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James is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HicksNewMedia, a Digital Publishing and Technology Consulting team providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to more effective utilize the social interweb. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

iHangy iPhone 5 Slip in Case

This is an interesting post. First and foremost, I must apologize to our partner, Ontrion, whom provided me and my team with review product (like 2 or 3 months ago).

Why has it taken so long to get this review up – because we’ve been literally using the iHangy and haven’t sat down to simply write about how much of a cool product it actually is.

Don’t let that past sentence be a spoiler – keep reading, we’ve got some great insight to talk about regarding this product.

Back in March, we received the original iHangy for the iPhone 4/4S and you can see our review of that case over on THE Tech Scoop.

Then in October, Ontrion, sent us review units of their iHangy case for the iPhone 5.

iHangy is not your typical iPhone case. While it does provide protection from the elements as does everyone else’s case on the market, what set’s Ontrion’s product apart is that they are more function than just form.

There are three models available:

  • Keychain: iHangy “Slip in 5 Case + Keychain”:

For go-anywhere versatility, the Slip in 5 Case + Keychain secures your valuable iPhone 5 to your belt loop, bag strap or backpack. The carabiner clip (similar to the ones used while mountain climbing) attaches to your Slip in 5 Case at one end and forms a strong connection to your clothing or accessories at the other. Available in black, white and pink priced at $29.99.

  • Necklace: iHangy “Slip in 5 Case + Necklace”:

Function meets fashion with the Slip in 5 Case + Necklace. Simply attach the necklace to your favorite colored Slip in 5 Case and then slip it around your neck. While making a contemporary style statement, you’ll know exactly where your expensive iPhone 5 is at all times. Available in pink, white, and black, priced at $29.99.

  • Music Necklace: iHangy “Slip in 5 Case + Music Necklace”:

For the ultimate music listening experience, the Slip in 5 Case + Music Necklace is the all-in-one iPhone 5 solution. It secures your iPhone around your neck and makes a hip fashion statement. The included earbuds match the “Slip in 5 Case” color, or you can buy more than one in a contrasting hue for playful mix-and-match versatility. Available in black and white, priced at: $34.99.

Of all the selections, my personal favorite is the Music Necklace – A secure fit in the case and the lanyard and headphones worked well while at the gym exercising.

Check out the instructional video below to see just how straightforward it actually is to use the iHangy.

The iHangy Slip in 5 line is available now from www.ihangy.com, Amazon.com, and Bed Bath and Beyond.

Kardashian Christmas Card

I decided to publish the 2012 Kardashian family Christmas card for 1 particular reason (read below for THAT relevant reason…)

So the news worthiness of this photo, and any other photo from Kim Kardashian at this point in time is that, Kim has seemingly given Instagram (and in that case Facebook) an ultimatum. With all the debate about the updated Instagram Terms of Service, Kardashian has stated that she is upset and may be taking her account elsewhere.

Why is Kardashian relevant? She has the most followers of anyone on Instagram (5.7 million). What else is interesting and must be considered, in a report on TMZ, this could turn into a domino effect and, should Kim leave Instagram, so could her fans and family members.

Man – Instagram, you may want to get those revised terms posted soon. Just sayin’…

Image Source | Nick Saglimbeni

Mount Everest, in Two Billion Pixels

Story via | Washington Post

I saw this story and immediately also thought of the other climate change story we published a few days ago about the Chasing Ice film, so obviously I felt compelled to post this as well.

Check this awesome photo of Mount Everest. This photo should trump anything you’ve ever seen of the mountain as it is part of a broader project called GlacierWorks by mountaineer David Breashears and the image is comprised of old and images of the mountain into one massive 2 billion pixel visual display.

To view the full image, click through here.

Breashears GlacierWorks project aims to document the current state of glaciers in the Himalayas and how the mountain and those glaciers are being affected by climate change.

Recently David Breashears was a guest on All Things Considered on NPR. Below is the audio of that interview.

The Economic Impact of Lord of the Rings

Have you seen The Hobbit movie yet? Are you planning to?

The Lord of the Rings and the whole Hobbit series shares a similar following as fans of Harry Potter and maybe even the Twilight trilogy.

With the recent release of the film, The Hobbit, it is interesting to note the economic impact of creating this film.

Watch the video and learn how Books, Movies, and Tourism have literally skyrocketed due to the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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The Bible

Wow I can’t wait to see this!

Performed by CeeLo Green

The Bible is a miniseries that will be premiering on the History Channel on 3/3/13. It is produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.

Here are the latest videos released in anticipation for this epic series.

CeeLo Green – Mary Did You Know

Blake Shelton – New Kid in Town

You can follow the latest on production and news via Twitter | Web | Facebook

12.21.12 Truth Is More Interesting Than Fiction [via NASA]

The Mayans have been gone for a long time, but boy do they have some folks all wound up right now!

Doomsday talk is filling the InterWeb and starting to creep into the mainstream media.

Look – I’m not going to come in with my Christian belief conversation, because – we Christians KNOW that 12/21/12 is just going to be another glorious day.

But those that want to hear some justification from a scientist perspective, here is a video that got leaked (maybe on accident and maybe not…) that NASA put together. The video seemingly was supposed to be released on 12/22/12 and it’s entitled, “Why The World Didn’t End Yesterday

Watch and listen – the truth and logic explanations are actually much more interesting that the fiction.

See you on the 22nd!

What’s Trending and Virgin Mobile Present The Tube-A-Tweet-A-Thon Holiday Spectacular

Tonight – Tune in at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET for what is guaranteed to be an awesome digital experience.

Mainstream and YouTube celebs will join forces to Raise Mad Cash for Homeless Youth during the 1st Annual Tube-A-Tweet-A-Thon Holiday Spectacular.

Emmy-nominated Shira Lazar, and her team at What’s Trending have joined with Virgin Mobile and will be airing this 1st EVER livestreamed interactive variety show on YouTube.

All donations received are benefitting the Covenant House, a non-profit organization with shelters around the country serving homeless youth.

For every tweet using the #Tubeathon hashtag, Virgin Mobile will also donate $1 to Covenant House (up to $50,000).

This will be an great event, the confirmed celebrity appearances and performers already includes

Pentatonix (NBC’s Sing Off Season 3 Winners), American Idol’s Pia Toscano and Jared Lee, actress Taryn Manning, Heather McDonald (Chelsea Lately), iJustine (Actress, YouTube Star), Janina Gavankar (True Blood), Doug Benson (comedian), Epic Meal Time (YouTube stars and personalities), John Roberts (Comedian, Bobs Burgers), Bobak Ferdowsi (NASA’s Mohawk guy), Caine Monroy (Caine’s Arcade), Cimorelli, Hannah Hart (YouTube star/ My Drunk Kitchen), Grace Helbig (YouTube star/ DailyGrace), Emma Caulfield (actress), Bella Thorne and Adam Irigoyen (Shake it Up), Destorm (rapper, YouTube star), Shay Carl and the Shaytards (YouTube star), Kevin Pereira (Lets Ask America), Alison Haislip (G4 TV), Justin Willman (Nerdist, Cupcake Wars), Olga Kay (YouTube star), GloZell (YouTube star), Shanna Malcolm (YouTube star), Taryn Southern (actress), Austin Brown (musician), Tay Zonday (YouTube star), RealityChangers and many more.

Side note – don’t be surprised if Snoop Lion shows up too :)

Tune in at 6 PM PST / 9 PM ET at YouTube.com/whatstrending or watch below when the show goes LIVE

The Covenant House has shelters in 22 cities throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America, including homes in New Jersey and New York that were recently decimated by Hurricane Sandy.

Donations can be made via Twitter (with the #Tubeathon hashtag) or online at http://www.virginmobilelive.com/donate.

Chasing Ice: 7.4 cubic km of ice crashing into the ocean

Describing the largest iceberg calving ever filmed, filmaker James Balog states,

It’s like watching Manhattan breaking apart in front of your eyes…


Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a
mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

After weeks of waiting, the Chasing Ice filmakers witnessed 7.4 cubic km of ice crashing off the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland. Chasing Ice, released in the UK on December 14th.

Right now there are dates spread out until March for showing of the film, but unfortunately none in the United States yet.

You can follow James Balog’s mission to document Arctic ice being melted by climate change – Web | Facebook | Twitter

Taylor University Silent Night Game 2012

I absolutely love this kinda stuff!!

Taylor University participate in one of the coolest traditions in all of college sports.

Once a year, during a game, the fans sit in absolute silence until – the team scores their 10th point. After that…HELLO!!!

Because of the uniqueness of no noise, there is a lot of pressure on our guys to get that 10th point,” Taylor coach Paul Patterson said in a statement. “And then it gets to be kind of a normal basketball game in a great environment.

Taylor hosts the “Silent Night” game every year on the Friday before fall semester finals week begins. Students afterward attend a campus-wide Christmas party where they eat cookies, listen to the school president read a Christmas story, compete in gingerbread house and cookie-decorating competitions, and watch kids from the community tell Santa what gifts they want.

Via | Taylor University

Alex Pelzer – Wake Up Call

I was virtually introduced to Alex Pelzer through one of my social media colleagues, Cindy Hoang.

Here’s a video of Alex performing one of his original songs, Wake Up Call.

I decided to post it here on INFOtainment News because I really like the sound, melody and style of this young man.

Hey John Mayer – you need to hear this guy!!

Wish you well Alex – let us know when your album is out!

Follow Alex online: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

TRUE Class and Sportsmanship (at 12 Years Old)

One of our nations sports heroes, and someone I consider a friend, Marti Malloy (Bronze medalist in Judo at the 2012 Summer Olympics) shared this video.

This video from the Sunset Middle School in Tennessee depicts humility, class, sportsmanship and pure decency – all that in only 1 minute and 15 seconds.

The future is bright for our youth, and our young athletes are being coached and brought up well.

Great stuff. BTW – the young man on the right is Justin Kievet. If anyone knows the other gentleman’s name could you put it in the comment section below?


Jigga Who?

Music fans know Jay-Z and know that he recently held a concert series at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

On his way to the last show in that series Jay took the subway to the venue.

While on the subway Jay sat next to a sweet-hearted older woman named Ellen

Seeing all the commotion and bodyguards around as he sat down didn’t intimidate Ellen, so she strikes up a conversation:

Ellen: Are you famous?

Jay: Yes

Ellen: What do you do?

Jay: I make music

Ellen: Say your name again so I get it

Jay: Jay-Z

Ellen: Oh you’re Jay-Z? I know about Jay-Z.

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Kathy Ireland: From the Beach to the Boardroom

Kathy Ireland shares her journey as an entrepreneurial child, whose unexpected detour as a model, delayed rather than opened, the doors of her dreams: motherhood, philanthropy and fashion CEO.

Kathy was recently was featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine and in 2011, she received the Phenomenal Women of the Year Award from the YWCA and received the American Heritage Award from the Anti-Defamation League.

Today, more than 100,000 items carry her label.

Watch and enjoy this video from my Twitter friend :) Kathy Ireland

Love this lady!

Mobile Lives of College Students

As smartphones (and tablets) are becoming more popular, college students are learning to rely on them more and more.

From note-taking, messaging with classmates, and keeping up with lesson plans. Here is an interesting infographic that points out some of the primary usages of digital technology with our college students.

Mobile Lives of Online Colleges

Infographic source | OnlineDegrees.org

Gangster Squad: First Look

As an entertainment consuming culture we love our movies, and one form of movie we gravitate to is the old school gangster films.

Gangster Squad is going to provide movie goers that action-packed drama, and excitement you’ve come to expect.

Back Story

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, streethardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.

Gangster Squad hits theaters on January 11, 2013. Check Facebook for more behind the scenes information.

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2013 International CES Shines Spotlight on Start-Ups

The Consumer Electronics Association recently announced a new program with the Startup America Partnership, a national network of communities dedicated to advancing the success of American start-ups, for the 2013 International CES. The partnership will bring specific programming for entrepreneurs and start-ups at the 2013 International CES.

Innovation defines the International CES and we are thrilled to partner with Startup America to bring programming that highlights the young start-ups and entrepreneurs who will shape the future of technology, said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. We look forward to the exciting sessions on the Startup America Stage at the 2013 CES shining a light on the companies and innovations of tomorrow.

The Startup America Stage will bring programming throughout the 2013 CES and will be featured within Eureka Park, an area of more than 140 start-ups, emerging companies and entrepreneurs. Returning for its second year, Eureka Park has increased by 40 percent over the 2012 CES and will feature the next generation of technology.

Eureka Park will be home to some of the most cutting-edge startups from across the country this year at the 2013 CES, said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. We’re incredibly excited to bring together startups, investors, large companies and media to highlight the amazing innovations taking place at this world-class event.

INFOtainment News will be covering events at the Startup America Stage and all aspects of CES. You can keep up with our reporting here and by following us on Twitter.

Projecteo: The Tiny Instagram Projector

Looking for that special gift this holiday season for the digital photog in your life? Maybe it’s you who is the Instagram connoisseur…

Here is an awesome Kickstarter project specifically for you.

The Projecteo is a tiny projector that turn your Instagram photoss into wheels of 35mm slide film.

Watch the video below to see how

Head over to the Kickstarter project page for the Projecteo and help support this innovative project.

Great work Benjamin Redford.

H/T Krystyl Baldwin

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