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Graduation Gift Ideas – Tech Gifts for Grads

It’s about that time, that time of year to celebrate surviving the school year. Whether you’re preparing your graduates for college or celebrating their first or last year of school, you’ll want to celebrate their milestone with a great gift. In this tech savvy world, what better gift to give than one of the must-have tech gifts for grads that are both fun and practical, from some of today’s renown tech brands like Samsung, Western Digital, and Monster Products.

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With innovative brands like these, known for their continuous amazing product offerings, you know getting the right tech gifts for grads of high school and college age will be a breeze. Let’s get to know these products a little better.

WESTERN DIGITAL MY CLOUD

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With up to 16TB of storage, give your favorite graduate their own personal cloud to centralize all their photos, videos and music in one safe place without having to share space with millions of other cloud users. With the WD My Cloud, they can save, sync and share all their favorite things, and the My Cloud’s automatic photo backup helps free up space on their smartphone and tablet.

SAMSUNG MOBILE

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Our mobile devices have become extensions of our being and with an amazing mobile device like to the Samsung S7 and Samsung S7 Edge mobile phones, your grad’s life easier will be easier. Not only are they safe from accidental spills and submergence in water, the S7 edge boasts a curved screen that more room for shortcuts to access their calendar events, contacts, and their top social media channels, faster and easier than ever before. Both smartphones take great low light pictures and are also dust resistant. Whichever one you give, both phones make excellent tech gifts for grads (we’re dying for the S7 edge ourselves).

Make your grad’s television or VR gaming experience even more immersive with the gift of virtual reality (VR) with the Gear VR, $99.00. Open their eyes to new worlds, amazing virtual journeys, and experiences with captivating 2D/3D, and 360-degree content that ups their Netflix, Hulu, and Twitch experiences to new heights.  Explore tourist attractions virtually with a 360-panoramic view with any o the following Samsung mobile phones: Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S7, or Galaxy S7 edge.

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More and more people are stepping away from smartwatches that look like smartwatches and more like classic timepieces. Samsung has introduced two new editions of their Gear S2 Classic , $449.99, that will give grads options to express and match their unique style all while still staying connected. They will still receive texts, calls, emails and more  without losing the classic style of a timepiece. Give the gift of the Gear S2 Classic in stylish Rose Gold and sleek Platinum.

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Give your grad the gift of music with no strings attached with the crystal-clear sound, stylish and comfortable Samsung Level On Wireless Pro Headphones, $299.99! The stylish and ergonomic headphones feature Active Noise Cancellation for crystal clear audio and smart-touch button free controls, Samsung’s state-of-the-art UHQ audio support technology, top-quality sound, as well as a broad range of convenient features that make it perfect for listening on the go.

If they’re not a fan of over-the-ear headphones, we do more music-inclined tech gifts for grads. They’ll love the sound quality and stylish, foldable design of the Samsung Level U Pro Earbuds, $99.99. These super stylish earbuds feature ergonomic ear gels that provide noise-isolation and are splash and sweat resistant, making them ideal for the active listener who loves adding music to their workout. Hope they’re ready for high-quality, clear sound, the ability to control calls and music intuitively by way of smart magnets in the earbuds.

MONSTER MOBILE PRODUCTS

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Selfie sticks are so passe, let your grad go hands-free for the perfect selfies, pictures, calls, video chats, time-lapse videos, GPS navigation and more with the Monster Mobile Selfie Case for iPhone, $29.95 . With this clever tech accessory, your grad can mount their smartphone to glass, mirror, acrylic, marble and other smooth, flat and glossy vertical surfaces thanks to its special gel material that functions like millions of tiny suction cups. Not only does it provide hands-free selfies, it’s high quality, flexible case body is shock absorbent and impact resistant and provides improved grip.

Having good battery life for your smartphone is an essential need in today’s modern world. Keep your grad’s smartphone perpetually charged with the Monster Mobile PowerCard Turbo Portable Battery, $49.95. This super thin, powerful charger fits into your wallet, is easy to transport, provides five plus hours of portable energy, is perfect for quick charging emergencies, charges three times faster than standard USB chargers, and fits all smartphones and USB devices. Its auto-sensing technology detects exactly what speed your Smartphone or USB device requires and provides the speed and power in a flash.

What do you think of these tech gifts for grads? Could your grad use one or more of these incredible devices?

 

Samsung Mobile US Welcomes New Wearable Tech Devices: Gear Fit, Gear 2, & Gear 2 Neo

With the introduction of the Galaxy S 5 and the continued evolution of #TheNextBigThing, Samsung has also refined its wearables line with three new Gear options that will change the way you communicate and connect. Building on the amazing response to the Galaxy Gear, Samsung Mobile’s first wearable tech device, the newest wearables, the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo, bring new and refined features based on public feedback of their first foray into wearable tech. The new Samsung Gears make keeping in touch more personalized than before. The second generation of these wearable tech devices not only offers more refined looks but a customizable experience as well.

GEAR FIT

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The Samsung Gear Fit was designed with your health and wellness in mind. Featuring a 1.84 inch curved Super AMOLED display, an interchangeable band, an athletic design, made to comfortably fit your wrists, and maintain functionality whether active or asleep, the Gear Fit allows you to stay connected while maintaining your active lifestyle. It tracks your steps and monitors your heart rate on the go, but it’s so much more than an everyday fitness band. Stay up to date with instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones such as incoming calls, emails, text messages, 3rd party apps, etc, while you’re on the go. If you’re like us, you enjoy utilizing the built-in S Health app to measure how many steps you take daily, how many calories burned, etc. With the Gear Fit, you can enjoy an extended S Health experience as it can serve as a personal trainer, function as a pedometer, HRM and calories burned tracker. The Galaxy Gear Fit comes with a Black band with additional Wild Orange and Mocha Gray band color options.

GEAR 2 & GEAR 2 NEO

 

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The design of the Gear devices has been updated to show a more polish and streamlined appearance. Both the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo boast interchangeable straps and are compatible with standard 22mm pin watch bands to personalize your look. The Gear 2 is the premium wearable with a 2 megapixel camera (moved from the strap to the face for a more sleek design), thereby complementing its brushed metal finish. The Gear 2 Neo on the other hand, has a polycarbonate finish. The home key on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo is positioned on the front of the face for convenient access.

Both Gear devices have 1.63 inch Super AMOLED displays and allow you to access and customize your wearable experience. Receive and respond to a calls, texts, emails, and app notifications quickly, right from your wrist. New shortcuts and additional app support make the device experience easier to navigate and take action. Though your music may not be at your fingertips, they will be at your wrist with the music app on Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Transfer, store and shuffle through your favorite songs, even when away from your phone, plus you can pair the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo with Bluetooth headphones to enjoy your playlist while on the go.

The Gear 2 comes in the following color combinations: Titan Silver face with Black strap, Titan Silver face with a Wild Orange strap, and a Gold Brown face with Brown strap. The Gear 2 Neo comes in Black, Wild Orange, and Mocha Gray.

The Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit will be available in the U.S. this month across various channels. Gear 2, Gear Neo 2 and Gear Fit will be available through carrier and retail channels, including the Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy.

Samsung Mobile US Launches Next Generation Galaxy S 5

Ladies and gentlemen, the next big thing truly is coming soon. Next month, the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S5 finally arrives and we are very excited because we’ve been fans of Samsung’s Galaxy range for quite a while. We know why we’re excited, so we’re here to tell you why you should be. The Samsung Galaxy S5 continues with its introduction of new experiences, industry leading technology and meaningful innovations that you never knew you needed.
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The Galaxy S 5 boasts unrivaled experiences, new features designed with you in mind and experiences to improve your everyday life. Imagine paying for things with your fingerprint, expanding your microSD memory card slot to a massive 128GB, enjoying elements only seen on DSLR cameras, such as taking video that adapts to your surrounding light, etc. These are just a few of the amazing things available on the Samsung Galaxy S 5.

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The Galaxy S 5 features a brilliant 5.1-inch display powered by technology that enables you to enjoy amazing new camera experiences, lightning fast data connections, and health and wellness monitoring. With an adaptive Full HD Super AMOLED® display, colors are richer, blacks are darker and you get a faster response time for clearer, high-speed content. The S 5 also boasts wide viewing angles and crisp HD video on it’s bright bold display that adapts to bright outdoor sunlight or indoor ambient lighting – anytime, anywhere!

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The new camera features and simplified controls, paired with the 16 megapixel rear facing camera elevate the photo-taking experience, which means sharper photos and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for less grainy selfies. With the Galaxy S 5’s HDR (aka dynamic range of luminosity), you can see what your photos will look like before you even take them, while the amazing 4K allows you to take video in four times the HD resolution.
  • Phase Detection Autofocus: Advanced auto focus speeds for capturing a shot quickly – first smartphone with phase detection autofocus, a feature usually found in DSLR cameras
  • Real-Time HDR: High Dynamic Range (HDR) preview mode makes it easier to choose when to use HDR – like trying to photograph a beautiful sunset. It also enables users to capture HDR photos or videos with no shutter lag or post-processing.
  • Selective Focus Mode: Blur images near or far for a creative, one-of-a-kind shot
  • Shot and More Mode: The camera chooses and recommends Drama Shot, Best Photo, Best Face or Eraser shot after the picture is taken to create the best photo
  • Studio: Add effects to photos and edit movies with a complete suite of editing tools within the Gallery

The features we’re really looking forward to is the Ultra Power Saving Mode, Water Safety, and the Built-in Fingerprint Sensor. Is your battery running low? In Ultra Power, the Galaxy S 5 will reduce itself to a battery power, monochrome-colored saving mode, giving you more power and longer battery life. Just as with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active, if you drop the S 5 in water, it will still function (no need to rush to find some rice like with other phones). the built-in fingerprint sensor unlocks and locks the Galaxy S 5 and provides secure password protection to use PayPal for secure payments. The Galaxy S 5 also supports the latest mobile wallets, including Isis (a consortium among various carrier partners) and Google Wallet™.

The Galaxy S 5 is packed with leading technology enhancements, including Quick Connect, which locates the nearest devices to share content, files, or your screen through Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi® or Wi-Fi Direct™. Features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously for the fastest browsing, streaming, downloads, and better coverage than ever before whether you’re at home or on the go.

With S Health™ consumers can access health info, track and map workouts and make and track healthier eating choices right on the Galaxy S 5.It also boasts the world’s first built-in heart rate monitor (HRM) which provides real-time data before and after your workout when you place a finger on a sensor by the rear-facing camera. Key platform components of S Health include:

Nutrition: Meal tracking and planning with nutritional information
Fitness: HRM, exercise log, mapped runs and location tracking

The Galaxy S 5 will be available in Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Charcoal Black and Shimmery White. Accessories will include a Wallet Case, S View Flip Cover, and Wireless Charging Covers and Wireless Charging S View Flip Covers in an array of colors. It will be available to U.S. next month across various channels including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular. Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy, as well as Amazon, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart, will also carry the Galaxy S 5.

iLuv Debuts Stylish and Protective Cases for Samsung GALAXY S5

By now we’re all excited for the Next Big Thing from Samsung aka The Samsung GALAXY S5 (which we will be highlighting in another post). While you anxiously await its arrival next month, we have a lead on some hot new mobile accessories from iLuv, specifically phone cases and protective accessories, for the anticipated device. iLuv’s new line of cases features updated versions of some of iLuv’s most popular, stylish and protective cases for Samsung GALAXY S5. Some of the cases in their new range include:

Snoopy Series: Hardshell Case for GALAXY S5

Snoopy-Series-Hardshell-Case-for-GALAXY-S5-667x1024The Snoopy Series features three playful exclusive iLuv Peanuts® designs.  The super-sleek, customized fit provides direct access to GALAXY S5 controls while the durable hardshell construction protects the phone from scratches, drops, and bumps.
Jstyle® is a premium wallet and protective case for the GALAXY S5 made with full-grain, top-grade leather with a matte finish. The case contains three credit card slots, one ID window, and two slots for cash and business cards. Jstyle® conveniently maintains access to all ports and controls including the camera.
FlightFit: Dual-Layer Case for GALAXY S5

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FlightFit features a fused two-layer construction to guard devices with double the protection. The case is customized to fit securely on a GALAXY S5 while maintaining access to all ports and controls. FlightFit is available in three fun colors to suit anyone’s style.

Vyneer: Dual Material Protection Case for GALAXY S5

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Vyneer features a polycarbonate shell with a TPU frame. The translucent base allows users to show off the beautiful GALAXY S5 while the soft TPU frame protects the corners and edges of the phone from dings, scratches, and dents. Vyneer maintains access to all GALAXY S5 ports and controls.

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This privacy film protects the contents of a user’s phone screen from the eyes of nosy strangers. Featuring a five-layer construction, this film is also weatherproof and keeps the GALAXY S5 safe from scratches and cracks.

 Glare-Free Protective Film Kit for GALAXY S5

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This film kit not only protects the GALAXY S5 screen from scratches but also prevents screen glare when the phone is used in brightly lit areas.

Clear Protective Film Kit for GALAXY S5

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This film kit features a four-layer construction to protect the GALAXY S5 screen from scratches without interfering with touchscreen sensitivity.

The retail prices for iLuv’s Samsung GALAXY S5 accessories range from $9.99 to $69.99 and will be available at iLuv.com and select retailers.

Samsung Gets You JAY-Z’s New Album FREE; 3 Days Before It Drops

Want to be the first to get JAY Z’s new album? If you have a Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II, you can….for FREE…and before anyone else. That’s right, Samsung Gets You JAY-Z’s New Album FREE! The mobile giant has been slowly releasing an inside look at the making of the new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail” – including lyrics, inspirations and more for Google Play app users – which will conclude with you receiving the entire album.

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On July 4th, app users will receive the Jay-Z’s new album for free, three days before it’s released to the rest of the world! In the meantime, all who download the app will continue to receive exclusive content including lyrics from Jay-Z’s song featuring Beyonce, “Part II (On the Run)” and more info behind his new album. The most recent Samsung insider release is of Jay-Z giving a personal look into how his own experiences growing up has served as the impetus for the song about his daughter – “JAY-Z Blue”

Later this week, expect to see more videos released on the app with additional Jay-Z songs including “Oceans” featuring Frank Ocean and “Holy Grail”  featuring Justin Timberlake. To get first access to other content, including the lyrics of “Jay-Z Blue”, download the “Magna Carta” app through Google Play. Are you looking forward to getting JAY-Z’s New Album FREE?

Mobile Technology Highlight | Samsung GALAXY Note II

I never thought I’d love a phone more than I loved my Samsung GALAXY S 3, but that was before I got the Samsung GALAXY Note II. To merely call the GALAXY Note II a phone is a mistake, it is a life organizer. This powerful mobile device is perfect for that on-the-go viewing experience; it makes multitasking easy there making life easier plus it’s a striking device, it’s no surprise, I get asked about it almost every time I’m working on it.
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The Samsung GALAXY Note II boasts a 5.5” HD Super AMOLED screen which offers better clarity and a 16:9 screen ratio (that’s cinema quality) – making all viewing experiences perfectly crisp. The innovative design of the GALAXY Note II includes a bigger screen while maintaining a slim body to fit right in your hand. The S Pen and S Note provide a number of  features like Color Picker, newly added in the S Pen settings, it captures a color from any image to use for drawing. Other great artistic features include diverse sketch effects such as Auto Outline, which turns any photo into sketched outlines. What other features makes this device so amazing for your daily life?

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It’s Multi Window allows for multiple tasks on the same screen at the same time with no screen transitions; Air View (previewed below) saves you time, energy, and makes it easier to manage your life’s contents allowing convenient and quick browsing through your pictures, preview your emails and calendar details; and Quick Command allows you to send an email, call or send a text message to friends, share a meeting location, etc. All you have to do is just write the command on the pad.

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Want to get that perfect photo? Create it by capturing the best pose of each person with Best Face (shown above) on the Note II’s 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, then enhance those memories with handwritten notes on the back of your photos with Photo Note; someone on a call giving you information you need? Write down directions, phone numbers, and other information while on a call with Popup Note, it will intuitively open when you pull out the S Pen; For those of you who are not so tech-savvy, the GALAXY Note II features an easy mode which helps you easily access key functions such as favorite contacts, apps, dialer, etc on the home-screen.

What I highlighted above are just a few of the dynamic attributes of this amazing cell phone/tablet hybrid. Want to know more, get to know the Samsung GALAXY Note II by visiting Samsung/GalaxyNote2.