The holidays are a time to rejoice, reflect and revel with friends and family, but the season is never without its share of challenges. Fortunately, technology can lend a hand in everything from meal planning to gift shopping. Here are few of our holiday solutions.
Addressing and mailing holiday cards is such a chore that many otherwise festive people simply skip it. But the right technology can turn that daunting project into something fun and easy. Start by getting your contact list together. A great computer like the Samsung Series 9 Notebook will let you build a spreadsheet of names and addresses in a flash.
From there, you can use a photo or greeting card website to create your cards and even mail them for you. Want more control over the look and feel of your cards? Use a color printer like the Samsung CLP-325W Color Laser Printer to print your own greeting cards on the card stock of your choice.
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Turkey and stuffing are a great start, but today’s partygoers demand more sophisticated sides than cranberry jelly from a can. Happily, a bevy of food- and recipe-related websites and apps are available to make holiday meal planning easy.
Just use your Samsung Galaxy Note™ II and the Easy Clip feature to capture text or photos that you encounter during your research. (Hold down the button and outline the information with your S Pen™ to copy it.) The snippets will be stored on your device so you’ll be able to refer to them when it’s time to get cooking. Need to jot down a quick recipe tip? Use the Popup Note feature to quickly write it down.
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Does this sound familiar? A friend gives you the address of a store where you can buy the perfect gift for that hard-to-please person, and realize you have nothing to write with. The Samsung Galaxy Note™ 10.1 solves this problem. It’s a light and ultra-portable tablet that goes wherever you go. Keep it in your purse or briefcase, and note-taking is a snap.
The handy S Pen lets you write naturally on the screen, instead of scribbling with your fingertip. Got your gift in hand, but no card to go with it? Snap a picture and use the Adobe® Photoshop® Touch app to whip up an impromptu card to personalize the present.
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Your Samsung Smart TV can work as the centerpiece of any get-together, whether you’re streaming a movie from Netflix or simply using the Mood Light app to create a faux fireplace.
Music’s another option. If the teenager in your family needs some solo time, the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 offers movies, music, and games via Google Play. Or, connect it wirelessly to the Samsung DA-E750 Audio System to play those holiday tunes for everyone.
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Whether you’re trying to fly home for the holidays or planning to get away to somewhere warm, holiday travel can be stressful and full of problems. Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone can save the day, though, thanks to numerous apps that help you track your flight, check the traffic, keep tabs on the weather, and help you find the highway again if you’re lost.
Stuck in a tedious layover? Use the Galaxy S III to play a video game or kick back with a movie. The built-in camera lets you grab video or still photos whenever the mood strikes. With S Voice™, you can tell your smartphone to take a photo, open apps, send a text message or play your favorite song.
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