TECH NOW: Best new gadgets for women

4 Ways to Recycle Your Old Gadgets





Southern California company Stelle Audio Couture recently teamed with New York fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff to create a wireless Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a luxury designer handbag. The Jackery Mini is the size of a tube of lipstick, but it has enough power to charge your smartphone for 50 hours. (Photo: Jackery) 3. Jackery Mini portable charger Price: $30 OK, lust list aside, how about some go-girl gadgets that we normal gals can actually afford? One of my favorites is the Jackery Mini. This tiny charger weighs in at less than 3 ounces and is about the size of a tube of lipstick. But it still packs enough power to run your smartphone for up to 50 hours. And while we don't like the fact that you'll need to carry your smartphone's charging cable to plug in and power up, we can't argue with the superlow price or supersmall profile. The Ogio tote can carry your laptop, your tablet and all of your accessories. (Photo: Ogio) 4. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/08/04/tech-now-women-gadgets/2609043/





Nearly half of all video-gamers are women





iPhone Breathalyzers Out in the real world, a personal breathalyzer can be a lifesaving tool, letting you know if youre okay to drive. Its not so necessary on a college campus where everyones walking from one party to the next. But think of the entertainment value! iPhone-enhanced breathalyzers like Alcohoot , BACtrack and Breathometer dont simply measure your blood alcohol content, they can also share that data with friends and family. Finally, a way to quantify who got the drunkest . Digital Textbooks Physical textbooks dont have a lot of redeeming qualities. Theyre so heavy that you cant carry them all with you, which means you need to figure out which ones to take when leaving the dorm, or go back to the dorm just to exchange books. And theyre so expensive that youre forced to sell them back after the semesters over, which means you cant make notes or highlights without tarnishing the trade-in value. If I was still a student, Id be looking for e-textbook sources like CourseSmart and Kno to lighten the load. Video Chat I remember the first time homesickness set in, right when I was doing my first load of laundry. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://techland.time.com/2013/08/08/back-to-school-10-gadgets-and-inventions-that-would-have-been-nice-10-years-ago/





Don't Throw Out That Old Cell Phone!





LG Recycling Program : The website for LG's Recycling Program helps you find nearby drop-off sites and more information on how the company recycles your old tech. Motorola Recycling : Motorola's take-back programs accept any mobile device or accessory, and some devices are refurbished for reuse in developing countries. Nintendo Product Recycling : Because game systems aren't recycled very often, Nintendo tries to minimize waste with a free take-back program, and either refurbishes systems or recycles parts for new products. HP Global Citizenship : HP allows you to trade in any product from any brand, recycle ink supplies and more. Samsung Recycling Direct : As of May 2013, Samsung has collected 276,458,977 pounds of recycled products from its various locations, which you can search through on the website. Sony EcoTrade : Sony accepts both Sony and non-Sony products (as long as they're eligible) and lets you trade them in for credit toward your next Sony purchases. 2. Donate to Non-Profits and Refurbishing Programs While it's great to recycle parts, your old and unwanted gadgets can be incredibly useful to someone else. These non-profits and programs work to refurbish and deliver cellphones and other electronics to those in need. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://mashable.com/2013/08/05/recycle-old-gadgets/









One of the top reasons why people buy video games is an interesting storyline, according to the report. And some women have pointed to a rise in the number of games with complex themes and more scenarios that call for decision-making, not brute force, as a selling point. And it doesn't hurt that many of those same titles have begun to include female protagonists, or at least the ability to create your own. In "Mass Effect 3," protagonist Commander Shepard can be customized to be played as either a man or a woman. "Today's game characters are much more customizable than years ago," said Lauren Eleazer, 26, from State College, Pennsylvania. "This is part of overall game development, but every female gamer I've met appreciates being able to style her character and make it more unique." Jessica Chobot, a television and Web show host whose work has appeared on gaming site IGN, the G4 network and elsewhere, said the industry has been taking notice of the rise of female gamers, and that the inclusion of female characters in meaningful roles is no accident. "In a lot of ways, it was the perfect storm for change," said Chobot, who is also a writer for the Zombie Studios game, "Daylight." "The gaming industry's awareness of having to appeal to a wider audience -- one that included women -- has been reflected with the addition of stronger female characters. "The 2013 re-vamped 'Lara Croft,' 'Mass Effect's female version of Commander Shepard and 'Uncharted''s Elena Fisher and Chloe Frazer are just a few examples that come to mind." Other strong female characters, like Elizabeth in "BioShock Infinite" or Ellie in "The Last of Us," show the range developers are willing to put in their games to attract a wider audience and provide a different experience from games in the past. Upcoming games like "Beyond: Two Souls" and a new "Mirror's Edge" appear that they'll continue to put women in the forefront of gaming action and narrative. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/tech/gaming-gadgets/female-gamers/index.html





Back to School: 10 Gadgets and Inventions That Would Have Been Nice 10 Years Ago





Abc's paula faris says they can put hundreds... See More Tonight our "real money" team is back in action finding a new way for american families to save money. So look around the house, find your old cell phone. Abc's paula faris says they can put hundreds of dollars in your pocket in minutes. Reporter: Does this look like your house, on old back berry here, a cracked iphone here. Chances are this guy will pay you good money for it. He's founder of a website, gazelle.Com. Consumers are blown away by how much they can get and it's usually more than they expect. Reporter: That's because american house holds have an average 14 electronic devices going unused just sitting in their junk drawers. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/throw-cell-phone-19910954





Gadgets For Busy Moms!





(Were getting emotional thinking about it, too.) A real-life WALL-E that does all those things would be the best maid-companion-entertainment-center ever. While a real-life WALL-E does exist (hes so cute it hurts), hes only for show and doesnt do all the other cool stuff. But if a full replication is ever invented, there better be a real EVE; WALL-E need's love too! Talking Teddy Bear - A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) Every kid wishes Toy Story was real so they could make friends out of their talking toys. In A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Steven Spielberg envisions a futuristic world of emotional robots... and talking teddy bears. In the movie Haley Joel Osments David finds a friend in Teddy, a super toy talking stuffed animal who can feel and react just like a human. While human-like toys are an invention far away, the company ToyTalk is currently working on teddy bears that can talk and interact via a mobile app. Hoverboard - Back to the Future Part II (1989) So its nearly 2015 and everything Back to the Future Part II said would exist absolutely does not: no power shoelaces, no indoor gardens, no self-adjusting jackets. But those things arent a big deal; we're just waiting on our hoverboard. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://news.moviefone.com/2013/08/08/futuristic-movie-gadgets-we-wish-were-real/





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One of the leading mommy bloggers out there Joey Fortman was live on "Good Day Philadelphia Thursday to talk about some gadgets to make life easier! Torrie's Take: APhillyated Apparel I thought today (our nation's birthday) would be the perfect day to tell you about this apparel company " Aphillyated Apparel !" I thought today (our nation's birthday) would be the perfect day to tell you about this apparel company " Aphillyated Apparel !" Updated: Friday, August 9 2013 8:40 AM EDT2013-08-09 12:40:28 GMT All eyes are on Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the City Council as the deadline looms over the school district's Doomsday Budget. Superintendent William Hite issued a dire warning- that city schools All eyes are on Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the City Council as the deadline looms over the school district's Doomsday Budget. Updated: Thursday, August 8 2013 9:49 AM EDT2013-08-08 13:49:35 GMT Moms out there know it can be quite challenging to travel with a little one. One of the leading mommy bloggers out there Joey Fortman was live on "Good Day Philadelphia Thursday to talk about some gadgets Moms out there know it can be quite challenging to travel with a little one. Updated: Wednesday, August 7 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-08-07 14:29:01 GMT Philadanco is getting ready for a big celebration! They are performing this weekend with some big names. FOX29's Jenn Frederick danced with the world-renowned dance troupe Philadanco on "Good Day Philadelphia" Philadanco is getting ready for a big celebration! Updated: Wednesday, August 7 2013 8:08 AM EDT2013-08-07 12:08:28 GMT A teenager in Canada had a close encounter with a curious deer that couldn't seem to stop fawning all over him! For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/23082533/gadgets-for-busy-moms