Our final Holiday Gift Guide for 2017 features some large, expensive items, some small, affordable items, some apps, some altruistic options, and more than a few surprises and laughs. From speakers to running gear, Macs to training, the picks are delivered by Tonya Engst, Frederick Van Johnson, and host Chuck Joiner.
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Tonya Engst spends her days immersed in Apple technology as part of the TidBITS Web site (Apple news for the rest of us). Follow her on Twitter.
Frederick Van Johnson is a professional photographer host of This Week in Photo, and founder of the TWiP Network – one of the world’s most popular photography-related podcast media properties. Frederick also consults on marketing with a number of photography industry companies. Frederick began his career as a Combat Photojournalist in the United States Air Force, where he served for 8 years, and was decorated many times for photography. Frederick’s unit was among the first in the military to receive, and put into daily action early digital imaging hardware and software. As a result, he was awarded the Air Force Commendation medal for his key role in facilitating the US Air Force transition from film to digital. After the military, Frederick went on to study visual communication at the University of California in Santa Barbara, California. Frederick also studied at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, where he ultimately became Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Frederick was also a key member of team responsible for the development of iPhoto, Apple’s award-winning photo management application. Highly knowledgeable on multiple disciplines of photography, technology, and Internet trends – Frederick is able to discuss how emerging trends and technologies effect and benefit both amateur and professional photographers. Frederick is also author of the popular book “Global Mobile, Connecting without Wires, Walls, or Borders”. Today Frederick lives in Sacramento, California, and continues to practice photography whenever possible. He has also been known to sneak in playing a game or two on his PlayStation or flying his drone from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter.
Tonya Engst’s Picks:
Carved iPhone cases and stands
Bamboo Speaker – Wood Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Portable Speaker by Carved
To your favorite online tech journalism site (such as TidBITS, but there are many worthwhile sites that take contributions or offer memberships as a means of paying writers and running servers). Support indie news and responsible reporting.
Donation to Electronic Frontier Foundation (when you donate, you can also get a t-shirt, stickers, etc. as a thank you for your donation)
Swordfish Hand Warmer 4,000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Pack
Anker 20100mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100 – Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology
Frederick Van Johnson’s Picks:
VAUX speaker add-on for Amazon Echo Dot
Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Transporter
Chuck Joiner’s Picks:
Panasonic Premium Noise Cancelling Over-The-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mac/Controller RP-HC800-K
White Noise iOS app by TMSOFT