(Family Features) Tech gifts are almost always on trend but keeping up with the latest gaming and entertainment products isn’t easy. From palm-sized entertainment enabled by powerful smartphones to an ultra-flexible laptop-meets-tablet device ideal for unleashing creativity, you’re likely to find a tech gift that fits everyone on your list this holiday season.
Explore more tech-based gift ideas (and maybe even some inspiration for your own wish list) at Qualcomm.com.
Game Like a Pro
Crafted with the spirit of adventure, the ROG Phone 6 reaches beyond its cyberpunk roots. With its fusion of geometric simplicity and cutting-edge technology, this next-gen gaming phone is a high-tech companion for journeying through space and time. With power and performance enhancements from the Qualcomm Adreno GPU and Kryo CPU, users experience amped-up gameplay. A class-leading thermal system improves stability for demanding games and a 165Hz display offers a revolutionary visual experience that supports low-latency gaming and ultra-responsive input. For total control, there’s the AirTrigger 6 system and the Armoury Crate app, and for marathon gameplay, there’s a 6,000 mAh1 battery. What’s more, players can personalize the lighting with a huge selection of colors and several preset mood-lighting schemes.
Find a Whole New (Virtual) World
Grab a ticket to the metaverse (and so much more) with the Meta Quest 2 VR headset. Whether gaming, meeting up with friends or enjoying immersive experiences in virtual reality, users can experience industry-leading graphics and immersive audio. With 1832×1920 pixels per eye, everything from multiplayer games and productivity apps to 360-degree videos look incredible. Every detail is engineered to make virtual worlds adapt to player movements, allowing for awe-inspiring games and experiences with unparalleled freedom. The redesigned controllers feature improved ergonomics and intuitive controls that transport gestures, motions and actions directly into virtual reality. No PC or console is required, and with backward compatibility, players can explore new titles and old favorites in the expansive content library.
Tackle the Day with a 2-in-1
The Surface Pro 9 5G with Microsoft SQ3 enables fast performance and connectivity plus up to 19 hours of battery life with Snapdragon power. Whether its job is work, stream or play, this 2-in-1 has the flexibility of a tablet with the performance of a laptop. Unique artificial intelligence features such as Voice Focus and Portrait Background Blur take video calls to the next level while Windows 11 makes it simple to organize apps for expressing creativity, accessing favorite games and relaxing with streaming entertainment, all in one ultra-portable device. A virtually edge-to-edge 13-inch touchscreen and built-in kickstand make it easy to sign, sketch or navigate whatever work or play comes along. Accessories like the Surface Slim Pen 2 and Surface Pro Keyboard help complete the experience.
Mobile Multitasking All Day
A phone that can carry you through the day regardless of what your schedule brings is a powerful tool for crossing tasks off that to-do list. With a long-lasting 3700mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 is the phone that claps back, giving you plenty of power for group video chatting, flexing your photo skills and sharing via social media. This sleek, pocket-sized smartphone allows you to snap hands-free photos with Flex Cam, makes checking notifications a breeze with its cover screen and comes in a wide array of colors. Plus, you can take selfies with the rear camera while the cover screen gives you a real-time preview.
Sound Shaped for Your Ears
As the next generation of wireless listening, you can enjoy a solution that’s perfectly yours with Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II. A strong combination of sound with noise cancellation offers high-quality listening behind CustomTune technology, which auto-adjusts sound to your ears’ liking. Additionally, Quiet Mode provides pure bliss when you silence background noise while Aware Mode is perfect when it’s time to pay attention, allowing enough transparency to hear your surroundings or engage in friendly conversation. Maintain energy throughout the day with up to six hours of battery life in a single charge paired with a charging case that holds three additional charges.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images (girls using tablet with family)
The Media Trust Warns of Increased Digital Attacks Targeting Children and Elderly
2023 outlook reveals growing assault on consumer expectations of digital trust and safety
MCLEAN, Va. (Newswire.com) – The Media Trust, the preeminent leader in digital trust and safety for websites and mobile apps, released a report detailing the harms experienced by consumers through their everyday use of websites and mobile apps. When accessing common online environments — news, entertainment, shopping, travel — children and the elderly were increasingly affected by malware, a 3.7X and 11X growth, respectively, throughout 2022.
The report CYA 2023: 7 Digital Safety Trends for Uncertain Times highlights malware and ad-quality challenges facing brands, publishers, and platforms as they navigate consumer-loyalty concerns and the economic uncertainties of 2023. From poor security to inappropriate content, the consumer experience is under attack, which threatens monetization channels including commerce and online advertising.
The report confirms:
- 4,500+ active attacks targeting millions of consumers each month
- 1.3 billion malicious ads blocked on Fortune 1000 websites and apps
- 2.2X growth in e-skimming attacks since 2020
- 16X rise in backdoors being installed on devices — personal, corporate, government
“Threat actors have greatly improved their ability to get their malicious wares in front of the most vulnerable consumers online,” explained Chris Olson, CEO of The Media Trust. “Every business with a digital channel — website, app, gaming console — needs to be aware of how these assets are used to target and harm your customers. You cannot simply look the other way and leave children and the elderly to fend for themselves. Your family, friends, and neighbors are all being hunted every time they use the internet.”
An informative, 30-minute webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Register for CYA 2023: 7 Digital Safety Trends Webinar
About The Media Trust:
Today’s digital ecosystem relies on The Media Trust to safeguard the consumer experience. We fix the issues that harm your customers, drive data breaches, violate regulations, impede revenue, and tarnish your brand. Acting as your audience, our unique digital safety platform captures their true user experience and stops harmful activity so you can better monetize and govern your digital assets. Since 2005, hundreds of digital businesses have depended on The Media Trust to protect their strategic digital revenue channels. Why not yours? The Media Trust — your partner in digital trust and safety. Learn more at www.mediatrust.com.
Source: The Media Trust
Indianapolis Community Celebration to Discuss Impact of School Choice in Black and Brown Communities
INDIANAPOLIS /PRNewswire/ — Hoosier families and national education reform leaders will learn from the past and look to the future as they mark School Choice Week 2023 with an in-depth discussion of school choice’s impact in Black and Brown communities on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
“There are many issues our society needs to address with regards to race, equality, and education, and we should look to school choice programs as one solution to actually make things better for people,” said EdChoice President Robert Enlow. “As part of National School Choice Week, we are honored to join education leaders to celebrate how far we’ve come not only in Indiana, but nationwide, and look ahead to the progress yet to come.”
Hosted by EdChoice in collaboration with the Freedom Coalition for Charter Schools, the event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with drinks, appetizers, and the opportunity for community members to network and discuss the power of choice in K-12 education. It’s part of the annual National School Choice Week 2023, celebrated with events nationwide. As part of the local festivities, the AES Indiana building in Indianapolis will light up red and yellow.
At 6:15 p.m., EdChoice President Robert Enlow will introduce a panel of esteemed education leaders, including civil rights activist and education reform icon Dr. Howard Fuller, Capital Preparatory Schools Founder Dr. Steve Perry, and Education Leaders of Color Chief Policy Officer Angelica Solis-Montero. Dr. Charles Cole, founder of Energy Converters, an initiative to help students activate their leadership through agency in education, will moderate.
More than 200 parents, educators, and legislators are expected to attend and hear the panelists’ perspectives on recent successes and challenges in expanding education outcomes for Black and Brown students, and how school choice can position students for a successful future. The panel discussion will wrap up with a Q&A.
“Studies show us that not only are school choice programs integrating schools in better ways than ever before, but they are giving all students – including minority students – greater hope for the future,” Enlow continued. “As we work to restore the learning lost during the Covid-19 pandemic – which was felt most strongly among Black and Brown students – we must give families more choices and agency in their children’s future.”
This event is organized by EdChoice, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers every family to choose the schooling environment that fits their children’s needs best.
Join the discussion on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, located at 110 W. Washington St. The event is open to the press and the public, but registration is required at bit.ly/3WXLsCm.
National School Choice Week (NSCW) informs, inspires, and empowers parents to discover the K-12 education options available for their children, including traditional public, charter, magnet, online, private, and home schooling. Every January, tens of thousands of schools, organizations, and individuals plan unique events and activities to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options in their communities. The Week is a project of the nonpartisan, nonpolitical National School Choice Awareness Foundation.
SOURCE National School Choice Week
Creative, Talented and Inspiring High School Students Chosen for This Year’s Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort
Exclusive Walt Disney World Resort mentoring event fosters dreams of Black students and teens from underrepresented communities; 100 outstanding students from New York to California to be part of the multi-day event in March
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — A budding artist, an aspiring neurosurgeon and a creative storyteller are among the 100 talented high school students selected for this year’s Disney Dreamers Academy, an educational mentoring program hosted at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
The 100 students from across the country will descend on Walt Disney World Resort March 23-26 for the 16th annual event, aimed at broadening career awareness and creating exclusive opportunities for Black students and teens from underrepresented communities across America.
The full list of students is available at www.DisneyDreamersAcademy.com.
To kick off the announcement of the 2023 class, Mickey Mouse, Disney executives, and international recording star Kelly Rowland surprised one of the students with the news of her selection live on national TV from her school in Newark, N. J. Afterwards, the names of the entire Class of 2023 were displayed on a Times Square billboard.
Rowland, the four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and television executive producer, served last year as the program’s ambassador and as an advocate for the students. She shared personal insights, drawing from her own unique experience as a pre-teen performer, then as a teenager in one of the best-selling female groups of all time, Destiny’s Child.
The Disney Dreamers program is an important part of Disney’s commitment to support diverse communities. By encouraging the next generation to think big, Disney hopes the students will carry what they learn back home and continue pursuing their dreams.
“We’re ready to welcome another outstanding group of teens from across the country for our 16th year!” said Tracey Powell, Disney Signature Experiences vice president and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “They are going to have the experience of a lifetime, setting them on a journey to go out and achieve their dreams, just like the classes who came before them.”
Since 2008, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired more than 1,500 students from across the country by fueling their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities as they prepare for their futures. In the years following, graduates have become storytellers, artists, engineers, innovators, journalists and more, and have transitioned into mentors to the Disney Dreamers who follow them.
Each year, the Disney Dreamers are selected from thousands of applicants who answer essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future. The students and a parent or guardian enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the four-day event.
The Disney Dreamers embark on a journey throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks and behind the scenes of the 40-square-mile vacation destination. It is a vibrant classroom where students discover new career opportunities, pursue their dreams and interact with Disney executives, educators, business leaders, celebrities and motivational speakers.
Students participate in immersive, career-oriented workshops that explore a wide range of career disciplines while also learning essential skills, such as effective communication techniques, leadership and networking strategies.
Past celebrity participants have included stars from the big screen and television, noted sports figures and popular musicians, as well as personalities and cast members from across the Disney family, including “Good Morning America,” ESPN, Disney Channel and the ABC TV series “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish.”
For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are also available on social media at Facebook.com/DisneyDreamersAcademy, Twitter.com/DreamersAcademy and Instagram.com/disneydreamersacademy.
The 100 students selected for the 2023 Disney Dreamers Academy are (listed by state):
First Name Last Name City State Chelsea Williams Hoover AL Radhika Pant Hoover AL Tyler Chiu Northridge CA Ella Milstein La Jolla CA Rashad Tyler Highland CA Ryan Nelson Concord CA Tina Mai Newport Coast CA Octavia Carey Inglewood CA Isabella Cabello Tulare CA Madison Henderson Los Angeles CA Brooke Sibala Chula Vista CA Sanvi Prakash San Ramon CA Cisco Hernandez National City CA Melanie Cho Alhambra CA April Ortiz Anaheim CA Casey Folau Maywood CA Xavier Forbes San Diego CA Allison Jensen Thornton CO Jonathan De Caro Moodus CT Yasmeen Galal Prospect CT Mary Amma Blankson Madison CT Miguel Coppedge Washington DC Sophia Juroviesky Boca Raton FL Dorsey Miller Parkland FL Zara Lwin Orlando FL Sophia Dupeyron Cape Coral FL Kaitlyn Jadevaia Sarasota FL Megan Fajardo Destin FL Kimora Reed Saint Petersburg FL Cynthia Medina Bradenton FL Cameron West Jacksonville FL Sara Kaufman Hollywood FL Noah Spinelli Orlando FL Pamela Musungu Acworth GA Zachariah Hickey Bonaire GA Ava Flanigan Morrow GA Ava Adams Atlanta GA Jordan Adeyemi Duluth GA Pippa Key Summerville GA Jaden Jenkins Augusta GA Kirasten Perkins Savannah GA Erin Shen Statesboro GA Dylan Jones Smyrna GA Bradley Ross Jackson Normal IL Tamaya Mcneal Joliet IL Nora Sun Chicago IL Nyla Bishop Flossmoor IL Aramia Gutierrez Whiting IN Jaylynn Powe Baton Rouge LA Charles Steele Slidell LA Audrey Brust Zachary LA Tasneem Ghadiali Lexington MA Xin Yue Lu Lutherville Timonium MD Aria Smith Upper Marlboro MD Lindsey Sands Columbia MD Makayla Joaquin Fort Washington MD Saniyah Ikard Bowie MD Natalyn Taylor Ellicott City MD Julian Morris Saginaw MI Keenan Burns Redford MI Preston Zabinko Ann Arbor MI Addison Richmond Jackson MI Kennedy Jones Berkeley MO Zania Stinson Charlotte NC Jada Stewart Wilson NC Ryan Razon Morrisville NC Mosope Aina Newark NJ Elise Tao Upper Saddle River NJ Maria Maione Egg Harbor City NJ Claudia Merchan Hackensack NJ Amechi Chukwujiorah-Strange Flushing NY Autumn Tyler Chester NY Morgan Lin Brooklyn NY Emily Melendez Rego Park NY Logan Williams Cleveland OH Sophia Barbee Maineville OH Mckinley Meeker Hudson OH Kyle Zhou Solon OH Aziza Mccarter Jenks OK Neighujah Harmon Oklahoma City OK Amelia Godard Sherwood OR Eliza Watkins Portland OR Anjana Pramod West Chester PA Prerna Chakkingal Mc Donald PA Joslyn Diffenbaugh Kutztown PA Tavis Sanders Philadelphia PA Sydney Simmons Tiverton RI Benjamin Brown Columbia SC Hannah Hollings Brentwood TN Toluwakitan Akinsola Antioch TN Sydney Roberts Plano TX Yaddeni Hailu Lewisville TX Shane Mushambi Missouri City TX Medha Pulluru Cedar Park TX Alvaro Alvarez Elgin TX Elle Chavis Dallas TX Nia Curry Trophy Club TX Tierra Brown Pearland TX Eliora Margaret Kwakye Olympia WA Julius Zakaria Oak Creek WI
About Disney Dreamers Academy:
Established by Walt Disney World in 2008, Disney Dreamers Academy’s mission is to inspire young leaders to dream beyond imagination by providing life-long access to personalized support for the Disney Dreamer, their caregivers and community through insightful content and uplifting experts, mentors, and sponsors. Each year, 100 high school students are awarded a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to experience the immersive and transformational program.
SOURCE Walt Disney World
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