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Motorola Welcomes The Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone

When it comes to advances in technology, we all want everything to be faster. This is especially true when it comes to our smartphones. We want to upload and download faster, connect faster, and work faster. With the 5G network already present in cities like Chicago and Minneapolis, with other major cities like New York on the horizon, you need a smartphone that can handle the next major step of mobile telecommunications standards and speeds. This is where the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone comes in.

We had the pleasure of attending the Moto Z4 launch event where the newest member of the Moto Z family was announced. This latest phone is packed incredible new features at just about half the retail of its competitors. Boasting a longer lasting battery, more storage, bigger display, and incredibly crisp night vision capabilities at prices that don’t match a month’s rent, you’ll love what the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone has to offer.

Check out some of the amazing features below:

  • An integrated in-display fingerprint sensor right on the phone’s 2.5D curved glass screen
  • 15w turbo power charging for quicker battery power
  • Enjoy amazing speeds with the new 5G moto mod at Verizon
  • Etched matte glass screen, water resistant, aluminum, the earphone jack is back, 6.4″ max vision, full HD+ OLED
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, AI engine, 3.0 GHz Octa-core
  • Enjoy up to 2 days of battery life
  • Moto Mods don’t just customize your phone with experiences you want,t hey add an extra battery to the Moto Z4
  • The 48-megapixel and 25-megapixel front-facing camera are amplified thanks to the sensor with OIS and Quad pixel technology.
  • Smart Composition feature that recognizes potential improvements to your photo and creates a second photo based on those improvements
  • One button navigation at the bottom of the screen. Quick flashlight with a flick of your wrist
  • Add fun, animated characters to your photos with AR Stickers
  • Spot Color Mode allows you to pick one color to keep, and then turn everything else in the photo to black and white. You can also choose from twelve different live color tones filters
  • Timelapse / Hyperlapse, Slow Motion, and YouTube Live
  • 128GB internal storage expandable up to 512GB with a microSD, 4GB RAM

Some of our favorite features include the incredible photo sharpness and clarity of the Moto Z4’s night vision; the auto smile photo capture that can capture up to 5 people in a group and single photos; the ability to add an artistic blur effect in the background for professional-looking selfies in both front and rear cameras with portrait lighting; and the 360 photo and video capabilities when you add on the 360 Moto Mod.

The Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone is available now through Verizon in Flash Grey and Frost White. It can be purchased at Best Buy, B&H Photo, and www.amazon.com in the US; Starting June 13, customers who purchase the Verizon Moto Z4 at Best Buy will receive a limited time offer of $5/month for 24 months for new lines or $10/month for 24 months for upgrades.

Get the Moto Z4 at Verizon for only $10/month for 24 months. For those who want to bundle, the Moto Z4 + 5G Moto Mod starts at $439.99 for new activations; and the Moto Z4 + 360 Mod Camera Bundle is $499.99 unlocked. Canadians will be able to purchase the Moto Z4 this summer.

We highly encourage you to pop into one of the above retailers and try out the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone for yourself. Try out all the mods and see which is best for you, then go enjoy this epic phone.

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?

Smartphone Repair Housecalls: the Benefit of Using Cellsavers

When it comes to connecting with your world, your smartphone is your lifeline. Without our cell phones, we really do feel lost. What happens when your connection to that lifeline is severed? What can you do to recover it? Can you afford to recover it? We recently experienced just that when on a rainy day, our beloved, customized Motorola Pure X Edition (which features our favorite color, and is inscribed with our name) fell from our hands and hit the concrete streets head one. Although our beloved phone still functioned (we continued receiving texts, emails, and calls), the touchscreen was cracked so severely, it no longer responded to our touch. Our options, say goodbye to our customized phone and get a new one, try to get it repaired, or try to repair it ourselves. Sadly our budget wouldn’t allow for a new phone, the inquiries we made about repairs proved just as costly as purchasing a new phone, and we’re nowhere gifted enough to try any DIY repairs. Thankfully, we found our smartphone savior in CellSavers, who provides quick, affordable and certified cell phone repair service at your door, be it your office or your home.

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Say goodbye to the constant research in trying to find a reputable cell phone repair service that a) is within a bearable distance of your work or home, b) won’t charge you an arm and a leg for repair services, c) won’t have you waiting in line for hours, or d) leave you in limbo on the status of your repair request. With CellSavers, all those annoyances are gone. Not only do they come to you, their prices are lower than other repair services, even those offered by your phone’s manufacturer. CellSavers normally repairs iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Samsung Galaxy models, but the repair tech worked his magic on my Moto X Pure.

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CellSavers makes it simple to book mobile phone repair, ONLINE! You pick the place, and they’ll be there with tools in hand. Setting an appointment as ridiculously easy and involved just submitting my availability, the model of my phone and repair needed. Within minutes CellSavers confirmed the date, time, and the name and contact information of the technician, Clydal, that would be coming to my home for the repairs. To set up your iPhone, iPad, or Samsung repair appointment, click this link to begin your repair process. Armed with his tools and specialty headgear, Clydal proceeded to save my cell from the beyond broken mess you see back to its brand new form. Hence the name they’re called CellSavers.

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All the details and customization I used to build my phone were not lost, even the small add-ons like the pink details you see on the front. My Moto X Pure looked and worked as new as when I first took it out of its box.

CellSavers Pricing

CellSavers currently offers cell repair in the following locations: Atlanta, Austin, Baldwin Park, Carlsbad, Chicago, Dallas, Del Mar, Encinitas, Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orange County, and Phoenix. As we stated before, their prices are significantly lower than other repair options, they come to you, and you get your fixed phone in an amazingly timely manner. What more can you ask for! Could CellSavers help you with a phone repair?

Motorola’s New Moto360 Collection: Designed by You

Want to make a fashionable girl geek out? Give her the power to make her tech devices as chic and stylish as she is. Thanks to Motorola’s New Moto360 Collection, which includes the Moto 360 and Moto 360 Sport Smartwatches (coming soon), and the Moto X Pure Edition Smartphone, you are getting more: more style options, more features and more battery life, and a better mobile relationship – a way of keeping you connected without being shackled to your device.

Moto 360 Smartwatch

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The original Moto 360 was the first true smartwatch to feature a traditional round face, bringing the classic design, craftsmanship and sophisticated style of refined timepieces, to wearable technology. Thanks to Moto Maker, Motorola’s online design studio, you can select from a range of colors, materials, and details to make your Moto 360 Smartwatch your own. Select your smartwatch style, bezel treatment and colors, case colors and size (women’s comes in 42mm, and men’s  in 46mm, or 42mm), finish, band, and stunning watch faces tailored specifically to fit the style personalities of both men and women, making it the world’s first customizable smartwatch.

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Whether you’re out with friends and family, in a meeting, or on vacation, the Moto 360 gives you access to read your Gmail messages and calendar invites, reply to friends on Whatsapp, stay up-to-date with Facebook posts, traffic and weather updates, discover music playing around you with a  Live Dial for Shazam, browse and play music on spotify, and have access to your favorite Android wear apps from Google play. The new Moto 360 also boasts a high-res LCd screen that maximizes the of display area while minimizing the overall case size for a more realistic view of your incoming messages and alerts (say goodbye to eye strain), quick-release bands so you can change your watch bands from stainless steel to leather in seconds, and a new Moto Body phone app that goes beyond counting steps. One of our favorite gestures is the fact that the Moto 360 is built to recognize gestures. When you raise your wrist to look at the Moto 360, the display automatically turns on.

Moto X Pure Edition Smartphone

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For those of you who hate being restricted, Motorola presents the Moto X Pure Edition Smartphone, a beautiful and powerful smartphone that’s not bound to any phone carrier. That’s right, the Moto X Pure Edition comes ready to use because it arrives unlocked, and works on all major networks. No longer will you be restricted by the rules of network carriers. If that wasn’t enough, just like the original Moto X, you can customize this smartphone to your style and personality. Choose your memory size, frame and front colors, a distinctive back (soft-grip, genuine leather or real wood), accent color, personal back engraving, and signature greeting (we’ll share our finished Moto X Pure Edition on our social media when we receive it).
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What better way to express yourself than personalizing with your “life-line”. There are many more features of the Moto Pure Edition you’ll enjoy. Imagine getting 10 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes; it’s a reality with the Moto X Pure Edition. It also boasts a 5.7” Quad HD display for vivid pictures, videos and games, immersive stereo sound thanks to its front-facing stereo speakers, a 21 MP camera with color-balancing flash, rapid focus and no shutter delay, a front-facing 5 MP camera with wide-angle lens and LED front flash, advanced water protection thanks to its water-repellent coating,  and a sleek metal frame and curved back that’s designed to be comfortable in your hand. Those are just a few of the features that will have you saying goodbye to your old phones.

Click on the following linked texts to build your Moto X Pure Edition, pre-order your Moto 360 Smartwatch, and register for updates on the Moto 360 Sport now. Anyone customized a Moto product using Moto Maker? How was your experience? We’re looking forward to enriching our lives with Motorola, are you?

The Latest in Wearables: Jewelry Goes Digital with Kiroco Jewelry

We have been privy to many things that have blown us away, some with their beauty, others with their features. We’ve always been interested in products that combine fashion and technology, especially when it strengthens the connection between humans. While we admit some technology can create a wall between between us, not all of them do. After all, we humans are emotional creatures and we do seek out a connection with our fellow beings. We discovered a stunning range of products during CE Week that help to keep our emotional connection and one of our favorites was Kiroco Jewelry. How does this jewelry company combine fashion and technology, and help keep our connection to each other? Kiroco Jewelry’s concept is the strengthening of our connection by combining emotion and the giving of jewelry. Here’s how…
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While the above gorgeous pieces seem like typical jewelry, Kiroco is able to take jewelry beyond just classic sentiment and into a world of secret sweet nothings and heartfelt messages of love and emotion, all of which will be literally locked into the jewelry for eternity. The above Kiroco Orbs ($215.00), is a digital locket that boasts fashionable and elegant details such as Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver, and enamel, with the ability to house far more than just small photos and locks of hair.  This revolutionary concept of digital jewelry gives you the ability to see and keep unlimited digital photos, 10 second videos and read secret messages via any NFC Smartphone with the Kiroco app.
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The “K” Enamel, sterling silver, and Leather Bracelet ($85.00) literally keeps everything mentioned above within arms reach. These one size fits all bracelets comes in a variety of colors, and looks great whether you’re wearing a single bracelet, or a stack of multiples.

Through the Kiroco app, you keep personal items private, safe and secure, with the “My Safe” feature, and store all message with the Timeline Service. Get to know more about Kiroco Jewelry and its range of digital jewelry at www.kiroco.us.

Samsung Mobile US Launches Next Generation Galaxy S 5

Ladies and gentlemen, the next big thing truly is coming soon. Next month, the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S5 finally arrives and we are very excited because we’ve been fans of Samsung’s Galaxy range for quite a while. We know why we’re excited, so we’re here to tell you why you should be. The Samsung Galaxy S5 continues with its introduction of new experiences, industry leading technology and meaningful innovations that you never knew you needed.
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The Galaxy S 5 boasts unrivaled experiences, new features designed with you in mind and experiences to improve your everyday life. Imagine paying for things with your fingerprint, expanding your microSD memory card slot to a massive 128GB, enjoying elements only seen on DSLR cameras, such as taking video that adapts to your surrounding light, etc. These are just a few of the amazing things available on the Samsung Galaxy S 5.

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The Galaxy S 5 features a brilliant 5.1-inch display powered by technology that enables you to enjoy amazing new camera experiences, lightning fast data connections, and health and wellness monitoring. With an adaptive Full HD Super AMOLED® display, colors are richer, blacks are darker and you get a faster response time for clearer, high-speed content. The S 5 also boasts wide viewing angles and crisp HD video on it’s bright bold display that adapts to bright outdoor sunlight or indoor ambient lighting – anytime, anywhere!

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The new camera features and simplified controls, paired with the 16 megapixel rear facing camera elevate the photo-taking experience, which means sharper photos and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for less grainy selfies. With the Galaxy S 5’s HDR (aka dynamic range of luminosity), you can see what your photos will look like before you even take them, while the amazing 4K allows you to take video in four times the HD resolution.
  • Phase Detection Autofocus: Advanced auto focus speeds for capturing a shot quickly – first smartphone with phase detection autofocus, a feature usually found in DSLR cameras
  • Real-Time HDR: High Dynamic Range (HDR) preview mode makes it easier to choose when to use HDR – like trying to photograph a beautiful sunset. It also enables users to capture HDR photos or videos with no shutter lag or post-processing.
  • Selective Focus Mode: Blur images near or far for a creative, one-of-a-kind shot
  • Shot and More Mode: The camera chooses and recommends Drama Shot, Best Photo, Best Face or Eraser shot after the picture is taken to create the best photo
  • Studio: Add effects to photos and edit movies with a complete suite of editing tools within the Gallery

The features we’re really looking forward to is the Ultra Power Saving Mode, Water Safety, and the Built-in Fingerprint Sensor. Is your battery running low? In Ultra Power, the Galaxy S 5 will reduce itself to a battery power, monochrome-colored saving mode, giving you more power and longer battery life. Just as with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active, if you drop the S 5 in water, it will still function (no need to rush to find some rice like with other phones). the built-in fingerprint sensor unlocks and locks the Galaxy S 5 and provides secure password protection to use PayPal for secure payments. The Galaxy S 5 also supports the latest mobile wallets, including Isis (a consortium among various carrier partners) and Google Wallet™.

The Galaxy S 5 is packed with leading technology enhancements, including Quick Connect, which locates the nearest devices to share content, files, or your screen through Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi® or Wi-Fi Direct™. Features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously for the fastest browsing, streaming, downloads, and better coverage than ever before whether you’re at home or on the go.

With S Health™ consumers can access health info, track and map workouts and make and track healthier eating choices right on the Galaxy S 5.It also boasts the world’s first built-in heart rate monitor (HRM) which provides real-time data before and after your workout when you place a finger on a sensor by the rear-facing camera. Key platform components of S Health include:

Nutrition: Meal tracking and planning with nutritional information
Fitness: HRM, exercise log, mapped runs and location tracking

The Galaxy S 5 will be available in Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Charcoal Black and Shimmery White. Accessories will include a Wallet Case, S View Flip Cover, and Wireless Charging Covers and Wireless Charging S View Flip Covers in an array of colors. It will be available to U.S. next month across various channels including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular. Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy, as well as Amazon, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart, will also carry the Galaxy S 5.

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.

  

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