The NEW Snapchat has arrived!

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The New Snapchat

A Message From Snapchat

Building Snapchat has taught us a lot about what makes conversation special. When we first started working on an application for sharing disappearing pictures, we had no idea how much we would learn. Our classmates were quick to point out that you could always take a screenshot. That led us to the notion of deletion by default – you keep what you want, and we’ll get rid of everything else!

We also learned that conversation feels better when it’s visual. So we decided to make sure that every time you launch Snapchat we take you straight to the camera. It’s the fastest way to capture and share a moment on your smartphone.

With our last product update, we honored the true nature of storytelling – every Story has a chronological order – a beginning, middle, and end. We built Stories to help Snapchatters create narratives and share them with all of their friends in just one tap.

But until today, we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: presence. There’s nothing like knowing you have the full attention of your friend while you’re chatting.

We could not be more thrilled to announce Chat.

Swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox to start chatting. When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both you and your friend will be cleared – but either of you can always tap or screenshot to save anything you’d like to keep (addresses, to-do lists, etc.)!

We let you know when a friend is Here in your Chat so that you can give each other your full attention. And if you’re both Here, simply press and hold to share live video – and Chat face-to-face!

Happy Snapping!

Love,
Team Snapchat

Source: Snapchat

Hands On Review: HTC One M8

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HTC One M8“The all new HTC One® one-ups its predecessor, from its premium design and 5-inch Full HD display to its Duo Camera with UltraPixel, which lets you add 3D-style depth and change focus after snapping a photo. With dual front speakers and enhanced HTC BoomSound™, you’ll experience true-to-life sound for all your favorite media.”

-VZW

It’s a massive market out there for the Android loving community, but what about if you are looking for a hight end device? Well, look no further as the HTC One M8 may be the phone for you.

First and foremost you want to admire the solid hunk of unibody aluminum that makes you want to gawk and awe. The brushed metal finish (pictured to the left), is the perfect tie to the military reference of the M8.

The HTC One M8 isn’t going to win prizes for its weight (5.6 oz), but it’s weight is so close to its lightweight competitors that its certainly able to compete in that realm. Plus, with the HTC One M8 you get a metal casing versus a plastic one. SO WORTH IT.

HTC has stepped up its game on the screen, making the M8 a full 5 inch, compared to the 4.7 inch on the last HTC One. Not only did it step up the screen but HTC has labeled its two front facing speakers “BoomSound,” which sound  fuller even better that the last model (which was already pretty great).

Let’s take a look at a couple of the new features! First up, I like Motion Launch. Motion Launch allows you to answer an incoming call easier than ever by simply  lifting the phone to your ear without even having to unlock the device. Motion Launch will also let you launch you camera even quicker by simply putting the phone in the landscape position and touching the volume button! (Every second counts when it come to taking the quick shot!)

Second, the HTC One M8 is also utilizing some of its new sensors to make quick gesture actions. These sensors give you a few new features: Knocking on the screen to turn on, swiping down to activate voice control, and swipe up to go to the home screen.

HTC One M8 Now to my favorite part of the HTC One M8, the cameras!

While all the other guys are talking about “megapixels”, HTC is talking about “UltraPixels”. The biggest advantage the UltraPixel camera has is how well it captures shots in low light conditions. Pictures taken without a flash always come out brighter and clearer that the competitions devices. On top of having an UtraPixel camera, the HTC One M8 features a second rear camera which helps to sense depth, allowing you to do multiple trick with the images that the UltraPixel camera takes. HTC is using UFocus feature to truly get the most out of the depth in your picture but allowing you to simulate a blurred background like you would get from a DLSR camera. One advantage the m8 has over the DLSR guys is that you can make this change AFTER the pic is taken in editing and even lets you save various versions of the same picture. HTC has also improved the front-facing camera to a full 5 MP. If you are a “selfie master” you will love the fact the front-facing pictures can also be fixed in post capture as well. You can apply anti-shine, eye brightening, smoothing and more to you picture!

Overall I think the HTC One M8 is a powerhouse. It has tons of other noteworthy specs to praise, which if you want all the detailed specs, you can see here.

The HTC One (M8) is available now for $199.99 on a two year contract or $599.99 full retail.

 

Disclosure:

I received the HTC One M8 from Verizon Wireless for review purposes. I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Bring Some Warmth To That Aluminum

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So your Apple keyboard looks all sleek and cool with that futuristic style, but have you ever wanted to bring a unique touch to your tech? Well, look no further as Lazerwood has the solution! Lazerwood products are wood veneer overlays specifically made for Apple Keyboard, iPhones, Beats and Apple TVs.

Lazerwood Keyboard

Available for Apple’s desktop and laptop keyboards, these precision-etched key add-ons are just the thing to make your keyboard a little warmer and more personal. You can choose between multiple keyboards and a stain of cherry or walnut to help match your surroundings.

Lazerwood Keyboard

The instructions say it takes about 30 minutes to apply the product to your keyboard and it’s about right depending on your level of perfectionism. Each key has an individual sticker on the back so it took me about 25 minutes to complete the entire keyboard.

Lazerwood Keyboard

The Lazerwood Keyboard runs $40 – $45 depending on the type of keyboard you are using. They are available in over a dozen different languages and can ship anywhere world wide! At the time of this post Lazerwood is also offering free shipping on any order over $50!

This is such a unique product and makes a great gift for any mac user that likes to stand out from the crowd! Lazerwood also has gift cards available for purchase, just in time for the holidays!

 

Disclosure: I received the Lazerwood Keyboard at no cost from LWI for purpose of reviewing the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Dropbox, It’s still a favorite!

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Dropbox, It's been around but I still love it!

I’m sure if you have at least a little techie in side of you then you have a Dropbox account. For those of you who may not here is a little history and info. According to the internet legends, Dropbox was developed back in 2007 when MIT grad and founder Drew Houston got tired of always forgetting his memory sticks around campus. His idea: a simple , cloud-based system to sync files across all of your devices. All one would have to do is just drag files or folders into the Dropbox folder, and they automatically sync everywhere you have it set up. You can edit from anywhere and changes are saved and synced! Dropbox gives you 2GB for free (or up to 16GB additional, if you refer friends) and has paid plans for those who need a little more storage. You can send a friend or co-worker (assuming your company doesn’t lock out the site) a file by even sending them a direct link to the file in the folder you create! (Bonus, they don’t have to even have to be a Dropbox user, but they really should be!) So if you aren’t using this valuable tool yet, then click the Dropbox logo and give it a whirl!