Back-to-School Tech Must-Haves

Published 08/11 2014 01:47PM

Updated 08/11 2014 05:08PM

There's no better time than a new school year to take inventory of the gadgets in our lives that help us stay smart, connected and entertained.  Tech Expert and Emmy Award-winning show host, Katie Linendoll offers a sneak peek at some powerful must-have tech that are small enough to fit in a backpack.

Katie's must-haves include:
- Never be without a book with Kindle Paperwhite - an indispensible reading device for kids and adults - with a massive selection of books at low prices or library books, its the official e-reader of the National PTA.
- Do it all with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet -- work on the go with its email, calendar and office suite or play games and watch movies in pristine HD.  Lightweight and super fast!
- Fit 100 million items in your pocket with Fire phone - the first smart phone from Amazon, with Firefly Technology that lets you quickly find phone numbers, web addresses and more than 100 million movies, TV shows, songs and products.
- Get the popcorn ready for Fire TV -- play, rent or buy from your favorite subscriptions and streaming services through this tiny box that includes a voice search that will put an end to hunting and pecking.
- Pack a notebook you can count on with the Samsung Chromebook 2 - slim and lightweight with an 11.6 -inch HD display and a battery life of up to 8 hours.
- Back up your digital content anytime with the Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive, the thinnest portable hard drive out there.

About: Katie Linendoll launched her professional career with ESPN. At age 22, she won an Emmy Award for her work on SportsCenter. A few years later she received another Emmy nomination as the tech host of A&E's We Mean Business.  Today, Linendoll's career has come full circle as she returns to ESPN as a sports-tech contributor for the network. Now, a seasoned TV personality, Linendoll is a regular tech writer and contributor on CNN, The Early Show, The Today Show, The Huffington Post and she hosts Spike TV's All Access Weekly.

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