Top 10 Celebrity iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S Phone Users

Celebrities are certainly like the rest of us in one respect, they love their smartphones. In fact, we often see them showing off their latest phone in paparazzi pictures and when promoting their TV shows or movies. Naturally, just as their fans are so interested in their activities, they also are interested in their phones as well.

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David Beckham expresses his enjoyment of the Lakers game.

Unsurprisingly, it was easy to find the top ten celebrities who use the iPhone and those that use Samsung as their primary smartphones. Staying in touch with their fans is certainly part of their job and it’s no surprise that each celebrity has their own taste in smartphones.

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Which celebrities prefer the iPhone over the Galaxy S?

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Top 10 Celebrity iPhone Users



Victoria Beckham listening to her husband's text.

David & Victoria Beckham  – Arguably the greatest football player of our generation, David Beckham has thrilled sports fans around the world with his incredible talents as well as his stunning looks. What is also true is that you’ll see many photographs of Beckham using his iPhone which has become a valuable part of his personal gear. Needless to say, his wife Victoria Beckham also uses the iPhone as well.


Brad Pitt – Still one of the world’s sexiest men and huge movie star, Brad Pitt is a proud owner of the iPhone and is frequently photographed by paparazzi while using it.


Ellen Degeneres – America’s #1 daytime talk show host and now twice hosting the Academy Awards, Ellen has legions of fans around the world thanks to her sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor. There is little doubt that Ellen is a big iPhone fan as well, tweeting back in September upon the release of the iPhone 5C, “You guys, I just heard the new iPhone can read your mind. I didn’t even type this. I thought it.”


Jon Cryer – The star of the long-time running hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men” is also seen frequently with his iPhone.


Halle Berry – This Oscar-winning actress is also a recent fan of the iPhone, having recently shifted from a Blackberry.  Needless to say, she is certainly pleased and is often seen around Hollywood talking on her new iPhone.


Jessica Alba – Still one of the hottest stars on the planet is another actress who has recently left her Blackberry behind for the iPhone.



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Kanye West & Kim Kardashian: Another “two-fer” as they are avid iPhone users with Kim recently showing off her figure in a tight bikini thanks to the photo capabilities of her iPhone. Kanye also keeps his iPhone close by as well, frequently being photographed talking to his friends and family on this device.


Miley Cyrus – When she’s not shocking the world, Miley is posting new photos or creating tweets with her iPhone. In fact, her iPhone is arguably one reason why she has stayed in the news to support her new found fame.


Jimmy Fallon – The new host of the Tonight Show is also a big iPhone fan as well. In fact, he recently joked on Twitter, “There’s a new iPhone app that breaks up with your significant other. It’s called ‘Words with Let’s Just Be Friends.”


Lindsay Lohan – Although her recent troubles have garnered more news than her movies, Lindsay is also a well known iPhone fan as well.


Top 10 Celebrity Samsung Galaxy S Users


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Bradley Cooper is excited to have friends.

Ellen Degeneres – Yes, she is also a very famous customer of Samsung Galaxy series as well. After all, it was a Samsung smartphone that took the most retweeted selfie in history at the last Oscar ceremony. Samsung actually just sponsored the Oscar selfie as Ellen still has her iPhone, but it was close enough.


Ewan McGregor – The star of the recent Star Wars trilogy is also a well known user of Samsung smartphones as well.


Jay-Z & Beyonce – Arguably one of the biggest music stars in the world, rapper Jay-Z has also built a powerful brand that has branched out to the fashion world and beyond. Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce are well known fans of the Samsung for their smartphone needs.

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Martha Stewart and Jay-Z using the Galaxy S phone in the afterlife.

Martha Stewart – Still one of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet, Martha is also a proud owner of a Samsung.


LeBron James – The most popular basketball player since Michael Jordan, LeBron is also an avid Samsung smartphone user as well. While a spokesperson for Samsung as well, LeBron is certainly one of the most recognizable stars to use this brand.


Evan Rachel Wood – One of the hottest actresses today, Even Rachel Wood has also been photographed on the set of her latest films using a Samsung.


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Nicole Sherzinger uses a cord phone after losing her Galaxy S.

Nicole Scherzinger – Recording artist who also uses a Samsung as well representing the new wave of smartphone users who prefer this brand.


The Saturdays – This British/Irish all-girl group has certainly made its mark as well while also being known for using Samsung as their smartphone of choice.


David Ferrer – This Spanish tennis star got into a little hot water with Samsung when he tweeted its praises from his iPhone. Still, he officially uses a Samsung it seems.


All in all, the celebrities who use either iPhone or Samsung are often sponsored to do so, much like golfers use clubs and golf balls from particular brands as well. The power of celebrity when it comes to product promotion is certainly potent and whatever these celebrities personal preference may really be, it does come down to if they have a sponsorship or not.

Still, we will no doubt see more Samsung and iPhones being used by celebrities as long as they take photos of themselves or the paparazzi is present.

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Less Worry for Crazy Family Vacations – Free Travel Insurance for Kids!


Griswold's heading to Wallyworld

My grandmother was once asked if she wanted to go on a family vacation and 8 hour car trip with me and my 3 younger sisters.  Her response was, “I don’t want to drive to the end of the driveway with you crazy people!”  Family vacations can be crazy, but they are always worth the effort though… except when you are traveling to Wallyworld while they are closed for renovation.


There are always a lot more logistics to factor in when kids are involved on road trips, plane rides, hotels, and any other moving part of your travels.  Here are a few tips for traveling with your family:


Call for Hotel Hospitality – Let them know that you are traveling with your kids and see what they have to offer to make your stay easier.  Some hotels have cribs they can offer that will allow you to leave the pack-and-play behind.  They may even have certain rooms that have a little more space if they know that there are going to be several people sleeping in the room.  It never hurts to ask, and their goal is to make your stay great.


Packing Light – Airlines and car trunks don’t like a lot of bags.  If you have one big suitcase, use it for multiple family members, but keep it under 50 lbs to avoid additional fees.  If you are checking bags for a flight, let each person carry a backpack with one change of clothes and things to do on the trip.  Take an inexpensive and light umbrella stroller instead of the behemoth if you can.  Lastly, you never need as many clothes as you think, especially for little kids clothes.  If the place you are staying has a washer/dryer, plan to use it, and your packing will be much easier.

Save the Screen – My wife and I used to put the kids in the car and immediately turn on the DVD player.  The problem is that the kids lose interest after a little bit and the “Are we there yet’s” and “I’m hungry’s” crank up.  If your secret weapon is a game on an iPad or a DVD player in the car, see if you can start the trip with books and small toys to keep them happy and save the entertainment for the area of the trip you usually experience the primetime meltdowns.


Bottles Up & Down – If you are flying with a baby or a small child, give them something drink on the way up to 30,000 feet and on the way down to keep the pressure in their ears down as well.  For older kids, chewing gums does well too.  Also change that diaper quick – while you and your spouse like to play “Who’s gonna change it” with each other, your fellow passengers are not as used to that lovely aroma.

Yakkity Yakk –In the middle of the trip and somebody is getting sick?  If you are in the US, use your smartphone to find a good doctor nearby.  Apps like ZocDoc and BetterDoctor are great for seeing local doctors, their specialties, and their customer ratings.  If you have travel insurance and you are out of the country, call them first to see what guidance they can provide for your medical needs.


We understand that the trip with your family is a lot to plan and execute in order to create a lifetime of memories.  This week, Protect Your Bubble released a new Travel Insurance program that allows you to add up to 3 kids for free to your policy for every insured adult or parent on the policy.  That’s right…free!


So while you are planning how to get the whole family through security at the airport, you don’t have to worry as much about unforeseen doctor visits or trip mishaps for your kiddos during the trip.  Buy the travel insurance policy for you, and cover the kiddos too for free!


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The New HTC One M8 – Everything You Need to Know

htc one m8After months of leaks and rumors, HTC has finally launched the successor to its 2013 HTC One flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8. Featuring a new larger display, an evolved metal design and powerful upgraded specifications, HTC has high hopes that it will replicate the success of its predecessor.


Availability and Price

The HTC One is being launched in over 100 countries to over 230 carriers. Right now it is available for order in North America from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, and Tellus for immediate shipping. T-Mobile announced it will be selling the phone online and in stores on April 11. The price for the phone is $199 with a 2 year contract or $649 with no contract.



The HTC One M8 is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, houses a 5-inch Super LCD HD 1080p display, a Gorilla glass cover, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and up to 128GB expandable microSD card storage. It is compatible with every imaginable 2G, 3G and 4G network, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX. The battery has 2600 mAh capacity, and will be good for up to 20 hours of 3G talk time, or up to 496 hours of standby on a 3G network connection.


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The HTC One M8′s standout feature is its camera setup. The HTC One M8 features an upgraded version of the 4.1MP “Ultrapixel” camera seen on the original One. The upgraded camera features a new beefed up imaging co-processor and two lenses in the rear known as the “Duo Camera” system. The Duo Camera technology uses a second supporting lens to let the rear camera capture spatial information, allowing for advanced special effects. This lets users to create 3D-like images and retroactively adjust the point of focus on a captured image. The primary rear camera has HTC’s UltraPixel module with 2.0 um pixels and a 1/3-inch sensor, shooting at f/2.0 with a 28mm lens. The rear camera also has dual LED flash and full 1080p HD video recording. The front camera has been upgraded as well, from 2.1 megapixels to 5 megapixels. This allows for ultra clear selfies.



The HTC One M8 runs on a customized version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat.


The home screen has an upgraded version of HTC’s Blinkfeed new aggregation service. The new Blinkfeed offers the same push update tiled interface as the original version, but supports a number of new news outlets and adds the ability to get “batch updates”. Batch updates let you set Blinkfeed to only push updates about specific topics or hashtags.


A new “Sensor Hub” tracks the user’s movements to count steps, and it also enables a variety of motion, tap and swipe gestures that can be performed while the phone’s display is off. For example, double-tapping on the screen will wake the HTC One from sleep, or swiping to the right on the sleeping display will unlock the phone directly to the BlinkFeed screen.


The HTC One M8 offers gesture control. The M8 has what HTC is calling Motion Launch, which is a series of gesture controlled shortcuts to let you activate the screen, answer calls, and turn the lock screen on and off without swiping or tapping. It does this using low-power monitoring of orientation, speed, etc., with its onboard sensors to predict what you’ll want to do when you unlock the device.

HTC-One-M8-ColorsThe new HTC One seems like a solid improvement on the original and is available in three colors: The familiar “glacial silver,” a very nice new “amber gold” color, and our favorite, “gunmetal gray,” which features a brushed finish. With the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2, HTC has taken the lead for the 2014 smartphone race.


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Can Paying My Taxes Affect My Credit Score?

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Tax time is a stressful time. Do you worry that tax issues will spill over to your credit reports and affect your credit score? The good news is that owing the IRS doesn’t affect your credit score, but how you choose to pay your taxes does.

The following are 4 ways that you can pay your tax bill and the implications to your credit score:


Personal Loan

If you apply for a loan to settle a large tax bill, the personal loan amount and your monthly payment record will be reflected in your credit reports. Note that the fact that you applied for a loan will count as an inquiry into your credit score and this will lower your credit score as well, but the drop is merely temporary. If you are considering applying for a personal loan, you should begin by assessing your credit strengths and weaknesses. You can minimize loan applications by first determining a lender’s minimum credit score requirements. Choose a lender with credit requirements that will match your credit score.


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Having a large credit line is an advantage for most people. Charging a tax bill can be an option for credit card holders. If you’re already consuming a large amount of your available credit, there will be consequences to your credit score. Charging a credit that is nearing its limit can impact your credit utilization ratio. This measures about 30% of your overall credit score.



Paying a tax bill by IRS installment agreements will not affect your credit score in any way. This is because installment agreements are not reported to credit reporting agencies.


Tax Lien

If you owe a large amount of taxes or if you fail to resolve your debt quickly, the IRS will issue you a tax lien which will reflect on your credit reports.  Tax liens fall into the negative category, alongside collection accounts or bankruptcy. Unless you take the necessary steps to get this withdrawn, these can stay on your credit report for 7 years after the tax liability is resolved. If successful, your credit scores could rise significantly, provided that the rest of the information on your reports is positive. Fortunately, the IRS has made some changes to its tax lien policies, making it easier for taxpayers to get liens withdrawals after paying their tax bills.


When deliberating on how to pay your taxes, best give your credit score a look. Armed with this information, it will be easier to determine which payment method is best suited for your current financial situation. Whatever the case, it is always a good idea to continually monitor your credit.
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Best March Madness Basketball Apps

It’s March Madness time!  NCAA’s annual college basketball tournament is upon us once again.  It’s one of the most exciting sporting events of the year, filled with enough drama to make Days of our Lives look tame.  Unexpected buzzer beaters, rising superstars, and bracket busters occur throughout the course of the event, which lasts from March 18 to April 7.  We’ve created a list of the top March Madness apps for our rejoicing basketball brethren as this year’s tournament will surely contain copious amounts of unadulterated excitement.


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The NCAA March Madness Live app is the official app of the tournament. This app allows you to stream the basketball games live through your phone or tablet.  Access is only available to paid TV subscribers as the games are being broadcasted through CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV.  A temporary 3 hour preview ticket grants access to users before login is required.  The official app is perfect for on the go viewers or people on the job.  You’re always just a bathroom break away from watching live basketball action.  If you are unable to watch the games, at least you will keep updated with the live score and stats tracker.



With many games overlapping each other, it is difficult to catch all the action.  The Thuuz app makes it easier to follow the hectic 68 man team tournament.  Thuuz rates live and upcoming games on a scale of 1-100, 100 being the most exciting game possible.  80 would be considered a great game.  A game rated 10 would be a blowout of monumental proportions.  Even more, Thuuz sends alerts of live games in progress once an excitement threshold has been crossed, indicating many scenarios like a large impending  comeback or a down to the wire close game.  This ensures you won’t miss out on any thrillers or billie jeans.


Tournament Bracket Tracker

Keeping track of your bracket is a must especially when you have multiple variations for different office pools. The Yahoo Sports Tourney Pickem and ESPN Tournament Challenge seem to be the most popular bracket apps.  Both apps are free to use and play.  Yahoo is sponsoring celebrity pools with NBA superstars Paul George, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony.  It definitely would be worthwhile to beat Carmelo Anthony and his Syracuse alma mater with a bracket dubbed “Honey Nut Cheerios.”  Yahoo also offers a $1 billion bracket challenge sponsored by Quicken Loans.  The ESPN bracket app allows for a chance to win $10,000 and tickets to the Final Four in Dallas, TX.


ESPN SportsCenter

The ESPN SportsCenter app is good to keep updated on the latest news, scores, analysis, and highlight videos.  One of the more important features of this app is the video highlights, which lets you view the most exciting plays of every game.  It’s all powered by ESPN, so that means you can get your daily dose of Jay Bilas, Andy Katz, and of course Dick Vitale.  Best of all, the SC app has Twitter integration so you can get the latest and most unsubstantiated rumors from a plethora of pseudo sports analysts like Chris Broussard, Stephen A. Smith, and Skip Bayless.  The ESPN TwitterSphere has just confirmed from unreliable sources that the Canadian basketball prodigy Andrew Wiggins will be skipping the NCAA Tournament to join the Harlem Globe Shakers.  Sources have also confirmed that he will be compensated with a $50 gift card to Tim Hortons.

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Andrew Wiggin's expression in response to the $50 Tim Hortons gift card.

With all these apps available at your finger tips, getting consumed by the March Madness experience is now easier than ever!  Please subscribe to the blog below to stay up to date.



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