Best Holiday Gifts for the Techie You Love

Buying a Christmas gift for someone who loves technology is not as easy as it seems. Finding the right gift can be a challenge with so many compelling products vying for your attention. From versatile fitness trackers and sleek smartphones to the fastest tablets and loudest Bluetooth speakers, these are the hottest holiday tech gifts of the year.  Fortunately, we’ve picked our top 5 products to get you started.

 

1. Apple iPad Air 2

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The iPad Air 2 is tablet perfection – cramming a faster A8X processor, sharper camera, and richer anti-reflective screen into an even thinner design than the original iPad Air.  The iPad Air 2 delivers enhanced graphics and a faster performance and also sports a sharper 8-MP camera. Wi-Fi on iPad Air 2 is fast — more than twice as fast as the previous generation — so downloading movies and streaming videos take less time. The Wi-Fi + Cellular model is equipped with faster, more advanced LTE technology as well. What truly sets the iPad apart from its predecessor’s is its roster of unbeatable apps and the way this tablet interacts seamlessly with the other Apple products in your home. You can’t go wrong with gifting this device!

 

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

galaxy note 4 The Galaxy Note 4 is a superior phablet with an ultra-sharp display, faster camera, improved multitasking, and a pen you’ll actually want to use. The Galaxy Note 4 introduces a new sleek and stylish Galaxy design language. Offering a superior grip, enhanced durability, and a premium metal frame and fluid curvature with Galaxy’s inherited 2.5D glass screen and soft-textured back cover – this device is gorgeous! The Note 4′s stylus is nearly identical the Note 3′s. However, the new stylus has a more natural feel – like a ballpoint pen pressing on paper. The new pen measures 2,000 levels of pressure, which is twice as many as its predecessor, this allows for more accurate strokes that reflect how hard you are pushing the tip down.

 

3. Garmin Vivosmart

garmin vivosmart The Garmin Vivosmart wristband is an activity tracker with smartphone notifications in a comfortable, minimalist design. This gadget features a sleek, invisible display that comes to life when you get a notification or when you give the band a tap. The OLED display shines through the band to reveal your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, time of day, and more. The Vivosmart accurately tracks steps, distance, and overall movement each day. Each time you receive a text, email, or call on your compatible Bluetooth device, Vivosmart gently vibrates and automatically displays the information. Simply touch and swipe the screen to read more. For your techie loved one who is serious about moving more, the Garmin Vivosmart is a solid device for its market price. The Vivosmart is certainly an intelligent activity tracker that is made even more intelligent with its smartphone integration.

 

4. Freedom Spot Photon 4G Mobile Hotspot

freedom spot photon 4g A mobile hotspot is a great gift for someone who is always on the go, but always needs to stay connected. This hotspot boasts about six hours of battery life, and can support a connection for up to eight devices at once. The Freedom Spot Photon from FreedomPop is a 4G hotspot that gets you online for free. That’s right, for free and there’s no catch! A free plan from FreedomPop is good for 500MB of data per month. The Photon itself is free. You need to pay an $89 security deposit, which is fully refundable when you return the device.

 

5. GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition

gopro hero3+ The GoPro HERO3+ offers a lighter housing, improved image sharpness, better battery life, and faster built-in Wi-Fi than older GoPro models. Our favorite wearable HD video camera will capture every extreme mountain biking , bungee jump, white water rafting , bob sleigh run, pretty much every extreme activity you are into – all captured in video resolutions up to 4K. The exposure and colors look superb and it can connect via Wi-Fi to smart devices. The GoPro App for iPhone, Android, and Windows 8 phones allows live previews of what your shooting – giving you the chance to pause, rewind, re-shoot, and adjust camera settings. There is also a remote control available that is sold separately.

 

These devices are great suggestions for your friends and family who absolutely has to have the latest in tech. Surprise your loved ones with these spectacular innovative gadgets. Remember, there are protection plans to make these gifts and memories last forever!

 


 

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Clumsy Santa: Accidents Happen To Santa Too. [Win An iPad Air 2]

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The holidays, one of the best times of the year! A time when decorations, lights and Christmas trees are not only found in homes but in town squares and shopping malls all around the world. Though celebrated differently in a variety of cultures, Santa Claus seems to exist almost universally.

 

clumsy santa twitterThis year, Protect Your Bubble introduces Clumsy Santa! You see, Santa Claus, the maker and deliverer of toys and happiness, also happens to be a little “clumsy” when delivering his gifts to the many little girls and boys, and adults too. Accidents happen, even to Santa. However, part of Clumsy Santa’s mission is to help people protect their gifts and everything else that matters to them.

 

Be sure to follow Clumsy Santa on Twitter @ClumsySanta, where he will tell the tale of his sometimes accident-prone mission when making and delivering gifts this holiday season. You might even see a few tweets from Mrs. Claus, the elves, and even Rudolph!

 

The holidays are a time for family and celebration. The last thing anyone wants to do is worry about a broken present, especially if it was what you were hoping for, and oh by the way, this isn’t just about gifts such as smartphones, tablets, electronics, and appliances. Santa needs to protect his workshop and his sleigh from unwanted damage. Of course, Santa keeps a tight schedule when delivering his gifts, so we’ll want to help him stay on schedule and protect against any travel delays along the way.

 

Win an iPad Air 2!

You’re involved in this tale too. Santa has one gift that he’s going to make sure arrives intact. An iPad Air 2. Protect Your Bubble is giving this away in its Clumsy Santa Sweepstakes. Be sure to enter here by January 10, 2015.

 

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Christmas Shopping Trends 2014 [Infographic]

American consumers are increasing their shopping time online and on their smartphones! This is the final conclusion we came up here as we analyzed recent shopping trends. Black Friday is still the dominant shopping day of the year, but Cyber Monday sales have increased every year as consumers have become more comfortable shopping online using their smartphones and tablets.

 

Check out the infographic below for some more insights into consumer shopping habits this Christmas.

 

Christmas Shopping Trends 2014

 


 

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3 Tech Deals To Look For This Black Friday

Every year Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year that every bargain shopper eagerly anticipates. This year Black Friday falls on the second-latest possible date, November 28th. This will give retailers a shorter than average period between Black Friday and Christmas, the most important stretch of the year for them, which should mean more deals after Black Friday as well.

 

We’ve come up with 3 tech deals you should look for this upcoming Black Friday 2014.

 

1. Larger-Sized TV Deals – Go Big or Go Home!

TV’s are usually one of the biggest seller’s at most top retailers each Black Friday, and for good reason. Each year, as the sizes that are up for sale tend to grow, discounts do too. So it is realistic to assume that the same should be expected this year.

 

New this year, we can expect to see several models of Ultra HD models, as well as a curved screen model or two, to appear in Black Friday ads.  You can also expect deals in Black Friday ads for under $250 on a lower-quality model.

At Best Buy, these TV door buster deals will be available in limited quantity.

  • A 55-inch Samsung UHD TV, model UN55HU6830FXZA, a 120Hz smart TV that will be available for $899.99
  • The 55-inch LG 55LB5900, priced at $479.99, a 1080p 120Hz set that doesn’t have many other features
  • A 50-inch Vizio M502I-B1, a 240Hz smart TV set in the company’s step-up M series, for $499.99

Ultra HD 4K

  • Samsung UN55HU7250FXZA, a curved UHD TV, for $1,299.99
  • LG 55UB8200 for $1,300
  • Sony XBR55X850B, in its entry-level 4K series, for $1,499.99
  • Vizio P552UI-B2, a P-series model, priced at $1,299.99

Large 1080p

  • Samsung’s 60-inch 120Hz 1080p LED/LCD smart TV, model UN60H6203AFXZ for $799
  • LG’s 65-inch 1080p LED/LCD (65LB5200) for $799
  • Sharp’s 60-inch Aquos 1080p LED/LCD smart TV (model LC-60LE644) for $699
  • a 60-inch Sony 120Hz smart LED/LCD TV, model KDL-60R510A for $799
  • Sharp’s 70-inch LC-70TQ15U, a 240Hz 1080p smart LED/LCD TV for $1,799

 

2. Apple Products Galore – iPhones, iPads, & More!

Apple products are among the first items that shoppers look for deals on during the Black Friday event.

Walmart will be selling the new Apple iPhone 6 at a $20 discount and giving buyers a $75 gift card on top of that. Target is offering a similar deal except the $75 gift card will be only $30.  Don’t be cheap Target!

 

Staples will be offering the Apple iPad Mini 2 for $239.  Target will offer a $140 store gift card with the purchase of a 16GB iPad Air 2 (which lists for $499), a $100 card with a 16GB iPad Mini 3 or iPad Air ($399 each), and an $80 card with a 16GB non-Retina iPad Mini ($249).

 

For Apple Macbooks at Best Buy, shoppers will be able to save $150 off of the larger 13.3-inch MacBook Air and $120 off of the smaller 11.6-inch MacBook Air. With respect to the MacBook Pro, the 13.3-inch model with Retina display will come with $150 worth of savings while the non-Retina model will come with $200 worth of dicsounts.
The final price tag will appear like this:

  • MacBook Air 13.3-inch – $1049.99
  • MacBook Air 11.6-inch – $779.99
  • MacBook Pro Retina Display – $1349.99
  • MacBook Pro non-Retina – $899.99

 

3. Laptops – Yes these still exist!

One of the most popular Black Friday ad items traditionally has been the ultra-cheap laptop. Models with upgraded components should also be very good deals this year. Back-to-school sales were down and that factor, combined with lower prices for the individual components should lead to great bargains this year.

Best Buy is dishing out the Acer Chromebook 11.6-inch for $149.99 (regular price $199.99). Staples is selling a super cheap Asus laptop for $99.99, giving shoppers a $150 discount.

 

Looking for a laptop/tablet combo? Wal-mart is offering a Toshiba 2in1 Touchscreen laptop for $299. That’s a sweet deal for a laptop/tablet combo that usually goes for $500.

 

Remember, to get a jump on great Black Friday deals, start planning now, research your purchases and above all else spread good cheer. If previous years’ Black Fridays are any indication, pretty much everything will be on sale. If you haven’t already started budgeting for this usually big expense, now would be a good time to start!

 


 

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New Insider Club – Special Deals & Promotions Available

Special Announcement - New Insider Club

 

insider-clubProtect Your Bubble has just launched our new Insider Club that gives you access to exclusive promotions, discounts, and coupons! Currently we are offering a special 15% off discount on Identity Theft Protection to Insiders.

 

The Insider Club also allows you access to save quotes and access them at a later date – talk about super convenient. Click here now to sign up for special offers on already affordable protection plans.

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