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Meet Weave: It’s The Tinder For Business Networking

August 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

unnamedHave you ever been in a crowded cocktail reception and wish that you knew the who’s who in the room?  With Weave’s new business app, you’ll be able to easily network with people just like you.  Weave is the easiest way to professionally network. Just flip through other people that are also open to networking nearby. If they also want to meet you, Weave will connect you both.  

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This is perfect for the introverts who need just a little push in the right direction when networking with strangers.

Similar to Tinder, Weave shows you professionals near you that you might want to know. You can anonymously like or pass on them.  If they also want to meet you, Weave makes an introduction. You can chat in-app or arrange to meet face to face.   Weave requires a LinkedIn profile to login which in my opinion is an easier way to connect with people than the LinkedIn app itself.

Whether you’re learning the ropes of networking, or a seasoned connector, this is a quick and easy way to meet more people

I’ve downloaded the app and look forward to taking it for a spin for a happy hour meet and greet this week.  Want to connect on Weave?  You can download the free app in iTunes and Google Play today.

 

Are you on LinkedIn?  Would you use Weave to connect with nearby business professionals?

 

 

The TRUTH About Facebook’s New Messenger App (Hint: It Won’t Do Anything You Don’t Want It To)

August 13th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Facebook wants to force you to adopt it’s standalone mobile app and it’s efforts has privacy-concerned users upset and up in arms! Recently reports have surfaced and gone viral bashing the social network recently because it claims the app gives Facebook “direct control over your mobile device” and allows Facebook to call phone numbers without a users’ intervention and send text messages without confirmation, but IT’S NOT TRUE.

Guess what? Facebook Messenger isn’t any more invasive than Facebook’s main app — or other similar applications.  The fear actually stem from a message that greets owners of Android devices when they install the app. It explains that the app requires permission access to the device’s camera, microphone, list of contacts and other information.  Want to know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app?  Discover what it can and can’t do below.

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Here’s THE TRUTH about what Facebook’s mobile messaging app does and doesn’t do.

TRUE OR FALSE:  The Messenger app is new.

(FALSE) Facebook’s Messenger app has been around since 2011. In April, it started requiring that users in Europe download and install the app if they wish to send messages to Facebook friends. Two weeks ago, the company said it would expand the requirement to other parts of the world. Facebook says it’s forcing users to make the switch because a standalone app offers more features. For example, the app is faster, it offers a selfie cam, stickers and can be used to reach people on your contact list who are not Facebook users.

 

TRUE OR FALSE:  You have to use the Messenger app if you want to send messages to your Facebook friends.

(FALSE)  While it’s required to download if you are using Facebook’s mobile app on the iPhone or Android smartphones, you can avoid it if use the Facebook messenger service on your desktop or laptop, iPad or even the mobile Facebook website.

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TRUE OF FALSE:  The Facebook Messenger app’s terms of service are different from —and more intrusive than— Facebook’s own official terms.

(FALSE)  Facebook’s terms of service are the same for all its mobile apps, including the main Facebook app. You can read it here. What’s upsetting people is the list of “permissions” they see when they download and install the app on an Android phone. It’s a long list with 10 items, each of which states that the app needs access to features on your phone including contacts, calendar, location data and Wi-Fi information. Sure, that’s a lot of personal data. But it’s the same data most messaging apps have access to. On the iPhone, users don’t get the list of permissions when they install the app, but when they use it, permissions pop up individually. You can view the app’s list of permissions HERE  (Click “view details” under Permissions.)

 

TRUE OR FALSE:  Facebook’s Messenger app will use your phone’s microphone to record you.

(FALSE)  The app needs permission to use your phone’s microphone and camera. But it requires that access because the microphone is needed for voice calling, a service that the standalone app offers that the Facebook app doesn’t, and sending sound with videos. Same with the camera, it needs access if you want to send your friends pictures.

 

TRUE OF FALSE:  Facebook will direct the app to send SMS, or text, messages without your permission.

(FALSE)  One of the permissions does say that Facebook can edit, receive, read and send SMS messages. But the company says the reason it wants to send and receive SMS messages is so that if you add a phone number to your Messenger account, you can confirm by a confirmation code that Facebook sends via text message.

 

Now that you know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app are you still nervous about installing the “new” app now?  Have you made the switch to the upgraded Facebook Messenger app yet?

Get Your Tech Game Back To School Ready With Walmart Best Plans #phones4school

July 28th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #collectivebias #shop #phones4school

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It’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and everyone is preparing to head back to school or off to college.  While I hate to admit it, seeing school supply sales gives me a somber feeling that summer fun is almost over!  Many of my friends and family with kids can attest to how expensive back to school shopping can be!  With tuition bills, books and school supplies waiting to eat up budgets everywhere, it’s good to know that when it comes to saving money, Walmart best plans has you covered!

 

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Staying connected this school year is easy and more affordable than ever before thanks to Walmart Family Mobile.  Known for rollbacks all around, I’ve been a fan of Walmart Family Mobile and knew they had cheap wireless plans with unlimited talk text and data/web - it’s the perfect way to gift the students in your life with a great mobile device without spending a pretty penny.

 

Walmart Best Plans

 

The Alcatel One Touch Evolve was on rollback for only $29.88!  It is 3G capable, has a 5MP Camera add with web/data and service for 2 months this $34.88 unlimited plan is the cheapest way roar any student to stay connected this school year.  Set up and activation was quick, easy and took less than five minutes.  By simply logging onto MyFamilyMobile.com, I was able to select an easy to memorize telephone number and set up the new Alcatel One Touch Evolve device so that it’s ready to use, right out of the box.  

 

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Powered by the reliable T-Mobile 4G network, students will never have to worry about dropped calls or lagging data on their upcoming journey back to school.  Sounds like a winner to me!  Do you know how many selfies and smiles this $35 dollar investment will mean to your student’s new school year? (LOL!) For more information about Walmart best plans for you and your family Walmart Family Mobile click HERE.

 

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Disclosure:  I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. Participation has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Wal-Mart. #FamilyMobile #CollectiveBias #SocialFabric.  To find the perfect gift for the grad in your life at Wal-Mart, check out their store locator online and connect with @FamilyMobile on Twitter and Facebook today.

 

 

 

 

Verizon Wireless Impacts And Empowers Essence Festival With Lance Gross And Regina Hall #VZWEssenceFest

July 7th, 2014 by Christen Rochon
Verizon Wireless at ESSENCE Festival

The calm before the storm: Verizon Wireless last minute touches before convention center doors open.

 

Did you miss out on one of the biggest 4th of July experiences this weekend? Each year, people from across the globe descend upon in New Orleans to see some of the biggest names in the music, empowerment and entertainment at one of the biggest and longest running festivals in the United States.  ESSENCE Festival 2014 has barely come to a end but the impactful performances, influences and celebrity moments will be remembered forever!

 

Verizon Wireless ESSENCE Festival

 

Now in its 20th year, the event has grown to be more than a series of concerts and performances. It is an opportunity for the thousands who attend to connect with each other and their passions. The ESSENCE Festival also provides an opportunity for Verizon to connect with the community and power the passion of festival attendees. Hundreds of thousands came to New Orleans, Lousiana for the 20th Annual Essence Festival sponsored by Verizon Wireless and got the opportunity to meet and greet celebrities such as R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan, R&B crooner Kem, Actress Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Lance Gross and many more!

 

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Jazmine Sullivan talks new passions and new music with Verizon Wireless fans at ESSENCE Festival.

 

 

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Kem talks about growth in the music industry with Verizon Wireless at ESSENCE Festival

 

In addition to a star-studded celebrity experience, Verizon Wireless also showcased the power of Verizon’s network with the community by showing how individuals can transform their lives through technology & more. Representatives from Verizon’s HR team were at the ESSENCE Festival hiring talented and driven individuals who share their values of leveraging technology to create a better world. Verizon empowered girls between the ages of 12 and 17 years old to help address teen dating violence. They hosted the loveisrespect hackathon competition in New Orleans, an event that teaches software design and promotes healthy relationships in partnership with Black Girls Code and Break the Cycle.

 

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Verizon Wireless executive Krista Bourne, president of Verizon Wireless’ Houston/Gulf Coast Regional- interviews Lance Gross and Regina Hall at the historic Dooky Chase Restaurant.

 

 

I got the chance to sit down with Verizon Wireless celebrity partners Lance Gross and Regina Hall to discuss their favorite Essence Festival moments, must have apps and more at the historic Dooky Chase restaurant in New Orleans. Discover what makes their partnership with Verizon Wireless special and more #VZWEssenceFest moments below.

 

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Photos via Chris Mitchell / CME 3000

For more on how ESSENCE Festival celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary with Verizon Wireless, visit VerizonWireless.com.

 

 

Firefly Music Festival With Nokia Mix Radio… A Different Kind Of Band Camp Experience #ListenWithLumia

June 27th, 2014 by Christen Rochon
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Firefly Music Festival hosts over 80,000 fans across five acres of music fun in Dover, DE.

 

Hanging out with Nokia Mix Radio at the Firefly Music Festival was a weekend filled with first time experiences that I’ll never forget.  Not only was it my first time hanging out at the Firefly Music Festival, but it was also my first time camping inside a tent for four nights and experiencing the awe that is a live Outkast performance on stage.  Imagine a campground on the outskirts of Dover, Delaware woodlands filled with over 106 DJs, bands and world-reknown musical acts. Yeah its camping + musicians, but a weekend at Firefly Music Festival with Nokia is not your average band camp – check out my epic Firefly Music Festival experience below.

 

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Check out my home, sweet camping home…

 

 

Camping was upgraded thanks to the great accommodations by Solid Ground Shelters.  During our 3-day/4-night stay, we got the full camping experience from making S’mores to playing corn hole and even an impromptu jam session with Firefly artist and NBC’s The Voice Alum Christian Porter.

 

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Who’s up for an impromptu jam session with Firefly / NBC’s The Voice contestant Christian Porter?

 

Once inside of Firefly, there were two things on the agenda FOOD & MUSIC!  During a break many of us got the chance to hang out and enjoy our very first pork parfait filled with collard greens, pork and mashed potatoes from one of the 1st food trucks in the country to accept Bitcoin, Sumpig Food Truck in Philadelphia.

 

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How many photobombs can you spot in this picture?

 

The musicians at Firefly Music Festival weren’t your stuffy superstars either, they were cool down to earth guys and gals interested in a great weekend of music and fun!  One of the coolest guys I met at Firefly Music Festival was band members from ‘Unlikely Candidates’.

 

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…But first, let me take a selfie…

 

We laughed, shared selfies and talked about how the Nokia Lumia is one of the best smartphones to capture the best Firefly Music Festival moments.

 

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Someone is excited about getting his hands on the Nokia Lumia…

 

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The Nokia #ListenWithLumia gang is all smiles with ‘Unlikely Candidates’ at Firefly Music Festival.

 

In addition to daytime fun and music, once the night fell the real firefly fun began.  For the first time, I got the chance to see Outkast perform in all their glory and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

 

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Get the best shot at capturing your favorite summer concert moments with the Nokia Lumia Icon by Verizon Wireless.

 

Outkast performed some of my favorite songs including “Elevators”, “B.O.B”, “Roses” “Whole World” and more!  I literally danced out of my jewelry and my braided top bun became a braided mess.  All in all, if you ever get the chance to check out a live Outkast show, run – don’t walk and get a first row seat for a first class Outkast experience.

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Big Boi and Andre 3000 tears down the Firefly Music Festival stage in Dover, DE.

 

 

My Firefly Music Festival Experience was an unforgettable time from start to finish and it wouldn’t have been made possible without the great folks at Nokia!  #ListenWithLumia

 

 

 

 

 

The New Otterbox Resurgence The Stylish Way To Charge On The Go

June 23rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon


Number #1 Rule of Summer:  A-B-C.  (Always Be Charging.)

 

 

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In the likely event that you find yourself low on juice and tethered to a power supply, Otterbox latest release is for you!   Otterbox has just launched the latest in their suite of stylish,  yet functional smartphone accessories.  The Otterbox Resurgence collection offers high-speed charging technology in a sleek yet sturdy case design.

 

Otterbox Resurgence

At 2000 milliamp hours (mAh), the power case more than doubles that of the iPhone 5/5s and a front-facing LED light communicates battery charge level in 25 percent increments. The iPhone 5s battery case utilizes auto-stop technology, which conveniently shuts off the case when the phone has reached a full charge, saving extra battery power for later and eliminating the need to closely watch the device’s battery level when charging.

 

Must Read:  Balancing Protection And Style With Otterbox Symmetry Cases [Review]

 

The two-piece snap design simplifies case assembly and removal. Resurgence is made up of a specially formulated polycarbonate to improve impact resistance and absorb energy from drops and bumps. A premium metallic finish with soft touch coating gives the power case a polished look in black, glacier, teal shimmer or satin rose.

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The Resurgence battery case supports both wired and wireless syncing without removing the case and includes a headphone jack extender which doubles as a headphone cord keeper.

 

Resurgence is now available on otterbox.com and select retail locations for $99.95. For more information, visit otterbox.com.

 

Complete review coming soon, until then, check out out other stylish Otterbox options here:  Stylish Smartphone Options With OtterBox Commuter Cases.

 

Must Have Gadgets For Spring Cleaning – Soniclean And T-Fal Has You Covered

March 5th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Gadgets for your spring cleaning

Whether you live with roommates, family or your significant other, cleaning is usually the source of major friction between anyone who shares their space. With the first day of spring (March 20th) arriving in just under four weeks (finally!), it’s the perfect time to alleviate tension (in more ways than one!), and re-organize and refresh our homes while appeasing those who are closest to us.

 

DID YOU KNOW:

· A poll of 3,500 adults found that 45% of men deliberately do a shoddy job with the iron in the hopes that someone else will take over

· 59% of couples ages 18 to 24 claimed to have arguments predominantly about cleaning

 

 

Personally, I can’t even function properly with a messy home or unorganized area so now is my favorite part of the year to clean, purge and out with the old…and in with the new!  If you’re looking for new gadgets for spring cleaning projects, the  T-fal  Ultraglide Iron and Soniclean VT Plus S-200 is for you.  Sleek enough to fit in tight spaces, but strong enough to get the job done; these products are must haves for every home or apartment spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning T FALT-fal FV4495 Black Ultraglide Iron

While wrinkled clothes may have worked hidden under the layers of coats in the wintertime, spring time invites the sophisticated side of us out to play. The recently launched sleek and innovative T-fal FV4495 Black Ultraglide Iron invites users to lose the coat and the wrinkles while providing superior glideability and scratch resistance for the easiest and fastest ironing. The Ultraglide was ranked #1 in “glideability” and speed in lab tests against the top 20 competitors, and has a unique ceramic soleplate with a pointed tip that easily works around buttons, pleats and seams.

Available at Amazon.com and K-Mart and Walmart Spring 2014

 

 

Soniclean VTplus S-200

Soniclean VT Plus S-200

The first vacuum to combine suction with sonic technology, the Soniclean VT Plus S-200 dislodges and removes microscopic particles embedded deep down in the carpet, typically 0.2 to 100 microns in size. These particle sizes are where allergens come in—anything from bacteria to pollen spores that trigger allergy effects and cause illness—particles too small for standard vacuums to remove. The vacuum also features a fragrance dispensing system that emits a fresh laundry scent while you clean, leaving both your vacuum and home smelling clean!

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Spring Cleaning on the agenda? I’ve been using the Soniclean VT Plus for weeks and I love it!

I’ve been using my SonicClean VT Plus for a few weeks and can’t wait to share my full review of this cleaning powerhouse soon.

Available for purchase online at www.mysoniclean.com as well as www.costco.com. Soniclean is also available in select Bed, Bath & Beyond retail locations nationwide.

Are you looking forward to spring cleaning?  What are your go to gadgets that help you get the job done?  Share your favorite spring cleaning gadgets below…

Raising The Fitness Bar With The Samsung Gear Fit

February 25th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If you’re one of the many Fitbit Force users that have been affected by the recall and looking for an alternative device – move over Fitbit Force, there’s a new wearable in town – the Samsung Gear Fit.

Gear Fit

Yesterday we were introduced to the Samsung Gear Fit, the industry’s first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device for the active consumer. The Gear Fit offers the unmatched convenience of Samsung Gear technology with the most comprehensive fitness tools available, empowering consumers stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity.

 

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The Gear family continues to expand with the new Gear Fit designed to help those consumers striving to live more fit and active lives without sacrificing their own personal style or their ability to stay connected on the go.  Whether used as a standalone or companion device, the Samsung Gear Fit puts people in charge of their personal and active lives while staying connected so they never miss a moment.
The Samsung Gear Fit was designed to comfortably contour to consumers’ wrists while offering a vivid Super AMOLED display. Gear FitIt provides much more than an everyday fitness band, keeping consumers up to date instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones such as incoming calls, emails, SMS, alarm, S-planner, 3rd party apps while consumers are on the move so they can stay connected. Changeable straps in Black, Orange and Mocha Grey will let users express their individual style, changing the look of the Gear Fit to match their outfit or mood for any type of activity.  Check out video below.

 

 

It’ll receive notifications, track your heart rate, control music, and…well, do all the basic things most people think of when they think of “smart watch.” Will the Gear fit usher in a whole new world of wearables for the future?  I sure hope so.  What do you think?  Would you buy a Gear Fit to replace your current fitness tracking wristband?

 

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