24 Tech (and Tech-ish) Gifts Under $50 That You Can Buy on Amazon

Best tech gifts

Most people associate the best tech gifts with highest price tags. But there are plenty of great tech gift ideas that won’t decimate your holiday budget and can still make the most serious nerd’s life a little bit easier — like accessories for their new iPhone Xs, gadgets that’ll turn a regular home into a smart one, even an Alexa-enabled singing fish. And to make the hunt for these still-useful-but-not-too-expensive tech gifts a little easier, we found 24 of the best gadgets and gizmos to give your favorite techie this holiday season, all of which are under $50 and readily available on Amazon.

Tile Slim

Tile Slim

As thin as two credit cards, this Tile slides easily into a wallet or purse and will let them keep track of where it is through the accompanying app.

$28 at Amazon
Big Mouth Billy Bass – Compatible with Alexa

Big Mouth Billy Bass – Compatible with Alexa

America’s favorite singing fish is now a smarter than ever. This newest version of the Big Mouth Billy Bass is compatible with Alexa, able to lip-sync responses to voice commands. (But remember: They need an Amazon Echo device to make it work.)

$40 at Amazon
Eton The American Red Cross FR1 Emergency Weather Radio with Smartphone Charger

Eton The American Red Cross FR1 Emergency Weather Radio with Smartphone Charger

This hand-crank radio also has a built-in flashlight and phone charger, making it ideal to keep on hand in case the power goes out. Plus, it’s approved by the American Red Cross.


10 Gadgets to Keep You Warm This Winter

10 Gadgets to Keep You Warm This Winter

When the weather gets cold, the sweaters come out and the heat gets turned up. Sidewalks are more treacherous, and extra layers are a must.

Stop shivering: in our world of ever-improving technology, there are now many ways to beat the cold without having to do much work.

Below you’ll find gadgets that can help you stay warm during the winter months, whether you’re at home, at the office, or on the go. Many could even make good gifts this holiday season.

Dyson Hot + Cool Fan Heater

Looking for a stylish space heater that can do a little more? The Dyson Hot + Cool Fan Heater has no blades or visible heating elements. If it falls over, the device is smart enough to shut itself off, and it can monitor temperatures and make adjustments as needed. Dyson’s fan can operate as a personal heater with a focused jet of air and then be adjusted to heat an entire room. And it’s functional year-round, thanks to a cooling mode.

This is how you make sure your apps only update over WiFi

FOR THE MOST part, updating apps and your phone is important. Not only will you get improvements to your apps and bug fixes, but it can also mean security updates too.

It’s recommended that you update your apps as soon as they arrive, but you only want to do that when you’re connected to WiFi. Some apps, especially games, are large and updates for them can really eat into your data usage.

In certain cases, your phone is automatically set to update apps but if you want to check and make sure mobile data isn’t being used, you can.

On iOS, go into Settings and scroll down to iTunes & App Store. Here you will see some options. The first is automatic downloads which include Music, Apps, Books & Audiobooks and Updates.

Underneath it is the option to use mobile data and if you turn it off, the above will only update on WiFi. If you keep it on, downloads are limited to a file size of 100MB or lower but that can still eat into your data allowance.

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On Android, you need to go into Google Play itself. Swipe out the left-hand menu and go into settings. Here you will see Auto-update apps at the top of the screen. Tapping on it will give you the option to update via WiFi only or do it at any time.

Scrolling further down will show you other options like adding new apps to the home screen automatically or notifications for when updates are available. You can turn these off if you wish to keep your home screen and notifications uncluttered.


Next Windows 10 update will let you delete more built-in apps you never use

Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 update will make it possible to shed the cumbersome load of many more of the operating system’s built-in apps.

The option will give Windows 10 users much more control over what’s taking up space and sapping memory from their laptop or desktop device, while also removing some of the clutter from that overflowing applications folder.


In-app updates API will let Android apps update while you use them

Android applications can have issues when you’re not on the latest version – especially ones that integrate with external services (social media, email, etc). Many apps, like Snapchat, have built-in checks to determine if they are out of date, and prompt users to install the latest version from the Play Store. Google today announced a new API that allows apps to install updates while you use them.

The aptly-named ‘In-app Updates API’ gives applications more control over how they can check for and install updates. Here’s how Google describes it:

You’ll have two options with this API; the first is a full-screen experience for critical updates when you expect the user to wait for the update to be applied immediately. The second option is a flexible update, which means the user can keep using the app while the update is downloaded. You can completely customize the update flow so it feels like part of your app.

The API is currently being tested with a handful of partners, and will become available to all developers soon. More information is available at the source link below.