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Hot Holiday Tech: First Look with Carley Knobloch

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The holiday shopping season is about to get underway and everyone is busy finalizing their gift lists. Tech and consumer electronics are always a must-have, however with so many options, it can be a challenge to find exactly what you want.  You need to make sure you’re in-the-know, so you can choose the perfect presents for everyone on your list.

Tech Expert Carley Knobloch has partnered with some of her favorite technology brands to give consumers an edge before the shopping rush begins.

This popular gaming system and cool trivia game are gifts the whole family can enjoy!

PlayStation 4 Console and Knowledge is Power Video Game

PlayStation 4 Console
Knowledge is Power Video Game

The best-selling game console now starts at $299.99. The new slim PlayStation 4 opens the door to the best gaming and entertainment options available, from the most popular games like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Gran Turismo Sport to TV, movies, virtual reality and more.

Knowledge is Power is a sparkling new PlayStation 4 quiz game that’s packed with trivia, tricks and tactics! As part of the PlayLink range, players will be able to use their mobile devices as their controllers. All they’ll need to do is download the free companion app and sync their mobile devices to the same Wi-Fi network as their PlayStation 4 console. Knowledge is Power combines the appeal of social console gaming with the features and fun technology of your mobile devices. It is available now for $19.99.

  • Priced at $299.99 for the PlayStation 4 slim and $19.99 for Knowledge is Power.
  • Available for purchase at digital and retail stores.
  • For more information, visit www.playstation.com.

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If someone on your list loves smart home devices, you’ll want to check out this awesome, no-hassle security system!

Samsung SmartThings ADT Home Security Kit

Samsung SmartThings ADT Home Security Kit

The Samsung SmartThings ADT Home Security Starter Kit combines the largest ecosystem of smart home devices and professional monitoring to offer the easiest, most flexible smart home and security solution for families today. The customizable, DIY security system is designed for simple installation—set up in minutes without cables, wires or any drilling. Including the ADT Security Hub, this kit connects to your smartphone for effortless monitoring and alerts. Backed by ADT’s monitoring and support centers, this contract-free system provides users professional security and life safety monitoring, achieving 24/7/365 peace of mind.

  • The ADT Home Security Starter Kit starts at $549.99 and ADT Home Safety Expansion Pack starts at $199.99. Monthly monitoring is available starting at $14.99 for life safety and $24.99 security services. You can buy them bundled for $34.99.
  • Available for purchase at www.smartthings.com/ADT and exclusively available at Best Buy in stores and online at www.samsung.com starting next week.
  • For more information, visit www.smartthings.com/ADT.

This stylish and sleek case for your new iPhone would make a great gift!

LifeProof NEXT

LifeProof NEXT

LifeProof is one of the best-known iPhone case brands and everyone knows them for their waterproof cases. Now, you can get a LifeProof case available the day you pick up your new iPhone with LifeProof NEXT for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. NEXT is super thin and lightweight, yet handles drops up to 6.6 feet and seals out dirt and grime with covered ports. It comes in several colors with a clear back to show off your phone. It retails for $79.99 for all sizes/models and is available at lifeproof.com and at your nearest phone service provider.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LifeProofUSA
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lifeproof

Take the stress out of preparing those holiday cards with this convenient service!

Text Us Your Photo by Minted

Text Us Your Photo by Minted.

Minted, a design marketplace of emerging artists from around the globe, that’s known for its holiday cards, introduced a new service that makes finding the perfect holiday card more convenient than ever. Text Us Your Photo invites anyone to text a photo to 415-301-CARD (2273) and answer a few simple questions right from their mobile phone.

A Minted stylist will choose cards that are perfectly suited to the customer’s photo and unique preferences and text back five choices styled with the photo, greeting and family name within 2-3 days. The Minted stylist places all five holiday card designs in the customer’s account, the customer can then select their favorite and check out.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/minted
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Minted

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