Tech

Amp Up Your Camera Game With Limelens

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Any photographer will tell you that the best camera is the one that is always with you. Cue Limelens, the company that is bringing personal, daily photography to a whole new level with their smartphone lens. Designed with the average person in mind, each Limelens makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photographs right from their smartphone or tablet. And at only $99, it’s a game-changer.

“While purists may argue about the limitations of smartphone camera capabilities, stand-alone cameras cannot compete with the portability of the smartphone and the public’s desire to share their photos instantly,” says Faye Jones, the Communications Director of Limelens. “Online photo sharing has become a way to express identity, rather than compete.”
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And we couldn’t agree more. Jones goes on to say that his company has recognized that most people are choosing smartphones over conventional cameras for daily photography, and they have created Limelens with those people in mind.
Are you ready to take your smartphone photography (and let’s face it: your Instagram feed) to the next level? Visit www.limelens.com for more information.
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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Amp Up Your Camera Game With Limelens: Photos courtesy of Limelens

Power Up With myCharge

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In an age where battery life is nearly as important (if not more) as the model of the phone you are getting, it’s safe to say power supplies are a must. There are phone cases that double as backup batteries, but they are oftentimes bulky and unattractive, and turn your chic, widescreen phone into an absolute brick. The alternative? Backup batteries—and myCharge is here to save the day.
Fashion meets function with myCharge’s newest lipstick-size battery chargers for your phone that grant up to 15 extra hours of talk, text, and surfing time. All you have to do is plug your phone cord into the USB port on the charger and voilà—you can touch up your phone’s energy throughout your busiest of days.
These myCharge chargers come in various different colors and patterns so you can be fashionable, too. Plus they make a great stocking stuffer this holiday season! Gift it to yourself, or a friend—and never have them ask you to keep them company by a power outlet again.
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myCharge also sells various other portable chargers on mycharge.com. Browse the shop to learn more and see which charger is perfect for you!
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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Power Up With myCharge: Photographs courtesy of myCharge

How To Live Without Your Cellphone

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In a technology-driven age, we all spend way too much time on our Smartphones, tablets and on the internet. According to Beta News, approximately two-thirds of Britons hate how much time they spend using their Smartphone. A recent poll of 2,500 UK adults found that 62 per cent resent the fact that they find it so difficult to stop using their phone.
If you hate how much time you spend on your phone, it’s time to do something about it. This doesn’t mean living without it altogether or causing any iphone screen breaks either! You still need to have contact with the outside world, but you can get easily your sanity and social life back with a few simple steps:
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No we don’t expect you to rid yourself completely on day number one.  Start by slowly weaning yourself off. Gradually reduce the amount of time you spend on it whether that’s limiting yourself to ten minutes a day on Facebook, Twitter, buying an alarm clock or taking less selfies! Begin by turning off your phone when you’re sleeping or even leaving it home whilst you’re at work.  You still have email and Skype to stay in touch with people.
Don’t take it everywhere with you
According to Digital Spy, 75 per cent of people use their phone whilst on the toilet. The poll of 2,000 people, conducted by Sony and O2, also revealed that a quarter of men choose to sit on the loo rather than stand, just so their hands are free to use their mobiles. You don’t need your phone on the toilet, in the bath or whilst you’re at the dinner table so put it away.
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Rather than sitting on your phone playing Candy Crush or stalking friends on Facebook every evening, get a hobby. Get off the sofa and join an exercise class, get out and visit friends and family members or read a book instead. Apply the time you would normally waste on your Smartphone by working out, educating yourself, or spending more time with your family and you’ll certainly feel better for it.
Turn off notifications
Each time you receive a notification, you’re likely to then spend a further ten minutes unnecessarily fiddling around on your phone. It’s so easy to get sucked into the social media world through one alert. Turn off all unnecessary notifications i.e. Facebook, Instagram, emails, etc and this is far less likely to happen.
ap-modeMake use of airplane mode
Try to schedule in phone-free periods during the day and especially at weekends if you work Monday to Friday. When you’re busy doing something else like cooking, watching a film or getting ready to go out, put your phone on Airplane Mode so you’re not easily distracted.
Ask humans for directions
Stop using your phone for maps and directions and start asking people instead. Remember when this was the norm? You could even use a good old map! Stop googling everything you don’t know and start talking to people for answers.
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Images provided by Flickr Creative Commons License

5 Celebrity Chef Cooking Apps to Make Life Easier

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While the Internet has put an infinite amount of recipes at our fingertips, creative meal planning is still a challenge for home chefs. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut of cooking the same old recipes for the sake of getting dinner on the table quickly. Find some inspiration in the kitchen, and load up your tablet with these apps from your favorite world-famous culinary geniuses:

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One of Britain’s most-famous culinary geniuses, Jamie Oliver helps prove to the masses that gourmet cuisine doesn’t have to take hours to prepare with his app, Jamie’s 20-Minute Meals. With over 60 quick and easy recipes, this app will help you answer the daily question of “what’s for dinner?” in a snap. Beware of browsing this app when hungry, though. Each recipe features mouthwatering step-by-step photography. Plus, this app includes video of Jamie’s instruction for tips and tricks to help you do everything from cook the perfect al dente pasta to improve your knife skills.
Pricing & Availability: $6.99–$7.69; available for iOS and Android.

martha-stewartMartha Stewart Makes Cookies

The queen of at-home entertaining gets straight to the point with the Martha Makes Cookies app, which houses all of Martha Stewart’s most-popular cookie recipes in one place. Recipes are categorized by flavor and type for easy access, and the beautifully designed cookie wheel interface makes this app as fun to use as it is functional. Packed with an assortment of useful tools and features like instructional videos, shopping lists, timers and even packaging ideas, this app is a baker’s dream.
Pricing & Availability: $1.99; available for iOS.

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Nigella Lawson’s namesake app is designed to appeal to foodies and aspiring chefs who are strapped for time but don’t see that as a reason to sacrifice the quality of their meals. Nigella Quick Collection features over 100 recipes that can be quickly prepared in six steps or less, which can help save you time when preparing a delicious dinner. The app’s robust content assortment even includes video tutorials and time-saving tips from Nigella herself. If you’re looking to simplify meal-planning or have a limited window of time to prepare evening meals, this app is a must-have in your kitchen arsenal.
Pricing & Availability: $4.99; available for iOS.

How to Cook Everything

New York Times’ leading food columnist Mark Bittman brings his cookbook to life on mobile devices. His app, How to Cook Everything, has over 400 easy-to-follow illustrations and an impressive catalogue of over 2,000 recipes. This app has everything you need to expand your cooking repertoire.
Pricing & Availability: $4.99; available for iOS and Windows.

Cake Boy

World-renowned British pastry chef Eric Lanlard, known affectionately as Cake Boy, brings his baking prowess to the public with the Cake Boy app. It features over 80 recipes, which are broken down into chapters including Basics and Pastries, Cakes, Tarts, Cheesecakes, Desserts and Cupcakes. The gluten-free crowd also will love Lanlard’s selection of tasty gluten-free sweets. Furthermore, most recipes also feature a suggested wine pairing. The Cake Boy app also has other handy features like a conversion tool to convert metric measurements into U.S. standard measurements as well as a recipe finder tool that culls recipes based on the ingredients you have on hand.
Pricing & Availability: $5.99; available for iOS and Android.
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A Chic Buds Review

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In my life, both music and fashion play prominent roles. Dressing up every day is a way of expressing myself and listening to music is therapeutic, especially when it comes to dancing when I’m really happy and singing along to the words when I need them the most. What happens when fashion and the equipment needed to listen to your favorite tunes join forces? Chic Buds happens!
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Located in sunny California, Chic Buds take the adorable and fashion forward color palettes and patterns of popular fashion trends and combine them with reliable, efficient technology like earbuds, portable phone chargers, and cute wristlets. The company believes in making products that reflect a woman’s personal style and a product that they can rely on during a busy work week. Alongside their wonderful products, 20% of all sales are donated to the Vampire Diaries leading man’s Ian Somerholder’s charity, the Ian Somerholder Foundation, that impacts environmental causes for the planet.
The team at Chic Buds were kind enough to send me the Clutchette Power Jacquelyn, Luv Buds Sienna, and Slim Power Phone Charger Ashley. The Jacquelyn is both efficient and stylish, with pockets for credit cards and essentials during a day brunch or night out. It also comes with a handy strap to wrap around your wrist and the convenient charger element where you can connect your smartphone, Mp3 player, or any device to when you’re running low on power. The Slim Power Phone Charger does the same, while the Luv Bud Sienna is any fashionista music lover’s dream with the power of big budget earbuds, reasonable pricing, the cute colors any fashionista would adore.
Needless to say, my dream products have finally been created.
Visit ChicBuds.com for more styles!
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Chic Buds Review: Photographs courtesy of Chic Buds

Fashion Meets Technology

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In 2001, Apple released the first iPod, a brick-shaped mp3 player whose later incarnations would go on to become one of the most influential devices of the 21st century. At the same time, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, two young celebrities whose fame was beginning to skyrocket, were sporting all-denim ensembles at the 28th Annual American Music Awards. While both Apple’s iPod and early-2000’s celebrity fashion were both hot topics, they had yet to become intertwined. Cut to today, where fans of Timberlake and Spears scroll through photographs of the stars on red carpets in sleek suits and tailored dresses, scroll through websites and apps searching for similar fashions—all while listening to the newest albums on the same electronic device. Today, fashion and technology are nearly one, forever influencing one another, forever on a path toward merging completely.
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SLEEK AND SMART
With all the fashion forward apps out there—and all the online shopping to do—you’re going to need a chic way to access all of that coveted online content. The Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro is sleek and stylish. Carry it with you to class, work, hangouts, or family get-togethers and be ready for whatever the day brings. This tablet, developed with Ashton Kutcher, features a 13.3” screen, an 8-watt sound system with a subwoofer, and a built-in Pico projector. The YOGA Tablet 2 Pro even allows users to choose from four different interaction modes—Hang, Hold, Tilt, and Stand—for a more enjoyable experience. lenovo.com
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AN APP FOR THAT
Mobile apps are one means of integrating both fashion and technology. On the fashion app, LOU, users can view what big-time designers, bloggers, and models are posting to their various social networking feeds, including Instagram, Twitter, and blogs, all on the same screen. Users can “favorite” photos and luxury products they love and even purchase products they absolutely must have—all on the same app. LOU will even alert you when your favorite products go on sale! loulookbook.com
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WATCH OUT
Running back and forth from deal to deal will burn a lot of energy. With the new Apple Watch due for release early 2015, shoppers will be able to track their physical exertion with fitness apps. The watch will even make exercise suggestions based on wearers’ daily movement. But Apple Watch is about more than fitness; it’s also about style and personal customization. The high-tech watch is available in three different collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. Consumers will be able to choose different faces, bands, and even sizes—38mm or 42mm—to make the watch fit their personality and lifestyle. apple.com
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BAG LADY
Another wearable piece of technology is the Everpurse. The Everpurse, which comes in a variety of designs, is essentially a stylish mobile phone charger. Inside the purse, there is a special charging pocket, which, when you drop in your cell phone, instantly charges your device. The Everpurse can even charge an iPhone 5 up to three times over, making it the perfect accessory for travel. And when users return to their homes at night, all they have to do is place the Everpurse on top of the Everpurse mat to recharge the bag overnight. Easy, efficient, and stylish! everpurse.com
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“Fashion Meets Technology” originally appeared as “Stylish Tech” in Cliché Magazine’s Dec/Jan 2015 issue.
Photograph courtesy of Everpurse

Find Your Cuddle Buddy with the Cuddlr App

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Ever had the overwhelming urge to just want to cuddle, but there seems to be no feasible options for you? Or those Tinder matches of yours are just a little too aggressive when you’re just looking for some PG-rated activity? Well, it’s time to find your cuddle buddy with the Cuddlr app.
Yupp, you read that correctly, an app that helps you find someone in your area to cuddle with. The location-based, social-meeting app was created by Charlie Williams along with Jeff Kulak and Damon Brown in hopes to bring people together for gentle, no-pressure intimacy.
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    How it works:


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“Tap to request a cuddle from a specific person or respond to someone else’s request. If you both agree, you can shoot them a brief message like “let’s meet at the park” or “I’m wearing a green shirt”. Cuddlr will then show real-time walking directions between the two of you. Once you meet and have a cuddle, you can give a thumbs-up if everything went ok, or in the event of a somewhat too-grabby cuddle, you can report the user. That’s it! The app also lets you share a picture of the cuddle, and, when you’re ready, you can ask for another cuddle through Cuddlr ” (Cuddlrapp.com).
Currently the app is only available for download for Apple users, however will soon be made accessible for Android users.
Your next cuddle buddy could be around the corner (literally)– Are you DTC? (Down to cuddle?)
Photos courtesy of Cuddlr

iPhone 6 and iOS 8 Release

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Apple has done it again ladies and gents, the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 release has taken over the technology world! Another year, another iPhone and another iOS update. Released just a few days shy of last years iPhone 5c and 5s, we welcome the birth of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
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We’ve all heard that ‘bigger is better’– well, ‘bigger than bigger’ seems to be the motto for these newest members of the Apple family. Prior to the release of the iPhone 6 duo, iPhone screens on average measured with a 3.5-inch screen display (diagonally) with the iPhone 5s and 5c at 4″, but it seems like Apple had other plans in mind for this new generation. Topping the list at 4.7″ (iPhone 6) and 5.5″(iPhone 6 Plus)
With much of its influence stemming from the design of the iPad Air, the 6th generation iPhone’s aesthetics are something to take note of. Both with glass faces, curved around the edges and aluminum backs, the 6s are not only the newest, but also the thinnest iPhones to date. Last year Apple boasted about the iPhone 5s being the best iPhone ever, well now the 6 is here and with 4 million pre-orders within its first 24 hours of availability, it might be safe to say there is a new sheriff in town.
If you happen to be an existing iPhone user and haven’t gotten your hands on the new iPhone, don’t worry there’s something for you to be excited about too– Apple would never leave their loyal customers without something new to always look forward to.
The iOS 8 update is here and ready to make the life of an iPhone user even easier than before!
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With new messaging updates, location sharing, new apps, photo editing and more. So even if you don’t run out and get the iPhone 6, there’s still something for you to bask in!
Photos courtesy of Huffington Post First Post Apple Inc.

Our Must Have Apps

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The world is full of many different kinds of apps. Here are just a few of the apps that we love and are must haves.

For Reviews:

While there are sites that offer helpful reviews, Yelp is the one that we stand by. Yelp does its best to ensure that reviews are made by real customers, even to the point of suing over companies making fake reviews.

For Gaming:

It seems that everyone is in love with Candy Crush, and we are too. The game offers hours of fun and though simple in nature offers an amazing workout for your brain. You never know what you’re going to get as you reach higher levels.

Zombies have been all over the brains and hearts of pop culture. Some zombie games seek to scare or try for realism. Zombies Ate My Friends gives gamers the fun of killing zombies with a light hearted nature. The animation is done in a cartoonish manner while filled with tasks to keep players running around for days. You can attack zombies with zombie arms to sniper rifles. You don’t need to add friends to reach new episodes, which means you don’t need to wait for help to pass a level or enter a new zone.

For Relaxation and Health:

In the noisy world we live in, it is sometimes hard to find peace. That’s why we love White Noise Lite and Relaxation Nature Sounds. These apps help to ease the mind when studying, mediating, or trying to get a good nights sleep.

For Music and Entertainment:

Like most people, we love our music. iheartradio has been a great source of enjoyment, with no annoying ads to interrupt, while Shazaam makes it easy to find that song you’ve just fallen in love with.

On a lighter note, the ifunny app offers users the chance to smile with a touch of a button. ifunny is sure to make you laugh when  life is heading for an “fml” moment.

All apps on our list our currently free to download.