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Check Out HP’s New Spectre 13.3 Laptop – It’s Almost Thinner Than Your Smartphone!

April 7th, 2016 by Christen

Thin is in!  From smartphones to notebooks, there’s  no such thing as too thin in technology!  HP’s newest laptop, the Spectre 13.3, isn’t like anything else you’ve ever seen. It’s a true competitor against the Macbook Air and is a beautifully designed laptop that deserves to be shown off.  Discover just how amazingly thin the newest laptop from HP truly is below!


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The Spectre is a laptop after my own heart, as it took design cues from what women love – it was inspired by jewelry and women’s purses! At 10.4mm thin, the Spectre is almost as thin as your smartphone (including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S), making it not just the skinniest PC in HP’s portfolio but the slimmest notebook on the entire market. It’s truly HP’s answer to Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, except with a bigger screen, extra horsepower and a little more bling.


HP Spectre 13.3




The Spectre 13.3 goes up for pre-order on April 25th for $1,170 and up. It will be available in Best Buy stores May 22nd, with configurations there starting at $1,250. HP will also make a handful of special-edition models with diva-worthy materials like 18-karat gold and Swarovski crystals. For more information visit



What do you think about personal computers going glam for 2016?  Do you love the HP Spectre 13.3? Share your thoughts and sound off in the comments below!





5 Super Easy Ways to Make Your Computer Run Like New

March 9th, 2016 by Tech Staff

You change your car’s oil every 5,000 miles. You go to the doctor for a physical once a year. Every six months you get your teeth cleaned. And every April 15, you make sure to file your taxes.  So if you’re so responsible in all these other aspects of your life, why aren’t you setting aside time to give your computer an annual once-over, too?




The way everything runs through our computers, smartphones, and tablets these days, unchecked electronic overgrowth can grind your life to a halt without a moment’s notice. Digital clutter is insidious.  We can’t see it, and if we can’t see it, we don’t feel it, and we don’t know it’s there.

Instead of turning a blind eye to your digital disarray, give your devices an annual checkup with these expert tips and make strides to make your computer run like new below!


Go Hardcore on Your Hardware

If you’ve got a drawer or a box full of old phones and cords, now is the time to unload them. I’m a big proponent of recycling electronics. Wiping the devices clean, matching them to their cables, and bringing them to either a local electronics shop (many have drop boxes) or community recycling program will help you on your path to simplicity.

As for the rat nest of cables that remains, get out that label maker and label those cords. Not only will this give you peace of mind when you’re looking for something, but labeling cords helps to make sure they don’t wander off, as they are prone to do.



Don’t Fear Your Photos

Since the advent of smartphones, digital photos have quickly become the number one thing choking your computer to death. Every selfie and every sunset take up at least 3.5 megabytes of space on your system, whether you store your pictures on your PC or in the cloud. And while there are many online services that will give you more storage space than you could ever use, the challenge comes in eventually finding that great snapshot once you finally need it.

Organize  your images on an ongoing basis, not once a year. And whether you use a desktop program like Apple’s iPhoto or a cloud-based service like Google Photo, be sure to use the tagging features like facial recognition and GPS location data. (That makes them very searchable).

But if you need an annual reminder to keep your photos tidy, Little recommends making an end-of-the-year album of your best shots and favorite memories. Not only will the project force you to organize those photos into an easy-to-find album later, but you’ll have a great, physical keepsake.


Scrub Your Social Media

If there was ever an avenue crying out for periodic intervention, it’s the always-growing octopus of social media. Whittling down your friend list once a year is a good way to make sure you’re getting the most vital information in your news feed. Seventh grade locker buddy? Gone. Jamberry page run by your cousin’s friend? Bye bye. Meerkat Manor’s Facebook page? Unsubscribe. Keep your circle tight and relevant to you, and you’ll keep a happier and cleaner computer.

Also, use this opportunity to review your account’s privacy settings. If there are a bunch of old apps accessing your information, disconnect them from your account. Farewell, Farmville!


Don’t Detail Your Email

When it comes to battling information overload, be productive and get organized by keeping your inbox as free from clutter as possible. One way to achieve this “Inbox Zero” state, is to make a folder each year and stuff all your emails in it. So, name it 2015, select all your messages from last year, and file away.

How is this being organized? Well, its more about managing time than managing messages. You are going to spend countless hours trying to organize it. Instead, use your email program’s search functionality to find what you need, when you need it. These programs are always improving their search skills.



Tune It Up Before It Tunes Out

This last suggestion may seem old school, but its alternative — a total computer meltdown — is a timeless problem. If you’ve noticed that your computer is glichy or is slowing down, it might be time to take it in for a little tune-up.  While that might seem like a total time-killing, productivity drain, Staples guarantees next-day PC repair (or it’s free), and they can do everything from improve performance to backup and recover files. Likewise, Best Buy’s Geek Squad provides everything from virus and spyware removal to hardware repair. Whatever your specific issue is, it’s best to not let it linger, because it could suddenly break.   With computers, it’s either working or it’s corrupted and it’s done — get it checked out.


The Five-Minute Fix

If you’re overwhelmed (and who isn’t?) but only have a few minutes, start by tackling the easy-to-see spots on your computer. For a quick 5-minute fix clean off your system’s desktop. “Your desktop is not a storage area.  By organizing (or deleting) those files, you may already begin to feel less overwhelmed. Move onto other easy-to-clean areas by emptying your trash or recycling bin and clearing out your documents and downloads folder.


How do you clean out your computer and keep it running like new? Share your favorite tips and tricks in the comments section below!



The Dell XPS 13 Infiniti Screen Makes Binging On Your Favorite Shows A Breeze #XPS

March 17th, 2015 by Christen

Disclaimer: I have been compensated in the form of the Dell XPS 13, however all opinions shared below are my own.


Not all notebooks are created equal.  If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, then you know that I’ve seen the light and have been converted into the Dell inner circle.  As the world’s smallest 13″ notebook packed with a huge HD Infiniti screen – it’s clear to see why this XPS replaced my MacBook Air weeks ago.





Dell XPS 13



Typically, when you think about a Windows-powered notebook – you think about productivity and work more than entertainment and play.  Fortunately, the Dell XPS 13 is an absolute game changer! 




Whether you call it a game changer or a category killer it’s apparent there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this unassuming notebook the moment you take a look at the Infiniti screen.  When binge watching “House of Cards” or catching up on missed episodes of “Scandal” my Dell XPS 13 comes though in the clutch! When compared to my MacBook Air 13? the Dell XPS 13 measured a 13.3-inch display in an 11-inch size laptop, making the XPS 13 the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet. The XPS 13 has a unique virtually borderless infinity display, with only a 5.2mm bezel on the top and sides giving me more movie and more TV while traveling.

Dell XPS 13

While on the go, I enjoy eye-popping clarity and detail with an UltraSharp Quad HD+ display, which shows an incredible 5.7 million pixels. That is 4.4 million more pixels than an HD+ and 2.5 times that of a Full HD display. (The resolution on my Dell XPS 13 is better than some home theatre systems.) High resolution guarantees that no matter what I’m doing, my favorite shows always come through precise and clear. 



Dell XPS 13


Not just for work, my Dell XPS 13 is great for all kinds of play and starting at just $799 – How could you not want to take this notebook everywhere you go?  No matter if it’s Netflix, Hulu or HBO Go – you can always find my Dell XPS 13 ready to run my favorite shows.  This week, I’m catching up on “Game Of Thrones” (Season 4) and “EMPIRE” (before Wednesday’s season finale).  Do you watch your favorite shows on your laptop too?  What shows are you currently binging on?

Light, Versatile And Affordable – Meet The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 Convertible @ToshibaUSA

October 21st, 2014 by Christen

Toshiba Satellite Radius 11

Laptops and personal computers are apart of our everyday life of productivity.  If you’re like me, you’re starring at your laptop at least 8-10 hours a day (thanks to blogging, my 20/20 vision was gone a long time ago…)  We carry our laptops with us to work on the go and attempt additional productivity in our downtime – but did you know there’s a new affordable option, perfect for entrepreneurs, college kids – and a great alternative to expensive MacBook Air models.  

Toshiba has launched the Satellite Radius 11, a 2-in-1 convertible with an 11.6” touchscreen that can be used in five different modes – Laptop, Tablet, Tabletop, Presentation and Audience. With a starting price of $329.99 MSRP, the unit serves as a versatile, portable and stylish device that can perform everyday tasks for work and play tasks alike.

Toshiba Satellite Radius 11



A unique, 360-degree, two-axis, “flip-and-fold” hinge enables five distinct usage modes: Laptop, Tablet, Tabletop, Presentation and Audience. A vibrant 11.6-inch diagonal, HD TruBrite® touchscreen display makes the most of the five viewing modes, giving plenty of room to consume as well as create.




Toshiba Satellite Radius 11

Stylishly Small

Sleek, slim and lightweight at less than three pounds and topped with a trendy patterned light gold finish, Satellite Radius 11’s compact design makes it easy to carry. Featuring a fanless design, the laptop can be configured with the latest Intel Pentium® or Celeron® processor , up to 4GB of RAM and either 32GB of speedy Flash memory or a spacious 500GB hard drive.
The laptop also includes an HD webcam, plus a range of ports, including one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI® and an SD card slot.

The Satellite Radius 11 will be available for purchase beginning October 26, 2014 for a starting price of $329.99 MSRP at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba on  Want to learn more?  Get social with Toshiba and connect online on Facebook at, on Twitter at, and on YouTube at




Intel On The Ultimate In #UltraBookStyle (Giveaway)

August 2nd, 2013 by Christen


As the publisher of I am constantly keeping an eye out on the pulse of all things fashionable & technology related.  It’s no wonder why with the ever-changing climate of today’s style & tech advances that I stay on the go & even live in my suitcase throughout the year.  It gets tough packing when you’re carrying a laptop, tablet, camera, smartphone and more with you on every trip.  Luckily, the great folks at Intel suggested that I take the Ultrabook style quiz and discover which one of their amazing Ultrabooks would compliment my “on the go” lifestyle.  After completing a series of multiple choice questions, I was paired with the perfect ultrabook to suit my needs.



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The “Detachable” Lenovo Helix Ultrabook Convertible combines the power of a notebook plus the versatility of a tablet to create the ultimate combination of productivity while on the go.  No matter if I’m editing videos or sharing a presentation on the detachable tablet, my Ultrabook has me covered. With Windows 8, Microsoft Office and the simplest user-experience I’ve ever had – the Ultrabook style quiz definitely paired me up with a winner. Why not take the quiz for yourself and discover which Ultrabook is right for you. What’s your #UltrabookStyle?



Check out my #UltrabookStyle video below, take the quiz and enter to win the Ultrabook of your dreams too!

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Disclosure:  This post has been sponsored by Intel, however all opinions and experiences mentioned are my own.





The New Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Give You Another Option In Tablet Use

July 10th, 2013 by Christen



BIG NEWS for you tablet lovers!  Now in stores, consumers can get their hands on the newly announced Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio from Samsung, allowing shoppers to choose from three unique devices to find the tablet best suited for their personal lifestyle needs. Whether reading an e-book, engaging on social networks, or allowing the kids to play games, the Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio has something for everyone.

The 7-inch, 8-inch and 10.1-inch Galaxy tablets offer a range of screen sizes and a suite of experiences built for a broader set of individual and family preferences, making this lineup of tablets ideal for both home and on-the-go uses.



This newest family comes in two color options – White and a unique Gold Brown. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 are available for purchase from nationwide major retailers such as Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, Amazon, Wal-Mart, h.h. Gregg, Office Depot, Toys ‘R’ Us, P.C. Richard & Son, Fry’s, Newegg, Sears and The Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio will be priced at $199, $299 and $399, respectively.


In addition, each of the devices in the Galaxy Tab 3 family comes with added value through pre-loaded content and Galaxy Perks available at Specifically, hundreds of dollars’ worth of content, including a $10 voucher for the purchase of apps, books, movies and music in Google Play; one year of free access to the Boingo Wi-Fi network in North America, including more than 35,000 hotspots in the United States, Canada and Mexico; three months free Hulu Plus service; and two years free Dropbox Service with 50GB storage space.


Recreating My Signature Space With the HP ENVY x2

March 25th, 2013 by Christen

hp envy x2

Last week HP invited a handfull of bloggers, designers, photographers and more for SPRING INSPIRATIONS with DwellStudio founder and creative director, Christiane Lemieux.  During the preview event of DwellStudio’s spring lines, we also discovered new ways to use technology to bring ideas to life with digital design.

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hp envy x2

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 hp envy x2

Using the HP ENVY x2 by Hewlett-Packard we were encouraged to create a themed collage as inspiration for redecorating space at home.  (Participating in this project was sweet serendipity as I’ve been planning on reorganizing & redecorating my bedroom and office space as birthday gift to myself.)

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hp envy x2

 hp envy x2

With the HP ENVY x2 creating a collage & presentation was easy.  This laptop doubles as a tablet with a detachable keyboard that adjusts with the click of a button taking it from a laptop to tablet in a snap.  With NFC technology, Beats Audio and Windows 8 Pro – this laptop comes ready to go, right out of the box.

 hp envy x2

HP ENVY x2 Specs Include:

  • Genuine Windows 8 32 OS, Beats Audio
  • 11.6-inch diagonal HD LED-backlit IPS Display (1366 x 768), Intel Atom Z2760 (1.80GHz) + Intel Graphics
  • 2GB 533MHz LPDDR2 SDRAM, 64GB (Solid State Drive), 2 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Front-facing HP TrueVision 1080p HD Webcam with integrated digital microphone
  • Bluetooth(R), 802.11a/b/g/n, Standard Keyboard






Check out more inspirational collage presentations and photos from the SPRING INSPIRATIONS with DwellStudio event below.









Disclosure: HP provided the HP ENVY x2 to however all opinions about the product and event are my own.


Four Reasons Why This Year’s #2013CES Will Impact Your Life For The Better

January 8th, 2013 by Christen


Let’s face it, not all nerds are created equal.  We know this, and thankfully we’re not at the top of any nerd’s megabrained list.  However, we definitely know a thing or two about mobile, computing and consumer electronics – and more importantly, we know that this year’s #2013CES will be the most impactful Consumer Electronics Show yet.  If you’re wondering how in the world a electronics convention could have any impact on what you have going on in your life today, you’re sadly missing the boat.  The announcements, premieres and unveilings happening over the next two days might just be the products meant to make your life unbelievably easier and impact your 2013 more than you know.


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1. samsung, Samsung, SAMSUNG!

Among the companies present at CES, Samsung will be one of the most influential. The company has evolved from challenger to champion in recent years, displacing Sony as the world’s largest manufacturer of high-end TVs. Not only has Samsung produced amazing televisions, home electronics and smartphones throughout the years now with their sights set on tablets and cameras – this company is sure to set the standard for innovation during CES 2013.

Why It Will Impact Your Year:  This is the year where consumer electronics meets customized streaming content and word on the block is that Samsung has already begun making waves into the next level of content creation with the mSpot streaming services.



connected connectivity #2013ces



2.  Connected Convenience

This year, if it’s not ready to go out of the box, it’s not truly effortlessly connected and therefore could no way become a leader in the world of connected convenience.  That’s what it’s all about this year at CES and you’ll undoubtedly see and hear more and more about Bluetooth this and WiFi that.  With over 61% of households having WiFi, manufacturers are banking on making products that are easily parable and that makes the most of this new wireless lifestyle.

Why It Will Impact Your Year:  Have you sat in a newer model Chevy, Cadillac or Acura lately?  Not only are households becoming well connected but cars are too.  We’re headed into a wireless world, whether you like it or not and if you want to transition with the latest in consumer electronics, you better learn how to pair that smartphone with your refridgerator, your mp3 player to your car and that tablet to your tv. 







3.  iEverything

Even during its’ absence from CES – Apple still manages to dominate with this year’s iLounge Pavilion. The iLounge Pavilion features the latest and greatest third-party accessories and software for Apple’s iPod®, iPhone® and iPad®. From electronic plug-ins to fashionable cases, speakers, headphones and exciting new games and applications, you’ll be amazed by the opportunities created by their great designs and features.  More than 500 companies that make peripheral technologies for Apple devices have signed up to show their wares at CES.

Why It Will Impact Your Year:  Apple is constantly evolving it’s products, from mp3 players, to smartphones and now with rumors of a new revolutionary television device – you’ll definitely need to be aware of all the gadgets, accessories that could make for easy living with your new tv in the future.


#2013ces windows8

4.  Windows 8

First off, Microsoft isn’t officially at the show this year – but you can expect more Windows 8 tablets, laptops, and tablet / laptop hybrids boasting the new operating system in it’s physical absence.  While many of the major companies — Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung, etc. — released Windows 8 tablets and computers before the holidays, you might be surprised at what some were holding back. We’re also holding out for some interesting tablet concepts from Intel, Nvidia and others.

Why It Will Impact Your Year: As supercharged laptop computers evolve, each company is not only attempting to convince you that their product is similar, but they’re also becoming competitively priced to aggressively battle it out for that consumer dollar.  (It’s a great time to be in the market for a laptop or desktop computers.)

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The Best Cyber Monday Sites For Virtually Any Holiday Gift!

November 26th, 2012 by Lifestyle Staff

Black Friday has come and gone and its time to celebrate Cyber Monday!! For those of you who still don’t know what Cyber Monday is, this day was created by companies to encourage people to shop online; as if we really needed a reason to this already. However this day of online shopping is the most convenient way to take advantage of holiday deals while avoiding large crowds, long lines with intense weather conditions and injuries; yes injuries. The saying “I survived Black Friday” wasn’t created because of its innocent misperception of safe activity. Black Friday shoot outs at the local Walmart in Florida is a too common story making headlines and making the celebration slightly discomforting and discouraging for some. Since 2012 is the year of generating and revamping comic heros, I notion the movement of a Black Friday hero, we could just call it CYBER MONDAY!

Have no fear your hero is here to the rescue and there are plenty of great deals to take advantage of and avoid a black eye or two or three.

Here are a few “go to” online sites in no particular order with a variety of great deals that virtually any online shopper would love!



Not only should you appreciate Macy’s for its elaborate yearly beautiful thanksgiving parade but they are also encouraging online shoppers with specials like an extra 15% off and free shipping off orders of $75 or more.

What can’t you purchase on this website? From beauty supplies to a Kindle of any kind, is offering an instant $30 off eligible and applied credit card applicants and various percentages up to 70% for select products.   Did you know you can even score a free Amazon Prime account?  Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives you and your family unlimited fast shipping, such as FREE Two-Day shipping, instant streaming of thousands of movies & instant access to thousands of books without the pesky $79 membership fee.  (Find out how to score your free account via video here.)



If the Walmart industry could turn into a local store then there would be no need for their great cyber monday deal of free shipping in the Home department nor prices for the perfect gift under $20! Check this website out for great deals on electronics and gifts delivered right to your door.

A personal favorite for great deals during anytime of the year; is offering an extra percentage off for all departments and deemed the entire weekend as cyber weekend for extra savings. From personal use, I must mention their great customer service with an impeccable track shipping support to ensure your delivery.


So go grab a snack and get ready to camp out in front of a computer and enjoy a safe Cyber Monday!


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The Best Cyber Monday Tech Sales At Your Fingertips (Listing)

November 26th, 2012 by Tech Staff



In case you didn’t get a chance to take advantage of the deals on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, don’t fret.  Today is Cyber Monday, which is another day of sales to treat yourselves or to gift for the holidays. So grab your credit cards, a cup of coffee, crack those knuckles and let’s get ready to shop!

We’ve gathered a fine list of retailers joining in on the savings for you below.



  • Samsung 55 inch Slim LED 1080p HDTV for $998
  • Sonos Play:3 for $299.99 + get a $100 Amazon gift card
  • Sony NEX-5R mirrorless camera for $648 + a camera bag, 16GB SD card, & wireless backup drive


Best Buy

  • HP ENVY 14 inch Ultrabook w/ 4GB of RAM & 500GB HD for $550
  • Samsung 46 inch Smart LED 1080p HDTV for $600
  • Samsung 16GB Galaxy Note 10.1 for $450



  • ASUS Nexus 7 32GB Wi-Fi Tablet for $250
  • LG 50 inch 600Hz 1080p Plasma HDTV for $550



  • Nikon D3100 14.1MP DSLR w/ 18-55mm kit lens for $480


Tiger Direct

  • Beats by Dre Studio headphones for $270
  • Vizio All-In-One PC w/ 4GB of RAM, 1TB HD, & 24inch HD display for $600
  • Xbox 360 2-game 250GB HD bundle for $250



  • PlayStation 3 charge & chat bundle for $269
  • Samsung 46 inch LED HDTV for $700
  • Xbox 360 4GB Skylanders bundle for $160


With all these deals on everything from cameras, computers to video games – you have no reason to give anyone, just a gift card. What’s on your Cyber Monday holiday gift wish list?


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