MacVoices #17221: The MacVoices 2017 Holiday Gift Guide #3

This edition of our holiday gift guide features gift ideas that range from home automation to pet tech, drone gear to storage devices, iOS apps to outdoor gear. The panel of Charles EdgeJean MacDonaldSteve Sande, and host Chuck Joiner name the picks and makes sure they are all color-coordinated.

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Charles Edge has written 9 books and over 3,000 blog posts on technology, with a focus on large-scale systems and server management, including Take Control of OS X Server .He is currently a product manager for JAMF Software. When not playing with computers at work, he can be found at home tinkering with computers for fun. His personal blog is, his podcast is The Mac Admins Podcast, and you can follow him on Twitter.

Jean MacDonald is the Community Director of, and the Founder and former Executive Director of App Camp For Girls, a program to encourage more girls to pursue software development. She also produces SestraCast, podcast about the Canadian sci-fi thriller Orphan Black. A would-be rock ‘n roll star, you can follow all of Jean’s exploits on her Twitter stream.

Steve Sande also writes way too much. He’s the head guy at Apple World Today, writes for Rocket Yard, and recently logged over one million words written in just over three years. He’s written a number of books for Take Control Books  and Apress, is married to a rocket scientist, and spends his days being bossed by a cat. You can watch what he says on Twitter.


Charles Edge’s Picks:


Harmony Hub & Remote

Z-wave dimmers

Steve Sande’s Picks:

DJI Spark mini-drone

DJI Spark controller

GoPro Fusion

Twelve South BookBook CaddySack

ecobee3 lite

Jean MacDonald’s Picks:

LED Camping Lantern Flashlights

Omron Evolv Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor

Native Union SMART Charger – Slim 2-Port Foldable USB-A Universal Wall Charger

Kindle Paperwhite

Chuck Joiner’s Picks:

Drobo 5N2

Ring Doorbell

Next Door

Philips Hue White A19 Smart bulbs Starter Kit