Category Archives: Hot Topics

Father’s Day gift ideas

Father’s Day gift ideas

Alright, folks: You’ve got one week till Father’s Day. And you don’t know what to get Dad, because if he’s anything like my dad, he won’t tell you what he wants.

I’m here to save you from buying him another 12-pack of socks.

So here are a few cool Father’s Day gift ideas for the cool father in your life. Time is of the essence, but spend a few bucks for speedy shipping and you should still be able to get most stuff shipped to you by next Sunday.

lifelink-plus-3

PlusUs LifeLink. I looked at lots of high-priced, futuristic gadgets for this post, but this thing seemed the most useful. It’s a USB cable that’s as long as a credit card and as thin as two credit cards, so you can carry it in your wallet or purse and charge your device on any USB port, even if you don’t have a standard charging cable on hand. As someone who (a) is constantly looking at a dying phone, and (b) never has a cable nearby, but (c) always carries my wallet, the LifeLink seems like a no-brainer.

tileapp

The Tile app. Most of the dads I know have a lot going on — work, kids, household stuff, more work, etc. Little things like keeping up with the keys can fall through the cracks. The Tile app can help. Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker that you can stick in or on everyday things like keys, wallet or your cell phone. Then, you can use the Tile app to make a Tile “ring” (as you would if you called a lost phone), or you can view the last place the app recorded your item. Sounds like a time (and frustration) saver!

thermostat_lifestyle_1

Nest Learning Thermostat. Is your dad tired of the eternal thermometer dance? Up, down, up, down. Adjust in the morning. Adjust at bedtime. Turn it down while making dinner. Crank it up when the kids get out of the bath. It never ends. But it could, with the new Nest Learning Thermostat. Use it for a little while and it picks up on your routines, senses when people are home or not, and adjusts to seasons. The thermostat learns about you and what temperature you like and builds a schedule for your home. Best of all? According to the Nest website, studies showed that the Nest has saved over 4 billion kWh of energy since 2011, saving people an average of 10-12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills. Who doesn’t like saving some dough?

sw

Star Wars flash drives. These things aren’t necessarily new, but with all the Star Wars fervor over the past several months, they’re a fun way to inject a little levity into the daily grind and to celebrate one of the greatest film series of all time. Mimoco’s got Darth Vader, R2-D2, Jabba the Hutt, Yoda, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and more. If Dad isn’t a Star Wars fan, check out the company’s other lines of flash drives, such as Transformers, Star Trek, South Park and G.I. Joe.

smoker

Simple Smoker. Nothing says “dad” more than smoked meats. Well, that’s probably not true, but smoked meats are still pretty cool. They’re meats … that are smoked! Anyway, Char-Broil makes an easy-to-use product called the Simple Smoker that connects to your smart phone so you can control and monitor the smoking process without hovering over the machine. The app also contains a large library of recipes for bonus inspiration. The Simple Smoker stands only 27 inches tall and uses minimal wood chips, but still delivers a flavorful piece of meat, according to reviews.

West Coast-style IPA beer brewing kit. Dads like beer, right? Many do, at least. And maybe your dad is intrigued by the idea of making his own beer, but doesn’t know where to start. Consider, then, this inexpensive brewing kit that contains everything he’ll need to make a West Coast-style IPA. That includes malt extract and grains from Wisconsin and hops from the Yakima Valley in Washington, plus all the necessary equipment. The resulting IPA has “a complex profile with spicy citrus notes,” according to the Uncommon Goods website. (Note: If West Coast IPA isn’t your dad’s bag, the site also offers kits for ales from Vermont, Texas and the South.) Cheers!

beer

BendBroadband field techs work with at-risk youth program

BendBroadband field technicians are taking their knowledge and expertise and sharing it with area at-risk youth through the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program. The Youth Challenge Program is a residential alternative high school where students (or “cadets,” as they’re known in the program) live on site for five months while attending a military model school.… Continue Reading

BendBroadband field techs work with at-risk youth program
Max King, our man on the trails

Max King, our man on the trails

Meet Max King, the most interesting runner in the world. The star of BendBroadband’s new Ultrafast Internet campaign, Max has established himself as one of the most versatile – and successful – runners in the country. This year alone he’s competed at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials (he finished 12th and was less than five seconds… Continue Reading

Kids spend how much time online?

How much time do you think your kids spend using media everyday—Three hours? Five hours? Try NINE. According to some recent research, no joke, kids ages 8-18 spend about nine hours using media on any given day (more than they might sleep!). That includes watching TV, videos, movies, playing video games, listening to music and… Continue Reading

New Ultrafast Internet Packages

You can now get Internet speeds of up to 300Mbps. Over the past year, we’ve QUADRUPLED our network’s capacity, enabling us to deliver faster speeds than ever before. As part of those improvements, we’re rolling out three new Ultrafast Internet packages for residential customers: Ultra 50, Ultra 100 and Ultra 300. But that’s not all! Customers who… Continue Reading

New Ultrafast Internet Packages

Many of you are losing your data usage allowance

Many of you are losing your data usage allowance

More than half of BendBroadband’s internet customers are no longer subject to a monthly data usage allowance under a new initiative that goes into effect today. Customers who subscribe to Bronze or above internet (including Silver, Gold and Platinum) and Essentials or above TV (including Preferred, Preferred Plus and The Works) are no longer limited on… Continue Reading

Watch STARZ on the go!

Watch STARZ on the go!

STARZ, the home of hit period pieces such as Outlander and Black Sails, is getting a new look. First, STARZ Play, the network’s mobile app, will now simply be known as STARZ. Also, STARZ has rebranded its sister network, ENCORE, which is now billed as STARZ ENCORE. As part of the rebrand, content from the ENCORE… Continue Reading