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.

 

 

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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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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