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.

Father’s Day peace-of-mind tech gifts for Dad

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The best gifts for Dad are often those the entire family can enjoy and give Dad some peace of mind. And that’s very important during these unprecedented times.

Here are three selections for Father’s Day that fit the bill:

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Grab n’ Go Family Gifts for Holiday Time Entertainment

You’re on your way home or off to a holiday gathering of family and friends, but need a possible last minute gift to take along.  Here are a few gift ideas you can pick up on the way or order for quick delivery for a relaxing time during the holiday week – suitable for all ages.

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Dress up and Protect Your New iPhone

At this time of year holiday gifts and retailer incentives and discounts are driving the purchase of new smartphones, including the latest iPhone 11. While some people simply grab whatever’s handy when they buy their phone, others prefer to truly accessorize; to dress up, protect or enhance their new pride and joy.  So here are a few ideas from Case-Mate, Smartish, Catalyst and Apple to help you in your quest.

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Last Minute Practical Holiday Gift Ideas from Theragun, Accusonus, Roland, and Samsung

With Christmas just around the corner you may need to make some last minute purchases or gather ideas as to what to do with all those gift cards come Boxing Day. So here are a few very practical selections from Theragun, Accusonus, Roland, and Samsung.

Gift of Pain Relief

Many of us seem to be suffering from many of the stresses of life, so if you’re looking for a gift to help your loved one relieve pain, stress and stiffness of sore muscles there’s a gun for that. 

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Review: Amazon Fire HD 10: Big Screen on a Small Budget

If your computing needs are more casual and perhaps it crossed your mind you could best be served with a tablet rather than a laptop or a computer you may want to feast your eyes on the all-new Amazon Fire HD10.

Read more or listen to podcast below.

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5 Great Gadget Gift Ideas for Father’s Day 2019

It’s that time of the year where you think about finding just the right gift for Dad, and with so many choices it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. So here are a few tech-inspired gift ideas for that special guy.

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Cable Wrangler helps corral your cables in place

It ranks so high on the usefulness scale and is so simplistic, it’s a wonder it wasn’t invented sooner

Silk’s Cable Wrangler is a nifty gadget designed to magnetically keep cables in place on your desk or night table. It ranks so high on the usefulness scale and is so simplistic, it’s a wonder it wasn’t invented sooner.

It looks somewhat like a pincushion with a solid rubberized base covered with a funky fabric. Under the fabric is a magnet that attracts the connector of your cable so it doesn’t move around. [Read more…]

Air Deck 2.0 – The ultimate travel playing cards

You don’t always need to be attached to electronic devices, especially when you are travelling; Sometimes you just need to sit back chill and play a little cards. But after a while, they get worn, torn and depending on where you are can sometimes be bulky especially when playing in tight places like an airplane. [Read more…]