10 cool tools for heading back to school

Looking for back-to-school tech? From advanced note-taking apps to interactive textbooks to the perfect high-tech desk lamp, these items will help college students hit the ground running.
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Back-to-school tech guide 2013

Whether you're a college student or the parent of one, getting ready for the school year is a big part of August. We've gathered 10 apps and gadgets that will help students take notes, study, or just live the college life.

We've made our selections with students' (and tuition-paying parents') budgets in mind. Our most expensive item costs $200, but the list also includes free smartphone apps.

If you're still looking for ideas after this slideshow, be sure to review our previous student-friendly tech roundups from 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009. Some the products may no longer be available, but most of them should be just as useful this year as in years past.

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