If you like many bi-cellular consumers toting around two or more smartphones everyday, then Ive got some good news for you. What if you could add the best features from one smartphone and add it to another? As much as I love my iPhone 5s – there’s just something so familiar and convenient about having a QWERTY keyboard for crafting emails and texts on the go. The market for keyboard-equipped phones is ever evolving and now media guru Ryan Seacrest is jumping into the mix – the American Idol host is convinced that messaging mavens need real buttons. The king behind “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” he’s jumping into hardware and launching the Typo Keyboard for the iPhone 5 and 5s.
The Bluetooth case turns an Apple device into a makeshift BlackBerry Q10, complete with backlit, sculpted keys that cover up the iPhone’s home button; (aka no access to the home button means – no multitasking for you.) The Typo Keyboard will make its formal debut at CES in early January, and it should ship that month for $99.
The Typo Keyboard case isn’t the first product to attempt to bring a QWERTY keyboard to the iPhone. Others from BoxWave and Dobi have all tried to solve this age-old problem, but the use of Bluetooth is frustrating and the keyboards themselves were slow and added a lot of heft to the phone. We’ll just have to wait and see if the Typo Keyboard will indeed change the game or if it’ll wind up as just another failed iPhone bluetooth accessory . For more visit TypoKeyboards.com.
It’s no denying that holiday shopping season can be mentally and financially exhausting. With so many ways to shop these days, wouldn’t you like to make the most of your shopping time & efforts? Shopping with Isis could make a huge difference in your next shopping trip. Isis Mobile Wallet (with Verizon Wireless) is making serious strides as the go-to digital wallet for consumers. Like Google Wallet, Isis uses a technology called near-field communication, or NFC, which enables customers to wave their phone at special cash registers to pay for anything including quick bite to eat or cab ride across town. Isis isn’t just a digital wallet either, it can also improve your shopping experience with freebies, discounts and these three shopping benefits…
1. Safe & Secure transactions - Wondering how the Isis Mobile Wallet protects your payment information? Your payment credentials are stored in a chip called the Secure Element contained within your smartphone. The Secure Element is isolated from your phone’s main operating system and hardware allowing access only to Isis Mobile Wallet, to initiate transactions. Plus, the Isis Mobile Wallet must be accessed by a user-selected PIN, which is another layer of protection for all of your transactions.
2. Loyalty Cards - Loyalty cards within the Isis Mobile Wallet are digital versions of your existing merchant loyalty cards. You can load loyalty cards for any participating merchant listed in the app directory. Then you can present these cards when you make a purchase for redeemable discounts and coupons as usual. Get rid of those annoying loyalty key fobs, with Isis – everything is conveniently located in all in one place.
3. Convenient (Tap), Pay and Go - With SmartTap, you can make a payment, present your loyalty card or redeem an offer by tapping the payment terminal with your Smartphone. Look for the Isis SmartTap symbol on or around the payment terminal to see if this feature is available. When you use SmartTap, loyalty cards are automatically recognized. However, offers have to be manually selected by you first before they can be redeemed through SmartTap.
To make shopping easier & even more rewarding, Isis Mobile Wallet customers can use My Coke Rewards and Isis to get three free drinks at select vending machines, while Jamba Juice is giving away 1 million free smoothies to Isis users. Purchases made from an American Express Serve account through the Isis wallet are eligible for a 20 percent discount (up to $200). For more on Isis Mobile Wallet and to discover if your smartphone is eligible visit VerizonWireless.com today.
Disclosure: Please note that I often tweet using #VZWBuzz – VZWBuzz tweets include a 24/7 conversation and a Friday mobile lifestyle Twitter chat with an emphasis on providing information and education about devices, apps and tools useful to consumers. While the hash tag is sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the opinions I express tagged #VZWBuzz are my own.
Exercise Your Technology – Three Gift Ideas for the Athlete in Your Life
What’s the perfect stocking stuffer for an avid swimmer or runner? What do you get someone who workouts everyday with a vengeance? You gift them something cool so they can look good and something that’s performance driven so they can track their athletic progress. Here are a few gift ideas for the athlete in your life to keep in mind:
Music and exercise go hand and hand, but for swimmers it just got awesome. Neptune is a waterproof MP3 player that provides the highest quality sound in the water without the use of ear buds. Neptune uses revolutionary Bone Conduction audio transmission to transmit crystal clear audio through the cheekbone directly into the inner ear.
With 4GB of storage, aquatic athletes can listen to music, audio books, podcasts and more, all with incredible sound. The included charging cable also allows for quick song upload to the device. The 3-piece design has 2 side speakers and a high contrast OLED screen that sits comfortably on the back of the head. The screen shows the song, artist and play status for each use. Neptune attaches securely to Google straps and rests on the cheekbones as to not interfere with swimming technique. (Cost: $159.99)
Train like a professional. Touted as the ultimate electro muscle stimulator, the Compex Wireless Muscle Stimulator helps athletes reach ultimate performance and a better competitive edge. Using electrode placement it helps with training, injury prevention, and recovery and treating pain. Working wirelessly it tracks your progress and specifications by sport and body zone conveniently and available online. (Cost: $1,400.00)
Nike said, “It doesn’t just tell time. The Nike+ SportWatch GPS keeps you motivated and on track with unique features like automatic run-reminders. It’s like having your own personal running coach, right on your wrist.” The sport watch keeps track of your location, pace, distance, laps, and calories burned. It also keeps track of your heart rate – something smartphone apps can’t do. (Cost: $119.00 – $139.99)
By now everyone knows my adoration for anything golden. There’s just something opulent about technology draped in gold that keeps this diva wanting more and more! So you could only imagine my excitement and glee when I discovered that there’s an Alexander Wang Beats By Dre collection in the works – just in time for the holidays. That’s right! Famed designer, Alexander Wang has partnered with Beats By Dre to create a golden luxury audio collection, and that is just music to my ears.
Beats by Dr. Dre has partnered with New York Fashion Designer Alexander Wang to design an exclusive limited-edition collection of custom Beats products that are the most sought after gifts this holiday season. The limited pieces consist of Alexander Wang’s signature pale gold accents and matte black finishes, each with their own embossed glossy stingray case with zipper and clip. The Alexander Wang collection complements the powerful, premium sound from Beats with a luxurious flair.
“The limited edition collection for Beats by Dr. Dre include my favorite headphones and portable speaker, which I personally love to use. For this collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre, it felt right and a natural choice for me to give the Beats Studio headphones, Beats Pill and Urbeats earbuds a clean, minimal look with a luxe sensibility.” – Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang Beats By Dre
Alexander Wang Beats By Dre
Available beginning December 15, the Alexander Wang x Beats by Dr. Dre Collection will include the company’s signature Beats Studio headphones, the Beats Pill portable wireless speaker and the Urbeats earbuds. The collection will be available in a private, one-day event before being offered to the public on December 15. For your chance to buy these limited edition statement pieces
How often are you jamming to music? Is it two hours per day, mornings or evenings? What device are you using? Is it your smartphone, tablet, TV, surround sound system, or your component set (yeah your old)?
Did you know: 92% of African Americans and 94% of Hispanics listen to 60 hours of music each month? (source)
Of those, millennials are overwhelmingly listening to online radio like Pandora, Blog Talk Radio, and Live365. Hmmm, armed with this information, what are the best Christmas gifts for your music lover? Here are our Top 3 picks of gifts for any music lover:
Baby its Cold Outside and I got the hat for you. Echo’s Headphone Hat has built in headphones sewn right into the hat – not to disturb your listening or your warm comforts. Aren’t they cute? No more fussing over tangled wires or your ill-fitting hat disturbing you musical flow.
The perfect gift for music lovers young and old: No cables. No Plugs. No Internet service. No problem. It syncs to your mobile device over Wi-Fi. No computer required. The service let’s you follow friends, curators, critics, and artist. What’s on heavy rotation? The heavy rotation feature works similar to what’s trending on Twitter so you know what people are constantly listening to and talking about. You can create your own playlist, share your music collection.
Wi-Fi – free for 6 months service
Web – Unlimited web streaming for $4.99 a month
Unlimited – Unlimited web and mobile streaming for $9.99 a month (with an option to add family members at 50% per account)
Monster said it is a game changer for the redefined DJ. This digital turn table system and production studio is portable allowing you to produce and record quality audio anywhere, anytime. All the controls a DJ needs – touch screen, beat matching, effects, touch sampler, sequencer, line in, EQ, and recorder.
Are you on #TeamiPhone or know someone that would love an Apple accessory gift? Do you have someone on your gift list that absolutely adores any and everything iOS related? If you or your someone you know are in love with the latest Apple devices then this is the checklist for you. Check out these five gifts that are perfect for the iPhone, iPod and iPad fan in your life today!
5. Stick-N-Find Bluetooth Tracker – Car keys, pet collars, luggage, electronics–and more! The Stick N’ Find Bluetooth® tracker works with an app to locate lost or missing objects. Just stick the trackers to whatever you don’t want to lose and download the free app. From there, you can use Stick-N-Find trackers to monitor the locations of up to 20 objects. ($49.99)
4. iConvert Scanner for iPad – Tame the paperwork jungle in your life by getting a scanner for your iPad® tablet and iPhone® device. iConvert® Scanner captures sharp, detailed images in seconds. Just tap the Save button to save your hard copies as JPEG files to your iPad tablet’s Photos folder. The iConvert Scanner will help you organize—and prevent you from losing—all your important documents. At home, it lets you save family photos, genealogy records, greeting cards, recipes and children’s artwork. ($99.99)
3. Belkin Netcam HD - Belkin NetCam HD from Verizon Wireless lets you see and hear your home in high definition, right on your smartphone or tablet. Not only does the Belkin Net Cam HD allow you to keep tabs on kids or pets from your iPhone or iPad it also alerts you instantly. You can easily configure NetCam to send you an email notification when it detects movement, allowing you to enjoy peace of mind from anywhere. (Rather than staring at your mobile device screen and waiting for your pet to reenter the room, you can simply wait for NetCam to notify you via email.) ($129.99)
2. Parott AR.Drone Quadricopter (Power Edition) - Fly up to 165 feet from your Wi-Fi device and capture video and stills in sharp 720p HD that you can stream live or record to share with friends on YouTube, the AR.Drone community, or other sites with just a tap. Fly indoors or out. For ages 14 and up. The AR.Drone 2.0 quadricopter with on-board Wi-Fi system puts you in control via your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. ($369.99)
1. Crosley iJuke Tabletop Jukebox - A nice addition to a game room, the iJuke™ Premier brings back the simpler times rockin’ around the jukebox, but in a no-fuss tabletop version.Dock and listen to your iPod® and CDs with the jukebox’s dynamic full range stereo speakers. Enjoy the eye-catching neon lighting and stylish wood finish. ($239.99)
Tis the season for compulsive shopping, over-hyper-active sales and opulent online shopping! Last year, consumers spent about 1.5 billion dollars on Cyber Monday, up 16% from 2011. Industry experts predict this season will see even more growth in online purchases. Coupled with the boom in sales is a predicted increase in the amount and severity of online scamming and data theft. Cyber Monday is here and we’ve got the Cyber Monday Ten Commandments to keep you, your data and your wallet safe this season!
10. Thou Shall Use a Secure Connection
Stay away from online shopping at your local Starbucks! (The only shopping that should be done at your local coffee shop should be for? You guessed it – COFFEE!) Any and all online financial transactions take place through a secure, private Wi-Fi connection, as opposed to using the more vulnerable free Wi-Fi in a coffee shop or library.
9. Thou Shall Not Use Your Debit Card
If you have the option to use a credit card vs debit card, use your credit card instead. There are more security protections on your credit card that may not exist while using your debit card.
8. Thou Shall Bring No False Pop-Up Before Me
Those annoying pop-up ads are annoying for a reason. Call it a forewarning from God,or whatever you want – just know that pop-ups are evil. EVIL! Though it may seem obvious, malicious pop-up ads still pose one of the largest threats to web shoppers. Studies have shown that a large amount of consumers will click on the account regardless of its message. Be mindful of what pop-ups say, it could be evidence of a security threat.
7. Shop at Companies You Know
Before you buy from a merchant on Amazon, Etsy or Ebay, check their rating and number of sales. Make sure they have good return policies and clearly posted contact information. If worried, you can always check on a businesses legitimacy through the Better Business Bureau.
6. Thou Shall Check Your Statements Frequently
Hackers will do very low level theft once obtaining your information, charging small amounts to your credit card to avoid detection. Stay on top of your account statements and keep a record of how much you spend and where.
5. Keep Software Up-To-Date
Though many systems automatically update your software as new features become available, it’s important to keep your programs as current as possible. To avoid security holes, update apps and software minimally once a week, as newer versions appear.
4. Thou Shall Install Antivirus and Anti-Spyware software
When shopping, you don’t want others to be able to track what sites you’re visiting and what information you’re entering online.
3. Be Wary of Charity Sites
Though the holidays are frequently the most popular time to make donations to charity, consumers must remember to check the legitimacy of your charity’s website.
2. Thou Shall Ensure Your Site Is Secure
If you are entering your financial information on a webpage, make sure the URL begins with “https” as opposed to “http” or has a lock in your browser’s search bar.
1. Thou Shall Not Use “Weak” Passwords
An essential part of online security in any sense is using strong passwords. This means no birthdays, dog names or variations of “1234″ for any of your accounts.
Keep your Cyber Monday transactions and all of your online holiday shopping safe this season with these Cyber Monday Ten Commandments and you’ll be sure to have a glorious sin-free experience all season long! Happy Shopping!
If you braved the early Black Friday crowds or took in all the shopping action from the comfort of your computer – one thing is for certain, you could find gifts for the entire family at Best Buy or BestBuy.com. Last week, we highlighted just a few of Best Buy’s Black Friday Deals and although many of them have come and gone, you can still find plenty of savings all December long (just in time for the holidays!)
Best Buy is the authority and destination for all your technology and appliance product gifting needs this holiday season. They feature more than 100 products that you can only find at Best Buy (Now that’s how you gift!) Technology is evolving quickly and becoming increasingly complex- Best Buy is here to help make it easy for your to choose the products and services that work best for you.
Phones and Tablets: At Best Buy you can see and try all of the phones, tablets, carriers, plans and accessories under one roof with industry-leading trade-in options.
Gaming: Best Buy is THE destination for gaming this holiday. Not only do they have the latest Xbox and PlayStation consoles, but the hottest game releases and everything else you need for a great gaming experience.
Computing: Best Buy features the best selection, advise, services and support in computing. They help set the market by working with the industry’s tech leaders to develop a highly specialized and innovative assortment of laptops, many of which are only available at Best Buy.
Mobile Accessories: Best Buy has one of the largest selections of accessories and wearables this holiday. Bluetooth speakers, smartwatches, health & fitness gear and headphones will truly rule holiday.
So if you’re still looking to finish your holiday shopping, why not start at Best Buy? If you want to get a jumpstart on after-holiday fitness routine or simply stock up on toys for the kids, you can save 15% off Health & Fitness, Fisher Price and Mattel (click here for instant savings). If mobile accessories is more your thing, stock up on the latest headphones and portable speakers (excludes Beats, Bose and Sony) with this instant 10% off coupon?
The holidays is a great time of year, do yourself a favor and enjoy stress free holiday shopping and discover gifts for the entire family at Best Buy.
Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
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When you walk into a brick and mortar retail store like a Nordstrom, Cabela, or even Family Dollar, you’re being tracked around the store. Not by an over-suspicious security guard, but by the store’s wireless network, using your phone’s Wi-Fi. The store then uses your phone to track you around the store, determine if you’re a repeat visitor, see what departments you visit, and more. Here’s how they do it, and how to stop them.
The New York Times broke the story that a number of retail stores are either experimenting with or actively using technology that uses your phone’s Wi-Fi to track your movements around the store. We’re not talking about location within a few meters either—we’re talking about exact location.
stores tracking customers
Nordstrom, the store that the New York Times focuses on in its piece (although it’s not the only one doing this) installed sensors around some of its stores that would scan for smartphones with Wi-Fi turned on and scanning for networks. The sensors would then make note of the device’s MAC address (an address that’s unique to your phone) and use it to identify and follow the device as it moves about the store. Information about how frequently that MAC address visits the store, which departments it visits when it’s in the store, how long it stays in each department, and how long it stays in the store. Granted, you are not your phone’s MAC address, but if you carry your phone with you all the time, you may as well be. As the NYT explains:
Nordstrom’s experiment is part of a movement by retailers to gather data about in-store shoppers’ behavior and moods, using video surveillance and signals from their cellphones and apps to learn information as varied as their sex, how many minutes they spend in the candy aisle and how long they look at merchandise before buying it.
All sorts of retailers — including national chains, like Family Dollar, Cabela’s and Mothercare, a British company, and specialty stores like Benetton and Warby Parker — are testing these technologies and using them to decide on matters like changing store layouts and offering customized coupons.
This controversy isn’t likely to die down anytime soon, but if all of this cell phone tracking makes you uncomfortable, there’s a simple answer: Turn off Wi-Fi on your phone when you go shopping, or turn your phone off entirely.
If your phone is using mobile data, these systems can’t connect to your device to track it, so turning off Wi-Fi is a good option if you still want to be able to use your phone while you shop. The only surefire way to make sure no one’s tracking you though is to turn off your phone entirely. That doesn’t get you out of video surveillance (which most stores make it clear you’re opting into when you walk in anyway), but it does get you out of these programs if you want out.
Does store surveillance using your smartphone wifi worry you? Would you consider shopping elsewhere if you discovered a store tracking your every move while shopping? Sound off below!
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Top High Tech Beauty Tools For The Holidays
It’s the holiday season and you want to look your best from head to toe. A day at the spa? No need. You can luxuriate at home year round with these award winning new beauty technology finds. From a full body exfoliator and cleanser, eye treatment, and teeth brightener – try these innovative at-home anti-aging beauty aids and add them to your regimen.
Clarisonic Plus Face and Body Sonic Cleansings System
You want your body to be smooth as silk and the Clarisonic Plus Free and Body Sonic Cleansing System has what you need. The Clarisonic is a face and body cleansing system that gently exfoliates to remove oil and dirt on the skin using an oscillating brush that moves at 300 movements per second. Perfect to cleanse pores, remove makeup, and prep skin for topical treatments like moisturizes. Gentle enough to use everyday.
The device includes:
1 Sensitive Brush Head
1 Body Brush Head
1 Sample Size Cleanser
1 Universal Voltage Charging Cradle.
GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device
Want your smile to look its brightest? Drink coffee, tea, or smoke? GLO is your friend. This home whitening system, using a Guided Light Optic (GLO) technology of heat and light that accelerates the whitening process, is cost effective and easy to use and safe. With professional quality whitening, it erases stains from teeth by infusing a blend of vitamins C and E, while using zinc to eliminate bacteria leaving you with fresh breath.
The device includes:
1 Mouthpiece and Case
1 GLO Dock
1 10 G-Vials for 40 Applications
1 GLO Lip Care
NuFace Toning Device
Truly innovative and groundbreaking, NuFace the only hand-held device FDS approved for facial toning and stimulation is a microcurrent technology that lifts and tones facial muscles. Used for years in luxury spas for non-invasive facelifts for celebs is now all yours for home use. This at home system features smart skin sensor and interchangeable attachment for different facial therapies. The device stimulates skin to improve its appearance by gently lifting the skin.
The system includes:
1 NuFace Trinity Device
1 NuFace Trinity Facial Trainer
1 NuFace Gel Primer
1 Charging Cradle and Power Adaptor
1 User Manual and Quick start Guide
High Tech Beauty Tools