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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 Often by the time they realize the technology even exists, it is out of date.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 November 19, 2019

10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

Projects and Tasks Management

1. Monday dot com

    Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

    The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

    The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

    The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

    Check out the software here!

    2. Asana

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      The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

      The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

      Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

      Check out the software here!

      3. Trello

        Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

        Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

        Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

        Check out the software here!

        4. Jira

          The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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          The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

          The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

          Check out the software here!

          5. Evernote Business

            Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

            The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

            Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

            Check out the software here!

            Communication

            6. Slack

              Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

              Check out the software here!

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              7. Spike

                Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                Check out the software here!

                Creation

                8. Office 365

                  Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                  Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                  You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                  Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                  Check out the software here!

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                  9. Grammarly

                    Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                    Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                    Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                    Check out the software here!

                    Team Analytics

                    10. ActivTrak

                      ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                      The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                      Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                      Check out the software here!

                      The Bottom Line

                      Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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