Jan 28

Sony Xperia Z3v Verizon Smartphone
Sony Z3v Xperia Smartphone for Verizon

January is a very busy time for major conventions and events like the Consumer Electronics Show and North American International Auto Show. I needed a device that could keep up with me through a week plus of near constant use. The Sony Xperia Z3v from Verizon ended up becoming my go to device.

Sony Xperia Z3v Smartphone PS4 Gaming
Sony Z3v Xperia Smartphone PlayStation 4 Game Streaming

Continue reading Sony's Z3v Smartphone Helped Me To Cover CES & NAIAS 2015

Jan 11

International Consumer Electronics Show 2015 Las Vegas
International Consumer Electronics Show 2015

The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year was the biggest one yet. CEA mentioned in an email that there were more than 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space and 3,600+ exhibitors. The amount of startups at CES this year was record breaking as well. 170,000 plus industry pros were in attendance with 45,000 of them from outside of the USA. ShowStoppers at the Wynn Las Vegas had many of the coolest startups and products that are due out this and next year. The Sands Convention Center hosted a nice set of exhibitors that reinvigorated my excitement for the show overall. Then there was the growing number of major car brands showcasing their version of the connected car. Everything combined to be one of my favorite shows in recent memory.
Continue reading CES 2015 Recap With The Connected Car, Consumer Electronics & IoT

Dec 20

Super Saturday holiday shopping is upon us. Look no further than this holiday gift guide for a few great ideas. There is still time to shop before the end of 2014, so let us get to it.

Sony Xperia Z3v Verizon Smartphone
Sony Xperia Z3v Smartphone PS4 Gaming

Android Smartphone: Sony Z3v from Verizon $99 with 2 year contract- Smartphone upgrades are usually the number one thing people are looking for during the holidays. Sony’s Z3v is waterproof and shoots 4k video with its excellent 20MP+ camera. You can feel the build quality on this Android smartphone right away. Take high quality photos and videos during holiday travels. Sony has been known to supply their camera technology to other brands because they produce great images. Coupled with Qi wireless charging technology, it helps to keep the phone watertight. Blaze videos up to YouTube with Verizon’s 4G XLTE next gen service. If that was not enough, the Z3v supports RemotePlay via home WiFi or use the smartphone for a second-screen gaming experience.

Sony’s Z3 Product Lineup
Continue reading Super Saturday Last Minute 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Dec 09

Grand Canyon Sunset Picnic Helicopter Flight With Bill Chris

Flying in airplanes has been the most exciting experience ever since I can remember. The moment of liftoff, seeing the city below and knowing that in a few hours, I would be at a totally new place for adventures. Sundance Helicopters provided me with an even more intimate and personal experience in Las Vegas, to the Grand Canyon, than an airplane ever has. Continue reading Grand Canyon Sunset Picnic Trip Of A Lifetime With Sundance Helicopters

Nov 13

Verizon Wireless North Las Vegas Smart Store
Verizon Wireless Smart Store in North Las Vegas

Verizon Wireless opened their newest Smart Store in Las Vegas, today. What is a Smart Store? I found that out after visiting their Destination Store at the Mall of America. I was intrigued to see what this store had to offer yesterday during a pre-opening tour. What I found was a combination of helpful people and cool tech in multiple zones.

I have been a part of the Verizon Wireless Buzz Group for more than a year. In that time, I have seen first hand what the carrier is doing to stay ahead of retail trends and service with the rollout of XLTE. Continue reading Verizon Wireless Smart Store Opening North Las Vegas VZWBuzz 11-13-14

Oct 27

BackBeat FIT Plantronics Wireless Bluetooth Headset
BackBeat FIT Wireless Headphones

Wireless headphones have recently made a nice leap forward in battery life and wearability. That is what the BackBeat FIT, a pair of Bluetooth enabled headphones, from Plantronics had in abundance. They are likely the best I have used to date for many reasons.

The headphones are manufactured from a brightly colored rubberized material that comes in green and blue with black streaks. That material helped them to stay in my ears and remain dry during daily activities. A single strand of the materiel connects both sides of the headphones and wraps around behind the head.

BackBeat FIT Headphones Unboxing

Continue reading Wireless Plantronics Headphones Helps Me To Stream Tunes All Day

Sep 19

Apple iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus CNET
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Photo from CNET

Today, Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, to its initial wave of countries. The USA is lucky enough to be in that list. People have been lining up at Apple Stores around the world, including Australia, for weeks.

I was lucky enough to go hands-on with both an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus to check out their design, usability and iOS 8.

iPhone 6 with iOS 8 Hands-On by Chris Rauschnot @24k

iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8 Hands-On by Chris Rauschnot @24k

Continue reading iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus iOS 8.1 USA Release From Apple

Aug 29

Going back to school this year can be a much better experience with a few of these accessories. From grade school to college, be prepared for many years.

Updated: Music is key, so I have added several choices of portable Bluetooth enabled speakers for your listening pleasure.

Boogie Board Sync 9.7

Boogie Board Sync 9.7

The Boogie Board Sync 9.7 is a Bluetooth and E-ink enabled digital notepad compatible with iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. Create a new note in seconds, save it and upload it to your device of choice or the cloud. Evernote’s integration makes it a great choice even for those in professional settings. It can store up to 5,000 pages of notes. Where the Boogie Board Sync shines is in the virtual whiteboard scenario. Connect it to a Mac and a projector. Then draw on the Sync’s writing surface with its included stylus for a real-time view. Continue reading Be A Cool Kid Back At School With These Top Tech Accessories Of 2014

Aug 22

Flyer Travel Carry On Bag ZUCA
Flyer Travel Carry-On Bag From ZÜCA

Finding a TSA approved carry-on bag that exceeds the wants of travelers is tough. The struggle is real and ZUCA has accepted the challenge. Their Flyer Travel puts your travel game into the stratosphere.

Why? Because its exoskeleton frame is made of tough aircraft aluminum and offers lots of storage space, multiple zippered compartments inside and out, a cool design and stackable drawers.

Flyer Travel Unboxing

When was the last time you bought a super-durable carry-on that included drawers and was strong enough to sit on? At $345 direct from their website, the premium ballistic nylon bag is removable, hand washable, built tough with a 41” telescoping aluminum handle, has a 300lb rated metal seat, has rust-resistant chrome plated screws with shake-proof nylon aircraft lock nuts that keeps everything together. The recessed roller blade type wheels make it easier to fit in an overhead bin on regular sized jets. Continue reading Flyer Travel Wheeled Versatile Carry-On From ZÜCA Luggage Review

Aug 13

Ford Motor Company World Headquarters Dearborn MI
Ford Motor Company World HQ in Dearborn, MI

As the economy returns, car manufacturers like the Ford Motor Company need to reach out to potential customers in their target markets more now than ever. One way Ford does is by hosting several traditional media events throughout the year and the Ford Trends Conference, typically held at the start of summer in Dearborn, Michigan at their world headquarters. I was invited and recently went to their HQ to attend several of their sessions with titles like Female Frontier, Sustainability Blues and Decoding Design. Ford brings in some of the top minds in fashion, art, technology and conservation to relay to the invited bloggers what to look for in the coming five to ten years.

Michael A Guido Theater Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
Michael A Guido Theater Ford Community and Performing Arts Center

In addition to hosting the Ford Trends Conference every year, they participate in possibly the most important car show, the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. I’ve been lucky to have been invited to several events by Ford over the years to see what it means for cars and trucks to be made right here in the USA. Continue reading Go Further With Ford Showcasing Key Trends In 2014