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  • Showcase: Google Wallet

    Posted on February 5, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello from Story Leather, I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

    Some of you remember that we talked a bit about Coin and their new take on the credit card. This time we figured we'd look at Google Wallet! We know that Google Wallet has been out for a while now, but I finally got around to ordering the card and downloading that app; so lets take a look.


    (Image provided by Android Guys)

    Google Wallet, for the most part, uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to do most transactions; however, Google has also provided the option for you to order a Google Wallet card and its free. This card compliments the app because not many places will have a machine that can readily use the NFC tech aside from some fast food chains and convenience stores. I wanted to note that the Google card won't work as a substitute for your debit card, in fact the Google card is linked to your Google Wallet, I will explain that feature a bit more when we go into the features and benefits. With the basics aside lets dive into all the features that make Google Wallet so unique.



    One of the first features we wanted to talk about is that Google Wallet can store multiple credit and debits cards on the app for easy access. The one drawback is that your stored cards can only be used with an NFC terminal, which most places have yet to adopt. Places that I have seen with NFC capability are fast food restaurants and most convenience stores which make things a bit faster and convenient.

    Another feature of Google Wallet is the debit card and the Google wallet account. Google wallet has it's own separate account aside from your stored credit and debit cards and you're able to transfer funds into to use on a daily basis. What's unique is that Google gives the option to have a debit card that is linked to your Wallet. This comes in handy in places that don't have an NFC terminal.

    One great benefit to using Google Wallet over your traditional card is that you're able to control you're spending. I find myself eating out quite a lot and I never really know how much I spend until its too late. Luckily with Google Wallet I just give myself a month or weekly allowance and once I use it up then that's it for the time being. It's a really helpful tool for those trying to save up as well. One would just deposit money into the Wallet account and let is accumulate until you hit your target.





    One last feature we wanted to show off, because there're are way to many to go through in one round, are the offers you can get from using Google Wallet. In the app there's a section that lists special offers for food, clothing, and many other services. This includes special deals or discounts that are redeemable upon check out. This eliminates the need to carry around coupon clippings or printed email offers! This helps me quite a bit because I am able to search for any offers in my area instead of clipping coupons and going to one specific place.

    Overall Google Wallet is an amazing app that makes saving, paying and shopping much easier; as it says on the website; "Shop, Save, and Pay with your Phone." I don't think it gets much simpler than that.



    For more info on Google Wallet you can visit their website,, or if you have a question you can visit their FAQ and see if someone already asked it for you. I hope everyone enjoyed this mini review of the Google Wallet and for more stories please visit our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

    I hope everyone has a great week and I'll be finding other cool stuff to show you soon!
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    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase, News, The Weekly Story and was tagged with technology, cell phone case, cell phone, Facebook, Twitter, Google, blogging, blog, shopping, moto x, tech, googel wallet, saving, motorolla

  • Showcase: Typo Keyboard

    Posted on January 30, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello from all of us at Story Leather, we hope this week is shaping up very nicely everyone.

    Today I thought I might talk about something that I think is pretty cool, the Typo Keyboard. Over the past month we've received a lot of orders asking that we make a phone case holster that can hold the Typo Keyboard, so one of our guys thought; "wow that's quite a few orders, we should check it out". Of course by the time I checked it out the pre-orders were sold out, so I'm in line as it were, but I thought I'd take a look and highlight some of the key features of the Typo Keyboard. Before I get into my thoughts, here is a video from Typo that gives a quick glimpse of their product.

    TYPO PRODUCTS - iPhone Keyboard Case from Typo on Vimeo.

     One of the first things I immediately liked was the design. From seeing the video and pictures it doesn't add much to the bulk. Another highlight of the design is that it gives back the full view of the screen. I've seen other keyboard attachments in the past, but it requires that the keyboard be placed right over the digital keyboard. Pretty sure that defeats the purpose of using a keyboard that will always take up half the screen. With Typo, it allows for a full view of the screen while the device is attached; I think that's pretty unique. Overall, the keyboard keeps the slim sleek design that iPhone users have come to appreciate while keeping the product functionality.

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    A second feature that was worth mentioning is the dedicated battery they built into the Typo. I originally thought that it would use the iPhone's battery, but Typo has an independent battery pack to keep from draining the phones battery. From the FAQ, they have said that the keyboard would require charging every 7-14 days depending on use, not shabby since texting takes up a majority of my time as it is. Included in the package of course are all the USB charging cables and because it uses a standard micro USB charging cable you won't have to fret if you happen to misplace that cable.

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    One last detail I wanted to highlight is that the backlight on the keyboard. I know that doesn't seem like it should be something to get excited over, but it's one of those details that when overlooked becomes a problem. So I for one am glad that this detail was not overlooked.

    In summary, Typo Keyboard looks like to does everything as promised: provides a platform for faster typing, minimizes typing errors, simplistic design that doesn't add bulk, allows full use of the screen, dedicated battery, and a backlit keyboard. These are just some of the details I was able to glean on from other sources. I'm hoping that once I get my hands on one I can get a better look and feel as to how the Typo Keyboard works.

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    This is just one person's view of the Typo, of course others have been able to get their hands on it, like Once the new pre-orders are available then I'll have to make sure that I get in line for one. As of now the current price listing for a Typo Keyboard is $99 and current pre-orders are sold out. For more info on their product you can visit their website.

    Thank you for taking some time to look at Typo and we will be bring you more gadget reviews soon!

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    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase, Promotion and was tagged with Apple, iPhone, BlackBerry, smart phone, phone case, leather, Facebook, leather case, iPhone 5, custom case, iPhone 5S

  • Style Stories: Meg Turney!!!!

    Posted on January 21, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello to everyone from all of us at Story Leather. For this installment of our Style Stories we have the absolute pleasure to talk to the ever awesome SourceFed/SourceFed Nerd co-host, Slim-Jim girl, gamer, cosplayer, and everything geek....Meg Turney!!!


    (An awesome picture showing all of Meg's own creations)

    At the expense of waiting, lets take a glimpse at Meg's cosplay, work, and everyday wardrobe.

    SL: “We’re so glad you had some time to do this interview with us Meg; I think I’m just overly excited at a chance to not only interview you, but also a prominent cosplayer as well. So let’s get this going before I ramble. My first question is; what does style mean to you in general and what does it mean to you personally?”

    Meg: "I think my definitions of general and personal fashion are much the same. To me, fashion is a way to express yourself. It’s a way to add a pop of color to the grey. The beautiful thing about fashion (at least in my opinion) is that everyone has their own way of doing it. There are no rights and wrongs – it’s fluid."

    SL: “We know you love your anime and video games very much; how do you express that in your everyday casual wear as opposed to a nice night out (if you do)? We know you love Sailor Moon, would you dress up like a sailor scout everyday if you could or would you prefer Elizabeth from Bioshock?”

    Meg: "One of my favorite things to do is to dress up my anime/video game love. At work, I’m often just in a t-shirt and jeans and it’s easy to incorporate screen tees that scream nerdiness, but when you go out it’s a little more of a challenge. I have a few pieces that look just like regular decorative jewelry to people who don’t know, but when nerds walk up they’re like “Holy crap! Is that a Tower of Pimps necklace?!” I love that! I’d totally dress in the sailor fuku everyday – Elizabeth is beautiful, but corsets everyday? No thanks."

    SL: “Speaking of cosplay…when you cosplay, does that style reflect in how you make your costumes or does accuracy take the cake? For instance, I loved how accurate your Chun Li and Elizabeth costumes were, but your Mulan was amazingly interpreted because every time I think of Mulan I think of the Disney Version.”

    Meg: "If I’m just creating a character’s outfit that already exists, accuracy is put above all else. If it’s my own take on a character - for instance the Mulan I did was a superhero version, so I got to make up the design myself – I like to play and have fun with it. Lately I've been a little looser with accuracy for the sake of picking more character-accurate pieces, though. Like with Judy, I went with a snakeskin print on the leather fabric for the skirt because Judy’s such a flashy character and I thought it suited her personality a little better. I also opted for a linen fabric for the jacket instead of a plain cotton blend because I thought it felt a little more high class."


    (Amazing cosplay of Chun- Li)

    SL: “So aside from the awesome things you do on your youtube channel, you’re also a co-host for Sourcefed/Sourcefed Nerd. Seeing as how there are a plethora of awesome people as well as other co-hosts, how does your style differ from that of Lee, Trisha, or anyone else at the office of awesome?”

    Meg: "Everyone at SF has their own unique style. I probably dress the most relaxed of all the girls, but Trisha and Lee have convinced me to buy a skirt or three since I started working there. We’re always trading style tips or things we’re currently obsessed with. It’s super helpful."


    (Here's Meg covering the 2012 RNC)

    SL: “In keeping with the current times, we live in an interesting point where nerd and geek chic is in. What are some nerdy/geeky items you think that every girl or guy should have? What about an everyday wear item?”

    Meg: "That’s all up to what you’re into. My biggest suggestion is to go to etsy and find jewelry that reflects your interests. Don’t think just because you love Doctor Who that you’re relegated to plastic pieces that would never go with an evening gown. There are all sorts of gorgeous, classy designs that are fandom related, too! For everyday items, I think everyone needs an amazing hoodie. It sounds so silly, but I live in hoodies, so having one I love is important."

    SL: “Yes hoodies would seem to be very important because you always mention how the SF office is an icebox.”

    SL: “I can go on and on with questions for you, but alas we have to bring things to a close. So my last question would be; what advice would give to someone who is trying to balance mainstream fashion with their inner geek/nerd?”

    Meg: "I might sound like a broken record at this point, but look for a balance between nerdy and something you’ll actually wear. Also, I sometimes try to pick an outrageous accessory and build an outfit around it. So, don’t be afraid to get something a little flashier and most of all HAVE FUN!"

    SL: “Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy life to talk to us about what makes you unique.”

    Meg: "Thanks so much for having me!! <3"



    (Hard at work while co-host Steve Zaragoza sends his love)

    We couldn't thank Meg enough for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about her style and her amazing cosplay work. As with all our Style Stories we want to help give insight for those trying to find what's right for them. For some it might be a professional look, others might have a more laid back casual jeans and t-shirt feel, whereas another set might share Meg's Nerd and Geek fashion taste.

    Just remember, whatever you wear it's important to always feel comfortable and Meg put it best when she said; "The beautiful thing about fashion (at least in my opinion) is that everyone has their own way of doing it. There are no rights and wrongs – it’s fluid." We couldn't agree more.


    (Behind the scenes at a Slim-Jim Shoot)

    For more Meg Turney, you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and for everything else you can find her on SourceFed or SourceFed Nerd

    Thank you Meg for being a part of our Style Stories and as always "Tell us your Story". From all of us at Story Leather, "Have an amazing day and a wonderful week."

    *All photos are courtesy of Meg Turney, Sourcefed/SourceFed Nerd, and Slim-Jim

    *Credit is also noted to Meg's co-hosts

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    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, Style Stories, Style Watch, Personal Style, The Weekly Story and was tagged with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, fashion and style, YouTube, women fashion, style stories, Tell Us Your Story, geek fashion, nerd fashion, sourcefed, sourcefed nerd, meganerds

  • Style Stories: Tell us your story with Hailey Bright!

    Posted on December 23, 2013 by Jonathan Ly

    Christmas time is here! Well almost here.

    With the holiday festivities starting up we know its hard to figure out what to wear; especially when it comes to warmth and comfort. Well I think we might be able to help you out with that.

    We got the opportunity to speak with the ever so awesome Vlogger and Fashionista Hailey Bright! Hailey is an avid traveler, gamer, and sports fanatic. She's constantly tweeting, instagramming, and blogging about all the awesome stuff she does and finds.

    So we were thrilled when we got a chance to ask her some questions that we think might help some of you out when it comes to those last minute fashion decisions!





    Story Leather (SL): What does “style” mean to you? Does it always change or do you have a style that you modify through the year to fit each situation?

    Hailey Bright: For me, style is a form of expression- just like art. I am constantly changing my style to express how I feel. Sometimes I feel girly so I wear glittery headbands & other days I feel goth so I rock ripped black tights & high waisted shorts. I would say the only staple rule I follow at all times is to keep it classy. (Laughing) Stay Classy San Diego!

    Who knew a quote from Anchorman would apply in fashion? Anyways, even when I wear something edgy or risqué, I always find a way to keep it tasteful. As far as things I’m into at the moment- I adore prep school inspired ties, bold tights, & crazy socks. This winter I’m all about funky, fun accessories. The bolder the better!


    SL: Speaking of style, in a recent video post you were giving some helpful hints on how to dress for holiday parties, traveling, and keeping warm. Do you want to elaborate a bit more on that? For instance, we get a lot of questions about how to layer your clothing properly. On a side note, we loved the creativity of the video.

    Hailey: Of course! Layering in the winter is key.I think the biggest mistake most people make when layering clothes is trying to make them too matchy-matchy. For me it’s all about mixing contrasting prints & fabrics together to create a funky chic look. I love taking textured tights and layering fun socks on top- like polka dotted socks or glittery socks. Rocking that with a pair of plaid shoes and a flowing vintage mini gives you so many more fashion-forward options than sticking to a more standard look. Plus, like I mentioned in my latest YouTube video on Holiday Outfits, there’s so many great ways to wear this style. You can pair it with a plaid top that contrasts the plaid in the shoes & if you want to stay extra warm just add a baggy Japanese inspired sweater on top.The sweater is a nice layer because it’s warm during the day, and then you can take it off at night to reveal a sexy tank- making it perfect for a girl’s night out or fun date!

    Ultimately, layering is all about functionality- but throw is some flare and you’re good to go!



    SL: We love how you give suggestions on how to shop on a budget; what are 3 items, clothing or accessories, you think every girl or guy should have that’s wallet friendly?

    Hailey: I am so addicted to shopping on a budget! It’s interesting to me that people spend a lot of money on clothes- because it’s completely unnecessary- especially if you’re a girl! I mean our trends change so much every season that it makes more sense to splurge on a few staple pieces & keep everything else relatively cheap.

    Three budget friendly items that I think everyone should own are a pair of perfectly fitted jeans, a unique coat that goes with everything, & a dress (or top for men) that makes you feel sexy & comfortable in your own skin! Everything else you can focus on secondarily, but when you have a pair of jeans that make you look skinny or a dress that makes you feel like you’re the prettiest girl in the room- you radiate a certain air of confidence that comes from your true inner beauty & that’s priceless!


    SL: With a new year comes change and for some people it’s all about the new look they create for themselves. Are there some guidelines that might be helpful when choosing a new look?

    Hailey: For sure! When deciding on a new look I always start with putting together a style board. I cut out pictures from magazines (or download pictures) of outfits, hairstyles, looks, & accessories that inspire me. I put the pictures on my wall and create a board I can see every day because I find that being able to easily access the looks is part of what encourages me to try them. So – I highly recommend placing those images somewhere you will actually see them (hint: the inside of your closet door is a good place).

    Once you put the board together, look in your closet and see what items you can re-purpose, because there are plenty of things in your current line up that can work for your new look. Anything you don’t have, I recommend buying in a certain order.First, start at Goodwill & buy whatever you can. Then hit up local thrift stores like Crossroads Trading Company or Buffalo Exchange. After that, I’d recommend going to affordable boutiques and end your shopping trip at the mall. Luckily this time of year there are a lot of sales at the mall, so you should be able to score some great deals!

    I guarantee if you follow this shopping method- you will be able to buy an entire wardrobe for the same cost as 2 items from Bloomingdales!


    SL: It’s also no mystery that you love traveling. With all the holiday traveling what are some travel items that you think everyone should have and what are some of your personal favorites?

    Hailey: (Laughing) You’re right! It’s no mystery how much I love traveling, since I’m constantly tweeting about it!

    I think everyone needs basic organizational & compact travel items. One of my personal favorites is the fold-up travel toothbrush. It’s small and easy to throw in any bag for a quick breath refresher. Also, I always travel with a pair of non-bulky tennis shoes, a zip-up hoodie that I can easily take off in the security line, & a lightweight laptop.

    For women, the item I recommend most is the Snapin Travel Jewelry Case. I bought one randomly at Bed, Bath, & Beyond a few months ago- and it was the best $20 I've spent in a long time! The Snapin Case is a small jewelry organizer that has many foldout compartments for necklaces, earrings, and such. It also has common room on the top and bottom for larger statement necklaces and bracelets. I like this organizer over other ones I've used because it’s made of a soft fabric so you can stuff it into any bag, which is key when traveling.It’s such a simple item- but has saved me space & hours of untangling jewelry!


    SL: Our last question would be about your gamer side, we see you posting about “Assassin’s Creed” and “Call of Duty”, do you have any outfit ideas for our gamer girls and guys out there that will let them express themselves in a creative way?

    Hailey: Yes! I love buying handmade video game or movie related items from Etsy! I recently bought a Hunger Games Catching Fire Skirt that has Mockingjays on it. I've been wearing it for weeks! I also purchased a neat ring bracelet with the same symbol (which has a loop that goes around your finger and connects to a bracelet around your wrist). Items like this are great if you aren't super creative on your own- but want to own something that your friends won’t have.

    If you’re a more artsy person, I recommend hand painting a pair of converse with the Call of Duty logo or using a nail art pen to deck out your nails with the Assassin’s Creed symbol. Small things like this give any wardrobe a cool, geeky touch!

    SL: Thank you so much for taking some time out to help give some helpful holiday/everyday hints on fashion. Any last words before we head off for the Holidays?

    Hailey: Using fashion properly is like wearing makeup properly- it’s a tool to mold you into whatever you want to be.

    I have many outfits that cost less than $50 for the entire thing head to toe. It’s possible to spend very little money & create your own sense of style that is much cooler than the cookie cutter style you see everyone else wearing. I swear by Goodwill, thrift stores, & sales at shops like AEO & Hollister. They have literally become my best friends this year!!



    We wanted to thank Hailey again for taking the time give us these awesome Fashion gems. To see all the other awesome stuff that Hailey does you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram. Hailey also has a Buzznet column where she compiles all this amazing stuff into one.

    From all of us at Story Leather we wanted to wish everyone a safe holiday season and to always keep telling us your stories. As Hailey said it, "Keep it classy".

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    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, Promotion, Style Stories and was tagged with trends, fashion, Instagram, blogs, leather, style, Facebook, social media, Twitter, fashion and style, mens fashion and syle, YouTube, holiday, women fashion, men fashion, Christmas, Tell Us Your Story, leather life

  • Two Million Accounts Hacked - Was Yours?

    Posted on December 5, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant

    It's being reported that hackers have stolen usernames and passwords of almost two million accounts at major sites like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others. How? Apparently through a keylogging software maliciously installed on many computers around the world. This virus captured the login information for these key websites, like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, ADP, and LinkedIn.

    Facebook and Twitter have announced they reset passwords for all compromised users, but the other sites have yet to comment. If you think your account may have been compromised, play it safe and change your password now! But more importantly, if you think your computer could be infected, make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date and download the latest information for your preferred Internet site (Firefox, Chrome, etc).

    So was your account hacked?

    This post was posted in Technology and was tagged with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo

  • The Weekly Story: Plus $100 Gift Card Give-Away

    Posted on October 24, 2013 by cynthia

    To help you gear up for holiday shopping we're giving one customer a $100 Gift Card to spend at

    Everyone who enters will receive a $10 gift card at the end of the drawing. If you already like us on Facebook then you already have 10 entries that need to be activated. It only takes one click! Go to:


    -Share the giveaway link with your friends today!

    -New fans who like us on Facebook also get 10 entries

    -Follow us on Twitter and get 5 entries

    -Tweet the giveaway link for 5 additional entries everyday! That means if you Tweet once a day from now until the drawing you'll have over 80 entries in by the drawing.

    For more great giveaways visit:







    This post was posted in Showcase, Promotion, Giveaways, The Weekly Story and was tagged with case, leather, Facebook, leather case, friends, giveaway, deerhill, custom case, 10% off, Weekly Story, $100 dollars, camel cross, full front curve, like us

  • Try Two-Step Verification to Protect Your Accounts

    Posted on July 12, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant

    Want to up your security settings online? One of the easiest ways to opt in to two-step verification on your social media accounts. Below we've covered some of the top sites and how to sign up.

    On Facebook: An easy way to make your Facebook profile more secure is to enable Login Approval, Facebook's two-step verification. First, go to Settings > Security > Login Approvals. You'll need to enter your cellphone number, but once you have Facebook will text you a security code any time you (or someone trying to hack your account!) tries to log on from an unknown browser.

    On Twitter: Twitter also offers a two-step verification process. To use it, start the set up process by clicking the Gear icon in the top right corner. From there, choose the Settings menu - scroll down to Account Security, and check the box requesting a verification code upon sign-on. You will need to confirm your email address, and like Facebook, provide a phone number. Once you do, Twitter will start sending you a verification code when someone tries to log on to your account. What sets this service apart from Facebook is that once you've enabled verification, you will need a temporary password to use Twitter on your smart phone or Tablet, but it's easy and worth it to keep your account secure.

    On LinkedIn: Enable the two-step verification by accessing the Account & Setting tab. To do so, roll your mouse over your profile icon. Once you're in Account & Settings, select Privacy & Settings. From here, click on "Manage security settings". Simply turn it on, and you're all set!

    On Google: Click the gear icon on the top right corner of your Gmail. Then select Settings > Accounts > Change Account Settings. From here, you'll click on the link "Google Account settings" and click Security. Next all you have to do is select the option to enable two-step verification.

    See how simple it is to protect yourself? This won't guarantee your account won't be hacked at some point, but it will definitely make it more difficult!

    This post was posted in Technology and was tagged with Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, password, security, verification, hacker

  • And the Winner of the June Giveaway is...

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant

    We loved hearing all your stories over the month of June. It was great seeing your favorite pictures tagged with #beknown - some of you had some amazing ones! And all the new faces we see on our Instagram feed are super exciting.

    But the month has ended, and it's time to announce a winner!

    And the winner of our giveaway is Evelyn Watkins of San Diego, CA!!

    Evelyn, please contact us at for instructions on claiming the custom case.

    Thank you to each and everyone of you that participated this month! Best of luck next time :)

    This post was posted in Giveaways and was tagged with Instagram, Facebook, giveaway, Twitter, custom case, StoryLeather

  • "Like" Us On Facebook!

    Posted on July 1, 2013 by Rick Garvey

    Have you been to our Facebook page? We think you should take a visit and give it a "like." Like our blog, you will be able to check out the latest news, see some behind the scenes happenings, and interact with us in a fun way. So click the link, and give us a "like" and start interacting with us in this fun way!

    Already follow us on Facebook? Well let us and everyone else know why you love to follow us! Post your comments in the comment section below and let us know!
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    This post was posted in Promotion and was tagged with Facebook

  • Will You Try Facebook's Home on Your Android?

    Posted on April 5, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant

    Facebook recently announced Home, an immersive Facebook experience for the Android. Home will essentially replace Android's homescreen with full-screen photos, status updates, and notifications.

    But not every Android user will have access to Home. Only users of Android Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich (not Gingerbread) will be able to access Home when it launches on April 12.

    If you have Jelly Bean or Ice Cream Sandwich then you will be able to download Home if you have the most recent Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps. When April 12th rolls around you will notice a banner alert to download Home; you can try it once or set it up to permanently swap Home for your Android homescreen.

    Will you give Home a shot? If you do, let us know what you think!

    This post was posted in Technology and was tagged with Android, Facebook, Home, Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Facebook Messenger

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