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HTC Unveils The New HTC Grip Band For Fitness Buffs

March 2nd, 2015 by Tech Staff

HTC Grip



Do you love your HTC device but looking for a equally comparable fitness band to match?  HTC unveiled its first high-performance, smart fitness tracker, the GPS-enabled HTC Grip. Powered by UA Record, the new health and fitness network from Under Armour designed for athletes and fitness enthusiasts, Grip fuses HTC’s renowned design with powerful, accurate tracking across a range of sports and activities, allowing athletes to set personal goals, then smash them. Compatible with Android and iOS devices1, as well as Bluetooth-enabled accessories like heart-rate monitors, Grip extends its functionality, providing additional performance data to the Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform.

HTC Grip


The curved PMOLED display also makes it easy to read time, distance and notifications on the move.Available in three sizes,to ensure a perfect fit, Grip complements even the most advanced training equipment and apparel in both style and performance. Capable of tracking and recording a variety of workouts (from running and cycling to time spent at the gym), Grip is also waterproof, making it perfect for tracking every step, from the gym to the shower and beyond.

Its 100mAh battery lasts up to five hours when the integrated GPS is turned on, enabling Grip to accurately capture route, distance, pace and calories burned, all of which sync with UA Record in real time. Grip also connects to an assortment of external heart rate monitors, including the Under Armour A39, making it ideal for athletes wanting to track their heart rate. For everyday usage, Grip lasts up to 2.5 days on a single charge, ideal for tracking daily activity too.



HTC Grip
The HTC Grip will be available in DeepTeal/Limeat select retailers in North America,beginning this Spring. It will be available at, Under Armour, Academy Sports + Outdoors, AT&T, Cabela’s, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, and Walmart. More information on availability will be shared in the coming weeks. Follow @HTCUSA and visit for more information.

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Say Hello Again To The Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge

March 2nd, 2015 by Tech Staff

Say hello again to the newest Samsung Galaxy to hit the market.  Recently announced at Galaxy Unpacked in Barcelona over the weekend the new Samsung Galaxy S6 looks a lot like something you’ve seen before – Apple’s iPhone 6. Discover more about Samsung’s latest Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge below.


Samsung Galaxy 6


Carefully crafted from metal and glass, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge blend design with powerful features. The Galaxy S6 edge, shows a solid grip and an immersive viewing experience with the world’s first curved display on both sides. Its glass body, made from the toughest glass to date, Corning® Gorilla Glass® 4, is available in an array of colorful jewel tones, including White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald.

Samsung Galaxy S6


The Camera

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are equipped with a vivid, bright and fast front and rear camera. Similar to the iPhone 6, the F1.9 lenses and high resolution sensors on both front (5MP) and rear (16MP) cameras provide the most superior image quality in a smartphone, even in the dark. In addition, Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), Smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and IR Detect White Balance provide advanced light sensitivities and crisp camera solutions.


(A new “Quick Launch” feature gives users fast, direct access to the camera from any screen in just 0.7 seconds* by simply double clicking the home key button. These advanced camera functions enable users to capture their most precious and personal moments in uncompromising quality, however and wherever they want.)


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge



Super Charging and Cord Free

With fully embedded WPC and PMA certified wireless charging technology, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are setting a new industry standard for universal wireless charging. The devices work with any wireless pad available in the market that supports WPC and PMA standards. They also sport incredibly fast wired charging, 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5, providing about 4 hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging.*

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge



Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay, a new, easy-to-use mobile payment service that will be compatible with more locations than any competing offering in a single application, will launch on Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in the United States during the second half of this year. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning, and advanced tokenization, Samsung Pay works with both Near Field Communication (NFC) and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology to make it device, merchant and card issuer agnostic.
What do you think about Samsung’s latest offerings?  Is it enough to put the mobile giant back on top?

5 Reasons Why The @Dell @Intel XPS 13 Replaced My Macbook Air #XPS

February 27th, 2015 by Christen

Dell XPS 13


The Dell XPS 13 is known as the “Category killer” and has won countless awards in just a short time.  It was created to be the best performing notebook of its size, no wonder it has changed the way I work and play on the go!  The Dell XPS 13 is now my new favorite notebook to blog on, binge watch my favorite Netflix shows on and more.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s 5 reasons why the Dell XPS 13 replaced my Macbook Air below. 


Dell XPS 13


5. Great Battery Life

There’s The XPS 13 has industry-leading battery life, getting over 15 hours1 of run time on a single charge. On the go for even longer? Get up to 7 additional hours1 of battery life (up to 22 hours1 total) with the Dell Power Companion. A power reserve for all of your devices (PCs and tablets), it quickly charges via your power adapter.


4.  Smallest 13″ Laptop Packs A Vibrant Punch With A Huge HD Infiniti Screen

It blew me away that the Dell XPS 13 is the smallest 13″ laptop in the world.  When compared to my MacBook Air 13″ the Dell XPS 13 measured a 13.3-inch display in an 11-inch size laptop, making the XPS 13 the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet. The XPS 13 has a unique virtually borderless infinity display, with only a 5.2mm bezel on the top and both sides. That’s the thinnest frame on a notebook today. What does all of that mean to you? There’s less bezel, so there’s more to enjoy. You can literally take your view to the edge, no matter what you are doing.


Dell XPS 13
Enjoy eye-popping clarity and detail with an UltraSharp™ Quad HD+ display, which boasts an incredible 5.7 million pixels. That is 4.4 million more pixels than an HD+ and 2.5 times that of a Full HD display. High resolution means whatever you are doing, your image is precise and clear. With IPS wide-viewing angles, you can enjoy 170° views on a brilliantly bright, 400-nit screen. High color gamut and contrast ratio provide rich color. Movies come to life. Presentations shine. And photos can be edited with pinpoint precision.


3. Lightweight Dell XPS 13 Makes Working On The Go Super Easy

Working on the go isn’t always the easiest thing to do.  But thanks to my lightweight Dell XPS 13 not only makes it easier, but it also makes it more enjoyable too.  (When you’re lugging your office around 24/7 every ounce counts!) It weighs as light as 2.6lbs.


Dell XPS 13


2.  But Wait, It’s A Touch Screen Laptop Too?

I remember when I first owned my Macbook I swiped the screen in hopes that something magical would happen.  I mean, I knew that it wasn’t a touch screen notebook, but oh the joy I would’ve had if a swipe on the screen would’ve made something happen.  You could imagine my excitement during my first touch screen experience on the Dell XPS 13. I can resize, scroll, select, edit and more using my fingertips – on a notebook?!? Yeah, I’m loving it!


1.  Because Carbon Fiber Makes Everything Look Sexier.

Technology isn’t always judged by the way it works or improves your life, it’s often judged by they way it looks and makes you feel.  You can tell that the Dell XPS 13 laptop was thoughtfully designed for performance and function. Every material was selected to enhance performance and every design decision made is made with purpose. XPS laptops are precision crafted from premium materials like machined aluminum, carbon fiber and hardened Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™ for incredible durability and a superior experience.


Working on a Windows based notebook will still take a little getting use to, but there’s nothing quite like revising your first computer love.  Packed with power, a vibrant HD viewing experience and infiniti screen – my Dell XPS 13 has quickly become my favorite notebook and I look forward to sharing my latest experiences as part of the Intel inner circle with you soon.

Help Heals: Facebook Adds New Tools For Suicide Prevention

February 26th, 2015 by Tech Staff

How do you comfort a Facebook friend that you fear may harm themselves?  Discover the Facebook suicide prevention tools that can benefit your friends below.  


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Facebook has added new tools to assist users who express suicidal thoughts. In a recent blog post, Facebook announced it has worked with mental health organizations including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Now Matters Now to find the proper way to offer assistance through the social network.

If someone posts something that indicates self harm or suicidal thoughts and it is reported to Facebook, they will be encouraged to speak with a mental health expert at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will be offered tips and support to help work through their issues. Facebook says these methods were created in “conjunction with our clinical and academic partners.”

Facebook is also offering resources to those who flag the troubling posts, giving them the option to call or message the person and giving them access to the suicide hotline for support. These updates will roll out to US users over the next couple of months, and Facebook says it’s working to improve its suicide prevention tools across the globe.


Wonder Women Tech Celebrates Women In Tech and Innovation in LA

February 26th, 2015 by Christen

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Wonder Women Tech will gather women innovators, hackers, visionaries and A-List speakers to explore and engage powerful discussions and programming geared towards women in tech. is proud to be apart of the event which features speakers, panelists, innovators and executives from Microsoft, Adobe, Lyft, Google, Change,org, Live Nation, and many others!

At this year’s three-day conference, attendees from around the world will participate in a Wonder Women Hacks hackathon building mobile apps to benefit women and girls, enjoy a Microsoft Gaming Session, and connect with A-list speakers and panelists to learn about the future of women in tech and innovation and be exposed to educational opportunities in S.T.E.A.M. 

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The conference will host 14 distinguished panels and over 50 speakers, including C-Suite women, business leaders, inventors, investors, best-selling authors and award winning scientists and pioneers. Keynote speakers include Karen Catlin, Former VP of Adobe, Georgia Deinst, head of Solve For X Google, and special guests. 

wwtPanel topics include:

  • Women Supporting Women – Creating a Powerful Ecosystem 
  • Crowd Sourcing – Power of the Crowd 
  • Pioneering Women – Women Who Are Breaking the Glass Ceiling 
  • Women Who Launch – Startup Women 
  • And many more! 


As a speaker, I am a firm believer in opening the dialogue and change for diversity in the field of technology, and I’m super excited to be apart of this innovative conference this weekend and look forward to sharing my experiences with our readers soon!


About Wonder Women Tech: The mission of Wonder Women Tech is to highlight, celebrate, and educate women in tech, S.T.E.A.M and innovation by creating diverse programming, events, and educational resources, fostering women as role models, and providing an ecosystem of women supporting and educating women. Wonder Women Tech is a free conference honoring women as innovators, which will include a Hackathon, a Time Warner Media Challenge, Pioneering Women Exhibit, keynote speakers, panelists, and opportunities for attendees to be exposed to S.T.E.A.M. and educational classes. This weekend of events celebrating women in tech will be co-hosted by the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Controller Ron Galperin, Council member Mike Bonin, the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, and Wonder Women Hacks.

It’s Here: Twitter Finally Launches An Official WordPress Plugin

February 25th, 2015 by Tech Staff

If you’re a blogger, then you know that there are hundreds upon hundreds of Twitter-related plugins for WordPress. Yet, in its 9 years since launch, Twitter has never released an official plugin to make WordPress and Twitter play friendly. Until now.

Here’s what the new Twitter WordPress plugin does out of the box:

twitter wordpress

  • Lets you add a one-click sharing button so visitors can tweet out your stuff
  • Lets you more easily embed tweets, and customize the color scheme of embedded tweets to match your site’s look. You can change the link color, border color, and pick from a “light” or “dark” look
  • Automatically builds Twitter Cards when you share stuff to Twitter
  • Helps you add a follow button to your layout
  • Tracks ad conversions if you’re running a Twitter Ad campaign for your wordpress blog

If you’re already happy with your third-party Twitter plugin or custom-built Twitter solutions, this new plugin … might not do very much in terms of new stuff for you. (I mean, your current plugin may even do more.)


One thing it’s lacking, at least at first glance: the ability to embed your Twitter feed, or at least your last few tweets, in your WordPress layout. It’ll do individual tweets, but there’s no mention of feed embedding — and that’s a pretty popular usecase for third-party Twitter plugins.

But this plugin wraps up a lot of the basics in an easy-to-deploy package, and makes it a bit less necessary to hunt through the forest of unofficial plugins just to find one that both currently works and is probably going to keep working in the future.

You can find the official plugin right here. The morning of launch, WordPress is reporting that it already has 158,000 downloads.


New Emojis For Everyone: Meet Apple’s New Diverse Cast Of Characters

February 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

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If you’re one of the millions that’s waited for emojis that look like them – rejoice!  New Apple Emojis are on the way!  According to Apple, the computing giant pledged to increase the diversity in its emoji keyboard last March, after a public outcry over the limited options for people of color. (A petition at collected thousands of signatures. Miley Cyrus even tweeted about it, helping it to go viral on Twitter.)

The current illustrated icons include same-sex couples but no black characters. There is an Asian man wearing a traditional Chinese cap and an Indian man in a turban, but the rest of the emoji population is light-skinned.

Creating a more diverse emoji selection wasn’t as easy as releasing a new iOS update. The keyboard of illustrated icons is based on Unicode, the standard for text, numbers and emojis across all platforms. Emoji originated in Japan and were added to the Unicode Standard in 2010. Apple first included them natively in iOS in 2011.

“Apple supports and cares deeply about diversity, and is working with The Unicode Consortium to update the standard so that it better represents diversity for all of us,” said an Apple spokesperson.

What do you think? Are you ready for a chocolate skinned “thumbs up” or have you fulfilled your diversity need with animated gifs and bitstrips?  Share your thoughts below.



Verizon Celebrates The Potential Of Us With #PotentialOfUs

February 19th, 2015 by Christen

Potential of Us


As a little girl, I never imagined that my love for style and technology would lead me to where I am today.  In celebration of Black History month, Verizon Wireless has kicked off it’s “Potential Of Us” initiative highlighting the accomplishments of diverse digital trailblazers from around the country.  Including the Bronx Academy of Promise – where six students from the Bronx entered the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, they never imagined their hard work and dedication would pay off as much as it did. Discover how they accomplished their life-changing feat and created history Here.  Verizon highlights digital leaders making a difference in communities, not just by celebrating black history but by creating history.



Verizon Potential of Us


Verizon Wireless even shows a behind the scenes look at how I created the digitial lifestyle site based off the need for a hub that combined style and technology.  In addition to, Verizon follows me as I mentor  young girls and women to help them get involved with technology from a young age. Check out the story behind and what fuels my passions below.




What’s your passion? Music? Science? Fashion? Sports? Whatever moves you, Verizon can help take it to new heights. Explore more exclusive content and keep coming back for updates showing you how technology can help power all your passions with

#MaxYourTax: Get Tax Ready Faster Using @FamilyMobile 4G LTE Speeds #AD

February 19th, 2015 by Christen

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


Walmart Best plans


Looking to speed up your tax return this season?  There are tons of ways to file your taxes using mobile apps and online resources.  Don’t let lagging mobile speeds prolong your tax filing and returns, get tax returns faster using 4G LTE.  Walmart Family Mobile’s NEW 4G LTE service and phones are perfect for Tax Time. With Walmart Family Mobile, you can find your favorite smartphones from ZTE, Nokia Samsung and more for less than $100.  And with monthly pricing starting at $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data – you can’t lose!


Walmart Best plans


One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to save more money to enjoy the things I love most.  (This money saving app has help me save hundreds this year.) With a little extra money, now is the perfect time to save more with Walmart Family Mobile. My younger brother and even my grandmother have made the switch to Walmart Family Mobile this season and are using their Samsung and ZTE smartphones with 4G LTE speeds for Tax Time.  Now that my family is saving money with Walmart family mobile monthly pricing and extra disposable income from Tax Time – we plan on making more family memories with road trips and traveling the world.

Walmart Best plans
Interested in learning more about how Walmart Family Mobile can save you money this tax season?  Discover Walmart Family Mobile service for $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data.  In addition to great savings on monthly talk, text and data plans, save more and discover the latest in rollbacks from Walmart Family Mobile below.

ZTE Zinger – $19.84 (was $39.88) – New price
Nokia Lumia 530 – $49.88 (was $69.88)
Samsung Galaxy Exhibit – $49.84 (was $99.88)


Walmart Best plans


Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of this posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

‘ve shared my tax time prep with you. I’d love to hear about yours! What are your plans for your tax return? How are you going to make the most out of the money you receive back?

CogniToy Dino Super Computer Powered Tech Toy Is Kid (and Parent) Approved

February 17th, 2015 by Tech Staff

As a parent, what if I told you that you could buy a toy that could learn and grow with your child for years to come?  No more one and done toys and no more wasting money, right?!?  There’s a new Smart Dino Toy from Element Path, unveiled at the NY Toy Fair on Monday, is the first children’s toy to tap into IBM’s powerful Watson cognitive computing system.

CogniToy Dino is actually part of a planned line of cognitive toys. The idea behind them is pretty simple: the child speaks, and CogniToy, which is connected to the Internet (and IBM’s Watson cognitive cloud) listens and then responds. According to Elemental Path, the toy can learn a child’s personality traits and preferences, like favorite color, and then deliver age-appropriate content for their interactions.

Children are shown asking CogniToy questions and it responds, to the children’s delight, without hesitation. The toy dinosaur will be able to tell jokes and quiz the kids on simple math. It should also be able to change and grow – intellectually, that is — over time.  The company also plans on providing parents with a cloud-based console, on their smart devices, where they can track their child’s progress with the chatty little dinosaur. It will even show them the questions children asked CogniToy.



Elemental Path hoped to raise $50,000 with its Kickstarter campaign and deliver CogniToys ($89 for early birds) by November. It has already succeeded it’s goal and has reached $65K and its an ambitious plan for a toy idea that could be considered revolutionary or as Elemental Path Co-Founder JP Benni says in the video, “We’re either really onto something or just absolutely crazy.”  Discover more by checking out the the CogniToy Dino Kickstarer page here.





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