Tech Accessories For Women | Top 5 iPhone 6 Accessories

The thin iPhone 6 has become one of the most popular Apple devices to date.   It’s Retina HD display, faster speed, large memory capacity and bigger screen make it a multi-tasking electronic device for all ages, especially women.   Whenever I buy a smartphone I immediately look for accessories that will give my device longevity.   I don’t look for accessories that are too flashy and prefer accessories with simple designs that are fashionable, durable and functional.   Most of all I want my devices to be fun to use and to make my experience with my new device better. 

Here are my favorite iPhone 6 accessories to make your iPhone 6 more powerful and efficient:

 

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The ANKER Portable Battery size and sleekness make it one of my favorite  companions.  The first ANKER charger I received was a gift during a travel trip to Florida.  The device lasted all day and charged all of my devices.  I won’t leave my home without it and will drive back home if I forget it.   I have ordered several of these chargers as gifts for my family and an extra charger to carry during travel.  I  often get asked where I purchase my battery when I share it.  So make sure to pay it forward if you buy the device and share the good news. 

The sleek glossy chargers has Dual USB ports and works well with your iPhone 6.   The extra USB port is great to power 2 devices at once or  to share one with a friend.   The fast charging battery will charge your  iPhone 6 at least 6 times.   This is a must have durable accessory for busy tech enthusiasts.  Read the full article at eBay: Top 5 iPhone 6 Accessories.

 

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Upgrading Your Smartphone

If your looking for an opportunity to flip your smartphone to upgrade to an iPhone 6 consider using eBayForTheWin.  eBay offers the best rates for your old phones and is so sure your phone will sell, if it doesn’t sell, you will receive a $100 eBay coupon for phones listed on eBay between September 1 and October 24.* [restrictions apply].

 

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Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit

The Latina Think Big Summit was founded by Angelica Perez, PhD to showcases the innovative ideas and talents of Latinas, in a series of short talks. These talks bring successful leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and influencers together in an environment that encourages connection and education.

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The conversations surrounding change may begin at the Latina Think Big Innovation Summit but they do not end here. Join us in the movement.   Read the rest at Linkedin – Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit

Wearable Tech | Top 5 Wearable Tech Gadgets

I really love Wearable Technology gadgets.   They are innovative tools that are getting smarter, smaller and connect to your smartphone.   I recently started connecting my Smartphone to wearable tech gadgets to improve my outdoor experience and started using the Fitbit to increase my fitness goals.  Whether you are staying fit, hiking or walking, wearable technology will enable you to stay connected and have quick access to your tech tools. 

These are my top 5 Wearable Devices for a FUNtastic outdoor experience:

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FitBit Flex

The FitBit Flex is a wristband that connects to your smartphone  and captures your daily steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, active minutes and sleep.  It also lets you set health and fitness goals.The best features is the wireless data sync ups to smartphone.
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Upgrading Your Smartphone

If your looking for an opportunity to flip your smartphone to upgrade to an iPhone 6 consider using eBayForTheWin.  eBay offers the best rates for your old phones and is so sure your phone will sell, if it doesn’t sell, you will receive a $100 eBay coupon for phones listed on eBay between September 1 and October 24.* [restrictions apply].

 

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Smart Tech Tips | 3 Ways To Avoid Being Hacked

Did the recent celebrity hack occur due to a security vulnerability with iCloud?  We still don’t know the full extent of the compromise.  However, what we do know is that the majority of hacks typically occur with the unknowing assistance of the account owner.  In fact,  most account hacks take place when someone gains access to your username and password via phishing, social engineering or weak passwords.

 

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Here are 3 smart tech tips to proactively protect yourself from being hacked:

 

Phishing Schemes Protection

Phishing occurs when someone tries to acquire your username, password, credit card numbers or personal information via electronic methods by masquerading as a trustworthy source.  The phishing attack can be as simple as an unsolicited email with a link from  your bank, your internet service provider, retail company or social media account.  However, when you click on the link it redirects you to another link that looks like a clone of the providers website.  The links typically contains malware, viruses or record username and passwords with failed attempts to login into your account.

To protect yourself from Phishing schemes do not click on unrecognizable links or sites from unsolicited sources.  The companies you do business with will NEVER send you unsolicited emails to change your username and account password. Also, make sure to report unsolicited emails to the company to engage IT Security teams.

 

Social Engineering Precautions

Have you ever received an unsolicited phone call or face to face request asking for personal, credit card or user account information about you, your family or coworkers?  This type of hacking technique is referred to as Social Engineering and is also a form of phishing.  The hacker(s) will use human interaction to gain your trust to access to your accounts, company secrets, company assets or strategy.  The sensitive information you unknowingly share is collected and will eventually be used against you to help the hacker bypass security safeguards and make you or your company a victim of fraud or computer access.    The interaction or phone call also leaves a weird feeling in your stomach.

To protect yourself from Social Engineering become aware of the security threat and do not share any personal information.   Minimize the amount of information you share via the phone.  Also, record the full name, phone number, company name of the offender and specific details about the interaction and report it to the affected company to engage IT Security teams.  Also,

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User Names and Passwords

With the recent hacks it’s critical for online users to take an inventory and record all digital accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Email, iCloud, Instagram, Retail accounts, etc… and periodically change your passwords. Also, make note of accounts you are no longer using and consider deleting the account(s).

The most common way that hackers access user accounts is via weak passwords, such as no passwords required to access accounts, the password simply set as the word, “password” or one of your kids’ names.

To ensure the security of your user accounts:

  1. Set passwords that are 5-7 characters long and include capital letters & special characters.
  2. Change your password periodically by changing 2-3 times per year.
  3. Answer the Security Questions. The questions are put in place by the company for additional security and to protect you. Answer the questions and do not share the information with anyone.
  4. When selecting a new password consider using a paraphrase to create your new password. A paraphrase is a catchy phrase or sentence you can translate to a password.

Example of a password using a paraphrase:

I always ride the teacups at Disneyland
Password example: I@rtt@D

 

To stay informed on the recent Apple iCloud hack, check the Apple Media Advisory – Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation for up to date information.  To protect yourself from similar hacks, proactively take an inventory of your user accounts and start changing those passwords!

Five Tips for Saving Our Environment and Recycling Electronic Devices With ecoATM

I recently partnered with ecoATM to share important tips about saving our environment.  Today is Earth Day! To people who care about the environment, today marks the day to celebrate the earth and make a commitment to make lifetime changes to change our environmental impact.  Every year our family takes a look around our home and tries to find new ways to make the Earth a better place to live for our children.   On Earth Day I would also like to encourage you to take the initiative to  save our environment by recycling your unused electronics with ecoATM.

I recently checked out a local ecoATM and got instant cash for recycling my families unused electronics.   The kiosk was easy to use and provided many options for recycling phones, tables and mp3 players from various vendors.  It inspired me to take an inventory of all the electronics and accessories that are hidden in drawers and boxes around my home and recycle them.

 

Five Tips for Saving Our Environment and Recycling electronic devices with ecoATM:

1. Cash For Unused Devices:  Did you know that 57 percent of American device owners have idle cell phones in their homes, yet only 22 percent state they have previously recycled cell phones they no longer use.   ecoATM enables consumers to dispose of unused electronics responsibly by making recycling of old phones simple, fast & fun.  Simply places your device in the kiosk and obtain a quote for the best price for your device.  If you agree, ecoATM will dispense the cash immediately.

2. Location Location Location: There are about 900 kiosks located nationwide in local malls and surrounding areas. They are very easy to use and conveniently located.  Most transactions can be completed in 5-15 minutes.  You can find the nearest location online and get a preliminary quote.

3. Preparing Your Phone For Recycling:  Do you have an old iPod collecting dust around the home?  ecoATM also provides an option to recycle your unused mp3 and get cash to use towards a purchase of a new device.  Whether you are selling a phone, mp3 or tablet you should make sure to erase your personal data before visiting a local ecoATM.  If you are recycling an iPhone, make sure that you have deactivated iCloud and Find My iPhone on your device and  get instant cash payments as an incentive to recycle.

4: Trading in Devices that Don’t work:   Do you have a devices that doesn’t work?  No problem.  ecoATM is the world’s first automated eWaste recycling station, a friendly green machine looking to pay cash for the responsible recycling of your old cell phones, MP3 players and tablets.    It also has options to sell devices that are not working or dispose of unused electronics in a safe manner.

5. Recycling Unused Accessories:  ecoATM also has several options for disposing of unused accessories via the accessory bins on the side of the kiosk to keep them out of landfills or from languishing in desk drawers.  EcoATM can’t offer cash for these items, but offers a safe way to dispose of unused accessories.

 

With all your ecoATM transactions you also have the opportunity to donate towards a local nonprofit.  Have something different?  make sure to check out ecoATM for a complete list of over 4,000 devices.

Considering taking some time out of your day  on Earth Day to make a difference and recycle your old Tech Devices with ecoATM.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in partnership with ecoATM and Smith New Media.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make Tech Food Life Magazine possible. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own. 

How To Sell Your Phone With eBay Sell My Phone

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in collaboration with eBay. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

Technology is changing every day, especially in the smartphone industry.  If you’re like me and  like to purchase the latest and greatest phone gadgets you may find yourself looking for ways to quickly recoup some of your money to  buy the next latest and greatest gadget, of course.  eBay Sell My Phone provides a resource to make money by selling your phone and is easy to use.

Here are five simple steps to sell your phone with eBay:

Five Steps To Sell Your Phone on eBAY with Sell My Phone

1. Take 3-5 High Quality Photos of Your Phone.  Place the phone on a table near natural sunlight and take a close up photo of the phone you are selling.  If you are including the accessories with your sale, consider taking a separate photo of the accessories as well and a photo of the phone with the accessories.   Make sure to untangle the chords and organize the prior to taking the photo.

2. Remove personal information from our phone. Prior to shipping the phone restore your phone to the factory defaults. Make sure to do this step first to ensure you don’t forget.

3. Find the Current Price of Your Phone.  Use eBay’s selling tool to check the selling price of your phone.  Be honest about the condition of the phone (ie Poor, Fair, Excellent) and phones memory (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, etc..).

4. List Your Phone. Select a price you want to sell your phone at.  You may want to open another browser window at this point to check the price of other phones that are similar to yours.  If you are in a hurry to sell you may want to consider the “Buy It Now” option.  However, depending on the type of phone and eBay’s Sell My Phone inventory you may get more  than the asking price.

5. Sell it & Get Paid   Within a couple of minutes you will start seeing bidders, sell your phone and receive your payment via PayPal.  Are you ready to sell your phone now, visit eBay Sell My Phone now.

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NAMM 2014: Best Moments & Gadgets

 

We attended the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show in Anaheim, CA.  There were 1,533 exhibits representing over 5,000 Brands and over 96,000 members in attendance.  We were very fortunate to connect with several industry professionals such as  Music artist Tori Kelly,  Guitarist & Composer Alex Hutchings playing on Laney Amplifiers and the “Forbes Best Producer ever” Terry Lewis .

We also attended the NAMM’s “Music for Life” award ceremony which recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate support for and exemplify NAMM’s vision that the joy of making music is a precious element of daily living for everyone. This Year’s award winner is Smokey Robinson.  Past recipients have included Stevie Wonder, Yoko Ono, Quincy Jones, as well as members of Congress, governors, business leaders, the Smithsonian, and Sesame Workshop.

The tech products were also very impressive.  Musician Tech Gadgets are getting smaller, going wireless and are easier for non technical musicians to use.  However, there were a couple of gadgets that require extensive training & practuce to use,  We felt like we were at CES for Musicians during our tour and had a wonderful experience.

Our Favorite Gadgets

  • Alto Professional Wireless speakers:  Built in Bluetooth Technology.  Sound quality is amazing!  Streams audio from iPhone, iPad, iPod or laptop without any cables.   You can also use it as a traditional PA speaker.
  • Korg USA Inc. Gadget a synthesizer  studio for iPad that has over 15 virtual synths that cover every electronic sound.  We especially love the drum sounds!
  • Numark iDJ Pro professional DJ controller that can be integrated with an iPad.  Pure awesome!
  • Jammit a music app tutor for the iPad that allows Musicians to isolate voice, instruments and music  tracks on original songs.
  • GoPro debuted the HERO3+ Black Edition bundle with mounts for music to help musicians capture and share epic moments.

Our NAMM 2014 Favorite Moments

 

There were 1,533 exhibits representing over 5,000 Brands and over 96,000 members in attendance.

 

Smokey Robinson Honored With NAMM’s “Music for Life” Award

 

“Babyface” Edmonds attends 2014 NAMM

Piano Arc QRS!

Sheila E. Rockin the House.

 

USC Band Drumline With Yamaha Drums!

Join Me As A Google Glass Explorer

Over the past couple months I’ve had the privilege to be a part of the Google Glass Explorer program. I am fascinated with my Google Glass and use it for travel, recreation and social outings. As an early adopter I have been able to witness Google Glass evolved into the most innovative wearable technology device.

One of the things I love about Google Glass is that you can be engaged in the experience while capturing priceless memories via Glass.   Every photo taken through Glass  is unique and provides a personal perspective.

I was recently able to enjoy a breathtaking sunset and capture it through Glass at the Beaches of Ft Myers & Sanibel Islands.   I also was able to share a trip to California Adventure and Disneyland and captured the entire experience on Glass.

The high-resolution photography through glass is phenomenal.  One of the benefits of Glass is the ability to immediately share my photos and videos to multiple social media networks.

 

Today I am honored to announce that I will be sharing this experience with 3 of my friends to join me in the Google Glass Explorer program.   As a Google Glass Explorer you will get your very own Google Glass before it is released to the public and have the opportunity to  participate in the program to improve the product by sharing your experiences and feedback.   You will also get the new version of the wearable device which allows the user to use the device with their own glasses or shades.   The breakthrough wearable technology will be available to the public next year.

Are you interested in experiencing Google Glass for yourself?

Follow the instructions and enter to be selected as a Glass Explorer:


RULES: All Google Glass Explorers selected must: be a US resident, be 18 years or older, purchase Glass (cost $1500 + tax), provide a U.S. based shipping address OR pick up the device in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

 

 

LATINAS THINK BIG NATIONAL TOUR

I was raised by the hardest working Latina entrepreneur on the planet.  She  baked and sold the most beautiful wedding, birthday and quinceañera cakes.  My mom also launched several home-based businesses selling hand-made crafts,  jewelry, Tupperware, Shaklee, Avon, Mary Kay, Home Interior, Princess House and managed to find the time to raise a family and help people in need in our community.   During the holidays she would make tamales  to share and for school fundraising.  Her drive and passion for entrepreneurship and social good lifestyle was passed on to my siblings and I.  As a child I use to watch her carry a notebook with lots of lists and wondered how to automate a lot of her administrative tasks of  setting up appointments, billing and collecting money.  I believe that is why I chose a career in Software Development & Engineering and I still code to automate a lot of my day to day technical tasks as a Telecommunications Engineer.

Today’s entrepreneurial Latina is a lot like yesterday’s savvy business woman, except we have a lot of tools at out disposal to automate and facilitate day to day tasks and enable us to focus on our goals.   Today’s Latina is entrepreneurial and Tech Savvy.  However, before many of us take the leap of faith to launch on our own or  to further our career path, we need  resources to help us build our networks and connect with like minded goal seekers.  We also need to sharpen our skills and  find communities with a solid foundation and support system.

 

ELLA Leadership Institute was born out of  similar drive and passion that is instilled in all hardworking and goal seeking Latinas.   ELLA Leadership Institute recently launched the  LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour to inspire and showcase Latinas who are making a difference.     The second stop of a national and international TED-style tour showcasing innovative professional Latinas will be held on October 11.   I’m  really excited to attend the event and support the ELLA Institute initiatives as a Twitter Ambassador.  I will be joining over 150 attendees to connect  and celebrate Latinas who are breaking new ground.  I’m looking forward to the featured speakers and discussions about careers, business, entrepreneurship and innovation.   Whether you are planning on launching a business or need a word of encouragement from Latinas in Leadership, LATINAS THINK BIG event is for YOU.

The onsite event has SOLD-OUT.  However, you can join the conversation online via Google hangouts and Twitter and be a part of the life-changing virtual event.  I had the opportunity to join the historic LATINAS THINK BIG launch online and  felt like I had the best seats in the house.  I walked away with a lot of resources and inspiration to develop a business idea.   I also felt the presence of a sense of community among the attendees.

The Los Angeles tour was a historical event  and attended by over 100 empowered Latinas, including ten TWITTER AMBASSADORS.

LATINAS THINK BIG VIRTUAL TOUR – LOS ANGELES

EVENT HASHTAG: 
#LATINASTHINKBIG

EVENT AGENDA
4:00PM – 5:00PM New York Life Career Consulting Hour
5:00PM – 5:50PM Registration, Hors d’Oeuvres, Mingle & Live Band Music
6:00PM – 6:20PM Welcome Remarks
6:20PM – 7:40PM LATINAS THINK BIG™ Presentations
7:40PM – 8:00PM Monica Gil Interview
8:00PM – 8:25PM Awards Ceremony
8:25PM – 8:30PM Closing Remarks
8:30PM – 9:30PM Mingling with Presenters and Honorees

”LATINAS

TWITTER AMBASSADORS
Jacky Diaz | @amigapreneur
Monique Frausto | @BLOGSbyLATINAS
Deborah Deras | @DeborahDeras
Eva Smith | @Eva_Smith
Gina Linn Espinoza | @ginalinn
Graciela Tscareno-Sato | @GraceTiscareno
Hilda Ramirez | @HildaRamirez1
LaLa Castro | @latinageeks
Nelly Cardinale | @nycrican2
Stephanie Bravo | @stephanierbravo

 

 

 

 

 

Question:  How have your parents inspired you to seek your career? What are some of the career and entrepreneurial areas you need leadership inspiration in?  Will you be attending the Latina Think Big Virtual Tour?

Three Steps To Stop Texting And Driving

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post by Latina Bloggers Connect and AT&T.  However, all opinions are my own.

 

For the past month we have been raising awareness about the It Can Wait movement.  We discussed ways to educate yourself and others about the dangers of texting and driving.   We also talked about the It Can Wait Simulator application which lets you simulate texting and driving.   The It Can Wait movement recently developed a shareable and educational infographic to help us educate our friends and family about making the most important safety decision for themselves.

  1. We learned that texting and driving is common among other teens.
  2. We learned that texting and driving can be fatal, yet many people ignore it.
  3. We learned that over 100,000 car accidents occur each day due to texting and driving

With our children heading back to school it is more important than ever for us to find creative ways to share the importance about staying safe while driving.

 

It Can Wait Infographic

The It Can Wait Infographic encourages us to take a stand and speak up to save lives.    It provides you  with tips to make other aware of the issues and risks that texting and driving causes.   It also encourages you and others to take a pledge and make a commitment to never text and drive.  The most important part of the infographic is YOU.  Did you know that 90% of people say they would stop texting and driving if a friend in a car asked them to?  So what are you waiting for?  Celebrate  drive for pledges day and share this infographic.

If you have not already taken the pledge, take the pledge now.   Go to  www.itcanwait.com or www.puedeesperar.com and take the no-texting-and-driving pledge and commit to refrain from texting and driving.

You can also get involved and share your promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ItCanWaitNoTextingWhileDriving.  There is nothing more important than your life.

 

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