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Tech Gifts at ALL prices for all Your Geeks

Are you still looking for tech gifts for the geeks you love this Holiday? Here it is, the Gadgetista’s official list.

Here is an “under $25” list of stuff that I would kill for!



This is great for anyone that is constantly losing their keys. For only $25, you’ll never again hear, “Have you seen my keys?” You can use it on laptops, portable gaming devices, backpack or purse or anything else you might regularly misplace. $25.00

“Tile” to keep track of your stuff









Belkin Swivel Charger

This is great for anyone that travels or uses a ton of devices and doesn’t have a lot of outlets.If you truly listen to your friends complain, you’ll get some great gift ideas! Good for 3 AC and 2 USB and it swivels so you don’t need to worry about something else being plugged in above or below it. $20.00

Belkin Swivel charger
Belkin Swivel charger












Do you have that one friend when you go to their house, their WiFi signal is lousy? Give the router that keeps on giving. This won’t set speed records and it’s not ideal for large homes.but it is less than $20. and it’s backward compatible with 802.11b or 802.11g routers. $19.20

TP Link
TP Link


See/Buy it on Amazon

Anker Battery Bank
When is the last time you heard someone say, “Oh my phone was dead?” Probably last night! Get everyone you know one of these and you’ll never hear it again! This comes with a micro USB cord and it’s 3350mAh so it’ll get you out of a bind. Buy it with an Amazon Basic Apple approved lightning cord for Apple users and they’ll be set!

Anker battery charger
Anker 3350mAh battery charger















“Under $50”

Creative Sound Blaster Jam

Creative Sound Blaster Jam
Creative Sound Blaster Jam











These are awesome for an over-the-ear Wireless headset and they are only $34.99 on Amazon.


Misfit Flash

Misfit Flash
Misfit Flash








This will be the only real fitness trackers you’ll find for $30 or less. It works with Android phones and iPhones, for tracking your steps.



Samsung VR

Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR







Okay, The Samsung Gear VR is not for everyone! You have to have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 but if you do…it’s very cool at 96 degrees to see a type of virtual reality. It plugs onto the front of your phone and you are in a different reality! $199.99


A few more ideas

Amazon Echo  $179

Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo















Roku TV 40″  $299

Roku TV
Roku TV

Apple Watch  $399

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Jawbone Up 2  $99

Jawbone Up 2
Jawbone Up 2

Spooky Fun Halloween Tech

Here are a few fun ways to incorporate some tech into your Halloween.


This is a sure fire way to freak out anyone with a pretty easy costume. Go to morphsuits.com and pick from a cyclopse mask or someone with an open heart wound in the form of a T-Shirt. Then download the app Digital Dudz and insert your smartphone  into the pocket provided in the costume for a freaky life-like effect.

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Want to dress up your door to freak out the trick or treaters? This full size video panel is available for $149 or you can go the 3-D effect and get an arm that will extend past for about $349. They have several versions available including an axe killer, zombies or a psychiatric nurse.


Wicked Lasers
You know you always wanted to be a Jedi!  At Wicked Lasers you can get the real light saber for $199. They also have some other portable lasers that have a 1 watt beam for $299.

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Shock Gunz

This crazy site has everything you need to scare the heck out of someone with noise, lights, chain saw sounds, whatever you fancy. The site doesn’t offer great pics of their products so you have to use your “Scaremagination.”

Get Your Mobile Devices Ready for Vacation

Smartphones and tablets on vacation
Make your smartphone vacation ready

When you are packing for vacation, chances are you are concentrating on clothes. You may want to give some thought to the mobile devices you are going to bring and what you may need to support it. Here are some ways to prepare your devices and accessories so you can be connected when you need to be.

Research Global Plans

Contact your carrier to see if switching to a global plan would benefit you based on the locations you are traveling to. Charges while roaming can quickly become astronomical. Without a global plan, data transferred will cost approximately $1.99/MB. Texts are $.50 for outgoing and incoming. Verizon has a fantastic Trip Planner that can help you decide if you need to ammend your plan for vacation. T-Mobile Global info | AT&T Global | Sprint

Download What You Won’t be Able to Access

Download books, music, games, apps, and movies ahead of time. Even if you switch to a global plan for the duration of your trip, it is still going to cost you per MB of data transferred. For this reason, it is a good idea to download anything you think you might need prior to sailing into a roaming area or worse, an area that completely lacks service.

Waterproof Your Devices

Get a waterproof case for your phone (or tablet) if you plan to take it with you on any  excursions that might involve the water or the beach. If you have a good camera on your smartphone, there is really no reason to bring an extra camera if you can waterproof it. If you have an older phone, basic phone or a phone that isn’t compatible with a LifeProof or OtterBox case, you can get a waterproof box that will fit one or two phones and perhaps some cash and credit cards. Just be careful not to let your smartphone and credit cards touch as the phone could render magnetic strip on the card useless. Also, keep your room key or cruise access passes away from your smartphone.

Use Airplane Mode

When you are traveling by plane, most airplines will allow you to keep cell phones and tablets on for the whole flight but they must be in airplane mode. When you are on a cruise out of cell phone range,  if put your device(s) in Airplane Mode. you will keep your device from constantly searching for signal. That process consumes a great deal of battery and you’ll find it draining rapidly without even using any of the voice or data services.

Set Date and Time Manually

While you are at sea or in another country using a different radio signal and you plan to use your phone for a watch or an alarm clock, you’ll need to set the date and time manually. When you put the device in airplane mode, it will no longer keep the correct time. Do this by turning off the network provided time and time zone and set it yourself. That way you can still use your phone for a watch and you’ll always have a camera on hand. Be aware, of any times changes if you are traveling across time zones.

A little preparation before you head on vacation will make for a better trip, especially if you are the type that is used to being “connected” at all times. The first few times you pick up your device to Google something and realize it’s either not possible or going to cost you a bundle will make you rethink being connected. You’ll be happy you downloaded what you may need and prepared your technology for it’s own vacation.

Check back next week for Part 2 of this series. I will tell you about some FANTASTIC accessories that will make your life and vacation easier, where your mobile devices are concerned, I have no control over air traffic!