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? 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 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.
This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! But first, it’s time to gather your friends and family to honor the great tradition of good meals and gratitude! Thanksgiving is here and you know what that means, the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is on the way! This year, America’s favorite holiday tradition will mark a milestone anniversary, on Thursday, November 24th, the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® will march down the streets of New York City as millions celebrate with family and friends.
In celebration, Macy’s has launched the Macy’s Time Traveler App and emojis to help everyone get a head start on the fun. The Macy’s Time Traveler app allows you to interact with the parade in the comfort of your own home or in your local Macy’s store. It’s a fun and interactive way to find and capture balloons in your local Macy’s store through virtual reality and make a customized parade of your own. You can also learn about the history of the Macy’s Parade and take a vintage selfie. If you’re a serious NY history buff and in New York, you can get a 3D virtual view what the parade looked like in years past while in Herald Square.
On top of that, Macy’s has provided a fun way to communicate with your friends and family whether they’re near or far. Their new free emojis are a fun way to continue your already festive conversations. Excited for some turkey? There’s an emoji for that. Ready to see your favorite characters as floats? Express it with emojis! Get all the holiday emojis you need, FREE on Google Play and iOS today!
The holidays are all about friends, food and family and the Macy’s Time Traveler app is a great way to take the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with you wherever you go! Download the app and get started on the fun for free on Google Play and iOS.
Got a Samsung Galaxy Note 7? You could be putting yourself and everyone around you in danger. Don’t fret! Discover what steps you need to take immediately below!
There are plenty of suggestions on what to do about the Samsung Note 7 device debacle. Samsung’s Note 7 devices, after being released to much acclaim, started exploding. Then the replacement Note 7 devices exploded. And finally, after a long, dangerous and failed journey toward rectifying the battery problem, Samsung is shutting down production.
Do you have a Samsung Note 7? Here’s what you need to do…
Turn Off The Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Turn your Galaxy Note7 device off, now. Don’t wait. Do it now. Don’t continue using it, don’t charge it, don’t plug it into your computer. Turn it off.
Return Your Galaxy Note 7
Following reports of explosions, Samsung allowed Galaxy Note7 owners to exchange the devices for replacement Note7 phones. Since the situation has escalated, and reports of replacements exploding occurred, that exchange program is no longer an option.
You can now return your Galaxy Note7 and exchange it for another Samsung phone if you so choose.
AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have all halted replacement sales of the device over the weekend, so they should be expecting requests for different phones upon Note 7 return.
Buy A New Phone
The Galaxy Note7 was expected to be main competition for the iPhone 7 Plus this fall. Now that production of the Note7 has been halted, Samsung’s unfortunate setback could wind up being Apple’s gain.
But, if you prefer Android phones, here’s a few suggestions for what phone to get next.
Motorola Moto Z
The Moto Z boasts a sleek, modular design. A couple of the phone’s best features are its water resistance, responsive fingerprint scanner and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s no headphone jack though — just like the iPhone 7.
The OnePlus 3 is a great alternative to the Note7, and at $400, it’s much cheaper, too. The specs are at a comparable level to Nexus, Galaxy and iPhones, but without the premium price tag.
The LG V20 is the first smartphone to launch with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. This phone is great for photos with improved electronic image stabilization both front and rear cameras have dual lenses, and its sound quality is great boasting superior audio quality from B&O.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
If you still trust Samsung, go for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It’s a bit smaller than the Note7, but it has the same curved screen design without the explosions.
Pixel Phone by Google
The Pixel and Pixel XL have not yet been released — October 13 is the pre-order date. What’s so cool about it? Google Assistant is more advanced and capable than the Google Now voice assistant on other Android phones; it’s more contextually aware to what’s happening on your devices and can tap into popular third-party apps like WhatsApp and OpenTable. To go along with the Pixel’s 12-megapixel camera — touted as the best camera in any smartphone, ever — Google has unveiled Pixel Camera. Pixel buyers get worry-free backup with Google Photos. All photos and videos (even 4K recordings) can be backed up — for free — with Google’s cloud service.
Got a Galaxy Note 7? Which device are you looking forward to getting next? Share your thoughts below!
Disclaimer: The following post is in partnership with Venta Airwasher and I have received the following product for editorial review. While the Venta Airwasher was provided for review, all opinions shared below are my own.
I’m not sure if it’s the countless hours on the road or the million miles I’ve racked up in the skies – all I know is that when I come home, I’m ready to relax, relate and release into a catatonic state of sweet, sweet rest. Skip the aromatherapy candles, I’ve found the ultimate routine to take relaxation to the next level and it all starts with the Venta Airwasher!
Earlier this summer, I was fortunate enough to find and install the Venta Airwasher in my home and the benefits have been amazing! The Venta Airwasher is the only humidifier and air purifier in one that uses the power of water to gently and powerfully rid my home of dust, dirt, odors and allergens. Even with the numerous health benefits of cleaner and fresher air, the Venta Airwasher has aromatic accessories that literally transform my home bedroom into a relaxing spa-like experience.
Using a combination of aromatherapy, the Venta Airwasher infuses calming scents throughout my home that helps me relax and accomplish much needed rest. With several fragrances to choose from, I find myself using my Venta Airwasher throughout the day and night. After long and grueling trips on the road, the moment I walk inside my home, I activate my Venta Airwasher aromatherapy session by adding a few drops of relaxing or vanilla fragrance oil, start a warm bath and my favorite relaxation soundtrack. (Sometimes you just need to create a soothing experience that stimulates your senses.)
Need a pick me up? Simply use included scents like Eucalyptus, Cinnamon or Citrus to invigorate sluggish mornings and get you in place for an amazing day. With the Venta Airwasher, and a few DIY spa ideas, you can transform your home into a spa sanctuary and create spa-like experiences for less money that you think!
Personally, I use the Venta Airwasher to supercharge my sleep therapy routine. Add a moisturizing night mask, some aromatherapy and get ready for the most amazing sleep ever! The Venta Airwasher has become Europe’s number one humidifier and purifier in one and it’s trusted by thousands of doctors who have bought them for their homes and practices. If you’re serious about fighting allergens and reclaiming cleaner and healthier air for you and your family, consider adding the Venta Airwasher to your home for a fresh air, fresh start today.
Discover more details on how a Venta Airwashwer can help you live your best life with cleaner, fresher air at venta-airwasher.com.
Interested in what’s new for the Apple 7 Launch event in Cupertino today? The internet has been buzzing…Is the head jack gone for good? What about the camera? Are there new colors available or not? Lucky for you, the internet has broken the code and we’ve got the list of the new iPhone 7 features that will have people talking. Want to know the details behind what’s new before anyone else? Keep reading below!
Two new colors: dark black and piano black (latter in limited quantities for 256GB model); So long space grey! That color option is long gone.
32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage tiers will replace 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
2x 12MP dual rear camera limited to iPhone 7 Plus, uses 1x wide angle and 1x telephoto lenses
Upgraded ambient light sensors on both new iPhone cameras for better low light shots
Camera flash LEDs doubled from two to four with warm and cool colors
3.5mm headphone jack removed
Lightning EarPods and a 3.5mm to Lightning headphone adaptor included in the box
Second external speaker and integrated amplifier for louder, richer output
Basic IPX7 water resistance – both phones can withstand splashes and full submersion for up to 30 minutes. Not quite Galaxy S7 level (one hour+), but close.
2GB RAM for iPhone 7, 3GB RAM for iPhone 7 Plus
Next generation A10 chipset sees CPUs hit 2.45GHz clock speeds and 20-30% performance gains
3D Touch 2.0 sensor with more distinct haptic feedback
Home button replaced with non-clicking touch sensor with haptic feedback
Antenna bands removed from the back of both models for cleaner look
Now that you’ve got the details about today’s launch, be a good pal and share the news with a friend!
It’s official! Summer has unofficially come to a close, the kids are back in school and plenty of parents are sharing growing concerns of how to keep their ever-connected children safe online! This week is an important one! With kids returning to school and ready to learn new and exciting things, there’s no better time than the present to re-educate yourself on the best apps, practices and tips to keep your kids safe online.
Discover just a few tips, teachings and apps that will educate you and your family on the latest tech advancements to keep everyone safe — and even a few tips on how to keep your kids safe using your smartphone below!
Now that kids are recharged and reset to absorb as much education as possible, take the time to teach your kids the ABCs about proper online use and etiquette this week. Take the time to advise kids to never share passwords, log out of computers and have “the talk” about the importance of “online reputation”. Open the dialogue about online safety and then take actionable steps by utilizing parental control settings for your phones, gaming devices, tablets, and all computers.
If you’re interested in taking extra precaution, utilize additional security measures and tools available online. A great tool is the Free Norton Family tool and ios/Android apps. Stay in the know about which websites kids visit and help avoid unsuitable content. Get emails when kids attempt to visit a blocked site, so you can start a conversation about appropriate and innapropriate content.
Stay in the loop about your kids’ online activities from your Android or iOS mobile device and adjust settings when appropriate no matter where you are.
Additional features available with the Free Norton Family tool include the ability to see which apps your kids have downloaded and choose which ones they can use, including YouTube and Facebook. Keep an eye on your kids’ text conversations and control who they can text. Even keep yourself in the loop about where your kids are by mapping the location of their Android or iOS mobile device. Get a 30-day history of what your kids do on their mobile devices, so that you can clearly spot trends and emerging habits.
In addition to the Free Norton Family Tool, parents can also utilize parental monitoring apps like Teen Safe, (ios/Android) where a parent can press a simple button on their phone’s screen and can pause their child’s access to their phone for as long as they want. It’s like a mobile kill switch for your kid’s smartphone. No matter where the kids are, the phone won’t work. It will only make calls to parents or for emergencies, ie, the cops. Millions of parents use TeenSafe to keep tabs on their kids, texts, calls, social media usage and phone location.
No matter which parental monitoring tool you use, it’s important to start your online safety measure by talking to your kids this week. Get an understanding, even sign a mobile conduct agreement illustrating your expectations with your children. It’s important that they learn the importance of proper mobile and online conduct and it’s up to you, the parent to teach them.
Have additional thoughts or apps that you may want to add to this list? Sound off on Twitter and tag us @DivasandDorks to keep the conversation going!