Go Back to School Smarter with Clever Tech
for the Whole Family • August 16, 2013
With Katie Linendoll
Technology Expert, Show Host, Emmy Award Winner, and Self-Proclaimed “Nerd”
Everyone’s gearing up for the back to school season so it’s a great time to catch up on the latest tech tools that make life smarter and more fun for the whole family. However, there’s such an abundance of choices these days you may feel like you need a special degree just to figure out what to buy.
Tech Expert and Emmy Award™ winning show host, Katie Linendoll is a leading voice in all things tech. In this tour, Katie helps make consumer choices smarter and easier. She provides a back-to-school list of the most secure, flexible, fastest, user-friendly and fun tech to keep the whole family ahead of the curve.
he new Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt is the strongest lock on the market giving you peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your children. The Touchscreen Deadbolt has the ability to hold up to 30 unique codes so you can set a special code for your kids, and by using a home automation system like Nexia™ Home Intelligence, you can also receive text alerts when your kids enter the house after school or soccer practice, giving you added peace of mind knowing that they’re home safe. Featuring the highest grade residential security and a built-in alarm, the Touchscreen Deadbolt assures that you have the best technology available to protect your children.
A membership to Nexia is just $8.99 a month, and there are no contracts or cancellation fees – a small price to pay for the confidence you’re safeguarding your family.
he 4th generation Intel® CoreTM processor family is opening up a new world of computing possibilities by inspiring 2 in 1 devices like the Sony VAIO Duo 13. The 2 in 1 systems offer the full performance and capability of a traditional laptop along with the touchscreen functionality and mobility of a tablet, while flipping, folding and swiveling into either form factor. With amazing graphics, stunning performance and the flexibility to meet the needs of any lifestyle, these 2 in 1 devices powered by Intel are a hot item for back-to-school this year.
Starts at $1,399.99
his back-to-school season, parents and members of the family can reward themselves with Roku 3, the best way to stream Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, PBS Kids, Redbox Instant by Verizon and more on their TV. Roku 3 redefines effortless, instant streaming for all. With an on-screen experience that includes one-stop search, customers will find it easier and quicker than ever to access more than 800 channels of the best movies, TV shows, sports, music and casual games.
The enhanced remote includes a built-in headphone jack for private listening with the included in-ear headphones, making it possible to watch that late-night movie without disturbing the rest of the house. The remote also includes motion-sensing technology for playing games like Angry Birds Space.
For even more entertainment possibilities, Roku’s free app for iOS® and Android™ devices transforms a phone into the ultimate Roku command center. The Roku flagship comes fully loaded with 800+ entertainment channels, 1080p HD support, dual-band wireless, Ethernet and USB.
tudents can lighten their load this year with Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 7”. Starting at $199, it’s the ultimate companion for back to school with access to over 23 million movies, TV shows, music, magazines, apps, books, games and more. Students can highlight, bookmark and take notes on their Kindle Fire HD 7”, and Amazon’s advanced Whispersync technology synchronizes it all across any Kindle or device with the free Kindle app so students are always prepared. Students can also take advantage of features like:
◦ X-Ray for Textbooks which enables students to explore the most important terms in their textbook, including links to Wikipedia and YouTube.
◦ Notebook, which makes it possible for students to review all their notes, highlights and bookmark passages in one place.
◦ Savings of up to 60% off of textbooks with the purchase of a Kindle textbook, or better yet, up to 80% off when they rent textbooks.
And, for students who want to make a fashion statement, Amazon offers a variety of cool-looking and affordable covers and cases.
esigned to reflect the spark and enthusiasm that reflects their style and personality, the Logitech® Eye Candy Color Collection makes a student’s mouse – and his or her desk – come alive with tasty hues and luscious patterns. This sweet assortment adds a burst of eye-catching colors and patterns to some of Logitech’s most popular mice, including the micro-precise scrolling Logitech® Wireless Mouse M325. New to the collection this year is the Logitech® Zone Touch Mouse T400, a comfortable hybrid mouse that supports Windows® 8 navigation with both a touch zone and traditional mouse buttons.