ESP’s Tech Gadget Gift Guide 2016

Gift Ideas for TechiesThe holiday season is upon us, and what better gifts for IT pros (to give and receive) than the hottest tech gadgets for 2016? Here are our picks for ESP’s annual “Holiday Tech Gadget Gift Guide”:

Nomad Key ($20)

Gift Guide for IT ProfessionalsThis is the perfect gift for someone whose phone is always running out of battery or for someone who is always on the move. It works by plugging into any USP port to charge your mobile device. About the size of a house key, the Nomad key can be purchased for both iPhone and Android and attaches to your key ring.

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Tech Gifts To Help You Celebrate Mom

Whether you’re shopping for a mom, grandmother, spouse, friend, or anyone else whom you’d like to recognize on May 8th, the gift of a thoughtful tech gadget will help you show your love in a unique and trendy way. From user-friendly trinkets designed to assist those less-proficient with tech, to fashionable accessories that add flare to favorite devices, these 5 ideas are all you’ll need to start and end your 2016 Mother’s Day search.

Misfit Swarovski Bracelet For The Wearables-Lover: Misfit Swarovski Activity Tracker

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Best Technology Gifts For Any Valentine

True, chocolates and roses are timeless, but this year show some love for your significant other with a Valentine’s Day gift that caters to his or her unique interests. Whether your sweetheart is a fashionista, gamer, romantic, or anything in between, these tech-inspired gifts are just what Cupid ordered:

loveyoumorethanvideogamesFor The Gamer: “I Love You More Than Video Games” unBasket

Whether you’re the only gamer in the relationship, or you and your Valentine have plans to nerd out together on February 14th, the “I Love You More Than Video Games” unBasket is a sweet alternative to the traditional box of chocolate. Mints, jawbreakers, sours, Sweethearts, gums, and even an energy drink are creatively combined in gamer-themed tins and wrappings that will remind your loved one how much fun it is to be with you.

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The 7 Best Technology Gift Ideas For 2015

In the midst of the busyness of the holiday season, it can be difficult to find the right gift for the loved ones in your life.  So we’ve decided to offer a few suggestions to make your shopping a little easier this year.  We’ve pulled together the best technology gift ideas for all the different types of people and personalities in your life.

For the Photographer: Looq DG (selfie stick)Looq DG

Give the gift of the perfect selfie this year. Yes, that’s right, I’m suggesting a selfie stick. You might have mocked them in the past but I bet you’ve encountered the conundrum of getting everyone in the group selfie. The Looq is low maintenance. It has no battery, no need for WiFi, it doesn’t require Bluetooth, and it won’t drain your phones battery. The stick extends from 8.2 inches to 41.7 inches, is small and easy to carry, and is available in green, red, or blue. Don’t leave anyone out of the family picture this holiday with the selfie stick.

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“Back To The Future”: IT Systems That Have Traveled Through Time

In 1989, the second installment of the popular “Back to the Future” movie franchise sent Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) into the future – where he arrived on October 21, 2015. In honor of the film series, we’d like to celebrate five IT systems that have traversed time and remain essential to the industry.

Mainframes

In the first film of the franchise (from 1985), Marty McFly travels back to 1955 to change his parents’ future. That same year, engineers were busy developing a computer model that would change the future of IT. By the late 1950s, developments in hardware and software led manufacturing companies toward building bigger models. Though IT thinkers predicted that such “big iron” mainframe technologies would be retired by 1996, the unforeseen February 2008 release of the z10 by IBM gave this technology an avenue that has kept mainframe use relevant to a wide range of users and networks.

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Lessons from the Jetsons: Working with Robots

While driving collapsible hover cars by the year 2062 remains a Jetsons fantasy, Rosie, the family’s household robot, and R.U.D.I, George Jetson’s computer, are well on their way toward becoming a reality. With recent buzz about an Amazon delivery drone, and a pending Mega Robots Battle between the US and Japan, bots like Rosie and R.U.D.I – or almost like them – are playing an increasingly important role in the world today. Let the Jetsons show you why this development should build excitement for IT professionals.

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5 Tech Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

Fathers-Day-vintageIt can be hard to shop for your dad for Father’s Day. What can you get them besides tools, ties, and grilling utensils? Well, you’re in luck; here are our top 5 choices for tech gifts for dad this year:

Smart Watch: Does your padre like to have all the latest tech gadgets? Keep him up-to-speed with a smart watch.  With so many options, you’ll be able to get him the watch that syncs up to all the devices he currently has or you could get him a Pebble Watch that syncs to Android and iOS devices.

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CES 2015: New Technology for 2015

Couldn’t make it to Vegas for the 2015 CES Conference?  Neither could we. But we have compiled our top 5 picks of new technology that will be available to you this year.

Ring

The ring technologyBringing wearable to the next level, the ring allows you to control your devices with a simple gesture.  This device is fully customizable, especially if you’re a developer.  They offer open URI to make your possibilities endless.

Soundwall

Soundwall

What do you get for the person who has everything? The Soundwall: customizable artwork with a speaker and Wi-Fi imbedded so that you can add beauty to your home, office, or someone else’s space. See art in a whole new and interactive way.

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7 Tech Gifts for This Holiday Season

This year, Cyber Monday morphed into Cyber Week, which is good news for you and your favorite techies. If you still have shopping left to do, check out our top 7 techie gifts:

  tech gloves  Tech Gloves

Let’s face it, we live in a cold state and gloves are one of those items that disappear into the black hole- along with socks, bobby pins, and Tupperware.  That’s why Tech gloves have made it onto the list.  Give the gift of something useful and save your friends’ and families’ fingers this winter. Friends don’t let friends choose between warm fingers and candy crush.

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Back to School Apps for your A+ Student

PrintSeptember is almost here and that means it is back-to-school time yet again.  Procrastination, organization, and scheduling don’t have to be the most challenging part of your student’s school year.  With that in mind we thought we’d highlight some great apps to help your students start the school year off strong.  We’ve shared some top apps for organizing, scheduling, and keeping on task below:

Apps for Getting Organized

Track exams, assignments, class schedules and more with My Study Life.  If your child needs to track their progress on assignments or be reminded of upcoming papers or exams, download this extension.  The application even allows them to store specific information about the class- including teacher’s names.  My Study Life also offers mobile apps that syncs with their computer to really help keep them on task no matter where they are.  And it’s free.

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