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X-Mini II Capsule Speaker What it is: Compact

X-Mini II Capsule Speaker

What it is: Compact portable speaker
Starting price: $18
Where to buy: X-Mini.com, Amazon

Why it's cool: The collapsible accordion design fits in the palm of your hand yet it can deliver a fairly decent punch. You can also get several to daisy-chain for even more sound. The X-Mini is easily connected to any audio device with a standard 3.5 mm jack and has an inbuilt rechargeable battery with playback of up to 12 hours.

If you already have an Apple Airport Express, these compact speakers can give you an affordable Airplay music option. It's available in black, white, and red. Photo Credit: X-Mini

Affordable gifts for techies. -- Compiled by jose.moreno@newsday.com

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X-Mini II Capsule Speaker What it is: Compact
Photo Credit: X-Mini

X-Mini II Capsule Speaker

What it is: Compact portable speaker
Starting price: $18
Where to buy: X-Mini.com, Amazon

Why it's cool: The collapsible accordion design fits in the palm of your hand yet it can deliver a fairly decent punch. You can also get several to daisy-chain for even more sound. The X-Mini is easily connected to any audio device with a standard 3.5 mm jack and has an inbuilt rechargeable battery with playback of up to 12 hours.

If you already have an Apple Airport Express, these compact speakers can give you an affordable Airplay music option. It's available in black, white, and red.

Verbatim Store 'n' Stay What it is: USB
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Verbatim Store 'n' Stay

What it is: USB flash drive
Starting price: $7.99
Where to buy: Newegg.com

Why it's cool: Easily add more storage options to a netbook, laptop computer, or desktop with Verbatim’s stay-in Store ‘n’ Stay USB drive. The mini flash drive is about the size of a dime and features a snag-free design so you won't have to remove it from the USB port.

AutoSport Twin USB and 12-volt cupholder Starting price:
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AutoSport Twin USB and 12-volt cupholder

Starting price: $20 What it is: Car charger extender

Why it's a cool gift: This space-saving charger fits into your cupholder, plugs into your vehicle's cigarette lighter and powers two 12v and two USB devices. Use the extra outlets to power phones, PDA's, MP3 players, radar detectors and more.

Clickfree Transformer Cable What it is: Easily backs

Clickfree Transformer Cable

What it is: Easily backs up a PC's data
Starting price: $30
Where to buy: Amazon

Why it's cool: Apple makes backing up your data pretty easy using their built-in Time Machine tool, but PC users have had to depend on clunky third-party software to safeguard their digital info. Clickfree takes that hassle out of backing up a PC with its USB-based cable. The device simply plugs into your computer's USB port, you plug an external hard drive on the other end and it will automatically back up all the data from the PC. No need to install software or figure out configurations.

AppleCore What it is: Cable manager Starting price:
Photo Credit: Apple-Cores.com

AppleCore

What it is: Cable manager
Starting price: $1.99 for a single small core; $25.99 for combo seven pack
Where to buy: Apple-cores.com

Why it's cool: Organize and shorten your cables and keep them from tangling. They are stylish and come in multiple sizes and colors.

Wi-Fi hat What it is: Wi-Fi detector Starting
Photo Credit: Thinkgeek.com

Wi-Fi hat

What it is: Wi-Fi detector
Starting price: $10
Where to buy: Thinkgeek.com

Why it's cool: For the über-geek in your life. A battery-powered Wi-Fi detector that lights up and shows signal strength from surrounding Wi-Fi networks.

Fling Joystick What it is: Tactile game controller
Photo Credit: TenOneDesign

Fling Joystick

What it is: Tactile game controller for the iPad
Starting price: $9
Where to buy: Amazon, TenOneDesign.com

Why it's cool: With the iPad getting more powerful, it is increasingly becoming a viable alternative to mobile gaming. Unfortunately, many of the better games are controlled with on-screen gamepads that are either too sensitive or unresponsive. TenOneDesign's Fling Joystick gives these games a clear tactile gamepad that can be easily removed.

Belkin Mini Surge Protector What it is: Compact
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Belkin Mini Surge Protector

What it is: Compact surge protector for travelers
Starting price: $12
Where to buy: Amazon

Why it's cool: Compact and light, this gadget features three AC outlets and two powered USB outlets for mobile phones and MP3 players.

Grid-It What it is: Gadget organizer Starting price:
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Grid-It

What it is: Gadget organizer
Starting price: $10
Where to buy: Amazon, Cocooninnovations.com

Why it's cool: Depending on your needs, there is a Grid-It model for most tech users on the go. It tightly holds tablets, phones, USB drives, chargers, cables and just about any other small piece of gear that you would normally stash in a bookbag, briefcase, or pocket.

iTunes, Android Market, Amazon What it is: Gift
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iTunes, Android Market, Amazon

What it is: Gift cards
Starting price: Any amount
Where to buy: Most brick and mortar stores, including supermarkets, pharmacies and grocery stores, carry pre-paid cards

Why it's cool: For the Apple fan in your life, an iTunes pre-paid card is good for either music, apps, or games. Android doesn't officially have its own pre-paid card, but you can always buy a normal Visa, MasterCard, or Discover cash card -- just make sure it can be used for online purchases. And for all the other geeks, Amazon has just about every gadget and game under the sun.

2011 Ink'd Blue/Black What it is: Ear buds
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2011 Ink'd Blue/Black

What it is: Ear buds
Starting price: $25
Where to buy: Skullcandy.com

Why it's cool: Top-quality earphones that deliver good sound while still being durable, stylish, and affordable. These are great for joggers, bicyclists, hikers or anyone else with active lifestyles.

Aliph Prime Jawbone Prime Ear Candy Edition What
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Aliph Prime Jawbone Prime Ear Candy Edition

What it is: Bluetooth headset
Starting price: $25
Where to buy: Amazon.com

Why it's cool: Noise cancellation technology reduces wind disturbance and eliminates echos. Up to 4.5 hours of talk time and 216 hours (9 days) of standby time. It also has multi-point support for simultaneous connection to two Bluetooth audio sources.

PNY Micro Swivel Attaché What it is:Ultra compact
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PNY Micro Swivel Attaché

What it is:Ultra compact USB drive
Starting price: $6.99 for 4 GB, $8.97 for 8GB, $18.84 for 16 GB
Where to buy: Amazon.com

Why it's cool: Save photos, documents or any digital file on one of these micro USB drives that seamlessly attaches to your keychain.

Energizer Family Battery Charger What it is: Battery
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Energizer Family Battery Charger

What it is: Battery charger
Starting price: $25
Where to buy: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, BJ's

Why it's cool: In our high-tech world, rechargeable batteries are a necessity. This single unit can recharge most Energizer battery sizes, including: AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V.

EyeFi Share X2 4GB Memory Card What it
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EyeFi Share X2 4GB Memory Card

What it is: Wi-Fi memory card for photos
Starting price: $40
Where to buy: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, BJ's

Why it's cool: Imagine never having to plug in your digital camera or camcorder again. EyeFi allows you to wirelessly transfer images from your camera to your PC or Mac either through your own home network or remotely on the Internet.

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