This week in Tech we looked back at the biggest stories of 2013, from gadget reviews to company mergers and more. Here's what you need to know about the week in Tech:
1) Best of 2013: Talking Your Tech highlights
USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham talked to more than 50 celebrities from music, TV, film, sports and more in 2013 on his show, Talking Your Tech. This week, he took a look back at some of the most memorable "Talking Your Tech" moments of the year.
NBC's Brian Williams confessed to being a "hopeless nerd" about the news. Singer Kelly Rowland shared secrets about the Destiny's Child reunion at the Super Bowl. Comedy legend Joan Rivers talked about how the comedy world has changed since she started over 50 years ago.
You can check out a photo retrospective of Talking Your Tech here.
2) Commentary: The year that was in tech, and what's ahead
The tech industry is setting the stage for a comeback, or it's on the brink of a major downturn ...depending on whom you ask. USA TODAY's Jon Swartz laid out a few predictions for the tech world in 2014.
He predicts that it will be a good year for smartphone sales, mobile advertising and social media. But some tech companies will continue to struggle, as PC sales continue on a downward slump. Apple is still in the middle of an image crisis, over two years after the death of former CEO Steve Jobs. But the company's long-rumored iWatch could be a game changer if it finally arrives on the market in 2014.
Tech CEOs seem optimistic about the tech landscape in 2014. Google Vice President Sundar Pinchai told Swartz in an interview in September that Google has goals that are "ambitious, some would say crazy." Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was tight-lipped when asked at a recent holiday party about Yahoo's plans for 2014, but she promised that "(Yahoo will) keep you guessing even better next year."
3) Tops in tech 2013: Some of our favorite gadgets
Our staffers at USA TODAY Tech test out a lot of tech toys every year, and this week they compiled a list of their favorite tech products of the year.
Jefferson Graham said buying the Vizio 5.1 Soundbar speaker was "a life-changing experience," while Mike Snider said the Sonos Playbar speaker was "a sound investment." Other products that got rave reviews included the Asus Ultrabook, the Jabra Tour speakerphone and Oppo's Blu-Ray Disc player.
4) Best games and apps for your new smartphone or tablet
So you got a new smartphone or tablet for Christmas, but what apps do you download for your new device out of the millions available on the App Store? Jefferson Graham and Brett Molina have a few suggestions.
Graham's list of essential apps for any new tablet owner includes Facebook, Amazon Kindle, Netflix and Pandora. Molina's list of the best game apps for a smartphone or tablet include the mega-popular Angry Birds Star Wars and Candy Crush Saga, as well as some offbeat games such as Ridiculous Fishing and Plants vs. Zombies 2.
5) What are your favorite apps of 2013? Vine, Snapchat, Waze
Graham took to the streets of Pasadena, Calif. earlier this week to ask people about their favorite apps of 2013. Aside from the obvious answers - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - many said they were fans of video apps Snapchat and Vine.
Graham also checked in with tech workers at the Idealab tech incubator. Their favorite apps of the year included GPS app Waze, notes app Evernote and mobile messaging app Mighty Text.