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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

TechnoGrannyShow, Techno Gifts from $2K to $20.00

Hosted by: technogranny
Title: TechnoGrannyShow, Techno Gifts from $2K to $20.00
Time: 12/12/2016 02:00 PM EST
Episode Notes: Whether those on you list have been naughty or nice doesn't matter. They are still expecting to get one and let's face it, tech gifts or even more popular than diamons. TechnoGranny has picked some great gifts to fit everyones pocket book, from the very generous down to Scrooge or just someone with a large list and a budget. Listen in for great tech gift ideas and hey, pass it on to those who have asked you what you want for Christmas. Also if you listen right away and order, most can still arrive for Christmas. But Hurry, you only have 12 more shopping days, 10 if your order online. You just might be able to say at the end of the show "Ho! Ho! Ho!" Instead of "No, No, No! I don't know what to get."

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2016 Christmas gift guide:
 Techno Granny's Picks for Coolest Tech Gifts

1.  Microsoft Surface Book
Forbes says:  The Stylish Laptop That Trumps
Your MacBook Pro

Surface Book

If you've got deep pockets, then Microsoft's recently refreshed Surface Book is a system well worth taking a look at.
You get everything that you'd expect from a high-end system -- plenty of ports, a claimed 16 hours of battery life, an SD card slot, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M graphics chip powering the graphics.
There's as a stylus and touchscreen display for those who are artistic or just like jabbing at things with their fingers.
But as I've already said it's not cheap -- a 13.5-inch system equipped with a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD will set you back a cool $2,400.

Probably the laptop that most closely resembles the MacBook Pro is Dell's XPS 13. OK, you don't get a Touch Bar, but you do get a couple of things that Apple doesn't offer:
-       7th generation "Kaby Lake" Intel Core processors (a generation ahead of what Apple has to offer)
-       A whole range of ports, from an SD Card slot to USB 3.0 and USB-C ports
I think that it's also fair to say that Dell's XPS 13 is affordable -- a 13.3-inch system running an Intel Core i3 with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD costs $800.
Dell's XPS 13

3.  GoPro Hero5 Black

GoPro Hero5 Black

According to Go Pro

HERO5 Black is the most powerful and easy to use GoPro ever, thanks to its 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display and waterproof design ...

If you want a camera that you can take with you into the outdoors without fear that you're going to break it, and bring back stunning video, then this is the camera for you. Ultra-portable, fit it anywhere, and immensely robust!
The new GoPro Hero5 Black is not only waterproof (so you don't need to put it into a separate waterproof case) but can also be voice-controlled.

4.  Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

·         Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more
·         Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
·         Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
·         Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music
·         Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer
·         Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, and more
·         Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot


Amazon Echo Dot


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5.  Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo
Smart voice-enabled wireless speaker
Release Date:  November 6, 2014 (Amazon Prime and invited members) June 23, 2015 (released in the U.S.) 
Ships from and sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon Echo

Top of Form
Color: Black
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·         Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
·         Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
·         Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
·         Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
·         Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
·         Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices
·         Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, and more
·         $139.99 & FREE Shipping

·         In stock on December 27, 2016. 

6   Philips Hue

Lights that you can control from a smartphone might seem gimmicky, but these are a great way to not only create a mood, but to also help simulate daylight if you're stuck indoors during the dreary winter months.
According to Hue:
Your personal wireless lighting that lets you esily control your ligt from your device and create the right ambience for your every moments.  The world's most connected light.  TechnoGranny aside for you guys, Straight out of a James Bond movie and you just might be able to control the light from outside your door.  Try it.
Be warned though -- as soon as you replace one light bulb, you'll want more. These things are highly addictive!
Of all the systems the Philips Hue systems seems to be  the best. Not only is the hardware well made, but there are a variety of different starter packs and kits available to get you going.

7.  NomadKey

Free yourself from the hassles of carrying around long charging cables by popping this tiny key-sized cable on your key ring.  Key for iPhone & Android. The size of a housekey, Key is the ultimate minimalist and portable charging cable.
Flexible design for hard to reach places and made of durable material because your keys get dropped a lot.
NomadKey is available for microUSB (Android) and Lightning (iOS).
$19.95 but there's a special right now with Best Buy

8.   APC BR1300G battery backup

APC Battery Back Up

Carry on working or playing while others are taken out of the game by power cuts and storms!
There are a lot of different UPS battery backup systems out there (and you need to make sure it has the capacity to power your devices) but I find you can't go wrong with an APC unit such as this APC BR1300G UPS. This is good for a hefty PC, display, and peripherals such as router.

 Rating: 4.5 - ‎2,114 reviews
When the power goes out, an APC Back-UPS Pro Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) provides guaranteed battery backup for computers, hard-drives and other electronics, including your wireless router so you can maintain a network connection when you need it most! 

In Stock.
·         1300VA / 780W Battery Backup Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
·         10 Total Outlets: 5 Outlets provide UPS Power Backup and Surge Protection; 5 Outlets offer Surge Protection Only
·         Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) maintains safe voltage conditions without using backup battery power
·         APFC compatibility- ensures electronics that have active PFC power requirements will not unexpectedly shutdown when switching from utility power to battery power during an outage.
·         When the power goes out, an APC Back-UPS Pro Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) provides guaranteed battery backup for computers, hard-drives and other electronics, including your wireless router so you can maintain a network connection when you need it most!
·         $149.99 & FREE Shipping. 

  • Arrives before Christmas.

9.  Ring video doorbell

See who's at the door before you get up with a Ring video doorbell that puts whoever is outside your door on your smartphone or tablet.
The perfect high-tech way to keep an eye out for the pizza dude! Also, a great security solution if you're away from home for extended periods.
A New Approach to Home Security
Over 1 million burglaries occur just in the United States each year during daytime hours, when homes are usually unoccupied. Being home is often enough to deter a potential burglar.¹
Whereas traditional security systems activate once a break-in has occurred, the Ring™ Video Doorbell is designed to help you prevent a break-in from taking place at all. Answer the door from anywhere using your wireless video doorbell. With Ring, you’re always home.


10.  Ergotron 3-way LCD wall-mounted arm

Choose the Way You Stack Your Egotron

Once you get a decent mount for a PC display you'll wonder how you ever managed with the monitor sitting on your desk.
The Ergotron LX arm, and it is truly awesome as it allows me to put the display exactly where I want it, and move it quickly and easily.
Don't want to drill holes in the wall? No worries, Ergotron also make a version that clamps to the desk.

Wall Mounts (2) ... LX HD Sit-Stand Desk Mount Arm with Dual Monitor Kit ... Simply combine your notebook with an LCD display, separate keyboard and ... This stand expands your computer desktop across three smaller displays or two larger ...

Great Stocking Stuffers
Can you really get a good tech gift under $20? Yes, an this list is proof. We've handpicked quality headphones, HDTV antennas, power packs and more that are guaranteed to put a smile on their face while staying within your budget. You can even give them a taste of VR for less than 20 bucks.
Here are the top gadget gifts for less.

11.  Jackery Giant+

Jackery Giant +

When a little extra power is needed for a smartphone, consider the Jackery Giant+. The device is a portable battery charger that can work with iPhone 7s, Galaxy S7s, and other devices. You can charge multiple devices at the same time. The Jackery Giant+ costs $20.

When a little extra power is needed for a smartphone, consider the Jackery Giant+. The device is a portable battery charger that can work with iPhone 7s, Galaxy S7s, and other devices. You can charge multiple devices at the same time. The Jackery Giant+ costs $29.99

12. Sentey Bullex Gold Earbuds

Sentey Bullex Gold Earbuds

The Sentey Bullex Gold Earbuds come with a stylish metallic design and fit comfortably, thanks to small, medium, and large sizes. They also deliver solid audio quality for their $10 price. These buds placed first in our roundup of earphones under $20. Get them on E-bay for 13.29

13. Misfit Link

Misfit Link Fitness Tracker

The Misfit Link is the most affordable fitness tracker out there. The $15 wearable clips to your belt and is capable of tracking your steps, distance, calories and sleep. It also gives you information about your progress in an associated mobile app. There's even a smart button to control smart home device

Key Features:
Smart button enabled to control connected household devices
Automatically tracks steps, distance, calories, and light and restful sleep
Splashproof disc with red LED progress and time display
Wirelessly syncs with paired smartphone to upload data
Non-charging, replaceable battery lasts up to 6 months
In the box:
Misfit Link, Clasp, Battery and Quick Start Guide
Comes in turquoise and coca cola red.

14.  Leaf Metro Indoor HDTV Antenna

When cutting the cord, check out the Mohu Leaf Metro Indoor HDTV Antenna. The antenna plugs directly into the television and is capable of getting over-the-air broadcasts on a slew of channels beaming programming to you in a 25-mile area. The Moh

Leaf Metro Indoor HDTV Antenna

The New Compact Addition to Mohu’s Family of High Quality Leaf HDTV Antennas!

Sometimes smaller can be better. And that’s the case with Mohu’s Leaf Metro paper-thin HDTV antenna. Leaf Metro delivers great range in a small, discreet package. This compact HDTV antenna is perfect for city dwellers, dorm rooms, workshops or just about anywhere you go like in your RV or tailgating before the game. 

All antennas are based on physics. Leaf Metro(Open Box) is the smallest size possible for high quality reception. Borrowing from the same advanced U.S. Military technology built into its bigger cousins – Leaf 30 and Leaf 50 – Leaf Metro(Open Box) reaches out in a 25-mile radius from your home to bring you the most popular TV shows, news and sports, on both network and local television in full 1080 HD – for FREE. No need for cable or satellite fees to watch stations like PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox or your favorite local channels.

o    Plug the included 10 ft. high-performance digital cable into the back of your television
o    Place Leaf Metro(Open Box) in a desired location
o    Scan for channels in your television menu
o    Try a few locations, scanning each time
o    Enjoy HD programming for free
o    Most popular & best rated indoor antenna on the market
o    Developed from U.S. Military Technology
o    Reversible and paintable to match décor
o    Complements any streaming device for maximum viewing options
o    25-mile range
o    Made in the USA
o    Same warranty policy as new antenna!

15.   Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard

If your friend or family member is into virtual reality, check out the Google Cardboard. You can get a viewer for just $15. After that, insert a smartphone into the viewer and boot up some virtual-reality apps and 360-degree videos and you'll be totally immersed.

Immersive experience
Step into stunning environments that stretch all around you. No matter where you look, it’s as if you’re really there.
Lots of content to explore
Discover thousands of VR apps and games, and a variety of captivating YouTube videos made to view with Cardboard. Travel the world, go onstage with your favorite artists, experience thrilling simulations, and more.
Works with your smartphone
Cardboard supports most Android or iOS phones with screen sizes from 4 to 6 inches.² It also has an interactive click button that works with all compatible phones.
$15.00 in the Google Store

Innoo Tech Oil Diffuser

Why not give the gift of relaxation? The Innoo Tech Oil Diffuser comes with seven LEDs that can change colors and emits a mist designed to make users relax. It also comes with support for e-books, so you can listen to books while relaxing.

About the Product
·         Ultrasonic Technology – Add the water and 2 to 3 drops of Essential Oil simply, ultrasonic vibrations diffuse the water and oil into the room for relaxing aromatherapy. And just enjoy the aromatherapy experience with your favorite scented essential oils in this essential oil diffuser, that helps revitalize your spirit and nurture relaxation.
·         Nightlight & Auto Shut-Off -- The diffuser's 7 color LEDs can create a wonderful, calming atmosphere or be used as a nightlight. The Auto Shut-Off function gives you peace of mind when using the diffuser, as when it is detected that there is no more water, the diffuser will automatically power off.
·         Best Gift Idea -- Perfect gift idea for family and friends who love aromatherapy or can benefit from Aromatherapy healing. Portable for Gym, Yoga, Baby Room, Office, Bedroom. Envelop a space up to 200 sq feet of your favorite scent anywhere you go.
·         Noise Reduction Technology -- With Advanced Ultrasonic Diffusing and Noise Reduction Technology, noise level is less than 35 db.
·         An Ironclad 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! -- We're confident that you're going to love this Essential Oil Diffuser, so Innoo Tech is offering it with an ironclad satisfaction guarantee. If you have any problems with your Aroma Diffuser, at any point during its lifetime, simple let us know and we will refund every penny of your purchase OR ship you another brand new home tool absolutely free.

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