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Decoding the Hottest Tech Gadget in a Pandemic Holiday Season
As we near the end of the year (thank goodness!), normally millions of people would be preparing their holiday shopping lists and lining up for the best deals on gifts. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has put a monkey-wrench in those traditions, forcing many to avoid brick-and-mortar stores in favor of online shopping — online sales topped $5.1 billion on Thanksgiving alone and $9 billion on Black Friday, while in-store traffic dropped 52 percent. Gone are the traditional “Door Buster” sales and in its place are month-long specials. Odds are that an iPhone, smartwatch, smart speaker, laptop, game console or television will likely be on any tech lover’s wishlist. But could COVID-19 cause a shift in people’s buying decisions? We reached out to a few of our favorite tech reporters for their thoughts on the hottest gadget this season. “It’s tough to boil it down to one gadget, but I think it’s a toss-up between the Xbox Series X, any one…