While some accessories to customize and highlight your style may come and go, smartphone accessories are here to stay. If you’re anything like me, you obsess over finding the most stylish iPhone accessories (or other accessories for #TeamAndroid) that’ll stand out from the crowd of common and standard protective smartphone gear. Since joining team Gold iPhone last year, I’ve been analyzing and obsessing over the latest in bling-worthy cases and accessories and finally I’ve found my favorite mix of illuminous iPhone cases that’ll make any girl feel bright and golden and I’m sharing them with you below!
I’ve shared my love for this chic Trina Turk case before – and because I continue to received compliments and questions about it, it’s simply my favorite iPhone accessory! Fashionably guard your Apple iPhone 6 with this Trina Turk chrome case, which features a slim, sliding 2-piece hard shell for easy docking and removal and a stylish print. ($29.99)
This Isaac Mizrahi collection case exclusively from Best Buy is another favorite. The chrome and floral palette is a super flirty compliment to any Spring or Summer style moment. Personalize your Apple iPhone 6 with this Isaac Mizrahi New York CO8485 case, which features a printed floral design for a fashionable look. The hard shell exterior and TPU interior will undoubtedly keep your cell phone safe from scratches and bumps. ($19.99)
This Case-Mate gold leaf accessory could be the most popular of them all. I’ve seen plenty of my favorite D&D readers rocking this subtile bling case and since it by one of the leaders in stylish mobile accessories – it’s no surprise it made the list of my favorite gold iPhone cases. With a translucent finish and 24K gold leaf highlights, this Case-Mate Karat CM031453 case outfits your Apple iPhone 6 with a stylish appearance. The polycarbonate shell and TPU bumper offer defense against bumps and shocks. ($49.99)
Sometimes all you need is simple style and protection and that’s what this Dabney Lee gold iPhone case gives you! It’s a sleek outer shell case that protects with minimal bumper or interior shells. With a variety of options, you can find the perfect Dabney Lee case to suite your stylish mood at DabneyLee.com.
What are some of your favorite gold accessories to tote all day? Did I miss any? Don’t be stingy, share your favorites in the comments section below!
Hey Apple fans! Are you ready for the latest installment of iPhone devices? It’s that time of year again. Apple’s next iPhone event will take place on September 9th at 10AM PT, live at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This is expected to be the unveiling of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which are reported to have 4K video capabilities, upgraded 12-megapixel cameras and front-facing flash, among other new features.
Yet another feature that’s been on Android for years might be finally making its way to the iPhone: animated wallpapers! Specifically, Apple is reportedly planning to bring over the elegant “Motion” Apple Watch faces to the iPhone 6S, according to 9to5Mac. So far, those Apple Watch screens include things like swimming jellyfish, blooming flowers and fluttering butterflies that pop up when you check the time. For the iPhone 6S, sources say Apple is working on animated screens featuring koi fish swimming around a pond and moving smoke. The big difference between Apple’s approach and what we’ve seen on Android so far: It sounds like it’s focusing on just animating lock screens. That should add for a cool effect when you wake up your phone, but without eating up battery life like a moving wallpaper on your home screen. We may even see something about force-touch iPhones.
The event invite doesn’t share much, as usual, but features the tease, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” We just asked Siri and she isn’t hinting much of anything these days. Maybe that’ll change come September 9th, in the meantime are you looking forward the next iPhone? Share your thoughts below!
Could you imagine living in a world filled with virtual assistants and artificial intelligence – newsflash – that world is today, and baby you’re living in it! With technology advancements on the rise each day, it’s no surprise that Facebook has developed the latest advancement in AI assistance. Say hello to Facebook Messenger M! Engadget recently shared the latest news that you could use in the world of artificial intelligence…
Remember that talk of Facebook testing its own virtual assistant? Well, it’s real. The social network is trying out M, an artificial intelligence-powered Messenger assistant that can answer questions and complete tasks. You can ask it for advice on places to go, for instance, or have it make travel arrangements. Think of it as a Siri- or Cortana-like helper that exists solely in text chat. It should be less likely to make mistakes, though, as Facebook is quick to note that there are humans training and supervising the AI behind the scenes. And in case you’re wondering, it only bases its conversations around Messenger — it’s not using your regular Facebook data to make decisions.
Don’t expect to give M a spin just yet. It’s only in use by a few hundred people in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it could take a long while to scale up if it proves successful. However, a wider rollout seems like more a question of “when” than “if.” Facebook has been dramatically expanding the role of Messenger as of late, turning it from a basic communication tool into a platform for everything from games to money transfers. It only makes sense that the company would take the next logical step and make Messenger the go-to place to get many tasks done.
Are you using Siri, Cortana or other AI systems? Would you use another AI assistant like Facebook M? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
High tech goes high fashion with the Case-Mate Rebecca Minkoff Notification Bracelet. This wearable keeps you connected to your smartphone and notifies you about things that matter most, right on your wrist.
So keep your phone out of sight and your bracelet front and center. You’ll never be “fashionably” late for work or class again!
Stay connected even when your smartphone is in your pocket or purse. This chic, eye-catching jewelry wearable bracelet gently vibrates when you have an incoming call or text.
The jewelry wearable is specially designed to connect to your iPhone® via Bluetooth to discretely alert you of calls and texts. Just download the companion app and select up to 25 contacts whose notifications you want to receive. Go from day to night in style. With a battery life of up to 30 days per charge, this fashionable wearable is perfect for your busy lifestyle.
Key features include:
• Call and text notifications
• Bluetooth® connectivity
• Long-lasting battery
• Fashion-forward design
Featuring a gold link and black enamel studs, Rebecca Minkoff’s signature design adds instant chic to any outfit. Available for $120 online at ATT.com. (Just in case you want to get this diva an early holiday present!) What do you think about the bracelet – is this the ultimate style meets tech accessory for you? Share your comments below!
You’ve registered for your favorite conference and with only a few weeks to go you’re beginning to review the itinerary, confirm your schedule and determine what to pack for your trip. Attending conferences might be one of the best things you can do for your career. You’ll learn about industry trends, gain some new skills, and make all kinds of new connections. Sure, you have plenty of options when preparing for your experience but with all those speakers, sessions, contacts, and conversations – if you’re not preparing right, then you’re already planning to fail.
Besides bringing tons of crisp, new business cards and collecting/trading them with other attendees, what else should you have packed and ready to go for your next conference trip? I’m getting ready for Blogalicious #BYOE15 – what about you? Discover the best apps and gadgets to pack to make the most of your next conference below.
Rule #1 – Always Be Charging
Portable charger accessories – The #1 accessory that I never travel without is a multi-mobile usb cable. Why carry multiple cables for your smartphone, dslr camera, tablet, etc – when you can carry one cable that’ll charge them all simultaneously! The 10-In-1 USB Computer Charger ($4) can charge all your devices at once and is a conference must have!
Portable charger – There’s so many portable charging options available that there’s no reason you don’t have 2-3 fully charged power packs in your arsenal ready to go. Not all portable chargers are created equal. Just in case you still need a few options, consider the MyCharge Hub 9000 ($116) and charge your tablet, smartphone & more for up to 40 hours. If you need extra juice to keep you charged for the day check out the MyCharge RazorPlus ($19) and if you want to be a conference hero by keeping you and all your conference buddies powered up for days without being chained to a wall outlet the LUXA2 ($120) (aka worlds largest power station) boasting 41,000 mAh is an investment worth buying.
Power Strip – My favorite is the Quirky – Pivot Power Protector ($14). It has six pivoting outlets accommodate plugs and adapters of all shapes and sizes. That means you can always fill every outlet; yes, even those big ol’ brick charging cords.
Rule #2 – Always Be On Time
Conference App – Many conferences come equipped with comprehensive apps filled with up to date news and event information. There’s even options to plot out your schedule and sync with your smartphone calendar from within the app. If you’re headed to any of these popular conferences in the near future you definitely want to download the conference app to ensure that you’re present and on time – no matter what! BeBlogalicious | SXSW | TED | BlogHer | Social Media Week
Kick Butt with the Moleskine Timepage app: The most elegant calendar for your pocket and wrist, Timepage is a calendar designed to make conference days more enjoyable and easy to navigate. Have all your calendars in one place, seamlessly integrated with weather forecasts, maps and contacts. (I have six different calendars, so you know I need something simple and seamless that’ll work for me!) Even on the Apple watch, you can see your day-by-day schedule for the entire conference week, discover the weather, see how long until your next session and travel details and wrist tap reminders…ALL ON YOUR WRIST! Genius! (Download Moleskine Timepage)
Rule #3 – Always Be Charming
Smart Voice Recorder (free) – You can’t leave for your upcoming conference without having your 30-second pitch memorized and ready to go! Smart Recorder is a full featured recorder and transcriber offering many features beyond what is available in the built in voice memos app. Use it to capture session meetings, interview, keynotes, classes, todo lists and more! Plus after you have made your recording, you can transcribe it through the Smart Recorder transcription service instantly!
Business Cards – It’s never too late to print out luxe business cards from Moo.com but just in case you need to figure out where/how to store all those cards with Business Card Reader Pro ($6.99) you’ll get instant (it takes seconds!) recognition of business cards right on your iPhone. Import contact information from a business card directly to your iOS Contacts. You can also try the CamCard app for free.
Bluetooth Selfie Studio kit ($24) – Need a selfie stick to capture all the action during the day? What about a tripod and selfie flash/LED light to capture Periscopes on the go? You can create your own Bluetooth Selfie kit like I did – or stock up on the kit which includes 1 x Bluetooth Extendable Bluetooth Selfie Stick Monopod, 1 x Rear Mirror Selfie Adjustable Phone Holder, 1 x Tripod Mount, 1 x Adjustable Phone Holder, 1 x Rechargeable Mini 16Selfie Flash LED Light, 1 x EEEKit Pouch at BestBuy.com.
These are just a few of my favorite conference must-haves that’ll keep you prepared and ready for a productive and engaging conference experience! Did I miss any? What are some of your favorite gadgets and apps that you have packed and ready to go for your next conference? Share your favorites below!
Creating the perfect selfie is one of the most coveted social media moments that everyone wants. Sharing the perfect selfie online can contribute instant profits and even instant fame. Don’t believe me, just ask Kim Kardashian – who has just become the queen of Instagram (over taking Beyonce) to become the most popular person on the photo-sharing app with 44.1million followers. What is she famous for again? Selfies. (I mean, she wrote an entire book about selfies for goodness sake!)
No matter how many selfies you snap or share there’s always new apps and photo editing secrets to improve how you share your best assets online. Check out a a roundup of the best apps for selfies to love your self(ie) all over again below!
FaceTune – Let’s face it! Every selfie won’t be post-worthy, but it can be with FaceTune! This app lets you airbrush your way to flawless greatness…and as one of the top selling apps on iTunes – it’s no secret why this app is #1 on our list! Professional photographers and graphic designers constantly photoshop models to perfection, and now so can you! Without the expensive price tag or complicated tools, Facetune gives you the ability to retouch and add artistic flair to selfies and portraits with ease, from the convenience of your iPhone. (Download FaceTune in the iTunes App Store.)
Photofy – Photofy is one of my favorite apps that I use weekly! It’s a super-easy photo editing app for personal users and businesses that combines all the features you need in one app: Filters, Light Effects, Photo Mirror, Fit (Insta-size photos to square for easy sharing to Instagram), Text with 90+ free fonts, Meme editor, Collage maker with over 70+ free layouts, and the world’s largest collection of overlay content (40,000 graphic elements). (If you’re a Blogger, entrepreneur or marketer – Photofy is must have for creating great content on the go!) (Download Photofy in the iTunes App Store.)
Afterlight – Looking for a power packed app with more features than you can handle? The Afterlight app comes equipped with 128 frames, 74 filters, 78 textures and a host of cropping/editing tools that are sure to create an impressive selfie no matter what! What makes Afterlight unique? Afterlight has Fusion filters, allowing you to mix tools, filters and textures to create your own personal filters, making each photo as unique as you! (Download Afterlight in iTunes App Store)
ColorSplash – If creating striking photos and playing with colors is your thing, then the ColorSplash app is for you. Color Splash lets you quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color. Use your finger as a brush to “paint” sections of your image black and white, or to bring back the original color. (Download ColorSplash in the iTunes App Store)
Visage Lab PRO HD – If you were to download just one beauty app, Visage Lab PRO HD would be it! Visage Lab PRO HD is a professional beauty laboratory for your facial photos. Remove pimples and wrinkles, outline the eyes and whiten the teeth in seconds, with all operations made automatically! After automatic enhancement has been performed, you can compare the before and after photos to evaluate the changes. Finally, share your enhanced photos with the world via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail or save it to your photo album. (Download Visage Lab PRO HD in the iTunes App Store)
Of course photo-editing apps aren’t essential to loving your true self. After all, too much airbrushing eliminates what makes us unique and beautiful in our own way. These are just a few of my favorite photo-editing apps that’ll get you excited about loving and sharing your best self(ie) online over and over again. Did I miss any of your best apps for selfies? Share them in the comment section below!
I finally realized why I get so excited for back to school deals! Fall is the perfect time to remodel and redesign – and thanks to this season’s back to school sales and deals it’s the perfect time to upgrade your office space with the newest audio tech available today.
Recently, I’ve upgraded my home office entertainment space with the Vizio Bluetooth® Soundbar and it’s made all the difference in the world! I didn’t realize just how much time I’ve been spending staring at my computer or secluded in my office until I recently moved a TV in my office to watch Netflix on a larger screen. They say, the choice of your audio system can make or break your entertainment experience. Who knew how much of an upgrade adding a Vizio Soundbar to my office space would bring!
Setting up your Vizio Soundbar right out the box is easy. Simply unbox the Vizio Bluetooth® Soundbar and pair the speaker to your tv (the subwoofer is already paired to the 38″ sound bar). Once paring is complete, you can easy mount the speaker using mount template and two included brackets (or you can also use an after-market wall mounting system, or any of these VIZIO brand mounts too.) The audio quality is definitely enhanced and after watching a few movies, news programs and videos you can see and hear why Vizio Sound Bars are designed to blend in with a wide variety of placement options. They fit with any space and are sized to match your TV.
VIZIO Sound Bars are crafted to accentuate your TV with a minimalist body style that blends in with any room of your home. The 28″ design seamlessly pairs with any size television from 26″ all the way to a 60″ screen TV. (If you have anything larger than a 60″ screen in your dorm room or office, it should be renamed to the home theatre room. LOL) My 36″ office television pairs nicely with the 38″ Vizio soundbar and because the subwoofer is bluetooth connected, you can place it anywhere in the room for a true robust surround sound experience.
The Vizio Bluetooth® Soundbar 2.1 system features powerful speakers paired with a wireless subwoofer, delivering booming sound with crystal-clear audio quality. This combo brings an enticing home theater experience to the comforts of your home, office or dorm! Long gone are the days of boxy subwoofers. I’m all about that bass and the rich, powerful bass transforms movies, music, and TV into an explosive experience. After all, wireless means your home stays free of clutter while you get great sound in one powerful soundbar.
Get yours today:
Vizio offers a variety of solutions for all your living spaces, from compact sound stands to fully immersive 5.1 sound bar systems. You can find Vizio products online at Vizio.com or at any local Best Buy or Shop Online at BestBuy.com. Want to learn more about upgrading your audio experience? Get social with Vizio on Twitter and Facebook today!
How are you taking advantage of back to school savings and deals? Are you looking to upgrade your home office or dorm? Share how you upgrade your tech during back to school season below!
Samsung is so certain that iPhone users will love the latest Galaxy smartphones, that they’re willing to give iPhone users a 30-day trial run with a Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ or Note 5 device of their choice!
During the 30-day test drive, users will get to try out the phones with a free data plan. There are no obligations and the offer is not tied to a single carrier. It costs $1 to participate in the trial, which works with a subscriber’s current wireless carrier.
The program is an effort by Samsung to boost sales at a time when consumer excitement over smartphones has waned. Meanwhile, sales of the iPhone and a decline in premium pricing have kept people from purchasing phones from the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer.
The program is for iPhone users only, and if you’re interested, you have to register using your iPhone’s Web browser. Included in the box that delivers the Samsung phone is a smart switch cable to let you move your photos, apps and music onto the new device.
If you’re an iPhone user who is interested in taking advantage of Samsung’s offer, you can sign up here.
Long gone are the days of notebooks and #2 pencils making the top ranks of school syllabus sheets – now it’s all about going digital and going green (without costing you a lot of green.) We’ve polled our favorite college bound freshmen and super seasoned seniors for approved back to school essentials that every collegiate needs! From dorm rooms to first time apartments – you’ll find the best gifts in our Back-To-School Gift Guide: College Edition below!
For The Dorm
Why your student will love it: First off, it’s a new Vizio TV. Second, it’s a new TV. That’s probably all he cares about. You’ll appreciate that it’s a great value for the money and available in scads of sizes. The VIZIO 32″ Class LED HDTV is shattering the mold in a way only VIZIO can, with high-quality design and picture at the best value. ($203)
If you’d like to give your student a camera that’s a satisfactory step up from point-and-shoots, the Nikon – Bundle D3300 DSLR 24.2 MP HD 1080p Camera w/ 18-55mm & 70-300mm Bundle is an affordable choice and a great first dSLR. Bundle Includes D3300 DSLR 24.2 MP HD 1080p Camera – Black AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II DX Lens 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DI LD Macro f/ Nikon AF w/ Built-in Motor Digital Camera and Camcorder LCD Screen Protector 3 Pack EN-EL14A Rechargable Li-ion Battery 32GB SDHC/SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag Flexible Mini Table-top Tripod JumpStart Training Guide on DVD for Digital SLR Photography High Speed mini-HDMI to HDMI A/V Cable – 6 Feet 52mm Multicoated UV Protective Filter 62mm Multicoated UV Protective Filter Micro Fiber Cloth Creating beautiful photos and videos has never been more fun.Life is full of surprising, joyful moments – moments worth remembering. Looking for other budget friendly camera options? Shop Online at BestBuy.com
Roku 2: Whether they’re cord-cutters or “cord nevers,” many younger people aren’t signing up for expensive cable TV subscriptions — which makes mini streaming boxes like the $70 Roku 2 a perfect gift. It leaves off the headphone jack and voice-control option on the included Wi-Fi remote, but otherwise performs as well the step-up Roku 3, which is why we call the Roku 2 the best Roku for the money. It still streams great services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Amazon Instant, Watch ESPN, Vudu, YouTube, Sling TV, and literally hundreds of other channels — most of which, of course, require separate subscriptions or fees. The Wi-Fi remote — which doesn’t require “line of sight” to the player — also includes a headphone jack for private listening.
For The Classroom
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3, which also comes in a less powerful, less expensive version, is the Cadillac of tablet-hybrids. Its keyboard cover is one of the best we’ve ever seen and it can handle anything your regular PC can. Perfect for taking notes in class or tackling a midterm research paper, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 can ultimately handle it all this school year and starting at $769 – it’s a great deal for your wallet too!
Looking to help your favorite college co-ed upgrade his or her app game? Discover these must have apps that every college student needs in their arsenal and gift them with the gift of education this school year below!
The Logitech – Keyboard – Silver is perfect for idealistic millennials who want their tech to be eco-friendly. Thin, wireless keyboard is powered by any light – low light and lamp light, indoors and outdoors – so no battery hassles. Fully charged, the Solar Keyboard K750 works for at least three months – even in total darkness. They can use it with a Mac, iPad or iPhone, and never worry about recharging the battery.
The Bebop is small and light enough to slip into a backpack, but it still has big features. And since it can be completely controlled with an Android, iOS or Windows mobile device there’s no need to drag around separate controller to easily grab the fantastic aerial shots you want on or off campus.
Jawbone Up24: The $100 Jawbone Up24 lacks a screen, but who cares? Co-eds interact with the step and sleep tracking through its best-in-class Android and iOS apps, and it’s more stylish than most competing health trackers. Want to help new students fight the bulge and battle the freshman fifteen? Slip them a Jawbone Up24 fitness tracker. Just in case you’re looking for more options, check out Best Buy’s Deal of the Day for the latest tech deals and unbelievable prices!
The Tylt Energi 2K does double duty as a standard USB charger (with fold-away prongs) and external battery pack. That’s because there’s a rechargeable 2,200mAh battery built into the unit, which comes in three different colors (blue, black, lime green).
When plugged into the wall, the Energi 2K charges your device first, then its internal battery. When on the go, it should almost double the battery the life of your phone.No charging cable is included, but you simply connect a Micro-USB or Lightning cable and you’re ready to charge whatever phone you want, whether it runs Android, iOS or Windows.
This exoskeleton case protects the Surface Pro 3 from minor falls (approximately three feet, according to STM). It’s made from Polycarbonate, TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane), and Aluminum, and locks down with a couple of hex screws.
Now that you have a list of tech deals perfect for you or your favorite co-ed this year, which of these amazing back to school deals are you going to take advantage of this weekend? Share your back to school shopping plans in the comment section below!
In a world accessible by the palm of you hand and the stroke of a smartphone screen, it’s hard to think that there are places that don’t condone users public use of smartphones. What about using your smartphone to connect to passions like health, wealth and faith? Recent surveys suggest that when it comes to how people connect to faith using their mobile devices, smartphone use in church is more common than you think!
In a recent survey sponsored by AT&T*, 4-in-10 (41%) respondents said they use a mobile phone, tablet or laptop to connect to faith-based organizations or inspiration sites. That compares to about a third (32%) who said they regularly attend worship services. The research is part of AT&T’s Inspired Mobility™ conversation.
The survey found that among those who attend services regularly, 1-in-4 (25%) report using a mobile device as part of that experience. The use of mobile technology to connect with faith differs among ethnic groups. Blacks are more likely to use technology to connect with their faith. The study found that 57% of blacks use mobile devices to connect to faith and inspiration sites and groups. That compares to 46% of Hispanics, 38% of Asians and 37% of whites.
“People use their mobile devices to manage their lives and access their passions,” said Jennifer Jones, AT&T’s vice president of diverse markets. “This research shows that their faith and inspiration practices are no exception.”
People using mobile devices in faith practices say they:
- Listen to or download music (42%)
- Stream services (38%)
- Research or study (32%)
- Access holy or song books (29%)
- Keep up with religious holidays/holy days (28%)
- Give (24%)
- Use prayer/meditation apps (22%)
- Use faith/self-improvement apps (19%)
- Keeping up with dietary guidelines (10%)
Across all groups, 72% of those who use mobility to connect with their faith report using social media to do so, with Facebook and YouTube used most. The survey also found that the younger the person, the more likely they are to use social media to connect with faith-based organizations, with 18-24 year olds leading the way at 85%.
Also, according to the survey, people in the South were more likely than people in any other region to connect to faith with online worship.
Finally, some people admit being somewhat distracted during worship with their devices. According to the survey, 44% of 25-34 year olds said they used their mobile device to engage in activities unrelated to the service they were attending. Most popular activities were texting a friend (15%), posting to social media (8%), watching a video (7%), even gaming (4%) and other things (6%). However, 73% of people reported never using their mobile devices during worship to engage in these activities.
Overall, parishioners are using their smartphones in church more than ever before! What about you? Do you use your smartphone in service? Still think it’s taboo? Share your thoughts on smartphone use in church below!