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5 Gifts For The Tech Lover in Your Life

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 Often by the time they realize the technology even exists, it is out of date.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.

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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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