Home Sweet Home — November 29, 2016 at 2:05 pm

Tech It Up for the Holidays


There’s no gift like the gift of fast and reliable cable and internet service, which is one of the many reasons why I love Verizon FiOS. Tech gifts are some of the hottest things to give and to get over the holidays, so we’ve rounded up some great products that will make life that much better, especially when used with your FiOS or Verizon Wireless service!


Kindle Fire HD 8 – The latest Kindle Fire has new and improved function, including 12 hours of battery life, double the storage and 50% more RAM for faster performance. It comes in four different colors with an 8″ HD display, as well as Alexa cloud-based voice service, so you can just press and ask! With the new Kindle you can enjoy endless amounts of movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps and games. ($89.99)


Tile Slim – We loved the original Tile, which allowed us to keep track of any and everything, so if lost, it’s easily found. The new Tile Slim is as thin as two credit cards, making it ideal to stuff in your wallet. If you misplace it, you can locate it by sound if it’s lost beneath the couch, or you can track it’s location on your phone to its last known location if you leave it at a bar. The battery life lasts a full year and you can reTile once it’s run its course. ($99.99)


Canary Starter-Pack – If you’re looking to keep your home safe, this is the product to get. Easy to set up, the Canary simply connects to Wi-Fi or ethernet, ensuring no messy wires mussing up your home. Equipped with a powerful HD camera with nigh vision, the Canary allows you to monitor everything going on at home, even when you’re away. You can use the Canary app to sound the siren or connect directly to your emergency services for immediate response should anything happen. Not only does it monitor your home, but it also monitors air quality, temperature and humidity to keep track of how your home might affect your health. Plus, it becomes accustomed to your preferences. The starter kit comes with one Canary and one Canary Flex. ($379)


Moto Z Force Droid – For those of you in the market for a new phone, this is one of the coolest ones I’ve heard of in a long time. Exclusively on Verizon, this smartphone has a shatter-proof display (like the Droid 2 Turbo!) and allows you to transform it using interchangeable ‘Moto Mods’ from a movie projector to a boombox to a battery powerhouse. It utilizes super fast speed and connectivity, and has a full day’s worth of battery power. ($30/mo or $720)



Hue Lightstrip Plus – This fun and helpful lighting system is a unique way to enhance your home life. The 6.5 foot long lightstrip allows you to bend and shape it to your desire, making it ideal to attach under cabinets, to molding, in coves or even around furniture. You can also cut it to make it the desired length. Connecting to your smartphone, this light system allows you to customize the brightness, color, mood and ambiance of your home. The app will let you save scenes as you create them, allowing you to make various lighting and color combinations, in which you can choose from relax, energize, concentrate and reading. You can also sync the lights with music or movies. Plus, you can control your lighting even when you’re not home. (Must be used in conjunction the Philips Hue bridge) ($89.99)


*Disclosure: I have received compensation for this post. My opinions are my own.
Twisted Talk: Have you used any of these products before? Which one do you think you’d get the most use out of? Discuss below!



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