App focused products reign supreme

Microsoft Product Advisor Daniela Belevanon (R) points out the functions on a Windows Surface tablet as she helps Marta Aranda shop for a tablet loaded with the Windows 8.1 operating system at a Microsoft store in the Dadeland Mall October 17, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

When it comes to this week's holiday shopping plans, we seem to be looking at another Year of the Tablet. But that isn't the only shopping trend this year centered around gadgets. Smart devices like Wi-Fi capable smoke detectors and home-locking systems that talk to your smartphone are popping up everywhere. 

Lindsey Turrentine, CNET editor-in-chief, says these not-so-essential stocking stuffers may be seem frivolous, but they are easy to use and can help get even the least tech-savvy person more connected with gadgets. 

Lindsey Turrentine, CNET editor-in-chief, spoke with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson. Click on the audio player above to hear the full interview. 

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Ben Johnson is the host of Marketplace Tech.

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