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Miami Lookout: 5 Cool Gadgets to Gift Yourself This Christmas

December 16, 2019

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and you may or may not have had started listing down the people you want to buy gifts for. But you might be forgetting someone very important — you! Don’t forget to treat yourself to something awesome this year. And to help you get started, here’s 5 cool gadgets to gift yourself this Christmas.

Portable Speaker

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A good wireless speaker is always worth spending money on, especially if you like spending your time outdoors with friends and family. If you love listening to your tunes on the go, Forbes endorses the JBL Flip, as it is a high-quality, affordable Bluetooth speaker. You can take the Flip 4 pretty much anywhere because of its durable and waterproof shell. Plus, you can connect two smartphones or tablets to it. But if you’re looking for something smaller, you can check out the Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker. It’s small enough to fit into a purse or pocket, but will still produce clear and loud sound — perfect for a trip outdoors.

Drone

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Have you ever looked up and noticed a drone buzzing up in the sky? Drones are a great way to see the world through a different lens, and see the gorgeous city and beaches that Miami has to offer. HP’s resident techie Zach Cabading recommends the Parrot Bebop, which is a trusty introductory drone that can reach high altitudes and boasts 25 minutes of flight time — long enough for you to practice landings and take-offs until your heart’s content. If you’re more experienced, check out the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, which is perfect for both advanced recreational fliers and professional aerial photographers. This way, you can capture special moments in a new and unique way this coming holiday.

Wireless Charger


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Ditch the hassle of using cables this holiday by getting yourself an awesome wireless charger. In our previous holiday gift guide, we listed the Apexan Wireless Charger as one of the hottest gifts on the market. It’s a simple, convenient, and durable device that can charge 1.5 times faster than normal wireless charging. It also boasts a broad compatibility, as it can be used for different types of phones. If you prefer to charge your devices while they’re standing up, you might fancy the Seneo Wasteland Qi Wireless Charger Stand. It doesn’t just charge your phone wirelessly, it also serves as a stand, making hands-free phone calls and live chatting a breeze.

Robot Vacuum


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If you’re someone who usually hates cleaning things, a good robot vacuum may be just the gift for you this Christmas. Writer Branu Ibrahim shares that the iRobot Roomba 690 is a very practical purchase, because it’s an affordable smart robot vacuum that easily cleans up hair, fur, and crumbs lying around your house. In addition, it can also be controlled with your voice or through its companion app. For people with bigger living spaces, the midrange robot vacuum Neato Botvac D7 Connected is a great alternative. It has laser technology for precise navigation, which allows it to clean your entire place quickly and efficiently. It’s also compatible with Alexa and Google Home. While robot vacuums are not a replacement for upright vacuums, they are a great addition to your arsenal and will help you clean less often.

Fitness Tracker


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From beach runs and biking to various water-sports, there are plenty of healthy activities to do in Miami — and fitness trackers are a great way to stick to your fitness goals. Men’s Health describes the Fitbit Charge 3 as a great cross between an activity tracker and a smartwatch, with its stylish and refined look, large touchscreen display, and outstanding battery life. The Fitbit Charger 3 is also waterproof, which makes it a great fitness tracker for people who usually go swimming at the beach or the pool. A good alternative, if you don’t need a GPS tracker, is the Garmin Vivosmart 4. It’s a slim and smart activity tracker that will probably suit most people for everyday wear. It also does a great job in telling you the best workout time depending on your body’s energy levels.

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Hispanicize 2018: In Review

April 25, 2018

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By: Sussette Rodriguez

Every year, the nation’s most influential Latino professionals in the digital content, journalism, music, entertainment, marketing and business world enthusiastically await the arrival of April, for the annual Hispanicize conference. This year was no different.

The conference featured many new ideas and initiatives, a launching pad for new creations, innovative technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and other materials aimed at Hispanic communicators. Looking forward to an even bigger 2019 event, here are the key takeaways and highlights discovered at this year’s conference.

Courtesy of Hispanicize
Courtesy of Hispanicize

The future is bright… and filled with social media influencers

The love between influencers, brands and agencies has unquestionably evolved to “the great social media love affair.” Influencers tackle an audience that many advertisements can’t grasp and that’s part of the magic.

Key takeaway: No matter how popular a brand may be, it won’t matter to the community if it does not have the approval and acceptance of other highly-regarded experts a.k.a. influencers. Allocating some of the marketing budget to these individuals could potentially achieve greater outcomes.

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Courtesy of Hispanicize

Is Public Relations dying? Errr maybe.

In a panel moderated by Univision’s Rosemary Ravinal, the future of public relations was discussed. She brought up a fact that stated that 90 percent of practitioners feel that the term Public Relations will no longer represent the work they do. This brings to question what will?

People are steering away from traditional media and focusing on integrated marketing campaigns to get a brand’s point across.

Key takeaway: Do it all! A worthy campaign is a package deal. You need all media the components to accomplish the desired goal.

Podcasts: Do you listen?

Podcasts are still very new, but also quickly making its way into many organizations communications strategy or at least it should be. Speaking directly to your target audience will expand your leads and position you alongside experts in your industry

Key takeaway: podcasts are growing a lot compared to other platforms. It’s a much more intimate channel and, therefore, is used to express stories of progress and address serious problems, such as climate change, from a much more personal perspective.

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Stop Carrying Around Your Charger

November 20, 2017

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What if you could stop carrying your charging accesories, what if I told you the future is here and now. Would you believe me? There’s a company that brings us the future. Chargello offers rapidly-charging batteries.
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In 2015, Freddy Sidi founded and based the company out of Wynwood. The company offers a global network of chargers. More than 20 countries and 4,500 venues offer Chargello, more than 100+ countries are expected to follow by the end of 2018.

What does this mean?

You can visit a partnering restaurant and have dinner, while being able to charge your phone. Even better, the portable charging stations are compatible with all smartphones. Not only that, Chargello’s devices allow smartphones to charge 3x faster than any regular outlet charger. It also charges six mobile phones simultaneously.

The next time you’re out of battery, you don’t have to go home to charge. You can visit Casa Tua, The Confidante Miami Beach by Hyatt, Rik Rak Salon and many other locations in Miami. Have a drink. Have dinner. Get your hair done. And most importantly, charge up.

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There’s more! Chargello has an app that helps you determine the closest location offering the handy dandy portable charger.

By Kemal Kurspahic

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