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The Blingiest Apple Watch Award Goes To…

April 24th, 2015 by Christen

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


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


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


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


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

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

April 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

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

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


Green Living Tech Tips To Celebrate Earth Day


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

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


Must Read: 3 Tech Tips To Celebrate Earth Day

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


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


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


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

Visit and use the location finder to locate the nearest collection site. For other items, visit or for a great list of recycling options.


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

First Impressions: iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

April 23rd, 2015 by Christen

iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

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

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


iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6


Displays: Great Meets Greater

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


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


iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6


Internals:  Let’s Talk Performance

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


iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6


Smile For The Camera:  Camera Specs

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


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


iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

All About That Bass:  Speaker Comparison

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


iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6


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

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


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

3 Tech Tips To Celebrate Earth Day (and save your wallet and the planet today!)

April 22nd, 2015 by Christen

tech tips to celebrate earth day


Today is Earth Day!  Yeah, sure – we should be celebrating Earth Day EVERYDAY, but let’s be realistic.  Sometimes, it’s hard to keep the Earth in mind when you’re dealing with everyday life.  From recycling to eliminating wasteful energy consumption, there are more than enough ways to “go green” but how do you incorporate a greener lifestyle that’s easy to incorporate in your everyday life?  That’s why I’ve compiled 3 easy tech tips to celebrate Earth Day (Everyday) and impact the world below.


What if I told you that one simple click could save you $14! I’ve just conformed to going green and saving energy with the press of my laptop button.  By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don’t want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you’re pouring your morning cup ‘o joe.



5 Easy Ways To Go Green


One of the easiest ways to go green is to use online bill payment systems instead of the old “mail in” means of payment.  By some estimates, if all households in the U.S. paid their bills online and received electronic statements instead of paper, we’d save 18.5 million trees every year, 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.






The average cell phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment. There are plenty of reputable programs where you can recycle your phone, many which benefit noble causes.  Check out how to recycle your old cell phones from Verizon, Best Buy and more HERE.


Want to take your green living to the next level?  Discover how to go green with easy car and driving tips – plus travel tips at DivasDriveInHeels and  Discover stylish accessories that’ll help you recycle and transform your office space and for more ideas on how to go green, visit 50 ways to help the planet and start making greener choices today!

Five Celebs I’d Like To See Rocking The Apple Watch…And Five That Already Have It! (Are You Jealous Yet?)

April 22nd, 2015 by Christen

Ellen Apple Watch


It’s no secret that Apple “seeds” in the form of watches have been popping up on your favorite celebrities EVERYWHERE!  Personally, I feel taunted (I mean, we’re all “celebrities” in our own reich – so where the heck is our Apple Watch already?!? *SIGHS*).


Beyonce Apple Watch

Beyonce seen in the ultra exclusive gold link Apple Watch

Just in case you have been under a rock (and not obsessing over #AppleWatch on Instagram) – the latest batch of Apple watch celebrities rocking the exclusive time piece, has the internet all a stir, and I’m looking confused – like why?  Artists like Beyonce, Karl Lagafield, Katy Perry and Drake have all been seen wearing the coveted Apple Watch, but unless this watch promises that you’ll be an amazing singer or designer – I don’t see a valid point in these celebrity seedings at all.


Anna Winter Apple Watch

Anna Winter Wearing The Apple Watch During London Fashion Week


Fast forward to the celebrities that are currently on the go, making miracles happen everyday. (And by miracles, I mean juggling crazy schedules while constantly innovating and disrupting the normal standards of “celebrity” – no shade to Queen Bey) but let’s talk about the celebrities that I’d like learn from, discover the latest and greatest that have the same influence if not more.


(Hey Apple, if you’re listening) check out the five celebrities I’d like to see rocking the Apple Watch below…


Oprah – I’m just saying… Oprah owns and operates a television network, magazine and still finds the time to executive produce and star in movies!  If there’s anyone that could teach us a thing or two about time management on the Apple Watch and the art of getting things done – it would be Lady O.  (What I wouldn’t give to see what apps she’s obsessing over right about now!) #YouGetAWatchYouGetAWatchYouGetAWatch






Mark Zuckerberg – Speaking of apps, if the King of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg was spotted with an Apple Watch, I’d instantly think two things.  One, the Facebook app for Apple Watch would be the BIZNESS and two, Facebook has figured out a how to make money on Apple Watch users (making everyone that owned one INCLUDING your favorite celebrities – an unofficial and unpaid employee!) #PimpinAintEasy!





Diddy – If you’ve ever believed in vampires or day walkers, might I present to you rap-mogul and Revolt TV Chairman, Sean “Diddy” Combs.  This man, manages to operate on level 10, 24hours-a-day!  Not only does he oversee Revolt TV, but he still has time to host events across the country (nightly), make music, make cameos in other artists’ music videos and inspire and overshare on social media! #TakeDatTakeDat




LeBron James – I’m completely shocked that an Apple seed hasn’t found it’s way to sports superstar LeBron James, I mean, isn’t the sole foundation of the watch fitness-related?  (Let’s face it, the Apple Watch really just an upgraded fitness band when it’s all said and done.) I’d like to see a pro athlete sporting the watch and demonstrating how it can enhance the athlete in all of us.  #ImTakingMyTalentsToGalaxyGear



Jared from Subway – Yes, that Jared.  One does not simply think he’s lost the weight equivalent to 12 Kindergarten students by eating a 6″ chicken teriyaki from Subway.  Jared was on that super workout plan (and I need receipts!)  Apple, toss this guy a watch and lets see how Jared really gets down in the gym.  #YouAintGotTheAnswersSubway





Just my humble musings and ill-educated thoughts, but these are the aspirational celebrities I’d like to see in the latest tech that’ll have impact on my buying decisions.  What about you?  Which celebrity would you like to see in the new Apple Watch? Why?  Share your thoughts below!

Review: OtterBox Resurgence Power Case And Alpha Glass For iPhone 6

April 15th, 2015 by Christen

Are you looking to upgrade your iPhone 6 with protection and functionality?  Take a look at the newly OtterBox Resurgence Power Case and Alpha Glass for your smartphone today!


OtterBox Resurgence


OtterBox Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 6 is newly designed and allows users to unplug and go further with two-times the battery life of the device and military-grade drop protection.


OtterBox Resurgence


Must Read:  Powered Up Protection With OtterBox Resurgence (iPhone 5/5s)



The new two-piece snap design simplifies case assembly and removal. When compared to the previous model, I found that the iPhone 6 version snaps into place easier than ever before.  Resurgence is made up of a specially formulated polycarbonate to improve impact resistance and absorb energy from drops and bumps. The new design incorporates compact advanced circuitry, resulting in a smaller and slimmer fit.  (And because it’s from OtterBox, you know your device is well protected.)


OtterBox Resurgence



OtterBox Resurgence



Resurgence boasts 2,600 milliamp hours (mAh) of battery power, providing more than two-times the battery life of the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 battery case utilizes auto-stop technology, which conveniently shuts off the case when the phone has reached full charge, saving extra battery for later. Resurgence supports both wired and wireless syncing without removing the case and includes a headphone jack extender.


OtterBox Resurgence


One of my favorite features of the OtterBox Resurgence case for the iPhone 6 is the redesigned silence/vibrate toggle.  (If you’re like me, then you’ve chipped countless nails just by silencing your phone.  No more chipped nails with the extended on/off  button.)


Otterbox Resurgence



For superior protection and functionality on the go, never run out of battery life again with the OtterBox Resurgence Power Case.  The OtterBox Resurgence Series for iPhone 6 ($99.95) is available in black, glacier, cardinal, mint ice in select retail stores and online at


How would you like to WIN your very own OtterBox Resurgence and Alpha Glass protection for your iPhone 6?  We’re giving away one Resurgence Power Case and Alpha Glass screen protecter to one lucky reader!  Enter below for your chance to win today!


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Time To E-File: Last Minute Tips For Digital DIY Tax Preparation Tools

April 13th, 2015 by Tech Staff

This year’s tax deadline is officially here. Last year, 40 percent of Americans chose to file their own taxes – but not all do-it-yourself tax preparation tools are created equal. For those consumers who like to sit in the driver’s seat when filing, here are five tips for what to look for when choosing at-home tax preparation products.



1. Ability to work seamlessly between devices

Filing taxes can be a lengthy process, with multiple forms and pages to complete for a thorough review. Sometimes, doing it all in one sitting just isn’t in the cards. Some tax preparation tools offer consumers the ease of switching back and forth from desktop to tablet to mobile. And for those who like to file on the go, mobile-optimized tax preparation tools makes it convenient to file with any device.



2. Real-time tracking of which entries change your refund

Unless filing with a tax preparer, it can be difficult to gauge how the final refund is calculated. Some tax preparation tools offer filers the ability to track their refund in real-time, helping users understand which calculations contributed to any increases or decreases in their return.



3. Incentives to filing 

Most DIY tax preparation tools offer filers the choice of receiving their refund by check or by direct deposit. However, a select few provide additional incentives for choosing their service when filing. For example, tax filers who file online or via software with H&R Block have the option of putting any portion of their refund on an e-gift card to one of 40 different retailers. For doing so, they can receive up to a 10 percent bonus. This special offer also can be a great way to offset some or part of the cost of filing – another reason H&R Block can help get filers the maximum refund at the lowest price.



4. Free expert advice

Almost one-third of DIY tax filers itemize. That means additional tax forms and a more complex return than the basic 1040. For those who like to file their own taxes but feel more confident with having backup, certain tax preparation tools offer a free, real-time chat option with tax professionals to guide them along the process and answer questions as they work through forms. Certain preparers also offer consumers phone and in-person support.



5. Maximum refund at the best value

When picking a tax preparation tool, make sure to choose the one that best matches your situation at the best value. These tools are often differentiated by complexity, with the cheapest offering the simplest return to the most complicated providing tax support to small business owners. For those consumers who recently purchased TurboTax’s software for their 2014 filing but learned that certain forms once included were no longer available, they can email with a proof of purchase of their 2014 TurboTax software and receive Deluxe State desktop software for free from H&R Block.

Americans filed 56 million self-prepared tax returns in 2014, leaving the market open for plenty of options at tax time. Remember to do your homework and pick the tool that best serves your filing needs.  Have you e-filed this year? What are your favorite tax-filing digital tools to use? Share your thoughts below!

Plug Into These Spring Tips This Weekend For A Smarter Home

April 10th, 2015 by Christen

smart home


The days are finally becoming longer and the weather is getting warmer, which means it’s time for spring cleaning, upgrading and refreshing your home. Consider these easy smart home tips to get your home ready for a fun, smart and cost-efficient year ahead.

Control your thermostat via smartphone apps

The weather is finally cooperating, so you may no longer need to leave the heat on all day. Now, with the touch of a button, it’s possible to control your AC/heat and lighting from a remote location. Save on your energy bills by using Wi-Fi controlled thermostats and switches, like this WiFi Honeywell Thermostat from Best Buy. Best of all, you won’t come home to a sweltering house!




Sync your home sound systems

Summer is just around the corner, which means outdoor barbecues and parties. With all the options in Bluetooth audio available today, you can eliminate unattractive, bulky speakers. New, smaller and sleek Bluetooth devices are easy to hide, while providing excellent sound. You can also sync up music in every part of your home and control it all via your smartphone. These Sonos Bluetooth speakers come in various sizes and would be a great addition to any home.


Power your home with the sun by going solar

When you’ve completed spring cleaning and upgrading, you’ll want to sit back, relax and enjoy your productive achievements without worrying about how to pay for the electricity behind all of these fun new gadgets. Thankfully, home solar is a growing trend that is going mainstream and an extremely easy option for homeowners to adopt. Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the U.S., makes going solar simple by designing, installing, financing and maintaining customers’ solar panels. On average, Sunrun customers save 20 percent on their energy bills and spend those savings on other things they love.



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Add charging stations throughout your home

Invest in turbo phone chargers that significantly speed up charging time – and you’ll be everyone’s new best friend. Additionally, install USB ports to your electrical outlets. This makes it much easier for everyone to charge smartphones, tablets and other devices without having to plug in to your laptop first.



Flaunt your new upgrades

Now it’s time for you to show off everything you’ve invested in, so your friends and family can see what a trendsetter you are. Many will leave your house wondering how to wirelessly sync up every screen and gadget in their own homes, while simultaneously saving money.  Feel free to share these easy smart home tips with your friends (or keep your little secret to yourself)!


Mega Multi-tasking At Its’ Finest With HP Envy Touchsmart From @BestBuy #AMDFX

April 10th, 2015 by Christen

HP ENVY TouchSmart

Have you heard about the incredible deal on the HP Envy Touchsmart AMD FX Special Edition APU?  This laptop provides extreme performance of AMD’s most powerful mobile processer to deliver exceptional Gaming and Entertainment experience– the AMD FX Special Edition APU. Easily navigate through work and play with a touch-screen display and Windows 8. This laptop also features Beats Audio, which delivers great sound for movies and games. The HP Envy TouchSmart 15.6” touch screen laptop makes mega multitasking a breeze so you can spend less time working and more entertainment time with family!

The Quick AMD FX series processor is great for daily tasks such as managing your personal life or streaming movies or videos and provides great video quality for gaming or catching up on your favorite youtube videos.



HP Envy Touchsmart

If you love taking photos and downloading new music then you’ll love the 750GB hard drive for lots of file storage space.  The AMD FX Special Edition APU holds a sizable collection of digital photos, music and HD videos and movies. It even has HP ProtectSmart to help keep your data safe when the laptop gets bumped around.



HP Envy Touchsmart


The AMD FX Special Edition APU introduces mobile systems with AMD’s highest performing APUs, exclusive at Best Buy. When you are looking for a notebook, the AMD FX Special Edition APU will provide you with unbelievable performance, gaming and productivity. And On sale for $599.99 at Best Buy, what more could you want from a gaming computer?  

Did you know that Best Buy even offers free shipping and pickup options?  You can free shipping on any order of $35 or more and instead of trolling through store aisles, you can pay online and pick it up in stores in as little as 45 minutes or less!  Now that’s what I call mega multitasking at its’ finest!




Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Top Companies Perfect For Women In Technology

April 9th, 2015 by Tech Staff

So you’re a lady that has learned to code or interested in working in the technology field but not sure where to apply.  The Anita Borg Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women in technology, has released a study on the top companies in the world for female technologists. It analyzed 35 companies with a combined workforce of more than 435,000 technical employees, 91,000 of which were women. ABI also measured the representation of women at entry, mid, senior and executive levels, as well as the recruitment and promotion of women.




This tech giant consistently finds itself on lists such as this. This year, Glassdoor named it one of the best companies to work for overall.





The ecommerce company (where you can purchase priceless Beanie Babies) was also on Glassdoor’s list this year for best internships.




Go Daddy Office

Despite years of absurdly sexist ads, GoDaddy is starting to turn its reputation around. Just this year, the website domain provider’s chief marketing officer Blake Irving told Fast Company he wants to “set a tone and an environment that women can thrive in.” Seems like he’s making good on that promise.




Google seems to always top or at least land on lists for best places to work. It was No. 1 this year on Glassdoor’s list of best companies to work for overall.


So Which one took the coveted top spot?
Though the the list isn’t ranked by order, BNY Mellon was ABI’s No. 1 pick for top companies for female technologists.






“The valued participation of women at all levels of our technical workforce drives new approaches to the industry-leading services and solutions BNY Mellon’s clients expect throughout the investment lifecycle,”- BNY CIO Lucille Mayer.


Want to look at more companies that are leading the way for women in technology?  Check out the entire list of 13 here and for great tech companies to work for (even if you’re not a girl) check out Glassdoor’s top picks here!

Are you interested in a career in technology? Which of these employers are on the top of your list?  Share your thoughts below!



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