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December 20, 2013

How to wake up after the Holidays!

Filed under: Holiday — Tags: , , , , — Kayla Sigafoos-Wortley @ 11:38 am

Waking up after the Holidays is always hard, all the food, excitement and entertainment, it’s a wonder anyone makes it to work on time after Christmas and New Year’s! Since we wanted to make sure we all make it to work on time to start 2014 off right, we wanted to share some great iPhone alarm apps to help you too!
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October 31, 2013

How to Throw the Ultimate Halloween Party

It is time to Get Goolish! Halloween is right around the corner and that means that you need to start planning, if you haven’t already! Follow these 8 Steps to throw the Ultimate Halloween Party…

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December 3, 2012

Home for the Holidays

With Thanksgiving come and gone, the holidays are in full swing for many Americans. This time of year likely means time with family – wherever they may be located. The average long-distance trip around Christmas and New Year’s is 275 miles. Holiday travel is now increasing for the fourth year in a row.

But before you can relax with hot cocoa and gingerbread, there always are some holiday headaches, such as baggage fees on airlines, highway traffic and the chorus of “Are we there yet?”

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November 15, 2012

The Friday That Is Black

Filed under: Black Friday,Deals,General,Holiday — gchi @ 9:32 am

The Running of the Shoppers

This past summer we were treated to watching the world’s best athletes compete in the Olympics. Next week, million’s of Americans will be participating in a different type of competition: Black Friday shopping.

We’ve all seen the images of Pampalona-like stampedes into Wal-Mart stores at midnight and much like the running of the bulls, people get gored and run over. If you were unfortunate enough to be at this Wal-Mart location, you might have gotten an eye full of pepper spray.

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October 30, 2012

Home Halloween Horrors

Signs are pointing to a spooky and record-breaking Halloween this year, as 170 million people plan to celebrate the holiday, spending an average of almost $80 per person on decorations, costumes and candy.

But one of the best parts of Halloween often costs much less: a good scare. And we do love good, terrifying fun.

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July 2, 2012

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Connectivity

Americans claim certain unalienable rights, such as the freedom of expression, the democratic system and voting, and – the right to be connected anytime and anywhere! If the millions of apps and Facebook IPO craze is not a sign of the times, consider the following stats from industry experts:

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June 14, 2012

This is Not Your Dad’s TV

Filed under: Holiday,Wireless 3D Digital Kit,Wireless HD Kit — admin @ 10:12 am

With Father’s Day approaching this weekend we stop and reflect on how the television, one of a fathers favorite pastimes, and the television industry has shifted during the lifetime of your dad. Back in “the good ol’ days” of your father (anyone over 40), each and every week more than 67 million people sat down to watch any number of TV shows without fail. Flash forward to today’s top shows, and only 21 million are watching American Idol and a mere 14 million tune-in to Modern Family. In an interview with Evan Shapiro, Forbes outlines why TV is not dead, despite dwindling viewership.

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May 11, 2012

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Filed under: GearPower,Holiday,Solar Bluetooth Car Kit — admin @ 12:33 pm

If you are just now reading this, chances are you’re running late on giving mom her well deserved gift. While it’s too late for us to help you on that, unless you don’t mind springing for overnight shipping, we have some suggestions to keep mom happy while she waits for her belated gift.

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November 21, 2011

The Black Friday Myth

Filed under: Deals,Holiday,IOGEAR News — admin @ 8:18 am

Come Friday, November 25th, 2011, millions will dutifully line up at retail stores all across the USA. Then, on the following Monday, millions will visit the websites of their favorite stores, all looking for the best deals of the year.

CBSAtlanta.com says:

“Last year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported that 212 million individuals hit the shopping aisles on Black Friday. They spent an estimated $45 billion, or roughly $365 per person, which was up more than 6% from 2009.”

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November 8, 2011

Online vs. Brick and Mortar: Who has the Best Deals?

Filed under: Deals,HDMI,Holiday,PC to AV,Wireless HTPC Keyboard — admin @ 9:00 am

As we near the holiday shopping season, retailers will soon start rolling out the deals in an effort to entice shoppers to spend their hard-earned dollars. With the emergence of the Internet, and the 24-hour shopping cycle it provides, we have much greater shopping flexibility than we did 10 years ago, but the questions remains: Where are the better deals, online or in the store? And where do people prefer to buy their technology?

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Well, if you trust The NPD Group analyst firm, their research shows that when it comes to tech purchases:

“56 percent of people read up on new TVs at retail websites, but only 19 percent follow through with an online purchase – the lowest number for all included CE. Online smartphone shoppers weren’t too far off though, with 23 percent balking at the concept of purchasing a new phone online. Meanwhile, 52 percent of those buyers had looked up deals and other information on the web.”

So, based on this research, it looks like shoppers rely more heavily on the web for researching their prospective purchases than actually making them. Fair enough, but what if you want to compare prices and get the best deal on a wireless HTCP keyboard or computer to TV streaming kit? What’s the best way to determine the best value available?

For this task, the web has a clear advantage over brick and mortar stores since there are dedicated websites that can help you determine the best possible price for the exact product you need. Short of calling every Best Buy or Walmart in your area and asking for the best prices on a given product, the web is a far more efficient tool for determining value. One site that provides a robust price comparison platform is Pricewatch.com, which provides listings of the best online deals for many computer peripherals and products from tablets and printers to HDMI cables, adapters and motherboards.

Of course, you can always buy direct from the manufacturer by visiting sites like our own Shop.IOGEAR.com, but it’s really just a matter of convenience and how much research you’re willing to put into it.

The bottom line is, the holidays often bring out all sorts of deals. Cyber Monday, Black Thursday, free shipping, cash back on store credit cards and more are all used to motivate us as shoppers. And while these can sometimes motivate an impulse purchase, the best buy is always a well-researched one.

Don’t forget to check out our Twitter deals feed, which we update twice weekly with great IOGEAR deals.



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