Technology is all around us and as it continues to make improvements; it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. While some advancements may benefit more than others, there are some we can’t imagine life without, like a smartphone. Here’s a look at some of our favorites gadgets and tools you don’t want to miss out on this year.
Mophie Battery Case
We know the story all too well: you leave your home in the morning for meetings across town, and by the afternoon, your phone is close to dead. The mophie battery case is a durable and ultra-thin case that houses a rechargeable battery with a built-in standby switch, allowing you to choose when you want to use the battery or save power for when you really need it. The cases are so discreet that it’ll be hard to believe that there’s a battery hidden inside. Available for the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, iPhone 5s/5, iPhone 4s/4, Samsung Galaxy and HTC One. Mophie.com
As Apple’s first product designed to be worn, the Apple Watch pairs to your iPhone and makes connecting more personable and accessible. It goes beyond just telling the time by allowing you to see, respond to and feel calls, messages and notifications with a subtle tap on your wrist. Other features include fitness tracking, quick and easy secure pay, integration of all your favorite apps and more. Apple.com/watch
If you’ve ever forgotten a password or reuse the same one over and over again, this app is for you. This app can create strong, unique passwords for every site and will securely store them and existing passwords in one place. 1Password is protected by a master password that only you know, so if your phone is stolen or lost, your data is safe. Apple and Android friendly.
Amazon Fire Stick
Enjoy your favorite streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, music and much more instantly with this portable device. Plug into your TV’s HDMI port, connect to the Internet and press play. Amazon.com
Microsoft Surface 3
The Microsoft Surface 3 is thin, lightweight and so much more than just a tablet. From managing your family’s finances to watching movies, taking notes, and creating on Photoshop, the Surface 3 can manage it all and go anywhere. The optional keyboard allows you to take the Surface 3 from tablet to laptop and back again. This device is essentially a laptop dressed as a tablet. Microsoft.com