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Back To School Gift Guide – Essentials Every PARENT Needs Now That Kids Are Back To School

September 8th, 2015 by Christen

Back To School Parents Gift Guide



The unofficial end of summer has come and gone and now parents everywhere are celebrating today, as most kids of all ages have now gone back to school!  We’ve polled our favorite back to school parents and super seasoned seniors for approved back to school essentials that every PARENT needs! From preparing your babies for their first day at school to sending your college freshman off to their first day off to college – you now have your home back and you’ll find the best gifts in our Back-To-School Gift Guide: Parents Edition below!


Apple TV

Apple TV

Apple TV: If your kid or spouse is invested in the Apple universe — he or she owns an iPhone, iPad or Mac, or already has lots of movies, TV shows, and music on iTunes — Apple TV is a better choice than the Roku. And even though it’s coming up on its third birthday, Apple is keeping its box fresh new channels every few months, including Watch ABC and FX Now, HBO Go, and HBO’s standalone subscription service, HBO Now. Better yet, it’s price is now down to $69.


Epson Expression XP-420

Epson Expression XP-420

Now’s the perfect time to get your home office back to tip top shape!  Perfect for upcoming school papers and projects, the Epson Expression XP-420 is a printer, scanner and copy machine that boasts a compact chassis with folding paper trays designed to minimize clutter in a busy workspace. Beyond the “small-in-one” design attributes, mobile professionals will appreciate the cloud-printing updates that can queue print jobs from a phone or a mobile browser. Whether you’re shopping for a small office’s multitasking machine or looking for a personal printer that won’t drain your savings on ink cartridge refills, the XP-420 is worth your investment.

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Apple iMac 5k Retina

There’s no better time like the present to invest in a new home computer for you and the kids.  Like the Mac Pro, the new iMac with 5K Retina display is a highly specialized product, not intended for everyday mainstream computing. One might even call it the iMac Pro, and for casual web surfing, social media, and even gaming, the less-expensive non-Retina version will do just fine.

Apple iPad Air 2

Apple iPad Air 2

Now that the most reading- and writing-friendly options are out of the way, we can dig into tablets could be used for work, but mostly lend themselves to the moments when you just need to kick back and relax. The Apple iPad Air 2 is high-end tablet with performance to match. There’s also the smaller iPad Mini 3, if you’d like a more portable option, but either model works great for surfing the Web, gaming, and streaming video. There are comparable Android models available (highlighted in the next two slides,) but if you’re comfy and cozy using iOS, picking the Apple tablet is an easy decision.



Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Galaxy Note5 is a stunning upgrade to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note line – more powerful and more personal than ever. Inspired by the design legacy of the Galaxy Note5, it ergonomically fits in one hand with a narrower bezel and curved back. The flat screen is great to write on and the curved shape makes it easier to use the phone with one hand.

Back To School Gift Guide: Ten Essentials Every Kid Needs Before Heading Back To School




Moto 360 Watch

The Moto 360’s been out for over a year, but it costs less than before and still does most of what other competing Android Wear watches do. If you have an Android phone and are looking for a smartwatch, this is still a good budget pick.




Logitech K480 Bluetooth Keyboard

Do you use your phone or tablet as an impromptu computer? The all-new K480 is designed to toggle between any three Bluetooth-enabled devices, be they Android, iOS, Windows or anything else. A built-in tray lets you stand most tablets and phones. It’s not as elegant as some dedicated iPad keyboard cases, but it’s far more versatile for home use, and — at just $50 — not too pricey.


Just in case you’re looking for more options, check out Best Buy’s Deal of the Day for the latest tech deals and unbelievable prices! Shop Online at


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Now that you have a list of tech deals perfect for you or your favorite back to school parent this year, which of these amazing back to school deals are you going to take advantage of this week?  Share your back to school shopping plans in the comment section below!


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Back To School Gift Guide [Kids] – Ten Essentials Every Kid Needs Before Heading Back To School

August 31st, 2015 by Tech Staff

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Long gone are the days of notebooks and #2 pencils making the top ranks of school syllabus sheets – now it’s all about going digital and going green (without costing you a lot of green.)  We’ve polled our favorite back-to-school kids of all ages for approved essentials that every kid needs! From elementary accessories to high tech computing – you’ll find the best gifts in our Back-To-School Gift Guide: Kids Edition below!


LG G Stylo

LG G Stylo

Forgot your laptop or notebook? No sweat. The LG G Stylo‘s built-in stylus and large, 5.7-inch screen give you room to write. It sells on T-Mobile, Sprint and Boost Mobile for between $200 and $300 and you can find a deal from Walmart Family Mobile with unlimited talk, data and web for $29.88/month.


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Hynes Eagle Cute Emoji Backpack

Ok, so it’s not technically classified as tech for kids, but anything Emoji-related is just too cool not to include for back to school!  Why not send your kids back to school with personal style! It’s a designer backpack will let everyone’s eyes light up.


For The Home:


Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast is a cheap and easy video streamer is arguably the best technology you can get for your home right now. These are small boxes or “sticks” you plug into any free HDMI port on a TV. The most affordable one at $35 or less is the Google Chromecast. It delivers most of the key streaming services (Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Pandora, YouTube, Watch ESPN and many others), but the main caveat is that you need to use your smartphone or tablet as the remote

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Sol Republic Punk

Sol Republic Punk: Looking for a more rugged wireless speaker? The Sol Republic Punk is water-resistant, so it’s great for the kids by the pool, beach or early morning back to school showers. Originally priced at $70, it can now be found for about $50 bucks.


For The Classroom


Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

Students, grab your pens and pencils. This Lenovo tablet features AnyPen technology which mean, well, you can essentially use any pen as a stylus. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen is ultra-compact, sitting at 8-inches, and it has a built-in kickstand to make using it in class easy. You can write an essay while it’s propped up on your lap or comfortably grip it by its chunky rounded edge while reading or surfing the Web.


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Fire HD 6 Kids Edition, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case

A full-featured Fire HD 6 or Fire HD 7 tablet that includes a beautiful HD display and Dolby Audio that’s perfect for watching movies like Finding Nemo, plus a fast quad-core processor that ensures quick app launch times and smooth games and video. Fire HD Kids Edition has a 2MP rear-facing camera that allows for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, and a front-facing camera that’s perfect for when you want to set up video calls between kids and grandparents.


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For Play


PlayStati0n 4

Back to school time is hard work, and kids of all ages can appreciate a reward like a new gaming console.  The time is now to buy a new-generation console and you can’t go wrong with a PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 system opens the door to an incredible journey through immersive new gaming worlds and a deeply connected gaming community. PS4 puts gamers first with an astounding launch lineup and over 180 games in development. Play amazing top-tier blockbusters and innovative indie hits on PS4.



VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

Perfect for young photographers, this durable smartwatch makes it easy to take photos and record videos on the go. They can also use the touch screen to explore their creativity with fun photo effects, frames and filters. The splash-proof smartwatch has four learning games, a voice recorder with 5 voice changing effects and a micro USB cable, which can be used to upload photos and videos as well as recharge the battery.


Looking for a few ideas for the college co-eds in your life?  Check out our picks for back to school college essentials below!

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Back To School Gift Guide 2015 – College Essentials CoEds Needs Before Heading To Campus



Just in case you’re looking for more options, check out Best Buy’s Deal of the Day for the latest tech deals and unbelievable prices! Shop Online at


Now that you have a list of tech deals perfect for you or your favorite student this year, which of these amazing back to school deals are you going to take advantage of this week?  Share your back to school shopping plans in the comment section below!

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Get The Scoop On Back To School #Tech4All From News One Now

August 7th, 2014 by Christen

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This morning I’ll be a guest on the News One Now morning show with Roland Martin discussing the latest in tech, affordable gadgets and deals that you can find in retailers today.  Who says Back To School shopping is just for students?  As one of the biggest technology shopping seasons of the year, now is the perfect time to grab the best deals online and in stores.  The combination of families stocking up on school supplies, college students shopping for electronics and select state sales tax holidays makes this one of the busiest times of the year for retailers and they’re giving up the best deals to earn your business.

Discover just a few Back To School deals that you can find from retailers such as Radio Shack, Target, WalMart and more below.

Reading, writing and arithmathic doesn’t stand a chance challenging parents and students armed with the right tablet and accessories this year.  Tablets are the best way to mobilize learning, entertainment and more while on the go and when you add accessories like Bluetooth keyboards and smart watches to the mix, the possibilities are endless!  Discover a wide variety of tablets, accessories and more for any student, any home/dorm room or budget below.


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Tablets & Accessories (range:  $499 – $49)

Samsung S Tab 8.4″ with Bluetooth keyboardGalaxy S5 & Gear 2 ($499, $149, $199 & $199)
The Samsung Galaxy S Tab is incredibly thin and light design so it’s easy to tote around and carry to class, add a Bluetooth keyboard and there’s no need for a laptop.  It’s Super AMOLED screen makes streaming movies during study breaks better than ever.  Students can easily view two applications side-by-side for easy multi-tasking with Multi Window and for a fully connected experience, sync up with the Galaxy S5 & Gear 2 from AT&T for a total immersion in the next big thing in technology.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet with Smartwatch 2 ($499 & $199)
As the slimmest and lightest waterproof LTE tablet, the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet powered by Verizon Wireless is a sight and sound powerhouse.  The Xperia Z2 tablet is the first tablet display with LIVE Color LED display, providing bright natural colors and perfectly sharp images on screen similar to enjoying a Sony BRAVIA HDTV experience.  The S-Force front surround sound speakers offers unmatched sound and noise canceling technology.  ($499)
The Sony Smartwatch 2 is unlike any other smart watch on the market, as the world’s first android smart watch with one-touch NFC, simply pair it with any android device using one simple touch. You of course have text messages, emails, Google Play apps and more available, but The SmartWatch 2 takes style a next step further by not limiting users to their wristband options, but you can use any standard 24mm wristband truly making the SmartWatch 2 a stylish statement piece of your own. ($199)
Great for students of all ages, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a great tablet to break into the tablet craze without breaking the bank.  Its’ 7″ screen makes it the perfect size that’s portable and comfortable to hold so it’s great for on-the-go use.  Plus it also has Multi-Window so you can view two applications side-by-side for easy multi-tasking. ($169)
Perfect for younger students or first time tablet users, the Proscan tablet with keyboard and case is compact, ultra-portable entertainment device that allows you to read email, surf the internet, read eBooks, view photos, play games, listen to music and watch video files.  It runs on Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It has wireless and Ethernet capabilities (with USB dongle), a microSD card slot and the Google Play app store and for $49 at WalMart, your can’t beat that tablet deal. ($49)

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After school & Dorm Room Entertainment (range:  $169 – $12)

The Slussen DJ Mix is the combination of pocket-sized hardware and app that allows you to take the party with you, wherever you go. Simply plug the adapter into your iPhone® or other iOS device. Connect your headphones and sound system into the adapter via the two 3.5mm jacks. Launch the app, and that’s it. Slussen’s pre-listening feature ensures that the tunes are always bumping, even while preparing your next track. ($12)

Roku 2 ($69)
Dive into 1,000+ channels of blockbuster movies, hot TV shows, sports and more in stunning 1080p HD. Turn up that late-night flick while the kids (or parents) or dorm room roommate sleep in peace when you plug the included headphones into the remote.  All you need is an internet connection and HULU, Netflix or cable account to get started.($69)
The new Samsung Level Earbuds and 360 sound bluetooth speaker is Samsung’s Next Big Thing in audio entertainment both high end audio accessories make the perfect accompaniment to your Samsung Galaxy device or tablet. ($149 and $169)
Add a little color that’ll have you seeing sounds with the Merkury Urban Beatz Large Headphones. Complete with a microphone feature and adjustable in-line volume control as well as quick access to volume and answer buttons, these headphones provide an uncompromising sound and call performance utilizing innovative function and performance with today’s technology for secluded sound. ($29)
The JLab Bombora headphones have full sound isolating ear cups, perfect for tuning out loud and obnoxious roommates.  Pair with a T-Mobile smartphone or tablet to experience T-Mobile Music Freedom, unlimited music streaming without data charges from ALL of the top music streaming services—only on the Un-carrier – T-Mobile. ($60)
The compact and stylish Logitech Wireless speaker lets you wirelessly connect to stream music, manage phone calls and control volume, perfect for life on the go.  Up to 5 hours of continuous portable play and crystal clear sound – on the road or at home plus pair with a T-Mobile smartphone or tablet to experience T-Mobile Music Freedom, unlimited music streaming without data charges from ALL of the top music streaming services. ($50)
The Pyramid speaker features a built-in mic and controls to take phone calls, connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to your smartphone, tablet, MP3 player and also offers crisp clear sound and up to 6 hours of continuous play time. ($50)
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Connected Home and  Dorm Room Accessories (range:  $32 – $100)

The Playbulb is a fresh new Bluetooth Smart LED speaker light allowing you to combine you light with music and control both from your mobile device.  You can play music from your iOS, Android or most other Bluetooth-enabled devices and is an ideal accessory for student dorms, apartments or any small spaces in need of light and sound. ($79)
Every 3.5 seconds, a mobile phone is lost or stolen. When you consider the threat to your sensitive data, your downtime and the cost of recovering your phone, you’ll see exactly why Proximo is the perfect tech accessory to help you keep track of your technology.  The Proximo Bluetooth trackers  will alert you with a customizable alarm the moment you move a set distance away from any of your devices using your iPhone/Android device or tracker fob. ($32)
Keep an eye on your home when you’re away with the Philips In.Sight wireless home monitor. Slim and unobtrusive, this monitor can be placed in any room of your house. Using your home wireless network, the monitor streams live video and audio directly to your iPhone or iPad, and alerts you when motion or sound is detected. The monitor also uploads recordings to a private web account that can be accessed on any computer–at home or away–for secure, convenient surveillance. ($45)
Quirky desk accessories Pivot Power & Space Bar ($20 & $100)
Pivot Power Pop bends to fit any sized plug or adapter without wasting a single outlet, but this version brings bold, head-turning hues. Finally, your power strip is something you’ll want to showcase, not something you’ll want to hide away.  Space Bar is a sleek desk accessory that minimizes clutter while providing additional USB ports for your computer. After a long day of work, slide your keyboard into the space below the shelf and store your office miscellany—keys, digital camera, etc.—up top. ($20 & $100)



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GIVEAWAY: Go Back-To-School With A Smartphone/Tablet Combo From Verizon Wireless

August 12th, 2013 by Christen



Many students kicked off this week back in the classroom and there’s no better way to take on a new school year than with a complete technology upgrade.  Whether you’re in high school or college a new smartphone and tablet can make all the difference in accomplishing a successful school year.  That’s where comes in!  We’re rewarding our most loyal readers with a new LG Optimus pre-paid smartphone and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 prize pack valued at $450 from Verizon Wireless!

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LG Optimus Exceed pre-paid smartphone from Verizon Wireless.


Optimus Exceed’s simple and easy-to-understand UI provides options for quick reply to received messages, quick access to four frequently used apps from the lock screen, and new widgets such as Quick Dialer. Make the most out of life with this LG cell phone. Whether you are making calls, sending emails or surfing the web, look to LG for smart, stylish and innovative mobile phones that meet your needs and suit your lifestyle.  Discover more from the  LG Optimus Exceed by Verizon Wireless.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from Verizon Wireless.

Slim and light, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is designed to be the hub of your media system. The 7.7–inch HD display will please movie buffs, while a preloaded app suggests shows for TV fans of all stripes. Video chat with friends using the front–facing webcam and connect to the Internet with the speed of 4G LTE.  Discover more from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from Verizon Wireless today.


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