Monday, December 2 2013, 02:04 PM MST
April Mayrath, Tech Expert, is here to give us a little “show and tell” of several new gadgets and apps that are either free or very affordable, that will make the holidays a little bit easier for the whole family! • The Holidays are all about “togetherness”, but let’s admit it – we all want access to our Candy Crush Saga on our iPhone, or to be able to post photos on Facebook. FreedomPop is a great (free) Internet option to keep everyone connected during the holidays – even if you’re at a hotel or airport (where Internet access is often unreliable or expensive), FreedomPop gives you free Internet through portable hotspots that fit in your pocket (great stocking stuffer!). • What if you’re planning to travel during the holidays, but scrambling to make last-minute plans and need some advice? A new, free app called Gogogobot has been dubbed “The Facebook of Travel” – it helps you plan, book and share last-minute holiday travel based on opinions from trusted friends and connections in your social network. No more taking advice from complete strangers on TripAdvisor! • With all the holiday shopping, parties, and general hustle and bustle, Mom and Dad need some quality sleep. Sleep Genius is a free app for your smartphone that uses scientifically advanced features to block out distracting noise, relax you, keep you asleep, and wake you up peacefully. It also helps you fall asleep faster by triggering a motion induced sensation in your brain, similar to a baby being rocked to sleep. • Along with the holidays comes the delicious food and desserts! We all tend to gain a few pounds, so this LifeTrak Move C300 smartwatch will help you keep that weight off and keep moving! I love this watch not only because it’s affordable ($60), but also because it makes reaching your goals really easy. It can also connect and sync to compatible smartphones using Bluetooth, as well as some of the most popular health and fitness apps like MapMyRun. It also syncs with the most popular Fitness app right now – called Argus. Argus tracks everything, including nutrition, sleep, and can even detect when you’re walking, running or driving! Plus, this watch has interchangeable colored bands, so you can match to your outfit or get festive with red and green.