Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gadget Gifts That Will Wow This Holiday Season

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gadget Gifts That Will Wow This Holiday Season

Can you believe Christmas is next week? We are exactly one week away from Christmas Eve but don’t worry, there’s still time to get great gifts for those on your list. In fact, today we’re sharing gadget gifts that are sure to wow your recipients on your list this holiday season. As they say, “the future is technology”, and the gadget gifts we’re showing you today will not disappoint.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gadget Gifts That Will Wow This Holiday Season

We’re highlighting conventional and unconventional tech gifts from some of our favorite gadget brands, including Anker, GE, Urbanista, iOttie, Kingston technology, and Feit Electric. Some of these will add better function and some fun to your winter pandemic life. Let’s get to know these really cool holiday gadget gifts.

1. ANKER NANO CHARGING KIT, $19.99

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gadget Gifts That Will Wow This Holiday Season

A dead or almost dead phone can be extremely stressful. Being homebound has everyone spending more time on Social Media or participating in Zoom meetings, dates, hangouts, etc. All of this can drain your phone’s better rather quickly. The Anker Nano Charging Kit comes with everything you need to get and stay powered up quickly. The kit includes the Anker Nano, a 60W 2-port charger, a C-to-C cable, and a C-to-lightning cable, which makes a holistic charging solution for all new Apple products, including iPhone 12, new iPad and Macbook, as well as other smartphones and tablets. Charge all your devices 3X faster than the standard iPhone charger, with this 20W ultra-small charger. At only 1″ thick, the Anker Nano proves great things come in small packages.

2. iOttie iON Duo Charging Stand + Pad for iOS, $59.99

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gadget Gifts That Will Wow This Holiday Season

The newest launch from iOttie is another charging must-have. We love it because we have been experienced damaged charging ports and/or faulty charging cords and this fantastic gadget can rescue your device from being “unchargeable”. This dual charging device features fast-charging solutions compatible with any Qi-enabled smartphone or accessory. Key features include two LED charging indicators, ideal viewing in landscape and portrait modes, and a sleek and subtle fabric-wrapped and rubberized design. Not only does it work incredibly fast, but its design aesthetic is also perfect as desk decor whether it’s work or home office. We think the iON Wireless Duo Fast Charging Stand + Pad will be a big holiday gift hit for anyone.

3. GE LED+ Speaker Bulbs, $24.99 – $49.99

LED+ Speaker Bulbs

Welcome to the new way to enjoy your favorite music, podcasts, and other audio. Fill your favorite room with joyous sounds with the  LED+ Speaker Bulb. This innovative lightbulb includes a built-in speaker that connects to your smartphone and tablet via Bluetooth. The best part, no additional app is required. To fill your entire home, just link up to 10 bulbs for a simple wireless sound solution. Installation is fast and easy; you don’t need a hub or wifi, just screw in the bulb and pair to Bluetooth for a wireless multi-room sound system. The LED+ Speaker Bulbs are compatible with fixtures that require a general-purpose A19/21, floodlight BR30, or 6-inch recessed lighting fixture.

4. Urbanista London In-Ear True Wireless Earphones, $149.00

Urbanista London In-Ear True Wireless Earphone

 

Next on our 2020 gadget gift guide is Urbanista’s most advanced in-ear true wireless earphone with active noise canceling and ambient sound modes, the London In-Ear True Wireless Earphones. With the London Earphones, you can choose to silence the outside world or let the sound in. It features Active Noise Cancelling that reduces unwanted sound with superior precision, while the new Ambient Sound Mode will enforce and define outside voices without the need to lower the volume or hit pause. The London also boasts 5hrs of playtime with an additional 4 charges in the case, customizable silicon tips, 25hr battery life, in-ear detection, touch control, and is compatible with all Qi-certified chargers. Available in five great colors, you’ll truly get the most out of your listening experience.

5. Kingston Technology Nucleum USB-C Hub, $49.99

Kingston Technology Nucleum USB-C Hub, $49.99

For those who are tired of lugging around heavy laptops and wish your notebook had all the great features that laptops do, there is a solution. The Nucleum USB-C Hub from Kingston Technology features an HDMI Output, USB-A, SD, and MicroSD Card Reader; allowing you to connect up to 7 devices, like a mouse, monitor, and other accessories to your notebook. The 7-in-1 Type-C Adapter connects USB 3.0, 4K USB C to HDMI, SD Card and microSD card ports, USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 Data port, and USB Type-C Power Pass through port for Macs.

Need to make space or declutter your memory? Use the Nucleum to offload photos and videos. This multi-tasking gadget is incredibly travel-friendly. It also allows you to power up one device, charge another, and a connect to USB Flash drive simultaneously. In a world where we need a multitude of things done, the Kingston Technology Nucleum USB-C Hub is here to help.

6. Feit Electric OneSync Under Cabinet LED Lighting System, $39.97 – $59.97

Feit Electric OneSync Under Cabinet LED Lighting System, $39.97 - $59.97

We’ve stated many times that we’ve been spending more time in our kitchen. This pandemic has made us realize there are several things we need to make staying at home a better experience; whether it’s pantry staples or kitchen tools. The Feit Electric OneSync Under Cabinet LED Lighting System falls under the latter category. Sometimes the overhead kitchen lights don’t quite hit under the kitchen cabinets; especially if you are using energy-efficient come sin.  bulbs. And that’s where the Feit Electric OneSync Under Cabinet LED Lighting System comes in. Illuminate under your cabinets and control the lighting system within a 50ft. range, even if they are on different walls.

No matter which of these gadget gifts you give this holiday season, we know the recipient will be very happy with your choice. We’d love to hear which of these are your favorites and which you’ll probably also buy for yourself.

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

As humans, we try a lot of things to improve our overall wellbeing. Whether it’s taking vitamins in an attempt to enhance memory or contributing to the $111.4 billion spent on furniture and bedding to help us sleep better, we’re continuously striving to improve our health. The newest innovation on this path to wellness is a platform called Xen that uses non-invasive ear-based Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) to deliver a variety of lifestyle and wellness benefits.

Made by Neuvana, a team of wellness practitioners, physicians, and expert engineers, Xen is designed to be used as you go through your daily activities. While you’re watching television, listening to music, or commuting to work, Xen safely and gently stimulates your vagus nerve.

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

Unknown by many, the vagus nerve is an important communication pathway between your brain and the major organs in your body. When you stimulate your vagus nerve, you activate your body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the “rest and digest” functions of the body. By activating this system, you can promote a calm, positive mood, enhanced focus, balanced breathing, and improved digestion. You can even encourage better sleep. About three-quarters of people say they get a more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with a fresh scent, but you can also get this type of high-quality sleep by regularly toning and strengthening the vagus nerve.

One of the most common ways to stimulate the vagus nerve, and experience its calming effects, is through chiropractic care. However, Xen now offers a more sustainable method of stimulating the nerve, as you can incorporate it into your regular activities instead of having to make appointments with your chiropractor.

Xen by Neuvana is science-backed and physician-invented. Richard Cartledge, MD, FACS, is the Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Boca Raton Regional Hospital as well as an inventor who has over 100 patents. He is also the inventor of Xen. Dr. Cartledge was familiar with the vagus nerve and after reading multiple studies on stimulating it, he became passionate about finding a way to make VNS available to everyone.

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

Xen by Neuvana provides VNS to anyone who wants it by sending a gentle, calming electrical signal to the part of the vagus nerve located in the ear through specially designed earbuds. The platform offers multiple waveforms in the Neuvana app. All the user has to do is pair Xen with their music library or streaming app and then the music selection will drive the calming signal. The experience is highly personalized in this way, as the signal syncs to the pace and harmony of the user’s chosen song.

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

The signals from Xen will also sync to television shows and even ambient sounds. This allows the platform to drive optimal VNS based on the user’s unique environment. As VNS helps you reach a state of calm, this platform integration allows you to achieve this calmness as you enjoy your favorite activities, whether that’s attending a concert, watching a movie, or just walking around your neighborhood. If you live in Manhattan, where the average sale price for a condo is $1.9 million, Xen gives you the opportunity to turn what can be stressful city sounds into stimulation that calms your entire being. You can restore balance and calm to your life wherever you are without having to add an activity like yoga or meditation to your to-do list.

If you want to invest in your wellness, do so through Xen. You can pre-order Xen by Neuvana today by visiting www.neuvanalife.com.

Austere Tech Accessories Launch Event

Austere: Tech Accessories That Combines Design & Performance

Admit it, the only time you’ve cared about the “other tech accessories”, the audio and video cables, is when you’re moving. Why do we barely acknowledge the tech accessories that keep our devices working? We think it’s because aesthetically, they’re quite forgettable. At least, they were until the introduction of Austere tech accessories. This range of spectacularly designed, technologically superior power and connecting products, created by founder and CEO Deena Ghazarian, represents the intersection of flawless design and advanced technology. We had the pleasure of attending the launch of these high performing audio and video accessories for a first look at the brand.

Austere Tech Accessories Launch Event

What makes the Austere tech accessories different from the rest? The Austere tech accessories boast products with purpose and style. It features a range of connecting and power products; this includes eight cables, two power products, and one product to clean and protect your devices. The products are designed with intent, from it’s superior materials to the injection of color. They are all visually stunning and will match your home decor. The cables, which are constructed for flexibility and strength, boast Kevlar-reinforced windings and Austere’s signature braided WovenArmor.

Austere Tech Accessories

From State-of-the-art active HDMI Cables, Banana Adapters, Optical Audio Cables, Subwoofer Cables, Audio Interconnect Cables, and Speaker Cables to innovative 6 and 8 outlet Power Strips that feature Omniport USB ports, and 45W USB-C PD ports for your laptop.

The aDesign housing of the HDMI Cables are visually stunning with a purposeful slim design, ideal in tight installations. The lightweight and durable Power Strips feature Flameless MOV circuits and thermally protected outlets. Key attributes to keep you safe from home electrical fires. The Speaker Cable boasts fine-stranded, 100% pure oxygen-free copper that’s been highly refined to improve conduction and prevent corrosion.

Austere Tech AccessoriesAustere Tech Accessories

We’re big fans of women who are doing big things in the tech world. With Austere, Deena is doing amazing things in the audio and video accessories market. Until this brand, we hadn’t seen anyone fill the audio and video space in the luxury market. At the event, we had the opportunity to get to know Deena Ghazarian and her wonderful range of Austere products; check out our IGTV video sit down with Deena.

Austere Tech Accessories Launch Event

Want to learn more about the luxury brand and its technologically superior products? Head over to www.austere.com to get to know the complete range of available audio and video accessories.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Engineered for Life: Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Sometimes in life, you have to make adjustments. Whether it’s something big like spending habits or diet, or something small like beauty products or changing their headphones. For us, the increase in temperature meant we had to put away our over-the-head headphones for a pair that’s a bit more non-overheating. We always stay active and use our headphones for music and calls, so we needed a pair that was engineered for our life. We found exactly what we needed in the Jabra Elite Active 45e wireless headphones.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Not only does this Bluetooth earhook fit comfortably and securely over our ears, but it also boasts a battery life of up to 9 hours on a single charge. We can listen to our music and take calls with being completely unaware of what’s going on around us (safety first, always). Other features of the Jabra Elite Active 45e include 2-microphone call technology which allows us to seamlessly switch between listening to our music and making calls, with crystal-clear sound. Another aspect we love is its voice command capabilities. If you so desire, you can seamlessly and instantly connect to your Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. Go from listening to music to a phone call to setting appointments, having your messages read to you and more.

Comfort-wise, the Jabra Elite Active 45e is wonderful. It fits comfortably around our ears and our heads with no need to adjust. We don’t have to worry about it shifting while we’re in motion and of course, we’re not left overheated. Love to run in the elements? These boast IP67-rated waterproof durability, with a 2-year sweat and dust warranty. The Jabra Elite Active 45e pairs easily with any smartphone and can be customized to your needs with the Jabra Sound+ app. Making adjustments like accessing your most-used widgets or selecting your preferred voice assistant can be done with a touch of a button.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones App

The Jabra Elite Active 45e wireless headphones retails for $99.99 each and is available in three colors – navy, black, and mint. Choose your favorite color on www.jabra.com.

2018 Gadgets for holiday tech lovers

Holiday Gift Guide: Cool Tech Gifts to Give This Holiday Season

One of the easiest gifts to give are cool tech gifts. They’re cool not just because of their looks but because of how they make our lives easier and more fulfilling. Whether your gift giving list is filled with music lovers, home office owners, gadget geeks, or anyone who wants to make their lives a bit smoother, these gifts are sure to delight. We’re sharing a few of the wonderful gifts we discovered at Pepcom. We know we’d love to receive as holiday gifts.

 

2018 Gadgets for holiday tech lovers

  1. Ultimate Ears Bluetooth Speakers – The BOOM3, MEGABOOM3, and WONDERBOOM Bluetooth speakers are definitely on everyone’s lists this holiday season. They are super-portable, boasts a balanced 360° sound, deep bass, one-touch music control, and are water, dust and drop proof. Any of these would be cool tech gifts to give your loved ones this season.
  2. Logitech Pro Ultra Wide Angle HD Webcam – Stay in touch with family and friends with this 1080P HD video webcam that boasts a wide field of view, 4x zoom capabilities, easily connects to your PCs or Macs with no additional software required, effortless pan and tilt capabilities, and so much more.
  3. Aquio X iHome Waterbottle & Bluetooth Speaker – Hydrate your body and soul with this sleek water bottle that quenches your thirst for water and music. The 16oz bottle is BPA-free and boasts double wall insulation. It keeps your beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 14 hours. At the bottom of the bottle is a detachable iHome Bluetooth speaker so you can enjoy music anywhere you go.
  4. WD MyCloud Personal Cloud Storage – in the era of hackings and doxing, it is essential to NOT have personal photos and information roaming around in shared cloud storage. With the WD MyCloud, you can completely back up your computers, smartphones, tablets, at the safety of your home. Available in 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB, you can keep everything safely in one place.
  5. Polaroid Mint Instant Print Digital Camera – Love the feeling of having actual photos? You’ll love this 2-In-1 digital camera and printer. This wonderful, travel-friendly camera allows you to take 16-Megapixel photographs and prints them instantly on 2”x3” sticky-back paper. With 6 easy picture settings, some of which includes vibrant Color, black & white, or vintage effect, you will enjoy making memories.
  6. PureGear Fast Qi Wireless Charging Pad – The horror of a dying phone battery will be a distant memory when you gift this cable-free, fast charging pad. By simply placing your phone on the pad, everyone will enjoy an enhanced charging experience. It is compatible with most Qi-enabled phones and devices, has a micro-USB charging connector, and 10W fast charging. All this makes it perfect charging while traveling. Anyone who owns a smartphone will want this charging pad.

What are your thoughts on these cool tech gifts? Would you love to give or receive them this season?

Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator

At one point in our lives, we’ve all had to or tried to learn another language. Let’s face it, it’s very beneficial to be bilingual or multilingual, whether it’s for a job or just to enjoy life more. For many it’s easy to fully immerse yourself into a language and pick it up quickly, for some, it’s a bit of a struggle. What do you do if you’re a part of the latter group and want to travel? You pick up a Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator, that’s what!

The Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator that provides two-way verbal communication between people that don’t share a common language. Unlike text translators that require one to stop and enter each sentence word for word, one simply talks into this device and it automatically translates the phrase or sentence and “speaks” the translation to the other person. Imagine if you’re traveling and want to eat at a restaurant where English is rarely spoken, with this wonderful travel essential, you can not only order your meal, but also ask questions with ease. Need directions in a foreign country? The Live Conversation Speaking Translator will be the companion that helps you ask the right questions to get you back to where you need to be.

This wonder gadget verbally translates 12 languages without requiring internet access including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. When connected to the internet, it verbally translates 21 additional languages including Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, and Polish, and provides text translations for an additional 19 languages.

“It can be intimidating to visit a foreign country and not be familiar with the language,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Nick DiMarco. “This translator helps eliminate that stress by providing a simple way to communicate across every continent.”

We tried out Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator with a few people we know who spoke Spanish, Turkish, and Russian. The result was always the same…..WOW!! We loved the ease of translating entire sentences instead of singular words and the fact that this brings us all closer together as human beings. You really can have an entire conversation with someone who speaks a foreign language. We do have a few tips to get the best usage out of this revolutionary language translator. When using it, we do advise that you enunciate properly or it may interpret your words as something else. If you are using wifi, make sure the connection is strong as it will help get your translation results quicker. One aspect we truly loved about Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator is the fact that you can save phrases you’ve already used for quicker use later. This helps a lot if you are in a bad wifi spot or are pressed for time. We highly recommend this tech device if you are travelling, you will end up having an event better time.

Could this device help you with your travels? Tell us what you think of it. Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator is available from now for $349.95 on www.hammacher.com.

Express YOU with the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle Collection

This Spring, add some color and some much-needed flair into your daily life with the latest expressive portable Bluetooth speakers from Ultimate Ears, the WONDERBOOM Freestyle Collection. These water-proof, pint-sized must-have music accessories not only blasts amazing sound, they also float in water, they are now available in five fashion-forward colors. They may be small in stature, but the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Portable Speakers are big on sound and are perfect for pool parties, beach trips, and camping – basically wherever you want your favorite music.

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle Collection is about big sound and the freedom to express your style in a trendy, tough and tiny speaker. The collection, which retails for $99.99 each, is an ultimate mashup of music necessity and fashion accessory. Inspired by global music and fashion trends, the fashion-forward colors of the collection include (in order as seen above):

  • Concrete: Your look is everyday neutral but never basic. Concrete is inspired by urban texture, paint splashes, and shadows.
  • Avocado: Your style is subtle and understated. With Avocado, you’re always ready to “guac” and roll.
  • Patches: You wear your heart on your sleeve and plaster your personality through patches and pins. Patches is a punch of personality to denim.
  • Raspberry: You’re never afraid to go bold. Raspberry is fresh, hot and juicy.
  • Unicorn: Magic is your middle name. Unicorn is a delightful color melt of pastels.

Key Features of the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM include:

  1. A surprisingly big sound: The WONDERBOOM packs bright and bold sound with balanced bass into a pint-sized speaker. Enjoy your music in true 360° sound like never before.
  2. 10 hours of happiness: Enjoy up to 10 hours of battery life with this wonder portable speaker.*
  3. Double the speakers, double the fun: If you think one WONDERBOOM sounds great, you’ll love how they sound together. Turn things up by connecting two WONDERBOOM speakers together with the press of a button.
  4. Easy Play, Pause and Skip: Control your music right from the speaker. Pressing the Ultimate Ears button on the top of the speaker lets you easily play, pause and skip songs.
  5. It’s virtually Indestructible: This little beauty is also a beast. This tough little guy is drop-proof from up to five feet.
  6. It’s seriously waterproof: It is IPX7 rated (it can be immersed in water up to one meter for up to 30 minutes) and able to float on its own, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM is the perfect companion for showers, pools, beaches, muddy fields and rainy days. If it gets dirty, just rinse it off.

With summer around the corner, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM will show off your style and keep the music playing.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Tech the Halls with Bundles of Gadgets

There was a time where tech gifts only referred to cellphones, computers and the like, but with the fusion of technology into almost every industry, many holiday gifts have surpassed being in one category. Technology is finding it’s way into everything from fashion, food, and of course our home life. Things like mirrors and candles now boasts innovative technology. The following 2017 Holiday Gift Guide highlights some of the must-have holiday gifts ideas to keep your home life running seamlessly and in some cases, wirelessly.

We know looking for the perfect gifts for the loved ones on your Christmas and Holiday shopping lists can be a chore. Allow us to show you some great gift ideas in our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide that they, and you will love.

  • iHome iZM100 Meditative Light + Sound Therapy Candle, $69.99 – Imagine enjoying a candle that never goes out, doesn’t get hot, and won’t burn out. This candle will not only shimmer and dance like a real candle, it also delivers meditative lighting & sleep therapy effects to keep you focused, relaxed and able to fall asleep fast using the renowned 4-7-8 method inspired by yoga breathing techniques.
  • iHome iCVBT2 Reflect Vanity Speaker, $79.99 – Getting ready to go out, whether to work or play can seem tedious. Why not let your mirror entertain you? Who doesn’t love listening to their favorite music while getting ready. This distortion free mirror with bright accent LEDs and high and low settings, streams audio wirelessly via Bluetooth from your mobile device. Enjoy features like playlists, weather, news and other requests with the help of Siri and Google Now.
  • Norton Core Router, $279.99 – The future of WiFi is here. This very stylish secure router is the perfect security device for your connected home. The Core boasts a built-in dual core processor at 1.7GHz, and more memory and flash storage than typical routers. It simultaneously transmits at 2.4GHz and 5GHz, so your smart devices connect to the best available band. It supports speeds up to 2.5 Gbps1, ensuring amazingly fast 4K streaming and lag-free gaming, and its beamforming antenna tower focuses WiFi directly to devices in the distant corners of your home. Say goodbye to dead zones in your home.
  • Logitech Keys-to-Go Portable Keyboard, $69.99 –  Stylish, incredibly lightweight, and portable, this envy inducing keyboard is the ideal companion for all iOS and Android Devices. If you find your fingertips are too sizable for your tablet or smartphone’s on-screen keyboard, keys-to-Go is just what you need. This stand-alone keyboard boasts well-spaced keys, iOS or Android keyboard shortcuts for productivity, a durable FabricSkin that wards off dirt, crumbs and spills, Bluetooth wireless pairing, and a weight of only 6.35 oz. It’s the portable keyboard you can take anywhere
  • Omron Heat Pain Pro TENS Unit Electrotherapy Device, $89.99 – Wouldn’t you love to ease your muscle pain from the comfort of anywhere in your home? Combining soothing heat for achy muscles with TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) technology, the Omron Heat Pain Pro® TENS Unit superbly relieve acute muscle and joint pain. As writers who tend to spend hours in one position, we can attest to the incredible pain relief we’ve enjoyed from this device. This safe and effective health device relieves multiple body pains. It offers 6 pre-set body pain modes (arm, lower back, leg, foot, joint, shoulder) and 3 massage modes (tap, knead, rub) with 20 levels of intensity to help relief multiple pains throughout the body.
  • Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Computer Stereo Speakers, $99.99 – Get ready for outstanding, premium sound right at your desk. The elegantly crafted Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Computer Stereo Speakers boasts Logitech Easy-Switch™technology that lets you seamlessly switch between audio sources. It delivers balanced audio that accurately reproduces the sound artists intended with a 10° backward tilt puts you in the listening sweet spot. It features silver accent rings, motion-activated back-lit controls and high-end fabric covers for the most sophisticated appearance. And gives you the capability of pairing Bluetooth devices with a light touch to the motion-activated, back-lit controls on the speaker front. What more can you ask for?

What are your thought on our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide? Are there any other tech toys you’d like to see highlighted in our next 2017 Holiday Gift Guide installment?