movie, or virtual gift card to someone right up until the last minute.  We've rounded up the best options on the pages that follow.

Last-minute gifts (pictures)

Missed those final shipping deadlines? No problem. With plenty of top-notch retailers offering gifts via e-mail, you can shop for electronic gift cards up to the last minute -- literally.

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Concerned about finding a great laptop or tablet deal over the holiday weekend? Don't worry, there are actually some good values to be had. Here are the best offers we've seen on a spectrum of budgets: up past $1,000, or as low as $79.

Black Friday 2013: Best laptop and tablet deals (pictures)

Have you held off on a new PC or a tablet stocking-stuffer? There are some surprisingly decent deals to be found no matter what your price range, even on MacBooks and iPads.

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Top 25 Black Friday tech deals this year (pictures)

So what are the real deals this Black Friday? Check out these top picks from CNET.

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Barnes & Noble's new e-ink e-reader costs the same ($119) as the Kindle PaperWhite, is lighter at 6.2 ounces , and has an improved lighting scheme.

Nook GlowLight: Barnes & Noble's next-gen e-reader challenges Amazon's Kindle PaperWhite

Barnes & Noble's new e-ink e-reader costs the same ($119) as the Kindle PaperWhite, is lighter at 6.2 ounces, and has an improved lighting scheme.

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The Roku 3 is our current top pick in the Internet media box category. It's the best overall choice for online streaming, with Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Amazon Instant, Vudu, and -- finally! -- <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57615907-93/roku-enters-early-21st-century-offers-youtube/">YouTube</a>, plus literally hundreds of others. (Pretty much the only thing missing is iTunes; you'll need an Apple TV for that -- see the following slide.) The Wi-Fi remote -- which doesn't require "line of sight" to the player -- seals the deal.

Best tech gifts under $100

A C-note is all the budget you need to buy a great tech gift. Here are some of our favorites.

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The 2013 edition of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is faster, brighter, and more responsive. There's a $20 premium for the ad-free version, but with a price that starts at a low $119, ads or no ads it's a great deal.

The best e-readers for the holidays

E-readers for the holidays, some of which will actually fit in your stockings! Maybe.

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Build your own phone with Project Ara

Google-owned Motorola launches a project for modular smartphones, Facebook tests new ways to track users, and Barnes & Noble introduces the new Nook GlowLight.

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Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight e-reader gets brighter (pictures)

Barnes & Noble's next-generation e-ink e-reader costs the same ($119) as Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite, is lighter at 6.2 ounces, and has an improved lighting scheme. Check out CNET's photos of the new device.

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Microsoft throws in the towel on Tag

The software giant gives up on its alternative to the QR code, LinkedIn gets schooled with University Pages, and Barnes & Noble pushes new video apps.

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