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Every December our Affinity Partners, Consultants, and Staff suggest tech items they think would make great gifts for lawyers, staff, and family. This year we have a wide range of tech gadgets, gizmos, and services for your consideration.

Cyrano Digital Scent Speaker - This $99 device is a scent speaker. It is an elegant, technologically whizzy little device that plays scent medleys, or olfactory notes, like a sound speaker delivers music. After all, aren't music and scent both expressed in notes? But instead of genres like hip hop, jazz, and classical, we're creating scent families using Cyrano Scent Cartridges.

Amazon Echo - This $180 device (the smaller Echo Dot is just $50, but lacks a full-range speaker) can be the hub for your home’s automation. In addition to all of the really cool features of the Echo including, but not limited to, Echo Skills (play “Jeopardy”), Prime Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Timers and Alarms, News/Traffic/Weather updates for any city, Sports Scores, Order and Track Amazon Purchases, IFTTT, Synchronized To-Do and Shopping List, Local Movie schedules, it is also home automation hub including turning lights on and off (via Wemo), controlling my thermostats (Emerson), and operating your garage door. Simply talk to the Echo (named “Alexa”) with normal human voice commands and she responds in kind.

Amazon Prime Subscription - This $99 annual subscription saves time, makes it easier to buy what you need and get it for free faster, gives access to free streaming of movies and TV shows, downloading of books, and unlimited photo storage!

Vogek 6-Port Desktop USB Charging Station - This is great for homes or offices with multiple devices that cross brands like Apple & Samsung.

Smart Mirrors from Perseus - This Kickstarter project met its goal and will soon be in production. This $249 device is the world's smartest mirror. Whether you’re getting ready for work or for a night out, our interactive, heads-up display puts relevant information right where you need it. It allows you to customize data to the screen for traffic, weather, news, etc. as you get ready without juggling devices near your sink.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge - Almost a year after it was announced, this remains the premier Android smart phones (althought Google might dispute that with its newer Pixel and Pixel XL). And, unlike the now defunct Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the S7 Edge does not have a battery that will catch fire or explode. Price varies depending on cell carrier.

Wunderlist - Wunderlist is the easiest way to get stuff done. Whether you’re planning a holiday, sharing a shopping list with a partner or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist is here to help you tick off all your personal and professional to-dos.There are free and $4.99/month Pro versions. Try the free version first to see if it meets your needs.

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker - Dr. Amar Bose passed away a few years ago, but his legacy lives on in this great sounding $116 portable Bluetooth speaker.

Sanebox - Once you try it, you won't want to live without this utility for email management. It makes it possible to keep your inbox under control and end the day with zero emails in your inbox. When was the last time that happened? There is a 14 day free trial and annual subscriptions priced from $59 to $299 per year - a small price for sanity!

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