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10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Devices This Season

April 8th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Spring is here, which means it’s time to start clearing away the dust and clutter of winter. You may be cleaning windows, scrubbing floors and putting away the winter wardrobe, so why not clean up your phone or tablet, too? Add a screen protector, what about a new case? Free up some memory and increase your device speed…I have some useful apps, accessories and suggestions that will help your mobile device seem like new again.

Household cleaners, step aside. Give your phone or tablet some attention by following these tips to get your devices looking (and functioning) almost new.

Spring Cleaning

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Spring cleaning

Is your smartphone low on space? Having a hard time downloading a software update due to not having enough storage?  For more spring cleaning options and ideas, check out how you can declutter your device and free up some memory here.

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5 Reasons Why The New HTC One M8 Should Replace Your iPhone 5S

April 4th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

After the well-recieved launch of the HTC One M8 last week, some of our readers have asked if I really think the HTC One M8 could replace my standard iPhone 5S.  After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that not only is the HTC One (M8) a better device than the iPhone 5S, but some of my favorite features of the new HTC One sync so well with my lifestyle that it tempts me to give up and replace my iPhone 5s altogether.  Don’t believe me?  Here is a list of five ways the new HTC One beats the iPhone 5s. Are they reason enough for you to make the switch from iOS to Android?

HTC One M8

TV Remote

The TV Remote feature is a godsend for a girl like me, I misplace my remote control all of the time – but I never misplace my phone.  Not only does the device act as a remote, but it also suggests new programs based on your television show preference and interests.  Your HTC One is able to power on your TV, change the settings, control the volume, and switch between channels.  The HTC One’s IR blaster even has exceptional range, so much so, it even worked when it wasn’t pointed directly at the TV or cable box.  The Sense TV software is extremely powerful. It provides detailed information on TV shows and movies, and gives you the ability to easily switch between them. The app provides complete TV schedules through the channel guide and includes built-in notifications to ensure that you never miss your favorite shows again.

 

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Zoe

If you’re an iPhone user that has more photo editing apps than any other apps on your photo – listen up!  One of my favorite things about the HTC One M8  is its Zoe camera mode. Tapping on the shutter button records continuous still photos and video simultaneously. This might not sound like too big of a deal, but it’s a godsend when trying to capture action shots on the go. The resulting photos and videos are automatically remixed into multimedia videos thanks to the phone’s Highlights feature. I’ve spent way too many hours of my life editing and sharing photos using various editing  and sharing tools. None of them are as easy and satisfying as uploading a Highlight to Facebook, tagging a few friends and calling it a day.  Zoe is like your magical editing genie in your HTC – no additional editing apps required.

HTC One M8

Screen

The HTC One features a 5″ display that delivers full 1080p resolution (1920 x1080 pixels). The HTC One’s display is an inch bigger than the iPhone 5s and is simply better suited for everything from reading news to watching movies. It’s not that the iPhone 5s’s display is bad, it’s just that it’s stuck somewhere between 2010 and 2012. Apple introduced the Retina Display back in 2010 with the iPhone 4, kept it the same in 2011 with the iPhone 4s and stretched it out a bit in 2012 with the iPhone 5. Nothing changed for the iPhone 5s display in 2013 and now we’re stuck in in 2014 with an iPhone 5s with a display that’s too small for getting the most out of our 4G LTE networks and more powerful apps.  (And even though the HTC One is slightly larger, I can still operate and maneuver the device with one hand without worrying about fumbling or dropping the phone.)

HTC One M8

Speakers

The HTC One M8 has a pair of BoomSound speakers facing forward. They’re loud and produce stereo sound that’s far superior to the mono sound piped out of the iPhone 5s’s single speaker. It’s easier to hear movie dialogue on the HTC One than the iPhone 5s. Games and movies have way more depth to them on the HTC One than the iPhone 5s because sound is actually split into left and right channels, just like when listening through headphones.

 

HTC One M8

Isis Mobile Wallet / Google Wallet

The HTC One supports both Isis Mobile Wallet and Google Wallet payment solution. This means users can pay with their phones rather than credit cards at many retailers by simply tapping the HTC One when checking out. That might sound trivial to some, but it’s always nice to have alternative ways to pay.   [Tap, Pay and Go With Isis Mobile Wallet]

 

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HTC Advantage

HTC believes in caring for your device, even after you’ve taken it home.  So much so, that if case you ever drop or damage your phone HTC offers a free one-time cracked screen replacement within the first 6 months. You also get 50GM of free online storage (that’s extra storage above and beyond taking advantage of the external memory slot.) and  a host of new software and updated features.  Discover all the added freebies at HTC.com/advantage.

 

Now of course your iPhone 5S still maintains the lead in accessory variety, app availability, music management and support – but when it comes down to pricing, this just might be a key factor that’ll change your mind.  The HTC One is already available from Verizon Wireless for just $199 with a contract. Which is $100 less than the 32GB iPhone 5s, and that’s just the beginning. Verizon’s already offering a free HTC One with the purchase of an HTC One, which drops the price down to $100 each. If HTC and its partners are offering these kinds of deals right off the bat, imagine what we’ll see in a few months. Verizon Wireless has a bit of a head start selling the HTC One (it’s available now in stores and online).  If you’re looking to buy the HTC One on other carriers, you’ll have to wait until next week – when it becomes available on over 230 carriers on April 10th.

 

Style Ahead Of The Curve With Sears Fall Preview #ThisIsStyle

April 3rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

This week, Sears hosted a Fall Preview of the latest trends, styles and collaborations of the Seventeen, Kardashian Kollection, Bongo and more.   I love getting a sneak peek and Fall styles early, but I love it even more when I can spot seasonal styles and trends that I can find now and wear all year long!

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This mixed material moto jacket from the Seventeen collection is chic for any look all year long.

If you’re a girl who’s always on the go Sears Style fashions from the Kardashian Kollection or Metaphor are the perfect option for who want to dress in trendy and popular styles. When you’re sporting the latest threads from brands who understand your style, you’re sure to look and feel amazing. At Sears, you can find the hottest trends in the colors you love, so you’ll be ready for anything.

 

Sears Fall Preview #SearStyle

Wool mixed textured coat by Metaphor available at Sears this Fall.

Take this conservative Kardashian Kollection moment for a spin now.  Why wait for fall?  The midriff exposing trend with a pencil skirt only works with modest skin exposure but this look is so hot that you can grab similar separates and take them for a spin this Spring.

Sears Fall Preview #SearStyle

This is one Kim Kardashian look that I whole-heartedly approve!

Sears Fall Preview #SearStyle

Femininity at it’s finest. Pastels and lace aren’t just for Spring and Fall, it’s a look you can wear all year long.

The beauty about many of the Sears Style trends and fashions spotted at the Fall preview is that you don’t have to wait until later this year to find them online and in stores.  Many of the items will be available and can ship as early as later this month.  That’s a stylish solution that’ll keep your closet chic and trendy for seasons to come.

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In case you want to find what’s hot and what’s now, Sears has you covered with a curated selection of the latest styles and trends all in one place.  Now + Here. A contemporary shop found in stores and online, it’s currently stocked with every must on our list: graphic tees, jumpsuits, boyfriend jeans, maxis, bombers, skinnies and that’s just the start of it. You can begin shopping them all in preparation for warm weather—and before they expire. But hurry, cause once it’s gone – it’s GONE!

Sears Fall Preview #SearStyle

Sears Fall Preview #SearStyle

Even the Fall Preview gift bags are perfect for carrying Spring loads or upcoming beach visits.

 

Check out more of the looks from the Sears Fall preview below and discover some of your favorite and new seasonal trends that you can style ahead of the curve (and season) today.

 

 

 

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.

 

Gear Fit

 

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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