A Look at How Students Damage Their Phones, Laptops, Tablets & More

As back to school is in full swing, Protect Your Bubble decided to take a look at how students damage their beloved tech devices like their smartphones, laptops, tablets, and more.

 

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  • 79% repair or replace their devices during the school year
  • 30% of those devices are smartphones and laptops at an average combined cost of $911
  • 62% of damaged devices stem from physical damage
  • 17% of damaged devices stem from mechanical failure
  • 86% of students continue to use their device after it has been damaged
  • 4% of students said someone else caused damage to their devices
  • 23% of damaged devices were smartphones, followed by 16% for tablets & e-readers
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Top 3 iPhone and Galaxy S Shortcuts

For cell phone owners who are always on the go, Protect Your Bubble knows that your time is vital. We’ve highlighted a few simple cellphone shortcuts that will speed up some processes while you are on your way to your next destination.

 

IPhone Users

Shake to undo - This one can be a little awkward at times but it’s also a bit of a life saver. If you’ve just typed a long sentence and accidentally deleted it, you can give your iPhone a shake to bring up the undo/redo button. Just make sure you’re holding onto your iPhone tight before you shake it.

 

Delete the last digit in the calculator by swiping – If you use the calculator app a lot there’s a handy time-saving trick you might not know exists. If you’ve just typed a long number and want to delete the most recent digit you entered, you can swipe left or right in the black area where your calculation appears.

 

Use your headphones to take a selfie – Selfies are all the rage right now (as we’re sure you’ve noticed) so this handy trick can help you get a better shot. When the camera app is open on your iPhone, you can use the volume up button on your headphones to take a photo. Not only does this reduce shake, it also means you can take a more natural-looking photo from further away or take a photo hands-free.

Galaxy S Users

Make the keyboard smarter – If you’re using the stock Samsung keyboard, make sure you’ve got predictive text and swipe typing enabled. If you don’t you should try it out – you’ll be amazed at the time savings both deliver. Go to the keyboard and long press the button to the left of the space bar. Tap the Settings cog and make sure Predictive Text is ”On” and Keyboard Swipe is set to ”Continuous Input”. Or you could replace the keyboard with Swift Key.

 

Save battery with smarter Wi-Fi – If you have your Wi-Fi set to disconnect whenever the screen is off you might think you’re saving battery by doing so. Wrong. Considering most of us turn our screen on 150 times a day, keeping Wi-Fi connected the whole time is actually better than having it turn off and on and search for connections all the time. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi, tap the soft menu key and then Advanced and make sure Keep Wi-Fi on During Sleep is set to ”Always”.

 

Customize your Quick Settings – Why settle for the standard Quick Settings when you can create a custom batch of the most useful toggles and switches for the way you use your phone? You can even arrange them exactly how you like. Swipe down from the top of the screen, tap the little grid in the top right corner and then the little pencil to edit and rearrange your Quick Settings.

 

Hopefully these shortcuts will make your day little more productive and save you time. Let us know in the comments below if you have your own smartphone shortcuts you use.

 


 

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5 Football & Tailgating Situations That Will Result in a Damaged Phone

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1.  Beer Pong & Flip Cup Tournaments

What does it say about you if you’re the best beer pong & flip cup player in your group of friends? Nothing, if you don’t look too deep into it.  These drinking games result in beer fluids getting all over the table top.  And when you have a table, you will inevitably have people placing their phones on it regardless of the situation. There is a good chance someone’s phone will get deluged with beer liquids, probably of the light variety. We all know wet phones are bad, so watch out for this one. Protip: This can be avoided by putting your phone in a fanny pack.

 

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2.  Throwing the Pigskin Around

You gotta toss the football around when you’re tailgating.  You need to show everyone around how powerful your arm is, a true gunslinger like Jamarcus Russell – and like Jamarcus, no accuracy either (heads up!).  Someone is bound to toss one over your head, forcing you to sky in the air for the ball like Kareem Abdul Jabaar. As a result, your phone will fly out of your back pocket and hit the pavement. Protip: This can be avoided by putting your phone in a fanny pack.

 

 

3.  Recording Video

Now there’s nothing wrong with recording an exciting football game to show all your friends on Snapchat for 3 seconds (look how awesome my life is!). There are times though where you shouldn’t be recordinga video at the game. Times like when your team just scores a TD or when the crowd is doing a tomahawk chop at an FSU Seminole game. Hands will be wildly moving in the air, making it likely your phone will get smacked out of your hand.  Not only will this probably result in a damaged phone, but a lost one too. Protip: This can be avoided by recording video through an attached transparent fanny pack.

 

4. Drunken revelry

This one doesn’t need much explaining. You’ve been drinking all day during the tailgate & the game.  Chances of having an accident with your phone sky rockets when you’ve been partying hard. Things like:

  • Dropping your phone while inebriated
  • Tumbling down onto the pavement because your inebriated
  • Being tackled by your inebriated friend

The list goes on. Protip: This can be avoided by having a sober friend hold onto your phone. I don’t think fanny packs will help you on this one.

 

5. Cold Weather

Say what? Cold weather? That’s right. Football goes beyond the autumn season into winter. Places like Green Bay’s frozen tundra are known for their unforgiving cold blistery weather. It’s so cold there that not even Aaron Rodger’s dreamy eyes can warm your football-loving soul unless he gives you the discount double eyes.  Your phone begins showing signs of distraught when temperatures drop below freezing.  Your phone’s battery will perform less efficiently and your screen may begin to dim. Protip: This can be avoided putting your phone in a fanny pack with hand warmers.

 

 

Sounds like we have learned a valuable lesson today.  Get a fanny pack.  If you’re not a fan of them, there’s always smartphone protection plans.

 


 

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In Case of Emergency: 4 High-Tech Solutions that Protect your Family

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Juggling your day-to-day family responsibilities is challenging enough, but when you factor in the possible worst-case scenarios, you quickly realize you can’t do it all on your own. Luckily, we have technology on our side. Here are some of the latest high-tech solutions to help you manage and protect your household:

 

1. Smoke Detectors Go Chic

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Two-thirds of house fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke detector, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Historically, smoke detectors have been all function with no form. Nest, the creator of the leading smart thermostat system, has changed that with their sleek Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector ($99). Designed to blend into the background with a minimalist look, this all-in-one product is available is solid white or black options. The Google-owned company recently relaunched the product after pulling it from shelves due to a malfunctioning feature that allowed users to wave in front of the product to turn off an early warning. The new models no longer have this feature, so users can rest assured there isn’t a chance of unintentionally silencing the alarm in case of an emergency.

 

2. Instant Rental Car Protection

rental-car-app-ssGoing on a road trip with your family? If you’re renting a car for the trip, rental car insurance is a must.  So many unfortunate accidents can happen when you’re on the road in areas that you aren’t familiar with. Protect Your Bubble has developed a rental car insurance app that allows you access to the awesome protection we’re known for but with the convenience of purchasing protection at your fingertips. You can get it for both iOS and Android.

 

3. Prevent Water Damage

The smallest crack in your home’s water pipes can allow hundreds of gallons of water to leak into your house in a single day and cause thousands of dollars in damage. Avoid costly damage with a leak detection alert system. La Crosse Technology’s La Crosse Alerts ($99.95) remote option stands out from the competition by pairing with an app that provides remote monitoring of the humidity levels, device temperature and the sensor probe readings. Simply install the water detection sensor near your water heater or in another low-lying area of your home where water leaks would likely begin. The sensor has a transmitter on it that pairs with a gateway that attaches to your router. The gateway transmits all of the latest real-time readings to the La Crosse Alerts app, which is accessible from your smartphone, computer or tablet. By providing an early warning of a water leak while you’re away from home, you can get to the source of the issue in time to prevent major damage.

 

4. Home Security Systems Go Smart

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An Internet-based home security system and its companion mobile apps let you monitor your home and take a wide variety of actions from anywhere at any time. The LifeShield Home Security system (starting at $29.99 a month) enables you to watch what your kids and pets are up to, view live or recorded video and arm, disarm and monitor your home from your mobile device.

 

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#pybleep – Protect Your Bubble’s New TV Commercials Are Here

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Protect Your Bubble released a new TV commercial campaign called #pybleep for our rental car insurance and smartphone protection plan.  #pybleep represents all those times you’ve had frustrations with bleeping accidents.  Avoid any future bleeps by protecting yourself with our protection plans. Check out the videos below.

 

#pybleep – Rental Car Insurance

 

#pybleep – Smartphone Protection Plan

 

What did you think of our new commercials? Let us know in the comments below!

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