Technology Time Machine [Infographic]

 

Ever wonder what life was like before the advent of modern communications and consumer technology?  So have we.  We put together an infographic of all the popular devices that have advanced modern technology from 1876 to today.

 

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Mobile Security: The Scariest Things About Your Smartphone

 

phone malwareSmartphones are more than just mobile phones. A smartphone is a device with built-in functions of a personal digital assistant – a miniature personal computer. They have revolutionized our on the go lives. However with the prevalence of smartphones and all the benefits they bring, there is also a dark side to these devices. In spirit of the Halloween season, here are 3 of the scariest things about your smartphone:

 

Privacy is Thin

The scariest part of owning a smartphone is that very little information contained in its memory is actually kept private. Though the policies of the internet and service providers often differ, most of them comprise a provision for accessing the information of their users from any corner of the world. Over the years, the news has been full of stories about smartphones loaded with secret software that follows our every move and can easily track keystrokes.

 

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If you own a smartphone, you should know that you’ve basically given up a good chunk of your privacy. Your cellular carrier already has a record of every number you’ve dialed, every SMS you’ve sent, every website you’ve visited, and every place you’ve ever been too. 99% of the apps available on the market access your data for various reasons – make sure the app is worthwhile before approving unnecessary access to your data.

 

Viruses & Malware

Although viruses and malware on smartphones are less prevalent than that of a personal computer, smartphone viruses do in fact exist. However, the vast number of smartphone viruses usually attack jail-broken or modified devices. According to Craig Rosewarne, MD at Wolfpack and founder and chairman at Information Security Group of Africa, “The latest mobile malware statistics are alarmingly high, especially for Android, because it is an open platform.”

 

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Rosewarne also states that while Android has the global market share, the platform is also responsible for 97% of mobile threats detected in 2013. Referencing the latest mobile threat report from online security company F-Secure, he says more than 100,000 variants of malware were found on Android during 2013. “No new malware was found for BlackBerry, iOS or Window.” Rosewarne also warns the public of some “seriously scary” malware out there, this includes strains that can compromise sensitive information, like bank information.

 

Mobile Payment Systems mobile payment banking

We have seen a rise in financial transactions from mobile devices. Whether it is something as simple as sending funds via PayPal, or something more elaborate like scanning checks via your smartphone for bank deposits, never before has money so freely been transferred digitally. That is a scary thing. Just one wrong decimal place, one bug in some software could clear out your account.

 

Is your mobile payment system secure? Banks invest a lot of money into their security to prevent such potential hacking and cellular encryption technologies have made it far more difficult for casual criminals to hacks passwords or information by listening to radio traffic. But as the saying goes, there is no system that is foolproof. When money is “only digital”, that is a definite risk. If you go with digital, you are placing yourself firmly on “the grid”, with the ability to be monitored, tracked, and even hacked.

 

nfc payment

With the advent of Apple’s mobile payment system known as Apple Pay, digital payments will surge in 2015. It utilizes the NFC transmission system, which has been proven to be vulnerable in the past. Apple’s iCloud was recently hacked, which means it is only a matter of time before hackers target Apple Pay.

 

Protect Your Bubble specializes in safe guarding everything in your life, including your smartphone and identity with our protection plans.  We also offer Snap Secure, a free mobile security app, free with our Identity Theft protection plan.

 


 

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Hooray! New Apple iPads and Macs Announced

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Finally, the wait is over. Apple just released everything you wanted and need to know about the new iPad, iPad mini, and iMac.

 

apple truhtAll I’ve been hearing this whole time is iPad 6 this, and iPad Air 2014 that, but finally Apple has confirmed the name iPad Air 2, a 6.1mm thin tablet—the world’s thinnest tablet yet! Apple said it best, “You can stack two iPad Air 2’s, and it’s still thinner than the original iPad.” Now that’s ingenuity for ya! Not to brag or anything…ahem…all you Android users out there, but Apple has sold 225 million iPads around the world and is rated #1 in customer satisfaction, and has 675,000 apps in its iPad app store, which is a huge advantage over their competition. Not to mention Apple announced that its line-up of tablets have the lowest price point on the market, with a reduced price point of $100 across the board. Pre-orders begin today, with the 16GB model starting at $499.

 

1. iPad Air 2

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Display

  • Single component with no air gaps.
  • Reduced internal reflection with anti-reflective coating, which reduces reflections by 56%. Lowest reflectivity of any tablet.
  • Improved retina display.

System

You wanted Indy 500 fast, well Apple delivered with 40% faster CPU performance, which is 12x faster than the original iPad! Apple also built-in an A8X chip specifically for iPad Air 2 with 3B transistors. Calling All Gamers, I repeat, Calling All Gamers, Apple didn’t forget about you, they upped the ante with 10 hours of battery life for non-stop marathon playing and 180x faster graphic performance, bringing engines from desktop gaming to iPad Air 2.

 

Camera

Everything looks sexier in slo-mo. Just imagine Betty White in a bikini running on the beach (there’s a nice visual for ya). Moments like these are made possible with Apple’s addition of slo-mo capabilities for capturing videos at 120 frames per second along with REPLAY a video editing app, which lets users add in motion graphics and music using their iPad. Available for free at the end of October.

  • Edit photos on the device.
  • 8MP camera with 1.12 pixels, ƒ/2.4 aperture.
  • Burst Mode photos to do time laps and high speed action photos.
  • Facetime camera on the front side lets in 80% more light for burst selfies,
  • Improved face detection.

Price & Availability

$499 16GB

$599 64GB

$699 128 GB

+$130 for WIFI + Cellular

 

Bonus: Touch ID

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I am happy to report that one of the most requested features for the next generation of Apple iPad tablets—TouchID, is a go. TouchID on this device lets you to quickly unlock your iPad, it works with iOS 8 developer apps, and it lets you purchase using Apple Pay. Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 will tout this feature.

 

2. iPad Mini 3

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The Lowdown

It’s exactly the same as the iPad Mini 2.  Seriously. What. The only added feature is the Touch ID. Big disappointment. Move along Apple fan boys.

 

Price & Availability: iPad mini 3

16GB $399

$64 GB $499

128 GB $599

 

3. iMac Retina 5K

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Display

Apple’s iMac with Retina display is a force to be reckoned. You have two options to choose from a 21.5 inch or a 27 inch display, but our hearts are with the mammoth 27 incher. This work of art has a 27 in. 5120×2880 display with 14.7 million pixels, making it the world’s highest resolution 5k retina display. It has 7x more pixels than an HD TV, and it’s only 5mm thin! The iMac has 4x more bandwidth, it uses oxide TFT to charge pixels quicker and longer, organic passivation…say that 5x fast… to increase image quality, new backlight technology, and it uses 30% less energy.

 

System

3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon R9 chip M29OX, 8GB memory, 45% faster than previous version, 1TB Fusion Drive, Energy Star 6.1 ratings.

 

Price & Availability

Ships today!

21.5inch $1099

27 inch $1799

 

4. Mac Mini

mac mini Mac Mini has been updated with a faster processor 4th generation Intel Core Processors, graphics Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000, storage, WIFI 802.11ac, 2 thunderbolt 2 ports. Starts at $499, and ships today!

 

Ah, Yosemite OS, if it performs anything like the images suggest then we will all be in Apple heaven. Yosemite and OS8 work together better than ever. All of your documents are synced with iCloud photo library, taking full advantage of Wi-Fi to airdrop files. Apple stressed Continuity of their devices, which makes them aware of each other. It all starts with with a swipe across the screen to transfer files to another. There is also the ability to send and receive text message to any device. During the live cast Apple demo’d what they called “the world of continuity” when using Yosemite. The user can pick up where they left off on the other device by swiping up, and the system knows right where you were in the other document.

 

We were all on the edge of our seats when Apple mentioned the word iCloud, especially with all the flack it received after the incidents with Hollywood’s hottest stars nude picture reportedly being hacked from their iCloud accounts, but Apple put us at ease again flashing all its upgrades including:

  • Vibrant icons
  • Rich Typography
  • Spotlight-taps into sources on the internet, like Wikipedia, which provides answer to your questions without finishing typing
  • Safari is Fast-6x faster than other browsers [3+hours longer!]
  • Maildrop send to up to 5GB files, which are protected on iCloud
  • iWork- productivity suite, a new design, functional update to numbers ability to transpose tables, along with text effects. Available Monday and it’s free.
  • iOS 8.1 free, available Monday
  • iCloud Drive- Access to files across all devices.

 

Apple has officially made it even easier to become a couch potato. As if I need another reason to live a sedentary life. Their new Apple Watch, which is slated for release in early 2015, can be used as a remote. Yes people, a remote! But according to Apple’s “Chief of Secrecy”, Stephen Colbert, Apple needs to hurry up and release the iWatch. Colbert famously said, “You know what I see when I look at my wrist? My wrist! Get to Work!” Our sentiments exactly.

 

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Infographic: The Fate of Protected Apple Devices

Ever wonder what happens to your PYB protected Apple devices?  We sifted through our data created this infographic for your pleasure.  As you can see, the iPhone 5s and 5c account for 58% of Apple phone claims.  The iPad 4 represents 52% of damaged iPads.  Geographically, California knows how damage their iPhones as they are a highly populated state.  Not surprisingly, cracked screens are the biggest problem consumers have with their iPhones.  Dang clumsy hands!

 

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What We Like Most About The New iPhone 6

One of the great things about Apple is that they have continued to develop their proprietary technology. Consumers should be grateful that Samsung is a competent competitor to Apple, allowing for both companies to continually push the envelope with each new iteration of their flagship smartphones.

 

On September 19th, Apple made available to the market its newest addition to the iPhone family, the much anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Everything you love about iPhones is still found in the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus, only everything is just better, so much better. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over the weekend. Here are the top 3 things we like most about the new iPhone 6:

 

1. The Huge Screen

 

The iPhone 6 comes with Retina HD display – which can only be described as bigger and more enhanced.  The regular iPhone 6 comes with a 326ppi (pixels-per-inch) screen resolution while the Plus unit packs up to 440ppi. Both units show a marked improvement in terms of contrast ratio and viewing angle.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-in display. This is great news for users who prefer bigger screens for their mobile phone. The iPhone 6 Plus ‘phablet’ essentially replaces the need for an iPad Mini – that’s how big it is! Although at times it seems like a struggle to grasp the phone in one hand, watching Vine videos have become more enjoyable on the large vibrant screen. That is an acceptable trade-off in our book.

 

2. The Sharp Camera

 

If you’ve managed to snag the latest iPhone, you’ll notice that your camera photos are significantly less blurry. This is because Apple is using a combination of the A8 SoC and the M8 motion coprocessor. The lens itself offer optical image stabilization, even in low light, you can still produce much sharper photos. The much improved camera features hold a respectable 8MP sensor, with ‘focus pixels’ which allows for a quicker auto-focus – a feature you’d normally expect to find on high end cameras.

It also allows you to do 43 megapixel panorama shots too. But what makes the camera feature stand out as compared to its predecessors is the slow motion function, taking more frames-per-second. The slo-mode supports upwards of 240 fps, this is definitely something worth bragging about to your family and friends. Props to Apple for allowing us to capture slo-mo reactions of our friends’ horrified faces when we prank them.

 

3. VoLTE and WiFi Calling

 

With every release of the iPhone, Apple significantly improves the wireless radio capabilities and the iPhone 6 generation is no exception to such improvement. VoLTE (Voice over LTE) support is now available. In addition, iOS 8 adds the ability to make calls over WiFi when cell coverage isn’t available. In addition to dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n that it offered in previous generations, it now also offers WiFi 802.11ac. For smartphone users with poor coverage, this feature is possibly one of the top reasons why purchasing the iPhone 6 is worth every dollar spent. All too often we find ourselves losing cell coverage in the lobby of tall buildings. No longer is this an issue and business travelers can now breathe a sigh of relief at those massive conferences.

As always, Apple aims to please. Indeed, it is very clear that Apple has more than delivered and has made history yet again the demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been overwhelming!

 


 

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