Gadgetress (a.k.a. Tamara Chuang)

Apps, Tech & Modern Things

May 8, 2014
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Living smarter in a modern world

Modern in Denver Spring 2014 coverThe new issue of Modern in Denver is out! Actually, it’s been out since March but I’m just getting around to mentioning it here.  I wrote a feature story for the Spring 2014 issue on one of my favorite topics: Tech gadgets! Some may even make you a bit smarter.

With the explosion of apps, smartphones and Bluetooth Smart (the proper way to say it, according to the SIG), pretty much everything can go online to “get smarter.” Sure, many items in the home have had this ability for years — refrigerators, heating systems, sprinklers…  But, of course, today’s smartness revolves around the modernly mobile computer — the one you carry in your hands. To some, smartphones are more important than your wallet.

People are putting smartness in basketballs, baby bibs and forks! I like the idea of checking whether my front door is locked when I’m away from home. Or having the lights turn themselves off when I leave the house. Or letting my keys find me when I can’t find them. My major qualm with this smart explosion is bothering to use the multiple smartphone apps to control my door lock, heater, washing machine, toaster and coffee machine.

Am I just lazy? (Spoiler: I do explore a few devices/technologies that tackle that problem.)

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And don’t forget to check out my regular contribution, “Field Study,” which spotlights a handful of new modern objects we would all love to have.

 

You can pick up the magazine at Denver-area Tattered Covers, Whole Foods and a few other outlets for another month. Ping me if you’re searching for a copy.

January 14, 2014
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Field Study Notes for a Modern Winter

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Peek at the Winter issue

The Winter issue of Modern In Denver is out and, as always, it’s packed with interesting profiles of local companies and designers, great photos and enviable homes. I had little to do with it other than putting together the regular “Field Study” section of cool products (and saying “Bravo!” from the comfort of my home office).

It amazes me how publisher William Logan puts out this quality publication each quarter. But then again, MID continues to attract readers and subscribers. In fact, the magazine appears to be running its first-ever subscription deal right now: Just $10 for one year (use promo code “LOVEMID2014″ by Feb. 14, 2014).

I had the pleasure of highlighting a handful of local designers, including the father-son team behind the Geoflora Forms and the Littleton-based Jules Landis, who uses a hybridized concrete to form furniture.

I’m currently working on the next issue. If you’ve got a product to pitch for Modern in Denver, send me a message at tamara at modernindenver dot com.

And here’s a peek at the Winter Field Study (Need a closer look? Email me for a PDF or pick up a copy at Whole Foods, Tattered Cover and other stores):

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January 14, 2014
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How to Shop Online on Christmas Eve

tree-hhCatching up with posting some recent stories, I tackled last-minute Christmas shopping and offered seven viable options for procrastinators last month.

I remember a few years ago, there was a huge push by online retailers to offer overnight shipping for gifts ordered on the day before Christmas Eve. Some even promised delivery on Christmas Day. For some reason, the high-end retailer Ashford comes to mind (and, wow, they are still around somewhat).  This past holiday, it was Amazon making the big promise of same-day delivery for orders made on Christmas Eve.

While it’s now almost mid-January, I’m posting a link to my story on TheStreet.com since this blog so far serves as more of a collection of my work. If you want to prepare yourself for procrastination next holiday, take a look:

December 8, 2013
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Tech Gifts for the Powerless

One of the most important things every geek needs is power. But that’s not so easy to come by when you’re out in the wilderness, away from your hotel or near the end of a very, very long day.

Check out these gift ideas in a story I wrote for TheStreet:

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December 7, 2013
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Tech Gifts for the Rich and the Poor(er)

PowerUp  2.0 airplane webEvery year, I’m asked to do a tech gifts guide. Or, wait, do I volunteer to do it? Well, the important thing is that I do my best to approach the guide differently than I’ve done before. This collection of ideas I wrote for the UT-San Diego newspaper focused on five gifts: a version for those on a budget and a version for those who don’t care about price.

Take a look at the story on the UT’s website:

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