S5: Never Felt so Good to be Alive

Samsung’s newest smartphone Galaxy S5 lands in stores April 11. Here are some key features look out for:

AMOLED display

The S5’s AMOLED screen edges out the typical LCD screens of current smartphones in terms of things like games, videos, and apps; LCD is better for text-only viewing. With trends indicating that smartphone users are spending more time on apps than other browsers, this is indeed a smart move by Samsung. Also, the emphasis on color accuracy and perception, is another big selling point. At various angles, you’ll still see all 50 shades of gray, blue, red, and any other color out there.

Heart rate sensor

The S5 cares about more than just your mind; it also cares about your body. Samsung’s fitness-geared technology is nothing new. However, these latest efforts to amplify health-conscious features show the company’s angle in the market. The small sensor on the back of the phone records your vitals and helps you check your progress over time. Plus, it’s so much cooler than unsuccessfully trying to find your own pulse. Virtual high-five if you’ve just tried to find it.

Water and dust -resistant

Let’s get real. Your phone doesn’t stay in a sterile little cube. Your phone gets tossed into your bag, shoved into your pocket, goes crashing onto the ground, maybe even dropped into the toilet! (Or so I’ve heard.) That’s life for you! Samsung’s caught onto the reality that wherever you go, your phone goes with you. And while water resistant doesn’t exactly mean you can surf the web while surfing the waves, it means that if the phone is accidently dropped into shallow water, you’ll have some time to perform your rescue mission.

Fingerprint scanner

This feature smells oddly similar to that of another tech giant but with a few twists. For one, Samsung’s scanner reads your prints as you swipe your finger down the small pad on the home screen compared to Apple’s Touch ID, which detects when you hold your finger on the sensor. (Maybe this is all part of Samsung’s health-conscious scheme to get you to do some finger exercises.) While Apple’s scanner allows you to unlock the phone and authorize Apple-product payments on the App Store, Samsung has integrated its feature with more versatile payment apps such as PayPal.

The S5 has all of the upgrades of the best smartphone features with added health benefits. It’s like having your own mini fitness trainer, minus the scary yelling. (“10 MORE CRUNCHES! IS THAT ALL YOU’VE GOT?!”) Samsung’s cohesive message about innovation improving everyday life speaks volumes to a society so fixated on digital screens. From the heart rate monitor to the water and dust -resistant capabilities, even to the perforated texture on the back of the phone similar to that of a band-aid, the message is simple: your phone shouldn’t restrain you from life; it should help you live it. For such a thoughtful smartphone, isn’t it only right to reward it with a stylish and protective case only from CaseCrown? Go on and find your new best friend for the Next Big Thing.

- G@CaseCrown

Image source: SMARTPHONE-BUYER

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Guest Spotlight: MEMOJI – Purposefully Aesthetic Creative Tools

MEMOJI

MEMOJI is an online marketplace that curates “Purposefully Aesthetic Creative” workspace tools.

Here’s what we mean by “Purposefully Aesthetic Creative” tools.

Purposeful
Here at MEMOJI, we believe all products must have a clear purpose. Purpose guides how a product should be designed. We commit to do our best not to sell meaningless junk that happens to look good.

Aesthetic
When a product has a clear purpose, great design makes that product useful. Dieter Rams said, “The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness. […] Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.” Design is not simply about the look, but it’s about function and purpose.

Creative
Work is an act of creating values that benefit the world. Therefore, workspace products are, by nature, designed to create.

Here at MEMOJI, we are passionate about providing products that are purposeful, aesthetically beautiful and useful, and creative (adds value). We hope to add values to other passionate individuals who seek purpose, beauty, and creativity in their respective professions.

One last word.
Every product we have is a tool.
At the end of a day, a tool is a tool. It’s an instrument.
Tools don’t work. They don’t create.
People do. We do.

-David@MEMOJI
http://memoji.com/

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Buro Calculator & Stapler Giveaway!

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Designed by London-based designers and Adrian and Jeremy Wright, the Calculator and Stapler are actually part of the Buro collection that brings together other common office items like . It takes on the form of a simple block that can be neatly aligned and organized. To win…

1. Go to MEMOJI.com and sign up for email updates (You’ll also receive a unique $5 gift card code after signup to use on MEMOJI’s marketplace once we launch).

2. Leave a comment on this post.

2 winners will be chosen on Thursday, 4/3 at 9am PST. Open to US only.

MEMOJI, a marketplace for Creative Tools, is launching this spring and we’re excited to share what we have in store for you.

Until then, follow us on our social media channels and catch up on our Journal.

We’re launching soon!

-MEMOJI

Image source: Lexon

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MEMOJI Giveaway

MEMOJI has sponsored another awesome giveaway for our CaseCrown fans! Take the Think Outside the Box Pen Case and get creative wherever you go.

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Here’s how you can win this Think Outside the Box Pen Case:

1) Go to MEMOJI.com and sign up with your email to get updates. (When you sign up you’ll also get a free $5 gift card!)

2) Leave a comment on this post telling us which color is your favorite. (First 5 people to comment will receive a free 2014 Calendar Planner!)

One winner will be chosen on Thursday, 3/27 at 9am PST. Winner may choose the color of their choice. Open to US only.

Good luck!

This giveaway has ended.

- Jessica@CaseCrown

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Guest Spotlight: MEMOJI – Do What You Love and Love What You Do

Guest post featuring our friends from MEMOJI!

Do what you love

This post is inspired by a quote I came across a few weeks ago. “Do what you love and love what you do. Words to live by.” These are words we’re familiar with and have heard some variation of it at least once before. But in this case, it wasn’t just the words that caught my eye. It was also the design. After spending a few minutes researching, I learned that this specific one (image above) was designed by Jeff Sheldon, founder and designer of Ugmonk. His story, his passion for design, and how he founded Ugmonk really resonated with me. Simple. He followed his passion. Design.

We’ve all thought before about the ideal situation, in which we get paid for doing what we love most. Then we wouldn’t even think of it as work. We’d all be happy getting up every morning to start our day, and we wouldn’t check the clock ticking away constantly wishing for the time to go by faster. If you’re already in a place where work and play seem to be fully integrated or interchangeable, then awesome. That’s where we come in. MEMOJI is a marketplace that offers a selection of thoughtfully curated, workspace products from designers all over the world. We want to provide the right tools that will inspire you to create the perfect workspace for doing what you do best. Visit our page and be one of the first to sign up and receive a $5 gift card.

We’re launching in spring. Until then, follow us on our social media channels and catch up on our Journal.

See you soon! And by the way, we’re hosting a couple giveaways with CaseCrown. Read below for details!

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Buro Tape Dispenser Giveaway!

Designed by London-based designers Adrian and Jeremy Wright, the Tape Dispenser is actually part of the Buro collection that brings together other common office items like a stapler and calculator. It takes on the form of a simple block that can be neatly aligned and organized. To win it…

1. Go to MEMOJI.com and sign up for email updates (You’ll also receive a unique $5 gift card code after signup to use on MEMOJI’s marketplace once we launch.)

2. Leave a comment on this post.

Winners will be chosen on Thursday, 3/20 at 9am PST. Open to US only. This giveaway has ended.

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Livework 2014 Monthly Calendar Giveaway!

The spacious pages this calendar provides are enough for you to input important dates and notes to remember. On the durable card stock, you can use any pen or marker to indicate any friendly reminders. Even use the cover as an index to flip to the right page. Turn the page and you’ll see a new design and color for every month.

To receive a calendar, simply leave a comment on this post by answering the question. Open to US only. While supplies last. Ends 3/20 at 9am PST. This giveaway has ended.

Q: What are you passionate about?

Good luck!

 

-Miyun@MEMOJI

www.memoji.com

Image source: Livework, Lexon, Ugmonk

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MEMOJI Giveaway

MEMOJI is letting us giveaway 3 Green Buro Tape Dispensers! We’re digging this modern geometric design.  Can’t wait to see all their other cool products when they launch in Spring.

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Congrats to winner briandav! 

Here’s how you can win this Green Buro Tape Dispenser:

1) Go to MEMOJI.com and sign up with your email to get updates (When you sign up you’ll also get a free $5 gift card!)

2) Leave a comment on this post.

(Giveaway has ended) Three winners will be chosen on Thursday, 3/6 at 9am PST. Open to US only.

Good luck!

- Jessica@CaseCrown

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