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New phones? Tablets? Gaming consoles? It's never too early to start your Christmas list



Speaking of the AP, today they published a roundup of new gadgets either recently introduced or expected by the upcoming holiday shopping season. The highlights:

New phones from Apple (iPhone 5s, 5c) and Samsung (Galaxy Note 3).

New tablets from Google, with updates possibly (likely?) on the way from Apple and Amazon. Microsoft Windows 8.1 is scheduled for release on Oct. 17, and that's expected to prompt several companies to introduce new models with 7-inch-or-so screens. Amazon's updated Paperwhite e-reader goes on sale this month.

Game consoles from Microsoft (Xbox One, scheduled to make its debut Nov. 22) and Sony (PlayStation 4, Nov. 15). Nintendo's Wii U hasn't proven popular so far, but it's still a new release, too.

PCs running Windows 8.1, expected next month. The software update is expected (hoped?) to offer relief to users frustrated with last year's Windows 8. Apple's new Mac Pro, targeted at high-end professional users but likely to offer a good gaming experience as well, is on the way. The new MacBook Air came out in June, and updates are possible for the company's MacBook Pro latops.

TV peripherals from Apple and Roku let you stream video from Netflix and other sources to what's likely the biggest screen in your house. There are rumors of a new Apple TV model coming this fall. TiVo's new Roamio offers some nifty features, too.

And if you're shopping for a new television, someone with a polo shirt and a name tag is likely to talk to you about 4K — ultra high resolution technology that far exceeds old-fashioned HDTV. 4K sets are coming down in price, but right now they'll still run you a few thousand dollars(!).

[Last modified: Thursday, September 12, 2013 4:05pm]


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