Apps for cross-posting stories for social media continues to expand throughout several different platforms at a rapid rate. According to TechCrunch the newest app to be tested is the WhatsApp that Instagram is working on where Instagram users can post stories directly to the app. The WhatsApp is a free app that offers simple, secure, reliable messaging and calling, available on phones globally. Continue Reading →
In the United States, the last couple months have been plagued with scandals in the government and the workplace. There have been so many strong women stepping out and saying “me too” involving abuse or harassment. These brave women pave the way for our youth to be strong and stick up for themselves because we are ALL created equal.
If you look at 2017 year in rewind for women this is what was accomplished: Continue Reading →
The Movember Foundation, to date, is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. The foundation’s goal is addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men that include prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. The Movember Foundation works for men on how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. Since the foundation is independent of government funding they invest quicker in what works versus dealing with government politics. The Movember Foundation for the past 13 years has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. One of their main goals is by 2030 to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. Continue Reading →
What are some of the funniest things you or someone you know have done while sleep deprived? I know I have done some pretty ridiculous things when I am dead tired especially when I was in college and working full time. Continue Reading →
This week during Facebook’s F8 Developers conference they released the new Chat Extensions feature for the Facebook Messenger platform. This is great news for the Food Network and foodies alike! Now users will be able to use the Food Network bot to integrate recipes suggestions, inspiration, and meal planning into their everyday Messenger conversations with family and friends. This means no more back and forth texting on what to bring to a potluck with a group of friends or family for instance. Continue Reading →
The annual Facebook Developers Conference, F8, was April 18th and the 19th in San Jose, CA. I rarely attend developers conferences since that is not my expertise but I always love reading the recaps. It always amazes me how many clever and innovative ideas, platforms, updates and new features that are either being developed or about to be launched for Facebook.
Since I was not there this year I don’t have a first person recap of the event but I have something better, a direct recap from Facebook by Yuji Higaki. Below is his recap for day one of F8 and I strongly suggest (if you’re interested) to watch some of their sessions as well. Continue Reading →
Lately there has been some buzz about delegate account recovery yet not many people know what it is and how it will impact your daily login to various sites. I started researching “delegate account recovery” and found Facebook not only has a great definition plus overview of it they also have an outlook of what they hope the future holds for passwords. Continue Reading →
Spa week from SpaWeek.com is a bi-annual event every April and October. During Spa Week hundreds of spa and wellness locations across North America provide two to three full-service spa treatments for just $50 each. I have participate almost every event, who doesn’t need to be pampered for only $50.00?
Though all the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix racing fun was at the Circuit of the Americas, they also had several other events in downtown Austin, Texas as part of the F1 weekend. I attended 2 of the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix events over the weekend, the Bose virtual “F1 Garage Experience” and Fan Fest.
The first event I attended was the Bose virtual “F1 Garage Experience” in downtown Austin, Texas. The experience starts with putting on the new Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones and going into a dark room which was the size of a one car garage. Once it starts you are transported into the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Garage. Before they start virtually working on the car to be raced the walls and floor light up with a timer, different 3D patterns of the race tracks and other images, and foot prints on the floor walking around the car that you are supposed to step on.While wearing the new Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones you can listen in on mechanics talking and also when they begin working on the car. Soon after hearing the mechanics chatting the floor lights with an outline of a race car and you can hear them beginning to work on the car. At the end the car is ready to hit the tracks and the experience was over. Before I left I also took a few pictures of items on display and this car. All in all is was an awesome experience and I am now a HUGE fan of the Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones.
The following day I went to F1’s Fan Fest in downtown Austin where they closed off 3 blocks on the infamous 6th street for F1 fanatical who aren’t at the races. Fan Fest had live music, car displays, photos, exhibits and the activation booth from Facebook plus Bud Light, Topo Chico, Perky Jerky, and Advance Auto Parts booths.
Besides taking pictures and listening to live bands performing on different roof tops of bars I also checked out Facebook‘s VR Glass Room. I have tried the Oculus Rift many times for VR gaming demos but not for a VR experience of being in another country or in outer space. While waiting in a short line I was asked to take a picture wearing the Facebook branded Gear VR headset. I am convinced no one can look good wearing those. Even the most beautiful woman in the world would look silly wearing a VR headset.
While in line I started talking to the Facebook’s staff members to get the skinny before going in. The Facebook staff informed me the demo was using Gear VR hardware powered by a smartphone for the visuals and audio. That perked my curiosity and made me excited to have this new experience! When I entered the Facebook VR Glass Room I was quickly outfitted with a pair of Facebook’s implementation of Gear VR goggles and geared up for my 2 minute demo. Once it started, I started having the VR experience of being in different lands and outer space. It was amazing since everywhere you would turn (up, down, left right and behind you) it was as if you were really there.
One of the Asian countries featured in the experience had you on boat (or canoe) and when you would turn behind you there is a person in the boat with you that seemed very real, somewhat spooked me out a tad. I do have to say that since I’ve experienced gaming demos on the higher-end Oculus Rift, the Gear VR’s graphics were not as crisp as I would prefer or have experienced in the past. Regardless the Facebook VR experience was amazing and got me excited to see what the future will hold for VR and Oculus.
I hope all that attended Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix had an amazing time in my hometown Austin, Texas and enjoyed our fabulous BBQ plus all the live music. As this was my first time covering the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix and events I had a blast! Till next year Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix fans!
Welcome to Hi-tech chic, a project I have been working on for a while. Hi-tech chic is a site that combines tech and fashion together in one place. The site will feature product reviews, press releases on up and coming consumer products, news, recaps of industry events and eventually gift guides (just in time for the holidays).
I am happy to announce as of today there are no pages under construction!!! Hi-tech chic is up and running, we even have ads! It still has minor tweaks since Hi-tech chic is new but for the most part the site is complete.
The last piece of the puzzle was the collage of pictures on the “about” page which was completed late last night. I went through over 1,000 pictures I took in the 6 years of writing for tech to make the perfect collage. I hope it shows not only do I have fun but that I have a long history of writing, reviewing random products in tech and attending industry events.
My writing style for Hi-tech chic will be no different than cutegeek but includes a broader audience with adding fashion to the mix. I also have high hopes of building a team of geek fashionistas that would like to contribute and write for us as we continue to grow.
I would love for you all to take a tour of the site and let me know what you think. What we could improve on or what you like about it. You can send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org, @HiTechchic, on Facebook or on our “contact” page. Also follow us on twitter and Facebook for up to date posts or news.
Thank you for visiting Hi-tech chic!
Nina Ricci Pena, Founder and Head Writer of Hi-tech chic