Parallels 2013 Holiday Tech Gift Guide
The Parallels Desktop Social Media team here at Parallels loves checking up on the latest and greatest in technology. Here are 12 of our favorite things to add to your holiday gift list this season!
1: The holiday season wouldn't be quite the same without music! The Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker combines great sounds with a convenient size that will pair with up to 6 devices and play for 7 hours. This portable little speaker includes a charging dock for music on the go, it’s solid built with an aluminum chassis and is a must buy portable gadget for your tech–savvy loved one! ($199) www.bose.com
2: There’s always that one person on your list who has all things Apple. So what to get them when they already have it all? We like this coffee table book, ICONIC, which is the ultimate tribute to Apple innovation and design, with more than 150,000 breathtaking photos covering almost every product from the past 35 years. Your Apple fan will swoon over each page, and over your gift-giving talents, too! ($75) www.iconicbook.com
3: Feeling a little Grinch-y? Now, it’s even easier to prank your colleagues or family members with the Phantom Keystroker. No more waiting for them to leave their computer unlocked to mess with their mouse or keyboard settings – just sneak this into one of their USB ports and try not to giggle. Choose between keyboard garbage typing, caps lock-toggle, annoying mouse movements, or all three. ($9.99) http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ae83/
4: Get twisted up in your headphones? Sick of the uncomfortable feeling of a Bluetooth device in your ear? Check out the latest in mobile phone technology with Hi-Call Gloves. They’ve got built-in Bluetooth -- a speaker in the thumb and a microphone in the pinky! They deliver 20 hours of talk time and are rechargeable via USB, plus they make talking on the phone much more fun! ($69.99) http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f2c9/
5: Lose the wires this holiday season! Featuring a compact design, AirPort Express supports simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. Set up your wireless network quickly and easily using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. Not only does this little guy give you fast wireless access, you can also create a network just for guests (In-laws during the holidays?) and stream music and print from any room in the house, too! ($99) http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC414LL/A/airport-express
6: The women on the team are dying over this purse, and not just because it’s super-cute. The Everpurse contains a special pocket for your smartphone that charges the phone! It comes with a special wireless charging mat for the purse and in many styles and colors. No more frantic last-minute calls or carrying around bulky chargers. A bit pricey, but it just might be worth you not ever having a dead phone. ($189-$329) https://everpurse.com
7: The rage in headphones has been all about Beats by Dre. Here in the Parallels Desktop team, we’re enjoying these sleek Taylor Headphones by Frends that are perfect for the fashionista in your life! These leather wrapped headphones contain memory foam ear cushions with authentic, natural sound from a 40mm driver, fabric chord with a three button mic that has music, volume, and phone controls, and interchangeable headphone caps. With the many styles to choose from, it'll be hard to pick your favorite! ($199) https://www.wearefrends.com
8: Playskool Showcam 2-in-1 digital camera and projector: We sure wish this was around when we were kids. A durable digital camera that holds up to 1,000 images and lets kids deliver a slideshow, too. Just think where those artful talents can take them (and it keeps parents’ phones out of kids’ hands a bit more, too!) ($59.99) Www.techlicious.com/shop/playskool-showcam-2-in-1-digital-camera-projector/
9: Developed by female engineers from the techiest of universities, Roominate, a cool, hands-on toy, lets kids design and build a “dollhouse” with modular building pieces, pulleys and even circuitry. Expose your kids or grandkids early to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and see what happens. Who knows where it will lead! ($49.99) www.techlicious.com/shop/roominate
10: Tech products aren’t just for humans. Tagg – The Pet Tracker, like a few others on the market, not only helps you track your dog if lost but also helps monitor activity level, so you can make sure you’re keeping Fido healthy. (Thank goodness no one’s tracking *our* activity level these days!) ($99.95) http://www.pettracker.com/pet-gps
11: If you’ve ever played a sport, you know how frustrating it can be to not to see your best move or finesse your skills. Frustration be gone! Coach’s Eye is an app that allows you to record and replay it to see yourself in action. You can analyze, add details, split screen to compare plays, edit, share or explore videos, and much more. It’s like having your own coach’s assistant and it’s accessible at the touch of a button! ($4.99 Apple or Google Play store). http://www.coachseye.com
12: Pencil is a digital stylus that works with the Paper app on iPads with retina display, as well as will act as a non-connective stylus with other apps on a touchscreen device. This advanced technology allows you to stay in the flow of design without needing to switch tools. Contains Erase, Blend, and Palm Rejection technology that allows you to get rid of mistakes easily, smooth out harsh lines, and senses the resting palm on the screen while you’re creating so you can be comfortable, just like drawing on paper! ($49.95 http://www.fiftythree.com/pencil
Which one would you most like to see under the tree this year? Let us know!
5 Reasons Why Our Black Friday Bundle Deal Is The Ultimate Deal For Mac Enthusiasts **Update: Save Even More**
***UPDATE: We've discounted the bundle price even more! Starting today (Friday, November 29th) through December 3rd, our Black Friday Bundle Deal is now only $69.99. That's a savings of 84%!
The original blog post published on Wednesday, November 27th is below***
In case you missed it on our homepage, we're currently running a deal (through December 3rd!) that can save you 82% for 8 premier Mac applications and utilities.
That's a savings of over $350!
That being said, if you're somehow thinking, "I'm only saving $350? That's it? Really?" Well, we have 5 reasons why our Black Friday Bundle Deal is the ultimate deal for Mac enthusiasts.
1) Run Windows on your Mac. This bundle includes our newest and most feature-rich release ever of Parallels Desktop for Mac: Parallels Desktop 9. New features for this release include cloud storage support, OS X Mavericks compatibility and the ability to have a real Start menu. Also, in case you missed it, we highlighted Windows vs Mac differences in an earlier blog post. With Parallels Desktop 9, you don't have to choose between using Windows or Mac OS X; you can have it all!
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