Got an Apple iPhone 5 During the Holidays?
Here are a few things to know to get you started.
If you were lucky enough to get the iPhone 5 for Christmas you are in for a treat. With such power and beautiful design at your fingertips it’s know wonder this little gem is one of the best selling smart phones. Although, we admire the iPhone 5 thin and light design, there is no shortage of performance and features it has to offer. Here is a list of features you should know and understand to use the full value of the iPhone 5.
iCloud (What is it and how do I use it?)
iCloud allows you to download any media you have and access it on any Apple device without synching. For example, when you download a song or movie from iTunes, you can view it on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac PC immediately. Your media is saved on Apple’s cloud service so no need for worrying over using all the space on your iPhone 5. You can save music, photos, video, books, documents, calendar, contacts, and email to the iCloud – and automatically synchs with your other Apple devices.
iSight Camera (What’s different?)
The iPhone 5 now features an option for panoramic view of photos you take. “The new panorama feature lets you capture everything from a family reunion group photo to a jaw-dropping shot of the Grand Canyon. With one smooth motion you can shoot up to an impressive 240 degrees. The gyroscope, A6 chip, and Camera app work together to create one seamless, high-resolution panorama up to 28 megapixels.” (Apple.com)
The camera also feature enhanced HD video recording that also allows for still photo snaps as you record – a first for iPhones.
A separate vehicle GPS is no longer needed with Apple’s voice enhanced turn-by-turn Maps app. With vector based image mapping the images are crisp with better response time. It also features 3D, panoramic and street view. With real-time traffic updates the GPS will reroute you to avoid traffic.
AirPlay (How can I view my photos and video on my T.V.?)
With AirPlay your video, games, and photos are wirelessly streamed to your T.V. (if you have Apple T.V.). Whatever you do on your iPhone 5 will mirror on the television so everyone can view.
AirPrint (How can I print?)
Using an AirPrint-enabled printer you can wirelessly print whatever is on your iPhone 5. Know worries about installing software, drivers, and cables for the iPhone 5 or printer – everything is wireless.
Wireless Technology (Will downloads be slow?)
Unlike the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 uses Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology which is the next generation of cellular networking. You will get a maximum download speed of 100 Mbps, which mean your videos, music, apps, email, etc., will download faster.
The Processor (How fast is it?)
Two times faster than the previous iPhone4S model, the Apple A6 processor chip speed is 1.3Ghz which means the response time completing an email, using apps, downloading media will be lightning speed coupled with the LTE technology mentioned above.
The Battery (How long does the battery last?)
This smart phone packs a punch with so many features, functionality, and power and it demands a battery with excellent battery life. The iPhones are known for keeping a charge for more than 8 hours with regular usage starting at 100% battery charge. With the iPhone 5 you can get 10 hours of streaming video playback time. That’s awesome.
The Connector (How will I charge my phone?)
The Lighting is what Apple is calling the new battery charger. The new iPhone 5 is not compatible with the old 30-pin connector.
The iPhone 5 is a power and elegant mini-computer you can fit in your pocket, staying on the go taking care of business remotely and wirelessly.
Mama’s Christmas Miracle
all about a little girl mama used to know, how I remember every word.
Seems like a lifetime ago, though I remember it so well,
it was a Christmas eve I’ll never forget as far as I can tell.
We were sitting at the kitchen table, it was only my mother and me,
I was dreaming of Christmas morning and all the presents under the tree.
Dad wasn’t doing that well and money was scarce that year,
Mama found a way of telling me without me shedding one tear.
who came from far away, a place where it rarely snowed.
Santa was just a dream to her, but she believed so much inside,
that Christmas was going to be special, so she knelt by her bed and she cried.
“Lord let Santa remember me if not just this one time, I promise I won’t ask for much, maybe a dolly I can call all mine.”
She closed her prayer and thanked the Lord for all that she received,
she knew that Santa would really come if only she believed.
Though her list was long and full, on it there were no toys.
Only things we take for granted, like new shoes or underpants,
hair bows for her sisters and gloves to warm her brother’s hands.
At the bottom of her list she asked if it not be to much, for a brand new baby doll she could hold and love and touch.
Then Christmas morning came and she looked beneath her tree,
Not a present to be found as far as she could see.
She didn’t give up hope as she heard a knocking sound,
When she opened up her door a great big box she found.
She said “my prayers were answered, there’s something in here for all of you.”
Her daddy got brand new boots, her mother new underpants, her sisters got beautiful hair bows, her brothers warm gloves for their hands.
Buried deep beneath the box was a brand new baby doll and a note that said Merry Christmas I love you one and all.
I’ll never forget that story because much to my surprise,
I saw the true meaning of Christmas shining in my mother’s eyes.
For those of you who are wondering, as if you didn’t know,
The little girl in Mama’s story was my mother long ago.This poem is about a childhood memory I will never forget.
Tis the season to be jolly and express your Holiday spirit on your phalanges (Challenge the Phalange! I hope you said this for it to rhyme…) We searched the web far and wide, also known as google, for some of the best holiday, all holidays this season, DIY (do it yourself) nail art! Even if you have less than ten nails, which is common these days, these designs are sure to get you great compliments and set the perfect mood for holiday cheer:-) Feel free to emulate or get inspired to create your own.
Did you say “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”? Even if snow doesn’t fall this year, you can guarantee a white christmas with NailArt101.com featured snowflakes tutorial! take a look!
Not to offend anyone but where my jews at?! Representing for the Hanukkah Holiday msnlving.com featured this bloggers creative celebration titled “Hanukkah Nails”. Using silver striping paint, accented with white and black paint on top of a royal blue this is a sure way to express your holiday cheer.
Habari Ghani! Whats the news! Does anyone celebrate Kwanzaa?! Surprisingly there were few designs for this National African American holiday, ironic enough the one found featured on Bee Polished blog was designed on an Euro-American hand, but no judgement! This just leaves alot to the imagination! You can just grab you a red, black and green polish and paint accordingly or give this candle design topped on a gold paint a try!
Elegant and soft, this nail look was featured on Allure.com’s top 6 holiday nail looks. We love this idea for both nightlife and professional events. Did someone mention the New Year’s eve celebration?! Check out this great look!
Nothing gives creative nail art better than bedazzled jewels and stones. Try this bubble nail look featured by Truly Madly Beauty blog. Notice the beautiful discrete glitter base that accents the jewels. Nail Glue is a great adhesive for your extras and don’t forget to seal with a clear top coat!
So challenge the phalange (you should definitely had read this to rhyme by now!)
Merry Chirstmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah Happy New Years and Happy You!
Have some nail art suggestions of your own? Share and comment below!
It’s one of our biggest giveaways for the season and we’re beyond excited for our loyal readers!
Just in time for the holidays, Divas And Dorks has partnered with GM Northeast to grant one loyal reader the ultimate holiday wish by giving away $500 in cash and a General Motors (Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, etc.) car/truck for a week. Need to travel for the holidays? Need some wheels to get to a charity event? Maybe you just need some extra cash to buy gifts for others or a gift for yourself. Whatever it may be, We’re here to help you! GM is ready to bring holiday cheer to our friends in the northeast, so any wish goes!
How Would You Like To WIN $500 & A GM Car/Truck For The Week?
Entering is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3….
1. To enter, you must submit your holiday tweet wish via Twitter using #GMNER and #DivaDaysChristmas. For example “My holiday wish is to drive my holiday gifts to my parents in DC! #GMNER #DivaDaysChristmas”. Add photos or video to your tweets to make them stand out!
2. You must post the link to your holiday tweet wish the comment section below…. now until December 14th 2012.
3. Visit DrivingTheNortheast.com and post the link to your holiday tweet wish the comment section below….now until December 14th 2012.
We’ll be selecting ONE winner from the comments sections and announcing our winner on Monday, December 17th! If you’re in the mood for winning, don’t forget to enter to win more in our Diva Days of Christmas here.
Contest Rules: In order to qualify, you must live in the Northeast area. You can NOT be a relative of Divas And Dorks, LLC contributing writers, editors, publishers or anyone that works for General Motors or MSL. Good Luck!!!
Feel like you’re completely breaking the bank with all of your holiday shopping? Is your Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday shopping starting to catch up with you, yet there are STILL gifts and/or travel costs left? Here are five simple saving solutions to consider while shopping for the remainder of this holiday season.
Whenever you break bills and receive loose change, put aside the coins.
The amount of money that you will be able to amass this way is indescribable. Watch just how quickly you will fill up your money jar(s)! To make it more fun, save each coin denomination in individual jars.
Whenever you break larger bills, force yourself to save ALL $1 bills.
With this particular method, it might surprise you just how much money you will have even after a week. Allot yourself a designated amount of cash for shopping, and once your larger bills have been broken from your shopping excursion, count up your singles and save!
Force yourself to write down, in a small notebook, EVERYTHING that you spend (not bill money) that has nothing to do with holiday shopping.
Write down everything, including that beverage from your favorite store. If any of your purchases have nothing to do with holiday gifts or bills, write it down. THIS is where a lot of your cash goes without notice.
As the old saying goes, “Brown Bag It”.
Enough said! You save tons of money by preparing your lunch at home, rather than by spending it daily in the cafe at work or at local restaurants. Make an honest attempt to brown bag it four days out of your five-day work week. Then maybe treat yourself once a week at your favorite eatery for your efforts.
Put someone else (SOMEONE THAT YOU TRUST AND SOMEONE GOOD W FINANCES) in charge of your savings.
If you’re deciding that you want to save $50 per paycheck, but you know you will dip into it, give it to someone that you absolutely trust not to spend your money. Think of it as a “bill” that you pay, but towards your savings.
The holidays are here, Black Friday is over, and people are still struggling to find the perfect holiday gifts for their loved ones. Gift-giving can be a difficult task, especially when you want to impress and make your loved ones feel special. So what makes a gift THE perfect gift? Consider these 3 elements to ensure that your loved ones are beyond satisfied and appreciative of your efforts.
Element of SURPRISE
During the holiday season it is expected to receive gifts, but the great thing about the holiday is the mere fact that it’s a season! Other than the day of the holiday, a person can never be sure exactly when they’ll receive their gift. So have fun with this factor. You can surprise them with something they didn’t expect, the day and time of arrival, -or my favorite: the place. Switch things up. Send flowers to the office early, leave the gift in the trunk, the refrigerator, underneath their pillow or in their shower, this is where the element of surprise works completely in your favor!
Element of KNOWLEDGE
Nothing says the perfect gift better than something given from what you know about that particular person. Find out what’s the person’s favorite color, candy, author, collectors item, product, sports team, hobby, etc. The list is limitless. With tons of social networks all you have to do is click on a profile and investigate (also known as accessible stalking- but acceptable in this case), and fulfill their desire with something they already love.
Element of NEED
You may or may not not be the “techy type”, however you probably have several girlfriends who are. Had it not been for my own gadget girlfriends, I wouldn’t have the slightest interest in the latest and greatest technology. I decided to go on a search of my own, just to see what could possibly peak my interest for my or my gadget girlfriends’ Christmas lists. Here are a few things that I found worth sharing.
How much FUN is this toaster?! While getting your morning coffee/tea ready, you no longer have to wonder if your bread is on the proper setting or browning to your likening. From almost any angle in your kitchen, you will be able to see your toast’s transformation. No more burned toast and breakfast just became even more exciting!
You really don’t have to be into gadgets much to enjoy this timepiece. Perfect for your bedside, and the perfect size for stocking stuffing!
If you still have the iPhone 4/4s, don’t fret, many of us still do! This cell phone case is a must-have accessory that will leave you feeling like you just upgraded phones. The case resembles a small journal and provides excellent protection from elements and the occasions that your phone slides from your hand (Even if you never lose a grip on your iPhone, like myself, this case is swanky!)
Here’s the perfect mouse for those of us on the go more than we are home, known as the Arc Mouse. After realizing how much this would simplify life on the go, I had to share this with you! The entire mouse takes the shape of your leg, preventing it from sliding to the floor and makes for a no-hassle, easily-mobile work space.
You don’t have to be a “gadget guru” to enjoy these latest technologies. They are perfect for a self-upgrade, or for stocking stuffers for the crew. Whatever your gadget attraction, there is truly something for everyone!
Tell us some of the latest gadgets that you found and/or favor below… and stay tuned for more gadget updates from the team!
If you’re anything like most Americans, you might be wondering if there are any creative ways to get your coins up before Christmas that doesn’t include retail or hospitality work. With the holiday season well underway you might be looking for ways to boost your cash flow over the next few weeks.
According to a consumer survey by BIGinsight, shoppers will spend on average $749.51 on gifts, holiday cards, and decorations this holiday season. That’s A LOT OF GIFTING!
Check out a few innovative ways to make some extra money before the holidays as well as after. Who knows, maybe you can use the extra income to go back to school, start a business or finally pursue your passion if you’re already prepared for holiday spending!
1. Rent your home.
Going out of town for the holidays? People are constantly looking for a good deal on vacation homes. To date Airbnb is already in 30,374 cities in 192 countries and they will even have a professional photographer come out to take pictures of your place. You list your house or appartment, set the price per night and see what happens.
Make up to $1000 a month by renting your vehicle when you’re not using it. Relay Rides gives owners the luxury of choosing who rents their vehicle, and both renters and vehicle owners are covered by insurance provided by Relay Rides. Renter reps are built by the reviews left by the car owners and with the holidays rolling in and traditional car rental prices at a premium this is a prime opportunity to make extra cash if your car is normally parked.
3. Surf the Web. (No, really!)
Google’s cute, but I’ve never gotten paid by using the site to search the Internet. Switch to a site like SwagBucks that reward points or “bucks” to your account, which can be exchanged for gift cards or actual cash. Notably, the Store offers many gift cards that can be delivered in an electronic format. These gift cards can then be spent on other vendors (Amazon, iTunes, Paypal, etc.) to receive a wider variety of rewards.
These are just a few ways you can earn some extra cash without much interruption to your already established lifestyle. So start financing your holiday season now and who knows how much extra change you may have earned by December!