http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post.atom Palm - Post 2020-04-24T05:00:00-07:00 Palm http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/palm-heroes-honoring-those-helping-on-the-frontlines-and-beyond-during-covid-19-week-3 2020-04-24T05:00:00-07:00 2020-04-24T05:00:00-07:00 PALM HEROES: Honoring Those Helping on the Frontlines and Beyond During COVID-19, Week 3 Lauren Harper

It’s been said that not all heroes wear capes and that has been proven over the past few weeks from people who have put their own lives on hold to help those that are in need. These heroes are the medical and healthcare workers on the frontline, risking their lives and the lives of their families. It also includes teachers doing all they can to turn their classroom into a virtual learning experience.? The nurses who have to figure out how to do their best job and protect themselves and others during a shortage of supplies, and we can’t forget the essential workers at our stores and making the many deliveries to all of us staying home. Throughout this time Palm will be featuring these stories and showing our recognition to all that are fighting the good fight. Meet our Palm Heroes.?

In recent days, a new threat has hit patients with COVID-19 and ICUs across America -- a shortage of dialysis machines and supplies. This is being caused by the new syndrome doctors are seeing in COVID-19 patients, a failure in their kidneys. The body's intense reaction to the virus is often causing their blood to clot too much, and the clots are literally clogging up the dialysis filters.?On a typical day, our next hero walks 10 miles during a 12-hour shift. In case you didn’t know, that’s approximately two half marathons. However, for this marathon, one can’t train or prepare for what may come up, especially when there’s a global pandemic that has changed how you treat your patients and your nights when you go home. Meet this week's hero: Sam Tannure.

What is your name and occupation??

Sam Tannure, Registered Nurse

Where do you work/live?

Satellite Healthcare Dialysis?

What’s your typical day like??

I treat over 75 patients a day, walk over 19k steps, or approximately 10 miles in a 12-hour shift from 430AM to 530PM. A typical day involves checking in, assessing patients, begin the treatment, administer meds, and check vitals every 30 min until treatment is over. If needed, I perform interventions,? including orders for medication, and completing admin documentation for all patients I treated during my shift.?

However, since COVID-19 we now screen all patients for symptoms before they are allowed on the floor,? all patients have to wear a mask and cannot bring or eat food or consume drinks on the floor, and staff has to follow normal protective procedure and policy also being more careful to conserve and use supplies longer than usual, ie. masks due to our shortages.

How are you protecting your loved ones when you get home??

Applying best practices to lower the risk of infection from how I prep to enter the house, from regularly wiping surfaces, properly washing hands, and practicing proper mask use in public places if we need to go out for essential needs.??

With long work days, how do you stay connected to your family/friends?

Setting alarms for various reminders throughout my shift, using it to track my steps, and receiving messages from my center manager. I currently own and use a Palm. I love the Life Mode feature, as it helps me focus on the lives that matter around me - my patients- while still knowing if I have an emergency I can always take it off Life Mode to access the phone and my other apps. I usually stay connected with family and friends through a WhatsApp group. We have set up and video messaging before and after my shift.

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We want to send a huge thank you to?Sam for taking the time to chat with us during this busy time. We will be featuring?new heroes every Friday, so continue to check-in with us to follow these amazing stories of people who are stepping up when they’re needed most. If you know someone who deserves to be a Palm Hero, please email their story to us at?hello@www.aubelia.com.

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/palmcares-week-2-donating-palms-to-those-in-need 2020-04-21T05:00:00-07:00 2020-04-21T05:00:00-07:00 #PalmCares Week 2: Donating Palms to Those in Need Lauren Harper

As we kick off the second week of our social donation program, we continue to be moved by the stories of love, compassion, dedication and hope from all around the world. Although it’s hard to adequately articulate what a devastating impact COVID-19 continues to have on so many communities, businesses and people, the courage and the vulnerability shared in the stories and nominations we’ve received only make us more steadfast in ensuring the continuation of our program so we can help where it’s needed most.?

We are committed to keeping you informed and updated on our donation program, to continue to highlight the real-life impact of this pandemic. We know that staying connected is one of the most important things that we can do right now, and Palm is honored to be able to do our part in giving back and facilitating that connection during this time.?

We’re happy to announce that we’ve donated six Palm smartphones this past week, and here are some of their stories here.?

In week 2 of our donation program, we donated Palms to:

  • A disabled paramedic in Pennsylvania
  • An Intensive Care Nurse in Florida
  • A 7th Grade Math Teacher in New York
  • A Construction worker in New Jersey
  • A concerned son on behalf of his elderly mother in Illinois
  • A NICU Nurse and single mother in Missouri

Here are some of their stories:

Rodolfo is a math teacher living in New York. Ever since the schools shut down and classrooms have gone virtual, Rodolfo has been busy trying to stay in touch with his students and continue to further their education as best he can. Here’s part of his story:

I'm not going to lie, I miss my students, I miss walking into school everyday at 7am, I miss those "aha" moments that my students had whenever they figured out how to solve an equation for the first time.

Having said that, communication between my students and I during these times is crucial to maintaining their and my well being knowing that we are still forming relationships. I want students to be able to text me if they need anything, or if they're confused at a problem. Without a doubt, having a direct line for them to me would be AMAZING."


Elliott is a nursing student and patient care technician in the Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in Florida. They are also falling victim to supply shortages and what seems like a constant flow of new patients. With family scattered across the county, Elliott wanted a better and safer way to stay in touch. Here’s more from Elliott:

“As you can imagine we have seen a major influx of patients that are suffering with COVID-19. We too are dealing with material shortages and overwhelmed staff members. One of the most difficult things to deal with is the fact that patients who are admitted to our unit spend much of their time alone in rooms because area hospitals are not allowing visitors. This makes our role as caregivers especially difficult.??

I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and spent a good portion of my life in Houston, Texas before moving here to the Tampa Bay area. Many of my family members are scattered throughout the United States. Staying in contact with them through my cell phone is very important. Recently I put my cell phone in my pocket and sat down to talk with a patient. Later I would find out that I had cracked the screen on my phone. The shards from the screen make it very difficult to make calls and to send text messages.? I often use speech to text to and Google Assistant to send text messages, emails, and to make calls.?


Right now going to a store to replace my phone has been difficult because many of the businesses are closed and I've been working many overtime hours. I've been a fan of Palm products since as far back as I can remember. In the past, I've had a Palm Pilot and a Palm Treo. Having this phone would allow me to stay in touch with my colleagues, my school, and my family members who mean so much to me."


Luke wrote in on behalf of his mother, who recently just lost the use of her current smartphone and doesn’t have a landline. Here’s their story:

“I’d like to elect my elderly mom whose iPhone 5 just stopped working recently. Money is tight especially with the added stress of this pandemic and we have been having a hard time finding a phone that she can use. I just happened to stumble upon the device that you sell and think it’s amazing that you are offering this to people in need. She has small hands and suffers from arthritis so the large smartphones available today are difficult for her to use without pain. She also needs an unlocked phone to use with her current pay as you go plan and the unlocked phones we find are way out of our budget. She uses her phone to communicate with myself and my brother, and since she doesn’t own a landline anymore we have been communicating by email for the past week. We would be most appreciative for the phone and it would really help us through this difficult time.”


Dennis wrote in on behalf of his family. He and his wife are both dedicated and selfless servants of their community, he being a disabled paramedic and his wife being an ER Nurse, trying to care for their five children during this time has not been easy. Here’s a portion of their story:?

“I am a disabled man who served my community as a Paramedic for 22 years. I have a genetic disease that attacks my mitochondria and essentially has rendered me wheelchair-bound. My wife who is an ER Nurse, has had to decrease her hours in order to care for me, but recently with Covid-19, she has increased her hours to help the community. Sharing [a smartphone] doesn’t work anymore and we can’t afford a landline at this time.

A phone would greatly help us because we are already financially strapped trying to care for our 5 children. If you could help it would be amazing!”


Matt lives in New Jersey and is close to his family that lives both here and abroad. With everything going on right now, finances are very tight and he’s found himself helping to pay the bills for both him and his parents. Matt explains in his submission:

“I could really use a new Palm smartphone because I do construction and my parents are out of work due to the state-wide shutdown. I'm currently paying all of their bills including their mortgage, in addition to all of my own. I can not afford a new phone right now, but the Palm would allow me to stay connected with my sister who is a nurse. I love the fact that you're trying to help families and frontline workers in these crazy times. Stay safe and thanks.”



Thank you to everyone who has submitted so far. We are continuing to read through them and are still accepting submissions for donations! If you or a loved one has a need for a Palm and 30 days of free service, email us your story today at Hello@www.aubelia.com.

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/palm-heroes-honoring-those-helping-on-the-frontlines-and-beyond-during-covid-19-week-2 2020-04-17T07:38:00-07:00 2020-04-17T07:38:14-07:00 PALM HEROES: Honoring Those Helping on the Frontlines and Beyond During COVID-19, Week 2 Lauren Harper

It’s been said that not all heroes wear capes and that has been proven over the past few weeks from people who have put their own lives on hold to help those that are in need. These heroes are the medical and healthcare workers on the frontline, risking their lives and the lives of their families. It also includes teachers doing all they can to turn their classroom into a virtual learning experience.? The nurses who have to figure out how to do their best job and protect themselves and others during a shortage of supplies, and we can’t forget the essential workers at our stores and making the many deliveries to all of us staying home. Throughout this time Palm will be featuring these stories and showing our recognition to all that are fighting the good fight. Meet our Palm Heroes.?

This week our hero is Jason Pinson, a critical care nurse working in New Orleans, Louisiana– one of the epicenters of the COVID-19. We spoke with Jason about his?experience during this pandemic and learned that the past months have been full of “rollercoaster emotions.”?In any given day, Jason has seen multiple patients unable to connect to their loved ones due to the many safety restrictions. Learn more about his story below.?

What is your name and occupation??

Jason Pinson, Critical Care Nurse

Where do you work/live?

I work in New Orleans, Louisiana for LCMC University Medical Center.

What’s your typical day like??

Working as an ICU nurse in the new world of COVID-19 our patient ratio is still 2:1, but we’ve limited the amount of times we enter the patient rooms, instead, we are doing more cluster care. Before entering into the patient’s rooms, proper PPEs need to be applied (gown, two pairs of gloves, N-99 respirator and eyewear) which can take a few minutes. With conservation of PPEs, we have to wipe down the gowns, eyewear, and respirators when exiting the rooms and there are times we wipe the PPEs down just to go straight into the next room. Each day is a rollercoaster of emotions and mentally exhausting.?

How are you protecting your loved ones when you get home??

When I get off of work I typically change my shoes when I get to the car and the shoes then stay in the trunk. As soon as I get home I remove my scrubs and place them in the hamper and immediately shower before hugging loved ones.?

With long work days, how do you stay connected to your family/friends??

During the workdays, I rarely have time to check my phone or personal emails, but after shifts or on days off I use video calls to see and talk to family, and social media to stay connected with friends.

Has connecting with others outside of work changed for you??

Face to face social life outside of work since COVID-19 has declined dramatically. I do find myself being more friendly to strangers, saying hi and or waving.

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We want to send a huge thank you to?Jason for taking the time to chat with us during this busy time. We will be featuring?new heroes every Friday, so continue to check-in with us to follow these amazing stories of people who are stepping up when they’re needed most. If you know someone who deserves to be a Palm Hero, please email their story to us at?hello@www.aubelia.com.

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/palmcares-donating-palms-to-those-in-need 2020-04-14T06:00:00-07:00 2020-04-14T08:48:34-07:00 #PalmCares: Donating Palms to Those in Need Lauren Harper

While this pandemic hasn’t shown signs of slowing down yet, we’re heartened by the moments of triumph in everyday acts of courage, humanity and love that we’re seeing play out in communities across the country. Community leaders, government officials and brands alike have all come together to support those in need. Palm is appreciative to have a product that can have a hugely positive impact on people’s lives during this time. The power of connection is extremely important at a time like this, which is why on April 2, we kicked off a new program to give back to those who are in need of safely keeping connected during this pandemic.?


We are incredibly moved by the number of submissions we are receiving daily in response to our donation program. We consider it an honor to be able to hear from and help people who are putting themselves out there on the frontlines every day, as well as from those who are in the most need of support and connection right now. It’s been humbling and touching to read about what so many of you are experiencing in your lives and in the lives of the loved ones who you’ve nominated.?


We're?happy to?announce that?so far we've donated five Palms in?the past week and we wanted to share some of their stories here.?


This week’s Palms were donated to:

  • A Physician in Michigan
  • An EMT in Atlanta
  • A Special Education Social Worker in New York
  • A Nurse in Chicago
  • A Disabled Veteran from Texas

Here are a few of their stories:

Cody Stone, an EMT from Atlanta, knows that he’s putting himself directly at risk by going to work every day, but that’s the risk he is willing to take. However, knowing that his job now has the potential to put his family at risk, he decided to reach out to us. Here’s part of Cody’s story:

Overtime and PPE shortages are widespread throughout healthcare systems globally right now, and EMS is often thrown into unsafe and unpredictable situations. Of course, this comes with the job, and it’s a wonderful privilege to be able to provide a lifeline for some of society’s most vulnerable members.

Unfortunately, my current duty worries my family greatly. They are concerned that every time we speak by phone might be the last, and it’s hard to be adequately reassuring when I can’t be certain I’ll come through this unscathed. To make matters worse, my personal phone is from 2015 and has seen better days. It often has trouble making or receiving calls, and the battery rarely lasts more than an hour or two. Since this global crisis has started, I simply haven’t had time or the ability to get a replacement phone so I can stay in touch with my loved ones throughout the day to let them know I’m okay. I’m a big fan of the Palm phone, and I would consider myself fortunate to have the ability to communicate via such a thoughtfully designed device that can go anywhere.”


Wilson is a nurse in the emergency department at a hospital in Chicago. Like Cody, he too understands the dangers of his job, yet suits up for 12+ hour shifts, even without all the protective equipment he needs. Here’s Wilson’s story:

My name is Wilson and I am an Emergency Department Nurse in Chicago. I have always been interested in the Palm phone since working in the ED. I like the fact that it's compact, you can hide it in your scrubs, it's lightweight so it won't weigh you down, and it’s not as bulky as other phones so it won't pop out of your pocket when you need to spring into action.

With the COVID-19 taking on a new form, there are a lot of unknowns. At the end of the shift I usually change out of my scrubs and wipe down everything that I take with me into the department. This includes my phone. However, I'm constantly worrying about what kind of germs I bring home to my family. I worry about letting my niece or nephew use my phone because what if I didn't clean it as well as I thought I did? I can't live with the fact that I could have possibly infected them only because I didn't wipe my phone properly.?

The Palm phone is something I feel like I can use in the ED, wipe it down and leave it in my locker until my next shift. It'll give me a peace of mind knowing that, even with all the precautions I take, I am doing my part in trying to prevent the spread of the virus.”


Timothy is a retired disabled veteran that lives in Texas. Timothy doesn’t need much, but after paying all his monthly bills, he also can’t afford much, which is why he goes to his neighbor’s house anytime he wants to call his daughter, who lives in a different state. Here’s more from Timothy:?

“I am a 60-year-old disabled veteran and live alone. My daughter lives 1,800 miles away, she's my only contact and when I need to reach her, or her me, I go to a neighbor’s to call her. After I pay my rent, electricity bills and pay for my medications, I only have about $70 left for the month to buy food and other items. With all that’s going on, I am afraid for myself and my daughter, especially with no way of contacting her in an emergency. If I am lucky enough to be chosen, [having the Palm phone] would change my life.”



Thank you to everyone who has submitted so far. We are continuing to read through them and will continue to donate Palms to those in need. We are still accepting submissions for donations! If you or a loved one has a need for a donated Palm and 30 days of free service, email us your story today at Hello@www.aubelia.com. We look forward?to hearing from you!?

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/palm-heroes-honoring-those-helping-on-the-frontlines-and-beyond-during-covid-19 2020-04-10T05:00:00-07:00 2020-04-10T08:40:07-07:00 PALM HEROES: Honoring Those Helping on the Frontlines and Beyond During COVID-19 Lauren Harper Palm honors those on the frontline and beyond with a new series dedicated to those fighting the good fight during the COVID-19 pandemic.?

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It’s been said that not all heroes wear capes and that has been proven over the past few weeks from people who have put their own lives on hold to help those that are in need. These heroes are the medical and healthcare workers on the frontline, risking their lives and the lives of their families. It also includes teachers doing all they can to turn their classroom into a virtual learning experience.? The nurses who have to figure out how to do their best job and protect themselves and others during a shortage of supplies, and we can’t forget the essential workers at our stores and making the many deliveries to all of us staying home. Throughout this time Palm will be featuring these stories and showing our recognition to all that are fighting the good fight. Meet our Palm Heroes.?


We’re kicking off our series with Dr. Divaker Joshi, a Physician and Anesthesiologist from the Bay Area. Dr. Joshi shares with us the new and ever-changing world of his hospital and how he has to adjust to doing the job he’s always done to now joining his team and others to care for COVID-19 patients. Learn more about his story below.?


Meet Dr. Divaker Joshi.?

What’s your name and occupation??

Divakar Joshi, Physician Anesthesiologist and Physician Operating Room Director.

Where do you work?

I work in a large medical group in Walnut Creek and live in Danville, CA.

What is your typical day?

With the pandemic, our world is facing, our hospitals are working fast to adjust to the new demands and needs. This has translated into creation and implementation of new workflows and lots of education to treat patients while maintaining safety.? This all has translated to a very busy world in healthcare these days. In addition to this, my job includes the usual day of a hospital-based anesthesiologist- care for perioperative patients, obstetrics, and responding to emergencies in the hospital (eg- ICU and ER). I am required to perform high-risk procedures with appropriate PPE. Procedures such as intubation (placing a breathing tube), lines are the typical ones while I am on duty. As you can imagine, I am required to carry and wear many items to aid in these procedures and for immediate communication with hospital team members (eg- pager, larger phones, stethoscope, Code Blue bag, etc). The necklace Palm phone's size and position allow me to conveniently stay in communication with my loved ones without really adding anything to my pockets. I do not even notice it when it's on and never worry about losing it.

How are you protecting your loved ones when you get home?

Because I have high exposure risk to the pandemic, protecting my loved ones starts with keeping us all educated on the latest recommendations from my local and national medical societies, the CDC, and WHO. We take general steps that all of us are hopefully exercising to 'flatten the curve". Simple, but important steps include: hand-washing (soap and warm water for 20 seconds), wiping down the surface (including grocery packages) with a viricidal wipe, avoid face/eye rubbing, and appropriate social distancing.??

I am glad that my family is able to stay home at all times as part of our shelter in place order. Due to my occupation, I am required and eager to help treat and contain the ongoing pandemic like most of my colleagues. After my shift, I make sure to soap wash or wipe my Palm phone (glad it's water-resistant), hand wash, and change out of my scrub attire. When I get home, I remove my clothing in the garage and go straight to the shower. Even though it’s very difficult, I maintain a 6ft distance from family members and occupy a limited area of the home that is "my corner." I also sleep in a separate room and use a separate bathroom. For now, this has to be the way of life.??

How do you stay connected with family?

Given the increased demands in healthcare, my workdays have lengthened, and my normal contact with family members has been limited. Because of this, effective easy communication (phone, text, video) has become an even more important part of our lives while I’m at work. With my Palm Phone hanging from my neck, I can easily grab it – no searching through pockets around the other phones, pagers, or stethoscopes I have, or trying to figure out what desk or nurse station I may have left it at. It's always unobtrusively and conveniently there. Its 2-ounce weight makes it virtually unnoticeable to me and allows me to easily get on the phone to hear my family's voice, share a fun text, or send them a video message. I have found the size, functionality, and design of the Palm phone to be highly useful in my line of work. If I can carry something without it weighing me down or being noticeable while creating tremendous value, it is an enormous advantage.

I hear that it has amazing physical fitness applications, so once the pandemic ends and we begin to get back to normal life, I hope to work off my "Quarantine Fifteen" with the help of my Palm.?



We want to send a huge thank you to Dr. Joshi for taking the time to chat with us during this busy time. We will be featuring our selected heroes every Friday, so continue to check-in with us to follow these amazing stories of people who are stepping up when they’re needed most. If you know someone who deserves to be a Palm Hero, please email their story to us at hello@www.aubelia.com.?

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/how-this-photographer-found-peace-in-the-palm-of-his-hands 2020-04-08T10:26:00-07:00 2020-04-08T10:34:09-07:00 How This Photographer Found Peace in the Palm of His Hands Lauren Harper As we sit here in our homes trying to remember what day of the week it is or what number day it is of self-isolation, we begin to get a little stir-crazy. Let’s just settle this and say it’s always Monday. This goes the same for Dan Ginn, a “Digital Nomad” journalist, and photographer for eight years.? Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, he lived his life traveling around the world taking in the beauty that every new place provided. For the time being, however, those times have stopped, as the world has come to a standstill. You see, Dan, originally from the UK, has been traveling for the past two years on assignments to every place imaginable, but he is now finding himself trapped in Colombia.??

We discovered Dan from an article he published on Digital Trends and learned that he has a Palm phone that is helping him cope with these trying times and what he believes “will impact us all in different ways.” His story made us smile so we decided to reach out and learn more and how his tiny Palm smartphone has helped him continue to photograph and cope with his newfound life.? All shots included in this article were shot on Palm.?

Dan Ginn, Digital Nomad, Journalist, and Photographer

Dan Ginn, Digital Nomad, Journalist, and?Photographer

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In the current time, how has photography helped you manage??

These are very testing times for people. We’re all facing this struggle together, but yet, it will impact us all in different ways.?

I’m what the world refers to a “Digital Nomad,” (personally I prefer a journalist that gets to see the world, but hey!) I move around a lot, and right now the freedom to do that has been taken away. Being in a world that we have not asked for puts pressure on our mind, it certainly has mine. For the past eight years, photography, writing, journalism have kept me sane throughout life. Thankfully, I’m still able to keep active with all three, even when I’m in mandatory quarantine.

The process of creating photographs has helped me stay away from any negative thoughts our current situation may bring. The process of creation is powerful, it’s meditative, and it allows me to focus my attention on something positive.

What do you find is the best way to choose what to photograph?

I shoot a lot of street and travel photography, so for me, it’s all about candid moments. When something in the real world makes you look twice, you know you’re potentially onto a good photograph. A question I ask myself is “will this image mean anything to me in 10 years?” And if I can’t answer yes, I don’t take the photograph.

What do you love the best about Photography?

Simple. It makes me feel good. Seeing a scene, taking the shot, it’s exciting. I’m in love with the idea of seeing something you deem to be powerful and sharing it with the world. Photography also opened the door for a career in journalism, I’ll always be grateful for that.

How has Palm been helpful during this current time?

Two ways. Firstly, with people having so much time on their hands, it’s easy to get sucked into toxic digital habits. But with Palm, I don’t have to worry about that. I only use the device when I really need to, and it allows me to keep my mind healthy.

Secondly, it allowed me to keep my main camera at home. I’m currently in Colombia where we are witnessing strict lockdowns.? I’m only authorized to leave the house twice a week, and only to get groceries. I can’t be seen walking around with a camera clearly taking pictures. The Palm is tiny, people do not register it when walking at a fast pace outside. If I do see something worth snapping, I can quickly take out my Palm and take the frame. Although, with how strict things have become, I’m not even sure it’s worth risking doing that anymore.

What do you like best about Palm?

I’m a minimalist and someone who gets addicted to their smartphone. I needed a phone that met my minimalist needs and curbed my smartphone addiction. Palm ticked all the boxes for what I need to have a healthy relationship with my tech.

The Palm comes with some limitations that other large phones may have, what are some advantages to having a Palm?

From a photography perspective, it’s extremely discreet. For someone who wants to go as unnoticed as possible, having a phone/camera that doesn’t bring unwanted attention is perfect.?

Has the pandemic changed the way you look at how you approach your work?

Completely. I shoot outside, and I’m stuck indoors. Right now the best I can do is experiment and work with what I’ve got. It’s a struggle right now, but I’m doing shoots with the people I live with and documenting my environment. It’s not my usual, but it’s enough to keep doing what I love.

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We want to hear from you! How have you been using Palm during these times?

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/how-palm-is-helping-keep-people-connected-during-covid-19-crisis 2020-04-02T05:00:00-07:00 2020-04-02T08:32:32-07:00 How Palm Is Helping To Keep People Connected During The COVID-19 Crisis Lauren Harper

It doesn’t seem like that long ago when we were still making our New Year’s Resolutions and setting our goals for the new year, excited about entering a new decade. Now, as the world faces yet another challenge that’s disrupting life around the globe, we know it’s more important than ever for people to come together and stay connected and informed with the latest information and recommendations from authorities and health experts alike.?

Between working from home, keeping safe,?playing teacher?and keeping in touch with those who matter most, it’s important that we all find a way to stay connected to each other and society while staying inside and safe. Palm wants to do its part to help however possible and is committed to keeping our #PalmCrew connected and secure. At our core, we are a connection company, and recognize that we have a product that can be used as an important tool in our world’s greatest time of need, and we are here to help in any way we can.

Keeping Our Front-Line Connected

Palm has worked hard to identify a range of healthcare and medical professionals - from nurses to doctors to first responders - to donate Palm smartphones so they can stay connected at all times. These medical professionals are the front line of defense for our communities and they need all the help and support that they can get.

In fact, Dr. Divakar Joshi who is a Physician Anesthesiologist and Physician Operating Room Director in the Bay Area told us, "Given the increased demands in healthcare, my work days have lengthened, and my normal contact with family members has been limited. Because of this, effective, easy communication (phone, text, video) has become an even more important part of our lives while I'm at work.” He went on to explain?how Palm specifically helps him stay connected while at work, especially during this crazy time: "I have found that the size, functionality and design of the Palm phone to be highly useful in my line of work. With my Palm phone hanging from my neck, I can easily grab it - no searching through pockets around the other phones, pagers, or stethoscopes?I have, or trying to figure out what desk or nurse station I may have left it at."

With?this in mind, we also teamed up with US Mobile to provide 60 days of free cellular service and data to use with their unlocked Palm, so paying their bills is the last thing they have to worry about. These Medical and Emergency Responders are now able to stay connected to patients, staff and their own families by slipping our small three-inch device in their lab coats, scrubs and uniforms without hindrance. Those chosen include hospitals, clinics and government facilities all around the country in cities severely impacted by COVID-19, such as Chicago, Houston, Tampa, Jacksonville and Minneapolis. We want to honor and thank these brave individuals for their hard work and dedication to keeping our communities safe and healthy, and make it easier for them to stay connected to work and family.

Donating to Those in Need

We are also announcing today a social donation open to anyone in the U.S.. We know that there are tons of people across the country today who don’t have a way of staying connected and we want to help out. However, we need YOUR help to do this!

Each week, we will be giving away unlocked Palms as well as 30 days of free service through our network partner US Mobile to those in need. Whether you are a medical professional and don’t have time or resources to replace a lost or broken phone, a grandparent without access to a smart device, or a teacher who needs to stay connected to students, we want to help you! Or maybe you know someone that could benefit from this and want to submit a nomination for them. Either way, you can submit your story on behalf of yourself, or on behalf of a friend, family member or even a colleague that you know is in real need right now.?

Here’s what you need to do: Simply email us at hello@www.aubelia.com to tell us why you, your loved one, friend or colleague needs a Palm and how it can help them in their current situation. Make sure to include your name and contact information, or the name and contact information for the person you are nominating. We will be donating Palms each week to those who we have determined to be the most in need of connection and assistance during this time.*?

Connect With What Matters

We know that the best way to help people right now is to stay inside and follow all shelter in place orders. But we also know how important it is to stay connected with those who matter most.?We are grateful to US Mobile for stepping up and providing a free service across all these initiatives.

Palm is uniquely positioned to help people stay connected during this time, and we want to ensure that ordering a new Palm is quick and affordable. Palm can help people stay in touch, and quickly, with features like full voice integration, gesture pad and quick actions, Palm is uniquely situated for fast accessibility and ease of use.

If you’re a Verizon customer, you can save $100 on a standalone or companion Palm with no activation fees AND your first month’s service fee waived on Verizon.com. If you’re not a Verizon customer, we are currently offering $50 off an unlocked Palm on our www.aubelia.com website with great financing options (you can?secure payments as low as $27/month). We also have extremely affordable service plans through our partnership with US Mobile, with plans starting at just $5 per month. You can find all this information and more here.


We want to hear from you! How are you staying safe and connected during these times? Share with us how you’re getting in your #LifeMode moments.

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/how-to-have-fun-and-stay-productive-while-working-from-home-with-kids 2020-03-25T07:36:00-07:00 2020-03-25T07:36:51-07:00 How to Have Fun and Stay Productive While Working From Home With Kids Lauren Harper

Toddler tantrums, diaper changes, blaring TVs, in-fighting amongst teens… working from home with kids is, if anything, eventful. It is hard enough to adjust to working from home everyday, but those of us who are suddenly sharing our “office space” with children might struggle to stay productive and sane. But, considering all that is going on in the world, being asked to stay home isn’t all that bad. That time you usually spend commuting to and from work can now be playtime with the kids. Those tedious water cooler gossip sessions can now be story time with the toddlers.?

As stressful as it might be to handle the day’s workload while also doing your part to wrangle the little ones, the silver lining is that we get this rare chance to spend more time with our families. And we can all agree that it’s more important than ever to be close to and cherish the people we love. Working from home with kids will take some getting used to, but here are some simple tips to help you have fun and stay productive.

Expect And Accept the Unexpected

In our blog last week we talked about the importance of maintaining your morning routine and keeping a designated workspace when working from home. But, even if you’ve got a great morning routine, a quiet work space and your schedule is nailed down for the day, you won’t be surprised when (not if) things don’t go according to plan. Children are masters of chaos and Rule #1 is to expect the unexpected. And since there’s no way around the inevitable hiccups and disruptions of parenthood, you have to learn to accept them and roll with the punches. With all the extra background noise and children indiscriminately bursting into your office space demanding chocolate milk, some tasks are going to take longer than expected. Sometimes all you can do is take a deep breath, gather your thoughts, adjust your schedule, and do your best to play a little catch up whenever you get the chance.

Take Advantage of ANY and EVERY Quiet Moment

If you want to be as efficient as possible when working under the same roof as your children, you have to be flexible and opportunistic. As soon as you have a quiet moment, you want to work quickly and knock as many tasks as possible off of your to-do list. The toddlers napping? Time to power through those spreadsheets. The house is finally quiet because the kids are out getting fresh air? Time to make those important phone calls. You might even want to bend the rules a bit and get some work done in the evening. If you have 30 minutes after dinner, while the kids are getting ready for bed, you might be able to lighten tomorrow’s workload. Taking advantage of these small moments might be your best chance to get ahead of schedule, so when those inevitable speed bumps do pop up throughout the day, you don’t have to be too stressed.

Managing Screen Time is More Important Than Ever

Every parent knows that screen time is a double-edged sword. Letting your child hop on YouTube for 25 minutes could earn you a little break that finally gives you the bandwidth to focus on an urgent email. But we all know that those 25 minutes can quickly lapse into 2 hours before we know it. Experts suggest setting daily limits as too much screen time can be harmful to childrens’ physical and mental health. But, when you’re trying to work from home, a little bit extra screen time here and there can be a real lifesaver. You just have to be more deliberate and strategic about when you allow that screen time and try not to replace physical activity, sleep or other “healthy” activities. Timing of screen time might be the best strategy. For example, if you have a phone call at 1:30, get their favorite show streaming at 1:25 so you can have a short reprieve to focus on the call.

You Can Do This!

Ultimately, being able to spend all that extra time with our families might be the one thing we’ll come to miss about working from home. When things settle down and we start to filter back into our office lives, we’ll think fondly about all the extra memories we were able to create with our children. Hopefully our lasting memories from this time period will be of building forts, making homemade play-doh, dusting off those classic board games, and teaching them how to cook their own mac n’ cheese.

What tricks and tips do you have for maintaining a healthy balance when working from home? Share your #LifeMode hacks with us!

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/life-mode-hacks-for-working-from-home 2020-03-18T04:00:00-07:00 2020-03-31T17:28:37-07:00 Life Mode Hacks For Working From Home Lauren Harper

Times like these really put things into perspective. Just a week ago many of us were gearing up for festival season, booking our summer travel plans, and generally just enjoying some warmer weather. But today, we may have other things on our mind that we think we would be thinking about currently. At Palm, we want to do everything possible to help one another to stay connected and informed during these uncertain times.

Working from home—as great as it sounds to some—is not for everyone. It can be hard to stay productive and on-task with all the inevitable distractions you have to deal with. On the other hand, some people strive when working from home. Those with a long commute suddenly have a nice extra chunk of time to get ahead of everything. Others have trouble staying focused or inspired in an office environment with all the chatting, water-cooler talk and meetings that break up the workflow.?

In a perfect world, you could work from home and be more productive than ever. But, we all know in reality, it’s never that easy. So, we put together a few helpful tips to help you not just survive, but strive, when working from home.

Don’t Work From Bed

Let’s start first thing in the morning. As tempting as it might be to just pull out your laptop and start firing off emails before you even roll out of bed, it probably isn’t a good idea. You’ll be better prepared for the day if you get up, get dressed, eat some breakfast, hop in the shower, grab your coffee (or tea), and take some time to properly wake up before tackling the day. Without a buffer between waking up and starting work, you might come to dread those early mornings at home. It’s also much harder to keep track of time when you’re lounging in bed. The next thing you know, you’ve got 5 minutes to get ready for a conference call and your coworkers are about to realize that you just rolled out of bed… literally!

Don’t Skip Your Morning Routine

We all have different morning routines that help get us through the day… Listening to your favorite podcast on the commute. An early morning workout session. The obligatory coffee stop on the way to the office. Rituals like these not only wake us up and do wonders for our health, they get us in the right mindset to handle the day’s work. So, even though you’re not going to leave the house before starting your workday, you shouldn’t skip your rituals, even if this means making some minor adjustments. For instance, you can still listen to your morning podcast even if your “commute” is just a 5 second walk down the hall to your office. Instead of stopping at your favorite coffee joint, spend a little extra time perfecting your home brew. And there’s nothing wrong with a little at-home morning yoga to help get you in the right mindset before combing through your inbox. Your morning routine is really the last bit of “you” time before jumping into a full work day, so do your best to maintain it as well as possible.

Designate Your Workspace

Anyone who has ever worked in an office or sat in a cubicle has daydreamed about being back home on the couch. We think to ourselves, “I could be at home in my sweat pants, and be even more productive away from all this office hustle and bustle.” And now that you’re actually being asked to work from home, it’s tempting to pull out the laptop, plop on the couch and start working. This is probably not going to work for most people. The thing is, you sit on your couch to be comfortable, watch TV, socialize and relax. These are things that aren’t very conducive to productivity. In fact, these are things you do when you’re 100% done with work and ready to fall back into the real world. So, you can’t expect to effectively take care of business when you’re glued to the couch.

You’ll be far more productive if you can set up some sort of desk or workstation. You want to create a space in your home that allows you to focus and get into that get-it-done headspace. Even if you don’t have a traditional office space at home, you can create an effective workspace just about anywhere. You might need to take over the kitchen table for now. Or, take it a step further and move a table into the quietest room in the house. You might need to move a little furniture around and get creative, but having a workspace that allows you to focus will improve your productivity.

Stand Up. Sit Down. Repeat.

No matter where you are working from, experts have been telling us for years how important it is to get up and stretch every once in a while. Research even suggests that you should only sit for 20 out of every 30 minutes. While getting up that often is bound to interrupt your workflow, you should at least stand up for a few seconds every half hour just to promote good blood flow. Adjustable standing desks are great because you can alternate between sitting and standing without interrupting your workflow. Once again, experts suggest switching between the two every 15 to 30 minutes. In addition to these small breaks, you need to actually take a few longer breaks throughout the day. Take a few minutes to close your laptop, turn on Life Mode (or airplane mode) and throw on your favorite Spotify playlist while you do some stretching and walking around your house.

Treat Yourself To Lunch

One great perk of working from home is that you can make your own lunch. No need to pack your meager leftovers into the shared office fridge. With access to your entire kitchen, you can take your lunch breaks to the next level. Whether you cook yourself something nice or just fire up a quick quesadilla, it is vital that your lunch is your lunch. That is, don’t work during lunch. Eat well. Enjoy your food. Listen to music. Watch a short show. Whatever you do, disconnect from work for at least a short time to eat a full meal. When you get back to work (even if it just means walking 15 feet from the kitchen to your workspace) you’ll be more refreshed, energized and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

How Do I Get Anything Done With Kids At Home?

If you work from home and have kids, this is the million dollar question. Now that most daycares and schools are suspended, your house will suddenly seem smaller, louder and more cramped than ever as you try to handle your normal workload amongst the chaos. No matter how old your children are, you’ll have some unique sources of distraction to deal with. Drafting an email that usually takes 5 minutes can take about 2 hours when you need to calm an irrational toddler who refuses to eat her carrots or if you need to broker a peace treaty between two teens arguing over the remote. Having a significant other or babysitter around to distract and entertain the kids is probably the only way to get anything done.?

Even with help noise can be an issue. With all that commotion it can be really hard to be productive. Find some noise cancelling headphones and put on some music that won’t distract you. And if your kids are still taking midday naps, this is your chance to focus on the most attention-consuming tasks of the day. The beauty of working from home when you have kids is that, if you can manage your time wisely (admittedly, that’s a big if), you can actually spend quality time with them during lunch and other breaks without interrupting your workflow.

Put Your Phone Down

With all that’s going on in the world, and with everybody working from home, we’re more reliant on our phones than ever. The great thing about our phones is that they can make us much more productive and keep us connected to key updates and information from our local leaders. But, they can also be a huge distraction. You can pick up your phone to check a work-related email and then end up retweeting a meme and checking the latest news before you realize 26 minutes have come and gone. But all this really means is that you have to try a little harder to ignore the distractions when working from home. One trick is to turn off all push notifications on your social apps. If you have a Palm, customize your Life Mode settings so that you’re only getting work-related notifications.

When Your Work Day Ends, It Ends!

When it comes time to end your work day, stop working! As simple as that sounds, many of us end up checking and responding to work emails well after dinner and throughout the night. Even if this is how you operate on a normal workday, you should try extra hard to avoid doing this when working from home. If the last thing you read at night, and the first thing you read in the morning are related to work, you’re going to feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel.?

Take Care of Yourself

Ultimately, working from home is still work. Many people will thrive because they won’t have to deal with all the distractions that come with working in a busy office. Not only that, they can save some time and money by skipping the morning commute. Others night struggle to stay focused and motivated throughout the day without the ability to just turn to a coworker to discuss an issue or develop new strategies.?

Regardless of which camp you fall into, we hope these tips can help you tackle the coming days with a little less stress and a lot more confidence. If you can make your home a happy and productive workplace—for however long that might be necessary—you can get through this in one piece.?


As important as it is to look after your physical health, staying at home for an extended period of time can also strain your mental health. When working from home, you’ll need to try harder to separate the stresses of your work life from the joys of your home life. Whether you’re a Palm user or not, we hope you can find those Life Mode moments to focus on what really matters. What tricks and tips do you have for maintaining a healthy balance when working from home? Share your #LifeMode hacks with us!

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/why-i-unplug 2020-03-10T08:15:00-07:00 2020-03-10T08:16:21-07:00 Why I Unplug Lauren Harper Cheerleaders, ice cream, spinning wheels and sharing ideals. This past weekend we celebrated National Day of Unplugging at Dolores Park and connected with our community IRL. We teamed up with lilspace co-founder Kim Cavallo as well as the Cheer SF team for an afternoon full of fun activities. We dished out some free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, lucky spinners got a chance to win some free giveaways by spinning the wheel of cheer, and best of all, everyone put?their?phones away to enjoy it all without any distractions.?

Throughout the event, we asked people to write down what they unplug for. We were surprised to see the wide variety of answers we got, but we thought we’d share some with you here:?







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We want to thank everyone who was able to swing by and hang with us, and for everyone who wasn’t able to be there, we hope you were able to enjoy at least a little time unplugged this past weekend.


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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/the-power-of-unplugging-q-a-with-tiffany-shlain 2020-03-04T11:00:00-08:00 2020-03-05T09:16:55-08:00 The Power of Unplugging: Q&A with Tiffany Shlain Lauren Harper We first met Tiffany Shlain when she agreed to be a guest speaker at our Look Up event in December. It was clear pretty quickly that we had similar goals and #LifeMode philosophies when it comes to our digital lives. In fact, Tiffany literally wrote a book about the importance of unplugging for at least one day a week. So when we saw that National Day of Unplugging was coming up, we immediately reached out to Tiffany to see if she would be interested in joining us in celebrating the day. (If you’re in the Bay Area on Saturday, March 7th, be sure to stop by Dolores Park to hang out with us?to get some free ice cream and win some free swag from 2-4pm.)

So as we gear up for our upcoming event on Saturday, we sat down with Tiffany and asked about her personal experience with unplugging and advice on how to spot the signs of screen addiction.

You wrote a book about the importance of unplugging and how to do it in a way that is practical in today’s world. What was the breaking point for you - what was the inspiration behind embarking on taking on this kind of challenge?

Over a decade ago, I needed a drastic change. Within days, my father died and my daughter was born. These life-altering events made me think about the brevity of our time here, and question how I was spending it. I didn’t like where we seemed to be headed, with everyone staring at screens instead of connecting with the people we love right in front of us.??



As a parent, how do you go about setting rules and limits for your kids with technology??

One of the things I love about our weekly Technology Shabbats is that there is no discussion about the screens that day. It’s glorious. The other six days it’s more of a constant conversation, mostly for my youngest. My older daughter who is almost 17 is on the screens primarily for homework, but I know there is a lot of downtime too. My younger daughter gets 30 minutes a day of leisure screen time. We use a timer, but often I need to police it. Because I do much of my work on the screen, it’s sometimes? hard for me to say, “Okay, time’s up. No more screen.” It’s exhausting, really. Again, that is why I love Tech Shabbats so much. It takes that whole negotiation or discussion off the table and for one day a week, we are just all with each other. I should mention that our daughters love these screen free days too. No homework and we are just with each other in a very different way than the other six days a week.


Do you see any hard and fast rules that all parents should adopt, or is it something that varies depending on the family?

I really think that unplugging for one full day each week with my family is the single best thing I have ever done.?


With the proliferation of the smartphone and the huge growth of companies like Slack, how healthy is it for us to be “on” 24/7?

We were not designed to be “on” 24/7. We shouldn’t think this way of living is healthy, good, or inevitable. I love tech, just not 24/7. Taking one full day off each week for the last decade has brought so much back to my life. It’s like a reward to my week and my kids love it too.?


How do we put a number or value on our time and attention? With this being the highest sought-after commodity of companies today, how should we as consumers reevaluate or re-discover the value of our time and attention?

We need to change the incentive and business model that’s made us the product. Our attention is not something to be bought and sucked away at.


Do you believe that people can truly be “addicted” to their smartphones? What are the true dangers of this?

Yes, without a doubt. While on my book tour for the last 5 months visiting many different types of places, most people I speak with will say they feel addicted, they are on screens too much, and it doesn't feel good. I wrote 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week to offer a free, simple way to live that is thousands of years old. A true day of rest. I started turning off all screens one day a week on the National Day of Unplugging a decade ago. It felt so good for me and my family, we never stopped doing it.?

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What role do you think tech companies should play in helping our society become less addicted and less dependent on technology to live our lives?

We have to come up with different business models. Companies must respect our need to not be “on” and commodifiable 24/7. Not to mention the fact that companies have sold our data sets to influence behavior and elections. We need to have a big look at what’s happening in society right now.?


What are your top 2-3 tips for people to be less dependent on their devices?

First, don’t look at your phone first thing in the morning. Replace it with another practice that gives you pleasure. I write in a journal each morning before looking at my phone.

Second, wear a watch. That way you won’t get sucked into the rabbit hole when you just want to check the time.


What are your top 2-3 tips for people to be more mindful about how they’re spending their time with tech/devices?

Think about how much you affect other people using your phones. When you have your phone on a dining table, it will make the other person less present, even if the phone is off and facedown. When you text someone, it takes them around 20 minutes to get back into flow.?


We find the people are using their devices/phones as a social crutch. We can’t be seen just being idle anymore, we have to be tapping and scrolling. How can we as a society become comfortable with silence??

Think about how silence and daydreaming lead to creativity. Don’t suffocate your creativity and? by constantly jamming your mind up with new stimuli every second.?


For the days that you do unplug, how do you fill that time?

Journal, cook, read, nap, hang out, go into nature, spend quality time with myself or people I love. It’s my favorite day of the week.


What is the number one reason you would tell people as to why they need to have a day to unplug from their devices?

I am turning 50 in April and have been thinking about all the things I have learned in 50 years. This practice of unplugging from all screens one day each week is the single best thing I have discovered in my whole life.?

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If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to join Palm at Dolores Park on Saturday, March 7 to celebrate National Day of Unplugging. We will also be joined by?Unplug for a Cause organizer, lilspace and the nonprofit homeless services organization, Knock Knock Give a Sock.?

From 2-4 pm, Palm will be serving free scoops of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, handing out Palm swag, as well as a chance to win an unlocked Palm, a copy of Tiffany’s book, 24/6, and more. With fun activities for the entire family, join us for a few hours to live in the moment and unplug from the noise of our digital lives.?

Learn more and RSVP here.?

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Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and creator of the Webby Awards. She is the author of a newly-released book about her family’s decade long practice of doing Tech Shabbats and how to bring this practice into your life, 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week. The Museum of Modern Art in New York just premiered her new live Spoken Cinema performance Dear Human. She lectures and performs worldwide on technology and humanity. For information on her book, films, lectures and her quarterly newsletter Breakfast @ Tiffany’s at? tiffanyshlain.com and follow Tiffany on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/the-phubbing-phenomenon 2020-03-02T06:00:00-08:00 2020-03-02T08:44:12-08:00 The Phubbing Phenomenon Lauren Harper phubbing [ fuhb-ing ] noun? 1. the act of snubbing someone to look at your phone


Even if you’re not familiar with the term “phubbing”, you can probably instantly relate to it. We’ve all been phubbed by a friend, and we’ve all phubbed a few people in our days. In fact, phubbing has become a phenomenon that snuck up on us when we didn’t even realize it. We’re just so conditioned to pick up our phones and start scrolling whenever there is an idle moment, even when we’re with people that we really care about. It’s pretty annoying when it happens to you, and it’s highly likely you’ve annoyed someone by doing it to them.?

Just picture it… you’re trying to chat with a friend who isn’t really paying attention to you because they've been looking at their phone. You had specifically set aside that night to hang with them, but so far you’ve only said about 5 sentences to each other because their phone has not stopped buzzing. You’re not really mad because, let’s be honest, you’ve been guilty of phubbing people before. But what should you do? Do you call them out? Or do you wait patiently for them to finally look up?

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#StopPhubbing

We’re here to say that we should call each other out for phubbing. We shouldn’t have to fight for our friends’ attention when we’re sitting right across the table from each other. We shouldn’t have to trend on Twitter to get them to listen to what we’re saying. So, the next time you find yourself being phubbed by a friend, call them out with the hashtag #StopPhubbing. Say it out loud. Text it to ‘em. Tweet ‘em. DM ‘em. Just be sure to call it out because awareness is step #1. Join us in our #StopPhubbing campaign so we can put down our phones and enjoy each other IRL.


To kick off our quest to #StopPhubbing we’ll be celebrating National Day of Unplugging on Sunday March 7th. The Palm Crew will be at Dolores Park in San Francisco this Sunday from 2-4 pm, giving out free ice cream and swag. So if you’re in the Bay Area, come unplug with us, enjoy some fresh air and help us #StopPhubbing.

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/finding-a-smartphone-that-fits-your-lifestyle 2020-02-26T06:00:01-08:00 2020-02-26T06:00:01-08:00 Finding a Smartphone That Fits Your Lifestyle Lauren Harper

With every new generation of smartphone, they’re pushing devices that are bigger, brighter, shinier, faster and more powerful than before. But as fun as these phablets can be, they’re not for everyone. We don’t all need or want a giant phone with tons of storage and processing power. We all have different lives, different styles… different lifestyles. There’s a phone for everybody, and we don’t all need to choose between Phone A or Phone B. Different people use their phones in different ways, so it doesn’t make sense to limit our options. We put together a little list of different types of smartphone users and the phones that’ll best fit their lifestyle.

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The Person Who Just Wants the Phone With the Best Camera

Your smartphone interactions revolve around photography—taking photos, posting photos, looking at photos, liking photos. So, it makes sense that you look at the camera specs over everything else. We’re not gonna weigh on which phone has the best camera. There’s already a firestorm of online debate over which phones take the best pics. But, it is worth noting that you need to think about what kind of photos you are going to take. If you take a ton of photos of your kids and family inside your house, you want a camera that performs well with low light. The iPhone 11 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10 take great pics even when it’s a bit dark. If you’re mostly taking pics outdoors and shooting artistic landscapes, the Pixel 3 is super impressive. It’s also worth noting that bigger isn’t always better when it comes to screen size and camera quality. That is, smaller phones often have the same exact camera as the XL model that costs a couple hundred dollars more. So, check your specs before simply buying the latest, biggest phone on offer. You also need to remember that it’s not all about counting megapixels when taking great pics, and that’s why we actually wrote two great blogs about how to take better pictures with your smartphone camera.


The Person Who Doesn’t Want Ruin Their Outfit

So, you’re the person with that ridiculously huge phone that doesn’t really fit anywhere, and this becomes especially annoying on nights out. There’s no room for it in your weekend clutch. It doesn’t fit comfortably in any of your jean pockets. So, when you’re out and about with your friends, you end up holding it for most of the night. You’re always setting it down on tables and you’ve nearly lost (let’s say, misplaced) it about 14 times tonight. Plus, in every photo from the night, your giant phone is right there in your hands—not exactly the most stylish accessory. A giant phone will weigh you down, ruin your outfit, and give you constant anxiety about losing it on a night out. Some will wear a smartwatch on a night out, but it can clash with your outfit and it doesn’t have a camera. What’s a good night out without a few photos of the evening shenanigans? A small phone like Palm is just the size of a credit card and has two nice little cameras, so you can tuck it into pretty much any pocket and snap all the pictures you want.


The Streamer

So, you’re the person who is on YouTube and Netflix all day. Watching sports highlights while your friends get ready. Catching up on your favorite show during your lunch break (with headphones on please). Perching it on your nightstand as you fall asleep to The Office every night. Heck, you’re watching the best clips from last weekend’s SNL as you wait in line for your morning coffee. You’ve taken the term cable cutter to the next level. So, you need a big phone. You use every inch of that giant screen, so why not? A Pixel XL or Galaxy Note 10+ will give you all the streaming power you can handle. The only drawback is that these giant screens are usually the most expensive phones in any lineup, but you get your money’s worth in the end.


The 8 Year Old

She’s eight. She wants a phone. She knows how to use a phone. Her friends have phones.

But, you’re the parent. You like knowing where she is at all times. You want to be able to contact each other in case of an emergency. And, there’s a ton of kid-friendly phones that could work for her. But, you know that if she has a phone 99% of the battery life will be devoted to YouTube and games. Maybe the answer isn’t a phone at all (yet). Kid-friendly smartwatches are great for children under 10 because they give you GPS, texting, calling capabilities and a bunch of safety features that any parent will love. And with the reliability of a wearable like Verizon’s GizmoWatch, she is less likely to lose or damage a smartwatch. As she gets older and actually needs something more capable than a smartwatch, you can easily transition into a small and sturdy phone, like the kid-friendly Palm.


The Habitual Dropper

Your big phone doesn’t fit anywhere. Even the back pocket of your jeans can’t contain that phablet. You’re always moving it from pocket to pocket, but it can’t seem to find a comfortable home. Your shirt pocket is the biggest problem area because every time you bend over it slips right out and crashes onto the ground. So, you’re that person who always (seriously, always) has a cracked screen. You’re a habitual dropper. Even when you went out and got the biggest and most protective case, you started dropping your phone even more because now it really doesn’t fit into any of your pockets. You know you need a smaller phone but you’re always tempted by the flashy specs of the giant new phone being advertised everywhere. But, don’t forget that, if your phone model name ends with XL, Plus, or Max, there is probably a smaller version of your phone that has almost the exact same specs. Not only will it do everything your super-sized phone does, it’ll be cheaper and it’ll fit nicely into that back pocket. Fewer drops guaranteed.?


The Casual User

We all have that one friend who doesn’t really care about tech. They have a smartphone, but they really only use it to check the same five apps, send a few texts and make some calls. They aren’t addicted to their screens and they might not even be on social media. For utility users like this, it doesn’t really make sense to go drop a $1000 on a huge smartphone. Luckily there are some functional and affordable modern phones equipped with just the essentials. You don’t need to bust out the old flip phone from 2005 if you want a simpler phone. Light Phone and Nokia 3310 (and of course, Palm) are great examples of no-frills phones. They’re reliable, affordable, and easy to use. They don’t do everything, but that’s kind of the point.


The Athlete Who Is All About Tracking Their Performance

You workout as much as possible and you’ve become reliant on your phone to enhance your sessions. Smartphones have completely changed the way we work out. On the plus side, we can track our progression and push ourselves during pretty much any physical activity—whether we’re mapping a bike ride or timing our sprints. On the negative side, we’ve all been in a gym session where we’re surrounded by people who seem more intent on getting a selfie of their muscles or new workout gear, rather than actually doing any working out. This is why so many athletes are opting for wearables when they workout. Fitbit and Garmin make fitness wearables that can be used for just about any type of physical activity. You won’t be weighed down or distracted by a gigantic phone, but you’ll still be able to use tech to take your workouts to the next level.?But, if you like having all the features of a fully functioning phone during your workouts, something small like Palm is a great alternative.


Whatever You Choose, Don’t Sell Yourself Short.

As you can see, when it comes to finding the right phone, you might have to look beyond the latest and the greatest because there are plenty of other options to choose from. There is no “best” phone, there is only the “right” phone for you.


If you’re in the Bay Area on?Saturday, March 7th,?be sure to stop by the event we are hosting at Dolores Park to celebrate National Day of Unplugging. We’ll be set up from 2-4pm giving out free ice cream and swag. More importantly, we’ll be enjoying the chance to just unplug on a (hopefully) sunny spring day in SF. Join us!

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/5-tips-for-decluttering-your-digital-life 2020-02-20T09:03:00-08:00 2020-02-20T09:05:19-08:00 5 Tips For Decluttering Your Digital Life Lauren Harper With so many aspects of our lives increasingly migrated onto smartphones, our digital worlds have become overwhelmed by all the clutter. There’s just so much stuff that keeps us glued to the screen and takes us out of the real world. As most smartphones become bigger, faster and more advanced, we have to try harder to stay focused and maintain the real life interactions that are so important to our health and happiness.?

At Palm, we’re using the new decade to rethink the relationships we have with our phones. We want to help put an end to phubbing—that is, snubbing someone in favor of being on our phones— because when we really look at the things that make us the happiest in life, they don’t involve a phone at all. So, we thought we’d put together a list of 5 easy tips to start decluttering your digital life.

Silence the Noise

As much as our phones are designed to keep us connected and increase productivity, they can also end up being distracting, needy and time consuming—always demanding our attention with notifications, pings, rings and all sorts of dings. If you take the time to customize your notification settings, you can silence all the unnecessary noise and stay focused on what really matters. Spending just 5 minutes in your phone settings to customize all your notifications and alerts so you only see what you want, when you want, can seriously help your sanity. Take it from us, this simple trick can make it that much easier to put your phone away and feel confident that you aren’t missing anything important.

To Delete Or Not To Delete

Time spent on our phones is more often than not time spent in apps. Lots of people load their phones with a ton of apps that they never even open. Getting rid of these extra apps makes it a little easier to navigate and find the apps that you actually want to use.?

If you want to really reduce your screen time, you might need to focus on the apps that you do open regularly. Surely, if you’re spending all day looking at certain apps, while you phub the people around you, the best answer might be to just completely delete the problematic apps. This might seem like a drastic measure, but it doesn’t hurt to try deleting the apps that you waste the most time on. If you just can’t live without a certain app, you can re-download in a matter of seconds. But, we’ve found that most of the apps we delete are forgotten and we don’t even have any temptation to download them again.?

Put It Down?

No matter how many apps you have on your phone, the problem really comes down to how much time you spend using them. Despite all the helpful screen time apps, tips, and techniques that can help curb our usage, nothing works better than simply putting down your phone from time to time. Try leaving your phone in the other room while you watch your favorite TV show. Leave it in your purse during a night out with friends so you can truly engage with them. Or, just try turning your phone off whenever you’re having dinner at home so you can actually enjoy the people (and food) around you. More often than not, we don’t need our phones on us in these moments.

Leave it Down

For many people, it’s pretty easy to put their phone down every once in a while. The problem is trying not to pick it back up. As soon as we have an idle moment, we start scrolling aimlessly without even remembering why we got back on our phone in the first place. The simple fact is that you have to be very deliberate about staying off of your phone. Out of sight, out of mind usually works, but some people get nervous when they don’t have their phone nearby (this even has a name: nomophobia). But, if you can leave your phone in another room, stored in your bag, or anywhere that you can’t hear or see it, it’ll be that much easier to ignore. Putting your phone into Airplane Mode (or Life Mode) is another great way to prevent being distracted.?

Try Palm

If you want to take your digital decluttering to the next level, you should consider investing in a minimalist phone that was made to keep you connected, but not consumed. A small but fully functional smartphone like Palm is designed to keep you connected without all the extra distractions that usually come with bigger phones. Palm has a software feature called Life Mode that silences all notifications when the screen is turned off, so you aren’t constantly annoyed by your phone. It’s a great solution for people who want to have a healthier relationship with their digital world.


What are you doing to declutter your digital life? We want to hear any other helpful tips and techniques that you use to keep a healthier relationship with your digital devices.

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/hear-why-people-are-gushing-about-palm 2020-02-12T09:00:01-08:00 2020-02-12T09:00:01-08:00 Hear Why People Are Gushing About Palm Lauren Harper With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, let’s talk about some love! We love our #PalmCrew customers, and we especially love reading what they have to say about Palm. From triathletes to horseback riders, dog walkers and fathers alike, users all over the globe are showing some big love for our tiny little phone. But we don’t just comb through reviews because we like to hear flattering things about Palm... while great reviews might make us blush a bit, we’re more interested in learning how people are fitting Palm into their lives. This feedback helps us design better mobile products, and inspires us to work towards a future where we have healthy relationships with our mobile devices.?

We designed Palm so users can have a more balanced relationship with their smartphones and focus on what really matters in their lives. And there’s nothing that matters more than the friends, family and loved ones around us. We want to help people focus on the real-life relationships that (according to all. the. science!) make us happier, healthier, and more successful. With Valentine’s Day just a couple days away, you’ll forgive us if we get a little lovey-dovey about all the great Palm users all over the globe. Here are some Palm reviews from both customers and the media that got us feeling all heart-eyed this Love Day.

I love that my Palm just disappears into my pocket and allows me to focus on what’s important, yet still allows people to get in touch with me just in case.” Dan Dolar

“I use my Palm as my main everyday phone!! I love it so so much. Small pockets are now no problem at all. I go horseback riding all the time and it is perfect for that being so small and having the lanyard case, I just put it around my neck and ride on!! I also love to take it with me to the gym, it fits so perfectly in the smallest of short/yoga pants pockets.” Cheyenne Holmes

“This tiny little phone can make a huge impact on your life. Sometimes you have to take a step back from reality and ask yourself why things are the way they are. Why do smartphones HAVE to be huge? So you can waste copious amounts of time on them. That's why. The Palm does everything a normal smartphone will do, except control your life. It's like a patient powerful little companion that respects your personal space. There is a time and place for phone usage and the Palm defines that line perfectly.? #PalmForLife” -Samuel Morgan Patterson

“The freedom that this device gives me while training has not only given me peace of mind, but also eliminates the bulk of a phone while still maintaining all the features of one. I have used my Palm for every bike ride and run since receiving the phone. -Dellany Elizabeth

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I use my Palm to take my service dog for walks, since it fits in his treat pouch. Yay! :) No more bulky phone weighing me down.” -Lori Lebruska

“I've been using Palm anytime I hit the gym, go to the beach, or...when I want to do some hiking or kayaking. I never thought a phone this compact would be so user-friendly and functional, but the crew at Palm really nailed it with every aspect of this building.” Devin Cutting

“Palm has been a great way to detach a little bit and reminds me to live in the moments more often. It’s like a mini phone away from my phone! I’ve noticed myself not checking my phone as often. It’s been fun to try it out and remember what life is all about!” -Sabrina Wright

“I didn't want to sacrifice features and performance just to go small, and didn't have to with Palm! Awesome so far. Besides, I have strange thumbs that can't reach across more than a 3-4 inch screen, so this little screen is a joy to use, and yet is big enough to show everything in all my apps. Just, wow.” David LaRocque

“In a time when people are growing more concerned with digital wellbeing, this tiny phone takes a different approach to fighting internet addiction...the Palm offers just enough horsepower to perform all the basic smartphones duties and run your favorite apps, while its size and hands-off design encourages you to spend less time looking at a screen and more time enjoying life, which if you think about it, is sort of the whole point behind tech in the first place.” Gizmodo

“You can either use the Palm as a full-time phone — it works on all the major carriers — or as a companion device in which you can set it up to share the same number as your regular phone, when you only want to take the Palm...This is an awesome product that works great. And seriously once you get used to its size — which doesn’t take long — it makes you question why you even have a larger phone.Scott Kramer, Forbes

“This is the phone that will help you live your best life—a life in which Instagram, Slack, Facebook, and email are relegated to the back of your mind. Barely larger than a credit card, this phone relaxes your two-handed grip and liberates more of your pocket real estate.” Wired Magazine

“Small, solid and sleek. With most other smartphones growing in size, and jersey-pocket real estate at a premium, the Palm is an ideal solution for cyclists. I was able to fit my Palm, with case, in a secure zippered jersey pocket as well as tucked inside my saddle bag.” Trevor Raab, Bicycling Magazine

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One For You... And Your Valentine Too

No matter how you use Palm, now is the best time to buy one… or two! Right now, everything on www.aubelia.com is buy one, get one 50% off. So, if you buy a Palm for $299, you can pick up a second one for just $150. The BOGO 50% off sale ends on the 17th, so don’t miss out on this deal.

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/6-ways-to-tell-if-it-s-time-to-break-up-with-your-phone 2020-02-05T04:30:01-08:00 2020-02-05T04:30:01-08:00 6 Ways to Tell If It’s Time to Break Up With Your Phone Lauren Harper Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that sneaks up on us out of nowhere. All of sudden it’s the night before and we find ourselves running all over town trying to get everything together— finding a table at a halfway decent restaurant, running across town in search of a fresh bouquet… doing whatever we can to make the day special for our significant other.?

Say what you will about the stress of Valentine’s Day, it’s a great time to appreciate and cherish our romantic relationships. And it got us thinking about how the relationships we have with our smartphones can get in the way of our real life relationships. As helpful as our phones can be when it comes to meeting new people, they often get in the way and make it harder to sustain healthy and happy relationships in real life. How many times have you found yourself sitting next to your significant other, yet never speaking to each other because you’re both on your phones? Or sitting silently at the dinner table with your family as your kids play on their tablets and your partner replies to work emails?

The Importance of IRL

The science is in and everybody agrees that our friends, our family, our colleagues, and our social circles make us happier, healthier and more successful. As the Harvard Women’s Health Watch reported, “Dozens of studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.” Indeed, social interactions help us cope with stress and handle the inevitable major life changes that come and go.?

Psychotherapist and relationship expert?Esther Perel similarly explains that, “Mental health is deeply influenced by relational health—ultimately it’s the quality of your relationships that determines the quality of your life.” Simply put, sustaining good relationships means ultimately leading a better life. But, how we interact, how we meet people and how we date have all been dramatically changed by smartphones. So, we’ve had to alter the way that we develop and maintain relationships, especially when it comes to dating. With so much of our social and dating lives migrated onto our digital devices, it’s no surprise that in the last decade more people report feelings of isolation and depression. Our phones, even with all their social and dating apps, can make us feel even more detached from our friends and loved ones.?

So what should we do? Maybe it’s time to break up with our phones.

Before you freak out, hear us out. Let’s be honest, our phones are needy. They crave our attention all day, everyday and they don’t really give us much in return (except for a sore neck, a big indentation in our couch, and a few random meme-induced chuckles). To put it bluntly, our phones are the worst significant others on the planet. And some of us spend more time looking at our phone screens than we do with our actual significant others. So, we put together a quick list of 6 ways to tell if you need to break up with your phone.

6 Ways to Tell If It’s Time to Break Up With Your Phone

  1. Your thumbs are sore and you find yourself asking your doctor about early onset arthritis.
  2. You’ve given your phone a cute nickname. These are for friends and pets… not phones.
  3. The only communication you have with your best friend is a mile-long chain of shared memes.
  4. You have to carry multiple extra battery packs with you at all times so you can recharge throughout the day without missing a single tweet in your stream.
  5. You’re always rewinding your “favorite” show because you keep looking down at your phone instead of actually watching the episode.
  6. You haven’t eaten hot food in a month because you spend 45 minutes taking a pic of it, cropping it, adding the right filters, thinking of a clever caption and posting it to IG.

BOGO for your S.O.

If you’re ready to break up with your phone, or even just want to strike a healthier balance now is a great time to get a Palm for you and your boo! From now until 2/17, everything on www.aubelia.com is buy one, get one 50% off, so you can buy one Palm for $299 and get your second Palm for 50% off. That’s a huge deal on our little phone and we hope you’ll take advantage… it could do wonders for your relationships.



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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/10-reasons-to-watch-the-big-game-not-your-phone 2020-01-29T05:00:01-08:00 2020-01-29T05:00:01-08:00 10 Reasons to Watch the Big Game - Not Your Phone Lauren Harper Mobile tech has truly changed the game when it comes to sport fandom and participation. We can watch our favorite team live from anywhere with a mobile signal or WiFi. We can react, in real time, to the live action of the game. Basically, it’s easier than ever to support our team of choice when we use our phones to enhance the fan experience.?

But, our mobile devices can certainly get in the way of our fandom if we aren’t careful. Mobile distraction is a huge problem in stadiums where fans often spend more time looking at their phones than they do looking at the play. The problem carries over onto the couch—we all have that friend who spends all of Sunday?DMing his fantasy football?group rather than actually watching any of the games.

Our very own Stephen Curry has even spoken out about how helpful it is for him to disconnect from his digital world every once in a while. For Stephen, reducing digital distractions means more focus on training with his teammates and spending more quality time with his family and friends, and even goes on a social media “blackout” during the playoffs. During a recent event Palm hosted with Stephen, he explained?how the Warriors decided to implement a new rule where?players aren’t allowed to be on their phones in the locker room. “We are very purposeful around creating these types of moments where we can engage and connect on a very personal level,” said Curry.

While most of us will never compete in an NBA Championship, we can all agree that putting down our phones down during physical activities can help us get more out of them. But, Stephen isn’t the only high profile athlete who has talked about the importance of disconnecting. Hear from these athletes and fitness experts highlighting the importance of eliminating digital distractions:

Heather Eastman, Professional Strength and Conditioning Trainer, explains how bringing your phone to the gym can be particularly counterproductive.?“Rest time between sets and workout focus are vital components of your training program, and an addiction to your phone impairs both.”

Tariq Owens, Texas Tech basketball player talks about how banning smartphones the night before games helped his underdog team make it all the way to the 2019 NCAA Final Four.?“Just to be able to get away from it, just live in the moment, feels great... We’re locked into more important things than cell phones.”

Lebron James, also takes a break from social media during the playoffs.?"You have to keep the main thing the main thing… When the postseason happens, it's one game at a time. That's all that matters. The outside noise doesn't matter."

Mike Leach, Head Coach of Washington State University football team, explains that he banned his players from posting on social media for the 2nd half of the 2019 season so that they could focus on winning football games.?“If I had it to do over again, I would’ve done it when we started camp. I think we’re a little too distracted right now, but I think there is a team-wide determination to be less distracted.”

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Prepping for the Big Game

Speaking of avoiding distractions, there’s a pretty big football game going on this Sunday, and whoever you’re rooting for, the Big Game is bound to be exciting. To help all of us enjoy a distraction-free game, we put together a list of 10 reasons to watch the Big Game, and not your phone this Sunday:

  1. Eat ALL The Snacks.?It’s called a “cheat day” for a reason. Today’s the day go all in at the snack bar.
  2. Enjoy The Pure Talent.?Even if you’re not a fanatic about the game, surely (like us) you can appreciate some of the incredible athleticism on display. Jimmy G and George Kittle vs. Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce anyone?
  3. Enjoying The Touchdown Celebrations.?Ever since the league relaxed the touchdown celebration rules, we’ve been treated to some pretty amazing end zone antics.?
  4. Spots the Celebs.?There?are sure to be more than a few close-up shots of your favorite A-listers.
  5. The J. Lo & Shakira Halftime Show.?Those hips and those dance moves don’t lie.
  6. Judge the Commercials.?Did you know a 30-second spot during the halftime break costs upwards of $5 million? Is it worth it? You be the judge!
  7. Dream of That Miami Weather.?It’ll be in the mid-70s in Miami on Sunday… currently looking for flights.
  8. Face to Face Fandom.?There’s nothing quite like celebrating (or crying) with your fellow fans. At least you won’t be alone!
  9. Don’t Miss the Best Highlights.?Don’t doom yourself to seeing spoiler alerts on Twitter. Watch all the highlights on the big screen.?
  10. Relearn Your Roman Numerals.?(Hint: LIV = 54)

LIV in the Moment and Enjoy the Game

Even if you don’t care who wins or loses, just enjoy the game without any distractions?– you’ll have plenty of time to check your emails on Monday.??

In honor of our local Bay Area team?making it all the way to the 54th edition of the Big Game, Palm is now on sale for just $254 through Sunday. Get yours today!

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/palmcrew-spotlight-q-a-with-alex-glass 2020-01-22T07:00:00-08:00 2020-01-22T10:55:01-08:00 #PalmCrew Spotlight: Q&A with Alex Glass Lauren Harper

The key to success for any company today begins and ends with its customers. Who are they? How are they using your product? What else do they want to see from your brand? Answering these key questions will help you learn and grow so that you can better serve your customers.

We already know that the?#PalmCrew?is special. We have absolutely loved hearing from you over the past few months and learning about how you’re using Palm—where you’re taking it, how it helps you disconnect and how it enables you to spend more time outside your screens.

We love following the?#PalmCrew?on social media to see how users are finding so many unique ways to get the most out of their Palm. People like?Alex Glass, a tech-enthusiast, athlete and family man, are showing us just how versatile and helpful Palm can be. Here is?Alex's Palm story:

What caught your eye about Palm? What was the motivation for wanting to purchase one?

I run 4 times a week and use an app. I found using the app on my normal cellphone a bit cumbersome, as it’s a tad on the large side and was therefore looking for a smaller phone that I could use the app on and also use as a phone for personal use. I came across the Palm in a “latest mobile tech” review, and, having investigated further via YouTube and other online media sources, decided to give it a try.

What are the main ways you use Palm today? What do you use it for most?

I have a Samsung which doubles as a work and personal phone.

What are the main ways you use Palm today? What do you use it for most?

In addition to using it for managing my running app, I’ve found it pretty easy to use as a phone and for emails, SMS, WhatsApp, etc., so I have actually started using it as personal phone as well. Because the shell and bezel are pretty slim, it’s small enough to pop in my jeans pocket, but the actual screen size is really not much smaller than an iPhone SE that I used to use.

What are the first apps you downloaded on Palm? What are your favorite apps to use on Palm?

I just duplicated all my apps over to the Palm from my other phone. This includes a bunch of music apps – TuneIn, Amazon Music, HEOS, Shazam, plus all the usual media apps; LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube and some fitness apps including Couch to 5K and MyFitness Pal. I also had my Garmin app on it until recently, but have now moved this to my Samsung Pad, as the visuals are better on a larger screen. The Palm is great for fitness apps as it’s so compact. I’ve also loaded my work email plus the mysms mirror app and linked this to my work number, so can still pick up emails/SMS’s and be notified of work related calls if I want to go out without my work phone, but need to keep an eye on what’s happening.

Have you noticed an overall impact on how and when you’re using your Palm compared to your?old?smartphone?

I would say that I don’t spend anywhere near as much time staring at?my screen, and, as it’s so compact, can just pop it in my pocket when I go out, rather than thinking where I can put it so it’s not overly visible to any potential pickpockets!

What is your favorite thing about Palm?

The fact that it’s small!

What would you like to see different or improved about the product?

With it being small, battery life is limited, as there’s clearly not much space inside the shell to contain much of one, and, if I were to have all my apps emails etc. constantly syncing in the background, it wouldn’t last more than a few hours. However, you can set it so that background updates are not constantly running, which saves battery. Additionally, if you really want to get away from everything and save battery, then switching to Life Mode stops everything (including calls/texts) until you next look at the screen. I can pretty well get a full day out of my Palm if I keep it on Life Mode.

What, if any, accessories are you using with Palm?

As I’m using my Palm most days/all day, I’ve I got a Mophie Juice Pack. This doubles as a case and (in my experience) more than doubles the battery life. With this combination I can almost get a complete days use out my Palm without using Life Mode.

How often do you use?Life Mode?on Palm? What are your experiences with using this feature??

I tend to use Life Mode when I’m in any situation where I don’t want to be disturbed e.g. attending meetings, at the gym, etc. Or if I want to conserve battery. Or indeed if I just want some peace!

Would you recommend Palm to others? Why or why not?

Yes I would. No hesitation. Does everything a full size cellphone does, but in a really neat little package.

Unless you also get a Mophie Juice Pack, be prepared to carry a booster battery with you, to allow for the short battery life. You’ll need to master the touch screen keyboard, as its smaller than you’ll be used to. Also be prepared for people to ask you questions about it...especially at check-outs. I keep all my store cards in an app and when I get the?Palm out to swipe at the till, cashiers will often ask me if it’s a “real” phone and when I say yes, they’ll ask where I got it from!? ?

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Huge thanks to?Alex?for sharing his feedback with us. We want to hear your Palm story - submit yours today:?https://www.www.aubelia.com/your-palm-story

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/new-decade-new-you-let-s-get-physical 2020-01-14T09:32:00-08:00 2020-01-14T09:42:55-08:00 New Decade, New You: Let’s Get Physical Lauren Harper

In all honesty, we’re struggling to wrap our heads around the fact that 2020 is just two weeks old! With all the exasperating global news, it really seems like it has been much, much longer. It seems like it was ages ago that we were enjoying the NYE festivities, singing Auld Lang Syne, and getting gung-ho about our New Year’s Resolutions. So, we won’t blame you if—like us—you’re already slipping on some of those 2020 fitness goals.

January is always the time that we resolve to get in shape and lose that holiday weight. But, we’re not?going to try to motivate you to hit the gym or get cracking on that diet. Those things are great, but we want to share a much simpler message with you that will carry into the new year and the new decade. Fitness goals are personal to each individual, and regardless of the scope or ambition of your goals going into this new decade, it will be easier to achieve them if we use our phones to empower and not distract from our plans.

Body and Mind

No matter what you do to stay active, there’s nothing better than simply sweating it out. Being active encourages proper blood flow to the brain, brings oxygen to the skin and relieves stress. Physical exercise makes us happier and more relaxed overall. Basically, it’s good for our bodies and our minds.

Whether you’re trying to complete an Ironman or you’re just trying to get outside more often for the occasional walk, the distractions from mobile devices can stifle even the most motivated person. When we spend hours looking at our phones instead of?breathing in that fresh air, it affects our physical health and mental wellness.

Numerous studies have shown that mental and physical wellness are closely associated, and recent research has also found concrete links between increased mobile screen time and the development of mental and physical health problems.?We need to be more intentional when it comes to using our mobile devices so that they enhance our physical endeavors, rather than distract us from them.

A Step Towards Clarity

We aren’t proposing anything radical when it comes to altering our relationships with our phones. There are a number of workout apps that can help us track our progress, reach our goals and motivate us to go harder, longer and faster. And of course, there’s nothing wrong with having your favorite playlist or podcast to keep you company while you sweat it out. But, when we bring our phone along during physical activities we also run the risk of simply scrolling mindlessly through all of our other apps instead of actually enjoying the activity we set out for. If you can keep your phone in Life Mode (or your phone’s equivalent), you can take a real step towards clarity. You can push yourself on the stationary bike, work up a sweat at Pilates, or just walk around the neighborhood to clear your head after a long day at work. And just as you can enjoy the benefits of working up a sweat, you can also enjoy the uninterrupted break from your digital life.

Triathlete Dellany Elizabeth told us that it’s not all about competition and reaching peak physical condition. She also enjoys just getting a break from her phone: “The times when you are digging deep, connecting with yourself on a different level, those are the times we crave as athletes. Those times are why we do what we do and Palm allows you to escape the world and be in your escape, just for a little, while still staying safe and connected.” Dellany’s approach to working out really proves the point that the time we spend during physical activities really is our time, and we should keep it that way.

Setting Goals

As we kick off this long decade, it really is the best time to look forward and set long term goals. If we can be more mindful of how and when we use our phones, we can live in the moment and reclaim our time. This is especially true when it comes to staying active. We’re bound to get so much more out of any physical activity if we can focus and leave behind our digital commitments, even for a little bit.?

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/new-decade-new-you 2020-01-07T10:09:00-08:00 2020-01-07T10:11:03-08:00 New Decade, New You! Lauren Harper If there’s one thing that represents the craziness of the past 10 years, it’s the lightning-fast evolution of our smartphones, and how they’ve become so integral to our daily lives. With 2020 marking a new year and a new decade, it really is the time to look to the future, to make changes and to embrace healthier digital habits.

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With 2019 all wrapped up, we find ourselves looking back on a crazy year in an even crazier decade. If there’s one thing that represents the craziness of the past 10 years, it’s the lightning-fast evolution of our smartphones, and how they’ve become so integral to our daily lives. The devices we had in our pockets in 2010 are a far cry from what we carry today—modern smartphones are bigger, smarter, sleeker, faster and more capable than we could have ever imagined at the start of the decade.?

We think what truly defines mobile tech in the 2010s is how central smartphones have become to our daily lives. As Joanna Stern put it in the Wall Street Journal, smartphones “changed what it means to be human. A gadget that altered the way we navigate the world, our relationships, ourselves.” Simply put, our smartphones have not just changed how we communicate, they’ve changed how we work, eat, sleep, date, travel, learn, play, workout and so much more. They’ve ultimately changed how we live!?

The evolution of our ever-changing relationship to mobile tech has advanced so rapidly that we, the consumer, never stopped to think about the effect it was having on us. We’ve become so closely tied to our mobile devices that we haven’t really had the chance to take a step back and look at how living in this digital world is affecting our physical, relational and mental health. As we enter a new decade, we think it’s important to evaluate and reassess the endless ways that we use these powerful devices. We want to learn from our mistakes so we can find a more harmonious balance—one that enables us to take control of our digital lives in this decade.

Let’s Get Physical

When it comes to physical fitness, our phone could truly be our best friend, but more often than not it turns out to be our worst enemy. It keeps us idle. It keeps us on the couch. It keeps us glued to the screen. While fitness apps can motivate and inspire us during workouts and physical activities, they don’t do us any good if we never have the chance to even open them because we just spent two hours on YouTube instead of spending an hour sweating it out at the gym. But, in the 2020s, we want to overcome these distractions and hit the ground running—or, biking, jogging, walking, lifting, crossfitting... whatever we can do to stay fit. Even if we’re not necessarily trying to break any records or compete in triathlons, it’ll be a lot easier to stay active if we can use our mobile devices to enhance our workouts, not distract us from them.?

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Mental Health

Just as mobile devices require us to reassess our approach to physical fitness, we also have to think about how they are tinkering with our mental health. With our phones becoming ever-more ingrained into our every minute thought and action, the way we interact with our phones is changing day by day. So, it’s hard for even the most devoted researchers to understand what phones are doing to our brains when our relationship to them is evolving so rapidly. But it doesn’t take a scientist to realize that they’re clearly affecting how we think. Thankfully, the manner in which our mobile devices impact our mental health is an issue that rose to particular prominence during the second half of the 2010s. Numerous studies have been published over the last few years showing that too much time on our phones is having a negative impact on mental health.?

First, let’s start this decade off by embracing the fact that mental health is just as important as physical health, giving as much time and attention to mental wellness as we do to workout gear, fitness plans, gym memberships and diets. Let’s then start to take more agency in our digital lives and not allow what’s happening on our screens to dictate our moods. Channel our inner Marie Kondo and ask yourself what are you doing on your smartphone that brings you joy, and start to eliminate those tasks or apps that don’t fit your answer.

It’s Not You, It’s Your Phone

As phones became more advanced in the 2010s, we were excited about having the ability to stay connected like never before. Considering all of the top mobile apps fall under the “social” category, we should all be more connected and in sync than we were 10 years ago. But, the last decade has taught us that this isn’t always the case. Our phones often distract us from those around us, and can ultimately cause us to be less social. Think about it this way: in 2010, only about 22% of Americans had a social media account, whereas the average American now spends about 3 hours a day on social media apps. Because of this, we end up spending less quality with the people that matter most, even when we’re all in the same room. So it’s therefore no surprise that over the last decade more people reported feeling isolated and depressed, which is particularly true with the younger generation of users who grew up under the constant glare of mobile screens.?


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Maintaining healthy relationships isn’t just good for our social lives, it’s important for our mental wellness. As psychotherapist Esther Perel puts it, “Mental health is deeply influenced by relational health—ultimately it’s the quality of your relationships that determines the quality of your life.” We should all strive to strike a healthier balance between our physical vs. digital relationships this decade, and use our smartphones as a tool to sustain our relationships instead of distracting us from them.

Modern Mobile Minimalism

Besides our phones getting bigger and bigger in the 2010s, they also became much more addicting. As the line between phone and phablet becomes blurred, it becomes even harder to ignore the noise. With so many of our personal and professional obligations tied to our mobile devices—along with all the streaming and games—our phones can be a constant distraction. It is understandable that so many people are now seeking out smaller, less demanding smartphones and choosing to embrace digital mobile minimalism. This doesn’t just mean wanting smaller phones, it means wanting smarter phones that don’t intrude into our daily lives.?

Luckily, there is an increasing amount of minimalist devices that provide all the necessities you’d expect from a modern smartphone, but they don’t monopolize our attention or encourage screen addiction. But, modern mobile minimalism is not just a choice of phone—it also has to be a lifestyle choice. When we deliberately choose to live life outside of our screens, it ends up improving our physical, mental and relational health as we enjoy living more in the moment… not on the screen.?

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This Decade, Connect With What Matters

With 2020 marking a new year and a new decade, it really is the time to look to the future, to make changes and to embrace healthier digital habits. We can look back at the mobile missteps of the 2010s and kick off the new decade by redefining our relationship to the mobile devices we put into the palm of our hands. By choosing smarter (and smaller) devices and using them more deliberately, we can regain control of our digital world to improve our physical, mental and relational health.?

We want to continue to explore how we can improve our relationship to the digital world by creating devices that encourage us to make the right choices. Let’s use this new decade to reevaluate what truly matters in our own lives. Tell us: what are your goals for this new decade?

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/9-ways-you-used-palm-in-2019 2019-12-18T06:00:00-08:00 2019-12-18T06:45:22-08:00 9 Ways You Used Palm in 2019 Lauren Harper

2019 was a big year for Palm. It was our first full calendar year in existence, and we had a lot of fun growing the brand and making Palm available all over the world. As more and more people turned to Palm as a new type of mobile experience, the #PalmCrew grew faster than we ever imagined.??


We were really interested to see how Palm owners were actually using their phone in 2019. We sent out a customer survey to hear what you had to say, and we got some pretty interesting responses. Of course, we wanted to share it with you, so, here’s how you used Palm in 2019:?

Who You Bought Palm For

Most people bought Palm for themselves (about 90%), but about 10% bought Palm for a family member or a child. But, with all of the holidays deals we have going on, we’ve made it easy?to give the gift of Palm this holiday season.

How You Use Palm

About 60% of you use Palm as a primary device, and about 40% use it as a companion device to a larger smartphone.

Why You Bought Palm

Most of you bought Palm because you wanted a smaller smartphone, but 30% of you said you purchased Palm because you wanted to be on your phone less. Either way, Palm is a great solution for people who don’t want to be overwhelmed by a large mobile screen.

You Stayed Active With Palm

About 30% of you regularly use Palm during fitness activities. We don’t blame you, it really is perfect for running, cycling, riding, going to the gym, or whatever you do to stay active.?

Your Top 5 activities

  1. Phone calls/messaging
  2. Getting directions
  3. Playing music
  4. Taking and sending photos
  5. Social media?

Your Top 5 apps

  1. Messaging
  2. Google Search/Chrome
  3. YouTube
  4. Google Maps
  5. Spotify / Instagram

Your Top 5 Accessories

  1. Mophie Battery Case
  2. Under Armour Case
  3. Screen Protector
  4. Palm Lanyard Case
  5. Kate Spade?wristlet

You Loved Life Mode

About 50% of you use Life Mode on a regular basis. When set up, it really helps users reduce screen time so they can live more fully, without constant mobile distractions.

You Streamed

At first, we were a little surprised to find out that so many people used their Palm to stream videos and music on YouTube, leading to YouTube being the top used social app on Palm. But with its 3.3” HD display, lightning fast LTE and Bluetooth capabilities, Palm lets you stream anytime, anywhere.????

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2019 really was a fun and busy year for us at Palm—our tiny little phone is now available all over the world! We want to thank everyone who participated in the survey because it helps us understand how to make Palm even better moving forward. We want to hear more from you! Tell us your Palm story here.?


We hope you’ve enjoyed using Palm in 2019, as we at Palm wish you and yours a happy holiday. Here’s to a fantastic and healthy 2020!

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/stephen-curry-gives-high-school-kids-the-surprise-of-a-lifetime 2019-12-11T10:07:00-08:00 2019-12-11T10:07:51-08:00 Stephen Curry Gives High School Kids the Surprise of a Lifetime Lauren Harper

Going to the movies with Stephen Curry is a little bit different than your typical trip to the theater. Just ask the 40 students of East Oakland Youth Development Center, who Stephen surprised at a local theater in Oakland. We told the students they’d be seeing a film—we didn’t tell them which film, or that they’d be watching it with Stephen Curry! Let’s just say they were a little happy about it.

Palm teamed up with Stephen and his Eat.Learn.Play. Foundation to give the students a?special?screening?of his new documentary,?Emanuel, and have a discussion?about?#LifeMode – what it means and why it's important.?

Prior to?Stephen's arrival, we asked the students to turn in their phones before entering the theater. As they?went to take their seats?before the film started, Stephen snuck in through a side door. Not only were the students treated to a private screening with food and snacks, they also got to participate in an intimate and thought-provoking Q&A with Stephen after the film was over.?

While most theaters play a quick PSA reminding everybody to turn off their phones before the movie starts, these students got a personal message from the MVP explaining why they were asked to leave their phones at the door. He talked about how important it is for him to disconnect from the digital world, as it helps him to be more engaged on a personal and professional level. For Stephen, reducing digital distractions means more focus on his training with his teammates and spending more quality time with his family and friends.

Stephen told the students about a rule the Warriors implemented during team meetings and events. The players all drop their phones into a basket before they even enter the room. As professional athletes, this policy obviously helps the players connect with each other directly without any digital distractions. “We are very purposeful around creating these type of moments where we can engage and connect on a very personal level.” This team cohesion and harmony obviously translates onto the court when you look at the Warriors’ record over the last decade.?

Stephen went on to explain how it is also important for him to disconnect for his personal well-being, and how Life Mode on his Palm makes it easier. When he slips into Life Mode, Stephen gets to relax with his family and stay engaged without any distractions.?

Check out the full video from the event here:




With our digital world constantly expanding into every aspect of our personal lives, it can be hard to disconnect from our mobile devices. As a result, we end up missing out on the human connections and life moments happening around us. And, with the holidays in full swing, ‘tis the season for all of us to put down our phones and connect with our loved ones. Ask yourself,?what are some ways that you can?spend less time on your phone and more time with the people in your life? And, how can you carry those good habits into the New Year??

We think Palm is a great solution for people who don’t want to be distracted from the real world. Our Life Mode feature makes it a little easier to focus on the holidays and escape the constant noise coming from our mobile screens.

If you’re ready to give Palm a whirl, now is the best time to do it. You can save $75 on an Unlocked Palm during our Holiday Sale and we have convenient Holiday Bundles that can save you up to $150. Get yours today and see what living in #LifeMode is all about.

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/top-20-takeaways-from-our-look-up-event 2019-12-04T09:58:00-08:00 2019-12-04T13:21:56-08:00 Top 20 Takeaways From Our Look Up Event Lauren Harper

Yesterday, we teamed up with Blloc phone to put together a special one-day only event to talk to people about the effects that our digital technologies are having on our behavior, psychology and overall well being. Featuring?acclaimed speakers such as Dr. Nicholas Karadas and Tiffany Shlain, the day was filled with enlightening, and at times, frightening insights on the reality of spending too much time on our digital devices.?


Each of the three panels had their own unique approach to the discussion of screen time and the ubiquity of mobile devices. Here are the top takeaways and quotes from the day:

  1. Checking your phone is like yawning - if you do it, all the sudden everyone around you will do it, too. - Tiffany Shlain
  2. All the research being done about changing habits makes it clear that you have to replace a bad habit with one that brings you joy. What do you wish you had more time to do? Take away phone time and replace it with your answer. - Tiffany Shlain
  3. It’s about being mindful and aware of your usage. Ask yourself questions like why am I using this and what value is it adding to my life right now? We can better catch ourselves when we actually start paying attention to our use of these screens. We need to first look at the sheer number of apps we have on our phones. Go through them and try to delete all the ones you haven’t used in the last 6+ months. You can also try hiding specific icons or moving a lot of apps beyond the home screen. - Carl Barenbrug
  4. It’s pretty unhealthy for us to be this available and ‘on’ 24/7. We are more stressed out than ever. The bigger question is how are we going to value being present and intentional moving forward? - Tiffany Shlain
  5. Tech companies need to have common values and if they want to improve or change behavior of users. Companies need to come together over common values to lead the consumer in the right direction. - Carl Barenbrug
  6. Companies respond to markets; when the market starts to want these kinds of limits, companies will start to respond to that, and I think we have only started scratching the surface on consumer awareness of this issue. - Laura Sydell
  7. We’re in the middle of realizing that we have a problem with our tech. Companies haven’t wanted to address it before because they are making money based on how long consumers are on their platform. For example, if you use Facebook less then that means you are exposed to less advertising and therefore less advertisers are likely to spend their money on Facebook. So Facebook is then incentivized to keep you on their platform for as long as possible. - Dennis Miloseski
  8. We need to help each other as a community to be more mindful and intentional with our devices. We need to all lean on each other to help us curb these addictions. - Howard Nuk
  9. I want to challenge the idea that it’s all up to the consumer to change their behavior. Two out of three people who set a goal to reduce their screen time have failed at that goal because our devices today are designed to keep you on them. There are companies like ours (Blloc and Palm) and others that provide you with other options. It’s not just about buying more, it’s about being healthier with your decisions. - Adham Badr
  10. About 10% of the population is predisposed to addictive behavior, so about one in ten people have an addiction. We have found that digital addiction is the same as any other substance addiction - it’s all about the dopamine. - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
  11. Some of the top tech people have come out saying that they are actively trying to make their apps and products more addictive. They knew and designed it purposefully to keep people glued to their screens. The problem is with most addicts, the more addicted you are, the less capable you are of controlling the impulses behind said addiction. - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
  12. The most plugged in generation is also the most lonely. - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
  13. Six and seven-year-olds who don’t yet have any impulse control are being overly impacted by the affect of too much screen time and as a result we’ve seen skyrocketing depression and suicide rates. They become stimulation dependent - hypnotizes them to only be primed for constant stimulation. - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
  14. When we put screens constantly in front of kid’s faces we are robbing them of their own creative process. It’s good for kids to be bored - they are forced to use their brain to be creative to find something new to do. - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
  15. Pediatric suicide (kids ages 5-10) used to be more of a concept, but today it’s become an actual clinical issue as we are seeing more of these suicides happen. - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
  16. The role of parents its twofold: they are not only modeling the same problematic behavior by being on their devices, but there’s also something called distracted parent syndrome. If you’re with your child and you’re ignoring them because your are on your screen it’s actually more damaging to your child, because they see it as a projection that they aren’t worth your time and they internalize this as rejection. - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
  17. There isn’t one study that shows that introducing tablets in elementary school leads to better education by the time they hit high school. - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
  18. If we are all seduced and sedated by our devices, then we aren’t aware of what’s going on in the world around us. We are all swimming in a big microwave and 5G is only going to make it even worse with the radiation it will expel. - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
  19. The current suicide and overdose epidemics are not unrelated events. It’s not an accident that young people are dying in record numbers in the digital age. We need to be more aware of what we are doing with our tech devices and what we are using them for. - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
  20. Our current quality of life is no longer the same as it used to be because of technology. We are more irritable, anxious and stressed because we are always having to be ‘on’. Being connected 24/7 connected doesn’t allow us to unplug or unwind. We can’t ever truly detach and therefore we can’t get the true rest our bodies and minds require. - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras


You can learn more about the screen time problem and how to combat it in our Digital Detox blog series. Tell us - how are you being mindful of your tech use and screen time?


Palm can help you rethink your use of smartphones. Grab yours today and get $100 off during our Cyber Sale, but hurry, sale ends Friday!

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/the-best-holiday-traditions-start-offline 2019-11-26T06:30:00-08:00 2019-11-26T06:30:00-08:00 The Best Holiday Traditions Start Offline Lauren Harper

The holiday season is ramping up. Decorations are up all over town. Holiday music is blasting in every speaker. Festive feasts abound. And shopping, shopping, shopping. But, the very essence of the season can’t be found in any store. The best part of the holidays is being able to spend time with our friends and families.?

All of us at Palm love the holiday traditions that we’ve created with our friends and families over the years. Whether it’s an annual Friendsgiving, decorating sugar cookies or even catching a movie with your family, we strive to uphold these long-held holiday traditions and pass them on to the next generation.?

While we all celebrate the holidays in different ways, most of us will agree that our most cherished traditions start offline. Lifelong memories aren’t created while gazing down at a phone screen. Our favorite holiday memories are created when our phones are out of sight and out of mind. Of course, we might pull out our camera to snap a quick picture to show off our cookie decorating skills, but what we really cherish (besides eating said cookie) is the time that we spent with each other.?

For many, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year simply because everyone is together. In fact, it might be the only time of the year that your entire family is all in the same house at once. So, if we want to make the most of our limited time, we have to proactively avoid looking at our phone… and that’s not always easy.

It’s safe to say that it has become harder for most people to set down their phones and really disconnect from their digital life. We are pestered by work emails, appointment reminders, random text messages, social media updates, news alerts and the ceaseless noise coming from our mobile world. These things invariably distract us from the people and activities going on around us. This can have an impact on our ability to live in the moment and truly enjoy the holiday season.?

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Stay Offline and In the Moment This Holiday Season

We designed Palm to help people spend less time looking at their phone. Palm can enable you to spend more time looking up and living outside of the screen, without feeling disconnected or worried about missing out on anything important. It is all about balance. The holiday season is the best time of the year to find the right balance in your life and perhaps to even help you start a new holiday tradition of your own. Palm can help you focus on the loved ones around you, rather than the constant noise and distraction coming from your mobile device.

If you’re ready to achieve better digital balance with Palm, there has never been a better time to try it out. In fact, our Black Friday deal goes live tomorrow. It’ll be the lowest price on a Palm that you can find this holiday season. If you can’t wait that long, we have some amazing Holiday Bundles that are also a great bang for your buck. Check them out here.

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/introducing-our-exclusive-holiday-bundles 2019-11-20T06:30:00-08:00 2019-11-20T06:30:00-08:00 Introducing Our Exclusive Holiday Bundles Lauren Harper The holiday season is all about spending time with friends and family. While we love all the traditions like shopping, eating, wrapping, opening and more eating, the best part of the season is being able to enjoy all of these things with our loved ones. We’re left with memories of the time spent with the people in our lives, not of the gifts we opened or the food we ate. In today’s world, we are more easily distracted from creating these memories because of our mobile devices.?


As essential as it is to post about the pumpkin pie you made, show off your wrapping skills and brag about your gifts, the best memories are those made outside of the screen. Phone and tablets can really get in the way of holiday fun. It’s the best time of the year to put down our phones and just enjoy the real world. We created Palm with Life Mode because we dreamed of a phone that made it easier to disconnect from our digital world and give us more time to spend with our loved ones. That is why, during the holiday season, we refer to #LifeMode as #HolidayMode.


In the spirit of giving and spending time with loved ones, we wanted to do something special to celebrate this season and #HolidayMode. We created three special bundles for people looking to give the gift of Palm (and save a little bit of cash). Whether you’re shopping for a loved one or rewarding yourself this year, these great deals have everything you need to get started with becoming a modern mobile minimalist and living outside your screen. All priced at $299, check them out here:


The?Modern Minimalist?Package
The?Modern Minimalist Package is the perfect starter kit for anyone ready to experience a healthier relationship with their digital world. At $299, this bundle is great bang for your buck (originally a $400 value). It includes:?

  • An unlocked Palm phone?
  • Palm lanyard case?
  • Screen protector?
  • Catherine Price’s book How to Break Up With Your Phone

We put this bundle together for users who want fewer digital distractions in their daily life, but still need a fully functional smartphone. With Price’s book and this all-inclusive Palm kit, you’ll be on your way to a life with fewer digital distractions.?


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The Kid Minimalist
When we designed Palm, we knew that it would be a favorite among parents and children. The small size makes it an ideal first phone for younger users—it fits more easily into their small hands and pockets. At the same time, parents love knowing that they can get their children a phone that is affordable, super durable and easy to manage.

With the Kid Minimalist?package, parents can keep their family connected, without having to equip their child with an expensive, giant screen. The Kids Starter Pack includes:?

  • An unlocked Palm phone?
  • Screen protector?
  • Free 3-month Bark subscription?
  • Your choice of an Under Armour or Kate Spade flexible hardshell case

This is a great deal for children of any age.?Originally a $450 value, this package can be purchased for just $299 while supplies last.?


The Power?Minimalist?
We put together the Power Minimalist package for people who clock a lot of screen time and need a little extra juice to get through to the end of the day. The bundle includes:?

  • An unlocked Palm phone?
  • Screen protector?
  • Mophie Juice Pack battery case?

The Mophie case can add up to 13 extra hours of battery time to your Palm, so you can go all day without having to stop for a recharge. Grab this $425 value package for just $299 while supplies last.?



These are the best deals you’ll find on Palm this holiday season, so stock up while supplies last! Shop today to give the gift of Palm and #HolidayMode.?

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/stock-up-and-save-on-these-essential-palm-accessories 2019-11-13T06:30:00-08:00 2019-11-13T06:30:00-08:00 Stock Up and Save on These Essential Palm Accessories Lauren Harper Tis’ the season of gifting and it’s time to start thinking about what you want to give (and get) this year. We all know that those small gifts and stocking stuffers can often be the most memorable.

Palm is the ultimate stocking stuffer for anybody who wants better balance in their digital life. If your loved ones already have a Palm, don’t worry, we have great accessories that they’ll love.?

Palm was designed to go anywhere and everywhere. It just takes the right accessory to turn Palm into your closest companion for any adventure, or the perfect addition for any outfit. Whether it’s a night out with friends or a morning run, Palm is an all-action phone that lets you bring your digital life everywhere, without being weighed down.

With the holidays in mind, we’re excited to announce that Verizon is offering 50% off all Palm accessories! This is a great chance to save on some gifts and maybe even get something for your Palm, even if you’re not on Verizon.?

Check out some of our favorite accessories, you might find a couple that you want to add to your collection so your Palm can be ready for everything.


Palm Lanyard Case

The Palm Lanyard Case is definitely a favorite around our office. It comes with two lanyards of different lengths so you can wear it comfortably around your neck or wrist. It’s also easy to take the lanyard off, leaving you with a simple and protective everyday case.

(Photo by @Fitbylalo)


Palm Screen Protector

Palm is already built tough as nails. The 3.3” HD screen is crafted out of impact resistant Corning Gorilla Glass so you know it can handle its fair share of spills. But, the extra security of this tempered glass protector is perfect for kids and people who are particularly rough on their phone.


Under Armour Protect Grip Case

We had Under Armour design a super tough and grippy case for going to the gym, running, working out, or whatever it is you do to stay active. A lot of people have been using this as their go-to daily case because they love the peace of mind that comes with having a little extra impact protection.


Granite Leather Wallet

This sleek leather wallet is a minimalist dream. Slide your Palm into the wallet and it still fits into most coin pockets! Available in a classic black and classy brown leather. Simple, protective, stylish. What more do you need?


Verizon Sports Sleeve

This is the must-have accessory for athletes. Take it to the gym and wear it while you lift weights or run. It’ll even stay put while playing basketball. Trust us, we’ve seen Stephen drain about 20 threes in a row while wearing the sports sleeve.

(Photo by @JeysonPaez)

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Mophie Juice Pack

The Mophie Juice Pack is the clutch accessory for people who clock a lot of hours on their Palm. The pack has a really low profile so it doesn’t make your Palm bulky or heavy. Add in wireless charging capabilities and this little power pack can get you through the longest day. It also comes in three great colors (pink, blue and black) if you’re looking for some extra style with all that added power.


Kate Spade Wristlet

This leather wallet adds a whole lot of class to any outfit. It’s elegant and practical at the same time. It even has sleeves for your ID and credit cards. Perfect for weddings, date nights, formal events and everyday style.


K-Edge Bike Mount

Cyclists love Palm! And the K-Edge Mount kit works for pretty much any type of bike. It fits onto the handlebar and has a quick release so you can remove your Palm to take a pic or make a call in the middle of a ride. The mount is super sturdy and won’t budge, even on the rockiest MTB trails.


Tech21 Pure Cases

The Tech21 cases are perfect for kids. Not only are they protective and affordable, they come in four great colors: carbon, clear, blue, and pink. They also come with a convenient optional wristlet.


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As you can see, with the right accessory Palm can be kitted at for any person to take on any activity. And since you can get 50% off right now, you may as well stock up on a few before the sale ends!

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/mobile-photography-tips-fundamentals-2 2019-11-08T17:01:00-08:00 2019-11-08T17:01:09-08:00 Mobile Photography Tips —?Fundamentals 2 Cory Maryott ??

?Yesterday we kicked off our blog series on photography tips and explored two key fundamentals that will help you level up your skills. Now that we’ve gone over how to focus on storytelling and how to frame and compose your image, we’ll share the last two fundamentals for killer mobile photography.


Fundamental 3 — Mastering light

? ? ?The word photography itself stems from Greek “photos” (light) and “graphe” (drawing). Everything in photography is based on light. Understanding this is critical to creating powerful photographs. We typically think of light in a singular way—there’s either light, or there isn’t. It's either bright, or it's dark. When we begin to pay attention to light, however, we can see that it can actually have varied intensity, colors and even varying qualities of softness or hardness.?

? ? ?In order to master light in your photography, begin by actively paying attention to the light all around you. Observe the difference between light from the sun and light indoors. Notice how objects, places and people look different in bright sunlight versus light on an overcast day. You’ll often find that bright sunlight can bring out vibrant colors, but also casts harsh shadows that can be tricky to work with. Overcast light is flattering for portraits because?it doesn’t cast severe shadows on the face, but sometimes colors can appear dull and murky. When observing light, start to look across these following qualities, and get a feel for how they bring out different feelings in the subject of your photographs:

? ? ?Intensity—bright light and low light can bring out different qualities in your subject. Try taking photos of an object (say, an apple, or any other common item you have laying around), in bright light and low light, and observe the different outcomes. An easy way to test this is by comparing bright, direct sunlight, against the light available after the sun has just set (often called the “Blue Hour”). The same object/subject will take on different moods in your photos.

? ? ?Try comparing natural light sources (the sun, maybe the moon!) to artificial sources. There are countless types of artificial light to test. Fluorescent bulbs have different color and quality than tungsten bulbs. Try playing with a lamp you have lying around, or even a flashlight. Your laptop screen could even be a light source to experiment with. Get creative and try using whatever sources you have available to light your an image.

? ? ? You’ll likely begin to notice quickly that light can be either “hard” or “soft”. Light that is shining directly from the source onto your subject is typical “hard”— and will cast shadows with well defined edges. Hard light can bring out a lot of texture and detail, but for some subjects (like portraits) it can be tricky to use gracefully.?

? ? ?Soft light on the other hand is either diffused or reflected from the source onto the subject. Sunlight that passes through the clouds on an overcast day is diffused by the clouds, creating a soft effect. Sunlight that bounces off a big white wall of a building is also soft,?creating a much more gentle effect than direct sunlight. Soft light in this way is typically less intense than hard light, and casts shadows that have “fuzzy” or soften edges. This light can be incredibly flattering for portraits and still-life photos, but sometimes it can leave an image feeling a little too flat if there’s not enough contrast in the composition. Both hard and soft lighting have pros and cons—by observing and experimenting with both you’ll be able to know when to employ one or the other.

? ? ?Lastly, observe the color of light. Light can lean warm or cool—in photography, we actually refer to this quality as “Temperature”, and represent it as a spectrum between cool blue hues to warm orange hues. You might notice, for example, that portraits taken under fluorescent lights can often appear green and sickly— not the most flattering, but it could be the effect you’re going for. Try taking a portrait of someone illuminated by the colorful light of a neon sign, and observe the effect it has. By now, you’ve realized the key is to experiment, try new things, observe and experiment some more. The more you test and shoot, the more you’ll learn.



Fundamental 4 — Enjoy the process


? ? ?More than anything, it’s important to remember to simply enjoy the process of taking photos. Your photos don’t need to grace the cover of Vogue to have value and bring joy to yourself and others. Get in the habit of slowing down, putting yourself in #LifeMode and observing the world around you outside your screens. Observe how light falls on everything and everyone, and enjoy the richness of color, texture, and beauty in everything. Without a doubt, this practice will help you feel more centered in your day to day, and bring you a greater appreciation for the fleeting moments of life.?


? ? ?We hope you found these photography fundamentals insightful and helpful for your next adventure. Of course— don’t forget to share the photos you capture on Palm with us on social media.

? ? ?Tag @Palm in your photos and use the #PalmPics hashtag so we can see what you create (and for a chance to be featured on the Palm account!). Happy shooting!




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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/mobile-photography-tips-fundamentals 2019-11-06T15:12:00-08:00 2019-11-08T17:02:56-08:00 Mobile Photography Tips —?Fundamentals Cory Maryott

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? ? ?With the rise of the mobile cameras, nearly everyone today has a camera in their pocket at all times. Practicing photography is actually a phenomenal way to train yourself to be more present, observant and engaged with the world around you—rather than just passively staring at your phone screen. This week, we will provide a two-part blog series where we’ll share four fundamentals of photography. The first two of four fundamentals focus on leveling up your photography skills, being more observant and using the craft as a way to be more aware of life around you. Whether you’re shooting on your Palm, a classic film camera, or another smartphone, we hope these tips will help you become a more intentional and skilled photographer.



Fundamental 1 —?Get clear on what you’re trying to show and convey.


? ? ?The first fundamental we’ll explore is easy to gloss over, but it is arguably the most important—that is,?get clear on what you’d like to show and convey in your photo. Great photos tell a story, convey a message, or evoke an emotional response from the viewer. Your job as a photographer is to frame your story or message through your lens, and bring the viewers to the “destination” you’d like them to arrive at. Not every photo’s story needs to be a novel, but it should have a clear focus and subject.?

? ? ?How do you achieve this? Start by asking yourself what caught your eye about the scene you’re photographing and what elements you want to show up in your image. That is, what would you like someone to feel when viewing this image? Is it hope? Sadness? A sense of beauty? Or do you simply want to show that you and your friends finished the hike? Whatever it is, try to get a clear perspective on it, so you can intentionally arrange the elements within the frame. Getting in the habit of thinking through this filter when taking photos will help train your eyes to frame images in a more compelling manner. As you practice framing with clarity, it will become second nature and you’ll be seeing clear images before you even pull out your camera.?

This image, captured on Palm, aims to draw the viewer's eye through the plants and to the light airy ceiling. Do you get a sense of lightness and airiness??

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Fundamental 2 —?Composition and Framing


? ? ?Once you’ve figured out what you want to show and convey in your photo, you want to think about how to achieve capturing it with the right composition and framing. This will take your photos to the next level. Thankfully, learning the basics is pretty easy, and the more you practice, the sharper your skills will get.?


? ? ?What exactly is composition and framing? Essentially we’re talking here about how you arrange elements of your photograph in order to guide the viewer’s eyes, and get your message or story across. If storytelling is the “why” behind our photos, we can think of composition and framing as the “how”. By mastering this fundamental area of photography, you’ll become exceptionally better at getting your story and your message across.

? ? ?So how do we organize elements of our photos well? There’s a couple tried and true techniques that will be helpful starting points.


? ? ?Let’s start first with the rule of thirds—essentially this rule encourages us to line up key elements of our composition along guidelines that cut the frame into thirds, both horizontally and vertically (see the image below). When lining up your frame to take a photo, experiment with placing things along these lines, and at the four intersections. This often helps give your composition a more balanced feeling—your subject won’t feel too far out of the frame, but also won’t feel too heavily centered. For landscapes, experiment with placing the horizon at the bottom or top thirds of your photos. You’ll notice that lining up the horizon to the bottom third gives more attention to the sky, or to whatever is above your horizon. Placing the horizon at the top third of your frame has the opposite effect, and instead give the viewer more attention to what’s below the horizon—perhaps a city, or a valley below the mountains. In this example, the same scene will take on two different focuses and communicate different “stories” to the viewer.

?You can turn on the grid in your camera settings on Palm to get a helpful guide for composing your images.?

? ? ?The rule of thirds is a great guiding principle, but is certainly not the only option when arranging your photograph. Many photos actually break the rule and instead place their subject smack in the center of the frame. This is totally acceptable, and can create a very powerful effect in your photo. To practice, try going back and forth between centering your subject and aligning it to the rule of thirds. For example, how does a portrait change when you show the face in the center of the photo compared to having it in the right third of the frame? As you practice and experiment, you’ll get a sense for how the different compositions affect the overall image.?


? ? ?While experimenting with composition and learning through trial and error is critical, I also highly recommend taking some time to study composition. Look at professional photographers and notice how they frame their subjects and elements within the image. Photography books, print magazines, Instagram and Pinterest are all great starting points for finding inspiration.?


? ? ?You can also look back even further into the works of master classical painters, like Vermeer or da Vinci, to see how they arranged their paintings to draw the eye along through the scene and tell a story. Additionally, pay very close attention to the way light is portrayed in these paintings. Observe how the light falls in the painting, and how it either illuminates or obstructs (through shadow) different elements within the painting. You’ll begin to notice that best painters clearly mastered the use of light and shadow to bring our eyes to gaze upon to a specific point in the scene. Studying classic painted portraits is especially helpful for getting better at framing portrait photography. Notice how the painters pose the angle of the face, the chin, the shoulders, the eyes. Then, use what you learned the next time you pull out your camera.


? ? ?In our next blog will talk much more about mastering light. We hope these first two photography fundamentals get you inspired to pull out your camera and start snapping pics with more clarity, composition and framing. Don't forget to share your images you take on Palm with us— tag #PalmPics for a chance to be featured!

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/palm-is-officially-available-in-china 2019-11-01T06:00:04-07:00 2019-11-01T06:00:04-07:00 Palm is Officially Available in China! Lauren Harper Starting today, people living in China will be able to purchase Palm through JD.com, Tmall.com and Suning.com as a standalone device. Palm works on China Mobile and China Unicom, as well as with China Telecom (4G only).

The Palm Lanyard Case as well as the Sport Armband accessories will be available for purchase at all aforementioned retailers.?

Learn more about our launch in China in the following articles:

FromGeek.com

YZMG.com

Tech.China.com

PR News

IT168.com

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http://www.aubelia.com/blogs/post/why-voice-activation-is-the-way-of-the-future-and-how-to-use-it-on-palm 2019-10-29T07:00:00-07:00 2019-10-29T07:00:00-07:00 Why Voice Activation Is The Way Of The Future (And How To Use It On Palm) Lauren Harper
Consumers today are getting more into the habit of talking to our tech instead of typing and swiping. With the proliferation of voice-activated technologies, voice is quickly becoming the new touch on new emerging technologies. The smart speaker market, for example, exploded in 2018, with around 41 percent of U.S. consumers now owning a voice-activated speaker, up from 21.5 percent in 2017. Today you can find voice-activated refrigerators, thermostats, cars and even toothbrushes.
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It’s safe to say voice activation is only going to become more popular as our tech evolves. At Palm, we think this a great thing. In fact, we made voice activation a big part of Palm because it is usually the fastest and easiest way to get things done on the go.

Why is Voice Such An Important Palm Feature?

Our mission at Palm is to create mobile devices that allow people to spend less time looking at their screens and more time engaging in the real world. We want you to use voice to navigate your Palm so that you’re not always looking down and being consumed by a screen. Less time looking down means you’re not distracted or slowed down by your phone.
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Typing just isn’t the fastest way to send a text or search the web these days. According to one study, most of us wipe, swipe, or tap our phone over 2,500 times in a single day. That’s not just a shocking amount of touches, it is a considerable amount of time being unnecessarily wasted.
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Basically, we’re spending too much time on our phones throughout the day, and we designed Palm with easy voice activation because it is a realistic way to eliminate some of these extra touches. You can get more done while spending less time looking at the screen.
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How to Use Voice on Palm

Getting comfortable with Palm’s voice activation is an immediate way that you can reduce the amount of minutes you spend looking down at the screen. Your voice-enabled Palm can instantly connect you to all your favorite apps and features.
Voice activation can make using your Palm faster, safer and more mobile. No more slowing down to change the song on your evening jog. Stay focused and keep your eyes on the road as you call your BFF on the drive from work. Come up with a brilliant idea for work tomorrow? Quickly dictate a note on your Palm before you forget the idea. All of these actions, might slow you down and distract you if you have to pick up your phone and start typing, but they become simple and seamless when you use voice.
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Here are some other great ways you can use voice on Palm to speed up digital interactions and trim screen time:
  • Get directions
  • Start your favorite playlist
  • Set a calendar reminder
  • Reply to a text
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Are you using voice-enabled tech in your daily life? Tell us your voice story with Palm?– we’re always listening so we can make Palm even better.
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