Top 5 Tech Gifts For Grandparents

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Technology seems so intertwined into our daily lives it can be hard to imagine a life without your smartphone, laptop or smart TV. If you don’t keep on top of the latest tech it can be very easy to fall out of the loop. Many elderly people feel that they have missed the boat on technology and chose not to get involved with it. However, there are many tech gadgets that are easy to use and can help with improving health, keeping more active, avoiding boredom and giving relatives peace of mind. With grandparents day fast approaching we have put together a list of our top 5 tech gifts that are sure to bring out your grandparent’s inner techy!

Fitbit

Fitbit is a tool to help you monitor how active you are throughout the day and it also keeps an eye on your health. As we get older it gets more and more important to keep on top of your health and Fitbit tracks steps taken, stairs climbed, distance travelled, calories burned, activity level and sleep quality. Their smart scale can also help you track weight, body fat percentage and BMI with online graphs and mobile tools. This would be a great gift for any grandparent as all they need to do is wear it and you can help them look through their stats and see what needs improving or changing in their daily routine.

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telyHD is a camera unit that sits on top of your television set and delivers high quality Skype video calls directly to the TV. As long as it is plugged in and your TV is on anyone can get in touch with you via Skype. This is a great idea for grandparents who want to be able to stay in touch with family from across the world but aren’t ready or willing to invest in a computer or tablet. The system is also designed with new users in mind and is very easy to use.

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TV Ears

Often with old age comes loss of hearing, TV Ears is a clever little tool that syncs with your TV and allows the user to adjust their own volume and tone while others around them can have the TV at their preferred volume. It is designed to sit just under your chin and is ideal for listening if you are sitting or lying down.

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Active Protective

If you are worried about your grandparents falling and injuring themselves then why not get them some active protective garments. The smart garment in the form of a wearable belt detects a fall before you hit the floor and deploys a small airbag to protect your hips from breaking with the imapct. Confused? Take a look at the video to see how it works.

iPad

Last but not least is the Apple iPad! You may not think iPad when shopping for gifts for grandparents however it is surprising how easy people find it to use. With an easy to use interface, touchscreen and a button that you can press if anything goes wrong which will take you straight back to the main menu, it is actually a lot easier to use than a computer. With iPad popularity growing amongst older generations many apps are now appearing which cater to their needs including apps like Pill Reminder Pro, Blood PressureiBP and Pocket Physio. Not to mention the back catalogue of music and film clips available via the YouTube app and social media apps like Skype, which help them keep in touch with the family.

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Shareagift can help you save with the family towards an amazing gift this grandparent’s day. We provide an easy platform for you to collect money online for a group gift from the whole family that can either help improve your grandparent’s health, make their life easier or even get them Facebook messaging you!

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Top 5 Amazing Predictions That Came True!

Across the UK today people have been looking to the skies to see what the weather is like. For today is St. Swithin’s Day and which marks an age-old prophecy that states that the weather on the 15th of July will continue for forty days. We hope that this prophecy doesn’t come true as it was pouring down with rain this morning when we were on our way into the office! With this in mind we have compiled a list of 5 prophecies and predictions which have all come to fruition in some shape or form.

1 – Nostradamus And The Great Fire

The oldest prophecy in our list is from Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus. His book , Les Propheties, was published in and people have attributed his writings to truthful predictions of major events throughout history. One of the most famous ones is his prophecy which reads ‘the blood of the just will be demanded of London, Burt by the fire in the year 66’. In 1666 the great fire of London destroyed the city burning 70,000 of the cities 80,000 inhabitants homes. Many associate this event with Nostradamus’s famous prophecy.

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2 – John Watkins And Digital Photography

In 1900, an American civil engineer called John Elferth Watkins made an eerily accurate prediction about the future of photography. He stated that ‘Photographs will be telegraphed from any distance. ‘If there be a battle in China a hundred years hence, snapshots of its most striking events will be published in the newspapers an hour later, photographs will reproduce all of nature’s colours.’ When he predicted this it was taking around a week for a picture from China to make it’s way into Western papers and colour photography was still very experimental!

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3 – Ward Lamon And The Assasination

According to Abraham Lincoln’s friend Ward Hill Lamon, three days before he was assassinated he had a dream predicting his own death. The dream took place in the in the Whitehouse where he heard sobbing coming from a room downstairs. When he entered the room he found a corpse surrounded by soldiers with people weeping around it. ‘Who is dead in the White House? I demanded of one of the soldiers. The President was his answer; He was killed by an assassin. Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which woke me from my dream.’

4 – The Simpsons And Farmville

Bizarrely our next prediction is from the Simpsons! Over the years many ideas and themes that have been in episodes have come true years later. One of our favourite ones is the farming simulator. An episode which aired in 1998 had children of Springfield going crazy for a video game which was centred around virtual yard work. Around ten years later kids and adults alike became obsessed with similar games including Farmville and Farming Simulator!

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5 – Apple and The Future

In 1987 Apple made a promotional video entitled ‘Knowledge Navigator’ which looked into the future and tried to predict some of the tech advances that would have happened. Take a look at the video which is weirdly accurate, a man is using his touchscreen flat pc (or tablet) to do some research around his afternoon lecture. Not only does the video predict the widespread use of tablets but it also demonstrates video calling and voice controlled assistants like Apple’s Siri which coincidently was released in 2011, the year the video is set!

Have you ever made any predictions that have come true? Do you have any ideas for products that you know will be essential to us in the future? Well now you don’t have to wait for someone else to make your idea a reality. Use Shareagift to help groupfund any idea or product that you want to get off the ground. With Shareagift you can collect money online for anything and everything, whether it be funding a new idea, buying a group gift or putting on an event.

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Full Stream Ahead!

Music streaming services have hit headlines hard recently, whether it be from Apple’s announcement of their new streaming service to Taylor Swift’s streaming rants or AC-DC’s move to release their whole back catalogue for streaming, it has been a popular subject matter. Along with these headlines, figures recently released prove that streaming music is growing significantly, so what is all the buzz about? And why do we care?

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Music streaming has almost doubled in the last year, and that’s before Apple Music launched. People are enjoying the freedom of being able to listen to what they want wherever they are and with a universe of new music and back catalogues from around the world, there is no wonder that music-streaming services are attracting the masses. With music streaming stories filling the headlines and announcements by corporations like Apple it has certainly helped drum up interest. Brits have already listened to 11.5 billion tracks via streaming services this year alone.

Using the Album Equivalent Sales (AES) industry metric, overall consumption of recorded music was up 4% compared with the first six months of 2014 and we are seeing more and more people becoming music fans from younger ages. Many music streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music offer family plans which offer discount to family members if they sign up to the service through another member. This encourages children to listen to music who may have not necessarily had the means to explore it before from such a young age. Combine this with the fact that with streaming you can instantly listen to any song you want anywhere in the household on multiple devices, it is no wonder that music consumption is on the rise.

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However, it’s not all good news. Many artists have decided against having their music on streaming services and one such artist publicly announced her concerns over streaming recently in the headlines. Taylor Swift went up against Apple’s new music streaming service, Apple music, because they were not agreeing to pay artists during users free three-month trials. In a shocking move from Apple this got overturned and they agreed to pay artists a discounted fee during these months.

One of the major issues with streaming services is artist exclusivity. Apple music has already secured exclusive rights to Pharrell Williams amongst a number of other big artists and it was announced recently that Jay-Z’s music streaming service Tidal is the only one to feature Prince’s music after he took it down from all other streaming sites. This shift in exclusivity could see fans getting annoyed at having to use certain services to listen to their favourite artists.

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So what does the future hold for streaming services? If things continue as they are music streaming will continue to get bigger and bigger and we will eventually see a shift away from music downloads and CDs all together. Music downloads are down 10% this year and the number is predicted to carry on falling with the rise of music streaming and there were only two CD’s platinum CD’s in 2014, Taylor Swift’s 1989 and the Frozen soundtrack. No other compact disk hit a million copies in 2014!

It will be interesting to see how popular Apple music becomes and whether their audience will be listeners moving across from other streaming services or users who are new to streaming. We also predict that as streaming grows more and more companies will jump on the bandwagon and there are already rumours that Facebook are looking to make their entrance into the music-streaming scene.

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Streaming gives artists the opportunity to share their music online with their fans and it also allows fans to access the music they want to listen to form anywhere in the world. The Internet is being used more and more as a medium to share with anyone, anywhere in the world and it is not only music that people are sharing! Companies like Shareagift allow users to share their money online and contribute towards anything from shared gifts to worthy causes and events from the other side of the world.

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Top 5 Amazing Inventions That You Need In Your Life!

It emerged this week that Samsung has come up with a new invention to reduce the amount of car accidents that occur when drivers try to overtake lorries. The company is introducing a line of safety trucks which will have wireless cameras in the front that project a live picture to a large television built into the back of the truck. Take a look at this video for a preview of how they will look and be used on the road.

We love the idea behind these trucks and set out this week to find our top five inventions that you need in your life!

1 – PaperKarma (The Junk Mail Eliminating App)

From: Apple and Google Play app stores

Price: Free

Tired of receiving more and more junk mail, well fear not! This app allows you to get rid of your unwanted junk mail once and for all! By taking a picture of the junk mail and sending it to the app, it will automatically find out which company it is linked to and remove you from their mailing list!

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2 – Scissortape

From: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £37.96

The same thing happens every time you scramble around drawers and cupboards for scissors and tape but you can only ever find one or the other. Now all your wrapping problems are solved with this amazing invention! Although the price is a bit steep, it will save you a lot of time and effort!

3 – Universal Wrapping Paper

From: Wordlessdesign.com

Price: £20 for 5 sheets

Universal wrapping paper can be used for all sorts of occasions. The paper includes hidden words, which can be circled for the desired present! No longer will you need more than one roll of wrapping paper and gone are the days of trying to convince friends and family that those Christmas tree shapes on their birthday present are actually party hats.

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4 – Showerhead Wireless Speaker

From Bathrommvillage.com

Price: £134.26

This little invention is a wireless speaker that plugs into your shower-head! Now you can enjoy music in the shower without the worry of destroying your phone or radio.

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5 – Ultra-Ever Dry

From: Ultraeverdrystore.com

Price varies

Ultra-Ever Dry is a hydrophobic coating, which can completely repel water and many other liquids. Just cover the object in this chemical and Ultra-Ever Dry will create a barrier of air on its surface repelling any liquids! Now you can take anything out on a rainy day and not worry about it getting spoiled!

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Know someone that would love one of these? Why not start a Shareagift page for them and start saving towards it! Or if you have an idea for an amazing new invention, then why not start a Shareagift campaign to get some funding and get your idea off the ground!

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Shareagift Crowd-funding by Fans is Best of the Week on Crowdsourcing.org

We’re thrilled to report that our Shareagift post about Font Awesome fans using the site to contribute to a Group Gift for founder, Dave Gandy, is Best of the Week story on Crowdsourcing.org!  Read the full post here for our ‘awesome’ story 😉

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