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Got Nomophobia? Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

Across the nation, mobile phone addiction seems to be on the rise. As phones get smarter and are designed to manage more parts of daily life, more people than ever are relying on their phones to an unhealthy extent, with many even showing real signs of addiction. Keep reading to find out if you are addicted to your smartphone, also known as Nomophobia.

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Mobile Phones: Bad Habit Or Harmful Addiction?

Despite the rise in addiction numbers, many people still question whether mobile phone addiction can even be considered a true form of addiction. However, the facts suggest that phone use has been rising to harmful levels among the general public. As much as 91% of all U.S. citizens have their smartphone or other mobile devices within reach 24/7, demonstrating a worrying level of dependence on these mobile marvels.

Additionally, most people keep their phones in near constant use, rather than just frequently available. The average person spends 36% more time using their mobile phone than they spend eating and drinking, based on average time spent daily on each activity. This implies that not only do people feel the need to have their phone always available, they’re also using it with shocking frequency.

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Addiction On The Rise: Trend Likely To Continue

With the way technology continues to bleed into a wide variety of daily activities, it’s very likely this general dependency on smartphones will continue, if not worsen. People are purchasing new technology at alarming rates to keep up as society starts to demand the use of mobile phones; almost 395 iPhones are sold every minute. This figure does not count other brands of smartphones, meaning the problem is going to continue as these figures rise.

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Breaking The Habit: What You Can Do To Reduce Dependency

While society continues to insist on increased smartphone dependency, there are still ways to help reduce your reliance on technology. Several apps exist to help those who are suffering from mobile phone or social media addiction. These apps and online programs limit the time that the user can access certain websites or programs, helping people reduce their digital use. This option, however, does not always work in more extreme cases; or in situations where social media access is necessary for professional situations.

Still, others have been beating their dependency on their phone by, shockingly, using a second phone. Many people have taken to purchasing a dumb phone in addition to their smartphone – a simple flip phone or similar device used exclusively for functions like making calls and sending simple texts. By making these devices their primary phones, these people are able to avoid the temptations of most smartphones. This includes social media, distracting apps, and more.

So, did you figure out if you are addicted to your smartphone? Has your smartphone or mobile phone use reached addiction levels? If so, how do you plan to reduce your phone use, if at all?

TECH REVIEW | HTC One Smartphone

The HTC One has been touted as the best Android smartphone available today. As a Samsung Galaxy S4 user, I took the challenge to see how amazing this android phone is and this post is my result. First, the HTC One offers great, crisp sound quality for both calls and music. I particularly love Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers, it makes multitasking on and off your phone a wonderfully stress-free experience with great sound quality. The HTC BoomSound™ with Beats Audio™ and HDR Recording combine to deliver a sharper and richer sound experience and HTC Sense Voice™ that boosts call volume and quality in noisy environments (I can’t tell you at how many noisy events this came in handy).

Visually, the screen resolution is superb; it features a gorgeous 4.7-inch, full-HD 1080p screen, which offers 468ppi resolution and rich, natural colors. The HTC’s UltraPixel Camera redefines the capture and creation of content with a f/2.0 aperture lens and sensor, gathering 300% more light than traditional camera sensors and HTC Zoe™ that enables your high-res photos to come to life by capturing up to 20 photos and a 3-second video. There were lots of moments when people commented on how great my photos were. I didn’t play games on it (not that much of a gamer) but I’ve heard wonderful things and it seems to stand up to that reputation. When it comes to streaming videos, using the GPS, and other key functions, the HTC One is in a word …….amazing.

Other key features includes HTC BlinkFeed™, a bold new the new standard experience that transforms the home screen of your phone into a live stream of personal content – do you find yourself more active on one social media network than the others? Have all your favorite content streamed one one screen as its happening. The HTC One also has a distinct zero-gap aluminum unibody (I love the new bold red HTC One – pictured above – that launched in August) and tapered edges for a slim comfortable grip.

My only qualms are I wish it had a longer battery life (I love the S4’s battery life), it is heavier than the S4 and I wish it had a microSD slot for more storage, other than that, this is a great phone.

  

Tech Style | Customize Your AT&T Moto X by Moto Maker

When it comes to style, individuality is key. No one wants to walk down the street or be out and see several people with what they have. This is not just true for fashion but for everything personal. AT&T and Motorola presents the Moto X by Moto Maker which allows you to express your individual style with the option of customizing your cellphone. With on-trend style elements (bold color, texture, etc) have become more than just a phone – they are now an extension of our style. While it’s cool to have the latest technology, we still want to make it highlight our personality plus the Moto X is also the first smartphone to be designed and assembled in the US.

With the Moto X, you can choose the back color, front color, accent color and case. With over 2,000 possibilities to choose from, you can design a phone that’s uniquely yours. You can also choose your phone’s memory size (16GB for $199.99 or 32GB for $249.99, add a name or greeting that’ll pop up every time you turn on your phone, select your wallpaper and pre-sync it with your Google account (Moto X owners get an extra 50GB of Google Drive storage on top of the standard 15GB free for two years to safely keep and share photos, documents and other files).

Moto X responds to your voice, no touching necessary, it perfectly fits your hand, twist your wrist twice, it becomes your camera. it discreetly lets you know your notifications without draining your battery. Moto X runs on Android, which lets you take Google with you wherever you go. You’ll have access to more than 975,000 apps and games on Google Play. Full specs include:

  • Android 4.2.2, Jelly Bean Interface
  • Width 65.3mm; Height 129.4mm with a weight of 130G
  • 4.7″ AMOLED (RGB) / HD 720p display
  • 4.0 LE + EDR Bluetooth Technology
  • Rear-Facing Camera w/ 10MP CLEAR PIXEL (RGBC) – Quick Capture – LED flash – 1080p HD video (30 fps) – 4X digital zoom – Slow motion video – Burst mode – Auto HDR – Panorama – Tap to focus
  • Front Facing Camera w/ 2MP 1080p HD video
  • 2 GB RAM, 16 GB standard with 32 GB version available online
  • Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which includes a software optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, quad-core Adreno 320 GPU), a natural language processor and a contextual computing processor
I love the concept of customizing your phone and of course the patriotic aspect of it being assembled in the US. I look forward to Motorola expanding on it with prints or patterns, and of course uploading your own image or design. What do you think of the Moto X?

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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#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:

VINITALY WINE TASTING

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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.

My #HTCOne X+ Playlists | My Music, My Soul

I’m the type of person who always needs a little noise, a little music in the background. I’m known for chair dancing (sofa dancing, floor dancing…sitting on the floor that is). As a blogger, inspiration or writing angle can come from anywhere and music plays a big one in mine. This is why my HTC OneX+ has several playlists that not only keep my body moving but keeps my favorite songs (old and new) with me always. The beauty of the HTC One X+, you have several music app choices already available and of course you can always download more. Shown are my phone’s music app, Soundhound (which competes with shazaam in music recognition), TuneIn Radio (lets you listen to music from all over the world) and Spotify. **the below photo was taken before I downloaded the almighty Pandora**

Below are screenshots of my Spotify and my music transfers from my itunes (try not to judge my 1990 and early 2000 music overloads). I have quite a few songs that I listen to while I blog, clean my living room, even two songs to get me going in the morning (I am so not a morning person)

My morning pick-me-up songs? a little bit of 90’s with Nick Kershaw’s “Wouldn’t it be Good”, it’s just so sunny and optimistic – I usually have this on repeat 2-3 times and then the real get-me-out-of-bed/strut my stuff/fabulous song, this is the song I normally do my housework to, I run to this song, I do my NYC streets catwalk to it….just about every time I need a pick me up or I’m feeling celebratory – Bob Sinclair’s “Love Generation”. I know I’m not the only one who does this, so what songs get you guys going?


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Right now I am having a blast with Pandora, building up my stations and enjoying all the music recommendations – I highly recommend using Soundhound and Pandora, you discover new music and old favorites and get some amazing recommendations.

While listening to music on my HTC OneX+, I was inspired to share this quote:

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley

Get to Know the HTC One™ X+ from AT&T® #TroopOneX

I’m having fun getting to know the HTC OneX+ from AT&T. It’s amazingly light, it features more speed, more storage and a longer battery life than several of the currently mobile devices currently available. This post is just an introduction of some of the amazing features this sleek phone has to offer, like it’s slim, lightweight polycarbonate unibody with a 2.5 D Gorilla Glass curved screen that flows around the phone’s edges. So what else can you expect?


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The HTC One™ X+  boasts a mighty 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 64GB of storage and as mentioned before, their longest-lasting battery yet: up to 50% longer!* It also features an amazing camera, built for the photographer in you with a very convenient one-press continuous shooting,  firing off 4 shots per second so you’re sure to capture the perfect picture every time, simultaneous HD video and high-res photo capture, and a front-facing camera for great shots.


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Love listening to your favorite tunes on your phone? You will love the authentic sound. Hear music the way the artist intended with exclusive Beats Audio™ built plus its gives you easy access to all the music you love via HTC Music hub and Sync Manager. Rent or buy movies and shows from thousands of titles in HTC Watch 2.0. Enjoy sound experience with deeper bass, crisper vocals and detailed high notes for all your music, games, movies and videos all on the brilliant HD screen or on the big screen thanks to HTC Media Link HD, where you can wirelessly project all your favorite content onto any TV for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

Cool, right? I can’t wait to get better acquainted with this awesome phone. I already love the crisper photos and amazing sound quality. Next step, perhaps some cool mobile accessories. Meanwhile, I continue on with my discovery.