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Apple Watch timed for March Madness ?

iWatch, uWatch, we allWatch the smartWatch:
Apple Spring Event slotted for March 9

apple-watch-spring-eventOn March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, Apple is expected to officially announce the Apple Watch (iWatch seems so much cooler). Wearables will never be the same, and possibly wearables stocks, too.

Costs start at $349 and with the boom of the iPhone 6 Plus..big boom, these smart watches are expected to sell well as iPhone 6 owners hands are getting tired. At least mine are, and not having worn a watch since I got my first iPhone 3, it will be an interesting change and more intriguing to “watch” for consumer buy in.

I am excited to see if this device can be used with one hand…because…having to use two hands to read a watch ain’t so smart after all. An so, instead of constantly looking down at our phones, we’ll now be raising our hands up in front of our faces – as if that’s somewhat less distracting.

Here’s wishing for an additional announcement of a new Apple TV model, or a 12″ iPad Pro to ease those concerns out of the gate.

Time will tell!

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Cartoon courtesy of CupCakeToons.

Who Cares…When your dead: Facebook Heirs

Go ahead, poke me…I ain’t feelin it!

facebook-heirsAnd to my dearest old friend, I leave you my most prized possession…my Facebook profile. All I ask is that you do everything in your power to get me banned for life! Yes, Facebook Heirs we’re just announced…perhaps it’s the social media giant’s way to create their own version of the Walking Dead…if you will?

Poking aside, Facebook users can name a “legacy” to oversee aspects of their account after they die. Good idea? It’s not new (see Google “inactive account managers”), but as a user, it’s a rather nice option. Do you think the FB has the audacity to feature ads for funeral services on your estate profile?

Geoffrey Fowler of the WSJ has a great read on this new feature, offering full details of legacy permissions and his excellent insight.

You a Cheap Valentine? “Smart” Lovers Buck Up

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“She loves me, she loves my texts”

Valentines-spending-bsWinning over your Valentine this year may just come down to a fat wallet, in that, choosing the right Valentine’s gift for her, or him, is a strategy that needs your attention. Charm and good looks might get you the date, but a well thought out gift can get you much more. Even a smartphone, as material and non-romantic as it sounds, will get you more love than those over-priced gas station chocolates and wilting grocery store flower bouquets. (see my quote in yesterday’s Marketwatch story, 5 truly awful Valentine’s Day gifts (thanks to Quentin Fottrell!!).

A recent Ebates.com survey reports that almost 4 in 10 actually want a smartphone for Valentine’s…at least it’s very high on their wish list. And why not? A new smartphone (we suggest a new model, perhaps these iPhone 6 deals, via FatWallet, will help you save a buck) can provide incredible ambience during a private candlelight dinner with romantic music (of course, there is a Romantic Music app), by the fire (via Fireplace Live HD app) and memories from that special V-day selfie hug you share directly to your Instagram app so your friends can be jealous of this “thoughtful” Valentine’s gift…and how romantically useful it was on that special occasion…and hopefully, many more to come.

 

Get Wired This Valentine’s Day: NBC News

Courtesy of NBC News (Jay Gray) A new survey from Ebates found 39% of people have smartphones as one of their most coveted Valentine’s gifts. (see video)

“Our preferences are changing as social media becomes an every day aspect of our lives, getting something like a smartphone is a little bit sexier than it used to be,” says FatWallet.com’s Brent Shelton. “Candy and flowers still rank as the top Valentine’s gifts.”

PR Campaign notes. Pitched survey and Valentine’s Fun Facts (see infographic). NBC producer called for interview request, but setting up a camera crew to come in to FatWallet.com was a bit of an issue. So we put the producer on speaker phone and shot the interview in-house. Then uploaded the broadcast quality files for NBC to download. Worked like a charm!

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When is a relocation reported as avoiding taxes a big misread … was that just someone misinformed? Use tax, nexus tax, corporate tax, income tax, sales tax and the soon to be social media tax…oh wait, did I spill those beans? Relocation is about “being wanted”.

SRSLY legislators, the “Main Street Fairness Act” needs to listen to people/consumers, small online businesses and brick & mortar alike, not just the “Amazons” of retail. If you’re going to rely on the struggling middle class to bail out poor execution and lack of bipartisanship, and innovative leadership for that matter, by taxing us at every available turn of our existence, sometimes two or three fold…then do it in a way that doesn’t stop technology, progress, good jobs and honest tax-paying entrepreneurs. SEE VIDEO: