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Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

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Tablets are at the top of wish lists for the third year in a row, but there are a lot of great gadgets out there for the tech lover on your list.

Jim Barry, Digital Answer Man with the Consumer Electronics Association, brought his top tech gift picks into the Glass Enclosed Nerve Center on Thursday night to give us a first hand look.

For the music lover on your list, Barry says there are a lot of great blue tooth speaker options that play the music on your phone louder, and with better quality. They range in price from about $40 up into the hundreds, so you're sure to find the right fit.

He also recommends a phablet, a gadget that is not quite tablet and more than a phone and a Microsoft tablet/notebook for $300.

Take a look at the video below for Stebben's picks.

7:20 p.m. Jim Barry, Digital Answer Man with the Consumer Electronics Association

Cool gadgets worth putting under the tree


8:10 p.m. - Mike McCarthy, editor-in-chief of DC Magazine

Weekend fun - check out what's happening in your region


9:10 p.m. - Greg O'Neil,

Great holiday-themed events in the region


WASHINGTON - The weather may cooperate with your holiday plans this weekend - and there are some great holiday-themed events taking place.

Greg O'Neil joined WTOP's Joan Jones - he's the founder of the website and he suggests strapping on your walking shoes and heading out to Georgetown where the streets will be aglow. It's part of the "festival of lights" celebration starting Friday night.


Fete des Lumieres Georgetown - Georgetown BID/Heart of Georgetown

Opening Night Party for Fete des Lumičres - Malmaison


Sweet Hope: Dessert for Toys Reception - Central Michel Richard This amazing event used to be open to restaurant industry folks only. This is the first time it's open to public

Yelp's Totally Bazaar! - Monroe Street Market

D.C. Santa Crawl 2013 - The Front Page More than 2,000 tickets already sold for this Santa- themed bar crawl in Dupont Circle area


Russian Winter Festival - Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens

Holidays Through History: Dumbarton House, Tudor Place, Woodrow Wilson House, and Anderson House - Dumbarton House

The Capital Club's 22nd Annual Santa Soiree - City Tavern Club

Cars & Coffee - Malmaison

7:40 p.m. Christian Toto-reviews the Hobbit and Saving Mr. Banks

Reviewing the next in the Hobbit series and 'Saving Mr. Banks'


5:40 p.m. WTOP Redskins Beat Reporter George Wallace

Kyle Shanahan says he wasn't involved in decision to bench RGIII


4:40 p.m. - Catherine Herridge, chief intelligence correspondent, Fox News

NSA's Alexander defends mass collection


3:50 p.m. - Ann Hornaday, film critic, Washington Post

Golden Globe nominations out today


3:10 p.m. - Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger Personal Finance

It's tough -- but you can keep Santa on a budget


Read more on Kiplinger: How to Keep Santa on a Budget

2:20 p.m. - Andrea Woroch, a consumer savings expert

10 smart shipping tips and shipping deadlines


Read more: Top 10 Tips for Smart Holiday Shipping

12:51 p.m. - Dave Ross, commentator

How a bill becomes a cow


12:10 p.m. - Dr. Katy Nelson, veterinarian

Holiday dangers facing your pets


10:10 a.m. - Malcolm-Jamal Warner, actor

His role in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" at Arena Stage and what his life is like since his time on "The Cosby Show."


Malcolm-Jamal Warner discusses his most recent role in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" at Arena Stage. (WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley)

Mark Lewis and Debbra Feinstein with Malcolm-Jamal Warner. (WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley)

9:40 a.m. - Jason Reid, Washington Post sports columnist

The Redskins' quarterback change up.


8:40 a.m. - Diana Olick, CNBC

The days of 3.5 percent 30-year fixed mortgages are over.


7:40 a.m. James Brown, CBS Sports

Shanahan's future with the Redskins


7:10 a.m. Glenn Thrush, POLITICO

GOP unhappy with budget deal


6:40 a.m. Trae Bodge,

Wintery weather's impact on holiday shopping


Black ice is big problem during cold snaps

WTOP's Joan Jones reports


There's a reason they call it black ice. Click here to check out AAA's eight simple rules for driving on the hidden hazard.

How does a fake interpreter get next to world leaders?

WTOP's National Security Correspondent J.J. Green reports


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