Goodbye, Microsoft! My Next Chapter

Goodbye, Microsoft! My Next Chapter

For the last four years Microsoft has been my world, my launchpad, and my home. When I first started, I was an eager young university student developing Windows 8.1 apps, and Trendy Techie was still mostly a fashion blog. My mentors and experiences at Microsoft helped to craft me into the person I am today, [...]

Reflections on my Two Week Digital Detox

Reflections on my Two Week Digital Detox

This past December I did something I haven't done in years: I took a full two-week digital detox. As soon as my vacation started I deleted all my social media apps from my phone, left my laptops and tablets at home, and boarded a flight to Orlando. What I learned during my time away from [...]

Trendy Techie’s Geeky Gift Guide & Giveaway 2017

Trendy Techie’s Geeky Gift Guide & Giveaway 2017

It's that time of year again! The snow has started to fall and Starbucks is serving drinks in holiday cups and my inbox is filling with invitations to festive parties. I'm excited to bring to you my recommendations for the perfect geeky gifts for your adorkable loved ones. Whether you're shopping for the developer, designer, [...]

Elf Smart Plug Review

Elf Smart Plug Review

Eques, a Silicon Valley IoT startup, has built a suite of devices to connect your home. They sent me Elf Smart Plug, their connected smart plug that can turn any device into a connected device by toggling power via an app. Elf connects to your home wifi and lets you turn on and off your [...]

Kids Code with Jewelbots, the Programmable Friendship Bracelet

Kids Code with Jewelbots, the Programmable Friendship Bracelet

Code is finally making its way into the hands of younger makers, and with this trend we are seeing more and more learn-to-code tools arrive on the market and in toy stores. But amidst all these code blocks and modular robots, one startup is focusing on coding for girls, and they are getting it right: [...]

Getting Your First Dev Job – How to Gain Valuable Experience as a Student

Getting Your First Dev Job – How to Gain Valuable Experience as a Student

We've all heard the stats, millions of computer science jobs are poised to go unfilled because of a lack of computer science graduates and new developers. And yet, as I talk to students on the ground, what I'm hearing doesn't seem to reflect the bountiful cornucopia of available jobs. Students don't feel confident that their [...]

Elon Musk Can’t Save Us from the Singularity

Elon Musk Can’t Save Us from the Singularity

Elon Musk's latest venture, Neuralink, aims to augment our minds with brain-computer interfaces. But what are the implications for the future of humanity?