Tech. It’s everywhere and we’re connected all the time. Some 40 Zettabytes of data — that’s 40 trillion gigabytes — will be bouncing around cloud computing networks in 2020, so it’s only fair to rein things back into a realistically graspable technical arena and start getting acquainted with the neatest new techie gifts that’ll be on all sorts of wishlists this holiday season.
Whether your brother is an avid gamer or your bestie has been eyeing the newest headphones, you can find the perfect gifts for your loved ones in the tech world. Let’s take a look at the top techie gifts you can get for the tech-lovers in your life for the holidays this year.
1. Slim Folio
The Slim Folio is a product from Logitech, one of the biggest names in the consumer gadget industry. This folio acts as a protective cover for your Apple iPad while also giving you a keyboard for it that is as well-designed as any on a standard laptop. The keys are large and well-spaced and the keyboard even includes a full row of iPadOS shortcut keys. The Slim Folio includes a storage spot for your Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon and will adapt to your typing position, whether that’s on your lap as you cozy up on the couch or you’re sitting at a desk to get some serious work done. The Logitech Slim Folio currently costs $99.99.
The Slim Folio Pro provides an even more enhanced experience than its counterpart with an all-in-one backlit keyboard. This case fits the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro and costs between $119.99 and $129.99.
Another Logitech product, Crayon is a pixel-precise digital pencil that is compatible with all iPads made in 2018 and later. Crayon works with any app that supports Apple Pencil, allowing you to do things like take handwritten notes, mark up PDFs, or draw digital artwork. You won’t experience any noticeable delays when using Crayon and you can even rest your hand on your iPad’s screen when drawing without confusing its touchscreen technology. Logitech Crayon costs $69.99.
3. BRIO 4K Pro Webcam
Hailed as Logitech’s best webcam, the BRIO 4K Pro Webcam offers 4K UH and 5X zoom for stellar video quality. The webcam’s features provide support for infrared-based facial recognition to strengthen login security. With about 87% of small businesses experiencing a security breach in 2012 alone, companies and individuals alike need the latest tech to protect themselves from cyber dangers. The advanced features of the BRIO 4K Pro Webcam also allow you to look great in any illumination and offer several FOV options. This Logitech Webcam costs $199.99 and makes wonderful techie gifts.
4. Jaybird Headphones
With so many people using music streaming services like Spotify now, almost everyone is looking for the best way to listen to their beloved artists wherever they go. Jaybird has a line of high-tech headphones that are perfect for the music-lovers on the go. The Jaybird Tarah features a streamlined design and provides six hours of high-quality wireless sound per charge. They’re fully waterproof and outfitted with comfortable silicone ear gels and the Speed Cinch cord adjustment system to achieve the perfect fit. The Tarah also gives you one-touch access to your smartphone’s Google Assistant or Siri, allowing you to manage calls while running, training, or riding. The Jaybird Tarah costs $99.99.
The Jaybird X4 has many of the same features of the Tarah but offers eight hours of high-quality wireless sound per charge. The X4 also comes with interchangeable tips and fins to provide a customizable fit for any ear size. The Jaybird X4 costs $129.99. The Jaybird Tarah Pro is the most advanced of this headphone line with an industry-leading 14-hour battery life. It also features SnapLock magnetic buds that fasten around your neck and automatically turn the music off when you’re not using them to conserve its battery life. The Jaybird Tarah Pro costs $159.99.
Jaybird’s latest release is the Jaybird Vista, a completely wireless set of earbuds that offer a high-quality audio experience. About 36 million Americans experience some degree of hearing loss, but the premium sound quality that comes out of these headphones can make anyone feel like their hearing is as good as it was when they were young. These earbuds each have 16 hours of battery life that come from a compact charging case, giving you 32 hours of uninterrupted independent bud use. Just a five-minute quick charge for each bud will give you an hour each of playtime. The Jaybird Vista costs $179.99.
5. Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
This keyboard is one of the fastest in the market with Logitech G’s Lightspeed Wireless technology that provides a pro-grade 1ms report rate. Even a professional stenographer who is required to type over 225 words per minute can’t communicate information that quickly. The Lightspeed keyboard also has five on-board programmable G-keys, allowing you to put whatever custom macro sequences and in-app commands you need at your fingertips. The G915 Lightspeed Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard has an MSRP of $249.99.
6. Ultimate Ears Bluetooth Speakers
These colorful Bluetooth speakers from Ultimate Ears combine playful design with a high-quality listening experience. The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 has 13 hours of battery life and is dustproof and waterproof, even floating when it meets water. These protective features paired with the all-new Outdoor Boost, which gives the speaker a louder and crisper sound in outdoor settings, make it your perfect companion for outdoor adventuring. The WONDERBOOM 2 costs $99.99.
The Ultimate Ears myBOOM 3 is a fully personalized Bluetooth speaker with all of the protective features of the WONDERBOOM 2. While many electronics need to be stored between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain peak condition, the myBOOM can withstand nearly everything mother nature has to throw at it. To make the speaker uniquely yours, you can choose from a range of modern fabrics, select colors for different parts, and even add your name or other text on the back of the speaker. Since you design it, the speaker is made to order and will ship within three to four weeks. The myBOOM 3 costs $179.99.
7. Logitech Wireless Mouses
Whether you need a wireless mouse for everyday use or the ultimate gaming experience, Logitech has you covered. The new Logitech M325C Collection offers a wide array of designs to match your unique style, whether that’s cheery florals or rugged camo. This wireless mouse is easily portable, comfortable, and will stay powered for up to 18 months. Although the average computer mouse harbors about 21,000 germs per square inch, you can easily wipe down this small and durable mouse for the best hygiene practices. The mouses in the M325C Collection are extremely affordable at just $29.99.
Logitech also offers high-tech computer mouses for gaming. The MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse is Logitech’s most advanced mouse yet in their Master Series. It’s quiet, fast, and offers instant precision and endless potential for advanced users. The G502 Wireless Gaming Mouse is made for serious gamers, with the next-generation HERO 16K sensor and POWERPLAY compatibility. The mouse has an ergonomic design for hours of comfortable gameplay and is seven grams lighter than previous models for optimal speed. The MX Master 3 costs $99.99 while the G502 has an MSRP of $149.99.
Shopping for the holidays can be a challenge, but these techie gifts and gadgets will make the struggle much easier for you this year. There’s something for everyone on your shopping list and they’ll be sure to remember your thoughtfulness for years to come with these wonderful techie gifts and must-have gadgets.
Despite the evolving nature of technology in today’s digital age, there are certain things that haven’t adapted as fast. Approximately 30% of iPhones suffer from some type of damage during the course of a year, something that hasn’t really changed, and from those cracked screens we send billions of text messages without thinking about how long it’s been since texting has evolved.
While our smartphones have made us forget about T9 Word predictive texting from 1995, there’s another stage in the evolution of SMS messaging on the horizon from the smart messaging platform Gupshup.
Revolutionizing the modern text message
Gupshup may be a startup, but it’s not the first startup created by Beerud Sheth, the company’s founder. Sheth has founded many other companies and co-founded Elance, which recently went public on Nasdaq as Upwork.
Gupshup, which was the first company to pair up with WhatsApp Business as an enterprise messaging partner, currently has a turnover of 700 crores and is growing at a rate of 30% a year. Many tech startups and platforms use Gupshup to reach out to their customers.
“The messaging app hasn’t changed much over the years, right from the feature phones to the latest smartphones, it’s still just a simple list of plain text messages,” said Sheth in an interview with Business Insider. “That was okay 20 years ago, but now there’s a ton of messages that come in. Though personal messages have shifted to WhatsApp, enterprise messages still find their place in text.”
Clearing the clutter in messaging
Gupshup will be introducing new AI-powdered SMS categorizing software to clear up the clutter in messaging. The software works by looking at enterprise messages and classifying them as e-commerce, real estate, banking, or others.
From there, any important information is extracted from the text and shown to you in a simple card. Sheth says the idea of the software is to give you a kind of personal assistant who goes through your texts and gives you the information you need.
Gupshup is currently partnering exclusively with OnePlus to launch the AI-powered SMS software. For optimal privacy, the software will be running entirely on the device and doesn’t send data to any server. Every device you use will have its own software.
How does the AI-powered software work?
You can either have the software pre-loaded onto your new device or have it installed on your existing device through an over-the-air update. Once the upgraded messaging app is on your phone, you can use it to make reading text messages easier.
Here’s how it works. When a new message arrives in your inbox, the messaging app will analyze the message and classify it by identifying which category the message belongs to. Then the messaging app extracts the key factors in the message and identifies the important information within it.
Finally, the app visualizes the message to the user by rendering the message as a card. Cards enable the user to focus on the key information because it reduces clutter.
For enterprises, this messaging app opens a new door of opportunities, especially now that a growing number of employees are working remotely when up to 86% of U.S. workers commuted to work just six years ago. With this new technology, enterprises can improve customer engagement, decrease customer support costs, and increase read time.
Instagram influencers have been a widely discussed topic of conversation in recent years, for better or for worse. On average a wedding photographer will deliver 300-400 photographs. On Instagram, it’s not uncommon to see an account, and even stories, with hundreds to thousands of pictures.
Now, there are ways to make your pictures even more interactive. Unlike traditional moving photos (AKA cinemagraphs), which rely on a series of burst shots or videos to make the image move, the Plotaverse app starts with an image and uses patterns within the picture to encourage movement. The result is a gif-like image that you can share on social media for the whole world to enjoy, AKA Plotagraphs.
These photos could, potentially, be the new wave of photos on Instagram. Just take a page out of Patricia Manterola’s profile and see how she’s been using Plotagraphs to gain more than 100,000 Instagram followers. It takes people about 10 seconds to form an impression of your brand, so let’s see how Patricia Manterola has been using Plotaverse to grab peoples’ attention
How Manterola’s Instagram following boomed thanks to Plotagraphs
Patricia Manterola gained worldwide recognition through her Mexican music group Garibaldi and her Instagram was a reflection of her fame. With more than 600,000 followers, the Latina superstar is no slouch when it comes to entertaining her fans, both on and off social media.
In honor of her new song, Manterola posted a series of sultry plotagraphs on her Instagram account. Mesmerizing more than 44,000 viewers, these looping images showcased gorgeous moving waves around a fashionably dressed Manterola. In the span of a single day, Manterola watched her followers surge from 600k to over 700,000.
“I love when success stories like this happen,” notes CEO and Plotaverse owner Sascha Scheider. “Content Marketing has grown into a $326 billion dollar industry. Imagine trying to stand out and grab attention when […] billions of individuals are posting videos every day. It is our mission to stay ahead of the curve in market and tech trends.”
Other celebs can’t resist plotagraph
But it isn’t just Manterola who has been bolstering high follower numbers on her Instagram. Since socialite Paris Hilton started posting Plotagraphs almost every day, her numbers have skyrocketed from 80,000 to 11 million. The star has continued this trend with her new fragrance release “Electrify.” After all, up to 90% of customers that are engaged with a brand will buy more frequently than customers who aren’t engaged. It just goes to show that a little sparkle can go a long way.
Ariana Grande also hypnotized fans while promoting her recent interview with Elle Magazine. The starlet tossed her hair in the cover and used the Plotaverse app to give her hair a surreal spin on her Instagram page. While the original photo by Alexi Lubomirski was absolutely beautiful, the plotagraph was the perfect touch to whoo millions of fans online.
Even surrealist makeup artist Mimi Choi got a shout-out on the Joe Rogan podcast for her creative use of the Plotaverse app. Her Halloween-inspired makeup tripped out thousands of fans on her Instagram page. She was able to achieve such a successful plotagraph thanks to her patterned design. This is because plotographs work best when they have a recurring image or pattern to mimic. The end result is a perfectly repeated loop sure to confuse and entertain any follower you have.
Is the plotagraph the next “it” thing? Such cool innovations have sparked interest for celebrities but there are several industries that can benefit from such moving images. It’s estimated that up to 50% of homes don’t sell the first time they are listed. Could plotagraph be used for more than just celebrity Instagrams? You’ll have to download it yourself to find out.
When it comes to black women and hair, rain can sometimes be our kryptonite. However, the torrential downpour could stop several black beauties from celebrating the rebranding of Dark & Lovely. For over 45 years, Dark & Lovely has proudly dedicated its legacy to catering to the hair care and styling needs of African American women. In celebration, the haircare brand is unveiling a fresh and new modern look. The new logo and brand aesthetic were all unveiled at the rebranding event hosted by Kela Walker.
The rebranding comes on the heels of Dark & Lovely’s 45th-anniversary celebration in 2017, honoring its launch as the first at-home relaxer and hair color formulated specifically for African American women. The pioneering brand has evolved and is addressing the role hair plays in that expression with the Dark & Lovely campaign, “Dark & Lovely & __________.”
The Dark & Lovely & _______ campaign celebrates those who authentically express who they are and encourages women to recognize their infinite, internal power, helping them to find their individual voice.
“The Dark & Lovely consumer is bold, she is dynamic and she is constantly changing,” states Kristen Blandon, Vice President of Marketing at SoftSheen-Carsen. “To continue to be the brand she chooses for her evolving hair needs, we must evolve too!”
The first updated hair care products are they signature Fade Resist hair color and relaxer product lines. Fade Resist, $5.00, is the #1 hair color for women of color. Its new Nourishing Care conditioner is infused with Vitamin E and Argan Oil to help protect your hair from dryness. Offering 18 shades, the largest shade palette for women of color, the no-drip application provides up to 100% gray coverage. It locks in brilliant shine for up to eight (8) weeks of vibrant, rich conditioning color.
The Dark & Lovely Triple Nourished Silkening Relaxer $7.00, delivers salon-worthy results, leaving your hair feeling nourished and silky smooth. The new Relaxer System helps deliver the conditioning care needed for healthier looking hair. The No-Lye formula helps preserve five signs of healthy hair – moisture, shine, strength, softness, and body. With this new product update, you are able to relax any way you want; whether you want to retouch, tex-tax or spit treat (edges, nape, etc.) for style versatility.
The rebranded Dark & Lovely products are available for purchase at Wal-Mart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and www.amazon.com.
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The Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush promises a healthier mouth, improved gum care, whiter teeth, and a 60-day money-back guarantee. There are so many things we love about this electric toothbrush. What are our favorites? The smart timer that lets you know when you move to the other sections of your mouth, and the 5 brush modes (clean, white, massage, gum care, sensitive). Most electric toothbrushes, especially those on a lower price point, do not offer this many modes.
Why do we love the multiple modes? We love it because we can change modes while we’re brushing. This proved essential because we have a loose tooth that’s not quite ready to be extracted yet; the clean and white modes were both too strong for it so we switched to the sensitive mode for the quadrant of our mouth where our loose tooth was. It must be noted that switching modes restart the smart timer process, so you’ll have to shut it off manually. That, of course, can be done with one push of a button.
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Although there are those who love nothing more than to celebrate with a cocktail or tuck in with a glass of wine after a hard day, there’s a significant portion of people who would rather wind down with an ale or lager. After all, 41% of all adults chose beer as their favorite alcoholic beverage in 2014. But even though beer is one of the oldest drinks in the world, that’s not stopping companies from innovating. It’s not only about craft beer, either; it’s even getting to the point where the ubiquitous bottle or can may not be the best vessel to hold your suds.
Apparently, green beer isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day anymore, and the brewer knows this.
No, we’re not talking about color. We’re talking about eco-friendliness. It’s a topic more Americans are researching, meaning that many people are actively taking steps to reduce their environmental impact. For instance, some individuals are trying to decrease the activities that add carbon dioxide — a prevalent greenhouse gas that makes up 0.05% of the atmosphere — to the environment, which might involve driving less or switching to an electric vehicle. Others vow to ditch single use plastics, which are incredibly common in our society but are starting to become more highly regulated. Although we might still rely on other kinds of plastics, like those made from the reaction injection molding process, plastic bags and containers are being swapped out for reusable alternatives.
And then, of course, there’s the pledge to recycle more. Research has revealed that the majority of what we think we’re recycling ends up sitting around in landfills — often due to the unsustainably high costs associated with recycling and no way to send recyclable goods to other countries like in the past. But one popular beer brewer based in Denmark believes that their recyclable mission will still manage to make a positive impact.
Earlier this month, beer brewer, Carlsberg announced that the company is currently developing prototypes for its “Green Fibre Bottle,” a fully recyclable beer bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fibers. Essentially, it’s made out of eco-friendly paper and can be recycled after use. Although the world produced 411 million metric tons of paper and cardboard in 2016, not all papers are so environmentally responsible.
Carlsberg has actually developed two different prototypes — one that utilizes an interior barrier made of polyethylene terephthalate polymer film and the other with a “100% bio-based” polyethylene furanoate polymer film barrier. Although the bottles require the barrier in order to hold the beer inside, Carlsberg says that the company eventually wants to produce a completely bio-based bottle without any use of polymers at all. What’s more, the brewer has made a commitment to having zero carbon emissions at its breweries and to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030.
While the bottles are still very much in development, Carlsberg is taking its time to ensure that the taste of the beer won’t be altered by the packaging materials. And since many of the materials used in the paper bottles aren’t commercially available, the beer maker has teamed up with other major companies, including Absolut, L’Oreal, and Coca-Cola, to create better paper packaging.
Ultimately, Carlsberg doesn’t plan to replace its existing cans and bottles with the paper model, but they are hoping to provide customers with an additional option. It’s not clear as of yet how much beer in a paper bottle might cost; it is possible that eco-friendly drinkers might be willing to cough up a bit more for sustainability.
Until these bottles become available, however, eco-conscious lushes might do well to buy organic and local. Beer actually isn’t the most eco-friendly alcoholic beverage option, given the way this drink is made — but if you’re committed to enjoying a cold one, opt for a can. Although glass is recyclable, it’s heavier to ship (and aluminum is actually easier to recycle). Do your research on brewers that prioritize sustainable practices, too. That way, you can feel a little less guilty about your carbon footprint when you’re getting buzzed.