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PLAY: Video game and other tech toy gift suggestions

We all like to play games, whether we admit to it or not. While everyone might not be a video gamer, I think we all still enjoy playing, to some extent, to bring us back to our youth.

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 15:48

ACCESSORIZE: Gadgety gift ideas for the holidays

OK, so you've got your tablet, you've got a case, you're ready to go. Right? Wrong. Sometimes you need some additional materials, whether it's a nice stylus, a mouse or a keyboard or other fun gadget.

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 14:55

STORE: Data storage holiday gift ideas

If you're gadget fans like we are, all of this digital content creation leads us to need more places to store the stuff we're making.

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 14:55

TRAVEL: Gift ideas for the out-and-about

It's always been difficult to figure out where to put the hands-free Bluetooth headset in the Cool Yule Tools holiday gift guide. Does it belong in its own category or do we combine them into something else?

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 14:55

WATCH: Photo and video gift ideas

Even though most people have and use the camera on their cell phones, there are still a number of different and cool video- and photo-related gadgets available for holiday shoppers to peruse.

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 14:55

WORK: Gift ideas for the office (or home office)

With today's flexible workstyles, your office can be in a corporate workspace or the dining room table of your home. No matter the place, sometimes you need more than just a notebook and a mouse to get things done - so we're here to help.

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 14:55

LISTEN: Audio-related gift ideas for 2012

If you're a fan of music, or have someone on your gift list who is still using the Apple headphones provided by them, you'll want to consider some of these items from our 2012 Cool Yule Tools holiday gift guide.

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 14:02

PROTECT: Cases for your smartphone or tablet

These days, cases for your new smartphone, tablet or e-reader are just as important as the device itself. Whether it's to fit a specific style, taste or customization, there are hundreds of different options for dressing your tablet up.

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 14:02

COMPUTE: Tablets, phones and e-readers for the holidays

By any stretch of the imagination, there's probably at least one item on the following list of tablets, smartphones, computers or e-readers that you'll want to buy for friends, family or yourself.

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 14:02

CONNECT: Networky gift ideas for the holidays

Opening a new gadget for the holidays isn't any fun if you can't connect to the InterWeb or other devices. Sometimes you need to upgrade your network, and they often make great gifts, too!

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 13:51

PRIMP: Health, fitness and grooming gadgets for the holidays

In previous years' Cool Yule Tools holiday gift guide, we've offered health and fitness gadget gift suggestions, but this year we decided to expand this category to include "grooming" tips as well. Looking good is always important, and technology is being added to new things to help us stay that way.

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 13:51

KID STUFF: Child-friendly gadgety gift ideas

My obsession with technology and gadgets came at a relatively early age - I got the Merlin, a handheld toy with red lights, cool sounds and the ability to play a mean game of tic-tac-toe.

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 13:51

LIVE: Home and style gadgety gift ideas

OK, we'll admit up front that this Cool Yule Tools category used to be "Miscellaneous", for those items that didn't quite fit into other groupings. But the more we thought about what we're putting in here, the more we realized that these are homey gadgets as well as things that make you more stylish - things you wear.

Written by Keith Shaw19 Nov. 12 13:51

Checking out cool stuff at DEMO Fall 2012

Greetings from the DEMO Fall 2012 event in Santa Clara, Calif., where more than 70 companies are launching new sites, apps, services and, in some rare cases, actual physical products. For more than 20 years, the DEMO events have showcased companies that have gone on to greatness (to be fair, several companies have also vanished after appearing here), so it's always a good barometer of what might be coming down the road next.

Written by Keith Shaw04 Oct. 12 15:26