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By Joel B. Bernbaum, Esq.

B

y now you are looking in the mirror
or at the scale in the morning and
wondering why your clothes are
tight; you feel sluggish, burnt-out from the
Covid-19 and the election (pre and post)
... It's time to figure out what to do with
the gift cards, credit from returns, and your
gift lists sitting on your night table. Here
are some suggestions from the team at Bits
& Bytes. Well, not exactly a team...me.
Streaming media device. There are many
to choose from at various price points from
$25 to $100 and beyond. You can choose
from Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple Plus and
others. They all work well and deliver
similar content in addition to proprietary
features. Be careful to watch the monthly
costs adding up, because you may have to
pay monthly subscription costs for Netflix,
Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, HBO Max,
etc., in addition to your monthly cable bill
and internet. Take the time to see what you
watch, how you watch it and the cost in
addition to the hardware to see the real cost
to you. For the gift giver, these streaming
sticks are great stocking stuffers.

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How about a smart speaker? These are
truly useful and available at all price points.
Amazon Echo Dot is less than $25 at
Best Buy and, of course, online. Amazon
has a variety of models at various price
points with additional features. Apple
has Home Pod now in 2 sizes (Mini and
original). Sonos has its model which can
incorporate the Amazon features. They all
place calls, answer questions, tell you the
weather and news, and even tell you when
your Amazon delivery is coming. They
can control your lights, and other smart
appliances - even some thermostats. This
is in addition to playing music from most
services like Spotify, Apple, etc. (note, some
subscription costs are involved). These are
not toys, they work and are worth your
attention.
How about cutting the cord and getting
some Bluetooth earbuds to use while you
work out or exercise? The newest models
have lower prices, and there are also more
expensive models. The biggest feature to
look for is the truly wireless models that
are not tethered by any wire between

the earbuds. They work with the latest
iPhone and all devices that allow Bluetooth
connections. Prices range from $35 to over
$200 for the many choices. The traditional
over the ear or on the ear models still
sound better but have limitations because
of cost, size, comfort and mobility. I have
the Bose noise-cancelling model for the
airplane and for the times I want to shut
out everything and get into my music to
relax. Today's best bet are those earbuds
which fit into your ears and can be perfect
for a walk, run, exercise in the gym or
health club. They usually have a small case
and are rechargeable with an included
cable via USB charger. I have a reasonablypriced, middle of the road pair and a top
end model. They all work great and I
suggest you get a pair that fits how you will
use them. For exercise, you want comfort.
Look for rubber tips that conform to your
ear. Most models come with different sizes
for a better fit (S, M or L). Make sure the
battery charge lasts long enough for you
to finish your workout, run or walk. The
higher end model should sound better.
Again, comfort is important if you intend


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