DivasandDorks.com founder Christen Rochon was recently featured on MadameNoire.com sharing the story behind her journey into the blogging business. Check out the article excerpt and more details inside.
“Blogging became a profitable business when companies realized that my opinion and voice carried influence to consumers. The same consumers that influence 80 percent of auto sales and $90 billion of the consumer electronic purchases since 2007. I’ve consulted businesses on marketing to the new millennia female consumer and have even worked with brands like Ford, General Motors, Samsung, Verizon to highlight and share what’s important to women like me.” – See more at: MadameNoire.com
In another edition of “Have You Heard the Latest in Tech News”, we’re back to bring you some of the latest news in Technology in cased you missed it. Some topics are older than others, but all equally important.
Tech News – Apps – Google Keep
Google has developed its own version of a souped up notepad called Google Keep. Google Keep is a website and app that lets you create and track your notes and other scribble. It synchronizes with your Android smart phone and any other Android device using your Google ID. To create a note you can type it or speak it and the phone will convert it into text and saves the audio too. It’s a great way to organize your thoughts, reminders, and to-do list. Google Keep is free (download HERE) and works on Android mobile devices.
Alternatives to Google Keep: EverNote, Apple Reminders, and OneNote
Tech News – Trends – Atlanta Is Tech Friendly!
We told about Atlanta, Georgia’s techy ways in the post about the most tech friendly cities.
Atlanta, GA – Rated by PC Magazine as the 2nd most tech friendly city, 2nd with the most tweets per day, $205 million in IT investments, and 37 tech startups for 2013. Some of the tech startups include ScoutMob, MailChimp, and CloudSherpas.
Want to know more about Atlanta’s tech life? Check out Digital Atlanta October 2013.
Have You Heard of Daybees, the Event Only Search Engine Tool?
So, heading to Atlanta? Make sure you checkout Daybees on your travels. The event only search engine was created to be your personalize concierge. Introduced last month it has over 1.5 million events in its database, providing a localized results search to your specific location be it Atlanta, London, Washington, D.C., or wherever. You can personalize your search by using location, keywords, dates, and time of the event. Take it for a test drive –Daybees.com
IT’S OFFICIAL! After experiencing a full year of travel and automotive adventures – the dream of expanding the team, brand and family of online infotainment is here. DivasDriveInHeels.com and DivasOnDestinations.com has FINALLY arrived!
Created in January 2013 to fill a void that existed in print and new media – a celebration of men & women who enjoy the latest in haute style, automotive news and entertainment. DivasDriveInHeels.com the web’s first lifestyle automotive hub online, for women, by women. As a driving source of everything automotive that’s important to women, we are the authority in automotive news, entertainment & more for women interested in purchasing, maintaining or upgrading their vehicles.
Women buy 52% of all new cars sold in the U.S., influence more than 85% of all car purchases and are the fastest growing segment of buyers for new and used cars. All told, women have full or partial say over a staggering $80 billion worth of spending on cars. Isn’t it time to discover a new spin on the auto news that matters most? DivasDriveInHeels.com is a safe and reliable source for expert automotive advice, research with the style that you can handle.
Created in January 2013 to fill a void that existed in print and new media – a celebration of men & women who enjoy a unique outlook on travel and entertainment. DivasOnDestinations.com the web’s first lifestyle travel hub online, for women interested in exploring the world from as close as her backyard to as far as she’s willing to journey.
With aims to share the unexpected truths about travel, DivasOnDestinations.com is an open forum for travel experts and novice alike to celebrate adventurous living experiences and more online. Grab your passport and toothbrush and get ready for a wild traveling time with DivasOnDestinations.com.
We’ll keep you updated with news for both sites on Facebook and Twitter, but if you’re looking for in-depth news regarding our traveling and automotive adventures definitely check out both sites daily!
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.
Games, Gadgets, and Apps You Can Enjoy with Your Guy
It’s not uncommon these days to see a couple spending time together but instead of looking into each other’s eyes, they are looking at something on their phones. With new apps, games, and gadgets being released what seems like everyday it gets harder to find quality time without distractions.
To those who are attached to their smart phones, and the girls who haven’t spent a quality minute with their other half since the latest RPG video game came out, this list is for you.
Here are some “two player” options.
The Lazer Tag attachment turns your iPhone into a laser gun that shoots up to 250 feet away. Once you buy the attachment for $39.99 at lazertag.com, download the free Lazer Tag app and start playing.
UFC Personal Trainer for Xbox 360
Xbox Kinect released a game called UFC Personal Trainer.
It doesn’t turn you into a UFC fighter but it will show you how to workout like one. While your guy is living out his cage match fantasies you can tone up all of your trouble areas. Buy the UFC Personal Trainer game for $29.99 everywhere.
Pocket Projector for iPhone is an attachment that projects videos up to from your phone onto any wall nearby. Watch that funny YouTube video you have been sharing with your friends on Facebook all day or snuggle up anywhere and watch a movie on Netflix. The Pocket Projector is available for 199.99 at Brookstone.com.
8Tracks Radio App
The 8Tracks Radio App streams play lists from every genre and for every mood. What makes it different from other streaming radio apps is you create the play list. You can name it, tag and then share it via email, text or on Facebook and Twitter. There are tons of play lists. Some existing users have even created motivational play lists with speeches and comedic clips. What’s the benefit for couples? Attach a custom play list for your other half to that “Good morning” text, send them a motivational clip when they are having a bad day. Make a play list for a special occasion or when you finally have some time to relax together. This app is free on the iPhone and Android markets.
Do you love photography or just enjoy taking pictures, but feel like pricey cameras are keeping professional-looking photos out of reach? Here are 3 key tips sure to make your holiday photos look top-notch without investing in expensive equipment.
1. Forget the Flash
Ever wonder why throwaway camera pictures have off-kilter coloring? Flash is your culprit!
Unless you’re shooting in the dark, forget it even exists. Keep your camera steady and try to shoot in early morning or early evening light to get the best natural shadows and highlights from your environment. Additionally, if your camera allows it, adjust shutter speed (a.k.a. ISO) to control the amount of light you’re letting in (higher ISO = more light = best for darker environments).
2. Learn The Rule of Thirds
NEVER put your subject in the center of the frame. Instead, picture your camera view as being divided into three sections, and keep your subject in either the left-hand or right-hand third. Also, remember the “halo” rule: make sure to leave space above and around the subject’s head so that they don’t look crammed into the shot.
3. Know Your Angles
America’s Next Top Model contestants aren’t the only ones who need to understand angles. An otherwise-boring shot can be instantly spruced up by changing your perspective.
Want to make your subject look more important and/or taller? Shoot from below. On the flipside, shooting from above can also make a subject look smaller, but slimmer, so a higher perspective might be the answer to soothing subjects with any worries, while also being fabulously spontaneous.
Do you have a unique photo tip to share? Let us know what you do to spruce up your special holiday photos.
Looking for a way to freshen up your deep hued winter wardrobe? Not quite sure how to incorporate or layer the spring and summer trend into the colder months? Floral’s are normally associated with Spring not Winter or Fall, well no more. Now you can do Winter Florals with a few quick tips and get the most out of your entire wardrobe from Spring to Winter.
Buy or Pair With Deep Colors: Black tights, marron, oxblood, navy and emerald are great hues to pair with florals.
Add Leather: Motorcyle jackets scream Fall and toughen any look even florals.
Pair with boots: Doc Martins, Riding boots or Thigh-Highs, Fall is the season for boots. Pair them with feminine pieces like florals.
Try printed Deimn: printed jeans are very on trend, so try wearing floral printed jeans. It’s the easiest way to trend two trends in one look.
With most trends, it’s all about freedom of expression and having fun trying out something new! Not too sure that winter floral trends are right for you, try it out first with simple accessories like adding a leather jacket or boots first and let us know how it works out!
Have you ever tried dipping into the winter floral trend? What’s your favorite accessory to pull off a full winter floral look?
When choosing to use bluetooth headsets versus headphones for daily mobile calling, everyone has their own preference. Many consumers opt to use their standard factory headphones for handsfree calls, however many of these headphones don’t provide optimum calling & clear noise-free communication. This is where the Plantronics Voyager Legend comes into play. As an intelligent accessory that seamlessly works into a busy diva’s lifestyle, it’s brings superior smart call routing, precision audio and voice commands all together in one simply intuitive device.
The Set Up
Setting up the bluetooth device is fairly simple. Customized earbuds and strategically shifting of the microphone makes it easy to pair the device to your left or right ear listening preference. A standard gel ear tip comes attached to the Voyager Legend but Plantronics also bundles two larger and smaller size gel tips and foam earbud covers. Plantronics took the time to make these tips easy to swap in and out of the device too. Just press inward and twist left or right to lock or unlock tips for insertion and removal. Pairing the device to your iPhone or Android device is equally simple and allow connection in a matter of seconds. Upon using the device for the first time, it had enough power to pair the device with my iPhone and make a few calls, however when fully charged it boasts up to 7 hours of talk time or 11 days of power while on standby. To charge the Voyager Legend, Plantronics includes a small adapter to rest the headset’s metal contacts on, making it easy to keep the device charged anywhere when not in use.
Call Audio & Clarity
Voyager line gives you three microphones to improve audio quality and clarity. Testing out these microphones on one of the busiest streets in NYC – Broadway was a breeze! Loud trucks, crowded restaurants, and loud passerby’s were no match for the clarity of the Voyager Legend. Did it completely reduce all the background noise, no – but that’s not what it’s intended to do. It does provide clear enough calling that people on the other end of the phone couldn’t tell if I was on a bluetooth device at all. The Voyager Legend also intuitively directs calls to your phone or headset, pauses music for incoming calls, and allows you to automatically answer by simply placing the headset on your ear.
With most voice command options, based on your dialect – it can be a pleasant or just plain frustrating experience. (I truly believe Siri hates me) but to my surprise, using the voice command option on the Voyager Legend wasn’t complicated at all. Just say “Answer” to take a call. Tap the Voice button to check battery level or ask “What can I say?” to hear a list of commands.
The Voyager Legend is a streamlined bluetooth accessory that’ll take a moment to gain total comfort with. Weighing only 18 grams, it’s a lightweight device that makes it easy to forget that it’s on your ear. While the headset’s ear loop is sturdy and provide a comfortable anchor for ear placement, it provides controls that you have to familiarize yourself with for easy finger reach. The ear loop’s base is home to the power switch and volume toggle button while the two key buttons you’ll make most use of reside on the microphone arm. It took me a while to effortlessly press the mute call button (located closer to the edge of the microphone) without mistakenly pressing the call button (located closer to the base of the microphone) simultaneously. However, once I got the hang of the exact position of each button, using the accessory became that much more enjoyable.
You can rely on the Voyager Legend to work as hard as you do, through rain, sweat and the inevitable coffee spill. Voyager Legend headsets are protected against sweat and moisture damage by P2i technology. The nano-coating is applied during the manufacturing process, resulting in invisible liquid repellent properties that also makes the headset more reliable, wherever your busy life takes you. Plantronics also provides a variety of apps such as the InstantMeeting call-confrencing app, headset locating apps and more!
No matter if you’re hanging out with the kids or running errands on the go – the suburb audio quality, lightweight and well-crafted Plantronics Voyager Legend makes it a great choice if you’re looking for handsfree bluetooth technology this season. At only $99 it makes a great holiday gift and easily available online at Plantronics.com, Amazon.com and at your local Best Buy location.
Disclosure: This review has been compensated as part of a promotional program. All opinions are entirely my own.
February 2013 seems to be the month Beyoncé will be coming back into the performance realm. She is the headlining performer during the Super Bowl halftime show on February 3rd, and now will be the focus of an intimate feature-length HBO documentary film later that month. Michael Lombardo, HBO President of Programming, announced it in a statement. Directed by the Beyoncé herself, the film is “a fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances.” Beyoncé is world-renowned for her music but as a person, not many know her. The film will change this. “Along with electrifying footage of Beyoncé onstage, this unique special looks beyond the glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable, unforgettable woman,” said Lombardo.
From a November 26th press release from HBO:
The film is a multi-faceted portrait of the 16-time Grammy Award-winning singer, businesswoman, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother, showing off the extraordinary gifts that have made her a global phenomenon, and stripping away the veneer of stardom. It includes extensive first-person footage, some of it shot by Beyoncé on her laptop, in which she reflects on the realities of celebrity, the refuge she finds onstage and the transcendent joy of becoming a mother last year.
The film sheds light on her childhood in Houston, with home movies revealing the close bond she built with her family and charts the challenges Beyoncé felt when she decided to manage her career and build her own company, Parkwood Entertainment. It also captures the intense physical and emotional demands she goes through in the studio, preparing for live performances, running a business and her family life, including her return to the spotlight after the birth of her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012. Beyoncé also serves as the film’s executive producer.
“HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity,” said Beyoncé in a statement. “Some of my favorite shows are on HBO, so I am excited that my film will be part of its bold programming. This film was so personal to me, it had to have the right home.”
With her pervious documentary releases, including her “I Am World Tour” in 2010 and “Year of 4” in 2011, following the release of her album 4, we’ve gotten pieces of Beyoncé as a person but who doesn’t want more? No trailers have been released but I am looking forward to seeing another look into Beyoncé’s life. The film is scheduled to debut on February 16th, 2013.