15 Of The Coolest Tech Gifts For Every Gadget-Lover On Your List

Spending prolonged time at home has skewed our shopping habits towards everything from space-saving WFH furniture hacks to cozy loungewear that can also pass as telecommuter-chic attire. On top of home setups and style lineups, quarantine has also reshaped our tech mindsets as well — piquing our interests in smart home devices and cutting-edge new electronics that make stay-at-home orders a little more entertaining. And, now that the holidays are hurtling towards us, we’ve got a good amount of these premium pieces at the tops of our gift lists.

After foraging through the bottomless-product pit that is the internet, we dug up and pulled out the best tech gifts that your hard-earned coin (or someone else’s) can buy — from wireless charging docks to WiFi-connected vacuum cleaners, highly intelligent mirrors, and much more. Ahead, 15 electronically-inclined presents that will take any lifestyle from simple to smart in a click.

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<h2>Catch3 Wireless Charging Station</h2> <br>Thoughtfully organize your daily accessories and charge your devices with one simple tool. <br> <br> <strong>Courant</strong> Catch3 Wireless Charging Station, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3jTk0C2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Courant" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Courant</a>

Catch3 Wireless Charging Station

Thoughtfully organize your daily accessories and charge your devices with one simple tool.

Courant Catch3 Wireless Charging Station, $, available at Courant

<h2>Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones</h2> <br>We love our cordless headphones, but if you want to listen to your favorite tunes or a crime-based podcast a little more in-depth, we recommend Beats. <br> <br> <strong>Beats by Dr. Dre</strong> Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2GOcni0" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

We love our cordless headphones, but if you want to listen to your favorite tunes or a crime-based podcast a little more in-depth, we recommend Beats.

Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $, available at Walmart

<h2>Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player</h2> <br>Old school meets new school with this record player — a device updated with Bluetooth capabilities. <br> <br> <strong>Victrola</strong> Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F33OAh5S" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>

Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player

Old school meets new school with this record player — a device updated with Bluetooth capabilities.

Victrola Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player,

Eric Liaw and Tom Loverro Named on the 2020 GrowthCap’s Top 25 Software Investors List

IVP, a premier later-stage venture capital and growth equity firm, is pleased to announce that Eric Liaw and Tom Loverro have been named to the 2020 GrowthCap’s Top 25 Software Investors List. The list highlights the most exceptional private capital investors who have demonstrated deep software sector expertise, high leadership acumen, exceptional investment judgment, and consistent professional performance over a sustained period of time.

“It’s an exciting time to invest in later-stage software companies,” said Eric Liaw. “Companies are targeting hundreds of millions of users in ever larger global markets, allowing them to grow faster than ever and generate significant revenue within a very short timeframe. The acceleration of digital transformation drives a massive opportunity for our current and future portfolio companies. It is an honor to work with many talented entrepreneurs and partner with them to create the market leaders of the future.”

“IVP invests in the fastest-growing technology companies and software is the majority of what we do,” added Tom Loverro. “We partner with exceptional management teams to build software companies of consequence.”

IVP manages $7 billion in committed capital and is one of the top-performing firms in the venture capital industry. The firm has backed innovative companies such as CrowdStrike, Datadog, GitHub, Glossier, Grammarly, HashiCorp, Hopin, Klarna, MuleSoft, Slack, Snap, Supercell, TransferWise, Twitter, and UiPath and remains committed to its focused strategy of supporting innovation at the growth stage and partnering closely with exceptional management teams.

About Eric Liaw

Eric joined IVP in 2011. He is focused primarily on later-stage investments in high growth companies across a variety of sectors, including enterprise software, Internet, and mobile. Eric serves as a Board Director or Observer for IVP portfolio companies Aiven, App Annie, Deputy, Glossier, The Honest Company, IEX, Lulus, MasterClass, NextRoll, Supermetrics, and ZipRecruiter and led IVP’s investments

Daily Meal ranked this Alabama hamburger on its list of ‘The 101 Best Burgers in America’

Dining and travel website The Daily Meal has released a list of the 101 Best Burgers in America, and the Hamburger Fonfon from Birmingham’s Chez Fonfon ranks number 32.

To make the list of the country’s most bodacious burgers, staff at The Daily Meal focused on small establishments and local favorites, compiling notes from internal expertise, review sites including Yelp, reader suggestions, and coverage from local journalists.

Here’s what The Daily Meal had to say about the Hamburger Fonfon:

“Chez Fonfon might be located in Birmingham, Alabama, but the cuisine will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Paris, France. The highly recommended Hamburger Fonfon is cooked medium and comes with comté — a cheese — and pommes frites.”

While The Daily Meal ranked multiple burgers from some states for this year’s list– the website ranked three burgers from Georgia and Louisiana, as well as four from South Carolina– the Hamburger Fonfon was the only burger from Alabama to make the list.

It was also the only burger from Alabama on its 2017 and 2015 best burgers in America lists. And this past summer, the site ranked the Hamburger FonFon the best burger in Alabama.

While we hope The Daily Meal eventually expands its horizons to make room for other great Alabama burgers on its annual list, its no secret the highly celebrated burger from chef Frank Stitt’s casual French bistro is a guest favorite.

To build the iconic burger, the Chez Fonfon staff starts with grass-fed Heritage Beef whole chuck shoulder from Joyce Farms in Winston-Salem, N.C., which the chefs trim and grind in-house. In June, Frank Stitt and Adam Grusin, the culinary director for the Stitt Restaurant Group, detailed the two-day process to AL.com’s Bob Carlton:

“We cut the meat and let it air dry for

Freeform Christmas Movie Schedule 2020: What Made the List?

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The air’s a little chillier, the leaves have started changing, and everyone’s decorations are getting nice and spooky. You know what that means, right? It’s time… to start thinking about Christmas!

Freeform just announced their month-long block of Christmas movies they’ll be airing all throughout the month of November (aka Christmas: Origins). We’ve got bonafide classics like Home Alone, Disney-blessed “seasonal gifts” like Frozen, and, um, The Hunger Games franchise. What do you think Peeta got Katniss for Christmas? A new bow? I’ll take my answer off the air.

Check out Freeform’s full “Kickoff to Christmas” programming block, beginning on November 1, below. And for some more, um, “seasonally appropriate” programming, here’s our favorite Halloween movies of all time.

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  • Sunday, Nov. 1
  • 7:30 a.m. – “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • 10:05 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”
  • 12:05 p.m. – “Deck the Halls” (2006)
  • 2:10 p.m. – “The Game Plan”
  • 4:50 p.m. – “Matilda”
  • 6:55 p.m. – “Frozen” (Disney Animated)
  • 9:25 p.m. – “Coco” (Disney-Pixar)
  • 11:55 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”
  • Monday, Nov. 2
  • 12:00 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”
  • 2:05 p.m. – “Matilda”
  • 4:10 p.m. – “The Hunger Games”
  • 7:25 p.m. – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3
  • 11:00 a.m. – “The Hunger Games”
  • 2:00 p.m. – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
  • 5:30 p.m. – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1”
  • 8:00 p.m. – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2”
  • 12:00 a.m. – “Stealing Christmas”
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4
  • 10:30 a.m. – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1”
  • 1:00 p.m. – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2”
  • 4:00 p.m. – “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2010)
  • 6:30 p.m. – “Frozen” (Disney Animated)
  • 9:00 p.m. – “Shrek”
  • 12:00 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”
  • Thursday, Nov. 5
  • 10:30 a.m. – “The Simpsons”
  • 5:00

EU targets Big Tech with “hit list” facing tougher rules

A Facebook logo in front of an EU flag in this photo illustration on November 20, 2017.
Enlarge / A Facebook logo in front of an EU flag in this photo illustration on November 20, 2017.

EU regulators are drawing up a “hit list” of up to 20 large Internet companies, likely to include Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook and Apple, that will be subject to new and far more stringent rules aimed at curbing their market power.

Under the plans, large platforms that find themselves on the list will have to comply with tougher regulation than smaller competitors, according to people familiar with the discussions, including new rules that will force them to share data with rivals and an obligation to be more transparent on how they gather information.

The list will be compiled based on a number of criteria, including market share of revenues and number of users, meaning the likes of Facebook and Google are likely to be included. Those deemed to be so powerful that rivals cannot trade without using their platforms could also be added.

The move to gain new powers is part of a growing effort in Brussels to force big technology companies to change their business practices without a full investigation or any finding that they have broken existing laws.

It follows complaints that the current regulatory regime has resulted in weak and belated action, which has done little to foster competition.

The number of companies and the precise criteria for the list is still being discussed, but it is the latest indication of how serious the EU is about coming up with powers to limit the power of platforms seen as “too big to care.”

“The immense market power of these platforms is not good for competition,” said a person with intimate knowledge of the discussions.

The proposals, which are still being discussed among senior EU officials, could