Tips for Dragon*Con Goers

 
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Attention Dragon*Con fans: the highly anticipated convention is FINALLY here!  Meet Vivek and Kyle from PYB who where rubbing elbows with superheroes earlier today at the festival!
 

 

In addition to the science fiction, fantasy and comics side of DragonCon, Protect Your Bubble shares tips on what attendees should bring, as well as reminds festival goers that there will be plenty of gadgets to be ogled over this weekend.
1. Gaming: New games for popular game consoles will be on hand. Rec Room Masters will be on sight to show how folks can convert a room in their house into the ultimate Game Cave. From full-sized arcade games to home console sets and computer games, Rec Room Masters will have plans to maximize the space and entertainment factor in the Game Cave.

 

2. Astronomy Workshop: So what’s out there really? This one-day workshop is free and covers stargazing, physics and other space sciences. While it’s mostly aimed at writers and science fiction editors, everyone is welcome to attend. Subjects to be covered are the fundamentals of light, gravity and scale, planets, stars, galaxies and cosmology. What’s learned here will give amateur astronomers a better idea of what they are seeing in their telescopes.

 

3. Benjamin Radford Scientific Investigation Workshop: Radford, a research fellow eight of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and deputy editor of Skeptical Magazine, delves into ghosts, Bigfoot sightings, crop circles and miracles. Are those images taken with digital cameras really ghosts? What about the voices found later on digital recording devices? The goal is better understand the mysteries and the devices used to investigate them.

 

4. Pictures: Attendees need to be ready for all the photo opps of the costumed people and celebrities who are sure to be in attendance. Whether a dedicated camera or the camera function in a smartphone or tablet is used, convention goers should ensure that the batteries are fully charged.

 

With so many people running around and so much to do, it’s going to be easy to set down one’s phone or camera and lose it. What about the new games and consoles folks invest in from Dragon*Con? Protect Your Bubble offers gadget extended warranties on items like laptops, game consoles and cameras, as well as gadget insurance for smartphones and tablets. Visit ProtectYourBubble.com for a quick two minute quote.

 

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Protect Your Bubble Ranks Fantasy Football Sites and Tools for 2012

Fantasy football is one of the greatest inventions in sports today, and many will argue that it is a major reason the NFL is at an all-time high in popularity.   As NFL fans put their general manager hats on, there is no shortage of great websites to inform them on how to draft and how to manage their team for the year.

 

With the rise in the number of people using smartphones and tablets, fantasy footballers will have more access than ever to fantasy updates, live score tracking, and more, Protect Your Bubble has constructed a list of top fantasy football sites and scored them based on their ability to deliver in a mobile world.

 

 

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Top League Apps:  The top league apps ranked by the number of reviews in the Google Play and Apple App Store: #1 Yahoo (125,000), #2 CBS (24,500), #3 ESPN (13,500), and #4 NFL (4,100).   The best league apps ranked by their ratings is #1 Yahoo (3.6), #2 ESPN (3.5), #3 CBS (2.9), and #4 NFL (2.9).  All of the apps listed above are free as well.  If consumers need to manage multiple leagues across Yahoo, NFL, and ESPN, Monster’s Fantasy Football app allows you manage all from one single application.  Currently holds 4+ rating on Apple and Android, but with minimal reviews at this point.  Also cost $2.99 for iPhones and Android and $4.99 for iPads versions.
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Top Fantasy News Apps:  If footballers are getting their fantasy news every morning on Sportcenter, they are probably not doing too well in their league.  Picking up this week’s latest fantasy star or picking up their top running back’s replacement after he goes down, can make the difference in a great season or one that goes downhill very, very quickly.  The top news apps ranked by their combined Apple and Android ratings included Rotoworld FF News (4.0), Pro Football Insider (3.9), and FBG Mobile (3.7).  Each of these apps were loaded with tools, data, and news to help keep in touch at work or on the go.

 

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Top Fantasy Draft Kits:  Fantasy football draft magazines are great, but having real-time fantasy stats and draft tools will help keep track of the draft easier and ensure they don’t get harassed for drafting “Mr. Broke Leg” in the first few rounds.  The draft season is coming to a close, but this list shows how these top draft kits faired in the rankings this year.   Draft Punk Pro received a lot of praise (1,200 reviews) and the highest rankings (4.5), but it was only available on Android devices.  The rest of the draft kits reviewed were available on both Android and Apple.   The NFL’s FF Cheat sheet came in second with a total of 623 reviews and a combined rating of 4.3.  Rotowire’s Draft Kit and FBG Mobile both had a decent amount of reviews and had a combined rating of 3.7.  Draft Punk Pro and FBG Mobile were free apps, but the other draft kits were only $1.99 to $4.99.

 

As fantasy footballers prepare for the season and access these sites with their gadgets, it’s important to keep gadgets protected in order to stay connected to their favorite team. Protect Your Bubble provides full protection solutions for mobile devices and home gadgets.  Learn more by visiting ProtectYourBubble.com.

 

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Hurricane Safety Tips

Most folks who live on or near the gulf coast are very familiar with the threat of hurricanes this time each year. For those who have been watching the headlines, Hurricane Isaac poses a threat to sections of the northern Gulf Coast. It’s imperative that those in the area are prepared for what lies ahead.

 

Travel protection insurance brand, ProtectYourBubble.com has compiled a checklist for citizens in preparation for the storm (Source: Ready.gov):

  • Create an emergency kit which includes non-perishable food, lots of water and other necessary supplies (medicine, prescriptions, first aid kit, batteries).
  • Everyone should know their surroundings.
  • Know whether flooding is a risk for one’s area. If so, folks should make plans to stay in higher elevated areas.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground.
  • Cover all of windows of the home.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten the roof to the frame structure.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around the home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Avoid elevators.
  • Always stay alert and aware of what’s going on.

What about vacationers? Before booking expensive getaways, consumers should visit ProtectYourBubble.com for a quick two minute quote.

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Protect Your Bubble’s Favorite Travel Apps

Whether traveling overseas or stateside, there are a few apps that can enhance the traveler’s journey. Here are some of those:

 

Protect Your Bubble’s Favorite Travel Apps:  

  • TripIt – The one-stop-shop for organizing travel plans into one convenient itinerary. All details are kept in one place for added convenience. Travelers no longer need to print hotel confirmations, update their family and friends on their whereabouts, etc. They just log into the app and go from there.
  • Hotel Tonight – No more stressing out over finding a room due to a flight cancellation or abrupt change in plans. This app searches its database for last minute, discounted hotel rooms. Many hotels will offer very low prices just to book a room, and those with the app will be in the know (while saving money).
  • Oanda Currency Converter – This is a must-have for the international traveler. Exchange rates are always changing and sometimes it can be tough to mentally calculate the rates. Equipped with the most up-to-date exchange rates, Oanda is a key to managing money abroad.
  • TripAdvisor – Perfect for travelers who like to read reviews and prefer to stay in well-rated places. TripAdvisor is a great pocket tool for also sharing your experiences, tips and sightseeing suggestions with other travelers.
  • Bed Bug Alert – The $1.99 app cost is well worth the avoidance of the infamous bed bug nightmare. Travelers can easily track reported incidents with this app. Don’t let the bed bugs bite: now, there’s an app for that.
  • White Noise Lite – For the travelers who have trouble sleeping in less-than-quiet places, this app is a must. The white noise options vary from an osculating fan to the ocean, making for instant relaxation. Note: Consumers should be sure to keep their phone charging while the app is in use. It can drain the battery during the night. For those who use their phone as their alarm…this could be a potential issue if the phone is not charged.
  • Instagram – One of the best parts about traveling is showing off the photos and reminiscing for years to come. Travelers should be sure to document the trip with beautiful, artistic images. Not to mention, it’s a great way to brag to everyone else at home!
  • Protect Your Bubble – Traveling can be fun, but also has its risks. Smart phones and tablets are hot commodities for pick-pocketers. Not to mention, there are a number of ways consumers can lose or damage their mobile devices while in transit. Protect Your Bubble offers insurance for mobile gadgets, starting at $7.99 per month. Insurance coverage can be purchased and claims can be filed all through the mobile app.

 

Protect Your Bubble plans provide a variety of travel protection coverage for single and multi-trip options and Protect Your Bubble offers a convenient quote process, taking only two minutes to buy and receive a plan, all online. Consumers can learn more by visiting www.protectyourbubble.com.

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It’s Take Your Cat to the Vet Day!

Today is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day and Protect Your Bubble recommends that pet parents of cats participate. Routine wellness checks and early detection can enhance the quality of a cat’s life. Consumers who visit the vet more often tend to have healthier pets. According to Booth Research, one third of pet owners go to the vet twice a year. Those who do not have pet insurance are significantly more likely to visit the vet less than two times, and those with insurance are significantly more likely to visit the vet 3 or more times. Consumers with pet insurance can enjoy more frequent visits. Protect Your Bubble pet insurance provides up to 90 percent reimbursement on covered vet charges and more.

 

Protect Your Bubble Pet Insurance Plan Overview:

  • Multiple plans to help you care for the furry member of your family.
  • Plans provide up to 90 percent reimbursement for covered vet fees for  eligible accidents, illnesses, and hereditary conditions
  • Routine wellness plans are also available to help consumers with routine vet treatments
  • Protect Your Bubble pet insurance holders can go to any licensed vet in the country. 
  • Annual deductible options from $100
  • Underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company.

 

Protect Your Bubble offers pet insurance for dogs and cats and it covers vet charges for eligible accidents, illnesses, hereditary conditions, behavioral treatments and alternative therapies.  Visit ProtectYourBubble.com for a quick, two-minute quote.

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Ten Ways to Avoid a Shark Attack

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The ocean can be fun, but it can also be a harmful place if not careful. As Discovery Channel dedicates a week to shark-centric programming, Protect Your Bubble has compiled tips for consumers on how to avoid shark attacks while traveling. Below are ten shark safety suggestions (Source: Discovery.com):

 

  1. Avoid swimming after heavy rains or murky sea water.
  2. Don’t swim near seals, as they are typically hunted by sharks.
  3. Flashy, bright colored bathing suits and shiny jewelry can attract sharks
  4. Never feed sharks. That’s asking for trouble.
  5. Refrain from swimming in the ocean at night. Being able to see what’s around is key.
  6. Stay away from dolphins and seabirds, as they hunt for the same prey.
  7. Watch the swimming habits of fish in the area. If they suddenly dart away, that’s a sign that a shark could be near.
  8. Keep swimming strokes smooth.
  9. Avoid swimming in waters that are notorious for shark attacks. Sharks are creatures of habit.
  10.  If a shark as been spotted, leave the area immediately.

 

Protect Your Bubble provides travel protection for single and multi-trip coverage. Learn more by visiting ProtectYourBubble.com.

 

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Kids vs. Gadgets, A Video

 

Does this look familiar? Our precious little ones often see gadgets as “toys,” not necessarily using the same caution we do. More than ever, moms rely on their smart phone as a way to stay organized, multi-task and stay connected socially. According to a recent TechCrunch article, “Nielsen says that some 54 percent of U.S. moms are using smart phones: considering that the U.S. population this last month just tipped 50 percent for smart phone ownership (50.4 percent to be exact) that means that mothers have above-average smart phone ownership.”

 

The same article goes on to point out that “75 percent of mothers use Facebook, and more than one-third of Pinterest’s monthly audience, or around five million users, is made up of mothers. That works out to mothers being 61 percent more likely than an average consumer to visit Pinterest, notes Nielsen.”

 

So what happens when mommy’s little angel breaks your iPhone? Luckily, Protect Your Bubble’s smart phone and tablet insurance covers loss, theft and water (cereal) damage and consumers will receive a replacement device in 24 hours.

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Tax-Free Weekend in Georgia Starts Tomorrow

Attention Georgia residents: Tax-Free Weekend is this weekend, August 10-11, 2012. Consumers can save on clothing, footwear and general school supplies in honor of Back-to-School. In addition, consumers will be able to save money on the purchase of a single personal computer or personal computer related accessory with a sales price of $1,000 or less. 

 

According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Back-to-school is one of the year’s busiest shopping seasons, second only to Christmas. The National Retail Federation said parents with school-aged children are expected to spend an average of $688.62 on clothes, electronics and supplies this year, up nearly $85 from last year’s average.”

 

In recent years, computers (namely laptops) and iPads have become a must-have for students heading to school and college. With the demand for technology and our increasing reliance on such gadgets, the value (both personal and financial) has seen a surge. It’s important to protect these valuable items.

 

While consumers are saving money on these electronic gadgets, they should consider Protect Your Bubble gadget insurance and extended warranties. For $9.99 per month, tablet insurance covers loss, theft and water damage and consumers will receive a replacement device in 24 hours. Starting at $9.99 per month, home gadget warranties provide coverage for mechanical breakdown and accidental damage for laptops, as well as mechanical breakdown for desktop computers, which start at $2.99 per month. If that weren’t enough, ProtectYourBubble.com is running a 25 percent off Home Gadget Warranty Sale through September when consumers use promotion code summer25 when purchasing the coverage.

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Summer Savings on Extended Warranties

Summer months bring the risk of lightning strikes, which can be bad news for home gadgets, like appliances and electronics. According to The Weather Channel, “Power surges that occur as the result of lightning can cause severe damage to plugged-in electronics and appliances.” That’s why Protect Your Bubble announces a 25 percent discount on Home Gadget Extended Warranties, which covers surge protection and is available today through September 30th.  The offer is available on regular monthly or one-time protection plan prices.  Consumers can take advantage of this limited time offer by visiting the Home Gadget tab at ProtectYourBubble.com and entering “summer25” into the discount code field within the quote page.  

 

For example, let’s say a consumer purchases a 15-inch 2.6 GHz MacBook Pro laptop with Retina display (MSRP $2,799).  Protect Your Bubble offers a 2 year extended warranty which includes protection from damage caused by lightning strikes, as well as mechanical and electrical breakdowns and protection from drops and spills, for only $172.49 (regularly $229.99).   To learn more about Protect Your Bubble’s laptop coverage, visit ProtectYourBubble.com.

 

Protect Your Bubble offers extended warranties for home gadgets including laptops, household electronics and appliances. The coverage is affordable and very comprehensive. Consumers can protect their pricy home gadgets starting from $0.99 per month. 

 

The comprehensive warranties cover mechanical breakdown on all electronics and appliances as well as accidental damage including drops and spills for laptops, game consoles, camcorders and cameras. There’s no deductible when the consumer submits a claim and Protect Your Bubble also provides perks like PC tech support, battery replacement, food spoilage and surge protection. There’s also a 10 percent savings when insuring more than one household electronic.

 

Protect Your Bubble’s Home Gadget Extended Warranties cover major appliances, small appliances, televisions, small electronics, cameras, laptops, desktop computers and gaming systems. Protect Your Bubble sells directly to the consumer and offers great low rates, simplicity and top customer service, along with a simple, two-minute online sign-up process to meet the need of today’s on-the-go consumer. The product is available on the Home Gadgets tab at ProtectYourBubble.com.

 

As well as great premiums, below are some reasons for consumers to protect their home gadgets:

  • Prices starting from only $0.99 per month
  • Pay monthly or all at once
  • $0 deductible
  • Coverage for mechanical breakdown on all products
  • Accidental damage protection for certain products like laptops
  • No Risk. Cancel anytime

 

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Tropical Storm Ernesto Could Turn into a Hurricane in Days

Most folks who live on or near the coast are very familiar with the threat of hurricanes this time each year. For those of you who have been watching the headlines, Tropical Storm Ernesto has entered the Caribbean. Experts are saying that the storm could turn into a hurricane, potentially affecting St Lucia, Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean, north of Venezuela, southeast of Puerto Rico and even Jamaica.

 

What does this mean for vacationers? Not only could the storm make for a soggy stay at the resort, but chances are the trip could be cancelled all together if evacuations are upheld. This is a bummer for those who have been fantasizing about tropical breezes, fruity cocktails, sun bathing and some good quality “chill-axing” time.

 

It’s not uncommon for resorts and cruises to refuse refunds from the investment the consumer has already made toward the trip, leaving them out the cash and, quite frankly, angry. Luckily, Protect Your Bubble offers travel protection plans that cover trip cancellation and trip interruption due to many factors (including acts of God), starting at just $14 per trip.

 

Before booking expensive getaways, consumers should visit ProtectYourBubble.com for a quick two minute quote. Policy holders who are scheduled to travel to the Caribbean in the next few days may be sad about the possibility of cancelling their trip due to the weather, but at least they won’t be out the investment…they’ll just start planning their subsequent trip.

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