We all love tech, and this year it won’t be different! We’ve put together just some of the hot trends and popular must-have gift ideas that Tech and Trends Personality, Mitch English is showcasing to TV stations around the country!
Here are Mitch’s top “Killer Apps” for your family’s holiday 2012!
With 82 million phones ruined by water, why not “oops Proof” your next phone by checking out the new Kyocera Hydro!
Kyocera Hydro from Boost Mobile
Kyocera Hydro from Boost Mobile is the first waterproof Android smartphone available without a contract. Hydro offers all of the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich features of a touchscreen smartphone with the added peace of mind that waterproofing can offer. Whether you get caught in a rainstorm or drop it in a puddle, sink or toilet, Hydro has you covered. It’s “oops proof” because let’s face it: life is full of accidents. And for only $99.99 on Boost Mobile’s Android Monthly Unlimited Plan with Shrinking Payments, you can get it for as little as $40 a month without a contract!
The $99.99 (excluding taxes) pre-paid price, paired with Boost’s no-contract nationwide $55 Android Monthly Unlimited Plan with Shrinking Payments, makes it one of the best deals out there. For every six on-time payments, the cost of Boost Mobile’s Monthly Unlimited plan shrinks by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $40 a month.
BLACK FRIDAY ONLY: Kyocera Hydro is available for only $39.88 (or just say less than $40) during Walmart’s Black Friday sale, which starts as early as 10pm on Thanksgiving night and all day Friday.
Additional Background on Boost “Shrinking Payments” – For every SIX on-time payments (do not have to be consecutive), Boost customers reduce their monthly payment by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $40/month for unlimited nationwide talk, text and picture messaging, Web, email and calls to 411.
Kyocera Hydro is available at Boost Mobile retail locations, online at boostmobile.com, and at all Boost Mobile retail partner locations (Walmart, Target, RadioShack, Best Buy, etc.)
Visit http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/hydro-phone or
http://www.boostmobile.com/shop/phones/kyocera-hydro/ for more information.
The SodaStream Revolution is perfect for the DIY-er and/or Gadget lover in your life – they will love entertaining herself/himself and the whole family by making great-tasting fizzy drinks at the touch of a button with a SodaStream home soda maker.
The SodaStream Revolution
SodaStream International, Ltd. SODA announced the introduction of the Revolution, a new, innovative soda maker with breakthroughs in both function and design. The Revolution is the first electrically powered soda maker for SodaStream, and offers many new features, such as:
“Touch-button” activation providing a choice of carbonation levels (low, medium, high, turbo)
“Snap-n-lock” mechanism for easy bottle insertion and removal
LED display indicating carbonation progress and CO2 usage status
“The Revolution takes home soda making to the next level, and consumers will love the new features and the improved user experience,” stated Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream. “With these patent-pending, technological advances our users will be empowered to make their own soda faster and more efficiently than ever before. The bottle simply clicks into place and carbonates at the single push of a button, offering a consistent level of fizz each time.”
Available at all major retailers, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond. Etc.
Visit www.sodastream.com for more information and free shipping for a limited time!
Another product that is great for all ages and also eco-fashionable is the Boogie Board! The perfect replacement for memo pads, sticky notes, messy chalkboards and smelly dry erase markers!
The Boogie Board Original 8.5 LCD eWriter
The Boogie Board Jot 8.5 LCD eWriter
The Boogie Board Original 8.5 LCD eWriter is the first Boogie Board model that started a revolution. The ultra-light, thin and durable construction is perfect for kids. Practice handwriting, solve complex math problems, play games, draw pictures, scribble down notes – then erase with the touch of a button and start over with a clean slate!
The Boogie Board Jot LCD eWriter is the latest tree-friendly electronic replacement for memo pads, notebooks and sticky notes. Like other Boogie Board eWriters, the Boogie Board Jot LCD eWriter features a revolutionary Reflex® LCD as its writing surface that provides a writing experience that feels just like pen and paper and includes some exciting new enhancements:
- A contemporary metallic design available with red, blue and graphite accents
- Soft-touch back to provide grip and stability
- Tapered stylus that doubles as a kickstand for horizontal viewing (great for leaving messages on the kitchen counter)
- Built-in magnets for mounting to refrigerators, filing cabinets and other metallic surfaces
The Boogie Board Original 8.5 LCD eWriter is $29.99 MSRP
and the Boogie Board Jot 8.5 LCD eWriter is $39.99 MSRP
Available at Bed Bath & Beyond, Radio Shack, Best Buy, Staples, Brookstone, Learning Express, Fred Meyer, Amazon.com and many more. A full list of retailers can be found here.
Visit www.improvelectronics.com to learn more.
Everyone loves M&M’S® Candies, so why not give a fun gift featuring the M&M’S® Characters?
M&M’S® Brand iPhone 4/4S Covers – $34.99 for dotties® case and $29.99 for feather® case
The dotties® case has interchangeable, colorful dots that look like M&M’S® Candies…you can use your favorite colors and rearrange them. The feather® case has a fun, oversized face of an M&M’S® Character and comes in five colors, including Ms. Brown!
M&M’S® Brand Ear Buds – Variety of colors/styles – $9.99 each
These M&M’S® Ear Buds look like the actual candies and come in a range of colors!
“M&M’S® Chocolate Factory” Gaming App – 99 cents on iTunes
Give the gift of entertainment! Help the adventurous M&M’S® Characters save M&M’S® Brand Candies from melting in the game “M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Factory.” There’s even a “gifting button” in the app under the options settings, so you can give it to someone as a unique, virtual gift providing hours of fun. Launched in November, the app is available on iOS, and you can download it for $.99 from www.iTunes.com.
Check out these M&M’S® Brand Gift Ideas and more by visiting www.holidaygifts2012.com
Looking for a cool, retro gift for someone on your list this year? Then check out these two new game accessories for the iPad from Duo Games, the Atari Arcade and Duo Pinball!
Relive the fast-action excitement of all your arcade favorites with Atari Arcade, the app-supported joystick controller for iPad®. With its joystick and buttons, Atari Arcade is exactly the way arcade games were meant to be played. The Duo line of app-supported accessories for iPad® create enhanced, shared gaming experiences with friends and family. Just download the Atari’s Greatest Hits app (available on the App Store), connect your iPad to the joystick controller and you’re ready to play all the classics – Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and more!
Experience some pinball wizardry with Duo Pinball, the app-supported pinball controller for iPad®. Relive your favorite arcade moments playing Pinball HD and Pinball HD Collection apps using Duo Pinball’s flipper buttons and spring-loaded plunger! The Duo line of app-supported accessories for iPad® create enhanced, shared gaming experiences with friends and family. Duo Pinball unlocks five free tables in the wildly popular Pinball HD Collection app (available on the App Store). Play Wild West, The Deep, Snow, DaVinci, Jungle Style and more!
Did you know that the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to release legislation that requires all cars manufactured after 2014 to include back-up cameras, primarily benefiting parents by increasing blind spot visibility. This top safety gift idea will go a long way!
PEAK Back-Up Camera Systems provide additional safety options for cars, trucks, RVs, towing boats and campers to keep you, your family and your vehicle out of harm’s way. According to KidsandCars.org, 34 percent of all non-traffic car fatalities for children under five are caused by backovers. PEAK’s back-up camera systems help reduce the risk of injury as well as expensive automotive damage with affordable and easy-to-install camera systems, including the Peak Wireless Back-Up Camera System with 3.5 inch Color LCD Monitor, which features suction cup mounts for easy-to-see rear coverage, and a water-resistant color camera with a wireless transmitter.
Available at AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys, O’Reilly Auto and Amazon.com
Priced at $159.99
Visit www.peakauto.com for more information.