Tomorrowland Movie Review And Exclusive Interview With Raffey Cassidy

Tomorrowland
Movie

I
attended a private screening of Tomorrowland Movie and interviewed
Raffey Cassidy. The movie will be released in theaters
nationwide today, May 22. The movie is about optimism and the
future, Tomorrowland. In the movie, the premise that the
futuristic city of Tomorrowland could actually exist pays homage to
Walt Disney’s vision. The characters of the movie obtain
a pin to jump-start their quest for Tomorrowland and use their
courage, hope and determination to make a difference.

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movie provides a powerful and optimistic view into the future.
It will have you thinking about the way you think about the
future and the role you play in the outcome future. You will
be entertained, but you will also have something to talk about.
Grab your pin and take me to Tomorrowland!

Cast

 
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Clooney
(“Frank Walker”), Britt
Robertson
(“Casey Newton”), Tim
McGraw
(“Ed Newton”) and Raffey
Cassidy
(“Athena”). The film was written and
produced by Brad Bird (Director / Producer
/ Writer), Damon Lindelof (Producer /
Writer) and Jeff Jensen (Story By).
“Tomorrowland” features a screenplay by “Lost” writer and
co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof
& Bird & Jeff Jensen, and also stars Hugh Laurie.
When the concept of “Tomorrowland” was just percolating in
writer/producer Damon Lindelof’s mind, Sean Bailey, president of
production at Disney told him about a box that had been discovered
in a closet at the studio. The “mystery box” contained all sorts of
fascinating models and blueprints, photographs and letters
seemingly related to the inception of Tomorrowland and the 1964
World’s Fair. Lindelof imagined that these findings were a guide to
a secret story that nobody knew about; a place called Tomorrowland.
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FUN facts

  • For the props
    department, creating props for the different time periods of the
    film—1964, 1984 and 2014—was a challenge. There are different
    influences and materials that affect the manufacture and design of
    the props for each era, so every prop needed to be carefully
    researched and analyzed to make sure the technology and materials
    they planned to use existed in the time period. Then the filmmakers
    had to try and find the real parts to make things
    authentic.
    style="text-align: left;">Designed by illustrator Tim Flattery
    of “Men in Black” fame, the plasma ray guns used in the comic-book
    store scene feature interactive light that spills out into the
    environment, adding to their air of authenticity. The guns were
    built with a very small but powerful wireless battery pack that
    fits on the end. Upon the actor hitting the trigger, the gun throws
    interactive light out the front. When the “plasma” is empty, a red
    light goes on and, as the gun recharges, the lights turn blue
    again.
  • Costume designer Jeffrey Kurland had to dress almost 400
    extras in 1964-era attire for the Hall of Invention and Unisphere
    Plaza World’s Fair scenes.
    style="text-align: left;">The 1964 jet pack designed for Young
    Frank (Thomas Robinson) was a feat of engineering and imagination.
    It has 40 different fasteners on the backpack frame and has mounts
    for Electrolux vacuum cleaners on the sides. Control cables operate
    the small shovels on the back. Cables run through the jet pack onto
    the handles so the actor can control it. The jet pack was fastened
    to a plate and could be easily removed from the frame so that
    Thomas did not have to walk around with 20 lbs. of jet pack on his
    back between takes.
    style="text-align: left;">For the 1964 World’s Fair, the Walt
    Disney Company created three rides, the It’s a Small World ride
    being the one we remember most. Though quaint by today’s standards,
    back in 1964, Carousel of Progress and Great Moments with Mr.
    Lincoln were revolutionary in how they used robotics and ride
    technology to create a thematically rich experience.

 

Exclusive Interview With Raffey Cassidy
(Athena)

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Cassidy, a young and talented actress, who plays Athena, a robot
child and hero of Tomorrowland alongside George Clooney.
Raffey Cassidy underwent training in swimming, gymnastics,
wirework and martial arts, which was the primary focus of her
training as her character kicks some serious butt in the movie.
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height="500" /> During the interview she shares some
insight on what it is like to play the superhero, preparation for
her mysterious character and hopes for the future:
What is the best part of playing a
Athena?
Raffey Cassidy: Playing
Athena was fun. She is very intelligent, smart and mysterious
and doesn’t show emotions. The best part of the role was
doing all her stunts and so many fight scenes. Scenes
that went back and forth.
What was the
most difficult part of playing role?

Raffey Cassidy: Athena has no background to go off
of so I got to create it. Also, not showing
emotions.
Favorite scene in the
movie?
Raffey Cassidy: The Eiffel
Tower scene was my favorite.
Favorite
Stunt?
Raffey Cassidy: The
Flip
What do you want people to take away
from movie?
Raffey Cassidy: I would
like people to think about the future and about the way they
interact with each other and communicate with each other. We
need to interact face to face more and less with
technology.
Favorite Disneyland Ride in
Tomorrowland?
Raffey Cassidy: Space
Mountain
Favorite Disney ride of all
time?
Raffey Cassidy: California
Scream
Favorite Hobbies?
Raffey Cassidy: I love creating special effects
scars and bruises on the face and arms. I create a lot of special
effects.
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Movie Review | What You Need To Know Before Watching The Movie

The Avengers Age of Ultron movie premiers in theaters today!  Age of Ultron, is a follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.  Ultron emerges and the Avengers try to stop his terrible plans and protect the world from the greatest threat to mankind.

Before you see the movie you need to know  who the cast of characters are, the powerful roles women play in the movie and role the costumes & prop secrets plays in the success of the movie.

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Avengers Age of Ultron Cast

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers.

 

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Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.  Kim Soo Hyuan also plays a supporting role in the cast as Dr. Helen Cho.

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Women in Avengers: Age of Ultron & Movie Review

Age of Ultron movie has a great storyline, is action-packed and has more twists and thrills than a rollercoaster.  It’s so entertaining you will blur the lines of fantasy and reality to immerse yourself into a character in the movie. Which Avenger you pick depends on what character you are drawn to the most and their costume.  My favorite so far is the Black Widow, but I really loved all the characters, especially all the roles played by women.

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The Black Widow, Agent Maria Hill, Wanda Maximoff and Dr. Helen Cho characters are very smart, tech savvy and powerful.     Their intelligence, expertise and super powers draws you closer to each of their characters.

The female forces in Avengers Age of Ultron  have a lot of depth, are intelligent and powerful.  They are a force to be reckoned with and inspire us to channel our own inner Avengers.  The combination of their tender-hearts, kick-ass moves and survival skills make them more human-like, even though they have incredible super powers.

These are the characteristics I liked the most from each female character:

It’s really business as usual for the Black Widow with her martial arts moves, but as the film develops we get to see a tender and heart-warming side to her character and unexpected love interest.

Wanda Maximoff and her brother Pietro aka Quicksilver are orphaned at a young age.  Their past experiences have drawn them to the dark side.   It’s just them against the world.  Wanda’s character is more motherly, caring and protecting of her cause.  Wanda is very connected to the universe and the world around her, which is where she draws her telekinisis super power from.  Her super powers have never before seen by the Avengers and very mystifying.

Agent Maria Hill’s is reporting to Tony Stark and is in charge of all the paperwork, but as you see her role play out she really has a significant role in day to day operations, as  she works closely with all the Avengers.  When it comes to getting things done she gets it done.

Dr. Helen Cho is a geneticist who helps the Avengers from the Avengers towers.  Her research and technology expertise help the Avengers.  We truly need more movies with smart technologists and world super heroes in film!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Costumes & Prop Secrets

Alexandra Byrne designed all the costumes.   According to Byrne, the most challenging part of the movie was creating all the costume designs for all the characters.   There were a lot of characters and they needed to get the costumes just right.   Alex Byrne and Ryan Meinerding, concept artist collaborated on a great coat for Haweye with really cool lines.

Many of the Avenger props applied new technology to old weapons to take them to the next level. Hawkeye’s archery also takes a new look with an upgrade to a maroon.   There are also five versions of Captain Americas shield for the making of the film:  a hero, a lightweight hero, a durable, a biscuit foam and a stunt rubber.   Black Widow’s fighting batons are based off the Escrima Sticks.

Age of Ultron Trailer

 

For additional information like THE AVENGERS on Facebook  or  visit the official AVENGERS website.

 

Eva-TFL

First Look | 3 Reasons To Love The Apple Watch

There has been a lot of excitement about the latest wearable tech gadget, the Apple Watch.  I headed out to the Apple Store in trendy Beverly Hills for a closer look.  It looks pretty slick and looks just like a watch, but with a lot of tech tools at your fingertips.  The Apple Watch comes in various styles standard, sports and gold.   The price starts at $349 – $12,000, the price varies on the type of watch and band you purchase.

Here are my favorite things about the device on my first look:

1. Apple Watch is Innovative

The design and technology integration of the wearable tech gadget, Apple Watch makes it the most innovative gadget of 2015.   Apple Watch let’s you stay in touch with what really matters with simple glances throughout the day.  You can also swipe the device or tap it to move to other apps on your device such as Siri, weather, maps, directions and much more.   You can pair it with your iPhone 5 or later and setup notifications similar to the notifications you currently setup on your phone.    You setup notifications to an alarm or tap on notifications throughout the day to see if you missed anything.

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2. Apple Watch is a Health &  Fitness gadget

Apple watch measures and monitors your daily activity with several apps.  It monitors your heart rate, the number of steps you take and also measures your daily activity to provide you with tips on how to improve your health and fitness.   The heart rate sensor lets you monitor your heart rate during workouts.  The GPS activity application and accelerometer provides a quick snapshot of your daily activity, including the distance you walk and overall calories you burn.  Absolutely love the workout and activity apps.

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3. Apple Watch comes with a lot of built in Apps

Apple Watch comes with several apps.  My favorite apps are the remote camera, wallet, messaging app, the “Who’s calling App” and notifications.    Apple pay let’s you pay with your Apple Watch.  You need to setup Apple Pay with your credit card to use it.  The remote camera let’s you take a picture with your phone remotely.  The “Who’s calling” app lets you check who is calling or take quick calls via the Apple Watch.   I also like  the notifications as well.  The notifications app let’s you capture notifications on your phone so you don’t need to pick up your phone every 2 minutes.

The email app, maps, Siri apps are also pretty cool.  I didn’t have time to play with the passports app, but if it hold your ticket and travel itinerary I would definitely use it.

 

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I’m looking forward to getting one soon.  What features do you like about the Apple Watch?  What other Apple Watch applications do you like?

 

Eva-TFL

#WildMovie Womens Retreat | How To Rest, Rejuvenate & Restore Your Soul

 

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invited me and a guest to a Wild Movie Women’s Wellness Retreat in Palm Springs, California. It was an event filled with rest, rejuvenation and a restoration of my soul.    We celebrated the release of the movie Wild on DVD with morning yoga, a hike through part of the Pacific Crest Trail similar to the movie Wild, Spa Treatments and campfire discussions.

I was so excited to invite my sister to a Wellness retreat in beautiful Palm Springs, CA.  It took us several hours of planning to get out of our homes.  There was the typical guilt that happens with us as wives, moms and women when were heading off somewhere without our families.  How will they survive with out us?  Let me buy groceries so my family  doesn’t starve.  Do I really deserve some “me” time?  Needless to say, we did!  We packed our bags, stopped listening to all the voices that tell us we don’t deserve some “me” time and headed off to a well deserved Women’s Wellness retreat.

Wild Movie DVD Screening

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On the afternoon of our arrival we were treated to an outdoor screening of the Wild DVD movie before its release on a giant screen.  We enjoyed lots of treats including salted pretzels, chocolate, popcorn, speciality drinks and received a gift REI backpack with lots of goodies including the Wild Movie DVD, Wild movie Soundtrack and Wild Book.  We also received a map and hiking guide from the Pacific Crest Trail Organization and Palm Springs Travel guide from the Visitors Bureau.

The DVD includes a lot of special features such The Real Cheryl Strayed, The real weight of MONSTER, A Pacific Crest Interactive map, Deleted scenes, several promotional featurettes, A Photo gallery and a special message from Cheryl Strayed,

We all bonded under the stars as we laughed and cried over the powerful message in Wild movie and prepared ourselves for an journey of self-discovery the next day.

 

Resting Your Soul With Yoga

 

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Our day started with morning Yoga to encourage overall health and wellness.   We learned several movements to strengthen and stretch our bodies and breathing techniques to rest our bodies.  We were able to release the stress and pressures in our bodies and be present in a calm and peaceful space.  I walked away from the Yoga session with better posture and techniques to make my body more flexible and relaxed.   It was a calming experience.

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We prepared ourselves for our trip with a healthy breakfast and an immersive virtual reality session, “Wild – The Experience”, with a scene on the Pacific Crest trail with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern characters created by Fox Entertainment Home and Fox Searchlight under the newly created Fox Innovation labs.   Through the Oculus and Samsung VR equipment we were able to experience a never before seen segment and witness scenes on the PCT.  It was a surreal experience and it felt like we were actually there.  I really felt like I could just reach out into virtual reality and touch Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspooon).  It was a surreal experience.

 

Rejuvenating Our Souls with a Pacific Crest Trail Hike

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We headed out to the Pacific Crest trail with our PCT association guides and wandered through the trails.  On the Pacific Crest trail we found several flowers in bloom, a great landscape and reminder of beauty in the desert.   We also stood in the middle of a PCT landmark with the Pacific Trail South towards our left and the Pacific Crest Trail North to our right.   The afternoon on the PCT is an experience I will never forget.  It was very healing.   It has inspired me to  return to the PCT with friends and family and continue my journey to explore the healing mysteries of the Pacific Crest trail.

 

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Spa Treatments and Campfire To Restore Our Souls

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After our hike we headed to the Spa for beauty treatments.   I got a pedicure and my sister got a fancy massage and body scrub.   Every room at the Spa is very peaceful and calming.   We spent a couple hours in complete silence just focusing on our selfs as we realized how important it is to focus and nurture our physical and emotional health and spa treatments, quiet time, healthy food and healthy hikes.

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We wrapped up our Wild Women Retreat with a Happiness campfire and a night of reflection & smores with Tedx speaker and author Britt Reints.  Britt shared her personal story of healing from recklessness and  provided us with encouragement and tips to stay healthy and happy.  She encouraged us to remove distractions from our life, to be compassionate with ourselves and most importantly, that we are bigger than our fears.  She is an amazing lady!

I’m very thankful for the staff at Fox Home Entertainment for our trip  and the movie Wild  for the gentle reminder to stay physically and emotional healthy by prioritizing  “me time” and going on adventures of self-discovery to rest, restore and rejuvenate our souls.

Wild movie on Bluray/DVD is currently available in stores near you and online and can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/WildBluray.  I’d recommend a Wild Movie Women retreat experience to all women.   Go ahead and round up all your girlfriends, buy the movie, hike the Pacific Crest Trail and have a Women’s Wellness retreat.  You do deserve it!  In order to give more to those around you, you need to give to yourself too.

Looking forward to the future, gratitude to the past…

Namaste!

Eva-TFL

 

 

Dreamworks Home Movie Review #DreamWorksHome

We recently landed on the purple carpet for the movie premier of Dreamworks Home, starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez.  The movie is in theaters starting today, March 27.

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The movie producers and director did a great job of integrating multicultural characteristics in the characters played by Jennifer Lopez (Latina entertainer and actress)  and Rihanna (Barbadian singer, entertainer and actress).   In addition to the movie,  there is a Dreamworks HOME movie soundtrack which included three new songs by Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, Feel the Light song.  I love the soundtrack. It’s also a great soundtrack for kids.

Hurry up! Hurry up! Get in your spaceship and make sure to land on the purple carpet and go see Home.  Make sure to take someone with you to ensure you don’t get beemed up by the Boov!

 

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The movie is out of this world and based on a book, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.  The screenplay was written by Tom J. Astie and Matt Ember, produced by Chris Jenkins and Suzanne Buirgy and directed by Tim Johnson on earth.

 

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Home Movie Overview

Oh is a lovable misfit from another planet, Boov. He lands on earth and find himself on the run from his own people, the Boov!  Oh forms a friendship with a young, inquisitive girl named Tip who is also on a quest of her own.  Tip has been living on her own since the Boov rounded up all the humans and is in search of  her mother, Lucy.  Tip has an adorable pet cat named “Pig”, which is always by her side.   Together, Tip and Oh  discover the universe and the true meaning on being HOME.

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Cast

Jim Parsons as Oh
Rihanna as Gratuity “Tip”
Jennifer Lopez as Lucy Tucci
Steve Martin as Captain Smek
Matt L. Jones as Kyle
Brian Stepanek as Gorg Commander
April Lawrence as Boov Announcer

Movie Review

Home is an endearing movie about love, family, unity and the real meaning of HOME.  The characters are so lovable, especially Tip and Oh.    Oh character is from a planet called Boov.  The Boov are running away from their enemy to earth and relocate all the humans to Australia.  Oh is a misfit, but deep down inside he is funny, silly and very lovable.  Tip’s character is from Barbados, intelligent, spunky and very inquisitive.    Tip is separated from her mother during the invasion and is on a quest to reunite with her.

The Boov come from another planet, can speak broken english and have adapted to our environment, sort of.  They have come to planet earth to get rid of all humans so that can take over the planet.     As the story unfolds, we find that Boov’s and humans actually have more in common than differences.  The movie will take you on an adventure of a lifetime.  You’ll even feel like you’re flying in a spaceship!

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Get To Know The Boov

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For additional information follow DreamWorks Animation on Twitter , visit ‘HOME’ on Facebook  or Dreamworks Home for FUN games, a visit to the Boov Testing Center  and additional information about the movie and cast.

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. 

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