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Self-Defense Products for the Cutegeek

by on October 20th, 2014

A couple weeIzonks ago I was walking home at night; after telling a bum I have no money I began to be followed home. As I realized the situation I began to do my “cops with dogs” run home and quickly bolted the door. Though I moved to Austin vs. DT San Francisco I need to be aware of my surroundings; crime happens everywhere.

After that scare I went on an iPhone app and amazon.com shopping spree of self-defense items and found a few items every lady should have. I also looked into video surveillance and realized I had it right in my back pocket…the izone 2.0 I was sent to review for the examiner!Send help

The izone WiFi camera features noise + motion alerts, mobile app controlled, free izon video playbacks, and secure real time video. It has a magnetic stand but also mountable so I now have the marvelous idea to mount it over my door to heighten security but one problem remains…the power cord (this is still out for debate)! I do absolutely love being able to view the real time video on my phone before knowing who is on the other side of the door.

There are two iPhone apps that I find mandatory for any lady for self-defense; My Panic Alarm and SEND HELP. With My Panic Alarm the user taps the alarm button and the iPhone will sound the alarm and also flashes colors on the iPhone screen to grab the attention of others. When using the SEND HELP app a user has one large button on their iPhone that send emergency SMS and emails during an emergency. Guard Dog

I bought a lip stick stun gun while I lived in San Francisco since I lived in an interesting neighborhood but in the move it got lost. In my amazon shopping spree frenzy I found the Guard Dog Security Electra Concealed Lipstick Stun Gun with 100-Lumen Flashlight in pink! The 100-Lumen flashlight is used to detour the attacker before utilizing the stun gun and also visible from yards away. There is no visible stun probes and the crackling sound of the Electra stun gun is very apparent to scare the attacker further. This product is available here for $24.17; I get my new one tomorrow!!

Though one would think a stun gun is enough to protect yourself there is always the chance of it being taken away from you by the attacker or you drop it. I recommend in your second hand carrying the one of the below items:Pepper

The Sabre Red compact police strength pepper spray is in a pink case (in honor of breast cancer awareness month) with the quick release key ring. The Sabre Red Pepper Spray has the max protection at 25 bursts or 10 x one second bursts. When buying this product you are also supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation; as of this year they have donated over 1 million in the fight. The Sabre Red Pepper Spray is currently available for $9.99 on amazon. Kitty guard

The Pink Metal Cat Personal Protection Self Defense Keychain Keyring is a ladies take on brass knuckles but for our personal protection (not to fight). This is perfect to have if you have a long walk in a parking lot or in general at night. There are plastic ones on the market but this metal one is legit. It’s on sale right now on amazon for $2.99.

If you don’t have an iPhone and want a personal siren/ alarm the SABRE Personal Alarm in Pink (in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation) is a 110 dB dual siren alarm which can be heard up to 300 feet – 100 meters. It’s the size of a memory stick and also a key chain for easy access to the alarm. The Sabre personal alarm in pink is available here and priced at $9.50 (don’t forget buying this product supports breast cancer).alarm

I know some of this may be over the top and I wouldn’t recommend going as over the top as I did but you never know when you may need one of these. Self-awareness is so important when you are alone especially at night and even in the safest neighborhoods. I use to wear my earbuds and listen to music at the loudest possible volume but now I keep the volume low so I can hear my surro undings. To all my cutegeeks I hope this makes you aware and also helps you find your own personal self-defense device or app.

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Can You Picture the New Face of Innovation?

by on October 5th, 2014

Latinas Think BigOver 300 can, and they came together or joined a national conversation via social media to talk about it last week.

On Friday, October 3rd, Google hosted an event at their headquarters called the Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit – a day jam packed with workshops and panels all tailored around the current and future state of Latinas in STEM. It was a bold move for Google, but also a very strategic one considering their recent backlash regarding their lack of diversity. This comes less than one month after announcing a 200k donation to Black Girls Code – in hopes of increasing their diverse pipeline of underrepresented girls. The biggest announcement, or news to me, came from Google with their new domain – .soy – which means “I am” in Spanish. Not sure how long that had been out for – but its a first for me.
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Event: Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit at Google

by on October 2nd, 2014

Latinas Think Big 2Tune in tomorrow to watch an extraordinary event – the first in history – that examines the role of Latinas in STEM.  While registration is closed for the event, you can tune in live and still watch.

Here is the description of the event – taken from their website:

“The Latinas Think Big™ Innovation Summit, hosted at Google’s campus in Silicon Valley, sparks a national dialogue on the current state and future of Latinas in STEM careers, with an emphasis on technology and innovation.  This full-day event convenes a group of talented Latina innovators — along with a carefully vetted group of innovative  leaders, tech entrepreneurs and influencers — to connect, learn and elevate the conversation on  Latina innovation.  The Summit will educate, empower and engage its audience with plenary and breakout-sessions, keynote speakers, and high-caliber networking opportunities.

This exciting event culminates with the Latinas Think Big™ showcase and a Cocktail Evening Reception with live music.
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Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport

by on October 2nd, 2014

photo 2 photo 1I received the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport and immediately I fell in love with this product. I’m an iPhone girl and always recommended others to get an iPhone because of its ease of use…till I had my first Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport experience.

When I unboxed the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport I was excited to see they sent me the Ruby color of the phone. As soon as I turned it on I was impressed. I love my iPhone 5s but the 5.1” full HD display on the Galaxy and the keyboard swipe are awesome.photo 5

I immediately began downloading Apps and customizing it with my Google, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. Next I explored all the sports Apps especially S Health. While utilizing the S Health app the one feature I used almost daily is the heart rate monitor. It’s a pretty cool feature but if your finger isn’t in the right place you don’t get a read of your heart rate. Galaxy S5’s pedometer and S Health also keeps track of your condition, walking distance, calories, speed, and duration.

Another App that I was impressed was already loaded was the POLARIS Office 5 suite, which on an iPhone you have to pay $12.99 for. Recently I have been doing heavy slide work and use excel spreadsheets daily; I wish my iPhone had POLARIS Office 5. This app is also very handy for those like me that work remote or travel a lot.

The Galaxy S5 Sport has an IP67 certification which makes it resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust. It also reminds you if the charging port cover is open on the phone-vital for it to be resistant. I’m accident prone so this feature to me was the best! I’ve spilt an adult beverage on my iPhone and it hasn’t been the same since.

The Main/ Rear camera boasts a 16MP resolution while the front facing camera is 2.0MP (1920 x 1080, Wide-angle lens) and features HDR (Rich tone), Fast Auto Focus, and Selective Focus capabilities. I played around with the different camera features and made a video of my dog Chloe playing with her food. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bMxNnvvWTI&list=UUuPlFtg94QIA-fFVWXLP-kA photo 3

There were two overly active alerts in my opinion: airplane mode and volume levels when plugging in headphones- I know I listen to music a tad loud but the alerts were just a tad unnecessary.

Similar to past Galaxy smart phones I’ve read about, the battery life is not like the iPhone. I can go two days without charging my iPhone but with the Galaxy if I don’t charge it nightly it’s dead. It does have the Ultra Power Saving Mode to save and extend your battery life, however I was confused on when it changes your screen to black and white and shuts down all apps and features. This may also be because I’m a Galaxy virgin.

All in all my Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport experience was great. After using an iPhone for 3 years I would consider migrating to a Galaxy S5 Sport. It was fun learning a new OS, learning about Apps and features that my little iPhone lacks. I am really sad I have to send it back but such is life!

The Galaxy S5 Sport is available through Sprint for $199.99 with a 2-yr service agreement. If you are over your iPhone I suggest trying out the Galaxy S5 Sport- you won’t be let down!

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Press Release: Coca-Cola Red Shine Star Spangled Set

by on June 30th, 2014

Coca ColaSparkle this holiday with the Shine Star Spangled Set. Get a Coca-Cola Red Shine, available for the first time today on their site. It comes with a black sportband and clasp, the NEW White Sport Band, and a Navy Misfit Classic Tee—all for $119.99. Declare your independence in style with the new Coca-Cola Red Shine Star Spangled Set.

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Contest extended: World Cup Mice from Logitech

by on June 30th, 2014

Logitech-Wireless-Mouse-M325_1G-o-a-l! My kind friends at Logitech gave me 2 Wireless Mouse M317 that is World Cup themed to give out to some cutegeek and examiner fans! Logitech continues to be such reliable peripheral solutions and these World Cup mice are the cutest.

The 2 Logitech Wireless M317 that is World Cup themed in my possession are Brazil and USA! Starting Tuesday July 1st till my b-day on the 2nd I’ll be running this contest.

Here’s how to get one of these awesome mice:

Follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/nrpena

Include the following in your post:




and lastly # who is your favorite player on Team USA or Brazil.

Retweeting this post gives you bonus points. I’ll announce the winners on my b-day on Wednesday 7/2.


Starts 8am PDT July 1st

18 or over

Must be able to receive USPS ground delivery

Must be located in the US- I love my overseas fans but I can’t afford the shipping cost!

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E3 Recap

by on June 30th, 2014

photo 1I  had the great opportunity to attend E3 for Cutegeek and Examiner.com…and STILL haven’t quite gotten my hearing back. If you weren’t there, here are few of my favorites from the show.



  •  Nintendo’s Splatoon Tournament was a blast. We played in teams of four and I have to say…I killed it! Splatoon is third-person shooter game, playable by up to eight players in 4-vs-4 matches, which I believe last about 3 minutes. It’s a pretty simple game of inking the floor to cover it with your teams ink and the characters have the ability to change between human and squid forms.20140611-163814-59894350.jpg


  • Mario Maker is a fun game for Wii U where you get to make your own Super Mario Bros. levels (I heard it wasn’t as easy as one would think). I believe this will be out the first quarter of next year but don’t quote me on that.


  • I missed my Xbox Media briefing (probably because I spent too much time at Nintendo) and I’m not much of an Xbox girl but if your interested, the games that were announced were– Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Forza Horizon 2, Evolve, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Sunset Overdrive, Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha, Fantasia: Music Evolved and Dance Central: Spotlight, and Fable Legends. To see the briefing you can check it out here.fORNZA

Playstation 4:

  • PS4 to me seems like the most stable and capable gaming console.  Again I spent too much time in Nintendo land that I only played a few games on PS4, Some future games they announced during E3 were; Grim Fandango, Far Cry 4, LittleBigPlanet 3, Destiny Beta, Rainbow 6: Siege, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, The Order: 1886, Entwined, Let It Die, Dead Island 2, Bloodborne, Abzu, Battlefield: Hardline, No Man’s Sky, The Last Of Us, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Grand Theft Auto V, Batman: Arkham Knight, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. To check out their E3 announcements click here.

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Gift Guide: Time to Shop for your Dorm Room!

by on June 20th, 2014

ILogitech-Wireless-Mouse-M325_1t’s that time of year where high school seniors graduated and are becoming college freshman to join the dorm room life. I have some great graduation gifts and dorm room ideas for all the recent grads!

G-O-A-L! It’s the World Cup and Logitech came out with some great themed mice. The Global Fan Collection adds bold, graphic designs inspired by the flags of 13 nations. I personally have never used any other mice besides Logitiech. Their mice, in my opinion, are one of the best in market, reliable and they are perfect for the fanatical World Cup fan!harmoney-smart-keyboard They are priced at $29.99 and you can purchase them here! USA! USA! USA!

Logitech has a great wireless keyboard with a touchpad called the Harmony Smart Keyboard.  The Harmony has one-touch Activity-based control (up to 6), controls up to 8 devices, integrated touchpad for navigation on PC, Mac, and PS3 and can be used to navigate PC, Mac, Apple TV, Roku, TiVo, Xbox, and PS3. I tried this product out and immediately thought how useful this would have been in the dorms back in my college days. It currently goes for 149.99 on the Logitech website. I will do a product review of my set-up experience and unboxing on my Examiner.com page in the near future.

6_pp-pop-layout1_SHOPQuirky came out with some awesome products to organize your dorm room. One of my favorites is the Pivot Power Genius- the smart flexible power strip. Pivot Power Genius is an app-enabled version  and like the original, it bends to fit every sized plug or adapter. This one allows you to independently control two outlets from your mobile device. It goes for $59.99 on there site.  OR if you want to add some color to your dorm room Quirky also has a less expensive version called the Pivot Power Pop that comes in 5 all-new colors: blue, pink, green, white, and black for only $19.99 (sans the app capability).

Quiky PowerCurlIf your are a neat freak and messy cords drive you nuts try out the PowerCurl mini and the Metal Cordies Cable Management by Quirky. The PowerCurl mini that is only $4.99 and perfect for Apple’s 5W USB Power Adapter. Simply slide your adapter into the center and wrap your USB cord around it. Flip down the silicone cover to keep those cords in place. The Metal Cordies Cable Management keeps unruly cables and wires organized and weighted down on your desk, preventing disconnection. It includes five rubber grips with four slots to take care of all those loose ends and it goes for just $9.99. These are perfect to organize your dorm room desk!

MANTIS-04Quirky also sent me the Mantis to review which is a multi-position LED task light for your keyboard, bookshelf, desk or any other place you need extra bright lighting…and when I say extra bright it actually almost blinded me when I first tried it out. You can either clip the Mantis onto your laptop screen or use the free standing legs. If you need to cram and pull some all nighters this is the idealbike product priced at $19.99.

Most freshman choose to commute via bike than trying to find a parking space on campus. I recently got the TiGRA BikeCONSULE Bike Mount for your iPhone 5s.  It’s waterproof (submersible), camera ready, though it’s a case in case design you can still use your touch, and has a double lock so you don’t loose your phone racing to make it to class on time (not like I ever had that problem:-)). It was pretty easy to set up on  my bike and I am looking forward to taking it out on an epic bike ride. It’s priced at $59.99 and you can purchase it on their site.

Congratulations class of 2014 and good luck next fall! May this help you set up your new digs on campus!

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Online dating – the good, the bad, & the truth

by on June 19th, 2014

Keyboarding loving.

Keyboarding loving.

I’ve signed up for dating sites a couple of times in my life. Not always in search of love, or a good time, but sometimes for the good of humanity. A couple of years ago I signed up for Match.com to test out their latest app. I didn’t make a bogus profile though, despite was dating someone who I loved, but I was completely honest about my field research and made friends that I still happily call my own. This time, it’s more about me almost being 30 and single, and less about research although Amy Webb almost changed my mind. After watching her TED Talk on how she hacked online dating, I almost considered changing up my strategy when it came to online dating. The talk is interesting – check it out.

Last year I signed up for a site called Coffee Meets Bagel – my favorite thus far. The whole idea is that you get a daily bagel, in hopes of you both grabbing some coffee together. It’s cute, very simple to use, and the quality of people on it have exceeded any of my expectations. Many of them have advanced degrees, careers, and are into doing social good and venturing in the outdoors. Actually, a funny observation that I made using various sites and apps is that many people portray themselves to be super active and outdoorsy, and animal lovers – so you will run into a plethora of pics of people with animals too big to be a pet – that’s the latest trend I hear so make sure to ride an elephant, kiss a dolphin or play catch with a seal before you sign up for one.

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by on June 11th, 2014

Hello cutegeek fans! E3 has been amazing with Nintendo Super smash Bros announcement. I’m still here live on the floor so for more updates follow me at @nrpena. May the force be with me till tomorrow!


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