2020 gift ideas from Techno Claus

It’s that time of year when our jolly old friend Techno Claus (a.k.a. David Pogue) arrives over the chimney with a selection of gift ideas for the tech-lover on your vacation list.

Techno Claus comes down from the fireplace with a face mask (because it’s 2020!)

Good morning friends! It’s been quite a year
The worst that many remember, I fear
The fires, the protests, the vote, I mean
We needed all of this and the COVID-19?

The family left out a plate of biscuits, a glass of milk and a bottle of hand sanitizer – how thoughtful!

I admit it’s hard to focus on gifts
But maybe they just wake you up a little.
I’m here again bringing presents for everyone
Or at least those who like to install technology!

ValueRays’ 2020 heated mouse design warms up to 99-120 degrees Fahrenheit.

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ValueRays heated mouse ($ 22.95)

When winter comes to borrow a set
It dries up the air and shortens the days.
Your hand is getting so cold from the cold in the house
I give you pure genius – a self-heating mouse!

Two heat levels and a comfortable shape,
At least that’s how it is one Part of your body that is warm!

A night light is just one of the add-ons that you can connect to the Alexa Echo Flex.

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Amazon Echo Flex ($ 9.99)

For technical gifts you could do a lot worse
As Amazon Echos – machines that talk.
But that’s so tiny! It doesn’t take up space
And so cheap that you can put them anywhere.

A night light, a clock – they sell add-ons
Or just charge your phone via USB here.
It answers your questions, controls all the lights
And regulates all kinds of domestic fights.

Mr. Claus: Alexa, do you wash your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher?
Alexa: “Recommend: Do not rinse the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.”
Mr. Claus: How often do I have to tell her?

The battery of the Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses plays music for up to 5.5 hours – almost enough for a run to the North Pole.

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Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses ($ 179.95 – $ 249.95)

You can wear these (sunglasses) or these (earphones) when you go outside –
Or just put on Bose audio glasses!
The sound from your phone comes right out to your ear.
You can even take calls! The microphones are right here!

The sound is impressive! I have to say I am shocked!
I also feel more secure – my ears aren’t blocked.

FlipFlip turns your: 04-15-second videos into flipbooks.

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FlipFlip Flipbook ($ 19.99)

These little children today! Sitting glued to their screens!
Why can’t they watch videos? Not on machines ?!
Check this out! These are flip books! They are your own
Produced from short clips on computer or telephone.

A few days later they are ready to shoot
So cool and old-fashioned that they’re practical Hip!

Techno Claus shows the iVict clip-on gooseneck ring light, which doubles as a light for more flattering zoom calls and as a desk lamp.

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iVict Clip-On Gooseneck Ring Light ($ 9.99)

When I call Zoom, I’ll tell you what’s upset me:
These people who look like an empty silhouette.
The problem is the window – the light shines through.
I definitely hope that person is not you!

Put an end to your plight –
A dimmable ring of rather flattering light.
There is a desk lamp on the desk; and at Zoom you are a star
Let your co-workers find out how good you look!

The Kodak Luma 350 Portable Smart Projector has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as USB and HDMI inputs.

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KODAK Luma 350 Portable Smart Projector ($ 299.99)

We all miss the films, I can vouch for that
But I can get pretty close here on the couch.
That tiny thing is a projector! I swear!
And battery operated for movies anywhere.

It has all of these apps, or you plug in a stick …

He’s watching a Christmas movie, sitting back with popcorn and a seasonal drink. He clearly loves that.

Hey i know this guy! It’s my cousin, Saint Nick!


You may receive the gifts I recommend.
There is something sweet about being surprised.
But a gift that I promise you, my dear friend:
The year 2020 will end very soon!

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Story produced by Julie Kracov. Editor: George Pozderec.

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