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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Tech she doesn’t realize she needs

Presents your mom will love

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and yet again, I am crafting a quick list of stuff you can get for your mom to celebrate this day.

This year, give her the gift of convenience through technology (and some accessories!). Sure, most moms are the least likely to tinker with tech, but here are a few things that your mom will probably love.

Pamper her with instant facials every day

The Foreo UFO is the perfect pampering tool for your mom. This tiny device gives an instant facial in 90 seconds — faster than any Korean facemask can. It’s also equipped with thermotherapy, cryotherapy, T-sonic pulsations, and LED light treatments. Yep, all that in this small puck.

READ MORE: Foreo UFO: A high-tech replacement for face masks?

WATCH MORE: Foreo UFO hands-on: 90-second facials

Make phone handling easier with the most useful handset accessory ever

This teeny accessory is the PopSocket. It’s the most useful thing ever! Stick it onto your phone and it will serve as a handle and even a stand. I gave one to my mom and she hasn’t gone PopSocket-free since. For a more personalized gift, you can also customize it to put a design your mom will appreciate more.

Get your mom on track to a healthier lifestyle with this fashionable tracker

A happy mom is a healthy mom (well, that makes for healthy kids, too!). Get your mom on the right track to fitness with the Fitbit Versa. It’s a light, versatile device that will track health information, including sleep cycles and activities.

READ MORE: Fitbit Versa hands-on: A better smartwatch attempt?

Give her the ultimate throwback phone

The Nokia 8110 4G is the perfect classic reboot. Dubbed the banana phone, this 2018 release gives you all the phone essentials in the cutest retro look. Plus, it comes in a cool yellow! Perfect for moms who aren’t really into smartphones yet (Yes, they still exist).

WATCH MORE: Nokia 8110 Hands-On: Retro Banana Phone!

… or get a good case for her phone!

This pretty spring-themed leather folio makes for a perfect accessory for your mom’s iPhone. It makes sure her phone is protected and those pockets mean extra space for cards and more. They come in the cutest colors, too: Electric Blue and Soft Pink.

READ MORE: Apple shows off new Spring cases for iPhone/iPad and Space Gray accessories for Mac

Get your mom a smart assistant she can always rely on

Okay, Google. You think my mom will like this? Now, your mom will be able to accomplish a lot of tasks by voice commands with the new Google Home Mini! It also comes in great colors and a texture that will look great in your home.

READ MORE: Google Home smart speaker gets Mini and Max versions

WATCH ALSO: Google Home Mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Get her the best vacuum ever

Sure, it’s a vacuum. But, this isn’t just any vacuum. The Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre is the cutting edge in household tech, the Rolls Royce of vacuums! It’s one of the lightest, most powerful cleaning machines around. This means you’ll have an easier time for when you decide to start cleaning for your mother — which is honestly the true gift in this scenario.

READ MORE: Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre cordless vacuum hands-on

WATCH ALSO: Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre: This thing sucks!

Give her the prettiest pink gold handset

Your beautiful mother deserves a beautiful device. The Huawei P20 in this stunning Pink Gold gradient is one of the prettiest subtly colored phones around. Not only does it look amazing, this flagship is also one of the most powerful devices in the market today.

READ MORE: Pink Gold Huawei P20 hands-on: A beautifully subtle gradient

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New Google Pixel Buds coming in 2020

Gotta wait a while longer

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The new Google Pixel Buds have officially been unveiled but we won’t get our hands on them until Spring 2020.

Google says the Pixel Buds were designed with the user in mind. It is truly wireless and promises rich sound, clear calls, and a comfortable fit. The company notes how it’s great hardware made exceptional by having Google deeply embedded into it. For instance, it should help you in your out-of-the-country trips with Google Translate built in.

The new Pixel Buds are supposed to last for five hours of continuous playback and extend that to 24 hours through the wireless charging case. The headphones will retail for US$ 179.

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This is an official Pokédex iPhone case

For your iPhone X or iPhone XS

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Your dreams of carrying an actual Pokédex is still just a dream. This iPhone case by Premium Bandai is the next best thing.

It’s officially called the Pokédex Smartphone Case, but it’s only really made for the iPhone X and iPhone XS. You should be able to fit the iPhone 6, 7, and 8 in here but it will cover mic and the flashlight. Unfortunately, this won’t fit the iPhone 11 at all.

The case costs US$ 69.99 and will launch on March 2020 in Japan. It’s open for international pre-orders. Check here to secure one.

SEE MORE: The average American needs 5.8 days to save up for an iPhone 11 Pro

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LG Tone+ Free wireless earbuds launched in South Korea

LG joins the wireless earbuds party

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Most companies today are throwing their weight behind wireless earbuds. They are compact and versatile for everyday listening needs of the average user. Not to be left behind, LG has launched a new pair of wireless earbuds: the LG Tone+ Free.

LG opted for a compact design that resembles the Samsung Galaxy Earbuds instead of the Apple Airpods. The design also ensures a secure fit so users can wear it for hours.

What differentiates it from the current crop of wireless earbuds is its charging case. It’s equipped with UVNano function that uses ultraviolet rays to kill harmful components, keeping the earbuds clean and sanitized after every use.

LG Tone+ Free

LG partnered with Meridian Audio to provide the earbuds with rich bass, clear mid and high sounds, and three-dimensional sound to its wireless earbuds. The earbuds’ signal processing technology also reduces digital noise, minimizing distortion while listening.

LG also equipped the earbuds with voice and noise-cancelling microphones that works in tandem to ensure clearer call quality. Both earbuds have touchpads that enable various functions such as call, play, or pause music. Holding the touchpad summons the Assistant app.

Sweat and rain is not an issue with the earbuds since it has IPX4 waterproofing certification.

Fully charging the earbuds lets users listen to music for six hours. Since it supports fast charging, users can listen to music for up to one hour with just five minutes of charging.

Pricing and availability

LG Tone+ Free is available in two colors, black and white. They will be available in South Korea this October for KRW 259,999 (US$ 215). Global availability is yet to be announced.

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