Tuesday, March 25, 2008

How to Get the Most Out of Your Mobile Phone

Women today don’t realize how helpful their cell phones can be if they just take the time to do a little research before they buy, and if they download certain little applications I like to call mobile safety nets.

I use mobile applications all the time to organize my life. For example, I have a mobile application that allows me to get my shopping list together before I go to the grocery store. I’m not talking about a little list maker either. This little application keeps inventory of what’s in my cabinets, suggest when I should buy, and allows me to add products from a database online so I don’t have to type everything in.

The great thing for me is that I an have a Apple iPhone so I have thousands of applications at my fingertips (if you have an iPhone visit http://www.apple.com/webapps/). However, I realize everyone doesn’t have an iPhone nor want one, so these applications can be used on any phone.I picked two applications that can change your week depending on if you are a stay at homer or a career chick. Check them out below.

Best Mobile Application for a Domestic Goddesses

GetMobio Recipe is an amazing application that you can use to look up recipes, ranked by users of course, and immediately view the prep work, ingredients, and step by step directions. The best part is that you can save as many as you want and generate a shopping list to take with you to the store. To view th product demo go to http://www.getmobio.com/learn/demo/recipes/.

Best Mobile Applications for Career Beauties
BalanceDo is a must for serious professionals. This new application allows you to create, send, and track invoices right from your phne. Check it out at http://www.eadiefleet.com/balancedo/.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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Beauty Gadgets For All Budgets

’m not a huge makeup guru. I usually throw on some eye makeup, blush, and lip gloss for the day and add some dark liner and lipstick to transfer to the night. Being a techie and a fashionista, the natural question for me is: How do I look my best and what gadgets can help me do that? Surprisingly, there are a lot of gadgets out there that can add to your beauty regimen, costing anywhere from a few bucks to a few hundred. I tried two of these gadgets out; one I am absolutely in love with because it didn’t hurt my pocketbook, and one I was just curious about, so I decided to splurge.

This little baby is pretty cool. It’s surrounded by light, making lining your eyes that much easier, and you can put your picture on the mirror to make a personal photo frame. It’s powered by USB and has four feet of cable. Very cool, very chic, and very cheap… only $15 dollars from USB Brando......

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The Incredible Shrinking Tech Toy

Innovation has redefined itself as “small”; from VHS to DVD… smaller, from car phones to cell phones… smaller. Today everyone wants their gadgets to be small, compact, easy to use, and light. The only problem is sometimes you have to sacrifice power for the size.I took a look at a few ultra sleek, small, and stylish devices that could be incorporated into any fashionista’s style without sacrificing either technology or your wallet.

One of my favorite sites, ThinkGeek, features a Credit Card Size Digital Video Player for $99.99. It’s cute and sleek and big on power with an 8 hour battery life, heat-sensitive glowing buttons, 2GB of storage, expandable memory card, FM Radio, audio and voice recording, and much much more.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Computer Games for Tech Geek Fashionistas

I love computer games, but I hate impossible puzzles, action, and seek and find games. I love strategy games, kinda like the Sims, but one I can play on my computer without pulling my hair out with download times and computer freeze up. Here are three games that deserve mention for women out there who wish there were more games that related to our specific genre. Oh, by the way, I play all my games at Shockwave.com. It's really simple because I pay $24.95 per year and get unlimited access. Email me and I'll send a guest pass to the first five people so you can check it out for yourself.

1. The Diner Dash Series
If you play computer games then you are no stranger to Diner Dash, the fun series where you help Flo, a future restauranter, design her stores and serve food to the masses. This game is so fun, but be careful, only play it at home! I found myself looking behind my back at work trying to squeeze in a few levels, before you knew it a week went by I had gotten no work done!

2. JoJo's Fashion Show
I absolutely love this game, but please be advised, you really need to have some sort of fashion sense to pay this game. The object of the game is to help JoJo regain her fashion career after her assistant stole her designs and became mega famous (sound familiar... the 2nd episode of Lipstick Jungle had the same theme). Dress models in the correct trend and get mega points, be creative and get ready for a new addiction.

3. Carrie The Caregiver 2

Think you are ready for the classroom? This game will definitely let you know. Help Carrie as she educates preschoolers through learning, feeding, tidying up and having fun. I like this version better than the 1st one because changing diapers is just not my thing, computer game or not!

There are many more "chick games" at shockwave.com. Check them out for yourself and let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Greener Gadgets Conference Highlights

It's time to spring clean spring green your gadgets! The 2008 Greener Gadgets Conference, held on Feb 1st in NY, NY, had a lot of interesting booths, presentations, and designs to help all of us green up our gadgets. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the conference.

1. Mary Lou Jepsen on One Laptop Per Child

2. The Project H Booth. I love these guys, they are known for the Hippo Roller (See top picture on wall). You can donate 100 dollars to their company to give a Hippo Roller to someone in a country that needs it. Hippo Rollers help natives fetch water faster and quicker than the traditional way. Project H is a charitable organization that focuses on "product design initiatives for Humanity, Habitats, Health, and Happiness".

3. CEA Green Electronics. As you can see this is the Consumer Electronics Association own gadget recycling program. You can visit them online at My Green Electronics.

4. The Volatic Solar Backpack raffle. I wish I was there to grab this baby. This backpack uses mobile solar power generators to virtually charge all of your hand held electronics. You can get one yourself in different styles and color ranging from $199 - $599. (click link above to check it out)

5. Nokia's Eco Gadgets: The idea behind this mobile phone and watch like device is call the Nokia Eco Sensor Concept. What it is is a mobile phone that comes with a compatible sensing device that can send shared environment data like your health and local environment to people you connect with. There are two parts to the concept, a wearable sensor unit that analyzes everything and a dedicated mobile phone. The sensor is cool because it's made of solar cells. Read more about this from the source Nokia.

There is also a video about the Nokia sensor device on YouTube from the CES conference. See below.

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