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The Next Top 5 Tech Gifts of the Week!

This week we continue the top 5 holiday tech gifts, from the previous 2 weeks. This week though is different. This week is Smartwatch week, for those in search for a good Smartwatch, and have some money to spend!⌚️✌🏾️
 Number 1: The Apple Watch. For the iPhone users out there, this is one of the many smartwatches out there for you. Apple has built a well constructed Smartwatch with good battery life and has already more than 1,300 apps available for it. It has an addictive activity tracking system, let’s you carry out phone conversations from the watch, provides more text and the ability to interact with messaging than what is provided on Android Wear, supports easy watch face customization, and has a vast accessory market. Includes NFC for mobile payments like Apple Pay. You can choose from 3 different Apple Watches and price ranges; the Apple Watch Sport (ionized aluminum) starting at $350 for the 38mm, or $300 for the 42mm, the Apple Watch (stainless steel) starting at $550 for 38mm, or $600 for the 42mm, and the Apple Watch Edition (the 18K gold one) starting at……. $10,000 for the 38mm, or $12,000 for the 42mm. Sooo……. If you have money……yeah.

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Number 2: This is a Smartwatch I highly recommend, the Samsung Gear S2! It’s Samsung’s latest smartwatch. This is for the Android users out there as now you can use the watch without just having a Samsung smartphone, though as long as you have Android 4.4.2 and at least 1.5GB of RAM you’re good, and it’s not available for iOS (though it might be later on). This time it’s round instead of square. You can look online and or YouTube for reviews and unboxings. Feature packed as well as water and dust proof. Now what’s special about this smartwatch that’s different than others, is that it has a rotating bezel also runs Samsung’s own operating system, Tizen instead of Android Wear. The rotating bezel is to compete against Apple’s Digital Crown. The bezel can be rotated throughout the UI and apps, and it has an extremely satisfying click to it. The circular watch comes in three models, the regular Gear S2, the Gear S2 Classic, and the 4G Gear S2. Also comes in two colors for the Gear S2 (not the classic); Dark Grey, and Silver. The Classic Gear S2 (left of the 3 in the image above) is a more classic looking version of the watch, while the 4G version looks exactly the same as the regular Gear S2 just that it has 4G connectivity, and GPS so you don’t precisely have to be connected to your phone to use it. The watch has Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity for them, as well as NFC to make mobile payments with Samsung Pay. Also has many sensors including heart rate monitor for health. The price starts at $250 right now for the regular Gear S2, $299 right now for the Gear S2 Classic, and around $350 for the 4G-connected Gear S2 depending on your carrier, (T-Mobile 4G Gear S2 priced at $350 paying $5 a month for the service). So definitely a must buy!


Number 3: The Moto 360 2nd Gen. This smartwatch is one of the most sleek looking and most customizable smartwatch as you can customize however you want it to look with MotoMaker. It runs Android Wear, which is compatible with Android phones….obviously. It as well is compatible with iOS with limited capabilities. Android Wear brings lots of features like Google Now, and lots of Google stuff, as well as a built in GPS. Watch is also water and dust proof, as well as a heart rate monitor for health. This watch is perfect for the more classier person, or for the ones that think it looks nice, which in fact really does. Has many watch faces to choose from coming with the watch and Android Wear. Also has around 4,000+ apps on the Google Play Store. The price starts at $299 for the base model without any customization. The rest of the pricing depends on the way you customize it on Moto maker, which I believe comes out to around $450-$500 at its highest. I also would highly recommend it!


Number 4: The Huawei Watch (pronounced wah- way, not Hawaii lol). The Huawei Watch looks more like a traditional watch than a smartwatch, and that’s a good thing. It’s looks really beautiful, sleek and classy. It also has a round screen like most Android Wear watches. It’s also water and dust proof, as well as a heart rate monitor for health, etc. It can be paired with both Android and iOS. And has lots of different customization options both hardware and software wise. Since its Android Wear it supports a vast majority of apps from the Google Play Store. Prices as shown in the image above start at $350 and end around $800. Definitely a must buy!


Number 5: The Samsung Gear S. This is for my Samsung people, we out here! Even though the Gear S was introduced and released last year, and it’s not the best smartwatch, it’s still a good smartwatch to buy. It’s one of the biggest smartwatches you can buy. It has a 2″ curved screen, plus the big bezels add on its stature. It’s the worlds first 4G connected smartwatch. You can literally put a SIM card in it and have two separate phone numbers which is cool. It’s almost a standalone watch, as you still need to pair it to your phone. Has a heart rate monitor as well as other sensors for health related activities. It dosent run Android Wear, but runs Samsung’s Tizen operating system. It may not be the best with operating system since its older than the Samsung Gear S2, but it gets the job done (honestly feel like it looks better than Android Wear). The 2″ curved screen is immersive and dope. It has a home button, which makes it look like a smartphone on your wrist, …..basically what it is lol. If you have a Samsung phone starting from the Galaxy S4 goin up to the latest Galaxy, then you should be good in terms of compatibility. The price depends on your carrier since it has 4G connectivity, but I would say around the $300-$360 price range. Though you could probably find it even cheaper on Amazon and probably even cheaper on eBay. So definitely recommend to anyone with a Galaxy S4 and up!

Thanks for reading. If you have any comments leave them below.

Top 5 Holiday Tech Gifts of the Week!

So last week I did an article about top 5 holiday tech gifts of the week. So this is week 2. Enjoy.


Number One: The Blue Snowball Mic is a great budget microphone for the holidays. If you or someone you know makes videos on YouTube or something, probably makes high quality videos, but has a terrible mic, maybe you know a someone tryna record a fire mixtape, this is a great gift. Just retailing for $45.00 on Amazon it’s perfect if you don’t want to waste a lot of money. This microphone has a Custom condenser capsule that offers crystal clear audio for Skype, Messages and FaceTime. Also Record vocals, create podcasts, and add narration to your home movies, as well as add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube. Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC – no drivers to install.


Number Two: TaoTronics LED Lightstrips, which are flexible and high quality LED lighting sources. The strip light can reach places that are not possible with traditional lighting and create exquisite ambiance and mood. Also available in waterproof, as well as a 300 or 150 LED option. Also the lights have 3M adhesive tape on the backs, so you can stick on almost everywhere. Only for $30.00 on Amazon, and $25.00 for the 150 LED, perfect gift for anyone, who wants to pimp up their desk, phone, locker, etc.

Number 3: The Fitbit Charge HR is perfect for anyone that likes to workout a lot, and tries to stay healthy, for all the sporty people out there. This is more on the expensive side retailing at $150.00 for the large one on Amazon. You can track workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, steps, and monitor your sleep. It also allows you to see call notifications, daily stats, and time of the day. It’s compatible with both Android and IOS so you can save all your data.


Number 4: The Anker Astro E6. The Anker Astro E6 is a high capacity 20,800 mAh smart battery power bank. Was $100.00 but a deal is going on that now it’s it’s $40.00 on Amazon, which is crazy. If I were to get this, I would get it know, as long as the deal lasts. It’s from Anker, Amazon’s #1  charging brand. It has 3 ports, which deliver charges at 4A (Amps), meaning it will charge your device a lot quicker than usual. Also has power IQ technology from Anker, meaning that it’ll recognize the device you plugged in and give the fastest and safest charge.


Number 5: ChipoloIf you’re the kind of person who searches for your lost or misplaced things every day, the Chipolo is perfect for you. And is a perfect gift for the holidays. It rings when you’re searching it, it shows you the last know location on a map. Shake the Chipolo and ring your phone, even it it’s set on silent. Attach, stick or drop the Chipolo inside everyday items and find them in seconds. Plus many more cool features. This is bascially a Bluetooth and wifi tag to find your stuff if you lose it. Comes in 9 different colors to choose from. Prices vary depending on how many you want, but prices start at $30.00 for 1 Chipolo to $200.00 for all 9 Chipolos, with the most popular being 3 Chipolos for $75.00.

Have any suggestions, leave comments below.

 

 

Top 5 Holiday Tech Gifts Of The Week

We are now in December, the month of Christmas, and a lot of people are still looking for deals, gifts, etc.. So this week, I gathered up 5 really cool tech gifts just in time for the holidays. Links to the items will be provided at the end. Enjoy!!!

First up is the Spigen Wireless Charger. If you have a phone that’s capable of Qi enabled wireless charging, this is the charger for you. With just the price of $27.00 on Amazon, it’s a perfect gift for anyone. It features a stand design for comfort viewing, and ease. Compatible with Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge, and Qi wireless charging enabled devices.

Number 2: The Sony SRSBTV5 Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. Only $35.00 on Amazon. It has amazing quality, one-touch Bluetooth pairing with NFC, speakerphone functionality, 360-degree circle sound technology, and up to 5 hours of continuous battery life. It’s a great speaker for a low price.

Number 3: The Pac Man Ghost Light. Retails for only $28.00 on Amazon. This is a pretty cool gift idea, as it is great for parties, a night lamp, or just a good add-on to your office desk. You can choose from two modes: Standard mode, or Party mode. Standard mode will phase through 16 different colors on repeat. Party mode will allow the light to change color in time to music, so it goes great with the music.


Number 4: The Solove Titan 20000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank. Yes you heard it a 20,000mAh power bank. This thing is a beast. For those who don’t understand what that mAh is, here’s an example; you can charge up your iPhone 6s at least 7 times, iPhone 6s Plus 5 times, the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge 7 times, and a Galaxy Note 5/S6 Edge+ around 5 times. (Can also depend if you use your phone while charging or if you have fast charging capability). Has a little display showing how much percentage of the power bank’s battery is left. This is a great gift for those who are always running out of battery. This is priced slightly higher than the items on this list at $45.00 on Amazon right now.

Number 5: The Anker 9ft / 2.7m Premium Extra Long Lightning to USB Cable. For the iPhone users out there we all know the number 1 struggle you have: the charging cable. The stock charging cable is cheap and short, and will start breaking in a month or two until it stops working (should’ve gotten an android lol). That’s why you get the Anker 9ft long lightning cable. It’s sold by Amazon’s #1 charging brand; Anker (I love Anker). It’s an Apple MFi Certified cable that’s 3X Longer, and 4X More Durable. With an incredible price tag of just $12.00. This is the perfect gift for iPhone users that want a longer, better cable.

With all these tech deals for the holidays I would recommend buying them now for I do not know when the prices can change. Thanks a lot for reading through and tune in next week as I introduce 5 more cool tech gifts for the holidays, you’ll thank me.

Comment below and let me know if you’ve got any ideas!

 

 

What Are You Thankful For?

We are in the month of Thanksgiving. Which means turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, TURKEY, AND MORE TURKEY, maybe chicken if you one of those people. But what most people forgot is what it’s really about. It’s in the name itself; Thanksgiving. This is a time for giving thanks for the things you have and appreciating them. So I went out and asked a few people what they were thankful for.

Being able to go to a school like this, and i guess God’s blessings in general, and my family.

– Jared Allain (Senior)

I’m thankful for family, food, and a country where i can do what i want without being judged.

– Daniel Hammond (Sophmore)

Life, IDK, breathing waking up, my family and friends, Jesus Christ.

– Gilbert Cartagena (Senior)

Love, food

– Luis Guillen (Sophmore)

My Family, job, grace, and things that make me laugh

Mr. Kevin Bisson (Math Teacher)

My friends, that i get to have a good christian education, and that we finally get to have a cheer team.

– Bianna Lopez (Freshman)

God, friends, J’s, barbers, lotion, girls.

– Isaiah Baker (8th Grade)

I’m thankful for all of my students.

– Mr. Jeffery Lambert (Principal)

                          Family, friends, love, cars.

– Nathan Noel (Junior)

Family and friends who love me enough to forgive my mistakes, and know me well enough to make me laugh and lift my mood. I’m also very thankful for a loving and forgiving God.

– Ms. Kate Rowe (History Teacher)

My life, and God and my family.

– Isaiah Henry (Freshman)

Life and everything good that comes in life, also thankful for God.

– Josh Mularczyk (Freshman)

The Second Spring

I was at work one day, when I noticed there were a lot of leaves on the ground, but they were mostly the same. There was one leaf though that stood out to me. Despite the black spots, the cuts and my crusty finger, I noticed the different shades of red and orange, also how good it looked through my camera, I thought it looked nice so I took a picture of it.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower
.- Albert Camus

Photo Cred.: Ashler G Lopez

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