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Tech, smartphone and video game gift guide

If you're wondering what's going on with electronics, the answer is...just about everything. We're living in an age of wearable technology, and any tech-savvy person on your gift list will appreciate something in that category, be it a smartwatch, a heart monitor to measure health or workouts, a wrist sensor to assess basketball acumen, a USB drive bracelet, touch-screen gloves or a hover board to glide around town. You'll find those items here, plus more.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Everything old is new again, including this modern
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Everything old is new again, including this modern spin on retro Polaroid-like photos. Fujifilm's kitschy camera -- which spits out instant business card-sized photos from a slot at the top of the casing -- has been around a few years, but this version has a mirror on the front of the lens for taking selfies, as well as a lens attachment for close-up photos. $60. MORE INFO instax.com

Merge VR Goggles

Virtual-reality headsets are a burgeoning medium but, like
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Virtual-reality headsets are a burgeoning medium but, like any new technology, there’s a cost barrier. The Merge VR seeks to overcome that by providing the headset and then delivering the content via a device many already own: a smartphone. Just fire up a compatible app, pop in an Android or iOS device and put on the goggles, which are made of a soft foam that adjusts to a person’s face. Now you’re in another world. $59. MORE INFO mergevr.com

Amazon Echo Show

Amazon’s previous Echo devices — basically cylindrical Internet-connected
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Amazon’s previous Echo devices — basically cylindrical Internet-connected portable speakers — could order household goods, answer trivia questions or serve as talking kitchen timers, all by starting a statement or query with, “Alexa …” Now Echo comes with a screen, and the added ability to make video calls to anyone with another Echo Show device, as well as watch videos or — if you already have a connected doorbell camera — show who’s at the front door. $229.99. MORE INFO amazon.com

Lyker Sunrise Alarm Clock Radio

Getting up in the morning is hard enough
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Getting up in the morning is hard enough without being jolted awake by a blaring alarm. Several companies have another way: Alarm clocks that gently ease you out of slumber with a bedside light that mimics the sunrise. Lyker’s version lets you set a 15-, 30- or 60-minute “sunrise” from dim light to full brightness, as well as nontraditional wake-up sounds, such as chirping birds or crashing waves. It can also serve as a bedside lamp that you can set to power down, like a sunset, at the end of the night. $36. MORE INFO amazon.com

Jaybird Run wireless headphones

There are a surprising amount of options for
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There are a surprising amount of options for sweatproof, water-resistant wireless earbuds that actually stay inside your ear while exercising. The Jaybird Run comes with a variety of oval ear “tips” and what the company calls “comfort-fit fins” that attach to the earbuds for optimal fit while running or working out. They’re also equipped with a microphone for phone calls and a pause/play button. The company says a five-minute charge gives you an hour of play time. $180 (available Oct. 17). MORE INFO jaybirdsport.com

Xbox One X

While it’s not necessarily a brand-new console, the
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While it’s not necessarily a brand-new console, the Xbox One X represents an upgrade to the nearly 4-year-old Xbox One, with one important qualifier: You need a 4K Ultra HD TV to fully enjoy it. That’s because the biggest difference between the two consoles is what’s inside, namely, the newer version’s ability to display games and content in a resolution four times as detailed as the current standard. $499 (available Nov. 7). MORE INFO xbox.com

Roku Express

There are a multitude of inexpensive options
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 There are a multitude of inexpensive options for people to stream content to their TVs. Roku Express happens to be one of the cheapest and most popular. Just connect it to your TV's HDMI port and plug it in and you're ready to start streaming Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu and thousands of other free and pay TV channels and services. Moreover, it comes with its own remote. $29.99. MORE INFO roku.com

Bluesmart One Smart Luggage

The ultimate
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The ultimate "smart" suitcase would be one that carries itself. In the meantime, there's the Bluesmart, which has a battery capable of charging two devices via USB; a built-in SIM card that allows travelers to track the whereabouts of their suitcase for free; a scale built into the handle that will display the luggage's weight on the accompanying smart phone app; and a TSA-approved digital lock that can be toggled using your phone. From $325. MORE INFO bluesmart.com

Fitbit Ionic smart watch

It seems as if this is where Fitbit
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It seems as if this is where Fitbit was headed all along: No mere pedometer, the Ionic is set to take on the Apple Watch, with a bright color screen; GPS, Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity; and the ability to support apps (such as custom digital watch faces) from non-Fitbit developers. It also will have a battery life of up to four days, the company says. $299.95 (available in October). MORE INFO fitbit.com

Logitech Pop

Always losing your TV remote? Looking for new
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Always losing your TV remote? Looking for new ways to manage your smart home devices? The Logitech Pop switch could be your answer. Using a smart phone app and wireless hub (included in the starter pack), you can program the Pop for such activities as simultaneously turning on your Sonos speakers, launching Spotify and dimming the smart lights. Then simply stick the button on a wall or table, press it and -- voila! -- music and mood lighting. Each button can respond to a single tap, double tap or long press for different activities. $39.99, or $59.99 for starter pack. MORE INFO logitech.com

Apple iPhone X

It would hardly be a gift guide without
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It would hardly be a gift guide without mentioning a new phone from Apple, but this year's version is noteworthy for more than an updated camera or larger size. The iPhone X does away with the "home" button (and the fingerprint-sensing Touch ID), allowing the screen to encompass the entire front face of the device. It also introduces Face ID, which uses the camera to unlock your phone via facial recognition. Starts at $999 (available Nov. 3). MORE INFO apple.com

Anova Sous Vide Cooker

This French method of cooking sounds intimidating, but
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This French method of cooking sounds intimidating, but it's really not. Sous vide (literally, "under vacuum") involves submerging sealed meat or other food in a water bath to cook at a constant temperature. What used to be relegated to professional kitchens can now be replicated at home with this rod-shaped device that you can attach to the side of a bin filled with water. Put some steaks in a Zip-loc, squeeze out the air, set the Anova to a certain temperature (say, 130 degrees for medium-rare), then let the steaks cook for a few hours in the heated water before searing on a stove or grill. Bon appetit! From $119. MORE INFO anovaculinary.com

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