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Monday, December 23, 2013

Gift Ideas 2013

Are you like my husband, heading out today or tomorrow for those last minute gifts?  Here are some technology suggestions for the geek or non-geek in the family.
  1. I am still a big fan of the Kindle. I now own two of them, a regular 7" Kindle Fire and now an 8.9" Kindle Fire HD (3rd Gen). I am getting older so the larger screen and better resolution is wonderful.  Reading books with multiple columns is a great option not available with the 7".  Some nice added features allowed me to import my Facebook photos to my Amazon cloud drive storage. Boom. They have been saved! A front face camera is included for face to face applications.  The old one is good, but the new one is better! Note: there is an option to save a couple of bucks by allowing Amazon to place advertising on the Kindle. Personally, I paid the extra to remove it but others love the deals that are listed. Your option.
  2. Roku 3 - The new Roku available this holiday season now adds Youtube to the channel line up for about a hundred bucks. It is supposed to be faster Sad to say, the older and less expensive models don't have this option but there is a way around it by using Twonky beam from your phone or tablet. It also has one-stop search, 1080p and dual-band wireless. If you are considering a Roku, this may be the year to invest and drop that expensive cable or satellite TV.
  3. Fitbit - I have reviewed Fitbit in the past. What a great gift for the person in your family that is into fitness and exercise.  The Fitbit Flex (a wrist health monitor) may be the answer for the health conscience.
  4. For stocking stuffers consider ear-buds, spare flash drives, spare SD cards or a USB car charger.
Now get moving! You don't have much time left before Christmas!

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