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.

 

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.

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