Showing posts with label Technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Technology. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Love Runs Out by Sarah Afshar

Love Runs Out by Sarah Afshar in the style of OneRepublic. Yes, I took the liberty of recording this song several hours ago from my iPhone via Smule app. I used the Super Pop filter which is exclusively available to those who are VIP members of Smule. I tried something different with the song.

The song is a great fusion of rock, soul, funk and pop rolled into one tune. I've always loved and appreciated OneRepublic for their strong ability to cover an array of genres and making them work. I am a fan of many songs by them, but Love Runs Out is one of my favorites.

To listen to the song, just click the arrow in the video below...
 
 
If the video doesn't play, to listen to the song, simply click here right now. #SMULE

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Allan Shoemake co-founder of LuMee talks smartphones, selfies and Kim Kardashian

The LuMee case.
LuMee is a revolutionary front-lit smartphone case that is changing the way people take pictures from their phone. It's obvious that everyone wants to be in seen in the perfect lighting and LuMee is the type of innovation that allows you to shine at your brightest. The beautiful and iconic Kim Kardashian West recently shared how much she loved the case saying "I really love my LuMee case so much." Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Allan Shoemake, the co-founder and partner of the brand. Here is what he had to tell me...

(Q) For those individuals who are unaware of the LuMee case, can you kind of shed some light on what the LuMee case is and what it does? Tell me a little more about the LuMee case...

A.S: Yes. The LuMee Case is the first (and patented) smartphone case to offer front facing lighting. The case has lights around the edges to create perfect lighting for the best picture. Think of a lighted make-up mirror, that bathes the user's face in soft, beautiful, professional quality lighting.

(Q) Behind every great creator, great genius lies a source of inspiration. I have to ask, what inspired you to create the LuMee case?

A.S: I have been a professional photographer for the past 25 years, photographing CEO's, United States Presidents and celebrities, so I understand the importance of great lighting. When my daughter was in her freshman year at NYU in Florence, Italy, we would Skype once a week. Her dorm room offered very little in the way of good lighting, especially in the evening. I thought, why are there no lighting solutions available, especially with so many front facing cameras and laptops. So, I rigged Christmas lights around my laptop and the first LuMee prototype was born! Other colleagues suggested transferring the technology to smart phones and we applied for our patent.

(Q) One thing that I really love about technology is the fact that it evolves faster than most things. Is it true that you really use LED lights in the case?

A.S: So true. We use small high quality LED lights to surround our case with the perfect color balance. This enables us to offer bright lights without the heat or battery drain. And yes, we have a rechargeable battery built into the case so there's no battery drain from the phone itself.

(Q) Selfies really capture the moment and are quite popular right now. How will the LuMee case improve my pictures in terms of resolution and overall quality?

A.S: Yes, indeed. One thing about smartphone cameras was that they produce a lot of noise (multi-colored pixelation) when used in low light situations. The LuMee case solves those problems. It offers a soft lighting and gives you the perfect selfie, or FaceTime or Skype session anywhere, anytime. Also it's great for applying make up on the go or just used as a functional flashlight. Very convenient!

(Q) This case if fantastic for improving pictures, but will the LuMee case protect my phone?

A.S: Thanks so much! Yes, the LuMee case is made out of a tough ABS plastic material and will protect your phone when dropped. We are constantly making improvements to our case to make it even more protective as well. We understand that it needs to be both functional and fashionable.

(Q) Why should one choose the LuMee case?

A.S: One of my pet peeves on social media was all of the bad self images, sometimes wondering, "why even bother posting that poor image?" Then I realized that the folks posting wanted to memorialize their outing or date or get together, or location, they just did not have any way to light themselves. Now, that problem is solved with the LuMee case. At the touch of a button, everyone can now have perfect, beautiful and professionally developed lighting wherever they happen to be.

(Q) For all of those smart phone users and technology junkies (including myself), what would you like them to know? What is next for the LuMee brand?

A.S: I'd like them/you to know that LuMee is not just a great product, but a great and rising Brand. We have partnered with Kim Kardashian West, who understands social media and is a fashion mogul, and Robert Pedersen II, the founder and former CEO of ZAGG, who is now our CEO.

LuMee has a focus on innovation in a perfect way like has not been done before. Look for a great new lineup this year with everything from new designs of our patented LuMee Case, to product breakthroughs and an expanded lineup. You're going to want to stay tuned!

Currently, LuMee offers smartphone cases for the iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S6. For more information visit LuMee today.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Alice Chang CEO of Perfect Corp talks YouCam Perfect and YouCam Makeup

Alice Chang, the CEO of Perfect Corp.
Two of the hottest beauty apps on the planet are YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect. As these two amazing additions to Perfect Corp are taking the interweb by storm, these apps serve a purpose in the world of beauty. Perfect Corp recently added two additional apps into the mix - YouCam Nails and Beauty Circle. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with the CEO of Perfect Corp, Alice Chang. Here is what she had to tell me...

(Q) First and foremost, thank you so much for speaking with me today. I just want to say that I absolutely love the YouCam Perfect and YouCam Makeup apps. For those beauty lovers that are unaware of these two apps, can you explain the difference between them?

A.C: It’s wonderful to hear such positive feedback. YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect are two integral components of our integrated beauty platform. YouCam Makeup lets users virtually and instantly apply true-to-life makeup from a wide variety of colors that includes real product offerings from leading cosmetic companies. Users can also choose from complete looks created for all occasions, with unmatched speed and accuracy.

With YouCam Perfect, users can create a perfect image every time they take a selfie with the instant beautification and multiple tools derived from our advanced facial recognition technology. Tools cover wide range going from skin tone adjustments to teeth whitening to eye-bag removals. Our platform also includes recently released Beauty Circle, our interactive content and social destination for all things beauty, fashion and style, and YouCam Nails, a mobile manicure solution.

(Q) That is amazing. Ok, if someone were to ask - Alice, what makes YouCam Perfect and YouCam Makeup any different from the apps currently out there, what would you say?

A.C: Our apps make experimenting with makeup and beauty exciting, accessible and tangible. With YouCam Makeup’s highly accurate facial recognition technology, users can have the most true-to-life makeup experience imaginable. Our live Makeup Cam leaves our users surprised and amazed as the style moves with their face when they smile and strike poses. YouCam Makeup also provides users a variety of natural makeup features including everything they need to enhance their skin, eyes, eyebrows, lips, teeth, and hair. Beauty lovers can mix and match hundreds of different lipstick, eye shadow, mascara, eyebrow or foundation color combinations.

YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect also remove the barrier of product trials, and the risk of purchasing makeup you will never use, making the extensive variety of products on the market within reach of anyone with a mobile device. Our apps provide the most extensive collection of beauty, makeup, and fashion accessories available in a single download. Our beauty ecosystem, cemented by our interactive beauty platform, Beauty Circle, brings tremendous value to end-users, but also to beauty brands and publishers.

(Q) I love that you are constantly evolving. It is quite impressive. For Valentine’s Day you introduced a collection of romantic new looks to the YouCam Makeup app.

A.C: Our goal is to constantly introduce new and relevant products, looks and content into our apps, for our users to experience the latest trends. Campaigns like our Valentine’s Day ‘Looks to Love’ contest play a significant role. Our campaigns tell unique stories introducing styles tailored to a variety of personalities. This romance-inspired collection of complete makeup looks presents an innovative new way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It reminds us that love can be an empowering and beautiful part of our life regardless of our relationship status.

(Q) YouCam Nails is definitely an amazing app. Can you tell me more about it?

A.C: YouCam Nails was a natural next step in our stylish family of beauty apps. It is a mobile nail artist that brings hundreds of colors and stunning styles to our users fingertips. They can use the app to easily try or create nail designs with hundreds of fabulous colors, patterns, and decals. Soon users will be able to try out their favorite brand’s product offerings in the app as well.

(Q) Is it true you have a social media type of app for beauty lovers around the world? Tell me a little more about the Beauty Circle...

A.C: Beauty Circle is a unique interactive beauty platform for fashionistas, brands, and publications delivered via a mobile app and website, and is also built into YouCam Makeup, YouCam Perfect and YouCam Nails. As a news, trends and social destination for beauty, fashion, and style, Beauty Circle has quickly grown to become an interactive community where users can access everything from daily fashion news to tutorials and virtual makeup looks, and exchange ideas about beauty and fashion.

Beauty Circle empowers users to discover and refine their personal style, and share their own ideas and creations. It is the essential interactive news and social complement to our YouCam family of beauty apps. It is poised to become the go-to beauty destination for intelligent, stylish women looking for inspiring ideas and stimulating conversations. The platform includes content from top publishers such as InStyle, and PureWow amongst others. Publications and brands can use Beauty Circle to interact with consumers and share content and the latest info on products or trends.

(Q) What are you most excited about in 2016?

A.C: As we continue to grow and build Perfect Corp., we will welcome several new cosmetic brands, publications, celebrities, beauty artists and bloggers to Beauty Circle, our interactive beauty platform. Combined to the sustained flow of new user, we will see the full power of our apps come to fruition. For example, one of the most unique aspects of our platform is the database of original content, styles and opinions from our highly creative users. We adore this content and want to showcase it front and center in our vibrant beauty community. The latest release, ‘Look Salon’ provides a channel where our user content will be prominently positioned for everyone to interact with and explore.

As part of our drive to stay on the pulse of beauty, we just released our first issue of ‘Beauty Buzz’, the first interactive big data makeup color ranking in the industry. Analyzing the preferences from millions of YouCam Makeup app users, Perfect’s Beauty Buzz ranks the most popular makeup colors that users can then try on their selfies in one click. Our inaugural issue revealed the most popular lipstick colors in the U.S. from the holiday season. The Perfect Corp. apps are just the beginning of the new era of beauty, and we are excited to continue our evolution in 2016. We will continue to expand our suite of offerings to meet the ever-growing demand of a passionate audience of beauty lovers hungry for rich tools and content.

(Q) That is fantastic. For those beauty enthusiasts and app editing lovers reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for Perfect Corp?

A.C: Perfect Corp was born out of our desire to apply leading technological expertise to the beauty industry and transform beauty lovers’ experience. With my background in the software IT industry - a typically male dominated space - I wanted to find a way to fuse technology with beauty and fashion. Perfect Corp. gives people the tools to express themselves with makeup, and connects virtual creations to real world fashion.

This personalization of beauty and beauty through technology allows women like me to explore and develop our own style. In 2016 and beyond, we will be there to drive the transformation of the beauty industry. We will continue to build the ultimate platform where brands, publications, industry gurus and users can meet and interact, both in the virtual and real world.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Apple iPhone: How to fix the January 1, 1970 glitch

As you may or may not know, there is a major discrepancy in Apple devices and the iOS software. If you revert back to January 1, 1970, your device will result in a perpetual reboot loop preventing your iPhone and/or iPad to load. Most people describe this loop as having a white or even a light gray screen with the Apple logo that simply does not load and as a result, continues in the loop.

So, is it possible to fix your Apple devices? Absolutely.

First and foremost, you want to make sure that your iPhone is connected via USB cable to your computer. Depending on the type of device you have, connecting is quite simple. It is so important to open up iTunes. It is very important to have iTunes open, as I will explain how this program will help with fixing this particular issue.

As you continue, you are going to want to power on the iPhone. You will see a screen that appears to be white to even a light gray in color with the Apple logo. You will notice that nothing is happening. What is happening is your phone is stuck and will continue to loop o this screen. This is what the iPhone 'bug' technically does to the device.

What you are going to want to do is hold the home button and power button for about 10-15 seconds. Make sure you hold both buttons down or this solution will not work. Every iPhone is different and as the home button remains in the same place on every single iPhone (bottom center) most older models tend to have the power button on the top right; whereas, newer models can be found on the upper right side. I have the iPhone 6s and the power button is on the right side. The iPad also includes both the home and power button. Every iPad's power button can be found on the top right of the device near the camera. 

It is important to do this while you are in this particular sequence. You will notice that the screen will turn black.

Once the screen is black, you are going to want to wait about 5 seconds. Then, let go of just the power button. Still continue holding down the home button. Now, take a look at your screen. Remember when I asked you to open iTunes? Well, looking at the screen a message should read "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes."

You are going to want to hit 'ok'. Then, you are going to be taken into iPhone recovery mode where you are going to want to restore your iPhone. Click 'restore iPhone' followed by 'restore and update'. Before restoring and updating; however, Apple provides you with a simple Terms of Service contract which you will hit 'agree'.

This will repair your software and get rid of this loop plaguing millions of iPhones' worldwide. If you look at the top of your iTunes screen you will notice that it is extracting your software. When looking at your iPhone plugged into your computer via USB, you will notice the extraction can be viewed on the main screen too.

In the meantime, if you are patient you can visit your nearest Apple store or you can remove the battery or you can unplug it from the power source and re-connect it. If you want a solution right now, do not hesitate to try this one.

If you are thinking of setting your iPhone or iPad back to January 1970, please refrain from doing so, as it will save you a lot of trouble. Currently, Apple is working on a solution to this particular issue including an update that will fix this hiccup and prevent it from happening in the near future.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cell PRO iPhone 6 Armband + Giveaway


Tomoson is one of those sampling opportunity websites that I recently discovered. Offering an array of products, one of the greatest opportunities that I found was the chance to try the iPhone 6 Sports Armband, courtesy of Cell PRO.

I absolutely love this armband for many reasons. I use my iPhone often, especially when I workout. In fact, I prefer it over my iPod. The sound quality is outstanding. This amazing Cell PRO addition keeps my phone protected without moving all over the place, making it modestly comfortable to wear. Speaking of working out, this armband is sweat-proof.

There are two slots in this armband, so say you want to take a walk and don't feel like taking your purse or wallet with you. Aside from your phone, you can take your credit/debit card, driver's license or state ID, and even take a little bit of cash with you if you need to.

What I love about the iPhone 6 Sports Armband is the fact that the neoprene material is very soft yet lightweight, so it doesn't get in the way of what you are doing. It also fits every arm. So, whether you have small arms or large arms, you can benefit from using this by adjusting the velcro strap, which extends.

I was relatively worried about the touchscreen working through the clear cover. Needless to say, it works fantastically.

Looking to take take a walk at night? Well, you will enjoy this product even more simply because of the reflective band which is completely visible during the night hours.

Although originally $29.95, you can purchase the iPhone 6 Sports Armband right now for $12.95 on Amazon. For more information about the iPhone 6 Sports Armband, simply visit Amazon right now.

I have wonderful news to everyone who reads my blog, SarahAfshar.com. Cell PRO is offering the opportunity for you to win one. Yes, this is your opportunity to grab an iPhone 6 Sports Armband. One of my lucky readers will have the chance to win this product.

How can you do that?

It's simple, share this post all over social media. Whoever shares the post the most wins the prize. Whether it is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.

Monday, November 24, 2014

American Greetings talk Care Bears, Christmas, and the new Advent Calendar app

American Greetings presents the Care Bears
Advent Calendar app.
American Greetings is the biggest greeting card company in the world. Established in 1906, it's been around for over 100 years. American Greetings allows you to personalize and send greeting cards in a variety of ways, making every experience memory breeding and fun. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Janice Ross, the VP of brand marketing and public relations of American Greetings Properties about Care Bears, Christmas, and the new Advent Calendar app. Here is what she had to tell me...

(Q) First and foremost, as a huge fan of Care Bears, I have to ask you more about the latest app you have available for the holidays. Tell me a little more about it...

J.R: The Care Bears Advent Calendar app stars the lovable and friendly Care Bears and invites children to countdown to Christmas with all the sights, sounds and anticipation of the holiday. With wholesome themes and fun activities, the app is a great way for parents and grandparents to connect with children during the season.

In the app, which begins on December 1, children can start the countdown by ‘unlocking’ activities like holiday-themed puzzles, videos, coloring pages and more, returning each day to unlock another activity to get them closer to December 25. Kids can color with Tenderheart Bear, do a puzzle with Share Bear, wrap a gift with Cheer Bear and much more. And just like the traditional advent calendars, on December 25, the app gives users a sweet surprise with a full-length Care Bears video episode.

When not visiting the Care Bears each day, the app also provides activities for kids. Children can design hundreds of snowflakes and create their own white Christmas with the Care-a-Lot Snowflake maker, decorate the Care Bears Christmas tree with special ornaments found within the app and enjoy other wintry fun activities.

(Q) Can anyone download the app?

J.R: The app is available now for download on iPad and can be found on iTunes for $2.99. There is also an app for PC and MAC desktops that can be found on the American Greetings website here.

(Q) In the past days, weeks and months Care Bears has created a buzz for implementing fresh marketing tactics like crowd sourcing, Tell me more about the campaign and how it is engaging fans...

J.R: Earlier this month, we announced a fast moving, creative video campaign with the popular crowd sourcing digital platform, Tongal, with Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears. This contest is a chance to create video content that will connect with people who already know and love our brands and attract a new audience as well. Tongal seemed like the perfect community to tap into with a big range of ideas and people who might already have an emotional attachment to our lovable characters. Tongal challenged its creative community to come up with fun and engaging videos that will celebrate each of the iconic '80s franchises. There will be three winners for each brand, with first-place video winners earning $15,000.

(Q) I read that you have signed an exclusive deal with Netflix for Care Bears. Tell me about it...

J.R: There is a massive shift in the way kids consume content, and we have strategically positioned the Care Bears to be at the forefront of new media. We continue to focus on key collaborations and partnerships that allow a new generation of fans to discover Care Bears on the platforms that they want, and just announced that we're partnering with Netflix to create an exclusive new original Care Bears series called Care Bears and Cousins, expected to premiere in 2016. Our fans love the ease of streaming video and this partnership with Netflix will make it easy for our younger fans to connect with Care Bears on any device on demand.

(Q) Care Bears have their very own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, how do you engage fans on those pages?

J.R: Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake fans span from young kids and their parents, all the way up to grandparents who enjoyed these characters when their kids were young - and they are all super connected through Social Media. Whether it be through apps - we have more than a dozen - or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, YouTube or more, we have exciting and unique content to extend our brands everywhere and on every platform for our fans to engage with them!
For more information, visit American Greetings today.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Top 5 Nook Color Apps

Nook Color.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
The Nook Color has started a revolution in e-reading. Introduced to society by American book retailer Barnes & Noble in 2010, this amazing e-reader proves why it is one of the most popular e-readers in the world today. There are numerous applications that can be used with this wonderful device, so I have narrowed down the many apps to the top 5 Nook Color apps of 2011.


5. Boingo Wi-Finder. It is a well known fact that the Nook Color e-reader uses only Wi-Fi to connect. What a better way you can enjoy easy internet access with your Nook Color than the Boingo Wi-Finder application. The Boingo Wi-Finder allows you to discover Wi-Fi access near you. This is a Nook Color exclusive, so it is only available to Nook Color users. This is a free app. If you want to know more information about the Boingo Wi-Finder app, simply visit BarnesandNoble.com today. This is one of my favorite apps simply because it makes finding Wi-Fi extremely easy.


4. Seesmic. After trying a wide-range, variety of applications for Nook Color I have discovered that Seesmic is one of the best for 2011. You have access to full amalgamation of every social network you belong to, making it incredibly easy for you to administer. This app is free. For more information about the Seesmic app, simply visit BarnesandNoble.com right now. There are thousands upon thousands of social networks on the world wide web. This application truly allows you to manage them, with little to no effort.


3. GoodReads. Some of the best kept secrets are exposed and with the GoodReads app, this proves be true. If you are searching for a great Nook Color app that allows you to not only review and rate books, but garner only the best recommendations based on your favorites, you will love GoodReads. For more information about GoodReads, simply visit BarnesandNoble.com today. Some of the best books I have ever read were by recommendations and this app truly demonstrates why it is one of the best Nook Color apps of 2011.


2. Evernote. If you are looking for a great app which allows you to take notes, you cannot go wrong with the Evernote app. Not only can the notes be in text, but you can also create an array of image notes. You can also manage your notes from an array of other mediums and platforms. It is extremely easy to use and out of the numerous apps I have used for my Nook Color, it is one of the least complex I have used. I like to use this app as part of my blogging backup. This is a free app. For more information about Evernote, simply visit BarnesandNoble.com right now. You cannot go wrong with this Nook Color application.


-- and the number one Nook Color app of 2011 is --


*drum roll*


1. Pulse News. The number one Nook Color app of 2011 is definitely Pulse News. Pulse News not only gives you the most recent news, it also connects you to every social network under the sun. You can also personalize your news, as well as, look up just about everything under the sun. I absolutely love this app and can admit that it is on my Nook Color. This app is free. For more information about the Pulse News app, simply visit BarnesandNoble.com today. Looking to discover only the latest news, let the number one Nook Color app of 2011 guide you through and lead the way.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com  

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Top 5 iPhone Apps of 2011

iPhone using the Wikitude application,
demonstrating an example of
Augmented Reality.
(Photo by Adam Justice/Yahoo!
Associated Content/Wikicommons)
The iPhone has proved to challenge the odds of high-tech technology on numerous levels. With apps such as Pandora which allows you to listen to some of the hottest music right now to Shop Savvy which allows you to discover only the best deals around to Mixology which allows you to discover everything and anything dealing with cocktails and mixed drinks to Netflix which allows you to watch your favorite flick instantly, right from your iPhone. The year is 2011 and there are a so many applications you can use with your iPhone, so I have narrowed down the number apps to only the top 5 of 2011.




5. Stanza. One of my favorite iPhone apps of 2011 is definitely Stanza. The concept of reading without using any paper is interesting, however; what makes Stanza so incredible is the fact that you have over 100,000 books to choose from. This application is free, making it even more fascinating. For more information about Lexcycle's Stanza application for iPhone, just visit Lexcycle.com today. You will be thankful that you did.






4. Pogo. EA (or Electronic Arts) launched the Pogo app for iPhone users looking to play games. It is seriously one of the best applications for the iPhone. You can get this app free, however; if you do, it only comes with five games. If you buy the club pogo service for an annual fee of $30, you can get access to a lot more games. If you do not want any interruptions from ads you can pay an extra $2.99 for the ad-free upgrade. For more information about the Pogo iPhone app, check out - Pogo.com right now. I love Pogo!






3. Wikipedia. Out of the many applications I have tried for iPhone, the one that I find myself using constantly is definitely Wikipedia. It's like it has lured me in. I have always been a fan of the website, however; I have garnered a huge appreciation for the website. Especially if I am traveling and have no clue where I am, etc. It's seriously such an incredible application and the ultimate resource app. For more information about the Wikipedia app for iPhone, simply visit - en.wikipedia.org today. Definitely one of the best iPhone apps of 2011.




2. Shazam. If you are looking to enjoy an app that allows you to search for the name of a song, this is the app to download. Say you are in a restaurant and you hear a song that captures your interest, however; you do not know the title of the song nor do you know the artist. Just turn on Shazam and it will allow you to find what you are looking for. One time I used this app in a restaurant and discovered the title, as well as, the artist too. Without Shazam, it would have never been possible. For information about this amazing app, simply visit Shazam.com right now. Shazam is amazing and I know that once you discover this iPhone app, you will think so too.


...and the number 1 iPhone app of 2011 is...


*drum roll*


1. Yahoo!. The best iPhone app is definitely Yahoo! This incredible application for iPhone gives me access to not only email and instant messaging, but search, sports, news, weather, and much more. I can also access Associated Content using this app. I find that this application is the best because it gives me a variety of apps, along with the option to discover new ones. For more information about the Yahoo! app for iPhone, just visit - mobile.yahoo.com/iphone today. Love it!




Did your favorite make the list?