I'm Moving!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Click the picture above to go to my new blog!
2010 has been amazing and 2011 is off to a good start. Through this blog I have done so many great things and met some very cool people. I created a small community and I've even made money... All while having fun.

At first I thought that this blog would be utilized to simply review products but it's evolved into so much more than that. It was a bridge to new opportunities, an open forum for technology enthusiasts and most importantly a hobby that has turned into a passion.

I love what I do but on this site I am limited in more ways than one. For this reason I have decided to branch out onto a new domain where I can continue writing while also making a larger dent in the blogosphere. With new topics and tips for you -the reader- you won't want to miss out.

Along with starting another blog I am also spearheading a few other projects: including a redesigned and redefined teenondarise, a column on a site near and dear to my heart, and an internship with an innovative youth program.

This year is going to be packed with work but I hope you'll join me on the bumpy ride. 


Best Buy is Ready for the Holiday Season!

Friday, October 1, 2010

This past Tuesday I was invited to Best Buy's Holiday Media Preview event by a very good blog friend. It was the first technology event that I attended on my own and it was definitely more then I expected. Product displays lined the perimeter of the room and Best Buy employees were readily available to demo each for you. It was such a weird yet amazing feeling having people wait on you.

From lights that could improve your mood,

to food and drink resistant laptops,

all of the products that I saw were innovative in their own respect but there were two that truly stole the show.


Google and HTC's newest creation packs a punch. It will be T-mobile's first HSPA+ phone, which in layman terms means it will have 4G data speeds; but unlike Sprint you won't need to pay for this extra feature. It comes standard in the data package you already pay for.

The phone features a crystal clear 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen, 4 soft keys beneath it, an optical trackpad, Android 2.2 out of the box, an 800 MHz processor, a slide out 4 row QWERTY keyboard and a 5 MP camera with LED flash.

The screen was amazingly vibrant and was extremely responsive. Although the phone only has an 800 MHz processor Android 2.2 ran smoothly. Apps were snappy and page turning was a breeze.

The G2 boasts a lush 4 row QWERTY keyboard. It usually takes a bit of time to get used to a new keyboard but I was instantly typing out full length sentences with few errors.
The slide out mechanism was also a welcome surprise. The top of the phone actually lifts off of the base as it slides back.

The 5 MP camera looks nice on the back of the phone but the photos are nothing to brag about. If you are looking for a phone that can also be used as your go-to digital camera then this isn't the phone for you.

The G2 has an expected release date of October 16 and will retail at $200 with a 2 year contract.

I brought a Wii about two months after it's initial release and I loved it from day one. Although the graphics weren't great, the fact that it was an interactive game made it amazing. As soon as I heard of the X-Box Kinect I knew it would instantly fail. It was just going to be a mindless copy of the uber successful Wii.

While at the event I was asked to demo the product and boy was I wrong! The Kinect combines the amazing graphics of the X-Box and today's innovative motion sensing technology. Even without a remote the motion sensor was more sensitive than the Wii. While playing Kinect Adventures even the slightest lean (or misstep! ha) was recognized. I was actually able to pay closer attention and excel in the game because I didn't have to make sure that I was pressing the right button, or play in fear because I might lose grip of the remote and break something.

I found it amazing that on top of all of those great features the Kinect can track 3 people at a time and can be placed above or below your TV without being affected (the motor within the device will orient the camera and motion sensor to best capture your movements). In conjunction with X-box Live it can also be used as a webcam.

Upon release, on November 4th, the Kinect will retail at $150 (just $50 short of a full fledged game system) but for the amount of features that it has, the price is reasonable.

Are you thinking of adding any of these products to your holiday wishlist?

Let me know in a comment!


Building Communities.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I grew up along side the internet. I have watched it go from static pages to new media platforms with mind-blowing designs and uses. It's so amazing to me the innovation of it all and how we are continuing to take great strides to become as cutting edge as possible.

But, honestly, none of that matters.

Advanced or not, what matters is how we use all of these platforms- from traditional writing to films & music- to further develop the communities we already have, build new ones and maintain the healthy relationships that we need.

Communities aren't just the set group of people around you. Dictionary.com defines community as:

"a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect..."

That means your Youtube subscribers, your Twitter followers, and your Facebook fans & friends are all seperate communities. How are you building them up? How are you showing them to build others?

"Social media isn't a fad, it's a fundamental shift in the way we communicate" -Socialnomics09

This quote is so undeniably true yet so few have actually realized it. While corporate giants and most adults are using social media as a cash cow, today's youth have understood this principle and have put it into practice.

From fundraisers to empowering meetups the youth are finding new and innovative ways to better their communities... and they are not going to stop.

How are you- adult or youth -helping to create a better tomorrow?

If you're stuck and don't have an answer to that question click HERE to vote and hear more on this topic at SxSW.


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