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Shop locally for holiday technology

If you are still looking for that technology gift for someone close, there are still many devices out there worth considering. Whether you are considering a tablet, Bluetooth audio device, battery backup, or online service, there are still opportunities to find products in stores. With Christmas coming on Tuesday, you will have the weekend to hunt for your devices locally.

The iPad mini is a very worthy device for those looking to read, play games, and browse the web on a tablet. The iPad mini feels fairly snappy. Simple games such as Angry Birds or Tiny Wings did not miss a beat. Each app loaded as quickly as you would expect form an iPad. Browsing the web was just as fluid as on an iPhone or previous iPads. Using the multi-touch gestures to swipe through apps and close them felt comfortable and quick. The iPad mini can be found at numerous retail locations besides the Apple Store.

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Jambox by Jawbone is a great speaker for the size and function


Recently, I had the opportunity to review the Jambox by Jawbone. The device has been out for a some time, but the quality is consistently good. With the recent release of a larger model, the Jambox, big or small, provides a strong speaker for most situations. After having the Jambox for less than one day, I felt the need to hurry down to my local AT&T store here in Nashville and purchase my own device.

The device is available in black, white, blue, and grey. Most stores seem to stock the black or white ones, whereas the other can be found online. The Jambox is small, especially for the quality of sound it puts out. It measures around 6 inches in length and weighs in around 12 ounces. It can be easily carried in a laptop bag or by itself with or without the handy wrap-around case that is included.

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