IN PICTURES: 8 most interesting tech gadgets of 2013

There may be some mind-blowing new gadgets that come out in time for the holiday gift buying season, but here’s a list of the eight most significant tech gadgets released to date.

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Chromebook Pixel Released: Feb. 21, 2013

It was thought that Chromebooks were meant to take over the bygone netbook market, serving as cheap and low-powered machines, but which run Chrome OS. Yet when the Pixel suddenly appeared for sale, it totally defied this conventional wisdom. This Googled-branded notebook isn’t cheap, starting at $1,299, because it packs powerful specs and a touchscreen in a sleek case design. Critics have wondered why would anyone buy a Pixel; it costs more than a base-model MacBook. To Google, it probably doesn’t matter. The Pixel is like the luxury sports car of the Chromebook line -- meant to show off what Chrome OS can do when running on optimal hardware.

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