Holiday gift ideas from Techno Claus 2014

http://www.cbsnews.com/common/video/cbsnews_video.swfTime for some last-minute gift ideas from Techno Claus. Some think he bears a resemblance to our friend David Pogue of Yahoo Tech:


Techno Claus clambers out of the chimney, as he does every year.

Hello there! I’m Techno Claus, fresh from the sleigh
To help suggest gifts for the big jolly day.
Although if you haven’t yet shopped on your spree,
Then why are you sitting there, watching TV?
Well, hey, let’s get cracking. [Takes out his phone] Voila! This year’s list.
Man, some of this stuff, even I can’t resist.


Quirky+GE Internet-controllable Pivot Power Strip

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QUIRKY

 

This power strip here does a number of tricks.
For starters, it bends, so there’s room for your bricks.
But here’s where your brain is about to get blown:
Those two outlets there, you control with your phone!
I scare off the burglars by remote control
Or freak out my wife when she’s back at the Pole!

Pivot Power Genius, $50


SanDisk Cruzer Fit 64Gb

I love these thinner laptops! So lightweight and all,
A shame that their storage is laughably small.
But snap this here USB nub right in place,
You’ve got up to 64 more gigs of space!
I like that it’s fast, plus it’s so small and it’s clean,
You leave it for good! Leave it in your machine.

SanDisk 64 Gigabyte Cruzer Fit, $32


Thin Optics

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THIN OPTICS

 

Wikipedia says I’m 500 years old.
That’s a lot of time flying a sleigh in the cold!
The thing is, my eyesight has slowly declined.
I have glasses, but sometimes I leave ’em behind!
But now I have extras I keep, just in case (“Just in case,” get it?)
They don’t have the . . . things . . . but they stay on my face!

Thin Optics Universal Pod + Reading Glasses, $24.95
Krinner Tree Stand

He struggles mightily to put up a tree–it tilts, he tries to screw the little threads into the trunk, etc.

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KRINNER

 

A Christmas tree’s nice, and I hate to complain,
But why must installing it be such a pain?
They sent up a man to the moon there to land,
Can’t somebody make a good Christmas tree stand?

He opens the door and flings the stand out the window.

Well, this one is it. It’s a foot pump, you see?
The jaws and the cable clamp onto the tree.
One person can do it (I just showed you how).
A battleship couldn’t dislodge the thing now.

Krinner XXL Stand, $90
Samsung SL-M2020W

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SAMSUNG

 

Those laser-type printers print very crisp ink,
But they’re huge and expensive (or so people think!)
Not this one. It’s cheap! And it’s tiny, as shown.
It prints from computers, or even your phone!

Samsung SL-M2020W, $80
Harmony Hub

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CBS NEWS

 

Is your coffee table a nightmare like mine?
Then man, you’ll think this thing is nearly divine!
You tell it what TV equipment you own,
It programs itself, and you just use your phone!

He taps Watch Tivo on the phone — his gear turns on by itself.

One box to control all the stuff on your shelves.
I wish I could likewise control all my elves!

Harmony Home Hub, $100
Parrot Bebop

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PARROT

 

Look up in the sky . . . it’s a bird! It’s a plane!
Well, no, it’s a drone! And this one is insane.
Incredibly stable and easy to fly,
It takes high-def videos high from the sky.
Now 500 bucks isn’t peanuts, I guess,
But compared with its rivals, it costs a lot less.

Parrot Bebop, $500

He packs up, heads for the fireplace.

There’s a lot of good stuff out in Tech-Land this year.
But now it is time for departure, I fear.
I don’t really love it, this flying through snow . . .
But hey — I got 3 billion chimneys to go!

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