Nov 13

Verizon Wireless North Las Vegas Smart Store
Verizon Wireless Smart Store in North Las Vegas

Verizon Wireless opened their newest Smart Store in Las Vegas, today. What is a Smart Store? I found that out after visiting their Destination Store at the Mall of America. I was intrigued to see what this store had to offer yesterday during a pre-opening tour. What I found was a combination of helpful people and cool tech in multiple zones.


I have been a part of the Verizon Wireless Buzz Group for more than a year. In that time, I have seen first hand what the carrier is doing to stay ahead of retail trends and service with the rollout of XLTE. Continue reading Verizon Wireless Smart Store Opening North Las Vegas VZWBuzz 11-13-14

Oct 27

BackBeat FIT Plantronics Wireless Bluetooth Headset
BackBeat FIT Wireless Headphones

Wireless headphones have recently made a nice leap forward in battery life and wearability. That is what the BackBeat FIT, a pair of Bluetooth enabled headphones, from Plantronics had in abundance. They are likely the best I have used to date for many reasons.

The headphones are manufactured from a brightly colored rubberized material that comes in green and blue with black streaks. That material helped them to stay in my ears and remain dry during daily activities. A single strand of the materiel connects both sides of the headphones and wraps around behind the head.

BackBeat FIT Headphones Unboxing

Continue reading Wireless Plantronics Headphones Helps Me To Stream Tunes All Day

Sep 19

Apple iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus CNET
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Photo from CNET

Today, Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, to its initial wave of countries. The USA is lucky enough to be in that list. People have been lining up at Apple Stores around the world, including Australia, for weeks.

I was lucky enough to go hands-on with both an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus to check out their design, usability and iOS 8.


iPhone 6 with iOS 8 Hands-On by Chris Rauschnot @24k


iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8 Hands-On by Chris Rauschnot @24k

Continue reading iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus iOS 8.1 USA Release From Apple

Aug 29

Going back to school this year can be a much better experience with a few of these accessories. From grade school to college, be prepared for many years.

Updated: Music is key, so I have added several choices of portable Bluetooth enabled speakers for your listening pleasure.

Boogie Board Sync 9.7

Boogie Board Sync 9.7
http://www.myboogieboard.com/na/products/boogie-board-sync-9.html

The Boogie Board Sync 9.7 is a Bluetooth and E-ink enabled digital notepad compatible with iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. Create a new note in seconds, save it and upload it to your device of choice or the cloud. Evernote’s integration makes it a great choice even for those in professional settings. It can store up to 5,000 pages of notes. Where the Boogie Board Sync shines is in the virtual whiteboard scenario. Connect it to a Mac and a projector. Then draw on the Sync’s writing surface with its included stylus for a real-time view. Continue reading Be A Cool Kid Back At School With These Top Tech Accessories Of 2014

Aug 22

Flyer Travel Carry On Bag ZUCA
Flyer Travel Carry-On Bag From ZÜCA

Finding a TSA approved carry-on bag that exceeds the wants of travelers is tough. The struggle is real and ZUCA has accepted the challenge. Their Flyer Travel puts your travel game into the stratosphere.

Why? Because its exoskeleton frame is made of tough aircraft aluminum and offers lots of storage space, multiple zippered compartments inside and out, a cool design and stackable drawers.


Flyer Travel Unboxing

When was the last time you bought a super-durable carry-on that included drawers and was strong enough to sit on? At $345 direct from their website, the premium ballistic nylon bag is removable, hand washable, built tough with a 41” telescoping aluminum handle, has a 300lb rated metal seat, has rust-resistant chrome plated screws with shake-proof nylon aircraft lock nuts that keeps everything together. The recessed roller blade type wheels make it easier to fit in an overhead bin on regular sized jets. Continue reading Flyer Travel Wheeled Versatile Carry-On From ZÜCA Luggage Review

Aug 13

Ford Motor Company World Headquarters Dearborn MI
Ford Motor Company World HQ in Dearborn, MI

As the economy returns, car manufacturers like the Ford Motor Company need to reach out to potential customers in their target markets more now than ever. One way Ford does is by hosting several traditional media events throughout the year and the Ford Trends Conference, typically held at the start of summer in Dearborn, Michigan at their world headquarters. I was invited and recently went to their HQ to attend several of their sessions with titles like Female Frontier, Sustainability Blues and Decoding Design. Ford brings in some of the top minds in fashion, art, technology and conservation to relay to the invited bloggers what to look for in the coming five to ten years.

Michael A Guido Theater Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
Michael A Guido Theater Ford Community and Performing Arts Center

In addition to hosting the Ford Trends Conference every year, they participate in possibly the most important car show, the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. I’ve been lucky to have been invited to several events by Ford over the years to see what it means for cars and trucks to be made right here in the USA. Continue reading Go Further With Ford Showcasing Key Trends In 2014

Aug 01

First Verizon Destination Store Mall of America Bloomington Minnesota
First Verizon Destination Store at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota
A widespread change in retail is happening now at the 1st Verizon Destination Store, in the Mall of America. As a Verizon Wireless Buzz Ambassador, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to try out some of the top gadgets featured in the store. It was the first time I was able to be hands-on with even more accessories that the company offers.


Verizon Destination Store In The Mall Of America Tour

A majority of sales for Verizon still take place in its brick-and-mortar stores, so it’s critical for them to innovate. The conversion of their remaining 1,700 retail locations will be setup as smaller “smart stores” taking design queues from the larger destination stores. Continue reading Latest Tech Buzz At Verizon Destination Store In The Mall of America

Jul 24

Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet
Nokia 2520 Tablet From Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless recently gave me the chance to try out a Nokia 2520 tablet running Windows 8.1 RT, as part of being a VZWBuzz Brand Ambassador. I’m a huge Apple fan but I thought it was time to see what the experience of Windows 8.1 was like on a tablet. Spoiler alert, I liked it!


Nokia Lumia 2520 hands-on at the Microsoft Store
Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Be Productive On A Windows Tablet

Jul 19

Gogo More Planes More Coverage
Gogo’s More Planes, More Coverage, More Experience

Ever wonder how fast WiFi on an airplane works? Arguably, the company that’s best in the industry at it is Gogo. I was invited and recently went on an all access tour to see nearly every aspect of how they serve up the Internet at 36,000 ft all day everyday and more importantly for them, now around the world.
Continue reading Get Connected With Gogo All Access Headquarters Tour In Chicago

Jul 07

Seattle Space Needle From Chihuly Garden and Glass
Seattle Space Needle From The Chihuly Garden and Glass

Touring inside corporates offices of giant tech firms is a rare adventure. Receive a behind the scenes tour with access to Microsoft’s mobile division, a few top executives and technology roadmaps. I was selected as a top brand advocate for a personal tour to bring you the latest about what’s next in mobile. Microsoft’s main campus is located in Redmond, Washington, about a 45-minute drive away from Downtown Seattle.

Southwest Airlines Mt Rainier
Mt Rainier from my Southwest Airlines airplane window.

As I flew into the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, I noticed several volcanoes from my Southwest Airlines airplane window. I made sure to get a window seat on this flight as I had missed photo opportunities on my recent trip to the Verizon Innovation Center West in San Francisco.
Continue reading Traveling Behind The Scenes At Microsoft With Nokia Mobile Tech