From $6 to $6,000 the staff at DFA has picked out a handful of interesting gifts that will satisfy holiday shopping or post-holiday wishes too.
By Amy Eller, Max Jay, Susan Davis, Erick Royer and Richard Sherwin
Don’t bathe with these scrumptious looking mobile device chargers dubbed Moonstone.
In fact 8 gifts come with one Moonstone 3000/6000! It includes an external Battery Pack – Take it anywhere for on the go charging with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPod. 6000mAh of Capacity! ~ Almost 3 full iPhone 5 charges. The company claims these devices have superior energy conversion – 150% better efficiency than other similar power banks. The cool looking devices have excellent compatibility too in that they work with all major cell phone and Tablet models! — iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPad Mini, iPods (Lightning adapter not included); Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 2; HTC One, EVO, Thunderbolt, Incredible, Droid DNA; Motorola ATRIX, Droid; Google Nexus. And the packaging is environmentally friendly, safe and Non-Toxic. We found them priced from $30 to $50.
Media Streamer Multifaceted Mobile Gift
Gigastone’s new patented Media Streamer is the must-have mobile accessory for your Smartphone or Tablet, combining four solutions in one — expanded storage, content sharing, mobile device charging and backup of contacts. Designed for use on the go, the Media Streamer is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and weighs less than .2 pounds. “The Media Streamer is compact, portable and solves the problems smartphone and tablet users typically encounter: not enough storage space, streaming data limits, short battery life and loss of contacts,” said Sherry Chapman, senior director of marketing for Dane-Elec USA. “Perfect for families, teens, business travelers, and everyone on-the-go, the Media Streamer is an affordable accessory that every smartphone owner must have.”
The Media Streamer is a revolutionary mobile accessory that gives users the ability to wirelessly stream content from a USB drive or SD card to an Apple or Android tablet or smartphone. A business traveler loads their favorite music and movies to a USB drive or SD card, downloads the free Media Streamer mobile app on their device, and can instantly stream those items for up to eight hours, without an Internet connection. The Media Streamer can also backup all of their personal and business contacts from their mobile device. Traveling on planes, trains, buses or taxis will never be the same. Priced under $40 at Walmart
Sony’s Portable Wireless Server
Sony’s new Portable Wireless Server is the perfect gift for the tech expert on the go. Not only does it have options for storing data from computers, smartphones and tablets, but it will also act as a portable charger and a card reader. It is adept at connecting several wireless products at once using WiFi, allowing up to 8 devices to seamlessly share data. All of this versatile functionality will operate for about 10 hours at a time.
The Portable Wireless Server, model WG-C10/N, is available now, at a suggested retail price of $89.99. A second model, WG-C10/A, comes with a 16GB SD card, and is also available now for a suggested retail price of $99.99.
The SousVide Supreme is a kitchen appliance that allows you to enjoy the art of “sous vide,” or cooking vacuum-sealed food while submerged in water, at home.It makes the steps as simple as season, seal, simmer and serve while still retaining all of the nutrients and flavor that are typically lost in traditional cooking conventions.
The SousVide Supreme generally starts at $479.99, but Amazon has it on sale for $429.99.
Going Bananas over Yonana
Some people are ice cream junkies. Kids or grown-ups there is no age discrimination. That’s just the way it is. The coldest day of the year or the hottest and what do they crave? Ice cream. Gooey creamy loaded with fat if it is gonna be any good at all, ice cream.
Our esteemed leader Richard probably wastes a dozen bananas a week because they get over ripe in his frig. Now he simply can freeze them and make them into a treat that even the guys like. When he tried this device his smile was as big as when he eats Baskin Robbins.
Eileen McHale invented the Yonanas Maker and Yonanas Elite. Eileen is the creator of Dish with Eileen, a healthy foods cooking show broadcasting to students in schools and youth centers nationwide on the HOP Sports Network. And soon she will be granted sainthood by the lactose intolerant, diabetic and vegan communities. No soy, sugar or dairy products necessary to make smooth creamy soft serve texture desserts and drinks. Just bananas… Frozen bananas.
The Elite comes with a handy book of recipe suggestions and all you need is a bunch of frozen ripe bananas and a little imagination and in moments you have a luscious treat.
As if that wasn’t enough, Eileen has developed Frinkles, the fruities dehydrated answer to sprinkles. Was I skeptical? You betcha. But the little crunchy fruity Frinkles are delicious. Sweet and sour, I like them plain out of the bag. Put em on your latest Yonana confection or anywhere you want a little extra fruity zing. Berry Blast is raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries and Raspberry lemon is just exactly that. You can buy the Yonanas products on line or at Bed Bath and beyond and indulge your way to health in 2014.
Cortex Products: Hair Today Better Tomorrow
For the home hair-dresser nothing works better than something from Cortex. Offering everything from hair straighteners to hair repair products, Cortex will likely have the hair enthusiast covered without an issue.
Think of them as night-time headphones. SleepPhones are the perfect gift for someone who wants to be able to answer a call and go right back to sleep (think of a doctor). The mesh material blocks out sounds like snoring and traffic while allowing the use of embedded, removable headphones for simple use. SleepPhones start at about $19.99.
InMode Aesthetic Beauty Solutions
The is the gift for the person looking to reclaim the look of their youth. InMode offers a variety of skin treatments designed to turn the clock back on the cruel, downward pull of gravity and the unrelenting effects of our skin cell reproduction.
Is it better and safer than Botox ask your doctor. The new Fractora, Forma and Lumecca, have the ability to tailor treatments specifically to the user’s desired beauty needs and achieve the type of dramatic results normally accomplished by a sharp, hot knife. The treatments run from $100 to $2,000 for one session depending on whether you go to a Spa or doctor. It’s available at many Spas and dermatologists and plastic surgeons across the country.
ShutterBall by Audiovox
With “selfie” the most used made up word in the English language this year it’s lucky that Audiovox has come to the rescue of everyone that has ever taken a blurry awkward picture of themselves and their friends.
The ShutterBall is a device that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and allows you to take quick, clear selfies or group pictures without any of those awkward angles. The device is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Galaxy Note 2 and Apple iPhone 4S, 5 and iPad 3rd/4th generation, iPad Mini, iPod Touch 5thgeneration or later, works via Bluetooth and snap self and group photos or video at a distance of 60’. The Shutterball retails for about $25.00.
Create Your Own Cloud with Gigastone
|Gigastone, a leading brand of flash memory, just released its Smart Box, which is a very light paperback sized box that’s equipped with wireless storage and portable power functions. Through 8.02.11 b/g/n wireless transmission, users can connect six mobile devices at the same time. Smart Box also supports SDHC memory cards up to 32GB and provides unlimited storage. So when going out for a trip or a party, you can easily share photos, video, music, and documents you love. Smart Box can also satisfy your demands for multimedia streaming transmission and file storage in daily life and on business occasions. Available at Walmart and online for under $50.http://www.gigastone.com/_en/list_products.php#.UriGtLTWulc|
Multi useful Soundboard
The Soundboard enables you to avoid the inconveniences of speakerphones. All you have to do is place your cellphone on the product and will amplify whatever is coming out of the speakers into clear, booming tones. This makes everything from listening to music, to having a conference call easy and enjoyable.Priced at about $29.99.
HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace
Most urban areas don’t allow fireplaces due to the difficulty of ventilation and the inherent fire hazard. Luckily the folks at HearthCabinet developed a beautiful fireplace that doesn’t need venting and can be custom made for any dwelling.
The unique cartridge that fuels the real fire is meant to burn for two hours, and unlike a wood burning system, it produces no harmful smoke and still gives you the warm glow of a fire.
The HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace is only available from HearthCabinet, and cost will vary starting at about $6,000.
DYLE TV Available on Kindle
Dyle mobile TV, a joint venture of 12 broadcast groups announced a new set of consumers can now watch live TV programming on the go. Previously available on Android and Apple OS devices, the Dyle Audiovox mobiletv receiver is now compatible with Kindle HD Fire tablets. Using the recently released app on the Amazon Appstore for Android, Kindle Fire, Fire HDX, Fire HDX 8.9,” and Fire HD 8.9” users can now enjoy free live television content without the need for Internet or 3G/4G connectivity. The expansion brings the Dyle mobile TV service to a growing number of consumers and gives a new target audience the ability to view live television across any device. Dyle is available across 38 markets, reaching 57% of the U.S. population. The Audiovox version ($99) is available across select national, regional and online retailers including Amazon, ABC Warehouse, BrandsMart USA and Radio Shack.
Slingbox ’s Dishworld available without a Dish
DishWorld, the top International TV Service in the U.S. featuring more than 180 international TV channels in 15 languages including international Sports TV, including live international soccer: La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Barclays Premiere League, and the Bundesliga is now available on the Slingbox Model 500 with no satellite dish or cable set-top box required.
A firmware upgrade was pushed to all Slingbox 500 units which added the DishWorld app. to the Slingbox 500’s TV interface. The new app. and the free 48 hour trial available in the blog post (link below).
Yes We Paid for some Android Apps
Swift Key for Android
Swift Key makes even football mangled hands type well. We’ve seen it available for $6 and also on sale for $2 but it really makes typing easy and more accurate for Android based phones and Tablets.
Two of the most asked for questions on our Android forum are how to create or edit my Microsoft office documents and spreadsheets. The free Google office is fine but many people asked for something more substantial.
Some Android Tablets and phones offer a free version of Office Suite Pro. If you have some real Pro office needs the $10 to $15 version is a gift that can keep on giving as it can do almost anything a full computer desktop version can do.
The second most asked for App is something that can let you play Word with Friends without the annoying ads. Zynga, the creator of Words for Friends, now sell a $1.99 upgrade to the popular App that does away with all the advertisements.