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How to get the Spotify widget on your phone and control music from the home screen

You can add a Spotify widget to your phone's home screen on both iPhone and Android, but what the widget does will differ on each phone. Installing the Spotify app gives you access to its widget.Mr.Whiskey/Shutterstock You can add a Spotify widget to your phone's home screen on both iPhone and Android. The Spotify widget on iPhone shows you the albums and playlists you've listened to recently. On Android, the Spotify widget lets you play, pause, fast forward, and rewind through your songs. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Widgets are small pop-ups that give you information or let you access your favorite apps without having to open them. Your phone in particular comes pre-loaded with widgets for the weather, your photos, and more. And as you install new apps, your widgets list just grows larger.Spotify now offers widgets for both iPhone and Androids. What the widget does on both devices is a bit different, but both are just as simple to install.Here's how to get the Spotify widget on your phone's home screen and quickly access all your favorite tunes.How to get the Spotify widget on iPhoneThis works on iPads, too.1. Press and hold your finger down on any empty space on your iPhone's home screen, or on the dedicated widgets page to the far-left.2. When everything starts shaking, tap the plus sign that appears in the top-left corner of the screen.3. Scroll down to the long list of every app that offers a widget, and select Spotify.4. Choose what size you want the widget to be — it can either be a small square or a long rectangle — and then tap Add Widget.You'll find Spotify in the list of apps with widgets.Spotify; William Antonelli/Insider5. The Spotify widget will appear on the page you chose. Tap and hold it to drag it around, and move it to the spot you want.6. Once you've got it placed, tap Done in the top-right corner.Depending on which size you chose, your iPhone's Spotify widget shows the last playlist or album that you listened to, or the last five albums and playlists. Tap any one of them to launch Spotify and skip straight to that playlist or album.If you want to move or delete the widget later, just press and hold your finger on it like any app.How to get the Spotify widget on Android1. Press and hold your finger on any empty space on your Android's home screen, then tap Widgets when the option appears.2. The Widgets menu will appear. Scroll down and select Spotify.3. It'll offer you a "4 x 1" widget. Tap and hold your finger on this widget, then drag and drop it in the spot you want.Android phones only offer one size for the Spotify widget.Spotify; William Antonelli/InsiderOnce you drop the widget, it'll morph to show whatever song you're currently playing. You can then use its controls to play, pause, fast forward, and rewind through your music. You can also tap the song's name to launch Spotify and skip straight to the album or playlist you're listening to it from.If you want to move or delete the widget later, tap and hold your finger on it just like any app.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytJan 14th, 2022

32 cheap tech gifts under $25, from smart bulbs to wireless earbuds

These are the best cheap tech gifts under $25, including speakers, earbuds, cables, wireless keyboards, accessories, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.There are plenty of great tech gifts available for under $25.Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Tech gifts can be expensive, but there are tons of affordable options out there for shoppers on a budget. Some gift ideas under $25 include the Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker, Fire TV Stick, and more. For more recommendations, check out all of our gift guides. Tech products make great gifts, as there are plenty of cool gadgets and accessories available in the $25 and under range.These affordable items are often designed to solve little problems or complement other products, making them easier to use. Better yet, they're usually things that friends and relatives never think about getting for themselves, making them excellent gift ideas.For under $25, you can find all sorts of fun, useful, entertaining, and creative tech gifts. With different needs in mind, we rounded up several budget-friendly products perfect for that special tech fan in your life. You'll probably find a little something for yourself in here, too.A streaming device to bring popular apps to any TVAmazonAmazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, available at Amazon, $19.99This inexpensive media device brings access to apps like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and many more to any TV with an HDMI port. It can also make an older smart TV that's become sluggish feel snappy again.The Fire TV Stick plugs right into your TV's HDMI input and includes an Alexa voice remote. This model maxes out at HD quality, though, so you'll need to pay more for a device that can stream in 4K.A pair of wireless earbudsBest BuyJlab Go Air Pop True Wireless Earbuds, available at Best Buy, $14.99There's no need to spend big to ditch the wires and get on the popular wireless earbuds train. The Jlab Go Air Pop may lack premium features like noise cancellation, but they do a great job focusing on the basics and punch way above their price tag in sound quality. Jlab says the earbuds get a total of 32 hours of music playback, with the case's charge included. We also love the built-in USB charging cable that means you'll never have to fish for a cable when you're out and about. More storage for their Nintendo SwitchAmazonSanDisk 128GB microSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch, $20.95Nintendo's standard Switch model comes with a paltry 32GB of storage space, which can easily become full with just a few games. This SanDisk 128GB microSDXC card quadruples the console's storage space, and it has all the proper standards so you know it'll work with any Nintendo Switch. A high-speed HDMI cable ready for next-gen gamingAmazonAmazon Basics 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cable (6 feet), available on Amazon, $9.74Between streaming boxes, video game consoles, Blu-ray players, AV receivers, and computers, there's never a shortage of devices we need to plug into a TV or monitor. HDMI cables always come in handy, and this Amazon Basics high-speed model is rated for all the latest and greatest video specifications. With a bandwidth capability of 48Gbps, this HDMI 2.1 cable will properly transmit 4K and HDR content, even at 120Hz. This makes it a great fit for next-gen gaming consoles like the PS5 or Xbox Series X. A plug-in for more Wi-Fi coverageAmazonTP-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Extender, available on Amazon, $23.99Wi-Fi signals can sometimes struggle to reach every corner of large living spaces. This can be especially challenging if you're working from home. The TP-Link AC750 WiFi Extender can plug into most common outlets to cover up to 1,500 square feet in your home. After you hit the WPS button on your home router, you'll have to hit the range extender on your TP-Link device. After that you'll be able to get dual-band speeds of up to 750 Mbps in otherwise difficult-to-reach areas in your home.A charger without the hassle of untangling wiresAmazonYootech Wireless Charger, available on Amazon, $12.99The Yootech Wireless Charger covers a number of bases. It supports a 7.5W charging mode for select iPhones, a 10W charging mode to cover select Samsung Galaxy Notes, and a 5W charging mode for Google Pixel models and other Qi-chargeable phones.As long as these types of phones have a case less or equal to 4 mm, the charger should be able to charge them. And aside from smartphones, the charger will let you charge AirPods and AirPods Pro as well.A fun phone caseCase MateCase-Mate Phone Cases for iPhone and Samsung, available on Amazon, from $19.95For the colorful types out there, Case-Mate has a wide range of cases for iPhones and Samsung phones, including ones that are iridescent, full of glitter, or covered in real pressed flowers. Colorful, shiny, and glittery isn't everyone's style, and Case-Mate has a selection of more reserved and sleek cases, including leather cases, clear cases, and stylish plastic cases that offer protection for that person who simply won't get a case for themselves.Keep in mind, however, that while Case-Mate offers several models in the $25 and under range, some of its cases do exceed that budget, including some of its new iPhone 13 models.A ring light to upgrade your Zoom callsAmazonLED Ring Light with Tripod Stand & Phone Holder from UBeeSize, $21.99Now that working from home has become more common, we're relying on video calls more than ever — often in less than ideal lighting conditions. This ring light can help improve the quality of your daily Zoom calls with three different lighting modes, a tripod for your phone, and a Bluetooth remote so that you can control your phone while it's in the stand.Give AirPods a protective homeInsignia / Best BuyInsignia Case for Apple AirPods Pro, starting at $11.99This AirPods Pro case by Insignia is a super easy and inexpensive gift that AirPod owners will appreciate. The case is made of protective silicone that not only prevents scratches and damage from drops and impacts, but reduces the amount of dirt and dust that can make its way into an AirPods charging case. The carabiner is a great little touch that lets the user attach their AirPods case to anything they often carry out with them. It's a nice solution to keep AirPods where you know they'll always be found. The case is available in a variety of different colors, too.A desk stand for your phone that doubles as a chargerAmazonAnker Wireless Charger, available on Amazon, $19.99This desk stand from Anker makes it easy to prop up your phone on any surface and wirelessly charge it at the same time. It can charge Android phones at up to 10W charging speeds, and iPhones up to 7.5W. A PopSocket gripPopSocketPopSocket Grip, available on PopSocket, from $8PopSocket grips stick on the back of any phone or tablet to provide a comfortable grip, but they can also be used as a stand. The thing that makes PopSockets so giftable is their affordability and sheer usefulness — people love them, as they help devices keep more secure in your hands and help prevent accidental drops. That, and they come in so many different styles. You can give your loved one a PopSocket with their favorite sports team, pop culture fandom, or animal on it.A smart light bulb that can add some color to your living roomAmazonTP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Bulb, available on B&H, $9.99You don't need to spend a lot of time or money to add some smart lighting to your living room. This color-changing smart light bulb from TP-Link could make a great gift for anyone looking to spice up their home lighting with different color and brightness options to fit the mood. It also doesn't require any extra equipment like a hub or a bridge; just connect it to your home Wi-Fi, download the Kasa app, and you're good to go. It works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, too.A compact Bluetooth speaker for everywhereAnker / WalmartAnker SoundCore Mini Bluetooth Speaker, available at Amazon, $24.99The SoundCore mini is a compact wireless speaker with a 15-hour battery life, a 66-foot Bluetooth range, and 5W of sound. It doesn't have water resistance, but it'll still work just fine in a bathroom. It brings better sound and louder volume than a phone can deliver, and it's perfect for listening to podcasts and music around the house, chilling outside, and on camping trips.  Replacing those lost headphone dongles for iPhonesHollis Johnson/Business InsiderApple Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter dongle, available on Amazon, $7.20Apple's iPhones used to come with a headphone adapter but new models no longer include one. This is one of those items that shoppers ache to buy for themselves because it shouldn't cost you an extra $10 to use your wired headphones. This makes the dongle an excellent gift, however, as many iPhone owners can make good use of it.Tech-friendly touchscreen glovesAmazonAchiou Winter Knit Touchscreen Gloves, available on Amazon, from $10.99Anyone who lives in a place where it gets cold in winter knows that you have to remove gloves to use a smartphone outdoors. Essentially, a phone's screen doesn't register a finger's touch through a standard glove's material. But Aichou's bestselling winter gloves have special pads on the thumb, forefinger, and middle finger that can be registered by your phone's screen, letting the wearer keep the gloves on when it's freezing outside.  A next-level screen cleaning kitAmazonWhoosh! Screen Cleaner Kit, available on Amazon, $17.50The Whoosh! Screen Cleaner Kit is an alcohol and ammonia-free screen cleaner that's safe on phone screens. Unlike harsher cleaners, it won't strip screens from the factory coatings, namely the oleophobic coatings that prevent screens from getting all gummed up with finger oils. Coming with a pocket-sized bottle of cleaning spray and two cloths, this kit will also clean tablets, e-readers, TVs, Kindles, and almost anything else with a display. We should note, however, that Whoosh doesn't claim that its cleaner kills bacteria or viruses. Also, we've had mixed results with the Whoosh cleaner on MacBook screens, so you may want to avoid using it with Apple laptops.An iPhone tassel cable with chargingAmazonOneenjoy Tassel Cable for iPhone, available on Amazon, $11.59This handy leather tassel keychain includes a hidden USB-to-Lightning cable for charging an Apple device on the go with an external battery or with a charging brick. A water-resistant smartphone armbandAmazonTribe Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband Case, available on Amazon, from $14.98A great gift for runners and fitness enthusiasts, the Tribe cell phone armband case secures your phone to your arm in a case that repels rain. The arm band is fully adjustable elastic, and it comes in three sizes that can accommodate pretty much any phone size. Your phone retains full touchscreen functionality while it's in the case, and the band also includes a handy key holder and headphone jack. A charging brick to quickly power phonesAmazonAnker 20W Nano Pro USB-C charger, available at Amazon, $19.99Anker's USB-C 20W Wall Adapter will charge iPhones and most Android phones at their top capable speeds. Anyone who has a newer iPhone will appreciate being able to take advantage of faster charging speeds. Just note, this item does not include a cable.Grips for the Nintendo Switch's Joy Con controllersAmazon / FyoungFyoung Controller Grips for Nintendo Switch Joy Con, available on Amazon, from $10.99These Joy Con controller grips by Fyoung give players a better and more comfortable traditional console-style grip on the small Switch Joy Con controllers. They have full-size left and right bumper buttons, and they stay in place, even when you move them and shake them around for certain games. These are a no-brainer for Switch-owning friends and family. They come in a variety of colors to match controller colors, too. An adjustable phone standAmazonLamicall Adjustable Phone stand, available on Amazon, from $9.99The Lamicall Phone Stand lets you (or your loved ones) mount your phone at an adjustable angle, which works great when you don't want to hold or touch your phone. Think streaming a video while you cook or sitting at a table, holding a video call with friends or family, or keeping a recipe visible while cooking. It fits any phone and can accommodate most cases, but thicker cases may not fit in the stand's lower arms. It's also easy to adjust, and can flip between portrait and landscape modes. The stand is made of metal and comes in a variety of colors, too.A headphone holder for their deskAmazonBrainwavz Hengja Headphone Hanger, available on Amazon, $14.99The Brainwavz Hengja is an essential gift for a friend who has on-ear or over-ear headphones. This adjustable headphone hanger clamps horizontally or vertically onto a table, shelf, or even a thin wall. The clamp is tightened onto a surface with a flat piece of metal that you can screw to tighten with the included tool.It's made entirely of metal, so it's quite sturdy and will fit and support pretty much any headphone size. It only comes in a black color option. A Wi-Fi smart plug for smart homesAmazonKasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini (2-pack), available on Amazon, $17.99You can connect any device to the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini, from lamps to fans and air conditioners, to make it a smart device that you can control from a phone via the Kasa app, or via a smart assistant like Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. Some of the "smart" things you can do with the Kasa smart plug includes adding routines to turn your plugged-in devices on or off. You can also check up and turn on or off those electrical devices remotely via the Kasa app, which works great to give you peace of mind when you're away from home. Glasses with a blue-light filterAmazonCyxus Vintage Retro Blue Light Filter Glasses, available on Amazon, $19.99It seems every day, more and more research is coming out about the dangers of over-exposure to blue light from phone and computer screens. A 2018 study showed that too much blue light can increase your risk of blindness.The Cyxus Vintage Retro Blue Light Filter Glasses filter out 90% of the blue light emitted from screens and barely affects the image. Blue light filters prevent eye dryness and general fatigue from staring at a screen too long, and these glasses are a good, affordable gift for anyone who you know to work in front of a computer screen for long hours.A cheap but effective laptop bagAmazonAmazonBasics Laptop Bag, available on Amazon, $13.15Amazon is full of laptop bags of all prices, but the AmazonBasics Laptop Bag is one of the top-rated, and it gets the job done for an affordable price. It comes in 10-, 11.6-, 14-, 15.6-, and 17.3-inch models to accommodate different laptop sizes, as well as a smaller version for tablets. Plus, it has extra pockets for mice, cell phones, pens, and other small gadgets you might be carrying. A long USB-A to Lightning charging cableAmazonAnker Powerline+ II Lightning Cable, available on Amazon, $19.54No one ever has enough charging cables for their iPhones or iPads. Plus, longer cables like this 10-foot model make it easier and more comfortable to use your iPhone or iPad while it's charging, as the included 3-foot cables don't let you get very far from the charging brick.You don't want to go cheap with cables, and one way to avoid cheap cables is to go with a well-known brand that's proven its reliability over the years. The Anker 10-foot Powerline+ is a proven, reliable, and long-lasting cable that also comes in a variety of colors. A solid wireless keyboard and mouse combo from LogitechLogitech / Best BuyLogitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse, available at Target, $19.99A full wireless keyboard and wireless mouse combo from Logitech for under $25 is a great deal and an easy gift for someone you know who needs one. There's no other combo we'd recommend to get someone who needs a mouse and keyboard up and running. There's nothing fancy here, apart from the value. The keyboard is powered by two triple-A batteries, while the wireless mouse is powered by a single double-A battery. The keyboard and mouse communicate with your computer with a tiny USB adapter, and it doesn't need pairing because it doesn't use Bluetooth. An effective gaming mouseWalmartLogitech G300s Optical Gaming Mouse, available on Amazon, $21.99The Logitech G300s is a great gift for someone who enjoys gaming, but doesn't yet have a top-notch gaming mouse. It has a comfortable ambidextrous grip and six programmable buttons you can adjust with Logitech's gaming software. And, for under $25, it's been praised by multiple reviewers as the best budget gaming mouse you can buy. Don't let the price tag fool you: The G300s isn't a bad mouse; it's just an older model.The G300 comes with a gaming-grade optical sensor for better accuracy and tracking than standard mice, and some sleek and modest lighting strips that accent the all-black matte plastic G300s. It plugs into a computer's standard USB port. An big, wide mouse pad for work or gamingWalmart / CorsairCorsair MM100 Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad, available at Walmart, $12.99A mouse pad seems strange as a gift, but this one is large and well made — it's one of those things that can make a surprisingly significant improvement to comfort and efficiency while using a mouse for gaming, work, or general use. The Corsair MM100 mouse pad is larger than standard office mouse pads at 14.5 x 10.6 inches (370mm x 270mm) with 3mm thickness, making for greater surface area. That means fewer mouse lifts as you're moving the cursor around the screen. And, of course, it's great for gaming, which is this mouse pad's primary intention. An effective dashboard phone holderAmazoniOttie Easy One Touch Phone Holder, available on Amazon, $22.95If you know anyone who is still using an ancient GPS to navigate, have mercy on them and give them the iOttie Easy One Touch Phone Holder. This car mount has a one-touch release mechanism for easily inserting and removing your phone, and its arm can pivot 225 degrees to ensure a comfortable viewing angle.The Phone Holder stays on a car's dashboard via a suction cup, which sticks to an included dashboard pad that sticks firmly on a car's dash. You can simply use the suction cup on a car's windshield if the driver would rather not use the dashboard pad that sticks onto the dash.  A Tile Bluetooth item trackerAmazonTile Mate, available on Amazon, $24.88Attach the Tile Mate to your keys, luggage, backpack, briefcase, or any other valuable possession to ensure you never lose that item again. If you misplace the object that includes your tracker, just check the Tile app to see its location in seconds. As a bonus, if you lose your phone, you can press your Tile Mate to make it ring. The Tile Mate has 250-foot range and it's water-resistant, making it an actual realistic option to track your pets, too. If items with the Tile Mate are out of range, there's a chance that the someone else with a Tile can pick it up and relay its location back to you via the Tile Network and Tile app. The Tile Mate supports up to three years of battery life. A subscription to a popular streaming serviceHulu/Alyssa Powell/Business InsiderHulu gift card, available on Amazon, from $25This recommendation technically breaks our under $25 threshold, but it's such a convenient gift that it's hard not to include. Hulu is one of our favorite streaming services thanks to its affordable price and big selection of network shows, original series, and entertaining movies. Though the platform doesn't sell annual gift subscriptions, you can buy Hulu gift cards. A $25 card will cover three and a half months of Hulu's ad-supported plan ($7/month), or just under two months of Hulu's ad-free plan ($13/month).Once your recipient's gift credit expires, they must provide another payment method to continue their Hulu subscription. Similar gift cards are also available for Netflix and Paramount Plus.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 21st, 2022

10 useful iOS 15 features every iPhone user should know

New iOS 15 features include the ability to share your screen over FaceTime and the option to copy text from photos with Live Text. iOS 15 offers a slate of new features that can simplify tasks in your everyday life.Dave Johnson New iOS 15 features include the ability to share your screen over FaceTime and the option to copy text from photos with Live Text. iOS 15 is the latest release of Apple's iPhone operating system, and it comes with a variety of important updates to previous features.  Here are 10 of the most important features in iOS 15 that you should know about.  Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Roughly once a year, Apple releases a new version of the iPhone's operating system, and each year we get a collection of new and refined features. In the early days of iOS, it was easy to impress since the first version of the iPhone didn't even include copy and paste.Although iOS feels pretty complete, this year's iOS 15 still manages to include a collection of new capabilities and polish on existing features. Here are 10 features in iOS that every iPhone user should know.   1. Share your screen in FaceTime with SharePlayYou can share your screen in FaceTime thanks to iOS 15.Dave JohnsonOne of the most compelling new features in iOS 15 is the ability to do more than conduct a face-to-face meeting in FaceTime. Now you can share your screen and media, like music and video, with SharePlay. To do that, just start a FaceTime call and then tap the SharePlay button at the top right of the screen. In the pop-up, tap Share My Screen. Anyone else on the call can now see your screen, but if you want to share media like music, photos or video, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go to the iPhone's home screen, and then start the app you want to share. You can play music in the Music app, start streaming video in a video app, or show images in the Photos app. Quick tip: If you are sharing subscription content, it will only be shared if the other party in the call has a subscription to that app or service as well. 2. Let Windows and Android users join a FaceTime callFor the first time, non-iOS users can take part in FaceTime calls. To get users on those other devices into a call, start FaceTime and then tap Create Link at the top of the page. When the Share pop-up appears, send the link to your recipients any way you like — such as via email or text message. The recipients simply need to click or tap the link and you'll get a notification on your iPhone that someone wants to join your FaceTime call. 3. Use Live Text to copy text from photosUsing the Scan Text button in the pop-up toolbar, you can insert text using your camera.Dave JohnsonYou can now hold your camera up to text in the real world, such as text in a book, on a road sign, or in a restaurant menu, and paste it into a document. It won't simply be a picture of the text, but fully editable text. To use the Live Text feature, open the app where  you want the text to appear, such as an email, and tap and hold where you want to place the text. The toolbar pop-up should appear. Tap the Scan Text button, which looks like lines of text enclosed in brackets. The camera viewfinder will now appear at the bottom of the screen. Position the camera to capture the text you want to insert — you should see a bracket surrounding the text. Tap Insert and the text should appear in the document. You can also simply open any image in your Photos app with text, tap on text in the image, drag the highlighted field to encompass all the text you need, and tap the highlighted field then tap Copy in the pop-up menu.4. Filter your notifications with FocusWith iOS 15, Apple introduces the concept of Focus, which lets you filter your notifications based on your activity and how much distraction you're willing to tolerate. The Sleep filter might limit all notifications, for example, while Personal might allow through notifications from specific apps and phone calls from important contacts. To get started with Focus, swipe down from the top right of the screen and tap Focus in the Control Center. There are a half-dozen default Focus filters to choose from, and if it says Get Started, tap it to configure what notifications you will allow when it's on. If it's already configured, tap the three dots and then Settings to modify it. When you want to concentrate, just tap the Focus filter you want to enable. To turn it off again, open the Control Center and tap the active Focus button to disable it. 5. Drag and drop between appsIt takes two hands and a little practice, but you can drag and drop between apps now.Dave JohnsonYou can now drag content from one app to another. For example, you can drag a photo from the Photos app and drop it into a message in the Messages app. Unfortunately, doing this takes a little practice and finger dexterity. Suppose you want to insert a photo into a message. Open the Photos app and find the photo you want to share. Tap and hold the photo, then start to drag it until it moves a bit within the app. Now, without lifting that finger, use a different finger to swipe the app up to return to the home page. Open the Messages app (while continuing to hold the photo down with your original finger) and finally release the photo in the message you want to paste it into (you should see a green plus sign at the top right of the photo when it's safe to let go). 6. Use tab groups in SafariThe browser on your laptop has had tab groups for years, so it's about time you could create a tab group in Safari for iOS as well. To create a tab group, start Safari and then tap the Open Tabs button at the bottom right. Tap the menu at the bottom center that indicates how many tabs you have open and tap New Empty Tab Group. Name the group and save it. Any new tabs you open will belong to this group, though you can repeat the process to create separate tab groups, each with their own collection of tabs. 7. Find out how your apps are spying on youApple is doubling down on privacy protection, and now you can access an informative App Privacy Report that shows you how the apps on your phone are using the permissions you've allowed, such as location, camera, microphone, and other services. You need to opt into the App Privacy Report. To do that, start the Settings app and tap Privacy, then scroll to the bottom and tap App Privacy Report. Tap Turn on App Privacy Report and it'll start collecting information about your apps. Return here any time to see the report. 8. Change the size of text in any appYou can change the size of text globally or only for the current app.Dave JohnsonYou probably know that you have some control over the size of text in iOS, so if you want larger text you can scale it up everywhere on your iPhone at once. But thanks to iOS 15, you can change the text size on an app-by-app basis. Start the Settings app and tap Control Center. Tap the plus sign next to Text Size to add this to the Control Center. Now when you're in an app and want the text to be larger, pull down the Control Center from the top right of the screen and tap the Text Size icon. Make sure the toggle at the bottom is set to the current app rather than All Apps, and drag the sizing slider up or down until you're satisfied. 9. Get AR walking directions in MapsApple Maps can now offer walking directions in augmented reality.Dave JohnsonApple Maps has always been playing a bit of catch-up with Google Maps, but with iOS 15 it has leapfrogged ahead in a few important ways. One of the most intriguing updates is that you can get walking directions in augmented reality. As you walk, hold the phone up so it can see nearby buildings, and Maps will overlay street names and your walking instructions over live video of your route. To get your AR walking directions, plan a route in the usual way and select walking instructions after you tap the route button. Tap Go, and then tap the AR cube button on the right side of the map. 10. Put the Safari address bar back at the topYou can now put the address bar at the top or bottom of the screen in Safari.Dave JohnsonHere's a feature you might want to try simply to restore Safari to the way it was before the iOS 15 update. You might have noticed that Safari's address bar and menu is now located at the bottom of the screen (in principle, to make it easier to reach). But it looks a little weird down there, and if you can't quite get used to seeing it at the bottom, it's easy to put back on top. Tap the AA button at the left side of the address bar and then, in the menu, tap Show Top Address Bar. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 14th, 2022

32 cool tech gifts for teens, from Bluetooth speakers to gaming controllers

Teens love tech, so we rounded up the best gadget gifts out there. From smart speakers to cameras and earbuds, there's something for everyone. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Amazon; Best Buy; Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider We rounded up the best tech gifts for teens with something for every budget. From headphones to cameras, we have gift ideas for all interests. Shopping for someone else? Check out our best tech gifts for women and our best picks under $25. Teens are tough to shop for, but useful tech products can make great gifts for even the most difficult recipient. Whether the teen on your shopping list is into video games, photography, music, or fitness, there's a recommendation on this list for everyone. Our tech gifts also cover a variety of budgets, with some items costing less than $15.Here are the 32 best tech gifts for teens:A controller for mobile gamingAmazonRazer Kishi Mobile Game Controller for Android, available at Amazon, $55Smartphones can do it all these days, even serve as a full-on gaming device. The Razer Kishi connects to your phone through its charging port to add buttons and analog sticks for even better mobile gaming. It's a great gift for Fortnite, Genshin Impact, and other multi-platform titles — just make sure to check if they use Android or iPhone.Long, durable charging cablesAmazon10-foot iPhone Charger 5-pack, available at Amazon, $10Every iPhone owner of any age could use more charging cables. This set includes five 10-foot long cables, so your recipient can keep one in every room. Long cables like these are also super handy for when an outlet is inconveniently far away. A drawing tablet for digital art beginnersB&H PhotoWacom Intuos Creative Pen Tablet, available at B&H, $39.95Travel-sized, affordable, and versatile, this Wacom Intuos pen tablet makes a great gift for the aspiring digital artist in your life. It's suitable for both left- and right-handed users, and even comes with customizable ExpressKeys at the top. A subscription service with access to thousands of digital comic booksMarvelMarvel Unlimited, $10 a month or $70 a yearComixology Unlimited, $6 a monthIf your teen is a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or superheroes in general, you can give them access to thousands of comic books with a subscription to Marvel Unlimited. The digital service offers more than 29,000 comics, spanning from the classic origin stories of characters like Spider-Man and the X-Men, to recent comic book events like "Venom: King in Black." You can access Marvel Unlimited on iPhone, Android, iPad, and your web browser, and download books for offline viewing. If your teen is a more adventurous reader, you can get them a subscription to Comixology Unlimited, an Amazon owned comic reading service that features a wider range of content, including DC Comics like "Batman" and Image Comics like "The Walking Dead." Comixology Unlimited costs $6 a month making it cheaper than Marvel Unlimited, but it offers fewer complete series. Comixology Unlimited subscribers also receive up to 15% off Marvel, DC, Image, and Dark Horse comic book purchases, making it easier to build a personal collection.A customized gaming controllerThis is just a small selection of the colors available in the Xbox Design Lab.MicrosoftXbox design Lab Custom Controller, available at Microsoft, $69.99Microsoft's Xbox controller has a classic design and is compatible with a wide range of devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android products, Mac, and PC. But people might not be aware of Microsoft's Xbox Design Lab, which lets you customize the colors on every part of the controller and add a laser engraving. The custom controller will arrive within 28 days, usually taking about two weeks.If you're worried about choosing a design for your teen, you can give them an $80 Xbox gift card and let them choose between a custom design, or just buying a new game with the store credit.A webcam perfect for streaming your own videosLogitechLogitech c920x, available at Amazon, $59.99This webcam is one of the most recommended for people getting started with YouTube videos or Twitch livestreams, and it's become even more popular with professionals working from home.While lots of laptops come with built-in cameras, the Logitech c920 offers better video quality with resolutions up to 1080p, a wide viewing angle, streaming at 60 frames per second at 720p, and an adjustable base that can be easily attached to tripods and other stands.A streaming subscription for music loversAn Android smartphone with the Spotify Music logo visible on screen, alongside a pair of earphones.Olly Curtis/Future via Getty ImagesSpotify Premium Subscription, available at Spotify, $9.99 a monthTeens love listening to music, and streaming services offer unlimited access to their favorite tunes. Spotify offers a huge music library and is compatible with Apple, Android, and Windows devices.  The premium subscription gets rid of ads, allows  your teen  to download songs for offline listening, and lets them skip songs as they please. Plans start at $10 per month and are a great way to satisfy the music lover in your family.Wireless earbuds that easily pair with an iPhoneCrystal Cox/Business InsiderApple AirPods Pro,  available at Amazon, $189.99Apple's AirPods Pro offer a great way for your teen to listen to music, take calls, and tune out the world. These true wireless earbuds feature seamless pairing with Apple devices, active noise cancellation, and a transparency mode so they can still hear you when you remind them to do their homework. They come with three sizes of removable eartips for a perfect fit, and boast up to 24 hours of listening time with multiple charges in the included wireless charging case.A subscription that's like Netflix for video gamesMicrosoftXbox Game Pass Ultimate, $44.99 for 3 months Playstation Plus Subscription, $24.99 for 3 monthsWhy buy just one game when you can get dozens? That's the premise behind Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft's Netflix-style subscription gaming service.  Microsoft offers over 100 games, including blockbusters like "Grand Theft Auto V," "Destiny 2," and "FIFA 21" among many others.  Game Pass Ultimate isn't cheap – it costs around $40 for three months – but offers a tremendous value considering that one new game costs $60. For Playstation fans there's Playstation Plus, which is cheaper than Microsoft's service at $25 for three months, but offers far fewer games. Subscribers get access to a handful of titles each month that they can download and keep as long as they remain a member of the service.The service also comes with other perks like online gameplay and discounts. Which subscription you should get depends on the console your teen owns, but they'll appreciate either one.A gaming headset with audiophile-level soundAmazonSteelSeries Arctis Pro, available at Amazon, $133.06If you're going to get your PC gamer a gaming headset, you might as well invest in one that produces audiophile-level sound. That way, they can listen to music and watch movies without having to switch to a different pair of headphones.The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is a good choice for gamers who care about top-notch audio, as it comes with several input options, virtual surround sound, and a bass that can be pushed. Plus, teens will love the fact that they can customize its look with SteelSeries' range of headbands and ear cups.If you're willing to splurge, the $349.99 wireless version makes it easier for your teen to seamlessly transition between playing games on their PC and taking a call on their phone.An Instax printer to print all those selfies onAmazonFujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer, available at Amazon, $99.99Instant cameras are so yesterday! With most teens relying on their camera phones to take photos, a mobile photo printer that lets them print all those friend selfies saved on their phone on 1.81 x 2.44 Instax film is just what the fun doctor ordered. Pair that with the photo clip fairy string lights, and you might just inspire your teen to decorate and declutter their room to make it visitor-friendly.A unique electronic musical instrument that's big in JapanAmazonOtamatone Deluxe Electronic Musical Instrument, available at Amazon, $79.99Music is one of the biggest outlets teens turn to channel their creativity and angst, and this musical synthesizer lets your budding musician create music in a fun and quirky way. Pressing the middle part of the Otamatone and sliding your fingers up and down it will produce higher and lower tones while opening and closing its mouth creates a "wah" sound. It can even connect to speakers, amps, and (preferably to the rest of your household) headphones. A 3D pen with plastic refills in 15 different colorsFacebook3Doodler Create + 3D Printing Pen, available at Amazon, $79.99Today's 3D printers may be pricey, but that doesn't mean that your artistic teen can't enjoy and master the art. With this 3D pen, they can even do so in a more analog way, stirring their creativity and allowing them to appreciate the value of working with one's hands. Plug this pen into a wall outlet, load up the plastic color, and once the pen heats the plastic, your teen is ready to create. It comes with an app with interactive step-by-step instructions on custom art projects.A smartwatch that tracks activity and fitness goalsLisa Eadicicco/Business InsiderApple Watch SE, available at Amazon, $249Your athletic or health-conscious teen will definitely appreciate the Apple Watch SE. This smartwatch can do most of the things Apple's flagship smartwatch can, while keeping things more affordable. It's still on the pricey side, but it's worth it to keep teens on the healthy, active path. As for the fun factor, your teen can customize it with different faces, bands and memojis, as well as use it to play music and stay in touch with friends via iMessage, social media apps, and phone capabilities.Bluetooth trackers that keep your teen from losing their, well, everythingTileTile Limited Edition Bluetooth trackers, available at Tile, starting at $16.99You want to be able to entrust them with important things, from necessities like house and car keys to devices that cost money like laptops. But, let's face it: teenagers are basically bigger versions of kids, and they still tend to lose their stuff. This is why Tile's Bluetooth trackers are super handy. Attach one to their keys or wallet, connect it with their phone, and that's one last question you'll have to field. With their range of Limited Edition trackers that come in several fun designs, they'll be proud to show these off to friends.If your teen owns an iPhone, you can also consider purchasing AirTags, Apple's official tracking device that works with the Find My app. They're a bit more expensive than Tile trackers at $29 each, but offer more features for iPhone users. They also come with a free engraving for personalization.A handheld gaming system with multiplayer capabilitiesNintendoNintendo Switch Lite, available at Amazon, $199If you're on a limited budget (times have been tough, after all) but want to reward your teen with a handheld gaming console, you cannot go wrong with a Nintendo Switch Lite. This pocket-friendly device may not be able to connect to the TV, but it's got a few advantages over the standard Switch beyond the price. It plays all but a few of the same games while being more portable. And, for color-loving teens, it comes in three fun shades plus gray.A PC gaming controller with wireless connectivityAmazonLogitech Gamepad F310, available at Target, $17.59This is a must-have for any teen who enjoys PC and console gaming. With the Logitech Gamepad F310, they can play their favorite Steam and other PC games from the comfort of a couch without the need for a mouse or keyboard — partly thanks to the 6-foot long cable. This will give them better control and a more seamless gaming experience during long sessions as well. If your teen hasn't experienced PC gaming from the couch, this will be a game-changer.Affordable wireless earbudsBest BuyJLab Audio JBuds Air, available at Amazon, $23.43These true wireless earbuds don't boast the same feature set as Apple's AirPods but they do have Bluetooth 5.0, quality sound, a microphone for calls, and basic water resistance. The battery lasts for six hours, and the case holds an additional 18 hours of charge, giving them comparable battery life to AirPods.A drone with high-quality video capabilitiesAmazonDJI Mini SE, available at Amazon, $299Whether you've got a future influencer or a budding content creator in the family, you've got an ace gift in this mini drone from DJI. This is an impressive drone for the price point, with a battery life of 30 minutes and a camera touting great stabilization and 2.7K Quad HD video capability. This drone even has automatic motion presets and a smooth motion mode, allowing beginner videographers such as your teen to utilize pro-level shooting techniques effortlessly. Just remember to teach them proper drone etiquette before they let their new toy fly.Winter gloves with touchscreen-capable fingertipsAmazonAchiou Winter Knit Gloves, available at Amazon, from $9.99Teens aren't going to stop using their phones just because it's freezing outside. They need to stay in touch, and a lot of the time, they'll take off their gloves so they can rub and tap on a touchscreen. With these gloves, they can protect their digits while catching up on social media. And, at this price, you might want to buy a few pairs – and in different colors, if you want – for when they inevitably lose them.A portable Bluetooth speaker with a hardshell carrying caseAmazonJBL Flip 5 Portable Speaker, available at Amazon, $129.99Teens love blasting music away, and this speaker from JBL will let them do so wherever they are — including at the beach or even while floating in the pool. To keep things portable, it boasts up to 12 hours of playtime and comes with a gSport Deluxe Hardshell Case. Best of all, it features IPX7 waterproof protection so it can go in up to three feet of water. With this, they'll have something to look forward to next summer.A power bank with enough juice to charge a phone 2 timesAmazonAnker Portable Charger, available at Amazon, $22 It's not surprising for a teen to spend all day and night draining their phone's battery, but if their phone is frequently dying while they're out, consider buying them a portable charger to provide some extra juice on the go. Anker's PowerCore Slim portable charger holds more than two full charges for the latest iPhone, and should work with any USB device. If you're willing to spend a bit more, you can buy a portable battery with wireless charging, to eliminate the need for cords.A handheld gimbal for shooting cinematic videos with friendsAmazonZhiyun Smooth 4 Handheld Smartphone Gimbal, available at Amazon, $99Whether it's for shooting TikTok content to making full-fledged YouTube videos, a handheld gimbal will let your teen produce better, smoother-looking content. But, while many options out there will set you back more than $100, this gimbal from Zhiyun costs less, which makes it the perfect gift for teens. And, while most teens seem to be naturally tech savvy, this one is especially effortless to figure out, complete with different shooting modes and pro-level shooting techniques turned automated.A beanie with headphones that pair with their phoneAmazonSoundBot SB210 Bluetooth Smart Beanie Headset, available on Amazon, $19.99We all agree – beanies are some of the comfiest accessories out there. But, this nifty one from SoundBot takes it to a new level, with built-in speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, and up to five hours of music listening. Now, your teen can stay warm and listen to music at the same time, without having to wear or carry two things at once. Best yet, it comes in several different colors, some even with poms, so you can get it in their favorite color or design.A smart light strip that changes colorsPhilipsPhilips Hue White & Color Ambiance LightStrip Plus, available at Philips-Hue, $79.99Fairy or string lights are among the top accessories teens love to decorate their rooms with, and Hue's light strip takes that to a new level with its smart light capabilities, ability to display 16 million colors, and Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility. It's terrific for sprucing up every teen's room, whether they're gamers, Bohemians, nature-lovers, or those with an eclectic taste. They can even change the colors depending on their mood, what they're into, or what they're currently doing.A subscription to the best audiobook serviceAmazonAudible Subscription, available at Amazon, $15 a monthGive teens the gift of knowledge with this audiobook subscription. This gives them an audiobook and two Audible originals each month. They will also get 30% off any other audiobooks they choose to buy, which they will own even after their subscription expires. This is an excellent solution for students who learn better by listening than reading.An alarm clock that doubles as a Bluetooth speakerAmazonAnker Soundcore Wakey Bluetooth Speakers with Alarm Clock, available at Amazon, $89.99This alarm clock is packed full of features. It pairs with your teen's phone via Bluetooth and plays audio from any of the apps, as well as FM radio or any combination of the 10 sleep-inducing ambient sounds. There are 10 different alarm sounds, and it wirelessly charges Qi-compatible devices as well.A Bluetooth speaker that teens can use in the showerAmazoniFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker, available at Amazon, $29.66Teens need to have their music everywhere at all times – that's right, even in the shower. Sure, the JBL Flip 5 mentioned above will work in the shower. For a quarter of the price, however, you can get your teen a dedicated shower speaker, one with a 33-foot range and up to 10 hours of battery life. iFox backs this with a 12-month, no-risk, money-back guarantee. What have you got to lose?A microphone that plugs into a USB portAmazonBlue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone, available at Amazon, $40We bet you haven't considered giving your teen a microphone before. It is a bit of an unconventional gift, but one that teens will love whether they have their own Twitch or YouTube channel, or produce their own podcast. It's an outstanding plug-and-play microphone solution that delivers crystal clear audio to your recordings, all while looking cool and retro.An action camera that will record their adventuresLes Shu/InsiderGoPro Hero 10 Black, available at B&H, $429.99Teens, especially active and adventurous ones, are always up to something new and exciting, whether it's taking an electric skateboard out for a spin or taking on the latest TikTok trends. And, a GoPro action camera will let them record those exploits with friends hands-free. This latest one is obviously the best with 5.3K Ultra HD recording, 23MP still images, and improved HyperSmooth stabilization.A smart speaker that helps keep them organizedAmazonEcho Dot (4th Gen), available at Amazon, $34.99 With the help of Alexa, this mini smart speaker is capable of doing a host of things, from playing your teen's favorite tunes on Spotify or Amazon Music to controlling other smart devices and setting reminders and schedules hands-free. It'll even tell jokes and play trivia games. Teens have a lot going on in their lives, and this gadget is among the best tools they can use to stay organized.A laptop with great durability and battery lifeAppleApple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip, available at Amazon, $949If you're looking to splurge on your kid, then the latest MacBook Air will go a long way. This thin and light 13-inch comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage, as well as Apple's M1 chip, should get them through daily homework, projects and papers, while letting them play games and enjoy some streaming post-school work. And, since Apple's laptops are practically built like a tank, you'll have the peace of mind that it'll survive some beatings.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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51 gifts for teens that they won"t toss away in their closet, from a popular hair dryer to a tie-dye kit

The best gifts for teens are ones they'll actually want to use, like tech gadgets, beauty products, and cool accessories. Here are 51 unique gifts. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.One of the best gifts for teens is a portable, waterproof speaker they can bring with them on trips with friends.Amazon It's never easy to shop for a teenager, especially if their tastes change frequently. We rounded up 51 gifts to make it easier to find the perfect gadget, game, or accessory.  Browse all of Insider Reviews' gift guides for more great gift ideas. Being a teenager is tough, but trying to buy a gift for one is even harder: They can be picky and fickle when it comes to what products they want. Sometimes, the best way to show a teen that you care is just to listen, and sometimes it's a thoughtful gift to show them you see them.To make the gift search easier, we curated 51 gifts ranging from a card game to a smartwatch to a quick-drying hair towel at various price points to ensure as many options as possible.If you are still unsure of what to get (and you can't ask them directly) try consulting their friends. Either way, a smart general rule of thumb is to make sure your gift is returnable. The 51 best gifts for teens: A tie dye kit they can use for a fun at-home activityTargetTulip 37pc One Step Tie Dye Kit, available at Target, $9.99They can revitalize white clothes and spend a few hours having fun doing something creative, whether solo or with family or friends.This one-step hair dryer brushElana Rubin/InsiderRevlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush, available at Target, $54.99Who doesn't love a one-step tool that feels luxurious? This popular round brush acts as a hairdryer while they brush, giving their hair volume without much finesse or time. You can find a full review of the Revlon One-Step here. An Apple AirTag to keep track of their belongingsLisa Eadicicco/InsiderApple AirTag, available at Target, $29.99The teenager in your life can attach this tag to their backpack, wallet, keys, or any other easily lost item and find it easily with the Find My app whenever they've misplaced it. Using the app, they can opt for the tag to play a sound until they've found their keys sandwiched between couch cushions or their wallet in the pantry.A board game that feels like a video gameAmazonCephalofair Games Gloomhaven Multi-Award-Winning Strategy Boxed Board Game, available at Amazon, $111.47This collaborative board game (good for one to up to four players) is sort of like Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, and other cult-favorite fantasy adventure games that forces its players to contend with monsters and mercenaries, explore a new world, and discover treasure and fame. Players make tactical decisions, and the game unfolds in reaction to their choices. Disposable cameras to help them stay in the momentAmazonFujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, available at Amazon, $69.04Funsaver One Time Use Film Camera (2-pack), available at Amazon, $45.30Disposable cameras are popular right now, partly because of the nostalgic aesthetic of a polaroid and partly because of their simplicity. Spending so much time immersed in technology — and combatting the temptation to retake and edit photos in real-time — keep us from staying present.Disposable film cameras or polaroids help preserve memories without adding to their screen time. Plus, they give them cute photos to decorate their room with!Glossier's fan-favorite productsGlossierBoy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew Pack, available at Glossier, $42No-makeup makeup is in right now and, if your teen is into beauty products, they may appreciate a gift from Glossier, which is the "natural and glowy" brand Olivia Rodrigo says she wears in her Vogue beauty diary.We'd recommend a gift card or a pack like the Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew pack, which covers three of its fan-favorite products.A great bookAmazon"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11Books are an incredible gift if your teen is a reader. It can translate into hours of enjoyment at a minimum and, at its best, a favorite story that follows them well into adulthood.Plus, if you've read the book, it can also mean great conversations about it or movie adaptations to watch together. It's also a gift where money doesn't really matter; you can find a great read for $20 and spending more won't make much difference.Some book suggestions:"All the Bright Places," a popular YA book on TikTok"Scythe," a bestselling dystopian YA book similar to "The Hunger Games"The best young adult books, according to a teenagerThe best young adult romance booksThe best young people's literature of 2021 according to the National Book AwardsThe best books we read in our 20sAn eco-conscious tie-dye beanieFree The EarthFeel the Earth Breathe Tie Dye Beanie, available at Free People, from $40These unisex tie-dye beanies come in cool colors and with a unique plant logo. (To date, the Parks Project has reportedly contributed over $2,000,000 to help fund vital projects in national parks around the US).Ribbed beanies are big right now, à la the popular Carhartt beanie. If they've got that staple covered, the Parks Project also has tube socks. A splashproof, portable Bluetooth speaker perfect for outdoor tripsAmazonUltimate Ears Wonderboom 2, available at Amazon, $98This rugged, compact speaker can go with them anywhere. It's waterproof, has an "outdoor boost" button specifically for listening outside, is "drop-proof," and boasts a 13-hour battery life.A plush toy that they can heat upUrban OutfittersSmoko Mini Toasty Heatable Plushie, available at Urban Outfitters, $18Whenever they need some cozy comfort, they can heat up this cute animal-shaped heating pad for a snuggle.A portable phone chargerAmazonElecjet Powerpie Portable Charger, available at Amazon, $54.99This handheld charger can charge up your teen's smartphone or various devices like an iPad or small laptop so they can stay in touch, turn their paper in on time, or just never have to stress about 5% battery life.Sheet masks to go with a Netflix marathonAmazonTONYMOLY I'm Real Sheet Masks, available at Amazon, $26There are few things my 15-year-old sister loves more than oversized hoodies, Boba, and an endless supply of sheet masks. Grab a pack, throw them on, and make a night out of it with your teen's favorite candy and TV show.A pair of trendy, easy-to-use AirPodsAppleApple AirPods Pro with Charging Case, available at Target, $199.99If you're after the title of their favorite relative of the year, here's a good place to start. AirPods are both easy to use and functional as well as trendy. A Boba-shaped AirPods Pro caseUrban OutfittersSmoko Boba Tea AirPods Pro Case, available at Urban Outfitters, $18As I mentioned, part of my 15-year-old sister's ideal trifecta is Boba. You can pick up a cute, fun case no matter what their interest is — Baby Yoda, gaming, Boba, or whatever else. A Bluetooth water bottle speakerGrommetBluetooth Water Bottle Speakers, available at Grommet, $39.95This Bluetooth water bottle speaker offers a boost of hydration and fun for everyone. The water-resistant speaker resides at the top, ensuring greater sound quality that lasts 6-10 hours. It's the perfect accessory for them to bring to every hang-out session. A slim leather walletAmazonBellroy Slim Sleeve Leather Wallet, available at Amazon and Bellroy, $79This thin wallet is a subtle nudge toward minimalism, something many teens appreciate. The Bellroy Slim Sleeve wallet offers room for up to eight cards and a pocket to stash cash. It comes in a variety of colors and features environmentally certified leather.An eco-friendly phone casePelaPela Phone Case, available at Amazon and Pela, from $38.95Pela offers a wide variety of biodegradable cases for iPhone and Android, all made from plant-based polymers. Pela cases are rugged enough to offer drop protection, and if a phone has both a Pela case and screen protector but still cracks, Pela will cover the bill to get it fixed.A comfortable and sustainable Patagonia pullover they'll wear all the timePatagoniaLightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover, Men, available at Patagonia, $119Patagonia Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece, available at Patagonia, $119A Patagonia sweater is a particularly good gift for teens who are interested in sustainability. The company has been turning plastic bottles into polyester for its clothing since 1993 and continues to do so today.Its Snap-T pullover is the unofficial uniform of the cozy adventurer. It and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they'll no doubt come to rely on heavily during colder weather.Not sold on the Patagonia option? They may also appreciate the Acadia Recycled Polar Trail Fleece from the environmentally-conscious Parks Project.A gift card for stylish new glassesWarby ParkerGift Card, available at Warby Parker, from $50Teens are a notoriously picky bunch, so you can never go wrong with a gift card. If they're in the market for new glasses or sunglasses, we recommend Warby Parker because of its versatility, size flexibility, and free at-home try-on program. An Amazon Echo Dot for hands-free calls, alarms, music, updates on the weather, and moreAmazonEcho Dot (4th gen), available at Best Buy, $34.99The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it's compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news) without any of the bulk. A smartphone-sized travel photo printerTargetHP Sprocket 200 Photo Printer, available at Amazon and B&H Photo, $79.99This tiny, compact device prints photos with sticker backing on ZINK film with Zero Ink technology. It connects to devices via Bluetooth, and multiple devices can connect at once (personalized LED lights indicate who's currently printing). String lights with clips for photosAmazon/Business InsiderPhoto Clip LED String Lights, available at Target, $10Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that's most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, the photo clip string lights combine warm light and Polaroids (or other memorabilia). A trendy Champion sweatshirtUrban OutfittersChampion Reverse Weave Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, available at Urban Outfitters, $54Like Fila, Champion is a brand that's had a resurgence as of late. If you want to get them something they'll end up wearing all the time, this is a good candidate. A great video game"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD" / Nintendo"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD", available at Amazon, from $49.94If they're really into video games, all other gifts may pale in comparison to a really good new one. Check out "Hades," "NBA 2K22," and "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD."A vinyl record membershipVinyl Me, PleaseGift Membership, 3 months, available at Vinyl Me, Please, $119There's no greater joy than adding to a record collection or playing a new album for the first time. Your recipient gets to choose from three different types of tracks each month and will also receive extra goodies in each package. They'll also get one bonus record as part of the three-month gift membership. A gentle facial cleansing device that removes 98.5% of dirt and makeupFOREOLuna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Men, available at Foreo, $199Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Women, available at Foreo, $199FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 3 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touch-points, and it removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's 100% waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge.This newest generation also offers an array of massages to tighten the skin for a youthful look. Find a full review on the previous generation Luna 2 from a female reporter and a male reporter here.Comfortable lounge pants that look put-togetherMeUndiesThe Lounge Pant, Men, available at MeUndies, $68The Lounge Pant, Women, available at MeUndies $68MeUndies is a popular LA startup that makes some of the most comfortable underwear we've ever tried. Their lounge pants, however, are the real hidden gem — perfect for lounging around on weekend mornings or heading to the dining hall when they get to college (yep, they'll last that long) while still looking sleek.A subscription to a famous book club that sends them great hardcovers each monthBook of the Month/Instagram3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99If your teen is a bookworm, Book of the Month is an especially cool gift. It's a book club that has been around since 1926, and it's credited with discovering some of the most beloved books of all time (like "Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye" to name a couple).If you gift them a subscription, they'll receive a hardcover book delivered once a month. Books are selected by a team of experts and celebrity guest judges.If they're really more into audiobooks or e-reading now rather than hardcovers, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here).An Apple Watch that combines their smartphone with a fitness trackerAmazonApple Watch SE GPS, 40mm, available at Apple, from $279If you have a little extra to spend on your teen, consider getting them a smartwatch. The Apple Watch SE is like a smartphone, fitness tracker, and music player all in one. Just like on their phone, they can customize the watch to show their favorite apps to pick, including social media.A cute iPhone caseSociety6Coffee Reading iPhone Case, available at Society6, $22This fun iPhone case is funny and unique, and most of their friends probably won't have the exact same one. Reusable strawsAmazonHiware Reusable Silicone Straws (10-pack), available at Amazon, $6.99Help teens do their part to keep single-use plastics out of trash bins, landfills, and the ocean by giving them this pack of reusable silicone drinking straws. They come in various colors and include a few cleaning brushes as well.A set of velvet retro-inspired scrunchiesAmazon/Business InsiderHair Scrunchie Variety Pack, available at Target, $6.99Another trendy gift is as many scrunchies as you can carry. This pack comes with 12 options in enough colors to work with virtually any outfit or mood. A multicolor mini cinema light boxUrban OutfittersMulticolor Cinema Light Box, available at Uncommon Goods, from $20These trendy lightboxes are inspired by cinema marquees, and they come with 100 letters and symbols for personal messages. This one also has color-changing LED lights for further customization.Fun and useful PopSockets for the back of their phoneAmazon/Business InsiderPopGrips, available at PopSockets and Amazon, from $10PopSockets have become their own cultural phenomenon in recent years, and they're surprisingly useful. Get your teen one for their own phone or tablet, and depending on their age, you may find it's the gift they're most excited about. It doesn't hurt that there's free domestic shipping on orders over $20, or that you can actually design your own.A waterproof e-reader with a no-glare screenAmazonAll-New Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $129.99Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is its thinnest, lightest version. It also has double the storage, a built-in light that adjusts to accommodate reading indoors or outdoors, and is waterproof for reading anywhere, including the beach or bath. Plus, a single battery charge lasts weeks rather than hours.Cool backpacks from a popular startup with a charitable missionSTATE Bags/FacebookState bags and accessories, from $15State bags are increasingly popular thanks to their versatile, laid-back aesthetic and characteristically bright nylon colorways. They're also known as #GiveBackPack(s), because for every State bag purchased, State hand-delivers a backpack — packed with essential tools for success — to a local child in need. The Lorimer and Bedford are two of the company's best sellers.A three-month subscription of beauty productsBirchBox3-Month Subscription, available at BirchBox, $45Teens are usually among the most interested in the latest and greatest beauty or grooming products — but may lack the funds to try all the full-sized versions. Birchbox sends samples of new and beloved products once a month, so they can test out new finds and discover products they may want to buy a full size of in the future. (It's also just fun to get an ongoing gift.)Personalized NikesNikeCustomizable Nikes, available at Nike, from $120Nike makes great stuff, but it's nice to get the benefits of a great shoe without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nikes for them, or give them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own.A great Alexa-enabled speaker they can control by voiceSonosSonos One Smart Speaker, available at Sonos, from $219The new Sonos One smart speaker fills any room with clear, rich sound, and they can use Alexa to play and control their music without ever lifting a finger. Find a full review here.A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50%Aquis/Business InsiderAquis Rapid Dry Hair Towel, available at Amazon and Sephora, from $20.99Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we're happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there's less damage to wet hair while it dries. If they've ever complained about frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are thoughtful gifts they'll actually use. A Disney+ subscription for access to classic movies and moreDisney PlusDisney+ Gift Subscription Service, available at Disney, $79.99/yearDisney Plus is the new Disney-centric streaming service. The platform includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. You can gift a whole year of access for $80, which is something their entire family can benefit from.If you'd rather test Disney Plus out before buying, you can sign up for a free weeklong trial.A suitcase with an ejectable battery that can charge their devices on the goAwayThe Carry-On, available at Away, from $225Travel startup Away makes a great carry-on thanks to an ejectable battery that can charge devices seamlessly on the go, 360-degree wheels, and a lightweight build that travels easily. In other words, it takes a lot of the angst out of travel and may make family trips far more enjoyable and stress-free.Durable sunglasses that look good, tooAmazonSmith Optics Lowdown2, available at Backcountry, $129Who better to make a pair of durable, performance-based sunglasses than the company known for innovating the ski goggle? The Lowdown2 features bio-based materials for the frame, ChromaPop lens technology which creates high contrast and vibrant colors, and an anti-reflective smudge-resistant coating.Plus, the brand offers peace of mind with free shipping, 30-day returns, and a lifetime warranty.Comfortable, high-quality sheets that come in lots of colors and patternsBrooklinenLuxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen and Amazon, from $240We think Brooklinen makes the best high-end sheets at the best price on the market, and most of the Insider Reviews team uses Brooklinen on their own beds. It's perfect for lazy Saturday mornings or the rare occasion sleeping in is encouraged.The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in 15 colors and patterns that range from classic to fun, and you can mix and match them to suit their preferences. Grab a gift card (delivered digitally) if you want to give them more freedom.Fidget ballsSpeksSpeks 2.5mm magnet balls, available at Speks, $34.95Made from rare earth magnets, these tiny balls can be molded into an infinite number of shapes and designs. The size of Speks balls makes them ideal for teens to keep with them for those unpredictable moments of nervousness that fill those teenage years.A pack of smart plugs so they can control devices from a distanceAmazon/Business InsiderTP-Link KIT WiFi Smart Plug, 2-Pack, available at Amazon, $35.99Whether they're wondering if they turned off their hot iron or just don't want to get up to turn off the TV, a smart plug lets them control devices from a distance. You can connect to them using any smart device.A Time-Turner clock that actually spinsHarry PotterHarry Potter Time-Turner Clock, available at Pottery Barn, $79It may not be able to take them back in time or help them be in two places at once, but this Time-Turner clock will help them stay on top of their schedule. It even has a functional hourglass on the back so they can time their study breaks. A toothbrush with a timerAmazonOral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush, available at Amazon, $39.97Rigorous dental hygiene isn't usually on the top of the list of things teens care about, which is all the more reason a rechargeable toothbrush with a timer is a fantastic gift. This rechargeable brush breaks up 300% more plaque on the gum line than traditional brushing and lets them know when two minutes have passed.Compact hand sanitizer sprayTouchlandTouchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $9It's in the car, the house, and their pocket these days, but many hand sanitizers can smell a little like household cleaner. Touchland comes in scents like Vanilla Cinnamon and Forrest Berry, or keep it simple and choose unscented.The compact sanitizer features 67% alcohol for killing germs but balances it with soothing aloe vera and essential oils to hydrate the skin. A lottery card that donates to charitiesLottoLove/Business InsiderLottoLove Card, available at LottoLove, from $5When you gift this lottery card, you're actually giving the gift of charity. When you "win big," you're winning a charitable prize that gets donated to nonprofits in one of four categories: Clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. To date, LottoLove and its partners have impacted lives in over 70 countries.Gift cards for concert tickets, food, and clothesChipotleYou can't go wrong with money for their favorite things, especially for teens who are often relying upon part-time jobs to fund their frequent Chipotle meals and concert trips with friends. Check out more gift card ideas here.Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift CardCoffee and food: Starbucks Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardEntertainment and live events: Netflix Gift Card / Xbox Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / StubHub gift cardMusic: Spotify Gift CardSheets: Brooklinen Gift CardGroceries and food: Whole Foods Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardClothes: Nordstrom Gift Card / Everlane Gift CardTech: Best Buy Gift CardRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 13th, 2022

The 10 best tech products of 2021 didn"t rock the world, but key refinements put them at the top

While many of the best tech of 2021 are iterations of previous products, they have been made stronger thanks to improved specs. Here are our picks. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.Apple; Best Buy; Amazon; Nintendo; Hisense; Alyssa Powell/InsiderWhen you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. The best consumer tech products of 2021 aren't revolutionary over their previous models. But their performance and features were highly strengthened, keeping them at the top. Based on our research and testing, these are our favorite tech products of 2021. Consumer electronics go through periods of revolution and evolution. Some years, you get new products that disrupt the status quo — what the iPhone did to cell phones or the Roomba did to vacuum cleaners, for example. In other years, it's all about refining what already exists. For 2021, it was the latter: No products truly stormed the Bastille, but they were so improved that they remained the best tech products.The Nintendo Switch OLED has a terrific display, but its features and functionality are similar to the previous Switch. The same could be argued for the 10-inch iPad or Fire TV Stick 4K Max. But most of the changes were more than just superficial: These upgrades made them better products over their predecessors and helped improve the experience, whether it's listening to music, playing games, working from home, or staying healthy.  The "best" moniker is subjective, of course, but we determined the best tech based on our research and testing. They had to be consumer products that are available for purchase and will last you several years, and we considered pricing. It was difficult to narrow down, but these are our favorite tech products of 2021.Here are our picks for the best tech products of 2021The best phone: iPhone 13Antonio Villas-Boas/InsiderApple iPhone 13$799.00 FROM APPLERegardless of operating system or interface, the iPhone continues to be the best phone for most people, and the iPhone 13 only further solidifies that position. It's somehow both the most simple and most powerful phone to date, with longer battery life, most notably. All the usual benefits of Apple's phones apply here, such as an intuitive user interface, privacy and security controls, and arguably the best cameras in smartphones today. — Joe Osborne, Senior Tech EditorThe best TV: Hisense U8GHisenseHisense 65-inch U8G 4K TV$999.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $1249.99 | Save 20%The Hisense U8G is our pick for the best midrange TV you can buy, and it's one of the most impressive displays I tested in 2021. Though we think LG's more expensive C1 is the best TV overall, that model is nearly identical to its 2020 counterpart. The Hisense offers a bigger step up from its previous version, with HDMI 2.1 ports and one of the brightest panels on the market. You'll still get better picture quality with an OLED, but the U8G delivers great performance for such an affordable price. — Steven Cohen, Tech EditorThe best tablet: 10.2-inch iPad 2021AppleApple 10.2-inch iPad 9th Generation (2021)$329.00 FROM APPLE$329.99 FROM AMAZONApple's 10.2-inch iPad is a powerful and attractive tablet at a great price. Apple's entry-level offering continues to serve the widest group of people, from kids to working adults. This year, it uses a new processor and the base model has double the storage. Sure, it doesn't have the cutting-edge specs of its iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini siblings, but for most people, its performance is more than plenty. — Joe OsborneThe best streaming device: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K MaxAmazonAmazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max$34.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%$34.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%$34.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%The 2020 Roku Ultra remains our favorite streaming device overall, but when it comes to new media players released in 2021, Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K Max deserves recognition. The compact stick plugs right into your TV's HDMI port, delivering access to every major streaming app there is. Though it isn't a huge upgrade over Amazon's older 4K stick, it does offer snappier performance for just $5 more. In fact, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the fastest media device I've ever tested in this price range. I ultimately prefer the simpler interface on Roku's competing 4K Stick, but Amazon's 4K Max is the model to get if you crave speed. — Steven CohenThe best laptop: 14-inch MacBook Pro 2021AppleApple MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) $1999.00 FROM APPLE$1999.00 FROM BEST BUYYes, you could argue that Apple's newly redesigned MacBook Pro is revolutionary. While clever marketing suggests it's something completely different, it's really a laptop that embodies all the best things people love about Apple's portable computers, and none of the stuff people didn't like — sorry, Touch Bar. Now coming in a 14-inch MacBook Pro option and an updated 16-inch model, it uses an insanely powerful version of Apple's M1 processor and brings back user-requested features like an improved keyboard, dedicated HDMI port, SD card reader, and the beloved MagSafe charger. It's a little something old, a little something new, but it's definitely something way better. — Joe OsborneThe best soundbar: Sonos BeamBest BuySonos Beam$449.99 FROM BEST BUY$449.00 FROM SONOSThe second-generation Sonos Beam carries over everything we loved about the original model while offering one notable new feature: Dolby Atmos. The compact soundbar is perfect for buyers who need to conserve space, and its Atmos capabilities create an engaging sense of virtual surround sound. That said, the device lacks true up-firing speakers so you won't get the full overhead effect you'd get on something like the Vizio Elevate. Still, the Beam delivers impressive audio performance for its size. It also has built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, making it a full-fledged soundbar and smart speaker in one. — Steven CohenThe best game console: Nintendo Switch OLEDNintendoNintendo Switch OLED$349.99 FROM BEST BUY$349.99 FROM GAMESTOP$349.99 FROM AMAZONFor only $50 more than the original model, the Nintendo Switch OLED offers a larger and sharper display that uses OLED technology. Nintendo also improved the much-maligned kickstand, added more built-in memory, and included a new dock with an Ethernet port for a more reliable Internet connection. Together, these upgrades create a far superior gaming experience on the Switch, and it's what we recommend if you are new to the system. — Joe OsborneThe best wearable: Apple Watch Series 7Antonio Villas-Boas/InsiderApple Watch Series 7$349.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.00 | Save 13%$349.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.00 | Save 13%$399.00 FROM APPLE$399.00 FROM BEST BUYThe Apple Watch Series 7 isn't a big overhaul from the Series 6, but it is the best smartwatch on the market, especially from a health perspective. Compared to the old model, the Series 7 boasts a slimmer bezel with a larger screen, offering a more modern design. In addition to an accurate heart rate sensor, the Series 7 comes with an electrocardiogram (ECG) to detect irregular heartbeats, a blood oxygen sensor, the ability to track a wearer's sleep patterns and detect when they fall, and built-in GPS for location tracking. It also includes other sensors like a gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass. Never before have you had so much vital health information at your fingertips as you do with the Series 7. — Rick Stella, Health and Fitness EditorThe best headphones: Sony WF-1000XM4Antonio Villas-Boas/InsiderSony WF-1000XM4$248.00 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $279.99 | Save 11%$248.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $278.00 | Save 11%$248.00 FROM B&HOriginally $278.00 | Save 11%$249.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $278.99 | Save 10%When it comes to new headphones released in 2021, few were as highly anticipated as Sony's WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds. The new earbuds replace the XM3s from 2019, and they deliver improved noise cancellation, longer battery, and a better fit. Though they're expensive compared to other options, they earn their high-end price with equally high-end performance. — Steven CohenThe best smart home product: Eufy RoboVac 15C Max Robot VacuumAmazonEufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX$249.99 FROM EUFY$124.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $279.99 | Save 55%Robot vacuum cleaners are fairly common since iRobot launched the Roomba in 2002. The Eufy RoboVac 15C Max doesn't offer anything innovative, but it wins in affordability. Often found on sale low below its $250 list price, the RoboVac 15C Max puts this type of smart home appliance in more homes. It can connect to your Wi-Fi network for hands-free use, but it also comes with a remote control for the less tech-savvy. It is our pick for the best budget robot vacuum, but don't let that price fool you — it's very effective in sucking up carpeted and hard flooring. — Joe OsborneRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 24th, 2021

47 last-minute gifts that teens will love, from portable photo printers to beauty product subscriptions

The best gifts for teens are ones they'll actually want to use, like tech gadgets, beauty products, and cool accessories. Here are 47 unique gifts. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.One of the best gifts for teens is a portable, waterproof speaker they can bring with them on trips with friends.Amazon It's never easy to shop for a teenager, especially if their tastes change frequently. We rounded up 47 gifts to make it easier to find the perfect gadget, game, or accessory.  Browse all of Insider Reviews' gift guides for more great gift ideas. Being a teenager is tough, but trying to buy a gift for one is even harder: They can be picky and fickle when it comes to what products they want. Sometimes, the best way to show a teen that you care is just to listen, and sometimes it's a thoughtful gift to show them you see them.To make the gift search easier, we curated 47 gifts ranging from a card game to a smartwatch to a quick-drying hair towel at various price points to ensure as many options as possible.If you are still unsure of what to get (and you can't ask them directly) try consulting their friends. Either way, a smart general rule of thumb is to make sure your gift is returnable. The 47 best gifts for teens: Disposable cameras to help them stay in the momentAmazonFujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, available at Amazon, $71.44Funsaver One Time Use Film Camera (2-pack), available at Amazon, $45.30Disposable cameras are popular right now, partly because of the nostalgic aesthetic of a polaroid and partly because of their simplicity. Spending so much time immersed in technology — and combatting the temptation to retake and edit photos in real-time — keep us from staying present.Disposable film cameras or polaroids help preserve memories without adding to their screen time. Plus, they give them cute photos to decorate their room with!Glossier's fan-favorite productsGlossierBoy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew Pack, available at Glossier, $42No-makeup makeup is in right now and, if your teen is into beauty products, they may appreciate a gift from Glossier, which is the "natural and glowy" brand Olivia Rodrigo says she wears in her Vogue beauty diary.We'd recommend a gift card or a pack like the Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew pack, which covers three of its fan-favorite products.A great bookAmazon"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11Books are an incredible gift if your teen is a reader. It can translate into hours of enjoyment at a minimum and, at its best, a favorite story that follows them well into adulthood.Plus, if you've read the book, it can also mean great conversations about it or movie adaptations to watch together. It's also a gift where money doesn't really matter; you can find a great read for $20 and spending more won't make much difference.Some book suggestions:"All the Bright Places," a popular YA book on TikTok"Scythe," a bestselling dystopian YA book similar to "The Hunger Games"The best young adult books, according to a teenagerThe best young adult romance booksThe best young people's literature of 2021 according to the National Book AwardsThe best books we read in our 20sAn eco-conscious tie-dye beanieFree The EarthFeel the Earth Breathe Tie Dye Beanie, available at Free People, from $40These unisex tie-dye beanies come in cool colors and with a unique plant logo. (To date, the Parks Project has reportedly contributed over $2,000,000 to help fund vital projects in national parks around the US).Ribbed beanies are big right now, à la the popular Carhartt beanie. If they've got that staple covered, the Parks Project also has tube socks. A splashproof, portable Bluetooth speaker perfect for outdoor tripsAmazonUltimate Ears Wonderboom 2, available at Amazon, $91.11This rugged, compact speaker can go with them anywhere. It's waterproof, has an "outdoor boost" button specifically for listening outside, is "drop-proof," and boasts a 13-hour battery life.A plush toy that they can heat upUrban OutfittersSmoko Mini Toasty Heatable Plushie, available at Urban Outfitters, $18Whenever they need some cozy comfort, they can heat up this cute animal-shaped heating pad for a snuggle.A portable phone chargerAmazonElecjet Powerpie Portable Charger, available at Amazon, $54.99This handheld charger can charge up your teen's smartphone or various devices like an iPad or small laptop so they can stay in touch, turn their paper in on time, or just never have to stress about 5% battery life.Sheet masks to go with a Netflix marathonAmazonTONYMOLY I'm Real Sheet Masks, available at Amazon, $26There are few things my 15-year-old sister loves more than oversized hoodies, Boba, and an endless supply of sheet masks. Grab a pack, throw them on, and make a night out of it with your teen's favorite candy and TV show.A pair of trendy, easy-to-use AirPodsAppleApple AirPods Pro with Charging Case, available at Target, $179.99If you're after the title of their favorite relative of the year, here's a good place to start. AirPods are both easy to use and functional as well as trendy. A Boba-shaped AirPods Pro caseUrban OutfittersSmoko Boba Tea AirPods Pro Case, available at Urban Outfitters, $18As I mentioned, part of my 15-year-old sister's ideal trifecta is Boba. You can pick up a cute, fun case no matter what their interest is — Baby Yoda, gaming, Boba, or whatever else. A Bluetooth water bottle speakerGrommetBluetooth Water Bottle Speakers, available at Grommet, $39.95This Bluetooth water bottle speaker offers a boost of hydration and fun for everyone. The water-resistant speaker resides at the top, ensuring greater sound quality that lasts 6-10 hours. It's the perfect accessory for them to bring to every hang-out session. A slim leather walletAmazonBellroy Slim Sleeve Leather Wallet, available at Amazon and Bellroy, $79This thin wallet is a subtle nudge toward minimalism, something many teens appreciate. The Bellroy Slim Sleeve wallet offers room for up to eight cards and a pocket to stash cash. It comes in a variety of colors and features environmentally certified leather.An eco-friendly phone casePelaPela Phone Case, available at Amazon and Pela, from $38.95Pela offers a wide variety of biodegradable cases for iPhone and Android, all made from plant-based polymers. Pela cases are rugged enough to offer drop protection, and if a phone has both a Pela case and screen protector but still cracks, Pela will cover the bill to get it fixed.A comfortable and sustainable Patagonia pullover they'll wear all the timePatagoniaLightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover, Men, available at Patagonia, $119Patagonia Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece, available at Patagonia, $119A Patagonia sweater is a particularly good gift for teens who are interested in sustainability. The company has been turning plastic bottles into polyester for its clothing since 1993 and continues to do so today.Its Snap-T pullover is the unofficial uniform of the cozy adventurer. It and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they'll no doubt come to rely on heavily during colder weather.Not sold on the Patagonia option? They may also appreciate the Acadia Recycled Polar Trail Fleece from the environmentally-conscious Parks Project.A gift card for stylish new glassesWarby ParkerGift Card, available at Warby Parker, from $50Teens are a notoriously picky bunch, so you can never go wrong with a gift card. If they're in the market for new glasses or sunglasses, we recommend Warby Parker because of its versatility, size flexibility, and free at-home try-on program. An Amazon Echo Dot for hands-free calls, alarms, music, updates on the weather, and moreAmazonEcho Dot (4th gen), available at Best Buy, $29.99The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it's compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news) without any of the bulk. A smartphone-sized travel photo printerTargetHP Sprocket 200 Photo Printer, available at Amazon and B&H Photo, $79.99This tiny, compact device prints photos with sticker backing on ZINK film with Zero Ink technology. It connects to devices via Bluetooth, and multiple devices can connect at once (personalized LED lights indicate who's currently printing). String lights with clips for photosAmazon/Business InsiderPhoto Clip LED String Lights, available at Target, $10Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that's most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, the photo clip string lights combine warm light and Polaroids (or other memorabilia). A trendy Champion sweatshirtUrban OutfittersChampion Reverse Weave Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, available at Urban Outfitters, $54Like Fila, Champion is a brand that's had a resurgence as of late. If you want to get them something they'll end up wearing all the time, this is a good candidate. A new video game"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD" / Nintendo"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD", available at Amazon, from $52.99If they're really into video games, all other gifts may pale in comparison to a really good new one. Check out "Hades," "NBA 2K22," and "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD."A vinyl record membershipVinyl Me, PleaseGift Membership, 3 months, available at Vinyl Me, Please, $119There's no greater joy than adding to a record collection or playing a new album for the first time. Your recipient gets to choose from three different types of tracks each month and will also receive extra goodies in each package. They'll also get one bonus record as part of the three-month gift membership. A gentle facial cleansing device that removes 98.5% of dirt and makeupFOREOLuna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Men, available at Foreo, $199Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Women, available at Foreo, $199FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 3 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touch-points, and it removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's 100% waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge.This newest generation also offers an array of massages to tighten the skin for a youthful look. Find a full review on the previous generation Luna 2 from a female reporter and a male reporter here.Comfortable lounge pants that look put-togetherMeUndiesThe Lounge Pant, Men, available at MeUndies, $68The Lounge Pant, Women, available at MeUndies $68MeUndies is a popular LA startup that makes some of the most comfortable underwear we've ever tried. Their lounge pants, however, are the real hidden gem — perfect for lounging around on weekend mornings or heading to the dining hall when they get to college (yep, they'll last that long) while still looking sleek.A subscription to a famous book club that sends them great hardcovers each monthBook of the Month/Instagram3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99If your teen is a bookworm, Book of the Month is an especially cool gift. It's a book club that has been around since 1926, and it's credited with discovering some of the most beloved books of all time (like "Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye" to name a couple).If you gift them a subscription, they'll receive a hardcover book delivered once a month. Books are selected by a team of experts and celebrity guest judges.If they're really more into audiobooks or e-reading now rather than hardcovers, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here).An Apple Watch that combines their smartphone with a fitness trackerAmazonApple Watch SE GPS, 40mm, available at Apple, from $279If you have a little extra to spend on your teen, consider getting them a smartwatch. The Apple Watch SE is like a smartphone, fitness tracker, and music player all in one. Just like on their phone, they can customize the watch to show their favorite apps to pick, including social media.A cute iPhone caseSociety6Coffee Reading iPhone Case, available at Society6, $35.99This fun iPhone case is funny and unique, and most of their friends probably won't have the exact same one. Reusable strawsAmazonHiware Reusable Silicone Straws (10-pack), available at Amazon, $6.99Help teens do their part to keep single-use plastics out of trash bins, landfills, and the ocean by giving them this pack of reusable silicone drinking straws. They come in various colors and include a few cleaning brushes as well. A set of velvet retro-inspired scrunchiesAmazon/Business InsiderHair Scrunchie Variety Pack, available at Target, $6.99Another trendy gift is as many scrunchies as you can carry. This pack comes with 12 options in enough colors to work with virtually any outfit or mood. A multicolor mini cinema light boxUrban OutfittersMulticolor Cinema Light Box, available at Uncommon Goods, from $20These trendy lightboxes are inspired by cinema marquees, and they come with 100 letters and symbols for personal messages. This one also has color-changing LED lights for further customization.Fun and useful PopSockets for the back of their phoneAmazon/Business InsiderPopGrips, available at PopSockets and Amazon, from $10PopSockets have become their own cultural phenomenon in recent years, and they're surprisingly useful. Get your teen one for their own phone or tablet, and depending on their age, you may find it's the gift they're most excited about. It doesn't hurt that there's free domestic shipping on orders over $20, or that you can actually design your own.A waterproof e-reader with a no-glare screenAmazonAll-New Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $129.99Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is its thinnest, lightest version. It also has double the storage, a built-in light that adjusts to accommodate reading indoors or outdoors, and is waterproof for reading anywhere, including the beach or bath. Plus, a single battery charge lasts weeks rather than hours.Cool backpacks from a popular startup with a charitable missionSTATE Bags/FacebookState bags and accessories, from $15State bags are increasingly popular thanks to their versatile, laid-back aesthetic and characteristically bright nylon colorways. They're also known as #GiveBackPack(s), because for every State bag purchased, State hand-delivers a backpack — packed with essential tools for success — to a local child in need. The Lorimer and Bedford are two of the company's best sellers.A three-month subscription of beauty productsBirchBox3-Month Subscription, available at BirchBox, $45Teens are usually among the most interested in the latest and greatest beauty or grooming products — but may lack the funds to try all the full-sized versions. Birchbox sends samples of new and beloved products once a month, so they can test out new finds and discover products they may want to buy a full size of in the future. (It's also just fun to get an ongoing gift.)Personalized NikesNikeCustomizable Nikes, available at Nike, from $120Nike makes great stuff, but it's nice to get the benefits of a great shoe without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nikes for them, or give them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own.A great Alexa-enabled speaker they can control by voiceSonosSonos One Smart Speaker, available at Sonos, from $219The new Sonos One smart speaker fills any room with clear, rich sound, and they can use Alexa to play and control their music without ever lifting a finger. Find a full review here.A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50%Aquis/Business InsiderAquis Rapid Dry Hair Towel, available at Amazon and Sephora, from $20.99Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we're happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there's less damage to wet hair while it dries. If they've ever complained about frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are thoughtful gifts they'll actually use. A Disney+ subscription for access to classic movies and moreDisney PlusDisney+ Gift Subscription Service, available at Disney, $79.99/yearDisney Plus is the new Disney-centric streaming service. The platform includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. You can gift a whole year of access for $80, which is something their entire family can benefit from.If you'd rather test Disney Plus out before buying, you can sign up for a free weeklong trial.A suitcase with an ejectable battery that can charge their devices on the goAwayThe Carry-On, available at Away, from $225Travel startup Away makes a great carry-on thanks to an ejectable battery that can charge devices seamlessly on the go, 360-degree wheels, and a lightweight build that travels easily. In other words, it takes a lot of the angst out of travel and may make family trips far more enjoyable and stress-free.Durable sunglasses that look good, tooAmazonSmith Optics Lowdown2, available at Backcountry, $129Who better to make a pair of durable, performance-based sunglasses than the company known for innovating the ski goggle? The Lowdown2 features bio-based materials for the frame, ChromaPop lens technology which creates high contrast and vibrant colors, and an anti-reflective smudge-resistant coating.Plus, the brand offers peace of mind with free shipping, 30-day returns, and a lifetime warranty.Comfortable, high-quality sheets that come in lots of colors and patternsBrooklinenLuxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen and Amazon, from $240We think Brooklinen makes the best high-end sheets at the best price on the market, and most of the Insider Reviews team uses Brooklinen on their own beds. It's perfect for lazy Saturday mornings or the rare occasion sleeping in is encouraged.The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in 15 colors and patterns that range from classic to fun, and you can mix and match them to suit their preferences. Grab a gift card (delivered digitally) if you want to give them more freedom.Fidget ballsSpeksSpeks 2.5mm magnet balls, available at Speks, $34.95Made from rare earth magnets, these tiny balls can be molded into an infinite number of shapes and designs. The size of Speks balls makes them ideal for teens to keep with them for those unpredictable moments of nervousness that fill those teenage years.A pack of smart plugs so they can control devices from a distanceAmazon/Business InsiderTP-Link KIT WiFi Smart Plug, 2-Pack, available at Amazon, $16.99Whether they're wondering if they turned off their hot iron or just don't want to get up to turn off the TV, a smart plug lets them control devices from a distance. You can connect to them using any smart device.A Time-Turner clock that actually spinsHarry PotterHarry Potter Time-Turner Clock, available at Pottery Barn, $49It may not be able to take them back in time or help them be in two places at once, but this Time-Turner clock will help them stay on top of their schedule. It even has a functional hourglass on the back so they can time their study breaks. A toothbrush with a timerAmazonOral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush, available at Amazon, $39.97Rigorous dental hygiene isn't usually on the top of the list of things teens care about, which is all the more reason a rechargeable toothbrush with a timer is a fantastic gift. This rechargeable brush breaks up 300% more plaque on the gum line than traditional brushing and lets them know when two minutes have passed.Compact hand sanitizer sprayTouchlandTouchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $9It's in the car, the house, and their pocket these days, but many hand sanitizers can smell a little like household cleaner. Touchland comes in scents like Vanilla Cinnamon and Forrest Berry, or keep it simple and choose unscented.The compact sanitizer features 67% alcohol for killing germs but balances it with soothing aloe vera and essential oils to hydrate the skin. A lottery card that donates to charitiesLottoLove/Business InsiderLottoLove Card, available at LottoLove, from $5When you gift this lottery card, you're actually giving the gift of charity. When you "win big," you're winning a charitable prize that gets donated to nonprofits in one of four categories: Clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. To date, LottoLove and its partners have impacted lives in over 70 countries.Gift cards for concert tickets, food, and clothesChipotleYou can't go wrong with money for their favorite things, especially for teens who are often relying upon part-time jobs to fund their frequent Chipotle meals and concert trips with friends. Check out more gift card ideas here.Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift CardCoffee and food: Starbucks Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardEntertainment and live events: Netflix Gift Card / Xbox Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / StubHub gift cardMusic: Spotify Gift CardSheets: Brooklinen Gift CardGroceries and food: Whole Foods Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardClothes: Nordstrom Gift Card / Everlane Gift CardTech: Best Buy Gift CardRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 17th, 2021

15 essential Alexa skills that Amazon"s AI assistant can learn to help make your life easier

Amazon Alexa skills allow you to customize the artificially intelligent assistant to suit all sorts of needs. Alexa skills can greatly enhance the utility of your Amazon Echo devices.Shutterstock Amazon Alexa skills allow you to customize the artificially intelligent assistant to suit all sorts of needs. You can add new skills to Alexa from the mobile app, a web browser, or even by asking Alexa to add the skill.  Here are 15 of the best skills for Amazon Alexa. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Alexa, the voice assistant built into Amazon's family of Echo speakers and smart displays, comes packed with an enormous number of capabilities right out of the box — everything from playing the news to running timers to streaming music.But that's just for starters; Alexa's not-so-secret weapon is the ability to add new skills. There are around 100,000 skills you can add to Alexa from controlling smart devices in your home to getting wine pairing recommendations.Here are 15 of the best skills you can teach Alexa right now.    15 essential Alexa skillsProtect your home with Alexa GuardAlexa Guard can help protect your home — it uses the microphone built into your Echo devices to listen for signs of a break-in when you're not home. To enable it, say "Alexa, I'm leaving" and disable it with, "Alexa, I'm home." You can customize the way it works using the Alexa mobile app. Tap More at the bottom of the screen, then Settings, then Guard. Then tap the button at the top of the screen to set up Guard's features, like controlling your lights, making barking dog sounds, and more. Control your lights with Philips HueOne of the best reasons to get smart lights is to control them by voice. After installing the Hue bridge and adding one or more lights to your home, enable the Hue skill from the Alexa skills library. Then just say "Alexa, turn on the kitchen light."Listen to audiobooks with AudibleThe Audible skill is automatically enabled. To hear an audio book read aloud, just say, "Alexa, read [title] from Audible." You'll need to already own the Audible book, but you can also ask "Alexa, what's free from Audible?" There's a free book each month.Get veterinary help with MyPetDocEnable the MyPetDoc skill and then use it to get answers to pet health questions from an automated veterinarian AI. After enabling the skill in Alexa's skill library, say, "Alexa, start My Pet Doc" and then answer the questions to explain your pet's symptoms. You'll have the option to connect to a live veterinarian (for a fee). Get wine pairing adviceIf you don't know much about wine, enable the Wine Pairing skill in Alexa's skills library and then ask things like "Alexa, ask wine pairing for a wine to go with lasagna." You'll generally get a few options and even learn what price range you'll find. Use Alexa like an intercom with Drop-inYou can use Drop-In to call another Alexa device. Like an intercom, the call starts right away, so you can talk to someone in another room. You need to enable Drop-In before you can use it. To do that, open the Alexa mobile app and tap More, then Settings, then Communication and then tap Enhanced Features. Swipe the button to enable the feature. Then you can call another room by saying "Alexa, drop in on [the kitchen]."Control your XboxThanks to the Xbox skill, you can control your Xbox with your voice. Enable the Xbox skill in Alexa's skills library and link to the console by signing in with your Microsoft account. There are a lot of commands you can give your Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S, so to get an overview, say, "Alexa, ask Xbox what can I say." Find out how your steak is doing with MeaterIf you have a Meater wireless meat thermometer, you can enable the Meater app in Alexa's skills library to check on the cook from anywhere in the house. You can find out how much longer your dinner will take or find out the temperature inside your meat. Say "Alexa, ask Meater how long does my chicken need?" or "Alexa, ask Meater the temperature of my steak."Keep kids happy with Alexa games Alexa knows a lot of games. Enable The Magic Door in Alexa's skills library and say "Alexa, play the Magic Door," for example, to play an interactive choose your own adventure, complete with narration, sound effects, and prompts to make choices along the way that affect the story.Never lose your phone with Find My PhoneAfter enabling the Find My Phone skill in Alexa's skills library, say "Alexa, find my phone." Alexa will then call your phone so you can zero in on the ring (assuming it's not set to silent). The first time you use Find My Phone, Alexa will text a four-digit security number to the phone which you'll need to read back, so set this skill up before you lose your phone. Order a pizza from Domino'sIf you're a fan of Domino's, you'll appreciate being able to place a complete order in seconds with Alexa. Enable the Domino's skill in Alexa's skills library and follow the instructions to link it to your Domino's account. Then you can say, "Alexa, open Domino's" to create an order, or "Alexa, open Domino's and place my Easy Order" to instantly place your saved Easy Order. Lock your front door with AugustIf your front door is equipped with an August smart lock, you can lock, unlock, and check the status of the door using your voice. Enable August Smart Home in Alexa's skills library, and then say things like "Alexa, lock the front door," or "Alexa, is the front door locked?"Stay fit with the 7-Minute WorkoutThe 7-Minute Workout is a fast but thorough workout that many people use daily. For a customizable, guided workout, enable the 7-Minute Workout in Alexa's skills library, and then you can say "Alexa, start the seven minute workout." You can choose between three options — low-impact, standard, and advanced — when you perform the initial setup.Get first aid from the Mayo ClinicWhen someone gets injured, it's often confusing and disorienting. If you enable the Mayo Clinic First Aid skill in Alexa's skills library, you can ask common questions and get fast answers. To get started, say "Alexa, open Mayo First Aid," and then ask questions like, "how do I treat a fever" or "help for a cut." If the skill doesn't know how to answer your question, it will recommend dialing 911 in case of emergency.Keep track of your steps with FitbitYou can connect your Fitbit to Alexa by enabling the Fitbit skill in Alexa's skills library. Once connected, you can ask Alexa for details about how you're performing with questions like "Alexa, ask Fitbit how I slept last night" and "Alexa, ask Fitbit how many steps I've taken."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytDec 3rd, 2021

The 100+ best early Cyber Monday deals to shop now: AirPods Pro, Instant Pot, Apple Watch, and more

Black Friday has ended, but you can shop early Cyber Monday deals now. Save big at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Nordstrom, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Alyssa Powell/InsiderWe're hours away from Cyber Monday — the even more explicitly online-focused version of Black Friday — and it's historically fetched some of the sales weekend's lowest prices. While it officially begins November 29, many retailers are holding early Cyber Monday sales or continuing Black Friday deals right now.Cyber Monday is a particularly great time to shop for tech, smart home, and gift cards — though stock is typically much more limited than Black Friday. Acting fast is key to getting a good deal, so it's important to know what you're shopping for ahead of time. Don't worry if you see the dreaded "out of stock" symbol — other retailers might have the product you wanted in stock with a similar deal, and we've seen discounts come back throughout the event, sometimes on the same day. To keep up with discounts without spending all day sleuthing, bookmark this page and check back throughout the day; we'll do the heavy lifting for you.At Insider Reviews, we test products all year and track their price history so we can give you solid buying advice during big shopping events like Cyber Monday. Tons of deals are available now on products we love and trust, and we're highlighting the best ones below.Best Cyber Monday 2021 tech dealsBeats Solo ProIf you’re a fan of the vibrant light blue these Solo Pro headphones come in, this is a nice price for a brand new pair. Down to $170, this isn’t a rare price for them by any means, but it’s a great value for what you’re getting.$184.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $299.95 | Save 38%$99.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $149.00 | Save 34%Apple AirPods ProThe Apple AirPods Pro look and sound better than previous-generation AirPods. Plus, they have noise cancellation built right into them and integrate perfectly with other Apple devices. $179.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$189.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$189.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$159.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 36%$209.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.00 | Save 16%Roku Streambar 2020Too much clutter under the TV? The interesting Roku Streambar combines all of the features of a Roku 4K player with a compact soundbar.$79.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $129.99 | Save 38%$79.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $129.99 | Save 38%$79.98 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 38%$99.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $129.99 | Save 24%Google Nest Hub (2nd gen)The Google Nest Hub is a smart display with a unique Sleep Sensing feature to help you monitor your sleep habits. $49.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $99.99 | Save 50%$49.98 FROM WALMARTOriginally $99.98 | Save 50%$49.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 50%Apple Watch Series 7Much more than a timepiece, the Apple Watch can also be used for keeping track of workouts, making phone calls, sending text messages, setting timers and alarms, counting calories, and more.$379.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.00 | Save 5%$379.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.00 | Save 5%$399.00 FROM APPLEApple Watch SE (40mm, GPS)With a recent Apple processor and many of the same features as the Series 7, the Apple Watch SE is a great budget-friendly option.$219.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $279.00 | Save 21%$279.00 FROM APPLESamsung Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm)The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is the obvious choice for Android users looking for a comprehensive, quality, premium smartwatch experience. However, it's a shame that the ECG feature is limited specifically to Samsung phone owners. $199.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%$199.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%$199.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%MasterClass 2-for-1 membershipGet two MasterClass subscriptions for the price of one! Each subscription gets you access to all of MasterClass, so you can watch or sample unlimited celebrity and expert-led classes across a wide range of topics.$180.00 FROM MASTERCLASSOriginally $360.00 | Save 50%Sony WH-1000XM4Sony's WH-1000XM4 are our go-to pair of headphones when we look for a balance of sound quality and noise-cancelling performance.$248.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $349.99 | Save 29%$248.00 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $349.99 | Save 29%$249.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $349.99 | Save 29%Bose QuietComfort 45The QuietComfort 45 have a refreshed design with improved noise cancelling and better battery life.$279.00 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $329.00 | Save 15%$279.00 FROM BOSEOriginally $329.00 | Save 15%$279.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $329.00 | Save 15%$279.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $329.00 | Save 15%Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)Apple's third-generation AirPods offer longer battery life, a MagSafe charger, water resistance, and support for spatial audio. $169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $179.00 | Save 5%$179.00 FROM APPLE$179.00 FROM BEST BUY$174.98 FROM WALMART$154.99 FROM MICRO CENTEROriginally $179.99 | Save 14%Apple Airpods (2nd Generation)You’ll need to pick up your pair from your local Micro Center, but this is a solid deal price for the second-generation Apple AirPods. You can often find them discounted as low as $120, making this extra $5 drop noteworthy. $104.99 FROM MICRO CENTEROriginally $129.99 | Save 19%$114.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 12%$114.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $129.99 | Save 12%$119.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $129.99 | Save 8%Apple MacBook Air (M1)The latest MacBook Air released in late 2020 gains Apple's new M1 processor, which brings impressively fast performance and long battery life, for under $1,000, making it the best Apple laptop overall.$899.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $999.99 | Save 10%$999.00 FROM APPLE$899.00 FROM B&HOriginally $999.00 | Save 10%Apple MacBook Pro with M1 Processor (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB)Apple's latest MacBook Pro with the M1 processor is leaps and bounds beyond its predecessor, but the Intel MacBook Pro still has some tricks.$1199.00 FROM B&HOriginally $1299.00 | Save 8%$1299.00 FROM APPLELG 65-inch C1 OLED 4K TVLG’s C1 is one of the best 4K TVs you can buy. The OLED panel delivers incredible image quality with an infinite contrast ratio. This deal price matches the lowest we’ve seen so far.$1796.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $2499.98 | Save 28%$1796.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $2499.98 | Save 28%Samsung 65-inch Q60A QLED 4K TVSamsung's Q60A is the company's less expensive lineup of premium QLED TVs. $849.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $999.99 | Save 15%Amazon Fire TV 50" Omni SeriesAmazon launched its own smart TVs in fall 2021 and the Omni Series boasts features like hands-free Alexa support and video calling along with the latest Fire TV software.$359.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $509.99 | Save 29%Amazon Echo (4th Gen)The latest Echo speaker from Amazon takes on a spherical design for more effective room-filling audio. $59.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K MaxThe Fire TV Stick 4K is designed to be 40% more powerful than Fire TV Stick 4K. It also adds Wi-Fi 6 support.$34.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%$34.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%$34.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%Ring Video Doorbell (2020)The latest affordable Video Doorbell model from Ring features 1080p recording and improved motion tracking. It's a great deal if you're looking to start adding smart devices to your home. Orders made now will be fulfilled in 6 to 7 weeks.$79.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 20%Google Nest Cam Outdoor Battery (2021) Elegant design, reliable performance, and wireless battery power make the Nest Cam Outdoor a tempting option to add peace of mind and checking in on your home's exterior when you're away. $149.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%$149.99 FROM GOOGLEOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%$149.99 FROM BED BATH & BEYONDOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%$149.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%$198.00 FROM AMAZONAmazon All-New KindleThe Kindle allows users to download hundreds, if not thousands, of books straight to the device. This model has a front light that makes it better-suited for night time reading.$49.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $89.99 | Save 44%Vizio Elevate 5.1.4 SoundbarVizio's Elevate soundbar offers a 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos experience with performance that rivals many full-fledged home theater systems.$798.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $1099.99 | Save 27%$799.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $1099.99 | Save 27%Yamaha YAS-209 SoundbarYamaha's YAS-209 offers great sound, Amazon Alexa support, and well-balanced functionality for a reasonable price. $299.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $349.99 | Save 14%$299.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $349.95 | Save 14%Logitech C922x Pro Stream WebcamYou'll also want a decent webcam and mic if you want to be seen on screen, and provide commentary for your gaming.$74.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 25%$79.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 20%GoPro Hero 10 BlackThis video and still camera has similar capabilities to larger variants, while maintaining the small go-anywhere form-factor it's known for.$349.98 FROM GOPROOriginally $499.99 | Save 30%Best Cyber Monday 2021 kitchen dealsNespresso Vertuo Next Deluxe Coffee and Espresso MakerA truly versatile machine, the Nespresso Vertuo Next uses capsules to make both coffee and espresso in a variety of cup or carafe sizes.$126.75 FROM TARGETOriginally $169.99 | Save 25%Breville Joule Sous VideThis nimble, compact machine heats water quickly, can work in a wide range of vessels, and is operated entirely through a helpful app.$159.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $199.95 | Save 20%$159.96 FROM BREVILLEOriginally $199.95 | Save 20%Instant Pot Air Frying Lid, 6 QuartsIf you already own an Instant Pot and are looking to add air fryer functionality, this lid will do the trick. It's compatible with Smart Wi-Fi 60, Smart Bluetooth, Duo Evo Plus 6, Duo Evo Plus 60, Duo SV 60 or Max 60 models. $49.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $89.99 | Save 44%KitchenAid KFC3516ER 3.5 Cup Food ChopperThe KitchenAid KFC3516ER 3.5 Cup Food Chopper is ideal and convenient for small prepping needs. The size makes it easy to store away or keep on your counter, and the Cyber Monday price makes it easy on your wallet. $39.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $54.99 | Save 27%$39.99 FROM KITCHENAIDOriginally $54.99 | Save 27%Ninja Professional Plus Food ProcessorThe Ninja Professional Plus makes food prep fast and easy with presets for chopped vegetables, shredded cheese, more.$79.98 FROM KOHLSOriginally $119.99 | Save 33%DrinkMate Beverage Carbonation MakerIf you'd like to add fizz to more than just water, consider the Drinkmate Beverage Carbonation Maker, which can carbonate everything from juice to wine.$79.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $95.93 | Save 17%Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer, Roast, Bake & DehydrateThe Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 has five functions, including grill, bake, and dehydrate. Its temperatures range between 105°F to 500°F, giving it a lot of versatility in cooking options. Many of the parts are dishwasher safe for easier cleanup. $169.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $229.99 | Save 26%$199.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%Vitamix Explorian BlenderThe renewed Vitamix Explorian is pre-owned, but every bit as good as new and comes with a 90-day Amazon Renewed Guarantee on top of a 3-year full warranty.$289.95 FROM TARGETOriginally $449.99 | Save 36%$289.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $345.99 | Save 16%Instant Pot Duo Plus Pressure Cooker BundleThis bundle is a Target exclusive, and it includes an extra silicone egg rack and stainless steel steam rack for your pressure cooking needs. It’s only $60 right now — an excellent value for such a multifunctional kitchen appliance.$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 54%Our Place Always PanOur Place's Always Pan is multi-functional nonstick pan that's taken the internet by storm. It promises to replace eight different pieces of cookware in your kitchen. It can function as a steamer, saute pan, frying pan, and more. $99.00 FROM OUR PLACEOriginally $145.00 | Save 32%Cuisinart Chef's Classic 17-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware SetThis nonstick set includes nine different pans, lids to match, and a steamer for a total of 17 pieces. $219.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $399.99 | Save 45%Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee MakerThe slim 6- to 12-ounce coffee maker will fit neatly on any kitchen counter and save energy with the auto-off feature after brewing.$49.99 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $79.98 | Save 37%$89.99 FROM TARGETBest Cyber Monday 2021 home dealsEva-Dry Wireless Mini DehumidifierThis Eva-Dry dehumidifier measures 9 x 8.25 x 2.88 inches and works well for spaces up to 48 square feet. It uses silica beads to absorb moisture and has an absorbing capacity of six ounces. It’s also convenient because you only need to recharge it every four weeks. (It plugs into a wall outlet.)$14.97 FROM AMAZONOriginally $24.95 | Save 40%Molekule Air PurifierThis unit is popular among expert reviewers with its simple, portable design and quiet operation. We previously included the Molekule Air in our guide because it has multiple operation modes and can eradicate pollutants down to the nanoscopic level. However, at almost $800 plus $130 per year for filters, it's more than most people want to pay for an air purifier that isn't particularly powerful. We think there are better models at a lower price point.$479.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $799.00 | Save 40%$799.00 FROM MOLEKULEAeroGarden SproutA smaller option from AeroGarden's lineup, the Sprout lets you grow up to three plants in its narrow footprint. It's down to $70 with promo code SUMMER20 through May 31, a rare and excellent deal direct from AeroGarden.$49.95 FROM AEROGARDENOriginally $99.95 | Save 50%$49.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.95 | Save 50%Chewy Pet ProductsFor Cyber Monday, Chewy is offering $30 off purchases of $100 or more. This is only for select products, including food, treats, beds, and more.$70.00 FROM CHEWYOriginally $100.00 | Save 30%Dyson Outsize Absolute+The Dyson Outsize Absolute+ is ideal for whole home, deep cleaning with its full-size dustbin and large cleaner head. $799.99 FROM DYSONOriginally $899.99 | Save 11%Dyson V8 AbsoluteBuilt with a soft roller head for hard floors and a motorized cleaner head for carpets, the Dyson V8 Absolute handles all surfaces efficiently.$399.99 FROM DYSONOriginally $449.99 | Save 11%Dyson Cyclone V10 AbsoluteEquipped with a sensor to detect the difference between carpets and hard floors, the Cyclone V10 Absolute is the perfect vacuum cleaner for any room in the house. We've seen it go for as low as $350 before (it's usually $550), but during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you'll get it for $400 while supplies last.$499.99 FROM DYSONOriginally $549.99 | Save 9%Drinkwell Two-Gallon Pet FountainThis two gallon pet drinking fountain is the perfect accessory to make sure your dog or cat (or both) are drinking enough water.$59.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $74.95 | Save 20%Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAXQuiet, slim, and powerful, the eufy RoboVac 15C Max is a solid investment if you're looking for a robot vacuum. It's already very affordable at retail price, but you can also often find it on sale, making it an even better deal.$169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $279.99 | Save 39%$169.99 FROM EUFYOriginally $249.99 | Save 32%iRobot Roomba i3+ (3550) Robot VacuumThe i3+ costs considerably more than your average robot vacuum, but it also does a lot more than the average robot vacuum. It develops personalized cleaning schedules and empties itself. $399.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM IROBOTOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $565.47 | Save 29%$399.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot VacuumThe  Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo Pro Mopping System thoroughly cleans floors as opposed to pushing a wet cloth around. When paired with the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot Vacuum, the two make easy work of time-consuming chores.$499.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $749.99 | Save 33%$799.99 FROM BEST BUYBissell SpinWave Robot VacuumThe Bissell SpinWave Robot Vacuum picked up all the pet hair on carpet in our tests and has a great assortment of mop attachments and accessories. The company is also committed to helping homeless pets and helps them find loving homes. $249.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.99 | Save 38%$299.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.99 | Save 25%Dewalt Atomic 20-Volt Max Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit This 20-Volt MAX Brushless Compact 2-Tool Combo Kit includes 1 cordless Drill/Driver, 1 cordless Impact Driver, two 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Batteries, 1 charger, and a carrying bag. $149.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $229.00 | Save 35%Best Cyber Monday 2021 gaming dealsNintendo Switch Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Digital Download)The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017, but still remains one of the best Switch games out there. Right now, a physical copy is selling for $40, which is a solid price on this rarely discounted game.$35.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 42%Nintendo Switch Fire Emblem: Three Houses"Fire Emblem: Three Houses" is a turn-based war strategy game that encourages you to build relationships with your soldiers and master your tactics on the battlefield. $35.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 42%$35.00 FROM GAMESTOPOriginally $59.99 | Save 42%$35.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 42%$59.99 FROM BEST BUYNintendo eShop $50 Gift CardThe Nintendo eShop is the best place to shop for digital copies of Nintendo's games. This gift card is the perfect gift or investment for anyone with a Nintendo Switch. Better still, Nintendo's eShop offers several sales throughout the year. This means, patient shoppers can double their savings.$45.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $50.00 | Save 10%$50.00 FROM BEST BUY$45.00 FROM NEWEGGOriginally $50.00 | Save 10%Xbox Game Pass for PC (3-Month Membership)Typically, you can get a 3-month Game Pass subscription for $30. Right now, it's only $20, a solid deal. This is the PC version, which gets you EA Play, exclusive member discounts, and unlimited to access to over 100 games. $1.00 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $29.99 | Save 97%$19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%$19.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%PlayStation Plus 12-Month SubscriptionPlayStation Plus allows gamers to play online, nets them special discounts in the PlayStation Network store, and subscribers get free games each month that remain available as long as the PlayStation Plus subscription is active. $36.99 FROM CDKEYSOriginally $59.99 | Save 38%$39.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 33%$39.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 33%Microsoft Xbox Series S|X Wireless ControllerThis latest-gen Xbox gamepad is the best Microsoft has ever made, and during Cyber Monday, shoppers can save $20 on this recently released controller.$49.99 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $59.99 | Save 17%$54.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 8%$49.00 FROM GAME STOPOriginally $54.99 | Save 11%$52.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 12%Death Loop for PlayStation 5“Death Loop” is an unusual first-person shooter that challenges players to escape a day-long time loop by assassinating specific targets. The game is a great pick for fans of spy movies, sci-fi, and creative gunplay.$29.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 50%Call of Duty Vanguard for PlayStation 4The latest Call of Duty game is now on sale for $20 off, just a few weeks after its release.$39.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 35%$44.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $59.99 | Save 25%Call of Duty Vanguard for PlayStation 5The latest Call of Duty game is now on sale for $15 off for PlayStation 5 just a few weeks after its release.$54.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $69.98 | Save 21%Nintendo Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Nintendo Switch Set EditionYou can use a Nintendo Switch to control this real-life Mario Kart toy, and watch Mario or Luigi’s perspective as they zoom around your home.$88.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $99.99 | Save 11%$99.99 FROM BEST BUYLogitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming MouseCompact and portable, the Logitech G305 is great to take on the go. It's best if you prefer smaller mice and right now it's only $40, a great price drop from a typical selling price of $50.$29.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 50%$29.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $48.97 | Save 39%Nintendo Switch Ring Fit Adventure"Ring Fit Adventure" for the Nintendo Switch uses the exclusive "Ring-Con" attachment and a leg strap to track movement and provide resistance for workouts. The game also includes an adventure mode. Right now, it's selling for $55 at Target and Amazon, $25 off its usual price and the lowest price we've ever seen on this game.$54.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $79.98 | Save 32%$54.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $80.00 | Save 33%$79.98 FROM BEST BUY$79.98 FROM TARGETBest Cyber Monday 2021 streaming dealsHulu Monthly Subscription (Deal)Save a huge 85% on an ad-supported Hulu subscription for an entire year. That amounts to just 99 cents per month. This deal is live until Monday, November 29. $0.99 FROM HULUOriginally $6.99 | Save 86%Philo TVIf you want your streaming service to cost less per month than a single trip for the family to Starbucks, Philo TV is made with you in mind.$5.00 FROM PHILOOriginally $25.00 | Save 80%Disney Plus Free Trial with Amazon Music UnlimitedNew Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can get six months of Disney Plus for free when they sign up. Current Music Unlimited members can get three months of Disney Plus. Music Unlimited costs $8 a month for Prime members or $10 a month without Prime.$0.00 FROM AMAZONAmazon Prime Video Channel Add-OnsPrime Video subscribers can choose from a variety of channel-add ons including Starz, Showtime, Paramount+, AMC+, Discovery+, and more.$0.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $10.99 | Save 91%YouTube PremiumYouTube Premium lets you stream videos and music on YouTube without any ads. The service also features exclusive programs.FREE FROM YOUTUBEOriginally $11.99 | Save 100%Best Cyber Monday 2021 health & fitness dealsTheragun PROThe Theragun Pro is our top pick: a powerful, customizable, and durable massager that's worth every bit of its $600 price tag. $399.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%$399.00 FROM THERABODYOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%Fitbit LuxeThe Fitbit Luxe is the company's latest fitness band that comes with a sleek design and advanced health features like stress management and the ability to measure heart rate variation.$99.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $149.99 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM FITBITOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%Fitbit Charge 4The Charge 4 hits a budget-friendly price point while offering stellar activity tracking in a smaller footprint than a smartwatch.$135.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $149.94 | Save 9%$69.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $149.94 | Save 54%Mirror from lululemonThis isn't just a mirror. It's a cardio class, it's a yoga studio, it's a boxing ring, it's your new personal trainer, and it's so much more. For Cyber Monday, Mirror is on sale for $500 with the code "CYBERMONDAY20"$995.00 FROM MIRROROriginally $1495.00 | Save 33%Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth This bottle has all the hallmark features of a Hydro Flask water bottle — 12-24 hours of temperature retention, powder color coating that won't chip or fade with time, a silicone twist top — with the very convenient wide mouth for easy pouring and drinking.$33.71 FROM HYDRO FLASKOriginally $44.95 | Save 25%Amazon HaloAmazon's Halo fitness tracker can analyze the tone of your voice to help you understand how you sound to others.$54.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 45%LifeSpan TR1200i Folding TreadmillThe TR1200i is the baby sister of our top pick for a folding treadmill, the TR300i, with fewer built-in training programs and fewer fancy features like manual instead of digital buttons. But it's nearly the same size, has the same motor, and the same shock absorption — but for significantly cheaper.$899.00 FROM LIFESPANOriginally $1199.00 | Save 25%Best Cyber Monday 2021 style & beauty dealsDyson Airwrap Complete StylerDyson Airwrap Complete Styler is engineered for multiple hair types and styles. Featuring Coanda air styling and propelled by the Dyson digital motor, users can curl, wave, smooth and dry with no extreme heat.$399.99 FROM NEW EGGOriginally $499.99 | Save 20%$549.95 FROM DYSON$549.99 FROM BEST BUY$549.00 FROM AMAZONL.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers - Men'sThis shearling-lined, leather-bottom slipper is one of the best men's slippers we've ever tried.$75.65 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $89.00 | Save 15%L.L.Bean Wicked Good Shearling-Lined Slides - Women'sThese ridiculously-cozy, shearling-lined slides are easy to slip on and off, and keep your feet toasty around the house.$67.15 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $79.00 | Save 15%L.L.Bean Toddlers' Wicked Good SlippersEverything we love about L.L.Bean's Wicked Good Slippers — but mini. These shearling-lined, leather-soled booties will keep kid's feet, sizes 3-10, toasty around the house and in a stroller.$33.96 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $39.95 | Save 15%Lululemon Hooded Define JacketA fan-favorite, now with a hood. Between the technical fabric and a do-anything fit, it's easy to see why this one's a hit. Right now you can save up to 50% on this versatile piece, but sizes are selling out quickly. $64.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $128.00 | Save 50%Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise TightLululemon is, in many ways, the genesis of athleisure, so it's not surprising that the company has an edge in the space.$69.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $98.00 | Save 30%Lululemon Metal Vent Breathe Short SleeveLululemon Metal Vent Breathe Short Sleeve $49.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $78.00 | Save 37%Bombas Women's Gripper Slipper (Sherpa Lined) 2-PackA mix between socks and slippers, Bombas' Gripper Slippers include a cozy sherpa lining and sole grippers to prevent slips. $72.95 FROM BOMBASOriginally $96.00 | Save 24%Columbia Men's Lake 22 Down Hooded JacketThis water-resistant jacket is stocked with 650-fill power down insulation, zippered hand pockets, and a structured hood to keep you zipped up and toasty through any winter weather.$69.98 FROM COLUMBIAOriginally $140.00 | Save 50%Adidas Climacool VentoThe Adidas Climacool Vento features a highly breathable mesh upper to help keep your feet cool.$98.00 FROM ADIDASOriginally $140.00 | Save 30%Nike Adapt Auto MaxThe Nike Adapt Auto Max uses advanced technology to automatically form to your foot without laces.$259.98 FROM NIKEOriginally $400.00 | Save 35%Nike Space Hippie 01The Nike Space Hippie 01 is made from 50% recycled materials and features a lightweight, track-inspired look.$77.56 FROM NIKEOriginally $130.00 | Save 40%Crocs Classic Clog (Unisex)The shoe that really started it all, the Classic Clog is comfortable, breathable, and easy to slip on whenever. With over 20 fun colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong.$39.99 FROM CROCSOriginally $49.99 | Save 20%$27.55 FROM AMAZONDagne Dover Indi Diaper BackpackDagne Dover's Indi Diaper Backpack adds a stylish neutral flair while holding every basic essential.$160.00 FROM DAGNE DOVEROriginally $200.00 | Save 20%Everlane Glove Boot ReKnitEverlane's Glove Boot is a sleek boot made with stretchy, sustainable knit fabric and a walkable heel for all-day comfort. $46.00 FROM EVERLANEOriginally $115.00 | Save 60%OutdoorVoices The Exercise DressOutdoorVoices makes a few of our favorite athleisure items, and they're another example of a company that can balance form and function.$75.00 FROM OUTDOORVOICESOriginally $100.00 | Save 25%Rough Linen St. Barts Linen RobeThe Rough Linen St. Barts Robe is made from top-notch linen that offers a light feel and a cool, casual look.$131.93 FROM ROUGH LINENOriginally $167.00 | Save 21%Kiehl's Since 1851 Avocado Nourishing Hydration MaskWinter is coming, and Kiehls' Avocado Mask is here to provide your skin with hydration all season long. This nourishing treatment infuses your face with avocado and evening primrose oils, offering sumptuous moisture after just one use. Plus, it's green tint is a total throwback. You can save 50% on a jar during Black Friday sale. $21.50 FROM MACY'SOriginally $45.00 | Save 52%Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet Liquid LipstickA liquid lip color that gives you a super matte look, but it's so light it feels like a lip stain. The formula is highly pigmented, smudge-resistant, and comfortable on your lips.$19.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $38.00 | Save 50%Nike Sportswear Essential Fleece PantsMade from soft fleece material, these sweats are perfect for everyday comfort.$48.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $60.00 | Save 20%Thread & Supply Double Breasted PeacoatThis peacoat from Thread & Supply is a classic with a twist. The oversized buttons extend up the lapel to the collar, giving you the option to bundle up if necessary. And if you don't love it in black, never fear — you can save 31% on this coat in black, camel, or light gray. $39.90 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $58.00 | Save 31%True & Co. True Body Triangle Convertible Strap BraletteThe convertible straps on this wireless bra can be worn either straight or crisscrossed, and the smooth material appears invisible under clothes.$30.80 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $44.00 | Save 30%Spanx Faux Leather LeggingsMade with the same level of support as its signature shapewear but with a little extra stretch, these leggings are designed to not only make you look great but feel great, too. $78.40 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $98.00 | Save 20%$78.40 FROM SPANX Originally $98.00 | Save 20%Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise TightLululemon is, in many ways, the genesis of athleisure, so it's not surprising that the company has an edge in the space.$69.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $98.00 | Save 30%Chaps Mens Long Sleeve Button DownMade from an easy-to-care-for cotton blend and a dose of stretch, this men's button-down shirt will keep you looking polished all day.$19.98 FROM WALMARTOriginally $60.00 | Save 67%Nine West Car Coat CardiganThi cozy topper is part coat, part cardigan, and will keep you warm all winter. Save an extra 15% on this cardigan with the code ENJOY15 at checkout.$35.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $60.00 | Save 40%When is Cyber Monday?Cyber Monday falls on the Monday after Black Friday every year. In 2021, the shopping event will land on November 29.As a continuation of sorts to Black Friday, Cyber Monday gives shoppers another opportunity to save on tech, home goods, clothing, and more that you might've missed while digesting Thanksgiving dinner. Unlike Black Friday, though, Cyber Monday is entirely online.What time does Cyber Monday start?Cyber Monday officially begins at 12 a.m. ET on November 29. That said, the event is expected to carry over many deals from Black Friday, so some discounts are already available.What is Cyber Monday?Cyber Monday began as the online version of Black Friday, where online retailers offered big discounts to match their brick-and-mortar counterparts. Now, Cyber Monday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, often surpassing even Black Friday in terms of revenue and sales. Previously, the main distinction between Black Friday and Cyber Monday was that Black Friday focused on in-store sales and Cyber Monday on online sales. But as shopping habits have increasingly favored the internet, shoppers can look forward to a very online-focused Cyber Monday and Black Friday. Cyber Monday offers a great opportunity to save on all your holiday gifts. How long do Cyber Monday sales last? Though Cyber Monday sales once took place on Monday only, we've seen them extend to longer and longer durations, with a handful lasting through the rest of the week. However, the best discounts we see are in limited supply and expire soon after they become available.What's better, Black Friday or Cyber Monday?With more and more buyers shopping online, the debate over which shopping holiday wins, is practically moot. Both events will be held predominantly online, and more than a few deals overlap. In fact, many Black Friday deals become Cyber Monday deals when the dates change. If possible, buyers should shop on both holidays. We've seen different products receive better discounts on each day, and the deals that each retailer offers will vary. Generally speaking, consumers shopping for big-ticket items, such as laptops, TVs, and kitchen appliances, can expect more opportunities on Black Friday. Shoppers looking for last year's models, smart home gadgets, digital subscriptions, and gift cards will likely find more luck during Cyber Monday.What should I buy during Cyber Monday?If a retailer offers Black Friday deals, it's a near guarantee that it will offer Cyber Monday deals, too. Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart are some noteworthy retailers that we know will participate in the shopping event, with deals across many product categories.We will likely see massive discounts on some of our favorite direct-to-consumer products during Cyber Monday, such as retail startups like Leesa and Brooklinen. For some online stores, Cyber Monday (or Cyber Week) will be one of the few times of the year when their products see major markdowns.Will there be Cyber Monday shipping delays?Shipping delays and shopping holidays are inextricably linked, so there's always a risk of late deliveries.To help you avoid the shipping crunch and get your stuff sooner, several retailers, including Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, offer in-store pickup and contactless curbside pickup. This means shoppers can grab their orders at a nearby location, provided that the retailer has it in stock. Best Cyber Monday deals we saw last yearLast year, we saw a lot of great sales on Cyber Monday ranging from sitewide discounts to specific products. Everything from home and kitchen, to subscription services were on sale during last year's annual savings event.Here are a few of the best Cyber Monday deals from 2020.  Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Classic Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush was $179 from Kohl's, originally $229.FujiFilm Instax Mini 11 Camera Bundle was $70 from Kohl's on Cyber Monday last year, originally $120.Keurig K-Supreme Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker was $84 from Target on Cyber Monday last year, originally $140.How we select the best Cyber Monday dealsWe only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage, and that we've either used ourselves or researched carefully.We compare the prices among top retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart and only include the deals that are better than all others offered (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).All deals are at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an outsized value.Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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100+ early Cyber Monday deals you can shop now: AirPods Pro, Roku, Vitamix, and more

Black Friday has ended, but you can shop early Cyber Monday deals now. Save big at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Nordstrom, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Alyssa Powell/InsiderCyber Monday is the online shopping-focused sibling to Black Friday, and the event brings equally great discounts and sales straight to you. It's going live on November 29, but many retailers are holding early Cyber Monday sales or continuing Black Friday deals through the weekend.Historically, the event has always been a great time to shop for tech, smart home, and gift cards — though stock is typically very limited. Acting fast is key to getting a good deal, so it's important to know what you're shopping for ahead of time. Don't worry if you see the dreaded "out of stock" symbol — other retailers might have the product you wanted in stock with a similar deal, and we've seen discounts come back throughout the event, sometimes on the same day.At Insider Reviews, we test products all year and track their price history so we can give you solid buying advice during big shopping events like Cyber Monday. Tons of deals are available now on products we love and trust, and we're highlighting the best ones below.The best Cyber Monday deals available nowBest Cyber Monday 2021 tech dealsApple AirPods ProThe Apple AirPods Pro look and sound better than previous-generation AirPods. Plus, they have noise cancellation built right into them and integrate perfectly with other Apple devices. $159.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 36%$189.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$189.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$159.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 36%$209.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.00 | Save 16%Roku Streambar 2020Too much clutter under the TV? The interesting Roku Streambar combines all of the features of a Roku 4K player with a compact soundbar.$79.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $129.99 | Save 38%$79.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $129.99 | Save 38%$79.98 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 38%$99.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $129.99 | Save 24%Google Nest Hub (2nd gen)The Google Nest Hub is a smart display with a unique Sleep Sensing feature to help you monitor your sleep habits. $49.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $99.99 | Save 50%$49.98 FROM WALMARTOriginally $99.98 | Save 50%$49.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 50%Apple Watch Series 7Much more than a timepiece, the Apple Watch can also be used for keeping track of workouts, making phone calls, sending text messages, setting timers and alarms, counting calories, and more.$379.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.00 | Save 5%$379.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.00 | Save 5%$399.00 FROM APPLEApple Watch SE (40mm, GPS)With a recent Apple processor and many of the same features as the Series 7, the Apple Watch SE is a great budget-friendly option.$219.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $279.00 | Save 21%$279.00 FROM APPLEOriginally $279.00 | Save 0%Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm)The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is the obvious choice for Android users looking for a comprehensive, quality, premium smartwatch experience. However, it's a shame that the ECG feature is limited specifically to Samsung phone owners. $199.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $279.99 | Save 29%$199.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%$199.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%MasterClass 2-for-1 membershipGet two MasterClass subscriptions for the price of one! Each subscription gets you access to all of MasterClass, so you can watch or sample unlimited celebrity and expert-led classes across a wide range of topics.$180.00 FROM MASTERCLASSOriginally $360.00 | Save 50%Sony WH-1000XM4Sony's WH-1000XM4 are our go-to pair of headphones when we look for a balance of sound quality and noise-cancelling performance.$248.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $349.99 | Save 29%$248.00 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $349.99 | Save 29%$249.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $349.99 | Save 29%Bose QuietComfort 45The QuietComfort 45 have a refreshed design with improved noise cancelling and better battery life.$279.00 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $329.00 | Save 15%$279.00 FROM BOSEOriginally $329.00 | Save 15%$279.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $329.00 | Save 15%Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)Apple's third-generation AirPods offer longer battery life, a MagSafe charger, water resistance, and support for spatial audio. $149.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $179.00 | Save 16%$179.00 FROM APPLE$179.00 FROM BEST BUY$174.98 FROM WALMART$154.99 FROM MICRO CENTEROriginally $179.99 | Save 14%Apple Airpods (2nd Generation)You’ll need to pick up your pair from your local Micro Center, but this is a solid deal price for the second-generation Apple AirPods. You can often find them discounted as low as $120, making this extra $5 drop noteworthy. $104.99 FROM MICRO CENTEROriginally $129.99 | Save 19%$114.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 12%$109.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $129.99 | Save 16%$119.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $129.99 | Save 8%Apple MacBook Air (M1)The latest MacBook Air released in late 2020 gains Apple's new M1 processor, which brings impressively fast performance and long battery life, for under $1,000, making it the best Apple laptop overall.$899.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $999.99 | Save 10%$999.00 FROM APPLE$899.00 FROM B&HOriginally $999.00 | Save 10%Apple MacBook Pro with M1 Processor (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB)Apple's latest MacBook Pro with the M1 processor is leaps and bounds beyond its predecessor, but the Intel MacBook Pro still has some tricks.$1199.00 FROM B&HOriginally $1299.00 | Save 8%$1299.00 FROM APPLELG 65-inch C1 OLED 4K TVLG’s C1 is one of the best 4K TVs you can buy. The OLED panel delivers incredible image quality with an infinite contrast ratio. This deal price matches the lowest we’ve seen so far.$1796.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $2499.98 | Save 28%$1796.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $2499.98 | Save 28%Samsung 65-inch Q60A QLED 4K TVSamsung's Q60A is the company's less expensive lineup of premium QLED TVs. $849.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $999.99 | Save 15%Amazon Fire TV 50" Omni SeriesAmazon launched its own smart TVs in fall 2021 and the Omni Series boasts features like hands-free Alexa support and video calling along with the latest Fire TV software.$359.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $509.99 | Save 29%Amazon Echo (4th Gen)The latest Echo speaker from Amazon takes on a spherical design for more effective room-filling audio. $59.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K MaxThe Fire TV Stick 4K is designed to be 40% more powerful than Fire TV Stick 4K. It also adds Wi-Fi 6 support.$34.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%$34.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%$34.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%Ring Video Doorbell (2020)The latest affordable Video Doorbell model from Ring features 1080p recording and improved motion tracking. It's a great deal if you're looking to start adding smart devices to your home. Orders made now will be fulfilled in 6 to 7 weeks.$79.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 20%Google Nest Cam Outdoor Battery (2021) Elegant design, reliable performance, and wireless battery power make the Nest Cam Outdoor a tempting option to add peace of mind and checking in on your home's exterior when you're away. $149.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%$198.00 FROM AMAZON$149.99 FROM GOOGLEOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%$149.99 FROM BED BATH & BEYONDOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%$149.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%Amazon All-New KindleThe Kindle allows users to download hundreds, if not thousands, of books straight to the device. This model has a front light that makes it better-suited for night time reading.$49.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $89.99 | Save 44%Vizio Elevate 5.1.4 SoundbarVizio's Elevate soundbar offers a 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos experience with performance that rivals many full-fledged home theater systems.$798.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $1099.99 | Save 27%$799.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $1099.99 | Save 27%Yamaha YAS-209 SoundbarYamaha's YAS-209 offers great sound, Amazon Alexa support, and well-balanced functionality for a reasonable price. $299.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $349.99 | Save 14%$299.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $349.95 | Save 14%Logitech C922x Pro Stream WebcamYou'll also want a decent webcam and mic if you want to be seen on screen, and provide commentary for your gaming.$74.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 25%$79.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 20%GoPro Hero 10 BlackThis video and still camera has similar capabilities to larger variants, while maintaining the small go-anywhere form-factor it's known for.$349.98 FROM GOPROOriginally $499.99 | Save 30%Best Cyber Monday 2021 kitchen dealsNespresso Vertuo Next Deluxe Coffee and Espresso MakerA truly versatile machine, the Nespresso Vertuo Next uses capsules to make both coffee and espresso in a variety of cup or carafe sizes.$126.75 FROM TARGETOriginally $169.99 | Save 25%Breville Joule Sous VideThis nimble, compact machine heats water quickly, can work in a wide range of vessels, and is operated entirely through a helpful app.$159.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $199.95 | Save 20%$159.96 FROM BREVILLEOriginally $199.95 | Save 20%Instant Pot Air Frying Lid, 6 QuartsIf you already own an Instant Pot and are looking to add air fryer functionality, this lid will do the trick. It's compatible with Smart Wi-Fi 60, Smart Bluetooth, Duo Evo Plus 6, Duo Evo Plus 60, Duo SV 60 or Max 60 models. $49.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $89.99 | Save 44%KitchenAid KFC3516ER 3.5 Cup Food ChopperThe KitchenAid KFC3516ER 3.5 Cup Food Chopper is ideal and convenient for small prepping needs. The size makes it easy to store away or keep on your counter, and the Cyber Monday price makes it easy on your wallet. $39.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $54.99 | Save 27%$39.99 FROM KITCHENAIDOriginally $54.99 | Save 27%Ninja Professional Plus Food ProcessorThe Ninja Professional Plus makes food prep fast and easy with presets for chopped vegetables, shredded cheese, more.$79.98 FROM KOHLSOriginally $119.99 | Save 33%DrinkMate Beverage Carbonation MakerIf you'd like to add fizz to more than just water, consider the Drinkmate Beverage Carbonation Maker, which can carbonate everything from juice to wine.$79.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $95.93 | Save 17%Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer, Roast, Bake & DehydrateThe Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 has five functions, including grill, bake, and dehydrate. Its temperatures range between 105°F to 500°F, giving it a lot of versatility in cooking options. Many of the parts are dishwasher safe for easier cleanup. $199.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $229.99 | Save 13%$199.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%Vitamix Explorian BlenderThe renewed Vitamix Explorian is pre-owned, but every bit as good as new and comes with a 90-day Amazon Renewed Guarantee on top of a 3-year full warranty.$289.95 FROM TARGETOriginally $449.99 | Save 36%$289.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $345.99 | Save 16%Instant Pot Duo Plus Pressure Cooker BundleThis bundle is a Target exclusive, and it includes an extra silicone egg rack and stainless steel steam rack for your pressure cooking needs. It’s only $60 right now — an excellent value for such a multifunctional kitchen appliance.$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 54%Our Place Always PanOur Place's Always Pan is multi-functional nonstick pan that's taken the internet by storm. It promises to replace eight different pieces of cookware in your kitchen. It can function as a steamer, saute pan, frying pan, and more. $99.00 FROM OUR PLACEOriginally $145.00 | Save 32%Cuisinart Chef's Classic 17-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware SetThis nonstick set includes nine different pans, lids to match, and a steamer for a total of 17 pieces. $219.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $399.99 | Save 45%Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee MakerThe slim 6- to 12-ounce coffee maker will fit neatly on any kitchen counter and save energy with the auto-off feature after brewing.$89.99 FROM TARGET$49.99 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $79.98 | Save 37%Best Cyber Monday 2021 home dealsEva-Dry Wireless Mini DehumidifierThis Eva-Dry dehumidifier measures 9 x 8.25 x 2.88 inches and works well for spaces up to 48 square feet. It uses silica beads to absorb moisture and has an absorbing capacity of six ounces. It’s also convenient because you only need to recharge it every four weeks. (It plugs into a wall outlet.)$14.97 FROM AMAZONOriginally $24.95 | Save 40%Molekule Air PurifierThis unit is popular among expert reviewers with its simple, portable design and quiet operation. We previously included the Molekule Air in our guide because it has multiple operation modes and can eradicate pollutants down to the nanoscopic level. However, at almost $800 plus $130 per year for filters, it's more than most people want to pay for an air purifier that isn't particularly powerful. We think there are better models at a lower price point.$479.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $799.00 | Save 40%$799.00 FROM MOLEKULEAeroGarden SproutA smaller option from AeroGarden's lineup, the Sprout lets you grow up to three plants in its narrow footprint. It's down to $70 with promo code SUMMER20 through May 31, a rare and excellent deal direct from AeroGarden.$49.95 FROM AEROGARDENOriginally $99.95 | Save 50%$49.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.95 | Save 50%Chewy Pet ProductsFor Cyber Monday, Chewy is offering $30 off purchases of $100 or more. This is only for select products, including food, treats, beds, and more.$70.00 FROM CHEWYOriginally $100.00 | Save 30%Dyson Outsize Absolute+The Dyson Outsize Absolute+ is ideal for whole home, deep cleaning with its full-size dustbin and large cleaner head. $799.99 FROM DYSONOriginally $899.99 | Save 11%Dyson V8 AbsoluteBuilt with a soft roller head for hard floors and a motorized cleaner head for carpets, the Dyson V8 Absolute handles all surfaces efficiently.$399.99 FROM DYSONOriginally $449.99 | Save 11%Dyson Cyclone V10 AbsoluteEquipped with a sensor to detect the difference between carpets and hard floors, the Cyclone V10 Absolute is the perfect vacuum cleaner for any room in the house. We've seen it go for as low as $350 before (it's usually $550), but during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you'll get it for $400 while supplies last.$499.99 FROM DYSONOriginally $549.99 | Save 9%Drinkwell Two-Gallon Pet FountainThis two gallon pet drinking fountain is the perfect accessory to make sure your dog or cat (or both) are drinking enough water.$59.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $74.95 | Save 20%Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAXQuiet, slim, and powerful, the eufy RoboVac 15C Max is a solid investment if you're looking for a robot vacuum. It's already very affordable at retail price, but you can also often find it on sale, making it an even better deal.$169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $279.99 | Save 39%$169.99 FROM EUFYOriginally $249.99 | Save 32%iRobot Roomba i3+ (3550) Robot VacuumThe i3+ costs considerably more than your average robot vacuum, but it also does a lot more than the average robot vacuum. It develops personalized cleaning schedules and empties itself. $399.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM IROBOTOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $565.47 | Save 29%$399.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot VacuumThe  Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo Pro Mopping System thoroughly cleans floors as opposed to pushing a wet cloth around. When paired with the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot Vacuum, the two make easy work of time-consuming chores.$499.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $749.99 | Save 33%$799.99 FROM BEST BUYBissell SpinWave Robot VacuumThe Bissell SpinWave Robot Vacuum picked up all the pet hair on carpet in our tests and has a great assortment of mop attachments and accessories. The company is also committed to helping homeless pets and helps them find loving homes. $249.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.99 | Save 38%$299.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.99 | Save 25%Dewalt Atomic 20-Volt Max Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit This 20-Volt MAX Brushless Compact 2-Tool Combo Kit includes 1 cordless Drill/Driver, 1 cordless Impact Driver, two 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Batteries, 1 charger, and a carrying bag. $149.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $229.00 | Save 35%Best Cyber Monday 2021 gaming dealsNintendo Switch Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Digital Download)The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017, but still remains one of the best Switch games out there. Right now, a physical copy is selling for $40, which is a solid price on this rarely discounted game.$35.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 42%Nintendo Switch Fire Emblem: Three Houses"Fire Emblem: Three Houses" is a turn-based war strategy game that encourages you to build relationships with your soldiers and master your tactics on the battlefield. $35.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 42%$35.00 FROM GAMESTOPOriginally $59.99 | Save 42%$35.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 42%$59.99 FROM BEST BUYNintendo eShop $50 Gift CardThe Nintendo eShop is the best place to shop for digital copies of Nintendo's games. This gift card is the perfect gift or investment for anyone with a Nintendo Switch. Better still, Nintendo's eShop offers several sales throughout the year. This means, patient shoppers can double their savings.$45.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $50.00 | Save 10%$50.00 FROM BEST BUY$45.00 FROM NEWEGGOriginally $50.00 | Save 10%Xbox Game Pass for PC (3-Month Membership)Typically, you can get a 3-month Game Pass subscription for $30. Right now, it's only $20, a solid deal. This is the PC version, which gets you EA Play, exclusive member discounts, and unlimited to access to over 100 games. $1.00 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $29.99 | Save 97%$19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%$19.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%PlayStation Plus 12-Month SubscriptionPlayStation Plus allows gamers to play online, nets them special discounts in the PlayStation Network store, and subscribers get free games each month that remain available as long as the PlayStation Plus subscription is active. $36.99 FROM CDKEYSOriginally $59.99 | Save 38%$39.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 33%$39.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 33%Microsoft Xbox Series S|X Wireless ControllerThis latest-gen Xbox gamepad is the best Microsoft has ever made, and during Cyber Monday, shoppers can save $20 on this recently released controller.$49.99 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $59.99 | Save 17%$54.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 8%$49.00 FROM GAME STOPOriginally $54.99 | Save 11%$52.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 12%Death Loop for PlayStation 5“Death Loop” is an unusual first-person shooter that challenges players to escape a day-long time loop by assassinating specific targets. The game is a great pick for fans of spy movies, sci-fi, and creative gunplay.$29.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 50%Call of Duty Vanguard for PlayStation 4The latest Call of Duty game is now on sale for $20 off, just a few weeks after its release.$39.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 35%$44.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $59.99 | Save 25%Call of Duty Vanguard for PlayStation 5The latest Call of Duty game is now on sale for $15 off for PlayStation 5 just a few weeks after its release.$54.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $69.98 | Save 21%Nintendo Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Nintendo Switch Set EditionYou can use a Nintendo Switch to control this real-life Mario Kart toy, and watch Mario or Luigi’s perspective as they zoom around your home.$88.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $99.99 | Save 11%$99.99 FROM BEST BUYLogitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming MouseCompact and portable, the Logitech G305 is great to take on the go. It's best if you prefer smaller mice and right now it's only $40, a great price drop from a typical selling price of $50.$29.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 50%$29.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $48.97 | Save 39%Nintendo Switch Ring Fit Adventure"Ring Fit Adventure" for the Nintendo Switch uses the exclusive "Ring-Con" attachment and a leg strap to track movement and provide resistance for workouts. The game also includes an adventure mode. Right now, it's selling for $55 at Target and Amazon, $25 off its usual price and the lowest price we've ever seen on this game.$54.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $79.98 | Save 32%$54.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $80.00 | Save 33%$79.98 FROM BEST BUY$79.98 FROM TARGETBest Cyber Monday 2021 streaming dealsHulu Monthly Subscription (Deal)Save a huge 85% on an ad-supported Hulu subscription for an entire year. That amounts to just 99 cents per month. This deal is live until Monday, November 29. $0.99 FROM HULUOriginally $6.99 | Save 86%Philo TVIf you want your streaming service to cost less per month than a single trip for the family to Starbucks, Philo TV is made with you in mind.$5.00 FROM PHILOOriginally $25.00 | Save 80%Disney Plus Free Trial with Amazon Music UnlimitedNew Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can get six months of Disney Plus for free when they sign up. Current Music Unlimited members can get three months of Disney Plus. Music Unlimited costs $8 a month for Prime members or $10 a month without Prime.$0.00 FROM AMAZONAmazon Prime Video Channel Add-OnsPrime Video subscribers can choose from a variety of channel-add ons including Starz, Showtime, Paramount+, AMC+, Discovery+, and more.$0.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $10.99 | Save 91%YouTube PremiumYouTube Premium lets you stream videos and music on YouTube without any ads. The service also features exclusive programs.FREE FROM YOUTUBEOriginally $11.99 | Save 100%Best Cyber Monday 2021 health & fitness dealsTheragun PROThe Theragun Pro is our top pick: a powerful, customizable, and durable massager that's worth every bit of its $600 price tag. $399.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%$399.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%$399.00 FROM THERABODYOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%23andMe Ancestry + Health KitThe 23andMe DNA Ancestry + Health Kit tells you which illnesses you're predisposed to and gives you a full look at your ancestry.$99.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $199.00 | Save 50%$99.00 FROM 23ANDMEOriginally $199.00 | Save 50%Fitbit LuxeThe Fitbit Luxe is the company's latest fitness band that comes with a sleek design and advanced health features like stress management and the ability to measure heart rate variation.$99.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $149.99 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM FITBITOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%Mirror from lululemonThis isn't just a mirror. It's a cardio class, it's a yoga studio, it's a boxing ring, it's your new personal trainer, and it's so much more. For Cyber Monday, Mirror is on sale for $500 with the code "CYBERMONDAY20"$995.00 FROM MIRROROriginally $1495.00 | Save 33%Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth This bottle has all the hallmark features of a Hydro Flask water bottle — 12-24 hours of temperature retention, powder color coating that won't chip or fade with time, a silicone twist top — with the very convenient wide mouth for easy pouring and drinking.$33.71 FROM HYDRO FLASKOriginally $44.95 | Save 25%Amazon HaloAmazon's Halo fitness tracker can analyze the tone of your voice to help you understand how you sound to others.$54.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 45%LifeSpan TR1200i Folding TreadmillThe TR1200i is the baby sister of our top pick for a folding treadmill, the TR300i, with fewer built-in training programs and fewer fancy features like manual instead of digital buttons. But it's nearly the same size, has the same motor, and the same shock absorption — but for significantly cheaper.$899.00 FROM LIFESPANOriginally $1199.00 | Save 25%Best Cyber Monday 2021 style & beauty dealsTarte Tartelette Full Bloom Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow PaletteFrom shimmery to matte options, the Tartelette Full Bloom Amazonian Clay includes 28 limited-edition shades to wear for any occasion. $52.00 FROM KOHL'SDyson Airwrap Complete StylerDyson Airwrap Complete Styler is engineered for multiple hair types and styles. Featuring Coanda air styling and propelled by the Dyson digital motor, users can curl, wave, smooth and dry with no extreme heat.$399.99 FROM NEW EGGOriginally $499.99 | Save 20%$549.95 FROM DYSON$549.99 FROM BEST BUY$549.00 FROM AMAZONL.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers - Men'sThis shearling-lined, leather-bottom slipper is one of the best men's slippers we've ever tried.$75.65 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $89.00 | Save 15%L.L.Bean Wicked Good Shearling-Lined Slides - Women'sThese ridiculously-cozy, shearling-lined slides are easy to slip on and off, and keep your feet toasty around the house.$67.15 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $79.00 | Save 15%L.L.Bean Toddlers' Wicked Good SlippersEverything we love about L.L.Bean's Wicked Good Slippers — but mini. These shearling-lined, leather-soled booties will keep kid's feet, sizes 3-10, toasty around the house and in a stroller.$33.96 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $39.95 | Save 15%Lululemon Hooded Define JacketA fan-favorite, now with a hood. Between the technical fabric and a do-anything fit, it's easy to see why this one's a hit. Right now you can save up to 50% on this versatile piece, but sizes are selling out quickly. $64.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $128.00 | Save 50%Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise TightLululemon is, in many ways, the genesis of athleisure, so it's not surprising that the company has an edge in the space.$69.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $98.00 | Save 30%Lululemon Metal Vent Breathe Short SleeveLululemon Metal Vent Breathe Short Sleeve $49.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $78.00 | Save 37%Bombas Women's Gripper Slipper (Sherpa Lined) 2-PackA mix between socks and slippers, Bombas' Gripper Slippers include a cozy sherpa lining and sole grippers to prevent slips. $72.95 FROM BOMBASOriginally $96.00 | Save 24%Columbia Men's Lake 22 Down Hooded JacketThis water-resistant jacket is stocked with 650-fill power down insulation, zippered hand pockets, and a structured hood to keep you zipped up and toasty through any winter weather.$69.98 FROM COLUMBIAOriginally $140.00 | Save 50%Adidas Climacool VentoThe Adidas Climacool Vento features a highly breathable mesh upper to help keep your feet cool.$98.00 FROM ADIDASOriginally $140.00 | Save 30%Nike Adapt Auto MaxThe Nike Adapt Auto Max uses advanced technology to automatically form to your foot without laces.$286.63 FROM NIKEOriginally $400.00 | Save 28%Nike Space Hippie 01The Nike Space Hippie 01 is made from 50% recycled materials and features a lightweight, track-inspired look.$77.58 FROM NIKEOriginally $130.00 | Save 40%Crocs Classic Clog (Unisex)The shoe that really started it all, the Classic Clog is comfortable, breathable, and easy to slip on whenever. With over 20 fun colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong.$39.99 FROM CROCSOriginally $49.99 | Save 20%$27.55 FROM AMAZONDagne Dover Indi Diaper BackpackDagne Dover's Indi Diaper Backpack adds a stylish neutral flair while holding every basic essential.$160.00 FROM DAGNE DOVEROriginally $200.00 | Save 20%Everlane Glove Boot ReKnitEverlane's Glove Boot is a sleek boot made with stretchy, sustainable knit fabric and a walkable heel for all-day comfort. $46.00 FROM EVERLANEOriginally $115.00 | Save 60%OutdoorVoices The Exercise DressOutdoorVoices makes a few of our favorite athleisure items, and they're another example of a company that can balance form and function.$75.00 FROM OUTDOORVOICESOriginally $100.00 | Save 25%Rough Linen St. Barts Linen RobeThe Rough Linen St. Barts Robe is made from top-notch linen that offers a light feel and a cool, casual look.$131.93 FROM ROUGH LINENOriginally $167.00 | Save 21%Kiehl's Since 1851 Avocado Nourishing Hydration MaskWinter is coming, and Kiehls' Avocado Mask is here to provide your skin with hydration all season long. This nourishing treatment infuses your face with avocado and evening primrose oils, offering sumptuous moisture after just one use. Plus, it's green tint is a total throwback. You can save 50% on a jar during Black Friday sale. $21.50 FROM MACY'SOriginally $45.00 | Save 52%Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet Liquid LipstickA liquid lip color that gives you a super matte look, but it's so light it feels like a lip stain. The formula is highly pigmented, smudge-resistant, and comfortable on your lips.$19.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $38.00 | Save 50%Nike Sportswear Essential Fleece PantsMade from soft fleece material, these sweats are perfect for everyday comfort.$48.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $60.00 | Save 20%Thread & Supply Double Breasted PeacoatThis peacoat from Thread & Supply is a classic with a twist. The oversized buttons extend up the lapel to the collar, giving you the option to bundle up if necessary. And if you don't love it in black, never fear — you can save 31% on this coat in black, camel, or light gray. $39.90 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $58.00 | Save 31%True & Co. True Body Triangle Convertible Strap BraletteThe convertible straps on this wireless bra can be worn either straight or crisscrossed, and the smooth material appears invisible under clothes.$30.80 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $44.00 | Save 30%Spanx Faux Leather LeggingsMade with the same level of support as its signature shapewear but with a little extra stretch, these leggings are designed to not only make you look great but feel great, too. $78.40 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $98.00 | Save 20%$78.40 FROM SPANX Originally $98.00 | Save 20%Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise TightLululemon is, in many ways, the genesis of athleisure, so it's not surprising that the company has an edge in the space.$69.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $98.00 | Save 30%Chaps Mens Long Sleeve Button DownMade from an easy-to-care-for cotton blend and a dose of stretch, this men's button-down shirt will keep you looking polished all day.$19.98 FROM WALMARTOriginally $60.00 | Save 67%Nine West Car Coat CardiganThi cozy topper is part coat, part cardigan, and will keep you warm all winter. Save an extra 15% on this cardigan with the code ENJOY15 at checkout.$35.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $60.00 | Save 40%When is Cyber Monday?Cyber Monday falls on the Monday after Black Friday every year. In 2021, the shopping event will land on November 29.As a continuation of sorts to Black Friday, Cyber Monday gives shoppers another opportunity to save on tech, home goods, clothing, and more that you might've missed while digesting Thanksgiving dinner. Unlike Black Friday, though, Cyber Monday is entirely online.What time does Cyber Monday start?Cyber Monday officially begins at 12 a.m. ET on November 29. That said, the event is expected to carry over many deals from Black Friday, so some discounts are already available.What is Cyber Monday?Cyber Monday began as the online version of Black Friday, where online retailers offered big discounts to match their brick-and-mortar counterparts. Now, Cyber Monday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, often surpassing even Black Friday in terms of revenue and sales. Previously, the main distinction between Black Friday and Cyber Monday was that Black Friday focused on in-store sales and Cyber Monday on online sales. But as shopping habits have increasingly favored the internet, shoppers can look forward to a very online-focused Cyber Monday and Black Friday. Cyber Monday offers a great opportunity to save on all your holiday gifts. How long do Cyber Monday sales last? Though Cyber Monday sales once took place on Monday only, we've seen them extend to longer and longer durations, with a handful lasting through the rest of the week. However, the best discounts we see are in limited supply and expire soon after they become available.What's better, Black Friday or Cyber Monday?With more and more buyers shopping online, the debate over which shopping holiday wins, is practically moot. Both events will be held predominantly online, and more than a few deals overlap. In fact, many Black Friday deals become Cyber Monday deals when the dates change. If possible, buyers should shop on both holidays. We've seen different products receive better discounts on each day, and the deals that each retailer offers will vary. Generally speaking, consumers shopping for big-ticket items, such as laptops, TVs, and kitchen appliances, can expect more opportunities on Black Friday. Shoppers looking for last year's models, smart home gadgets, digital subscriptions, and gift cards will likely find more luck during Cyber Monday.What should I buy during Cyber Monday?If a retailer offers Black Friday deals, it's a near guarantee that it will offer Cyber Monday deals, too. Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart are some noteworthy retailers that we know will participate in the shopping event, with deals across many product categories.We will likely see massive discounts on some of our favorite direct-to-consumer products during Cyber Monday, such as retail startups like Leesa and Brooklinen. For some online stores, Cyber Monday (or Cyber Week) will be one of the few times of the year when their products see major markdowns.Will there be Cyber Monday shipping delays?Shipping delays and shopping holidays are inextricably linked, so there's always a risk of late deliveries.To help you avoid the shipping crunch and get your stuff sooner, several retailers, including Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, offer in-store pickup and contactless curbside pickup. This means shoppers can grab their orders at a nearby location, provided that the retailer has it in stock. Best Cyber Monday deals we saw last yearLast year, we saw a lot of great sales on Cyber Monday ranging from sitewide discounts to specific products. Everything from home and kitchen, to subscription services were on sale during last year's annual savings event.Here are a few of the best Cyber Monday deals from 2020.  Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Classic Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush was $179 from Kohl's, originally $229.FujiFilm Instax Mini 11 Camera Bundle was $70 from Kohl's on Cyber Monday last year, originally $120.Keurig K-Supreme Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker was $84 from Target on Cyber Monday last year, originally $140.How we select the best Cyber Monday dealsWe only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage, and that we've either used ourselves or researched carefully.We compare the prices among top retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart and only include the deals that are better than all others offered (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).All deals are at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an outsized value.Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 28th, 2021

12 tips and tricks to use your Roku remote

You can control your Roku player with the Roku remote or an app on your phone — here's how to take advantage of every button and setting. Different Roku remotes have a number of different capabilities.Hollis Johnson/Business Insider To use your Roku remote to the fullest, there are a number of settings and buttons you should know about.  Depending on what model of Roku remote you have, you may be able to use it to control the Roku with voice commands. Many Roku remotes can control your TV's volume and power, as well as offer private listening via a headphone input on the side.  Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. One of the reasons Roku is so beloved is that every Roku device is accompanied by a simple remote that has a lot of hidden power. The tactile buttons are easy to use in the dark by feel alone, and the latest models have few enough buttons that you can master it in minutes. In addition, you can choose to forgo the remote entirely and simply control your Roku from your phone using the mobile app. Want to master everything about your Roku remote? Here are a dozen things you should know. Quick tip: There are several different Roku remote models, each with their own special features. Here's how to tell which remote you own. 1. Use the Home buttonThe Home button has a single purpose: It takes you back to the Roku home screen. No matter where you are — in Roku Settings or watching a movie in a streaming channel — this button takes you back to a familiar starting place.  2. Access the Back buttonPositioned beside the Home button, the Back button navigates you back to the previous screen or menu. If you're watching content in a streaming channel, for example, the Back button will take you back to the show's preview page. If you've opened a pop-up menu, the Back button will close it. 3. Try Instant Replay and Sleep TimerThe Instant Replay button is handy for quickly going back a few moments within your program. Depending on the streaming channel you are watching, each press of Instant Replay will rewind 10-15 seconds. In addition, when typing with the on-screen keyboard, it doubles as a backspace key that erases the last letter you typed. If your remote is for a Roku TV and you're watching cable TV, it takes you to the previous channel you were watching. You'll only find the Sleep Timer on remotes that accompany certain models of Roku TV. You can use it to automatically shut down your TV after a short interval (such as 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, or 3 hours). 4. Find the More Options buttonThe asterisk-shaped More Options button does a lot of things, giving you additional options or information almost everywhere on the Roku:Rearrange channel apps. Roku channel apps are displayed in the order they were installed, but you can reorganize them. Select a channel you want to move and press More Options. Choose Move Channel and use the arrow keys to position the channel app where you like on your screen, then press OK.When you've selected an app to move, arrows will appear on each side.Dave JohnsonManage your channels. You can do other things to channel apps as well. Select a channel and press More Options. Then use the pop-up menu to rate or remove a channel, or check for updates to the app. When you press "More Options," the pop-up menu gives you the ability to rate, move, remove, and update the selected app.Dave JohnsonAccess audio and video settings. Many (but not all) apps use More Options to give you access to accessibility features like closed captioning and descriptive audio tracks. To see if it's available in a particular streaming app, press More Options while watching a program. Press "More Options" in HBO Max and you can control accessibility features like closed captioning.Dave JohnsonTurn on Screen Reader. Press More Options four times quickly to turn Screen Reader on or off. Control Roku TV picture settings. If you have a Roku TV, More Options gives you access to a comprehensive set of audio and video controls. You can control picture mode, closed captioning, audio effects, and more. Check the version of an app. If you need detailed information about an app, start the app and press More Options. You'll see a detailed pop-up window. You generally won't need this information unless you're troubleshooting a problem and a technician asks you for it. You can use the "More Options" button to see details about the selected streaming app.Dave Johnson5. Organize installed channel appsRoku channel apps are displayed in the order they were installed, but you can reorganize them. Select a channel you want to move and press More Options. Choose Move Channel and use the arrow keys to reposition the channel app.6. Label source inputsIf you have a Roku TV, you can use the remote to rename the source inputs, so instead of HDMI 1 and HDMI 2, they might appear as DVD Player and Xbox. On your TV's home page, do this:1. Choose Settings on the Roku TV home screen.2. Select TV Inputs.3. Select an input.4. Choose Rename.5. In the list of available names, choose the one you want to use.While you are renaming inputs, you might also want to change the default input on your Roku TV in case you prefer to default to a different input. 7. Control playbackThe Reverse/Rewind, Play/Pause, and Fast Forward buttons should look familiar — they resemble the play controls you'll find on any traditional VCR or DVD player, and work the same way. Play/Pause toggles the video between play and pause modes. The Reverse/Rewind button goes back in the program you're watching and Fast Forward goes forward. Each streaming app can implement these buttons a little differently, so you might find that you can rewind and fast forward at different speeds by repeatedly pressing or holding down the buttons. 8. Quick launch popular services with one buttonYour remote has four Quick Launch buttons, but Roku may vary the streaming apps that they launch, so it's possible that a replacement remote might be labeled with different apps than the original remote that came with your Roku device. Pressing a Quick Launch button immediately launches that app, if it's installed. If not, pressing the button takes you to the page for that app in the Roku Channel Store so you can install it.  The Quick Launch buttons are labeled with the apps they launch.TargetThe Roku Voice Remote Pro also includes a pair of Personal Shortcut buttons labeled 1 and 2. You can't reprogram the four quick launch buttons to start different apps, but you can easily customize the Personal Shortcuts to start any app you like. To do that, launch the streaming app and then press and hold either 1 or 2 for about five seconds to "teach" the remote to start that app. 9. Turn on the TV and control the volumeIf you have a Roku remote with a Power button at the top, you can use the remote to turn your TV on and off as well as control the volume. When you set up a new Roku remote, it will try to learn your TV's control codes at that time, but if you skipped that part of the setup or you change TVs, you can repeat that part of the setup at any time:1. Select Settings.2. Select Remotes & Devices, then Remote.3. Select your remote.4. Select Set up remote for TV control.Follow the instructions to configure your remote to work with your TV. When you're done, you can turn the TV on and off using the Power button and change volume using the Volume and Mute buttons on the side of the remote. To set up your Roku remote to control you television, just answer questions so the Roku can find the right codes for your TV.Dave JohnsonQuick tip: The Power button doesn't turn the Roku itself on and off. The Roku puts itself to sleep automatically when not in use and the Roku can be turned on easily when needed. 10. Use voice commandsIf you have a Roku with a Microphone button, you have an enhanced remote like the Voice Remote or Voice Remote Pro. That means you can give your Roku voice commands to do a lot of common tasks. The microphone button is in the middle of the voice remote.TargetTo use Roku's voice commands, press and hold the Microphone button and wait for the prompt on-screen. Then say the command to the remote control, and don't release the button until you've said the entire command. You don't have to speak into the remote as if it were a telephone, but be aware the microphone is on the remote, not the television.Here are some common commands you can give to Roku:Launch NetflixPlay Bob's Burgers on HuluSearch dramasFind science fiction with Arnold SchwarzeneggerFast-forwardTurn on TVTurn on closed captioningIf you don't have an Enhanced Remote, you can still control your Roku with voice commands by connecting Alexa to your Roku device.11. Try private listeningSome enhanced remotes, like the Roku Voice Remote Pro, have a headphone jack on the side. You can plug a headphone into this port for private listening — all audio from the Roku will play in the headphones — for quiet, private TV viewing. With a voice remote, you can plug earphones directly into the remote.Roku12. Make your mobile device a Roku remoteYou don't have to use the Roku remote that came with your player at all. If you prefer, you can install the Roku app on your phone, which essentially turns your phone into a Roku remote. Set up the Roku app. To get started, install and configure the Roku app on your iPhone or Android device. Use your phone as a remote. You can use the Roku app to control the Roku player with your phone. Every feature is duplicated, and in some cases you can do more with the Roku app than your original remote. If you have a simple remote, for example, you can use the Roku app to give your Roku voice commands.Cast photos, video, and music to your Roku. You can use the Roku app on your iPhone to wirelessly mirror photos, video, and music from the phone to the Roku. Play games on your Roku. While the Roku gaming remote is no longer available, you can use the Roku app on your mobile device to play games on your Roku. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 19th, 2021

15 affordable and useful tech gifts for Dad - all under $100

If dad is into tech, there are plenty of affordable gadget gifts you can give them this year for less than a hundred bucks. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Buying a tech gift for dad is easy, even if your budget is under $100, because everyone loves tech. You can find some great gadgets for $100 and under, like awesome headphones, keyboards, and more. Need more gift ideas? Read our list of the overall best holiday gifts. The holiday shopping season has arrived, and the winter holidays are just around the bend, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals days even closer. Naturally, tech gadgets and services are high on the wish list for almost every dad out there.The great thing about gadgets is that they grow increasingly affordable and capable in equal measure, meaning you can find plenty of surprisingly great tech gifts for under $100 this year. That's exactly what we've filled this guide with for 2021, hopefully with something for every dad out there. The latest entry-level smart speaker from Amazon Amazon Echo Dot (4th Generation), available at Amazon, $49.99Amazon's latest smart speaker is of course its most advanced yet, but it's also the company's most unique-looking model to date. The Echo Dot (4th Gen) takes on a spherical shape for a more three-dimensional approach to delivering sound and picking up microphone commands. Connected gadgetry can be a mixed bag during these tough times we call "2020", what with all of the notifications at the very least, but we think the benefits outweigh those concerns and can make much of home life simpler and more convenient.In fact, we think a gift like this could be the most timely of all, considering the Echo Dot's smart home chops. Your smart home starts with a smart speaker like the Echo Dot, serving as a hub through which all of your other connected devices work through — all controlled by your voice. New this year is the Alexa Guard feature, which uses your speaker to detect and communicate audible security threats to your smartphone. Get the dad in your life as close to the Jetsons dream as possible … one piece at a time. An electric screwdriver set with real smarts Amazon Craftsman Max 4V Cordless Screwdriver, available at Amazon, $49Every father out there will, eventually, be asked to pick up a screwdriver and use it. But, it's always possible they might not have the right one for the task at hand. Get rid of that concern and simplify your dad's screwdriving with the Craftsman Max 4V Cordless screwdriver.It includes 10 screw bits, and while you shouldn't expect to fix a pair of glasses with this gadget, you'll definitely be able to open almost anything in your home — including children's toys and electronics. When it comes to dads, it's tough to imagine a more universally useful gift than the Craftsman Max 4V Cordless screwdriver. A retro game console with two controllers Amazon PlayStation Classic, available at Amazon, $65For any dad that self-identifies as a nerd, a retro revival gaming console is bound to be their "Gift of the Year." The Sony PlayStation Classic is a miniaturized version of the original PlayStation that was released in 1995, and it comes pre-loaded with 20 PlayStation classics, like "Tekken 3," "Final Fantasy VII," "Metal Gear Solid," and "Ridge Racer Type 4," among several others. It also comes with two controllers in the box for immediate multiplayer. An excellent first e-reader for any dad Amazon Amazon Kindle + 3 months of Kindle Unlimited, available at Amazon, $89.99If your dad is a bookworm, then the Kindle e-reader may be the perfect gift. The Kindle offers an e-ink display with enough space to store plenty of books at the same time. Not only that, but it integrates with Amazon's huge catalog of ebooks — so there's no shortage of reading material to choose from.The latest model has a built-in front light, which makes it easy for dads to read at night, and the 6-inch screen is glare-free for visibility in sunlight. Dad also won't have to worry too much about battery life, since the Kindle can last weeks on a single charge. Make your dad's belongings loss-proof with Bluetooth trackers Apple AirTags Apple Apple Air Tags, available at Apple, Best Buy, and Amazon, from $29Samsung Galaxy Smart Tags, available at Samsung, Amazon, Best Buy, from $17.99 For any dad who's always losing their keys, a bluetooth tracker will be a godsend. They can stick this tiny battery-powered device on their key ring and, if they lose their keys, they can remotely activate an alarm, or locate it if it's out of range of their phone using a crowd-finding network. These trackers are also great for tracking any item you attach them to away from home. They work by pinging a nearby iPhone (for AirTags) or Samsung phone (for Samsung Galaxy Smart Tags), which then lets you locate the item. A great pair of true wireless earbuds Amazon Jabra Elite 3 wireless earbuds, available at Amazon and Best Buy, $79.99Jabra's latest Elite 3 are a simple pair of true wireless earbuds without a ton of features, but they get the basics right — they sound great, especially for their sub-$100 price tag. They connect to iPhones and Android phones without any issuesTrue wireless earbuds are all the rage at the moment with good reason. They're significantly lighter and more compact than traditional headphones, and they can be more comfortable to wear while your dad is doing things around the house or in the garage. Amazon's latest HD tablet for high-definition distraction Best Buy Amazon Fire HD 8, available at Amazon, $89.99For dads who need a decent tablet for general multimedia purposes, like watching videos, playing basic games, and reading ebooks, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is a solid choice. The tablet may not be the best out there, but it offers an easy-to-use interface, Alexa support, and an estimated 12 hours of battery life — all for a very affordable price. There are also dual HD cameras for video calls, making it easy for your dad to stay in touch with family and friends. The 32GB model is currently $89.99, and this size should be enough for most needs. As a nice bonus, if your dad ever does need more space, the tablet includes a microSD slot for expandable storage. A slick wireless charger to make topping up easier Amazon Moshi Otto Q, available at Amazon, $39.95If your dad is tired of constantly having to hunt down their smartphone charging cable at the end of the day, a wireless charging pad could make for an ideal Father's Day gift. These devices allow you to rest a compatible smartphone on top of them for simple and convenient wireless charging.  The Moshi Otto Q is currently ranked at the top of our list of wireless chargers thanks to its classy design, anti-slip features, and its support for high-speed wireless charging at up to 10W. It's also relatively inexpensive for a wireless charger of this quality. Quality wireless headphones for dad's chill sessions Sony Sony WHCH710N Noise Cancelling Headphones, available at Amazon, $178Sony's WHCH710N headphones are wireless and come with noise-cancelling — features you'd normally find on models that cost well over $100. To be accurate, the current price for Sony WHCH710N is a deal on its usual $178 price tag, so if you're looking to get dad a great pair of headphones for under $100, now would be the time to do it. The Sony WHCH710N can be seen as cheaper versions of Sony's excellent flagship WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling headphones that retail at $350. That means you won't find the same build quality, sound quality, or noise cancelling performance as the WH-1000XM4, but your dad is still getting a solid pair of wireless headphones. A 4K streaming stick for your dad no matter what service they use Best Buy Roku Streaming Stick 4K+, available at Amazon, $59.99Roku has been helping customers turn dumb TVs into smart TVs for years, and the company's streaming sticks are well known for their ease of use and value. The Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ supports a wide range of popular streaming apps, including Disney Plus, Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV+ and ESPN+, ensuring your dad will have plenty of viewing options. The interface is also very simple to navigate, and the remote includes a handy voice search function. We also like that you can charge the remote rather than replace the batteries.Just watch out for the fact that Roku is currently in a corporate feud with Google over the YouTube TV and YouTube apps, as well as Amazon over Amazon Prime Video. It's unclear at the moment whether these apps will be available in the near future. Despite this, Roku is still the most egalitarian streaming stick on the market. For dads who want to watch movies and TV shows in the best quality possible, the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ includes 4K playback support with HDR capabilities. A smart plug to get your dad's smart home started Best Buy Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Outlet Plug, available at Target and Amazon, from $16.99If your dad is into smart home devices and wants a little more control over the home, then a smart outlet is a great gift. A smart power outlet allows for more smart home control, which can make it easier to turn things on and off without having to actually go to them. I, for example, use a Belkin WeMo Mini power outlet to control a hot water heater whenever I want tea — but they could be used in a variety of situations. The Belkin WeMo Mini is compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit, so it should work no matter which smart ecosystem your dad is already tied up into with the devices they already have. The ultimate mouse for working from home Best Buy Logitech MX Master 3, available at Amazon, $99.99For dads who need a specialized computer mouse geared toward comfort and productivity, the MX Master 3 is one of the most advanced models you can buy in its price range. The Logitech MX series has long offered some of the best computer mice out there, and the lineup's latest flagship model is no different.The MX Master 3 offers an ergonomic design, an electromagnetic scroll wheel, a number of assignable buttons, and a comfortable feel, plus it works wirelessly with up to three devices. The mouse even uses a 4,000 DPI sensor that can work on virtually any surface. An entry-level fitness tracker for dads who want to get back on track Fitbit Fitbit Inspire 2, available at Best Buy, $59.95If dad is working on their health, then getting them a device to track their fitness is well worth it. Though it might not be as advanced as the Fitbit Charge 4, the Fitbit Inspire 2 delivers the basic features necessary in a capable fitness tracker, especially for buyers looking for a gift under $100. The device is able to track measurements such as 24/7 heart rate, steps, and activity tracking. It also features sleep tracking, which any dad out there will appreciate.Not only that, but the unit is also relatively sleek and stylish, and is compatible with the Fitbit mobile app as well, which makes it easy for your dad to organize their fitness goals and view their progress. The Inspire 2 also comes with a 365-day free trial of the Fitbit Premium service for even more features. A serious keyboard upgrade Amazon Logitech MX Keys, available at Amazon and Best Buy, starting at $99.11Logitech MX Keys Mini, available at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, $99HyperX Alloy Origins Core mechanical gaming keyboard, available at Amazon and Best Buy, $79.99 The Logitech MX Keys is among the most premium keyboards with a high-end slim metal build and ultra-comfortable keys. It connects to computers over Bluetooth, and there are Windows and macOS versions, so make sure to get the right version to match what computer your dad uses. The MX Keys has white backlighting and a battery life that lasts up to five months or 10 days with backlight on. You can charge the battery via USB-C.  There's also a smaller version of the MX Keys called the MX Keys Mini that doesn't include the number keys on the left. If you think your dad would like a more compact keyboard, make sure to check out the MX Keys Mini. This keyboard is better suited for productivity rather than gaming. If your dad plays games on PC, check out the $80 HyperX Alloy Origins Core. Stylish bookshelf speakers to spruce up the dad cave Best Buy Edifier R1280T Speakers, available at Best Buy, $99.99Not every dad needs or wants a smart speaker. If your dad simply wants high-quality audio for music listening without a digital assistant, then the Edifier R1280T bookshelf speakers have a lot to offer.These speakers feature a simple but attractive design, along with a solid frequency response, helping to ensure that music playback is accurate and detailed. They're powered, too, so you won't need an amplifier to use with them. Instead, the speakers feature dual RCA inputs so your dad can easily connect them to most audio devices, like a turntable. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytNov 11th, 2021

26 best tech gifts for women that she"ll love this holiday season

Tech devices make great gifts. These are the best tech gifts for women that she'll actually want to get this holiday season. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. The Fitbit Versa 3 makes a great gift for women who want a fitness tracker that doubles as a smartwatch. Fitbit Tech products make great gifts for anyone and everyone - including the women in your life. Ahead of Black Friday, we've found some incredibly useful tech gifts that will best fit her life and style. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Gift-giving season is upon us again, and so is the mad scramble to find the perfect present for everyone on your list. Luckily, there are tons of worthwhile gadgets to choose from when coming up with the most ideal gifts for the women in our lives. Forget cute power banks that only have enough juice for one charge, rechargeable heating pads dressed up as llamas that don't really give off enough heat, and jewelry health trackers that don't really work. Women lead busy lives, and they need tech gifts that are reliable, robust, and most importantly, useful and practical. So, if you are seeking the best tech gifts for your wife, daughter, sister, mother, or friend, let us be your guide.From budget options that will set you back less than $50, like a phone wallet, to more expensive items that she'll never stop using, like a compact e-reader, we found the best tech gifts for women this holiday season. A phone wallet and grip PopSocket PopWallet+ Grip, available at PopSocket, from $25While we do love those adorable PopSockets, especially because they're great for preventing our phones from dropping on our faces, we've found the brand's PopWallet+ Grip to be much more useful. She's not just getting a phone grip here; she's getting a phone grip that's attached to a card holder designed to fit up to three credit cards. And, it's just the ticket for traveling light while running quick errands, going to a concert, or going on a hike. It's incredibly secure as well so she'll never have to worry about her cards popping out. A compact streaming device Steven Cohen/Insider Roku Streaming Stick 4K, available at Amazon, from $29.00These days, most of us have smart TVs, but if she needs a standalone streaming player, we adore Roku's new Streaming Stick 4K thanks to its affordable price and simple interface. This is a quality all-in-one streamer that doesn't feel premium in our pockets and comes in a very compact package. This device will let her stream 4K HDR content with Dolby Vision, use voice commands to conveniently find content, and even connect to her Google Assistant or Alexa smart speaker. Plus, because it's so compact, she can take it while traveling and stream anywhere. A leather wireless charger Courant Courant wireless chargers, available at Courant, $56 to $122.50Wireless chargers don't have to be ugly or boring. Courant's wireless chargers and wirelessly charging battery packs are sophisticated and beautiful. They're covered in leather and come in a few classy colors, including off white, black, rose, and light blue. We've used these chargers ourselves, and we're certain she'll love them. We particularly like the catch-all that has a space for keys, wallets, jewelry, and any other small items she may have. You can also personalize it with a short phrase. A funky gaming headset Roccat Roccat Elo 7.1 Air, available at Amazon and Roccat, $79.99For the gamer in your life, we love the Roccat Elo 7.1 Air headset, which looks and feels just as good as it sounds. With its suspension strap headband, soft memory foam ear cushions and lightweight design, she can play for hours without experiencing fatigue. Luckily, it delivers great sound quality, terrific 3D surround sound, and a long battery life of up to 24 hours.  Oh, and it comes in two different colors, with the white version being incredibly appealing. Though what makes it even more so is Roccat's AIMO illumination RGB lighting. A smart display Google Google Nest Hub Max, available at Target, $229If the lady in your life is invested in Google's smart home ecosystem, she'll appreciate having easy control for all her connected devices from this handy 10-inch HD screen. The Google Nest Hub Max also lets her do video calls with loved ones, jump on company video conferences, and access her calendar so she stays right on schedule with her day. A cleaner mode of transport Segway Segway Ninebot ES2, available at Amazon, from $549.99Green commutes are great for running quick errands or just getting a bit of fresh air without taking the car or the metro. For the woman in your life who's all about sustainability, she might just appreciate this solid e-scooter. The Segway Ninebot ES2 is a great time saver with its 12.4 mph top speed and its battery life is rated for up to 13.7 miles.  A solid tablet for reading, productivity, and entertainment Apple iPad 10.2, available at Apple, from $329While most of us use our phones for almost every digital interaction and distraction these days, sometimes a 6-inch screen won't cut it. Apple's newly updated base-level $329 iPad is an excellent gift for anyone seeking a tablet that can do just about anything. This iPad has a sharp display, ultrawide front camera, long battery life, and much-improved performance (for its price) for anyone in your life that's looking for that bridge between their phone and their laptop.  A high-tech hair dryer that delivers salon-like results at home Ebay Dyson Supersonic, available at Dyson, $399.99It may be expensive, but reviews suggest this futuristic hair dryer is worth splurging for. Dyson's Supersonic measures air temperature over 40 times per second to prevent heat damage and operates much more quietly than other hair dryers. But what really makes the Dyson Supersonic worth the high price, is its results. Not only does it dry hair significantly faster than the average hair dryer, but it's also probably the closest thing you'll get to a professional blowout at home. Check out our guide to the best hairdryers in 2021 A stylish keyboard that makes you feel productive Azio Azio Izo Wireless Keyboard, available at Azio, $139.99We've tested our share of keyboards, but we haven't found anything so stylish and retro-looking as Azio's new Izo Wireless Keyboard. It comes in three different colors: white, rose and blue. It also has pearl-colored keycaps, gold trimmings, and 21 backlight modes to choose from — just what every office setup needs to spruce it up. But, it doesn't go by looks alone. Those keys are extremely satisfying to type on, the keycaps themselves are dipped at the center to keep fingers in place, and there's a handy volume knob included. If she spends most of her days typing away at her desk, she'll love opening this present. A smart herb garden Aerogarden AeroGarden Harvest, available at Walmart and Amazon, from $89.97Who doesn't love fresh herbs? AeroGarden's Harvest herb garden isn't super high-tech, but it is techy in that it uses hydroponics to grow delicious herbs and other produce quickly without much effort on her part. All she has to do to get her herbs growing is pop the seed pods in the planter, give it water regularly, and add the included plant food now and then. The planter does the rest, providing light on a schedule, moving the water, and alerting her when it needs more. In our tests, we had great success with this garden, and we're sure she will, too. A portable safe to keep your valuables… well, safe Trova Trova Go, available at Trova, $199Stowing your valuables to keep them away from petty thieves isn't the most glamorous activity, especially when you're traveling. But, Trova Go makes it look so elegant. This robust yet stylish portable safe stores her cash, credit cards, jewelry and other small valuables and keeps them locked in until she opens it with a four-digit pin or her biometric login via the Trova app. That ensures that nobody else can open it (unless they have the pin). The Trova app even has a locator so she can figure out where the device is last seen if someone did attempt to steal it. It's kind of ingenious. A Tile Bluetooth tracker for everything Amazon Tile trackers, available at Tile, from $23.99Everyone has lots of things to keep track of in their lives, and it can be easy to, well, lose track. That's where Tile Bluetooth trackers come in. She can throw one of these on her keys or in her wallet so that she never has to go scrambling for one of those things when it's time for work or an appointment. Tile sells a variety of models in different sizes and form factors.  A cool, artistic smart light Nanoleaf Nanoleaf Lines, available at Nanoleaf, from $199.99Nanoleaf is basically the smart wall light brand that launched a thousand other smart wall lights, and it remains unbeatable. Just in time for the holidays, it added a new model to the family. Instead of wall panels, it went with light bars, appropriately christened Nanoleaf Lines. Available now for preorder and slated for release in late November, these gorgeous looking light bulbs are modular, can display over ​​16 million colors, boast music syncing, and are compatible with all smart home ecosystems — just the ticket to give her home a stylish yet functional flair. A heated vest to keep you warm all-day ewool ewool Pro+ Heated Vest, available at ewool, $478Layers in the wintertime are absolutely required, but so is this brilliant vest from ewool. We've all wished we could wrap ourselves in our heated blankets while out and about during those brisk winter days, and ewool's battery-powered heated vest, the Pro+ Heated Vest, feels like a dream come true. It boasts up to seven hours of battery life and offers a fit so comfortable and stylish she wouldn't even feel the battery and heater inside. If its juice runs out, she could always connect it to a 12V DC power source while the battery recharges. It's just the perfect present this cold holiday season.  An affordable soundbar with Dolby Atmos Soundcore Soundcore Infini Pro, available at Amazon and Soundcore, $219The Soundcore brand produces solid audio solutions, from headphones to soundbars, without the steep price tag. And, if you want an affordable way to add Dolby Atmos to her home theater, the Soundcore Infini Pro might just be your best bet. For how much it costs, this soundbar genuinely feels premium with a lightweight design and a solid build. It sounds great as well, and has enough volume to cover a relatively large room. Its features are just as fancy: 4K HDR and Dolby Vision pass-through, an HDMI ARC port, Bluetooth 5 connectivity, and of course, Dolby Atmos. A fitness tracker that's also a smartwatch Fitbit Fitbit Versa 3, available at Fitbit, $229.95The Fitbit Versa 3 is the best-looking fitness tracker Fitbit has made to date. It looks a bit like a more angular Apple Watch and you can choose from a lot of different bands to personalize it to match her style. The Versa 3 has smartwatch features and apps, but it's best at fitness tracking and keeping tabs on workouts. An instant camera Kodak Kodak Step Touch Instant Print Digital Camera, available at Kodak, $129.99For the woman in your life who loves taking photos, Kodak's Step Touch Instant Print Digital Camera is a step up from Fujifilm's offerings. It prints 2 x 3 sticky-backed images to satisfy her need for instant gratification. However, as a proper digital camera, it also comes with a few other features, notably 1080p video recording capabilities, a 3.5-inch LCD screen, up to 256 GB microSD card support, and Bluetooth connectivity. So, it not only prints memories; it captures and stores them as well. A pretty phone case Case-Mate Case-Mate Phone Cases for iPhone and Samsung, available at Amazon, from $5Case-Mate has a huge range of cases for iPhones and Samsung phones, so you're sure to find one that matches her style. Whether she wants a classic slim leather case, a clear case, or one that's bedazzled, full of glitter, or covered in real pressed flowers, Case-Mate has an option. The most popular e-reader You first have to find your Kindle email address to be able to send emails to your Kindle. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Kindle, available at Amazon, $89.99Amazon's Kindle is a great e-reader on a budget. The text isn't as crisp or bright as it is on more expensive models, but the device offers a lot of value for the price. Amazon has an unrivaled selection of ebooks available for download and she can get free ebooks or borrow library books on the Kindle. We tested this ebook reader, and consider it one of the best ones you can buy. A good-looking smartwatch Lisa Eadicicco/Business Insider Apple Watch SE, available at Best Buy, from $279The Apple Watch SE is Apple's budget-friendly smartwatch model. It comes in several great finishes including a classic Rose Gold one and she can choose from many different watch band options to suit her style. The 40mm casing is also perfect for smaller wrists. Beyond beauty, the Apple Watch has serious brains, too. It can track fitness, monitor her heart rate and health, and buzz with important notifications. A brilliant bracelet that keeps you nice and toasty this winter Embr Embr Labs Wave 2, available at EmbrLabs, $349Sometimes, you come across a device that you never knew you needed until it came along. Such is the case with Embr Labs' cooling and warming wristband. This bracelet keeps you nice and cool during hot days and warms you up when it's freezing out by giving you precisely calibrated cooling or warming sensations on your wrist. If that sounds impossible to you, trust us: we didn't believe it at first either until we used it at an outdoor concert at night and it chased away the chills. This thing works, and she'll absolutely love using it. A beautiful wireless charger Anker Anker 623 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger, available at Amazon and Anker, $79.99With the launch of Apple's MagSafe-capable iPhones, Anker is upping its game with a line of attractive wireless solutions aptly called MagGo. There are several chargers in this line, including a MagSafe portable charger, all of them coming in several gorgeous colors (including Lilac and Misty Blue). But, our current favorite is the compact Anker 623 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger, which literally puts her iPhone 12 or 13 (as well as AirPods Pro) on a pedestal so she can conveniently access it while it's charging. The MagSafe part even turns 360-degrees for landscape and portrait orientations. A pair of touchscreen gloves that are actually warm Ugg UGG Touchscreen Compatible Gloves, available at UGG, $165Touchscreen gloves aren't always attractive, but Ugg makes some very nice ones with genuine leather and shearling for warmth and style. These gloves will make it easy for her to use her phone no matter how cold it gets outside. A mega-popular smart speaker Lisa Eadicicco/Business Insider Amazon Echo, available at Amazon, $99.99If she doesn't have a smart speaker yet, the Amazon Echo will be a game-changer. This speaker has Alexa inside so she can ask it to play music, answer questions, order products, play games, and so much more. If she has some smart home gadgets, Alexa can control many of those, too. We reviewed the latest version and think it's the best one yet. A pair of truly wireless earbuds Apple AirPods (3rd Gen), available on Best Buy and Apple, $179When it comes to convenience, true wireless earbuds are the best. AirPods are very popular with iPhone users since they're designed to pair with Apple's smartphones so seamlessly. They look fairly subtle compared to many other bigger earbuds, and they're incredibly easy to use. What's more, Apple's finally updated them, giving them a fresher look, a longer battery life, and a few new features like spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, sweat and water resistance, and a MagSafe Charging Case. If she loved her old AirPods, she's going to love these even more. A smart mug that keeps drinks hot Simon Hill/Business Insider Ember Mug 2, available at Best Buy, $129.99With the app-controlled Ember Mug 2, her favorite hot drink will never get cold again. In the app, she can choose the exact temperature she likes her beverage to be at for drinking, and the mug will keep it at that temperature for up to 80 minutes per charge. The mug itself is made of stainless steel that's been coated in ceramic. We tested the mug and found it to be a life-changer. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 9th, 2021

35 cool and useful gifts for teen boys, from tech gadgets to bestselling books

Here are 35 of the best gifts for teen boys, ranging from cheap to pricey, including brands like Apple, Lego, Nintendo, and Adidas. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Buying gifts for teen boys is hard. Here are 35 ideas, from brands like Apple, LEGO, Nintendo, Adidas, and more. Yan Krukov/Pexels Here are 35 gifts for teen boys that range from tech to reading to grooming. Need more gift ideas? Here are more than 50 teen gifts we like this year. If that doesn't cut it, check out our 100 all-time favorite products. Buying gifts for teens can be a daunting task, and we hear from readers that it's especially hard to buy for teen boys.Thankfully, it doesn't need to be. There are tons of great gifts on the market that are cool, innovative, thoughtful, and ranging in price from big-ticket items to under-$25 purchases you can make on Amazon.Below, you can find a mix of 35 gifts that cover tech, grooming, nods to hobbies, and practical gifts for everyday needs. If you need more gifting inspiration, check out all of our gift guides here. Check out all 35 gifts for teen boys below: An Echo Dot that works as a speaker and alarm clock Amazon Echo Dot (4th generation), available at Amazon, $29.99The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason: It's compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (voice control, music, news, weather updates, and more). They'll love that it has a decent speaker; parents will love that it works well as an alarm clock.  The popular "Dune" series Amazon "Dune" by Frank Herbert, available at Amazon, $12.01After "Harry Potter" and classics commonly found on high school syllabi, Dune is the #15 bestselling young adult book on Amazon. The first movie in the series, which stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, premiered on October 21 (you can watch it on HBO Max) and the second is coming out October 2023 — so they'll have enough time to catch up before the next installment.Otherwise, we also recommend "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline if your teen hasn't read it yet. Some more book suggestions:"All the Bright Places," a popular YA book on TikTok"Scythe," a bestselling dystopian YA book similar to "The Hunger Games"The best young adult books, according to a teenagerThe best young adult romance booksThe best young people's literature of 2021 according to the National Book AwardsThe best books we read in our 20s A pair of gloves he can use with his phone Nordstrom The North Face Apex Etip Tech Gloves, available at Macy's, $50The North Face's Tech Gloves have silicone palm grips and touchscreen-friendly fingertips so he can use his devices without taking them off.  A men's grooming set Kiehl's Men's Groom On-the-Go Gift Set, available at Kiehl's, $40Help your teen build a constructive skincare routine with effective, simple skincare products like the products in this Kiehl's gift set. In it, he'll get a face wash, moisturizer, and soap that smells good.  Colorful strip lights they can control via app Amazon Govee LED Strip Lights, available at Amazon, $33.99These light strips let them customize the color of the lighting in their room without any major home renovations. (They come with double-sided adhesive; just stick them on a flat surface and you're good to go). This option uses an app that connects the strip directly to your Wi-Fi and offers additional features, such as a timer, sliders for brightness and color temperature, and a selection of scenes, including animated multicolored scenes. They can also select colors individually for different segments of the strip and create their own scenes via the DIY option. They can also use Alexa and Google Assistant to control the lights with their voice.  Versatile, comfortable convertible pants Amir Ismael/Insider Men's Paramount Trail Convertible Pant, available at The North Face, $69The North Face Paramount Trail Convertible Pants are lightweight and convert into shorts, and they're senior style and grooming reporter Amir Ismael's most worn items in 2021. They're just as comfortable and stylish for everyday life as they are on trips where light packing is preferred. Read Amir's full review of The North Face Paramount Trail Convertible Pants here.  A unique poster of their favorite movie Etsy Minimalist Movie Poster Art Print, available at Etsy, from $11.24If he's at the age where he's discovering cult classics like "Donnie Darko," getting him a cool, retro-style art print is a thoughtful nod to his interests. You can find minimalist options here, or search Etsy for something specific, such as "Jurassic Park." A warm, versatile HEATTECH layer Uniqlo Men HEATTECH Crew Neck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt, available on Uniqlo, $19.90Uniqlo's HEATTECH gear is one of our secrets to staying fashionable and warm during the winter. It's effective without the bulk by wicking moisture away from your body and purportedly turning your kinetic energy into heat. However it does it, it works. We've been using it for years, and highly recommend it. Most items are about $15, but you could go up to $50 for pants. Read our review of Uniqlo HEATTECH gear here. A streaming service that includes the 'Star Wars' and Marvel universes Disney Plus Disney+ Monthly Subscription Service, available at Disney, $6.99/month or $69.99/yearDisney Plus is the relatively new Disney-centric streaming service, but it carries much more than the nostalgic movies they may have grown up watching and the Marvel movies. The platform includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox — and you can also bundle ESPN+ and Hulu with it. Disney Plus offers two subscription options: $6.99 a month, or a slightly cheaper $69.99 a year ($5.83 a month). With ESPN Plus and Hulu, it's $12.99 a month (a $17.97 a month value). Super convenient Apple AirPods with a wireless charging case Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, available at Best Buy, $159.99When it comes to convenience, truly wireless earbuds are the best. And Apple's AirPods are very popular with iPhone and Android users alike. They look subtle compared to other bigger options, and they're incredibly easy to use.  A Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T fleece pullover Patagonia Patagonia Men's Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover, available at Patagonia, $119Like Champion, Patagonia is a brand that's gaining increasing popularity among teens. Its Snap-T Fleece Pullover is one of its best and most popular products. The best socks we've ever worn Bombas Bombas Socks, available at Bombas, from $10.50Practically the entire Insider Reviews team is made up of Bombas fans, largely because of the socks' standout features and the brand's mission. Socks are the number one requested product among homeless shelters, and each time a pair of Bombas socks are purchased, a pair of socks is donated by the brand. A pair of cool new Adidas Ultraboost sneakers Adidas Adidas Ultraboost Shoes, available at Adidas, from $54In 2015, Adidas introduced the Ultraboost as an entirely new running silhouette, but it was quickly adopted by sneakerheads for its comfort and style. They'll probably wind up wearing these responsive, supportive shoes for both sports and around town. If you don't see a color they'll like, check StockX for more options. A Kindle Paperwhite for reading on the go Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Best Buy, $129.99Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof, has double the storage of its previous model, and is its lightest and thinnest version yet. The glare-free display adjusts to accommodate even bright sunlight, and it has a battery charge that lasts for weeks.  A 4,108-piece, app-controlled Lego kit that incorporates advanced engineering elements Amazon Lego Technic Liebherr R 9800 Excavator 42100 Building Kit, available at Amazon, $449.95Lego's new excavator building kit was designed in partnership with Liebherr and has over 4,000 parts that mimic the real thing — incorporating advanced elements of engineering and accurate details like access ways and extensible ladders. It's operated via the Lego app, so they can control the boom and bucket, create movement sequences, and complete fun challenges with real-time feedback.  Wear-anywhere shorts Amir Ismael/Insider Men's Baggies Shorts, available at Patagonia, $55These popular Patagonia shorts are known as "Life's Shorts" — they're lightweight, quick-drying, and designed to be worn in and out of the water. Senior reporter Amir Ismael is a fan, saying "they go with everything" and aren't restrictive or tight even with mesh netting on the inside. Read his full review of the Patagonia Baggies shorts here.  A popular streaming media player Roku Roku Express Streaming Media Player, available at Best Buy, $29.99The Roku Express Streaming Media Player turns an otherwise dumb TV into a smart TV with access to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and HBO Now to cable alternatives like Sling or YouTube TV. A compact projector that's great for movie-watching Amazon Anker Nebula Capsule Mini Projector, available at Amazon, $299.95Anker makes a mini projector the size of a soda can that's perfect for screening their favorite movies. It weighs only 1 pound, and it offers four hours of continuous playtime. Find a full review here. A simple sweatshirt from a classic brand Amazon Champion Men's Pullover Eco Fleece Sweatshirt, available at Amazon, from $26.67Champion is having a moment with the teen demographic. If they don't already have one, pick up one of the brand's most popular items in a color and style they'll wear often. A small, travel-ready camera that stabilizes shaky video footage Go Pro GoPro Hero10, available at GoPro, $399.99GoPro is the rugged, waterproof action camera they can take with them anywhere. While older models will still get the job done, the Hero10 is the newest and best overall model.You can read a full GoPro Hero 10 review here, but the gist is this: The Hero 10 is a performance camera, but its upgrades allow it to do what even bigger and more expensive cameras can do, too.  A speaker they can spill on and drop in the pool without breaking it Ultimate Ears Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, available at Amazon, $99.99This rugged, compact speaker can go with them anywhere. It's waterproof, has an "outdoor boost" button specifically for listening outside, is "drop-proof," and boasts a 13-hour battery life. A gentle exfoliating facial cleansing device that gets all the grime out Foreo FOREO Luna 3, available at Foreo, $199FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 3 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touch-points, and it removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's 100% waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge. Find a full review on the previous generation Luna 2 from a male reporter here. An eco-conscious tie-dye beanie The Parks Project Feel the Earth Breathe Tie Dye Beanie, available at Parks Project, $40These unisex tie-dye beanies come in cool colors and with a unique plant logo. (To date, the Parks Project has reportedly contributed over $2,000,000 to help fund vital projects in national parks around the US). A Nintendo Switch Nintendo Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con, available at Target, $299.99If you're gauging the success of your gift based solely on the excitement it elicits, this is a good option. This model has a battery life of up to nine hours and can be played with friends or solo at home or on the go. The most popular and useful Fitbit Fitbit Fitbit Charge 4, available at Best Buy, $129.95The Fitbit Charge 4 isn't the newest model the company has released, but it is perhaps one of the best and most popular. It has a lot of useful activity-tracking features without a big, clunky screen or an exorbitant price. It has a built-in heart rate monitor, in-depth sleep tracking, advanced workout features, and real-time workout tracking on the screen. A cult-favorite water bottle Amazon Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle, available at Hydro Flask, from $37.46These cult-favorite, vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottles work really well. It'll keep hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours, and cold drinks cold for up to 24. Smart lights with bright lights for studying and dimming at night before bed Amazon Bulbrite Solana A19 WiFi Connected Color Changing LED Smart Light Bulb, available at Home Depot, $17.99Smart lights mean they can change the lights to a range of colors, create customized lighting for watching a movie or studying, and set a schedule for the lights to turn off and on or brighten and dim at different times during the day.  An audiobook subscription Audible Audible Membership (3 months), available at Amazon, $45If they love to read (or you're trying to get them to love to read), a gift subscription to Audible is a great idea. They'll get three free titles for each month they're a member (one audiobook and two Audible Originals), and 30% off any additional audiobooks they buy. They can listen and read anywhere and anytime using the free app.  A cult-favorite duffel bag that's durable and cavernous Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag, $139, available at Patagonia, $139Patagonia's Black Hole duffel bags deserve their cult status: They're seemingly neverending, extremely durable, and are now made out of recycled plastic bottles.  A t-shirt from a new outdoors brand with great gear and a philanthropic mission Cotopaxi Do Good Men's T-Shirt, available at Cotopaxi, $30Whether he's into the outdoors, volunteering, or might appreciate an introduction to a cool new startup he hasn't heard of, he'll appreciate a soft, unique T-shirt from Cotopaxi.  An online class from one of the greats Master Class Tom Morello Teaches Guitar (single class), available at Masterclass, $90MasterClass hosts online classes on virtually every topic taught by the experts themselves — from Neil Gaiman teaching the art of storytelling to Annie Leibowitz teaching photography. This class, by Grammy-winning musician Tom Morello, teaches you the guitar techniques that define his style.  A beanie with Bluetooth connectivity so they can listen to music on the go Amazon Tenergy Wireless Bluetooth Beanie Hat, available at Amazon, $24.95An increasingly popular accessory among teen boys is the Bluetooth Beanie Hat, which lets them listen to music while wearing it. The headphones pair with a tablet, Apple Watch, or smartphone, and the Bluetooth range is up to 33 feet. There are even built-in controls for adjusting the volume, skipping songs, and pausing/playing music.Editor's note: This gift may arrive after Christmas. A powerful portable charger Amazon Elecjet PowerPie Portable Charger, available at Amazon, $49Whether for traveling or keeping in contact with friends or parents while on the go, this external battery is great for giving parents and teens convenience and peace of mind.Editor's note: This gift may arrive after Christmas. Gift cards to virtually anything they could need or want Chipotle To a teen, there's probably nothing more useful than a gift card. Here are a few of the best you can give.Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift Card / Gift Amazon Prime MembershipCoffee: Starbucks Gift CardBooks: Amazon Gift Card / Barnes & Noble Gift CardEntertainment: Netflix Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / Sling Gift Card / StubHub gift cardTransportation: Uber Gift Card Music: Spotify Gift CardFood: Taco Bell Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardClothes: Nordstrom Gift Card / Everlane Gift Card / Nike Gift Card / Under Armour Gift Card / Adidas Gift CardTech: Best Buy Gift Card / Amazon Gift Card Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytNov 8th, 2021

33 cool tech gifts for teens, from Bluetooth speakers to gaming controllers

Teens love tech, so we've rounded up the best gadget gifts out there. From smart speakers to bike helmets and cameras, there's something for everyone. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Amazon; Best Buy; Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider We rounded up the best tech gifts for teens with something for every budget. From headphones to cameras, we have gift ideas for all interests. Shopping for someone else? Check out our best tech gifts for women and our best picks under $25. Finding exciting gifts for a teenager can be difficult as they develop their own style, but new technology can encourage them to build new skills or just make their life easier as they continue to grow.Whether the teen on your shopping list is into video games, photography, music, or fitness, there's a tech gift on this list for everyone. Our tech gift recommendations also cover a variety of budgets, with some picks costing less than $15. A subscription service with access to thousands of digital comic books Marvel Marvel Unlimited, $10 a month or $70 a yearComixology Unlimited, $6 a monthIf your teen is a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or superheroes in general, you can give them access to thousands of comic books with a subscription to Marvel Unlimited. The digital service offers more than 29,000 comics, spanning from the classic origin stories of characters like Spider-Man and the X-Men, to recent comic book events like "Venom: King in Black." You can access Marvel Unlimited on iPhone, Android, iPad, and your web browser, and download books for offline viewing. If your teen is a more adventurous reader, you can get them a subscription to Comixology Unlimited, an Amazon owned comic reading service that features a wider range of content, including DC Comics like "Batman" and Image Comics like "The Walking Dead." Comixology Unlimited costs $6 a month making it cheaper than Marvel Unlimited, but it offers fewer complete series. Comixology Unlimited subscribers also receive up to 15% off Marvel, DC, Image, and Dark Horse comic book purchases, making it easier to build a personal collection. A customized gaming controller This is just a small selection of the colors available in the Xbox Design Lab. Microsoft Xbox design Lab Custom Controller, available at Microsoft, $69.99Microsoft's Xbox controller has a classic design and is compatible with a wide range of devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android products, Mac, and PC. But people might not be aware of Microsoft's Xbox Design Lab, which lets you customize the colors on every part of the controller and add a laser engraving. The custom controller will arrive within 28 days, usually taking about two weeks.If you're worried about choosing a design for your teen, you can give them an $80 Xbox gift card and let them choose between a custom design, or just buying a new game with the store credit. A webcam perfect for streaming your own videos Logitech Logitech c920x, available at Amazon, $60This webcam is one of the most recommended for people getting started with YouTube videos or Twitch livestreams, and it's become even more popular with professionals working from home.While lots of laptops come with built-in cameras, the Logitech c920 offers better video quality with resolutions up to 1080p, a wide viewing angle, streaming at 60 frames per second at 720p, and an adjustable base that can be easily attached to tripods and other stands. A streaming subscription for music lovers An Android smartphone with the Spotify Music logo visible on screen, alongside a pair of earphones. Olly Curtis/Future via Getty Images Spotify Premium Subscription, available at Spotify, $9.99 a monthTeens love listening to music, and streaming services offer unlimited access to their favorite tunes. Spotify offers a huge music library and is compatible with Apple, Android, and Windows devices.  The premium subscription gets rid of ads, allows  your teen  to download songs for offline listening, and lets them skip songs as they please. Plans start at $10 per month and are a great way to satisfy the music lover in your family. Wireless earbuds that easily pair with an iPhone Crystal Cox/Business Insider Apple AirPods Pro,  available at Amazon, $190Apple's AirPods Pro offer a great way for your teen to listen to music, take calls, and tune out the world. These true wireless earbuds feature seamless pairing with Apple devices, active noise cancellation, and a transparency mode so they can still hear you when you remind them to do their homework. They come with three sizes of removable eartips for a perfect fit, and boast up to 24 hours of listening time with multiple charges in the included wireless charging case. A subscription that's like Netflix for video games Microsoft Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, $37.99 for 3 months Playstation Plus Subscription, $24.99 for 3 monthsWhy buy just one game when you can get dozens? That's the premise behind Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft's Netflix-style subscription gaming service.  Microsoft offers over 100 games, including blockbusters like "Grand Theft Auto V," "Destiny 2," and "FIFA 21" among many others.  Game Pass Ultimate isn't cheap – it costs around $40 for three months – but offers a tremendous value considering that one new game costs $60. For Playstation fans there's Playstation Plus, which is cheaper than Microsoft's service at $25 for three months, but offers far fewer games. Subscribers get access to a handful of titles each month that they can download and keep as long as they remain a member of the service.The service also comes with other perks like online gameplay and discounts. Which subscription you should get depends on the console your teen owns, but they'll appreciate either one. A gaming headset with audiophile-level sound Amazon SteelSeries Arctis Pro, available at Amazon, from $149.84If you're going to get your PC gamer a gaming headset, you might as well invest in one that produces audiophile-level sound. That way, they can listen to music and watch movies without having to switch to a different pair of headphones.The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is a good choice for gamers who care about top-notch audio, as it comes with several input options, virtual surround sound, and a bass that can be pushed. Plus, teens will love the fact that they can customize its look with SteelSeries' range of headbands and ear cups.If you're willing to splurge, the $329.99 wireless version makes it easier for your teen to seamlessly transition between playing games on their PC and taking a call on their phone. An Instax printer to print all those selfies on Amazon Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer, available at Best Buy, $99.99Instant cameras are so yesterday! With most teens relying on their camera phones to take photos, a mobile photo printer that lets them print all those friend selfies saved on their phone on 1.81 x 2.44 Instax film is just what the fun doctor ordered. Pair that with the photo clip fairy string lights as a stocking stuffer, and you might just inspire your teen to decorate and declutter their room to make it visitor-friendly. A unique electronic musical instrument that's big in Japan Amazon Otamatone Deluxe Electronic Musical Instrument, available at Amazon, $79.99Music is one of the biggest outlets teens turn to channel their creativity and angst, and this musical synthesizer lets your budding musician create music in a fun and quirky way. Pressing the middle part of the Otamatone and sliding your fingers up and down it will produce higher and lower tones while opening and closing its mouth creates a "wah" sound. It can even connect to speakers, amps, and (preferably to the rest of your household) headphones.  A 3D pen with plastic refills in 15 different colors Facebook 3Doodler Create + 3D Printing Pen, available at Amazon, $79.99Today's 3D printers may be pricey, but that doesn't mean that your artistic teen can't enjoy and master the art. With this 3D pen, they can even do so in a more analog way, stirring their creativity and allowing them to appreciate the value of working with one's hands. Plug this pen into a wall outlet, load up the plastic color, and once the pen heats the plastic, your teen is ready to create. It comes with an app with interactive step-by-step instructions on custom art projects. A smartwatch that tracks activity and fitness goals Lisa Eadicicco/Business Insider Apple Watch SE, available at Amazon, $279.00Your athletic or health-conscious teen will definitely appreciate the Apple Watch SE. This smartwatch can do most of the things Apple's flagship smartwatch can, while keeping things more affordable. It's still on the pricey side, but it's worth it to keep teens on the healthy, active path. As for the fun factor, your teen can customize it with different faces, bands and memojis, as well as use it to play music and stay in touch with friends via iMessage, social media apps, and phone capabilities. Bluetooth trackers that keep your teen from losing their, well, everything Tile Tile Limited Edition Bluetooth trackers, available at Tile, starting at $23.99You want to be able to entrust them with important things, from necessities like house and car keys to devices that cost money like laptops. But, let's face it: teenagers are basically bigger versions of kids, and they still tend to lose their stuff. This is why Tile's Bluetooth trackers are super handy. Attach one to their keys or wallet, connect it with their phone, and that's one last question you'll have to field. With their range of Limited Edition trackers that come in several fun designs, they'll be proud to show these off to friends.If your teen owns an iPhone, you can also consider purchasing AirTags, Apple's official tracking device that works with the Find My app. They're a bit more expensive than Tile trackers at $29 each, but offer more features for iPhone users. They also come with a free engraving for personalization. A handheld gaming system with multiplayer capabilities Nintendo Nintendo Switch Lite, available at Best Buy, $199.00If you're on a limited budget (times have been tough, after all) but want to reward your teen with a handheld gaming console, you cannot go wrong with a Nintendo Switch Lite. This pocket-friendly device may not be able to connect to the TV, but it's got a few advantages over the standard Switch beyond the price. It plays all but a few of the same games while being more portable. And, for color-loving teens, it comes in three fun shades plus gray. A PC gaming controller with wireless connectivity Amazon Logitech Gamepad F310, available at Target, $14.99This is a must-have for any teen who enjoys PC and console gaming. With the Logitech Gamepad F310, they can play their favorite Steam and other PC games from the comfort of a couch without the need for a mouse or keyboard — partly thanks to the 6-foot long cable. This will give them better control and a more seamless gaming experience during long sessions as well. If your teen hasn't experienced PC gaming from the couch, this will be a game-changer. A mini projector with a built-in speaker system Amazon Elephas Mini Movie Projector, available at Amazon, $79.99Kids today are moving away from classic television and toward the versatility and convenience of projectors. The Elephas Mini Movie Projector turns any wall into a TV or computer monitor. This allows your teen to watch movies, sports, video games, and more just about anywhere, including their room for their much-needed privacy. Help them create a comfy floor setup with pillows and blankets, and it's a fun slumber party with friends. Also, Elephas offers a lifetime warranty. Affordable wireless earbuds Amazon JLab Audio JBuds Air, available at Amazon, $24.49These true wireless earbuds don't boast the same feature set as Apple's AirPods but they do have Bluetooth 5.0, quality sound, a microphone for calls, and basic water resistance. The battery lasts for six hours, and the case holds an additional 18 hours of charge, giving them comparable battery life to AirPods. A drone with high-quality video capabilities Amazon DJI Mini SE, available at Amazon, $299Whether you've got a future influencer or a budding content creator in the family, you've got an ace gift in this mini drone from DJI. This is an impressive drone for the price point, with a battery life of 30 minutes and a camera touting great stabilization and 2.7K Quad HD video capability. This drone even has automatic motion presets and a smooth motion mode, allowing beginner videographers such as your teen to utilize pro-level shooting techniques effortlessly. Just remember to teach them proper drone etiquette before they let their new toy fly. Winter gloves with touchscreen-capable fingertips Amazon Achiou Winter Knit Gloves, available at Amazon, from $7.99Teens aren't going to stop using their phones just because it's freezing outside. They need to stay in touch, and a lot of the time, they'll take off their gloves so they can rub and tap on a touchscreen. With these gloves, they can protect their digits while catching up on social media. And, at this price, you might want to buy a few pairs – and in different colors, if you want – for when they inevitably lose them. A build-your-own computer kit for beginners Amazon CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Starter MAX Kit, available at Amazon, $124.99If your teen likes to take things apart and put them back together again, this is the perfect gift. Raspberry Pi has taught basic computer science in developing countries and schools since 2012, and Pi 4 is the latest version. The kit comes with an easy-to-follow quick start guide. The computer doesn't come with accessories, such as a monitor, mouse, keyboard, or cooling fan so you may want to pick those components up as well. A portable Bluetooth speaker with a hardshell carrying case Amazon JBL Flip 5 Portable Speaker, available at Amazon, $129.99Teens love blasting music away, and this speaker from JBL will let them do so wherever they are — including at the beach or even while floating in the pool. To keep things portable, it boasts up to 12 hours of playtime and comes with a gSport Deluxe Hardshell Case. Best of all, it features IPX7 waterproof protection so it can go in up to three feet of water. With this, they'll have something to look forward to next summer. A power bank with enough juice to charge a phone 2 times Amazon Anker Portable Charger, available at Amazon, $22 It's not surprising for a teen to spend all day and night draining their phone's battery, but if their phone is frequently dying while they're out, consider buying them a portable charger to provide some extra juice on the go. Anker's PowerCore Slim portable charger holds more than two full charges for the latest iPhone, and should work with any USB device. If you're willing to spend a bit more, you can buy a portable battery with wireless charging, to eliminate the need for cords. A handheld gimbal for shooting cinematic videos with friends Amazon Zhiyun Smooth 4 Handheld Smartphone Gimbal, available at Amazon, $99.00Whether it's for shooting TikTok content to making full-fledged YouTube videos, a handheld gimbal will let your teen produce better, smoother-looking content. But, while many options out there will set you back more than $100, this gimbal from Zhiyun costs less, which makes it the perfect gift for teens. And, while most teens seem to be naturally tech savvy, this one is especially effortless to figure out, complete with different shooting modes and pro-level shooting techniques turned automated. A beanie with headphones that pair with their phone Amazon SoundBot SB210 Bluetooth Smart Beanie Headset, available on Amazon, $17.99We all agree – beanies are some of the comfiest accessories out there. But, this nifty one from SoundBot takes it to a new level, with built-in speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, and up to five hours of music listening. Now, your teen can stay warm and listen to music at the same time, without having to wear or carry two things at once. Best yet, it comes in several different colors, some even with poms, so you can get it in their favorite color or design. A smart light strip that changes colors Philips Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance LightStrip Plus, available at Philips-Hue, $79.99Fairy or string lights are among the top accessories teens love to decorate their rooms with, and Hue's light strip takes that to a new level with its smart light capabilities, ability to display 16 million colors, and Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility. It's terrific for sprucing up every teen's room, whether they're gamers, Bohemians, nature-lovers, or those with an eclectic taste. They can even change the colors depending on their mood, what they're into, or what they're currently doing. A subscription to the best audiobook service Amazon Audible Subscription, available at Amazon, $15 a monthGive teens the gift of knowledge with this audiobook subscription. This gives them an audiobook and two Audible originals each month. They will also get 30% off any other audiobooks they choose to buy, which they will own even after their subscription expires. This is an excellent solution for students who learn better by listening than reading. An alarm clock that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker Amazon Anker Soundcore Wakey Bluetooth Speakers with Alarm Clock, available at Amazon, $89.99This alarm clock is packed full of features. It pairs with your teen's phone via Bluetooth and plays audio from any of the apps, as well as FM radio or any combination of the 10 sleep-inducing ambient sounds. There are 10 different alarm sounds, and it wirelessly charges Qi-compatible devices as well. A Bluetooth speaker that teens can use in the shower Amazon iFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker, available at Amazon, $34.90Teens need to have their music everywhere at all times – that's right, even in the shower. Sure, the JBL Flip 5 mentioned above will work in the shower. For a quarter of the price, however, you can get your teen a dedicated shower speaker, one with a 33-foot range and up to 10 hours of battery life. iFox backs this with a 12-month, no-risk, money-back guarantee. What have you got to lose? A microphone that plugs into a USB port Amazon Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone, available at Amazon, $40We bet you haven't considered giving your teen a microphone before. It is a bit of an unconventional holiday gift, but one that teens will love whether they have their own Twitch or YouTube channel, or produce their own podcast. It's an outstanding plug-and-play microphone solution that delivers crystal clear audio to your recordings, all while looking cool and retro. An action camera that will record their adventures Les Shu/Insider GoPro Hero 10 Black, available at B&H, $450Teens, especially active and adventurous ones, are always up to something new and exciting, whether it's taking an electric skateboard out for a spin or taking on the latest TikTok trends. And, a GoPro action camera will let them record those exploits with friends hands-free. This latest one is obviously the best with 5.3K Ultra HD recording, 23MP still images, and improved HyperSmooth stabilization. A bike helmet with built-in turn signals Amazon Lumos Smart Bike Helmet, available at Amazon, from $199.95This is the perfect helmet for a bike and, most importantly, to protect your teen's head. The helmet pairs with the Lumos app as well as the wireless handlebar remote so you can let drivers know when you're turning. Finally, it has auto brake lights. All these features help keep teens even safer while they're out on the streets. A smart speaker that helps keep them organized Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen), available at Amazon, $34.99 With the help of Alexa, this mini smart speaker is capable of doing a host of things, from playing your teen's favorite tunes on Spotify or Amazon Music to controlling other smart devices and setting reminders and schedules hands-free. It'll even tell jokes and play trivia games. Teens have a lot going on in their lives, and this gadget is among the best tools they can use to stay organized. A smart outlet plug with support for voice control Amazon Gosund Multi Wi-Fi Smart Outlet, available on Walmart, $18.99Today's smart plugs are like the Clapper on steroids. Teens can control their lights, fans, and more from anywhere with the free app that works on both iOS and Android devices – or with an Amazon Echo device. This is another one that parents will also like since it might make a dent on the steep electricity bill. A laptop with great durability and battery life Apple Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip, available at Amazon, $899.00If you're looking to splurge on your kid, then the latest MacBook Air will go a long way. This thin and light 13-inch comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage, as well as Apple's M1 chip, should get them through daily homework, projects and papers, while letting them play games and enjoy some streaming post-school work. And, since Apple's laptops are practically built like a tank, you'll have the peace of mind that it'll survive some beatings. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 5th, 2021

The 6 best Christmas and holiday lights in 2021

Christmas lights come in a variety of styles. Whether you like solar-powered, LED, or old-fashioned string lights, here are the best holiday lights. Twinkly Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Holiday lights bring feelings of warmth and cheer even on the darkest and coldest days of the year. We rounded up the best lights for a variety of uses, including indoor or outdoor decorating. For colorful lights, go with the GE StayBright lights to decorate large areas with ease. The holidays are coming up soon, and now is the time to start thinking about which kinds of holiday lights you're going to decorate your home with. All those hours spent decorating come with a fair share of frustrations, though, from blown bulbs to overloaded circuits. With those unhappy occurrences in mind, we worked to assemble a buying guide filled with holiday lights that not only look great but also make your life easier.Along with a couple of classic plug-in options, this guide features lights that are both solar- and battery-powered. We have lights controlled via a handheld remote or app and some beamed out of a projector.If those old strands of tiny incandescent bulbs you have tangled up in boxes have celebrated their last Christmas, upgrade your light game this season with these great holiday lights.Here are the best holiday lights:Best overall lights: GE StayBright Multicolor LED Christmas String LightsBest battery-powered lights: Home Accents Fairy LED Battery-Operated Light StringBest large-bulb lights: Christmas Lights Etc. Opaque Multicolor Christmas LightsBest smart lights: Twinkly Smart LED String LightsBest light projector: LedMall RGB Laser Christmas LightsBest solar holiday lights: Vmanoo Solar Powered String Lights Best lights overall Lowe's  The GE StayBright Multicolor LED Christmas String Lights are a classic set of colorful Christmas lights with a modern, eco-friendly twist.Pros: Bright LED lights, energy-efficient, up to 20,000 hours of lightingCons: No built-in timerThese mini, multicolored Christmas lights are perfect for indoor or outdoor use. The GE StayBright lights come with two sets of strands with 150 lights on each for a total of 300 lights at 74.5 feet long. The extra length is ideal for stretching across a long roofline or tall Christmas tree. The versatility and longevity of these lights are two of the best reasons to invest in one or two sets. With up to 20,000 hours of lighting time, you likely won't need replacements for decades. Plus, the transparent LED bulbs make the lights shine vibrantly. An upgrade from traditional Christmas lights, the GE StayBright lights are energy-efficient and shouldn't increase your light bill dramatically. The lights are also safety certified to give you peace of mind when they're in use. Best battery-powered lights The Home Depot The Home Accents Fairy LED Battery-Operated Light String is battery-powered, so once it's in place, you can look forward to effortless enjoyment.Pros: Battery power lasts many days, multi-colored, great priceCons: 26-foot strand too short for some applications, does not come with a remoteOne of the worst things about holiday lights is the fact that you have to plug them in every time you want them to light up and unplug them when you want them to go dark — unless you have a timer. The Home Accents Fairy Light String is a solid solution for those looking for hassle-free Christmas lights.The Home Accents lights are powered by three AA batteries, and when only lit for a few hours each night, these three batteries will keep the lights aglow for days. The timer can be set to turn on and off at specific times. These lights also have the ability to change patterns with options for waves, slow glow, flashes, twinkle, slow fade, and more. The set of lights stay cool and are safe for use on an indoor tree and are water-resistant, so they're suitable for outdoor hanging. Best large-bulb lights Christmas Lights Etc. The large, softly glowing, colorful bulbs of the Opaque Multicolor Christmas Lights look just like something out of a classic film.Pros: Classic vintage charm, bright lights visible from a distance, easy bulb changesCons: Short strand length, glow much warmer than LEDsSure, LED bulbs are bright, energy-efficient, cool to the touch, and last for years. But you have to admit there's something so warm and comforting about classic incandescent bulb holiday lights — especially those oversized bulbs known as C7 bulbs.The Opaque Multicolor Christmas lights are retro-style lights with frosted bulbs for nostalgic Christmas light decorating. The individual strand measures 25 feet long, a great length for an indoor tree though a bit short for use outdoors unless you're willing to buy a few strands. Up to three strings can be attached together, so the maximum length can be 75 feet, which is something to consider when decorating a space. These lights can last for years, albeit with an occasional bulb swap needed. Doing so is easy, though. It's just like changing a standard light bulb. Best smart lights Malarie Gokey/Business Insider Twinkly's smart LED string lights connect with an app so you can control the color scheme and turn them on and off with your phone or your voice.Pros: Easy to set up and use, voice control supported by Alexa and Google Assistant, programmable lights, fun to make your own designsCons: Expensive, app can be glitchyTwinkly's LED string lights are fully customizable, thanks to an easy-to-use app that lets you program your lights. You can choose between a wide range of pre-made light effects so your tree will twinkle like stars, display a heart, look like a glittery candy cane, or show off a pulsing rainbow. There's even a dongle you can add to synchronize your lights to music.You can also go simple and choose solid colors or make your own mix in the app. The options are basically endless with more than 16 million colors to choose from. The LED lights are bright and vibrant, too, making any color combination look gorgeous.The lights were easy to set up in our tests. It's as easy as plugging the lights in, downloading the app, and following the on-screen directions to connect your lights via Bluetooth or WiFi. While the app is straightforward to navigate, our home editor, Jenny McGrath, has had some connectivity problems and issues with it crashing.I set the lights up with my home's WiFi network so that I can control them remotely and with my voice. To enable voice control, I followed the instructions in the Alexa app to connect the lights to my Echo in just a few minutes. Now I can turn them on or off in the app or with my voice. Overall, the smart lights are easy to use, mainly because the app is so user friendly.The 250-light strand perfectly covered my 7.5-foot tree, but depending on how densely packed you want the lights to be, you may need more lights. Twinkly sells several different smart light strands, so you can choose whichever ones are best for your needs.Even when on sale, these lights are more expensive than ordinary lights, but if you want full customizability, voice control, and all the smart features included here, it'll be worth it. If not, grab a strand of normal lights and a smart outlet, like this one from Belkin. — Malarie Gokey, lead training coordinator  Best holiday light projector Amazon The remote-controlled LedMall RGB Laser Christmas Lights shines 18 holiday patterns on your home with a simple point and click. Pros: Easy setup, remote control operationCons: Lacks charm of actual strands of lights, higher price pointHoliday laser light decorations aren't for everyone. But falling off of ladders, searching for that one burnt-out bulb, and realizing you don't have a long enough extension cord to connect the light strands to the outlet? That stuff isn't for everyone, either. A projector displaying festive lights on your home is quite an attractive alternative. The LedMall RGB Laser Christmas Lights make decorating your house a quick task. You plant the projector in the ground using its included stake and aim it at your house. Plug it in, then turn it on; that's all there is to it. You might need to move the projector closer to or farther from the walls a few times as you work to find the perfect coverage. It works for spaces up to 2,500 square feet.There are 18 different holiday patterns to choose from, including trees, Santa, snowflakes, twinkling stars, candy canes, jingle bells, and even some for Halloween. The only colors projected are red, green, and blue, either as a combination or in single colors.  Best solar-powered holiday lights Amazon Once you have your Vmanoo Solar Powered String Lights set up, they are 100% hands-off until it's time to take them down again.Pros: No outlet or batteries needed, sensor turns lights on or off, available in multiple colorsCons: Limited shine duration per chargeOnce you put up the Vmanoo Solar Powered String Lights, you don't have to think about them again until it's time to put them away after the holidays.The lights are 100% solar-powered, requiring no proximity to an outlet, no battery swaps, and no programming with a timer or searching for a remote control, either. The lights have a sensor that automatically turns them on once the ambient light is low enough. They have an approximate eight-hour run time per charge. Even with a 4:30 p.m. sunset, the lights will still be aglow well after midnight. With Vmanoo's 72-foot strand, you should be able to decorate a smaller tree or bush, roofline, or door frame. They come in pale white, warm white, multicolored, and blue so you can choose the exact look you want for your holiday illumination.The one major drawback to these lights is that they're not suitable for indoor use, as they need access to the sun to power up and need it to be dark to power on.  Check out our other great holiday decorating guides Home Accents The best holiday decorations The best tree skirtsThe best artificial Christmas treesThe best Christmas stockings Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 5th, 2021

27 useful Android accessories and gadgets that make great gifts

From wireless earbuds to car mounts and smartwatches, these useful gadgets will please any Android user on your shopping list. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Alicia Betz/Insider These accessories will help any Android owner make the most out of their phone. Our picks cover a variety of budgets, with some gifts costing less than $15. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Short of buying someone a whole new phone, accessories that complement a mobile device make for ideal gifts. They're not too expensive for the gifter, they're not necessarily large, and almost any accessory can be appreciated. Even small things, like a longer and sturdier charging cable or a PopSocket, can be something the giftee had no idea they needed.We're here to help you find some cool Android accessories that friends and relatives will be sure to appreciate. Some are specially optimized for Android devices, while others are just handy accessory gifts for all types of phones.See all 27 phone accessories and compatible gadgets that prove gifting an Android user isn't actually as difficult as you might think. Comfortable, high-quality wireless earbuds Target Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, $129.99, available at Samsung, B&H, Target, and Best BuySamsung's Galaxy Buds 2 offer amazing sound quality for the price with incredibly effective noise-cancelling. They're also remarkably small and discreet, all while staying comfortable and secure in ears. They have a respectable five-hour battery life per charge, with a total of 20 hours of battery life with the wireless charging case. The Galaxy Buds 2 aren't IP-rated for water resistance, so they may not be the best choice for working out. We would have also loved to see Bluetooth Multipoint for connecting to multiple devices simultaneously. Still, the Galaxy Buds 2 are hard to beat for the price and would make a great gift for an Android phone user. A less expensive pair of wireless earbuds Amazon JLab Audio JBuds Air, from $24.49, available at Amazon, Target, Best BuyYou don't have to splurge to get a great pair of wireless earbuds. JLab's Audio JBuds Air cost a fraction of what you'll pay for high-end models from Sony and Apple and still offer solid audio quality. They're not quite as easy to keep in your ears as premium wireless earbuds, but their impressive sound and six-hour battery life makes them our favorite budget wireless earbuds. An LED light strip that you can control from your phone Amazon Govee Wi-Fi Dreamcolor LED Light Strip, $33.99, available at AmazonGovee's DreamColor LED lights are a great option for those who want an easy way to liven up any room. Their versatility and ease of use have made Govee's lights one of our favorite LED light strips, especially for those who just want something affordable and don't want to invest in an entire ecosystem like Philips Hue. Govee's app lets you set timers, adjust brightness and color temperatures, and program scenes directly from your phone. A stylish pair of glasses that makes your phone's screen easier on the eyes Felix Gray Felix Gray Glasses, from $95, available at Felix GrayWe use our phones for almost everything, which means we spend a lot of time staring at screens all day. That's where Felix Gray's glasses come in handy. These stylish spectacles filter blue light to help prevent eye strain. Starting at $95, Felix Gray's glasses are well-designed and relatively affordable, making them one of our top picks for blue light filtering glasses. They're available in prescription and non-prescription lenses.  A tiny tracker to keep your keys and wallet from getting lost Amazon Tile Mate, $24.99, available at TileIf the person you're shopping for can't keep track of their personal belongings, try gifting them a Tile Mate. This small Bluetooth tracker has a 200-foot range and can be attached to your keys or placed in a wallet or purse. The Tile app lets you prompt the device to play a sound so that you can find your misplaced item. The Tile Mate is the best if you plan to attach the device to a keyring. For most other household items, we'd recommend the Tile Sticker since it has an adhesive back that can be directly mounted on TV remotes and other easily lost items. A camera lens kit for enthusiastic phone photographers Amazon Xenvo Camera Lens Kit Pro, $44.99, available at AmazonTake breathtaking landscape photos and detailed close-ups with the 0.45x wide-angle lens and 15x macro lens in this kit. Simply clip it to the phone and align it with its camera to start snapping high-quality pictures.  A flexible car mount Amazon iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Fast Charge Car Mount, $44.95, available at AmazonThis accessory pulls double duty by charging their phone while holding it securely on their dash. The telescopic arm extends up to eight inches and pivots on a wide arc for easy readability and access.  A smart home assistant Best Buy Google Nest Mini, $24.98, available at WalmartOwners of Android devices like the Google Pixel will be happiest staying within the Google ecosystem and using the Google Assistant housed in the Nest Mini smart speaker. There's a huge variety of things you can do with Google Assistant.The Nest Mini can play music and podcasts, which you can start and control with your voice. Google Assistant can also tell you what you have going on in your calendar on a given day, answer a lot of questions like weather and sports scores, and controls smart home devices. It's a neat gift that's inexpensive and a good entry-level start into smart devices with smart speakers and smart assistants. A portable photo printer HP/Instagram HP Sprocket 2nd Edition Instant Photo Printer, $79.99, available at AmazonThe HP Sprocket lets you print photos onto 2x3 photo paper straight from phones quickly and easily to print. The newest model can connect to multiple devices at once over Bluetooth, allowing for group printing, and features a sleep mode that keeps it connected without draining battery. The HP Sprocket uses HP's Zink photo paper, which peel-and-stick backing that turns photos into stickers, if wanted. It's a wireless system that uses Bluetooth to transfer photos from phones to the printer itself.  Long and durable charging cables Amazon Anker Six-Foot USB-A-to-USB-C Charging Cable (2-pack), $14.99, available at AmazonAnker Six-Foot USB-C-to-USB-C Charging Cable (2-pack), $17.99, available at AmazonBraided cables are more durable and don't tangle as easily as the regular ones, plus they're simply more aesthetically pleasing. Anker's are specially designed to charge phones with USB-C ports efficiently.  A transparent phone case with cool print designs for Samsung phones Casetify Casetify cases for Samsung phones, $60, available at CasetifyPhone cases often only satisfy two out of the following three criteria: durable, non-bulky, and beautiful. Casetify's are all three and I never feel like I'm settling while shopping its site. The entire Casetify company and website is a hub for unique case designs made by artists, and it's well worth checking out for a case that's a little different. (Yes, we know the photo has iPhones instead of Android phones, but that's what Casetify has on their site to show off their designs.) A tough phone case Otterbox Otterbox Case for iPhones and Android phones, price varies by phone, available at Amazon and OtterboxWhen you think of Otterbox, you might think of its signature ultra-bulky cases, but the company has been releasing far sleeker cases for popular phone models from Samsung and Google that offer incredible protection against drops. A mini projector Anker Nebula Capsule II mini projector, $579.99, available at AmazonAfter downloading the Nebula app, phones becomes the TV remote for this mini projector. The projector itself is about the size of a soda can and projects video up to 100 inches at 720p resolution with 200 lumen brightness. It runs on the Android 9.0 operating system that's features on certain TVs and Google's own Chromecast streaming devices, and hosts streaming apps like YouTube and Netflix. It has 8-watt built-in speakers, too, and has a battery life of two and a half hours of video playtime. It also auto-focuses the video image so you don't have to fiddle with focusing.  A crossbody to hold just the essentials Leatherology Long Crossbody Phone Pocket, $40, available at LeatherologyTravel light with a stylish, full-grain pebbled leather bag that holds their phone with a little room to spare. Choose from more than 10 different leather colors and add a monogram for just $10.  A running armband to hold your phone Amazon Tribe Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband Case, $14.98, available at AmazonCompatible with most phones, this best-selling case has a plush, elastic band for non-obtrusive comfort, reflective borders for safety, and a small pocket to hold their key as they run.  A gaming controller Razer Razer Kishi game controller and dock for Android phones, $54.99, available at Best BuyThe Razer Kishi is a game controller for Android phones, and gives it a Nintendo Switch-style design and playing style with the controllers on either side of the phone screen. If you know the giftee plays games on their smartphone, this will be the gift to give.  The Razer Kishi has a universal fit, so it supports pretty much any Android phone, as long as the phone has a USB port on the bottom. Most recent Android phones these days use USB-C, so it shouldn't be a problem unless the phone is from before 2016. If the phone runs low on battery while playing games, you can plug a charging cable to the Kishi's own USB-C port to charge the phone.  A portable speaker Ultimate Ears/Instagram Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (Waterproof), $146.99, available at AmazonThe newest version of the popular UE Boom series is waterproof and can even float on top of water (a feature that we put to the test). This "virtually indestructible" Bluetooth speaker sounds incredible for its size and price, and it comes highly recommended.  A high-end selfie stick with a built-in tripod Cliquefie Cliquefie selfie stick, $49.99, available at Best BuyCheap selfie sticks are a dime a dozen, but a "high-end" selfie stick is a little ... different. This high-end selfie stick made by Cliquefie is so premium that even Apple sells it. It's made of polished aluminum and the wireless remote connects to phones with a Bluetooth connection to press the shutter button. Like most selfie sticks, it folds down to become compact, but unlike most selfie sticks, the Cliquefie can turn into a tripod with its retractable tripod legs, giving you extra stability and the ability to take selfies from distances than your arms allow.  A Samsung smart watch Samsung Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, from $199.99, available at Samsung, B&H, Target, and Best BuySamsung's Galaxy Watch 4 series is the best smartwatch for Android users looking for a comprehensive, quality, premium smartwatch experience. It's surprisingly well priced while maintaining the features and performance you'd expect in a premium smartwatch. We're not recommending smartwatches running on Google's Wear OS 2 operating system at the moment, as they simply can't compete against the Galaxy Watch 4. That's likely going to change when Google rolls out Wear OS 3 in 2022. A premium wireless charger Nomad Nomad Base Station Mini, $69.95, available at NomadThere's nothing wrong with gifting an inexpensive plastic wireless charger, but something a little more premium like Nomad's Base Station Mini with a metal base and leather charging pad will surely be appreciated. The Nomad Base Station Mini charges phones up to 15W, which means it should charge most Android models at their fastest speeds. A PopSockets phone grip and stand PopSockets/Instagram PopSockets PopGrip, from $8, available at PopSocketsiPhone and Android users can at least agree on one thing: PopSockets PopGrips are great. Other than their smart and useful design, they're worthy gifts because there's a different style for every personality.  A precise stylus pen Amazon Libberway Stylus Pen (10-pack), $6.99, available at AmazonThey might want or need a stylus if they have a phone with an especially large screen or a tablet. These don't come with replaceable tips, but a 10-pack should mean your giftee will get plenty of reserve pens. It also doesn't hurt that the colors are vibrant and eye-catching.  Sleek leather wallet cases for Samsung phones Amazon FYY leather wallet cases for Samsung  phones, $23.99, available at AmazonThese leather wallet cases have built-in protection for credit cards to prevent thieves from wirelessly stealing credit card information. FYY has a wide variety of wallet cases you can check out for Samsung phones, with different designs and functionality. There are models that come with entirely separate cases that fit into a leather sleeve,  or versions where the phone fits into the leather sleeve itself. Either way, these FYY cases are a great, inexpensive gift that combines a wallet and a phone case into one. Cases for the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra are typically more expensive than those that fit older Samsung models. A car charger with two USB ports Amazon Belkin Boostcharge 24W dual USB-A, $20, available at AmazonThe Belkin Boostcharge can charge two devices at the same time in the car. Each port delivers 12W of charging power for relatively quick and consistent charging. You can get the charger alone and use your existing cables, or get the version that comes with a charging cable that matches your phone. Its small and sleek design won't take up much space at all in a car, and Belkin has long made an excellent reputation for itself in the mobile device accessories business, especially with charging devices. A portable Bluetooth keyboard Logitech Logitech K480 multi-device Bluetooth keyboard, $34.99, available at AmazonThe K480 wireless keyboard from Logitech has a slot where you can fit and prop up tablets and smartphones while you type. The built-in slot stand itself is a great feature that lets you type up an email, document, or text messages from anywhere. It's extremely versatile. It also has the ability to quickly switch the keyboard's Bluetooth connection between three different devices should you want to switch between a laptop, tablet, and/or smartphone on the fly. It's a battery-powered keyboard with a long battery life. As far as portable and versatile keyboards go, this is as good as it gets.  A phone sanitizer that kills 99.99% of germs on their phone Amazon PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer and Dual Universal Cell Phone Charger, $79.95, available at PhoneSoapFor better or for worse, we bring our phones with us everywhere. PhoneSoap uses UV light to kill the many bacteria they pick up along the way. It also charges their phone at the same time.Read our full PhoneSoap review right here. A headset to make it easy to take calls Best Buy Plantronics M95 Bluetooth Headset, $82.93, available at WalmartCalls come through this headset with impressive clarity. They can rely on it for uninterrupted calls as they juggle tasks like driving, grocery shopping, and dealing with kids.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 3rd, 2021

15 Alexa-enabled tech gifts that are perfect for anyone building a smart home

These tech gifts ideas are ideal for anyone who loves the convenience of Alexa and is always tinkering to create the most seamless smart home setup. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Headphones, thermostats, and smart speakers are all available with Alexa support. Amazon; Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider Many brands, like Bose and Ecobee, sell various smart devices with Alexa. These Alexa-enabled products make great gifts thanks to their built-in voice control. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Voice assistants make products smarter and easier to use, enabling hands-free control and other helpful features. Amazon's Alexa is one of the most popular options on the market right now, letting customers create an ecosystem of smart home devices.Alexa is primarily known for living inside Amazon devices, like the Echo Dot, the Echo Buds, and Fire TV Stick. That said, you don't actually have to own an Echo product to use Alexa. Many everyday devices like headphones and thermostats from non-Amazon brands have Alexa built-in, giving you access to all the same voice commands you would get with an Amazon device.These products all make perfect gifts for anyone who loves the convenience of Alexa around their house or even in their car.Check out these 15 cool Alexa-enabled devices: A smart speaker with high-quality sound Sonos/Instagram Sonos One Smart Speaker (Gen 2), $219, available from SonosIf your main priority is a good music-listening experience, splurge for this smart speaker, which fills your room with clear, rich sound. You can use Alexa to play and control your music without ever lifting a finger, and you can also use it to control the other smart home devices in your home.As an added bonus, this model also allows buyers to use Google Assistant instead of Alexa if they prefer. A pair of wireless headphones Best Buy Bose 700 Wireless Headphones, $379, available at AmazonBose's flagship headphones feature impressive noise cancellation to cut out surrounding noise so you can focus completely on your music. This model also includes Alexa voice control. Just ask Alexa to turn down the volume, add to your to-do list, and tell you about tomorrow's weather without skipping a beat.Buyers looking for Alexa-enabled headphones on a budget should also consider the Bose QC 35 II. They're an older, less advanced model, but they still deliver good performance for the money. A showerhead that can play music Amazon/Insider Kohler Moxie Alexa-enabled Showerhead, $251.55, available at AmazonYou can skip out on a waterproof speaker and install this showerhead with a built-in speaker, instead. The Kohler Moxie Alexa-enabled Showerhead is a rechargeable device that adjusts its volume to the acoustics around you.After you install the showerhead, you can ask Alexa to listen to the news, play new songs, or add products to your cart. One charge will give you up to six hours of playback on the device. A pet camera and treat dispenser in one Amazon/Insider Petcube Bites 2 Wi-Fi Pet Camera with Treat Dispenser, $249, available at AmazonThe Petcube Bites 2 Wi-Fi Pet Camera doubles as both a safety measure and a way to keep your pets happy. The camera offers high definition video that you can see by tapping into the Petcube Bites 2 app. The camera lets you view rooms with a 160 degree view, zoom in by four times, talk to your pets, and view them at night. Alexa is even built right into the device, so you can ask it to give treats to your pets via voice command. A soundbar with immersive audio Amazon Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Smart Soundbar, $449, available at SonosThis advanced soundbar is compact and smart. Despite its relatively small size, the device delivers an engaging movie- and TV-watching experience.This second-generation model even supports simulated Dolby Atmos audio. The effect isn't as convincing as it is on systems with multiple speakers, but it delivers a wider and taller sense of surround sound. The Alexa integration offers added convenience for hands-free voice control and digital assistant functions, and you can even opt for Google Assistant if you prefer.Note: The black model is currently out of stock, with an expected ship date of November 12. A smart thermostat that responds to your voice Amazon Ecobee Smart Thermostat (includes SmartSensor), $248.64, available at AmazonThe included SmartSensor measures room occupancy and temperature, then signals to the thermostat whether to adjust to a comfortable temperature or switch to energy-saving mode, a cool feature that can save homeowners on their annual bills. Of course, you can adjust the temperature yourself, too, through the app and Alexa voice commands.  A handy fitness tracker Fitbit Fitbit Versa 3, $215.45, available at AmazonIn addition to tracking all types of health and fitness information, including heart rate, sleep quality, and steps walked, Fitbit's powerful smartwatch can now tell you the weather, set timers, change your music, and more with the help of Alexa.This model offers built-in GPS, added support for Google Assistant, and other improved features. For shoppers looking for a more affordable option, the Fitbit Versa 2 is available for $180, though you'll lose out on the improved battery life and special features like blood oxygen tracking. Compact noise-cancelling earbuds Antonio Villas-Boas/Insider Sony WF-1000XM4 True Wireless Earbuds, $248.00, available at AmazonThe WF-1000XM4 are our pick for the best premium wireless earbuds you can buy. Though they're a little pricey, they deliver impressive sound quality, long battery life, IPX4 water resistance, and noise cancellation. Alexa voice control is supported as well, though you do need to activate it with a button press. A smoke and carbon monoxide detector Amazon First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound Smart Hardwired Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm, $181.84, available at AmazonFirst Alert has been making home safety devices for decades, but the Onelink Safe & Sound could be its most innovative one yet. It's a reliable smoke sensor and carbon monoxide detector with a 10-year battery backup, as well as an Alexa-enabled speaker. It's also compatible with Apple HomeKit.  A powerful smart speaker with a helpful display Amazon Bose Home Speaker 500, $349, available at AmazonOne advantage of this Home speaker over the Sonos One, is that this Bose model has a small, integrated LCD screen. It's not a full-fledged smart display by any means, but it can show you the album art and name of the song currently playing.With a custom-designed eight-microphone array, The Bose Home speaker can hear your commands even if you're way across the room or speaking over the music. There are also six presets so multiple users can customize their experiences with the speaker.  A car USB charger with extra smarts Amazon Roav Viva by Anker USB Car Charger, $17.99, available at B&HQuickly charge up your devices with Anker's signature PowerIQ tech, your indispensable car ride companion. At the same time, you can get directions to your destination, listen to an audiobook to make the drive more interesting, and call your friends while keeping your eyes on the road. This bundle even includes a magnetic car mount.  A smart alarm clock to sit by your bed Amazon/Insider iHome iAVS16 Bedside Speaker, $79.90, available at AmazonThe iHome iAVS16 Bedside Speaker brings smart features to an alarm clock. Thanks to built-in Alexa support, you'll be able to get news, weather, and other updates without getting out of bed.The device also lets you stream music from popular streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon Music, and more. The iHome has a number of ways to wake you up, as well, including a gentle wake-up option with light prior to the alarm's sound. A budget-friendly phone with hands-free Alexa Amazon Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free (Unlocked, 64 GB), $299.99, available at AmazonThis Amazon-centric phone comes pre-installed with all the necessary apps: Shopping, Music, Audible, and hands-free Alexa. Some highlights of this affordable device include a 12MP and 5MP dual camera, fingerprint sensor and facial recognition, and TurboPower charging, which gives you nine hours of power from just 15 minutes of charging.  A smart light switch Amazon Ecobee Switch+ Smart Light Switch, $39.30, available at AmazonGet this smart switch for all your lighting needs. In addition to Alexa support, it has integrated motion and ambient light detection so you can set it to turn the lights on and off automatically whenever you enter and leave the room, or activate outdoor lights when sunset arrives.  A smartphone mount for your car dash or windshield Amazon iOttie Easy One Touch Connect Pro Dash Mount, $59.99, available at AmazonThis handy mount for your car dash or windshield does much more than just hold your smartphone in place — it brings full hands-free Alexa support to your vehicle. The device uses dual microphones to pick up your voice commands so you can search for directions, check the weather, and stream music without lifting a finger. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 1st, 2021

14 tech gifts that will impress any gadget-loving dad this holiday

As a dad myself, I would love any combination of these techy gifts for the holidays. Our picks cover everything from tablets to record players. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Headphones, earbuds, and tablets all make great tech gifts for any dad. Google; Apple; Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider There are lots of fun and helpful tech products that make excellent gifts for dads. Tile trackers make great stocking stuffers, while pricier items like the latest iPad are sure to impress. For more holiday shopping recommendations, check out all of our gift guides. The 2021 holiday season is almost here, and we've come up with some convenient tech gifts that are perfect for dads. Tech products are some of the easiest gifts to give, as they range in price, and even small accessories can prove incredibly useful for your dad. Plus, there's just something about tech that fires up those happy neurons.Whether it's an incredibly useful and low-stress screwdriver or a fun retro gaming machine - or something in between - we think there's a tech gift below that the dad in your life will love. An electric screwdriver that's easy on the hands Amazon Craftsman Max 4V Cordless ScrewdriverMax 4V Cordless Screwdriver (button)Every father out there will, eventually, be asked to pick up a screwdriver and use it. But, it's always possible they might not have the right one for the task at hand. Get rid of that concern and simplify your dad's screwdriving with the Craftsman Max 4V Cordless screwdriver.It includes 10 screw bits, and while you shouldn't expect to fix a pair of glasses with this gadget, you'll definitely be able to open almost anything in your home — including children's toys and electronics. When it comes to dads, it's tough to imagine a more universally useful gift than the Craftsman Max 4V Cordless screwdriver. A smart, learning thermostat to give dad complete control Google Google Nest ThermostatNest Thermostat (button)We all know how dad can get about the thermostat… Nest built the original smart thermostat, and since then the Nest Learning Thermostat has only gotten better under Google. The device is currently on its fourth generation, and offers deep integration with Google Assistant, plus it works with Alexa, too.Using a Nest Thermostat may even save you money, thanks to the fact that the thermostat intelligently manages your home's temperature depending on whether the user is actually there. A retro game console for deeply nerdy dads Amazon PlayStation ClassicPlayStation Classic (button)For any dad that self-identifies as a nerd, a retro revival gaming console is bound to be their "Gift of the Year." The Sony PlayStation Classic is a miniaturized version of the original PlayStation that was released in 1995, and it comes pre-loaded with 20 PlayStation classics like "Tekken 3," "Final Fantasy VII," "Metal Gear Solid," and "Ridge Racer Type 4," among several others. The latest Apple Watch to keep dad solidly in the loop Antonio Villas-Boas/Insider Apple Watch Series 7Watch Series 7 (button)The Apple Watch continues to be a great gift for dad. The Series 7 is the latest model that features health tools, like a blood-oxygen sensor and an electrocardiogram, that can help him keep tabs on his heart health. The Apple Watch Series 7 also helps ensure he gets notifications if he doesn't have his iPhone on or around him, making it easier to get in touch with him. The new model has an updated screen design as well, with narrower borders, so it's able to display the time and other "complications" more efficiently than previous Apple Watch models. Apple also made the always-on display brighter, which makes it easier to see the screen when making quick glances to check the time. The newest tiny smart speaker from Amazon Amazon Amazon Echo Dot (4th Generation)Echo Dot (4th Gen) (button)Amazon's newest Echo Dot smart speaker with Alexa looks very different compared to previous versions. The Echo Dot (4th Gen) is actually a sphere, instead of a puck, to enhance its audio capabilities. Smart speakers are useful gadgets to have around the house, and this could give your dad's space some much-needed distraction and assistance. Even better is the new Alexa Guard feature, which allows the Echo Dot to use its microphone to detect audible threats within its space and alert dad to those via their smartphone. Bring the dad in your life into the modern era in a surprisingly affordable way. A kit of smart light bulbs to kickstart their smart home Amazon Philips Hue Starter KitPhilips Hue White & Color Ambiance A19 LED Starter Kit (button)Philips has been building some of the most reliable, high-quality smart light bulbs for some time now, and the Philips Hue Starter Kit offers everything the dad in your life will need to get started with smart lighting.Philips Hue smart bulbs are compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple's HomeKit, so you'll be able to use them in conjunction with the rest of your smart home devices. And, these particular bulbs can be set to any color you want — which makes them even more versatile. The best noise-cancelling headphones so dad can focus Sony Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-cancelling headphonesWH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones (button)The Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-cancelling headphones are considered by many to be the best noise-cancelling headphones out there, thanks to the fact that they're sleek and stylish, very comfortable, and sound great. They even offer some smart features, like a touch surface on the ear cup for easy control.Then there's the fact these headphones offer such great noise cancellation, meaning they can cut out noises from plane engines, traffic, vacuum cleaners, and even noisy air conditioners. You can read our Sony WH-1000XM4 review here. A top-of-the-line fitness tracker for the swole dads out there Amazon Fitbit Charge 5Charge 5 (button)Maybe an Apple Watch is too much — but if the dad in your life still wants to track his fitness, then the Fitbit Charge 5 is an excellent option. The Charge 5 offers a built-in heart rate monitor, meaning that it can track a range of different activities — including walking, running, swimming, and more.It also includes GPS tracking for workouts like jogs and bike rides, blood-oxygen level measuring, and of course, steps. The device works with the excellent Fitbit app too, which offers a range of insights on how to manage your health, like how to keep up your workouts, how much weight you might be losing, and so on. Plus, it allows you to easily see the workouts you've already completed. A discreet, comfortable pair of wireless earbuds for when dad is doing things around the house Apple Apple AirPodsAirPods 3 (button)Samsung Galaxy Buds 2Galaxy Buds 2 (button)Discreet wireless earbuds are perfect alternatives to larger headphones, like the Sony WH-1000XM4, if dad prefers a little more mobility and comfort. If dad has an iPhone, then the ideal choice is Apple's AirPods. The standard $129 AirPods will likely work just fine, and the new $179 third-generation AirPods offer an upgrade in audio quality and battery life. If you know dad wants noise cancelling, the AirPods Pro ($200 at the time of writing) are your best bet. If dad has an Android phone, on the other hand, he'll love Samsung's $150 Galaxy Buds 2, which deliver stunning sound and noise cancellation. A baseline iPad that's plenty powerful ESR Apple iPad (10.2-inch, 2021)10.2-inch iPad 9th Generation (2021) (button)The latest and greatest Apple iPad offers a big 10.2-inch display, which is ideal for watching movies, playing games, FaceTime calls, and even digital doodling with new support for the second-generation Apple Pencil. The 2021 10.2-inch iPad also comes with a new and wider front camera that can follow you around a room for FaceTime calls, making it a perfect option to better keep in touch with your dad. This iPad is powered by Apple's A13 Bionic chip, which is more than fast enough for any tasks you'd normally use a tablet for.Of course, as you would expect from an Apple product, you'll also get a sleek and stylish design, and availability in a range of colors. Even better, the entry-level iPad is available at a pretty affordable price, coming in at $329. A mirrorless camera for the budding photographer dad Best Buy Sony Alpha A6000 Mirrorless CameraAlpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera (button)Sony has been building some of the better mirrorless cameras for years, and the Alpha A6000 is a perfect example of why. This package comes with a camera body, as well as a 16-50mm lens, which means that there's everything you'll need to get started right out of the box.The camera is relatively inexpensive, too. While many mirrorless cameras can range into the thousands of dollars, this camera, with the lens, is currently available for only around $650. A modern turntable to spin up dad's vinyl collection again Amazon Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO TurntableDebut Carbon EVO Turntable (button)Fluance RT81 TurntableRT81 Turntable (button)Perhaps the dad in your life is more of a music fan, and in that case a record player is worth considering. Though digital music is more convenient, many people still prefer the unique, warm quality of vinyl, and record sales have seen a resurgence in recent years.If your dad has an existing record collection or wants to start a new one, the Fluance RT81 is an excellent entry-level turntable. It's affordable, easy to use, supports 33-1/3 and 45 rpm playback, and even has a built-in preamp.Meanwhile, the more expensive Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evo is a better option for more experienced users who want audiophile quality and better components. This model adds support for 78 rpm (via a second included drive belt) if your dad happens to have an older collection of albums. That said, it doesn't have an integrated preamp. A set of Bluetooth trackers to help dad from losing things Amazon Tile Essentials 4-packEssentials (4-pack) (button)Let's face it: a ton of parents have the tendency to lose things sometimes, what with the children they're so focused on. That's where the Tile Bluetooth tracker comes in. Tile trackers come in several shapes and sizes designed for a number of household objects, namely keys, phones and tablets, and gadgets like TV remotes.Using a paired smart device, you can cause these trackers to chime, and can inversely cause your paired device to chime if you happen to lose that. This essentials package features a Tile Mate, a Tile Slim, and two Tile Stickers. The Mate and Slim both have a range of 200 feet, while the Stickers have a range of 150 feet. The best e-reader holding thousands of books for bookworm dads Amazon Amazon KindleKindle (button)If the dad in your life is a bookworm, then the Kindle may be the way to go when it comes to gifts. The Kindle allows users to download thousands of books straight to the device. Plus, it's ultra portable, and has a relatively natural-looking e-ink display, which has a resolution of 167 pixels per inch and now features a front light.The Kindle is very inexpensive too, and it's available in two colors: black and white. And, it has a battery life of weeks on a single charge, which is perfect for the dads out there that aren't all that great at keeping their devices charged up. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 1st, 2021

31 cheap tech gifts under $25, from Bluetooth speakers to smart light bulbs

These are the best cheap tech gifts under $25, including speakers, cables, keyboards, accessories, and more. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. There are plenty of great tech gifts available for under $25. Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Tech gifts can be expensive, but there are affordable options out there for shoppers on a budget. Some items under $25 include the Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker, Echo Dot (3rd Gen), and more. For more recommendations, check out all of our gift guides. Tech products make great gifts, but finding one for the right price can be tricky. Though high-end gear gets pricey, there are plenty of gadgets and accessories available in the $25 and under range.These affordable items are often designed to solve little problems or complement other products, making them easier to use. Better yet, they're usually things that friends and relatives never think about getting for themselves, making them excellent gift ideas.For under $25, you can find all sorts of fun, useful, entertaining, and creative tech gifts. Regardless of whom you're shopping for, we think we've found at least one budget-friendly product that would serve that loved one in your life well without running up your credit card bill. You'll probably find a little something for yourself in here, too. A budget-friendly smart speaker Best Buy Echo Dot (3rd Gen), available on Amazon, $24.99Amazon's third-generation Echo Dot is on sale for just under $25 during the holiday shopping season. There is a newer fourth-gen model with a more modern, spherical design, but that one costs double the price. This older version has all the same Alexa features, making it a full-fledged smart speaker that you can gift on a budget.If your giftee prefers Google's ecosystem, you can also find the Google Nest Mini on sale for just right $25. Both devices are reliable, compact speakers with hands-free controls and helpful digital assistants.  A high-speed HDMI cable ready for next-gen gaming Amazon Amazon Basics 48Gbps HDMI cable (6 feet), available on Amazon, $9.99If there's one thing home entertainment fans can never have too many of, it's HDMI cables. Between streaming boxes, video game consoles, Blu-ray players, AV receivers, and computers, there's never a shortage of devices we need to plug into a TV or monitor. HDMI cables always come in handy, and this Amazon Basics high-speed model is rated for all the latest and greatest video specifications. With a bandwidth capability of 48Gbps, you can rest easy that this cable will properly transmit 4K and HDR content, even at 120Hz. This makes it a great fit for next-gen gaming consoles like the PS5 or Xbox Series X.  A plug-in for more Wi-Fi coverage Amazon TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Extender, available on Amazon, $14.99Wi-Fi signals can sometimes struggle to reach every corner of large living spaces. This can be especially challenging if you're working from home. The TP-Link N300 WiFi Extender can plug into most common outlets and add up to 800 square feet to your home Wi-Fi coverage. After you hit the WPS button on your home router, you'll have to hit the range extender on your TP-Link device. After that you'll be able to get speeds of up to 300 Mbps in otherwise difficult-to-reach areas in your home. A charger without the hassle of untangling wires Amazon Yootech Wireless Charger, available on Amazon, $13.99The Yootech Wireless Charger covers a number of bases. It supports a 7.5W charging mode for select iPhones, a 10W charging mode to cover select Samsung Galaxy Notes, and a 5W charging mode for Google Pixel models and other Qi-chargeable phones.As long as these types of phones have a case less or equal to 4 mm, the charger should be able to charge them And aside from smartphones, the charger will let you charge AirPods and AirPods Pro as well. An all-in-one speaker with lights, music, and an alarm Amazon Tranesca Bluetooth Speaker with Lights, available on Amazon, $24.95This speaker from Tranesca acts as both a night-light and a home listening experience. After you connect your music device to the speaker via Bluetooth or an aux cable, you'll be able to hear your favorite songs. One charge will let you listen to music for up to four and a half hours. You can also switch the speaker to an alarm clock mode, making it a versatile product to place by your bedside. A fun phone case Case Mate Case-Mate Phone Cases for iPhone and Samsung, available on Amazon, from $24.95For the colorful types out there, Case-Mate has a wide range of cases for iPhones and Samsung phones, including ones that are iridescent, full of glitter, or covered in real pressed flowers. Colorful, shiny, and glittery isn't everyone's style, and Case-Mate has a selection of more reserved and sleek cases, including leather cases, clear cases, and stylish plastic cases that offer protection for that person who simply won't get a case for themselves.Keep in mind, however, that while Case-Mate offers several models in the $25 and under range, some of its cases do exceed that budget, including its new iPhone 13 lineup. A ring light to upgrade your Zoom calls Amazon LED Ring Light with Tripod Stand & Phone Holder from UBeeSize, $17.59Now that working from home has become more common, we're relying on video calls more than ever — often in less than ideal lighting conditions. This ring light can help improve the quality of your daily Zoom calls with three different lighting modes, a tripod for your phone, and a Bluetooth remote so that you can control your phone while it's in the stand. Give AirPods a protective home Insignia / Best Buy Insignia Case for Apple AirPods Pro, $12.49This AirPods Pro case by Insignia is a super easy and inexpensive gift that AirPod owners will appreciate. The case is made of protective silicone that not only prevents scratches and damage from drops and impacts, but reduces the amount of dirt and dust that can make its way into an AirPods charging case. The carabiner is a great little touch that lets the user attach their AirPods case to anything they often carry out with them. It's a nice solution to keep AirPods where you know they'll always be found. The case is available in a variety of different colors, too. A desk stand for your phone that doubles as a charger Amazon Anker Wireless Charger, available on Amazon, $19.49Smartphones are our daily companions — from displaying recipes in the kitchen to playing music, hosting our social gatherings over Zoom, and serving as a TV you can take to any room. This desk stand from Anker makes it easy to prop up your phone on any surface and wirelessly charges it at the same time. A PopSocket Grip PopSocket PopSocket Grip, available on PopSocket, from $8PopSocket grips stick on the back of any phone or tablet to provide a comfortable grip, but they can also be used as a stand. The thing that makes PopSockets so giftable is their affordability and sheer usefulness — people love them, as they help devices keep more secure in your hands and help prevent accidental drops. That, and they come in so many different styles. You can give your loved one a PopSocket with their favorite sports team, pop culture fandom, or animal on it.PopSockets can also be re-applied a few times to reposition or transfer to a different phone or tablet. They can be attached on bare phone or tablet surfaces, or on most smooth and flat cases. They pop in when not in use, but even then they offer some support.  A smart light bulb that can add some color to your living room Amazon TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Bulb, available on B&H, $14.99You don't need to spend a lot of time or money to add some smart lighting to your living room. This color-changing smart light bulb from TP-Link could make a great gift for anyone looking to spice up their home lighting with different color and brightness options to fit the mood. It also doesn't require any extra equipment like a hub or a bridge; just connect it to your home Wi-Fi, download the Kasa app, and you're good to go. It works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, too. A compact Bluetooth speaker for everywhere Anker / Walmart Anker SoundCore Mini Bluetooth Speaker, available at Amazon, $24.99I have a small, portable, battery-powered Bluetooth wireless speaker just like the Anker SoundCore mini, and it's one of the most used devices at my home. It brings better sound and louder volume than my phone can ever deliver, and it's perfect for listening to podcasts and music in the shower, in the kitchen, chilling outside, and on camping trips. The SoundCore mini has a 15-hour battery life, a 66-foot Bluetooth range, and 5W of sound. It doesn't have water resistance, but it'll still work just fine in a bathroom. It's pricier than some other similar compact Bluetooth speakers out there, but most of them in the $25 range come from brands we've never heard of before, and you can't go wrong with Anker. Replacing those lost headphone dongles for iPhones Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter dongle, available on Amazon, $7.99Apple's iPhones used to come with a headphone adapter but new models no longer include one. This is one of those items that shoppers ache to buy for themselves because it shouldn't cost you an extra $10 to use your wired headphones. This makes the dongle an excellent gift, however, as many iPhone owners can make good use of it.The dongle can be found for $8 on Amazon and Target compared to Apple's $9 price.  Tech-friendly touchscreen gloves Amazon Achiou Winter Knit Touchscreen Gloves, available on Amazon, from $8.49Anyone who lives in a place where it gets cold in winter knows that you have to remove gloves to use a smartphone outdoors. Essentially, a phone's screen doesn't register a finger's touch through a standard glove's material. It's not the worst problem in the world, and it may not warrant someone to get a pair of these touchscreen gloves themselves, thus leaving you the perfect opportunity to give them a pair. Aichou's bestselling winter gloves have special pads on the thumb, forefinger, and middle finger that can be registered by your phone's screen, letting the wearer keep the gloves on when it's freezing outside.   A next-level screen cleaning kit Amazon Whoosh! Screen Cleaner Kit, available on Amazon, $14.99The Whoosh! Screen Cleaner Kit is an alcohol and ammonia-free screen cleaner that's safe on phone screens, and unlike harsher cleaners, it won't strip screens from the factory coatings, namely the oleophobic coatings that prevent screen from getting all gummed up with finger oils. Coming with a pocket-sized bottle of cleaning spray and two cloths, this kit will also clean tablets, e-readers, TVs, Kindles, and anything else with a display. Even glasses can be wiped clean with this kit. The company even claims that Apple uses Whoosh cleaner in the Apple stores to keep display devices clean worldwide.We should note that Whoosh doesn't claim that its cleaner kills bacteria or viruses.  An iPhone tassel cable with charging Amazon Oneenjoy Tassel Cable for iPhone, available on Amazon, $10.99This handy leather tassel keychain includes a hidden USB-to-Lightning cable for charging an Apple device on the go with an external battery or with a charging brick.  A water-resistant smartphone armband Amazon Tribe Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband Case, available on Amazon, from $14.98A great gift for runners and fitness enthusiasts, the Tribe cell phone armband case secures your phone to your arm in a case that repels rain. The arm band is fully adjustable elastic, and it comes in three sizes that can accommodate pretty much any phone size. Your phone retains full touchscreen functionality while it's in the case, and the band also includes a handy key holder and headphone jack.  A tabletop Burger Time machine My Arcade My Arcade Micro Burger Time Cabinet, available at Amazon, $23.99For the retro game fan in your life, give them the gift of digital burgers at their desk with a miniaturized version of the original Burger Time cabinet. The Burger Time game was released in the US in 1982 as a large arcade cabinet, but this modern reproduction is small enough to hold in one hand, and can be placed on any flat surface like a desk. The tiny arcade cabinet has a 2.75-inch screen with original Burger Time artwork on the exterior, and it comes with speaker and a headphone jack. It's powered either by four double-A batteries, or with a microUSB cable. Grips for the Nintendo Switch's Joy Con controllers Amazon / Fyoung Fyoung Controller Grips for Nintendo Switch Joy Con, available on Amazon, from $9.99These Joy Con controller grips by Fyoung give players a better and more comfortable traditional console-style grip on the small Switch Joy Con controllers. They have full-size left and right bumper buttons, and they stay in place, even when you move them and shake them around for certain games. For less than $10, these are a no-brainer for Switch-owning friends and family. They come in a variety of colors to match controller colors, too.  An adjustable phone stand Amazon Lamicall Adjustable Phone stand, available on Amazon, from $9.99The Lamicall Phone Stand lets you (or your loved ones) mount your phone at an adjustable angle, which works great when you don't want to hold or touch your phone and frees up your hands for hands-free usage. Think streaming a video while you cook or sitting at a table, holding a video call with friends or family, or keeping a recipe visible while cooking (just remember to adjust your screen's timeout to keep your phone's screen on). It fits any phone and can accommodate most cases, but thicker cases may not fit in the stand's lower arms. It's also easy to adjust, and can flip between portrait and landscape modes. The stand is made of metal and comes in a variety of colors, too. A headphone holder for their desk Amazon Brainwavz Hengja Headphone Hanger, available on Amazon, $13.99The Brainwavz Hengja is an essential gift for a friend who has on-ear or over-ear headphones. This adjustable headphone hanger clamps horizontally or vertically onto a table, shelf, or even a thin wall. The clamp is tightened onto a surface with a flat piece of metal that you can screw to tighten with the included tool.It's made entirely of metal, so it's quite sturdy and will fit and support pretty much any headphone size. It only comes in a black color option.  A Wi-Fi smart plug for smart homes Amazon Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini (2-pack), available on Amazon, $14.69You can connect any device to the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini, from lamps to fans and air conditioners, to make it a smart device that you can control from a phone via the Kasa app, or via a smart assistant like Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. Some of the "smart" things you can do with the Kasa smart plug includes adding routines to turn your plugged-in devices on or off. You can also check up and turn on or off those electrical devices remotely via the Kasa app, which works great to give you peace of mind when you're away from home.  Glasses with a blue-light filter Amazon Cyxus Vintage Retro Blue Light Filter Glasses, available on Amazon, $19.99It seems every day, more and more research is coming out about the dangers of over-exposure to blue light from phone and computer screens. A 2018 study showed that too much blue light can increase your risk of blindness.The Cyxus Vintage Retro Blue Light Filter Glasses filter out 90% of the blue light emitted from screens and barely affects the image. Blue light filters prevent eye dryness and general fatigue from staring at a screen too long, and these glasses are a good, affordable gift for anyone who you know to work in front of a computer screen for long hours. A cheap but effective laptop bag Amazon AmazonBasics Laptop Bag, available on Amazon, $13.49Amazon is full of laptop bags of all prices, but the AmazonBasics Laptop Bag is one of the top-rated, and it gets the job done for an affordable price. It comes in 10-, 11.6-, 14-, 15.6-, and 17.3-inch models to accommodate different laptop sizes, as well as a smaller version for tablets. Plus, it has extra pockets for mice, cell phones, pens, and other small gadgets you might be carrying.  A long USB-A to Lightning charging cable Amazon Anker Powerline+ II Lightning Cable, available on Amazon, $22.99For a stocking stuffer or gift exchange, you can never go wrong with a charging cable — no one ever has enough charging cables for their iPhones or iPads. Plus, the longer cables like this 10-foot model makes it easier and more comfortable to use your iPhone or iPad while it's charging, as the included 3-foot cables don't let you get very far from the charging brick.You don't want to go cheap with cables, and one way to avoid cheap cables is to go with a well-known brand that's proven its reliability over the years. The Anker 10-foot Powerline+ is a proven, reliable, and long-lasting cable that also comes in a variety of colors.  A solid wireless keyboard and mouse combo from Logitech Logitech / Best Buy Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse, available on Best Buy, $24.99A full wireless keyboard and wireless mouse combo from Logitech for $25 is a great deal and an easy gift for someone you know who needs one. There's no other combo we'd recommend to get someone who needs a mouse and keyboard up and running. There's nothing fancy here, apart from the value. The keyboard is powered by two triple-A batteries, while the wireless mouse is powered by a single double-A battery. The keyboard and mouse communicate with your computer with a tiny USB adapter, and it doesn't need pairing because it doesn't use Bluetooth.  An effective gaming mouse Walmart Logitech G300s Optical Gaming Mouse, available on Amazon, $22.35The Logitech G300s is a great gift for someone who enjoys gaming, but doesn't yet have a top-notch gaming mouse. It has a comfortable ambidextrous grip and six programmable buttons you can adjust with Logitech's gaming software. And, for under $25, it's been praised by multiple reviewers as the best budget gaming mouse you can buy. Don't let the price tag fool you: The G300s isn't a bad mouse; it's just an older model.The G300 comes with a gaming-grade optical sensor for better accuracy and tracking than standard mice, and some sleek and modest lighting strips that accent the all-black matte plastic G300s. It plugs into a computer's standard USB port.  An big, wide mouse pad for work or gaming Walmart / Corsair Corsair MM100 Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad, available at Walmart, $12.96A mouse pad seems strange as a gift, but this one is large and well made — it's one of those things that can make a surprisingly significant improvement to comfort and efficiency while using a mouse for gaming, work, or general use. The Corsair MM100 mouse pad is larger than standard office mouse pads at 14.5 x 10.6 inches (370mm x 270mm) with 3mm thickness, making for greater surface area. That means fewer mouse lifts as you're moving the cursor around the screen. And, of course, it's great for gaming, which is this mouse pad's primary intention.  An effective dashboard phone holder Amazon iOttie Easy One Touch Phone Holder, available on Amazon, $16.06If you know anyone who is still using an ancient GPS to navigate, have mercy on them and give them the iOttie Easy One Touch Phone Holder. This car mount has a one-touch release mechanism for easily inserting and removing your phone, and its arm can pivot 225 degrees to ensure a comfortable viewing angle.The Phone Holder stays on a car's dashboard via a suction cup, which sticks to an included dashboard pad that sticks firmly on a car's dash. You can simply use the suction cup on a car's windshield if the driver would rather not use the dashboard pad that sticks onto the dash.    A Tile Bluetooth item tracker Amazon / Tile Tile Mate, available on Amazon, $24.99Attach the Tile Mate to your keys, luggage, backpack, briefcase, or any other valuable possession to ensure you never lose that item again. If you misplace the object that includes your tracker, just check the Tile app to see its location in seconds. As a bonus, if you lose your phone, you can squeeze your Tile Mate to make it ring. The Tile Mate has 200-foot range (60m) and it's water-resistant, making it an actual realistic option to track your pets, too. If items with the Tile Mate are out of range, there's a chance that the someone else with a Tile can pick it up and relay its location back to you via the Tile Network and Tile app. The Tile Mate has a one-year battery life that can be replaced by the user.  A subscription to a popular streaming service Hulu/Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Hulu gift card, available on Amazon, from $25This recommendation technically breaks our under $25 threshold, but it's such a convenient gift that it's hard not to include. Hulu is one of our favorite streaming services thanks to its affordable price and big selection of network shows, original series, and entertaining movies. Though the platform doesn't sell annual gift subscriptions, you can buy Hulu gift cards. A $25 card will cover three and a half months of Hulu's ad-supported plan ($7/month), or just under two months of Hulu's ad-free plan ($13/month).Once your recipient's gift credit expires, they must provide another payment method to continue their Hulu subscription. Similar gift cards are also available for Netflix and Paramount Plus. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytOct 29th, 2021

How to set up Alexa on your Amazon Echo and customize your settings

You can set up Alexa on your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot device using the Alexa mobile app, or on Echo Show using the built-in screen. Once your Alexa is set up, it can do so much more than simply tell you the weather or play music. Juan Ci/Shutterstock You can set up Alexa on your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot device using the Alexa mobile app. Because the Echo Show has its own screen, you don't need to use the app - just plug it in and follow the on-screen instructions to set it up. Most settings and preferences for the Echo device and Alexa assistant can be found in the Alexa mobile app - tap the "More" tab to find Settings. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Alexa has become a household name - literally. Amazon's smart speakers and smart displays are common in many homes. It's not uncommon to find one in every room so the virtual assistant known as Alexa is ready to answer questions, play music or the news, control smart devices, and more. Here's how to get started with any Amazon Echo or Show device by setting it up and customizing its configuration.How to set up Alexa on Echo or Echo DotNo matter which kind of Amazon smart speaker you have - an Amazon Echo or the smaller Echo Dot - setup is the same. Here's what to do:1. Install the Alexa app on your mobile device. If you have an iPhone or iPad, install Alexa for iOS. If you have an Android device, use Alexa for Android instead. 2. Plug in your Echo device. After a few minutes, you'll see a spinning orange light. You might also hear Alexa say out loud that it is ready for setup.3. Open the Alexa app, and sign in to your Amazon account. 4. You might see a message asking if you want to set up the new Alexa device. If so, tap Continue and follow the instructions. If not, tap the More tab at the bottom-right of the screen and tap Add a Device. You can add a device from the "More" menu in the Alexa app. Dave Johnson 5. In the list of All Devices, tap Amazon Echo. 6. On the next page, tap Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and more. Choose "Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus and more" to proceed with setup. Dave Johnson 7. You should see a screen asking Is your Echo plugged in and in setup mode? If you see a spinning orange status light, tap Yes. 8. Follow the instructions to choose your new Echo device and connect it to WiFi. Tap Continue.9. Choose a language and tap Continue.10. Choose which room the device is located in and tap Continue. 11. Alexa will ask you to enter your home address. Enter it and tap Continue. Quick Tip: If the Echo is not ready for setup, press and hold the Microphone and Volume Down buttons for about 20 seconds, until you see the light turn yellow, then blue. Wait several minutes for the device to restart, and then it should be ready for setup. How to set up Alexa on Echo ShowIf you have an Echo Show, setup is even easier than with an ordinary Echo because the Show has its own built-in screen - you don't need to use the Alexa app on a phone or tablet to get started. Just plug in the Echo Show and wait for the device to start for the first time. Then follow the directions on the screen to enter your Amazon account details and choose a WiFi network and enter the password. After the initial setup, you can get to the Echo Show's settings (for example, to change the WiFi settings) by swiping down from the top of the screen. How to customize Alexa settingsAfter the initial setup there are a lot of things you can do with Alexa, and a lot of ways to customize it. All of these steps are optional, but to get the most out of your Amazon device, it's a good idea to explore these settings and change the ones that interest you. Set up voice commandsWhile most Echo models have control buttons on top (such as mute, volume, and an action button to give commands), most of the time you'll probably interact with your Echo entirely via voice.To give a command, start with the wake word, which by default is "Alexa." In other words, to give a command, you might say, "Alexa, what time is it?"Related Article Module: The most important Alexa voice commands you can use with your Amazon EchoAs a general rule, you need to use the wake word before every command, but after certain commands, Alexa stays awake and can respond to follow-up commands without hearing the wake word again. For example, if you say, "Alexa, give me a five minute timer," you can then give an additional command, like "tell me the news," without saying Alexa a second time. Alexa indicates it's still awake with a blue light. If you prefer, you can configure your Echo to respond to another wake word, like "Echo," "Amazon," "Computer," or "Ziggy" instead. You can choose several alternative names for Alexa. Dave Johnson Set Echo's locationEvery Echo device has a location setting. Usually, this is just your home address, and Alexa uses it to tell you correct information about things like the local time, weather, and local news. Alexa gives you a chance to set this address when you first set up your Echo device, but if you skipped that step or need to change your location, you can do it using the Alexa app. To change the location for an Echo device, tap the Devices tab at the bottom of the app and then choose Echo & Alexa. Tap the device in question, choose its Setting icon, and then find the Device Location option. Add Alexa skillsYour Echo device comes with a lot of default abilities - right after setting it up, for example, you can ask Alexa to start a timer, tell you the news and weather, tell you a joke, and control smart devices throughout your home. But Alexa has more than 100,000 other skills, many contributed by developers and third-party companies. You can enable these skills and ask Alexa to perform them. For example, you can enable skills to play National Public Radio, hear a celebrity voice like Melissa McCarthy in place of Alexa and generate white noise like rain. The options are practically limitless. There are several ways to enable skills on your Echo device. If you know the precise name of the skill, you can just ask Alexa to turn it on, such as "Alexa, enable the seven-minute workout skill." You can also enable skills using the Alexa app - tap the More tab and choose Skills & Games, then discover and enable any skills you desire. There are more than 100,000 skills to explore in the Alexa app. Dave Johnson Link to SpotifyEcho devices are speakers, first and foremost, which means you can use them to listen to music. If you ask Alexa to play music, it uses Amazon Music by default. You're not limited to that, though. If you have an account with Spotify or Pandora, you can set those as your preferred accounts when you ask Alexa to play music. It's easy to set Spotify as your default music player, and the process is very similar to add Pandora to your Echo device as well. To set your music services, open the Alexa app and tap the More tab at the bottom of the page. Choose Settings and then find the Music & Podcasts preferences. Set news alertsEcho offers several ways to get news - here are some of the most common:Say "Alexa, play the news." Alexa plays a long-form news report from your preferred news source.Say "Alexa, play my flash briefing." Alexa plays a news summary curated from a playlist of news sources you can specify.Say "Alexa, play news from [news source]." You can ask for news from Insider, CNN, ESPN, and many others. You can enable news notifications. When turned on, Alexa delivers news alerts from sources you can specify like Insider, Fox News, and NPR. These alerts will play as they happen, so you don't have to ask to hear them. You can control all of these news options from the Alexa app:1. Start the Alexa app and tap the More tab at the bottom of the screen.2. Tap Settings.3. In the Alexa Preferences section, tap News.4. On the News page, you can enable and disable various news experiences and choose which news sources you want to hear from. There are a lot of ways to hear news on Alexa, and you can configure your preferred sources for each method. Dave Johnson How to add new skills to your Alexa-enabled device in 3 different waysYou can't change Alexa's name on your Amazon device, but you can change its 'wake word' - here's howHow to change Alexa's voice, accent, or language - and get access to celebrity voicesHow to reset an Amazon Echo speaker from the Alexa app or from the deviceRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytOct 28th, 2021