2014 Dads and Grads Gift Guide—Technology


How about a very cool product for the photographer (tech) dad of the family – as well as for recent grads who enjoy photography? Taking indoor photos with a Nikon, Canon or something similar is very tricky — red eye, harsh shadows, that unflattering deer-in-headlights direct light from the camera’s pop-up flash — it’s even known to make newborns and babies cry!

Lightscoop products offer you no-tears photography. You just slip it onto your camera’s hot shoe and it bounces the light from the flash up to the ceiling or wall just like pros do with their expensive strobes.

The result? Your indoor photos look as nice as your outdoor photos.

The Lightscoop Deluxe is $36.95 and the Lightscoop Jr. for advanced compact cameras is $18.95, available on the Lightscoop website.

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As graduations and Father’s Day gear up, preserving those moments may seem trivial now but may be priceless as time goes on. With the popularity of social media and digital technology, sharing photos has changed. Everything is now digital. Gone are the hard copies of your favorite images that were kept scrap books or albums and marked names, places and dates of when they were taken.

Digital photography has made taking photos easier, but also discarding those images easier as well. Lost or damaged mobile devices, or deleting images to free have space are all threats to treasuring those moments in time.

Learn more about Nero and how it can help you save and backup digital images—or try it out yourself with a free trail offer at: http://www.nero.com/enu/products/nero-platinum/free-trial-download.php.


Lexar JumpDrive

What’s cool about a flash drive? Well, more than you would think! There are plenty of ways to use the drives outside of just storing important files and documents. You could create a photobook that could live on the drive, to showcase all your favorite family photos. Or, it could be turned into a ‘new school’ mix tape, hosting a selection of dad’s favorite jams that he can listen to at work or at home. Lexar, a leader in digital media accessories, offers great tech and photo options that any dad (or grad) would love. Below, please find our latest USB 3.0 JumpDrives that will store your images safety.

  • Lexar JumpDrive S33 USB 3.0 Flash Drive
    —For the hip dad, check out the stylish, swivel design of the S33 USB 3.0 JumpDrive available in bright colors like purple, green, teal, orange capacity drives.
  • Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 Flash Drive
    —For the dad juggling multiple hats, check out the S23 JumpDrive that stores and transfers content faster while coming in numerous colorful capacity options.
  • Lexar JumpDrive S73 USB 3.0 Flash Drive
    —For dad’s on-the-go, USB 3.0 technology provides impressive high-speed performance to transfer photos, videos, files, and more – 3X faster than the standard USB 2.0 flash drive. (Available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB).



While gadgets and gizmos are great go-to gifts, a subscription to an online database of video tutorials like lynda.com presents a unique gift idea—one that’s ideal for dads and grads of various interests.

lynda.com courses teach everything from Photoshop, to how to use social media, to career training tips and even organization tips. With nearly 2,500 courses to choose from and more than 100,000 videos, a lynda.com subscription is sure to be a gift your readers will enjoy. The best part, lynda.com is just $25 a month!


Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 7.37.59 PMMaya Night – Hand Made Leather and Cotton Tablet Sleeve – from NOVICA

Accents in handwoven cotton bring the beauty of Maya textiles to this design. Laura del Carmen Contreras designs a black leather sleeve for tablet PCs and iPads. Fully lined, the case is padded.



NETGEAR’s newest devices span from the fastest WiFi router on the market to a compact travel router – a must-have for those post-grad European backpacking vacations.

Dads & Grads want the latest technology to have a powerful network and stay connected wherever they may go.  Whether playing video games, accessing their favorite show from the backyard by the pool or staying connected while on vacation, NETGEAR’s latest products are perfect for tech loving dads and grads:

Trek Travel Router and Range Extender ($49.99) – Whether they’re enjoying a family vacation or backpacking through Europe, dads and grads will love this wallet-sized travel router. Perfect for unsecure airports, hotels and other public WiFi hotspots, the NETGEAR Trek lets you stay secure with firewall protection and allows you to share your internet connection with others in the group. Trek can be used as a router and wireless range extender (eliminating dead spots), and is powered by an outlet or a computer through the USB port.

Nighthawk 802.11ac WiFi Router ($199.99) – What good is the gift of Netflix, video games, or smartphones if your internet connection runs at turtle speed? Perfect for a dad or grad who wants the best streaming, gaming and mobile WiFi experience,  the Nighthawk delivers the fastest WiFi speeds (600 + 1300 Mbps) on the market and increases range and reliability for unmatched connectivity in the home. The Nighthawk is able to deliver a true, buffer free streaming experience and gives the Xbox 360 and Xbox One priority bandwidth for a lag-free gaming performance.  For mobile devices, the Nighthawk can improve WiFi speeds by up to 100% while providing unparalleled coverage throughout large homes and even backyards.

AC750 WiFi Range Extender ($89.99) – Easily eliminate wireless dead spots in the home with this simple device. All dad would have to do is plug the AC750 into a wall outlet, then light up LEAT&T Unite Pro Left Hi ResD arrows (which go dark after a few minutes) would point to where the extender would be better placed for optimal WiFi connection – closer to the dead spot or closer to the router. No wires, no hassle, no worries.

NETGEAR Unite Pro Hotspot at AT&T ($49.99) – The Unite Pro mobile hotspot allows the grad-on-the-go to stay connected around the world with high-speed Internet.  This sleek device incorporates a battery that lasts up to 16 hours and advanced security options so consumers can connect, browse and share with confidence throughout the day.  It can even charge a smartphone’s battery when it’s running low.


System Mechanic for PCs

System Mechanic is an easy-to-use software that cleans out and speeds up PCs. System Mechanic is the perfect gift for parents that use a computer, but don’t know how to keep it running smoothly. The world’s leading PC tune-up software, System Mechanic takes just minutes to install and can quickly optimize a PC.


Next Issue App

Next Issue App gives the gift of unlimited access to more than 130 of today’s best magazines—including their entire back catalogs!

Starting at just $9.99/month, it’s about the most economical way to explore your favorite titles all in one place including Rolling Stone, People, TIME, SELF, VOGUE, etc.

  • “All you can eat” model lets users customize their libraries and discover new content all within one app
  • Available on iOS, Android and Windows 8
  • Beautiful interface brings the joy of a physical newsstand to the palm of your hand
  • “Automatic download” feature ensures the latest issue of your favorite magazine is downloaded upon opening the app
  • One account can be shared over four devices, making it the most cost effective way for a family to explore the magazines they love
  • Unique digital-only features available on various titles – including downloadable playlists, embedded videos and extended photo slideshows
  • Email pages to friends and family to share favorite articles, new recipes or style inspiration


Anthony Gallo Acoustics 

Turn Dad’s living room into a movie theater with Anthony Gallo Acoustics (www.roundsound.com) Micro SE speakers! They are little 4” balls that sound WAY bigger than their size. 

But don’t take my word for it, this is what Cnet had to say:


For more information, pictures, and pricing, click here.


SANUS® TV Mounts

SANUS® is the #1 best selling TV mount brand in the United States.

If you’re tired of the old necktie and cufflinks routine, stray from traditional Father’s Day gifts and treat dad to a new kind of accessory – a SANUS TV wall mount. Offering a complete range of high-quality mounts, including full motion, fixed position and tilting, SANUS will elevate dad’s entertainment experience and transform his man cave.

Offering a complete line of TV wall mounts, including full motion, fixed position and tilting, SANUS has a mount perfect for any design layout. So whether barbequing and watching the game on the back patio with dad, or steaming a movie as you all gather around the outdoor fireplace, SANUS has a mount you. SANUS’ sleek mounting solutions are engineered with top industry technologies and tested to UL2442 standards, guaranteeing both style and safety. SANUS mounts are available at Best Buy, Costco, Target and Walmart stores, as well as local audio and video retailers nationwide.

What’s more, SANUS is making this Father’s Day gift giving even easier with its Father’s Day Sweepstakes. Four lucky winners will receive a VIZIO 32″ E-Series Smart HDTV and a SANUS Premium Series VSF415 Full Motion Mount ($410 value) to give dad on his big day. From May 19 through June 12, simply “like” the SANUS Facebook page and agree to the official rules for a chance to win the ultimate media makeover for dad. Winners will be selected at random every Friday during the promotion period.


dragonDragon (from Nuance Communications)

Dragon is incredibly accurate voice recognition software. It allows parents (and students) to get things done on their computers using only their voice (without typing)—write emails, draft documents, and surf the web. A time saving gift that is perfect for the modern parent or student.

Dragon starts at $74 for PC and $199 Mac.


Startech.com‘s Thunderbolt Docking Station

The Docking Station allows users to transform their MacBook or Ultrabook laptops into powerful full-featured workstations, all through a single Thunderbolt cable.With an integrated USB 3.0 hub and UASP support, the Thunderbolt Docking Station also features stereo mini-jacks for speaker/microphone support as well as HDMI and Thunderbolt outputs, allowing for up to six devices.The docking station is perfect for people who may bring their want the portability of a smaller computer to carry easier, but don’t want to sacrifice function when working.

The Docking Station retails for $249.99.



Polaroid  is expanding their ever growing line of hi-definition sports action cameras with their brand new XS100i.  The XS100i captures everything that Polaroid is all about: fun, capturing images and videos in the moment, and ease of use.

The Polaroid XS100i retails for $179.99.  The camera features built in Wi-Fi that allows you to adjust settings remotely, watch video in real time and share the videos you’ve taken.  Waterproof technology, low-light capabilities and a sleek, lightweight form enable action enthusiasts to capture and share all of life’s adventures.  Additionally, video and images can be captured virtually anywhere thanks to a variety of mounts that come standard with each model.

Also check out the Polaroid XS80 at http://www.polaroidstore.com/products/sport-and-action-video-cameras/polaroidxs80-hd-1080p-16mp-waterproof-sports-action-video-camera-with-mount.htm

The entire Polaroid line of action cameras can be found here: http://www.polaroidstore.com/store/categories/sport-and-action-video-cameras.htm


D-Link Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router and Charger (DIR-510L)

Moms, dads and grads will find this portable router and charger ideal for their arsenal of tools while on-the-go.

The AC750 Portable Router and Charger offers fast speeds and advanced performance, turning any connection into a fast 11AC hotspot. With dual band technology users will be able to share files, stream media and browse the internet with less radio congestion and interference at speeds up to 750 Mbps. It also doubles as a battery charger, with a built-in/high capacity rechargeable battery users can provide power to their devices. In addition, using the mydlink SharePort app, users can upload, download and stream multimedia and documents to and from a USB drive attached to the DIR-510L directly to their smartphone or tablet device.

Also, if you’re wondering how the portable router can come in handy, consider checking out D-Link’s latest blog explaining how to create your own private network – anytime, anywhere!


Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 5.54.04 PMiDeaTV

iDeaTV is a plug-and-play device allowing you to access a fully functional Android tablet right on your television screen!

iDeaTV simply plugs into a USB port on your TV and comes with a wireless keyboard and trackpad which then lets you easily navigate the millions of apps, games and even a mobile browser, like you would on regular tablet.  Unlike Chromecast, which is a closed platform, iDeaTV gives you limitless access from the Google Play store to streaming TV shows and movies and everything else you can do on a tablet, but conveniently on the large screen of your TV.  iDeaTV is currently available on Amazon for $59.99.

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