Stock­ing boost­ers

These are the presents tech ex­perts Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son and Rod Ch­ester would like to see un­der the Christ­mas tree

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

AC­TION CAM HDR- AS30V SONY

$ 379

IF you didn’t shoot a video, it didn’t hap­pen. That is the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind the ob­ses­sion with ac­tion cams. New fea­tures in Sony’s sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion ac­tion cam­era in­clude a smaller wa­ter­proof case, wi- fi con­nec­tiv­ity and the abil­ity to shoot 11.9- megapixel pho­tos. It also shoots full HD video. On the down­side, its built- in wi- fi con­nec­tion is fi ddly. sony. com. au

SMARTWATCH 2 SONY $ 354.95

SONY’S min­i­mal­ist, square watch fea­tures a 4cm screen de­signed for out­door and in­door use, wa­ter­re­sis­tance, NFC chip for a quick con­nec­tion, a three- day bat­tery life and con­ve­nient Mi­cro USB charg­ing. Avail­able apps let users read email summaries, SMS mes­sages, and mute or re­ject calls on the go. sony. com. au

LIFETRAK ZONE C410 LIFETRAK $ 99.95

AC­TIV­ITY mon­i­tors con­tinue to boom, ap­peal­ing to ev­ery­one from ex­er­cise junkies to ex­er­cise avoiders who want to track in­ci­den­tal move­ment. This unit has a wa­ter­proof body, a long- last­ing cell bat­tery, and cal­cu­la­tions for calo­ries burnt, steps taken and sleep qual­ity. It is made by a com­pany that started out nearly 20 years ago mak­ing heart- rate mon­i­tors and can ac­cu­rately mea­sure your heart rate. iworldonline. com. au

GPOD MINI MAG­NETIC JOBY $ 14.95

JOBY’S lat­est Go­ril­la­pod takes the al­ready ver­sa­tile tri­pod and gives it an ex­tra mag­netic at­trac­tion on its feet. It is de­signed to be used with point- and- shoot cam­eras, ac­tion cams and com­pat­i­ble smart­phones. If you shoot a lot of pic­tures with a smart­phone, this is a handy and ver­sa­tile ac­ces­sory. maxwell. com. au

MINI JAM­BOX JAW­BONE $ 229

THOSE who re­mem­ber the 1980s Ghetto Blaster should be im­pressed by this re­fresh­ingly light­weight, mod­ern take on the de­vice. Jaw­bone has squeezed in two speak­ers, two neodymium 35mm driv­ers, and a pas­sive bass ra­di­a­tor to de­liver vol­ume. store. ap­ple. com/ au

FURBY BOOM HAS­BRO $ 105.99

LAST year’s re­turn of the Furby is com­ple­mented this year with the Furby Boom. The crit­ter boasts new colours and dou­ble the vo­cab­u­lary. The Furby Boom in­ter­acts with a free app which can be used to care for your Furby and raise dig­i­tal Furby eggs. You shape its per­son­al­ity, and if it gets too an­noy­ing you can make it sleep. has­bro. com. au

GAL­AXY S4 ZOOM SAM­SUNG $ 699

IT IS the year of the selfi e and this phone’s cam­era takes bet­ter self- por­traits than most. That’s be­cause the Gal­axy S4 Zoom is a hy­brid phone and cam­era with a 16- megapixel im­age sen­sor and a 10x op­ti­cal zoom on its rear, and a Google An­droid phone. sam­sung. com/ au

SHUT­TER RE­MOTE FOR IOS ISTABILIZER $ 59.99

THIS is a gen­uinely so­phis­ti­cated Ap­ple iPhone re­mote con­trol, handy for the phone pho­tog­ra­pher. It con­nects by Blue­tooth to start and stop movies or mu­sic play­ing on your iOS de­vice, ac­ti­vate Siri or con­trol Key­note on your Mac, but it’s best used when tak­ing pic­tures. It works within 10m. istabilizer. com

STU­DIO BEATS $ 429

THE orig­i­nal Stu­dio be­came a fash­ion icon and this new de­sign prom­ises in­creased strength and fl ex­i­bil­ity. De­spite this, the head­phones weigh just 260g. The new cans also of­fer a recharge­able bat­tery with up to 20 hours of use, and the head­phones come with two de­tach­able ca­bles. au. beats­by­dre. com

IPAD MINI WITH RETINA DIS­PLAY AP­PLE $ 497-$ 949

LAST Christ­mas, Ap­ple’s iPad Mini was a hit. This year, the Mini is just as small but will ap­peal to a new, de­mand­ing mar­ket. Its screen packs more than 3.1 mil­lion pix­els, it has two an­ten­nas for faster down­loads, and it uses the same pow­er­ful A7 chip as an iPad Air for use with ad­vanced apps. store. ap­ple. com/ au

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