Top Smartphones with Physical QWERTY keyboards

I’m one of a shrinking faction who still swears by the physical QWERTY keyboard. Apple and Android can keep their all-touch interfaces! My fingers are way too big, and my reputation can’t afford a bunch of mis-dialed numbers, or text messages which have to be decrypted. Call me “old school” but I’d be even happier if I could find a smart phone with a HUGE rotary dial in the middle of it!


How COOL are these? Smart phones with rotary dials!

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Smartphone Addict’s Top 10 Mashup

I am a smartphone addict, a hashtag quipper, and a social media butterfly.
I love how my Samsung smartphone keeps me connected to my family, friends, work, and even my diet/exercise.  But I’m starting to realize just how addicted I am to my connector to the universe.

 

 

Recently on a family beach trip, my wife and I took a long walk on the beach.  I had my Samsung S4 in my pocket and my wife had her iPhone in hand during the walk, you know…just in case.  We began to notice something we’ve never seen before at the beach.  On a beautiful day with only a few waves, we were blown away by the number of people sitting in beach chairs staring endlessly at their smartphones.  No sharks anywhere to be seen and the water seemed to only be reserved for the smartphoneless.  Later that night, we had a big family gathering for beach pictures, and we laughed as we looked at everyone at the end of the photo shoot with heads all down as they feverishly uploaded pictures to Instagram as a beautiful sun sets in the background unnoticed.  We had a long conversation about what the next generation may miss flying right by them as we are all “heads down” to our smartphone.

 

Everyone remembers the classic YouTube video of the woman who fell in the fountain at the mall as she was wexting, walking and texting.   In an effort to make light of our growing ability to multi-task and flaunt our smartphone addictions everywhere, here is my top 10 mashup for smartphone multi-taskers:

 

10 Multi-tasks Common to Smartphone Addicts

 

  1. Platebooking  – Uploading pictures of your dinner so everyone can see how well you are eating.  Too bad its getting cold.  #ilikeitcold
  2. Candy Sitting* – Playing Candy Crush while babysitting.   The kiddos will scream if they need help, and we have got to get past level 36 without buying our way out. That app looks like a kid’s dream on my Samsung S4, but if you let them play while you are “babysitting”, they will get frustrated with its adult complexity and throw your device across the room. #babysittingchamp
  3. 4 Questions 1 Word – Actually the name of the app is 4 Pics 1 Word, but if you try talking to someone while they are playing it – you’ll ask them a question 4 times before they give you a 1 word answer.  #wordsmith
  4. FlipThrone – No need for a magazine rack in the bathroom anymore.   Don’t need details here, just a public service announcement to never borrow other people’s smartphones.  #cloroxwipe
  5. Stop and Smell the Posts – When we skip “soaking in” a special moment because we immediately feel the need to post it to Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Vine, YouTube, and Vimeo.  Post it later after the moment passes and relive it.  LinkedIn can always wait until first thing on Monday morning. #preciousposts
  6. Biogramming – Documenting your life through Instagram.  Just line up the pics and flip through them for a full-length movie.  You know who you are, and so does everybody else! #instragrammy
  7. LunchFlix – Ever seen someone during their lunch break with headphones and out of touch smartphone stare while picking at their food.  Netflix and Hulu are awesome, but chatting with your co-workers may be more impactful to your life than Lost or Downtown Abbey**. #lunchroomabbey
  8. MyFitnessCramp – Logging your fitness accomplishment immediately after finishing has replaced stretching so that you don’t forget that you ran 3 miles.  Post a video of the charley horse in the middle of the night before you stretch it out too.  You too can get 141K views of a painful moment. #grownmancry
  9. Blind Glassing – Scoping out your blind date pregame or in the moment to enhance the conversation.  Google Glass could take this to another level (Google Glass Blind Date).  It would be a super cool experiment to overhaul your profile to some crazy funny stuff about a week before a blind date and see if you catch them in the act. #itsnotstalking
  10. HashtagStorming – Pretty sure people are going to start quoting “hashtag” before verbal punchlines pretty soon.  They are awesome, but if you have spent more than 10 minutes thinking of one, that is 9 minutes and 50 seconds too long.  #2hrstowritethisblog***

 

But seriously, our smartphones are great, and that is why we are so addicted to them.  If you are a smartphone addict like I am, what would you do without your device for a week?  Develop a nervous twitch?  Would your friends call the police because you stopped posting?  How long would your rehab last before you could afford to buy a new smartphone at full price (usually $500 – $800)?

 

We are a little biased at Protectyourbubble.com, but we think that it is really important to buy smartphone insurance for your iPhone or smartphone if it connects you to so much of your life.  If you lose or damage your device, we’ll make sure your rehab stint is as short as possible.   Check us out.  #totallysharethis

 

 

*Candy Sitting sounded better than Baby Crushing

**Highly depends on your co-workers’ awesomeness balanced against the conversations you will miss out on with your friends because you are behind the times – except if you watching Lost. #LastSeasonStinks

*** #CantBelieveIReadThatWholeList

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Top 10 Most Expensive Honeymoons in History

When it comes to celebrities and their honeymoons, the competition seems to center on which couple can hold the biggest, most extravagant honeymoon ever. Admittedly, these recent weddings pale in comparison to the olden days of kings and queens who spend arguably far more for their honeymoons than most modern celebrity couples could ever afford when you adjust for inflation.

 

Still, most celebrity couples, including a pair of royal couples, have spent a considerable amount of money on their honeymoons and here we have the top 10 most expensive, at least in recent times. While your honeymoon may not make the top 10 most expensive, you will need travel insurance to make sure that everything goes smoothly.  Check out the different policies available and find one that fits your needs. What follows is the top 10 most extravagant honeymoons in history.

 

Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren

 

This now-divorced couple certainly enjoyed one of the most expensive honeymoons in recent history, although a large part of the expense was the yacht, The Privacy, which was in turn given by Tiger to his bride. The yacht also served as the place where their honeymoon was set as they sailed around the Barbados Islands. The couple reportedly went straight from the wedding to the Sandy Lane Resort in the Barbados where they enjoyed their stay while not aboard the yacht. In total, it is estimated that Tiger Woods spent $57 million on the wedding.

 

Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston

 

While living rather modestly in some respects, at least compared to the fortune that they both had earned, this now divorced couple spent their honeymoon in the beautiful Sechylles, an island group in the Indian Ocean staying in the famed Fregate Island Resort. This exclusive resort only books 40 guest at a time, which was no issue with Brad and Jennifer since they booked all the rooms instead, insuring their complete privacy. The amount of money spent is not fully known, however, it was certainly one of the most expensive in recent years.

 

Prince Charles & Princess Diana

 

Certainly the most celebrated royal wedding in recent history, this power couple of a different sort chose a Mediterranean cruise for their honeymoon aboard the Royal Yacht Brittania. Naturally, they had all the privacy in the world while sailing in this rather large yacht and they also enjoyed plenty of peace and quiet since the crew was not allowed to shout, but instead they had to either write notes or use hand signals instead.

 

Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman

 

This couple certainly spared no expense as they flew via private jet to Bora Bora and rented the most expensive accommodations on the island, paying a whopping $15,000 per night to stay at the St. Regis resort. Reportedly, customs officers checked their passports while the couple waited on the plane. That price for the suite by the way included 24 hour butler service, a private pool and in-room Jacuzzi along with a view of one of the most spectacular islands in the world.

 

Prince William & Kate Middleton

 

Certainly this royal couple had fun gallivanting around a privately-owned island in the stunning Seychelles, which is located in the Indian Ocean, for 10 days while paying a reported $5,000 per night during their stay. During their entire honeymoon, they enjoyed 24 hour butler service and a personal chef. However, the actual price of their honeymoon stay soared well above $720,000 as they rented out all 11 villas on the island to insure their privacy. Unfortunately, despite all that expense photos of their honeymoon were leaked to the press a year later.

 

Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes

 

This recently divorced couple certainly had one of the more extravagant and expensive honeymoons in recent history when they rented a private yacht and cruised around the beautiful Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean. Flying to their destination on a private jet, there were rumors that both of them dined in an underwater restaurant while on their honeymoon. Considering that they took 40 pieces of luggage and lot of toys for their child Suri, this certainly turned out to be one of the most expensive honeymoons on record.

 

Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky

 

The daughter of Bill & Hillary Clinton started their honeymoon adventure after a reported $2 million was spent on their wedding which took place in South Africa. However, the honeymoon including an all-expense paid safari tour through the deepest part of the countryside, certainly an expensive adventure to say the least.

 

 

 

Courtney Cox & David Arquette

 

Although their relationship has been over for a while, their honeymoon was certainly very impressive in terms of expense. Not wanting to stay in a single place, Courtney and David visited many different places on their honeymoon adventure including Disney World, Anguilla, Busch Gardens, Cap Juluca and also various places in the Caribbean as well. While not making their honeymoon the most expensive as compared to some others on the list, at least they visited more places for the money that they did spend.

 

Eva Longoria & Tony Parker

 

Spending their honeymoon at the exclusive Parrot Cay resort located in the Turks and Caicos Islands, this expensive, but absolutely stunning area of the Caribbean has been visited by many celebrities before on their honeymoons, including Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner to name just one couple. This power couple enjoyed several days and nights at the resort and certainly racked up a hefty bill to put them on the list of most expensive honeymoons in recent years.

 

Jay Z & Beyonce

 

This celebrity power couple certainly had the resources to become number one on the list of most extravagant honeymoons in history. However, while we don’t know all the details of their honeymoon, it appears that they managed to keep it relatively tame compared to others who have gone further. In fact, they mostly stayed in the Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain, which is located in Arizona. We do know that they paid a cool $3,500 per night just for the private home which they rented.

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Women Connect Online: Interview with Amy Hicks

Women Connect Online , a site where women and families connect with books, games, contests, interviews, books and more, recently interviewed Amy Hicks, the Marketing Director of Protect Your Bubble.

 

The topics of the interview ranged from the services and products provided by Protect Your Bubble, how the business benefits women and their families, to how she balances being a Mom, Wife and a Marketing Director.

 

Amy also gives advice to struggling business owners. “The market is ever-changing and so is the way consumers absorb information. Learn who your customers are and communicate with them when and how they want to be communicated with,” she says. “Learn about your internal team, your customers, the marketplace, and how to adapt to a changing marketing landscape. Remaining nimble in your marketing efforts will strengthen your overall success.”

 

Amy Hicks is an epitome of a young multi-tasking powerhouse which is becoming the norm for women today.

 

Check out Amy’s interview here:  “Business of the Month: Interview with Amy Hicks, ProtectYourBubble.com.”

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5 Notable Rumors Surrounding the iPhone 5s/iPhone 6

 

Apple has been releasing succeeding generations of the iPhone at least one every year. Since the release of the iPhone 5 September last year, many have been holding out on the iPhone 5 because they are waiting for the next release. No one has the final word yet on whether Apple will be releasing the next iPhone 5s or iPhone 6. We at Protect Your Bubble have put together 5 notable rumors surrounding Apple’s latest gem:

 

 

  1. There have been several predictions regarding the specs but the look of it is  xpected to be somewhat similar to the iPhone 5 which led to most people believing that Apple will be releasing the rumored iPhone 5s next. It will have the same shell with slightly improved technical specs and cheaper materials which can help Apple get higher margins than the iPhones released earlier. It will look like an improved iPhone 5 since the rumored iPhone 5s/6 will have different colors like the recently released 5th generation iPod Touch.
  2. This next iPhone is rumored to have the latest technology for its camera, battery and screen. Apple already knows that the camera is one of the most important parts of a smartphone and that is why they are said to be putting a 12-megapixel iSight
  3. camera. It is an up from the 8-megapixel iSight camera of the iPhone 5. To match with this, the flash is said to be improved as well.
  4. As for the battery, current iPhone users have been asking for a longer battery life of their iPhones and Apple might answer their request with an improved battery of the iPhone 5s or iPhone 6. There will definitely be a longer battery life for the next iPhone.
  5. Finally, for the screen, Apple will also have an improvement for its resolution and touch capabilities. If the touch response now is not fast enough, it will be faster and better for the iPhone5s or iPhone 6.
  6. Of course, this next iPhone will have the iOS 7 which will be released officially together with this new iPhone. There are also rumors for higher memory capacity, NFC, wireless charging and an A7 processor. If this next iPhone will truly have all these specs, Apple will surely end up at the top and at the front in the smartphone race.

 

Reports have stated that the planned release for the rumored iPhone 5s/6 is on the latter part of 2013. As it gets nearer, we get to have a better and clearer picture of what Apple will be releasing. Whether it is the iPhone 5s or iPhone 6, the expectation is set that this will beat all the existing smartphones currently in the market.

 

And of course, you’ll want to make sure your beloved smartphone is protected, so check out our affordable iPhone insurance that will tide you over until your next upgrade. Cheers!

 

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