Hankering for a new iPhone this Fall? Rumors Surrounding the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C

iPhone 5CThe iPhone 5 ushered in another era of hype and anticipation in the Apple world, a time when techy geeks spend their time in line to be one of the first get their hands on the new iPhone. Yes, no matter how expensive or how hard to get it during its launch, people still line up to grab a brand new device.

 

Recently, rumors of iPhone 5s has leaked and many techies are already salivating for their chance to play with the newest iPhone release. But did you hear rumors of an iPhone 5C?

 

iPhone 5C Rumors: An Affordable Alternative?

 

There’s been talk going around the mill that the new iPhone 5C will be the cheapest iPhone yet. The unit is pegged to be at only around $400-$450 in comparison to the previous iPhone releases that costs around $600 plus, many think its Apple’s run for a cheaper smartphone.

 

So what does this new iPhone have in store for its users?  Well for one, many reports deem it to be as cheap as it sounds, making the pun that that ‘C’ stands for ‘cheap’, since the casing is thought to be made from plastic, perhaps a good quality plastic, but still plastic nonetheless, a far cry from the usual aluminum and glass casings. It also reports to have colored back panels like red, yellow, pink and even blue, so it might be a good steal for many smartphone users who likes colors.

 

The reports also say that the new iPhone will boast a 3.5 inch screen, will run on iOS 7.0 and will have an A5 processor. Not a bad deal for an entry level iPhone right? It is also said to have generally the same features as that of the iPhone 5 albeit in a cheaper casing.

 

A Chinese supplier is rumored to have won the contract to manufacture these phones. Who is this supplier? A company named Pegatron, who (according to local media) is planning on hiring an additional workforce of 40k people to add to their already staggering 100,000 workers in order to meet the deadline for the production.  Both the Apple iPhone 5C and it’s more expensive counterpart the iPhone 5s is expected to debut the market around September this year.

 

So whether you want the cheaper iPhone 5C or the premium new iPhone 5s, an iPhone is still an iPhone, a great smartphone fit for any user. As such you might want to ensure the safety of your phone either from theft or accidental damage. With iPhone insurance from Protect Your Bubble, you’re covered from mechanical issues, liquid or accidental damage and lost or theft of your new iPhone. Insure your phone for as low as $7.99 a month. Visit http://us.protectyourbubble.com/gadget-insurance/iphone-insurance/ for more details.

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Free Infographic: Traveling This Summer? Beware of Theft

Are you travelling this summer? Protect Your Bubble has created a free infographic on the top cities to be on guard while traveling abroad, the top airports for TSA theft, common ways travelers get robbed and how you can avoid theft while traveling. Come on, let’s travel the world!

 

The Top 10 Cities to be on Guard

 

  1. Barcelona, Spain
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Prague, The Czech Republic
  4. Madrid, Spain
  5. Paris, France
  6. Florence, Italy
  7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  8. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  9. Athens, Greece
  10. Hanoi, Vietnam

 

Top Airports for TSA Theft

 

  1. Miami International Airport
  2. New York JFK International Airport
  3. Los Angeles International Airport
  4. Atlanta Hartsfield – Jackson International Airport
  5. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
  6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  7. New York – LaGuardia International Airport
  8. Newark – New Jersey International Airport
  9. Philadelphia International Airport
  10. Seattle – Tacoma International Airport

 

The most common ways travelers get robbed

 

  1. ATM scams
  2. Pickpockets
  3. Bus robbers
  4. Distractions at train stations
  5. Counterfeit money getting passed off at restaurants
  6. Fake police officers

 

5 Ways to Avoid Theft While Traveling

 

  1. Leave valuables at home, such as high-end jewelry.
  2. Avoid using outer storage pockets and try to conceal belongings.
  3. Lock up your property with TSA locks and stay alert in crowds.
  4. Don’t let your guard down in your room. Theft occurs in hostels and even up to 5 star hotels.
  5. Be mindful of scams and watch out for anyone trying to be overly helpful.

 

These are just some vital information you need to know if you’re traveling this summer. If you’re interested in finding out how you can protect yourself, check out our  travel insurance.

 

Travel Vacation Infographic

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Your Gadgets and Extended Warranties

We’ve all have been offered extended warranties for electronic gadgets we buy and with what seems like ‘generous’ offers, we sometimes agree without really realizing what we are getting into. USA TODAY contributor Regina Lewis explains whether it’s worth it to invest in extended warranties or not.

 

If you are buying televisions, smartphones, tablets, computers or appliances and are ‘advised’ to get an extended warranty, there are some things that you need to consider first before jumping the gun.

 

When looking for a good deal on an extended service contract, it’s important to seek out top-rated warranty plan providers like Protect Your Bubble.

 

To read the full article, visit

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2013/07/20/money-quick-tips-extended-warranties/2569515/

 

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Our Top 10 Favorite Tech Bloggers

As a leading smartphone and gadget insurance brand, we at Protect Your Bubble read a lot about the fast-paced technology industry.

 

To help you in your search for the best round-up of tech news, we’ve listed a few of our top 10 favorite tech bloggers – in no particular order – that we know will deliver only the most relevant news in the industry.

 

Wayne Williams1. Wayne Williams


Wayne is pro when it comes to technology, computers and the web, he has been writing about the industry for almost 20 years, he has even contributed to a majority of PC magazines in the UK as well as editing and publishing a few of his own. His extensive experience in the industry makes him a name to be trusted. Read his latest work here.

 

Jody Gilbert2. Jody Gilbert

 

For the past 2 decades Jody has been writing and even editing articles for the tech industry which includes a couple of articles for the Cobb Group or the ZD Journals. She also garnered the Ziff-Davis’ Chairman’s Circle Award for Editorial Excellence in 1998 for her work on a few Microsoft Office How-To’s. You can read some of her wonderful articles here.

 

John Biggs3. John Biggs

 

John was an IT programmer for 4 years before shifting gears and deciding to write full time, although his work revolves around technology, gadgets and gears, not too far from where he originated. His work has appeared on New York Times, Men’s Health and Linux Journal. He works for TechCrunch.com as an East Coast Editor. More information on John here.

 

4. Elise Hu

 

Elise is a contributing author at npr.org mainly focusing on technology, innovation and society. She has written very informative articles that reads easily and is straight to the point. To read her work, visit http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/

 

5. Andrew Cunningham

 

Andrew works at Ars Technica as a senior products specialist, his work allows him the luxury of working with gadgets, his dream job. Andrew reviews upcoming gadgets and provides in depth knowledgeable information that will help you decide if the gadget on hand is something for you.

 

 

 

Brandon Hill6. Brandon Hill

 

Brandon is a very active contributor at http://www.dailytech.com and provides daily hardware reviews on various computer parts and technology. Occasionally, he writes reviews on gadgets and phones. Starting out his writing career at Anandtech in 1998, Brandon is on top of each breaking news and breakthroughs the industry have had over the years.

 

7. Zach Epstein

 

With over 10 years of experience Zach Epstein is indeed a name to look up to when it comes to the ICT industry. He has been quoted a good number of times by various publications and to prove his credibility he has been named by Forbes as one of the “top-10 power mobile influencers of the world.” As an executive editor at BGR, you can be sure that their reports are unbiased and widely respected.

 

8. Austin Downing

 

Austin is now a senior staff writer for benchmark reviews and he has been with the group since June 2010. Hailing from Michigan USA, Austin has proven time and again his knowledge with his informative and unbiased reviews of various gadgets that abound in the industry. His latest reviews was on the Kobo Arc Tablet which can be found here, http://benchmarkreviews.com/678/kobo-arc-android-tablet-ereader-review/.

 

John Herman9. John Herman

 

John is a tech editor at buzzfeed and you can find his recent work at http://buzzfeed.com/tech. For the latest updates, follow him on twitter, @jwherman.

 

10. Mark O’Neill

 

Mark contributed to a variety of websites including www.googletutor.com and www.geeksaresexy.net, to name a few. He loves to read and watch movies as well as listen to music. For his most recent articles visit http://www.markoneill.org

 

 

So there you have it, a few of our top 10 favorite tech bloggers. As you know the online world is always evolving, always changing, so you might want to check up on these bloggers as they provide some of the latest and greatest in the industry.

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5 Must Haves For Tech Moms Who Work on the Go

My morning commute is pretty simple as a work at home mom.  After I feed the kids breakfast and brew myself a cup of coffee, I walk through the kitchen right to my office.  Now that it’s warmer and my kids are out of school, a change of scenery keeps us from driving each other batty. That’s when I pack up my mobile office and head to the park or the local indoor play place.

 

Besides the usual things like my smartphone, laptop/tablet, etc, here are the essentials I can’t leave home without when I work on the go.

 

My New Trent iMirror backup battery/charger is always in my bag, not just when I’m traveling. It weighs only 9 ounces so you’ll barely notice, which probably weighs less than my wallet. The iMirror is one big battery that will, via USB cable, charge my Samsung Galaxy SII up to three times before it runs out of juice! Or your iPad up to 50% battery. The battery will charge your iPhone, HTC, whatever device you have a USB cable for. The iMirror because it has two USB ports so you can charge two items at once, which will make you pretty popular at blogger events!

 

I never thought I needed a wireless hotspot until I owned one. My NetZero 4G Hotspot has come in handy at Ikea, where I worked while my kids played. I’ve pulled it out during meetings because you can connect up to 8 devices to it! I use it in the car when my son is super cranky and only the iPad will soothe him. I’ve even used it to get some work done in the car, while my husband drives of course. NetZero charges a monthly fee for its service but they also offer a very low data plan free. You just have to purchase the device. If you’re a power user like me, you will probably want a higher plan. My NetZero hotspot has also saved me from paying the high wireless fees that hotels charge. (Want more info, read my full review on the NetZero 4G Hotspot.)

 

retractable USB cable might not sound like a big deal, but it keeps my bag/purse less cluttered. The iMirror comes with one, but it’s always good to have a second one. Because it’s retractable I won’t have to worry about tangled cords or losing the tie that keeps your cord bundled up. I found mine at the Five Below store, but this one on Amazon contains different tips (micro USB, iOS, etc) that will work for almost any device.

 

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse: I don’t use a mouse very often with my laptop, but when I want one, I pull out my wireless Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. The travel friendly mouse stores flat and curls up when you’re ready to use it. You won’t lose the wireless USB adapter either because a magnet stores it underneath the mouse. I feel very Star Trekkie high tech when I pull it out of my laptop case. Maybe a little hip too. The Arc Touch is a full size mouse so you won’t get any hand cramps while using it. Bonus, the mouse is also available in different colors and designs. The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse retails for $59.95, but I wish mine was this Sangria Red one, which is currently $34.99 on Amazon.

 

good laptop sleeve is a must have for anyone who works on the go. After searching for a stylish sleeve for my new laptop (which is larger than my old, broken one), I discovered this super cute fuchsia Golla laptop sleeve that also converts to a bag with the included strap. It’s lightly padded and has a zippered pocket on the outside. If you don’t want to use it as a sling, there’s a handle that pops up from the top of the bag. I prefer sleeves because I can just stick it in my big purse and it won’t count as a carry-on item.  I just bought mine and will put it to the test on my travels soon. I’ll keep you updated! I couldn’t find the link to the bag I purchased on Amazon, but Golla has a huge, color selection of laptop bags and sleeves in many sizes.

 

Bonus Item: Last but not least, the most important thing for this working mom: coffee. If you’re traveling it can be hard to get your hands on a good cup of coffee. I always carry a stash of Starbucks VIA with me. It’s pretty easy to find hot water and sweetener at the airport. You won’t be subjected to bad coffee in your hotel room either. Sometimes I’ll bring the Starbucks VIA  Iced Coffee with me too. I’ve seen similar packets at Trader Joe’s but haven’t tried them out. If you want a Vietnamese style iced coffee, my husband drinks this VinCafe brand. Warning: it’s on the sweet side.

 

Thien-Kim Lam loves her mobile gadgets but also loves to curl up with a book on the weekend with a good book. She also writes about multicultural parenting, technology, and food on her blog I’m Not the Nanny.

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