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Enfoque producers gave me a tour of the Telemundo Studios

Inside “Enfoque,” Telemundo’s Weekly News Program

Enfoque producers gave me a tour of the Telemundo Studios
Enfoque producers Leticia and Grace hosted me for a tour of the Telemundo Studios in Hialeah section of Miami, Fla.

Hispanicize Lunch with Telemundo:

Have you heard of Enfoque?

Well, at Hispanicize 2017 in Miami, I attended a luncheon sponsored by Telemundo thanks to DiMe Media and blogging sensation Candypolooza. I sat next to unfamiliar faces, which is quite common at conferences. I recalled seeing a few gentlemen with chiseled faces, square jaws and game show host teeth sparkling under fluorescent lights.

At first, I thought one of them might be Jorge Ramos, the journalist who sparred Donald Trump a few times during the presidential election campaign. I asked a young woman next to me if she knew who those guys were. She replied that one was Jose Diaz-Balart. Naiveté set in, and I gave her my best-dumbfounded smile as to imply that I had no clue he was.

It turns out that she, Grace, is the producer for his weekly news show called Enfoque, which means Focus in Spanish. Think of it almost like a Meet the Press mixed with 60 minutes, except it’s only 30 minutes (but soon may be 60).

A few things came to mind: this young, Latina is a producer of a show? Awesome! I used to live in LA and my idea of show producers were old(er), white guys so my prejudice was wonderfully shattered. Secondly, what’s Enfoque and who is this guy Jose?

A few bites into lunch and the host welcomed Jose Diaz-Balart to stand up and speak. Impressive! I’ve never heard a TV host speak bilingually to a group. He started in impeccable English and ended in just-as-perfect Spanish. He’s message wasn’t about his show, per se. It wasn’t even about Telemundo. He spoke of making a difference in the world. He spoke of standing up to injustices in the government – all governments from the US to Latin America. The theme was not political in nature although he alluded to some of the undertones happening in the country today related to families being torn apart by the president’s immigration stance.

Latinas in Charge of Enfoque

During the lunch, I got to know Grace and another talented Latina named Leticia, who is the Executive Producer of Enfoque. I was blown away at how incredibly articulate they were in both languages. English is my first language and since my mother and grandmother were both born in the US, my Spanish skills aren’t up-to-par, especially in a professional setting. I admire and respect professionals proficient in multiple languages – it’s now a goal of mine to improve my Español.

Enfoque at Telemundo Studios, Hialeah section of Miami, Fla.

Leticia graciously invited me – although I kind of invited myself but she green lit the visit – to the taping of Enfoque at the Telemundo studios in Miami. I was overjoyed at the opportunity, even more so once I found out that Bernie Sanders was going to be a guest on the show.

Telemundo Studios in Hialeah, Miami, FL | Photo Credit: R. Ocampo
Telemundo Studios in Hialeah, Miami, FL | Photo Credit: R. Ocampo

Walking into the studio, I felt like a geek walking into CES for the first time. TV monitors surrounded me, airing different programming on each display. The studio was like watching ants running in different directions – controlled chaos.

Using my best New York City crowd control skills, I did my best to stay out of the way until taping. Grace, the producer and master of ceremonies, escorted me to the Mission Control room.

“Jose, can you hear me?” Jose was in New York City due to a speaking event so the coordination was a bit different than the in-person norm. Grace the MC led the orchestra and taping was in full force.

Feel the Bern?

I was a bit disappointed that Bernie Sanders was interviewed remotely from Washington, D.C. I thought he’d be in there next to me chatting over a beer and talking about how to truly make America great again. Oh well.

The show was interesting and had great guests. It was new to me and may be new to you. If you’d like to check it out, it airs on Sundays at 1pm.

I’d like to give a special thanks to Leticia, Grace, Jose and the entire staff at Enfoque for their hospitality and warmth. I walked away truly proud of their professionalism, success and most of all, their wonderful spirit. Gracias a todos!

Looking for other things to do in Miami? Try the Wynwood Walls.

CTA Miami presents tech must haves | Photo: R. Ocampo

Tech Must Haves from CTA Miami and Techlicious

Consumer Technology Association puts on the Consumer Electronic Show, CES, every January in Las Vegas. In partnership with Techlicious, they put on CTA Miami at the R House in the ultra-hip neighborhood of Wynwood, in Miami, Fla. Being a gadget guy, I was in disbelief by some of the products coming to market.

How can a little patch that goes on your arm communicate the UV levels you’re exposed to!?!

Bloggers and Social Influencers Converge for CTA Miami | Photo: T. Settembre
Bloggers and Social Influencers Converge for CTA Miami | Photo: T. Settembre

The event was sponsored and I attended it as a guest and received a few promotional items for consideration. All opinions are my own.

La Roche-Posay My UV Patch

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La Roche-Posay My UV Patch is the first-ever stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor UV radiation in real-time to inform an individual on their personal sun exposure. My UV Patch factors in skin tone to measure exposure to the sun, which is good for me since I’m dark complected. A dermatologist recently scolded me because I don’t put sun block on my arms, thinking my natural abundance of melatonin would do the trick – wrong!

Users get information by downloading the My UV Patch mobile app (available both on iOS & Android) to track UV exposure and inform users of their level of sun exposure. My UV Patch, along with an Anthelios sunscreen, will be available for purchase from La Rouche-Pose, or through specific physicians, which will be listed on the website. 

  • First connected stretchable UV patch
  • Ultra-thin, ultra-water resistant and adapted to sensitive skin
  • Works with My UV Patch app to provide you with personalized information when you are exposed to sun

http://www.laroche-posay.us/my-uv-patch-info

Valencell

Valencell produces wearable biometric sensor systems to consumer electronics manufacturers, mobile device and accessory makers, medical device makers, sports and fitness brands and gaming companies for integration into their products. Valencell’s technology can be used in wearables and hearables.

Their technology is scalable to multiple form-factors such as earbuds, smartwatches, armbands and wrist devices and is currently integrated into more biometric wearable devices than any other technology provider in the world.

http://valencell.com/

Polar M600

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Polar M600 features integrated GPS and Polar’s propriety wrist-based heart rate technology, Polar M600 is the perfect smartwatch for tech-savvy men who want a reliable training solution paired with the full benefits of the Android Wear ecosystem.

  • Features Polar’s proprietary wrist-based heart rate technology (no third party technology is used) and integrated GPS for an array of training metrics such as speed, distance, and pace
  • Access Android Wear’s voice control, customize watch faces, receive calendar notifications, read and reply to texts with Android, scroll through social media feeds and access more than 4,000 third party apps via Google Play; Users can sync their music through Google Play and listen to it without their smartphone
  • Polar Flow app and web service provides motivational feedback, practical advice on running performance and progress

Price: $329.95

https://www.polar.com/us-en/products/sport/M600-GPS-smartwatch

Monster iSport Victory BT

Monster’s iSport Victory Bluetooth is an in-ear wireless headphone set. The Victory wireless sports headphones have 8+ hours of playback, making them a great option for road warriors, or simply, those who don’t want to constantly charge their headphones. I haven’t run a marathon before but if and when I do, I will probably need the 8 hours!

They are compact, and lightweight design, so you’ll barely know that they are in your ears. High noise isolation gives you extreme focus for extreme results. Monster has even given these headphones two different modes exclusively designed for working out: Warm-Up and Sports. Victory Bluetooth is tailor-made for the athlete in everyone. Price: $99.95

https://www.monsterproducts.com/iSport-Victory-In-Ear-Wireless-Headphones

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones | Photo: Aftershokz
Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones | Photo: Aftershokz

Designed to ensure the ultimate level of awareness and comfort—without compromising on premium sound—Trekz Titanium are wireless, open ear sport headphones made to ensure safety, perfect for runners, cyclists, hikers and more. Since they are on the outside of your ear canal, you can pay attention to ambient sound, as well as your jam.

Trekz Titanium uses bone conduction technology to transmit audio waves to the inner ears through the skull, bypassing the eardrums completely. Place them on your cheekbones, just in front of your ears. This leaves your ear canals open, allowing you to remain alert and aware of ambient sounds while you enjoy your music. Bluetooth® connectivity gives you the ability to be free of wires and make and receive phone calls.

  • Designed to ensure the ultimate level of awareness and comfort—without compromising on premium sound—Trekz Titanium are wireless, open ear sport headphones made to ensure safety, perfect for runners, cyclists, hikers and more.
  • Trekz Titanium uses bone conduction technology to transmit audio waves to the inner ears through the skull, bypassing the eardrums completely. Place them on your cheekbones, just in front of your ears. This leaves your ear canals open, allowing you to remain alert and aware of ambient sounds while you enjoy your music. Bluetooth® connectivity gives you the ability to be free of wires and make and receive phone calls.
  • Built to power through daily sweat sessions and wicked weather. IP55 rated to repel sweat, moisture and dust.

https://aftershokz.com/products/trekz-titanium

Price: $129.95

LG Smart Security

LG Smart Security is a new plug-and-play monitoring solution and home automation hub and it’s the first device to be secured by ADT Canopy, a new no-contract service for 24/7 professional monitoring. The LG Smart Security is the great solution for users looking for augmented security with simple setup and professional security service options with no long-term contract required. It also offers the flexibility of home automation control via a mobile device app (iOS or Android). It is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, further enhancing your smart home’s ecosystem and increasing functionality. Homeowners will enjoy easy remote access to crisp, clear video delivered to their mobile device, tablet or computer thanks to a Full HD camera with digital zoom capability. The LG Smart Security camera can capture virtually an entire room with minimal image distortion, as it features a 130-degree field-of-view. Users can even monitor their homes at night thanks to the device’s night vision capability with up to 15 feet of visibility.

Price: $199.99

August Smart Lock – $229

Lock and unlock your door, create virtual keys for guests, and know who comes and goes, all from your iOS or Android smartphone. The August Smart Lock easily installs on the inside of your door using only a screwdriver. Keep your existing exterior door hardware and use your traditional key any time.

We used to have the first generation Kevo, with all its quirks. Sometimes the door would lock without warning (or anyone near it). I haven’t tested the August Smart Lock but am ready for a newer generation to see if it’s little buggy.

  • Your smartphone is now a smart key—and more
  • Lock and unlock your door with your smartphone
  • Control who has access and when, from anywhere

August Smart Keypad – $79

Never leave keys under the mat again. Create unique entry codes to give to family, friends, your dog walker, handyman, or guest to unlock your August Smart Lock without a traditional key or smartphone. An accessory product to the August Smart Lock, August Smart Keypad is simple to set-up, easy to use, and controls your August Smart Lock via secure Bluetooth technology. Runs on two AAA-batteries. No wiring required.

  • Never leave keys under the mat again
  • Create unique entry codes to unlock door
  • Lock your August Smart Lock with one touch

August Doorbell Cam – $199
Always know who’s at the front door, even when you’re not home. Whether you’re upstairs, at work, or away on vacation, August Doorbell Cam alerts you every time the bell is rung and lets you see and speak with visitors from your smartphone, from anywhere. Enjoy extra peace of mind with instant notifications when Doorbell Cam detects motion from visitors, identifying people at your door. One-way HD camera gives you a clear view of visitors from your smartphone while ensuring your privacy. Combined with the August Smart Lock, you can also choose to securely unlock/lock the door to let your visitors in. The Doorbell Cam is easy to install and replaces your existing doorbell.

  • Always know who’s at your front door
  • See & speak with visitors from your smartphone
  • Monitor activity at your doorstep with live, on-demand video

JAM Voice

The most cost-efficient speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Services Technology in the lineup, the JAM Voice is the perfect entrant for consumers looking for a great speaker who can take commands. It also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Pairing multiple speakers can give a much fuller stereo sound, or have music in every room in the house.

Wifi and Bluetooth speaker that uses Alexa Voice Service technology to answer a myriad of questions and everyday tasks

Users can teach “skills” to the speaker such as asking Uber for a ride using only voice commands

Use the embedded microphone to make and receive calls for hands-free phone conversations

https://www.jamaudio.com/jam-voicetm-portable-wifi-and-bluetooth-speaker-with-amazon-alexa

Price: $69.99

TP-Link LB120

Control your lighting from anywhere with the LB120. The smart bulb installs as easily as a standard light bulb, and connects to your home Wi-Fi in no time through the free Kasa app. Kasa lets you manage your lights with your smartphone or tablet, including adjusting brightness, setting schedules and scenes, and tracking energy used. The LB120 also lets you tune its white temperature to create lighting suited to your mood, from bright daylight to soft, relaxing whites. For added convenience, you can use voice commands to control the LB120 when paired with Amazon Alexa, including tuning its white temperature.

http://www.tp-link.com/us/products/details/cat-5609_LB120.html
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Price: $34.99

iDevices Smart Home Essentials Kit

An Apple® HomeKit™ and Alexa-enabled system featuring three iDevices Sockets (connected light bulb adapters), five iDevices Switches (indoor connected plugs) and two iDevices Outdoor Switches (rain-tight connected plugs). Unlike other smart home systems on the market, the iDevices Smart Home Essentials kit requires no central hub, gateway or bridge. This premium selection of smart home products comes with a first of its kind, exclusive Concierge Service, giving users priority support access and the ability to set appointments with iDevices’ smart home experts for everything from product setup to advanced use tutorials

https://store.idevicesinc.com/essentials-kit/

Price: $499

elgato Eve Light Switch

With Eve Light Switch, experience the comfort of connected lighting. Switch your lights on and off using Siri, or with a quick tape on your iPhone. Eve Light Switch transforms any single or multi-bulb setup into an intelligent lighting system, so you can use your existing bulbs regardless of their shape, size or color.

  • Use your voice or phone to control existing bulbs regardless of their shape, size or color
  • Uses Bluetooth low energy technology to ensure easy setup, reliable operation, and power efficiency
  • Transforms any single or multi-bulb setup into a Siri-enabled lighting system
  • World’s first light switch with HomeKit technology for the most seamless light control experience

https://www.elgato.com/en/eve/eve-light-switch

Price: $49.95

elgato: Eve Motion

Let your presence bring your home to life. With Eve Motion, cue the perfect ambience simply by entering your room, and know of activity as it’s happening. Receive notifications on your iPhone or iPad whenever movement is detected. Be alerted when someone enters your private space. And with Apple TV at home, keep tabs on your abode while you’re on the go.

  • Eve Motion enables users to create individual HomeKit automations
  • Eve Motion can detect the user’s presence or absence and then enable or disable power outlets, HVAC systems or lights
  • No need to open an app or speak a Siri command, Eve Motion communicates directly with your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, without requiring an additional bridge

https://www.elgato.com/en/eve/eve-motion

Price: $49.95

Martian mVoice

Martian combines the classic design of an analog watch with the functionality of a smartwatch with the Martian mVoice, so users no longer have to sacrifice style for rich smartwatch features. Together with Amazon Alexa, Martian seeks to improve, simplify and enhance digital communication and the way you perform everyday tasks. Control your home and prioritize your communication on-the-go with simple voice commands. By downloading the Martian Voice & Alerts app enabled with Amazon Alexa, Martian mVoice watches with Amazon Alexa provide Martian Watch wearers with on the go access to over 5,000 Alexa skills. Ask Alexa to answer questions, read the news, get weather and traffic reports, control your smart home, add products to your shopping list, reorder items from Amazon, and more, all from your wrist. 

Price: $199

Knomo Beauchamp backpack

As one of knomo’s best-selling backpacks, the Beauchamp is undeniably a fan favorite. The deceivingly slim backpack, is great for the everyday commuter. Sleek and durable, this backpack is splash-resistant, made of finely woven premium nylon, complemented by leather trimmings. Inside, a padded laptop section fits up to a 14-inch laptop, keeping your computer safe and separate from your other possessions. In front, there is an easy-access pocket with two zippers; the right has an anti-RFID lining, perfect for protecting you from digital theft. A second hidden pocket in front is perfect for storing cables and cards.

Price: $179

https://www.knomobags.com/usa/beauchamp-14-backpack-black.html

Knomo Maddox Tote

CTA Miami presents tech must haves | Photo: R. Ocampo
CTA Miami presents tech must haves | Photo: R. Ocampo

The perfect companion for the modern business woman, the Maddox is an elegant tote that will take you from the office to dinner effortlessly. Knomo’s latest, vibrant Chili color provides a super chic exterior, while concealing the hyper-organized Knomo interior. A hidden, magnetic exterior pocket at the top of the tote can cleverly hide your phone or keys. Inside, the spacious main compartment easily fits shoes and clothing. A separate padded section comfortably holds up to a 15-inch laptop. As custom in all Knomo bags, an Anti-RFID pocket can be found inside to protect your personal information from digital theft.

https://www.knomobags.com/usa/maddox-leather-tote-chilli.html

Price: $299

 

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LatwinoDad Snapchat Is a Tecla Awards Finalist

The 3rd Annual Tecla Awards announced their finalists on March 3 via Facebook live for top Latino and multicultural content creators. I’m proud to share that I, LatwinoDad am nominated for the Best Snapchat Storyteller. That’s right, not all Snapchat storytellers are teens and millennials! The winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Hispanicize 2017 conference in Miami, FL in April.

LatwinoDad Nominated for Snapchat Tecla Awards

Tecla is an individual key on a keyboard in Spanish. The Tecla awards, therefor, honor individual US Latino content creators in online video, blogging, media and marketing. 2017 is the 3rd Annual Tecla awards, which reflect the growing state of original programming native to YouTube, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, live broadcasting, blogging and virtually all types of social media platforms.

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LatwinoDad is on Snapchat, Are You?

Snapchat, in case you don’t know, is a popular mobile app for sending photos and videos. I’ve been on it for just over a year but – like many – did not know how to use it for a long time since it’s not very intuitive like other social platforms. Upon download, you are faced with an app that comes with no coach marks that guide you through the usability. It had, and continues to have, a reputation for an app used by late teens and young 20-something adults while the demographics are slowly inching up the age ladder. Due to that, I’ve had my share of people tell me, “I’m not on Snapchat, I’m not a teenager.” Zing!

Add me on Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/newyorkrealtor

“While Snapchat remains wildly popular with young social media users—over 60% of U.S. smartphone users are between the ages of 13 and 34 are Snapchatters—what’s more revealing is how Snapchat is now beginning to proliferate quickly among olderdemographics.”

Snapchat demographic infographic with stats and trends | Source: Mediakix
Snapchat demographic infographic with stats and trends | Source: Mediakix

Storytelling on Snapchat

It can be quite addicting, I must admit. Where Twitter is for informational sharing and gathering, and Instagram is about capturing a wonderful image, Snapchat is capturing “snaps” of your life. The snaps aren’t necessarily about taking that perfect image in hopes of landing you in National Geographic. They’re crude, they’re funny, they’re videos – less than 10 secs mind you of the small events in your day. Boarding a plane. Attending a concert. Eating Chipotle with extra guac. It’s the small things that happen to you and they disappear from Snapchat in 24 hours. Poof!

Storytelling on Snapchat can be entertaining for you and for your contacts. I travel a lot. I know that some of my followers my not get to visit China, Malaysia, El Paso in the near future (or ever?). So as a result I’ll snap my travels, for example. I snap the airport. I snap the landscape and the high rises. I snap the food, the music, the culture and share that. Sometimes, I snap myself giving a tip of the location.

LatwinoDad at Hispanicize, See You There?

Hispanicize 2017 Week is the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Although, I must admit that I only heard about Hispanicize last year. This upcoming 2017 Hispanicize is the eighth year of the event, so it’s safe to say that I may be an early adopter, but quite late to the Hispanicize community.

Tickets range depending on your role and purpose for attending. I paid about $275 although feel strongly that I will get the value from it. Additionally, people who attended in the past highly recommend the show so I’m stoked to attend.

If you plan on going, please let me know! I look forward to seeing you there and sharing what I learn when LatwinoDad goes to its first Hispanicize!