Long gone are the days of notebooks and #2 pencils making the top ranks of school syllabus sheets – now it’s all about going digital and going green (without costing you a lot of green.) We’ve polled our favorite college bound freshmen and super seasoned seniors for approved back to school essentials that every collegiate needs! From dorm rooms to first time apartments – you’ll find the best gifts in our Back-To-School Gift Guide: College Edition below!
For The Dorm
Why your student will love it: First off, it’s a new Vizio TV. Second, it’s a new TV. That’s probably all he cares about. You’ll appreciate that it’s a great value for the money and available in scads of sizes. The VIZIO 32″ Class LED HDTV is shattering the mold in a way only VIZIO can, with high-quality design and picture at the best value. ($203)
If you’d like to give your student a camera that’s a satisfactory step up from point-and-shoots, the Nikon – Bundle D3300 DSLR 24.2 MP HD 1080p Camera w/ 18-55mm & 70-300mm Bundle is an affordable choice and a great first dSLR. Bundle Includes D3300 DSLR 24.2 MP HD 1080p Camera – Black AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II DX Lens 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DI LD Macro f/ Nikon AF w/ Built-in Motor Digital Camera and Camcorder LCD Screen Protector 3 Pack EN-EL14A Rechargable Li-ion Battery 32GB SDHC/SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag Flexible Mini Table-top Tripod JumpStart Training Guide on DVD for Digital SLR Photography High Speed mini-HDMI to HDMI A/V Cable – 6 Feet 52mm Multicoated UV Protective Filter 62mm Multicoated UV Protective Filter Micro Fiber Cloth Creating beautiful photos and videos has never been more fun.Life is full of surprising, joyful moments – moments worth remembering. Looking for other budget friendly camera options? Shop Online at BestBuy.com
Roku 2: Whether they’re cord-cutters or “cord nevers,” many younger people aren’t signing up for expensive cable TV subscriptions — which makes mini streaming boxes like the $70 Roku 2 a perfect gift. It leaves off the headphone jack and voice-control option on the included Wi-Fi remote, but otherwise performs as well the step-up Roku 3, which is why we call the Roku 2 the best Roku for the money. It still streams great services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Amazon Instant, Watch ESPN, Vudu, YouTube, Sling TV, and literally hundreds of other channels — most of which, of course, require separate subscriptions or fees. The Wi-Fi remote — which doesn’t require “line of sight” to the player — also includes a headphone jack for private listening.
For The Classroom
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3, which also comes in a less powerful, less expensive version, is the Cadillac of tablet-hybrids. Its keyboard cover is one of the best we’ve ever seen and it can handle anything your regular PC can. Perfect for taking notes in class or tackling a midterm research paper, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 can ultimately handle it all this school year and starting at $769 – it’s a great deal for your wallet too!
Looking to help your favorite college co-ed upgrade his or her app game? Discover these must have apps that every college student needs in their arsenal and gift them with the gift of education this school year below!
The Logitech – Keyboard – Silver is perfect for idealistic millennials who want their tech to be eco-friendly. Thin, wireless keyboard is powered by any light – low light and lamp light, indoors and outdoors – so no battery hassles. Fully charged, the Solar Keyboard K750 works for at least three months – even in total darkness. They can use it with a Mac, iPad or iPhone, and never worry about recharging the battery.
The Bebop is small and light enough to slip into a backpack, but it still has big features. And since it can be completely controlled with an Android, iOS or Windows mobile device there’s no need to drag around separate controller to easily grab the fantastic aerial shots you want on or off campus.
Jawbone Up24: The $100 Jawbone Up24 lacks a screen, but who cares? Co-eds interact with the step and sleep tracking through its best-in-class Android and iOS apps, and it’s more stylish than most competing health trackers. Want to help new students fight the bulge and battle the freshman fifteen? Slip them a Jawbone Up24 fitness tracker. Just in case you’re looking for more options, check out Best Buy’s Deal of the Day for the latest tech deals and unbelievable prices!
The Tylt Energi 2K does double duty as a standard USB charger (with fold-away prongs) and external battery pack. That’s because there’s a rechargeable 2,200mAh battery built into the unit, which comes in three different colors (blue, black, lime green).
When plugged into the wall, the Energi 2K charges your device first, then its internal battery. When on the go, it should almost double the battery the life of your phone.No charging cable is included, but you simply connect a Micro-USB or Lightning cable and you’re ready to charge whatever phone you want, whether it runs Android, iOS or Windows.
This exoskeleton case protects the Surface Pro 3 from minor falls (approximately three feet, according to STM). It’s made from Polycarbonate, TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane), and Aluminum, and locks down with a couple of hex screws.
Now that you have a list of tech deals perfect for you or your favorite co-ed this year, which of these amazing back to school deals are you going to take advantage of this weekend? Share your back to school shopping plans in the comment section below!
“Hey! Are those iPhone charging jeans you’re wearing?” Sure it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like those Bugle Boy jeans commercials from back in the day, but these new smart jeans may just be the newest addition that you’ll want to add to your closet asap.
A new denim line from Joe’s Jeans, called the #Hello jean, tries to solve both the problem of charging your iPhone and stylish jeans that’ll fit your iPhone at once. The jeans, which don’t come cheap for $189, have a special opening above the traditional back pocket for a battery pack, which charges your iPhone 5, 5S or 6 in another special pocket alongside the charger opening.
The charging pocket works with the help of a USB cord hidden along the seams and connects to a small portable battery pack, which is an additional $49. Meanwhile, the iPhone fits into the back pocket and can fuel up on battery power (hopefully, without someone noticing — or snatching it away). Just remember to remove both components before throwing the jeans in the wash.
Although the premise is a nice idea, don’t think you’ll get to leave your chunky portable chargers at home ladies. The charger with the new #Hello jean will barely charge the iPhone 5 and 5S up to 85%, and charges the iPhone 6 up to 70%.
What do you think? Is rocking a new pair of phone charging smart jeans for $189 in your immediate future? Share in the comments section below!
The National Society of Black Engineers has announced the dates and locations for its 2015 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids program, or SEEK. Founded in 2007, SEEK is the nation’s largest summer engineering program geared toward African American pre-college students.
SEEK participants engage in team-based, competitive engineering design activities and learn science, technology, engineering and math concepts under the guidance of SEEK mentors: NSBE college student members from across the U.S. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the number of college engineering students and engineering professionals among African Americans, a community starkly underrepresented in this field.
Neville Green, NSBE’s national chair, said in a release that “Increasing the STEM proficiency of black students in grades 4 through 8 is a must for NSBE to achieve its primary goal, which is to produce 10,000 black engineers annually in the U.S. by 2025.” Green is a chemical engineering senior at the City University of New York. “Expansion of SEEK is a major part of our plan to reach that number.”
The program is expanding into four new cities: Birmingham, Alabama; Boston; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Los Angeles.
The summer 2015 SEEK program has been announced as follows:
Atlanta, Ga. June 8
Birmingham, Ala. June 15
Boston, Mass. July 13
Chicago, Ill. July 6
Denver, Colo. (Site 1) July 13
Denver, Colo. (Site 2) June 15 July 3
Detroit, Mich. July 20
Harrisburg, Pa June 8
Houston, Texas June 8
Jackson, Miss. June 8
Los Angeles, Calif. July 13
New Orleans, La. June 8
Oakland, Calif. June 22
Philadelphia, Pa. July 20
San Diego, Calif. June 29
Thibodaux, La. July 13
Washington, D.C. July 13
Are you looking for a pressure-free shopping experience to experience the latest in computing, tech and accessories? While most (79%) of Americans are excited about the chance to learn and try out new technologies, half are frustrated by the lack of access to them beyond what they read or see in the media, according to a new study by Intel and Toluna. That’s why Intel and Best Buy are now teaming up to bring new Intel Technology Experience zones to 50 Best Buy stores in major markets across the U.S.
The Intel Technology Experience lets customers – from tech enthusiasts to technophobes – play, explore, and be inspired by the power of technology with hands-on activities like 3D printing and virtual reality games. For many, this is the first opportunity to see, touch, and play with exciting new technologies they’ve only heard about.
Averaging 240 square feet, the Intel Technology Experience will show customers the power of Intel: the technology behind these new, innovative activities is the same power behind the devices like tablets and laptops we love and rely on every day. Customers can build and print their own 3D robot, show off their racing skills on Mars in an augmented reality world, master beats and remix tracks by Ne-Yo as a digital DJ, and check out the latest PC and tablet devices powered by Intel processors.
The area is be staffed by specially trained Best Buy Blue Shirts to answer questions and help customers make the most of each area within the experience. Each season, Intel will refresh the venues with a new array of technology experiences.
For more information about the Intel Technology Experience areas, including a list of stores, visit www.bestbuy.com/intel.
Disclaimer: DivasandDorks.com has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Can you believe that we’re only 7 short weeks away from Thanksgiving and 11 weeks away from Christmas! *FAINTS* That’s right, the holidays will be here before you know it! Am I the only one feeling like the first day of summer was just moments ago? Where has the time gone?!?
Summer family fun with the Rochons was just moments ago and now it’s time to get ready for the holidays…
Now that you’ve been warned, what are you going to do to capture all the fun moments that the holidays bring? Smartphone photos can be hit or miss and if you want to get all the action, then you’ll need a camera that can move without fumbling over buttons and settings. There’s no better time to capture best moments than during big family gatherings over the holiday season with action cameras from Best Buy.
Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.
GoPro HERO: Featuring high-quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world. Whether you’re heading out for an action-packed Hawaiian vacation over the holidays or taking in the wintery sights during a snow-filled session skiing down the slopes. GoPro camera are known for the versatility to capture in-the-moment photos and video to help you relieve every exciting moment for years to come.
GoPro HERO4 Black
GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award?winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.
GoPro HERO4 Silver
GoPro HERO4 Silver: the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.
For pricing and availability and to learn more, check out www.bestbuy.com/GoPro or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person today.
Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions shared is reviewer’s own.
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
I love saving money and I love saving it with as little planning as possible. So when Walgreen’s asked me to share my experience saving money on the spot with the Walgreen’s App and paperless coupons, I was ecstatic to share – because I know you’ll be excited once you see how you can save money instantly too!
Remember the extreme couponing craze from years ago? I’ve never been a big coupon clipper but I am jealous when I see pantries filled with groceries and cleaners on a five dollar budget! Now, the art of couponing has been revolutionized on a smartphone app, so that people like you and I can save money too! Since I don’t do much pre-planning when it comes to last-minute shopping at Walgreen’s – I like to scroll through the app while shopping in the aisles in order to catch a money saving coupon for items I’m currently shopping for in-store.
What is the Walgreen’s App and paperless coupons all about? The Walgreens paperless coupons are basically manufacturer eCoupons that can be ‘clipped’ to your own Balance Rewards account and redeemed when you purchase to product. That means, no more reading through Sunday’s paper for coupons or sifting through the in-store circular to find the best deals. Simply download the Walgreen’s app, add your Balance Rewards number and discover your eCoupons right there on your smartphone. To redeem simply scan your Balance Rewards Card (via the App on your phone, the actual card or by punching in your phone number) at checkout and it automatically is applied. Say goodbye to Sunday paper scissor sessions cutting up coupons or remembering to bring them to the store.
Be sure to sync your Balance Rewards membership to the Mobile App to get started. Each paperless coupon can only be used once. Once it is redeemed it will be deleted from your coupon list. Just by using my Walgreen’s App and paperless coupons I saved close to $20 during my most recent visit shopping for items like Body wash, shampoo, mouth wash, vitamins, and laundry detergent! As if you needed another reason to love saving money at Walgreen’s, when you use your Balance Rewards card you can earn cash towards your purchases too! That’s even more money saved! That’s money that can be used to invest towards my next vacation, to buy anew pair of stylish shoes or more! I can’t wait to see how much I save on my next visit.
How much do you hope to save using the Walgreen’s app and paperless coupons this week?
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Working from home has become a staple in most of our lives. Whether it’s sending emails or texting counterparts about business, we’re all tasked to work outside our office all the time. What if you could send emails on the go without those pesky “Sent from mobile device, please excuse typos” disclosures? Meet TinyStic, the portable stick that is transforming smartphones into desktop computers everywhere!
TinyStic is a USB-sized device that turns your smartphone into a desktop computer. Created by native Detroiter, MSU Computer Science graduate, and Yahooer Eric Hamilton, TinyStick was created to make working and playing on your smartphone as easy as using a desktop computer at home.
The TinyStic device plugs into the HDMI port on your monitor or big screen TV. Download the TinyStic app and your Android smartphone is then converted into a desktop computer with “Windows-like” drop down menus containing all your smartphone apps. Connect a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and you have a complete desktop computer experience right from your Android smartphone. TinyStic works with Android tablets also.
TinyStic is great for streaming live television, movies and playing games from your Android smartphone onto the big screen.
Discover more about the TinyStic IndiGoGo campaign (which has already met and exceeded it’s goal) and get in on the ground floor of this new accessory that will definitely change the game soon.
It’s that wonderful time of year again — when you grab up your girlfriends, family and start planning your next amazing road trip! To help get you on your way, I’ve gathered six of the best road trip travel apps out there. They’ll all help you narrow down where to go and, once you’ve picked a killer spot, what to see and do. Once you’re packed and ready to go, make sure you download these 6 travel apps to kick off your summer road trip right – start your engines and get ready to hit the road!
If you’re on the road then there’s nothing better than having a good strategy on planned pit stops. The Rest Areas app shows rest area locations throughout the US highway system. The app shows your distance to the nearest rest area, includes street views for better navigation and to make sure it’s not a super creepy location there are Flickr photos available to give you a good look at the rest stop grounds. (Free)
For over twenty years, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world. From First Aid essentials to hunting and even a guide to prepare you for an unexpected disaster – former SAS soldier and instructed, John Wiseman puts the elite survival training techniques of Britain’s toughest fighting force right in the palm of your hand. ($5.99)
Looking for a last minute place to stay during your road trip? Airbnb has you covered! Make travel planning as mobile as you are with the Airbnb iPhone app. With over 450,000 listing in more than 34,000 cities, Airbnb connects you with the experience that’s right for you. Discover and book long-term or short-term sublets, legendary properties, vacation homes and more right from your iPhone or iPad. (Free)
If you wandering into a city for the first time, live like a local with the Triposo app. Triposo is the best travel guide right in the palm of your hands. The app includes a city guide with information about all the major sights, a list of great restaurants and different nightlife options. It even comes with a currency converter (Hello Canada), weather and local phrases that’ll have you speaking like a local in no time. (Free)
Since the last thing you want to do is end up stranded because you ran out of gas, the Gas Buddy app is a no brainer! This app is tried and true with over 35 million users saving money on fill-ups everyday. GasBuddy uses crowd-funded gas price information (provided by users) to bring drivers together to support the common goal of saving money on gas. You can find cheap gas near you via gps or you can enter city/zip/postal code to plan your road trip route accordingly. (Plus GasBuddy offers points and prizes for gas reporters and a chance to win $100 of gas everyday.) (Free)
In case you need to build your itinerary with “things to do” off the beaten path, the Peek app is the only travel advisor you’ll need. Peek is your one-stop shop to discover and book amazing activities. Whether it’s going swimming with the sharks or eating you way through a local culinary walking tour, Peek has selected the highest quality activities at the best prices guaranteed. Once you take the quiz to discover your travel persona, you’ll receive personalized activity recommendations, handpicked by Peek just for you! (Free)
With all the road-trips taking place this summer, these are the best apps that’ll keep you prepared, safe, entertained and even save you some cash. Now that you have a roundup of travel apps to prepare you for your next road trip, where are you heading to first?
Traveling on the go can be cumbersome if you’re not prepared. Travel interrupts our naturally scheduled programming and is an easy scapegoat for not maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as being out of touch with our friends, families and jobs. Don’t let a change of scenery spoil your New Year’s resolutions – gear up for 2014 with these 10 apps and gadgets to help make your travel experiences exciting and productive.
1) Tile your passport
Tile, one of Kickstarter’s hottest projects of the year, is a matchbook-sized, thin, white plastic square. This self-adhesive device, equipped with GPS, allows any item to be tracked using the owners smartphone app and Tile’s low-Bluetooth technology. Can’t find your passport? If prepared and equipped with a Tile affixed to the passport’s back or case, the owner can located the passport on a map and remotely send the device a signal to emit a sound, hopefully putting an end to the search-and-rescue. This simple device is the “find my iPhone,” for all physical items. Tile, which does not require battery changes or charging, can be pre-ordered for summer 2014 delivery. Tile for travel could keep your passport and checked-luggage always in your pocket. ($19.95 for one Tile, $59.85 for four Tiles, thetileapp.com)
2) Rove hands-free, with your automated travel diary
This free app is an automated timeline, which tracks users’ movements through GPS, estimates the method of travel, and inserts pictures, maps and locations into a timeline. The result is a beautiful visual travel journal– no inputs required. Next time relatives ask to hear all about the trip? Just “Share” from the app and Rove will email a link to the trip’s timeline- allowing the traveler to enjoy the moment and not spend time recording it. Want to keep Rove personal? The app is 100% private unless users choose to share. (Free in the iTunes store)
Best Gadgets And Apps To Simplify Your Weekend Travel
3) Viber App + (friend with) Viber App = Free Calls
The Viber app allows users to make free phone calls, video calls or send text messages, over 4G or WiFi, anywhere in the world, free of charge (as long as both users are connecting through the Viber application). The app is available on all mobile devices and with 200 million active global users, has become one of the largest disruptors in the online global communication space. (Free; runs on: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone)
Best Gadgets And Apps To Simplify Your Weekend Travel
4) Caught with a dying phone? Bring extra juice
There are many options on the market to pack power for on-the-go charging. Dark Reservoir’s sleekly designed device is on the higher end of the price rage, but the pocket-sized device will provide up to five charges for an iPhone, 1.5 charges for an iPad mini and will charge anything with a micro-USB charger ($129, mydarkenergy.com). Innergie has a wide range of prices and products for back-up batteries, including laptops. (Prices start at $54.99,myinnergie.com/store)
Best Gadgets And Apps To Simplify Your Weekend Travel
What are some of your favorite gadgets and apps that simplify your travel? Feel free to share your favorites below.
Did you know that you can find top electronics from your neighborhood WalMart store? It’s True! In addition to groceries, beauty products and your favorite mobile electronics and accessories, you can find the latest innovation from Samsung directly at WalMart and Walmart.com. Just yesterday, I wandered inside my local (Long Island) WalMart store to find the new Samsung Gear Fit in-stock and available for purchase. Just in time for my Spring fitness overhaul, I’m back on #TeamSamsung with the latest in fitness-wearable technology.
The Samsung Gear Fit from WalMart doesn’t miss a step when it comes to integrating into my super-busy lifestyle. From early morning workouts, walking the dog to interviews and navigating the New York City streets – the Samsung Gear Fit, simply fits my lifestyle to a tee!
This wearable gadget isn’t just fun and for good looks either. It helps me keep track of my fitness goals, and even listens to my heart. That’s right, the Gear Fit includes a built-in heart rate monitor on its rear panel, allowing the fitness tracker to measure your beats per minute via its onboard app.
It provides much more than an everyday fitness band, keeping me up to date with instant notifications from my Galaxy S4, such as incoming calls, emails, text messages, alarm, S-planner, and even 3rd party apps that I may need are on the move so I can stay connected. Changeable straps in Black, Orange and Mocha Grey is also available so that I can express my individual style, changing the look of the Gear Fit to match my outfit or mood for anytime or any day. The Samsung Gear Fit, the industry’s first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device for the active and style conscious consumer. The Gear Fit offers the unmatched convenience of Samsung Gear technology with the most comprehensive fitness tools available, empowering consumers stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity.
This Samsung Gear Fit from WalMart even controls music, and…well, does all the basic things most people think of when they think of “smart watch” (it has all the components of a smart watch but on a fitness band budget!) I’m loving my new Samsung Gear Fit and have been getting tons of compliments and inquiries about it all day long. For $199 from WalMart, its definitely a great tech additive to suit my busy lifestyle. What do you think? Would you buy a Gear Fit to replace your current fitness tracking wristband?
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. Participation has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Wal-Mart. #cbias #CollectiveBias #SocialFabric. To find more electronic products at your closest Wal-Mart, check out their store locator online and connect with @WalMart on Twitter and Facebook today.