Have you had it up to _HERE_ with your cable provider recently? Well things are about to get more interesting and I’m seriously ready to give up for good! It’s been announced that Comcast has plans to acquire Time Warner Cable and become a super sized cable giant, and all I want to do is cry!
Comcast is the biggest cable provider in the U.S. with 23 million subscribers.
Time Warner is the second biggest with 12 million subscribers.
If you’ve ever been a scorned cable customer, then you know that this merger isn’t going to be in the best interest of the customers. As a former Comcast cable customer, I loathed customer service with every fiber of my being. I haven’t had the greatest opinion of Time Warner Cable’s customer service in the past and with my recent experience, I’m sure I’m TWC’s least favorite fan. [at this very moment, I'm in a very heated customer service DM battle with Time Warner Cable on Twitter] trying to figure out why isn’t my HBO Go app working. [Hey, a girl needs to catch up on Game of Thrones - this is a VERY serious issue.]
The company said its merger would close by the end of 2014. But federal regulators could challenge the deal, just as they have pushed back on mergers of big mobile service providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile.
So what does the acquisition mean to you? This would create the biggest pay-TV business by a mile. There’s not exactly a ton of competition in the world of cable, but this would effectively make it nonexistent. Can we say cable MONOPOLY? And whenever a monopoly is in play, abysmal customer service isn’t far behind.
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It’s getting closer and closer to kickoff time and you haven’t even began preparing for your Big Game plans. That’s where your neighborhood Duane Reade and Walgreen’s comes in. I am an absolute last minute party planner, so when it comes to grabbing up the snacks and treats that will make any big game party a hit – my first stop is always Duane Reade or Walgreens!
In celebration of the big game coming to NYC – Pepsi and the New York Jets own Jeremy Kerley brought the party to Union Square at Walgreens with some amazing freebies, autograph signing and fun prizes. NYC game fans were greeted by cool referees keeping guests warm with complementary cups of gourmet coffee and hand warming-gloves. Fans got a chance to get up close and personal with the Texas native Jeremy Kerley, who made no qualms about having a hard time getting used to the frigid New York temps.
Since Duane Reade and Walgreen’s is a great resource for all your game day needs, it’s only fitting that Pepsi had some great specials for fans to stock up on. I scored eight 2-liter bottles of Pepsi for only $10 bucks! Plus all the chips and dip that my party can handle. Now if only I could enlist a sanitation committee for post-game clean up :/
Stay in the know for all the big game planning fun inside the hub at DuaneReadeBigGame.com where you’ll find the latest pro athlete store appearances, NFL inspired manicure stations and more! Connect with @DuaneReade and follow all the fun online all week long via #DRBigGame.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards is just days away here in sunny LA and the anticipation for big performances and the big winners is growing with each passing day. Performances by Jay Z, Beyonce and Macklemore has already been confirmed, but now Spotify is once again getting into the mix by predicting this year’s Grammy winners! In 2013, Spotify accurately projected that Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” would win the gilded gramophone for Record of the Year and that Mumford & Sons would take home the Album of the Year prize for “Babel.” Spotify’s users have once again spoken and their streams have been tallied. The digital music service analyzed data on its top song and album streams to predict which nominees will win big at this Sunday’s highly anticipated GRAMMY Awards.
Key predictions include:
Record of the Year
1. Radioactive, Imagine Dragons
2. Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell
3. Locked out of Heaven, Bruno Mars
4. Royals, Lorde
5. Get Lucky, Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
Record of the Year: Radioactive (Imagine Dragons)
There were no blurred lines in this category – the hit from Imagine Dragons has one-third more streams than Robin Thicke’s summer smash, which came in second on Spotify.
Album of the Year
1. The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
2. Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
3. Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Kendrick Lamar
4. Red, Taylor Swift
5. The Blessed Unrest, Sara Bareilles
Album of the Year: The Heist (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
The Heist has over 40 percent more streams than Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and more than three times as many as the other three nominees combined.
Best New Artist
1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
2. Kendrick Lamar
3. Ed Sheeran
4. James Blake
5. Kacey Musgraves
Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
This pair is the clear favorite, beating Kendrick Lamar by 70 percent and fellow newcomer Ed Sheeran by nearly triple the number of streams.
Best Pop Solo Performance
1. Royals, Lorde
2. Mirrors, Justin Timberlake
3. Roar, Katy Perry
4. When I Was Your Man, Bruno Mars
5. Brave, Sara Bareilles
Best Pop Solo Performance: Royals (Lorde)
The race for Best Pop Solo is close, with Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors and Katy Perry’s Roar duking it out for second place.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
1. Get Lucky, Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
2. Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell
3. Just Give Me a Reason, Pink feat. Nate Ruess
4. Suit & Tie, Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z
5. Stay, Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Get Lucky, Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
Daft Punk did get lucky with 20 percent more streams of this hit than runner-up Blurred Lines.
Listen to the full playlist here:
Who are you looking forward to seeing at the GRAMMYS this weekend?
The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards air Sunday, January 26th on CBS.
In celebration of all things new and fit, JCPenney and Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff partnered together to host the ‘New Year, New You’ fitness event in NYC. Karina looked radiant and fit in JCPenney’s Xersion and CityStr
I’m excited to partner with JCPenney to showcase ways to feel great from the inside out. These clothes are comfortable, super cute and sexy, and fit the body in all the right places. It’s great that JCPenney has such a wide selection from activewear to healthy home items to keep the entire family feeling fit and healthy in the new year.
So what happens when my fitness comes into play? After changing into my CityStr
As you can see, I clearly have a long way to go on the road to fitness – but hey, looking cute at the gym is half the battle right? Problem solved with my new gear from CityStr
In a concept similar to Uber’s , the Vensette app promises to deliver your very own hair and makeup stylists to your front door in a snap.
Vensette employs an army of specially trained hair stylists and makeup artists who are ready to meet clients around New York City. To use Vensette, users choose a look from a curated menu of hair and makeup styles; the company then sends a uniformed hair stylist or makeup artist to their door. While users are encouraged to make appointments in advance, last-minute bookings are also possible, depending on current demand and stylist availability.
Appointments, which start at $150, are guaranteed to be completed in 45 minutes or less by one of Vensette’s more than 100 trained and vetted freelance stylists. The vetting process includes multiple interviews, background checks, and in-house hair and makeup tests. Stylists must then complete two days of training to learn the specifics of the styles offered on Vensette’s menu.
Vensette’s mobile debut is currently limited to New York City, but the app is in beta in Los Angeles, with a formal launch planned for February. Users can get the app for free in Apple’s App Store.
The survival of our species on planet earth is largely going to be determined by what happens in our cities. By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in them. Today’s cities demand 21st century solutions to accommodate their growing populations in ways that not only maintain the quality of life, but also improve it. That’s where smart cities come in. Smart cities find ways to become more efficient, to deliver more services via mobile technology, to optimize existing infrastructure, and to leverage citizen participation to create better land-use decisions and to break down bureaucracy in order to stimulate a creative, entrepreneurial economy. In short, smart cities are innovative cities. Are you living in America’s smart cities?
More than half of people in the U.S. have smartphones. We use them like they are attached to our body. We talk, text, game and socialize. The trend is that consumers need more than that. We need smartphones to perform more personal and efficient tasks that relates to our everyday life – to keep us informed. The Internet, smartphones, and technology innovation plus social wants, have become an integral part of our lives and smart cities are taken notice.
Cities are starting to invest more in smart technology. Our physical surroundings are already captured by services like street cameras, Google Earth, and apps like Yelp. Smart Cities can make extensive use of the information and technologies they have to improve the quality of life of its citizens. Sensors and cloud apps connect transportation, healthcare, and street lights. How does this work? Cities are looking to placing sensors around cities to provide information about your physical environment to transmit information to your smartphones like the bus schedule at the street location where you are standing. Smart street lights that can detect movement, monitor and display temperature, collect data on traffic patterns, and sense gun shots detection to alert law enforcement. From GPS-enabled school buses sharing locations with a parent’s smartphone to sensors that monitor and report on building conditions, smart cities and their systems are becoming increasingly connected with their inhabitants with a promise of urban intelligence and resiliency like never before. This network of connections is known in the market today as the Internet of Things.
8. Portland, OR
5. New York
4. Washington D.C.
3. San Francisco (tied)
2. Boston (tied)
In 2009, the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) developed a smartphone app called Citizens Connect that allows residents to quickly report public works and service needs. Bostonians can inform officials of infrastructure and service problems (using the SeeClickFix App) such as potholes, streetlight failures, or graffiti via their phones, allowing the city to be far more responsive to its citizens’ needs and eliminating paperwork. As workers finish projects they record the date and time of completion, allowing residents to verify the city’s responsiveness to their requests. source
Do you live in a smart city? What smart tech services do they provide?
One of the most unique findings at CES 2014 was undoubtedly the MiPow Playbulb which is the perfect introductory step into making any home and connected home in seconds. The MiPow Playbulb combines three home accessories (that you’re probably using already) and stores them into one compact gadget that you can control from any iOS device. As a lightbulb, wireless Bluetooth speaker and alarm clock – the MiPow Playbulb relays that you don’t have to own the latest ultra high def television or talking refrigerator to enjoy the benefits of a connected home.
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.
As long as your mobile device supports Bluetooth, you can also stream music directly to the Playbulb. Just about any audio format will work. Simply stand within 30 feet of the light bulb, pair the devices and press play. The Playbulb’s speakers weren’t created to replace your home entertainment sound system, but if you use bedside nightstand lighting or desktop lighting in your home office – this accessory just may be the perfect fit for you and your home.
Whether listening to music at home alone or hosting a small get-together, the Playbulb’s sound quality is just fine. You can pair music with the Playbulb’s smart home alarm clock capabilities and begin your day the way that you want. You can create “alarm schedules” that could play “Good Morning” by the John Legend – as your room gradually brightens in the morning, or Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” as it dims at bedtime.
If you have a small space that could use compact, multitasking devices – the Playbulb is one of the more unique Bluetooth speakers on the market. The sound quality is moderate, but the novelty, functional design and convenience factors makes this device something worth looking at once it’s available later this year. For more information visit mipow.com.
It’s week number two of the new year and you’re probably stressing out over your new year resolution of losing weight. (If not, then you probably wouldn’t be reading this post right now.) Working out in the gym everyday is tough, and not everyone has the time to for multiple workouts in the gym. If you’re looking for a little “edge” or “headstart” in reshaping your body for the new year, I have some pretty good news for you.
A few months ago, I began my prescribed treatments for 60-minute Zerona® fat melting and VelaShape™ Body Contouring sessions at American Laser Skincare (Check out my journey HERE) and I’m proud to share my interesting results.
I wandered if the low-level lasers zap away my unwanted fat and if I’d get a slender mid-section that I’ve always wanted? After a series of 12-sessions and a little diet and exercising, I began to see results almost immediately.
I went from a 31″ to a 26″ waist – that’s a difference of 5 inches lost without a major workout commitment. Now that I have a head start towards the slender shape I want, I can focus on eating healthier and working out regularly to gain and keep the body that I’ve always wanted.
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“In Yeezus We Trust.” Sound like a saying you want adorning your hard-earned cash? Well, a new digital currency might be sporting the motto soon. It’s called Coinye West — the newest in a series of so-called cryptocurrencies, like BitCoin — only this time sporting the likeness of, you guessed it, Kanye West.
Now for those of you not feverishly mining away on your Bitcoins, according to The Washington Post, crytpocurrencies “are basically decentralized financial systems with their own invented currencies. They’re appealing because they’re anonymous and peer-to-peer … and thus potentially augur an age of new, more open financial services.”
In recent years a slew of such cryptocurrencies have hit the web, including LiteCoin — a more consumer-grade version of BitCoin. DogeCoin, a digital currency based on a talking dog meme. And of course the original BitCoin which has been around since 2009. But the creators of Coinye say this specific digital currency will be a bit different.
Speaking anonymously to the the crew at Vice’s Noisey they said, “Our goal with Coinye West is to make it easier for people to use cryptocurrency. Right now, it’s kind of a dark art for people to mine coins. We plan on releasing a front end to the ‘mining’ programs called CoinyeMiner.”
That front end mining program will reportedly be the part that makes the whole system easier for the cryptocoin curious. Although, one Twitter user may have already come up with a better name for it. How about “Gold Digger”? (Via Twitter / @GoldenGatsby) BitCoin made a big splash in 2013 with a roller coaster year in terms of valuation. As ReadWrite points out the currency was valued at just $13.51 at the beginning of the year, before skyrocketing to over $1,000 each — then plummeting to less than half that following a crackdown by the Chinese government.
Now to be clear Ye hasn’t personally backed the currency — which is set to go live January 11th of this year. He hasn’t responded to this tweet from Coinye West explicitly asking his opinion either. It’s too soon to tell if your spending money will come in Coinyes in the future, but if it does there’s always the possibility other celebrities could get in on the act.
Kardashicoins? Coindashians? Anyone?