Your Smartphone’s Worst Enemy – Water Damage

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The 4th of July is rapidly approaching. An American holiday filled with fireworks, watermelon, barbecues and gatherings around bodies of water. With the summer warmth, we love nothing more than kicking up our feet up and getting some sun before diving (or being thrown into) a friend’s pool, lake or ocean. But, with water (and some beer in celebration) comes your smartphone’s worst enemy.

 

That moment when you’re suspended in the air – water below you – and you realize, “oh crap – my phone is in my pocket!!!” You quickly reach for it, throw it through the air — before hearing a loud PLOP as it lands at the very edge of the water. You pick it up, it’s dripping wet… and… it’s dead… broken… time to panic…

 

Despite the affection we feel for these magical toys, and the amount of money we often spend on them, we all have our moments of weakness. Those times where the sheer joy – or terror – of the moment makes us forget about everything else — even that pricey iPhone that you just bought a week earlier for $300. An iPhone that actually costs $700 to replace if you don’t have insurance.

 

Why? Because the price of your smartphone is subsidized by your mobile carrier when you sign a two-year contract. Your smartphone costs much more than you think it does, and your carrier won’t give you a new phone at the original price your purchased it for if you happen to break it.

 

Water damage happens to the best of us. So why worry? Take a look at the Protect Your Bubble smartphone insurance offerings and protect your smartphone against water damage this Fourth of July. It’s only $7.99 a month and we’ll protect you against loss, theft or damage.

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Shopping for a puppy? Here are breeds that are more prone to issues…

Bulldog Puppies It’s summer and everywhere you look there’s someone walking around with an adorable dog. We know that there’s a lot of dog envy going around right now and since the shelters and pet stores are also out in full force trying to secure adoptions, we know how tempting it can be to go home with the world’s cutest puppy!

 

Of course, we support pet adoptions 100 percent, but for those who are planning to do more research on what breed might be best, here’s a rundown of the dog breeds that are the most prone to medical issues.

 

  1. Bulldogs – congenital heart disease, heart attack, collapsed nostrils, heatstroke, respiratory difficulties, eyelid abnormalities, skin conditions
  2. German Shepherds – hip Dysplasia, bloat, gastric disorders, penosteitis, spinal paralysis, eye disease, and skin conditions
  3. Great Danes – hip Dysplasia, bloat, bone cancer, heart disease, tumors
  4. Golden Retriever – hip Dysplasia, PRA, VWD, serious heart problems, cataracts, skin conditions, eye abnormalities, epilepsy.
  5. Bull Terrier – deafness, eye disease
  6. Pinscher – demodectic Mange, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, Legg’s Perthes Disease
  7. Poodle – PRA, cataracts, glaucoma, eye and ear infections, digestive problems, skin conditions, heart disease, and epilepsy
  8. Schnauzer – cataracts, corneal disorders, kidney stones, bleeding disorders, liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, skin conditions, cysts
  9. Pug – eye lacerations, eyeball prolapse, eyelid abnormalities, respiratory difficulties, heatstroke, collapsed nostrils, and heart problems

Of course, if a dog has issues, it doesn’t mean that you can’t love it as much or won’t treat it as part of your family. And, dogs not included on this list can have costly accidents or injuries as well. The best thing to do when you’re looking to adopt a pet is plenty of research on the breed you’re looking for and to always purchase insurance that can help you save money on routine and catastrophic care.

 

Sources: Dogpack.com, SmallDogBreedsList.net, Mainstreet.com, Huffington Post, MedicineNet.com

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Tips to Avoid Having the Lost Luggage Blues

After considerable money-saving, research on finding the perfect vacation spot and months of searching for the best travel times, prices and accommodations, you’ve finally landed at your destination. A vacation you have long been waiting for and desperately needing for months. After waiting at the carousel for what has seemed like eternity, you realize that your baggage isn’t showing up. It’s LOST (cue the depressing music).


Unfortunately many of us have faced these situations during our travels. Whether it’s your honeymoon, spring break or family vacation, it’s never a fun experience, and even worse, you don’t have anything to wear for the remainder of the trip! While we don’t have control over what happens to our luggage after the check-in counter, we can take some simple measures to decrease the likelihood of it being lost. Below you will find some tips to help ensure your baggage makes it to your destination (or gets to you much quicker in the event a misstep does happen):


1) Keep ID Tags Inside and Out.
Most of us already do this, but make sure you have a tag attached to your bag with your name, address and contact information. If you’re a frequent traveler, invest in a durable and water-proof tag that won’t tear off. It’s also a best practice to keep a tag or piece of paper on the inside of your bag in case your outer tag falls off.


2) Keep a Copy of Your Itinerary in Your Bags.
If you don’t have a printer at home, ask the check-in counter for a copy of your itinerary. In the case that your baggage does go missing, keeping a copy in your bags will help the airline identify who and where the owner is.


3) Take a Photo of Your Bags.
Prior to parting ways with your luggage, make sure you have a picture of it on your phone or camera. All of our baggage looks similar these days, and it can be hard to tell which one is yours. A picture will help the airline identify your luggage and get it back to you safe and sound.


4) Make Them Stand Out.
To follow up on keeping a photo of your bags, also make them stand out! If you don’t have a pink, yellow or lime green bag you should consider a colorful strap or duct tape to help mark your stuff. On another note, buying Gucci and other expensive bags may increase the risk of your luggage being stolen. Play it safe and use simple and quality luggage.


5) Get to the Airport On Time!
Arriving to the airport late is already stressful enough. Wondering whether your baggage will make it to your plane by the time it takes off only makes it worse. Get to the airport early to ensure you and your things will make it to your destination.


6) Sometimes It’s Just Lost:
In some cases your baggage will not be found. To prevent yourself from losing your baggage and it’s worth, remember you always have the option of travel insurance prior to your travels. Protect Your Bubble’s travel protection plan provides reimbursement for lost, stolen or damaged baggage. No matter what happens you’ll know your things are covered.

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Should You Buy the New Macbook Pro with Retina Display?

Macbook Pro Retina Display

 

The new Macbook Pro with Retina Display debuted last week at WWDC in San Francisco and, as expected, it has the technology community drooling. If you’re like us, you likely can’t wait to get your hands on one. But do you really need it?

 

Well, that depends on the kind of person you are and what you plan on doing with it. It’s important to remember that Apple is a premium brand and they make premium products. Premium products come with a premium price. The new Macbook Pro with Retina Display is no exception starting at $2,199 – over $1,000 more than their entry-level laptops.

 

Pro means professional so unless you plan on doing some serious video editing or working with the latest graphics software, you might want to consider a different Apple laptop. However, if you like to have the latest and greatest toys and you can afford the price, well, then you are one lucky person because you’ll have yourself the greatest personal computer on the planet. No doubt.

 

The Macbook Pro with Retina Display is a beast. The screen has the highest resolution of any laptop on the market (2880×1880), it’s faster than any laptop out there and it’s almost as thin (.71 inches) as their highly publicized Macbook Air brand. The resolution on the screen is so sharp that your eye can’t even see the individual pixels. Now that sounds like some Apple marketing speak but it really is true. Ask anyone who has used a New iPad in comparison to an iPad 2, and they’ll likely tell you that it’s impossible to go back. It’s like taking off a pair glasses – everything just seems fuzzy.

 

So if you’re planning on buying this new pricey gadget from Apple, make sure that you protect it!

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Tips to Ensuring a Stress-Free Vacation

Planning that last minute summer getaway? Check out the tips that our expert team here at Protect Your Bubble has curated to ensure a successful, satisfying, and stress-free vacation:

 

1) Consider Off-Peak Destinations: Yes, we all love Hawaii and the Bahamas but if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, think outside the box! Minimal research can result in maximum savings and an equally as gorgeous getaway sans the crowds and chaos. Some hints: Scottsdale, Arizona if you want to stay stateside; Belize if you’re looking to get tropical.

 

2) Check for Deals and Discounts: Planning last minute trips is often the best way to go, as you can take advantage of all the last minute deals and discounts that pop up. Sites like Travel Zoo, JetSetter, Kayak, Hipmunk, and many more, are perfect for staying apprised of the latest travel offers and promotions, allowing you to book just a couple weeks out, without paying a fortune. And, be sure to consider flight and hotel combination packages to add that extra ease and cost saving.

 

3) Check the Forecast: This can obviously be tough when booking ahead, but there are plenty of ways to gauge the type of weather to expect, including checking out previous years’ reviews and forecasts. Choose a place with consistently nice weather during your travel time to increase the likelihood of enjoying some fun in the sun. If you’re like most and spend the majority of your time indoors at work, the last thing you want is to be cooped up on your long awaited vacation, due to bad weather.

 

4) Travel with Ease: One way this can be achieved is by avoiding peak travel times, allowing you to surpass traffic, lines and irritation. Also, make sure you check-in online, reserve a seat, and allow yourself extra time at the airport, as there’s no reason to add extra stress or run the risk of getting bumped from your flight. And finally, know baggage limits, as there’s nothing worse than getting slammed with outrageous baggage fees for an extra inch or pound; airlines differ in their regulations, so make sure you know what you’re dealing with to avoid starting your trip with an unnecessary extra cost.

 

5) Get Travel Insurance: But don’t sell yourself short with a basic travel insurance plan– consider one with specialized concierge services. This exists? It does with Protect Your Bubble’s travel insurance plan, which includes the obvious benefits of lost baggage reimbursement and cancellation benefits, in addition to city guides of 10,000 destinations worldwide, restaurant bookings, arranged golf outings, tee times, and much more.

 

6) Rent a Car: Avoid putting miles on your car or taking shuttle buses by renting a car and easily exploring the attractions around your travel destination! Protect Your Bubble can help with rental reservations, roadside assistance, in addition to covering up to 35k in accident damage per trip. We need to make it more clear that we offer insurance for rental car itself.

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