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The New Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote

by on February 1st, 2017



Yesterday Logitech gave me a demo of the new Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remotebut before that they sent me one to test out. When I unboxed it I immediately notice the sleek and sexy look of what may be the best looking presentation remote out there. Once you pick up the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remoteyou will quickly notice how light weight it is and also how well ergonomically it fits in your hand.

  • Advanced pointer system​ thats better than a laser.Engage with your audience and focus their attention on what matters.
  • 3D cursor control ​to play video or open links. Move your cursor from anywhere in the room and be the master of your content.
  • Time management​ with vibration alerts. Receive a vibration 5min before the end of the presentation to always be on time.
  • Quick charge​ 1 min – 3 hours of presentation. The battery last up to 3 month. No need to turn the product on, we manage that for you.
  • Long range​ 30 meters (100 feet). No more barrier between you and your audience, move freely in the room and control your presentation.

Logitech Transforms Presentations With Spotlight: Highlight, Magnify and More

TEDs New Preferred Remote, Spotlight Can Help You Become a More Confident Presenter

LAUSANNE, Switzerland and NEWARK, Calif. Feb. 1, 2017 Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced a complete reinvention of presentation control with the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote. Unlike the traditional slide clicker or laser pointer of the past, Spotlight is designed to help you become a more confident presenter. Spotlight is an advanced tool that goes well beyond laser pointing, and enables you to highlight and magnify on-screen content in an engaging and powerful way so you can better underscore your point.

Tweet now: Play it. Show it. Time it. Crush it. @Logitech introduces Spotlight Presentation Remote for confident presenting. Learn More: http://blog.logitech.com/?p=25520

Presentations are nerve-wracking, said Marcel Stolk, senior vice president of the Creativity and Productivity business group at Logitech. For most, the main stumbling block is a lack of confidence we just get nervous. Spotlight is easier to use and, most importantly, gives you new ways to engage your audience versus a hard-to-see laser pointer.

Spotlight is a new standard in presentation control. It allows you to effortlessly navigate slides and interact with on-screen content from up to 100 feet away. With the advanced pointer system you can highlight and magnify points on your slide in pixel-perfect detail, so the audience stays engaged throughout your talk. Spotlight also has mouse-like cursor control to play videos and open links, and unlike a laser, the cursor and highlights are visible to both a live audience and those on a video conference.

Spotlight pairs with a powerful app so you can set the stage even before your presentation begins. In the app you can toggle pointer mode, set timed vibration alerts or activate more advanced functions like volume control with hand gestures. Whats more, the app will be updated with additional features over time, so youll always have access to the latest in presentation functionality with Spotlight.

We know how important reliable technology is for helping speakers feel confident on stage, said Lisa Choi Owens, head of global partnerships at TED. Using technologies like Logitech Spotlight allows our speakers to focus on their talks, and deliver ideas worth spreading.

Logitech Spotlight also connects instantly via USB receiver or Bluetooth Smart technology. It is plug-and-play on most devices and compatible with all popular presentation apps. Plus, it features smart recharging one minute of charge gives three hours of use so you will never be caught off guard.

Logitech and TED plan to launch a worldwide search for aspiring communicators who will be invited to participate in an exclusive Spotlight Presentation Academy at the TED Theater in New York. Armed with a Spotlight presentation remote, attendees will have the opportunity to work with industry experts to enhance their presentation skills. Through this program, the two companies aim to inspire and support communities of presenters and idea-sharers worldwide. More details regarding the search will be announced in the coming weeks.

Availability

Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote is available today from Logitech and Apple for a suggested retail price of $129.99, and will be available from additional retailers worldwide in March. For more information about the products features and functionality, please visit Logitech.com, our blog or connect with us on Facebook.

About Logitech

Logitech designs products that have an everyday place in people’s lives, connecting them to the digital experiences they care about. Over 30 years ago, Logitech started connecting people through computers, and now its designing products that bring people together through music, gaming, video and computing. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitech at www.logitech.com, the company blog or @Logitech.

 

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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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ATX Classic Game Fest 2016

by on August 1st, 2016

Classic Game FestThis weekend I attended the Classic Game Fest in Austin, Texas. To be honest if it wasn’t for the fact that it was in Austin and Tekforce was performing I probably wouldn’t have stayed long. Not that it’s not cool; I’ve been going to so many gaming conferences I am conferenced out (that and getting probed by teenage boy’s light sabers in my bum gets annoying real quick).

Classic 7

Since the Classic Game Fest is all about retro games there was not any major announcements and mostly us geeks playing all the games we use to love as a kid. The Classic Game Fest included 45,000 square feet of about 6,000 retro video games at the Palmer Events Center in Austin. There was also several different booths where you can purchase old school game cartridges, accessories and memorabilia of games from Atari, Sega, and Nintendo. I did not expect to see the various rows of old school gaming on Macs (Apple 2 I believe) and PCs; took me back to kindergarten.

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One of my favorite booths was Geekazoid that has customizable cases for your smart phone. A true geek is always excited to customize their technology. Geekazoid also has some unique case designs like the Edgar Allan Poe Cell Phone Case for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. To check out more of Geekazoid’s designs and unique products or accessories click here.

Classic Nina

In true Nina fashion while at Classic Game Fest I asked random people I don’t know to take a picture with me. It’s amazing how many people immediately agree. The Flashion Statement shirt does attract allot of people.

Lastly the Tekforce performance which also included MegaRan, Doug Funnie and 1-up was awesome. I first saw Tekforce perform in Dallas after a grueling day of Comic Con and it was a breath of fresh air considering I was at the convention center all day. I was also avoiding a few annoying people by going to a show outside the convention center. It was the first time I ever saw Tekforce and the performance of “Level Up.” I was intrigued considering it’s a rap about gaming and we all know how much I love rap and hip hop.

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Interestingly enough at the Classic Game Fest Tekforce performed at the convention center instead. To my amazement I spent more time at the convention center than I intended to or normally do because of Tekforce. Take notes for those who plan major conventions; having a live band or performance in the convention center makes people stay longer. Besides the wackadoodle chick trying to dance with me during the entire show it was cool to see MegaRan, Doug Funnie and 1-up perform with Tekforce considering I haven’t seen them all on stage. To check out more of Tekforce’s music or to buy a CD click here.

All and all it was another successful technology convention. I actually got approach by few people that have been Cutegeek fans for a while and they knew me! How cool is that?! Sometimes I wonder if people actually read my posts and this was validation they do and they like my articles.

Below are a few more videos of from the Classic Game Fest and Tekforce performance. Enjoy and see you all at the next tech convention!

 

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E3 2016- My Recap

by on June 24th, 2016

E3

E3 this year was a blast and probably the largest one I have attended with 70,000 attendees. I decided that I would be Where’s Waldo costume so people can find me as press. I had over 50 people say “I FOUND YOU!”IMG_6551

When I started making my way to the South Hall there was an actual Jazz Band walking back and forth from the two halls with a crew of people following them with umbrellas; it was an interesting site to see at E3.

My first stop at E3 was the Samsung booth because I wanted to see Lil Wayne and check out his new game, Sqvad up. Unfortunately he rescheduled it to the following day.

Samsung 1

Samsung this year had many different sections in the booth but the one that stands out is Gear VR and VR Rollercoaster powered by Oculus. I wasn’t able to ride the rollercoaster because the line was very long. I did get to try out the Gear VR powered by Oculus and game with it. I learned how to game using the Oculus and also how to game with 360° capabilities. It was pretty cool!

As I continue on to another booth there was this band playing called Super Soul Bros (get it). Their stage had different decorations from Super Mario Bros and they played some of the songs from different games. They also had an amazing 3 piece horns section and most their songs where instrumental.

E3 3

As I was walking towards the back of the hall from afar I saw huge domes. Curious I had to stop by to see what they were and as I get closer I see the 360 degree Pro Domes. While at E3 SAMSKARA featured a collection of Android’s best-loved animated images in a 3D narrative, projected in a 360 degree dome. There are different sized domes and the largest will fit around 25 people. Walking into each doom was a cool experience but I had one question; who in the world can fit the large dome in their living room?

lego

While at E3 Lego Dimensions announced the A-Team, Adventure Time, Ghostbusters and Harry Potter franchises that will arrive as physical Lego figures. I had the unique opportunity to be at the announcement and watch gamers compete against each other in the Lego booth. The big topic at E3 I think this year (besides VR) was Star Wars. I played the Star Wars game in the booth and it was pretty cool. I love the beginning story. Lastly I was leaving the booth when I saw a city entirely made of about 50,000 Legos.

Waldo

My favorite games E3 was the PS4 Gran Turismo booth. They had these space ship or bumper car (maybe both) where you can test out the game and compete with others in the booth playing.  It was so much fun; I admit I crashed a bunch so much so people started laughing at me or maybe it was the Waldo costume or maybe it was just seeing Waldo behind the steering wheel.

Lil Wayne at the Samsung stage was my last booth I visited before I flew back home. This show was EPIC! They set up a mini half pike with skateboarder doing tricks throughout the show. Lil Wayne of course was amazing and I got pretty darn close to the stage.

He played for a good hour and the crowd was manageable, not nearly as crowded as I thought. He also announced his new game “Sqvad Up.” This was the best rap show I experienced, maybe because there not that many people and it was intimate with a limited amount of people allowed in.

I also visited the Ubisoft, Mafia III, T-Mobile, Xbox, Nintendo and WB booths but I didn’t have the time to fully check out any games. Some major announcements during E3 were Xbox One S, Nintendo: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, New Star Wars game for PlayStation VR, and many more these are just ones I attended.

All in all it was an effective and fun E3 just like years in the past; see all you guys next year.

 

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Review: BALLISTIC Jewel Series Cases

by on April 22nd, 2016

BALLISTIC 1I recently broke my mophie case for my iPhone 6S. To be fair I think it had one too many drops down the stairs. Since I’m clearly accident prone I needed a replacement case ASAP.

The good people at BALLISTIC sent me a replacement case that was rugged and also still pretty. The case style they sent me is called the Jewel Mirage which is part of the BALLISTIC Jewel Series. The BALLISTIC Jewel Mirage Case offers slim, sleek, pocketable design enhanced with a unique laser etched metal design.

Other features of the case are the BALLISTIC Corners and raised lips which provides protection against scratches, corner drops and surface shock. It also protects your smart phone for a drop of up to 6 feet high.

I only have had the case for a little under 2 weeks but I love how rugged but sexy it looks. It’s also not as bulky as you would think since you can drop it from up to 6 feet high. To be honest I’ve already dropped it a couple times and there has been no harm to my iPhone or the case so far.

The BALLISTIC Jewel cases are available on their site starting at $19.99 and they offer free standard ground shipping currently in the US.

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Solar Power with EnergySage

by on April 15th, 2016

Solar power has grown leaps and bounds in the past ten years as we continue to be aware of our ecosystem and how we impact it. In fact, the solar industry has supplied 40% of all new 2015 electric generating capacity which is more than any other energy technology. Currently, solar panels are installed in roughly a million homes in the U.S. It is a growing industry and trying to find the right company to install solar for your home or business can sometimes be challenging.

Introducing EnergySage, a great source of information that can provide comprehensive coverage of consumer shopping behavior, solar installation pricing, and solar financing. Today, over 10,000 people use EnergySage each year to get multiple solar quotes from their network of over 300 pre-screened solar installers.

How do I switch to solar with EnergySage?

The process is fairly simple to get a quote and also similar to using any of the travel sites. To get started go to the EnergySage site, and create your property profile. Once that is completed you will start receiving quotes online from pre-screened installers. Once you have compared various quotes and picked your ideal quote online your next step is working with the friendly staff at EnergySage.

EnergySage doesn’t just help you search for the best solar options they have hundreds of articles, infographics, videos about the aspects of solar and a solar calculator to estimate the solar potential of your home. They also have the Solar Marketplace to request, receive & compare solar quotes plus they have a team of Solar Advisors to help you with your solar loan or financing questions.

EnergySage is the best price comparison site for implementing solar for your home and business. If you are interested in learning more about EnergySage click here or you can call them at 888-838-4638. Go solar with me!

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Gift Guide for Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Speakers

by on December 7th, 2015

Speakers

 

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

EU

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
  • First Seen On Google Shopping June 2015
  • 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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Product Review: mophie juice pack air for iPhone 6s

by on November 17th, 2015

 

I recently purchased the new iPhone 6s (review to follow on examiner) and I got my first mophie with it. As press and attending more events after the launch of Hi-Tech Chic having a low battery is not an option. For the past 6 years I have gone to so many tech events where people are on the hunt for a plug to charge their phone; one lady even got creative and charged her smart phone in the venue’s bathroom. Needless to say when you have a low battery on your phone you will go to great lengths to find a charger or outlet caveman style.

Mophie 2I finally decided it was time to get a mophie juice pack air with the new purchase which has also been a great case for my iPhone 6s as well. The mophie juice pack air is a lightweight case and with a 2,750mAh battery pack that delivers more than 100% extra battery. On the mophie there is an integrated standby switch which allows you to choose when to charge or save some juice. It also has a LED power indicator displays the juice pack battery levels and charge status, which has been a big help! Something I didn’t know the Mophie, while plugged in, recharges your iPhone 6s first and then the juice pack case recharges itself.

The mophie has a durable outer-band, raised bezel edge and rubberized support pads inside of full-case protection guard. Its high-impact protection case has saved me each time I have dropped my iPhone 6s down my cement stairs (not on purpose).

Unfortunately it is on back order for one to two weeks so if you want to give this as a holiday present I suggest order it now. It’s currently $99.95 and you can place your back order here.

I love my new mophie, someone should have told me to buy one of these sooner because it has been a life saver when I have a low battery and nowhere near a charger.

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Press Release: Next gen Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 arrives at Sprint Sept. 3

by on September 1st, 2015

Samsung exynosThe ultrathin Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 goes on sale Thursday, Sept. 3, at Sprint. When connected to the Sprint 4G LTE network, Galaxy Tab S2 allows you to surf the Web using a network built for high-speed data.

Available in direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Web Sales, Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint Business Sales, Galaxy Tab S2 is available three ways:

  1. With Sprint Easy PaySM, well-qualified buyers can get Galaxy Tab S2 with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $27.1
  2. Two-year service agreement for $548.
  3. Full price (without an annual contract) for $648.

(All pricing excludes tax.)

It’s 15 percent lighter and fully 16 percent thinner than its predecessor first generation Galaxy Tab S, making it the ideal travel companion. Featuring a beautiful metal finish, Galaxy Tab S2 weighs 13.12 ounces (392 grams) and measures 6.65 x 9.34 x 0.22 inches (169 x 237.3 x 5.6 mm). Continue Reading…

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Back to School 2015

by on August 16th, 2015

The first day of school is always the best for us girls. I know my BFF and I would spend hours getting ready in our flyiest outfits (yeah I said flyiest). SamsungUs girls walking into school feeling so sharp till we realized we had to do homework.

Here are some products and sites to make you fly:

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime because it’s loaded with key smartphone features and priced to be attractive to first-time smartphone owners or parents looking for a smartphone to add to a family plan for their children.*

I just received the myCharge product and though I haven’t yet tested it out yet but I’m in love with its logo. I’m constantly annoyed with the excuse “Oh my battery died.” Really did it or is it a lame excuse? I’m certain with this product that excuse can be avoided. * Continue Reading…

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