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Create Your Own DIY Marble Case For iPhone Or Any Smartphone

January 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

DIY Marble case


If you love unique smartphone cases that protect your coveted devices stylishly, but object to paying upwards to $50 and $100 for mere plastic – I’ve found the DIY project for you to try out this weekend!  While pursuing, I found DIY blogger Aimee Santos of Swellmayde, and discovered a pretty cool DIY Marble case tutorial that’ll cost you just a few dollars and could make a great personalized gift for others too.  I plan on trying out variations of this smartphone case DIY project this weekend …and so should you!

Check out the step by step instructions below:


DIY Marble case



- marble print contact paper

- craft knife

- metal ruler with cork back

- pen

- clear cell phone case


1. Place your cell phone case on top of the backside of the contact paper. Trace around it.


DIY Marble case


2. Cut out the cell phone shape using your craft knife. Use the metal ruler for the straight edges. Be sure to find a metal ruler with a cork back to be safe (the ruler should not slide around as you are slicing). 


DIY Marble case


3. Peel off the backing of the contact paper. Then, carefully place the sticky side of the cut contact paper onto the cell phone case. Press well to prevent air bubbles. 


DIY Marble case



4.  That’s it!  You now have a creative and stylish smartphone case that doesn’t cost you a ton of cash!


DIY Marble case



Are you inspired by this stylish DIY project?  Would you like to see more on  Share your thoughts below!



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Microsoft Users Can Score Free Upgrades To Windows 10 (Find Out How)

January 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

Microsoft will offer free upgrades to Windows 10 — the next version of its operating system — first for Windows 8.1 users and then for Windows 7 users, the company announced this week.

In the first year the software is available, the company will upgrade any devices running Windows 8 to Windows 10 for free, according to Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems. The free upgrade will also apply to Windows 7 devices and Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

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The free upgrade is only available for the first year. Microsoft has yet to announce the software’s price for the upgrade after that one-year window.

“We think of Windows as a service,” Myerson said during Microsoft’s Windows 10 unveiling event in Redmond, Wash. “Now developers can target every single Windows device.”

The move is likely designed to convince consumers that Windows is worth the effort. Windows 10 is an attempt to wipe the slate clean after missteps with Windows 8, including a new start menu that attracted complaints from PC users, who sorely missed the traditional menu.

More than half of all desktops in the world still run Windows 7. Almost 20 percent still run Windows XP, a 14-year-old operating system. Windows 8.1 has yet to reach 10 percent.

Hardware companies have increasingly been giving away software upgrades to keep their users tied to their ecosystems. Apple, for example, has made both its Mac OS and iOS free, as well as many of its productivity and photo management tools.

Are you looking forward to the new upgrade?  Will upgrading to a trial version Windows 10 entice you to buy the full priced-version after all?  Share your thoughts below.


WhatsApp Users Rejoice! You Can Now Use WhatsApp Messaging On Your PC

January 22nd, 2015 by Tech Staff

WhatsApp announced that you’ll be able to use their messaging service on your web browser starting today. It may not sound as exciting as a Facebook acquisition or an upgrade that involves filters (you so fancy, Instagram), but you WhatsAppers should be positively giddy right now.


To start using this new feature, it’s a relatively simple set up, but one that could truly streamline how you communicate with your contacts around the world. Make sure you have your phone with WhatsApp handy and that you’re using Google Chrome on your computer. Go to in your browser and a QR code pops up. Scan the code inside of WhatsApp to pair your phone with the WhatsApp web client. Now your browser will act as a virtual extension of your phone, mirroring the conversations and messages from your mobile device, similar to what Facebook’s Messenger does.

If this scenario sounds familiar to iPhone users, that’s because it’s the way you’ve probably been sending and receiving iMessages like a BOSS since the launch of iOS 8 and Yosemite. For those of us who spend hours a day and days a week on our computers, the seamless ability to message between devices turns you into a master communicator with the ability to throw links and attachments into texts as easily as you do in emails.


Here’s the bad news for the above mentioned iPhone fans — right now WhatsApp reports that the web extension will not work for those with the app on an iOS device because of “Apple platform limitations.” To be fair, as awesome as texting on your iPhone-and-Mac has been, it’s been leaving your Android and WindowsPhone friends in the dust so maybe this is just karma. Or maybe someone can get started on a hack for that web browser extension so we can all play on our desktop…

Are you a WhatsApp user? Has it changed the way you communicate with friends and folks around the globe? Share below!



Get Rid Of Clutter And Go Paperless With Evernote’s Latest App

January 20th, 2015 by Tech Staff

It’s always fun to be able to say, “Here’s my card,” and whip out your info between your index and middle fingers. But in reality, when someone hands us their card it ends up in the recycling after we take a picture of it, which will quickly be buried in a Camera Roll filled with pictures of cute puppies, #OOTDs or shameless selfies. But we really do want that contact info and Evernote’s latest app, Scannable, is here to help us out.




We’ve mentioned Scannable before, but we thought it deserved a more in-depth look. And here’s why: Let’s say you receive a business card or a receipt that you don’t want to have to hold on to. Just open up the Scannable app (free on iOS), point at what you need to scan and that’s it. You don’t even have to push a button.

How To Declutter Your Home With Simple Technology


If what you’re scanning is a business card belonging to someone you follow on LinkedIn, Scannable will recognize it and automatically add their profile and the info on their business card to your contacts list. Scannable will even take the LinkedIn photo of your contact and add it into the entry so you can put a face to the name. If you aren’t able to snag a business card and all you got out of the meeting was a Post-It filled will hand-written contact info, Scannable will use its advanced handwriting recognition technology so you won’t have to manually input all the info into your phone.




As for receipts and documents, Scannable has the option to upload them into an Evernote journal or other apps. Sending a copy of a receipt to your friend can be done instantly with the point and shoot function. If you have a pile of receipts, along with some important contracts and maybe a few finger paintings from your little Picasso, pair Scannable with the ScanSnap Evernote Edition scanner. Just stuff the whole pile of papers in and let it do its thang. Come back at your convenience with the paper shredder. Done like dinner.

Do you use your phone to take pictures of your receipts and business cards? Would you use Scannable on the daily? Let us know in the comments below!


Marriott Hotels Collaborates with GoPro to Enable Brilliant Experiences

January 16th, 2015 by Lifestyle Staff

Marriott Hotels, Marriott International’s flagship brand, is putting a whole new “POV” on the guest experience by providing GoPro HERO4 cameras at 17 Caribbean and Latin American resorts and hotels. The exclusive offer allows guests to test drive a GoPro HERO4, the most advanced GoPro yet and capture and share all of their adventures and experiences.


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Watch GoPro + Marriott video on Youtube.


“We live in a digital and social age. Through this program at Marriott Hotels, we’re giving guests a fun way to tell their own travel story using the versatile and memory making GoPro technology and immediately share their content with friends and family,” said Craig S. Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International.  “Next generation travelers are looking for ways to create and share their experiences and Marriott has made it a priority to constantly introduce innovation into our hotels that is engaging and fits their digital lifestyle.”


“The Marriott Hotels brand continually demonstrates leadership in bringing new travel-enhancing experiences to their guests and the GoPro HERO4 cameras are the perfect device for their guests to capture their Caribbean and Latin American vacations,” said GoPro Senior Vice President of Marketing, Paul Crandell. “Resort destinations in tropical locations are where passionate people go to enjoy amazing new experiences and we can’t wait to see the GoPro photos and videos that Marriott guests create during their stay.”


Guests are encouraged to submit their GoPro photo and video content across social platforms using the hashtags #GoPro, #travelbrilliantly and #viajegenial for the chance to be featured on the Marriott Hotels’ website, The submitted content will be curated to share across Marriott International’s social media channels and the in-room entertainment system at our participating hotels. To celebrate the launch of the program, guests’ content will also be selected from social media channels by Marriott Hotels to win prizes such as vacation stays, Marriott Rewards points and GoPro cameras.





Participating properties across the Caribbean and Latin America include: 

  1. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  2. CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
  3. CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
  4. Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose
  5. Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
  6. Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
  7. Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  8. JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
  9. JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort
  10. JW Marriott Hotel Lima
  11. JW Marriott Hotel Quito
  12. JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
  13. JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
  14. JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort
  15. Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
  16. San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  17. St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

About Marriott Hotels?

With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like Marriott Hotels on Facebook ( and follow on Twitter (, @Marriott).

How To Declutter Your Home With Simple Technology

January 15th, 2015 by Christen

As you bid farewell to the holidays and say hello to a prosperous new year, it’s all about what you want to change, upgrade and do better. Health and well-being are always the first things that come to mind, but don’t overlook how to declutter your home. In fact, sometimes it’s the first place to start – from a total overhaul to the simplest design changes. Those major or minor design decisions can really impact not only how you live, but also the health and happiness of you, your family and your home.

“As we move in to the New Year, it’s about embracing function but also creating a space that’s a strong reflection of the people who live there,” says Nate Berkus, renowned decorator, designer and artistic advisor to LG Studio. “Forget fleeting trends – 2015 is all about integrating thoughtful elements that have a lasting impact,” adds Berkus, who offers these tips:


How To Declutter Your Home

The first thing, and maybe the most important, is to clean the house. Don’t underestimate how important that is, and what a difference it will make! Next, clean up the clutter. Getting rid of all the clutter, which has probably been piling up all year, will allow a room to really shine again. It’s all about editing – throw out what no longer works to make room for things that are necessary to live well.


Streamline your tech with a 2-in-1 laptop.

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Toshiba – Satellite Radius 11.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop ($379)
Easily browse media and Web content with this Toshiba Satellite Radius L15W-B1302 laptop, which features an 11.6″ high-definition 10-point multitouch display with TruBrite technology that simplifies navigation and offers crisp images.


Scan away your clutter.


 Hp – Scanjet Flatbed Scanner ($219)
Scan multiple photos, slides, film and negatives and get superior color accuracy with 6-color, 96-bit scanning – exclusive to HP. Capture every detail with 4800 x 9600-dpi hardware resolution1. Get infrared-based dust and scratch removal too. The HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner is designed for families and photo enthusiasts with large numbers of photos, slides, negatives or medium/large format transparencies which they want to convert into professional-quality, color-accurate digital files.


Store it all in the cloud.

WD My Cloud 3TB


WD – My Cloud 3TB Personal Cloud Storage External Hard Drive ($169)
This 3TB WD My Cloud external network-attached storage device’s Gigabit Ethernet interface allows connection to your existing network, so you can easily store and access files with compatible PC, Mac, mobile phones and tablets from anywhere in your home.


Shed those paper files.



Fellowes – Powershred M-7C 7-Sheet Crosscut Shredder ($59)
Protect your information with this Fellowes Powershred M-7C crosscut shredder that accepts credit cards and up to 7 sheets of paper with or without staples to cut your documents into small pieces and help keep your information private.


Simplify your controls with one smart remote.

Logitech home remote

Logitech – Harmony Ultimate Home Remote ($349)
Designed for use with home entertainment and home automation devices, this Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home 915-000237 remote integrates a full-color touch screen, motion sensing and vibration feedback for a seamless, intuitive Harmony control experience.


 Now that you have a few options to get you started on streamlining your 2015, in what other ways are you planning to get organized and get ready for a prosperous new year?  Share your organizational tips below. 


Watch This 3D Printed Car Created Live At The Detroit Auto Show #NAIAS2015

January 13th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Want to see some cool tech while at the North American International Auto Show? Debuting at the 2015 NAIAS, the Local Motors’ ‘Strati’, the world’s first 3D printed car, will be fabricated and assembled live on the show floor to premiere a new fleet of vehicles that will be manufactured and sold at their new micro-factory in national harbor, maryland. The Detroit-based auto show is where the latest product development of Michele Anoè’s competition-winning design, that was first successfully completed at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.


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Since launching in 2007, we have continuously disrupted the way vehicles are designed, built, and sold,’ said Local Motors co-founder and CEO John B. Rogers, jr. ‘We paired micro-manufacturing with co-creation to bring vehicles to market at unprecedented speed. we proved that an online community of innovators can change the way vehicles go from designed to driven. We pioneered the concept of using direct digital manufacturing (DDM) to 3D-print cars. I am proud to have the world’s first 3D-printed car be a part of our already impressive portfolio of vehicles.”



The printing of the car takes 44 hours — just about two full days — after which the rough components are routed and polished to complete the final details and give the Strati a finished look. The whole thing can be done in what Local Motors calls a “micro-factory,” a 40,000-square-foot space that contains everything needed to design, build, and sell a car. The company is partnering to open two such micro-factories this year, one in Knoxville, Tennessee and another near Washington, DC in National Harbor. The DC location, which breaks ground in the third quarter of the year, is where Local Motors says the first “fleet” of 3D-printed cars will be sold.Just another cool feature to check out during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.



Skintastic! This Wearable Turns Your Skin into a Touchscreen

January 13th, 2015 by Tech Staff



If you’ve ever been a fan of futuristic wearables in movies like Iron Man, where Robert Downey Jr. maneuvers a Google Glass-look-alike and makes a touchscreen appear out of thin air. Now there’s a company that is bringing that touchscreen even closer… skin close! This new wearable – Cicret, could have you saying good-bye to your smartphones for good.




All users have to do is slip on this bracelet to transform their skin into a working touchscreen. The revolutionary wearable projects a smartphone screen on the surface of your arm, along with eight long-range proximity sensors and an app. Each tap on your skin alerts a sensor, which then sends information back to the bracelet and then to your smartphone via Bluetooth. How crazy is that?



The bracelet comes in two sizes and 10 colors. Once clad in this wearable, you can do whatever the smartphone does — read emails, check the weather, play your favorite games and even answer your calls. The bracelet is completely waterproof, so you can respond to important emails or just read your latest e-book straight from your tub.




The developers are currently crowdsourcing their funding, and plan to release Cicret by next June. While Cicret only supports Android devices, with extra funding, they might get Apple users covered too. If you’d like to help support this crazy tech wearable, you can make a donation to the Cicret team.

What do you think of this new wearable bracelet? Would you wear it IRL? Tell us in the comments below!


News One Now: Four Gadgets From CES Any Techie Would Love

January 12th, 2015 by Christen

The 2015 International CES was the largest and most amazing CES in show history, breaking all records as innovators across the show floor unveiled technology services that will solve world problems and improve lives. The 2015 CES wrapped as the largest show in history with more than 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space featuring more than 3,600 exhibitors, including a record number of startups. Innovators showcased the latest across categories like automotive electronics, personalized health care solutions, unmanned vehicles, connected devices, 3D printers, gaming and more.


CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology and this year more than 170,000 industry professionals, including more than 45,000 from outside the U.S. convened at the only event of its kind to engage in the hands-on experience of interacting with the next generation of technology. 





After exploring thousands of innovative products, I’ve narrowed it down to my favorite four gadgets from CES that any techie would love below: 


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Samsung TV

The Samsung 105” super ultra high def TV stole the show hands down.  It’s the world’s first and largest HDTV that curves at the touch of a button. For such a novel TV, Samsung put out all the stops, including 4K resolution, quantum-dot technology for improved color and its Tizen-powered smart-TV platform.  There is no price or ship date yet, although last year’s model cost about $260,000.


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Air2 Floating Speaker

The Lenovo Selfie Flash is the must-have accessory for selfie lovers everywhere! The pocket-sized flash plugs into the audio jack & the rechargeable flash provides up to 100 selfies in a single charge. At $29 – there’s no news on if/when it’ll hit store shelves but it was definitely one of the biggest advancements to the selfie as “the filter” and “selfie stick”.



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Selfie Flash – Perfect selfie shots every time, all the time
The Lenovo VIBE Xtension™ Selfie Flash is the must-have accessory to capture every moment, no matter the lighting conditions. The pocket-sized flash plugs into the audio jack, giving the user a quick way to create ideal lighting and shutter sync to deliver brilliant, natural-looking pictures outside, inside and everywhere in between. The Selfie Flash works by using 8 diffused LEDs to supplement available light for natural color tones, even in low light condition. The rechargeable flash provides up to 100 selfies in a single charge to snap and share pictures day and night, while the 100% shutter sync times seamlessly to capture picture-perfect selfies.


[Must Read:  CEA Innovation Winners: Best Of The Best At CES 2015]




Mercedes F015
Mercedes Benz unveiled the beautifully futuristic F015 Luxury in Motion “car of the future”. The spacious silver bullet of a body was remarkably open inside, with rotating chairs for passengers that made it more akin to a futuristic lounge room than a car.  The concept car is just merely a concept right now, but with basic connectivity standards such as mobile wifi-hotspots and innovative infotainment systems – this car of the future will certainly ensure that the future looks bright and luxurious.


Looking for more news and gadgets, gizmos and more found at CES 2015?  Visit all week long for videos, recaps and even connect with us on TwitterFacebookYouTube and more today!  You don’t want to miss the best trending in tech from the largest tech trade show in the world – it’s CES 2015!



Wish You Could Get That Text Back? There’s an App for That

January 12th, 2015 by Tech Staff

We’ve all been there. Staring down in horror at our phones at a text we did not mean to send but did anyway for reasons ranging from carelessness to extreme anger to intoxication. Or maybe a friend thought it was funny to prank us and sent the unsendable message as a joke.

Regardless of the reason for the faux pas, your worries are over because someone has finally created that app, the one that allows you to recall your messages, at least within a set time period, and either edit or delete them.


“We’ve all had that experience where we send a text message [that] made us look like complete idiots. We’ve all had that text message that we wish we could get back, and now we have the opportunity to do that with On Second Thought,” Maci Peterson, the co-founder and CEO of On Second Thought.

The app, called On Second Thought, which was launched on Dec. 23, is pretty easy to use. You download it from the app store, set it as your primary messaging app and start texting away. When you realize you’ve sent a text that makes you want to cringe, you either swipe left to recall and edit it or you swipe right to completely delete it.

On Second Thought is Peterson’s brainchild, its creation, and the creation of the company itself, triggered by the young entrepreneur’s winning first place in a start-up-pitch competition in March 2014 at the South by Southwest festival in Texas. To Peterson, that vote of confidence was the validation she needed to start the long process of pulling together a team and getting started.

On second thought

As far as future plans for the app, Peterson hopes to have the iOS, or Apple’s operating system, version out by the end of the year. The current Android version is so far performing quite well, Peterson says. Peterson notes that as of the first full week in January, the company has had about 100 new users every day, with an 82 percent retention rate.

A new feature that she has planned is the “curfew,” which would essentially allow you to set a time for all messages from your phone to be stopped (hint, hint for those intending to have a particularly rowdy night out on the town) until the next morning, when you can glance back over them with “fresh” eyes, as it were.

Currently the app is free to download in the Play store and provides you with a set number of recalls (about 17 or so, Peterson says) for free. Unlimited recalls for the rest of the month cost $1.99, while a yearly subscription is $9.99.




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