Taking a Phone Call – What Could Happen?

Some of the craziest things can happen when we least expect it.  One second everything is rainbows and butterflies, the next you can have your palm in your face.

 

In spirit of our new protection plans, see what happens here when Mom takes a phone call.

 

 


 

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U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-…Oh What Had Happened?

Protection Plan Regret

Have you ever found yourself engrossed in a show or big sporting event just to have the TV suddenly cut out?  If yes, then we know your pain!  Despite the advances in technology today, our high tech electronic devices will eventually suffer mechanical breakdown.  Our protection plans are designed to cover you in events likes this and other accidents.

 

Watch what happens when the unexpected occurs.

 

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Whoa! Protect Your Bubble Has New Protection Plans

Protect Your Bubble has released new protection plans that offer more convenience and value to you!  Now you are able to protect all your mobile & electronic devices as well as home appliances all under one plan.  The more you protect, the more you save.  Visit our protection plan page here to learn more.

 

Check out our comparison chart below for a clear picture of the value of our plans vs the other guys.

 

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The Essential Back To School Checklist

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It’s that time of the year, children are starting school soon. There is always a long list of items that must be purchased in preparation regardless of age. Beat back to school stress with this essential back to school checklist for all grades!

 

1. Backpack & Bagsnorthface backpack

Younger children prefer backpacks, if your children are a bit older – particularly in junior high or high school – they usually carry very heavy loads, so it’s ideal to spend a little extra on rugged, durable, chest strapped backpacks. College bound students usually prefer sling bags and North Face backpacks for their laptops and tablets.  North Face is the preferred choice for students who want to conform to societal norms.

 

 

 

2. Clothing

Be sure to buy shirts, pants, socks, and underclothing. Don’t forget to get new shoes too because your child’s feet are getting Shaq size. There are some students that require more than one pair, either for gym or athletic programs. You also want to have athletic or gym cloths if they’re required. These could include sweat suits, shorts, and t-shirts. Sweaters and lightweight jackets are usually needed for the cool early mornings, and heavier coats will be needed within a few months of school starting. Majority of schools have dress codes, so it’s a good idea to get a copy of that for reference before you go shopping for clothes.

 

3. School Suppliesti-83

This includes notebook paper, spiral notebooks, pens, pencils, folders, dividers and binders among other things. Most kids need all of these regardless of grade. Younger children might need art paper and older children might need a graph set, so the needs vary but the basics tend to stay the same. An oversized calculator is a great addition to the school supply checklist unless your kid is required to buy a scientific calculator.  TI-83’s are a must in more advanced math classes.

 

4. Schedule Doctor and Dental Appointments

Many kids need certain immunizations before school starts. Athletes in middle and high school need a routine athletic checkup. Find out if the school would certain medical forms for your child’s doctor to sign. Your child’s school may or may not require a physical exam, but it is highly recommended that he/she gets one annually from infancy through the teen years. An updated health check is always a great way to start the school year. Don’t forget about the dentist too!

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bagged pizza5. Plans for Breakfast, Lunch, and Overall Nutrition

Plan meals ahead of time, and pack healthy lunches for your children to make sure that they are eating nutritious food, rather than snacks and soft drinks from the vending machine.  Cafeteria lunches can be a hit or miss so make sure you know the lunch schedule beforehand and plan accordingly. Every kid loves prepackaged bagged pizza! Try to promote an active lifestyle, rather than a sedentary one for your child, and make sure he/she is getting enough sleep. It’s also important to keep stocked up on healthy snacks for your kids to eat when school is out.

 

 

6. Family Calendar

Put up a family calendar on the fridge so everyone will see it regularly. It will help keep everyone up-to-date on each other’s appointments, classes, and events. Nobody will miss a rehearsal, baseball practice, or music lesson. Talk about “no child left behind!”

 

The school year can be a crazy time, but you can simplify the transition of going back to school by having a checklist of everything your child needs. Make this new school year awesome!

 


 

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Making The Most Of Your Late Summer Travel Plans

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Feel like summer is slipping through your fingertips? It is not too late to salvage your summer. There is still time to plan a late summer vacation. Here are a few last minute tips to help you out.

 

Going Abroad

First and foremost, figure out if you will need a passport for your trip. Due to the recent regulation changes that have been implemented, as a traveler, you are required to have a passport to reenter the US from practically any country. This includes Canada and Mexico. Make sure you have a current updated passport. Otherwise you could end up in the hands of the Federales.

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I just wanted some fish n chips

 

Comfort Is King

A second issue to consider is the end of summer weather. Plan and dress appropriately for the heat. Most travelers usually equate the end of summer with cooling temperatures. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is not true. August is one of the hottest months and September can bake you like a baguette as well. It is only towards the end of September that can you expect things to cool down. If you are spending your remaining summer vacation at the beach, it is important that you bring along the appropriate clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and head pieces. You wouldn’t want to end up getting sunburnt and looking like a lobster.

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The coolest lobster in the Pacific NorthWest

 

If you are flying, being comfortable on the plane should be your biggest priority. Make sure you try to travel as light as possible.  Struggling to put a 50lb luggage piece in the overhead bin is asking for a strained shoulder or mild concussion.  Sitting uncomfortably on a 5 hour flight is no fun if unless you are a glutton for punishment.  It is suggested that you dress in relaxed clothing like pajamas or a snuggie.  It is no longer cool to “dress to impress” on a flight.  The more you look like a bum, the better.

 

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I should've taken that Imodium AD

Discounts Over Everything

If your wallet is light, try to look for discounted airfare online. Ticket prices can get super low towards the end of summer. According to the CEO of the airfare search engine FareCompare, Rick Seaney, “As kids start to go back to school, bookings start to drop down and airlines are forced to discount.”

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The tainted seat discount was not worth it

 

High Thread Counts

Consider non-hotel lodging. With summer hotel occupancy numbers up almost everywhere, many travelers are turning to vacation rentals for last-minute deals. The strategy makes perfect sense as owners of apartments and villas that still have openings may be willing to negotiate prices. Search Airbnb for some killer deals.

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Help yourself to the expired Wheaties in the cupboard

 

Whatever be the motive for your late summer travel, the very essence is the bonding among the members of the family. Never compare your destination with that of others. It does not matter if yours is a few miles away and theirs span an ocean. Make this summer travel a special one with warm memories. Good luck, and get moving – your vacation awaits!

 


 

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The Latest iPhone 6 Rumors

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Over the last few months, rumors of the new iPhone 6 have been circulating as it nears its September launch date. According to a survey of 4,109 US consumers the iPhone 6 is the most anticipated Apple smartphone ever.

 

Display

Along with a larger screen, the iPhone 6 is rumored to feature a durable sapphire display in at least some models, and may adopt slimmer bezels and a thinner chassis. The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might also incorporate Optical Image Stabilization as a differentiating feature from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

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According to Business Insider, of the many iPhone 6 prototypes Apple has made, one has a giant Retina+ IGZO display and a “new form factor with no home button. Gesture control is also possibly included.” The Retina+ Sharp IGZO display would have a 1080p Full HD resolution. A Full HD display for the iPhone 6 makes perfect sense, especially if it grows to a 4.7-inch screen as discussed, and the iPhablet will push things even further to preserve the Retina experience on a larger display.

 

iphone 6 retina concept

The most recent resolution rumors claim that Apple has been testing a pixel-tripling display which would have a resolution of 1704 x 960. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would have a pixel density of 416 ppi while the 5.5-inch model would have a density of 356 ppi.

 
Camera & Storage

The camera could get an upgrade to 13-megapixels, although not everyone agrees, with others indicating the existing 8-megapixel camera will see improvements. Analysts from Nomura Securities are also saying that the iPhone 6 will have better image stabilization. It is also possible that the larger iPhone 6 will be the only model with a 128GB storage capacity.

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A8 Processor

The iPhone 5s incorporates a 64-bit A7 28-nanometer chip manufactured by Samsung. Apple’s iPhone 6 will reportedly utilize a 20-nanometer A8 chip from TSMC, which will be both smaller and more energy efficient. Samsung will continue to be involved in the production, however, helping to alleviate some of TSMC’s manufacturing load.

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Earlier in the year, rumors pointed towards a quad-core 64-bit processor for the A8, but a July report suggested the A8 processor may in fact be dual-core with a frequency of 2.0 GHz or higher per core. The A8 may also be limited to 1GB of RAM, the same as the A7.

 
iOS 8

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The iPhone 6 will come with iOS 8 installed, which Apple previewed in stage during the WWDC 2014 developer conference. It has revealed only a little about the software, which includes a new HealthKit app, more sharing options, tighter integration with OS X, and the introduction of widgets and third-party keyboard support.

 

Pricing

Apple’s legacy is a long line of premium devices donning premium price tags and you can expect that trend to continue with the iPhone 6. One rumor goes as far as predicting that the because the newest smartphone is set to have a larger screen, new glass covering the front and possibly even a new, more impressive, material used in construction, Apple will hike up the price of the iPhone 6, possibly by as much as $100 (around £60, AU$110). The iPhone has never been a bloater, but rumors have spread the next generation may be much thinner than ever.

iphone 6 price

 

That’s about all we have for now. As it has done for the past two years, Apple will likely launch the iPhone 6 at an event in early September, shipping the device later in the month on a corresponding Friday approximately a week after the launch event.

 


 

 

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5 Coolest Cars You Can Rent

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If you want to live the baller life, your ride should reflect your aspirations. What makes a car cool though? Is it timeless and sexy good looks, cutting edge technology, or ultra-high performance? We think it’s all of these features and then some. We think that a cool car can be defined as something that has influenced our thinking and attitude.  A car acts as a self extension of oneself and lifestyle. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more to have a cooler car than your standard Toyota Corolla, check out the top 5 coolest rental cars available.

 

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

mercedes 300sl The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer convertibles and fastest production car of its day. Internally numbered W198, it was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors and later offered as an open roadster. Although, the SL’s poor brakes and unstable chassis earned it the unfortunate “widowmaker” nickname, it is still the sexiest coupe ever. If you are looking for style over safety, look no further.

 

 

Bugatti Veyron

i woke up in a new bugatti The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engine sports car, designed and developed by the Volkswagen Group and manufactured in Molsheim, France by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The Super Sport version of the Veyron is the fastest street-legal production car in the world, it is the fastest, most powerful, most expensive production car ever built. This ultimate feat of engineering ends here with 16 cylinders, 8 liters, four turbos, and a top speed of 261mph.  I woke up in a new Bugatti!

 

Porsche Panamera

porsche panamera The Porsche Panamera is a high-performance luxury sedan that combines speed, comfort, and space that few competitors can rival. It has a front-engine and rear-wheel drive with four-wheel drive versions also available. The car rides beautifully. The body hunkers down and never floats or rolls, and the grip just keeps coming. The steering is immaculate. The suspension has self-leveling variable air springs, adaptive dampers, and adaptive anti-roll bars. This means it can work no matter how many people are on board, and can be supple on the straights but firm on bends. Dominate the road and your enemies with this bad boy.

 

Aston Martin DBS

aston martin dbs The Aston Martin DBS is a GT car produced by the British manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda Limited. The DBS was featured in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Leather-trimmed gear paddles in a striking Spicy Red finish ensure the DBS Ultimate experience continues to the fingertips. Who wouldn’t want to be Pierce Brosnan for a day?

 

 

BMW 528i

bmw 528i The BMW 5-Series is an executive/mid-size luxury car manufactured by German automaker BMW since 1972. The car, now in its sixth generation, is sold in sedan and touring body styles. The BMW 528i is the go to mid-size for the wealthy for a reason. It may take the general shape of, and provide the utility of, a family car, but it still drives with that BMW sportiness. It’s living the fast life at an affordable price.

 

Regardless of what you reason you have to rent luxurious rental cars, know that life is short and you should experience all the pleasures that you can if you are financially able to. To amplify your baller life, car rental insurance is available to guarantee an exorbitant lifestyle.

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10 Ways To Prevent Identity Theft While Traveling Abroad

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Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes and thieves are smart enough to use many advanced tactics to steal personal data and money by taking advantage of your carelessness while traveling abroad. As a traveler, you’re usually more focused on having fun, but it’s important that you know the different, unsuspecting ways that you can become a victim and how you can prevent it from happening to you.

 

Here are some simple but very helpful steps to follow on how to avoid becoming an ID theft victim while traveling abroad:

 

  • 1. Keep your personal data updated and secured in a protected cloud service such as Snap Secure.

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  • 2. Use credit cards and traveler’s checks and try to avoid using debit cards. Keep credit card numbers and traveler’s check numbers in a safe place.
  • 3. Never give out personal information on the phone.
  • 4. Keep track of bank and credit card statements. If you’re not receiving them on a monthly basis or you see charges that shouldn’t be there, contact them immediately and request prompt action.
  • 5. Do not put your wallet in your back pocket. Put your wallet in your front pocket or use a money pouch. If you must use a purse, carry it close to your body, holding the top closed and keep it on the front of your body.

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  • 6. Use secure wireless networks. The free Wi-Fi networks at cafes, hotel lobbies, and other public places are notoriously unsecured because they do not have the data-encryption protections that closed networks have.
  • 7. Be smart and protect your phone with a home-screen-locking password. We often store a lot of data on our smartphones: text messages with personal information, emails, photos, and important travel information such as boarding passes and itineraries.

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  • 8. Use cash more frequently. When traveling, always keep cash and cards on hand. Use credit cards at airports, major chains, and shops that clearly use secure payment systems. Again, avoid using your debit card if you can.
  • 9. While abroad, don’t use your passport as your primary identification. Lock up your passport in the hotel room safe and use a driver’s license or an international ID for places of admission.

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  • 10. Avoid being pickpocketed by being aware of your surroundings. Pickpocketers usually work in teams of 2′s or 3′s. One of them will bump into you or drop something in front of you or make a loud noise or do anything to cause a distraction. Once you have been distracted, the other pickpocketer will steal your valuables and walk away nonchalantly.

 

If somebody does manage to steal your identity, then you need to find out about it in the earliest stages possible so you can take immediate action before things get completely out of control. Keep in mind that there are many more preventive measures, these are just some of the most common and important tips you can apply to successfully prevent identity theft from happening to you.  To completely protect yourself from any ID theft mishaps, identity theft protection is always available.

 

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Snap Secure – Free Mobile Security App

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What is Snap Secure?

Protect Your Bubble has teamed up with Snap One to provide you with an all-in-one mobile data security app known as Snap SecureWhether you need to keep your personal information safe in the cloud, track a family member’s location, or protect your smartphone from harmful viruses – Snap Secure does it all.  Now it is being offered for free with the purchase of an Identity Theft Protection plan from PYB.

 

Why do I need Snap Secure?

The important things in your life require constant protection.  Your family members, personal data, and devices deserve the utmost security.  Snap Secure safeguards what matters most, around the clock, 24/7.

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What do I get with Snap Secure?

You get Snap Secure’s 16-Point Security Perimeter:

 

1. Family & Device Location Tracking – Get real time device and family member location tracking for immediate peace of mind.

 

2. Driver Safety – Receive instant notifications when a family member is texting, calling, or browsing the web while driving.

 

3. Footprints – View device location history with the GPS functionality.

 

4. Safety Zones – Set up virtual safety zones to receive alerts when a registered device moves in or out of a designated geographic area.

 

5. Panic Button – Set up a Panic Button on every device to automatically call 911, or alert an emergency contact of your location by e-mail, phone, or text message.

 

6. Complete Family Protection – Add up to 6 family members and an unlimited number of devices to one account.

 

7. Cloud Backup & Restoration – Get 100 GB of cloud storage under one account to keep your contacts, calendars, messages, e-mails, and more automatically safe with routine backups.  If you lose a device, your files can be easily restored to a new smartphone.

 

8. AntivirusBitdefender’s #1 ranked antivirus solution automatically scans for data-mining viruses, spyware, and malware.  Set up routine scans to run daily, weekly, or monthly.

 

9.  App Transparency – See which applications on your device are accessing your personal information.  Update permissions and manage restrictions from any of your devices.

 

10. Privacy & Spam Controls – Special filters put you in control of your personal information and blocks unwanted communication.

 

11. Call & Text Monitoring – Keep tabs on the call, text, and application download activity of every registered device on your account.

 

12. Easy Web Access – The Snap Secure platform can be accessed through any web browser, allowing you to conveniently manage all of your family’s devices from virtually any smartphone, tablet, or computer.

 

13. Device Locate – View the location of your missing device on a map, or trigger an audio ping alert to find it nearby, even if your phone is on silent.

 

14. Lock & Wipe – Remotely lock or wipe your device to make sure your files stay safe and unreadable by anyone but you.

 

15. Remote Camera Control – Remotely activate your device’s camera to get an image, of who (or what) is on the other side of your smartphone, sent to your e-mail inbox.

 

16. SIM Guardian – Automatically receive an alert and activate a device lockdown if a foreign SIM card is detected on your smartphone.

 


 

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