#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.

 

For information on protection plans we offer for gaming consoles, please visit our gaming warranty page.

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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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Does Your Business Insurance Cover Your Smart Phone or Mobile Device?

In today’s workforce, professionals are not only tasked with staying competitive in their careers. Many employment opportunities begin (and sometimes continue) as extended contracts. This typically means the responsibility of thinking and operating like a business—perhaps more so than the average Joe.

 

Whether you’re self-employed or a vendor for a large corporation, a great deal of your success will depend on the purchase and maintenance of comprehensive insurance policies. And even though Worker’s Compensation, and General and Professional Liability insurance may be required minimally, it’s often not enough to secure you for the long haul. What happens when you unexpectedly damage your laptop? Or when water, also known as a Smartphone’s arch-nemesis, takes out your new Samsung Galaxy S4?

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Get 25% your Home Gadget Extended Warranty this holiday season

Thanksgiving is almost here, and Black Friday is right around the corner. While enjoying turkey day, you may realize that your refrigerator isn’t quite spacious enough for an abundant feast for the family, or that your TV doesn’t truly accommodate a picture larger enough to match your passion for your team. Black Friday offers amazing deals on cameras, laptops, TVs, appliances, and more, helping you to replace such items at a lower cost.

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Is a new washer, dryer, oven, or fridge on your wish list? Get it during a fantastic sale and then protect it with an extended warranty.

As you take advantage of midnight deals, doorbusters, and online stampedes for limited quantity items, don’t forget about protecting your new purchases. Protect Your Bubble offers extended warranty coverage for your beloved appliances and electronics, from your big screen LCD to your brand new washer and dryer.

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As a holiday bonus and to help you save even more cash on Black Friday and throughout the holiday shopping season, we’re helping you save on your extended warranty. Get a free quote on an extended warranty for your new appliance on our website; as you go through the quote process, enter “holiday25″ to take an additional 25% off of your policy.

Happy holidays everyone!

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Get your holiday shopping done with the help of 5 smartphone apps

Are you ready to do your holiday shopping? If you don’t have an arsenal of apps at your smartphone’s disposal, we’re afraid you may be behind already.

 

As apps have become our personal assistants on a daily basis, keeping track of our finances, addresses, and more, they’re also now Santa’s little helpers, helping you track your shopping lists, prices, and find items fast.

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Your smartphone is now the perfect shopping buddy for this coming holiday season. Photo via Flickr.

If you’re ready to get your holiday shopping done early, or if you’re just preparing to venture out on Black Friday to get the best deals, here are a few apps that can you help through the battle of retail:

 

  1. Coupon Sherpa
    Extreme Couponers, back away from the scissors. Coupon Sherpa brings together all of the coupons you love, from retail to groceries and more. Retailers can scan the codes directly from your smartphone, saving you from hours of clipping them yourself.
  2. Decide.com
    Finding the perfect gift is great, but it can reduce some shoppers into a blind panic. “Should I buy now? What if it goes on sale?!” Decide focuses on electronics (aka your big holiday purchases) including smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, and more. The app shares consumer reviews, let’s you know when the best time to buy is, and even features a price guarantee.
  3. Cardstar
    Don’t be that person digging through your purse for your club card or trying three phone numbers at the register trying to remember the one to which your store discount card is linked. Cardstar puts all of your member and discount cards into one so that you never have to fumble with a giant key-chain again.
  4. Fab
    If Pinterest and Etsy had a lovechild, it would be fabulous…or just Fab. Fab just launched their holiday shops, despite dealing with the Frankenstorm out of their New York office. Reward that hard work and dedication by checking out their mobile app during your holiday shopping for great deals and great items with great design in mind.
  5. Groupon and Living Social
    Okay, so this technically makes 6 apps, but I think we can all agree to let it slide. While Groupon and Living Social aren’t exactly secret, don’t forget these treasures as you jump into online shopping. While other apps are focused just on holiday shopping, Groupon and Living Social can help you save on gift items as well as the other things you need during the holidays, like food and a massage to relax post-Black Friday shopping.

Will you be doing your holiday shopping online this year or at the mall? Are you Black Friday shopper or a last minute maven? Share your shopping strategy and style with us in a comment.

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5 ways to improve your holiday photos

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Use your camera to take great holiday photos. Image via Flickr.

The holiday season is almost here; it’s time to capture pumpkins and pies, ghosts and goblins, Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas trees, and more as we work our way through holiday cheer towards the New Year. We know you’ll want to document all of fantastic new memories, so we have a few tips to help you with your photography skills from a few of the pros:

 

1. Choose the right camera. 

Having a great camera is the first step to taking amazing photos. “If you own a DSLR make it your Holiday resolution to learn to use it in manual and shoot in RAW so you can fix lighting issues later. Shooting in auto on a DSLR is just a step above shooting with the considerably cheaper point and shoot camera, but shooting in manual will unlock a world of possibilities,” advises Kelsey Drozd, a family and pet photographer in Oceanside, California.

If you’re still using a point-and-click and are looking to upgrade it can be a little daunting to pick a camera you love–There are so many options! Justin Snavely, a photographer in Atlanta, suggests the new Nikon D600. “It’s a nice mid-level, full frame dslr that would balance very nicely between…shooting stills and video.” (If you do invest in a new camera this season, be sure to protect it with camera insurance from Protect Your Bubble).

 

2. Always have a back up. 

Lauren Ferzoco, of Lauren Elizabeth Photography, a pet photographer in the Nashville area, recommends using multiple memory cards during your event. “That way, if something happens to the memory card, you haven’t lost the entire shoot!”

 

3. Keep the quality high and the styling classic.

Kelsey stresses that quality and classic styling are important for holiday photos. “Put away that iPhone. Its great for capturing the crazy lady walking down the street dressed as Mrs Claus, but for moments that matter…use a real camera. The quality is better and your editing options are better…This goes for Instagram too! The funky effects are cool for capturing your “duck face” as you model your new ‘do, but when it comes to memories keep it classic.”

 

4. Don’t over pose…

We all know that the posed group shot is coming, but don’t forget to snap a few shots when people aren’t wary of the camera. “My advice is to start shooting once the eggnog and the activities start happening.,” says Justin. “It’s at this point that people usually loosen up, aren’t as self conscious, and don’t pay as much attention to the person running around with the camera.” You’ll great candid shots of laughter and fun that you’ll cherish for years.

 

5. …or get too matchy. 

If you’re going in for a professional session or just snapping photos at the holiday party, remember that over-matching can be problematic. “Everyone in white shirts and jeans is BORING and overdone; at least one person in the group isn’t going to be flattered by that style and will look out of place. Variety is the spice of life. Stick to the same color palate and color tones (pastels, neutrals, bolds, muted, etc) but not exact same clothes,” advises Kelsey.

 

Have fun with your holiday photos this season and put a few memories on film that you’ll cherish in future years. If you have additional tips for people taking photos during the holidays, leave them in a comment!

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Tax-Free Weekend in Georgia Starts Tomorrow

Attention Georgia residents: Tax-Free Weekend is this weekend, August 10-11, 2012. Consumers can save on clothing, footwear and general school supplies in honor of Back-to-School. In addition, consumers will be able to save money on the purchase of a single personal computer or personal computer related accessory with a sales price of $1,000 or less. 

 

According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Back-to-school is one of the year’s busiest shopping seasons, second only to Christmas. The National Retail Federation said parents with school-aged children are expected to spend an average of $688.62 on clothes, electronics and supplies this year, up nearly $85 from last year’s average.”

 

In recent years, computers (namely laptops) and iPads have become a must-have for students heading to school and college. With the demand for technology and our increasing reliance on such gadgets, the value (both personal and financial) has seen a surge. It’s important to protect these valuable items.

 

While consumers are saving money on these electronic gadgets, they should consider Protect Your Bubble gadget insurance and extended warranties. For $9.99 per month, tablet insurance covers loss, theft and water damage and consumers will receive a replacement device in 24 hours. Starting at $9.99 per month, home gadget warranties provide coverage for mechanical breakdown and accidental damage for laptops, as well as mechanical breakdown for desktop computers, which start at $2.99 per month. If that weren’t enough, ProtectYourBubble.com is running a 25 percent off Home Gadget Warranty Sale through September when consumers use promotion code summer25 when purchasing the coverage.

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