Technology Gifts 2016 – Technology Gift Guide Roundup

roundup_30131_Image01UploadEpson Home Cinema 2045
Description: Bring the big-screen home with stunning, 2D and 3D 1080p images up to 300-inches. Featuring wireless streaming via Miracast and Intel WiDi, this projector provides movie and gaming buffs with an immersive holiday entertainment experience. Offering up to 3x Higher Color Brightness than competitive models, Epson 3LCD projectors ensure vibrant images. The projector features up to 35,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, advanced image processing, plus 2200 lumens of color brightness and 2200 lumens of white brightness.

Price: $849.00

Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank

Description: This holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving. The Epson® WorkForce® ET-4550 EcoTank all-in-one comes loaded and ready with up to two years of ink in the box – enough to print up to 11,000 black/8,500 color pages, and equivalent to about 50 ink cartridge sets. It delivers an unbeatable combination of convenience and value, with ultra low-cost replacement ink bottles and innovative refillable ink tanks. It’s ready when you are – with the freedom to print in color. Powered by PrecisionCore®, the ET-4550 delivers high-speed, laser-quality black text. Plus, auto 2-sided printing, 30-page Auto Document Feeder, and easy wireless printing from tablets and smartphones.

Price: $499.00

Epson PictureMate PM-400

Description: Present the photo lovers in your life with the ultimate personal photo lab. The PM-400 boasts a small footprint and high-speed processing power for hours of holiday memory viewing. This lightweight printer delivers beautiful borderless 4″ x 6″ and 5″ x 7″ photos. Featuring wireless printing, plus Wi-Fi Direct®, it prints from your iPad®, iPhone®, tablet or smartphone. Use the 2.7″ color display to preview photos. The PM-400 prints 4″ x 6″ photos in as fast as 36 seconds. Get stacks of photos with convenient Print Packs (includes ink cartridge and 100 sheets of 4” x 6” photo paper). Photos are smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant and last up to 200 years.

Price: $249.99

Epson Expression Premium XP-630 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer

Description: An ultra-slim, ultra-powerful tool for DIYers, photo enthusiasts and crafters. Print wirelessly and transform your holiday Facebook photos into custom coloring book pages, stationary and more with Epson Creative Print. Save time with auto 2-sided printing; or print 4″ x 6″ photos in as fast as 20 seconds. Easily print from your iPad®, iPhone®, tablet or smartphone — with or without a router — at home or on the go. The XP-630 prints vivid, borderless photos up to 8″ x 10″, and provides dedicated trays for printing photos and DVDs. Other features include a 2.7″ LCD, plus built-in USB and card slots3 for PC-free printing. And, you can easily print Facebook® photos, coloring books and more with Epson’s Creative Print App.

Price: $149.00

Atlec Lansing’s LifeJacket 2

Description: The Altec Lansing iMW577 Life Jacket 2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker features great sound, voice confirmation, and an onboard microphone for clear, hands-free communication. The rugged jacket is IP67 Waterproof/Dustproof/Shockproof rated and it FLOATS! With 16 hours of battery life and power bank capability you can remotely charge your smartphone anywhere and rock out all day long. For more information visit www.alteclansing.com

Price: $140.00 to $149.99

StarTech.com Introduces Thunderbolt™ 3 to Dual DisplayPort

Description: The new Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort Adapter offers revolutionary video bandwidth and simplicity by supporting two uncompressed 4K 60HZ (4096 x 2160) monitors, that’s nearly 16 million more pixels than an HDTV, from a single Thunderbolt 3 port. The adapter is Thunderbolt 3 port powered eliminating the need for AC adapters or Y-cables that clutter the desktop. The Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort Adapter does not require additional device drivers and does not lose video quality by splitting one DisplayPort 1.2 video stream or using lossy compression algorithms. The Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort Adapter is ideal for consumers, gamers, business professionals, and media creators who desire multiple displays with astonishing resolution, contrast, and color depth to see photos, videos, games, applications, and text with amazing detail.

Price: $99.99

Caseco Duo Connect Case

Description: As the first combination of its kind, the Duo Connect Series is a military-tested phone case coupled with the world’s smallest universal car mount. The drop-proof case has a built-in magnetic ring that secures to the Core 360º mount in seconds, offering superior protection and hands-free driving, and won’t demagnetize credit cards. Priced at $69.99, available for both the iPhone 6/6S and the iPhone 6/6S Plus.

Price: $69.99

NOTTI Group

Description: NOTTI connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and illuminates your space with a different color of light when you receive an incoming call, SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook update, IFTTT notifications, etc.. Notti can make waking up for school that much easier since it also serves as a wake up alarm light, and can sync to your music. The NOTTI can also be customized with your choice of colors to reflect apps and calls!

Price: $49.99

Denver Broncos eyn case

Description: The new NFL & NCAA iPhone 6 eyn cases, which stands for “everything you need”, comes complete with the same features that made the original design a must-have iPhone accessory. Its compact design and easily accessible ‘wallet’ allows fans to breeze through strict security by carrying just their phone, ticket, credit card and some cash. Sports fans can now leave their bulky purse or wallet at home and store all of their necessities in one place. The eyn case also offers protection for your phone if dropped and stays securely shut to keep all your essentials safe. Making the eyn case even more useful, the inside storage department has an attached mirror giving users a resource for last minute touch ups. The case also doubles as a stand when the storage compartment is open – great for watching your favorite team’s highlights or easy navigation to the stadium on your iPhone. And for those who want to treat it as a mini purse, the included wrist strap allows for easy carrying.

Price: $39.99

Ditto by Simple Matters

Description: Imagine a world where you and your readers can put your phone away to enjoy every moment, without missing what’s important—select calls, messages or even social media updates. Ditto is a discreet waterproof device that allows you to customize how you stay connected without constantly checking the phone (or having it on you). Ditto can be slipped into a jean pocket, clipped on a strap (even a bra strap) or worn on a band and works for everyday life, staying fit and at work. The device will vibrate when all (or just the important) texts, calls, emails and other notifications come through. It will also alert you if you’re about to leave your smartphone behind, say at the gym or restaurant, and can serve as a silent morning alarm.

Price: $39.95

Caseco ScreenFlex

Description: The ScreenFlex™ flexible glass screen protector an ultra thin, durable design that is made of flexible glass substrate—plastic composition but the look and feel of real glass. It offers shatter and scratch-proof protection and superior pressure sensitivity to work for new 3D-touch, ideal for all applications and games. Priced at $34.99, available for iPhone 5S, 6/6S, 6S Plus, SE, Galaxy S5, S7 and LG G5 phones.

Price: $34.99

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Caseco Blu-Toque Bluetooth Beanie Review

Caseco Blu-Toque Bluetooth Beanie provides warmth and music on cold winter nights.

I love music. I try to take some with me everywhere I go, and it’s actually kind of rare that you don’t see me with headphones on in some form. This is the one time of year this lifestyle sort of falls short – the winter. In my part of the world, when it gets cold – it gets really cold. So, it’s hard to go out and about without covering my ears and head. Fortunately, Caseco designs a form of Bluetooth headphones that are safely concealed inside a sock hat-beanie. Honestly, when I got the chance to review it I thought, “Review a beanie…what?” Then I found it was no ordinary beanie.

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Caseco makes products that are ‘designed for life’ and made to ‘fit your lifestyle and meet the demands of your busy workday.’ And as such, they have an entire line of Bluetooth Beanies available to keep you enjoying your music, while also keeping your head and ears warm. Caseco has a unique way of delivering music to you with their built-in earphones, Bluetooth technology, and even a microphone so you can accept phone calls without removing the hat. The electronics are completely removable so that you can clean the fabric of the hat without damaging the unique nature of the Bluetooth Beanie.

Caseco actually has more than 60 styles of Bluetooth Beanies. I tested the Relaxed Chunky Cuff Blu-Toque beanie in gray. The style is very sleek and smooth, and looks like a standard beanie. The Blu-Toque beanie is universal and works with any Bluetooth device – not just your phone. The knit is made from a synthetic wool and certainly keeps you warm. The beanie charges in about 2 hours and gives you approximately 6 hours of music time.

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The Blu-Toque beanie has really been a great addition to my winter weather gear this season. It connected to my phone easily and provided a excellent sound. The one thing I don’t like about this Bluetooth beanie is the cable that connects the two speakers together inside the hat. The cable is supposed to be hidden under the fold of the beanie and you can easily keep it hidden by keeping the cable under the flap, but this limits how stretchable the beanie is on your mind cap. So I’ve found, and maybe this is how it’s suppose to be, that if you pull the cable out and let it hang freely, not hidden, then you can stretch the fabric and adjust the beanie as you need. The downside there is that now the cable is visible. To me, it’s not a deal breaker though.
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The Blu-Toque Bluetooth Beanie is a very nice option for listening to music on the go in the cold. It’s got a premium sound and does a great job keeping your head and ears warm.

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Christmas Apps to get you in the Spirit!

There’s an app for just about everything these days – including Christmas.
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There’s a popular app that turns your family and friends into goofy looking elves complete with a hilarious video of them dancing that you can share with the world. There’s even an app that allows your children to track Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve. We have rounded up some of the best Christmas apps to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Google Santa Tracker (Free)

Google’s Santa Tracker is much more than your average tracker, you can use the app everyday during the weeks leading up to christmas as a hub for festive activities. Called Santa’s Village, you can test the weather conditions with Rudolph, help the elves prep and learn about holiday traditions like kallikantzari–little creatures that eat Christmas cookies.

NORAD Tracks Santa (Free)

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Use this app to follow and track Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve. The app teaches you about the NORAD program and its mission, you can also play the Thin Ice game where you help Santa’s elves deliver presents.

The Elf Adventure: A Christmas Story for Kids ($0.99)

This popular app is an advent calendar, Christmas countdown clock and a storybook-game in which you help the elves save Christmas. There are 24 episodes and a new game to play everyday.

Elf Yourself (Free)

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By now this app has become a Christmas classic, with new features and dances added every year. You upload up to five photos of yourself, family and friends then select a dance theme and it generates a video featuring your photos superimposed onto holiday dancing elves.

Talking Santa (Free)

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This app is pretty straightforward; speak into your device’s microphone and Santa repeats your words, includes other characters like the talking tom and friends and you can even create 3D video greetings and Christmas cards.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas ($3.99)

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This interactive book app gives you three options: Read it Myself, Read to Me, or Auto Play. All options come with highlighted narration and include sounds and images from the animated classic.