As students prepare for that journey back to classrooms and dorm rooms, using a checklist can prove vital. While many basic items on the list haven't changed in decades, a wave of new technology is helping students with their studies and social lives. • "Students go to college with so much technology even their accessories have accessories," says Catherine Gentile, a spokesperson for Bed Bath & Beyond, whose stores offer many of these important tech items. "The dorm may look the same but the technology is light years ahead." • Here are some new technologies that can keep any college student on track, according to experts at Bed Bath & Beyond. StatePoint
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•The iHome iA5 "app-enhanced" alarm clock is a combination speaker and iPhone docking station, and is the first bedside alarm clock with its own free iPhone application. The app allows students to wake to personal reminders, weather reports and even social media updates from Facebook and Twitter friends.
•Students can safely eliminate clutter by using a device like the Electro Man Multi-Outlet, a fun alternative to the powerstrip, with arms and legs that allow multiple gadgets to plug into a single source.
• When it comes to tunes, think portable. Consider iHome's Colortunes, an iPod LED Color-Changing Stereo System that serves as a speaker and charging station, with a translucent cabinet that changes color at the touch of a button, allowing students to set different moods in their rooms.
• A videocamera also is handy. Choose one that's small enough to fit in your pocket or bag to access on a moment's notice, like the Sharper Image U-Video USB videocamera. You can start shooting within four seconds of powering up so you won't miss spontaneous happenings. It can record up to 60 minutes of video, immediately uploadable to computers for sharing with friends or played on the TV.
For securing valuables like laptops, gaming devices or MP3 players, the Anti-Theft Locking Safe is a small, dependable package that keeps handhelds safe. Simply anchor to desks or bedposts, keeping things secure.
A ComboSaver combination portable laptop lock can secure a computer to desktops or bedposts, preventing theft.