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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Tech Lovers

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so if you haven’t yet found a gift for your loved one, you better get a move on! If your significant other, husband, or wife is a techie, you can’t go wrong with one of these gift ideas. They are the must-have tech gadgets for 2017. So go forth and shop! And of course, have a happy Valentine’s Day!

Wireless Headphones

There are a wide range of wireless headphones to choose from, from a wide range of manufacturers. If you don’t know where to look, you can’t go wrong with Sony or Beats by Dre. Though they aren’t necessarily the cheapest options out there, they are sure to please. Just think of them as this generation’s Boombox – everyone who’s anyone has them! And they happen to sound (and look) great.

Smartphone Photo Printers & Instant Cameras

Instagram and Facebook are convenient, and it’s nice to have “followers,” but anyone with an affinity for vinyl can tell you that there’s no beating the real thing. It’s nice having something tangible that you can touch. And this mindset seems to be catching on, as smartphone photo printers like the HP Sprocket and instant cameras like Fujifilm’s Instax line catch on in popularity. Consider an old school solution for the tech lover in your life.

Portable Bluetooth Speaker

As more and more of us use our smartphones and tablets for music, there is an increasing need for a way to share this music with others. Whether you’re cooking in the kitchen with your loved one, or are having a picnic at your favorite park, music is a thing that should be shared, and as you likely know, your smartphone’s built-in speaker isn’t up to the task. This is where portable Bluetooth speakers, like those offered by JBL, come into the picture. With a Bluetooth speaker, your smartphone can sound like an orchestra – anywhere.

Smart Pencil Stylus

As tablets replace notepads, people are finding that they want more fine-tuned control than is possible with our fingers. So-called “Smart” pencils allow you to manipulate and use a tablet with the same deft precision that you would have with pen and paper. And many of these styli have unique features built-in, allowing for different uses and functionalities. For example, the Apple Pencil is pressure sensitive, which makes it easy to draw lines of different weights simply by pressing down. Pretty cool, right?

Tile Mate

The Tile Mate works in conjunction with a mobile app, and allows you to quickly and easily find lost items. The small Bluetooth tiles can be easily attached to a wide range of common objects, including keys, wallets, purses, bags, and other items you may commonly bring with you when you leave the house. And the Tile works in reverse too; simply press your Tile, and your phone will start ringing, allowing you to hone in on it should you misplace it.

VR Headset

From Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR to HTC’s Vive, VR headsets are finally reaching the potential that has eluded the industry for so long (anyone who was unfortunate enough to own a Nintendo Virtual Boy can attest to that). If your loved one is a gamer, or simply likes the latest and greatest in tech, VR goggles are a must-have. With 5G technology just around the corner, a virtual, connected experience – made possible with VR goggles and high-speed wireless Internet – is set to revolutionize the way that individuals interact with games and each other.

GoPro (and Other Portable Action Cameras)

GoPro has become synonymous for the portable action camera, much in the way that Kleenex is synonymous with face tissues, but the fact is there are a multitude of action cameras available in the marketplace, including the Sony Action Cam and LG LTE Action Cam. The good thing about these cameras is that you don’t need to be an extreme sports athlete to make use of them. Their small size and rugged construction means they are perfect cameras to tote along with you on your vacation. Fire up your editing software, add music, and you’ve just captured a terrific memory for posterity.

Nintendo Switch

Technically, Nintendo’s new Switch console won’t be here in time for Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t hit shelves until March 3, 2017. But that shouldn’t stop you from pre-ordering one, and that is because the Switch is the first all-new console from Nintendo in a very long time – and based on the company’s promotional materials, the console looks to bring some unique features and functionalities to the marketplace. Plus, for tech lovers who grew up in the 80s and 90s, it’s Nintendo. What more need be said?

Kickstarter Project Aims to put a Total Body Gym in your Bag

Working out while traveling or without gym facilities nearby can be a struggle for those looking to exercise without taking up space in their home or going out of their way. Thankfully, in 2017, there’s a Kickstarter for that first world problem.

The DoubleFlex Black, invented by Paul Francis and created by Oyo Fitness, intends to replace flimsy bungee cords and those room-filling total body gyms with a tension-based exercise machine you can take anywhere. Using “Spiraflex” tension technology, the DoubleFlex Black is an exercise tool that uses resistance via steel cables, which allows more fluid movement than rubber bands. In fact, the same technology is used on the International Space Station to keep astronauts fit. 

Trump’s SCOTUS Pick Could Impact the Tech Industry

Last night President Donald Trump announced his long-awaited Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. The pick was announced in an unusual reality TV manner.Trump made his decision during prime-time television via Facebook Live, and brought the two finalist candidates Neil Gorusch and Thomas Hardiman to the White House and made his decision as the cameras rolled.

NASA Unveils New Starliner Spacesuits

Today NASA unveiled its brand new spacesuits made by Boeing for the CST-100 Starliner’s future astronauts. The bright blue suits were announced on NASA’s website this morning in a blog post, along with photos and a video of astronauts wearing the specialized clothing. The suits were engineered with modern features such as touchscreen-sensitive gloves, zippered entry, and boots worthy of cross training. 

The Best Protest Signs from the Women’s March on Washington

The District of Columbia has had an incredible influx of people this weekend, many attending the inauguration of President Donald Trump. However, following Friday’s festivities, it appears even more Americans have come to show their support for women’s rights during the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. In solidarity, with cities across the United States and around the globe (66 countries are participating), women and men are gathering to make their voices heard, with estimates in attendance ranging from 1-2 million this afternoon.

Below you’ll find dozens of photos we took today. We’re posting them in order to highlight many of the best and most controversial signs spotted during the Women’s March on Washington.

Let us know which ones you like best.

Four Alternatives to Apple AirPods

Apple’s new Airpods have some fantastic innovations, including decent wireless audio quality and instant Bluetooth connection with Apple products. However, the new product leaves a few things to be desired, including design (Is that a q-tip in your ear?) and the price: $159.

Thankfully, there are other options available as competitors work to build their own hassle-free and cord-free Bluetooth earbuds to the market. Below you’ll find a list of these alternatives.