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Julio Ojeda-Zapata
Works at The St. Paul Pioneer Press
Attended Colegio Espíritu Santo in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lives in St. Paul, MN
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Technology journalist
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  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press
    consumer-technology reporter and blogger, present
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune
    intern
  • Chicago Reporter
    reporter
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St. Paul, MN
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San Juan, Puerto Rico - Chicago, Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Illinois - Minneapolis, MN
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651-315-7090
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345 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55101 U.S.A.
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Tech writer. Nerd. Boricua. Cover picture by Steve Borsch.
Introduction

I’ve had a lifelong fascination with technology, and I’ve been a journalist all my life — starting with my cute little articles for my grade-school newspaper, “La Flama,” in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

So, in a way, I’m one of the luckiest persons alive: I work as a technology journalist.

Today, I cover consumer technology for for TwinCities.com, a MediaNews Group and Digital First Media property, and its St. Paul Pioneer Press dead-tree counterpart.

I report on a wide range of tech topics, post often to my tech blog, and slap together tech videos from time to time (when I’m not in one).

I also write books on occasion.

My third, recently released book, The Mobile Writer, is aimed at those who want to be productive on mobile devices (such as iPads and Android tablets) but don’t know how to get started. The book is a tech-gear and how-to guide for those wanting to get real writing done on ultraportable computing gadgets, but confused about their many hardware and software options.

Buy The Mobile Writer  here.

I’m also the author of iPad Means Business and Twitter Means Business. A fourth, coffee-themed book is in the planning stages.

I’m active on TwitterGoogle+ and Facebook, among other social networks.

I make frequent appearances on local and national TV-news broadcasts, radio programs and technology podcasts. This blog has archived video or audio of most such media appearances.

I speak with some regularity about journalism, technology and social media (and how the three intersect). A number of such engagements are archived here in video or audio form.

I’m a nerd (in the sci-fi-fanatic and tech-enthusiast senses of the word). I love to merengue, make sushi and brew that perfect cup of café (watch me rave about my favorite coffeemaker).

A native of Quito, Ecuador, I spent most of my childhood in San Juan and wear the “boricua” badge with pride.

I live with my wife and son in St. Paul, Minn., where I sometimes grumble about the non-tropical climate but love to strap on a snowboard.

Education
  • Colegio Espíritu Santo in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Tata (what my wife and son call me), Bombi (high-school nickname), Julio (pronounced "JULE-ee-oh" instead of the usual "HOO-lee-oh; nickname on my mother's side of the family), July (nickname on my father's side of the family)

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On my tech blog: I get an education in custom motorcycles courtesy of Donnie Anderson.
I hit a custom-bike show in St. Paul. IMG_6861. I had a fun reporting assignment today: the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The motorcycle show, named after famed Blaine-based bike-customizer Donnie Smith, is a March tradition in downtown St. Paul. In this video I shot, ...
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From my tech blog: My employer loses the vending machines, installs a "micro market."
My employer installs 'micro market'. IMG_6969. What once passed for a Pioneer Press cafeteria was little more than a bank of vending machines along with haphazard clusters of tables and chairs in a basement space that had seen better days. The drab, gloomy break room was not a place where I ...
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Bye, vending machines. A well-stocked "micro market" may be coming to your workplace.
Micro markets with self-service paying are a hot trend popping up in detention complexes, corporate break rooms, school districts, factories, etc.
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Great article!  It has great info on the providers, the payment tech, and the market in general.  My employer offers these though the vending service department all over the state.  As IT, they are interesting in that they involve myriad cameras, sensors, telemetry, and such things that consume a lot of network bandwidth (and payment systems).  They generally operate in white or pink collar workplaces using the honor system, although security/theft situations are handled using the sensor logs and video record.  Theft is below 3% and about as close to zero as the vending industry has ever seen.
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From my tech blog: St. Paul's Gillette Children's hospital now texts in Somali, Hmong.
Gillette now texts in Somali, Hmong. df3257f8f3df887a7dde763be11b52021d2fa717. Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare has been able to send English- and Spanish-language texts to patients and their parents since late last year. Now, in what it thinks is a first in U.S. healthcare, ...
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At last! A Groot-Hodor rap battle for the ages.
This is the epic face-off that the Internet deserves.
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New Mac version of Fantastical gets a rave, but I'm not sure I'd ditch Sunrise Calendar.
Fantastical's ability to parse natural language input and create detailed appointment entries on your calendar has always been the primary reason to use it instead of or in addition to Apple's own ...
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Video: Motorcycle fans flock to a custom-bike (and custom-car) show in downtown St. Paul.
For Midwestern motorcycling enthusiasts, the St. Paul RiverCentre was the place to be over the weekend as the Donnie Smith Bike & Car show collected under one roof about 200 of the most unique bikes around.
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Vending machines now have the darndest things, like food that is (gasp) good for you.
Vending machines have been undergoing dramatic high-tech upgrades in recent years.
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From my tech blog: I nudge a Baltimore startup into showing St. Paul more respect.
That is not St. Paul, ParkingPanda. Downtown of St. Paul, MN. As someone who lives and works in St. Paul, I always grit my teeth when someone in another state generically refers to my metropolitan area as “Minneapolis.” Yes, there's a city by that name adjacent to mine.
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From my tech blog: Minneapolis-based Target updates iPhone app for Apple Watch.
Target tweaks app for Apple Watch. 455045316. The first iOS apps with Apple Watch support are starting to hit Apple's App store. Among these newly Apple Watch-friendly apps: Target's flagship iPhone app. According to release notes with a Target-app update, the following Apple Watch capabilities ...
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Here's Eisenberg as Luthor. OK, might work. Still not sure about Affleck as Batman.
“Here's your exclusive first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in @BatmanvSuperman! http://t.co/wG87toA3li”
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An Apple Watch in a case (such as this one) will be pretty hefty, bulky. No thanks.
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reviewed a year ago
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