9/26/2012

Women 3.0: Padmasree Warrior




Name: Padmasree Warrior

Short biography: Warrior—who definitely has the best name in our Woman 3.0 series to date—was born and raised in Vijayawada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India. After attending the Children’s Montessori School and Maris Stella College in Vijayawada, Warrior received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1982 from the Indian Institute of Technology. She also has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.


9/25/2012

Conventions - Why Size May Not Matter


I went to my third Comic Convention of the year, Stan Lee’s Comikaze in Los Angeles, CA, and was reminded that sometimes…size may not matter…at least, when it comes to conventions.

After attending Comic-Con in Denver and San Diego, and Comikaze in Los Angeles this year, it really hit me…I am less stressed at the smaller conventions!

Yes, San Diego Comic-Con is the giant torch drawing fan-moths to its flames of awesomeness, but between getting jostled around in tight aisle and dreading never finding my way back to a specific booth, I couldn’t help but smile when I was able to walk from booth to booth without imagining I was Princess Leia in the garbage chute while at the smaller conventions.

Sure, major studios may not be at a smaller convention giving audiences who waited in line overnight a preview of a preview for a movie that is coming out months from that date, but maybe you’ll be able to see the indie companies with equally awesome things to share or attend a panel hosted by your favorite podcasters.

Crowds aside, I came up with a few reasons why you should check out a convention in your area.


9/24/2012

Cutting the Cable Company Cord – Part 2

In our last installment, I told you a little bit about my family’s personal setup for cord-cutting. However, while this plan fit our viewing needs and worked with our existing entertainment system, it won’t work for everyone. If you are considering cancelling your cable or never signed up and are looking for some new options, here are some different scenarios:

9/21/2012

Geeky Style: This Shirt Has Gone Through Rigorous Testing



Portal blew me away with its mechanics and Portal 2 is easily one of my favorite video games of all time. I've payed homage to the franchise by baking "the cake" for my boyfriend and now by wearing my heart on my... uh... shirt. By pairing it with slim black pants and grey mary janes instead of my typical jeans and tennies, I never have to leave my Companion Cube behind.

shirt via Valve

9/20/2012

Tech Support featuring iPhone 5 // iOS 6


Most of us are tired of hearing about Apple, but, since there are others of us who are overwhelmed with all the information on the topic, we chose our favorites so you don't have to scramble.




+ There are so many great features to the new update, Refinery 29 took a cue from Gizmodo  and listed their favorite features that would make your life easier.

+ Engadget breaks down the ultimate iPhone 5 review.

+ Missing all the awesome things Google Maps had to offer? Here's an app Swiss Miss recommends in the meantime while Google gets their app together to bring it back.

+ Some of us are getting the iPhone as early as tomorrow. Instead of using it naked, caseless and vulnerable, GeekSugar has you (and your new iPhone) covered.

+ iPhone lines are a universal bond, as CNN shows us.

+ Verizon folks will get faster 4G than anyone else according to PC mag.

+ More tips and tricks to the new update from WSJ.

There are so many more to update, and as soon as the iPhones start arriving, you'll be more overwhelmed. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to date info.

And if you're REALLY sick of Apple, then just be warned the Apple Mini announcement and buzz will be coming your way. In the meantime, check out our other recommendations for other phones (I promise, no Apple news).

9/19/2012

Women 3.0: Frances Allen




Name: Frances E. Allen

Short biography: Frances Allen was born in 1932 in Peru, New York. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in math from The New York State College for Teachers (now State University of New York at Albany) in 1954 and a master’s degree in math from the University of Michigan in 1957. That same year, Allen started working at IBM.1


9/18/2012

Alternatives to the iPhone 5

Since the iPhone 5 has been officially unveiled, I’m positive I’ve felt the collective buzz of anticipation from Apple fans everywhere. That, or I’ve been drinking a bit too much caffeine. Either way, on September 21st, the lines of people waiting to get their hands on the newest iPhone will be impressive, perhaps more so than the phone itself.
This is how I see it: iPhones are like Call of Duty.

Every year or so, a new Call of Duty game is released and it’s always a huge seller. It’s basically the same game with a few tweaks here and there. But people don’t buy the game because it’s going to be something new and groundbreaking, they buy it because all their friends are going to buy it and they already know how to play.

There are a lot of great phones out there and a few more will be released soon for the holidays. So whether you’re in the market for something new or you’d like to stick with something familiar, here are a couple phones that compete with the iPhone 5.

9/14/2012

Gadchick Lit: Comics, Koko and Identity Crises, Oh My!

(If you missed the intro of our book series, read it here).
Gadchick Lit

Noun. Smart books for smart ladies; or the brilliant archenemies of plain (often read: bad) chick lit.




Mass Mentions: How old were you when you got your first phone?

This week we asked, "How old were you when you first received your first cell phone? How many have you had since?? #massmentions"
@chelseabird: 15! I can't even remember how many I've had since then. I had multiples of so many phones because they always seemed to bug out!
@daringfeline: 12, 7
@remindsmeofyou: 1999, age 17. Had 12 since (personal & work).
@_AshleyMoore: Got my first cell when I went off to uni at 19. I've had only 3 in the last 10 years. #massmentions
@TheMarchOwl: 15 and I have had 7 cell phones since then. so a different one every year!
@tracyleeeee: 16. It was a riveting red-orange Nokia that lit up in a "snake" fashion. 9 years later, I've had a total of 6 diff ones.
@Mopalicious1: I was 16 when I got my first and ive had, I think, 7 since (8 years).
@emilymayhem: Got my first in 6th grade. I've had 7 total, including that one and the one I have now.
@CampfireChic: I was 13 and got that Nokia phone in orange! Im on my 5th phone now, 13 years later
Follow us @Gadchick to find out next week’s M@ss Mention question and join in the conversation! Don’t forget to find us on Instagram (@gadchick)! Happy #FollowFriday and have a wonderful weekend!

9/12/2012

Women 3.0: Erna Hoover



Name: Erna Hoover

Short biography: We’re going a bit old school with today’s profile. Erna Schneider Hoover was born in 1926 in Irvington, New Jersey. The daughter of a dentist and a teacher, Hoover developed an interest in science and mathematics at an early age. She received a bachelor’s degree in medieval history from Wellesley in 1948, and a doctorate in foundations of mathematics from Yale University in 1951. From 1951 to 1954, Hoover was a professor of philosophy and logic at Swarthmore College. In 1953, she married Charles Wilson Hoover, Jr.; they have three daughters and four grandchildren.1, 2, 3


9/11/2012

Meet the Everpurse

At Gadchick we question every gadget we come by. We're cautious of any tech toy that focuses more on the style or pink than the function of it. If an item answers our major question, then we love and rave about it. How will this gadget make my life easier? The style is a plus, but the function is a must (err, sorry).
As an iPhone user (and I know there are a few out there), it's my work office, my social media connections, and on some busy days replaces my computer. Sometimes I forget to bring the battery or just don't have access to a charger. Then I found Everpurse...




9/07/2012

Geeky Style: PC Gamer and Proud


Contrary to popular belief, there's more to "geeky style" than wearing thick rimmed glasses with tape in the middle! We geeks "geek out" to anything and everything that we are passionate about. One of those things, for me, is my love for video games. For the past few years, my preferred method of playing has been on my PC that my boyfriend and I built. This shirt proudly displays the gamer home keys (typical for first person shooters). By pairing it with a skirt and patent loafers rather than jeans I can take my geeky style on a dinner date.

Shirt by Espada Limited

9/05/2012

Women 3.0: Kat Gunn


Name: Katherine "Kat" Gunn

Short biography: Katherine “Kat” Gunn was born in Lancaster, Calif., to a gaming family in which competitions were created in order to get out of having to do chores.1 Gunn is a professional video gamer, and was the winner of season 2 of the SyFy channel’s WCG Ultimate Gamer reality show. She’s also the founder of Team AVRC, an RC car racing club out of Antelope Valley, Calif.2

9/03/2012

Playing with your Friends - Great Co-Op Games for All Systems




Sometimes gaming can feel like a solitary habit, playing against faceless users in multiplayer co-op games or working through a single player storyline. But luckily, there are numerous different games that are great to play with a friend that you can check out.