by Nina Pena 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!
by Nina Pena 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!
by Nina Pena on March 6th, 2016
It seems like yesterday when I met Radiris and Michael who were already bloggers for Hardware geeks at CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in 2009. After meeting them I was asked to start writing for their new site called “cutegeek.”
I had worked for Dell a while but what do I know about writing reviews? What would make readers come back? Then it dawned on me. I can pretty much break any electronic; I honestly don’t know what happens. Everyone claims I have the anti-Midas touch and it’s been said that if I product lasts in my hands it’s “Nina Certified” on Cutegeek.
After I agreed and did all the paper work when Cutegeek went live I posted immediately. This embarrassingly is my very first post on March 1, 2009: http://www.cutegeek.com/2009/03/01/hello-im-nina/ (The video is even worse!).
Since starting with Cutegeek I have had the unique experience in attending CES, SXSW, E3, Napa Valley Film Festival, the launch of the Plasticki in Sausalito, Ford’s Go Further annual event, Mac World and many more as press. I’ve met intelligent people, met new friends who will always be in life and travel more than I would in any other occupation.
Thanks to all the Cutegeek fans; you guy rock for being loyal fans for the last 7 years.
Thank you to Radiris and Michael for the last 7 years of Cutegeek and cheers to many more! As I always say I will continue to work for Cutegeek as long as I’m still cute.
by Nina Pena on December 28th, 2015
We hope all our cutegeek fans have a FABULOUS New Years! Looking back over the past year and all these pictures I realized I had some amazing experiences plus cool products I got to review in 2015.
We want to thank all the companies or brands who sends us products to reviews and inviting us to events in 2015. We would also like to truly thanks all our fans who read our site and send nice notes on how much they love cutegeek.
In 2016 I promise will be even more exciting then 2015 with more product reviews, attending events like CES, SXSW, E3, Comic Con with Shatner as the host, ACL, and maybe the Napa Valley Film festival.
Here at cutegeek we wish you all a Happy New Year and a reminder to be safe! Uber it or have a DD if you can especially if you are in Austin. Thanks again to all the PR agencies, Start-ups, and most importantly our fans; without you all our site would not be as successful.
Cheers to 2016!
by Nina Pena on December 15th, 2015
Its official I’m going to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2016 and covering it for Cutegeek, Examiner, and for the first time Hi-Tech Chic! I finally settled on flights and booked them! I think this flyer I got in the mail just made me realize I’m going to Vegas baby! I will only be at CES January fifth through the seventh, basically for Pepcom’s Digital Experience and Showstoppers so I don’t have to run around the convention center.
Pepcom’s Digital Experience and Showstoppers are my favorite events; it gives press the unique opportunity to see the latest and greatest of technology before it’s displayed or more up close than at the convention center. Most of the people and products I personally want to view are usually at these two shows. I will also be doing some one off evening cocktail parties January the fifth and the sixth.
To my media friends; I have received over 500 email requests. I’m not sure how I got so popular but I’m only one person so I will start responding to those I will meet up with. Note I will not being going to the convention center only attending Pepcom’s Digital Experience and Showstoppers.
To check out what CES shenanigans I will be up to you can follow me on twitter at @nrpena, @cutegeek, and @hitechchic OR to get the recap or new posts about my CES 2016 experience check back on Cutegeek, Examiner, and Hi-Tech Chic.
So wish me luck and let the games begin!!
All information was provided by CES, Showstoppers and Pepcom’s sites.
by Nina Pena on October 6th, 2015
In September I finally launched my own site called Hi-tech Chic (pronounced sheek) which will be reviews of fashion and tech instead of just tech.
Since then many of my Cutegeek and SF Examiner fans have been asking if I’m leaving either site and the answer is NO! I will remain to write for Cutegeek till I’m no longer cute…which may be sooner than later since I’m in my 30’s.
My promise to you all is to continue to write and review technology for all three sites with the same integrity since I started writing over 6 years ago. My content will continue to be unique and newsworthy for each site but now with Hi-tech Chic the element of fashion will be included with tech.
In conclusion and to put the emails, DMs, and texts at rest I’m still writing for Cutegeek and Examiner just adding another site to my repertoire.
by Nina Pena on July 14th, 2015
One of the fabulous things about having a birthday in July is all the Christmas in July sales!
Amazon.com, for the first time ever, will have a Prime Day Sale for prime members tomorrow! What’s prime day dare you ask?
Prime Day is a one-day shopping event on July 15, 2015, with more deals than Black Friday. Prime members can shop exclusive deals from electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and much more. Members will find deals starting at midnight PDT, with new deals starting throughout the day, as often as every ten minutes.
I’m an Amazon prime member and I am STOKED for tomorrow’s Prime Day sales! Guess who will be up till midnight tonight waiting for Prime Day?
If you are not a Prime member Try Prime today and get immediate access to deals on July 15.*
by Nina Pena on June 11th, 2015
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E3 2015 this cutegeek.com girl is taking it by storm!
After 6 years at cutegeek.com I still can’t believe how many tech events we have attended. In 2009 it was my first E3 experience as media with my partner Radiris.
Last year I attended E3 alone as media for the first time and though I missed Radiris I had a blast (Though the Xbox people weren’t very nice and their booth babes were ignorant). I played in a splatoon tournament (pretty sure I lost it for the team but it was fun), I hope they have that this year.
This year I have signed up to attend PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox briefings along with visiting some of my favorite games and accessories. I also got the E3 App which I did not install last year and it’s a huge help for anyone attending E3 2015 (especially the “maps” and “locate me”).
To follow my E3 2015 journey you check me out on twitter @nrpena or on the examiner here.
I hope to see you all attending at E3 2015 and if you want to book quick briefings fill out the below form:
by Nina Pena on June 3rd, 2015
Nintendo was the first gaming consoles we had growing up. My little brother and I mostly played Super Mario Bros. & Legends of Zelda together all the time. We mostly bonded but sometimes we would get into huge fights, especially if he was winning and I pressed reset button. Till this day my brothers are not only family but my best friends who kicked it on gaming!
This year Nintendo will be celebrating National Friends Day on June 8th! Continue Reading…
by Nina Pena on March 26th, 2015
The SXSW Interactive Gaming Expo is my favorite event (besides Auditorium Shores Concerts). It combines developers, manufacturers and fans of the gaming culture with its diverse range of events of geek culture with the cross-console video game world. It’s held at Palmer auditorium in Austin (walking distance from my casa) and is kid friendly. The most adorable thing about this is to see little kids geek out on games like my little brothers and I use to back in the day.
There was allot to see and explore at the SXSW Gaming Expo so I am going to highlight what I found the most interesting.
Plotagon is the creative animation app that develops students’ skills in critical thinking, creativity and writing. The Plotagon character creator lets students create themselves, famous and notable people, or characters and then the creative writing takes off from there. When I wrote my first play (at 12) I wish I had this app (though in my day we had beepers…not smartphones). I’m so jealous yet excited of kid’s technology now a days! Definitely check out Plotagon especially if you are a teacher; I believe getting kids engaged with creative writing and technology is brilliant!
“Road’s? Where we’re going we don’t need roads!” That quote seems more relevant now than back then because during SXSW the AeroMobil flying car that transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane was introduced. AeroMobil is a flying car that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel. As a car it fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be used in road traffic just like any other car. As a plane it can use any airport in the world, but can also take off and land using any grass strip or paved surface just a few hundred meters long.* Continue Reading…