Technology Time Machine [Infographic]

technology evolution

Ever wonder what life was like before the advent of modern communications and consumer technology?  So have we.  We put together an infographic of all the popular devices that have advanced modern technology from 1876 to today.

 

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Mobile Security: The Scariest Things About Your Smartphone

 

phone malwareSmartphones are more than just mobile phones. A smartphone is a device with built-in functions of a personal digital assistant – a miniature personal computer. They have revolutionized our on the go lives. However with the prevalence of smartphones and all the benefits they bring, there is also a dark side to these devices. In spirit of the Halloween season, here are 3 of the scariest things about your smartphone:

 

Privacy is Thin

The scariest part of owning a smartphone is that very little information contained in its memory is actually kept private. Though the policies of the internet and service providers often differ, most of them comprise a provision for accessing the information of their users from any corner of the world. Over the years, the news has been full of stories about smartphones loaded with secret software that follows our every move and can easily track keystrokes.

 

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If you own a smartphone, you should know that you’ve basically given up a good chunk of your privacy. Your cellular carrier already has a record of every number you’ve dialed, every SMS you’ve sent, every website you’ve visited, and every place you’ve ever been too. 99% of the apps available on the market access your data for various reasons – make sure the app is worthwhile before approving unnecessary access to your data.

 

Viruses & Malware

Although viruses and malware on smartphones are less prevalent than that of a personal computer, smartphone viruses do in fact exist. However, the vast number of smartphone viruses usually attack jail-broken or modified devices. According to Craig Rosewarne, MD at Wolfpack and founder and chairman at Information Security Group of Africa, “The latest mobile malware statistics are alarmingly high, especially for Android, because it is an open platform.”

 

android-virus

Rosewarne also states that while Android has the global market share, the platform is also responsible for 97% of mobile threats detected in 2013. Referencing the latest mobile threat report from online security company F-Secure, he says more than 100,000 variants of malware were found on Android during 2013. “No new malware was found for BlackBerry, iOS or Window.” Rosewarne also warns the public of some “seriously scary” malware out there, this includes strains that can compromise sensitive information, like bank information.

 

Mobile Payment Systems mobile payment banking

We have seen a rise in financial transactions from mobile devices. Whether it is something as simple as sending funds via PayPal, or something more elaborate like scanning checks via your smartphone for bank deposits, never before has money so freely been transferred digitally. That is a scary thing. Just one wrong decimal place, one bug in some software could clear out your account.

 

Is your mobile payment system secure? Banks invest a lot of money into their security to prevent such potential hacking and cellular encryption technologies have made it far more difficult for casual criminals to hacks passwords or information by listening to radio traffic. But as the saying goes, there is no system that is foolproof. When money is “only digital”, that is a definite risk. If you go with digital, you are placing yourself firmly on “the grid”, with the ability to be monitored, tracked, and even hacked.

 

nfc payment

With the advent of Apple’s mobile payment system known as Apple Pay, digital payments will surge in 2015. It utilizes the NFC transmission system, which has been proven to be vulnerable in the past. Apple’s iCloud was recently hacked, which means it is only a matter of time before hackers target Apple Pay.

 

Protect Your Bubble specializes in safe guarding everything in your life, including your smartphone and identity with our protection plans.  We also offer Snap Secure, a free mobile security app, free with our Identity Theft protection plan.

 


 

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Hooray! New Apple iPads and Macs Announced

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Finally, the wait is over. Apple just released everything you wanted and need to know about the new iPad, iPad mini, and iMac.

 

apple truhtAll I’ve been hearing this whole time is iPad 6 this, and iPad Air 2014 that, but finally Apple has confirmed the name iPad Air 2, a 6.1mm thin tablet—the world’s thinnest tablet yet! Apple said it best, “You can stack two iPad Air 2’s, and it’s still thinner than the original iPad.” Now that’s ingenuity for ya! Not to brag or anything…ahem…all you Android users out there, but Apple has sold 225 million iPads around the world and is rated #1 in customer satisfaction, and has 675,000 apps in its iPad app store, which is a huge advantage over their competition. Not to mention Apple announced that its line-up of tablets have the lowest price point on the market, with a reduced price point of $100 across the board. Pre-orders begin today, with the 16GB model starting at $499.

 

1. iPad Air 2

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Display

  • Single component with no air gaps.
  • Reduced internal reflection with anti-reflective coating, which reduces reflections by 56%. Lowest reflectivity of any tablet.
  • Improved retina display.

System

You wanted Indy 500 fast, well Apple delivered with 40% faster CPU performance, which is 12x faster than the original iPad! Apple also built-in an A8X chip specifically for iPad Air 2 with 3B transistors. Calling All Gamers, I repeat, Calling All Gamers, Apple didn’t forget about you, they upped the ante with 10 hours of battery life for non-stop marathon playing and 180x faster graphic performance, bringing engines from desktop gaming to iPad Air 2.

 

Camera

Everything looks sexier in slo-mo. Just imagine Betty White in a bikini running on the beach (there’s a nice visual for ya). Moments like these are made possible with Apple’s addition of slo-mo capabilities for capturing videos at 120 frames per second along with REPLAY a video editing app, which lets users add in motion graphics and music using their iPad. Available for free at the end of October.

  • Edit photos on the device.
  • 8MP camera with 1.12 pixels, ƒ/2.4 aperture.
  • Burst Mode photos to do time laps and high speed action photos.
  • Facetime camera on the front side lets in 80% more light for burst selfies,
  • Improved face detection.

Price & Availability

$499 16GB

$599 64GB

$699 128 GB

+$130 for WIFI + Cellular

 

Bonus: Touch ID

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I am happy to report that one of the most requested features for the next generation of Apple iPad tablets—TouchID, is a go. TouchID on this device lets you to quickly unlock your iPad, it works with iOS 8 developer apps, and it lets you purchase using Apple Pay. Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 will tout this feature.

 

2. iPad Mini 3

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The Lowdown

It’s exactly the same as the iPad Mini 2.  Seriously. What. The only added feature is the Touch ID. Big disappointment. Move along Apple fan boys.

 

Price & Availability: iPad mini 3

16GB $399

$64 GB $499

128 GB $599

 

3. iMac Retina 5K

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Display

Apple’s iMac with Retina display is a force to be reckoned. You have two options to choose from a 21.5 inch or a 27 inch display, but our hearts are with the mammoth 27 incher. This work of art has a 27 in. 5120×2880 display with 14.7 million pixels, making it the world’s highest resolution 5k retina display. It has 7x more pixels than an HD TV, and it’s only 5mm thin! The iMac has 4x more bandwidth, it uses oxide TFT to charge pixels quicker and longer, organic passivation…say that 5x fast… to increase image quality, new backlight technology, and it uses 30% less energy.

 

System

3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon R9 chip M29OX, 8GB memory, 45% faster than previous version, 1TB Fusion Drive, Energy Star 6.1 ratings.

 

Price & Availability

Ships today!

21.5inch $1099

27 inch $1799

 

4. Mac Mini

mac mini Mac Mini has been updated with a faster processor 4th generation Intel Core Processors, graphics Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000, storage, WIFI 802.11ac, 2 thunderbolt 2 ports. Starts at $499, and ships today!

 

Ah, Yosemite OS, if it performs anything like the images suggest then we will all be in Apple heaven. Yosemite and OS8 work together better than ever. All of your documents are synced with iCloud photo library, taking full advantage of Wi-Fi to airdrop files. Apple stressed Continuity of their devices, which makes them aware of each other. It all starts with with a swipe across the screen to transfer files to another. There is also the ability to send and receive text message to any device. During the live cast Apple demo’d what they called “the world of continuity” when using Yosemite. The user can pick up where they left off on the other device by swiping up, and the system knows right where you were in the other document.

 

We were all on the edge of our seats when Apple mentioned the word iCloud, especially with all the flack it received after the incidents with Hollywood’s hottest stars nude picture reportedly being hacked from their iCloud accounts, but Apple put us at ease again flashing all its upgrades including:

  • Vibrant icons
  • Rich Typography
  • Spotlight-taps into sources on the internet, like Wikipedia, which provides answer to your questions without finishing typing
  • Safari is Fast-6x faster than other browsers [3+hours longer!]
  • Maildrop send to up to 5GB files, which are protected on iCloud
  • iWork- productivity suite, a new design, functional update to numbers ability to transpose tables, along with text effects. Available Monday and it’s free.
  • iOS 8.1 free, available Monday
  • iCloud Drive- Access to files across all devices.

 

Apple has officially made it even easier to become a couch potato. As if I need another reason to live a sedentary life. Their new Apple Watch, which is slated for release in early 2015, can be used as a remote. Yes people, a remote! But according to Apple’s “Chief of Secrecy”, Stephen Colbert, Apple needs to hurry up and release the iWatch. Colbert famously said, “You know what I see when I look at my wrist? My wrist! Get to Work!” Our sentiments exactly.

 

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Infographic: The Fate of Protected Apple Devices

Ever wonder what happens to your PYB protected Apple devices?  We sifted through our data created this infographic for your pleasure.  As you can see, the iPhone 5s and 5c account for 58% of Apple phone claims.  The iPad 4 represents 52% of damaged iPads.  Geographically, California knows how damage their iPhones as they are a highly populated state.  Not surprisingly, cracked screens are the biggest problem consumers have with their iPhones.  Dang clumsy hands!

 

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What We Like Most About The New iPhone 6

One of the great things about Apple is that they have continued to develop their proprietary technology. Consumers should be grateful that Samsung is a competent competitor to Apple, allowing for both companies to continually push the envelope with each new iteration of their flagship smartphones.

 

On September 19th, Apple made available to the market its newest addition to the iPhone family, the much anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Everything you love about iPhones is still found in the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus, only everything is just better, so much better. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over the weekend. Here are the top 3 things we like most about the new iPhone 6:

 

1. The Huge Screen

 

The iPhone 6 comes with Retina HD display – which can only be described as bigger and more enhanced.  The regular iPhone 6 comes with a 326ppi (pixels-per-inch) screen resolution while the Plus unit packs up to 440ppi. Both units show a marked improvement in terms of contrast ratio and viewing angle.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-in display. This is great news for users who prefer bigger screens for their mobile phone. The iPhone 6 Plus ‘phablet’ essentially replaces the need for an iPad Mini – that’s how big it is! Although at times it seems like a struggle to grasp the phone in one hand, watching Vine videos have become more enjoyable on the large vibrant screen. That is an acceptable trade-off in our book.

 

2. The Sharp Camera

 

If you’ve managed to snag the latest iPhone, you’ll notice that your camera photos are significantly less blurry. This is because Apple is using a combination of the A8 SoC and the M8 motion coprocessor. The lens itself offer optical image stabilization, even in low light, you can still produce much sharper photos. The much improved camera features hold a respectable 8MP sensor, with ‘focus pixels’ which allows for a quicker auto-focus – a feature you’d normally expect to find on high end cameras.

It also allows you to do 43 megapixel panorama shots too. But what makes the camera feature stand out as compared to its predecessors is the slow motion function, taking more frames-per-second. The slo-mode supports upwards of 240 fps, this is definitely something worth bragging about to your family and friends. Props to Apple for allowing us to capture slo-mo reactions of our friends’ horrified faces when we prank them.

 

3. VoLTE and WiFi Calling

 

With every release of the iPhone, Apple significantly improves the wireless radio capabilities and the iPhone 6 generation is no exception to such improvement. VoLTE (Voice over LTE) support is now available. In addition, iOS 8 adds the ability to make calls over WiFi when cell coverage isn’t available. In addition to dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n that it offered in previous generations, it now also offers WiFi 802.11ac. For smartphone users with poor coverage, this feature is possibly one of the top reasons why purchasing the iPhone 6 is worth every dollar spent. All too often we find ourselves losing cell coverage in the lobby of tall buildings. No longer is this an issue and business travelers can now breathe a sigh of relief at those massive conferences.

As always, Apple aims to please. Indeed, it is very clear that Apple has more than delivered and has made history yet again the demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been overwhelming!

 


 

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iPhone 6 Launch: It’s Here!

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The craziness of the Apple phenomenon had everyone show up at Broadway Shopping Centre in Sydney – all sharing a common passion – to buy the newest, latest and best Apple gadget. Since the recent iPhone 6 announcement, there has been a noticeable commotion from retailers and carriers as they try to position themselves ahead of the market share. It can be safe to declare that this year’s iPhone launch is vastly different as compared to the previous years because this time around, the market has matured, all 4 carriers will now offer the latest smartphone.

 

iphone 6 launch Broadway Centre

Those that are hoping to snag the latest iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are encouraged to call their local stores for specific information on opening times and potential stock.  We’ve gathered up a list of US locations that will be selling the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, listed below:

 

  • Apple retail stores – 8AM local time
  • Verizon Wireless – 8AM local time (Not all stores are accepting walk-up purchases, and opening times will vary)
  • AT&T – 8AM local time
  • T-Mobile – 9AM – 10AM local time, but opening times vary
  • Sprint – 8AM local time
  • RadioShack – 9AM – 10AM local time, but opening times vary
  • Best Buy – 8AM local time
  • Sam’s Club – 8AM local time
  • Target – Availability will vary
  • Walmart – Availability will vary
  • Staples – Availability will vary

At Apple Store locations, procedure will be slightly different than it has in past years as Apple will also be handing out iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units to customers who opted for Personal Pickup when pre-ordering online last week. All buyers will be directed to wait in one line until approximately 5AM, at which point they will be split into two lines: one for Personal Pickup and one for customers hoping to purchase a device on launch day.

 

iphone line

As they do every year, Apple will hand out refreshments like coffee and water, and ahead of the store’s opening, customers in the walk-in line (who did not pre-order) will be given a digital Reservation Pass (sent via email or SMS) to guarantee them an iPhone. This year’s Reservation Passes replace the paper cards that have been handed out in past years.

 

iphone water

If you’re a walk-in customer planning to wait in line, ideally you want to arrive as early as possible. Customers that want to get their hands on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are already waiting in line across the US stores, and will wait through the night. According to multiple sources, supplies of the iPhone are expected to be low, with the iPhone 6 Plus being in extremely short supply. While a significant number of devices will be delivered to customers beginning September 19th and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October.

 

iphone sales

Some analysts believe with the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple is poised to begin another “super cycle.” Brian White, managing director and global head of technology hardware, software and equity research at Cantor Fitzgerald, releases the following statement: “We believe Apple is in the midst of another ‘super cycle’ that begins with the rapidly growing ‘phablet’ market via the iPhone 6 Plus and extends into the wearable category in early 2015 with Apple Watch.”

 

With every iPhone announced and released, Apple enthusiasts around the world proved their unflinching loyalty yet again during the global launch of the iPhone 6 on this day.

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3 Innovative iPhone 6 Features That Didn’t Make The Cut

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The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were just revealed a few days ago with a slew of cool new features like Apple Pay and Focus Pixels.  What you don’t know is that Apple’s technology scientists at the secretive Apple iLab developed some other unique features that ultimately didn’t end up in the final product.  Lucky for you, Protect Your Bubble was able to gain exclusive access to these radical technologies by befriending Tim Cook’s landscaper.

 

1. DNA ID Sensoriphone dna sensor

If you thought the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that debuted with the iPhone 5s was awesome, wait until you see the DNA ID sensor that Apple initially planned for the iPhone 6.  The Touch ID sensor was supposed to be a secure way to access your phone, but hackers found a way to bypass it with wood glue and other methods.  The DNA ID sensor was developed to be the ultimate unbreakable security measure for your iPhone 6.  Instead of using your fingerprint, the iPhone 6 would require a sample of your blood or saliva every time you wanted to unlock the screen.  Simple, convenient, and super effective!

 

 

2. iMindimind 2

Along with the microwave and Shake Weight, the technology was originally developed by the U.S. military at Area 51.  iMind reads your thoughts and interprets the appropriate actions to be taken.  The goal of the iMind was to make finger and screen interactions obsolete.  Hate the 5 o’clock meeting you’re stuck in?  iMind will automatically populate job searches and apply for them on LinkedIn while you daydream.  Dislike your inconsiderate neighbor who mows the lawn at 7am on a Saturday morning?  Sensing your distress, iMind will purchase and overnight ship a hunting rifle to your doorstep.  As you can imagine, iMind could have detrimental consequences and was phased out of the final iPhone 6 product for safety concerns.

 

3. Invisible Force Field

That’s right nerds.  This isn’t Star Wars.  THIS IS APPLE!

this is apple

Apple developed force field technology 2 years ago, but felt the world wasn’t ready for it.  They tested it out on the iPhone 6 with the objective of preventing falling iPhones from getting damaged.  No more cracked screens and broken devices?  Sounds like a utopia!  As you can see from the test video below, Apple’s aural sensors will trigger a force field when it detects the programmed instruction of a synched clap and a vocal command.

 

 


 

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Revealed! Here’s Everything You Need To Know

iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 PlusApple has just released all the deets on the new iPhone.  Here’s what you need to know.

 

Display

That’s right folks.  Apple will be releasing two versions of their new iPhone – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  The regular iPhone 6 will have a 4.7 inch screen while the iPhone 6 Plus will have a 5.5 inch screen, making both versions bigger than the current iPhone 5s.  It is clear that Apple is trying to target a new demographic with their monstrous iPhone 6 Plus – sumo wrestlers, sasquatch, and Transformers.

iphone 6 sizes

In terms of picture clarity, the iPhone 6 display will contain 1 million pixels and the Plus will contain 2 million pixels.  According to Apple, their ultra-HD displays will be officially dubbed as Retina HD.  Based on their naming convention, I will assume the pixel overload will blind your retinas from the immaculate picture quality.  Apple also introduced an ion-strengthened screen cover for the display.  Let’s hope it’s not too durable or I might be out of a job.

 

Body

Apple should’ve gotten the Real Slim Shady to stand up for this event because the new iPhone 6 is quite slim!  The iPhone 6 will be 6.9mm thin while the Plus will be 7.1mm thin.  If it was any thinner, I would be scared of getting a paper cut from holding the new iPhone.  The iPhone 6 is so thin that a thin mint cookie is actually bigger.  I’ve attached a picture below so you can have your mind blown visually.

iphone 6 thin

System

The latest iOS 8 is confirmed to appear on the iPhone 6.  Moreover, the A8 chip is the new 64-bit cpu processor that will power this beastly phone.  Apple claims the iPhone 6 will run 50x faster than the original iPhone, which means you can theoretically text 50x faster!

iphone 50x faster

Furthermore, Apple will be upgrading their new M8 motion processor that can track your every movement whether if you’re cycling, running, swimming, etc.  It can even detect elevation.  The NSA will be thanking Apple for this new feature.

nsa apple

Camera

There will be an 8 MP camera with a new iSight sensor that will “focus pixels” twice as fast as the iPhone 5s.  Overall, image stabilization will be better resulting in less blurry photos and better low-lighting captures.  There will be a new selfie burst mode that will allow you to take 10 photos in a second.  Thanks Apple, now my grandma will be posting 10 selfies of herself playing Mahjong on Instagram!

iphone 6 camera

Pricing & Availability

The iPhone 6 will cost $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, and $399 for 128 GB with a two-year contract.  iPhone 6 Plus will be $100 more at $299 for 16GB with a two-year contract.  Pre-orders begin Friday, Sept. 12 and ships Friday, Sept. 19.  It will be available in 115 countries by end of 2014.

iphone 6 pricing

Apple Pay

Apple introduced their new mobile payment system called Apple Pay.  It will utilize NFC technology and basically transform your iPhone into a digital credit card and make one-touch payments possible. Because that’s what we need – to make impulse buying more convenient.  “It is so cool!” exclaimed Tim Cook during the live event.  Yeah I am not so sure he will be that enthusiastic when he gets ihacked and has all his credit card information stolen.

Apply Pay

BONUS: Apple Watch aka iWatch

The Apple Watch has been revealed.  It utilizes a digital crown that controls the watch, much like rotary dials on an old school land-line phone.  The Apple Watch will be built from only the finest materials including stainless steel, aluminum, and 18-karat gold alloys.  There will be a plethora of apps available on the Apple Watch like the clock app, which conveniently tells time. One touted feature is the ability to share your heart beat with other people through the Apple Watch.  In unrelated news, pre-orders of Apple Watches have been sold out due to immense demand from nursing homes.

iWatch Digital Crown

Fitness is an area Apple is really focusing on with the Apple Watch.  With the prevalence of FuelBand and FitBit wristbands, there is a big opportunity here as Apple Watch is being pushed as an all-day fitness tracker and sports watch in a single device.  The Apple Watch will include 2 critical fitness apps – Activity app and Workout app.  With these apps you can track all physical feats you have done throughout the day from walking, running, cycling, etc.  Important: the Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or above to operate.

iwatch fitness

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Pre-iPhone 6 Reveal: 4 Things You Should Be Aware Of

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Apple will be revealing their heavily anticipated iPhone 6 on Tuesday, September 9.  Here are some things you should be aware of before the event of the year!

 

1. State of the Global Smartphone Market

The 2 giant smartphone makers, Samsung and Apple, have previously dominated the market with their products.  Most recently however, new Chinese companies have started to churn out some great new phones, taking away market share from the 2 heavy players.  Chinese vendors now account for 1/3 of all Android handsets.

 

Xiaomi Chinese Phone

The well-received Chinese smartphone: Xiaomi

In terms of software, the Android OS continues to expand its lead over Apple’s iOS.  According to BI Intelligence, Android has 84% market share over iOS’s 11% share.  This continues to be a problem for Apple as it has historically had trouble establishing its foothold in countries across the globe.  Will the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8 be able to reverse this trend?  Only time will tell.

 

iOS market share

Apple's iOS has had stagnant growth

 

2. iCloud Hacking Scandal

With the recent events of celebrity photos being obtained and leaked by hackers, analysts and consumers alike have questioned the vulnerability of the iCloud.  The iPhone 6 will undoubtedly utilize the iCloud platform more heavily than previous iPhones.  With that in mind, smartphone users are becoming more reluctant to trust personal, sensitive data to cloud platforms that clearly have security issues.  Some users have already responded to the events by beefing up their mobile security with specialized smartphone data protection apps.

 

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The iCloud has been iHacked

3. Sapphire Glass vs Gorilla Glass

Apple is rumored to be installing a new Sapphire Glass that is more durable, resistant, and bendable than the Gorilla Glass they use on their current iPhones.  This may sound like an automatic win, but some researchers like Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies have their doubts.  Soneria is concerned that Sapphire may be more brittle than glass.  Soneira states, “Breakage is a complicated process.  It depends on the stresses that are involved when something falls and that’s really hard to predict without doing testing.  And I would think Sapphire might be more prone to breakage than Gorilla Glass.”

 

Sapphire Glass Preview

 

4. iWatch

Not to steal iPhone 6’s thunder, but the iWatch is expected to debut during Apple’s big event on September 9.  Early media reports have claimed that the iWatch will come in 2 sizes – 1.3in screen and a 1.5in display version.  Memory space will be limited to 8GB of internal storage, which is a large amount for a watch.  The Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch has only 4 GB of storage in comparison.  The aim for the iWatch is for it to be more than just a wrist-worn controller for your smartphone.  Apple wants it to be a standalone product that can operate independently.

iWatch

The iWatch for your iWrist

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Summer Vacation Never Dies: 5 Travel Ideas for Fall

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Whether you spent your summer lounging by the sapphire waters of a faraway land or slaving away in an office cubicle, you don't have to give up on vacation once Labor Day hits. Here are five fall vacation ideas for in-love duos, adults married with children, and singletons living for a good cocktail.

 

1. Belated Beach Trip

Somehow, someway, summer escaped—and you never even caught a glimpse of the ocean. Luckily, the beach and ocean are open year-round, especially in SoCal, where autumn is basically a continuation of summer. And by September and October, the crowds diminish and hotel rates go down. Where to go? The quaint surf town of Encinitas is a laid-lack Cali destination. Unlike L.A. and San Diego, Encinitas moves at a slower pace, and it has an eclectic downtown featuring various surf shops, coffeehouses and record stores.  So pack it up, get a protected rental car, and road trip it out to always sunny California.
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Photo by Mikefairbanks via Wikimedia Commons

 

Aquatic insurance: A dry phone is a working phone, but accidents happen. From stand-up paddle boarding to an extra-large latte, one small slip-up, and your phone could ultimately meet its demise. In this kind of emergency, you'll be happy you had liquid and water damage coverage.

 

2. Harvest Weekend Getaway

A break from the norm doesn't have to include a long-distance road trip crossing state lines or flying overseas. Day trips are fun too. For young families with kids back in school, the fall weekend is a great time to get away, even if it's just a jaunt to a nearby town. September signals the start of fall and the soon-to-be pumpkin-flavored everything pandemic: Pumpkin lattes. Pumpkin cheesecake. Pumpkin bars. Pumpkin beer. Pumpkin pie. And pumpkin patches. Take the fam to a pumpkin patch, apple orchard, corn maze or hayride for harvest fun, and don't forget to take pictures for Instagram.