Reviews

Fashion Product Review: Bollie Brand

Bollie is a stylish and affordable fashion brand that creates quality clothing for all different types of bodies. Bollie Brand recently sent us the Tropical Wrap Dress, The Perfect Robe and Navy Blue Button up dress to do a fashion review. We loved all three and below are the garment features & review.

Tropical Wrap Dress

I love this dress b/c it’s adjustable and very comfortable, I even played Top Golf in it! I paired it with a mesh bodysuit since it was a tad chilly outside but you can definitely wear it without one.

Below are the dress features.

  • Flowy cap-sleeve that won’t show bra or undergarment when raising and moving your arms
  • The neckline is flattering on smaller and bigger busted women that does not require an undershirt
  • The craftsmanship of the dress flatters the mid-section of any size
  • The high-low hem sits just below the calf and just below the knee-cap. Perfect for wearing flats or heels.
  • 100% Fine Woven Polyester

The Tropical Wrap Dress is on sale for $39.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/custom-clothing/products/tropical-wrap-dress.

The Perfect Robe

The title of the robe says it all, it truly is the perfect robe. It’s not overly bulky and a robe you can wear year-round with its short sleeves and hemline.

Below are the robe features.

  • Made with fabric that is designed to keep you warm with no bulk.
  • Flat neckline to stay out of your hair
  • Sleeve hits below the elbow
  • Feminine hem-line just BELOW the knee
  • One pocket designed to fit your phone
  • 100% Polyester Jacquard

It retails for $64.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/products/the-robe-ii.

Navy Blue Button Up Dress

This dress is very flattering and functional with it’s adjustable tie and button up design.

Below are the fashion features.

  • Material is a perfect blend of soft stretch and structured fit, easy to move in
  • Length hits just below the knee
  • Comfortable sleeve fit with simple button detail
  • The belt tie is not attached so you can place it exactly where it will flatter you the most, or even leave it off completely.
  • Material: Quality Tatting Material made up of 96% poly and 4% spandex

It’s on sale for $44.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/custom-clothing/products/navy-blue-button-up-dress

High Waisted Paper Bag Striped Pants

Though I didn’t get the High Waisted Paper Bag Striped Pants to review I think they are the perfect parts for spring and summer.

Below are the fashion features.

  • They are comfortable and not restrictive to lounge, fly or the park.
  • Will not get wrinkly, staticky or baggy.
  • Woven 4 Way Stretch
  • 92% polyester 8% Spandex

They retail for $72.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/custom-clothing/products/white-blue-pants.

We have definitely become fans of Bollie and will keep them on our fashion radar! To shop their spring collection please visit: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/spring-collection. For more information about Bollie and to shop their other collection please visit: https://bolliebrand.com/.

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Source: https://bolliebrand.com/


Product Review of the Pure Air Purifier

The Pure Air Purifier, a CES Innovation Awards honoree, is a portable filter-less purifier that helps remove unwanted odors and clean the air caused by allergies and pollution. The purifier uses negative ion technology to get rid of mold spores, bacteria and problem particles in the air that can make you sick. The Pure Air Purifier’s filter-less ionization helps clean air to eliminate odors, allergies and pollution. Since its so lightweight and portable, the purifier is perfect for hotel rooms, bathrooms, offices, or laundry rooms.

Within the box for the purifier you will find the purifier, drawstring carrying bag, USB plug and user guide. After unboxing the Pure Air Purifier setting up the purifier is simple with it’s one button on/ off operation after you have it plugged in.  

They sent us samples of their Quiet, Fresh and Spark plant-based 100% Pure Essential Oils that are created without synthetics, chemicals or fillers and handcrafted in Oregon.  On the bottom of the purifier you will find its no-mess aromatherapy pad that once removed you can add their essential oils to create a different aroma in the room.

After adding the essential oils to the Pure Air Purifier aromatherapy pad, attach it back to the purifier and turn it on to generate the essential oils scent. Note you don’t need that many essential oil drops on the aromatherapy pad, just a few will do.

They also sent me one of their patterned designer wraps for the purifier to try out. I have to be honest, I like the “marshmallow” coloring of the Pure Air Purifier but think it’s cool you have personalization options.

The Pure Air Purifier is ultra-light in wait at just .65lbs so it’s perfect to travel with. I took it with me recently to Vegas for CES 2019 and it fit perfectly in my luggage. If you’re on the go and constantly traveling this is the perfect portable purifier.

The Pure Air Purifier retails for $99.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.thepurecompany.com/products/portable-air-purifier.

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Source: Pure Air Purifier, CES


Product Review: Philips Hue Go Personal Wireless Lighting

Launched late last year and one of the newest additions to the Philips Hue product line the Hue Go is a portable wireless smart light controlled by either the button, voice or via the Hue app. The Hue Go personal wireless lighting systems features white and color ambience and can be powered from a wall outlet or wireless. It has a built-in, rechargeable internal battery with up to three hours of smart light.

Hue Go Unboxing:

The Hue Go comes with the Philip’s light and the AC adapter for charging. The Hue Go is ultra-portable with its height at 3.1 inches, length at 5.9 inches and width at 5.9 inches with a net weight of 1.984 lbs. Below are the full technical specifications for the Hue Go:

  • Mains power Range: 100 V – 240 V 50-60 Hz
  • Bulb technology: 24 V
  • Number of bulbs: 1
  • Wattage bulb included: 6 W
  • Total lumen output fixture: 300 lm
  • Fixture dimmable: Yes
  • LED: Yes
  • Lifetime up to 20,000 hrs
  • IP code: IP20 protection against objects bigger than 12.5 mm (no protection against water)
  • Class of protection: III – safe extra low voltage

Hue Go Review:

Getting started and using it is simple just press the button on the portable smart light to choose from seven different light effects: cool energizing daylight, warm relaxing light, and the five dynamic light effects. I definitely tried several different colors using my new Hue Go and it was quite fun!

You can also tap and hold the button to quickly cycle through colors with over 16 million color options. With the Hue Go can also use preset, colored light scenes.

Using the Philips Hue smart lighting system you can preset the smart lights to wake you up and help you sleep to mimic sunrise or use the warm white lights will help you relax.

When you sync your media to smart lights using the Hue Sync app, you can turn on your movie, music, or game to watch the Hue Go mirror the colors and rhythm.

The app is pretty simple to use and get started after downloading it. It also detects what other Philips Hue light systems connected to the Hue Bridge.

While connected to the Hue Bridge, you can pair your lights with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and the Google Assistant and control your lights using just your voice. Simple voice commands let you turn your lights on and off, dim or brighten your lights, and set a light scene.

Note, the Hue Go requires a connection to the Hue Bridge to unlock the full smart control and features. Users can control their lights using the Philips Hue app, set timers, routines, add or remove lights and more.

The Hue Go is very portable, I tried it out in different rooms throughout my condo wirelessly, worked beautifully! If you’re needing wireless portable lighting especially if you already own a Hue Bridge or any of Philip’s Hue lighting systems the Hue Go is ideal.

The Hue Go is currently on sale till January 19th for $71.99 and can be purchased here: https://www2.meethue.com/en-us/p/hue-white-and-color-ambiance-go-portable-light/714606048. For more information on Philips lighting systems, please click here.

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Source: Philips Hue Go


Unboxing and Product Review: WonderCube Type C Smartphone Charger

For anyone on the go or who travels allot it’s imperative to have a smartphone charger with you at all times. The problem nowadays is more chargers have long cords and the plug outlet can be bulky. Introducing WonderCube, the world’s smallest smartphone charger that miniaturizes 8 mobile essentials into a super portable 1-cubic-inch keyring. It’s small enough to fit on your finger tip! The WonderCube can unfold in 8 ways for charging, syncing, phone stand, emergency power boost, flash memory, and more.

Below are the full WonderCube product details:

  • Materials: Polycarbonate, Aluminum, ABS
  • Measurements: 1″L x 1″W x 1″H
  • Warranty: Manufacturer’s 1 Year
  • Dual Connectors: Type C + MicroUSB Connectors
  • No Tangled Cable: Built-In 3 Inches Foldout Flexible Cord. Neatly Folded In A 1-Inch-Cube.
  • Charge & Sync: Support High Speed Charging With USB Outlet.
  • Flash Drive: Featured A Card Reader Supports Up To 128GB Micro-SD Memory Transfer.
  • Phone Stand: Micro-Suction Plate. Attach To Smartphone For Portrait & Landscape Viewing Angle Adjustment.
  • Emergency Charger: Power Boost Smartphone For Up To 2-3 Hrs Additional Talk Time With A 9V Battery Cell.
  • LED Torch
  • Metal Keyring Included
  • Colors: Black

Unboxing Of the WonderCube Type C for Androids:

The box for the WonderCube Type C smartphone charger comes with the WonderCube, a built in 2 in 1 Cable, Micro-SD Reader, OTG Flash Drive, LED torch, phone stand, key ring and adapter from micro USB to USB type C.

When you open the box you will first see an easy quick guide to the left of all the WonderCube can do and to the right a little window preview of the cube. Once you start to fully unbox the WonderCube you will see the cube, the key ring and attached to the box magnetically is another box with the adapter that converts it from micro USB to USB type C.

After unboxing I started testing all it’s 8 functions by first I pulling out the 2 in 1 micro USB cable. What makes it a 2 in 1 function is with the adapter you can easily convert the cable to USB type C.

Next I pulled Micro SD card reader that also functions as a micro USB. If you add a micro SD card it also makes it a flash drive. The reader supports up to 128GB memory transfer.

To directly charge your device using the micro USB via AC USB outlet just plug it directly into the port.  To use it as a micro USB to charge your phone via your pc just plug it directly into your PC’s USB port.

It has an LED Torch that doubles as a phone stand. Basically pull off the top cover from the LED portion of the cube and underneath is a sticky surface that you attach directly to your phone.

The WonderCube has an emergency charging port for a 9V battery cell to give you up to 3 hours of a charge (if the battery is full). Note you have to pull out the micro USB port to fit the battery in the 9v battery charging port.

Review of WonderCube Type C:

First, I’m sure there are even more features of this cube I have yet to discover but the features I did test out was all a positive experience. As you can see I tested it out using every function of the WonderCube with different devices throughout my unboxing. My favorite function/feature of the WonderCube is the micro SD card reader/ micro USB cable since that is what I would use on a daily basis. The only very minor drawback I found during the unboxing and review is the phone stand does leave a very slight sticky residue. Nothing to detour you from purchasing it since that is a minor problem.

The WonderCube is lightweight to fit into our backpack or keyring and for $45.00 it’s a great buy for those needing a multifunction smartphone charging device.

The WonderCube models are available in iOS and Android. If you would like to purchase the WonderCube for $45.00 please visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/products/wondercube-pro-mobile-essentials-in-1-cubic-inch. It’s also available on Amazon for $59.99, click here to shop for it amazon instead. To learn more about the WonderCube please visit: http://www.thewondercube.com/.

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Source: WonderCube


Product Review: RHA MA390 Wireless Bluetooth In-ear Headphones

We received the RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones that features noise isolating, aluminum earbuds combined with high-quality Bluetooth audio and a sweatproof, flexible neckband. Considering I live in the city and walk everywhere quality good fitting headphones either in ear or over the ear are a must.

The MA390 Wireless Bluetooth® In-ear Headphones come with:

  • The in-ear headphones
  • 6 ear silicone tips
  • Sports clip
  • USB charging cable
  • Carrying pouch

First, using the stock silicone tips that come with the headphones did not work for me and constantly slipping out of my ear with every motion. After trying different silicone tip sizes I finally found a great fit that didn’t shift.

Next was pairing which was simple since my iPhone detected the RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones as soon as I powered them on. Throughout all my walks the RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones never lost connection and maintained the same audio volume.

One of the features is noise canceling so, of course, I had to test out how much can these little earbuds cancel out? I was impressed, while out doing my daily errands with my RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones on someone tried to talk to me and I did not hear them at all! They were right next to me, therefore, they pass the noise canceling test.

My biggest problem with in-ear wireless Bluetooth earbuds is them falling out while being overly active. By overly active I mean when you have to sprint across the street to make the light or running faster while wearing earbuds in the midst of a workout. I have yet had a pair that stands up to either of those scenarios till now. The RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones stood up to the “Nina Test” as they did not slip off or fall out of my ear.

Another cool feature was that the earbuds are magnetic so when taking them off they attach instantly unlike just falling off as most do. This is also perfect if you are like me and just throw your earbuds in your bag in hopes they make it since they attach immediately while next to each other. Though I’m an over the ear headphones lady I have really enjoyed testing these out. The audio is crisp and as stated before the noise canceling is superb.

The MA390 Wireless Bluetooth® In-ear Headphones comes with a three-year guarantee and is available online and in-store for £59.95/€69.95/$69.95. To purchase the MA390 Wireless Bluetooth® In-ear Headphones click here.

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Source: RHA MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones


Review: StoryChips a New Way To Bring Your Memories to Life

StoryChips is a site that allows users to create their own story via their smartphone, mobile device or PC that can be shared via QR code or URL. With StoryChips, you get to make your own messages complete with videos, text and pictures. The beauty of this all is it does not require an app to create a StoryChips story.

Check out how it works here or just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Select a card and stickers from the StoryChips site or a retail shop and scan its QR code to activate.
  2. Activating the code allows you to create a story from your phone. You can include videos, text, and pictures.
  3. When your friend receives the card and stickers and scans the QR code, they can see the personal story you created just for them. You can even choose a setting that allows them to be the only one who can see it.

Not only is this more personalized but not very expensive with the Christmas Tree Card starting at $4.99 with FREE SHIPPING and includes:

  • Contents: 1 card, 1 sticker sheet, and 1 [color] envelope
  • Size: 6.10″ x 6.10″ (155mm x 155mm)
  • Material: Embossing on front cover and satin finish
  • Stickers: Vinyl stickers with matte overlaminate, includes 1 QR code and 1 URL sticker
  • Blank inside for your own message

Review of StoryChips

I decided to test out how long it takes to create a story and share without even setting up an account. Below was the process and screenshots it took to create a story which took no time at all. I went directly to https://storychips.com/ and “Create a Story” and created a title.

Next, I chose my content from the 6 options of text, image, audio, video, link and button.

After downloading my first picture I was able to add more of the 6 content options by adding another picture. I also added text to my story as well.

I didn’t do any videos or audio though it looks fairly simple to add just like it was to download photos and add text. Once I was happy with my story I published it and received this URL of my newly published StoryChips story: https://storychips.com/stories/pages/t2bkdE

Overall it didn’t take much time and I think it’s a unique way to share your memories via video, audio and photos. By purchasing a card you will get a QR code plus URL stickers to add to your card for it to come to life.

To create a story or for more information on StoryChips please visit https://storychips.com/.

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Source: https://storychips.com/


Dance Reality App Uses Apple's ARKit to Help You Practice Your Dance Steps at Home.

Have you ever wanted to practice your dance moves at home? Dance Reality uses Apple’s newest augmented reality technology to place footprints onto the floor in front of you. Dance Reality users look through their phone to step on the footprints, then follow the animation to practice common dance patterns.

The Dance Reality App features for users include:

  • Control the speed to learn at your own pace
  • Counting voice-over helps you stay on the beat
  • Choose a song to go with your steps (coming soon)
  • Choose between Follow and Lead steps
  • Solo and Couple practice
  • Instructional videos from trained dancers

I decided to test out this app as I love to dance; I’m not that great but I have fun! Signing up was simple; finding a dance spot on my dark wood floors took some time. When getting started you have this disco ball on your display I had to turn on all of my lights in my condo before it detected the floor.

Once the floor was detected users need to tilt smartphone and place your feet over the displayed feet on the app. After you got that you go through a very short warmup which is also automated. To be a fly on the wall watching someone using this app would be hilarious.

After you complete the warm-up they are directed to a page with different dance style options. Please note that this actually cost money. The app is free but the dance routines or style of dance will cost you $4.99.

The Supported Devices for the Dance Reality include:

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8, 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7, 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6s, 6s Plus
  • iPad Pro
  • New 9.7-inch iPad (2017)

If you would like to know more about Dance Reality app or to download the app please visit: https://www.dancerealityapp.com/.

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Source: Dance Reality


Nest Hello Video Doorbell Product Review

One of the latest smart home trends for the past couple years has been video doorbells that increase your security using their app to view who is at the door. They are easy to install and the sense of safety you get from installing a video doorbell is worth it. One of the newest video doorbell launched this year in March was the Nest Hello.

Nest Hello is a hardwired smart video doorbell with facial recognition. It was developed to replace your existing wired doorbell to deliver HD video and bright, crisp images, even at night to your smartphone.  Nest Hello is designed to show you everything at your doorstep from people head to toe or packages on the ground. It has 24/7 LIVE streaming that you can check in anytime or you can go back and look at a 3-hour snapshot history to see what happened.

I recently decided to get a video doorbell since I had some unsafe situations happen at my thought was safe condo. After researching which one would fit my safety needs I decided on Nest Hello Video Doorbell.

When you purchase the Nest Hello the box will come with:

  • Nest Hello video doorbell
  • Chime connector
  • 15° wedge
  • Release tool
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Window decal
  • Wall plate
  • Extension wires
  • Wall anchors
  • Screws
  • Quick Start Guide

Installation of the Nest Hello and the downloading of their App is key. Installation of the Nest can be easily by yourself by following the instructions in the box if your tech saavy.

If you aren’t tech saavy or need help installing the Nest Hello professionally please contact one of their professionals located here: https://nest.com/nest-pro-installation/.

The APP was easy to set up after installation and before you know it you are going live seeing all the motions and people passing your front door. The options on the dashboard include the LIVE feed, Quiet Time Option, Talk (to the person at your door), make a clip and see how many people coming to your door.

The LIVE feed recently helped me out when an unknown person was knocking on my door like a crazy person and paced out in front of the door for an hour. If it was for the Nest Hello Video Door Bell I’m not sure what would have happened! To watch it LIVE on my smartphone was eye-opening.

Nest Hello video doorbell Full Product Specs Are Below:

  • Weight: 4.55 oz (129 g)
  • Product requirements: Requires a wired doorbell and chime.
  • Power requirements: 16V AC–24V AC; requires a 10VA transformer and wired doorbell
  • Camera: 1/3-inch, 3-megapixel (2K) color sensor, 8x digital zoom
  • Video: HD UXGA 1600 x 1200, up to 30 frames/sec, H.264 encoding, HDR
  • Field of view: 160° diagonal
  • Audio: High-quality speaker and microphone
  • Lights: RGB light ring and status light
  • Night Vision: 850 nm infrared LEDs
  • Security: 128-bit AES with TLS/SSL
  • Wireless:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz or 5GHz (WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption supported)
    • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
    • 15.4 at 2.4GHz
  • Connectivity requirements:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz or 5GHz (WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption supported).
    • Working broadband internet connection with at least 2 Mbps upload speed (DSL may not qualify).
    • Requires a compatible phone or tablet with the free Nest app and Bluetooth 4.0. For more info visit  nest.com/requirements.
  • Bandwidth requirements:
    • At 1600 x 1200, Nest Hello requires 800 to 2000 Kbps of upload bandwidth while streaming video. Nest Hello will use more bandwidth to stream video when there is more motion in the scene.
    • At 1600 x 1200, each Nest Hello could use 150GB to 600GB of upload bandwidth per month depending on the video quality setting.
    • If you subscribe to Nest Aware, your Nest Hello streams all video to the cloud for secure offsite storage.
  • Languages:
    • English (US, UK)
    • Dutch
    • French (Canada, France)
    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish (Americas, Spain)
  • Quick responses are currently available in:
    • English (US, UK)
    • Danish
    • Dutch
    • Finnish
    • French (Canada, France)
    • German
    • Italian
    • Norwegian
    • Spanish (Americas, Spain)
    • Swedish
  • Green Compliance:
    • RoHS compliant
    • REACH compliant
    • Recyclable packaging
    • Title 20 battery charger compliant
  • Support and limited warranty

If you’re concerned with your personal safety at home or just need the extra security I strongly suggest looking into the Nest Hello. For more information about Nest Hello please visit: https://nest.com/doorbell/nest-hello/overview/.

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Source: Nest Hello


Review of The New CooMo Social Media Trip Planner Site

A new social trip planner site, CooMo, has officially launched! The CooMo site allows users to PLAN, BOOK, and SHARE their entire trip with the help of other users, who can give you suggestions and recommendations based on their own personal experience. Users can upload pictures, add shouts, create to-do trip lists and check-in to places while traveling.

Besides being able to share your trip on social media after you have planned your trip on CooMo. The site will help users meet other users traveling to the same destination at the same time so CooMo users can exchange tips and suggestions.

How does CooMo work?

To start up on the CooMo site you can either sign up via your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account or you can create a new account. Note using your social media accounts to sign in allows you to already have your personal contacts loaded which will make sharing your future easier. After you have set up your account you can now log into the site to your “page” or “dashboard” where you see can see your friends on social media trip plans. It also shows reviews of cities that you may consider yourself a “guru” of.

When you are ready to plan your trip start by picking your city and fill in your travel logistics. On this page you can book your flight, hotel, and car as well.

After that, you can now drag and drop activities from the right-hand side with a large list of categories to choose from.

When your entire trip is complete you can either save draft or book it and then publish the confirmed trip on the CooMo site.

It was super easy and fast to set up personally and very useful especially for group planning trips I noticed! To sign up or learn more about CooMo, the newest trip planner you can share via social media please visit: https://coomotravel.com/home

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Source: CooMo


TRU LUV’s #SelfCare: The Interactive Game Approach to Meditation

One of the newest app trends focuses on self-meditation with apps like Calm and Headspace. One of the newest meditation apps, created by TRU LUV, is #SelfCare. This week TRU LUV released the #SelfCare app which is their latest digital companion that takes an interactive game approach to meditation.

The #SelfCare app explores the calming benefits of staying in bed all day and suppose to bring you back to a state that allows you to return your focus to what matters most. The app has a “virtual bedroom” that is surrounded by your favorite calming things. In the virtual bedroom, you can select calming tasks that generate simple satisfaction and uncomplicated harmony. Awaken your slumbering cat and give it some deserved affection, sort your laundry by color, indulge in a tarot card reading, or nurture your favorite plant. 

#SelfCare is an antidote to a stressful world and a phone full of bad news, FOMO, and more stress,” say co-creators Brie Code and Eve Thomas. “For 3-5 minutes you can escape to a calm and soothing room, do some relaxing, meditative tasks, and return to your life refreshed and ready to face your stresses.”

I decided to test out the #SelfCare app to see what all the buzz was about and if it is truly effective. I started in the virtual bedroom and then went into some breathing exercise with the app. The breathing exercise is designed to calm your breathing for as long as you want.  I also played with the sorting laundry task where you really do have to focus to sort. I did pretty well, it starts with 2 rows of clothes and after you complete that the rows increase to three.

There are a few tasks or options with #Selfcare App I don’t understand yet since it’s still new to me but so far it’s been interesting testing out this app. With the #SelfCare app the more time you spend on yourself, the more self-care techniques are unlocked for a deeper and more impactful practice. The #SelfCare app is featured in the Apple store and can be downloaded here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/selfcare/id1378384555?ls=1&mt=8.

For more information about #SelfCare please visit: http://truluv.ai/selfcare/.

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Source: TRU LUV #SelfCare


Sprout Foods Launches First Amazon Feeding App for Babies; Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout

Mealtime for babies and toddlers can sometimes be a tricky task that parents have to endure daily. One of the popular questions parent have is “How do I get my kids to eat their vegetables?”

Fortunately, virtual assistance like Alexa has been creating new audio tools to help parents make mealtime fun and effective. One of the newest audio tools launched by Alexa, “Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout,” helps parents make eating healthy foods more fun for their kids. With the new Amazon audio skill, parents can now ask for songs and sounds that help make mealtime engaging and exciting for babies and toddlers, without the use of screens on smartphones and tablets.

Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout works with Amazon’s Echo and Dot and features three different modes that include Songs, Mealtime Adventure or Eat a Pouch. Each mode is designed to support parents’ efforts to get their children to eat healthy foods and to occupy kids during mealtime with fun, food-centric edutainment.

We decided to test out all three modes plus recorded what a customer would hear for each mode. The videos mostly give you the audio with only a picture of the Echo responding.

To get started is simple just say “Alexa launch Sophie Sprout” and we learned you can also use “Alexa launch Sophie THE Sprout.” After launching Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout on Alexa it will ask which mode you would like, Songs, Mealtime Adventure or Eat a Pouch.

I chose the Song option which offers nine, upbeat, kid-friendly songs, each featuring a different musical style and healthy food focus. I picked the “Color Song” that teaches children about vibrant foods, like yellow bananas and green peas.

Next, I changed the mode from Song to “Mealtime Adventure.” Unfortunately, I had to say “Adventure” twice in order to launch the mealtime mode. Mealtime Adventures features fun sound effects, including the traditional train and flying airplane, to get food from the spoon to your little one’s mouth.  Once in that mode, the adventure immediately starts with a heard of elephants that want your food.

Lastly, I tried the “Eat a Pouch” mode which reminds me of the airplane game back in the day where you have to get the food on the spoon and into your kids belly.  The “Eat a Pouch with Sophie” mode encourages children to take sips of their Sprout organic food pouches.

Once finished with your Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout experience all you do is ask Alexa to turn it off. The Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout Alexa skill is free to all users and requires no registration. You do have to approve using Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout within the Alexa app and confirm you are an adult when initially setting it up but after that you are golden.

Overall my Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout experience was a simple process and initial set up took very little time. For more information about Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout, Sprout®, the Sophie Sprout app, and Sprout products, visit http://www.sproutorganicfoods.com.

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Source: Amazon, Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout, Sprout


Vivere: The Vacation Search Engine With The Only Online Visual Experience That Guides Users Throughout the Booking Process

It’s the middle of summer and still time to plan a vacation before the last day of summer on September 21st, 2018. Most people use the most advertised travel search engines when planning their summer trip but they all seem to have similar travel options.

A unique travel site that offers more options and helps curate your vacation from start to finish is Vivere. Vivere is an online visual experience that accompanies travelers through every step of their travel journey by helping them to search, discover and book the destination that matches their interests. Their proprietary photographs and curated content makes Vivere the only travel platform which helps users to visualize and embrace the destinations before leaving for their trips.

Searching for destinations on the main page is pretty simple and updates the list of destinations when you use one of the below filters.

  • Traveler Type
  • Interest
  • Country
  • Continent
  • Month
  • Traveling From

Once your search pulls up it organizes the vacations via user match and also lists how many hours away from your departing city.

After you click on one of the vacation destinations it pulls up a short description, where to stay and options things to do while there. On this page, you can also request a quote for your future vacation.

Their VACATION INSPIRATIONS list, separate feature of the site than the vacation search engine, is broken up by all twelve months and continents like below.

Vivere also have them broken down by preference, IE: Best Overall Vacation for Couples in North America. The site breaks down the list even more by Best Luxury Vacation in December or Best Boat tour.

Their vacation destination list is massive and definitely something for everyone! If you’re looking for a vacation that is curated to your preferences I suggest checking out Vivere, you won’t be disappointed.

Castiadas Spiaggia Santa Giusta Peppino Rock

To check out Vivere’s vacation options or to book a vacation please visit: https://vivere.travel/

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Source: Vivere


Create Your Own VR-enabled Virtual Tours Using the New Tour Builder Platform by Concept3D

Have you ever wanted to create your own VR-enabled virtual tours for your business or project but no idea on how to create one? The wait for figuring out how to create your very own VR-enabled virtual tour is now over! Last week, Concept3D, a leader in creating software to power immersive online experiences, announced the launch of its new Tour Builder platform which allows users to create, manage and share their own VR-enabled virtual tours like never before. Below are the key features of the Concept3D tour builder platform:

  • Interactive Hot Spots: Associate text, images and video with a specific point on your map, all stored and managed within the content management system.
  • Tours: Take your virtual visitors through your space with a step-by-step 3D virtual tour.
  • Live Data Integrations: Monitor your space and gather real-time sensor data from assets in remote locations.
  • Contact Points: Emphasize business differentiators and drive sales by capturing customer information at key points on your virtual tour, map, or model.
  • Space Planning: Streamline venue configuration, speed sales quotes to RFPs, and demystify equipment allocation.
  • Wayfinding: Guide people to locations, inside facilities, and throughout your community.

Signing up on Concept3D’s site was easy and also free. You can either use your email address or sign up using your Google or Linkedin accounts. Once created you will go directly to the dashboard where you enter your tour name, location and description.

After you enter that information it is time to download the media for your tour. Tour Builder supports the use of both 360-degree panorama and standard images for tour stops. I chose to use a panorama picture for my tour test run. Downloading the picture was insanely fast and before I knew it I had the start of my 1st tour.

After the picture is downloaded tours are automatically set up for viewing in VR with the necessary hardware. I only entered one stop as a test but if you wanted to add more Tour Builder guides you through the process of adding information, more images, video and audio tracks to tour stops. When all that information is entered and you viewed your tour in the preview window you must publish to make it live.

Once the tour is built and published, it can easily be edited and shared via link, and by integrating with Mapbox and OpenStreetMap.

Tour Builder creates an in-window “minimap” for easy navigation and jumping between stops, and to highlight the specific geographic location. The “minimap” was one of my favorite features when creating my test tour. To make sure someone else would be able to view my published tour via the link provided and it works perfectly!

As stated before signing up is free but Tour Builder has three tiers offering various levels of functionality and tour views. The three tiers to choose from are; Starter (free), Foundation, and Enterprise. Tour Builder’s premium functionality includes the ability to create unlimited tours, advanced tour embed options, audio narration, third-party data integrations, a built-in lead-generation system, full map platform integration and access to the Concept3D’s Client Success Team.

The overall Tour Builder experience was simple and fast, I was amazed at how quickly I made my first tour! I may just start making VR-enabled virtual tours for everything now!

To start building a tour please visit: https://tour.concept3d.com. To learn more about Tour Builder please visit: https://www.concept3d.com/use-cases/share-your-place/virtual-tours

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Source: Concept3D


Zillow, Realtor.com, Redfin or Trulia; Which Real Estate App Should Buyers Consider This Summer

July is the busiest month for moving and with so many apps and companies out there how do you know which one to choose? Our suggestion is to choose a few competing real estate apps most popular within your region. We choose to try out the Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps since I am in the market to buy a new home. Our goals was to see which first, had the most properties listed for sale in the search area and also which had the most intuitive search platform for an app. Below is a brief description of each:

  • Zillow®, the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. Home search engine includes: Buying, Renting, Selling
  • Trulia® helps buyers and renters find a place where they will love to live. With insights sourced straight from locals and over 34 neighborhood map overlays like crime and schools. Home search engine includes: Buying and Renting
  • Realtor.com®is the resource for home buyers and sellers offering the comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help clients find or sell their home. Home search engine includes: Buying, Renting, Selling.
  • Redfin was one of the first map-based real estate search engines launched. They hire their own agents to help clients buy and sell the right home, at the right price. Home search engine includes: Buying & Selling.

After downloading Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps I signed into all four using my Facebook account which made signing in a breeze. Each app after you sign in goes directly to the search page where you enter your desired neighborhood or area and filter options. Each app has these same filters and search options regardless if it’s selling or renting when searching for a home.

Type of Property

  • Price Range
  • Bedrooms
  • Baths
  • Property Size
  • Home Type
  • Year Built
  • Property Status*
  • Mortgage or Payment Calculators
  • HOA Fees
  • Parking/ Gargage
  • *The property status can include if it’s pending, just sold or new construction of its foreclosed but that information depends on each property. Once you click on an individual property you will get more detailed information, each property is different.

Below is a small break down of the other features that the different apps have.

APPs School Info Days on Market Price Reductions Open House 3D Tours
Zillow X X X X
Trulia X X X
Realtor.com X X X X
Redfin X X X X

If the filter option is not your cup of tea Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps all have the draw options where you can highlight the area you want with your finger. I thought this feature was awesome since my personal home search isn’t just one zip code, it’s the one next to it as well.

On my search for my future home I started with Zillow first before thinking I would be using all four in my search for the perfect home in my area. I loved the mapping, the “Zestimate”, and their property payment history. I found a property that had drastically gone down in a year that was amazing though not for me.  I went on several open houses and also drove by the properties but wanted more options so I downloaded the Realtor.com app.

I thought the Realtor.com app would have the same listing but I was incorrect. It had separate listings within my area I had never seen on Zillow. It also had as part of the map the option to make it 3D, map crime and points of interests. Though they had some listings I was curious for more options.

I downloaded the Redfin app using the same filters on their search mapping system. Unlike the other two Redfin they had the “satellite” option for their maps which was an interesting way to look over your future neighborhood. My last stop was Trulia which had similar listings than Zillow so I ended my home buying app downloading party for now. I am still searching for my perfect new home in Austin and will continue to use these apps until I find it!

Since I am not looking into selling a home I can’t give you a review on that portion of their app. Zillow®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps are the ones you can look into if selling a home as Trulia does not offer that service.  I would check with all Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps for further information and for updates to their apps. We all know updates for apps are inevitable and may further your home searching needs. Happy home hunting, selling and buying this summer!

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Source: Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps


sts blue Denim Fashion Product Review

sts blue is a couture-inspired quality denim at an affordable price. In spring sts blue debuted their newest cropped skinny styles to withstand the summer heat with style. We recently received denim samples of sts blue Flounce Hem Denim Mini Skirt (Carter Wash) and Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny Jeans (Floresta Wash) to review.

The sts blue Flounce Hem Mini Skirt (Carter Wash) has a mid-rise fit and made of 100% cotton. The denim fabric is lightweight and very comfortable even when you put them on for the first time. I personally love the mini skirt and have received several compliments on it when I’m wearing it around town. The Flounce Hem Mini Skirt (Carter Wash) retails for $55.00 and currently on sale for $36.85.

The Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny (Floresta Wash) jeans are my favorite thus far. They have an uneven cut on the bottom of the skinny jeans that are also slightly cropped. Just like the skirt, they fit perfect and so comfortable even in the heat! The Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny (Floresta Wash) retails for $59.00.

Though I did not get a sample of the sts blue Oversize Denim Boyfriend Jacket (Alaska Wash) if the fabric is like the jeans and skirt this could be your got to jacket on those chilly summer nights. The Oversize Denim Boyfriend Jacket (Alaska Wash) is 100% cotton silhouette denim jacket retails for $69.00.

sts blue is currently running a BOGO sale with 50% on select denim. To shop their BOGO sale click here. They also have a “sale” section on their site as well located here: http://stsblue.com/sale.html. Fashionistas can follow the latest trends on their #DenimDolls Instagram @sts_blue. You can also join the sts blue rewards program to earn points towards your purchase and follow the fashion trends on Instagram @sts_blue for new ways to wear your denim.

I strongly suggest checking out sts blue’s denim line; the styles are fashionable at a reasonable price. Consumers can find sts blue denim at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Von Maur, or online at stsblue.com. To shop their denim collection where you’ll find no-hassle free shipping and returns please visit: http://stsblue.com/shop.html.

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Source: sts blue


The Turo App: Car Rental Made Easy

Renting a car rather it be business or pleasure normally isn’t a simple task. The lines and renting process seems to always take forever leaving you exhausted before you even start your excursion. During your upcoming trip where a rental car is needed, we suggest looking into the Turo App. Turo is a car sharing marketplace where travelers can rent any car they want, wherever they want it, from a community of local car owners. The cars that are available range from budget-friendly to luxurious cars depending on the location.

This is how the Turo App works for renters:

  • Sign up for Turo with Facebook, Google, or your email. We’ll confirm your identity and eligibility so you can become an approved driver.
  • Enter your travel dates and location and search our vast selection of unique, locally-owned cars.
  • Book the car and the owner will confirm or decline your trip within eight hours, but typically it’s much sooner. Book cars instantly on listings with the “Book Instantly” badge.
  • Meet the car owner to pick up the car. Many owners offer delivery, so they may bring it right to you.
  • Walk around the car, show them your license and exchange the keys.
  • When you are ready to return the car replace the gas you used and meet the owner to drop off the car. Walk around the car again and return the keys.

This is how the Turo App works for “Hosts” wanting to list and rent their car:

  • Create a free listing that describes your car and upload some clean photos. Be sure to keep your calendar up to date so travelers know when your car is available.
  • You’ll get notified when someone requests, or books your car instantly. Confirm or decline the trip as soon as possible, and contact the traveler if you have any questions.
  • Coordinate where and when you’ll meet your guest. Check their license, walk around the car, check the fuel and mileage.
  • Turo covers your car with $1 million in liability insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance throughout the trip.
  • Turo will set your car’s rental price based on market value, location, time of year, and other data sets to maximize your income and boost your listing’s competitiveness or you can manually set your own daily price.
  • Turo will pay you via direct deposit within five days. You’ll earn 65% to 85% of the trip price, depending on the vehicle protection package you choose.
    • If you have commercial rental insurance to cover you, your car, and your customers and would like to waive vehicle protection provided via Turo, you earn 90% of the trip price.
    • If the market value of your car is $20,000, days per month your car is rented 15 times throughout the year you could earn $6,501 per year using Turo
  • In the fall of 2018 Turo will be launching their “Discover Turo Go” feature that will allow Turo hosts to remotely unlock their vehicles for their guests, track mileage, and more.

I downloaded the Turo App since I will be going on vacation soon and need a car rental for a couple days. I used my facebook account and within minutes I was checking out cars I could rent in Miami. Since I never splurge on car rentals I was curious what high-end cars they have available in South Beach. I was certainly impressed as I found a 2018 Maserati Ghibli for only $100.00 or a 2014 Jaguar F-Type for $159.00!

To learn more about Turo or to download the app please visit: https://turo.com/.

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Source: Turo


Gunnar Eyewear; Engineered To Eliminate Digital Eye Strain & Block Blue Light

Over twenty years ago we didn’t think what the negative impact on your eyes would be spending large amounts of time on digital devices.  Currently, roughly 70% of Americans today suffer from some form of digital eye strain.

“Competing research has shown blue light-filtering lenses decrease specific aspects of light emissions. Theoretical reductions in phototoxicity were 10.6% to 23.6%. Additionally, melatonin suppression was reduced by 5.8% to 15.0% and scotopic sensitivity by 2.4% to 9.6%. Over 70% of the participants in this testing were unable to detect these changes. The expansion of technology has led to more individuals utilizing computers and televisions which increase the overall exposure to blue light. This has opened up opportunities for companies such as Gunnar Optiks and Razer Inc. to create glasses focused on reducing the exposure to blue light.”*

During an independent study conducted at three eye care professional locations, over 150 patients were interviewed before and after using GUNNAR Technology Eyewear throughout a multi-week test involving intense computer use. The study showed the following results.

  • 100% of the patients reported improved ease of viewing
  • 96% of the patients reported reduction in eye strain
  • 90% of the patients would recommend the use of GUNNAR eyewear
  • 80% of the patients reported their eyes were less tired when wearing GUNNARs
  • 79% of the patients said that wearing GUNNAR eyewear increased their productivity

We recently just received two pair of GUNNAR eyewear to test out; Infinite Designed By Publish and Gunnar Axial. These glasses block harmful blue light and 100% UV light without compromising fashion. Though time will tell after using them for a longer period of time if these glasses are effective below are the features of both Infinite Designed By Publish and Gunnar Axial.

Infinite Designed By Publish

The Infinite Designed By Publish eyewear have an old world stainless steel frame materials with a classic unisex design. Key features of the Infinite Designed By Publish include:

  • Adjustable silicone nose pads provide a customizable fit and comfort
  • Hand-crafted stainless steel frame construction generates proper strength, optical stability and flexibility
  • Lightweight construction and proper weight balance guarantee long wearing comfort without pressure points or fatigue
  • Wide format lenses create a panoramic viewing field for high-resolution viewing
  • Proprietary patented GUNNAR lens material and tint
  • Blocks harmful blue light and 100% UV light
  • Ultra slim temples distribute headphone pressure to ensure headset compatibility

GUNNAR AXIAL

The GUNNAR AXIAL features the patented i-AMP® lens technology, multi-barrel hinges, and soft, comfortable temples, while its shape and curved nose rests help distribute weight. Key features of the GUNNAR AXIAL eyewear include:

  • Engineering grade nylon frame polymers provide long-term durability
  • Wide format lenses create an unobstructed panoramic field of view
  • 3-barrel steel hinge design creates incredible durability
  • Curved nose rests provide even weight distribution and comfort
  • Proprietary patented GUNNAR lens material and tint
  • Blocks harmful blue light and 100% UV light
  • Anti-reflective lens coatings on front and back of lens
  • Silicone hard coated lens to prevent scratching
  • Asian Fit Compatible

Stay tuned for our product review after we have tested both glasses out for a longer stint. Please visit https://gunnar.com/ for more information or to purchase Gunnar’s Blue Light products. Pricing starts at $49.00.

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Source: Gunnar

*Direct Quote from Wikipedia


Unboxing and Product Features of the Vivitar 4K Wi-Fi Action Cam

Action cameras have been popular for a while and Go Pro has been one of the most popular brands though it comes with a hefty price tag. Vivitar has created a line of action camera’s that are affordable without missing key camera technology specifications. In fact, Vivitar’s pricing for action cameras starts at $49.99 when Go Pro pricing starts at $199.00. We recently received Vivitar’s DVR917HD 4K Action Cam to do an unboxing and product review. Over the next week I will be taking videos all over Austin with the Vivitar’s DVR917HD 4K Action Cam but in the meantime here is my unboxing video:

As stated in the video the box includes:

  • AC power adapter
  • Bicycle mount
  • HDMI cable
  • Helmet mounting kit
  • USB cable
  • Underwater housing
  • Vivitar DVR-917HD
  • Wireless remote control

The Vivitar’s DVR917HD 4K Action cam main features include:

  • 16 Megapixels
  • 2″ color LCD display: Gives you a clear view of the action you’re recording or reviewing.
  • Wide-angle lens: Designed for precise image capture.
  • MicroSD card slot: Supports microSD and microSDHC.
  • HDMI and USB 2.0 interfaces: For high-speed video transfer. USB streaming capability allows the camcorder to function as a webcam.
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Video Resolution (Recording): 4640 x 3480
  • Product Width: 2.6 inches
  • Product Height: 2.5 inches
  • Product Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 0.5 pounds
  • microSD and microSDHC memory card compatibility
  • Water Resistant with casing
  • AC Adapter Compatible
  • Removable and Rechargeable Battery

I’m excited to test this out and will try and post live videos on my twitter (@nrpena) and Hi-Tech Chic’s (@HiTechChic) as well. The Vivitar’s DVR917HD 4K Action Cam retails for $79.99 (normally priced at $99.990 at Best Buy: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/vivitar-4k-action-camera-with-remote-black/6060600.p?skuId=6060600. The Vivitar action cameras are available at retailers like Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart but not available to purchase from their direct site. To learn more about Vivitar’s action camera product line please visit: http://www.vivitar.com/products/111/digital-imaging/2340/action-cameras.

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Source: Vivitar, Go Pro


Apple's Limited Edition iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Review

A couple weeks ago Apple launched their iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™. For over 10 years Apple has had a partnership with the RED™ initiative to support various HIV/AIDS programs. The new (PRODUCT) RED™ iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 is Apple’s latest edition with a sleek red case.

I recently purchased the iPhone 8 plus (PRODUCT) RED edition after debating if I would want that versus the iPhone 8 or iPhone X at the Sprint store for a while. They made it easy for me to figure out what is best and as a business owner the plus was my choice. Embarrassingly I like having the button and I liked the size. I seriously wondered what took me so long to upgrade when they make it so easy at the store. All I had to do is back it up to the “cloud”. Unfortunately, my “cloud” was full so the store staff kindly helped me back it all up while I had a margarita at a local restaurant.

The iPhone 8 plus comes with the iPhone (obviously), EarPods with lighting connector, lightning to 3.5mm jack headphone adapter, lighting to USB cable and USB Power adapter. I was personally impressed that they had a 3.5mm jack adaptor for all us old school smartphone owners.

After transferring data it was time to start reloading my Apps from Apple’s App store. As a long time iPhone customer it was relatively easy and fast to get all my old apps loaded with my settings. What I have enjoyed the most is the audio and display. The EarPods exterior didn’t change much in design however the sound seemed much better than my previous pairs of headphones from Apple.

The battery life has been impeccable and for someone that travels often this is a great feature. Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™ have a long list of features I have yet to fully explore but hope to in the next couple weeks! Below is a very detailed list for both.

iPhone 8 Plus: (Starting at $799.00)

  • Retina HD display
  • 5.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi
  • 1300:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture
  • Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
  • Portrait mode
  • Portrait Lighting (beta)

Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus features include:

  • True Tone display
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • 3D Touch
  • 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • Display Zoom
  • Reachability
  • A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
  • Neural Engine
  • Embedded M11 motion coprocessor

Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus camera features include:

  • Optical image stabilization
  • Six‑element lens
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
  • Live Photos with stabilization
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Improved local tone mapping
  • Body and face detection
  • Exposure control
  • Noise reduction
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Photo geotagging
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus video features include:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Optical zoom; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 8 Plus only)
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™ are not more expensive that the current iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus already launched. See the below monthly and full pricing for both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™.

  • 64GB2 at $39.50/mo. or $799.00
  • 256GB2 at $45.75/mo. or $949.00

Purchasing the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™ helps so many countries struggling with the HIV and AIDS epidemic globally. Here’s how the contribution works:

To shop or purchase the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™ please visit: https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-8.

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Source: Apple, PRODUCT) RED™


Snuggly Rascals Chicken Headphones Product Review

Snuggly Rascals headphones are made with soft fleece and ultra-flat speakers that are comfortable for kids that comes in a variety of unique characters. Snuggly Rascals headphones features include:

  • Size Adjustable; a soft velcro closing allows Snuggly Rascals headphones to fit any kid’s head
  • Volume Limited; a maximum of 85dB
  • Machine Washable
  • Connects to the majority of audio devices, tablets and computers using the 3.5mm audio jack connection.
  • Comes in 8 character designs to choose from ranging from a penguin or a giraffe to a monster or a plane.

We received a pair of the Snuggly Rascals Chicken headphones to review even though they are made for children. When I tried them on they surprisingly fit an adult well. The fleece was very soft and though I was concerned how hot it would get for long periods of time it wasn’t that bad. The speakers were light in weight but they did move around a bit when active. Below is the hilarious video of me trying on and wearing the Snuggly Rascals Chicken headphones upside down:

When I removed the speakers from the headband it was pretty easy. I was surprised of the material they were made of which looked like a lightweight velour. When I tested the audio I maxed it out and though it goes a maximum of 85dB the audio was decent. All in all I think the Snuggly Rascals headphones are unique and comfortable headphones for children, even some adults! Below are the retail stores you can buy Snuggly Rascals in the United States:

 

Every month the Snuggly Rascals company selects one or more children’s charity and donate 10% of the gross profit they make on Snuggly Rascals products. For more details of the charities they work with or to make a donation, please visit their charity page here.

Snuggly Rascals retails for $17.00 and for more information about Snuggly Rascals please visit: https://www.snugglyrascals.com/.

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Source: https://www.snugglyrascals.com/


Sonos PLAYBAR Product Review

The Sonos PLAYBAR is a two in one home theater soundbar and streaming music speaker for your TV. Consumers now can use with an Amazon Echo or Dot to play and control songs, playlists, radio stations, podcasts and more with the Sonos PLAYBAR. The PLAYBAR streams over Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth which allows the music to never stop. It can play different songs in different rooms or the same song everywhere. The Sonos PLAYBAR syncs wirelessly with SUB and two PLAY:1s for 5.1 surround sound.

The Sonos PLAYBAR works lying flat or wall-mounted. The dimensions while mounted are D x W x H and the measurements are 3.35 x 35.43 x 5.51 in. (85 x 900 x 140 mm). The dimensions while laying flat are H x W x D and the measurements are 3.35 x 35.43 x 5.51 in. (85 x 900 x 140 mm).

When you unbox the Sonos PLAYBAR the box will contain:

  • Sonos PLAYBAR
  • Power cord
  • Flat Ethernet cable
  • Optical audio cable
  • Sonos QuickStart Guide
  • Legal/Warranty information

The setup of the Sonos PLAYBAR took around 10 minutes in all. After unboxing to set up all you need to do is connect the power and the optical audio cable to the TV and it’s set! The Sonos PLAYBAR works with your existing remote and pairing was simple plus pretty cool. Using the app it asks you to point the TV remote at the Sonos PLAYBAR and turn up the volume. The Sonos PLAYBAR automatically detects the remote signal and maps it.

Testing out the sound on the Playbar was amazing. I increased the volume on it to 100 and it was loud enough to shake my China and glasses! I wasn’t even using a sub or other speakers. The Sonos PLAYBAR Audio Specs for the Include:

  • Nine Class-D digital amplifiers
  • Three tweeters
  • Six mid-woofers
  • Optical input
  • Adjustable bass, treble, and loudness controls
  • Autoplay setting

Overall and for only having it for a couple days I am impressed with the setup experience and the audio. If you are looking for a home theater Playbars I strongly suggest checking out the Sonos PLAYBAR.

The Sonos PLAYBAR is currently $699.00 and to purchase or learn more about it click here.

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 Source: Sonos


The ARTIST: Spektrum's Blue Light Blocking Glasses Product Review

The ARTIST blue blocking glasses are the only stylish & 3rd party tested low blue light glasses engineered to supports artists in true hue color and crisp clarity. The blue blocking glasses concept came from two guys that spent a bunch of time in front of their computers. Both knew that prolonged exposure to the screens, in the long run, was not good and that is when Spektrum was created.

Spektrum’s ARTIST glasses block the recommended 50% of damaging blue light your eyes are exposed to every time you turn on your computer, iPad, laptop, tablet, cell phone or pc gaming equipment at night.Every pair of the ARTIST glasses are optimized with:

  • 100% UVA & 100% UVB light blocking coating
  • Anti-Scratch Coating
  • Anti-Reflective Coating: to eliminate the eye strain caused by most yellow tinted and cheaply made blue low blue light glasses.
  • Anti-Screen Flicker & Anti-Glare Coating:  to block out glare, alleviate eye strain & prevent the leading cause of electronics related and PC Gamer headaches.
  • Anti-Fog Coating: A micro-thin coating that prevents your glasses from fogging up, regardless of the temperature change.
  • Fingerprint Resistant Anti-Oil Coating

Extra added protection of Electromagnetic Ray Blocking Glasses Coating to protect your eyes from eye cancer and cataracts.Spektrum sent me a pair of the ARTIST with the 99% darker yellow lens to test out. It has been interesting adjusting to them while working on my PC all day due to the lenses. The frame has a tortoise shell pattern and are very light in weight, I forgot I was wearing them sometimes. Since I’ve only had the ARTIST glasses for a couple weeks I can’t give you guys the long term effect of their glasses but they look cute on!

The PROSPEK glasses product line represents Spektrum‘s blue light blocking glasses. The ARTIST’s glasses are available in 50% blue light blocking and 99% blue light blocking. The 50% come in a clear lens while the 99% have a darker yellow lens. They retail for $39.95 USD and can be purchased here: https://www.spektrumglasses.com/collections/products/products/artist-50-blue-light-blocking.

Besides the lenses the ARTIST glasses also come with the case and cleaning cloth. For more information about Spektrum glasses please visit: https://www.spektrumglasses.com/.

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Source: Spektrum


Unboxing and Setup of the ATMOSFX Digital Decorating Kit With Projector and the 3DFX Form Kit

Halloween and the holidays are around the corner and instead of using your old decorations why not use digital decorating? ATMOSFX offers a variety of animated, amusement-park-quality scenes and characters that can be viewed on any TV or monitor and it can also be projected on flat surfaces or windows.

ATMOSFX sent me their Digital Decorating Kit with projector, ATMOSFX 3DFX Form, Window Projection Material, and Premium Window Projection Material  to review for Hi-Tech Chic. Since they sent me a variety of products to test out I had to do two separate unboxing videos.

Digital Decorating Kit

The Digital Decorating Kit with projector include:

  • Projector
  • Professional mounting tripod
  • Remote control (2 AAA batteries not included)
  • UL power adapter
  • Standard Window Projection Material
  • Digital Decorations SD Card with 14 pre-loaded scenes that include:
    • Halloween Scenes:

Here is the unboxing video of the Digital Decorating Kit with projector:

The setup of the projector was simple with just inserting the SD Card included with the projector, turn it on and adjust the projector’s focus.

The technical specs for the projector include:

  • Display Technology: 4” Single LCD Panel Display
  • Color: 16.8 million, 24-bit RGB
  • Brightness: 300 ANSI LM (1800 market lumens)
  • Lamp: LED 24W
  • Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
  • Native Resolution: 384,000 Pixels (800 x 480)
  • Lamp life: 30,000 hours
  • Projection Distance: 3 feet to 20 feet (or .9 meters to 6 meters)
  • Projection Size (diagonal): 40” to 180”
  • Throw Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 / 16:9
  • Keystone Correction: + or – 15 degrees
  • Power Supply: 100-240 V
  • Power Consumption:  60 W
  • Input: USB/SD/HDMI/Composite
  • Audio Output: 3.5mm or built-in speakers
  • Projection Material:  4’ x 6’ — 86.5” diagonal

The Digital Decorating Kit with projector retails at $199.00 and can be purchased here.

ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit

The next unboxing was the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit which includes:

  • Inflatable 3DFX Form that stands over 5 ½ feet tall
  • 3DFX projection fabric shroud
  • Two (2) shroud clips
  • Foot pump
  • Includes a promotional card inside the packaging for a $9.99 credit redeemable on any digital decoration scene (excluding Trick ‘r Treat)

Here is the unboxing video of the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit:

After unboxing I had to pump up the 3DFX inflatable form using the foot pump that is included with the kit. I clearly did not read the instructions and used my hands instead of my foot. Here’s my video showing you how to pump up the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form.

The technical specs for the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit include:

  • Constructed of durable, inflatable vinyl
  • Fillable reservoir base
  • Security ground tabs
  • Premium air fill valves
  • Approximately 68” tall
  • Approximately 28” wide

The ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit retails for $ 59.99 and can be purchased here: https://atmosfx.com/collections/gear/products/atmosfx-3dfx-form.

Both kits I will be reviewing for more than just a couple weeks using Halloween and Holiday images throughout the seasons. The kits are very easy to set up but I need more time to test the projection and 3DFX form in more detail since I haven’t 100% figured it all out. Stay tuned and keep checking back on Hi-Tech Chic for a full product review and demos during the holiday season.

For more information about ATMOSFX products click here.

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Source: ATMOSFX


The Seven Day Challenge Results Using the Asian Clay Dew Puff

Dew Puff sent me 3 facial sponges to test out and review. I decided to do a seven day challenge using the Asian Clay Dew Puff natural sponge since it helps stimulate skin cells white absorbing impurities below the pore level plus helps reduce aging.

What is a Dew Puff Konjac Sponge?

Per my previous post the Dew Puff face and body cleansing natural sponges are 100% plant-based cleansing products. Dew Puff has only one ingredient, konjac root, also known as elephant yam or kon-nyaku in Japanese. When hydrated, these natural sponges become exceptionally soft, yet gently exfoliating, while creating a perfect pH balance on the surface of the skin. Regular use brightens and evens your skin tone without irritation.

Following the instructions on the package I put the sponge under running water to get it hydrated and get it soft as it’s originally very hard when you take it out of the package. Below is the video demo showing you how easy it is to get the sponge ready for use.

After hydrating and ringing out the sponge I then began, per the instructions, going in a circle motion on my face with the sponge. You can also use a cleanser with the sponge however since I was doing the 7 day challenge I didn’t use any. Below is the demo of how to use the Asian Clay Dew Puff sponge on your face.

For the past seven days I have been using the Asian Clay Dew Sponge and below are pictures of my face during the seven days after using it. These were taken with no makeup (yikes) besides lip gloss to show my progression throughout the seven days. I took 3 different angles of my face on all 7 days and the bottom right picture of each collage is the end result (day 7).

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In conclusion of the seven day challenge, I didn’t see much of a change in my face however I didn’t have any breakouts or skin irritation while using the Asian Clay Dew Puff. Looking back I think seven days is not enough time to see results and is that way with most facial products. I probably should have done a month challenge but in hindsight that would be way too long to test a facial product including taking daily pictures, that would be a bit much. I do like the Asian Clay Dew Puff because it’s easy to use, left my skin feeling clean and it lasts for 3 months before you need to purchase another one.

The Dew Puff sponges start at $8.00 and if you are interested in learning more about Dew Puff or want to purchase one click here.

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Source: Dew Puff Konjac Sponge‘s site


The World's Smallest LIVE Camera "Cloud Eye" Unboxing

 

I received the Cloud Eye Live Camera recently to review which is the world’s smallest live camera to date at 1.5×1.5×3.5cm and only weighs 20g. The Cloud Eye Live Camera has self-contained WIFI so users can record live at any time & anywhere. The Cloud Eye Live Camera has 2 Megapixel Optical Glass Lens that makes picture recording in High-definition and high-speed. The Point-to-point Connection of the Cloud Eye Live Camera allows users to connect to their phone directly through its self-contained WiFi at a 40m signal range in an open field.

Another interesting feature of the Cloud Eye Live Camera is that it is also a wireless endoscopic vibrator. The vibrator with an endoscopic camera can be used to explore the G-spot or to check your body for the risk of gynecology diseases and understand your own body comprehensively.

When unboxing the Cloud Eye Live Camera users will see the camera and once you pull the tab you will see the charging cable and instructions. Everything seemed easy enough when I read through the instructions but I ran into a few problems.

Per Cloud Eye’s site it takes just one click to upload the app so that you can upload any pictures or videos and publish them on YouTube, Facebook, twitter and other social media immediately. I struggled with this because the App was not working on my iPhone. I downloaded the App and thought I was good to go and then when I went to register to start using the camera I was at a standstill. It was a constant loop of sending me a varication code via email that never would show up. I checked all my inboxes and text and no code was ever sent, therefore I can’t give you guys’ insight on how the camera works at this time.

I believe the Cloud Eye Live Camera is a great concept but it seems to still be in beta mode which means there will be glitches or for me no verification code sent to activate the app. Users of the Cloud Eye can’t use it without the app so this a major fall back of this product.

They will be launching their Indiegogo campaign for funding soon and to view their campaign click here. The starting price for the Cloud Eye Live Camera packages via Indiegogo is at $59.00.

Hopefully in the near future I will be able to give you a full product review of the Cloud Eye Live Camera once their App issue is fixed.

 

 

 


Delphine the Label Fashion Review

Dephine the Label sent me some fashion samples to review from their Winter 2017 ARTHROPODA collection. I received the Delphine’s Resilin jumpsuit in black velvet, Elixir top in black and white tweed and the Venom pants. I was very excited to play dress up and try on these new fashions!

Resilin Jumpsuit

Delphine’s Resilin jumpsuit in black is made from soft velvet and features a wide, plunging surplice neckline, with slim straps to accentuate the broad shoulder cut outs, and slightly cropped sleeves. The jumpsuit is tucked at the waist and also features front pockets and straight legs that fall to a flattering 7/8ths length.

When I tried on the Resilin jumpsuit the first thing I noticed is how comfortable it felt. I thought I was going to not like the sleeves but when I put it on my mind changed; loved them! The jumpsuit did fall at 7/8 but I paired it with some stiletto booties so you can’t see that in the picture. What I love about the jumpsuit is you can literally throw it in your bag and pull it out ready to wear with no ironing required. The Resilin jumpsuit  is currently $116.14 USD and you can purchase it on their site located here: https://store.delphinethelabel.com/product/resilin-jumpsuit-zl014

Elixir top

Delphine’s Elixir sleeveless top in black and white tweed has a high neck with a slight split on either side. It features a light frayed detail at the hem.

I honestly thought “this top is NOT going to look good on me at all” when I first received it. Then I tried it on and it didn’t look bad at all, in fact I liked it!

When I tied it together with the Venom pants it became a very chic look. The Elixir top is $102.68 USD and you can purchase it on their site located here: https://store.delphinethelabel.com/product/elixir-top-zl025

 

Venom pants

Delphine’s Venom pants are a luxurious interpretation of the classic black, slim cut trouser. Made from a soft suede, these pants have a high, tailored waist with slim fitted legs and are cropped above the ankle.

The first thing I noticed about the Venom pants is how incredibly soft they were. The Venom pants were very high wasted and they fell right above my ankle perfectly. The Venom pants are currently priced at $94.72 USD and can be purchased on their site located here: https://store.delphinethelabel.com/product/venom-pants-zl085

After trying on all 3 fashion pieces my favorite was the Venom pants followed by the Resilin jumpsuit. The Venom pants I think are a must have for every woman. It’s a great staple to add to your everyday wardrobe.

For more information about Dephine the Label or to shop their collections click here.

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About

Blossoming from the heart of Melbourne in 2015, Delphine connects local street style with global trends for women of the world. With many new collections each season, we will arm you with fresh, unique wardrobe pieces to rely on and treasure. Delphine is a brand that reflects your ambitions. Whether you decide to dress up or style down, our clothes transcend personality, mood, and occasion, allowing room for individual expression and imagination.

Source: Dephine the Label


Coin Up: The Mobile Donation App Review

The Coin Up App  is one of the first mobile donation apps approved for Apple’s app store. The Coin Up App allows users to channel their virtual spare change to qualified nonprofits, and see the real impact their donations make for a cause. Users of Coin Up can round up their transactions on any credit or debit card and direct the funds to an organization of their choice on the app – making an impact on the go every month.

Recently Coin Up’s CEO, Leena Patidar, accepted the “2017 Start Up Tech of the Year” Pinnacle Award from Athena San Diego, a prestigious women’s organization supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Patidar is thrilled to be recognized by a group of dynamic women leaders that set the pace of STEM in San Diego. Of course, the 700 members of the audience were encouraged to download the Coin Up mobile donation app (https://www.coinupapp.com/) so they could start steering their virtual pocket change to the numerous non-profits that have partnered with Coin Up, including Athena of San Diego.

“Getting this recognition from Athena was such a powerful affirmation for me and the success of Coin Up,” Patidar said. “I can’t thank the women behind Athena enough. The experience and award help me reflect on the importance of building a company like Coin Up that is authentic and transparent in our giving environment.” As the Coin Up App continues to grow, so does its giving power with almost 150 national and regional charities. Coin Up App users are empowered to make a difference in the world with every purchase, a nickel and dime at a time.

I decided to try it out and see how this new app works that is changing the way we donate to causes. It was pretty simple to find and download for free from the Apple App store. After downloading, I created an account that took seconds to fill out. The next screen is the three step process which includes putting your payment information to register to donate to a specific charity.

After that pick your charity either by category, zip code, or name. Once you’ve picked your charity all you do next is go through the payment process and then your transaction is complete. It’s that easy!

Some of the organizations that have Coined Up include Crescent Moon Foundation, founded by NFL Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon to provide for the educational pursuits of children that are most in need; Hire Heroes USA offering free, expert career coaching and job sourcing to more than a thousand U.S. military members and their spouses each week; Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation improving the care, quality of life, and survival rates of children with malignant diseases; and Heifer International whose mission is to end hunger and poverty around the world. 

I think this donation app is genius and very easy to use! I hopeto see the Coin Up App  add more charities throughout the year. Download the app today or visit the web app to make YOUR change in the world: https://www.coinupapp.com/.

About Coin Up:

Coin Up is an innovative mobile app that provides a platform for donors to give to their favorite charitable causes effortlessly. Once downloaded and registered, the app will round up everyday purchases made on your credit card or debit card to the nearest dollar and send the “spare change” to the person’s chosen charities each month. The app is free to download and has been designed to help people give to charities they are passionate about, making it easy for their spare change to have a major impact. Coin Up’s mission is to create a society that engages in charitable giving through the convenience of everyday transactions. For more information on Coin Up, visit the site at: https://www.coinupapp.com YOUR CHANGE. YOUR IMPACT @CoinUpApp

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Source: Coin Up, Pinnacle Awards

 

 


illumy Smart Sleep Mask Product Review

 

The illumy smart sleep mask is a lightweight smart sleep mask that blocks out unwanted light and provides its own light to trigger your body’s natural responses. Blue tones wake you gently and effectively in the morning before your chosen alarm time, and red-toned light helps you fall asleep at night. These are the same light cues used by NASA to regulate sleep on the space station.

When I unboxed the illumy smart sleep mask I immediately plugged it into my PC and while it was charging I downloaded the Sound Oasis App. Within the app you can set up alarm time, alarm chime, sunrise and sunset preferences plus chose to put it in sleep enhancement mode.

After setting up my sleep preferences I turned on the mask and synced it with my iPhone by using the app. When you first turn on the illumy smart sleep mask there will be a red light indicating it’s turned on. Since I already set up an alarm time and settings the hue inside the mask is similar to a sunset. After I put the mask on the lights inside the mask gradually dimmed and I was ready for my power nap!

For a 20 minute power nap:

  • Set the illumy alarm time 30 minutes later than the current time
  • Choose a 20 minute sunrise
  • Set the sunset to “off”
  • Enable or disable the alarm chime
  • Sync illumy with the App
  • Press the sleep button
  • Lay back and relax

The illumy smart sleep mask will slowly wake you up after your nap with a bright blue energizing light.

The illumy smart sleep mask’s full list of features include:

  • Built-in Alarm
    • illumy contains a wake-up light alarm clock in a sleep mask. Set your alarm time with the free Android, iOS or web App and illumy will wake you up with a brightening sunrise.
  • Silent Alarm Setting
    • Choose to enable the audible chime alarm or silent alarm. The silent alarm wakes you up with a sunrise simulation that gets brighter as your alarm time approaches.
  • Custom Sunset/Sunrise length
    • Fall asleep quickly with your choice of 10 to 60 minute long sunset. Wake up to a blue enriched sunrise with a duration of 10 to 60 minutes. You may select the length in the App.
  • Sleep Enhance
    • Use the advanced Sleep Enhance feature to eliminate distracting thoughts and calm a racing mind using calming sunset pulsations
    • In the morning, Sleep Enhance presents an energizing quickening pulsing sunrise
  • Home/Away Time Setting
    • Perfect for traveling, choose your time zone before you get to your destination. illumy’s internal clock will take care of time zone calculations for you. Choose the time zone of your destination and set your alarm. When you arrive, illumy will be ready to wake you up.

The illumy smart sleep mask is great for someone who travels or struggling to fall asleep. I’m personally not a sleep mask person but I must admit the illumy smart sleep mask is very comfortable.

The illumy smart sleep mask comes with a travel case, charger, micro USB charge cable, programming cable, user manual and warranty reply card. The illumy smart sleep mask is currently $149.99 and can be purchased on their site located here.

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Source: Sound Oasis


Portable Storage Comparison: Sandisk vs. Picture Keeper

As we kick off summer the endless dilemma is always lack of storage since we are in an age of smartphones taking selfies and videos constantly. I encounter this on the regular since I love taking videos and “live” photos. I had to face up to the reality and find a better solution to extend my storage.

It’s hard to decide which flash key or stick that will fit your personal needs. If you have an iPhone I found the market has more lightening cord wired flash drives than you think. What about the Andriod lover?  The three below flash drives are indeed compatible for Android including apps for both. I reviewed the below 3 flash drives and here are my findings.

Picture Keeper Connect

Picture Keeper Connect offers photo backup solutions for all devices including: smartphones, tablets, and computers. Picture Keeper Connect works anywhere, anytime.

There is no WiFi needed! What?! No WiFi needed at all to use this product? Per Picture Keeper, Mobile backup solutions in the cloud have a serious limitation and they only work if you have an internet connection. Picture Keeper Connect files are not stored online, you maintain total control of your photos and videos. It also allows users to share photos and videos with family and friends without using a data plan.

Picture Keeper lets users:

  • Access to connect anywhere
  • Easily transfer files to new devices
  • Free up storage space on mobile devices
  • Keeps your files and photos in one secure place
  • iOS, Android™, Windows® & Mac® compatible
  • Comes in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
  • Retails starting at $119.00 and be bought on their site

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive

The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is a great storage device for iPhone or iPad users that need some extra storage or just a way to backup photos and videos without using the cloud. The drive has both a flexible Lightning connector that works with most cases and a USB 3.0 connector to plug into your Mac computer or PC.

The iXpand Flash Drive features and specs include:

  • Automatic Photo Backup
  • Encryption software that lets you password-protect files
  • Comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage capacity
  • USB 3.0 High-speed Transfers
  • Supports popular video formats (.WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV)
  • The app makes it easy to manage photos and videos
  • Helps free up space on your iPhone or iPad
  • Retails starting at $49.00 and can be bought at Best Buy

SanDisk – Connect 256GB USB 2.0 Type A Wireless Stick

SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick. SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick lets you stream video or music to as many as three other devices at the same time, or gives you access to all your media. Since the SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick can share content with multiple devices at once it’s easy to connect and share with friends mobile devise and stream music or videos to three smartphones, tablets or computers as long as they’re somewhere in the vicinity.

The SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick allows users to wirelessly:

  • Access media or transfer large files
  • Stream HD videos and music
  • Save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device
  • iOS and Android compatible using the Connect Drive App
  • Storage sizes including: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 200GB or 256GB to choose from.
  • Retails starting at $29.99 and you can purchase them at Best Buy.

After testing all three drives the flash drive that works for me personally was the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. Its ease of use for my iPhone made storing media easier and quicker.

For more information about SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick or their other products click here. If you are interested in more information about the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive or would like to purchase the SanDisk click here.  To check out the Picture Keeper Connect or purchase it click here.

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Source: Sandisk, Picture Keeper, Best Buy, Forbes


OWC USB-C Dock Review

I received the OWC USB-C Dock to review and did not know what to expect since I haven’t used a dock for my PC in ages! The OWC USB-C Dock features 10 ports complete with five USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, two high-power charging ports and one USB-C port that users can reconnect and charge their devices.

The OWC USB-C Dock also features Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and combo audio ports along with an SD card reader for even more connectivity. The OWC USB-C Dock provides ample power alongside connectivity, delivering 80W of power to users connected devices, including up to 60W to charge their computer.

When I unboxed the OWC USB-C Dock the box included an OWC USB-C Dock, a 0.5 m (18 inches) USB Type-C Cable, External power supply and power cable and user guide. I quickly powered it on and per the directions connected the computer link port to the USB Type C port on my PC.

After that I plugged in my SanDisk that already had over 700 pictures stored and the OWC USB-C Dock brought it up immediately. I was in business in less than 5 minutes! I also challenged myself to see if I had enough plugs and gadgets to fit all the ports. It was obviously a success and not hard filling each port considering the amount of tech products I own.

There are some specs you should know about to make sure the OWC USB-C Dock fits your docking needs. Below are the official OWC USB-C Dock specs:

Software

Hardware

  • Mac or PC featuring a built-in USB Type-C interface3
  • SD Card reader is compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC up to 2TB
  • SD Card reader is compatible with UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) up to 70MB/s

Bootability

  • USB 3.0 – OS X 10.10 or later
  • Ethernet – OS X 10.10 or later

Available Port Types

  • 1 SD Card Slot
  • 1 3.5mm Combo Audio Port (microphone or headphones supported)
  • 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 Standard-A Ports (2 high-powered charging ports)
  • 1 USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Port
  • 1 USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Computer Link
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • 1 HDMI 1.4b Port4

Display Support

  • Up to 4K/30Hz resolution via HDMI connection

Power

  • External UL-listed universal auto-switching power supply
  • AC input: 100 ~ 240V, 50/60Hz
  • DC output:, 20V 4A
  • Adapter plugs for international use sold separately

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.8 cm (1.1 inches)
  • Width: 9.0 cm (3.5 inches)
  • Length: 20.0 cm (7.9 inches)

Weight

  • 0.4 kg (0.9 lb)

I loved reviewing the OWC USB-C Dock though not as exciting as reviewing audio the extra USB ports, especially when doing products reviews, are a necessity. If you’re looking for a dock for your desk with extra USB ports that is small in size and reasonably priced I suggest checking out the OWC USB-C Dock. You can purchase the OWC USB-C Dock at the below distributors and the pricing starts around $148 depending on which site you purchase it on.

For more information about the OWC USB-C Dock click here.

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Souce: OWC USB-C Dock

 


SanDisk Connect 256GB USB 2.0 Type A Wireless Stick Review

The SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick allows users to access media or transfer large files, stream HD videos and music, save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device. Delivering up to 256GB of extra capacity in a small flash drive.

SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick lets you stream video or music to as many as three other devices at the same time and gives you access to all your media. Since the SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick can share content with multiple devices at once it’s easy to connect with friend’s mobile devices and stream music or videos to three smartphones, tablets or computers as long as they’re somewhere in the vicinity.

Also, with the SanDisk Connect app installed on your mobile device, you can upload, download, save, share and play all your stuff from a distance, to and from the device you want to use wirelessly. In fact, while using the app you do not need to even plug the SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick to access files. When I downloaded the SanDisk app it was pretty straight forward and gave me great direction on how to connect.

When you initially get started using the app you must remember to choose it in your WiFi settings or it will not show up. I learned that the hard way.Users can also set the app to automatically copy photos and videos from your camera roll to the drive when the drive is connected to your PC as well. A folder pops up immediately once turned on and plugged in.

Once connected it gives you’re a brief overlook of the app and what it can all do. You can skip over that and just get started if you prefer. I immediately accessed my phone wirelessly pretty quickly and began storing them.


I’m constantly out of storage on several mobile devices and with my Jamaica trip coming up I will not have to worry about storage when taking pictures. This product is perfect for those who are media junkies like myself that love taking and sharing pictures or videos.

The SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick comes in different storage sizes including: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 200GB or 256GB to choose from. It is priced at $249.00 and you can purchase them at Best Buy. For more information about SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick or their other products click here.

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Source: Sandisk, Best Buy


Picture Keeper Connect Product Review

I received the Picture Keeper Connect recently to do a product review. Picture Keeper Connect offers photo backup solutions for all devices including: smartphones, tablets, and computers. Picture Keeper Connect works anywhere, anytime.There is no WiFi needed and the Picture Keeper Connect is compatible with iOS, Android™, Windows® & Mac®.

The no WiFi feature interested me; how does it work? Per Picture Keeper, mobile backup solutions in the cloud have a serious limitation and they only work if you have an internet connection. Picture Keeper Connect files are not stored online, you maintain total control of your photos. Share photos and videos with your family and friends without using your data plan!

Picture Keeper lets users:

  • Access connect anywhere, anytime
  • Easily transfer files to new devices
  • Easily upgrade to additional storage
  • Free up storage space on mobile devices
  • Keep your important files and photos in one secure place
  • Plug-and-play functionality.

Picture Keeper’s Capability Requirements Include:

  • Mobile Requirements: iPhone 5 and Newer (iOS 6+) and Android OTG (Android 3.1+).
  • Computer Requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, MAC OS 10.5 (and newer) computers.

Picture Keeper is easy to start by simply downloading the free Picture Keeper Connect app. All I did was plug the Picture Keeper Connect drive into my device and I launched the app. You do have to create an account like most apps to get started. Once the app was launched I clicked “Start Backup’” and Picture Keeper Connect download my photos, videos and contacts. At the end I was asked if I wanted my pictures erase and also reminded me to make sure I have duplicate copies of all pictures so I do not loose any in the middle of transitioning them off my iPhone.

The Picture Keeper app also has new features that make it even easier to capture photos or videos. Below is a list of the new features plus details of each feature.

  • Greater customization: Create custom gifts and prints with your photos directly from the drive using the free app.
  • Emergency features:  Simply plug the drive into any phone or smart device for instant access to stored contacts and important phone numbers.
  • Increased versatility: View your files on someone else’s phone or share your photos from your computer or phone.
  • Time-saving capabilities: View, select, backup, and delete single items or entire albums from the phone or drive.

The Picture Keeper Connect storage sizes come in either 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB. The Picture Keeper Connect can connect to your mobile device via lightening or micro- USB cables. The Picture Keeper Connect starts from $119.99 on their site.

I personally found the Picture Keeper Connect easy to use and love the blue blinking LED light informing users when or when it is not connected.  If you are looking for a storage flash drive that is easy to use, inexpensive and relatively small I strongly suggest checking out the Picture Keeper Connect.

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Source: Picture Keeper


SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Review

I constantly run out of storage on my iPhone due to industry events and product review photos or videos. I was excited to learn I was going to receive a SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive because I have maxed out my iPhone’s storage.

The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is a great storage device for iPhone or iPad users that need some extra storage or just a way to backup photos and videos without using the cloud. The drive has both a flexible Lightning connector that works with most cases and a USB 3.0 connector to plug into your Mac computer or PC. The iXpand Flash Drive also includes encryption software that lets you password-protect files, this is a huge plus especially with all the hacking.

The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive comes in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage capacity options. I was lucky enough to get the 128GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive to test out. As soon as I unboxed the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive I plugged it directly into my iPhone and immediately received an alert that I needed to get the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive app. It also directed me to the Apple App store so I didn’t have to go searching for an app I had never seen before.

After I downloaded the app I got straight to business setting it up on my iPhone which was not difficult at all. My first line of business was to get all 770 photo’s off my phone and stored to the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. Considering the large amount of video’s and photos I had stored they downloaded pretty quickly to the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. When the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive was finished loading I simply unplugged it and then plugged it in my PC to get all 770 photo’s finally off my iPhone and on to my PC.

I can not tell you how relieved I am that the sent me the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive to review. This is now my new storage solution and maybe even my permanent solution since I have so much storage room! The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive runs between $199.00 – $249.00 depending on storage size and below are the more detailed specs for the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive.

Dimensions: 13 X 17 X 59mm
Weight: 5.4g
Operating temperature: 0-35 °C functional
Supported Video Formats: wmv, avi, mkv, mp4, and mov. DRM-protected content cannot be streamed. Check with the content provider for playback restrictions.
Compatibility: Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Chrome OS, Mac OS X v10.8 and higher. See device compatibility.
Warranty: 1-year limited warranty7
Microsoft® ExFAT Support: US 128GB and 256GB; Japan 64GB and 128GB

If you are interested in more information or would like to purchase the SanDisk click here.

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Source: SanDisk, Best Buy

 


MIGHTY MUG with Smartgrip Technology Review

MIGHTY MUG is the world’s only mug that grips to your desk when knocked into, but lifts naturally due to their patented Smartgrip Technology.

What is SmartGrip Technology?

SmartGrip Technology is what allows MIGHTY MUG to withstand accidental bumps by gripping down to any smooth, flat surface when knocked into. This technology is genius for all of us who sit at a desk and work all day while enjoying a cold or hot beverage. The combination of any liquid spilling on any electronic device is always bad news, most of us have learned that the hard way. Hopefully you did not power on the device after spillage or you are just doomed!

MIGHTY MUG is powered their Smartgrip Technology help you avoid this problem. Simply place MIGHTY MUG down on your desk and it creates a powerful airlock which allows MIGHTY MUG to resist accidental knocks to help avoid spills. When you lift MIGHTY MUG the pressure is instantly normalized allowing the airlock to release and MIGHTY MUG to lift naturally.

I received 2 different MIGHTY MUGS, the MIGHTY MUG GO in red and the MIGHTY MUG MINI in black, to test out. Both mugs are BPA Free, Car Cup Friendly, and DishWasher Safe. They both also come with a lid vent to let steam out of your MIGHTY MUG.

After I unboxed each I tested the MIGHTY MUG to see what all the hype was about. My first test was with both mugs empty with their lids attached while sitting on granite top surface.

Notice it took a lot of force to take both MIGHTY MUGS down. Considering they were both empty they were lighter and therefore easier to tip over however it still took a lot of force.

Next I tested both MIGHTY MUG filled each with half ice and half water to see the difference in how much force it would take to spill them.

Oddly it was much harder to spill them with content inside them. All and all the MIGHTY MUG did stand up to me forcefully pushing in several directions before ultimately falling. It didn’t happen every time, in fact few and far between. I believe most of the time it was because I was using allot of force to test out how much they could withstand.

MIGHTY MUG GO Travel mug is 16oz and prices at $19.99 while the MIGHTY MUG MINI solo travel mug is 12oz and prices at $16.99. They also bundles with a great barware collection of different MIGHTY MUG like the Pilsners or the Pints that come with 4 MIGHTY MUGS tumblers.

MIGHTY MUG all come with a 100% “Happiness Guarantee” so if your MIGHTY MUG doesn’t work they will replace it for free. For more information on their product line or to purchase a MIGHTY MUG click here.

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Source: MIGHTY MUG


OhMidBod Club Vibe 3.OH Review

Did you know about half of the United States population uses sex toys? In fact the ‘Niche’ sex toy market grew to a $15,000,000,000 industry in 2016. OhMiBod is the creator of the original iPod® vibrator. The female-owned and operated company is driving the evolution of the pleasure industry with an expansive range of high quality, body-safe products that combine technology with sensuality. OhMiBod recently sent me the Club Vibe 3.OH vibrator to review and I must admit this will be my first review of a sex toy. I had no idea what to expect embarrassingly because I have never owned one before.

The OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH package includes:

  • Remote control wearable massager
  • Rechargable remote with a 20ft range
  • Black lace thong (OS – one size)
  • Privacy pouch
  • USB charging cable
  • Instruction manual

The specs for the OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH vibrator include:

  • Molded from premium grade hypoallergenic non-toxic, non-porous ABS plastic with PU coating for velvety finish.
  • Vibe: 3” length, 1 3 ⁄8” width, 0.5” depth
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty.

The OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH has three different modes to choose from depending on your sexual preferences.

  • TEASE MODE Tap the button and give your partner a taste of what’s to come (hint: the longer the tap, the better the tease).
  • GROOVE MODE Find your groove with five pre-set pulsations. Better yet, let your partner find it for you.
  • CLUB MODE Vibe to everything from the music on the dance floor to your partner’s voice. This feature I thought to be the coolest since your partner’s voice makes it vibrate differently than the other two modes.

The OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH comes with a thong that has a secret pouch for the vibrator making it a wearable panty vibrator. The vibrator itself is made of body-safe silicone and Phthalate free. The remote control has a wireless range of up to 20ft (6m) and has 5 different buttons which include the 3 different modes, power and microphone. The remote’s LED buttons for the 3 modes indicates sensitivity by the brightness on the individual button.

The massager itself is pretty easy to start straight from unboxing it, just press the power button for 3 seconds then slip it in the sexy thongs that come with it and navigate your pleasure experience with the remote. It’s that simple! The OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH vibrator has a play time for up to 2 hours of pleasure for the ultimate climax. The remote control and massager have rechargeable batteries and comes with a USB charging cord compatible for both.

If you’re looking for some extra self-pleasure for the summer or extra pleasure in bed with your lover I strongly suggest to check out the OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH. It retails for Retails for $119 and can be purchased here.

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Source: Forbes, OhMyBod Club Vibe 3.OH


Get THE Look With The Glam App

BeGlammed has been on the scene for more than two years when it comes to stylist that come to the client instead of the client going to the salon with not much competition. They NOW have competition and they have more offerings than BeGlammed.

Introducing The Glam App, founded by actress/ fashion tastemaker Cara Santana along with longtime friend and celebrity stylist, Joey Maalouf. The Glam App offers hair and make-up like BeGlammed BUT they also offer nail service and hot nail service at that!

The Glam App was pretty easy to get at the App store for IOS and it’s free. After you download the app the first screen will ask you to either sign up or login. After setting up the account it will take you to a screen that shows what cities they currently cover. Unfortunately Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, is not listed in their service area yet.

The next displayed is the screen where you pick out hair, nails, or makeup service. Each service has a variety of unique celebrity like style choices versus BeGlammed that has more of a generalization of services. Currently, BeGlammed hair styling options are Blowout, Dry Style, Styling or Up do while The Glam App is more specific to the exact style like “Bombshell.” This is a plus and minus as with BeGlammed “Dry Style” can be anything from a braid to summer waves which gives you more flexibility while The Glam App is the exact hair style so you know what you get ahead of time. The pricing for hair style services starts at $50.00 similar to BeGlammed.

The Glam App unique hair styles offered currently are: Boobshell, Pin Straight, Beach Waves, Side Swept, Braid, Ballerina Bun, and Half Up. After you choose a style the next screen is picking which type of stylist you want. It can either be BSG, JRS or VIP and below are the descriptions of each type of stylist to choose from.

  • BSG: A stylist with a year of experience and/or a graduate of beauty school
  • JRS: Any stylist with 2-5 years of experience
  • VIP: A sought after stylist that has 5 years or more of experience or excessive callbacks

Unlike BeGlammed, The Glam App offers Nail Service which is a huge plus! How many times do you go to the salon and by the time you pay and get to your car there are already chips and dents? It’s frustrating! The Glam App offers a simple Polish, Manicure, Gel manicure, Acrylic, Hard Gel, Gel Extentions, Fills, Pedicure and Gel Pedicure. Nail service starts at $30.00, what a steal!

Another positive on The Glam App especially for nails is they stay very current on the hot trends so you will always look spot on and ready for the run way or red carpet even if you’re just going to the beach. For instance on their blog I found out about this hot new nail polish, Nails Inc by Alexa Camo, that is trending I would have NEVER known about but The Glam App style team does. Who doesn’t like looking trendier than the rest at a beach or summer party?

The last option on The Glam App is makeup which is key during the summer or any city that is relatively hot. The makeup style options include the Glow, No Make Up Make Up, Blushing Babe, Contour Queen, Statement Lip, Cat Eye, Smokey Eye, and Pop of color. Similar to when booking your hair style you have the option between BSG, JRS or VIP as a stylist. Make up services start at $60.00 while BeGlammed is a whopping $75.00.

Once you create your account with The Glam App you will be able to view previous appointments, rebook a stylist and find a stylist. The one thing that BeGlammed has that The Glam App doesn’t have yet in that section is skin allergies which is a must have now a days.

The Glam App also acts as a virtual agency, allowing stylists to act as freelance artists; making their own hours, building clientele, and managing their schedules and appointments. To apply to be a stylist click here.

All in all this a great app for those whose cities are covered. Unfortunately, Austin, is not covered yet but I’m working on getting them out here before Formula 1 with Justin Timberlake and SXSW 2018! I strongly suggest checking out The Glam App especially if you are a BeGlammed client so you can see the differences of the services each app provides. Maybe you will find both useful OR maybe The Glam App is your personal stylist app of choice. I personally think their nail service is genius and hope to use it one day!

For more information or to get The Glam App click here.


The Helix Cuff by Ashley Chloe

I tried on the Helix Cuff by Ashley Chloe during the Consumer Electronic Show in January 2017 and instantly fell in love with the product. Since then I kept following up with the kind staff at Ashley Chloe on when they would send review units and my tenacity worked! I finally received the Helix Cuff for a product review.

The Helix Cuff is the world’s first wearable wireless Bluetooth headphones that fits perfectly in a fashionable cuff that is wrapped around your wrist. Using the cuff not only keeps your headphones in one place so its hard to loose them it also cuts out the tangled wires situation.

The Helix Cuff’s Bluetooth 4.1 is powered by CSR and Qualcomm which enables users to connect their phone, tablet, or computer to the Helix Cuff and stream music or calls without plugging into a device. The Bluetooth connection works up to 30 feet between the Helix headphones and the source device. They can remember up to 8 paired devices, and automatically connects with the last connected device if it’s in range.

When I unboxed the Helix Cuff the box contained the cuff, headphones, USB charger, 3 earbud tips and a cleaning cloth. The cleaning cloth is a nice perk and much needed since the cuff does pick up fingerprints. I charged the Helix Cuff as soon as I figured out how to remove them from the cuff. As you can see in my unboxing video I had a small struggle removing them from the cuff at first.

Next I paired it via Bluetooth to my iPhone which involves holding the main button down on the headphones for 4 seconds until the LED indicator blinks white and red. I also went into my iPhone Bluetooth settings and searched for a new product to save the device for future pairings. The pairing time didn’t take long and the instructions were very simple.

The Helix’s Smart Multipoint connectivity makes it easy to switch audio sources between two devices without the constant hassle of pairing. You can also connect two devices simultaneously to the Helix Cuff via Bluetooth. If you’re streaming music from your laptop (or tablet) and receive an incoming call to your smartphone, the call will be automatically streamed to your Helix headphones.

After the pairing I quickly turned it on by pressing the main button located on the headset and tried a variety of songs to truly test out the audio plus to see how different types of music sound on different volumes. The sound was astounding! Helix Cuff headphones are equipped with cVc® technology. cVc brings advanced audio enhancements and noise suppression to the near and far end, as well as providing packet loss and bit error concealment to deliver the best possible call quality on the Bluetooth headset.

The Helix’s headphones feature aptX® audio technology that delivers CD-like quality audio over a Bluetooth® connection. The high quality stereo music playback also is enabled across aptX source devices via Bluetooth connection.

The perks of the Helix Cuff are the fashionable cuff that fits the wireless Bluetooth headphones, the sleek design, the convenience of having your headphones on you at all times and the quality audio. It is also waterproof and strong enough to handle everyday use due to the chemical-resistant rubber material used to create the cuff.

On the downside there were a few things I struggled with during the review. Getting the headphones back onto the cuff takes some time; it seems easy enough but it is not till you get used to using it. The other is when walking fast or running the headphones do fall off from time to time.

Though I had a few hiccups while testing the Helix Cuff I loved reviewing this product. I am a geek fashionista so this product is perfect for me plus the audio lived up to my standards of greatness.

If you are looking for fashionable wearable Bluetooth wireless headphones I strongly suggest checking out the Helix Cuff which is currently $149.00 on their site. For more information about Helix Cuff or other Ashley Chloe products click here.

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Source: Ashley Chloe

 


FoodFaves App - Tech Making Food Porn a Reality

FoodFaves is a new mobile app where foodies connect with pictures of delicious food posted by nearby restaurants, and they share those pictures with followers. All pics are tagged with address, map and miles radius to that restaurant. FoodFaves’ algorithm is your personal dining assistant that gets to know what foods you like, where you live/work and helps you identify pics of amazing food and how to go get it!

Why was FoodFaves created?

FoodFaves was created by a Long Island, New York father and daughter Paul Epstein, 54, an anesthesiologist, and Sydney Epstein, 24, a television editor, who got aggravated with perusing Instagram food porn that was inaccessible and searching for restaurants with nothing to go on but website menus and Yelp reviews.

 

I have never heard of Food Porn, what is it?

Per Wikipedia Food Porn is a glamourized spectacular visual presentation of cooking or eating in advertisements, infomercials, blogs cooking shows or other visual media, foods boasting a high fat and calorie content, exotic dishes that arouse a desire to eat or the glorification of food as a substitute for sex. Food porn often takes the form of food photography and styling that presents food provocatively.

How does FoodFaves work for restaurant owners and users alike?

Restaurant Owner:

  • Restaurants use the foodfaves.com portal to upload their best-in-show food porn aka their best dishes.
  • A restaurant’s images are tagged with: description, menu, website, address, phone, hours of operation and hashtags (e.g. #Italian, #AsianFusion, #bagels, #burgers, #dessert, #icecream, etc.).
  • When a hungry FoodFaves user taps an image, they see how many miles away that eatery is plus a map w/ directions to get them there.
  • Note for restaurant owners you must create an account. If you already have an account click the “restaurant owner” tab located on the top of the main page.

Users:

  • Users open FoodFaves on their phones, and with the help of the app’s patented algorithm, they view enticing images of food from restaurants that are in close proximity to them, based on their food preferences. Users can take the FoodFaves Quiz to establish preferences.
  • Users  can “like” and “save” food pictures to their FoodFaves profile. The image goes into their Instagram-like feed (pun intended) and get shared with other nearby users.
  • Users tap a picture and it instantly shows them the restaurant’s contact information, description and map/directions leading them right to that restaurant’s front door. It’s all about instant gratification.

I was eager to test out the FoodFaves app because I have the same issue as Paul and Sydney. I do get aggravated when there is not a menu posted or little to none pictures of their food offerings. After I downloaded the app it was time to get started.

How do I get started on FoodFaves?

First, you must download the FoodFaves App which located here. After you download the app open the app to create your account. The below three screen shots are the first thing you will see when you open the app and you do have the option to skip the first two but on the last screen you must log in with either use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram . If you don’t have an account with none of the three to get started you will have to register.

I decided to sign in with Facebook. The next screen prompts you to pick a person or company within the FoodFave network. Once you have chosen the person or company you’re directed  to the below screens that you can skip through.

Once on the main page you will see a tool bar at the bottom on the screen. The tool bar consist of Food, Restaurants, Camera (for taking pictures of food), Crave Quiz and lastly Profile.

What is the Crave Quiz and how does it work?

The crave quiz displays different dishes and asks the user if they crave it or not. To be honest unless I’m missing something it doesn’t seem to be much of a quiz but it is a cool feature plus the pictures make you hungry!

If you are a foodie the FoodFave app is the ideal go to when looking for restaurants. If you want more information about FoodFave click here and to download the app click here.

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Source: Wikipedia, FoodFave


Polaroid Snap Instant Print Digital Camera

Instant print cameras, portable printers and DIY photo booths have been a social favorite for years especially with the explosion of the selfie. I recently purchased the Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera after researching if I wanted a portable camera that connects to my smart phone or an additional device all together.Considering I use my iPhone for videos and pictures for my technology or fashion articles I decided a separate instant camera with printer would be a better solution. My reasoning is based solely on when I am in fast paste environments like SXSW or CES I have no time to wait for something to print and need to do a lot of camera burst or quick video broadcasts.

The Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera is a 10 megapixel digital camera with an integrated printer. The camera also has a MicroSD Card slot for digital pictures. The Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera has 6 picture modes: normal, black & white, vintage sepia tone, Polaroid border logo format in normal, black & white and vintage sepia tone. The camera has a mount on the bottom it and on the top of it has a self timer button.

The integrated printer on the Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera uses 2″x3” Zink® Zero Ink® paper and prints automatically when image is captured. By using ZINK Zero Paper the Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera does not need ink cartridges or a printer ribbon.  Polaroid ZINK Zero Ink Paper is smudge-proof, water-resistant, and tear-resistant with a sticky back. The Zink Zero Paper is compatible with Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera, Polaroid Snap Touch, Polaroid Z2300 and Polaroid Zip instant photoprinter.

When loading the Snap you must first insert the blue barcode card and then the paper. After the blue barcode card runs through the printer you are all set to start taking pictures. It was pretty simple to load and figure out with no instructions but they also have a user guide online located here.

I started taking pictures immediately and my new puppy, Layla, was the model.  There were some trials and tribulations when I first started taking pictures. I couldn’t figure out what direction I needed to hold the camera to use the polaroid border. Finally I got it!

Next I tried the camera without the border (which was easier to do obviously). One thing I do want to point out that made my pictures a little blurry was first taking pictures of a puppy is impossible but mainly because I was not sure which image the camera caught timing wise since it does not have a preview window.

The Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera also takes digital pictures while also doing the instant picture feature. In order to do digital pictures with the Snap you must have a MicroSD Card. Once the MicroSD Card is inserted you are ready to take digital pictures and import them to your PC.

I tested out this feature since I have a MicroSD Card and was impressed with the quality of the digital pictures. Retrieving your digital pictures is pretty simple as well by using a USB cord. If you were to view the below digital picture of Layla full screen you would notice the great amount of detail of the rocks and bushes.

Polaroid SNAP Digital Photo

The common problem of using instant cameras is running out of paper. The camera comes with 10 sheets but you will notice you will run through those pretty quickly. Fortunately Polaroid customers can also sign up for a monthly subscription for the Zink Zero Ink on their site. Below are the subscription options including pricing.

  • 1 20-pk colored paper every month – $12.99
    • Receive 1 FREE 10-pk every 3rd consecutive month
    • Receive 1 FREE 20-pk colored paper every 12th consecutive month
  • 1 20-pk every month – $9.99
    •  Receive 1 FREE 10-pk every 3rd consecutive month
    • Receive 1 FREE 20-pk every 12th consecutive month
  • 1 30-pk every month – $14.99
    • Receive 1 FREE 10-pk every 3rd consecutive month
    • Receive 1 FREE 30-pk every 12th consecutive month
  • 1 50-pk every month $24.99
    • Receive 1 FREE 10-pk every 3rd consecutive month
    • Receive 1 FREE 50-pk every 12th consecutive month
  • 1 100-pk every month $48.88
    • Receive 1 FREE 10-pk every 3rd consecutive month
    • Receive 1 FREE 100-pk every 12th consecutive month

The Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera comes in white, black, red or blue and is currently $99.99 on the Polaroid site. If you are looking for an instant camera solution that will not break the bank I strongly suggest trying out the Polaroid Snap Instant Print Camera.

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Source: Polariod

 


Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station

As the school year is about to conclude most high school students that are the Class of 2017 are gearing up for their first year of college. For those moving into their first dorm room or on campus housing their summer will be spent shopping for their first place.

I recall my summer after graduating high school shopping non-stop with my best friend for our very first place. Oddly as much time as we spent shopping we didn’t think about buying a surge protector or an extension cord until we moved in and realized we only had two electrical outlets. Clearly not enough for two people.

There are several different surge protector and USB charging stations on the market but not nearly as unique as the Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station I recently received to review.

The Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station has 6 electrical outlets PLUS 2 USB ports! The dual USB charging ports provide 2.1A charging for USB powered devices like mobile phones, tablets or portable music players. Another feature I like about the Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station is it’s heavy duty 6 foot power cord.

The Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station comes in two colors,  white or black. and is priced at $34.99.

The Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station provides advanced 1080 Joules of surge protection and features patented X3 MOV (Metal Oxide Varistor) technology. This technology provides safe protection by detecting surge conditions and reacts by directing excess energy away from equipment through the electrical grounding system. The MOV’s are encased in a fireproof material, fully containing the heat created by the power surge and eliminating the threat of fire.

The Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station also has power stop technology which automatically stops conducting power once the Powramid’s absorption has reached capacity.

The Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station is ideal for those going away to college or their first apartment but also great for your desk at work. For more information or to buy the Powramid® Power Center and USB Charging Station click here, you will not be disappointed!

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Source: Accell Cables


Product Review: ExoGear's EcoCarbon Waterproof and Floatable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Summer time is fast approaching and it’s time to start gearing up for your vacations or summer events. The kind people at Ecoxgear recently sent me their floatable EcoCarbon water proof and shock proof Bluetooth speaker plus LED flashlight to review.What’s in the Box?

  • ECOCARBON
  • USB cord
  • USB to AC USB Power Adapter (AC): USB to AC 100-240V, 5V 1.0A
  • Carabiner Clip
  • Integrated LED Flashlight

After unboxing the speaker I was rather impressed with the aesthetics of it and how light in weight it is at only 1.9 lbs . Though the EcoCarbon is classified as a rugged device the casing is very stylish and does not look rugged at all.

The EcoCarbon was not charged when it arrived so the first thing to do after unboxing was charging it. The air tight compartment located on the back of the speaker contains the input/ output jack, 3.5mm jack, USB port and the on/off power switch. The EcoCarbon has a built in lithium rechargeable battery that has up to 12 hours of play or talk time. It also has an integrated LED flashlight and can charge any USB devices.

On top of the EcoCarbon it has the control buttons which consist the power, Bluetooth pairing, volume controls and the speakerphone answer buttons.

After the EcoCarbon speaker was fully charged I powered it on to start pairing it with my iPhone. The EcoCarbon’s Bluetooth universal A2DP Core 5 by CSR connects to any Bluetooth device. Pairing the speaker was pretty simple by just going into my Bluetooth settings and pressing connect. Once connected I started to play my Pandora stations to test out the integrated full range stereo speakers. The sound quality was amazing!

I decided I needed to test out the EcoCarbon’s in and out of water to see the difference between the two. Since I’m a David Bowie fan and also because the beginning of the song “Let’s Dance” has great audio introduction.

My first test was indoors and I had the volume on max.

Next I tested it out in the water.

Notice how there is not much difference between the two.

The EcoCarbon is this summer’s must haves with its great audio quality plus it’s floatable. It’s currently $129.99 on their site and to purchase or for more information click here.

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Source: EcoCarbon, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance!”, EcoXGear


EverQuote- The New Way to Shop for Auto Insurance

Comparison shopping for auto insurance is not on my list of top fun things to do. It use to be agonizing to do comparison shopping for auto insurance and worse when you buy a new car at the dealership and don’t have the tools needed to shop around. Fortunately a new start up, EverQuote™, is your new go to when shopping around for auto insurance nationally.  Recent studies have indicated that only 5% of drivers pay less than $50 a month for car insurance. Did you know that if you use EverQuote™ for your comparison shopping you may receive a large discount. Also, if you are currently insured and live in a qualified ZIP code you may get an extremely high discount.

What is EverQuote™?

EverQuote is a quantitative internet marketing firm focused on applying sophisticated mathematics and enterprise class technology to our online customer acquisition programs. Their mathematically driven multi-channel campaign management and optimization platform delivers the high quality, scalable connections to auto insurance consumers. Note that EverQuote™ is an independent insurance marketplace and is not affiliated with any specific insurance carrier or any financial institution.

How do I get started?

Simply go to EverQuote™‘s site and enter in your zip code. It takes 3 simple steps to get your quote and start saving money.  The first page you will be directed to requires you to fill out primary information about your car.

The next step will be filing out your primary driver information. Note you can add more than one driver by clicking the “additional driver” tab.

The last step is adding information about your current insurance company and contact information.

After you click the “Show My Quotes” tab you will be directed to the page with your quotes according to the information you provided. The quote page should look like this, if not you may need to start over but the process is super simple and doubt you would need to do that.

EverQuote also has a driving app called EverDrive that helps drivers across the nation become safer behind the wheel. EverDrive runs in the background on iOS and Android phones and automatically detects when you’re driving. EverDrive is fun and free way to track your driving habits and find out what you can change to be safer on the road, all while competing with your friends and family. Drivers using the EverDrive App are given a star rating for each trip and can view their average score (out of 100 points). Leaderboards allow for drivers to see how they stack up against drivers in their city or town.

I think EverQuote™ is an amazing site and app that will help you save money on auto insurance. I just tried the site personally and sure enough I found out I am over paying for insurance. If you like to save money and looking for a site that can help you compare and shop different insurance companies EverQuote™ is your solution.

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Source: EverQuote™,


Product Review: RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair

Product reviews and unboxings are one of my favorite subjects to write about for technology and so I jumped at the opportunity to review the RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair. A majority of the American population roughly spends between 7 -10 hours in front of a PC a day. Considering that many hours isn’t it smart to invest in the right chair that is not only comfortable but stylish? If that is what you’re looking for I found the perfect Gaming and Lifestyle Chair to fit your needs!

Introducing the RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair!

When I received the RapidX at my front door I did not realize how big of a box it would be or how heavy. I decided to do the unboxing in my garage instead since there is NO way I could get it up to my second floor.

I made several attempts of doing video unboxings and most of which were bloopers. I then decided I should do a video me building the chair out and that also was a fail.

It was fairly easy to assemble but it definitely requires reading the instructions which I never do. The only hiccup I had when assembling the chair was getting the screws in that connect the chair together which was the first step embarrassingly.  

The RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair has professional a harness bucket seat with the feel of an orthopedic chair. Its “checkered pattern” and “double color stitching” hides an orthopedic secret that makes this gaming and lifestyle chair surpasses expectations with durability and comfort plus it still makes you look cool.

RapidX uses a less cost-efficient but more mindful and supportive alternative: molded inserts. By constructing its padding out of dense polyurethane foam, RapidX has endowed the Finish Line with another quality of F-1 racing seats. How awesome is that?! I do have to admit the RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair is VERY comfortable. I can see this being a must have for gamers, especially for those that game for a long amount of time.

The RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair features removable lumbar and neck support pillows that can be raised, lowered, or removed based on your preferences. It also has multi-directional adjustable armrests that can be raised or lowered by three inches, slide forward and sideways, and be positioned in three different angles. 

It reclines from 85 to 165 degrees which is said beats out most other chairs on the market currently. When going in for a turbo recline, remove the lumbar support, fasten the neck support pillow, and use the car seat style lever to drop down as far as you desire. I can only imagine how hilarious it would be to use the “Turbo Recline” feature in a business meeting.

RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair is currently $349.00 and you can purchase it on their site located here. Below are the product specifications and features of the Rapid X that you can also find on their site.  If you are a gamer or spend countless hours sitting in front of your PC I strongly suggest to look into the RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair.

RapidX Finish Line Gaming and Lifestyle Chair Specifications and Features:

  • Ergonomically designed
  • Checker-patterned backrest reminiscent of finish line flags
  • Locking tilt mechanism designed to emulate car seat recliners
  • Deep bucket seat inspired by professional racing seats
  • High-quality molded polyurethane foam core inserts
  • Removable 10×7-inch colored lumbar and neck support pillows
  • Lift cylinder adjusts seat height from 14.17 to 16.5 inches
  • Double colored stitching along the sides
  • Angled color piping to enhance sporty appearance
  • Armrests adjust from 11.8 to 14.5 inches in height
  • 3D-adjustable PVC armrests with three directional settings
  • 85-155 degree angle recline adjuster
  • Durable and stylized PVC leather
  • Detachable neck and lumbar support pillows included
  • 20.8-inch black aluminum star base with 2-inch (60mm) rim-style casters
  • 21-inch seat width; 18-inch backrest width
  • Supports up to 265lbs  (100-150kgs)
  • Weight: 48lbs  (25kgs)

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PRODUCT REVIEW: The Space Scooter

I was asked to review a Space Scooter® recently and had a bit of a chuckle at the request. For those that know me can concur that I am a royal klutz; the review was already deemed to be a comical event before the product was in hand!

What is a Space Scooter®?

It’s a portable kick scooter, duh! What makes this scooter more unique than the rest of the kick scooters out on the market is that the Space Scooter® is powered by a unique “Pump & Go” action which allows you to ride with both feet on board. The “Pump & Go” action makes the scooter faster than a normal scooter, easier and more compact than an average bicycle.

When I received the Space Scooter® not only was I stoked to try something new out that isn’t “smart” but I was super excited to unbox it and start playing with it. The unboxing and assembly was effortless; in fact no assembly required besides taking off the plastic and snapping it into a standing position.

My next obstacle was trying to ride the Space Scooter®. Again, I am a klutz so this was not only a personal challenge but a great comedy show for onlookers watching my poor attempt. I actually had family members suggest I wear my motorcycle helmet before even stepping on the Space Scooter.

Doesn’t it seem a tad over the top and looks ridiculous?! To be honest you should wear a bike regular helmet when riding it as a safety precaution.

Riding the Space Scooter actually wasn’t that hard once you got going and have a nice rhythm down. I even had my 9 year old niece try it out and she caught on to it WAY faster than I. She also used the brakes unlike myself while riding it; I was more about the crash landings.

The Space Scooter® comes in two models; the Junior X360 (for ages 5-8) and X580 (for ages 8+ and up to 200lbs). The Junior is priced at $99.00 and the X580 is $149.00 on their site. Shipping is always free but if you want to go to an actual store and check it out before purchasing it click here for the store locator.

I have had a ton of fun reviewing this scooter and it certainly is an attention getter. If you are in the market for a convertible kick scooter I strongly suggest checking out the Space Scooter®.


Product Review: The New Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote

Last week Logitech gave me a demo of the new Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote. Before the demo Logitech sent me one to test out. When I unboxed it I immediately noticed the sleek and sexy look of what may be the best looking presentation remote out there. Once you pick up Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote you will quickly notice how light weight it is and also how well it ergonomically fits in your hand.

I didn’t know if the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote was fully charged so the first thing I did was plug it in via USB to my PC. While it was charging I downloaded the software which is critical to install to use the remote. It didn’t take much time to say the least. Logitech really had quickness in mind while developing this product for a variety of reasons. One being the installation and second it has a quick charge of just one minute.

When you install the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote software you are able to customize your presentation preferences like time management alerts where you will receive a vibration 5min before the end of the presentation to always be on time. The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote has more advanced functions like volume control with hand gestures and users can also customize their buttons.

More advanced features include 3D cursor control to play video or open links and it can magnify the object the spotlight is focused on. That to me was one of the coolest features especially when it comes to presenting spreadsheets since numbers can tend to blur together after a while. The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote charge lasts for 3 hours of presentation and the battery last up to 3 months. It also has a long range of 30 meters (100 feet).

The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote was also announced to be TEDs New Preferred Remote.

Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote is currently available from Logitech and Apple for a suggested retail price of $129.99, and will be available from additional retailers worldwide in March. I strongly suggest checking it out especially if you are in finance, the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote could be your new best friend!

Below is the official press release from last week with more information about the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland and NEWARK, Calif. Feb. 1, 2017 Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced a complete reinvention of presentation control with the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote. Unlike the traditional slide clicker or laser pointer of the past, Spotlight is designed to help you become a more confident presenter. Spotlight is an advanced tool that goes well beyond laser pointing, and enables you to highlight and magnify on-screen content in an engaging and powerful way so you can better underscore your point.

Tweet now: Play it. Show it. Time it. Crush it. @Logitech introduces Spotlight Presentation Remote for confident presenting. Learn More: http://blog.logitech.com/?p=25520

Presentations are nerve-wracking, said Marcel Stolk, senior vice president of the Creativity and Productivity business group at Logitech. For most, the main stumbling block is a lack of confidence we just get nervous. Spotlight is easier to use and, most importantly, gives you new ways to engage your audience versus a hard-to-see laser pointer.

Spotlight is a new standard in presentation control. It allows you to effortlessly navigate slides and interact with on-screen content from up to 100 feet away. With the advanced pointer system you can highlight and magnify points on your slide in pixel-perfect detail, so the audience stays engaged throughout your talk. Spotlight also has mouse-like cursor control to play videos and open links, and unlike a laser, the cursor and highlights are visible to both a live audience and those on a video conference.

Spotlight pairs with a powerful app so you can set the stage even before your presentation begins. In the app you can toggle pointer mode, set timed vibration alerts or activate more advanced functions like volume control with hand gestures. What’s more, the app will be updated with additional features over time, so you’ll always have access to the latest in presentation functionality with Spotlight.

We know how important reliable technology is for helping speakers feel confident on stage, said Lisa Choi Owens, head of global partnerships at TED. Using technologies like Logitech Spotlight allows our speakers to focus on their talks, and deliver ideas worth spreading.

Logitech Spotlight also connects instantly via USB receiver or Bluetooth Smart technology. It is plug-and-play on most devices and compatible with all popular presentation apps. Plus, it features smart recharging one minute of charge gives three hours of use so you will never be caught off guard.

Logitech and TED plan to launch a worldwide search for aspiring communicators who will be invited to participate in an exclusive Spotlight Presentation Academy at the TED Theater in New York. Armed with a Spotlight presentation remote, attendees will have the opportunity to work with industry experts to enhance their presentation skills. Through this program, the two companies aim to inspire and support communities of presenters and idea-sharers worldwide. More details regarding the search will be announced in the coming weeks.

Availability

Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote is available today from Logitech and Apple for a suggested retail price of $129.99, and will be available from additional retailers worldwide in March. For more information about the products features and functionality, please visit Logitech.com, our blog or connect with us on Facebook.

About Logitech

Logitech designs products that have an everyday place in people’s lives, connecting them to the digital experiences they care about. Over 30 years ago, Logitech started connecting people through computers, and now its designing products that bring people together through music, gaming, video and computing. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitech at www.logitech.com, the company blog or @Logitech.

 


Product Review: JETJAT ULTRA Mini Drone

jetjat-collageI feel like 2016 was the year of drones, well at least for me anyhow. They were all over the place during SXSW and ACL festivals in Austin; you could look up and see at least 20 drones. Not to mention I too own a medium sized drone.

Mota sent me their JETJAT ULTRA drone which is the world’s easiest drone to fly. It’s specifically designed for all ages starting at 8 years old for ease of use young or mature. When I got the JETJAT I immediately had to unbox it; who doesn’t like a little drone fun during the work day? I decided I wanted to record the unboxing so everyone could see for themselves how small the JETJAT drone really is.

When you unbox it you will notice that the drone is docked on the remote it comes with which makes it very portable to go anywhere. The JETJAT ULTRA mini drone fits in the palm of your hand with a weight of 7.2 ounces and the dimension of 3.5 x 3.1 x 1.7 inches. It has a 640 x 480 HQ Camera that can record high quality videos and take photos while in the air.

The JETJAT ULTRA drone comes with 4 propellers, Accelerometer and 6-axis Gyroscope, 4 Channel Controller with 3 Speed Modes, and remote with adjustable grips and dock for your smartphone and the  JETJAT ULTRA drone. The  JETJAT ULTRA has a 5 minute air time and can go up to 100 feet. The JETJAT also live streams to your phone, can do aerial flips, and has a powerful thrust coupled with some never before seen new features. The  JETJAT ULTRA also has been integrated with Mota’s latest product, the TAMO C-Future Virtual Reality Headset. In the app simply turn on VR mode and your phone is ready to be placed into the VR headset for virtual flight.

controlAfter unboxing you will need to add AAA batteries and to charge the drone with the USB cable that comes with the drone.  During that time I suggest downloading the JETJAT ULTRA app so you are ready for lift off after its done charging. When the JETJAT ULTRA is finished charging you will need to turn it on and set up the Wi-Fi for it. To set up your Wi-Fi for the drone go to your WiFi settings and there should be an option to connect directly to the drone, note that it must be turned on for your to connect your WiFi to it. Now you’re set for lift off!

To lift off go to the JETJAT ULTRA app and click play once you get to the app. You will be taken to a screen with your menu options up top that include photo, video, playback, speed, gravity, 360 flip, balance, reverse and controls tabs. Below the menu is your flying remote control with VR and the takeoff and landing buttons. This will be used as the remote control for your drone.

Once you’re ready press the takeoff button and your drone will immediately lift up then hover till you start using the controls to fly it. You can also press the takeoff button and throw the drone in the air, it will hover in the air till you start using the controls to navigate it.

When I tested out the JETJAT ULTRA drone it was very easy to lift off and I started recording it as soon as it was in the air. Unfortunately I am a horrible driver to a point where people don’t want me driving them anywhere. I’m also not so great at all the driving video games so I was interested to see how my driving skills were with a drone. As you can see from the videos below I had a few crash landings and finally landed it. It was very easy to fly somewhat except my navigation skill are also not so great so there were a few “”running into the wall” instances. Excuse the mess, I’m decorating for the holidays.

Auto Landing

Crash Landing

I tried the throwing it in the air takeoff and the first 10 times I threw the JETJAT ULTRA it would drop straight to the ground. I also tried the 360 aerial flip which was easier to do vs. throwing it in the air lift off!

All in all it has been fun testing out this tiny little drone. I think it’s perfect for those who like to fly them indoors and for kids due to its ease of use. It starts around $107.00 on Amazon not including shipping. If you would like to purchase the JETJAT ULTRA on Amazon click here and it you want more information about Mota’s JETJAT ULTRA drone click here.

For your entertainment and giggles here is JETJAT ULTRA Save-A-Drone Flight Safety poster and my unboxing blooper. Happy Tuesday Hi-Tech Chic fans!

Mota’s Safety Poster

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Without further ado…

Blooper video of unboxing Mota’s JETJAT ULTRA

 


Product Review: Rowkin's™ New Mini Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 Stereo Earbuds

The World’s Smallest Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Mic and Portable Charging Case have arrived! Rowkin sent me their new Mini Wireless Bluetooth® Earbuds to test out for Cutegeek and Hi-Tech Chic. When I unboxed them I was pleasantly surprised! It was an exciting moment for me since I haven’t had truly wireless stereo earbuds with no cord connecting the earbuds. I couldn’t wait to check them out.row-penny

When you receive the earbuds the package will include: TWO (2) Rowkin Bit wireless earbuds to operate in the stereo Bluetooth headphones mode, various earbud tips, and the patented dual-earbud conductive portable charging system. The battery in the wireless headphones allows up to 3 hours for music and calls on a single charge. The small lipstick size portable charger can fully recharge the Bluetooth headset twice, providing additional 4-6 hours worth of music or talk time. budsAfter you unbox the charger and the earbuds you will need to attach both earbuds to the opposite ends of the charger to get a good charge before you begin pairing and syncing them via Bluetooth to your mobile device. Once charged take them off the charger and turn them both on making sure the earbuds are next to each other so they can sync with each other. Your smart device should be able to detect via Bluetooth and once found click connect.

I’ve been testing these out for a couple weeks now and I love them! The magnetic case is just what every wireless electronic should have. I thought for sure that I would have lost them by now but I have not due to this ingenious portable charger.

I walk almost everyday about 5-8 miles rain or shine around Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. On the days when it was hot and I was perspiring during my walk they stayed in my ears and the sound was not distorted because a little bit of sweat got on them. I also walked in the rain one day when I forgot to bring my umbrella on my walk. The rain was coming in direction and even though the earbuds where clearly wet they worked just fine.

I found very few glitches and they only seem to happen when your battery is low. For instance, I was at 40% battery life and all the sudden one earbud would turn off and then slowly come back on. It’s an odd glitch and maybe I have some settings wrong and it’s just a user error.

Besides all these fantastic product specs above, below is even more great features of the Mini Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 Stereo Earbuds.

  • ACTIVATE SIRI, VOICE COMMANDS, AND UNPARALLELED SOUND QUALITY: Siri is just a touch away via the main button on either of the cordless earbuds.
  • SMART MULTIPOINT CONNECTIVITY: Each wireless headset can connect with two Bluetooth source devices simultaneously. If you are streaming music from your iPad, and receive an incoming call on your iPhone, the wireless earphones will recognize this and allow you to take the call.
  • DESIGNED FOR SPORT: The WaterSafe nano coating technology is sweatproof, water resistant, and IPX5 waterproof.
  • Compatible with iPhone 7/7 Plus/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/SE/5s/5/4s/iPod/iPad/iPad Mini/iPad Pro/Macbook/Macbook Air/Macbook Pro/iMac/Mac Pro/Mac Mini/Samsung Galaxy S7/S6/S5/S4/S6 Edge/Edge+/Note 7/6/5/4/3/Edge/Android/Windows/tablets/laptops/computers.

The Mini Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 Stereo Earbuds are roughly $110.00 and can be bought on amazon.com by clicking here.  It’s a great gift for the holidays for the avid athlete or constantly on the go.


Product Review: JayBird FREEDOM Wireless Earbuds

 

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We are in a time where we are all migrating to wireless especially since the iPhone 7 does not have a 3.5mm jack. There are rumors that all consumer electronics will be wireless sooner than we thought. That said I have been reviewing more wireless products since that announcement and my favorite so far has been the JayBird Wireless Buds.jay

The JayBird Wireless Buds are micro-sized, sweat-proof premium metal buds that offer superior audio performance rivaling with the best in wired headphones thus far. I walk 5+ miles about 3 to 4 times a week in Austin, Texas and durable plus reliable wireless ear buds are key in this 100 degree heat.

What JayBird Wireless Buds offer is 8 hours of play time with on-the-go listen-while-you-charge mobile charging (4 Hrs on-board + 4 Hrs with the included Charging Clip). The 4 hour charging clip has been my saving grace when I decide to walk more than just 5 miles and music grove to walk more. The patented secure-fit buds are ready for anything you can dish out on the trail, on the streets, in the gym or on the slopes. I don’t ski and for good reason but I can attest that these buds are not only durable but the sound quality withstands most elements.jayb2

The only issue I had with these earbuds was the wire connecting booth earbuds would tangle in my hair since its short. My solution was to wear them with the wire in the front. On a positive note this also was a great solution for people coming up to me talking thinking I don’t have earbuds on. jayb

If it’s not obvious I love the JayBird Wireless Buds and a staple in my everyday life since music is something I wake up to, work to and sleep to.

For a limited time and just in time for your holiday gift buying season the JayBird Wireless Bud are now at the low price of $149.95 for a limited time by using the user code: FREE149 and expires 10/02/2016.

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For your viewing pleasure here is the product review video:

To learn more about the smallest wireless buds or purchase the JayBird Wireless Buds click here. Cheers to all my music fans and keep rockin’ with JayBird Wireless Buds!

If you have scrolled down this far you  should at least see my blooper video of the JayBird Wireless Buds product review where I hit slow-mo instead of video. It sure does make earbuds look sexy since everything is always better in slow-mo!


TEKFORCE SERVER CRASH- 011

tekI’ve been listening to rap most of my life time and I honestly don’t know the correct vernacular referencing a newly released song or rap or album. Maybe I should create my own word so-rap-bum?!

One of my newest technology pal, musician and Emsee TEKFORCE just released another new song named “011” featuring Halo Sama” that you guys should check out.

In August I also covered TEKFORCE’s other new single called RetroDreaming and you can find the article here. For more information on performances and new “so-rap-bums” (my new music term) click here.

Enjoy!


New Pages on Hi-Tech Chic: Videos and Gag Reels

New pagesToday I published two more pages on the Hi-Tech Chic site; Videos and Gag Reel. After 7 years of writing for technology I realized I have more videos than I thought I did. It also reminded me of how much fun I have had working for Cutegeek, Examiner and now Hi-Tech Chic (my own company).

The Videos Page covers events I’ve attended, unboxings and product demos. To see the new Videos Page just click here!

The Gag Reels are just that, funny bloopers of me messing up a product demo or unboxing or just being silly. I promise it will make you laugh! To view the Gag Reels click here.

This is just the beginning of what I hope to be a long career writing for technology.Thanks to all the followers and fans! There is more to come in 2016!


Guide for Geek Travelers 2016

How many times have you missed a flight or delayed and the connecting terminal is all the way on the opposite side of the airport? Before the trip you thought having a carry on would be more convenient but as your sprint through the airport it now seems like not a smooth move. On top of that your playing frogger going around people at the airport who walk leisurely. I think I have solved your luggage dilemmas.

Introducing the MODOBAG The World’s First Motorized Rideable Luggage

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If you are like me I like to book it as fast as possible to the connecting flight in fear of missing it.  The MODOBAG luggage may resolve my traveling issues and get to my connecting flight easier since the MODOBAG goes 8 MPH. The MODOBAG combines the convenience of a standard suitcase with the innovation of personal transportability, GPRS-GSM tracking, and dual USB charging ports which makes it the world’s only motorized, smart and connected carry-on that gets you to your destination three times faster than the average walking speed.

Does this clear through customs? Indeed it does pass the TSA carry on guiedlines. To learn more about the MODOBAG or purchase a MODOBAG click here. Below are the features and specification for the MODOBAG

Mechanical Features and Specifications

  • Motor – Belt Driven, Maintenance-Free, High Torque 150 Watt Electric
  • Top Speed – 8 MPH
  • Speed Control – Indoor and Outdoor Settings
  • Thumb Action Throttle
  • State-of-the-Art Lightweight Lithium Batteries
  • Range – over 6 Miles (based on 180 lb rider)
  • 80% charge in 15 minutes
  • Battery Life – over 4,000 full charge cycles
  • UL approved Smart Charger
  • Dual Wheel Braking System
  • High Performance CNC-Machined, Sealed-Bearing Steering Column
  • Telescoping Aluminum Handlebar Assembly

The Joey Everyday Carry JacketTravel Jacket

The Joey Everyday Carry Jacket is the most resourceful jacket with several different customized pockets for your electronics. When I first saw The Joey Everyday Carry Jacket via email the first thing I thought was Marty McFly’s in Back to the Future 2. I believe this product is probably the closest we will get to Marty’s jacket currently.

The Joey has 6 pockets that are different sizes for your different electronics. The Joey comes in two different fabrics, the Sturdy Waterproof Jacket or the Sweatshirt that both have similar features. I received the Sturdy Waterproof jacket to review and LOVED it. Talk about perfect timing because it was during Austin’s rain season so I got to test out how waterproofed it was first hand.  It was a rainy day but I had to go on my daily walk so I put on the jacket and headed out in the torrential rain. It was perfect and I stayed dry for the most part. It’s also very light and doesn’t take much room at all in your luggage.

 

EnerPlex Jumpr Slate 10K

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The EnerPlex Jumpr Slate 10K is a power bank that has up to 16 hours of talk time. What makes this power bank different from others on the market right now is you can charge several devices like Samsung® AndroidGSM & CDMA phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, action cameras, GPS, iPods and more. This is perfect for traveling if you have multiple devices and it’s very light.

The EnerPlex Jumpr Slate 10K made me a popular lady at E3, SXSW, and Comic Con since it can charge 2 devices at the same time. Also your devices don’t have to be one brand or another to charge extra electronics just don’t forget your lighting cord.

Mechanical Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions:213mm(8.39″)/139.6mm(5.47″)/6.67mm(0.26″)
Additional Information:User manuals, data sheets, and other supporting documents can be found in the ‘Downloads and Support Tab’
Battery Capacity:10,000 mAh
Battery Type:Lithium-Polymer
Recharge By:Micro USB
Input:Micro USB Port
Output:Dual USB-A Ports
Power Output:2.4 Amps
Warranty:1 Year

Stowaway Cosmetics

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Stowaway Cosmetics are a line of makeup in sizes you can carry on with you in the plane. Stowaway Cosmetics the right-sized makeup since it’s half the size and half the price of other brands on the market. I received the Essential Eye Palette to test out specially since I travel allot lately. It’s very light, the shades are beautiful and it’s the size of a credit card.

Stowaway Cosmetics are great for ladies who travel a lot and going through security check. Each time I tend to lose a beauty product due to the ounces (Thanks TSA). I have traveled with the Stowaway Cosmetics Essential Eye Palette a couple time already and it made me realize, what in the world have I been doing carrying around my huge eye shadow compact?

The STM Grace deluxe sleeve/ tote

STM Tote

The STM Grace deluxe sleeve/ tote is perfect for traveling with your electronic devices. the STM Grace deluxe sleeve/ tote is small, colorful but not too colorful, and the inside has protective foam plus it’s very plush. It has leather straps which makes me feel like this is a sturdy purse. The STM Grace deluxe sleeve/ tote has a magnetized front flap and a zipper for the smaller pocket.

The Grace’s main compartment can fit up to the 15 inch MacBook Pro and the front can carry a smartphone or any other small accessories. I tried it with my Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and it fit perfectly.

Safe Travels Everyone!

*Quotes and pictures are from MODOBAG, TRAVEL JACKET, STOWAWAY, 

Review: Celeste Prayer Bowl

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When I was diagnosed with Pan Ulcerative Colitis (UC) I relied on myself will, friends and family prayers or well wishes for support. It was because of all of them I persevered. There were days I was in so much pain all I could think is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).” Though I seldom go to church since I travel allot I do pray for all of my loved ones health or strength through good and hard times.

Recently I’ve been undergoing another UC attack and major chest/ lung issues which truthfully has been exhausting. I got the Celeste Bowl prayer bowl in the mail randomly. I’m not sure who sent it but I THANK YOU; my eyes watered of appreciation and thoughtfulness. I had never heard of a prayer bowl before so I had to look into what it all meant.

Prayer Bowl

The creator, Karen Berry, of this unique prayer bowl had a similar situation and created this beautiful bowls to pray for your loved ones or anyone else that needs a prayer. The one I received was the “Celeste Bowl” it has a intricate cross in the middle five hand-applied Swarovski Crystals, gold-scalloped edges, and around the edge it read Romans 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfast in prayer” scrolls around the delicate edges of the prayer bowl including bundle of Prayer Cards is included.Pray

The purpose of the prayer bowl is each day you put who you pray for and at the end of the day all prayer requested are prayed for.  When anyone in my family sick or down on their luck we pray and it gives me some peace and serenity during a difficult time. It’s a great reminder to help or pray for those daily. The Prayer Bowl also has an app that you can use if you are out traveling and have a prayer request or if you want to pray for a loved one from afar.

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My first prayer request was for the family and friends who were impacted by the Orlando shooting.

My second is for those suffering with Crohn’s or Colitis and to give them strength and DON’T GIVE UP. Where’s there is a will there is a way.

Below is the creator, Karen Berry, and story of her Prayer Bowls. Such an amazing lady! If you are interested in her prayer bowls click here; they are absolutely beautiful and reminds you to think of and pray for others.

“I am a believer in the power of prayer. A few years ago I was extremely sick. Family, friends, and even strangers lifted me up to God in prayer as I went through many surgeries, procedures and treatments.

One day, I was again amazed by Christ showing His love through others: a woman named Angie whom I had never met before told me that she had prayed daily for me for a year. She went on to share that she kept a prayer bowl, and each day, she’d ask the Lord’s blessing on the people who were in need at that time. I loved the idea so much that I quickly decided to create a distinctive prayer bowl for myself and a few others, and with that, Prayer Bowls were born.

So many times we hear of a prayer request at church, Bible study, or even through email, and we pray for, lift up those friends in need to the Lord.”

Ironically I’m not in remission with my Pan Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and this just happened to show up at my front door step and a blessing in disguise. Sometimes when you are ill focusing on helping others provides serenity to an otherwise rough time.

Thank you Karen Berry and whomever sent me this prayer bowl. Its gifts like these to remind us to fight, pray, and help others.


My Chargers and Me

Charger 3Yesterday I posted an article on examiner.com in regards to smart phone chargers. Since my pictures were too large I was unable to add these pictures to the article. I decided to post on Hi-Tech Chic some of these cool pictures of the chargers that were not included in the article. My favorite of these all is the myCharge STYLEPOWER and EnerPlex Jumpr Slate 10K.

When I was at SV ComicCon the EnerPlex Jumpr Slate 10K made me a popular lady since it can charge 2 devices at the same time. I became “that girl” with the power! The myCharge STYLEPOWER is something I use daily because of the design, size, and its light weight.

For those who have not seen the article you can find it here along with the review of Mophie Juice Pack Air, Mophie power reserve 1X, Nomad Road Trip, myCharge STYLEPOWER, Flip 20 Recharger and EnerPlex Jumpr Slate 10K . Enjoy the slide show!

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NEW PICTURES of my Dell Rugged Lab Tour with Mike Libecki

Dell 5Last week I did a post on my Dell Rugged Lab Tour with National Geographic explorer-climber Mike Libecki on SF Examiner. Unfortunately due to their media files guidelines I was not able to add all the fun pictures and videos. Fortunately for your viewing pleasure here are all the pictures and videos that did not get posted with Examiner.

For those that didn’t get a chance to check out my article on the Dell Rugged Lab Tour with Mike Libecki on SF Examiner you can click here!

Enjoy!

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My Fashion Schwag at SXSW and Silicon Valley Comic Con

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As Hi-Tech Chic continues to grow we have had more people asking us to review or use their products during different technology events.  This year for SXSW and SV Comic Con Flashion Statement and Aspire Eyewear sent me over some great gear to test 0ut!

Aspire Sunglass ColageAspire Eyewear sent me 4 pairs of sunglasses for me to test out while at SXSW and SV Comic Con. I had never heard of this brand before and was curious on how they differ from other brands. Aspire Eyewear glasses and sunglasses are 50 percent lighter than a typical plastic frame, 50 percent thinner than a typical plastic frame and 22 percent lighter than a typical titanium frame. Aspire Eyewear is created with SDN-4 (a nylon material proprietary to the brand) and 3D technology (reducing prototype development from 20 weeks to 60 minutes in most cases). Sunglasses Aspire

When I received and un-boxed the sunglasses I noticed how light they were immediately, in fact everyone that has had them on say the same thing. Since it was just me on ground zero for both events but 4 pair of sunglasses I decide to play a little game “Who will take a picture with me in the dark with Aspire Eyewear Sunglasses. If you can’t tell by the picture it wasn’t hard to get people to take a selfie with me. Throughout both SXSW and SV Comic Con I wore the Aspire Eyewear sunglasses and have fallen in love with this brand. If your interested in this brand or would like to purchase a pair click here

My other cool schwag I received was 2 LED T-shirts from Flashion Statement with lips and a heart that lights up at the sound of music. The Flashion Statement T-shirt  lights up by using a small, discrete battery pack to illuminate the heart design. The battery pack is attaches to a cord that connects to the LED design located on your chest. I does take 2 AAA batteries that are not included with the product.  The Flashion Statement ladies t-shirt it’s self is very fitted but so comfortable you can’t tell you have a battery pack attached to it. The LED light attract allot of attention which I think is great to use while promoting a product or company.

Flashion Staement groupDuring my journey to both SXSW and SV Comic Con I asked random strangers to take a selfie with me in my Flashion Statement T-Shirt. There was no shortage of people wanting to do a selfie and I even got a robot pose with me (though he was getting a little frisky)! That was fun at first it got boring real quick so I need something more bold and funny. I started asking random strangers sing to my chest so they could see the Flashion Statement T-shirt light up. One guy took it to the next level (see youtube below) and silenced the entire SV Comic Con showroom for a second. Even more hilarious the guy in the video asked his girlfriend first if he could sing into my boobs and she said YES, classic moment at SV Comic Con.

A huge thank you to Flashion Statement and Aspire Eyewear for providing me with these awesome products. It not only promoted both our sites but I it made me look like a cool geek at SXSW and SV Comic Con. What more could a girl ask for?


Valentine's Day Beauty Guide

HI tech chic Valentines Day

Happy early Valentine’s Day. After the launch of Hi-Tech Chic I have been getting allot more fun beauty products to test out. Some of these products I never even heard of till recently so I thought I would share the love with all my girls getting ready for their Valentine’s Day date.Frenchies

If you’re wanting to do an up-do for your Valentine’s date Frenchies Flocked French Hairpins are designed to keep your hairstyles, buns, extensions and wigs in place. The product comprises of a U shaped Frenchies hairpin flocked with a fiber coating, which creates a high-friction surface to help hold your hair in place. I will be doing an additional review about Frenchies once I get them in the mail.  Currently Frenchies go for $11.99 on their site per a set of 20 hair pins.Beglammed

Sometimes we ladies just don’t have time to haul our cookies to a salon but still have a big date. The beGlammed app may be your best bet! beGlammed is a on-demand beauty service that delivers professional hairstylists and makeup artists straight to your door. First you must get the app and sign up. Once you have done that just tap the app to book a personal beauty team that is on-demand and can come to your home, office, hotel, or any other location.Beglamed 2

The go-to mobile hair and makeup provider for everyone from working professionals, students, and busy mothers to brides, jetsetters, and celebrities. Also if you get the full glam makeup application it also includes complimentary lashes; perfect for that Smokey eye look for your Valentine’s Day date or any evening event. Rates start around $35.00 and go up depending on your look. So if you are in a jam and want to look glam get the beGlammed app.

Angel PurseThe V Chain Cross-Body is the perfect cross functional purse for your “casual dressy” and “night-out” outfits. I love purses that have removable straps or just cross functional in general. The V Chain Cross-Body has a removable gold chain and a magnetic button closure (crucial for those embarrassing drop your purse moments). The V Chain Cross-Body purse by Angela Roi also has a front flap ribbon logo embossed and one small inside pocket. The V Chain Cross-Body is available in Black, Red, Navy and Pink and is currently $82.00 on their site. If you purchase the pink purse each sale supports Breast Cancer fighters and if you purchase the RED purse each sale supports HIV/AIDS fighters. They are offering Free 3 day USPS Priority Mail Shipping on all items (no minimum and no special code needed).  I have not received a sample to review but hope to so I can give you all my feedback on the V Chain Cross-Body.

CandylipFor natural pouty lips Candy Lipz has a great lip plumper set for $54.99 or you can also just get the original lip plumper model at $40.99. I have already reviewed the Candy Lipz original plumper and it really works plus its natural (no lip fillers needed)! The only set back is if you have big lips cut the time in half or you will look like a freak of nature. They are both on sale on their site here and definitely check it out; after all you can’t end your date without a kiss on Valentine’s Day!

Snap PicLastly if you are like me and most of the country we are obsessed with selfies! To get your selfie on and have great pictures during your Valentine’s Day I suggest the Snap a Pic Stick. It’s small enough to fit in your purse and makes your selfies look way better. You can purchase the Snap a Pic Stick here for $8.99 and it fits most smart phones with a 3.5mm jack.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all and stay tuned for more great reviews and event recaps throughout the year!


Techy Fashionista Gift Guide 2015

For some men it is easy to shop for their techy fashionista but most don’t because let’s face it techy fashionistas are fashion forward and both always change! As a courtesy to all the guys out there here is 5 cool presents to consider for your techy fashionista loved one!

StarwarsThe Star Wars movie The Force Awakens is coming out (like everyone in the planet doesn’t already know) and Covergirl has created an exclusive limited addition make-up line. The line consist of STAR WARS Colorlicious Lipstick, STAR WARS Super Sizer Mascara Light Side, STAR WARS Super Sizer Mascara Dark Side, and STAR WARS Outlast Nail Polish. This is the perfect gift if your fashionista likes Star Wars or you want to convince her to see it also a great stocking stuffer. All products can be bought on Covergirl’s site and each item is between $5.00- $7.00 dollars.

kareokeKaraoke is one of those hit or miss presents, people either love Karaoke or hate it. I’m pretty sure there is no middle line. If your fashionista loves Karaoke the new SmartTVoke by VocoPro is the perfect gift. It’s a professional vocal system and the world’s first Karaoke Mixer designed for Smart TV’s. Per VocoPro’s site if you own a smart TV, it likely has karaoke capability. It could be a dedicated karaoke app like Karaoke Channel™, or Red Karaoke™, or from thousands of karaoke tracks on YouTube. It comes with 2 wireless mics and the new DSP Mixer. I tried the SmartTVoke and channeled my inner Whitney Houston and Snoop Dogg (I love rap). The sound is amazing and the fact you can also use it as a stand-alone microphone system makes it awesome. It’s on sale for $150.00 and you can buy it on amazon here.

STM ToteFor the techy fashionista that has a tablet the STM Grace deluxe sleeve/ tote is fantastic. It’s small, colorful but not too colorful, and the inside has protective foam plus it’s very plush. The Grace’s main compartment can fit up to the 15 inch MacBook Pro and the front can carry a smartphone or any other small accessories. I tried it with my Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 I’m reviewing and it fit perfectly. Per their site the Grace collection honors U.S. Navy Admiral “Amazing” Grace Hopper who, from the 1940’s up until her retirement at 80 years old, helped develop the first programming language that revolutionized the computer world. Even more special my Abuelita was also named Grace and was a Chief Transportation Officer for her air force base. The STM Grace deluxe sleeve/ tote goes for $69.95 and you can order it here!

CandylipIt seems to be all about lips and booty’s these past couple years. Though I think my lips are an average size the people at CandyLipz asked me to try out their CandyLipz Black Licorice Lip Plumper for my fashionista gift guide. At first when I tried it I felt like I looked like Donatella Versace however after a week I was digging the plumper. Per their site a clinical trial showed that the lips stay plumped for up to 2 hours after each application. With continuous use of the lip plumper, the lips appear much fuller. According to the clinical trial, participant’s lip volume increased by 36% from their based-line lip size after 60 days of use twice daily for 2 minutes each time. By using CandyLipz, you can have fuller lips appearance all year round without the need to get lip injections. I say this is a great organic way to have fuller lips for the holiday parties and it’s on sale for $34.99 on their site!

Turn tableI always wanted to be a DJ or a Rapper which I would honestly fail at both however I am a bit retro and love records. If your techy fashionista is into turn tables and music the AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable is a great gift! It comes in silver (AT-LP60), blue (AT-LP60BL), red (AT-LP60RD), royal blue (AT-LP60BL), pink (AT-LP60PK) and black (AT-LP60BK) which I love, especially the pink! Per their site the AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable built-in switchable phono preamp, may be connected directly to your computer, home stereo, powered speakers and other components that have no dedicated turntable input. It’s currently $119.95 and to find a distributer click here.

I hope this helps you all out with your gift giving and a very Happy Holidays to all my techy fashionista fans! Cheers to 2016!

 

**All technical information and photos were either by product testing or directly from each respected site**


The beGlammed App Perfect for Fashionistas

IMG_2556I love the holidays especially all the fun cocktail parties but they can be stressful especially if you are hosting the party or attending a formal event. Never fear ladies, there is a new app that can help you get beautified for any of your holiday events.

Launched originally in Las Vegas, the celeb favorited beauty app beGlammed brings the industries top make-up artists and hairstylist’s right to your doorstep with the touch of a button at an affordable price (rates beginning at $65). That’s right ladies you didn’t misread that, they actually go to your front door step!

Created by business and beauty veteran Maile Pacheco, who has worked with A-listers such as Elton John, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey, Pacheco developed the app to help girls on-the-go who don’t have time to stop at the salon to get the VIP experience in the comfort of their own home, office, or hotel room. *beglamed

The beGlammed app is available for download at the Google Play or Apple app store. The app was pretty easy to install, it’s free and you can use your Facebook login to get started! Once I chose my city I was directed to the home page where you pick your glamour needs. beGlammed offers services ranging from makeup touch-ups, blow outs, up-do’s, group and bridal glam packages.

IMG_2563I haven’t booked an appointment yet just took a little tour of all the options you have with the beGlammed app. I think some of the cool features are that they come to you, you can book appoints for you and your friends (perfect for a b-day gift) and they service different cities which is great for those like me who travel allot for work.  Currently beGlammed is available in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, NYC, Orange County, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco.

The beGlammed app is perfect for the holiday season or for those always on the go! I will definitely be trying this out during the holiday season.

*Information provided by Fingerprint Communications

Review: Logitech's "Play Collection" M325c Wireless Mouse

Logi MiceI have always been a Logitech girl since I had my first PC back in 1998. In fact I remember one company I worked for who used another brand so I brought in my own Logitech mouse. That didn’t fly well and co-workers were jealous of how cool my mouse was (for geeks it’s the little things in life that make us happy).

Logitech sent one of their newer mice the M325c from their “Play Collection” and it is very cool with its fun designs. My personal favorite design is the Ophelia Owl however I got a pretty one as well called Red Zigzag.Ophelia Owl

Ever have one of those days where you’re in mid-project and your wireless mice runs out of batteries and there is no replacements in site? Well Logitech is helping you with that problem since the M325c wireless mouse lasts up to 18 months. Not only did they resolve that issue this mouse can respond from up to 33ft away due to the Nano receiver.

The M325C also comes with Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking, a USB receiver and has Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity. It’s simple like every mouse from Logitech, just plug in the USB receiver and turn on the mouse.

If you’re interested in the Play Collection click here to see the different colors and also to shop for other great Logitech products. It currently runs for $29.99 and you can buy it on their site.

It’s time to make your desk pop and be the envy of all your co-workers with the designer Play Collection M325c Wireless mouse. I will also be testing the UE Roll, the K380 Multi-Device keyboard and the ConferenceCam Connect from Logitech in the next week or so. Stay tuned fans, it’s a Logitech party and it’s only just begun!


Note from Founder: Hi-tech chic is officially launched!

NIna profileWelcome to Hi-tech chic, a project I have been working on for a while. Hi-tech chic is a site that combines tech and fashion together in one place. The site will feature product reviews, press releases on up and coming consumer products, news, recaps of industry events and eventually gift guides (just in time for the holidays).

I am happy to announce as of today there are no pages under construction!!! Hi-tech chic is up and running, we even have ads! It still has minor tweaks since Hi-tech chic is new but for the most part the site is complete.

The last piece of the puzzle was the collage of pictures on the “about” page which was completed late last night. I went through over 1,000 pictures I took in the 6 years of writing for tech to make the perfect collage.  I hope it shows not only do I have fun but that I have a long history of writing, reviewing random products in tech and attending industry events.

My writing style for Hi-tech chic will be no different than cutegeek but includes a broader audience with adding fashion to the mix. I also have high hopes of building a team of geek fashionistas that would like to contribute and write for us as we continue to grow.

I would love for you all to take a tour of the site and let me know what you think. What we could improve on or what you like about it. You can send feedback to nina@hi-techchic.com, @HiTechchic, on Facebook or on our “contact” page. Also follow us on twitter and Facebook for up to date posts or news.

Thank you for visiting Hi-tech chic!

Nina Ricci Pena, Founder and Head Writer of Hi-tech chic


LIVALL INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST SMART CYCLING HELMET & NEW SMART BIKES AT IFA

IFAThose who are in Europe or in tech globally know this week is IFA in Berlin. IFA is the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances and takes place from September 4 to 9, 2015 in Berlin this year. All this week & next I will be receiving press releases on some of the newest and innovated products that are being showcased at IFA.

This is the first of many cool press releases I have received thus far and want to focus on the LIVALL Bling Helmet as I have never seen such a cool and efficient helmet! Bling Helmet

LIVALL will introduce the Bling Helmet, the world’s first smart cycling helmet, at the IFA Show tomorrow (9/4/2015)! The LIVALL Bling Helmet sends SOS Messages during emergencies, features 80 Built-in Smart LEDs with Turn Signals, Wind-cancelling Mic, 3-Axis Gravity Sensor, Cadence Sensor, Hi-Fi Bluetooth Speakers, Phone Holder, Remote Control, & Walkie-Talkie.

Livall Bling Helmet PhotoAt first I wondered how they could fit all of that in one helmet and it still look sexy. Let’s face it fashionistas we may bike but we want to look fly doing it so for us a clunky helmet is not a good look (and a bad hair day). Surprisingly it has a nice design and not much bigger than the average helmet. Now, I haven’t tried it on so I can’t vouch for the weight but I can imagine the creators of the Bling Helmet at LIVALL factored that in as well. If you would like to see it in action here is a great youtube of the LIVALL Bling Helmet:

Currently the LIVALL Bling Helment is on Indiegogo and already at 788% funded, raising over $157,562 at the time of this post. It’s not too late to get the early bird special as you still have 15 days to get a discounted Bling Helmet on Indiegogo for $100 (MSRP $277) that includes the Bling Helmet, Bling Jet and an additional Nano Cadence Sensor. They will be shipping in November.

Below is the full press release from IFA in Berlin including information on the 3 Smart Bikes LIVALL will be announcing tomorrow. They will be starting an Indiegogo campaign for them in November as well.

Berlin, Germany, September 3, 2015 – LIVALL http://bit.ly/1T6KLOl announced today that they will introduce the Bling Helmet, the world’s first smart cycling helmet and three new smart bikes at the IFA Show tomorrow in Germany. For the first time, LIVALL will show the newBling Helmet, the cycling helmet that integrates communications, music, and smart lighting for the ultimate in safe biking at the LIVALL Booth, Hall 25, Stand 110-4 at IFA Berlin. Available now on Indiegogo with discounted pricing at http://bit.ly/1T6KLOl and shipping in November, the Bling Helmet features built-in Hi-Fi Bluetooth speakers and a microphone, which enables cyclists to make and answer phone calls to safely stay connected on the road. To communicate during group riding, LIVALL also features a Walkie-Talkie function to make it easier for cycling teams to communicate with each other and also converts text messages to voice – no more yelling.  See press release with all features at: http://www.thomas-pr.com/livall/livallrelease.htmlVideo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v89lMRnV_-8.

LIVALL Bling Helmet Includes:

  • Bling Helmet:  provides fashionable aerodynamic protection while cycling.
  • LED Lighting System: illuminates the helmet with 80 LEDs and turning signals that safely replaces traditional hand signals.
  • Walkie-Talkie function: communicates with cycling teams during the ride.
  • Built-in Gravity Sensor: detects emergencies and activates emergency SOS calls.
  • Nano Cadence Sensor: measures speed, distance, calories, and more.
  • Battery Power Bank: charges phone.
  • Bling Jet Remote Control: easily installs on the bike’s handle bars to connect to phone and helmet.
  • Phone Holder:  securely snaps smartphone onto handle bars and charges the phone.
  • LIVALL Riding App: analyzes ride, measures cadence, speed, etc., takes photos and videos. Shares ride info on social media platforms.  App works with other wearables devices.
  • Use phone safely: makes/takes calls with wind-cancelling mic. Converts text messages to voice.
  • Hi-Fi Bluetooth speaker for hands-free music: listen to music safely while cycling.
  • 3 fashionable colors: Ferrari Red, Ocean Blue, Bumblee Yellow..

Indiegogo Campaign – 15 Days Left to Purchase LIVALL Bling Helmet at Discount    The LIVALL Bling Helmet is currently on Indiegogo athttps://www.indiegogo.com/projects/livall-the-first-smart-and-safe-cycling-helmet#/story, where it is already 788% funded, having already raised over $157,562. The Bling Helmet will ship in November, with Indiegogo discounted pricing now available, normal pricing for the Bling Helmet & Bling Jet is $238, Nano Cadence Sensor is $39, and Phone Holder is $79. For more information, see the Indiegogo campaign at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/livall-the-first-smart-and-safe-cycling-helmet#/story, website: www.livall.com, and Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9GUXLlwFg0, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LivallRiding, Twitter:https://twitter.com/LivallRiding.

New LIVALL Smart Bikes

In addition at IFA, LIVALL will show three new smart bikes going on Indiegogo in November. The LIVALL bikes series includes the MustangO2, AlpsO2, Grand Canyon O2, with O2 representing Oxygen.LIVALL Smart Bikes both

About LIVALL

LIVALL (Shenzhen Qianhai LIVALL IOT technology Co., Ltd.) focuses on R&D, operations, marketing, and management of smart cycling equipment. On April 17, 2014, a group of executives from top internet companies who are also extreme sports fans and cycling enthusiasts, came together to establish Shenzhen Qianhai LIVALL IOT Technology Co., Ltd. (LIVALL). The LIVALL management team possesses an outside-the-box thinking style, rich operating experience, channel advantages, and professional knowledge, combined with a deep love for their craft, which enabled the team to develop rapidly.   Employing the joint effort of the whole team, LIVALL has successfully introduced a pioneering smart cycling helmet and other cycling equipment to VCs from renowned investment companies.  LIVALL’s products currently under development and production include the Bling Helmet, Bling Jet Remote Control, Phone Holder, and Nano Cadence Sensor. Based in Shenzhen and launching internationally, LIVALL aims to ensure the safety of cycling while making sure cyclists have an enjoyable experience that they love to share with others. For more information, see the website: http://www.livall.com


Review: Chic Sketch App

Chich Sketch sketch picMany people have asked where I got the sketches for the logo on Hi-Tech Chic. Well it’s not brain surgery to start. It’s a new awesome app called Chic Sketch that transforms a picture of yourself into a sleek and fashionable sketch. Emily Brickel, illustrator, is the talent behind the sketches for Chic Sketch as she creates a photo you submit into a beautiful sketch. cs starting

How do I get started you ask? First you need to download the app either from Google Play or the Apple Store and once installed you will see the little icon on your screen. Next log in using your facebook or instagram account and it will take you to the first page named “Public Gallery.” On this page you will see previous sketches that have been done and a little camera icon on the bottom.

When you click on the camera icon you are taken to the Snap a photo page. At this point you can either snap a picture or use a picture from your camera gallery. This is your selfie moment or finding that hot picture you have in your smartphone gallery. Once you have chosen a picture, the next screen is to confirm the picture.

CS getting startedAfter confirming your photo you are taken to the confirmation of terms page where it also informs you on the cost for the sketch which is currently $9.99 per each sketch. The next page shows you how your sketch could look (not using your photo but examples of previous sketches) and also where you accept  and confirm photo and terms of services. The final step is payment. Users have the option to check out or enter a promo code. After that it’s just a matter of entering your credit card or other method of payment and fully checking out! Users should also receive a confirmation email as well.

Pretty easy and I was VERY impressed with my sketches. Try Chic Sketch out and let me know what you think!

Special thanks to the following contributors: Emily Brickel from Chic Sketch (sketches for the header logo) and Lindsay Carlisle Photography (photographer of select portraits)

My 1st Review with Hi-Tech Chic: The myCharge Style Power Charger

good toteThis is my first post & product review of my own site called Hi-Tech chic. After 6 years of writing Cutegeek!!! Don’t worry I will still write for them.

I received the myCharge Style Power Charger a week or so. Though I featured it in my “Back to School” post on cutegeek.com, I didn’t have enough time to do a full unboxing.

Then I first start un-boxing I had no idea what it was, sorry guys! The box was full of this crinkling paper strands with Glitter. OH Crap! I thought this is worse than foam peanuts. After I dug the product out it was a cute little tote. Curios to what’s was is in the tote, I opened it and inside it was the myCharge Style Power Charger with some extra goodies from my pals at myCharge.

BluthoothWhat I love about it and why it’s perfect for Hi-Tech chic is the stylish colors that normal portable chargers do not have. They come in these colors: Multi Color Brush strokes, Teal and Back designs. (No pink, yay!).

my charterThe brand new Style Power portable charger gives you 15 extra hours of power, Built-in USB port, and integrated USB recharge cable. It is very like unlike the clunky ones I have in the past!

My absolute favorite to me is the size as it fits in any purse at 0.16 LBs and Dimensions: 3.9 in x 0.9 in x 1.1 in. Though I have small a problem, that it’s the same size as my lip stick Taser, hope I don’t mix up myCharge Style Power Charger with that!

If you’re looking for a stylish geek portable charger ofthe 2000mAh myCharge Style Power Charger click here to purchase.

Thanks for reading my article and more to come fashionistas!!

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