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?

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices: Game Changers in Hair Removal

A few years ago, we were introduced to a hair removal device that uses light-based technology (IPL or Intense Pulsed Light). This light technology hinders the growth of unwanted hair, but alas that device was not made for darker skin tones. That was then and now there is a hair removal brand that is a bit more inclusive. We’re here to introduce you to two SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices, SmoothSkin Gold and SmoothSkin Bare. Say goodbye to shaving and waxing!

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices

SmoothSkin is the only global expert brand dedicated solely to the design, development, and manufacturing of IPL hair removal devices. You won’t find any other consumer electronics such as toasters or vacuum cleaners in their wheelhouse, they are strictly dedicated to making only IPL devices. As you can imagine, these early pioneers of light-based technology are unmatched in the advancement of light-based beauty products and skin science. So how do these SmoothSkin IPL hair removal devices work? They are designed to help break the cycle of hair growth by targeting the hair root or follicle.

Please note, IPL is NOT a laser. Light energy is transferred through the skin’s surface and is absorbed by the melanin present in the hair shaft. The absorbed light energy is converted to heat energy (below the surface of the skin), which then disables the hair follicle preventing further growth. With the use of these SmoothSkin IPL hair removal devices, treated hairs naturally fall out over the course of a few days to 1-2 weeks.

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices

IPL differs from laser hair removal by using a much broader spectrum of light in various colors and wavelengths, whereas laser uses a single spectrum of concentrated light in one single color and wavelength. Both methods target the melanin in the hair follicle and can provide long-lasting results. Because laser treatment focuses light into the follicle and not the skin, it is often recommended for darker skin tones which may not be suited to IPL treatment.  Due to the way the technology works, IPL isn’t suitable for the darkest skin tones, or Fitzpatrick skin tone 6.

IPL is also not recommended for use on red, grey or very light (blonde) hair. All SmoothSkin devices feature a unique sensor that checks to see if your skin tone is suitable before treatment. SmoothSkin Gold features the latest in IPL technology, which automatically selects the right setting for you giving a personalized treatment for maximum results.

SmoothSkin Gold, $349.00

Being the most powerful at-home IPL device on the market, SmoothSkin Gold checks your skin tone with every flash and delivers powerful treatment specifically suited to you. They recommend you use it once a week for 12 weeks to capture your three hair cycles of growth. Once these have been treated, your hair will stop growing back and you’ll only have to do a few sessions every few weeks. The SmoothSkin Gold boasts a gentle mode which reduces its power; this makes it perfect to use on sensitive areas such as underarms or bikini line. The treatment should take a maximum of 20 mins for your whole body and can be used pretty much everywhere.

We just started using the SmoothSkin Gold as we are in the Fitzpatrick skin tone 5 range. Something we couldn’t say a few years ago as this technology wasn’t available to our skin tone. It will take a few uses to see the full results, but we can say the device is easy to use, and we haven’t experienced any skin irritations or discomfort.

SmoothSkin Bare, $349.00

The SmoothSkin Bare is the IPL game changer offering incredibly fast, permanent hair reduction. Being the fastest at-home hair removal device on the market, SmoothSkin Bare uses an Ultrafast Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). With 100 flashes per minute, you can treat the whole body in only 10 minutes. Thanks to the latest technology, SmoothSkin Bare offers unlimited flashes, so you don’t have to worry about running out. By using Bare once a week, you will see results from 4 weeks with best results around week 12.

Both devices offer dual-mode treatments making it quick and easy, the Stamp, and Glide modes. The Glide mode is for larger areas such as the legs or arms. You simply hold down the button and the device will keep flashing as you glide it across your skin. The Stamp mode works perfectly for smaller areas such as your underarms or bikini line. SmoothSkin conducts several clinical studies; their in-house clinical team makes sure their products are both effective and safe.

SmoothSkin Gold and SmoothSkin Bare hair removal devices are both available now on www.smoothskin.com.

The First Reports Of Facebook Dating Are In: Is It Worth It?

Facebook Dating has only been released in a select number of countries, but already we’re learning about the overall user experience. Now that the beta of Facebook’s dating app has hit Canada, the first Canadian users have begun to weigh in.

The verdict? It’s on par with other online dating apps, but a few bugs in the system make it difficult to use.

Journalist Ebony-Renee Baker details her interaction with the app in a recent Vice article. In true Vice fashion, she holds nothing back. She paints a vivid picture of lovelorn Millennials love-hate relationship with dating apps. Baker says Facebook Dating needs to fix the bugs to make it more usable, which is typical when tech companies are testing a new app.

Woman using dating app and swiping user photos

“When I select my distance preference to be within 40 km, age range from 26 to 35, and height within a solid 5’11 to 7 … feet tall, half of my suggested matches are basically the opposite of that. Instead, I’m getting dudes like 44-year-old Stephane from small-town Ontario, and wee Peter at 5’5″ even though I asked for them not to be there — no offence, guys,” Baker reports.

On top of that, Facebook Dating forces the user to send messages immediately to those you have tapped “interested” in. This means that you don’t match with someone to begin talking to them — as soon as you hit “interested,” a user can message whomever they want.

While this might open the door for people you may not have considered, this is inherently different from the match-to-talk options already proffered by more popular dating apps.

Countless people use online dating to find matches in real life. In fact, over one-third of married couples in the U.S. met through a dating site or app. Among those who identify as LGBTQ+ couples, almost 70% of them met online.

But that doesn’t mean those couples had to filter through plenty of bad dates, bot accounts, and creepy messages to get there.

Despite Ebony’s lackluster opinion on Facebook Dating, she did manage to go on one date with a man who lived down the street from her. Of course, it didn’t work out, but at least he wasn’t one of the 70 million bots Twitter has gotten rid of this year.

This is a stark contrast to the way couples met in the 1990s. In fact, more than 40% of couples met their partner through friends, followed by 20% of people who met in bars. But then again, the average cost of a honeymoon wasn’t more than $4,000 either.

It’s apparent that online dating isn’t going anywhere. But the final judgment on Facebook Dating? It seems like it’s too soon to count it out just yet.

Once the app fixes its bugs and spreads to more countries, the best thing we can do is try it for ourselves and form our own opinions. And write about it for the benefit of the rest of the world.

Tech Review: PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray

For the 10 of you that can effortlessly put on a screen protector on your smartphone with ease, you can bypass this post. For everyone else, we’ve got the answer to your unsteady hands, the PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray for Samsung. Whether you’re always having issues applying your phone’s screen protector or doing it for the first time, this is what you need. Say goodbye to bubbling, uneven applications, and bits of dust that always seem to get stuck to the sticky side of your screen protector. The PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray for Samsung makes applying your screen protector as easy as counting to three.

Made just for the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, and S9+, the PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray for Samsung features curved tempered glass perfect for the curved screen of the Samsung Galaxy. The tempered glass is scratch resistant, precision engineered for touch and swiping, boasts high clarity, and is unmistakably easy to install. Thanks to this great smartphone tool, you’re left with a bubble-free, case fit-friendly device that retains its high definition screen. PureGear provides premium quality products at an affordable price; and for the first time in a long time, our screen looks as clear as when we first purchased our phone without losing touch sensitivity.

Don’t have a Samsung smartphone? No worries, the PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray is also available for iPhone, Motorola, LG, and Google devices. PureGear also has screen shield options for blue light protection, extreme impact protection, and anti-glare. They are the go-to for what you need in screen protection and mobile device accessories.

What are your thoughts on this PureGear Glass Screen Shield? Could mobile device use some extra protection?  The PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray, which retails for $44.99, is available on www.pure-gear.com, www.walmart.com, and www.jet.com.

Pop Icon: Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display

Remember the days of waiting for your Polaroid pictures to magically develop? While those days of shaking your Polaroid pictures are long gone, you can still experience the magic of instantly seeing your photos develop, but with a digital spin. The Polaroid Pop instant digital camera boasts a touchscreen display that makes it ideal for capturing all of your favorite moments in the 3.5 x 4.25″ instantly and with the Polaroid border format you grew up to love. We love that combination of the modern digital technology and the old school Polaroid technology. So just as before, all you have to do is just pose, snap and print your pictures — no computer or printer required!

What are some of the features you can enjoy with the Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display? This great holiday gifting gadget features ZINK Zero Ink technology for instantly printing photos; a 3.97” color LCD touchscreen display (as you can see above); a 20.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, a Live Edit mode to personalize your pictures with various filters and stickers; the ability to edit, rotate, crop and draw on photos in Gallery; 1080p/720p full HD video recording capability; 15-second GIF recording capability to create your own gifs; Wi-Fi capability and a Self-timer; and even a photo-booth mode and digital zoom. Your photos and videos can be kept on microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC (up to 128GB) and boasts a free Polaroid Print App for iOS and Android. The Polaroid Pop also boasts some great coordinating accessories which I’ve highlighted below.

Accessories for the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera include:

Glam on the go with Retro Photo Frames – $14.99

 

Not Your Mother’s Clothespin Frame – $12.99

 

Fun and Decorative Border Stickers, Magnets and Frames – $14.99

 

‘Tis the Season for Stylish Polaroid Pop Camera Cases – $19.99

Quilted Photo Album for Storing Life’s Special Moments – $14.99

 

Photo Booth – the Inescapable Centerpiece for Your Next Party – $39.99

The Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display comes in six colors – yellow, black, blue, mint green, pink, and white. It retails for $199.99 each on www.amazon.com. Now that you’ve seen its modern update, what are your thoughts on the update of this iconic camera?

Beauty Technology: FOREO UFO LED Thermo Activated Smart Mask

What’s New in Beauty Tech: Foreo UFO: The Sophisticated Smart Mask

We have been on a face mask roll lately and our skin is loving it. This time around, we’re getting a lot more technological as we try out the Foreo UFO, the sophisticated smart mask. This smart, blue tooth-enabled facial mask combines groundbreaking hyper-infusion technology with innovative K-beauty formulas for a complete facial treatment in 90 seconds. You may already be familiar with and enjoyed some of Foreo’s innovative beauty tech devices, the Foreo UFO will also win your beauty-loving heart.

Beauty Technology: FOREO UFO LED Thermo Activated Smart Mask

UFO integrates thermo-therapy and cryo-therapy to push the mask’s essence into the skin’s surface and lock in moisture while reducing the appearance of pores. T-sonic pulsations gently massage mask essence into the skin, while full-spectrum LED light therapy completely rejuvenates skin—unveiling a refined, radiant complexion.

Beauty Technology: FOREO UFO LED Thermo Activated Smart Mask

It was lust at first sight and love at first use of the Foreo UFO Smart Mask at Pepcom. We relished indulging in this groundbreaking beauty tech device and transcendent smart mask treatment. As previously hinted above, the Foreo UFO combines advanced dermal technologies with exclusive Korean mask formulas for a decadent facial treatment in seconds. 90 seconds is all you need to enjoy the full benefits of this smart mask device. You’ll love everything about this innovative beauty device that will help to transform your skin’s complexion and give you a spa-worthy facial. We certainly do!

Beauty Technology: FOREO UFO LED Thermo Activated Smart Mask

The Foreo UFO offers a range of UFO-Activated, single-use masks and expert routines, optimized for specific skin care benefits. The individually wrapped mini sheet masks include Make My Day, Call It a Night, Matte Maniac, Glow Addict, H2Overdose, Shimmer Freak Eye Mask, and Youth Junkie. They are available in a box of seven per box for $9.99. We started off with the Make My Day mask, a lux red algae and hyaluronic acid face mask that left our skin looking and feeling hydrated, as well as protected. We are looking forward to trying the others, especially the Matte Maniac soon.

In 90 seconds, this wonder device will prep, moisturize, and protect your skin. Using the coordinating Foreo App, you begin with a Thermo-Therapy and revitalizing red LED light that smooths and preps your skin to absorb the mask’s full benefits. After 30 seconds, the UFO’s T-Sonic pulsations are added to the heat to help with absorption of the hydrating serum. During the last 30 seconds, the heat gradually decreases and the anti-pollution formula is locked into the skin while the LED gives your skin an instant boost of radiance for an all-day glow. With the UFO, you’ll enjoy three targeted photo facials in one at-home device.

Beauty Technology: FOREO UFO LED Thermo Activated Smart Mask

Exclusively developed for the flagship UFO model, Cryo-Therapy mode is an effortless way to diminish the appearance of pores and reduce puffiness. No need to stash skincare in the freezer – with the simple touch of a button, UFO instantly cools to refresh and invigorate skin.

The 100 percent waterproof UFO Smart Mask is easy to clean between uses and the included stand (not pictured) keeps your UFO where it belongs when not in use – on display.  It is USB-rechargeable, lightweight, portable, and is available in three colors – Fuschia, Mint, and Pearl Pink. Plus every UFO comes with a 10-Year Quality Guarantee and 2-Year Limited Warranty. Get your favorite color for $279.00 on www.foreo.com, Sephora retail locations, and www.sephora.com.

BIBO® is THE ULTIMATE™ cocktail machine

BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine: Cocktails in 20 Seconds

Do you know how much cocktails cost in a bar or restaurant these days? If you’ve ever eaten out, then you know a night out will cost you a lot per glass. What if you can enjoy bar or restaurant quality cocktails right at home at the touch of a button? Thankfully that “what if” question has become a reality thanks to BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine. The spectacular BIBO Barmaid cocktail machine will give you a great bar and restaurant perfected cocktail in 20 seconds.

BIBO® is THE ULTIMATE™ cocktail machine

Whether you’re making a cocktail for a night in alone for entertaining guests, the BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine lets you make and enjoy mixologist-crafted cocktails in less time than it takes to place an order at a bar. The minimal counter-space taking home appliance comes equipped with a shaker/shot glass, and three sample Bibo Cocktail mixers made in the USA (ours had the Cucumber Melon Martini, Tangerine Paloma, and Margarita).

BIBO® is THE ULTIMATE™ cocktail machine BIBO® is THE ULTIMATE™ cocktail machine Cocktail Mix Pouches

The Bibo Cocktail Mix Pouches come in a variety of popular cocktail flavors to make your next big party or casual get-together a success. They include Appletini, Cucumber Melon Martini, Margarita, Tangerine Paloma, Mai Tai, and Rum Punch. There’s a delicious cocktail for everyone to enjoy. Just slide each Bibo cocktail mix pouch into the machine, and add the appropriate spirit to the mix to enjoy the perfect cocktail every time. Each pouch contains the right amount to make a single cocktail serving. For our first cocktail, we did the Cucumber Melon Martini with Finlandia grapefruit vodka.

As we mentioned before, BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine is lightweight and takes a minimal amount of kitchen or bar counter space. It’s also incredibly easy to clean and can continuously make cocktails as long as you have Bibo Cocktail Mix Pouches on hand. Can you imagine the amount of money you will save in bar tabs? The average cocktail costs around $17 – $20 each and the BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine retails for $199.99. You are sure to get your money’s worth in no time with this amazing machine.

To get your own BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine in either black or red, visit www.bibobarmaid.com. We also recommend getting the Bibo Variety Pack 24-Count Cocktail Mix Pouches, $49.99, to try out all the cocktail mixes.

Product Photography: JOY Mini Clothes Steamer

Wrinkle-Free Clothes On-the-Go: JOY Go Mini Steamer with Storage Bag

If you’re like us, ironing is not your favorite thing to do. You may find most people hate ironing. We’ve always found steaming our clothes to be a quicker and much more efficient way to get those wrinkles out. Plus there is no way you’ll ever accidentally burn your clothes with a steamer, something we’re guilty of with an iron. But all steamers are not the same, we’ll show you why. There are some that leak, some with a subpar flow of steam, and the ones that burn you. The wonderful steamer we’re highlighting today has none of those issues.  In fact, the JOY Go Mini Steamer by Joy Mangano is the best mini steamers we’ve tried in a very long time.

Product Photography: Joy Mangano JOY Mini Clothes Steamer

This powerful little steamer is lightweight, and perfect for traveling. It is a must for college students going back to school. The 900-watt little steamer makes it easy to remove wrinkles from your shirts, slacks, and dresses whether you’re at home, school, or a hotel room. It features a triangle head that makes targeting wrinkles easier and more precise. Its unique shape also prevents tipping and spillage, therefore makes using it virtually fool-proof. With ordinary tap water, the JOY Go Mini Steamer produces steam within 2-3 minutes. We love the water-level view window because it shows you just how much water you have left. Check out the JOY Go Mini Steamer in action in the video below:

Storage of the JOY Go Mini Steamer is easy thanks to the included zippered bag. It’s great for storing away your mini steamer in your closet, car, or suitcase. Available in a variety of eight colors, you can even color coordinate your mini steamer with your decor. Get it in Black, Bright Teal, Fuchsia, Linen, Purple, Red, Sapphire, or White for only $19.95 on www.hsn.com.

Are you ready to give up your iron for the more efficient steamer?