2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide—Technology

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.


AT&T Unite Pro Left Hi ResAT&T Unite Pro Mobile Hotspot

The AT&T Unite Pro Mobile Hotspot is a product that is ideally suited for everyone in the family. Whether you’re on a road trip, at a temporary worksite, in a weekend cabin, at the park, or working from the sidelines of your child’s soccer game — there are times when Wi-Fi access is essential, and you don’t want to be limited to just your phone. A mobile hotspot from AT&T and NETGEAR gives you secure Internet access via AT&T’s 4G LTE network. It’s ideal for families, seniors, small offices, telecommuters, students and road warriors to share a single mobile data connection with multiple WiFi devices, bringing WiFi to you wherever you need it.

Product Specs: AT&T Unite Pro by NETGEAR

• Connect up to 15 Wi-Fi devices

• Secure Internet access via AT&T’s 4G LTE network

• Easy to use color touchscreen

• Up to 16 hours of battery life

• Battery Boost to keep your smartphone going

• Dual-band Wi-Fi for maximum reliability and speed with compatible Wi-Fi devices

Price: $49.99 with a new two-year contract

Availability:  Now, at AT&T stores and http://www.att.com/unitepro

More info with 1 min video: http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=25108&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=37297



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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