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Take The @ATT Pledge Against Texting While Driving (#ItCanWait Winner Announced!)

May 27th, 2015 by Christen

Remember last week when we shared the startling news of the ridiculous things smartphone users are doing behind the wheel?  New research from AT&T shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media, video chats and more while driving on the road!  That’s not all that users are doing from behind the wheel.  AT&T has put together an infographic detailing some of the craziest things that users have admitted to doing behind the wheel.  How many of these distracted driving moments can you admit to?

 

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In order to join the fight against distracted driving, I’ve become dedicated to spreading the word about the dangers of texting, snapping selfies, checking Facebook and Twitter from behind the wheel – No smartphone distraction is worth a terrible accident, or worse – losing a life.

DivasandDorks.com has teamed up with AT&T to help spread the #ItCanWait message against distracted driving and give away an amazing prize pack which includes a Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, selfie stick, Beats By Dre Pill and more (EST value: $1000).  We had close over 500 entries for the contest with many readers sharing their pledge against distracted driving on Twitter and Instagram – but there can be only one winner…

The winner is….

Brittany W.

 

Stay tuned of more awesome giveaways and help spread the message that when it comes to using your smartphone while on the road, “No text, tweet or video is worth a life” – It Can Wait!
This sponsored post & giveaway is brought to you by AT&T – It Can Wait and Distracted Driving.

Walmart Family Mobile Gives You Data You Need To Share Summer #MobileMemories #Ad

May 27th, 2015 by Christen

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

 

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The official / unofficial start to summer kicked off this weekend and I couldn’t be more happier!  With summer comes plenty of holidays and family moments just waiting to become unforgettable memories forever!  Whether you’re sharing photos on Instagram or updating your play-by-play on Facebook – Walmart Family Mobile gives you the data you need to share your favorite holiday memories all summer long!

 

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 My brother – Shannon looking dapper in the Great room…

Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I got the chance to spend time with my family in Dallas, Texas.  We got the opportunity to stay in a lavish 3-story/4-bedroom indoor/outdoor home complete with koi fish pond, balcony and swimming pool.  Since this was our first mini vacation of the new year, we were determined to have a great time creating memories that’ll kick off the summer right!  Between my mom taking photos of the pool and my brother uploading a video tour of the home, we were in full social sharing mode within the first 10 minutes of arriving in the house!  Using my Walmart Family Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4, I snapped and shared plenty of memories from our vacation, including these moments below.

 

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Mom couldn’t wait to take a dip in the pool…

 

 

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I was excited to check out the grand 2nd level kitchen…

 

Not only does Walmart carry Samsung smartphones, but you can also find a variety of smartphone devices for you to choose from.  Walmart Family Mobile service is $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data, which means you can upload plenty of memories without any overages. With rollbacks happening every single day, you can even upgrade your iPhone with a family mobile starter kit, or choose from the following smartphones from your area Walmart store below:

 

  1. ZTE Zinger – $29.88 starting 4/15
  2. Galaxy Avant – $149.00 (was $199.99)
  3. ZTE ZMAX – $179.00 (was $199.88)
  4. Alcatel Fierce 2 – $119.00 (was $129.99)
  5. Alcatel Evolve 2 – $39.83 (was $59.88)
  6. LG L90- $99.82 (was $179.88)
  7. NewPhones:
    1. LG 450: Launch Price $29.88
    2. Alcatel One Touch Pop Astro: Launch Price $64.88
    3. LG Leon LTE- Coming soon

 

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

 

It’s the best smartphones, with the best prices on using the data you want, when you need it!  Why wouldn’t you use the best data plans for your dollars by using Walmart Family Mobile Data plans today!

Want to learn more?  Check out all the great deals and available devices on rollback at Walmart.com and connect with Walmart Family Mobile online today! Connect with Walmart Family Mobile on Twitter! Follow @FamilyMobile for up to the minute sales, news and more!

I have shared how I capture special memories with my family using Walmart Family Mobile, what about you? How will you capture those memories with your family this summer? Leave a comment and let me know below!

Ditch The Selfie Stick, This Is The Accessory For Selfie Lovers Everywhere

May 26th, 2015 by Christen

If you were like most travelers over the holiday weekend, you may have found yourself fumbling with selfie sticks while trying to capture your memorable moments.  While selfie sticks have been the latest in trending tech accessories for smartphones lately, there’s a newer and more compact alternative in town and it’ll upgrade your photo capturing experience without leaving you looking like pole-toting dweeb in the process.

 

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Say hello to the Satechi Bluetooth Shutter Button! This miniature remote, activates user’s camera shutter on smartphones or tablets from up to 40 feet away.  By simply pairing your device via bluetooth, you can easily snap photos from anywhere! Attach the button to your keychain or dashboard to safely and conveniently access your smartphone when it’s out of reach. Access your tablet or smartphone even while it’s in your pocket, purse, from the couch, and more!

The Satechi shutter button makes taking photos even easier with a single press of a button. Take the perfect blur-free selfie, include yourself in group photos and start/stop video recording up to 40 feet away.

 

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Remote Shutter
The Satechi BT Shutter Button activates the camera shutter on your smartphone or tablet from up to 40 feet away. Prop up your smartphone and use the BT Shutter Button to take blur-free selfies, or include yourself in group photos without having to ask a stranger to take the photo for you.

 

Bluetooth Connection
Simply pair the BT Shutter Button to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. There is no software to install or any apps to download. The included CR2016 battery has an amazingly long battery life of up to 2 years and the wireless Bluetooth range is up to 40 feet.

 

Keychain Attachment
Attach the BT Shutter Button to your key ring using the included keychain attachment to quickly take blur-free photos. Take photos without even touching your phone!

 

During a recent trip to Dallas, Texas – I put the Satechi shutter button to the ultimate selfie test! I propped my iPhone 6 on top of a poolside shelf (supported by a few books and knick-knacks to angle my smartphone to the desired height.) After stepping poolside, I simply placed the Satechi remote in my pocket and began snapping away.  Since the phone was about 15 feet away, it was difficult to see if the photos were in fact being captured, but after taking a look – I found this!

 

 

I definitely could not have captured this photo with a selfie stick!  Could you imagine the swimming pool carnage if my phone slipped through its’ grips and fell in?  That’s just one of the many reasons why the Satechi shutter button is my new selfie snapping companion this summer! It’s compact, reliable and snaps the perfect blur-free photos everytime!

 

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Includes:

Bluetooth Shutter Button
Button mount
Keychain attachment
3M sticker
CR2016 battery

Satechi Bluetooth Shutter Button ($24.99) vailable at Amazon.com

Loving The Apple Watch? You Can Win One For You Or Mom Today! (Apple Watch Giveaway)

May 7th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Are you loving the Apple watch yet?  It’s been seen on celebrities and tech enthusiasts everywhere and the reviews are in!  According to the “CrowdFlower Apple Watch Social Data Study,” 55% of Apple Watch consumers (and potential consumers) are loving the new gadget, while 45% have tweeted a less-than-positive response.

To conduct this study, CrowdFlower [www.crowdflower.com] — a data enrichment platform that collects, cleans, and labels big data sets —  analyzed more than** **30,000 individual tweets about the Apple Watch since its launch on April 24.  Other notable findings include:

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WOMEN MORE ENTHUSED THAN MEN

* 64% of women expressed positive feelings toward the new gadget, while men are less enthused at a 53% overall approval rating. (Sentiment about the product has slumped a bit since its official announcement, when almost 74% of women and over 56% of men were excited and intended to purchase it.)

‘VARIETY OF APPS’ IS MOST-LOVED FEATURE

* By far, the most-loved element of the Watch are the variety of apps, which were cited 56% of the time when discussing its positive features.  Specifically, Apple Watch owners tweeted in large numbers that the “health and fitness apps” are very useful and accurate.

How would you like a chance to win an Apple Watch of your own?  We have a special Apple Watch giveaway – just in time for Mother’s Day!

Show mom that you will love her till the end of time with the new smart and stylish #AppleWatch valued at $749!

 

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What you’ll win:  38mm Stainless Steel Case with Soft Pink Modern Buckle

Follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram today and look for the above giveaway graphic all day long and get access to enter the special contest before anyone else!  

 

GOOD LUCK!


*** UPDATED 5/10/15 ***

Winner Announcement

  

Disclosure: This is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Give Mom The Power of Photography With Olloclip 4 in 1 lens

May 7th, 2015 by Christen

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift idea that mom will actually use this year?  Look no further than olloclip from TheGrommet.com.  Smartphones offer better cameras every year. But they still lack one important DSLR feature – interchangeable lenses. olloclip is a set of quality lenses that snaps right onto your smartphone’s camera. Keep them with you in a compact, easy to attach device, and capture amazing shots without your camera bag.

 

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Fully equipped with four additional lenses at moms disposal, there’s no limit to the photos she will capture with olloclip as a gift.  The wide-angle lens doubles the field of view, letting her capture classic architecture or sweeping landscapes. To shoot with even more artistic flair, there’s a fisheye phone camera lens that can curve any large subject into the frame. And when the photographer’s eye spots a tiny wonder like an exquisite flower, switch to the macro lens to focus in on even the tiniest details.

 

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olloclip works for video as well as stills, and can be used with the back- or front-facing cameras (fisheye selfies are wild). Sturdy aluminum construction holds the multi-element lenses in place, maximizing light for priceless photos. Up your creative game with less hassle and expense than a bulky DSLR.

 

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[Must Read: Take Smartphone Photos To Another Level With Olloclip]

 

 

Starting at $70 and available for both Samsung and iPhone smartphones, olloclip makes a great gift for moms, dads and grads this season and is sure to be a gift that they’ll never forget.  Learn more about olloclip and other great gifts by visiting TheGrommet.com today.

About Grommet:  Since 2008, The Grommet has helped more than 2,000 early-stage consumer products to reach new customers. The Grommet’s Discovery Team selects only 3% of all products considered, helping Makers, entrepreneurs, and inventors to reach The Grommet’s 2 million email subscribers, 140,000+ social followers, and more than 6 million monthly page views.

 

 

SEEK Provides Free Summer Engineering Programs For Kids #STEM

May 6th, 2015 by Tech Staff

The National Society of Black Engineers has announced the dates and locations for its 2015 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids program, or SEEK. Founded in 2007, SEEK is the nation’s largest summer engineering program geared toward African American pre-college students.

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SEEK participants engage in team-based, competitive engineering design activities and learn science, technology, engineering and math concepts under the guidance of SEEK mentors: NSBE college student members from across the U.S. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the number of college engineering students and engineering professionals among African Americans, a community starkly underrepresented in this field.

Neville Green, NSBE’s national chair, said in a release that “Increasing the STEM proficiency of black students in grades 4 through 8 is a must for NSBE to achieve its primary goal, which is to produce 10,000 black engineers annually in the U.S. by 2025.” Green is a chemical engineering senior at the City University of New York. “Expansion of SEEK is a major part of our plan to reach that number.”

The program is expanding into four new cities: Birmingham, Alabama; Boston; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Los Angeles.

The summer 2015 SEEK program has been announced as follows:

Current Cities 
Atlanta, Ga. June 8
Birmingham, Ala. June 15
Boston, Mass. July 13
Chicago, Ill. July 6
Denver, Colo. (Site 1) July 13
Denver, Colo. (Site 2) June 15 July 3
Detroit, Mich. July 20
Harrisburg, Pa June 8
Houston, Texas June 8
Jackson, Miss. June 8
Los Angeles, Calif. July 13
New Orleans, La. June 8
Oakland, Calif. June 22
Philadelphia, Pa. July 20
San Diego, Calif. June 29
Thibodaux, La. July 13
Washington, D.C. July 13

More information about SEEK is available at www.nsbe.org/seek. To learn more about NSBE, visit www.nsbe.org.

 

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DIY: Create A Smartphone Tripod From Office Supplies You Already Own

May 1st, 2015 by Tech Staff

With more and more selfie sticks becoming banned by the day, sometimes all you need is a steady surface to make your next smartphone photo great! Unsteady hands are the enemy of good smartphone photos, but you probably have what you need to fix them in the back of your desk drawer. In the video below, The Shortcut offers an easy DIY makeshift smartphone “tripod.” – Check it out!

 

Didn’t think creating a DIY smartphone tripod would be that easy huh?  Now, go forth and create the photos you deserve!  Want more tech DIY ideas?  Let us know what you want to discover below!

Home trends: High Tech Kitchens In High Demand

May 1st, 2015 by Tech Staff

The digital craze has affected virtually every aspect of life, but perhaps nowhere is it more useful than in the home. From keeping your property secure to saving water and energy, digital upgrades can give your house a modern edge that adds convenience, cuts costs and improves resale value.

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Within the home, the kitchen showcases the digital trend more than any other room. Smart appliances simplify tasks for homeowners while adding sleek design to spaces. Homeowners can now control stoves via smartphone and microwaves have the ability to sense when food is warmed just right. Can’t remember if you’re out of milk? A smart refrigerator will tell you via text if you need to make a stop on the way home.

Even seemingly basic aspects of the kitchen are getting futuristic makeovers. No place is this more evident than with faucets. Evolving tremendously over the last decade, faucets today embrace a blend of style and function with high-tech features that impress guests and potential buyers while making your life easier on a daily basis.

In fact, if you’re looking for a manageable first step to transform your current kitchen into a high-tech powerhouse, the faucet is the perfect starting point. Here are some things to consider as you shop for a digital faucet:

 

1. Does the faucet help keep the kitchen healthier (or more hygienic)?
More than just access to water, look for digital faucets with features to help keep the kitchen more hygienic. For example, Did-U-Wave digital faucets from Danze Inc. have a 3-inch infrared sensor for motion-activated functionality – perfect when your hands are full or dirty. Just imagine not having to touch the faucet to wash your hands after handling raw meat or dirty dishes. Eliminating touch means eliminating the spread of germs.

 

2. Does the faucet help save water?
A sensor makes it easy to access water, but what if you forget to turn it off? Especially important for the busy home cook or household with kids, a faucet that shuts off automatically if movement is not sensed is an important feature. While some digital faucets stay on two or more minutes, 60 seconds is the time to fill an average pot, so watch for a faucet that runs more than is necessary. That way you won’t waste water when you or someone else is in a hurry or simply forgets, which not only helps the environment but also helps save money on utilities.

 

3. Do the high tech features make life easier?
A good digital faucet will help make kitchen activity easier so you can maximize your time and minimize stress. Unique features of digital faucets include LED task lighting at the tip of the spray head that provides spot lighting for easy sight no matter what you’re doing, and SnapBack Technology that ensures the head will comfortably snap into place after every use for a tidy kitchen with less effort.

 

4. Is the faucet stylish?
Much like jewelry accentuates an outfit, a faucet is a key focal point of the kitchen. Look for a stylish faucet with advanced features that marries fashion and function. Gooseneck designs in chrome or stainless steel are classic options that match a variety of kitchen aesthetics, so you can have timeless style alongside helpful benefits.

High-tech kitchens are here to stay in American homes. This growing trend adds value while making the heart of the home more useful. Are you looking to upgrade your home soon?  Check out plenty of digital faucets available from BestBuy.com, HomeDepot.com and Lowes.com today.

Three Ways To Use The Apple Watch On Your Next Vacation

April 30th, 2015 by Christen

 

 

The Apple watch has plenty of noteable features, but they don’t mean a thing if they’re not applicable to you and the way you work and play EVERYDAY!  If you’re planning on traveling this summer, why not put Apple’s latest wrist wear to good use!  Discover a few ways I’ll be using my Apple Watch for summer travel and plan to make the most of your Apple Watch on your next vacation below!

Travel by Plane, Train or Automobile:

No matter if you’re checking into your flight, booking your next rail ride or catching an Uber – Apple watch has an app for that!  If you’re a frequent flyer of JetBlue, Delta and British Airways your favorite app has just found a new home on your wrist.   JetBlue gives you access to flight status and related information such as gate, flight and terminal numbers, along with a scannable barcode so you don’t have to pull out paperwork while juggling luggage; it also gives you a travel countdown to make sure you get to the flight on time. Delta and British Airways have also released Watch apps that offer similar functionality.

 

Not a JetBlue, Delta or British Airways customer? No worries – there are alternatives!  Frequent travelers should check out these apps from services like TripAdvisor, which lets you view your trip information, see reviews, ratings and even images of your destination. If you’re more focused specifically on flight info, you’ll want FlightTrack 5, which delivers flight notifications, status, gate changes, as well as flight progress and related information.

 

 

Hotel Check-In:

Whether you’re planning a last minute Hotels.com purchase or if you’re a loyalist to a specified hotel brand, there are some new apps that can help check you in/out with ease and even “unlock” a whole new world while in use.

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Mobile check-in and arrival and departure information is standard for most hotel apps. Some also feature loyalty information, while only Starwood offers wearers the ability to use the Watch as a key to enter rooms at W Hotels, Aloft, and Element properties. Accor will alert wearers that online check-in is open, too.

IHG’s app is all about Dick Tracy-style translation. The hotel has had success with a similar iPhone app, so it ported over certain features to the wrist.

 

 

Working It Out:

Love keeping fit but could use a little extra push to stick to your fitness regimen while on vacation?  If you’re into quick workouts, try the VimoFit 7 Minute Workout app. It guides you through a variety of exercises directly on the Watch. Since the app store is stocked full of great apps, RunKeeper isn’t  the only running app to have a Watch counterpart: ArgusMap My Runand Runtastic have also been updated with Watch support.

 

 

What are you looking forward to discovering first on the Apple Watch device?  How do hope the Apple Watch will improve your life? More productivity, less starring at your smartphone? Share your feelings about how to use the Apple Watch in the comments below!

Save Big Time Cash With #MyDataMyWay From Walmart Family Mobile #Ad

April 29th, 2015 by Christen

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

 

As a #MyDataMyWay Walmart Family Mobile Ambassador, I get asked tons of questions about my phone, plan and if it really lives up to saving money in my pocket. This $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan includes up to a gig of 4G LTE data and keeps me VERY HAPPY without any surprise charges or inflated monthly bills.

 

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How do you and your family use data? I tend to use #MyDataMyWay by uploading photos on social media and blogging on the go.  During my trips, I tend to use more data simply because there are still many hotels that charge for WiFi and unless it’s free, it ain’t for me!  That’s why now is it the perfect time to switch over to Walmart Family Mobile! The new 4G LTE service makes productivity on the go a breeze!  Whether it’s taking pics of sights in a new city or indulging in a SnapChat overload, using the same data for less money is the biggest benefit of them all!

 

 

Apple iOS users rejoice! There’s even an option for you to make the most of your device with Walmart Family Mobile too!

 

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Walmart Family mobile carries a variety of smartphone devices for you to choose from.  With rollbacks happening every single day, you can upgrade your Apple device with a family mobile starter kit, or choose from the following smartphones from your area Walmart store below:

  • ZTE Zinger – $29.88
  • Nokia Lumia 530 – $49.88 (was $69.88)
  • Nokia 635 – $79.84 (was $129.88)
  • Galaxy Avant – $149.00 (was $199.99)
  • ZTE ZMAX – $179.00 (was $199.88)
  • Alcatel Fierce 2 – $119.00 (was $129.99)
  • Alcatel Evolve 2 – $39.83 (was $59.88)

 

It’s the best smartphones, with the best prices on using the data you want, when you need it!  Why wouldn’t you use the best data plans for your dollars by using Walmart Family Mobile Data plans today!

Want to learn more?  Check out all the great deals and available devices on rollback at Walmart.com and connect with Walmart Family Mobile online today! Connect with Walmart Family Mobile on Twitter! Follow @FamilyMobile for up to the minute sales, news and more!

 

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