5 Father’s Day Gifts for the Cool Dad

Michael KeatonIs your dad as cool as Michael Keaton?  If yes, then he’ll probably like these gift ideas.

 

Dads may be relatively easy to please, but that’s no reason to drop the ball on Father’s Day. A good father will wear that ugly tie until he retires, but he deserves more. We all love our dads, but we are never sure what a great gift would be for him. The best gift ideas for Father’s Day always take a father’s personality and style into account.

 

1. Tickets to the Game

Let’s be real – most dads are sports fans so this is an easy one. Get your dad good seats to the game or tournament of his choice, whether it be basketball, football, golf, or any other sport. To hit the ball outside of the park, buy him several tickets and allow him to invite friends and family. Heck, he might even bring you along!

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After 35 neglected years, Larry King's stunt double took his son to a baseball game

2. Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband

Help Dad stay in shape in the least activity-intense way possible! Fitbit Flex fits a small monitoring device inside one of two included silicone wristbands that tracks your activity including how many calories you burn during the day and your sleep patterns at night. With the assistance from a free companion app for your iPhone (or a separate Mac/PC app) that syncs with Fitbit’s website, it stores and visualizes the collected data, along with information you enter about your activities, food, water intake, and more. The best motivation Dad needs to get going is smaller than the average watch and looks cool too.

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Fitbit tells you how many calories you burned using chopsticks

3. GoPro HERO3 White Edition Camcorder

This is the company’s most advanced GoPro camera to date. You can mount the waterproof (up to 197 feet) camera on just about any piece of gear and capture video up to 1440p resolution. Additionally, it takes 12MP photos for ultra high resolution action shots! If your dad has an active lifestyle, a resilient HD camera is exactly what Dad will need to make a digital copy of his memories. This device will capture all of Dad’s exciting experiences, whether it is underwater swimming with sharks, climbing to the top of the Himalayas, or spelunking in a cave in search for guano.

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If this dad had a GoPro, he wouldn't have to put his face in bat guano

4. Ryobi One Plus Ultimate Combo Kit

One of the best features about the Ryobi One+ 18-volt Lithium-ion Ultimate Combo Kit is the can’t-miss canvas bag, Dad will be able to spot it no matter how dark and cluttered the garage gets. When he needs power tools, they’re all right there – all 6 of them. The drill alone is compact and powerful enough to handle about any job on Dad’s project list.

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This father built a treehouse using a Ryobi drill and his bare hands

5. A Driving Experience

Dads and cars are like Kool-Aid – a homogeneous mixture! Give your dad a Father’s Day gift he’ll never forget by booking a driving experience in a Porsche, Ferrari, or Lamborghini. Participants can really test the car’s limits on a closed race track. Hitting 200mph in an exotic car is like overdosing on testosterone and adrenaline. Furthermore, you could rent your dad’s dream car for a day and let him drive it to the office and gloat about it to his friends. This gift will make him feel like an alpha male like Vin Diesel in The Fast and Furious!

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Vin Diesel is so alpha, he once broke up a fight while holding a baby

Just remember that these are only a handful of ideas that you can opt for when choosing the perfect first Father’s Day gift. What you want to remember is that the gift you pick should be memorable and fun! To further make this experience worthwhile, give Dad the gift that keeps giving – an electronic device protection plan.

 


 

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7 Video Games You Should Be Playing This Summer

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With the recent launches of the next gen systems, this will be the inaugural summer of next gen gaming as highly anticipated titles for the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U are scheduled to be released. Prepare your thumbs and mind for an exhilarating summer full of nonstop rofl-stomping.  Here are 7 games you need to be playing this summer 2014, listed by release date.

 

1. Transistor | PC, PS4 | May 20, 2014

From the creators of critically acclaimed Bastion, SuperGiant Games brings its latest game to the PC and PS4. Transistor places you in the role of a female protagonist aptly named Red who conveniently carries around a behemoth, living sword with a big Red eye.  This sci-fi action rpg has it all, from the stunning hand drawn art style set in a not so distant dystopian city to its tight gameplay mechanics. Transistor is the Hideki Matsui of video games – Amazing!

 

2. Watch Dogs | Multi-platform | May 27, 2014

Contrary to the game’s title, Watch Dogs is not a competitive doggy daycare simulator. It is, however, an open world action-adventure game with eerie real life overtones.  Set in a fictional and technologically connected Chicago, you play the role of an adroit hacker who can access protected electronic systems that control different aspects of the city and a to a larger extent, the world. It is developed by Ubisoft Montreal, the same team that brought you Far Cry 2 and Shaun White Snowboarding! Actually forget Watch Dogs, I want to play Shaun White Snowboarding!

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Samuel L. Jackson reluctantly approves of Shaun White Snowboarding

 

3. Mario Kart 8 | Wii U | May 30, 2014

It’s a me, Mario!Mario Kart 8 is the latest rendition of the beloved Nintendo racing series, dating back to the SNES days when moderately offensive ethnic stereotypes were still acceptable. It brings back some sweet features from the previous installments like motorbikes, hang gliders, and underwater racing! A new feature is anti-gravity racing, which allows for racing along walls and ceilings.  Talk about insane! Get hype for Mario Kart 8 and ready your blue shells to do battle against your friends.

 

4. Ultra Street Fighter IV | PS3, X360, PC | Jun, 2014

It seems like there is a new Street Fighter game every year. I would not be the least bit surprised if the developer, Capcom, were to release something like Super Hyper Ultra Combo Street Fighter IV.V next year. This is the fourth rendition of the Street Fighter IV series.  This time around each character has one extra costume color! But seriously, this version has tighter gameplay mechanics, five new characters, and six new stages. For you diehard fighting gaming enthusiasts, Ultra Street Fighter IV will be your go-to fighter this summer. For you casual gamers, I suggest you go home and be a family man.

 

Go home and be a family man

 

5. Valiant Hearts: The Great War | Multi-platform | Jun 25, 2014

This game looks sweet.  On a scale of sweet to super sweet, I would rate Valiant Hearts: The Great War cinnabon-sweet. The art style has a really indie feel to it and is a bit reminiscent of Metal Slug. More importantly, the gameplay mechanics are tight like jean shorts in the 90’s. I dare you to watch the trailer and tell me it doesn’t look tight!

 

6. Madden NFL 15 | Multi-platform | Aug 26, 2014

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Mr. Madden! That's not a football you're holding!

Here comes the annual Madden game, this time with more dementia.  Our dearly beloved John Madden is 78 years young, but that hasn’t stopped him from making awe-inspiring video games like Madden NFL 15. The most recent Madden game has updated rosters that include 2014 NFL draft players like Johnny Manziel. Here’s your chance to simulate his upcoming season and achieve realistic stats – 584 YDs, 3 TDs, 19 INTs, and 7 fumbles! Go Football!

 

7. Destiny | Multi-platform | Sep 9, 2014

Destiny is a Destiny’s Child simulator, allowing you to immerse yourself as Beyoncé and overshadow the other neglected members. Experience real-life past events like rudely interrupting Kelly Rowland as she applies for a title loan or abruptly cutting Michelle Williams in line as you queue for movie theatre concessions.  Just kidding, this game is actually much more jubilant than Destiny’s Child’s history – it involves the slaughter of xenophobic aliens in an interstellar blood bath.

 

And there you have it folks. 7 games you need to be playing this summer. Subscribe to the blog below or get at me via Google+.


 

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Has Google Glass Gone Too Far?

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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.

 

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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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5 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Cool Mom

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Looking for a cool Mother’s Day gift instead of a boring cookie-cutter that looks like it fell off the back of a UPS truck? There’s nothing wrong with the typical bouquet of flowers but it definitely won’t win any points for originality. It’s time to give Mom something she will really love this Mother’s Day. Finding that ideal gift can be a challenge so we did some research and found 5 unique gifts that will appeal to a variety of sweet moms.

 

1. Samsung Gear Fit

 

For a high-tech savvy mom who yearns for something more than just a regular smartwatch or a fitness tracker, check out the Samsung Gear Fit. The advanced curved Super AMOLED touchscreen display and interchangeable bands would make any mom look cool even during the most vigorous activities. Without having to pull the smartphone out of the bag, the Samsung Gear Fit has an array of features such as fitness data, time, call notifications, text messages, and email. The Samsung Gear Fit works well for active mothers who want to live in the future.

 

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Gear Fit conveniently gives you the time on demand

 

2. Brookstone Wireless Key Finder

 

Has your mom lost her keys one too many times? Hopefully it’s not because of dementia. The Brookstone Wireless Key Finder could be the ideal gift for her this Mother’s day. It essentially acts as a homing device for lost keys. The wireless key finder locates lost keys with just the press of a button. It can find keys up to 60 feet away through floors, walls, even sofa cushions. Simply press one of the color-coded pager buttons on the compact wireless transmitter, and the matching key fob will answer with a loud, clear alarm from anywhere in your home. The design of this transmitter is sleek and compact that it fits easily and inconspicuously on the countertop, desk, or dresser. Just make sure you don’t lose the wireless key finder because there is no wireless key finder finder.

 

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It's like Life Alert for your keys

 

3. Graphic Image Python iPad Case

 

Is your Mom constantly without her iPad? The handcrafted, Python-embossed iPad case from Graphic Image lets your mom transport or store her iPad (all generations) with exotic flair. So chic! It comes in vibrant colors, mint, yellow, and coral. The calfskin cover is soft to the touch and to add to its versatility, it has two positions for typing or movie viewing. It can even be personalized with Mom’s initials so it’s uniquely hers. It’s a great gift for the environment-friendly mother who wants to do her part in helping eradicate the invasive python species in Florida.

 

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How many moms do you know own a python case?

 

4. Asus Taichi™ Ultrabook™ Convertible

 

The Asus Taichi is ideal for the busy mother, who juggles both family and work responsibilities.  It converts from laptop to tablet mode to provide the conveniences of a traditional laptop but with the entertainment aspects of a tablet. This unique device has two touch screens that can be used simultaneously or operate independently. Mom can easily manage personal and professional business on one screen while allowing the kids to play with Windows® 8 entertainment apps on the second outward-facing screen. The sleek Asus Taichi is one of many Intel-inspired Ultrabook convertibles, which boasts of premium computing power, performance, and responsiveness.

 

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So sleek & cool that Mom will audition for the next Grease

 

5. Pure Sensia 200D Connect

 

A fully featured, portable music streaming radio system, Sensia 200D Connect uses its large color touchscreen to add another dimension to your mom’s music collection, radio, and more. Sensia 200D connects to the internet using Wi-Fi, giving Mom access to thousands of internet radio stations, millions of music tracks via the Pure Music subscription service, on-demand radio programs, ambient sounds, and podcasts. It even plays music streamed from a PC or Mac. To further help your mom personalize and enjoy her music experience, Pure Sensia 200D Connect also offers a variety of colored grill accessories and an optional battery pack for the ultimate portability.

 

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Now Mom can listen to 2Chainz while she gardens

Show the neighbors how cool Mom is by pampering her with some hi-tech electronics this Mother’s Day. The house a couple blocks down with the purple drapes will be totally envious. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

 


 

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Spring Cleaning Tips: 3 Simple Ways to Freshen Up Your Home

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Cleaning is fun when you have yellow rubber gloves on!

With spring finally here, it’s time to bust out that duster and vacuum. The warming season emits gratuitous sunshine, pouring through your windows and making the streaks and grime on the glass much more noticeable. As you take a closer look around, you see that the rest of your home is living proof that your family has been trapped inside a dust box during the cold winter season.

 

Start fresh this spring. Begin with a deep-down cleaning, focus on a few prime exterior projects, throw in a little organization, and your home will feel like new. Here are 3 tips as you dive in to your spring cleaning this year.

 

Removing Stains & Odors

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Carpet is an alcoholic's canvas for stains.

When removing stains and odors, speed is your ally as you should blot up a mess as soon as you can before it begins to soak into fabric. When blotting up upholstery, put a plastic liner or a garbage bag between the cushion and the fabric so you don’t get any contaminants into the cushion. Wash with cold water as best you can. Blot and wash repeatedly. Note that cold water doesn’t set stains as compared to hot water. You should also use a portable spot cleaner or wet/dry vacuum. If there’s still a residual odor, use a half-vinegar, half-water solution and rinse again. There’s always the option to use an all-purpose stain remover like Oxiclean, which is good for fighting dried set stains.

 

Disinfect & Sanitize the Sink

Did you know that a dirty kitchen sink has more bacteria than a toilet seat? To disinfect & sanitize, use a product labeled as an EPA-registered disinfectant or make your own. Clean your sink with soap and water first, then spray a mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide, and finally let it air-dry. Don’t mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together—spray one after the other. If you have a stainless steel sink, you can make it sparkle by adding a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth before buffing it. This prevents water buildup, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean longer.

 

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A container that makes cords portable. The future is now.

Don’t Neglect Your Electronics

Let’s not forget those electronic devices that sustained us through the cold, unbearable months.  They deserve a little spring cleaning too. Clean the dust and dirt off your electronics with a microfiber cloth, which is especially effective on display screens. To manage the clutter of wires behind your computer desk, TV set, and gaming consoles, consider using a cord control product like cord straps from Cordotz. They keep the cords packed together and labeled with a variety of colors. Also consider buying an HDMI receiver, which acts as a single box you can plug all of your devices into with just one cord connecting it to your TV. When disposing of old electronic, contemplate donating to Goodwill or passing it down to a younger generation. You can also recycle electronics at one of the many e-recycling facilities across the country.

 

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Children can clean hard to reach areas like under a sofa.

You won’t get all your spring cleaning completed in one go and having help with make it easier. If you have kids around, be sure to utilize their nimble hands for hard to reach areas.  Although it’s tempting to put it off, the sooner you start your spring cleaning project, the sooner you will get to sit back and enjoy the benefits of a sparkling clean home.

 

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#OopsAwards – Have a Mobile or Electronic Device Accident Story? Share it for a Chance to Win an iPad Mini!

Oops Awards - Mobile & Electronic Devices

 

Oops Story

 

Have you had an “OOPS!” moment with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, TV, or any mobile or electronic device? Accidents DO happen. It’s just unfortunate when they happen to our wonderful devices that we rely on daily.

 

Perhaps you were pushed into a pool with your phone in hand, got rowdy at a Creed concert and cracked your phone screen, or received the red ring of death on your Xbox. Whatever the mishap, we want to hear how you damaged your electronic device!

 

Share your story about an unforgettable “Mobile & Electronic Device ‘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:
us.protectyourbubble.com/blog/oops-awards-mobile-electronic-device-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.

 

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

 

Update: May 14, 2014 – “Protect Your Bubble would like to congratulate our winner, Steven Amos, with his ‘Oops I Did It Again’ story. Congrats, Steven!”

 

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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 April 30, 2014. Subject to complete Official Rules.

 

 

 

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Gaming Systems: The Next Gen Console War

With the release of two new gaming systems in 2013, the next generation console war is beginning to heat up.  The Playstation 4 and Xbox One were both launched at the end of 2013 while the Wii U had a head start and launched in late 2012.  During last generation’s console war, Nintendo’s Wii prevailed with 100 million units sold worldwide.  The Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 failed to match the Wii’s dominance and sold 80 million units each.  We’ll take a look at the recent launches of each console and determine the outcome of this new generation of gaming systems.

 

Sony Playstation 4 (PS4) – $399

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Before its launch, industry experts and consumers alike had high expectations for the PS4 as its hardware contains the most powerful specs of the next generation of consoles.  The PS4 launched in North America and Europe during November 2013 with much success and fanfare.  The PS4 sold over a million units during its first day, making it one of the most successful launches ever.  Despite the successful launch, there were reports of defective consoles having overheating and connectivity issues.  As these problems continue to arise, some consumers are concerned that their consoles might be susceptible to failure a few years down the road which would render their PS4 warranty (1 year manufacturer warranty) useless.

 

Even with the news of defective consoles, consumer demand for the PS4 continued its launch-date fervor during the holiday season as Sony recently announced 4.2 million consoles were sold since November.  During CES 2014, Sony announced a new streaming gaming service called Playstation Now.  The Playstation Now allows users to play games from previous Playstation consoles on your smartphone, tablet, smart TV, PS4, and PS Vita.  Think of it as the Netflix of gaming.  With the news sending shockwaves across the web, industry experts and consumers have expressed their utmost enthusiasm about the future of the PS4.

 

Microsoft Xbox One, includes Kinect – $499

The Xbox One generated a lot of concerns during the months leading up to its release when news of heavy DRM (Digital Rights Management) restraints and requirements of constant internet connectivity were planned to be implemented in the console.  Microsoft suffered negative backlash as outraged industry experts and consumers believed the incessant DRM and online monitoring processes were unnecessary and invasive.  Microsoft responded by relenting its draconian DRM policies.

 

Many consumers had put the DRM fiasco behind them as the Xbox One console launched one week after the PS4 on Nov 22, 2013.  The number of units sold totaled over a million, which was comparable to the PS4 launch.  Sales continued to do well over the holiday season as the number of units sold reached 3.2 million to date.  In light of the Playstation Now news, Marc Whitten (Xbox Chief Product Officer) reiterated Microsoft’s dedication to the game-streaming functionality with Xbox Live to produce a truly interactive gaming and multimedia experience.

 

Nintendo Wii U – $299wii u warranty

The Wii U was announced in 2011 following the success of its predecessor, known plainly as the Wii.  In reaction to the announcement, some consumers had their doubts as they expressed their skepticism about the new touch screen controller.  Some felt the innovation (or lack of) in the Wii U would not live up to the bar the original Wii had set.

 

In November 2012, the Wii U launched worldwide and received a tepid response.  After its first week of release, only 400,000 units were sold compared to 600,000 for the original Wii.  The sales trend did not improve during 2013 and left many analysts proclaiming the Wii U a dud considering the wild success of the original Wii.  After the 2013 holiday season, the number of units sold totaled 5.2 million.  Despite launching a year earlier, the Wii U had only sold 1 million more units than the PS4.

 

Many people believe the Wii U’s disappointing sales numbers were due to the lack of good games and third party support.  Popular game franchises like Super Smash Bros. and Zelda have planned release dates in 2014 and 2015.  Meanwhile, third party support has been abysmal as many game developers and publishers don’t believe the Wii U platform will be lucrative enough to justify making games for.  Another issue associated with the Wii U comes from a branding perspective.  Many casual gamers believe the Wii U is just an extension of the Wii as Nintendo has not branded the Wii U as a whole new console.  In effect, casual gamers think that they are paying $299 for a new touch screen controller instead of a new console.

 

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With the 2013 season holiday season over, the PS4 has the advantage moving forward.  Sony’s focus on harnessing and utilizing the capabilities of the PS4’s hardware seems to resonate with consumers.  Given the fact that everything is moving towards cloud-based networks, the Playstation Now game streaming service will surely drive more unit sales in the future.  The Xbox One isn’t far behind.  Microsoft made some mistakes early with rigid DRM measures, but fans of their Xbox Live online platform seem to be enjoying the service more than ever as it has become a focal point in their gaming experience.  For Nintendo, the Wii U appears to be more of a fad than a resilient competitor as the lack of software support has disinterested consumers and misguided product differentiation has confused others.  If the Wii U doesn’t turn it around in 2014, it will be relegated to the console graveyard sooner than later.

 

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Best Home Security Technology: A Year In Review

Now that 2013 has wrapped up, people are reflecting on the past 12 months in a number of ways. Consumers as well as companies are weighing the pros and cons of different trends from various industries, including the best in home tech.

 

While the Best and Worst Dressed Lists and the Top Baby Names are always amusing, you’ll be amazed by what people have been doing to turn their homes into smart homes and what the future holds for home technology in 2014. The number of home automation trends continues to grow as more people integrate security alarms, heating and cooling, and other systems with their smartphones for 24/7 access and limitless capabilities.

 

Smart home engineering has managed to achieve an unusual feat – by helping people stay connected on the go, it’s actually bringing them closer to their homes.

 

Nest Protect

You may have heard of the Nest Thermostat, the smart thermostat that “learns” your habits and routines so that it can automatically adjust temperatures to your liking. Nest’s newest product, Nest Protect, puts a new spin on an old piece of familiar equipment – the smoke detector. Nest Protect revamps the old tried-and-true device so that it’s not justsmaller and sleeker, but also more intuitive.

 

Why Nest Protect makes the grade: Instead of the usual annoying beep, a calm female voice will warn you that signs of a fire are present. The device can also warn users of the presence of carbon monoxide in addition to smoke. Maybe Nest’s next big venture will be taking on the motion detector in 2014.

 

Doorbot

Another home security gadget that debuted in 2013 is the Doorbot. This 2-in-1 security surveillance device acts as your doorbell and a security camera for your front door. It easily synchs with the corresponding smartphone application. You can see who is at your door just by glancing at your phone and even let the visitor in remotely if you’ve paired Doorbot with a separate gadget called Lockitron.

 

Cool and convenient Doorbot features: Doorbot has night-vision mode, so even if you’re front step isn’t well-lit (or you forgot to leave the light on), you’ll still be able to see who is ringing your doorbell once the sun goes down. Doorbot functions on Wi-Fi and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It’s easy to install and tamper-resistant.

 

Canary

What do you get when you raise money through crowdsourcing for a home security device just about anyone can use? The Canary is an all-in-one home security solution that’s perfect for renters or anyone who doesn’t want to sign a long-term contract with a provider but also doesn’t want a complicated DIY installation process.

 

A small cylinder containing a number of sensors – for motion detection, temperature and a built-in security camera – helps monitor your home for threats. Plus, you can control the Canary with a smartphone app and receive updates about your home’s security status, including everything from changes in air temperature to a knock on you door.

 

Singing its praises: If you receive a notification, Canary gives you the option to call the police or a neighbor and its nifty three-axis accelerometer detects vandalism or tampering with the unit.

 

All of these home technologies retail for only a couple of hundred dollars (if that) and are available to homeowners and renters across the country. They are affordable, intuitive, and make great gifts for any tech-savvy person.

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5 Greatest Electronic Inventions Since 2010

Technology keeps advancing at an astounding rate as new electronic devices and gadgets seemingly arrive in stores on a daily basis. Today, with the rapid acceleration of computer and mobile technology, the way we live our lives has dramatically changed since the end of the 20th century.

 

If you have purchased a valuable electronic device or gadget, then you can protect that investment by having gadget insurance. Protecting your electronic devices in this manner means faster replacement or repair with less out of pocket expense.

 

Here are the five greatest electronic inventions since 2010. Each of these devices were chosen based on their usefulness, practicality and ability to serve the needs of everyone.

 

The BodyGuard (2011)

 

Essentially, this is an all-in-one crime fighting glove that is armored and contains a camera and wrist-mounted stunner for additional protection. Invented by David Brown who came up with the idea while talking to actor Kevin Costner (hence the name), the BodyGuard is sleek, easy to use and contains enough room for future improvements. It is certainly an impressive non-lethal, self-defense weapon.

 

Bed Bug Device (2011)

 

This is a remarkably simple device that mimics the function of a dog’s nose to sniff out the presence of bedbugs. Normally, bedbugs are difficult to see and most people do not detect them until they have been bitten. This device can detect bedbugs very quickly and inventor Chris Goggin plans to build similar devices for other types of pests.

 

Eliodomestico Solar Water Distiller (2012)

 

Designed by Gabriele Diamanti, this creative combination of electronics and solar power has created a water distiller that can be used for coastal areas that have no sources of fresh water. It’s simple design and robust features means it is far more efficient than similar devices while costing only half as much. This simple product may change the lives of millions of people for the better in the next few years.

 

Enable Talk Gloves (2012)

 

Now you can literally “talk to the hand” in a positive way. Developed by Ukrainian students as a way to allow the speech and hearing impaired to communicate with those who don’t understand sign language, The gloves have sensors which recognize sign language and translates it into text on a smart phone which in turn speaks those words to the person. This wonderful device helps bridge the gap between the speech and hearing impaired to the rest of the world.

 

Motion Activated Screwdriver (2012)

 

By using sensors found in Nintendo’s Wii controller and smart phones, Black & Decker has made a cordless motorized drill that uses the motion of your hand to either tighten or loosen screws. This labor-saving device doesn’t just cut the time necessary to make the adjustments manually, it also saves energy along with wear and tear on the user as well. This is a remarkably brilliant invention for carpenters and other professionals.

 

These five electronic inventions may help change the lives of millions of people in both small and large ways. It will be interesting to see what the future brings in terms of new inventions that may help everyone.

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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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