May 11, 2014 3:06 pm

Mother’s Day tech gift suggestions

*Steve Makris is a technology expert who does a weekly Tech Talk segment during Edmonton’s Sunday Morning News. 

Good morning folks and a special happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

The HP Pavillion 360 offers four working combos with a unique hinge


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Today we are giving away a nicely packaged HP Windows 8.1 HP Pavilion x360 with Intel processor, featuring a unique 360-degree hinge. It can be used as a notebook for working, rotate into a stand for watching movies or video chatting, convert into a tent for playing games or browsing photos, and transform into a tablet for browsing social networks or reading e-books on the go. We are also throwing in an ENVY 5530 e all-in-one printer which, despite its small size, can automatically print on both sides of paper and features HP’s unique ePrint which essentially provides a unique email for the printer. This lets you or friends, or online subscriptions to “email” your printer which in turn prints received emails and attachments. Today’s Mother’s Day prize is worth more than $700.


Here are some other last-minute tech gift suggestions:

The Dyson Cool desktop fan comes in 10″ or 12″ size, $330-$350 and features 75 per cent quieter operation with a remote sleep control which conveniently attaches to the fan frame magnetically. There’s no blades, but an almost magical constant flow of air.

The Dyson Cool 12 inch fan is whisper quiet and comes with remote sleep timer

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The Kobo Arc 10HD offers the highest resolution screen on the market, perfect for reading small font, Internet browsing, the right apps for social networks with speedy processing, and a better quality front web lens.  You can access over 4 million of the best titles in books, magazines, comics,  New York Times best sellers, and the best selection of kids’ titles.  Available online for $399 or select retail stores.

The Kobo Arc 7H   tablet for eReaders, also with Internet browsing capabilities and downloadable apps like Facebook, Skype, Netflix and more, with extreme portability. Available online or at select retail stores for $199.
For frequent out-of-country travellers, check out the Google Nexus 5, available everywhere including online which comes unlocked right out of the box so you can use any sim card wherever you are to save on roaming costs. It has the same DNA as LG’s newest smartphone with power and Google’s own smarts and user interface design. It’s small, light and affordable starting at $349 for the 16 GB model. Compare with smartphones costing twice as much – it has a great camera with HDR for taming outdoor contrasty pictures and very sharp panoramic effects. It runs on the newest Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS which has all navigation touch buttons onscreen.
For smaller budgets, check out the Logitech Wireless all-in-one Keyboard TK820, $99, which lets you set up to three Bluetooth devices. This means you can switch the keyboard between an Android Tablet, an iPad or a smartphone.
The Microsoft Wedge Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard, $79, is ultra portable with a protective cover which doubles as a tablet stand. The tiny Microsoft Wedge Touch bluetooth mouse is a perfect companion, $79.95 , and is as portable as it gets. It combines left/right clicks and is touch sensitive across its small surface for scrolling.  It’s available at stores and the online. Order one and print out the receipt to still give to mom on time today.

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