05. 9.2008

A triumph of a toothbrush - Oral-B Smart Technology

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Did you know the average person spends about 47 seconds brushing their teeth, less than half the 2 minutes dentists recommend? Or that you can brush too hard, which can contribute to early gum recession? Scary stuff.

Now, this may not seem like a perfect gift for Mother's Day but if you consider that the "mouth is the gateway to health" and that moms don't spend money on themselves, it makes sense.

The new Oral-B features Smart Technology which enables the brushhead, handle and visual display to work together to give you visual cues that help you brush better. The brushhead and handle, which are embedded with microchips, communicate with the wireless display to signal when you are brushing too hard, when to move to the next quadrant of the mouth, when you have brushed for two minutes, and when it is time to replace the brushhead.

At first, I was discouraged by all the pieces (it comes with a unit to attach to a wall) and the instructions, but it's actually an easy one-step process, and since the display unit is wireless, you can put that anywhere.

Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide is available for $149 at Amazon.

Just throw in some Godiva chocolate and you're golden.

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05. 8.2008

The Photograph To Digital Picture Converter

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I have a box that moves with me to every apartment never getting smaller, it holds all my old print photos and a few albums. I get very romantic over this box, because so much of my past is tucked away inside. But, I find myself increasingly worried about losing even a single item or damaging a precious photograph. I also find myself taking photos of my photos to share with friends (as you can see here).

Hammacher Schlemmer’s Photograph To Digital Picture Converter efficiently converts photographs into digital images faster than a conventional scanner. I'm giving it the mom-safe seal, meaning that if my mom can use it so can anyone!

Photographs are placed into a tray that slides into the converter, you just press the button and the image is recorded. The entire image is captured with a 5MP CMOS sensor (just like in your own camera).

This device currently works soley with PCs, so I’m out of luck, but I like the concept and the functionality, so I’m keeping my eyes open for a similar Mac-friendly device.

Price: $149.95 at Hammacherschlemmer.com

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05. 8.2008

Family locket bracelet for Mother's Day

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This cute little family locket bracelet is bound to delight any mother – for now she can wear her heart on her (sleeve) wrist with pride. Meaning, with the locket bracelet, she can have photos of her dearest family/friends right on her wrist at any time. Sweet.

The bracelet is not only stylish but has utility too. Made from sterling silver, it has four lockets - each of which holds two photos. You can also add some personalization as each locket can be engraved with one initial - for that extra mush.

Available from RedEnvelope for $140. The personalization comes at an extra $10.

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05. 8.2008

Foldaway kitchen scale for mom chefs

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This is the mother of all scales -- the brand-new Tanita KD400 at Competitive Edge which features a stain-resistant steel plate and an add and weigh feature. Best of all, it completely folds up for easy storage. Mine is discreetly standing up with my cookbooks.

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The eye-pleasing compact digital lithium scale is only $60 at fine cooking stores and Competitive Edge. Backed by Tanita's three year warranty, the KD-400 is designed to live up to abuse from the toughest cooks, or, in my case, munchkins who are just learning to measure. (A frog weighs just over 3 ounces, just so you know.)

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05. 7.2008

"Blush" Earbuds for Mother's Day - For fashion-forward moms

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Make Mom blush with these gorgeous earbuds from V-MODA which are available starting today. And it's not enough just to be beautiful, they're also some of my favorite for sound fidelity. (I own the VIBE modaphones in Gunmetal Black, and Red Roxx. I know, I know, I'm so spoiled.)

As with the entire audio line, they're light-weight, fit comfortably in your ear, and are noise-isolating.

VIBE Blush earbuds are now available for $101 (a nod to the landmark Highway 101 that runs past V-MODA’s Hollywood Hills headquarters) at all Apple Stores, as well as online at Shop V-MODA.

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05. 6.2008

No more tech help for Mom - Give her a photography class for Mother's Day

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Are you "tech help" for your Mom and it's driving you bonkers? "Dear, just show me how to re-size this photo so I can send it to Aunt Patti." "Why are my photos always so dark?" "What's this Photoshop everyone's talking about?"

Then give yourself and your Mom a gift of a digital camera class through Panasonic's Digital Photo Academy, a series of nationwide digital photography workshops, which is offering a Mother’s Day special so when a course gift certificate is purchased for a mother, the gift giver can attend the same class with Mom at no additional cost. This two-for-one Mother’s Day special can be purchased by calling 1-877-DP-ACAD-1 or just go to their information page at Digital Photo Academy which details the three course levels available, and view course schedules and locations, hours, and instructors. (Courses are available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C.). And no, you don't have to own a Panasonic camera - any digital camera will do. (Though check out our Mother's Day give-away in this week's Popgadget Drop newsletter, where we're giving away a Panansonic Pink Lumix digital camera for some lucky Mom, or me, if I figure out how to rig the contest.)
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02.14.2008

Special Valentine's Day Zune update: Double-dip with your refund

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If you love your Microsoft sweetie so much that you purchased a surprise special edition Red Valentine’s Day Zune - you know, the one with the engraved heart on the back - you may have received the following love letter from Microsoft:

We wanted to provide you with an update on your order status. Due to some issues in our fulfillment center there remains a chance we will miss getting your Zune to you by February 14th. We are working hard to get your order to you as quickly as possible and we currently plan to ship your Zune within the next 3-4 days. Once your order is in transit, we will send you a shipping confirmation with a link for tracking.

Our goal is to provide a smooth customer experience for ordering, customization, and delivery. We sincerely apologize for not meeting that goal in this specific case. We will be refunding the entire amount of your order, which you should be able to see on your credit/debit card within 7-10 days. We hope you love your Zune and that you will accept our sincere apology.

(credit: arstechnica.com)

So, why not double-dip, take the refund and ssplurge on dinner or maybe even buy an iPod and do a little MS v. Apple sparring?

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02.14.2008

RNC Valentine's Day Cards: You will LOL

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There’s not much that will get me blogging about the Republican National Committee (RNC). However, they’ve had a creative Valentine’s Day streak that’s remarkably hilarious (aw . . . they're pretty hilarious when they're serious too).

There are six designs to choose from; three Obama and three Clinton. Each has a goofy-but-glib statement. Here are my two favorites:

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02.12.2008

Single Malt Whisky Chocolate, a manly gift for Valentine's

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Traditional gift-giving for Valentine's Day is mainly focused on the woman as the receiver of gifts, but apparently, this is not so in Japan, where Suntory (Japan's oldest distiller) and Lotte (confectioner) have blended their efforts to concoct this whisky chocolate (the 12-year old whisky oozes out of the middle like caramel).

Via Trends in Japan (which tells us that in Japan, women give men chocolate on February 14th, and men give women gifts on March 14th).

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02. 8.2008

Pink cases from Incase for Valentine's Day

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To help us out with our shopping dilemma this Valentine's Day, Incase has showcased their line of pink cases on their main page, cases for laptops, iPods, guitars, etc. With prices ranging from $24.95 for the neoprene iPod nano case to $34.95 for the the classy 13" Mac laptop case, you can say "your gadgets matter" without getting all mushy.

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