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On-the-go technology must-haves

Naomi de la Torre is freelance writer and stay-at-home-mom with two delightful boys, ages three and six. Naomi has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, is a self-proclaimed salsa diva, and can make a killer octopus ...

Dress up your digital wardrobe

Are you a geek on-the-go? Be ready for anything with our top picks for on-the-go technology must-haves.

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Nowadays, digital culture changes in the blink of an eye. It’s not always easy to stay current on all the hottest gadgets, so we’ve done the research for you. Check out our essential guide to outfit your on-the-go technology wardrobe.

Tablet

Portable, lightweight, user-friendly and loads of fun, the tablet is taking the digital world by storm. You can surf the web, take notes during meetings, read books, have a video chat, keep up with your favorite magazines, listen to music, watch movies and even perform emergency child sedation during hectic grocery store runs. There’s very little you can’t do on a tablet, which makes it our number-one go-to gadget.

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Laptop

If you are a tablet junkie, you may not need a laptop anymore. But for business professionals, students or anyone who just isn’t crazy about doing a lot of typing on a touchscreen keyboard, the laptop is still king. We love the Lenovo ThinkPad T520 for its innovative design, powerful processor, widescreen and all-day battery life. It’s also integrated for Wi-Fi and broadband to make all your on-the-go computing a breeze.

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e-Reader

There’s good news for folks who like to read -- e-Readers just keep getting better and easier to use. The hottest e-Readers on the market these days are the Kindle, Nook and iPad. With tons of options at your fingertips, you can buy an e-Reader specified to your needs. If you like the timeless feeling of a book, e-ink is probably your gig. But the vibrant-colored LCD screens are also catching on fast. For those with kids, the Nook Color makes children's stories come to life. You can also load hundreds of educational games and other apps that will keep your kids busy (and happy!) during long rides in the car or when you just need a moment of quiet.

Quick Tip If you like to use your laptop to surf the web, pick a phone with wireless tethering. This will allow you to use your phone as a mobile hotspot so you won’t have to spend all your time looking for a Starbucks with free Wi-Fi.

Smartphone

Cell phones aren’t just for making calls anymore. You can store music, watch movies, make videos, take photos, play games and much more. Whether you are looking for something razor thin, lightweight or as functional as a tablet, the next generation of smartphones has it all. If you spend a lot of time in your car, be sure to get a Bluetooth for your smartphone so you can go hands-free while driving.

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Multi-device charging station

Do you travel for work? It’s time to invest in a multi-device charging station. Charge up all your gadgets at once and you’ll never have to go unplugged with this handy piece of technology.

Wearable technology

Want to incorporate your love for technology into your daily duds? How about pimping out your look with some hoodie headphones, a solar bikini, keyboard pants or a dress with a built-in mobile phone? Some of these may sound like a bad joke, but these companies are very serious about blurring the lines between fashion and technology and have created some fascinating new gadgets. Who knows? Before long, maybe all technology will be fashionable and functional.

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