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Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide

Dads can be hard to buy for. Earlier this week we gave you 6 great gift options that are better than buying your father a tie for Father’s Day. And don’t miss our Ultimate Grill-Buying Guide, if your dad likes to take his cooking outside.

Now, we’ll focus on all things tech.

For the Active (and Style-Conscious) Dad


Say hello to the new face of activity tracking with Withings Activité Pop. With an old school, wristwatch look, Activité Pop helps Health Mate app (iOS and Android) subscribers embrace healthier habits by tracking physical activity, such as walking, running, and swimming (yes, it’s waterproof) as well as sleep cycles. For those interested in an event closer look to how they’re faring, Activité Pop syncs with the iPhone app (included with iOS 8) to offer graphs and insights of users’ fitness and healthy living goals.

For the Gamer on the Go


Now Dad can play videogames virtually anywhere with Sony PlayStation Vita. This sleek, handheld device plays over 1,000 PlayStation games spanning decades. It also happens to stream PS4 games via its Remote Play feature, as well as PS3 games via PS Now. Best of all, the device was designed with real gaming in mind, so it has its own controls—no more of that tapping and swiping foolishness for Dad.

For the TV Lover

With a tiny box that attached to the HDTV, Dad can enjoy over 200,000 TV episodes and movies available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and HBO GO, plus games and music with Amazon Fire TV. And say goodbye to the buffering delays and convoluted title searches of other streaming services—Amazon Fire’s ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) feature learns what movies and shows you like so they start instantly, with the sound of your voice.

For the Protector

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The first all-in-one home security solution and automation device, Piper combines an high-definition camera, panoramic video, Z-Wave home automation, two-way audio and environmental sensors into a single product that can be controlled via your iOS or Android device, so anything the system detects is made known through any combination of push messages, texts, emails, and phone calls. Best of all, there are no contracts or service fees.

For the Audio Buff

As any music lover will tell you, the Marshall name is synonymous with great sound. After all, the name has appeared on the amplifiers of guitar heroes since time immemorial. Put that mastery of sound into your pop’s head with Marshall’s Major II headphones. Featuring super-soft ear cushions and a double-ended detachable coil cord, these on-ear headphones also boast a built-in microphone that allows users to take calls or record voice memos, until you’re ready to rock again.