Great Gifts For Dads And Grads • May 14, 2015
Father’s Day and graduation always pop up at the same time of year and
Mario Armstrong, Emmy Award™ Winning Technology and Digital Lifestyle Commentator has some great gift ideas to help show your dad the love he deserves and to celebrate the grad reaching one of life’s major milestones.
Surface 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop and is the thinnest and lightest Surface yet. Powerful and efficient, Surface 3 is optimized to run full Windows and Office and features up to 10 hours of video-playback battery life. The ability to run Windows apps and the versatile pen experience — great for taking notes or marking documents — make Surface 3 ideal for students, schools and anyone looking for a portable device to get things done. The 4G LTE-ready version, Surface 3 (4G LTE), offers even more mobility.
Other features of Surface 3
• 10.8-inch ClearType Full HD Plus Display (10-point multi-touch)
• Quad-core Intel® Atom™ x7-Z8700 processor
• 3.5 megapixel 1080p front-facing camera
• 8.0 megapixel 1080p rear-facing camera with auto-focus
• Full-size USB 3.0
• Micro USB charging port (passes power and USB 2.0 data)
• Stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio-enhanced sound
• Dimensions: 10.51 x 7.36 x 0.34 inches (267 x 187 x 8.7 millimeters)
• Weight: 1.37 pounds (622 grams)
2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage $499
4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage $599
Surface 3 (4G LTE)
2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage $599
4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage $699
Fire TV Stick ($39) is a small stick that plugs into the HDMI port of your HDTV for instant access to the most popular video and music services like Netflix, Prime Instant Video, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, NBA Game Time, Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, and more. The Fire TV Stick comes with a remote control for simple and easy navigation—finding your favorite shows like Amazon’s Transparent, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, and True Detective is intuitive and quick. On top of all this, with Amazon Instant Video on Fire TV Stick, you can rent or buy from the largest selection of movies and TV episodes. This streaming stick is perfect for the grad in your life—at just $39, you can cut your cable bill and simply stream all your favorite TV episodes and movies.
Some of the exclusive features that come with Fire TV include the new X-Ray for Fire TV, ASAP and Captive Portal. With X-Ray for Fire TV, you can instantly answer that classic movie-watching question “Who is that actor again?” with just a quick click of your Amazon Fire TV remote—it solves the need to fumble for your phone and search IMDb when you want more information on the TV series or movie you’re watching. With ASAP, Amazon has built technology that essentially eliminates the dreaded buffering spinner you may experience when you’re trying to watch a show or movie. ASAP on Amazon Instant Video instantly queues up the next show or movie you’re going to watch so you no longer have to wait for it to load. Finally, captive portal is something you won’t find on any other set top box or streaming stick. This feature allows you to connect your Fire TV Stick to your dormitory or hotel wi-fi and instantly stream thousands of TV shows and movies—no more paying costly cable bills in your dorm room, or renting those $10 movies in your hotel room when you’re traveling, simply plug in your Fire TV Stick and get instant access to tons of movies and TV episodes right at your fingertips.
Fire TV Stick
LG unveiled its eagerly anticipated LG G4 smartphone last month and it will soon be available to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Best Buy customers. With the G4, LG focused on delivering comfortable elegance through its genuine full-grain leather backs and a great visual experience through its stunning 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display and groundbreaking 16-megapxiel camera.
Share Wireless Mobile Storage Across All Your Mobile Devices
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive gives you up to 64 GB** of wireless mobile storage, making it easy to access all your favorite videos, photos, music, and files across your mobile devices. This compact and portable drive works anywhere—no Internet connection, cables, or router required. It has a range of 150 feet, streams up to 4 hours of video on a single charge, and recharges via your computer’s USB port.
** 1 GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive
Casio’s new sleek and stylish EDIFICE EQB510D-1A men’s timepiece features Casio’s Mobile Link Technology and connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth® SMART. It works with Casio’s WATCH+ app to display the time in over 300 cities worldwide or set alarms and there’s also a phone finder function on the watch to help find where you left your phone, even if it is on silent. Plus, the watch features Casio’s Tough Solar Power which eliminates the need for battery changes.
From iHome, the best selling digital speaker company in the world, meet the new stylish pocket-size iBT12 “SoundFlask” Bluetooth Speaker with Speakerphone. An iconic design and ultra-thin unit packs a dual coil speaker and amp for amazing sound beyond size and a rechargeable battery that’ll play music for over 8 hours.
Easily stream digital audio from any bluetooth-enabled smart device and conveniently take calls via its digital voice echo noise cancellation speakerphone… Only $49.99, it even comes with a custom protective case with charging cable storage pouch, as well as a carabiner clip for easy portability… Listen responsibly!