by Nina Pena on December 2nd, 2013
Happy Cyber Monday Cutegeekers! I have been anxiously waiting the count down timers and making sure my credit line is open because Cyber Monday is about to happen. I categorize my Cyber Monday go to’s like most through Google…
I then figure out the shipping deals before I invest in purchasing. www.cybermonday.com offers a great selection of sites that offer free shipping or have deals depending on the price point you spend. 6pm.com offers free shipping on all orders. Amazon.com will be adding new deals every 10 minutes throughout the day and also the week. Tell us where your shopping today! #cgcybermonday @cutegeek
by Nina Pena on November 12th, 2013
These next 10 days are exciting days for gamers. PS4 is released to consumers for purchase on November 15th at 12:00am. Die hard PS4 fans in San Francisco can start lining up at the GameStop Flagship location on the 830 Market street location at 6:00pm to win incredible prizes, eat great food, take pictures with iconic game characters, and then at midnight the doors opens for the first sales of the PS4. Below is the schedule for the PS4 San Francisco event for any of those who are in San Francisco. I will be there as well getting a sneak peak before fans so follow me @nrpena on 11/14!
· 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Celebration throughout the evening. Excited fans lined up outside of the GameStop’s Market Street location to pick-up and purchase PlayStation 4. Various contests, games, drawings and giveaways taking place throughout the night. Fans will have the opportunity to go hands-on with the PlayStation 4 and a lineup of exciting games during the event. Entertainment begins with guest DJ and complimentary food trucks.
· 11:00 p.m. – Anticipation builds as fans are invited to lineup to enter the GameStop in preparation for midnight store opening.
· 11:45 p.m. – Final countdown to PlayStation 4 begins.
· Midnight – Store opening. GameStop begins distribution with the first sales of PlayStation 4 to die-hard fans.
· 2:00 a.m. – GameStop closes, event ends.
The fun doesn’t stop there on the 17th I am going to an Xbox One preview event where I will get a hands-on look at the new Xbox One console and will have the opportunity to demo a few new games.
On November 21st there will be a launch Party at Microsoft stores starting at 10:00pm till midnight when consumers can begin to purchase them. Below is a little information from their website about the event and to get tickets click here.
“Join us for a midnight launch party to celebrate the launch of Xbox One on Day One at Microsoft retail stores. Starting at 10 PM local time on 11/21, we’ll showcase the latest Xbox One games like Ryse, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, and Killer Instinct. Entertainment and giveaways will be raffled off throughout the evening. Arrive early to secure your place in line – first 50 people will receive a special giveaway!”
I will be attending this event as well so please continue to follow me @nrpena and @cutegeeek. I’m still not sure which one I want to get; these demos are a perfect opportunity to test them both out so Santa knows what to get me. Let the gaming begin!
by Nina Pena on November 6th, 2013
On November 1st I attended the 5th Annual Samasource Give Work Gala: From Kenya to California at the Regency Ballroom of San Francisco. Samasource is a non-profit and as most of your know I work with non-profits regularly but the difference with Samasource is they use technology to help women globally find dignified work.
“Sama” means equal. Samasource is a non-profit social business that connects women and youth living in poverty to dignified work through the Internet. The company was started by Leila Janah in 2008 and is an award winning 501(c)(3) non-profit with support from individual donors and philanthropic organizations. Currently there are 4 billion people worldwide making less than $3.00 a day.*
Samasource uses the Microwork™ model that harnesses the untapped potential of the world’s poor using technology to find dignified work. Since inventing the Microwork™ model in 2008, Samasource has continued to develop innovative technologies to perform data and content services at the highest-quality for their clients. The Microwork™ model fits within the overall field of Impact Sourcing, which aims to create jobs for individuals with limited opportunity in rural or economically depressed communities.*
The work that Samasource does enables people to gain skills, earn a living wage and break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. To date, more than $2.5 million has been paid to over 3,000 workers across nine countries.*
During the reception of the Samasource Gala they had Soji &the Afrobeat band do a drum performance as a special treat. They were amazing and had great energy. After that we continued to the ball room where CEO/Founder Leila Janah welcomed all guest and gave us statistics of those under paid while they are just as smart if not more smart then those in rural America. These people deserve the opportunities we have and shouldn’t be penalized for being born in a poor country.
After the keynote each table had a competition on statistics based on job and economy in 3rd world countries or countries struggling with poverty using the Samasource Microwork model, my table made 5th place. Continue Reading…
by Nina Pena on November 1st, 2013
Tonight I will be covering the 5th Annual Samasource Give Work Gala: From Kenya to California.
In case you are not familiar with Samasource, they are an innovative non-profit social business that connects women and youth living in poverty to dignified work via the Internet.* As a writer for women’s technology I am honored and excited to be invited as press to cover this event, it’s always refreshing to know of women ran organizations helping women globally.
At the Gala tonight Samasource will be giving an Impact award to The California Endowment, which provided the grant funding to establish the SamaUSA program in the U.S. Based on the success of Samasource’s overseas work. **
Follow me @nrpena and http://www.youtube.com/nrcpena as I post pictures and videos of tonight’s gala and the award ceremony.
by Nina Pena on October 31st, 2013
Happy Halloween cutegeekers. Get ready NYC and the world for a Spooktacular Halloween Surprise! The Empire State Building will synchronize its LED tower lights to a Halloween-themed music broadcast on Clear Channel’s radio stations Z100 and 103.5 KTU at 8:30 p.m. EST, on October 31, 2013. The light and music show will also be featured during the 40th anniversary of New York’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. It’s around 15,000 channels of LED lighting on the Empire State Building and they added 200 extra feet just for this event. And the show is all done by computer.
For those who miss the show there will be a video with aerial shots of the show on this youtube channel.
Happy Halloween and be safe out there!
by Nina Pena on October 21st, 2013
Wireless speakers are all the rage right now; I get many requests to review different brands. I had the opportunity to review the Kinivo BTX350 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. When unboxing I liked the clean sleek atheistic look plus its design is more stationary. What I mean by stationary is many portable wireless speakers are not meant for domestic use but more for people on the go and when placed on a surface they may move around due to bass differentiations.
My only problem with the beats pill is that it seems only to be designed for portable social like settings (hence the vibrant colors); versus those who need a wireless speaker experience that you can have on your night stand, desk, living room or in the kitchen.
I want a classy wireless speaker device that blends in with your home decor while also delivering good sound quality that I can take room to room. The rectangular shape of the Kinivo BTX350 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker adds stability to this mini subwoofer along with great sound quality. Continue Reading…
by Nina Pena on October 11th, 2013
When I think of Canon I never really think about printers; immediately I think cameras. Sometimes we forget that pairing the same brand of technology together makes for a much better user experience. I have always had Canon cameras and my newest Canon addition is my Canon EOS 30D DSLR (gently used).
On October 8th, I was invited to the Canon PIXMA Pro Printer event hosted by Tyler Florence, world renowned chef and photographer (though he humbly says he is not a professional photographer). Tyler and Canon created a pop-up gallery that brought the California wine country to the city through the power of the Canon PIXMA PRO printers. The event brought your senses of Touch, Taste, Smell, See, and Hear through photography with Canon cameras and the Canon Pro Printer.
We went through separate rooms experiencing each sense. Understanding what each photographer imagined through the senses. My personal favorite sense experience during the Canon PIXMA Pro Printer event was where we tasted the different varietals of grapes to compliment the corresponding photos that Tyler Florence, Robyn Lehr and Erin Kunkel had taken.
I had the great opportunity to have a 1×1 meeting with Tyler. I first just want to say what a genuinely nice guy he is. Immediately he ordered me appetizers and a glass of wine from his winery…Laughing I told him I was a bit overwhelmed on how kind and hospitable he was. Continue Reading…
by Nina Pena on October 7th, 2013
As some of you may have noticed Cutegeek got hacked a couple weeks ago and we had a DOS. Luckily we were able to recover all our lost data and the site has been up and running ever since. Ironically this came at a unique time…October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month per the homeland security website “it is an opportunity to engage public and private sector stakeholders – especially the general public – to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment. Everyone has to play a role in cybersecurity.”
I had always thought cutegeek was untouchable and we would never get a hacker but low and behold it happened. I was in a state of shock asking WHY?!?!
As a result I started monitoring who ARE my FB and Twitter friends, sometimes your best friends are your worst enemy. I changed all my profile settings and passwords to every online account I own. Needless to say I am a tad paranoid.
It’s amazing how quickly someone can find your personal trends by your online search history. I will be trying a company called Disconnect search this month to see how this will make a difference in my privacy. It is designed to let you search privately using your favorite search engine.
I also will be testing out different sites like Siber Systems Robo Form and mypermissions to find the best password security method out there. As of now I am a lost little girl with over 12 different passwords I have to remember…not to mention the amount of time I have used with the lost password tab.
Cutegeeks remember to guard your online identity and passwords including changing them frequently. Happy National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Stay tuned for my review of Disconnect search, Siber Systems Robo Form and mypermissions
by Nina Pena on September 24th, 2013
Cutegeek is going where?! I am very excited to report I will be attending several technology conferences. Wearable technology is the thing! I will be attending the Wearable Technology Conference in LA 12/ 10/ 2013 for cutegeek and the examiner.
DREAMFORCE is also happening 11/18/ 13 and I will be covering it for both sites.
The most exciting event for both Radiris and I is CES where we met circa 2009. Radiris and I will be on ground zero for cutegeek during CES starting 1/5/14. Keep on following cutegeek as the holidays approach and did I mention I’m getting the iPhone 5S?! Gift guides this year shall be interesting…Stay tuned!