Father’s day gift guide: June 16, 2013

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You’ve done the spring cleaning, completed a successful Mother’s Day and will have the kids on summer break soon. With your busy schedule, you may have forgotten that Father’s Day is right around the corner…but that doesn’t mean you can’t get Dad a great gift that screams “Happy Father’s Day.”

Check out my top 6 “must haves” to shower your dad/husband/grandpa with love this Father’s Day. Looking for gift ideas for everything from a sporty to the tech-savvy dad? Want a list from luxury to affordable? I’ve got it covered for you!

1. Sony’s SS-AR series: the Loud and proud
Sony SS-AR1 and AR2 Loudspeakers are uniquely crafted for music & movie fans. These speakers are for the die-hard music fans who pay attention to the small details of their music. The high quality craftsmanship is due to the combination of unique woods used to produce clear, exceptional sound. These woods are the tight-grained and rigid maple wood from Hokkaido, Japan harvested only in November when the grain is at its tightest and Finnish birch, used to balance out the sound and used in the side and rear panels. The Loudspeakers sport a sleek look with precision performance. These speakers range from 10K-27K, but if your dad’s a music enthusiast with an ear for detail, the astonishing clarity and natural balance of Sony’s top-notch SS-AR Series speakers will blow him away.
2. Trade In’s for the Newest Smartphones? Smart! 
AT&T has a promotion that can help you snag a great new phone for Dad. The Trade In and Trade Up program allows you to get 50% off the newest smartphones–LG Optimus G Pro, HTC One, and Samsung Galaxy S4–when you trade in your current smartphone. This is a sweet deal for any dad, especially the tech-savvy one who needs high speed and innovation! The LG Optimus G Pro is equipped with countless features, including an app that turns the phone into a universal remote and an advanced 13MP camera with Dual Recording front and rear cameras. The HTC One is packed with features like sound with built-in Beats by Dr. Dre Audio, the HTC Zoe mode that lets you grab an entire picture and bring it to life in three-second snippets, and comes loaded with AT&T’s DriveMode app that helps curb texting and driving. Last but not least, the anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 features no-touch air control for scrolling through pages without using your fingers, a 13MP camera that takes great shots in low-light, and video recording in full HD at 30 frames per second. If your dad sports a good power color, AT&T is taking pre-orders now for the red Galaxy S4 hitting shelves June 14th.
3. 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System brings the full experience home 
Sony’s Premium Home Theater System (BDV-N8100W) is an entertainment fan’s dream come true. This complete set includes a full HD 1080p Blu-ray Disc player, vibrant 5.1 channel HD surround sound, a 7″ sub-woofer, and 1000 watts of power. This home theater system has OneTouch capability with NFC devices, Bluetooth, and built in Wi-Fi for great streaming options–smartphones, tablets, Pandora, YouTube…you name it! Stream entertainment with the system’s flawless sound quality thanks to magnetic fluid technology in the system’s five speakers–you’ll never miss a line in a movie again. If your dad is an entertainment enthusiast, he’ll also enjoy the 3D capabilities of this system, in which you can convert 2D Blu-ray and DVD’s into 3D movies.
4. Sperry Top-Sider Shoes: Authentic Originals from the sea 
If Dad enjoys fashion that’s about luxury, craftsmanship, and authentic originals, look no further than Sperry Top-Sider. Since 1935, Sperry has brought men who have a passion for the sea high quality shoes and fashion. The company crafted the world’s first boat shoe that has become extremely popular today. After over 75 years of business, Sperry continues to the Authentic Original and the lifestyle that it represents. Your dad doesn’t have to lead a nautical lifestyle to enjoy these fashionable “gold standard” shoes, though. The summer air and some relaxation is all anyone needs to get in the mood for some original boat shoes, sandals, or oxfords.
5. Digital Life: the new face of safety
Dads may like to live on the edge, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate safety, especially when it comes to family. Home safety isn’t always easy, though–or is it? Protecting your home, unlocking a door or changing the thermostat setting from wherever you are can be as easy as if you were at home with the new Digital Life security system. Digital Life is an all-digital, IP-based home security monitoring service with home automation via an app for your smartphone, tablet or PC. Digital Life is a brand new venture for AT&T that’s being driven with dedicated monitoring centers. If you live an area where AT&T has launched its Digital Life market*, you can set up the system for your home–and make sure Dad doesn’t have too much fun playing with these features!

*AT&T has just launched in Baltimore, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C. The original launches were in Atlanta, Austin, Boulder, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Riverside, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and select areas of the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area. Right now, there’s a promotion to get up to $100 off a Smartphone or Tablet when you purchase AT&T Digital Life.

6. Sony Shelf Audio System: A Boombox with Style
The Shelf Audio System is part of a line of products that music lovers have been waiting for; this is the ultimate music listening experience. This is a full boombox that connects to devices with OneTouch technology, where users simply touch their near-field communications (NFC) enabled devices like smartphones and tablets to the system to start streaming music. The kicker? Built in LED strobe lights that can turn your living room into a dance club. Even if your dad doesn’t like to dance, he can appreciate the amazing sound quality and innovation of this audio system.

 photo credits: Sony, Sperry, AT&T

Wrap Up: From Disruption to Default: Another successful OSCON 2011 + GIT Global Mentorship Program Inaugural Session

5996605803_fcb101a9c15997111354_ef93cc905e5982655953_68df9bc4225997150024_b865e9c39b5986364768_4233b214695981821290_100ac7cfda5997136002_9a5331fe81Another year passed for OSCON 2011 with over 3000+ attendees flocking to Portland, Oregon for this year’s theme: From Disruption to Default.

On Thursday, July 28th 2011, Global Girls in Tech Mentorship Program kicked off their inaugural VIP sessions at Oscon. Fortune 500, academic, tech and entrepreneurs and leaders from all over the world gathered together to participate and support our kick-off meet-up. Thanks so much to everyone who showed up. We couldn’t have done it without your continued help and participation. Interested in participating? Drop me an email: ivo@girlsintech.net

For More info about GIT Mentorship. Watch live video interview with Ivo Lukas and OSCON 2011 and follow me @MsSonicFlare

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OSCON 2011 events, tracks, sessions and keynotes raised the bar again. Here are a few highlights of the keynote session and tracks:

- Rob Pike: The expressiveness of Go programming language

– Ariel Waldman: On hacking space exploration

- IBM: On building native mobile apps with phone gap. Becky Gibson and Simon MacDonald showed best practices on mobile apps

Microsoft Keynote by Gianugo Rabelino, Sr Director of Open Source Communities is quite great as he talks about the future of community: informed trends: education, repeatable science and experience

- Netflix, Kim Trott and Matt McCarthy on Javascript and HTML 5

-  Last but not least, Gabe Zichermann discussed the importance of Gamification

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Building Native Mobile Apps Using Open Source


Kevin Whinnery is an engineer and platform evangelist for Appcelerator. In addition to his contributions to open source and Appcelerator projects, Kevin is also the developer and maintainer of a Ruby on Rails student information system in use by several elementary schools in his home town of Saint Paul, Minnesota. A frequent speaker, blogger, and writer on technical and business topics, Kevin has appeared in multiple print and online publications.

HTML, CSS and JavaScript are quickly becoming the development languages of choice for creating native mobile applications. By using the open source Titanium platform, web developers can create apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry using a single code base. One of the must attend session this week!


Tell us more about Appcelerator. What’s unique about your technology?

Appcelerator is an open source software company based in Mountain View, CA.  Our primary product is Titanium, which allows you to build native applications for desktop and mobile devices using JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.  I’m here at OSCON to present on Titanium Mobile for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry

How’s it different using open source in building your mobile apps?

It’s important when building an application to have unfettered access to the framework you are using for those cases when you need to know how specific functions work, or need to extend the platform yourself.  Open source empowers developers to do just that.  In the case of Titanium specifically, we also think it’s more productive to use our framework than the tools of multiple different platform vendors directly.

How is mobile different compares to a decade ago? Where do you think it will go in the next decade to come?

Mobile devices today are significantly more capable than ever, becoming essentially mobile computers.  Also, mobile technology is already ubiquitous, and will be more so in the years to come, with developing markets getting access to mobile technology far in advance of other technologies.  I think today we have better devices and technology than ever before, and in the future we will have this technology in the hands of nearly everyone on the planet.  This presents a great opportunity to develop cool software that users all over the globe can leverage from wherever they are.

Which sessions are you most excited about?

I’m really excited to learn more about the Scala programming language.

How’s your session today?

The session went well – we had to take a few minutes to get everyone set up, but we had over 100 people attend and as a result got lots of folks up and running with Titanium.

What would be a single take away for the attendees that you want them to gain from your session?

The mobile web is a great tool, and is progressing fast.  But when you need to go native, Titanium is a great (free and open source) option for developing cross-platform apps that still leverage native UI and platform capabilities that make them indistinguishable from their full native counterparts.  And you get to use JavaScript, which is awesome!

Is this your first time being part of Oscon? If not, then how’s it different from last year?

Yes, this is my first time, but certainly not the last, I had a great experience.

What’s current technology that you couldn’t live without?

If someone took my MacBook Pro away I’d probably cry.

To learn more about the product go to http://appcelerator.com And be sure to follow @kevinwhinnery

Be sure to join Girls in Tech Portland Chapter at OSCON 2010 this year at Portland Oregon.


Register now and save 15%. Use discount code os10pgit when registering at: http://www.oscon.com/oscon2010

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Android for Java developers- Mobile technology(Day 1: OSCON)


Had a brief discussion with Marko to learn more about open source and android for Java developers at OSCON yesterday.


Android for Java Developers is an action-packed, hands-on presentation that takes you through the anatomy of an Android application. The sample application includes most major Android building blocks (Activities, Intents, Services, Broadcast Receivers, Content Providers) to illustrate the philosophy of Android application development. It assumes basic Java knowledge.

Tell me more about Marko and your company, Marakana

Marko is creator of Marakana Android Training series. He has taught Android to over 1,000 developers at companies such as Motorola, Sony-Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ericsson Canada, Cisco, Sharp, Texas Instruments, DoD and many others. Marko is a co-founder of San Francisco Android Users Group and regularly teaches Android Bootcamp at Marakana.

Marko founded Marakana in 2001 to help underprivileged youth, minorities, and inner-city kids learn web technologies and get ahead in life. So Marakana emerged with goal of helping people get better at what they do professionally, focused on open source software training.

Marakana founded and continue to run a few user groups such The San Francisco Java User Group, The San Francisco Agile User Group and The San Francisco Android User Group. It’s a community organized user groups.


How’s your session today?

I’ve taught Android class last year at San jose and only 10 people attended. Today we’ve had over 120! So much love in Portland. So great!!

What can we expect from your session?  Any take away for the attendees?

If you know java, then android is pretty straight forward. Learn it and use it. Mobile is where the action now. We are in the early stage but there is so much opportunity.

Open source is ubiquitous. It’s been the same since back then; but how the technology is being applied constantly changing. Also leverage our video tutorials under community; it is such a great resources http://marakana.com/forums/android/general/ and http://marakana.com/forums/android/examples/

Which sessions/keynote speakers you are most interested in?

I’m planning to see some tomorrow and also to relax! Looking forward to seeing some of the keynote speakers. Follow Marko @marakana or go to http://marakana.com/ to learn more

Be sure to join Girls in Tech Portland Chapter at OSCON 2010 this year at Portland Oregon. Register today and receive special discount by being a Girls in Tech member.

OSCON takes place July 19-23, 2010 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Register now and save 15%. Use discount code os10pgit when registering at: http://www.oscon.com/oscon2010

For More info for our local Portland chapter, go to our facebook page. If you are interested in being a guest speaker and/or panelist for our workshops and lectures, pls feel free to drop me an email: ivo@girlsintech.net

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