The Gifts Guru http://thegiftsguru.com Helping You To Choose The Perfect Gifts Sat, 15 Jul 2017 13:50:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Great Gift Ideas Drones For Pilots Of All Ages http://thegiftsguru.com/great-gift-ideas-drones/ http://thegiftsguru.com/great-gift-ideas-drones/#respond Sat, 15 Jul 2017 13:34:27 +0000 http://thegiftsguru.com/?p=631 Want more great gift ideas? Your humble drones make one of the best gift ideas. Whether it’s for a child or an adult there’s a drone for all ages. The best thing about drones are they’re a lot easier to fly than those RC Planes! My brother has one of those RC planes. Actually he...

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Want more great gift ideas? Your humble drones make one of the best gift ideas. Whether it’s for a child or an adult there’s a drone for all ages. The best thing about drones are they’re a lot easier to fly than those RC Planes! My brother has one of those RC planes. Actually he has two a cheap one and a more expensive one. He hasn’t flown the expensive one yet because he hasn’t landed the cheap one without crashing it yet.

One of the reasons drones are great gift ideas is because there’s a price range to suit almost every body. Lets have a look at some of the many drones out there, from the cheapest to the more expensive.

Drones, Great Gift Ideas For All Ages

Great Gift ideas cheap dronesThe Eachine is not only one of the cheapest drones I’ve been able to find, it’s also one of the most popular! It’s received almost a perfect rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 2,000 reviews. This one is mainly for the kids but I’m sure some of those kids will have to wait until the adults are ready to hand it over.

Obviously comes with a remote control but other accessories include some spare parts, USB cable to charge and everything you need to get it off the ground.

 

Best drone gift ideasOur next drone, at under $50, is the Syma. Over 600 customers have left reviews for this remarkable quadcopter and once again it’s achieved a 4.8 rating.

Once again, even thought it’s aimed at kids I’m sure there are a lot of adults that would love the Syma. What’s really great about the Syma is that it’s one of the few drones (make sure you select Syma X5C for camera) that can come with a 2MP camera for under $50.

 

provessional drone great gift ideasOK, lets have a look at one just over the $100 mark. The MJX X101 quadcopter will only set you back just under $110 while it’s on special. This is for the camera version. It’s a lot cheaper without the camera. Even with a 4.5 rating I’m sure it’s a really good buy.  Here is one of the reviews.

“Excellent build quality and value for the money. The battery delivered almost 15 minutes of flight (without camera attached). Easy to control and navigate. The item was dispatched very quickly, also the seller has excellent response rate – he sent out the missing camera holder from the package the same day.”

Professonal drone great gift ideasFinally, we have a more professional drone, the Xiaomi Mi Drone, which is currently on special for under $430! Although only 15 people have left reviews for this drone it has a 5 star, perfect, rating. It has heaps of features including track and return, GPS assisted hover and will even return home when it detects low battery life.

Other features include longer flight times and even has route planning where the drone will fly according to the planning route you set for it.

As you can see there are heaps of drones that make great gift ideas. You can see heaps more great drones by clicking here. You can also find a whole heap of cool drones on Amazon.

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Megir Quartz Watch Great Gift Idea http://thegiftsguru.com/megir-quartz-watch-great-gift-idea/ http://thegiftsguru.com/megir-quartz-watch-great-gift-idea/#respond Sun, 02 Jul 2017 10:56:05 +0000 http://thegiftsguru.com/?p=625 Sometimes when buying a gift the one thing holding you back is the price. You want your gift to look impressive. You want it to have that ‘wow’ factor but you just don’t have the cash. That’s why the Megir quartz watch makes such a great gift idea. The Impressive Megir quartz watch The Megir...

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Megir quartz watchSometimes when buying a gift the one thing holding you back is the price. You want your gift to look impressive. You want it to have that ‘wow’ factor but you just don’t have the cash. That’s why the Megir quartz watch makes such a great gift idea.

The Impressive Megir quartz watch

The Megir quartz watch certainly looks the part. It’s stylish, and the genuine leather band really sets it off . I know that by just looking at it you’re thinking its out of your price range. But what if I was to tell you, that as of writing this post, it’s on special for a crazy price of under $30! I know, crazy right.

They haven’t skimped on putting the Megir quartz watch together either. It has a stainless steel casing and real quartz movement. The glass is made of Hardlex which is extremely scratch resistant.

It’s even water resistant to up to 30 meters as long as you don’t press any of the buttons whilst under water. If you’re looking for the most accurate stop watch then you can’t go past the Megir quartz watch. the three dials you see within the watch face represent minutes, seconds and micro seconds. On the right you have the calendar window.

I’ve checked into the seller’s credentials and he has a 98.9% approval rating which is bloody exceptional. 128 buyers of the Megir quartz watch were so impressed with their purchase that they left a positive review. Well, I think the reviews are all positive as I didn’t go past the first couple of pages. ;) I can tell you that as far as star ratings go this stunning watch received 4.9 out of 5  which just 1 point short of being perfect.

So, if you’re looking to buy that perfect gift then you can go past the incredible Megir watch. Shit, at that price you could get yourself one as well.

Looking for a sports related gift? Check out the Ez e Sports Store.

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Best Cheap Cufflinks http://thegiftsguru.com/best-cheap-cufflinks/ http://thegiftsguru.com/best-cheap-cufflinks/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:32:54 +0000 http://thegiftsguru.com/?p=610 Why the best cheap cufflinks? Well, my daughters wedding is fast approaching and so I bought a new suit. It consisted of a Calibre suit costing about $800, $300 Italian leather shoes, $109 leather belt and some other accessories totaling close to $1700! The David Jones salesman tried to sell me some cuff links but...

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Why the best cheap cufflinks? Well, my Best cheap cufflinksdaughters wedding is fast approaching and so I bought a new suit. It consisted of a Calibre suit costing about $800, $300 Italian leather shoes, $109 leather belt and some other accessories totaling close to $1700! The David Jones salesman tried to sell me some cuff links but I declined as they were over $400!

Thing is I needed cuff links but I wasn’t going to spend a fortune on them. Especially as cuff links aren’t something that I’m going to wear all that often. So what I needed is some cheap cuff links. I sure wasn’t going to spend hundreds of dollars like that image over on the left which is a screen shot from the David Jones site.

So, how did my search for cheap cuff links go. Pretty damn good, that’s how. I’ve even imported a whole lot of them into my Gift Store. Take that image on the left for example.  I have some very similar to that in my Gift Store. You can see them and the prices in the image below.

Best Cheap Cufflinks For The Avid Shopper

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Not bad huh? Now that is what I call some of the best cheap cuff links around. Of course my wife wouldn’t let me wear those at the wedding. I needed something, more shall we say, respectable. I ordered an exquisite  gold rimmed black onyx one for under $6.00!!!. Clicking on the links shows you the exact one I ordered. When it comes in I’ll review it in another post.

Good Cheap Cufflinks To Suit All Personalities

Before researching best cheap cufflinks I had no idea how many different cuff links there were. There are cheap cuff links for all occasions suited to all personalities from the zany to the debonair.

cheap watch cufflinksConversation Starter Cufflink: If you’re like me you may have difficulty in starting a conversation. Wearing something that stands out is a great way to start a conversation. I wrote about this in the Flud watch post. Well, how about a pair of functional watch cufflinks.

 

Message Cufflinks: Want a special way to send a message to a love one? How about a pair of cufflinks to convey that message. With these cufflinks you can select your personalized message. From Marry Me Today one one, Love me Forever on the other to Best Man or Father Of The Groom. Now there is a great gift idea.

Zany CufflinksZany Cuff Links: These zany cufflinks could well be another conversation starter, or just a way to show you’re prepared to stand apart from the crowd!

 

luxury cufflinksLuxurious Cufflinks: Or maybe you just want some luxurious cufflinks but don’t want to pay the earth for them. After all isn’t that what getting the best cheap cufflinks is all about?

Honestly, my gift store has a whole heap of  the best cheap cuff links around! I’ll also be adding more as I come across them so you may want to pop in every now and again. They’re also great gift ideas. Because they’re so cheap they will even make great stocking fillers!

What sort of cufflinks would you like? Do you have any cool cuff links that you would like to share with us?

Want to see the full range of cufflinks? Check this link out.

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Best Unisex Gift Ever http://thegiftsguru.com/best-unisex-gift/ http://thegiftsguru.com/best-unisex-gift/#respond Sat, 21 May 2016 09:31:11 +0000 http://thegiftsguru.com/?p=603 I must say I am pretty excited about this post about the best unisex gift ever! Not only because its the first time I’ve posted about a unisex gift either. The reason I’m excited is because I can write about it first had because I actually bought one for myself via EZ e Sports Store!...

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best unisex gift everI must say I am pretty excited about this post about the best unisex gift ever! Not only because its the first time I’ve posted about a unisex gift either. The reason I’m excited is because I can write about it first had because I actually bought one for myself via EZ e Sports Store! I was so thrilled with it that I had to add it to the many great gift ideas in our Gift Store!

I was going to write a review on this blog about how good this watch is but I don’t think it’s necessary because I’ve already written one called the WTC L38 Smartwatch review.

Having said that I may include a couple of new things that I’ve discovered about this brilliant smartwatch since writing that post and why its the best unisex gift ever.

Best Unisex Gift Is A Smartwatch

Ever since the birth of the Apple Watch almost everyone wanted one but the exorbitant price put it out of reach of most. Buying one for a gift was definitely out of the question. Now that other, cheaper, smartwatches have entered the market, giving a smartwatch as a unisex gift has finally become a reality. But which one to buy. There are many negative reviews written about the cheaper smartwatches. Which is why I took it upon myself to source one.

My new smartwatch was sourced from China and took about five weeks to arrive. You can see me taking it out of the package below. The video also shows some of the special features of the smartwatch.

As far as unisex gifts go this is one that would suit almost anyone. It looks so good it would even pass as a dress watch. Some of the people who have seen me wearing this watch have even mistaken it for an Apple Watch! Could you imagine their eyes light up in anticipation when opening their gift to see a smartwatch?

To date I’ve had no issue with my smartwatch, other than the TV remote not working. The supplier has offered to refund me some of the money. I may take it but I’m pushing them to find out what the issue is. To be quite honest with you the tv remote part of the smartwatch is not really an issue with me.

I promised you a couple of tips that I’ve learned about my smartwatch. In the video you will notice that I do it using the settings menu. You can actually do it by pressing the middle of the watch face gently while in the home screen menu. The other is once you’ve set the alarm you can turn the watch off so you don’t get annoyed by any notifications from your smartphone. The alarm will sound, or vibrate depending on your selection, at the required time asking you if you would like to turn the watch on, Pretty cool huh?

If you have any questions ask away in the comments section If you would like to see the smartwatch in all it’s glory in the Gift Store click HERE.

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Rings For Valentines http://thegiftsguru.com/rings-for-valentines/ http://thegiftsguru.com/rings-for-valentines/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:12:59 +0000 http://thegiftsguru.com/?p=599 This is my third Valentine Gift Ideas post. The first one was aimed at the ladies and the second one at the men. This post is all about giving rings for Valentines. After all, rings are a symbol of love and unity so why not  rings for valentine. Rings For Valentines For Her The ring you...

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This is my third Valentine Gift Ideas post. The first one was aimed at the ladies and the second one at the men. This post is all about giving rings for Valentines. After all, rings are a symbol of love and unity so why not  rings for valentine.

Rings For Valentines For Her

rings for valentineThe ring you see on the left (click to see a larger image and more information) is pretty unique. It’s the uniqueness that makes it a perfect ‘rings for Valentines gift idea.’ It’s a special sterling silver heart shaped birthstone ring! It has all the trimmings that make it the perfect gift for valentine.

You can personalise the ring by making sure it has her birthstone in it. Shows her you’ve given it a lot of thought. You may notice that the ring has room for placing 6 names on it but I see no reason why you can get some romantic sentimental message engraved on it instead. Why not let your imagination run wild?

Rings For Valentines For Him

rings for valentinesI’ve looked at a lot of rings for Valentines for blokes and I love the sterling silver gold plated one on the left. It seems I’m not the only one that likes it either going by some of the customer reviews.

They promise that the simulated diamond hybrid (0.8 Carat) is as bright as the real thing. I’m not sure about the other blokes out there but I don’t find the fact that its a synthetic diamond unappealing at all. What I like about it is that it’s quite a masculine looking ring. Hell, once you’ve given him the ring you could even drop the hint that there is a matching ring for you as well  ;)

Of course another option is to get a matching set of tailor made dragon inlay tungsten carbide rings. I know it says that they’re wedding rings but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t make the perfect Valentines gift. Heck, you can even have them engraved with a romantic message.

Over to you. Do you think these would make perfect Valentines gifts. What are you planning to give for Valentines?

 

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Wukong JW018 Smart Band Bracelet http://thegiftsguru.com/wukong-jw018-smart-band-bracelet/ http://thegiftsguru.com/wukong-jw018-smart-band-bracelet/#respond Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:17:56 +0000 http://thegiftsguru.com/?p=593 I did a post not so long ago on the Fitbit Charge HR and how it would make a great gift. I had a few mates telling me though that not everyone could afford to gift a Fitbit. I understand that times are tough and that being the case I thought it would be a...

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Wukong JW018 Smart Band Bracelet Heart Rate Monitor Activity

I did a post not so long ago on the Fitbit Charge HR and how it would make a great gift. I had a few mates telling me though that not everyone could afford to gift a Fitbit.

I understand that times are tough and that being the case I thought it would be a great idea to come up with some more affordable sports heart rate monitors.

Wukong JW018 Smart Band Bracelet

I was actually surprised at how many sports smart band bracelets that were reasonably priced on the market. I decided to show you the Wukong JW018 smart band bracelet because it had most of the features of my Fitbit Charge HR. These include…

  1. Heart rate monitor to track your heart rate during exercise
  2. No need to carry your smartphone during sports activities as it stores up to 7 days of information.
  3. All information is available on the bracelet including time, steps, heart rate, calories and status.
  4. Sleep mode
  5. Silent vibration reminders including any incoming calls. I love that my Fitbit shows me who is calling on my mobile and it looks like the Wukong JW018 Smart Band Bracelet has the same feature.  Thumbup:

It also shows a whole heap of stats. The only fault I could find is that it only holds a two day charge, my Fitbit lasts at least 4 days. Still, that shouldn’t be too much of a deterrent as it’s easily charged using the supplied USB charger.

The Wukong JW018 Smart Band Bracelet will connect to any Bluetooth 4.0 smartphone which means it would support iPhone and most androids.

I know you’re all wondering how much this baby will set you back. You can get the Wukong JW018 Smart Band Bracelet on eBay for a little over $54 or you can get one on AliExpress for a cool $32.75. I’ve already sold on the Gift Guru’s Gift Store so I can see this being a very popular item!

This link will take you straight to the Wukong JW018 Smart Band Bracelet at my gift store.

Do you happen to own a Wukong JW018 Smart Band Bracelet? If so I’d love it if you can tell us your experience.

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Buying Gifts Online Tips http://thegiftsguru.com/buying-gifts-online-tips/ http://thegiftsguru.com/buying-gifts-online-tips/#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:13:40 +0000 http://thegiftsguru.com/?p=588 Buying gifts online can give the buyer great savings. Sites like Amazon, eBay and even The Gift Store, also offers customers a greater selection of product. Products they may not find in their local shops and department stores. When buying gifts online there are certain factors buyers should be aware of. Buying Gifts Online Tips...

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Buying gifts online can give the buyer great savings. Sites like Amazon, eBay and even The Gift Store, also offers customers a greater selection of product. Products they may not find in their local shops and department stores.

When buying gifts online there are certain factors buyers should be aware of.

Buying Gifts Online Tips

Buying Gifts Online Tips #1

Time is always a factor when buying gifts online. Always make sure you check how long it will take for your gifts to arrive and add on a couple of weeks for good measure. It’s better to have your gift come early rather than not getting it on time.

When buying gifts for Christmas and special occasions I always shop months in advance. I’d rather have the gifts arrive early rather than have the stress of wondering whether or not my gifts will arrive in time.

Buying Gifts Online Tips #2

Before actually buying your gift online you should always check customer reviews. Where possible I only post products that have good reviews to make it easier for you.  Thumbup:

While both eBay and AliExpress, which is where I get all my products for my Gift Store, are reputable online stores they can be prone to unscrupulous sellers who have no qualms about ripping off their customers. Both sires have introduced a customer feedback option to help buyers so they’re not scammed by these wankers.

It is important that you only purchase gifts from sellers with a good customer feedback rating. I never buy stuff from sellers who have a customer rating below 90%. It’s also a good idea to check any feedback on delivery times.

Buying Gifts Online Tips #3

Buying from established sellers is always a good idea. It’s a lot safer to buy from someone who has been around for years rather than someone who’s only just started selling stuff.

As long as you keep those tips in mind before purchasing any gifts online you should be relatively safe. If you have any other tips that will help gift buyers online shopping experience feel free to leave a comment.\

 

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Fitbit Charge HR The Perfect Gift http://thegiftsguru.com/fitbit-charge-hr-the-perfect-gift/ http://thegiftsguru.com/fitbit-charge-hr-the-perfect-gift/#respond Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:37:27 +0000 http://thegiftsguru.com/?p=577 Make every beat count with Charge HR—a high-performance wristband with automatic, continuous heart rate and activity tracking right on your wrist. See heart rate all day and during workouts to get more accurate calorie burn, reach your target workout intensity and maximize training time. Track steps, distance, floors climbed and sleep quality and more, and stay connected with Caller ID and time of day on display. Charge HR also wirelessly syncs to your smartphone and computer so you can monitor your trends and get the motivation you need to push yourself further—every step, every beat, every day.

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Note: While you can find the Fitbit on Amazon it’s always a good idea to check eBay to see if you can find a better deal. If the Fitbit Charge HR is more than you want to pay then I recommend you check out some of the cheaper copies available at my new Gift Store.

it was my birthday on the weekend and I got the best gift ever. I dropped a couple of hints leading up to my birthday and so I was really hoping the hints would take fruit. When I opened my birthday and saw my Fitbit Tracker I was absolutely thrilled. There are quite a few Fitbit Trackers available and I was lucky enough to get the Fitbit Charge HR which I’m reviewing for this post. You can see a collection of all the Fitbits available on this page.

Fitbit Charge HR Review

Fitbit Charge HR review

You can see me wearing my Fitbit Charge HR in the image on the left. Normally you don’t see the digital display unless you give the Fitbit a tap or when you bring your wrist up and twist it. I found that to be pretty cool.

Fitbit Charge HR Features

The Fitbit can track so many activities. I reckon the Fitbit Charge HR’s best feature is that it can track so many aspects of my daily activities. This includes steps, distance, floors climbed, calories burned, total amount of minutes I’ve been active as well as telling the time! If I was to go for a run it would also display run time, pace and distance travelled.

I actually went for a walk/jog/run and my Fitbit app not only recorded distance, time and pace it also used the GPS feature of my iPhone to map out my complete exercise route.

My Fitbit Charge HR also monitors my sleep including stats such as hours slept, times awakened and my sleep quality. It’s even got a silent vibrating alarm so that I don’t have to worry about waking up the missus.  :wishful:

As far as I’m concerned though I reckon the Fitbit Charge HR’s most important feature is that it continually monitors my heart rate. It doesn’t matter if I’m asleep, just sitting in front of the TV or working out, the Fitbit tracker gives me continuous updates of my heart rate.

The Fitbit is the perfect gift for almost anybody who wants to get fit. It helps you to get motivated and to stay motivated. With the Fitbit app you can also compete with friends who also have the Fitbit tracker. I know I love mine and as you can see from other Fitbit Charge HR owners, they love theirs as well

Make every beat count with Fitbit Charge 2-the all-new heart rate and fitness wristband built for all-day, workouts and beyond. PurePulse continuous heart rate makes it easy to maximize workouts, better track calorie burn and get a snapshot of your cardio fitness level, while all-day activity and auto sleep tracking, lets you see how your whole routine adds up. Record your workouts with multi-sport modes to see real-time workout stats on screen, or rely on SmartTrack to automatically record select exercises for you. The large OLED display helps you stay connected with call, text and calendar alerts, stay active with Reminders to Move, and find moments of calm with personalized guided breathing sessions. Plus, you can find a look that fits your style with customizable clock faces and interchangeable bands. With more advanced features in a sleeker package, it's the motivation you need to push yourself further-every step, every beat, every day

 

 

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Amazon Echo A Step Into The Future http://thegiftsguru.com/amazon-echo-a-step-into-the-future/ http://thegiftsguru.com/amazon-echo-a-step-into-the-future/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2015 03:53:49 +0000 http://thegiftsguru.com/?p=566 Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam-forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo begins working as soon as it detects the wake word. You can pick Alexa or Amazon as your wake word. Far-field voice recognition Always be heard Tucked under Echo's light ring is an array of seven microphones. These sensors use beam-forming technology to hear you from any direction. With enhanced noise cancellation, Echo can hear you ask a question even while it's playing music. ...just ask Echo uses on-device keyword spotting to detect the wake word. When Echo detects the wake word, it lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where we leverage the Alexa Voice Service to recognize and respond to your request. Always getting smarter Ever-evolving Alexa—the brain behind Echo—is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically. ...and adding new skills We are always adding new capabilities to Echo. Recently, we've added streaming music from Pandora, audiobooks from Audible, Google Calendar access, live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports, Amazon.com re-ordering, control of connected devices with WeMo and Philips Hue, and more. Advanced audio design 360° immersive sound Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound. ...for all of your music Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like Spotify and iTunes from your phone or tablet. Connected Home Don't lift a finger Use Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or space heater while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger...or even raising your voice. ...to control your home Echo works with devices such as lights and switches from Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue. Starter kits are available for easy setup. Amazon Echo App Echo doesn't stop working when you're away from home. With the free companion app on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, you can easily manage your alarms, music, shopping lists, and more. Key Features Easy setup Connect to your home network with a simple setup, guided by the free companion app on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers. Just ask Echo is always ready, connected, and fast. Just say the wake word, "Alexa," for: NEW—Audible: Play audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Plus, Echo supports Whispersync for Voice to continue right where you left off. NEW—Calendars: Check your upcoming schedule by asking what's on your Google calendar. NEW—Shopping: Restock on previously purchased items by re-ordering Prime-eligible products in your Amazon shopping history. NEW—Connected home: Control compatible WeMo and Philips Hue devices with your voice. NEW—Traffic: Hear commute time and the fastest route to your destination. NEW—Sports: Ask for sports scores and schedules from the NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB, and more. NEW—Pandora: Listen to and discover music from Pandora's library of over 1 million tracks. Music: Listen to your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio. News, weather, and information: Hear up-to-the-minute weather and news from a variety of sources, including local radio stations, NPR, and ESPN from TuneIn. Questions and answers: Get information from Wikipedia, definitions, answers to common questions, and more. Alarms, timers, and lists: Stay on time and organized with voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping lists, and to-do lists. More coming soon: Echo automatically updates through the cloud with new services and features.

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I’ve never heard of the Amazon Echo until today. I’m actually dumbfounded that this is the case because the Amazon Echo seems absolutely astounding. It truly seems to be a technological marvel. This is a letter from the Founder and CEO!

Dear Customers,

Today, we are excited to announce that Amazon Echo is available to everyone.

We launched Echo as an invitation-only program in November to learn how customers would use and enjoy it most. The response has been overwhelming.

Amazon Echo

Echo was born from a simple idea: create a computer, controlled entirely by your voice. This idea required some incredible invention. It had to understand natural language requests, from many voices, from across a room, even when music is playing. It also needed to be informative, entertaining, and useful—while always getting smarter.

With seven microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo achieved this goal by enabling far-field voice recognition. And Alexa, our cloud-based voice service that powers Echo, provides information, music, news, weather, and more—and she is constantly learning new skills.

Since launch, we have added streaming music from Pandora, audiobooks from Audible, calendar access, live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports, Amazon.com re-ordering, control of connected devices such as lights and switches from WeMo and Philips Hue, and more. Many of these features are a result of feedback and suggestions from our customers—thank you.

I am excited by what the team has done in a short period of time with your help—and we’re just getting started. We hope you enjoy  Amazon Echo

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Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO

You have to admit it sounds bloody amazing! It would make the perfect gift for almost any occasion. I’m sure that most people would love the Amazon Echo for a gift. Especially those who are handicapped in some way. Reading some of the reviews a wife got one for her wheel chair bound husband. She loves that its given him back some of independence.

I’m sure it would also be great for the visually impaired as well! Here are just some of the things the Amazon Echo can do.

Just ask

Echo is always ready, connected, and fast. Just say the wake word, “Alexa,” for:

NEW – Audible: Play audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Plus, Echo supports Whispersync for Voice to continue right where you left off.

NEW – Calendars: Check your upcoming schedule by asking what’s on your Google calendar.

NEW – Shopping: Restock on previously purchased items by re-ordering Prime-eligible products in your Amazon shopping history.

NEW – Connected home: Control compatible WeMo and Philips Hue devices with your voice.

NEW – Traffic: Hear commute time and the fastest route to your destination.

NEW – Sports: Ask for sports scores and schedules from the NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB, and more.

NEW – Pandora: Listen to and discover music from Pandora’s library of over 1 million tracks.

Music: Listen to your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.

News, weather, and information: Hear up-to-the-minute weather and news from a variety of sources, including local radio stations, NPR, and ESPN from TuneIn.

Questions and answers: Get information from Wikipedia, definitions, answers to common questions, and more.

Alarms, timers, and lists: Stay on time and organized with voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping lists, and to-do lists.

More coming soon: Echo automatically updates through the cloud with new services and features.

As usual I have incorporated the following information below straight from the Amazon site so you don’t have to leave this post. But believe me when I tell you it looks so much better if you check out the Amazon Echo at Amazon.

Introducing The Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word "Alexa" and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo device you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Amazon Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music—just ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Listen to any song with Amazon Music Unlimited. Amazon Echo also provides hands-free voice control to Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like iTunes from your phone or tablet. Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional audio to fill any room with immersive sound. Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, Echo can hear you ask a question from any direction—even while playing music. When you want to use Echo, simply say the wake word, "Alexa," and Echo lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognize and respond to your request instantly. Always Getting Smarter Alexa—the brain behind Echo—is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically. Just in the last few months we've added local search from Yelp, movie showtimes, Samsung SmartThings support, Google Calendar, Audible audiobooks, text-to-speech for Kindle eBooks, and over 100 new skills from third-party developers. Echo has Skills Skills add even more capabilities like ordering a pizza from Domino's, requesting a ride from Uber, opening your garage with Garageio, and more. Enabling skills lets your Echo do even more—simply discover and enable the skills you want to use in the Alexa App. New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about skills in the Alexa App. Control Your Smart Home Use Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or space heater while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger. Echo works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, thermostats, and more from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, ecobee, Wink, and more. Do More with the Alexa App With the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, you can easily setup and manage your Echo. Use the Alexa App to connect services you already use like Spotify, Pandora, and Google Calendar. Setup your smart home devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, ecobee, and more. See what books are available to read from your Kindle and Audible libraries. View shopping and to-do lists while on the go. Control your timers and set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. The Alexa App is also where you discover and enable third-party skills.

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Apple Watch Accessories http://thegiftsguru.com/apple-watch-accessories/ http://thegiftsguru.com/apple-watch-accessories/#respond Wed, 06 May 2015 14:42:43 +0000 http://thegiftsguru.com/?p=561 Sometimes it’s not the expense of the gift is not as important as the thought behind the gift. Sure we would all love to gift someone a brand new Apple Watch but for a lot of us the expense is way too great. But lets say that the person we’re wanting to buy a gift...

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Sometimes it’s not the expense of the gift is not as important as the thought behind the gift. Sure we would all love to gift someone a brand new Apple Watch but for a lot of us the expense is way too great. But lets say that the person we’re wanting to buy a gift for already has an Apple Watch! If that’s the case, with a little thought the best gift could be one of the many Apple Watch Accessories that are available.

Cool Apple Watch Accessories

apple watch accessories A great Apple Watch accessory is the Spigen® Apple Watch Charging Dock! I reckon this means that the Apple Watch chews up a lot more juice than your normal watch. But then again, the Apple Watch is not a normal watch is it?

The Spigen® Apple Watch stand has several interesting features including;

  • A convenient stand which holds the Apple Watch for a comfortable viewing angle
  • Charger and cable openings compatible with both versions of Apple Watch charger
  • Stable aluminum stand with TPU dock avoids scratching the watch
  • Compatible with Apple Watch (2015)

Because the Apple watch is so new there’s only 3 reviews for the Spigen® Apple Watch stand, and all three of the reviews are positive 5 star reviews. 

Here is one of the Apple Watch reviews.

Fortunate to get a chance to check one of these out early, this is definitely the stand to beat. Unlike some of the other ugly Apple watch stands out there, the Spigen charge dock is everything you would expect to complement an already expensive investment: it has a clean industrial design which complements the watch, it is very stable, its materials look and feels sophisticated, and it serves to charge your nice watch and in a way that it is nicely presented and usable while it is being charged. My only minor thought; it would have been great if the stand was even a tiny bit heavier at the base to cut down on chances of accidentally knocking it over.

Another great accessory is the Spigen® Apple Watch Case! Heck, they have a great looking expensive watch, I’m sure they’re going to want to protect it right. They say this watch case fits like a glove. ;)

These gifts would be great for birthdays as well as Fathers Day and Mothers Day.

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