Make the Most of National Bike Month

cyclingMay is national bike month, and you know what that means…cool toys for your bike! You heard that right, couch potato season is officially over. Time to shred it like cheese. Trade those bulky layers for cool shorts and tees, get out your bike and cruise down to the bike trail. It doesn’t matter if you’re a roadie, a chaser, a spinner or just looking for an excuse to get outside, there are plenty of top bike apps that can help you make the most of your time.

Getting There- and Back

Before you even lace up your shoes, you should take out your smartphone and download a few apps that will help you map out your course. One of the most popular options for this job is MapMyRide. This application lets you plot your routes or find routes other bikers have used in you area. It’s available on both iPhone and Android for free, but you can also take advantage of a premium option that will give you access to advanced mapping and tools.

Also available on your iPhone and Android devices are free biking apps like Google Maps. Google Maps gives you the opportunity to plot out your trail before you take off and receive turn-by-turn directions.

Getting Started

After a long winter of cruising the couch cushions and enjoying more than your fair share of hot cocoa, (don’t feel bad, we all do it,) your bike might not be in the best shape of its life. Luckily, there’s an app for that. If your bike needs to be serviced, let the Bike Doctor come to your rescue. While it isn’t a free application, it can save you time and money by helping you avoid a bike repair shop. The app gives step-by-step instructions on how to fix any mechanical issue your bike might have.

If you haven’t taken the time yet to purchase the bike of your dreams, SizeMyBike can help. This app is available on Android and iPhone for a price, but can help you choose the right sized road bike or mountain bike for your skill level, height and body type.

Track Your Fitness

There’s nothing like pedaling down a trail, wind in your face and heart pounding. But you don’t enjoy biking simply for the pleasure- at least not completely. It’s also a fantastic way to stay fit. There are a number of top bike apps that can help you track just how fit you really are while you’re on your bike as well.

  • Wahoo Fitness– This app lets you track almost anything, from your heart rate to your speed. It also plays well with others, giving you the opportunity to connect it to your favorite fitness site and link to Bluetooth sensors that monitor your power, speed and pulse.
  • Cyclemeter– When you’re looking for top bike apps, this is one option you can’t miss. It is only available for iPhone users but provides plenty of customizable options you’ll enjoy as you track your fitness. All of the data is saved to your phone and alerts can be set to help you monitor your distance, heart rate and even time.
  • iBiker– Biking apps like iBiker make monitoring your cycling activities simple and easy. While it’s only iOS 8 compatible, it can track your time, speed and heart rate while recording your route at the same time.

Getting the most out of your next bike ride begins with the right biking apps. Make sure your smartphone is compatible to the ones you want to own so you can track and enjoy every trail during national bike month. Is your favorite app not mentioned? Why not leave a comment below and tell us what it is.

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Should Your Cloud Be Personal?

Should Your Cloud be Personal Could

Just recently I was going about my business on my MacBook when up pops a notification informing me that my hard disk was almost full. I immediately googled said issue and realized I needed to get my virtual house in order. I got busy deleting unnecessary files and programs but it wasn’t enough. In my case, my music library was bulky and taking up a valuable storage space. I needed a long term storage solution. Solutions such as USB flash drives and external hard drives are helpful for storing important documents and photos but the avid video or music buff will likely run out of room faster than they can keep up with their devices’ storage capacity. Luckily, cloud storage solves these issues without the hassle of taking up physical space. Read on to learn about what kind of cloud storage solution may be right for you.

What’s the Difference Between a Personal and a Public Cloud?

There are a few types of cloud storage options, and currently the most popular is the public cloud. A public cloud service is one like Dropbox, Box and Google Drive. All of these services allow you to store, back up and share your data. Your data is stored on distant servers, right next to other people’s data. Additionally, if you need to store more than the free space allowed for the service you choose, you’ll have to pay monthly or yearly fees just for them to store your stuff.

On the other hand, you could decide to go with a personal cloud storage system. When you compare cloud storage, you’ll notice that when you use a personal cloud storage system, you own and control the entire thing and don’t have to rely on someone else to take care of your valuable data. Instead of leasing cloud storage space, you just store your files on a networked storage device and connect it to the Internet. Then you can access it via apps designed by the maker of the device, or if you’re particularly tech-savvy, can create your own remote access. Of course, there are some other things you should keep in mind.

Storage Capacity and Price

One of the advantages of public cloud storage is that it’s fairly inexpensive. In many cases it’s free if you don’t need a lot of space, though if you do need a decent amount of space, you’ll have to pay a monthly or yearly fee. On the other hand, you only have to pay for personal cloud storage once; there are no recurring charges, so data won’t be compromised if you can’t pony up the cash for those fees.

Security and Privacy

Recent data breaches and controversy over government surveillance are a reminder of the privacy and security risks associated with public cloud storage. If your data is stored outside of the USA, it’s subject to the laws of another country — laws that you may not agree with. With personal cloud storage, you have complete control of your data. In fact, you decide who can access it and who can’t, and you don’t have to worry about your host sharing your most sensitive data.

Reliability

Your data is susceptible to weather-related problems and abandonment just like regular books, videos and photographs. Even the huge companies aren’t immune to such problems. A few years ago, Amazon’s data center in North Virginia suffered an outage that brought down access to public storage systems, as well as services such as Netflix, Instagram and Pandora. Just last year, a cloud storage company filed for bankruptcy and gave its customers just two weeks to move everything or lose it.

While these incidents are rare, they do happen. However, with personal cloud storage, bad weather in another state won’t stop you accessing your files, and you’ll still be able to get to your data even if the Internet is down or the provider goes belly up. But, the hard drive you use for your personal cloud could fail, so you should still make sure you back up your information regularly.

Regardless of whether you use a public or personal cloud, there are many advantages of cloud storage. I personally decided to go with a personal cloud with 4TB of capacity. That way I could back up my system for a very long time without worrying about running out of space. Plus, I can access my videos and music on the go from my own personal network.

Do you use personal or public cloud storage? If so let us know what you like about it in the comments section below!

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Clear Your Computer Clutter

Clear your Computer ClutterAre you looking for more zen in your life? It’s amazing what a clutter clearing session can do for our energy levels. Think about that rewarding feeling you get after you’ve cleaned out your closet or rearranged the furniture in your living room. With the amount of time we’re spending on our computers these days its important to look at organizing our virtual spaces as well.

Do you often find yourself waiting around for what seems like an eternity when your computer is booting up? Or worse, sifting through dozens of files on your desktop to find the one you actually need? We’ve all been there. Unless you’re one of those rare organizing breeds, you probably didn’t wake up this morning beaming with excitement about the prospect of culling your computer’s files. However, the reward is great and you’ll be feeling more zen from the process. Save this task for a rainy day or if you’re feeling ambitious dive right in and get your virtual life in order with these computer clutter clearing tips.

1. Cull, Cull, Cull!

Before you can get organized, you must first omit the files you don’t want or need. Think of your desktop as the entryway in your home. No one likes walking into a mess! Clear your desktop first by deleting all unnecessary files. Then start with your sub-folders, and delete anything you don’t need or want or that may be a duplicate file. This process takes time so break it up into working groups by documents, media and photos. Save the photos for last as they’re oftentimes the hardest and most time intensive to deal with.

2. Choose Your System

Once you have cleared the unwanted files from your computer, it’s time to get organized by choosing the type of system you want to use. Of course, this is mostly a matter of personal preference, so choose a system that makes sense to you.

You may want to organize based on computer users. “My Files,” “My Partners Files,” “The Kids Files,” etc. You can then break each one down into “Business,” “Fun” and “School.” You may find some overlaps; everyone may want access to your vacation photos or the music library. For something like this, you can create another folder to keep shared files and call it “Family.” .

Another way to organize files, particularly photos, is based on their status: Files you have not yet looked at go in one folder, those you’ve looked at but not filed in another, and files used on active projects in a third. Everything else can go into an “archive” folder. Of course, the “archive” folder should contain subfolders so that every file and photograph is organized.

3. Choose a Naming Convention

Whenever you name a file or folder, make sure you name it wisely. Document 1, New Folder 2 or Photo 3 won’t mean anything to you in the future. Take the time to come up with a meaningful name, one that accurately states what the contents are without listing everything. For example, a folder with pictures from your recent snowboarding trip could be called “Vail 2015.” If you have files and folders from previous trips, you can simply call the main folder “Travels” and then create subfolders for each trip.

4. Stick to It

If you’re going to spend time creating a system and getting everything filed, be sure to stay with it. Don’t fall back into the habit of dumping every new file or photo onto your desktop. Ensure you keep clearing your computer clutter by filing every new file or picture you get as soon as you get it. Otherwise, in a couple of months you’ll be facing another disorganized mess.

5. Back up Your Files Often

You’ve worked hard to organize your files and they need protection from potential computer crashes and the like. Set up a reliable backup system to make sure those important files are always safe. Cloud storage services such as DropBox or Google Drive are both options for automatic backups of smaller files and photographs. For larger files, an external hard drive is a good choice. A 1TB hard drive can store up to 250,000 photographs or 1,000 high-definition movies.

Regardless of the system you use, it’s important to clear your computer clutter on a regular basis. Not only will it make life easier when you’re looking for those important family photos, but it will also help to speed up your computer.

Do you have a specific way you organize your files? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Save Green, Be Green: Tech Tips to Reduce Energy Consumption

reduce energy consumptionIn the digital age, everyone has a whole lot of electronic gadgets and systems that eat energy, giving you a big carbon footprint. How can you combat this? Do you have to live by candlelight and communicate with smoke signals? Not so much. In fact, we’ve put together a number of tech tips to reduce your energy consumption that lets you enjoy your home and all the conveniences of your gadgets while saving money on energy costs and doing your bit to save the Earth. Use these energy-saving tips to get the most value from your modern conveniences.

Invest in Smart Tech, Like the Nest Learning Thermostat

Smart tech, like the Nest Learning Thermostat, helps to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, but only when you need it. Nest learns your routines and your temperature preferences, and even adjusts according to the season. This helps reduce energy consumption by only actively heating or cooling your home when you’re at home or on the way. If you have an unpredictable schedule, you can preset an Auto-Away function then, whenever you find your schedule demands that you’re away from home, simply select Auto-Away.

Since it’s smart, you can control Nest from anywhere with your smartphone, maximizing your savings. For example, if you’re going to be late home, you can tell Nest remotely not to start its regular heating or cooling routine until later. Investing in Nest can save up to 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills.

Turn Stuff Off — and Unplug It

This is a fairly obvious way to save energy, but there are common misconceptions that leaving items plugged in doesn’t use energy and that leaving computers, televisions and other devices on standby uses less energy and makes the hardware last longer than turning the items on or off. This is nothing more than urban legend, left over from old-school mainframes that did indeed last longer if you never, ever turned them off. But times — and technology — have changed! Even if a device is off, whether it’s a smartphone, your oven or a laptop, if the cable or charger is still connected to the main power supply, it still draws energy. Consider the amount of energy wasted over a whole year based on the sheer number of electronic devices you have in your house. So, turn devices off and unplug anything you’re not using.

Go Solar

Taking advantage of solar power doesn’t mean you have to go and install costly solar panels on your roof, although that is a fantastic way of saving energy. Instead, switch out your device chargers for solar models, or even hand-crank ones. Whether the charger uses solar energy or kinetic energy, it still uses renewable, sustainable energy and doesn’t cost you anything at all. You can even get solar-powered devices and peripherals, like solar keyboards. Of all the ways to save energy, this is one of the easiest.

Buy Energy Star

When you’re planning on buying a shiny new laptop or smartphone, look for ones with Energy Star certification. These devices use up to 65 percent less energy than devices without this accreditation.

With so many ways to save energy, there’s really no excuse for not reducing your carbon footprint and living a greener lifestyle. Put these energy-saving tips into practice and watch as your savings add up. Treat yourself to a cool piece of smart tech, a laptop or a game console with all the money you save on energy!

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Save the Date: Earth Day Twitter Party

Earth Day Twitter PartyIn celebration of Earth Day we’re hosting a Twitter Party! Join the @CowBoom team on April 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. CT for a fun game of eco trivia! We’ll be giving away fun prizes including the famous CowBoom DealCows, Best Buy Gift Cards and an Apple iPad Mini 2!

No need to RSVP, just make sure to follow @CowBoom on Twitter,  use #CowBoom in your Tweets and come ready to party! If you need more info, check out our official rules here. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Earth Week: Apps and Tips to Reduce Waste

Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day, and the week surrounding this date is known as Earth Week. This is a time when people all over the world come together to hold Earth Week activities like beach cleanups, habitat restoration and outreach. For many of us, it’s a great time to reflect on our own habits and find new, interesting and even fun ways to become more “green,” and one of the best ways to do this is to embrace recycling and repurposing. Take a look at some of these Earth Week facts, and then read about some pretty cool Earth Week-themed apps and some of our favorite tips to reduce waste.

Earth Week Facts

Information from Hensler Nursery and Popsugar.

  • Earth Day was started on April 22, 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, and about 20 million people were involved in the first one
  • Last year, the U.S. burned or buried more than 165 million tons of resources such as plastic, paper, metal, organic material and glass in incinerators or landfills
  • In about six weeks, an aluminum drink can is manufactured, filled, sold, recycled and remanufactured
  • Every year nearly 200 billion of those drink cans are sold in the U.S; about two-thirds are not recycled
  • For every drink can you recycle, you’re saving enough energy to watch your favorite show on TV for three hours
  • If we reduced waste by 1 percent each year and composted or recycled 90 percent of the things we throw away, by 2030 we could save the equivalent of 400 megatons or more of carbon dioxide a year

Are You Ready to Start Reducing Waste?

It’s easy to say you should reduce waste, but where do you start? It’s not always obvious what’s recyclable and how to go about it. Fortunately, there are many Earth Week apps and tips to reduce waste that can point you in the right direction.

eEcosphere

This is a web-based community of like-minded people who are working together to shape the world. Users share their stories and ideas and encourage each other to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether you’re interested in how much food is wasted in the U.S. every day or how to grow your own takeout box, you’ll find it on eEcosphere.

iRecycle

An app from Earth911, iRecycle is a smartphone and tablet app available on both iOS and Android operating systems. If you aren’t sure what to recycle or where to take it, this is the app for you. Using iRecycle, you can find local recycling opportunities and all kinds of ways to recycle hundreds of different materials.

MyEco

Did you know that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year? Here’s the clincher: That’s enough to cover the Earth multiple times, and most of them end up in landfills. MyEco is an app for Android and iOS devices that gives you access to a sustainability platform that reminds you to use reusable bags. It also measures progress and rewards you for reuse. Of course, it doesn’t only concentrate on plastic bags; it encourages you to break many less than eco-friendly habits.

Tips to Reduce Waste

Learning how and where to recycle is only half the battle when it comes to reducing waste. There are other things you and your family can do to keep your waste production as low as possible, including:

  • Purchase used or refurbished electronics
  • Choosing reusable containers and bags as much as possible
  • Purchasing products that are reusable, refillable or returnable rather than purchasing single items
  • Instead of buying individually wrapped items, buying large containers or from bulk bins and save on packaging
  • Composting yard waste and food scraps
  • Shopping at second-hand stores and buying quality items that can be handed down
  • Purchasing items made from recycled materials as much as possible
  • Using and reusing items. For example: using both sides of notebook pages before starting a new notebook or use old printed on paper as a scratch pad

E-Waste

E-waste refers to electronic items that are broken, outdated or just not wanted anymore. This includes cell phones, laptops, computers, televisions, printers and all types of electronics. Many of these devices include hazardous materials like cadmium, mercury and lead. If they’re simply thrown into landfills, those chemicals can seep into the soil. If they’re burned, the chemicals can be released into the atmosphere. Both options negatively impact animals, plants and us.

If you have any e-waste to dispose of, take it to a recycling facility that specializes in that type of trash. If you aren’t sure where your nearest e-waste recycling facility is, use a website like E-Stewards to find one.

We only have one Earth. If everyone works together to improve the way we handle our trash, we can make sure that our home and the air we breath remain as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

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Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Your Gadgets

How to Clean Your Gadgets

Spring is in the air! It’s time to wipe away the dust of winter and refresh your tech. While you’re likely thinking of a few big projects to clean, you may be overlooking some of the most important tasks right under your nose, tasks that should be done on a regular basis.

According to research by the Wall Street Journal, the average smartphone is teeming with bacteria. The same goes for tablets, computer keyboards and mice, gaming controllers, TV remote controls and headphones or ear buds. Yikes! Read on to learn how to safely and quickly clean your gadgets.

Clean the Screen

The best way to clean the screen on any gadget, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, computer monitors and even TVs, is to use a soft lint-free or microfiber cloth. Don’t use paper towels; they can leave unsightly scratches. You also want to avoid harsh chemicals or window cleaners, and never spray anything directly onto the screen, as some devices have a special coating that could get wiped away. If your screen is covered with fingerprints from the kids, create a mixture of 50/50 distilled water and white vinegar, dampen a soft cloth and gently wipe the screen.

Headphone Sockets and Speaker Grilles

As you may have noticed, every little nook and cranny on your device eventually builds a nice collection of gunk. To clean the headphone sockets, ports and speaker grilles, use a keyboard vacuum with a brush attachment to stir up and remove any dirt. Don’t use a regular vacuum, as it has too much suction and could damage your gadgets.

While it may be tempting to use spray air, this could blow dirt into the device and cause damage. If you accidentally blew dust into a headphone socket, it could block the micro switch that lets the device know when headphones are plugged in. Additionally, some manufacturers place water sensors near the headphone socket, and blowing air could push moisture onto the sensor and void your warranty. Remember to power off your devices before cleaning!

Headphones and Earbuds

Over time, headphones and earbuds accumulate a collection of dust, sweat and earwax. To keep them clean, add a little mild dish detergent to a bowl of warm water. Then slightly dampen a cloth and wipe down the headset. If your headphones have removable covers, take them off and use an old toothbrush to give them a good clean. If your earbuds are really gunky, use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean them.

Keyboards and Mice

First, power off your keyboard and mouse before cleaning. To clean the keyboard, first turn it over and bang it lightly on your desk a few times to remove crumbs, dirt and dust. Then blow some compressed air between the keys to get rid of stubborn dirt. If the keys themselves are dirty, use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove dirt and oil. To clean your mouse, turn it over and clean the rubber pads with a dampened cotton swab. To clean the buttons, use the same process you used to clean the keyboard.

Gaming Controllers and Remote Controls

These can be cleaned in much the same way as you’d clean your mouse. Use a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol, making sure to remove oil and grime from thumb sticks and buttons. As always, power these devices off or remove their batteries before cleaning.

If you follow these tips, your gadgets should now be squeaky clean, relatively germ-free and perhaps even more durable. To keep them that way, remember to add “clean gadgets” to the top of your spring cleaning checklist. Of course, now that you know exactly how dirty your smartphone and other gadgets can get, you’ll probably be doing it more often than once a year.

Do you have a particular routine for cleaning your gadgets? If so, leave us a note in the comments section!

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National Nutrition Month: Apps to Help Keep your Health on Track

National Nutrition App

March is National Nutrition Month, and it’s the perfect time to focus on leading a healthy lifestyle, particularly when it comes to nutrition and exercise. Unfortunately, the average diet in America includes way too many foods that may taste great but are bad for your health and your waistline. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 70% of American adult and more than 30% of American children are either overweight or obese. It’s time we use technology to help us make better choices, and in recognition of National Nutrition Month 2015, we have put together a list of five apps that can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. Read on to find some popular health tracking apps.

1. Coach Alba

If you’re watching what you eat, you probably find yourself wishing for treats you’re supposed to be avoiding. Coach Alba is a text messaging app that can help you get through those moments of temptation when you find yourself standing in front of the freezer at midnight with a pint of rocky road in your hand. You can customize the service to text you at certain times, or you can text Coach Alba at any time for a little diet encouragement. This app is available to anyone who has an SMS-enabled phone or smartphone.

2. Fooducate

Did you know that a barcode can tell you more about a food’s nutritional value than a food label? With Fooducate, you can scan a barcode and find out the quality of calories in the food. The app will also give you a list of similar, but healthier products to help you make good choices at the grocery store. You can also use Fooducate to track your calorie intake and exercise. This app is available on iOS and Android, so it runs on almost every smartphone and tablet.

3. Lose It

If you’re trying to lose weight, Lose It helps you log exercise and count calories. It’s especially useful if you eat a lot of packaged foods. This app has been around for a long time and has a large community of users, many of whom are happy to jump in with encouragement when needed. It’s also compatible with many other fitness apps and devices such as the Fitbit line of trackers, Runkeeper, Jawbone UP and MapMyFitness so that you can import your data quickly and easily. This app is available on iOS and Android.

4. Argus

If you’re looking for an all-purpose health tracking app, Argus may be the one for you. This app tracks everything, all the time. Argus continually processes your routine, tracking every step you take, the length of your stride, everything you eat, your sleep patterns and much more. It then produces informative charts so you can do a data dive and figure out what you need to do to reach your nutrition and health goals. This app is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

5. CarrotFit

Not everyone responds to the cheer leading type of encouragement. If you find you’re more motivated by bribes, threats and even ridicule, CarrotFit may be the tracker for you. This app is a “judgmental” weight tracker that’s simple to use. It makes use of motivational sarcasm and bribery to motivate you to get up and exercise, and you’re rewarded with new workout tips for every pound you lose. This app is currently only available on iOS.

Regardless of whether you need to lose weight, exercise more or improve your overall health, there are plenty of health tracking apps available to help you reach your goals. Why not use National Nutrition Month as inspiration to start on your journey to a healthier you?

Do you have a favorite health tracking app? If so, we’d love to hear about why you like it and how well it’s worked for you! If not, tell us which app you will plan on trying or why this isn’t a solution for you and you could win a FitBit fitness tracker! We’ll choose a winner from all eligible comments.

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Women’s History Month: Celebrating Inspiring Women in Tech 2015

women's history month: celebrating inspiring women in tech 2015
March is National Women’s History Month, a time when we celebrate female empowerment, pay tribute to some of the inspirational women in history and recognize today’s most influential female figures. This is an exciting time in tech because there are more women innovating in major areas of the industry including computing , mobile and  gaming. Read on to help us celebrate Women’s History Month by recognizing some of the most inspiring women in tech for 2015.

1. Danae Ringlemann, Co-founder of Indiegogo

Danae began her career in finance, primarily keeping tabs on entertainment businesses such as Lionsgate and Pixar. However, she noticed that independent filmmakers, artists and theater productions experienced a lot of problems finding investors to fund their ideas.She also spent her childhood watching her parents struggle to find capital to keep their small business afloat, and these factors inspired Danae to come up with the concept for Indiegogo. A platform where anyone can raise money for a project or idea. Indiegogo has hosted more than 250,000 campaigns in over 220 countries and territories, and its name has become synonymous with crowdfunding.

2. Grace Woo, Founder of Pixels.io

Grace is another who will go down in the books as a successful woman in history. She developed video response codes, a technology that uses VR codes (a more useful version of a QR code) to turn any screen into an offline interactive experience. These codes are transmitted into the light emitted from a screen, and that enables them to be embedded into any digital surface and send information regardless of whether the device is online or not.

3. Genevieve Bell, VP of User Experience Research at Intel

For the past 15 years, Australian anthropologist Genevieve has been leading a team of 100 researchers, designers and scientists at Intel who spend their time studying how technology is used in the real world, by real people. Her findings help make sure Intel’s product development process is heading in the right direction, and are often shared with companies that use Intel processors in their products. Bell is an Intel fellow, which is the highest technical rank in the company. She holds numerous patents for consumer electronics innovations, and the author of numerous articles and papers. She is a highly respected industry expert and in-demand speaker on the topic of intersection of technology and culture.

4. Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Cisco

Padmasree’s career in technology began on a whim when she filled out an application for Motorola to kill time while waiting for a friend at a job fair. She then worked her way up through the Motorola ranks to CTO and moved to Cisco a few years ago. She now spends her time identifying technologies Cisco should invest in and companies it should acquire, such as the recent acquisition of cloud collaboration startup Assemblage, and private cloud provider, Metacloud.

5. Danika Laszuk, VP of Marketing at Jawbone

If you have been an iPhone fan since its first release, it may be because of Danika. She designed the original marketing campaigns that made the smartphone so popular. However, in 2011 she left Apple behind and started working at Jawbone, a company that makes smart gadgets such as wristbands and Bluetooth speakers. The biggest seller is the UP24, a wristband that helps to improve your way of life by tracking everything from your sleep patterns to exercise and calorie intake.

Every one of these ladies will be remembered as successful women in history as they pave the way for future generations of women in technology. Have you found inspiration from a successful woman, either past or present? If so, please share your story in the comments section below.

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CowBoom Jack-o’-Lantern #JackoBoomContest

DealCow Says… Boo! In celebration of Halloween CowBoom is hosting a jack-o’-lantern contest! Put your pumpkin carving skills to use and you could win a $75, $175 or $250 Best Buy® Gift Card!

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Share your original jack-o’-lantern creation including  the special hashtag #JackoBoomContest on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram starting today October 3, 2014 through October 30, 2014 at 2 p.m. CDT. Entries to the #JackoBoomContest will be judged on originality/creativity (50%), overall appeal (30%) and level of difficulty (20%). Three winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

In addition to the judging criteria above, follow these submission requirements to ensure your photo will be eligible to win:

  • Don’t submit someone else’s photo from the web (we’ll be checking!). Photo must be your own original work.
  • Don’t include the names, trademarks, logos or slogans or images of any 3rd parties (companies, movies, cartoon characters, etc.)
  • Meet all photo requirements provided in the Official Rules.

We look forward to seeing what creations our CowBoomers come up with! Happy Halloween!

 

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