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.

 

#HTCOne X+ – For the Photographer in You #TroopOneX

No doubt you’ve probably seen my numerous twitter, Instagram, and google+ postings of photos and videos I’ve taken with my HTCOne X+. I’ve also raved about the HTCOne X+’s amazing camera features – the one-press continuous shooting which fires off 4 shots per second, simultaneous HD video and high-res photo capture, slow motion video, and a front-facing camera for great shots.

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I had a blast taking photos and video before and during New York Fashion Week with the HTC One X+; check out a few of the numerous moments I captured with the HTCOne X+ camera:

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GUESS SUMMER 2013 PREVIEW

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BARE MINERALS PRODUCT SHOT

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A FRIEND GETTING HER MAKEUP DONE AT A LULUS.COM EVENT

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STRANGER ON THE TRAIN

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MANREPELLER GLOSSY BOX

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Also enjoy two of the many videos I took from New York Fashion Week:

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With the HTC One X+, you can capture every moment beautifully. How does your smartphone compare to the HTCOne X+? Could its photo and video capabilities elevate your photo taking skills? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Holiday Gift Guide – Gift Sets

Gift giving season is officially upon us and while some people are easy to gift, many are not which is why many people end up not very happy with their gift. Hopefully I can help you give the perfect gift this year. Let’s start with beauty lovers and miscellaneous people (you know – your child’s teacher, office mate, etc – the people that are more acquaintances rather than friends).

Makeup/Beauty lovers will go wild for the Sephora Color Daze Blockbuster, a limited edition set that only surfaces once a year. Need a last minute gift or a gift for someone you’re still getting to know, the Melvita Rose Gift Set and the Cleanlogic Royale Orange Blossom 9-pc Gift Set are excellent options for when you’re stumped on what to get.

Samsung Galaxy S III’s New Colorful Flip Covers

The Samsung Galaxy S III has been setting records worldwide for its innovation and now Samsung presents an innovative Galaxy S III accessory. What is it? Samsung presents a cool new cellphone case. The new Galaxy S III Flip Covers replaces your Galaxy S III battery cover to provide additional protection for your screen against smudges, scratches and dirt, give you privacy against nosy, over-the-shoulder readers and adds some bright color to a phone that comes in darker shades. For those of you who love the color pink (like me) – a color which is not offered in the Galaxy S III, this is a great way to brighten up your Galaxy S III.

How does it work? Simply remove your phone’s battery cover and clip on the hard plastic portion of the protective Galaxy S III Flip Cover in its place. The Flip Cover wraps around the side of the phone and the soft plastic felt adds an extra layer of protection over your screen when in place. The soft plastic felt easily folds back to allow unimpeded access to your Galaxy S III features. This cool new phone cover is available in multiple colors (not shown – yellow and orange). Want to spice up this cover even more? Even with the Flip Cover, it’s totally possible to add decals or bling to your cellphone, so have some fun with it.

Each Galaxy S III Flip Cover retails for $39.99 and is available now.

Tasting Panel Magazine Presents the 2012 Tour of Double Gold Winners – Part 1

I got the chance to enjoy an amazing and unique experience thanks to the wonderful people at Cockspur Rum. The the historic Bajan Rum won a Double Gold Medal in the rum category at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and it, along with the other winners, are on a tasting tour to fourteen U.S. markets. I had the pleasure of attending the New York tasting at Beacon Restaurant & Bar. The event was separated into two rooms, one for wines and champagne and the other for spirits (hard liquor). I wish I could post everything I enjoyed but this would be way too long. I’ll begin with the hard stuff since I tasted fewer (most winners were Tequilas, Gins, Scotch Malts and Mezcals, which I stay away from)

Double Gold Winner – 2 Nite Sicilian Blood Orange Vodka $22.00

A deliciously sweet and smooth vodka that’s perfect on the rocks or in a mixed drink. I’d happily give up bottles of any other orange flavored vodka for a glass of this.

Double Gold Winner & Best Rum – Cockspur Fine Rum

Perfectly aged, beautiful amber color, smooth as silk. It’s a rum my family grew up with and I remember my grandfather sipping this fine rum when I was younger.


Double Gold Winner & Best Aquavit – Krogstad Aquavit $25.00

Aquavit is a spirit I am not familiar with but upon tasting, it was very smooth and dry. Krogstad Aquavit is a Scandinavian spirit that gets its distinctive flavor from caraway, anise seed and other herbs and spices. It makes a great substitute for vodka in Bloody Marys.

Double Gold Winner – Dictador 20 Rum $60.00

Though new to me, this is a great, dark Colombian rum; very sexy, very bold in flavor and taste which makes this a great sipping rum.

Best Moscato – Cameron Hughes 2010 Moscato d’Asti Lot 319 $14.00

The most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted. It was so fresh, so crisp and absolutely delicious. It’s no surprise why it won both Double Gold and Best Moscato. Definitely adding this to the bar.

Double Gold Winner & Best in Show: Sparkling – Champagne Nicolas Feuillate 2004 Vintage Brut $46.00

A full bodied tasting champagne. It might just be my palette but I tasted warmth and more than just grape (pear maybe…something exotic?) I’m not sure but its definitely a delicious champagne.

Double Gold Winner & Best in Show: Dessert Wine – Barboursville 2007 Malvaxia Reserve Passito $30.00

If you love dessert wines or even just very sweet wine, this one is perfect for you.  I can also see enjoying fresh fruit soaking in this uber-sweet treat. Keep an eye out for part two of this tasting.

Handbag Butler Key Finder | Never Lose Your Keys in Your Bag Again

No matter what the rules of handbag fashion, I always carry a big bag. The amount of stuff I have to tote around almost daily can in no way fit in anything smaller than the size of a hobo, my SLR Camera alone one takes up at least half of my handbag. But with a big bag comes one problem – finding my keys. I’m not sure if this has happened to anyone, but my keys always end up at the very bottom of my bag. Digging for them takes at least 5 or more minutes and I end up with half my bag’s contents on the ground. But ladies, there is a solution…..and very chic one at that. Thanks to Handbag Butler, an Australian-based company that was one of the first to create purse hangers and who I wrote about in 2009 – check out the post – Handbag Butler at NYIGF – has launched Handbag Butler Key Finders
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I’ve actually used other key finders, but they too end up at the bottom of my bag because they did not fit properly or snugly on my bag like the Handbag Butler Key Finder does. This unique and must-have impulse gift comes in 15 unique (four available for purchase now) and chic designs that will complement any handbag and personality. Check the video below to see if this describes you:

Does the above video look like something you go through? Then this charming little accessory will help you. The Handbag Butler Key Finder comes packaged in an adorable velvet pouch and retails for $12.99. It will make any woman who carries a large handbag or who’s always struggling to find her keys.

Retro Chic – The VTech Retro Phone

We’re in a time where everyone is feeling nostalgic and seeks out products that remind us of a simpler time when life was more carefree whether it be retro clothing, shoes and accessories, home decor, etc. One of my favorite retro items falls under the latter category – to me there’s nothing sexier than a retro telephone and VTech has a great Retro Phone in its LS6195 model. I especially love the bold tangerine hue featured below. For those of who prefer a more subtle color, the VTech Retro Phone is also available in black, pearl white, light blue, and dark lux (burgundy).
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Inspired by the classic corded rotary telephone, the VTech LS6195 Retro Phone fuses retro with modern touches. Some of its features include Caller ID/Call Waiting (stores 50 calls as well as 50 name and number phonebook directory), handset and base speakerphones and power-conserving technology for superior battery performance, digital answering system, a push-button, rotary-inspired keypad, and a cordless handset that rests face-down on the charger to maintain its classic rotary style.

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The silhouette not only adds a chic design accent to any room, the size of the VTech Retro Phone also makes it unbelievably space friendly. Want to get one of those cool phones for yourself? It’s your lucky day, the normally $69.95 phone is currently on sale for $54.95 plus with every purchase of this model, $2.00 is donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.