How to Host the Ultimate Sports Party

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With March Madness in full swing we know many people will either throw or be invited to a March Madness-themed party. Did you know that the average Super Bowl host spends around $118 for their party? While you may not want to spend as much, there are still some easy ways to host the ultimate party. Just follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have people complementing your hosting skills.

 

1. First and foremost be sure your possessions are protected. There’s no telling what the outcome of a game will be and spirited fans can cause chaos. Making sure your most prized belongings are covered can save you a major headache down the line. As we like to say, if it’s important to you, Bubble It.

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2. In order to make any sports-themed party a raving success, be sure to incorporate fun trivia and games with silly prizes. Second, be sure that you have sports themed decorations such as plates, napkins, and cups. Fans and party-goers will appreciate the amusement of being able to drink out of a basketball or eat out of a football.

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3. Don’t just stop at decorations; make sure your house is also decorated to resemble the field or court. This can be done inside or outside. If you, as the host, don’t cheer for one particular team why not dress like a referee and be the impartial, “rule keeper”? After all, everyone simply wants to have a good time and it also adds a little flair to the overall theme.

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4. Lastly, don’t forget to have fun! This time of year is all about some friendly competition and trash-talking. If you’re an eager participator in sports or a mere spectator, remember that having a good time is equally as important as playing or watching the games. And remember, if it’s important to you Bubble It!

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Are Extended Warranties Really Necessary?

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The answer is: it depends.  Extended warranty protection is great for some and not so great for others.  The reality is manufacturer warranties have become more stringent with limited coverage and shorter coverage periods. On top of that, technology such as smartphones have become integrated into our daily lives, leaving them exposed to accidents more frequently.  If you are prone to cracking your iPhone screen, an extended warranty would more than likely be advantageous to you.

 

Check out our video below to help you decide if extended warranties are right for you.

 

 


 

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3 Gift Ideas for the Tech-Savvy Valentine

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Valentine’s Day, the day of true love, is fast approaching. For some, it’s about going full on with the candy hearts, chocolate, flowers, jewelry, and cute stuffed animals. These have long been staples of the romancer’s holiday, but those gifts are more than a little cliché. For those seeking something a bit less conventional, here are 3 Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are sure to make your tech-savvy sweetheart smile.

 

1. 3Doodler – The World’s First 3D Drawing Pen

3Doodler is the world’s first pen that lets you draw in 3D, so you can sculpt amazing objects and models from the ground up. To start, just plug in the pen and let it heat up, just like you would a hot glue gun. It has 2 speeds to control the flow and uses safe PLA plastic “drawing sticks” that harden in seconds after dispensed. The outer casing is made of high-temp ABS, which allows you old the pen comfortably. Plus, it’s super easy to use. It includes 50 drawing sticks in 10 colors (additional sticks available in 30 colors). Try making an Eiffel Tower, a skyscraper, or create anything you can think of. The possibilities are endless for your artistic valentine.

 
2. Celluon Magic Cube – Laser Keyboard

The laser keyboard transforms a flat surface into an instant work station. So you can type up a storm any time you want. The advanced optics tracks your fingers like magic. It can be used for Apple, Android, and other smartphones, tablets, and devices and connects via Bluetooth wireless technology. It also doubles as a multi-touch mouse. Its sleek and professional design makes the virtual keyword a fantastic idea for writers on the go.

 
3. Monster DNA On-Ear Headphones

Armed with a stunning design that looks good just about anywhere, you can now listen to your favorite track – and tune out everything else. With the Monster DNA On-Ear Headphones, you can experience the deep base, crystal clear highs, and exceptional midrange of Monster DNA. Its pillow soft advanced noise isolating cushions keep noise out and keep your music from disturbing and you’ll be able to listen comfortably for hours. The DNA headphones’ dual audio input jacks allows you to link your MusicShare headphones together and share the audio. This is a great headphones gift for music lovers and audiophiles alike.

 

There are many other techy gift ideas that can fit your style and budget this Valentine’s Day. Just remember that whatever you decide to give to your valentine, it should be thoughtful, creative, and most of all, fun!

 


 

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New Year’s Resolution Fail: 3 Devices and Apps that will Help You Get Back on Track

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According to University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology via Statistic Brain, 24% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions fail to meet them. You may have been one of these persons last year.  But this year will be different, don’t be part of the statistic! This is the year you are going to make a difference, you’re going to quit smoking, lose weight, or even manage finances more intelligently. This is the year you will succeed. However, like many people, you may have gotten discouraged and reverted back to your old ways.

 

Fear not! It’s not too late to start again and make this year a memorable and fulfilling one, technology is here to help! Here are 3 devices and apps that will help you get back on track:

 

Fitbit Zip

Over the past year so many fitness tracking apps, gadgets, and wristbands have been released in an attempt to help fitness buffs start and track their workouts. Some have proved to be a great success while others have to failed deliver as advertised. Fitbit Zip’s original Fitness Tracker was one of the first gadgets of its kind to give regular people a way of tracking their activity throughout the day. However, Fitbit has changed its game a little by redesigning its first product to the tough and slim One and the budget Zip, a souped-up pedometer, with a face.

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The Zip is a rather basic option in comparison to the brand’s previous gizmos, but you don’t need to spend a fortune and have something strapped to your body at all times to get moving. Now, this is not just your regular pedometer because it’s been built solely for those who want to not only just count their steps throughout the day, but keep an eye on their calorie intake and take a closer look at their daily data via the comprehensive Fitbit app or web dashboard with sharing and gaming features too.

 

cessation nationCessation Nation

Is quitting smoking one of your New Year’s Resolutions? If you answer is yes, but you’ve found yourself backsliding, then the Cessation Nation app may help you get back on track. The app allows users to set a quit date, and then tracks their progress on the road to becoming a non-smoker. Need some motivation? Users can see how much money they’ll save by not purchasing cigarettes and they can view the immediate health benefits gained every day by not smoking. Cessation Nation even features distracting mini games that users can boot up to keep their cravings at bay.  This definitely one of the best smartphone apps that will improve your life.

 

 

iXpenseIt

ixpenseitNo one is perfect at money management, but there are always small things users can do to keep their finances in check. This app may be a bit on the costly side, but you will soon discover that it may just be worth it. iXpenseIt simplifies your money matters with daily expense tracking and monthly budgeting. Whether for personal or business use, its intuitive reporting provides insight to where your money went and identifies new ways to save. It also gives you the ability to input expense data anywhere, anytime within seconds and even allows you to store photos of receipts. Saving money is hard, but this app can help users visualize the process and track progress, which in turn can make managing money a New Year’s resolution that is easy to keep.

 

Remember, change of any kind can seem daunting at first. The key to success is to having the right mindset, a solid support group and a concrete plan will go a long way to helping you achieve your goals and be successful with your New Year’s resolutions.

 


 

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The Coolest Tech Revealed at CES 2015

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Every year, Las Vegas plays host to the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show or CES, an event where tech companies from all over the globe come to show off their latest prototypes, products, and services. There were several top-notch products and accessories that overwhelmed us. But there were only a few that stood out. Here are some of the coolest techs revealed at CES 2015:

 

LG G Flex 2

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LG has officially launched the successor to its G Flex smartphone in the form of the G Flex 2. LG’s new G Flex 2 improves on the faults of the earlier model and delivers a solid all-around package that will interest the average consumer. It’s essentially a curved version of the LG G3, a curved smartphone with a 5.5-inch plastic OLED screen. The G Flex 2’s screen is stronger and sharper when compared to its predecessor’s, and its self-healing rear has been improved so that minor scratches disappear in 10 seconds instead of three minutes.

 

Dell XPS 13

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The Dell XPS 13 is everything a Windows user could possibly want in an ultra-book. It not only sports a better design, but it is essentially a MacBook Air with 15 hours of battery life and an optional touchscreen. What really makes this standout is the price point. Why? Dedicated Windows users are getting a high-end, premium laptop that for just $799 before any discounts. Compared to other notebooks in its class, that is definitely a great price.

 

Toyota’s 5,680 Fuel Cell Patents

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Toyota made moves this CES 2015 that border on selflessness. In an effort to increase the proliferation of hydrogen-fuel cars on the roads, the company is to grant royalty-free use of 5,680 global patents related to the technology from now until 2020. This very well encourages other manufacturers to start investigating and using fuel cell tech. Toyota plans to launch the first hydrogen fuel cell car the Mirai in 2015.

 

Panasonic’s 4K Blu-ray Player

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Panasonic showed off the first 4K Blu-ray player prototype at CES 2015. It’s a sleek brushed-metal box expected to go on sale towards the end of the year. Panasonic has revealed it will support High Dynamic Range video quality.

 

Dish Sling TV

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Sling TV is a $20 a month subscription service that gives you access to watch a number of premium channels, including ESPN, TNT, HGTV, Cartoon Network & more on your Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, and more premium stations without a traditional cable subscription.  TV will never be the same!

 

There were hundreds of products unveiled in this year’s CES and the ones listed above were just some of the standouts of the event. All tech lovers can look forward to what the technology world has to offer this year.


 

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