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Recover From Text Message Mishaps With The SAVE MY ASS Mobile App

October 30th, 2014 by Tech Staff

In a world where technology and multi-tasking is the norm, we’ve all been there. As soon as you hit “send” you realize that snarky text about your boss, was sent to your boss, or that “selfie” you sent to your significant other mistakenly went to your mother-in-law. After the initial shock, you text a friend for advice and quickly work to undo the damage.

That is exactly what happened to SAVE MY ASS (SMA) friends and co-creators Gillian Burke and Wendy Hall. Gillian rapid-fired off a text to Wendy complaining about a guy she was dating and realized she sent the text to him by mistake. After Wendy helped her draft a response, Gillian exclaimed “There should be an app for this! I’m not the only one that doesn’t know how to text!”

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With a quick swipe on your mobile, SMA is a consumer app featuring thousands of witty, pre-written texts, a “talk dirty to me” category and even a first-of-its-kind “alibi” feature. Whether you send a text intended for someone to the wrong person; you’re dating and not sure how to initiate flirting or banter; you’re in a relationship and want to spice things up; or you receive a text from someone and truly don’t know how to respond, SMA was created to help you.

 

Features include:

  • 18 witty categories featuring over 1500 texts that can be sent as is or personalized by the user.
  • Want to spice things up? The “talk dirty to me” category includes clever banter from romantic to sexy.
  • Need an alibi? Log in, choose the “alibi” feature, write a text to cover your tracks and choose a friend from your contact list as your “alibi.” Hit “send” and the text will be sent simultaneously to the recipient and your “alibi” ensuring your whereabouts are “confirmed.”
  • Share/Trending. Users are encouraged to share outrageous, hilarious texts received and sent to be voted on each week. The most popular submissions will be found in the  “trending” category ensuring content is constantly changing and updating.

 

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“Our goal is to help adults communicate more effectively when texting,” said Wendy Hall co-creator of SAVE MY ASS, “Gillian and I were both divorced, in our 30s and found ourselves in new world of digital dating. We didn’t know what to say or how to communicate.” Added Gillian, “We developed the app to have universal appeal for anyone who communicates by texting and simply needs help knowing what to say in a fun and clever way.”

Downlad the SAVE MY ASS app for free in the Apple app store. A one-time in app purchase allows users to upgrade to include the “alibi” feature, the “talk dirty to me” category or both, priced from $4.99 – $7.99. (A version for Android is coming soon.)

 

Could you use app like this to get you out of a texting mishap?  What was the last text you’ve sent and wish you could’ve deleted before sending?  Share you text mishap experiences below.

 

 

Meet Lysn in – The New Go To Party App For House Parties Worldwide

October 29th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Without music, a party can be rather boring.  Unfortunately, a lot of times the noise level of music can be a nuisance and kill a party faster than it started.  Lysn in is the pinnacle of silent disco services across the globe, providing state-of-the-art technology in the palm of the hand. It’s the world’s first iPhone app that enables users to connect any external audio source to their smartphone and broadcast the audio to friends and fans.

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Silent disco parties are a new trend in the music and party industries allowing users to share a playlist via Spotify, iTunes or other popular music services.  Partygoers simply connect using their mobile device via WiFi, or with Lysn in’s Cellular Sync option that connects via cellular service providers with 3G/4G/LTE coverage.  Music is heard through headphones, keeping noise to a minimum.

Easily connect DJ gear or musical instruments to a smartphone through the Lightning /30 pin port or headphone jack and instantly stream music over a low-latency wireless network to all who “Lysn in.” Unlike other silent disco apps, Lysn in has no maximum number of users, allowing parties to be as big as possible.

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The app was created by Stanfy, a premier mobile app development firm. Smooth synchronization between listeners was the number one priority for Stanfy engineers. The project involved creating an intuitive user interface as well as the backend network engineering portion. Stanfy built the app from the wireframes and was involved in every stage of development until final launch in the iTunes store.

Silent disco parties have recently been utilized at the Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Firefly and Nocturnal Wonderland festivals.

Lysn in and silent disco parties are perfect for:

  • Apartments
  • Dorm rooms
  • Shared living spaces
  • New DJs
  • Music aficionados

“Silent disco parties are changing the way we gather together,” says George Gayl, founder of Silent Storm Systems, the company behind Lysn in.  “With users wearing headphones, they communicate with one another through the music.  Anyone can join the party at any time, making the fun never ending.  The app can even be used for sports, gym activities, even just relaxing at home”.

“Music is still one of the key threads that bind us as humans, and our goal was to create an app that was intuitive and fun to use,” says Pavel Bashmakov, co-founder at Stanfy. “We took all the elements that make a disco party fun and distilled it into simple, easy functions in an app that makes a great time just a tap away.”  Learn more about Lysn in visit http://lysn.in/.

 

Would you use a party app like Lysn in at your next apartment or dorm room party?  Share your thoughts below!

 

 

Save Money On Smartphones This Season With Walmart Family Mobile #Shop

October 28th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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In the beginning, consumers were stuck choosing big name carriers and paying outrageous cell phone bills each month.  Now, with the ever-evolving world of mobile services, there are more options to choose from including options that can save you and your family big bucks!  All mobile carriers aren’t the same.  Sure many of them carry the same devices, but what you pay for talk, text and data could make a world of difference for your wallet.

 

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A Tale of Two Samsung Galaxy S4 devices: Unlimited talk, text/web for $34.88 or pay over $175.

Which one would you choose?

 

After years of trial and error other mobile carriers, I’m happy to announce that I’ve seen the light and have become an official WalMart Family Mobile Ambassador!  As a Walmart Family Brand Ambassador, I’ll be sharing tips on how to make the most of your mobile phone budget as well as highlighting many of the amazing mobile options available to Walmart Family Mobile customers.  (If we’re talking WalMart, then you know I’ll be spilling the details all the lowest priced unlimited plans - just in time for your holidays!)

Deals like $34.88/month for Unlimited Talk, Text, and Web paired with a smartphone for under $100 – it’s the perfect plan and phone combination for those who want to stay connected while on-the-go!

 

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Enjoy your fall festivities by harvesting a few coins in your pockets and save money with Walmart Family Mobile.

 

And when I say smartphones, I’m not talking the prehistoric devices of yesteryear.  With mobile devices available like the Samsung Galaxy S4, you and your entire family can enjoy all the Fall harvest fun that the season brings. From mobile shopping for Halloween costumes online to snapping and sharing your favorite Thanksgiving foodie flicks – you can do it all and save a pretty penny in the process!  In fact, there’s a variety of high-quality, major brand smartphones (powered by T-Mobile) available for practically any budget – including the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit Smartphone-$99.88, Walmart Family Mobile LG Optimus L90 Smartphone- $149.88 (on rollback from $179.88).  With brands like LG, Samsung , Nokia and more – you can stay up to date with reliable smartphones you trust at a price that you can afford!

 

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The holiday shopping season is here. Saving money today could mean all the difference in your happy holidays tomorrow.

 

Want to learn more?  Check out all the great deals and available devices on rollback at Walmart.com and connect with Walmart Family Mobile online today! Walmart Family Mobile is now on Twitter! Follow @FamilyMobile for up to the minute sales, news and more! #Fall4Phones #CollectiveBias

 

 

Shop, Share And Earn Cash With The COSIGN App

October 27th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

cosignHave you ever shared your favorite shopping find online, and the next thing you know, it’s become your friends newest purchase?  If you love shopping and sharing your favorite brands on social media, why not get paid for it!  With the new mobile app,  COSIGN you can share and tag your stylish picks, when someone buys it from your share – you’ll get paid!

The COSIGN app brings discovery and commerce together – turning photos into interactive, shoppable pictures. The first social media tool that allows members to share and profit from their recommendations. Now, the where did you get that? question is answered seamlessly.  As your photos spread across the web, the ‘what is that and where can I buy it’ information travels with them.

So what makes COSIGN different from the hundreds of commerce apps of today?  Many apps like Lyst and Reward Style limit sharing to notable influencers, bloggers, etc and add cumbersome links, emails or additional shopping steps in order for you to complete your purchase – but Cosign empowers users and makes it easy to shop directly from their photos on social networks.  Cosign doesn’t exclude either,  anyone can share their favorite stylish picks! From girl next door to celebrities anyone can earn revenue from purchases influenced by their social media.

 

 

Want to discover how you can cosign the next great advancement in mobile e-commerce?  Check out Cosign on Kickstarter before the official launch next month and get your preview on the game-changing app today.

 

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COSIGN is the first mobile app of its kind that allows users to “tag” items within content they upload to social networking sites. If their followers purchase the items, they receive a monetary reward. COSIGN transforms images and videos into interactive and viral storefronts by tagging additional information such as location and cost of products and brands. For more information, visit support their Kickstarter Campaign here.

 

 

 

Meet Snapwire (And Make Money Off Your Instagram Photos Today!)

October 22nd, 2014 by Tech Staff

So you’re addicted to mobile photography and you’ve found the perfect mix of natural light, composition and editing for flawless flicks everytime!  Why not make money on those photos that you put all that effort into?  Meet Snapwire – the platform that allows companies to bid and pay you for your Instagram photos online.

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Meet Snapwire

Snapwire is a platform (on desktop and iOS) for photographers of all experience levels to make money from their photos via specific requests from companies, profile galleries and Snapwire’s company challenges. Requests are the major component of Snapwire. A person or company posts a request for a photo. It can be specific or general, like “Apples” or “Friends hanging out in NYC.”

 Snapwire began earlier this year with a limited number of users that they handpicked from their network of photographers. But now, anyone with quality photos can take on a challenge. To get started, create a profile and add some of your most killer photos — ones that best show your personal style. From there, scroll through the requests and see if you have a great photo to submit to any of them, or you can go out and capture a new one.

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How It Works

From there, Snapwire photographers submit photos, and the company nominates then purchases one or several of them for their project. The company making the request sets the price. Most are $15-$100, but it’s pretty common to see some priced at upwards of $300. Snapwire is free to use, but they get a 30% cut of photographs sold. (Wondering about making some serious cash?  There are some rare buyout exceptions that could be worth you while. In the case of Pat Grant: He sold the rights to a photo of his friends having a piggyback race. For five years of exclusivity, the company paid him $6k cash money!)

When you join the platform, you start off under the title of Explorer, and you can get bumped up through the ranks all the way to Pro. When a photo of yours gets nominated or sold, you are accelerated to a higher level, which gives you the opportunity to have your profile featured or even get a spotlight in Snapwire’s buyer emails (even after your photograph is purchased, you still keep the copyright). You’re just licensing that image for the buyer to use.

 

Snapwire has already collected 50,000 photographers in 86 countries, and they’ve worked with big companies like Marriott and Denny’s.

Working with novice and professional photography fans is only the beginning for Snapwire -  (don’t worry Android folks, there will be an app launching for your mobile devices very soon), until then, get to snapping Instagram fiends – it could mean big bucks in your pockets for doing something you already love pretty soon!

 

What do you think?  Would you pimp out your favorite photos for a little extra cash?  Yay or Nay?

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Light, Versatile And Affordable – Meet The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 Convertible @ToshibaUSA

October 21st, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Laptops and personal computers are apart of our everyday life of productivity.  If you’re like me, you’re starring at your laptop at least 8-10 hours a day (thanks to blogging, my 20/20 vision was gone a long time ago…)  We carry our laptops with us to work on the go and attempt additional productivity in our downtime – but did you know there’s a new affordable option, perfect for entrepreneurs, college kids – and a great alternative to expensive MacBook Air models.  

Toshiba has launched the Satellite Radius 11, a 2-in-1 convertible with an 11.6” touchscreen that can be used in five different modes – Laptop, Tablet, Tabletop, Presentation and Audience. With a starting price of $329.99 MSRP, the unit serves as a versatile, portable and stylish device that can perform everyday tasks for work and play tasks alike.

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Convertible

A unique, 360-degree, two-axis, “flip-and-fold” hinge enables five distinct usage modes: Laptop, Tablet, Tabletop, Presentation and Audience. A vibrant 11.6-inch diagonal, HD TruBrite® touchscreen display makes the most of the five viewing modes, giving plenty of room to consume as well as create.

 

 

 

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Stylishly Small

Sleek, slim and lightweight at less than three pounds and topped with a trendy patterned light gold finish, Satellite Radius 11’s compact design makes it easy to carry. Featuring a fanless design, the laptop can be configured with the latest Intel Pentium® or Celeron® processor , up to 4GB of RAM and either 32GB of speedy Flash memory or a spacious 500GB hard drive.
 
The laptop also includes an HD webcam, plus a range of ports, including one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI® and an SD card slot.

The Satellite Radius 11 will be available for purchase beginning October 26, 2014 for a starting price of $329.99 MSRP at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba on toshiba.com/us.  Want to learn more?  Get social with Toshiba and connect online on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ToshibaUSA, on Twitter at twitter.com/ToshibaUSA, and on YouTube at youtube.com/ToshibaUS.

 

 

 

Apple Pay and iOS 8.1 Is Here… What You Need To Know!

October 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Apple’s iOS 8.1 has arrived and with it, Phone 6 and 6 Plus users can take advantage of the new mobile payment option – Apple Pay. Apple iOS 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your Mac, the return of “Camera Roll,” the public beta of iCloud Library and more.  Discover what’s new with the latest update and if you should take advantage of the latest iOS version below!

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Your MacBook Is Calling

The update brings connectivity between desktop and mobile to a whole new level! With the update, you now have the ability to make and receive calls at your desk, and to get texts from your friends even if they’re not using Apple devices (its no longer limited to iMessage devices). With iOS 8.1 bring continuity to your network of devices and even turn your device into an instant hotspot (You can connect your iPad to the hotspot on your phone, if it’s within range).  (I wonder how this will affect new iPad wifi + cellular sales? I digress.)

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The Camera Roll Is Back

Bringing the Camera Roll back does eliminate some confusion since it was replaced with the “Recently Added” folder instead. (You didn’t notice that it disappeared?  You obviously don’t search for last year’s selfies enough…) The iCloud Photo Library will let users save photos and videos to their account and sync with any device. (Beware – you know, celebrity nudes getting hacked and all.)  

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Apple Pay

Perhaps the most hyped addition to iOS 8.1 is Apple Pay, which will let iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users tap their devices at retail checkout terminals to pay for items. The wallet service requires Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint authentication and an iPhone with near field communication (NFC) technology, which is only featured on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  Pay, Tap and Go!

 

How To Update To iOS 8.1

iOS 8.1 is available for your device as an over-the-air update, which you can find by going to Settings > General > Software Update; you can also plug your phone or tablet into your computer and update via iTunes. To use the new Continuity features with your Mac, you’ll have to download and install OS X 10.10 from the Mac App Store, for the free update.

Have you downloaded the new update yet? What are you looking forward to most?  Desktop calling, easy access to your photos via the return of the Apple camera roll or Apple Pay?

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Ditch The Outlets, This Smart Carry-On Can Charge Your Devices During Travel

October 20th, 2014 by Tech Staff

Do you hate fighting for your spot at over-crowded power outlets in airports?  Tired of lugging around external battery chargers or charging smartphone cases?

 

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If you’ve ever wanted a truly connected piece of luggage, Bluesmart luggage has just created the perfect carry on for you!  Bluesmart luggage connects to a mobile app that allows travelers to track the bag’s proximity, digitally lock and unlock it, check the bag’s weight, show travel data and track routes. 

 

 

The best feature may not be luggage related at all: The carry-on has a battery in it that can be used to recharge six devices.  Currently, the lowest level for a suitcase is a $215 contribution (the first tier of $195 is sold out), the campaign expects to ship the first smart bags in July 2015.  For more information on Bluesmart and stylish smart travel visit DivasOnDestinations.com.

 

The Waterproof Sony Xperia Z3v Is Coming To Verizon Wireless

October 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Sony mobile unveiled the latest addition to the Xperia Z3 series making the Sony ecosystem (smart wear / tablets) complete – meet the Sony Xperia Z3v for Verizon Wireless.  With long-lasting battery life, gaming through PlayStation 4 remote play, this waterproof smartphone may be the game changer for the active user by land and by sea.

 

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The Sony Xperia Z3v is fully operational up to 1.5 m under water – take deep diving photos, video and more.

 

{Must Read:  The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Is The Lightest Waterproof Tablet You’ll Ever Meet}

Design

The Xperia Z3v is built beautifully with durability in mind.  It’s sleek build features aluminum sides and tempered glass panels on the front and back, lending it as the highest waterproofed smartphone available today.

 

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Gaming, Display and Sound

Sony has engineered a revolution in gaming technology and made Xperia Z3v one of the first smartphones in the marketing with the PlayStation 4 Remote Play.  With Remote Play, you can use your Xperia Z3v to remotely connect to your PS4 to play games with the TV is in use.  Connect using the Dualshock  4 wireless controller and wifi and continue to play PS4 games anywhere in at home.  Watch crystal clear videos on the 5.2-inch 1080p full HD display and enjoy booming audio with built-in S-Force front surround sound.

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Capture memories with the 20.7MP rear-facing camera equipped with a wide-angle 27mm G lens.  Video clips can also be shot and shared in 4K resolution, giving you the power to future-proof your precious memories and moments.  The Xperia Z3v build on an already impressive camera experience by empowering users with built-in Xperia camera apps.  Use the front and rear-facing camera simultaneously to create one image with your face in it!

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The premium Android 4G LTE waterproof smartphone engineered for users to connect, create and share on-the-go with Sony’s innovative camera and technology will be available nationwide October 23rd for $199.99 (with a new 2-year activation) in stores and at VerizonWireless.com.  For a limited time only, customers who purchase the Sony Xperia Z3v smartphone can get $200 off a Sony Xperia Z2 tablet.  For more information on the new Sony Xperia Z3v visit Sony.com.

4 Reasons To Upgrade To The New OS X Yosemite For Your Mac

October 17th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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So you’ve just downloaded Yosemite, (or you’re still pondering if a lengthy download is worth it) – Apple’s latest update to the Mac platform. There’s a lot that’s familiar, but a number of features still look, feel, and function differently.  Depending on how much of an avid user you are, the new features could really be a game changer.

There’s quite a lot to take in with the new update, but don’t worry – I’ve narrowed down the best 7 Yosemite features that will change the way you use your Mac.

 

1.  Spotlight Search

Whether you’re looking for a file, a fact, or a place to eat, Spotlight is a robust and useful tool for your needs.  Press the command-spacebar shortcut, or tap the magnifying glass icon in the upper right of your Mac’s display, and you summon Spotlight, Apple’s system-wide search tool. In Yosemite, Spotlight goes beyond the file system though, tapping into Maps, Wikipedia, Mail, and your web history to cull answers to your search queries. Type in a restaurant name, and it pulls up the establishment’s information and ratings from Yelp, a map of its location, and any calendar events that have or will take place there. Type in a band name, and you get options to check out their albums on iTunes, music files on your computer, their Wikipedia page, and more. It’s often quicker and more informative than opening up the browser and doing a Google search.

 

 2.  Record Your iDevice Screen

For sharing tips, or other useful productivity moments, you can record your iOS device’s screen as a video file in Yosemite.  Plug your iOS device into your Yosemite-running Mac via its Lightning cable, open QuickTime, then go to File > New Movie Recording. Select your iDevice from the dropdown menu next to the record button, and hit record. Now you can easily record what’s happening on your iOS device screen using your Mac. To stop recording, just hit the record button again. This capability could be useful for capturing some epic game moves, for showing a friend or family member how to adjust a setting on their device, or for documenting a glitch that’s plaguing your machine.

 

 

3.  Handoff

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Handoff lets you pick up where you left off when you switch devices, in a variety of apps.  With iOS 8 and Yosemite, you can easily stop what you’re doing, be it browsing in Safari, writing a text, or an email, and pick back up right where you left off on another Apple device. If you start surfing in Safari on your iPhone, for example, when you hop on your Mac, an extra Safari icon will tack onto the edge of your dock with a small iPhone symbol in its corner. Tap it, and you’re taken to the exact page you were reading on your mobile. Conversely, this works from Mac to iOS, too, with an icon showing in the bottom left of the device’s screen. Third party apps will begin integrating this soon, making it even more useful.

 

4.  Your Mac Is Now Also a Phone

You can send and receive SMS, MMS, and iMessages from your Mac, as well as phone calls, if you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone.  Beginning with OS X Mountain Lion, we’ve been able to send iMessages back and forth with other iOS users whether on an iOS device or a Mac, while FaceTime (introduced in 2010) lets us make video calls on either platform. With Yosemite, you can send and receive SMS messages from friends on your Mac, as well as make phone calls. As long as both your Mac and iPhone are on the same WiFi network, calls will get forwarded to your Mac, so you can answer them there if it’s more convenient. And if you don’t have time to chat, you can send an iMessage or SMS.

 

BONUS:  iMessages

Silence chatty group threads, and share your screen, with Apple’s new Messages app.  Messages in Yosemite gains one of the features that also makes it great in iOS 8: the ability to bow out of super chatty group threads. You can mute a thread temporarily, or you can leave a conversation altogether. Messages on the desktop also gives you the ability to screenshare with the person you’re chatting with, if you want to share something cool on your desktop, or help troubleshoot a relative’s tech issues.

 

Have you downloaded the new OS Yosemite for your iMac or Macbook device?  What are you waiting for, download and take advantage of the new features today! 

 

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