What are the most popular mobile devices for CEO’s?

The Merge of Company Leaders and Tech Enthusiasts

Technology and innovation have paved the way for business growth and communication, giving us the technologies that we need to make our daily lives in the workplace better. From emails to chat to web conferencing and telecommuting, our devices have made our day to days in the office more accessible, faster paced, and easier.

 

With technology changing the business-scape as a whole, how has the evolution of devices effected those at the top of the corporate food chain? CEO.com put together a handy infographic to find out:

How much do you and your CEO have in common when it comes to your favorite gadgets? While you may or may not use the same devices with the same frequency, everyone, from the top of the corporate ladder to the bottom, could use a little protection for their devices. Protect Your Bubble provides coverage for them all,  including insurance for tablets, coverage for smartphones, and even extended warranties for laptops.

 

 

Does your company have coverage for your work devices? Do you have insurance for your personal ones? What do you think about the tech-savvy nature of today’s CEO? Tell us your thoughts and experiences in a comment.

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Get 25% your Home Gadget Extended Warranty this holiday season

Thanksgiving is almost here, and Black Friday is right around the corner. While enjoying turkey day, you may realize that your refrigerator isn’t quite spacious enough for an abundant feast for the family, or that your TV doesn’t truly accommodate a picture larger enough to match your passion for your team. Black Friday offers amazing deals on cameras, laptops, TVs, appliances, and more, helping you to replace such items at a lower cost.

oven, stove, refrigerator, washer, and dryer

Is a new washer, dryer, oven, or fridge on your wish list? Get it during a fantastic sale and then protect it with an extended warranty.

As you take advantage of midnight deals, doorbusters, and online stampedes for limited quantity items, don’t forget about protecting your new purchases. Protect Your Bubble offers extended warranty coverage for your beloved appliances and electronics, from your big screen LCD to your brand new washer and dryer.

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As a holiday bonus and to help you save even more cash on Black Friday and throughout the holiday shopping season, we’re helping you save on your extended warranty. Get a free quote on an extended warranty for your new appliance on our website; as you go through the quote process, enter “holiday25″ to take an additional 25% off of your policy.

Happy holidays everyone!

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A Movember to Remember

The moustache may have become an icon of hipster culture in the US, but that doesn’t mean that this classic feat of facial hair is anything but timeless. The mustache has the power to make a clean shaven man look manlier, to keep your upper lip warm in sub zero temperatures, and even to help fight cancer. Welcome to Movember, everyone.

 

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Are you participating in Movember? Mustache image via Movember

Movember is an international celebration of the ‘mo, or moustache, and all things manly, including the fight against male cancer. Each year during the month of November men cast off their razors and let their facial fuzz grow, while their “mo sistas”, as the Movember website has entitled the women who participate in Movember, encourage them on towards bearded glory and money raising awesomeness. Donations raised by the bold and the bearded go towards combating prostate cancer and testicular cancer; throughout the month participants are also encouraged to have their annual physicals, helping to catch health risks early as well as increasing male health awareness.

 

This year is a Movember to remember around the Protect Your Bubble office as it’s the first year we’ve had an organized team fighting cancer and the will to shave as one. We’re halfway through the month, and still going strong as the gentlemen of the crew grow out their beards or a mo while we ladies cheer them on. To help support our team, just visit the Protect Your Bubble team page.

 

At the end of our venture, we’ll show the world what progress we’ve made with week to week photos of participants, but for now we want to see YOUR mo (or beard, or goatee, or what have you). If you’re participating in Movember, share a picture of your facial hair progress with us on Facebook or on Twitter.

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Is Your City A Hotspot For Smartphone Loss?

For thieves today, smartphones are a popular target because they are small, easy to grab, and even easier to resell. So how safe is your city for your smartphone?

 

According to a 2012 study by mobile security leader Lookout, a company that makes a free app that can find a lost or stolen phone, the top 10 smartphone loss hotspots around the U.S., based on where most cases of smartphone loss per capita were reported and the places where most phones are lost, are all listed in the infographic below:

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If you were out at a coffee shop, you wouldn’t just lay down $800 cash while doing other chatting with friends, right? Well, many of us just set down our phone while doing other tasks. It’s really the same thing…to thieves, that is.

 

Smartphone owners are a huge target for thieves, especially during the hectic, holiday shopping season. In fact, 86 percent of our policy holder’s reported claims are related to loss or theft.

 

With the holidays right around the corner, we want to educate and remind you about the risks involved with owning costly mobile devices. It’s important to not only insure the new devices we purchase for ourselves, but also any gadgets we purchase as gifts for friends and loved ones. Check out our smartphone protection plans for a quick, two minute quote!

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3 Great reasons for getting a pet sitter this holiday season

Turkeys. Invitations. Holiday shopping. Deal hunting. Family and friends.  These are just a few phrases that come to mind as we approach the holiday festivities of 2012.  To manage all of the holiday fun – and the hustle and bustle that comes with it – we rely on baby sitters, nannies, friends, and family to help out with watching the kids.  During the holidays, the kids aren’t the only ones who may need someone to watch them; sometimes we need to think outside of the box for our pets.  This holiday season, a part-time pet sitter may be just what you need. Here’s why:

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The holidays are fun for the whole family; make sure your pet can enjoy them as well with a few precautions.

1. Holiday travel is rough.

Travel has its ups and downs, from long lines at the airport and flight delays to packing.  Some pets love travel, but others are not as well suited for journeys outside the neighborhood. Brachycephalic dogs, or “smushed-faced” breeds like French Bulldogs and Pugs, have issues with travel, especially by air; they need better air flow and breathing room than most aircraft accommodations allow. Warm-weathered breeds, including hairless breeds, may not appreciate sub-zero temperatures, no matter how thick their sweaters are.

 

2. Holiday parties and gatherings are fun for us but stressful for pets.

Holiday events are typically filled with merriment and cheer; while that translates as fun for us, for our pets, it’s loud and intimidating, and could  increase your pet’s anxiety level. New faces, unfamiliar scents, and an unusual noise level all lead pets to seek refuge and retreat, leaving them searching for an isolated, quiet place to decompress. Is your pet on a restricted diet? Well meaning guests could sneak them little morsels under the table, posing a health risk to pets who can’t digest certain foods. In addition the stress of your guests and the music, your holiday décor could be problem for your cat or dog as well.  As much as we love our festive poinsettias and tinsel, certain plants are toxic to pets, and many decorations pose choking hazards for pets who may mistake a bauble for a ball.

 

3. Time management (holiday preparation and planning is a time suck).

Holiday shopping, party planning, home preparation and cleaning are all time consuming and physically exhausting activities.  The last thing you want to do is neglect your pet during these often hectic and draining tasks.  Engaging a pet sitter to supervise, feed, and entertain your pet during these times keeps your pet healthy and happy while freeing your mind and body to focus on holiday stuff.  When you’re not worrying about your pet or feeling guilty for leaving them in their crate, you’ll probably work faster and more efficiently – and maybe even enjoy yourself more – knowing that your pet is well taken care of by a loving professional.

 

 Pet Sitters to the Rescue

Navigate away from undue stress and anxiety raising situations straining your pet during the holidays by engaging a pet sitter.  The right pet sitter is a trusted partner who cares for your pets with the same love and consideration as you. A few services provided by pet sitters include:

  •  In-home visits to check up on your pet throughout the week while you’re traveling
  • Stay with your pet – while watching over your home and pet at the same time
  • Take your pet for walks and outdoor activities in general
  • Entertain and care for your pet in a separate room while you entertain elsewhere in your home
So how do you know that a sitter can be trusted?

Referrals from family, friends, neighbors, and vets are all excellent places to start.  But, other options exist.  For example, online communities like care.com offering background checked and screened pet sitters are now a go-to source for pet parents around the country.  For a low membership fee, you can peruse pet sitters and pet care providers within your zip code; pet sitter and care provider profiles include background check screening reviews, member reviews and references, and photos in many cases.  Another potential source is angieslist.com.

 

So, the next time you find yourself strapped for time or trying to figure out how to take care of your pet before boarding a holiday trip related flight, Think about hiring a pet sitter or scheduling your pet their very own vacation at a pet hotel or doggy spa.

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Get your holiday shopping done with the help of 5 smartphone apps

Are you ready to do your holiday shopping? If you don’t have an arsenal of apps at your smartphone’s disposal, we’re afraid you may be behind already.

 

As apps have become our personal assistants on a daily basis, keeping track of our finances, addresses, and more, they’re also now Santa’s little helpers, helping you track your shopping lists, prices, and find items fast.

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Your smartphone is now the perfect shopping buddy for this coming holiday season. Photo via Flickr.

If you’re ready to get your holiday shopping done early, or if you’re just preparing to venture out on Black Friday to get the best deals, here are a few apps that can you help through the battle of retail:

 

  1. Coupon Sherpa
    Extreme Couponers, back away from the scissors. Coupon Sherpa brings together all of the coupons you love, from retail to groceries and more. Retailers can scan the codes directly from your smartphone, saving you from hours of clipping them yourself.
  2. Decide.com
    Finding the perfect gift is great, but it can reduce some shoppers into a blind panic. “Should I buy now? What if it goes on sale?!” Decide focuses on electronics (aka your big holiday purchases) including smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, and more. The app shares consumer reviews, let’s you know when the best time to buy is, and even features a price guarantee.
  3. Cardstar
    Don’t be that person digging through your purse for your club card or trying three phone numbers at the register trying to remember the one to which your store discount card is linked. Cardstar puts all of your member and discount cards into one so that you never have to fumble with a giant key-chain again.
  4. Fab
    If Pinterest and Etsy had a lovechild, it would be fabulous…or just Fab. Fab just launched their holiday shops, despite dealing with the Frankenstorm out of their New York office. Reward that hard work and dedication by checking out their mobile app during your holiday shopping for great deals and great items with great design in mind.
  5. Groupon and Living Social
    Okay, so this technically makes 6 apps, but I think we can all agree to let it slide. While Groupon and Living Social aren’t exactly secret, don’t forget these treasures as you jump into online shopping. While other apps are focused just on holiday shopping, Groupon and Living Social can help you save on gift items as well as the other things you need during the holidays, like food and a massage to relax post-Black Friday shopping.

Will you be doing your holiday shopping online this year or at the mall? Are you Black Friday shopper or a last minute maven? Share your shopping strategy and style with us in a comment.

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