Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

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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iPhone 7 Cases by PATCHWORKS

by on August 11th, 2016

Apple logo rainbowThe fall and pre-holiday season is always a fun time for newly released technology. It is also timing for a new iPhone model, iPhone 7 and 7 plus to be exact.

The rumorville continues to churn on if the iPhone 7 will launch on the 7th or will it be it be another alleged date of the 16th? The most current rumor is said but not confirmed with Apple that the new iPhone 7 will be launched on September 7th.

It is said that the iPhone 7 will not have a 3.5mm jack and instead earbuds can connect via Bluetooth or the lighting jack. Apple has confirmed one thing there will be more than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters that will be available to iPhone and iPad users this fall with iOS 10.


As we continue to speculate what will the iPhone 7 look like and new changes accessories are already being created for it. My favorite so far is the LEVEL Card Case by PATCHWORKS. As much as I like the Atlas Wallet Case I currently have for my iPhone 6S it would be nice to have a case less bulky and I believe the LEVEL card case is the solution.

Below are the different case models for the iPhone 7 that will be available also in the fall. If you would like to pre-order or want more information about PATCHWORKS click here.

LEVEL case

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 PATCHWORKS LEVEL case comes in all new revamped design with Clear Poly-carbonate back with Impact dispersion RIB design on sides. Drop proof (US MIL-STD-810G) and Style proof with its slimmest profile among drop protection cases available in the market.

LEVEL Card case

Level Card Case2Who wants to carry a wallet All-the-time? LEVEL Card case offers a card slot where you can store 2 cards securely and secretively. The slimmest profile among Drop protection cases that can hold 2 cards inside!

LEVEL Sky case

Level Sky 3Beautiful Sky. Onto your brand new iPhone 7. LEVEL Sky case added in-mold Laminated film of beautiful graphics of Sky onto the existing LEVEL case. All the great features of LEVEL case, PLUS a Sky into your hand.

FlexGuard case
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Looking for a perfect Grip case with Flexible and soft feel? Look no further. FlexGuard offers all that, PLUS superb drop protection using PoronXRD Impact resistant materials in 4 corners. Finished with Metalized Rubber to add a sense of gorgeousness.

PureSnap case

Pure 5We understand there are customers who prefer to add as minimal detail as possible for their new iPhone with reasonable protection. We wanted to take clear case to the next step, and came up with a ‘PureSnap’ case. This case is made with strong clear Poly-carbonate with UV coating, yet it covers all 4 corners of iPhone.

ITG Glass screen protectors

Glass 6Over a Million sold and still No. 1 in Premium Tempered Glass screen protection. As a pioneer in Glass screen industry, we promise to offer the BEST product you can get in the market. For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, we will Lauch ITG Plus, ITG Pro Plus, ITG Privacy, ITG Silicate and ITG Full Cover glass screen protectors.

As I get more news and accessories for the iPhone 7 I will share via Cutegeek and Hi-Tech Chic or on twitter at @nrpena, @cutegeek, and @hitechchic.

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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).

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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.

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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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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Hopeline from Verizon

by on October 26th, 2015

Hopeline VerizonMost of us know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and thanks to all that have contributed towards such an important cause but did you know October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month? I certainly didn’t till I got an email today asking me to spread the word.
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Live Stream of Apple’s Announcement Today

by on September 9th, 2015

Apple EventToday is THE day! Apple will be announcing their next generation of products at 10am PDT today. Apple will have a live stream available for the event here or you can also view it on Ustream here.  It’s predictable that they will announce the new iPhone 6S but there are rumors it won’t just be for the iPhone. The buzz all over the internet is that they may announce the next generation Apple TV and iPad as well. I guess we will all know in just a couple hours.

In order to watch the live stream on the apple site today you must have these requirements:

Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires a second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.

Get ready to see what apple will be announcing and for those on CDT time the event is at noon so take your lunch then to watch the live stream.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport

by on October 2nd, 2014

photo 2 photo 1I received the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport and immediately I fell in love with this product. I’m an iPhone girl and always recommended others to get an iPhone because of its ease of use…till I had my first Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport experience.

When I unboxed the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport I was excited to see they sent me the Ruby color of the phone. As soon as I turned it on I was impressed. I love my iPhone 5s but the 5.1” full HD display on the Galaxy and the keyboard swipe are 5

I immediately began downloading Apps and customizing it with my Google, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. Next I explored all the sports Apps especially S Health. While utilizing the S Health app the one feature I used almost daily is the heart rate monitor. It’s a pretty cool feature but if your finger isn’t in the right place you don’t get a read of your heart rate. Galaxy S5’s pedometer and S Health also keeps track of your condition, walking distance, calories, speed, and duration.

Another App that I was impressed was already loaded was the POLARIS Office 5 suite, which on an iPhone you have to pay $12.99 for. Recently I have been doing heavy slide work and use excel spreadsheets daily; I wish my iPhone had POLARIS Office 5. This app is also very handy for those like me that work remote or travel a lot.

The Galaxy S5 Sport has an IP67 certification which makes it resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust. It also reminds you if the charging port cover is open on the phone-vital for it to be resistant. I’m accident prone so this feature to me was the best! I’ve spilt an adult beverage on my iPhone and it hasn’t been the same since.

The Main/ Rear camera boasts a 16MP resolution while the front facing camera is 2.0MP (1920 x 1080, Wide-angle lens) and features HDR (Rich tone), Fast Auto Focus, and Selective Focus capabilities. I played around with the different camera features and made a video of my dog Chloe playing with her food. photo 3

There were two overly active alerts in my opinion: airplane mode and volume levels when plugging in headphones- I know I listen to music a tad loud but the alerts were just a tad unnecessary.

Similar to past Galaxy smart phones I’ve read about, the battery life is not like the iPhone. I can go two days without charging my iPhone but with the Galaxy if I don’t charge it nightly it’s dead. It does have the Ultra Power Saving Mode to save and extend your battery life, however I was confused on when it changes your screen to black and white and shuts down all apps and features. This may also be because I’m a Galaxy virgin.

All in all my Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport experience was great. After using an iPhone for 3 years I would consider migrating to a Galaxy S5 Sport. It was fun learning a new OS, learning about Apps and features that my little iPhone lacks. I am really sad I have to send it back but such is life!

The Galaxy S5 Sport is available through Sprint for $199.99 with a 2-yr service agreement. If you are over your iPhone I suggest trying out the Galaxy S5 Sport- you won’t be let down!

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Review: Moto X w/ Ebony Finish

by on February 18th, 2014

Moto XI’m an iPhone girl but saw the new Moto X with the Ebony wood grain finish and asked my friends at Motorola to send me one to test out. I haven’t had an Andriod phone but use google apps frequently.  I was curious to see how easily I could switch from the  iOS mindset to Andriod using the Moto X.

When I unboxed the Moto X it was beautiful with a sleek wood finish and ready to go without charging it. The interface was simple I quickly added Moto Screen Shotmy facebook, twitter and g-mail accounts. One thing I was not familiar with was the screen alert icons while locked that just informed you of a new message on twitter, facebook or email. They were non-disruptive and only showed the icons when a new message or notification came in while on a locked screen.

Since one of the advertised features is that it responds to your voice with no touching necessary I put the Moto X to the test and asked it a load of questions. Since I am a Siri junkie I was curious to see if it was better. I asked the same question to both devices “Please find me a French restaurant in 78701.” The Moto X came up with a list quickly while Siri responded with (and I wish I was joking) ” Sorry I couldn’t find any French restaurants in inseminate.” (Gross Siri just gross!)

Moto X picI use my iPhone or DSLR to take allot of photos so I had to put the Moto X to the test and took it with me on my walk to the Golden Gate bridge. I didn’t see much of a difference from my iPhone only that it was easier to take a picture.  The Moto X features easy camera usability by just twisting your wrist twice to enable the camera instantly. The back camera has burst mode, auto HDR, panorama and tap to focus features while the Front has 2MP 1080p HD video. I would also like to note the battery life on the Moto X out powers my iPhone. I have to charge my iPhone Nina and Motodaily but the Moto X I could go two days without charging,

The Moto X comes in several colors but for the wood grain look there are 4 options, Ebony, Teak, Bamboo and Walnut. You can design your own Moto X with wood finish on the Motorola Moto Maker site for retail of $354.99 or  with a 2 year contract at AT&T for $79.99. One cool tid bit I learned while reviewing this product, it is the only smartphone assembled in the US!

Besides these features it operates just like every other Andriod on the market with goggle. If your wanting to stray away from the iOS and looking for a cool Android smart phone the Moto X with the wood grain finishes are the way to go. It’s sleek, sexy and classy; believe me it will catch people’s eyes when you are using it (I got allot of attention particularly by men who liked the wood grain finish).

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id America Cross Link Cable- I could be everyone’s BFF w/ this!

by on September 6th, 2013

idamericanyEver been in one of those situations…someone didn’t bring their charger; typically this happens at business meeting. Before you know it the whole room is replying with whatever charger they have but not yours.

Imagine if you had the id America Cross Link Cable; you would be everyone’s new best friend. The Cross Link Cable has a Micro USB, 30-Pin and Lightning port with a tangle free cord. Perfect to throw in your purse or back pack.

ID America 2I have used it to power my iPhone, my chicbuds Gurl Power Bank, and on a Galaxy S4. After a week it has made through the battle that constantly goes on in my purse.

The id America Cross Link Cable comes in black, blue, green, pink, white, and yellow and priced at $17.95 on their site.   

After all we are stuck without a charger every once and a while…why not be someone’s best friend with the id America Cross Link Cable.

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Audiosynq Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds with Mic

by on August 29th, 2013

I have been searching for an affordable pair of bluetooth wireless earbuds with mic for about a year and audioshadn’t really found a reasonable pair. OK I admit, I developed a small problem; they make it way to easy with pay pal. I did a search on small wireless earbuds with mic and after going through all the one’s that were way out of my price range (anything over $75.00 is just too much for ear buds since I tend to break most) I found these Audiosynq earbuds for just under $29.99.

Maybe my vision is off but I was not expecting them to be as bulky and they sucked the life out of my iPhone battery for my 30 minute walk to the office…

I digress back to wired earbuds (thanks chicbudsSmile) till there are wireless/ bluetooth earbuds that fit my simple requirement…just work.

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MOPHIE (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition Juice Pack

by on July 29th, 2013

MophieRED is a charity that works with major brands to fight for an AIDS free generation. Each brand such as Coca Cola, mophie, FEED, Starbucks, Converse, and many others donate a certain percentage of each product RED they sell. For instance for each mophie product you purchase 5% gross profit goes to RED.

I’m always running out of juices in the most epic instagram moment. The RED Special Edition mophie juice pack air for the iPhone® 5 caught eye. The mophie charges your iPhone up to up to additional 8 hours talk time on 3G smart phone, up to additional 8-10 hours of internet on most providers, up to 40 hours of audio and 10 hours of video playback.I can’t wait to get an iPhone 5 so I can review this

The mophie depending on design runs around $99.95 so if you purchase the mophie roughly ~$4.95 go to RED. Just think your shopping for a good cause and what better then to help RED.

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