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Loving The Apple Watch? You Can Win One For You Or Mom Today! (Apple Watch Giveaway)

May 7th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Are you loving the Apple watch yet?  It’s been seen on celebrities and tech enthusiasts everywhere and the reviews are in!  According to the “CrowdFlower Apple Watch Social Data Study,” 55% of Apple Watch consumers (and potential consumers) are loving the new gadget, while 45% have tweeted a less-than-positive response.

To conduct this study, CrowdFlower [www.crowdflower.com] — a data enrichment platform that collects, cleans, and labels big data sets —  analyzed more than** **30,000 individual tweets about the Apple Watch since its launch on April 24.  Other notable findings include:

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WOMEN MORE ENTHUSED THAN MEN

* 64% of women expressed positive feelings toward the new gadget, while men are less enthused at a 53% overall approval rating. (Sentiment about the product has slumped a bit since its official announcement, when almost 74% of women and over 56% of men were excited and intended to purchase it.)

‘VARIETY OF APPS’ IS MOST-LOVED FEATURE

* By far, the most-loved element of the Watch are the variety of apps, which were cited 56% of the time when discussing its positive features.  Specifically, Apple Watch owners tweeted in large numbers that the “health and fitness apps” are very useful and accurate.

How would you like a chance to win an Apple Watch of your own?  We have a special Apple Watch giveaway – just in time for Mother’s Day!

Show mom that you will love her till the end of time with the new smart and stylish #AppleWatch valued at $749!

 

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What you’ll win:  38mm Stainless Steel Case with Soft Pink Modern Buckle

Follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram today and look for the above giveaway graphic all day long and get access to enter the special contest before anyone else!  

 

GOOD LUCK!


*** UPDATED 5/10/15 ***

Winner Announcement

  

Disclosure: This is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Give Mom The Power of Photography With Olloclip 4 in 1 lens

May 7th, 2015 by Christen

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift idea that mom will actually use this year?  Look no further than olloclip from TheGrommet.com.  Smartphones offer better cameras every year. But they still lack one important DSLR feature – interchangeable lenses. olloclip is a set of quality lenses that snaps right onto your smartphone’s camera. Keep them with you in a compact, easy to attach device, and capture amazing shots without your camera bag.

 

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Fully equipped with four additional lenses at moms disposal, there’s no limit to the photos she will capture with olloclip as a gift.  The wide-angle lens doubles the field of view, letting her capture classic architecture or sweeping landscapes. To shoot with even more artistic flair, there’s a fisheye phone camera lens that can curve any large subject into the frame. And when the photographer’s eye spots a tiny wonder like an exquisite flower, switch to the macro lens to focus in on even the tiniest details.

 

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olloclip works for video as well as stills, and can be used with the back- or front-facing cameras (fisheye selfies are wild). Sturdy aluminum construction holds the multi-element lenses in place, maximizing light for priceless photos. Up your creative game with less hassle and expense than a bulky DSLR.

 

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[Must Read: Take Smartphone Photos To Another Level With Olloclip]

 

 

Starting at $70 and available for both Samsung and iPhone smartphones, olloclip makes a great gift for moms, dads and grads this season and is sure to be a gift that they’ll never forget.  Learn more about olloclip and other great gifts by visiting TheGrommet.com today.

About Grommet:  Since 2008, The Grommet has helped more than 2,000 early-stage consumer products to reach new customers. The Grommet’s Discovery Team selects only 3% of all products considered, helping Makers, entrepreneurs, and inventors to reach The Grommet’s 2 million email subscribers, 140,000+ social followers, and more than 6 million monthly page views.

 

 

SEEK Provides Free Summer Engineering Programs For Kids #STEM

May 6th, 2015 by Tech Staff

The National Society of Black Engineers has announced the dates and locations for its 2015 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids program, or SEEK. Founded in 2007, SEEK is the nation’s largest summer engineering program geared toward African American pre-college students.

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SEEK participants engage in team-based, competitive engineering design activities and learn science, technology, engineering and math concepts under the guidance of SEEK mentors: NSBE college student members from across the U.S. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the number of college engineering students and engineering professionals among African Americans, a community starkly underrepresented in this field.

Neville Green, NSBE’s national chair, said in a release that “Increasing the STEM proficiency of black students in grades 4 through 8 is a must for NSBE to achieve its primary goal, which is to produce 10,000 black engineers annually in the U.S. by 2025.” Green is a chemical engineering senior at the City University of New York. “Expansion of SEEK is a major part of our plan to reach that number.”

The program is expanding into four new cities: Birmingham, Alabama; Boston; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Los Angeles.

The summer 2015 SEEK program has been announced as follows:

Current Cities 
Atlanta, Ga. June 8
Birmingham, Ala. June 15
Boston, Mass. July 13
Chicago, Ill. July 6
Denver, Colo. (Site 1) July 13
Denver, Colo. (Site 2) June 15 July 3
Detroit, Mich. July 20
Harrisburg, Pa June 8
Houston, Texas June 8
Jackson, Miss. June 8
Los Angeles, Calif. July 13
New Orleans, La. June 8
Oakland, Calif. June 22
Philadelphia, Pa. July 20
San Diego, Calif. June 29
Thibodaux, La. July 13
Washington, D.C. July 13

More information about SEEK is available at www.nsbe.org/seek. To learn more about NSBE, visit www.nsbe.org.

 

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DIY: Create A Smartphone Tripod From Office Supplies You Already Own

May 1st, 2015 by Tech Staff

With more and more selfie sticks becoming banned by the day, sometimes all you need is a steady surface to make your next smartphone photo great! Unsteady hands are the enemy of good smartphone photos, but you probably have what you need to fix them in the back of your desk drawer. In the video below, The Shortcut offers an easy DIY makeshift smartphone “tripod.” – Check it out!

 

Didn’t think creating a DIY smartphone tripod would be that easy huh?  Now, go forth and create the photos you deserve!  Want more tech DIY ideas?  Let us know what you want to discover below!

Home trends: High Tech Kitchens In High Demand

May 1st, 2015 by Tech Staff

The digital craze has affected virtually every aspect of life, but perhaps nowhere is it more useful than in the home. From keeping your property secure to saving water and energy, digital upgrades can give your house a modern edge that adds convenience, cuts costs and improves resale value.

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Within the home, the kitchen showcases the digital trend more than any other room. Smart appliances simplify tasks for homeowners while adding sleek design to spaces. Homeowners can now control stoves via smartphone and microwaves have the ability to sense when food is warmed just right. Can’t remember if you’re out of milk? A smart refrigerator will tell you via text if you need to make a stop on the way home.

Even seemingly basic aspects of the kitchen are getting futuristic makeovers. No place is this more evident than with faucets. Evolving tremendously over the last decade, faucets today embrace a blend of style and function with high-tech features that impress guests and potential buyers while making your life easier on a daily basis.

In fact, if you’re looking for a manageable first step to transform your current kitchen into a high-tech powerhouse, the faucet is the perfect starting point. Here are some things to consider as you shop for a digital faucet:

 

1. Does the faucet help keep the kitchen healthier (or more hygienic)?
More than just access to water, look for digital faucets with features to help keep the kitchen more hygienic. For example, Did-U-Wave digital faucets from Danze Inc. have a 3-inch infrared sensor for motion-activated functionality – perfect when your hands are full or dirty. Just imagine not having to touch the faucet to wash your hands after handling raw meat or dirty dishes. Eliminating touch means eliminating the spread of germs.

 

2. Does the faucet help save water?
A sensor makes it easy to access water, but what if you forget to turn it off? Especially important for the busy home cook or household with kids, a faucet that shuts off automatically if movement is not sensed is an important feature. While some digital faucets stay on two or more minutes, 60 seconds is the time to fill an average pot, so watch for a faucet that runs more than is necessary. That way you won’t waste water when you or someone else is in a hurry or simply forgets, which not only helps the environment but also helps save money on utilities.

 

3. Do the high tech features make life easier?
A good digital faucet will help make kitchen activity easier so you can maximize your time and minimize stress. Unique features of digital faucets include LED task lighting at the tip of the spray head that provides spot lighting for easy sight no matter what you’re doing, and SnapBack Technology that ensures the head will comfortably snap into place after every use for a tidy kitchen with less effort.

 

4. Is the faucet stylish?
Much like jewelry accentuates an outfit, a faucet is a key focal point of the kitchen. Look for a stylish faucet with advanced features that marries fashion and function. Gooseneck designs in chrome or stainless steel are classic options that match a variety of kitchen aesthetics, so you can have timeless style alongside helpful benefits.

High-tech kitchens are here to stay in American homes. This growing trend adds value while making the heart of the home more useful. Are you looking to upgrade your home soon?  Check out plenty of digital faucets available from BestBuy.com, HomeDepot.com and Lowes.com today.

Three Ways To Use The Apple Watch On Your Next Vacation

April 30th, 2015 by Christen

 

 

The Apple watch has plenty of noteable features, but they don’t mean a thing if they’re not applicable to you and the way you work and play EVERYDAY!  If you’re planning on traveling this summer, why not put Apple’s latest wrist wear to good use!  Discover a few ways I’ll be using my Apple Watch for summer travel and plan to make the most of your Apple Watch on your next vacation below!

Travel by Plane, Train or Automobile:

No matter if you’re checking into your flight, booking your next rail ride or catching an Uber – Apple watch has an app for that!  If you’re a frequent flyer of JetBlue, Delta and British Airways your favorite app has just found a new home on your wrist.   JetBlue gives you access to flight status and related information such as gate, flight and terminal numbers, along with a scannable barcode so you don’t have to pull out paperwork while juggling luggage; it also gives you a travel countdown to make sure you get to the flight on time. Delta and British Airways have also released Watch apps that offer similar functionality.

 

Not a JetBlue, Delta or British Airways customer? No worries – there are alternatives!  Frequent travelers should check out these apps from services like TripAdvisor, which lets you view your trip information, see reviews, ratings and even images of your destination. If you’re more focused specifically on flight info, you’ll want FlightTrack 5, which delivers flight notifications, status, gate changes, as well as flight progress and related information.

 

 

Hotel Check-In:

Whether you’re planning a last minute Hotels.com purchase or if you’re a loyalist to a specified hotel brand, there are some new apps that can help check you in/out with ease and even “unlock” a whole new world while in use.

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Mobile check-in and arrival and departure information is standard for most hotel apps. Some also feature loyalty information, while only Starwood offers wearers the ability to use the Watch as a key to enter rooms at W Hotels, Aloft, and Element properties. Accor will alert wearers that online check-in is open, too.

IHG’s app is all about Dick Tracy-style translation. The hotel has had success with a similar iPhone app, so it ported over certain features to the wrist.

 

 

Working It Out:

Love keeping fit but could use a little extra push to stick to your fitness regimen while on vacation?  If you’re into quick workouts, try the VimoFit 7 Minute Workout app. It guides you through a variety of exercises directly on the Watch. Since the app store is stocked full of great apps, RunKeeper isn’t  the only running app to have a Watch counterpart: ArgusMap My Runand Runtastic have also been updated with Watch support.

 

 

What are you looking forward to discovering first on the Apple Watch device?  How do hope the Apple Watch will improve your life? More productivity, less starring at your smartphone? Share your feelings about how to use the Apple Watch in the comments below!

Save Big Time Cash With #MyDataMyWay From Walmart Family Mobile #Ad

April 29th, 2015 by Christen

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MyDataMyWay #CollectiveBias

 

As a #MyDataMyWay Walmart Family Mobile Ambassador, I get asked tons of questions about my phone, plan and if it really lives up to saving money in my pocket. This $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan includes up to a gig of 4G LTE data and keeps me VERY HAPPY without any surprise charges or inflated monthly bills.

 

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How do you and your family use data? I tend to use #MyDataMyWay by uploading photos on social media and blogging on the go.  During my trips, I tend to use more data simply because there are still many hotels that charge for WiFi and unless it’s free, it ain’t for me!  That’s why now is it the perfect time to switch over to Walmart Family Mobile! The new 4G LTE service makes productivity on the go a breeze!  Whether it’s taking pics of sights in a new city or indulging in a SnapChat overload, using the same data for less money is the biggest benefit of them all!

 

 

Apple iOS users rejoice! There’s even an option for you to make the most of your device with Walmart Family Mobile too!

 

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Walmart Family mobile carries a variety of smartphone devices for you to choose from.  With rollbacks happening every single day, you can upgrade your Apple device with a family mobile starter kit, or choose from the following smartphones from your area Walmart store below:

  • ZTE Zinger – $29.88
  • Nokia Lumia 530 – $49.88 (was $69.88)
  • Nokia 635 – $79.84 (was $129.88)
  • Galaxy Avant – $149.00 (was $199.99)
  • ZTE ZMAX – $179.00 (was $199.88)
  • Alcatel Fierce 2 – $119.00 (was $129.99)
  • Alcatel Evolve 2 – $39.83 (was $59.88)

 

It’s the best smartphones, with the best prices on using the data you want, when you need it!  Why wouldn’t you use the best data plans for your dollars by using Walmart Family Mobile Data plans today!

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! Connect with Walmart Family Mobile on Twitter! Follow @FamilyMobile for up to the minute sales, news and more!

 

The Blingiest Apple Watch Award Goes To…

April 24th, 2015 by Christen

As the Apple Watch officially goes on sale in upmarket stores around the world, Goldgenie’s in-house artisans are busy commencing the customisation of the devices for their pre-ordering clients.

 

From today, the Apple Watches are available to take home from high end retailers in fashion capitals around the world but the stylish smart watches are not yet available to buy in-house from physical Apple stores and instead customers are being pointed to order the devices from Apple’s online stores.  While those who got there first with their pre-orders on April 10th will benefit from shipments from today, many customers will have to wait a few weeks before their Apple Watch is dispatched.

 

Goldgenie had an unprecedented level of pre-orders for designs from their Luxury Customised Apple Watch Spectrum range and due to the company’s established relationships with premium Apple resellers, a limited number of certain models from the Apple Watch range have been reserved for their clients and therefore customisation can begin soon after an order is placed.

 


Goldgenie’s customised Apple Watch Spectrum collection, which stems from their iPhone 6 luxury customisations, ranges from the Apple Watch Elite, embellished in a choice of 24k Gold, Rose Gold or Platinum to the striking 18k Gold Apple Watch Diamond Ecstasy, embedded with hundreds of diamonds and finished with a 1 carat brilliant cut gem in the crown.  Goldgenie’s designers have also created a range of luxury straps in exotic python and crocodile skins and sumptuous calfskin, alongside classic link straps in their signature precious metal finishes.

 


Laban Roomes, CEO and Founder of Goldgenie, received his Apple Watch today and is looking forward to becoming accustomed to this innovative new piece of wearable technology. “I believe the Apple Watch will change the way we see and manage our time.  Time is the greatest luxury and like everything else in our modern times, it has now become customisable and we are excited to be customising this new face of time with our beautiful finishes.”

More Green Living Tech Tips To Celebrate Earth Day All Year Long

April 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

A new national survey reports that approximately one-third (34 percent) of U.S. respondents suffer from ‘green guilt,’ or the feeling that they could and should be doing more to help preserve the environment. 

When you clean your home, do you end up throwing items in the trash? Getting rid of clutter is a natural part of the cleaning process, but did you know that much of what you throw away can likely be recycled? For example, recycling batteries and cellphones has never been easier.

 

Green Living Tech Tips To Celebrate Earth Day

 

Call2Recycle is North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship program – a non-profit that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. In the United States, it focuses on recycling cellphones and rechargeable batteries (such as nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion, small sealed lead acid and nickel zinc).

In 20 years Call2Recycle has collected more than 100 million pounds of batteries and cellphones, diverting these materials from landfills. The organization ensures that these items, which contain valuable resources, are responsibly recycled to create new batteries and other products, preventing potentially hazardous materials from entering the waste stream. Recycling these items is free of charge to consumers.

 

Must Read: 3 Tech Tips To Celebrate Earth Day

So how do you start recycling and making a difference in your community? Here are some tips to help with recycling while cleaning:

 

Ask the question: “Can this be recycled?”
Seems elementary, but simply asking this question is the most crucial step for getting started. It means you’ve made a conscious decision to engage in a more sustainable, safe and responsible lifestyle. Every single person’s effort makes a difference. The number of cellphones and devices powered by rechargeable batteries is skyrocketing. Cellphones and rechargeable batteries may contain metals that can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. Recycling keeps potentially hazardous material from entering the local landfill and recycles them for other uses.

 

Do your homework.
A simple Internet search will help you learn which items are recyclable. For example, Call2Recycle accepts cellphones and rechargeable batteries (weighing up to 11 pounds), including those you find in cordless power tools, laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, MP3 players or iPods, tablets and cordless phones. The general rule with batteries is if it is rechargeable, it is recyclable.

 

Find a collection service or location near you.
Now that you’ve committed to recycling your old stuff, you need to know how and where. For rechargeable batteries and cellphones, Call2Recycle has a network of more than 34,000 collection sites located within 10 miles of 89 percent of consumers across North America. This network includes retail stores in your own community that you may visit regularly, including small businesses and municipalities.

Visit www.call2recycle.org/locator and use the location finder to locate the nearest collection site. For other items, visit 1800recycling.com or Earth911.com for a great list of recycling options.

 

Celebrate and share.
Now that you know how more items around your home can be recycled, share this information with friends and family about how easy it is to recycle. Through recycling you have made your community more sustainable and prevented potentially hazardous materials from entering the waste stream, which is good for people as well as the environment.

First Impressions: iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

April 23rd, 2015 by Christen

iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Let’s get ready to rumble!  I recently got my hand on the Samsung Galaxy S6 (Thanks to the good folks at Verizon Wireless) and I have been excited to check out the uncanny similarities (and differences) between the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6.   As an early android adopter (I was the captain of team Android and even scored a cool trip as an ambassador to the 2012 London Olympics) I’m always curious to see just how competitive Apple and Android devices can be.  (Honestly, this is a healthy competition, that at the end the consumers win!)

We’re all about our smartphones and how they enhance our day-to-day activities, so you know I can’t wait to share my favorite user experiences with both devices, but until then, check out this head-to-head comparison and my first impressions of the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 below.

 

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Displays: Great Meets Greater

  • Galaxy S6 – 5.1-inch QHD flat panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 577 pixels per inch (ppi), Super AMOLED display
  • iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 pixels, 326 ppi, LED-backlit IPS LCD

 

Both screens can get incredibly bright; however, the fact is the Galaxy S6 takes what the iPhone 6 display is good at: brightness, contrast and colours and cranks it up to a whole new level.

 

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Internals:  Let’s Talk Performance

  • Galaxy S6 – Samsung Exynos 7420 – CPU: Quad-core 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz CPUs; GPU: Mali-T760, 3GB RAM
  • iPhone 6 – Apple A8 – CPU: Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone; GPU: PowerVR GX6450, 1GB RAM

 

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Smile For The Camera:  Camera Specs

  • Galaxy S6 – 16 megapixel sensor, F1.9 lens, OIS, autofocus, LED flash – 4k video recording. Front: 5 megapixel sensor, F1.9 lens
  • iPhone 6 – 8 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens, DIS, Focus Pixels, dual-LED flash – 1080p video recording. Front: 1.2 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens

 

The 4k video feature on the Samsung Galaxy S6 is really appealing (especially since I’m trying to step up my YouTube game) But I’ll admit, using my iPhone to film is incredibly easy and has great picture quality as well.  (I think a quality comparison test is in the works soon…)

 

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All About That Bass:  Speaker Comparison

Sounds come through loud and clear with both bottom facing speakers (however, they don’t compare to the HTC front facing speakers).  Don’t expect too much in the bass department though.  If you’re all about that bass, there’s a wide assortment of Bluetooth speakers for that.

 

iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

 

Everyone knows that the iPhone 6 will cost you a pretty penny, but did you know that (without contract) the Galaxy S6 is priced even higher:

  • Galaxy S6: $699 (32GB), $799 (64GB) and $899 (128GB)
  • iPhone 6: $649 (16GB), $749 (64GB) and $849 (128GB)

 

These are just a few of my initial impresions and I can’t wait to follow up and give you more of my thoughts and experiences with both the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 soon!  Do you have an iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6? Share your thoughts! Love it? Hate it? Drop your comments below and let us know!

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