12 Days of Christmas Tech

We all know just how quickly Christmas sneaks up on us. All of a sudden it’s December 21st and you still have six people to get gifts for; a party to host; a turkey to buy; and Christmas baking to do. Here at ADSjr. Capital Group, Inc. we thought we might be able to make your life just a little bit easier this holiday season. We’ve put together “12 Days of Christmas Tech”, because who doesn’t want some great gadgets this Christmas season?

 

On the first day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

Ringly Go Activity Tracking Smart Bracelet   

This stylish bracelet tracks steps, calories burned, and distance travelled throughout the day. It synchs with both iPhone and Android smartphones to keep track of your activity levels. With interchangeable, Italian leather, adjustable straps, it’s not only a useful device for maintaining a healthy lifestyle—it’s a fashion statement too!

 

On the second day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

Black Talon Beginner Aerix Racing Drone

Aerix drones are a hybrid between a fast moving racing drone, and a high-altitude recording device. The Black Talon Beginner Racing Drone is a lightweight device made from ABS plastic that can travel up to fifteen miles per hour. With altitude hold technology, this Aerix drone can record stunning aerial views, or project a live video feed.

 

On the third day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

Remote Controlled Colour Changing Ceiling Light

This 24-Watt ceiling fixture comes with a built in sound speaker, dimmable colour changing lights, and is controlled by a remote. It creates ambiance at the click of a button and is perfect to brighten up any room!

 

On the fourth day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

Wilson X Smart Basketball

The Wilson X Smart Basketball interactive technology tracks your shots through any regulation net. You can manage your stats, or—with four different game modes—you can challenge yourself to Beat the Buzzer! Take control of your game in a way you never have before.

 

On the fifth day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

FireFlies Audio Wire-Free Bluetooth Earbuds

Tired of wrestling with the cord on your earphones for five minutes before being able to unravel them? These wireless earbuds can be synched with your device to offer quality sound, without the hassle. Plus, water resistant and designed to fit securely within your ears, these Bluetooth earbuds are perfect for workouts or leisure listening.

 

On the sixth day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

Pictek Wireless Charger

This thin, fast-acting charging pad is made to take with you on the go. With overvoltage protection and temperature control, the Pictek Wireless Charger is a must have for business, travel, or whenever “plugging in,” just isn’t possible.

 

On the seventh day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

Prynt iPhone Case

The Prynt iPhone case allows you to print photographs off your phone anywhere, at any time! The Prynt Zink paper makes it easy to click and go—no ink loading, and no hassle. Perfect for capturing the moment, because we know your time and your memories are important to you.

 

On the eighth day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition Creative Pen Tablet

The Wacom Intuos Creative Pen Tablet is perfect for artists of all shapes and sizes. This technology allows you to create digital art while working with pen and paper. It enables you to capture your masterpiece instantly, or work directly onto the computer.

 

On the ninth day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

Scrivener System Software

If you have any writers in your life, Scrivener System Software is the perfect tool to gift them this Christmas. It allows you to view documents side by side; utilize a “corkboard” feature; print, export, and publish your work; and outline projects. A multi-faceted organizational tool, it’s ideal for students, novelists, business writers, and more.

 

On the tenth day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

Evecase DSLR Camera Backpack

This travel backpack is perfect for transporting your tech around with you. With space for a DSLR camera (lens attached); three additional lenses; a 14” laptop; connecting straps for your tripod; and pockets for chargers, batteries, or your flash, you can be sure you’ll have room for everything you need.

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

Amazon Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo Dot is a voice-controlled device that manages whatever you’d like it to. It can interact with other smart technologies in the household: dimming lights, adjusting the temperature, opening the garage, or turning on the fan. In addition, the Echo Dot acts as a Bluetooth speaker to play music, podcasts, or audiobooks.

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my favourite person in the world gave to me…

HDP 300W WiFi Mini Portable Home Theater Projector

This wireless video projector can connect to iPhones, Androids, and PC technology in order to project an image up to 100” diagonally. Its compact size and shape, and rechargeable battery, make it perfect to bring with you anywhere. Transform any surface into a video screen this Christmas!

 

 

 

 

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The Hottest Laptops to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and that means you’ll soon be starting to check gifts off of your list (if you haven’t already!) With hundreds of laptops on the market today, it can be a daunting task to figure out which one suits your loved one’s needs best. Whether you’re looking to surprise someone with a brand-new laptop, or dropping hints as to which laptop you want this year, we’ll save you time spent on doing the research yourself!

We’ve looked at everything from USB ports and keyboards, to HDMI output on the most popular laptop brands, including ASUS, HP, ACER, and Toshiba, to give you our top picks for this holiday season!

 

  1. ASUS

With a combination of both features and quality, we’ve rated ASUS laptops at the top for the 2017 holiday season. ASUS laptops offer everything from sleek, lightweight designs to practicality – everything you really want from a laptop. The new ZenBook and Chromebook series from ASUS are the hottest on the market right now, but ASUS also has options for gamers and productivity seekers!

ASUS has embraced the USB 3.0 and has even stepped up on it with Thunderbolt 3 technology that is eight times faster than a regular USB 3.0. Their laptops offer anywhere from 1-4 USB ports in the Thunderbolt, 3.0 or 2.0 technology. The connectability of ASUS laptops is also top-notch, as all come equipped with HDMI outputs.

Whether you’re looking for a sleek design for the on-the-go lifestyle that has a standard keyboard without a number pad and comes in screen sizes anywhere from 10.1” to 17.3”, or a more practical laptop for a gaming lifestyle complete with a number pad and a 17.3” screen, ASUS is your best option.

ASUS even makes a laptop (in a surprisingly slim design) with a rare DVD drive for those who haven’t completely boarded the streaming train!

The top laptops from ASUS this holiday season are:

ASUS ZenBook Series

  • Best for the travelling professional or student

ASUS Chromebook Flip

  • Doubles as a tablet making it perfect for students or kids

Republic of Gamers

  • The best option for the gamer in your life

 

  1. HP

HP’s wide selection of laptops offers something for everyone on your shopping list. It only ranks second because it lacks some of the unique features ASUS offers, HP has great basic options for professionals, students, or gamers on your list.

Like ASUS, HP also has options for 1-4 USB ports, including USB 3.0 for more speed.

With options for large screens (the majority coming in at 15.6”), keyboards including a number pad, and HDMI outputs for easy connections, HP laptops are perfect for the working professionals in your life. Gamers can also indulge in these laptops, with a 17.3” screen for an optimal gaming experience.

HP offers even more options than ASUS for laptops still equipped with a DVD drive if that convenient option is high on the wish list.

The best laptops from HP this holiday season are:

Omen by HP

  • Perfect for the gamers on your list

HP Pavilion

  • Plenty of options available for those looking for both performance and style

 

  1. ACER

ACER makes affordable products for a variety of lifestyles, and while they haven’t been able to rival ASUS and HP in the past, they’ve been creating products that have caught our attention, putting them at third on our list.

Offering gaming laptops with keyboard number pads, 15.6”-17.3” screens, and 1-4 USB ports with options for at least one USB 3.0 port, the ACER gaming models are a budget-friendly option.

The Ultra-thin, Convertible, and Chromebook models are perfect for those with student, professional, or leisure lifestyles. These products offer 1-4 USB ports, including some with Thunderbolt technology and USB 3.0, screen sizes from 11.6” to 17.3” and HDMI outputs. If you’re willing to sacrifice a sleek design for a DVD drive, ACER offers a model for those not willing to give it up!

The best laptops from ACER this holiday season are:

Chromebook

  • Designed with durability in mind for students

Predator Gaming Models

  • Performance, design and reasonable pricing all in one

Ultra-thin

  • Perfect for the on-the-go person on your list

 

  1. Toshiba

Toshiba comes in last on our list. While some of their options are suitable for the practical laptop user, the options are far more limited, and primarily directed toward businesses rather than the general consumer.

While their screen sizes only range from 13.9” to 15.6”, they still offer 1-4 USB ports (including some with USB 3.0) and HDMI ports in their laptops. One of their options still comes with a DVD drive and others feature a number pad on the keyboard for enhanced practicality. Finding the right version for the business-person on your list is just a matter of weighing the features and options.

The best laptops from Toshiba this holiday season are:

Chromebook

  • The sleekest design from Toshiba

Tecra

  • A durable design, perfect for the business traveller

 

ADSjr. Blog: All the Latest in Tech News for Your Business

Welcome to Our New Monthly Blog Feature!

ADSjr. is happy to bring our clients, friends, and associates a blog dedicated to all your tech-related questions. Our business thrives on information, and now we want to share that information with you, so you can improve your operations and grow your business!

Every month, we’ll bring you the latest tech news, including featured products, programs, and software. Better yet, we’ll help you connect it all to your business goals.

For our first blog, we want to cover some of the top questions we’re asked by clients and colleagues:

 

  1. Why does my business need systems and software?

Strong systems improve your operations. When you’re able to maximize your efficiency and eliminate redundant steps, you and your team will have more time to spend where it matters. Finding, using, and understanding the right program can also save on costs, and improve your operations.

 

  1. Which systems and software are best?

The best systems are those designed specifically for your business or industry. Every business has a completely unique set of needs, and most programs are targeted so they can cater directly to those needs. A lawyer will need different functions from a program than an electrician will.

In some cases – particularly when you have precise needs, or there aren’t appropriate programs and software available online – the best solution is custom-designed software built around your processes. If you aren’t sure what you need or whether a system is right for you, please ask us! We’d love to show you what works, why, and how to get the best pricing and training.

 

  1. How can a custom system help my business?

Custom software is designed around your specific business needs. Many businesses think custom software is too expensive, but in most cases, the expense is well worth the time saved on labour, training, program fees, and other costs that come with cookie-cutter programs. Custom systems also cut out the noise of features and functions that don’t apply to you; the only pages you’ll see are the pages you need.

Custom software isn’t for everyone. In some cases, there are enough programs available on the market to choose the best fit for you. Need to find the right program? Let us know!

 

  1. Why do I need software training for my employees?

Your systems are only as effective as the people using them. Software programs – and in particular, off-the-shelf software – often has a variety of features and functions that can be maximized for the best results. In-house training is the most efficient way to ensure you and your team are all on the same page and using the right functions, and that everything is operating smoothly on your system. We offer training for all kinds of programs, and our custom software development always includes training. Training can be one-on-one, or group sessions, depending on the level of proficiency each staff member requires to operate the program.

 

  1. Which systems do you use and prefer?

We are able to work with nearly any software. Our IT experts are familiar with a wide range of programs, but we’re always expanding our knowledge base. We know what works and what doesn’t, and we’re always happy to help clients find a program that is the right fit for their needs.

 

If there’s a particular program you’d like help with, please feel free to contact us, and we’ll make sure your software is working harder for you.

Have another question you’d like answered in the blog? Email us today and let us know what you’d like to see!