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Suguru Imabori (L) and his friend, Eri Kaneko, take a close look at cellular phones at an electric appliance shop in Akihabara, downtown Tokyo.
Suguru Imabori (L) and his friend, Eri Kaneko, take a close look at cellular phones at an electric appliance shop in Akihabara, downtown Tokyo.
(Masaharu Hatano/Reuters)

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It’s not the end of the world, but is it a gadget-pocalypse?

Those silly Mayans: what do they know? December 21 was not the end (of the world). But could it be the beginning of the end (of cheap gadgets)? As the world continues to turn, and worries about the euro zone and the “fiscal cliff” dominate, it is time to take notice of something else: people, and their statistical characteristics. Demographics are important in both the medium and the long term.