Last week, hundreds of leaders from domestic violence prevention organizations came together for Verizon’s Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal Summit in NYC. A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal, hosted by Verizon and leading national organizations, sparked a national conversation about domestic violence prevention and awareness and to drive solutions to this critical issue and featured tons of information and entertainment.
Hosted by Grammy Award-winning artist Donald Lawrence the Verizon’s Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal Summit featured panels and discussions with Daniel S. Mead (Verizon Wireless President/CEO), Christi Paul (New Anchor CNN/HLN), William Gay of the Pittsburgh Steelers and an inspiring performance by R&B Grammy Award-winning artist Melanie Fiona.
Performing songs like “Give It To Me Right”, “Fool For You” and “Wrong Side Of A Love Song” Melanie Fiona inspired the audience and shared her message of change and healing.
A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal undoubtedly sparked a national conversation about domestic violence and to drive solutions to this societal issue affecting millions. Conversations ranged from engaging men and boys as part of the solution to working with youth to prevent teen dating violence. For more information on the A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal Summit visit https://www.verizoninsider.com/DVPsummit
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 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 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 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, PEOPLE, TIME 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.
Well, after a year – what we’ve referred to as the iPhone 5 will finally be unveiled today! What has been as elusive as a unicorn, this redesigned iPhone 5 will finally be solidified as Apple’s sixth generation mobile device filled with faster speeds, better connectivity & a host of bells/whistles that will undoubtedly make it the best selling Apple device yet. So what should you expect to see unveiled later today?
Here are our Top five predictions in a nutshell:
5. The name? No trickery here. Last year, what was thought to be the iPhone 5 was actually introduced to us as the iPhone 4S but this time? It’s definitely the iPhone 5 (as eluded via the Apple press event invitation (pictured above).
4. Taller. Thinner. Lighter. (NYFW models aren’t the only ones with a height & weight requirement…) It’s been long rumored that the size of the iPhone 5 screen will be larger/taller than the current iPhone screens. Many suspect it will be about 4 inches diagonally compared to the existing 3.5-inch display. Meanwhile, according to The Wall Street Journal, the iPhone 5 will tout a thinner screen, which would allow the device to be lighter in weight than ever before.
3. More apps at your fingertips. A consequence of the larger screen — which is rumored to have 640 x 1,136 resolution — it’s expected that we will see five full rows of apps.
2. New connector? Rumors indicate that Apple will be switching its 30-pin dock connector for one with only 9 pins. This would make existing speakers and chargers useless when used with the new device. However, it’s likely that Apple will introduce an adapter that will convert it back to its original 30 pins.
1. Super Small Sim Card. According to 9 to 5 Mac, the SIM card slot may be a lot smaller. This could mean Apple is switching to newer, nano-SIM card, which is even smaller than the current micro-SIM in the iPhone 4S.
These are just a few of the unveiled ideas that’ll come later today. We’re expecting iPad/Sprint news, redesigned iPod details as well as a September 21st release date for the new iPhone 5. What do you think will be unveiled later today? Check back with us throughout the day as we update this post & live blog the Apple unveilings one-by-one later today.
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1:01PM – The Apple event has begun with Tim Cook discussing Apple retail locations, upgrades, etc… 380 stores in 12 countries, 13 coming on Friday with the first Swedish store. 83 million visitors in the last quarter, April – June. Mac news: ”We’ve had a very busy summer for the Mac. We launched Mountain Lion in July. Mountain Lion is the ninth major release of the best OS on the planet.” Seven million Mountain Lion upgrades have been sold! Our notebooks now rank #1 in the US in Market share in the last three months. iPad news: Last quarter, 17 million iPads were sold April – June. That’s another new record. ”We sold more iPads than any PC manufacturer sold of their entire PC line.” Pad is 91% of all tablet web traffic! Tim says “I don’t know what these other tablets are doing! They must be in warehouses or store shelves or maybe in peoples’ bottom drawer.”
Let’s talk pricing first…$199 16G…$299 32G & $399 64 G! You can pre-order September 14th. Apple senior vice president Phil Shiller took the stage to introduce the iPhone 5. “It’s an absolute jewel,” Shiller said. For the most part, the iPhone 5 looks like previous models, but taller and thinner.
The phone has a 4-inch 1,136 x 640 pixel display, 4G LTE connectivity, A6 chip, weights 112 grams – 18 percent thinner and 20% lighter than iPhone 4S. It’s available in white (silver) & black (slate).
The larger display allows for widescreen display. Apps designed for the previous operating system will not be stretch, but will have black borders. One of the biggest updates is to the camera and iSight. The camera now has an 8 megapixel sensor, 3,264 x 2,448 pixel resolution with backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, f2.4 aperture, is 25 percent smaller and can take panoramic photos. The video camera captures 1080p HD quality. Front-facing camera features 720p support, backside illuminated sensor, and FaceTime works over 3G with iOS 6. The iPhone 5 will also get a new dock connector called Lightening, which is 80 percent smaller, have an adaptive interface, improved durability and is reversible. Apple will also release an adaptor to make the transition. Let’s talk battery life. The iPhone 5 exceeds the battery life of the 4S at 8 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours of LTE or 3G browsing, or 10 hours of WiFi browsing, 225 hours of standby time. To make room for its latest iPhone, Apple announced new prices for the rest of the line — and it appears the iPhone 3GS isn’t part of the mix. Cupertino followed asimilar strategy to what it used last year, with the 16GB iPhone 4S dropping to $99 with a two-year contract, and the 8GB iPhone 4 now available for free when subsidized by a mobile carrier. It’s an improved value over last year’s price drop, however, whether both of the two low-cost models were stuck at 8GB of storage. PRICING: $199 16G | $299 32G | $399 64G
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iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2, and 4th gen get iOS 6 on September 19th.
It’s always a joy to receive nice surprises every now and then and recently Samsung was a bearer of great surprise as I found the gift of the Samsung BT S Pen.
It’s similar in size and shape to the company’s Galaxy S Pen Holder Kit, which serves as a sleeve for the standard-issue Note S Pen, but Bluetooth functionality, along with a microphone and tiny speaker, enable the lightweight plastic contraption to double as a wireless headset. (Hello? Can you hear me now?)
With three hours of talk time and 130 hours of standby, it weighs 21 grams, offers Bluetooth 3.0 compatibility and will work with Galaxy Note devices — you could use it as a headset with other bluetooth enabled gadgets such as the Samsung Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note 10.1 and the original Galaxy Note phablet too. No pricing is available yet, but as a cool TECHcessory, it’s a great tool to have on hand in case you need to transcribe notes while on a conference call.
Could you find yourself talking on the phone with the Samsung BT S Pen? Would you like to see it on store shelves soon?
Personalization. Productivity. Performance. Creativity
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is finally ready to take the stage here in the United States! Today’s launch event for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was a welcomed declaration of pomp & circumstance for the latest tech entry into the market. Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablet such a huge hit in the tech community and beyond after it launched last year, and Samsung is clearly hoping that the Note formula will propel this new tablet into the big leagues.
Even designers got into the tech mix as Zac Posen shared his experience with the tablet & how he plans to continue using the Galaxy Note 10.1 as a creative tool in design. As reported last week, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will offer features beyond what normal tablet users are used to today. From multi-tasking on touch screens to eLearning on another level, I got the chance to experience the Galaxy Note 10.1 live and in person today during the launch event and boy was it amazing!
From the user interface to changing my face into a caricature cartoon, the event had tons of Samsung experts on hand to highlight the device as well as a classroom setting and arcade for Galaxy Note fun!
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 You can edit photos, create detailed illustrations & increase your productivity like never before. With the multiscreen function, watch videos or read articles on one screen while taking notes on the other – all on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for maximum performance.
Check out a brief review of the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 and few photos from today’s Galaxy Note launch event below…
- 10.1-inch LCD display running at 1280 by 720
- Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s custom UI (Jelly Bean coming later this year)
- 1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16 or 32GB of internal storage, accepts microSD cards as large as 64GB
- 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi only
- MSRP: $499 for the 16GB model, $549 for the 32GB model, available (NOW at Best Buy Union Square in New York ) and available nationwide on August 16
- Split screen multitasking
- The S pen is a cutting edge tech accessory & easy to use
- Strong spec sheet means great performance
- Photo quality is still lacking
- Maximizing usage of the S Pen & tablet interface will take a while if you’re not already a pro
Have you tried out the new Galaxy Note 10.1 yet? Stop by a Samsung or Best Buy store soon to try it out for yourself & see if it lives up as the next great tablet on the market.
“Think Like a Man,” based on Steve Harvey’s dating-advice best-seller, debuted as the top weekend draw with $33 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That’s almost double what studio executives had expected for the Sony Screen Gems ensemble movie, which features Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union.
Produced for about $13 million “Think Like a Man” took in nearly that much on opening day Friday alone, with business getting even better on Saturday. Sony executives had figured the movie might pull in about $17 million for the whole weekend. Now you can take “Think Like A Man” with you on your smartphone with the Think Like A Man iPhone App!
To help bring awareness to the movie, you can play the dating game with the Think Like A Man App for iPhone. This app lets you play along with characters straight from the movie. You choose either a female or male date and go through a series of comments throughout a lunch, dinner, and desert. The responses range from funny to serious. Make sure you choose the appropriate answer to advance your date. If you need help with an answer you can ask for help from Cedric’s Words of Wisdom which will have you rolling in laughter. The app is FREE and available in the Apple App Store.
Have you checked out ‘Think Like A Man’ in theaters this weekend? What did you think? Did you like it enough to download the app?
Honorees Kelly Rowland and Sylvia Rhone joined special guests including Grammy Award Winner Eve and MC Lyte, along with Essence president Michelle Ebanks, Essence Editor-in-Chief Constance White and celebrity guests including Wynter Gordon, Regina King, Kenny Lattimore, LeToya Luckett, Ne-Yo, Melody Thornton, Michelle Williams and more for the 3rd Annual Essence Black Women in Music event Thursday night. Sponsored by Lincoln and My Black is Beautiful – guests enjoyed delicious food and drinks as well as turntable sounds provided by MC Lyte.
Tonight you have a chance to be a part of the World’s Largest Words with Friends game and compete against a special celebrity host! To introduce and reveal the All-New Ford Escape – Ford has partnered with America’s new favorite game, Words With Friends for a unique and exciting event. Ford has selected a special celebrity player to take on North America in this record breaking event, brought to you by The All-New Ford Escape and Zynga. Join in the game – suggest words in real time through @fordescape and live chat.
Don’t have Words With Friends? Download it here.
Need to brush up on your vocabulary? Check out this cheater, I mean cool word site.
Who is the special celebrity host, you ask? None other than funny-lady Jenny McCarthy. For more information or to be apart of the game in person check out Ford Escape on Facebook.
The All New 2013 Ford Escape will make it’s debut at tonight’s record-breaking Words With Friends event in LA.
Meticulous textures, beautiful designs and the fiercest models ever…It’ll be here before you know it…New York Fashion Week!
This fall, QVC is once again offering fans an exclusive pass to the who, the what, and especially the wear during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Live from New York! QVC is offering one lucky fan and a guest the full Fashion Week experience, complete with:
- A four-day/three-night trip to New York City (incl. airfare/hotel accommodations)
- A hair and makeup glam session with professional stylists
- VIP access into QVC’s Fashion’s Night Out event on September 8th
- Fabulous Fashionista’s Cash Prize of $500.00
HOW TO ENTER: Check out QVC on Facebook and share your “FASHION INSPIRATION”. Maybe you love Coco Chanel, can’t get enough of Kate Middleton’s classic style, or consider yourself preppy-chic. You can even double your chances of winning by entering again on QVC’s community page here.