Pencils, lined paper -- and a new tablet?
Natalia Manzocco, Special to Postmedia Network
Got a packed social calendar over the holidays? Remember, flashy new gifts in empty houses can add up to a tempting target for robbers.
Remember when the first iMacs were unveiled? Before 1999, computers were available in a range of exciting shades: Beige, stucco, ecru, off-white, off-beige and off-off-beige.
Ask any parent -- today's kids are getting ever more plugged in and switched on to the world of technology.
Welcome to residence, college kids. Right now, you're probably staring at your half-unpacked boxes and suitcases thinking, "How am I going to wedge all this stuff into this tiny dorm room?"
Looking to squeeze a few last hurrahs into your summer? We've got one holiday weekend left, and with a new school year on the horizon and leaves already threatening to drop from the trees, there's no better time to skip town.
Ever wanted to be able to bring an entire home's worth of gadgets to life while staying in a single spot? (Nope, the Clapper doesn't count.) A smart home isn't necessarily out of reach: Sophisticated automation abilities have been trickling steadily down into more widely available electronics.
The warm weather's not over yet — and what's summer fun without a soundtrack? Bringing your tunes with you on the go is easy with the right gadgets, be they easy-to-carry headphones or wireless speakers.
Whether you're an amateur athlete or an armchair jockey, an all-season sports fanatic or an occasional onlooker, the whole world's got Olympic fever.
Somewhere, a frustrated parent standing by the bathroom sink with a stone-faced toddler is musing: "Wouldn't it be easier to teach kids about boring stuff like safety and hygiene if they just made a video game out of it?" Thankfully, the tech world has come to the rescue.
Technology may be shrinking, ditching wires and becoming more mobile by leaps and bounds, but we're still tied down by the power cable. The finite, seemingly ever-shrinking capacity of batteries (and, of course, the hunt for wall plugs) remains the great equalizer in the tech world.
You can't deny the appeal of a great home office -- a well-organized space built for productivity and efficiency, steps away from the comfort of your bed (and the snacks in your kitchen).
Fill the coolers and fire up the barbecue -- Canada Day weekend is here! You might understandably want to keep your gadget collection far away from fireworks, open flames, swimming pools, or slip 'n' slides, but the right tech will take your party to the next level.
Browsing aisles full of "World's Best Dad" coffee mugs for the fourth year running? This Father's Day, get Dad a gift he can actually use.
Get out of the gym and into the sunshine! The season for outdoor activity is well underway (you warriors who suit up and go running outside in January notwithstanding). These gadgets can help you get the most out of your workout.
If you're like most people, your office space consists of a particle board desk and a worn-out swivel chair. Perhaps, however, you aspire to toil at a handsome mahogany desk, surrounded by many leather-bound books? Even if your place doesn't have anything remotely resembling a "study," a touch of luxury can go a long way.
If you're a tech lover, your place likely boasts its share of computers, home theatre equipment, and other gadgetry -- the sort of things that can be mighty attractive to thieves.
The only thing more inescapable in the tech world than the iPhone might have to be the glut of Apple-friendly cases, holders and chargers it's spawned.
Earth Day weekend is the perfect time to appreciate this fine planet we call home. Take a walk in the park. Work on your garden. (At the very least, think twice before you throw that pop can in the garbage bin.)
It's finally getting brighter outside. Indoors, however, the glow probably never went away. In recent years, tech companies have caught on to the novelty value of shoehorning little blinking bulbs into every gadget possible.