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#OopsAwards – Have a Travel Accident Story? Share it for a Chance to Win an iPad Mini!

Travel Oops Awards

Oops Story

 

Have you had an “OOPS!” moment while traveling? Accidents DO happen. Whether you’re on a business trip or a family vacation, travel accidents can be a painful experience.

 

So share with us your travel accident story. Perhaps you were traveling abroad and lost your luggage or missed a connecting flight by mere minutes.  Maybe you slipped and fell at the buffet line at a beach resort and fractured your leg. Whatever the mishap, we want to hear how you a travel oops moment!

 

Share your story about an unforgettable “Travel ‘OOPS!’ Story” via the Post Kudos submission form below for the chance to win an iPad Mini. Whichever story gets the most votes wins!

 

Submit Your Story in 4 Easy Steps

 

1) Share your story in the Post Kudos section below (give your story a fun title). The entry has to be in video format either recorded or uploaded below via Post Kudos. Video content is open to your imagination as long as it is a real experience - it can be a video testimonial, a cheesy re-enactment, or an actual recording of the accident. The more creative it is, the better chance you will have to win! Videos must be 30 seconds or less to be eligible for the prize.

 

2) Share this link and encourage people to vote for your story:
http://us.protectyourbubble.com/blog/oops-awards-2014-travel-accident-story/

 

3) Friends, family, and fans of your story will vote below through Rafflecopter. Please input the TITLE of the video you want to vote for.  Furthermore, Facebook likes and Twitter follows add an additional entry each.

 

4) The person with the story with the most votes – by June 30, 2014 – wins an iPad Mini

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Testimonials collected with Post Kudos

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE OR PAYMENT DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years and older (19 or older in AL and NE). Contest ends June 30, 2014. Subject to complete Official Rules.

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Has Google Glass Gone Too Far?

Google Glass

Is Google Glass racist?

 

From my experience, the answer is a resounding yes!

 

With the onslaught of new technologies today, humans from all backgrounds have voiced their displeasure about the extreme prejudice and insensitive encounters they have experienced with high-tech devices.

 

racist camera

The Struggle is Real

A cute feature of Google Glass is the ability to message a friend or perform a Google search purely by talking to your device – no physical interaction is needed throughout the whole process, which ironically does not save time as you spend minutes trying to correct the speech to text errors.

 

Below is a video demonstrating the outcome of Google Glass’s voice recognition software by emulating people of various backgrounds as they attempt to speak English with different accents.

 

 

As you can see from the video, Google Glass is indeed racist.  The Australians, Irish, and Chinese have the toughest time.  The real question is will we humans just stand there and become slaves to our blatantly discriminatory tech overlords?  In the Terminator series, John Connor was wrong when he said there was nothing worse than SkyNet – a racist SkyNet.  Disclaimer: This is satire.  If you didn’t realize that, I feel bad for you son – you got 99 problems and satire is one.

 


 

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The Ultimate Appliance Buying Guide

Appliance Shopping

Hmm, I think this one will get rid of little Johnny's stains

Are you shopping for a major appliance? It is hard to believe there was ever a day when people had to live without appliances. Refrigerators, air conditioners, microwaves, dishwashers, and washing machines undoubtedly make life more comfortable and convenient. At the same time, however, this comfort and convenience comes at a price. Depending on the type of appliance you purchase, it can cost you several hundreds or even thousands of dollars. There are a variety of major appliances that offer sweet features like energy efficient savings, convenient functionality, modern finishes, and space-saving design. With so many options, it can be tough to choose which appliance will be cost effective. Our appliance buying guide can help you make a smart and informed purchase.

 

1. Refrigerators

 

The refrigerator is more often than not, the centerpiece of the kitchen, and for good reason as it stores food. Refrigerator designs and styles have come a long way. To determine the preferred refrigerator design and size, always consider the size of the household and the layout of the kitchen.

 

Samsung Smart Fridge

This Samsung fridge can tell you the weather if your window is broken

Another important aspect to consider when shopping around is to analyze refrigerator features. You can maximize space, functionality, and design within the kitchen by integrating refrigerators with exciting features such as space saving options, fun finishes, and futuristic technology. The wide range of models available in the market can greatly add to the convenience and value of your kitchen. From the classic top mount unit all the way to the most professional built-in side-by-side model, your fridge goes a long way to define your priorities in the most important room of the house, your kitchen.

 

2. Washers

 

Washers are one of the hardest working household appliances in any home, and probably one of the longest-lasting. Choosing the right washer not only helps to reduce your utility bill but it can also prolong the life of your clothing. Washers come in several styles so before you start looking you want to make sure you pick the right type for your lifestyle.

 

Washer Appliance

Oh no, little Johnny's stains didn't come out

Your first consideration should be space. Space may limit your choice, so it would be wise to measure before you purchase. The next thing to look into would be capacity. If you have a large family or plan on washing larger items including bedding and pillows, choose a machine with a large capacity. Your choice of washer will have a definite impact on your budget for both the short and long term. With a more energy-efficient washer, although the initial purchase may make you cringe, you will reap the benefits in the years to come.

 

3. Microwave Ovens

 

The microwave helps you carry out all sorts of kitchen chores faster and easier, from reheating leftovers to popping popcorn. It’s important to find a microwave that fits your kitchen and cooking style. Depending on the set up of your kitchen, the first place to start when microwave shopping is to pick the type and size of oven you want. How big and how powerful a microwave should you get? That mainly depends on what you plan on doing with it. If the microwave you’re looking to buy will be mostly used to reheat foods, then a smaller model will suffice. If you plan on cooking meals for the whole family, such as casseroles, then look for a full-size microwave oven would be the smart choice.

 

Microwave Appliance

Jillian has been microwaving for one ever since her botched plastic surgery

4. Air Conditioners

 

Beat the heat with an air conditioner. Because there is a wide range of air conditioner systems available, it’s essential to determine what type of air conditioner is right for you and for your particular situation. There are many factors to consider when making your decision. There are three main types of room air conditioners – window, portable, and through-the-wall. Each has their own benefit, so the ideal type will depend on your needs.

 

Samsung Air Conditioner

The arctic model of this ac unit has been responsible for 5 cases of hypothermia

Keep in mind that an air conditioner that is Energy Star qualified –will beneficial to limiting the amount of energy it uses. Look for the term ‘EER’, which stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio. EER tells you the ratio of the cooling capacity of an air conditioner in BTUs per hour divided by its consumption of energy, measured in watts. An EER rating higher than 10 is considered cost effective. The higher the EER, the more energy efficient the air conditioner is and that means more money back in your pocket!

 

5. Dishwashers

 

A dishwasher is an essential part of any household kitchen. They make doing dishes quick and easy, not to mention it helps free up valuable family time. Make sure you choose a model that is efficient, powerful, and quiet so that you can make cleaning up easier for everyone.

 

Head Chef & Dishwasher

With the purchase of a dishwasher appliance, this restaurant promoted their dishwasher to head chef

Before you make a purchase, determine what model will best suit your lifestyle. You should also calculate how often you will be running your machine. Built-in models are common in most kitchens. These types are designed to conveniently fit under your kitchen counter. The immediate benefit of these models is that they do not take up valuable floor space. Larger families will want a bigger version to accommodate plates, glassware, and even pots and pans. If you have a smaller family, a smaller model will suffice.

 

Choosing major appliances for your home should be a rewarding experience. Use our appliance buying guide to help get you through the process of choosing what will fulfill your lifestyle and aesthetics of your home.

 


 

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5 Moving Tips That Make Professional Movers Envious

overloaded moving truck

Moving Like A Boss

Moving is one of the biggest household tasks there is and it can be an overwhelming, stressful hassle. By knowing what you need to get done in advance will keep the moving chaos at arm’s length and help put your mind at ease when the actual big moving day arrives.

 

Moving doesn’t have to be an unpleasant activity. Below are 5 pro moving tips to ease the pain and stress of moving. To keep the moving ruckus at bay, utilize these tips to prepare yourself for moving day.

 

juggling moving boxes

Juggling moving boxes like a boss

1. Get Organized in Advance

 

Leaving anything until the last minute is a disaster waiting to happen. If you plan accordingly, you should have at least 30 to 60 days to come up with a plan to ensure that moving day runs smoothly. A great idea would be to create an itemized list of what needs to be accomplished each week prior to the big day. Protip: Prior to moving, you should sell unnecessary items, get packing supplies, prospect professional movers, and purchase a 12-pack of Coors Light which will reduce stress during moving.

 

Grandpa drinking

Grandpa chugs a beer for every box he loads onto the truck

2. Label All Boxes

 

This is a very important step in your moving process. Although it can be a little tedious, it will prove to be advantageous because it will help ease the burden of unpacking later. By labeling each box, you won’t have to guess what’s in each box as if you were playing the game Clue. With labeled boxes, you will know which item goes where in your new home. Protip: For fragile items, make sure you label the box FRAGILE! with an exclamation point!

 

unmarked boxes

It took this couple 2 months to find their shake weight

3. Clear a Path to Success

 

Make it safe and easy for the movers and yourself to get in and out of your house by getting rid of all obstacles. Remove low hanging items such as hanging plants and wind chimes. Clear out all doorways, floor mats, potted plants, and planters. Disconnect the spring on your screen door so that it can stay open during the entire loading process. Protip: Attach a convenient store, doorway sensor that makes an alarm sound when someone enters.

 

blocked doorway

This won Gold at the 3rd Annual Obstructed Doorways Competition

4. Prepare Your Movers

 

Before the driver leaves for your new house, ensure that you completely understand all the paperwork. Don’t sign it if there is something there that you are confused about. Note down any information the driver has to keep the communication lines open, like a mobile number or satellite tracking details. Also provide the driver with your contact information. Prior to the driver’s departure, try to get as many details as you can about his/her plans for delivering all your stuff. With due diligence, you can properly confirm that your driver will be able deliver your goods intact. Protip: Make sure the driver has a valid driver’s license and no vehicular manslaughter charges on his or her driving record.

 

ryder-truck-accident

Ironically, this Ryder driver was previously a bus driver

5. Take One Last Sweep

 

Take one last sweep of your old house before leaving. Look through all closets, cabinets, shelves, attic, storage unit, garage, basement, and under the stairs. This is a critical step because you do not want to find out later that something was left behind like your dog, Rufus. Protip: If you accidentally left Rufus behind, find a window to crack open and pour Kibbles N’ Bits through the crevice.

Rufus lost and found poster

Moving doesn’t have to be a burden. It can be fun and memorable experience. Minimize the stress of moving day with these pro tips!  If you’re moving into a new rental home or apartment, make sure your renters insurance has the coverage you’re looking for.

 


 

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My 1st Week with Google Glass

 

Google Glass

This is the first post in a recurring series where I document my experiences with the Google Glass device.  Stay tuned for more posts in the coming weeks and months.

 

Last month our product manager, Kyle Davenport, informed me that I was selected to try out the revolutionary Google Glass.  I asked Kyle why I was chosen among the large pool of potential candidates. He put it bluntly, “it’s because you don’t turn down for nothing.” It’s true. I don’t – except for the police and Burger King.

 

Kyle Davenport

PYB Product Manager - Cyborg Kyle Davenport

Glass was shipped promptly and was delivered within 3 days of placing the order.

 

Related: Google Glass Unboxed

 

Glass connects to your phone via Bluetooth and requires the MyGlass app, which helps you manage the device.  Surprisingly, Glass has 12GB of free memory on the device so you can store pictures and videos directly.  There is no expandable memory slot for a microSD card however.

 

Google Glass

The crystal display is made from pure cubic zirconia

The first thing I tested was the camera since taking pictures and videos are the most prominent features for your average user.  The Glass allows for taking pictures by the wink of your right eye, which I personally find to be amazing.  With the attachable shades on, taking pictures is discreet and effortless.  It’s perfect in settings like the movie theatre, blind dates, and the beach.

 

Midtown Atlanta

PYB view of Midtown Atlanta skyline taken with Glass

midtown skyline

PYB view of Midtown Atlanta skyline taken with the HTC One M8

The camera is rather mediocre as it is only 5MP compared to most smartphones with 8MP cameras or better.  The picture quality varies greatly depending on the lighting.  In situations with a large contrast of light and dark, the dark areas become saturated and obscured.  In settings with a balanced amount of light or darkness, the resulting snapshots fare much better.

 

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Glass does a poor job of balancing light and dark

I tested the video capabilities in a variety of settings such as nature, the zoo, and night time driving.  The video quality on the Glass is underwhelming with a resolution of 720p.  The latest generation of smartphones is able to shoot video in full HD 1080p format.

 

Sweetwater Creek State Park

 

The Glass fares poorly in situations with a moderate amount of movement.  Additionally, it is unable to balance and capture contrasting dark and lighted areas appropriately.  With the rise of action shots, I initially thought Glass could be quite useful for adventure seekers, but after seeing the video quality – it is evident that the GoPro HD will remain the default portable video capture device.

 

Atlanta Zoo – Paaaaaanda Beaaaar

 

I tested the video capabilities during night time as well.
 
Turn Down for Burger King

 

A pretty sweet feature of the Glass is the seamless integration of social sharing.  You can share captured photos and videos on Facebook almost instantaneously.  Facebook shares your content on your friends’ newsfeeds and prominently announces it was done via Glass, making you appear creepier than Ernest in certain situations.

 

Ernest

Ernest gets a brain

One downfall of this sharing feature is that Facebook automatically compresses video before posting it on your newsfeed, which can result in grainier footage.
 
Original Glass Video

 

Shared Facebook Video via Glass

 
For pictures, photos shared on Facebook become altered and compressed as Facebook technology adjusts the scale of color and saturation to attempt to balance the picture accordingly.  In the pictures below, the Facebook version looks better than the original photo taken with Glass

 

Shiba Inu - Yoshi

Original photo captured with Glass

Shiba Inu in the Forest

Facebook shared photo via Glass

Ultimately, this is how i feel about the Google Glass camera.

 

And there you have it, my first week with Google Glass. Subscribe to the blog below to get updates on my misadventures with the Glass as I continue to test its features.

 


 

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#OopsAwards – Have a Rental Car Accident Story? Share it for a Chance to Win an iPad Mini!

Rental Car Oops Awards

UPDATE 6/20/14: Protect Your Bubble would like to congratulate our winner, Jan Warner, with her “I Didn’t Hit The Grill” story. Congrats, Jan!

 

Oops Story

 

Have you had an “OOPS!” moment with your rental car? Accidents DO happen. Whether you’re on a business trip or a family vacation, rental car accidents can be a painful experience.

 

So share with us your rental car accident story. Perhaps you were on spring break and rear ended a hideous ’98 Chevy Malibu or drifted into a median Fast & Furious style. Whatever the mishap, we want to hear how you damaged your rental car!

 

Share your story about an unforgettable “Rental Car ‘OOPS!’ Story” via the Post Kudos submission form below for the chance to win an iPad Mini. Whichever story gets the most votes wins!

 

Submit Your Story in 4 Easy Steps

 

1) Share your story in the Post Kudos section below (give your story a fun title). The entry has to be in video format either recorded or uploaded below via Post Kudos. Video content is open to your imagination as long as it is a real experience - it can be a video testimonial, a cheesy re-enactment, or an actual recording of the accident. The more creative it is, the better chance you will have to win! Videos must be 30 seconds or less to be eligible for the prize.

 

2) Share this link and encourage people to vote for your story:
http://us.protectyourbubble.com/blog/oopsawards-rental-car-2014/

 

3) Friends, family, and fans of your story will vote below through Rafflecopter. Please input the TITLE of the video you want to vote for.  Furthermore, Facebook likes and Twitter follows add an additional entry each.

 

4) The person with the story with the most votes – by May 31, 2014 – wins an iPad Mini

 

 

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NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE OR PAYMENT DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years and older (19 or older in AL and NE). Contest ends May 31, 2014. Subject to complete Official Rules.

 

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Google Glass Unboxed

Protect Your Bubble recently received the Google Glass Explorer edition and below is our unboxing video.  We will be sharing our experiences of the Google Glass with a new series.  Stayed tuned and enjoy.

 

 


 

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The 6 Best Selfies of All Time

6.  The Selfie that Got Selfies Banned from the White House David Ortiz-Barack Obama Selfie

When the Boston Red Sox visited the White House on April 1st, the famous baseball slugger David Ortiz took what seemed like an innocent selfie with the POTUS, Barack Obama.  The world later learned that it was a marketing stunt by Samsung.  As a result, the White House banned selfies with the President.  Some Olympians who visited the White House last week confirmed the ban.  Thanks a lot Big Papi!

 

 

5.  The Plane Fire Selfie plane fire selfie

There’s a fire on the plane?  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  Well apparently this guy did, as he took a gleeful selfie before the flames engulfed first class.

 

 

4.  The Oscar Selfie

ellen-degeneres-oscar-selfie

Ellen Degeneres took a selfie via Bradley Cooper with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and tweeted the photo which captured an overwhelming response resulting in millions of retweets, which beat Obama’s previous record.  We later learned that this was a Samsung marketing stunt.  Samsung has been on a roll this year with their marketing campaign, just in time for their Samsung Galaxy S5 launch.

 

 

3.  The Opposition Leader Selfie

leopoldo lopez selfie

Venezuela recently went through a round of protests as anti-government supporters pushed for political reforms.  The movement was lead by Leopoldo Lopez, the pro-democratic leader who wants to change the years of socialist rule under the late Hugo Chavez.  Lopez took this selfie before getting arrested for inciting violence.  He was resilient throughout his arrest, telling his supporters to not turn down for anything.

 

leopoldo-lopez-arrest

Seconds after his selfie.

 

 

2.  The Plane Survivor Selfie

place crash survivor selfie

Planes are not having a good year, just ask CNN.  A small passenger aircraft crashed off the shores of Hawaii in December last year.  Ferdinand Puentes was one of the survivors and snapped this selfie moments after the plane crash.  Not fearing the shark infested waters, he took the selfie as a reminder to never swim in shark infested waters again.

 

 

1.   The Astronaut Selfie

astronaut selfie

Not many people get the opportunity to take a selfie in space.  Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide snapped this picture at the International Space Station in September 2012.

 

gravity gif

Preoccupied with the photo opportunity, Hoshide regretfully forgot to attach his tether before departing the ISS.

 

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Infographic of the Day: Identity Theft During Tax Season

The 2014 tax filing deadline is quickly approaching.  The last day to submit your tax return is Tuesday, April 15.  For you last minute filers, be mindful of tax scams that prey on people who are hastily filing their taxes before the deadline.  Protect Your Bubble has compiled some important identity theft facts and protection tips, presented in beautiful infographic format!

 Identity Theft Infographic - Tax Season

 

Interesting points from the infographic:

  • In 2013, the IRS started 1,492 criminal investigations related to identity theft, up 66% from the previous year.
  • Identity theft cases related to tax season are up 43% since 2010.
  • Since 2012, the IRS has stopped 14.6 million suspicious tax returns.
  • Identity Theft cases rise during tax season.  Protect Your Bubble data shows that these cases are typically 14% higher in March and 21% higher in April.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Launch – Everything You Need to Know

samsung galaxy s5The Samsung Galaxy S5 is officially available in 125 countries today and it’s quite similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S4. With features like a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, improved camera, and a 5.1in Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 pixel display, the Galaxy S5 is a real contender for one of the best smartphones of 2014

 

“We’ve decided to go back to basics with the Galaxy S5 and focus on the features and things that matter the most to our customers – namely the camera, ability to view and download data and content quickly and their health and well-being,” said Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. “People want a smartphone that enhances and enables their mobile life. The Galaxy S5 represents just that, and we’re excited to see the response to our latest flagship smartphone device.” Stanford has high hopes for the Galaxy S5 and so do we. Let’s break down what you need to know for the S5.

 

Design & Features

“The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests” – That’s the official line via Samsung. The camera has evolved to give clearer, faster snaps. The fitness-tracking abilities of the S5 are enhanced over the Galaxy S4 by packing in a more powerful S Health app and a dedicated heart rate monitor on the rear. Because of the addition of the fingerprint scanner, the S5 is considered to be the most secure Galaxy phone ever made.

 

The S5 measures 142 by 72.5 by 8.1mm, and weighs 145g. That’s actually 15g heavier compared to the S4, and a little thicker too. Samsung also revealed that the S5 is IP67 water & dust resistant like the Sony Xperia Z range, this makes it much more durable.

 

Samsung says the overall design of the new Galaxy S5 is “glam” and will be available in a range of colors including Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue, and Copper Gold.

 

Specs & Hardware

samsung galaxy s5 specsSamsung has bumped up the processing power. We’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip clocked at 2.5GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM, a 2800mAh (removable) battery and an upgraded Adreno GPU. Internal storage is set at 16/32GB (with up to 128GB expandable through microSD).

 

It also features an ultra-low power mode, which Samsung reckons can last 24 hours with only 10% of your battery left. It does this by turning the screen black and white, severely limiting the apps you can use and generally turning the wick down on everything it can.

 

Other noteworthy additions include super-fast connectivity with global LTE support and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO (2×2). Samsung has also included something called “download booster” which leverages both LTE and Wi-Fi connections to speed up sizeable downloads of over 30MB.

 

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S5 includes a whole host of image functionality and comes equipped with a 16MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. The camera shoots 4K video at 30fps! This flagship smartphone also features a “reflector-integrated flash LED.” This allows for better daylight and nighttime photos, a wider field of view, and ensures all persons in a photo are illuminated by the flash (not just those in the center).

samsung galaxy s5 camera 4k

Fingerprint Scanner

Biometrics is predicted to be an essential smartphone feature moving forward.  Apple and Samsung are once again leading the charge on this front. Similar to the iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy S5 features a fingerprint scanner. Unlike Apple’s TouchID, however, Samsung’s fingerprint scanner will be open for mobile payments (via PayPal) from the get-go, as well as providing a quick and easy way to safely and securely unlock the handset.

 

Samsung has clearly outdone itself with the Galaxy S5 with improvements on all aspects – larger capacity battery, bigger and brighter screen, powerful camera, and improved processor. If you’re a Samsung fan, then you’ll definitely enjoy the newest addition to the Samsung family.

 

Check out our contest where we are giving away a free Galaxy S5 – #ProtectYourS5

 

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