Taking My Data on the Road – Product Review

This post is sponsored by SanDisk®, a Western Digital brand, and includes affiliate links. I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. All opinions are my own

Recently I visited Montana with my family where we enjoyed a week of horseback riding and fun in the Big Sky state. Prior to leaving for the trip, Western Digital sent me one of their new SanDisk flash drives called iXpand™. In this article, I share my experience using the iXpand™ flash drive in a sponsored post on behalf of SanDisk, a Western Digital brand. The opinions, photos and text are all mine.

Leaving for Montana

My family sets off on vacation!

If you’ve travelled with kids on a plane before, then you know how useful having an iPad can be. When they start asking “Are we there yet?”, it’s time to hand over the tablet and let them play some Slither.io or watch a movie. I was too cheap to buy the iPad with extra storage, and that 16GB gets filled up pretty quickly. Lucky for me the iXpand™ flash drive has 128GB of portable storage. The iXpand™ flash drive is a small portable USB drive which connects both to your PC/Mac and your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The model I’m using has 128GB of space, which was more than enough to hold a few movies for my daughter to watch and room left over for storing extra photos. We were able to watch Disney’s Zootopia right from the iXpand™ flash drive itself, without filling up the storage on the mini.

iXpand™ flash drive and devices

Trying out the iXpand™ flash drive with my iPad mini in rubber case, iPad mini in hard case and my iPhone 6+ with its case.

You may know already I take a lot of photos, and if you follow my Instragram account you probably know that I try to add three to four new photos every day. That can fill up my phone pretty fast. In fact, I need to move photos off my phone much more frequently than I actually connect it with iTunes for syncing. That’s where the iXpand™ flash drive comes in handy. The iXpand™ flash drive has a bendable neck which allows the Lightning connector to connect to the phone and download my photos quickly without me having to take the phone out of its protective case. When I plug the drive into my phone I’ve set it up to automatically download all the photos on my phone. Then I just plug it into my MacBook where the photos get moved into my archive.

There are some other features I didn’t mention in this article including the ability to backup and restore your photo library, backup photos from social media accounts, backup your contact lists and more. To see all these features and find all the geeky technical specs, check out the product page here.

USB 3.0

Inserting the iXpand™ USB 3.0 flash drive into my MacBook

Ligntning adapter

The flexible Lightning connector fit all of my Apple devices even with the cases on.

 

Currently (July 2016) the iXpand™ flash drive is $129.99, which is a little expensive for flash memory, but you get the convenience of a Lightning connector for your Apple mobile devices and USB 3.0 interface for connecting to laptops and pc’s which I haven’t seen anywhere else. I do have a $50 off coupon code for you if you are interested in this product (nearly a 40% discount). You can click on this shortcut link: https://goo.gl/2UBo8p which will take you to the coupon code. I’ve tried it myself and it works, this is not an affiliate link, but it’s only valid through August 31st.

I hope you found this info useful. I wrote this post because I experienced the value of the iXpand™ flash drive myself. I may even get another for our other iPad using the $50 off coupon, that’s a pretty nice deal. Please let me know what you thought of this review or feel free to ask any questions about it in the comments below.

*1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less.

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Reimagining Perspectives: Identifying Gaps that Revolutionize Industries

As part of their Outside the Box sponsorship, Capital One hosted a live video event last week called “Reimagining Perspectives: Identifying Gaps that Revolutionize Industries”. This was the first live panel innovation discussion at OTB in Boston, which is primarily an event focused on the arts. This year however, OTB has included innovation as a creative art which I believe is a great way to consider the practice of innovation and new value creation. The #CapXTalk panel discussion hosted by Mario Armstrong, brought together some innovators from a variety of companies who see things from a new and different point of view.

Participants included:

  • Wombi Rose, Founder of Lovepop Cards;
  • Pat Petitti, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of HourlyNerd;
  • Feng Chang, Director of Digital Marketing Strategy at Rue La La;
  • Dave McLaughlin, General Manager at WeWork; and
  • Jim Kresge, Head of Digital Commerce Engineering at Capital One.
CapXTalk Panel

CapXTalk Panel at Outside The Box

The talk explored the different ways that these industry pioneers are identifying gaps, challenges and opportunities within their industries. In this post I’ll highlight some of the more interesting responses and insights that come from the talk.

Meeting Customers Where They Are
Feng Chang of Rue La La said that her company is focused on considering where their customers are when they access their site and/or app. Increasingly customers shopping their ecommerce site are doing so in their free moments throughout the day on mobile. Enhancing the customer experience on mobile is therefore their current priority. Wombie Rose (Lovepop Cards) agreed that having the right product for the right customer at the right time is critical for success in today’s marketplace.

The Way People Work Is Changing
Dave McLaughlin of WeWork and Pat Petitti of HourlyNerd both gave great examples of how the way people work today is undergoing disruption. Companies today have access to more talent by utilizing technology to reach workers in areas they have no physical office. Startups today can also be more flexible by utilizing short term workspaces (like WeWork) and not having to commit to long term capital leases as companies just a few years ago would have to do. This could become a game-changer for the way small business views real estate in the future.

CapXtalk

Feng Chang, Rue La La – CapXTalk

The Next Opportunities For Disruption: Real Estate And Education
As I just mentioned, Dave McLaughlin of WeWork had some really interesting views of how a more flexible and shorter duration real estate market could really disrupt the real estate industry and the way companies rely upon physical locations in the next 10 years. He and Feng Chang also identified Education as an area ready for disruption, particularly in the sciences and possible computer programming skills. Dave suggested a brand could enter the education space teaching people to become “technology literate.” A firm for example could javascript or other types of programming as a skill, just like math or English.

Although the moderator (Mario Armstrong) could have kept the discussion on track a little better, overall it was a pretty interesting discussion. If you’d like to watch the replay of the live broadcast you can see it here: http://capxtalk.fora.tv

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed the post. Please feel free to ask any questions or share you thoughts in the comments below!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Capital One. The opinions and text are all mine.