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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.

SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive M3.0: More Storage Space for Android Phones

As a writer who covers a lot of events, we always end up taking an obscene amount of photos and videos on our phones, especially when it comes to having photo content for social media. As you can image, these photos and videos take up quite a bit of space on our smartphones. Many times to the point of receiving that dreadful “storage almost full” message, which can affect the overall performance of your smartphone. There is an answer to this Android phone storage issue, the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0. Thanks to this tiny gadget with micro-USB and USB 3.0 connectors, we don’t have to limit the amount of pictures and video we take. Great things really do come in small packages!

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 for Android smartphones can instantly free up space or transfer files to and from your phone, so you can take more pictures and videos. Thanks to its micro-USB connector on one end and a USB 3.0 connector on the other, the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 lets you move content easily between your Android devices, whether it’s your Android smartphone or tablet to your laptop or desktop computer. PC or Mac, it doesn’t matter, the Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 seamlessly connects it all. This USB 3.0 connector is high-performance and backward-compatible with USB 2.0 ports. For example, the high-speed USB 3.0 lets you transfer a full-length movie to the drive faster than with a standard USB 2.0 drive(3), up to 150MB/s.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 for Android is available in five storage sizes: 16GB ($10.95), 32GB ($13.99), 64GB ($21.99), 128GB ($34.99), and 256GB ($69.99). This mini device also comes with a great companion app. Available from the Google Play store, the SanDisk Memory Zone app lets you view, access, and backup all the files from your phone’s memory in one location. It can also automatically move files from your device to your drive to free up space.

Don’t worry iPhone users, SanDisk has a flash drive for your iPhone and other Apple devices as well called the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. Just like the Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 does for Android phones, it does for iPhones, iPads, etc.

Have you Seen the Cool New Device Launches from Vivitar?

There’s a lot of cool and fun technology out there today but let’s face it, most of it is quite expensive. Luckily there are brands that give you the ability to enjoy the cool new technology, without destroying your budget. Whether you want to enjoy a little Virtual Reality viewing, drone video, or adventure photos and videos, Vivitar has an affordable gadget for you. The Vivitar tech devices we’re highlighting today are all under $100 and conveniently available at www.amazon.com, Target, and Walmart.

Vivitar Virtual Reality Glasses (VR 160, $5.99)

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Virtual reality, the latest form of entertainment is slowly changing how we watch movies, sports, enjoy music, and experience travel. Thanks to VR headsets, like the above Vivitar Virtual Reality Glasses, our mobile devices can be used as tools to experience new, immersive forms of enjoyment, bringing the sci-fi fantasy world to reality. The Vivitar Virtual Reality Glasses transforms your smartphone into an immersive VR viewer. It utilizes a motion sensor of your phone to create a 360-degree view, can be used for both iPhone and Androids, and features audio ports, a suction pad, and an adjustable head strap.  These Virtual Reality Glasses  are available on www.Amazon.com.

Vivitar Air Defender X Camera Drone w/ Wi-Fi (DRC 333, $99.99)

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Right before Virtual Reality, Drone technology was used to capture amazing birdseye view photos and videos. Whether you’re filming family vacations, or capturing some great aerial action shots, the Vivitar Air Defender X Camera Drone with Wi-Fi is the way to go to capture your photos and videos like no regular camera can. The family friendly drone is the perfect way to take video with a real-time, of whatever its camera is seeing. It boasts a 16.1MP camera, HD video recording abilities, a built-in Micro SD slot, and has a flight range of 200 meters. Get the Air Defender X Camera Drone with Wi-Fi at Walmart.

Vivitar HD Action Camera (DVR 786, $59.99)

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Sharing your point of view with the world can always be a fun experience, especially when shot on the Vivitar HD Action Camera. This tiny, yet powerful mountable camera is designed with the family in mind. You can truly share the fun and excitement you and your family are having during any fun activities, hands-free, thanks to the Action Camera’s bike/ATV mount and remote control. Thanks to its waterproof case, you can record amazing footage without worrying about water damage. The HD Action Camera boasts a Touch Screen Display with full 1080p HD Video and is available at Target and Walmart.

Vivitar HD Action Camera (DVR 783, $49.99)

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If you’re looking for more action camera choices, Vivitar has two other options available. The first is the above Vivitar DVR 783HD ActionCam. This sleek little HD Action Camera captures the action, helps you get the best pictures or video in any situation. It records in crystal clear 720p HD video, features a 4x zoom, a 2″ LCD display, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, has a range of mounts in the box, including bike and helmet mounts, and also comes with a waterproof case. This model is also available at Target and Walmart.

Vivitar Full HD Action Cam w/ Wi-Fi (DVR 794, $79.99)

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Want to shoot and upload your video in real time? The Vivitar DVR 794 Full HD Action Cam w/ Wi-Fi lets you do just that. Shoot high-definition, 1920 x 1080p full HD adventure videos with this 12.1-megapixel high-resolution action camera, in a compact design for easy outdoor use. It’s built-in Wi-Fi and remote control allows you to stream to any android, iOS, smartphone or tablet. Thanks to the included waterproof case, you can shoot outside in the rain and shallow-depths at the beach.  Get the Vivitar DVR 794 at Walmart.

What do you think of these new tech devices from Vivitar? Could you use one or more of these to capture and share your experiences?

ToughTested: The New Standard of Cellphone Accessories

We’ve all fallen victim to cheap or just continuous wear and tear on our smartphone accessories. You can see the inner wires of your USB cords, your portable chargers just stop charging, or your earbuds just conk out. These frustrating events always end with a cry about why can’t cellphone accessories be made tougher, so they can last longer. We’re here to tell you that they are. If you’re tired of weak cellphone accessories, get to know the tech products from ToughTested.

6′ SafeCharge Protection Cable With Circuit Breaker: Apple Lightning, $19.99

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Did you know that sometimes while charging your device, damaging voltage or current can occur? The Tough Tested 6′ SafeCharge Protection Cable boasts a safe charge circuit breaker that automatically shuts off power to your connected device when the damaging voltage or current is detected. This power cable features real-time monitoring that allows the switch to be reset when the current returns to a normal, safe range.

8′ PRO Armor Weave Cable With Slim Tip: Micro USB, $19.99

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Looking for a cable with extreme durability? This cable boasts a PET polymer woven jacket that is chemical, heat, and abrasion resistant. It also features an extended strain relief, and slim aluminum tip to fit most protective cases and comes with a cable manager.

Jobsite: Heavy Duty Noise Control Earbuds with Mic, $69.99

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Let’s face it, sometimes earbuds tend to be a problem. They get tangled, snag on almost everything, don’t always provide the best sound quality and more often end up being destroyed. The ToughTested heavy duty Jobsite noise control earbuds are made for demanding environments and are very beneficial to you, thanks to their provided protection against outside noise influences that may damage your hearing over time. They are also IP64 certified for water/sweat/dust resistance, so whether you’re at sporting events or working outdoors, these are the best tough earbuds for noise reduction.

Driver: Safe Driving Mono Earbud, $39.99

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For those who love the single earbuds, the ergonomic design of the ToughTested Driver ear-hook offers all day comfort. It is designed for safe, hands-free driving, boasts 3 tiered tree-style or memory foam tips for great noise isolation and a custom fit, and features a multi-function in-line control box with Halo 360 mic and volume wheel for clear sound and precise control. the Driver is also IP54 certified for water/sweat/dust resistance.

Rugged, Weatherproof 8000 mAh Dual USB Battery Pack, $79.99

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Raise your hand if you’ve dropped your portable charger numerous times! we certainly are guilty of that and in one instance, destroyed our charger. The ToughTested rugged battery pack has a protection rating of IP-65, making it water/dust/and shock proof. It’s rugged casing also offers added protection from drops and dings. With 8,000 milliamps of power, this bad boy is enough to charge most smartphones up to 5 times. It also features dual USB ports to charge two devices at once. It’s InstaSense™ technology provides proper power distribution and optimal charging to give you the fastest possible charge.

If you find your device’s accessories are getting damaged too quickly or you’re tired of replacing them, these tougher tech accessories from ToughTested are for you. We promise your budget will thank you. Are you ready to upgrade to ToughTested?

CallThere: Talk to Randomly Selected Users Around the World

When we were younger, we loved having pen pals and talking on the phone (as all teen girls do). We waited in anticipation for reply letters from our pen pals, learning more and more about strangers from across the globe. In the age of technology, the art of letter writing has deteriorated; even phone calls have been replaced by texting and emails. To regain the art of personal communicating, we introduce you to the new app, CallThere, a telephony app where you talk to randomly selected users around the world simply by dialing the country code of the country or city of interest.

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You can say CallThere is like chat roulette, but without the surprise of naked bodies. besides being fun and interesting, CallThere is useful for those who are learning a foreign language, traveling to a specific region, and or those who just want to learn about other places directly from the area’s local people!

Calls on CallThere are completely free,  up to 5 minutes each, and users are already using it to talk to randomly selected users in the U.S. CallThere calls are voice calls made over the internet, the app does NOT use or reveal your phone number and does NOT use your calling minutes (it’s more like a Skype or FaceTime audio call). There’s no registration or login required to use CallThere. Once in the app, all you have to do is dial the country’s international code. For example, if you ant to speak to someone in Sweden, just dial 0046 to connect, dial 0055 for a user in Brazil, 0081 for Japan, 0091 for India, and 0034 for Spain. If you live outside of the USA, dialing 001 will enable you to enjoy a real-time phone conversation with someone in the US. Do you prefer to talk to someone near you? (within 500 meters), just tap the “Call Here” button to connect to someone locally. The CallThere app is available now for both iOS and Android. Why not download the app and connect today. Are you op

Are you openminded enough to get to know and have a conversation with a stranger from another country? Why not download the app and connect today.

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

Tech Accessories You Shouldn’t Live Without from Logitech

We find there are several things that get us excited but none other than tech toys. We love checking out and sharing our experiences with new tech products or just highlighting cool gadgets, especially if there is a fashion aspect to it. We had the pleasure of attending a Logitech event to preview what’s coming for the holiday season and what tech accessories you shouldn’t live without, and we can’t wait to show you some of the amazing giftable gadgets Logitech has to offer. These make great gifts for back-to-school, birthdays, and the holiday season. Today we will be highlighting the small gifts that make everyday life a bit easier and fun.

Logitech® case+wallet – turn your phone case into a slim, stylish wallet to keep your Credit and/or Bank cards, Metrocard, Membership Rewards Cards, Cash and Business Cards, etc safe and cash at your fingertips. The +wallet boasts an instant magnetic coupling that instantly unites your phone and wallet into one pocket-friendly design with its Magnashield technology, which protects the contents of your wallet by creating a barrier to prevent demagnetization.

Logitech protection+ Case – bring extra protection and convenience to your Samsung Galaxy S®5 or Apple iPhone® 5 and iPhone® 5s with these slim, yet ultra-protective, outer shell phone cases with hard polycarbonate body with impact-resistant polymers in each corner and impact-absorbent channels. These cases also exceed the U.S. Military drop-test standard, protecting your phone from drops up to 1.8 meters high.

Logitech® +drive – make hands-free driving easy, and keep your phone secure and visible at the same time with the Logitech® case+drive. Mount the +drive to your windshield or dashboard and remove it with a flick of your wrist when you need it. Instant and magnetically adhere it to your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s +Case for quick accessibility and visibility as you drive.

Logitech +trip – compatible with the +case with a hidden metal plate, the +trip quickly clips to any air vent in your car thanks to a magnet that securely holds your smartphone secure and in view.

Bemo Social Camera – stay in the moment as you capture it right from the palm of your hand and with one touch. Each camera is rugged, water-resistant, portable (clip it on your anywhere, hang it on a lanyard, or slip it easily into your pocket) and comes in three fun-loving colors.

We’re so excited to try the Bemo Social Camera, especially as NYFW is coming up next month. Who knows what exciting things we’ll capture on this little device. We’re also looking forward to showing you more from Logitech.

Retro Cool | Meet THE BRICK Phone from Binatone

If you haven’t noticed, there’s been quite the resurgence of 80’s and 90’s inspired style hitting the market, not just in fashion and beauty, but in technology as well. One of our favorites of these retro tech products is the  BRICK Phone from Binatone. Although it features the cool nostalgic look of the 90’s, the BRICK is a very modern phone. It can be used either as a bluetooth handset for your smartphone or as a powerful mobile phone when you insert your own SIM card, making the BRICK a 2-in-1 device that makes an amazing emergency phone.

Here’s what we love about this retro phone: unlike today’s smartphones, the BRICK offers 14 hours of talk time and one month standby time (over 700 hours without the need for charging); it is Bluetooth compatible with iOS and Android phones, works with any 2G SIM card, boasts a large speaker and a micro SD slot that allows you to load and play your favorite music from your smartphone, gives you the capability to access your smartphone contacts, includes an FM radio, an LED flashlight, and some very cool retro games, including SNAKE

We recently read about a teen who feel asleep with her phone under her pillow, which of course proceeded to catch on fire. Because the BRICK has a bluetooth range of 33 ft, it can remain near you without overheating, while your smartphone is at a safe distance away from flammable fabric. The 2-in 1 original BRICK mobile with 1 month standby retails for $69.99 and can be purchased online at shop.meetthebrick.com.