Tech, smartphone and video game gift guide

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If you're wondering what's going on with electronics, the answer is...just about everything. We're living in an age of wearable technology, and any tech-savvy person on your gift list will appreciate something in that category, be it a smartwatch, a heart monitor to measure health or workouts, a wrist sensor to assess basketball acumen, a USB drive bracelet, touch-screen gloves or a hover board to glide around town. You'll find those items here, plus more.

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Horizons Tec USB Digital Microscope

Students can get a close-up look at the
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Students can get a close-up look at the world with this microscope. Its 5-megapixel image sensor and eight LEDs can be used to capture both still images and video. Magnification ranges from 10 to 300 times and the accompanying MicroCapture software (compatible with Windows and Apple) can help measure tiny objects easily and precisely. It interfaces with PCs through a USB 2.0 port. Comes with a stand, calibration chart, 50 slides and 100 cover glasses. $80.00. More information: amzn.to/2d1irVt

Satechi Multi-Port USB Charging Station

Students need not be sapped of strength by
(Credit: Satechi/Satechi)

Students need not be sapped of strength by their multiple mobile devices. This station has four Type-A ports and two Type-C ports to handle up to six gadgets at once. Smartphones, tablets and laptops can be charged simultaneously and be ready to go. The station'’s compact size (less than 5 by 3 inches) and weight (7.5 ounces) mean it can be easily carried in a backpack or purse. Available in black or white. $29.99, satechi.net

House of Marley Chant Bluetooth Speaker

This portable, wireless Bluetooth speaker packs a lot
(Credit: The House of Marley)

This portable, wireless Bluetooth speaker packs a lot of punch for its small size. Not only is it great looking and made from sustainable materials, it has rich sound and quality construction. Features include a 3.5-mm input jack, micro USB charging port, built-in microphone for hands-free speakerphone use on calls, pairing with additional units for stereo sound and rubber feet and controls. Comes with a charging cable for its lithium-ion battery and a carabineer clip for portability. $79.99, More information: bit.ly/1w3p2xh; find the best price: bit.ly/2d5aj33

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Strikeforce Guarded ID Keystroke Encryption Software

If you'’re looking for a safe and sound
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If you'’re looking for a safe and sound way to product your online banking accounts, credit card info and email accounts, let Guarded ID’s encryption software do the job. An anti-keylogging technology is used to secure personal and financial information by encrypting every keystroke as you type. $19.99 per year (one device) to $69.99 per year (five devices), More information: bit.ly/2cLzYyk; find the best price: bit.ly/2dAh6kr

SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable Solid-State Drive

Backing up your data is essential, but external
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Backing up your data is essential, but external hard-disk drives are fragile, even if dropped a couple of feet. This solid-state drive combines performance with all-terrain durability. It is water- and dust-resistant, has a rugged rubber bumper that cushions against falls of up to 5.9 feet and clips securely to a bag or is small enough to fit in a pocket. It has a capacity of up to 480 gigabytes, 128-bit encryption for password protection and its transfer time is dramatically faster than hard-disk drives. It is powered through its USB 3.0 port, so no additional power cords are needed. $249.99. More information: bit.ly/1qJPStT; find the best price: bit.ly/2cx7c12

New Matter MOD-t 3D Printer

Ready to use right out of the box,
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Ready to use right out of the box, this affordable and quiet 3-D printer doesn't require any advanced configuring or adjusting to get started. It can be operated from a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet through its built-in Wi-Fi and web-based control system. Included are a clear cover, AC power cord, USB cable and a spool of biodegradable PLA (plastic filament). New Matter also has an online library of hundreds of designs, many of them free. $399. More information: bit.ly/2dn0tYR; for the best price: bit.ly/2dmUyrc

Prodigee Wallegee phone case

This two-part phone case adapts to your needs.
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This two-part phone case adapts to your needs. The complete wallet securely holds a mobile phone in a removable hard case, as well as money, identification and credit cards. The wallet also folds into a stand for hands-free viewing. When you just need your phone, detach and carry just the hard case, which has a card sleeve on its back. Made of eco-friendly leather and available in a variety of colors for iPhone 6/6s, 6 Plus/6s Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. $49.99. More information: bit.ly/2d4BxX0; find the best price: bit.ly/2cXX7gv

DAQI Concept Jingoo LED Light Bluetooth Speaker

How tweet it is? DAQI Concept's design may
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How tweet it is? DAQI Concept's design may look like a bird in a gilded cage, but it actually combines ambient light with a Bluetooth stereo. It features three-way light control, a mono two-way speaker and a cute ceramic bird whose cage comes with a wooden base. It not only lends a decorative touch to your home, but watching -- and listening to -- the birdie is sure to relax you. Shipping is slated to begin in late October. $250. More information: bit.ly/2duwvSO; find the best price: bit.ly/2dxtXYn

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Nima Sports Helmet Speakers

Hey there, sports fans. You can show school
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Hey there, sports fans. You can show school spirit for your favorite college football team with Nima's 360-degree Bluetooth speakers embedded in helmets with the logos and colors of 25 top teams. The speaker helmet is lightweight (1.9 pounds); wirelessly connects to smartphones, tablets or other Bluetooth devices; and features a built-in microphone. If you'’re not a football fan, don'’t worry: The company is working on designs catering to basketball, soccer and baseball aficionados. $149-$349. More information: bit.ly/2duAn6C

PlayStation VR

Sony is hoping that virtual reality will become
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Sony is hoping that virtual reality will become a reality in the gaming world with the PlayStation VR headset and peripherals coming out on Oct. 13. Setup is easy: Just plug the headset and camera into your PlayStation4 system. The headset is equipped with a 5.7-inch OLED 1080p display and 3D Audio technology. Games for the system include the arcade-style shooters Ace Banana and Pixel Gear and the survival horror games Dying Reborn and Weeping Doll. $399.99. More information: bit.ly/1OwJ0xe; find the best price: bit.ly/2drX9k0

 

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