Here's a year-end list of our favorite mobile gear, gaming accessories, security devices, money-saving green gadgets, and a few surprises, each for under $100.
MP3 Alarm Clocks
iHome's T158W Line-In Alarm Clock
If someone on your list would rather wake up to their favorite music than to a random tune or an irritatingly cheerful DJ, check out one of the many MP3 clocks on the market. iHome's T158W Line-In Alarm Clock connects to an MP3 or CD player and awakens sleepers with a surprisingly high-quality sound.
A public alert radio can transmit warnings of tornadoes, flash floods, and other civil emergencies.
Oregon Scientifics' WRB603 combines an emergency public alert radio and weather station. It monitors the U.S. Emergency Alert System and receives all NOAA reports and all. Weather aficionados will like that it registers indoor/outdoor temps, and gives 12- to 24- hour local weather forecasts. In an emergency, grab the mobile radio (which may be purchased as a standalone unit for $69.99) and head for safety.
Eton's self-powered FR400 weather radio broadcasts AM, FM, and NOAA weather channels.
Eton FR400 Emergency Crank Radio $60
Eton's self-powered FR400 weather radio broadcasts AM, FM, and NOAA weather channels for severe storm updates. It is water-resistant, has a flashlight and siren, and can charge cell phones. Bonus: Eton contributes 70 cents of the sales price to the American Red Cross.
New Balance VIA Wrist-Watch Pedometer $49.95
You probably know someone who is likely to make a New Year's resolution to get more exercise. Pedometers are excellent gifts to strengthen their resolve. The Model NB Wrist pedometer/sports watch not only counts steps, but distance traveled and calories burned. The watch has a stopwatch timer, alarm, and 1/100 chronograph.
Talking Pedometer With FM Radio $49.99
The Oregon Scientific Model PE829 pedometer includes ear bud headphones for listening to the radio while burning off the calories.
Pedometer With Panic Alarm
Finally, for walkers who want or need a little extra security, there's the Oregon Scientific Pedometer with Panic Alarm. Not only does it measure the distance and time of a workout, but its has a light and an alarm to signal for help.
2014 Next-Gen WAN SurveyWhile 68% say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase, just 15% are in the process of bringing new services or more capacity online now. For 26%, cost is the problem. Enter vendors from Aryaka to Cisco to Pertino, all looking to use cloud to transform how IT delivers wide-area connectivity.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.
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