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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?

Flosstime: The World’s First Automated Floss Dispenser

Our morning routine is never a smooth one. We sometimes oversleep, experience minor disasters trying to get out the door, receive alerts for commute issues, and many other challenges that prevent us from leaving our homes on time. As you can imagine this has made us cut some of our morning routines, like flossing, short. We’ve developed bad flossing habits, mainly because we’re trying to rush out to our day and don’t have time to look for where we last left our floss. Luckily there is a gadget to help us develop better flossing habits.  At our most recent visit to Pepcom, we were introduced to Flosstime, a smart floss dispenser elegantly designed to help you build daily flossing habits. We know we’re supposed to floss, but most of us forget and the Flosstime Automated Floss Dispenser helps to remind us to floss.

The device easily mounts to your bathroom mirror or wall with durable and removable micro-suction tape or an adhesive strip. With the push of a button, the Flosstime Automated Floss Dispenser doles out the perfect amount of floss and cuts it. When you floss, the Flosstime device rewards you with a fun smile for a job well-done and frowns at you if you haven’t flossed your teeth.

Each device comes preloaded with 50 meters (54.7 yds) of Premium Comfort Floss in a replaceable floss cartridge, and has a dual-user mode so that you can shame your partner into flossing as well! In dual user mode, the frown is split into two and each half is a separate reminder for each person. If one person doesn’t floss, the other will know.

To make flossing fun for kids and teens, Flosstime also comes with cute animal snap-ons in three adorable characters: Mr. Siriby (Crab), Mr. Croakersby (Frog), and Mr. Goldy (Fish). If not used every day, the animal’s eyes glow warning lights to remind kids to floss!

The Flosstime Automated Floss Dispenser retails for $39.99, the Flosstime Replacement Floss Cartridge for $7.99, and the Animal Snap-Ons for $6.99. Get them all now on www.flosstime.com.

Clean Effectively with the Raycop Lite Purifier and Raycop RS2 Purifier

We’ve all seen that Febreze commercial where the mom tells her teenage son, he has to “wash his room” then she pulls out a bottle of Febreeze and proceeds to spray the fabrics. While this may refresh the fabrics, it doesn’t remove bacteria, pollen, and house dust from your home’s fabrics. In the U.S. approximately 17 million adults and 7 million children are susceptible to common allergies and other respiratory disorders. There’s a much easier way to do that and we don’t mean trying to use your dust-covered vacuum cleaner. We were introduced to the amazing cleaning power of the portable Raycop Lite Purifier and its bigger brother, the Raycop RS2 Purifier, both created to clean the unseen in your home.

Unlike a regular vacuum, Raycop purifiers have a dual filtration system integrating a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter which is proven to capture 99.9% of common household allergens. The purifiers also feature a combination of ultraviolet light technology, optimized suction, and pulsating pads in RayClean Technology® that is 3x times more effective at capturing allergens and outdoor pollutants.

Raycop Lite Purifier

The Raycop Lite Purifier is the lightest and most portable purifier out of the two. It is smaller, weighing 68.8 oz, yet powerful enough for most sanitizing jobs and versatile enough to use even on your clothes. The Raycop Lite Purifier extracts 97.98% of bacteria after 2 seconds and 99.99% after 10 seconds, 97.8% of pollen after 4 minutes, and over 80% of house dust in 5 minutes. It has a sanitizing width of 6 inches, a 6-watt UVC Lamp, HEPA filter to trap and eliminate pollen, dust mite matter, and dirt, and a dust box filter for larger dust and dirt particles.

Raycop RS2 Purifier

The Raycop RS2 Purifier boasts three suction modes: delicate, normal, and heavy, an 11-watt UVC Lamp to eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses, a sanitizing width of 9 inches, a dust box filter for larger dust and dirt particles, a brush roller to loosen surface dust and hair, pulsating pads to agitate and loosen dirt and dust mite matter, and it extracts 99.99% of bacteria after 2 seconds, 99.99% of viruses after 5 seconds, 99.8% of pollen after 1 minute, and over 90% of house dust in 3 minutes.

The Raycop purifiers are easy to use. Just slowly glide either back and forth a few times along the surface of any fabric surface. The suction is specifically calibrated to ensure there is no damage to any fabric, whether it’s your bedsheets, pillows, blankets, or comforters, to the fabrics on your upholstered fabrics. This help you cut back on the cost and hassle of professional cleaning services for your upholstery, drapes, decorative accent pillows, and clothes.

Both purifiers are now available in the US market with the Raycop Lite retailing for $189.99, and the Raycop RS2 available for 349.99 on www.raycop.com. What are your thoughts on the Raycop Lite and Raycop RS2 Purifiers? Could your home use this effective cleaning dives that cleans the unseen?

GIVEAWAY: National Package Protection Day with Ring Video Doorbell

By now you have been bombarded with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and no doubt you will be taking advantage of some of them. Of course, holiday and deal shopping mean there will be lots of packages coming your way, many of which may arrive while you’re not home. Unfortunately, this will attract the attention of package thieves who look forward to these holiday shopping events. But, thanks to Ring Video Doorbell, you never have to worry about missing a package delivery or losing a package to thieves again. In honor of the upcoming National Package Protection Day, observed on November 30th, the Wednesday after Thanksgiving, one lucky My Life on and off the Guest List reader will win the Ring Video Doorbell, the must-have home and package protection device.

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Ever since it’s introduction to the market, the Ring Video Doorbell ($199.00), and Ring Video Doorbell Pro ($249.00) (both available in various colors) have been amazing at deterring many package thieves, because, with Ring, you’re always home. As victims of package theft ourselves at our old apartment, we wished the Ring existed back then. Thankfully is does now, so package theft is no longer an issue. What makes the Ring Video Doorbell so amazing? The innovative home security device streams live audio and video of the front doorstep of your home directly to your smartphone or tablet. Ring Video Doorbell allows you to stay connected to your home whether you’re in the kitchen, running errands across town, or at work. You can install Ring in minutes, with no professional help or tools required. Your Ring video stream can be accessed through the free Ring app on any iOS or Android device.

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Other features of the Ring Video Doorbell includes a low voltage Wi-Fi PCB that operates on internal rechargeable lithium polymer battery that lasts for over a year; infrared LEDs that provide clear visuals at any time of day; is compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android devices; syncs with an unlimited number of smartphones and tablets; boasts cloud recording so footage is able to be accessed through a smartphone, tablet, or computer; motion sensors to detect movement which triggers instant mobile alerts; is outdoor approved for any weather conditions, be it heat, rain, sleet, or snow; has built-in speakers and microphone with active noise cancellation; is compatible with wired, mechanical doorbell chimes and connects to existing doorbell wires for both power charging and ringing of the bell; is housed in an ABS plastic; and comes with proprietary screws for secure mounting, a tool kit for easy and quick installation, and a 1-year limited hardware warranty.

Now on to National Package Protection Day and our giveaway. You can help spread the word throughout your neighborhood about Package Protection Day, keeping yourself and your neighbors alert during the shopping holidays.You can also help your online community by sharing your Package Protection stories and tips using #PackageProtectionDay and #alwayshome on social media. Now that you’re fully informed, it’s time to win. As we previously mentioned, one lucky My Life on and off the Guest List reader will win their very own Ring Video Doorbell to keep their packages safe from thieves. To enter our amazing giveaway, fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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GIVEAWAY: Want to learn a New Language? Download the Babbel App

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language, or if you’re like us, wanted to re-learn a language you forgot? We grew up speaking French until about the age of four, when we started school. While we rediscovered the language back in high school, without anyone to speak the language with in real life, you can lose a lot of it again. We have tried other foreign language learning tools, but most of these tools cost as much as some household bills, and sadly we couldn’t keep up with those costs. Luckily we discovered our saving grace while attending Pepcom. Created by Co-Founder and President, Thomas Hol’s Babbel App is a wonderful, inexpensive way to learn a new language whether you are a beginner, need a refresher, or you just want to improve. Babbel is for all language skill levels, and one lucky My Life on (and off) the Guest List reader will win a FREE 3-month trial code to learn any language on Babbel.
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Launched in early 2008, Babbel offers courses in 14 different languages, all of which are easily accessed from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The easy to use app makes learning easy, fun and simple to integrate into your everyday life. Today the 300-team company boasts Linguists, native speakers, authors and translators who prepare course topics and create content. The Babbel app offers thousands of hours of interactive courses that are fun and effective. The result is an unlimited amount of learning at a limited price.

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With these effective language learning tool, you are able to put your new language skills to the test of your everyday life with actively engaging and relevant scenarios – from travel to work to hobbies to social situations.

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Now on to the giveaway. As we mentioned above, one lucky person will win a FREE 3-month membership to learn the language of their choice. If you need to learn a new language for that European vacation you’re planning, to get an edge on your job, or to add another skill to your resume, you shoud definitely enter this giveaway. To enter, perform the entries in the rafflecopter form below:

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