Showing posts with label technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label technology. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

At the corner of #Tech and #Fashion is the OS by Google: @MichaelKors Access Runway #Smartwatch pick yours up @bestbuy today! #MichaelKors #AccessItAll #ad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Best Buy provided a Michael Kors Access Runway  Smartwatch for Editorial Consideration. There are affiliate links in this post.

Watches are a staple Fashion statement that are not going anywhere anytime soon. However like most tech, they are getting smarter. A watch is becoming more of a personal assistant than plain wrist jewelry.

You can check off that tech loving Fashionista on your list with the Michael Kors Access Runway  Smartwatch available at Best Buy


Compatible with Android phones and iPhone®

Wear OS by Google works with phones running Android 4.4 or later (excluding Go edition) or iOS 9.3 or later operating systems.*

Calendar, SMS, email and social apps notifications

Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.

Touch, tap and swipe for easy menu navigation 

1.19" AMOLED touch-screen display.

Stainless steel case 

Along with a 18mm stainless steel watch band ensures durability and an elegant look.

Water-resistant design 

Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 98' of water.

Wireless connection to your device 

Bluetooth 4.1 LE connectivity and NFC technology enables simple one-touch pairing.

Comprehensive monitoring 

Tracks distance, calories burned, activity, sleep activity, heart rate and steps taken.

Vibrate mode 

Quietly alerts you to a range of notifications, such as incoming e-mails, calls and text messages, as well as upcoming calendar events.

Built-in battery

Offers up to 24 hours of use on a full charge for extended operation.


Custom Watch Faces and Interchangeable Straps

Pay With A Wave

Wave your wrist and go with Google Pay's NFC Technology

Smarter Health Coaching

Activity Tracking and Coaching based on the guidelines from the American Heart Association & World Health Organization.

If you have been following the "Days of my Computer" Soap Opera Drama, I finally found a laptop, which just like the watch can be purchased at Best Buy! During the Black Friday Sales this year I nabbed the HP - Spectre x360 2-in-1 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD - HP Finish In Dark Ash Silver for a steal! (All me, not sponsored, I purchased this one, will give a more detailed review of the computer in a seperate post, still under 30 days and we are focusing on the watch in this post.)

I love how the gold tone accents on my laptop play with the gold tone on the smartwatch!

A few lifestyle shots of my synced up tech in action.

Michael Kors Access Smartwatch synced to LG phone via Wear OS Google App, imPRESS Gel Manicure
Sync Watch to your Smartphone by downloading the Wear OS App. Smartphone not included, but if you need a new smartphone you can get one at Bestbuy while you are at it.
I did a quick Kiss imPRESS Gel Manicure with a mix of rose gold, gold tone glitter accents and matte burgundy velvet so I could give you some Vanna White cuteness while showing off the watch.

I am happy to report it is also compatible with Spotify! You know I have to have my Music with me everywhere I go.


Best Buy can pretty much be your one stop shop this year for holiday shopping. Any entrepreneur, travel lover or time strapped student on your list would love the Michael Kors Access Smartwatch.

My favorite feature? With all the stress on my plate this year it would have to be having the breathing exercise guiding me to be more aware of my breathing and taking a deep breath more often, having my calendar on my wrist to easily see an address without having to pull out my phone is great also.

This watch is definitely a holidays buying guide pick for 2018!

Readers: Are you upgrading to a Smartwatch? Who on your holiday shopping list would most love a Smartwatch?

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FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation has been received, a watch was provided for Editorial Consideration and all opinions are 100% my own!  Affiliate links are used in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

{#TechThursday} Found out why the @ASUS_ROG is the first product reco in my #AmazonStore #ROG #Technology


ASUS ROG Gaming Notebook PC G752 with Webroot Unboxed

For the past few years me and gadgets, me and appliances and tech haven't had a very good run. You already know I tend to test stuff for MORE than 30 days to make sure it survives until warranty and I am NOT afraid to update a review if a product dies on me before it should.

A little over a year ago my desktop died out on me. I brought it to the well known Geeks and they could NOT fix it, (they of course offered me the option to escalate it to a higher level of support for an additional fee - I declined on that, um nah!)

I lost a ton of photos, I had all my music backed up but ran out of room on my back up drive and ended up losing more photos than I would have liked.

I have stepped up my photography and I thought only a desktop would be able to handle everything I put a system through in a typical day - I am a Life Coach, Social Media Consultant, Freelance Writer, Blogger and I edit A LOT of photos - RAW, hi-resolution photography, usually have a ton of client databases open and very few systems seem to be able to handle what I dish out.

While at the Geeks I decided to start looking over systems - my gut told me they wouldn't be able to fix it, and I was right. I let them know what I put a system through and asked almost off-handedly if a laptop was even an option for me. What did they recommend that could handle such a heavy workload. They recommended three different systems, unfortunately I ruled the HP out because after 2 decades of using them almost exclusively I was replacing them too quickly and my last one just did not last long enough to justify trusting them with my hard earned cash again.

So that left us down to two.

I took a shot of both spec sheets on my phone, and while I was in the store I toyed around with both machines. When I got home I immediately got on social and polled my tribe: friends, family and colleagues and read pretty much every consumer review from a ton of online sources and narrowed my decision down.

When I got the final call saying my HP Desktop could not be fixed, I went to the store to pick it up and left with one of the recommended laptops the Asus ROG G752VL-DH71.

I will admit I put a three year extended warranty on this little puppy. And vowed that if it survived me for a year and I was just as happy with it as the day I bought it I would share about it.

I am already an Amazon Affiliate, but I also recently got approved for their influencer program, where you can build a store with your custom recos to share with your online tribe via social media. I LOVED this idea.

And because this laptop really has been able to dish out anything I have thrown at it, I thought I would make it the first item in my 'online influencer amazon store'.

You will obviously want the NEWER model which is the G752VS which I am linking you directly to it.

I can whole-heartedly recommend the ASUS ROG (ROG = Republic of Gamers) - this is a 'gaming rig' and so far it has been able to dish out everything I have thrown at it.


I operate two different browsers with an average of 30 tabs on EACH of the browsers, several client databases, and I also do a ton of RAW photo editing SIMULTANEOUSLY. This system does NOT hiccup or cough.

I know this is probably the most off handed and weird thing a reviewer might mention in a tech review, but out of all three laptops I played with, I LOVE the keyboard, it just helps me types faster, and I already type pretty fast, I test out at 90 WPM with 0 errors. and it of course has backlight so when my nightly insomnia hits and I decide to write, the keyboard being lit means I do not have to put on the light or break my flow and train of thought.


This bad boy is HEAVY. I want something lighter for Press Trips.

And for some reason this is an issue across brands for me, but it does not wake up well from 'sleep mode' but in all fairness it is probably because I had a million things open and I should just shut down more and let it update.

What computer are you currently using? Desktop or Laptop? If you love yours, feel free to drop the model name in your comment, I prefer 'real reviews' and your reco might help someone who is narrowing down choices before they get ready to buy.

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway & Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fun - really I'm such a *simple girl*.

Friday, December 22, 2017

#ad Objet d'art or cool new #tech toy? I first spotted the @NortonOnline Norton Core™ Secure High Performance Wi-Fi Router at #PPE2017 then @BestBuy Claus delivered one right to me!

♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ As part of the Best Buy Blogger program I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and have received Product for Editorial Consideration ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ 

I got to attend PDN PhotoPlus Expo this year in New York City, and one of the most unique non-photography items I saw at the show could easily pass for an Objet d' art!

The booth was fun, you went to each demo station and when they completed the product demo you collected a raffle ticket, the more product demos you experienced the more raffle tickets, this was the product that stood out most from their booth and I garnered as many raffle tickets as I could trying to enter to win it.

While I was not a lucky winner, not shortly after this came up as a blog campaign and I jumped at the chance! The PDN PhotoPlus Expo is tough to recap in one post as there was so much to see and do, so I will try to bring you pieces of what I saw there a bit more organically and try not to overwhelm you guys with a post that would take an hour to read/digest.

What is multi operating system friendly, poses as BOTH a Router and Security Program for not only your home devices but while on the go too?


@NortonOnline Norton Core™ Secure High Performance Wi-Fi Router @BestBuy

Above: It blends so well into my modern zen home decor that I took a shot of it with my favorite scent warmer, without the box there telling you what it is, it literally would just blend into the background with my current decor. Oddly enough my living room walls are painted grey right now, so the Graphite Grey Color on this unit really does blend into my living room perfectly! Tech can be both functional AND fashionable.

If someone special in your life is getting a new computer, there are certain things you know you need for it, a security/protection software package and a router, so why not get them BOTH in one box?

@NortonOnline Norton Core™ Secure High Performance Wi-Fi Router @BestBuy

Above: Another shot sans my scent warmer! I actually have mine situated right next to my smart TV as my TV goes online to update itself and it's apps often!


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - EASE OF SET-UP - Bluetooth-enabled iOS/Android device with a mobile data plan is needed. Download the Norton Core app to complete set up. Modem required.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - SECURE + HIGH PEFORMANCE - Wi-Fi router helps protect your connected devices on your home network by stopping cyber-attacks at the network level you can stream your favorite movies in 4K, play online games or download content with Core’s powerful dual-core processor. With comprehensive network security to protect your connected home from malware, viruses, phishing tactics and even botnets. Norton Core supports speeds up to 2.5 Gbps* — ensuring fast 4K streaming and lag-free gaming (perfect since I switched from a Desktop to a Laptop Gaming Rig, review of my Gaming Rig coming soon, it was purchased by me at Best Buy, not gifted, although I wish it were!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - PROTECTS ALL CONNECTED DEVICE -  One year subscription to Norton Core Security Plus* is included to protect your Macs, PCs, tablets, smartphones & smart devices. (after the one year is over you pay $9.99 per month)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Bandwidth Optimization - Does one device need a bit more juice than the other? You can give priority to any device in the house with a touch of a button! Downloading music or movies? Give that device the extra bandwidth so the downloads go faster. When you turn in at night, give it to the devices you are leaving running updates or to your smart TV. This by far has to be one of my favorite features!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - SMART PARENTAL CONTROLS - Manage screen time by setting content filters or daily limits on usage. And when needed, pause the Internet. Not a feature I need as there are no baby butterflies here, but it is great to know it's there! The ability to pause the network entirely will leave you drunk with power!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - SECURITY SCORE- Butterflies your credit isn't the only thing with a score, your network and home security gets one too with Norton Core, but it doesn't just score your security, it offers insight and tools to help improve your score. Your devices and smart home can now breathe a sigh of relief!

@NortonOnline Norton Core™ Secure High Performance Wi-Fi Router @BestBuy


Norton has always been a reliable security product for me, and now with the added functionality of a 'two-in-one' where I get both a router and security in a package that is sleek, modern and actually quite pretty to look at, what's not to love?

I have always loved that Norton protects my devices at home and on the go and it is the brand of security software I regularly use, even paying for it over the free security software that comes with my Cable! I had a different security program for the past few months because I recently changed from a desktop to a gaming rig laptop and that came with it's own protection built in, but while I have no complaints about the security software that came with my gaming rig (which I did purchase at Best Buy, again with MY money, not gift cards or sponsored), I will say I am very happy to be back with Norton Again! I find Norton easy to use, it's great about updating itself and playing nice with my operating system too! It pretty much takes care of itself and my network so I can worry about other things! (Like Photo Editing, Traveling, Writing, Blogging, Life Coaching, Social Media Consulting, and attending fantastic events and tradeshows in NYC).

I have been making it a point to keep you guys updated over time how products perform like the earbuds I reviewed that literally kept dying at the one year mark (Remember I'm already 8 years into blogging here at Ascending Butterfly), I like to check out my monthly reports with a security software, so I would like to tell you guys how my score changes over time with this one which I hope will provide you with an idea of how well the product performs over time. This butterfly is always thorough!

Spill Butterflies: How old is your current router? What Security Program/Software do you use? What is your current brand of router? Are you happy with it? Have you experienced dead zones for devices in your own home?

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FTC Disclosure: I am part of Best Buy's Blogging Program and I received product at NO cost to me for Editorial Consideration and I also received a gift card, however all opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway & Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fun - really I'm such a *simple girl*.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

@MotorolaUS Moto Z2 Force Edition held one of the hottest parties in NYC this summer! #HelloMotoWorld #TechThursday


I have attended some really fun events this summer, and if you already follow our social you have probably seen live tweets from many of the events I had a chance to attend this summer, those are the best way to get news out fast, but I also like to take the time to recap events fully when I can.

Now that summer is winding down and Fall is nearly here I can't really say I am winding down as September brings New York Fashion Week Insanity and of course a ton of tourism boards that hit NYC around the same time as NYFW events are happening to complicate my already insane schedule just a bit more.

I did tell you my event recaps aren't quite coming to you in the order I actually attended the events.

Oddly enough one of the hottest events of the summer, one can that came with a very secretive event invite that didn't reveal much (which of course makes Editors speculate even more), was actually held for a Phone!

Not just any phone, but the launch of the Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition. That day I had two amazing events to choose from that just happened to overlap a bit but for the most part were going on at the same time. A very 'New York Predicament' to be in I assure you.

Now I have to preface this post by telling you that for the most part this is NOT a product review, I have requested a review unit but have not received one, so I can only speak on the actual feature demos I did get to see while at the event. (Being the gadget geek I am I don't give my seal of approval to any gadget I haven't put through its paces personally for OVER 30 days. Don't you just love that when electronics opt to break down it's always that day right after they are already off warranty?)

That being said, back to the hot party!

Above: Beverages of all kinds were flowing!

Appetizers were also in full effect, but getting a picture of them wasn't happening, hungry New Yorkers were pouncing on those apps so fast I couldn't nab one single shot!

Above: You know I live for my DJ shots. As #TheOfficialTwitterPartyDJ it's become my job to nab a shot of the DJ at every event, and it's a double perk for me when the DJ is female! DJ Vashtie kept the vibe flowing with great tunes in such a super wide range of genres and styles that I almost thought it was ME spinning for a minute. YAS!!!!

Above: oh, and did I mention the drinks were flowing?

This was everyone's favorite bartender, she had this knack for recommending really cool cocktail selections based on what I can only call your drink pattern, she'd get to know it and make spot on recommendations for cool drinks I hadn't actually already tried yet, and for a New York City gal that alone is pretty rare.

Above: The most impactful demo of the night, and the one no one could get enough of, DJ Va$htie at the #HelloMotoWorld launch party showcasing Motorola's new Moto Z2 Force Edition - it really is SHATTERPROOF-  July 25, 2017 in New York City. Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images North America. This is the one shot of the night you will see here that isn't mine.

The PR rep also did this demo for me, they encouraged me to try it for myself, but as badly as I need a new phone right now, I could not stand the idea of purposely chucking a brand new phone on the floor!

Above: Nabbed a shot of the PR rep showing us the moto mod moto gamepad console module which is compatible with any phone in the Moto Z family.

Above: moto style shell + wireless charging which is also compatible with any phone in the Moto Z family and requires a compatible wireless charging pad which is sold separately.

Above: And 'the mod de resistance' the one I really need them to send me so I can actually test it and try it out the HASSELBAD TRUE ZOOM MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY X10 - 10X Optical Zoom and Xenon Flash and (inserts my best tim the toolman taylor grunts here) shoots in RAW format! ME NEED AND ME WANTEEEeeeeeEEEEE!

If this lives up to it's hype and I can actually stop lugging heavy camera equipment everywhere it would be worth it's weight in GOLD for me! This is a feature I did not get to test personally or see in action.

I am super curious how this mod compares to the SONY Cybershot DSC-QX10 cell phone attachment I reviewed awhile back, if you missed that post, check it out HERE.


I did try to reach out to Motorola before this went live as I would have preferred for this to be a real review, like when I covered the Global Launch of the LG G2, (if you missed that, you can check out that post HERE), they did send me the phone to put through it's paces, and that phone was honestly one of my favorite smartphones to date. It replaced a Palm Treo that I was sad to part with.

I haven't tried any of the Moto Z series phones personally, but I do like the idea of the mods that serve so many purposes, obviously the ones that pique my interest include the HASSELBAD I am an avid photographer and of course in that realm the moto 360 mod to capture immersive Ultra HD Video, JBL Soundboost 2 (tunes are my life), and the offgrid PowerPack as well. and I am sure the gamepad console mod would keep the niece and nephew units happy and score me cool auntie vibes when they are over! There is even a moto insta share projector to project and stream movies, photos and shows!


Are you inventor at heart? Would you like to design your own Moto Mod? - Learn more and take the challenge HERE (there are 10 lucky developers already pitching their ideas in Chicago to Motorola and they are on the look out for MORE!)

There are a number of summer deals to be had, you can check them all out HERE

I am hoping I can twist Motorola's arm on a review unit and of course nab an extra for you guys so I can host a giveaway and give one lucky reader the chance to win a Moto Z of their very own.

READERS SOUND OFF: Are you currently in the market for a new phone? If so, which brands are you considering and why? Do you currently own a smartphone you LOVE? Please tell me what it is as I am definitely in the market for a new phone myself!

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FTC Disclosure: This was a private event for Media, Editors and Influencers, and all opinions are 100% my own!  This is NOT a compensated post although it certainly should be. This is NOT a sponsored post as I have not received product nor were there gift bags. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Monday, August 24, 2015

During #Blogher15 @Staples took us all #BacktoSchool #StaplesBTS - Are YOU ready?

Blogging Conferences come with their share of private events (and in some cases have VIP badges that offer a very difference experience than the standard conference badge) and this year during BlogHer15, Staples organized an invite only Breakfast to help Bloggers get ready for Back-to-School with special appearances by TV Personality Leeza Gibbons and Jamie Primak Sullivan of #cawfeetawk and Bravo TV's Jersey Belle.

Check out this video!

Some of the 'Trends' & Initiatives by Staples for 2015 include:

Designed by Students - Who knows what students need better than students right? (Well maybe Teachers!), but this line of products and tools designed by students to help address common classroom needs include The Big Pen (a pencil case and writing instrument all-in-one), the Big Props Pencil Case (doubles as a tablet stand) and the Super Folder which includes storage areas, a zipper pouch, clear pockets for class schedules, a pencil sharpener, sticky notes and a writing pad!

Positive Impact/Me to We - Staples and Me to We (a social enterprise that provides people with better choices for a better world) have joined forces to make socially conscious shopping easy with a line of eco-friendly school supplies. Each product provides a life-changing impact in a developing community where Me to We's partner, Free the Children works and the Me to We Collection includes notebooks, composition books, binders, portfolios, backpacks, pencil pouches and more with a price range from $1.99 - $29.99

Want to know HOW your purchase makes a SPECIFIC Impact?

Me to We Core Notebook provides MEDICINE
Me to We 10.5" Notebook provides FARM SEEDS
Me to We Journal provides MEDICINE
Me to We Composition Book provides MEDICINE
Me to We Casemade Binder provides ONE TREE
Me to We Portfolio provides CLEAN WATER
Me to We Water Bottle provides CLEAN WATER FOR ONE WEEK

Camouflage - an 'army' of backpacks and accessories (no pun intended)! The OGIO Evader and Stellar Backpacks feature a large main compartment, padded laptop sleeve and ergonomic shoulder straps for comfort and there are coordinating Camouflage Composition Books and a Maze Calculator to match.

Tech Pop Design - Exclusive Teen Vogue products which are only available at Staples (we have featured the collection before HERE), look for Teen Vogue BETTER Binders, Staplers, Patterned Folders and Staples Tech Pop Folders in stores.

Graphic Design - Look for Continental Into the Wild and Continental Vibrance Notebooks and Composition Books and Tie-dye, inspirational sayings and fun graphics (including glasses and mustaches) from Gartner Studios.

Fun for School - with favorite characters including The Avengers, Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Disney Frozen and more!

Metallic - If your DD loves glitter, diamonds and sassy sayings in combos of pink, silver, purple and bold/sparkly hues this is the collection for her! (or him, just saying, no judgement!)

Technology - From Scientific Calculators to Tablets including my particular fave the Microsoft Surface Pro, you can find the tech that your student needs at Staples as well!

Tech Accessories - Staples Flat Charge & Sync USB Cables, for a 'cool factor' the Light Pulse Electroluminescent Charge and Sync Cable or even iPhone Cases, there are tech accessories to suit a wide variety of tastes.

Organizational Supplies - Mom, Teacher and Students can benefit from desktop organization from Staples Desk Accessories Collection, Sky Planners, Calendars and more! (As a former Special Ed Teacher I can tell you a gift card to Staples is WAY more useful than an Apple! Teachers often fund their classrooms from their own salary, particularly in public schools so a gift card to Staples as a gift to Teacher can really go a LONG way!)

Left: Jaime Primak Sullivan of #cawfeetawk and Bravo TV's Jersey Belle, Center: ME!, Right: TV Personality Leeza Gibbons!
Above: Left: Jaime Primak Sullivan of #cawfeetawk and Bravo TV's Jersey Belle, Center: ME!, Right: TV Personality Leeza Gibbons!


With Staples 110% Price Match Guarantee (through 9/15) and Super Wide Selection you can definitely consider them 'your one-stop shop' for Back-to-School this year! I have always admired Leeza Gibbons and it was neat to finally meet her in person! She is super down to earth. The photo above is the pro-shot that was taken, someone accidentally cut off their heads in the personal photo I had someone take with my camera and they were nice enough to take another photo. I didn't notice until I got home and saw the second photo on screen that my eyes were completely closed so I opted to use the pro shot instead for this post!

and what is a Blogging Conference Event without an awesome gift bag right?

Can't get mad at this big bag of 'swaggu'!

Have you done all your Back-To-School Shopping yet? Even if you don't have to shop for BTS (I get ya, I don't have children either!), many of the items above are just as perfect for a Home Office, which item referenced appeals to you MOST?

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FTC Disclosure: This is a NON -compensated post in conjunction with Staples, this is an event recap (a gift bag was received) and all my opinions are 100% MY OWN. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Buy your #Smartphone, #Tablet or #ebook reader a @FlyGrip - Trust me, You NEED this!

Remember when I told you that the Get Geeked Tech Conference in New York City introduced me to a ton of cool new stuff? If you forgot what or didn't get to read about the conference when I first posted about it, check it out HERE!

One of the coolest products I got to lay my hands on at the conference wasn't even the most expensive, and while I thought it was a neat idea during the demo, it wasn't until I lived with it and played with it daily that I got to understand just how invaluable the FlyGrip really is! It really is one of those things that make you wish you thought of it first! It helps you use your favorite smart device easier AND better.

LG G2 Phone Cover, LG G2 Smartphone for Verizon, FlyGrip, One-handed Smartphone Solution,
Left: LG G2 Phone Cover, Center: LG G2 Smartphone for Verizon, Right: FlyGrip

Benefits of utilizing a FlyGrip:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Ergonomically designed to allow you to grip your device safely with ONE hand (i.e, this will help prevent you from dropping your phone!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Allows you to multi-task easier

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Engineered to double as a kickstand in both portrait and landscape

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - For those of you that love taking Selfies or using instagram and vine, this will make it so much easier to do so

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - For those who for a variety of reasons experience weakness in their dominant hand and have had trouble using phones because of it (MS, severe carpal tunnel syndrome) , a FlyGrip will allow you the use of your smart device with so much more ease

FlyGrip in Action:

LG G2 for Verizon Cell Phone shown in cell phone cover with FlyGrip device installed directly on the smartphone cover

I am holding my smartphone upside down with fingers inserted in the FlyGrip which allows me a free hand!

FlyGrip featured on TastyTrade Financial Network:

My Take:

I got the chance to try out quite a few devices this year from cellphones to tablets, once I decided that I was sticking with my LG G2 for awhile, I wanted to invest in accessories that would help me protect it, but the fact that the FlyGrip not only protects my device, but makes using it easier and much more fun and comes in a range of colors and styles to match my mood and express my personality is a great bonus! And by the way they do offer butterflies, but I couldn't resist the animal print against the chic black cellphone cover! I can tell you that after you use it, you will want one for ALL of your smart devices!

This is the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list! Let's face it, who on your list doesn't have a smart device of some kind? And as a former Special Ed Teacher, I can tell you I would rather have this than an Apple! This is a gift idea that won't break the bank, and that the recipient will always think of you daily with love! If you are giving someone a smart device for the holidays, pick up a case and FlyGrip to go with it as the stocking stuffer!

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FTC Disclosure: I was provided with a FlyGrip and Cellphone case for Editorial Consideration. All opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may visit our full giveaway and disclosure page for complete policy information.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Highlights from @getgeekedNY #GetGeeked #Technology

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I guess it's fitting I'm watching Big Bang Theory as I sit here writing my recap of the Get Geeked Technology Showcase in New York City. I have always been fascinated with Science and Technology and when I get the chance to attend trade shows with a tech focus I'm all over it!

Even attending during Press Preview hours doesn't always guarantee that I can hit each and every vendor/exhibitor so I present to you the Brands at the show I actually had the opportunity to connect with.

This event is a bit more geared to the general public than it is to press to be completely honest, at least that is how it felt to me and other Digital Press who experienced a ton of chaos not only at check in but upon leaving also. The press were also treated like public enemy number one when we were leaving, apparently the gift bags were for the public not press. I guess if you are an NYC local who is not press you'll love this show! (If I decide to go back I will definitely go as 'general public' and not 'press'!)

Here are the brands I actually had a chance to speak with:

Bayan Audio at getgeeked NYC

I am waiting on a review unit from Bayan Audio and I definitely pre-tweeted them before I even arrived, as Audio is definitely #TheOfficialTwitterPartyDJ 's thing, I love the vibrant colors and thought the beach display was a cute idea as that is exactly where I like to take my portable speakers along with me!

I am also awaiting the press sample on the Blanc Spark Smart Watch as the team was kinda slammed when I got to their table, The founder is only 17 years old and the team of students have designed a watch that differs from other smartwatches in that it's mission is to 'keep you awake'. It uses real-time doze technology to detect when you are falling asleep and will gently vibrate to wake you back up. Students, Office Workers and narcoleptics who have trouble staying awake during the day would greatly benefit from this sleek simple technology!

FlyGrip at GetGeeked NYC

So you know what drew me in right? The Butterfly on the lower left of course! But why I stayed? The simple brilliance that is FlyGrip! I have review units on the FlyGrip and their cell phone case so they will be getting their own day in the sun in a separate post, but for those of you looking for stocking stuffers/holiday gifts NOW, this is perfect for literally everyone on your list that has a phone, and nowadays who doesn't right? The cool designs give it that individuality that will make teens go nuts for these, but the extra assurance that your less likely to drop your phone using a FlyGrip? PRICELESS!

gogo in flight wifi at Get Geeked NYC

I for one can never sleep on an airplane so being able to get work done or stream movies via gogo in flight wifi is absolutely perfect! From a one hour pass to a smartphone day pass, gogo's got you covered!

Phorus at Get Geeked NYC

Hoping for a chance to personally test these out as well but whenever there is Audio around you know I'm going to investigate! For any of my butterflies who haven't experienced whole home audio streaming wi-fi you may want to consider the Phorus system for it's ease of setup and it's clean sound.

shapeways 3D Printing technology at GetGeeked NYC

These 3D Designs by shapeways definitely made everyone stop and take notice! Imagine all the 3D Butterflies I can create with 3D Printing technology.

Sharp Aquos Television at GetGeeked NYC

The stunning clarity on this Sharp Aquos Television stopped me in my tracks, I am on the lookout for a new TV and this one is certainly one worth considering!

SlingTV from the makers of Slingbox at GetGeeked NYC

SlingTV from the makers of Slingbox, allows you to access the services you already pay for through a single interface - at home OR on-the-go on any device anywhere and anytime! Another great gift idea, this would make a great family gift, or perfect for that always on the go business traveler in your life!

American Pearl at GetGeeked NYC

American Pearl has actually been on my radar for awhile now so I was glad to be able to meet them in person at GetGeeked NYC. Hopefully we can have them do something fun here soon. I recently had my favorite strand of pearls pop on me (not theirs by the way!) and am on the hunt for something new as they are my favorite thing to pair with a classic tailored white blouse!

Martian Notifier Watch at GetGeeked NYC

I just received my press sample unit of the Martian Notifier Watch and will have a full review for you all very soon, but much like FlyGrip I wanted to be sure to put these on your radar for holiday gift shopping for their combo of smart and fashionable that works well for both men and women! The watch allows you to get notifications from thousands of apps, you can apply filters to allow only notifications that are important to you to show on your watch and you can remotely control your smartphone camera to snap a picture or to activate a three-second timer when composing a group photo or a selfie.

Additional Brands I didn't get to photo, but did get to meet:

Staples Connect, Lenovo and Amazon were so swamped so I didn't get great photos but I did want to mention that the Amazon Fire TV and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro were on display and I got to take a quick demo. The team from Boogie Board were there and I have met them at past events, most recently at Blogger Bash. dts Play-Fi offered great audio but sadly my photos were too grainy to use.

My Take;

I can't always travel to trade-shows so when local events offer me the opportunity to learn more about new products and meet great brands in a venue close to home it's always invaluable for me. There are some growing pains that need to be worked through in my opinion to make this a better experience, particularly for invited press, but that's par for the course for an inaugural event.

What Product featured above would you most like to try?

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FTC Disclosure: I was provided Press Access to GetGeeked NYC. All opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may visit our full giveaway and disclosure page for complete policy information.