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iPhone illustration by Kaelen Felix

BodyGuardz CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree

BodyGuardz, a leader in device protection, today announced that it has been named a CES® 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree for its Portable 5-in-1 Emergency Hub. The announcement was made ahead of the first-ever, all-digital CES 2021, the world’s most influential technology event, happening Jan. 11-14, 2021.

The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products across 28 product categories. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic and design.

“BodyGuardz was previously named a CES Innovation Award Honoree when we launched the market’s first tempered glass screen protector back in 2013, as well as our curved glass screen protector in 2018. We’re proud to be receiving that same recognition for a third time now as we venture into new ways of providing the best protection for a life worth living,” said Kirk Feller, CEO of BodyGuardz.

The 5-in-1 is BodyGuardz’s all-in-one smart emergency preparedness hub and weather alert system. It provides power, light, and notifications of potential events in a user’s area based on user-specified zip code in the free BodyGuardz mobile app. The product’s key features include:

  • Emergency Alerts – By connecting to local NOAA and other national weather alert services, users can receive critical warnings of localized environmental threats to the area both at home and on the road, even if power and cell towers are out.
  • Power Bank – Charges devices with a backup battery for emergency situations.
  • Panic Button – Sounds a 90-decibel siren and alerts loved ones that users are in an emergency situation.
  • Flashlight Functions as an always-charged flashlight with three high-powered light beams to illuminate your path during power outages and other emergencies.
  • Nightlight – Provides ambient lighting for the key area where the device is plugged in that automatically illuminates when power is cut off.

In September 2019, BodyGuardz announced its new smart home product line consisting of three portable smart home products, including the Portable 5-in-1 Emergency Hub. The products were developed to fill a specific gap in the smart home security market for renters and others who prefer portable, convenient peace of mind both at home and while on the go.

The CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honorees, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at CES.tech/innovation.

For more information on BodyGuardz, its new 5-in-1 Emergency Hub, or to purchase, visit www.bodyguardz.com.

About BodyGuardz
BodyGuardz is committed to offering top-quality products and services at competitive prices. The company prides itself on providing products, services, and delivery that customers notice as a step above the rest. BodyGuardz designs reliable protection for a life worth living that keeps up with today’s active lifestyles. Learn more by visiting www.bodyguardz.com.

About Parent Company BGZ Brands
BGZ brands’ mission is “to enhance our customers’ lifestyles through branded products and services of elevated value and quality.” Formerly known as BodyGuardz, BGZ brands has become the powerhouse parent company of three distinct consumer electronic accessory brands—BodyGuardz, a leading device protection company; Lander, expedition-inspired accessories for the explorer in all of us; and MOXYO, modern accessories for you. For more information, visit BGZ brands.

iPhone illustration by Kaelen Felix

Apple’s Newest Products

By Hannah DiPilato

On Tuesday, Apple introduced the newest iPhone as well as the HomePod mini. The new generation of products put an emphasis on the new 5G speed and the mini version of the iPhone 12.

The new iPhone 12 comes in models including the original iPhone 12 as well as Pro, Pro Max and Mini models. The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini run on the less expensive side, while the iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Max Pro are a bit more costly. 

The new iPhone is 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter compared to the iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 features a 6.1 inch super retina display and the iPhone 12 Mini’s super retina display is 5.4 inches. Both phones have 4x better drop resistance, which many iPhone users have complained about in the past, as well as having more splash and spill resistance. The two phones come in five different color finishes: blue, green, red, black, and white. 

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max only come in four finishes but have more features for the money. The two phones feature a 12-megapixel telephoto lens which the iPhone 12 and mini do not have. The Pro and Pro Max also feature a stainless steel body while the other phones have an aluminum and glass design. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also supposed to have the best battery life, with 12 hours of streaming. 

All of the phones feature a 5G speed which is useful for faster streaming and downloading. Apple designed the phone to have the most 5G bands of any phone, so that 5G is available in more places. The new phone design also allows many apps to use 5G without using too much battery life. However, when 5G isn’t needed, the phone automatically switches to LTE to save power. These speeds are meant to help provide better service in heavier populated areas, as well as allowing for better streaming and downloading of videos on cellular. 

The cameras of the phones feature better options for capturing memories at night. The Wide and Ultra Wide cameras have Night mode to bring in a higher level of detail and color. Apple also improved taking video in low light as well as Night mode Timelapse. This allows the camera of the iPhone 12 models to work at any time of day or night. 

Apple also released the HomePod mini, which starts at $99. It’s only 3.3 inches tall but features 360-degree audio that gives a booming sound for its size. If you buy multiple speakers they can connect around the house for an around the home sound system. Two speakers paired in the same room create left and right sound channels for an immersive sound. The speakers also use Siri to play any music or podcast you desire and it can recognize up to six voices. You can also intercom to other speakers around the house. 

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are available for pre-order on October 16 while the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max and HomePod mini are available for pre-order on November 6. For more information on the new product check out Apple’s website.

MyWiT

Do you really want to give a brand-new phone to family and friends this holiday season?

With the holidays right around the corner, shoppers are getting ready to give the gift of technology. Top-of-mind, of course, are the shiny, brand-new devices that have hit the market this season.

However, it’s important to take a step back and really think about whether friends and family are actually…well…careful enough to deserve a new device – especially one that might cost well over $1,000.

A recent survey by protection plan provider Assurant found that of the 66% of mobile phone owners who have broken, damaged or lost a device, almost as many (65%) have done so at least twice!

Additionally, 73% of respondents reported dropping their phones at least once a week, with nearly one quarter (24%) reporting that it has fallen into the toilet. (One person even dug through a port-a-potty for it because it was too expensive to replace).

So, what’s the answer for giving great technology gifts to clumsy friends and family? Buy refurbished!

“Refurbished devices have come a long way,” says David Conti, director of eCommerce at MyWit, a leading consumer website selling refurbished devices. “They are now a high-quality, affordable alternative to a new device, as well as a great option for the eco-conscious.” According to Conti, the key benefits of buying refurbished include:

VALUE — ON AVERAGE, CONSUMERS SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS BUYING REFURBISHED VS NEW, WHICH CAN MEAN MORE GIFTS FOR MORE PEOPLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

MOTHER NATURE — AT LEAST 100 MILLION MOBILE DEVICES END UP IN LANDFILLS EACH YEAR, SO THE GIFT OF A REFURBISHED DEVICE IS ALSO A GIFT TO THE PLANET.

QUALITY—IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE REFURBISHED AND RE-COMMERCE INDUSTRIES HAVE IMPROVED IMMENSELY. SITES LIKE MYWIT.COM PUT SMARTPHONES THROUGH AN INDUSTRY LEADING EVALUATION PROCESS INCLUDING 65+ POINTS OF INSPECTION TO GUARANTEE 100% FUNCTIONALITY.

While everyone loves Grandma, and wants to be the “favorite aunt” to their nieces and nephews, not everyone on every gift list really needs a brand-new device.

Bottom line: Gift-givers can stretch their budget this holiday season – without sacrificing quality – by buying refurbished at MyWiT.com.

About MyWiT

MyWiT is a global leader in mobile device repair, and understands that when it comes to purchasing pre-owned mobile devices, quality and reliability matter most. MyWiT has a state-of-the-art repair facility staffed by highly-trained, experienced technicians, and follows rigorous ISO quality control systems and processes to ensure their repair methods are consistently the best possible. MyWiT refurbishment and repair processes are OEM or carrier certified and their facilities are approved to perform up to Level 3 repairs for mobile phones, tablets, modems, and netbooks. MyWiT offers unparalleled support for mobile industry leaders, world-class service for mobile consumers and the ability to recognize, adopt, and leverage mobile trends.