Technology

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 8.02.56 PMParrot Flower Power

The world’s first, most advanced plant sensor. Flower Power is equipped with Bluetooth Smart technology that connects to a mobile device and helps in the maintenance of plants. A dedicated app, developed with international botanists, offers access to +6,000 plants and alerts users of their plant’s every need. Available at Brookstone, Verizon & Parrot.com; MSRP $59.99.

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Vonage Mobile App

Last year, Americans spent approximately $19 billion on Valentine’s Day cards, candy, jewelry, flowers, clothing, meals and other gifts, according to the National Federation of Retailers. If you include airfare for those visiting their long distance significant other, that number doubles.   This Valentine’s day, Vonage wants to ease the economic toll that the holiday can take on couples in long distance relationships by suggesting a modern-day romantic evening  by video chatting with the Vonage Mobile app.

In the US alone, there are over 14 billion people in long distance relationships, many of whom cannot afford to visit their significant other for every holiday. Encourage your viewers to set a romantic scene with lit candles, dim lighting and red roses before signing into Vonage Mobile.  Couples can order fancy takeout and get classy by ordering a bottle of wine, then they can settle in for a long, romantic, cozy dinner for two using Vonage Mobile. The Vonage Mobile app is device agnostic meaning that Android users can video chat with their significant other regardless of their chosen cell phone. The Vonage Mobile app is free to use and can be downloaded from the iTunes app store here or the Google play store here.

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SoundbladeThe Soundblade (iMW545) Bluetooth Speaker by Altec Lansing

The Soundblade allows people to customize to match home/office décor and make music more portable for entertaining. The Soundblade portable Bluetooth speaker features voice confirmation, 2 x 1.5” full range Neodymium Drivers, Dual passive radiators for enhanced rich bass, and  an on board microphone for clear, hands-free communications! The Soundblade is available in assorted colors to compliment home and office décor.

  • ‘Portable Stereo Bluetooth speaker with Voice Confirmation
  • On board microphone for clear, hands-free communications
  • 3.5mm Aux in connector for added device compatibility
  • Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery (8 hours battery life)
  • Also available in assorted colors to compliment home & office decor

SRP: $99.00

Availability: Currently available on Amazon.com, Office Depot, MicroCenter, Fry’s

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FlexJobs 

One great Valentine Gift suggestion is a gift certificate to FlexJobs. FlexJobs lists only professional jobs that offer some type of flexibility, including work from home jobs, part-time, flex hours, etc. A large part of FlexJobs subscribers are retirement age people looking to keep their career with flexible terms. Many of the jobs posted on the site are senior level from CEO’s, VPs, Directors, etc. A month one gift certificate to join the site is $14.95, 3 month is $29.95 and one year is $49.95. https://www.flexjobs.com/giftcertificates

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sleep phonessleep phonessleep phones2SleepPhones 

Doctor-developed, SleepPhones is a cozy patented headband with built-in high-quality speakers that enable the user to fall asleep easily and comfortably—unlike bulky headphones and irritating ear buds that can be painful and frequently fall out. Just in time for the holidays, SleepPhones launched a wireless version that uses Bluetooth technology to pair with any MP3 player, smart phone and audio book. SleepPhones is a great gift for anyone who has trouble sleeping, commuters, new parents, travelers, college students, etc. It is especially perfect people if their significant other snores. The company has heard from couples that this product saved their marriage! (Wired, $40; Wireless, $100)

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runphones2RunPhones

RunPhones are durable headphones that are lightweight, incredibly soft and ultra comfortable that don’t fall out like ear buds. They wick away excess moisture, helping to keep users dry and comfortable.  Runners can hear traffic and other noises easily through the thin headband.  With sewn in high-quality speakers and a headband made of Polartec PowerDry mesh with 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, RunPhones speakers can be removed and the headband is machine washable. This is perfect for your gym friend or partner, anyone who likes to work out! ($35)

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Samsung ATIV One 5Samsung ATIV Style 5 One 

While the sleek design of the Samsung ATIV Style 5 One initially catches the eye, its multimedia performance and syncing capabilities make it the ideal home computer. Powered by an AMD A6 quad-core processor and featuring Samsung SoundAlive, the Style 5 One gives you a movie theater experience, in the comfort of your own home. Its multi-touch display and HomeSync Lite capabilities allow you to share photos, videos and documents easily across multiple devices. Price starts around $900.

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HP Pavilion x2 - detachedHP Pavilion 13z-p100 x2 

With a versatile detachable design, the efficiency and power of a notebook meets the flexibility and fun of a tablet in the HP Pavilion 13z-p100. The ultra-slim, touchscreen tablet is perfect for on-to-go use and the attachable keyboard is great for boosting productivity in every situation. Powered by AMD processors, the HP Pavilion 13z-p100 includes one battery in the tablet and another in the keyboard dock to extend the battery life. Price starts at $599.

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Lenovo Flex 14D and 15D dual-mode laptops

The Lenovo Flex 14D and 15D dual-mode laptops are flexible, thin and light with the ability to flip 300 degrees from laptop to stand mode. It’s a perfect way to enjoy movies on the go with the whole family or make the most of touchscreen applications to enhance your work experience.  When you’re relying heavily on the keyboard, keep your Flex in the classic laptop mode for maximum productivity. But when you’re focusing on touch applications, web chatting with friends or enjoying a film with the family, flip the screen 300 degrees to enter stand mode. Powered by an AMD A6 quad-core processor, the Lenovo Flex 14D and 15D have up to 9 hours of battery life between charges, which makes it an ideal companion for users on the go. Starting at $499 and available in Q1 2014, its one of the most affordable convertible laptops available!

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iport charge standiport charge standiPort Charge Case and Stand

The iPort Charge Case and Stand is the all-in-one iPad charger that promises to protect, charge and dock iPad or iPad mini at home or in the office. Charge Case and Stand is the only solution that can be charged and used in both landscape and portrait orientations, and it has three adjustable mounting angles. These optimum angles are ideal for FaceTime with a long-distance loved one. It’s also the first case of its kind that’s compatible with an Apple smart cover. Currently available for iPad 4G and iPad Mini, versions for iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina will ship in February for $119.95 and $99.95 and are sold in Apple Stores and on www.iPortProducts.com.

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bowflex boostBowflex Boost™ smart activity tracker

True love means wanting to spend the rest of your life with that special someone.  To ensure that you and your true love will enjoy each other’s company – while being in good health for a long time to come, here is a fitness product to get your Valentine:

The Bowflex Boost™ smart activity tracker band was designed for persons of all fitness levels. It’s a 24-hour monitoring band that tracks activities (calories, steps and distance) throughout the day and into the night.  It lets you personalize your daily goals, and offers insights that empower you to make positive change.

Designed with Bluetooth® Smart technology for wireless syncing, it provides extended battery life of up to 11 days.  Bowflex Boost™ is currently available for iOS devices 4s and higher. The free software is available through the iTunes® App StoreSM and automatically syncs with mobile devices, allowing the user to set and monitor progress toward daily fitness goals.  Boost is priced at $49.95.

Also check out Bowflex Insider: http://www.bowflexinsider.com/. The blog provides tips on fitness and healthy living.

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pressreaderpressreaderPressReader

PressReader is revolutionizing how digital content is delivered with an all-you-can-read library that gives you access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world with one simple login. Whether you have a mobile device or a computer, PressReader offers the convenience of providing you with the news you want online or offline anytime, anywhere. (Unlike Flipboard, PressReader provides completely full content of the publications in a very rich and easy-to-use mobile interface available across all platforms and devices.)

With access to a vast selection of top news in full-content customized to your country and language of choice, you’ll get in depth stories and the best journalism from the world’s most popular publications. Translate your article in up to 14 languages, listen to your news with on-demand audio, read stories seamlessly with our horizontal SmartFlow technology, share your favorite articles, or find all the articles about your topic using our cross title search functions. A whole new reading experience with tons of full-content to enjoy.

PressReader offers free access to select full-content top news daily but offers even more of selection – thousands of publications – at a monthly subscription price of $29.95. For more information, check out: http://www.pressreader.com/

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Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 4.58.25 AMHoneywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is a practical gift idea, perfect for homeowner’s mobility issues as you simply have to say what temperature you’d like it to be.

It will also alert you if there are temperature issues once you’ve left the house via its Total Connect App (perfect to combat freezing pipes and heat issues with animals or people during the summer).

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Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 7.20.26 AMMosaic

It’s holiday time, and the perfect gift is…Mosaic—an iPhone app that allows you to create a physical photo book directly from your phone. Whether it’s a gift to give to parents comprised of family photos and memories, for grandparents to brag about their grandkids, or for kids to share their favorites with their friends—a Mosaic photo book is a sleek and stylish way for women to display all of their favorite iPhone pictures.

Easy steps: Choose 20 iPhone/iPad photos to print on 20 pages all for $20! A hard copy photo album will then be delivered to your doorstep in fewer than 4 days..