5 Must Have Gadgets for your Hawaiian Adventure

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Every modern girl needs a break from the rat race of the big city. For those of us that travel frequently for business, we often need quick trips to unwind and reboot. Hawaii is my part time home and my preferred location for a retreat. During my visit earlier this month, I had the pleasure of staying at the Embassy Suites Waikiki which reduced my technology usage. The views were so beautiful from my room, I sat on my wrap-around balcony and took it all in without feeling the need to log on.

Embassy Suites Hawaii gadgets

When it came time for meals, I didn’t need to worry because breakfast was a part of my package. As the sun set and dinnertime crept upon us- the hotel had several restaurants on the property such as The Yard House and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. I even didn’t access my YELP app on my Note 4 as much during my 18-day visit on the island because of the convenience of staying on this property.

Embassy Suites food

Technology is not something I can leave behind due to my extended stays. Today, we are going to discuss the 5 gadgets you need on your next Hawaiian adventure.

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Not Quite Beyonce: Cruising with the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander

I test drove the Mitshibhi Outlander for a week free of charge courtesy of DriveShop. All opinions expressed here are my own.

You know the moment when you sit into a car for the first time and think… “I wonder what magic is about to happen here?”.

That was me with the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander.

Mitsubishi Outlander 

Now if you didn’t know, I am in the market for a car. I’ve had my little putt-putt vehicle for almost 10 years and I know it’s seen better days. When the opportunity to test drive the tech centered 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander arose, I couldn’t pass it up!

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Cover it up with SkinIt + Giveaway


Do you remember the time you first dropped your phone?

Well, I’ll make it easier.

Cracked your screen?

It was freshman year at UMES and I had JUST claimed my Palm Treo 600 series through my school’s discount service and went out to celebrate on the town. Not even 24 hours out of the box, my phone hit the ground and it took almost THREE months to get a replacement. By then, I was back on my Nextel chirpin to all my classmates that had the coveted phone.

Either way, that first shatter cuts deep. If I knew about Skinit back then, I wouldn’t be cringing reliving that moment. Well… now you won’t have to.

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From Sunscreen to Retina Screens: 6 Ways to Unplug this Summer #selfcare

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If you’ve never taken a digital vacation, I suggest you pick one of these summer days and try it out. With less than 60 days left of summer, you need to make sure you get all the outdoor stimulation you can before old man winter arrives.

As one who LOVES the sun rays and blue water, I am in no rush to end my summer vacation. If fact, I’m unplugging every weekend in August to experience every bit of it. Want to join me?  😛

If you aren’t quite ready to sever the cord, here’s six ways to unplug this summer from the digital noise and get back into the real world.

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I’m at #BlogHer15 and SPEAKING!

speaking geek bar blogher

BlogHer is one of my top 3 conferences to attend every year with Blogalicious and Blogging While Brown with each holding a special place in my heart because of the relationships and connections that happen during those MAGICAL weekends.

Just a quick note, I’ll be leading the Geek Bar sessions on Friday (Building Your Website 101) and Saturday (Coding 101). The Geek Bar sessions are round table discussions that are around a particular topic that is lead by an expert in that field. I hope to break down the barriers of fear when it comes to bloggers feeling comfortable starting their empires (s/o to Blogalicious) and flexing the muscle that is within you.

EVERY blogger can and should know how to tweak a photo or drop a link. If you don’t I got you!

So if you see me around, say HEY! I don’t bite and I’m always looking for great people to connect with around the globe. If I’m on the run, feel free to tweet me at @TechGirlTweets and I’ll catch up with you.

3 and a Possible: Updating to iOS 8.4 for iPhone


Since the announcement earlier this month, the interwebs have been buzzing with the latest from Apple – including the iOS update and the streaming service Apple Music. Now before you run download the latest update, I recommend you backup and update. RIGHT. NOW. Don’t get mad at me when you’ve lost all your photos from that epic summer pool party last weekend. Here’s the scoop on the iOS 8.4 for iPhone update from Apple.

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Gifts for EVERY Graduate in Your Life


If I could do it all over again…I would go back to school – just for the graduation gifts!

I know I can’t be the only one. There is only a few times in life where you feel like life revolves around you and only you.

Luckily we live in a society (whether you agree or not) that celebrates all accomplishments, be they big or small. In honor of that, I’ve created a gift guide for all the graduates in your life that accomplished something they set out to this year. Here’s my gift guide for every graduate in your life!

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Tidal vs Spotify: Who Takes The Crown?

spotify grad gift guide

Streaming music services are used by over by millions of people each day from the party playlist to music that’ll keep you going through the afternoon slump at work. Sites like Spotify and Pandora have reigned supreme for a few years now but that all changed earlier this year with a newcomer on the scene heavily endorsed by music giants such as Jay-Z and Daft Punk.

Tidal appeared on the scene offering an alternative to the streaming services that we all know so I jumped on the bandwagon with a 30 day trial subscription that I initially didn’t use. Back around for the second time with a paid membership in hand, I put Spotify on the side for the time being and gave Tidal a run…so you wouldn’t have to.

Here’s what I found in the Tidal versus Spotify battle.

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


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?


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

snow white dust spring clean technology

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.


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

this week in tech

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


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


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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