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Nook GlowLight e-ink e-reader (review): Kindle Paperwhite gets a close competitor

While it doesn't necessarily beat the Kindle Paperwhite, the $119 Nook GlowLight is an excellent e-reader that's strongly worth considering if you don't want to buy into the Amazon ecosystem.

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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.

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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.

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The iPad Mini with Retina Display has swooped in to claim the small-tablet throne from the Nexus 7. The Retina version of the Mini is simply a smaller iPad Air with the same A7 processor and an even sharper screen, thanks to its higher pixel density. Also, did I mention that it has the most and best apps of any tablet? I hadn't mentioned that, but now I have and now you know.

Top small tablets to stuff your stockings with

Small tablets are cheaper and more portable than their larger cousins, and now -- if the Kindle Fire HDX is any indication -- no longer sacrifice performance for price.

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

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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Kobo Aura: Better design than Kindle Paperwhite's -- but not a better e-reader

Kobo has done a nice job with the design of its $149.99 Kobo Aura e-reader, but the display quality and built-in light don't quite measure up to the Kindle competition.

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Nook GlowLight price cut, now £60 less than Kindle Paperwhite

Barnes & Noble's glowing ebook reader now costs just £49, making it considerably cheaper than Amazon's offering.

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More than just a face-lift, iOS 7 makes it easier to perform daily tasks

For iOS 7 Apple redesigned nearly every nook and cranny of its operating system, and -- in the newly released iOS 7.1 -- fixes and minor new features smooth out the experience.

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Sony sets a date for its new system, TiVo unveils the Roamio, and Google Maps adds Waze traffic reports.

PlayStation 4 to arrive November 15

Sony sets a date for its new system, TiVo unveils the Roamio, and Google Maps adds Waze traffic reports.

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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.

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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