Katy Perry Wants to “Make Roar Happen” in This New PSA

KatyPerry(PCM) Pop superstar Katy Perry is doing her part to help the educators of America; the singer has teamed up with Staples to raise money for underfunded classrooms across the country.

Staples, who joined up with Perry in their pursuit of providing better funding for our country’s teachers, has committed to donating $1 million to DonorsChoose.org to enable teachers to buy the supplies they need to make the school year a great one for every student.

Kate Perry and the office supply chain are encouraging everyone to join in by donating to DonorsChoose.org to raise as much money as possible in addition to the $1 million already being donated.

Staples has a statement on it’s website that reads:

Staples is teaming up with global pop music superstar Katy Perry to “Make Roar Happen” by celebrating and supporting teachers during back-to-school season. Staples is building on its  long history of supporting teachers, students, and education by donating $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, a charity that has helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers. Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give directly to the ones that inspire them. To date, 152,000 public and charter school teachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $187 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn.

In the PSA, Katy Perry walks around a concert stage filled with instruments that disappear as she touches them, stating “Imagine going onstage without any guitars, or keyboards, drums, or a microphone, and being expected to ‘Roar.’ Tough, right? It’s the same with our teachers, who are using their own money so students can learn.”

A study by the National School Supply and Equipment Association in 2012 reported that 92% of teachers spend their own personal funds on school supplies for their classroom.

In just two months the campaign has already raised funds for 287 classrooms, giving over 23,000 students the supplies they need to start the school year off right.

Katy Perry and Staples want you to join the cause; every dollar counts!

Participants can even enter into the Katy Perry Ticket Sweepstakes, to see the pop songstress on her Prismatic World Tour!

Visit DonorsChoose.org to support America’s educators!

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Do You Want Crack With That? McDonalds Drugs Busted

McLovin McDrugs(PCM) Move over McLovin’, now there is McCrackin’.

In an upscale suburb of Philadelphia, PA a McDonalds employee wasn’t just asking if you want fries with your meal. But customers apparently were still “lovin it”.

Allen Trammell has been arrested by Radnor Police at the Mainline McDonalds holding 57 bags of crack cocaine. The police describe Trammell as a street level dealer that made his sales by word-of-mouth selling dime bags of crack.

Earning an estimated $1,500 a week, Trammell clearly didn’t need to work at McDonalds if for no other reason than to use it as location to be found.

Trammell Accused of Selling  Crack Cocaine at McDonalds

Trammell Accused of Selling Crack Cocaine at McDonalds

To catch Trammell, police set up a sting operation starting back in June making four buys from Trammell. In the end Trammell was arrested in the McDonalds parking lot.

In fairness to McDonalds, Trammell didn’t work the drive through. The Radnor police do have a sense of humor on the subject. Lieutenant Andy Block is quoted, “When not working as a crew and preparing food, he was out in the rear parking log selling crack cocaine. So in a sense, it can give you a new definition of what may be considered a happy meal.”

Trammel doe have two previous drug convictions dating back to 2005 and even served prison time for his actions.

McDonalds is now becoming synonymous with drive through drugs.  Similar incidents have taken place in the past.

  • 2009 – Pittsburgh PA – Heroin
  • 2010 – Floresville TX – Pot
  • 2013 – Mequon WI – Money laundering for Drugs
  • 2014 – Pittsburgh PA – Heroin
  • 2014 – Philadelphia PA – Crack Cocaine

The local McDonalds had the same response provided when a Pittsburgh McDonalds experienced a similar incident in 2009. “No comment.”

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Big Screen iphone 6 – Better Late Than Never

(PCM) It’s getting closer. The big screen iphone. Don’t let the rumor mill be your source, Apple itself is now pushing supplies for two larger screen iphones for the fourth quarter of 2014. The proposed sizes are 5.5 inch and 4.7 inch.

Could this mean the iphone 6 with a larger screen will hit in usual month of September? Don’t get too excited, the 4.7 inch model will arrive in September with the 5.5 inch following later. As for rumors, some indicate the 4.7 inch iphone 6 could enjoy an early release date in August of 2014 with the even larger 5.5 inch screen being released during the traditional month of September.

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Other rumors that seem more plausible considering how close we already are to August, that the 5.5 inch big screen iphone 6 won’t be released until early 2015.

Apple may have innovated the smart phone experience back in 2007 with the iphone, but despite consumer demand only once did Apple increase the iphone screen size from 3.5 to 4 inches with the iphone 5. Meanwhile the android market has made screen size a major reason users upgrade year-after-year. In many cases some users upgrade inside a year of ownership if for no other reason than to enjoy a larger screen size.

Here’s some fun history of the previous iphone release dates:

  • iphone 1st Generation: June, 2007
  • phone 3G July, 2008
  • iphone 3GS June, 2009
  • iphone 4 June, 2010
  • iphone 4s October, 2011
  • iphone 5 September, 2012
  • iphone 5s/5c September 2013

Larger screen sizes drive most purchases according to Counterpoint Research. A 2014 study revealed that 98 percent of all android phones purchased over $400 featured a screen at 5 inches or greater. Don’t ask if the research was skewed because it didn’t include the iphone. Remember, the iphone’s don’t yet feature a screen at 5 inches. Apple’s  big screen iphone 6 won’t rely on size alone as a selling feature, like the iphone 5 series there will be a metal cases and colors.

Apple is requesting from suppliers an inventory of 120 million units by the end of 2014. Does this mean they are expecting a huge expansion of market share? The answer is no. The change to a larger screen will most likely not result in new customers for Apple which is generally never a concern to the company. They rely on existing customers to upgrade. The added inventory is a safeguard in preparing for the unknown of screen failure.

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iphone 6

One attractive selling feature in Apples big change to a larger screen is the use of a sapphire crystal case. It’s known to be more durable but comes with increased cost which will be passed onto the Apple consumer.

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Sponsored Post: A Visit To #ChocolateHeaven With Roger Federer And Lindsey Vonn

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It is always refreshing to learn about sports figures who are always up for new challenges. It has recently been revealed by Swiss chocolate brand Lindt, that tennis champ Roger Federer and ski champ Lindsey Vonn were up to a little secret challenge of their own.

Back in October of 2013, Federer, who is a very active social media user, posted to his Twitter account asking for an athlete to compete against him in any other sport. Vonn, also equally active on social media, responded to his request and said that she would ski with him if he would play tennis with her.

Fast forward to 2014, when Federer contacted Vonn with the news that the challenge had been revealed. The two athletes were to meet each other to celebrate the opening of Lindt’s newest – and highest, at 3,454m – shop to complete the challenge, which included a little bit of a twist.

The challenge will consist of a tennis match on top of the Jungfraujoch on the Aletsch glacier, against the backdrop of the Bernese Alps! The Jungfraujoch is called ‘The Top of Europe’, so could you even dream of a better place to shop for some authentic Swiss chocolates…I know we can’t! The winner of the challenge would be rewarded with their own taste of #chocolateheaven!

There has been no word yet on whether or not that Vonn will get her rematch with Federer on the ski slopes, but we can certainly see that the competitive spirit and camaraderie between these two is amazing.

I think we can all dream about having our very own #chocolateheaven moments and currently Lindt is urging people to share their moments via their website, Twitter and Facebook page.

This post has been sponsored by Lindt, but concerns my own thoughts and opinions

 

 

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Amazon Reveals Netflix Model For Books

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(PCM) Online retailer giant Amazon has recently revealed a new monthly subscription service which will provide users with access to thousands of electronic and audio books.

The new service is called the Kindle Unlimited Service and is available now for $9.99 per month. Once users have signed up they will be able to access over 600,000 electronic books, as well as, thousands of audio books.

The new services is modeled very similar to the ways of Netflix for film and television services. Kindle Unlimited Service is available on all Kindle devices and the Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Windows 8.

Currently, Amazon is offering a 30-day trial for the new service and is providing users who end up signing up for the new service a complimentary three-month membership.

Thus far, Kindle Unlimited Service is only offered to Amazon customers in the United States.

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