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Tech Talk: SnapChat Shopping, Lyft Ups The Ante and More!

May 24th, 2016 by Christen

What’s new, now and next in technology!  We’ve scoured the web to featuring what’s trending in technology and back by popular demand we’re bringing Tech Talk Tuesdays BACK on Facebook Live!  Discover what’s trending this week below!

 

PROJECT ARA

 

New Ara Android smartphone:  What if you could build the perfect smartphone to suit all your needs?  Google’s new phone wants to create a custom smartphone to suit your unique needs. Google recently announced at their developers conference a smartphone that consumers can build simply by snapping them in place like lego pieces. The Project Ara smartphone has buildable 3-4 speakers, adjustable camera + lenses, additional memory storage, battery storage and even options for glucose reader, car key fobs and more. Developers will be the first to get their hands on it this Fall and it’ll be available for consumers by early next year. Because there’s no perfect smartphone for everyone, but now there’s an option to build the perfect smartphone as unique as you!

 

 

LYFT 24 HOUR

 

 

Lyft vs Uber Car-sharing wars:  Lyft ups the ante on the car sharing rules of engagement testing out a new feature that’ll let you schedule a ride 24hrs in advance. Lyft is currently testing out a feature that’ll allow users to schedule rides 24-hours in advance. It’s already rolled out testing in San Franscisco with possible plans to expand soon. Booking a car ahead of time has previously been the exclusive realm of for-hire vehicle services like black cars and limo companies but soon an upgraded car-sharing expereince will be available to all.

Customers who want to book a Lyft ride up to a day in advance would need to tap the clock icon to set the desired time for pickup. And riders can update or cancel their scheduled ride up to 30 minutes before the requested time.

 

 

SNAPCHAT SHOPPING

 

Social Shopping With SnapChat:  Thinking about heading to the movies this holiday weekend?  If you’re like most millennials on SnapChat 24/7 – the social sharing platform has made it easy to buy tickets this weekend.  The Social media platform SnapChat is making it easier to spend your hard earned coins online.  Now you can buy beauty products and movie tickets using the Discover tab in the app which directs you to Lancome, Target and Fandango online. The new X-Men Apocolypse film opening this weekend is the newest eCommerce giant to jump on board.  Using an algorithm-powered advertising feed, brands are going directly to the consumer using smartphone apps and social media apps consumers are using everyday.

 

 

Customize your Facebook Feed by getting rid of topics you hate with this Facebook hack.  There’s a unique Facebook feature that’ll magically clean your feed of topics you no longer want to see.  Want to Dump Trump or get rid of controversial news? There’s a hack for that. The Facebook Filter Feed works by stripping out info that you don’t want to see, as decided by keywords that YOU pick. Whether it’s one keyword, a few unrelated ones or tons of ‘em, it allows you to control the kinds of posts and statuses you actually care about seeing without having to unfriend or unfollow anyone.

To put the smart tech to work, all you need to do is download the extension, click on the blue funnel icon in your address bar and add as many keywords as you like. Whether it’s politics, rabid sports fans, a TV show you’re totally over or a combination of the three (and more), you’ll be on your way to more interesting updates from the people you love. And because you can change your keywords anytime, you can always choose to bring back the banned posts whenever you like — or ban new ones that crop up with future viral news.

 

 

hgtv smart home

 

Unlock your home with Siri:  How would you like to control your home security with your voice? Bluetooth security locks aren’t new, however the August lock using iPhone’s HomeKit feature enables users to control deadbolt locks, lighting, heating/cooling and more with your voice.  August smart lock and smart home connect has offered smart home technologies for years, however, the newest August smart lock pairs with your Apple ID and smartphone – taking home security to the next level. With Apple HomeKit you can give commands like “Unlock my door” / “Lock My Door” or even ask Siri “Is my door locked?” It’s available now in stores like Amazon/Best Buy or August.com for $229
Smart Home Giveaway:  HGTV has an amazing opportunity for tech-savvy homebodies everywhere! HGTV is giving away a custom tech-infused and fully furnished smart home, 2016 Mercedes Benz and $100k.  The Raleigh, NC Smart Home 2016 giveaway includes a fully furnished 3 floor, 4 bedroom/5-bathroom home with Exercise room, media room and more. Plus they’re giving away at 2016 Mercedes Benz GLC and $100k. Valued $1.2 Million. Enter now until June 2nd – find more details at DivasandDorks.com.

Enter To Win A Fully Furnished Smart Home + Mercedes Benz And $100,000 From HGTV #HGTVSmart

May 19th, 2016 by Christen

How would you like to win a fully designed, super connected smart home?  What if you could win an awesome 2016 Mercedes Benz and $100,000 in cash too?  From bluetooth enabled locks, wireless home security and of course a state of the art home entertainment system – this smart home has it all.

 

 HGTV Smart Home 2016

 

This HGTV Smart Home 2016 with a two-car garage was designed for a family to enjoy, with Southern traditional craftsman style, cottage details and a subtle color palette that creates a memorable welcome.

 

 HGTV Smart Home 2016

 

HGTV and DIY is offering one lucky winner the smart home of their dreams in the Smart Home 2016 giveaway.  Awarded to one lucky winner later this summer, the grand prize includes the home, its furnishings, a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC and $100,000 from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans.

 

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NOW through 5 p.m. ET Thursday, June 2, 2016, viewers can put technology to work for their chance to move into the HGTV Smart Home 2016. Eligible viewers can enter twice per day — once at HGTV.com and once at DIYNetwork.com — for their chance to win the grand prize package valued at more than $1.2 million.

 

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What would you do if you won this amazing  HGTV Smart Home 2016 prize?  Tweet us at @DivasandDorks #HGTVSmart

Make Your Home A Smart Home With These Spring Cleaning Robots Today!

May 16th, 2016 by Christen

I remember when smart cleaning devices were first introduced. It was 2004 and I unwrapped my very first iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner.  With the press of a button, it cascaded over hardwood floors, carpets and rugs cleaning and terrorizing my small yorkie like clockwork.  Fast forward to today, smart cleaning devices are new and improved including wifi, cameras and more.

Check out our favorite spring cleaning robots that’ll upgrade your home tech and take the guess work out of house work below!

 

Samsung Powerbot

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When you need a particular spot cleaned, point the remote’s light beam there and the Samsung Powerbot robot vacuum will follow.  (Buy it here)

 

 

 

Miele RX1 Scout

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The RX1 Scout robotic vacuum features a ceiling camera that maps the entire room to make sure it cleans the entire space flawlessly.  (Buy it here)

 

iRobot Roomba 620

 

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The iRobot Roomba 620 vacuum-cleaning robot automatically adjusts as it goes from carpet to hardwood to tile. (Buy it here)

 

Deebot 3-D Vacuum

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Not only does the Deebot 3-D vacuuming robot empty its own dustbin, it also features a detachable handheld canister vacuum. (Buy it here)

 

 

Neato Botvac

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The Neato Bolvac Connected WiFi enabled robot vacuum can be controlled from a smartphone app. (Buy it here)

 

Bob Sweep

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This Bob Sweep robotic vacuum cleaner and mop handles double the messes in one spring cleaning machine that you’ll want to use all year long.  (Buy it here)

 

I was floored by how amazing these robotic vacuums can upgrade and instantly make your home a smart home.  Why vacuum your home the old fashioned way when a cleaning robot can do it for you?  How would you utilize a smart vacuum in your home?  Sound off in the comments below!

Instagram Debuts A New Makeover – Making Your Photos The Star!

May 11th, 2016 by Tech Staff

It’s official, Instagram is the picturesque window to our lives! Whether you’re stalking your favorite celebrities, scoping out fashion trends or getting your daily giggles from Instafunny pet videos, Instagram is the social app of choice! After years of input, the platform has undergone several changes – most recently allowing users access to multiple accounts and giving us a full minute of video. But the newest feature unveiled today, could be the biggest Instagram makeover yet.

 

 

It’s true! Rumors have been swirling for a while about a black and white interface, and there was even a potential leak, but when we logged into our accounts today, we saw the new look in action. In a blog post, the company shared a new logo, and icons apparently inspired by users. The new simple simplified look, which Instagram says will help allow our photos and videos to be the star of the app, was also user inspired. In their blog, the social media co says, “Our updated look reflects how vibrant and diverse your storytelling has become.” They also released an adorable announcement video that shows the new icons and logo, and how they represent the rainbow of users and images shared within the app.

 

What do you think about the new Instagram interface? Does the new look inspire you to share more of your fabulous photos online?  Sound off in the comments below!

Upgrade Mom With The Best Last Minute Tech Gifts for Mother’s Day

May 5th, 2016 by Tech Staff

 

Where would you be without mom? Mother’s Day is May 8th!  Show her how much you care by upgrading her technology and gadget accessories with major deals from Verizon Wireless!  If your mom love music, style or fitness we’ve got the best last minute gifts that’ll keep you in her good graces, while saving your bank account too!  Discover our favorite tech inspired Mother’s Day Gift ideas below!

 

 

mother's day gift ideas

 

 

For The Music Loving Mama

Powerbeats2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones defy the ordinary with lightweight construction, dual-driver acoustics, premium sound and unmatched performance. Adjustable ear kooks will keep her earphones comfortably in place. (Buy it here)

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For The Keeping It Fit Mom

Is your mom a fitness fanatic? All she has to do is simply clip the Zip Wireless Activity Tracker onto her belt or clothing to track her steps, miles and even calories burned.  (Buy it here)

 

 

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For The Fashion Forward Mom

Is mom a fierce fashionista? The Kate Spade Hardshell Case (iPhone SE,iPhone 6/6s) will protect her device in style. (Buy it here)

 

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Provide your fashion-forward mom with a unique gift that keeps on giving. The Case Loyalty Program from Verizon will provide your mom continuous discounts on future cases, so she’ll always have the perfect case no matter her mood… or outfit!

 

For The Social Butterfly Mom

If your mom loves to get social make sure she stays connected to her friends and family with the ultra-thin mophie power station 3x external battery. This super-lightweight battery pack is compact enough to fit in her purse or a pocket. Equipped with two charging ports, the battery makes it possible for mom to charge two power-hungry devices at once –even when she’s not near an outlet. (Buy it here)

 

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The stylish and discreet Moto 360 2nd Gen for Women is an Android powered smart watch that your mom will want to wear! Help your busy mom check emails, appointments, social media, texts and more without having to constantly grab her phone from her purse. (Buy it here)

 

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What special gift do you have in mind for Mom?  Share your unique Mother’s Day gift ideas in the comments below! Or get social and tweet us at @DivasandDorks!

The Plantronics Voyager 5200 Will Make You Fall In Love With Conference Calls All Over Again

May 2nd, 2016 by Christen

 

Let’s take you back to when you first started in your career.  You were curious, eager and excited to learn everything you could.  Back then, conference calls were a joy.  You had a group of peers, influencers and management available at once to discuss business and what you could do to improve it.  Fast forward to today, you hate conference calls.  As a matter of fact, you could very well loathe them and look for any excuse to find a better use of your time.  There are times where shotty cell service or noisy backgrounds killed your conference call productivity, until now.  From hustling city streets to coffee breaks at your local café, enjoy clear conversations anywhere with Plantronics unique WindSmart technology in the new Voyager 5200.

 

Plantronics Voyager 5200

 

What makes the Plantronics Voyager 5200 stand out from other Bluetooth headsets?  The Voyager 5200 features four-mic noise cancelling and is equipped to cancel disruptive background noise traffic or crowds.  Balanced with six layers of WindSmart technology, it ensures your voice comes through clearly indoors or outdoors.  The technology behind the Voyager truly optimizes HD voice clarity on wideband devices and networks.

 

Plantronics Voyager 5200

 

Once fully charged (which takes about 90 minutes using the included Micro USB connection) it’s power packed to withstand up to seven hours of talk time.  The Voyager 5200 even has Multipoint technology which empowers you stay connected and answer calls on two Bluetooth enabled phones. The enhanced voice alerts announce talk-time, caller ID and more.  The sweat proof nano-coating prevents moisture damage from sweat or rain while in use.  No matter if you’re conducting a call during your commute or in the midst of a sweaty workout, the Voyager 5200 keeps your conversation concise and clear no matter what.

 

Plantronics Voyager 5200

 

The Voyager 5200 even has an optional charging case that provides up to 14 hours of recharging while on the go.

 

Plantronics Voyager 5200

 

There are just some accessories that make your job easier, and personally the Voyager 5200 by Plantronics has made me fall in love with weekly conference calls all over again!  Want to take your multitasking to the next level with a Bluetooth headset that won’t disappoint?  Discover just how the Plantronics Voyager 5200 can work for you and connect with Plantronics online, Facebook and Twitter today!

Are you an avid Bluetooth headset user?  How does your Bluetooth headset  work out for you?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

Turn Your Smartphone Into A 3D Printer INSTANTLY With This!

April 22nd, 2016 by Tech Staff

From custom jewelry to home accessories, you can practically craft ANYTHING with a little creativity and a 3D printer. NOW there’s new technology that’ll make 3D printing accessible and affordable straight from your smartphone! Find out how, below!

 

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Early on, the only way you could access a 3D printer was if you had hundreds to spend, or access to a printing lab.  With advancements in technology, soon everyone will be able to create 3D printed masterpieces…directly from their smartphones!

 

OLO

 

OLO is the world’s first-ever smartphone-powered 3D printer. Here’s how it actually works: Your phone attaches to a small box-shaped printer, you choose a design from either OLO’s library or any other 3D printing app (or your own design from any 3D design software), pour in the resin and, using the light from your smartphone’s screen, print objects! OLO announced 16,329 OLO 3d printers have been backed with over $2.3 million pledged; making OLO the most successful 3D printer campaign in Kickstarter history for the highest number of preordered units.

 

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Not sure what to create?  Use OLO to print your own custom stamps or designs for roller printing. You can print toys for your kids or even your own jewelry. If you and a friend both have OLO devices, you could send a gift that could only be revealed by printing it.

 

OLO

 

The OLO app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows devices. It’s priced for practically everyone too!  OLO is only $99. Whether you’re a 3D-printing pro or beginner, using OLO is a great way to let your creativity soar.  Would you use this smartphone 3D printer?

Apple Introduces New Rose Gold MacBook With Upgrades

April 19th, 2016 by Christen

 

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Slimmer is better according to Apple (and most modeling standards, SIGH.) however, just in time for the summer the new 12” MacBook is is taking thinner and lighter to all new levels. With the introduction of the MacBook in Rose Gold, the new 6th Generation MacBook flaunts faster flash storage and an extra hour of battery life.

 

rose gold apple macbook

 

The power of touch is still the name of the game with the Touch trackpad featured on the new MacBook model.  No port upgrade to report, for a mere $1,299 you still only have one Type-C USB. (But you can multiply port use with the only accessory you need.)

 

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Apple boasts the new Intel HD graphics serve up to 25% graphic performance and the flash storage is significantly faster than previous model.  The base model features 8GB of memory and 256GB of faster flash storage, while upgrading gets you 512GB of storage for $1,599.

 

rose gold apple macbook

 

Ultimately in addition to the new color option, you’re paying for 10 additional hours of battery life.  (The previous model boasts only 9 hours of battery.)  Faster processing is also included with the new model MacBooks making the 6th Generation MacBooks the lightest and fastest MacBooks yet.

 

 

 

Are you a fan of the new Rose Gold hued MacBooks?  Sound off and share your thoughts in the comments below!

Discover The Ultimate Macbook Accessory You Never Knew You Needed! @Satechi

April 19th, 2016 by Christen

 

Every now and then, I like to reward myself for my hard work.  Shortly after returning to my alma mater as a keynote speaker, I finally made the decision to reward myself with a new MacBook Air to take my business to the next level.  Of course, the sales rep suggested that I add a few accessories – including a USB-C multiport adapter.

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While Apple’s external adapter offers additional flexibility to sync/charge my iPhone, utilize a USB port and HDMI port – it didn’t work all the time.  Luckily, I found the only Macbook accessory I didn’t even know I needed – the Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub.

 

Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub

 

The Type-C USB Passthrough is immediately set apart from competitor adapters by sheer looks alone.  The gold aluminum hue perfectly matches my MacBook Air and looks more like an extension of my MacBook rather than an external adapter accessory.

 

Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub

 

One of the biggest features of the MacBook Air was the universal Type C port.  USB-C is a industry standard that allows charging, data transfer, and video—all in one simple connector.  The problem is, I needed to open my MacBook port to support more devices.  With the Satechi Type-C hub, I can convert the Type-C USB port to two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, a micro SD card slot and Type-C charging port.

 

Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub

 

Unleashing the Type-C port makes transferring files, uploading photos and downloading media easier than ever before!  With Apple’s external adapter, using an additional external SD Card/USB adapter to retrieve files from my digital camera.  When that didn’t work, I had to use a USB wire connector – and we all know how cumbersome wires can be.  With the Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub files are easily accessible with one streamline device.

 

Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub

 

Did I mention that I can use any of the four additional ports while still charging my MacBook Air?  Many other Type-C ports don’t come close to what Satechi’s USB Type-C hub provides.  It’s the only MacBook accessory I need!  And now that you know, it’s the ultimate MacBook accessory that you’ll need too.  Available to suit your MacBook in space grey, silver and gold. (Amazon $44.99)

Drivers Could Soon Get Busted Texting While Driving By Police Textalyzer Scanners

April 19th, 2016 by Christen

Are you still texting and driving?  It’s already common knowledge that texting while driving leads to the many fatal car accidents, but there’s now a bill that can arm the police with a textalyzer to catch you texting from behind the wheel.

 

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Some New York state lawmakers, seeking to curb texting while driving, want to force drivers to hand over their phones to police officers after a car crash.

The goal of the bill is to give police a device that plugs into a phone and scans logs to see if a driver was texting or calling during the crash. And if drivers refuse to hand over their phones, they would lose their driver’s license, under the proposed bill — just as suspected drunk drivers are required to submit to breathalyzers.

The bill is called “Evan’s Law” after Evan Lieberman, who died at 19 years old from injuries he suffered during a head-on car crash with another teenager in 2011. State police didn’t charge the other driver, Michael A. Fiddle, with a crime. But Evan’s father, Ben Lieberman, sued Fiddle and discovered that Fiddle had been using his phone at some point during the drive that morning.

While “Evan’s Law” was approved 16-to-2 by the New York Senate’s transportation committee last month, it has yet to be voted on by the entire legislature.

Could the police soon be able to track the next time you text from behind the wheel? Ditch the worries, put your smartphone down and simply don’t text and drive.  #ItCanWait

 

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