by Nina Pena on December 30th, 2016
AOTMP, a global leader in telecom management best practices and industry standards for enterprises and vendors, has recently announced finalists for the 2017 Mobility Awards. This coveted awards program, which has been in place since 2001, represents the most innovative, state-of-the-art mobile and wireless products and solutions in today’s market. The list of finalists is now available at AOTMPconference.com/mobility-awards-finalists.
The annual 2017 Mobility Awards program includes 65 awards in 16 different categories ranging from SmartPhones to Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Nominations, which were received by companies and consumers alike, ended on November 29th; and a committee of both members of the press and mobility analysts then voted for the finalists, based on criteria specific to product/solution category. Continue Reading…
by Nina Pena 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.
by Nina Pena on May 4th, 2016
Yesterday Google announced as part of the Google Self-Driving Car Project2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Not exactly my next car choice however minivans are known to be one of the safest cars on the road (not the prettiest though in my opinion). This will be the first time for Google to work directly with an automaker for their cars on this project. They will also be expanding their testing program to four other U.S. cites.
It will be interesting to see a self driving minivan on the road in the near future. I’m not sure how I feel about it if there are kids or babies in the minivan; seems dangerous but if anyone can do it Google can. I wish for the next car for the Google Self-Driving Car Project they would let the public vote; pretty sure it would NOT be a minivan.
Below is Google‘s full announcement from yesterday with more details about the Google Self-Driving Car Project and the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.
We’ve expanded our testing program to a total of four U.S. cities over the last several months, so it’s time to add more vehicles to our fleet. We’re planning to more than double our fleet with the initial addition of about 100 new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, and we hope the first few will be on the road by the end of this year.
This collaboration with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is the first time we’ve worked directly with an automaker to create our vehicles. FCA will design the minivans so it’s easy for us to install our self-driving systems, including the computers that hold our self-driving software, and the sensors that enable our software to see what’s on the road around the vehicle. The minivan design also gives us an opportunity to test a larger vehicle that could be easier for passengers to enter and exit, particularly with features like hands-free sliding doors.
In the coming months, our team will collaborate closely with FCA engineers. This experience will help both teams better understand how to create a fully self-driving car that can take you from A to B with the touch of a button. Collaborations like these are an important part of realizing the potential of self-driving technology to improve road safety and make transportation more accessible for millions of people.
by Nina Pena on July 22nd, 2015
Like the tech geek I am I found out my neighborhood in Austin was getting Google Fiber.
Per its site Google Fiber starts with a connection that’s up to 1,000 megabits per second, instant downloads, TV like no other…and endless possibilities. Considering I curse Time Warner at least once a day with random errors I got Google Fiber.
I registered for it during ACL 2014 to be one of the first people in Austin to get Google Fiber. I was not sure what the experience would be since it’s so new but I was excited to try it out.
At the beginning of April I got Google Fiber installed and I have to say the ascetics of the Google Fiber box installed could be a little sleeker. I know this is the first round of Google Fiber but it’s an eye sore and they didn’t even line it up with my other plugs in the wall next to it. I stare at it daily and starting to consider a new furniture piece because it’s driving me nuts (that’s what sucks about working from home).
Though it has been installed; I won’t know and it won’t work till mid-summer or early fall. Per their site “We can’t bring Fiber to everyone in Austin at once – so we’re building in phases, starting with South and Southeast Austin. More areas will be opening in the coming months.”
To locate where if your neighborhood will become a “Fiberhood” you can find it here.
by Radiris Diaz on October 5th, 2014
Over 300 can, and they came together or joined a national conversation via social media to talk about it last week.
On Friday, October 3rd, Google hosted an event at their headquarters called the Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit – a day jam packed with workshops and panels all tailored around the current and future state of Latinas in STEM. It was a bold move for Google, but also a very strategic one considering their recent backlash regarding their lack of diversity. This comes less than one month after announcing a 200k donation to Black Girls Code – in hopes of increasing their diverse pipeline of underrepresented girls. The biggest announcement, or news to me, came from Google with their new domain – .soy – which means “I am” in Spanish. Not sure how long that had been out for – but its a first for me.
by Nina Pena on October 2nd, 2014
Tune in tomorrow to watch an extraordinary event – the first in history – that examines the role of Latinas in STEM. While registration is closed for the event, you can tune in live and still watch.
Here is the description of the event – taken from their website:
“The Latinas Think Big™ Innovation Summit, hosted at Google’s campus in Silicon Valley, sparks a national dialogue on the current state and future of Latinas in STEM careers, with an emphasis on technology and innovation. This full-day event convenes a group of talented Latina innovators — along with a carefully vetted group of innovative leaders, tech entrepreneurs and influencers — to connect, learn and elevate the conversation on Latina innovation. The Summit will educate, empower and engage its audience with plenary and breakout-sessions, keynote speakers, and high-caliber networking opportunities.
This exciting event culminates with the Latinas Think Big™ showcase and a Cocktail Evening Reception with live music.
by on April 3rd, 2013
Since the birth of Social Media your online Google reputation is becoming more and more important especially when applying for a job or if you’re a blogger like myself. The kind folks at Reputation Changer set up an interview for me with the President of Reputation Changer, Michael Zammuto, for a demo of the website which helps you moderate your potential online google threats. Currently Reputation Changer is rated the industry’s #1 Online Reputation Management service by TopSEOs.com. Michael guided me through the website showing me the importance of each tab and how the dashboard worked. It was a brief call and I was curious to create my own account because it’s just not a proper review without me testing it out.
by on September 26th, 2011
Today at 6 pm Samsung held a press conference introducing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and two players, the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is extremely thin – that is the first thing that you notice. It has a nice metallic finish and while I’ve handled many tablets this one fit perfectly in my hands – like absolutely perfect, as if it were made for my hand.
It was funny hearing the product manager speak about it because they said ‘One size does not fit all’ and all I could think was – ‘You’re damn right!’.
The Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 are entertainment focused devices – bringing you everything but a phone call (games, media, and services). Taking a quick glance will make you think it’s an iPod Touch – I’m not going to lie – but its not, and its very nice.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be available on October 2nd for $469 (16GB) and $568 (32GB).
The Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 will be available on October 16th for $229 and $269 respectively.
Check out our pictures on twitter http://www.twitter.com/cutegeek
by Sylwia on January 25th, 2011
Earlier today I accidentally opened my Mozilla Firefox browser. I say accidentally because ever since I downloaded Google Chrome, I have primarily used that and ONLY that. The only exception would be when a website looks all funky in Chrome I will open Explorer (because it’s the default and I’ve learned from experience that it will look best in those situations).
Chrome is soooooooo fast, and if you need a reminder of how fast it really is, click on your Mozilla or IE shortcut. Test it out!
I use the Proxy Switchy plug-in to manage and switch from personal, work and client proxies, and…SURPRISE it works! I also have the Foxy Proxy plug-in on Mozilla which is designed to automatically detect which connection you are using and then it changes the proxy accordingly…or at least that is the theory. It works, but not all the time and I have gotten so frustrated with fixing the settings that I have moved away from using Firefox.
I like the “New Tab” page and how it displays the website you frequent most, and the most recent closed tabs (this way if you restart you don’t have to worry about where you found those amazing shoes after web browsing 2 hours, I kid I kid).
Google Chrome has changed my web influenced life.
Since the browser has been out for quite some time, do you use it? What’s your favorite feature?