Gadgets for back to school during COVID-19

Angelena Iglesia

Check out these back to school gadgets perfect for the classroom or home.

The start of the school year is quickly approaching. This year may look different than previous years, but luckily there are some products to help children, parents and teachers along the way.

The best part is these gadgets work whether learning is being done from the classroom or at home. Check out these gadgets recommended by Gadget Nation author, Steve Greenberg:

The Soluna Light Alarm Clock from La Crosse Technology — ensures there’s a glow for every day and every mood with a variety of light settings. Choose to illuminate your room with your favorite color or pick one of the vibrant color gradients. If you find it’s hard to choose you can set the clock to cycle through all the color options. This slim profile alarm clock offers all the features of a traditional alarm clock,

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CityLab Daily: Wearable Tech Enters the Fight Against Covid-19

Angelena Iglesia

Healthy surveillance: Wearable technologies like Fitbits show promise for detecting subtle early signs of Covid-19 infection and limiting asymptomatic spread. These devices monitor heart rate, sleep levels and physical activity patterns, and changes could help researchers identify infections before people present symptoms. But problems abound with real-world applications, Laura Bliss reports.

For one, most programs using the technology require participants to own their own devices, pricing out those who can’t afford a $50 to $400 gadget. There are also privacy concerns, particularly for studies in Black communities. Programs that strap tracking devices to the wrists of Black people recall an odious history of racist experimentation in the U.S. Now, proponents of the wearable-technology solution are working with community health workers to try to assuage some concerns among Black Americans and conduct studies responsibly. Today on CityLab: Wearable Tech Enters the Fight Against Covid-19

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You Don’t Really Own Your Own Gadgets

Angelena Iglesia

The water filter inside a household refrigerator is a simple device: a plastic tube packed with activated carbon. Nonetheless, replacement filters for certain GE refrigerators cost a stiff $55. And they need to be replaced every six months. So it’s no surprise that many GE fridge owners seek cheaper generic filters. These fit just fine. But when the owner presses the button to dispense water or ice, nothing comes out.

The culprit is a bit of engineering almost as ingenious as it is infuriating. It seems that official GE replacement filters include a small RFID chip whose only purpose is to tell the refrigerator that an up-to-date GE-brand filter has been installed. If a customer installs a generic filter, the water system shuts off. As tech writer Jack Bush puts it, the fridge echoes the computer in 2001: “’I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t dispense any water for

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Cool back-to-school gadgets for students that are home-schooling

Angelena Iglesia

From clocks that gently wake you to Insta-video-studios for kids, Gadget Guy Steve Greenberg’s picks make at-home learning easier and fun #NewDayNW

SEATTLE — Shopping for school supplies is one of the best parts of heading back to school. But this year, with all the remote learning our list might look a bit different.  Gadget Guy Steve Greenberg took the “new normal” into consideration as he rounded up the coolest new gadgets to make remote learning a bit easier and a lot more fun. 

The Soluna Light Alarm Clock from La Crosse Technology — ensures there’s a glow for every day and every mood with a variety of light settings. Choose to illuminate your room with your favorite color or pick one of the vibrant color gradients. If you are looking to unwind and relax use the Guided Breathing Mode or the Morning and Evening Modes to stimulate the rise

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Award-Winning Tech and Gadgets to Kick Off the School Year

Angelena Iglesia

A new school year often means loading up on the latest and greatest tech products. However, considering the new reality of remote or in-person classes and study sessions, as well as the convoluted market (new products are dropping almost on a weekly basis), we figured you might need some help.



a close up of a sign: After countless hours of research and testing, we present you our favorite tech products you need in your life for the upcoming school year. The award-winning gadgets range from feature-packed laptops and smartphones, all the way to affordably priced accessories for them.


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After countless hours of research and testing, we present you our favorite tech products you need in your life for the upcoming school year. The award-winning gadgets range from feature-packed laptops and smartphones, all the way to affordably priced accessories for them.

So we spent countless hours researching and testing today’s best back-to-school tech products in a number of categories, whittling down all that’s out there to a select few products that are certain to help you conquer what life throws at you, both in and out of the classroom.

The award-winning products are divided into several

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Dorm Essentials 2020: Appliances, TV, Speakers, Headphones, Router

Angelena Iglesia

You may not spend a lot of time in your dorm room, but it’s still your home away from home while you’re at school, so it’s important to make the space feel like that. The room may not be very big, and your college probably has restrictions on what’s allowed inside, but we’ve still got some recommendations on what to bring.

We’ve chosen gear that will help you through your entire college experience, and still be useful long after you’ve graduated. Our focus was on appliances and gadgets that will mostly stay inside your room, but we have additional picks for college students looking for a good deal in additional categories. that span additional categories.

College is about learning, meeting new people, having new experiences, and helping you figure out who you are. Our dorm essentials can help make your room feel a place you’d like to be while all

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Best Batman gadgets of all time

Angelena Iglesia

Batman is known as the ultimate ‘man with a plan’ – an ultra-prepared, impeccably skilled, unflappably cool crimefighter who always has the right tool for the job.

And when we say tools, we mean the arsenal of groovy gadgets Batman keeps stashed away for just the right occasion – from Batarangs, to grappling hooks, to Bat-shark repellent and beyond – some of which are just as iconic as the Caped Crusader himself.

So without further ado, here are the ten best Bat-Gadgets of all time!

Utility Belt

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Where does he get those wonderful toys? Well, once Batman is out in the field, he gets the grand majority of them from his Utility Belt.

How exactly he holds everything in this strapped-on wonder of pouches and pellets is a mystery that Batman will never reveal, but this is without a double the handiest accessory in all of comic

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Daily Deals: Use this Code to Save an Extra 15% on Tech, Gadgets, and Electronics

Angelena Iglesia

You can actually find some of the best tech deals at eBay right now. There is an extra 15% off tech and electronic items such as laptops, graphics cards, monitors, and more when using code PACKUP15 at checkout. You can save up to £60 on whatever you choose, but this is a great deal and well worth considering as an alternative to the usual tech retailers.There are also some awesome gaming deals available at the moment online, with plenty of digital titles getting a significant discount right now. One of the best deals is on Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order for Xbox One, with the Deluxe Edition down to £19.79 from £69.99. You can also find the new Horizon Zero Dawn PC port for just £29.99, or Microsoft Flight Simulator for just £53.99.

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This NASA-inspired gadget will eliminate odors in your home

Angelena Iglesia

While countless products on the market promise to eliminate nasty smells, many of them simply disguise those scents with sickly-sweet citrus and fragrant lavender. But, what if we told you there was a way to rid your home of unsavory aromas once and for all?

Inspired by NASA’s use of photocatalyst technology in the International Space Station, the VentiFresh Eco Plus device features a UV catalyst core that decomposes odor through natural photosynthesis. No bigger than the size of a lemon, this gadget can be used to eliminate odors from cat litter, shoes, food, trash, and more.

Here’s how to use it:

First, plug the micro USB cable into the device and a power outlet. If you would like, you can attach the gel pad to the bottom of the VentiFresh Eco Plus to make it possible to install just about anywhere, from your bathroom to your gym bag. Next,

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