Tech toys: E-gift ideas for the holidays

 

 
 
 
 
Sphero BB8 Droid: Perhaps you’ve already scored tickets to opening night of the latest Star Wars movie, Episode VII — The Force Awakens. In which case you’re well on your way to being best parent/grandma/uncle ever. But if you feel the need to totally spoil the jedi in your life, check out Sphero BB8, the app-enabled Droid that will become as loyal as R2D2, listening for instructions, sharing holographic messages and heading out on patrol, whether it’s in the kitchen, the neighbourhood or whatever galaxy you happen to be in. $190.
 
 

Sphero BB8 Droid: Perhaps you’ve already scored tickets to opening night of the latest Star Wars movie, Episode VII — The Force Awakens. In which case you’re well on your way to being best parent/grandma/uncle ever. But if you feel the need to totally spoil the jedi in your life, check out Sphero BB8, the app-enabled Droid that will become as loyal as R2D2, listening for instructions, sharing holographic messages and heading out on patrol, whether it’s in the kitchen, the neighbourhood or whatever galaxy you happen to be in. $190.

Photograph by: Property of BBYC

If you didn’t wrap up all your holiday shopping with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, here are some ideas that will please both young and old on your list. Flip through the photos for information:

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Sphero BB8 Droid: Perhaps you’ve already scored tickets to opening night of the latest Star Wars movie, Episode VII — The Force Awakens. In which case you’re well on your way to being best parent/grandma/uncle ever. But if you feel the need to totally spoil the jedi in your life, check out Sphero BB8, the app-enabled Droid that will become as loyal as R2D2, listening for instructions, sharing holographic messages and heading out on patrol, whether it’s in the kitchen, the neighbourhood or whatever galaxy you happen to be in. $190.
 

Sphero BB8 Droid: Perhaps you’ve already scored tickets to opening night of the latest Star Wars movie, Episode VII — The Force Awakens. In which case you’re well on your way to being best parent/grandma/uncle ever. But if you feel the need to totally spoil the jedi in your life, check out Sphero BB8, the app-enabled Droid that will become as loyal as R2D2, listening for instructions, sharing holographic messages and heading out on patrol, whether it’s in the kitchen, the neighbourhood or whatever galaxy you happen to be in. $190.

Photograph by: Property of BBYC

 
Sphero BB8 Droid: Perhaps you’ve already scored tickets to opening night of the latest Star Wars movie, Episode VII — The Force Awakens. In which case you’re well on your way to being best parent/grandma/uncle ever. But if you feel the need to totally spoil the jedi in your life, check out Sphero BB8, the app-enabled Droid that will become as loyal as R2D2, listening for instructions, sharing holographic messages and heading out on patrol, whether it’s in the kitchen, the neighbourhood or whatever galaxy you happen to be in. $190.
Music to Your Ears: For all you Sonos fans who have been waiting patiently — and not so patiently — to be able to access Apple Music on your Sonos wireless speakers, the wait is finally over. Or at least it will be Dec. 15 when Sonos and Apple open up their public beta, allowing all the music and features of Apple Music, including For You, New, Radio and My Music, to stream through Sonos speakers. Timed to make for a great combo gift, an Apple music subscription, with a Sonos speaker — ranging from the compact Play: 1 at $219 or $379 for a pair, up to the new flagship Play: 5 at $549. sonos.com.
Pixel C Android tablet: The wait is over for Google’s new Pixel C Android tablet. It went on sale this week starting at $649 in Canada, with the keyboard adding another $199 to the price tag. It’s a fairly steep price in the world of tablets but the Pixel C, the first tablet Google has designed for its Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, is a sleek and elegant device that conveys the care and attention that went into its design and production. With the C in the name standing for convertible, Google’s new tablet jumps squarely into the hybrid camp, giving users a brilliant 10.2-inch display with 308 pixels an inch — one upping Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Pro resolution of 264 PPI. The keyboard that goes with the Pixel C is an option but one you’d definitely want to have because the whole purpose of this device is to provide multi-function utility and let you leave your laptop at home. It has full size keys, the same as your notebook computer, although to squeeze it into a slightly smaller format some key functions are onscreen only. The keyboard attaches magnetically, tilts for viewing and gets its charging from the tablet. Google puts the battery life at more than 10 hours and it charges via a USB Type-C port. The rear camera is 8 megapixel, the front-facing one is 2MP. The Pixel C with the keyboard weights in at close to a kilogram, or two pounds, so not exactly a featherweight. It’s elegant, albeit somewhat expensive, but certainly worth a look for the Android aficionado on your Christmas gift list.
Lights, Camera, Action: Every year, photography enthusiast and award-winning teacher Peter Vogel puts together a survey of digital cameras available in Greater Vancouver with their street pricing, features and his recommendations. If you’re shopping for a camera, either for you or the shutterbug on your list, Vogel’s digital camera site at www.vandigicams.ca is a good place to start. Among his recommendations this year: The Panasonic DMC FZ 200, at $500; Nikon’s Coolpix P610 at $370 and for a budget-conscious choice, check out Nikon’s Coolpix L340 at $180. And a good choice for the nature ninja, the rugged Ricoh WG-4 that will work underwater up to two hours, in depths up to 14 metres and is listed at $230 at London Drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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