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Apple Pay and iOS 8.1 Is Here… What You Need To Know!

October 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Apple’s iOS 8.1 has arrived and with it, Phone 6 and 6 Plus users can take advantage of the new mobile payment option – Apple Pay. Apple iOS 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your Mac, the return of “Camera Roll,” the public beta of iCloud Library and more.  Discover what’s new with the latest update and if you should take advantage of the latest iOS version below!

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Your MacBook Is Calling

The update brings connectivity between desktop and mobile to a whole new level! With the update, you now have the ability to make and receive calls at your desk, and to get texts from your friends even if they’re not using Apple devices (its no longer limited to iMessage devices). With iOS 8.1 bring continuity to your network of devices and even turn your device into an instant hotspot (You can connect your iPad to the hotspot on your phone, if it’s within range).  (I wonder how this will affect new iPad wifi + cellular sales? I digress.)

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The Camera Roll Is Back

Bringing the Camera Roll back does eliminate some confusion since it was replaced with the “Recently Added” folder instead. (You didn’t notice that it disappeared?  You obviously don’t search for last year’s selfies enough…) The iCloud Photo Library will let users save photos and videos to their account and sync with any device. (Beware – you know, celebrity nudes getting hacked and all.)  

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Apple Pay

Perhaps the most hyped addition to iOS 8.1 is Apple Pay, which will let iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users tap their devices at retail checkout terminals to pay for items. The wallet service requires Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint authentication and an iPhone with near field communication (NFC) technology, which is only featured on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  Pay, Tap and Go!

 

How To Update To iOS 8.1

iOS 8.1 is available for your device as an over-the-air update, which you can find by going to Settings > General > Software Update; you can also plug your phone or tablet into your computer and update via iTunes. To use the new Continuity features with your Mac, you’ll have to download and install OS X 10.10 from the Mac App Store, for the free update.

Have you downloaded the new update yet? What are you looking forward to most?  Desktop calling, easy access to your photos via the return of the Apple camera roll or Apple Pay?

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Ditch The Outlets, This Smart Carry-On Can Charge Your Devices During Travel

October 20th, 2014 by Tech Staff

Do you hate fighting for your spot at over-crowded power outlets in airports?  Tired of lugging around external battery chargers or charging smartphone cases?

 

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If you’ve ever wanted a truly connected piece of luggage, Bluesmart luggage has just created the perfect carry on for you!  Bluesmart luggage connects to a mobile app that allows travelers to track the bag’s proximity, digitally lock and unlock it, check the bag’s weight, show travel data and track routes. 

 

 

The best feature may not be luggage related at all: The carry-on has a battery in it that can be used to recharge six devices.  Currently, the lowest level for a suitcase is a $215 contribution (the first tier of $195 is sold out), the campaign expects to ship the first smart bags in July 2015.  For more information on Bluesmart and stylish smart travel visit DivasOnDestinations.com.

 

The Waterproof Sony Xperia Z3v Is Coming To Verizon Wireless

October 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Sony mobile unveiled the latest addition to the Xperia Z3 series making the Sony ecosystem (smart wear / tablets) complete – meet the Sony Xperia Z3v for Verizon Wireless.  With long-lasting battery life, gaming through PlayStation 4 remote play, this waterproof smartphone may be the game changer for the active user by land and by sea.

 

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The Sony Xperia Z3v is fully operational up to 1.5 m under water – take deep diving photos, video and more.

 

{Must Read:  The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Is The Lightest Waterproof Tablet You’ll Ever Meet}

Design

The Xperia Z3v is built beautifully with durability in mind.  It’s sleek build features aluminum sides and tempered glass panels on the front and back, lending it as the highest waterproofed smartphone available today.

 

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Gaming, Display and Sound

Sony has engineered a revolution in gaming technology and made Xperia Z3v one of the first smartphones in the marketing with the PlayStation 4 Remote Play.  With Remote Play, you can use your Xperia Z3v to remotely connect to your PS4 to play games with the TV is in use.  Connect using the Dualshock  4 wireless controller and wifi and continue to play PS4 games anywhere in at home.  Watch crystal clear videos on the 5.2-inch 1080p full HD display and enjoy booming audio with built-in S-Force front surround sound.

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Camera

Capture memories with the 20.7MP rear-facing camera equipped with a wide-angle 27mm G lens.  Video clips can also be shot and shared in 4K resolution, giving you the power to future-proof your precious memories and moments.  The Xperia Z3v build on an already impressive camera experience by empowering users with built-in Xperia camera apps.  Use the front and rear-facing camera simultaneously to create one image with your face in it!

Xperia Z3v

The premium Android 4G LTE waterproof smartphone engineered for users to connect, create and share on-the-go with Sony’s innovative camera and technology will be available nationwide October 23rd for $199.99 (with a new 2-year activation) in stores and at VerizonWireless.com.  For a limited time only, customers who purchase the Sony Xperia Z3v smartphone can get $200 off a Sony Xperia Z2 tablet.  For more information on the new Sony Xperia Z3v visit Sony.com.

4 Reasons To Upgrade To The New OS X Yosemite For Your Mac

October 17th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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So you’ve just downloaded Yosemite, (or you’re still pondering if a lengthy download is worth it) – Apple’s latest update to the Mac platform. There’s a lot that’s familiar, but a number of features still look, feel, and function differently.  Depending on how much of an avid user you are, the new features could really be a game changer.

There’s quite a lot to take in with the new update, but don’t worry – I’ve narrowed down the best 7 Yosemite features that will change the way you use your Mac.

 

1.  Spotlight Search

Whether you’re looking for a file, a fact, or a place to eat, Spotlight is a robust and useful tool for your needs.  Press the command-spacebar shortcut, or tap the magnifying glass icon in the upper right of your Mac’s display, and you summon Spotlight, Apple’s system-wide search tool. In Yosemite, Spotlight goes beyond the file system though, tapping into Maps, Wikipedia, Mail, and your web history to cull answers to your search queries. Type in a restaurant name, and it pulls up the establishment’s information and ratings from Yelp, a map of its location, and any calendar events that have or will take place there. Type in a band name, and you get options to check out their albums on iTunes, music files on your computer, their Wikipedia page, and more. It’s often quicker and more informative than opening up the browser and doing a Google search.

 

 2.  Record Your iDevice Screen

For sharing tips, or other useful productivity moments, you can record your iOS device’s screen as a video file in Yosemite.  Plug your iOS device into your Yosemite-running Mac via its Lightning cable, open QuickTime, then go to File > New Movie Recording. Select your iDevice from the dropdown menu next to the record button, and hit record. Now you can easily record what’s happening on your iOS device screen using your Mac. To stop recording, just hit the record button again. This capability could be useful for capturing some epic game moves, for showing a friend or family member how to adjust a setting on their device, or for documenting a glitch that’s plaguing your machine.

 

 

3.  Handoff

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Handoff lets you pick up where you left off when you switch devices, in a variety of apps.  With iOS 8 and Yosemite, you can easily stop what you’re doing, be it browsing in Safari, writing a text, or an email, and pick back up right where you left off on another Apple device. If you start surfing in Safari on your iPhone, for example, when you hop on your Mac, an extra Safari icon will tack onto the edge of your dock with a small iPhone symbol in its corner. Tap it, and you’re taken to the exact page you were reading on your mobile. Conversely, this works from Mac to iOS, too, with an icon showing in the bottom left of the device’s screen. Third party apps will begin integrating this soon, making it even more useful.

 

4.  Your Mac Is Now Also a Phone

You can send and receive SMS, MMS, and iMessages from your Mac, as well as phone calls, if you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone.  Beginning with OS X Mountain Lion, we’ve been able to send iMessages back and forth with other iOS users whether on an iOS device or a Mac, while FaceTime (introduced in 2010) lets us make video calls on either platform. With Yosemite, you can send and receive SMS messages from friends on your Mac, as well as make phone calls. As long as both your Mac and iPhone are on the same WiFi network, calls will get forwarded to your Mac, so you can answer them there if it’s more convenient. And if you don’t have time to chat, you can send an iMessage or SMS.

 

BONUS:  iMessages

Silence chatty group threads, and share your screen, with Apple’s new Messages app.  Messages in Yosemite gains one of the features that also makes it great in iOS 8: the ability to bow out of super chatty group threads. You can mute a thread temporarily, or you can leave a conversation altogether. Messages on the desktop also gives you the ability to screenshare with the person you’re chatting with, if you want to share something cool on your desktop, or help troubleshoot a relative’s tech issues.

 

Have you downloaded the new OS Yosemite for your iMac or Macbook device?  What are you waiting for, download and take advantage of the new features today! 

 

Apple’s New iPad Event And Announcements (What You Need To Know)

October 16th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

Meet the newest members of the Apple ecosystem family, the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.

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Meet The iPad Air 2

The new iPad Air 2 is thinner than a pencil.  No really.  It’s 6.1mm thin.  It’s the thinnest iPad ever made – making it the world’s thinnest tablet EVER.  (It’s so thin that you can stack two of them on top of each other and together, they’re still thinner than just one original iPad.)

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iPad Air 2 is powered by the new Apple-designed A8X chip, which delivers a 40 percent improvement in CPU performance and 2.5 times the graphics performance of iPad Air, and still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life users expect while working, playing games or surfing the web. Combined with Metal™, the new graphics technology in iOS 8, the A8X chip unlocks realistic visual effects comparable to the most advanced gaming consoles. iPad Air 2 also includes the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and an all-new barometer which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation.

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Touch ID gives iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users a simple and secure way to unlock iPad with just the touch of a finger, plus the ability to authenticate within apps to better protect logins and data. Touch ID can be used as a secure way to approve purchases from the App Store?, iTunes Store® or iBooks Store?, and with Apple Pay, when paying for physical goods and services within apps.

 

 

 CAMERA

Innovations to the iSight and FaceTime HD cameras in iPad Air 2 enable better photos and videos, with an 8MP sensor and advanced optics in the iSight camera to help capture rich, detailed images and add new features including panoramic in Photos, time-lapse video, slo-mo and 1080p HD video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light than iPad Air’s camera, and features burst mode as well as HDR stills and video. With thousands of powerful apps that take advantage of iPad’s amazing cameras and large Retina display viewfinder, iPad becomes a tool that can scan and annotate documents, help study the sky above and provide athletic performance analysis—all with just a tap.

 

AVAILABILITY

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 come in three metallic finishes including gold, silver and space gray, and customers in 29 countries and territories can order online starting tomorrow – Friday, October 17.

Pad Air 2 with Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of:

$499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 64GB model $699 for the 128GB model.

iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models $629 for the 16GB model, $729  for the 64GB model and $829 for the 128GB model.

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iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi models $399 for the 16GB model, $499 for the 64GB model and $599 for the 128GB model.

iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 for the 16GB model, $629  for the 64GB model and $729 for the 128GB model.

 

iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, available in silver or space gray, are offered at now more affordable prices. iPad Air starts at $399 for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, iPad mini 2 starts at $299 for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, and iPad mini starts at $249 for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model.

Although the new iPads are equipped with improved camera features, graphic display and touch id, I’m disappointed that it isn’t NFC equipped to handle the pay and go Apple Pay feature that’s launching (and available on iPhone 6 / 6 Plus devices) on Monday.

Would you use Apple Pay on the new iPad?  Are you thinking about purchasing the new Apple tablet soon?  Share your thoughts below.

 

Sneak Peek: The Hottest Sony PlayStation Games For The Holidays

October 15th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Just in time for the holidays, Sony PlayStation has upped the gaming ante with a host of new games and entertainment assets for the entire family!  As an avid non-gamer, I’ve enjoyed the advancements of the gaming industry from afar however, the latest gaming event hosted by Playstation has awakened the gaming giant in me and I’m ready to play!

 

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During the exclusive Playstation gaming preview, guests had the opportunity to preview the latest from Playstation 4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV and the brand’s venture into virtual reality gaming – Playstation Morpheus!

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PlayStation 4 – Available today for $399 comes in “Jet Black” with a DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller.

 

 

PS4 is the #1 selling next-gen console with 10 million units sold worldwide, the fastest selling console in PlayStation hardware history.  So it’s only right that I get into a little game play with the newest addition to the gaming roster, LittleBigPlanet 3. Critically acclaimed and best-selling PlayStation franchise LittleBigPlanet™ makes its debut on PlayStation 4 system with LittleBigPlanet 3. Sackboy is back, this time with playable new friends in an all new handcrafted adventure to revolutionize the way gamers Play, Create and Share in the world of LittleBigPlanet (Check out the game in action with the official trailer here.)

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PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 – Available today for $399 comes in “Glacier White” with a DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller.

 

PlayStation TV

PSTV Standalone 1Sony’s much-hyped new PlayStation TV goes on sale in North America today at a $99 expected retail, or $139 for a bundle including a DualShock 3 controller, memory card and “The Lego Movie” video game. Users can access a range of content including select PlayStation Vita games, classic PS One and PSP titles from PlayStation Store, select PlayStation 3 games via PlayStation Now streaming service, or PlayStation 4 games streamed from a PS4 in the household over local Wi-Fi.

 

PlayStation Morpheus

 

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While I got the chance to dive in and play numerous games for Sony’s Project Morpheus, it’s not yet clear when the headset will be ready for sale to the public.  Allegedly, Sony has completed 85 percent of the work it will take to make Project Morpheus available to the public soon.  (But don’t count on playing Morpheus this holiday season, because it won’t be available.)  Hopefully, the virtual reality device will be ready to be used with PlayStation 4 consoles in early 2015. No price or availability details has yet been released.

 

 

Playstation Morpheus

 

For more on pricing and availability of the featured PlayStation products just in time for your holiday wish lists visit PlayStation.com.

 

The Voyager Edge – A Bluetooth Earpiece You’d Actually Enjoy Wearing

October 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Plantatronics Voyager Edge

 

Working (and playing) in the city that never sleeps means multitasking and working on the go all day long.  Luckily, taking midday conference calls while in a busy Manhattan diner doesn’t strain your productivity with the Voyager Edge by Plantronics.  Years ago, you couldn’t pay me to wear a bluetooth headset device.  For the most part, I thought they were bulky, unreliable and completely unnecessary to wear at all times.  Rewind to my first bluetooth review of the Voyager Legend in 2012, and I guess you can say, I became hooked!

 

Voyager Edge

 

The Voyager Edge is the latest in Bluetooth headset technology from Plantronics.  The Plantronics Voyager Edge Bluetooth® headset is an inspired blend of style, comfort, and signature Plantronics audio technology. Voice commands keeps your hands free and you in control. The audio alerts keep you informed without fumbling for your smartphone screen, while the premium noise canceling feature keeps calls clear in any environment.

Taking the handsfree communication a step further, the portable charging case (included) keeps Voyager Edge ready to go whenever you are. The included charging case offers up to 10 more hours of talk time to your Voyager Edge for up to a total of 16 hours of talk time. It’s easy to check the battery level of your headset or case – just swipe your finger over the icons on the case to see the status indicator.

 

Voyager Edge

 

Nowadays with more and more products created to be water resistant, you can rest assure that the Voyager Edge can go wherever you need it.  Protected against moisture damage by P2i technology, the nano-coating is applied during the manufacturing process, resulting in invisible liquid repellent properties that makes the headset more reliable, wherever your busy life takes you.

 

Voyager Edge

 

With three precisely tuned microphones and enhanced noise canceling, the Voyager Edge will optimize your voice and minimize noise caused by wind, movement, and background sounds so your caller hears you, not your surroundings. Additionally, this headset supports wideband audio, making it compatible with smartphones enabled for HD Voice.

The Voyager Edge includes responsive smart sensor technology that can redirect calls to your phone or headset, pause music for incoming calls, and automatically answer calls as you place the headset on your ear. It also syncs to your contacts so you can hear who’s calling without having to look at your smartphone. Voice commands make call management easy – simply say “Answer” to take the call, or “Ignore” to send it to voicemail.
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Perfect for busy professionals, multitasking moms and more, the Voyager Edge by Plantronics is the perfect accessory for anyone.  You can find the Voyager Edge for $129 at Best Buy, Amazon.com and online at Plantronics.com.

How To Capture All The Holiday Action With GoPro and @BestBuy #GoProatBestBuy

October 13th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Can you believe that we’re only 7 short weeks away from Thanksgiving and 11 weeks away from Christmas! *FAINTS*  That’s right, the holidays will be here before you know it!  Am I the only one feeling like the first day of summer was just moments ago?  Where has the time gone?!?

 

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Summer family fun with the Rochons was just moments ago and now it’s time to get ready for the holidays…

Now that you’ve been warned, what are you going to do to capture all the fun moments that the holidays bring?  Smartphone photos can be hit or miss and if you want to get all the action, then you’ll need a camera that can move without fumbling over buttons and settings.  There’s no better time to capture best moments than during big family gatherings over the holiday season with action cameras from Best Buy.

Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.

 

 

GoPro HERO

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GoPro HERO: Featuring high-quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.  Whether you’re heading out for an action-packed Hawaiian vacation over the holidays or taking in the wintery sights during a snow-filled session skiing down the slopes.  GoPro camera are known for the versatility to capture in-the-moment photos and video to help you relieve every exciting moment for years to come.

 

GoPro HERO4 Black

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GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award?winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.

 

GoPro HERO4 Silver

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GoPro HERO4 Silver: the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.

 

For pricing and availability and to learn more, check out www.bestbuy.com/GoPro or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person today.

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.  All opinions shared is reviewer’s own.

3 Reasons Why HTC’s RE Camera Will Be On The Top Of Everyone’s Holiday List

October 9th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

HTC unveils HTC Desire Eye and RE

 

On Wednesday, October 8th HTC unveiled their latest offering via the HTC Desire Eye and Re Camera accessory in NYC.  Introduced by HTC executive staff the HTC RE camera was the highlight of the show as a comparative option to what many use the GoPros for today.  The RE camera is being pitched as the option or users to focus on the moment, not your camera. It looks and feels easy to use, RE turns on in your hand, shoots photos and videos without a viewfinder, and streams everything to your phone for easy editing and one-press sharing.

 

HTC Desire EYE and RE

 

HTC RE Camera Design

Designed to fit your hand seamlessly and the moment naturally, the HTC RE camera provides distraction-free video and photo capture. Its one-button operation won’t leave you fumbling between modes, and its 146° wide angle lens captures everything without a clumsy viewfinder.  

 

HTC RE Camera

 

RE Versatility

With the HTC RE camera, you don’t have to chose whether to capture the moment or live in the moment.  You can attach your RE to your bike’s handlebars or your kid’s scooter. Strap it to your backpack on a hike, or clip it on your window sill for a time-lapse video of your neighborhood.  The RE camera can also be controlled from your smartphone app, so not only can it work as a camera and video recorder, it could possibly replace your home monitoring system as well.

 

HTC RE Camera

 

RE Connectivity

Remarkably fun, incredibly easy: intuitive control, one-touch cinematic effects, and waterproof construction that lets you shoot up to 1 meter underwater. Featuring a 16MP sensor that captures HD videos, 146° wide angle lens, and easy connectivity with both iOS and Android phones.  Can you imagine shooting video or photos from your next holiday gathering and instantly being able to share them on social media from your smartphone?  The HTC RE camera will create a whole new lane of seamless sharing with an accessory that’s easy to use for the entire family.

HTC RE Camera

The HTC RE camera is available for preorder today starting at $199 and should ship before the holidays. For more information or to preorder visit HTC.com.

Looking To Sell Your iPhone? It’s eBay For The Win! #eBayForTheWin

October 8th, 2014 by Tech Staff

This post brought to you by eBay. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Divas And Dorks.

The results are in and the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the most wanted smartphone available today.  Apple can’t keep them from flying off the shelves and companies everywhere are offering a variety of accessories plus tips and tricks to make the most out of the newest device. If you’re looking for the best deal to sell your iPhone, try flipping your current device on eBay today and see what eBay For The Win is all about! Have you checked out the latest accessories available for the iPhone 6?  There are more available designer styles and colorful options than ever before.  Check out a complete list of my favorite iPhone 6 accessories available today on eBay. Now that you have the latest iPhone, did you know you can teach Siri to pronounce words, names and contacts information correctly?  If you suffer from constant frustration of Siri’s mispronunciations, check out my step-by-step guide “How To Help Siri With Pronunciation” on eBay here.

Sell Your iPhone

With the iPhone 6 is release in September; now is a great time to earn extra cash so you can upgrade.  eBay returns up to $200 more for your current previous generation device over competitors.  What’s eBay For The Win? eBay is so sure your phone will sell, if it doesn’t sell, you will receive a $100 eBay coupon for phones listed on eBay between September 1 and October 24.* [restrictions apply]  

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Accept the challenge? List your phone today. Visit: eBay For The Win for details on making you next move, your best move. 

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