Archive for June, 2010

Shake Weight

by on June 22nd, 2010

Hey everyone, here are some quick thoughts/demo on the Shake Weight. I purchased it a couple of weeks ago and have loved using it. It’s an ‘easy’ workout, or so it seems. The summer is here – and less jiggle seems more appropriate each and every time it comes around.

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HP AIO 200 PC

by on June 20th, 2010

[singlepic id=34 w=320 h=240 float=right]A little over two weeks ago HP sent me an AIO 200 PC to check out and when I got it I was super excited! I would of posted about getting it sooner but I was busy with finals. But schools over and now I have more time to play. So this post is just to let you know I received it and will have a review on it soon.

The AIO stands for All-in-One, which means the computer and monitor are combined and what’s even cooler is that its thin and doesn’t take up a lot of room. It fits perfectly in any corner. The keyboard and mouse are also wireless so you can put them away in a drawer if you aren’t using them. I am sorta using the AIO 200 as a PC/TV and watch movies on it using NetFlix and the HP MediaSmart software.
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Squishy Android Auction

by on June 19th, 2010

Squishable.com is holding an eBay auction for a giant Fuzzy Squishable Android Doll, The proceeds of the auction are going to help support the Child’s Play Charity.

The Child’s Play Charity is dedicated to donating gaming software and toys to sick children. So check out the auction and bid on the cute Android doll! As of Saturday the 19th of June there have been 28 bids and the winning bid is $255.00.

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Protect Your iPad

by on June 15th, 2010

I tested three products designed to protect your iPad in various ways.  First I tried out the Speck Shield View, which sells for $24.95.  It comes in a 2 pack, and it’s supposed to stick to your iPad screen perfectly, protecting it from scratches and smudges.  Getting it on the iPad was fairly easy.  The product comes with instructions on how to get it on smoothly.  However, once I peeled the backing to expose the protective film, a couple bubbles showed up that I couldn’t remove.  Granted, they were just two small bubbles on the edges, but bubbles are still annoying.  I give it a B for application and an A- for preventing fingerprint smudges.

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Samsung Restore

by on June 15th, 2010

Samsung Restore™The Samsung Restore is bright green, and for a reason. It’s made of 27% recycled materials, comes packaged in fully recycled materials, has a low power drawing charger,  and when you’re done with the device, can BE recycled (well, 84% of it anyway.)

Its a slider text phone with a couple of extra features– the interface, a simple Samsung OS, has dedicated shortcuts for Twitter, Facebook, and (oh boy.) Myspace. The 2.0 megapixel camera can also record video, and there’s a setting for videos you plan to email, which I assume records them in lower fidelity. The slide-out hard QWERTY keyboard is great, with very little mistyping and really satisfying clicking sounds reinforcing the typing you’re doing.

The phone goes for $50 with a 2 year Sprint contract, which seems standard for a feature phone. A smart-phone its not, but with the angle of being earth-friendly (I mean, they even pre-programmed some “favorite sites” with a page about Green tips) the lime green Restore is a solid texting phone, with several cool added features that I think make it a great option for anyone in need of a phone that does more than call folks but doesn’t need a smartphone. Continue Reading…

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Xbox 360 Kinect

by on June 15th, 2010

Hello Cute Geeks – Microsoft unofficially kicked off e3 with their “Project Natal” event aka Kinect. The event was amazing – screens, lights and incredible designs throughout the stage and performers. We all had to wear these poncho looking white tops, with crazy shoulder pads that lit up during the event.

The show exemplified the evolution of gaming-which was just using a controller and eventually not using a controller. The many examples shown really cleared up the confusion I walked in with and I left pretty excited about the future of gaming, especially after seeing the many ways all members of a family could use it.
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Speck Fitted Kindle 2 Case

by on June 14th, 2010

Pretty snazzy, huh?

Dudes, if you’ve been reading my posts at all, you know I have kind of a thing for protective accessories. Call me crazy, but when you lay out a bunch of dough on a sweet electronic gadget, the last thing you want is scratches, cracks, or crashes to have their way with your darling machine. For this reason, I was intrigued to receive a Kindle Fitted case for my Kindle 2 in the mail from Speck– its a hard case with two pieces that snap together, fitting perfectly over your Kindle and providing it with a hard plastic home.

For my Kindle 2, I had been using a Belkin soft zipper case, which I still love. The Speck hardshell is intriguing, however, for several reasons.

1) It’s stylin! The back covers are SUPER cute. I have the white stripes pattern, but I think all of the options are really snazzy, and add a huge kick of style to an otherwise boring white Kindle.

I love the stripes!

2) It stays on the Kindle, whereas my soft cover zipper case was just a “holder.” In this way, the case is more of an accessory for the actual machine, versus just being the means for transport.

You can see from the pictures I took that the case is pretty attractive. There is a noticeable, and for me, pretty significant downer– it adds a load of heft to your machine! One of the hugely attractive features of a Kindle is how lightweight it is, making it easy to hold up for long periods of time. This case, when snapped on, made the Kindle feel significantly heavier! The Speck specs (hehe) list the case as a full 8 ounces! When your Kindle 2 is 10.2 ounces (I checked!), adding another 8 is no joke!

Coupled with the pretty steep price tag of $39.95, I would think hard about whether the looks, no matter how attractive they are, would be worth that kind of tradeoff. Think of your poor wrists!

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Samsung Fathers Day Giveaway!

by on June 12th, 2010

We are holding another joint contest with HardwareGeeks.com! We are giving away some cool Samsung gear just in time for Fathers day!

HardwareGeeks.com  and CuteGeek.com are each giving away a Samsung S2 640 GB Portable HDD (Blue) an upgrade to the S1 which Cecilia from CuteGeek.com @CuteGeek reviewed last year  and a Samsung S084 Super WriteMaster Slim External DVD Writer which Michael from HardwareGeeks.com @hwgeeks reviewed last year as well. Each site is giving both the S2 and S084 away to one lucky winner on each site!

The S2 and S084 would make a perfect gift to your tech savvy dad, or tech savvy mom for those moms who are both a mom and a dad.

To enter the contest just reply to this thread telling us why your “dad” is so great. You have until Friday 8am eastern the 18th of June 2010 to enter. The winner one on each site will be selected at random and provided you get us your address before 4PM eastern time we will send the S2 and S084 to you next day mail (USPS) so that you can give it to your dad or mom on Fathers day.

Fore more information on the drives visit: S2 | S082

Good luck everyone and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and sign up for our Newsletter!

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Girls Out Loud Show #3: Where we do NOT melt in a pool of our own sweat

by on June 9th, 2010

Hey guys! Referring, of course, to the now (unfortunately) infamous coverage of poor Mark Zuckerberg dissolving in a lake of his own sweat while being grilled on privacy issues during the D8 conference last week, Cristina and I talked about our sympathies (or not!) for the Facebook CEO…http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/06/just_watch_spiderman.php

Did you guys hear about the change in data plan rates ATT announced, right in time for iPhone 4? What do YOU think of it? http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/06/att-poll-data/

I’m pretty sure the internet is not making us dumber as a collective whole…just a couple of us, maybe…http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704025304575284973472694334.html

DUDES! This is too cool– everyone on tv reads the same newspaper..and you GOTTA click thru to the other pics, its too funny to see! http://www.boingboing.net/2010/06/05/everyone-on-tv-reads.html

We talk about a business called Chegg, like Netflix for textbooks…http://techcrunch.com/2010/06/05/teardown-chegg/

Finally, ending on a high note here: USE YOUR BABY FOR CHORES! http://feeds.boingboing.net/~r/boingboing/iBag/~3/IDIfdwuBiZI/how-to-use-your-baby.html\

As always, thanks so much for checking the show out, and drop us a line! Send email to maya[at]girlsoutloudshow[dot]com or cristina[at]girlsoutloudshow[dot]com…we’d love to hear from you!

You can stream the podcast directly from this page or right-click and ‘save as’ to take it with you!

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Celebrating The World Cup In Style

by on June 3rd, 2010

We will all soon be engulfed in the happenings of the international sporting event known to some as the World Cup – bring your jerseys out everyone!!! If you’re interested in showing your true love for the sport, in good company, with some great tunes – Speakal.com has just launched an amazing product to do just that!

Check out MiSoccer – literally – it’s your soccer that’ll rock your iPod/world 🙂
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