Lost and Found at The Olympics

 


Have you ever wondered what the Lost and Found room at The Olympic games looks like? Given that every nine minutes someone loses their phone, can you imagine how it sounds? With the mass crowds expected for The 2012 Olympic Games, those who are traveling to London should be sure to keep their mobile devices safe and secure. No matter how hard you try to keep track of your belongings, sometimes the inevitable happens; it’s important to protect your mobile devices from Loss and Theft with ProtectYourBubble.com’s mobile gadget insurance. Now, let the games begin!
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The Evolution of the Tablet

Since the first iPad was introduced in April of 2010, tablets have become stronger, faster and more technologically advanced. But, when Steve Jobs and Apple launched the first iPad, tablets were met with some skepticism because they were unfamiliar to consumers. In recent times, tablets have become “all the rage” with tech aficionados and consumers who are looking for a way to stay “connected” while traveling, shopping, working or at home. The iPad is the best way to take games, applications, and documents with you on the road which makes staying organized more convenient than ever. Fun, education and web surfing are just a touch screen away, and it is all thanks to the recent advent of tablets, namely the Apple iPad.

 

With the popularity of the first iPad, the iPad 2 was unveiled in March of 2011. The 10 hour battery life and price point were similar, but many features had improved. It was lighter than the first iPad, twice as fast, and there were new features including a front and back camera that worked with the advanced Face Time video calling capability. Sales were booming for the iPad 2 and Apple decided to discontinue the first iPad allowing only sales for the iPad 2 to grow.

 

In March 2012, Apple introduced the iPad 3. It was a more “beefed up version of the first two and took extreme to an entirely new level with a new dual core A5X processor and quad core graphics. This third generation iPad also featured retina display with 50 percent more pixels than any other tablets on the market.

 

The iPad in general has paved the way for tablets to gain popularity. They make life easier for consumers and have become a more essential, time-saving device that serves numerous uses and functions. Because tablets have become such an important integration into many consumers’ lives, Protect Your Bubble offers insurance plans that cover tablets, including the iPad.

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Etiquette for National Cell Phone Courtesy Month

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It seems like these days, there’s a “holiday” for everything…National Hot Dog Day, National Compliment the Mirror Day, etc. But one of these holidays is especially relevant: July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month.  And to celebrate, we have compiled a list of cell phone etiquette. As a public service, we encourage all to study and incorporate into your daily lives. Those around you will appreciate it (we promise).

 

1.   Loud Talkers: This social infraction seems quite common when people are talking on their cell phone. Cranking up the volume of your voice by about ten decimals can be irritating to those around you. Please, practice “voice immodulation” control and try and keep it down when you’re in the store, at your desk at work, or on public transportation.

 

2.   The PermaTexter:  Have you engaged in a conversation with someone while they were texting with someone else? That’s just plain rude, but it happens all the time. We realize that these days, our smartphones are our connection to family, friends and work, but you have to know where to draw the line. Unless it’s a true emergency, that text can wait. Embrace the fading art of face-to-face communication. And, please, folks DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE! 

 

3.   Cell Phone Separation Anxiety:  We’ve all experienced this. You leave your house, head down the road and suddenly you realize…you left your phone at home! Panic immediately ensues. Remember: Stay calm. Compose yourself. Take a deep breath. Go about your business and fetch your phone when time permits.

 

4.   Just Say No: Believe it or not, there are life situations in which you should not be on the phone. It’s important to know when to hang up and when to not answer your phone. Here are a few examples: doctor’s office, during a meeting, at the checkout counter, in the bathroom, on the treadmill, in the middle of dinner, and in the movie theater. Make wise choices.

 

5.   Bluetooth Bloopers: If you must talk carry on a discussion via Bluetooth headset, try to be courteous to those around you. It’s ok to make eye contact and point to your headset to ensure that those around you don’t mistakenly think your comments are directed at them. 

 

6.   Mundane “Muploads”: Social media mobile image uploads, or “muploads” are fun and many of us want to share what’s going on in our lives. However, it can be quite irritating to some folks when their Facebook or Twitter feeds seem to be crowded with images of food, people’s newly cleaned closet, the funny leaf they spotted while on a walk, etc. It’s important to be mindful and discriminate between the mundane and the amazing.

 

From all of us at Protect Your Bubble USA, we’d like to wish you a Happy Cell Phone Courtesy Month. Did we leave anything out? We’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment/tip below.

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What You Need to Know About the New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

It seems like every time you turn around these days, there’s a new tech product launching. How are you supposed to keep up with it all? I mean, who has time to read every review out there? Well, lucky for you we’ve done the research for you. We pulled multiple reviews together into one, quick overview for you. You’re welcome.

 

• Cost: $200 for 8GB, $250 for 16GB

 

• Overall Look and Feel: The Nexus is sleek and smooth, with a leathery back to keep it from slipping right out of your hands. It’s light as well, roughly half of the weight of the iPad, so it’s easy to tote around. The Google Nexus 7 LCD screen is…what else but…7-inches. The 1280×800 IPS touch screen is sans retina display, but we’re ok with that.

 

• Hardware and Functionality: This Android device is well-designed and comes with powerful hardware, thanks to Asus. The tablet responds smoothly to touch, even when scrolling, playing games and even HD movies, thus rivaling the iPad. The battery life is pretty good, coming in at about 7.5 hours (assuming you’re not streaming the full TOTR trilogy) under normal user scenarios.

 

• Other Perks and Notable Mentions: The tablet comes with voice- command search, has a 1.2-megapixel camera (front-facing only), and boasts the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean system. Overall, the device is very user-friendly.

 

After reading the Google Nexus 7 reviews and ratings, we feel that this is a great device for anyone looking for an affordable, quality tablet that can fit most purses, messenger bags, and even perhaps your pocket. Word on the street is that the Nexus 7 might just be the best tablet thus far. And, starting at $200 for the 8GB, it’s a great deal. Final thought: Don’t forget to insure it.

 

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Your Smartphone Can Save Your Life

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It’s no question that our phones and tablets mean more to us than a way to make a phone call. These devices have evolved so greatly into our lives and can now be used as a method of safety and survival. But, just how “smart” is that smart phone of yours?

 

There are a number of apps designed to keep consumers aware and safe in the event of inclement weather, including The Weather Channel app which sends severe weather alerts, and WeatherSentry’s® Telvent which provides updates on anything from lightening safety to snow storm warnings.

 

Take for example, the relentless wildfires that have ravaged through Colorado’s Waldo Canyon. According to Denverpost.com, the blaze has scorched 347 homes and nearly 20,000 acres just outside of Colorado Springs. The destruction of this fire is a sad reality for many Americans. But, two Colorado Springs residents (in their early 20s) of Waldo Canyon refused to sit back and watch… they took action to communicate with neighbors through a medium almost all of us have access to: the smart phone.

 

Robbie Trencheny and Scott Siebold created a mobile app called Waldo Canyon Fire Tracker, which kept the community informed with real-time updates on the wildfire and its path. According to them, the app only took 45 minutes to create, and many depended on the app to stay ahead of the fires.

 

When it comes to our phones, we depend on the device not only to be our connection to family, friends and business, but thanks to technology, it’s become our “life jacket” for dealing with the world around us. When you look at it that way, it’s only natural to want to keep these devices protected.

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Dashing and Daring Dog Parks

 

Just like you, pets are part of our family and vacation time is yet another opportunity to spend more time with “Fido.” If you plan to take your dog with you on your next road trip, check out these cool dog parks. If you’re in the area, investigate them for yourselves and tell us what you (and “Fido”) think. Your pup will thank you for it!

 

Crissy Field Off Leash Dog Area in San Francisco is perfect for both dogs and their owners. Not only is there a ton of room for dogs to play and splash around in the ocean, but you also get the view of the Golden Gate Bridge which is breathtaking to say the least. Location: Marine Drive, San Francisco, CA

 

Llyod Park Off Leash Dog Area is just outside of Philadelphia and really has it all! The combination of large ground to run on with a creek running through it makes this dog park a must. Location: 703 N. Lloyd Avenue, Downington, PA

 

Dog Run 105 is located at Riverside Park in New York City and has everything a dog and their owner could ever want and need. While sitting on a bench, mesmerized by the beautiful view of the Hudson River, your dog is running around under the large trees, staying hydrated with the abundance of water that is provided. Location: Riverside Drive at W. 105 Street, New York City, NY

           

Cherry Creek State Park Off Leash Dog Area is located right outside Denver and is a local favorite with grass, trails, and a stream, allowing dogs to run, swim and play as much as they want. There IS a small fee to enter but trust us, it’s worth it. Location: Chambers and Parker, Aurora, CO

 

Montrose Dog Beach is in the uptown neighborhood of Chicago and has an extremely serene atmosphere, sure to leave you in a good mood. It’s perfect for dogs who love sand and the cool water of Lake Michigan. The area is large, allowing plenty of room for you to play with your dog. Location: Wilson Avenue and Simonds Road, Chicago, IL

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Four Ways to Safeguard Your iPhone

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iPhones have become a part of daily life; it is only right that a person should do his or her best to care of such an expensive electronic device.  The advantage of most other devices is that they sit at home and are only used from time to time.  A mobile phone is always with you and has the danger of being shoved into a pocket with keys, change, and all sorts of other objects.  The same can be said about a phone that must swim amongst the sea of items within a woman’s purse.

 

Below are some tips to help you take care of your iPhone:

 

1)      Doing your best to avoid certain things will keep your iPhone in the best shape possible.  Regular cleaning can also help solve other common problems that users encounter.  The need for regular cleaning seems simple, but it is something that people often forget to do, until after they have already damaged their phone.  The need for a case is important; this will take the majority of the brute force that iPhones suffer on a daily basis.  The added bonus is that these cases are fairly inexpensive and can be customized to fit the user’s personality.

 

2)      Some people complain that the sound has degraded over time as they use their iPhone; what these people do not realize is that it is possible for dust and debris to clog the tiny little speaker holes.  Taking the time to clean out the little holes should do wonders to improve the quality of sound.  If people are having trouble understanding you, then it is possible the same sort of debris has clogged the microphone area.

 

3)      Depending on where you live there is the danger of extreme heat or cold; drastic temperatures are well known for quickly draining a battery and over time degrading the maximum battery capacity.  Improperly charging the battery can lead to a shorter lifespan; this creates a deadly cycle of having to recharge more often, which leads to more improper charging methods and even shorter battery life.  Storing an iPhone inside a car on a hot day is a very bad idea; the same can be said about leaving it exposed during the winter months.

 

4)      There is more to caring for an iPhone than just the outside; the memory of the phone can fill and end up bogging down the ability to properly use the phone.  Websites or applications that load slow are often the result of a lack of memory.  Taking time to evaluate how much free space an iPhone has is important and regularly transferring important pictures and files to a computer is a must.

 

iPhones have become a part of our daily life, because they provide a lot of functionality and still fit in a person’s pocket.  Unfortunately, this causes people to neglect their device and slowly degrade the performance. Simple measures can help your iPhone work longer at peak performance.

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What’s so cool about the new Samsung SIII?

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In the mobile device game, the general perception is that Apple is the industry innovator and that the rest of the pack is just playing catch up.  The popularity of the iPhone over the past 5 years is a marvel, and Apple has been aggressively protecting their thought leadership with patent wars and by raising the bar on their competitors each and every year.  This year, Samsung is pulling out all the stops to give Android fans something truly innovative to cheer about – the SIII – and by doing it 4 months before the release of the new iPhone, it gives us plenty of time to speculate if the Apple can actually raise the bar again this year.  Maybe its Samsung and Android’s turn…

 

The SIII device was launched in June in the UK with great fanfare.  The high demand for the device pushed back the launch dates in the US at all of the major carriers.  Customers at AT&T expecting their devices around June 22 may still be waiting, and Verizon customers won’t see the device until July 10th.  Samsung estimates that they will sell 10 million SIII devices worldwide within the first two months of its launch.

 

So what’s so cool about this device that has Android fans excited?

 

  • Ice Cream Sandwich – Features the new Android OS 4.0 with the promise of an upgrade to the next Android version, Jellybean, later this year.
  • Facial Recognition – Front facing camera can recognize your face to unlock the device and to control the screen dimmer so that the device screen doesn’t dim or shut off as you are reading an email or a book on your device.
  • 8 MP camera with zero-lag shutter speed – This takes away that annoying delay to get the best possible pictures.  There is also Photo Buddy Share where you can program the device to recognize your friend’s faces and instantly upload/share photos with them after they are taken.
  • S-Beam – Transfer pictures, videos, and other data by simply touching two SIII’s back-to-back.  Easy to do and a quick transfer with no Wi-Fi connection needed.
  • S-Voice – Playing a little catch up here, but this is enhanced voice command like Siri.  Maybe this will be an incent Apple to stop the John Malkovich commercials.
  • Media Sharing – Project videos, streaming movies, and slideshows to your Samsung SmartTV.
  • NFC TecTiles – This one is my personal favorite.  SIII users can purchase packages of TecTiles (5 for $14.99), which are NFC sensors that can be paired with your SIII device.  The SIII can be programmed to execute phone/text commands, launch apps, or share social status/location information after a TecTile is swiped by the device.  A practical example would be placing a TecTile on your nightstand so that all you have to do is tap your device to activate your alarm and put your device in sleep mode before going to bed.  I believe this will progress into much more complex tasks like unlocking your front door, starting your car, or turning on the lights when you walk in the door.

 

On top of all of these cool features, the device also looks great, is lightweight, has a very speedy quad core processor, 4G/LTE compatible, and features a huge 4.8” HD AMOLED screen.

 

All in all, it feels as if Samsung really put a lot of focus and resource into making this device great, and I hope the response from the Android faithful will incent them to keep aiming even higher as they compete with Apple in the future.  Also be on the lookout for TecTiles, they may become pretty popular as well.

 

We want to hear from you! Tell us what you think of the new Samsung SIII below.

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iPhone: The First Five Years


 

It’s hard to believe that the iPhone just celebrated its fifth birthday. In fact, life before the iPhone feels like a distant memory. The sleek design, smooth touch interface and its smartphone capabilities soon became an industry standard. As we remember how far the iPhone has come, we can’t help but wonder (daydream) what Apple has up its sleeve for the rumored iPhone 5 release later this year. Only time will tell.  

 

Timeline of the iPhone:

 Original iPhone

  • Launched June 29, 2007
  • Named “Invention of the Year,” by Time Magazine

 iPhone 3G and 3GS

  • iPhone 3G launched July 11, 2008
  • Sales of the 3G iPhone hit one million in its first weekend

 iPhone 4

  • Launched June 24, 2010
  • 1.7 million iPhone 4s were sold in its first three days of availability

 iPhone 4S

  • Launched October 14, 2011
  • Four million units of the iPhone 4S were sold in the first three days of release

 

Whether you’re an avid iPhone user, or prefer Android, one thing is for sure…these gadgets can be pricey. Consider protecting your device with Protect Your Bubble’s gadget insurance.

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