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Are You Currently Living In America’s Smart Cities?

January 15th, 2014 by Nicole

The survival of our species on planet earth is largely going to be determined by what happens in our cities. By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in them.  Today’s cities demand 21st century solutions to accommodate their growing populations in ways that not only maintain the quality of life, but also improve it. That’s where smart cities come in. Smart cities find ways to become more efficient, to deliver more services via mobile technology, to optimize existing infrastructure, and to leverage citizen participation to create better land-use decisions and to break down bureaucracy in order to stimulate a creative, entrepreneurial economy. In short, smart cities are innovative cities.  Are you living in America’s smart cities?

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More than half of people in the U.S. have smartphones.  We use them like they are attached to our body.  We talk, text, game and socialize.  The trend is that consumers need more than that.  We need smartphones to perform more personal and efficient tasks that relates to our everyday life – to keep us informed.  The Internet, smartphones, and technology innovation plus social wants, have become an integral part of our lives and smart cities are taken notice.

Cities are starting to invest more in smart technology.  Our physical surroundings are already captured by services like street cameras, Google Earth, and apps like Yelp.  Smart Cities can make extensive use of the information and technologies they have to improve the quality of life of its citizens.  Sensors and cloud apps connect transportation, healthcare, and street lights.  How does this work?  Cities are looking to placing sensors around cities to provide information about your physical environment to transmit information to your smartphones like the bus schedule at the street location where you are standing.  Smart street lights that can detect movement, monitor and display temperature, collect data on traffic patterns, and sense gun shots detection to alert law enforcement.  From GPS-enabled school buses sharing locations with a parent’s smartphone to sensors that monitor and report on building conditions, smart cities and their systems are becoming increasingly connected with their inhabitants with a promise of urban intelligence and resiliency like never before. This network of connections is known in the market today as the Internet of Things.

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Are You Living In America’s Smartest City?

10.  Montreal

9.  Chicago

8.  Portland, OR

7.  Vancouver

6.  Toronto

5.  New York

4.  Washington D.C.

3.  San Francisco (tied)

2.  Boston (tied)

1.  Seattle

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In 2009, the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) developed a smartphone app called Citizens Connect that allows residents to quickly report public works and service needs. Bostonians can inform officials of infrastructure and service problems (using the SeeClickFix App) such as potholes, streetlight failures, or graffiti via their phones, allowing the city to be far more responsive to its citizens’ needs and eliminating paperwork.  As workers finish projects they record the date and time of completion, allowing residents to verify the city’s responsiveness to their requests.  source

 

Do you live in a smart city?  What smart tech services do they provide?

 

Three Unique Gift Ideas For A Techie That Won’t Disappoint

December 10th, 2013 by Nicole

It’s so hard to please a techie with tech products.  They know it all and seen it all.  So if you want to impress them with some awesome tech gifts you got to go big.  Well we can help you with that.  Here are 3 innovative gift ideas for a techie that we love.

 

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(Big Spender)  Samsung 8000 Series Smart TV

You are winning if you gift your techie with this smart TV.  The 65” LED smart TV has all the bells and whistle you expect from Samsung, including searching for TV shows and movies, connections with Netflix/Blockbuster, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, and social media updates through web services like Twitter and Facebook.  But what really set this smart TV apart from the rest are the features to chat with friends, apps, and interactive TV content.  With full HD 1080p display you can watch 2D and 3D quality content using 3D glasses to “immerse yourself in the picture.”  But this is what your techie will love – the Smart Touch Remote with a built-in microphone and gesture control.  Use your voice and gestures to control key features on the TV.  Oh, and the remote control has facial recognition to log you into the smart hub.  Your techie is going to geek out!

Cost:  $3,499

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Gift ideas for a techie suitcase(Modest Gifter) TrakDot

Travel much?  Then you should have this.  Make sure your valuables never get lost while traveling with this handy little tracker.  The Trakdot system, which includes a small sensor placed in your luggage and an app loaded on your smartphone that tracks the location of your luggage throughout your travels.  The Trakdot sends to your smartphone text messages reporting the position of your luggage, so you know exactly where your items are at all times.

“Trakdot™ employs newly patented mirco-electronics and ground-based cellular telephone technologies to track and report its position on the ground even while inside metal containers, such as cars, hardened suitcases, and parked aircraft.”

The service can be linked to several smartphones.

Trakdot luggage Sensor $59.99
One-Time Activation $8.99
Annual Service Fee $12.99

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Gift ideas for a techie solar charger window

(Budget Baby)  Window Solar Charger

Save energy and use a solar panel to charge your phone.  The Window Solar Charger charges mobile phones and MP3 players at home, in the office, or in your car – just stick the charger to a window facing the sun and the solar panel will soak up those rays.

Colors:  silver, black, and green

Cost:  $27.50

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Re-Discover Detroit With Divas On Destinations #DearDetroit (Video)

December 2nd, 2013 by Christen Rochon


Detroit is a city that has had more than it’s fair share of political drama, economic turmoil and a modern-day Exodus that will go down in history.   But America’s great comeback city is so much more than it’s well known home for Motown music and great American-made automobiles.  As a born and raised Detroiter, I wanted to highlight just a few of my favorite things that makes the Motor City so special, starting with the largest parade of cars that brings out enthusiasts from far and wide (also known as the Mardi Gras of cars) – the Woodward Dream Cruise.

 

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Detroit may be known for a lot of things, but after viewing each episode of this series hopefully you’ll learn how great the city really is – and re-discover “Dear Detroit”

 


Want to learn more about the city of Detroit?  Do you have an amazing #DearDetroit experience that you’d like to share?  Connect with Divas On Destinations, Chevy and Detroit online and follow the conversation using #DearDetroit via Facebook or Twitter below. 

 

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Check out DivasOnDestinations.com for weekly installments of the “Dear Detroit” web series all month long.  The “Dear Detroit” series has been made possible by Chevrolet and the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.   All views, opinions and experiences expressed are my own.

#CyberMonday: Steals, Deals And Discount Codes You Need To Know

December 2nd, 2013 by Christen Rochon

CYBER MONDAY DISCOUNT CODES

If you’re like the millions of Americans that avoided Black Friday big box stores for holiday shopping then you’re probably online today looking for all the Cyber Monday deals that your wallet can handle.  Lucky for you we have only the best steals, deals and discount codes that your computer can handle for your shopping enjoyment below.

 

BEST BUY:  Save 15% on specialty items and up to $50 on all Cyber Monday online buys with Store Pickup  from BestBuy.com.

CYBER MONDAY Discount Codes To Know:  
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WAL-MART:  Samsung 40″ Class Smart LED HDTV for $397.99 + Free Shipping.  Save Up To 60% Off The Walmart Value Of The Day.

CYBER MONDAY Discount Codes To Know:  
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MACY’S:  Save 15% Off regular, sale and clearance prices. $50 Off $200+ all sale & clearance apparel, select home items, fine & fashion jewelry. 10% off home, select watches, select fine & fashion jewelry, shoes, coats, suits, dresses, lingerie, mens suit separates & sport coats, furniture, mattresses, area rugs/floor coverings and get Free Shipping on $75 or more.

CYBER MONDAY Discount Codes To Know:  
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H&M:  Cyber Monday – Take 40% Off Your Entire Order of $50 or More + Free Shipping through 12/2/13

CYBER MONDAY Discount Codes To Know: 
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TARGET:  Save $5 Off $50 Sitewide + Free Shipping Qualifying Purchases Over $50+. Get $5 Off $25+ men’s apparel purchase excluding shoes.  Get $5 Off $20+ purchase of women’s fashion boots.

CYBER MONDAY Discount Codes To Know:    
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ALDO:  Up to 55% off stylish footwear in stock.

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BATH AND BODY WORKS:  Cyber Monday! Save 25% off exclusive Body Care, Candles, Wallflowers, Soaps, Gifts & much more! Offer ends 12/2/13.

CYBER MONDAY Discount Codes To Know:    
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Ding! You Can Now Use Your Approved Electronic Device During Takeoff

November 1st, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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There used to be a time, where dirty looks by flight attendants to last minute smartphone users were always evident moments before flight takeoff.  The rule was that once the airplane door is closed, you were off your phone, period.  Although there were many passengers who refused to abide by the rule, it appears that the rule is now changing for the better.

Airplane travelers will soon be able to watch videos and play games with their electronic devices throughout their entire flight — and not just above a certain altitude — the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday in a long anticipated announcement.

But don’t expect to be chatting on your cell phone. A ban on using cell phones for voice communication remains in effect.

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Until now, passengers in the United States were prohibited from using the devices until their plane rose above 10,000 feet. The timing of the changes will depend on individual airlines, but an FAA statement said it expects “many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.”

“Each airline will determine how and when this will happen,” FAA administrator Michael Huerta told reporters at Reagan National Airport.

Discover which airline is leading the way allowing you to use your electronics during takeoff at DivasOnDestinations.com

Toyota’s Girlfriend Adventures Series (Episodes 1 – 4)

August 4th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  Our first adventure, SALSA DANCING!

 

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Check out what happens when we take on salsa lessons at Step Into Salsa NY at Pearl Studios in NYC.


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Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve already gone salsa dancing, so our next stop?  Indoor rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders.

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What is Brooklyn Boulders?  Brooklyn Boulders is New York City’s only fully dedicated rock climbing gym and one of the East Coasts’ largest.  With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and a dedicated and skilled setting staff, Brooklyn Boulders offer both a premium training ground for advanced climbers and a variety of climbs for the total beginner.  So whether you’re a seasoned 5.13 climber or just found yourself interested in trying something new, come to BKB and find what you’re looking for. (Located at 575 Degraw St. in Brooklyn – visit BrooklynBoulders.com for more info.)

Check out what happens when we take on the rock wall for the first time at Brooklyn Boulders in Brooklyn, NY.


 

 

Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve tackled the rock wall in Brooklyn, and learned some salsa moves, so our next stop?  Spicing it up in the kitchen at Cook&Go.

 

 

 

 

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What is Cook&Go?  Cook&Go Culinary Studio allows participants, who are not professional chefs, to learn culinary skills in a fun, relaxed environment.  Original menus test the limits of culinary aesthetics, while at the same time respecting traditions.  There is a spirit of fun making dishes that are accessible to all skill levels.  You don’t have to be a professional chef, you just need to have a passion for learning, sharing (and eating!). Cook & Go uses high quality, fresh products and a passion for teaching to help you to create healthy, well balanced meals.

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I had such an amazing time and each dish we prepared exceeded my expectation of deliciousness!  This foodie’s dream came true inside of that kitchen, so much so a food blog could be in the works soon… maybe DivasandForks.com? (HA!)

 


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Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve tackled the rock wall in Brooklyn, learned some salsa moves AND stepped up our game in the kitchen – so our next stop?  High flying adventures at Trapeze School New York!

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What is Trapeze School New York?  Trapeze School New York (TSNY) is dedicated to making flying trapeze available to anyone who seeks inspiration, challenge, fitness or just a couple hours of unique fun. Located atop Pier 40 at Chelsea Piers, TSNY offers flying trapeze classes for all levels (first-timers and beginners welcome) as well as intensive multi-session workshops for more advanced flyers.  girlfriend adventures

Remember that Sex And The City Episode? (SATC Season 6 Episode 82 to be exact…) – let’s face it, if you’re a woman and a writer in New York, chances are you’ve experienced at least one Carrie moment in your life… and this was my moment…

Carrie Bradshaw Trapeze

 

 


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For a behind-the-scene look at all the up the wall action, visit our travel channel at DivasOnDestinations.com.

Girlfriend Adventures With Essence Magazine (Ep 4) #GirlfriendAdventures

July 29th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

 

Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve tackled the rock wall in Brooklyn, learned some salsa moves AND stepped up our game in the kitchen – so our next stop?  High flying adventures at Trapeze School New York!

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What is Trapeze School New York?  Trapeze School New York (TSNY) is dedicated to making flying trapeze available to anyone who seeks inspiration, challenge, fitness or just a couple hours of unique fun. Located atop Pier 40 at Chelsea Piers, TSNY offers flying trapeze classes for all levels (first-timers and beginners welcome) as well as intensive multi-session workshops for more advanced flyers.  girlfriend adventures

Remember that Sex And The City Episode? (SATC Season 6 Episode 82 to be exact…) – let’s face it, if you’re a woman and a writer in New York, chances are you’ve experienced at least one Carrie moment in your life… and this was my moment…

Carrie Bradshaw Trapeze

 

 

Check out the entire experience via Essence Girlfriends series below…


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Girlfriends Adventures w/ Essence Magazine (Episode 2) #EssenceGirlfriends

July 15th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Summer In The City

Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve already gone salsa dancing, so our next stop?  Indoor rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders.

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What is Brooklyn Boulders?  Brooklyn Boulders is New York City’s only fully dedicated rock climbing gym and one of the East Coasts’ largest.  With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and a dedicated and skilled setting staff, Brooklyn Boulders offer both a premium training ground for advanced climbers and a variety of climbs for the total beginner.  So whether you’re a seasoned 5.13 climber or just found yourself interested in trying something new, come to BKB and find what you’re looking for. (Located at 575 Degraw St. in Brooklyn – visit BrooklynBoulders.com for more info.)

Check out what happens when we take on the rock wall for the first time at Brooklyn Boulders in Brooklyn, NY.


For a behind-the-scene look at all the up the wall action, visit our travel channel at DivasOnDestinations.com.

 

 

Check out more of our NYC Girlfriend Adventures all month long on Essence.com.

Gogo, Monster & More At Engadget + Gdgt NYC (Video)

July 12th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Gogo, Engadget + Gdgt LIVE in NYC

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Last month, I got the chance to hang out during the Engadget + Gdgt Live event in NYC.  During the event, I got the chance to check out Gogo’s amazing ultra lounge, Instaprints & spin the win for some amazing prizes.  I  joined hundreds of tech and gaming fans for Engadget + Gdgt LIVE in NYC for up close & personal tech fun. Engadget + Gdgt Live is the only nation-wide tech event series that connects thousands of real people with the top brands in technology. During the event, held in SoHo we kicked it in mobile lounges packed with the latest tech from from Samsung, Monster, Gogo and more!  Check out my entire experience on their blog and the event experience featuring an interview with Monster Ambassador Tyson Beckford below:

DivasandDorks.com Youtube Video Interviewing Tyson Beckford below via YouTube. 


Check out the complete recap on Gogo’s blog at Gogo, Engadget + Gdgt LIVE in NYC.

About:  Gogo® is fast becoming everyone’s favorite part of flying. By allowing travelers to get online, in air, Gogo keeps them connected to life. Using exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on all domestic AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights and on select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways flights – as well as on thousands of business aircraft – bringing the total to more than 6,000 Gogo equipped aircraft to date.

Back on the ground, with 400+ employees in Itasca, IL and Broomfield, CO are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with us at gogoair.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/gogoand on Twitter at twitter.com/gogo.

Calling All Divas – DivasDriveInHeels.com And DivasOnDestinations.com Has Arrived!

January 2nd, 2013 by Christen Rochon

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!  After experiencing a full year of travel and automotive adventures – the dream of expanding the team, brand and family of online infotainment is here.  DivasDriveInHeels.com and DivasOnDestinations.com has FINALLY arrived!

 

 

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DivasDriveInHeels.com

Created in January 2013 to fill a void that existed in print and new media – a celebration of men & women who enjoy the latest in haute style, automotive news and entertainment. DivasDriveInHeels.com the web’s first lifestyle automotive hub online, for women, by women. As a driving source of everything automotive that’s important to women, we are the authority in automotive news, entertainment & more for women interested in purchasing, maintaining or upgrading their vehicles.

 

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Women buy 52% of all new cars sold in the U.S., influence more than 85% of all car purchases and are the fastest growing segment of buyers for new and used cars. All told, women have full or partial say over a staggering $80 billion worth of spending on cars.  Isn’t it time to discover a new spin on the auto news that matters most?  DivasDriveInHeels.com is a safe and reliable source for expert automotive advice, research with the style that you can handle.

 

 

 

 

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DivasOnDestinations.com

 

Created in January 2013 to fill a void that existed in print and new media – a celebration of men & women who enjoy a unique outlook on travel and entertainment.  DivasOnDestinations.com the web’s first lifestyle travel hub online, for women interested in exploring the world from as close as her backyard to as far as she’s willing to journey.

 

 

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 With aims to share the unexpected truths about travel, DivasOnDestinations.com is an open forum for travel experts and novice alike to celebrate adventurous living experiences and more online.  Grab your passport and toothbrush and get ready for a wild traveling time with DivasOnDestinations.com.

 

We’ll keep you updated with news for both sites on Facebook and Twitter, but if you’re looking for in-depth news regarding our traveling and automotive adventures definitely check out both sites daily!

 

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