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August 15, 2016

Techy TV, functional bags, and belly laughs: what we love, August 2016 edition

By Caitlin Lawson

the migo IQ team

Halfway through August already? Wow, has the time flown by! As the summer's coming to an end and the kids are going back to school (and it's still hot and humid down here in Puerto Rico), we thought it'd be a great time to liven things up with our third installment of What We Love.

This month we recommend a new tech-inspired TV show, a stylish and functional backpack, and a couple of good laughs... Because we think that laughing is good for the soul (and for business).



1. Making Fun of Ourselves



Recommended by: Al DeBolin

A little humor can go a long way, and Al believes that a person (or a company) that can poke a little fun every now and then can make life (or business) a little more enjoyable. And a little humor reminds us that we are all human. It's not all serious work around Migo IQ... And doesn't everybody love that?

Yes. Yes they do.


2. Mr. Robot



Recommended by: The Entire Development Team

It seems our Development Team has been binge watching this show Mr. Robot, "a psychological thriller that follows a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. He is recruited by the mysterious leader of an underground group of hackers to join their organization. Elliot's task? Help bring down corporate America, including the company he is paid to protect, which presents him with a moral dilemma. Although he works for a corporation, his personal beliefs make it hard to resist the urge to take down the heads of multinational companies that he believes are running -- and ruining -- the world..." Dun, dun, dun.

All jokes aside, it's a great show, in fact it won a Golden Globe for Best Television Drama Series and has received six Emmy nominations. You too can binge-watch episodes here.


3. Topo Designs Daypack



Recommended by: Karlo Martinez

Topo is a consciously cool company based out of Colorado. They create built-to-last outdoor gear with the style of a boutique Japanese brand. All of their products are crafted in the USA and are made to be simple, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing. Oh, and also, their flagship store in Denver is constructed from a re-purposed shipping container. Pretty cool, huh? According to Karlo, "This awesome travel backpack would keep your laptop and gear safe and in style."

Find Topo Products here.


4. Stephen Colbert


Recommended by: Annie Mueller

Didn't we mention we aren't all business around here? As we said, we believe laughing is good for the soul and good for the world! There's nothing like throwing your head back and letting out a big belly laugh, especially when as of lately times have been rather intense. In Annie's opinion, Stephen Colbert's "humor is genius and allows us to get our faces smacked with truth while having a great laugh."

Get more laughs by watching The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - it airs weeknights on CBS at 11:35pm.


5. PrivateEyePi



Recommended by: Joe Mueller

Joe was looking for a wireless camera system and came across this cool idea: PrivateEyePi, a security/home alarm system with a little twist. According to their website, "This is a Raspberry Pi projects website aimed at the Raspberry Pi enthusiast wanting to build home security/automation systems and at the same time learn programming and electronics."

6. Away Travel Luggage



Recommended by: Jonathan Kotthoff

Jon just flew to Hong Kong and recommends this luggage because it's durable, roomy, and comes at a great price. We love their slogan, "First class luggage at a coach price," and Vogue recently named the Away Carry-On luggage as the "perfect" carry-on. Away offers a 100-day trial period and lifetime warranty on all their products.

Check out more of their luggage here.


7. Zoom


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Recommended by: All of Us at Migo IQ

Zoom! Zoom! Zooooom! We love this app and use it daily for our Executive Stand-ups and our Development Team Stand-ups, as well as for conference calls, progress updates, and just regular old conversations. Zoom offers unlimited one-to-one and group meetings and has some unique features such as: screen sharing with any iPhone/iPad, MPEG 4 client recording and cloud recording, mobile collaboration with co-annotation, and Zoom Rooms, "a software-based collaboration for the conference room," allowing for a quick and effective way to meet with anyone, anywhere.

We gotta say, so far it has worked flawlessly for us. Check out their website here.