Movember 2017: How You Can Participate or Contribute

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 →

Sleep Score Lab’s #DeadTired Contest 2017

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 →

Food Network and Facebook’s Chat Extensions Update at F8 Conference 2017

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 →

Bi-Annual Spa Week from Spaweek.com starting on April 17, 2017

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?

If you are interested in participating in Spa Week it takes only 4 steps. Continue Reading →

Bose virtual “F1 Garage Experience” and Fan Fest with Facebook

bose1stThough 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.bose-car-picWhile 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.

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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.fb-fanfest

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!

Note from Founder: Hi-tech chic is officially launched!

NIna profileWelcome 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 nina@hi-techchic.com, @HiTechchic, on Facebook or on our “contact” page. Also follow us on twitter and Facebook for up to date posts or news.

Thank you for visiting Hi-tech chic!

Nina Ricci Pena, Founder and Head Writer of Hi-tech chic

Win Tickets to See Vivienne Tam at New York Fashion Week!

Viv TamI love fall and I absolutely love NYC fashion week. I sadly have only been once but have high goals of going next year and maybe with an entourage of Hi-Tech Chic writers and not just me!

This year Vivienne Tam per New York Fashion Week Live Vivienne Tam is giving one lucky winner (and a guest) tickets to her #SS16 #NYFW show on September 14th!

To enter, simply follow Vivienne Tam on Instagram (/viviennetam) and upload a photo of your favorite Vivienne Tam outfit with hashtag #VTNYFW.

Deadline to enter is 11:59PM EST September 7th. Winner will be chosen based on a combination of factors, including the quality and creativity of the photo (and caption) and the photo’s popularity (likes, comments, etc.)! Extra points to those who share this post on FB!*

To read more of the article on New York Fashion Week Live  and Vivienne Tam contest click here.

Good Luck to all that enter the contest!

*These are all direct quotes from the New York Fashion Week Live article

Review: Chic Sketch App

Chich Sketch sketch picMany people have asked where I got the sketches for the logo on Hi-Tech Chic. Well it’s not brain surgery to start. It’s a new awesome app called Chic Sketch that transforms a picture of yourself into a sleek and fashionable sketch. Emily Brickel, illustrator, is the talent behind the sketches for Chic Sketch as she creates a photo you submit into a beautiful sketch. cs starting

How do I get started you ask? First you need to download the app either from Google Play or the Apple Store and once installed you will see the little icon on your screen. Next log in using your facebook or instagram account and it will take you to the first page named “Public Gallery.” On this page you will see previous sketches that have been done and a little camera icon on the bottom.

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