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Facebook Now Allows You To Request Money From Friends in Messenger

Did you besties all conveniently forget their wallets for brunch again? Facebook Messenger has a solution for that.

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Review: Meago Car Charger Adapter

People who know me well know that they’ll probably find me doing 1 of 2 things at any given time: driving or checking my phone. With the amount of things I do with my life (work and volunteering with 3 different community organizations), it means that I more often than not find myself in my car with a nearly dead phone. If I’m driving long distance, I usually have to choose between my GPS and having a full battery when I get to my destination (mind you, this is when I know I’ll be driving for more than an hour. Ain’t nobody trying to be using that much data). I’ve had car chargers before and even purchased an adapter a couple years ago that had the option to plug in two car adapters at the same time, but it wasn’t great and because of where my cup holder was, every time I went to take a sip of my drink, something would end up coming loose and that’s just not something you need to worry about while driving.

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Officially Adding “Web Developer” To My Resume

I recently joined/co-founded this awesome local organization with some fantastic women. We needed a website and we needed it quickly if we were going to target both local and national brands to sponsor our upcoming event. I’ve dabbled in web development before, including creating a business website for a friend, my former business website as well as my online resume.
I’ve used WordPress.com for years, (Glasses & Gadgets is powered by WordPress!) and did use WordPress.org as a CMS for a couple jobs I’d worked in the past, but I had no idea how to set one up myself.
One of our other co-founders is a web developer full time, but is also in middle of starting her own company on top of the other one she already works for, so time was scarce for her. So this past weekend, I sat down and decided that I was going to do it.
There were definitely some hiccups along the way (like accidentally installing WordPress into the wrong folder and completely being lost in the cPanel, but hey I figured it out).
Shoutout to Namecheap.com! They actually charged the least amount for our 2 domains (yes, even cheaper than GoDaddy) and their support team is absolutely incredible. Their offices are based in the UK so it was normal hours for them, but while I was up at 3 o’clock in the morning frustrated as hell that despite my best efforts to fix it on my own, something still wasn’t working, their online chat support is quick, walks you through everything and actually waits for you to finish before trying to move on to the next customer. Saturday night I spent an hour + trying to get MX values to load on our new mail server, and the Support Associate was great through all of it, so truly, big ups to them on their great work!
No, I’m not being paid by Namecheap to toot their horn, but good service sure as hell deserves recognition.
At the end of the weekend, I guess I did something right because now I have 4 new website projects in the works *laughs nervously*. Here’s hoping that these new clients are as happy with my work that as my team is!
Side Question: Fellow Web Devs and just anyone who reads this blog: check out our website {link to RBWS} and let me know your thoughts!

The Best Free Photo-Editing & Graphic Design Apps

I love Photoshop. I’ve been using it for over 10 years now and obviously Adobe is doing something right over there because it’s now almost 30 years since the first version of Photoshop was made available. What I don’t like about Photoshop is the price. When Adobe was still selling the physical version of Photoshop (by physical I mean the actual CDs) it could run you anywhere from $700-$1500 if not more. Now that they’ve moved everything into the Creative Cloud, you’re looking at $10-80 a month for an individual license. There is only one version of Photoshop you can (legally) get for free, as long as you don’t mind you’re using software that’s now 10+ years old. Unfortunately, if you have an iMac or MacBook that’s 2015 or newer, you’re completely SOL. Apple stopped using the hardware that supports older software like CS2. Yay, structured obsolescence.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 May Be The Best Smartphone of 2016

It’s only March, but Samsung has already packed a lot into their flagship phone with the introduction of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The iPhone 7 is rumoured to be released later this year (as it wasn’t introduced at their event earlier this month), but Apple is going to have to seriously step up their game if they want to take down the S7 and reclaim some of that market share. Read on for specs and details of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

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Instagram Adds Desktop Notifications

Well this is a nice change. If you’ve been on Instagram in the last day or so, there’s a new update that you may (or may not) have noticed.

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Desktop notifications!

After news of the upcoming change in algorithm that they announced last week, this is a nice change. Hopefully we’ll be one step closer to (finally) being able to post from the desktop. And working for an agency where I’m managing multiple Instagram accounts, desktop support would be #blessed.

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Apple Event: March 2016 – Wrap Up

I was a little underwhelmed with the Apple Event, actually. Nothing new or revolutionary announced this time around. Apple decided to go back to the smaller versions of the same products from 3 years ago. With Apple’s 40th anniversary on April 1st of this year, I hope for a little more excitement in September, with the anticipated release of the iPhone 7. Though at this point, I really don’t know what else they can shove into the iPhone besides maybe making Siri better (I have some qualms with her, but that’s for a different post).

Yesterday, Apple released the 4-inch iPhone SE, a smaller version of the iPad Pro, new bands for the Apple Watch and software updates for the Apple Watch and Apple TV. Keep reading for highlights and details.

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