With the number of Internet-connected devices being used in one household these days, online safety is a massive concern, with intimidating practicalities. Do you even attempt to block websites via browser add-ons across each laptop in the house, when it’s just as easy to get online via tablet or phone? And, despite what the kids promise, how can you ensure their time online is less Facebook and more textbook?
Whether it’s a whole house affair or an intimate dining room dinner party, I have one rule of hostessing: In the words of Rhianna, “Please don’t stop the music”. Keep the merriment alive by outfitting whatever type of holiday party you’re planning with one of these chic speakers.
As a digital stylist, I always want to outdo the gifts I gave last year, but let’s face it, great tech doesn’t come cheap. And while I appreciate a doorbuster, to be honest, I’d prefer not to face the world at dawn. So I was overjoyed to hear that on Thanksgiving night, Staples is opening the doors to its Black Friday deals at the totally sane hour of 8PM… for the first time ever. Insert shivers of excitement.
From the Shop
Native Union SMART HUB BRIDGE
Native Union Drop Wireless Charger
TomTom Adventurer GPS Hiking & Trail Running Watch + Heart Rate Monitor
NFC, SMS, PNG… the tech world’s list of acronyms is never ending. One acronym that’s shot up to rockstar popularity in recent years is VoIP, short for Voice over Internet Protocol, a form of communication you’re likely already using and loving.
On the fourth Thursday of November this year falls the calendar phenomenon of Thanksgivukkah— when Thanksgiving Day and the first day of Hanukkah occur on the same day. The double holiday won’t be seen again until the year 79811, and since we’re likely not to be around for that one, this is the year to do the holidays up big. I’m expecting a week of non-stop visitors and Instagrammed dinners, so I’ve got to up my game in the kitchen. Make it through the eight nights of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah festivities with these eight necessities.
Dinner isn’t popping out of a kitchen chute à la the Jetsons quite yet, but with the world of home automation growing, houses across the country are inching their way towards a sci-fi warp drive. Belkin, the same company that keeps your gadgets traveling in style, has a suite of products called WeMo that turns nearly anything you can plug into an outlet into an app-operated smart thing. If you’ve been eyeing the world of home automation warily, thinking “I don’t know where to start,” this might be a good Step One.