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5 Gifts For The Tech Lover in Your Life

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5 Gifts For The Tech Lover in Your Life

Buying gifts is something that many people struggle to do. People often find that they are so different from their loved ones that surprising them with a gift they never thought of often results in disappointment instead of excitement.

Nowhere is this divide larger than when someone who is behind the times a bit is trying to buy a gift for the tech geek in their lives. Often by the time they realize the technology even exists, it is out of date. So here are some of the hot tech gifts that are trending now, and perhaps even in the future

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1. Nintendo NES (classic edition)

As surprising as it may seem, the classic Nintendo NES made a huge comeback this year with demand far outpacing supply. Sure, the original one is nearly 10 years old, but throw in a little nostalgia and gamers and tech geeks are going wild. This is the game that most gamers grew up playing. In fact, for many of them this was their first gaming system. Whether they are too ashamed to ask for a Nintendo or not, this is the perfect gift for gamers and tech lovers alike.

The best part about the Nintendo is that it is only $60. That may seem expensive, but when compared to the cost of most tech gifts this year it is a steal. You can find more information and even order from Nintendo’s site here.

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2. Hoverboard

There are two directions to go with this gift. One is the classic hoverboard that has been making waves on the internet for all the wrong reasons (bursting into flame being the main one). This is essentially a Segway without a handlebar to hold onto. It is still a sexy looking piece of tech and is useful as well. Many teenage tech lovers have shown an affluence to this.

If you have a little more money there is a better option, however. A few companies are now starting to produce real hoverboards. Some of these operate like skateboards, while others look more like bicycles. What they all have in common is the actual ability to hover in the air. This will surely be a huge trend in coming years. Here are real hoverboards that can actually be purchased this year. As a matter of warning – they don’t come cheap!

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3. Wireless projection keyboard

This is one of those gifts that people once thought would only appear on movies like Star Trek. Fortunately society is rapidly surpassing any technology that we see on Star Trek.

This keyboard is essentially a small box. It projects the keyboard onto the desk in front of a computer. This means there are no keys that need to be pushed down, and no bulky keyboard. The best part is that it works with Macs, PC’s, phones, and anything else that can connect to Bluetooth. Best Buy has some pretty good ones that you can see here.

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4. AirPods

Unless you truly have been living under a rock then you have likely heard of Apple. Apple continues to crush it in the innovation category, releasing some of the smallest Bluetooth headphones in existence this year.

The earbuds look exactly like the old Apple earphones, but with no cords whatsoever. They sold out online within a few hours of releasing, but they should be in stores early next week just in time for Christmas shoppers. The AirPods run at $150, which is a steep price tag to pay for headphones, but the demand clearly shows that tech lovers don’t care.

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5. Roomba

Not only is the Roomba a great gift for tech lovers, it is a great gift for the entire household! Roomba is a robotic vacuum that can be set to vacuum, and even mop the entire home while the family is away. They are a little pricey, but when you put a price on the amount of time you save then many people are finding them worth it. Roombas are produced by iRobot and can be purchased on their site, or most eCommerce sites.

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

    Featured photo credit: Benjamin Dada via unsplash.com

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