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AT&T increases network coverage at Arapahoe Basin ski resort in Colorado

Calling Down the Mountain with AT&T and Arapahoe Basin

Note: This post is sponsored by AT&T but all words and photos are mine.
AT&T Coverage at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in Colorado Colorado. Mountains. Winter. Snow. Fun. They just go together. One of my favorite places for all these together is “The Legend”, Arapahoe Basin. For 20+ years I’ve been riding in Colorado, and A-Basin has always been the place I enjoy most. I’m certain a lot of it is personal preference, but I like how it's not the posh and polished apres ski focused village. It's where you go when you want to find out what you can really ride, and enjoy friends looking to find the same. I’ve sat on the lifts with random ski dogs (literally, furry fun-loving dogs), and relaxed at the base, aka "The Beach," grilling hotdogs with new pals I just met.
Guide to Media Literacy for Teens, Seniors and everyone in between.

Media Literacy for Parents, Teens and Seniors

I am not exactly part of the "Sandwich Generation" because I do not care for elderly relatives, but we have been in charge of our parentals' technology for at least a decade... and while our 14-year-old son is starting to compete with our knowledge on the subject,…
iPhone Developers gather in Denver for the 360 iDev Conference

Hard Code and Soft Skills at 360iDev Conference in Denver

At the end of August, I took some time to attend the 360iDev conference here in Denver. 360iDev is the leading indie iOS/Mac developer conference in the U.S. and possibly the world. Over 4 days, iOS/Mac developers gather in Denver to share tips and techniques on everything topics like Xcode tricks, connecting iOS devices with Azure, and getting started with AudioKit.

Why go to the 360iDev iPhone Developer Conference?

To be honest, I’m not actually an iOS/Mac developer. I have a few projects that I’m working on, but I have a full-time day job that I took time off from to attend this conference. I love the tools and work with them when I can, but it’s not my primary thing. So why would I want to attend a conference that doesn’t totally apply to me? The first reason is simple: I know the organizers from the Denver tech community. Denver Startup Week (happening right now), Denver Open Coffee Club, and multitudes of meet-ups, unconferences, co-working spaces, and happy hours introduced me to an amazing community of talent and experience. I’m always up for a chance to be around this group and learn more, and I want to support them in any way I can. The second reason is the reputation of the conference. Friends have gone in past years, and it gave them a new perspective on the tech industry. They told me the speakers and sessions weren’t just about the code and optimization techniques - there was always something more about how what developers create can have a larger impact beyond just their applications.

Have a Strong Computer Backup Plan (Please Please Please)

Last week, something really bad happened. Well, separate of all the horrible things in the news, which is a huge reality check - because the happenings around the globe right now are much worse than what I am about to talk about.

But... I had an external drive fail.

To be fair to the drive, it was at least seven years old, which is one of my failings in this story - not paying attention to the age of my drives and computer backup. I always write the date of purchase on my photo cards, and I will be doing so for external drives as well from now on. How long a drive will last is variable, but it's something to pay attention to. I have almost everything from the drive, actually, backed up to the cloud. But I discovered there was a small hole in the way I was importing photos which left a few weeks of recent photos exposed and those are what I lost. In the end, my husband and I sat down and drew out a map (literally, on paper) of how where my data is, what my workflow is, and how it is being backed up. Then we figured out a way to make sure that EVERYTHING is being backed up both to a local external drive as well as to the cloud.
Snapchat Guide For Parents

Snapchat Guide For Parents

Is your teen on Snapchat? Are you on Snapchat to keep up with your kids? (That is what happened to us.) We proclaimed last year that this newest, super hip social media app was off limits for our son, until *we* were more ready. There are…
Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality are coming!

Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality Are Coming

I admit it. I'm crazy excited about virtual reality and mixed reality. It's the evolution of the day dreams I've had since I was a kid reading Tom Swift books. To see that we are on the path to all this becoming actual reality in my lifetime is like all my sci fi books coming to life all at once.

Terms to Remember: 360-Degree Video, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality


360-degree video: In the most basic terms, this is live video that is shot with cameras that have lenses pointing in all directions. To get the idea, imagine that you are watching a movie but you can look all around the scene: right, left, above, below, and even behind you. Most often you are a viewer, not a participant. Google Cardboard is an inexpensive tool that let's you view 360-degree videos with a smart phone. Virtual reality: Abbreviated to VR, this is most often a fully simulated experience controlling 100% of the viewer's sight and hearing. The simplest comparison is to imagine you are dropped into a video game and can participate as one of the characters, actively interacting with the things you see and hear. Usually this experience takes some sort of head mounted screen (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung GearVR) and other gadgets like cameras or gloves to make you feel immersed in the experience. Mixed reality: Also called augmented reality, MR combines aspects of your real word with additional graphics or information. If you've seen movies where the character sees the real world through a screen that provides additional data (Iron Man, Terminator), that's what we're talking about. The big difference here is that MR has an awareness of where you are, either through a camera, GPS, or other sensor technology. Mixed reality can happen with a smart phone, a more advanced system like Microsoft Hololens, or not-quite-real technology that recognizes you when you walk in the room.
Looking To The Future With Ford

Looking To The Future With Ford Trends

Jimmy_Kimmel_LiveI feel lucky to have a long-standing relationship with Ford. Sometimes we do super fun things together, like hanging out at the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and then checking out the 2017 (yes, 2017) Ford Escape during the Los Angeles Auto Show. But every time I attend a Ford Trends Event, I learn new things too, and not just about cars. I also have been lucky to attend the "Further With Ford" conference several times, and listen to Sheryl Connelly speak about trends. Again, not just trends in the automotive industry. Of course Ford is interested in how all these affects them as a company, but the variety of topics always show me they are thinking about what people are doing both in and out of their cars. Today Sheryl and Ford has released the fourth-annual "Looking Further with Ford Trend Report" which takes you through the 10 trends that are expected to shape the global consumer climate across all industries for 2016.

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