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Whether you are looking for something techie for your dad or hubby — here are some items to choose from. Sometimes I pick something techie to “upgrade” my dad a little — but I try not to be too pushy.

A week from Sunday — June 20, 2021 — is Father’s Day.

Whatever your gift choices are this year — please remember your good ole dad on his special day.

Here are a few links from years past for some good dad ideas, too — I really want to help you out here.

–Last-Minute Smart Gifts Dad Will Love

–Senior Tech: My 2014 Help List For Dad

—Top 25 Holiday Gifts for the Techie in Your Life (2019 holiday, but good ideas)

–22 Must-Have Unique Tech Gifts for the Holidays (2019 — still cool stuff)

–Top 25 Black Friday Deals for Techies in 2019 (still some good, relevant gifts)

Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Techie

Tonal full-body workout for yourself or dad.

One cool thing about Tonal for this father’s day is that you get an exclusive gift for father’s day — A set of Powerbeats Pro — from Beats by Dre. Sweet.

Okay, so I got one of these full-body workouts for myself — then dad saw it and said he wanted one. Now all the sibs are going in on one of these for dad this year.

Even mom likes it because it doesn’t take up the whole house. The Tonal workout is designed to help you get optimal results in the time you workout. The machine has more than 170 moves and 200 pounds of resistance. The technology takes the guesswork out of your workout.

If you want to bulk up — you can. If you want to get lean — you can. You get a coach for everybody to help you achieve your goals. The Tonal coaches guide you from the beginning of your workouts — to your strongest self.

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Tracking Fox great for yourself or dad.

This is a great little car tracker. You can feel safe about your vehicle 24/7 — or — you know, feel safe about your teenagers’ usage of your car. My friend really liked this little gadget — and I’ll be forever grateful that my dad didn’t have this fantastic little beauty when I was a kid.

The TrackingFox works with all car makes and models manufactured since 1996. It’s tiny and easy to install (less than one minute) on a car.

Great for business or personal use.  Real-time tracking and history — anti-theft alerts — driving behavior analysis. You’ll love it.

MEATER Block
The Meater Block — perfect gift for yourself or dad.

The Meater Block is state-of-the-art technology combined with a fantastic passion for mouth-watering perfectly cooked food. The Meater has a long-range Bluetooth to WiFi connection. It comes with four probes and dual temperature sensors in each probe that checks on the internal temperature of meat — up to 212*F and ambient (external temp of up to 527*F simultaneously.

The guided cook system walks you through each step of the cooking process so that you will have guaranteed perfect results.

We used this Meater Block last weekend with really great results. We asked each person how they wanted their meat cooked — with four different types of meats — and the results were totally reliable and consistent. I really love this product.

Fluidstance
Fluidstance balance board for standing at a desk.

The Fluidstance balance board is for standing at your desk while working. We mostly use this board while on breaks, or if anyone is talking or in a meeting, they stand on the balance.

I seriously wish that people of advanced age would get one of these, hold on to the counter for balance and then work on their balance. As I use this board — I’ve committed that I’ll use this every day for the rest of my life. It feels like you are building brainpower. I wish there was a study on that.

Made of premium maple wood on the top deck and military-grade aluminum to die-cast for the stylish base. We all love this board.

You will love love love the Fluidstance. I took this to the office, and everyone complained when I took it home. Finally, I bought another one, so there is one at the office and one at home.

NOMATIC Messenger Bag
NOMATIC Messenger Bag

If you don’t want all of your office stuff snarled and in the bottom of your bag — get a Nomatic messenger bag—a pure delight. You’ll have a place for everything, it’s padded, and your items are protected without being heavy or bulky. I’ve taken this bag and all my gear over a weekend and everything fit — a little crowded — but all in.

There is space for your computer, chargers, cords, papers, phone and headphones. The messenger bag has a convertible carry option or customizable organization. You can fit a day’s worth of clothes in here besides your office equipment — and still be lightweight.

I like the RFID safe pocket and all the compartments.

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TFD Peloton Pivot

I sent for this screen, and it came really fast — like two days. The screen is black anodized for a sleek look that blends into the bike. The screen turns 360* and is easy to install. You can install video or YouTube or whatever you want on your screen.

I like that you can do a before and after stretch between your Peloton bike ride. Easily turn the screen around for your stretch — then back for your ride. When you are serious about sticking with your Peloton ride, it’s nice to know that you don’t have to fuss around with your Peloton monitor screen.

The monitor is big enough — but not too big, so it fits in our office comfortably.

poolcandy motorized pool loungers
PoolCandy — Motorized Pool Loungers

You can’t stop laughing when you see these loungers. I call them “escape from the ‘dang-blasted’s.’” So, you’re lying there in the pool on your lounger — reading a good book — actual paper — and someone has to bug you. They can’t resist themselves.

No worries — preemptively start moving out of range when the “dang-blasted” comes into view, and you’ll always be safe. Yeah — ya gotta have one of the motorized ones. They blow up in seconds (really, seconds), and they are FUN.

I can’t believe how many of these products we have ordered and loved. The Safari collection is fun — leopard print (my kids call snake print). But our fav is all the glitter toys — Rainbow Unicorn Glitter Tube, Elephant Glitter Tube — but if you really want a little fun — get the Jumbo T-Rex pool tube. Why, yes — I DO like to hear kids scream.

afloia air purifier
Afloia Air Purifier, Father’s Day gift

The Afloria Smart Air Purifier for the home is a large air purifier covering about 1000 square feet. This is a three-stage filtration system that removed odors, smoke, and pet dander. It is a true HEPA filter air purifier — meaning that it removes 99.99% of particles.  I like that you can put this filter on “light sleep mode” — even though it was still really silent — even for us, it was plenty quiet at night.

This air purifier can clean out 500 square feet in about 15 min. You’ll want to replace the air filter about every 3-6 months. I live right by the freeway — and mine didn’t give the warning light until about seven months. You’ll really want this filter if you live with a smoker.

Govee Glide Wall Light
Govee Glide Wall Light — you’ll love it

Govee creates a high-quality LED light and works as a smart home device. Govee really strives to provide you with groundbreaking products that help illuminate your greatest moments in dynamic color.

I love how great this looked at our outdoor party. And now that COVID is opening up — we just used this a few weeks ago at an event that the light was epic. We practically sold this product ourselves. I wish I had stock in this product.

Hope on this site and look at the holiday light displays — and look at the Govee on Instagram. It is a blast to use these lights, and the Insta site gave us many ideas for future usage.

Gotta show you one more pic — everyone loves this light. A neighbor stopped and knocked at my door and asked what the light is — that is always emanating from my living room. Take a look at this awesome light:

Govee Glide Lights
Govee Glide Lights

Lastly on this list is this Flexispot sit2go fitness chair — but maybe it should have been first. We all use this chair almost daily. The best is that you can wheel this chair in place at your desk, and then someone else at the office can wheel the chair over to their desk for a turn.

We have other sit/stand and exercise options in the office, but they are really stationary. We like this because it’s movable. Everyone can use it without changing desks. I like it because it is smooth riding and you can still work without being distracted.

I’m getting one for my dad so that he can ride while talking with people or watching TV. Dad doesn’t like to have a full riding bike at home — they are too big. The peeps at the office like this chair as well, because it fits under the desk nicely.

You can also put the chair down and use it as a regular chair — it’s really comfortable, sturdy, and good-looking.

Conclusion

Whatever you do in the next week — take time to get something for dad. All of these options are easy to order and fast ship. Let me know what you or your dad thinks of these techie options? Let me know if you like to have the former gift guide included?

Image Credit in the post: Images are from the websites of the products.

Top Image Credit: juan-pablo-serrano-arenas, pexels; thank you!

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Fintech Kennek raises $12.5M seed round to digitize lending

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London-based fintech startup Kennek has raised $12.5 million in seed funding to expand its lending operating system.

According to an Oct. 10 tech.eu report, the round was led by HV Capital and included participation from Dutch Founders Fund, AlbionVC, FFVC, Plug & Play Ventures, and Syndicate One. Kennek offers software-as-a-service tools to help non-bank lenders streamline their operations using open banking, open finance, and payments.

The platform aims to automate time-consuming manual tasks and consolidate fragmented data to simplify lending. Xavier De Pauw, founder of Kennek said:

“Until kennek, lenders had to devote countless hours to menial operational tasks and deal with jumbled and hard-coded data – which makes every other part of lending a headache. As former lenders ourselves, we lived and breathed these frustrations, and built kennek to make them a thing of the past.”

The company said the latest funding round was oversubscribed and closed quickly despite the challenging fundraising environment. The new capital will be used to expand Kennek’s engineering team and strengthen its market position in the UK while exploring expansion into other European markets. Barbod Namini, Partner at lead investor HV Capital, commented on the investment:

“Kennek has developed an ambitious and genuinely unique proposition which we think can be the foundation of the entire alternative lending space. […] It is a complicated market and a solution that brings together all information and stakeholders onto a single platform is highly compelling for both lenders & the ecosystem as a whole.”

The fintech lending space has grown rapidly in recent years, but many lenders still rely on legacy systems and manual processes that limit efficiency and scalability. Kennek aims to leverage open banking and data integration to provide lenders with a more streamlined, automated lending experience.

The seed funding will allow the London-based startup to continue developing its platform and expanding its team to meet demand from non-bank lenders looking to digitize operations. Kennek’s focus on the UK and Europe also comes amid rising adoption of open banking and open finance in the regions.

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Fortune 500’s race for generative AI breakthroughs

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As excitement around generative AI grows, Fortune 500 companies, including Goldman Sachs, are carefully examining the possible applications of this technology. A recent survey of U.S. executives indicated that 60% believe generative AI will substantially impact their businesses in the long term. However, they anticipate a one to two-year timeframe before implementing their initial solutions. This optimism stems from the potential of generative AI to revolutionize various aspects of businesses, from enhancing customer experiences to optimizing internal processes. In the short term, companies will likely focus on pilot projects and experimentation, gradually integrating generative AI into their operations as they witness its positive influence on efficiency and profitability.

Goldman Sachs’ Cautious Approach to Implementing Generative AI

In a recent interview, Goldman Sachs CIO Marco Argenti revealed that the firm has not yet implemented any generative AI use cases. Instead, the company focuses on experimentation and setting high standards before adopting the technology. Argenti recognized the desire for outcomes in areas like developer and operational efficiency but emphasized ensuring precision before putting experimental AI use cases into production.

According to Argenti, striking the right balance between driving innovation and maintaining accuracy is crucial for successfully integrating generative AI within the firm. Goldman Sachs intends to continue exploring this emerging technology’s potential benefits and applications while diligently assessing risks to ensure it meets the company’s stringent quality standards.

One possible application for Goldman Sachs is in software development, where the company has observed a 20-40% productivity increase during its trials. The goal is for 1,000 developers to utilize generative AI tools by year’s end. However, Argenti emphasized that a well-defined expectation of return on investment is necessary before fully integrating generative AI into production.

To achieve this, the company plans to implement a systematic and strategic approach to adopting generative AI, ensuring that it complements and enhances the skills of its developers. Additionally, Goldman Sachs intends to evaluate the long-term impact of generative AI on their software development processes and the overall quality of the applications being developed.

Goldman Sachs’ approach to AI implementation goes beyond merely executing models. The firm has created a platform encompassing technical, legal, and compliance assessments to filter out improper content and keep track of all interactions. This comprehensive system ensures seamless integration of artificial intelligence in operations while adhering to regulatory standards and maintaining client confidentiality. Moreover, the platform continuously improves and adapts its algorithms, allowing Goldman Sachs to stay at the forefront of technology and offer its clients the most efficient and secure services.

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UK seizes web3 opportunity simplifying crypto regulations

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As Web3 companies increasingly consider leaving the United States due to regulatory ambiguity, the United Kingdom must simplify its cryptocurrency regulations to attract these businesses. The conservative think tank Policy Exchange recently released a report detailing ten suggestions for improving Web3 regulation in the country. Among the recommendations are reducing liability for token holders in decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) and encouraging the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to adopt alternative Know Your Customer (KYC) methodologies, such as digital identities and blockchain analytics tools. These suggestions aim to position the UK as a hub for Web3 innovation and attract blockchain-based businesses looking for a more conducive regulatory environment.

Streamlining Cryptocurrency Regulations for Innovation

To make it easier for emerging Web3 companies to navigate existing legal frameworks and contribute to the UK’s digital economy growth, the government must streamline cryptocurrency regulations and adopt forward-looking approaches. By making the regulatory landscape clear and straightforward, the UK can create an environment that fosters innovation, growth, and competitiveness in the global fintech industry.

The Policy Exchange report also recommends not weakening self-hosted wallets or treating proof-of-stake (PoS) services as financial services. This approach aims to protect the fundamental principles of decentralization and user autonomy while strongly emphasizing security and regulatory compliance. By doing so, the UK can nurture an environment that encourages innovation and the continued growth of blockchain technology.

Despite recent strict measures by UK authorities, such as His Majesty’s Treasury and the FCA, toward the digital assets sector, the proposed changes in the Policy Exchange report strive to make the UK a more attractive location for Web3 enterprises. By adopting these suggestions, the UK can demonstrate its commitment to fostering innovation in the rapidly evolving blockchain and cryptocurrency industries while ensuring a robust and transparent regulatory environment.

The ongoing uncertainty surrounding cryptocurrency regulations in various countries has prompted Web3 companies to explore alternative jurisdictions with more precise legal frameworks. As the United States grapples with regulatory ambiguity, the United Kingdom can position itself as a hub for Web3 innovation by simplifying and streamlining its cryptocurrency regulations.

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