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Top Smartwatches

Date Created: 15 January 2016 by Rakim A Dixon

So why get a smartwatch? The new craze devices deliver smartphone notifications, some offer fitness features, apps and more. This allows you to leave your phone in your pocket and track notifications through your smartwatch


When purchasing a smartwatch the important factors to think about are how much of your smartphone purposes can perform with the watch, and how well it can handle each duty and the other factor is obviously the style.

 

So what smartwatch is the best overall watch, best for the price and the best Android Watch?


The Apple Watch 
is currently the favourite smartwatch out on the market. It offers a range of design options, supports Siri and Apple Pay, and a heart-rate monitor. Apple Watch is also compatible with more than 10,000 apps. There can be a curve that can come with the device. Apple Watch is availab
le in two sizes and with a choice of different bands, the Apple Watch (starting at £299) is the most customizable smartwatch yet. Its vibrant colour touch screen is easily viewable, even in direct sunshine. The watch delivers subtle vibrations to your wrist when you get a call, text or some other notification, and a sensor on the Watch's underside can measure your heart rate.

 

The Pebble Time Steel is a great watch if you're looking for longer battery life and a watch that is good for the money.The Pebble Time Steel (starting at £179), which can last up to 10 days on a charge. It also features an intuitive timeline interface and a colour E Ink display that's easy to read in direct sunshine. With the watch you get access to more than 6,000 apps and many watch faces in a comfortable and colourful water-resistant designs. Choose from multiple colours, including black, grey, orange, white and red. The Pebble delivers notifications to your wrist such as for texts, calls and emails it also works with various fitness apps.

 

The Moto 360 2nd Gen is the favourite android smartwatch (starting at £229), this watch improves on the original by making it more luxurious and customizable than ever. Using Moto Maker online, you can design your Moto 360 to fit your style, colouring its stainless steel body as you like and pairing it with leather bands. The watch runs Android Wear and will work with iPhones as well by using the Android Wear app for iOS. A unique live dial feature adds functions such as Shazam music identification or car diagnostics to the watch screen while the Moto Body app keeps track of your fitness activity.

Do you have gadgets that you haven’t yet insured? Why not take a look at our fantastic Gadget Insurance product - https://www.questor-insurance.co.uk/gadget-insurance.aspx 

Gadgets part of the essential holiday packing list

Date Created: 01 October 2015 by Kim Coppins

Holiday gadgetResearch has revealed that gadgets are the new up and coming holiday essential when packing for your family holiday. With children under the age of 16 packing up to £466 worth of gadget for their travel it’s no surprise that more gadgets than ever are being lost, stolen or damaged while abroad.

Many of the gadgets being taken abroad are owned by children and teenagers, who are spending an average of 2 hours per day using them. An astonishing 1 in 7 children spend more than 4 hours per day using gadgets while on their holiday. With the vast rage of children apps available to download gadgets are a great way to keep children entertained during your travels. Take a look below at our top 5 applications perfect for children on your holiday travels:

Our top 5 Tablet apps to keep the children entertained

1. Colouring Pages for Kids – A simple, creative application with allows children to explore colour without the mess

2. Mars Pop – Pop all the bubbles on the screen before you run out of time

3. Minion Rush – We’re all in love with those despicable minions. Take an adventure dodging obstacles and collecting bananas with your little yellow friends.

4. Minecraft Pocket Edition – Explore the world of blocks and make the world your own, no dream is too big!

5. Temple Run – Perfect for older children and teenagers Temple Run lets the player collect treasure while avoiding the traps.

Always download tablet applications from a reputable source such as the Apple Store or the Google Play store, don’t forget to check device permissions before downloading.

Did you know you have a 1 in 10 chance of your gadgets being stolen, lost or damaged while abroad? Make sure your families gadgets are protected with a Questor Insurance gadget policy. Click here today for a quick quotation or speak to a member of the team by calling us on 0333 323 0090

 

Sources: ITIJ September 2015 Issue 176 

Questors Top Wearable Gadgets

Date Created: 09 March 2015 by Kim Coppins

Gadget GlassesAt Questor Insurance we love new technology and are excited by the increase of wearable gadgets and technology now on the market. Technology, just like fashion accessories can be used to display tastes and enhance a style, while giving their technological rewards. Take a look below at our top wearable gadgets which will not only make you look great but keep you up to date with the techy trends.

Wearable USB items:

Many companies are introducing multi-purpose USB storage devices, which not only store your data but look great. Some examples which can be found on online stores are pretty necklaces with inbuilt folding out USB devices, cufflinks which double up as USB storage pens and funky bracelets which can be unclasped to reveal a USB storage connector.

Fitness Trackers:

There are many devices on the market intended to track and monitor fitness for all types of budgets and needs, with prices ranging from £39.00 to above £200. Take a look below at some of our best fitness tracking finds suitable to use with most Android and Apple phones:

  • Fitbit Zip Fitbit produce a number of fitness tracking devices with prices ranging from £39.99 - £99. If you are on a budget but still looking for a great fitness tracking product the Fitbit Zip has a starting price of £39.99. The Fitbit Zip clips on to your clothing and monitors daily steps taken, number of calories burned and the distance you have travelled.
  • Withings Pulse 0x
    Withings have a range of fitness tracking equipment including a selection which look just like a designer watch! The Withings Pulse 0x  has a slightly higher price starting at £99.99 and is perfect for those wanting a little bit more when tracking their fitness. The Pulse 0X has ample battery lasting for an average of 2 weeks, counts the number of steps taken, monitors your heart rate, sleep pattern and oxygen levels. The Withings Pulse 0x also uses the collected data to create funky reporting graphs to track your health and fitness.

Gadget Eyewear:

With Google glass no longer on sale many manufactures have brought out similar devices and glasses which have technological features. Take a look below at some of the gadget glasses available to buy:

  • Recon Jet
    Recon Jet is a pair of glasses specifically designed for sports lovers, giving high quality polaroid sports eyewear with a techy twist. Recon Jet displays non obstructive messages across the colour wide screen display, keeping wearers up to date with their performance stats and smartphone notifications. The device is also packed with extra features and functionality including a HD camera, microphone and GPS. The perfect must have for all serious cyclists, triathletes and runners!

  • Glass Up
    Glass up is a fantastic pair of gadget glasses which allows you to control your smartphone apps and gives you real time notifications from your smartphone. Glass Up is easy to connect to any smartphone using a straight forward blue tooth method. Applications have been developed which integrate directly with Glass Up in the following categories; education, fitness training, sightseeing, games and travelling.

Smart Watches:

Smart Watches not only provide the time but can be integrated to a user’s smartphone giving useful notifications and alerts. With an increasing range to choose from, smart watches are becoming a popular trend among smart phone users. Take a look below at some of the smart watches available to buy:

  • Pebble
    With a starting price of £99 the Pebble Smart Watch allows users to receive a range of notifications including call, text, email and Facebook direct from their smartphone.  There are also applications which can be installed on the user’s smartphone which will enable the device to monitor sleep, track fitness and customise the screen. Added benefits of the Pebble include having a 7 day battery life, being water resistance and compatible with both Apple and Android handsets.

  • Samsung Gear S
    The Samsung Gear S is a stylish smart watch with a starting price of £329. The device allows users to receive notifications and alerts from their smartphone as well as featuring an onscreen keyboard allowing the user to respond to notifications. The Samsung Gear S has the added benefits including applications to aid navigation, create tasks lists and personal fitness monitoring.   

Don’t forget to tweet us about the wearables you would recommend @QuestorIns

Ever worry about having to replace your gadgets from accidental damage, theft, loss and Liquid damage? Have peace of mind and make sure your portable gadgets are protected with a Questor Insurance Gadget policy. For more information regarding gadget insurance please click here or call us on 033 323 0090.

Sources:

http://www.fitbit.com/uk/compare#i.vfziuyll5d34vt

http://www.withings.com/uk/withings-pulse.html#every-step

http://www.reconinstruments.com/products/jet/

http://www.glassup.net/

https://getpebble.com

http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/gears/gears_features.html

Looking after your gadgets!

Date Created: 12 January 2015 by Kim Coppins

Gadgets are now integrated in to every part of our daily lives and can leave us inconvenienced and with hefty bills if they are lost or damaged, take a look below at some of our top tips to help you protect your gadgets.

Loss and Theft:
Loss or theft of a gadget can be a distressing time, see below for our list of ways to help prevent your gadgets from being lost or stolen: 

  • Take note of your Mobile IMEI number, mobile providers and local authorities can use this number to stop unwanted use of a lost or stolen device.>
  • Have a password or a secret key on your device so strangers are unable to access your device – Apple have a function which allows users to have all personal data removed from the device after 10 unsuccessful password attempts. 
  • When in public keep your gadgets out of sight – there are even cases and sleeves available to purchase which disguise your gadget!
  • There are many apps available to download which can help determine the location of a lost or stolen device.
  • Finally when out and about always keep watch of your gadgets and never leave them being looked after by a stranger.

Accidental Damage:
Accidental damage of a gadget can affect its value, look and usability below are a few simple steps which can help minimise the chances of you damaging your gadget:

  • Buy a case or sleeve, there are many which help protect your phone and can give it some personality at the same time.
  • To stop scrapes and chips on the screen don’t forget to purchase a screen protector, there are even screen protectors available for tablets. Top Tip never put your phone in the same pocket as your keys!

Water Damage:
Below we have put together a few tips to help minimise your chances of water damage to your gadgets:

  • Do not use your gadgets outside in bad weather.
  • Avoid using gadgets in the bathroom.
  • Place your gadget or phone in a waterproof container or waterproof plastic food bag if it may rain – sealable bags can be especially useful for cyclists or runners.

If your phone has unfortunately been damaged by water follow the below steps:
(We cannot guarantee successes with this method however it may help to minimise damage to a gadget in the event of an emergency.) 

Gadgets

  1. Do not try to turn your phone on
  2. Do not dry the phone using a heat related source such as a hair dryer
  3. If possible remove the phones battery and any cards in the phone
  4. Fill a sealable container with uncooked rice and submerge your phone
  5. If possible store the container in a warm location
  6. Wait a full 48 hours before turning the phone back on (if the phone is still wet wait longer)

At Questor we understand that sometimes no matter how hard you look after your gadgets sometimes disaster is unavoidable, that’s why we have put together our gadget cover to put your mind at ease. To find out more about our Gadget insurance visit here or contact a member of the team on 0333 323 0090.

Don’t forget to tweet how you take care of your gadgets to @questorIns

Top 10 Satnav travel tips

Date Created: 20 March 2015 by Kim Coppins

Sat NavWhile on your holiday abroad a satnav can be the most useful device you own, allowing you to enjoy your holiday as you navigate the unknown roads to your desired destination. At Questor Insurance we have put together some handy hints and tips on getting the most out of your satnav!

  • Before leaving home update your satnav with the latest map available for your holiday destination.

  • Do not completely rely on a satnav when navigating to your desired destination, it is important to concentrate fully on the roads as they may have changed since the satnav maps where updated (even the newest maps may be slightly different).

  • Before traveling, programme in the postcode of your hotel or a nearby destination so you don’t get lost when traveling back to your accommodation.

  • Do not allow yourself to become distracted by the satnav! The best way to decrease distractions while using a satnav is by reducing other noises such as the radio and use both the screen and sound when navigating.

  • It is important to remember it is illegal to use a satnav to detect speed cameras in all European countries except in the UK and Hungary. If caught using a satnav to detect speed camera’s you may be issued with an on the spot fine.

  • Ensure the destination is spelt correctly in the satnav, its amazing how one letter can make an impact to your arrival destination.

  • Take care when using a mobile phone as a navigation device while abroad. Depending on your mobile network provider data charges may be significantly increased, creating expensive bills for what you may have thought was inside your tariff allowance.

  • For peace of mind always carry an atlas in the car when traveling abroad in case the roads have changed or your satnav fails.

  • Remove the satnav from the vehicle and clean any suction marks on the window screen to reduce the risk of theft.

  • Finally never save your home address in a satnav. In the event of theft of the satnav it is likely the criminal may have access to other possessions such as house or vehicle keys.

We would love to hear your satnav stories tweet us at @QuestorIns or drop us a comment on Facebook, in the meantime happy navigating.

Locking Down Your Apple Gadgets from Children

Date Created: 30 January 2016 by Kim Coppins

GadgetWhether you simply want to stop children from accessing your Apple gadgets or you are concerned about un-authorised in-app purchases, we have the answers for you!


Stop unauthorised access of your gadget devices:

Stop all unauthorised access to your device by setting up a lock screen passcode. This will stop not only children from having unauthorised access but other unauthorised users from accessing the device without entering your pass code, take a look below to find how to set up a simple lock screen passcode:

Setting up a lock screen passcode:

Select the settings applications > Choose the Passcode section > Choose your pass code

To check it has worked correctly lock your devices screen and then unlock your screen, you should then be prompted to enter your pass code.


Lock your device to a single app:

Want to lock your device down so your child can only use one application? Take a look below for our simple step by step guide to lock your device down to a certain Application:

Setting up guided access on your Apple device:

Open the settings application > Open general > Choose accessibility > Select guided access > Enable guided access and set a passcode.

Now open the application you want to lock your device too and push the home button three times prompting the guided access screen to appear. Here you are able to lock down more sections of the application if required, once you have configured all the settings select the start option at the top right of the screen to enable a guided session.

To exit guided access push the home button three times and you will be prompted to enter your pin

Top tip - Make sure you take note of your passcode, as you will require this to gain full access of your device.


Stop unauthorised in app purchases:

Want to let your child have free reign using your device but are concerned about them racking up giant bills from in app purchases? Take a look below on how to reduce the chances of this happening:

Setting up restrictions which stop in app purchases

Open the settings application > Open general > Select restrictions

You will now be prompted to enter a pin to use when amending the restrictions settings, finally turn off in-app purchases.

Within the restriction setting you are also able to restrict further applications from being downloaded, block websites or the whole web and even only allow applications with set ratings to be downloaded.

Worried about costly bills replacing your gadgets? Relax knowing your gadgets are protected from accidental damage, theft, water damage and loss with a Questor Insurance Gadget policy. Click here to get a quick quote today or call us on 0333 323 0090 to find out more.

Share your tips on locking down your gadgets by tweeting us @Questorins

Sources:

http://www.pcdoctorardee.com/news/how-to-lock-down-your-ipad-or-iphone-for-kids/ http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/09/27/how-to-set-a-passcode-on-lock-screen-of-iphone-5/

Best Travelling Apps

Date Created: 27 October 2016 by Kim Coppins

GadgetThe advances in technology have made travelling much easier and help to reduce those stressful elements. One of the greatest advances, is the development of smart-phones, these day’s smart-phones are often affordable and always within hands reach. There are number of smart-phone apps available on the market to help reduce travel stressors and find ways to enhance your travels. Take a look below at some of our top apps to download to help enhance your travels.

App in the Air

App in the Air is your own little personal flight assistant in your pocket. The App gives you great updates about your flight, information on your flight status, waiting times and even airport tips. The app is available to download for both Apple and Android users, with a free or premium version.

Cities Talking

Cities Talking is a great app if you are fairly new to a destination or visiting it for the first time. The app provides a selection of walking guided tours for most European cities. Using your devices GPS, the app knows where you enabling you to travel the city without Wi-Fi or a data connection!

Expensify

Available to download from iTunes and the Google Play store, Expensify is a great app to help you keep track of all your expenses on the go. Using the app, you can cleverly scan all your receipts and summarise your spending at the end of any trip.

Gas Buddy

The perfect app for those of you who love to hire a car on your travels. With Gas Buddy you can take away the stress of having to find the next fuel stop in an unfamiliar area, the app can not only help you find where the next gas stop is, but can help you save money by finding the cheapest fuel.

Google Trips

Relatively new to the market and available for free on both Apple and Android devices, Google Trips is a great addition to any travellers pocket. Google Trips allows you to bundle reservations, find nearby attractions, customise itinerary’s and get recommendations based on your search history.

Stop Breath & Think

Travelling isn’t always stress free, that is why Stop Breath & Think is such a great travel companion. At Questor Insurance we love the personalisation of the app depending on your mood, recommending mediation to calming walks. If you decide this isn’t the meditation app for you, there are plenty of others to try many offering different features.

* When downloading mobile and tablet applications always ensure you download them from a reputable source designed for your device e.g. iTunes and Google Play.


Swear by a great app on each of your travels? Tell us which one by tweeting us @QuestorIns

Worry about your gadgets and the chance of expensive repair bills? At Questor Insurance we can cover all your gadgets under one policy, protecting them from theft, loss, accidental damage and liquid damage. Find out more about what gadgets we can cover by visiting our website or contacting us on 0333 323 0090

Using Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Date Created: 05 August 2016 by Kim Coppins

TravelHow many of us really disconnect while on our travels? Whether it’s quickly checking our emails, mobile banking or catching up on some social media, we all like to stay up to date. Some travellers are blessed with great data plans and never have to connect to a public Wi-Fi while out and about, however others of us find it a blessing to find that next Wi-Fi hotspot. However, have you ever wondered about the risks of using a public Wi-Fi hotspot and how you can minimalise them?

The Dangers of Using a Public Wi-Fi

The open nature of a public Wi-Fi leaves room for snooping and opens the risk of your details being compromised. The largest risk of using a public Wi-Fi is the ability of a hacker to put themselves between you and your desired connection (this is commonly known as a man in the middle attack). When this happens your details are sent to the hacker who then sends these across to the Wi-Fi hotspot (which you believe you are already sending the information to). In the process your details and any information you have submitted is readily available to the hacker. Less frequently, hackers can distribute malicious software and malware using the Wi-Fi connection.

Ways to reduce the risks of using a public Wi-Fi          

  • Visit web pages which are using HTTPS – this indicates that the webpage is using SSL/ TLS encryption which makes it harder for man in the middle attacks to take place
  • Ensure any sharing on your mobile or computer is switched off        
  • Use a VPN – this is a way of browsing the internet while using an extra layer of protection            
  • Take care when connecting to a hotspot, some appear legitimate however have been created by the malicious individual
  • Enable two factor authentication where possible – this adds an extra layer of security to your accounts.
  • Always log out of your accounts when you’re finished
  • Even with these precautions in place it’s recommended to never use public Wi-Fi connections for anything sensitive or secure such as online banking        
  • To increase security, say no to using a hotspot and use mobile data when possible and affordable

Make sure you can stay connected this summer and protect your gadgets. With a Questor Insurance gadget policy, your gadgets are covered for up to 90 days around the world for loss, theft, accidental damage and liquid damage! Worried about unauthorised usage of your device? We cover unauthorised calls, text and data usage if your device is lost or stolen. Click here for more information on our gadget policy or call us today on 0333 323 0090 to find out more.

Sources:

http://usa.kaspersky.com/internet-security-center/internet-safety/public-wifi-risks#.V6NikaIe7Ns

Questor Insurances Top Travel Tech for your Travels

Date Created: 18 August 2015 by Luke Dunn

At Questor Insurance we love using technology and gadgets during our travels, take a look below at some of our favourite travel tech:

Trakdot Luggage Tracker

TrakdotThe daunting wait for luggage at the conveyor belt after your flight is, for some, the worst part of flying. Tracking your luggage may have crossed your mind once or twice before, but thought 'How would I do that?' Well, Trakdot sell very handy luggage trackers for $69.99 (£44.89) each and an extra $20 (£12.83) per year for its network capabilities. You place it inside your luggage and it will monitor mobile networks to determine its location and remembers it. When your plane lands, your Trakdot luggage tracker will send you an email/text message saying everywhere it has been and where it currently is. It is also very light, so you won't have to worry about it disturbing those precious few grams spare in your luggage.

Sources: http://www.trakdot.com/en

dizauL Portable Solar Power Charger

When going on holiday, forgetting to bring a plug socket adapter can prove problematic. Solar power is usually an option, unless the weather takes a turn for the worse. dizauL provide small, portable solar power chargers that are waterproof and shockproof for just £12.98, which come with a USB cable so you can easily charge it from the mains before you leave, thereby acting as a spare battery allowing you to charge your mobile on the go.

Sources: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waterproof-Shockproof-Portable-External-Adapters-Blue-5000mAh/dp/B00V9Y12QW?

BRITA Water Filtration

If you are going on your holidays abroad, the tap water usually isn't recommended to be used as drinking water. With BRITA, you can buy a water bottle which contains a water filter inside it so you can fill up at the tap and go. You can get a bottle and 4 filter discs included which should last a week each, all just for £9.29.

Source: http://www.brita.co.uk/brita/en-gb/cms/cpd.gridTrecknet

USB Wall Charger

If solar power isn't your ideal solution to plug socket adapters, this could be. Most mobile devices these days come with USB ports for headphones. With the USB wall charger, you can use your USB cable to charge up your mobile device, and other electronic gadgets. You can get one of these for just £9.99 from TeckNet.

Source: http://www.tecknet.co.uk/

Airport Express

If you are going on holiday with your friends or family and want to easily share network connectivity with them in your hotel room, the Apple Airport Express is the device for you. It is a highly portable and easy to use device capable of turning your single cable ethernet connection to a wireless connection for all to use. Just plug your ethernet cable into the device, and plug the device into the ethernet socket and you are good to go! It may be a bit pricy at $99 (£63.31), but it is certainly worth it.

Source: http://www.apple.com/airport-express/

Jetting off on your summer holidays? Make sure you and your family are covered with a comprehensive travel insurance policy, click here for your free quotation or contact us on 0333 323 0090. Don’t forget to tweet us your favorite travel tech to @questorins

 

Top Camping Gadgets

Date Created: 28 September 2015 by Kim Coppins

At Questor Insurance we know there is nothing better than getting close to nature while embarking on a camping trip. Spending beautiful evenings under the stars toasting marshmallows and spending days exploring the local surroundings are just a few of our favourite camping highlights. Throughout our camping trips we have picked up a few tips and learnt about some rather nifty gadgets which can really enhance your camping experience (even if some are just for fun!). Take a look below at our top 5 camping gadgets:

Top 5 Camping Gadgets

  1. BioLite CampStove BioLite

    Priced from £124.95 the Bio light camp stove is your perfect camping accessory, allowing you to charge your gadgets, cook and have light all from one small portable device. Rather than having to buy gas canisters the device burns twigs, pinecones and other biomass to create energy from a smokeless flame.

    Source: http://www.biolitestove.com/

  2. Heater Meals

    Don’t want to waste precious time cooking? Heater Meals have developed self-heating meals, allowing your meal to be ready in 10-12 minutes without having to do any hard work or washing up! The self-heating range include green pepper steak, vegetarian three cheese lasagne, Southwest style chicken with rice and beans and many others to tickle your taste buds.

    Source: http://heatermeals.com/how-self-heating-works/   

  3. Portable Phone Charger

    Camping doesn’t mean you have to cut yourself off from the world, there are many methods to keep your phone charged throughout your camping trip suiting all budgets. There are many types of devices designed to charge mobiles, some you have to charge before you leave home and others are solar powered. We advise only choosing a solar powered device if the weather looks promising, no-one wants a wet phone!

    Source: http://www.amazon.co.uk/portable-phone-charger/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aportable%20phone%20charger   

  4. Pocket Shower Pocket Showe

    Camping where there are no showers? The pocket shower is simple to use and can give up to an 8 and a half minute shower – perfect for washing your hair and freshening up! Fill the device with water early in the morning and leave it in the sun to absorb the heat, by the time you are ready for a shower the water will be a comfortable temperature.

    Source: http://www.seatosummit.com  

  5. A Memory Foam Pillow

    Don’t ruin your camping trip with a bad night’s sleep and pack a supportive pillow. Our favourite is the Outwell Memory Pillow. It’s light weight, easy to carry and helps give a restful night’s sleep, you will soon be wondering how you lived without one.

Source: http://www.outwell.com

Our 5 Camping Tips

  1. Always pitch your tent before dark!
  2. If you’re a light sleeper pack a few pairs of ear plugs
  3. Remember to pack flip flops to wear in the showers
  4. Choose the correct sleeping bag for the season and pack a spare blanket in case it is colder than expected
  5. Always pack a torch and some spare batteries just in case!

Have you ever thought of taking your camping adventures to the next level by hiring a motor home or campervan? At Questor Insurance we provide Motor Home and Campervan Hire Excess Insurance, protecting your excess should the unexpected happen. Click here for your quotation or contact us on 0333 323 0090 for more information.

Tell us your favourite camping gadgets by Tweeting us @QuestorIns

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