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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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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.


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.


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

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

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

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

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.

Kobo eReader Touch Edition

This slim, lightweight e-reader is eminently pocketable and has a responsive touchscreen, but it lacks the finesse of its competition.

Barnes & Noble Nook Wi-Fi (second generation)

The latest-generation Nook offers a dramatically improved design, interface, and reading experience on a monochrome E-Ink screen.

Barnes & Noble reveals new Nook e-reader

On Tuesday, Barnes & Noble updated its dedicated Nook e-reader with a touchscreen display.

Motorola Xoom impresses, but drawbacks remain

The Xoom is well-conceived and well-constructed, but some rough edges, a middling display, and a high price may deter early adopters.

Kobo Wireless eReader

The new eReader offers an enhanced screen and better performance than the first-gen model, but screen refresh and speed remain issues.

Barnes & Noble NookColor

Highlights of this premium e-reader include its intuitive, elegant interface and LCD screen with minimized glare.