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Samsung Unveils Galaxy S6 Edge+ In High Fashion [What You Need To Know] #TheNextGalaxy

August 14th, 2015 by Christen
Galaxy S6 Edge+

Fashion photographer Steven Klein, model Bella Hadid, and V Magazine’s Stephen Gan attend the launch of Samsung’s fall Lookbook in celebration of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Soho on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Samsung)


Yesterday, Samsung hosted a range of fashion tastemakers to unveil the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Hosted by model Bella Hadid and iconic fashion photographer Steven Klein the event at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Soho also elebrated the launch of Samsung’s fall Lookbook featuring the brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Samsung Galaxy Note5. The Lookbook, which was shot by Steven and features Bella Hadid and model Xiao Wen Chu, is themed after different emotions and beautifully portrays the fusion of technology X fashion in a high-end, editorial way.


Samsung S6 Edge+



The Galaxy S6 Edge+ blends form and function with industry leading features, including: the best screen technology, the most advanced camera for high quality photos and videos, the latest fast wireless and wired charging, and an incredibly powerful processor. With increased 4GB RAM, both smartphones offer the most powerful capacity and processing power on the market, enabling users to enjoy more seamless multi-tasking, keep up with messages, post updates to social networks faster, and enjoy graphic-heavy games without suffering lag time.

When asked about his inspiration behind the lookbook, Klein replied, “Some people think of technology as impersonal, but it is actually highly personal and emotional. Technology, like Samsung’s, connects people like never before. It’s this sense of connection that inspired us to highlight the range of emotions that even something as simple as a text message, photo or phone call can evoke”


Galaxy S6 Edge+

Fashion photographer Steven Klein (L) and model Bella Hadid attend the launch of Samsungs fall Lookbook in celebration of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Soho on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Samsung)


As showcased through this lookbook, the fashion and technology worlds are more inextricably intertwined than ever before. Both industries emulate impact and inspire the other, further developing this increasing synergy between these great two cultural forces. Through the creation of this lookbook, Samsung continues its long history of bringing fashion and technology together through innovative collaborations and fashion-forward technology. To view Samsung’s fall Lookbook, you can download a PDF version here.



Galaxy S6 Edge+ Stand Out Features

Galaxy S6 edge+

 The Galaxy S6 Edge+ features unprecedented multimedia capabilities with deeper screen contrast and details through Samsung’s industry-leading 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. Feature Samsung’s fast wired charging, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ can be fully charged in approximately 90 minutes, and through Samsung’s latest wireless charger, they can be fully charged in approximately 120 minutes.
As social networking becomes more ubiquitous, consumers expect to share the moments of their lives through photos and video and Samsung is enabling that desire with improved video capabilities. These include Steady Video, which provides Video Digital Image Stabilization on both the front and rear cameras for sharp, crisp video on-the-go, and Video Collage Mode, which allows users to record and edit short videos easily in various frames and effects.

MUST READ: Move Over Periscope, Meerkat and Blab… Samsung + YouTube Just Upped The Live Broadcasting Ante!


The Galaxy S6 Edge+ also features 4K(UHD) video filming and Live Broadcast, which lets users instantly live streams Full HD video straight from the phone to any individual, group of contacts, or even the public through YouTube Live. Anyone who receives the YouTube link from a Galaxy S6 edge+ user is able to enjoy live stream video from his or her smartphone, tablet, PC or Smart TV with YouTube connectivity.



Thinking about getting your hands on the New S6 Edge+ soon?  Share your comments below!


Available on most wireless carriers globally August 21st the Galaxy S6 Edge+ has 32GB or 64GB storage options available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.


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Apple Trade In Program Expanded To Android And Windows Phones

March 30th, 2015 by Tech Staff



Smartphone users now have yet another reason to take a second look at updating to the latest Apple device.  Apple has expanded its trade-in program to include Android phones, BlackBerrys and Windows Phone handsets.  That means, now using the Apple Trade in program, you can turn in any Android, Blackberry or Windows phones towards the purchase of an Apple product or Apple gift card.

Users will be able to trade in their phones from other platforms in Apple stores in the U.S., UK, Canada, France, Germany and Italy via its iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program, and receive a gift card to use at Apple stores.

Previously, Apple updated its website to include a step-by-step guide on how to ditch an Android device for an iPhone — and, most recently, CEO Tim Cook said during an earnings call that the company saw more Android users switch to iOS after the launches of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus than after the launches of the past three Apple devices. Apple does not appear to be offering the trade-in program online yet, but it’s being offered in stores.

The iPhone trade-in program launched in 2013 to encourage Apple fans to swap their old iPhones for store credit toward a newer one. Apple, which gives credit for the current value of the older device, requires users to purchase a new model on the same day as the trade.


Would you ever trade in your Android, Blackberry or Windows Phone to buy a new iPhone or Apple gift card? Share your thoughts below!


Motorola’s New Moto 360 Smart Watch – Is It Worth Wearing?

March 19th, 2014 by Christen

Moto 360

Watch out Samsung Gear, there’s a stylish new tech time piece coming to the market.  Motorola’s new Moto360 smart watch is the newest addition to Android’s step into wearables.  Driven by voice and easily glance able, this time piece takes a few notes from classic watches of old.

Motorola’s decision to go round is obviously smart, but it’s also bold. With most small, wearable components — including the screen — designed to fit in square bodies, the company was forced to, as its designers and engineers explain in the Moto 360’s reveal video, build a brand new set of components.



While we still don’t know a lot about the Moto 360, Motorola has just announced a live Hangout with Jim Wicks the lead designer on the Moto 360 project. That Hangout will take place later today, March 19th at 2:00PM EST. You can sign up for the event by heading here.

Whatever Google and Motorola can do to make the Moto 360 and other Android-based smart watches as watch-like as possible works for me.  Style and technology should work hand in hand and one shouldn’t outshine the other.  This Moto 360 (in my opinion) looks like we’ve found the first step towards fashionable balance.  But don’t take my word for it, check out the Moto 360 smart watch for yourself below.



Did you notice that even when wearers are speaking to their Moto 360s, they’re not holding the watch close to their mouths, or to their ears to listen to its response.  Now that’s a watch worth an arm party!  What do you think?  Would you rock the Moto 360 or is Samsung Gear more your style?  Sound off below.

Three Apps To Keep Your New Year Resolutions

January 3rd, 2014 by Christen


It’s day three of 2014 and many of us (myself included) are either still fixated on keeping or scrapping new year resolutions by now.  The notion of “new year, new you” is so appealing, the only problem is –  you can’t bring old habits into the new year and expect revolutionary results.  That’s why I thought that I’d enlist the help of a few habit-forming apps to keep me accountable for my resolutions this year.  Many of my resolutions are common productivity ideals, like going to the gym, better time management, (just like everyone else.)  Luckily, each one of these apps offer a unique appeal to help you stick to your new year resolution goals.  Check out three apps to keep new year resolutions below…



The Habit Factor (iOS / Android)

Cost:  $5.00

The Habit Factor® is the professional’s choice for positive behavior change and habit development.  Example: If your goal is to “Write a book”, you might create a related habit of “writing for 30 minutes a day” and set that to 3x per week (you choose which days).  Only The Habit Factor offers HabitStregnth: the ability to strengthen habits over time using custom tracking periods & Habit Alignment Technology: the ability to create and align habit to your goals.

BONUS:  The Habit Factor Challenge starts January 6, 2014! Develop new habits to achieve your goals & maybe even win a new iPad Air in the process. Enter Now it’s FREE, Visit:


Apps To Keep New Year Resolutions - The Habit Factor


mzl.cogkpvym.175x175-75Lift – Daily Motivation (iOS / Android)

Cost:  Free

Lift is like having a coach in your phone giving you daily motivation, coaching, and prompting.  Whether your goal is large or small, Lift gives you steps and milestones to make progress more manageable.  With coaching, progress tracking, and optional reminders, Lift helps you stay focused and stick with it.  There is a social element to Lift: if you add goals that others are trying to achieve too then you will see everyone who checks-in to that habit. You can connect Lift to Facebook or Twitter, too, if you want to see which friends from those sites are using the service.

Apps To Keep New Year Resolutions - lift app



Apps To Keep New Year Resolutions Habit Streak ProHabit Streak Pro (Android)

Cost:  $2.99

Habit Streak helps you achieve your goals (or New Year’s Resolutions) in exercise, diet or other areas of your life. Each day you report on whether you succeeded yesterday, building up streaks of habits and ingraining the activities into your life.  Habit Streak has two key advances: Firstly it allows you to build several chains up at once. Secondly it (optionally) prompts you every day to report on your success (whereas one could easily forget to update or look at a physical calendar).


Apps To Keep New Year Resolutions Habit Streak Pro

What are your goals for the new year?  How are you planning on keeping your new year resolutions?  Are you creating a vision board or writing notes daily?  Share your new year resolution ideas and tips to keep them below.


Video Sharing App Vine Comes To Android

June 4th, 2013 by Christen

Video Sharing App Vine Comes To Android

Vine users REJOICE!!! The app that was once exclusive to iOS users only is now available for Android devices! If you’re still in the dark ages and don’t know the hype about Vine, check out our earlier recap here.


Video Sharing App Vine Comes To Android

Now available on Google Play Store.

Vine creates stop-motion videos that can include as many scenes as you can fit in. Video stops and starts when you press on your device’s screen. Your finished product can then be shared just on Vine, or with friends on Twitter!  Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.

• Unlimited uploads and free

• Instantly post videos on Vine, then share to Twitter and Facebook (more coming soon!)
• Find, follow, and interact with people close to you
• Explore trending posts, featured hashtags and editor’s picks

 Video Sharing App Vine Comes To Android


Swoon Dating App Makes Social Dating Easy For Apple or Android Users #SwoonUpNYC

May 16th, 2013 by Christen

Ahhhhhhhh…. Spring is in the air!  It’s finally time to bring on the flirty dresses, rooftop happy hours and smartphone dating?  Yup, you read that right!  With mobile dating being the fastest and easiest way to find and meet new singles near you, it was only a matter of time for the latest mobile app to make dating easier than ever ever before! Now available on your Android or Apple smartphone, get ready to start swooning today!

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swoon app 

Swoon, a new dating app that allows users to connect with cool people nearby, has bridged the gap between smartphone platforms and debuted an iOS app, making it the first app of its kind to be available to both Android and iPhone users.

In celebration of the iOS launch, its time raise a glass and celebrate the SwoonLife at the Official NYC Launch Party. On Tuesday, May 21st, Swooners will have the chance to test their swooning skills at Haru Gramercy over lite bites and cocktails. Hopefully, Swooners will meet the man or woman of their dreams!

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swoon app

Swooners can also enter for exclusive giveaways and prizes, like an Android phone, and many others!

Who: NYC’s 20-somethings now have a reason to celebrate the dating world the SwoonLife way, whether you are looking to meet new people, or are single and ready to mingle. Guests will also have the chance to meet and hang out with the Swoon Men, VIP Guests, and Dating Experts!

How: Upon arrival, guests are asked to download the app as admission into the happy hours. Swoon is the mobile app for finding cool people nearby. It’s completely anonymous until there’s a mutual match. Swoon is available on Android and iOS. Join the conversation and tweet us at the event using #SwoonUpNYC.

When:  Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Haru Gramercy, 220 Park Ave South (Corner of E 18th St)


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Disclosure:  Thanks SwoonApp for sponsoring this post.  I was selected for this opportunity and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.  #SwoonApp #SwoonUpNYC

Samsung Galaxy S IV Is on The Way And It’s Looking Like This…

January 22nd, 2013 by Tech Staff



Another year, another new line of flagship devices from Samsung. Coming off of a very successful run with the super-popular Galaxy S III that contested well against the iPhone 4S & 5. Samsung is ramping up for its follow flagship Android device, the GS IV.

According to sources close to SamMobile, the newest Galaxy is slated to be equipped with:

  • a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p HD display w/ 440 ppi
  • powered by a 1.8GHz Exynos 5 (octa) 8-core processor + 8-core GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
  • 2MP front-facing camera recording 720p HD video
  • 13MP rear-facing camera recording 1080p HD video at 30fps
  • wireless charging support via Qi
  • no more Home button

With BlackBerry 10 coming around the corner, Apple wrapping up the finishing touches on the next iPhone, and HTC cooking up its successor to the One X. Samsung will likely unveil the new flagship sometime in April /May or during the upcoming Mobile World Congress. 2013 will be an exciting year for smartphones.

GalaxySIV image


Samsung is having plans to hold an Mobile Unpacked event in the U.S. According to a Korean newspaper this is about the Galaxy S IV. The Mobile unpacked date would be March 22.  But, we’ll have all the latest news you’ll need about the new Samsung device sooner than you think!

This is undoubtedly the year of the smartphone consumer!  Are you looking to upgrade your smartphone device in the next few months?  Which devices are you keeping your eyes on?

From Smizing To Sexting…There A New App For That!

November 17th, 2012 by Christen

On average, there are about 300 new apps, created and released every day!  There are apps to help you plan your day, meals and even step up your dating & relationship skills.  If supermodel/mogul Tyra Banks is known for one thing, it’s inventing “the smize,” or the act of smiling with your eyes. Now a pop culture staple, smizing is no longer an elite skill limited to America’s top models — Tyra has decided to share her smizing powers with us all with the “Smize Yourself!” app.


The “Smize Yourself!” app allows users to apply facial morphing technology to enhance the smizes in their own photos. Users receive training via Banks’ voice-over narration. After taking a photo within the app’s face outline, one swipe will adjust the emotion in the picture’s eyes from subtle to exaggerated.  Earlier this week, Tyra stopped by the Wendy Williams show to talk Top Model, Love and “smizing” and based on some of the photos we’ve seen, a good smize could go a long way.



From smizing to sexting, the Vibease has taken sexting to a truly technical level with the Vibease app.  Remember that time you really wanted to “get it on,” but your partner was thousands of miles away?  A startup called Vibease recently started taking pre-orders for a new long-distance vibrator operated by bluetooth technology. The full bundle includes the free Vibease app as well as what the company calls a “massager,” for about $70.


By connecting the vibrator through bluetooth, women’s partners are able to control the type of massage received through a series of functions on their smartphone.  The app also allows couples to chat, send pics or sext through a secure messaging service that requires a security pin for access.


Talk about apps meant for long distance relationships and just in case your mate is on a long business trip, the “smize” app and Vibease app can take you from first base to home plate with literally the press of a button.  What will they think of next?



When The Fat Lady Sings: The Pentagon Considers Apple, Android over Blackberry

November 1st, 2012 by Christen


In case you didn’t think the mobile takeover was real, the U.S. Government is considering leaving it’s archaic standard of RIM and Blackberry devices and opting for Apple or Android instead.  In a quest for a larger, mature app ecosystems – The U.S. Government has officially announced that they’re accepting applications for new service providers that can manage keeping their defense secrets – A SECRET.

TechCrunch reports The U.S. Government will now be looking into solutions for provisioning iOS and Android devices in addition to those featuring RIM’s BlackBerry OS, according to a new report from Reuters. That means RIM will no longer have the exclusive contract for smartphone devices at the U.S. Defense Department, though it will remain another option.

A posting for the Defense Information Systems Agency is looking for companies to submit applications detailing how they can provide software to monitor and enforce strict security measures required for sensitive defense-related operations. The potential size of any arrangement with the Defense Department is huge: it could span 8 million devices all told. But the DOD doesn’t mean RIM is left out in the cold; in fact, BlackBerry’s Mobile Fusion cross-platform mobile device management solution is among the software solutions that could theoretically meet the needs of the DOD.

RIM said that it will be offering Fusion as a potential solution for consideration, in an interview with Reuters. And while other organizations like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have announced they’ll switch entirely to iPhone, BlackBerry still probably won’t kicked out of the Pentagon altogether, at least in the immediate future, so while this is a blow, it isn’t a knock-out punch quite yet.

What do you think?  Could you be seeing our Commander in Chief President Obama on #TeamApple or #TeamAndroid soon?   Which device do you think he prefers?

Google Cancels Event But Announces Nexus: The best of Google, Now in Three Sizes!

October 29th, 2012 by Christen

Google Nexus, now available in small, medium and large!


Although it was postponed, and reported that it would be rescheduled – just moments ago, Google announced that they have decided against rescheduling their launch event today due to Hurricane Sandy and have posted the details that would’ve been shared via their blog instead.


Google has just announced three new Nexus devices … in small, medium and large. And they all run Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean—which includes the latest version of Google Now and other great new features.  A Nexus device is much more than simply a phone or tablet. It’s being marketing as your connection to the best of Google—all of your stuff and entertainment, everywhere you go with no hassle.  Now you have three new Nexus devices, a new improved version of Jelly Bean and more entertainment than ever before—all available in Google Play. The playground is open.


(SMALL)  Nexus 4 with Google Now and Photo Sphere 


Nexus 4

Nexus 4 is the latest smartphone, developed together with LG. It has a quad-core processor which means it’s super fast, a crisp 4.7″ (320 ppi) display that’s perfect for looking at photos and watching YouTube, and with wireless charging you just set the phone down on a charging surface to power it up, no wires needed. While Nexus 4 is incredibly powerful under the hood, it also features the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2—the simplest and smartest version of Android yet. Starting with the camera, it’s reinvented the photo experience with Photo Sphere, which lets you capture images that are literally larger than life. Snap shots up, down and in every direction to create stunning 360-degree immersive experiences that you can share on Google+ with friends and family—or you can add your Photo Sphere to Google Maps for the world to see.

Android 4.2 brings other great goodies like Gesture Typing, which lets you glide your finger over the letters you want to type on the keyboard—it makes typing fast, fun and a whole lot simpler. Android 4.2 also adds support for wireless display so you can wirelessly watch movies, YouTube videos and play games right on your Miracast-compatible HDTV.

  •  Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).


(MEDIUM)  Nexus 7: Thin, light and now even more portable


Nexus 7


Nexus 7 brings you the best of Google–YouTube, Chrome, Gmail, Maps–and all the great content from Google Play in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand. To give you more room for all that great content you can now get Nexus 7 with 16GB ($199) or 32GB ($249) of storage. But Google also wanted to make this highly portable tablet even more mobile. So they’ve added HSPA+ mobile data. Nexus 7 is now also available with 32GB and HSPA+ mobile ($299), which can operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide, including AT&T in the US.

  • Nexus 7: 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249; available in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through our retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Walmart.
  • Nexus 7 with 32GB and mobile data: $299 and unlocked, on sale 11/13 in the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and  Canada.

(LARGE)  Nexus 10: Powerful and shareable

Nexus 10


Nexus 10 is the ultimate tablet for watching movies or reading magazines. Google partnered with Samsung to create the Nexus 10. Nexus 10 is the highest resolution tablet on the planet at 2560-by-1600 (300ppi), that’s over 4 million pixels right in your hands. It comes with a powerful battery that will get you up to nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time. With a set of front-facing stereo speakers, you can watch movies right from your Nexus 10 and they simply sound awesome. But what makes Nexus 10 unique is that it’s the first truly shareable tablet. With Android 4.2, you can add multiple users and switch between them instantly right from the lockscreen.

  •  Nexus 10: 16GB for $399; 32GB for $499; available on 11/13 in the Google Play Store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.

Google Now—even more useful 
We designed Google Now to make life simpler by giving you the right information at just the right time in easy to read cards, before you even ask. And the feedback has been awesome. So today we’re adding more cards that we hope you’ll find useful. Flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and shipping details—how often have you found yourself wading through your email to get this information at the last moment? So next time you book a table for dinner, you’ll get a reminder with all the details without ever having to lift a finger. You’ll also get cards for nearby attractions, interesting photo spots, movies times at nearby theaters or concerts by your favorite artists.


Google Play: More entertainment, more countries
New additions to the entertainment hub, Google Play, has been announced too.  Additions such as movies and TV shows from Twentieth Century Fox. Earlier this year Google expanded service beyond movie rentals and now you can purchase movies and build a library of your favorites in Google Play. Today they’re bringing movie purchasing to more countries – Canada, the U.K., France, Spain and Australia. Google is also now working with Time, Inc. to bring you even more magazines like InStyle, PEOPLETIME and others. And they’ve also partnered with Warner Music Group who will be adding their full music catalog with new songs coming each day. Soon, they’ll be working with all of the major record labels globally, and all the major U.S. magazine publishers, as well as many independent labels, artists and publishers bringing the ultimate in entertainment right to your fingertips.





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