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Just in case you think nothing can still shock you, I wanted to let you that there are still trolls out here with tons of time on their hands, free Wi-Fi and a sick sense of humor.

I learned this the hard way – see what I did there – when a stranger “digitally flashed” me recently as I was riding the subway in New York City.

There I was minding my own business and playing CandyCrush – I wish I could say I was reading a great book, but train time is totally my CandyCrush time – when a penis pic popped up on my iPhone screen.


Someone on the train or on the platform tried to airdrop me the lewd image. I immediately declined the airdrop request and begun to look around the train car for the possible culprit. I scrunched my face and gave a stern look to everyone holding an iPhone, but quickly realized that there would be no way to identify the culprit from the dozen or so people on their phones.

Feeling defeated and slightly violated, I opened the Control Center on iPhone and switched my airdrop settings from “everyone” to “off.”


Later, I told a few friends about my experience and two of them told me they knew people who had been digitally flashed as well. I also did some research online and found some stories of other women who’d been cyber-violated on their train commutes as well.

Sadly, I don’t think this will be the last time you’ll be hearing of this. iPhones don’t keep a log of airdropped images, meaning there is no way to trace where a photo originated. So, digital flashers know there is little to no chance of them being caught.

Honestly, it was really crazy to learn that someone could send me a picture without revealing who they were. I can’t even old-school, snail-mail a letter without a return address, so this feels like a gaping hole that was bound to be exploited.

Apple, why not include the phone number of the person who is airdropping you images? The idea that they could be identified would probably deter many digital flashers. It seems like a no-brainer.

Until that happens, you can avoid being digitally flashed by making sure you turn you iPhone – or mac – airdrop settings to “contacts only” or “off.” Here is a step-by-step link to walk you through the process.

It only takes a moment to do and can mean the difference between a pleasant or unpleasant commute.

-XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

One of the biggest recent tech announcements came not from the scions of Silicon Valley, but from the [web] pages of Vogue Magazine. The Met Gala, chaired by godmother of fashion Anna Wintour, announced the theme of the 2016 Ball: Fashion in the Age of Technology. The annual, $25,000-a-ticket affair is one of fashion’s biggest nights of the year and serves as the annual fundraising event to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.

So, for tech to play the starring role at the Gala is a pretty big deal.

Source: Instagram
Source: Instagram

The fashion and tech industries have been courting each other for a while now. Wearables like Google Glass (RIP) and smart watches have been showing up on Fashion Week runways for the last few seasons. Designers are ready to stab each other with sparkly stilettos to be the one with the hottest iWatch band or phone case design. And that’s not to mention tech’s introduction of smart clothing into our closet rotation with fabrics that cool the body, wick away sweat and monitor your heart rate.

It looks like the feisty fashionistas and boys from the valley are ready to make their civil union official with a fairytale wedding next May. It’s about time. People were starting to talk.

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

But, before you start imagining what their future collaboration will spawn – personal 3D printers that print the latest kicks at the push of a button, affordable self-sewing machines that can stitch an entire dress in a hour, startups that will lend you a wardrobe for an entire season –  instead question if this union will stick in the long-run.

Will an industry built on apprenticeships and a working your way up from intern model be willing to play house with an industry built on an ask-forgiveness-not-permission culture? Following the rules isn’t Silicon Valley’s strong suit and Fashion Avenue isn’t known for its fast innovation (DVF has been selling the same wrap dress for 40 years, after all).

So, will this marriage be a paper wedding or will each partner bring their best to the relationship?

Vogue Image 1
Source: Instagram

Fashion could desperately use some of that challenge authority spunk to make improvements in its manufacturing process and chain (reduce its carbon footprint and bring some production elements back to the US) and tech could urgently use some of that debutant charm to learn how to play within the system (eliminate wage law violations and improve relationships with government officials). Both industries are already stellar at making their individual offerings as revered like art in the minds of consumers. Maybe the best is yet to come.

Apple is the 2016 sponsor of the Met Gala and the accompanying exhibit that will be displayed at the event and it is anyone’s guess what Cupertino wonders they’ll unveil. Will they surprise and delight their new in-laws (yes, please) or try to blend in with the old society crowd (I really hope not).

Whatever happens on May 2 as these industries come together for a spectacular night, it will set the tone for how they create together in the near future. Hopefully, they realize that they can do amazing things together and consumers are ready for them to make the future reality, now.

– à bientôt

Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

Featured Image Source: Twitter

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a thing for pink. We can blame it on me not getting that Barbie dream house when I was a kid. Regardless of the reasons for my personal infatuation with the color, Apple may be betting that a lot of women find the color as appealing as I do. According to released images of the new iPhone 6S, by an unconfirmed source, Apple will be adding a pink iPhone to the color option line up this fall.

Pink iphone 4

Pink iphone 2I did some digging on the legitimacy of the images and found out they actually have been circling around the internet since March of this year. Because of the white veil of secrecy at Apple headquarters, no one can confirm or deny whether the images are accurate (but a girl can dream, right?). Tech Times has reported, that if Apple is indeed releasing a new color, it would be similar to the rose gold color of the iWatch.

Luckily, we won’t have to wait very long to find out if the color is a go or not. Apple is scheduled to announce the details on its new iPhone on September 9. I’ll be tuning in and maybe popping a little pink champagne.


à bientôt

Charell Star | A Girl In A Dress

I admit it. I was a Zune owner and not an early adopter either. I waited for the second generation Zune 80, because I wanted to make sure all the bugs were worked out before I shelled out hard earned cash for what was suppose to a better solution than the Apple monopoly. It had everything that I wanted and that the iPod lacked (at the time): a FM tuner, wireless sync, multiple audio formats, easy PC file transfer, a cherry color that would let me stand out among the pod people and a price tag that seemed reasonable for the features.

I loved my Zune until it suddenly died 8 months after I purchased it. I was pretty forgiving when it took the repair center a month to ship me a new one, but was devastated when the replacement died 4 months later. Heartbroken, I crawled back to my old scandisk MP3 player (which still works to this day, by the way) and didn’t invest in a new music player until I got my IPhone 4.

Fast-forward to present day. Microsoft has just released the new Surface RT tablet and yes, it is appealing. It comes preloaded with Microsoft Office, a USB 2.0 port, a micro card slot and a HD video out port. Plus it includes a sleek built-in kick-stand and an optional rainbow selection of thin as a dime keyboard covers. The $499 (plus accessories) price tag is a tad high, but the functionality would allow me to regift my netbook (which is heavier than I would like) and iPad 2 (which isn’t as functional for my business life as I need).  On the surface, the Surface seems perfect (wow I made a pun), but I’m afraid to be taken in by glittery promises again.

I know it will be a long while before the MS App store has a decent amount of apps that I would want to download and although the Surface had gotten some strong reviews there are still some product bugs to be worked out. I might be willing to take the plunge if this was all that worried me. My big concern is what is likely to happen if the Surface doesn’t claim the type of market share that it needs to gain over the next year. If we let Zune be our historical guide; it will be killed off once if it appears that people aren’t adopting fast enough. That makes good financial business sense, but a terrible brand loyalty building tool.

Competition breeds innovation. And, Microsoft has come out swinging with Surface. It is a cool product that offers the right amount of business and play functionality. I would hardly classify this as a David vs. Goliath tale (sense I would classify both Microsoft and Apple as Goliath), but might it might turn out to have a Tortoise and Hare ending.

And, deep down I am rooting for the hare. Maybe Apple has run too many commercials that started out funny, but years into the joke feel a little like bullying now. As for me, I think I will give the Surface a try although I may wait for the January 2013 Surface Pro release. Fool me twice… shame on me right?

À bientôt