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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?

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.

Holiday Gifts: Capture & Print the Moment w/ Kodak Printomatic Camera

We are in a digital where memories will disappear after 24 hours and god forbid a there is a digital outage because you’d lose all the photos you do save. There is something very special about looking at printed photos days, weeks, years after you’ve captured those moments. There’s also something to be said for sharing those photos, not within the digital space where they get lost in the trillion other photos, but with your loved ones…..instantly. Thanks to the Kodak Printomatic Camera and the Kodak Photo Printer Dock, your memories can be instantly captured, printed and shared with your friends and family. Here’s your chance to bring back the nostalgia of capturing and sharing your Kodak moments……instantly.

The Kodak Printomatic Camera is a brand-new, stylish, instant-print camera that instantly prints high-quality, full-color photos right from the camera body, making it the ideal all-in-one solution for capturing and sharing beautiful, vibrant prints instantly. This new point-and-shoot contemporary camera is the perfect balance of digital and analog technology. The Kodak Printomatic Camera features a maximum resolution 10-megapixel camera. No computer connection or Wi-Fi is needed to utilize, and it produces 2×3” smudge-free photo prints without the use of ink cartridges, toner or film necessary. Your printed photos are durable, water- and tear-resistant with an adhesive back. allowing you to stick it anywhere.

The full highlights and benefits of the Kodak Printomatic Instant Print Camera include:

  • Maximum resolution of 10-megapixel camera
  • Built-in flash
  • Built-in lithium-ion battery
  • Two picture modes: vibrant color, black & white
  • Low battery indicator
  • Printer status indicator
  • MicroSD™ card indicator
  • MicroSD™ card slot
  • Slots for neck strap
  • Available in grey or yellow

The Kodak Printomatic Instant Print Camera, which comes with a USB cable and a Quick Start Guide, is available now for $69.99 at major retailers and online including Amazon. Kodak Zink Photo Paper comes in 10, 20 and 50 packs and a memory card are sold separately.

For those of you who already have photos on your smartphone that you’d love to instantly print out, then the Kodak Photo Printer Dock is exactly what you need. They’ll be no need to worry about transferring files, just connect your phone to the to the Kodak Photo Printer Dock via the micro USB,  IOS adapter or via WiFi and print as many of your photos as you wish from the cloud and memory cards via the Kodak Printer Dock App.

The innovative Kodak Photo Printer Dock prints amazing true color 4×6 photos while simultaneously charging up your devices. What’s more, you can spice up your photos with cool filters, stickers, and design templates for free right on the Kodak Printer Dock App. After your edits, you can easily download your favorite photos to share on social media. You can even grab a screenshot of your videos and print it!

The full highlights and benefits of the Kodak Photo Printer Dock include:

  • One-Touch Printing: Connect to the printer by directly plugging your devices to the dock or connect via WiFi through the Kodak Printer Dock App
  • Legendary Kodak Quality: Print fade-resistant 4×6 photos in radiant color and stunning detail thanks to D2T2 4PASS Technology
  • Simultaneous Charging and Printing: No power, no problem, as the innovative dock powers up to two smart devices while printing
  • Supports Multiple Devices: Dock features five-pin micro USB for Android (with an additional custom iOS adapter for iPhone) and USB Host for printing from iPhone, iPad, Android, Digital Camera or USB Memory Stick
  • Retain Creative Control with Companion App: Download the Kodak Printer Dock app for picture-perfecting filters, stickers, card templates, collage maker and much more; access photos and print directly from social media; grab screenshots from video to print
  • Maintenance-Free Ink Cartridge: One cartridge for all models and colors comes in three different sized sheet packs: 40, 80 and 120 print sets
  • All-in-One-Kit: Ready to roll right out of the box – ships with Kodak Photo Printer Dock, power adapter, manual, 10-photo cartridge and paper pack

The Kodak Photo Printer Dock retails for $139.00 and supports Android, iPhone, iPad, digital cameras and USB with convenient one-touch printing capabilities directly from the smartphone or device.

Both the Kodak Printomatic Camera and the Kodak Photo Printer Dock make wonderful gifts for yourself or anyone on your holiday gift list. Will you be adding them to your holiday gifting list?

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?

SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive M3.0: More Storage Space for Android Phones

As a writer who covers a lot of events, we always end up taking an obscene amount of photos and videos on our phones, especially when it comes to having photo content for social media. As you can image, these photos and videos take up quite a bit of space on our smartphones. Many times to the point of receiving that dreadful “storage almost full” message, which can affect the overall performance of your smartphone. There is an answer to this Android phone storage issue, the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0. Thanks to this tiny gadget with micro-USB and USB 3.0 connectors, we don’t have to limit the amount of pictures and video we take. Great things really do come in small packages!

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 for Android smartphones can instantly free up space or transfer files to and from your phone, so you can take more pictures and videos. Thanks to its micro-USB connector on one end and a USB 3.0 connector on the other, the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 lets you move content easily between your Android devices, whether it’s your Android smartphone or tablet to your laptop or desktop computer. PC or Mac, it doesn’t matter, the Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 seamlessly connects it all. This USB 3.0 connector is high-performance and backward-compatible with USB 2.0 ports. For example, the high-speed USB 3.0 lets you transfer a full-length movie to the drive faster than with a standard USB 2.0 drive(3), up to 150MB/s.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 for Android is available in five storage sizes: 16GB ($10.95), 32GB ($13.99), 64GB ($21.99), 128GB ($34.99), and 256GB ($69.99). This mini device also comes with a great companion app. Available from the Google Play store, the SanDisk Memory Zone app lets you view, access, and backup all the files from your phone’s memory in one location. It can also automatically move files from your device to your drive to free up space.

Don’t worry iPhone users, SanDisk has a flash drive for your iPhone and other Apple devices as well called the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. Just like the Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 does for Android phones, it does for iPhones, iPads, etc.

Batteroo Boost: Battery Life and Performance Extender

We’re all experienced this – your smoke detector beeps non-stop, your remote control stops functioning, or the flashlight you haven’t used in a while is dead. What do you do? You take out the batteries and toss them in the trash, right? What if we told you there’s actually more power in those “dead” batteries, and we know how to get full use of it. We’re happy to introduce you to Batteroo Boost, the micro-thin sleeve that slides over regular disposable batteries to give them improved life and performance. It can bring your perceived dead or “Zombie” batteries back to life.

Many of the batteries you are about to throw away, still have unused energy left. It’s just that the battery’s power has gone below the needed voltage level for these devices to work. To get the full power from these “perceived dead” batteries, slip on a Batteroo Boost as it taps into all that unused energy and watch your “Zombie” batteries come to back to the land of the living.

Don’t waste money on new batteries to get great performance, just slip on a Batteroo Boost from the start and your device will perform at its best until all the energy is used up. Whether your device is an active load device, like a digital camera or a TV remote, or a passive load device, like a flashlight or a motorized toy, Batteroo Boost will extend your device’s battery life by tricking batteries into thinking they are new. Batteroo Boost works with any battery size, and one of our favorite features is that you can use three double A batteries in a C sleeve and four double A batteries in a D sleeve to create a C or D battery.

The only devices Batteroo Boost doesn’t work with is LED. Since some LED drivers use constant current circuitry for LED lights, these devices may not benefit from the Batteroo technology. so it is not recommended to use Batteroo with LED flashlights, LED candle lights, and similar devices.

A 4-pk of AAA and AA Batteroo sleeves retails for $9.99, and a 4-pk of C and D Batteroo sleeves retails for $19.99. And coming soon Batteroo ReBoost for Rechargeable Batteries!

BudStraps Earbud Straps and Earhoox Earbuds Silicone Attachments

We have a love hate relationship with earbuds and in-ear headphones, especially during the hot summer months. We love earbuds because our ears won’t be over heated on those extra hot and humid days like they do with over-the-ear headphones, we won’t suffer from the telltale signs of over-the-ear headband hair, and we’re still able to hear what’s happening around us. What don’t we like about earbuds and in-ear headphones? They don’t fit securely in our ears and always end up feeling loose, they always fall out, and they always end up falling on the dirty ground where they usually accidentally get stepped on. Luckily there are two get products that eliminate earbud and in-ear headphone wearing issues, BudStraps Earbud Straps and Earhoox Earbuds Silicone Attachments.

Say goodbye to struggles with unruly in-ear headphone cords. When you wear the combination of the BudStraps Earbud Straps and Earhoox Earbuds Silicone Attachments you keep your earbuds and in-ear headphones safely out of your way. We promise these two small tech accessories will make your active life a whole lot better.

Earhoox Earbud Silicone Attachments

Forget about earbuds falling out or being uncomfortable, Earhoox will make you forget you’re wearing earbuds at all. Earhoox will provide a perfect fit no matter how much you move (and that includes running). What is Earhoox exactly? Earhoox is a silicone attachment specifically designed to fit and enhance Apple EarPods and AirPods. (although we tried them with our Beats in-ear headphones and they worked perfectly). They fit comfortably in your ears and ensure a secure fit for any activities. The Earhoox are compatible with EarPods that come with iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7. Each set of Earhoox come in two sizes, large and small. Just stretch them on and enjoy a secure earbud wearing experience.

BudStraps Earbud Straps

Forget always have to corral the cords of your earbuds, BudStraps keep your earbuds conveniently hanging on. BudStraps keep your earbuds and in-ear headphones around your neck (and not the floor). Whether you’re working out at the gym, running outdoors, or just hanging out, BudStraps eliminate cord tangles, prevent your earbuds and in-ear headphones from getting accidentally yanked out of your ears, and keeps your earbuds and in-ear headphones nearby if they’re removed temporarily. If you’ve ever seen someone with glasses keep their eyewear around their neck with eyewear retainers, then you know what BudStraps will do for your earbuds and in-ear headphones.

What are your thoughts on these BudStraps Earbud Straps and Earhoox Earbuds Silicone Attachments? Could these tech accessories cure the common earbuds, in-ear headphone, and airpod issues?