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5 Reasons Why The New HTC One M8 Should Replace Your iPhone 5S

April 4th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

After the well-recieved launch of the HTC One M8 last week, some of our readers have asked if I really think the HTC One M8 could replace my standard iPhone 5S.  After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that not only is the HTC One (M8) a better device than the iPhone 5S, but some of my favorite features of the new HTC One sync so well with my lifestyle that it tempts me to give up and replace my iPhone 5s altogether.  Don’t believe me?  Here is a list of five ways the new HTC One beats the iPhone 5s. Are they reason enough for you to make the switch from iOS to Android?

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TV Remote

The TV Remote feature is a godsend for a girl like me, I misplace my remote control all of the time – but I never misplace my phone.  Not only does the device act as a remote, but it also suggests new programs based on your television show preference and interests.  Your HTC One is able to power on your TV, change the settings, control the volume, and switch between channels.  The HTC One’s IR blaster even has exceptional range, so much so, it even worked when it wasn’t pointed directly at the TV or cable box.  The Sense TV software is extremely powerful. It provides detailed information on TV shows and movies, and gives you the ability to easily switch between them. The app provides complete TV schedules through the channel guide and includes built-in notifications to ensure that you never miss your favorite shows again.

 

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Zoe

If you’re an iPhone user that has more photo editing apps than any other apps on your photo – listen up!  One of my favorite things about the HTC One M8  is its Zoe camera mode. Tapping on the shutter button records continuous still photos and video simultaneously. This might not sound like too big of a deal, but it’s a godsend when trying to capture action shots on the go. The resulting photos and videos are automatically remixed into multimedia videos thanks to the phone’s Highlights feature. I’ve spent way too many hours of my life editing and sharing photos using various editing  and sharing tools. None of them are as easy and satisfying as uploading a Highlight to Facebook, tagging a few friends and calling it a day.  Zoe is like your magical editing genie in your HTC – no additional editing apps required.

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Screen

The HTC One features a 5″ display that delivers full 1080p resolution (1920 x1080 pixels). The HTC One’s display is an inch bigger than the iPhone 5s and is simply better suited for everything from reading news to watching movies. It’s not that the iPhone 5s’s display is bad, it’s just that it’s stuck somewhere between 2010 and 2012. Apple introduced the Retina Display back in 2010 with the iPhone 4, kept it the same in 2011 with the iPhone 4s and stretched it out a bit in 2012 with the iPhone 5. Nothing changed for the iPhone 5s display in 2013 and now we’re stuck in in 2014 with an iPhone 5s with a display that’s too small for getting the most out of our 4G LTE networks and more powerful apps.  (And even though the HTC One is slightly larger, I can still operate and maneuver the device with one hand without worrying about fumbling or dropping the phone.)

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Speakers

The HTC One M8 has a pair of BoomSound speakers facing forward. They’re loud and produce stereo sound that’s far superior to the mono sound piped out of the iPhone 5s’s single speaker. It’s easier to hear movie dialogue on the HTC One than the iPhone 5s. Games and movies have way more depth to them on the HTC One than the iPhone 5s because sound is actually split into left and right channels, just like when listening through headphones.

 

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Isis Mobile Wallet / Google Wallet

The HTC One supports both Isis Mobile Wallet and Google Wallet payment solution. This means users can pay with their phones rather than credit cards at many retailers by simply tapping the HTC One when checking out. That might sound trivial to some, but it’s always nice to have alternative ways to pay.   [Tap, Pay and Go With Isis Mobile Wallet]

 

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HTC Advantage

HTC believes in caring for your device, even after you’ve taken it home.  So much so, that if case you ever drop or damage your phone HTC offers a free one-time cracked screen replacement within the first 6 months. You also get 50GM of free online storage (that’s extra storage above and beyond taking advantage of the external memory slot.) and  a host of new software and updated features.  Discover all the added freebies at HTC.com/advantage.

 

Now of course your iPhone 5S still maintains the lead in accessory variety, app availability, music management and support – but when it comes down to pricing, this just might be a key factor that’ll change your mind.  The HTC One is already available from Verizon Wireless for just $199 with a contract. Which is $100 less than the 32GB iPhone 5s, and that’s just the beginning. Verizon’s already offering a free HTC One with the purchase of an HTC One, which drops the price down to $100 each. If HTC and its partners are offering these kinds of deals right off the bat, imagine what we’ll see in a few months. Verizon Wireless has a bit of a head start selling the HTC One (it’s available now in stores and online).  If you’re looking to buy the HTC One on other carriers, you’ll have to wait until next week – when it becomes available on over 230 carriers on April 10th.

 

Could An Even Cheaper iPhone Be Coming Soon? It’s Already Here.

March 18th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If you thought the previous iPhone 5C for $99 with a contract was a good deal, brace yourselves an even better iPhone deal has surfaced making a cheaper iPhone affordable for everyone!

 

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Apple released an 8GB iPhone 5C Tuesday, and it’s selling for roughly $712 on the company’s U.K. Apple stores. That’s around $66.40 less than the 16GB iPhone 5C.  The phone is not currently available in the U.S., but is available in countries including Germany, Australia and China. Here’s a little peek:

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$712 for an iPhone (or £429 in British pounds) might sound expensive, but here’s the thing: The phone comes without a contract, so you can use it with any carrier.

A 16GB iPhone 5C currently sells for $99 with a contract in the U.S. and $549 without one, so it would make sense that an iPhone with 8GB less of storage would be even cheaper than that.  The iPhone 5C is Apple’s cheapest phone yet, but it hasn’t paid off for the tech giant. Apple told its manufacturers that it would cut orders of the iPhone 5C last October, a move that suggests the phone hasn’t been flying off the shelves.

Will the new cheaper iPhone 5C make it to the US? Do you think that more people will begin buying the 8GB 5C because of the non-contractual factor?  Would you shell out $712 for an iPhone without a contract obligation – weight the pros and cons in the comments below… 

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Five Ways To Optimize Your iPhone Use During NYFW

February 6th, 2014 by Christen

If you’re one of the “lucky ones” underneath the New York Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center, chances are that you’re using your smartphone to death.  More than likely, your smartphone is your precious baby that you use to connect with others on and offline.  You use your smartphone to share your fashionable experiences, chronicle style moments and more – but did you know that you may not be using your smartphone correctly?  Check out five ways to optimize your iPhone use during NYFW below…

 

iphone alarm1.  Stop Keeping Your iPhone Plugged in Overnight…

Letting your iPhone charge while you sleep at night might be convenient, but it’s not the best way to keep your iPhone damage free during this busy week.  Leaving your iPhone plugged in after it’s already fully charged can damage your battery over time and it could start dying more quickly.  Try charging it throughout the days you can unplug it once it’s fully charged.

 

2.  Give Your iPhone a Time Out…

You really should be turning your phone off periodically, or your battery will die faster than it should.  Leaving it on and idle stresses the battery, experts say.  If you, like me – use your phone as an alarm clock, consider picking up a cheap desktop alarm and shut your phone off at night  (you’ll save radiation exposure AND give your smartphone the break that it deserves.)

 

3.  Stop Leaving the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Enabled All the Time…

When your iPhone has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled and isn’t using one or both, it’s just wasting energy.  As you wander around, navigating throughout the city for your next show, you’re not likely going to need or want Wi-Fi or Bluetooth all the time.  You’re better off leaving both off and just turning them on when you need them.

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4.  Filming shows in portrait mode…

Hey you!  Did you know that you’re actually supposed to film videos horizontally – not vertically?  You’ve seen those videos filmed in vertically mode – not cute.  Film your awesome fashion week moments the correct way, so that your friends and family can enjoy them without the “black frame of death”.

 

5.  Protect Your iPhone With A Passcode…

According to Apple, half of iPhone users do not lock their phones.  If you don’t have a passcode on your iPhone and it’s stolen, your identity and personal information is completely open and available for the thief to grab.  And while you’re at it – quit walking around with your iPhone in your hand.  Around 40 percent of the robberies in major cities (including NYC) now involve mobile devices, so it’s actually pretty dangerous to walk around carelessly with your iPhone out.

 

If you keep these tips in mind while navigating through the fashion week chaos, your iPhone will thank you and last as long as you do!  Did we miss anything?  What are your favorite smartphone tips and tricks you use during New York Fashion Week?  Share your ideas and tips below.

How To Clean Your Gmail Inbox In Three Easy Steps

January 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Long ago, there was a time where I made sure to keep my email inbox nice and clean.  Promptly responding to, deleting and filing all my emails – all the time.  Handling one email inbox is one thing, but when it comes to keeping multiple email inboxes in check – organization becomes a completely new challenge.  After a few failed attempts at organizing emails one by one, I’ve discovered how to clean your Gmail inbox in three easy steps.

This eCleaning is simply a way to clear the tens of hundreds (or thousands) of emails out of your inbox by marking them “as read” versus deleting or archiving all of them.  After all, who knows – you may need to access info from long lost emails and as long as they’re present in your inbox, you can easily find them again using the search box tool.

Using the same search box tool, you can easily find, locate and Clean your gmail inbox in these three easy steps below.

 

Step One:

From your Gmail inbox type IN:UNREAD in the search box and press Enter.  (This will highlight all of the unread emails in your inbox.)

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Step Two:

Click on the box in the upper-left corner of your inbox that lets you select different types of messages. Click the down arrow and choose ALL from the drop-down menu.  Google will then give you an option to select all messages — conversations via a link at the top of the page.  Click the link that says “Select all xx,xxx conversations in inbox” (This action will select all of the unread messages in your inbox – not just all of the unread messages on the current page.)

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Step Three:

Now all of the unread messages in your inbox should be selected and highlighted.  Click the More button above your inbox, choose Mark as read. Lastly, click OK on the confirmation pop-up window to confirm your decision to mark each and every e-mail in your inbox as read.

 

Viola!  Your email inbox is now nice, clear and clean!  I’m so proud of my now, clean inbox – I had to screenshot my  inbox victory.

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Do you have any tips or tricks to keep your inbox neat and organized?  Share your advice below.

Security Shortcut: Use The New Knock App On You iPhone To Unlock Your Mac

November 6th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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I will admit, ever since I picked up the iPhone 5s – I’ve been using the fingerprint scan technology for everything (and by everything, I really mean making iTunes store purchases and unlocking my phone).  I guess I’m just  one of many people that hate the tedious act of typing in a passcode to unlock their smartphone every five minutes.  So you could imagine my surprise when I discovered the new Knock app.  Knock is a combo iPhone/Mac app that lets users unlock their computer, simply by tapping on the phone screen.

 

 

The guys behind Square Wallet brings a type of human touch to technology and security.  Knock was created by William Henderson and Jon Schlossberg. The two came up with the idea after realizing how much they both hated having to constantly unlock their computers.   That type of human approach to security is something the two want to carry on with Knock. Knock works by pairing your computer (a 2011 or new MacBook Air or Mac mini, a 2012 or newer iMac or the upcoming Mac Pro) with your iPhone (iPhone 4S and later). Simply install, for $3.99, the Knock iPhone app, install the free Mac app from the Knock website and follow a few quick steps and you’re ready.

Knock works by using Bluetooth Low Energy, a technology that modern Macs and newer iPhones have. The two Knock apps create a secure connection with one another and when you “knock” on the screen of the phone, it transmits the unlock key to your Mac instantly.

Like Touch ID, Knock is one of those apps that really gives the average user no excuse notto use a password.

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Would you use this new security shortcut?  Is it worth the $3.99 price tag?  Sound off below.

UPDATE ALERT! Facebook iOS: Edit Posts, Add Photos And More

October 18th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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UPDATE ALERT!  The Facebook for iOS update hit iTunes yesterday allowing users a few desktop options like editing posts and adding photos via their iOS device.  Although the latest version doesn’t add a laundry list of updates to the Facebook app, there are a few app additives that are worth the click.

 

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Facebook iOS update in a nutshell:

- Add photos and emoticons to your comments.

- Edit your posts and comments through the app (Note: a label indicating that the post has been edited will appear).

- Access privacy shortcuts by simply tapping the lock by your name on the main menu.

 

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A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Facebook can be downloaded now in the App Store for free.

The last update to the social networking app came right after the official introduction of iOS 7 in September. Version 6.5 of the app brought a new menu bar for users of the latest version of iOS.

What do you think? Will you be downloading the latest Facebook iOS update today?

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You’ve Updated To iOS7… Now What? Five Features To Know And Love #VZWBUZZ

September 19th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

If you’re like the thousands that spent countless hours updating to iOS7 on yesterday, you’re probably wondering “Now what do I do?”.  iOS 7 adds more than 200 new features, the biggest being a complete overhaul of the user interface. Other new features include Control Center, a panel that slides up from the bottom of any screen that allows settings like Bluetooth and AirPort to be toggled on and off, a number of new camera features, a new multitasking screen, AirDrop, iTunes Radio and more.  Looking for the best features to take advantage of now?  Check out my top iOS7 updated features and how to access them below.

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Siri: Siri can now pull up restaurant reviews, toggle settings, search for images, post to Facebook, play Voicemail, and access tweets. Siri will now attempt to learn the pronunciation of difficult names and Siri also has a new male voice that can be accessed through Settings > General > Siri > Voice Gender.

Camera: The Camera app includes new photo filters, which can be applied to the live view. Tap on the colored dots at the bottom of the screen to access the new filters, and swipe on the screen itself to switch between Video, Photo, Square (takes an Instagram-sized image) and Panoramic modes. Focusing photos can also be done by pressing the volume up button rather than tapping on the screen.

Block Phone Numbers: Specific contacts and phone numbers can be blocked within iOS 7. Go to Settings > Phone > Blocked to add contacts that will be prevented from calling (sending the calls to voicemail), FaceTiming, and sending messages.

iTunes Radio: iTunes Radio can be accessed from within the Music app. It is currently only available for users located in the United States, though it works for users outside of the U.S. as long as they have a U.S. iTunes account. Ringtones and Sounds: iOS 7 adds a slew of newly redesigned ringtones and system sounds, which can be accessed via Settings > Sounds.

iMessage/SMS Time Stamps: Time stamps within iMessage are now available. Pull to the left within on a speech bubble within the app to see when a text or message was sent or received.Names in Messages: The way names are displayed within Messages can be changed in iOS 7. Go to Settings > Mail Contacts and Calendars > Short Name (Under Contacts) to select an option. Choices include first name and last initial, full name, and first name only.

Have you downloaded the iOS7 update yet?  (How long did it take?)  Are you waiting to get the iPhone 5s or 5c instead?  Let me know below…

Disclosure:  Please note that I often tweet using #VZWBuzz – VZWBuzz tweets include a 24/7 conversation and a Friday mobile lifestyle Twitter chat with an emphasis on providing information and education about devices, apps and tools useful to consumers. While the hash tag is sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the opinions I express tagged #VZWBuzz are my own.

Live Blog: Apple iPhone Event

September 10th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

 

Although I won’t be live blogging the event from 36,000 feet, I will however give you the skinny on what to expect from today’s Apple iPhone event.  Two new models are expected to be revealed later today – a higher-end iPhone 5S and its cheaper alternative, the iPhone 5C The invite… Apple is holding a special event today but is keeping the purpose of it a top-secret.  It has been widely-rumoured online that the event will see the launch of a higher-end new phone, probably named the iPhone 5S.  Speculation and leaked images also suggest it will have a fingerprint scanner, but it is also expected to have several other exciting tweaks.

 

I’ll be watching the developments on the star of the show — the iPhone 5s and will have a roundup of the best features, when/where you can buy it and the best ways to trade-in your current phone for cash towards your new upgrade later today…

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QUICK UPDATE: Both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available for pre-order online on Thursday and in stores Friday, September 20th…

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Apple® today announced iPhone® 5s, the most forward-thinking iPhone yet, featuring an all-new A7 chip, making iPhone 5s the world’s first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance in the palm of your hand. iPhone 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including an all-new 8 megapixel iSight® camera with True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID™, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5s comes with iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, engineered for 64-bit technology and featuring hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos, Safari®, Siri® and iTunes Radio?.

iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model.? iPhone 5s will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

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Apple® today introduced iPhone® 5c, featuring an all-new design, packed with incredible features in five gorgeous colors-blue, green, pink, yellow and white. iPhone 5c is built on a foundation of features people know and love like the beautiful 4-inch Retina® display, blazing fast performance of the A6 chip, and the 8 megapixel iSight® camera-all while delivering great battery life. iPhone 5c comes with more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world, a new FaceTime® HD camera, and iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone.

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iPhone 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $99 (US) for the 16GB model and $199 (US) for the 32GB model.? iPhone 5c will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5c cases will be available in blue, green, pink, yellow, black and white for a suggested retail price of $29 (US) through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5c will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 20, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5c beginning Friday, September 13.

Morning Tech Rumor Roundup: iPhone, HTC, Beats By Dre

August 19th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

There’s a bevy of tech rumors and shake ups that happy everyday from mergers to break ups and new technology emerging by the second.  Here are the top tech rumors to keep you in the know.

 

iPhone 5s

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The iPhone 5s rumors keep pouring in and they include everything from fingerprint scanning technology to NFC capabilities.  Your next iPhone may be able to unlock itself based on your touch and hold a charge without requiring a cable.  These are just three intriguing possibilities that could turn up in Apple’s iPhone 5 successor, which is rumored to go public as soon as September.  Check out more iPhone 5s rumors here.

 

Steve Jobs Crash & Burns At Box Office

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The first of two movies about the late Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs hit theaters this weekend without any of the buzz or sales enjoyed by the iPods or iPads created by its subject. The movie opened in seventh place with a paltry estimated weekend gross of $6.7 million despite opening broadly in the U.S. and Canada.  Throughout the movie, Mr. Jobs’s up-and-down career at the company is chronicled, as a rotating cast of board directors and executives hire and fire him before he returns the company to superstar status with the launch of the iPod in 2001. (more)

 

Dr. Dre Wants To Drop HTC

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dr. Dre and Co. are planning to buy back the phone maker’s remaining 25 percent stake in the business — just a year after HTC reduced its stake by half. Either way, we’re hoping that this potential separation helps HTC get back to winning ways and frees up Dr. Dre to resuming prescribing those pills he’s now so fond of.

 

Samsung Smartwatch

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It’s official: Samsung Electronics will launch its first wristwatch smartphone early next month, people familiar  with the plan say. The move  would allow Samsung to  potentially beat rival Apple Inc. on what is expected to be the next major battleground for mobile phone makers.  The world’s largest smartphone maker will unveil the device worn around the wrist called Galaxy Gear on Sept. 4, ahead of Berlin’s IFA, a  consumer electronics show where technology companies showcase their gadgets. It will go on sale this year, the people said.

 

That’s our roundup for today!  What tech rumors are you intrigued by?  Share below…

Fingerprint Technology Coming To An iPhone Next Month

August 2nd, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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The technology is in place and the rumors are true!  The new IPhone 5S arriving in stores next month will have all the improved bells and whistles as expected from Apple but it will also have a little extra added security…as in fingerprint security.  We have heard rumors that Apple would implement biometric security in their iOS devices because of its acquisition of AuthenTec last year, but this rumor really seems to be getting louder in the last few months.

According to BusinessInsider, analyst Brian White has said “we believe fingerprint identification technology will be part of the iPhone 5S and this is likely to be the major new feature used to market the iPhone 5S, similar to what Siri was to the iPhone 4S” 

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Christen Rochon talks TECHNOLOGY with Roland Martin and the Tom Joyner Morning Show.  LISTEN HERE.

 

 

What could this technology mean for you?  Improved security from mobile thieves unable to unlock your phone?  Maybe a new payment delivery system which will accept mobile payments by simply using your fingertips.  What do you think?  Is too much technology always a good thing?

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