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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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“PINK” Technology Products that Donate to Breast Cancer

by on October 19th, 2016

pink-ribbon-qAs National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has less than 2 weeks left I wanted to put together a list of technology “Pink” products that donate a portion of their proceeds to Breast Cancer efforts or organizations. I came to this brilliant idea after doing research for my 3-D Mammography article on Hi-Tech Chic by stumbling across “Pink” products.

I made it a mission to find some cool “Pink” technology products that also donates to Breast Cancer research. Below is a list of “Pink” technology products that were recommended to me by Breastcancer.org and “Pink” tech products I found myself through various sites or research.

Recommended by Breastcancer.org:

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Mobile Edge’s Pink Milano Laptop Case ($129.99)

  • Case Fits laptops up to 16″
  • Contribute 10% of the retail price from this case to Breast Cancer Awareness Foundations

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Mobile Edge’s Paris Backpack – Black with Pink Trim ($129.99)

  • Backpack Fits laptops up to 17”
  • Contribute 10% of the retail price from this case to Breast Cancer Awareness Foundations

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Verbatim Pink 2200 mAh Power Bank and 8GB USB Drive- Save Bundle ($39.99)

  • Verbatim 97757 8GB USB 2.0 Micro USB Plus Drive (Hot Pink)
  • Verbatim 98361 2,200mAh Portable Power Pack (Pink)
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer research

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iLuv Pink Jam Bundle ($59.99)

  • iLuv Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker (Pink)
  • iLuv METALFSPK Metal Forge In-Ear Earbuds with Microphone (Pink)
  • Donating 10 percent of the company’s website sales in October to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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SleepPhones Wireless Headband- Sunset Pink ($99.95)

  • Soft headband stereo Bluetooth-enabled headphone system
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer research

NINA’s “PINK” Findings:

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The ValueRays® PINK Warm Mouse ($24.95)

  • Heated computer mouse with massaging infrared heat
  • A portion is donated annually toward Breast Cancer research

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1Face Breast Cancer Pink Watch ($19.99)

  • Digital Watch
  • 9 watches provides 1 mammogram

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Denon Exercise Freak Fight Kit ($169)

  • Branded water bottle, absorbent gym towel, wrist sweat band, armband smartphone holder with quality Velcro closure and limited edition pink Susan G. Komen Wireless Exercise Freak Headphones.
  • Supporter of support the Susan G. Komen Foundation

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Supportive Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Jewel Tone Laptop Computer Sleeve ($29.00)

  • Customizable Neoprene Laptop Sleeve 10”
  • Supporter of Breast Cancer through multiple products by their designs

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EYN “Think Pink” Smartphone Cases ($11.25- $26.95)

  • Pink Ribbon cases for iPhones: 4/4S, 5/5S, 6/6s
  • 25% off “Think Pink” Cases and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society

AND ONE TO GROWN ON…

(Though not that hi-tech everywoman should have this)

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 Apollo Precision Tools DT7102P Household Tool Kit with Tool Box- Pink ($44.99)

  • 170 Piece Tool Kit and Box (tools are double dipped in “Pink” plastic coating for grip and durability
  • 1 dollar from this purchase is being donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Remember that even though National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming to an end your donations and contributions throughout the year are just as important and truly needed to help us find a cure for Breast Cancer. Below are a few great sites where you can donate to help end Breast Cancer:

  • BreastCancer.Org– “Every $1 we raise helps 3 women get the care they need now to make the best decisions to protect their precious lives.”
  • Susan G. Komen– “80 cents of every dollar spent by Susan G. Komen supports mission programs and services.”
  • NationalBreastCancer.org– “Your donation will make sure that every woman who needs a mammogram receives one through our National Mammography Program.”

Together we WILL find a cure for Breast Cancer through love, belief, compassion, raising awareness and contributing to the cause.

 

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Back To School Tech Products

by on August 2nd, 2016

It’s time to do some Back to School shopping this weekend as it’s Texas Tax Free Weekend which is August 5-7, 2016. To help you all out here is a short list of some interesting and cool technology products for Back to School 2016.

ZEUS Educational Package

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3D Printers have become pretty popular and though they are really cool they still are on the pricey side of consumer electronics. Till August 27th, 2016, ZEUS is offering 249$ off any ZEUS machine purchase or $300 off any ZEUS Educational Package purchase. To redeem, enter the code “BACKTOSCHOOL” during checkout on the ZEUS website.

Gazelle.com

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Gazelle.com has a brand new Apple promotion for back to school. For those that do not know of Gazelle it is the leading trade-in site for consumer electronics, and they are currently offering savings of up to $100 (or more!) on MacBooks and iPads. Each Gazelle certified, pre-owned device must pass a 30-point quality inspection and comes with a 30-day risk-free return policy. New users also will receive $10 off their first order!! To learn more about this deal, monthly payment plans or to check out the Gazelle.com site click here.

OGIO Cinnamon Hudson Back Pack

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Last year I got the OGIO Cinnamon Hudson back pack to review. The cool thing about this back pack is that its main compartment can fit most 15 inch laptops, while the front organizer panel will keep everything in its place. I love the functionality, durability, and the Cinnamon color which is perfect for fall!

Freedom Earbuds by Jaybird

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New wireless earbuds are a must for back to school and I am in love with the new Freedom Blue tooth Wireless Earbuds that I just received from Jaybird. Freedom Wireless Earbuds come with a Charging Clip, Comply™ Foam Ear Tips: S/M/L, Silicone Ear Tips: S/M/L, Secure-Fit Ear Fins: S/M/L, Cord Management Clips, Cord Shirt Clip, USB 2.0 Charging Cable, and Magnetic Carry Case. The play time is 4 hours plus an additional 4 hours with included charging clip and Freedom Wireless Earbuds are compatible with any Bluetooth device including iPhone (3, 3S, 4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus), Apple Watch, iPod Touch, iPad, iPad mini, the new iPod nano, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Android Wear Smartwatches, PC, Mac and gaming devices.

CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Apple Pencil holder and Smart Connector for iPad Pro 9.7 inchLogi case

Logitech announced today their new CREATE Backlit Key Board Case for the iPad Pro 9.7 just in time for back to school shopping. CREATE is the iPad Pro case that has all-around protection against bumps, scratches and spills. The outer fabric of the case is resistant to spills and can be wiped clean. The inside has a lightweight polycarbonate frame and a keyboard module. It’s currently $129.99 and to get more information about the CREATE Backlit Key Board Case or to purchase it click here.

Logitech’s M325C Party Collection Mice

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If you are a huge Logitech fan like I am and want to dress up your desk in your dorm check out Logitech’s latest M325C Party Collection. The M325C Party Collection offers 5 different colorful mice and it’s Logitech, who makes a better mice than them?! The M325C Party Collection is a great way to spruce up your desk and they start at $29.99. Click here to view or buy the M325C Party Collection.

Kidz Gear Headphones

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Kidz Gear has volume limit headphones called KidzControl™ and are designed to have the safest listening experience for your child. . They have wired, wireless bluetooth and headphones with a mic included. Headphones based on your personal needs start at $19.99 and you can purchase them here.

Good luck this tax free weekend and good luck to all the folks going back to school this fall! I will continue to post more products for Back to School and Product Reviews throughout August. Stay tuned!

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day 2016 Gift Guide

by on February 12th, 2016

It’s less than 2 days away from Valentine’s day and you still don’t have a gift or a good idea for a gift for that special someone. Don’t panic! Below is a list of cool gift ideas for Valentine’s Day or for any other special occasion if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s day.

Love Board

Velleman MK101 Flashing Led Sweetheart is for the true geek couple gift. The user installs the 28 brilliant red LED lights on to the heart-shaped circuit board and watch as they light up and flash. It is currently available on Amazon and is under $10.00 If you are an average Amazon user you may not get this till Monday however if you have Amazon Prime you should get it in time! This is so geeky I adore it!

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If you have a healthy geek or your special someone likes working out Shine from Misfit has some great products. They have gift-ready box sets, bundles, accessories and are all 30% to 40% off through February 14th. I have been a huge fan of Shine since day one and have reviewed a few units. What I love about Shine is that it is cross functional by giving you more option to wear it besides just on your wrist.

Uncommon Goods

If you have a little more time than 2 days for your Valentine’s Day Date check out http://www.uncommongoods.com/gifts/valentines-day/valentines-day-gifts for unique gifts. I personally love celebrating NOT on the 14th when everyone and their momma is eating out. I have found this is trending as a lot of my friends do the same. So Uncommon Goods is a good option for the late celebrators plus they have some VERY unique Valentine’s Day gifts.

Puko

How many times is your special someone always running out of a charge on their smart phone? I know all the excuses (my phone is running out of a charge, I left my charger at home and yada yada) because I use to use them all the time until my new iPhone 6S and portable charger. Recently launched, the new Puku Light is a lightweight powerful portable charger featuring a 5000 mAh battery. The Puku Light is compatible with smartphones, tablets, mobile and hand-held USB-charged devices. The Puku Light is available in four different colors and comes with a two-year warranty that guarantees a defect-free, quality product.

Dudes gifts

I think this is the coolest idea for man gifts and not just for Valentine’s Day is Man Crates. Within the crate your man will find snacks, gadgets, gear and video games for men. They then ship them with a crowbar for him to open up his crate. I have never heard of a company with this unique of an option to open your gift but I think this is awesome. They have 24 hour shipping before noon. To learn more about the Man Crates or would like to shop the Man Crates site click here.

Of course if you’re a traditionalist and want to go with flowers or candy these three sites offer same day shipping: Shari’s Berries, Cookies by Design, or FTD.

I hope this helps you guys! If you need a Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide for your Valentine’s day date click here for my article on Hi-Tech Chic.

Everyone have a lovely Valentine’s weekend and happy early Presidents day!

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Gift Guide for Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Speakers

by on December 7th, 2015

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I got in allot of Bluetooth speakers to check out that are all in different price. I decided besides just photo’s I would record each product to the same song and same sound frequency to see the difference of them all. I chose the song Everlong by the foo fighters because I thought it would be great since it goes from slow to rock in the first 30 seconds plus I love Dave Grohl (who doesn’t).

Below you will find videos and specs of the 5 speakers so you can decide which one is right for your price point.ECOPEBBLE

Ecogear Pebbe Bluetooth Waterpoof Wireless Speaker is the perfect speaker for the outdoor adventurous music lover. It’s definitely rugged and I have tried it in the water playing music which for being under water the sound quality was not that bad. The Ecogear Pebbe Bluetooth Waterpoof Wireless Speaker has an easy plug and play it feature which means after I synced my Bluetooth the my phone and bingo it started working immediately. It currently goes for $59.99 their site and comes in three colors: orange, blue, or black.

 

Specs for the Ecogear Pebbe Bluetooth Waterpoof Wireless Speaker

  • IPX7 Waterproof. Fully submersible in Water
  • Rugged, Waterproof and Floating Bluetooth Speaker
  • Bluetooth Wireless Audio Connection for use with Smartphones and other Smart Devices
  • 5 Watt Full-fidelity Mono Speaker
  • Top Panel Control Buttons: Power, Bluetooth Pairing, Volume +/-, and Speakerphone Answer
  • Built in Battery: Lithium Rechargeable, 7 hour play or talk time (actual time may varies due to volume and song selection)
  • Aux-In Audio Connection
  • Mounting Options via ¼ 20” Camera mount screw post
  • Nylon Lanyard & Carabineer Clip

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UE ROLL is so far the best speaker for me personally. It’ circular shape offers a 360 audio experience and had stronger base then the others I tried (besides the Sonos). Since the speaker is water proof it also comes with a floatation device to hold the speaker perfectly. Since its wireless and Bluetooth plus being water resistant this is the perfect speaker for the lake. It’s currently on com and the pricing starts at $89.00.

 

Specs for UE ROLL

  • Dimensions – Diameter5.3 in
  • Enclosure Color Sugarplum
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  • Speaker TypeActive
  • Frequency Response108 – 20000 Hz
  • Output Level (SPL)85 dB
  • Audio AmplifierIntegrated
  • Connectivity InterfacesBluetooth
  • Bluetooth ProfilesAdvanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • Transmission Range66 ft
  • Additional FeaturesWater resistant , 360 degree omni-directional, USB charging
  • Driver DetailsSpeaker : 1 x bass driver – 2″ Speaker : 2 x tweeter driver – 3/4″
  • Connector TypeAudio line-in ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
  • Included AccessoriesStrap
  • Run Time (Up To)9 hour(s)
  • TypeSpeaker battery – rechargeable – lithium ion

The AYL Soundfit IPX5 Water Resistant Speaker was a pleasant surprise. Though I think the casing is a bit clunky the sound is great and the greatest feature is you can hang in the shower so you can rock out (believe you me I will be using this in the shower till I have to give it back). It’s also great for those who are active bicyclist, runners, hikers, and climbing since its shock proof. It’s currently $29.00 on Amazon but only 2 are left!AYL

Specs for AYL Soundfit IPX5

  • 5-watt audio for stronger bass and higher quality sound.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • The outdoor & shower range is 33 feet, so you can listen to your device even when it’s far away
  • High capacity battery that can provide up to 12 hours of endless music, even at 80% volume.
  • The Bluetooth speakers outdoor model can be recharged in just 3 hours with the included Micro USB cable
  • Can be paired with all types of devices that use Bluetooth technology
  • Use the water-resistant Bluetooth speaker to stream music from an iPhone or Android smartphone, an iPad or Android tablet, an iPod Touch or even a computer or laptop with Bluetooth
  • Level IPX5- Protected against low pressure water stream from any angle. Not submersible, but should withstand accidental drop in water. Guarantees that it will stay safe in the shower, in the rain, by the pool or on a boat (Just make sure if water gets in the speaker, to let it dry out before use

TurcomThe Turcom Titan 10 Watt Water-Resistant Portable Wireless Bluetooth Tough Speaker is perfect for business professionals on the go and it also looks fabulous on a desk. The sound is amazing, it’s ultra-sleek, portable and you can receive voice calls on it. It’s currently $41.99 on their site and they are offering free shipping.

Specs for Turcom Titan 10 Watt Water-Resistant Portable Wireless Bluetooth Tough Speaker

  • 10 Watt Total Power (2 Drivers at 5 Watts each)
  • Water-Resistant Body (IPX5 Certified)
  • Dimensions (in) HxWxD: 2.4×6.3×1.1
  • Product Weight (oz): 9.7
  • Playtime of Up to 12 Hours
  • 1,800 mAh Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Micro USB Charging
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Chip
  • Wireless Connection Range: 33 feet
  • Aux-In Port (3.5 mm) for non-Bluetooth Devices
  • Energy Saving Auto-Sleep Function

Sonos 1I also had to throw in Sono’s Play 1 even though there is a new version and it’s not Bluetooth but it is Wi-Fi. The main reason I’m including it is not only is the sound amazing (I have 4 throughout my condo) but they are running a special right now for 2 Room Starter Set for only $349.00. To check out this deal click

Specs for Sono’s Play 1

  • Two custom-designed drivers with dedicated amplifiers
  • Trueplay tuning delivers sound that’s true to the music and right for the room.
  • Control all your music and streaming services from a single app (on your smartphone, tablet or computer)
  • Uses your WiFi. Easy to set up and allows you to expand your system over time

I hope this helps you figure out the perfect Bluetooth or Wi-Fi speaker for your needs or as a holiday gift. Happy Shopping Cutegeek Fans!

Specs provided from Sonos, Logitech, Turcom, Ecopebble, and AYL sites

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

by on December 17th, 2014

10864594_10152666268684125_466549091_oIt’s days before Christmas and you are now in full panic mode as you haven’t completed your Holiday shopping list. Thoughts roll through your brain and clearly logic goes out the window as you ask yourself:

What do I get all the kiddos/ teens? What’s cool now-a-days?

What do I buy for the person that has everything (especially if they have an Amazon Prime account)?

Dang it who created Secret Santa? WHY? (there is always a price cap that frankly everyone goes over on and you don’t want to be that person with the lame gift).Addidas Ball

The list goes on and on but never fear cutegeek is here and ready to help you with some products for the geek in your life!

Micoach Smart Ball from Adidas is the perfect gift for the soccer geek! The Micoach Smart Ball is a soccer ball that contains an integrated sensor inside the ball that detects speed, Kareokespin, strike and flight path data and instantly relays kick data to the miCoach app on your Apple device running iOS 7 or higher via Bluetooth 4.0. It currently goes for $200.00 on the Adidas site and they have free shipping till 12/18/2014.

The Singing Machine Bluetooth Digital Audio Streaming Karaoke System is for those who love karaoke regardless if they sing or not this is a new spin on karaoke at home!  It has a built-in 7″ TFT LCD color monitor, microphone and SD port for real-time video camera recording (MP4/AVI formats) . A keyboard/guitar input jack with a separate volume control lets you plug in your accessory instrument (sold separately), and the 7″screen offers easy viewing. RCA output jacks to connect to your TV for scrolling lyrics (TV not included) to view your performancSony headpe on a big screen. The built-in USB port lets you choose from over thousands of Karaoke videos to download.  It is available on their site for and on sale for $149.99 (usually runs about $210.00).

Sony’s Wireless Bluetooth and Noise Cancelling Headset MDR-ZX550 – As much as I love the sound quality of Beats; most of us can’t spend $300 for headphones. Introducing Sony’s Wireless Bluetooth and Noise Cancelling Headset MDR-ZX550The MDR-ZX550 headphones driver unit has 30 mm closed/dynamic and the frequency response has a range via Bluetooth/NFC mode at 20 – 20,000 Hz. Most impbraven-mira-water-resistant-home-speaker-black-c_1ortantly is the noise cancellation with a total noise suppression of approx: 10 dB (when power is on). It is currently $129.99 on the Sony site.

BRAVEN: Mira the World’s Most Versatile Hi-Fi Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. For years I have been saying I wish I could take conf. calls in the shower (us women like to multi-task), low and behold my wishes came true. The Mira comes with integrated kickstand and plastic hook. It has an IPX5 water resistant rating and built-in noise-canceling microphone for speaDronekerphone functionality. Though it is Bluetooth is also comes with a 3.5 mm line in AUX port as well. It has continuous wireless audio playing for up to 10 hours and available in light blue, light pink and color combinations. It is $99.99 and available on their site

The Xtreem QuadForce Video Drone XCTOY-QVDRON shoots 720p HD video and 3MP images to a Micro SD card2.4GHz control for wireless range up to 330ft. It’s designed to fly in any direction with its 4-axis and lightweight yet durable construction. The Easy-Fly Gyro Technology provides stability and the 6-way multi-directional flying includes up/down, forward/backward, Fashion Bluetooth Speakerleft and right turns. The Xtreem QuadForce Video Drone XCTOY-QVDRON is powered by built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery & recharged via remote control. It is available at Fry’s for $89.99 at Fry’s.

Fashion Bluetooth Speaker Purse – Pink Polka Dot for your stylish cutegeek! This Bluetooth portable fashion purse speaker streams your music from up to 30 ft away. Users can listen, control music and take calls directly from the wireless speaker (though I think it would be hilarious to see someone talking to their purse in public). It is currently on sale with free shipping for $67.99 on their site.

Chic Bud’s Slim Power Portable Phone Charger is perfect for ladies on the go! The Slim Power is similar in size and shape to a standard credit card, Slim and will fit into any purse, wallet, pocket or clutch! It comes in 4 different patterns and available on their site at $24.99.

Ornament1 SkyviewAcoustic Research 1-Speaker 3-Watt Portable Speaker Ornament for the Holiday Enthusiast! The portable speaker ornament is a high quality Bluetooth speaker that you can play your music directly from your smartphone or tablet. It is compatible Android™, iPhone™, iPad™ compatible and rechargeable battery gives you hours of play time. It’s currently available at Lowes for $17.97.

The Skyview– A specially-designed clip in SkyView’s base fits over and into the latch of most seat-back tray tables, and also works as a stand on your tray table. Let’s face it sometimes we can’t fly first class or the seats don’t have the mini TV’s on the back or worse they don’t have the greatest movie selection. The SkyView’s   adjustable cradle grips your media player, smartphone or compact e-reader tablet  (up to 5.25″ x 8″) so you can watch/listen to your own media. It runs for $19.99 on their site.

CrayonCrayola and Griffin’s Trace & Draw is perfect for our young cutegeekers! Using a sheet of paper and the light from your tablet, you can create your own coloring pages. The Trace & Draw app (a free download from the iTunes App Store or Google Play) contains dozens of pictures so your little artists can make their own coloring pages. It currently goes for $19.99 and available on their site.

To learn about the Shipping Shock: 8 Ways to Dodge Delivery Fees (created by Andrea Woroch) check out my examiner article here.

I hope this list helps and all the cutegeekers and geeks alike have a lovely holiday! Cheers from all of us at Cutegeek!

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Gift Guide: Time to Shop for your Dorm Room!

by on June 20th, 2014

ILogitech-Wireless-Mouse-M325_1t’s that time of year where high school seniors graduated and are becoming college freshman to join the dorm room life. I have some great graduation gifts and dorm room ideas for all the recent grads!

G-O-A-L! It’s the World Cup and Logitech came out with some great themed mice. The Global Fan Collection adds bold, graphic designs inspired by the flags of 13 nations. I personally have never used any other mice besides Logitiech. Their mice, in my opinion, are one of the best in market, reliable and they are perfect for the fanatical World Cup fan!harmoney-smart-keyboard They are priced at $29.99 and you can purchase them here! USA! USA! USA!

Logitech has a great wireless keyboard with a touchpad called the Harmony Smart Keyboard.  The Harmony has one-touch Activity-based control (up to 6), controls up to 8 devices, integrated touchpad for navigation on PC, Mac, and PS3 and can be used to navigate PC, Mac, Apple TV, Roku, TiVo, Xbox, and PS3. I tried this product out and immediately thought how useful this would have been in the dorms back in my college days. It currently goes for 149.99 on the Logitech website. I will do a product review of my set-up experience and unboxing on my Examiner.com page in the near future.

6_pp-pop-layout1_SHOPQuirky came out with some awesome products to organize your dorm room. One of my favorites is the Pivot Power Genius– the smart flexible power strip. Pivot Power Genius is an app-enabled version  and like the original, it bends to fit every sized plug or adapter. This one allows you to independently control two outlets from your mobile device. It goes for $59.99 on there site.  OR if you want to add some color to your dorm room Quirky also has a less expensive version called the Pivot Power Pop that comes in 5 all-new colors: blue, pink, green, white, and black for only $19.99 (sans the app capability).

Quiky PowerCurlIf your are a neat freak and messy cords drive you nuts try out the PowerCurl mini and the Metal Cordies Cable Management by Quirky. The PowerCurl mini that is only $4.99 and perfect for Apple’s 5W USB Power Adapter. Simply slide your adapter into the center and wrap your USB cord around it. Flip down the silicone cover to keep those cords in place. The Metal Cordies Cable Management keeps unruly cables and wires organized and weighted down on your desk, preventing disconnection. It includes five rubber grips with four slots to take care of all those loose ends and it goes for just $9.99. These are perfect to organize your dorm room desk!

MANTIS-04Quirky also sent me the Mantis to review which is a multi-position LED task light for your keyboard, bookshelf, desk or any other place you need extra bright lighting…and when I say extra bright it actually almost blinded me when I first tried it out. You can either clip the Mantis onto your laptop screen or use the free standing legs. If you need to cram and pull some all nighters this is the idealbike product priced at $19.99.

Most freshman choose to commute via bike than trying to find a parking space on campus. I recently got the TiGRA BikeCONSULE Bike Mount for your iPhone 5s.  It’s waterproof (submersible), camera ready, though it’s a case in case design you can still use your touch, and has a double lock so you don’t loose your phone racing to make it to class on time (not like I ever had that problem:-)). It was pretty easy to set up on  my bike and I am looking forward to taking it out on an epic bike ride. It’s priced at $59.99 and you can purchase it on their site.

Congratulations class of 2014 and good luck next fall! May this help you set up your new digs on campus!

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Valentine’s Gift Guide For Your Cutegeek!

by on February 4th, 2014

SpkValentine’s Day is just 10 days away and if you still don’t have a gift for your cutegeek never fear Nina’s here with some cool geeky gift ideas!

Speck Product Accessories- Speck products is currently running a Valentines special of 20% off red, white and pink cases and offers free shipping. They have cases for your Galaxy, Moto X, iPhone, and HTC smartphones starting at $29.95. To check out Speck Product’s Valentine’s Day gift promotion click hereBluetune Bean

Bluetune-Bean Speaker- The Bluetune Bean Speaker is a portable pocket sized bluetooth speaker with a clip that your cutegeek can attach anywhere.  It comes in 6 vibrant colors (black, white, blue, pink, red or yellow) and retails for $29.99 on their site.

Chicbud walletchicBuds Fashion Audio AccessorieschicBud is currently running a Valentine’s day special of 20% off all products.  chicBud’s Porta Party Bluetooth Speaker ($49.99), Gurl Power Bank Charger ($39.99), and the Onesie Wristlet case for iPhone 5 ($24.99) come in several different designs to mix and match. The newest designs of these products are the Katie, Donatella, and Phoebe and can be purchased on their site.Logitech case

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover – This cover protects the screen of your iPad and has a built-in Bluetooth keyboard. To make your Valentine feel extra special you can also engrave a special message onto the cover! The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover  retails for the iPad Air ($99.99) and iPad mini ($79.99) which can be found on their site. 

ishoweriShower  Water-Resistant Bluetooth Shower Speaker – The iShower can forever change your cutegeek’s bath time if she likes to sing in the shower or zen out in a bath.  The iShower has a clock display, water resistant, has up to 200-foot Bluetooth® range and pairs up to 5 Click and Growusers. The device is sold out on their website however you can find it for $99.00 on Amazon or Sharper Image.

Click and Grow’s Smart Herb Garden– This smart pot grows fresh herbs naturally. Just plug it into the wall and add water, the smart device takes care of everything else. Each Smart Herb Garden comes with cartridges for basil, thyme and lemon balm. It’s currently available for pre-order on their site at $99.00.

Sony HD CameraSony’s Full HD Camcorder HandyCam HDR-CX220/R– The Full HD Camcorder shoots 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p video and 8.9MP stills and comes in red; perfect for Valentine’s Day. It is currently on sale at $179.99 on the Sony site and the site also offers free shipping.iwatch

i’m Watch Smartwatch–  i’m Watch is one of the only Bluetooth watches on the market that has its own app store ( i’market) including a music player,  social media apps, a compass, and games. The strap can come in black, pink, red, blue, yellow or white.  i’m Watch also offers an Instagram app in addition to the standard Facebook and Twitter apps. It’s currently going for $349.00 on their site however I have seen it for $299.00 on other sites.

KorusKorus V400- The Korus V400 is a portable wireless speaker system that delivers Hi-Fi quality without pairing with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi plus can stream music using up to 4 speakers simultaneously. As a Valentine’s day special Korus is offering a package deal for the V400, including a wireless speaker; USB, 30 pin and Lightning Batons to connect your smartphones, tablets, Mac’s and PC’s; and two charge cables. The V400 premium package is offered at $349.99 and can be purchased on their site or Amazon, Best Buy’s MagnoliaDesign Centers, or Crutchfield.Happy Plugs

Happy Plugs: 18-Carat Gold Deluxe Earbud Edition– If your cutegeek has been a good little girl or you have an excess amount of money to spend (or in the dog house) the 18-Carat Gold Deluxe Earbuds are the gift priced at $14,500 (yes blink and read it again…they are $14,500). A Swedish goldsmith in Old Town, Stockholm, makes the headphones by hand. The 18-carat solid gold is molded into the shape of the Happy Plugs Earbuds and 25 grams of gold are used for each pair of earphones. If you aren’t a millionaire Happy Plugs also have earbuds that start $34.99 in 13 different colors. You can purchase both products on their site.

If you’re looking for great gadgets for your man for Valentine’s Day check out my gift guide on the Examiner here.

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3 NEW Chicbuds Designs for Back-To-School

by on August 20th, 2013

CHicbud spring The fabulous ladies at Chicbuds sent me an array of smartphone accessories for back to school in three different designs; Camille, Flora, and Leandra. If you haven’t heard of Chicbuds they are a company that has been in business since 2011 that designs reliable fashion audio at a pocket book friendly price.

The three above styles are the newest addition to the Chicbud fall line and the perfect accessories for your back to school outfit! In each design you can get an iPhone 5 case ($24.99), Porta Party Bluetooth Speaker ($49.99), Art Earbuds w/ Mic ($29.99), Ear Party Headphones ($39.99), Physique Armband ($29.99), and the Girl Power Battery Power bank (this may be my new best friends and priced at $39.99). Throughout the next couple weeks I will be testing out all the products in true Nina style to see if they stand the test of durability (after all this is for back to school and last time I checked lockers can be brutal especially if your messy like I was). Currently you can buy these at Target or on the ChicBuds website. Stay tuned for my full review on all these products…will they stand up to the Nina challenge and become Nina certified?! Only time will tellSmile!

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