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Portable Speaker Buying Guide

Friday, February 21, 2014 9:50:00 PM America/Chicago

Why Buy a Portable Speaker?

You own an iPod, a mobile device equipped with audio, a laptop and a PSP. You can listen to music and other audio files on each and everyone of these things. Why would you possibly want to purchase a portable speaker? The fact is each of these pieces of equipment do broadcast audio, but they do not play it loud and clear without the use of headphones. In fact, most laptops, phones and handheld video games can only be heard if you are holding them closely. Also, most MP3 players can only be heard with the use of headphones. The restriction of audio does not allow you to hear the music loud or clear.

Portable speakers can fix this for you. Not only can you listen to you music without the use of headphones, but you can also broadcast it throughout the room. Others can listen to your music with you and the quality will be like nothing you've ever heard before.

If you look for a portable speaker that is compatible with all of your audio devices, your audio selections will be endless. There are many different portable speakers on the market, but to get the most for your money you should get one that has dual USB technology. This will give you the opportunity to use your portable speaker on both PCs and Macs.

One positive attribute to having a handheld speaker is listening to music with other people. If you have a portable speaker you can hook it up to your MP3 player or laptop and broadcast the music for the entire room to hear. This is a great idea for parties and casual get-togethers.

Handheld speakers are also good if you are a fitness fanatic that likes to work out with friends, having a compact speaker will allow you to listen to music together. There are some portable speakers on the market that are designed for the fitness gurus. They are small in size and weigh less than ½ pound. They also come with a fitness armband that will fit your MP3 player as well.

No matter what you use to listen to audio files, having a portable speaker will be beneficial. It will allow you to listen to your music louder, more clearly and without interference. It will also give you the ability to share your music with friends and most importantly, you won't have to use those dreaded headphones anymore.


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Why buy a paper shredder?

Friday, February 21, 2014 5:34:00 PM America/Chicago

Why buy a paper shredder?



According to the Federal Trade Association (FTA), an estimated 9 million Americans have their identities stolen every year. With the holidays around the corner, it's more important than ever to protect your personal and financial information. Identity thieves still rely on the most common and cheapest way to steal your information - digging through your trash and grabbing papers such as old credit card statements, expired credit cards, bills, check stubs, pay stubs, and even something as innocuous as a birthday card. Even with today's threat of fraud happening at an alarming rate, many people still throw away their old documents without thinking twice. 

Credit card offers increase dramatically around the holidays, as these institutions hope to gain more profit by tempting people with preapproved credit limits. Such applications are rampant at this time, and thieves know this. If your identity and information gets stolen, the thief can use it to make an exorbitant amount of orders online, and have them shipped to their address instead of theirs. 

Take the proper steps to protect yourself, your identity and your finances - not just around the holidays, but all year around. What is the easiest way to do so? Simply invest in a quality paper shredder. Not enough consumers do the proper research to find the best paper shredder for their needs. While it's common for businesses and corporations to use shredders, every home should have one. A small investment now will pay off in huge dividends when you realize you've cut the easiest rope thieves can climb to find out who you are. 

First, you'll need to determine what a thief would need to steal your identity. Here's a condensed list:

•    Your name
•    Mailing/billing address
•    Date of birth
•    Mother's maiden name
•    Social security number
•    Account numbers (bank, credit card, etc)
•    PIN numbers and passwords

As you may have guessed, your social security number is target number one - the skeleton key to your identity and who you are on paper. You'll want to make absolutely sure any document that reveals your social security number, even partly, is completely destroyed. 

How do you find the best shredder for the highest security possible?

Paper shredders come in three shred types - strip-cut, cross-cut and micro-cut. Strip-cut shredders do just that - they cut paper into strips, and are the most commonly found because of their economic value. However, leaving your documents in even sized strips are not enough. A patient thief will simply put the pieces together and use it to find your account numbers, or use the "junk mail" for yet another preapproved credit card offer to get one made and sent directly to their door. You'll want something much more intricate. Cross-cut shredders cut your documents into crisscross, diagonal pieces, and make it impossible to piece back together. Micro-cut shredders cut the pieces even smaller and are most often used for highly sensitive data in hospitals and government offices. A cross-cut or micro-cut shredder is the best choice for anyone to use at home. 

There are shredders that allow you to shred multiple papers at once, and even with blades that can safely cut credit cards and CDs. Investing in a shredder that does all three is ideal, since it'll effortlessly cover old statements, old, expired credit cards, or CDs that might have incriminating information. Very few, if any thieves will spend the time it'd take to put together several hundred pieces of a document when they could just move on to an easier target. Make life difficult for them, and ensure the padlock is on yours.

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Profect against identity theft with a paper shredder while doing your 2013 taxes

Friday, February 21, 2014 3:46:00 PM America/Chicago

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Profect against identity theft with a paper shredder while doing your 2012 taxes

It’s almost time to file your taxes! In the United States, tax return season runs from January 1 – April 15 in 2013. Be prepared and protect your identity during this crucial time by shredding sensitive documents while filing your tax returns. Even if you believe your past paperwork is too old, outdated or insignificant, any personal information that ties back to your identity can be used by thieves. W2 forms, specific tax related forms such as 1040 or 1040A, and any other receipts, statements, and invoices have your personal information and should be eliminated after filing.

Your name, address, social security number and income numbers are plainly displayed and should only be viewed by authorized personnel, such as the IRS. Identity thieves know that this is a prime time to collect your information and up their efforts to rummage trash for old forms, receipts and invoices. This is the best time to shred all of your financial or personal information and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.

You were probably saving your pay stubs, receipts and statements all year in preparation for your taxes. While you’re collecting the previous year’s paperwork, why not use the time to shred older papers and documents you may have stored away? You will likely bring up your storage of old documents, statements, invoices and forms from past filing seasons.

There are many benefits to shredding your old documents while doing your taxes:

  • •  Save time as you sift through outdated documents and keep your important files up-to-date
  • •  Free up current space and save storage space
  • •  Easier organization and even easier to find what you need
  • •  Unclutter cabinets for a head start on your spring cleaning 


The IRS suggests keeping documents that support your tax returns for at least three years in the event of an unexpected audit. However, if you’re absolutely sure the threat of an audit has passed, or you’re confident that you’ve done your taxes accurately and reported all income, keep a copy of that year’s tax return and shred everything you used to reference the return.

ATM receipts, credit card statements, business invoices, write-offs, paycheck stubs, bank statements, investment records, insurance policies and big purchase warranties can all be safely shredded after you no longer need the information for that year’s filing.

These days, you do not need paper versions of your receipts and forms. The IRS accepts electronic versions, so scan what you need and keep them safe in a USB flash drive or another secure virtual storage box. Banks offer online statements, and you can download applications directly from the IRS’ website if necessary.

In the event your house is destroyed, having digital backups become invaluable, and when kept off-site (such as with a trusted party out of state or in a safety deposit box) you have little fear of your information being intercepted or simply picked apart with a paper trail.

Documents that do require a paper version include birth, death and marriage certificates, documents related to home ownership, wills, powers of attorney, business agreements, and divorce or child care orders, to name a few. Do not make additional paper copies – however, if you do, make sure the copies are shredded as soon as you don’t need them. Tax season is a good time to look over what can be safely disposed.

Ensure your personal and financial information’s security and use a high quality micro-cut or cross-cut shredder right after filing your taxes. Micro-cut and cross-cut shredders cut paper into multiple pieces, rendering it impossible for a thief to re-assemble. Keep one at home and well-maintained for years of security and protection from identity theft. Unclutter your space, save time and gain peace of mind this tax season with a smart investment on a quality paper shredder.

SimplyGlobo.com

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Shopping for a New Portable Speaker?

Friday, February 21, 2014 11:44:00 AM America/Chicago

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When you're out shopping for portable audio speakers, it's hard to know which one has the best quality AND won't put a hole in your wallet. There are so many brands, models, and features that could easily overwhelm anyone shopping for new speakers. However, once you try out the SimplyVibe V5-BT1, you’ll never have trouble shopping for speakers again. 

The SimplyVibe V5-BT1 portable speakers are the newest model that have been introduced on SimplyGlobo's website. One of the best features of this product is that it is Bluetooth which means it can hook up to your laptops, smartphones or tablets without dealing with any cords or plugging anything in. It's very simple to pair your device with the speakers and the instructions are user friendly and straightforward. Once your device is paired up, all you have to do is choose a song and hit play! You can control the volume as well as switch songs from either your own device or the speakers which I find very convenient. These amazing speakers can play up to 18 hours on medium volume without needing a charge, so you don’t have to worry about charging it all of the time. The speakers aren’t the only thing that can be charged; in case your phone battery is about to die, you can use the included USB and charge your phone using the speakers. That’s a very special feature that you won’t find on a lot of portable speakers. Also, if you’re using your smartphone to listen to music and you get a call at the same time, you can answer the call using the product as a speakerphone! It takes one press of the button and you can talk to someone straight from the speaker and then go right back to listening to your music. After learning about all of the unique features of the SimplyVibe V5-BT1, I hope this helps make your shopping experience a lot less stressful! Happy shopping!

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