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The Plantronics Voyager 5200 Will Make You Fall In Love With Conference Calls All Over Again

May 2nd, 2016 by Christen

 

Let’s take you back to when you first started in your career.  You were curious, eager and excited to learn everything you could.  Back then, conference calls were a joy.  You had a group of peers, influencers and management available at once to discuss business and what you could do to improve it.  Fast forward to today, you hate conference calls.  As a matter of fact, you could very well loathe them and look for any excuse to find a better use of your time.  There are times where shotty cell service or noisy backgrounds killed your conference call productivity, until now.  From hustling city streets to coffee breaks at your local café, enjoy clear conversations anywhere with Plantronics unique WindSmart technology in the new Voyager 5200.

 

Plantronics Voyager 5200

 

What makes the Plantronics Voyager 5200 stand out from other Bluetooth headsets?  The Voyager 5200 features four-mic noise cancelling and is equipped to cancel disruptive background noise traffic or crowds.  Balanced with six layers of WindSmart technology, it ensures your voice comes through clearly indoors or outdoors.  The technology behind the Voyager truly optimizes HD voice clarity on wideband devices and networks.

 

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Once fully charged (which takes about 90 minutes using the included Micro USB connection) it’s power packed to withstand up to seven hours of talk time.  The Voyager 5200 even has Multipoint technology which empowers you stay connected and answer calls on two Bluetooth enabled phones. The enhanced voice alerts announce talk-time, caller ID and more.  The sweat proof nano-coating prevents moisture damage from sweat or rain while in use.  No matter if you’re conducting a call during your commute or in the midst of a sweaty workout, the Voyager 5200 keeps your conversation concise and clear no matter what.

 

Plantronics Voyager 5200

 

The Voyager 5200 even has an optional charging case that provides up to 14 hours of recharging while on the go.

 

Plantronics Voyager 5200

 

There are just some accessories that make your job easier, and personally the Voyager 5200 by Plantronics has made me fall in love with weekly conference calls all over again!  Want to take your multitasking to the next level with a Bluetooth headset that won’t disappoint?  Discover just how the Plantronics Voyager 5200 can work for you and connect with Plantronics online, Facebook and Twitter today!

Are you an avid Bluetooth headset user?  How does your Bluetooth headset  work out for you?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

Turn Your Smartphone Into A 3D Printer INSTANTLY With This!

April 22nd, 2016 by Tech Staff

From custom jewelry to home accessories, you can practically craft ANYTHING with a little creativity and a 3D printer. NOW there’s new technology that’ll make 3D printing accessible and affordable straight from your smartphone! Find out how, below!

 

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Early on, the only way you could access a 3D printer was if you had hundreds to spend, or access to a printing lab.  With advancements in technology, soon everyone will be able to create 3D printed masterpieces…directly from their smartphones!

 

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OLO is the world’s first-ever smartphone-powered 3D printer. Here’s how it actually works: Your phone attaches to a small box-shaped printer, you choose a design from either OLO’s library or any other 3D printing app (or your own design from any 3D design software), pour in the resin and, using the light from your smartphone’s screen, print objects! OLO announced 16,329 OLO 3d printers have been backed with over $2.3 million pledged; making OLO the most successful 3D printer campaign in Kickstarter history for the highest number of preordered units.

 

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Not sure what to create?  Use OLO to print your own custom stamps or designs for roller printing. You can print toys for your kids or even your own jewelry. If you and a friend both have OLO devices, you could send a gift that could only be revealed by printing it.

 

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The OLO app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows devices. It’s priced for practically everyone too!  OLO is only $99. Whether you’re a 3D-printing pro or beginner, using OLO is a great way to let your creativity soar.  Would you use this smartphone 3D printer?

Apple Introduces New Rose Gold MacBook With Upgrades

April 19th, 2016 by Christen

 

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Slimmer is better according to Apple (and most modeling standards, SIGH.) however, just in time for the summer the new 12” MacBook is is taking thinner and lighter to all new levels. With the introduction of the MacBook in Rose Gold, the new 6th Generation MacBook flaunts faster flash storage and an extra hour of battery life.

 

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The power of touch is still the name of the game with the Touch trackpad featured on the new MacBook model.  No port upgrade to report, for a mere $1,299 you still only have one Type-C USB. (But you can multiply port use with the only accessory you need.)

 

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Apple boasts the new Intel HD graphics serve up to 25% graphic performance and the flash storage is significantly faster than previous model.  The base model features 8GB of memory and 256GB of faster flash storage, while upgrading gets you 512GB of storage for $1,599.

 

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Ultimately in addition to the new color option, you’re paying for 10 additional hours of battery life.  (The previous model boasts only 9 hours of battery.)  Faster processing is also included with the new model MacBooks making the 6th Generation MacBooks the lightest and fastest MacBooks yet.

 

 

 

Are you a fan of the new Rose Gold hued MacBooks?  Sound off and share your thoughts in the comments below!

Discover The Ultimate Macbook Accessory You Never Knew You Needed! @Satechi

April 19th, 2016 by Christen

 

Every now and then, I like to reward myself for my hard work.  Shortly after returning to my alma mater as a keynote speaker, I finally made the decision to reward myself with a new MacBook Air to take my business to the next level.  Of course, the sales rep suggested that I add a few accessories – including a USB-C multiport adapter.

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While Apple’s external adapter offers additional flexibility to sync/charge my iPhone, utilize a USB port and HDMI port – it didn’t work all the time.  Luckily, I found the only Macbook accessory I didn’t even know I needed – the Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub.

 

Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub

 

The Type-C USB Passthrough is immediately set apart from competitor adapters by sheer looks alone.  The gold aluminum hue perfectly matches my MacBook Air and looks more like an extension of my MacBook rather than an external adapter accessory.

 

Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub

 

One of the biggest features of the MacBook Air was the universal Type C port.  USB-C is a industry standard that allows charging, data transfer, and video—all in one simple connector.  The problem is, I needed to open my MacBook port to support more devices.  With the Satechi Type-C hub, I can convert the Type-C USB port to two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, a micro SD card slot and Type-C charging port.

 

Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub

 

Unleashing the Type-C port makes transferring files, uploading photos and downloading media easier than ever before!  With Apple’s external adapter, using an additional external SD Card/USB adapter to retrieve files from my digital camera.  When that didn’t work, I had to use a USB wire connector – and we all know how cumbersome wires can be.  With the Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub files are easily accessible with one streamline device.

 

Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub

 

Did I mention that I can use any of the four additional ports while still charging my MacBook Air?  Many other Type-C ports don’t come close to what Satechi’s USB Type-C hub provides.  It’s the only MacBook accessory I need!  And now that you know, it’s the ultimate MacBook accessory that you’ll need too.  Available to suit your MacBook in space grey, silver and gold. (Amazon $44.99)

Drivers Could Soon Get Busted Texting While Driving By Police Textalyzer Scanners

April 19th, 2016 by Christen

Are you still texting and driving?  It’s already common knowledge that texting while driving leads to the many fatal car accidents, but there’s now a bill that can arm the police with a textalyzer to catch you texting from behind the wheel.

 

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Some New York state lawmakers, seeking to curb texting while driving, want to force drivers to hand over their phones to police officers after a car crash.

The goal of the bill is to give police a device that plugs into a phone and scans logs to see if a driver was texting or calling during the crash. And if drivers refuse to hand over their phones, they would lose their driver’s license, under the proposed bill — just as suspected drunk drivers are required to submit to breathalyzers.

The bill is called “Evan’s Law” after Evan Lieberman, who died at 19 years old from injuries he suffered during a head-on car crash with another teenager in 2011. State police didn’t charge the other driver, Michael A. Fiddle, with a crime. But Evan’s father, Ben Lieberman, sued Fiddle and discovered that Fiddle had been using his phone at some point during the drive that morning.

While “Evan’s Law” was approved 16-to-2 by the New York Senate’s transportation committee last month, it has yet to be voted on by the entire legislature.

Could the police soon be able to track the next time you text from behind the wheel? Ditch the worries, put your smartphone down and simply don’t text and drive.  #ItCanWait

 

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We’re Looking For The Next Generation Of Social Media Superstars!

April 18th, 2016 by Christen

How would you like to learn the business, social and entrepreneurship skills in the new media industry? We’re looking for the next generation of social media superstars to join the class of 2016 summer internship program!

 
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Do you love media, travel, entertainment, cars and technology?  Can’t stop obsessing over the newest Apple or Android gadgets?  Are you a social media butterfly? If so, we want you!

Learn how to make money using social media, create awesome partnerships with brands, review and write shareable content and engage with others in our community online and IRL!

 

Who is our next Internship Star? Someone who is…

  • Highly motivated and wants to hit a homerun every time
  • Creative and always looking for ways to innovate
  • Committed to building and developing new relationships

 

What Skills Do You Bring to the Party?

  • A desire to learn PLUS 3-5 years experience using social media preferable
  • Professional demeanor, and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Successful track record working with others

 

What roles do our internship stars play?

  • Superior business and clerical management impacting client accounts
  • Prospecting, cold calling, and development of new sales opportunities
  • Creation of client-focused plans to meet/exceed goals
  • Participation in team/market efforts, meetings and events

 

If this sounds like you, apply today and gain the in-demand skills that will impact your career tomorrow!

 

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[Review] Plantronics BackBeat Go 3 – Could The Right Headphones Improve Your Fitness Health?

April 18th, 2016 by Christen

Spring is here, Summer is right around the corner, and you’re still flaunting your fluffy, winter hibernation body.  It’s time to step up your fitness routine, but how do you find the right tech accessories that work for you?

 

BackBeat Go 3

 

Workouts are easier when you don’t have a ton of distractions in the way.  Hardwired headphones can be cumbersome, but Plantronics has upgraded the wireless audio game with the new Backbeat Go 3 earbuds.  The Plantronics BackBeat Go 3 earbuds have been redesigned to look better and sound better than ever before.  Discover how you can upgrade your pre-summer workout routine and get in fitness formation with the new BeatBeat Go 3 earbuds below.

 

BackBeat Go 3

 

The set up and pairing of the earbuds is pretty quick and easy.  The lightweight BackBeat Go 3 earbuds are above standard Bluetooth audio earbuds with cushioned eartips and design features that create a comfortable fit for all day wear.  The earbuds (which come in multiple sizes to fit almost any ear) are equipped with a sweatproof nano-coating, which protects the technology from sweat and rain. The inline controls are easily accessible with volume controls that let you adjust sound, shuffle through playlists, accept calls or access voice commands on your smartphone.

 

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The BackBeat Go 3, lets you go wire-free with a unique power charging pouch.  The lightweight charging pouch comes with a built in rechargeable battery supply & charging chord that provides a total of 13 hours of recharging power.  If you prefer bluetooth earbuds for phone and conference calls during the day, yet you need that power mix for an after work gym run, the pouch comes in handy for all day use – morning until night.

BackBeat Go 3

 

The BackBeat Go 3 keeps the music going non-stop and the Bluetooth enabled sound, is enough to make most audiophiles rejoice.  From bass-heavy hip hop to melodic live music, the Bluetooth earbuds delivers a wide-variety of solid sounds and vocals in your ears, while filtering the ambient outside noise out.

 

 

Overall the Plantronics BackBeat Go 3 is just the motivation I needed to add more fitness activities to my routine.  I’ve even started a morning run routines, that just wouldn’t be the same without the superior sound quality, look and feel of the BackBeat Go 3.

 

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Available in three colors Colbalt Black, Copper Grey (plus an exclusive Best Buy release in Granite Grey) the BackBeat Go 3 is stylish enough that you’ll want to show it off with your Android or iPhone device.  Plus the improved sound and quality from it’s predecessor (BackBeat Go 2) makes it great accessory to while on your journey to improved fitness, health and beyond. ($99.99) Plantronics.com

Protect What Matters To You Most With Smarter Cybersecurity From Webroot

April 13th, 2016 by Christen

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Webroot in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, I have been compensated for my participation, however all opinions are my own.

No one likes to be hacked. Period. With more and more cyber fraud online, identity theft protection is important now more than ever before! Although cyber security isn’t shiny new tech or glammed up innovation, it can make a world of difference when you need it most. Cyber security has become a huge concern for bloggers, entrepreneurs and everyday personal users like you and me, but what are the first steps to take towards protecting what matters to you most?

 

Do you know how to protect yourself against a cyber threat?

 

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Webroot is a security leader in the IoT sector and offers unparalleled protection against cyber threats that can place you and your family at risk. In case you didn’t know, threat risks aren’t just computer related anymore. Cyber threats have expanded through computing devices with connectivity including digital home systems, smarts TVs, car navigation, smartphones and computers too.

 

Contrary to popular belief, all cyber security products aren’t the same. Webroot security offers fast, lightweight and non-disruptive protection that downloads fast and easy. The technology behind Webroot’s cycber security system doesn’t overload devices like traditional security solutions and uses to cloud to offer the ultimate in cyber treat protection. And for the record, Webroot isn’t new to cyber protection. Their analysis engine reads real-time feeds of threat data from over 37 million PC, Apple and Android-based computers and mobile devices providing up-to-date views of current threats and instant protection from new infections.

 

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My biggest concern before signing up for Webroot protection was assuring that I have the ultimate protection at all times. Webroot’s advanced security offers real time scans covering over 5 billion daily lookups, protecting users like me from over 12 million malicious IP addresses every day. And unlike other security programs, Webroot has built its security program to play well with others (it can be ran alongside other security products without any problems!)

 

Added bonus! Say goodbye to PostIt note covered computer screens because Webroot cyber security even PROTECTS your webcam from threats too!

 

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Protecting yourself online is as easy as one click! Within seconds, the incredibly small Webroot installation file is on your computer providing full protection. If you’re looking for hassle-free Cloud security, lightening fast scans, webcam protection and more upgrade your cyber security protection with Webroot today. For more information on Webroot, including the Webroot Money Back Guarantee, visit them online at Webroot.com.

Discover The New Apple Accessory That’s A Total Home/Office Game Changer!

April 11th, 2016 by Christen

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Let’s face the facts. We’re all addicted to our smartphones. We’re updating, oversharing, liking and retweeting non-stop – but what about keeping connected without keeping your iPhone in your hands all day? That’s where the new Satechi Aluminum Mobile Dock comes in!

 

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Discover how one simple Apple dock can keep your smartphone addiction at bay, keep you organized and become the game-changing accessory for long office days and better sleep-filled nights at home.

 

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The Satechi Aluminum Mobile Dock features all-aluminum construction and a silicone base pad that keeps the stand from sliding. There’s a little bit of assembly required, involving an Allen wrench and a pair of hex screws. But once assembled, the dock becomes the ultimate desktop or nightstand accessory that’ll help keep your hands off your phone and focused on the important things.

 

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The sleek, case friendly aluminum lightning  charging stand provides a secure and hands-free solution to charging, displaying and using most Apple device, including the new iPhone SE, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPad Mini, Apple Magic Keyboard, Apple Magic Mouse, Apple Pencil (with adapter) and Apple TV Siri Remote. It’s beautifully designed and comes in iPhone matching colors (silver, gold and space grey).

 

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The charging stand gives me hands-free access to their iPhone while it charges, allowing me to make calls, Skype or play music easily. Designed with a secure, metal grip, the Aluminum Lightning Charging Stand ensures that both the charging cable and the iOS device stay securely in place. Personally, I’m always on my iPhone 6S at my desk, constantly checking social media and with the Satechi mobile dock by my side – it’s at arms length when I need it with notifications viewable at anytime. Apple’s already updated the iPhone with the new Night Shift feature, designed to help you fall asleep easier but at home, the Satechi Aluminum Mobile Dock takes it a step further by keeping your smartphone out your hands and on the dock instead.

 

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Available on Amazon for $24.99 – the Satechi Aluminum Mobile dock is the perfect accessory for the long office days and better sleep-filled nights.

 

BONUS – Looking for a game-changing accessory for your Apple Watch?

 

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The Satechi Aluminum Watch stand for Apple Watch offers the ultimate solution for Apple Watch users looking for a fashionable way to showcase and charge their device. There’s no assembly required and like the mobile dock you have to supply your own charging cable – but with matching stands available in silver, gold and space grey Satchi has hit the mark creating accessories that stand out and make life easier no matter if used at home or work.

 

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Since using both the Satechi Aluminum Mobile dock and Apple watch stand, I’ve been able to stay connected to important notifications and emails, without having my devices glued to my hands. It’s been a game changer in the office, (I’ve been more productive than ever before!) and at home, there’s no more late night lurking online because once the iPhone is on the dock, it’s lights out!  Discover just how productive you can be with a stylish Apple dock or Apple watch dock of your own!

 

Satechi Aluminum Mobile dock (BUY at Amazon $24.99)

Satechi Aluminum Apple Watch Stand (BUY at Amazon $19.99)

 

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Discover How STEM Is Changing The Beauty Code With COVERGIRL BeautyU!

April 7th, 2016 by Christen

In a super cool collaboration with Girls Who Code, COVERGIRL has changed the way we discover new beauty trends with the new COVERGIRL BeautyU app!

 

Shopping for the latest in beauty can sometimes be a painful trial and error process.  Oftentimes, you can’t try them before you buy — and looks are deceiving.  While there are a lot of apps utilizing virtual reality to help you try on makeup looks, they don’t come close to the real thing.

 

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COVERGIRL has launched BeautyU – a high-tech makeup app that personally gets to know a woman’s beauty needs and makes her shopping experience more personalized than ever before. It takes drugstore shopping to a new, personalized level, recommending products based on her unique facial features and desired looks for her to virtually try before she buys.

 

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Sure, you’ve seen other similar beauty apps before and probably have downloaded a few (or two) to your smartphone.  However, BeautyU is really unlike any other app for beauty brands. It’s designed with updated face scan technology, that gives users a more realistic feel. It identifies and reads individual facial features at a high-speed rate to more accurately define and match skin tone and characteristics. This technology is paired with a series of diagnostic questions so the app can deliver product recommendations and looks customized specifically for that shopper in the aisle. Beyond that, the app’s magic mirror technology creates an augmented reality for you to virtually try on products and looks.

 

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The face-tracking capability closely follows your movements to give you the most realistic results. The app was also designed in partnership with students from Girls Who Code – making it a tool for women, by women!  Not only does the app deliver a personalized beauty experience, it takes the shopping experience to the next level with a scanning & shopping feature you’ll love.  Find more product insight right in the beauty aisle product by scanning the product with the app and if you need a little more time to make a decision create a wish list that’s saved and shoppable right from the app for later!

 

Just in time to update to new Spring beauty trends, COVERGIRL BeautyU app is available for FREE today in the iTunes store.

Have you tried out the new COVERGIRL BeautyU app yet? Sound off in the comments!

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