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Top 5 Tech Gifts for the Holidays 2014

Posted on 15 December 2014

With 10 days until Christmas, that means there are only 9 shopping days left! Having trouble shopping ideas for the tech lover on your list? Here are GadgetCrunch’s top 5 tech gifts for the holidays 2014.

Tech Accessories: This will cross off any small gifts you made need on your list because there are so many tech-cessories to choose from. Cases for laptops, phones and tablets, chargers, or tech gloves are all great ideas.

Smartphones: Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want the latest mobile device to stay in touch with their family and friends?

Headphones: Music lovers or travelers will certainly appreciate a new pair of headphones, and there are so many options. There are wireless BlueTooth headphones, Beats by Dre, or even a comfortable pair of ear buds.

Tablets: Tablets are a luxury that a lot of people would love to have. It’s bigger than a smartphone, but easier to tote around than a laptop. The good thing is there are a lot of options out there in many different price ranges.

TV: TVs will always be one of the best holiday gifts. You can update your HD TV to a smart TV or a 3D TV if you really feel like splurging.

There you have it. The top 5 tech gifts for the holidays 2014. We hope this list has helped cross off some of the last minute items on your shopping list. If you plan on doing your shopping online, make sure you place your order soon so it’ll arrive in time for the holiday. Happy Holidays!

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IPad Mini 3: More of the Same

Posted on 08 December 2014

The iPad Mini 2 was the most beloved tablet of last year along with the iPad Air and the Mini 2 had been upgraded with the Retina Display the iPad fans had been coveting for a year. It is therefore surprising to see Apple leaving the fan favorite tablet almost untouched for its new version, the iPad Mini 3, except for a few changes, and instead focusing mainly on the larger version.

iPad Mini 3 retains the same 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 resolution display that everybody simply loved on the previous version. The design of the tablet remains the same as well as was on the original iPad Mini and last years as well. The design is no doubt beautiful and aesthetically pleasing with rounded edges that make the tablet comfortable to hold.

It shares identical guts to the Mini 2 and one that made it a super fast and efficient tablet. It is powered by the A7 processor that runs at 1.7GHz along with a 1GB of RAM. These specs still manage to put this tablet up against some of the best and provide the tablet plenty of power. In fact, it can still compete with last year’s iPad Air 2 and can easily run the heaviest and graphic intense games without any hiccups.

The battery category is still where most of the fans remain happy, with almost 10 hours of use to get you through the day even with abundant use of the tablet. Browsing the web is a breeze on the iPad Mini 3 and the App Store is increasing in numbers of apps to give you access to millions of apps for your use.

The only significant change to the tablet includes the inclusion of a Touch ID sensor on its Home Button that Apple introduced with the iPhone 5S. This makes it easier to log in to your iPad but it may not be enough to make millions of iPad Mini 2 users’ upgrade. The new version also comes in Gold color option and you can choose the bigger storage options of 64 and 128GB.

iPad Mini 3 comes packed with Apple’s latest mobile software, iOS 8, which promises to make all the supported devices more productive and easier to use than before. However, if you don’t really care for the Gold option and the TouchID, we recommend you stick with your 2013 version.

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