But First, Let Me Take A SelfieLocated above the display is a 2.1-megapixel camera for taking selfies. The 2.1-megapixel shooter has two modes to make it easy to take selfies. The first detects an open hand, which you clench into a fist to start the countdown timer. This is particularly useful if you're using a selfie stick, since you likely won't be able to reach the phone to hit the shutter. Or if you like me and have super long arms, you can tap the screen to simply start a selfie countdown. The front facing camera even comes with a blurring photo-editing feature that smooths out lines, wrinkles and fixes a flaw-filled selfie to perfection, every time.
Leave Your Money In Your Wallet With ISISI've talked about the power of NFC technology before, I've used ISIS wallet with other smartphones and with Apple jumping on the NFC bandwagon with Apple Pay, smartphones are doubling use as credit cards like never before. A simple tap of your smartphone at the register can now buy your coffee, lunch, movie tickets and more! Who wouldn't love the convenience of an alternate paying system while on the go?
LG G WatchWho wants to press a button on their watch every time they need quick information? Not me! That's why I thoroughly enjoy the LG Watch with "Always On" technology powered by Android Wear. Using the Google cards you know and love, this LG Watch has a simple new user experience which provides useful information on your wrist only when you need it. Trying to figure out what time to leave the office to make it to your next appointment on time? Once paired with the LG G3 device, the voice recognition feature intercepted text messages and alerts and let's be honest, it's overall a stylish piece a tech that any girl would want to add to her arsenal, right? Want to learn more? The G3 is the perfect new gadget for "early adopter" types who want the latest and greatest without following the opinions of others. If you're looking for a powerful handset that's beautiful and fits seamlessly into your stylish lifestyle you won't be disappointed with LG's latest in smartphone and wearable pairings. Discover the LG G3 and G Watch available at AT&T today!
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Is it just us or does NYFW suck away all of your energy too? The NYFW madness has just begun and we’ve been running to fashion shows, hopping in and out of cabs, waiting impatiently for the trains and just as quickly as it began, it's now almost over.
Since we’ve survived another hectic fashion week we've decided to reward everyone for their hard work. We're bringing our Relax, Renew and Recharge event back with AT&T and this time, we've moved closer to the fashion week action - just steps away from Milk Studios in Chelsea NYC.
This year, we have some amazing prizes and gift bags for all our hard-working NYFW friends and we can't wait to catch up, talk shop and Relax, Renew and Recharge from all the fashion week excitement this season!
Relax, Renew & Recharge with INGLOT & AT&T
RELAX with an evening of free blow-outs, makeovers and beauty consultations by the world’s leading beauty brands. RENEW with a little “retail therapy” – complementary INGLOT gift cards for shopping during the event. RECHARGE from NYFW by tweeting for a chance to win AT&T smartphones, gift cards and more than $1000 in prizes!
Did you miss our last #NYFWRRR event? Relive the experience here and don't forget to reserve your spot for an amazing celebration of Fashion Week Survival below! See you there!
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Every March, creatives of all stripes gather in Austin to witness, share and inspire the visions that will galvanize the filmmakers and ideas of tomorrow. SXSW Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drives the entertainment and media landscape, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition. A nexus of discovery and collaborative energy, SXSW Film celebrates the art and business of the possible.Winding down my SXSW experience, I got the chance to check out a variety of film screenings and premiers in Austin. One of my favorite premieres had to be the family-friendly comedy... BAD WORDS. Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut with the subversive comedy, BAD WORDS. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year old who finds a loophole in the rules of the National Quill Spelling Bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of ‘Homeland’), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life. The movie also stars Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn and Phillip Baker Hall. Check out some behind the scenes moments as we talk to the stars about SXSW, BAD WORDS the film and more.
SXSW Music festival is in full swing. With major concert headliners like JAY Z, Kanye West and more - if you love good, live music then Austin is the place to be. Armed with the LG G Flex by AT&T, I got the chance to see why Austin is known as the "live music capital of the world" first hand. Check out some of the great live performances and AT&T's Mobile Movement fun in the video below.
The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival returned to Austin and armed with the LG G Flex from AT&T, I uncovered some of best that the conference and Austin had to offer.
The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival returned to Austin from Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event featured five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.
Hi @ladygaga, glad you could join us at #themobilemovement with @att, us and @VICE pic.twitter.com/AldFPh2CJ2
— Motherboard (@motherboard) March 11, 2014Created by AT&T in collaboration with VICE's Motherboard, the three-day interactive showcase celebrated young innovators by elevating mobile innovations to new heights. Guests experienced apps in amazing new ways, enjoy indoor and outdoor entertainment, networked in the AT&T lounge and experienced interactive musical performances.
Culminating the final night of the three-day experience was an interactive film screening, VIP reception, musical performance by DJ Shadow, Machine Drum and Reggie Watts. Check out more photos of Lady Gaga from inside The Mobile Movement event below. Wondering why Lady Gaga is in town? The five-time Grammy Award winning powerhouse brings her unique voice and talent to this year's SXSW joining an impressive roster of past SXSW Music keynote speakers including music legends like Lou Reed, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen. As the first SXSW Music female speaker in 15 years, Lady Gaga name will be on everyone's lips during SXSW Music festival --- and we saw her first at The Mobile Movement with AT&T. Just in case you're in Austin and can't get enough of Lady Gaga, you can check out her keynote Friday, March 14th at 11am in the Grand Ballroom of the downtown Hilton Austin (the keynote conversation will be led by John Norris of Fuse and is open to those with SXSW Platinum and Music registrations or Artist Wristbands.) You can also check out her live performance with Doritos on Thursday night at Stubb's BBQ in Austin.
It's been a while with the Moto X and now I'm ready to talk about it. Let me say that I was one of the first naysayers (not aloud though) that thought, not that the phone would fail but that it would have regular sales. In my mind I thought that was great for Motorola. Due to the less than stellar specs on paper, I didn't see why this phone would be a big seller or the popular kid on the block. I knew it would be good for those fashionably efficient consumers. I told you about it back then HERE.
I’m glad to say that I was wrong. Terribly wrong. Let me start off with the ordering process. I shop online often so I didn't think I was going to get excited about placing another online order. It’s like shopping for shoes or a dress. Pick a couple of colors and a size, a few clicks and boom. But here’s what reeeallly happened. I sat there for about an hour contemplating all these color combinations. I didn't know what to do. There doesn't seem to be many options, but trust me there are more than enough. I can promise you that if you’re looking for a new phone and you take a visit to the Moto Maker site, even if you’re not planning on getting a Moto X, you might think twice about it and you also will have some fun with color combinations (there are some exceptions to that of course).
The Moto Maker is exclusive to AT&T right now. You can try the Moto Maker by Motorola here.
Without your personal touches, the Moto X isn't loud or obnoxious. It’s has a nice screen size, a comfortable curved design and simplistic on all counts. When choosing colors, you can go as crazy or simple as you want. But I found it nice from Motorola how they had it so simple.
I guess they were trying to go simple with the specs too. Nothing too crazy, won’t scare the normal consumer and speak in a language consumers understand. That’s how I took it anyway, talk about easy notifications, a quick way to activate the camera, and representation of yourself on your smartphone’s design.
Look and Feel
I actually ordered my phone with a violet backside, and it came pink. That was the one time I didn't want a pink phone (oh life’s ironies). I contacted Motorola’s Moto x support ASAP and they were beyond helpful with beginning the process of returning the phone. I decided not to return the phone and stay with the pink Moto X. Just keep in mind that I contacted them the same day, your order and return experience may be different due to timing and situation details).
I obviously like the look of the phone since it’s in one of my favorite colors, (pink back side, white front and red accents). Girly phone all the way. There is no branding on the front of the phone. I didn't realize how nice that would be.
The phone feels great in hand. Not too heavy and the curves fall into all the right places of my palm.
The Moto X has great viewing angles. Something I didn't expect from this phone since the display is 720P. So that is also great. The display has rich and crisp color. I have to use the display at a brighter setting than I use other Android phones, but that’s no biggie.
Now, don’t get upset with me Android fans, but it has been a while since I have used stock Android (Nexus devices, Google edition phones). All I kept thinking when I started using the Moto X was: “Wow, that’s smooth!” The fluidity of the Moto X (near stock) Android Jelly Bean 4.2 (let’s hear it for the Android 4.4 KitKat update that's coming--woohoo) OS was great. I forgot what it was like to have the lag of bloatware. It’s not that I hate Android skins, I guess I didn't miss them.
Moto X Features
What I mean by near stock, is that the Moto X has a few tweaks from Motorola’s notifications, a few customization features that differentiate it from stock Android. Like many out there, my fave feature was the Active Display. Motorola is breaking new ground with this Active Display. It’s by far one of the most innovative features I've seen. It really makes your smartphone, well, smart.
Active Display on the Moto X
For those who don’t know what Active Display is, it’s basically a way of your Moto X showing you notifications only when you need them. How does it do that? When you pull the phone out of your pocket, it shows you icons for the notifications you have right by the “unlock” lock. To preview the notifications you tap the icons. You can swipe unlock the notifications. If you have multiple notifications, you get to unlock the latest ones.
You don’t have to worry about Active Display killing your battery life, since Active Display isn’t on when in your pocket, when the Moto X is faced down and when on a call. I thought that was all babble, but battery life has been great with Active Display.
This is Motorola’s version of “Profiles” but heightened. I didn't get to use these often, but when I did, I had a new found appreciation for the “Assistant”. I love her. She can help me anytime. Motorola Assist takes Touchless Controls to a whole new level. For example, it recognizes when you’re driving and alerts you of incoming calls and messages. It even asks you if you’d like to pick up the phone. Needless to say I was feeling all special and high class. That’s great coming from an inexpensive “mid-range” phone. Don’t worry, it won’t read all your messages out loud. You can choose what notifications you;d like.
Moto X Camera
Most of you already heard about the Moto X Quick Capture feature for the camera. It requires twisting your wrist a couple of times to open the camera app. You then touch the screen to take a pic (hold down the touch to take multiple pictures).
The camera quality on the Moto X was poor at first, but Motorola sent a software update quickly to fix that. The pictures aren't the best on the Moto X, but for what I use them for (mostly social media sites), they are perfectly fine. The Moto X did surprisingly well in low-light settings (must be that ClearPixel technology they were talking about). Took me a while to get used to swiping from the left to get the menu and swiping from the right to get to the gallery though (just a minor learning curve). I found myself trying to activate other phones with Quick Launch maneuver. Believe it or not, you might get used to it.
Call Quality | Carrier Service | Battery Life
As you know I frequent New York City all day and night. When testing out call quality, the other party said they could hear me clearly, but they could also hear the background noise quite well.
As always AT&T 4G LTE doesn’t fail me in the city. Pair the 4G LTE service alongside great battery life and you know it’s a good thing. I rarely had to pull out my battery pack to charge the Moto X. The few times I did, it was after a long day that meant 13+ hours of heavy use. I have multiple social media apps running and I snap pics of everything (even if I don’t share them).You can check AT&T’s coverage of your area HERE. You can check AT&T’s smartphone plans HERE.
Moto X for You?
Besides the fact that you can custom make a Moto X, the Moto X definitely feels like a personal phone. Its assist features and simple navigation / activation maneuvers help you interact with it on a personal level. At the introductory price of $99 (with contract), it’s a great and inexpensive option to other luxury phones. Don’t overlook the Moto X because it’s not the best phone on paper. Think of the everyday use and situations, and you will see how the Moto X fits the bill perfectly. From battery life, to the custom look, to the helpful features, the Moto X sounds more appealing than many other phones on the market now. It's not the standout phone, but it can stand out once you customize it. Great package deal all around.
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#ItCanWait3. Lend a hand on INSTAGRAM. Get on Instagram to share the It Can Wait message by writing #ItCanWait on your hand and sharing the photo along with why you're taking a stand against texting and driving. That's it! In seconds your voice can become a powerful tool to shedding light on a too common issue that's killing people everyday. The numbers don’t lie: Texting and driving is a life-threatening epidemic.
- Texting and driving makes you 23 times more likely to be in an accident
- More than 100,000 texting-related accidents every year result in injuries or deaths
- 90% of teens say they’d stop texting and driving if a friend in the car simply asked them
- 97% of teen drivers agree that texting and driving is dangerous
- 75% of teens say that texting and driving is common among their friends
- 43% of teens admit to texting and driving
- 49% of adult commuters admit to texting and driving
- 77% of teens say that adults tell them not to text and drive, but do it themselves “all the time”
“When you get a message while driving, it’s hard not to pick up your phone,” said Herzog. “With this film, we want to help make people more aware of the potential consequences of that action.”Since my involvement with the "It Can Wait" earlier this summer - not only have I taken the pledge to cease texting while driving, but I've also personally encouraged family members, friends and colleagues to do the same. Missing a text isn't worth an expensive traffic ticket or deadly accident. Trust me - IT CAN WAIT!