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Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)

Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)

We hoped that you have been enjoying our gift guides from the past week, let's keep the holiday spirit alive with another guide. But this time, we will stay away from the tech stuff and focus on books! With the holidays knocking at the door, it will be a great moment to enjoy a nice book next to a fireplace? In all seriousness, it's always good to go back to the basics for a change, we spend a crazy amount of time on our smartphones. Let's leave it on the coffee table for a change. I have to admit that I wish I was reading more books this year, it's on my things to do more for 2018. Hope you will enjoy this list! More Links Follow my tweets @aoirostudio Follow my pictures on Instagram Book Recommendations Life's a Pitch: How to Sell Yourself and Your Brilliant Ideas by Mavity Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team by Alina Wheeler Type Matters! by Jim Williams Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills by David Sherwin Logo Design Love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities by David Airey Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don't teach you in design school, but should by Michael Janda à In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook by Jessica Hische Book of Ideas: 1: A Journal of Creative Direction and Graphic Design by Radim Malinic This Brutal World Hardcover by Peter Chadwick Look Inside: Cutaway Illustrations and Visual Storytelling by Juan Velasco Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant Photoviz: Visualizing Information through Photography by Nicholas Felton Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything by Draplin

Francois's 2017 Gift Guide

Francois's 2017 Gift Guide

It's my turn! As you may have noticed this week, the team over Abduzeedo is sharing their picks for the holiday gift guide. It's our interesting spin for 2017 so you get to see a little bit of everything from each one of us. In case you've missed it, you can check out the gift guides from Fabio and Ibby currently live on the blog. For my guide, you will mostly find tech stuff that I've had the opportunity to play with and review for ABDZ, there is some pending reviews that will either be published by the end of this year or in the beginning of 2018. It's quite a busy time of the year but it's never too late to make that one someone happy. One little smile is enough to cheer you up. Here is my list and hopefully this will be useful anyhow. More Links Follow my tweets @aoirostudio Follow my pictures on Instagram Gift Guide 2017 My Best Tech of 2017 My first drone and I think it's the best purchase for beginners! The review is coming soon on the blog and I have been having so much fun with this thing. It's small enough that you can carry it in your backpack anywhere. It takes about 1 minute to setup for a flight. And I mostly use it as a tool for photography and to be able to capture a different perspective and it's definitely a must for me. You can check out a few of my pictures via my Instagram @aoirostudio. DJI Spark (Fly More Combo) Phone For being a Google Pixel user for over a year now, it's definitely on my wishlist getting the Pixel 2. We all have our criteria for the perfect phone and for me, it's all about having the best camera. I heard nothing but amazing things about the Pixel 2 and I do believe Google definitely shine while making the best experience of the software. It's really cool seeing more designers making the switch to the Pixel 2, Android has made tremendous changes over the last few years. It's certainly worth the try. Pixel 2 Headphone We have reviewed the AIAIAI TMA-2 on ABDZ and it's still in my opinion the best headphone I have ever had. With the zero-logo minimal design approach, this headphone is comfy, amazing sound and modular. The AIAIAI TMA-2 is also now available in a wireless version. AIAIAI TMA-2 Modular Headphones Headphone on a Budget If you are on a budget, you should definitely take a look at the Anker SoundBuds Slim Earbuds, with a playtime of 7 hours on a charge of 1.5 hours. This pair of headphones is also IPX4 Water Resistant Sports Headset with Mic. For less than $30 (CAD), it's definitely worth a buy. Anker SoundBuds Slim Bluetooth Earbuds Camera This camera is simply ground-breaking, the review will probably be live by next week. This is by far the best camera I've ever used and probably was my last hah. It's part of the digital medium format, it's a stunning, ergonomic and compact design. Hasselblad says because of its highest DxO score (102), this camera can capture everything. I can totally agree with that, it's quite amazing. The field kit shown here comes with 30mm lens, 45mm lens, 90mm lens inside a rugged pelican carrying case. Hasselblad X1D Field Kit Backpack I love Peak Design and watch out for a little surprise from them next week. Newly released in Black, this backpack is rugged, weatherproof and unmatched. This item can adapt your lifestyle easily whenever it is for photography or your everyday life. I just love how Peak Design makes products oriented around good design. Peak Design Everyday Backpack The Last Phone Case you will ever need Moment is easily one of my favorite brands out there. If you are into mobile photography, this is where you should invest your money on. Their products are durable for your everyday use and let's not talk about their lenses. The newly wide lens is incredibly well-made if you don't what's Moment yet. Check out their site now! Moment Cases + Lenses From our Friends Logitech Craft Nomad Charging Hub (5 Port) Samsung DeX Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch GoPro Hero 6

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Ibby's 2017 Gift Guide

I'm so delighted to share my picks for this holiday gifting season. While we can all be consumed with consumerism at this specific time of year it's important to reflect on what matters most in our lives and let's be honest, none of it is material. BUT, we do deserve a little sparkle here and there so I hope my curation of minimally-minded items helps take out some of the fuss in your hunt for the perfect gift for that special someone. Whether it be the sustainably-minded sister, the tech-minded traveling brother, the scent-loving mother, or the genius-seeking dad, you'll hopefully find something that may suit your nearest and dearest's needs. Full disclosure, this is really just a hint to Fabio of various items I've been eyeing but I hope you all may find something that is perfect for anyone you love. Without further ado, here is my gifting guide for 2017:  Gift Guide ROTHY'S - MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY SHOE My favorite item on this year's list, enter Rothy's - a chic, comfortable and most importantly, thoughtfully designed shoe for your favorite gal. The Rothy's brand was born in San Francisco after three years of painstaking research and boasts a unique proposition in the women's footwear industry staking claim to a feminine flat that is low-waste, low- impact, hand-made and durable. Thanks to Rothy's game-changing design and 3-D Knit Technology they are machine washable and look new, wash after wash. And what makes them even better, the team at Rothy's encourages giving their shoes new life when you finally are ready to replace them by simply sending to one of their recycling facilities. Rothy's start at $125, a small price to pay to contribute to the over 7 million plastic bottles that have been repurposed from waste. Give better gifts that make our planet a better place. Done and done. SIMONE LEBLANC AMBER CANDLE WITH LINEN WRAP I could spend hours on Simone's site just coveting every single gifting situation. As a former stylist, Simone has an impeccable eye for how gifts can connect people, make memories and transform relationships. In a phrase, it's modern giving done right. Just one glance at Simone's beautiful site and you'll trust it's your one-stop shop for sending the ultimate holiday gift for that special someone who appreciates the finer things. I'm choosing to feature her beautifully wrapped Amber candle because I'm a sucker for an amazing woods-y candle, wrapped in linen, and then topped with greenery that could be a potential player at Harry and Meghan's wedding. A perfectly packaged grab-and-go gift for $48.  AWAY - THOUGHTFUL LUGGAGE FOR THE MODERN TRAVELER  Away Luggage is one of those brands I admire but then also kick myself that I didn't think of the uber-clever idea myself! The most thoughtful, convenient piece of luggage you'll own, Away is a suitcase that pulls more than its weight— a home between homes, a closet between closets, an outlet between outlets. Their mantra which I fully preach - "if you’re looking down at your dying phone and broken bag, you can’t see up, out, and ahead to the world in front of you." If you're wanting to go the extra mile to add a personal touch check out their monogramming edition and a New York artist will HANDPAINT initials in their New York studio. #special. Suitcases are available in an array of colorways and range in price from $225-$295.  VITRUVI PORCELAIN DIFFUSER Our favorite aromatherapy oil diffuser on the market, the Vitruvi porcelain diffuser is brought to us by the talented Sara and Sean Panton and is the perfect gift for the wellness guru in your life.  Handcrafted in Taiwan, Vitruvi is a multi-functional gift that serves as a piece of home decor while softly streaming essential-oil-infused steam out into any room. Its a safe, nontoxic way to fragrance your environment but is also great for treating everything from colds to low energy with essential oils. Another design feature we're loving, it’s got longevity and safety off-switches. Give Vitruvi and you're giving one of the most beautifully designed, life-enhancing ways to detoxify. The Vitruvi stone diffuser is available in white and black and priced at $119.  INSPIRE THOSE THAT INSPIRE YOU WITH MASTERCLASS MasterClass is a San Francisco-based company that creates online courses taught by the greatest masters in the world. This is the ultimate gift for that special someone who shares a love of learning and the best part, there is a class for everyone on your list. From learning how to cook with Gordon Ramsay and Alice Waters to acting from Dustin Hoffman, Jazz from Herbie Hancock or novel writing from James Patterson, the belief that everyone should have access to genius will make you the holiday 2017 hero. Check their site for a full roster of incredible masters. Classes are $90 each or $180 for a whole year of more than 20+ classes.  LIVABLE LUXURY BY FRANCES AUSTEN  Newly launched Frances Austen is an SF-based luxury womenswear startup founded by burgeoning entrepreneur Margaret Coblentz.  The nine-piece capsule collection debuted in September offering beautifully designed silk camisoles and blouses and luxurious cashmere sweaters in classic silhouettes. This is the gift for that lady in your life that appreciates timeless, versatile pieces that can be worn over and over. I'm a personal fan of the beautiful cashmere pieces spun by renowned cashmere producer, Carriagi of Italy and woven by Johnston’s of Elgin of Scotland. The result, beautiful, well-intentioned clothing one can feel good about wearing and won’t be saying goodbye to anytime soon. Pieces range from $85 to $185 for silk and $395-$595 for cashmere.

Fabio's 2017 Gift Guide

Fabio's 2017 Gift Guide

The most wonderful time of year is upon us and that also means it's time for gift guides to lend a little guidance through the holiday hustle. Of course, it's no different here on Abduzeedo and this year we're taking a bit of a new spin. Each one of our writers will share their own personal picks so you can get a well-rounded selection of our most coveted gifts for you and yours. I'll kick things off with my personal gift guide ranging from my favorite pieces of technology to great coffee table books that I'm wishing for or already own but love so much that I think you will too! So let's start the fun and stay tuned for more gift guides from the team here at Abduzeedo over the next week.  Gift Guide 2017 Phone My recommendation here will have to be the Pixel 2 just because of the fantastic camera. I own the Pixel 2 XL and for me, it's the best device on the market. I haven't had any screen problems besides the color being a bit dull in the beginning but now it seems to be addressed and just fine. In addition to that, I can tell you that I tested a bunch of phones this year, the S8 (probably the best industrial design) and the iPhone X, which is a great phone but I just can't get on board with that pesky notch. Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL Camera The Pixel 2 has an excellent camera, but for me there's still the need of a great camera. I carry with me the Sony RX 1 RII and it's my personal favorite because of the size and the incredible image quality. But, for the gift guide I will vary a little bit and suggest the brand new Leica CL. What else can I say besides it's a Leica. It looks awesome, it's quite small and it does have a view finder. It's also the first Leica to ship with kit lens. Leica CL Mirrorless Black Camera Prime Kit with TL 18mm Games I love video-games and the Nintendo Switch solved one of the biggest problems I had with video-games that was the fact I never had time to stay in front of a TV for too long. Being portable gave me the freedom to play everywhere. Of course it has some incredible games. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Oddisey and FIFA 2018 are my go to games.  Nintendo Switch   Headphones I was very skeptical about wireless headphones until I gave them a try. I have to say, for me at least, the Apple Airpods are the best in terms of ease of use and size. I have been using Apple earbuds since the iPod times, so I am very used to them. The Airpods work great, it never falls from my ears and it's very easy to pair with Android too (the device I used them with most of the time). Apple Airpods Books Porsche 911: 50 Years   Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World   Think Wrong: How to Conquer the Status Quo and Do Work That Matters   Others Mid-Century Walnut Side Table   August Smart Lock Pro + Connect, 3rd gen   Microsoft Surface Book 2   VINTA VINTA | S-Series - (Black) Travel & Camera Bag/Backpack

Back to School: Editor's Picks

Back to School: Editor's Picks

It's that time of the year where we all go back to our routine. Summer is over (sadly!) and we are grinding slowly to our commute. We hope that you have enjoyed a beautiful summer or/and vacation time. It's always important to take some time off to keep a balance in your life vs career. At Abduzeedo, we kept it chill and steady with our everyday opportunity to provide the best inspiration out there for you guys. For this Back to School, we decided to drill down a list of tech from backpacks, notebook and more. Hope you will enjoy! Apple 15" MacBook Pro, Retina, Touch Bar and etc Samsung Galaxy S8 Unlocked Phone, Black Apple iPad Pro 128GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray & 12.9" Display Microsoft Surface Pro, 4GB RAM & 128GB Moment Lens 18mm Wide-Angle Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L VINTA | S-Series Travel, Camera Bag & Backpack DJI Spark Zhiyun Smooth-Q 3 Axis Handheld Gimbal Bluetooth Headphones, Mpow Bluetooth v4.1 Anker Ultra Slim 4-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive AUKEY 20000mAh Portable External Battery Charger Power Bank Moleskine Adobe Smart Notebook More Links Cover Photo by Samuel Zeller

Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guide

Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's day is this weekend and if you are like me and always forget about these dates we selected some really nice gift suggestions that can be delivered to you before Sunday. It ranges from drones, laptops and other electronics to boots and wallets. These are some simple suggestions but the most important thing is to not forget to call your old man and say how much you love him and appreciate everything he's done for you. As a new father now I have a completely new perspective on how difficult it is to raise a child and our parents, or whoever raised us, really need a big thank you. The gift is optional, but the talk is mandatory :) Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guide DJI Mavic Pro Samsung Chromebook Plus Microsoft Surface Pro Pinty 48V 1000W 26’’ Electronic Bike Conversion Kit Hub Motor (Front Wheel) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera w/ 3" OLED 400467 Spyderco Manbug black FRN PlainEdge B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones, Charcoal Gray Blundstone Men's 587 Round Toe Chelsea Boot   Jacob Bromwell Great American Flask MEKU Men's Handmade Slim Leather Wallet Credit Card Holder Slim Wallet

Minimal Mother's Day Gift Guide

Minimal Mother's Day Gift Guide

With Mother's Day right around the corner it's not too late to surprise the mom out there with a keen eye for the simple yet stunning, multi-tasking products to make her crazy day just a bit easier. We had some real fun curating this standout selection of goods that will cater to the busy mom with no time to deal with anything in the least bit fussy. We've done our best to gather our favorite minimalistic items that compliment all facets of her life from beauty and fashion to photography and design. This is our Mother's Day Gift Guide,  peek the gallery here for some inspiration and a sure way to make the mom in your life, whatever her passions may be, feel like she's #1. Mother's Day Gift Guide For every mom out there with zero time to herself to pamper, enter Meant - a new hardworking, multipurpose body care line by self-proclaimed OG minimalist Lindsay Knaak-Stuart that nourishes the skin and simplifies her routine. Made with natural, organic and certified organic ingredients, Meant delivers noticeable results in simple fashion. In Lindsay's own words, "Meant is mindfully made, minimalist-designed and massively rewarding."   An indulgent gift is both beautiful and useful. Enter one of my favorite, minimalistic brands, Cuyana. Here's a piece for mom that reflects her personality and available in colors that transition from season to season. A personal favorite footwear brand that happens to be SF-based, meet Freda Salvador. The Chelsea Boot is comprised of 100% calf leather handmade in Spain and is truly the only boot mom will ever need in her closet, ever. period.  For the mom out there that appreciates simple handcrafted, ceramic goods made right here in California, look no further than the adored Heath Ceramics, founded in 1948. Owned by two families, both driven by design, and sharing a commitment to handcrafted work and a determination to question the status quo Heath Ceramics has garnered a somewhat cult following. For something sweet and simple, we love their seasonal bud vase set for that special mom.   One of our favorite inventions of this decade has to be Alexa. She's virtually a part of the family and we don't know what life was like before her. Now, enter Echo Look, everything you love about Alexa, and now she can help Mom look her best even when she's had less than 2 hours of sleep. Mom can get a second opinion on which outfit looks best with Style Check, a new service that combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists. Simple, chic, multifunctional bag from Brazilian native Alessandra Ambrosio and mom of two. We love this tote for it's classic, french nature and it's versatility in doubling as a diaper bag/grocery getter. Perfect for any mom looking to minimize her baggage, literally.  For the mom that loves to entertain, enter these amazingly soft lightweight pure linen napkin to add some minimal color and texture to your mealtimes. Prewashed during production process to make it super nice to touch. Also in rosa, white, oatmeal and even more colors. To complete her tablescape, runners and tablecloths available too. We all know moms require rocket-fueled coffee to get them through the day and if you're like me, french-press is the only way. We love this sleek take on a french press plunger pot. It's even stylish enough to leave out on the counter at all times which we adore. 

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Yeah, it is time for Abduzeedo's Holiday Gift Guide. I know you might say we might be a bit too late, but I believe a lot of people out there, including myself, haven't gotten anything yet. With that in mind check out our selection. It goes from laptops, monitors to toys and furniture. Some I have myself including the first suggestion, the Dell 24 4K monitor. It's the best 4k monitor you can find out there. 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Abduzeedo Holiday Gift Guide

Abduzeedo Holiday Gift Guide

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, you know the rest. It's that time, the most wonderful time of the year, at least for a good deal of the population around the globe. I have always had somewhat mixed feelings about Christmas, but it's growing on me since I move to the northern hemisphere where I can experience Christmas during the winter. In Brazil it was just the beginning of an awesome summer, less about the cozy fireplace and more about the beach and soaking up the sun. One thing is the same though, it's a time to exchange gifts and thanks to Amazon we have curated a gaggle of diverse gifts for every loved one on your list. Welcome to the Abduzeedo Holiday Gift Guide. Sony Alpha a7IIK Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens A Visual Inventory The Architecture of the Cocktail: Constructing the Perfect Cocktail from the Bottom Up Ziiiro Men's Celeste Gunmetal Mono Watch Silver Racecar Metal Speedster Hudson Pill Terrarium with Green Ceramic Base LEFF TONE 35 WALL CLOCK, Design by Wiebe Teertstra BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero Monochrome Home The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane The Laws of Simplicity The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes Classic Analog Display Japanese Quartz 850032 MUT EOD Multi-Tool Leica Q (Typ 116), black anodized

Abduzeedo 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Abduzeedo Holiday Gift Guide

Tis the season to give good design. We here at Abduzeedo are getting into the spirit of the season and are excited to share our curated list of favorite gifts for those in your life who have a special appreciation for beautiful design. From splurge-worthy camera gadgets to the ubiquitous smartwatch, there's surely something here for every designer on your list. And we of course couldn't help but shamelessly feature some of our branded product for those Abduzeedo groupies in your life. Enjoy and happy holidays! Abduzeedo Gear Black on Black ABDZ Hoodie ABDZ Grey Tee ABDZ Cap ABDZ Mug Smartphones and smartwatches Apple iPhone 6+ Motorola Nexus 6 Moto360 Photography Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Compact System Camera Fujifilm X100 12.3 MP APS-C CMOS EXR Digital Camera with 23mm Fujinon Lens and 2.8-Inch LCD (Special Edition - Black) Sony Alpha a7S Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Others Aether Cone - The Thinking Music Player Doorbot Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Doorbell LexMod Eaze Lounge Chair in Black Leather and Palisander Wood Eames on a budget Braun Men's BN0106SLBTG Prestige Digital Digital Display Swiss Quartz Silver Watch Torre & Tagus 901406 Colombo Ribbed Resin Gourd Vase, Tall, Brown How to Make Origami Airplanes That Fly Bell TT Adult Bullitt Sports Racing Motorcycle Helmet Field Notes Pitch Black Edition, 3-Pack Dot-Grid Memo Notebooks Wacom Intuos5 Touch Medium Pen Tablet Pantone Christmas Ornament 186 Ruby Red

Abduzeedo Gift Guide 2012

Abduzeedo Gift Guide 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the year... and it's time to buy gifts and we want to help you. We know that lot's of websites are doing their gift guides but we decided to suggest products that we really wanted to have. From affordable umbrellas to amazing AR drones, we hope you have fun with our list. Kikkerland Samurai Umbrella With a Samurai sword handle, you will be begging for rain with our awesome Samurai Umbrella! Unlike ordinary umbrella's, this one kicks ass as you strut down the street with it strapped to your back, ready to whip it out at the very site of a grey cloud. Use your cunning and stealth-like Ninja instincts to detect moisture in the air. Glide your Samurai Umbrella out of its sheath and save the world/ your coat from impending doom/ getting wet by Ming the Merciless/ rain. Fascinations Levitron Revolution Platform With EZ Float Technology Discover the secrets of levitation with Fascinations Levitron Revolution Platform w/ EZ Float Technology. This levitating magic kit comes with a magnetic hover disc that can hold up to 13 oz in midair. Levitron is an attention grabber in all parties as it can levitate models, jewelry, memorabilia and other collectibles. Sony NEX-5RK/S 16.1 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens and 3-Inch LCD Shoot and upload DSLR-quality photos directly to Facebook®. With built-in Wi-Fi, the NEX-5R even lets you download camera apps for endless possibilities or even control the camera from your smartphone.4 All this and more in a camera that’s about half the size of a DSLR. Case Scenario - iPhone 5 Case - Crimson USB Film Roll The legendary Braun travel alarm clocks were loved by many long after original production stopped. Braun's decision to reissue the clock and watch collection met with the approval of Dietrich Lubs, co-designer with Dieter Rams. The Braun reissue of the AB1A Alarm Clock, originally designed by Dietrich Lubs in 1994, is a pared down, very small but reliable clock. The AB1A had no snooze function, but a clear crisp crescendo alarm, and runs on one AA battery (included). High precision quartz German movement. Easy to read dial. One-year warranty. Dimensions: 2.25" square, 1" deep. The 2011 alarm clocks are based on the original designs with slight modifications, bringing them into the 21st century. Black Ninja Dagger / Knife Magnet Strong magnet in a Ninja dagger shape. Detailed finish with a key hole at the tip. GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition Born from a passion to capture your love of sport from your perspective, the HD HERO2 is a feat of engineering. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60M) and boasting an immersive 170° wide-angle lens, the HD HERO2 has ushered in a new era of image capture. Professional quality 30 fps 1080p and 60 fps 720p video, combined with 11 megapixel still photo capture that has landed magazine covers, HD HERO2 has stoked out more professional and amateur athletes, adventurers and filmmakers than any other camera in the world. GoPro gives you the ability to capture and share life's most passionate experiences. This is your life... GoPro. Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones They're the best Bose headphones, period. QuietComfort 15 headphones feature exclusive Bose advancements in noise reduction technology. You hear less noise and more of your music and movies-with quality sound and a long-lasting comfortable fit. You won't find this combination of benefits in any other headphone. Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector for Charging MP3 Players, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and Windows Mobile Phones Satechi USB Surge Protector provides protection from electrical spikes and surges that can be devastating to both expensive electronic equipment and valuable data. It includes a single power outlet and additional USB charging port that delivers enough power to charge most devices including the Kindle Fire, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, and various other tablets or smartphones. The LED indicator near the top of the unit illuminates green to indicate when the surge protector is providing sufficient protection to your equipment. When the protection circuitry has been fully consumed by power and current spikes, this LED light will no longer illuminate, indicating that the surge protector should be replaced. Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter Controlled by iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Android Devices -Orange/Blue The Parrot AR.Drone is the first quadricopter that can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet. By tilting your device, you control the direction of your AR.Drone, and by releasing it, the AR.Drone is instantly stabilized. Thanks to the AR.Drone’s autopilot feature, anyone can be an expert as the AR.Drone allows for an easy take-off and landing. Image courtesy of Shutterstock: Simple vector christmas gift made from paper stripe - original new year card by Petr Vaclavek