With Mario Armstrong, Technology and Digital Lifestyle Commentator
It happens every year: you give and receive holiday gifts that are rarely, if ever used. This holiday season, consumers are looking for gifts that are fabulous and practical and at the same time have all the tech bells and whistles, but still ring true with our lifestyles.
Mario Armstrong, Technology and Digital Lifestyle Commentator, offers up some of the most fabulous and useful holiday gift ideas from the tech and digital world.
Windows 8.1 is even more personalized. Customize tiles on your start screen, lock your screen to show your calendar or use improved apps like Calendar and Skype to keep you better connected. Display and use up to four apps side by side with Windows 8.1. Most of us are multi-tasking throughout the day and your PC should too.
Surface was designed to be the one device for everything in your life. Every Surface offers ports, Office, and Covers. Whatever you want to imagine, create, and share—Surface makes it possible to do it all. And more.
Surface 2 is the most productive tablet running Windows 8.1 with greater personalization, search, built-in apps, and cloud connectivity.
It’s powered to make apps run faster and smoother with a battery life of up to 10 hours of video playback.
Its camera resolution is even better with a 3.5-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera, both capable of capturing video and features improved low-light performance, making face-to-face conversation with your favorite people crisp and clear.
|Weight||Less than 1.49 lbs|
|Dimensions||10.81" x 6.79" x 0.35"|
|Processor||NVIDIA Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7GHz quad core|
|Storage||2 GB RAM|
|Price||Starting at $449|
The Dell XPS 18 hits the sweet spot between mobile entertainment and desktop-level productivity. Weighing only 5 lbs., it can be easily transported around the house—for watching movies, playing games, viewing recipes or creating presentations.
With 5 hours of battery, you can enjoy it anywhere with its two flip-out feet so you can play games, do homework or watch shows the way you want.
|Dimensions||18.25" x 11.17" x 0.7"|
|Processor||Intel® Pentium® processor 2117U (2M Cache, 1.8 GHz)|
|Storage||500 GB HDD|
|Battery||Up to 5 hrs|
|Price||Starting at $999|
Visit Windows.com for the latest devices and great apps for everyone on your list.
DECK fuses the sound and style of SOL REPUBLIC to the cutting edge technology of Motorola to create the Bluetooth speaker with Heist Mode. Up to 5 friends can wirelessly pair to DECK and take over the playlist for the party. Powered by 360° full sound and Super-Power Wireless, this speaker projects great sound from up to 300 feet away.
Other great features include
• Hit the Outdoor Mode button for a boost in sound you can hear further away
• Daisy-chain DECKs together to create a wall of sound by using the Stereo-Out Jack
• DECK moonlights as an speakerphone so all your calls can be hands free
• Transport and protect your DECK in style with the included acoustically transparent case
• Built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 10 hours of play time
Spread holiday cheer this year with customized gifts & cards from Snapfish by HP!
Premium Card Sets
This season, Snapfish is offering an exclusive and unbeatable holiday card deal with Premium Card Sets. Choose from dozens of fresh and fun designs to create a beautiful 5×7 flat photo card on premium cardstock paper. Impress friends and family with personalization on the front and back, including a printed return address on your envelopes. The best part? Cards are 99 cents each (for a set of 50) and includes free 2-day shipping.
2014 Photo Calendar Gift Pack
Bring joy to friends and family with the brand new 2014 Photo Calendar Gift Pack. Now you can make the perfect holiday gift in three easy steps for one low price. To create your personalized 12-month calendar: choose from new and classic designs, and customize with special dates, photos and text. Snapfish makes giving simple with high-quality gift sleeves for a beautiful finish under the tree. You can even add a personal touch with a handwritten note on the gift tag. The Photo Calendar Gift Pack includes three 8.5 x 11 calendars in gift sleeves, all for $34.99 shipped.
Find these new gifts and more ways to cherish your favorite memories at Snapfish.com.
Consumers who want to master the holiday season, may want to turn to MasterCard. A unique and new option for cardholders is the Priceless Cities program. if you’re looking for a gift for someone who is a chef or a golf lover, for example, go to www.priceless.com and get exclusive access to food, sports, travel and entertainment events in a nearby city.
Gift cards are a good bet, too. Last year, 60% of those surveyed said they wanted a gift card for the holidays. These can be personalized with photos and messages – and with a card like this, you never have to worry about returns and re-gifting. MasterCard gift cards are available at local merchants or on GiftCards.com and can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted.
The Schick Hydro® 5 is a complete reinvention of the razor that’s so advanced, it changes the whole shaving experience. It’s equipped with an exclusive Hydrating Gel Reservoir that hydrates skin throughout each shave and helps reduce friction, plus five 5 Ultra Glide® Blades with built-in Skin Guards that help reduce irritation. The Hydrating Gel Reservoir flips back to reveal all five blades for a precise trim in hard to reach areas, like the upper lip, and the ergonomically designed handle fits comfortably in your hand. Experience Schick’s best shave for your skin. Available at food, drug and mass stores nationwide.