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Holiday Tech Etiquette: How I Stay Tech Savvy (And Not Tech Obsessed) During The Holidays

December 3rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Holiday Tech Tips

Adding tech to your holiday gatherings can help capture great memories… just try not to get too obsessed with holiday tech…

 

 

Have you ever found yourself wondering if it was appropriate to check your work email during a holiday party? Do you feel guilty about entertaining your kids with technology during the busy holiday season? Is it hard for you to live in holiday moments without over-sharing on social media?  In a recent survey by Microsoft, Americans shared their anxieties and concerns about holiday technology. Luckily for you, you’re not the only one sending your thank you notes via text and even better, most people think it’s completely acceptable. Still wondering about holiday tech etiquette? Here are some tips to help guide you this season.

 

 

1. Go ahead, take a holiday selfie! You’ll be in good company. According to the survey, 75 percent of American parents are likely to post to social media during a holiday gathering, so whether it’s a video of your favorite sister unique approach to a selfie or pictures of the annual neighborhood Thanksgiving football game, share away!  I set up my Cannon camera on a tripod and my entire family got in on capture their favorite Thanksgiving dinner moments.

 

 

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2. Happy holidays, world! If you’re in the mood to spread holiday cheer to everyone on your contact list, pen and paper aren’t your only option. Although according to the survey, 43 percent of people still send cards via traditional mail, more than half of Americans are OK with sending mass holiday well wishes via text message. So it’s OK to forget the stamps and hit send instead to share the joy this year.

 

 

Holiday Tech Tips

The holidays are the perfect time to set up a camera and take a good selfie!

 

 

4. Don’t stress about keeping the kids entertained. When traveling for the holidays, 72 percent of parents use technology to entertain their kids. And don’t feel guilty about letting them watch or play what they want. Only 7 percent of parents restrict kids to educational shows, movies and games compared to 40 percent who aren’t worried as much about the content, as long as it keeps kids busy in the car or on the plane.

 

 

5. Use tech to make thank you’s more personal. If you’re not into writing thank-you notes the old-fashioned way, consider sending a quick video message using Skype or Qik instead. That way the gift giver can see and hear how much you appreciate the gift. You can also share a story or two about everything the family has been doing this holiday season.

 

 

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Auntie and Uncle are too busy checking social media to notice baby Abby demolishing the dinner roll…LOL

 

 

5. Don’t fret, you aren’t the only one checking your phone at the holiday table! If you find yourself sneaking a peek at your phone during the family holiday dinner – you’re not alone. Forty-one percent of Americans admit to checking their phone secretly under the holiday table, according to the survey. But phone checkers beware, while a majority of Americans feel it’s completely appropriate to check social media during holiday gatherings, only 34 percent approve of people looking at work email. If the dings of incoming emails are too enticing, use a digital personal assistant like Cortana to set quiet hours on your phone so incoming calls go straight to voicemail and all notifications are silenced.

 

 

You have enough to think about during the holidays. Don’t let technology etiquette add extra stress. So, go ahead and post a holiday selfie, overshare your favorite moments and create long-lasting holiday memories! (You won’t be the only one.)  How do you stay tech savvy (without being tech obsessed) over the holidays? Share your stories and tips below.

The Latest Instagram Updates Will Make You Feel Great

November 11th, 2014 by Tech Staff

Did you know: 40% of daily users visit the Explore page on an average day! If you’re one of the four people who live by navigating the Explore page, then this latest Instagram update is especially for you! To help us find even more accounts to follow Instagram has made the search bar more prominent and smarter with typeahead search, like predictive text but better.

 

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Another new feature is the People tab on the Explore page. With this in mind, you’ll see that the Explore icon at the bottom of your screen has changed to a magnifying glass. When you open Explore, you’ll now see two tabs: Photos and People. The Photos tab has not changed. It contains the same scrolling grid of photos and videos you already know. The new People tab highlights interesting accounts for you to discover.

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Finding new accounts to obsess over is fun and all, but two thing that aren’t are typos and dull captions. With the intro of caption-editing, this update fixes that headache as now you can edit those captions until you (and the grammar police on your page) are satisfied. You’ll find a new “Edit” option in the menu beneath your image. Tap it to edit your caption.

 

Instagram for iOS version 6.2 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 6.10 is available today on Google Play.

 

 

Are you excited about the latest Instagram updates that enable you to discover new photos, accounts and edit dull captions? Are there any other Instagram updates you’d like to see soon?  Sound off with your suggestions below!

 

 

 

Meet Snapwire (And Make Money Off Your Instagram Photos Today!)

October 22nd, 2014 by Tech Staff

So you’re addicted to mobile photography and you’ve found the perfect mix of natural light, composition and editing for flawless flicks everytime!  Why not make money on those photos that you put all that effort into?  Meet Snapwire – the platform that allows companies to bid and pay you for your Instagram photos online.

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Meet Snapwire

Snapwire is a platform (on desktop and iOS) for photographers of all experience levels to make money from their photos via specific requests from companies, profile galleries and Snapwire’s company challenges. Requests are the major component of Snapwire. A person or company posts a request for a photo. It can be specific or general, like “Apples” or “Friends hanging out in NYC.”

 Snapwire began earlier this year with a limited number of users that they handpicked from their network of photographers. But now, anyone with quality photos can take on a challenge. To get started, create a profile and add some of your most killer photos — ones that best show your personal style. From there, scroll through the requests and see if you have a great photo to submit to any of them, or you can go out and capture a new one.

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How It Works

From there, Snapwire photographers submit photos, and the company nominates then purchases one or several of them for their project. The company making the request sets the price. Most are $15-$100, but it’s pretty common to see some priced at upwards of $300. Snapwire is free to use, but they get a 30% cut of photographs sold. (Wondering about making some serious cash?  There are some rare buyout exceptions that could be worth you while. In the case of Pat Grant: He sold the rights to a photo of his friends having a piggyback race. For five years of exclusivity, the company paid him $6k cash money!)

When you join the platform, you start off under the title of Explorer, and you can get bumped up through the ranks all the way to Pro. When a photo of yours gets nominated or sold, you are accelerated to a higher level, which gives you the opportunity to have your profile featured or even get a spotlight in Snapwire’s buyer emails (even after your photograph is purchased, you still keep the copyright). You’re just licensing that image for the buyer to use.

 

Snapwire has already collected 50,000 photographers in 86 countries, and they’ve worked with big companies like Marriott and Denny’s.

Working with novice and professional photography fans is only the beginning for Snapwire -  (don’t worry Android folks, there will be an app launching for your mobile devices very soon), until then, get to snapping Instagram fiends – it could mean big bucks in your pockets for doing something you already love pretty soon!

 

What do you think?  Would you pimp out your favorite photos for a little extra cash?  Yay or Nay?

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Five Photo Editing Apps To Download For Flawless Selfies

July 31st, 2014 by Christen Rochon

How the heck are her Instagram selfies flawless – all the dang time?

 

I know I can’t be the only person that has pondered the wonder that is “flawless selfies” that while scrolling through an Instagram timeline.  By now, we all know that Instagram, Facebook & Twitter is nothing more than our own curated form of reality. Which is probably why you find Madeface, Bitstrips and photos of your friends online that look nothing like your friends online. One of the biggest trends in app development are apps that bring the power of airbrushing & photoshop to your fingers tips. Wondering what top photo editing apps the latest filtered-photos are courtesy of?  Check out which top photo editing apps are changing the faces of online photos everywhere below:
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1.  Perfect365Perfect365, a free photo editing app that lets people instantly smooth skin, excise zits, highlight eyes and even resize noses before sending their image out on the Internet. (Available for iPhone / Android / Windows)

 

2. ModiFace Photo EditorModiFace Photo Editor features a cosmetics/makeup simulation, as well as skin and facial enhancement effects. Other great features include blemish removal, color contacts, facial/body slimming, and even warping. To finalize your photo, you can add a filter, frame, and text, and instantly share your polished result with your friends and family!  (Available for iPhone)

 

3.  Pixtr – Pixtr is the get pix fixed quick app. Get professionally edited photos at the touch of a button. No editing skills required. No more pictures gone to waste. In no time at all.  (Available for iPhone / Android / Windows)

 

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The Visage Lab app removed under-eye wrinkles, brightened skin & provided an au natural glow IN ONE CLICK!

 

4. Visage LabThe Visage Lab photo editing app applies the touch of a plastic surgeon in an instant.  Remove pimples and wrinkles, outline the eyes and whiten the teeth in seconds, with all operations made automatically! (Available for iPhone / Android (coming soon))

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5.  FaceTune - Facetune provides easy, powerful tools previously reserved for the pros, to make every photo look perfect.  (Available for iPhone / Android / Windows)

 

 

 

With all of these photo enhancing apps who would dare post a photo using #nofilter ever again?

 

Do you have any of these apps in your smartphone arsenal? Which of these apps would you download and use most?

 

 

Social Media Wedding Etiquette – the #DOS and #DONTS

May 19th, 2014 by Tech Staff

WEDDING SEASON IS HERE!  Everyone has seen the viral video of a couple’s first dance as husband and wife or the amazingly choreographed entries of wedding parties.  But for brides who do not want their weddings to play out like a reality TV show, how much is too much?

 

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Social Media Wedding Etiquette – the #DOS and #DONTS
Brides are becoming more insistent on controlling the messaging of their nuptials by setting guidelines of how public the wedding will be on the internet.  Regardless of their stance on posting or not posting, 44% of brides believe digital rules are important in setting the tone for their guests.  Only 14% of brides are taking cues from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who are rumored to be completely banning cell phones from their wedding - and asking that there be absolutely NO social media posting.

 

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Other notable social media requests brides make:

  • Don’t Spoil the Surprise: 62% believe the bridesmaids should not post any photos of the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony.
  • Wait Your Turn: 58% believe the bride and groom should be the first to post a photo from the wedding.
  • Viral Video Stars: 32% are saying “I don’t” to any video content on YouTube, which means no chance of a viral video!
  • #BestWeddingEver: 26% want you to use their specially-created hashtag should you post anything about the wedding. Actress Kaley Cuoco not only Instagrammed during her wedding and in the days after, she even used her own hashtag #thesweetings. Cuoco’s first wedding photo posted on Instagram under the hashtag received more than 48,000 “likes” from her fans.
  • Sharing is Caring: Only 22% think the bride and groom should be the only ones to post photos from the wedding. Once again Kaley Cuoco and her husband shared their happiness online allowing their guests to post photos throughout their New Year’s Eve wedding, and Mad Men actor Ben Feldman posted a photo of him and his bride right after the ceremony.

 

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Status Update:  “Married”
And of course, as soon as you are married you have to think about changing your name on your driver’s license, passport, and credit cards… but what about Facebook or Instagram?  A majority (56%) of brides will update their profile with their new name within a day of the wedding, and 10% will actually do it as the wedding is happening!
Have you attended a wedding this season? Are you a social media over sharer? Share your wedding social media “rules of engagement” below.

New Twitter Feature: How To MUTE Users On Twitter

May 13th, 2014 by Tech Staff

How to mute users on twitter

 

Many social media pundits have asked for a long time,  WHY CAN’T I JUST MUTE USERS WHEN I WANT?  Fortunately, Twitter responds and POOF!  You can now mute users on Twitter and it’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.

In the same way you can turn on device notifications so you never miss a Tweet from your favorite users, you can now mute users you’d like to hear from less. Muting a user on Twitter means their Tweets and Retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user. The muted user will still be able to fave, reply to, and retweet your Tweets; you just won’t see any of that activity in your timeline. The muted user will not know that you’ve muted them, and of course you can unmute at any time.

Discover how to mute users on Twitter below:

 

To mute a Twitter user on iOS:

Muting from a Tweet:

  1. Tap a Tweet from the user you’d like to mute.
  2. Tap the ••• icon.
  3. Tap Mute and Yes, I’m sure to confirm.

Muting from a profile:

  1. Visit the profile page of the user you wish to mute.
  2. Tap the gear icon
  3. Tap Mute and Yes, I’m sure to confirm.

To mute a Twitter user on Twitter for Android:

Muting from a Tweet:

  1. Tap the ? icon.
  2. Tap Mute @username and confirm.

Muting from a profile:

  1. Visit the profile page of the user you wish to mute.
  2. Tap the gear icon
  3. Tap Mute and Yes, I’m sure to confirm.

 

 

To mute a Twitter user on the web:

Muting from a Tweet:

  1. From a Tweet, click More at the bottom of the Tweet.
  2. Click Mute.

Muting from a profile:

  1. Go to the profile page of the person you wish to mute.
  2. Click the gear icon  on their profile page. This brings up a drop-down actions menu.
  3. Select Mute from the options listed.

Once you’ve muted a user on the web, you will see a confirmation banner. If you made a mistake, you can click Undo to unmute a user right away.

 

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Live Wedding Social Media Concierge Offered At W Hotels

March 26th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Flowers, check.  Band, check.  Ring, check.  But what about the official wedding tweeter?

For a mere $3,000, New York’s W Hotel is offering social media wedding concierges that promise to do away with “shameless wedding selfies.”

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The new service, described in pitch email, describes its services: “From live tweets and #hashtags to Vine videos and Instagram filters, W’s Social Media Wedding Concierge will document that “I Dos” and encourage guests to utilize a dedicated wedding hashtag for every one of their posts.”

The concierge will be responsible for documenting the planning process (think cake tasting and dress shopping),  posting information a “wedding blog” leading up to the big day, and even creating inspirational Pinterest boards. Of course, they will blast out updates of 140 characters or less throughout the entire event.

A spokesman for the hotel group says “Social media posts are no new thing, especially during weddings, but W Hotels in New York has a unique concept under their sleeve for this new trend, just in time for wedding season. “

For those who want to keep all the people you didn’t invite to the wedding updated on all the fun they’re not having, the package will be available now until the end of the year.  Lookout hustlers, you too can become a certified “live tweeter”, offering services for weddings, baby showers, bar mitzvahs and more :/

 

Would I hire a social media concierge?  I would definitely hire one, but they’d have to settle for free dinner and maybe a chance to perform with the wedding band!

What about you?  Would you hire a live tweeter?

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No More Social SPOILER ALERTS With Spoiler Shield App

March 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If you hate spoiler surprises from your favorite shows on Facebook and Twitter, then the Spoiler Shield App is your new answer against those bothersome social media spoilers.  For all you “House of Cards” “Walking Dead” or “Scandal” fans – you now have an app that’ll instantly block out spoilers in your social media feed instantly.

If you hate spoilers like I hate spoilers, then this app is for you.  As one of those hardcore show fans that hates to see a show spoiler creep into my social media streams especially on Twitter (and the ones on Facebook are thee worst – I can’t deal with folks that update Facebook with every spoiler moment of my favorite show.) – this just might be the most used app on my smartphone at the moment…

Spoiler Shield App

 

If you’re a sports fan,  March Madness is finally here and you’ll definitely want to discover  how the Spoiler Shield App could work for you.

 

 


Spoiler Shield App

 

Spoiler Shield allows you to access both Facebook and Twitter from a single app. Now you have the power to block any posts you don’t want to see – that includes TV and sports spoilers and now celebrities.  You’re in full control of your Facebook and Twitter feeds, so if for some reason you decide you really want to see that shielded post about Justin Beiber, you can easily double-tap to reveal it.

 

While celebrity shields may be the latest addition to Spoiler Shield, they’re not the only way to control your feeds. Spoiler Shield allows you to block spoilers from over 50 different TV shows, as well as major sporting events. So this spring and summer you can do the same for the NCAA basketball and MLB.

This free app is available for Android and iOS today.

Would you use an app to block your favorite show spoilers ahead of time?  What shows would you use the Spoiler Shield app for?

 

Who Runs Social Media More? Men VS Women [Infographic]

March 4th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

You may think that just like with many other areas of online tech men are also paving the way for the use of smartphones and tablets for social media activities, but you’d be wrong. It’s actually women who are the most influential power that will shape how Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter will adapt to future generations of mobile devices.

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The infographic shows that women not only use social media more often than men, but they use these sites in more ways.  More women also use the top social media sites and they dominate the visual-type social websites, which are the fastest growing social networks today.

 

 

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You’ll see that while men may be more interested the latest mobile gadgets – it’s women who use them for online interaction with their friends and loved ones, or checking the latest gossip. The difference for tablets is especially huge. You can find more details and the numbers behind the infographic here.

Top Social Media Moments From Last Night’s OSCARS

March 3rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Lupita, Lupita, Lupita!  The 86th annual Academy Awards was a big night for the rising star!  Ellen ordered a lot of pizza and then set a Twitter record with her celebrity-packed selfie. For every award that Gravity didn’t win, 12 Years a Slave did.  Here are my favorite social media moments from the 86th annual Academy Awards.

 

 

1.  Lupita Nyong’o – Most GOOGLED dress of last night, illustrations & inspiration sweep the net.

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Lupita Nyong’o wins Oscar for supporting actress

 

 

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Lupita Nyong’o hit the Oscar red carpet in a custom Prada light blue silk georgette gown with a deep V-neck and low cut sides.

 

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2.  Ellen’s Samsung Selfie most shared tweet of all time (surpassing President Obama’s “Four More Years” tweet)

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3.  Samsung backstage debacle.  Ellen exposed for using iPhone for backstage photos during OSCARS.

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4.  Lupita Nyong’o dances with Pharrell Williams during his performance of “Happy” at the Oscars

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 5.  Jared Leto takes social media sharing viral – going where no reporter has gone before… backstage…

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Reporters aren’t allowed to take photos backstage at the Academy Awards, if you didn’t know. Because, you know, it’s the Oscars, and the Academy doesn’t care for reporter selfies. But, Jared Leto doesn’t care. He encouraged reporters to take photos and he himself took his fair share of selfies, photobombs and more during the show.  Plus Jared Leto was the first winner of the evening to mention Venezuela in his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.  Kudos to Jared!

 

What were your favorite moments from last night’s Oscars?  Was Leo robbed for best actor?  Should Matthew McConaughey become a motivational speaker?  Did you cry during Lupita’s acceptance speech?  Share your favorite moments below…

 

 

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