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M@ss Mentions: What gadget are you hoping to receive this holiday season

It's that time of year when it's hard not to let our imaginations run wild and dream of gifts that we may be receiving during the holiday season! We asked our followers what gadgets they are hoping for this year...
@SilverBackWino: iPad 2 for me!!
@KenzieAmick: I am dying for a White iPhone 4s! I love my iPod and it would be so handy not to carry around my phone AND iPod. :)
@CampfireChic: more like what do I want to organize all my gadgets! More GridIts, please!
@emilymayhem: I would *love* an iPad 2! But I am getting a pair of pink Panasonic headphones that I'm very excited for.
@SoFloBoJo: does a super sweet turntable with all the bells and whistles count as a gadget? :)
@WillowWings190: well, I WAS hoping for the new iPhone but my dad already got it for me. Alas, I asked too late so the phone's arriving next week!
( cont) So no new phone under the tree so I'll just have to imagine the box artived early and is hiding there. :D
@Goobernickel: The Nintendo 3ds and the Playstation Vita. I know I'm not getting one but a girl can dream right?
@marisa84: a Kindle Fire!
@Buddy_Steve: A wireless reciever that uses my Xbox controller on PC would be great. It's familiar and no added controler cost!
@FireworkDeLune: I got my Kindle Fire as an early Christmas gift, but I would love to get a new phone! (Droid 4, not yet released.. boo)
Follow us @Gadchick to find out next week’s M@ss Mention question and join in the conversation! Happy #FollowFriday and have a wonderful holiday weekend!


The Freelance Cookbook is out now

I'm really excited to feature this e-book for Gadchick! I work from home as a freelancer, and I'm constantly asked how I did it, what I do, and how I was able to buy a house sitting in my pj's at home. There really is no secret- it's a lot of hard work the only difference is there is no 9-5. I wish there was a 5pm, because that means I could stop working! Freelancing sometimes entail long and weird hours, but ultimately, we love it and it's freedom from the conventional cubicle.


M@ss Mentions: What is the worst thing that has happened to your phone

When my phone took a nasty spill while I was at a concert this week, I just knew you guys would have some phone horror stories! The original tweet that went out to our followers was, "Woops! Just dropped my phone on concrete :x Tell me your WORST dropped/lost/stolen cell phone story!! #MassMentions" and boy did you deliver!
@ourcitylights: (ed note: at Disneyland!!!) dropped in toilet and fished out @ _ @
@tumbleweedsshop: 4 days after I got my droid incredible 2, I went to take a photo and dropped it face first on the sidewalk and insurance hadn't...
(cont) kicked in yet. The screen was shattered, but we found a new screen online, watched a youtube video and replaced it. :)
@TheNerdyKatie: when I had to chose either dropping my iPhone or box of donuts, I dropped my iPhone.
@runningboard: mine was a close call: long ago, standing over a pool i dropped phone #SloMotionScene, but kicked it aside to safety. #MassMention
@lofidelitylove: on my 3rd phone this year. cracked screens, dips in sinks, lost then found only to be stolen on the same day!
@notmiranda: I was crossing a river with my cell phone in my bra. I bent over to rescue my flipflop (floating downstream) & there went my cell.
(cont) It was the second one I lost to water. We held a funeral for it at the river, complete with the playing of Taps.
@emilymayhem: Not a huge deal, but I always forget it's in my lap in the car, so when I get up, my phone hits the concrete.
@laynemarie: At work, my BlackBerry fell in the toilet before the flush. I reached in & grabbed it w/o hesitation. Then WASHED it in the sink.
(cont) I *had* to wash it. It was already submerged anyway. Then I took the battery out, put it on my car dashboard to dry, & it worked!
@tracyleeeee: the moment my mom is in her car w/phone in her lap, right before she fully stands up to exit vehicle. #reasonsnot2givemomaniphone
@ashleegadd: I lost my cell phone in March at Disneyland on Indiana Jones. I HUGGED the woman who found it. Tightly.
@ahoymiss: When I worked on Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean, a gal dropped her phone in the BlueBayou& GOT IN THE WATER to get it.
@FireworkDeLune: I once fell THROUGH a missing stair while texting. My phone fell and survived, but I still have an ankle scar to prove it.
Yikes! Hold onto those phones (especially if you are visiting Disneyland!!). Follow us @Gadchick to find out next week's M@ss Mention question and join in the conversation! Happy #FollowFriday and have a wonderful weekend!


The iPhone Photographer is Out Now

We've been working hard at getting up e-books and raising a little money for the magazine. Instead of starting a Kickstarter account like so many friends recommended, we're trying to raise our funds through e-books. You get to buy the book for less than $1 and  support gadchick in the process.

For the iPhone Photographer, we  wanted to research the best camera apps for you and save you the frustration of purchasing and downloading yourself. We've done the hard work, all you have to do is decide if the camera is app is right for you! Here is a little snippet of what the book contains...


Making a mobile-to-TV connection

Retro Vintage Television Orange TV Set

Ask 10 people what they use their cell phones most for, and, although this is a totally arbitrary number that I've just made up off the top of my head, I'm betting at least seven of them will not list "making phone calls" as their No. 1 use. (I’m definitely one of the seven—since getting an iPhone in November 2010, I’ve spent less than 5 days total on actual calls.)


Pregnancy Companion (and no, it's not that cake in your lap)

As a first-time mom, I’ll be the first to admit it: I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve had more pregnant friends than I can count, and watched enough episodes of A Baby Story to embarrass TLC, but none of that compared to the day I peed on a stick and my life changed forever. There was elation, followed by tears, followed by a kiss, followed by complete and utter panic.


M@ss Mentions: What is your favorite app right now

Being that the theme of Issue One was "Going Mobile," we thought that it would be appropriate to ask our Twitter followers, "What is your favorite app and why?" Here is a sample of what Gadchick readers are loving right now!
@WillowWings190: "Games? Tiny Tower & Tiny Village it is! Others? My Kindle & iBooks apps. Can't be w/o my books! (all iOS on my iPad)"
@runningboard: "fav app is Waze: best nav app, compete for points, sorta like 4square, by submitting traffic tips which it uses to calc directions"
@emilymayhem: "I'm loving Pulse, it's a great way to get all my tech news in one place. It's on iOS and Android. I use it several times a day!
@Buddy_Steve: "I'm really liking "Rimshot" app. Mostly because I can make a "womp womp" sound to Xbox kids."
@MarisaChaples: "The Yelp app is one of my favs! Its perfect for finding new places to go when I'm in a new area. It has helped me find great eats!"
@mattcyborgelt: "Audiogalaxy app. I run the client on my server at home and have access to instantly stream songs that won't fit on my phone"
@adollinn: "Loving 'Wreck This App'!"
@FireworkDeLune: "I am loving the flickr app, though I wish I could say Instagram (hint hint.. plz make an android app!!)" EDIT: looks like my wish was granted
Follow us at @Gadchick to find out next week's question and join in the conversation! Happy #FollowFriday, have a great weekend!


Handmade Geeky Gift Guide

We're back with more gift guides to help you shop for your geeks! This time we took to Etsy and found lots of great ideas!

Stay tuned for more gift guides!


Gadchick Reviews: Think Geek's 8-Bit LED Holiday Wreath

We recently ordered  Think Geek's 8-Bit Wreath to add to our geeky holiday. It's made out of a lightweight foam, much lighter than your traditional wreath, and it requires a 2 AA batteries. There's a built in hole on the back of the wreath to hang on your door, or wall. I wasn't crazy about not having the option to hang it on the inside of the door or window facing out. What if the wind gets it or some punk kids? However the little 1-Up mushroom in a Santa hat makes up for this feature. It also lights up too add to the geeky effect and it's an 8-bit parade on your door. Gadchick loves this wreath so much, each editor purchased their own for their home. Think Geek, once again, makes our love for all things geeky, so much easier.


Issue One

It's been fun posting here on the blog, but our real work and effort have been poured in what our ultimate goal was- gadchick magazine. Thank you for all your support! Click on the cover to read gadchick's first issue.


Gamer Gift Guide

‘Tis the season for some shopping!!
We have created a gift guide to solve your shopping woes for the gamers (or yourself... ahem) on your list!

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1. Nothing makes a PC gamer’s heart race like a new videocard.  This one is intense (FYI, this is a great videocard comparison if you are looking to shop around).
2. I would love to upgrade to a gaming specific keyboard.  This one is well loved by the PC gaming community.
3. Boost your control with a new mouse.
4. Last year, I bought nearly all of my friend’s gifts via Steam.  Find out their username and buy directly from their Wish List, super easy!

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The three hottest, must have multi platform games right now are:
1. Skyrim
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
3. Batman: Arkham City
4. If you have a Wii, you HAVE to play Skyward Sword (keep an eye out for my review!).  This bundle is so amazing, it comes with a gold Motion Plus Wii-mote!!
5. I have been keeping my eye on Kinect prices, as I still need to add one to my collection.  It’s a fun way to get off the couch and a blast to play with your non-gaming friends.
6. Xbox Live gamers will love getting Microsoft Points in their stockings.  They can use it to get extra content and super cool indie games.
7. If I wasn't Zelda crazy, I would be snagging up this pink Nintendogs + Cats 3DS bundle.
We will be posting more gift guides leading up to the holidays,  let us know if there are any specific types of geeks that you are shopping for! We'll do all the research for you!


FinePix Real 3D: The Avatar of Cameras


With the recent advancements in television, cinema and gaming into the third dimension, its no surprise that digital photography is moving into the 3D phenomenon too... and the first to introduce itself to the market is the Fuji FinePix Real 3D W1.

First, a little about the camera - like traditional analogue stereoscope cameras, the Fuji FinePix Real 3D camera has two 10 megapixel lenses that capture two images which overlap to create the 3D image. Unlike past cameras though, the digital 3D camera works with sensors and screens where you can immediately view your photos.

However, as exciting as that all sounds, the real issue with this camera isn't the specification or the quality. Having done some research - the quality of the images seems to be great, which you would expect, the specifications are decent for a handheld camera and the capabilities outside the 3D - including videos and panoramics are intriguing. The premise of a 3D digital camera has potential. But my initial feeling with this product, as with other 3D products is that it is limited - almost gimmicky. You can't view the 3D images outside of the camera or an additional viewer which you have to invest in, the images aren't easily shared and that is the one of the best parts of photography and one reason why cameras on phones are so popular. If you wanted to share your photos from this camera you would have to share the 2D images and that really defeats the point of this camera.

3D technology is being pushed as the future and 'new technology' yet most of the design of this camera is based on old ideas that have been updated to fit new advancements and you wonder if these original ideas create more limitations for modern 3D results than potential as you still have to use certain equipment, whether its red and green 3D glasses or an advanced screen to view the images.

Despite its limitations and my worries, this is a first generation product and I still think that the potential for 3D imaging in a digital capacity is very exciting... with the current results being dynamic and fun, if exclusive to the right equipment. It will be interesting to see if 3D will be more integrated into technology and our everyday lives and if it does, this camera could be the very beginning...


Gadchick Hacks: The Nook is now on Fire

It’s Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire. Who are the winners? Certainly not readers. If you are a Nook fangirl switching to Kindle, then you are out of luck if you expect to transfer books over to Kindle. Nice, huh? There is a way to work around this. Put the Nook App on the Kindle Fire!


gadchick Black Friday Deals

I will be shopping this Black Friday with the comfort of my netbook and pajamas, in bed.  Some of you may be hitting the streets and scoring some of the best deals of all!  No matter how you decide to shop, there are some crazy buys out there this year.

The best of Black Friday Gadget and Gaming deals

gadchick's Unofficial Guide to Siri

Did you know Siri does way more than tell you the weather? There is a reason Apple made a huge deal about Siri, and gadchick found out why. We used Siri at it's best, and tired her (him? it?) out to see what Siri can (and can't) do.  It's a free book on iBooks. Unfortunately, Amazon and Nook does set their own prices and we couldn't go any lower than the 99 cent charge (we wanted it free, as in, free of even the ninety nine cents). Keep your almost dollar and download it if you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Here's a small sample of what the free book has...

Grammar...Siri Style

If you learn to utilize Siri, there's a chance you'll never have to use those work those thumbs again.


Gaming with a Manicure

I’ve always liked working as a team. From my early days of school group projects to my college years on staff of the school’s newspaper, I’ve been a sucker for working in a group. It wasn’t because I liked to pass off my responsibilities. I genuinely liked working with others towards one goal and seeing contributions come together. Added bonus: a group of friends to celebrate once your goal has been accomplished. I’m pretty sure this is a large part of why I love online gaming.


gadchick Welcomes you to the Kindle Family (Giveaway Closed)

I remember how exciting November 2007 was for me- I was proposed to by the man of my dreams and the I purchased Amazon’s very first Kindle. It was released a week before and as much as I anticipated my soon to be wedding, I couldn't wait to get my hands (and eyes) on the digital pages. I mean, what did digital pages look like? My mind was filled with imagination of what a Kindle could do. Little did I know this small gadget would change the way millions of people read.