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Take Smartphone Photos To Another Level With Olloclip

July 23rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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If you’re familiar with taking photos on your smartphone, you already know how limiting the standard lens can be.  There have been many accessories promising improved smartphone photographs through filters and external lenses but none of them have been more popular to date, than the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens system.  The olloclip 4-in-1 lens system is one of the most popular smartphone lens solutions, and it comes with a wide angle lens, fisheye lens and two macro lenses to complete versatility in any photography setting.

 

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This set includes a wide angle and fisheye lens, which can be easily converted into 10X and 15X macro lenses by unscrewing the outermost part of each.  The compact design means that instead of four lenses you’re carrying around just one small accessory, which will easily fit in your pocket or elsewhere. Olloclip slides onto the iPhone and comes off easily and the lenses are attached securely, but you can’t use olloclip if your iPhone has a case. There are convenient lens caps for each of the lenses, and you also get a soft bag that you can use for storage or cleaning.

 

Wide Angle lens

It’s not always possible to fit in everything in one photo, which is what the wide angle lens is for.  The wide angle lens isn’t the best in optical quality, but for iphoneography it definitely does the trick and give you the width of the canvas that you’re looking for.

 

 

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a wide angle view of familiar sights in downtown Portland, Oregon.

 

 

 

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A wide angle view of my hotel hallway.

Fisheye lens

The fisheye lens works exactly as you would expect and delivers the photos that you’ve come to know and love.  However, you have to be careful when shooting your photos with the fisheye lens as I have found that my fingertips somehow get caught in the shot, unless I’m extremely careful before pressing the shutter.

 

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a fisheye lens view of downtown Portland, Oregon.

 

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A fisheye tale of a recent auto industry event in Portland, Oregon.

10x lens / 15x macro lens

The macro lenses are very useful for macro photography. You can’t do macro photography without a macro lens, so olloclip 4-in-1 can open an entirely new world of creativity for you.  I used the 10x lens and the 15x macro lens on tea bag packaging and the contents.  You can see that both the 10x and 15x lens delivers in quality and makes the macro photography experiences worthwhile for use on text and shooting other objects, while on the go.

 

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An external view of the Smith Teamaker Herbal Infusion tea bag packaging and directions.

 

 

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An up close and personal view of the Smith Teamaker Herbal Infusion tea bag.

 

 

Olloclip 4-in-1 is available for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5/5s for $69.  Do you love taking photos on your iPhone?  Would you consider yourself an  iphoneographer?  What are some of your favorite iPhone camera accessories that you use?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

 

Create Great iPhone Photos And Videos With KLYP+

July 21st, 2014 by Tech Staff

Looking for a DSLR alternative to create great iPhone photos and videos on the go?   A brand-new smartphone case from Manfrotto called KLYP+ promises to do much more than be a protect your precious smartphone, it has accessories that essentially transforms your iPhone 5/5s into a  portable photo studio.  

 

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Create great iPhone photos with KLYP+ iphone photography accessories including lighting, lenses and more!

 

 

Like any good gadget, the KLYP+ comes equipped with enough transforming tricks to make other iPhone accessories squirm in inadequatcy. With just a few easy clicks, you can attach a super bright LED light ($65) to your bumper that lets you shoot images + record video in just about any light condition.

 

 

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The continuous illumination makes the images you capture incredibly vivid with no light reflectors required. KLYP+ is also compatible with a trio of external lenses ($60) that screw right on so you can alter your POV from portrait mode to landscape to fisheye effect on the fly.

 

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Even a kickstand and tripod mount connect to your bumper so that you can prop up your phone when you want more than a selfie.   Now that’s what i call a really iPhonographer’s accessory!

Do you have any iPhone photography gadgets that you love? Would you use the KLYP+ for your photography and videography needs? Tell us in the comments below. 

Meet The Martian Notifier – A Stylish Watch That’s Smart! [Review]

July 18th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

I’ve always been obsessed with functional and fashionable gadgets, since childhood.  My first stylish gadget was a pink smart watch with a flashlight & calculator that all my friends wanted to covet for themselves.  Fast forward years later in a world where smart watches are being released every other day, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the latest and greatest in gadgets.  But how do you know which smart watch is right for you?

 

Notifier

 

A few months ago, I was introduced to Martian Watches and their latest award-winning innovation the Notifier watch that was released in stores last month.  Now that I have one on my wrist,  it’s like my Girl Scouts moments all over again but this time it’s never coming off.

 

Check out why I’m in love with the new Martian Notifier smart watch below.

 

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Simple style:  The Martian Notifier is a classic analog watch with a simplistic feel that’s far from simple. The interchangeable bands keep up with my ever-changing style or I can keep it simple and monochromatic with my all-black timepiece that’ll go with everything!

 

The Martian Notifier is an attractive, colorful analog wristwatch with an integrated OLED readout that acts as a hands-free gateway to the world, keeping you well informed while your phone remains in a pocket, purse or backpack. This unique smartwatch gives you the ability to receive real-time alerts and notifications on your wrist. Used in conjunction with the free Martian Notifier App, you will automatically receive notifications — including Caller ID, texts, Facebook, Twitter, Weather, Email, Calendar, Instagram, Pinterest, favorite games, bank alerts, fitness stats, and any other alert your device allows. You can also initiate voice commands on your smartphone’s speakerphone for uses such as “read text” while you’re on the move.

 

 

MUST READ:  Never Sacrifice Style Or Function With Martian Notifier Smart Watch

 

Function:  A touch of a Notifier button activates your smartphone’s speakerphone, enabling hundreds of voice commands to control music, check a sports score, get directions, search the web, create a reminder or appointment, and more. You can also decline an incoming call, set silent vibrating alarms that only you will sense, get a once-an-hour tickler to remind you to take a break, turn on an LED light to see in a dark room, control your phone’s camera shutter, and more.

 

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You can now find Martian Notifier at Best BuyTargetBloomingdales, and Meijer!  For more information on the Martian Notifier smart watch visit MartianNotifier.com and connect on FacebookTwitter andPinterest today.

Powered Up Protection With The @OtterBox Resurgence Case [Review]

July 1st, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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You’re low on battery power and there’s no power outlet in sight — what do you do?  There’s no greater feeling of anxiety or power planning remorse than when your smartphone power indicator reads 1%.  Luckily, full mobile protection just got an upgrade with the powered up Resurgence case by OtterBox.  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 case design.

 

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The Resurgence case comes prepackaged with a two-piece snap designed case, mini usb cord and headphone jack extender.  Resurgence is made up of a formulated polycarbonate to improve impact from drops and bumps. A metallic finish with soft touch coating gives the power case a polished look and pleasant feel during in hand use.

 

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The Resurgence power case comes pre-charged but in order to obtain a full charge you simply connect the USB to a power source.  When connected to a power source the phone charges first, then the case begins to charge.

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.  The mini USB connects to the case which is already equipped with a iPhone lightning adapter – if you’re like me an use multiple devices, you can now toss your iPhone usb cord in a drawer because this case eliminates the need for carrying multiple USB cords at once.  

 

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

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The headphone jack extender/cord keeper is a necessary accessory only if you like to remove your headphones often.  Otherwise, its a bit cumbersome a feels like an extra accessory that’s easy to misplace or lose.  In the future, I’d like to see a design with the extender built-in (the less unnecessary accessories, the better).  

 

OtterBox Resurgence

 

The 2000 milliamp (mAh) Resurgence case doubles the battery life of your iPhone (or Samsung) device.  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.

To view case the case charge level, simply tap the status LED button on the front of the case.  The button will blink three times and the final illumination of the four lit sections will identify available case power in 25% increments.

 

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Overall, the Resurgence power case is an essential addition to your iPhone 5/5s.  It looks great, feels great and has the functionality of keeping you charged while on the go.  Now if only we could figure out a way to add the OtterBox Commuter Wallet function to the power case… a girl can dream, right?

 

Resurgence power cases are now available in blackglacierteal shimmer or satin rose on at select retail locations for $99.95. For more information or to order online visit OtterBox.com.

 

 

 

Stylish Smartphone Protection With OtterBox Commuter Cases

February 19th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Stylish smartphone protection isn’t always easy to find.  Sometimes the style outweighs the protection elements, and let’s face it, most of the time the really protective smartphone cases aren’t very stylish at all.  Recently, I got the opportunity to try out the OtterBox Commuter series cases which offer just enough style and protection that any on the go woman (or man) could use.

OtterBox Commuter Cases

The Commuter series cases are one of the best cases I’ve put my hands on.  Not only are the cases protective, but once you entrust your smartphone within its grasp it’s feels downright indestructible!

3D Commuter Series Western Flower

 

OtterBox Commuter 3D

Protection:  The Commuter series cases come with 2 layers of protection (actually it’s three).  It includes an inner rubber case, a hard shell exterior AND an easy to install clear screen protector.  Smartphone ports need protection from crumbs, dust and everything else too and OtterBox keeps the debris out with easy to maneuver port covers. After placing my iPhone 5s in this case, I literally felt like I could toss the phone across the room and it wouldn’t suffer a scratch, dent or one but of damage from impact. This case keeps your device so secure that it took longer to remove the protective case than it did to install it. (It was so secure that I was a little timid in maneuvering the removal for fear of damaging my device.) That’s real protection.

Style:  The 3D Commuter series western flower case in sea foam, is a feminine break away from the typical glitter, rhinestone and pretty in pink cases. The two tone of aqua teal hues, coupled with the 3D floral design was a welcome standout to what’s considered as fashionable smartphone accessories.

Overall:  As one of the most protective OtterBox Commuter cases that I’ve used, this case definitely gets an “A” for protection and “A” for style. What more could you want from a smartphone accessory that showcases your personal style while protecting your beloved device!

 

 

 

 

Commuter Series Wallet

 

OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet

 

Protection:  The Commuter series cases come with 2 layers of protection (actually it’s three).  It includes an inner rubber case, a hard shell exterior AND an easy to install clear screen protector.  Smartphone ports need protection from crumbs, dust and everything else too and OtterBox keeps the debris out with easy to maneuver port covers.

Style:  This case isn’t the most stylish, but it is protective and quite practical. The OtterBox Wallet secret card tray houses 3-4 cards. (I used mine to keep my ID, bank card and Metro Card in my hands at all times, since you can rarely catch me without my smartphone in hand.) It’s not as stylish as one would expect, which is why I added some flare with a mirrored protective screen cover. This practical smartphone case is now a wallet and a mirror. SCORE!

Overall:  As one of the most protective OtterBox Commuter cases, this case wallet case is handy when going out without a bag or purse. It easily slides in and out of your pocket with ease. Now that I’ve added a mirrored protective case it’s a welcomed update from a one dimensional practical accessory into three and that makes me a pretty happy gal!

 

What do you look for in stylish and or practical smartphone accessories? Which one of these OtterBox Cases do you like best? Share your opinion below.

Convert Your iPhone With Ryan Seacrest’s Typo Keyboard

December 6th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Typo Keyboard

 

If you like many bi-cellular consumers toting around two or more smartphones everyday, then Ive got some good news for you.  What if you could add the best features from one smartphone and add it to another?  As much as I love my iPhone 5s – there’s just something so familiar and convenient about having a QWERTY keyboard for crafting emails and texts on the go.  The market for keyboard-equipped phones is ever evolving and now media guru  Ryan Seacrest is jumping into the mix – the American Idol host is convinced that messaging mavens need real buttons. The king behind “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” he’s jumping into hardware and launching the Typo Keyboard for the iPhone 5 and 5s.

The Bluetooth case turns an Apple device into a makeshift BlackBerry Q10, complete with backlit, sculpted keys that cover up the iPhone’s home button; (aka no access to the home button means – no multitasking for you.) The Typo Keyboard will make its formal debut at CES in early January, and it should ship that month for $99.

Typo Keyboard

 

 

The Typo Keyboard case isn’t the first product to attempt to bring a QWERTY keyboard to the iPhone. Others from BoxWave and Dobi have all tried to solve this age-old problem, but the use of Bluetooth is frustrating and the keyboards themselves were slow and added a lot of heft to the phone.  We’ll just have to wait and see if the Typo Keyboard will indeed change the game or if it’ll wind up as just another failed iPhone bluetooth accessory .  For more visit TypoKeyboards.com.

Introducing The Wacom Bamboo Mini Stylus

May 13th, 2013 by Rod

Wacom Bamboo Mini Stylus

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Are there times where you wish you had a stylus for your smartphone or tablet at any given time?  Are you an iPad owner wanting to design more ideas on the go but tired of having dig into your bag or purse for one?  Wacom is here to the rescue with their new line of Bamboo mini stylus.

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Wacom Bamboo Mini Stylus

The stylus gives you a small pen-like experience.  Wacom crafted this with a brass body wrapped in a soft-touch rubber accompanied by a soft rubber nib, and a built-in lanyard that plugs into your headphone jack to keep it nearby at all times. It feels solid. It looks and feels fresh. The Bamboo Stylus mini is for the most design discerning, who will also value the best feature yet: the Bamboo Stylus mini is extremely portable. It is a digital pen for on the move that can be used with a touch smartphone or tablet, without danger of it being lost. A strap and dummy plug allow it to be plugged into the device’s headphone jack. The soft plug material will not damage the headphone jack – even after frequent use.  It also comes in a variety of six colors to choose from like: Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Red, or White.
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No longer do you have to be a Samsung Galaxy Note II owner to use a stylus with your smartphone. The new Wacom Bamboo Stylus mini is ready to be your styli of choice,  priced only at $14.95, when you are going order yours?

Case-Mate Crafted Collection iPhone 5 Case (Review)

February 13th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

As our “Best of CES” pick of 2013 – the Case-Mate Crafted Collection offers a luxurious alternative to everyday iPhone adornment.  If you’ve ever desired an elegant accessory to accompany your ever evolving style – the Case-Mate Crafted Collection, just may be the be thing created for your smartphone.  Recently, I got the chance to check out the Pearls Collection in Black, Silver and Gold as well as the chic Madison Collection case in black.

 

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The Pearls Collection is crafted from genuine mother of pearl.  Individual pieces of this exotic pearl are thoughtfully selected and carefully laid into an artistic design pattern that enhances its pigmentation and luster. The additional finishing touch of slowly polished and brushed aluminum creates a stunning contrast and gives the Pearls Collection its chic, refined beauty.

 

Case-Mate Crafted Collection

 

 

The classic beauty of the Madison Collection embodies the iconic trend of quilted fashion accessories (an absolute must-have for any Chanel bag owner.)  Adding a touch of bling with Swarovski Crystals to compliment the quilted genuine leather makes the Madison case perfect for the fashionable, modern woman of any age.

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Case-Mate Crafted Collection Review

 

Luxury is never cheap, and neither are these Crafted Collection accessories.  Case-Mate is moving into a more luxe market of accessories with the Pearls and Madison Collection, starting at $100 these smartphone cases may be a little bit more than what you’re used to spending on accessories.  But if you think about it, isn’t your smartphone one of the most expensive accessories you own anyway?  Why not invest in an accessory that not only protects your valuable smartphone, but also compliments your personal style?

 

 

Case-Mate Introduces The First Of Blackberry Z10 Accessories

January 30th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Everyone’s abuzz about the innovative Blackberry Z10 device. Case-Mate has answered the call to launch statement-making Blackberry Z10 cases to protect this hot new mobile phone. Whether you want a one-of-a-kind case made from precious woods, a classic leather flip or a modern metal case, Case-Mate has got you covered. Check out a few of the Blackberry Z10 cases by Case-Mate below…

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Inspired by vintage automotive interiors, the Crafted Woods Collection is a marriage of sophisticated authentic natural materials and thoughtful attention to detail.

 

Crafted Zebrawood, $80:  Sustainably-harvested in Central Africa, the light-colored Zebrawood is patterned with a chaotic and wavy stripping that resembles a zebra’s distinctive stripes. The richly-veined coarse texture of the Zebrawood wood adds a natural feel to the case and highlights the beauty and strength of the wood’s interlocking grain.

Refined Brushed Aluminum, $50: Sophistication is in the details. The Brushed Aluminum case excites with a blend of sleek, sporty look and top-notch protection. Available in Brushed Gunmetal with Black.

Signature Flip, $50Uncover style with the Signature Flip. Fashioned from genuine leather, the tailored design has 360-degree front and back protection. An ultra-soft microfiber lines the inside for extra protection and polish. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the boardroom and beyond.

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If you’re looking for a more custom option for your Blackberry Z10 why not take a look at the new Olo or Make My Case

 

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  • Tough Classic, $35: Built to withstand sudden drops and accidental falls, the Tough case is the epitome of protection. A snug, form fitting silicone wrap provides shock resistance, while the polycarbonate hard shell protects against impact. Available in Black. 
  • Barely There, $30: A sleek style shows off more of the BlackBerry with the minimal case design. Covering the back and corners, the hard shell design absorbs shocks and impacts. A soft-touch, matte finish adds a modern touch to the classic style. Available in Black and White.

MAKE MY CASEDesign your own custom case with images uploaded from your computer, Instagram or Facebook. Experiment with different layouts and background colors to create an unique case all for you!

 

Are you looking closer at the Blackberry Z10 and these custom casing options?  How do you feel about the new Blackberry Z10?

 

 

Best Of CES 2013: Case Mate Crafts Perfection With Pearl Collection

January 24th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Always evolving a portfolio of classically-styled mobile accessories inspired by a thoughtful approach to elegant materials, detailed assembly, and finishing detail – Case Mate has done it again with their new Pearl Collection of accessories.  If you’ve ever desired an elegant accessory to accompany your style, nothing says classic elegance like pearls.

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Famed for its shimmering beauty, the Pearls Collection is crafted from genuine mother of pearl.  Individual pieces of this exotic pearl are thoughtfully selected and carefully laid into an artistic design pattern that enhances its pigmentation and luster. The additional finishing touch of slowly polished and brushed aluminum creates a stunning contrast and gives the Pearls Collection its chic, refined beauty.

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To ensure a dazzling luminosity, the Crafted Pearls Collection features genuine Mother of Pearl harvested from mollusks found in the Pacific South Seas and Hawaii. Individual pieces of the exotic pearl are thoughtfully selected and carefully laid into a unique artistic design pattern that enhances its pigmentation and luster.

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Available for the iPhone 5 in gold, black and silver — the Pearl Collection comes at an elegant price tag as well, retailing online for $150.  Who says the cost of beauty is too high?  Would you invest in a luxurious Pearl Collection accessory by Case Mate?

 

Pearl Collection

The Pearl Collection by Case Mate

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