InFluential Magazine Promotes James Nelson to Technology Editor

Austin, Texas – July 19, 2016 - InFluential Magazine announced today that James Nelson has been named technology editor at InFluential Magazine.

“It is with great pleasure that we recognize James’ strong leadership and expertise,” said William Jackson, publisher of InFluential Magazine.” James continues to bring in-depth knowledge and experience to the table, collaborating with experts in the technology industry to create innovative solutions for our technology infrastructure, partners, existing and new clients, and marketplace.”

In his expanded role, Nelson will lead the pursuit and design efforts of our sales & marketing and publishing infrastructures, as well as drive work to develop expertise, explore new technologies and advocate for strong design and graphics to improve InFluential Magazine’s capabilities.

Nelson has ten years of experience in call center management at a Fortune 100 hardware manufacturer. Nelson is a key problem-solver, comfortable with change, with the ability to figure out how technology works. His ability to multitask across systems and applications, analyze and resolve technical issues, and comfortably navigate a virtual work environment make him a valuable asset to InFluential Magazine.

Mr. Nelson can be contacted at

About InFluential Magazine

Founded in 2011, InFluential Magazine captures emerging trends on the verge of shaping our world as exemplified through avant-garde leaders who inspire us on personal and professional levels. Our benchmark is founded upon identifying key elements that positively define cultural influence and significance. In providing direct insight, resources and direction into what is now and especially what is next, InFluential Magazine establishes itself as the premiere and trusted source of trends sure to impact the way we live, dream and distinguish our world.

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Smart Jewelry: The Fashion-Forward Way to Stay Connected

Watches, Rings and Pendants Go High-Tech, Combining Beauty With Technology

Jewelry has signified the bonds between people since the ancient Egyptians created the wedding band. But the digital revolution is quickly converting jewelry from a symbol of connection to wireless ways to stay connected.

Rings, watches, pendants – even cufflinks – have been transformed into miniature electronic devices that keep us in touch with people, including ourselves. This merger of fashion and function is catching on fast with consumers.

According to Gartner Inc., an information technology and research advisory firm, purchases of wearable smart devices will increase 16 percent in 2016, with smartwatch sales alone predicted to rise a whopping 66 percent.

The wearable device trend took off a decade ago, primarily for fitness. The Nike+iPod fitness tracker was the forerunner for a flood of new products embedded with tiny sensors that report the wearer’s workout progress.

Functions, Aesthetics Determine Price

Today, nearly all the major tech companies compete in the smartwatch market, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Motorola and Samsung. Meanwhile, some traditional watchmakers – such as Tag Heuer – have developed their own high-tech timepieces.

Top designers are also collaborating with high-tech developers to create smart rings, bracelets, necklaces and other fine and fashion jewelry. FitBit, for instance, offers a line of fitness trackers conceived by Tory Burch, a well-known women’s wear designer. The technology is embedded in embossed metallic pendants and bracelets.

Protect Smart Investments

Since smart jewelry could be a major jewelry investment – second only, perhaps, to an engagement ring – it’s important to adequately protect it with insurance.

Most homeowners insurance policies cover jewelry to some extent. In many cases, however, your coverage may be limited. Plus, a jewelry claim could affect the status of your entire policy. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your insurance options.

Typical warranties and protection plans won’t reimburse you if your smart jewelry disappears under mysterious circumstances – meaning you’re not sure whether it was lost or stolen. The best jewelry insurers, such as Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, a leader in jewelry insurance since 1913, will cover loss in such circumstances. They will also repair or replace the item through the jeweler or manufacturer of your choice and a loss.

If you’re someone who appreciates socially responsible companies, there’s another reason to look up Jewelers Mutual. This summer, the company is making news by offering $2 million in donations to nonprofits that fight hunger, provide affordable housing and deliver medical research and exceptional care to kids battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

As part of its “Band Together” campaign, Jewelers Mutual is inviting consumers to select which cause receives the largest share of its unprecedented philanthropic gift. For everyone who casts votes at from July 11-31, this campaign offers more than the chance to help their favorite nonprofits. Every individual who answers the call to “Band Together” online will be eligible to win a set of three stacking bands from Stacked New York. Three exquisite sets will be given away during the campaign. While, the bands are not the kind equipped with smart technology, they are a smart fashion choice and symbolize the timeless bonds that connect people to something bigger than themselves.

For inquiries related to Technology, please contact our Technology Editor James Nelson at

General Motors Wins Top Honors at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit

By James Nelson for InFluential Magazine

General Motors Co on Monday claims the coveted awards handed out each year at the start of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, claiming the top prize in both the car and truck categories.

The company’s redesigned Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named 2014 North American car of the year by a jury of automotive writers, while its redesigned full-size Chevrolet Silverado pickup was named 2014 North American truck/utility of the year.  It was the first time in GM’s history that it won both awards in the same year.

The milestone came just days before GM is scheduled to make history in another way.  On Wednesday, Mary Barra, head of the U.S. $15 billion global product development group, will replace Dan Akerson as CEO, becoming the first-ever female chief of a global automaker.

We extend our congratulations to GM for what is starting out as a banner year.