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iPhone X: One of the Most Expensive Smartphones on the Market

Source: Apple

The iPhone X recently was released to purchase for a whopping $999.00. To date the most expensive iPhone launched and quite possibly the biggest price tag in general for a smart phone. While the iPhone 8 was recently launched, the iPhone X is already stealing headlines but not as positive as Apple hoped.

Most of us tech geeks have no problem shelling out some dough for a new electronic however there is a stipulation, it better be worth it! The question remains; is the $999.00 iPhone X worth it? What do consumers get to compensate for the large price tag? Is Apple trying to be “cool” for over pricing a smartphone that has had dismal reviews with less than a week it went to market? Below are the current pricing options with carriers to consider if purchasing an iPhone X.

One of the concerns already is OLED display and if will have the burn-in effect like the Google Pixel 2XL. Per Apple, the Super Retina display on the iPhone X was engineered to meet Apple’s high standards. Apple further states that iPhone X’s display is the best OLED display that has ever shipped in a smartphone while offering the best color accuracy in the industry. Apple also says the 5.8-inch Super Retina display has a contrast at a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio, high brightness, and a cinema standard wide color gamut.

Apple further claims on their site “If you look at an OLED display off-angle, you might notice slight shifts in color and hue. This is a characteristic of OLED and is normal behavior. With extended long-term use, OLED displays can also show slight visual changes. This is also expected behavior and can include “image persistence” or “burn-in,” where the display shows a faint remnant of an image even after a new image appears on the screen. This can occur in more extreme cases such as when the same high contrast image is continuously displayed for prolonged periods of time. We’ve engineered the Super Retina display to be the best in the industry in reducing the effects of OLED “burn-in.”

Am I the only one calling out the elephant in the room? Why would consumers buy a $999.00 smartphone that already has glitches to only become an early adapter?

Source: CNET

Another issue with the iPhone X consumers are learning is the glass back that has proven to shatter as soon as it’s dropped per CNET’s product review of the iPhone X. One would assume paying the heafty price tag the iPhone X would be shatter proof, sadly it is not. Worse, it has been claimed that the hassle of replacing the shattered glass back is $550.00.

Even more frustrating, it is said that consumers can’t DYI the glass back, Apple has made their “AppleCare+” the only options for the iPhone X. Directly cited from Apple’s site; “Every iPhone comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. AppleCare+ for iPhone extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPhone and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $29 for screen damage, or $99 for any other damage, plus applicable tax.” Basically if you’re buying the new iPhone X it is in your best interest to invest in AppleCare+.

The very reason consumers buy iPhones since day one is its ease of use. The iPhone X seems to prove the opposite of that. Though I have not personally tested it out yet most reviews I have read have an underlying negative tone about the two above issues with the iPhone X.

As a long time iPhone user I’m hoping these issues will be resolved or at least a discount on the repairs. Below are the full specs of the iPhone X.

  • Super Retina HD display
  • Enabled by TrueDepth camera for facial recognition
  • 5.8-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display
  • HDR display
  • 2436-by-1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • True Tone display
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • 3D Touch
  • 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • Capacity: 64GB or 256GB
  • A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
  • Neural engine
  • Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
  • Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529

iPhone X camera features include:

  • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
  • Portrait mode
  • Portrait Lighting (beta)
  • Dual optical image stabilization
  • Six‑element lens
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
  • Live Photos with stabilization
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Improved local tone mapping
  • Body and face detection
  • Exposure control
  • Noise reduction
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Photo geotagging
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

iPhone X video recording features include:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Optical zoom; 6x digital zoom
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264

What’s in the Box?

  • The EarPods with Lightning Connector
  • iPhone
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • 5W USB Power Adapter
  • Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter

For more information or to purchase the new iPhone X please visit: https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-x.

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Source: Apple, CNET, Google, CNT: John Kim ,CNET: Vanessa Hand Orellana


How to Donate or Volunteer for Hurricane Harvey and Irma Victims

Source: Red Cross

In our world of fast paced lifestyles people tend to forget that there are still efforts to be made for the Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma victims. We must not forget our neighbors, friends, and family that this disaster impacted because rebuilding needs unity.

Estimated Hurricane Statistics Per CBS, USA Today, CNN, AccuWeather Thus Far:

  • AccuWeather President, Joel Myers, said in a statement Sunday that his firm estimates Irma’s damages to cost about $100 billion and Harvey’s $190 billion for a total of $290 billion.
  • People still without electricity in Florida: 6.8 million – about a third of Florida’s population – and hundreds of thousands in Georgia, with utilities saying it could take 10 days or more before all have power. People still in shelters in Florida: 13,000. Death toll from Irma currently is 69 people currently.
  • Harvey is estimated to have caused up to $160 billion in damages, impacting more than 100,000 homes and making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.
  • Potential cost of hurricane damage to privately insured property in U.S. and the Caribbean: $55 billion.
  • In Houston Hurricane Harvey impacted 500,000 to 1,000,000 vehicles that were damaged or destroyed for a city who heavily relies on cars since it’s the 4th biggest city in the US.
  • Due to Hurricane Irma an estimated 95% of Barbuda’s structures are damaged, and the entire island of around 1,800 people were evacuated. The hurricane was 378 miles wide when it descended on Barbuda, which is just 62 square miles.
  • The lower Florida Keys remain off-limits as crews check 42 bridges on the only highway to the mainland. Estimate by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that 25 percent of homes were destroyed and all the rest heavily damaged.

As more reports come out we are to assume these statistics may be skewed. The major question for most is how can we help the victims?

CNN Impact Your World initiative has the most comprehensible donation and volunteer list for both Hurricanes along with lists of companies or organizations to donate to for disaster relief. See below links for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma to help the victims of this massive disaster.

Hurricane Irma

https://publicgood.com/media/cnn/campaign/help-for-hurricane-irma-victims?utm_campaign=Do-Public-Good&utm_medium=cnn-big-sky&utm_source=cnn&utm_content=http:%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F09%2F07%2Fworld%2Fiyw-help-for-hurricane-irma-victims%2Findex.html&title=Hurricane%20Irma%20victims%20need%20your%20help

CNN Hurricane Harvey

https://publicgood.com/media/cnn/campaign/cnn-help-during-hurricane-harvey?utm_campaign=Do-Public-Good&utm_medium=button&utm_source=cnn&utm_content=http:%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F08%2F25%2Fhealth%2Fiyw-harvey-how-to-help%2Findex.html&title=How%20to%20help%20Hurricane%20Harvey%20victims

As always you can go to the Red Cross site as well to donate, give blood or volunteer for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief. Below are the accomplishments the Red Cross has done since the Hurricanes happened.

  • In the last three weeks, the Red Cross and community partners have provided more than 890,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters due to hurricanes. Shelters were opened in 8 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • The Red Cross has served nearly 2.3 million meals and snacks to people in need.
  • Almost 6,000 Red Cross disaster workers and 276 emergency response vehicles are on the ground right now, helping thousands of people affected by these storms.
  • More than 67 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

To donate, volunteer, give blood or for more information on how you can help the hurricane victims through Red Cross click here.

In true Texan style we are having a Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief that will take place on Friday, Sept. 22 from 7-11 p.m., and broadcast on 11 TEGNA stations and stream internationally on YouTube.com/Texas Strong from 9-10 p.m. CT. The largest live concert benefit in Texas will feature exclusive performances and rare collaborations from Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham, Ha*Ash, and multiple special guests. The evening will include special appearances by Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renée Zellweger, Luke Wilson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo, and many more. Charlie Sexton will serve as Music Director, with Asleep at the Wheel sitting in as the house band. Tickets start at $30.00 and can be purchased here.

Our prayers go out to all the hurricane victims and our thanks to all of the good people that have helped our nation during this massive disaster.

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Source: CBS, USA Today, CNN, AccuWeather, Red Cross


Apple's Event Announcing the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple 4k HDR TV and the iPhone X

Today Apple, unveiled their new fall products which included the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3 and the Apple 4K HDR TV. The event was held at the new Steve Jobs Theatre which is part of the new Apple Park.Before Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, started introducing all the new products he addressed the Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma disasters informing the crowd that you can donate on iTunes towards disaster relief.

After that he spoke about on the Steve Jobs Theatre and Apple Park, soon to be their new campus for employees in Silicon Valley. The idea behind Apple Park was that Steve Jobs wanted the whole campus to look less like an office park and more like a nature refuge. It is located on a suburban site totaling 175 acres (71 hectares), it houses more than 12,000 employees in one central four-storied circular building of approximately 2,800,000 square feet (260,000 square meters).*

Finally we got to the main part of the event, the unveiling of products and announcements. It started with informing us on their retail initiatives. Apple’s retail stores will now be called “Town Squares”Town Squares name of their retail stores which will now have a Plaza, Forum Area, Board Room and much more. They are also changing the in store experience by launching “ Today at Apple” which stores will have local artists to perform, teachers to show you how said Apple product works and more interactive areas. The first “Today at Apple” town square will be in Michigan and will launch on October 20th.

The next announcement was in regards to the Apple Watch Series 3 to be available to order on September 15th and available to purchase on September 22nd. The new apple watch has some great new features and one being that they come with cellular service. Another feature is that Siri is faster and smarter plus Siri also speaks from your watch due to it’s dual core processor. With the new Apple Watch Series 3 users can Stream 40 million songs on their wrist.

The Apple Watch Series 3 measures your heart rate throughout the day while you’re resting, walking, or in the recovery phase after a workout. The Heart Rate app also notifies you if your heart rate rises above a set threshold when you’ve been inactive for a 10-minute period.

Below are the features for both Apple Watches and you can purchase the watch on their site located here: https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-watch/apple-watch

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) Features (Starting at $329.00)

  • Silver aluminum case
  • Built-in GPS and GLONASS
  • Faster dual-core processor
  • W2 chip
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Capacity 8GB1
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Accelerometer and gyroscope
  • Water resistant 50 meters2
  • Ion-X strengthened glass
  • Composite back
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Up to 18 hours of battery life3
  • watchOS 4

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) Features (Starting at $399.00)

  • Silver aluminum caseBuilt-in GPS and GLONASS
  • Faster dual-core processor
  • W2 chip
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Capacity 16GB1
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Accelerometer and gyroscope
  • Water resistant 50 meters2
  • Ion-X strengthened glass
  • Ceramic back
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Up to 18 hours of battery life3
  • watchOS 4

The next product introduced was the Apple 4K HDR TV. The 4K feature gives you a crisper picture using four times more pixels than standard HD. High Dynamic Range (HDR) delivers brighter, more realistic colors and greater detail. The Apple 4K HDR TV is available to order on September 15th and available to purchase on September 22nd.

Below are the features for the new Apple 4K HDR TV and it can be ordered on their site located here: https://www.apple.com/tv/.

Apple 4K HDR TV (Starting at $179.00)

  • Dolby Vision and HDR10
  • Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound
  • A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO; simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • HDMI 2.0a
  • IR receive
  • 2160p
  • Comes in either 32GB or 64GB
  • Height: 1.4 inches (35 mm)
  • Width: 3.9 inches (98 mm)
  • Depth: 3.9 inches (98 mm)
  • Weight: 15 ounces (425 g)

The Siri Remote for the Apple TV 4K Features include:

  • Dual microphones for Siri
  • Accelerometer and three-axis gyro
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • IR transmitter
  • Lightning connector for charging
  • Dedicated Buttons
  • Menu
  • TV/Home
  • Siri
  • Play/Pause
  • Volume Up
  • Volume Down

Lastly they introduced us to the new line of iPhones that include iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. They first introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus but then they surprised us with the iPhone X. Minds were blown!

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available to order on September 15th and available to purchase on September 22nd. The iPhone X will be availed to pre-order on October 27th and available to purchase November 3rd.

Given the detailed features all iPhones announced today below is a list of all their specific features for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

iPhone 8: (Starting at $699.00)

  • Retina HD display
  • 4.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 12MP camera
  • ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Digital zoom up to 5x

iPhone 8 Plus: (Starting at $799.00)

  • Retina HD display
  • 5.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi
  • 1300:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture
  • Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
  • Portrait mode
  • Portrait Lighting (beta)

Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus features include:

  • True Tone display
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • 3D Touch
  • 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • Display Zoom
  • Reachability
  • A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
  • Neural Engine
  • Embedded M11 motion coprocessor

Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus camera features include:

  • Optical image stabilization
  • Six‑element lens
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
  • Live Photos with stabilization
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Improved local tone mapping
  • Body and face detection
  • Exposure control
  • Noise reduction
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Photo geotagging
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus video features include:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Optical zoom; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 8 Plus only)
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264

iPhone X (Starting at $999.00):

  • Super Retina HD display
  • Enabled by TrueDepth camera for facial recognition
  • 5.8-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display
  • HDR display
  • 2436-by-1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • True Tone display
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • 3D Touch
  • 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • Capacity: 64GB or 256GB
  • A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
  • Neural engine
  • Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
  • Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529

iPhone X camera features include:

  • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
  • Portrait mode
  • Portrait Lighting (beta)
  • Dual optical image stabilization
  • Six‑element lens
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
  • Live Photos with stabilization
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Improved local tone mapping
  • Body and face detection
  • Exposure control
  • Noise reduction
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Photo geotagging
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

iPhone X video recording features include:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Optical zoom; 6x digital zoom
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264

If you want to check out the full iPhone line click here. To view the broadcast from Apple’s announcements today click here. This concludes my recap of the Apple’s Special Event today.

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Source: Apple, Wikipedia


Apple's iPhone 8 Event Rumored to Happen on September 12th

Knowing that Apple’s iPhone 8 was coming out in September, since that’s when most new iPhone’s are launched, I have been holding on to my old iPhone 6s. Imagine my excitement to find this article from the Verge about Apple’s iPhone 8 event on September 12th! Per Chaim Gartenberg from the Verge, Apple has sent out invites for its event on September 12th at the Apple campus in Cupertino, CA. At the event it is rumored they will reveal the iPhone 8 plus updates to the Apple Watch, 4K Apple TV, iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

Source: Apple

There is speculation that Apple will announce three new iPhones at the event: a next-generation iPhone 8 model with an edge-to-edge OLED display and a new 3D face-scanning camera, according to earlier reports in Bloomberg; and updated versions of the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with wireless charging.

It is also rumored Apple will likely release the final version of its iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra software that was originally announced but not launched on June 5th at the WWDC earlier this year. The WWDC announcement and previews of the iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra that where released are below for those that did not attend, cover, or read about WWDC 2017.

iOS 11

Source: Apple

  • iOS 11 was previewed with a major update to the mobile operating system, bringing new experiences and hundreds of features to iPhone and iPad this fall.
  • iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features, the Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil.
  • iOS devices come with a new platform for developers to build apps that let users place virtual content on top of real-world scenes. CoreML gives developers on-device machine learning capabilities so they can easily make apps that will predict, learn and become more intelligent.
  • Additional features include the ability to pay friends using Apple Pay, Do Not Disturb while driving, a new voice for Siri and new professional capabilities to Photos and Camera.
  • iOS 11 is available as a developer preview today and will be a free software update for iPhone and iPad this fall.

macOS High Sierra

Source: Apple

 

  • The macOS High Sierra was previewed which is the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, delivering new core storage, video and graphics technologies.
  • It offers an all-new file system, support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and an update to Metal, Apple’s advanced graphics technology that powers everything from machine learning to virtual reality content creation.
  • macOS High Sierra also includes a number of refinements to the apps Mac customers use every day, including Photos, Safari and Mail.

I am curious if Apple will also have any more updates on the HomePod that was also announced at WWDC 2017.

Source: Apple

Below were the announcements from the June WWDC 2017 for the HomePod with lack of pricing and shipping details plus when it will be officially out on the market.

  • Apple announced HomePod, a breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers amazing audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.
  • It is designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music.
  • HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings.
  • HomePod will be available starting in December, initially in Australia, the UK and the US and pricing is TBD.

Of course the invitations Apple sent out were vague with no information on products to be announced or what will be going on at the event just a simple “Let’s meet at our place.” As of now it’s all speculation till September 12th and I for one can’t wait!

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Source: The Verge, Bloomberg, Apple, Chaim Gartenberg from the Verge, WWDC


Hurricane Harvey Resources, Disaster Relief and Donation Information

Texas has always been a huge melting pot of cultures. Sometimes we all don’t see eye to eye but when disaster strikes Texans come together to help their communities. Currently 50 counties in Texas have been affected by Harvey; I’m in one of them. The storm in Austin was so harsh it uprooted a huge Pecan tree in my neighborhood straight out of the ground, roots and all. Houston and the Gulf coast have it much worse than us that are inland in Texas. Unfortunately the rain will continue on regions already flooded and affected. Harvey could dump up to 15 inches of rain on western Louisiana and eastern Texas, including the Houston area. That said, Houston will provide more mega-shelters today.

Per CNN President Trump touched down in Corpus Christi earlier today. He will next head to Austin (my hometown). He and first lady will not, however, to go places that are reeling from Hurricane Harvey, such as Houston and Rockport. As CNN’s John King points out, this is a smart move. The rescue operation is still underway in these areas, and President Trump’s presence there would pull away attention from those efforts. Really?! I think he should visit the areas effected but not make it known to the press and lay off the tweets. He needs to see the towns already devastated from Harvey.

Below are resources and shelter information for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey including how you can donate to help the victims of Harvey.

HOW CAN I FIND SHELTER AND DISASTER RELIEF?

  • The U.S. Department of Education activated its emergency response contact center today. Education stakeholders seeking informational resources and relief from Department-based administrative requirements are encouraged to email HarveyRelief@ed.gov.
  • Following reports that several Texans are missing in midst of the storm, the Red Cross is encouraging people to list themselves and their families as safe by clicking here. You can also receive disaster assistance from the Red Cross by calling 877-500-8645, or find a list of open shelters here.
  • Call the United Way Helpline at 211 for information on shelters and other forms of assistance.
  • To report a missing child, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-866-908-9570.
  • For those looking for refuge, Texas State Park camping is free to hurricane evacuees.
  • Talk to a professional about emotional distress by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
  • Harris County: Call 713-308-8580 to locate your towed car.
  • Victoria: Grocery store H-E-B has a host of emergency measures in place, including a mobile kitchen serving meals today in Victoria.
  • Dallas: Mayor Mike Rawlings announced Monday that the city will start receiving people flown out of the flooded region this afternoon. The city will also open three emergency evacuation shelters at Samuell Grand Recreation Center, Walnut Hill Recreation Center and Tommie Allen Recreation Center.
  • San Antonio: Several shelters are open for storm refugees, according to the governor’s website. Both San Antonio Shelter Hub and San Antonio’s American Red Cross Shelter are hosting those who have evacuated from the floods.
  • Austin: The Austin Disaster Relief Network also activated a call center to provide both resources and information to families impacted by the storm. You can reach that hotline at 512-806-0800.

HOW CAN I HELP?

There are live Hurricane Harvey updates on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/29/us/texas-harvey-latest/. http://cnn.it/2glmxZZ

Though we Texans and Louisianans aren’t in the clear yet I am hopeful the storm will die down and not pick up, especially for Houston. I will update this post with more Hurricane Harvey information as it comes in so keep checking back!

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Source: American Red Cross, CNN, CNN’s John King, Texas Tribune


Back-To-School With Believe In Yourself

Did you know that Back-to-school season is the second biggest shopping season of the year? Per Deloitte it effects 29 million households a year with overall sales up to $27 billion in the US.

Back to school is so stressful on young girls and teens to stay in style. The first day of school is almost like a beauty pageant with peers picking apart your look or style. There is very little consideration for the reality that many girls from low-income families cannot afford new clothes. That embarrassment may inhibit their ability to attend social and extracurricular actives. The end result of those bullied or embarrassed of the way they look is missing out on important milestones and furthermore lowering their self-confidence.

I suffered this first hand when I was in school. Maintaining 3 kids clothing with rapid growth spurts was difficult for my parents even though they both worked. The first day of school was the worst for me when I didn’t have any new clothes and I’m sporting high water jeans during a time when that was not cool. I overheard people making fun of me and my brothers all the time, we didn’t even have cyber bullying at that time. I can only image how hard the first day of school is for girls nowadays with social media. I wish Believe In Yourself was around when I was in school.

What is Believe In Yourself?

Believe In Yourself (www.believeinyourself.org) is a  foundation launched in January 2017 that provides brand-new, never-worn dresses to low-income girls around the country, while at the same time works to promote positive body image, to reduce cyber bullying, and to inspire girls to believe in themselves and their dreams.

Clothing donations are tied to the girls’ progress in achieving goals.Each girl who wants to receive a dress is entered into a system where they are then tracked to see their progress, whether towards improving their academics or pursuing an extracurricular interest such as music, dance, sports, etc. and Believe in Yourself provides the girls dresses for any upcoming events they have during the school year.

The Believe In Yourself Project goes into community centers, after-school programs, and low-income housing centers and provide designer dresses for underprivileged girls to wear at upcoming school dances.

The charity also brings in Mentors and speakers to motivate the girls to believe in themselves. These mentors also provide tips if the girls are experiencing a negative body image or bullying of any kind, and they counsel the girls to help them achieve their dreams and goals.

This is an amazing project and recommend checking it out and how it could help your community. If you want to learn more, contribute or donate to the Believe In Yourself project click here.

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Source: Believe In Yourself, https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/consumer-business/articles/back-to-school-survey.html


Brick Fest Live: The LEGO Fan Experience 2017 Recap

What happens when you put one million LEGOs in a convention center in the heart of Austin? A ton of kids and adults alike building their own LEGO® creations at the Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience. Walking into the Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience I did not know what to expect and since I don’t have kids myself I knew my time there would not last an entire day.

As I entered the Austin convention center for Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience I was greeted with a life size LEGO® version of Toy Story’s Woody. The first LEGO attractions I encountered were the Mini Golf and the Collaborative Building Activities. The attractions at Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience included:

  • The Glow Zone
  • Brick Fest Derby
  • Collaborative Building Activities: Contribute to Guinness World-Record Sized mystery floor mosaic
  • Inspiration Stations
  • Video Game Arena
  • Mini Golf
  • Brick Fest Theater Trivia & Entertainment
  • Mosaics
  • LEGO Shopping

I decided to try out the LEGO Mosaics activity where you use a colorful variety of 1×1 LEGO® bricks to create your own mosaic tile to be posted throughout the festival.

I am happy to say I was not the only adult building a mosaic at the table and in a self-promotion moment I made mine using Hi-Tech Chic’s initials. That wasn’t the only shameless self-promotion moment of Hi-Tech Chic. At the Collaborative Building Activities booth where LEGO fans contribute to Guinness World-Record Sized mystery floor mosaic there now is the Hi-Tech Chic Logo as well.

The Glow Zone, to me, was the best attraction of the Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience. It contained intricate and elaborate LEGO® creations you can see in black light. I also had LEGOs in the Glow Zone art in black light which included a Lego Farris wheel, a sea horse, DJs, and much more.

One of my most favorite LEGO displays out the entire Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience was of Bill Murray and Van Gough’s Starry Night. It was mind blowing!

The Video Game Arena, Brick Fest Derby and Inspiration Stations were the most packed attractions. At the Brick Fest Derby fans were able to build and race their own custom built LEGO® derby car down one of the four of the 35-foot long tracks.

The Video Game Arena had fans playing their favorite LEGO® video game in head-to-head competitions. I didn’t really spend much time at the Inspiration Stations, Mini Golf or Brick Fest Theater Trivia simply because their booths were either jam packed or had long lines. I did however do some LEGO shopping and got this cool bracelet that you can attach LEGO men and LEGO‘s to!

All in all the Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience was a unique experience. It did make me revert to 5 year old Nina by creating LEGO art but one can only last so long with a convention center of kids and LEGOs. If you want to check out my live coverage on twitter click here and to view live footage on Facebook click here.


Delphine the Label Fashion Review

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!

Resilin Jumpsuit

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

Elixir top

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

 

Venom pants

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.

For more information about Dephine the Label or to shop their collections click here.

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About

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


illumy Smart Sleep Mask Product Review

 

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 is great for someone who travels or struggling to fall asleep. I’m personally not a sleep mask person but I must admit the illumy smart sleep mask is very comfortable.

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.

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Source: Sound Oasis


Portable Storage Comparison: Sandisk vs. Picture Keeper

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.

Picture Keeper Connect

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! 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

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive

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 256GB USB 2.0 Type A Wireless Stick

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.

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Source: Sandisk, Picture Keeper, Best Buy, Forbes


SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Review

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
Weight: 5.4g
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

If you are interested in more information or would like to purchase the SanDisk click here.

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Source: SanDisk, Best Buy

 


MIGHTY MUG with Smartgrip Technology Review

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.

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Source: MIGHTY MUG


Father's Day Gift Guide 2017

Father’s day is this Sunday and there is still time to get the father in your life an awesome gift. Below is a gift guide I created that includes not only technology but also men’s fashion.

Picture Keeper Connect

Picture Keeper Connect offers simple photo backup solutions for all devices – 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®.

Picture Keeper is easy to use by simply downloading the free Picture Keeper Connect app, plug the Picture Keeper Connect drive into your device, and launch the app. Click ‘Start Backup’, and let Picture Keeper Connect download your photos, videos and contacts onto one portable compact USB drive.

Protect your memories with the ability to choose the storage capacity that best fits the customer’s needs. The Picture Keeper Connect holds either 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB worth of photos, videos and contacts. 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.

MIGHTY MUG

The days of spilling your drink on your desk or on your PC are over with the MIGHTY MUG. MIGHTY MUGS are powered by innovative and patented Smartgrip Technology. 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. The mighty mugs are BPA free, car cup friendly and dishwasher safe. The Mug’s Smartgrip technology never wears out and has a “100% Happiness Guaranteed Policy.”

They have several different mugs to choose from but the three below we think are great Father’s day options.

    • BLACK
    • 11oz
    • $16.99

If the father in your life is a beer drinker this would be a great Father’s day gift choice from MIGHTY MUG as well.

  • MIGHTY MUG BARWARE PILSNER
  • 4 Pack Bundle
  • Made of Crystal Clear Unbreakable Tritan Plastic
  • 24oz
  • $47.98 – ON SALE

To purchase a MIGHTY MUG or to check out their product lines click here. I received two MIGHTY MUGs to test out and will post a full product review of them this week!

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive

The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is great storage device for the Dad with an iPhone or iPad that needs some extra storage or just a way to backup photos and videos of loved ones (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. Privacy is key!

Below are the specs for the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive:

  • Lightning™ Connector and USB 3.0
  • 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage capacity
  • Between $199.00 – $249.00
  • FREE shipping via Best Buy

I received this to review and test out and will give you guys the full product review when done testing out its features! If you are interested in more information or would like to purchase the SanDisk click here.

Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera

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. This is the perfect gift for the Dad who loves digital pictures and instantaneous picture printing.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 Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera comes in white, black, red or blue and is currently $99.99 on the Polaroid site.

Orbit

For the Father that is always losing his keys Orbit helps users find their phone, find their keys or take a selfie. Orbit is a tiny bluetooth device crafted in anodized aluminum.

Orbit works with a free app available at both App Store and Google Play. The app utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to communicate with the Orbit with a maximum range at 30m/100ft. Attach it to your keys or any valuables to locate them using the Orbit app. The orbit also works as a camera remote for your phone but it only works by using the camera feature built into the app.

Orbit comes with a keyring, an opener tool for battery replacement and a spare battery. Below is more information and specs of the Orbit:

  • 12 different colors
  • 20g/0.70oz/0.04 lb
  • $29.99
  • FREE US Shipping
  • Buy 4 or more and get 25% discount (discount will be applied at checkout)
  • Buy 6 or more and get 35% discount (discount will be applied at checkout)

I have received one to test out to do a full product review so stay tuned for a review of the Orbit this week! If you would like to purchase an Orbit from their site click here.

ULTIMATE TIE FASTENER by MAGGIE SNAPS

For the father who enjoys sporting ties or a tie fan in general this is a great and practical gift for him. If he is in a windy city and wears ties the Maggie Snaps are a great way to secure your tie to avoid tie fly-aways! Maggie Snaps magnetically fasten ties safely and invisibly. They will not pierce, penetrate or damage the finest fabrics and will stay in place all day until removed. Below is more specs for the Maggie Snaps

  • Everlasting – will not break or degrade
  • Patented design is a world first
  • Starting at $20.00 on Amazon
  • FREE shipping on orders over $25.00

NOTE: Maggies are designed to be worn on the inside of your clothing. If the ball Magnet is worn on the outside of your garment, there is a risk of loss to metal objects.

I also received these to test out for Hi-Tech Chic, full product review to come later in the week! For more information or to check out Maggie’s product lines click here.

DAZI Skinny Ties

Skinny ties are still in and with Father’s day fast approaching and wedding season finding the right tie is a must. DAZI Skinny Ties has a great collection of skinny ties for the father in your life or for guys looking to step it up fashion wise at summer parties and weddings. DAZI Skinny Ties also have a variety of pocket squares that goes well with their ties.

Below are some styles that I recommend checking out when searching for the perfect tie.

Light Gray Cotton:

  • 80% Cotton, 20% Linen
  • Handmade
  • 2.5″ wide at the tip
  • Approx. 58″ in length
  • $ 28.00

Fine Line:

  • Blue and White Plaid
  • 2.5″ wide at the tip
  • Approx. 58″ in length
  • 100% Cotton
  • $28.00

Miss Navy:

  • Navy with Paisley Design
  • 2.5″ wide at the tip
  • Approx. 58″ in length
  • 100% Cotton
  • $ 28.00

I should be getting some samples from DAZI to review for Hi-Tech Chic soon and will give you all a full product review once received. If you are interested in purchasing a DAZI Skinny Ties or would like more information click here.

Helix Cuff

The Helix Cuff is the world’s first wearable wireless Bluetooth headphones that fit in a stylish small cuff. It’s the perfect Father’s Day Gift for the active and connected dad. The Helix Cuff has Smart Multipoint Connectivity, AptX technology, cVc noise reduction, and Bluetooth 4.1. The Helix Cuff comes in bold colors like black, orange and red and currently priced at $149.00.

If you are interested in purchasing the Helix Cuff for the father in your life or looking for a stylish Bluetooth headphones click here. Click here to see my full product review of the Helix Cuff for more information.

Logitech SLIM FOLIO for the 9.7 inch iPad

The Logitech SLIM FOLIO is a perfect gift for the father who travels or uses his iPad regularly. The Logitech SLIM FOLIO is an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and case for the new fifth generation 9.7-inch iPad. The Logitech SLIM FOLIO has large spaced keys, a comfortable layout and shortcut keys. It also has a flexible stand with a magnetic lock to secure your iPad. The Logitech SLIM FOLIO has a four-year battery – life that uses a smart power management system and low energy Bluetooth connection that won’t drop.

Below are the technical specs for the SLIM FOLIO case and keyboard:

  • Front and back protection against scratches, bumps and spills
  • Magnetic case closure
  • iPad auto on/off on case opening / closure
  • Scissor keys technology, 1.5 mm key travel
  • Laptop-like layout with 17 mm pitch
  • Key life – more than 5 million strokes
  • 0.98 lb
  • $99.99
  • FREE shipping on orders over $49.00

I also received the SLIM FOLIO to do a full product review and will post my review in the very near future on Hi-Tech Chic. For more information or to purchase the Logitech SLIM FOLIO click here.

RedTube’s Adult Greeting Cards

If you are looking for some cheeky father’s day cards for your husband, lover, or significant other RedTube recently launched their new adult greeting card line. They have 2 father’s day cards so far that are naughty but humorous as well. RedTube’s greeting cards start at $5.00 or you can print it yourself via PDF. To check out their father’s day cards or other greeting cards click here.

I hope this helps you all on the hunt for Father’s Day gifts and keep checking back on Hi-Tech Chic for more product reviews, press releases, news, events and gift guides.

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Source: Ashley Chloe, Polaroid, Might Mug, RedTube, Logitech, Maggie Snaps, Orbit, Picture Keeper, San Disk, Dazi


Apple's Announcements on Day 1 of WWDC 2017

https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/

Today at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, Apple had several announcements including iOS 11, WatchOS 4, HomePod, the new iPad Pro and iMac Pro, and a preview of the all-new and redesigned Apple App Store plus several more announcements.

WWDC runs till June 9th and I am sure there will be several announcements during the week. In the meantime below is a list provided by Apple’s press releases that has been announced so far by Apple on day 1 of WWDC 2017:

iOS 11 New Features to iPhone and iPad for This Fall

Source: Apple.com

 

  • iOS 11 was previewed with a major update to the mobile operating system, bringing new experiences and hundreds of features to iPhone and iPad this fall.
  • iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features, the Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil.
  • iOS devices come with a new platform for developers to build apps that let users place virtual content on top of real-world scenes. CoreML gives developers on-device machine learning capabilities so they can easily make apps that will predict, learn and become more intelligent.
  • Additional features include the ability to pay friends using Apple Pay, Do Not Disturb while driving, a new voice for Siri and new professional capabilities to Photos and Camera.
  • iOS 11 is available as a developer preview today and will be a free software update for iPhone and iPad this fall.

The new iPad Pro, in 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch Models Introduced

Source: Apple.com

 

  • The all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro features the world’s most advanced display with ProMotion technology and performance with the new A10X Fusion chip.
  • The new iPad Pro 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by nearly 40 percent to fit into a compact package that still weighs just one pound.
  • The iPad Pro features iOS 11 with all-new Files app, customizable Dock, improved multitasking and deeper integration of Apple Pencil and iPad Pro.

watchOS 4 and features for Apple Watch

Source: Apple.com

 

  • The watchOS 4 was also previewed today featuring a proactive Siri watch face that displays the information users need most throughout the day, personalized Activity coaching and an entirely new music experience.
  • The update features an enhanced Workout app and introduces GymKit, a groundbreaking technology platform that will offer customers connected workouts with cardio equipment.
  • Siri intelligence extends further into Apple Watch with the new Siri watch face. With each raise of the wrist, the information on the display dynamically updates.
  • The updates are based on the time of day, daily routines and pertinent data from apps such as Activity, Alarms, Breathe, Calendar, Maps, Reminders and Wallet, as well as headlines from the new Apple News app for Apple Watches.
  • The Apple watch also has new summer band colors that includes vibrant Sports Bands, a bright yellow Classic Buckle and Nike Sport Band options that color-match with the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit Day to Night Collection.

HomePod Announcement

Source: Apple.com

 

  • Apple announced HomePod, a breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers amazing audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.
  • It is designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music.
  • HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings.
  • HomePod will be available starting in December, initially in Australia, the UK and the US and pricing is TBD.

MacBook and MacBook Pro Updated With Faster Processors

Source: Apple.com

 

  • The iMac line was updated with three times more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3, faster storage options and a brighter Retina 4K display and discrete graphics.
  • The updated iMac line also delivers powerful performance for 3D graphics, video editing, virtual reality content creation and gaming, and with macOS High Sierra coming this fall.
  • MacBook and MacBook Pro have both been updated with faster processors and added faster SSDs to the MacBook as well.
  • The new 21.5-inch iMac Price Point: $1,299 (US).
  • The new 13-inch MacBook Pro was also Introduced during these announcements with a price point of $1,299 (US).

Preview of iMac Pro

Source: Apple.com

 

  • Sneak peek of iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows.
  • The all-new iMac Pro, with its gorgeous 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, is the most powerful Mac ever made.
  • Featuring a new space gray enclosure, iMac Pro packs performance for advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering.
  • The iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999 (US).

All-New and Redesigned App Store

Source: Apple.com

 

  • The all-new redesigned App Store includes original stories and editorial, updated daily in a new Today tab, as well as new Games and Apps tabs.
  • The App Store will include compelling stories, in-depth interviews, tips and collections of must-have apps and games to inform, help and inspire customers every day.
  • App Store customers have now downloaded more than 180 billion apps and Apple has paid out over $70 billion to developers since the store launched in 2008, making it the most vibrant software marketplace in the world.

Previewed MacOS High Sierra

Source: Apple.com

 

  • The macOS High Sierra was previewed which is the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, delivering new core storage, video and graphics technologies.
  • It offers an all-new file system, support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and an update to Metal, Apple’s advanced graphics technology that powers everything from machine learning to virtual reality content creation.
  • macOS High Sierra also includes a number of refinements to the apps Mac customers use every day, including Photos, Safari and Mail.

This concludes what Apple has announced at WWDC as of Day 1. I’m not sure about everyone else but I am excited to see what else gets announced throughout the week! Stay tuned!

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Source: Apple.com, Apple’s Press Room

*Directly cited from Apple.com


Uber and Lyft in Austin: One Week Later

Last week Uber and Lyft returned to Austin after leaving the city high and dry over a year ago after Austin voted 56% to 44% against Proposition 1 which would have allowed ride-hailing companies to continue using their own background check systems. As of May 7th Austin went ahead with plans to require fingerprint background checks and other regulations. Both Uber and Lyft then announced they will no longer operate in the city as a result of the loss. As the entire city was effected by Uber and Lyft‘s abrupt departure Fasten and RIDE Austin stepped in to fill the car hailing and sharing needs of the city.

Fast forward to a year later and they are now humbly returning to Austin and not with the loving arms they may thought they would have had. It’s true what they say about us Texans Uber and Lyft, do not mess with Texas!

How did Uber and Lyft get approval to operate in Austin again?

With investors of Silicon Valley dropping millions in lobbying dollars, the Texas legislature voted for HB 100 and against public safety, equality, and the rights of citizens. The bill, HB 100, would override the state’s 20-plus local ordinances and require ride-sharing companies to conduct criminal background and sex offender checks for drivers.

It’s been a full week now of them both entering back into the market and since then the car hailing scene has exploded for customers and drivers. The job postings for Uber and Lyft drivers on craigslist’s are a dime a dozen while Fasten has zilch. Maybe that is because they drivers are loyal and most drivers in Austin are apprehensive to join Lyft or Uber again? What happens if they just up and leave again giving riders and drivers no notice?

Fasten is offering a few incentives while Uber and Lyft try to reclaim Austin. For starters Fasten has a a referrel bonus for riders. When riders sign up with Fasten through the app they will receive a personal referral code to share with friends, family and co-workers to encourage them to ride for less! Every time your promotional code is used by a new Fasten rider, you will be eligible to receive credit off of a single ride. These promotions last 30 days from when your referral takes their second trip.*

Austin voted for mandatory fingerprinting for drivers. Fasten will continue to accept only fingerprinted drivers and charge them just $0.99 per ride instead of 25%.Austinites may not be able to overturn HB 100 legislatively, but they can make it irrelevant economically. Austinites can vote for better driver pay; vote for better corporate ethics and progressive values; vote for local control; vote for safety. They can vote for equality. Big companies can overturn your votes in the Senate. But nobody can take away your right to vote for what you support with every ride you take!*

Austinites can now vote to either that will post on Facebook or Twitter once you vote. Voter options are:

Though this is just the beginning of them returning to Austin it seems like Uber and Lyft are already starting a ruckus in the city. Time will tell which car hailing and car sharing apps will last in Austin’s competitive market. I vote Fasten!

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Source: Fasten, Lyft, Uber, Texas Legistation

*Cited from Fasten


Human Rights Campaign's Summer of Action Weekend

It is no question we have embarked on a rather interesting presidency in 2017 and the recent White House controversial events prove so with just half a year into Trump’s presidency. It’s times like these we must unite as a community to move pass all the negativity and unfavorable government changes to continue to be a strong nation.

Last week Human Rights Campaign (HRC) launched a nationwide summer of action anchored by more than 250 grassroots events from coast to coast. “Unite. Resist. Enlist.” is the theme of these events which reflects the goal of HRC’s summer of action. The goal of summer of action 2017 is to empower and mobilize millions of equality voters to fight back against attacks that undermine the LGBTQ community.

During the summer of action the HRC staff and thousands of volunteers will be fanning out to lead more than 250 local events in more than 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The goal of each event is to register thousands of new voters and to step up visibility plus outreach for LGBTQ Pride parades, equality marches, festivals and other events.

Weekend of Action

On the weekend of June 10th & 11th HRC will hold “Weekend of Action” events coast to coast which is also during the “Equality March for Unity and Pride” in Washington and the “#Resist March” in Los Angeles. HRC will be supporting both marches and will host an Action Center at Washington, D.C., headquarters, where volunteers and visitors can engage in grassroots advocacy training, writing letters to elected officials and learning about unique social media opportunities.

For supporters outside Washington, D.C., HRC will create online training and other opportunities to participate in the weekend’s events. To donate towards the Weekend of Action or to HRC click here.

Equality March for Unity and Pride

The “Equality March for Unity and Pride” is on June 11th and this year if not any seems to be the most important year to participate. The Equality March for Unity and Pride is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ and communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscapes and how it is contributing to the persecution, bullying and discrimination of LGBTQ and individuals.

The Equality March for Unity and Pride main march in Washington on June 11th will begin at 10:00am EST at I (Eye) Street and 17th Street NW. There will also be Equality marches throughout USA, Australia, Switzerland, Canada on June 11th that are known as solidarity events. Click here to find participating cities and click here for more information about hosting a solidarity event for the Equality March for Unity and Pride on June 11th or to add your city. If you would like to donate to the Equality March for Unity and Pride click here. To register for the march click here.

#Resist March

Instead of a Pride parade meant to celebrate LGBTQ communities past progress the “#Resist March” is to ensure EVERYONE’S future.  Like the first LGBTQ+ Pride march in 1970’s, attendees are going to march in unity with those who believe that America’s strength is its diversity. At the #Resist March not just LGBTQ+ people but all Americans and dreamers will be wrapped in the Rainbow Flag and our country’s unique, diverse and intersectional voices will all come together.

The #Resist March is on June 11th from Hollywood and Highland to West Hollywood at 8:00am. If you would like to attend the march click here to register. To donate towards the #Resist March click here.

HRC has also joined a broad coalition of progressive organizations in Equality Florida’s #HonorThemWithAction campaign to pay tribute to the 49 people whose lives were taken at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and is supporting related community events.

The social media handles and hashtags to be used during HRC’s summer of action include: #LGBTQ, #EqualityMarch2017, #Resist, #HonorThemWithAction, @HRC, @ResistMarch, and @EqualityMarch17. For more information on HRC’s summer of action weekend click here.

All these historic effort comes as HRC is ramping up efforts to resist the Trump Administration’s rollback of LGBTQ equality and the annual onslaught of anti-LGBTQ state legislations across the nation. HRC accomplish this year include battling more than 130 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in 30 states; to date, seven of those bills have been signed into law. The summer of action will also help lay groundwork for HRC’s efforts to go on offense in key states ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

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Source and Direct Quotes from: HRC, ResistMarch.org, Equality March for Unity and Pride

 


Uber and Lyft Returned to Austin Today

As of today Uber and Lyft are back in Austin after over a year of not providing ride hailing services to locals and tourist.

To give you a little background on why Uber and Lyft left Austin we have to go back to spring of 2016 where Austin now required fingerprint background checks much to the dismay of both companies. Apparently Uber and Lyft spent more than $8 million and bombarded voters with mailers, ads, phone calls and text messages. Oddly I live in Austin and I do not recall this huge initiative that Uber and Lyft did to sway voters.

On May 7, 2016, Austin voted 56% to 44% against Proposition 1 which would have allowed ride-hailing companies to continue using their own background check systems. Austin would now go ahead with plans to require fingerprint background checks and other regulations. Both Uber and Lyft then announced they will no longer operate in the city as a result of the loss. Uber stopped service on May 8, 2016 at 8 am. Lyft said it will also “pause operations” on Monday. To us in Austin it seemed like both companies threw a HUGE fit by leaving the city and their drivers with gusto and didn’t even look back.

This left over 1,000 drivers of Uber and Lyft in Austin without a job abruptly. Fortunately many of the drivers quickly signed up to be a driver for Fasten or Ride Austin to fill the ride hailing and sharing gap in Austin.

The heroes of this whole ordeal were Fasten, a Boston based ride hailing app and Ride Austin, a nonprofit Transportation Network Company (TNC). Per Fasten, they took on about 60% of the TNC market and also became the official South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) ride hailing app giving over 270,000 people rides during SXSW 2017.It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds now with 4 major TNCs, especially during SXSW which attracts more than 72,000 people annually. I personally plan to continue using Fasten who took over a huge task after Uber and Lyft left Austin plus I trust them more after using them for over a year.

For more information on Uber click here, for Lyft click here, for Fasten click here and for Ride Austin click here.

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Source: Uber, Lyft, Fasten, Ride Austin, Austin American Statesman, CNN, El Arroyo


Get THE Look With The Glam App

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!

For more information or to get The Glam App click here.


CARLOS by Carlos Santana Handcrafted Shoes for Men

CARLOS by Carlos Santana Handcrafted Shoes for Men are affordable, luxury, handcrafted shoes made of full-leather or calfskin suede. Each shoe is hand-stitched at a family-owned factory in Spain to only produce the best quality men’s shoes. From the inside out, CARLOS by Carlos Santana Handcrafted Shoes for Men are designed with the customers taste in mind. Each stitch is constructed with the perfect mix of traditional “Carlos Santana flare.”

There are three CARLOS by Carlos Santana Handcrafted Shoes for Men collections to choose from. The Goodyear Welted Luxury Collection, Goodyear Welted Essential Collection, and the Blake Construction Fashionable Collection.

 

With each CARLOS by Carlos Santana Handcrafted Shoes for Men, you have the option to choose between full-grain leather and calfskin suede for the upper area of your shoe. To ensure the shoes are comfortable enough for all-day wear, the leather-lined cushion insole absorbs moisture inside the sole to further allow breathability. The specially-designed heel cushion gives you arch support during long wear for maximum comfort.

The outer sole material options consist of full leather, two-tone leather, leather with a rubber insert and Dainite Studded rubber. These material options provide the shoe with the quality and strength needed to last nearly 20 years with resoling.

Recently, CARLOS by Carlos Santana Handcrafted Shoes for Men just kicked off their Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $40,000 to be backed in 27 days. The campaign currently has $14,931 pledged with 59 backers already and $25,069 needed to reach their goal.

There is a variety of Kickstarter packages of CARLOS by Carlos Santana Handcrafted Shoes for Men to choose from starting at $125. Take a look at the different styles offered in all three collections. You’ll choose shoe style, color and size after the campaign. All you need to do right now is choose which collection you want in the rewards section.

Below are the Kickstarter Packages including pricing and what shoes are included in each package. Note the first 500 backers get free resoling.

Pledge $125 or more

EARLY BIRD BLAKE COLLECTION

  • This special, limited quantity reward is for backers ready to join the Santana team.
  • You’ll receive one pair of shoes in the style of your choice from the Blake Constructed Fashionable Collection at over 40% off the MSRP along with an official Santana t-shirt and ShapeShifter CD.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your size, style and color.
  • Retail: $225
  • Includes: Blake Collection

Pledge $165 or more

BLAKE COLLECTION

  • You’ll receive one pair of shoes in the style of your choice from the Blake Constructed Fashionable Collection at nearly 26% off the MSRP.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your size, style and color.
  • Retail – $225
  • Includes: Blake Collection

Pledge $175 or more

EARLY BIRD GOODYEAR ESSENTIAL COLLECTION

  • This special, limited quantity reward is for backers ready to join the Santana team.
  • You’ll receive one pair of shoes in the style of your choice from the Goodyear Welted Essential Collection at 40% off the MSRP along with an official Santana t-shirt and ShapeShifter CD.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your size, style and color.
  • Retail – $295
  • Includes: Goodyear Essential Collection

Pledge $195 or more

GOODYEAR ESSENTIAL COLLECTION

  • You’ll receive one pair of shoes in the style of your choice from the Goodyear Welted Essential Collection at 33% off the MSRP.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your size, style and color.
  • Retail – $295
  • Includes: Goodyear Essential Collection

Pledge $195 or more

EARLY BIRD GOODYEAR CHELSEA BOOT

  • You’ll receive one pair of Chelsea Boots either in Leather or Suede of your choice from the Goodyear Welted Essential Collection at 48% off the MSRP.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your size, style and color.
  • Retail – $375
  • Includes: Goodyear Essential Chelsea Boot

Pledge $225 or more

EARLY BIRD GOODYEAR LUXURY COLLECTION

  • You’ll receive one pair of shoes in the style of your choice from the Goodyear Welted Luxury Collection at the lowest price they’ll ever be.
  • Not only will you save over 40% off the MSRP, but you’ll also get an official Santana t-shirt and ShapeShifter CD..
  • *Each special edition shoes comes with Santana’s guitar’s printed on the sole
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your size, style and color.
  • Retail – $375
  • Includes: Goodyear Luxury Collection

Pledge $245 or more

GOODYEAR CHELSEA BOOT

  • You’ll receive one pair of Chelsea Boots either in Leather or Suede of your choice from the Goodyear Welted Essential Collection at 34% off the MSRP.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your size, style and color.
  • Retail – $375
  • Includes: Goodyear Essential Chelsea Boot

Pledge $250 or more

BLAKE COLLECTION: 2 PAIRS

  • You’ll receive two pair of shoes in the styles of your choice from the Blake Constructed Fashionable Collection for 44% off the MSRP.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your sizes, styles and colors.
  • Retail – $450
  • Includes: 2× Blake Collection

Pledge $275 or more

GOODYEAR LUXURY COLLECTION

  • You’ll receive one pair of shoes in the style of your choice from the Goodyear Welted Luxury Collection and and save over 26% off the MSRP.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your sizes, styles and colors.
  • Retail – $375
  • Includes: Goodyear Luxury Collection

Pledge $350 or more

GOODYEAR ESSENTIAL COLLECTION: 2 PAIRS

  • You’ll receive two pair of shoes in the styles of your choice from the Goodyear Welted Essential Collection for 40% off the MSRP.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your sizes, styles and colors.
  • Retail – $590
  • Includes: 2× Goodyear Essential Collection

Pledge $390 or more

GOODYEAR CHELSEA BOOT: 2 PAIRS

  • You’ll receive one pair of Chelsea Boots either in Leather or Suede of your choice from the Goodyear Welted Essential Collection at 48% off the MSRP.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your size, style and color.
  • Retail – $750
  • Includes: Goodyear Essential Chelsea Boot

Pledge $450 or more

GOODYEAR LUXURY COLLECTION: 2 PAIRS

  • You’ll receive two pairs of shoes in the styles of your choice from the Goodyear Welted Luxury Collection and save over 40% off the MSRP.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your sizes, styles and colors.
  • Retail – $750
  • Includes: 2× Goodyear Luxury Collection

Pledge $500 or more

SUPERNATURAL RIAA CERTIFIED RECORD AWARD

  • Santana fanatic? You’ll receive an award commemorating the multi-platinum RIAA certified sales of 15,000,000 copies, complete with the official RIAA hologram. We’ll even personalize the award with your name! You’ll also get ANY shoe of your choice.
  • Includes: RIAA Certified Record Award and Any shoe of your choice from Luxury collection

Pledge $750 or more

GRAND COLLECTION

  • This special, limited quantity reward is for backers ready to join the Santana team.
  • You’ll receive FOUR pairs of Santana Shoes For Men including one pair of Goodyear Chelsea Boots, one pair of Goodyear Luxury shoes, one pair of Goodyear Essential shoes and one pair from the Blake collection at 46% off the MSRP, along with an official Santana t-shirt and ShapeShifter CD.
  • We’ll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out your sizes, styles and colors.
  • Retail – $1345
  • Includes: Goodyear Essential Chelsea Boot, Goodyear Luxury Collection, Goodyear Essential Collection and Blake Collection

Currently the rest of the packages for CARLOS by Carlos Santana Handcrafted Shoes for Men are sold out! I hope to receive a sample to give you all a first hand review of CARLOS by Carlos Santana Handcrafted Shoes for Men.

To contribute to the CARLOS by Carlos Santana Handcrafted Shoes for Men campaign or purchase one of the packages off of Kickstarter click here.


How to Help the Ariana Grande Concert Victims (Updated)

Source: Austin Courrege/Bustle

Source: Austin Courrege/Bustle

The world was shocked after hearing about the Ariana Grande Concert terrorist incident that happened yesterday in Manchester. Reported by NBC as of now there are 22 fatalities including children and 59 injured plus several people are still missing from this tragic event. As of now those that live in the area or nearby are urged to stay away per Mayor Andy Burham until further notice. Per Mayor Andy Burnham’s tweet for those stranded in the area and have access to twitter use #RoomForManchester where hotels and local people are offering refuge.

If you are concerned about missing family, please contact the British Casualty Bureau number on +44 (0)161 856 9400. This may be the best way to track or find your loved ones especially if they do not have twitter or their phone battery is dead.

Twitter still has been a great way to search for those missing. The “#DWTManchester missing” still has been a good way to find your missing loved ones. Below are some links of tweets from loved ones searching for their missing friends or family I gathered from Twitter. This is a very short list of tweets of those missing and more tweet continue to pour in using “#DWTManchester missing” by the minute!

https://twitter.com/SydneyPerreira/status/866909702189309952

Other twitter handles used to search for missing loved ones in Manchester include:

Besides tweets the world has to ask themselves “How or what can we do to help?

If you are local in Manchester and want to help below are some donation options I have researched as of now. The list is small but I am certain as the week continues the world will have more options on how we can all donate and will continue to update the list.

  • Red Cross site is back up and information on the Manchester incident is best found on the UK Red Cross site located here. The UK Red Cross site also has a place to donate towards this tragedy on their page as well located here.

    Currently British Red Cross volunteers and staff are providing practical and emotional support to people affected the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Red Cross volunteers are also providing ambulance support to local hospitals.

  • UPDATE: As of now they have plenty of blood though that may change as the week progresses, I keep you all posted. If they do need more blood below are the two Manchester donation centers that are open I know of:
  • Help with Burial Costs:
    • Many victim’s families will need help financially with Burial Costs. If you want to start a fundraiser for burial costs Go Fund Me has been used to help Georgina Callander’s family who is the first victim of the Manchester Bombing. I am sure there are many other sites that will be used but since this was the first victim I assume most will start using Go Fund Me. I could be wrong since I am in the US and not physically there.

If you find more donation sites please let me know via news@hi-techchic.com and I will update this post as the week continuous.

Our sincere prayers and thoughts go out to all the victims of this horrendous incident especially today as the victims are identified. They all were just innocent people going to a public concert for a night of fun that ended in a night of severe tragedy .

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Source: CNN, NBC, Twitter, Bustle, Twitter Quotes, Quotes from Mayor Andy Burham, UK Red Cross,  at Bustle


The Helix Cuff by Ashley Chloe

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.

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Source: Ashley Chloe

 


2017 Mother's Day Annual Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is this weekend and you still have time to get something online for the mom in your life. This years Mother’s Day gift guide is a great blend of fashion and technology more so than previous years guides. It also includes low budget items as well as high-end products.

Below is our 2017 Mother’s Day annual guide with links and pricing:

Manuka Honey Lip Balm and Body Care Products from Pacific Resources International

Recently New Zealand Importer Pacific Resources International introduced their new Cruelty-Free  Manuka Honey Lip Balm made from all natural organic ingredients. Though this lip balm is an inexpensive gift if you pair it with the other body care Manuka honey products you will have a nice unique gift for moms that likes organic or natural products.  What makes the  Manuka Honey Body Care products unique is that the honey is from New Zealand and imported directly to the United States. To check out all their body care products or to purchase click here.

FindX by RapidX 

FindX by RapidX is a tiny Bluetooth device that works with the easy to use FindX Tracker App. Together the device and app make it easy for you to keep track of everyday items – phone, wallet, keys and more. FindX by RapidX is also a convenient camera trigger and is compatible with iOS and Android. This is perfect for moms that have multiple kids, constantly on the go or a working mom. Though this isn’t that fancy of a gift and more sensible I am positive that any busy mom would benefit from the FindX. I also suggest buying multiple  ones as well if you have the budget so that the mom in your life can track multiple items. The FindX by RapidX is $19.99 and can be purchased here.

Mother Trucker, Co.

Mother Trucker, Co. has a hat line called #MomLife where you can shop for a variety of different trucker hats with different hashtags and sayings for moms. The #MomLife hats are currently all the rage in Hollywood! They start at just $25.00 each and you can purchase the Mom Life hats here.

The Ring

Why not give the mom your gifting this Mother’s Day a choice on her gift? As posted in a previous article Groove Life launched a new Groove Try On program. Buyers now have the opportunity to try their signature silicone active bands at 5 Rings for 5 Days for Free. Customers select 5 rings to try on for fit and style, keep their favorites, and return the rest for free with a prepaid shipping label (Initial cost: $1.99). If you are gifting someone that is hard to shop for, lives an “active” style life or picky this is a great option for Mother’s Day. The Rings start at just $29.95 and comes in a variety colors plus 2 different types of band styles. Click here to learn more or to order the Rings for Mother’s Day.

Personalized Yankee Candle 

If the mom in your life loves candles Yankee candle has personalized candles perfect for Mother’s Day. It’s pretty simple to order just choose a candle style and the fragrance then upload your photo. Pricing starts at $15.00 and to  get started and personalize a Yankee candle  click here. Note: All orders ship 5-7 business days after receipt of order via Standard Shipping. In a hurry? Choose 3- or 2-day Express at checkout. (Note: Expedited shipping begins after the 5-7 days needed to complete your order. Also, expedited shipments cannot be delivered to PO Boxes.)

VooChic – Handcrafted Spirit Apparel

If your shopping for unique tee’s for hip moms or Latina moms VooChic has 2 cool Mother’s Day themed shirts to choose from:

  • MAMACITA Black & White Handcrafted Tanky made with 100% cotton. The relaxed fit is perfect for everyday wear, as a beach cover or a workout tank ($28).
  • One-of-a-kind with a flowy-cuffed Mother Like No Other muscle tee. This simple yet eye-catching tee is made with soft viscose and polyester, and topped with black-screen print that tells the world she’s outstanding ($32.50).

beGlammed 

A great idea for new moms that don’t have time to do their hair or makeup due to having a newborn or toddler is to book her a beGlammed appointment for either hair, make-up or both. This is a great way to pamper the mom in your life  without even leaving her home since beGlammed comes directly to the client. Simply book your appointment here and use the code “MOM” for $10 Off your appointment for Mother’s Day.

Wellbots

If you are shopping for a tech geek type of mom Wellbots is a great site to check out for Mother’s Day. Wellbots has a full section just for Mother’s Day gifts including: wearables, home robots, 3D printers and Audio & Video.  Enjoy up to $50 OFF on selected items or use the Mother’s Day discount code “MOM30” to receive $30.00 on selected items as well.

Misfit

The Misfit Phase is a smart watch that automatically tracks steps, distance, calories, and light and restful sleep. It gives you vibration alerts for call and text notifications, alarms and custom app notifications. The smart-button function allows you to wirelessly play and pause music, take a selfie, control smarthome devices, and more. The Phase also has  a non-charging, replaceable battery that lasts up to 6 months. This is a great gift for mom’s on the go or the “connected” mom. Note if you order the Phase today (5/9/17) it will arrive on Mother’s Day.

Helix Cuff

The Helix Cuff is the world’s first wearable wireless Bluetooth headphones that fit in a stylish small cuff . It’s the perfect mother’s day gift for the “connected” mom. The Helix Cuff  has Smart Multipoint Connectivity, AptX technology, cVc noise reduction, and Bluetooth 4.1. If you are interested in purchasing the Helix Cuff  for the mom in your life or looking for a stylish Bluetooth headphones click here.

I hope this helps all that are searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Happy Early Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there!

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Source: Find X, Mother Trucker, Helix Cuff, Misfit, Wellbot, beGlammed, VooChic, Yankee Candles, Pacific Resources International. The Ring


Austin City Limits Festival 2017 Ticket Information and Line Up Announced

Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) just posted this years line up and it looks awesome! Some of the headliners I can’t wait to see are Jay Z, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Red Hot Chilipeppers, Foster the People, and Solange plus so many others. Since I am an Austinite and live within walking distance to Zilker Park where the festival is held I will be on ground zero updating you all till the day of and throughout ACL.

ACL tickets also just went on sale! Below is pricing from General Admission to Platinum ticket packages plus what is included with each ticket.

General Admission Ticket Options:

General Admission Includes:

  • One commemorative RFID-enabled wristband
  • Over 140 performances on 8 stages from 11am to 10pm
  • Food from over 35 award-winning chefs & restaurants including vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free options
  • Shop official band merch, festival merch, and specialty items from dozens of art vendors
  • Sponsor areas with giveaways throughout the park
  • Autograph signings with official ACL artists
  • Bars & concessions throughout the park with ACL Cashless availability
  • Water stations with free refills
  • Access to secure lockers on-site with charging capabilities
  • Access to complimentary Official Festival Shuttles provided by ACL Fest
  • Children 10 & under allowed in free with access to Austin Kiddie Limits

VIP Admission Ticket Options: 

VIP Ticket Package Includes:

  • One commemorative RFID-enabled wristband
  • Unlimited Access to the VIP Grove
  • Dedicated Festival Entrance Lane
  • Gourmet Happy Hour from Local Restaurants
  • Catered Lunch & Dinner
  • Mini Spa Treatments All Weekend
  • Shade & Relaxed Seating (without stage view)
  • Air-Conditioned Flushable Restrooms
  • On-Site Concierge & Locker Services
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in the VIP Grove
  • VIP Parking Pass with Purchase of 4 VIP Tickets (for 3-Day VIP Tickets only)
  • Access to All Areas Available to General Admission

Platinum Ticket Package includes:

Platinum Ticket Package Includes:

  • One commemorative RFID-enabled wristband
  • Unlimited Access to the Luxury Air-Conditioned Platinum Lounge
  • Platinum Viewing Areas at Main Stages
  • Dedicated Festival Entrance
  • Catered Lunch and Dinner by Celebrity Chefs
  • Dedicated Platinum Golf Cart Transportation
  • Platinum Shuttle Transportation from Downtown Austin to the Festival Entrance at Zilker Park
  • Air-Conditioned Flushable Restrooms
  • On-Site Platinum Concierge Services
  • Complimentary Locker with Mobile Charging for Each Guest
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in the Platinum Lounge
  • Exclusive Festival Merchandise Gift Bag
  • Access to The Guest Lounge, VIP Grove, and All Areas Available to General Admission

If you want more information or to buy tickets for ACL 2017 click here. I will continue to post updates throughout the summer. ACL here we come!

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Source: Austin City Limits


Note from Editor: Hi-Tech Chic's Journey for 2017

As of last week I will no longer be writing for Cutegeek.com. My main focus will now be growing and building up this site, Hi-Tech Chic.

Hi-Tech Chic has been off to a great start this year with events like CES 2017 in Las Vegas. I experienced more robots than I have ever seen, the drone rodeo in the desert and several different booths with virtual reality. Needless to say it was a blast!

Another great event I attended was GDC in San Francisco and the AMD launch events including the after party with Mix Master Mike, which was AWESOME!

There have already been some awesome product reviews like being one of the first to preview the new Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote before it went to market. This year I plan to be more aggressive on product reviews and gift guides. I will also attempt to start doing LIVE unboxings on Facebook and Twitter.

The year has just begun and in 1 day I will be on ground zero covering SXSW 2017 Interactive and Gaming in my hometown of Austin, Texas. Throughout SXSW I will be posting live on twitter, Facebook and Youtube on both Hi-Tech Chic’s and my accounts. This will be our first year also of covering the 3 day SXSW Gaming Expo.

Coming up in the next couple months is the Silicon Valley Comic Con, Dallas Fan Expo, E3, ACL and Austin Startup week and many more throughout the year that I will be covering.

I am very excited on Hi-Tech Chic’s new chapter and what the rest of the year will bring. If you want to follow Hi-Tech Chic’s journey you can follow us at @hitechchic or https://www.facebook.com/hitechchic/. If you would like to learn about how Hi-Tech Chic started click here.

Thanks to all those who followed me throughout the 8 years I was with Cutegeek and hope you all will continue to follow me throughout Hi-Tech Chic’s new journey. It’s just the beginning of something fantastic!


JUISIR - Juicing With Zero Cleaning and More Juice

One of the biggest hassles of juicing is clean up. It is one of the key reasons why I don’t like juicing. I like the juice but not the huge mess that requires taking apart my juicer to clean it out fully. There had to be another way to juice. Introducing the JUISIR, the worlds first cold press juicer that requires absolutely no clean up.

Your eyes are not deceiving you it truly requires no clean up! My mind was blown when I found out about this juicer. How is this possible? JUISIR is a cold press juicer that extracts juice from fresh fruit and vegetables through a press with about eight-tons of force (approximately equal to the size of two adult elephants) in only 90 seconds. The JUISIR uses biodegradable juicing bags that come in either single use or multiple use sizes.

The JUISIR is quite easy to use. Simply chop fruit and vegetables into pieces roughly the size of a dollar coin for maximum yield. Put about 300g-350g (0.7lb-0.8lb) raw products per bag, you can get approximate 200-250ml (6.8oz-8.5oz) juice. The fruit is squashed to a paper-like thinness and virtually every drop of juice is captured in the glass. After you’re finishing juicing either recycle the juice bags for a quick clean up or rinse it out for future use.

JUISIR is scheduled to introduce the prep juice packs with exclusive recipes shortly, offering customers an even easier way to juice with JUISIR. JUISIR is looking for local fruit and vegetable suppliers from around the world to produce J-PACK. In order to reduce the delivery cost and make juicing bags cheaper, JUISIR’s team is currently looking for qualified local manufacturers from all over the world as well.

JUISIR is on it’s last two days of it’s Kickstarter campaign that already has $353,085 pledged of their initial goal of $35,199.  There is still time to back their campaign and if you pledge $570.00 you will receive a JUISIR plus 60 juicing bags. The JUISIR will retail for $399.00 and you will be able to find JUISIR on Amazon once launched. To pledge towards their Kickstarter campaign click here and for more information about the JUISIR click here.

I am hoping to receive a review unit to test this out and maybe even do some live broadcasting of the JUISIR in action. Stay Tuned!


Product Review: The New Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote

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.

Tweet now: Play it. Show it. Time it. Crush it. @Logitech introduces Spotlight Presentation Remote for confident presenting. Learn More: http://blog.logitech.com/?p=25520

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.

Availability

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.

About Logitech

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.

 


Hook: One-Stop Shopping Search Engine for Fashion App

I just recently got the Hook App to see what all the buzz was about plus I’m gearing myself up for Paris Fashion Week in February. The Hook Fashion Discovery app is a direct response to shopping trends showing consumers juggling multiple shopping apps and websites on their mobile devices. Hook, which is targeted towards fashion-conscious female and male millennials, is the first-of-its-kind to bring users exact and similar items to match their fashion queries.

The Hook Fashion Discovery App has three ways to search what you’re looking for: Similar Search, Type & Search, or Snap & Search.

  1. Type and Search” – Simply key in something specific you are looking for (i.e. “green velvet blazer”) and with one tap you can instantly browse through “green velvet blazers” from your favorite fashion destinations including luxury e-stores like Net-a-Porter to a more accessibly-priced Macy’s or Nordstrom, and even inexpensive options from Forever21, H&M, and Amazon Fashion.
  2. Snap and Search“- See something you like online or worn by a friend? Simply snap a photo and search for it on the app. Hook instantly lets you peruse the exact or closest results from your favorite retailers.
  3.  “Similar Search” – Browse and select items you like from Hook’s trending feed and shopable editorials. Want more options? Simply tap on the Similar Search icon and Hook brings you back loads of similar options at all different price points for you to comparison shop.

I have only used the “Type & Search” function of the app simply because I haven’t seen anything (since I got the app not long ago) that has caught my eye that I wanted to take a picture of.

What I love about the “Type & Search” feature is it allows users to refine their searches by color, category, brand, size or price from your original search topic. You can also sort your search by old to new, new to old, products on sale and the price point. It truly does make shopping easier using an app as your fashion search engine.

The Hook Fashion Discovery App is currently available for download in the App Store and on Google Play. For more information on the Hook Fashion Discovery App you can visit www.get-hook.com .


MTV CASTING CALL - MY SUPER SWEET

In the past I did not condone or liked MTV’s my Super Sweet Sixteen however recently I was reminded that my culture has a similar celebration and even more extravagant. In the Hispanic culture we have Quinceañeras which is a celebration on your fifteenth birthday and it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood. It’s normally a religious celebration and the birthday girl is donning a formal gown almost similar to a wedding dress.

Now I have nieces and love spoiling them so either a Quinceañeras or Super Sweet Sixteen party is in their near future. That said, it looks like the hit show from what seem to be a long time ago is back. My Super Sweet is now casting for all those about to celebrate either 15 or 16 and want the world to see their big teenage moment.

To apply or for more information go to www.mysupersweetcasting.com or click on the above image.

Good Luck and Happy Early Birthday to you all!


Misfit's New Smartwatch - The VAPOR

This year at CES Misfit unveiled the VAPOR Smartwatch and they ended up winning 6 CES awards as a result. The VAPOR Smartwatch is the newest addition to Misfit’s product line. I have been a huge fan of Misfit since their very first launch so I do get excited when they launch a new product.

The VAPOR Smatchwatch allows you to have Music and GPS straight on your wrist without a phone. It has Bluetooth connectivity to keep you connected. The VAPOR also has built-in location services that’ll track your runs and activities in real time plus a heart rate tracker. It has a virtual bezel that allows for navigation and a circular touchscreen.

Below is VAPOR‘s full list of speciation:

  • Standalone Wireless Music Player
  • GPS Location Services
  • Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Swimproof + Water Resistant to 50 Meters
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Fitness and Sleep Tracker
  • Touchscreen

Currently the VAPOR isn’t available to purchase but you can sign up to receive updates and be one of the first to pre-order Misfit VAPOR  on their site. I hope Misfit will send me a VAPOR to test out, cross your fingers!


NEWS FROM ATX: SPOON to Curate Three SXSW Showcases at The Main (“Eno’s”)

As an Austin native I have been a Spoon fan since I was in high school WAY back in the day. Anytime they play at SXSW I go to their shows considering they are Austin Home Grown.

It was announced today that Spoon will hold a three-night residency at The Main during the 2017 SXSW Music Festival. It will also be the same week that they will release their ninth album, Hot Thoughts, March 17 on Matador Records. During the residency, Spoon will resurrect the original, classic Austin venue Emo’s location, currently referred to as The Main, Tuesday, March 14–Thursday, March 16. The band will curate a unique line up each night and will be referring to the venue as “Eno’s” in honor of the band’s founding drummer and Austin stalwart Jim Eno.

For most of us OG Austinites this is awesome news! Though the new Emo’s location is larger than the original location it’s just not the same. Leave it to Austin’s Spoon to revive it for SXSW 2017. I only have a SXSW interactive badge which will not get you into SXSW music performances after the 14th. Luckily they play on the 14th so that is where I will be that night!

As SXSW continues to draw near I will be posting any news or events that I will be attending throughout the festival. To find out where I will be follow me on @nrpena, @cutegeek or @hitechchic and for more information about Spoon during SXSW click here.


Beauty Products for the New Year

beauty-guide-17With the New Year fast approaching it’s time to bring your A-Game when it comes to your beauty regiment. I received several different beauty products to review and test out. I have to be honest I could not get to all of them since I only have one face but I got through most. Those products I didn’t get to my lucky friends got to test out for me. The great thing about most of these products is that they also come in cute gift sets as well.

Below are all the beauty products I received in the past couple months and review of each product. Enjoy!

Christie Brinkley RECAPTURE 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream and CLOSE UP Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatmentchristie-b

I received the RECAPTURE 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream and CLOSE UP Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment to test out a couple months ago and used it for a month. I didn’t see drastic results just by using RECAPTURE 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day alone but if you pair it with their CLOSE UP Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment there were great results with fine lines. I’m not saying the RECAPTURE 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day doesn’t work because it does but I’m impatient and want to look like Christie Brinkley tomorrow, that’s why I loved the CLOSE UP Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment. The CLOSE UP Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment costs $79.95 and the RECAPTURE 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream is $89.95 on their site.

New! Balanced to Pore-fection (Holiday)boscia-gift

Boscia sent me their new Balanced to Pore-fection (Holiday) gift set and also their blotting linens to which I am addicted to. The charcoal Assortment gift set includes: 150 mL Detoxifying Black Cleanser, 30 mL White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray, 30g Luminizing Black Mask and 15 mL Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel. If you travel as much as I do the Makeup Setting Spray and the Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel are a great go to. Boscia’s Balanced to Pore-fection (Holiday) Gift set is $39.00 and the blotting linens are just $10 on Boscia’s site.

RODAN + FIELDS REDEFINE Regimenrhodes

I recently got the RODAN + FIELDS REDEFINE Regimen which includes the Daily Cleansing Mask 125 mL/4.2 fl. oz., Pore Minimizing Toner 125 mL/4.2 fl. oz., Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30 30 mL/1.0 fl. oz., and Overnight Restorative Cream 30 mL/1.0 fl. oz. I took the REDEFINE REGIMEN and the REDEFINE Eye Cloths on my recent NYC trip. What a life saver! As soon as I landed in NYC after a 10 hour layover I had zero time to get ready. I used the RODAN + FIELDS REDEFINE Regimen Multi-Function Eye Cream and REDEFINE Eye Cloths to freshen up my face and help with the dark circles. It worked pretty fast and the next day I looked refreshed. If you’re interested in a beauty products and a regiment that works I strongly suggest trying out RODAN + FIELDS REDEFINE Regimen. Currently the RODAN + FIELDS REDEFINE Regimen is $199.00 and the REDEFINE Eye Cloths are $32.00 on RODAN + FIELDS’s site.

Soapberri Lathers and Shampoo

Soapberri is the World’s 1st Soap Grown from Trees. The owners of Soapberri wanted to change the way people clean by replacing harsh chemicals with nature’s most gentle soap, the Soapberri. I received some samples to test out and was impressed by the results after using their shampoo. My hair felt cleaner than it has for a while. I also accidently used the body lather for shampoo and oddly my hair just as soft as when I use the Soapberri shampoo. Soapberri is currently running a New Year Special – FREE Soapberri Box (any 2 bottles + berry bag) for only $36.00. To shop their products or if you want to learn more about bath products click here.

Schmidt’s Deodorant schmidt

Schmidt’s sent me a few organic deodorants to test out and one of them is their all ROSE + VANILLA stick all natural deodorant. I was not aware there is aluminum in most deodorants until recently. Antiperspirant has the same antibacterial products, but it also includes aluminum, which temporarily blocks your sweat glands and stops them from producing. Schmidt’s ROSE + VANILLA natural deodorant is a perfect solution to that problem and it also doesn’t stain your shirt like most deodorants. They have a variety of scents and you can either get the deodorant in the jar or the deodorant in stick form. They start at $8.99 and click here if you want to purchase Schmidt’s products.

UnWash Try Me Kitunwash

The UnWash Try Me Kit is a great cleansing regiment all in one neat package that includes: a daily Bio-Cleansing Conditioner, a weekly Anti-Residue Cleanse and Hydrating Masque to restore moisture balance after Anti-Residue Cleanse. The UnWash Try Me Kit is a great bargain at just $25.00 and you can purchase it on their site by clicking here.

Indie Leeindielee

Indie Lee is an eco-chic collection of organic skincare products that combine style and sustainability without sacrifice. I received samples of the COQ-10 TONERBRIGHTENING CLEANSER and SQUALANE FACIAL OIL. After I tested all three skin care products my favorite was the SQUALANE FACIAL OIL. I thought at first when I used the SQUALANE FACIAL OIL that it would be greasy and it’s actually not. Indie Lee‘s skin care products start at $22.00 and you can purchase them here.

VENeffectlip-anti

VENeffect products are 100% natural plant-based phytoestrogens to safely and effectively reverse the signs of aging that are directly the result of decreasing estrogen; to preserve and restore the youthful glow of healthy, vibrant skin. I received the VenEffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment and have been using it daily. What I like about this product is that it’s not greasy and drys pretty quickly. VenEffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment is $85.00 and you can purchase it here.

I have more beauty products coming in and also have a few beauty product reviews in the near future. Definitely keep checking back on Cutegeek.com and Hi-TechChic.com for more posts on beauty products for the New Year. I hope you all have a fantastic New Years.

 


FashionWare Runway Shows Emceed by Project Runway's Nick Verreros at CES 2017

digital-timesA must attend event at CES 2017 that I will not pass up is FashionWare Runway Shows emceed by Project Runway’s Nick Verreros.  I love runway shows and I love technology so this is just up my alley!

The FashionWare Runway Shows will be at the LIDT Stage (Booth 44030) on Friday, January 6th at the Sands Expo at Tech West. Besides the runway shows there will be sessions and demos January 5th through the 7th by today’s Olympians, Professional Athletes and Editors of Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Runner’s World doing fitness demos and panel discussions.

Below are the sessions just recently released by Living in Digital Times. If you would like more information about Living in Digital Times click here. See all you guys at CES 2017; it’s less than a week away!

Thursday, January 5

–  BabyTech: Tech Redefines the Millennial Mom 10:30 AM
–  BeautyTech: The Meteoric Rise of In-Home Beauty Tech 12:30 PM
–  BabyTech: Today’s High-Tech Nurseries   1:30 PM
–  Editors Exposé:  Key Trends in Consumer Beauty   2:30 PM
–  The Bump Best of BabyTech Awards   3:30 PM

Friday, January 6

–  FashionWare Runway Show, Hosted by Nick Verreros 10:00 AM
–  BabyTech: A Safe Baby Revolution: Parents Rejoice 11:00 AM
–  FashionWare Runway Show, Hosted by Nick Verreros 12:00 PM
–  BeautyTech: Virtually Flawless! Makeovers from VR to AR 1:00 PM
–  FashionWare Runway Show, Hosted by Nick Verreros 2:30 PM
–  BabyTech: Get Pumped for 21st Century Breastfeeding 3:30 PM
–  FitnessTech with Men’s Health Guru 4:30 PM

Saturday, January 7

–  BeautyTech:  Futuristic Beauty: DIY Lasers, AR & Nailbots 10:30 AM
–  Fitness Tech with Men’s Health Fitness Guru 11:30 AM
–  BabyTech: Inconceivable! Fertility and Pregnancy Technology 2:30 PM

About Living in Digital Times (Per their site)
 Founded by veteran technology journalist R obin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle.  It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections.  Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals.  Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Digital Money Forum, FitnessTech, BabyTech, Kids@Play, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, FamilyTech TV, BeautyTech, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Robots on the Runway and the KAPi Awards.  The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs, as well as the 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch awards recognizing student STEAM innovations in New York City.  For more information, visit www.LivinginDigitalTimes.com and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook.

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FEETME - The First Smart Connected Insole

feetme-logoAs CES (Consumer Electronic Show) gets closer and closer I am constantly getting emails about meetings or new product launches while there. This year, unlike the previous 7 years, I had to become choosy on what I wanted to cover before and while at CES 2017.

This year at CES Unveiled I will be checking out a variety of products and FEETME Sport is on the top of my list.

What is FEETME?

FEETME develops a smart connected insole that can measure reliable data and transmit them wirelessly to a device.feeetme-specs

FEETME will preview their beta test phase for FEETME Sport, their consumer brand of connected insoles combined with a personal running coach, at CES Unveiled. This new connected insole, created for consumers, leverages their medical expertise to measure running efficiency in real time.

I’m all about this and cannot wait to see a live demo!! I’m a former runner and currently walk about 5-7 miles five days a week. Though these insoles are designed for runners I bet it would be just as beneficial for avid walkers like myself.

If you are attending CES 2017 FEETME will have presales that are open to the public at a preferred price of $200. Their booths are located at Eureka Park Marketplace, Sands, Hall G, Stand #50818 and at CES Unveiled as well.

Below are some more products specs and features of FEETME Sport. Check back on Cutegeek.com and Hi-TechChic.com after CES 2017 for my full report on the FEETME demo.dynamic

 

 

 


WooHoo- The World's First AI Based Interactive and Affordable Smart Home Hub

woohoo-picSmartBeings, Inc. announced today WooHoo, the world’s first AI based interactive and affordable smart home hub and platform, will be unveiled at CES 2017.

What sets WooHoo apart from it’s competitors that offer similar features and platforms?woohoo-specs

  • Integrated 360-degree HD Camera with Facial Recognition
  • Patent Pending 360-degree Spatial Sound System
  • 7-Inch Touchscreen
  • Built in WiFi BLE, Zigbee, Zwave and 4G LTE
  • Integrated and Intuitive WooHoo Smart Platform
  • Natural Language Processing Capabilities Enable the Device to Understand the User
Additionally WooHoo‘s HD camera with facial recognition allows multiple users to be registered by the device for customizable personal profiles on WooHoo’s Smart Platform. I think this is a big plus especially if you have roommates or kids that require different settings but also use the platform. The WooHoo also can act as a means of security, by sending you a notification that a user is unidentifiable, or, in an office, when somebody approaches the front desk.

SmartBeings, Inc. also officially announced a price point for the WooHoo. Through their Kickstarter campaign, you can pre-order WooHoo as it enters the rapidly growing Smart Home market with a plethora of features for the same cost as Amazon’s “Dot” device, $49. This special price includes your first year’s subscription fee. Following the end of the Kickstarter campaign on January 30, 2017, WooHoo‘s retail price will be $89, plus a monthly subscription fee of $9.

WooHoo‘s Kickstarter campaign needs to raise $9,471.00 to reach their goal of $30,ooo in 44 days. If you are interested in more information WooHoo‘s Kickstarter campaign  or to pre-order it click here.

If your attending CES 2017 and would like to meet with the WooHoo team and get a demo click here. I plan to stop by and check this out, everyone could always use a little more security!

See you all at CES 2017!

Source: SmartBeings, Inc and Kickstarter campaign page


RCA Unveils New TVs, Smartphones, Tablets and Appliances for CES 2017

rcaYesterday RCA announced their new TVs, Smartphones, Tablets and Appliances that will be featured at CES 2017. I have to be honest I did not know RCA has such a vast amount of products launching in 2017.

Attendees can get a first look RCA’s new products at booth #11427 in the Central Hall, Tech East throughout the show. Below is round one of RCA‘s products displayed while at CES. I am hoping to stop by their booth while at CES to check out some of these newly launched products from RCA.

  • TVs:  

    • RCA 4K 55″ UHD LED Curve TV (MSRP $999.00) – ultra-high definition 4K viewing experience which immerses the viewer in what they’re watching. It boasts LED backlighting with energy-efficient illumination for sharper contrasts and vibrant colors (RLED5537-UHD)

    • RCA 4K UHD 55″ TV (MSRP $499.99) – ultra-high definition, 4K viewing experience complete with LED backlighting with energy-efficient illumination (4K2K RLED5536-UHD)

    • RCA 4K 43” SMART LED TV (MSRP $399.99) – ultra-high definition, 4K viewing experience featuring the Opera TV Store with apps for internet TV, Movies, Music, and more, including Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and more.

    • Additionally, RCA offers portable and TV-DVD combos, from the 4.3″ LED Portable TV (MSRP $79.99) (DPTJ430R) to the 22″ LED FHD TV DVD Combo (MSRP $179.99) (DECG215R); ideal for a den, bedroom, playroom, or other small spaces. 

  • Tablets:

    • RCA 12.2″ Android 2-in-1 (MSRP $249.99) – an Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) tablet complete with Folio case. It boasts a quad-core, dual camera and HD screen (RCT6K23W24DK1).

    • RCA 12.2” Windows 2-in-1 (MSRP $449.99) – a Windows 10 2-in-1 PC with detachable keyboard provides the power of a laptop, with the ease and freedom of a tablet including ample storage, Intel Pentium Processor, up to 10 hours battery life, USB ports and dual facing cameras (W122AP45DK1).

  • Smartphones:

    • RCA Q1 (MSRP: $199.99 -16GB, $139.99 -8GB) – an unlocked 5.0” HD, dual SIM smartphone, featuring 4G LTE and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Available in White or Black, and offering with 16GB or 8GB Internal Memory. Exclusive to Amazon.

    • RCA G1 (MSRP: $139.99) – an unlocked, 5.5” HD, dual sim smartphone, equipping with quad core, 2400 mAh all-day battery, and 8.0 MP rear-facing camera. Exclusive to Amazon.

    • RCA M1: (MSRP: $69.99) – an unlocked smartphone that’s perfect for seniors, kids and customers who want phones for travel or temporary use. Available in Black or White and featuring 4GB storage, expandable to 32GB via Micro SD card, and 5.0 MP rear-facing camera. Exclusive to Amazon.

    • 6″ LTE 4G Android (MSRP $129.99) – an unlocked quad-core, Dual-SIM smartphone featuring 4G LTE and dual camera. No contract required. Available in Black or Gold.

    • 5” Waterproof Rugged Dual SIM Mobile Phone (MSRP $99.99) – Shock resistant and waterproof. Dual-SIM smartphone features 4G LTE and dual camera. No contract required.

    • RCA RLTP169 (MSRP $39.99) – 1.77” 2G phone with SOS Call Button / Emergency Contacts (includes 911) built right in. Large digit keypad designed specifically for easy operation by elderly and those with special needs (RLTP169).

  • Appliances

    • Retro 2 Door Fridge (MSRP $349.99) – a sleek retro design fridge and freezer.  Flush back design with reversible door and crisper.

    • RCA 0.9 cu ft Microwave – red (MSRP $89.99) – 0.9 cu. ft. with contemporary red design. 900 watts with 10 pre-programmed cooking functions and 6 automatic cooking menus.

    • 18-Bottle Wine Cooler (MSRP $148.99) – 18-bottle wine cellar with a high efficiency heat pipe system. Adjustable temperature control and soft interior lighting.  

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CES Checklist and Map of Venues Hosting CES Events

ces-show-venue-map-previewEach year I have a check list for CES that continues to grow from lessons learned from past CESs. A couple months back I posted my infamous CES checklist on Cutegeek however I have thought of a few more tips for CES. I also found a map of all the venues hosting CES events which will come in handy.

Below is my ever growing checklist and tips to help you plan your CES 2017 trip accordingly.

  • Always bring more than 100 business cards, you give those out like candy there plus you don’t want be “that person” if you run out.
  • Get the CES 2017 app for your Android or Apple, this will help when you need to go to different halls at the Las Vegas Convention center.
  • Ladies or if you are a man that likes heals. DON’T DO IT!! I made this mistake a couple times and by the end of CES my feet were burning due to walking around so much. Try a lower pair wedges or cute flats.
  • If you are press take advantage of the Press Room. It has massive work space, they have multiple plugs to charge your smartphone and free food.
  • DON’T FORGET YOUR CHARGER AND PORTABLE CHARGER! Bring two in fact. The last thing you want to be is that sad person sitting on the floor next to a plug stagnate. I suggest looking into myCharge, EnerPlex, Mophie and Goal Zero.
  • Definitely bring some pens just in case though you will get tons of them while there.
  • Bring a bag to carry all the goodies you get when you visit booths.
  • Anti-Bacterial since you shake so many hands it’s smart to carry one instead of getting the CES Flu (it’s not fun believe me).
  • While packing keep in mind to leave space to take your bag of swag home.
  • Pack some snacks, it’s easy to miss lunch or breakfast.
  • Make sure your hotel is on or near the CES shuttle line or your screwed; you will end up spending more money on taxis and the CES shuttle line is free. The routes and schedule are on the CES site.
  • Bring a tide stickor the shout wipes just in case you miss your mouth and you are a hot mess with food all over your shirt.
  • Band aids for potential blisters from walking or random injuries. Like one year I had a really bad paper cut and I learned quickly no one carries band aids anymore.
  • Baby powder…I know what? It’s for your hair, if you don’t have time to shower for the next event and you have greasy hair this does the trick.
  • Gum or mints especially if you are a close talker or had a meal with onions at lunch.
  • Safety Pins and Travel Sewing Kit, if one of your buttons pops off or you get a small tear in your outfit, it’s better to be prepared.
  • Always have a little bit of cash on you at all times just in case you can’t get on the CES shuttle and need to take a cab or at an event where you should tip the bartenders.
  • Take interchangeable outfits that converts your day look to an evening look

For those interested in going to CES click here for information on travel, tickets, maps, schedule and local transportation. Good luck to all my geeks attending CES 2017 and see you all in Vegas Baby!


Product Review: JETJAT ULTRA Mini Drone

jetjat-collageI 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.

controlAfter 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.

Auto Landing

Crash Landing

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

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Without further ado…

Blooper video of unboxing Mota’s JETJAT ULTRA

 


Hi-Tech Chic's Holiday Gift Guide for Girls to Lady Fashionistas

happy-holidays-hi-tech-chicHappy Holidays to all my Hi-Tech Chic Fashionista young and mature! I wanted to put a holiday gift guide together that mixes technology and fashion products for all ages. I also think this guide is helpful when shopping for different women and girls in your family or network of friends of different ages…and maybe you will find something you want to put on your list to Santa as well!

Below is a mix of fashionable  and cute technology products I have either reviewed, saw demos of them or referred by one of my piers.

Hatchimals are creatures that live inside of eggs until they are hatched it’s a surprise of what is inside. Each egg contains one of two interactive Hatchimals. Hatchimals can’t hatch on their own. Your touch encourages them to peck their way out of the egg! Now you get to raise your furry Hatchimal through 3 stages. Teach yours to walk, dance, play games and more. Apparently these were all the rage at the 2016 Toy Fair. They are currently $69.99 and you can purchase them at Toy’s R Us.

WowWee® CHiP™ the robot dog is a Smartpup that you can interact with using the Smartball, train and game with using the app. CHiP comes with a Smartband which enables CHiP to uniquely recognize owner and a Smartbed that CHiP automatically walks to when it needs to be charged. New this year to CHiP is Guard Mode puts CHiP’s motion sensors on high alert, and walking past CHiP will trigger a reaction. They have also have expanded CHiP to 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. You can purchase it at any major store like best buy or online like amazon for $159.99.

Kidz Gear has volume limit headphones called KidzControl™ and are designed to have the safest listening experience for your child. . They have wired, wireless bluetooth and headphones with a mic included. Headphones based on your personal needs start at $19.99 and you can purchase them here.kidz-g

The JETJAT by Mota is an automatic camera Mini drone with one-touch, live wifi, auto landing and throw-to-fly capabilities. This is the perfect gift for kids that want a drone but never flew one before. It’s small and fits in the palm of your hand so if your kiddo flew it inside the house there would be minimal to no damage at all. I also love that the remote is also the dock for the drone so user don’t lose it. It’s that small! (full product to follow)

The Blink Lite is ACTON’s newest and most advanced electric skateboard to date. Weighing in at just 7.7lbs., it is the World’s Lightest Electric Skateboard. Till December 4th the Blink Lite is available for $199.00 when normally it is $399.00. They also have opened up pre-orders for BLINK QU4TRO, BLINK S2, BLINK S pre-order exclusively on Indiegogo. To find out more about the Blink Lite or would like to purchase one click here.

I have been photographed for the past several years trying on oculus products and I have NEVER looked good or cute, just a big dork grasping at air. I am under the impression not even the hottest person on the planet can look cool in them. Google is trying with their Dream Views that have a lightweight stretch fabric in the color slate that makes it sleeker than the normal plastic. The Dream View from Google is $79.00 and you can purchase it at the google store.vr-google

UGG® Tech Gloves with Shearling Sheepskin Cuff  has touch sensitive technology on all fingers and palm. The back of the gloves are polyester/wool/nylon, the palm is leather with Faux fur lining and the cuffs are made of shearling sheepskin. The UGG® Tech Gloves with Shearling Sheepskin Cuff are currently available at Bloomingdales for $85.00.gloves

QBracelet by Q Designs with iPhone Charger is geometric bangle that doubles as an iPhone charger. Simply open the bangle at the hinge to reveal a lightning connector that can boost your battery life by 50%. I personally want the QBracelet by Q Designs for Christmas especially since regardless of how many portable chargers I have I seem to always forget to bring them with me! Maybe they will send me one to review, wink wink.The QBracelet by Q Designs is available at Bloomingdales for $125.00.cuff-charger

Prynt, Get Instant Photo with The Prynt Case for Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 – Black is a case that snaps onto your phone and your phone instantly becomes a Polaroid camera. Prynt saves a video inside each photo by using the Prynt app to unlock and replay the video. Prynt photos do not require ink cartridges and it comes with ZINK Paper. It is currently $149.99 and you can get it on Amazon by clicking here.

HP also has a similar product that is a little more stylish called the HP Sprocket Photo Printer. It does all the same functions and also uses ZINK Paper. The  HP Sprocket Photo Printer is also less at $129.99 on the HP site.

I hope this helps you all on your quest of finding the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life! Happy Holidays!


Giving Tuesday: How to Get Involved

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Giving Tuesday is a day to give back to your community, charities or city after a weekend of gluttonous shopping. It is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Giving Tuesday Day also reminds us giving back doesn’t have to be monetary; you can also volunteer at a non-profit organization or get involved with local charitable events. In fact there is a lady in my neighborhood that hands out pre-made lunches and waters to the homeless. Any simple act of kindness today that gives back to your community is a great way to celebrate and get involved with #GivingTuesday.

How do I get involved during #GivingTuesday?

The GivingTuesday.com site lets you “search nearby” on the non-profit organizations in your area by City, State, organization type and organization name.  Once you submit that information you will get a nice list of organizations your area you can get involved with or donate to. You can also click the “get involved” tab either as an individual or an organization to learn more on how to get involved with #GivingTuesday today and in the future.happing

Does my company match my donation?’

To check if your company matches your donation and to access the forms, guidelines, and instructions you need to submit your matching gift the Double the Donations site is a great tool to use. The site also has 7 Steps guide for matching gift success on #GivingTuesday.

For more information about #GivingTuesday click here and if you want to find out what #GivingTuesday events are going on click here.

Hope you all enjoy #GivingTuesday!

 


Black Friday 2016 Deals, Apps and Websites

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It’s that time of year again! A time where we all storm the malls and the web to load up on gifts for the holidays.  Since Black Friday is just days away I thought I would give all you brave soles some deals, free apps and websites to check out.

The  https://www.theblackfriday.com/ and https://blackfriday.com/black-friday-2016 sites have a pretty large list of venders and they keep both sites updated. Another site to check out that posts the latest Black Friday Ad leaks plus all the stores hours is https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/shopping/black-friday/.black-cart

Below are 3 apps for Black Friday that can help you get organized before Friday.

Black Friday 2016 – Best Deals offered by dealnews.com, Inc

  • Create A Black Friday Shopping List
  • Access Your Shopping List Online at DealNews.com
  • Know which stores you’ll regret waiting in line for at 3 am in the cold

Best Deals App offered by BuyVia

  • The app helps you find Leaked Black Friday Ads at major stores like Amazon, Best Buy, Dell, Kohls, Target, Walmart and most stores.
  • The Best Deals App offered by BuyVia also analyzes the Black Friday ads to find the short list of REAL Deals just for You.
  • Informing users about Deals, Coupons, local coupons and more. on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.dur-app

Decluttr  App

  • Users can sell CDs DVDs, Games, and more from their smartphone.
  • Decluttr will be offering an extra 10% on all trade-ins starting Thanksgiving at 6 a.m. and ending Cyber Monday at 11:59 p.m.

GOOD LUCK to all those partaking in Black Friday. Happy Holidays!!

 


Product Review: Rowkin's™ New Mini Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 Stereo Earbuds

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.row-penny

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. budsAfter 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.

The Mini Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 Stereo Earbuds are roughly $110.00 and can be bought on amazon.com by clicking here.  It’s a great gift for the holidays for the avid athlete or constantly on the go.


2016 Presidential Election Day Freebies and Sales for Voters

votedIt’s the day all of us Americans have waited for, it’s Election Day! Though Trmp and Clinton’s campaigns have both been entertaining and controversial I think we are all ready to find out who our next President will be.

As a distraction from various news outlets about the election why not benefit from Election Day with these freebies and discounts from companies across the nation. FYI, word on the streets is the Krispy Kreme line is longer than usual.

Happy Election Day and hope you all get to enjoy all the freebies in your area while we wait to see who our next President will be!

Information from: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/11/election_day_2016_freebies_and.html and various news sites.

 

 


Aisha Tyler Announced as CES Brand Ambassador

aisha-cesAs the holidays are creeping up on us so is the CES show in January 2017.  CES is an annual convention in Las Vegas that showcases the latest and greatest consumer technology. Every year I say this is my last CES and every year like clock work I end up attending CES. CES wouldn’t be so bad if there was less distances between events but it’s Vegas baby! What do you expect?

It was recently announced that Aisha Tyler will be the CES 2017 Brand Ambassador. I think it’s fantastic to have a female brand ambassador at CES which until recently was the good ol’ boys club. I’m not sure yet where she will be during the entire show; on the show floor or private briefings and events. As soon as I do know I will post on Cutegeek.com, Hi-TechChic.com and Twitter (@nrpena, @cutetgeek, @hitechchic)

Below are the important dates for CES and the official press release. To register for CES click here.

  • October 19, 2016 – Conference registration opened
  • Through December 20, 2016 – $100 registration fee
  • December 20, 2016 –  No refunds or cancellations after this date
  • December 21, 2016 through January 8, 2017 – $300 registration fee

Press Release:

Los Angeles, CA – The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ announced that actor, director, author and comedian Aisha Tyler will be the CES® Ambassador for 2017.

Aisha Tyler defines the term multi-hyphenate, by working simultaneously in multiple media formats. She is host of CBS’ Emmy-winning The Talk, a series regular on CBS’s Criminal Minds, the voice of superspy Lana Kane in FX’s Emmy-winning Archer and host the CW’s comedy improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” An avid gamer and tech enthusiast, Tyler is a one-woman content machine, in engineering, hosting, conforming and editing her award-winning podcast, Girl on Guy, and also in directing, producing, shooting, and editing multiple short films, music videos, comedy specials, and recently, her first feature film.

“I can’t think of a more perfect ambassador for CES than Aisha Tyler,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate business strategy, Consumer Technology Association. “Aisha has torn down barriers for women and diversity in technology, effortlessly integrated and encouraged the use of tech in everyday  life and redefined what it means to be a ‘gamer.’ CES encompasses every aspect of tech and Aisha is a superb example of how innovative technologies can be positive influences in our lives.”

Aisha’s podcast was chosen by iTunes as a best new comedy podcast of 2011 and has more than 17 million downloads to date. She produces and engineers the podcast with nothing more than two microphones, an iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

“As a podcaster, author, producer and filmmaker, I can attest to how technology has not only made my life better, but more creatively robust, dynamic and productive in every way,” said Tyler. “I recently directed my first feature film in just seven days on a microbudget, and technology played into every aspect of completing that creative mission effectively. Technological innovation is my artistic secret weapon. I am incredibly honored to be the CES ambassador for 2017.”

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*Information gathered from the CES site.

No Uber or Lyft in Your City? Try the Fasten App Instead!

fastenThere’s an old saying “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye” which sums up the Uber and Lyft situation that happened in Austin, Texas over the summer. I’m an Austin native and I can attest that the traffic situation in Austin is ridiculous. I have witnessed road rage, people constantly flipping the bird and people laying on the horn in rush hour traffic.  I’ve also seen allot of drunk driving coming from a night out on the infamous 6th street.

When Uber and Lyft came to Austin it was heaven sent; less people on the road and less drunk drivers. It was like it happened overnight; instantly most people in the city either had the Uber or Lyft app. This summer our glorious days of using Uber or Lyft were no longer. Austin passed a new law requiring that ridesharing drivers MUST be fingerprinted as part of their background check. Unfortunately because of this new law Uber and Lyft pulled out of Austin. They argue that fingerprint background checks present an unnecessary regulatory and operational burden. fasten-screen

As all of us ride sharing customers frantically looked for another ride hailing app the former Uber and Lyft drivers were also looking for a new ride sharing company to work for. I tried a few other ride sharing apps and wasn’t happy with my options till I installed the fasten app. It pretty much works like the Uber or Lyft app showing the live map of where your ride is after you requested a ride. It also shows your fair in real time and alerts you of bad weather or traffic. I have found now using the fasten app for a couple months there is a lot of former Uber or Lyft drivers now work at fasten.

The fasten app is very simple to use once you download it and set up your profile it’s smooth sailing and just a swipe away from ordering your ride. The app is free and my experiences with fasten have all been VERY pleasant. I suggest trying the fasten app out and see if you like it as an alternative for Uber and Lyft.

 


TONIGHT: Chandon & McLaren Formula 1 Cocktails with Jenson Button

Tonight I will be attending the Chandon and McLaren’s Enjoy the SPARK with Jenson Button event in Austin, Texas as we gear up for the 3- Day Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix. The event is in celebration of the newly formed partnership between Chandon and McLaren.

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For the celebration Chandon has created two original SPARK cocktails inspired by drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. An original and elegant drink, the SPARK by Jenson is the newest twist to the classic English cocktail Gin & Tonic. Inspired by his Spanish Origins, the SPARK by Fernando blends spice taste profiles featuring pepper paired with grapefruit flavors. Below are the recipes and directions for The SPARK by Jenson and The SPARK by Fernando.

spark-jThe SPARK by Jenson Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes
  • 0.68 oz. dry gin
  • 0.17 oz. lime
  • 1 tsp. vanilla sugar
  • 4.06 oz. Chandon Brut
  • Twisted lemon peel

Directions: In a Burgundy glass filled with ice, pour the gin, add lime juice and sugar. Mix lightly and fill with Chandon Brut. Twist the lemon peel and flame it over the glass using a blowtorch.

spark-aThe SPARK by Fernando Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes to chill
  • 0.33 oz. pink pepper berried syrup
  • 1.35 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 2.03 oz. Chandon Brut
  • 1 chili pepper

Directions: Chill the pink pepper syrup and the grapefruit juice in the mixing glass. Strain the mixture to a flute glass and then add Chandon Brut. Garnish with chili pepper.

Chandon is one of my favorite wineries in Napa Valley to visit when I lived in the Bay Area. I love their wine so much I probably went there more than twice a year when I lived near there. I’m excited to try the cocktails inspired by drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso attend the Q&A panel and also the meet and greet portion of the event.

This should be tons of fun or DANGEROUS since Chandon’s sparkiling and still wines are some of my favorites. I will be tweeting @nrpena, @cutegeek, and @hitechchic using #EnjoytheSpark plus post video’s I can catch on my youtube.

I will also be attending today or in the next few days the Bose “F1 Garage Experience” in Austin per my previous post and will post on the above channels as well.

My first Formula 1 experience is starting off awesome (even though I’m not going to any of the races as of yet). Stay tuned for my recaps of both!


New Technology: 3-D Mammography Helping to Detect Breast Cancer

breast-cancer-ribbonIt seems like every day there is a new 3-D product out and it doesn’t stop at just consumer products but also in the medical field. Recently I learned about the 3-D mammography and how it’s the newest technology to help detect breast cancer faster than the 2-D mammograms plus reduces the number of false positives.

The 3-D mammography recently came to market and not all OBGYN’s have this capability in fact only 50% of the facilities in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium within the United States offer it. Currently many patients are not aware of this new technology. For those who have not been informed or not aware the 3-D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or X-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3-D picture of the breast. You may also hear it called breast tomosynthesis.*

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It’s different from traditional mammography in that traditional mammography obtains just a single image. The breast is positioned the same way it is in a conventional mammogram, but only a little pressure is applied — just enough to keep the breast in a stable position during the procedure. The X-ray tube moves in an arc around the breast while 11 images are taken during a 7-second examination. Then the information is sent to a computer, where it is assembled to produce clear, highly focused 3-dimensional images throughout the breast.**

There are still many studies out to prove this will be the new way everyone within the United States will be screened using 3-D mammography but it seems very promising. For more information on 3-D mammography click here.

Don’t forget to do a breast check monthly and contact your doctor immediately if there is something abnormal. Remember though October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month that your contributions are needed throughout the year so they can find a cure.

Below are a few great sites where you can donate to help end Breast Cancer:

  • Breastcancer.org– “Every $1 we raise helps 3 women get the care they need now to make the best decisions to protect their precious lives.”
  • Susan G. Koman– “80 cents of every dollar spent by Susan G. Komen supports mission programs and services.”
  • NationalBreastCancer.Org– “Your donation will make sure that every woman who needs a mammogram receives one through our National Mammography Program.”

Thank you to all who have contributed during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the year! Let’s be the generation that ends Breast Cancer!

*Per MDAnderson.org

**Per Breastcancer.org

 


White House Press Call to Preview the President's Town Hall in Greensboro, North Carolina, the 1Million Project and My Brother’s Keeper Initiatives

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Today I had the great privilege to join the White House Conference and the Sprint Foundation had an On-The-Record Press call to preview the President Obama’s Town Hall in Greensboro, North Carolina. The call also included new public and private sector commitments in support of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and the 1Million Project initiative. The calls main speakers were Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President and Chair of My Brother’s Keeper, Marcelo Claure, CEO of Sprint, Art Peck, CEO of Gap, Inc., and Wendell Davis, and MBK Durham.

After previewing the President’s Town Hall in Greensboro, North Carolina they discussed My Brother’s Keeper initiative and the 1Million Project initiative. The 1Million Project is the largest corporate initiative in U.S. history to bridge the digital divide and help close the “Homework Gap” for students lacking home internet access. My Brother’s Keeper is a public-private partnership of the United States Federal Government to promote intervention by civic leaders in the lives of young men of color to address their unique challenges and to promote racial justice.

I felt very lucky to be included in this discussion learning about My Brother’s Keeper initiative and the 1Million Project initiative. It is great to hear all the initiatives and programs for underprivileged children, low income homes and for boys and young men of color.

Below is the official press release from The Sprint foundation and the White House:
GREENSBORO, N.C. – October 11, 2016 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and the Sprint Foundation will help change the lives of 1 million high school students by giving them opportunities to reach their full potential. The 1Million Project is a multiyear initiative to offer free mobile devices and free high-speed wireless internet connectivity to 1 million low-income, U.S. high school students lacking a reliable source of internet access at home.

The expansive new program will help eliminate the “Homework Gap” that puts low-income students at a major disadvantage because they don’t have ready access to the internet needed for completing homework, communicating with teachers, or applying for jobs, scholarships or college.
“Education is the foundation for our society to prosper, and the internet is an incredibly powerful tool for learning. But it’s a huge problem in America that we have 5 million households with children that lack internet connections. Those kids have a huge disadvantage and we are failing them. All of us at Sprint are committed to changing this by providing 1 million students in need with free devices and free wireless connections.”

Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO

Pew Research Center reports that 5 million U.S. families with school-aged children do not have broadband access at home. Low-income homes with children are four times more likely to be without broadband than middle- or upper-income households. Their chances for success are significantly reduced because at least 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires web access, based on a report by the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Task Force. Nearly two-thirds of students used the internet at home to complete their homework and school-related activities. The digital divide also is an obstacle to parent engagement. Many schools use online grading systems, requiring parents to rely on the internet for staying informed of their child’s academic progress.

Sprint will work with non-profit agencies including EveryoneOn and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance which will help to recruit community organizations – schools, libraries, public-housing authorities, and non-profits. These program members will execute locally, deliver the devices, and activate the mobile internet service that participating students will be able to access virtually whenever and wherever they need it (while on the Sprint network) for up to four years in high school.

Sprint and the Sprint Foundation also will work closely with these program members to determine the best device solution for local students. Each student may receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop or hotspot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month. Unlimited data is available at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3GB in a month. Those who receive a smartphone can use it as a hotspot and for unlimited domestic calls and texts while on the Sprint network.

The 1Million Project will help create opportunities for these high school students to participate in the digital world and transform their lives. Sprint was inspired by President Obama’s ConnectED and My Brother’s Keeper initiatives, and, with the 1Million Project, is building on its experience with those initiatives to accelerate solutions to address this problem. ConnectED is a public and private sector effort to get technology into classrooms. In 2014, Sprint announced a commitment to provide wireless broadband to 50,000 K-12 students in low-income school districts. Claure serves on the board of directors for My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a non-profit organization whose vision is to make the American Dream available to all boys and young men of color.

“We’re excited that Sprint has committed to provide 1 million disadvantaged high school students with four years of free devices and connectivity. This will make a huge difference in their lives, and will help support the President’s ConnectED and My Brother’s Keeper Initiatives.”

Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council, The White House

“Through our participation in ConnectED, we heard loud and clear that students need devices and internet access to complete their homework. Sprint’s 1Million Project is an end-to-end solution that enables 1 million low-income youth to keep learning after they leave the classroom.”

Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO

Claure is a member of the 2016 class of the Henry Crown Fellowship program, which focuses on developing the next generation of community-spirited leaders. Each participant drives a leadership venture that puts the Fellowship’s principles into action. The 1Million Project is consistent with these principles.

Sprint also recognizes its role and responsibility to give back to communities. Doing good is also good business and Sprint has designed the 1Million Project to minimize cost to the company and maximize value to students in need. As a result, the overall cost to Sprint is not substantial.

To support the 1Million Project, Sprint and the Sprint Foundation will receive donations from device manufacturers and raise funds through special events, donation drives and other activities. This plan engages its strong and passionate employee and customer base and thousands of company-owned, dealer and national retail partner stores across the country.

“The 1Million Project is a powerful example of the role that business must play in society today to address our most pressing problems. Increasingly, people are seeking to do business with companies committed to creating social, as well as shareholder value. Brands that create social value by making a meaningful difference in people’s lives are in a stronger position to attract new customers, recruit and retain better employees, and build stronger ties to their communities.”

Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO

Beginning in January 2017, Sprint, in conjunction with the Sprint Foundation, will pilot the program in seven to 10 markets. The pilots across several markets and community partners will provide a better understanding of the varying needs of students and the resources they require to be successful. The program can be refined before a nationwide rollout planned for the start of the 2017-18 school year.

“The nation’s tremendous progress in connecting America’s schools to the internet is transforming teaching and learning every day in classrooms around the country. Sprint’s 1Million Project will extend the promise of digital learning beyond the classroom at an unprecedented scale – helping deliver on America’s promise to provide equal access to educational opportunity for all students.”

Evan Marwell, Founder & CEO, EducationSuperHighway

As part of the comprehensive program, www.sprint.com/1millionproject will feature details, updates and additional information for those who want to get involved. U.S. schools and community organizations interested in learning more about the program or participating in the pilot should apply online. The company will also share 1Million Project news on Sprint’s social media channels using the hashtag #1MillionProject.

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) is proud to be a partner on Sprint’s 1Million Project to provide students essential tools for 21st century success. As MBK Alliance works to expand pathways to success for boys and young men of color, we applaud Sprint and MBK Alliance Board Member Marcelo Claure for leading the way and filling critical gaps for our nation’s youth. The 1Million Project will not only unlock latent talent and potential in one million young people, but will also serve as a model of innovative private sector support for the next generation – our nation’s future leaders, employees, and consumers. MBK Alliance commends Sprint for this demonstration of our shared belief that “doing good is good business” and are thrilled to be a partner in bringing this initiative to life in 2017.”

Blair Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

“Since 2012, EveryoneOn has connected, with the help of public and private stakeholders, more than 300,000 people in United States to low-cost home Internet service, devices, and digital literacy training. We believe that Sprint’s 1Million Project is a worthy step forward in support of our mission to end the digital divide and that efforts like this are an important down payment for digital inclusion for youth and their families. In short, we believe that all people in America should be afforded the opportunity that the Internet brings, not just those that can afford it.”

Chike Aguh, Chief Executive Officer, EveryoneOn

“SETDA commends Sprint Corporation for this generous effort to help close the digital divide. As content shifts from print to digital, and students prepare for college and careers in the digital age, seamless internet access both in and outside of school is no longer a perk – it is a necessity, Students must be able to rely on access, particularly at home to leverage digital resources, create content and connect with teachers and their peers.”

Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

“The Kansas City Public Library is excited to endorse the new Sprint program to offer free data, email, and text to disadvantaged students in our community. We intend to be a participant and sponsor of the program and look to expand its reach in partnership with the Kansas City School District and the City of Kansas City. We are proud of our hometown company Sprint for producing a program that could become a model nationwide for closing the homework gap.”

Crosby Kemper III, Director, Kansas City Public Library

“Sprint has been an excellent partner to Community High School District 99 in closing the homework gap caused by lack of Internet access at home. Last year we closed the device gap with a 1:1 program and this year Sprint and the ConnectEd program have allowed us to ensure that 100% of our students have an option for access to Internet when away from school. Assuring that students have a connected device allows us the certainty that every student has access to the world’s information and creates an equal foundation of resources. Guaranteeing access to today’s basic tools for communication, collaboration, and creativity creates opportunities by opening pathways to possibilities.”

Dr. Hank Thiele, Superintendent, Community High School District 99, Chicago, Illinois

 

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*Information, Videos, and quotes provided by The Sprint Foundation, Sprint, and the White House.

Texas's First All-Women Honor Flight departs Austin Friday!!!

city-of-austinI come from a long line of family members who have served our country in War across the seas to those working at the Pentagon. I am thrilled to post this latest news in honor of women who have supported war efforts during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The flight will take place on the 7th of October at Austin Bergstrom and will fly to Washington to visit memorials. The flight will return back to Austin and there will be a Welcome Home Greeting upon their arrival.

Below is the official Press Release and more information about this legendary moment in women who served our country!

AUSTIN, Texas – On Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, Honor Flight Austin is taking the first Texas, all-women veterans’ flight to visit memorials in Washington, DC. This flight will feature women who proudly served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. This is Honor Flight No. 38 and the eighth this year.

The veterans are scheduled to arrive in ticketing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) around 10 a.m. The veterans, guardians and staff will assemble for a procession, scheduled to take place from Gate 5 to Gate 12 around 11:10 a.m. The procession will be led by the TSA Honor Guard and Austin Police Department Bag Pipes and Drum Corps.

Honor Flight Austin will depart Austin-Bergstrom at 12:45 p.m., arriving at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) at 4:55 p.m. The veterans will return Saturday, Oct. 8, departing from Reagan at 3:50 p.m. and arriving at AUS at 6:25 p.m., all times local.

Join Honor Flight for a welcome home greeting on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. upstairs in west ticketing. The veterans are scheduled to arrive at 6:25 p.m.

The flight is operated by Southwest Airlines. The Hilton Austin Airport is also a corporate sponsor of Honor Flight Austin. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to veterans courtesy of ThunderCloud Subs. Trips on Honor Flight are made possible at no cost to the veterans through donations.

Honor Flight Austin is a non-profit organization created to honor veterans by transporting them to visit and reflect at their war memorials. Honor Flight Austin serves veterans residing within Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis and Williamson Counties. To support Honor Flight Austin or to learn more go to www.honorflightaustin.org.

The airport of choice for Central Texas is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Austin-Bergstrom extends a thank you to its airport partners and its 11.9 million passengers in 2015. Find all nonstop routes with the free interactive flight guide on www.abia.org. Connect with us on Twitter, @AUStinAirport, and Facebook, www.facebook.com/abia.

 


Product Review: JayBird FREEDOM Wireless Earbuds

 

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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.jay

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.jayb2

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. jayb

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.

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For your viewing pleasure here is the product review video:

To learn more about the smallest wireless buds or purchase the JayBird Wireless Buds click here. Cheers to all my music fans and keep rockin’ with JayBird Wireless Buds!

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!


New to 2017 we will be rolling out a “FEATURED” program for specific technology and entertainment events exclusively at CES, SXSW, SV Comic Con, E3 and many more in 2017.

During each technology or lifestyles conference Hi-Tech Chic will run exclusive “FEATURED” articles during each separate event for those companies interested in featuring their article.

If you would like to learn more about our “FEATURED” program or would like to contribute please contact us at news@hi-techchic.com.