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Instagram’s Latest Update Is Pretty Mind Blowing! (This Is What A Photo Social App Should Look Like!)

June 25th, 2015 by Christen

Unless you’ve been under a rock – (which I kinda, sorta have for the last few days…) you may have noticed that Instagram released a new update that looks and feels pretty amazing! On Tuesday, Instagram debuted its latest version (7.0, for those keeping track) with a fully redesigned search + explore experience.

Instagram introduced its redesigned “Explore” tab, which features plenty of trending content + sort of looks like the iTunes Store, and the improved “Search” toolbar today. Before clicking on the new instagram update on US iOS + Android devices immediately, check out all the deets on the new features below.

 

1. See What’s Trending: Instead of just having an “Explore” tab to discover popular images related to things you are already liking, the photo sharing outlet went all FB/Twitter and added tabs for real-time trending tags + trending places. Now it’s easier than ever before to get in on the visual conversation to achieve more likes on that #TBT vacation shot. Or, you know, just look at pretty pictures on your commute 😉

 

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2. Discover Hand-Picked Collections: This is Instagram’s take on a playlist. Once you update your app, the top of your “Explore” tab will feature rotating curated categories — from Glimmering Islands, Ancient Ruins — that feature people and places to discover, aka a tool created solely for increasing your following number. It’s totally useful as it will without a doubt be the place where you wind up finding your new fave accounts and your next vacation destination.

 

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3. Use the Ultimate Search: Searching solely by people or tags (emoji tags, that is) is over as now you can search places as well as quickly tap on your top searched users/hashtags for quick + efficient creepin’ 😉 The time has finally come to see what your double tapping competition looks like by location by viewing the top posts + most recent uploads to a certain geotag before you get your filtering on.

 

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Instagram for iOS version 7.0 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.0 is available today in Google Play.

 

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6 Style & Beauty Apps Created By Black Women To Download Today!

June 19th, 2015 by Tech Staff

For us, style and beauty is so much more than keeping up with the trends, it’s a way of life!  There are thousands of smartphone apps created every day, it’s always cool to discover a few necessary apps created by women like you and me.  It’s no secret that our smartphones are directly involved in the way we work, learn and play everyday – and with these apps, your smartphone can now inspire new styles and beauty trends for you to enjoy!

Discover six style and beauty apps created by black women to download today!

 

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Plum Perfect by Asmau Ahmed. Plum Perfect wants make sure you’re perfectly styled through patented technology engineered to find the best fashion and beauty brands for your personal look.

 

 

iman cosmetics app

Iman Cosmetics by Iman. It can be so difficult to find makeup that matches your skin and undertones. This Iman Cosmetics app solves that with Customized product recommendations to match your complexion and style.

 

 

 

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Cast by Sian Morson. Make sure the weather won’t mess up your good hair day and perfect makeup with Cast. It is the first app that uses weather data to provide personalized skin and hair care tips and product recommendations.

 

myavana

Myavana by co-founders Candace Mitchell, Jessica Watson, Chanel Martin, and Joy Boulamwini. Myavana is the first hair care recommendation system for women of color and provides hair analysis, products, and styling techniques catered to specific hair types and textures.

 

 

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Pavo by co-founder Chanelle Henry. Pavo is set to find the right style inspiration for you. Join specific style communities to discover others with similar looks.

 

 

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iPORT by Lyndsey Scott. iPort is ideal for models and artists looking to create a professional portfolio, with photos and videos, conveniently.

 

Now that you’ve got a few more style and beauty apps to obsess over and add to your smartphone, which ones are you excited to download first?

 

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Five Photo Apps Created By Black Women To Download Today!

June 18th, 2015 by Tech Staff

With hundreds of thousands of smartphone apps created each and every day, it’s cool to discover a few necessary apps created by women like you and me.  It’s no secret that our smartphones are directly involved in the way we work, learn and play everyday – and now, we’re accomplishing more than ever before in technology!

Everyone uses some sort of photo app for social media, no matter if it’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook – there’s a photo editing app for them all.  Discover five photo apps created by black women, that you need to check out below!

 

Squarify

Squarify by Lyndsey Scott. Squarify is a simple way to convert rectangular photos and videos in square shapes ready for Instagram and anywhere else!

 

Words on pics

 

Words on Pics by Sheena Allen. Words on Pics does exactly what it says! Add captions, quotes, and thought bubbles directly onto photos that can be shared through email, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

 

Orange Snap

 

Orange Snap by Sheena Allen. Add multiple filters and frames on photos with Orange Snap. Afterwards they can be uploaded to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

 

 

 

PicSlit

PicSlit by Sheena Allen. PicSlit allows you to create photo blocks to your Instagram page like a photo puzzle. Make fun picture banners and contribute to the #PicSlitContests.

 

 

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Dubblen by Sheena Allen. Dubblen splits your photo horizontally or vertically to create fun and unique photos.

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Now that you’ve got a few more amazing photo apps to add to your smartphone arsenal, which ones are you excited to download first?

Drones Are The Hottest Father’s Day Gifts That He’ll Love

June 15th, 2015 by Christen

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Are you still in search for the latest tech-toy or gadget that dad will love?  Drones are the hottest trending gadgets that dads love and make a great gift, just in time for Father’s Day!  Solo, the Smart Drone has arrived at Best Buy stores as the first-ever drone powered by two integrated Linux computers, making capturing the perfect shot easy for anyone.

 

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If the dad in your life loves capturing high-flying photos or videos, Solo is the perfect gift for him!  Solo can define its own flight, freeing users to focus on getting the shot. This intelligent drone is also the first to support full control of GoPro® cameras and deliver live HD video either wirelessly to your mobile device or through the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts.

Solo is a smart drone that’s designed for easy flying, and built to capture stunning video and photography with your GoPro camera. With features like push-button flight, Solo makes it simple for anyone to get off the ground quickly. And with computer-assisted Smart Shots and the GoPro frame, you’ll be able to capture professional-style aerial photos and video in Full HD quality.

Solo runs two 1GHz computers — one on the drone itself and one in the controller — connected via a powerful dedicated Wi-Fi signal. This enables Solo to do amazing things, like use the one-of-a-kind computer-assisted Smart Shot modes to fly itself so you can focus on shooting images. Solo is also an all-in-one drone that offers live streaming of HD video from your GoPro directly to your mobile device.

Now through July 11th get a FREE Solo Smart Battery (Reg. Price: $149.99) when you purchase the 3DR Solo Drone (Sku: 5354101). Disclaimer: Offer valid with purchase of the 3DR Solo Drone SKU: 5351035

 

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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Cash Out This Weekend With Our Favorite Money-Making Apps

June 12th, 2015 by Tech Staff


 

 

Looking for a little more dough to splurge and enjoy the weekend? From apps that help you shop a yard sale better to apps that help you make cash money as a mystery shopper – super easy – we love making life easier via technology. But I get a little extra giddy when technology is combined with making a little extra cash on the side!  All you need is a few extra minutes on your Smartphone and you’ll be able to replenish that daily latte fund!

 

 

SquareCash:  There’s no quicker way to accept and earn money than using SquareCash.  Instantly link your Visa/MasterCard Debit card to accept/send money for direct cashless transactions – and earn $5 cash just for signing up!  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

(Free on Android and iOS)

 

Swagbucks: If an app claims to have given out almost $100 million in gift cards and cash back, we’re definitely listening. In exchange for your shopping habits, coupons, web searching, surveys, video watching and more, you can get gift cards to places like Target, Starbucks and Walmart. Remember that latte habit we were talking about?

(Free on Android and iOS)

 

 

Viggle: With this app, users “check in” to a TV show or music in exchange for gift cards to places like Best Buy and GAP. Or, if shopping isn’t your end goal, you can stay within the app and get access to even more TV shows, music and such with your credits. Basically, it’s like getting paid in TV to watch TV.

(Free on Android and iOS)

 

 

Field Agent: Companies like Unilever, Coca-Cola and Walgreens use “Field Agents” to pay users to do audits — fact finding and data gathering — or research on certain businesses. You collect feedback, photos, audio, video and more for the companies. Have 30 minutes to kill somewhere? You can even search for jobs via maps.

(Free on Android and iOS)

 

 

Mobee: Remember those days where you’d go to the mall and look for mystery shoppers? Well, now you can be one. Mobee pays you to shop and dine at your favorite places in return for feedback. It’s different from Yelp in that you have to answer specific questions in more of a survey form. So you don’t get to totally spill your guts, but you could make a few dollars off of places you already visit.

(Free on Android and iOS)

 

Now that you have an idea on some of the best money-making apps that can make your pockets a little bigger this weekend, which apps are you excited to download first? Share your favorite money-making apps in the comments section below!

AT&T + ENJOY Has Partnered To Deliver A New Way To Buy, Set Up And Explore Your Smartphone And Gadgets

June 11th, 2015 by Christen

If you’ve gifted mom, dad or a recent grad with a smartphone or tablet and struggled as a tutor while setting up wifi, email, social media accounts and more – AT&T and ENJOY has now made your life a whole lot easier!

 

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AT&T now provides free hand-delivery and in-person support service through a partnership with ENJOY, the startup launched by ex-Apple exec Ron Johnson. GoEnjoy.com, provides a personal commerce platform, built to revolutionize the way people buy and enjoy the world’s best technology products. Customers can select from a small assortment of items including notebooks, drones, Sonos systems, Xbox One consoles, pedal-assisted bikes and GoPro cameras, and have them delivered and demonstrated by highly-trained staff at no extra cost.

 

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Last week, I got the opportunity to participate in the ENJOY delivery experience first-hand.  Upon, purchasing an eligible product on ATT.com (in this case, it was the Samsung Galaxy S6) – you then receive an email to schedule delivery to your home, office or local coffee shop. At your scheduled meeting time, an Expert will help you unbox your phone, give you a guided tour of the device, and show you software features. If you’re interested, the Expert can suggest apps that are relevant to your interests or help connect your smartphone to other devices you own.

(ENJOY appointments last about an hour so it’s best to come prepared with any and all questions you have about your new device.)

 

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During my experience with my ENJOY expert – Gio, I had plenty of questions regarding photo editing apps, using the cameral in manual mode and even using the cool virtual shot, slow motion and animated gif camera features.  Gio was very knowledgeable about the S6 and provided great suggestions, tips and tricks to use to make the most out of my user experience.

 

ENJOY appointments aren’t just for new buyers either, consumers can also purchase the personal support service separately for already-owned items (no matter the wireless carrier) for only $99.  There are even options to gift an ENJOY appointment to mom, dad a recent grad or grandma that could use a little help getting the most out of what they already own. Like ENJOY, AT&T’s offer for the free ENJOY delivery service is only available to customers in New York City and the San Francisco Bay area for now, with plans to expand the service in the future.

 

I’m looking forward to the ENJOY service expanding to other cities, and and gifting an appointment to few family members (ahem, my dad and grandmother) very soon.  How do you get through getting acclimated to a new device? Could you or anyone you know benefit from ENJOY? Share your thoughts below.

 

Seven Ways Apple Wants To Change The Way You Live, Work And Play (WWDC 2015 Recap)

June 9th, 2015 by Christen

Yesterday at WWDC 2015 – Apple announced a bevy of new features and products and Drake was the pitch man in charge! Many of the innovation announcements rivaled competitive apps and technologies that are already available on Google’s platform, but that’s not stopping Apple from giving it’s annual WorldWide Developers Conference the highlight it deserves.  It’s clear that Apple wants you all to themselves and isn’t interested in “playing nice” with the competition. Check out how Apple wants to change the way you live, work and play using their latest innovations below.

 

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Apple Music Wants To Become Your Go-To Music Streaming Service

The biggest announcement of the day was Apple’s new streaming service, Apple Music. While many saw this coming… (remember that $3 billion Beats acquisition last year?) Spotify is years ahead with a loyal and budget conscious fanbase that refuse to lose.

Apple is releasing Apple Music for Android to give itself as wide an audience as possible while taking aim at Google Play consumers too. With its Beats 1 radio station, Apple is also going after Pandora’s radio audience and any other streaming service out there – Tidal included. (I’ll admit, I was a huge fan of Beats Music – so I’ll be especially interested to see what Beats 1 radio brings to the already crowded streaming table.)

 

Apple Music Connect Could Be The Next SoundCloud 

(Avid SoundCloud user) Drake made a special appearance to highlight the “Apple Music Connect” feature including the launch of ocial music discovery.  Soundcloud has been ahead of is competitors at connecting fans with artists, and it’s always been more of a social network/streaming service hybrid. Which is exactly what Connect is trying to be.

 

Apple Notes

Apple Notes Update May Change The Way You Work

Notes has always been fairly light on features, but its revamp today puts it in closer competition with third-party organization apps like Evernote. Now you can draw sketches, make checklists, and add photos, maps, and websites into Notes. All things you can do on Evernote.

 

Read All Your Favorite Books, Articles And More With Apple News

Apple News has taken a few notes from competitor, Flipboard. Just like Flipboard, you can pick a list of publishers or topics to follow, and Apple News will provide a customized news reader. Apple News is “the best mobile reading experience ever,” according to Susan Bailey and with upcoming freebies like New York Times articles and more – it could change the way you consume daily news soon.

 

Are You Using Your Wallet Or Smartphone To Buy Your Next Purchase?

Apple introduced a robust Apple Pay expansion: It’s coming to the UK, it’s partnering with Pinterest for a new “buyable pin” program, and it’s partnering with Square on a payment reader. Apple also renamed Passbook “Wallet,” and are clearly on the way to replacing your vegan leather wallet with your smartphone – wallet could very well change the way you make purchases forever.

 

The Next Apple Update Could Have Your iPhone Predict Your Next Move

Siri wants to be the assistant you’ve always wanted and with a little help from Apple, it’s  making its intelligent search even better with proactive assistance on iOS 9. This means Apple devices will now anticipate what you’re looking for based on context and make predictions about what you want based on your past behavior.

Siri will be able to set appointments and with an API for search, the proactive assistance feature will be able to pull information from contacts and apps on your device too.

 

Apple Maps

New Yorkers – This Next Update Is For US! Apple Maps Finally Gets It Right!

Apple has a horrible track record with Maps, but its new public transit feature should appeal to commuters without cars. Instead of routing people to third-party apps, the iOS 9 version of Maps will provide public transit directions.  Talk about a subway savior! Move over Google Maps – I think Apple may finally get it right!

 

Apple Wants To Help You Ditch Android For Good 

It’s no surprise that Apple wants to get people to stop using Android, but yesterday’s announcement of ‘Move to iOS’ has just made it easier than ever. Available this Fall – ‘Move to iOS’ is an app designed to help people switching from Android to Apple. The app transfers contacts, message history, photos and videos, bookmarks, email, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books from Android to Apple, and suggests third-party apps to re-add.

 

With Apple Music being the biggest announcement of the day, it’s clear that music lovers everywhere are looking at their platform choices differently.  Are you a Spotify or Tidal user?  Would you consider Apple Music?  Have any of these announcements made you more/less confident in Apple products? Share your thoughts below.

Four Amazing LG G4 Features For Selfie Lovers Everywhere

June 8th, 2015 by Christen

 

Taken with the LG G4… with a special appearance by my favorite chihuahua Phoebe.

 

Being a blogger has its perks, and one of the many benefits is the opportunity to check out the latest tech toys and gadgets before they’re available to the public. Recently, I got the chance to get my hands on LG’s latest flagship smartphone device – the LG G4 weeks before it’s public release.  As an LG G4 Explorer my experience with the device, I have to say, has been pretty impressive (#ExploreLGG4).  If I had to sum up the benefits of using this particular smartphone, I’d narrow it down to four amazing LG G4 features that’ll wow selfie lovers, social media addicts, novice and experience photographers everywhere! Discover the LG G4 and find out how you can earn a $100 Gift Card from Best Buy below.

 

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…But First, let me take a selfie… 

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Front Facing Camera

Before jumping into the impressive specs of the LG G4 – let’s talk front facing camera selfies.  LG has elevated the art of the selfie with the new LG G4. With an 8 MP front-facing camera good enough to be a rear-facing camera and a soft selfie light that brightens around the border of the photo preview window, it perfectly captures your most important subject: you.  The front facing camera comes standard with a “filter-like” smoothing effect that helps make selfie skin look cleaner, clearer and photoshopped to perfection. Whether you’re among the selfie obsessed or you enjoy the occasional video chat with friends, it’s clear the G4’s front camera is one of the best options among competitors like Apple iPhone 6/6s and Samsung S6.

• 8 MP front facing camera

• Soft selfie lighting

• Gesture controlled shutter and display view

 

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Camera

Now days, smartphones are replacing DSLR cameras as the photography capturing device of choice.  As technology advances, smartphone cameras are becoming more sophisticated with improved image capturing and quality better than ever before. With a top notch 16MP rear facing camera and an 8MP front facing camera for high quality photos and selfies, it’s among the top cameras found on smartphones today.  The LG G4 offers the lust-worthy manual mode for novice/experienced photographers offering 15 settings and over 135 options for photo enthusiast level control over how photos are captured.

• f/1.8 aperture for impressive performance in low light situations

• Improved Laser Auto Focus so you’re always ready to capture the moment

• 16MP rear facing camera and an 8MP front facing camera for high quality photos and selfies

• Improved Optical Image Stabilization steadies the shot for sharp, focused images

• RAW image file capture for the highest possible image quality

 

 

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Taken with the LG G4 rear camera in manual mode.

 

Display

When choosing a device, the display is one of the most important features that could make or break the decision.  The LG G4 offers a brilliant hi-def display that makes viewing photos, videos and the internet a truly upgraded experience.  Plus, the adjusting display comes in handy for not singeing your eyes during those middle-of-the-night Twitter, Instagram and Facebook binges.

• Cutting edge 5.5” IPS Quantum Display for an outstanding visual experience

• 25% brighter display* for an enhanced viewing experience in various lighting conditions

• 50% improvement in contrast* for richer images

• Quad HD resolution with 538 PPI for incredible detail

 

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Design

Another cool feature of the LG G4 is the design factor with plenty of options to suit your custom style.  While its slightly larger than the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6, at 5.5 inches the G4 offers the visual real estate for a dynamic viewing experience without feeling overly bulky in the palm of your hand.  You can create a custom look/feel that suits your lifestyle via back cover designs in genuine black or brown leather – or the classic metallic grey or ceramic white.

• Genuine leather, metallic and ceramic style back covers for a premium look and feel

• Fits in the palm of your hand with a gentle curved design for ergonomic comfort

• Upgradable memory up to 2TB with micro SD card and a replaceable high capacity 3,000mAh battery

 

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Overall, the LG G4 is one of my favorite android smartphones to explore photography on the go.  With auto and manual options, learning basic and advance photography techniques is a benefit that only comes “built in” a handful of smartphones these days.  Ultimately, your LG G4 experience will only be as bountiful as what you put into it.  If you’re an avid social media sharer, photographer or even selfie snapper – the LG G4 is well worth the investment as your smartphone of choice.  Available on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, you can find the LG G4 in store experience at your local Best Buy. Stop inside for a hands on demo of the device, and discover if the LG’s latest flagship device is right for you.  As an extra added bonus, stop by Best Buy now through June 13th an discover how you can earn a $100 Best Buy Gift Card with the purchase the LG G4.

 

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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Give Dad The Ultimate Viewing Experience of 4K With Samsung SUHD TVs From Best Buy #SUHDatBestBuy

June 8th, 2015 by Christen

Father’s Day is just around the corner and Best Buy has the best deals on 4K Samsung SUHD TVs more than ever before! Discover the upgraded viewing experience and learn how you can unlock up to $1500 in savings, win Best Buy gift cards and more below.

 

4K Samsung SUHD tv

 

Technology is always evolving and you may think, what’s the difference between dad’s current HDTV and a 4K Samsung SUHD TV?  The Answer: 4K Samsung SUHD TVs unlock a world of color, clarity and takes your entertainment experience to a whole new level. Reveal more colors and a brighter picture with Samsung 4K SUHD TV – all powered by a revolutionary panel featuring Nano-crystal technology. The immersive curved screen portrays a greater sense of depth. Easily access the content you love with the advanced Samsung Smart TV.

· Enjoy a brighter, more true-to-life picture with a wider range of colors

· 4 times the resolution of full HD

· Smart View 2.0 – Watch your TV on your mobile device

 

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Want to see the difference for yourself? Stop by any  Best Buy location and discover the ultimate viewing experience of 4K Samsung SUHD today! See an exclusive sneak peek of Jurassic World in Samsung Entertainment Experience Shops inside Best Buy.  For more information, visit BestBuy.com/JurassicWorld.  Now through June 13th, you can save $1500 on any 4K Samsung SUHD TV for dad – talk about a gift that keeps on giving!

 

Do you love twitter parties? @BestBuy and Brand Ambassador @dodomesticdad will be hosting an SUHD Twitter Party on Thursday June 9th at 7:00pm CST. Feel free to join the twitter party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards. RSVP

 

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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Get Ready For High Tech Weddings This Summer With @BestBuy #BestBuyWeddings #Ad

June 5th, 2015 by Christen

Long gone are the days where you’ll find disposable cameras at weddings and peppered on wedding reception tables to capture moments.  Now it’s all about the wedding photo booth, selfie sticks, hashtags and more! Weddings have gone completely high tech lately, and this summer wedding season promises to be more high tech than ever before.  Whether you’re the bride, groom or guest – why not get ready for high tech wedding season in style with Best Buy!

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Today’s engaged couples know that experiences are more valuable than things, and they want their wedding registry to reflect that. They want the products that will help them build their lives together, by enabling everyday as well as special experiences. It’s not about registering for products; it’s about registering for the experience.

 

Personally, I can’t wait to get married and create a gift registry filled with electronics and gadgets to create the perfect connected home.  I can’t wait to whip up something fancy with a Kitchen Aid mixer or WeMo Bluetooth slow cooker, create the perfect multi-room lighting with Philips Hue bulbs, with just the right mood music coming out of Sonos Bluetooth speakers throughout my new home. Other ideas for wedding registry gifts include – Game night! Register for a new TV and Xbox, and host a post-wedding house party!  How cool would it be to have all your friends over for a dance party or a Call of Duty marathon to celebrate months after the wedding?

 

And just in case you’re a bit leary about asking for the latest Samsung SUHD Tv, Best Buy offers group gifting options that’s sure to appease gifters and giftees all summer long.  Group Gifting allows couples to ask for what they really want, without asking their guests to spend more than they are comfortable with—so they can dream big and receive BIG! From the kitchen to the family room and beyond, Best Buy has great gifts that will start any newlyweds happily ever after off right!

 

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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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