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Author's Note: 5 Innovative Social Devices

The world still waits for the game-changing device or killer app that fully integrates our entertainment consumption and social lives. Apple has come the closest. The iPhone completely revolutionized the smartphone sector — remember when Blackberry was the "hot" gadget — and iPad made the tech world believe in the incredible potential of the tablet. And let's not forget about iTunes, which rescued music, movie and TV content from the low-quality chaos of peer-to-peer file sharing and proved that reasonable people will pay 99 cents for a song. So why hasn't Apple TV achieved similar success? The service lets you share all of your digital content across every gadget in the house and streams high-def movies and TV from iTunes or Netflix, but it's lacking an intuitive and simple connection to our favorite social networks. The WiiU seems to be the closest thing to an all-in-one gaming, entertainment and social machine, but will it catch on? Until we get that killer app, the social media-addicted couch potato in all of us will soldier on.

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