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?

Staying Entertained on the Road

Staying Entertained on the Road

With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy some high-tech gadget entertainment thanks to devices like smartphones, tablets and portable video game systems. Hotels, like Hyatt Place hotels, are helping make stays more enjoyable for modern travelers and families with amenities like free in-room Wi-Fi and ample USB ports as well. Put the two together, and you’ll discover that downloading and enjoying music, movies and on-demand shows is more seamless and simpler than ever.

As a response to the requests we received through the Hyatt Place Seamless Travel Series, I’ve developed a list of the of the latest and greatest gadgets to keep you busy on the road, and keep the fun chugging merrily along, whether you’re cruising to your next destination via plane, train or automobile.

Lenovo IdeaPad A10

www.lenovo.com

Many tablet PCs offer vibrant HD screens, hyper-intuitive user interfaces and enough computing horsepower to play just about any clever new app you could imagine. But this affordable Android model also offers something that many value-priced rivals don’t: Dolby stereo speakers that make music sound more warm and vivid than anything you’d expect to hear from such a compact and lightweight carry-on. If you’re an audiophile, be sure to check it out. One listen is all it takes to hear the difference.

PS Vita

www.playstation.com

Players of all ages can enjoy video games on laptops, tablets and smartphones of every kind. But this supercharged handheldunit is the closest you can come to experiencing the power of your favorite set-top device to go without packing a PlayStation 4 along. Connect to the free in-room Wi-Fi available at hotels like Hyatt Place, and you can even seamlessly access favorite Internet and social media services such as YouTube and Facebook, or stream movies from Netflix. With hundreds of software titles available from a colorful puzzler to a soccer simulator, you’ll find plenty of great excuses to keep those thumbs moving.

Garmin Forerunner 15

www.garmin.com

Stepping out for an occasional jog is a great way to sightsee, better get to know the places you visit and stay fit while on the road. Strap on this connected sports watch, which tracks the number of steps you take and how far you travel each day, and you’ll have plenty of incentive to hit the ground running. Capable ofhelping you set daily activity goals, and plot workout plans accordingly, just give it a quick charge from one of your hotel room’s USB ports, slap it onto your wrist and off you go. Literally.

Samsung ATIV Book 9

www.samsung.com

Want to stay in for the night and curl up with a great flick, or browse the best that the Internet has to offer? This slim and stylish all-purpose ultrabook, which combines the best features of tablet PCs and notebook computers, is just the ticket. Boasting a sporty HD touchscreen, and easily connected to free Wi-Fi so you can access streaming movie and music services, it also offers speedy Web surfing capabilities. Pack it along on your travels, and you can enjoy a convenient solution for staying productive and entertained on the road for hours on end thanks to the system’s considerable battery life.

DC Comics

www.dccomics.com

From Batman to Wonder Woman, all it takes is a tap to make dozens of classic superheroes spring to life on your Apple or Android device. Just load up this nifty app, choose a comic to purchase and read, and you’re set for the better part of any flight. All sorts of favorite titles are available for browsing, including all-star turns by caped crusaders like Superman, the Justice League and Green Lantern, and parsing each issue isa breeze since you can swipe between pages and panels in seconds. In short, it’s like having an entire comics shop right there along with you in your backpack.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850

www.getolympus.com

Why settle for any old digital camera when you can grab one that’s waterproof, freeze-proof, shockproof, and otherwise “ruggedized” to withstand just about any other form of extreme travel you can throw at it? A novel tilting LCD screen also provides entirely new perspective on shots, so you can climb up on rocks or submerge the device in water, as well as snap one of a kind images from a number of eye-opening angles. Vacationerswill especially appreciate this surprisingly cost-conscious camera’s high-speed capture capabilities and wide-angle lens, great for grabbing shots of national parks or squealing toddlers sprinting by after downing a popsicle or five.

This post was sponsored by Hyatt Place as part of its Seamless Travel Series. The opinions are my own and based on my experience.

Summer Road Trip Hints and Tips

Summer Road Trip Hints and Tips

Looking to plan a summer vacation? We highly recommend taking road trips, as they can provide a great way to get out with the family and explore a new town or area of the country. Plenty are easy and fun to setup. However, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared before hitting the road. We’ve teamed up with some great companies to help you do just that.

For starters, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Oftentimes vehicle maintenance is pushed to the bottom of the to-do list, but it’s important to make sure your car is good to go before hitting the road. With 700 locations nationwide, Sears Auto Center has you covered. They have full-service and battery experts to help with any of your maintenance needs and super-reliable DieHard battery products keep you powered when you need it on the roadways. If you check out their website at Searsauto.com you can grab more info, including updates on all sorts of great deals like an oil change AND tire rotation for just 14.99 through July 26.

After you’ve got the inside of your car covered, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the outside covered as well. You can take care of your tires and trim with the new Turtle Wax Jet Black line of products like Endura-Shine Tire & Trim coatings feature exclusive breakthrough tint technology that restores finishes to their blackest black.  The Jet Black line offers powerful UV protection against future fading, so you can maintain your car’s sharp looks and luster. They have a great $7 mail-in rebate program going on right now through October, 31st so be sure to check out Turtlewax.com/jetblack.

Also be sure to have a look at Delphi Connect, which is a great gadget that helps keep you connected while on a summer vacation road trip. Plug this into your car and download the app, and you can get vehicle diagnostics alerts so you know when your car is having issues. You can check things out before you hit the road and also monitor along the way. Plus, it’s a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot in your car for up to 5 devices so your kids can stay connected and entertained on those long rides.

As you can see, it’s quick and simple to get yourself up to speed for any road trip, wherever your travels promise to take you this summer season. Happy trails!