I thought I was in the holiday spirit, but there’s one person in this world who has me beat and that’s tech expert, Katie Linendoll! She is always so much fun to talk to about tech gadgets and apps, especially when it comes to the holidays! Katie was kind enough to join me for an interview on Friday to dish on the top tech gadgets for the entire family, holiday apps, toys for girls who love stylish living and fab can’t miss Black Friday promo codes.
Candace Rose: What’s out there for girls who want to indulge in their fantasies of stylish living?
Katie Linendoll: “I love this, and I think anything Barbie is a home run. I have a five year old niece, Ruby who is just going to flip out over the Barbie Fab Mansion from Mega Bloks. There are five snappy modular rooms, it comes with a Barbie and Skipper mini fashion figurine and glam accessories to decorate each room with. Barbie Fab Mansion is a build and play, so they’re going to have fun making it. It’s kind of like the modern day Barbie Dream House. You can’t go wrong with this for any little girl on your list and it’s only $39.99.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any special tips for anyone who is giving or receiving a PC this holiday season?
Katie Linendoll: “Definitely! I know it’s very nerdy, but we’ve all got to stay protected this holiday season when it comes to online shopping. I like to say it’s hackers delight. Kapersky Internet Security is going to hook you up, it’s only $79.95, which is a small price to pay in terms of online shopping and making sure you’re staying secure. It will actually cover you on viruses, new viruses, threats and spyware. When you’re online shopping it has a really cool feature called Safe Money Technology, a green box pops around your browser url and says this site is secure. It keeps you covered when you want to do all that holiday online shopping, so you don’t want to end up a statistic this holiday season.”
Candace Rose: How can music lovers amp up their love of the guitar?
Katie Linendoll: “This is something I have in my apartment, if you are a music lover, yourself…maybe you’ve always wanted to pick up a guitar or you know somebody who would love to pick up a guitar, Rocksmith 2014 is under $80, and it’s awesome because it’s now on PS4 and Xbox One. It is the easiest way to learn how to play a guitar – over three million people agree and 95% of players, whether they’re beginner or seasoned pro improve their guitar playing skills. What’s cool is you plug in a real guitar or base and it’ll work with the Xbox One or PS4. It has over 50 tracks – from Aerosmith to Bob Dylan. You can play mini games or you can actually have a jam session with a virtual band. It’s a fun way to learn how to pick up and play guitar.”
Candace Rose: What advice do you have for wine lovers this holiday season?
Katie Linendoll: “For wine lovers, check out this app (please see video above for details). There are 100 million wine lovers out there, I’m sure you and I both fall under that category! drync is a free app for the Android and iOS, and what’s really neat about it is how many times have you went out to a restaurant or you went out with your friends and you discover a new wine, you never write it down, you probably never have it again. This will actually allow you to keep tabs and discover new favorite wines. As you see there the app actually scans a wine bottle, it analyzes it within seconds and then it adds it to your list of favorites. You can actually have that bottle of wine sent right to your doorstep. As a huge bonus we have a promo code, promo code: KATIE to give you $50 off a purchase of $99 or more. If you love wine, it’s a must download app and a must use promo code for that matter, too.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for great deals on gift cards?
Katie Linendoll: “For great deals in general, one of my favorite apps and one I use at least two to three times a week, Retailmenot for Android or iOS is an awesome app and it’s a must have. It has to be on your smartphone because it’s all about saving you money. What’s cool is you can access hundreds and thousands of free coupons and promo codes. The app is also location aware, so it can tell when deals are at nearby stores. Say for example you’re in the mall and there’s a deal at Macy’s or at American Eagle, you actually pop up that deal on your phone (it’ll pop up immediately) you take it to the register and you instantly can save. Millions of people have downloaded the app, download it and save money and get yourself some coupons and promo codes.”
Candace Rose: What’s the best way to unwind a busy day out on the town?
Katie Linendoll: “Lots of people are going to be stressed out this holiday season. Treat yourself to a great night out or if you’re trying to take a last minute trip, here’s the way to do it – Hotel Tonight is an app on Android, iOS and Windows. It’s been downloaded over 11 million times and the awesome part about it is it will not judge you for booking last minute travel, it’s actually going to give you the best deal possible on last minute travel. You can book the same night for a room up to a week out. It gives you access to 500 destinations worldwide. Rooms are booked in 10 seconds on the app and guaranteed lower than any booking site.
Black Friday tip, they are actually amazing hotel rooms in top markets for as little as $7! That’s like what I spent on a coffee this morning. Great deals this Black Friday and also for the holiday season they’re giving you a promo code: HOLIDAY14 to save $25 off your first booking on Hotel Tonight.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Katie Linendoll: “Absolutely. You can head over to ThunkNews.com/Awesome for all these awesome apps, promo codes and gadgets.”