Archive for November, 2016

Meet “Hease” the Retail Robot at CES 2017

by on November 30th, 2016

ces-robotI am getting excited about CES!! CES 2017 is going to be epic with new AI robots, drones and various VR products or games. Everyday I wake up to emails of new products that will be on display or launched at CES.  I have not said I was excited about CES since my first CES with Cutegeek years ago if that gives you any indication of how epic CES 2017 is said to be.

A couple days ago I wrote about the Robot Helpers at San Jose Airport that was launched in time for the holiday season and now we have another new robot introducing itself to the public at CES 2017.hease-robot-final-rendering-front

Hease is a new robot using artificial intelligence to provide guidance, deliver simple and complex information, offer coupons and deals, and retrieve data. Is it just me or does Hease look like Johnny 5 (is alive)? Continue Reading…

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Disability Charity AbleGamers Foundation Acquires Children’s Charity The Get-Well Gamers Foundation

by on November 29th, 2016

theablegamesJust in time for #GivingTuesday yesterday AbleGamers acquired The Get-Well Gamers Foundation. They will be joining forces on their mission to help children with disabilities through gaming. I personally did not know there was a charity helping those with disabilities by gaming! It makes sense and very cool that there is something like this out there.

The official press release is below for your reading pleasure!

Harpers Ferry, WV (November 28, 2016)AbleGamers – the leading charity and organization wielding the power of gaming to break down the barriers of economic and social isolation for people with disabilities – is honored to announce it has acquired The The Get-Well Gamers Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of electronic entertainment to children’s hospitals for stress-relief and pain management. The Get-Well Gamers Foundation Founder and President Ryan Sharpe additionally joins the AbleGamers Advisory Board, leveraging his established network to enhance AbleGamers’ ability to support those with disabilities through gaming.gamblers

“For more than a decade, Ryan and The Get-Well Gamers Foundation have done a lot of good for those in need of emotional and physical care,” said Mark Barlet, Founder and Executive Director of AbleGamers. “We are happy to continue Ryan’s work under the AbleGamers banner. We’re proud to include his network of contacts and facilities so we can carry on our mutual mission to ensure everyone can game, and to empower those with temporary and long-term disabilities through the power of gaming.”

“I am thrilled to have The Get-Well Gamers Foundation join forces with the AbleGamers team,” said Ryan Sharpe, President of The Get-Well Gamers Foundation. ”Together. with our combined resources and experience, we can bring the healing power of gaming to more children and adults than ever before.”

Founded in 2001 by Ryan Sharpe, The Get-Well Gamers Foundation annually served more than a million children with illnesses and disabilities at more than 250 hospitals and treatment facilities worldwide. The Get-Well Gamers Foundation leveraged donations from video game developers, publishers and the public to provide gaming care packages to assist with pain management and provide stress-relieving entertainment to patients. Gaming goods included video games, consoles and accessories.

Effective immediately, AbleGamers has absorbed The Get-Well Gamers Foundation’s assets, allowing for ongoing support of their established network of care facilities. AbleGamers carries on The Get-Well Gamers Foundation mission through its own Expansion Pack program, which includes comprehensive care packages of assistive gaming technologies donated to disabled gamers, complete with setup, usage, and maintenance support.

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Source: Abelgamer

 

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Giving Tuesday: Organizations that Match Donations

by on November 29th, 2016

givingtuesdayHappy Giving Tuesday! Today give the gift of kindness by volunteering, donating or just pay forward for someone that is behind you in line at the store. The importance of giving today is key to a successful #GivingTuesday.

Food for thought; why do you give? I can think of several reasons why I like to give but every ones reasons are different as shown in this “Why Do you Give” video.

After you have determined “Why do you Give” think about how you want to give today. If you want to donate to a charity there are tons that match your donation from 10% to 100% that I have found and wanted to share with you all.

In celebration of #GivingTuesday Red Cross will be matching your gift till Midnight. To donate to Red Cross click here.redcross

BestFriend.Org working together to Save Them All will match your gift by 100% all day today in celebration of #GivingTuesday.best-friends-dog

For #GivingTuesday only every dollar donated to Humane Society also means a bowl of food from HALO® for pets in need.humane-sociaety

Thirty-One Gifts doubles impact of all donations to World Vision.31

This is just a small list there are millions of other companies world wide that match donations. To check if your company matches your donation and to access the forms, guidelines, and instructions you need to submit your matching gift the Double the Donations site is a great tool to use.

 

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Last Minute Cyber Monday Deals Part Deux

by on November 28th, 2016

Cyber Monday is half way in the day but there are still last minute deals that I am still receiving. To help all you last minute shoppers here are some of the tech Cyber Monday deals that are currently going on.

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Amazonamazon

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Main Gearmain-gear

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Hope this helps all of you cyber shoppers today!

 

 

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New Robot Helpers at the Mineta San Jose International Airport

by on November 27th, 2016

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rosie-the-robotAnnounced just in time for the Holidays is the New Robot Helpers that will be at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). Meet Norma, Amelia, and Piper SJCRobots, the airport’s new customer service agents. Right off the bat, don’t they remind you of Rosie the maid robot in the Jetsons?

Norma, Amelia, and Piper are the first robots to be deployed at a U.S. airport, and are engaging and entertaining travelers while assisting them with locating dining, shopping, and other services. I know airport-robotwe are excelling fast in new technology globally but I’m not sure how people will react to the robots.  I would love to watch people that are approached by the robot and see their reaction.

The SJC Robot’s offers information on in-terminal dining, shopping, and other airport services on a 32-inch touch screen tablet operating on Microsoft Windows software.

The SJC Robots can speak English,  Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. They also can dance, play music and take photos of you then email them directly to you. It’s like free entertainment at the airport!

For more information about the SJC Robots click here and check out the below YouTube of one of the robot’s interviewing for the SJC job. Pretty Funny! Enjoy!

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Fantastic Last Minute Black Friday, Cyber Weekend and Cyber Monday Deals

by on November 25th, 2016

Today is one of the most epic shopping days of the year. I was even bold enough to go to Best Buy in hopes of getting the new Mini Nintendo Classic Edition late last night. Not only were there lines that seemed to run as long as the great wall of China they did not have the new Mini Nintendo Classic Edition yet. The word on the streets is that most retailers do not have Mini Nintendo Classic Edition in stock. I left defeated but that doesn’t mean you will have the same luck especially with some of these apps and deals for a successful Cyber Weekend.

The Flipp App makes shopping easy by providing the most weekly digital circulars and coupons from over 800 local retailers. The Flipp App also lets you create shopping lists as well as a clipping feature so you can save the coupons you want to use for your future shopping. You can find out more and how to get the Flipp App by clicking here.

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Indiegogo Campaign: The Pup Connected Pocket Scanner

by on November 22nd, 2016

I forgot all about scanners since I work from home and don’t really have a need for it. Then again this would be ideal for those like me who travel and go to a lot of Tech Conferences. I seem to always loose the business cards while at conventions furthermore I do not want to come back from a trip to scan individual cards one by one.

Introducing Pup’s Pocket Connected Scanner

Pup Scan have been collaborating with a strong team of engineers and designers for 18 months. One perk about about the Pup Scan is that it gives users the ability to connected to your favorite clouds. It is tiny, lightweight, wireless, with a long-lasting battery. It automatically takes care of every step, from your sheet of paper to its destination on the internet.

I hope to get a a review unit for Cutegeek and Hi-Tech Chic before CES. Till then keep checking back from me for a full product review!

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Smartphone Cases And Accessories Galore

by on November 17th, 2016

Since the iPhone 7 and 7 plus came out there has been a multitude of new cases and wireless devices released on the market. Just imagine, when the new Motorola Moto, Google’s Pixel, modular smartphones and rumored release of the Samsung Galaxy 8 for 2017…there will be cases galore to choose from.

How does one decide?

I have learned after the many years I have written for tech everyone has their own opinion on what case either functionally or aesthetically. For instance my poor iPhones goes into battle every time it enters my purse or in general in my possession therefore to my cases need to be rugged and Nina certified.

My two life savers and rugged products to protect my electronic devices from having a tragic end of life has been Corning® Gorilla® Glass and BALLISTIC Jewel Series cases. The BALLISTIC cases corners and raised lips provide protection against scratches, corner drops and surface shock. It also protects your smart phone for a drop of up to 6 feet high.

Then you have my youngest brother who takes care of his electronics and has been testing out the Nomad’s iPhone Leather case. The Nomad’s iPhone Leather case is a beautiful case but in my hands it will be demolished in seconds. The only other flaw with the the Nomad’s iPhone Leather case is you cannot get it wet or rather avoid from doing so.

For my fashionista’s I recommend checking out the Liquid Glitter Voila iPhone 7 case.

 

 

 

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Farewell to Cutegeek’s Mascot – Chloe the Wonder Dog

by on November 16th, 2016

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Yesterday after months of ailments and complications with her heart murmur our beloved Chloe, Cutegeek’s Mascot from day one, passed away. She was 14 years old and she died in our arms in Austin, Texas. She was my best girl friend for 14 years!

Her kind heart and her bigger than life personality will forever be missed. I wanted to share these memories of product reviews, bloopers, and videos that Chloe had a cameo in for all our friends and family.

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Time to pee Mom…

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Mom pretty sure this is NOT for dogs…What am I? A Clown? Do I amuse you?!

I also wanted to share this rare recording from a year ago that I sang for my Tia, Mama Cass’s “Dream a Little Dream.” At the time it was just for my Tia but also so fitting for today.

We will always “Dream a Little Dream” of and for you Chloe.

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New Spark Labs in Bryant Park Just Opened

by on November 10th, 2016

spark-signThe rate of start-ups and people who work from home increases annually as more new technology becomes available. Most start-ups I have consulted for and with my own business there are times when a conference room is needed. For small business owners, start-ups and those who work from home that is a bit of a challenge since they only need a conference room every now and then. Currently in Austin I have seen how quickly co-working communities and work spaces are needed given we are in a technology boom.

Today, Spark Labs announced the opening of a second location in the heart of NYC’s “Silicon Alley” and the backing of UMW Holdings, a Malaysian Corporation with a $3.5B revenue in 2015. For those who aren’t familiar with Spark Labs they are one of NY’s fastest growing co-working communities. Spark Labs brand new space, opened on November 1st, is 20,000-square-feet, comprising an entire floor at 25 W. 39 St. in Bryant Park. Continue Reading…

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