Protect Your Bubble is Proud to be the Presenting Sponsor at the 2013 Party Rock Open

 

Party Rock OpenParty Rock Open, the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit female tennis event, returns to Las Vegas this year at the Darling Tennis Center.  The event will take place September 22 – 29, and Protect Your Bubble is excited to be a part of this fantastic event.

 

Party Rock Open, originally named “Lexus of Las Vegas Open” was founded by Tyler Weekes of Courtthink, LLC. He co-directs the tournament with WTA-certified player agent Jordan Butler.  The tournament began its journey in 2009 changing its name to Party Rock Open came to be when Weekes, taught tennis to Redfoo (Stefan Kendal Gordy), leader of the pop group LMFAO, and after some negotiations, Redfood agreed to have his Party Rock clothing line be the new title sponsor of the event.  The players will compete on hard courts in an outdoor setting in the Darling Center in the heart of Las Vegas. The tournament will feature both singles and doubles events. This year, we’re geared up to see challenging matches guaranteed to keep fans at the edge of their seats.

 

Right now, acceptance sheet shows 20 main draw players, 26 qualifying players and 87 alternates, a few of the players include Alisa Kleybanova (former top 20 player), Camila Giorgi (2013 U.S. Open Rd of 16), Andrea Hlavackova (2013 U.S. Open Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion), and Tamira Paszek (2012 Wimbledon Quarter-Finalist)…just to name a few! Indeed, quite a strong player list for this years’ Party Rock Open tournament.

 

We’re excited to be part of Party Rock Open. If you plan to attend, be sure to look for our sponsor table and come say hello! For more information about Party Rock Open, visit the official website at www.partyrockopen.com. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to receive VIP tickets to the event (that’s a $250 value)!

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The 5 Top Tips When Looking For College Rental Apartments

So you’re off to college and you want to rent an apartment rather than live in a dorm. You will certainly gain more independence when you do this but with it carries some responsibilities.  Aside from considering how much the rent will be, there are some things that you need to take into consideration when looking for college rental apartments.
Here are 5 top tips to consider.

 

Apartment Hunt Early

 

Keep in mind that you will not be the only one looking for an apartment, chances are more than half of your class will be looking for one too, so if you want to grab the best apartment in terms of location, price, size and all considerations, you need to hunt and secure your desired apartment early. This will help you avoid the hassle of competition for the apartment.

 

Where is the Apartment Located?

 

Location is the key to finding the right apartment. It should be near enough to your school that you can afford to a few minutes of delay in the mornings, especially for those times that you had a late night due to schoolwork or parties. Another good location for rental apartments are near a convenience or grocery store, so should you run out of supplies, you don’t have to travel so far to restock. How safe the neighborhood is also an important factor, you might have to go home late at some point and you don’t want to keep looking over your shoulder while walking home, right?

 

You should also look at college rental apartments carefully, check out the actual state the apartment is in, tour the apartment if you can, look at the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Find out how clean or dirty it is or if you need to renovate or at the very least repaint the unit. Check out any damage to the property that needs to be repaired, like broken floorboards or tiles and if all the utilities (electricity, water, gas) are in good working condition.

 

Utility and Maintenance Responsibilities

 

You should also check the utility and maintenance considerations. Check how much you will be paying for water, electricity, gas and other utilities, most apartments have separate meters and you have to pay for your actual consumption while others include them in the rental, or have specific fees for it, find out what the landlord’s policies are with regards to this.

 

You should also find out if you need to help out with the maintenance works on the building likes snow plowing or raking leaves, and if ever, you should also find out who provides the necessary equipment to do all those stuff as well.

 

Financial Considerations

 

Look over the lease agreement, make sure you are aware of the length of the contract as well as the exact monthly rental fee, as there might be charges added on to the rental that you might have to pay as well, the published rate might be for the use of the unit only and there might be additional charges that will be applied to the rent, it is a good idea to be aware and see if you can still afford the rent after all the add-ons. The apartment owner might also require a security deposit; find out how much it will be as well as any late fees they charge, just in case you’ll be late in paying the rent. You can also check if you can get a discount on the rate if you pay earlier or if you acquire the apartment for a prescribed period of time.

 

Renters’ Insurance

 

You might be a very careful and responsible renter but unavoidable events like fire, vandalism and theft can happen without us inviting it in and more often than not the owner’s insurance policy will cover for the apartment building itself but not for your personal belongings inside the apartment.  Clothes, furniture, expensive gadgets like laptops, tablets even the television or your cellphone will be at risk.  You might go out all night, spend the night at a classmate’s’ house to finish a project, or maybe even just hop on to a bar to unwind and you come back and see your apartment in shambles. Your college rental apartment is vulnerable to thieves just waiting for an opportune time to break into your house and take all your precious stuff.

 

There you go, you are now ready to go apartment hunting, remember to keep all of these things in your mind to ensure that you will find the best apartment to fit your needs and Protect Your Bubble’s renters insurance will go a long way to provide you with peace of mind, assured that the property inside your apartment is safe and protected and you can concentrate more on what is important and that is finishing your studies.

 

 

 

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Apple’s 2013 Announcement Boasts New iPhone 5c Features and a New, More Affordable iPhone

Whether or not you were surprised by Apple’s announcement today, thanks to the rumormill, it’s safe to say that many consumers are excited by the two new devices launching later this month. The new iPhone 5c and the coveted iPhone 5s will hit the market in most countries on Sept. 20, with 5c pre-orders beginning on Sept. 13. But what are the new features?

 

iPhone 5c

The announcement of the new, lower-cost device is music to many ears. We predict that this more affordable device will likely gain the support of a younger audience. Especially with the slew of colorful phone options. Among other features mentioned today include a more powerful battery life and a wide screen video. According to Apple, “5c is beautifully, unapologetically plastic.” The back of the device is composed of a hard-coated polycarbonate material abd the inside of the phone is built with a new steel-inforced construction method. Sounds pretty durable. But what is the pricetag, you ask? The iPhone 5c 16GB will be available for $99 and the 32GB will be available for $199, both with a two-year contract.

 

iPhone 5s

Cosmetically speaking, the iPhone 5s will offer new color options of Silver, Grey, and…Gold, yes, Gold!  Aside from the new look, Apple boasts three noteable new features in the iPhone 5s: A7 chip, Enhanced Camera, and Touch ID.

 

So, let’s begin with phone’s speed. According to today’s announcement, “The iPhone 5s is a huge leap forward in mobile computing performance. It starts with a brand new system on a chip called the A7. A7 is 64-bit, the world’s first and only such CPU in a smartphone.” Basically, this means that the new device will compute at a very, very fast speed. Next, the camera has been enhanced, making phototaking on the iPhone an even better experience. For starters, it has a 15 percent bigger active sensor area. And according to Apple’s announcement, “We know a secret: bigger pixels = better pictures. Our sensor has 1.5 micron pixels.” The enhanced camera also features a flash which has two LEDs and photo-editing capabilities allowing users to use Instagram-like filters on their photos. Finally, the third big feature is Touch ID. This security feature is the likely going to be a big win for consumers. According to TechCrunch “the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is capacitive, 170 microns thin, has a 500 ppi resolution, scans sub-epidermal skin layers, and has 360 degree readability (no matter how you train the sensor to read your finger, it can read it from any rotation).” This phone sounds aweomse, but with all of these features, comes a hefty pricetag: 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399, with a two-year contract. Its starts at $649, sans contract.

 

True to form, Apple does not disappoint with the news from today’s announcement. The big question is: will you be buying one of these new devices? If so, consider iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c insurance from Protect Your Bubble…now available.

 

Image source via Chicago Tribune

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Toddlers & Mobile Gadget Insurance – Why You Need It

Would you give your toddler $700 dollars in cash?  I can just imagine the scenarios of what my kids would do. They would decorate it with stickers, maybe hone their scissor cutting skills, perhaps color it or stash it away in hard to find places… you get the idea!
Yet, I don’t think twice about handing over my smartphone to my tech savvy toddler – whether we are in the car, waiting at doctor’s office or at the store.  But kids will be kids and even with their hi-tech minds, accidents can and will happen.

 

Read on for the top 5 things my kids have accomplished while using my phone and why it is important for you to go and grab an insurance policy for your own mobile phones as well.

 

My kids have:

 

  1. Painted my phone with peanut butter and jelly.
  2. Launched my phone down a flight of stairs.
  3. Successfully dialed work colleagues and proceeded to hang up on them.
  4. Left my phone in my Dad’s car in AZ, when we were on our way to the airport to catch a flight back to Atlanta.  (When I was finally reunited with my phone, you should have seen the selfies of my son’s little face smiling back at me!)
  5. Dropped my husbands’ phone in the toilet.

If you are like me and you let your toddler wreak havoc on your phone, then maybe it’s time to get mobile gadget insuranceIt’s affordable and easy to acquire, at only about $7.99/month for phones or $9.99/month for tablets, you don’t have to worry about lost or broken phones and tablets. These policies protect your gadgets against loss, water damage, cracked screens and more!   So you don’t have to worry that your toddler has gotten a hold of your phone, you can rest easy even if he dunks your phone like a submarine in your aquarium!

 

Visit http://us.protectyourbubble.com/gadget-insurance/ for the easiest way to acquire mobile gadget insurance at affordable rates. Check it out now!

 

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Survey Says: One in Three College Students Lose or Damage their Mobile Phones

Almost everyone will agree that smartphones have become an everyday part of our lives. From answering calls to sms messaging, even checking emails and updating social media, smartphones will be at the heart of all those activities. Many individuals, especially college students who rely on their phones for social and education purposes, are quite attached to their mobile phones. With that idea in mind lost or damaged cellphones have also become quite a common occurrence, more so for these college students who can be quite negligent of their own things—even with their most expensive and beloved gadgets. The recent survey conducted by Protect Your Bubble proves that, here are the results.

 

  • The survey reports that around 32.4% of college kids as well as recent graduates managed to break or lose their phones at least once in their college life, a few more times than that for some. Imagine, that’s 1 out of 3 kids wreaking havoc on their device, an alarming number indeed.
  • College life, of course, is not just about studying and working part-time jobs, it also means a lot of partying and boozing. Whether we admit it or not, it’s one of the most enjoyable activities most college kids enjoy and even look forward to these days and they will go to a bar or party at their dorm every chance they get and mostly, this is where the mishap happens.
  • Think about it: the survey reports that around 11% of these devices broke or got lost or stolen during one of these all-nighters, whether at a dorm party or in a bar and most of the time damage will be made by beer or alcohol spillage and a whopping 8% of these students are too drunk to remember what had happened and they wake up either with a lost phone or a broken device.
  • Another 14% admits to losing or damaging their phone during a school game, perhaps due to the excitement and the adrenalin rush, they drop their phones or leave it on their seats while they stand up, shout and cheer for their favorite team, allowing unscrupulous individuals to pass by and just grab the phone with no one noticing, and the survey notes that this occurred mostly at the Northeast Region.

 

Case in point: one story we found online from a  college kid involved him describing his panic when he realized his phone was not on him. He retraced his steps, located his phone under the dorm’s sofa, dead and dripping wet with beer. He had to let his parents know what happened and to top it all off, he had to work extra hard so he can buy himself a new phone. His parents flat out refused to get him a new one.

 

Smartphones, even tablets and mobile gadgets can be quite expensive and some of these college kids will not be as lucky and get a replacement phone as easily from their parents.  For parents, perhaps it is a worthwhile endeavor to check out protective coverage for college students’ more expensive gadgets given the result of the survey and seeing how easily they can lose or damage their phones. You might find yourself saving a ton of cash when the unthinkable happens and they end up destroying their phones and you have to replace it.

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