Archive for April, 2011

Sleeping with your laptop?

by on April 26th, 2011

If you’ve noticed that you haven’t been sleeping that great, I hate to tell you, but it might be due to your laptop (or iPad, phone, or any electronic with artificial light). The National Sleep Foundation has performed studies that link sleepless nights to the usage of electronics before bed.

“Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour, making it more difficult to fall asleep.” (Huffington Post)

No, I’m not saying that we have to give up our gadgets, but merely reminding you to leave some time to yourself at the end of the day. Sleep is very important for not only mental health but also for physical health! So at the end of the night take some time and sip some tea, read a book, or my favorite STRETCH!

Here’s a video to help you unwind (and get yourself away from your beloved gadget, even if its only for a few minutes).

5 Moves for a better night’s sleep

Update!
To see if you’re getting quality sleep, take the quiz from Women’s Health Magazine.

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Earth Day 2011

by on April 21st, 2011

Today is earth day and over the past day or so I have been able to play with two products from Belkin to help you save energy and be green, and also learned about a Wind Turbine that you can put together yourself in your own backyard.

The first of the two Belkin Products I was able to test out was the Belkin Conserve Socket. What is it? I wasn’t sure at first either when I heard the name, but its a socket with a timer. Basically it shuts power off to what ever device is plugged into it after 30, 180 or 360 minutes. Essentially it turns your wall socket into the perfect charging socket. Your cell phone, iPad or what ever mobile device you have can typically fully charge in less than 3 hours.
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Kyocera Echo for Sprint

by on April 21st, 2011

Today Radiris Diaz and Michael from HardwareGeeks.com were at a Sprint event in New York city, and they were able to see and play with what I think is the coolest phones I have ever seen. Or is it a tablet? You be the judge.

The video below is of Michael demoing the phone, he doesn’t say much as there was a lot of background noise, but I think what he shows us is super cool!!!



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I Love the Blackberry Playbook

by on April 15th, 2011


This past Thursday, I and fellow Hardwaregeeker, Michael Reyes, was invited to the Blackberry Playbook Launch Party….
RIM…. THANK YOU for an amazing event

So, I just finished playing with the New Blackberry Playbook for the past 3 hours. I wish I had another one to make a video of it. I will get around to posting one up in the next couple of days (need to get Fancy for the camera).

So in the mean time I will make this short and straight to the point….

First thing I have to say is…. HELLO FLASH WEBSITES!!

The Playbook supports Adobe Flash and the loading speed in awesome!!! just as good as my laptop (using my home network). Continue Reading…

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Tips for Paying Back Your Student Loans

by on April 13th, 2011

The average college student is facing some difficult facts:

–          More young people are going to college, which means more young people are taking out student loans. In 2009, more than 70% of graduating high school students enrolled in college, the highest percentage on record.

–          A CollegeBoard report stated that the number of student loans issued in the 2009-2010 school year increased 10% from the previous year. Of the estimated $154.46 billion in student financial aid, 43% came in the form of federal student loans.

–          The latest Credit Karma data shows that the average consumer has $29,151 in student loans.

–          The Class of 2011 will be graduating into an economy with a 9.2% unemployment rate.

Is your head spinning from all the numbers yet? It’s very possible that this generation’s graduates will be in more student loan debt than Americans have ever had to face.

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SeeHere.com From FujiFilm

by on April 6th, 2011

See Here Logo

FujiFilm today announced that next week they are re-launching their SeeHere.com website. SeeHere.com allows users of the site to upload their pictures and create anything from Calendars to Photo Books and Mugs.

I have tried out SeeHere.com and it was really easy to use. You select the item you want to make, in my case it was a photo book, you upload the pictures and you place them into the book the way you want. You can easily resize, tilt and move around the pictures on the pages. You can also have the pictures be placed automatically onto the product you are making.

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Samsung Prevail for Boost Mobile

by on April 5th, 2011

Samsung Prevail for Boost Mobile

Today Samsung and Boost Mobile officially unveiled the Prevail, their first Android powered smartphone. The phone which will be available later this month at Boost Mobile stores for $179 (plus taxes) on the $50 a month, with shrinkage, plan. What is shrinkage? It  means that for every 6 months that you pay on time (does not have to be consecutive), your monthly charges will decrease by $5 until it hits  a monthly minimum of $35. Remember, Boost Mobile is UNLIMITED TEXT, UNLIMITED WEB AND UNLIMITED TALK over the Sprint network.  

The Prevail is the latest Galaxy phone from Samsung offering 3G service and features a3.2 inch touch screen, a 2MP camera, bluetooth capability, unlimited and free Telenav GPS .

It is powered by an 800 MHz processor and 128mb internal storage. It also supports up to a 32gb microSD card, but comes with a 2gb microSD.

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Getupp – Get Motivated!

by on April 1st, 2011

getuppIf you have trouble staying motivated then Getupp just might be the webapp (and iPhone app) for you! Getupp uses GPS to help you stay committed to your activities. So if my goal is to go to the gym, I log it into my Getupp app. At the end of the day if I feel too tired and go to the grocery store instead, it calls me out on it! ON FACEBOOK!

Getup also tells your friends when you make a commitment, then shares the outcome (both, if you kept it or  if you didn’t). This can be a great way to help you stay motivated to achieve your personal goals!

Getupp features 18 different commitment types, gym, running, study, work early/late, do taxes…etc. I’m not sure if it will help me do my laundry or clean my house, but it will definitely help me get to the gym, track, trail or park.

Check out Getupp at the link below! Check back and let me know how it has helped you achieve your goals and stay motivated!! 🙂

Get Motivated – Getupp!

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