Carol Flammer ProfileWith all of your social media accounts, can you tell that you are making a difference on Web 2.0 applications? Klout uses content from all of your social networks to measure your influence. Whether you’re recommending on LinkedIn or sharing on Facebook, your Klout score is measuring your influence

In a world full of information, Klout helps businesses and individuals record their success, understand who they influence and discover who to trust in the topics they care about.

Want to improve your Klout score? It is simple: create content or engage with others. The Klout Score measures three key elements: True Reach, Amplification and Network Impact.

True Reach: Your True Reach is the number of people you influence. This reflects how many people tend to respond or share based on your content.

Amplification- Your amplification is how much you influence people. If people often act upon your content, you have a high Amplification score.

Network-This indicates your influence of the people in your True Reach. This measures how often do top influencers share and respond to your content? If they do respond to your content, they are increasing your Network score.

Sign in with Twitter or connect with Facebook, and start getting Klout Perks, exclusive products or experiences that you earn based on your influence. Top influencers can earn airline tickets or laptops. Businesses want to give influencers perks because they are they are the people that their network looks to when choosing which brands to buy.

With more than 100 million people scored by Klout, 2.7 billion pieces of content and connections analyzed daily and over 6,000 partners and developers, Klout can help you monitor your influence.

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TaskRabbitDo you ever feel like there’s not enough time in the day? Have a project or two or five that need to get done, but you just don’t have the time or resources to do it yourself? That’s where TaskRabbit comes in. TaskRabbit can get your business in touch with the right people to get the job done.

TaskRabbit is a website that allows users and businesses to post tasks they need help completing. After posting a task, TaskRabbits make offers on your task, and the lowest bidder is automatically assigned to run your task. Once the service has been completed, you simply pay online and the money will be sent to your TaskRabbit.

Task categories range from Target deliveries to chores and IKEA assembly to office help. Businesses have a great opportunity to take advantage of this site. If one of your employees is out sick or you just need an extra set of hands around the office for a day or two, consider hiring a TaskRabbit to do you filing, cleaning, organizing, troubleshooting, accounting and more. Want opinions on your new product? You can also hire TaskRabbits to provide consumer feedback or virtual feedback. A fun way to use TaskRabbits for your business is having them pick up lunch for the office or hiring them to help organize an office party!

TaskRabbit is currently available in Boston, San Antonio, Chicago, Portland, New York City, San Francisco, Austin, Seattle and Los Angeles. It is listed as “coming soon” to Dallas, Houston and Atlanta. Plus, for tasks on the go, there is a TaskRabbit app on the iPhone.

Simplify your life and get what needs doing done with a little help from TaskRabbit.

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smartphoneIf a new Apple iPhone 4S or smartphone is on your holiday gift list, you’ll want accessories that let you use your phone to the max. Concord Keystone.com brings lots of good cheer to all good boys and girls who dream of phones this year!

NautiCase – Your Apple® iPhone 4S/4 meets with heavy-duty use.  To protect it from the woes of coffee splashes, accidental falls, raindrops or even snow, the durable NautiCase encases the phone with a high-impact polycarbonate hard case.  The clear protective film allows you to have full access to the iPhone 4 touch screen without losing any phone functionality.

AmigoCase – For those who maintain a polished professional look, the AmigoCase is a stylish, compact rechargeable battery pack that also protects the iPhone 4S/4 when the phone is not in use. Remove the iPhone from the sleek charging case when the phone rings and use the iPhone as it was designed, without heft or bulk.  When finished talking or texting, slide the iPhone back into its discreet wearable charging holster, and the phone will continue to charge, offering twice the talk and text time.

Solar/USB Power PAK – When you’re on the go, finding access to wall current can be a challenge.  The Power PAK is a portable and compact battery charger that powers up in full or partial sun, or through a computer USB port.  When fully charged, the Power Pak offers twice the talk time for iPhone 4S/4 and other smartphones, three times the music time for iPods and MP3 players and three times the video game usage time.

Booster – Heavy users of smartphones can deplete their batteries early in the day.  The ultra-thin Keystone ECO Booster portable battery pack offers a solution that Read More→

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According to a survey conducted by Kelton Research on behalf of Intel Corporation, nearly 65 percent of Americans ages 18 to 44 would prefer to give up their favorite food for a year, rather than their favorite gadgets. This holiday season; consider giving a tech gift your loved one will never part with.

While tablets have been a hot commodity over the last year, many people find the touch-screen keyboards difficult to use. With that in mind, computer manufacturers have designed light-weight, high-functioning devices called Ultrabooks. This new gadget is generating a lot of attention in the tech world.

What Is an Ultrabook?

A new approach to the notebook computer, this tech innovation was designed to work as a combination of laptop and tablet computer. In addition, these devices incorporate the innovative 2nd Generation Intel Core chip, while remaining at a price level below most laptop computers.

For the person who wants to work and play on the go, without having to sacrifice productivity to an on-screen keyboard, Ultrabooks are the perfect combination of both. Here are some of the top Ultrabooks out this season:

For the Road Warrior: Acer Aspire S3

Super thin with quick boot up time, this Ultrabook is ideal for working on the go.

Specs:

  • 13.3-inch HD LED screen
  • 13mm thick; 3 pounds
  • 320 GB hard disk drive or 240 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM
  • i3, i5 or i7 2nd Generation Intel Core processor, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatible
  • USB 2.0 ports
  • 1.3 megapixel webcam

Performance and Features:

  • Powers up in just 1.5 to 2 seconds from sleep mode, 6 seconds from deep sleep mode
  • Connects to the Internet in 2.5 seconds

Battery life:

  • 6 hours; deep sleep mode for up to 50 days with high-efficiency charging Read More→
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The world of 3-D has taken over our movie theaters in a way that leaves consumers breathless and wanting more. This new technology brings to life our favorite films so that we may truly appreciate the story and the production behind it. Not wanting to be left behind on this major trend, camera companies such as, Fujifilm, Sony and Olympus are now producing their own 3-D cameras that allow consumers to produce their own 3-D images.

These makers are all at various stages in producing the 3-D technology and making it useful for consumers. One thing they’ve all discovered was the challenge was not in creating the technology itself, but deciding exactly how to market it to their target audiences.

Just like most things that seem too good to be true, these companies have come across multiple challenges. Hooking consumers on 3-D cameras is difficult. Buying the camera also requires consumers to invest in a 3-D television or 3-D computer monitor that can cost several thousands of dollars, and the costs don’t stop there.  The act of taking a 3-D picture requires some technical knowledge, much different from the “point and shoot” method we are so accustomed to. However, camera makers are ahead of the television producers in making strides toward simplicity and the gradual switch to 3-D technology.

Fujifilm, the first 3-D camera maker, was the first to roll out an extensive ad campaign for its second generation FinePix Real 3-D WE camera. The campaign featured advertisements on cinema screens and was supplemented by a social media and print campaign that reached out to enthusiasts of the technology.

According to Steve Sommers, VP of Sony’s Marketing, Sony will focus on educating customers on 3-D cameras with promotions, online marketing and in-store displays.

Despite the hurdles these companies have faced, analysts believe that 3-D technology will win customers over eventually.

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Mar
07

Power Up Your Smartphone

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Can your smartphone keep up with your daily activities? Mine only lasts for about half the day and then I’d better find a way to recharge it.  I don’t know about you, but I find this just a little frustrating. The need for wireless charging seems to grow exponentially with every new gadget acquired. If phones no longer require wires to operate them, why should chargers?

Well, here is a solution called Powermat! With a Powermat, you can attach a receiver to your electronic device once and then set down up to three devices on the charging mat for safe and effective wireless charging of multiple devices from one dedicated outlet, rather than having to forage to find an outlet for each device.  I’ve just got to say that this rocks! (or at least I think it does because I don’t own a Powermat yet.)

It’s not only convenient but will also free you from the constant hassle of plugging and unplugging, as well as the angst of running on empty since you need only drop your device on the charging mat to ensure wireless power delivery.

Its smart technology automatically stops energy delivery when your device has reached optimal charging capacity.

There are a full range of Powermat charging mats to choose from, including small profile single- or double-position mats that are ideal for nightstands or desks, and larger three-position and travel mats that are perfect for the family’s charging hub in the home or on the go. Powermat supports today’s most popular smartphones and devices on the market, including the iPhone 4.

Powermat 2X Rechargeable Travel Mat is easily portable with a built-in battery – provides up to 4 full charges for your smartphones, and even more for other Read More→

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Lingerie is usually a standard gift item around any holiday or birthday. Something bright, something girly, something with frills and ruffles… but did you know one item touts life-saving as a benefit?

The Emergency Bra is as pretty as it is practical. Available in fire-engine red with an abundance of ruffle detailing, this is a bra any lady would love to wear. In case of an emergency situation where the air needs to be filtered, the wearer can simply unhook the front and back to create two face masks. Purchasing an emergency bra for your wife or lady friend not only ensures her safety, but yours as well.

The Emergency Bra is the brain child of Dr. Elena Bodnar, currently the founder and President of the Trauma Risk Management Research Institute. Dr. Bodnar started her professional career as a medical doctor in Ukraine, where she participated in evacuation and treatment of children from Chernobyl. This experience inspired her to design the Emergency Bra, the invention for which she was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in Public Health in 2009. The Ig Nobel Prize is awarded for an invention that on the surface seems hilarious, but really serves a better purpose than comedy. Other categories and winning research for the 2009 award includes the Peace award, for determining if it is better to be hit on the head with a full bottle or empty bottle; the Physics award, for determining why pregnant women don’t tip over; and the Biology award, for determining that bacteria from the fecal matter of pandas can reduce trash mass by 90 percent.

The Emergency Bra is available for purchase online for a reasonable $29.99 plus shipping. Keep it in mind this holiday gift-giving season.

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video game trade insWhen the kids go back to school in the fall, the new video games start showing up on the shelves (just in time for the upcoming holidays). But new games aren’t necessarily where the video sales wars are. Selling used games and accepting used games in trade has become hot, hot, hot. In fact, I’m pretty sure that my pre-teen son has perfected trading videos in. He looks at the neighborhood GameStop much the way that we viewed the local library, back in the day. His hobby of trading in games has been encouraged and perhaps even perfected by the staff at GameStop, as many times he makes trades and leaves the store with money on his Edge card.

Joining GameStop in the game trade-in service is Best Buy. They just rolled out the program to 600 stores and say more will follow. They are offering incentives, such as a  $20 video game gift card, and they have plans to make pre-owned games available for sale.

This is excellent timing as this fall a multitude of games are coming out including Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Black Ops, ‘Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Medal of Honor, Fallout New Vegas and Donkey Kong Country Returns.

For more information on the new Best Buy program, visit www.BestBuy.com. For information on GameStop, visit www.GameStop.com

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Holiday Tech Wish ListRumors are flying that a smaller iPad might be available in time for the holidays. Right now it is at the top of my wish list. Is it on yours?  This sleeker version will be easier to travel with, yet with a 7-inch screen, it will still be large enough to see.  And, it has the possibility of replacing my phone and laptop when I travel.  One less thing to pack, heck yeah!

PC World wrote a great article earlier this week on the pros and cons of a smaller device.  I guess we just want a few more months to see! Meanwhile, Santa stop here! My stocking is ready to be filled up with cool tech gadgets.

What is on your wish list?

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should you buy and unlocked cell phoneWhen was the last time you were approached to buy an unlocked cell phone? I get offers via Twitter all the time. When I first started seeing them, I had to do some research on what exactly an unlocked phone was and why I’d even care. So for those of you who are still wondering, here is the 411 on locked and unlocked cell phones.

The iPhone is a great example. At the present time in the U.S. you can only buy an iPhone from AT&T and the phones only work on their system. Because cell phone carriers typically offer deep discounts on new phones, the phones are often set up with proprietary settings. This means your AT&T iPhone won’t work on the Verizon system. Sometimes once your contract has expired your carrier will unlock your phone. However, unlocked phones don’t always work correctly on the system you want them to work with.

Tech Girls take on this? Locked cell phones are just a fact. Because technology is designed to work with specific programs in specific environments, it seems that to get phones – like your iPhone – to work at their optimal level they will continue to be locked.

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