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10 tech gifts that are actually useful

November 24, 2018

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Technology can be ridiculous. Every year, companies come up with kooky, eye-catching new gadgets that no one in their right mind would actually buy. They might be fun to look at, but how many would you actually buy? Instead, we’ve rounded up 10 tech items that you and your family might actually use, from new phones to top-notch wireless headphones. To view individual categories, see our full 2018 Gift Guide »
(Ben Meyerson)




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