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Charge Your Device On The Go With The QBracelet Portable Charger

August 21st, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Running about town and need to charge your device on the go?  The QBracelet looks like a stylish piece of wrist candy, but is in fact a portable charger capable of delivering juice to your iPhone or Android device.  

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New startup Q Designs seeks to help solve a problem that many people have: we sometimes need to power our mobile electronic devices, but we don’t want to carry external battery packs or bulky charging cases. Q Designs’ solution, the QBracelet, looks like an ordinary bracelet, but it is actually a high-tech charger that can juice up your electronic device discreetly.

The QBracelet will work with iOS and Android devices at launch. No cord is needed, since inside the bracelet’s clasp there is a lightning adapter for Apple products and a micro-USB port for Android devices. Depending on the device being charged, Q Designs, the company behind the QBracelet, claims that the bracelet’s internal lithium-ion battery will deliver a charge of up to 60%. The bracelet itself takes up to 90 minutes to charge and will last for about 30 days in standby mode. 

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The QBracelet has the fashionable look and feel of a jewelry piece before anything else – even if it didn’t charge your phone, it stands as a fashion accessory based on its style and design alone. We conceptualized the QBracelet based on the idea that every useful object should also be a beautiful object, and we believe that merging technology with fashion in smart ways will push the fashion industry forward.  —  Q Designs co-founder and COO Alessandro Libani

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Offered in black, silver and gold, the water-resistant device comes in three sizes: small (1.23 ounces), medium (1.41 ounces) and large (1.59 ounces). Today the QBracelet is available for pre-order for $79. (Pre-Order HERE) It will retail for $99 once it launches. Pre-orders will ship in time for the winter holidays.

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Infused Art and Sound Found At The Inseparable Soundwall Experience in NYC

August 13th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience that stimulates your sense of sight and sound, why  not check out the “Inseparable: Soundwall Experience” in NYC.  “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” is a hybrid art, music and tech series featuring artist collaborations, exhibitions and events that seamlessly integrate art and music like never before.  The summer group exhibition in partnership with Soundall reaffirms music and visual art as inseparable forms of expression.  Soundwall is customized, hand-crafted, framed artwork that hangs on the wall and plays music wirelessly.  Using the Soundwall technology as a channel to explore the bond between sound and sight, each artist was asked to curate a song paired to their visual work.

 

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Recently I got the opportunity to explore “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” for myself and discover the artistry of Ricky Aiello Jr. (son of famed actor Danny Aiello), Bradley Theodore (artist behind the infamous Anna and Karl NYC mural), Fab 5 Freddy and more.  The instillation of art and sound was an experience that went beyond the initial senses.  It was interesting to learn the stories behind the artwork as well as how music played an integral role in the creation of some of the pieces on display. Apparently Soundwall pieces are the next big thing in heightening the art and entertainment experience.  Curated by Laura O’Reilly of Wallplay and Mike Namer, Founder of Gallery 151, “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” can be viewed at Gallery 151 – 131 W. 18th Street in New York.  For more information online visit gallery151.com and experience.soundwall.co.

Get a look inside of “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” below…

 

Fans Hold The Power With Drake vs Lil Wayne App

August 11th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Making a blockbuster concert tour isn’t easy, sky-rocketing ticket prices in a recession torn economy makes it harder than ever to purchase tickets to see your favorite acts perform.  Let’s not even talk about the concert experience nowadays, unless you’re at a Beyonce’, Jay Z or Justin Timberlake, you won’t find many pyrotechnics or displays of in your face entertainment, that is until Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, recording artists Drake and Lil Wayne squared off against each other on the opening date their co-headling Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour at the Darien Lake Performance Arts Center in New York on Friday night.

 

Screen shots from the Drake vs Lil Wayne app

 

As the lights dim to begin the show, fans are treated to a “Street Fighter”-inspired intro video which set-up the conflict between the student and teacher.  Fans who used the Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour app prior to the show were able to determine which artist goes first.  After numerous rounds of Drake and Lil Wayne hits such as “John” “The Moto,” “Believe Me,” and more fans have a front seat for all the action and can send “Power Up” energy using the Drake vs Lil Wayne concert app to their favorite performer.

After a heated final round, fans are instructed to use their app to vote for a winner.  

I love the concept of “using” “real time” crowd participation to interact with the show flow of a concert tour.  Plus the fact that the app and tour takes on the concept of one of my favorite video games “Street Fighter” by Capcom doesn’t hurt either.

Promoted by Live Nation, the tour kicked off on Aug. 8 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, N.Y. and will make stops in 31 cities across the United States with shows planned in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles. Tickets for remaining shows are on sale now through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.

 

Could you see more and more concert tours taking on the interactive app approach?  Which concert would you like to see with an app soon?

 

DivasAndDorks On TV: Let’s Talk Back To School Gadgets w/ Roland Martin and News One Now On TV One

August 8th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

This week, as a guest on the News One Now morning show with Roland Martin I discussed the best Back To School Gadgets plus, the latest in affordable tech and deals that you can find in retailers today. Discover my top picks and which items I shared with News One Now on TV One below.

 

Best Back To School Gadgets

News One Now host Roland Martin and Christen Rochon talk “Back 2 School” gadgets on TV One.

 

Who says Back To School shopping is just for students?  As one of the biggest technology shopping seasons of the year, now is the perfect time to grab the best deals online and in stores.  The combination of families stocking up on school supplies, college students shopping for electronics and select state sales tax holidays makes this one of the busiest times of the year for retailers and they’re giving up the best deals to earn your business.

Best Back To School Gadgets

Discover the best back To School gadgets and deals that you can find from retailers such as Radio ShackTargetWalMart and more in the video below.

Best Back To School Gadgets

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Best Back To School Gadgets
Samsung S Tab 8.4 with Bluetooth keyboardGalaxy S5 & Gear 2 ($499, $149, $199 & $199)
The Samsung Galaxy S Tab is incredibly thin and light design so it’s easy to tote around and carry to class, add a Bluetooth keyboard and there’s no need for a laptop.  It’s Super AMOLED screen makes streaming movies during study breaks better than ever.  Students can easily view two applications side-by-side for easy multi-tasking with Multi Window and for a fully connected experience, sync up with the Galaxy S5 & Gear 2 from AT&T for a total immersion in the next big thing in technology.
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Great for students of all ages, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a great tablet to break into the tablet craze without breaking the bank.  Its’ 7? screen makes it the perfect size that’s portable and comfortable to hold so it’s great for on-the-go use.  Plus it also has Multi-Window so you can view two applications side-by-side for easy multi-tasking.

If you’re looking for more Back To School gadget ideas for the entire family check out a complete #Tech4All post shared earlier this week here.

Best Back To School Gadgets
Proximo Bluetooth trackers ($32)
Every 3.5 seconds, a mobile phone is lost or stolen. When you consider the threat to your sensitive data, your downtime and the cost of recovering your phone, you’ll see exactly why Proximo is the perfect tech accessory to help you keep track of your technology. The Proximo Bluetooth trackers will alert you with a customizable alarm the moment you move a set distance away from any of your devices using your iPhone/Android device or tracker fob.

Best Back To School Gadgets
Quirky desk accessories Pivot Power & Space Bar ($20 & $100)
Pivot Power Pop bends to fit any sized plug or adapter without wasting a single outlet, but this version brings bold, head-turning hues. Finally, your power strip is something you’ll want to showcase, not something you’ll want to hide away. Space Bar is a sleek desk accessory that minimizes clutter while providing additional USB ports for your computer. After a long day of work, slide your keyboard into the space below the shelf and store your office miscellany—keys, digital camera, etc.—up top.

For more entertainment and news that affects your community be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One. 

5 Ways I’m Staying Connected In The Bedroom For Under $100

August 4th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Welcome to my bedroom, where the “magic” happens. I’m talking late night rendezvous with Roku, and where sensual evenings are set by 90s slow jams and soft lighting from my MiPow PlayBulb. Sexy huh? In a world filled with connected devices, it was only a matter of time before technology invades our most private and serene spaces, our bedrooms. Nowadays, it’s all about the connected home and I’m now using tech to help me save money, improve activity and enjoy life!

Looking for ways to create your very own connected home experience?  I’ve been able to integrate my favorite tech accessories into my bedroom without geeking it out and now I have a few suggestions on how you too can use them to stay connected in your bedroom or connected home below.

 

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Contort Power 2

 

 

Charge Up Your Bedside Mannor with Contort Power 2 :

The Contort Power 2 USB HUB and AC Outlet is one of my favorite space saving accessories in my bedroom.  It’s a great way to keep my devices charging and close by with it’s 2 usb hub outlets.  The unique design transforms a standard electrical outlet from two power source outlets into three.  (Plus its my favorite grab and go accessory anytime I’m headed out to a coffee shop or on the go and need an extra outlet of power.)

The Quirky Contort Power 2 can be found for $24 at HomeDepot.com

 

 

 

 

 

Set the mood with sight and sound using the MiPow Playbulb:playbulb

When I first learned about the MiPow PlayBulb at CES in January, I never knew just how much I’d love and need this dual-purpose home accessory.  The Playbulb is a fresh new Bluetooth Smart LED speaker light allowing you to combine you light with music and control both from your mobile device.  The familiar light bulb shaped design and technology delivers a combination of stylish looks and good function in one.  It’s wireless and cord-free, you simply screw it into any lamp-socket and operate it just like a normal light.  You can play music from your iOS, Android or most other Bluetooth-enabled devices and is an ideal accessory for student dorms, apartments or any small spaces in need of light and sound.

 

The MiPow Playbulb can be found for $79 at MiPow.com

 

 

 

 

 

xs-hero-1Movies, Cable Tv and entertainment for days with Roku 2:

Last month, I was gifted with a Roku 2 and I really didn’t give it much thought about using it.  I already binged on Orange is the New Black earlier this summer, and since that’s my only reason for using Netflix, streaming entertainment wasn’t too high on my priority list.  That is until, a Time Warner Cable outrage threatened my reality tv consumption for a week.  Luckily, not only does my Roku 2 offer 1000+ of entertainment channels and movies including Hulu Plus, Netflix and more – but it also streams live tv shows include in my Time Warner Cable service.

Get an upgraded TV experience with a Roku 2 available for $69 at RadioShack.com.

 

 

 

 

 

ironing-boardControl Your Home With Belkin WeMo

Who doesn’t love the power to control your home automation with the press of your smartphone button?  That’s exactly what Belkin WeMo gives you – the power of a connected home, one gadget at a time.  The WeMo Insight Switch sends notifications to your smart device showing how much energy your electronics are using. You also have the ability to turn your electronics on and off and monitor their behavior, all you’ll need is a Wi-Fi or 3/4G connection. I use my WeMo to control my air conditioning unit and pre-cool my home on hot summer days, I also use it to control those energy sucking gadgets that consume energy even when they aren’t in use.  I save money and stay connected with home automation no matter where I am.

Get started on your journey to home automation with the WeMo Insight Switch available for $49 at Belkin.com.

 

 

 

 

Stay Connected With Your TV Using The Samsung Galaxy S5

I hate it when I lose my cable TV remote control!  It happens more times that I care to count, but instead of wallowing in my failure, I simply grab my Samsung Galaxy S5 smart remote app and reconnect with my shows instantly.  The Samsung TV Remote App lets you consolidate your remote devices and navigate the possibilities of your home entertainment system right from your Galaxy S smartphone or Galaxy Tab.  Now everything you need to maximise your entertainment experience can be controlled all in one place, making the hassle and confusion of multiple remotes a thing of the past.  (It’s been a few days since I’ve seen my original cable remote control, and I ain’t worried bout nothin! LOL)  The app is free and available in Galaxy Apps store.

 

 

What tech would you invited to create your connected home?  Share your favorite gadget finds and home automation wish list below.

 

 

Get Your Tech Game Back To School Ready With Walmart Best Plans #phones4school

July 28th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #collectivebias #shop #phones4school

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It’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and everyone is preparing to head back to school or off to college.  While I hate to admit it, seeing school supply sales gives me a somber feeling that summer fun is almost over!  Many of my friends and family with kids can attest to how expensive back to school shopping can be!  With tuition bills, books and school supplies waiting to eat up budgets everywhere, it’s good to know that when it comes to saving money, Walmart best plans has you covered!

 

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Staying connected this school year is easy and more affordable than ever before thanks to Walmart Family Mobile.  Known for rollbacks all around, I’ve been a fan of Walmart Family Mobile and knew they had cheap wireless plans with unlimited talk text and data/web - it’s the perfect way to gift the students in your life with a great mobile device without spending a pretty penny.

 

Walmart Best Plans

 

The Alcatel One Touch Evolve was on rollback for only $29.88!  It is 3G capable, has a 5MP Camera add with web/data and service for 2 months this $34.88 unlimited plan is the cheapest way roar any student to stay connected this school year.  Set up and activation was quick, easy and took less than five minutes.  By simply logging onto MyFamilyMobile.com, I was able to select an easy to memorize telephone number and set up the new Alcatel One Touch Evolve device so that it’s ready to use, right out of the box.  

 

Walmart Best Plans

 

Powered by the reliable T-Mobile 4G network, students will never have to worry about dropped calls or lagging data on their upcoming journey back to school.  Sounds like a winner to me!  Do you know how many selfies and smiles this $35 dollar investment will mean to your student’s new school year? (LOL!) For more information about Walmart best plans for you and your family Walmart Family Mobile click HERE.

 

Walmart Best Plans

 

Disclosure:  I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. Participation has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Wal-Mart. #FamilyMobile #CollectiveBias #SocialFabric.  To find the perfect gift for the grad in your life at Wal-Mart, check out their store locator online and connect with @FamilyMobile on Twitter and Facebook today.

 

 

 

 

Score Movie Freebies This Weekend… With A Cheesy Selfie

July 25th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

cheesy selfie

 

sel·fie (noun)  informal 1.  a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

 

Everyone loves selfies and now brands are figuring out ways to reward us for our selfie addictions.  Let’s face it—we all love cheese and we all take selfies, so why not get some cheddar for it?  From now until August 11th Regal Cinemas and Tostitos are searching for the cheesiest selfie to crown THE ROYAL CHEESIE and fly them out to Hollywood for a VIP weekend.  This is fun contest to show off your favorite cheesy selfie and score some movie freebies just in time for the weekend.  Because we all know that movie concessions don’t come cheap and a cheesy selfie comes a dime a dozen, why not post your favorite selfie for a chance to win big? 

 

 

How it works?  

 

STEP 1:  Submit your cheesiest selfie via Twitter or Instagram using #RegalCheesieEntry or by clicking the Submit a Cheesie button HERE.

STEP 2:  Score a FREE Regal Nachos for completing your submission, (while supplies last).

STEP 3:  Share your selfie with your friends and get them to vote for you.

STEP 4:  The cheesiest selfie will be crowned The Royal Cheesie and win a Hollywood prize pack.

 

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Going to the movies this weekend?  Why not score some free bites compliments of Regal Cinemas?    Just don’t forget to “Say Cheese!”

Downloads: Top 5 Games To Kill Time At Work

July 22nd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Let’s face it!  Everyone loves playing games on their smartphone or tablet to pass the wading time throughout the day.  Whether you admit it or not, you’ve definitely got a few bandwagon games on your smartphone that you probably don’t even play anymore.  Why not jump on the newest and most downloaded games of the week to peak your interest in gaming agin.  Discover the top 5 free games to kill time at work available this week for your Apple or Android device below.

 

Guess The Emoji game

 

5.  Guess The Emoji

With the buzz of new Emojis coming soon, isn’t time you brushed up on your emoji knowledge before things really get out of hand?  Guess The Emoji will actually entertain you for hours.  The kid friendly and family friendly game tests your logic to solve simple emoji puzzles.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

 

 

 

dont touch the spikes4.  Don’t Touch The Spikes

Talk about a game that’s pretty straight forward.  Basically you maneuver and fly a bird with the intention to make it to safety without flying into spike walls and traps.  Could this be the next Angry Bird? I’m not so sure, but it is generating a buzz in gaming so you’ll just have to play and see.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

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3.  Timberman

Feeling a little nostalgic and in search for an old school arcade style game to soothe the in-office tension?  Then Timberman is for you!  Its a fairly simply game.  Become a Tiberman, chop wood and avoid the branches.  As you get further along in the game you’ll have to compete with variable environments and 10 Timbermen to unlock, it’s not as easy as it sounds, but you’ll have fun competing for top leaderboard status anyhow.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

jenga games to kill time at work2.  Jenga

The official Jenga game can now be played in the palm of your hands from anywhere!  (Can you imagine trying to set up dozens of wooden blocks on the subway?  Not happening!)  With Jenga on your smartphone, you can take the tower building experience anywhere!  Just don’t yell out JENGA too loud, you’re killing time in the office, not at family game night.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

kardashian games to kill time at work

1.  Kim Kardashian:  Hollywood

If you love all things Kardashian, then this game is totally for you!  You can you create your own star-like celebrity status on a red carpet adventure starring Kim Kardashian.  You can even date and dump celebrities at the best parties and hottest clubs.  Don’t worry, you won’t have to marry Kanye West in the game.  Sounds like fun right?

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

Have you downloaded any of these games yet?  Would you actually play the Kardashian game?  Would you download any of these games to kill time at work?  Share your thoughts below.

Selfie 101: How to Take Good Selfies #VZWBuzz

July 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

You know there’s a natural art to taking good selfies right?  Natural lighting. A good pose. The right setting. Several factors go into snapping the perfect selfie. Don’t you hate it when you have the perfect selfie moment, but not the perfect selfie photo?  

 

How often have you had to ditch a selfie because it looked abysmal?  Bad selfies should be a thing of the past – it’s almost 2015 for goodness sake!

 

If you find yourself a little blurry on snapping the perfect selfie smize or pose, then this post is for you.  Use this guide to learn how to take good selfies and other fun facts about Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 word of the year.

 

How to Take Good Selfies 

 

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Illustration / Deboice Robertson via Verizon Wireless

My Black Is Beautiful Moments With The Braxtons, Lisa Nichols and More

July 7th, 2014 by Christen Rochon
My Black Is Beautiful

Thousands of women wait in line for their chance for makeovers and more inside of the My Black Is Beautiful Booth.

 

The 20th Annual ESSENCE Festival attracted a record-breaking 550,000 attendees from around the world to New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend, making it the largest attended ESSENCE Fest weekend in history. As part of its long-standing commitment to touch and improve the lives of African-American women, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2014 ESSENCE Festival for the seventh straight year. This year, P&G’s My Black is Beautiful inspired women to celebrate and share their “Beauty In Action” during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival and beyond by providing signature experiences with its partner brands, CoverGirl® Queen Collection, Pantene®, Clairol® Professional, Olay®, Gain®, Bounty®, Charmin® and Puffs®.

 

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I got the best braided undo ever inside of the My Black Is Beautiful ESSENCEFest booth. Thanks Sparkles Hair and MBIB!

During the day, the My Black is Beautiful booth was the epicenter of excitement as men and women enjoyed fun makeovers, live music, celebrity meet-and-greets with The Braxtons, Mali Music, Lisa Nichols plus many more. Guests also got to meet the six newly crowned 2014 “MBIB” Ambassadors who were on hand throughout the weekend to motivate, excite and galvanize attendees to affect positive change in their local community.

 

My Black Is Beautiful

Newly crowned My Black is Beautiful Ambassadors inside of The My Black Is Beautiful ESSENCE Fest booth.

 

 

The My Black Is Beautiful – Beauty in Action dinner was a powerful evening of music, inspiration and conversation.  Led by empowerment leader Lisa Nichols and WE TV stars – The Braxtons, guests were encouraged to change the way we view and discuss beauty to our family, peers, sisters and future generations.  Mali Music performed “Beautiful” off of his latest project “Mali Is…” and guests left charged to celebrate their “Beauty In Action” each and everyday.

 

My Black Is Beautiful

Gain Ambassadors – The Braxtons pose during their arrival at the Beauty In Action dinner reception.

 

 

My Black Is Beautiful

The Braxtons pose with Lisa Nichols at The Beauty In Action dinner.

 

 

My Black Is Beautiful

Journalists Danielle Young and Audrey Bernard pose for a Gain Fresh moment…

 

For more information about My Black is Beautiful, visit www.myblackisbeautiful.com and follow the conversation on facebook.com/MBIB, Instagram (@MBIB) and Twitter (@MBIB), using hashtags #MBIB and #BIAJourney.

 

 

 

 

photos by Chris Mitchell / CME 3000 / DivasandDorks

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