Monster Hands: Comparing iPhone 6 Plus & Other Phablets

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Devices that are part phone, part tablet, and bigger than your normal smartphone are often called phablets. These devices have been a hot category for other phone manufacturers. Recently launched, the iPhone 6 Plus goes head-to-head with similar-sized devices in the market, including the latest products from Samsung and Google. So the big question is which phablet is the best?

 

We broke down the specs of each device to help you decide which phablet better suits your needs.

 

1. Display

galaxy note 4 screen

The iPhone 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, resolution at 1080p with a pixel density of 400ppi. The Galaxy Note 4 has a sharper 5.7-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED display, offering vivid colors with a 515ppi. The Nexus 6 has a quad-HD AMOLED panel, but it is slightly larger at 5.96-inches and 493ppi. The Galaxy Note 4 screen obviously has the edge with the highest resolution.  Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

 

2. Camera

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The Galaxy Note 4 packs a 16-megapixel snapper with a single LED flash; the Nexus 6 has a 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, and the iPhone 6 Plus has a 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.  They all include optical image stabilization software. Although the Note 4 camera has the highest resolution, the iPhone 6 Plus should not be considered as inferior because of its lower resolution. The ISP on the A8 chip has proven superior compared to Android phones in terms of camera clarity, we defer to the iPhone 6 Plus as the smartphone as the better shooter.  Winner: Apple iPhone 6

 

3. Internal Components

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The Galaxy Note 4 CPU is powered by the Exynos 5433 and GPU by the ARM Mali-T760. The Nexus 6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU and the Adreno 420 GPU. Both phones are faster compared to other Android smartphones. The iPhone 6 Plus on the other hand uses Apple’s own dual-core A8 chip which has a 64-bit architecture. In terms of raw performance, the Apple’s processor is noticeably faster. Both the Galaxy Note 4 and the Nexus 6 have 3GB of RAM while the iPhone 6 Plus only has 1GB RAM. In terms of multitasking for you frequently multi-tabbing users, the smartphones with 3GB RAM may offer a better experience. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

 

4. Software

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The Nexus 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus offer its users a less complex software experience. The Nexus 6 is powered by Android Lollipop, and the iPhone has iOs 8. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs on an outdated OS in the form of Android KitKat, but is soon to get an upgrade.  This category is too hard to determine a winner since every user has different needs.  Winner: TIE

 

5. Other Special Features

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offers accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, gesture, UV, heart rate, SpO2, fingerprint scanner, fast charging feature, S Pen – pressure sensitivity has been doubled and has a new calligraphy mode, Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus has Apple Pay via new NFC chip, new Health app, Touch ID for security, Siri, barometer, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor. The Nexus 6 has a longer lasting battery, USB and extended memory support, sharing (guest) mode, and full app control. All in all the Nexus 6 gives you the most control during a time when privacy and sharing is key as well as battery life. Winner: Google Nexus 6

 

With the ongoing tough competition in phablet market, it’s a tough to decide which model is right for you. We hope this brief comparison of the latest phablets can help you determine if one smartphone has a decisive advantage over the others. From what we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gives you the most for the money.

 


 

 

All data sourced from PhoneArena

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National iPod Day: Ode to the Original MP3 Player

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Today, October 23rd is National iPod Day. In late 2001, the very first iPod was made public. Apple cleverly spotted the rise of digital music and the lack of a suitable piece of hardware. For this reason alone, they developed a hard drive based MP3 player. As with their recent computer models, Apple was strategic in the way they designed and marketed their product. From the very start, the iPod was given a sleek, sexy look and its target market was the young, style continuous, and music enthusiasts. Apple created a superb brand with an all-white look, with the white earphones being featured prominently in advertisements.

 

The real outbreak for the iPod happened when Apple launched the 3rd generation iPod in 2003. These units came bundled with Apple’s own iTunes software that was compatible on both Macs and Windows PCs. This opened up a whole new market as they could now tap into the Windows users. To this day, Apple has a an impressive 90% market share of the hard drive based Mp3 player market, and 70% share of the MP3 player market as a whole.

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Apple has managed to keep their grip on the mp3 player market by releasing various versions of the iPod. The main iPod is now in its 5th generation and although the design is quite similar to the original, it has been made more compact and available with much larger storage capacities. The latest models can display color photos, even movies.

 

iPod Mini

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Apple’s first iPod spin off was the iPod mini. This mp3 player was fairly similar to the original although smaller in size. It was the first iPod to be available in different colors and was designed to target a slightly different market.

 

iPod Nano

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Apple decided to discontinue the mini in 2005, to replace it with the ultra-small iPod nano. These units are 62% smaller than the mini players and feature colored screens.

 

iPod Shuffle

ipod shuffle

This is another ultra-small iPod and was the first flash drive based iPod. They only have a limited capacity of 512MB or 1GB and do not have a display screen. Users can either listen to the songs on the player in a random order or set a playlist in iTunes.

 

iPod Touch

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Apple unveiled the fifth generation on September 12, 2012. Improvements include a IPS display, 4-inch screen similar to the iPhone 5, Apple’s A5 chip, support for recording 1080p video and panoramic still photos via the rear camera, an LED flash, and support for Apple’s Siri since the iPhone 4S. Unlike older models though, this generation does not have an ambient light sensor.

 

The dominance of the iPod in the mp3 player market can be seen in other industries. In fact, cars are now being designed with docking ports to make it easier to integrate iPods to the in car system. Even clothes manufacturers are designing clothes with special pockets just to hold iPods. All manner of other iPod accessories are being created by various electronics companies.

 

So for National iPod day, let’s also take a moment to remember Steve Jobs, co–founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Thanks to him, we have our favorite tunes at the touch of our fingers right in our pocket.

 


 

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Technology Time Machine [Infographic]

 

Ever wonder what life was like before the advent of modern communications and consumer technology?  So have we.  We put together an infographic of all the popular devices that have advanced modern technology from 1876 to today.

 

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Mobile Security: The Scariest Things About Your Smartphone

 

phone malwareSmartphones are more than just mobile phones. A smartphone is a device with built-in functions of a personal digital assistant – a miniature personal computer. They have revolutionized our on the go lives. However with the prevalence of smartphones and all the benefits they bring, there is also a dark side to these devices. In spirit of the Halloween season, here are 3 of the scariest things about your smartphone:

 

Privacy is Thin

The scariest part of owning a smartphone is that very little information contained in its memory is actually kept private. Though the policies of the internet and service providers often differ, most of them comprise a provision for accessing the information of their users from any corner of the world. Over the years, the news has been full of stories about smartphones loaded with secret software that follows our every move and can easily track keystrokes.

 

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If you own a smartphone, you should know that you’ve basically given up a good chunk of your privacy. Your cellular carrier already has a record of every number you’ve dialed, every SMS you’ve sent, every website you’ve visited, and every place you’ve ever been too. 99% of the apps available on the market access your data for various reasons – make sure the app is worthwhile before approving unnecessary access to your data.

 

Viruses & Malware

Although viruses and malware on smartphones are less prevalent than that of a personal computer, smartphone viruses do in fact exist. However, the vast number of smartphone viruses usually attack jail-broken or modified devices. According to Craig Rosewarne, MD at Wolfpack and founder and chairman at Information Security Group of Africa, “The latest mobile malware statistics are alarmingly high, especially for Android, because it is an open platform.”

 

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Rosewarne also states that while Android has the global market share, the platform is also responsible for 97% of mobile threats detected in 2013. Referencing the latest mobile threat report from online security company F-Secure, he says more than 100,000 variants of malware were found on Android during 2013. “No new malware was found for BlackBerry, iOS or Window.” Rosewarne also warns the public of some “seriously scary” malware out there, this includes strains that can compromise sensitive information, like bank information.

 

Mobile Payment Systems mobile payment banking

We have seen a rise in financial transactions from mobile devices. Whether it is something as simple as sending funds via PayPal, or something more elaborate like scanning checks via your smartphone for bank deposits, never before has money so freely been transferred digitally. That is a scary thing. Just one wrong decimal place, one bug in some software could clear out your account.

 

Is your mobile payment system secure? Banks invest a lot of money into their security to prevent such potential hacking and cellular encryption technologies have made it far more difficult for casual criminals to hacks passwords or information by listening to radio traffic. But as the saying goes, there is no system that is foolproof. When money is “only digital”, that is a definite risk. If you go with digital, you are placing yourself firmly on “the grid”, with the ability to be monitored, tracked, and even hacked.

 

nfc payment

With the advent of Apple’s mobile payment system known as Apple Pay, digital payments will surge in 2015. It utilizes the NFC transmission system, which has been proven to be vulnerable in the past. Apple’s iCloud was recently hacked, which means it is only a matter of time before hackers target Apple Pay.

 

Protect Your Bubble specializes in safe guarding everything in your life, including your smartphone and identity with our protection plans.  We also offer Snap Secure, a free mobile security app, free with our Identity Theft protection plan.

 


 

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Hooray! New Apple iPads and Macs Announced

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Finally, the wait is over. Apple just released everything you wanted and need to know about the new iPad, iPad mini, and iMac.

 

apple truhtAll I’ve been hearing this whole time is iPad 6 this, and iPad Air 2014 that, but finally Apple has confirmed the name iPad Air 2, a 6.1mm thin tablet—the world’s thinnest tablet yet! Apple said it best, “You can stack two iPad Air 2’s, and it’s still thinner than the original iPad.” Now that’s ingenuity for ya! Not to brag or anything…ahem…all you Android users out there, but Apple has sold 225 million iPads around the world and is rated #1 in customer satisfaction, and has 675,000 apps in its iPad app store, which is a huge advantage over their competition. Not to mention Apple announced that its line-up of tablets have the lowest price point on the market, with a reduced price point of $100 across the board. Pre-orders begin today, with the 16GB model starting at $499.

 

1. iPad Air 2

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Display

  • Single component with no air gaps.
  • Reduced internal reflection with anti-reflective coating, which reduces reflections by 56%. Lowest reflectivity of any tablet.
  • Improved retina display.

System

You wanted Indy 500 fast, well Apple delivered with 40% faster CPU performance, which is 12x faster than the original iPad! Apple also built-in an A8X chip specifically for iPad Air 2 with 3B transistors. Calling All Gamers, I repeat, Calling All Gamers, Apple didn’t forget about you, they upped the ante with 10 hours of battery life for non-stop marathon playing and 180x faster graphic performance, bringing engines from desktop gaming to iPad Air 2.

 

Camera

Everything looks sexier in slo-mo. Just imagine Betty White in a bikini running on the beach (there’s a nice visual for ya). Moments like these are made possible with Apple’s addition of slo-mo capabilities for capturing videos at 120 frames per second along with REPLAY a video editing app, which lets users add in motion graphics and music using their iPad. Available for free at the end of October.

  • Edit photos on the device.
  • 8MP camera with 1.12 pixels, ƒ/2.4 aperture.
  • Burst Mode photos to do time laps and high speed action photos.
  • Facetime camera on the front side lets in 80% more light for burst selfies,
  • Improved face detection.

Price & Availability

$499 16GB

$599 64GB

$699 128 GB

+$130 for WIFI + Cellular

 

Bonus: Touch ID

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I am happy to report that one of the most requested features for the next generation of Apple iPad tablets—TouchID, is a go. TouchID on this device lets you to quickly unlock your iPad, it works with iOS 8 developer apps, and it lets you purchase using Apple Pay. Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 will tout this feature.

 

2. iPad Mini 3

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The Lowdown

It’s exactly the same as the iPad Mini 2.  Seriously. What. The only added feature is the Touch ID. Big disappointment. Move along Apple fan boys.

 

Price & Availability: iPad mini 3

16GB $399

$64 GB $499

128 GB $599

 

3. iMac Retina 5K

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Display

Apple’s iMac with Retina display is a force to be reckoned. You have two options to choose from a 21.5 inch or a 27 inch display, but our hearts are with the mammoth 27 incher. This work of art has a 27 in. 5120×2880 display with 14.7 million pixels, making it the world’s highest resolution 5k retina display. It has 7x more pixels than an HD TV, and it’s only 5mm thin! The iMac has 4x more bandwidth, it uses oxide TFT to charge pixels quicker and longer, organic passivation…say that 5x fast… to increase image quality, new backlight technology, and it uses 30% less energy.

 

System

3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon R9 chip M29OX, 8GB memory, 45% faster than previous version, 1TB Fusion Drive, Energy Star 6.1 ratings.

 

Price & Availability

Ships today!

21.5inch $1099

27 inch $1799

 

4. Mac Mini

mac mini Mac Mini has been updated with a faster processor 4th generation Intel Core Processors, graphics Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000, storage, WIFI 802.11ac, 2 thunderbolt 2 ports. Starts at $499, and ships today!

 

Ah, Yosemite OS, if it performs anything like the images suggest then we will all be in Apple heaven. Yosemite and OS8 work together better than ever. All of your documents are synced with iCloud photo library, taking full advantage of Wi-Fi to airdrop files. Apple stressed Continuity of their devices, which makes them aware of each other. It all starts with with a swipe across the screen to transfer files to another. There is also the ability to send and receive text message to any device. During the live cast Apple demo’d what they called “the world of continuity” when using Yosemite. The user can pick up where they left off on the other device by swiping up, and the system knows right where you were in the other document.

 

We were all on the edge of our seats when Apple mentioned the word iCloud, especially with all the flack it received after the incidents with Hollywood’s hottest stars nude picture reportedly being hacked from their iCloud accounts, but Apple put us at ease again flashing all its upgrades including:

  • Vibrant icons
  • Rich Typography
  • Spotlight-taps into sources on the internet, like Wikipedia, which provides answer to your questions without finishing typing
  • Safari is Fast-6x faster than other browsers [3+hours longer!]
  • Maildrop send to up to 5GB files, which are protected on iCloud
  • iWork- productivity suite, a new design, functional update to numbers ability to transpose tables, along with text effects. Available Monday and it’s free.
  • iOS 8.1 free, available Monday
  • iCloud Drive- Access to files across all devices.

 

Apple has officially made it even easier to become a couch potato. As if I need another reason to live a sedentary life. Their new Apple Watch, which is slated for release in early 2015, can be used as a remote. Yes people, a remote! But according to Apple’s “Chief of Secrecy”, Stephen Colbert, Apple needs to hurry up and release the iWatch. Colbert famously said, “You know what I see when I look at my wrist? My wrist! Get to Work!” Our sentiments exactly.

 

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The Scariest Road Trip Destinations in the US

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With Halloween approaching, haunted house tours are quite the draw during this time of year and the US is full of spooky locations that can have you running in the opposite direction. So if you enjoy creepy settings and the thrill of being scared, then these 5 scary road trip destinations are for you!

 

1. The Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville, LA

myrtles plantation

Located in St. Francisville, LA, the Myrtles Plantation is marked as one of America’s most haunted homes. It claims to have witnessed 10 murders on its land and it supposedly houses 12 ghosts, if not more. The most well-known of its ghosts is Chloe. History tells us that Chloe was a slave owned by plantation owners Clark and Sara Woodruff. Throughout the years, different tales have surfaced. In one tale, Clark forced Chloe into being his mistress; in others, she was caught eavesdropping on Clark’s business manager and had an ear cut off as penance.

 

myrtles plantation ghost of chloe

No matter the tale, the event that lead to her death remains the same. One day, Chloe baked a birthday cake containing an extract of oleander leaves – that is, poison. Sara and her two daughters ate the cake and died, after which Chloe was hanged by the other slaves and thrown into the Mississippi River. So, if you’re feeling daring, why not spend a night there? It’s still a fully-functioning bed and breakfast.

 

2. Waverly Hills Sanatorium – Louisville, KY

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The Waverly Hills Sanatorium of Kentucky is so notorious that it’s been featured on at least seven different paranormal television shows. Originally a tuberculosis hospital, it opened in 1910, before the development of antibiotic streptomycin. Back then if you contracted tuberculosis, you were as good as dead and nobody would expect you to recover. As the urban legend goes, there were around 63,000 souls who died of the disease while at Waverly Hills—many of which are said to haunt the hospital still.

 

waverly hills wardThe legend that gets the most attention is connected to room 502. Legend has it that a nurse found out she was pregnant out of wedlock by the owner of the sanatorium. Furthermore, she had also contracted tuberculosis. An acute sense of hopelessness about her situation led her to hang herself in the room she was in at the time—room 502. Unfortunately, it looks like she never left that room. Would you stay in an old tuberculosis ward for an evening?

 

3. Lemp Mansion – St. Louis, MO

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This grand mansion may be a popular inn and restaurant in St. Louis, MO, but its past was not so pleasant. Visitors can experience the paranormal at this location as the mansion is marked by 60 years of tragedy for the wealthy Lemp family. At least 4 members of this doomed dynasty died in the house on DeMenil Place.

 

lemp mansion inside

William Lemp committed suicide in his home 1904. When the family brewing business went bad during the 1920s, his son Billy took his own life as well. In 1949 it was Billy’s brother Charles who committed the third suicide in the home. The fourth death in the family was a 13-year-old boy who was physically and mentally disabled. The boy lived his life hidden away in the attic, gazing out the window at the life outside until he died in that same room. Once can expect to encounter at least one of these spirits during the weekly ghost tour of the mansion.

 

4. Helltown, Ohio – Summit County, OH

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No, it isn’t really called Helltown, it also goes by the name, ‘Boston Village.’ But the legend has long ago associated the town with satanic activity that it earned the Helltown name. Founded in 1806, the town flourished until 1974, when Gerald Ford passed a bill allowing National Park service to create a park in the county. The Part Service bought several houses, intending to demolish them; but the homes were simply boarded up, and remained as such for years.

 

helltown ohio roadThese days, the buildings are all gone and the village no longer exists but the stories continue to this day. Stanford Road, for example, leads to a drop-off called “the End of the World.” The cemetery features a ghostly man, a moving tree, and grave robbers. The Presbyterian Church off of Boston Mills Road is said to have played host to satanic rituals and animal sacrifices. The Boston Mills Road Bridge is believed to be a crybaby bridge – legend tells us the tale that a baby was thrown from the bridge into the river below, hence any traveler on that bridge can hear the crying of a baby. It’s probably not a good choice to be prowling on this bridge late at night. You might not like what you see – or hear.

 

5. Clinton Road – West Milford, NJ

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Found in West Milford, NJ, Clinton Road is just about 10 miles long, but it’ll be the longest 10 miles you’ve ever come across. The drive is rumored to feel never-ending when you’re racing to keep ahead of the evil ghosts that haunt the road. This unwelcoming stretch of road has all of the makings for the classic urban legend – alleged paranormal activity, satanic rituals, and phantom trucks that send drivers on a wild ride. A more recent tale tells us that it was a dumping ground for a mob hit man known as the Iceman. No haunted thoroughfare is complete without a dead man’s curve, located about 3 miles into the hair-raising drive. But the worst part is that there are no exits on this lonesome highway.

 

These road trip destinations in the US are deemed as some of the scariest places to be traveling to. Will you charge forward or turn the other way around?


 

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The First Voyage of Christopher Columbus: Why He Could Have Used Travel Insurance

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Columbus Day is approaching and you’re ready to enjoy the extended weekend. Find out how Columbus could have used insurance protection for his travels as I drop some historical knowledge on you. La Santa María de la Inmaculada Concepción (Spanish for The Holy Mary of the Immaculate Conception), or La Santa María, was the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage. The Santa Maria was no longer than 70 feet and history portrays it as an ugly and slow-moving ship, yet she has come to symbolize the spirit of adventure as she carried Christopher Columbus and his crew to the new world.

columbus first voyage

As history narrates, after engaging in festivities and drinking, Columbus ordered the crew to continue sailing to Cuba late into the night. One by one the crew members fell asleep until only a cabin boy was steering the ship, causing it to run aground off the present-day site of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, on 24 December 1492, sinking the next day.

columbus shipwreck

Although travel insurance was nonexistent during the Columbus voyage, we couldn’t help but wonder “what if travel insurance was available back then?” Would it be just as valuable back then as it is in today’s generation? Here are 4 reasons on how the Columbus voyage on the Santa Maria could have used travel and rental car insurance:

 

Lost & Damaged Property

columbus natives

As in any shipwreck, there’s likely to be a lot of lost and damaged property. Columbus lost almost everything on the Santa Maria during that fateful Christmas – food, clothing, weapons, and most importantly rum. Luckily he still had his other 2 ships intact. With travel insurance, passengers can file claims for their missing possessions. Any valuables that weren’t recovered after the sinking would have been covered by Columbus’ travel insurance.

 

Travel Plans

 

Travel problems are unpredictable, whether you think it will or not. Despite your best-laid plans and preventative measures. Sure, Columbus and his crew were expert travelers, but they were no exception to a dire situation. Columbus ran his ship aground with no option but to salvage his ship for materials. When the unfortunate happens, without insurance you’re basically screwed. With travel insurance, you are protected from unexpected travel predicaments.

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Medical Emergenciesscurvy

 

Travel medical and health insurance plans today would have been of great use back in 1492. With this type of insurance, instant medical intelligence at your fingertips that can help with most medical conditions is extremely valuable.  Columbus and his crew suffered all sorts of common ailments during that time – scurvy, gangrene, and dysentery! It would have been ideal to have a 24/7 emergency medical assistance for frequent travelers such as Columbus.

 

Rental Car

 

More like rental boat! Columbus convinced Juan de la Cosa, the owner of the Santa Maria, to let him use the ship.  Columbus was effectively renting the ship from Cosa.  And of course, Columbus shipwrecked the Santa Maria – how inconvenient.  With rental car insurance (or rental boat in this case), Columbus would have been covered for severely damaging the Santa Maria.  Instead, he was at the mercy of Cosa and forever indebted.

 

These days, travelers can resort to travel insurance especially when casualty arises from unforeseeable events where there is a risk of financial loss. If there’s anyone that could benefit from travel and rental car insurance, then it would be the travelers of the Columbus Voyage.

 


 

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Infographic: The Fate of Protected Apple Devices

Ever wonder what happens to your PYB protected Apple devices?  We sifted through our data created this infographic for your pleasure.  As you can see, the iPhone 5s and 5c account for 58% of Apple phone claims.  The iPad 4 represents 52% of damaged iPads.  Geographically, California knows how damage their iPhones as they are a highly populated state.  Not surprisingly, cracked screens are the biggest problem consumers have with their iPhones.  Dang clumsy hands!

 

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What We Like Most About The New iPhone 6

One of the great things about Apple is that they have continued to develop their proprietary technology. Consumers should be grateful that Samsung is a competent competitor to Apple, allowing for both companies to continually push the envelope with each new iteration of their flagship smartphones.

 

On September 19th, Apple made available to the market its newest addition to the iPhone family, the much anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Everything you love about iPhones is still found in the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus, only everything is just better, so much better. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over the weekend. Here are the top 3 things we like most about the new iPhone 6:

 

1. The Huge Screen

 

The iPhone 6 comes with Retina HD display – which can only be described as bigger and more enhanced.  The regular iPhone 6 comes with a 326ppi (pixels-per-inch) screen resolution while the Plus unit packs up to 440ppi. Both units show a marked improvement in terms of contrast ratio and viewing angle.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-in display. This is great news for users who prefer bigger screens for their mobile phone. The iPhone 6 Plus ‘phablet’ essentially replaces the need for an iPad Mini – that’s how big it is! Although at times it seems like a struggle to grasp the phone in one hand, watching Vine videos have become more enjoyable on the large vibrant screen. That is an acceptable trade-off in our book.

 

2. The Sharp Camera

 

If you’ve managed to snag the latest iPhone, you’ll notice that your camera photos are significantly less blurry. This is because Apple is using a combination of the A8 SoC and the M8 motion coprocessor. The lens itself offer optical image stabilization, even in low light, you can still produce much sharper photos. The much improved camera features hold a respectable 8MP sensor, with ‘focus pixels’ which allows for a quicker auto-focus – a feature you’d normally expect to find on high end cameras.

It also allows you to do 43 megapixel panorama shots too. But what makes the camera feature stand out as compared to its predecessors is the slow motion function, taking more frames-per-second. The slo-mode supports upwards of 240 fps, this is definitely something worth bragging about to your family and friends. Props to Apple for allowing us to capture slo-mo reactions of our friends’ horrified faces when we prank them.

 

3. VoLTE and WiFi Calling

 

With every release of the iPhone, Apple significantly improves the wireless radio capabilities and the iPhone 6 generation is no exception to such improvement. VoLTE (Voice over LTE) support is now available. In addition, iOS 8 adds the ability to make calls over WiFi when cell coverage isn’t available. In addition to dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n that it offered in previous generations, it now also offers WiFi 802.11ac. For smartphone users with poor coverage, this feature is possibly one of the top reasons why purchasing the iPhone 6 is worth every dollar spent. All too often we find ourselves losing cell coverage in the lobby of tall buildings. No longer is this an issue and business travelers can now breathe a sigh of relief at those massive conferences.

As always, Apple aims to please. Indeed, it is very clear that Apple has more than delivered and has made history yet again the demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been overwhelming!

 


 

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iPhone 6 Launch: It’s Here!

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The craziness of the Apple phenomenon had everyone show up at Broadway Shopping Centre in Sydney – all sharing a common passion – to buy the newest, latest and best Apple gadget. Since the recent iPhone 6 announcement, there has been a noticeable commotion from retailers and carriers as they try to position themselves ahead of the market share. It can be safe to declare that this year’s iPhone launch is vastly different as compared to the previous years because this time around, the market has matured, all 4 carriers will now offer the latest smartphone.

 

iphone 6 launch Broadway Centre

Those that are hoping to snag the latest iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are encouraged to call their local stores for specific information on opening times and potential stock.  We’ve gathered up a list of US locations that will be selling the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, listed below:

 

  • Apple retail stores – 8AM local time
  • Verizon Wireless – 8AM local time (Not all stores are accepting walk-up purchases, and opening times will vary)
  • AT&T – 8AM local time
  • T-Mobile – 9AM – 10AM local time, but opening times vary
  • Sprint – 8AM local time
  • RadioShack – 9AM – 10AM local time, but opening times vary
  • Best Buy – 8AM local time
  • Sam’s Club – 8AM local time
  • Target – Availability will vary
  • Walmart – Availability will vary
  • Staples – Availability will vary

At Apple Store locations, procedure will be slightly different than it has in past years as Apple will also be handing out iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units to customers who opted for Personal Pickup when pre-ordering online last week. All buyers will be directed to wait in one line until approximately 5AM, at which point they will be split into two lines: one for Personal Pickup and one for customers hoping to purchase a device on launch day.

 

iphone line

As they do every year, Apple will hand out refreshments like coffee and water, and ahead of the store’s opening, customers in the walk-in line (who did not pre-order) will be given a digital Reservation Pass (sent via email or SMS) to guarantee them an iPhone. This year’s Reservation Passes replace the paper cards that have been handed out in past years.

 

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If you’re a walk-in customer planning to wait in line, ideally you want to arrive as early as possible. Customers that want to get their hands on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are already waiting in line across the US stores, and will wait through the night. According to multiple sources, supplies of the iPhone are expected to be low, with the iPhone 6 Plus being in extremely short supply. While a significant number of devices will be delivered to customers beginning September 19th and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October.

 

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Some analysts believe with the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple is poised to begin another “super cycle.” Brian White, managing director and global head of technology hardware, software and equity research at Cantor Fitzgerald, releases the following statement: “We believe Apple is in the midst of another ‘super cycle’ that begins with the rapidly growing ‘phablet’ market via the iPhone 6 Plus and extends into the wearable category in early 2015 with Apple Watch.”

 

With every iPhone announced and released, Apple enthusiasts around the world proved their unflinching loyalty yet again during the global launch of the iPhone 6 on this day.

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