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High-tech must-haves

To stay on top of the hottest technology trends, you've got to be ahead of the game. Order these hot, new tech devices before everybody else gets their hands on them.

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Smartphones and tablets with Kepler technology

NVIDIA recently announced that the Kepler technology that is currently available in desktops and high-tech computers is being integrated into the next new mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. The technology is already in use in NVIDIA's Project Logan mobile processor, and future Project Logan devices will incorporate Kepler technology as well. Rumor has it that the first Tegra-powered devices with Kepler GPU will be available in the first half of 2014. Gamers, get in line!

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Touch-and-show Ultrabook

The Aspire S7 Ultrabook is sleek, strong and built for collaboration. With an agile and responsive 10-point touchscreen, it lets you create, surf, explore and share with ease. It's the thinnest ultrabook on the market, but don't let the sleekness fool you — the aluminum case and next generation gorilla glass mean it can withstand plenty of tough situations. As if that's not impressive enough, you'll love the touch-and-show feature that lets you open 180 degrees for easy sharing. Plus, the eight-hour battery life means you can work and play all day long, without the need to plug in.

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Google Glass

Google is upping the game to insurmountable levels with Google Glass, a headset that resembles a pair of normal eyeglasses. However, in place of the lenses, Google Glass has a small electronic screen that gives users the power to record video, take pictures, answer calls and texts, reference maps and search the Internet — basically anything you can do on your smartphone and more — all with simple voice commands. The design of the unit allows users to wear it on their normal eyewear. Rumor has it that Google Glass will be available to the general public in 2014.

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Smart watches

A few smart watches already exist, but major technology players Apple and Microsoft are set to toss their proverbial hats into the ring with their own variety of high-tech watches that incorporate all the capabilities (and more) of their respective smartphones and tablets. Rumors of an iWatch from Apple have been brewing, it seems, for years — but they have been gaining steam as of late.

Samsung released the Galaxy Gear watch to much disappointment, due to its limited ability to sync with Samsung's other products and its meager capabilities compared to other smart watches already on the market. Samsung is slated to upgrade its Galaxy Gear to include software updates and compatibility with other Samsung products.

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Notebook with the power of touch

The Aspire V5 Touch is thin, light and packs some serious punch. This notebook lets you touch, swipe and tap to accomplish things quickly and naturally with smooth tablet convenience, but it's equipped with all of the features you need and want in a notebook. Choose from a variety of colors and sizes to match your personality and your style.

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Waterproof and dustproof smartphones

On the heels of the wildly successful Galaxy 4, Samsung is set to release the new and improved Galaxy S5 in the first part of 2014, with a subsequent 6 version on the horizon for 2015. The S5 model is said to have the latest Android OS, a 2-GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor, a 16-megapixel camera and longer battery life. It is also is rumored to be not only waterproof but dustproof as well.

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