Top High-Tech Holiday Gifts

Top High-Tech Holiday Gifts

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are finally here! That means a wave of all-new holiday gifts have also arrived and (sweet!) will soon find their way into high-tech enthusiasts’ hands. But with so much great gear to sort through, how do you choose the right present for that special someone? Happily, we’ve teamed up with some top tech leaders to take a look at the latest and greatest new gift ideas you’ll want to consider.

For example: A new smartphone like the BlackBerry Passport, which is great for any mobile professional who wants to be more productive. Inspired by an actual passport, the mobile device has a large high-resolution touch square screen and the industry’s first and only touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard – making it ideal for viewing documents, browsing the web and writing emails.  It also has some great new features like a new operating system that offers greater security, dual app store with hundreds of thousand apps, BlackBerry’s new digital assistant as well as BlackBerry Blend, which allows you to easily share content, texts  and conversations from your device to your tablet or computer.

Another great gift option to consider would be a new computer. There are so many out there, but the HP Chromebook is well worth taking a look at because it’s affordable and powerful. It comes with 100 GB of Google Drive storage for two years, which is great for storing all your holiday photos. Plus it has Google Chromecast and access to third party apps like Hulu and Netflix, a feature anyone on your shopping list will love!

Also keep an eye out for the Lyve Home 2TeraByte drive that stores all of your photos and videos from all devices – phones, laptops, external drives, and it organizes them into one central library creating a secure backup of all of your images. There’s also a great Free Lyve app that gives you instant access to any of these photos and videos from any device, no matter where you are. It’s super easy – just download the Lyve app from itunes or googleplay on all of your devices, and it does the rest – it even backs up any new photos instantly!

One gift guys can always use too is grooming tools, and Wahl is definitely the way to go. Their latest and greatest are the Lithium Ion Trimmer and Elite Pro Series Clipper. They cover it all, from head and face. Both feature patented ground blades for a smooth and even cut every time. A lot of guys are can be very particular about grooming tools, but guys will definitely want to have a look at these—and they’re sold at major stores nationwide for under $70.

If you’re trying to get as much done in one place as possible you might also shop at GameStop—it’s a great place to find all your gaming and tech gifts this season. They have great deals on new and pre-owned gifts like video games, consoles, gadgets, and accessories. This year among their hot deals is the Xbox One—they’re offering the system in a bundle with digital copies of two Assassin’s Creed games. What guy wouldn’t be happy with a new gaming system?

10 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Online

10 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Online

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Technology for parents & kids: Hints, tips, online safety strategies & more.

Whether you’re worried about social networks, texting, apps, video games, online privacy or other growing areas of high-tech concern, it bears remembering: Keeping kids safe in today’s online and always-connected world requires a multi-pronged approach. As with any form of technology, the most effective strategies are proactive. Educate yourself on new innovations and teach kids positive computing habits, and they’ll be better equipped to make good decisions when they encounter questionable content. Below, you’ll some practical tips for doing just that.

  • Remember that homework is for parents too: Always study, research and go-hands on with new technologies to make more informed decisions.
  • If time’s tight, get a crash course on new offerings, trends and features by visiting popular product review sites or searching for online tutorials, e.g. “How to Turn Off iPhone Purchases.”
  • Besides employing kid-friendly software, apps and web filters, educate children on online dangers and encourage them to speak up when questionable content or situations are encountered.
  • Use the parental controls built into popular entertainment devices, video game consoles and operating systems, and password-protect your settings – but don’t employ easily guessable choices like birthdays and anniversaries.
  • Activate privacy features built into popular social networks to limit strangers’ access to personal status updates, photos and videos.
  • Confine screens to common household areas such as playrooms and dens, so usage and play habits can be monitored.
  • Establish predetermined times when usage of high-tech devices is permitted or banned (e.g. during dinner), and always shut screens off at least one hour before bedtime.
  • Create and enforce house rules: Experts recommend no more than 60-120 minutes of screen time daily, balanced with other low-tech activities. Some families add or subtract time as a reward or punishment for children’s behavior.
  • If you’re worried about children’s online interactions, use programs’ and devices’ built-in features to turn off Internet connectivity, disenable digital purchases and restrict interactions to pre-approved friend lists.
  • Talk about safe online spending, and if you allow kids to make purchases, consider restricting these abilities to prepaid cards.

Gadgets and Gifts: High-Tech Holiday Gear

24 November, 2013 Life No comments
Gadgets and Gifts: High-Tech Holiday Gear

The holidays are coming up quick, meaning that if you haven’t picked up the perfect present for everyone on your list, now’s a good time to start thinking about what gadgets, gear and gift options to grab. Between two new video game systems, high-powered and eye-catching smartphones, and numerous new ways to work and play, the good news is that plenty of viable options exist. Better still, the beauty of technology as a gift-giving choice is that it appeals to everyone, is bound to be used day in and out, and (thanks to downloadable add-ons, upgrades and streaming media choices) will sustain friends’ and loved ones’ interest longer than ever before. So if you’re on the fence about what to buy for everyone, consider browsing through an ever-growing range of consumer electronics: There’s no shortage of awe-inspiring choices to pick from.

Not a high-tech enthusiast? Have no fear. In addition to growing power and performance, one of the most exciting trends we’re seeing today amongst gadgets and mobile devices is growing accessibility, and ever more approachable user interfaces. Whether you’re looking to beam down high-definition (HD) songs, movies and TV shows to your living room, access a variety of useful apps, or check out the latest books, magazines or breaking news reports on-demand, everything’s now literally a click or call away. Which, of course, will prove a boon to both families and working professionals: For less than ever before, in more ways than ever before, you can access a growing range of practical and cost-affordable entertainment and productivity options. So if you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to pick up a new tablet PCs, grab a new sound bar for your home theater, or make the jump from paper to electronic books (eBooks), the holidays present a perfect excuse to give your life a 21st century upgrade.

Seriously – after 25 years in this business, even we are floored by the sheer scope and capabilities of the technology solutions on offer today. From portable media players to 3D gaming handhelds, wireless all-in-one printers to Swiss Army knife-life two-in-one hybrid PCs/tablets, we’re enjoying a golden age of gizmos unlike any experienced to date. Best of all, with Black Friday coming up, you won’t find a better time to browse the virtual aisles, as the week promises some of the best deals of the year to date. Skim through some of the recent collections of attention-getting accessories, gadgets and gear we’ve posted online at eBay, for example, and you’ll find just a few of hundreds of great options available in every category.

Which, of course, brings up another good point: If you’re no fan of long lines, or fighting tooth and nail for parking at the mall, online shopping provides a handy alternative this holiday season. Among its biggest pluses is the ability to browse far larger aisles than you’d find at local retailers, and have presents shipped right to friends’ and family members’ homes in just a matter of days. Note that there’s still plenty of time to grab gadgets and gear, get them to recipients’ front steps in time for the holidays, and do so without breaking the bank thanks to growingly fast and affordable shipping options as well. However, whichever route you choose to go when buying selections from the latest high-tech toys to hottest new family gaming picks, be smart about where you spend. Only buy the features you plan to use regularly, and those that promise to be most practical for your situation – there’s no need to spend extra just to feel as if you’re keeping up with the Joneses.

Wherever possible, we always recommend going hands-on with devices to see how you like their feel and design, and shopping around for deals from different vendors to see who offers the best mix of value as well. Some welcome options can be found in our recent collections of high-tech picks, which we’ll continue to post and update over at eBay, and here at TechSavvyMag.com as the coming weeks unfold. But don’t be fooled: A little searching around on sites such as these will also reveal dozens of additional deals in virtually every consumer electronics category. In fact, you might even want to consider getting loved ones and acquaintances gift cards and certificates as a present. Sometimes, the chance to browse through buying listings and top gift-giving picks can be every bit as fun as receiving a ribbon-wrapped present.

No matter if you’re looking for ways to entertain yourself on road trips and cross-country flights, or looking to swap out an old PC or laptop, it’s our pleasure to keep you up to date on the latest and greatest new high-tech options. Naturally, we welcome any and all suggestions from you and your family as well: By all means, please reach out and contact us, or post your own collections online, if you have added suggestions. In the meantime, we wish you and yours the best this holiday season – and the best of luck choosing from all those shiny new HDTVs, Bluetooth speakers, and mobile devices. If this year’s crop of connected gadgets is an indicator of what’s to come, 2014 looks to be an equally bright and promising year for fans of everything electronic.

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