With Halloween fever just about over, it’s time to dive headlong into the holiday shopping season. Here are some of the tech gifts you might find on some loved ones’ wish lists.
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Apple iPhone XR
Of the three new iPhones announced by Apple - the iPhone XS, the XS Max and the XR - it has some slightly scaled-back features and is therefore the most "affordable" of the trio. Unlike the others, it comes in multiple colors, including blue, red, yellow and coral. Still, expect to spend as much as you would on a laptop - this is Apple, after all. It starts at $749; apple.com
Nebula Capsule mini projector
About the size of a soda can, the Capsule projector allows you to essentially take a big-screen TV with you anywhere you go. It can project up to 100 inches and has roughly four hours of battery life. Included software allows you to watch from such services as Netflix and Hulu, or you can attach it to a USB drive or stream from a smart device. $349.99 at seenebula.com.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the release of the original PlayStation, Sony has produced a miniature version preloaded with 25 classic games, such as Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms. The system, roughly half the size of the original, comes with two wired controllers and an HDMI cable, which didn't exist when the original game console debuted. $99.99 at playstation.com (available Dec. 3).
Aera Smart Diffuser
Love scented candles, but fear burning the house down? Try this diffuser, which can fill your home with a variety of scents using pods that fit into the device. Using the corresponding app, you can adjust the scents and their intensity, check the amount of fragrance remaining in the pod or program the device to turn on automatically. $200 at aeraforhome.com
Crosley Dansette Bermuda Turntable
Old school meets new school in this cool, two-speed turntable that works on or off the stand, plays 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records and features modern Bluetooth connectivity, pitch control and full-range speakers, $249 at crosleyradio.com.
Greater Goods Nourish digital food scale
For the person whose annual new year's resolution is to lose weight, this scale outputs all the necessary nutritional value of food in a format that looks exactly like labels printed on store packages. Put the food on the scale, enter the appropriate code of whatever you're weighing and the nutritional info appears. $39.99 at greatergoods.com
Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker
If Fido is an escape artist, you might want to try the Whistle, a small tracker that attaches to most collars and can transmit the dog's location via wi-fi, GPS or Bluetooth. Using the accompanying smartphone app, you can get alerts when pets leave designated safe spaces and track them on your phone. The waterproof tracker can last up to seven days per charge. $79.95 (plus a cell network subscription plan starting at $6.95 a month) at shop.whistle.com
HP Sprocket Plus Instant Photo Printer
Slightly larger than a smartphone, this printer can spit out photos on the go, wirelessly, direct from your phone, using the HP app. You can even customize the photos with preselected doodles or lettering before printing on the 2.3-by-3.4-inch paper. It's compatible with both iOS and Android. $149.99 at store.hp.com
Portal from Facebook
Facebook will release a countertop screen device made specifically for video calls. Similar to last year's Amazon Echo Show, the Portal responds to voice commands, including those of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, but tries to separate itself with a smart camera that automatically tracks a person to keep him or her in frame, as well as widening to make sure all the people in a group are on screen. Starting at $199, portal.facebook.com
Google re-enters the tablet market for the first time in three years with the Pixel Slate, which now runs on the company's Chrome operating system. It's the first Chrome OS device to come with a fingerprint scanner for unlocking, and it supports the Pixel Slate Keyboard and Pixelbook Pen. Starting at $599 at store.google.com (available later this year); the keyboard is an additional $199.
It's a microwave that responds to voice commands via Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant. The premise is that microwaves have a ton of special codes that could cook your food more to your liking, if you bothered to learn them. Now just saying, "Alexa, cook one potato" should do the trick (but note, you'll need an Echo device within earshot). $59.99 at amazon.com.
What's high-tech about cologne? After you answer a series of questions online (what kind of diet you have, your drink of choice, how casual or sophisticated you like to dress, etc), Hawthorne purports to match your lifestyle with scents you'll find appealing. You (or a significant other) can choose to buy the recommended "work" and "play" scents together or just one by itself, and the company offers a 30-day exchange or return policy if you're not satisfied. $60 for one scent, or $100 for both at hawthorne.co
iFetch Too ball launcher for dogs
For the dog owner who hates having to pick up slobber-soaked tennis balls during games of fetch (or for those who are just plain lazy), there's the automatic launcher from iFetch. It's pretty self-explanatory: The ball goes in the bowl at the top and then shoots out the side up to 40 feet. Use it enough, and Rex can figure out how to do it himself. Then all you need to do is recharge it. $199.99 at goifetch.com
Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit has a separate smart watch now to rival Apple's, but the company didn't forget the reliable, less fancy Charge line. The Charge 3 boasts a touch screen that allows users to swipe for more info, a first for the model. It also can receive notifications, has improved battery life (Fitbit claims up to seven days) and has eliminated the side button from the previous model, allowing it to be water-resistant up to 50 meters (and it can track swims). Starting at $149.99 at fitbit.com
Audio-Technica Bluetooth turntable
True audiophiles who are into vinyl likely have their own preferences, but what if you stumbled upon boxes of old records from the attic and don't have a way to play them? The AT-LP60-BT turntable is an entry-level device that can connect to wireless speakers or headphones via Bluetooth or to an amplifier via a wired connection. It supports both 33 1/3 and 45 rpm records. $149 at audio-technica.com