NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Father’s Day is this Sunday and it’s a good excuse to get a gift for the dads, granddads, uncles, and just-plain good guys in our lives.
Sree Sreenivasan, tech expert from our partner network CNET and Columbia University’s chief digital officer, has some ideas you’ll want to know about.
If the man you are buying a gift for already has a smartphone or a tablet, these are some cool, useful, and fun ideas for paid apps you can get him.
You can use the “Gift this app” function in the iTunes App Store or buy a Google Play gift card at a retailer via play.google.com/about/giftcards/
The first app we have is TripIt Pro ($49/year, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows).
Sree is a big fan of the the free TripIt app, which arranges your travel schedule in an easy-to-read way,and he says everyone should have that.
But the $50 pro version is even better, especially with its instant text alerts about flight changes, weather delays, etc.
Next is a paid subscription to Netflix (app is free on iPhone/iPad and Android).
Netflix looks beautiful on a tablet and Sree said you should sign the old man up for a free app download, along with an $8 a month subscription. We’re talking about a gift that costs less than $100 a year, and you just renew it every year so you don’t have to think of new gift every year.
Up next is Risk ($2.99, iPhone/iPad).
Yes, the childhood game which your dad probably played as a child, has been updgraded and improved as a tablet or phone game. Have him relive his quest for world domination while waiting at the doctor’s office.
The final item is not an app, but an actual gift, though it is a digital one.
It’s the SensoGlove ($89).
It’s a gift your dad can touch and feel. The SensoGlove is a way to improve his swing by analyzing and giving real-time feedback about his grip. It has a small device on the back of a normal looking glove (you can move it to a new glove if your old one wears out).
Sree Sreenivasan is CBS2′s technology expert, appearing every Wednesday morning at 6:50 am to discuss ways to save you time, money and aggravation. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook and on his personal site. E-mail your questions with “CBS New York” as the subject line.
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