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2020 Gift Guide for Nerds who have everything

2020 Gift Guide for Nerds who have everything

Despite the unique state of the world here at the tail end of 2020, the holiday gift-giving season still approaches. Despite the global pandemic through which we're still living, we've still got a hankering to buy gifts for friends and family. We might not hand-deliver said gifts this year, but the need to wrap remains! The guide you're looking at today is made for the nerdy individual in your life - you know the sort.

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iPad Air (2020) upgrade: 5 thinking points before you buy

iPad Air (2020) upgrade: 5 thinking points before you buy

The latest iPad Air was made available for purchase at Apple here in late 2020 - today we're going through the details. This iPad Air (2020, 8th gen) will cost you approximately $600 if you buy it all at once, and it delivers a look and an experience quite similar to that of the iPhone 12 - so what's the big difference? If you already own an iPad, why should you consider buying a new device now?

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Should you upgrade to the new iPhone 12 – which one is best?

Should you upgrade to the new iPhone 12 – which one is best?

The iPhone 12 with 5G was released in October 2020: Here we look at reasons why you might want to upgrade. We're also looking at reasons why you might want to steer clear. There are positive and negative factors in deciding on any new smartphone, starting with exactly that - deciding whether you need a NEW iPhone in the first place.

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Best mid-range phones worth your money in 2020

Best mid-range phones worth your money in 2020

Buying a mid-range phone that hits all the right notes can be a mind-bending tasks these days, given the amount of competition in the segment. The stakes are high in this particular smartphone market that ranges anywhere between $300 - $600 depending on a device and variants, if any.

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Video games that are great for kids

Video games that are great for kids

In good doses, video games can be a rich source of entertainment and education for kids. Games often offer challenges to work the mind, building resilience. Some are meticulously researched. Many are colorful and intricately designed, a valuable source of inspiration and creativity.

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Compare iPhone SE to Apple’s full 2020 lineup: Price, displays, cameras

Compare iPhone SE to Apple’s full 2020 lineup: Price, displays, cameras

As of April 15, 2020, Apple's iPhone lineup includes iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Removed from the lineup today: iPhone 8! The devices not carried by Apple Stores proper will still appear in some stores - like mobile phone carriers, big box stores, and through 3rd-party stores aplenty. But if you're looking to buy a new-in-box iPhone from Apple from this point forward, you're looking at iPhone XR and newer.

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OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro price and release date

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro price and release date

Today we're taking a peek at the full price list for the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro in the USA. These devices were revealed by OnePlus at a virtual event on April 14, 2020. The OnePlus 8 family comes in two sizes - two screen sizes, two combinations of RAM and internal storage, and a price setup that starts at around $700 USD. That's for the non-pro, of course.

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Nintendo Switch is out of stock: Here’s how the cheaper Switch Lite compares

Nintendo Switch is out of stock: Here’s how the cheaper Switch Lite compares

If you're trying to buy a Nintendo Switch at the moment, you've got a lot of searching ahead of you. At many stores, the standard Nintendo Switch is out of stock, and while there are likely still a few to be found at the Switch's standard retail price, many of the listings you'll find have asking prices of $400 or even $500.

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The iPhone vs Galaxy war forces 5G phones to start cheap

The iPhone vs Galaxy war forces 5G phones to start cheap

Within the next year, there's a good chance you'll want a new iPhone with 5G connectivity. Or a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone with 5G connectivity - or some other brand. Given the brand dominance of those two companies in the smartphone realm, it's statistically sound to suggest that there's a good chance you'll chose a phone from one of those two brands.

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Official Pokemon Center Pokemon Holiday Collection 2019 hands-on

Official Pokemon Center Pokemon Holiday Collection 2019 hands-on

The folks at the Pokemon Center have a bunch of seasonally-cute Pokemon products appearing in their store this season, and we've got our hands on a few of those bits involved. In the mix this year you'll find holiday-themed Pokemon plush toys, hats, socks, PokeBall-themed items, and some String Lights. There are crew neck sweatshirts, Pikachu and Eevee Pokemon Holiday 2019 Pins and Greeting Cards, a Pokemon TCG: Pokemon Holiday Lights Playmat, and a big ol' coffee cup.

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Can you trust Amazon? Take knockoff Apple Watches for example

Can you trust Amazon? Take knockoff Apple Watches for example

A collection of cheap imitations of the original Apple Watch are currently posing on Amazon as a perfect alternative to the far more expensive alternative. Brands like YAMAY, Willful, Letsfit, SKYGRAND, and ANBES make little effort to hide the fact that they're not only using lookalike UI - in some cases, they're literally selling the same devices under different brand names. Scratch that - in quite a few cases... in a CONCERNING number of cases, companies appear to be selling the same product with different brand names for different prices.

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A tiny Transformers toys gift guide: Robust is best in 2019

A tiny Transformers toys gift guide: Robust is best in 2019

Transformers is a toy line that's never really dull. I remember getting Transformers toys for gifts for Christmas and birthdays when I was a kid, and even when (90% of the time) I did not know the character in the box, I was thrilled to get another one of these bafflingly entertaining pieces of moving parts in plastic. The difference between a "good" transformer and a "could've been better" transformer gift always depended on the intended audience for the toy. Not all Transformer toys are made for little kids.

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