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Mothers Day tech gift guide May 2014

Here's a tech guide of great gift ideas for spring and Mother's Day, which is right around the corner! In addition to pampering mom with flowers and chocolate, definitely treat mom to some of the latest and greatest smartphones, electronics and accessories to go along with her new gadgets. Below are some of the best technology products (in alphabetical order) that will be sure to alleviate mom's work load and most importantly, make her realize how lucky she is to have a caring and loving child, who is so thoughtful to gift her the best of the best. Some of these were showcased at CES, Editor's Showcase and Pepcom, who are all renowned for hosting conferences and exhibits where top technology companies showcase their greatest inventions to industry analysts, media and retailers.

Dropcam Pro; Mother's Day Gift Guide 2014
Dropcam Pro; Mother's Day Gift Guide 2014
photo courtesy of Dropcam Pro, used with permission
Dyson DC59 is lightweight, portable, powerful & more effective than a conventional vacuum! Cleaning is going to be so fun & fast, that kids will want to clean for mom so she can to pamper herself on Mother's Day!
Dyson DC59 is lightweight, portable, powerful & more effective than a conventional vacuum! Cleaning is going to be so fun & fast, that kids will want to clean for mom so she can to pamper herself on Mother's Day!
photo courtesy of Dyson, used with permission

ELECTRONICS

Auvio Expanding Speaker is a perfect gift for moms who needs something compact and sturdy with a built in stereo cable. It delivers performance and enables the user to listen to music anywhere, from any device. This universal Portable Expanding Speaker by Auvio has a built-in rechargeable battery and plays up to nine hours on a two hour charge. It's very convenient, as it connects to a USB port to charge and plays music simultaneously.

Mantra by Om Audio, bring users harmony to their ears with unique design, bluetooth capability and amazing stereo sound. Thanks to the Mantra, users no longer have to settle for a single listening experience, because this enables users to enjoy a single speaker or pair to a second one and enjoy impressive stereo sound performance anywhere their hearts desire! It comes with Bluetooth 4.0 technology to pair two Mantra speakers for a true stereo soundstage, without the clumsy effects of cables and wires. It looks high quality and substantial, as it's enveloped in an interesting design, hand-crafted walnut cabinet, in a special pyramid shape and lightweight feel. There's no more worries about music disruption, because this has a battery lfe of more than 13 hours, a USB charging cable and carrying bag. Om Audio's Mantra is indeed perfect for a top quality listening experience whenever and wherever one yearns for an outstanding, smooth stereo sound adventure.

Mobiout by iLUV, which is renowned for great mobile accessories (ie., portable speakers for smartphones, headphones, power supplies), is perfect for moms who love enjoys vacationing, going the beach, pool and picnics. because it doesn't damaged if it gets wet. This portable speaker is splash-proof bluetooth enabled, offers high quality sound with wireless portability, and very easy to set up which is perfect for busy moms who don't have time to figure out technical electronics. It can be used as an external power source to charge most wireless devices, and enables users the ability to control music and calls with top-mounted volume and playback buttons that are sealed to keep water out. It also contains a hands-free speakerphone with a built-in microphone to answer calls and offers nine hours of battery life!

Weye Feye is an external device that connects to a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera), so it's perfect for moms who love photography. This is also wonderful for those who are getting into photography, because it helps to control the camera's settings through a mobile device. Available on both Android and iOS, this generates its own Wi-fi network, enabling a a wireless and remote control of a DSLR via an App on smartphones and tablets (it connects very easily). This makes pictures as close as possible to full quality, enables users to sharpness, shadows, and light, which are very important to photography experts. It's also excellent for sharing content such as uploading photos to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.

HOME USE

Dropcam Pro is great for moms who love the Dropcam, because it's even better! The Dropcam Pro offers 8x zoom, superb low light vision and top quality audio sound quality, so it's easy to stay connected to your home and loved ones, whereever you are! This cloud based Wi-Fi video monitoring service offers free live streaming, two way talk and remote viewing which is a life saver and also eliminates having the need to pay for a security system which can be very expensive. It's quick and easy to set up to obtain streaming high-definition video over your home Wi-Fi. Parents can now watch the home, kids or pets. Every camera comes with Night Vision, HD video, Two-Way Talk and Digital Zoom. Thanks to DropcamPro, users can have a peace of mind and go on with their daily routine, simply by watching from any device (such as Apple Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android device). All that's needed is a Wi-Fi network paired with the free and simple Dropcam App.

Dyson DC59 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is one of Dyson's newest products that launched earlier this year. For those who hasn't had a chance to try this lightweight (less than 5 lbs) cordless vacuum, get it now because it works great to get rid of dirt, dust and animal hair with ease! Thanks to Dyson, there is finally an effective, strong, bulk-free, lightweight, cordless vacuum cleaner that sucks up as much dirt and dust as a conventional vacuum, without the hassle of a cord. It's attractive, slim, sophisticated, not bulky at all so it makes a good looking household product in your home. Dyson DC59 has various motorized nozzles and tools to effective get rid of all kinds of dirt, so it makes spring cleaning simple and fun. This is the first vacuum cleaner that makes many users look forward to cleaning, because it's convenient, fast and so light weight that it gives big vacuum cleaners with cord much competition. What so impressive about the DC59, is its capability of spinning to 110,000 times
a minute, up to 3 times faster than conventional motors. It boasts of triple the power of any other cordless vacuum, being able to remove dust and hair from furniture, clean ipholstery, clean the car, clean up after the pets and even clean behind difficult to reach places. With this lightweight, portable and powerful that's more effective than a conventional vacuum, cleaning is going to be so fun and fast, that kids can easily clean the house for mom so she has more time to pamper herself on Mother's Day!

Eye-Fi Mobi wireless memory card organize the user's digital life. Simply pop the SD card into a digital camera and it will wirelessly upload, organize and back-up photos, which is perfect for family gatherings, such as Mother's Day coming up, and vacations. Mobi will automatically transfer pictures wirelessly from a digital camera to a smartphone, tablet, or computer, so there's no need to procrastinate (and most likely forget) storing, printing or sharing photos. The Mobi card resides in a camera, and offloads files as they come in. That means no more tangled cords to keep straight, and no small memory cards to take in and out of the camera. Practically, Eye-Fi Mobi is the last memory card one will ever have to buy. Also, if a user's computer hard drive should ever crash, photos are safely stored in Eye-Fi’s cloud. If the computer crashes or the camera gets lost in the clutter, the photo library can still be retrieved anytime, and anywhere.

Nutri Ninja is a great gift for all moms who are into fitness and who want to make healthy juices, frozen desserts and smoothies for her family. It's also wonderful for those who work long hard hours, and student, because it packs in a healthy blend of fruits, vegetables along with ice into a nutritious juice in seconds! The Nutri Ninja can also be used to make sauces, dressings, dips, and purees. Spring is here and summer is around the corner, so definitely give the Nutri Ninja a try to consume healthy fiber in order to obtain an ideal weight.

zBoost is highly regarded for its cell phone signal booster kits for the home, office, car and even commercial settings. zBoost helps improve signal strength for better voice and data transmission for both urban and suburban areas. Whether you have a small work space, a small apartment, a large home or low outdoor signal environments, zBoost has the ideal signal booster for every one's specific needs. For example, zBoost Trio Soho is perfect for cell phone signal booster for indoor for both voice and 4G data up to 2,500 sq. ft (ATT or Verizon). This amazing booster rebroadcasts signal that's outdoors, by bringing it indoors, so you can have clearer, faster and more reliable uninterrupted service. Finally, no more dreading to visit parents for the holidays (you may want to stay longer because of their amazing new cell and data service) , because of their weak voice and data signal, thanks to zBoost. To win a zBoost Trio to gift to mom this Mother's Day, enter here by no later than 12:00 AM midnight on May 8, 2014.

SMARTPHONES, LAPTOPS

ASUS T100 is a versatile two-in-one ultra-portable laptop for moms who tend to carry too much in her totebag. With the ASUS T100, mom can alleviate the burden off her shoulders, because she no longer has to carrying a smartphone, tablet, laptop, usb cables, chargers in addition to her cosmetics case! This enables mom to watch movies, play games and surf the internet on its 10.1" vibrant screen (1366 x 768 resolution), and the detachable keyboard is comfortable and convenient, as it enables users to effectively get work done in a flash. It comes with Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system, 32GB internal storage plus microSD slot to store software, apps, music, movies, and photos (microSD card sold separately). The quad-core processor offers fast performance and power efficiency, and enables easy multitasking, delivers smooth response and stunning graphics. The HD camera is a 1.2MP front-facing camera, perfect for photos and videos. With USB 3.0 for powerful connectivity, usersan easily share files, connect accessories and display content on the screen with a full-size USB port. The ASUS T100 sync contacts, music, videos between Windows devices for quick access to work or entertainment!

HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition will be sold exclusively by Sprint beginning May 9, 2014, just time for Mother's Day! It is the ideal new smartphone for a mom who loves music. The new HTC One M8 Harmon Kardon Edition boasts of a high quality metal unibody with a smart sensor hub that anticipates all's needs and uses Motion Launch to make the users' daily tasks easier. It has a duo camera that offers creative, and professional looking pictures, spectacular effects and its outstanding HTC BoomSound makes this the best smartphone in the audio department. The HTC One M8 Harman Kardon edition features premium sound with its front-facing speakers, dedicated custom amps for the speakers and headphones. This new smartphone's special black finish with champagne highlights feels luxe, high quality, substantial and not flimsy like many smartphones that are out in the market today with plastic casings that feel delicate and substandard. This is a gorgeous smartphone that is premium in every way, with its sexy curve, high quality metal body and looks and feels outstanding and top-tier! HTC's new smartphone comes bundled with a custom set of Harman Kardon AE-S headphones with extended bass response, which retails for $149. The HTC One M8 Kardon Edition offers up to 160GB of total data storage with a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB of storage cards on top of the built-in 32GB. It features a full 5 inch HD (1080p) screen, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, Duo Camera™ using the innovative HTC UltraPixel module and depth sensor, a dual flash, 1080p HD video recording, access to “world phone” global connectivity, and Sprint Spark for blazing speeds and crystal-clear HD Voice performance.

Moto X is a wonderful phone for moms who are into fashion, into her own individual style, and feel a sense of pride when seen with a unique smartphone that's designed specifically for her. The Moto X by Motomaker allows you to express yourself by customizing your smartphone (choose colors for the back, front, accent and case colors) with 2,000+ possibilities to choose from, including natural wood finishes! Its display is 4.7" (L 2.57", W .4", H 4.88"), weights 4.6 ounces, and its ergonomic design is one of its best strengths (curved back, slim feel, very easy to hold especially for those with smaller hands). It runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), processor speed is 1.7GHz, and users can choose memory size of 16GB or 32GB, add a name or greeting that appears when turning on device, choose own wallpaper and pre-sync it with user's own Google account.

Nokia Lumia 1520 is a spectacular smartphone with a six inch screen for moms who make time for both entertainment and productivity. There's no need to carry so many devices, because the Lumia 1520 operates as both a phone and a tablet! The six inch screen is a super-sensitive, full HD display that allows for great readability in sunlight, and the 20MP PureView camera is ideal for photos and videos. It allows for reframing and recropping high-resolution photos, adding captions and exploring creative effects and filters with photo editing tools. Nokia Rich Recording and four built-in microphones delivers distortion-free, immersive directional stereo recording, and highly improved sound clarity. For business moms, the Lumia 1520 maximizes productivity, with its built-in Microsoft Office so the user can view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files without losing any original formatting, and save documents to OneDrive and return to them at a convenient time. The built-in Microsoft Office, business applications like Microsoft Exchange, Office 365 and Lync, in addition to enterprise-level security give users a peace of mind. Lumia 1520 also comes with all the exclusive features of Windows Phone 8, such as Live Tiles and People Hub, all optimized for Lumia 1520's awesome since inch screen.

Samsung Galaxy S5 is the ideal smartphone for busy moms who loves the S4, who need an acceptional assistant. The Galaxy S5 and bigger and better than the S4, in that the S5 is larger in size (5.5 x 2.9 x .31 inches; 5oz with a 5.1 inch screen) than the S4 (5.38 x 2.71 x.31 inches; 4.6 oz with a 5 inch screen). The S5 runs on Android 4.4 and a processor of 2.5GHz quad core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, compared to the S4 which runs on 4.2.2 and a 1.9GHz quad-core processor. S5's rear camera and recording is 16 megapixel, whereas, S4's camera is only 13 megapixel. The S5's expandable storage allows up to 128GB and ots removeable battery is 2,800mAh; whereas, the S4 is only up to 64GB and battery is 2,600mAh.

SMARTPHONE AND TABLET ACCESSORIES

Macally, renowned for quality keyboards and pointing devices, offers top quality keyboards, protective cases and covers, as well as bluetooth and wireless products for computers, notebooks, and mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, iPods, and smartphone accessories for Samsung and Nexus. Some of Macally's must-have products are: i) Macally iKey30, a 30 Pin Wired Full Size Keyboard that offers comfortable and fast typing, with its scissor key switches. It features many iOS device specific multimedia and shortcut keys, and is perfect for iPad users, because it offers all the regular Mac keys, volume control, home key, language selector, undo, redo, screen capture, lock onscreen keyboard key, photo key and more. ii) View Cover for Samsung Galaxy S4 is available in white or black. The hardshell polycarbonate back case offers extra protection and durability, while the premium faux-leather gives it a custom fit and luxe look. The soft microfiber interior lining protects against smudges and dirt, while an opening window in the front cover allows for convenient viewing. iii) Protective Wallet Case for S4 is very nice for those who need to store credit cards and business cards, and is very convenient to have when running quick errands, and not having to carry a full size wallet or purse.

Otterbox Preserver Series Active Protection S4 is ideal for moms who need waterproof protection for their smartphones, especially during the summer when water activities are common. The Otterbox Preserver Series Active Protection S4 protects the S4, even when fully submerged up to 6.6 ft. for 30 minutes. It's also drop proof (protects device from drops up to 6.6 ft.) and dust proof. The built-in screen protector guards against scratches to the device touch screen, so this is great for active moms, and for those with small children. It comes in various colors, such as black, white, blue and rose, so there's an Otterbox for everyone!

Radio Shack High Capacity Slim Portable Power Bank is useful for moms this spring and summer, because it keeps mobile devices powered up, even when there's no outlet around. It delivers up to 11 hours of talk time and charges quickly from any USB port. This convenient credit card size power bank comes with an auto-off feature to conserve power when not in use, and it's low self-consuming so it maintains 95% of its charge after a month.

Magnetyze Mobile Battery 1800mAh and Magnetyze Protective Flip Cover with Charging Case by BuQu Tech, who is highly regarded for its high tech power products for smart phones and tablets, will be sure to make mom's smartphone and tablet operate smoothly. The Magnetyze Mobile Battery offers up to eight hours of extra power for the iPhone or S4 (which is shown in this Mother's Day Tech Gift Guide), and attaches directly to any Magnetyze case for cordless magnetic charging. This battery recharges quickly from any Magnetyze charger or other USB power source, and also comes with a USB port to charge additional gadgets. The Protective Flip Cover for the S4 comes in either blue or white and includes hte charging cable. The flip cover consists of plush lined cover flips to protecting the screen, and works with Magnetyze charging base for charging any time and any where. It comes with a Magnetyze magnetic cable which connects directly to the Magnetyze case to charge mobile phone from any USB port or USB power supply.

Ztylus Revolver Lens Attachment and Camera Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 enables the smartphone to take high quality photos like a traditional camera. It comes with a revolver lens that's made up of three different lenses (polarizer lens to remove glare and reflections, fisheye lens for 180 degree view and the third lens is for close-up pictures) to compliment various shooting conditions, and can be detached easily when user wishes to put the S4 away. The Ztylus Revolver Lens Attachment and Camera Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 is perfect for capturing special moments such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation, birthdays, holidays and family vacations. It will take professional photos, and the kickstand is great for watching movies, videos and Skype.