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  1. Blue Monday – Whats all the fuss about?

    Blue Monday

    What is Blue Monday and how did it become such an welcomed date in the diary? Well back in 2005 the concept was developed by Sky Travel who claimed they had a formula that could accurately predict the most depressing day of the year. Since then the formula has been tweaked and you can see the 2009 version below. Blue Monday tends to be the 3rd Monday in January but on rare occasions it has been the second or the last Monday in January.

    The first blue Monday was declared in a Sky Travel press release as the 24th January 2005. Since then Blue Monday has really taken off and tends to be the no.1 trending topic on twitter on the day. This year Blue Monday will fall on 18th January.

    The 2009 formula that can work out the most depressing day of the year

    The 2009 formula that can work out the most depressing day of the year

    So why is Blue Monday so blue?

    Well the equation takes a lot of different circumstances into account. Firstly most people tend to get paid early for Christmas so by the time the 3rd Monday of January rolls around most people have gone 6 weeks without pay. On top of this credit card bills tend to have been received and payments due which can make January a dark month to say the least. Other aspects taken into account are lack of sunlight and low levels of vitamin D, failed New Year’s resolutions and poor motivational levels.

     

    #PurpleMonday

    At Protect Your Bubble HQ we are going to lighten the darkest day of the year and turn it into a #PurpleMonday, making it one lucky follower’s favourite day of the year rather than their worst! On 18th January 2016 we will launch a tweet and once we hit 1,000 retweets we’ll reward one lucky follower with £250! Simple! To be in with a chance of earning some cash simply head over to out Twitter page and Retweet the pinned tweet!

     

    Remember….Monday doesn’t have to be blue! #PurpleMonday

     

    Terms & Conditions

    GB CI IOM 18+. End .18. 01.2016.1 prize. 7 days to claim. See: http://ukblog.protectyourbubble.com/?p=3950 for full prize description, entry routes and Ts and Cs. Promoter: Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN. No entries should be sent to this address.

  2. 5 favourites from CES 2016

    Autonomous Cars, Wearables and Augmented Reality. Some of our favourites from the CES tech Show in Vegas

     

    For those that don’t know the CES or Consumer Electronic Show is a huge trade show in Vegas which happens once a year. The show attracts the world’s biggest brands, innovators and thinkers who all get together to showcase the latest technology and provide consumers with an insight into what we can expect from gadgets in the future. A small team from Protect Your Bubble flew out to see what all the fuss will be about this year. Here’s a few of our favourites and what else you can expect in 2016.

    CES 2016

    We just had to share this innovative cat litter tray, mainly because it looks like an astronaut’s helmet. The idea is the cat will jump in, do its business and then get back out. The tray will then rotate 180 degrees, the poo will drop into the bottom tray and you’ll get notifications sent straight to your mobile phone when you need to empty the tray. We’re unsure if you’ll be able to get your cat in this futuristic litter box or even if you’d want notifications telling you that your cat’s litter box is full but there you go.

      Smart Cat litter Box

    Drones were literally everywhere as you’d probably expect. However this one stood out from the rest. The Ehang 184 is a human sized drone that can carry a human passenger for 23 minutes at a speed of 60mph. The drone is also fully automated, passengers simply input their destination and the drone does the rest. To us this is quite a scary thought but the Chinese company responsible for the drone say it’s actually safer as it removes human error from the equation. To top it off the drone’s wings fold in making it easier for storage. At over $250,000 it’s unlikely we’ll all be flying round in one of these anytime soon but it does give a great insight into what the future could hold for transport.

    EHang Drone

     

    It will come as no surprise that gaming was huge at CES2016. The future of gaming definitely appears to be in the augmented reality sphere but we’ve been hearing about this for years. However 2016 appears to be the year consumers will finally be able to get their hands on VR gaming. Oculus were once again at CES and look likely to release the Oculus Rift sometime later this year. However it won’t be cheap and you’ll also need a powerful computer in order to be transported to a new reality. Nevertheless after having a play with one the concept is certainly impressive and 2016 should be the year we make big strides towards a new world of video gaming with Playstation and HTC not far behind.

    Oculus Rift

    Autonomous cars were all the rage at CES 2016. The latest technology includes smart tech systems that are able to interact with traffic lights, other cars and road signs in order to get you from A to B safely. We already have partially autonomous features now such as self-parking and if you’re really up with the times motorway self-driving. However in the near future expect to see a new breed of smart cars which will be in constant communication with you and the road. Constant traffic information, car diagnostics and lane control will all be available as well as heart sensors which will detect drowsiness prompting a refreshing fragrance to be released in order to wake you back up. This is only the tip of the iceberg, during CES 2016 Kia revealed its new Drive Wise programme and is committed to having fully autonomous cars on the road by 2030. We’re talking about driverless cars that will be able to pick you up and take you from A to B by themselves which is an exciting but slightly concerning prospect all rolled into one.

      Kia Drive Wise

    The latest in wearable technology was on full display at the CES2016. Fitbit launched their new stylish Blaze which has added onscreen workout and music control to its armoury. However the future appears to lie in technology that is lined within your clothing. Sensoria fitness showcased its latest tech which included a running top and socks which feature technology which they claim will provide even better monitoring than your traditional wearables. The socks will also measure cadence and running style providing feedback which should allow you to avoid injury. However there are drawbacks, one being that you must remove all sensors before washing. All round body monitoring through smart garments is definitely the way forward we’re just not sure the technology is quite there yet. A special mention should go to the very stylish TomTom wearable spark. The spark has all the usual features you’d expect from a fitness watch including GPS tracking, 24/7 heart monitoring etc. but the feature we thought was great was its ability to store 500 songs from your phones playlist. Allowing you to work out phone free but still enjoy your music.

      TomTom Spark

  3. Geraint Thomas Christmas message

    This year we are giving bike fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a personalised Christmas message from Geraint Thomas. To enter simply comment below the video on our Twitter page @PYB_Bike with the reason you deserve a Christmas message from Geraint in 140 characters or less. We’ll then pick a winner who will receive a message! It couldn’t be easier!

     

    Eligibility

    1. The promotion is open to residents of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Isle of Man and Channel Islands only, excluding employees of the Assurant Direct Limited (the “Promoter”) and their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter, and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

    2. This promotion is only open to individuals aged 18 years or over on date of promotion entry.

    3. The Twitter promotion begins at 10.00 on 17th December 2015 and closes at 17.00pm on 21st December 2015. Any entry received after the closing date and time will not be valid. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

    4. Entrants must have access to the internet, an email address, and a Twitter account

    5. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary to enter this promotion. A maximum of one entry per person is allowed and a maximum of one prize may be won per household.

     

    How to Enter

    5. To enter this promotion, visit twitter.com/PYB_Bike, follow the Protect Your Bubble Twitter account from your Twitter account, and reply to Geraint’s video message with the reason you deserve a personalised Christmas message from Geraint in 140 characters or less.

    6. Commenting of any other post during the date range specified above that does not contain the video does not count as an entry

    7. Entrants must continue to follow the @PYB_Bike Twitter account following entry into the promotion in order to continue to be regarded as eligible

    8. Entrants must not publish repeated Tweets

    9. Entrants must not attempt to enter the promotion using multiple accounts and entrants found to be doing so will be ineligible to participate in the promotion. It is the responsibility of entrants to ensure they comply with Twitter’s rules regarding usage

     

    The Prize

    10. There are 2 winners who will receive a personalised video message from Geraint

    11. Cost of shipping is included in the prize. Any redelivery requirements where a user has not been available to receive their delivery that requires an additional costs is the winner’s responsibility. The winners are responsible for all expenses not expressly stated in these terms and conditions as being included as part of the prize.

    12. The prize is not transferable, cannot be exchanged and has no cash value. It cannot be redeemed by the winner for cash or any other prize. The prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.

     

    Winner Selection and Notification

    13. The winner will be randomly selected on 22nd December 2015 by the Promoter from all of the valid entries submitted during the promotional period in accordance with these terms and conditions.

    14. The Promoter will contact the winner within one day of on 22nd December via private message on Twitter. Prize will shared publically on the Promotors Twitter page and then sent to the recipient to keep forever.

    15. The winner is required to respond to the private message notification within 1 day in order to claim the prize. Failure to do so will result in the prize being forfeited and another winner will be selected.

    16. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for failed delivery due to provision of incorrect contact details by entrants. Any prize that is returned undelivered will be assumed unwanted and the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner to receive the prize using the same process referred to above in these terms and conditions.

    17. The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of identity and address of the prize winner.

    18. By entering this promotion, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    19. Losing entries will not receive any notification.

     

    General

    20. The twitter handle, name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; Geraint Video Message, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 26th December 2015

    21. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    22. By entering, entrants and winners (as applicable) grant Promoter, and their licensees, successors and assigns, the assignable, perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use their entry for this Promotion, including the names and likenesses of any persons embodied therein, in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and on Promoter social media sites, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Promoter, all without further consent from or notice or payment to entrant or winner(s). Promoter is under no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein.

    23. The Promoter and its agents will only use personal information supplied by entrants to this promotion for the purposes of administering this promotion, unless consent is received to use such information for any other purpose. All personal data shared by the entrants will be collected in accordance with Promoter’s privacy policy available at http://uk.protectyourbubble.com/legal-privacy/privacy-policy.html

    24. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect, special or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    25. By participating, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless Promoter and Twitter, Inc., and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or any Promotion -related activity, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or Promoter’s use of the rights granted herein.

    26. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this promotion with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    27. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Twitter. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Twitter from any claim or liability suffered in connection with this promotion

    28. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect your bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683.

     

  4. Christmas Movies T&Cs

    To celebrate Christmas we’ve launched PYB’s 10 movies of Christmas! To enter head over to our Facebook page and comment below the days post, naming the famous movie for your chance to win the movie of the day and be entered into the draw to win a 3D blue-ray player! Best of luck from everyone at Protect Your Bubble and Merry Christmas!

     

    Terms & Conditions

    Eligibility

    1. The promotion is open to residents of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Isle of Man and Channel Islands only, excluding employees of the Assurant Direct Limited (the “Promoter”) and their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter, and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.
    2. This promotion is only open to individuals aged 18 years or over on date of promotion entry.
    3. The promotion begins at 10:00 26th November and closes at 11.59 on Friday 4th December 2015 British Summer Time (BST). Any entry received after the closing date and time will not be valid. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
    4. Entrants must have access to the internet, an email address and a Facebook account
    5. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary to enter this promotion. A maximum of one entry per person a day is allowed and a maximum of one prize may be won per household.

    How to Enter

    1. To enter this promotion, visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ProtectYourBubble, and comment with the name of the Christmas movie on the post
    2. Liking or commenting on any other post during the date range specified above that does not count as an entry

    Entrants must not attempt to enter the promotion using multiple accounts and entrants found to be doing so will be ineligible to participate in the promotion.

    The Prize

    1. There is one winner daily. Cost of shipping is included in the prize. Any redelivery requirements where a user has not been available to receive their delivery that requires an additional costs is the winner’s responsibility. The winner is responsible for all expenses not expressly stated in these terms and conditions as being included as part of the prize.
    2. The prize is not transferable, cannot be exchanged and has no cash value. It cannot be redeemed by the winner for cash or any other prize. The prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.
    3. 3. All that enter will be entered into the prize draw to win a television up to the value of £300 regardless of whether their movie entry was a winner or not.

    Winner Selection and Notification

    1.   The winner will be randomly selected daily from 10th December 2015 to the 23rd December 2015 by the Promoter from all of the valid entries submitted during the promotional period in accordance with these terms and conditions. The Television draw will be held on January 5th 2016.
    2. The Promoter will contact the winner within one week of 6th January via private message on Facebook. Prize will be posted to the address provided by the winner within 7 working days of the winner claiming. In all matters, the random selection made by the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
    3. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for failed delivery due to provision of incorrect contact details by entrants. Any prize that is returned undelivered will be assumed unwanted and the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner to receive the prize using the same process referred to above in these terms and conditions.
    4. The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of identity and address of the prize winner.
    5. By entering this promotion, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.
    6. Losing entries will not receive any notification.

    General

    1. The Facebook name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; Off to Christmas Movies, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 24th December 2015
    2. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.
    3. By entering, entrants and winners (as applicable) grant Promoter, and their licensees, successors and assigns, the assignable, perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use their entry for this Promotion, including the names and likenesses of any persons embodied therein, in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and on Promoter social media sites, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Promoter, all without further consent from or notice or payment to entrant or winner(s). Promoter is under no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein.
    4. The Promoter and its agents will only use personal information supplied by entrants to this promotion for the purposes of administering this promotion, unless consent is received to use such information for any other purpose. All personal data shared by the entrants will be collected in accordance with Promoter’s privacy policy available at http://uk.protectyourbubble.com/legal-privacy/privacy-policy.html
    5. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect, special or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.
    6. By participating, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless Promoter and Facebook, Inc., and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or any Promotion -related activity, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or Promoter’s use of the rights granted herein.
    7. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this promotion with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.
    8. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Facebook. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Facebook from any claim or liability suffered in connection with this promotion
    9. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
    10. Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect Your Bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683.
  5. Protect Your Bubble Treasure Hunt Treasure Hunt

    Protect Your Bubble Treasure Hunt Terms and Conditions

     

    Eligibility

    1. The promotion is open to residents of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Isle of Man and Channel Islands only, excluding employees of the Assurant Direct Limited (the “Promoter”) and their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter, and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

    2. This promotion is only open to individuals aged 18 years or over on date of promotion entry.

    3. The Twitter promotion begins at 11.00 on 15th December 2015 and closes at 16.00pm on 15th December 2015 British Summer Time (BST). Any entry received after the closing date and time will not be valid. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

    4. Entrants must have access to the internet, an email address, and a Twitter account

    5. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary to enter this promotion. A maximum of one entry per person is allowed and a maximum of one prize may be won per household.

     

    Prize & Entry

    By entering this Prize Draw (the “Prize Draw”) you (the “participant”) agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. Any information or instructions published by the Promoter about the Prize Draw on https://www.twitter.com/ProtectyrBubble form part of these terms and conditions.

    1. Employees or agents of the Promoter or any of its group companies or their families or households or anyone professionally connected to this Prize Draw are not eligible to enter.

    2. There are 2 prizes to be won over the duration of the promotion (the “Prizes”). One Prize for each of the 2 locations.

    5. Instead of receiving the Prize on the day of the Prize Draw, winners will receive a ‘ticket’ and may have to wait up to 28 days to receive their Prize

    6. The Prizes are non-transferable and may not be substituted by the winner. The Promoter may substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any Prize.

    7. No purchase is necessary to enter.

    8. The Prize Draw is open during the times set out below: Tuesday 15th December 2015 10.00am –4.00pm.

    9. During the Prize Draw Period @Protectyrbubble Twitter page will release various hints and video clues on the whereabouts of the Prizes in the 2 different locations.

    10. Participants will have one hour to locate each Prize in each location after the first clue is given on Twitter.

    11. In each location the winner will be the first participant to get to the location, find the last clue and tweet a picture of themselves with the prize to @protectyrbubble. In the event two or more participants find the Prize at the same time, Protect Your Bubble event staff will ask pre-established questions and the participant who gets closest to the right answer will win the Prize. In the event nobody finds the Prize in any one location within the 1 hour allotted time the Prize will then carry over to an online pool where twitter followers will be asked to name the location. In the event more than one person gets the correct location a winner will be chosen at random.

    12. There will be an additional prize of £300 for those who cannot get down to the prize location within the given time frame. Those who guess the correct location before the prize is found will be put into a draw for £300. Entree’s from both locations will go into the same prize draw and duplicate entrances will not be accepted

    General

    1. The twitter handle, name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; Treasure Hunt Competition, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 17th December 2015

    2. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    3. By entering, entrants and winners (as applicable) grant Promoter, and their licensees, successors and assigns, the assignable, perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use their entry for this Promotion, including the names and likenesses of any persons embodied therein, in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and on Promoter social media sites, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Promoter, all without further consent from or notice or payment to entrant or winner(s). Promoter is under no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein.

    4. The Promoter and its agents will only use personal information supplied by entrants to this promotion for the purposes of administering this promotion, unless consent is received to use such information for any other purpose. All personal data shared by the entrants will be collected in accordance with Promoter’s privacy policy available at http://uk.protectyourbubble.com/legal-privacy/privacy-policy.html

    5. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect, special or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    6. By participating, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless Promoter and Twitter, Inc., and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or any Promotion -related activity, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or Promoter’s use of the rights granted herein.

    7. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this promotion with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    8. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Twitter. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Twitter from any claim or liability suffered in connection with this promotion

    9. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect your bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683.

Prices may change. Protect Your Bubble is a trading name of Assurant Direct Limited, a company registered in England and Wales (registration company number 5399683). Assurant Direct Limited is an Appointed Representative of Lifestyle Services Group Limited. Lifestyle Services Group Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 315245. You can check this on the Financial Services Register at http://www.fca.org.uk/ or by calling 0800 111 6768.

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