Technology and Gadgets

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 9.04.07 PMJackery

Jackery is the new external battery that allows people to fully charge their phones (android, iPhone, windows, blackberry…) and tablets on the go. The Jackery charger is lightweight, fast charging, small in size and has a sleek design. The battery has up to 110 hours extra operation time.

The Jackery is Amazon’s #1 provider of premium portable batteries and comes in a variety of sizes including the Mini, Bar, Giant, Air (the world’s thinnest external battery) and the newly launched Leaf, Jackery’s first snap-on battery case (image on the right). It’s the perfect gift for the Dad who loves gadgets and is always on the go!

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Eyefi Mobi

Eyefi Mobi, a wifi enabled memory card, should be on the radar of every grad and dad. Capture those walks across the stage and all the adventures new grads take afterward and wirelessly transferring them to your smartphone, tablet, or desktop with the Eyefi Mobi. By backing up your photos directly to the cloud, it’s easy to keep albums organized, tag photos, and share favorites with friends and family on Facebook, Instagram, and more. Best part? Eyefi cards range in price from $50-$100, a dime in the bucket compared to new wifi-enabled cameras out there.

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Lightscoop 

How about a very cool product for the photographer (tech) dad of the family – as well as for recent grads who enjoy photography? Taking indoor photos with a Nikon, Canon or something similar is very tricky — red eye, harsh shadows, that unflattering deer-in-headlights direct light from the camera’s pop-up flash — it’s even known to make newborns and babies cry!

Lightscoop products offer you no-tears photography. You just slip it onto your camera’s hot shoe and it bounces the light from the flash up to the ceiling or wall just like pros do with their expensive strobes.

The result? Your indoor photos look as nice as your outdoor photos.

The Lightscoop Deluxe is $36.95 and the Lightscoop Jr. for advanced compact cameras is $18.95, available on the Lightscoop website.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-31 at 4.36.30 PMSANUS® TV Wall Mount

This year, stray from traditional Father’s Day gifts and treat dad to a new kind of accessory – a SANUS® TV wall mount. Offering a complete range of high-quality mounts, including full motion, fixed position and tilting, SANUS, the #1 best selling TV mount brand in the United States, will elevate dad’s entertainment experience and transform his man cave.

This Father’s Day, enter the SANUS Father’s Day Sweepstakes for a chance to win the ultimate gift for dad. Four lucky winners will receive a VIZIO 32″ E-Series Smart HDTV and a SANUS Premium Series VSF415 Full Motion Mount ($410 value) to give dad on his big day. From May 19 through June 12 simply “like” the SANUS Facebook page and agree to the official rules for a chance to win the ultimate media makeover for dad. Winners will be selected at random every Friday during the promotion period.

SANUS’ sleek mounting solutions are engineered with top industry technologies and tested to UL2442 standards, guaranteeing both style and safety. SANUS mounts are available at Best Buy, Costco, Target and Walmart stores, as well as local audio and video retailers nationwide.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-31 at 3.46.09 PMWi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215)

The Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215) and free mydlink Smart Plug mobile app enable users to control and monitor their home’s electronic devices from anywhere, anytime. It also has advanced power and scheduling features, which allow users to set power on/off schedules, turn devices on and off remotely and monitor energy usage at home or on-the-go. In addition, it is equipped with a built-in thermal sensor that will automatically shut off connected devices if they overheat.

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Dual Band Wireless RouterLinksys WRT  AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router

$299.99  on Linksys.com

Engineered to deliver best-in-class networking performance, the Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router delivers an unmatched user experience and ultimate Wi-Fi coverage for your home. We’ve upgraded the iconic Linksys blue-and-black design and outfitted the router with the latest Wireless-AC platform along with the industry’s first four antenna configuration with a powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM to provide exceptional signal strength and range to simultaneously support multiple users. We also added a unique dual eSATA/USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port to the Linksys WRT1900AC to conveniently connect an array of devices and experience lightning-fast transfer speeds.The WRT1900AC features exclusive SMART Wi-Fi software to monitor and control your network anywhere and anytime. It’s our first router to offer the Network Map smart tool, providing an intuitive at-a-glance view of your entire network. For advanced users who want to customize their firmware, the WRT1900AC stays true to its lineage by offering an Open WRT compatible firmware with Open Source ready capabilities that allow advanced users to expand the capabilities of the Router.

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ThunderboltThunderbolt Express Dock
$199.99  on belkin.com

The Belkin Thunderbolt™ Express Dock is an easy, powerful way to take advantage of Thunderbolt™ technology. The Thunderbolt™ Express Dock lets you use a single connection to create high-speed, reliable transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, including FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and daisy chaining multiple Thunderbolt™ devices. So taking your laptop when you go, and bringing it home when you return means connecting with only one cable.

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nio Tag, which prevents the loss of your smartphone and other valuables. As the first Bluetooth-powered security tag, you simply attach the nio Tag to any item you want to keep track of while out and about (i.e., purse, luggage, laptop case, child, etc.) or you can carry the nio Tag to secure a smartphone or iPad. Should you become separated from the item, an alarm will alert you – acting as a buddy system or an invisible, electronic leash. 

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Premium Virtual Surround Sound Bluetooth On-the-Ear HeadphonesMonoprice (www.monoprice.com) specializes in offering high-quality tech accessories for bargain prices on its e-commerce site. Here’s a selection of the latest from Monoprice:

Headphones and earbuds: Never miss a beat with these two new earphone products, perfect for music lovers on the go.

Premium Virtual Surround Sound Bluetooth On-the-Ear Headphones w/ Apt-X  ($80, Product ID# 10585)

These new headphones deliver a rich surround sound audio experience with impressive range in convenient and affordable package. Features include:

  • Ability to wirelessly listen to your favorite music while traveling, working out, or on the go.
  • Collapsible for easy transportation and has Bluetooth version 4.0 to sync with your iPod® iPhone®, Android phone, or other media device that uses Bluetooth.
  • The earpieces are composed of 2 woofers (50mm 32O) and 6 3D speakers (13mm 16O).
  • The headphones are rechargeable via Micro USB, and have a built-in 650mAh battery to provide up to 25 hours of playtime when using Bluetooth.

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Enhanced Active Noise Cancelling Earphones – ($67.92, Product ID # 10799)

These noise canceling earphones are perfect for those who don’t want to carry bulky headphones on their travels. Features include:

  • An inline active noise reduction (ANR) module, which helps eliminate up to 99% of external noise.
  • A second inline module that functions as an inline control for the music player. This allows convenient control of the volume, pause/resume playback, and to skip tracks forward or backward on Apple iPod and iPhone devices, while Android devices are limited to the pause/resume playback function.
  • Use the inline control to answer and drop incoming phone calls with a single press of the center button on the inline control module for both Apple and Android devices.

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10577Mobile chargers: Give your iPhone®, Android smartphone, or other USB device a charge with these Battery Backup and LED Flashlight chargers.

Battery Backup and LED Flashlight for iPhone®, iPod®, and other USB Mobile Devices ($24.31, #10575)This sleek battery backup appears as slim as an iPhone and features a 3500mAh capacity, which is enough to charge a smartphone from a dead battery to full at least once.The battery also features an LED flashlight so you can insert your keys in the door lock without fumbling around in the dark.

Battery Backup and LED Flashlight for iPhone®, iPod®, and other USB Mobile Devices  ($29.20, #10577) — This battery backup features a 5200mAh capacity, which is enough to fully charge an iPhone at least two times. Just plug your charging cable into the battery and it starts charging automatically. It has a maximum charge output of 1.5A. The battery also features an LED flashlight for use.

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Portable NFC Brick SpeakerMobile Audio: Take your tunes with you wherever you go with these new speakers.

Portable NFC Brick Speaker ($34.15, #10949)

Appearances can truly be deceiving with this compact speaker that delivers exceptional sound quality. Features include:

  • A 3 watts/channel stereo amplifier powering a pair of 4-ohm rated, 40mm drivers, which produce striking loudness and clarity for its compact dimensions.
  • Bluetooth and NFC capabilities.
  • A built-in 1200mAh rechargeable battery, which can provide up to 10 hours of music playback.

High Performance NFC Speaker ($38.30, #10619)

With a stylish appearance that resembles a throwback to the 1970s, this compact but powerful speaker provides a modern sonic performance comparable to much larger speakers or boom boxes. Features:

  • This speaker complies with the Bluetooth 2.1 specification, with the A2DP and HFP profiles.
  • It features a Near Field Communications capability, which allows you to pair the speaker to your phone simply by touching your phone to the speaker handle.
  • The A2DP profile allows you to control the volume and to skip tracks from the speaker controls and the HFP profile allows you to use the speaker, with its built-in microphone, as a hands-free communication device.
  • The Bluetooth connection has a range of up to 32 feet (10 meters).

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UWater – The Ultimate Active Lifestyle Companion
UWater offers the world’s smallest action audio gear that goes from sand to surf!  Designed to go anywhere, weighing just one ounce, the UWater G5 is a 4GB 100% waterproof MP3/FM player that can be attached to goggles, a headband, armband, swimsuit, wetsuit or belt so that you can play your favorite  songs or listen to audio books while out enjoying your favorite water sports, including swimming laps!  UWater G5  is available for $60 at www.gearedtobefit.com