If you’re anything like me, chances are you’ve tuned the treble and bass levels in your car once and never touched them again. There’s probably truth in the fact that you’ve become so accustomed to your normal audio experience that you’ve been listening to your music all wrong! Well, there’s a better way to listen, and Ford and HARMAN wants to upgrade your in car listening experience.
Ford’s new B&O Play sound re-defines the car audio experience with a fine tuned system curated by a team of listening experts. These aren’t your everyday listeners either, each listening expert has hours of training to identify and help create the highest audio quality available. A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to experience what training entails and check out the science behind the sound of the all new 2018 EcoSport SUV and 2018 Expedition SUV.
Listeners are carefully selected for each vehicle evaluation based on age, sex, ethnicity and height. They first experience sound in a special reference room – an acoustically isolated space outfitted to sound like a living room. ?During each vehicle’s tuning session, listeners first reference a selection of seven 30-second pieces of music of all different genres.
Throughout a full five-minute loop, the listener concentrates on audio elements like high- frequency presence, midrange, bass, image location and reproduction of musical instruments, tonal qualities of male and female voices and many other factors.
Sound from an untuned system appears jumbled and echoes from everywhere.
When they’re done, they move immediately to the testing garage and into a development vehicle. They carefully listen to the same music and proceed to score the vehicle’s audio system according to their listening and testing training. In addition to listening simply to make sure the system reproduces sounds brilliantly, they also listen for any buzzing, vibrations or distortion from the interior components and share that feedback with vehicle engineers.
Sound from an tuned system amplifies in a clear, concise intentional direction.
Every time a new software update is released, the system is evaluated and improved until objectives are met – a rich, transformative listening experience for which B&O PLAY is known. Precision speaker placement and calibration also play a role to ensure optimal sound is maintained in the cabin, no matter the driving conditions or seating position.
Ford engineers work with B&O PLAY to focus on putting together a high-performance system, including focusing on proprietary sound quality and tuning technologies to deliver a listening experience that is dynamic, engaging and elevates every drive. You can discover your elevated sound experience in the new Ford Expedition and and Ecosport Titanium at Ford dealerships this fall.
About B&O PLAY
Firmly grounded in decades of design excellence, craftsmanship and product innovation from Bang & Olufsen, B&O PLAY interprets the same values for a new type of contemporary product aimed at design- conscious urbanites with an active lifestyle. The B&O PLAY portfolio is made up of products, that are intuitive to use and easy to integrate into your daily life in order to make beautiful music at home or on the move. B&O PLAY sound is translated to the car cabin by the automotive audio experts at HARMAN. For further information regarding B&O PLAY and Ford, visit www.beoplay.com/Ford
Apple blew the lid off the highly anticipated iPhone X announcement earlier today from Cupertino and while the reveal is impressive, it’s still leaves a lot to be desired. Check out the iPhone X features and benefits below.
Apple today announced iPhone X, a gorgeous all-glass design with a beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization. iPhone X delivers an innovative and secure new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera.
“The iPhone X is packed with new technologies, like the innovative TrueDepth camera system, beautiful Super Retina display and super fast A11 Bionic chip with neural engine,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone X enables fluid new user experiences — from unlocking your iPhone with Face ID, to playing immersive AR games, to sharing Animoji in Messages — it is the beginning of the next ten years for iPhone.”
The Shape Of It All
iPhone X introduces a revolutionary design with a stunning all-screen display that precisely follows the curve of the device, clear to the elegantly rounded corners. The all-glass front and back feature the most durable glass ever in a smartphone in silver or space gray, while a highly polished, surgical-grade stainless steel band seamlessly wraps around and reinforces iPhone X. A seven-layer color process allows for precise color hues and opacity on the glass finish, and a reflective optical layer enhances the rich colors, making the design as elegant as it is durable, while maintaining water and dust resistance.
Display and Face ID Security
The beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display is the first OLED panel that rises to the standards of iPhone, with stunning colors, true blacks, a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide color support with the best system-wide color management in a smartphone. The HDR display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10, which together make photo and video content look even more amazing. iOS 11 is redesigned to take full advantage of the Super Retina display and replaces the Home button with fast and fluid gestures, allowing customers to naturally and intuitively navigate iPhone X. Simply swipe up from the bottom to go home from anywhere.
Face ID revolutionizes authentication on iPhone X, using a state-of-the-art TrueDepth camera system made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator, and is powered by A11 Bionic to accurately map and recognize a face. These advanced depth-sensing technologies work together to securely unlock iPhone, enable Apple Pay, gain access to secure apps and many more new features. All saved facial information is protected by the secure enclave to keep data extremely secure, while all of the processing is done on-device and not in the cloud to protect user privacy. Face ID only unlocks iPhone X when customers look at it and is designed to prevent spoofing by photos or masks.
But What About The Improved Camera?
Animojis, Memes and Wireless Charging Comes To Life
The TrueDepth camera brings emoji to life in a fun new way with Animoji. The TrueDepth camera captures and analyzes over 50 different facial muscle movements, then animates those expressions in a dozen different Animoji, including a panda, unicorn and robot. Available as an iMessage app pre-installed on iPhone X, customers can record and send Animoji messages with their voice that can smile, frown and more. The glass back design enables a world-class wireless charging solution. Wireless charging works with the established Qi ecosystem, including two new wireless charging mats from Belkin and mophie, available from apple.com and Apple Stores.
When Can I Get The iPhone X?
iPhone X will be available for pre-order for $999 beginning Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, November 3.
What do you think about the new iPhone X? Are you ready to PAY or PASS?
It’s not too often women of color get compared to titans and trailblazers in business. That is, until 200,000 people download your app within fourteen days of launch – and then, people take notice.
Angel Rich, from Washington, DC, has developed a very innovative app called Credit Stacker that teaches students about personal finance, credit management, and entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way. The app is so popular that 200,000 people downloaded it to their smart phones and tablets within just two weeks of it’s launch. Even more, Forbes has named her “The Next Steve Jobs”.
Remarkably, the app has been named the “best financial literacy product in the country” by the Office of Michelle Obama, the “best learning game in the country” by the Department of Education, and the “best solution in the world for reducing poverty” by JP Morgan Chase. It has won first place in several business competitions including the Industrial Bank Small Business Regional Competition and the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition. All in all, Angel has won more than $50,000 in business grants.
Angel was raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Hampton University. She also studied at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.
After winning Prudential’s annual National Case competition for her marketing plan to reach millennials, she worked briefly as a global market research analyst for Prudential, where she conducted over 70 financial behavior modification studies.
She says that during her time there, she helped the company generate more than $6 billion in revenue. She resigned, however in 2013, to start her own company, The Wealth Factory.
Angel’s ultimate goal with her company is (and has always been) to develop financial literacy edtech games that empower and educate both students and adults. And she has been very successful at doing this! In fact, her company has been so impressive that the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools named it the ninth best ed-tech company of 2015.
Her company’s Credit Stacker app is available in four languages and in 40 countries, and is quickly approaching 1 million downloads.
Although the app is free for users to download, the revenue model is to generate money on the back-end from advertisers in addition to contracts, including one that she already has with the Dept. of Health and Human Services. She also already has a partnership with the D.C. Dept of Insurance, Securities, and Banking.
In time, other major financial companies like NASDAQ, J.P. Morgan & Chase, Wells Fargo, and more will likely want to get on board as well.
A major challenge for Angel has been that women are still heavily discriminated against in the business and techhnology sectors, and their companies are not equally funded. In fact, less than 20% of venture capital dollars go to women-owned companies. And, for Black women, the numbers are even lower.
According to a report by #ProjectDiane, Black women represent only 4% of all women-led tech startups in the United States.
Angel told Forbes during an interview, “My competitor raised $75 million. I won best financial product and best learning game. My company raised only $200,000.”
Let’s rally behind Angel and share her story and quest for funding with everyone you know. Don’t forget to download Credit Stacker and share with students, family and friends today!
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Team BMWi x Harman/Kardon paired up for a history-making partnership highlighting sustainable mobility and the sound of the future during the first ever FiA Formula E NYC ePrix in Brooklyn.
The Harman/Kardon partnership with BMWi sponsors the MS Amlin Andretti Race Team in the global racing event. While NYC has hosted a variant of race-related auto events in the past, this weekend was the first time that a Formula E race has come to the Big Apple. Well-known globally for premium sound experience and a sophisticated aesthetic, Harman Kardon perfectly matched the BMWi and FiA Formula E appealing flair of sights and sounds from NYC’s Brooklyn Terminal.
During this weekend’s exclusive NYC ePrix experience, I got the chance to go behind the scenes from the MS Amlin Andretti Race Team and get a closer look at the technology and sound behind Formula E racing. I learned the lengths drivers and their teams go through to vigorously prepare their engine, tires and more for the race.
During race day, I got the chance to experience the BMWi x Harman/Kardon partnership in perfect harmony with speed and sound. There’s nothing quite like a race track hot lap, but when you’re in a BMWi8, it becomes a next level experience.
We reached speeds up to 110+ MPH and it was exhilarating! Pair uncompromised speed and style with a superior sound system and you realize why the BMWi x Harman/Kardon team was a match made in heaven. harman/kardon doesn’t just create amazing in-home and headphone audio products, it’s driving the sound of the future in the automotive industry with sustainable audio products. To support the move towards a greener, more sustainable future, it’s developed audio components that are more energy efficient and consume less power, all while giving the listener incredible sound.
The Harman/Kardon is an audio experience you have to hear to believe and luckily they’re closer to you than you think. Check out harmankardon.com/automotive to discover more behind the brand that’s changing the way we listen and driving the sound of the future, today.
Have you ever tried going “live” using your smartphone or tablet and wished you had a hands-free alternative? Say hello to the ultimate tool every digital content creator and social savvy sharer needs! The Joistik is an essential tool for every type of digital content creator. It holds 2 or more mobile phones or tablets – allowing users to stream and record hands-free on multiple apps simultaneously. It’s lightweight and portable, so your Joistik can go anywhere to capture stable professional-looking footage from all angles.
You know I’m always on the lookout for great fashion and cool photography gadgets and the Joystik is the ultimate all-in-one studio kit. Assembly is quick and easy and with the Joistik, you can share and capture moments from anywhere at any angle – even capture birds eye views from up to 7” high. I received the Joistik last month and couldn’t wait to take it with me to the world’s largest technology show – the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The unique tripod design easily fit in my checked luggage. It’s sturdy, Aircraft grade aluminum construction is compact and lightweight so you can take it anywhere to create professional-looking content. The Joistik stands out from other portable tripods, with the ability to connect 2 or more of your devices to stream and record on multiple apps simultaneously. Imagine going live on FB and Instagram at the same time? Want to share your favorite ootd or beauty haul looks? Now you can do it easy and hands free with the Joistik.
Just mount your smartphone, tablet and press record – the Joistick instantly becomes your production team of two recording your content hands free. What I love most about the Joistik is that it can get as versatile as you! Easily remove the included tablet mount and attach a light, camera, microphone, or your favorite streaming tools too. If you’re a vlogger, podcaster or just love sharing great hands-free content on the go – the Joistik is for you! Discover more and how you can get your hands on a Joistik of your own at joistik.com.
The holidays are over and I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely feeling the travel bug right about now. I can’t tell if it’s because I’m over winter weather (which hasn’t been as terrible as it could be) or just ready for some fun in the sun – but I’m ready to grab my passport and escape to sunny skies across the world.
It’s only right that you score some travel inspiration to escape the winter blues with these red hot travel accessories, I’m crushing on below!
Now that you’ve checked out a few travel favorites of my own, which ones are your favorites? Whether it’s an impromptu road trip or a well-planned excursion across the world, everyone has that favorite travel piece they can’t leave home without. What’s your favorite travel accessories to take on your next adventure?
Share your travel favorites by tweeting us at @DivasandDorks today!
Celebrating a colorful 50 Years of stylish technology in Las Vegas.
This year the 50th Annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas highlighted the brightest and best in all things tech. HARMAN received nine 2017 CES Innovation Awards for breakthrough innovations like the JBL Everest Elite SDK, JBL BassPro Go, JBL Flip 4, and Infinity BassLink DC. The HARMAN brands continue to drive exceptional listening experiences everywhere. Audiophiles want connected and personalized products in the car, at home or in the office. Check out a peek into how HARMAN wants to upgrade your listening experience in your home, car and beyond below!
Smart Listening At Home or Office
Whether its listening to your favorite podcasts or music streaming service at home or in the office, JBL has you covered! What if you could take the powerful booming bass from your car into your home or next outdoor party (*grabs party shoes*)? Imagine a hybrid automobile subwoofer and portable speaker, this versatile speaker system that delivers JBL’s Signature Sound anywhere on-the-go. Say hello to the JBL BassPro Go!
When docked inside the vehicle’s trunk, the JBL BassPro Go adds powerful bass to the existing car audio system, delivering sound performance equivalent to a traditional aftermarket subwoofer system. The JBL BassPro Go also operates as a portable Bluetooth speaker when undocked from the vehicle. The speaker is designed to deliver big concert sound to outlast any tailgate or party with its 15 hours of play time. Users can connect up to 3 mobile devices and take turns playing DJ when it’s detached from the mount. The JBL BassPro Go also features JBL Connect+ technology that can wirelessly link multiple JBL Connect-enabled speakers together to amplify the listening experience. The JBL BassPro Go will be available for purchase for $599.95 at JBL.com and select JBL retailers Summer 2017.
The award winning JBL Flip 4 is the perfect listening companion to make life on the go more fun than ever before. Wirelessly connect up to two smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing impressive stereo sound. Built-in 3000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 12-hours of playtime. Take crystal clear calls from your speaker with the touch of a button thanks to the noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone. Build your own party by connecting more than 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers together to amplify the listening experience. Available in 6 vibrant colors & prints including: Black, White, Teal, Gray, Red and Blue, the JBL Flip 4 will be available on JBL.com and select retailers for $99.95 starting spring 2017. (Can’t wait? Get your hands on the JBL Flip 3 for a lot less here.)
HARMAN Voyager Next In Car Experience
With so many car sharing options on the road, Millennials aren’t so quick to spend a lot of money for their first car. HARMAN believes that you don’t have to sacrifice technology and sound for an affordable new car. Moving beyond traditional audio to capture a fully integrated entertainment experience, Voyager Next adds customizable in-vehicle lighting along with connectivity and control of compatible in-home and portable devices.
The HARMAN Display Audio provides an embedded, connected head-unit that brings the best of your smartphone experiences seamlessly into the car through the tech, navigation and other capabilities you already know and love. Instantly connect using Apple CarPlay, Google AndroidAuto, Baidu CarLife and SmartDeviceLink; giving you several ways to connect any smartphone to the car regardless of make or OS. HARMAN Voyager Next completely redefines traditional car connectivity, making it available and affordable for all.
No matter if it’s in the car, office or your next impromptu house party or outdoor picnic, HARMAN and JBL has the ultimate sound quality experience to enhance your favorite moments audio from day to night. For more on HARMAN and JBL products visit harman.com.
Disclosure: The following content has been sponsored by HP/HSN, however all opinions shared are my own.
Let’s face it, 2016 is almost over and if you haven’t started working on 2017 by now, you’re already behind! But don’t worry, you can still slay your day AND your New Year’s goals with the right technology as strong and stylish as you!
Finding the right computer to suit you and your family’s needs can be tricky. It has to be powerful and fast with plenty of storage space to create yet versatile enough to make multitasking (think Netflix & Chill) with ease! I’ve been looking for a desktop that does all of the above, plus fit the style and feel of my home office and I’ve finally found it!
Say hello to my new best friend! The HP All-in-One desktop computer. The widescreen HD+ display transforms the computer viewing experience with unbelievable HD detail. The space saving desktop even offers the latest Intel processor and 1TB of hard drive space making it easy to work on multiple projects at once! Whether it’s jamming out to holiday tunes while finalizing my gift lists or finalizing my 2017 business strategy – no more lagging in-between programs with the All-in-One.
Even the design is slim, chic and all the way put together in one convenient desktop. The monitor and tower are all in one with a chic ripple pattern and a new, elevated stand truly making it a fashionable desktop centerpiece. Armed with a simple power cord and wireless keyboard + mouse, I’ve transformed my cluttered desk into a styled oasis of creativity & productivity. The HP All-in-One desktop is designed to integrate seamlessly any and every space imaginable. It’s even available in colors perfectly suited for any office space of your own – white, black and teal.
Whether you’re crushing holiday shopping lists or working on your 2017 vision board plans, the HP All-in-One is the right computer to get things done and HSN is the perfect place to get the deal of the year. Even if you haven’t set aside a huge budget for tech this season, HSN has you covered! For $399 (that’s $100 in savings) you can upgrade your home and tech the halls right! With HSN Flex Pay, you can breakdown the full price desktop in easy payments that you can afford. But wait, there’s more! If you order now through 12/31 you can score the HP All-in-One for less than $100! Talk about a great deal at an even greater price! The HP All-in-One is the ultimate family value to upgrade the home office or gift yourself for a holiday job well done.
The holidays are in full swing, that means it’s time to stock up on the latest gadgets for everyone on your gift list. Leave the expensive gifts to the pros and grab up these stocking stuffers, tech accessories and more all for less than $50!
The AXESS Mini Bluetooth speaker is the perfect travel speaker. It is small and compact but boasts two 5 watt speakers that produce well balanced sound. The Mini Bluetooth speaker allows you to connect to your smartphone wirelessly via Bluetooth and supports hands free calling with the built in mic. Calls can be answered, rejected, or ended all from remotely giving you convenience. There is also a 3.5 mm aux input that will allow for compatibility with other media devices.
Give the gift of a reliable ride in minutes with the Uber app gift card. This card is redeemable via the Uber app within the U.S. in cities where Uber is available.
The perfect gift for anyone who wishes their phone batter would last longer. The Mophie Powerstation is the ultimate dual USB Quick Charge External Battery for smartphones, tablets and more (6,000 mAh).
An affordable, tried and tested tablet? Yes, Please. Amazon engineered Fire tablets to hold up against everyday life. As measured in tumble tests, Fire is almost 2x more durable than iPad Mini 4. Give the gift of durable tech with the Amazon Fire Tablet.
Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more.
Apple Watch Band ($13.99)
The Apple Watch has been around for a while now and it’s still one of this season’s hottest tech accessories! Gift the special person on your list with a few time piece options and buy a new Apple Watch band (or two). While you’re at it you might want to gift a new Apple watch charging stand like this sleek champagne piece too.
The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition has the original look and feel, only smaller, sleeker, and pre-loaded with 30 games.
Disclosure: The following content has been sponsored by AT&T, however all images and experiences shared are my own.
AT&T is changing the game with it’s new DirecTV Now internet TV streaming service! Get ready to watch your favorite shows on your terms. Monday night in NYC, executives, media, influencers and celebs including Reece Witherspoon and Terry Crews filled Venue 57 to get a taste of what the future of streaming entertainment looks and sounds like, powered by AT&T.
Look out Hulu and Sling TV, bringing the heat to the competition, DirecTV Now streaming launches Wednesday, November 30th on iPhone, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Mac/PC and the best part – with AT&T you can stream your favorite shows on any of your mobile devices DATA FREE!
DirecTV Now Devices
iPhone, iPad and Apple TV
Chromecast (Android at launch; iOS in 2017)
Google Cast-enabled LeEco ecotvs and VIZIO SmartCast Displays
Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari web browsers
(Roku devices, Amazon Fire tablets and Samsung Smart TV support in 2017.)
DirecTV Now powered by AT&T lets customers stream live programming without using up data on smartphones, tablets and PCs – no cable box, contracts or commitments required. With subscription options to suit anyone’s needs, you can sign up for the “Live a Little” package, where you can watch over 60 channels for just $35 a month, or opt for the top of the line “Gotta Have It” streaming options with over 120 channels including MTV, E!, BET, Bravo and more! Want HBO or Cinemax? For just $5 more/month you can add each to any package for a more robust entertainment experience.
Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels)
Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels)
Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels)
Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels)
Want to get a jump on what’s new in entertainment? AT&T offers a free 7-day trial for new customers and new customers are eligible for more freebies than ever before. Score an entire year of DirecTV Now with the purchase of select 2016 LeEco tvs. If you’re ready to Level Up your entertainment, you can order one month of prepaid access to DirecTV Now and receive a free Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, and customers who pay for three months up front will get an Apple TV FOR FREE!
Watching my favorite shows while on the go, just got a whole lot easier. Want to learn more? Discover the endless possibilities of #MoreTVFreedom on the go, powered by AT&T at DirecTV.com.