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Most anticipated tech of 2014 (pictures)

From the PlayStation TV to bendable displays to the iPhone 6, here are the most anticipated gadgets of the second half of 2014.

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<b>Price:</b> $199 (7-inch, HD), $269 (9-inch, HD+)
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<b>Availability:</b> Both tablets will launch in early November.
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Barnes & Noble gets back in the game with followups to its Nook Tablet. The Nook HD will sport the highest resolution 7-inch tablet screen yet and the 9-inch Nook HD+brings a new level of affordability thanks to its $269 price tag.</p>

Nook maker Barnes & Noble to split into two companies

The bookstore operator said it will separate its retail unit from its Nook Media business.

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Amazon debuts Firefly technology

Amazon's Jeff Bezos shows off a new technology called Firefly for its new Fire Phone that recognizes QR codes, scans items, and acts as an everyday shopping-scanner.

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<p>Amazon's Kindle Fire slates were hot to trot when they first debuted and they continue to set the tablet world ablaze with the better-than-ever <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-8-9-inch/">HDX</a> lineup. The upgrades to the new slates were a welcome improvement, but one thing that didn't change is the Amazon Appstore. The highly curated Appstore doesn't offer as great a variety as the Apple App Store or Google Play, but it's not chopped liver either. </p>

<p>Here are some essential Kindle Fire apps that'll work for the HDX, HD, and original models. This isn't meant to be a definitive list of the best or most essential apps, but a collection of great downloads to get you started with your new device, or new titles for your old one.</p>

As smartphone nears, Amazon says Appstore library nearly triples

Amazon says it has a catalog of more than 240,000 apps and games, available in 200 countries on multiple devices.

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The 404 1,488: Where we unlock our spirit animal (podcast)

Reporter Katie Linendoll from the "Today Show" and CNN highlights her trip to Africa, where she visited an elephant orphanage and reported on a program to put e-readers in the hands of struggling students.

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Get more apps on your Kindle Fire using the cloud

The Amazon Appstore doesn't have every Android app. With this tip, you'll find out how to import apps from other app stores to your Fire using cloud storage.

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Tablet Tuesday: Every tablet known to man is on sale

At least, it seems that way, with deals to be had on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Microsoft Surface RT, Asus MeMo Pad, and more.

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N2Aos brings KitKat to Kindle Fires

If you want to transform an older Kindle into a full-blown Android tablet, all it takes is a few taps and $20.

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Prime, Kindle users are big spenders on Amazon

Prime subscribers spend twice as much as non-Prime members, while Kindle owners spend 30 percent more than non-Kindle owners, says Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with the new Kindle HDX tablets.

Amazon's smartphone: The time is right

Thanks to an ever-shifting mobile landscape and a strong relationship with developers, 2014 is the perfect time for Amazon’s smartphone move.

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Samsung and Amazon give away free ebooks with Kindle for Samsung

Samsung and Amazon have turned the page on ebooks with Kindle for Samsung, which gives phone fans a free book every month.

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Amazon tipped to enter the smartphone market... in 3D

Following Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Dash, the company may be adding to its hardware line-up with a new smartphone slated for release in June.

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