Archive for October, 2013

Empire State Building Lights Up For Halloween!

by on October 31st, 2013

Empire StateHappy 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!

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Review: Momentage App: Photo, Video and SoundImages Sharing on Social Media

by on October 30th, 2013

Momentage

Momentage is a free new app combining photos, videos and SoundImages for users to create, edit, and share an existing moment through a single or series of photos and videos on different social media networks.

Crafting a moment is pretty easy as soon as you download the app from iTunes. Users can select and edit photos and videos, or they can shoot photos and record up to 20 seconds of video. SoundImages can then be recorded and integrated into your photo or video with 30 seconds of audio. Users can then rearrange content by dragging and dropping the photos and videos after selection to create their moment. The user now has the ability to post their moment on their favorite social media network.  Through Momentage you also have the ability to interact with followers and also build communities.

I went to the Momentage launch event at 620 Jones here in SF to meet up with Momentage 2Gil Padia, the CMO of Momentage. Gil had a few minutes to speak with me and give me a demo on his iPhone of Momentage experience. Gil started with showing me how to create a moment using of the drag and drop feature along with several different functions of the app. At the end of the brief meeting Gil stated, “We’re excited about Momentage, as we’ve built a community for the new creatives. They can share a series of photos, videos, and SoundImages to tell a story in one moment.” Gil Padilla CMO of Momentage.

My family lives in Texas and I live here and miss out and all the huge parties. I will be asking all of them to download momentage so I don’t miss out on those funny moments at the big fiestas in San Antonio.

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Review: Kinivo BTX350 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

by on October 21st, 2013

nina w kinivo btWireless 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…

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by 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.

The Kinivo BTX350 Wireless Bluetooth speaker seamlessly streams music from bluetooth-capable smartphones, tablets, and computers. When I unboxed the Kinivo BTX350 following the instructions I took the plastic tab off the built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery so I could power it on. On the top of the speaker it neatly has power, source, volume, bass mode and paring buttons.

After powering the Kinivo BTX350 on I had to do the ever long pairing party. There are several different blinks that indicate when the device is pairing, when it locates the device and finally when it is paired there is a solid blue light.

Excited I paired the Kinivo BTX350 to my iPhone; it only a matter of minutes before I started testing its capabilities. I found that the bass button made my user experience more fun on lower volumes but on higher volumes I had the turn off the bass. 

What I like about the Kinivo BTX350 is that it’s not only portable and bluetooth but it has a classy speaker front exterior. It’s a design you can incorporate throughout your home or office without the fancy colors (or bringing attention) while using your smartphone, tablet or notebook to play music.

Though this isn’t a product I would take to Dolores Park it’s a product I would proudly have it on my nightstand, kitchen or living room. It’s on sale currently on their site for $39.99. Definitely check it out.

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Canon PIXMA Pro Printer with Tyler Florence

by on October 11th, 2013

Canon PIXMA PRO City Senses San FranciscoWhen 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.2012-10-07 19.24.37

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…

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by on October 7th, 2013

Security 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?!?!

homer-simpson-580x435As 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

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