If your holiday plans include travel, Netflix recently updated to allow offline viewing on mobile devices.

Roadtripping with kids? Our guide on uses for old mobile tech offers steps for turning your old tablet or phone in a retro game system to keep them occupied in the back seat (and your data usage safe) while you count down the miles.


Firefox Focus

Apps

Firefox Focus app screenshot

Firefox Focus brings a privacy-centric browser to iOS. It makes it dead simple to browse privately. No endless lists of settings, no need to jailbreak your device and it’s from a brand known for standing up for user privacy. While it’s currently an iOS exclusive, they’ve said that an Android option is possible with enough demand. Until then, Ghostery offers a less polished but functional alternative.


Striiv Smartwatch

Accessory

Striiv Smartwatch product image

Kind of like a mash-up of a smartwatch and a fitness tracker, the Striiv offers the basic smartwatch experience at a price way lower than the competition. While it’s not going to launch apps or perform more advanced tasks, the touch display makes it easy to keep up with your fitness goals and manage the notifications streaming in from your mobile device. It’s not bad looking either.


Super Mario Run

Apps

super mario run screenshot

The world’s most famous plumber is now officially savings princesses in the mobile world! It’s currently an iOS exclusive--though that isn’t stopping people from taking advantage of the buzz to distribute malware on Android. So far reviews are mixed. People love the game. But they’re finding the $10 paywall at the end of level 1 a tough boss to beat. Then there’s the data usage. Until the servers calm down, best stick to Wi-Fi if you’re going to play.


Vue: Your Everyday Smartglasses

Accessories

Vue smartglasses product image

Pulling in more than $2-million in their Kickstarter campaign, it looks like Vue Smart Glasses might become a reality. While you won’t find the augmented reality experience of the Holo-lens or Google Glass here, these stylish frames offer plenty of everyday benefits. Bone conduction audio lets you listen to music or take calls without having a wobbly Bluetooth hanging on your ear all day. There’s gesture controls for easy operation. You can even get them with prescription lenses should you need it. We can’t wait to see these go into production!


StyleGirlfriend Styling Service

App

StyleGirlfriend service screenshot

With real-time fashion advice through text and picture messaging, StyleGirlfriend’s free advice can help you prepare for that interview, first date or big event. Snap a picture or write a question and fire off your text. A real person reviews it and responds. All the convenience of a chatbot without having to worry about an algorithm picking out the wrong tie!


iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

Accessories

iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit product image

Fixing a cracked screen or tweaked port on your phone or tablet isn’t as complicated as you might think. The problem is that most repairs require tools you won’t find out in the garage. While iFixit offers amazing guides on repairing tech of all types, sourcing tools can be difficult. With this kit, you’ll have everything you need to tackle repairs on just about anything you might own--from your iPad Air 2 to your laptop.


Facebook Messenger Camera Updates Rolling Out

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Facebook Messenger camera updates screenshots

With real-time fashion advice through text and picture messaging, StyleGirlfriend’s free advice can help you prepare for that interview, first date or big event. Snap a picture or write a question and fire off your text. A real person reviews it and responds. All the convenience of a chatbot without having to worry about an algorithm picking out the wrong tie!



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