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When Apple’s iPad first started blowing up and other consumer electronics companies rushed to copy it, tablets were seen as the next huge growth market. Fast-forward to 2014 and we’re already seeing sales growth slow to a crawl. For many, tablets are nonessential devices and they also don’t needed to be upgraded as frequently as a smartphone, so it makes sense that the market for slates is much smaller. Of course, tablets are still fantastic devices for millions of consumers out there. They also still make great holiday gifts, so here are the five best tablets on the market. DON’T MISS: The ultimate Black Friday 2014 cheatsheet Apple iPad Air 2 Apple’s brand new iPad Air 2 is the best tablet on the

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Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.

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Opinion: As 2014 comes to a close, bugs are increasingly disclosed with catchy names and logos. Heartbleed's branding changed the way we talk about security, but is making a bug 'cool' frivolous or essential?

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For the past three years, State of Play, a small studio in London, has been building a 10-foot-tall miniature city out of paper, cardboard, and lots of little lights. There are houses and gardens, and at the center there's an 8-foot-tall water wheel, powered by a custom set of motors and built using cardboard cut by lasers. It's a huge, intricate world, and starting next week it's one you'll be able to explore in a video game with the launch of Lumino City.

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We’re now just a few short days away from full-on Black Friday 2014 madness, but as anyone who has been following BGR’s Black Friday coverage knows, the deals began a long time ago. Retailers across the country and online vendors have turned up the heat on pre-Black Friday sales in an effort to boost revenue this shopping season, and it certainly seems to be working. Of course, that also means you don’t have to wait for Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Day to roll around to save money, and now Best Buy has kicked off its big early access sale for one day only. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now – new deals every 10 minutes

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WatchKit gives developers early access to the tools needed for developing apps for Apple Watch. Cory Bohon dives into the specifics about these types of apps.

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Microsoft has yet to launch a single flagship model across all major US wireless carriers in the history of Windows Phone. Their focus on the low- to mid-range market may be part of why Windows Phone market share remains low.

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Shaken up by a recent downturn in phone sales and profitability, Samsung is now reassessing all aspects of its operations and "streamlining its business units." That's turning out to be bad news for the company's cross-platform messaging app ChatOn, which, it has been determined, "isn't a business that can show improvement in the future." Multiple Samsung officials are cited by The Korea Times in a report that says ChatOn will be gradually phased out on a region-by-region basis as Samsung looks to cut its losses and focus on more profitable ventures. Official notification of Samsung's Video service being shuttered. ChatOn is joining Samsung's range of media consumption hubs that were shut down this summer after failing to make a dent in the lead of more established content distributors like Amazon, Apple, and Google.

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By Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - Macy's Inc, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. holiday shopping season with a nationally televised parade in Manhattan, also will join a handful of other companies this year parading their ads on Facebook's fledgling video feeds. As the social media platform slowly rolls out its premium video offerings to advertisers, Macy's will launch its online video ads Thursday evening. ...

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Do you want to be super productive with a rugged phone that will help you work wide and do real work? Even better, do you want to get $550 to buy it just for trading in your wimpy, un-wide iPhone 6? There’s great news for you, then. Per 9to5Mac, BlackBerry has announced a limited-time offer that will give you up to $550 if you trade in the iPhone 6 for the Passport. VIDEO: BlackBerry explains why your iPhone is too wimpy to ‘work wide’ The trade-in value of the iPhone 6 depends on the storage size, carrier and condition of the model you’re turning in, so we assume you’d have to have a 128GB iPhone 6 without any major scratches to

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The festive episode will be titled "Last Christmas". And when season 9 returns, it'll include an episode written by only the fifth woman in the show's history.>

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Alexis Ohanian explores the August Smart Lock, an app for your smart home that allows you to send keys to anyone you’d like.

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Crafted by the legendary Yves Behar, the August lock is a gleaming, modernist beauty. Because the "keys" to the lock are just some code executed by a phone, you can use the app to send "keys" to anyone you like.

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How do we want to communicate with each other? This week we look at chat tools, from WhatsApp to the Star Trek communicator.

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Activity at Sony Pictures has reportedly ground to a standstill, with most employees' computer screens replaced by an eerie picture of a skeleton overlaid with the title "Hacked By #GOP."  The image, a photograph of which was posted to Reddit today by someone who claims a friend at Sony Pictures sent it to him, also claims that Sony Pictures' "secrets" will be leaked online at 11 p.m. GMT tonight (6 p.m. EST). According to the original Reddit post, the skeleton image has appeared on "every computer all over Sony Pictures nationwide." Sony Pictures Entertainment is a Culver City, California-based motion-picture and television production company, one of the Big Six Hollywood studios, and a division of Japanese technology and entertainment giant Sony. Sony Pictures has told its employees to turn off their computers and disable W-Fi on their mobile devices, Variety Magazine reported.

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Apple has released a couple of new 30-second iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus TV commercials, following the same theme it has used for various similar clips: The company is basically highlighting certain iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus features with the help of the same two celebrities who did voice overs for the previous ads, including Justing Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. FROM EARLIER: Your iPhone 6 has a hidden feature that Apple never mentioned The new ads hilariously present two particular iPhone 6 features, including gaming and Continuity. While Apple has always stressed the gaming abilities of its iPhones, Continuity is a feature that doesn’t work on iPhones unless users also own other Apple-made hardware, such as an iOS 8-compatible iPad

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How do we want to communicate with each other? This week's Big Future looks at chat tools, from WhatsApp to the Star Trek communicator. If we could get past the tangle of carriers and spectrum rights, what kind of communicator would we actually want to use? It turns out, science fiction may have this particular gadget all wrong.

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Fans of more literary pursuits won't be left in the cold this Black Friday. Those looking to inflate their digital stash of comic books may be pleased to learn that two major publishers will be offering major discounts for some of their most acclaimed works.DARK HORSE

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Changing Web usage is hard. Google has granted a few extra months of leeway to those who rely on a handful of popular plugins, such as Silverlight, to extend what their browser can do.>

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Buyers and users of business tablets in Europe report productivity increases of 30 to 33 percent, but over two-thirds remain less than completely satisfied with the tablet experience.

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On-demand apps are giving a modern twist to some old traditions and even offering some new ones we didn't know we needed.>

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Normally $70, this popular speaker comes in your choice of cheerful colors. Plus: a free Imagine Dragons album!>

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Even though Android is the dominating smartphone platform when it comes to market share, enjoying huge popularity in many markets, Google appears to be interested in heavily promoting it this holiday season, especially now that Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 have all been launched. Google has taken its Android video commercials — the ones telling the audience that Android is supposed to offer user a unique experience — to a whole new level, Android Central reports, renting ad space on a huge, over 25,000 square feet, billboard in Times Square. FROM EARLIER: One country’s desperate battle to erase Google, Netflix and Uber from existence Google has booked the space through the New Year, and while it’s not clear how

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