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High-Tech Gift Ideas Range From Fun Gadgets To Fungi

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From Mother's Day and Father's Day to graduations, there are a lot of upcoming mid-year celebrations, and a recent DigitalFocus press event in Chelsea is offering plenty of ideas for cool "techie" gifts.

Spring means Mother's Day, Father's Day and graduation day are all around the corner. A recent DigitalFocus press event in Chelsea has highlighted some of the hot new gifts that combine technology and science.

DIY gardening is a popular new trend, especially if it's super simple, which the Mushroom Log from Brookstone appears to be.

"It's inoculated with shiitake mushrooms. You take it home, soak it in water, keep it in the shade. In two to eight months, you have shiitake mushrooms that you can pick and put on the grill," says Pauline Collins of Brookstone.

The logs ship in May for around $30.

Cellphone cases now have all sorts of functions, from making devices waterproof to holding money to reducing radiation, but a new one called Linkase promises to improve WiFi reception

"This piece right here, it's part of the case and it resonates with your cellphone's antennae. It doesn't need to be directly in touch but just by being next to it, it boosts your reception and the amount we can promise it boosts is 50 percent and that's what we advertise," says Angel Sanz of Absolute Technology.

The Linkase is out now for the iPhone 5 for around $50. Android and tablet versions are due out soon.

Speaking of Android devices, there is a new Samsung Galaxy camera.

"You have the quality of a point-and-shoot camera with a 21x zoom but instantaneous-ness of a smartphone," says Nick Badger of Samsung Mobile. "Because it's Android you can do whatever you can do on your smartphone other than make phone calls, so play "Angry Birds," send text messages, get on the Internet."

The latest model is WiFi only and costs $450, as opposed to the earlier models which can connect to the Internet from anywhere but cost $500 plus a monthly data fee.

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