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One of the biggest trends in tech right now is connected homes, and more specifically, smart speakers. Google’s smart speaker, Google Home, is powered by Google Assistant and offers hands-free help 24/7. Just say “Ok Google” and start asking it questions. TCC’s line of connected home products, TCC @ Home, is nowselling Google Home in select stores!

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Have you gotten the mom in your life her gift yet? TCC is here to shake up your normal gift-giving routine with an Allure package Mom will definitely love. Plus, we have one to give away to a lucky winner!

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When trying to find the best screen protector, it can be hard to tell which ones actually live up to their boasts of protecting one of your most precious possessions: your phone. Qmadix Liquid Glass is here to change the way we protect our screens.

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Thanks to advancements in technology, more homes are getting smarter every day. Not only do smart home products make your busy life so much easier, they can make it more secure and energy-efficient as well. TCC at Home is a line of connected home devices that make it seem like you’re always home, thanks to their ability to be controlled via your smartphone, no matter where in the world you are. Take a look at some of the products we’re carrying:

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 Want to live a healthier lifestyle? Whatever your health or wellness goals, there's probably an app to help keep you organized and on track. But with the variety of available health apps, it's easy to get overwhelmed. To help you, we've listed best mobile apps for your health and wellness needs. Every app listed below is available in both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. Because health is a personal choice, we haven't rated or ranked them. To make it easier, we've alphabetized the 50 best mobile apps below in one of four categories: fitness apps, medical apps, nutrition apps, and mental health apps. Note, most of the apps below are free to download, but many offer in-app purchases. Be sure to investigate costs before downloading any app.

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Decorating your house can be an intimidating task. There are so many components to it: from choosing the colors, arranging your room (to get the Feng Shui just right), figuring out what you need and how to actually do the project you have in mind, to finding the perfect furniture and décor. Planning your home improvement project can be exhausting and daunting. Don’t panic! This list is full of suggested apps to support you through every design idea.

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It became apparent with the recent Daylight Savings Time change that many people’s natural sleep patterns are off-kilter. And the reason for our catawampus sleep could be a variety of reasons, ranging from stress, overwork, or unhealthy habits. Since there have been many studies into sleep patterns, we now know the real culprit behind our irregular sleep patterns is electricity, television, smartphones, and other electrical devices.

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When you think of big global companies, you might not think they have much in the way of environmental ethics. Film, television, and news have propagated the idea that corporations don’t have a climate conscience. But global corporations are quietly investing in environmentally safe options.

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It’s almost impossible to write a fitness resolution-inspired blog without throwing the oh-so-perfect cliché: new year, new you. You may be finding yourself inspired with the new year to make all sorts of transformations. Losing weight and getting healthy are the most popular resolutions each year, but they’re also the most easily broken. Starting to make a change by yourself can be a daunting process, but these wearables and fitness apps can help guide you through it.

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Facebook’s newest creation is Workplace, a social app exclusively for companies officially announced in October 2016. This new platform is a social network that aims to change the way companies work by making them more connected. Workplace by Facebook is built on the premise that a company’s success depends on every single member of the team and how they work together. It’s essential to be able to make connections easier, because connections are how truly great ideas get started. Hence, it was created to be a platform where ideas could be shared quickly, easily, and freely. This assists in accomplishing goals faster and more efficiently. And it will engender the growth of overall productivity of your company.

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“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent, with a tremendous spirit of adventure and love of play.”
- Henri Matisse

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Just like fashion, social medias go in and out of style. A few years ago, Twitter was unstoppable. Twitter was the “it” social media and if you weren’t on it, you were severely out of the loop. But times, they are a-changing. Technology moves fast and those who can’t keep up are often left in the dust (Take a look at what happened to Vine.) Is Twitter’s reign coming to an end? Are the masses moving on in favor of other social medias like Instagram? We dig into current social media trends.

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“Think left and think right, and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
-Dr. Seuss

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The wireless world is evolving rapidly, with fancy new smartphones and wearable gadgets emerging all the time. The industry is changing at such rapid pace. It can be difficult to predict the next smartphone trend. With 2017 right around the corner, tech enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting what will come next in the world of mobile, gadgets, and smartphones. To gain some insight into possibilities in tech, we asked a panel of mobile enthusiasts to weigh in on smartphone trends for 2017. We asked them:

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Phone cases aren’t quite a tech necessity. But in 2016, it’s hard to find a phone without a case. Not only do they protect your phone from unexpected bumps and tumbles, but they can also be a fashionable and useful accessory. Check out some of our favorite phone dazzlers – ranging from the functional to the fashionable to novelty.

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A definition of hotspots

A hotspot allows you to use your laptop, MP3 player, tablet, or mobile gaming device to access the internet when you don’t have access to Wi-Fi. Hotspots use mobile broadband service from your mobile carrier provider for 3G, 4G, or 4G LTE internet access.

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Each year, we find out about big retailers who have been hacked, and customers’ private information is no longer secure. It doesn’t help that many people can’t see the problems until the hacking has already taken place. And since shopping online is becoming more traditional as a means for buying holiday wish list items, we thought it’d be good to provide a refresher for the safest online shopping tips. Here are our strongest tips and tricks for staying safe and secure while shopping online.

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After impatiently waiting all year, we’re jazzed that the holidays are finally here. To make sure you don’t get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, we’ve compiled a list of handy holiday apps to help you out. Whether it’s keeping your shopping lists organized, saving money on gifts, or a helpful cooking app to help you power through Christmas dinner, we’ve got you covered! We've broken our favorite apps into several groups: deal apps, festive apps, gift apps, organizational apps, and cooking apps - none of which are in any specific order.

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Christmastime has arrived. And TCC’s fifth and final week of GIftaways is here! It’s the week you’ve all been waiting for- this Giftaway is sponsored by TCC. And features the latest Apple devices - iPhone 7, an iPad Pro, and a Scooch case.

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Definition

Roaming gives your smartphone the ability to make and receive calls outside your service area. Through the mechanics of roaming, you gain access to the internet, and thus, service. Your cellular provider and other networks agreed to work together to provide service to your mobile device no matter where you travel.

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Braven delivers a myriad of speakers, perfect for many uses. These modern bluetooth speakers range from the sleek home series to their rugged portable speakers. And fortunately, you don’t need to leave these active speakers at home. They’re tough, portable, and waterproof. Yet, they don’t sacrifice durability for the stellar sound quality. This winter season, take these speakers on your next adventure - whether it’s a weekend ski trip, sledding, or simply getting cozy next to the fire. Here's a list of our top three favorite Braven speakers, which you can pick up at your local TCC store:

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Podcasts are digital audio files made for downloading to a device for listening enjoyment. Podcast listeners may elect to download a podcast series all at once, in installments, or as podcast episodes become available. You’ll find a treasure trove of subjects and genres of podcasts in both iTunes and the Google Play Store – ranging from comedy, horror, fantasy, news shows, reviews, and more. Listeners can choose from literally millions of engaging podcasts, so we’ve volunteered to sift through the choices to find our favorite story-telling podcasts of 2016. And here they are, in no particular order:

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For three weeks now, we‘ve been giving away eye-catching and useful tech gadgets in our Holiday Giftaway sweepstakes. Each week, we feature an awesome bundle of devices and accessories, and a handful of lucky winners can look forward to a brighter holiday. This week, our Giftaway is sponsored by Samsung. And you definitely don’t want to miss out.

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Imagination is more important than knowledge.
-Albert Einstein

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Wireless charging seems like a concept straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. It seems your phone just charges through osmosis, simply by being close to a charger. How does the energy go from one device to another without cords? The process is so easy it seems too good to be true. So, how the heck does wireless charging even work?

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