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  • Intermittent Payment Processing Issue Today

    As you may already be aware, many major websites are being affected today by an ongoing DDoS attack including Twitter, Netflix and our payment processor, PayPal. This is not affecting the security of our payment system but it is causing intermittent delays and errors when processing payments. If you have trouble completing checkout you may have to try again a little later.  We're very sorry for the inconvenience.

    You can read more about this news story on Google here.

  • Preorder BSE Protection Skins for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge official launch is just around the corner and, due to demand, we have begun taking pre orders for protection kits for both devices.

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    Our Skins for the S6 Edge and Edge+ phones have been very popular due to the curved screen and how tightly our Skins fit to the edge of the device.  Now that the new S7 devices both have curved glass around the edges applying a screen protector that can do the job of covering those edges will be crucial.

    See the detail of our screen cover on the Galaxy S6 Edge+

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    We expect kits to begin shipping shortly after the official launch day.

  • Status Update: iPhone 6S 6S Plus Skins and Screen Protectors

    Update:  All 6S kits are now shipping!

    If you've preordered a new iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus you're probably excited to get your protection accessories ordered.  If you're looking to get a new BSE Skin from us unfortunately we're going to make you wait just a bit.

    The new iPhones are slightly bigger than last years models.  According to Apple it's up to 0.2 millimeters in some dimensions.  That might not sound like much but our kits are designed to a very tight tolerance and we often make adjustments that measure less than 0.1 millimeter.

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    As such, we will have the new iPhone Skins up for preorder shortly and we will update this post when we do but we won't be able to ship until after launch day, September 25th, when we can test fit the kits on the new phones.

    At this point we don't have any reason to believe it won't work but we do also want to confirm that the new 3D Touch screen feature works without issue with our screen Skins applied.

    To be fair, our current iPhone 6 Skins should fit the new models fairly well but probably not as perfect as we would prefer.  If you do decide to order an iPhone 6 Skin for your new 6S model, from us or someone else, just be aware that it hasn't actually been tested to fit the new models.

    We only want to offer you guys the best products that meet our standards so we thank you for your patience.

  • Tablet vs Laptop: Which Makes a Better Graduation Gift?

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    Do you have a child or family member who recently graduated and you’re wondering what type of computer would make a useful gift to prepare them for the future?

    This is a common question many families are facing this time of year. The easy answer is that desktops are no longer a practical option.

    No matter which computer system the graduate needs, they must be mobile. If they’re heading to college, they’ll need to take it to the library, take it to class, take it home for the weekend, and still be able to do their schoolwork. If they’re enlisting in the military, they’ll have limited space to lug their gear around. And for someone entering the workforce, tying yourself down to only use one desk in the home tends to be an impractical decision.

    Computers for College

    For the child going to university in the fall, their top choice will almost always be a laptop. For technical majors like engineering, tablets just aren’t the answer. They aren’t appropriate for someone doing a full scale development effort in say Java or some other programming language. While there are smaller versions, like AutoCAD 360 for the iPad, it seems more useful for viewing drawings than doing sophisticated modeling.

    Now, some of the liberal arts majors like education, psychology, or English may find tablets useful. They are lightweight, offer on-screen keyboards for touch typing, and fulfill typical needs like note taking, web access for research, and email. But, think about those 20 or more page term papers, and consider whether a touch screen is the right choice for creating a large document.

    Tablets to Take to Boot Camp

    Need to pick up a computer system for the future soldier? Their needs are typically straightforward. They want to be able to communicate with friends, family, and loved ones back home. That involves web access for apps like Skype and the ability to surf, access email, and use of a camera.

    Given the space constraints, grab them a tablet, perhaps even one of the miniature ones. The smaller, the better here, with a good battery to boot. Consider purchasing an external battery to give them additional juice when they’re on the move and away from power for extended periods of time. They might not have web access at the time, but could use the device for entertainment.

    Tools For the Workforce

    If your graduate is heading out into the workforce, you have the most flexibility in which system to purchase. You can get a decent laptop or tablet for under five hundred dollars, or under $750 if you prefer more advanced features.

    Budget alone won’t nail down the decision for you. It really comes down to a matter of choice. Tablets give the user a touch screen with a “soft” keyboard with no tactile feedback. Laptops allow use of a full keyboard. You can certainly get a larger screen on the laptop (for more money), but apart from the potential for a larger scale screen on the laptop, there isn’t much difference there. It is almost a matter of choice here and if you can ask the graduate which they would prefer, they’ll be happiest with the choice.

    So, Which to Get For Your Graduate?

    In the end, the tablet vs laptop question boils down to practicality and where the graduate is headed. For the college bound student, grab them a laptop. This also works for the workforce bound, who plan on taking classes on the side. Future soldiers would be happiest to have tablets, or laptops on the smaller side. Lightweight and durability are key here. A tablet skin to give added protection is the perfect addition to go along with your gift.

    For the newly employed graduate, you have more choices. You can almost flip a coin as they’ll welcome having any new way of getting online.

  • Never Recycle Your Cell Phone Without Considering These 4 Things

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    Recycling your cell phone is a great way to be eco-friendly and get rid of some clutter. If you kept your cell phone in a skin, it is likely in great condition to be reused by someone else. However the process is not as cut and dry as simply dropping off the phone. For your own protection, there are a few steps that should be taken before handing over the goods for proper disposal. Continue reading

  • Protective Skin or Film: What’s the Difference?

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    If you love your mobile devices, you've probably thought about buying a protective cover at some point.

    It makes sense that you would want to protect your investment: in addition to being expensive, smartphones and tablets go almost everywhere we go, so many people like to know that they can keep their devices looking fresh and new as long as possible.

    However, with so many different options out there for protecting your devices, it can be hard to know which is the right option for you: should you buy a protective skin? Or maybe a protective film would be better instead?

    Continue reading

  • What Is a Phablet?

    The Phablet Trend

    If you have an internet connection, you already know that mobile devices are the red-hot royalty of modern technology. Pocket-sized smartphones and slim tablets are everywhere, offering on-the-go mobility and convenient touch-screen technology that is slowly replacing everything from books to laptop computers. So what's next on the mobile device forefront?

    According to Reuters, the hot new thing is already here and steadily gaining traction: the phablet. Major manufacturers from Nokia to Samsung have jumped on board this new mobile trend, and users are clamoring for the convenience it offers.
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  • The 4 Most Anticipated Releases for the PlayStation Vita

    Playstation VitaSony has really made this an exciting year to be a gamer. The release of the PlayStation 4 gave us some of the most impressive and creative titles ever seen, and developers have upped the ante in the game world. This doesn’t mean that Sony’s handheld game system, the PS Vita, has been forgotten. There are several titles that have been released so far, and many more on the way. Here’s a look at the PlayStation Vita Releases for 2014. Continue reading

  • Most Unexpected Plans for Interactive Tech in 2014

    tech 2014For years, technology has always fascinated us, and rightfully so! Some of the greatest feats in human history have been made possible due to the advancement of technology. Sometimes, these accomplishments are the tech developments themselves! Now, many major tech developers are improving on what’s already been created. The latest innovative technological jump has been interactive technology.

    From games, to menus, to books, and more, interactive technology is slowly being integrated into each facet of our lives. Let’s take a look at what recent developments in tech have taken place over the past few months. Continue reading

  • What Technology Has 2014 Brought Us So Far? – A Q1 Tech Check-In

    Various types of new technology released in 2014At many of last year’s tech shows, we got a preview of what was on the horizon for 2014. Well, now that the first quarter of the year has passed, it’s time to check in on the 2014 technology updates.

    Wearable Tech

     

    This has been a major point of focus for manufacturers around the world this past year. The more we make use of technology to help with our day-to-day activities, the more advances we see with wearable technology. Advances are being made each day, but let's take a look at some of the wearable tech options that are available to us now. Continue reading

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