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Treat Mom to a gift of modern technology

Mother's Day is a week away, on May 13. Are you still undecided on what to give her? There are the fairly obvious: e-readers like the Nook and Kindle, and the tablets — surely, you've heard of the Apple iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Here are some other gift ideas to say "thanks" to Mom. 


For an active mom

Encourage Mom to stay fit with the Nike+ FuelBand. This "bracelet" collects data from everyday movements with an accelerometer, then translates it into information you can keep track of, including number of steps and calories burned. With the FuelBand, you can set a fitness goal and see your progress with an iPhone app (connected via Bluetooth), and on the Nike website or the Nike+ Connect software (with the USB port built into the band). $149.


case.jpgFor an iPhone owner

Personalized gifts are always popular with Mom, and there's still time to create something that's extra special to her. Customize an iPhone case with photos of the kids at Choose from several designs where you can add photos or a monogram. Available for iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 or 4S, $34.95 for a one-piece case or $39.95 for a two-piece. You'll have to act quickly, since time is running out. Ask for expedited shipping to get it in time for Sunday.

eyefi.jpgFor an avid photographer

The Eye-Fi Mobile X2 wireless memory card takes the hassle out of transferring photos and videos to the computer. This 8 GB SDHC card can store up to 4,000 photos or three hours of video in Class 6 speed. You can then move those files from the card to your computer using a Wi-Fi network. Or send them to a website such as Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, MobileMe or YouTube. No Wi-Fi? No problem. Use the Direct Mode to send the files to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. (This is great for backing up your files.) $79. Available at Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Staples and the Apple store.


For the organizer

Help Mom stay organized and cut down on paper clutter with NeatReceipts, a mobile scanner and digital filing system. The software extracts information from the scanned documents and automatically organizes them. The files are searchable by keywords. You can scan receipts to create a monthly budget report and export files to tax and budgeting software. Business cards can be captured and turned into a searchable contact database. Your collection of recipes can be turned into searchable files. You can even scan in the kids' artwork and report cards. The scanner weighs 1 pound and is compatible with Mac or PC. $199.95.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 5, 2012 10:28am]


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