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Monster Announces the Monster Blaster Boombox at CE Week

During the mid-1970s, the first social sharing music device, the boombox, made its grand debut. The boombox, a portable cassette tape recorder/player with AM/FM radio, filled a desire for a shared music listening experience. It took music to the streets. Over the years, they became bigger and heavier as the desire for louder, more significant bass grew. In 2001, when Apple introduced the iPod, it spelled the end of the boombox. For 15 years, music became personal, it was no longer a shared music experience……until the Monster Blaster boombox.

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This reimagined boombox takes the classic and updates it with modern design and the latest in wireless technology. The Monster Blaster boasts Bluetooth technology, charges via USB for up to 12 hours of continuous listening, and frees you from batteries. Other features include indoor and outdoor EQ Modes, waterproof and splash-proof, Bi-Directional Driver Design with full range drivers in angled 360⁰ orientation, a down-Firing Integrated Powered Subwoofer, quick pairing via NFC, a 3.5mm Aux-In to connect any audio source, 3.5mm Microphone Level Input makes the Blaster a portable PA system, and a powerful enough sound for large, open spaces.

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To welcome the return of much-celebrated “ghetto blaster”, Monster held a panel during CE Week on the “Evolution and Impact of the Boombox on Pop and Hip-Hop culture, followed by a Break Dance competition.” The panel featured some of the most influential DJs, hip-hop artists, and music influencers, including Video Music Box’s Ralph MacDaniels, Chuck Creekmur from allhiphop.com, musical artists Bodega Bamz, DJ Enuff, Mims, and Dorrough Music.

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The Breakdance competition which followed the panel included the Monster Blaster boombox and a check for $500 as prizes. Competitors included Uncle Will, Gravity, Roflow, Pete Nasty, Rugrat, etc. The breakdancing competition introduced the partnership between Monster and Ground Zero Crew, Miami’s most notorious, world champion Bboy breakdancing group. This partnership, the first for a brand and dance group, birthed the “Taking It To The Streets” tour, a multi-faceted cross-country that celebrates the Monster Blaster boombox. Tour stops include SXSW, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, and Philadephia.

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The Taking It to The Streets tour features music and business related discussion panels (like the one held during CE week), led by local DJs, hip-hop artists and music influencers across the US. The tour recently made a stop in Miami, where the Ground Zero Crew organized a pop-up dance breakdancing competition. Miami’s hip-hop elite attended the panel and enjoyed “Monsterous Breakdancing battles” hosted by Ground Zero Crew’s founder Bebe Fernandez, well into the night.

The Monster Blaster boombox is available now and retails for $399.95 on www.monsterproducts.com.

New in Tech: Polaroid Underwater Camera Housing Case

As a photography lover and owner of a DSLR, we try to get the most out of our photo taking experience. We use our digital camera for all the photos for our blog posts, which means we take it with us everywhere. Of course, there are some places our DSLR cannot be taken…like underwater. We always wished we could turn our Canon into an underwater camera for when we’re at the pool or on vacation; a possibility we never thought would exist, until the introduction of the Polaroid Underwater Camera Housing Case. Thanks to this dive rated, waterproof housing case, there’s no need for us to buy a separate underwater camera, we can now take our Canon from land to sea.

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The Polaroid underwater camera case is made of high-impact polycarbonate and can withstand water submersion up to 130 feet. It features a photo quality viewing glass that allows you to see your photos even while you’re underwater. The waterproof housing case also boasts easy, accessible controls for full camera function in any situation, and offers protection from rain, snow or dusty and muddy environments for extraordinary photos on any terrain, and in any conditions. If you already own a Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic or Sony digital camera and want to expand your photo captures to explore underwater photography, the Polaroid Underwater Camera Housing Case is exactly what you need. The Polaroid Underwater Camera Housing Case, which is available in transparent, and black, fits the following DSLR camera models:

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  • Canon: Canon 70D (w/18-55mm lens), Canon 5D Mark 3 (w/ 24-105mm lens), Canon G1 X, Canon G7 X, Canon G11/G12, Canon G15, Canon G16, Canon S110, Canon T2I/550D, Canon T3I/600D, Canon T5I/700D, T4I/650D (w/18-55mm lens)
  • Nikon: Nikon Coolpix P7000, Nikon Coolpix P7100, Nikon D7000 (w/18mm lens), Nikon D7100 (w/18mm lens), Nikon J1 (w/10mm lens), Nikon V1 (w/10mm lens)
  • Olympus: Olympus EM5 (w/12mm lens), Olympus EM5 (w/5-17mm lens)
  • Panasonic: Panasonic GF2 (w/14-42mm lens), Panasonic GF3 (w/14-42mm lens), Panasonic GF5 (w/14-42mm lens), Panasonic GF6 (w/14-42mm lens)
  • Sony: Sony A6000 (w/16-50mm lens), Sony A7 (w/ 27-70mm lens), Sony Alpha NEX-3 (w/16mm lens), Sony Alpha NEX-3N (w/18mm lens), Sony Alpha NEX-5 (w/16mm lens), Sony Alpha NEX-5N (w/16mm lens or 18mm lens), Sony Alpha NEX-C3 (w/16mm lens or 18mm lens), Sony NEX 6 (w/16mm lens or 18mm lens), Sony NEX 7 (w/16mm lens or 18mm lens), Sony NEX-5R (w/18mm lens), Sony RX100, Sony RX100 Mark 2

The Polaroid Underwater Camera Housing Case is available now on www.Amazon.com ranging from $99.99-$599.99, depending on your camera model, and ships with camera housing, a hand and neck strap, an o-ring and water sealing lubricant, and a manual. Are you ready to

Wocket Wallet: The Smartest Wallet You’ll Ever Own

This blog post has been sponsored by #wocketwallet.  The company has compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to review their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. #wocketsmartwallet #wocket

For years, we’ve carried a large, bulky wallet. Why do you ask? Because along with receipts, our credit and debit cards, we have amassed a collection of loyalty cards for almost everything. We have loyalty and frequent visitor cards for several airlines, supermarkets, restaurants and other eateries, beauty retailers, mass merchants, major retail stores, and so on, so of course we needed a wallet big enough to hold all of those cards. And because we carry all our loyalty and credit cards every single day, we always have to carry a large handbag (as you will see below, our wallet is not built for small purses). Thanks to the geniuses at NXT-ID, we will be able to reduce not only our wallet size but our handbag size as well. How? It’s all thanks to the wonderful creation of a digital wallet that is surely the world’s smartest wallet, Wocket Wallet.

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If you’re like us and suffer from “overstuffed and/or over-sized wallet syndrome”, this Electronic Wallet is a must. Thanks to the WocketSmartWallet, we’re now in the market for something thin, like a card holder or leather billfold, just to carry cash and receipts, everything else goes into our Wocket Wallet. As we transfer all our giftcards, etc to this Ewallet, we still can’t believe how slimmer our usual wallet is becoming. It’s wonderful going from our huge wallet to the very compact Wocket Wallet. Everything was so easy to use and our inner techy gets very excited every time we use it.

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The first time we used our Wocket Wallet was at the Supermarket. We usually take our entire wallet with us, but this time everything we needed – our debit cards and supermarket loyalty cards, were already programmed in the Wocket. The only additional card we brought along was our I.D. After inputting our security pin, we selected which card we wanted to pay with and swiped away. It took all our energy not to say “Holy Shit, this is awesome” out loud…well not too loud. Although we still have a few more loyalty cards to program in, we are off to a great start with Wocket.

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What’s more, the WocketSmartWallet look very sleek as well. Aside from its thin shape, it also boasts an extra card slot, stitched leather detail, Smart Swipe technology, your name etched on the chic black card with gold trim, a physical signature strip like regular debit and credit cards, and the ability to unlock it with either a pin of your choice or with your voice thanks to its biometrically locked capabilities. Instead of carrying around 12 or more various debit, credit, or loyalty cards, you carry one Wocket card with all of your cards programmed by categories. For those of you that typically forget your numerous passwords, you can also safely secure them in your Wocket.

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The Wocket Wallet retails for $179.oo, but you can get $30.00 off now, with code 30OFF-5fet76f9. That means you’re getting it for only $149.00. So say goodbye to HUGE, bulky wallets, and the constant fight to pull the card you need out of your wallet, and say hello smaller purses, any card easily available at your fingertips, and a more efficient way to pay with WocketSmartWallet.

RadioShack & Gabriel Saporta Celebrate Pop-up Store in Times Square

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, RadioShack has opened a pop-up store right in the middle of Times Square, 1441 Broadway (41st and Broadway), for shopping and gift giving convenience. The pop-up is open for a limited amount of time and offers interactive experiences, high-tech headphone demo stations, the eye-catching speaker wall which allowed customers to try out and buy thirteen various speakers and free charging stations. The RadioShack pop-up highlights the reinvigorated brand and offers a great mix of products perfect for holiday gifts and for visitors who may pass through the “Crossroads of the World.”

Gabriel Saporta, lead singer for synthpop band, Cobra Starship, was on hand to help celebrate at the launch party for the pop-up, held above the store’s location. The musician held court as the event’s DJ and had the crowd moving the entire night.

Several celebrities were on hand to celebrate the pop-up’s launch, including RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas, The Misshapes, Designers Yigal Azrouel and Erin Fetherston, the latter who I had the pleasure of interviewing

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 The pop-up will remain open through New York’s hosting of “the big game” in February.

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.

Shoot and Share with Kodak EasyShare Cameras

We have become a society that needs to share our experiences, activities, fun moments, etc and we like to do it instantly. Kodak knows this and has introduced some great products that will allow us to instantly share those wonderful, fun loving and sometimes hilarious moments we capture. Kodak has a range of cameras and video cameras that feature their one touch share button and they make excellent gifts for yourself and your loved ones.

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With one button (the Share button), you can automatically and simultaneously share your brilliantly sharp photos and videos (thanks to the high-resolution LCD touchscreen) to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Kodak gallery and via email. This smart little Schneider-Kreuznach 5X optical zoom camera features several photo and color effects such as Sepia, Black & White, T-Max Film, Kodak Chrome, Tri-X and HD Video. What’s even greater, when sharing to Facebook, you can pre-tag your Facebook friends right on the camera. Kodak’s Share button makes sharing your pictures and videos as simple as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1—Just press Share when in review mode
Step 2—Choose your social media outlets, e-mail address, or KODAK PULSE Digital Frame
Step 3—Connect your camera to your computer or insert your memory card and your videos or pictures are automatically uploaded

Share the love for $139.95

PLAYFULL Waterproof Video Camera

Share your amazing HD videos with friends or upload to all your favorite social media sites with this everyday HD video camera with its built-in USB arm for easy sharing, in-camera charging, and easy transferring to computer. The name says it all; this adorable, lightweight credit card sized Playfull video camera fits perfectly in your pocket or purse so its ready whenever you want to capture a memorable moment. Record up to 10 hours of HD video with the expandable SD/SDHC card slot that can hold up to 32GB. Rainy day or may need to do some underwater filming? No worries, this 720p HD, 2.0 inch Anti-glare LCD must-have device is waterproof up to 10 feet or 3 meters for up to two hours. Capture your videos in normal color or go artistic with black & white, sepia, high saturation or 70’s film video effects. At $99.95, it makes a wonderful gift for any friend or family member no matter what age.

KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera / Zx5

For those who live a more extreme lifestyle – you work hard and play harder, then this is the video camera for you. Shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof to a depth of 10ft with a built-in image stabilization smooths out even the roughest ride. A great gift for an one who’s always on the move – skateboarding or biking teens and adults will absolutely love this especially since they also get to share their amazing skills with the ease of Kodak’s one touch share button. The PlaySport also features full 1080p HD which captures 10 hours of your adventures in amazing detail and easily switch to still camera mode to catch 5 MP, 16:9 widescreen HD pictures. Edit and trim your videos, add a voice-over to narrate your footage or add pictures and music to your videos to make cool mashups. Go extreme for $179.95