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Would You Buy The New Apple iWatch? It Could Cost You A Pretty Penny!

September 2nd, 2014 by Tech Staff

Consumers are becoming anxious, you can now get the latest iPhone for pennies and the rumors on the new iWatch is well on its way to become a hot wearable commodity.  One more rumor for the Apple device pile: Re/code’s sources say the company is planning a $400 starting price for its iWatch.  Consumers might find that hard to swallow. Smartwatches from the competition, Google and Samsung, retail for $200 to $300.

 

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But Apple aiming for premium buyers shouldn’t be much of a surprise, says Digital Trends. It makes sense for the company to shoot for “that same high-end bracket where it has found so much success with its phones, tablets and computers.”  And for some fun perspective, high-end consumer electronics still have nothing on actual high-end watches. Your average Patek Philippe fetches well north of $20,000 at auction.

Anyway, an iWatch would be Apple’s first launch in a new product category since Steve Jobs debuted the iPad in 2010.  Some blogs are floating the suggestion Apple is using that $400 price point to gauge market reaction ahead of time. Or it could be a straight up feint, says SlashGear, “intended to lead to surprise when Apple actually announces a considerably lower price.”

One thing we do know for sure is that’s not exactly Apple’s style, especially for new product categories. The 1st gen iPhone went for $599. The iPad was $499.  Apple is expected to put an end to this speculation with an official announcement during its September 9 event. Industry watchers predict the iWatch — if it exists — will go up for sale sometime in 2015.

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The Mosaic App Will Capture Your Favorite End Of Summer Moments To Share Forever

August 29th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Are you looking forward to capturing amazing moments this holiday weekend?  Why not capture moments to share forever with your personalized Mosaic photo album?

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How does the Mosaic app work? It lets you gather up pictures from a vacation, party, barbecue, or other life event, and easily make a coffee table book of photos at a reasonable price. Once ordered, the finished product arrives in four days.

The app is incredibly easy to use. You simply touch a button that says Create a New Mosaic, then choose your Camera Roll, Photo Stream, or any other shared folder of photos. From there you need to select 20 photos — preferably from an event so all the photos fit a theme. As you select photos, a window opens up on the bottom that shows you your selections. If you would like to reorder the images, just touch and hold them as you would apps on the home screen, then touch and slide each photo into the order you want.

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When you’re finished, the app presents you with a preview of your photo book, with a cut-out front cover that shows your photos in a mosaic on the first page. There’s a shuffle button at the top that will change the position of your selected photos on the mosaic. Using swipe gestures, you can flip through the book to look at each image the way it will show up in your hard copy. You have just one customization option here: you can select a black or white background for your photos.

When you’re satisfied with the photo order and background, you can touch a Place Order button and enter your information, address where you would like the book sent, and payment information. The service costs $20 plus tax and shipping and will arrive in four days. You’ll also receive push notifications for order status changes, such as when it is shipped and out for delivery.

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I was able to order one and I like the end result. The book itself is made of a hard cardboard cover that feels substantial and the end result makes for an excellent gift or addition to your coffee table. Mosaic is a neat idea and I think the service is well worth the $20 for a simple way to make a quick and elegant photo book.  Available for iPhone or Android devices today.  For more information visit heymosaic.com

Is NFC Technology Coming To The iPhone 6 Next Month

August 28th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If you’re an iPhone-only user, then you haven’t experienced the joy and convienece of NFC mobile payment on the go.  (Check out how easy it is to use ISIS Mobile Wallet NFC mobile payment app HERE.)  According to reports everywhere, the latest iPhone device slated for release next month, could bring NFC technology to consumers everywhere.  Don’t know what an NFC iPhone could mean to you?  Discover how NFC technology enabled iPhones could make a huge difference in using smartphones today as we know it below.

 

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Platforms like Google Wallet, Isis, and Square have been around for years, while Apple has remained curiously silent on the mobile payments front. Well not anymore.  The company’s next iPhone will feature its own payment platform, sources familiar with the matter told WIRED. In fact, that platform will be one of the hallmark features of the device when it’s unveiled on September 9. We’re told the solution will involve NFC.

Apple is in the perfect position to launch its own mobile wallet. The Cupertino company has a vast trove of credit cards already on file thanks to iTunes (over 800 million, in fact), and a huge pool of potential users, thanks to the millions of iOS devices out there. And mounting evidence has indicated that the company is investing in such an endeavor.

Regardless of the technology Apple ends up using, if the report is right, the company’s mobile payment platform will make a big splash come September 9th, when Apple will likely introduce the new iPhone or phones.   I love NFC and all but I’m still waiting for my iPhone to have double-duty as a remote control too!  This iPhone 6 better have all the features of the Samsung S5 or else! (LOL)  

 

 Are you looking forward to using NFC technology in your next iPhone?  What features are you hoping the new iPhone 6 will bring to the market?

 

Best Dating Apps To Get You Ready (and Drafted) For Cuffing Season

August 27th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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It’s a little known fact, but “Cuffing Season” is almost here. What is “Cuffing Season” you ask? Everyone knows what cuffing season is (that is, unless you’re apart of the AARP community or married…and even some married people are well aware of the cuffing season to come.)  If you’re in the market and ready to date, then you know cuffing Season is that seasonal time of the year where singles (or newly singles) seek companionship for the cold winter months.  Or according to UrbanDictionary.com cuffing season is defined as…

 

1.  Cuffing Season:  During the Fall and Winter months people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be “Cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.

 

Did you know there’s even a cuffing season schedule?  If you snooze, you loose!  We’re well into pre-draft workouts and you haven’t even prepared yourself yet.  Check out the full “cuffing season” schedule and get yourself prepped to get into the dating game. (check out this funny meme floating around the internet below.)

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So how does one get “cuffed”?  After sharing a comical conversation with my girlfriends, we’ve comprised a list of the best dating apps to get you trained and ready for a season of love below.

 

 

 

Coffee Meets Bagel appCoffee Meets Bagel (Free)

Coffee Meets Bagel takes a different approach to online dating. Instead of offering up a buffet of potential matches, CMB simply offers one person each day. You can either “like” or “ignore”, but if both parties like each other they’re routed to use the IM system within the app, meaning that users can get their chat on and coordinate meeting up for coffee, bagels or more.  Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).

 

Meld Dating AppMELD (Free)

MELD App is a dating mobile app designed exquisitely for the black professional. It aims to connect and to bring together sophisticated single black professionals on one platform for romantic discovery.  MELD is different from other apps because it requires users to sign up via both LinkedIn and Facebook. MELD never shares or posts anything on its users’ profiles. The combination of both LinkedIn and Facebook enhances the quality of profiles and adds an increased layer of trust. MELD is targeting people who are interested in the finer things in life, beyond just hook-ups.  Available on iOS (iTunes store).

 

 

tinder-mobile-app-logoTINDER (Free)

Tinder is the fun way to connect with new and interesting people around you. Using Facebook profiles, Tinder gathers users’ basic information and analyzes users’ social graph to match potential candidates who are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends and common interests. Based on the results of potential candidates, the app allows the user to anonymously like or pass them by swiping or tapping. If two users like each other then it results in a “match” and Tinder introduces the two users and opens a chat.  Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).

 

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Singles on the POF free online dating app exchange more than 200 million messages a week, that’s more than all other dating apps combined! With over 80 million singles, the POF free online dating app is the world’s largest dating app!  Unlike other paid online dating apps like Match.com and Zoosk, POF will help you find your match for free as part of the world’s largest dating app. Over 60,000 new singles join every day, 3,000,000 dates happen every month and 1,000,000+ relationships happen every year!  Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).

 

 

Have you friend any of these apps lately?  Are you looking to get cuffed this season?  Share your thoughts (or favorite dating apps) below.

 

Get Freebies For Making Healthier Choices With Walgreens Balance Rewards #BalanceRewards

August 25th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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

 

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There’s nothing quite like getting the push you need from the universe to spark a jolt in a mundane fitness routine (or lack thereof).  After interviewing Jillian Michaels last week, that was the initial push I needed to get started making healthier choices that’ll last a lifetime.  Everyone knows that the Walgreens Balance Rewards program helps you earn bonus points redeemable towards purchases, but with the latest upgrade, it’s helping users take better strides towards healthier living a step further.  This past weekend, I jumped in head first on a fitness journey towards a healthier lifestyle.  Armed with my Jawbone Up, Walgreens app and Balance Rewards for healthy choices, I’m well on my way to earning bonus points and freebies just by making small steps towards and better choices for a healthier life.

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BRforHealthyChoices_BR_LandingPage_87x115So what is Balance Rewards for healthy choices?

It is one of the many benefits of Balance Rewards that gives you points for staying well whether you track walking, running, cycling, weight management, blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse oxygen or even sleep. Earn 20 points for each mile, 20 points when you add a weigh-in, and 20 points for blood pressure or blood glucose readings at Walgreens.com/healthychoices.  You can log your personal wellness goals, track progress, earn badges and connect with the Balance Rewards community to stay motivated. You can also sync with leading fitness and health devices & apps to track activity and earn points automatically! (Discover which fitness devices and apps are available here.)

 

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Recently, I’ve already begun making strides towards healthier living with a few alterations to my daily lifestyle…

Taking the scenic route and walking a little more.  Just by getting off the subway, one stop early everyday can earn you a few hundred walking steps towards your weekly goal.  By taking a few extra steps each day, I’m earning an additional 1,547 steps  towards my 10,000-step daily goal (and earning 250 Balance Rewards towards my redeemable cash coupon on my next Walgreens purchase.)

Drinking more water during lunch and between meals.  I’ve never been a huge fan of drinking water, however now I have just a little more incentive besides the natural benefits that drinking more water brings.  Drinking more glasses of water throughout the day and in between meals also adds more bonus Balance Rewards points, points that can be used on a nice water filter or your next bottle of Smart Water.

Joining in fun activities like running and yoga.  This past weekend, I checked out my neighborhood fitness track and joined a fitness group dedicated to walking, group exercises and making fitness fun again.  Afterwards, I was so pumped up that I even wandered into a Yoga class for the first time…and guess what?  My Yoga activity (no matter how bad my downward dog looked) counted towards more Balance Reward points.

 

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Balance Rewards for healthy choices feature helps keep you accountable and makes living a life of healthier choices easy by setting health goals, tracking progress, and connecting your devices. Why not register and start tracking your healthier lifestyle progress today!

 

Now that you know, just by improving your activity a little each week, you can earn Balance Rewards points to use towards your next Walgreens purchase –  What would you use your earned Balance Rewards points towards?

 

How Secure Is Your Laptop? The Results May Surprise You. #AbsoluteUncovered

August 22nd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Disclosure: The #AbsoluteUncovered series partnership with Absolute LoJack includes a complimentary subscription and other compensation consideration. All opinions and experiences shared are my own. 

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By now, we all know that smartphone and small gadget theft has become an epidemic – but did you know that your laptop is just as vulnerable?  Do you know what to do the moment you realize your laptop is stolen?  Losing your laptop is easier than you think, it’s so easy to fall into a senseless trap and mark yourself as the perfect target for theft.   August is ‘Device Theft Awareness Month’ and Absolute LoJack wants you to be informed and prepared for the unimaginable.   Just by avoiding theft snares with these preventative tips below, you can improve your chances of loosing your device or having it stolen in the first place.
Never leave your laptop unattended in public places.  It’s so easy to assume that everyone in the public will have your back and watch your things while you’re away to the bathroom or counter for coffee, but why risk it?

Beware of where you sit. If you must take your laptop with you to the coffee shop, don’t sit by the door where it’s easy for someone to snatch it and run. Don’t even leave it on the table when you go to pick up your $10 coffee!

Leave it in the car? Where? Not in plain sight and, if you put it in the trunk (still a risk), don’t let anyone see you, be discreet.

Going on vacation or business trip? Whatever you do, don’t check your laptop in your luggage. Not everyone is interested in protecting your property; even employees of the airport/airlines and TSA have been arrested for thefts of passenger’s property.

Plan on using that device on the plane? Don’t EVER put it in the pocket behind the seat: number one place laptops are lost on planes. They tend to fall down into the pocket and, after listening to the endless chatter of your neighbor, you forget you even put it there.

 

You may not have fallen victim those mistakes, but do you still think your laptop is safe?  Take the How Secure Is Your Laptop Quiz and learn your results today.

 

In case your laptop is stolen, there’s a peace of mind that’s waiting for you, but you have to act now.  Absolute LoJack is the only tool with dedicated investigation team dedicated to not only recovering your device but also working with local law enforcement to bring down the criminal(s) behind the theft.  Find my iPhone definitely doesn’t have that kind of team behind them.  LoJack for laptops ensures an effective plan to recover your lost or stolen computer.  If your device was lost or stolen, wouldn’t you want to have a team of professionals working hard for you?  I know I would… and I do!

With Absolute Data Protect, you’re able to determine the location of your missing device, lock thieves out of your machine and permanently erase files protecting your information and preventing identity theft.

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About Absolute LoJack for laptops:  Absolute LoJack uses advanced patented technology to keep your data secure and recover your device if it’s stolen.  Absolute LoJack’s theft recovery software for laptops, smartphones and tablets can withstand a factory reset, installation of a new OS, even a complete hard drive replacement. In every instance, the software rebuilds itself and provides a constant link between owner and machine. Couple that with the highly skilled Investigations team and you’ve got the best chance at getting back your stolen smartphone, laptop or tablet.

For more insightful device theft prevention info and tips, follow hashtag #AbsoluteUncovered on Facebook and Twitter today.

 

OtterBox Introduces Alpha Glass Fortified Glass Screen Protectors

August 22nd, 2014 by Christen Rochon
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When it comes to screen protection, smartphone users must choose between a scratch protector that covers the screen with a foggy, bubble-filled film or opting for a naked, scratched touch screen. These flawed options are made obsolete with OtterBox®Alpha Glass, the toughest screen protector yet, boasting flawless clarity, reactive touch, anti-shatter glass and precision application.

From the No. 1-selling case brand for smartphones in the U.S., OtterBox Alpha Glass offers a pure touch screen experience with maximum protection against scratches and impact.* Alpha Glass is quick and simple to install, does not affect display clarity and is available now for Apple® iPhone® 5/5s, iPhone 5c and Samsung® GALAXY S® 5.

“Alpha Glass was designed for smartphone users who want a truer touch screen experience with the benefits of protection from scratches and drop,” said OtterBox CEO Brian Thomas. “The unique properties of our shatterproof glass bring a completely new experience to our customers. Alpha Glass is so clear and smooth, most people will forget they even have a screen protector on. The tactile experience is second to none, with no ‘sticky’ or ‘tacky’ texture.”

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Installing the GALAXY S 5 and iPhone 5/5s/5c glass screen protector is simple. Lightly coat the glass with the provided alcohol wipe, clean the display with the included microfiber cleaning cloth to remove fingerprints and dust, and align the screen protector with the Alpha Glass application card. Gentle pressure safely secures the screen protector and pushes out any air for bubble-free coverage. Alpha Glass can be easily removed at any time with no leftover residue.

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Alpha Glass can be used as a standalone screen protector or be combined with premium protective cases from OtterBox for a complete solution. Compatible versions of Alpha Glass are available for Commuter Series®, Commuter Series Wallet, Symmetry Series and Resurgence Power Case.

For more information on Alpha Glass, visit otterbox.com.

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Charge Your Device On The Go With The QBracelet Portable Charger

August 21st, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Running about town and need to charge your device on the go?  The QBracelet looks like a stylish piece of wrist candy, but is in fact a portable charger capable of delivering juice to your iPhone or Android device.  

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New startup Q Designs seeks to help solve a problem that many people have: we sometimes need to power our mobile electronic devices, but we don’t want to carry external battery packs or bulky charging cases. Q Designs’ solution, the QBracelet, looks like an ordinary bracelet, but it is actually a high-tech charger that can juice up your electronic device discreetly.

The QBracelet will work with iOS and Android devices at launch. No cord is needed, since inside the bracelet’s clasp there is a lightning adapter for Apple products and a micro-USB port for Android devices. Depending on the device being charged, Q Designs, the company behind the QBracelet, claims that the bracelet’s internal lithium-ion battery will deliver a charge of up to 60%. The bracelet itself takes up to 90 minutes to charge and will last for about 30 days in standby mode. 

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The QBracelet has the fashionable look and feel of a jewelry piece before anything else – even if it didn’t charge your phone, it stands as a fashion accessory based on its style and design alone. We conceptualized the QBracelet based on the idea that every useful object should also be a beautiful object, and we believe that merging technology with fashion in smart ways will push the fashion industry forward.  —  Q Designs co-founder and COO Alessandro Libani

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Offered in black, silver and gold, the water-resistant device comes in three sizes: small (1.23 ounces), medium (1.41 ounces) and large (1.59 ounces). Today the QBracelet is available for pre-order for $79. (Pre-Order HERE) It will retail for $99 once it launches. Pre-orders will ship in time for the winter holidays.

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The Ignore No More! App Is The Best Back To School App… For Parents!

August 21st, 2014 by Christen Rochon

ignore no moreHey parents!  Back to school apps aren’t just for the kids.  The Ignore No More! app is designed to block children from using their phones for anything except calling their parents.  Never get another ignored phone call from your kids again!

Parents who are fed up with their kids ignoring phone call after phone call now have a new ally. The Ignore No More! app is designed to block children from using their phones for anything except calling their parents or an emergency responder.  Developed by Mountaineer Technology Ventures, a Texas-based technology firm, Ignore No More! claims to force kids to return Mom or Dad’s calls by letting the parent activate a lock on their phone. The function also prevents the child from texting or accessing the Internet until the parent deactivates the lock.

Only one master device is needed to control an entire household of phones but more can be added if desired. Once the parent sets up the app, he or she can register as many kid accounts as deemed necessary. The parent is then able to manipulate the child’s device remotely, listing certain phone numbers on the emergency contact list, such as a mother’s cell phone or 911.

 

Should the child attempt to disable the block on his or her phone, a notification is sent to the parents’ phones.

The app is available for download on Google Play and is only compatible with Samsung, Nexus, HTC and LG phones. The company hasn’t said whether the app will come to iOS in the future.

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Meet Weave: It’s The Tinder For Business Networking

August 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

unnamedHave you ever been in a crowded cocktail reception and wish that you knew the who’s who in the room?  With Weave’s new business app, you’ll be able to easily network with people just like you.  Weave is the easiest way to professionally network. Just flip through other people that are also open to networking nearby. If they also want to meet you, Weave will connect you both.  

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This is perfect for the introverts who need just a little push in the right direction when networking with strangers.

Similar to Tinder, Weave shows you professionals near you that you might want to know. You can anonymously like or pass on them.  If they also want to meet you, Weave makes an introduction. You can chat in-app or arrange to meet face to face.   Weave requires a LinkedIn profile to login which in my opinion is an easier way to connect with people than the LinkedIn app itself.

Whether you’re learning the ropes of networking, or a seasoned connector, this is a quick and easy way to meet more people

I’ve downloaded the app and look forward to taking it for a spin for a happy hour meet and greet this week.  Want to connect on Weave?  You can download the free app in iTunes and Google Play today.

 

Are you on LinkedIn?  Would you use Weave to connect with nearby business professionals?

 

 

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