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It's 'Back to the Future' for Back to School gadgets in 2014

Check out these new Kensington throwback folios for "Back to School 2014"
Check out these new Kensington throwback folios for "Back to School 2014"
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It's the three words that parents love and kids dread, "back to school." In some part of the country, like the South for instance, we are about two weeks away from the buses hitting the road and everyone eating those school lunches.

The Soundfreaq Pocket Kick is one of my Back to School gadget picks for 2014
Photo Courtesy of Soundfreaq

Each year, I review the hottest new gadgets and tech as kids head back into the classroom, and I'm going to do the same again this year- but with a twist.

The old saying, "everything old is new again" is appropriate here as I'm going to looks at some items that are a new take on some old items.

Are you a bit confused?

Read on:

Kensington Tablet Folios

Kensington has released some new iPad/tablet cases that look like the old Mead products we used to carry to school. The Composition Books and Trapper Keepers are way cool and they also throw in a few other attractive throwback designs. These are universal folios for two different size devices. 9"-10" tablets and coming very soon for 8"-9" tablets. The folios are soft and lightweight, but very durable. Your screen won't get scratched when encased in the folio and the cover has a magnetic flap that keeps the cover closed.

If you like throwback designs and need a cool case for your tablet, you don't have to look any further than Kensington. Great price point too; $25-$30.

RCA HDTV Indoor Antenna

Are you ready to "cut the cord?"

May households have already done it and now college students are also getting in on the act. Cable bills are expensive and college kids don't want to pay those huge monthly bills.

RCA is here to help.

Their new Ultra-Thin HDTV Indoor Antenna allows a television to receive free local news, sports, weather and network TV show broadcasts in both UHF and VHF. You also get them in high def frequencies in up to 1080i.

“With the new RCA Ultra-Thin HDTV Indoor Antenna, you can enjoy all your favorite local HD and digital broadcasts without a cable or satellite subscription,” explains David Geise, president of Voxx Accessories. “You can watch programs from networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, The CW, PBS, ION, Telemundo, Univision and numerous other stations when you have an antenna. In fact, the broadcast HD channels you receive by antenna have the highest quality definition available. Everyone, including pay TV subscribers and streamers, should have this product.”

The RCA Ultra-Thin HDTV Indoor Antenna is designed to receive broadcast signals on both VHF and UHF. It retails for about $50 on Amazon and at Radio Shack.

A very cool website. It's your online marketplace for everything, "back to school."

From elementary school to college, every kid knows how important it is to head back to class looking and feeling good. Whether you’re looking for dorm room or apartment décor, and how about that first day outfit, Redbubble has a range of products for back-to-school.

Redbubble is an online marketplace for artists to sell their original art on many different items. The possibilities are endless; look at the wall art to cell phone cases, throw pillows to apparel. There are more than 11 million unique designs, so you'll find something you will want to have. Soon, Redbubble will be launching duvet covers; great for making that dorm room feel like home.


Keurig Elite Brewing System

Forget the Mr. Coffee coffeemakers and brewing the hot water for some Sanka.

Keurig is the new way to brew delicious coffee, in a quick and easy manner.

It doesn't matter if it's the first cup or the fourth cup - with Keurig, it's always going to be a great cup of coffee. The Keurig Elite Brewing System will make a perfect cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or iced beverage. And it all happens in just under one minute at the touch of a button, with virtually no cleanup. Choose from three cup sizes, the Elite brewer offers a removable drip tray to accommodate travel mugs. It's the perfect coffeemaker. Keurig makes a variety of machines, see which one is best for you. More at

Soundfreaq Pocket Kick

About 30 years ago we started taking our music with us, with the advent of the Sony Walkman. Now we can take our music with us in a new way- a Bluetooth speaker.

The Soundfreaq Pocket Kick is an ultra-portable wireless Bluetooth speaker that has been fine tuned to blast perfect sound. Yes, this is a tiny Bluetooth speaker that sounds good.

At $99, the Pocket Kick comes in three nice colors. They are black, gold and platinum - and they are all available now on and

“Our goal with Pocket Kick was to design the best sounding, most practical speaker that you can keep by your side to enjoy and share more music in your day,” explains Matthew Paprocki, co-founder/creative director of Soundfreaq. “While there are other ultra-portable speakers on the market, we’re confident that Pocket Kick’s sound offers detail, fullness and volume that is second to none, and that music lovers will find Pocket Kick the hands-down best speaker to keep your music always at-hand.”

The Soundfreaq Pock Kick- you have to hear it to believe it.

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