Halloween and the holidays are around the corner and instead of using your old decorations why not use digital decorating? ATMOSFX offers a variety of animated, amusement-park-quality scenes and characters that can be viewed on any TV or monitor and it can also be projected on flat surfaces or windows.
ATMOSFX sent me their Digital Decorating Kit with projector, ATMOSFX 3DFX Form, Window Projection Material, and Premium Window Projection Material to review for Hi-Tech Chic. Since they sent me a variety of products to test out I had to do two separate unboxing videos.
The Digital Decorating Kit with projector include:
- Professional mounting tripod
- Remote control (2 AAA batteries not included)
- UL power adapter
- Standard Window Projection Material
- Digital Decorations SD Card with 14 pre-loaded scenes that include:
- Halloween Scenes:
- Seasonal Scenes:
Here is the unboxing video of the Digital Decorating Kit with projector:
The setup of the projector was simple with just inserting the SD Card included with the projector, turn it on and adjust the projector’s focus.
The technical specs for the projector include:
- Display Technology: 4” Single LCD Panel Display
- Color: 16.8 million, 24-bit RGB
- Brightness: 300 ANSI LM (1800 market lumens)
- Lamp: LED 24W
- Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
- Native Resolution: 384,000 Pixels (800 x 480)
- Lamp life: 30,000 hours
- Projection Distance: 3 feet to 20 feet (or .9 meters to 6 meters)
- Projection Size (diagonal): 40” to 180”
- Throw Ratio: 1.37:1
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 / 16:9
- Keystone Correction: + or – 15 degrees
- Power Supply: 100-240 V
- Power Consumption: 60 W
- Input: USB/SD/HDMI/Composite
- Audio Output: 3.5mm or built-in speakers
- Projection Material: 4’ x 6’ — 86.5” diagonal
The next unboxing was the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit which includes:
- Inflatable 3DFX Form that stands over 5 ½ feet tall
- 3DFX projection fabric shroud
- Two (2) shroud clips
- Foot pump
- Includes a promotional card inside the packaging for a $9.99 credit redeemable on any digital decoration scene (excluding Trick ‘r Treat)
Here is the unboxing video of the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit:
After unboxing I had to pump up the 3DFX inflatable form using the foot pump that is included with the kit. I clearly did not read the instructions and used my hands instead of my foot. Here’s my video showing you how to pump up the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form.
The technical specs for the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit include:
- Constructed of durable, inflatable vinyl
- Fillable reservoir base
- Security ground tabs
- Premium air fill valves
- Approximately 68” tall
- Approximately 28” wide
The ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit retails for $ 59.99 and can be purchased here: https://atmosfx.com/collections/gear/products/atmosfx-3dfx-form.
Both kits I will be reviewing for more than just a couple weeks using Halloween and Holiday images throughout the seasons. The kits are very easy to set up but I need more time to test the projection and 3DFX form in more detail since I haven’t 100% figured it all out. Stay tuned and keep checking back on Hi-Tech Chic for a full product review and demos during the holiday season.
Dew Puff sent me 3 facial sponges to test out and review. I decided to do a seven day challenge using the Asian Clay Dew Puff natural sponge since it helps stimulate skin cells white absorbing impurities below the pore level plus helps reduce aging.
What is a Dew Puff Konjac Sponge?
Per my previous post the Dew Puff face and body cleansing natural sponges are 100% plant-based cleansing products. Dew Puff has only one ingredient, konjac root, also known as elephant yam or kon-nyaku in Japanese. When hydrated, these natural sponges become exceptionally soft, yet gently exfoliating, while creating a perfect pH balance on the surface of the skin. Regular use brightens and evens your skin tone without irritation.
Following the instructions on the package I put the sponge under running water to get it hydrated and get it soft as it’s originally very hard when you take it out of the package. Below is the video demo showing you how easy it is to get the sponge ready for use.
After hydrating and ringing out the sponge I then began, per the instructions, going in a circle motion on my face with the sponge. You can also use a cleanser with the sponge however since I was doing the 7 day challenge I didn’t use any. Below is the demo of how to use the Asian Clay Dew Puff sponge on your face.
For the past seven days I have been using the Asian Clay Dew Sponge and below are pictures of my face during the seven days after using it. These were taken with no makeup (yikes) besides lip gloss to show my progression throughout the seven days. I took 3 different angles of my face on all 7 days and the bottom right picture of each collage is the end result (day 7).
In conclusion of the seven day challenge, I didn’t see much of a change in my face however I didn’t have any breakouts or skin irritation while using the Asian Clay Dew Puff. Looking back I think seven days is not enough time to see results and is that way with most facial products. I probably should have done a month challenge but in hindsight that would be way too long to test a facial product including taking daily pictures, that would be a bit much. I do like the Asian Clay Dew Puff because it’s easy to use, left my skin feeling clean and it lasts for 3 months before you need to purchase another one.
Source: Dew Puff Konjac Sponge‘s site
I received the Cloud Eye Live Camera recently to review which is the world’s smallest live camera to date at 1.5×1.5×3.5cm and only weighs 20g. The Cloud Eye Live Camera has self-contained WIFI so users can record live at any time & anywhere. The Cloud Eye Live Camera has 2 Megapixel Optical Glass Lens that makes picture recording in High-definition and high-speed. The Point-to-point Connection of the Cloud Eye Live Camera allows users to connect to their phone directly through its self-contained WiFi at a 40m signal range in an open field.
Another interesting feature of the Cloud Eye Live Camera is that it is also a wireless endoscopic vibrator. The vibrator with an endoscopic camera can be used to explore the G-spot or to check your body for the risk of gynecology diseases and understand your own body comprehensively.
When unboxing the Cloud Eye Live Camera users will see the camera and once you pull the tab you will see the charging cable and instructions. Everything seemed easy enough when I read through the instructions but I ran into a few problems.
Per Cloud Eye’s site it takes just one click to upload the app so that you can upload any pictures or videos and publish them on YouTube, Facebook, twitter and other social media immediately. I struggled with this because the App was not working on my iPhone. I downloaded the App and thought I was good to go and then when I went to register to start using the camera I was at a standstill. It was a constant loop of sending me a varication code via email that never would show up. I checked all my inboxes and text and no code was ever sent, therefore I can’t give you guys’ insight on how the camera works at this time.
I believe the Cloud Eye Live Camera is a great concept but it seems to still be in beta mode which means there will be glitches or for me no verification code sent to activate the app. Users of the Cloud Eye can’t use it without the app so this a major fall back of this product.
Hopefully in the near future I will be able to give you a full product review of the Cloud Eye Live Camera once their App issue is fixed.
Dephine the Label sent me some fashion samples to review from their Winter 2017 ARTHROPODA collection. I received the Delphine’s Resilin jumpsuit in black velvet, Elixir top in black and white tweed and the Venom pants. I was very excited to play dress up and try on these new fashions!
Delphine’s Resilin jumpsuit in black is made from soft velvet and features a wide, plunging surplice neckline, with slim straps to accentuate the broad shoulder cut outs, and slightly cropped sleeves. The jumpsuit is tucked at the waist and also features front pockets and straight legs that fall to a flattering 7/8ths length.
When I tried on the Resilin jumpsuit the first thing I noticed is how comfortable it felt. I thought I was going to not like the sleeves but when I put it on my mind changed; loved them! The jumpsuit did fall at 7/8 but I paired it with some stiletto booties so you can’t see that in the picture. What I love about the jumpsuit is you can literally throw it in your bag and pull it out ready to wear with no ironing required. The Resilin jumpsuit is currently $116.14 USD and you can purchase it on their site located here: https://store.delphinethelabel.com/product/resilin-jumpsuit-zl014
Delphine’s Elixir sleeveless top in black and white tweed has a high neck with a slight split on either side. It features a light frayed detail at the hem.
I honestly thought “this top is NOT going to look good on me at all” when I first received it. Then I tried it on and it didn’t look bad at all, in fact I liked it!
When I tied it together with the Venom pants it became a very chic look. The Elixir top is $102.68 USD and you can purchase it on their site located here: https://store.delphinethelabel.com/product/elixir-top-zl025
Delphine’s Venom pants are a luxurious interpretation of the classic black, slim cut trouser. Made from a soft suede, these pants have a high, tailored waist with slim fitted legs and are cropped above the ankle.
The first thing I noticed about the Venom pants is how incredibly soft they were. The Venom pants were very high wasted and they fell right above my ankle perfectly. The Venom pants are currently priced at $94.72 USD and can be purchased on their site located here: https://store.delphinethelabel.com/product/venom-pants-zl085
After trying on all 3 fashion pieces my favorite was the Venom pants followed by the Resilin jumpsuit. The Venom pants I think are a must have for every woman. It’s a great staple to add to your everyday wardrobe.
Blossoming from the heart of Melbourne in 2015, Delphine connects local street style with global trends for women of the world. With many new collections each season, we will arm you with fresh, unique wardrobe pieces to rely on and treasure. Delphine is a brand that reflects your ambitions. Whether you decide to dress up or style down, our clothes transcend personality, mood, and occasion, allowing room for individual expression and imagination.
Source: Dephine the Label
The Coin Up App is one of the first mobile donation apps approved for Apple’s app store. The Coin Up App allows users to channel their virtual spare change to qualified nonprofits, and see the real impact their donations make for a cause. Users of Coin Up can round up their transactions on any credit or debit card and direct the funds to an organization of their choice on the app – making an impact on the go every month.
Recently Coin Up’s CEO, Leena Patidar, accepted the “2017 Start Up Tech of the Year” Pinnacle Award from Athena San Diego, a prestigious women’s organization supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Patidar is thrilled to be recognized by a group of dynamic women leaders that set the pace of STEM in San Diego. Of course, the 700 members of the audience were encouraged to download the Coin Up mobile donation app (https://www.coinupapp.com/) so they could start steering their virtual pocket change to the numerous non-profits that have partnered with Coin Up, including Athena of San Diego.
“Getting this recognition from Athena was such a powerful affirmation for me and the success of Coin Up,” Patidar said. “I can’t thank the women behind Athena enough. The experience and award help me reflect on the importance of building a company like Coin Up that is authentic and transparent in our giving environment.” As the Coin Up App continues to grow, so does its giving power with almost 150 national and regional charities. Coin Up App users are empowered to make a difference in the world with every purchase, a nickel and dime at a time.
I decided to try it out and see how this new app works that is changing the way we donate to causes. It was pretty simple to find and download for free from the Apple App store. After downloading, I created an account that took seconds to fill out. The next screen is the three step process which includes putting your payment information to register to donate to a specific charity.
After that pick your charity either by category, zip code, or name. Once you’ve picked your charity all you do next is go through the payment process and then your transaction is complete. It’s that easy!
Some of the organizations that have Coined Up include Crescent Moon Foundation, founded by NFL Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon to provide for the educational pursuits of children that are most in need; Hire Heroes USA offering free, expert career coaching and job sourcing to more than a thousand U.S. military members and their spouses each week; Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation improving the care, quality of life, and survival rates of children with malignant diseases; and Heifer International whose mission is to end hunger and poverty around the world.
I think this donation app is genius and very easy to use! I hopeto see the Coin Up App add more charities throughout the year. Download the app today or visit the web app to make YOUR change in the world: https://www.coinupapp.com/.
About Coin Up:
Coin Up is an innovative mobile app that provides a platform for donors to give to their favorite charitable causes effortlessly. Once downloaded and registered, the app will round up everyday purchases made on your credit card or debit card to the nearest dollar and send the “spare change” to the person’s chosen charities each month. The app is free to download and has been designed to help people give to charities they are passionate about, making it easy for their spare change to have a major impact. Coin Up’s mission is to create a society that engages in charitable giving through the convenience of everyday transactions. For more information on Coin Up, visit the site at: https://www.coinupapp.com YOUR CHANGE. YOUR IMPACT @CoinUpApp
Source: Coin Up, Pinnacle Awards
The illumy smart sleep mask is a lightweight smart sleep mask that blocks out unwanted light and provides its own light to trigger your body’s natural responses. Blue tones wake you gently and effectively in the morning before your chosen alarm time, and red-toned light helps you fall asleep at night. These are the same light cues used by NASA to regulate sleep on the space station.
When I unboxed the illumy smart sleep mask I immediately plugged it into my PC and while it was charging I downloaded the Sound Oasis App. Within the app you can set up alarm time, alarm chime, sunrise and sunset preferences plus chose to put it in sleep enhancement mode.
After setting up my sleep preferences I turned on the mask and synced it with my iPhone by using the app. When you first turn on the illumy smart sleep mask there will be a red light indicating it’s turned on. Since I already set up an alarm time and settings the hue inside the mask is similar to a sunset. After I put the mask on the lights inside the mask gradually dimmed and I was ready for my power nap!
For a 20 minute power nap:
- Set the illumy alarm time 30 minutes later than the current time
- Choose a 20 minute sunrise
- Set the sunset to “off”
- Enable or disable the alarm chime
- Sync illumy with the App
- Press the sleep button
- Lay back and relax
The illumy smart sleep mask will slowly wake you up after your nap with a bright blue energizing light.
The illumy smart sleep mask’s full list of features include:
- Built-in Alarm
- illumy contains a wake-up light alarm clock in a sleep mask. Set your alarm time with the free Android, iOS or web App and illumy will wake you up with a brightening sunrise.
- Silent Alarm Setting
- Choose to enable the audible chime alarm or silent alarm. The silent alarm wakes you up with a sunrise simulation that gets brighter as your alarm time approaches.
- Custom Sunset/Sunrise length
- Fall asleep quickly with your choice of 10 to 60 minute long sunset. Wake up to a blue enriched sunrise with a duration of 10 to 60 minutes. You may select the length in the App.
- Sleep Enhance
- Use the advanced Sleep Enhance feature to eliminate distracting thoughts and calm a racing mind using calming sunset pulsations
- In the morning, Sleep Enhance presents an energizing quickening pulsing sunrise
- Home/Away Time Setting
- Perfect for traveling, choose your time zone before you get to your destination. illumy’s internal clock will take care of time zone calculations for you. Choose the time zone of your destination and set your alarm. When you arrive, illumy will be ready to wake you up.
The illumy smart sleep mask comes with a travel case, charger, micro USB charge cable, programming cable, user manual and warranty reply card. The illumy smart sleep mask is currently $149.99 and can be purchased on their site located here.
Source: Sound Oasis
As we kick off summer the endless dilemma is always lack of storage since we are in an age of smartphones taking selfies and videos constantly. I encounter this on the regular since I love taking videos and “live” photos. I had to face up to the reality and find a better solution to extend my storage.
It’s hard to decide which flash key or stick that will fit your personal needs. If you have an iPhone I found the market has more lightening cord wired flash drives than you think. What about the Andriod lover? The three below flash drives are indeed compatible for Android including apps for both. I reviewed the below 3 flash drives and here are my findings.
There is no WiFi needed! What?! No WiFi needed at all to use this product? Per Picture Keeper, Mobile backup solutions in the cloud have a serious limitation and they only work if you have an internet connection. Picture Keeper Connect files are not stored online, you maintain total control of your photos and videos. It also allows users to share photos and videos with family and friends without using a data plan.
Picture Keeper lets users:
- Access to connect anywhere
- Easily transfer files to new devices
- Free up storage space on mobile devices
- Keeps your files and photos in one secure place
- iOS, Android™, Windows® & Mac® compatible
- Comes in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
- Retails starting at $119.00 and be bought on their site
The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is a great storage device for iPhone or iPad users that need some extra storage or just a way to backup photos and videos without using the cloud. The drive has both a flexible Lightning connector that works with most cases and a USB 3.0 connector to plug into your Mac computer or PC.
The iXpand Flash Drive features and specs include:
- Automatic Photo Backup
- Encryption software that lets you password-protect files
- Comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage capacity
- USB 3.0 High-speed Transfers
- Supports popular video formats (.WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV)
- The app makes it easy to manage photos and videos
- Helps free up space on your iPhone or iPad
- Retails starting at $49.00 and can be bought at Best Buy
SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick. SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick lets you stream video or music to as many as three other devices at the same time, or gives you access to all your media. Since the SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick can share content with multiple devices at once it’s easy to connect and share with friends mobile devise and stream music or videos to three smartphones, tablets or computers as long as they’re somewhere in the vicinity.
The SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick allows users to wirelessly:
- Access media or transfer large files
- Stream HD videos and music
- Save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device
- iOS and Android compatible using the Connect Drive App
- Storage sizes including: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 200GB or 256GB to choose from.
- Retails starting at $29.99 and you can purchase them at Best Buy.
After testing all three drives the flash drive that works for me personally was the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. Its ease of use for my iPhone made storing media easier and quicker.
For more information about SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick or their other products click here. If you are interested in more information about the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive or would like to purchase the SanDisk click here. To check out the Picture Keeper Connect or purchase it click here.
Source: Sandisk, Picture Keeper, Best Buy, Forbes
I received the OWC USB-C Dock to review and did not know what to expect since I haven’t used a dock for my PC in ages! The OWC USB-C Dock features 10 ports complete with five USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, two high-power charging ports and one USB-C port that users can reconnect and charge their devices.
The OWC USB-C Dock also features Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and combo audio ports along with an SD card reader for even more connectivity. The OWC USB-C Dock provides ample power alongside connectivity, delivering 80W of power to users connected devices, including up to 60W to charge their computer.
When I unboxed the OWC USB-C Dock the box included an OWC USB-C Dock, a 0.5 m (18 inches) USB Type-C Cable, External power supply and power cable and user guide. I quickly powered it on and per the directions connected the computer link port to the USB Type C port on my PC.
After that I plugged in my SanDisk that already had over 700 pictures stored and the OWC USB-C Dock brought it up immediately. I was in business in less than 5 minutes! I also challenged myself to see if I had enough plugs and gadgets to fit all the ports. It was obviously a success and not hard filling each port considering the amount of tech products I own.
- OS X 10.10 or later1
- Windows 10 or later (PC or Boot Camp)
- Driver not required for Windows 10 or later (PC or Boot Camp)
- Mac or PC featuring a built-in USB Type-C interface3
- SD Card reader is compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC up to 2TB
- SD Card reader is compatible with UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) up to 70MB/s
- USB 3.0 – OS X 10.10 or later
- Ethernet – OS X 10.10 or later
Available Port Types
- 1 SD Card Slot
- 1 3.5mm Combo Audio Port (microphone or headphones supported)
- 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 Standard-A Ports (2 high-powered charging ports)
- 1 USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Port
- 1 USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Computer Link
- 1 Gigabit Ethernet Port
- 1 HDMI 1.4b Port4
- Up to 4K/30Hz resolution via HDMI connection
- External UL-listed universal auto-switching power supply
- AC input: 100 ~ 240V, 50/60Hz
- DC output:, 20V 4A
- Adapter plugs for international use sold separately
- Height: 2.8 cm (1.1 inches)
- Width: 9.0 cm (3.5 inches)
- Length: 20.0 cm (7.9 inches)
- 0.4 kg (0.9 lb)
I loved reviewing the OWC USB-C Dock though not as exciting as reviewing audio the extra USB ports, especially when doing products reviews, are a necessity. If you’re looking for a dock for your desk with extra USB ports that is small in size and reasonably priced I suggest checking out the OWC USB-C Dock. You can purchase the OWC USB-C Dock at the below distributors and the pricing starts around $148 depending on which site you purchase it on.
Souce: OWC USB-C Dock
The SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick allows users to access media or transfer large files, stream HD videos and music, save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device. Delivering up to 256GB of extra capacity in a small flash drive.
SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick lets you stream video or music to as many as three other devices at the same time and gives you access to all your media. Since the SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick can share content with multiple devices at once it’s easy to connect with friend’s mobile devices and stream music or videos to three smartphones, tablets or computers as long as they’re somewhere in the vicinity.
Also, with the SanDisk Connect app installed on your mobile device, you can upload, download, save, share and play all your stuff from a distance, to and from the device you want to use wirelessly. In fact, while using the app you do not need to even plug the SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick to access files. When I downloaded the SanDisk app it was pretty straight forward and gave me great direction on how to connect.
When you initially get started using the app you must remember to choose it in your WiFi settings or it will not show up. I learned that the hard way.Users can also set the app to automatically copy photos and videos from your camera roll to the drive when the drive is connected to your PC as well. A folder pops up immediately once turned on and plugged in.
Once connected it gives you’re a brief overlook of the app and what it can all do. You can skip over that and just get started if you prefer. I immediately accessed my phone wirelessly pretty quickly and began storing them.
I’m constantly out of storage on several mobile devices and with my Jamaica trip coming up I will not have to worry about storage when taking pictures. This product is perfect for those who are media junkies like myself that love taking and sharing pictures or videos.
The SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick comes in different storage sizes including: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 200GB or 256GB to choose from. It is priced at $249.00 and you can purchase them at Best Buy. For more information about SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick or their other products click here.
Source: Sandisk, Best Buy
I received the Picture Keeper Connect recently to do a product review. Picture Keeper Connect offers photo backup solutions for all devices including: smartphones, tablets, and computers. Picture Keeper Connect works anywhere, anytime.There is no WiFi needed and the Picture Keeper Connect is compatible with iOS, Android™, Windows® & Mac®.
The no WiFi feature interested me; how does it work? Per Picture Keeper, mobile backup solutions in the cloud have a serious limitation and they only work if you have an internet connection. Picture Keeper Connect files are not stored online, you maintain total control of your photos. Share photos and videos with your family and friends without using your data plan!
- Access connect anywhere, anytime
- Easily transfer files to new devices
- Easily upgrade to additional storage
- Free up storage space on mobile devices
- Keep your important files and photos in one secure place
- Plug-and-play functionality.
Picture Keeper’s Capability Requirements Include:
- Mobile Requirements: iPhone 5 and Newer (iOS 6+) and Android OTG (Android 3.1+).
- Computer Requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, MAC OS 10.5 (and newer) computers.
Picture Keeper is easy to start by simply downloading the free Picture Keeper Connect app. All I did was plug the Picture Keeper Connect drive into my device and I launched the app. You do have to create an account like most apps to get started. Once the app was launched I clicked “Start Backup’” and Picture Keeper Connect download my photos, videos and contacts. At the end I was asked if I wanted my pictures erase and also reminded me to make sure I have duplicate copies of all pictures so I do not loose any in the middle of transitioning them off my iPhone.
The Picture Keeper app also has new features that make it even easier to capture photos or videos. Below is a list of the new features plus details of each feature.
- Greater customization: Create custom gifts and prints with your photos directly from the drive using the free app.
- Emergency features: Simply plug the drive into any phone or smart device for instant access to stored contacts and important phone numbers.
- Increased versatility: View your files on someone else’s phone or share your photos from your computer or phone.
- Time-saving capabilities: View, select, backup, and delete single items or entire albums from the phone or drive.
The Picture Keeper Connect storage sizes come in either 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB. The Picture Keeper Connect can connect to your mobile device via lightening or micro- USB cables. The Picture Keeper Connect starts from $119.99 on their site.
I personally found the Picture Keeper Connect easy to use and love the blue blinking LED light informing users when or when it is not connected. If you are looking for a storage flash drive that is easy to use, inexpensive and relatively small I strongly suggest checking out the Picture Keeper Connect.
Source: Picture Keeper
I constantly run out of storage on my iPhone due to industry events and product review photos or videos. I was excited to learn I was going to receive a SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive because I have maxed out my iPhone’s storage.
The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is a great storage device for iPhone or iPad users that need some extra storage or just a way to backup photos and videos without using the cloud. The drive has both a flexible Lightning connector that works with most cases and a USB 3.0 connector to plug into your Mac computer or PC. The iXpand Flash Drive also includes encryption software that lets you password-protect files, this is a huge plus especially with all the hacking.
The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive comes in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage capacity options. I was lucky enough to get the 128GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive to test out. As soon as I unboxed the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive I plugged it directly into my iPhone and immediately received an alert that I needed to get the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive app. It also directed me to the Apple App store so I didn’t have to go searching for an app I had never seen before.
After I downloaded the app I got straight to business setting it up on my iPhone which was not difficult at all. My first line of business was to get all 770 photo’s off my phone and stored to the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. Considering the large amount of video’s and photos I had stored they downloaded pretty quickly to the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. When the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive was finished loading I simply unplugged it and then plugged it in my PC to get all 770 photo’s finally off my iPhone and on to my PC.
I can not tell you how relieved I am that the sent me the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive to review. This is now my new storage solution and maybe even my permanent solution since I have so much storage room! The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive runs between $199.00 – $249.00 depending on storage size and below are the more detailed specs for the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive.
|Dimensions:||13 X 17 X 59mm|
|Operating temperature:||0-35 °C functional|
|Supported Video Formats:||wmv, avi, mkv, mp4, and mov. DRM-protected content cannot be streamed. Check with the content provider for playback restrictions.|
|Compatibility:||Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Chrome OS, Mac OS X v10.8 and higher. See device compatibility.|
|Warranty:||1-year limited warranty7|
|Microsoft® ExFAT Support:||US 128GB and 256GB; Japan 64GB and 128GB|
Source: SanDisk, Best Buy
MIGHTY MUG is the world’s only mug that grips to your desk when knocked into, but lifts naturally due to their patented Smartgrip Technology.
What is SmartGrip Technology?
SmartGrip Technology is what allows MIGHTY MUG to withstand accidental bumps by gripping down to any smooth, flat surface when knocked into. This technology is genius for all of us who sit at a desk and work all day while enjoying a cold or hot beverage. The combination of any liquid spilling on any electronic device is always bad news, most of us have learned that the hard way. Hopefully you did not power on the device after spillage or you are just doomed!
MIGHTY MUG is powered their Smartgrip Technology help you avoid this problem. Simply place MIGHTY MUG down on your desk and it creates a powerful airlock which allows MIGHTY MUG to resist accidental knocks to help avoid spills. When you lift MIGHTY MUG the pressure is instantly normalized allowing the airlock to release and MIGHTY MUG to lift naturally.
I received 2 different MIGHTY MUGS, the MIGHTY MUG GO in red and the MIGHTY MUG MINI in black, to test out. Both mugs are BPA Free, Car Cup Friendly, and DishWasher Safe. They both also come with a lid vent to let steam out of your MIGHTY MUG.
After I unboxed each I tested the MIGHTY MUG to see what all the hype was about. My first test was with both mugs empty with their lids attached while sitting on granite top surface.
Notice it took a lot of force to take both MIGHTY MUGS down. Considering they were both empty they were lighter and therefore easier to tip over however it still took a lot of force.
Next I tested both MIGHTY MUG filled each with half ice and half water to see the difference in how much force it would take to spill them.
Oddly it was much harder to spill them with content inside them. All and all the MIGHTY MUG did stand up to me forcefully pushing in several directions before ultimately falling. It didn’t happen every time, in fact few and far between. I believe most of the time it was because I was using allot of force to test out how much they could withstand.
MIGHTY MUG GO Travel mug is 16oz and prices at $19.99 while the MIGHTY MUG MINI solo travel mug is 12oz and prices at $16.99. They also bundles with a great barware collection of different MIGHTY MUG like the Pilsners or the Pints that come with 4 MIGHTY MUGS tumblers.
MIGHTY MUG all come with a 100% “Happiness Guarantee” so if your MIGHTY MUG doesn’t work they will replace it for free. For more information on their product line or to purchase a MIGHTY MUG click here.
Source: MIGHTY MUG
Did you know about half of the United States population uses sex toys? In fact the ‘Niche’ sex toy market grew to a $15,000,000,000 industry in 2016. OhMiBod is the creator of the original iPod® vibrator. The female-owned and operated company is driving the evolution of the pleasure industry with an expansive range of high quality, body-safe products that combine technology with sensuality. OhMiBod recently sent me the Club Vibe 3.OH vibrator to review and I must admit this will be my first review of a sex toy. I had no idea what to expect embarrassingly because I have never owned one before.
The OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH package includes:
- Remote control wearable massager
- Rechargable remote with a 20ft range
- Black lace thong (OS – one size)
- Privacy pouch
- USB charging cable
- Instruction manual
The specs for the OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH vibrator include:
- Molded from premium grade hypoallergenic non-toxic, non-porous ABS plastic with PU coating for velvety finish.
- Vibe: 3” length, 1 3 ⁄8” width, 0.5” depth
- 1 year manufacturer’s warranty.
The OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH has three different modes to choose from depending on your sexual preferences.
- TEASE MODE Tap the button and give your partner a taste of what’s to come (hint: the longer the tap, the better the tease).
- GROOVE MODE Find your groove with five pre-set pulsations. Better yet, let your partner find it for you.
- CLUB MODE Vibe to everything from the music on the dance floor to your partner’s voice. This feature I thought to be the coolest since your partner’s voice makes it vibrate differently than the other two modes.
The OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH comes with a thong that has a secret pouch for the vibrator making it a wearable panty vibrator. The vibrator itself is made of body-safe silicone and Phthalate free. The remote control has a wireless range of up to 20ft (6m) and has 5 different buttons which include the 3 different modes, power and microphone. The remote’s LED buttons for the 3 modes indicates sensitivity by the brightness on the individual button.
The massager itself is pretty easy to start straight from unboxing it, just press the power button for 3 seconds then slip it in the sexy thongs that come with it and navigate your pleasure experience with the remote. It’s that simple! The OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH vibrator has a play time for up to 2 hours of pleasure for the ultimate climax. The remote control and massager have rechargeable batteries and comes with a USB charging cord compatible for both.
If you’re looking for some extra self-pleasure for the summer or extra pleasure in bed with your lover I strongly suggest to check out the OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH. It retails for Retails for $119 and can be purchased here.
Source: Forbes, OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH
BeGlammed has been on the scene for more than two years when it comes to stylist that come to the client instead of the client going to the salon with not much competition. They NOW have competition and they have more offerings than BeGlammed.
Introducing The Glam App, founded by actress/ fashion tastemaker Cara Santana along with longtime friend and celebrity stylist, Joey Maalouf. The Glam App offers hair and make-up like BeGlammed BUT they also offer nail service and hot nail service at that!
The Glam App was pretty easy to get at the App store for IOS and it’s free. After you download the app the first screen will ask you to either sign up or login. After setting up the account it will take you to a screen that shows what cities they currently cover. Unfortunately Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, is not listed in their service area yet.
The next displayed is the screen where you pick out hair, nails, or makeup service. Each service has a variety of unique celebrity like style choices versus BeGlammed that has more of a generalization of services. Currently, BeGlammed hair styling options are Blowout, Dry Style, Styling or Up do while The Glam App is more specific to the exact style like “Bombshell.” This is a plus and minus as with BeGlammed “Dry Style” can be anything from a braid to summer waves which gives you more flexibility while The Glam App is the exact hair style so you know what you get ahead of time. The pricing for hair style services starts at $50.00 similar to BeGlammed.
The Glam App unique hair styles offered currently are: Boobshell, Pin Straight, Beach Waves, Side Swept, Braid, Ballerina Bun, and Half Up. After you choose a style the next screen is picking which type of stylist you want. It can either be BSG, JRS or VIP and below are the descriptions of each type of stylist to choose from.
- BSG: A stylist with a year of experience and/or a graduate of beauty school
- JRS: Any stylist with 2-5 years of experience
- VIP: A sought after stylist that has 5 years or more of experience or excessive callbacks
Unlike BeGlammed, The Glam App offers Nail Service which is a huge plus! How many times do you go to the salon and by the time you pay and get to your car there are already chips and dents? It’s frustrating! The Glam App offers a simple Polish, Manicure, Gel manicure, Acrylic, Hard Gel, Gel Extentions, Fills, Pedicure and Gel Pedicure. Nail service starts at $30.00, what a steal!
Another positive on The Glam App especially for nails is they stay very current on the hot trends so you will always look spot on and ready for the run way or red carpet even if you’re just going to the beach. For instance on their blog I found out about this hot new nail polish, Nails Inc by Alexa Camo, that is trending I would have NEVER known about but The Glam App style team does. Who doesn’t like looking trendier than the rest at a beach or summer party?
The last option on The Glam App is makeup which is key during the summer or any city that is relatively hot. The makeup style options include the Glow, No Make Up Make Up, Blushing Babe, Contour Queen, Statement Lip, Cat Eye, Smokey Eye, and Pop of color. Similar to when booking your hair style you have the option between BSG, JRS or VIP as a stylist. Make up services start at $60.00 while BeGlammed is a whopping $75.00.
Once you create your account with The Glam App you will be able to view previous appointments, rebook a stylist and find a stylist. The one thing that BeGlammed has that The Glam App doesn’t have yet in that section is skin allergies which is a must have now a days.
The Glam App also acts as a virtual agency, allowing stylists to act as freelance artists; making their own hours, building clientele, and managing their schedules and appointments. To apply to be a stylist click here.
All in all this a great app for those whose cities are covered. Unfortunately, Austin, is not covered yet but I’m working on getting them out here before Formula 1 with Justin Timberlake and SXSW 2018! I strongly suggest checking out The Glam App especially if you are a BeGlammed client so you can see the differences of the services each app provides. Maybe you will find both useful OR maybe The Glam App is your personal stylist app of choice. I personally think their nail service is genius and hope to use it one day!
I tried on the Helix Cuff by Ashley Chloe during the Consumer Electronic Show in January 2017 and instantly fell in love with the product. Since then I kept following up with the kind staff at Ashley Chloe on when they would send review units and my tenacity worked! I finally received the Helix Cuff for a product review.
The Helix Cuff is the world’s first wearable wireless Bluetooth headphones that fits perfectly in a fashionable cuff that is wrapped around your wrist. Using the cuff not only keeps your headphones in one place so its hard to loose them it also cuts out the tangled wires situation.
The Helix Cuff’s Bluetooth 4.1 is powered by CSR and Qualcomm which enables users to connect their phone, tablet, or computer to the Helix Cuff and stream music or calls without plugging into a device. The Bluetooth connection works up to 30 feet between the Helix headphones and the source device. They can remember up to 8 paired devices, and automatically connects with the last connected device if it’s in range.
When I unboxed the Helix Cuff the box contained the cuff, headphones, USB charger, 3 earbud tips and a cleaning cloth. The cleaning cloth is a nice perk and much needed since the cuff does pick up fingerprints. I charged the Helix Cuff as soon as I figured out how to remove them from the cuff. As you can see in my unboxing video I had a small struggle removing them from the cuff at first.
Next I paired it via Bluetooth to my iPhone which involves holding the main button down on the headphones for 4 seconds until the LED indicator blinks white and red. I also went into my iPhone Bluetooth settings and searched for a new product to save the device for future pairings. The pairing time didn’t take long and the instructions were very simple.
The Helix’s Smart Multipoint connectivity makes it easy to switch audio sources between two devices without the constant hassle of pairing. You can also connect two devices simultaneously to the Helix Cuff via Bluetooth. If you’re streaming music from your laptop (or tablet) and receive an incoming call to your smartphone, the call will be automatically streamed to your Helix headphones.
After the pairing I quickly turned it on by pressing the main button located on the headset and tried a variety of songs to truly test out the audio plus to see how different types of music sound on different volumes. The sound was astounding! Helix Cuff headphones are equipped with cVc® technology. cVc brings advanced audio enhancements and noise suppression to the near and far end, as well as providing packet loss and bit error concealment to deliver the best possible call quality on the Bluetooth headset.
The Helix’s headphones feature aptX® audio technology that delivers CD-like quality audio over a Bluetooth® connection. The high quality stereo music playback also is enabled across aptX source devices via Bluetooth connection.
The perks of the Helix Cuff are the fashionable cuff that fits the wireless Bluetooth headphones, the sleek design, the convenience of having your headphones on you at all times and the quality audio. It is also waterproof and strong enough to handle everyday use due to the chemical-resistant rubber material used to create the cuff.
On the downside there were a few things I struggled with during the review. Getting the headphones back onto the cuff takes some time; it seems easy enough but it is not till you get used to using it. The other is when walking fast or running the headphones do fall off from time to time.
Though I had a few hiccups while testing the Helix Cuff I loved reviewing this product. I am a geek fashionista so this product is perfect for me plus the audio lived up to my standards of greatness.
If you are looking for fashionable wearable Bluetooth wireless headphones I strongly suggest checking out the Helix Cuff which is currently $149.00 on their site. For more information about Helix Cuff or other Ashley Chloe products click here.
Source: Ashley Chloe
FoodFaves is a new mobile app where foodies connect with pictures of delicious food posted by nearby restaurants, and they share those pictures with followers. All pics are tagged with address, map and miles radius to that restaurant. FoodFaves’ algorithm is your personal dining assistant that gets to know what foods you like, where you live/work and helps you identify pics of amazing food and how to go get it!
Why was FoodFaves created?
FoodFaves was created by a Long Island, New York father and daughter Paul Epstein, 54, an anesthesiologist, and Sydney Epstein, 24, a television editor, who got aggravated with perusing Instagram food porn that was inaccessible and searching for restaurants with nothing to go on but website menus and Yelp reviews.
I have never heard of Food Porn, what is it?
Per Wikipedia Food Porn is a glamourized spectacular visual presentation of cooking or eating in advertisements, infomercials, blogs cooking shows or other visual media, foods boasting a high fat and calorie content, exotic dishes that arouse a desire to eat or the glorification of food as a substitute for sex. Food porn often takes the form of food photography and styling that presents food provocatively.
How does FoodFaves work for restaurant owners and users alike?
- Restaurants use the foodfaves.com portal to upload their best-in-show food porn aka their best dishes.
- A restaurant’s images are tagged with: description, menu, website, address, phone, hours of operation and hashtags (e.g. #Italian, #AsianFusion, #bagels, #burgers, #dessert, #icecream, etc.).
- When a hungry FoodFaves user taps an image, they see how many miles away that eatery is plus a map w/ directions to get them there.
- Note for restaurant owners you must create an account. If you already have an account click the “restaurant owner” tab located on the top of the main page.
- Users open FoodFaves on their phones, and with the help of the app’s patented algorithm, they view enticing images of food from restaurants that are in close proximity to them, based on their food preferences. Users can take the FoodFaves Quiz to establish preferences.
- Users can “like” and “save” food pictures to their FoodFaves profile. The image goes into their Instagram-like feed (pun intended) and get shared with other nearby users.
- Users tap a picture and it instantly shows them the restaurant’s contact information, description and map/directions leading them right to that restaurant’s front door. It’s all about instant gratification.
I was eager to test out the FoodFaves app because I have the same issue as Paul and Sydney. I do get aggravated when there is not a menu posted or little to none pictures of their food offerings. After I downloaded the app it was time to get started.
How do I get started on FoodFaves?
First, you must download the FoodFaves App which located here. After you download the app open the app to create your account. The below three screen shots are the first thing you will see when you open the app and you do have the option to skip the first two but on the last screen you must log in with either use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram . If you don’t have an account with none of the three to get started you will have to register.
I decided to sign in with Facebook. The next screen prompts you to pick a person or company within the FoodFave network. Once you have chosen the person or company you’re directed to the below screens that you can skip through.
Once on the main page you will see a tool bar at the bottom on the screen. The tool bar consist of Food, Restaurants, Camera (for taking pictures of food), Crave Quiz and lastly Profile.
What is the Crave Quiz and how does it work?
The crave quiz displays different dishes and asks the user if they crave it or not. To be honest unless I’m missing something it doesn’t seem to be much of a quiz but it is a cool feature plus the pictures make you hungry!
Source: Wikipedia, FoodFave
Instant print cameras, portable printers and DIY photo booths have been a social favorite for years especially with the explosion of the selfie. I recently purchased the Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera after researching if I wanted a portable camera that connects to my smart phone or an additional device all together.Considering I use my iPhone for videos and pictures for my technology or fashion articles I decided a separate instant camera with printer would be a better solution. My reasoning is based solely on when I am in fast paste environments like SXSW or CES I have no time to wait for something to print and need to do a lot of camera burst or quick video broadcasts.
The Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera is a 10 megapixel digital camera with an integrated printer. The camera also has a MicroSD Card slot for digital pictures. The Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera has 6 picture modes: normal, black & white, vintage sepia tone, Polaroid border logo format in normal, black & white and vintage sepia tone. The camera has a mount on the bottom it and on the top of it has a self timer button.
The integrated printer on the Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera uses 2″x3” Zink® Zero Ink® paper and prints automatically when image is captured. By using ZINK Zero Paper the Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera does not need ink cartridges or a printer ribbon. Polaroid ZINK Zero Ink Paper is smudge-proof, water-resistant, and tear-resistant with a sticky back. The Zink Zero Paper is compatible with Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera, Polaroid Snap Touch, Polaroid Z2300 and Polaroid Zip instant photoprinter.
When loading the Snap you must first insert the blue barcode card and then the paper. After the blue barcode card runs through the printer you are all set to start taking pictures. It was pretty simple to load and figure out with no instructions but they also have a user guide online located here.
I started taking pictures immediately and my new puppy, Layla, was the model. There were some trials and tribulations when I first started taking pictures. I couldn’t figure out what direction I needed to hold the camera to use the polaroid border. Finally I got it!
Next I tried the camera without the border (which was easier to do obviously). One thing I do want to point out that made my pictures a little blurry was first taking pictures of a puppy is impossible but mainly because I was not sure which image the camera caught timing wise since it does not have a preview window.
The Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera also takes digital pictures while also doing the instant picture feature. In order to do digital pictures with the Snap you must have a MicroSD Card. Once the MicroSD Card is inserted you are ready to take digital pictures and import them to your PC.
I tested out this feature since I have a MicroSD Card and was impressed with the quality of the digital pictures. Retrieving your digital pictures is pretty simple as well by using a USB cord. If you were to view the below digital picture of Layla full screen you would notice the great amount of detail of the rocks and bushes.
The common problem of using instant cameras is running out of paper. The camera comes with 10 sheets but you will notice you will run through those pretty quickly. Fortunately Polaroid customers can also sign up for a monthly subscription for the Zink Zero Ink on their site. Below are the subscription options including pricing.
- 1 20-pk colored paper every month – $12.99
- Receive 1 FREE 10-pk every 3rd consecutive month
- Receive 1 FREE 20-pk colored paper every 12th consecutive month
- 1 20-pk every month – $9.99
- Receive 1 FREE 10-pk every 3rd consecutive month
- Receive 1 FREE 20-pk every 12th consecutive month
- 1 30-pk every month – $14.99
- Receive 1 FREE 10-pk every 3rd consecutive month
- Receive 1 FREE 30-pk every 12th consecutive month
- 1 50-pk every month $24.99
- Receive 1 FREE 10-pk every 3rd consecutive month
- Receive 1 FREE 50-pk every 12th consecutive month
- 1 100-pk every month $48.88
- Receive 1 FREE 10-pk every 3rd consecutive month
- Receive 1 FREE 100-pk every 12th consecutive month
The Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera comes in white, black, red or blue and is currently $99.99 on the Polaroid site. If you are looking for an instant camera solution that will not break the bank I strongly suggest trying out the Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera.
As the school year is about to conclude most high school students that are the Class of 2017 are gearing up for their first year of college. For those moving into their first dorm room or on campus housing their summer will be spent shopping for their first place.
I recall my summer after graduating high school shopping non-stop with my best friend for our very first place. Oddly as much time as we spent shopping we didn’t think about buying a surge protector or an extension cord until we moved in and realized we only had two electrical outlets. Clearly not enough for two people.
There are several different surge protector and USB charging stations on the market but not nearly as unique as the Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station I recently received to review.
The Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station has 6 electrical outlets PLUS 2 USB ports! The dual USB charging ports provide 2.1A charging for USB powered devices like mobile phones, tablets or portable music players. Another feature I like about the Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station is it’s heavy duty 6 foot power cord.
The Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station comes in two colors, white or black. and is priced at $34.99.
The Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station provides advanced 1080 Joules of surge protection and features patented X3 MOV (Metal Oxide Varistor) technology. This technology provides safe protection by detecting surge conditions and reacts by directing excess energy away from equipment through the electrical grounding system. The MOV’s are encased in a fireproof material, fully containing the heat created by the power surge and eliminating the threat of fire.
The Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station also has power stop technology which automatically stops conducting power once the Powramid’s absorption has reached capacity.
The Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station is ideal for those going away to college or their first apartment but also great for your desk at work. For more information or to buy the Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station click here, you will not be disappointed!
Source: Accell Cables
Summer time is fast approaching and it’s time to start gearing up for your vacations or summer events. The kind people at Ecoxgear recently sent me their floatable EcoCarbon water proof and shock proof Bluetooth speaker plus LED flashlight to review.What’s in the Box?
- USB cord
- USB to AC USB Power Adapter (AC): USB to AC 100-240V, 5V 1.0A
- Carabiner Clip
- Integrated LED Flashlight
After unboxing the speaker I was rather impressed with the aesthetics of it and how light in weight it is at only 1.9 lbs . Though the EcoCarbon is classified as a rugged device the casing is very stylish and does not look rugged at all.
The EcoCarbon was not charged when it arrived so the first thing to do after unboxing was charging it. The air tight compartment located on the back of the speaker contains the input/ output jack, 3.5mm jack, USB port and the on/off power switch. The EcoCarbon has a built in lithium rechargeable battery that has up to 12 hours of play or talk time. It also has an integrated LED flashlight and can charge any USB devices.
On top of the EcoCarbon it has the control buttons which consist the power, Bluetooth pairing, volume controls and the speakerphone answer buttons.
After the EcoCarbon speaker was fully charged I powered it on to start pairing it with my iPhone. The EcoCarbon’s Bluetooth universal A2DP Core 5 by CSR connects to any Bluetooth device. Pairing the speaker was pretty simple by just going into my Bluetooth settings and pressing connect. Once connected I started to play my Pandora stations to test out the integrated full range stereo speakers. The sound quality was amazing!
I decided I needed to test out the EcoCarbon’s in and out of water to see the difference between the two. Since I’m a David Bowie fan and also because the beginning of the song “Let’s Dance” has great audio introduction.
My first test was indoors and I had the volume on max.
Next I tested it out in the water.
Notice how there is not much difference between the two.
Source: EcoCarbon, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance!”, EcoXGear
Comparison shopping for auto insurance is not on my list of top fun things to do. It use to be agonizing to do comparison shopping for auto insurance and worse when you buy a new car at the dealership and don’t have the tools needed to shop around. Fortunately a new start up, EverQuote™, is your new go to when shopping around for auto insurance nationally. Recent studies have indicated that only 5% of drivers pay less than $50 a month for car insurance. Did you know that if you use EverQuote™ for your comparison shopping you may receive a large discount. Also, if you are currently insured and live in a qualified ZIP code you may get an extremely high discount.
What is EverQuote™?
EverQuote is a quantitative internet marketing firm focused on applying sophisticated mathematics and enterprise class technology to our online customer acquisition programs. Their mathematically driven multi-channel campaign management and optimization platform delivers the high quality, scalable connections to auto insurance consumers. Note that EverQuote™ is an independent insurance marketplace and is not affiliated with any specific insurance carrier or any financial institution.
How do I get started?
Simply go to EverQuote™‘s site and enter in your zip code. It takes 3 simple steps to get your quote and start saving money. The first page you will be directed to requires you to fill out primary information about your car.
After you click the “Show My Quotes” tab you will be directed to the page with your quotes according to the information you provided. The quote page should look like this, if not you may need to start over but the process is super simple and doubt you would need to do that.
EverQuote also has a driving app called EverDrive that helps drivers across the nation become safer behind the wheel. EverDrive runs in the background on iOS and Android phones and automatically detects when you’re driving. EverDrive is fun and free way to track your driving habits and find out what you can change to be safer on the road, all while competing with your friends and family. Drivers using the EverDrive App are given a star rating for each trip and can view their average score (out of 100 points). Leaderboards allow for drivers to see how they stack up against drivers in their city or town.
I think EverQuote™ is an amazing site and app that will help you save money on auto insurance. I just tried the site personally and sure enough I found out I am over paying for insurance. If you like to save money and looking for a site that can help you compare and shop different insurance companies EverQuote™ is your solution.
Product reviews and unboxings are one of my favorite subjects to write about for technology and so I jumped at the opportunity to review the RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair. A majority of the American population roughly spends between 7 -10 hours in front of a PC a day. Considering that many hours isn’t it smart to invest in the right chair that is not only comfortable but stylish? If that is what you’re looking for I found the perfect Gaming and Lifestyle Chair to fit your needs!
Introducing the RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair!
When I received the RapidX at my front door I did not realize how big of a box it would be or how heavy. I decided to do the unboxing in my garage instead since there is NO way I could get it up to my second floor.
I made several attempts of doing video unboxings and most of which were bloopers. I then decided I should do a video me building the chair out and that also was a fail.
It was fairly easy to assemble but it definitely requires reading the instructions which I never do. The only hiccup I had when assembling the chair was getting the screws in that connect the chair together which was the first step embarrassingly.
The RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair has professional a harness bucket seat with the feel of an orthopedic chair. Its “checkered pattern” and “double color stitching” hides an orthopedic secret that makes this gaming and lifestyle chair surpasses expectations with durability and comfort plus it still makes you look cool.
RapidX uses a less cost-efficient but more mindful and supportive alternative: molded inserts. By constructing its padding out of dense polyurethane foam, RapidX has endowed the Finish Line with another quality of F-1 racing seats. How awesome is that?! I do have to admit the RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair is VERY comfortable. I can see this being a must have for gamers, especially for those that game for a long amount of time.
The RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair features removable lumbar and neck support pillows that can be raised, lowered, or removed based on your preferences. It also has multi-directional adjustable armrests that can be raised or lowered by three inches, slide forward and sideways, and be positioned in three different angles.
It reclines from 85 to 165 degrees which is said beats out most other chairs on the market currently. When going in for a turbo recline, remove the lumbar support, fasten the neck support pillow, and use the car seat style lever to drop down as far as you desire. I can only imagine how hilarious it would be to use the “Turbo Recline” feature in a business meeting.
RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair is currently $349.00 and you can purchase it on their site located here. Below are the product specifications and features of the Rapid X that you can also find on their site. If you are a gamer or spend countless hours sitting in front of your PC I strongly suggest to look into the RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair.
RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair Specifications and Features:
- Ergonomically designed
- Checker-patterned backrest reminiscent of finish line flags
- Locking tilt mechanism designed to emulate car seat recliners
- Deep bucket seat inspired by professional racing seats
- High-quality molded polyurethane foam core inserts
- Removable 10×7-inch colored lumbar and neck support pillows
- Lift cylinder adjusts seat height from 14.17 to 16.5 inches
- Double colored stitching along the sides
- Angled color piping to enhance sporty appearance
- Armrests adjust from 11.8 to 14.5 inches in height
- 3D-adjustable PVC armrests with three directional settings
- 85-155 degree angle recline adjuster
- Durable and stylized PVC leather
- Detachable neck and lumbar support pillows included
- 20.8-inch black aluminum star base with 2-inch (60mm) rim-style casters
- 21-inch seat width; 18-inch backrest width
- Supports up to 265lbs (100-150kgs)
- Weight: 48lbs (25kgs)
I was asked to review a Space Scooter® recently and had a bit of a chuckle at the request. For those that know me can concur that I am a royal klutz; the review was already deemed to be a comical event before the product was in hand!
What is a Space Scooter®?
It’s a portable kick scooter, duh! What makes this scooter more unique than the rest of the kick scooters out on the market is that the Space Scooter® is powered by a unique “Pump & Go” action which allows you to ride with both feet on board. The “Pump & Go” action makes the scooter faster than a normal scooter, easier and more compact than an average bicycle.
When I received the Space Scooter® not only was I stoked to try something new out that isn’t “smart” but I was super excited to unbox it and start playing with it. The unboxing and assembly was effortless; in fact no assembly required besides taking off the plastic and snapping it into a standing position.
My next obstacle was trying to ride the Space Scooter®. Again, I am a klutz so this was not only a personal challenge but a great comedy show for onlookers watching my poor attempt. I actually had family members suggest I wear my motorcycle helmet before even stepping on the Space Scooter.
Doesn’t it seem a tad over the top and looks ridiculous?! To be honest you should wear a bike regular helmet when riding it as a safety precaution.
Riding the Space Scooter actually wasn’t that hard once you got going and have a nice rhythm down. I even had my 9 year old niece try it out and she caught on to it WAY faster than I. She also used the brakes unlike myself while riding it; I was more about the crash landings.
The Space Scooter® comes in two models; the Junior X360 (for ages 5-8) and X580 (for ages 8+ and up to 200lbs). The Junior is priced at $99.00 and the X580 is $149.00 on their site. Shipping is always free but if you want to go to an actual store and check it out before purchasing it click here for the store locator.
I have had a ton of fun reviewing this scooter and it certainly is an attention getter. If you are in the market for a convertible kick scooter I strongly suggest checking out the Space Scooter®.
Last week Logitech gave me a demo of the new Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote. Before the demo Logitech sent me one to test out. When I unboxed it I immediately noticed the sleek and sexy look of what may be the best looking presentation remote out there. Once you pick up Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote you will quickly notice how light weight it is and also how well it ergonomically fits in your hand.
I didn’t know if the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote was fully charged so the first thing I did was plug it in via USB to my PC. While it was charging I downloaded the software which is critical to install to use the remote. It didn’t take much time to say the least. Logitech really had quickness in mind while developing this product for a variety of reasons. One being the installation and second it has a quick charge of just one minute.
When you install the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote software you are able to customize your presentation preferences like time management alerts where you will receive a vibration 5min before the end of the presentation to always be on time. The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote has more advanced functions like volume control with hand gestures and users can also customize their buttons.
More advanced features include 3D cursor control to play video or open links and it can magnify the object the spotlight is focused on. That to me was one of the coolest features especially when it comes to presenting spreadsheets since numbers can tend to blur together after a while. The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote charge lasts for 3 hours of presentation and the battery last up to 3 months. It also has a long range of 30 meters (100 feet).
The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote was also announced to be TEDs New Preferred Remote.
Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote is currently available from Logitech and Apple for a suggested retail price of $129.99, and will be available from additional retailers worldwide in March. I strongly suggest checking it out especially if you are in finance, the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote could be your new best friend!
Below is the official press release from last week with more information about the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland and NEWARK, Calif. Feb. 1, 2017 Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced a complete reinvention of presentation control with the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote. Unlike the traditional slide clicker or laser pointer of the past, Spotlight is designed to help you become a more confident presenter. Spotlight is an advanced tool that goes well beyond laser pointing, and enables you to highlight and magnify on-screen content in an engaging and powerful way so you can better underscore your point.
Presentations are nerve-wracking, said Marcel Stolk, senior vice president of the Creativity and Productivity business group at Logitech. For most, the main stumbling block is a lack of confidence we just get nervous. Spotlight is easier to use and, most importantly, gives you new ways to engage your audience versus a hard-to-see laser pointer.
Spotlight is a new standard in presentation control. It allows you to effortlessly navigate slides and interact with on-screen content from up to 100 feet away. With the advanced pointer system you can highlight and magnify points on your slide in pixel-perfect detail, so the audience stays engaged throughout your talk. Spotlight also has mouse-like cursor control to play videos and open links, and unlike a laser, the cursor and highlights are visible to both a live audience and those on a video conference.
Spotlight pairs with a powerful app so you can set the stage even before your presentation begins. In the app you can toggle pointer mode, set timed vibration alerts or activate more advanced functions like volume control with hand gestures. What’s more, the app will be updated with additional features over time, so you’ll always have access to the latest in presentation functionality with Spotlight.
We know how important reliable technology is for helping speakers feel confident on stage, said Lisa Choi Owens, head of global partnerships at TED. Using technologies like Logitech Spotlight allows our speakers to focus on their talks, and deliver ideas worth spreading.
Logitech Spotlight also connects instantly via USB receiver or Bluetooth Smart technology. It is plug-and-play on most devices and compatible with all popular presentation apps. Plus, it features smart recharging one minute of charge gives three hours of use so you will never be caught off guard.
Logitech and TED plan to launch a worldwide search for aspiring communicators who will be invited to participate in an exclusive Spotlight Presentation Academy at the TED Theater in New York. Armed with a Spotlight presentation remote, attendees will have the opportunity to work with industry experts to enhance their presentation skills. Through this program, the two companies aim to inspire and support communities of presenters and idea-sharers worldwide. More details regarding the search will be announced in the coming weeks.
Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote is available today from Logitech and Apple for a suggested retail price of $129.99, and will be available from additional retailers worldwide in March. For more information about the products features and functionality, please visit Logitech.com, our blog or connect with us on Facebook.
Logitech designs products that have an everyday place in people’s lives, connecting them to the digital experiences they care about. Over 30 years ago, Logitech started connecting people through computers, and now its designing products that bring people together through music, gaming, video and computing. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitech at www.logitech.com, the company blog or @Logitech.
I feel like 2016 was the year of drones, well at least for me anyhow. They were all over the place during SXSW and ACL festivals in Austin; you could look up and see at least 20 drones. Not to mention I too own a medium sized drone.
Mota sent me their JETJAT ULTRA drone which is the world’s easiest drone to fly. It’s specifically designed for all ages starting at 8 years old for ease of use young or mature. When I got the JETJAT I immediately had to unbox it; who doesn’t like a little drone fun during the work day? I decided I wanted to record the unboxing so everyone could see for themselves how small the JETJAT drone really is.
When you unbox it you will notice that the drone is docked on the remote it comes with which makes it very portable to go anywhere. The JETJAT ULTRA mini drone fits in the palm of your hand with a weight of 7.2 ounces and the dimension of 3.5 x 3.1 x 1.7 inches. It has a 640 x 480 HQ Camera that can record high quality videos and take photos while in the air.
The JETJAT ULTRA drone comes with 4 propellers, Accelerometer and 6-axis Gyroscope, 4 Channel Controller with 3 Speed Modes, and remote with adjustable grips and dock for your smartphone and the JETJAT ULTRA drone. The JETJAT ULTRA has a 5 minute air time and can go up to 100 feet. The JETJAT also live streams to your phone, can do aerial flips, and has a powerful thrust coupled with some never before seen new features. The JETJAT ULTRA also has been integrated with Mota’s latest product, the TAMO C-Future Virtual Reality Headset. In the app simply turn on VR mode and your phone is ready to be placed into the VR headset for virtual flight.
After unboxing you will need to add AAA batteries and to charge the drone with the USB cable that comes with the drone. During that time I suggest downloading the JETJAT ULTRA app so you are ready for lift off after its done charging. When the JETJAT ULTRA is finished charging you will need to turn it on and set up the Wi-Fi for it. To set up your Wi-Fi for the drone go to your WiFi settings and there should be an option to connect directly to the drone, note that it must be turned on for your to connect your WiFi to it. Now you’re set for lift off!
To lift off go to the JETJAT ULTRA app and click play once you get to the app. You will be taken to a screen with your menu options up top that include photo, video, playback, speed, gravity, 360 flip, balance, reverse and controls tabs. Below the menu is your flying remote control with VR and the takeoff and landing buttons. This will be used as the remote control for your drone.
Once you’re ready press the takeoff button and your drone will immediately lift up then hover till you start using the controls to fly it. You can also press the takeoff button and throw the drone in the air, it will hover in the air till you start using the controls to navigate it.
When I tested out the JETJAT ULTRA drone it was very easy to lift off and I started recording it as soon as it was in the air. Unfortunately I am a horrible driver to a point where people don’t want me driving them anywhere. I’m also not so great at all the driving video games so I was interested to see how my driving skills were with a drone. As you can see from the videos below I had a few crash landings and finally landed it. It was very easy to fly somewhat except my navigation skill are also not so great so there were a few “”running into the wall” instances. Excuse the mess, I’m decorating for the holidays.
I tried the throwing it in the air takeoff and the first 10 times I threw the JETJAT ULTRA it would drop straight to the ground. I also tried the 360 aerial flip which was easier to do vs. throwing it in the air lift off!
All in all it has been fun testing out this tiny little drone. I think it’s perfect for those who like to fly them indoors and for kids due to its ease of use. It starts around $107.00 on Amazon not including shipping. If you would like to purchase the JETJAT ULTRA on Amazon click here and it you want more information about Mota’s JETJAT ULTRA drone click here.
For your entertainment and giggles here is JETJAT ULTRA Save-A-Drone Flight Safety poster and my unboxing blooper. Happy Tuesday Hi-Tech Chic fans!
Mota’s Safety Poster
Without further ado…
The World’s Smallest Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Mic and Portable Charging Case have arrived! Rowkin sent me their new Mini Wireless Bluetooth® Earbuds to test out for Cutegeek and Hi-Tech Chic. When I unboxed them I was pleasantly surprised! It was an exciting moment for me since I haven’t had truly wireless stereo earbuds with no cord connecting the earbuds. I couldn’t wait to check them out.
When you receive the earbuds the package will include: TWO (2) Rowkin Bit wireless earbuds to operate in the stereo Bluetooth headphones mode, various earbud tips, and the patented dual-earbud conductive portable charging system. The battery in the wireless headphones allows up to 3 hours for music and calls on a single charge. The small lipstick size portable charger can fully recharge the Bluetooth headset twice, providing additional 4-6 hours worth of music or talk time. After you unbox the charger and the earbuds you will need to attach both earbuds to the opposite ends of the charger to get a good charge before you begin pairing and syncing them via Bluetooth to your mobile device. Once charged take them off the charger and turn them both on making sure the earbuds are next to each other so they can sync with each other. Your smart device should be able to detect via Bluetooth and once found click connect.
I’ve been testing these out for a couple weeks now and I love them! The magnetic case is just what every wireless electronic should have. I thought for sure that I would have lost them by now but I have not due to this ingenious portable charger.
I walk almost everyday about 5-8 miles rain or shine around Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. On the days when it was hot and I was perspiring during my walk they stayed in my ears and the sound was not distorted because a little bit of sweat got on them. I also walked in the rain one day when I forgot to bring my umbrella on my walk. The rain was coming in direction and even though the earbuds where clearly wet they worked just fine.
I found very few glitches and they only seem to happen when your battery is low. For instance, I was at 40% battery life and all the sudden one earbud would turn off and then slowly come back on. It’s an odd glitch and maybe I have some settings wrong and it’s just a user error.
Besides all these fantastic product specs above, below is even more great features of the Mini Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 Stereo Earbuds.
- ACTIVATE SIRI, VOICE COMMANDS, AND UNPARALLELED SOUND QUALITY: Siri is just a touch away via the main button on either of the cordless earbuds.
- SMART MULTIPOINT CONNECTIVITY: Each wireless headset can connect with two Bluetooth source devices simultaneously. If you are streaming music from your iPad, and receive an incoming call on your iPhone, the wireless earphones will recognize this and allow you to take the call.
- DESIGNED FOR SPORT: The WaterSafe nano coating technology is sweatproof, water resistant, and IPX5 waterproof.
- Compatible with iPhone 7/7 Plus/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/SE/5s/5/4s/iPod/iPad/iPad Mini/iPad Pro/Macbook/Macbook Air/Macbook Pro/iMac/Mac Pro/Mac Mini/Samsung Galaxy S7/S6/S5/S4/S6 Edge/Edge+/Note 7/6/5/4/3/Edge/Android/Windows/tablets/laptops/computers.
We are in a time where we are all migrating to wireless especially since the iPhone 7 does not have a 3.5mm jack. There are rumors that all consumer electronics will be wireless sooner than we thought. That said I have been reviewing more wireless products since that announcement and my favorite so far has been the JayBird Wireless Buds.
The JayBird Wireless Buds are micro-sized, sweat-proof premium metal buds that offer superior audio performance rivaling with the best in wired headphones thus far. I walk 5+ miles about 3 to 4 times a week in Austin, Texas and durable plus reliable wireless ear buds are key in this 100 degree heat.
What JayBird Wireless Buds offer is 8 hours of play time with on-the-go listen-while-you-charge mobile charging (4 Hrs on-board + 4 Hrs with the included Charging Clip). The 4 hour charging clip has been my saving grace when I decide to walk more than just 5 miles and music grove to walk more. The patented secure-fit buds are ready for anything you can dish out on the trail, on the streets, in the gym or on the slopes. I don’t ski and for good reason but I can attest that these buds are not only durable but the sound quality withstands most elements.
The only issue I had with these earbuds was the wire connecting booth earbuds would tangle in my hair since its short. My solution was to wear them with the wire in the front. On a positive note this also was a great solution for people coming up to me talking thinking I don’t have earbuds on.
If it’s not obvious I love the JayBird Wireless Buds and a staple in my everyday life since music is something I wake up to, work to and sleep to.
For a limited time and just in time for your holiday gift buying season the JayBird Wireless Bud are now at the low price of $149.95 for a limited time by using the user code: FREE149 and expires 10/02/2016.
For your viewing pleasure here is the product review video:
If you have scrolled down this far you should at least see my blooper video of the JayBird Wireless Buds product review where I hit slow-mo instead of video. It sure does make earbuds look sexy since everything is always better in slow-mo!
One of my newest technology pal, musician and Emsee TEKFORCE just released another new song named “011” featuring Halo Sama” that you guys should check out.
Today I published two more pages on the Hi-Tech Chic site; Videos and Gag Reel. After 7 years of writing for technology I realized I have more videos than I thought I did. It also reminded me of how much fun I have had working for Cutegeek, Examiner and now Hi-Tech Chic (my own company).
This is just the beginning of what I hope to be a long career writing for technology.Thanks to all the followers and fans! There is more to come in 2016!
How many times have you missed a flight or delayed and the connecting terminal is all the way on the opposite side of the airport? Before the trip you thought having a carry on would be more convenient but as your sprint through the airport it now seems like not a smooth move. On top of that your playing frogger going around people at the airport who walk leisurely. I think I have solved your luggage dilemmas.
Introducing the MODOBAG: The World’s First Motorized Rideable Luggage
If you are like me I like to book it as fast as possible to the connecting flight in fear of missing it. The MODOBAG luggage may resolve my traveling issues and get to my connecting flight easier since the MODOBAG goes 8 MPH. The MODOBAG combines the convenience of a standard suitcase with the innovation of personal transportability, GPRS-GSM tracking, and dual USB charging ports which makes it the world’s only motorized, smart and connected carry-on that gets you to your destination three times faster than the average walking speed.
Does this clear through customs? Indeed it does pass the TSA carry on guiedlines. To learn more about the MODOBAG or purchase a MODOBAG click here. Below are the features and specification for the MODOBAG
Mechanical Features and Specifications
- Motor – Belt Driven, Maintenance-Free, High Torque 150 Watt Electric
- Top Speed – 8 MPH
- Speed Control – Indoor and Outdoor Settings
- Thumb Action Throttle
- State-of-the-Art Lightweight Lithium Batteries
- Range – over 6 Miles (based on 180 lb rider)
- 80% charge in 15 minutes
- Battery Life – over 4,000 full charge cycles
- UL approved Smart Charger
- Dual Wheel Braking System
- High Performance CNC-Machined, Sealed-Bearing Steering Column
- Telescoping Aluminum Handlebar Assembly
The Joey Everyday Carry Jacket is the most resourceful jacket with several different customized pockets for your electronics. When I first saw The Joey Everyday Carry Jacket via email the first thing I thought was Marty McFly’s in Back to the Future 2. I believe this product is probably the closest we will get to Marty’s jacket currently.
The Joey has 6 pockets that are different sizes for your different electronics. The Joey comes in two different fabrics, the Sturdy Waterproof Jacket or the Sweatshirt that both have similar features. I received the Sturdy Waterproof jacket to review and LOVED it. Talk about perfect timing because it was during Austin’s rain season so I got to test out how waterproofed it was first hand. It was a rainy day but I had to go on my daily walk so I put on the jacket and headed out in the torrential rain. It was perfect and I stayed dry for the most part. It’s also very light and doesn’t take much room at all in your luggage.
The EnerPlex Jumpr Slate 10K is a power bank that has up to 16 hours of talk time. What makes this power bank different from others on the market right now is you can charge several devices like Samsung® Android™ GSM & CDMA phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, action cameras, GPS, iPods and more. This is perfect for traveling if you have multiple devices and it’s very light.
The EnerPlex Jumpr Slate 10K made me a popular lady at E3, SXSW, and Comic Con since it can charge 2 devices at the same time. Also your devices don’t have to be one brand or another to charge extra electronics just don’t forget your lighting cord.
Mechanical Features and Specifications:
Additional Information:User manuals, data sheets, and other supporting documents can be found in the ‘Downloads and Support Tab’
Battery Capacity:10,000 mAh
Recharge By:Micro USB
Input:Micro USB Port
Output:Dual USB-A Ports
Power Output:2.4 Amps
Stowaway Cosmetics are a line of makeup in sizes you can carry on with you in the plane. Stowaway Cosmetics the right-sized makeup since it’s half the size and half the price of other brands on the market. I received the Essential Eye Palette to test out specially since I travel allot lately. It’s very light, the shades are beautiful and it’s the size of a credit card.
Stowaway Cosmetics are great for ladies who travel a lot and going through security check. Each time I tend to lose a beauty product due to the ounces (Thanks TSA). I have traveled with the Stowaway Cosmetics Essential Eye Palette a couple time already and it made me realize, what in the world have I been doing carrying around my huge eye shadow compact?
The STM Grace deluxe sleeve/ tote is perfect for traveling with your electronic devices. the STM Grace deluxe sleeve/ tote is small, colorful but not too colorful, and the inside has protective foam plus it’s very plush. It has leather straps which makes me feel like this is a sturdy purse. The STM Grace deluxe sleeve/ tote has a magnetized front flap and a zipper for the smaller pocket.
Safe Travels Everyone!
*Quotes and pictures are from MODOBAG, TRAVEL JACKET, STOWAWAY,
When I was diagnosed with Pan Ulcerative Colitis (UC) I relied on myself will, friends and family prayers or well wishes for support. It was because of all of them I persevered. There were days I was in so much pain all I could think is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).” Though I seldom go to church since I travel allot I do pray for all of my loved ones health or strength through good and hard times.
Recently I’ve been undergoing another UC attack and major chest/ lung issues which truthfully has been exhausting. I got the Celeste Bowl prayer bowl in the mail randomly. I’m not sure who sent it but I THANK YOU; my eyes watered of appreciation and thoughtfulness. I had never heard of a prayer bowl before so I had to look into what it all meant.
The creator, Karen Berry, of this unique prayer bowl had a similar situation and created this beautiful bowls to pray for your loved ones or anyone else that needs a prayer. The one I received was the “Celeste Bowl” it has a intricate cross in the middle five hand-applied Swarovski Crystals, gold-scalloped edges, and around the edge it read Romans 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfast in prayer” scrolls around the delicate edges of the prayer bowl including bundle of Prayer Cards is included.
The purpose of the prayer bowl is each day you put who you pray for and at the end of the day all prayer requested are prayed for. When anyone in my family sick or down on their luck we pray and it gives me some peace and serenity during a difficult time. It’s a great reminder to help or pray for those daily. The Prayer Bowl also has an app that you can use if you are out traveling and have a prayer request or if you want to pray for a loved one from afar.
My first prayer request was for the family and friends who were impacted by the Orlando shooting.
My second is for those suffering with Crohn’s or Colitis and to give them strength and DON’T GIVE UP. Where’s there is a will there is a way.
Below is the creator, Karen Berry, and story of her Prayer Bowls. Such an amazing lady! If you are interested in her prayer bowls click here; they are absolutely beautiful and reminds you to think of and pray for others.
“I am a believer in the power of prayer. A few years ago I was extremely sick. Family, friends, and even strangers lifted me up to God in prayer as I went through many surgeries, procedures and treatments.
One day, I was again amazed by Christ showing His love through others: a woman named Angie whom I had never met before told me that she had prayed daily for me for a year. She went on to share that she kept a prayer bowl, and each day, she’d ask the Lord’s blessing on the people who were in need at that time. I loved the idea so much that I quickly decided to create a distinctive prayer bowl for myself and a few others, and with that, Prayer Bowls were born.
So many times we hear of a prayer request at church, Bible study, or even through email, and we pray for, lift up those friends in need to the Lord.”
Ironically I’m not in remission with my Pan Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and this just happened to show up at my front door step and a blessing in disguise. Sometimes when you are ill focusing on helping others provides serenity to an otherwise rough time.
Yesterday I posted an article on examiner.com in regards to smart phone chargers. Since my pictures were too large I was unable to add these pictures to the article. I decided to post on Hi-Tech Chic some of these cool pictures of the chargers that were not included in the article. My favorite of these all is the myCharge STYLEPOWER and EnerPlex Jumpr Slate 10K.
When I was at SV ComicCon the EnerPlex Jumpr Slate 10K made me a popular lady since it can charge 2 devices at the same time. I became “that girl” with the power! The myCharge STYLEPOWER is something I use daily because of the design, size, and its light weight.
For those who have not seen the article you can find it here along with the review of Mophie Juice Pack Air, Mophie power reserve 1X, Nomad Road Trip, myCharge STYLEPOWER, Flip 20 Recharger and EnerPlex Jumpr Slate 10K . Enjoy the slide show!
Last week I did a post on my Dell Rugged Lab Tour with National Geographic explorer-climber Mike Libecki on SF Examiner. Unfortunately due to their media files guidelines I was not able to add all the fun pictures and videos. Fortunately for your viewing pleasure here are all the pictures and videos that did not get posted with Examiner.
As Hi-Tech Chic continues to grow we have had more people asking us to review or use their products during different technology events. This year for SXSW and SV Comic Con Flashion Statement and Aspire Eyewear sent me over some great gear to test 0ut!
Aspire Eyewear sent me 4 pairs of sunglasses for me to test out while at SXSW and SV Comic Con. I had never heard of this brand before and was curious on how they differ from other brands. Aspire Eyewear glasses and sunglasses are 50 percent lighter than a typical plastic frame, 50 percent thinner than a typical plastic frame and 22 percent lighter than a typical titanium frame. Aspire Eyewear is created with SDN-4 (a nylon material proprietary to the brand) and 3D technology (reducing prototype development from 20 weeks to 60 minutes in most cases).
When I received and un-boxed the sunglasses I noticed how light they were immediately, in fact everyone that has had them on say the same thing. Since it was just me on ground zero for both events but 4 pair of sunglasses I decide to play a little game “Who will take a picture with me in the dark with Aspire Eyewear Sunglasses. If you can’t tell by the picture it wasn’t hard to get people to take a selfie with me. Throughout both SXSW and SV Comic Con I wore the Aspire Eyewear sunglasses and have fallen in love with this brand. If your interested in this brand or would like to purchase a pair click here.
My other cool schwag I received was 2 LED T-shirts from Flashion Statement with lips and a heart that lights up at the sound of music. The Flashion Statement T-shirt lights up by using a small, discrete battery pack to illuminate the heart design. The battery pack is attaches to a cord that connects to the LED design located on your chest. I does take 2 AAA batteries that are not included with the product. The Flashion Statement ladies t-shirt it’s self is very fitted but so comfortable you can’t tell you have a battery pack attached to it. The LED light attract allot of attention which I think is great to use while promoting a product or company.
During my journey to both SXSW and SV Comic Con I asked random strangers to take a selfie with me in my Flashion Statement T-Shirt. There was no shortage of people wanting to do a selfie and I even got a robot pose with me (though he was getting a little frisky)! That was fun at first it got boring real quick so I need something more bold and funny. I started asking random strangers sing to my chest so they could see the Flashion Statement T-shirt light up. One guy took it to the next level (see youtube below) and silenced the entire SV Comic Con showroom for a second. Even more hilarious the guy in the video asked his girlfriend first if he could sing into my boobs and she said YES, classic moment at SV Comic Con.
A huge thank you to Flashion Statement and Aspire Eyewear for providing me with these awesome products. It not only promoted both our sites but I it made me look like a cool geek at SXSW and SV Comic Con. What more could a girl ask for?
Happy early Valentine’s Day. After the launch of Hi-Tech Chic I have been getting allot more fun beauty products to test out. Some of these products I never even heard of till recently so I thought I would share the love with all my girls getting ready for their Valentine’s Day date.
If you’re wanting to do an up-do for your Valentine’s date Frenchies Flocked French Hairpins are designed to keep your hairstyles, buns, extensions and wigs in place. The product comprises of a U shaped Frenchies hairpin flocked with a fiber coating, which creates a high-friction surface to help hold your hair in place. I will be doing an additional review about Frenchies once I get them in the mail. Currently Frenchies go for $11.99 on their site per a set of 20 hair pins.
Sometimes we ladies just don’t have time to haul our cookies to a salon but still have a big date. The beGlammed app may be your best bet! beGlammed is a on-demand beauty service that delivers professional hairstylists and makeup artists straight to your door. First you must get the app and sign up. Once you have done that just tap the app to book a personal beauty team that is on-demand and can come to your home, office, hotel, or any other location.
The go-to mobile hair and makeup provider for everyone from working professionals, students, and busy mothers to brides, jetsetters, and celebrities. Also if you get the full glam makeup application it also includes complimentary lashes; perfect for that Smokey eye look for your Valentine’s Day date or any evening event. Rates start around $35.00 and go up depending on your look. So if you are in a jam and want to look glam get the beGlammed app.
The V Chain Cross-Body is the perfect cross functional purse for your “casual dressy” and “night-out” outfits. I love purses that have removable straps or just cross functional in general. The V Chain Cross-Body has a removable gold chain and a magnetic button closure (crucial for those embarrassing drop your purse moments). The V Chain Cross-Body purse by Angela Roi also has a front flap ribbon logo embossed and one small inside pocket. The V Chain Cross-Body is available in Black, Red, Navy and Pink and is currently $82.00 on their site. If you purchase the pink purse each sale supports Breast Cancer fighters and if you purchase the RED purse each sale supports HIV/AIDS fighters. They are offering Free 3 day USPS Priority Mail Shipping on all items (no minimum and no special code needed). I have not received a sample to review but hope to so I can give you all my feedback on the V Chain Cross-Body.
For natural pouty lips Candy Lipz has a great lip plumper set for $54.99 or you can also just get the original lip plumper model at $40.99. I have already reviewed the Candy Lipz original plumper and it really works plus its natural (no lip fillers needed)! The only set back is if you have big lips cut the time in half or you will look like a freak of nature. They are both on sale on their site here and definitely check it out; after all you can’t end your date without a kiss on Valentine’s Day!
Lastly if you are like me and most of the country we are obsessed with selfies! To get your selfie on and have great pictures during your Valentine’s Day I suggest the Snap a Pic Stick. It’s small enough to fit in your purse and makes your selfies look way better. You can purchase the Snap a Pic Stick here for $8.99 and it fits most smart phones with a 3.5mm jack.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all and stay tuned for more great reviews and event recaps throughout the year!
For some men it is easy to shop for their techy fashionista but most don’t because let’s face it techy fashionistas are fashion forward and both always change! As a courtesy to all the guys out there here is 5 cool presents to consider for your techy fashionista loved one!
The Star Wars movie The Force Awakens is coming out (like everyone in the planet doesn’t already know) and Covergirl has created an exclusive limited addition make-up line. The line consist of STAR WARS Colorlicious Lipstick, STAR WARS Super Sizer Mascara Light Side, STAR WARS Super Sizer Mascara Dark Side, and STAR WARS Outlast Nail Polish. This is the perfect gift if your fashionista likes Star Wars or you want to convince her to see it also a great stocking stuffer. All products can be bought on Covergirl’s site and each item is between $5.00- $7.00 dollars.
Karaoke is one of those hit or miss presents, people either love Karaoke or hate it. I’m pretty sure there is no middle line. If your fashionista loves Karaoke the new SmartTVoke by VocoPro is the perfect gift. It’s a professional vocal system and the world’s first Karaoke Mixer designed for Smart TV’s. Per VocoPro’s site if you own a smart TV, it likely has karaoke capability. It could be a dedicated karaoke app like Karaoke Channel™, or Red Karaoke™, or from thousands of karaoke tracks on YouTube. It comes with 2 wireless mics and the new DSP Mixer. I tried the SmartTVoke and channeled my inner Whitney Houston and Snoop Dogg (I love rap). The sound is amazing and the fact you can also use it as a stand-alone microphone system makes it awesome. It’s on sale for $150.00 and you can buy it on amazon here.
For the techy fashionista that has a tablet the STM Grace deluxe sleeve/ tote is fantastic. It’s small, colorful but not too colorful, and the inside has protective foam plus it’s very plush. The Grace’s main compartment can fit up to the 15 inch MacBook Pro and the front can carry a smartphone or any other small accessories. I tried it with my Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 I’m reviewing and it fit perfectly. Per their site the Grace collection honors U.S. Navy Admiral “Amazing” Grace Hopper who, from the 1940’s up until her retirement at 80 years old, helped develop the first programming language that revolutionized the computer world. Even more special my Abuelita was also named Grace and was a Chief Transportation Officer for her air force base. The STM Grace deluxe sleeve/ tote goes for $69.95 and you can order it here!
It seems to be all about lips and booty’s these past couple years. Though I think my lips are an average size the people at CandyLipz asked me to try out their CandyLipz Black Licorice Lip Plumper for my fashionista gift guide. At first when I tried it I felt like I looked like Donatella Versace however after a week I was digging the plumper. Per their site a clinical trial showed that the lips stay plumped for up to 2 hours after each application. With continuous use of the lip plumper, the lips appear much fuller. According to the clinical trial, participant’s lip volume increased by 36% from their based-line lip size after 60 days of use twice daily for 2 minutes each time. By using CandyLipz, you can have fuller lips appearance all year round without the need to get lip injections. I say this is a great organic way to have fuller lips for the holiday parties and it’s on sale for $34.99 on their site!
I always wanted to be a DJ or a Rapper which I would honestly fail at both however I am a bit retro and love records. If your techy fashionista is into turn tables and music the AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable is a great gift! It comes in silver (AT-LP60), blue (AT-LP60BL), red (AT-LP60RD), royal blue (AT-LP60BL), pink (AT-LP60PK) and black (AT-LP60BK) which I love, especially the pink! Per their site the AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable built-in switchable phono preamp, may be connected directly to your computer, home stereo, powered speakers and other components that have no dedicated turntable input. It’s currently $119.95 and to find a distributer click here.
I hope this helps you all out with your gift giving and a very Happy Holidays to all my techy fashionista fans! Cheers to 2016!
**All technical information and photos were either by product testing or directly from each respected site**
I love the holidays especially all the fun cocktail parties but they can be stressful especially if you are hosting the party or attending a formal event. Never fear ladies, there is a new app that can help you get beautified for any of your holiday events.
Launched originally in Las Vegas, the celeb favorited beauty app beGlammed brings the industries top make-up artists and hairstylist’s right to your doorstep with the touch of a button at an affordable price (rates beginning at $65). That’s right ladies you didn’t misread that, they actually go to your front door step!
Created by business and beauty veteran Maile Pacheco, who has worked with A-listers such as Elton John, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey, Pacheco developed the app to help girls on-the-go who don’t have time to stop at the salon to get the VIP experience in the comfort of their own home, office, or hotel room. *
The beGlammed app is available for download at the Google Play or Apple app store. The app was pretty easy to install, it’s free and you can use your Facebook login to get started! Once I chose my city I was directed to the home page where you pick your glamour needs. beGlammed offers services ranging from makeup touch-ups, blow outs, up-do’s, group and bridal glam packages.
I haven’t booked an appointment yet just took a little tour of all the options you have with the beGlammed app. I think some of the cool features are that they come to you, you can book appoints for you and your friends (perfect for a b-day gift) and they service different cities which is great for those like me who travel allot for work. Currently beGlammed is available in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, NYC, Orange County, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco.
The beGlammed app is perfect for the holiday season or for those always on the go! I will definitely be trying this out during the holiday season.
*Information provided by Fingerprint Communications
I have always been a Logitech girl since I had my first PC back in 1998. In fact I remember one company I worked for who used another brand so I brought in my own Logitech mouse. That didn’t fly well and co-workers were jealous of how cool my mouse was (for geeks it’s the little things in life that make us happy).
Logitech sent one of their newer mice the M325c from their “Play Collection” and it is very cool with its fun designs. My personal favorite design is the Ophelia Owl however I got a pretty one as well called Red Zigzag.
Ever have one of those days where you’re in mid-project and your wireless mice runs out of batteries and there is no replacements in site? Well Logitech is helping you with that problem since the M325c wireless mouse lasts up to 18 months. Not only did they resolve that issue this mouse can respond from up to 33ft away due to the Nano receiver.
The M325C also comes with Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking, a USB receiver and has Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity. It’s simple like every mouse from Logitech, just plug in the USB receiver and turn on the mouse.
It’s time to make your desk pop and be the envy of all your co-workers with the designer Play Collection M325c Wireless mouse. I will also be testing the UE Roll, the K380 Multi-Device keyboard and the ConferenceCam Connect from Logitech in the next week or so. Stay tuned fans, it’s a Logitech party and it’s only just begun!
Welcome to Hi-tech chic, a project I have been working on for a while. Hi-tech chic is a site that combines tech and fashion together in one place. The site will feature product reviews, press releases on up and coming consumer products, news, recaps of industry events and eventually gift guides (just in time for the holidays).
I am happy to announce as of today there are no pages under construction!!! Hi-tech chic is up and running, we even have ads! It still has minor tweaks since Hi-tech chic is new but for the most part the site is complete.
The last piece of the puzzle was the collage of pictures on the “about” page which was completed late last night. I went through over 1,000 pictures I took in the 6 years of writing for tech to make the perfect collage. I hope it shows not only do I have fun but that I have a long history of writing, reviewing random products in tech and attending industry events.
My writing style for Hi-tech chic will be no different than cutegeek but includes a broader audience with adding fashion to the mix. I also have high hopes of building a team of geek fashionistas that would like to contribute and write for us as we continue to grow.
I would love for you all to take a tour of the site and let me know what you think. What we could improve on or what you like about it. You can send feedback to email@example.com, @HiTechchic, on Facebook or on our “contact” page. Also follow us on twitter and Facebook for up to date posts or news.
Thank you for visiting Hi-tech chic!
Nina Ricci Pena, Founder and Head Writer of Hi-tech chic
Those who are in Europe or in tech globally know this week is IFA in Berlin. IFA is the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances and takes place from September 4 to 9, 2015 in Berlin this year. All this week & next I will be receiving press releases on some of the newest and innovated products that are being showcased at IFA.
This is the first of many cool press releases I have received thus far and want to focus on the LIVALL Bling Helmet as I have never seen such a cool and efficient helmet!
LIVALL will introduce the Bling Helmet, the world’s first smart cycling helmet, at the IFA Show tomorrow (9/4/2015)! The LIVALL Bling Helmet sends SOS Messages during emergencies, features 80 Built-in Smart LEDs with Turn Signals, Wind-cancelling Mic, 3-Axis Gravity Sensor, Cadence Sensor, Hi-Fi Bluetooth Speakers, Phone Holder, Remote Control, & Walkie-Talkie.
At first I wondered how they could fit all of that in one helmet and it still look sexy. Let’s face it fashionistas we may bike but we want to look fly doing it so for us a clunky helmet is not a good look (and a bad hair day). Surprisingly it has a nice design and not much bigger than the average helmet. Now, I haven’t tried it on so I can’t vouch for the weight but I can imagine the creators of the Bling Helmet at LIVALL factored that in as well. If you would like to see it in action here is a great youtube of the LIVALL Bling Helmet:
Currently the LIVALL Bling Helment is on Indiegogo and already at 788% funded, raising over $157,562 at the time of this post. It’s not too late to get the early bird special as you still have 15 days to get a discounted Bling Helmet on Indiegogo for $100 (MSRP $277) that includes the Bling Helmet, Bling Jet and an additional Nano Cadence Sensor. They will be shipping in November.
Below is the full press release from IFA in Berlin including information on the 3 Smart Bikes LIVALL will be announcing tomorrow. They will be starting an Indiegogo campaign for them in November as well.
Berlin, Germany, September 3, 2015 – LIVALL http://bit.ly/1T6KLOl announced today that they will introduce the Bling Helmet, the world’s first smart cycling helmet and three new smart bikes at the IFA Show tomorrow in Germany. For the first time, LIVALL will show the newBling Helmet, the cycling helmet that integrates communications, music, and smart lighting for the ultimate in safe biking at the LIVALL Booth, Hall 25, Stand 110-4 at IFA Berlin. Available now on Indiegogo with discounted pricing at http://bit.ly/1T6KLOl and shipping in November, the Bling Helmet features built-in Hi-Fi Bluetooth speakers and a microphone, which enables cyclists to make and answer phone calls to safely stay connected on the road. To communicate during group riding, LIVALL also features a Walkie-Talkie function to make it easier for cycling teams to communicate with each other and also converts text messages to voice – no more yelling. See press release with all features at: http://www.thomas-pr.com/livall/livallrelease.html, Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v89lMRnV_-8.
LIVALL Bling Helmet Includes:
- Bling Helmet: provides fashionable aerodynamic protection while cycling.
- LED Lighting System: illuminates the helmet with 80 LEDs and turning signals that safely replaces traditional hand signals.
- Walkie-Talkie function: communicates with cycling teams during the ride.
- Built-in Gravity Sensor: detects emergencies and activates emergency SOS calls.
- Nano Cadence Sensor: measures speed, distance, calories, and more.
- Battery Power Bank: charges phone.
- Bling Jet Remote Control: easily installs on the bike’s handle bars to connect to phone and helmet.
- Phone Holder: securely snaps smartphone onto handle bars and charges the phone.
- LIVALL Riding App: analyzes ride, measures cadence, speed, etc., takes photos and videos. Shares ride info on social media platforms. App works with other wearables devices.
- Use phone safely: makes/takes calls with wind-cancelling mic. Converts text messages to voice.
- Hi-Fi Bluetooth speaker for hands-free music: listen to music safely while cycling.
- 3 fashionable colors: Ferrari Red, Ocean Blue, Bumblee Yellow..
Indiegogo Campaign – 15 Days Left to Purchase LIVALL Bling Helmet at Discount The LIVALL Bling Helmet is currently on Indiegogo athttps://www.indiegogo.com/projects/livall-the-first-smart-and-safe-cycling-helmet#/story, where it is already 788% funded, having already raised over $157,562. The Bling Helmet will ship in November, with Indiegogo discounted pricing now available, normal pricing for the Bling Helmet & Bling Jet is $238, Nano Cadence Sensor is $39, and Phone Holder is $79. For more information, see the Indiegogo campaign at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/livall-the-first-smart-and-safe-cycling-helmet#/story, website: www.livall.com, and Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9GUXLlwFg0, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LivallRiding, Twitter:https://twitter.com/LivallRiding.
New LIVALL Smart Bikes
LIVALL (Shenzhen Qianhai LIVALL IOT technology Co., Ltd.) focuses on R&D, operations, marketing, and management of smart cycling equipment. On April 17, 2014, a group of executives from top internet companies who are also extreme sports fans and cycling enthusiasts, came together to establish Shenzhen Qianhai LIVALL IOT Technology Co., Ltd. (LIVALL). The LIVALL management team possesses an outside-the-box thinking style, rich operating experience, channel advantages, and professional knowledge, combined with a deep love for their craft, which enabled the team to develop rapidly. Employing the joint effort of the whole team, LIVALL has successfully introduced a pioneering smart cycling helmet and other cycling equipment to VCs from renowned investment companies. LIVALL’s products currently under development and production include the Bling Helmet, Bling Jet Remote Control, Phone Holder, and Nano Cadence Sensor. Based in Shenzhen and launching internationally, LIVALL aims to ensure the safety of cycling while making sure cyclists have an enjoyable experience that they love to share with others. For more information, see the website: http://www.livall.com
Many people have asked where I got the sketches for the logo on Hi-Tech Chic. Well it’s not brain surgery to start. It’s a new awesome app called Chic Sketch that transforms a picture of yourself into a sleek and fashionable sketch. Emily Brickel, illustrator, is the talent behind the sketches for Chic Sketch as she creates a photo you submit into a beautiful sketch.
How do I get started you ask? First you need to download the app either from Google Play or the Apple Store and once installed you will see the little icon on your screen. Next log in using your facebook or instagram account and it will take you to the first page named “Public Gallery.” On this page you will see previous sketches that have been done and a little camera icon on the bottom.
When you click on the camera icon you are taken to the Snap a photo page. At this point you can either snap a picture or use a picture from your camera gallery. This is your selfie moment or finding that hot picture you have in your smartphone gallery. Once you have chosen a picture, the next screen is to confirm the picture.
After confirming your photo you are taken to the confirmation of terms page where it also informs you on the cost for the sketch which is currently $9.99 per each sketch. The next page shows you how your sketch could look (not using your photo but examples of previous sketches) and also where you accept and confirm photo and terms of services. The final step is payment. Users have the option to check out or enter a promo code. After that it’s just a matter of entering your credit card or other method of payment and fully checking out! Users should also receive a confirmation email as well.
Pretty easy and I was VERY impressed with my sketches. Try Chic Sketch out and let me know what you think!
Special thanks to the following contributors: Emily Brickel from Chic Sketch (sketches for the header logo) and Lindsay Carlisle Photography (photographer of select portraits)
This is my first post & product review of my own site called Hi-Tech chic. After 6 years of writing Cutegeek!!! Don’t worry I will still write for them.
Then I first start un-boxing I had no idea what it was, sorry guys! The box was full of this crinkling paper strands with Glitter. OH Crap! I thought this is worse than foam peanuts. After I dug the product out it was a cute little tote. Curios to what’s was is in the tote, I opened it and inside it was the myCharge Style Power Charger with some extra goodies from my pals at myCharge.
What I love about it and why it’s perfect for Hi-Tech chic is the stylish colors that normal portable chargers do not have. They come in these colors: Multi Color Brush strokes, Teal and Back designs. (No pink, yay!).
My absolute favorite to me is the size as it fits in any purse at 0.16 LBs and Dimensions: 3.9 in x 0.9 in x 1.1 in. Though I have small a problem, that it’s the same size as my lip stick Taser, hope I don’t mix up myCharge Style Power Charger with that!
Thanks for reading my article and more to come fashionistas!!
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