Mother's Day is almost here, and our guess is that if you're reading this you're still looking for that perfect gift for Mom. We've gathered some of the best tech gifts around to help. Good luck!
Moms love taking pictures -- lots and lots of them -- but two things still get in the way of snapping and sharing that perfect shot: your kid's attention and the time it takes to upload your pictures to your computer or a photo-sharing site like Shutterfly or Picasa.
Samsung has tried to solve those issues with the DV300F. It has built-in Wi-Fi, so that if you take a great picture of the kids and want to share it with Grandma or post it to Facebook right away, you can. As long as you're connected to Wi-Fi, whether it's at a Starbucks, a hotel or your own home, you can share.
If you're the type of parent who makes silly faces and causes no end of embarrassment trying to get your child's attention, you'll enjoy the animation feature that pops up on the front screen of this dual-screen camera. Set it off and your child is guaranteed to look right at the camera when you want. No more staring off in the wrong direction.
This is a 16-megapixel camera with an 18x zoom. It comes in black, red and silver. The self-portrait mode powers up the screen on the front for a perfectly-framed shot of the family, or you with that celeb you just caught passing by.
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Then comes the problem of what to do with those photos when you've taken them. A photo app or web service is a great gift.
iPhoto for iPad. iPhoto is great app and Mom will always appreciate a photo book made out of memories. The iPhoto app for is now available for mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone for $5. Editing photos is easy because it uses finger gestures, which is just what the tablet was designed for. Photo books and calendars start at $19.99
Cards App. If you want to personalize your greeting cards, there are many options. Apple's Cards app, a free download, gives you 21 designs to choose from. Insert your own photos and text, and they'll print it on premium paper and mail it for you. Couldn't be simpler. Cards are $2.99 if sent within the U.S., including postage.
Treat. Alternatively, you can buy Mom an annual subscription to Treat.com, where she can make and send cards for all occasions at a discounted rate. It works much the same way as Apple's Cards: upload pictures, choose text, and they'll send the card for you, though Treat has a much bigger selection than Apple to choose from. The typical cost of a card is $2.99. A yearly subscription costs $11.99, which makes most of the cards available for $1.99 each. A $5.99 plan makes the cards available for $2.49 each.
Sure to solve the nighttime tussle of 'honey, can you turn out the light?' the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is Barnes and Noble's lightweight E Ink e-reader with a built-in light. Not an external one that attaches to the outside, this one is made from patent-pending technology that lights the page just enough for you to see in the dark. It's adjustable so you can turn it up or down, depending on how much light you need. It's incredibly easy on the eyes, and, since the infrared touch screen has built-in anti-glare technology, this is one e-reader that can perform out by the pool as well as in the bedroom.
With over 2.5 million titles to choose from and the ability to lend a book to a fellow Nook user, plus a battery that will last a month, this is a gift a book-loving Mom can use easily.
If Mom likes to use her iPad in the kitchen to follow recipes, you know sometimes it can become a gooey, chocloate-coated mess. The Belkin ChefStand and Stylus keeps Mom's sticky fingers off the screen. Yes, moms can have sticky fingers too. The stand holds the iPad off the counter, angled so she can see it, and the stylus has a magnetic tip that wakes up the tablet and helps one navigate through the recipes. Keep the mess for the mixing bowl!
Attention: This may not be the best gift idea for every mom, so choose wisely. But if the mom in your life is someone who actively enjoys fitness and health, and might want a little motivation or jump-start in tracking goals, this Wi-Fi connected scale could be just the thing.
The FitBit Aria scale not only looks great, with sleek glass and a thin frame, but it adds a high-tech twist to checking your weight. Every time you step on it, not only is it sending your weight to your FitBit account, it's also measuring your Body Mass Index (BMI) as well as your lean/fat percentage. No worries, none of this is made public, unless you want to share it.
FitBit says the default settings on your weight are marked private, though you can share your weight and other fitness info with other friends on the FitBit network.
What's nice about seeing your weight plotted out online this way is you can track your progress with a graph, not just a number every day that goes either up or down. A graph lets you step back and look at the bigger picture and try, with diet and exercise, to meet your fitness goals.