The 6 Best Selfies of All Time

6.  The Selfie that Got Selfies Banned from the White House David Ortiz-Barack Obama Selfie

When the Boston Red Sox visited the White House on April 1st, the famous baseball slugger David Ortiz took what seemed like an innocent selfie with the POTUS, Barack Obama.  The world later learned that it was a marketing stunt by Samsung.  As a result, the White House banned selfies with the President.  Some Olympians who visited the White House last week confirmed the ban.  Thanks a lot Big Papi!

 

 

5.  The Plane Fire Selfie plane fire selfie

There’s a fire on the plane?  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  Well apparently this guy did, as he took a gleeful selfie before the flames engulfed first class.

 

 

4.  The Oscar Selfie

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Ellen Degeneres took a selfie via Bradley Cooper with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and tweeted the photo which captured an overwhelming response resulting in millions of retweets, which beat Obama’s previous record.  We later learned that this was a Samsung marketing stunt.  Samsung has been on a roll this year with their marketing campaign, just in time for their Samsung Galaxy S5 launch.

 

 

3.  The Opposition Leader Selfie

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Venezuela recently went through a round of protests as anti-government supporters pushed for political reforms.  The movement was lead by Leopoldo Lopez, the pro-democratic leader who wants to change the years of socialist rule under the late Hugo Chavez.  Lopez took this selfie before getting arrested for inciting violence.  He was resilient throughout his arrest, telling his supporters to not turn down for anything.

 

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Seconds after his selfie.

 

 

2.  The Plane Survivor Selfie

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Planes are not having a good year, just ask CNN.  A small passenger aircraft crashed off the shores of Hawaii in December last year.  Ferdinand Puentes was one of the survivors and snapped this selfie moments after the plane crash.  Not fearing the shark infested waters, he took the selfie as a reminder to never swim in shark infested waters again.

 

 

1.   The Astronaut Selfie

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Not many people get the opportunity to take a selfie in space.  Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide snapped this picture at the International Space Station in September 2012.

 

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Preoccupied with the photo opportunity, Hoshide regretfully forgot to attach his tether before departing the ISS.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Launch – Everything You Need to Know

samsung galaxy s5The Samsung Galaxy S5 is officially available in 125 countries today and it’s quite similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S4. With features like a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, improved camera, and a 5.1in Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 pixel display, the Galaxy S5 is a real contender for one of the best smartphones of 2014

 

“We’ve decided to go back to basics with the Galaxy S5 and focus on the features and things that matter the most to our customers – namely the camera, ability to view and download data and content quickly and their health and well-being,” said Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. “People want a smartphone that enhances and enables their mobile life. The Galaxy S5 represents just that, and we’re excited to see the response to our latest flagship smartphone device.” Stanford has high hopes for the Galaxy S5 and so do we. Let’s break down what you need to know for the S5.

 

Design & Features

“The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests” – That’s the official line via Samsung. The camera has evolved to give clearer, faster snaps. The fitness-tracking abilities of the S5 are enhanced over the Galaxy S4 by packing in a more powerful S Health app and a dedicated heart rate monitor on the rear. Because of the addition of the fingerprint scanner, the S5 is considered to be the most secure Galaxy phone ever made.

 

The S5 measures 142 by 72.5 by 8.1mm, and weighs 145g. That’s actually 15g heavier compared to the S4, and a little thicker too. Samsung also revealed that the S5 is IP67 water & dust resistant like the Sony Xperia Z range, this makes it much more durable.

 

Samsung says the overall design of the new Galaxy S5 is “glam” and will be available in a range of colors including Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue, and Copper Gold.

 

Specs & Hardware

samsung galaxy s5 specsSamsung has bumped up the processing power. We’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip clocked at 2.5GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM, a 2800mAh (removable) battery and an upgraded Adreno GPU. Internal storage is set at 16/32GB (with up to 128GB expandable through microSD).

 

It also features an ultra-low power mode, which Samsung reckons can last 24 hours with only 10% of your battery left. It does this by turning the screen black and white, severely limiting the apps you can use and generally turning the wick down on everything it can.

 

Other noteworthy additions include super-fast connectivity with global LTE support and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO (2×2). Samsung has also included something called “download booster” which leverages both LTE and Wi-Fi connections to speed up sizeable downloads of over 30MB.

 

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S5 includes a whole host of image functionality and comes equipped with a 16MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. The camera shoots 4K video at 30fps! This flagship smartphone also features a “reflector-integrated flash LED.” This allows for better daylight and nighttime photos, a wider field of view, and ensures all persons in a photo are illuminated by the flash (not just those in the center).

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Fingerprint Scanner

Biometrics is predicted to be an essential smartphone feature moving forward.  Apple and Samsung are once again leading the charge on this front. Similar to the iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy S5 features a fingerprint scanner. Unlike Apple’s TouchID, however, Samsung’s fingerprint scanner will be open for mobile payments (via PayPal) from the get-go, as well as providing a quick and easy way to safely and securely unlock the handset.

 

Samsung has clearly outdone itself with the Galaxy S5 with improvements on all aspects – larger capacity battery, bigger and brighter screen, powerful camera, and improved processor. If you’re a Samsung fan, then you’ll definitely enjoy the newest addition to the Samsung family.

 

Check out our contest where we are giving away a free Galaxy S5 – #ProtectYourS5

 

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2 Common Tax Scams to Avoid

Tax-ScamsTax season is also known as the prime-time tax scam season. As the deadline for the April 15 tax filing nears, scammers prey upon people’s fears of making a tax return mistake and exploit their desire to get a bigger refund.

 

Every year, the Internal Revenue Service warns consumers that there are high-level scams targeting taxpayers throughout the country. They range from false claims to improper application of real-but-arcane tax laws, along with constant attempts to get taxpayers to provide personal information that can be used to steal identities. You cannot let your guard down because these criminals are staging a multimedia assault using email, phone, fax, websites, and/or mailed notices posing as the IRS. There are even scammers who threaten victims with penalties, such as loss of business or loss of driver’s license.

 

Here are 2 of the most prevalent scams that the IRS has identified this year:

 

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This is not a real IRS Auditor.

Fake IRS Agents & Phone Calls

IRS representatives almost never call — unless you call them.  Real IRS agents initiate contact by mail and never demand payment by debit card, credit card, or wire transfer. Scammers usually use fake names and IRS badge numbers. These scammers “spoof” or imitate the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling. Some scammers inform their victims that they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the scammer becomes hostile and insulting. When they’re done with their threats, they hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV and often the caller ID supports their claim.

 

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This is a question that really needs an answer.

Identity Theft & Phishing

Phishing scams usually begin with an unsolicited email with a link to a fake website that looks very authentic. The scammer tries to get the victim to send or enter valuable personal and financial information online permitting identity theft. Sometimes the victim is asked to “verify” information through a website. It is important to know that the IRS never asks for your personal information via email, text message, or social media. The IRS never sends unsolicited emails to taxpayers. The official IRS website is www.irs.gov. Do not be confused or misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org, or any other designations other than .gov. If you receive an email from someone claiming to be an IRS agent – do not reply to the message, open any attachments, or click on any links. If you think your personal information has been stolen to process a fraudulent refund, contact the IRS immediately.

 

This tax season, it is critical to stay alert so you do not become a victim of tax scams. It’s easy to verify whether a call or letter is indeed from the IRS. If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is an issue. It is important to keep yourself safe. Identity theft protection is a service that will help prevent many fraudulent issues that may arise.

 

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#OopsAwards – Have a Mobile or Electronic Device Accident Story? Share it for a Chance to Win an iPad Mini!

Oops Awards - Mobile & Electronic Devices

 

Oops Story

 

Have you had an “OOPS!” moment with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, TV, or any mobile or electronic device? Accidents DO happen. It’s just unfortunate when they happen to our wonderful devices that we rely on daily.

 

Perhaps you were pushed into a pool with your phone in hand, got rowdy at a Creed concert and cracked your phone screen, or received the red ring of death on your Xbox. Whatever the mishap, we want to hear how you damaged your electronic device!

 

Share your story about an unforgettable “Mobile & Electronic Device ‘OOPS!’ Story” via the Post Kudos submission form below for the chance to win an iPad Mini. Whichever story gets the most votes wins!

 

Submit Your Story in 4 Easy Steps

 

1) Share your story in the Post Kudos section below (give your story a fun title). The entry has to be in video format either recorded or uploaded below via Post Kudos. Video content is open to your imagination as long as it is a real experience - it can be a video testimonial, a cheesy re-enactment, or an actual recording of the accident. The more creative it is, the better chance you will have to win! Videos must be 30 seconds or less to be eligible for the prize.

 

2) Share this link and encourage people to vote for your story:
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3) Friends, family, and fans of your story will vote below through Rafflecopter. Please input the TITLE of the video you want to vote for.

 

4) The person with the story with the most votes – by April 30, 2014 – wins an iPad Mini

 

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NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE OR PAYMENT DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years and older (19 or older in AL and NE). Contest ends April 30, 2014. Subject to complete Official Rules.

 

 

 

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Top 10 Celebrity iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S Phone Users

Celebrities are certainly like the rest of us in one respect, they love their smartphones. In fact, we often see them showing off their latest phone in paparazzi pictures and when promoting their TV shows or movies. Naturally, just as their fans are so interested in their activities, they also are interested in their phones as well.

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David Beckham expresses his enjoyment of the Lakers game.

Unsurprisingly, it was easy to find the top ten celebrities who use the iPhone and those that use Samsung as their primary smartphones. Staying in touch with their fans is certainly part of their job and it’s no surprise that each celebrity has their own taste in smartphones.

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Which celebrities prefer the iPhone over the Galaxy S?

Whether you are a celebrity or just someone who has yet to be discovered, your iPhone is a valuable investment that needs to be protected. Having iPhone Insurance will mean having it repaired or replaced more quickly and with less out of pocket expense.

 

Top 10 Celebrity iPhone Users

 

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Victoria Beckham listening to her husband's text.

David & Victoria Beckham  – Arguably the greatest football player of our generation, David Beckham has thrilled sports fans around the world with his incredible talents as well as his stunning looks. What is also true is that you’ll see many photographs of Beckham using his iPhone which has become a valuable part of his personal gear. Needless to say, his wife Victoria Beckham also uses the iPhone as well.

 

Brad Pitt – Still one of the world’s sexiest men and huge movie star, Brad Pitt is a proud owner of the iPhone and is frequently photographed by paparazzi while using it.

 

Ellen Degeneres – America’s #1 daytime talk show host and now twice hosting the Academy Awards, Ellen has legions of fans around the world thanks to her sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor. There is little doubt that Ellen is a big iPhone fan as well, tweeting back in September upon the release of the iPhone 5C, “You guys, I just heard the new iPhone can read your mind. I didn’t even type this. I thought it.”

 

Jon Cryer – The star of the long-time running hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men” is also seen frequently with his iPhone.

 

Halle Berry – This Oscar-winning actress is also a recent fan of the iPhone, having recently shifted from a Blackberry.  Needless to say, she is certainly pleased and is often seen around Hollywood talking on her new iPhone.

 

Jessica Alba – Still one of the hottest stars on the planet is another actress who has recently left her Blackberry behind for the iPhone.

 

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Taking a picture x 3.

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian: Another “two-fer” as they are avid iPhone users with Kim recently showing off her figure in a tight bikini thanks to the photo capabilities of her iPhone. Kanye also keeps his iPhone close by as well, frequently being photographed talking to his friends and family on this device.

 

Miley Cyrus – When she’s not shocking the world, Miley is posting new photos or creating tweets with her iPhone. In fact, her iPhone is arguably one reason why she has stayed in the news to support her new found fame.

 

Jimmy Fallon – The new host of the Tonight Show is also a big iPhone fan as well. In fact, he recently joked on Twitter, “There’s a new iPhone app that breaks up with your significant other. It’s called ‘Words with Let’s Just Be Friends.”

 

Lindsay Lohan – Although her recent troubles have garnered more news than her movies, Lindsay is also a well known iPhone fan as well.

 

Top 10 Celebrity Samsung Galaxy S Users

 

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Bradley Cooper is excited to have friends.

Ellen Degeneres – Yes, she is also a very famous customer of Samsung Galaxy series as well. After all, it was a Samsung smartphone that took the most retweeted selfie in history at the last Oscar ceremony. Samsung actually just sponsored the Oscar selfie as Ellen still has her iPhone, but it was close enough.

 

Ewan McGregor – The star of the recent Star Wars trilogy is also a well known user of Samsung smartphones as well.

 

Jay-Z & Beyonce – Arguably one of the biggest music stars in the world, rapper Jay-Z has also built a powerful brand that has branched out to the fashion world and beyond. Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce are well known fans of the Samsung for their smartphone needs.

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Martha Stewart and Jay-Z using the Galaxy S phone in the afterlife.

Martha Stewart – Still one of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet, Martha is also a proud owner of a Samsung.

 

LeBron James – The most popular basketball player since Michael Jordan, LeBron is also an avid Samsung smartphone user as well. While a spokesperson for Samsung as well, LeBron is certainly one of the most recognizable stars to use this brand.

 

Evan Rachel Wood – One of the hottest actresses today, Even Rachel Wood has also been photographed on the set of her latest films using a Samsung.

 

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Nicole Sherzinger uses a cord phone after losing her Galaxy S.

Nicole Scherzinger – Recording artist who also uses a Samsung as well representing the new wave of smartphone users who prefer this brand.

 

The Saturdays – This British/Irish all-girl group has certainly made its mark as well while also being known for using Samsung as their smartphone of choice.

 

David Ferrer – This Spanish tennis star got into a little hot water with Samsung when he tweeted its praises from his iPhone. Still, he officially uses a Samsung it seems.

 

All in all, the celebrities who use either iPhone or Samsung are often sponsored to do so, much like golfers use clubs and golf balls from particular brands as well. The power of celebrity when it comes to product promotion is certainly potent and whatever these celebrities personal preference may really be, it does come down to if they have a sponsorship or not.

Still, we will no doubt see more Samsung and iPhones being used by celebrities as long as they take photos of themselves or the paparazzi is present.

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Less Worry for Crazy Family Vacations – Free Travel Insurance for Kids!

 

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My grandmother was once asked if she wanted to go on a family vacation and 8 hour car trip with me and my 3 younger sisters.  Her response was, “I don’t want to drive to the end of the driveway with you crazy people!”  Family vacations can be crazy, but they are always worth the effort though… except when you are traveling to Wallyworld while they are closed for renovation.

 

There are always a lot more logistics to factor in when kids are involved on road trips, plane rides, hotels, and any other moving part of your travels.  Here are a few tips for traveling with your family:

 

Call for Hotel Hospitality – Let them know that you are traveling with your kids and see what they have to offer to make your stay easier.  Some hotels have cribs they can offer that will allow you to leave the pack-and-play behind.  They may even have certain rooms that have a little more space if they know that there are going to be several people sleeping in the room.  It never hurts to ask, and their goal is to make your stay great.

 

Packing Light – Airlines and car trunks don’t like a lot of bags.  If you have one big suitcase, use it for multiple family members, but keep it under 50 lbs to avoid additional fees.  If you are checking bags for a flight, let each person carry a backpack with one change of clothes and things to do on the trip.  Take an inexpensive and light umbrella stroller instead of the behemoth if you can.  Lastly, you never need as many clothes as you think, especially for little kids clothes.  If the place you are staying has a washer/dryer, plan to use it, and your packing will be much easier.

Save the Screen – My wife and I used to put the kids in the car and immediately turn on the DVD player.  The problem is that the kids lose interest after a little bit and the “Are we there yet’s” and “I’m hungry’s” crank up.  If your secret weapon is a game on an iPad or a DVD player in the car, see if you can start the trip with books and small toys to keep them happy and save the entertainment for the area of the trip you usually experience the primetime meltdowns.

 

Bottles Up & Down – If you are flying with a baby or a small child, give them something drink on the way up to 30,000 feet and on the way down to keep the pressure in their ears down as well.  For older kids, chewing gums does well too.  Also change that diaper quick – while you and your spouse like to play “Who’s gonna change it” with each other, your fellow passengers are not as used to that lovely aroma.

Yakkity Yakk –In the middle of the trip and somebody is getting sick?  If you are in the US, use your smartphone to find a good doctor nearby.  Apps like ZocDoc and BetterDoctor are great for seeing local doctors, their specialties, and their customer ratings.  If you have travel insurance and you are out of the country, call them first to see what guidance they can provide for your medical needs.

 

We understand that the trip with your family is a lot to plan and execute in order to create a lifetime of memories.  This week, Protect Your Bubble released a new Travel Insurance program that allows you to add up to 3 kids for free to your policy for every insured adult or parent on the policy.  That’s right…free!

 

So while you are planning how to get the whole family through security at the airport, you don’t have to worry as much about unforeseen doctor visits or trip mishaps for your kiddos during the trip.  Buy the travel insurance policy for you, and cover the kiddos too for free!

 

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The New HTC One M8 – Everything You Need to Know

htc one m8After months of leaks and rumors, HTC has finally launched the successor to its 2013 HTC One flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8. Featuring a new larger display, an evolved metal design and powerful upgraded specifications, HTC has high hopes that it will replicate the success of its predecessor.

 

Availability and Price

The HTC One is being launched in over 100 countries to over 230 carriers. Right now it is available for order in North America from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, and Tellus for immediate shipping. T-Mobile announced it will be selling the phone online and in stores on April 11. The price for the phone is $199 with a 2 year contract or $649 with no contract.

 

Hardware

The HTC One M8 is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, houses a 5-inch Super LCD HD 1080p display, a Gorilla glass cover, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and up to 128GB expandable microSD card storage. It is compatible with every imaginable 2G, 3G and 4G network, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX. The battery has 2600 mAh capacity, and will be good for up to 20 hours of 3G talk time, or up to 496 hours of standby on a 3G network connection.

 

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The HTC One M8′s standout feature is its camera setup. The HTC One M8 features an upgraded version of the 4.1MP “Ultrapixel” camera seen on the original One. The upgraded camera features a new beefed up imaging co-processor and two lenses in the rear known as the “Duo Camera” system. The Duo Camera technology uses a second supporting lens to let the rear camera capture spatial information, allowing for advanced special effects. This lets users to create 3D-like images and retroactively adjust the point of focus on a captured image. The primary rear camera has HTC’s UltraPixel module with 2.0 um pixels and a 1/3-inch sensor, shooting at f/2.0 with a 28mm lens. The rear camera also has dual LED flash and full 1080p HD video recording. The front camera has been upgraded as well, from 2.1 megapixels to 5 megapixels. This allows for ultra clear selfies.

 

Software

The HTC One M8 runs on a customized version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

 

The home screen has an upgraded version of HTC’s Blinkfeed new aggregation service. The new Blinkfeed offers the same push update tiled interface as the original version, but supports a number of new news outlets and adds the ability to get “batch updates”. Batch updates let you set Blinkfeed to only push updates about specific topics or hashtags.

 

A new “Sensor Hub” tracks the user’s movements to count steps, and it also enables a variety of motion, tap and swipe gestures that can be performed while the phone’s display is off. For example, double-tapping on the screen will wake the HTC One from sleep, or swiping to the right on the sleeping display will unlock the phone directly to the BlinkFeed screen.

 

The HTC One M8 offers gesture control. The M8 has what HTC is calling Motion Launch, which is a series of gesture controlled shortcuts to let you activate the screen, answer calls, and turn the lock screen on and off without swiping or tapping. It does this using low-power monitoring of orientation, speed, etc., with its onboard sensors to predict what you’ll want to do when you unlock the device.

HTC-One-M8-ColorsThe new HTC One seems like a solid improvement on the original and is available in three colors: The familiar “glacial silver,” a very nice new “amber gold” color, and our favorite, “gunmetal gray,” which features a brushed finish. With the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2, HTC has taken the lead for the 2014 smartphone race.

 

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Best March Madness Basketball Apps

It’s March Madness time!  NCAA’s annual college basketball tournament is upon us once again.  It’s one of the most exciting sporting events of the year, filled with enough drama to make Days of our Lives look tame.  Unexpected buzzer beaters, rising superstars, and bracket busters occur throughout the course of the event, which lasts from March 18 to April 7.  We’ve created a list of the top March Madness apps for our rejoicing basketball brethren as this year’s tournament will surely contain copious amounts of unadulterated excitement.

 

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The NCAA March Madness Live app is the official app of the tournament. This app allows you to stream the basketball games live through your phone or tablet.  Access is only available to paid TV subscribers as the games are being broadcasted through CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV.  A temporary 3 hour preview ticket grants access to users before login is required.  The official app is perfect for on the go viewers or people on the job.  You’re always just a bathroom break away from watching live basketball action.  If you are unable to watch the games, at least you will keep updated with the live score and stats tracker.

 

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With many games overlapping each other, it is difficult to catch all the action.  The Thuuz app makes it easier to follow the hectic 68 man team tournament.  Thuuz rates live and upcoming games on a scale of 1-100, 100 being the most exciting game possible.  80 would be considered a great game.  A game rated 10 would be a blowout of monumental proportions.  Even more, Thuuz sends alerts of live games in progress once an excitement threshold has been crossed, indicating many scenarios like a large impending  comeback or a down to the wire close game.  This ensures you won’t miss out on any thrillers or billie jeans.

 

Tournament Bracket Tracker

Keeping track of your bracket is a must especially when you have multiple variations for different office pools. The Yahoo Sports Tourney Pickem and ESPN Tournament Challenge seem to be the most popular bracket apps.  Both apps are free to use and play.  Yahoo is sponsoring celebrity pools with NBA superstars Paul George, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony.  It definitely would be worthwhile to beat Carmelo Anthony and his Syracuse alma mater with a bracket dubbed “Honey Nut Cheerios.”  Yahoo also offers a $1 billion bracket challenge sponsored by Quicken Loans.  The ESPN bracket app allows for a chance to win $10,000 and tickets to the Final Four in Dallas, TX.

 

ESPN SportsCenter

The ESPN SportsCenter app is good to keep updated on the latest news, scores, analysis, and highlight videos.  One of the more important features of this app is the video highlights, which lets you view the most exciting plays of every game.  It’s all powered by ESPN, so that means you can get your daily dose of Jay Bilas, Andy Katz, and of course Dick Vitale.  Best of all, the SC app has Twitter integration so you can get the latest and most unsubstantiated rumors from a plethora of pseudo sports analysts like Chris Broussard, Stephen A. Smith, and Skip Bayless.  The ESPN TwitterSphere has just confirmed from unreliable sources that the Canadian basketball prodigy Andrew Wiggins will be skipping the NCAA Tournament to join the Harlem Globe Shakers.  Sources have also confirmed that he will be compensated with a $50 gift card to Tim Hortons.

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Andrew Wiggin's expression in response to the $50 Tim Hortons gift card.

With all these apps available at your finger tips, getting consumed by the March Madness experience is now easier than ever!  Please subscribe to the blog below to stay up to date.

 


 

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The Most Useful Apps for St. Patrick’s Day

st pattys dayMarch 17th is one of the most important dates in Irish history. It is a holiday that honors the death of St. Patrick, the national apostle who introduced Christianity to the country, also known as the fifth-century patron saint. In recognition of such history, it has turned into one of the biggest celebrations of the year. It revolves around revelry of green clothing, Irish lore, food, and libations.  So bust out your green socks and leprechaun hats to celebrate the day’s festivities. We have compiled a list of apps that will help you have a fun and safe St. Patty’s Day.

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FindMyTap

 

Beer is the universal symbol of St. Patrick’s Day and it is common for bars and restaurants to dye their beer green. For the green beer lovers out there, FindMyTap is a useful app that helps users locate local pubs. Similar to Yelp’s GPS based search engine, this app filters the destinations to beers and bars only. You can browse through your much-loved beverages and even suggest your favorite bars. The app not only provides you directions but it allows you to leave reviews too. For all the beer connoisseurs out there, quench your thirst with this must-have app.

 

Happy Hours

 

If you’re hoping to make Happy Hour last an entire day, then this app is for you. It is supported in just about every major city and uses your GPS to find happy hour deals in your area. It lists happy hour deals based on user feedback. Happy Hours are a great opportunity to be social and merry at an affordable price. Rally your friends and coworkers together for a cheap and memorable time. With the Happy Hours app you’ll know exactly where the early evening drinkers are at. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, there’s bound to be a plethora of deals.

 

Beer Roulette – The Drinking Game

 

Energize your St. Patty’s Day party with a good old-fashioned drinking game. When the beer coma starts to set in, it’s time to break out the Beer Roulette app. Shake up your beer and see who gets to enjoy the beer and who gets sprayed! The beers are digitally “shaken,” mixed, and in turn players must choose one of six cans. The player who gets sprayed is deemed the loser and must chug a beer like a leprechaun.

 

MyCityWay mycityway app

 

This all-in-one travel app and local guide is convenient for all your St. Patrick’s Day plans. Find Irish pubs, restaurants, parking spots, parades, and more to help you party all day long. This app delivers personalized contextually-relevant information around-the-clock based on your location; with this app it’s so much easier to find things to do and places to go on this festive holiday. MyCityWay helps you navigate cities better, faster, and smarter.

 

Taxi Magic, Uber, and Lyft

 

Going out to a bar for the night? Then you should probably decide against driving and driving. Taxi Magic, a smartphone-based service for booking cabs, allows you to order a taxi and pay online. There’s no extra surcharge — it’s just the flat taxi rate plus a $1 booking fee. One cool feature of this app is if you’re coming from a raging party or standing on the street outside the most crowded pub in town, the Taxi Magic app helps you flag down the cab you called by turning your phone screen into a beacon. Similarly, Uber and Lyft are popular ride sharing apps that allow you to hail a ride based on location. Unlike Taxi Magic, Uber and Lyft drivers are not taxi drivers, but regular people like you and me.

 

We can always use some help getting into that Irish spirit for the big day. Luckily. there are a lot of apps out there for all our needs.  Have a safe and fun St. Patty’s Day.

 

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5 Ways to Improve Your Phone’s Battery Life & Performance

low-batteryFor a lot of people, smartphones are like a self-extension of oneself as our lives have become increasingly dependent on it.  We utilize our phones in a multitude of ways like browsing the internet, making phone calls, sending emails, texting, and updating Instagram (determining the right filter to use has become an art form). If we take a moment to reflect, we realize that smartphones are essentially a miniaturized PC. Like a PC, your phone should be continually optimized to improve its lifespan. Over a period of time, it can get congested with unnecessary bloatware from installing numerous apps, which in turn can lead to increased susceptibility of crashing, freezing, and battery draining. For avid phone users, the battery never seems to last as long as the manufacturer states. Battery performance has become a big issue with the rise of more demanding smartphones.

 

Here are 5 ways to improve your phone’s battery life and performance.

 

Bright Light

 

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Bright screens can sear your retinas.

Your phone’s display is usually the leading cause of poor battery performance. Constant use of your phone will keep the display on and drain your battery. Furthermore, the brightness of your screen has a big impact on battery life as a high brightness increases battery use. You can easily improve battery life adjusting the brightness level down. Although displays are definitely the most stunning at full brightness, you should turn it down a notch to about a quarter of the way from the lowest level to prevent your battery from being drained.

 

Screen Saving

 

Another step you should take to optimize your phone is to update its sleeping habits. Lowering the amount of time it takes before the screen goes into standby mode can greatly improve your battery life. On Android devices, you can access the display settings and set your device to sleep after 15 seconds. For iOS devices, there is an auto-lock feature that can be found under the general settings – the shortest timeframe for locking is a minute.

 

Kill Apps

 

A smartphone’s ability to multitask across several applications is awesome, but you don’t necessarily need the Facebook or YouTube app wasting memory resources and battery life when running in the background. Many smartphone users do not realize that a lot of apps often run idly in the background, so it is recommended to completely close apps when they are not in use. This will not only improve battery life, but improve the speed of your phone’s performance as it frees up memory allocation.

 

Location Services

 

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Location services is useful for the NSA.

Applications that use location services such as Foursquare, iOS Camera, and Google Maps regularly check your location and eat up your battery life. In order to preserve battery juice, simply turn location services off.

 

Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

 

Accessing the internet is a major contributor to your phone’s battery usage. Depending on your settings, your phone could systematically be looking for a Wi-Fi signal, even if you’re nowhere near a connection. If you’re not planning to go online, turn off your Wi-Fi connection.  4G internet access can also have detrimental effects on your battery life.  If possible, try reducing your wireless internet connection to 3G or eliminating the internet connection (airplane mode) when not in use. Similar to Wi-Fi and depending on your settings, your phone could be constantly searching for Bluetooth enabled devices within reach, which will deplete your battery. Additionally, having the Bluetooth feature enabled when not in use slowly drains your battery as well.  Turn it off when necessary.

 

These tips and tricks can help improve your phone battery life and performance.  Conveniently, there are also several apps out for Android and iOS devices dedicated to reducing battery consumption.

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