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Melissa lives the tech-driven life she writes about. She's always on the hunt for the next gadget that will wow us with its design.

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Pentax K-50 review: A decent entry-level DSLR that braves the elements

The K-50 is chock full of interesting features (such as weather sealing), but its image quality isn't the best.

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Sony Alpha a58 review: A feature-packed entry-level DSLR great for beginners

If you aren't wedded to Canon or Nikon, the budget-priced Sony Alpha a58 offers a ton of features and good image quality.

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Review: 5 entry-level DSLRs under $900

The phone in your pocket is OK for quick snapshots. But for challenging subjects or lighting, you need an actual camera. These five entry-level DSLRs make the upgrade easy.

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Nikon D3300 review: Solid compact DSLR for beginner and pro alike

The D3300 is the rare DSLR that will please both beginner digital shutterbugs as well as those with more experience.

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Canon EOS T5 review: Entry-level DSLR offers basics and value, but not much more

The Canon EOS T5 is relatively inexpensive and takes care of the basics, but it doesn't offer all the bells and whistles you might want.

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Canon EOS T5i review: This entry-level DSLR is particularly great for video

With its ease of use and powerful features, the T5i is a great step from a point-and-shoot or smartphone.

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Adobe Lightroom mobile review: A strong start, but still a work-in-progress

Adobe successfully reimagines Lightroom for touch, but the app has much room to grow, both in features and in resolving first version hiccups.

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BuQu Tech unveils Magnetyze conductive phone charger (video)

The Magnetyze wireless conductive charging system for smartphones offers an alternative to inductive charging devices, although it supports a limited selection of gadgets initially.

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iPad mini vs. Nexus 7: The debate

They both have 7-inch screens, they're both built by two of the biggest names in personal technology, and they both have their fans and their detractors. Which is better, the iPad mini or the Nexus 7? Chris Breen and Melissa Perenson duke it out.

How Apple's iPad mini compares with Android tablets

What you gain, and what you sacrifice, by choosing an iPad mini over an Android tablet.

Why Apple might want to build a 7-inch tablet

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Smaller tablets do have their advantages. Melissa Perenson explains what they are.

TechHive: Hands on with Amazon's new Kindle e-readers

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Among the spate of devices unveiled by Amazon Thursday were new e-readers: the Kindle Paperwhite and an improved (and less expensive) Kindle. Melissa J. Perenson was impressed with these two offerings after a little hands-on time.

Live Blog: Amazon press event

Join Jason Snell and Melissa Perenson for live coverage of Thursday's Amazon press event, where the electronic retailer is expected to announce a new version of the Kindle Fire tablet.

TechHive: NBC's Olympic apps ready for London 2012

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On Thursday, NBC took the wraps off two apps it built with the help of Adobe -- one of which will even let you watch live coverage from your iOS device. Melissa J. Perenson previews the apps over at TechHive.

iRiver Story HD e-reader

The iRiver Story HD design feels rough compared with Barnes & Noble and Kobo e-readers, and the interface needs some work, too. But the emergence of the first Google Books-driven e-reader will surely drive competition among the players in this space, and that can only benefit book lovers.