Apps & Gadgets: Holiday Shopping Bonus Edition

A big thank you to all who attended our Winter 2015 HSL Info Expo last Thursday! The library team presented on a variety of technology topics, with our usual dose of fun and some holiday good cheer. Our newest segment, Apps & Gadgets, made a return appearance, and this time it was all about holiday shopping.

We always have far more content to share with our guests than time permits, so today we’re bringing you Apps & Gadgets: Holiday Shopping Bonus Edition! Here are the cool apps and gadgets that didn’t make it into our presentation, but that you should definitely check out before the holiday shopping season comes to an end.

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Apps

SnipSnap

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With SnipSnap, you’ll never have to carry around paper coupons again. Simply snap a picture of a printed offer, and SnipSnap magically converts all the text, images and barcodes into a mobile-optimized offer, which you can redeem off your screen. You can also snip from or follow our featured coupon bundles, and search the massive database of coupons to find one on demand. Also, Snipsnap reminds you when you enter a store you have coupons saved for, or when a coupon expiration date is nearing.

Free for iOS and Android devices.

Snipsnap app for iOS and Android

Snipsnap app for iOS and Android

Amazon

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Amazon’s shopping app, recommended to us by Melissa Cowan from UCF COM’s Faculty Collaboration Center (thanks Melissa!), let’s you browse, search, and purchase millions of products from Amazon.com. You can sign in with your Amazon account to access your cart. Compare prices and check inventory by scanning an item barcode or even taking a picture of an item with your phone. If you have an Apple watch, you can even voice search for products!

Free for iOS and Android devices.

Amazon's app for iOS and Android

Amazon’s app for iOS and Android

Find My Car

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If you’re planning on hitting the mall this holiday season, there is a good chance you might forget where you parked. It happens to the best of us. With the Find My Car app, you can keep your wits about you in that sea of cars. Save your parking spot location and then find your car using its GPS location. You can even share your parking location with others, and figure out the fastest walking direction to your car!

Find My Car app for iOS and Android

Find My Car app for iOS and Android

Gadgets

TomTom Runner Cardio

This cardio GPS watch designed for runners comes from TomTom, known for their vehicle GPS navigation. The watch has a built-in heart rate monitor, eliminating the need for those pesky and uncomfortable chest straps. The Runner Cardio allows you to run in your optimal heart rate zone and gives you real-time stats during your run.

Retails for $170; from tomtom.com

TomTom Runner Cardio

TomTom Runner Cardio

Amazon Fire Tablet

Amazon’s entry into the tablet market, the Fire, has 7-inch display and a wallet-friendly price at less than $50. For those who can’t afford a pricey iPad or Android device, the Fire is an affordable alternative. It is also perfect for those just looking to stream video, surf the web, or run apps available from Amazon’s app store.

Retails for $49.99 from amazon.com

 

Amazon Fire Tablet

Amazon Fire Tablet

Anker Power Port 4

Anger Power Port 4

Anger Power Port 4

These days most of us have multiple devices that need charging—inevitably all at once! This multi-port charger plugs into the wall and allows you to charge up to 4 USB devices at once. With a price tag of under $30, it makes a useful stocking stuffer, too.

Retails for $26 from ianker.com

Happy shopping and happy holidays from all of us!

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