Whenever I read about a new gadget or gizmo or buy myself something techie, I start thinking about whether it’s something that I would recommend to you or to someone who’s looking to buy you a gift. This list by no means covers all of the tech stuff that I would recommend because many things wouldn’t be relevant to this site, like my iLife robot vacuum cleaner. It’s cool technology that helps me keep the dog fur in check but it has nothing to do with computing, mobile devices or using the web. I’m sticking with that kind of stuff for this list. I hope that you find something useful or that it sparks an idea for that gift you’re looking for. All the links go straight to Amazon. I have an affiliate account so if you click on a link here and buy something there you’ll be helping to support Websmartboomer and it’s truly appreciated. Enjoy!
GETTING THINGS DONE
Amazon Echo Also known as "Alexa", the Echo is an omni-directional speaker and voice-activated personal assistant that will answer questions, challenge your knowledge of trivia, read audiobooks, report news, traffic and weather, provide sports scores and schedules, and more. It can also be used to control smart home devices.
Amazon Echo Dot Basically the same thing as the Echo but without the big speaker and with a much smaller price tag. You can get a bunch and put them around the house so that Alexa is always available to add something to the grocery list, set an alarm, or answer a question. I have the Echo and I use it all the time. I may have to get some Dots too!
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Pix-Star WiFi Frame This is a smart and simple digital picture frame that is updated via WiFi which makes photo sharing with family and friends as easy as pie. Manage it from the Web and create a multi-frame account to remotely control up to 25 frames from 1 single web account, TOTALLY FREE.
DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless Speaker At only 11.5 ounces this speaker packs quite the acoustical punch and is compatible with all Bluetooth devices and with other devices through a 3.5mm Aux in Jack. The built-in HD microphone and new echo-cancellation chipset make it convenient to use as a speaker for hands-free calls, Skype, or FaceTime with your children and grandchildren.
READING AND ENTERTAINMENT
Kindle Paperwhite The best-selling e-reader from Amazon has WiFi, a built-in light for night reading and a no-glare screen for day reading — even in sunlight. A single battery charge lasts weeks and do you know why? This is cool, I read about this technology when the Kindle first came out. It’s only using power when you turn the page, download a book or perform some other action. Yep, that’s right, when you're only reading you’re not draining the battery.
Fire HD 8 Tablet The tablet comes with a stunning 8" HD Display, WiFi, 12 hour batter life, 16 or 32 GB internal storage, and a microSD slot for up to 200 GB of expandable storage. Read, watch movies, listen to music, play games and more with the all-new Fire which also includes access to Alexa cloud based voice service.
Wireless Printer If you don’t have a wireless printer, get one, now, just do it. You’ll kick yourself for not having done it sooner. I’ll tell you which one I have but I’ll leave it up to you to go to Amazon or another online store to find one with the features you want for the printing jobs that you need to do. It’s such a personal choice, kind of like buying a purse or a wallet, don’t you think? I don’t print pictures, I don't use my printer too much so I just wanted something very basic for black and white printing. The Brother HL-L2340DW was the one that I settled on and I’ve been happy with it. Connecting with the wireless network was a snap and now we print wirelessly from anywhere in the house from any mobile device or computer. Simply wonderful!
Portable Charger There are so many good ones on the market. Personally, I have an Anker PowerCore+ mini. It’s about the size of a lipstick tube, works like a charm, and what a great price! As far I’m concerned any charger made by Anker is worth considering. For something with more juice take a look RAVPower 16750mAh 4.5A Dual USB Output Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank and the Jackery Giant+ Premium. Whether you’re home during a power outage or out and about crossing things off your bucket list, this is a must-have.
Maxboost 4.8A/24W 2 Smart Port Car Charger A USB charger for all your mobile devices. Dual smart USB ports quickly and easily identify your mobile devices, to provide optimal charging efficiency. Another super cheap must-have for your mobile devices.
Sabrent 4 Port Mini Portable USB 3.0 Hub With this Windows/Mac/Linux compatible hub you can connect up to 4 USB 3.0, 2.0, or 1.1 devices to any USB 3.0 or 2.0 capable computer. A USB hub should be part of your web smart tech arsenal!
Poweradd 2-Outlet Charger Adapter For you international adventure seekers, make sure to pack a power adapter. The Poweradd is a 2-outlet international power AC adapter that’s compatible with outlets in more than 150 countries.
Accell 3-Outlet Travel Surge Protector Rugged and ready to go this surge protector also has 2 USB charging outlets for your mobile devices. 360 Electrical 36053 Power Curve Mobile Surge Protector also has some great features including rotating outlets, fold and travel design, and dual device fast-charging capability.
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