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5 Remarkable Women Who Made History

Well-behaved women rarely make history.

This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating by honoring ladies who dared to defy the odds, took matters into their own hands, and turned history into herstory. Get to know them below!

Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005)

Shirley Chisholm

The daughter of immigrants from Barbados, Shirley was an accomplished educator who was elected as the first African-American Congresswoman in 1968. She represented New York’s 12th congressional district for seven terms, working tirelessly to promote education, health care, and social services, while speaking against the USA’s involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1972, Shirley became the first black major-party candidate to run for President of the United States, as well as the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Though she lost her bid, she was able to pave the way in politics for African-Americans and women.

Marie Marvingt (1875-1963)

Marie Marvingt should be every female athlete’s role model. Encouraged at an early age to be active, she excelled at horse riding, boxing, fencing, tennis, golf, football, shooting, swimming, cycling, mountaineering, and various winter sports, among several others. Marie was also a trailblazer in the field of aviation medicine, helping develop the first air ambulance. She had over 34 official medals and decorations for her accomplishments in the military, aviation, and public health fields, including a Gold Medal “for all sports”–the only multi-sport medal the French Academy of Sports has ever awarded.

Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was one of the few female doctors of her time, studying pediatrics and psychiatry and eventually developing teaching methods and materials for the education of mentally disabled children. She later oversaw the education of a group of children in a low-income community in Rome, adopting the methods she used to teach mentally disabled children to create the Montessori education philosophy. This promotes the idea that children can initiate the learning process in a supportive environment where they are treated as independent individuals. Through her work, Maria was able to change the face of education.

Neerja Bhanot (1963-1986)

In 1986, Neerja Bhanot was 22 and living THE life, balancing a successful modeling career with her flight attendant duties at Pan Am. She had everything going for her. That was until Pan Am Flight 73, where she was assigned as the Senior Flight Purser, got hijacked by four terrorists who were targeting Americans on board. When the hijackers opened fire after a 17-hour standstill, Neerja opened one of the airplane doors and helped the passengers escape. She was guiding passengers to the emergency exit when the terrorists saw her, and they shot her point blank. Her bravery was commemorated by posthumous several awards from both India and the United States.

Nancy Wake (1912-2011)

Nancy Wake

World War II saw Nancy Wake, a high-society hostess, leading over 7,000 French guerilla fighters against the Nazis, attacking bridges, railway lines, and enemy encampments. She had a five-million-Franc bounty on her head and was nicknamed “The White Mouse” by the Nazis for her uncanny ability to evade capture. At one point, she killed a Nazi sentry with her bare hands to prevent him from sounding the alarm during a raid. Nancy’s wartime efforts were recognized by the USA, UK, France, Australia, and New Zealand, and she died peacefully at the age of 98.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Nixplay! Get up to 25 percent off on select Nixplay Seed Frames, only until March 10!

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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Your Favorite Smart Frame Just Got A Makeover

There’s a reason why most of our digital frames come in sleek matte black: It’s a classic color (or rather, non-color) that belongs anywhere. But you have to admit: as classic as black is, it’s also nice to have other color options.

Enter the new Nixplay Seed 10.1-inch Widescreen in Wood Effect.

We gave our latest frame a classic walnut finish to better inject a rustic feel into your interiors. By combining modern technology with timeless design, your smart frame becomes more than another gadget to furnish your smart home with.

The Nixplay Seed Wood Effect still has all the features that made you love our frames in the first place an integrated Hu-Motion Sensor that turns the frame on and off automatically, a slim honeycomb woven power cord/adjustable stand, Amazon Alexa compatibility, and seamless integration with social platforms like Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, and Google Photos.

With the Nixplay Seed Wood Effect, technology has never looked so good.

Buy it here now.

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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What’s New with Amazon Alexa?

A few months back, Nixplay announced that it was integrating Amazon Alexa commands into its smart photo frames for a smarter photo viewing experience. We’ve since improved our functions, continuously tweaking and fine-tuning our software to achieve peak usability. Today, we’re proud to announce that using Alexa to control your Nixplay Frame has never been easier.

Improved support for playlist names

Want to display a playlist on a specific frame? We got Alexa to understand hundreds of name options so she can show your playlists accurately.

Improved handling of connectivity requests

When you ask Alexa about your frame’s connectivity status, it will now provide a more accurate reading.

Using a frame name is now supported when specifying which frame to use

Got several Nixplay frames around your home? Now you can tell Alexa which frame you’d like to display your playlist on.

Improved conversation dialogue

Have a more natural conversation with Alexa about your Nixplay Frame.

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Want to start using Alexa to control your own Nixplay Frame? You can now get an Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundled with a Nixplay Seed Frame only on Amazon! Choose from the Nixplay Seed 10.1 inch Widescreen Wi-Fi Cloud Frame ($149.98) or the Nixplay Seed 13.3 inch Widescreen Wi-Fi Cloud Frame ($209.98). Hurry–this exclusive deal is only available until December 31!

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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8 Of The Best Black Friday Deals Online

If you’ve ever ventured into a department store or a mall on a Black Friday, you’ve probably…

1) Pushed, shoved, or fought your way through a sea of customers
2) Waited in line at the cashier for an ungodly amount of time
3) Dealt with stressed salespeople who just cannot wait for the day to end
4) Encountered erstwhile peaceful shoppers that lose all sense of morality at the prospect of getting a new TV at 70 percent off

Indeed, Black Friday can get crazy. That’s why our Black Friday strategy is to stay in and do all our shopping online instead. It can still get chaotic, sure, but at least you can comfortably navigate the online shopping wilderness in bed, clad in your comfiest pajamas. To help you start your search, we’ve rounded up some of the nicest deals we’ve found online. You’re welcome!

1. R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid, $39.99 (from $99.99)

black friday deals-r2d2Feel like you’re in a galaxy far, far away with your very own droid! From a galaxy far, far away, now in your very own home.

2. Box of 12 Sharpie Permanent Markers $7.56 (from $16.44)

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No work desk or study table would be complete without a Sharpie! This box will ensure that you’ll always have a marker on hand should inspiration strike.

3. Napier “Classics” Boxed Gold tone and Yellow Bee Brooch, $9.99 (from $20)

black friday deals-beeTo bee or not to bee? With this stylish entomological brooch, you’ll definitely make a fashionable buzz wherever you go.

4. Flents Quiet Please Ear Plugs (50 pairs), $8.06 (from $15.07)

black friday deals-earplugsThere are some people who can fall asleep easily, whether they’re in bed, on a plane, or standing in a crowded train. For everyone else, these foam ear plugs should be able to help.

5. Cards Against Humanity card game, $18.75 (from $25)

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Even the nicest people will find their inner horrible selves exposed in this fun party game.

6. AmazonBasics 6-Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set, $17.41 (from 24.99)

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Practice your baking skills this holiday season on this bakeware set! It’s got everything you need to churn out cookies, pies, cakes, muffins, and more.

7. Jabra Move Wireless Stereo Headphones, $49.99 (from 99.99)

black friday deals-jabra headphonesConnect these wireless headphones to your phone via Bluetooth so you can listen to your favorite tunes and take calls on the go.

8. Nixplay Seed 10 inch Wi-Fi Cloud Frame, as low as $134.99 (from $179.99)

black friday deals-nixplayOf course, we have to mention that you can get a Nixplay Seed Frame for up to 25 percent off this Black Friday! Our pick from the Seed line: The Nixplay Seed 10 Inch Frame, which comes in four chic matte hues. We’d hurry and snap this up ASAP—the black version’s already sold out!

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Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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4 Black Friday Shopping Tips You Should Know

Black Friday is almost here, which means that hordes of bargain-loving shoppers will be descending upon stores across the country, all hoping to secure an amazing bargain without receiving an injury in the process! If you’re looking to get the most out of this year’s deals, check out these Black Friday shopping tips.

1. See whether shops will match prices.

Competitive retailers will happily match prices on their Black Friday promotions, ensuring you get the best possible deal from their store. On the other hand, some stores may refund the difference if you complain about a drop in the price after you bought a product from them. Not all retailers will offer these deals, so find out who will and hold them accountable!

2. Do your research beforehand.

There is a wide range of web tools which can be used to check how much a product sells for at various locations and various times of the year. Before you walk into a store and check the Black Friday “deals”, look at how much the item you want is priced at other shops first. Some stores advertise “deals” yet price their “deals” as they normally would, or at least very close.

3. Don’t disregard lesser known brands.

Watching out for lesser known brands is one of the best Black Friday shopping tips we can give you! You may be able to score a good deal on less famous electronics brands that don’t scrimp of quality—they’ll make for great gifts for your loved ones, too. Check out all your options, compare product specs, and shop away!

4. Avoid brick and mortar shops!

We’re living in the digital age now. Why would you want to fight the crowds and wiggle through all the other shoppers, when you can stay home and shop online instead? After all, many of the best Black Friday deals are found in online stores like the Nixplay shop, where you can get up to 25 percent off the Nixplay Seed range!

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Besides, the holidays should be a time for relaxing and enjoying yourself, not stressing out and exhaustedly jogging around a mall with 15 heavy shopping bags in tow. Shopping online means that you can compare deals much more quickly and easily, and you’re less likely to end up with an injury! Stay at home and go online instead!

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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