Amazon Echo serves as a speaker, organizer, alarm clock, access to Prime music, and even to your Amazon account—all wrapped up in a small, sleek cylindrical speaker. Activated primarily via voice commands, and communicating back to users in the same way via a calm, female voice named Alexa, the Echo has become a household tech hub for many. You can ask Alexa about the weather, have her keep a shopping list for you, manage your to-do list, and schedule reminders. Alexa can play a song, check the scores of your favorite sports, and so much more. Amazon is also one of the most trusted sites you can find on the internet.
This isn’t a device, but a service. Spotify is a popular music streaming service and one of my personal favorites. Its premium version runs around $10 a month. Users are happy to pay, however, because of the expanded library, instant music access, lack of ads, and more. In terms of customization, users can save their own playlists and songs for both streaming and offline listening.
No, the Paperwhite wasn’t new for 2015, but it absolutely remains the best option for ebooks. Aside from being part of Amazon’s exceptional Kindle ebook ecosystem, and having companion apps so you can pick up where you left off on your phone or other mobile device, the Paperwhite simply looks and feels great in the hand. It’s easy on the eyes, and the subtle backlighting is so much more soothing than an LCD.
Microsoft Xbox One
Also not new for 2015, the Xbox One nonetheless makes the list thanks to some price drops plus added features. Backward compatibility now makes it a viable machine for playing Xbox 360 games as well, and without paying for an extra service, as one must do on the PlayStation 4. Plus, with a hot new controller on the way out, it’s going to be the closest thing to a new gaming console in the upcoming year, at least, as long as you don’t count the new VR devices on their way in 2016.
Apple iPod Shuffle
No, no one needs an extra music player right now—but this is such a great option if you want one. Also, if you jog or walk in the city, it’s safer than having your iPhone out and about instead of safely stowed in your pocket.
Leawo Tunes Cleaner
If you’ve been transferring your music collection from device to device for a few years, you probably have encountered the phenomenon of duplicate or even triplicate songs. It’s a huge hassle to go through a collection of hundreds or even thousands of songs to sort that out. Leawo Tunes Cleaner fixes that, and more, even if the songs have non-matching titles. It actually “listens” to the songs—i.e. reads the audio data—and matches them based on content, not their names or other designators so that you’ll never have to hear something you don’t like come through your speakers ever again.
There have been many new discoveries and old advancements made in 2015, but one thing stays the same; our need to protect those we love. Nothing has been more threatening recently than the dangers on technology and the internet. With the help of a cell phone spy you can monitor your loved ones and make sure they’re always safe online.