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

Tech Thursday: Twitter Increases List Limit from 20 to 1000!

 

Are you a list maker like me?  Twitter made an announcement today increasing the number of lists a single user can create.  You can now make up to 1,000 lists (up from 20) and each list can include up to 5,000 users (up from 500).  

 

I have always been a huge supporter of Twitter lists.   Twitter lists are a great way to connect with people before, during or after an event.  It’s also a great way to organize your contacts.   You can also review twitter feeds for specific lists you create to connect with people on lists.  This is very useful if you have a large network on Twitter.


You can create a list for an event, people you recently connected with , food, business or an event  hashtag.  With the new 1,000 list limit, the sky is the limit!

 

Question:  Are you excited about Twitter’s new list feature?  What is your best tip for creating Twitter lists?

Celebrating 20th Anniversary Of The World Wide Web With World’s First Web Page

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Web,  Tim Berners-Lee and the WWW team resurrected the first page ever put online, a 1992 copy of the spartan web page.  Have you ever wanted to know what the first web page created looks like?

Here it is:

20 years ago there would be several engineers gathered around a computer in aw of their newfound innovation.  Technology has definitely progressed!

You can check out the page yourself here: World Wide Web First Web Page

Tech Tuesday: Balancing Technology, Health & Fitness

As many of us know it takes a lot of time to manage a Social Media, Blogging and Influencer Presence.  However, lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with work commitments, blogging deadlines and home responsibilities so I decided to do things a little different.  This week I’m going to put some curves in my routine and schedule more ME time.  That’s right, more ME time.  When I started to write this post I was feeling a bit guilty but the more I thought about it I realized that I need to work smarter and not harder.   I need to find apps to help me balance my technology, health and fitness goals.

 

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Technology

I’m going to start looking for more technology apps and resources to automate and streamline a lot of the tasks:

  1. Ring it Up app to create invoices on the fly whether I’m the road or taking a break.
  2. Checklist to create checklist for the home, work and entrepreneurship responsibilities. 
  3. Evernote to help me capture my ideas & memories on my mobile phone.
  4. Go Daddy to help me search and purchase domain names.  Yes. I collect domain names.
  5. Yahoo to manage my email overload.
  6. Cohuman to help me prioritize deadlines and delegate tasks.  
  7. WordPress app to help me draft blog post, especially posts that only take a minute to write such as a Wordless Wednesday.   
Health & Fitness
My current fitness passion is Zumbaa.   My membership at an all Womens gym is coming to a close and I’m considering joining a gym that has all the things I love like quiet spaces for women to work out and a separate area for instructor led classes.  I’m really looking forward to this new adventure.   While I wait to find the perfect gym I’m also going to invest in some Smartphone Health & Fitness apps:
  1. MyFitnessPal to track my calorie count and help me plan healthy meals
  2. Lose it! app to journal and track calories goals.
  3. iTreadmill to track steps, distance, speed, calories burned & more
  4. Noom.  Also a great calorie counting app.  However, the coach on this app is really cool.  He’ll send you daily tasks, fun challenges and fun challenges to meet fitness goals.
The next time I get ready to sit in front of the computer, I’m going to ask myself this question:
Sit in front of the computer all night on Social Media OR Extreme Zumbaa fitness?
That’s right I’m picking fitness baby! Zumbaaaaaaaaa!

 

Question:  What cool apps help you balance Tech, Health & Fitness?  How do you make room for fitness with your busy schedule?

Pinterest Announces Secret Boards! What Are You Doing With Your 3 Secret Boards?

Pinterest announced some recent  enhancements on Friday night!  You can now create up to 3 SECRET boards that only you and people you invite can see.

According to Pinterest, “Secret boards give you a place for things you’re not quite ready to share yet, like a surprise party, special gift ideas, or even planning for a new baby. We’re testing out the feature by giving everyone 3 secret boards. You’ll find them at the bottom of your profile. We can’t wait to hear what you think!”

Here’s how secret boards work on Pinterest:

  • You can create up to 3 secret boards. If you already have 3 secret boards but want to make a new one, you’ll need to delete one or make one of your current secret boards visible to everyone. If you’re invited to contribute to someone else’s secret board, it won’t count against your 3-board limit.
  • When you add a pin to a secret board, it won’t show up anywhere else on Pinterest—not in the category sections, Popular, Everything, anyone’s search results, your followers’ home feed, your own home feed, or even pins or activity pages on your profile.
  • Your secret boards and pins are at the bottom of your profile. Just scroll down to see them.

With the Social Media world becoming more public I may just use one of my secret boards for my families Christmas list or to collaborate with fellow bloggers online!

Read the details on Pinterest.

Question:  What will you do with your secret board?

Tech Tuesday: Twitter Announces Major Design Changes to Showcase Profiles

Twitter announced some major design change to the way Twitter users can showcase their profiles online.  It makes a profile page an integral part of a users presence online.

 

The new changes allow users to customize profile pages with header photos that will be visable on Twitter.com, iPad, iPhone and Android.  Profile header photos will also appear across mobile and desktop.

Twitter announced some major design change to the way Twitter users can showcase their profiles online.

New Twitter Profile

The best feature change is the background image enhancements which allows Twitter users to control the elements within the background image of the profile and display the most recent six images you shared via Twitter.

Twitter users can switch to the new profile design starting today.  Read the detailed enhancement report HERE.
Question:  Will you switch to the new profile?  How can the new Twitter profile help you promote your brand online?

Join Me Today at 4:30pmPST/7:30PST for a #Blogalicious12 Google+ Hangout

Join Me Today at 4:30pmPST for a Google+ Hangout!  The Hangout will be live. It will be saved onto youtube. We are all new to this platform, so keep an open mind and be ready to learn from each other! We would like to conduct the hangout between 7:30-8:30. The format will include Q&A.

Participants will experience at past Blogalicious conferences, what we have learned in the past, how we have used the info to help your blogging, connections that we’ve  made, brands you have worked with, etc. We will do a getting to know you ice breaker activity for the first part of the hangout, then we will get into the questions.

 

Details

What: #Blogalicious12 Google+ Hangout

When: Tuesday, September 4th at 7:30-8:30 PM EST/4:30-5:30PM PST

Where: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/f2353472a2fd302b2f8b84f1ace449791ffd08fb

Host:  Swarthy Daisy

Hope to see you there!

Roadtrip to Petrified Forest National Park – Arizona

The Petrified Forest National Park is a United States national park in Navajo and Apache counties in northeastern Arizona.  It is considered one of the largest concentrations of petrified trees in the world.  The tree trunks in the forest have fossilized as petrified wood and is noted for its agates and late Triassic fossils.

A Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area “El Desierto Pintado” (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.

The trees in the petrified forest look like someone sawed the logs apart but are actually cracked over a period of time.  We were very fortunate to hike throughout the park.  The climate changed several times during our visit at the National park. At the beginning of the exploration there was heavy rains, winds and monsoon warnings.

In the middle of the trip is was hot but very clear.  It was a perfect opportunity to see all the colors of the Petrified Trees.

Towards the final hour of our hike we were alone in complete silence with the petrified forest and we were able to capture the beauty of the forest and a close and personal view of a colorful collared lizard which makes the Petrified Forest their home.  It was a surreal experience for a city girl like me that loves trees.

One of the things I couldn’t help but wonder is how the Petrified Forest was formed.  According to the Petrified National Park the forest dates back to 218 million years ago.  There was a large river system with coniferous trees, tree ferns, and some gingkoes trees along the waterways. As the trees died naturally, some floated downstream to form log jams.

The mineral silica, from volcanic ash, in stages of crystallization replaced most of the organic wood to form petrified trees.  The various “forests”  are those log jams which form the individual parks.   Today some people use petrified wood as a semi-precious gem.  However, it is against the law to remove petrified trees from the National park.

For additional Petrified Forest National Park photos, please go to my FB page HERE.   To plan a visit, go to the Petriefied Forest National Park website:  http://www.nps.gov/pefo .

 

Disclosure: The Latino Heritage roadtrip was partially funded by American Latino FundVerizon Wireless & General Motors.  The vehicle driven during the roadtrip was provided by General Motors.  All opinions and content rights are my own.

Tech Tuesday: How To Find Out How Many Fake Twitter Followers You Have

Have you ever wondered if your Twitter Followers are real people or fake accounts? As a Media professional agency or brand the task of vetting the quality of a users Twitter Followers may be a challenge and sometimes painful task.

The typical way to check for fake Twitter accounts is to check for followers that have a “goose egg” or very little updates. A fake account also tends to follow many users but tends to have very few or no followers.  However, when checking the quality of accounts with more than 1,000 users it can take an eternity to validate manually.

Social Media Management Platform for Business startup  Status People has developed a really cool application Fake Follower Check to check the quality of Twitter followers.  This makes it easier for marketers and media professional to vet Twitter accounts with a click of a button.  Fake Follower Check checks your Twitter followers to see if they are real or fake.  And  you can check your friends and ‘frenemies’ too.

Why did Status People develop the application?

According to Status People:

“There are two reasons. First it’s important for you to be sure when you communicate on Twitter that you are communicating with real and active followers. Because the more active your follower base the more likely they are to share your content.”

“The second reason is there are a growing number of Fakers out there. People who buy followers in a vain attempt to build legitimacy. “Look at me I have 20,000 followers, I must know my…” They are essentially trying to game the system and it’s important for you to be able to spot them, and steer clear of them. Because ultimately if you’re willing to lie about how many friends you have you are not a very trustworthy individual.”

I put the application to the test and verified my account and was very impressed with the ease of use of the application.

After the check was complete, the tool also allowed me to Tweet my results!

I definitely recommend this tool to anyone that needs to validate the quality of their Twitter followers, vet Twitter accounts or account of someone they may be considering working with.  Go ahead and give it a try here:  http://fakers.statuspeople.com/

 

Question: Have you ever wondered whether you have fake Twitter users?  Did you test Status People’s Fakers application? What was your thoughts on the app results?

Tech Tuesday: Google Analytics Retiring Old Version & Focusing on New Version

Google Analytics announced today that they were retiring the old version. The new version include Google Analytics Real-Time,  a set of new reports that show what’s happening real-time on your site.  Google Analytics Real-Time was released on September 2011.  My favorite features include Social Reports which provide insight on social media source &  traffic being referred to your site. The mobile report also provides a comprehensive report on mobile devices referral to your site.  The new version of Google Analytics puts a lot of useful information at your fingertips.

For example, If you’re working on a campaign, you can immediately see the traffic that is being referred after you publish your article via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Reddit, or other Social Media platforms.

The data can be useful to bloggers and marketers to develop future social campaigns and help determine the best time of day for the increased traffic and the source of traffic for your campaigns.  I’m loving all the new features.

Question:  Are you using Google Analytics? What is your favorite Google Analytics Real-time feature?

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