Must Have Tech Toys

I own a few tech “toys” that make life so much easier (and funner!). The best tech are those items you don’t really know you need until AFTER you purchase, try it out for a few weeks, then start wondering how you survived without ‘that thing’ for so long. Here are my top tech gadgets/items of 2018 so far – I use them all DAILY!

Apple AirPods – Yes, I know these have been out forever; but, I literally JUST purchased them last month and OMG I have NO IDEA what took me so long to buy in. They are GREAT and well worth the price tag. My personal macbook (gold), work laptop and iPhone all have different connectors for the headphone jacks and it became super annoying to be somewhere (coffee shop, work, mall) and not have the right cord with you. #problemsolved with Apple’s AirPods. They are Bluetooth and can connect easily to all of my devices! Added bonus? The super slim case is also a charger and you can wear one AirPod at a time to extend the listening/talking time. #winning Purchase here.

Burberry Technical Pouch – Speaking of cords … even though I don’t need headphone cables anymore, I still like to carry my iPhone / laptop charger with me, and occasionally my Apple Mouse (another wireless gadget that connects to both my work and personal laptop with ease!). Where’s a girl to store these items?? Enter the Burberry Technical Pouch. It’s nylon, super sheek and holds ALOT (business cards, laptop chargers, iPhone charger, cleaning wipes, etc.). I had been eyeing this piece for a few months and am glad I finally made the purchase.  Transferring these items between my work bag and my favorite tote for the weekend is now a breeze. This pouch is PERFECT for those busy gals (or guys) who are aways on the go!

Pop Socket and iPhone Case for Spring – Must have for texters, selfie takers, web surfers… basically anyone who is on their phone all the time. Everything it says on the packaging is absolutely true: 1) Never drop your phone, 2) Take better selfies and 3) Prop your phone. Purchase a variety of Pop Sockets here and check out the #popsocketmovement on Instagram. Also, I have been rocking a black iPhone case for some time. Why? Because black is my color! For the Spring, I decided to get a light, airy case for #noreasonatall. iPhone cases here.

If you watched the video above (recommended!) and think Pop Sockets are a joke, think again! Per Forbes:

Barnett started by selling PopSockets out of his garage back in 2014. Now it is being sold at Amazon, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Walmart and a number of other stores. Barnett said that its sales went from 30,000 PopSockets in the U.S. in the first year to 35 million PopSockets across 40 countries last year. In the first year, revenue hit $240,000 and PopSockets grew 800% every year. This year, PopSockets is on track for manufacturing 70 million products. PopSockets started out with just one employee: Barnett himself. And now the company employs 120 people across Boulder, Colorado; San Francisco, California; Finland; and Singapore.


Amazon Echo

61f6gLIXBSL._SL1000_If you’re an iPhone user, do you ever fire up Siri? What about Google Now on Android devices? I mention before that I started using Siri much more on my Apple watch; but, did you know Amazon offers a similar product?

Amazon Echo has been out for a little over 1 year now and is the online retailer’s answer to Apple and Google. Echo has over 30,000 reviews on Amazon and is listed as a #1 best seller in Home Audio speakers. While the device is surely convenient and has many features, the most promising feature is the device’s promise to control your “smart home” by turning on the lights. You can also imagine, pre-heating the oven, turning on on an alarm, etc via it’s mobile app, Alexa, (iOS, Android, Amazon), described as follows:

Echo doesn’t stop working when you’re away from home. With the free companion app on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, you can easily manage your alarms, music, shopping lists, and more.

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The future is near my friends (think The Jetsons, Iron Man, Back to The Future and  The Kingsman). Watch one of Amazon’s wi-fi enabled device in action below or get more information here.

Wireless-Enabled Deadbolt Lock

Kevo | Smart Phone Mobile App Lock - Keyless EntryKevo DeadboltYour Smartphone is now your key with the Kwikset Kevo Wireless-Enabled Deadbolt Lock! With this device, you can now keep your phone in your pocket or purse. For $219.95 per lock, no more fumbling for your keys… just touch the lock to open for the ultimate in convenience. People who own homes and typically enter their through the garage may not find this useful. But, if you’re a runner and would rather not drag your keys with you, it could be helpful! I also can’t see how landlords would allow renters to install this sort of device so I’m really questioning the market at this point. You may think this would be perfect for kids, but they lose cell phones (and even loan them to friends) all the time. Then a bigger security question comes into play. But I suppose that’s true with almost everything these days (see Apple Pay).

This technology has not yet become mainstream, as indicated by the price, but if you are an early adopter and can find a valid use, go for it!  (I’d wait until Black Friday, though, to see if there are any deals).


1Keyboard, 3 Devices

bluetooth-multi-device-keyboard-k480Logitech is introducing a keyboard that is capable of connecting and communicating with up to 3 Bluetooth devices at the same time. It’s called Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480.  An Easy-Switch™ dial allows you to switch between devices and there’s an array of supported platforms/devices including,  Windows®, Mac® or Chrome OS™ computer, or an Android™ or iOS tablet or smartphone. I love the fact that this keyboard allows you to get rid of all those cables and will definitely be picking one up! It comes in black or white (may get too dirty). The K480 is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in September 2014, for $49.99. Shop here.


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