This App Tells You When to Apply SPF

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AHH Summer, sometimes I like to call it Sunner. The sunnier, the hotter, the better. That is ...until I finally get out of the sun and turn into a wrinkled tomato (and no my Middle Eastern genes do not help here). As much as I love the sun, we have a love - hate relationship. 

I love to get a tan, but I hate the aftermath burn. So this summer, I decided it's time to be safe and practice sun protection. 

Sun Sun Safety Advisor is an app that estimates the sun's effect on your skin and how much exposure you can handle before getting burned. The apps suggests the level of shielding you need, IE: sunglasses, staying in the shade and even how much sunscreen you should wear when you're outside.  

 Using the current UV Index and your location, the apps gives your 24-hour UV forecast along with personalized recommendations based on your skin type. There's an in app quit that helps you figure this out. 

If the UV index reaches dangerous levels, QSun sends you a notification to stay inside. 

As an extra, the app also tells you about the sunscreen you're using by sacking a bottles barcode to learn about the SPF level and water resistance.

Now I can have happy burn-free summer! What apps are you using this summer? Comment below.

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App of the Week: Offer Up

Making money moves means making money without actually having to work. And, yes, there are apps for that, heck there are apps for everything! Here's an app to make money on the fly.

OfferUp has been around for a while and makes it super easy for you to take a picture on the go and write a short headline, list a price, and, if you so desire, write a description.

Your post will show up as part of the newest items for sale on the homepage of the app so it gets the attention of eager shoppers.

 OfferUp is particularly great for selling furniture, video games, and household items. Because the homepage of the app mixes in all types of items, you don’t have to worry too much about whether you’ve tagged the item correctly for people to find it. The messaging system also makes it easy for you to chat with prospective buyers and to sort out pickup details.

 Have an app we should know about? Let us know in the comments below.

 

App of the week: Mile IQ

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Life is a highway, and I want to deduct my mileage all year long….

I love working efficiently and as smart as possible - but the little things can feel tedious. We all hold on to receipts that we dread organizing for tax season, and tracking (usually rough estimating) the mileage we need to send in for our reimbursement or tax write off.

What if you could have an app that tracks the mileage for you, while you're driving? The only thing you have to do is swipe right for business. From there, it gets smarter. Label what kind of driving it is - was this to a meeting? Were you doing a delivery or picking up supplies? Never question your driving or your mileage reports again.

If you use your car for business more than driving to and from work - there are expenses. Even a quick “can you drop this package off for me” is an expense! And sure, what’s a couple miles? Sometimes, that change at the bottom of your bag is enough for a latte - so that mileage can be the same on your taxes. It’s all in the details.

In the end, I’m saving you cents to the gallon and when you see it turn to whole dollars in April we can all be thankful MileIQ is one smart app!

Mile IQ is free to download and you get 40 free driving records, or 5.99 for unlimited records

 

 

( source: https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/self-employment-taxes/driving-down-taxes-auto-related-tax-deductions/L8XmDYQII)

 

App of the week: Adobe Scan

Work less by working smarter

As a busy entrepreneur, writer, and social media influencer-- efficiency and timing are key to my success. I’m often juggling several different tasks at a time, mapping out future projects, and corresponding with clients. Part of the business is organization and hustling to get things done. While making time for this thing and that, and well, whatever life throws my way (ahem taxes). There’s always so much going on, but the mantra: “Work smarter, not harder” repeats in my head.

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but to me, this phrase means figuring out better, faster ways to work. There's a better way to do almost anything. This type of schedule makes any type of app, service, or product that can streamline the process and make my day-to-day tasks easier is welcomed with open arms.

We’re already a few months into 2018, and I want to tell you about the tech that has helped shave time off my day and organized my life, so you can also take these insights toward your own entrepreneurial success.
 

Working on the go: sign and scan documents anywhere and edit later


In between running my business on my laptop and phone, and working entrepreneurial hours, I’ve had a lot of changes in my personal life -- one of the biggest was getting married. It was by far the best day of my life. We were fortunate to go on an amazing month-long honeymoon and still work while abroad. Of course, I married another entrepreneur and we’re both ambitious, so we worked through our honeymoon. Thanks to Adobe Document Cloud we were able to both dive into our businesses and the beautiful ocean!

The Adobe Scan app is something that helped both of us stay organized and keep track of important documents for our businesses.

 

I used the app to scan photos, notes and receipts from my honeymoon and convert these into PDF’s stored securely in the Adobe Document Cloud. This allowed me to have content for my site and social media platforms ready for when I returned to Los Angeles.

Adobe Document Cloud allows you to access documents from your office, local coffee shops, or in my case — the Maldives! Using Adobe Sign, I also signed urgent documents that could not wait until I got home. I literally modified, signed and scanned a contract with a new client while on the beach in the deep blue oceans of the Maldives. Adobe Sign is secure so you can rest assured that key materials won’t be put into the wrong hands.

 

So how does it work?

The Adobe Scan app, which is free (cha-ching), scans all my notes, documents and receipts. You just open the app on your phone, snap a picture and it automatically converts these documents into editable and searchable PDFs. Some features that really come in handy include the ability to adjust the crop and clean up an individual page within a multipage PDF, add and remove pages within a multipage scan, and even replace a page within a multi-page scan.

The best part? Adobe Scan can alleviate all of that time-consuming searching and scrolling when you’re looking for a document, like a receipt, in your camera roll. Thanks to AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning technology Scan uses Adobe Sensei to analyze all of the photos in my camera roll and surface only the ones that appear to be documents. So now, I don’t need to waste time sifting through hundreds or even thousands of images to find what I’m looking for. The tech does the work for you.

Go Paperless

I'm crazy organized. But I also come up with crazy ideas on the whim. In between meetings, I jot down notes on gum wrappers or whatever receipts I can find. In the middle of the night I come up with the best ideas and have plenty of aha moments, so I always jot them down. Things can get messy, but if you know me, you know I like to keep a clutter free life. Adobe Scan has been a great tool to help me declutter all the papers I jot ideas on. I also like to keep all my receipts in one secure place, and hate to leave a paper trail.

Speaking of receipts, keeping these organized is particularly important when it comes time to do your taxes. As entrepreneurs, tax season can be tricky and messy. I use Turbo Tax to file my taxes and the Adobe Scan app to organize myself before I start. The app archives all my receipts in time for tax time and even helps me find older receipts in my photo library automatically using the Adobe Sensei tech.

You can even group receipts together and store as one PDF.

 

Simple and Safe

Outside of entrepreneurship, Adobe Scan is great for college students and creatives on the go.

If you are someone that’s a student, it can be hard to juggle classes, extracurriculars, and jobs. This app gives you the ability to streamline projects, coursework, and ideas for papers all in one place that you can access anywhere. After scanning in your paper documents with Adobe Scan, you can keyword search in Adobe Acrobat to find just the info you need! Highlighting and creating comments on top - means you’re not destroying the original document and sharing with classmates to get their input too has never been easier. Maybe, group projects won’t be as bad now?

If you are a creative buzzing with ideas, you know that some of your best ones can come at the most inopportune times. With Adobe Scan you no longer have to be bursting at the seams with nebulous notes on post-its or even worse - napkins, wayward notes in your iPhone, or inconclusive pictures. You can scan notes and pictures and combine them as one singular PDF. Adobe Scan is something that everyone can use to make their life simpler. So why are you working harder?

Where there's wifi, there's work to be done, thanks to our laptops and technology. So,  scanning, signing, and sharing files should be quick and easy so you can get on with your content creating.

 

Download Adobe Scan to optimize your on-the-go career.

 

This post was sponsored by Adobe Document Cloud.


 

App of the week: Bumble

Buzzing to find friends? We have the app for you! 

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“Will you be my friend?” worked in grade school - but not as easy to do in the adult world. The Bumble app is “changing the rules of the game” by creating a safe and fun space for many different purposes. Dating, friend making, and even networking or business connections, this app has everything you could possibly think of when it comes to meeting new people.  

With technology being the form of communication, it has become harder to make real friends and connections with people without our phones. Our phones have become our virtual best friends, so why not use that with the bumble app to make your online interactions become a potential reality.  If you’re thinking that would be unsafe, don’t worry! Bumble verifies everyone on there so the genuine connections you make are with the genuine person!  

There are three hives to this app - First is bumble, for your dating game. Second is bumble bizz, for networking and establishing business connections. Third is bumble BFF, can we guess what that ones for?

With the separation of each it means youre making the connection you want to make and no ones time is wasted. I think that about settles everything - go out and get your different bumbles on! Download the app and comment below to give me your thoughts on the buzz! 

App of the week: Apps to Stop Your Phone Addiction

Addicted to your phone? You are not the only one. I WASTE way too much time on my phone, and you probably do too. It seems counterintuitive to use an app to unplug, but in an age where we use our phones for everything- it makes sense to fight fire with fire.

These apps will help you stop checking your phone so much.

1) FOREST- This app helps you control your phone addiction

I'll be honest, I can’t resist looking at MY phone while at work, at the gym and hanging out with friends, this app can really help.

When you want to focus, select for how long and hit Start. The app “plants“ a tree that starts growing when you keep your phone aside. Do anything with your phone and the tree dies. As you keep focusing longer and longer, you build up a forest of your progress. What's cool is that you can earn rewards and even unlock new tree species. Best of all a real plant can be planted.

DL HERE:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/forest-stay-focused/id866450515?mt=8

2) FLIPD- If you need an aggressive approach to unplugging aka YOU'RE BEYOND ADDICTED

Flipd is the app for you. It locks your phone for a set period of time. Once you do, there's no going back. Even restarting your phone wont disable app, read: so if you are a cheater,
IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO CHEAT.

DL HERE:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipd/id1071708905?mt=8

3) RESCUE TIME- Do you ever ask yourself,  “Where Did Today Go?”

I have so many distractions in my digital life-- I'm not even counting emails. RESCUE TIME helps me set goals to keep me on track and improve my productivity, since I spend ALL DAY in front of the computer. And it's a real eye-opener. Five minutes on Twitter adds up. My dashboard
shows where most of my time is spent and where I should cut out time wasting time.

There you have it-- simple steps that will help you stop checking your phone so much.

Let me know if there's an app you think works well OR an app you want reviewed. 

App of the week: Coffitivity

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Where do you go to get real work done?

As much as I love quiet environments, the mix of calm and commotion in an environment like a coffee shop gives me exactly what I need to get the those creative juices flowing. In fact, I am sitting a the hustle bustle of a restaurant now. I really believe that ambient noise boosts my  productivity and creativity. 

Coffitivity recreates the coffee shop sounds for those looking to tune out a noisy workspace or those looking to add life to a quiet space.

With the app you can pick from a variety of vibes, including, ‘morning murmur,’ (a gentle hum gets the day started), or 'lunchtime lounge,' (bustling chatter of the lunchtime rush).

What's great is that you can also open your favorite music apps while Coffitivity continues to play- so you can have your coffee vibes and your fave song.

The ambient noise of a coffee shop is available on iOS for $1.99; or right onto your desktop for $4.99.

Meet the New XPS 13: Thin, Chic and All Powerful

2017 I spent a lot of my time managing my business in and out of coffee shops, running from meeting to meeting all over town, always on the go. Let’s be honest... it was TOUGH! There were times I wanted to throw my old laptop to the wall-- the images didn’t load fast enough, my photos pixelated, and my audio was not always on point. With 2018 here, a new year means new tech.

Que Dell’s new XPS 13 laptop with captivating Dell Cinema, which features an 8th Gen Intel® Quad Core processor in a stunning new look.

I’ve kept my mouth shut for some time, but I am really excited to share a new laptop that you will love. Thanks to my friends at Dell who invited me to their HQ in Texas a few months back, I got a sneak peak of their latest innovations ahead of CES 2018.

When we arrived in Texas, I had no idea what was lined up for me. Besides their fantastic agenda, which was filled with fun, Austin home-cooking and tickets to Austin City Limits, they showed off their latest visions and tech goods. We went through different innovation rooms and met with powerhouses, designers and engineers who showed us what they have been working on.

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I was most excited for Dell’s first-of-its-kind 13-inch Ultrabook, the smallest and most powerful laptop of its size and class— and it is beautiful inside and out. The new XPS 13 comes with 4K display (read highest resolution) and HDR (colors come alive with enhanced detail, vivid hues, sharper brightness and a wider, more nuanced color gamut). I’ve tested out many laptops and this is incredibly thin but still has a modern design. In reimagining the XPS 13, Dell took inspiration from the realm of fashion and designed their new laptop to have either an alpine snow color or a rose gold color. I am SO excited about this new color trend because, as you know, everything I own from my wedding ring to my earrings and even my everyday sneakers are rose gold! If you’re worried that your ballpoint pen will stain your white laptop surface or if are you scared that your niece running around with a Sharpie will ruin your beautiful brand new XPS 13? Not to worry! Dell used a UV and stain resistant coating over the pristine white alpine snow color to prevent any residue damage from permanently sticking (talk about clean!).

Dell is breaking the mold of where technology can live with millennials and how it fits all their lifestyles. You might not realize it, but there is deep engineering work that goes into the studio sound and visual quality on PCs. Because of these insights, the folks at Dell created Dell Cinema-- the combination of three cutting-edge technologies all working in concert for a single purpose: to give the viewer the most immersive, captivating viewing experience. Now with Dell Cinema, you hear and see the content the way its creators intended for it to be heard and seen.

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We all know that great visuals and audio sound are vital elements to experiencing great television and that buffering is a top pain point to this experience. In this day in age with all of us constantly on the go, who can say they’re not interested in a computer with a tested 10X less buffering rate? We can enjoy our Game of Thrones season premiere, watch the remaining half of the NFL game, or even stream music without having to deal with interruptions (#score!).

The laptop is not only activated by touch, but also activated by voice and facial recognition. You can log in with a look or a touch with the infrared camera, an optional fingerprint reader in the power button for Windows Hello, or even talk to your device from across the room! Sign me up!

One of my favorite pieces of software pre-installed on this baby is the Dell Mobile Connect, designed to connect with your phone, iOS or Android, allowing you to spend less time wasting time switching between your devices. Best of all, it’s all wireless and will let you make calls, send texts, get notifications, and even fully mirror your phones onto your PC to interact with all their favorite mobile apps.

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With all new great technology on the horizon, it’s so wonderful to see companies that care and want to give back, like Dell. Dell’s Ocean Plastics Recycled Packaging initiative earned CES 2018 Best of Innovation because of its work in recycling plastic waste deposited in the ocean into recycled packaging trays. At CES 2018 Dell is announcing a sustainable design movement collaboration with actress and activist, Nikki Reed, in her jewelry collection made entirely from gold recycled from old technology.

The XPS 13 is just the first of many exciting announcements Dell will be making at CES 2018. Follow along for on my Instagram and Twitter so you can stay up to date!

This post is in partnership with Dell.

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#tech accessories especially when it comes to help kick-start success
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The Season Is Bright With This Holiday Gift Guide

Make the Season Bright with this Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list! If you're still looking for the perfect gift for your boyfriend, grandma, or mom, don't get your tech in a tangle, as these devices are sure to please! 

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TOAST Cases ($34 - $84)

TOAST makes covers for a wide range of electronic devices that are crafted from real wood veneers and can even do customization.

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GrandPad (Monthly Plans Starting at $49 - $66)

GrandPad is a tablet that is designed with senior citizens in mind. It's simple, safe and easy to use so your grandparents can easily connect with you without having to deal with the complicated tech they don't understand. 

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AURA ($199 - $496)

Aura is a home monitoring device that connects to an app on your smartphone. It can even tell you when someone turns on a fan or detect animal motion.

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Bluesmart Luggage Series 2 ($599)

Bluesmart Luggage is smart luggage that connects to an app, has a location tracker, and is its own supercharger that can be used by all your devices! ABSOLUTE must have for an avid traveler!

Royal Caribbean: Cruising To The Future

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Captain Jessica will see you now and I am BEYOND excited to tell you all about my past week at Royal Caribbean’s Sea Beyond Event that took place at the Brooklyn Duggal Greenhouse.

The entire event was a sneak peek dedicated to showcase all of Royal Caribbean’s new technologies and innovations that are all aboard future Royal, Celebrity, and Azamara ships.

Sea-sing the day, one of the first new innovations that I enjoyed was being picked up at port by an autonomous shuttle! Diving into a world of being driverless, the product is currently being tested and was an exciting introduction to the event.

 

Royal Caribbean announced their new app that helps make sure your vacation begins the moment you journey to the cruise ship!

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The app is for use from customers at home, in order to book the cruise, at the port, and on board the ship. This promises to make check-in a breeze (sea what I did there), as well as signing up for shore excursions, making onboard massages and ordering drinks to be delivered to your current or next stop on the ship!

One of my FAVORITE app abilities was that it allowed me to order my drink for delivery. My adult beverage found me through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and my profile photo, which I took once I downloaded the app. This customization was incredible and made me feel so special while enjoying everything else #RCLSeaBeyond had to offer.

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Photo by Ash Kalmar

On top of the app, Royal Caribbean shipped us out to sea when showcasing their new stateroom of the future. Immersing me in the ability to escape cabin fever, Royal Caribbean showed off this stateroom concept where you’re surrounded by 4K animated displays that simulate the feeling of being outside.

Saving the very best for last and the most unique experience that I have ever participated in, #RCLSeaBeyond gave me good dose of Vitamin Sea and a Virtual Reality food experience.

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Photo by Ash Kalmar

Taking us through a Japanese Tea Room, we ventured through an experience that I would have never had anywhere else, plus I got to eat yummy food! I absolutely LOVED this and as a techie, this was my first foray into tech and food. Oh, and if you're wondering about the menu items, I had crispy tuna and chocolate truffle covered in pop rocks. Would you try VR dining?

 Photo by Ash Kalmar

Photo by Ash Kalmar

It is only fitting that technology and travel are now being applied to cruising, and it was clear to see Royal Caribbean is all about this at the #RCLSeaBeyond event. Until next time, Sea You Soon NYC, and thanks for the sneak peek Royal Caribbean!

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Photo by Ash Kalmar

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Holiday Top Tech Gift Guide

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It is time to TECH the halls! Technology is always hot this time of year, but choosing from all tech products out there can be a daunting task. The whole point of technology is to make life easier, right?

The latest and greatest tech are the things that offer great convenience, versatility and seamlessly integrate to our busy lives without hassle. The gifts that we want to give others AND ourselves this hectic time of year.

So I’ve partnered with some great brands to help you simplify life this holiday season.

Amazon Cloud Cam

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but they can also be very a stressful time of year. We’re constantly running out to pick things up at the store, or traveling to friends’ and family,  but security is always an issue during the holidays. 

A lot of us set timers for our lights, electronic locks or other practices to deter intruders, but why not give yourself or someone you love an upgrade this year for some real peace of mind.

Amazon Cloud Cam is an intelligent indoor security camera that works with Alexa, who we LOVE to help make our lives easier. Literally you can just say “Alexa show me my front door,” and low and behold, Alexa will show you your front door. 

It is equipped with 1080p Full HD, and has night vision, two-way audio, 24/7 livestream, and detects motion—all for only $119.99, and when you buy two it’s less than $100 each. 

For me this is great because I am always traveling and it gives me comfort at the touch of the button and it’s a great gift for everyone on your list.

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Masterpass by MasterCard

If you want to make shipping easy this holiday season than you should listen up. The Masterpass by MasterCard is a digital payment so you can leave your wallet at home, your phone is your wallet now. The digital wallet makes shopping simple, secure and smart. 

Masterpass is easy-to-use and helps make checking off your holiday gift list fast, simple and secure so you save time when shopping online, in app or in store during the holidays and simplifies your shopping experience at hundreds of thousands of locations.

Let tech be your friend and spend less time in checkout lines and more time indulging in the holidays.

Dell Power Companion

And when you’re constantly on the go like me during the holidays, make sure your tech is fully charged for when you need it most! I love a multi-device charger like this Power Companion from Dell to help you stay connected for your last minute holiday shopping on your smartphone or laptop. It keeps your tech juiced up for working on the go and just having the peace of mind that wherever you are, your tech is good to go!

Happy holidays! 

This post was in partnership with MasterCard and Amazon

ZTE Axon M Dual Screen Foldable Smartphone

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Seeing double? Nope, that isn’t your eyes playing tricks on you! The new ZTE Axon M is a dual screen, foldable smartphone that enables you with the ability to multitask in multiple ways. 

 I'm always shuffling between all my emails, tweets, and IG notifications

 

The two HD screens combine, giving us a 6.75” display, making a small tablet for our use. This is could be double-trouble when it comes to binge-watching the new Netflix Originals, as you now can have a bigger screen to watch when out on the town!

Not ONLY can you watch the Netflix show on the ZTE Axon M, but you also can do a Mirror effect, flipping over the other side of the phone. This lets your friend sitting across from you, watch the show with you too!

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Mirror mirror on the wall, with this phone, we are the fairest of them all!

With a Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 allowing you to talk for 28.7 hours, a 20 MP camera with 4K video capability, and a headphone jack, you might need to have a double-take look at the ZTE Axon M this November, as you probably will find yourself LOVING it as much as I did!

Last week, I had the pleasure of being ZTE's virtual host and went to NYC for the big phone unveiling. I am into this phone. Would you get one? 



This post was made possible in collaboration with ZTE.

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ZTE Blade Z Max: Big battery, big screen, dual-lens cameras, and $130

Do you ever feel like you have to compromise buying a really great phone because you're not feeling the high price tag? Now, you don’t have to. I'm about to tell you why the ZTE Blade Z Max is the hottest new phone on the market.

And the best part? It’s only $130. Yep, One. Three. Zero.

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So let’s get straight into the specs, shall we?

The ZTE Blade Z Max runs on the latest version of Android 7.1 and comes with dual-lens rear cameras, because let’s be honest, one is just not enough. It’s equipped with a 16 megapixel lens with an additional 2 megapixel lens. That means you can take photos in a variety of ways. I’m no photographer, just an active IG’er. But I do love the portrait and monochrome mode. There’s even a fisheye option- no attachment lens needed!

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Entertainment never looked better, thanks to the 6-inch full HD screen. The fingerprint sensor is also on the back so there’s even more room for the edge-to-edge display.

So you’re probably wondering, how’s the battery life?

Blade Z Max is packing... a super-large and long-last battery and promises up to 31 hours of talk time. And yes, just in case you were wondering, I really talk on the phone that much.

You can also keep the phone on standby for 22 days and charge on-the-go with Qualcomm's quick charge capabilities while texting or streaming.

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One of my favorite features is the memory on this bad boy. While most phones are equipped with 16GB of memory, this phone comes with 32GB of internal memory, but is expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD card, so you can store all of your favorite photos, videos and songs and never miss a moment.

Obviously, this is not a big investment for all of its high-tech features. So is this my new favorite phone? Let’s break it down.

Here’s the good:

  • Unbeatable price ($130) that fits anyone’s budget

  • It’s super thin (one third of an inch), and the phone still fits perfectly in your palm and pocket

  • Dual-lens rear camera and great photo editing features

  • Long battery life: 31 hours of talk time in 1 charge

  • Bright, colorful 6-inch full-HD display

  • There is no annual contract or commitments, unlike other phones


Here’s the bad:

  • Performance can be slow

  • You're locked to MetroPCS

  • Picture quality is slightly pixelated

What’s the verdict?

The ZTE Blade Z Max for MetroPCS comes with some of the bells and whistles of the latest iPhone and Samsung, including a dual-lens camera, fingerprint sensor, beautiful 6-inch HD display and fast charge, for just $130. While it could use just a few tweaks on its performance (it’s not the Ferrari of phones), it’s a really smart phone for a really smart price.

So, Yay or Nay? YAY!

 

This post was made possible in collaboration with ZTE.

 Photo: Jessi Casprowitz

Photo: Jessi Casprowitz

Behind the scenes! Special thanks to the incredible team at PRO Sports Communications for helping with this video. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/cQMy-o-LW98

 

Fitness apps that keep you on track

Being an entrepreneur means never really being off the clock, so it’s easy to put fitness on the backburner. These days there are so many fitness apps out there promising to motivate you and keep you on track. But it’s so easy to buy an app related to an activity as a substitute for actually doing that activity! So how effective are these apps as opposed to a personal trainer or class instructor? Whether you struggle with motivation or simply don’t have time to get in the gym, here are my top 3 fitness apps that actually get results!

1. The Nike + Training Club app is designed specifically for women (but anyone can use it) and has workouts curated by celebrity trainers, Olympians, and professional athletes. The app tracks your progress the more you use it and has a reward system as encouragement to keep you going. The app lets you personalize your workout by allowing you to link or create your own playlist to go along with the routines. My favorite aspect of Nike +Training Club is that you can enter an end goal into the app, so each workout is tailored to making you reach your fitness goal.

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2. No matter how many #MotivationMonday posts you see, motivation can be so hard to find! If the drive to go to the gym eludes you sometimes, the Charity Miles app could be just what you need! Every mile you run or walk raises money for a charity of your choice. Before you start your workout, choose a charity and get moving to help a cause! The Charity Miles app is easy to use and helps make your workout make an impact beyond your fit goals,

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3. So much fitness, so little time! If you’re always on the go like me, the 7 Minute Workout Challenge is a must! This app curates daily workouts for you, and they’re only 7 minutes long! The 7 Minute Workout Challenge is a great way to make a work break productive, and get you  moving during a workday. These workouts are pretty intense, so make sure you’re warmed up before starting your challenge.

Bonus Tip: Don’t rely on wearable fitness tech to tell you how many calories you’re burning! While heart rate and speed readings are fairly accurate, research shows that fitness tracking wearables are off by about 27% when it comes to calculating how many calories were burned during a workout.

Whether you’re a natural-born athlete or not, these apps can help get you off the couch and on track to reaching your fitness goals!

Bad WiFi slowing you down? Kiss buffering goodbye with eero

I don’t know about you, but I cannot even deal with bad wifi. Especially in my own home! My bedroom was barely getting any signal, and how was I supposed to look at adorable cat pictures while laying in bed?

Not to mention how my husband always seemed to hog the wifi connection! I don’t care how funny your Netflix show is, babe! I have emails to send and videos to watch! Bosslady has to work!

We needed a solution. Enter EERO.

Kiss bad connectivity and dead spot issues goodbye. eero is the world’s simplest and most reliable wifi system. With a router and range extenders, known as beacons, you can cover your entire home with their patented TrueMesh software. Unlike most wifi and extender systems, eero gets automatic security updates and any new threat is addressed immediately and automatically, without you doing anything.

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All you need for eero is a modem, internet service, and a cell phone. The eero connects to an app on your phone and supports both iOS and Android. The eero also integrates with Alexa if you own an Amazon Echo.

eero is sleek, small, and will be basically invisible in your home, as has an elegant, white design. It’s so easy to set up that even your husband could do it!

It’s simple for anyone to set up using the smartphone app, and includes features like parental controls, the ability to set up a guest network, and sharing the password with guests over email or through a text message. Buh-bye to the pesky and annoying buffering wheel, WiFi dead zones, and the dreaded reset button. eero gives you peace of mind knowing your WiFi will always work so you can get back to doing what you love to do in your home.

I work from home and when my husband chose to work from the home office, we used to have to take turns doing everything. Even sending emails was a chore and took forever! eero does exactly what it says it will: boosts the internet and blankets my entire home. Thank goodness, because I almost threw my husband’s laptop out the window! No more website-loading roulette!

Especially when you work from home, or have a wifi hog for a husband, it is time to walk into 2017 and upgrade your internet experience. You need the best connection to do your best work!

Getting great wifi all over the house shouldn't be such a headache! Use promo code TECHSESH to get free overnight shipping with the purchase of an eero system and say good-bye to buffering!

This post was made possible in Collaboration with eero.

Destress with TouchPoints — stress relieving wearable

Wedding planning can be super stressful, and while you may think I was a crazy stressed-out bridezilla, you would be wrong. I was actually really calm leading up to my June 3rd wedding and still living on cloud nine.

I used TouchPoints. In case you’re getting married or generally very nervous or stresses, let me tell you what this thing is.

TouchPoints are non-invasive neuroscientific lifestyle wearables that use neuroscience to relieve stress! TouchPoints can improve sleep, performance, and focus, and can reduce cravings and anger.

It is insane what this cool industrial bracelet can do. Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile (BLAST) stimulation to give the user a gentle vibration that affects the brain and alters the body's fight, flight or freeze response, and this tech has been used in successful treatment for PTSD, anxiety, and panic disorders, and is completely non-invasive.

The great thing about TouchPoints is that it isn’t anecdotal evidence. In January 2017, the company analyzed data from thousands of users who entered metrics into the product’s app. The data replicates and validates co-founder and neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin's earlier clinical data. The new data showed that within just 30 seconds of using TouchPoints, people experienced a 71 percent reduction in their stress levels. ( I had a chance to meet with Dr. Serin and her co-founder, Vicki Mayo and they are the real deal badass women who are making things happen with tech).

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TouchPoints bracelets, which are 2 bands for 1 person, are safe for adults and kids and connects to an app on your phone, which includes 6 preset abilities, plus you can make your own.

The 6 presets are:

  • Reduce Stress Now
  • Improve Focus
  • Manage Anger
  • Optimize Performance
  • Sleep Better
  • Manage Cravings

I don’t know about you, but my life is better when I am less stressed out and more focused. I get more done, feel better, and even sleep better! I don’t think I could have survived wedding planning without it. Although, a nice Mexican honeymoon was pretty relaxing, too!

Have you ever used sensory wearables like TouchPoints? What was your experience?

This post was made possible in collaboration with TouchPoints.

Inside Empowering Beyond Summit 2017

I was recently asked to emcee this year’s Empowering Beyond Summit2017 hosted by Avasant, a leading management consulting firm focused on translating the power of technology into realizable business strategies. The conference theme was “Digital Singularity: Where Technology & the Human Experience Converge.” 

The opening keynote by Avasant CEO, Kevin S. Parikh, set the right tone. Parikh noted, “Digital singularity is changing how we live, work and play. The advent of AI and automation does not mean the end of humanity, but rather the beginning of a new era to free human creativity and deliver the opportunity for all.”

Parikh eloquently stated, “Digital Singularity – it’s where the human experience meets technological omnipresence. What that’s giving us is a tremendous opportunity to redefine how we are going to use technology in the next decade and what type of experience we’re going to have with technology as humanity.”

I interviewed c-suite event speakers from companies like Amazon, Mattel, Estee Lauder, and Jack in the Box, and over 200 senior executives from major tech companies like Cap Gemini, Cognizant, Dell, HCL, IBM, Infosys and TCS  attended this industry-leading event. 

The summit was held at the new Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles, and I got to test drive some of their most technologically advanced cars ever on their 53-acre test track! It was an amazing day where I met influential thought leaders behind some of today’s leading edge technological advances.


Speakers from Amazon and Immersion discussed how to leverage AI, IoT, and automation technologies to enrich the human experience. Some of Avasant’s recent clients talked about their enterprise transformation initiatives and how they had incorporated digital business solutions. A Healthcare CXO panel included the SVP of Digital Health at Flextronics, the CIO of UCI Health, and the Data & Analytics Senior Director of McKesson. The panelists shared how their companies are reshaping healthcare with technology today.

Other speakers included the CTO of Estee Lauder, who spoke about blending digital and human elements, and the CIO of Jack in the Box, who shared his experiences with blending innovation with operational excellence.

All in all, it was an excellent day, and I was excited and proud to be standing with so many movers and shakers and decision-makers in the tech industry, from some of the biggest companies in the world!

Why you should get a job in tech

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For me being in the tech sector is one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made so I wanted to let you guys in on five reasons why tech is the place to be right now.

1. There’s always so much going on

You’ll never get bored.  Technology is always changing and something new is always getting released. With so much new information there are so many jobs being created so you might not even end up doing what you started off with. It's common to jump into other roles, learning on the fly, and helping execute a project you wouldn't have thought you could do beforehand. Tech wants you to evolve and grow with it, and you definitely will working in the industry. I know, I'm constantly learning new skills! 

2. It’s not your typical 9-5

Many jobs in the tech sector let you be the boss of your time-- meaning you get the job done when you feel like it rather than be locked away in an office 9-5, five days a week. Remember, you still need to get the job done. Working with this flexibility allows you to balance your social life and career on your own terms. 

Plus more of the work is project based so you’ll constantly be working on different and creative things. To add to that, the companies themselves understand that to get inspired work, they need inspired employees - haven't we all heard how fun the Google office is? They take your work environment and incorporate play time which means an engaged brain that doesn't get fried! 

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3. Technology is the future

Let’s be honest, who can go a day without going on their phone. Tech is the norm and it’s going to be an even bigger part of our lives in the future-- so it’s very much here to stay. It used to be a career in finance that everyone ran to, now it's the tech industry. And you know what they say "Follow the money!" Not only are people starting their career in tech, but everyone is either incorporating tech positions or people are making career switches! (via)


4. Job Security and Pay

Sometimes it feels good to get into a field that you know you’re going to have a fulfilling career in and one that’s not gonna die out. Like I said earlier, they make the environment fun - when you like where you work, you're more likely to stay. Not only do companies create brand loyalty with consumers, but with their own employees. Happy employeess stay longer, the longer the stay the better they know the company, the more it grows from people who care, and it expands. It's a pretty great cycle. Fun work environments are the future, but it's already the tech industry's present day. 

 Plus, we’re kind of in a tech boom right now so if you’re thinking of applying now would be the time.

5. It’s for everyone

While some might consider technology a boys club, more and more females are joining it and absolutely loving it! From marketing to social media to front end and graphic design--  it doesn’t matter if you speak Python or know Ruby on Rails or have a technical background or not because there are so many different types of jobs and positions available that there’s a place here for everyone.

As time moves on, we're getting introduced to tech earlier and earlier in life - we now have lists like 18 under 18! With ages getting younger, the old rules are being thrown out the window and we're coding some new ones. So don't be afraid to jump in! 

Let me know if you have any questions! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.