flare Play game bundle has a simple proposition: You buy (or get free through a promotion) a game console and controller, and then you pay a $9.99 subscription fee monthly to get unlimited games. The set up takes must minutes and is as easy as connecting the console using HDMI and USB ports (or using a work-around if you don’t have a USB-ready TV). Then sign in and go online via wi-fi, and you can instantly stream video games onto your TV, with no disks required.
The gaming company currently offers more than 100 game titles and has a catalog that grows with new games monthly. You can play as many games as you want for as long as you want, all for the monthly fee, which is actually cheaper than the price of a single traditional video game.
Some of the newly available titles include Lego Batman (5-8years), Lego Harry Potter( 1-4yrs), H.A.W.X.2, Assassins Creed 2, and Rabbids Go Home.
Enrolling is easy. You can sign up online at http://www.playflare.com, and Flare Play will send you a gameBundle that contains everything you need: a microconsole and game controller.
Sign up before December 31, 2013, and pay $30 for 3 months of flarePlay service, and you get a free microconsole (valued at $99).* See the offer here: http://playflare.com/blogger
As a participant in a test group of bloggers, I was able to try out this new service. I got the bundle and found the set up to be easy as promised, but so far I have not been able to connect via wi-fi to try it out. I’m eager to get online, as it seems like an amazing device and offering for avid gamers.
* Offer expires 12/31/13. Offer includes one free microconsole (reg. $99) with 3 month.
$30.00 flarePlay basic game tier subscription. Higher flareplay tiers, rental services, add’l
features, add’l devices, taxes and other fees are extra. After 3 months, your credit card
WILL automatically be charged the $9.99 monthly flarePlay subscription fee.
If service is cancelled between days 31 – 90, the microconsole must be returned in the
original packaging to: New Business, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319. Otherwise,
a $50 disconnection fee will be charged.
Flareplay is available only to California residents 18 years or older. 3 Mbps or higher
downstream Internet, in-home Wi-Fi, and HD TV set with an HDMI port required.
Uninterrupted or error-free service not guaranteed. A valid credit card is required for
billing. Limit one offer per unique email address per account. Offer not combinable with
other flareplay offers, promotions or discounts. Other restrictions may apply.
** 30 day money back guarantee entitles you to a refund of the first month subscription
fee, device charges and taxes. You must claim refund within the first 30 days of service,
and the microconsole must be returned in the original packaging to: New Business,
1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319.
The 2013 Holiday Guide for Gadgets and Gear for the Tech Geek
Make the tech fan on your holiday list light up with the season’s hottest new electronics.
Do You Hear What I Hear
Give the gift of awesome sound with TRACKS on-ear headphones by SOL REPUBLIC. These stylish, virtually indestructible headphones feature bass-rich V8 sound engines and can be customized with interchangeable headbands, cables and sound engines and with inline mic and music control compatible with most Apple, Android and Windows devices. $99, solrepublic.com
Keep that sleek and slippery new smartphone or tablet safe from scratches, bumps, drops and dirt with a protective case from Otterbox, with styles to suit everyone, from the lightweight-but-tough Reflex Series for the active everyday user to the ultra-impenetrable waterproof Pursuit Series for the extreme adventurer. $19.95 to over $100. www.otterbox.com. Pictured: Defender Series for Galaxy Note 8 – $69.95.
Whether they are playing video games or making a business presentation, the tech geek on your list will find many handy uses for the Favi Entertainment Wireless Keyboard. It features a touchpad mouse and connects via Bluetooth for easy control of smartphones, tablets, computers or even smart TVs. The intuitive key layout allows for fast and accurate typing while reducing hand and finger strain. $35.99, Amazon.
Rocking A-Round the Christmas Tree
The music lover on your list will have a ball with the Sony Portable Bluetooth Speaker, a compact palm-sized speaker that goes anywhere. Use Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect and stream 360 degrees of sound or NFC connectivity to pair it with a smartphone. $69.99. Sony Stores nationwide.
For the plugged in person on your list, CableKeeps from Nice by Design charges up Apple devices in style. The compact charger includes a base that doubles as a mini easel to hold a handheld device up and out of the way, next to a wall outlet. The cord wraps around the charger to keep it neat and tangle free in a pocket or purse. $15.99, The Container Store and www.nicebydesign.com.
Wireless is the word this holiday season. Here are some of the hottest new products for streaming, remote controlling, connecting and getting your Bluetooth on for the tech geek on your gift list.
Speakers of the House
Give the music lover on your list something to sing about with Sonos. This versatile wireless streaming speaker system, controlled by a simple app for MAC/PC, smartphone or tablet, allows you to play music in every room you have a speaker. Play the same song, or a different song, from your music library or any podcast, Internet radio station or service like Pandora or I Heart Radio. Give a Sonos PLAY: 1 Gift Pack ($199, including Sonos Bridge, http://www.sonos.com) compact speaker as a starter, which delivers powerful HiFi sound all by itself; or a pair it with a second speaker for truly rich stereo sound; or build it out year by year into an immersive multi-room set up that will rock the house.
For the frequent traveler on your list, keep them connected with Kanex mySpot ($49, http://www.kanexlive.com) a travel-sized access point that can turn a hotel live Ethernet connection into a wireless-g signal. Plug mySpot’s USB cable into your laptop or charger for power, and with a click you can safely and securely connect all your wireless devices to your own personal wireless network.
Lots of Hub Hub
Keep the plugged-in addict on your list powered up and connected on the go with the IOGEAR Wireless MediaShair Hub ($99.95, http://www.iogear.com). The paperback book-sized device charges up – using USB or included cigarette lighter charger — and then serves as a hub for media storage devices to stream music, movies, photos and files to up to seven Wi-Fi enabled devices. The hub doubles as an access point when connected to an Ethernet cable. Equipped to stream from a SD card, flash drive or external hard drive using a USB connection, the hub’s built in power station battery can charge other devices and lasts for up to five hours.
Three’s a Charm
The thrice-as-nice-as-the-original-Roku, Roku3 ($99, http://www.roku.com), raises binge TV watching to new heights. For the show monger on your list who can’t get enough streaming video, this amazing and diverse palm-sized powerhouse delivers Netflix, HBO GO, VUDU Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and over 1000 other free and subscription services to any HDTV. The simple hook up includes an HDMI connection to your TV and a wireless connection to your home network. The sleek remote control handset comes with Roku’s signature purple earbuds for personal listening – ideal for late night viewing that won’t wake the rest of the house. The improved and easy- and fun-to-use interface includes a one-stop search across multiple channels, so you can comparison shop those episodes of Breaking Bad or Downton Abbey.
For the Helicopter Parent (and Kids)
It’s been said the difference between men and boys is the size of their toys, but the MOTO TC and the HELO TC by Griffin Technology proves size doesn’t matter. Designed for users age 14 and up, and coveted by men (and of course women and girls) of all ages, the toy remote touch control monster truck and helicopter utilize free apps for IOS devices for control. Powered by a 4.8 V @ 600mAh NI-MH fuel cell, the Tonka-sized truck can slide, tilt and track with a virtual steering wheel and throttle or perform figure eights and laps. The twin-rotored HELO TC indoor helicopter app can record up to three flight plans and use a touch control throttle and joystick or tilt-and-steer control to move the helicopter forward, back and side to side. HELO TC’s built-in battery recharges from any USB power source. The Flight Deck module requires 4 AAA batteries. (HELO TC $49.99, MOTO TC $59.99, www.griffintechnology.com and retailers nationwide).