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Nintendo 3DS XL
Influence Central received the console and the game The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, to facilitate our post. All opinions are our own. We're only a few months into 2015, and we’re already seeing the innovation that this year is bringing! Nintendo announced that the new Nintendo 3DS XL (available as of February 13, 2015) is on the market and is bringing portable gaming to an entirely new level with newly designed enhancements and features, offering the smoothest gaming on the go option yet.
NES Remix for WiiU and Nintendo 3DS of our favorite classic Nintendo games
Influence Central received the NES Remix game to facilitate our post. All opinions are our own. For those of you who may have purchased a Nintendo WiiU or Nintendo 3DS for the family this holiday season, you may need to make a purchase for yourself – the Nintendo NES Remix Pack! Nintendo recently released the NES Remix, where your favorite classic Nintendo games are brought back with a twist – a series of mini-mash-ups that feature short, timed challenges. Each of the 25 games – which include Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and more – bring back your favorite opponents to thwart, and along with that, fond memories of playing these games during your childhood! I loved the challenges in Super Mario Bros. 3, which was one of my favorite Nintendo games as a kid. Defeating goombas? I can handle that!
Loftek Starry String LED Lights
Influence Central received samples of Loftek Starry String LED Lights in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. Decorating for the holidays brings that cozy, warm, and cheerful seasonal sentiment into any space, even when the freezing temperatures drop outside. The Loftek Starry String LED Lights add a charming, compliment-worthy finishing touch to holiday decorating. These waterproof, heat-insulated, dainty mini string lights comes in bright, festive hues. The string of lights emits beautiful, fun colors that capture the holiday feel and are lightweight and extremely easy to install. The delicate-looking copper wire holds up strong and bends, allowing flexibility for wrapping around trees, mantels, and other structures. They come with an outlet plug at one end and a protected free end at the other that does not require a second plug-in, allowing you to bend and twist the wire to fit wherever you would like to decorate.
Holiday Shopping Ideas from GameStop
Influence Central received gift codes to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. We know that many good boys and girls (of all ages!) will be adding the hottest games and electronics to their holiday wish lists. If you’re looking for a retailer that carries the season’s hottest new releases, pay a visit to GameStop, where shoppers will find excellent holiday deals and the top  new releases to keep gift-ers and gift-ees alike happy.
iHome's iBN6, a rugged waterproof speaker.
Influence Central received products to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. Looking for a great gift idea for the music lover in your life this holiday season? We were excited to discover two new speaker systems from iHome that are great for listening on the go, as well as in the home or office. I’m really excited about the iBN6, a rugged waterproof speaker that you can take with you to the beach, on the boat, or to your outdoor barbecues or picnics. The iBN6 operates on Bluetooth wireless and you can connect it to your phone or computer. Pairing the iBN6 with my phone was so simple with Near Field Technology (NFC). I simply turned on my Bluetooth capabilities, found the device, and with one-touch they were paired and I was able to stream from my phone’s Samsung Milk Music app, one of my favorites on my Galaxy S5 for listening to different music genres!
TaoTronics Elune Dimmable Desk Lamp
Influence Central received a complimentary TaoTronics Elune Dimmable Eye-Care LED Desk Lamp in order to write this review. All of the views expressed are our own. Whether we regularly bring work home to get a jump start on the next day, have our kids work on homework at a designated desk, or appreciate a targeted light for a crafty project, a quality desk or work lamp is important. Traditional desk lamps tend to burn out just when we need them, can be harsh on our eyes or give the room an ugly glow. TaoTronics offers an Elune Dimmable Eye-Care LED Desk Lamp that provides an innovative and safe new way to work at your desk.
Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera
Influence Central was invited to attend an event to discover the Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera and received the camera to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. I’ve always loved taking pictures. I’ve never taken any professional photography classes, so I’m certainly speaking as an amateur. Yet great photos go so far to capture both treasured memories and everyday happenings. Despite loving my smartphone and its camera functionality, there are definitely occasions where I’ve longed for a higher quality camera device to capture special moments – whether it’s a vacation or an amazing dessert I order at dinner. What’s hindered me from making the switch to something beyond my phone has been the mobility factor. I love taking photos and sharing them in real time on Instagram and Facebook. Even point and shoot cameras with WiFi capability can take an awfully long time to load and often time-out when I’ve been using a hotel WiFi connection that’s not as strong as the one I have at home.
The iB75 Bluetooth wireless headphones from iHome
Influencer Central received products from iHome to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. If you’re like me, music is a big part of your life. Where I used to do most of my listening on the car radio, after moving to New York City I’ve had to change up my routine and listen to music while on the subway, during my workouts, and at my home. Whether I’m on the treadmill or the subway, my headphones seemed to always get in my way. I’d knock them out of the tray on the machine while running, have to slow down, pick them up – and hope I didn’t crack my iPod screen! When commuting, I typically would keep my iPod in my purse, which leads to extra wires hanging out of my bag and the inevitable tangle.
JVC HD Everio Camcorder
Mom Central received a complimentary JVC HD Everio Camcorder in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Does it seem like everyone’s got a smartphone nowadays? They’re super-handy for so many things, not least of all capturing spur-of-the-moment photos and videos! When it comes to capturing important life events like weddings, graduations, birthday parties, anniversary parties, and family vacations (think: wet, sandy, far away, crowded and/or noisy!), my smartphone is just not an option for me. Fumbling with my delicate, breakable iPhone is not what I want to be doing when among a bustling parade crowd or on a misty, sandy beach, capturing the moment my girlfriend surfs her first big wave!  As it is, I have found myself at the Genius Bar in the Mac Store and facing a complete phone replacement more times than I care to admit, and that’s just from everyday use!
iBN27 Wireless Speaker
Mom Central received a sample of the iHome iBN27 rechargeable stereo speaker in order to write this review. All of the views expressed are our own. Back-to-school can be of the most exciting times of the year and one of the most hectic. With our music-loving house bustling with final preparations, it’s hard to find a speaker as mobile as my family is come August! From bopping to tunes in the backyard while grilling, to setting the mood for the day at breakfast, to playing soothing sounds while mom soaks in the tub, portable is key. If your family also likes to have a little background music, add the iHome iBN27 Wireless Speaker to your back-to-school shopping list.
MacPaw Hider2 App
Mom Central received a complimentary download of the Hider2 App in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. With new technology constantly changing and offering us up new possibilities, it takes a great deal to stand out among the applications clutter. However, the Hider2 app from MacPaw completely caught my attention at this year’s MacWorld show in San Francisco with its ability to both hide and encrypt files on your computer. I particularly worry as a constantly on-the-go CEO about keeping sensitive files I need on my MacAir laptop from being compromised should I lose my laptop or have it stolen. While I have password protection to my laptop’s desktop, I often forget to log out as I dash from one place to the next. I also worry about sensitive personal information such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, addresses and contact information all tucked away in reminder documents on my computer.
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