Here are some techie tools women adore
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
1/19/10 at 8:53 AM
As a college student with an internship, Lindsay Heimdale is very much on the go.
Although she constantly needs to check e-mail for various projects, she does not, however, have to settle for standard technology and its otherwise boring accoutrement.
That's why she has a Netbook — a smaller version of a laptop, with a 7-by-11-inch screen.
"The Netbook fits my lifestyle and my needs perfectly," said Heimdale, who's also the operations supervisor at the Best Buy store at 5520 E. Skelly Drive.
She's noticed an increase in women taking more of a shine to technology. Women used to be intimidated walking into a big electronics store, she said, but that's changed.
And some of the products in those big electronics stores are geared toward women. Heimdale pointed out a few favorites, as well as brands she recommends for each.
$400 or less for most
Toshiba, Samsung, Acer, Asus
It's basically a smaller version of a laptop.
Meant mostly for online browsing and short documents, Netbooks are easy to slip into purses and backpacks.
Plus, they're less expensive than laptops and are more convenient for women on the go.
Many women are purchasing these as a secondary computer — something they can stash in their bag on the way to take the kids to soccer practice or while running other errands.
For those not in the know, e-readers allow you to download your favorite authors' works — whole series, even — onto a digital book.
Not much bigger than the iPhone, e-readers are perfect for busy women and travelers, enabling you to pull your own personal library and have it with you in your purse pocket, Heimdale said.
A typical one can hold about 350 e-books on 512MB. Sony's Daily Edition digital book has 1.6GB of memory, so twice as many books can be stored on it.
Of course, these were popular during the holidays, so some are on back order, but new ones will be coming out this year with evolved touch screens.
Working in the customer service area, Heimdale "can't tell you how many times a woman exchanges a Bluetooth headset because it didn't fit in her ear."
Motorola's Bluetooth, however, is designed for the fairer sex, with parts that fit. In fact, the slogan for it is "Listen like a woman."
By Jenny McCarthy for Wii Fit
This program personalizes a fitness program for your body so each workout helps you achieve your goals.
A camera detects your moves so you can exercise without controllers. You need the Wii console to play it on, and it's about $200.
Fondue for the cure
The Melting Pot at RiverWalk
Crossing in Jenks is
combining gadgetry and philanthropy
for its next ladies’
Women are invited to make
their reservations now for
“iFondue,” which features a
delicious four-course meal
and a serving of Best Buy’s
chic lines of cell phones and
camera and computer accessories
Starting at 5 p.m. Monday,
women can peruse and
purchase gadgets, as well as
network and nosh. A portion
of the evening’s revenues will
go to St. Jude’s Children’s
St. Jude’s might not be
local, but it’s important to
remember that it has patients
from across the country,
including Oklahoma and our
community, said Melting
Pot’s owner Becky Chapman.
Besides, the research at St.
Jude’s, the country’s leading
pediatric cancer research and
treatment center, is shared
with other hospitals.
“Children everywhere benefit,”
Other highlights for the
evening include awesome
door prizes, as well as the
former TV anchorwoman
Cindy Morrison, who will
greet guests and take orders
for her coming book, “Girlfriends
2.0.” A percentage of
the evening’s sales also will be
donated to St. Jude’s.
Tickets are $50 each, with
$25 donated to St. Jude’s,
Chapman said. By the way,
Best Buy will donate a portion
of its electronics sales at the
event to St. Jude’s.
To reserve your spot, call
299-8000. And to learn more
about St. Jude’s, visit
Jason Ashley Wright 581-8483
"Your Shape" fitness program for Nintendo Wii featuring Jenny McCarthy ($69.99, Best Buy).