Dads and Grads Gift Guide 2015

Dads and Grads Gift Guide 2015

With summer finally here, it’s that special time of year where it’s time to start thinking about the best gifts for Dads and grads again! But where should you start when picking the perfect present? We’ve compiled a few suggestions to help get your gift list started.

To begin with, if there’s one thing Dads and grads can agree on, it’s that Batman is the coolest caped crusader out there. Both will love his latest must-see video game adventure Batman: Arkham Knight, which you can pre-order at GameStop right now! As a special bonus for pre-ordering there, you’ll also receive the exclusive Red Hood and Harley Quinn Story Packs.

Another great reason to pre-order this weekend: it’s Batman Collectibles Weekend, so you can pick up exclusive t-shirts, a variety of action figures, and even a Batarang replica in store too.

And if you’relooking for a great Father’s Day gift that’s super affordable, you can also grab a pre-owned X-Box 360 at GameStop for under $60 after a mail-in rebate – it’s a great deal for anyone on your list this summer.

Of course tons of dads love playing golf too, right? So whether that special dad in your life is an experienced player or new to the sport, the TomTom Golfer GPS watch makes a great gift option as well.

It comes pre-loaded with data for over 38,000 of golf courses around the world. You can literally take it with you anywhere and know every inch of the course you’re on, and with its simple one-button control and extra-large display, it couldn’t be easier to use either.

It’s one of the only watches out there that combines preloaded distances, unique hazard graphics of each course, and wireless updates – who could ask for more? You can get it for a special Father’s Day price of $199 until July 12, available at TomTom.com and Amazon.

And we want to make sure we keep our dads and grads looking good on and off the golf course, right? Luckily, the gift of grooming is one that never goes out of style.

Two things guys should always look for in a grooming device are power and precision, and the Wahl Elite Pro Clipper and Lithium Ion+ Trimmer deliver on both. They offer twice the torque and feature Wahl’s patented ground-blade technology for a smooth, even cut every time.

In addition to their sleek, stylish design, they come with all the guide combs and accessories guys need to look sharp, whether it’s at home, at work, or heading off to college. And it’s an easy gift because you can find them at major retailers nationwide.

As you can see, there are tons of great gifts available for Dads and grads this holiday season – all of the above provide a great place to get started!

Back to School Gadgets and Tech

Back to School Gadgets and Tech

While it’s hard to believe just how fast summer has flown by, the new school season is finally here and in full swing for students of all ages. With millions of teens, tweens, and school-aged kids returning or preparing to head back to classrooms nationwide, now’s the perfect time to consider giving your family’s learning experience a 21st century upgrade. Offering a more engaging and interactive approach to lectures, lessons and guided instruction, technology provides a great hands-on complement to traditional teaching methods, helping kids get more out of every learning exercise. Here, we’ve teamed up with some top tech companies to highlight a number of great gadgets that can enhance education both inside and out of the classroom.

Right off the bat, one tip to keep in mind when shopping for a new computer, laptop or tablet is to start by picking an operating system that offers students lots of learning tools. With Windows 8 devices, for example, you get support for programs like Office 365 University, multitasking tools like Snap, study apps like Flashcards Pro, and free online backup and sharing with SkyDrive. There’s a wide range of Windows 8 devices for every need and budget as well: The OS is available on desktop, portable and tablet PCs alike. Right now, Microsoft is currently running a “Chip-In” program where friends and family can contribute money towards the purchase of a Windows 8 PC as well: Microsoft will actually chip in a 10% discount with free shipping and no tax – a great deal, especially if you’re on a budget.

One of many great laptops that runs the operating system and comes highly recommended for college and high school students is the HP Pavilion 11 TouchSmart Notebook, which is powered by the latest AMD A-series dual-core processor. In plain English, that means that students can enjoy a super-powerful, touchscreen laptop that’s well-suited to education or entertainment purposes. Lightweight and portable, the system also happens to be surprisingly affordable, clocking in at under $400. One feature you’ll especially enjoy about the HP TouchSmart notebook is that it can also resume from sleep mode in seconds for fast access to email, social media, music and more, given built-in AMD Start Now Technology. A fun and user-friendly study tool, it’s also an unexpectedly cost-conscious solution as well.

If your student is one of many who uses their iPhone to access educational apps and study, organize and learn, then you also know that battery life can be a concern as well. Thankfully, Duracell’s Powermat iPhone 5 solutions offer a way to more than double your iPhone 5’s battery life so you’re never caught without power. Its handy AccessCase protects your device, while snap-on, snap-off battery attachments let you pack as much power as you need and a portable TravelMat allows for easy to-go wireless charging. The company also just came out with its new wireless backup battery line called Go Power which works with both micro and regular USB port devices – i.e. many popular mobile gadgets. It offers three backup battery power options, so no matter how long students are away from power sources, they can keep their devices from dying.

If you’re looking for more awesome educational apps and gadgets, you might also check out the following solutions, just a few of many high-tech learning tools now available to students.

Apps

  • Evernote – Clips and stores text, photos, web pages and more so you never lose track of your thoughts.
  • PBS Parents Play and Learn – Offers fun games and activities that teach kids about math, reading and more.
  • Graphing Calculator – Saves you from buying a standalone scientific calculator.
  • Learn With Homer – Introduces children to the magic of reading.
  • Studious – Helps with planning and organizing homework assignments.

Gadgets

  • Kindle Paperwhite – The popular eBook reader offers on-demand access to thousands of textbooks, books, and periodicals.
  • Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case – Protects your tablet PC while adding a travel-friendly physical keyboard, great for typing longer documents.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro – Provides a powerful and versatile hands-on portable computing experience, marrying the best features of tablet PCs and traditional laptops.
  • Parrot Zik Headphones – In addition to awesome audio quality, these critically-acclaimed cans also offer noise-canceling capabilities, handy when studying in shared spaces or during late-night cram sessions.

From massively online open courses to learning apps, it’s clear that technology is quickly reshaping the face of education. The good news for kids, parents and teachers alike: You can’t find a better tool to instantly grab and engage students.

Top 10 Home Gadgets for 2013

26 February, 2013 Life No comments
Top 10 Home Gadgets for 2013

Technology is playing a constantly-growing role in our lives. We can adjust our house’s temperature from miles away. We can charge our electronics with the aid of the sun. Rooms can even sense when people are absent, and dim the lights accordingly. What comes next? Possibly state-of-the-art playrooms that project a virtual veldt complete with parent-eating lions. No need to worry about that just yet, though. In fact, you should relax and enjoy the savings and convenience that modern household tech can offer you. 

Here are the 10 best home gadgets for 2013. 

MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer – 3D printers generate perfect replicas of objects. Sounds like something out of science fiction, but it’s completely real—and the technology is coming home at a rapid pace. The MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer can “print” copies of objects utilizing a sturdy bioplastic. 

Voltaic Solar Charger Kits – Voltaic’s solar charging kits are available as portable adapters, panels, and even as backpacks. Each one utilizes the sun to charge up a multitude of electronic devices. 

Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch – Remember The Clapper, the device that turned lights on and off with audio cues? This works in much the same way, sans clap. Maestro’s Occupancy Sensing Switch uses sensors to turn on and dim the lights according to whether or not people are in the room. 

Fujitsu Lifebook 2013 – All-in-one devices are convenient, but the Lifebook 2013 goes above and beyond the call of duty. It’s a laptop, a camera, a phone, and a tablet. All of its parts buddy-up together for easy travel and storage. 

Raspberry Pi – Computers are vital components of our lives, and the Raspberry Pi ensures that everyone gets access to one regardless of income level. This simple credit card-sized board plugs into a TV and a keyboard and is capable of performing many of the same tasks as a full-sized PC. 

Google Glasses / Project Glass – Project Glass admittedly looks silly on the face of a human being, but these glasses allow you to surf the Internet hands-free via voice commands.    

Basis Band – The Basis Band is a must-have for fitness enthusiasts, or anyone who just wants to know their fitness problem areas. The band reads heart rate, blood flow, heat dissipation and sleep cycles, and then pushes you go beyond your previous limits. 

iPhone 5S – We’re almost certain to see the iPhone 5S before 2013 is done. Summer or Fall are popular estimates, and rumored features include improved durability and wireless charging. 

Lockitron – Lockitron should see release in 2013 thanks to a successful Kickstarter. This handy device lets you lock and secure your home from anywhere with a simple application. No more driving backwards back up your street to ensure that you locked the door before you left the house. 

SmartThings – SmartThings lets you monitor, secure, and control your house through your smartphone. You can also keep tabs on the comings and goings of your family. The device’s first pre-orders will ship in Spring 2013, so if you haven’t pre-ordered, do so.