Sasha Talks Tech
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Technology has done a lot for our lives. That cannot be denied at all - look at one of the latest articles on this site for a great example! From moving home, to playing video games and starting up a company - tech has had a huge impact on each of these areas. Sometimes obviously, other times not so obviously. Tech has a huge role in modern life and never has that been so clear than through the device we hold in the palm of our hands. Yes - the mobile phone or the smartphone. A hugely impressive device that has changed the way we live, work and love. It fits in the palm of the hand as well! Incredible.
The business world is highly competitive. Companies crumble, and new companies rise from the ashes. That’s how the cycle works, and the vast majority of businesses do fail in the first few years. Why is this? Because people dive in without a plan, or the market changes and their plan fails to change with it. If your business is starting to struggle in the face of changing times and you’re not sure how to adapt in order to regain your initial triumphs, here are some tips to bring the spark back to help your organization move forward.
Technology seeps into every corner of our homes. Whether it’s the smartphone in your side pocket or the digital security system in your front hallway, small and large gadgets alike are unavoidable in the modern age. Of course, there’s a difference between necessary tech and fun tech. Perhaps you’ve always wanted a room in the house which could just be your room or at least a room which could be a form of escape after a long day at work. You’d fill it with all the coolest gadgets and forms of entertainment to create a proper chill zone.
Still, it’s hard to turn an idea into a reality. Creating a fun tech zone in your house will require space, and you might be struggling to think of where to begin. If that is the case then here are some top tips and tricks for creating a tech zone in your home which might prove to you that you don’t need to be a millionaire and you don’t need lots of space to do so.
Virtual reality is getting bigger. It isn’t as big as it could be; but it’s definitely getting bigger. There are many plans out there for virtual reality - plans that suggest it could rule the world.
This probably isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a prediction that it could take anywhere from 5-10 years before virtual reality becomes mainstream. However, once it does, we could all have a brand new way of seeing the world. You could record memories in a way that allow you to almost relive them, as if you were doing them all over again.
Let’s face it, a lot of us have our preference here but do we really understand why? For instance, are you buying your iphone because you know the software and the advantages? Or, do you just like the way it looks and like the fact you can say you own an iPhone? What about Android users? Maybe you love the customization, or perhaps you're happy to just not be following the crowd and see the irony behind the genius bar. You might be wondering whether beneath the surface there is any noticeable difference between the iPhone and the Android that makes one better than the other. Let’s find out.
You would have thought that as the world exited what was one of the most severe recessions of modern times, that startups would have had a rough ride. But in the digital age, starting up can be done by literally anybody with an internet connection and a mobile phone.
What’s so exciting about technology in the modern world is how it creates huge winners. People who happen upon a good app or a product that consumers find useful do incredibly well for themselves in a way that simply wasn’t possible a couple of decades ago. Snapchat is probably the best example of this.
Work can be stimulating for individuals or it can be a real chore. If the latter is the case, your employees will not only have lower morale, they are also likely to be less productive. Unfortunately, changing the morale in your company is not easily achieved – but it is certainly do-able.
There are lots of small steps you can take to incrementally boost the morale of your employees and here are some tips to get you started.
Looking for a new game for the new year? Check out Slang N’ Friendz a dictionary database of traditional words and slang; giving players of all ages the chance to express themselves and learn in a way they’ve never been able to do through traditional word games.
Slang N’ Friendz is the basic word game reinvented.
Hip Hop & Film Superstar Ludacris teamed up with entrepreneur Edwin Benton to release Slang N’ Friendz, inspired by the frustrations of not being able to play commonly used words, or slang, in traditional word games From "Fleek" to Cray" you now have a better shot at kicking your friends butt!
Being organized in our daily lives is so important. When we’re all so busy, being organized helps to prevent time being wasted and allows us to be as efficient as possible. Thanks to modern technology, planning certain elements of our lives in order to keep on top of things is easier than ever. After all, we’re all walking around with smartphones in our pockets which are essentially powerful little computers. So there’s no excuse! Here are some of the apps you can download and utilize for better organization in 2017.
I also loved the PHHHOTO booth. If you haven't downloaded the app yet you must! It's a lot of fun, plus you can share your #PHHHOTO's across all of your social media.
More pix below!
No entrepreneur wants to start a new business, only for it to stagnate and come to a halt after a short while. Ideally, you’ll grow your startup right from the word go and continue growing it until it’s a size you’re happy with managing. Even then, you’ll need to find ways of differentiating your business and making sure it stays on trend in the industry. Some entrepreneurs only want a medium business, while others dream of owning huge corporations. Whatever you dream of, you’re going to want to read this guide to help you expand your startup.
How many much time a day do you spend on your phone?
Not talking on it, but aimless flicking through Facebook, checking your emails or playing games. There's no denying we’re all using our smartphones more than ever before, but how much of your time are you wasting?
The smartphone is a powerful organizational tool that we pay a small fortune for, but rarely use it to it’s full capacity.
Your average smartphone has more capabilities than most of us bother to learn about and there's a whole world of apps out there for iOS and Android. It’s still surprising that Windows has been so slow to catch up, but that’s another blog in itself!
If you struggle with time management, studying or keeping organized at home, then these apps might be the answer to your problems!
How's your summer going? So far I visited Las Vegas, Big Bear Lake, and camped out in Joshua Tree.
I've also been working on my new Youtube channel and for my Whodunnit? fans I'll be launching a series called "Where are they now"?
Read on for the top travel apps from contributor Candice Fox and watch episode 1 of my new Youtube series!
1. Jetlag Genie
Everyone who travels knows that jet-lag is a major issue, but with this app, your phone can aid you through the adjustment process. Simply enter your travel dates and destinations and it will customize a schedule of alarms to help smooth the transition into a different time zone.
Although we are living in a digital world and postcards are essentially obsolete, it's still nice to let someone know you're thinking of them when traveling. Postagram introduces the modern way of connecting with friends and family while traveling with personalized photos and messages.
Couponing is a hobby that goes back generations yet continues to evolve thanks to digital technology.
Stash your scissors and download one of these apps to help you save at the check-out line but also save you time by doing all the work for you eliminating the need for you to hunch over and comb through papers.
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Editors Note: Check out this guest post by TV news reporter and lifestyle blogger Brittany Edney of B.E Tuned in!
About our guest blogger:
Brittany Edney is a T.V. News Reporter & Anchor, pop culture junkie, and blogger at B.E. Tuned In where she investigates the latest styles, trends & sales to help keep you chic from college to career without breaking the bank!
Get paid to party...
...learn how to mediate.....lust over gadgets and rock out with four of my go-to apps this spring.
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SURKUS-Get paid to party!
As you may have read, I'm relatively new to Los Angeles. I moved here a little over a year ago from Washington, DC.
To go out with out breaking the bank, check out Surkus. With headquarters right here in LA, Surkus specializes in "crowd-casting". Here 's how it works: Download the app, set your zipcode, and you'll begin receiving castings for invites to events in your neighborhood. Submit to the event and if you're cast, not only do you receive a free night out on the town (your drinks and sometimes food is included) you also get PAID! Surkus goers earn between $50-$150 per event!
Surkus cuts out the middle man, pushy club promoters.
HAPPIFY- a scientific path to happiness
There software developers may live in Latvia, but Happify --an app that uses science to increase your happinss --hits close to home.
We all know what it's like to feel stress it could work, family, money, or all of the above. But it's how we react to that stress that dictates our true happiness. Happify helps re-train your brain.
With fun games and thought provoking diary entries you slowly, over time, feel less stressed out when the curve balls of life come your way. Available online or for iOS.
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SOUNDCLOUD-that's my jam!
I'm not ashamed to admit, when I like a song, I LOVE a song! I play it again and again and again on repeat, then I play it some more.
To switch things up a bit, lately i've been finding some of my favorites on SoundCloud and then I spend an hour listening to different renditions. Check it out and see for yourself.
GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ME ON HANG W/...
I love living in Los Angeles, it's like a dream come true... but I'm an East coast girl, more specifically, a Southerner at heart.
My favorite part about studying the tech world is learning about new apps and gadgets that can help me keep in touch with not only my family and friends but my social media buddies and of course fans of the show I was on "Whodunnit?".
Now thank's to the folks at Hang W/ I have my own show now, and will be live-streaming each Saturday at 2:00 pm PT/5:00 pm ET from wherever I am!
read on to find out how to hang w/ sasha every saturday
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Are you a budding artist, actor, writer, or blogger?
As a entrepreneur working to grow by blog and my brand, I am a huge advocate of learning new techniques to market my work.
Well Snapcuts, an app which specializes in, "creative communication," offers businesses and brands an inexpensive way to create cute, witty messages that are truly memorable.
"We're probably going to regret it, but it's real," Matt Gray co-founder of emojli, the all emoji social network told Mashable.
"We wouldn't have bothered making the backend, and spending about a day trying to figure out a regular expression that checked if a string was all emoji, if it wasn't [real]."
See pix and hear about the app, coming to iOS soon, below.
Straight out of the you can't make this stuff up files....an app that literally only allows you to say, "Yo" to your friends has reportedly raised $1 million dollars from investors and has more than 50,000 users according to reports.
Yo describes itself as a, "single-tap zero character communication tool."
Yep, that's pretty much what it is.
Word has it the founder quit his job in Tel Aviv and moved to San Francisco to work full time.
I download Yo, but alas, none of my friends are on there.... want to send me a Yo? Find out how below.
Despite security breaches and other questions of privacy, Snapchat remains a wildly popular app.
In late 2012, Facebook launched a stand alone app called Poke, hoping it would become a Snapchat killer.
Did anyone ever even use the Poke app (screenshot below)?
I downloaded it, but since none of my friends were on it, I deleted it.
Poke was such an #EpicFail for Facebook, the news on how bad the app was took over the headlines. Click here to read the March 2013 article I wrote about Poke.
Facebook quietly got rid of the app and apparently went back to the drawing board. Enter Slingshot!
Editors note: Traveling can be stressful, these apps will help you through your next road-trip or international getaway. Have a recommendation? Tweet me @SashaTalksTech
Industry conferences, especially in the tech community, are an absolute must. Unfortunately, these essential events filled with workshops, industry influencers, and the all important networking events often come with a hefty price tag.
That wasn’t the case at the Disrupt LA Tech Summit which took place May 8-9 at Le Meridien Delfina in Santa Monica.
The two-day conference sponsored by Google and hosted by Silicon Beach Young Professionals was free and more than 1500 entrepreneurs, digital industry professionals, CEO’s and tech enthusiasts were in attendance.
Discussion and panel topics included mobile, social media, gaming, eCommerce, entertainment, and advertising.
Guest speakers included execs from companies included IBM, Sony, UX Talent, and USA Today.
This week I had the pleasure of attending Tech In Motion LA's most popular event: "Made in LA" Demos & Drinks featuring five LA-based tech companies and start-ups demoing their inspired tech-savvy products and apps.
With hundreds of LA tech scensters in attendance, the event was held at NextSpace LA a spacious Culver City co-working community.
In between sips of wine and noshing on a seemingly endless fruit and cheese tray, I was had the pleasure of chatting with several of the entrepreneurs demoing their products.
Read on to hear about my favorites including Airchat- a new approach to the company directory, Sound Off Experience- a silent disco remix (pictured left), and Nimble-an online platform that could simplify your life by streamlining your contacts.
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