Last-minute gift ideas ideal for this unusual holiday season

Fitness trackers, webcams, tiny batteries, protective cases for your smartphone and cheaper ways to keep your house clean

This year, celebrations, gift-giving and the whole shopping experience may be a whole lot different. Many of us will be separated from our loved ones this holiday season.

So here are a few gadget gift ideas you can easily order online and have sent directly to them:

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Scientist’s View of Protecting You from Your Phone & Yourself

June Lai, Founder, CEO Catalyst Case

It’s no secret that everyone is trying to be better informed and protect themselves and others and reduce exposure  to the Covid-19 virus. They’re social distancing, wearing masks and washing their hands, but how many of us think about our smartphone as a major source of a threat to our health? Or how many of us are missing key pieces of information that can help us and our loved ones stay safe? [Podcast]

I had a unique opportunity to speak with June Lai, founder and CEO of Catalyst, a high tech accessories maker but also first and foremost, also a scientist who not only sees things from a business perspective but from a true scientific one as well. During our Toastcaster Podcast interview (Episode 146) which you can to listen below. June offered me an incredible and authoritative insight on what’s really going on out there – about the virus, PPE, and how we inadvertently spreading it. But she also offered ways we can all help ourselves and our loved ones stay safe.

By the end of this podcast, you’ll better understand the difference between bacteria and a virus – which still seems to confuse people and what terms like anti-microbial really means.  You’ll also get tips on how to properly disinfect your phone, what to use, what not to use and what to watch out for and suggestions on proper Covid phone safety etiquette.

Washable Waterproof Cases

You’ll also discover how waterproof cases, like Catalyst‘s can not only protect your valuable smartphone investment, but one that is also washable can effectively reduce the risk of infection when properly implemented into your daily protection routine. (They also make for a nice holiday gift)

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Catalyst washable waterproof case

The techies will also love to hear what makes for a great waterproof case, and methods and technology Catalyst used in perfecting their patented waterproof seal. (I bet you don’t know that what looks like a simple case has in fact 46 components.)

You’ll also learn a little more about June, a glimpse into her fascinating journey, how the company and the first waterproof cases came to be and how Catalyst’s skillset and innovation has now lead them to develop much needed quality PPE including novel items like a mask wallet.

June Lai, originally from Vancouver, Canada, now based in Hong Kong is the founder and CEO of Catalyst – a global consumer high tech high performance electronics accessories brand. She’s also a scientist who oversees R&D at the company who is in the business of inventing unique patented products that combine world-class design with performance.  You can find out more about about Catalyst at CatalystCase.com.

If you’re interested in learning more about viruses, June suggests checking out TWiV – This Week in Virology – a podcast about viruses.

Greg Gazin, also known as the Gadget Guy and Gadget Greg, is a syndicated veteran tech columnist, communication, leadership and technology speaker, facilitator at Crestcom International, blogger, podcaster and author. Reach him @gadgetgreg or at GadgetGuy.ca.

It may not be COVID but the air in your home could make you sick

A professional can test for radon levels and other air pollutants in your home, or you can do it yourself with a detection system

You may think you’re doing your duty to help flatten the COVID-19 infection curve but staying home may expose your family to different types of health risks.

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Podcasting 101: Hosting & Interview Techniques – Replay

When I first started podcasting 15 years ago, the most frequently asked question was, ‘What’s a Podcast?” Five years ago, It was, “Why are you doing podcasts? It’s going the way of the radio, video is where it’s at. Today I’m often asked, “What are the benefits of podcasting?” And “How can I get involved? How do I get started?”

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Virtual Interview Mistakes to Avoid He Learned Interviewing Zoom’s Head Recruiter – John Bowe

I recently had an opportunity to interview John Bowe whom I recently met through the 2020 Toastmasters International Virtual Convention. A few weeks ago, my co-host Ryan Levesque and I interviewed John for the Toastmasters Podcast. Subsequently I came across and article he had written for CNBC that resonated with me, so I thought, why not chat with John again about this relevant topic for my ToastCaster Podcast.

You can find both the narrative and the podcast below:

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Introducing Hooke Lav: 1st mobile, wireless, wearable Bluetooth microphone – Kickstarter

Sept 22, 2020, NY, New York, USA – Hooke Audio is proud to announce the Hooke Lav, the first truly mobile, wireless, wearable, dual-channel, Bluetooth microphone is now available via KickStarterFINAL CALL OCT 22

The Hooke Lav was designed for professional grade audio with 24 bit/48kHz mono and dual channel D/A recording and 8 GB of onboard storage for continuous, drop-out proof recording situations. With it’s convenient, low-profile clip-on design, the Hooke Lavalier mic can be worn and used seamlessly in Live Streaming situations; such as Music Performances, Interviews, News and Sports Broadcasting, Virtual School Teaching and E-Learning, Fitness Instruction, Gaming and more, and is compatible on all popular social media and streaming platforms like YouTube, Zoom, Skype, Twitch, Facebook and Instagram. The Hooke Lav is compatible with all smartphones, tablets and professional camera equipment;  iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Android, Go Pro, DSLR and more. The Hooke Lav from Hooke Audio is now available for pre-order for a limited time on KickStarter at a discounted price.

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Catalyst hard to find case for Google Pixel 4A smartphone

Not everyone has an iPhone or a Samsung, so when it’s time to find the right case to protect your valuable smartphone, it can sometimes be a challenge. This is particularly true if you’re the proud owner of a new Google Pixel 4A whose shape and size are different from any other phone.

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GadgetGreg on The Disposable Web

Technology has come a long way in the last decade or two but the changes are happening so rapidly that we’re challenged to keep up.

I recently had an opportunity to sit down and have a casual “Jam” Zoom chat with Robert Lavigne as a guest on his, “The Disposable Web” show.

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Ergonomic Wobble Chair alternative to sitting ball or office chair

Any product that has the word wobble in it may make it seem unsteady or unsteady – but in the case of the Ergonomic Wobble Chair by Anthrodesk, you’ll discover that these are actually good things.

The chair, also called an “Active siting stool,”  is an incredibly clever way to keep our bodies moving and stop them from stiffening up as we find ourselves spending more time in front of computer especially during the covid lockdown. It’s great for use at a desk, standing desk but also around a kitchen island.

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Cubii Jr. – Easy quiet workout anywhere anytime while you sit

Regardless of your age, abilities or lifestyle, you can benefit from a low-cardio seated elliptical workout

It’s always a smart health-conscious choice to inject a little more physical activity into our lives, regardless as to where we may be on our fitness journey, but we sometimes lack the time or energy or have limited ability to get out for that much needed workout. The good news is the solution, Cubii Jr., can be sitting literally right under your feet.

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