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Austin Startup Week 2015 Information

by on September 28th, 2015

ATX StartupNestled in-between the first and second weekend of the Austin City Limits (ACL) Festival is Austin’s Startup Week that is October 5th – 9th. Austin Startup Week is five days of events celebrating Austin startups, the organizations and meetups that support them. Since 2011 organizations and startups have opened their doors, put on events and roll out the red carpet for both locals and visitors during Austin Startup Week.

Currently there are more than 1,752 startups in Austin with new ones starting almost daily. Austin Startup Week gives everyone the opportunity in the startup community to meet each other and network through different events planned throughout the week.

Something unique to Austin Startup Week is if there are people who want jobs in tech or have a startup and are interested in relocating to Austin, Texas they may fly a few people in on their dime. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity click here.ATX Startup week

Recently they released the schedule for this year’s Austin Startup Week which you can find here. Austin Startup Week is free however you must register here to attend. I also recommend checking on Eventbrite for event’s during Austin Startup Week and RSVP as the venues do fill up fast. I have already registered for the ATC Battle of the Tech Bands on October 5th and starting to sign up for other events throughout the week.

I hope to see you guys at this weeklong event in my hometown, Austin. To find out what venues I will be at during Austin Startup Week follow me on twitter @nrpena.

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Exclusive deal from Walmart on the Star Wars™ Battlefront Deluxe Edition Game and Han Solo mini-fridge

by on September 21st, 2015

Battle front

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Walmart has secretly gained control of the preorder of Star Wars™ Battlefront Deluxe Edition and Han Solo mini-fridge.

In all honestly I could keep going with the Star Wars™ quotes but I’ll get to the exclusive deal from Walmart only on the Star Wars™ Battlefront Deluxe Edition Game and Han Solo mini-fridge.

EA announced last week that the Star Wars™ Battlefront Deluxe Edition game is coming early October to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC. The Star Wars™ Battlefront Beta* is a technical test and will feature Walker Assault on Hoth, a 40-player multiplayer battle featuring Rebels and the Empire. Walker Assault will also give you the chance to play as two of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars™ universe: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The Beta will also feature our Survival Mission on Tatooine, where you and a Rebel friend must fight back waves of Imperial forces. Continue Reading…

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Press Release: Zuna’s Innovative Cell Case Protects Phones & Promotes Safer Driving

by on September 18th, 2015

phone caseIn most states now you are not allowed to text or use your cell phone while driving as a preventive measure. Sadly a majority of the US still do text and use their cell phone without using any hands-free accessory. In fact The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year, nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving and 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.

Food for thought; is that text or call important enough to potentially get in a wreck or possibly injure yourself or another person?

Zuna.com has designed a cell phone case that doubles as an effective car mount for safe hands-free cell use while driving. Zuna drive connects to your AC in your car with a small hook located on the case that locks itself in once attached. This is much easier than using other hands free mounts where you have to mount it then securing it which doesn’t always take the first time.Zuna

The Zuna Drive will make using your phone in the car a much easier experience and lets not forget it’s rugged case for your phone as well. The Zuna Drive sells for $39.99 and is available online at: Bestbuy, Fry’s Electronics stores or Frys.com, Amazon.com and on www.Zuna.com.

If you want more information on this innovative product below is the official Press Release:

(Santa Barbara, California) — It is the only cell phone case on the market that is designed to protect both the phone AND motorists who use their phones for navigation while driving. The clever design of the Zuna Drive combines a sturdy, impact-absorbing phone case with a unique built-in mounting clip that attaches the phone seamlessly to most horizont al A/C vent of a vehicle with the added feature of a kickstand with the assistance of a business card or credit card.

The Zuna Drive secures the phone in place for navigation without a bulky cell phone mounting appliance that can block a driver’s view or additional mounting devices for your case. The patented design helps ensure that the phone stays in line of sight allowing drivers to navigate via GPS, or easily and quickly accept a hands-free call. The product helps prevents against distracted driving by keeping the eyes of the driver on the road ahead and keep their hands on the wheel not on their phone. Unlike bulky mounting devices that are attached on the dashboard or windshields mounts which is illegal in most states, Zuna Drive is easily removable and can travel with the user from vehicle to vehicle.

The added features Zuna Drive include a durable impact resistant case that protects your phone from most accidental drops onto hard services. With use of a business card or credit card you can also use the case as a kickstand for viewing pleasure.

The Zuna Drive is available for iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 6/6s Plus, iPhone 5/5s and later this year the Samsung Galaxy. The product weighs just a few ounces and comes in three colors: black, blue, orange.

The Zuna Drive sells for $39.99 and is available online at: www.bestbuy.com, Fry’s Electronics stores or Frys.com, Amazon.com and www.Zuna.com


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by on September 16th, 2015

Womens Skate BoardingHere at cutegeek we admire women that take risks, who are independent, who make a change in the world and who aren’t afraid to go into an industry, a sport, or anything else that is viewed to be male dominated.  Announced yesterday (9/15/15) the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Nike SB Super Crown World Championship will for the first time in history include a women’s division allowing the world’s best female street skateboarders to compete for the title of SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion. This is not only a historic announcement but a huge opportunity for all women to compete in the true street skateboarding contest that defines the only World Champion as recognized by the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF).

First, I had no idea that it has taken this long for women to be accepted to compete for the title of SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion. Just when you think women have made such amazing progress throughout the decade it’s a realization that we, as women, still have challenges to overcome.

In conjunction with the Women’s Skateboarding Alliance (WSA), the women’s division at the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship will be in Chicago, IL on October 4th at UIC Pavilion. The female roster will consist of Leticia Bufoni, Lacey Baker, Pamela Rosa, Samarria Brevard, Alexis Sablone, Vanessa Torres, Marisa Dal Santo, and Alana Smith. These phenomenal women were selected for their professional performance throughout the past year and contributions to street skateboarding as a whole. They all will be competing for the first-ever female title of SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion and a $30,000 first-place cash prize purse with the one-of-a-kind Nixon watch. Continue Reading…

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Press Release: Rock ‘n Roll Wine Amplified Weekend Celebrates a Decade of Great Wine and Entertainment

by on September 14th, 2015

Wine Amplified 2014 StageI just got this press release in my inbox and this looks like it will be an awesome show! Rock ‘n Roll Wine Amplified Weekend Celebrates a Decade of Great Wine and Entertainment October 9 – 10 at the Las Vegas Village with Panic! at the Disco, Passion Pit, Sublime with Rome and 50 Cent Feat. G-Unit. It is too bad I won’t be there since I have a secret crush on 50 Cent and Llyod Banks, but alas I’ve used my travel budget for the year and hitchhiking is illegal so hurricane Nina won’t be making an appearance.50 Cent

For those who didn’t burn through their travel budget like a tazmanian devil here is the press release and also information on the tickets. If any of my cutegeekers or hi-tech chic ladies attend please send me some pics either @nrpena or @hitechchic so I can vicariously live through you all!
LAS VEGAS – Celebrating a decade of wine events and entertainment, Rock ‘n Roll Wine in partnership with Circle TPR, will return with the highly anticipated “Wine Amplified” Festival Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Las Vegas Village. The larger-than-ever event will begin at 5 p.m. both days and feature Panic! At the Disco, Passion Pit, Sublime with Rome, 50 Cent featuring G-Unit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Cold War Kids, Robert DeLong, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Sheepdogs and many more.

Sublime with RomeSingle day tickets priced at $59 for general admission and $139 for VIP, not including applicable service charges, are now on sale. Two-day general admission tickets priced at $109 and VIP tickets priced at $249 also are now available for purchase, not including applicable service charges. Purchasers must be 18 years of age or older and no exclusions apply. Tickets will be sold at wineamplified.com as well as all MGM Resorts’ box offices. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call the MGM Resorts’ Contact Center at (877) 274-6958 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Touted as the world’s greatest wine and music celebration, this high-energy, interactive festival pours on the experience with more than 60 wineries, more than 150 wines by the taste or by the glass, a craft beer garden with more than 20 selections, specialty cocktails, New Amsterdam Speakeasy, rave & barrel room, restaurant row, The Farm and live performances. This year’s festival will once again be completely cashless utilizing the latest in radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. Patrons will be able to load money on their RFID wristbands and use them as a virtual wallet to purchase wine, beer, food and festival merchandise.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 10: A general view at the Ninth Annual Wine Amplified Festival at the MGM Resorts Village on October 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 10: A general view at the Ninth Annual Wine Amplified Festival at the MGM Resorts Village on October 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

“We continue striving to make this annual weekend the premier wine and music festival in the country,” said Chris Hammond, Rock ‘n Roll Wine co-founder. “It’s the ultimate event for wine and music enthusiasts alike and due to its success we’re continuing to expand to create an even bigger and better experience for our fans.”

Local Las Vegas rock band Panic! At the Disco and indie band Passion Pit are set to headline the festival Friday, Oct. 9. Panic! At the Disco’s most recent single “Hallelujah” has accumulated over three million streams on Spotify and nearly three million plays on YouTube within a month of its release. The band’s fourth studio album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die!, was released in October 2013 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Passion Pit released its debut album Manners in 2009. A follow-up album entitled Gossamer was released in 2012, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and gave the band its first Top 10 album. Kindred, the band’s third album, was released this past April and was preceded by lead singles “Lifted Up (1985),” “Where the Sky Hangs” and “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go).” Also scheduled to perform Friday evening are Cold War Kids, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and The Sheepdogs.

Sublime with Rome is a collaboration between Eric Wilson of the legendary band Sublime and gifted songwriter and musician Rome Ramirez. The band is set to co-headline Saturday, Oct. 10 with songs such as “Panic,” “Take It Or Leave,” “You Better Listen,” “Lover’s Rock” and “Murdera.” GRAMMY Award-winning rapper and actor 50 Cent will be joined by G-Unit when they precede Sublime with Rome. Other performances Saturday evening include Fitz and the Tantrums, Robert DeLong and The Noms.

“We’re ecstatic to have Panic! At the Disco, Passion Pit, Sublime with Rome and 50 Cent featuring G-Unit headlining this year’s festival weekend,” added Rock ‘n Roll Wine co-founder Sonny Barton. “We’ve worked hard to put together a rock-star roster of wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails to round out what we promise will be an unforgettable two nights of fun.”

For more information about the 10th Annual Wine Amplified Festival Weekend, full event lineup and room package information, visit wineamplified.com. Additional artists are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Apple’s announcements on the new iPad Pro, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iPhone 6s

by on September 10th, 2015

iPad ProYesterday Apple announced the new iPad Pro, Apple TV, Apple Watch OS2, and finally at the very end of this 2 and a half hour event the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

They first started with the iPad Pro with a larger screen at 12.9 inches diagonally, 5.6 million pixels, 2nd generation Touch ID, Oxide TFT, variable refresh rate, A9X chip 3rd generation, iMovie, 10 hours battery life, and for the first time a 4 speaker audio system. They also announced the soft touch smart keyboard that uses the smart connector to attach to your iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil with the tip of pencil to detect force, tilt, precision,  and can be used can use simultaneously with your finger. The iPad Pro also comes with new Adobe software called Adobe Comp where there is 1,000 fonts available, Adobe Photo Shop Fix that has facial detection and users will be able to change a picture/ selfie from frown to smile and Adobe Sketch that works works great with iPad pencil. Microsoft also announced their new software for the iPad Pro that lets you slide over to a second screen to access another app and the ability to have two Office apps at the same time side-by-side. Users can even edit a Word, Excel or a PowerPoint file attached to an email while it’s open via split screen. The iPad Pro comes in silver, gold and space grey and starts at $799.00. The Apple Pencil is $99.00 and the Smart Keyboard $169.00 to be available by November.Apple Watch

Hermes watchNext the announced the Apple Watch OS2 with new features. Besides it having facebook capabilities now it also has Time Travel to view future calendar entries using the digital crown and the Microsoft Translator app that will be able to replay a pinned translation through the Apple Watch’s speakers. They also announced different colors for the watch and also for the watch band. The new Apple watch will come in different colors; gold, rose gold, and iodized aluminum. They also announced the Project (RED) Apple Watch with a portion of the proceeds going to the Project (RED) Initiative. There will be a lot more color options and different styles for the band of the watch but coolest was the Hermès Apple watch with hand stich leather and available in October.  The Apple Watch OS 2 will be available by September 16th.

Apple TVThe Apple TV was also announced with new apps and HD video. The Apple TV comes with a new remote that has a touch box for navigating and also Siri which helps you search for movies, apps, and TV shows just by using your voice (like the iPhone). Siri can help repeat what you missed by asking “go back 7 minutes” in a movie or show. Siri replies on the bottom of the screen when asked questions to not interrupt what else you have up on your TV. A new Apple TV streaming video box was also introduced yesterday which will run a new operating system called TVOS with 3 connector ports; Power, HDMI, and Ethernet. It was also said yesterday that Apple believes apps are the future of the Apple TV and developers are working fast to create new apps for the TV daily. Some of the new apps currently available on the Apple TV are Crossy Roads, Guitar Hero, Harmonix beat sports games, MLB.TV, Gilt and much more. The Apple TV will start at $149 for the 32GB model and $199 for the 64GB model. If you do purchase the new Apple TV customers can still access everything from your previous Apple TV, so no lost data.

iphone 6sFinally after an hour and half they introduced the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Though it looks almost exactly like the iPhone 6 they do have some new cool features. The iPhone 6S will have the same 4.7 inch display screen as the iPhone 6 and the 6S Plus will retain its 5.5 inch screen. They kept saying it had a bigger screen but it doesn’t look any different than the 6.  The 6S and 6S Plus are built with aluminum alloy and will be available in silver, gold, space grey, and rose gold. The iPhones 6S and 6s Plus will both have a new A9 chip built in and will be 70 % faster than the A8 at CPU tasks and 90%  faster with graphics. The new iPhone will have 12-megapixel rear iSight camera that capable of shooting videos in 4K and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera with Retina Flash. One of the coolest feature is the 3D touch that can distinguish between multiple levels of pressure and Live photo which turns any picture into an animated photo when you tap on the photo. Preorders for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus start September 12th and available store wide on September 25th.  Apple is going to maintain its current pricing as the iPhone 6 for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus at $199 to $399 for the 6S and $299 to $499 for the 6S Plus while on a two-year contract. Apple also introduced two new payment options. Customers can either pay for the 6S in installments of $27 per month or lease an iPhone for $32 per month.

Well kids that wraps up what seemed to be a long and agonizing live stream press release of Apple’s new products. I learned allot about the new Apple products however I would like a refund on the 2 and half hours I spent watching it. Just saying…


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Live Stream of Apple’s Announcement Today

by on September 9th, 2015

Apple EventToday is THE day! Apple will be announcing their next generation of products at 10am PDT today. Apple will have a live stream available for the event here or you can also view it on Ustream here.  It’s predictable that they will announce the new iPhone 6S but there are rumors it won’t just be for the iPhone. The buzz all over the internet is that they may announce the next generation Apple TV and iPad as well. I guess we will all know in just a couple hours.

In order to watch the live stream on the apple site today you must have these requirements:

Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires a second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.

Get ready to see what apple will be announcing and for those on CDT time the event is at noon so take your lunch then to watch the live stream.

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Create your own Nintendo themed B-day with Nintendo’s help!

by on September 3rd, 2015

Mario and Yoshi

THIS IS AWESOME! If I was still a kid I would be nagging my parents for a Nintendo themed birthday party. My good pals at Nintendo just sent me the below press release on how Nintendo can help customize and plan your Nintendo Birthday Party of your dreams! On Nintendo.com you can create invitations, learn how to make a Warp Pipe Centerpiece, create fun Mario Party 10 and Mario Kart 8 posters, “how to’s” on creating Nintendo themed snacks, and Nintendo games to play at your party. One of them I am excited to announce here and can’t wait till it comes out is Super Mario Maker which is to be released on September 11th. I played this at E3 and LOVED it, anyone at any level of gaming can play and have fun.  Continue Reading…

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Press Release: Next gen Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 arrives at Sprint Sept. 3

by on September 1st, 2015

Samsung exynosThe ultrathin Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 goes on sale Thursday, Sept. 3, at Sprint. When connected to the Sprint 4G LTE network, Galaxy Tab S2 allows you to surf the Web using a network built for high-speed data.

Available in direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Web Sales, Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint Business Sales, Galaxy Tab S2 is available three ways:

  1. With Sprint Easy PaySM, well-qualified buyers can get Galaxy Tab S2 with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $27.1
  2. Two-year service agreement for $548.
  3. Full price (without an annual contract) for $648.

(All pricing excludes tax.)

It’s 15 percent lighter and fully 16 percent thinner than its predecessor first generation Galaxy Tab S, making it the ideal travel companion. Featuring a beautiful metal finish, Galaxy Tab S2 weighs 13.12 ounces (392 grams) and measures 6.65 x 9.34 x 0.22 inches (169 x 237.3 x 5.6 mm). Continue Reading…

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MTV Video Music Awards 2015 Live Stream

by on August 30th, 2015

VMAsIf you haven’t seen the myriad  of advertisements the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are a couple hours away at 9pm/ 8pm central on MTV, VH1, BET, TVLand and Comedy Central with Miley Cyrus as the host. Per eonline.com there will be a delay just in case she does something a little cuckoo.

For those who aren’t near a TV never fear you have some options (that I know of)  to watch the full VMAs via live stream.  All Access Online will have a live broadcast of the show, to access the link click here (also on the MTV site). Youtube will also have a full live stream of the VMAs, to view click here. Continue Reading…

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