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Tech Gifts For the Geek In Your Life

2013 BrothaTech geek

Who has two thumbs and is a tech geek?

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What, you thought I forgot about the tech geeks?

I know, I know…Shopping for a tech geek (like me) can be hard when they either already has all the gadgets and gizmos, or plan on getting the hottest devices before you can even blink.

Mrs. Tech can vouch for the level of difficulty that goes with buying the perfect gift for the somebody like me. So I decided to do some digging and come up with some cool tech devices that just I’m sure I would dig as gifts (I hope a certain somebody is reading this).

More importantly, these are gift ideas that you may not find on any other holiday season gadget gift-list:

  • Slim Wallet by Supr
  • Brookstone Stick-N-Find Bluetooth Location Tracker
  • Viper SmartAlarm System
  • Revolv Home Automation Hub
  • Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector
  • Parrott AR.Drone Quadricopter
  • Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote

There is a good chance these items aren’t in the crosshairs of the tech geek in your life. Check out my “Not Your Average 7 Tech Gifts For Dad” on Babble to find out why I picked these dope gifts.


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Tech Tools For Creating the Best Holiday Cards

Holiday Cards - Tiny Prints

A Babble Joint

Every year around this time, Mrs. Tech stresses out about sending holiday cards. Making an appointment with a photographer/studio, finding matching outfits for us (lame), and making sure everybody smiles (and stays clean) can prove to be a overwhelming for her. That’s not counting the time it takes to create and mail the cards. But every year, she powers through…That’s why I call her “Michelle Huxtable” Or “Claire Obama”.

As a tech geek, I’m always trying to find ways to make her job easier. My low-tech suggestion is “They will be alright if they don’t get a holiday card this year” As you can imagine, that suggestion doesn’t make it to the final cut. My technology suggestion would be to use all these gadgets, apps, and websites that I’m familiar with that will cut down on the amount of effort (and cash) it takes to create those admittedly pretty cute holiday cards she sends out every year.

Check out my “The Best Apps and Website to Make Holiday Cards a Breeze” post on Babble for some pretty slick suggestions this year for her and anybody else looking to find easy ways to shoot and create the perfect holiday card


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Kahnoodle App Gamify’s Spicing Up Couples Love Life Beyond Valentine’s Day

{A PCMag Joint}

It’s that time of year again where couples go out of their way to show their love and affection for each other only to go back to the way things were after the Valentine’s Day or weekend love fest (Don’t front). The Kahnoodle app for iPhone looks to keep couples’ love life more active on a regular basis by giving them points for all the “love tasks” and other lovey-dovey activities they complete.

According to Black Enterprise, creator Zuhairah Scott Washington was inspired to create the app after reading “The 5 Love Languages,” a book that describes the different ways in which people want to give and receive love.

To get started, you have to rank your “love style” by arranging several categories (Affectionate Touch, Quality Time, Gift, Thoughtful Acts, Verbal Praise, Spontaneity, Sexual Intimacy) in the order that’s most important to you. Then you have to guess the number one priority for your mate and how often you’re willing to do this for them.

Next up is inviting your partner so you can see their rankings (and they can see yours) to compare. From there, you’re presented with several different sections where you and your mate can keep the relationship juices flowing (Ewww).

Too bad Mrs. Tech has defected from Apple…Hopefully and Android version will be released soon.

Read more about how Kahnoodle works on PCMag’s AppScout blog

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Advice Needed: Valentine’s Day With The Tech Girls

Ninja of Love
image courtesy of ckschleg on Flickr

I just had a revelation: I have to share Valentine’s Day with not one, but three ladies. Normally, I am “the man” when it comes to planning special events with/for Mrs. Tech, so I want to share experience with my little ladies as well – I just don’t think dinner at Chick-fil-A will cut it. Although, I’m sure they could care less, lol!

I’ll probably find a nice spot to take my little ones to on Thursday night (Mrs. Tech and I are doing some “grown” stuff later this weekend), and give them some candies and a card, but I wanted to do something cooler…

Dads (and ladies too, since I KNOW y’all can’t keep your opinions to yourselves): Any ideas of some cool V-Day places, things & gifts you would suggest a Daddy share with his girls?

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Apps To Make The Most Of Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day Groupon

Get the hook up this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up quick. So the clock is ticking if you still need to set up that special date-night for your signiffy (That’s short for significant other…and yes, I just made that up).

Whether you need some ideas of what to plan, what to give, or you’re looking for ways to NOT break the bank for this special occasion, here are some apps I recommend that will help you with your Valentine’s Day plans.


I’ll admit, Groupon is not one of those “well-kept secrets” apps that will blow your mind when you check it out. Personally, the emails get on my nerves, BUT the service does its users a favor with its Valentine’s Day section that serves up lovey-dovey deals on everything from intimate dinner reservations, chocolates, flowers, sexy drawls, and other cutesy things you.


Running out of date-night spots to visit on Valentine’s Day in your area? BeCouply offers location-based date-spot suggestions based on what other users have done. Find something you want to try, you can quickly the address and phone number to get the night started. By crowdsourcing locations from other app users, you have a better shot of getting the night right the first time.

Open Table

It’s probably a good idea to find a restaurant that will let you make reservations, versus making your date stand in a crowded lobby because you’re on the “waiting-list”. OpenTable can not only help you find and reserve a table for Valentine’s Day, but now that Foodspotting is integrated, you can view pictures of the menu items taken by other patrons before you book.


Procrastination can be a good thing. If you like to wait until the LAST minute to make Valentine’s Day plans, HotelTonight is a good place to find good deals on a swanky room for the night or weekend. Hotels use the service to list available rooms (ranked by price and style) that were canceled late by people who did the right thing and planned in advance.


All the venues on Valentine’s Day weekend will be jam-packed with folks looking to have a good time. So you can count on parking being an issue. Uber can help you avoid paying for valet parking stress out a little less about where you are going to park, in addition to looking like a hot shot hopping out of a black towncar/SUV with your date.

Seamless & GrubHub

Want to avoid all the “drama” with going out for Valentine’s but you still want to recreate the evening at home? Pro Tip: You need to learn how to cook! Until then, Seamless and GrubHub can help you “order-in” and deliver food from your favorite local spots right to your door.

Yeah, yeah, we get it: Valentine’s Day is heavily commercialized and gender-specific (let’s not front ladies). Yeah, yeah, we all agree that one night of being loving and “generous” is not an excuse for not being loving and “generous” the rest of year. I can hear all the “look down my nose” so-and-so’s on my social media networks now: “You should treat EVERYDAY like it’s Valentine’s Day!”

For the rest of us who actually have a clue, Valentine’s Day is a day to go over the top. But that doesn’t mean you have to stress out (or go broke) to show your signiffy how you really feel on this special day.

How do you plan to use technology this Valentine’s Day?

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