HOT TECH GIFTS HOLIDAYS PREVIEW with Top Tech Expert Paul Hochman

After decades as a top tech guru on network TV and writing for several prestigious technology magazines, Paul Hochman has established himself as one of the most respected journalist specializing in technology coverage. Paul is providing a sneak preview of some the hot new tech gifts that people will be talking about this holiday season. Hochman has made a career out of simplifying complex technological issues so that the average consumer can understand.

ABOUT: Hochman has been Gear and Technology Editor for the NBC TODAY Show for more than a decade.  He was also the technology and culture reporter for Versus TV and the Tour de France; the host of an online technology talk show on MSN called "Playit4Ward" and has been a longtime technology contributor for CNBC and MSNBC.  His articles in Fast Company Magazine were called a “Must Read” by the New York Times, establishing Paul one of the top tech journalist in the nation.

Smartphones continue to get more inventive, they are mini-computers in the palm of your hand. To help save some money, look to your service provider. For example, Net10 Wireless, a service provided by TracFone Wireless Inc., America’s largest no-contract cell phone provider, offers the latest smart phones on America’s top four networks for up to half the cost of a contract plan,allowing you to give the gift of savings this holiday season without being tied to a cell phone contract.They make it even easier to stay connected to family and friends during the holidays with plans starting at just $40 for unlimited talk, text and up to 500MB of high speed data, per month with no airtime contract. You can find Net10 Wireless at 100,000 retail locations across the country including Best Buy, K-Mart, Radio Shack, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Walmart and more, or online at

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That is always a great idea. Sometimes it’s fun to give more than a gift. Take a look at this TomTom Runner Cardio watch. I say it’s more than giving a gift, it’s giving a goal. It has a built-in Heart Rate Monitor that accurately measures your heart rate, eliminating the need for a separate chest strap, making heart rate training easy. The built-in GPS receiver provides real-time running information at a glance, so you can track your distance, time, pace, speed and calories burnt as you run. It’s a great gift for the athlete in your family and motivation in a box.

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 CS-HD1406_smOne of my favorite gifts is low-tech and it really keeps the holiday spirit alive. It’s the AFLAC Holiday Duck.  You know him as the zany character on the golf course or in the yoga class, but did you also know that the Aflac Duck helps raise money for childhood cancer? Each year, insurance giant Aflac produces a six and 10 inch version of their CS-HD1410_smiconic mascot and sells them, with all of the net proceeds going toward the treatment and research of childhood cancer at the children’s cancer facility nearest to where the duck is purchased. This cute, fuzzy little plush Aflac Holiday Duck is available at participating Macy’s stores and online at Since 2001, they’ve raised $3 million through the sale of these ducks – part of the overall $93 million that the company has raised for this great cause.

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SteelSeries_logo_square_no_payoff_blackEveryone knows someone who’s a gamer. More than likely one is on your shopping list this holiday season. With what seems to be an endless amount of “gaming” headsets on the market this year, which one should you choose? SteelSeries is a brand that has been creating gaming products alongside some of the world’s best professional gaming teams for more than a decade, so when it comes headsets for gaming – they should be the first stop on your list.  The new Siberia Headset Family has an audio option for every type of player. If you’re looking to keep it under $100, then we would recommend the new Siberia v3 Headset.

It has a suspension headband that keeps it lightweight, making it the most comfortable gaming headset out there, an ideal option for anything longer than an hour-long gaming session. The headset has powerful, next-generation speaker drivers delivering a rich and clear sound along with noise-reducing, memory-foam ear cushions to keep out the ambient noise. Its retractable microphone delivers crystal clear voice communication that can be muted with the flip of a switch behind the ear cup. The Siberia v3 is ideal for gamers who play on PC and also want the versatility of using it on Mac, Android and iOS devices. If you’re looking for USB connection and console compatibility, the SteelSeries Siberia headset family has something for everyone. You can’t go wrong giving the gamer you know an option from SteelSeries this Christmas.

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