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How To Conquer The Holidays With Walmart @FamilyMobile #HolidaysAreCalling #Ad

December 19th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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It’s now down to the wire and you’re trying to figure out if you have what it takes to conquer the holidays, right?  There are still tons of gifts on your shopping list, you still have to cook and decorate and don’t know where to start – that’s where I come in!  I’ve teamed up with Walmart Family Mobile to show you just how to conquer the holidays with your smartphone, a few apps and Walmart Family Mobile!

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When it comes down to putting the power of a smartphone to work for you, you have to know where to begin.  The first stop should be at your neighborhood Walmart store to pick up one of many affordable smartphones from Samsung, LG and more!  With the  lowest priced unlimited plans, the prices are just right for great gifts for anyone in the family (or even a nice upgrade gift for yourself.)

 

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[Must Read:  Save Money On Smartphones This Season With Walmart Family Mobile]

 

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Want to discover how I conquer the holidays with Walmart Family Mobile?  It’s easy!  With just a few of my favorite apps on tap, I’m able to shop on the go (while saving money!), communicate with family across the world and even find inspiration for last minute decor and sweet treat recipes!  Sounds to good to be true?  Check out my video below where I give you all the details you need to know to conquer the holidays of your own!

 

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Thinking about picking up a new smartphone for yourself or well-deserving loved one on your list this year?  Walmart Family Mobile service is $34.88/month for Unlimited Talk, Text, & Web ($29.88 for the second line) and it comes with 5GB of 3G Data. Discover the latest rollbacks available at Walmart:

  • Alcatel One Touch Evolve 2 – $49.88 (was $59.88)
  • ZTE ZMAX – $179.00 (was $199.88)
  • LG L90 – $119.00 (was $179.88)
  • Nokia Lumia 635 – $99.88 (was $129.88)
  • Samsung Galaxy Exhibit – $79.88 (was $99.88)
  • Nokia Lumia 530 – $49.88 (was $69.88)

To add to your holiday savings, Walmart has a special $40 gift card with the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy Avant now thru 12/31.  Click here for more details.

 

With plenty of options to get through your last minute holiday shopping and conquer the holidays, why not save get holiday savvy and save extra holiday cash today with Walmart Family Mobile! Want to learn more?  Check out all the great deals and available devices on rollback at Walmart.com and connect with Walmart Family Mobile online today! Walmart Family Mobile is now on Twitter! Follow @FamilyMobile for up to the minute sales, news and more! #Cbias #shop

Three Holiday Tech Gifts That Can Help Your Kids In The Classroom

December 18th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Toys and games are sure to be on kids’ gift lists this holiday season. Many parents will hope to mix in something practical with all the fun, aiming to give a gift that can help children of any age do their best in school. With technology in common use in classrooms across the country, many parents will shop for laptops, notebooks or other devices that can help facilitate learning.

58% of students use a laptop, notebook or Chromebook for school at lest 2X per week.  

71% of Elementary school students

67% of middle school students

56% of high school students 

Would like to use mobile devices in the classroom more than they do now….

(via 2014 Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey)

With the wide range of learning tasks students tackle daily, it’s important for parents to choose devices with maximum flexibility. Windows is the most commonly used operating system in the workplace and a vast library of educational materials are Windows compatible, so it makes sense for children to learn on Windows 8-enabled devices with Intel inside. Three types of devices stand out for parents looking for computing flexibility:

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Notebooks

Smaller, lighter and more economical than full-sized laptops, today’s notebooks still pack a great deal of computing power in their compact frames. Products like the HP ProBook Notebook PC allow students to perform basic word-processing tasks, access online learning tools, and share notes and assignments with peers and teachers. Durable yet lightweight, their typical small size allows them to fit easily into backpacks and be used in classroom settings without taking up too much space.

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Tablets

With their versatile touchscreen interface, tablets inspire creativity and facilitate collaboration among students and educators. Teachers who use tablets in class are able to personalize lessons to appeal to the learning styles and interests of multiple students, rather than approaching a lesson as one size fits all. For younger students who have not yet mastered a keyboard, touchscreen tablets provide an easy way to accomplish tasks. Styles like the Dell Venue 11 can also feature handwriting recognition, making note-taking fast and easy for older students and helping younger pupils practice handwriting skills.

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2 in 1s

For older students who do more typing, 2 in 1 devices like the Lenovo Yoga or Asus Transformer provide the convenience of a notebook and the flexibility of a tablet. These devices are lightweight with a touchscreen interface, like a tablet, but can be also used like a traditional laptop through a detachable, flippable or rotating keyboard. Having both functionalities within one device facilitates creativity, note-taking and collaboration.

Not sure which of these device types might best suit your student’s needs? Consult with your child’s teacher. In many classrooms across the country, teachers are already using technology in their lessons. Your child’s teacher may be able to advise you on what type of device would best mesh with what he or she is already using in the classroom.

What sort of educational gifts are you looking to buy the kids in your life this season?  Do you  believe that educational tech gifts make the best gifts for kids or are traditional gifts more up your alley?  Share your thoughts below.

The Gifts We All Want! The BIG Holiday Gift Guide Is Here! #BigGiftGuide

December 17th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Can you believe Christmas is just six weeks away!  Have you begun your holiday shopping yet?  If not, don’t worry! The entire Divas And Dorks team has scoured stores and the internet to find the best holiday gifts (so you don’t have to!)  We’ve searched high and low for the best Christmas gifts of the year for practically anyone on your holiday list.  Looking for a nice gift for that special man in your life?  We’ve got you covered!  Not quite sure what to buy for the office exchange?  We’ve got all the gift ideas you’ll ever need this season!

We’ve got our biggest holiday gift guide EVER!  Filled with 12 huge pages of tablets, wearables, smartphones, holiday fashions, beauty and more!

Make sure to log on to DivasandDorks.com, starting Thursday, November 20th - as we’ll unveil the best in unique and stylish gifts for any budget plus a chance to win some of the featured technology, fashion and more from The BIG Holiday Gift Guide below.

 

Page 1. Holiday Tech Guide for Parents

Page 2. Gaming Guide for Kids Of All Ages (GIVEAWAY)

Page 3. Gifts for the Office Holiday/ Gift Exchange Party 

Page 4. Double Duty Tablet gifts That Pack A Productive Punch

Page 5. Watches, Bracelets, Pendants and More – Wearable Gifts For The Entire Family

Page 6. Home Entertainment Gift For The Entire Family  

Page 7. Quirky Holiday Gifts For The Oddball In Your Life

Page 8. Stylish and Tech Savvy:  Gifts for Him

Page 9. Stylish and Tech Savvy:  Gifts for Her

Page 10. Sentimental Gifts Perfect for Grandparents

Page 11. Smartphone gifts for Everyone on Your List (GIVEAWAY)

Page 12. Easily Accessible Last minute gifts under $50

 

Did we mention that you should probably check back everyday?  We’ll be sprinkling in some unbelievable holiday prizes for you to keep (or giveaway) this season (Hint:  Remember Diva Days Of Christmas prizes of yesteryear?  We’re upping the ante and will be bringing you bigger and better prizes unlike anything we’ve ever done before!  You won’t want to miss out!)  Starting Thursday, November 20th make sure you check back daily for your chance to win!

 

Who’s been naughty or nice on your Christmas list?  Need help finding the perfect gift this season?  Tweet us “Hey @DivasandDorks I need your help finding the perfect gift! #BigGiftGuide”  for personalized help finding the right gift this year! 

 

Say Goodbye To #NoFilter – New Instagram Update Adds 5 New Filters You’ll Love

December 16th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Say goodbye to #NoFilter – Instagrammers: You’re getting new filters for the first time in two years.

The company rolled out a massive update to its iOS and Android app Tuesday that adds five new filters and the ability to rearrange how filters appear within the app. Check out what the new Instagram update will bring to a smartphone near you below…

Instagram’s new filters, Crema, Slumber, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua, will now appear first in the filter tray of the updated app. It also made the filter tray itself smarter as the filter choices now display mini previews of what that filter would like if applied to your photo.

 

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Users also now have the ability to reorder the app’s filters or hide the ones they don’t use. Scroll to the end of the filter tray to find the new “Manage” setting, which allows you to quickly personalize how and where your favorite filters appear in the Instagram app.

This is the first time the company has updated its filter set since adding the Mayfair and Willow filter in December 2012 (the app now has 24 total filter options.) Instagram says the new filters were inspired by camera improvements on smartphones and the creativity of its users.

 

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“Photography trends have evolved, and the capabilities of the camera on your phone have vastly improved” the company wrote in a blog post. “We’ve seen tremendous creativity within the community, not only in the moments they share, but in the time spent carefully composing and editing photos and videos to bring out emotions and make them beautiful.”

What do you think about the new Instagram update? Share your thoughts below.

 

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Top Home Entertainment Tech Gifts For The Entire Family

December 16th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Tech gifts are hot this holiday season, and with all the latest gadgets and upgraded electronic devices, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many wish lists include the best in smart devices. As you get your holiday shopping started, check out these great tech gift ideas that will have your friends and family members shouting for joy when they open presents from you.

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* For your viewing pleasure – When it comes to switching from broadcast television to streaming services or having a big screen for the big game, new “smart TV” platforms from LG take the cake (and start as low as $700). With their intuitive interface, these smart TVs can quickly transition from menu to menu and between TV and streaming content from Netflix and hundreds of apps via their wireless Internet connection.

[MUST READ: Upgrade A Home Theatre For The Holidays With Best Buy]

 

* A smart home – There are hundreds of different services and devices that allow a homeowner to digitally control their home while they’re away. For example, you could gift your loved one with the ability to lock the doors, turn off the lights, check the thermometer or even visually see who’s ringing his doorbell – all while he’s sitting at the office, on vacation or running errands.

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* Endless entertainment – From watching videos to streaming services, affordable new Blu-ray Disc players are a great gift to provide your loved ones with the ability to watch all their favorite movies and TV shows. Some players are 3D capable and come with smart TV and built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, giving viewers access to limitless content for the ultimate TV-watching experience. You may want to get one for yourself as well since you’ll also want to be up to date on all the latest shows and movies.

* Wireless wonderland – Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, not to mention laptops, tablets and smartphones, all work with Wi-Fi these days, and the tech enthusiast on your list will appreciate a new wireless modem/router at home. New Energy Star-certified models save energy but don’t sacrifice performance, so streaming video to your smart TV while surfing the Internet on your laptop are a breeze.

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* Surreal surround sound – Soundbars, speakers systems, receivers and amplifiers – there are many elements that go into creating the best surround sound experience. Hot this holiday season are all-in-one home theater systems, that offers powerful supplementary sound and streaming content like Netflix, in a slim package under the TV. If your gift recipient has a partial surround sound system already established, it’s easy to gift them with the missing elements so they can really enjoy their favorite songs and movies.

When your loved ones discover these technology goodies under the tree, you know your gift will be a hit – and used for a long time to come. So get your shopping done early and sit back and enjoy the rest of the season.  What family gifts are you looking forward to gifting this season?  Share your thoughts below!

The One Designer Laptop Accessory Every Girl Needs This Christmas

December 15th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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If you’ve recently purchased a new smartphone, next generation tablet or laptop then chances are – you’re looking for stylish designer accessories that will protect your tech and reflect your sense of style.  I truly believe that a woman’s technology collection is an extension of her personality and I take accessorizing my gadgets very seriously! (LOL)  Did you know that many of your favorite designers are taking their talents to technology? Designers like Kate Spade, Nanette Lepore, Ana Sui and Isaac Mizrahi have a bevy of “techcessories” for every fashionable techie on and off the runway.  Discover one of my favorite designer laptop accessories and see why it’s the designer laptop accessory every girl needs this Christmas below.

 

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I found the CFDA designer collection of accessories at Best Buy and I just couldn’t resist a new Isaac Mizrahi gold trim laptop sleeve for my MacBook Air.  When it comes to durable accessories that can protect my investment (plus add a little style to my closet) – this is it!  Not only is it a chic sleeve but it can also work with practically any look as a stylish oversized clutch bag.  (In the clutch, you better believe I’ll wear this as a cute envelope clutch bag and go!)

 

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Undoubtedly, what I love most about this laptop sleeve is the distinct details.  From the gold trim zipper to the gold zipper handle “I” – everything about this accessory compliments the overall sleek style that any girl wants to have while traveling with her laptop in tow.  Leave the briefcase and big totes behind when you’re carrying this sleeve (I mean, something as chic as this deserves to be out and center, relishing in all the attention that it deserves.)

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Even if color is your thing, the Issac Mizrahi laptop sleeve offers a bevy of floral colors on its interior padded pocket, and also comes in vibrant pink and black with gold polka dots.  All three designs/colors are available for $39.99 and makes the perfect stocking stuffer gift for any stylish girl on your holiday gift list.

 

In addition to stylish laptop sleeves, Isaac Mizrahi, Ana Sui, Kate Spade and Nanette Lepore has a variety of smartphone cases and tablet covers for the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S4/s5, iPad mini and more!  Discover more CFDA Designer smartphone accessories you can only find at Best Buy online and in store and buy it in time for Christmas today!

 

 

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COSIGN – The App That Pays, Is Giving Away Tons Of Prizes This Season #COSIGNholiday

December 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a gift card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

 

Cosign 12 Days of Christmas

 

By now, you’ve heard about the newest mobile app that turns social media content into a shopping experience – COSIGN.  Have you ever shared your favorite shopping find online, and the next thing you know, it’s become your friends newest purchase? If you love shopping and sharing your favorite brands on social media, why not get paid for it! With the new mobile app, COSIGN you can share and tag your stylish picks, when someone buys it from your share – you’ll get paid!

 

[Must Read: Shop, Share And Earn Cash With The COSIGN App]

 

In celebration of the new app that turns your social content into currency.  COSIGN is rewarding consumers in more ways than one! Wouldn’t it be nice to be rewarded for your everyday social activity, simply by sharing the brands that you love. Because, you’re more than a consumer, you’re an influencer. This season, COSIGN is rewarding influencers with ’12 Days of Christmas’ giveaways all-month long!

 

For the first time ever, COSIGN is giving influencers like you a chance to win tons of amazing prizes!  From now until December 24th COSIGN will be revealing the 12 Days of Christmas “Gift of The Day” – Today’s gift reveal is an amazing $100 Giftcard to the must have style subscription box – MODABOX! With MODABOX, you can grow the bottomless closet you’ve always wanted with speciality curated fashion items picked by a stylist to suit your unique style-personality.  From jet-setter to socialite and even moms-on-the-go, MODABOX has you covered! 

 

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Enter to win a $100 MODABOX Gift Card plus the rest of COSIGN’S 12 Days of Christmas giveaways by signing up to become the first to know when the app hits iOS and Google Play stores below! 

 

 

 

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Stay tuned all week long as COSIGN (along with some pretty fabulous bloggers) reveal the remaining ‘COSIGN 12 Days of Christmas’ giveaway items (over $1,000 in prizes).  For more information visit COSIGN.CO to see and shop the latest trends and turn your social media content into commerce. Sign up at cosign.co to be the first to know when the app is available for download for your smartphone today and don’t forget to get social with the new app that pays and connect with COSIGN on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Need WiFi? The Library Lets You Check Out A Hotspot (Like A Book) For Free

December 12th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Long gone are the days of library books and trolling the aisles of your local library for research and entertainment.  Around the country, the old institution is still going strong, but the New York Public Library is standing out by adapting to the changing times and offering a new service; the ability to check out WiFi. According to the Wall Street Journal, beginning later this month, New York City residents will be able to check out wireless Internet hubs at no charge from their local library. Over 10,000 WiFi units will be made available in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn public libraries, thanks in part to a $1 million donation from Google.

Besides growing demand for such services and the need to stay relevant in our digital age, the initiative is part of New York’s most recent attempt to provide everyone in the five boroughs with WiFi. A related project includes turning about 6,000 of NYC’s payphones into WiFi hotspots as well.  For the almost 2.5 million city inhabitants who don’t have Internet at home, this initiative could be a huge boon to those who need access for work, online learning programs or job hunting.  A chance to check our email wherever we go and help out less advantaged folks? This is a program we can totally get behind.

 

What do you think?  Would you utilize a service like this at your local library?  Share your thoughts below!

Personalized Domain.Me URLs Make The Perfect Gift

December 11th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Gifting amazing presents this year doesn’t have to cost you a fortune in fact, some of the best gifts are thoughtful, authentic and won’t cost you a ton of cash at all.  With that in mind I decided to help a friend achieve a dream of owning her own business with a gift that she’d love this year.  Thanks to the good folks at Domain.ME – I had the opportunity to gift a very special friend with the gift of a personalized domain name for branding her business.  These days having an presence online is important and with a personalized .ME site you can easily secure your footprint on the world wide web than ever before.

 

This giving season “ME is about you” – it’s all about offering users a unique url to express yourself and makes the perfect holiday gift!  If you have kids and want to secure a website for them (to use for networking, branding or business in the future) why not Domain.ME? The beauty about the the gift of a Domain.ME URL? No gift wrapping required! (Lol)

 

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Domain.ME sites are growing and becoming pretty popular these days.  Just some of the famous Domain.ME sites include: Despicable.me, Ti.me, FB.me and About.me. In addition to these sites, there are also tons of premium .me sites available and you can buy a .me domain from many of the registrars you know and already use like GoDaddy, Domain.com and more.

 

Looking to gift your friends or family with the power of a Domain.Me URL this season?  Check out Domain.ME online or get social and connect with Domain.ME on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube today.  Want your own piece of Internet real estate? Need an online home for that brilliant blog or budding business idea? Look no further than .Me — the most personal domain name available!

Gaming Guide for Kids Of All Ages (GIVEAWAY) #BigGiftGuide

December 9th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

The holidays is a huge time for reconnecting over games of all kinds.  From video gaming online with friends across the world to playing your favorite board games with family in the comfort of your own home, gaming brings family and friends together like nothing else can.

This season, you can easily find games of all kinds that’s perfect for your family – discover some of my favorite games plus a cool giveaway just in time for the holidays below!

 

 

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS ($39.99)

 

If you’ve ever loved Super Mario Bros, then this is a nostalgic gaming option for you.  Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the first portable entry in the renowned series, in which game worlds collide. Up to four players battle each other locally or online using some of Nintendo’s most well-known and iconic characters across beautifully designed stages inspired by classic portable Nintendo games. It’s a genuine, massive Super Sma sh Bros. experience that’s available to play on the go, anytime, anywhere.

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Disney INFINITY Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 Edition Starter Pack: ($54.99)

Love super actions heroes?  In Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, players use real-world interactive Marvel figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of some of Marvel’s most popular franchises, including The Avengers. In the Play Sets, players will be able to take on the role of more than 20 Marvel characters including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye to battle enemies, complete challenging missions, solve puzzles and ultimately save the world from destruction.

 

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Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4 ($59.99)

For all the adult speed demons (on and off the road) the Grand Theft Auto gaming series is for you!  Grand Theft Auto V comes with Grand Theft Auto Online, the dynamic and ever-evolving Grand Theft Auto universe with online play now for up to 30 players on PlayStation®4. All existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available for the PlayStation®4 with much more to come.

 

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PlayStation TV System Bundle ($99.99)

 

PlayStation®TV, a sleek and compact console with a universe of PlayStation games available for stream, download and play. Packed with a DUALSHOCK®3 controller, an 8GB memory card and a digital voucher of the blockbuster hit The LEGO® Movie Videogame, the PlayStation TV bundle has all you need to join the exciting world of PlayStation. PlayStation TV is an easy way for gamers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy playing games together.  

[Must Read: Sneak Peek: The Hottest Sony PlayStation Games For The Holidays]

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WWE 2K15 for Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Find all the WWE action you know and love on your favorite gaming console this season!  Listen to Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole call the action with the best commentary featured in a WWE game to date, with more than five times the lines recorded than any other year. WWE 2K15 will also feature a custom soundtrack featuring today’s hottest artists, curated by John Cena.  Relive the groundbreaking rivalries of John Cena vs. CM Punk and Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels in a new single player campaign told through your gameplay and historic WWE footage. 

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Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Bundle ($449.99)

For the serious adult gamers this year, the Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Bundle is the only gift at the top of lists everywhere.  Featuring a massive 1TB hard drive and in-game sound effects, the console is emblazoned with Sentinel Task Force iconography. The wireless controller looks like an artifact from the powerful battlegrounds of the future. You get the Digital Edition Personalization Pack, Limited Edition exoskeleton and the Advanced Arsenal, which includes a bullet brass exoskeleton and the EM1 Quantum custom weapon. The bundle also includes the full-game download of the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, plus two custom weapons: the AK-12G Assault Rifle and Crossbow-B2.

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Looking for more holiday gaming gift ideas?  Check out GameStop’s Holiday Hub! It’s the perfect place to find the hottest dealsnewest releasesgreatest gift ideas and so much more! Whether you’re shopping for others or shopping for yourself, GameStop has everything you need to wrap up your holidays in style.  Want to win Game Stop gift cards to make your holiday shopping easier this year?  Enter below for your chance to win one of two $50 Game Stop gift cards today!

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In addition to making great gaming gifts for others, these gifts would make great personal gifts for yourself too!  Are you looking for more smartphone gift ideas this season?  Check back daily as we’ll be sprinkling in some unbelievable holiday prizes for you to keep (or giveaway) this season (Hint:  Remember Diva Days Of Christmas prizes of yesteryear?  We’re upping the ante and will be bringing you bigger and better prizes unlike anything we’ve ever done before!  You won’t want to miss out!)  All December long, make sure you check back daily for your chance to win!

Who’s been naughty or nice on your Christmas list?  Need help finding the perfect gift this season?  Tweet us “Hey @DivasandDorks I need your help finding the perfect gift! #BigGiftGuide”  for personalized help finding the right gift this year! 

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