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In this Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 file photo, Sabastian Valenzuela, left, and his older brother Alberto compare prices for iPad tablets at a Best Buy late in the evening on Thanksgiving Day, in Dunwoody, Ga. IPads are still among the best tablets, but Apple has strong, cheaper challengers this holiday season. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)

Gift Guide: Strong slate of iPad challengers

By: ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer

---- — Apple faces its strongest slate of challengers this holiday season, with several tablets besting the trend-setting iPad on price and features.

In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, file photo, Emanuel Jumatate, from Chicago, hugs his new Xbox One after he purchased it at a Best Buy in Evanston, Ill. Microsoft is billing the Xbox One, which includes an updated Kinect motion sensor, as an all-in-one entertainment system rather than just a gaming console. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Review: Xbox One nearly a set-top box replacement

By: RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer

LOS ANGELES — The latest game console from Microsoft takes a big leap toward being the main entertainment hub in your living room.

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In this June 5, 2013, file photo, people use cellphones in downtown San Francisco. San Francisco's top prosecutor said Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, that Samsung Electronics, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed making a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable a standard feature, but the nation's biggest carriers have rejected the idea. District Attorney George Gascon says AT&T, Verizon Wireless, US Cellular, Sprint and T-Mobile rebuffed Samsung's proposal to preload its phones with Absolute LoJack anti-theft software. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

NY official pushes 'kill switch' for cellphones

Proposed device can be activated remotely after a smartphone is stolen and render the phone permanently inoperable.

In this , Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, the HP Chromebook 11 is displayed at a Google event in New York. The new $279 laptop, based on Google's Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrows many of the high-end features found in a model that costs about $1,000 more. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Gift Guide: Plenty of laptops, even on budgets

By: BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK — There's no shortage of laptop computers to pick from this holiday season, even for shoppers on tight budgets.

In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, file photo, Tashalee Rodriguez, of Boston, uses a smart phone app while shopping at Macy's in downtown Boston. Big retailers, are offering apps that feature a hefty selection of deals. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Review: 5 shopping apps to get you the best prices

By: JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK — Looking to save a few bucks while you shop for holiday gifts? Don't hit the mall without these shopping apps.

This image provided by Google shows its new Nexus 5 phone, which was unveiled Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. The Nexus 5 phone is the first device to run on the latest version of Google's Android operating system, nicknamed after the Kit Kat candy bar. The phone and software are designed to learn and anticipate a person's interest and needs. (AP Photo/Google)

Review: Nexus 5 delivers basics at great price

By: ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer

With the Nexus 5 you get an Android phone that's very good at the basics — for an excellent price.

This photo provided by Blue Wolf Communications, Inc. and House of Marley LLC shows the Marley Get Together, a Bluetooth speaker made with Eco-friendly materials. Playing Bob Marley over Bluetooth on this modern-day boom box just seems right. It has eight hours of battery life. (AP Photo/Blue Wolf Communications, Inc., House of Marley LLC)

Gift Guide: Wireless audio gizmos under $500

By: RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer

---- — "Wireless" listening is the big trend.

This undated photo, provided by Apple shows a the new MacBook Pro laptop. The laptop with a high-resolution screen measuring 13.3 inches diagonally now starts at $1,299, or just $100 more than the heavier version with the regular screen. That�s the result of a $200 price cut in February and another $200 cut last week. Last week, Apple also slashed the starting price of its 15.4-inch high-resolution model by $200, to $1,999. (AP Photo/Apple)

Review: Better Mac screens tempting with price cut

By: ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer

A MacBook Pro laptop with a high-resolution screen measuring 13.3 inches diagonally now starts at $1,299, or just $100 more than the heavier version with the regular screen.

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An Apple employee holds up the new iPad Air on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in San Francisco. Apple unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the "iPad Air" along with a slew of new Macs Tuesday at an event in San Francisco. The iPad Air weighs just 1 pound, compared with 1.4 pounds for the previous version. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Review: Lighter iPad Air narrows gap with Mini

By: ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer

At just 1 pound, the Air is 28 percent lighter than last fall's full-size model and just a quarter pound heavier than the new Mini coming out in a few weeks.