Monster Products Partnership Announcements at CE Week

During CE Week in NYC, I had the pleasure of attending (albeit very late), a Monster Products press conference. At the press conference, Head Monster Noel Lee, Co-owner and Monster Advisory Board Member Swizz Beatz discussed the ways Monster is continuing to drive momentum in the Consumer Electronics industry by offering the latest lifestyle innovations in today’s fusion of music, technology and fashion.
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We had the pleasure of thankfully catching most of the press conference, including Swizz Beatz addressing the crowd of media attendees. See video of rapper, Swizz Beatz, addressing the media on the latest from Monster Products below

All Monster audio products feature the debut of Pure Monster Sound® for a new type of listening experience that’s as close to live music as you can get – almost like being right on stage with the musicians. They announced the launch of the NCredible Headphone Collection in partnership with entertainer Nick Cannon (see the Ntune Headphones – $129.95 directly below), followed by a photo of the new Neon Monster DNA.

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Monster Products announced several exciting new partnerships including the collaboration with Emilio Estefan, their first Latino ambassador.

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See Emilio Estefan discuss his partnership with Monster and being the first Latino to do so.

What do you think of Monster’s newest partnership announcements?

Logitech’s UE Boom Portable Speaker is Big on Sound & Design

Logitech is known for implementing fashionable elements into their tech products and with their latest portable speaker, the marriage of style and performance has produced a very stylish tech accessory. With its compact size, innovative cylinder shape, modern appearance and powerful sound (maximum 88 dBC and a frequency range of 90 Hz–20 kHz), Logitech’s UE Boom Portable Speaker gives you a fashionable and ultimate audio experience.
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Available in a variety of colors, the UE Boom wireless speaker connects through Bluetooth®, letting you switch songs, adjust volume and take phone calls from up to 50 feet** away, even allowing you to pair a friend’s device and take turns sharing songs from the different devices (you can pair up to eight Bluetooth-enabled devices) . It features a 360-degree design that blasts bold, immersive sound in every direction, a versatile go-anywhere shape, a plasma coating that makes it water and stain resistant, boasts a 15-hour rechargeable battery giving you non-stop music. Want to enjoy the UE Boom even more? You can wirelessly connect two or more UE BOOMs together in stereo through the UE Boom app for iOS™ or Android™.

The UE Boom Portable Speaker retails for $199.00 and is available on www.ultimateears.com.

Samsung Gets You JAY-Z’s New Album FREE; 3 Days Before It Drops

Want to be the first to get JAY Z’s new album? If you have a Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II, you can….for FREE…and before anyone else. That’s right, Samsung Gets You JAY-Z’s New Album FREE! The mobile giant has been slowly releasing an inside look at the making of the new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail” – including lyrics, inspirations and more for Google Play app users – which will conclude with you receiving the entire album.

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On July 4th, app users will receive the Jay-Z’s new album for free, three days before it’s released to the rest of the world! In the meantime, all who download the app will continue to receive exclusive content including lyrics from Jay-Z’s song featuring Beyonce, “Part II (On the Run)” and more info behind his new album. The most recent Samsung insider release is of Jay-Z giving a personal look into how his own experiences growing up has served as the impetus for the song about his daughter – “JAY-Z Blue”

Later this week, expect to see more videos released on the app with additional Jay-Z songs including “Oceans” featuring Frank Ocean and “Holy Grail”  featuring Justin Timberlake. To get first access to other content, including the lyrics of “Jay-Z Blue”, download the “Magna Carta” app through Google Play. Are you looking forward to getting JAY-Z’s New Album FREE?

Mobile Technology Highlight | Samsung GALAXY Note II

I never thought I’d love a phone more than I loved my Samsung GALAXY S 3, but that was before I got the Samsung GALAXY Note II. To merely call the GALAXY Note II a phone is a mistake, it is a life organizer. This powerful mobile device is perfect for that on-the-go viewing experience; it makes multitasking easy there making life easier plus it’s a striking device, it’s no surprise, I get asked about it almost every time I’m working on it.
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The Samsung GALAXY Note II boasts a 5.5” HD Super AMOLED screen which offers better clarity and a 16:9 screen ratio (that’s cinema quality) – making all viewing experiences perfectly crisp. The innovative design of the GALAXY Note II includes a bigger screen while maintaining a slim body to fit right in your hand. The S Pen and S Note provide a number of  features like Color Picker, newly added in the S Pen settings, it captures a color from any image to use for drawing. Other great artistic features include diverse sketch effects such as Auto Outline, which turns any photo into sketched outlines. What other features makes this device so amazing for your daily life?

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It’s Multi Window allows for multiple tasks on the same screen at the same time with no screen transitions; Air View (previewed below) saves you time, energy, and makes it easier to manage your life’s contents allowing convenient and quick browsing through your pictures, preview your emails and calendar details; and Quick Command allows you to send an email, call or send a text message to friends, share a meeting location, etc. All you have to do is just write the command on the pad.

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Want to get that perfect photo? Create it by capturing the best pose of each person with Best Face (shown above) on the Note II’s 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, then enhance those memories with handwritten notes on the back of your photos with Photo Note; someone on a call giving you information you need? Write down directions, phone numbers, and other information while on a call with Popup Note, it will intuitively open when you pull out the S Pen; For those of you who are not so tech-savvy, the GALAXY Note II features an easy mode which helps you easily access key functions such as favorite contacts, apps, dialer, etc on the home-screen.

What I highlighted above are just a few of the dynamic attributes of this amazing cell phone/tablet hybrid. Want to know more, get to know the Samsung GALAXY Note II by visiting Samsung/GalaxyNote2.

Samsung Experience Shop Featuring Bruno Mars

For those of you that are fans of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and all its revolutionary features, you’ll love the Galaxy S 4, which not only features the S3’s most loved features but some very interesting additions. To celebrate the launch of this newest addition, as well as the launch of the Galaxy Note 8.0, to their mobile family, Samsung, along with Best Buy, held an amazing event filled with the opportunity for guests to not only learn about these two new mobile device launches but to win them as well. Welcome to the Samsung Experience Shop Featuring Bruno Mars.

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The events was set up in different stations where you can learn and try out the various features on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 8.0. Guests won tokens from each station visited which they redeemed for prizes. The grand prize winner (50 tokens) won five Samsung products including a Flatscreen TV, Galaxy Note 8.0, Smart Camera (which I’m dying for), Galaxy S 4, etc. (I got a photo of the winner below after he was jumping up and down)

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The second prize winner won four products and so on. The evening also included a rousing performance by singer, Bruno Mars who stayed on stage for an hour captivating the crowd

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Check out a video snippet from one of his performances at the event

Check out some more images from the amazing, one-of-a-kind event below. Along with all the night’s activities, guests were able to see their tweets from the events as it happened on Samsung’s colossal live twitter board

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A Matter of Time | Standout Timepieces From Allen Lyle and Nooka

Accessories have become more than just accents to our look, they are now taking center stage and the focal point of many looks. Just like necklaces, earrings and rings, watches are experiencing a high in fashion and designers are experimenting with cool and unusual details and materials, just look at these eye-catching and innovative timepieces from Allen Lyle and Nooka.

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With a collection made from the unconventional but very natural material that is wood – specifically sandalwood, maple wood and , these timepieces are a definite statement all on their own. Allen Lyle offers fashion forward styles for men and women at affordable prices. Although the styles feature classic watch faces, these wood watches are anything but boring. Whether you go for a square-faced, all-wood style like the Theo Light or Dark, or a wood and stainless steel style like the Kenzie, your watch will definitely get attention. To wrap your wrist in one of these, head over to http://shopallenlyle.com/shop/Watches.

Nooka Watches

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Nooka already makes very modern and futuristic timepieces that are attention-getters and they’ve upped the ante by reinvigorating their Zub series with glow-in-the-dark technology. Nooka strongly believes in the philosophy of “enhanced functionality and a technoprogressive”, their designs celebrate the future of design and style innovation. Another one of their new must-have styles is the Zex Silver, Gold and Night (shown below), a stainless steel, mineral crystal, leather bands and masculine design in their popular analogue dot face, the Zirc.

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All Nooka styles can be purchased on nooka.com. Are you loving these timepieces from Allen Lyle and Nooka? Which watches are your favorites?

UNPACKED – The Samsung Galaxy S4 is Coming

Get ready fans of the Samsung Galaxy S3 because the new next big thing is coming. Samsung has taken their iconic Galaxy S-Series smartphones and made it better. The latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 (launching late April 2013 in Black Mist and White Frost), has a 5-inch, 1080p display, touch-free capabilities, an amazing 13-megapixel camera (the Galaxy S3 has an 8-megapixel camera) with enhanced media and sharing capabilities, and fitness-tracking features.

The S4 is slimmer, lighter and more solid than the S3 boasting an incredible full-HD Super AMOLED screen, a slim bezel encased in a special polycarbonate body making it the lightest Galaxy smartphone. Want to know more, start by checking out some video of JK Shin, Head of Samsung Mobile Communications, introducing the Samsung Galaxy S4, dubbed the Life Companion – slated to make your life simpler, richer and more fun.

While it boasts many of the features already available on the S3, the Galaxy S4 will wow you with some of it’s astounding features (only a few are listed below):

  • Dual Camera/Dual Video Call – take photos simultaneously with the front and rear cameras allowing you to add yourself in the photo you just took. With Dual Video Call or Dual Video, friends and family can experience everything with you, no matter how far they may be.
  • S Voice Drive – developed for safety while driving – make calls, answer calls, organize messages, and ask for directions with both hands safely on your steering wheel.
  • Group Play – Get your friends together to create a powerful sound system that enhances the sound quality of your music.
  • Pictures with Sound – Don’t just look at your photos, with the Samsung Galaxy S4, you can record and share a message about that amazing moment. Every picture you take on the Samsung Galaxy S4 come with sound to remember what was said, played, and heard.
  • Drama Shot – take a series of pictures of any moving subject and puts them together to create one amazing action shot
  • Air View/Air Gesture/Air Call-Accept – did just got a mani or are you hands dirty? motion your hand at the Samsung Galaxy S4 to accept calls, change music, or browse the web and your photos with Air Gesture. Enlarge content and photos, preview emails, and speed dial all with your finger barely hovering over the screen even when wearing gloves (not just texting gloves)
  • Smart Scroll/Pause – if you loved the the Galaxy S3’s Smart Stay, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Smart Pause/Smart Scroll will blow you away. Automatically scroll up or down emails and websites when you tilt the phone from one side to another plus when you look away, the S4 pauses whatever you’re watching and resumes play where you left off when you look back at the screen again.
  • S Health – get motivated for a healthier you with S Health. Track your workouts, daily intake, and weight levels, determine your comfort level based on temperature and humidity and monitor your progress with both Health Board and various charts.
  • Story Album – organize your photos and create albums based on specific events. Apply themes and various layouts then share with your friends via social media or in print.
  • S Translator – travelling to a foreign country? Easily communicate with locals by saying or texting what you need translated into the Samsung Galaxy S4 and it’ll read or text back the translation. Say goodbye to language barriers.
Check out another video of the amazing features available on the new Samsung Galaxy S4

Popcorn, Indiana Debuts New FIT Popcorn Line

Sometimes it’s difficult to snack happily without a little guilt that you’re eating too much. There are lots of great, delicious healthy snacks but how do you stop yourself from eating too much and of course, how much is too much. Thankfully Popcorn, Indiana, innovators of all-natural popcorn and whole grain snacks, introduced a line of wonderfully delicious popcorn that allows you to enjoy more and snack smarter. We all know popcorn is an enjoyable snack with great health benefits –
it contains more of the antioxidant, polyphenols, than fruits and vegetables and is high in fiber. With the Popcorn, Indiana FIT Popcorn range, a new low-fat and low-calorie line of ready-to-eat popcorn, you get so much more.
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Featuring amazing taste, a light crispy crunch, 40 calories or less and just 2g of fat per cup, the gluten-free, whole grain FIT range is perfect for those of you who want to snack smarter without sacrificing flavor. The new popcorn range features four savory and delicious flavors – Sea Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Parmesan & Herb and Onion Dijon (Sea Salt and Olive Oil flavors are on-GMO Project Verified) – all of which have been approved by “The Biggest Loser” as snacks that can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

I must say, I usually stick to regular butter-flavored popcorn but these all-natural tastes amazing, my favorite was the Onion Dijon. It makes a great substitute to potato chips and other fat-heavy snacks. Popcorn, Indiana FIT popcorn will be available at leading retailers nationally. To find a store near you, visit the Popcorn, Indiana website at www.popcornindiana.com.