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Help Heals: Facebook Adds New Tools For Suicide Prevention

February 26th, 2015 by Tech Staff

How do you comfort a Facebook friend that you fear may harm themselves?  Discover the Facebook suicide prevention tools that can benefit your friends below.  


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Facebook has added new tools to assist users who express suicidal thoughts. In a recent blog post, Facebook announced it has worked with mental health organizations including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Now Matters Now to find the proper way to offer assistance through the social network.

If someone posts something that indicates self harm or suicidal thoughts and it is reported to Facebook, they will be encouraged to speak with a mental health expert at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will be offered tips and support to help work through their issues. Facebook says these methods were created in “conjunction with our clinical and academic partners.”

Facebook is also offering resources to those who flag the troubling posts, giving them the option to call or message the person and giving them access to the suicide hotline for support. These updates will roll out to US users over the next couple of months, and Facebook says it’s working to improve its suicide prevention tools across the globe.


Wonder Women Tech Celebrates Women In Tech and Innovation in LA

February 26th, 2015 by Christen

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Wonder Women Tech will gather women innovators, hackers, visionaries and A-List speakers to explore and engage powerful discussions and programming geared towards women in tech. is proud to be apart of the event which features speakers, panelists, innovators and executives from Microsoft, Adobe, Lyft, Google, Change,org, Live Nation, and many others!

At this year’s three-day conference, attendees from around the world will participate in a Wonder Women Hacks hackathon building mobile apps to benefit women and girls, enjoy a Microsoft Gaming Session, and connect with A-list speakers and panelists to learn about the future of women in tech and innovation and be exposed to educational opportunities in S.T.E.A.M. 

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The conference will host 14 distinguished panels and over 50 speakers, including C-Suite women, business leaders, inventors, investors, best-selling authors and award winning scientists and pioneers. Keynote speakers include Karen Catlin, Former VP of Adobe, Georgia Deinst, head of Solve For X Google, and special guests. 

wwtPanel topics include:

  • Women Supporting Women – Creating a Powerful Ecosystem 
  • Crowd Sourcing – Power of the Crowd 
  • Pioneering Women – Women Who Are Breaking the Glass Ceiling 
  • Women Who Launch – Startup Women 
  • And many more! 


As a speaker, I am a firm believer in opening the dialogue and change for diversity in the field of technology, and I’m super excited to be apart of this innovative conference this weekend and look forward to sharing my experiences with our readers soon!


About Wonder Women Tech: The mission of Wonder Women Tech is to highlight, celebrate, and educate women in tech, S.T.E.A.M and innovation by creating diverse programming, events, and educational resources, fostering women as role models, and providing an ecosystem of women supporting and educating women. Wonder Women Tech is a free conference honoring women as innovators, which will include a Hackathon, a Time Warner Media Challenge, Pioneering Women Exhibit, keynote speakers, panelists, and opportunities for attendees to be exposed to S.T.E.A.M. and educational classes. This weekend of events celebrating women in tech will be co-hosted by the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Controller Ron Galperin, Council member Mike Bonin, the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, and Wonder Women Hacks.

It’s Here: Twitter Finally Launches An Official WordPress Plugin

February 25th, 2015 by Tech Staff

If you’re a blogger, then you know that there are hundreds upon hundreds of Twitter-related plugins for WordPress. Yet, in its 9 years since launch, Twitter has never released an official plugin to make WordPress and Twitter play friendly. Until now.

Here’s what the new Twitter WordPress plugin does out of the box:

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  • Lets you add a one-click sharing button so visitors can tweet out your stuff
  • Lets you more easily embed tweets, and customize the color scheme of embedded tweets to match your site’s look. You can change the link color, border color, and pick from a “light” or “dark” look
  • Automatically builds Twitter Cards when you share stuff to Twitter
  • Helps you add a follow button to your layout
  • Tracks ad conversions if you’re running a Twitter Ad campaign for your wordpress blog

If you’re already happy with your third-party Twitter plugin or custom-built Twitter solutions, this new plugin … might not do very much in terms of new stuff for you. (I mean, your current plugin may even do more.)


One thing it’s lacking, at least at first glance: the ability to embed your Twitter feed, or at least your last few tweets, in your WordPress layout. It’ll do individual tweets, but there’s no mention of feed embedding — and that’s a pretty popular usecase for third-party Twitter plugins.

But this plugin wraps up a lot of the basics in an easy-to-deploy package, and makes it a bit less necessary to hunt through the forest of unofficial plugins just to find one that both currently works and is probably going to keep working in the future.

You can find the official plugin right here. The morning of launch, WordPress is reporting that it already has 158,000 downloads.


New Emojis For Everyone: Meet Apple’s New Diverse Cast Of Characters

February 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

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If you’re one of the millions that’s waited for emojis that look like them – rejoice!  New Apple Emojis are on the way!  According to Apple, the computing giant pledged to increase the diversity in its emoji keyboard last March, after a public outcry over the limited options for people of color. (A petition at collected thousands of signatures. Miley Cyrus even tweeted about it, helping it to go viral on Twitter.)

The current illustrated icons include same-sex couples but no black characters. There is an Asian man wearing a traditional Chinese cap and an Indian man in a turban, but the rest of the emoji population is light-skinned.

Creating a more diverse emoji selection wasn’t as easy as releasing a new iOS update. The keyboard of illustrated icons is based on Unicode, the standard for text, numbers and emojis across all platforms. Emoji originated in Japan and were added to the Unicode Standard in 2010. Apple first included them natively in iOS in 2011.

“Apple supports and cares deeply about diversity, and is working with The Unicode Consortium to update the standard so that it better represents diversity for all of us,” said an Apple spokesperson.

What do you think? Are you ready for a chocolate skinned “thumbs up” or have you fulfilled your diversity need with animated gifs and bitstrips?  Share your thoughts below.



Verizon Celebrates The Potential Of Us With #PotentialOfUs

February 19th, 2015 by Christen

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As a little girl, I never imagined that my love for style and technology would lead me to where I am today.  In celebration of Black History month, Verizon Wireless has kicked off it’s “Potential Of Us” initiative highlighting the accomplishments of diverse digital trailblazers from around the country.  Including the Bronx Academy of Promise – where six students from the Bronx entered the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, they never imagined their hard work and dedication would pay off as much as it did. Discover how they accomplished their life-changing feat and created history Here.  Verizon highlights digital leaders making a difference in communities, not just by celebrating black history but by creating history.



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Verizon Wireless even shows a behind the scenes look at how I created the digitial lifestyle site based off the need for a hub that combined style and technology.  In addition to, Verizon follows me as I mentor  young girls and women to help them get involved with technology from a young age. Check out the story behind and what fuels my passions below.




What’s your passion? Music? Science? Fashion? Sports? Whatever moves you, Verizon can help take it to new heights. Explore more exclusive content and keep coming back for updates showing you how technology can help power all your passions with

#MaxYourTax: Get Tax Ready Faster Using @FamilyMobile 4G LTE Speeds #AD

February 19th, 2015 by Christen

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


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Looking to speed up your tax return this season?  There are tons of ways to file your taxes using mobile apps and online resources.  Don’t let lagging mobile speeds prolong your tax filing and returns, get tax returns faster using 4G LTE.  Walmart Family Mobile’s NEW 4G LTE service and phones are perfect for Tax Time. With Walmart Family Mobile, you can find your favorite smartphones from ZTE, Nokia Samsung and more for less than $100.  And with monthly pricing starting at $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data – you can’t lose!


Walmart Best plans


One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to save more money to enjoy the things I love most.  (This money saving app has help me save hundreds this year.) With a little extra money, now is the perfect time to save more with Walmart Family Mobile. My younger brother and even my grandmother have made the switch to Walmart Family Mobile this season and are using their Samsung and ZTE smartphones with 4G LTE speeds for Tax Time.  Now that my family is saving money with Walmart family mobile monthly pricing and extra disposable income from Tax Time – we plan on making more family memories with road trips and traveling the world.

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Interested in learning more about how Walmart Family Mobile can save you money this tax season?  Discover Walmart Family Mobile service for $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data.  In addition to great savings on monthly talk, text and data plans, save more and discover the latest in rollbacks from Walmart Family Mobile below.

ZTE Zinger – $19.84 (was $39.88) – New price
Nokia Lumia 530 – $49.88 (was $69.88)
Samsung Galaxy Exhibit – $49.84 (was $99.88)


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Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of this posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

‘ve shared my tax time prep with you. I’d love to hear about yours! What are your plans for your tax return? How are you going to make the most out of the money you receive back?

CogniToy Dino Super Computer Powered Tech Toy Is Kid (and Parent) Approved

February 17th, 2015 by Tech Staff

As a parent, what if I told you that you could buy a toy that could learn and grow with your child for years to come?  No more one and done toys and no more wasting money, right?!?  There’s a new Smart Dino Toy from Element Path, unveiled at the NY Toy Fair on Monday, is the first children’s toy to tap into IBM’s powerful Watson cognitive computing system.

CogniToy Dino is actually part of a planned line of cognitive toys. The idea behind them is pretty simple: the child speaks, and CogniToy, which is connected to the Internet (and IBM’s Watson cognitive cloud) listens and then responds. According to Elemental Path, the toy can learn a child’s personality traits and preferences, like favorite color, and then deliver age-appropriate content for their interactions.

Children are shown asking CogniToy questions and it responds, to the children’s delight, without hesitation. The toy dinosaur will be able to tell jokes and quiz the kids on simple math. It should also be able to change and grow – intellectually, that is — over time.  The company also plans on providing parents with a cloud-based console, on their smart devices, where they can track their child’s progress with the chatty little dinosaur. It will even show them the questions children asked CogniToy.



Elemental Path hoped to raise $50,000 with its Kickstarter campaign and deliver CogniToys ($89 for early birds) by November. It has already succeeded it’s goal and has reached $65K and its an ambitious plan for a toy idea that could be considered revolutionary or as Elemental Path Co-Founder JP Benni says in the video, “We’re either really onto something or just absolutely crazy.”  Discover more by checking out the the CogniToy Dino Kickstarer page here.



5 Last Minute Apps To Save Your Valentine’s Day Weekend

February 13th, 2015 by Tech Staff

It’s the day before Valentine’s day and guess what?  You still haven’t bought flowers, champagne or chocolates for the love of your life…lucky for you, there’s an app for that!  Discover five last minute apps that you need in your arsenal to save your Valentine’s Day weekend below! (Thank us later!)

Postmates: Calling all procrastinators: Meet your Valentine’s Day lifesaver, Postmates. Dubbed the “Uber of packages,” you name it, and it’s delivered in under an hour. Whether it’s flowers for your sweetie, a latte to brighten their day or dinner for two from your fave restaurant, you can take your pick from any restaurant or store in your city, whether they offer delivery or not. (iOS / Android)

Minibar: What’s a celebration without a little bubbly? Minibar is here to lift your spirits by delivering the goods: wine, liquor, beer, mixers and more. With a few taps on your phone and a brief 30-60 minute wait, Minibar will be at your door. It’s available in major cities across the U.S. and delivery is free. (iOS / Android)



Reserve: Things are about to get personal when it comes to dining out. Thanks to Reserve, you can reserve your table and pay your bill (tip included!) without ever pulling out your wallet. Why not reserve time with your main squeeze and not worry about the little things? (iOS / Android)

MeUndies: Step up your his-and-her underwear game this V-Day with a brand-new pair of undies delivered right to your door.

Mouth: Valentine’s Day Tasty Treats: Why make your lovebird’s heart flutter when you can make their mouth water with indie food and booze from Mouth? Get small-batch food and drinks, made by real people, delivered right to your door. With so many tasty gifts to choose from, we suggest you start with the Valentine’s Day XO Tasters and Love Potion #9.

Red, White And Boo: Valentine’s Day Inspired Tech For The Loves On Your List

February 12th, 2015 by Christen

Looking for a few ways to woo your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day?  Nothing says “I Love You” like a shiny new piece of technology!  No seriously, Nearly 97% of consumers will use tech to find the right gift for their loved ones and since getting the latest technology is pretty high on everyone’s list – why not get Valentine’s Day inspired tech gifts for the loves on your list.  From light and compact computers to hot red smartphones and speakers – I’ve gathered just a few of my favorite gadgets that any guy or girl would love as Valentine’s Day gift below!



Dell XPS 13 ($799)
The XPS 13 isn’t just the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet, it also has the world’s first virtually borderless infinity display with optional touch. The virtually borderless infinity display cleverly fits a 13-inch display into the size of an 11-inch laptop. Compared to the Apple® MacBook Air 13, the XPS 13 is 23% smaller with the same size screen.  It’s lightweight, stylish and the perfect gift for the guy or girl on the go!


Sony Smart Watch 3

Sony SmartWatch 3 ($249)
The first Sony smartwatch powered by Android Wear, the SmartWatch 3 provides useful information at a glance and also responds to voice command. Personalize your SmartWatch 3 with hundreds of apps based on your interests, and for the fitness enthusiast, take advantage of the built-in accelerometer and the only smartwatch with untethered GPS functionality, so you can leave your phone or tablet behind while you track your run. The Sony SmartWatch is perfect for fitness buffs or the gadget geek in your life.



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Ultra Portable Bluetooth Speaker SRS-X3 ($119)
Spice up any moment with full, portable sound. Easily connect your compatible Bluetooth devices using NFC and wirelessly stream rich sound or hands-free calls. It also plays for up to 7 hours of battery life.  Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal, but this stylish and long-lasting speaker is the perfect accessory for the audiophile in your life.



Sol Republic Tracks Air

Sol Republic Tracks Air ($199)
Tracks Air are SOL REPUBLIC’s first wireless Bluetooth headphones to push the limits, and rival the sound of wired headphones with the freedom to move. Tracks Air comes with a 100-Day Money Back Guarantee, so you can go from 0 to 100% Wireless with nothing to hold you back.  Available in a variety of colors include black and red, these headphones are perfect music lovers to enjoy their favorite sounds on the go without interruptions.




Sony Cam
Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 ($249)
The Action Cam Mini makes shooting video more fun, with a lightweight (it’s less than a pound!), splashproof body and superior sound. Gear up with Action Cam Mini and make the most out of your movie-making adventures.  Film your favorite home movies from anywhere with this action cam – it’s the perfect gift for the adventurous guy or girl in your life!



Droid Turbo

Verizon Droid By Motorola Turbo ($199)
Rise to the moment with Droid Turbo by Motorola. Get a turbo processor with 2.7 GHz speed. Keep going all day and night with Turbo charging and up to 48-hour battery life*. See every detail with the 5.2-inch Quad HD display and 21-megapixel camera. With Metallized Glass Fiber, it s as strong as it is quick. Only on Verizon. The Droid Turbo comes in 32GB and is available in Metallic Red or Metallic Black.



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Sony SmartBand Talk ($169)
Let SmartBand Talk tell you how you live and move. It detects when you have been running and walking. You can view your daily progress in the SmartBandTalk E Ink display and take calls hands-free. This stylish smart band is a gift that any fitness buff would love – or buy one for you and the loved one on your list and get fit together.



Skip the roses and fancy meals this year, if you’re still looking for more Valentine’s day gift ideas or want to drop a hint to your Valentine (or share your tech gift ideas) leave us a note in the comment section below!

Spread The Love Through Technology This Valentine’s Day [Infographic]

February 12th, 2015 by Tech Staff

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Looking for love in all the wrong places? Why not let technology do the work for you! Nearly 97% of consumers will use tech to find the right gift for their loved ones.  Technology is more important to our love lives than many of us think!  Recently, Verizon conducted a study that explored how our use of technology affects how we celebrate on the biggest holidays of the year – Valentine’s Day!  According to the survey, more than half of those surveyed communicate via technology on Valentine’s Day and the majority of folks (79%) will send some form of electronic wish rather than the old-fashioned paper card – I know, kind of sad.

And when it comes to romancing your Valentine, technology puts it all at our fingertips. In fact, this year on Valentine’s Day, 82% of those surveyed are likely to get a restaurant recommendation or make a restaurant reservation using their electronic device and 97% are likely to use their electronic device to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. But what will they purchase? A whopping 80% are likely to surprise their loved ones with some form of technology this year.

Discover more details and let us know how you’ll show someone you love them using technology in the comments section below!


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