The Top 10 Best Technology Gifts Of 2017

The Top 10 Best Technology Gifts Of 2017

The perfect gifts to win over a technology enthusiast's heart.

Technology gifts are innovative, cool, and a look into the future. Every holiday season technology gifts are some of the most popular. Here's a list of the best technology-related gifts of 2017:

1. AirPods

AirPods are Apple's small, wireless, and simple headphones. Perfect for listening to music or talking to people, without having to deal with a headphone cord.

2. GoPro

GoPro is the most portable and active approved camera for any tech enthusiast who loves to capture life's moments.

3. Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo or "Alexa" is a great speaker that also adds an innovative aspect to the device. Any tech enthusiast will love saying "hey Alexa!"

4. Polaroid camera

Know a tech enthusiast who is still connected to the past? Polaroid Cameras are perfect for any tech enthusiast who wants to have a little piece from the past.

5. Fitbit

Know someone who is a fitness enthusiast and a tech enthusiast? The Fitbit is the perfect gift for them! It can connect right to your computer or phone and tracks your activity, weight, sleep, and more.

6. Roku streaming stick

Cable TV is simply going out of style. The Roku Stick is like a portable TV, which has thousands of movies, TV episodes, and channels.

7. Felix Gray glasses

The Felix Gray Glasses literally are made for tech enthusiasts who spend way too much time staring at screens. These glasses filter out the blue light that reflects from tech screens, which then reduces the glare and makes sure that our eyes are less strained.

8. Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch makes it super easy for gamers to play at home or on the go! A very new and unique gaming console idea.

9. Snapchat spectacles

Do you know a tech enthusiast who is obsessed with Snapchat and documenting their life moments? Spectacles by Snapchat literally make it so Snapchatters can document their life moments through their eyes.

10. Apple iPhone X

The ultimate tech enthusiast gift for 2017: iPhone X. The newest generation of the iPhone includes Face ID, total screen display, animojis, and more!

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An Open Letter To My University's Library

I love your simultaneous atmosphere of academics and procrastination.

Dear Henderson Library,

I appreciate you, I really do. You're always there on Finals week when I need constant light that I can't control in order to keep me awake. Your rows of computers and printers are always available when I need to print out a twenty-page journal article before my next class. The people at the front desk are always kind when I check out a book at midnight because I couldn't sleep. You are always there and always friendly.

But, Henderson Library, Hendy if you will, we need more plugs. Many a time I have nearly fought a Freshman over a table or chair next to a plug, and I cannot work in such hostile conditions with her glaring at me from across the room. In a time when I can't watch an episode of Stranger Things without my laptop's battery nearly dying, electrical plugs are a necessity that you cannot ignore.

You might be thinking that as a college student, I should spend my time doing scholarly activities like banging my head into textbooks in frustration, crying over term papers, and searching for jobs if I decided to spontaneously drop out. Right now. But I think we both know that college student is synonymous to Netflix procrastinator, so obviously that's not going to happen.

But for a moment of seriousness, with college students situated securely in the technology age to the degree that nearly every piece of homework I have requires me to use my laptop, easy access to electricity is just as much of a necessity as my laptop. No matter how good my battery is, it will still gasp for relief after two hours of working on a research paper with fifteen tabs on Google Chrome open, as well as my playlist on Spotify, and three different Microsoft Word documents.

I love you Hendy. I love all of your windows, your view of the lake. I love your simultaneous atmosphere of academics and procrastination. But I would honestly spend way more time among your books, desk tops, and tables if I knew that I could reliably keep my most prized possessions alive in these troubled times of my undergraduate degree.


A college student that just wants to know what happens to Eleven

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5 Easy Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

Quick fixes for better browsing

We take online privacy for granted when in fact that's a major mistake. Ever wonder why a second after you've been looking at plane tickets to Costa Rica you see a pop-up window with offers following you on Facebook? That's because you're being tracked.

Advertisers know a whole lot about ourselves and sometimes, hackers do too. Here are 5 simple ways to protect your online privacy.

Get a secure VPN

Ok, what's VPN? VPN stands for "virtual private network" and is a method which adds privacy to your data across public and shared networks.

So let's say you're in college and you're hooked up to the free wifi. That's cool but all the data you send and receive (think emails, downloads) is being tracked and monitored.

If you go for a VPN service like one of the many options on Topvpnchoice, you're adding a layer of security to your online presence so you can happily continue your search of "what guys should I date based on their star sign" and "calculus 101 cheat sheet."

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Use incognito browsing

When we open our browser, we don't think much of who else is looking at our search history. But have you ever noticed that literally a second after you've looked up "Ibiza tickets," you get a pop-up add following you around showing you ticket offers?

Yeah, that's because your search is being tracked. Go for an "incognito window" instead of the regular one and shop in peace.

Don't record all of your passwords

This one is a bit of a pain in the butt but it needs to be said. While it's super convenient to have the Bank of America website remember your password, it can easily backfire if someone were to hack you or get a hold of your laptop.

Instead, do the extra 3-second work of typing in your password manually and know that you're safe from some teen hacker in Arizona buying a $2,000 leather jacket on Amazon through your account.

Have different passwords

Again, might be a hassle but having different passwords is super important. Think about it, if you use the same combination everywhere, once someone finds out what that is, they can screw you over bigtime - posting on your Facebook, messing with your PayPal, liking your ex's photos on Instagram.

Don't take any chances. Create a few strong passwords and memorize them. It will be worth the pain.

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Tape over your laptop camera

This trick I learned from watching this freaky episode of Black Mirror. It's super easy for someone to hack your camera and look/ record you without your knowledge.

That's scary and invasive. You can easily prevent it by taping a piece of paper over the camera. It's not rocket science. You wouldn't want hackers recording you singing Justin Bieber in your underwear, would you?

There you have it - 5 easy and quick ways to be safe on the internet. Happy browsing!

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