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Discover, Wear And Share Your Style With The New StyleChat App

April 23rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

stylechatStyleChat is the brand new app that brings your entire fashion world to your phone like no other. The free app allows users to become their own stylist and find the latest fashion trends from anywhere online. Users can then create unique collections, style looks and mix-and-match pieces with items they already have. With groundbreaking new technology, users can also try on looks on their selfie, and when ready to buy, simply purchase with just one tap.

 

What makes StyleChat so unique?  It delivers a social element for consumers and fashion pros in a one-stop-shop for online shopping, augmented reality and social networking in one more app.  You get the in-store shopping experience (fitting room included) without ever having to step foot inside of a store.

YOU CAN:

· Create collections while browsing and shopping online
· Dress your selfie with your fashion finds
· Instantly remove image backgrounds, eliminating the need for applications like Photoshop
· Style unique looks by pairing new styles with existing closet items (like “Cher’s dream closet in iconic 90s film ‘Clueless’)
· Store favorite fashion sites with auto-bookmarking
· Share your style! Share with friends, chat, and get opinions
· One-tap to buy! Simply tap the item you want to make a quick purchase

 

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But wait!  There’s More!  If that wasn’t enough, the ‘StyleMe’ visualization feature allows fashion enthusiasts to discover items from anywhere online and virtually try them on, anywhere and at any time. ‘StyleMe’ will allow users to try-on jewelry and eyewear, and in the future will expand to cover additional accessories and clothing.

 

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StyleChat has just launched this week and is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD in the iTunes store for iPad and iPhone.  To discover more, connect with StyleChat online at StyleChatMobile.com - you can also get social and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today.

 

 

5 Easy Ways To Go Green, Celebrate Earth Day And Impact The World

April 22nd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Today is Earth Day!  Yeah, sure – we should be celebrating Earth Day EVERYDAY, but let’s be realistic.  Sometimes, it’s hard to keep the Earth in mind when you’re dealing with everyday life.  From recycling to eliminating wasteful energy consumption, there are more than enough ways to “go green” but how do you incorporate a greener lifestyle that’s easy to incorporate in your everyday life?  That’s why I’ve compiled 5 easy ways to go green, celebrate Earth Day (Everyday) and impact the world below.

 

5 Easy Ways To Go Green

5. PAY BILLS ONLINE
One of the easiest ways to go green is to use online bill payment systems instead of the old “mail in” means of payment.  By some estimates, if all households in the U.S. paid their bills online and received electronic statements instead of paper, we’d save 18.5 million trees every year, 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.

 

4. STOP PAPER BANK STATEMENTS
Some banks will pay you a dollar or donate money on your behalf when you cancel the monthly paper statements you get in the mail. If every household took advantage of online bank statements, the money saved could send more than seventeen thousand recent high school graduates to a public university for a year.

 

3. TURN OFF COMPUTERS AT NIGHT
I’ve just conformed to going green and saving energy with the press of my laptop button.  By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don’t want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you’re pouring your morning cup ‘o joe.

 

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2. RECYCLE OLD CELL PHONES
The average cell phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment. There are plenty of reputable programs where you can recycle your phone, many which benefit noble causes.  Check out how to recycle your old cell phones from Verizon, Best Buy and more HERE.

 

1. USE RECHARGABLE BATTERIES
Each year 15 billion batteries produced and sold and most of them are disposable alkaline batteries. Only a fraction of those are recycled. Buy a charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries. Although it requires an upfront investment, it is one that should pay off in no time. And on Christmas morning when all the stores are closed? You’ll be fully stocked.

 

We asked Toyota Green Initiative Coalition Member — Actress Tatyana Ali her #1 tip for anyone looking to develop a greener lifestyle and she shared her #1 tip below…

 

Want to take your green living to the next level?  Discover how to go green with easy car and driving tips – plus travel tips at DivasDriveInHeels and DivasOnDestinations.com.  Discover stylish accessories that’ll help you recycle and transform your office space and for more ideas on how to go green, visit 50 ways to help the planet and start making greener choices today!

Never Sacrifice Style Or Function With Martian Notifier Smart Watch

April 17th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

In a world filled with the latest in wearable technology, its refreshing to discover a smart watch that doesn’t skimp on style and function – and the Martian Notifier is it!

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Martian WatchesTM, a California-based, award-winning developer of fashionable wireless technologies, including the world’s first Bluetooth® voice-command smartwatch, shared the debut of its new Martian Notifier™ line of smart watches last week in New York City. Martian Notifier was designed for the fashion- and cost-conscious consumer who wants a notification-enabled smartwatch without breaking the bank, for just $129.

Discover the Martian Notifier smart watch below:

 


The Martian Notifier line features a timeless analog design, customizable vibration patterns and an integrated OLED readout that delivers real-time alerts and notifications from the convenience of your wrist including Caller ID, Calendar, Weather, texts, email (POP or IMAP), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, favorite games, bank alerts, fitness stats, news headlines, and other alerts your smartphone allows. Vibration patterns for each type of alert are set using the free Martian App on your smartphone, letting you know if you’ve just received, for example, an email, text message or news alert without even looking at your watch, let alone your phone. The Martian Notifier App lets you filter the notification types you want sent to the watch. And you can recall past notification for a quick review.

 

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In addition, Martian Notifier offers several convenience-oriented features. For example, a touch of a Notifier button activates your smartphone’s speakerphone, enabling hundreds of voice commands to control music, check a sports score, get directions, search the web, create a reminder or appointment, and more. You can also decline an incoming call, set silent vibrating alarms that only you will sense, get a once-an-hour tickler to remind you to take a break, turn on an LED light to see in a dark room, control your phone’s camera shutter, and more.

 

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If you’re looking for a smart watch that provides all the functionality that you could possibly need, while keeping up with your ever-changing fashion sense, then this smart watch may just be the perfect match for you!  For more information on the Martian Notifier smart watch visit MartianNotifier.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest today.

Google Glass Available To New Users Everywhere Today

April 15th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Calling all geeks!  On April 15th at 9am EDT, you’ll have a limited time chance to join the Google Glass Explorer Program.

Google Glass is not commercially available yet; it’s been available only to Google Glass Explorers — in other words, only through a very limited beta-testing program.

Now, Google is opening up the program and folks in the U.S. will be able to get the Glass for $1500 + tax. Google has apologized to everyone else, saying it’s “just not ready yet to bring Glass to other countries.”  The price is steep, but at least Google will throw in frames or a shade of your choice.

To get the Glass, you need to be 18 years old, and you need to be a U.S. resident with a U.S. shipping address. Then, click here today, April 15, at 9am ET. Be fast, as the number of spots available is limited. 

 

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And, if you’re wondering what Glass is good for, well, you can browse the web with it, you can create stop motion videos with it, take sneaky photos and more.  Or you can just be a regular human and leave the Glasshole antics to everyone else.  #sorrynotsorry

I’m personally not a fan of Google Glass.  There’s nothing technically fashionable and the one-eye look creeps me out.  Plus, I believe that too much multitasking or over-dosing on technology ruins enjoying the world you live in (and doesn’t enhance it.)  That’s just my opinion.  What’s yours?  Would you shell out $1500 to purchase Google Glass for yourself?

 

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T-Mobile Ends Overage Fees And Challenges Other Carriers To Do The Same

April 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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How much do you spend on your smartphone’s monthly overage fees?  T-Mobile wants to change that and they’re challenging Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and more to end overage charges forever!  

In its latest Un-carrier move – T-Mobile has launched a campaign to eliminate overage penalties, one of the most reviled wireless industry practices. By getting rid of overages for all customers on T-Mobile consumer plans, its CEO has also laid down a challenge to the nation’s largest carriers, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, to do the same. 

More than 20 million Americans were hit with punitive overage charges in 2013. And these penalties from the three largest U.S. carriers take more than an incredible $1 billion out of consumers’ pockets every year.

“Today I’m laying down a challenge to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to join T-Mobile in ending these outrageous overage penalties for all consumers – because it’s the right thing to do,” “Overage fees are flat out wrong. Agree with me? Join me in putting this challenge to all the major national carriers by signing my petition on Change.org. Right here. Take one minute to be a part of this consumer movement.” - John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile.

 

“Charging overage fees is a greedy, predatory practice that needs to go,” continued Legere. “Starting in May for bills arriving in June – regardless of whether you’re on Simple Choice, Simple Starter or an older plan, we’re abolishing overages for good. Period.”

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T-Mobile Ends Overage Fees starting next month. Will other carriers follow suit?

Traditional carriers’ entry-level plans lure customers in with a low monthly fee for a fixed amount of domestic minutes, texts or data. Once consumers go over those limits – even by a little – they’re hit with much higher rates, often dramatically higher.  These plans are purpose-built to drive customers over that invisible line into massive overage charges. The result has been a culture of fear, worry and surprise every time the wireless bill arrives. For example, an individual on AT&Ts entry-level plan, advertised at $45 per month, will pay $125 if he uses just the average amount of data for a U.S. smartphone user (1.5 GB per person).

“The worst thing about these overage fees is that they’re often inflicted on those who can least afford them,” added Legere. “As an advocate for consumers, we’re putting a stop to that. I personally won’t be satisfied until we obliterate this shameful practice from the entire wireless industry.”

To give a voice to U.S. wireless consumers, Legere has started an online petition at Change.org/AbolishOverages calling on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to end overages. T-Mobile has invited any and all mobile phone users to sign the petition and add their voice to the growing movement to rid the wireless industry of domestic overages once and for all.

 

What do you think?  If T-Mobile ends overage fees, will this be the end of atrocious overage charges as we know it?  Which carrier is currently charging you too much for overage fees?  Are you going to sign the petition?

Radio Shack Previews The Best In Gifts For Moms, Dads and Grads #MyNewRadioShack

April 11th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Spring has finally Sprung… which means now is the time to begin thinking about Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation gifts!  (Believe me, it’s closer than you think.)  Radio Shack is giving you a head start on discovering the latest in tech gifts for the entire family.  Looking to upgrade mom’s smartphone?  Does Dad need a man cave makeover?  I discovered a few of my favorite gifts (that won’t strain your pockets) from the preview event and I have my top picks below.

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Help mom and dad save a little money and take control of their energy use with the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch and motion sensor.  It uses motion to turn almost anything in your house on/off.  Have a light go on when you enter a room, have a fan go off when you leave.  It’s a great addition to any home monitoring system – you can have it guard your front door at night.  If you can plug it in, WeMo can control it.  It’s intuitive, and easy to set up using the free WeMo app.  It works with you existing Wi-Fi router/mobile internet at home and away.  The WeMo Insight Switch and motion sensor has 10-ft of motion sensitivity range and allows you to control as much or as little of your home as you like.  Plus – with IFTTT (If This, Then That app) you can completely maximize the WeMo motion sensor better than ever.  (For example, If the motion sensor detects motion outside your front door overnight while you’re on vacation, Then WeMo can automatically turn on the front porch light as well as every light in your home!)  Belkin WeMo Insight Switch and motion sensor $99.99 at Radio Shack.

 

 

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The Roku 3 HD Video Streaming Digital Media Player will upgrade any family room or man cave to the next level.  The Roku 3 is compact for HD streaming, it’s easy to set up and works on any TV.  Compared with previous Roku generations, the Roku 3 is a step up.  It’s much more usable.  There’s no need to point the remote at a device, and it can be mounted anywhere.  Flip the remote sideways and it acts as it’s own controller of movies and games.  Enjoy movies and TV from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant idea, HBO Go, VUDU and more.  Music from Spotify, Amazon Cloud Player, Pandora plus live sports packages such as NBA League Pass, NHL Game Center LIVE, MLB TV and more.  The Roku video player has its own remote jack on the side, and audio can be streamed from a specific video right to the remote.  You can privately watch movies without making a sound with HD video streaming using the headphone  jack.  The Roku 3 HD Video Streaming Digital Media Player $99.99 at Radio Shack.

 

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Discover more from the Radio Shack Preview Event below:

Where’s The Hookup? Find The Best Deal On The Samsung Galaxy S5

April 10th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

 

There’s no better time to be in the market for a new smartphone than now.  With the super competitive smartphone climate that we’re in, the buyer practically ALWAYS WINS!  The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 goes on sale on all major carriers tomorrow and if you’re like many consumers looking for the best deal on the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear accessories, I’ve got you covered with the round up that’ll eliminate time wasted shopping around for the best deals.  Discover which carrier has the deals you want and where to find the best bang for your budget below.

 

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Best Buy

Best Buy is offering the AT&T Galaxy S5 for $229.99 with a two-year contract and the Sprint Galaxy S5 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Customers will receive a free $10 Best Buy gift card with the pre-order and purchase of the Galaxy S5. Best Buy will sell the Galaxy S5 for both carriers in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White.

 

Sprint

The Sprint Galaxy S5 will sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract. In addition, customers can participate in Sprint’s Easy Pay plan, which offers the Galaxy S5 for $0 down and $27.09 per month for 23 months, with a final payment of $26.92. Customers who choose the Easy Pay option can also get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (which requires a two-year contract). The non-contract, full retail price of the Galaxy S5 when purchased through Sprint is $649.99. The carrier will sell the Galaxy S5 in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White. Pre-orders can be made online and in stores. Sprint will have the Galaxy S5 available in stores starting Friday, April 11.

 

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Radio Shack is offering the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Galaxy S5 models and is currently accepting in-store pre-orders. The retailer is also offering a coupon for $50 off Galaxy S5 handsets for customers who pre-order. In addition, customers can utilize Radio Shack’s Trade & Save program and save between $75 and $300 by trading in their existing handsets. The Galaxy S5 will be available at Radio Shack starting April 11. The retailer has not yet detailed which carrier models of the Galaxy S5 it will be selling.

 

T-Mobile

The T-Mobile Galaxy S5 will sell for an introductory price of $0 down, $27.50 per month for 24-months, under T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan. Full retail price for the Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile is $660. T-Mobile is known for changing its pricing with various deals and promotions, so it’s likely the carrier will revert to requiring a down payment for the Galaxy S5, in addition to monthly payments, when the introductory period ends.

Target

Target will offer the Galaxy S5 Verizon, AT&T and Sprint models for $100, through a trade-in program. Customers can exchange eligible old devices for a $100 credit toward a new Galaxy S5, which originally costs $199.99. Customers can take their old handsets to a trade-in location or can trade in online. Target will run this offer from April 11 to 26; quantities are limited.

 

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The AT&T Galaxy S5 will sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract. In addition, consumers can participate in AT&T’s Next program: With the Next 18 plan, the Galaxy S5 will cost $25 per month for 26 months, and with the Next 12 plan, the device will sell for $32.50 per month for 20 months. The non-contract, full retail price of the Galaxy S5 when purchased through AT&T is $649.99. The carrier will sell the Galaxy S5 in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White. Pre-orders can be made online and in stores. According to AT&T, the Galaxy S5 will ship in early April, although the carrier has not given a specific date when customers will get them.

 

Amazon

Amazon is offering the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Galaxy S5 models; the AT&T and Sprint models are selling for $189.99 with a two-yea contract while the Verizon model is selling for $99.99 with a new line of service, or for $149.99 with a device upgrade. All models are selling for $699.99 without contract. Amazon will sell the Galaxy S5 for both carriers in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White.

 

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The Verizon Galaxy S5 will sell for $249.99 with a two-year contract, which comes down to $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. In addition, customers can use Verizon Edge, which offers the Galaxy S5 for $0 down and $25.22 per month for 24 months. The non-contract, full retail price of the Galaxy S5 when purchased through Verizon is $599.99. Verizon is also offering a buy one, get one, deal for the Galaxy S5; customers can purchase a handset and get a get another Galaxy S5, Samsung ATIV SE or HTC One M8 free after a $50 mail-in rebate.

 

MetroPCS

MetroPCS has announced that it will begin carrying the Samsung Galaxy S5 in April, but pre-orders are not yet available. Customers can pre-register for more information.

 

Are you looking to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone?  Need a hands on refresher course first?  Check out my hands on experience with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear here

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Meet The Mirror Taking Your ‘Selfies’ And Posting On Twitter

April 10th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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It’s clear that selfies are only as great as the length of your arm…. (see Ellen DeGeneres’ celeb-filled Oscar photo, a very limiting factor when taking a selfie is the length of your hand.)

That problem is resolved with S.E.L.F.I.E. or “The Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine,” a two-way mirror that automatically takes photos of you and posts them on Twitter.  A project by digital agency iStrategyLabs, S.E.L.F.I.E. actually consists of a Mac mini hidden behind the 2-way-mirror, a web cam and LED lights embedded behind the mirror.  Selfies are no longer limiting with the S.E.L.F.I.E. – check out how it works below.

 

 

The facial recognition software installed on the Mac recognizes you and initiates the photo-taking process; the LED lights indicate when the photo will be taken.  After the “selfie” is taken, the software sticks your logo onto it and shares it to Twitter. Though the S.E.L.F.I.E. is just an experiment, you can contact iStrategyLabs if you want one for yourself.  Would you snap a selfie using the S.E.L.F.I.E?

 

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Hair Care Goes Digital With The New Jane Carter Mobile App

April 9th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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The Jane Carter Solution natural hair brand has taken the mystery out of natural hair care with the arrival of it’s new beauty app.  Beauty editors, hair gurus and bloggers alike celebrated the arrival of the new Jane Carter mobile app during an intimate launch event tonight in New York City. The Love your hair app offers free personalized hair care prescriptions, plus it’s also a shopping platform for Jane Carter Solution natural hair care products.  In addition to shopping, users receive expert hair care tips, product spotlights, sales and promotions, plus can find salons and locate products in stores.

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Jane Carter Solution is a collection of healthy homespun hair care products specifically designed for all hair types and textures such as dry, curly, relaxed, permed or color treated hair and for anyone who desires a healthy non-greasy look.  The Jane Carter Solution hair care products use naturally based superior ingredients that give extraordinary results that actually contribute to beautiful, healthy hair and scalp.  Using natural ingredients such as essential oils, shea butters, vitamins and other ingredients from God’s green earth, The Jane Carter Solution doesn’t just lie on the surface of the hair and scalp, it actually brings health back into hair.  This innovative treatment line reaches out to the multicultural household, or any household that contains different heads of hair with different textures.  By simplifying the process of making hair healthy, The Jane Carter Solution takes the mystery out of hair care.

 

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The Jane Carter mobile app puts the power of hair knowledge in the palm of your hands with a personalized hair care prescription tab as well as hair care tips based on your defined hair type.  You can also, upload and share photos, connect with the Jane Carter Solution blog and discover upcoming events right within the Jane Carter mobile app.

 

The Jane Carter mobile app is free and available now for iOS and Android devices.

Jane Carter solution products can be found in select retailers, online at janecartersolution.com and now at Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply stores nationwide.  For more information, connect with Jane Carter Solution on Facebook and Twitter today.

 

 

Social Media and Smartphone Facts: Men Versus Women

April 8th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

 

Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars, but are men and women really that different when it comes down to using mobile phones?  In the world of smartphones use when it comes to men versus women – there are major differences in who uses a smartphone for what.

 

Men versus Women

Women seem to use their smartphones in more ways than men, while men dominate the use of devices for love and business.  The gender difference in use revolves around three distinct areas: our personal and professional relationships, the need for information and entertainment, and consumer behavior.  Discover how different we  really are.  For instance, men are more likely to use social media for business and dating, while women for relationships, sharing, entertainment, and self-help.

Men Versus Women:   Women are mobile gamers:  38% of women play games on their smartphones and they outnumber men by 10%!

Surprisingly, women ignore paid advertising more often than men. This makes sense because women in general are more conscious of their social circle and ads are intrusive strangers.  In fact, women dominate men in almost all the top smartphone activities, such as, visit websites, download apps (surprise!), messaging, text, and camera use.

Men Versus Women: Men are looking for mobile love:  13% of men use social media for dating in comparison to only 7% of women!

Discover more surprising facts about how you and your mate may use your mobile phones different below.

 

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