It’s Not Too Late: Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide

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Did you wait until the last-minute to get that gift for mom (wife, sister, etc) ?

It’s ok…I won’t tell your secret! It’s 2015 and I still haven’t gotten gift giving down tight but I always have the BEST cards. One thing my mother loves is a good card…so even if the gift isn’t the best, the card makes the day.

Here are four mom-approved gifts in our 2015 Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide that you can grab before the big day. Most of these items you can pick up from your local big box retailer or Amazon Prime it!

Thank me later!

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Have You “Spring” Cleaned Your Technology Yet?

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It finally feels like spring here on the East Coast and you know what that means…

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Time to DUST off those external hard drives, donate/sell the old tech you don’t use anymore and hand down that old iPhone to your sister because she goes through phones like water! Like most people, I find it a bit hard to part with my technology but my pocketbook thanks me when I sell a product that I haven’t used in months or years and my apartment loves me because I get rid of the clutter.

Here’s some tips to help you tackle to monster that is digital clutter!

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Five Geeky Conventions That You Should Be Saving Your Coins For in 2015

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I don’t know about you but here on the east coast it is ALMOST SPRING and I am dreaming of the season of festivals, cosplay, and tropical food!

I know I can’t be the only one.

One of the big things that the I look forward to is traveling to the many conventions and festivals and meeting up with new and old friends.

Here’s a quick list of some of the geeky conventions I think you should take a look into…start saving!

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This Week In Tech: Stream Team FTW! Week #2

On the Road to 52!

Here’s Week 2 of This Week In Tech, a compilation of the top headlines from the industry this week from bloggers I love and myself.

Mo, Money… No Problems?

Dish sling TV service racked up a whopping 100,000 in sign-ups in less than a month.

Now if you’re not familiar with Sling TV, It’s Dish Network’s web TV service and for $20 a month you can have live content streamed to your television with channels like ESPN, CNN, and AMC. There is the ability to purchase add on packages which allow you to have more channels at $5/month. You have to give credit where credit’s due, they are doing something right.

Recode notes that they are directly going after cable TV customers.

WOW.

Say Goodbye to a piece of Childhood

EA shuts down studio behind SimCity

So long, farewell, goodbye! EA announced this week that they were consolidating their studios in the Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki and Melbourne where the magic happens for Sims and SimCity.

Just a note, The Sims brand is not affected by the closure of Maxis Emeryville.

“Coach, put me in the game!”

Yep it’s true. Google confirmed on stage at Mobile World Congress that they are working on a wireless service this year. Google will become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) which means it will buy “tower power” from networks like Sprint and T-Mobile and then sell it to customers. This news doesn’t surprise me at all as  we all know Google has become so much a part of our culture. This was just a natural step.

Welp! Those are three hot button items that I didn’t want you to miss this week.

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!

This Week In Tech: On The 6! Week #1

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The Road to 52!

Here’s Week 1 of This Week In Tech, a compilation of the top headlines from the industry this week from bloggers I love and myself.

On The 6:

Nope it’s not the latest Drake release or even a throwback Thursday edition with J. Lo BUT an almost but certain confirmed rumor, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is on the way.

My friends over at TechGuySmartBuy put together a pretty comprehensive post on some of the details and what we should be looking for next in this smartphone line.

I’ve Got The Golden Ticket:

OnePlus One invites open

This week, relatively unknown Chinese handset maker OnePlus turned the entire smartphone world upside down as it announced that it’s widening its availability of the handset to every Tuesday. If you are familiar with the manufacturer OnePlus, you already know that you can only get the handset through an invite by an existing OnePlus owner or through a contest hosted by the company.

Why should you care:

This allows OnePlus to implement a manufacture on demand type model which keeps inventory low and at a price point where people can afford them. Right now in the US market, the phone sells for 299 unlocked.

The Perfect Pair:

Expedia buys Orbitz

If you’re frugal traveler like me, you know how important it is to get the biggest bang for your buck before you set off.

Guess how surprised when I saw Expedia was in line to buy its rival Orbitz for around $1.3 billion. Crazy right? Check out the memo here.

Expedia must have money to blow because just last month, they bought Travelocity as well. The company is merging just like the airlines are but the one question that everyone may have is “Will this make prices go up?” Considering that there is still competition out there for sites like Expedia only time will tell.

Welp! Those are three hot button items that I didn’t want you to miss this week.

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!

Coming in Clear: HD Frequency Cable Cutter Aerowave Review

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Sometimes being without cable sucks. I miss the music video channels, cooking shows and the live banter on Twitter but thankfully being a part of a huge community that also isn’t tied into the cord makes it easy.

I’ve had my share of antennas but most just didn’t live up to truly living without cable but I think HD Frequency Cable Cutter Aerowave has eliminated that problem.

As you know, I live in a pretty populated part of the Baltimore-DC region so it’s easy to know that sometimes I get completely different channels than the ones in my area. I watch DC and Baltimore news and when I lived further north, I even caught some PA channels. But that came with a caveat. While I enjoy the local news channels and home shopping channels over the air, they sometimes came in fuzzy or even not at all.

That all changed once I received the Cable Cutter Aerowave.

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Top 5 Things You Should Care About From CES 2015

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Well, CES 2015 is a wrap!

Other than the two day recovery time from traveling from coast to coast, I truly had a BLAST!

I’m still recovering from last week’s event’s, but I had a really good time. I even extended my flight to a later time so I could get to the show floor to see some items that I missed. Next year, I’ll make sure to stay a bit longer. As I’ve had a week to reflect and test all the goodies I received while at CES, I decided to compile five things you should care about from the years show.

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Surviving CES: First Timers

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It’s a techies playground.

Second to “Geek Week” known as SXSW, The International Consumer Electronics Show is one of the biggest technology expo in the world that happens every January in Las Vegas. The official dates are January 6th-9th.

Access to the show is only available to industry insiders, journalists/press and exhibitors traditionally so you know that the information that is release will be top of the line!

With less than a week away to plan and prep for CES, I realized that there weren’t many guides out for first timers, especially when I decided go in 2012.

I don’t want that for you.

I’ve decided to put together a guide of things I wish I knew before packing my bags and heading to Sin City!

Here’s the first in the series, Surviving CES: First Timers.

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Tackling a #DeedADay in a high tech world: Join Me!

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What Good #Deeds have you done today?

I am always connected.

24/7, 365 much to my friends and families frustration. Being constantly connected as much as I am, I’m exposed to hundreds of stories a day, good and bad.

People from all walks of life are experiencing things that I would never know about if I wasn’t “plugged in”. Although sometimes, it makes me feel very disconnected from the real world.

Unplugging

Last year around this time,  I set out to make sure that I completed several random acts of kindness throughout the year. That way I stay connected to myself and had a strong commitment to the values of unplugging. I get to experience the opportunity of giving back through my job, my organization and at random.  I know how hard it is for some to digest a lot of the information they’re receiving online.

About The Bracelet

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When I was approached about the #DeedADay project, I knew exactly how I wanted to kick off 2015.
Designed by author, artist, and AIDS/HIV activist Mary Fisher, the 100 Good Deeds bracelet is a fashion statement and a cause. Each time you do a good deed, just move the little band over one bead.

The #1GD bracelets are made by women around the world (Uganda, India, Indonesia, Zambia, South Africa, Rwanda, and Haiti) who live in vulnerable circumstances. The 100 Good Deeds project provides them with training to make the bracelets and a way to support their families.

How You Can Join

Feel free to check out my Instagram for continuous updates of the random good deeds that I’m performing in the world, digitally and in real life. You should join in!

Disclosure: I received this 100 Good Deeds bracelet as a gift to review and share with my readers. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Upgrade your TV to LG OLED at Best Buy

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If you are anything like me, you are excited for the holidays. More specifically, Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

This is the time of year I’ve been saving all of dough for and with the leak of some Black Friday ads over the past few weeks, I’m excited to see some non-advertised deals right in my inbox.

Now I have a question for you. . . When’s the last time you upgraded your television?

Don’t be ashamed.

Are you still staring at that 780p HD TV that you bought on sale FIVE Black Fridays ago because you stood in line? Well, I’m here to tell you that it is time to upgrade your options!

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Ask CGGD: Best Ultrabook for me + Top 5 Ultrabooks!

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With the holidays on the horizon, I pulled this question on Ultrabooks out of the mail bag to help out a fellow reader.

Dear CGGD,

The holidays are on the horizon and I really need a great lightweight laptop for the new year and the options are endless between the MacBook air the Samsung brand, I have no idea what to choose I’m looking for the greatest bang for my buck. Help!

Signed,
Lost In Bytes

Well “Lost In Bytes” with Black Friday just a week away and plenty of computer deals on the horizon for the holidays,  I’ll give you some great suggestions on some lightweight laptops or “Ultrabooks” by some of my favorite companies.

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This Week In Tech: Amazon Echo and more!

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In this week’s edition of This Week In Tech, we take a look at the latest and greatest that you surely missed out (or want to forget) this week.

 

First up, Amazon Echo!

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Amazon drooped a doozy on us late this week in a form of a voice controlled speaker named Amazon Echo.

Amazon Echo can play music, set important alarms, and give you up to date information about news and weather. It can even answer questions and is hands-free so you can move it from room to room.

Of course, the internet NEVER fails to create a quick parody. This time, its at Amazon’s expense.

Check it out below (NSFW).

The device costs $199 or $99 for Prime members, but, you need to request an invitation to get it. Stay tuned for more on the Echo as it develops!

 

FitBit…Gone?

Fitbit, a major player in the wearable technology space has been removed from its online stores and is in the process of being removed from the physical stores as well. Conspiracy? MacRumors seems to think it’s the Apple Watch to blame.

 

Just a quick read on what you missed this week! Stay tuned for next weeek!

Ada Lovelace Day: Paying Homage to #STEMSheroes

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Ada Lovelace was a BOSS and I don’t think she gets as much credit as she should. This “Enchantress of Numbers” published her own notes on the analytical engine and helped inspire the first modern day computer. Does Alan Touring ring a bell?

But you already knew that, you read last year’s post.

This year, I’m doing things a little differently…

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Happy Blogaversary to Me!

Hey There,

Yesterday was my Blogaversary! Did you get a chance to read the Ask CGGD topic?

I am so excited to have the opportunity to write about technology, lifestyle and all the geekery that comes along for the last three years.

Having this blog has opened up so many doors. I’ve traveled across the country in the name of tech, I’ve created new friendships, and connected with people all over the world that I’ve never had the opportunity to do without this avenue.

So I’m doing something different this year…

Instead of a giveaway on the actual day or even the week, I’ll be celebrating all month!

I’ll be bringing original content twice a week on topics that I really think you’ll love and launching something BRAND NEW(caps means it’s real) in November!

Speaking of you, I love this space and it’s not just about me. My voice speaks for various communities and populations. I’d like to think that I write about topics that I would hope you would be interested in as well.

Whether I’m writing about Baltimore tech culture or geeky Dr. Who things, I want to make sure I don’t leave you hanging. I’ll definitely keep the hot topic/news articles in the mix but I definitely want to bring some long form/storytelling perspective posts to City Girl Goes Digital.

I also know that it is important to give and receive feedback. I’ve been writing on the web for a long time and not a word goes by without another person’s eyes on it(S/O to the editors of the world…you’re the real MVP). Because of this, I’ve attached the survey to this post and would love if you could fill it out. I’ll have it open and ongoing all month.

Thank you for the love, e-mails, e-hugs and tweets. I can’t want to bring you the best content ever!

xoxo,

Keisha

Ask CGGD: Should I ditch my cable?

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ask cggd ditch cable Everyone knows that I am huge supporter of the cord-cutter movement. I barely watch television anymore (unless I’m a season behind or its network TV). I should be the face of the cordless movement. BUT, I know that sometimes its hard. I’ll cover all the reasons why you should or shouldn’t ditch your cable and some resources to keep you sane. [Read more…]

Digital Girl’s Guide to Moving: The Hunt

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Confession: Up until about 5 years ago, I moved every year. My friends joked that I couldn’t stay in one place and they were tired of lugging my stuff around Baltimore. In my defense, each move happened for one reason or another but each time I’d use the same process.

1. Pick an area
2. Determine wants vs. needs
3. Pick a move-in date

This time, I decided to do things different. Here’s my Digital Girl’s Guide to Moving!

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5 Things You NEED For Back To School

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It’s that time of the year again.

From mad dashes through Wal-Mart for the best deals to printing out class schedules to get educational discounts on new computers ( you know that’s a THING, right?).

Now this post won’t cover what computer  to buy or what classes you need to take. It’s an overview of the things people tend to forget when prepping for college.

Don’t worry, I got ya covered!

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