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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?

There Ain’t No Strings On Me: Wireless In-Ear Earbuds

You in-ear headphone users and tech aficionados may have noticed that some audio accessory and tech brands have launched some very cool earbuds…….with no strings attached………literally! We’re highlighting four tech brands, Jabra, Earin, Phazon, and Samsung, that have launched great wireless in-ear earbuds that will not only blow you away, won’t fall out, and look very stylish…..unlike a certain brand’s lengthy version that sort of look like strange earrings.

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Made for the true sport lover, the waterproof and sweat damage proof Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Sports Earbuds is made for truly active people. Get ready for superior sound quality for music and calls thanks to two microphones in each bud that work together to filter out background noise; up to 3 hours of music and talk time with an additional two charges from the on the go portable charging case; customizable fitting options that includes a variety of ear gel and ear wing sizes for a secure fit no matter how vigorous your workout; you can also filter in and out the sounds that surround you keeping you aware of what’s going on around you; Jabra Elite Sport also gives  you the option to wear one or both buds depending on your activity, and measures your heart rate through their integrated fitness app, Jabra Sport Life. The Jabra Elite Sport is only available in black and retails for $249.99.

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The next groundbreaking wireless in-ear earbuds are the Earin M-1 Wireless Earbuds, some of the smallest and lightest wireless earbuds we’ve seen. They take the minimum to the max, measuring only 3.5 g, and 14.5 mm x 20 mm. Built with two dedicated amps driving high-precision balanced armature speakers for incredible acoustic detail and clarity, excellent mid and high tones, a tight bass response, to deliver a breathtaking audio experience. The Earin are housed in a sleek capsule no larger than a lipstick that easily fits into your pocket,  that charges the wireless in-ear earbuds when they’re not in use. The Earin M-1 Wireless Earbuds comes in black with either an aluminum or black capsule for $199.00 each.

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For those looking for the great features of wireless in-ear earbuds but with a touch of color that is guaranteed to never fall out. The 3D models Phazon True Wireless Earbuds (shown above with its chess piece-like charger) boasts two microphones working in unison, a long battery life (6 hours with one charge in mono mode or 3 hours in stereo mode plus an additional 9 hours of playtime with your charger). They feature a guaranteed universal fit with no adjustable wing, tip or cone, are also dustproof, shockproof, and waterproof, so waterproof that you can go underwater up to a maximum of 10 feet (3 meters) with them, and with one tap to the earbud, you can change the track, pause the music, or answer a call. The Phazon offers audio transparency so you can hear what’s happening around you while pumping your music, and is available in seven colors – Crimson (red), Graphite (dark grey), Midnight (blue), Sunset (orange), Ashen (white-grey), Perse (purple), and Lush (green). You can pre-order the Phazon True Wireless Earbuds now for $199.00, and receive a worldwide, universal, 2-year warranty on the electronic components of the Phazon earbuds to all registered customers.

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Last but certainly not least on our wireless in-ear earbuds list is the Samsung Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds. The water-resistant Gear IconX has adjustable wing and ear tips that come in small, medium and large. It boasts a built-in 4GB music player for phone-free listening; you can switch songs, take calls and turn on ambient sound mode with one touch. The Gear IconX case doubles as a charger, so you can power up whenever it’s stored in its case. Fitness-wise, the Gear IconX boasts built-in sensors that can directly track your speed, distance, heart rate, and calories burned. The Samsung Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds comes in three colors – black, blue and white, and retail for $199.99.

What are your thoughts on these wireless in-ear earbuds? Any favorites from this list of four tech brands?

Small Size, Big Sound: Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones

To quote Eric B and Rakim, “this is a journey into sound.” The evolution of wireless sound that is. Several weeks ago, we were lucky enough to be invited to view the latest tech launches from Logitech. One of the products we were introduced to was a newly acquired sports headphone and wearables company, Jaybird. This buyout officially places Logitech into the wireless audio wearables market. Not only is this a great move for Logitech, Jaybird is a great brand to expand into the exploding market with. You’ll see why, when you get to know the products from Jaybird. Here are the reasons we were immediately enamored with the Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones.

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These amazing Bluetooth headphones are smallest wireless buds ever to provide an insanely big sound. The Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones was created to bring music to your active life in a stunning, patented, secure fit, sweat-proof, and ultra-comfort metal design. The technology and design behind the Freedom headphones combine sophisticated style, incredible sound and increased comfort in the smallest, most advanced wireless earbuds ever.

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Other in-ear sport Bluetooth buds have traditionally used all plastic materials, as metal is said to inhibit signal performance, but Jaybird’s innovative design has allowed them to reinvent the manufacturing process. Using high-quality injection molded metal parts, the Freedom boasts stunning fashionable metal accents with a premium iconic feel, without affecting signal performance. In fact, the Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones’s all-metal housing gives the earbuds the added benefit of removing distortion, giving you an incredible sound never before heard in a wireless in-ear bud.

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The Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones comes in four colors, Carbon (black), Gold (white/gold), Blaze (red), and Ocean (blue), is compatible to wear with helmets (no matter how tight), and its innovative bud size ensures a truly universal comfort fit. As a long sufferer of earbud slippage, this beauty is a godsend. We’ve always had issues with ill-fitting earbuds that slip out with the slightest movement on our part. This is why we usually go for on-ear headphones but with the Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones, it’s not an issue.

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Each headphone comes with a specially designed charging clip to keep you charged on-the-go, and giving you eight hours of playtime with the ability to charge even longer. Just clip the lightweight charger on while driving to the gym or during your workout and 20 minutes gets you an extra hour of playtime.

Grab your favorite color of the Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones for $199.99 each at www.jaybirdsport.com.

 

Truebuds Wireless Earbuds: Music with Complete Freedom

We’ve had the pleasure of enjoying and getting to know a variety of wireless headphones, all of them over-the-ear but we’re ready for something a bit more revolutionary – wireless earbuds, completely wireless! Are you ready for Truebuds Wireless Earbuds? The smallest, and very fashionable, wireless earbuds that are designed to hug your ears with a secure comfortable fit all day.

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Say goodbye to being plagued with constantly untangling wires, earbuds that constantly fall out of your ears, and bulky headphones, and hello to this stylish alternative. Not only are Truebuds Wireless Earbuds the best in-market, these small sized in-earphones boast a 6-hour battery life, industry standard Bluetooth technology, extraordinary sound quality, a comfortable and secure fit, and is water and dust resistant to IP 53.

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Truebuds‘ developers brought in the best designers and engineers to produce a high quality listening device with unprecedented features that are sure to usher in the future of portable audio. The goal of Truebuds Wireless Earbuds is to seamlessly combine the way we experience music with the feeling of complete freedom.

You can pre-order a pair of Truebuds Wireless Earbuds on Kickstarter, along with accessories such as a portable storage and charging case, and Budlocks, the ultimate grip for Truebuds, at 25% off on Indiegogo for $155.00.

Tech Toys We Can’t Stop Playing With

In this day and age, it’s, of course, no surprise to go full geek for the latest tech toys and accessories. Whether these gadgets make our life easier, or just make our lives more fun, we just can’t see our life without them. Before we got these tech toys, we didn’t know how much we needed them. Today we bring you the tech accessories we’ve loving from ChargerLeash, myCharge, JAM Audio, and Kingston Technology.

ChargerLeash Charge & Sync USB Cable

Chargerleash Charge & Sync

We have a vivid memory of walking out of a fitness class with our phones but not our charger (we unplugged right after the class to take post workout photos and got distracted). We didn’t realize we left it until we were out of the building. Needless to say we had to run back to get it, and while we were lucky enough to find it, for many, that is not the case. But don’t worry, the solution is at hand. The flat, 6-ft cable (for tangle-free use) ChargerLeash Charge & Sync Smart Micro USB 2.0 Cable (available for Android, Windows, and Apple devices) is the ultimate in charger loss prevention. The “Forget-Me-Not” USB Cable comes with a built in alarm which goes off within seconds of unplugging your device, so you’ll never forget it. The ChargerLeash is designed to rapidly charge and sync, and the newest version boasts a new snooze feature so you can silence it when traveling.  ChargerLeash is available for $14.99 – $34.99, depending on device, on www.shop.chargerleash.com.

myCharge RazorUltra Portable Charger

myCharge RazorUltra Portable Charger

Of course the style lover in us loves its chic anodized aluminum body, and pale, rose gold finish, but its the power and dual gadget charging capabilities that has us in love with this portable charger. The myCharge RazorUltra has 2 Built-in USB ports that delivers a 3.4A shared output which can power two devices simultaneously, it boasts 90 extra hours of power, and provides super fast charging (up to 65% faster than competitors). This powerful charger can be yours for $99.99, see it anf other portable chargers in the Razor Series at www.mycharge.com.

JAM Alloy Wireless Stereo Speaker

JAM Alloy Wireless Stereo Speaker

Talk about power and style! The small but mighty JAM Alloy Wireless Speaker boasts crystal-clear sound, crisp bass, and some powerful volume, thanks to its two active and two passive precision drivers. Its sophisticated metallic finish, and clean design make it a very stylish addition to any decor, it syncs with any Bluetooth device in a 30-foot range, features a rechargeable battery that keeps the music and your party going for up to 5 hours, and a built-in speakerphone that lets you answer phone calls instantly, and with ease. This chic speaker is available for $59.99 at www.jamaudio.com.

Kingston 5-in-1 Mobile Companion

Kingston 5-in-1 Mobile Companion

This device is a must if you have a phone and love taking photos….which basically applies to everyone. As bloggers, we’re always running out of storage space on our phones because we take so many videos and photos. We usually have to delete other images to make room for new ones, which of course is a hassle. With the extra storage provided by our Kingston 5-in-1 Mobile Companion, we are no longer forced to delete our photos. The 5-in-1 Mobile Companion increases the storage of your mobile device using USB Flash drives, SD cards or microSD cards. It allows you to backup photos and videos from your camera roll, stream movies, listen to music and view different photos on multiple mobile devices simultaneously, read SD cards and USB Flash drives from your mobile device, create a shareable Wi-Fi hotspot from a wired Internet connection, and if that’s not enough, it is also a power bank to charge your mobile device. We couldn’t ask for anything more, this device has been a godsend. So take more pictures and videos, and never delete one to make more space again. Grab the Kingston 5-in-1 Mobile Companion for $29.99 at www.newegg.com.

What do you think of our newest must-have tech toys? Are there any tech products or accessories that you’re going crazy for? Let us know, and meanwhile, get to know the ones we highlighted.

Live & Work Wirelessly: Portable Power from RadioShack

If you’re like us, then you’re very much enjoying life on-the-go, and we don’t mean running around. We’re talking about not being tied down by wired devices while getting your daily work or play tasks completed. In the age of multitasking, we absolutely need the ability to do multiple things at once but we can’t do that if we’re wired to a desk. Today we’re highlighting some of our favorite products that help us enjoy life wirelessly. Thanks to RadioShack, you too can add and enjoy portable power in your daily lives.
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SOL Republic X Motorola Tracks Air Wireless Headphones, $199.99

Be free from the annoyance of tangled headphone wires and cords with this powerful wireless headphones from SOL Republic X Motorola, and hands-free calls with a touch of a button. These Tracks Air Wireless Headphones are powered by a large digital amplifier and Motorola’s wireless expertise which gives it super power wireless range. It boasts A2 Sound engines that produces a clear, rich, and detailed sound equal to or better than wired dual connectivity. Its dual-mic crystatalk technology, 150 feet of wireless freedom, and incredible sound allows your phone calls to be clear all the time, anywhere, while the 15 hours of battery life lets you keep the music playing all night on a full charge.

SOL Republic PUNK Wireless Personal Speaker, $69.99

Looking for a small sized speaker that packs some powerful sound? Surprisingly loud for its size, PUNK allows you to crank up the volume and fill your room with music and take the party outside. This powerful portable speaker is designed for durability and protection from water, dust, and shock. With 8+ long-lasting hours of battery life, and the ability to play music wirelessly up to 60ft away from your device,you’ll never leave home without this mount-ready (attach PUNK to many 3rd party accessories, such as bike and camera mounts) wireless speaker.

RadioShack Wireless Mouse, $19.99

Just like telephone and headphone cords got tangled and annoying, the cord on our mouse got tangled as well…until we discovered the beauty of going wireless. This 2.4GHz wireless mouse from RadioShack has a comfortable ergonomic grip and works with most PCs and Macs. Its optical sensor provides precision tracking, with or without a mouse pad. Plus, the USB nano receiver is almost invisible (it discretely fits into your computer’s USB port) and allows you to operate your computer from up to 26 feet away without a driver. Lastly, it’s LED indicator alerts you when the battery is running low (it requires one “AA” battery).

Logitech’s K350 Wireless Keyboard, $59.99

What’s better to pair a wireless mouse with than a wireless keyboard. Stay ahead of the comfort curve, no matter the surface, with Logitech’s K350 Wireless Keyboard. With its wave-shape, this contour keyboard supports the actual, varied lengths of your fingers. We also love the fact that the palm rest helps position your hands comfortably on the keyboard (the height is also adjustable), and that it allows for instant media access, with one-touch controls programmable keys. This on-the-go keyboard boasts up to 3 years of battery life, a tiny unifying receiver that allows easy adding as a compatible wireless keyboard, and advanced 2.4GHz wireless that provides reliability of a cord, but with cordless convenience.

If you find yourself needing repair services, RadioShack also has a “Fix It Here” repair program, which offers on-site mobile device repair service for cracked screens, water damage, broken charging ports and more (starting at only $39.99). They can repair smartphones, media players and tablets the same day – in most cases, in less than an hour. What else can you ask for!