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Could PHHHOTO Gif Maker App Be The Next Big Thing In Photo Sharing?

July 29th, 2014 by Tech Staff


PHHHOTO
for iPhone
 can now turn your selfies and other photos into moving Gifs. Fans already include celebrities like Katy Perry, and Diplo- and has already passed popular apps like YO in the App Store.  PHHHOTO is the free camera app that captures life in motion through its exclusive, multi-frame camera. Now anyone can shoot and share images that look and feel alive. The PHHHOTO format consists of a series of frames captured with a single touch. 

 

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HYPERHYPER explains, “Until today, cameras had two modes: snap a picture or record a video. Now there is something in between. PHHHOTO makes the most ordinary moments look and feel mesmerizing, instantly and effortlessly. Anyone can do it. Quicker than video, more lifelike than stills.”

If you’ve attended any great parties or social events this year, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced PHHHOTO PRO®, the wildly popular animated photobooth. PHHHOTO PRO® detects your face, shoots several frames, then delivers a sharable, animated selfie to your phone via SMS. PHHHOTO is now bringing this format to the iPhone — and bundling it with sleek community features so you can follow, like, comment and share PHHHOTOS with friends.

At PHHHOTO parties, the app becomes an extension of the photobooth, which has been tapped by some of the world’s most influential brands, like Red Bull and Michael Kors, to capture and distribute PHHHOTOS of fans, socialites and celebrities. The results speak for themselves — a single PHHHOTO party often generates more original social content than some social campaigns lasting several weeks. And with PHHHOTO for iPhone now gathering these PHHHOTOs in one place, people can see and share the party forever.

Are you ready for the next frontier in photo sharing?  Have you checked out the new app yet?  What do you think?

Give Your Smartphone A Makeover With @OtterBox Brazilian Pop By Nina Garcia (Giveaway)

July 28th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Don’t you love it when functional accessories also express your personal style?  That’s why I’ve become a huge fan of the OtterBox brand of smartphone protection.  Gone are the days of drab, monotone cases of old, everything is anew with bold and electrifying prints, colors and more!  The latest installment of brilliant Symmetry designs comes OtterBox Brazilian Pop by fashion icon Nina Garcia.

 

OtterBox Brazilian Pop

 

The new OtterBox Symmetry Series is now available in a limited edition design created in collaboration with Project Runway judge Nina Garcia. Garcia brings her style and fashion industry expertise to this fashion-oriented case. Protection no longer comes at the expense of style with ‘Brazilian Pop!’ - a runway-ready blend of designer fashion and premium protection.

 

OtterBox Brazillian Pop

 

Must Read:  Balancing Protection And Style With OtterBox Symmetry Cases [Review]

 

OtterBox Brazillian Pop

Inspired by Brazilian street art, ‘Brazilian Pop!’ was created exclusively for Nina’s Quarterly.co box. Quarterly is a box subscription service whereby influencers and celebrities, including Nina curate items and goods to send their followers and fans each quarter. The ‘Brazilian Summer #NGQ03′ box taps into this theme and ‘Brazilian Pop!’ reflects the movement, exploding with color and patterns.

 

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Style:

The OtterBox Brazilian Pop Symmetry, is a vibrant mixture of tonal colors that is a welcome design into an ever-growing world of smartphone accessories.  The mix of prints, colors and graffiti-like optical illusion stands out among what’s considered fashionable smartphone accessories.  If you’re crazy about the tribal-trend like I am, you’ll absolutely love this stylish and protective case.

 

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Protection:

The OtterBox Brazilian Pop Symmetry case includes an inner rubber case, surrounding the power button, volume buttons and charging ports while a hard shell exterior protects the rear of the phone.  The raised beveled edge protects your smartphone screen, making a two-layered combination of intuitive protection.   That’s multiple layers of protection in one all-inclusive design!

 

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The ‘Brazilian Pop!’ designer iPhone 5s cases and GALAXY S 5 cases are available to subscribers of the Nina Garcia ‘Brazilian Summer #NGQ03′ box and for a limited time on otterbox.com for $49.95 while quantities last.  How would you like to win your own OtterBox Brazilian Pop case for the iPhone 5s or GALAXY S5?  Follow DivasandDorks on Instagram for your chance to enter this EXCLUSIVE Giveaway today!

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Make Summer Memories Count With Magisto Movie Maker App

July 25th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

NEWS FLASH: The summer is quickly flying by and so are those amazing summer memories that you’ve captured on your smartphone. Why not do something cool with all your amazing photos and videos (I mean besides uploading them to Instagram) and create awesome videos with the press of a button?

Say hello to Magisto!

This summer, I’ve been using my new favorite video app Magisto, to do just that.  Like magic, Magisto turns your smartphone photos and videos into an amazing montage of memories with music, video transitions and more.

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Magisto makes things simple with two large buttons that let you either start shooting a new video or jump straight to your Gallery to sift through existing videos.  If you choose to shoot a new video, Magisto jumps to its in-app recorder, which allows you to switch between front-facing and rear-facing cameras. Each time you start and stop recording, your new clip will be saved for use. You can see what clips you’ve recorded, and easily delete any that you don’t want to include in your final compilation video. Once you’re done recording, you can hit Next to begin selecting any other media you might want to include in your final edit.  The video picker interface lets you look through files in your media library. All you have to do is pick the items you want to include in your final edit and let Magisto find the interesting parts to edit together.  Magisto gives you 12 different themes to choose from. There are specialized themes for holidays, as well as more general themes like Street Beats and Sentimental. Each theme comes with a few different soundtrack options, or you can upload your own music for random use throughout your movie.  Finally, when you’re done with all your files and settings, you can upload your video to Magisto’s servers for editing.  Check out one of my first Magisto edited videos HERE or discover the latest video I created and uploaded to Instagram below…

 

 

If you sign up for a free Magisto account, you can only upload up to 16 video files, and 5 photos for your final movie, (which is limited to 60 seconds). There’s a drawback though. As a free user, you can’t download your edited movie to your phone. You can only share your masterpiece movie via a link to your video via YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and e-mail. (You can tag people in your videos if you connect your Facebook account) But in order to share to Instagram, you’ll have to upgrade to a premium account which is $4.99/ month you can pay $0.99 per movie download.

So if you’re like me and keep tons of photos and videos on your smartphone and no time to sift through and edit them all, you need to check out Magisto to keep your memories forever!  Download Magisto today for your Apple or Android device via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon stores.

Do you use photo or video editing apps on your phone? Which smart apps do you use for editing and keeping memories fresh for the summer? Share your thoughts below.

Take Smartphone Photos To Another Level With Olloclip

July 23rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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If you’re familiar with taking photos on your smartphone, you already know how limiting the standard lens can be.  There have been many accessories promising improved smartphone photographs through filters and external lenses but none of them have been more popular to date, than the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens system.  The olloclip 4-in-1 lens system is one of the most popular smartphone lens solutions, and it comes with a wide angle lens, fisheye lens and two macro lenses to complete versatility in any photography setting.

 

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This set includes a wide angle and fisheye lens, which can be easily converted into 10X and 15X macro lenses by unscrewing the outermost part of each.  The compact design means that instead of four lenses you’re carrying around just one small accessory, which will easily fit in your pocket or elsewhere. Olloclip slides onto the iPhone and comes off easily and the lenses are attached securely, but you can’t use olloclip if your iPhone has a case. There are convenient lens caps for each of the lenses, and you also get a soft bag that you can use for storage or cleaning.

 

Wide Angle lens

It’s not always possible to fit in everything in one photo, which is what the wide angle lens is for.  The wide angle lens isn’t the best in optical quality, but for iphoneography it definitely does the trick and give you the width of the canvas that you’re looking for.

 

 

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a wide angle view of familiar sights in downtown Portland, Oregon.

 

 

 

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A wide angle view of my hotel hallway.

Fisheye lens

The fisheye lens works exactly as you would expect and delivers the photos that you’ve come to know and love.  However, you have to be careful when shooting your photos with the fisheye lens as I have found that my fingertips somehow get caught in the shot, unless I’m extremely careful before pressing the shutter.

 

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a fisheye lens view of downtown Portland, Oregon.

 

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A fisheye tale of a recent auto industry event in Portland, Oregon.

10x lens / 15x macro lens

The macro lenses are very useful for macro photography. You can’t do macro photography without a macro lens, so olloclip 4-in-1 can open an entirely new world of creativity for you.  I used the 10x lens and the 15x macro lens on tea bag packaging and the contents.  You can see that both the 10x and 15x lens delivers in quality and makes the macro photography experiences worthwhile for use on text and shooting other objects, while on the go.

 

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An external view of the Smith Teamaker Herbal Infusion tea bag packaging and directions.

 

 

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An up close and personal view of the Smith Teamaker Herbal Infusion tea bag.

 

 

Olloclip 4-in-1 is available for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5/5s for $69.  Do you love taking photos on your iPhone?  Would you consider yourself an  iphoneographer?  What are some of your favorite iPhone camera accessories that you use?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

 

Downloads: Top 5 Games To Kill Time At Work

July 22nd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Let’s face it!  Everyone loves playing games on their smartphone or tablet to pass the wading time throughout the day.  Whether you admit it or not, you’ve definitely got a few bandwagon games on your smartphone that you probably don’t even play anymore.  Why not jump on the newest and most downloaded games of the week to peak your interest in gaming agin.  Discover the top 5 free games to kill time at work available this week for your Apple or Android device below.

 

Guess The Emoji game

 

5.  Guess The Emoji

With the buzz of new Emojis coming soon, isn’t time you brushed up on your emoji knowledge before things really get out of hand?  Guess The Emoji will actually entertain you for hours.  The kid friendly and family friendly game tests your logic to solve simple emoji puzzles.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

 

 

 

dont touch the spikes4.  Don’t Touch The Spikes

Talk about a game that’s pretty straight forward.  Basically you maneuver and fly a bird with the intention to make it to safety without flying into spike walls and traps.  Could this be the next Angry Bird? I’m not so sure, but it is generating a buzz in gaming so you’ll just have to play and see.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

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3.  Timberman

Feeling a little nostalgic and in search for an old school arcade style game to soothe the in-office tension?  Then Timberman is for you!  Its a fairly simply game.  Become a Tiberman, chop wood and avoid the branches.  As you get further along in the game you’ll have to compete with variable environments and 10 Timbermen to unlock, it’s not as easy as it sounds, but you’ll have fun competing for top leaderboard status anyhow.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

jenga games to kill time at work2.  Jenga

The official Jenga game can now be played in the palm of your hands from anywhere!  (Can you imagine trying to set up dozens of wooden blocks on the subway?  Not happening!)  With Jenga on your smartphone, you can take the tower building experience anywhere!  Just don’t yell out JENGA too loud, you’re killing time in the office, not at family game night.

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

kardashian games to kill time at work

1.  Kim Kardashian:  Hollywood

If you love all things Kardashian, then this game is totally for you!  You can you create your own star-like celebrity status on a red carpet adventure starring Kim Kardashian.  You can even date and dump celebrities at the best parties and hottest clubs.  Don’t worry, you won’t have to marry Kanye West in the game.  Sounds like fun right?

FREE:  Available on iTunes and Google Play store

Have you downloaded any of these games yet?  Would you actually play the Kardashian game?  Would you download any of these games to kill time at work?  Share your thoughts below.

Create Great iPhone Photos And Videos With KLYP+

July 21st, 2014 by Tech Staff

Looking for a DSLR alternative to create great iPhone photos and videos on the go?   A brand-new smartphone case from Manfrotto called KLYP+ promises to do much more than be a protect your precious smartphone, it has accessories that essentially transforms your iPhone 5/5s into a  portable photo studio.  

 

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Create great iPhone photos with KLYP+ iphone photography accessories including lighting, lenses and more!

 

 

Like any good gadget, the KLYP+ comes equipped with enough transforming tricks to make other iPhone accessories squirm in inadequatcy. With just a few easy clicks, you can attach a super bright LED light ($65) to your bumper that lets you shoot images + record video in just about any light condition.

 

 

Create Great iPhone Photos KLYP+

 

The continuous illumination makes the images you capture incredibly vivid with no light reflectors required. KLYP+ is also compatible with a trio of external lenses ($60) that screw right on so you can alter your POV from portrait mode to landscape to fisheye effect on the fly.

 

Create Great iPhone Photos KLYP+

 

Even a kickstand and tripod mount connect to your bumper so that you can prop up your phone when you want more than a selfie.   Now that’s what i call a really iPhonographer’s accessory!

Do you have any iPhone photography gadgets that you love? Would you use the KLYP+ for your photography and videography needs? Tell us in the comments below. 

Meet The Martian Notifier – A Stylish Watch That’s Smart! [Review]

July 18th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

I’ve always been obsessed with functional and fashionable gadgets, since childhood.  My first stylish gadget was a pink smart watch with a flashlight & calculator that all my friends wanted to covet for themselves.  Fast forward years later in a world where smart watches are being released every other day, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the latest and greatest in gadgets.  But how do you know which smart watch is right for you?

 

Notifier

 

A few months ago, I was introduced to Martian Watches and their latest award-winning innovation the Notifier watch that was released in stores last month.  Now that I have one on my wrist,  it’s like my Girl Scouts moments all over again but this time it’s never coming off.

 

Check out why I’m in love with the new Martian Notifier smart watch below.

 

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Simple style:  The Martian Notifier is a classic analog watch with a simplistic feel that’s far from simple. The interchangeable bands keep up with my ever-changing style or I can keep it simple and monochromatic with my all-black timepiece that’ll go with everything!

 

The Martian Notifier is an attractive, colorful analog wristwatch with an integrated OLED readout that acts as a hands-free gateway to the world, keeping you well informed while your phone remains in a pocket, purse or backpack. This unique smartwatch gives you the ability to receive real-time alerts and notifications on your wrist. Used in conjunction with the free Martian Notifier App, you will automatically receive notifications — including Caller ID, texts, Facebook, Twitter, Weather, Email, Calendar, Instagram, Pinterest, favorite games, bank alerts, fitness stats, and any other alert your device allows. You can also initiate voice commands on your smartphone’s speakerphone for uses such as “read text” while you’re on the move.

 

 

MUST READ:  Never Sacrifice Style Or Function With Martian Notifier Smart Watch

 

Function:  A touch of a Notifier button activates your smartphone’s speakerphone, enabling hundreds of voice commands to control music, check a sports score, get directions, search the web, create a reminder or appointment, and more. You can also decline an incoming call, set silent vibrating alarms that only you will sense, get a once-an-hour tickler to remind you to take a break, turn on an LED light to see in a dark room, control your phone’s camera shutter, and more.

 

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You can now find Martian Notifier at Best BuyTargetBloomingdales, and Meijer!  For more information on the Martian Notifier smart watch visit MartianNotifier.com and connect on FacebookTwitter andPinterest today.

Worst Internet Companies Like Facebook, Comcast & Time Warmer Ranked By You!

July 16th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Have you heard about the evil Comcast representative that refused to cancel service?  Ryan Block, co-founder of technology news site Engaget, ended up with a nightmarish customer service representative when he called to cancel his service earlier this week. The rep’s strategy for getting customers to stay with Comcast? Just don’t let them off the phone.

This story went viral and has led Ranker to get the dirt on the worst internet companies online today.  Ranker.com a platform that produces thousands of crowdsourced answers to opinion-based questions, has collected nearly 14,000 votes on what people think are the Companies With the Worst Customer Service.

Nearly 5,000 votes were also collected on what people think areThe Most Evil Internet Companies.

Here are the current rankings for both lists:

Companies With the Worst Customer Service

1. Time Warner Cable

2. AT&T

3. Bank of America

4. Walmart

5. American Airlines

6. Comcast

7. Citibank

8. Best Buy

9. Gold’s Gym

10. Ticketmaster

The Most Evil Internet Companies:

1. Facebook

2. Comcast

3. Apple

4. Time Warner Cable

5. Go Daddy

6. AOL

7. Electronic Arts

8. Microsoft Corporation

9. Google

10. Twitter

 

Are you a customer of any of these companies?  Do you agree?  Share your horrible customer service horror stories below.

Bringing Style To Your Fitness Band – Meet ToryBurch For FitBit

July 15th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

As previewed earlier this year at CES in Las Vegas, the Tory Burch for FitBit collaboration is one step closer to bring fashionable fitness integration to women everywhere.  The exclusive collaboration between? Tory Burch and Fitbit transforms your tracker into a super-chic accessory for work or weekend, day or evening, with a designer Metal Hinged Bracelet. Made of solid brass, it’s based on the decorative, open fretwork that’s a signature of the Tory Burch design — complete with a secure, easy-access latch on the back. 

 

 

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The Tory Birch for FitBit Metal Hinged Bracelet.

 

 

The Tory Burch for FitBit collection adds a little style and flair to the normally bland fitness band.  In case wearing the bracelet on your wrist isn’t your thing, Tory Burch has options for you!  You can also transform your tracker into a? super-chic accessory for work or weekend, day or evening, with the Fret Pendant Necklace. Made of solid brass, it’s based on the decorative, open fretwork that’s a signature of our design — complete with a secure, easy-access latch on the back. Suspended from a thin link chain, it looks polished while keeping the device comfortably close.

 

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Tory Birch for FitBit Fret Pendant Necklace.

 

Want to get in on Tory Burch For FitBit collection?  The Fitbit Flex® with tracker is sold separately, so be prepared to shell out $195 for this designer bracelet accessory or $175 for the pendant with preorders today.  No word yet if the accessory will be available in retail stores.   If gold isn’t your thing, there are pink and blue silicone printed designer options as well available on ToryBurch.com.

 

 

Do you own a fitness tracker by FitBit?  Would you add the Tory Burch for FitBit accessories to you daily style statement?  Share your thoughts on the price, design and idea of the Tory Burch for FitBit collection below.

Selfie 101: How to Take Good Selfies #VZWBuzz

July 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

You know there’s a natural art to taking good selfies right?  Natural lighting. A good pose. The right setting. Several factors go into snapping the perfect selfie. Don’t you hate it when you have the perfect selfie moment, but not the perfect selfie photo?  

 

How often have you had to ditch a selfie because it looked abysmal?  Bad selfies should be a thing of the past – it’s almost 2015 for goodness sake!

 

If you find yourself a little blurry on snapping the perfect selfie smize or pose, then this post is for you.  Use this guide to learn how to take good selfies and other fun facts about Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 word of the year.

 

How to Take Good Selfies 

 

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Illustration / Deboice Robertson via Verizon Wireless

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