Best Tech Gifts for Holiday 2020: PC Gaming, Smartphones, Streaming, and More Gadgets

How is this possible? Well, it comes down to the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture. It has 2nd generation Ray Tracing Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and lightning fast G6X memory to push performance to the limit. It also has 3rd generation Tensor Cores, and these are worth highlighting, as they’re the secret to one of the RTX 30 Series’ trump cards: DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling). Using the dedicated AI processing Tensor Cores, the RTX 30 Series unleashes the power of artificial intelligence to produce higher resolution graphics without the same rendering overhead. The result? Smoother gameplay that still stuns visually in supported games – like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Fortnite, Minecraft, F1 2020, Final Fantasy XV, Hideo Kojima’s epic Death Stranding, and many more. 

Learn more more about the best NVIDIA holiday deals here.

NVIDIA Laptops

GeForce RTX Laptops – $999 and Up

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The best science kit gifts for kids

If you’ve got a little scientist on your hands, look no further for the best science kits this holiday season. Live Science has gathered a group of the most incredible science kits you can buy right now. Is your kid fascinated by the weather? There’s a science kit for that. Do they want to know how plants grow? Get them a glow-in-the-dark terrarium. Are they always talking about squishy, gross guts? Maybe they’d like an anatomically accurate model of just where guts go in the human body and how they keep us alive. No matter your kids’ science interests, we have a kit for them. 

a small child sitting on a table: Kids doing some kind of science or STEM experiment.

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Kids doing some kind of science or STEM experiment.

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Grow ‘N Glow Terrarium: $14.99 $11.69 at Amazon

Little plant lovers will be thrilled to grow their own wheatgrass and chia seeds with this colorful and

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Great Gifts to Give the Science Nerds in Your Life

The holidays have always been a time to acknowledge the people in our lives that we care about. And after the year we’ve had, this is especially true. The pandemic revealed how much we depend on the people we love, and how social connections brighten our lives.

Just as nothing has been normal this year — the 2020 holiday season will be no different. But gift-giving is one of the few holiday traditions that’s still safe to enjoy.

For this reason, finding that perfect gift might add another layer of stress this year. So if you’re stumped on what to give a science geek this holiday season — you can relax. You’ve come to the right place. Our partners at My Science Shop happen to be experts in shopping for science gifts, and they’ve rounded up some of their most unique options in this 2020 Christmas and holiday gift-giving guide. 

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The best model rocket deals and gifts for Cyber Monday

Everybody loves a good rocket launch, and these model rockets will be a good boost to your spacefaring dreams. 

a close up of a colorful background: Estes V2 Semi Scale Model Rocket

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Estes V2 Semi Scale Model Rocket

The rocket sets below range from beginner to advanced, from air-powered to engine-powered, with some fun variations in between (like rocket-powered cars or rocket-powered bottles.)

Model rocketry requires not only the rocket, but some accessories like wadding, fin straighteners, engines and batteries, so be sure to read the instructions carefully. We’ve included a selection of accessories to help you build out your rocket stable. Also make sure to follow all safety guidelines carefully when launching.

Rocketry is not only a fun activity, but it is a real-life inspiration to help youngsters learn about science, engineering, mathematics and technology (STEM). And many people who flew into space or who worked for space agencies or companies began just like you want to, with

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The Best Gifts For Landscape Photographers

Photography gear is expensive, and anyone with even a passing interest in cameras will appreciate anything you can do to make their hobby (or business) a little more affordable. But landscape photographers can run into unique challenges as they’re often traveling long distances, often on foot, to find the most amazing destinations to shoot. Not only do they have to work hard to ensure their gear is protected against both travel accidents and the elements, but space is at a premium and weight is extra-important. After all, you can’t carry an extra 40-pound bag of camera lenses if you’re hiking through Patagonia. And unfortunately, high-end gear that’s also lightweight and compact comes with a hefty price tag.

Fortunately, various companies now make creative camera-related gear to help make it a bit easier for landscape photographers to get the perfect shot. From collapsable lens

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Robots for kids: STEM kits and more tech gifts for hackers of all ages

All the signs were there. If my parents knew then what parents know now, they would have been prepared. But back in the 1960s and 1970s, the maker movement was still far in the future. Robots were something you only saw in movies and awesome TV shows (or as my Mom would often put it, “What in the world are you watching?”). Telling her that Lost in Space wasn’t “in the world” tended to get me the All Powerful Glare of Motherly Annoyance.

But now, if a kid is a natural tinkerer, there are positive outlets for their inclination. There are great STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) kits and toys that can ignite a kid’s interest and focus it on learning, while at the same time making learning fun.

In this guide, we’re focusing mostly on the technology and engineering areas, providing you with some great kits and toys

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Why experiences are better gifts for older children — ScienceDaily

What should we get for our kids this holiday? As children get older, giving them something they can experience (live through) instead of material things makes them happier, according to new research led by Lan Nguyen Chaplin, associate professor of marketing at the University of Illinois Chicago.

The research, published in the International Journal of Research in Marketing, compared the level of happiness children derive from material goods with the level of happiness they derive from experiences.

Across four studies with children and adolescents, Chaplin and her collaborators demonstrated that children ages 3-12 derive more happiness from material things than from experiences. However, older children derive more happiness from their experiences than from their possessions.

“What this means is, experiences are highly coveted by adolescents, not just expensive material things, like some might think,” Chaplin says.

She goes on to explain, “Don’t get me wrong. Young children do love experiences.

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Never break these 6 rules when buying tech gifts

Black Friday is less than a week away, meaning it’s nearly time to start saving money when you’re shopping for holiday gifts. With the holidays getting closer, time is running out to think over exactly what you’re going to give to that special someone or distant relative. But before you make that decision, keep in mind that tech gifts can be the same as giving someone a surprise puppy or kitten — just without the mess to clean up after. 

a pink bow tie: A shiny iPhone 12 makes for a great gift, but you should do some research before buying it for someone else. Angela Lang/CNET

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A shiny iPhone 12 makes for a great gift, but you should do some research before buying it for someone else. Angela Lang/CNET

The Echo Show 5 could make for a great gift, but not for everyone. 


The Echo Show 5 could make for a great gift, but not for everyone. 

Gadgets can be personal, with a mess of unintended consequences, like saddling someone with the cost of buying extra gear, landing them with a monthly subscription

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Tech gifts 2020: The best electronics and gadgets for your favorite techie

Get high-tech this Christmas and Hanukkah with the latest and greatest electronics and gadgets for staying connected — and zoning out. Here are our picks for the top tech gifts for the 2020 holiday season.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset​
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset​

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset

These new headphones provide fully immersive sound while gaming, with top-notch noise canceling and all-day comfort. Remove the gaming module and they’re stylish headphones for music. $330 at

IQAir Atem Personal Air Purifier
IQAir Atem Personal Air Purifier

IQAir Atem Personal Air Purifier

Designed to clean your personal breathing zone, this small, ultra-sleek air purifier can be placed on your desk at work or home, in a car on smoky days or anywhere you need some fresh air. $399 at

Amazon Fire TV Stick
Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon Fire TV Stick

The latest, third-generation release has more power for faster streaming in full HD. It also adds a

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Best Tech Gifts For Less Than $200

Yep, it’s that time of year again when you may have already begun shopping around for holiday gifts. If you’re looking for tech gifts that aren’t overly pricey, you’ve arrived at the right page.

Simply Smart Home’s Brookstone PhotoShare smart digital photo frame comes in 10.1- ($200) and 14-inch ($230) touchscreen sizes, with espresso or black wood frames. Through its smartphone app, you can load photos via email, website, through Facebook or Google Photos. There’s no subscription needed. Holds up to 5,000 photos, via 8GB of built-in memory. You can also add music through an SD or USB thumb drive.

After using these for the first time, I knew TREBLAB’s X5 truly wireless earphones ($60) may be the best I’ve tried. Bluetooth connects quickly and is stable, while sound is rich with deep bass. And you can get music loud without distortion. Comes

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