5 Life Hacks to Balance College Academics and Play

Articles abound about the importance of work-life balance for adults—but what about college-age young adults? Does the fun end when the school bell rings? Are they doomed to a four years of all school work and no play?

According to Forbes.com, “Knowing what drives you, inspires you and fulfills you . . .  and figuring out how to balance this with the need to keep a roof over your head is what a happy life looks like . . . and often that learning comes from peer interaction, not (college) lectures.” The same article cites author William Deresiewicz who, in his book Excellent Sheep, argues, “an undergraduate experience devoted exclusively to career preparation is four years largely wasted.”

Of course, college students shouldn’t ditch their studies and strong work ethic quite yet. Read the fine print above again. The key is learning “how to balance this with the need to keep a roof over your head.” You can’t be all play and no work, either. Like anything in life, balance is the key.

Here are five life hacks designed to help you balance your academic work and your social activities:

1. Being organized is critical. At work and at play, knowing where you’re supposed to be, when, and with whom is vital to not missing assignments or missing out on any of the fun. Being late, missing critical steps, or forgetting to return emails, phone calls, or texts, is a colossal waste of time—for you, your friends, and your instructors. With today’s smartphones and tablets, there is no excuse for not having your schedule at your fingertips wherever and whenever you need it. Check out Tom’s Guide to the best calendar apps for iOS and Android.

2. Get plenty of rest. Whether your day ahead is earmarked for work or play, you need plenty of rest to get the most out of whatever you do. Remind yourself, “Staying up late may be fun, but it doesn’t add to the time I have for fun or to be productive if I simply sleep most of the next day away.” The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours of sleep per 24-hour period for young adults, aged 18-25. How does that compare to the four hours you got after cramming all night for an exam, or after you stayed up to the wee hours at your friend’s party? Interestingly, NPR recently reported that a study of the sleep habits of tens of thousands of students, ages 18-22, found that college students average between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night, which appears on track with the recommended amount. Of course, that’s an average—meaning there are many that sleep much less and many that sleep much more than that. Plus, keep in mind the quality of sleep matters, too: alcohol and caffeine intake can greatly affect how well rested you really are.

3. Make a list and write it down (or type it). Making a list is more than just a way to compensate for a shoddy memory. According to Fast Company, “Lists gel well with the brain’s cognitive penchant for categorization. They minimize choice and make it easy to process data.” This is sage advice for busy students trying to juggle academics, social activities, and work responsibilities. Making a list helps us wrap our minds around those things we need to get done that, when conceptualized in the mind, might seem ominous and overwhelming. Seeing items on paper (or computer screen) not only helps us make sense of the jumble, but allows us to see how completing one task can lead to the next, and so on—bringing much-needed order to our chaos. Plus, writing things down can help encode that information in our memories, improving recall.

4. Eat well, stay well. Adequate sleep is necessary for good health, but so are good nutrition and seeking medical care when you need it. Most school meal plans offer plenty of health choices and on-campus options—and there’s always the local grocer to keep your refrigerator stocked. If money’s an issue, pool resources with your roommates or classmates to make sure you have healthy choices (fruits, veggies) available to offset the inevitable fried foods, processed foods, and sweets that make up a good portion of the typical college diet. Check out this Buzz Feed article for tips and ideas. On the topic of staying well, chances are college students are still covered by their parents’ health plans—even away from home. In addition, most colleges have on-site student health centers that can help you get over that bad head cold, intestinal distress, or other minor ailment, or steer you in the right direction locally.

5. Keep you dorm room/apartment clean. This is not the part where we begin to nag about picking up after yourself (your parents have probably done enough of that already). This is where we discuss how important a clean room is to feeling good about yourself, doing good work, and being comfortable enough with your environment to invite friends over to study or socialize. Mom and Dad didn’t nag just to cause you distress. They were on to something. Check out this article from Shape on “How Cleaning and Organizing Can Improve Your Physical and Mental Health.”

As the parent of a college age student, or a student yourself, what life hacks do you have to share? What has worked to help you achieve balance between your school commitments and social activities?

Share them here.

Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, and more for busy travelers, students, professionals, and gamers. Mobile Edge is known for its innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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7 Ways to Ease Your Back-to-School Blues

7 Ways to Ease Your Back-to-School Blues

When I was a kid, on the first day after school would let out each year, the summer ahead seemed endless. Ten weeks, give-or-take, felt like a lifetime. I was determined to sleep late, watch lots of TV, stay up late, and hang with my friends at the beach or the movies or the local haunt. And if I was lucky, I might even get a part-time job to earn some spending money.

Of course, summer vacation never lasted forever. Alas, those interminable weeks came and went way too fast. Soon those dreaded back-to-school sales would arrive—a harbinger of things to come and the trigger for my annual case of back-to-school blues. Family vacations were winding up, the days were getting shorter, and both parents and school-aged children were shifting the focus from being out of school to getting ready for it again.

At home, we’d begin to change our routines to better match the school clock and calendar. While I was never a big fan of getting aboard the “back-to-school” train a few weeks early, I now recognize how settling back into our school-centric routines before we really had to made the transition so much easier.

1. Early to Bed, Early to Rise. Regardless of your child’s age (or your age, as a parent, for that matter), sleep is a requisite. Establish regular bedtimes and wake-up times to allow plenty of time for rest as well as plenty of time to get ready in the morning without having to make a mad dash for the door and the bus (and remember, what’s good for the kids is also good for Mom and Dad)!

2. Plan Healthy Meals and Snacks for Home and School. Eating well doesn’t just happen. It takes planning and preparation, two things that often fall by the wayside when families get busy and stressed. Take the time to plan daily breakfasts, lunches, dinners, as well as healthy snacks for in-between. Well-fueled bodies lead to well-fueled brains . . . plus you and your kids will feel more energized and get to enjoy time together preparing and eating meals.

3. Gear Up. From clothing to school-related supplies, August is usually the time most kids gear-up for the start of school. You’ll surely find no lack of back-to-school sales at all your local merchants or online. Talk to other students, teachers, and parents to find out what other kids are getting for school supplies, including what might be needed/required. The more you can do ahead of time, the less stressful those first few days at school will be for kids and parents alike.

4. Maintain a Family Schedule. Knowing who’s where and when is critical to lowering stress levels during the school year, especially when kids are involved in multiple activities and Mom and Dad are busy with work or activities of their own (yes, parents get to have lives too!). Keep an online calendar (such as Google calendar) or use a dry erase board that everyone in the family can access—and if you rely on extended family (grandparents and aunts) or friends/neighbors, be sure to include them in your scheduling as well.

5. Dedicate an Area for Studying. This could be a family room or even a student’s bedroom, provided it’s distraction fee (aka no TV and no social media) or can be made so for study times. This dedicated area is where all things related to school should come home to roost—books, backpacks, school papers, laptops, etc.—so a corner of the kitchen table or edge of the bed just won’t do. This needs to be a dedicated spot that is organized and accessible, without a lot of fuss.

6. Be Planful. With in-school and after school activities galore, the life of a student can descend into chaos quite quickly. In addition to the previously mentioned family calendar and dedicated at-home study area, students need to have some form of daily planner they can use to keep track of assignments and where they need to be. While many students will opt to use electronic organizers for their smartphones, tablets, and laptops, others will choose to rely on teacher websites to track assignments and coursework. A word of caution about teacher websites, they rarely reflect real-time changes to schedules and assignments that may occur in class, so are not always reliable for planning. For many, the best solution is an old-fashioned printed/physical daily or weekly planner, available at most back-to-school retailers.

7. Get Organized. One of the biggest impediments to academic success is lack of organization, especially with student books, papers, assignments, and electronic devices: where to store them, how to transport them, how to keep them safe, and how to access them when you need them? Mobile Edge offers a wide range of stylish and student-friendly laptop sleeves, messenger bags, and backpacks to help students get organized, stay organized, and keep their gear safe.

The end of summer vacation time can be a stressful time for kids and Moms and Dads alike. It’s time to get back to school, back to work, and back to those good old habits (and some new ones) that make life easier. Take the time now, over the next few weeks, to ease back into those old routines. You, your family, and your grades will be glad you did!

What tips or suggestions do you have for back to school time? Share them here.

Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, and more for busy travelers, students, professionals, and gamers. Mobile Edge is known for its innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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Eight Dos and Don’ts to Smooth Your Return to College

Return to CollegeThe annual migration is about to begin. No, it’s not the wildebeests making their way through East Africa. It’s the annual return to school for America’s college students. The highways and byways will soon be clogged with overstuffed, underpowered cars and trucks as the nation’s youth make their way back to classes and classmates.

Here’s a helpful list of “DOs and DON’Ts to make the transition back as smooth as possible:

DO look forward to the return to school and the possibility it represents. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is your future. Embrace the return to school as one of many stepping stones along your path to success.
DON’T lament the passing of summer and dread the return of classes. Negative thinking derails productivity and achievement. Acknowledge that summer has come and gone . . . and then get on with your studies.

DO re-connect with old friends and make new ones. Attend a party (or two). With today’s technology, staying in touch over the summer and re-engaging when classes resume should be easier than ever.
DON’T make the first week or so of classes a socializing-only affair. While it’s OK to attend a party or two, don’t fall behind from the outset by having a little too much fun and blowing off the important early days of classes and relationship building with your professors.

DO bring some comfort items from home: your favorite sweater, robe, and slippers; a book (yes they still make those), DVDs, video games and consoles; pictures of your family and friends. You get the idea. Familiar items can often make the transition to new or unfamiliar surroundings a little easier.
DON’T try to re-create your entire home life at school. First of all, your dorm room/apartment and the small piece of it that is yours to occupy isn’t likely to afford the space you need (at least not without annoying your roommates). Secondly, college life is about the new and undiscovered, and about leaving your childhood behind.

DO explore campus clubs and activities, such as gaming and social clubs . . . and participate. It’s a great way to get to know others, share experiences, discuss classes and professors, and work through any homesick blues you may be feeling.
DON’T stay sequestered in your room 24×7, venturing out just for classes and feedings. It’s tempting these days when you can connect online for all things ranging from social interaction to gaming, but don’t lose sight of the need for people time.

DO get to know your teachers. In the vast majority of cases, they are your best allies and advocates. They want you to succeed. Find out from them what it takes to do well in their classes . . . and then do it.
DON’T be determined to do it your way in class. College instructors generally have very specific expectations concerning class participation, teamwork, homework, and test performance. No one likes being a conformist, and part of being young is wanting/needing to rebel, but part of college is learning to collaborate with others, follow directions, and meet the expectations of others—just as it will be when you get your first “real” job post-graduation.

DO study when you need to and get your homework done on time, every time. It’s hard to catch back up once you fall behind.
DON’T assume that your study and work habits from high school will carry you through college just fine. Most likely, you will need to study harder and longer for tests to do well, and you will have to put in long hours at your PC or in a lab outside of class to get your work done satisfactorily.

DO attend your classes, lectures, and labs. Grades for a great deal of most college classes factor in class attendance and participation.
DON’T think you can get your work done and pass tests without showing up for classes and still get good grades. College instructors know who’s there and who isn’t, but unlike K-12 teachers, they aren’t babysitters. You are responsible for your own attendance.

DO have fun, responsibly. College can be both an exciting and rewarding experience. For most, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be looked back fondly upon in later years. Friendships, romances, parties, new learning and new experiences—it’s all part of college and it relies on you making the most of it.
DON’T forget your personal safety net. As a young adult, away from home for the first time, you will need to make decisions for yourself about classes, relationships, and even things as mundane as what groceries to buy or meals to make or eat. You’ll have bills to pay, assignments to complete, grades to watch, social commitments to keep, and quite possibly a part-time job on the side. If it all gets a bit overwhelming, don’t forget Mom and Dad, Gram and Gramps, lifelong friends, and all the other people who’ve mentored you through life and have always been there for you. There still there. Don’t forget to reach out to them when you need to, but remember that, ultimately, the choices and decisions you make, and the results you get, are yours.

Carpe diem!

Go Back to School Organized and in Style: Don’t leave home without ensuring that all of your electronics are protected and easily accessible. From laptops, tablets, smartphones, game consoles, games, and charging cords and accessories, Mobile Edge makes it easy tote your gear in bags that are durable, versatile, and stylish. Check out our Mobile Edge backpacks, laptop sleeves, messenger bags, and more, geared especially to students.

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Mobile Edge – Bags for Every Occasion, Style and Personality. Where Do You Bring It?

Carrying Cases for Every Occasion - Mobile EdgeTravelling overseas or just two States over? There’s much more to Mobile Edge laptop bags and backpacks than first meets the eye. Sure, protection and portability for your mobile electronics and various devices are a given, but what else can you—should you—expect?

Always stylish and forever functional, Mobile Edge makes bags for a wide range of people, personalities, and purposes. We invite you to meet some of our typical customers below, learn how our products support their mobile lifestyles, and then join our growing legion of customers and fans. Bring it on!

  • Meet Roger. He’s 24 and on a flight to the Sabakon gaming/pop culture convention in Las Vegas. It’s his first time, so he’s checked and double-checked various online forums and recommendations from friends who’ve been to the venue before. Their advice: if you can’t take it with you—if it won’t fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you—you don’t need it. Overhead, in the carry-on his Mom loaned him, he’s packed a few changes of clothes, his toothbrush, and some toiletries. But under the seat in front of him, is his Alienware 17” Vindicator Backpack. It’s full of the important stuff— his hardware and games, plus some bottled water, snacks, his convention schedule and tickets, a stash of extra cash, and directions to the hotel where he’s meeting up with his buddies later tonight.
  • Meet Tilda. She’s flying cross country on business to pitch for a prospective new client. Her presentation’s been done for a week now, but she can’t help but think she should make use of the 5-plus hours of in flight time, prepping and practicing. She wants to make sure her slides are in sync with her printed materials, and that she comes across as knowledgeable and confident. She’s had her Mobile Edge Green Suede ScanFast Element Checkpoint Friendly Briefcase for 6 months now, and she doesn’t know how she was able to make her on the road/in the air time productive without it. Not only was she able to pass through airport security easily with it, everything she needs to practice and deliver her presentation is safe and sound and easy-to-access in-flight. Better yet, the big guy next to her has dozed off, so she can run through her slides on her laptop knowing she won’t have him looking over her shoulder.
  • Meet Dwayne. He’s zooming down the Interstate at a steady 65 mph. To anyone passing him, he must look quite the sight. His Ford Focus is overstuffed with clothes and supplies for his return to college, his roommates, and his crowded apartment. On the seat next to him, is his school companion of the last two years. No, it’s not his girlfriend (she’s not due to arrive at school for another few days). It’s his Mobile Edge Eco-Friendly Canvas Backpack. Made of all-natural cotton canvas, it not only protects his mobile devices and electronics from the bumps and bruises of the road, while also providing storage for files, folders, books, and accessories, but it’s also stylish and features a minimal carbon footprint.
  • Meet Grace. She runs her own real estate business. She’s always on the go and needs her office to be as mobile as he is—have laptop, will travel! She also needs to look the part. Mobile Edge’s Verona Laptop Tote offers everything she needs: professional styling with a durable Vegan-leather exterior, padded poly-fur lined pockets for both her laptop and tablet, multiple pockets for securing personal items and accessories, top zipper storage sections, a matching accessory clutch, and a lifetime warranty.

You’d Look Good in a Mobile Edge

As a traveler, gamer, student, business professional, or all of the above, imagine what sporting a Mobile Edge laptop bag or backpack could do for you. Durable, versatile, and stylish, they get the job done  . . . and then some for a wide range of devices, ranging from tablets to laptops to gaming consoles, accessories, and more.

We have a bag for you. For information on the type of bag that’s best suited to your needs, visit the User Personalities section of our website for guidance.

Tell Us Where Do You Bring It

Where have your mobile adventures brought you and your Mobile Edge Bag? The more unusual and adventurous the better . . . and, who knows, we just might feature your story in a future blog.

Stay on Edge

Visit Mobile Edge’s Facebook page to learn about our FREQ Mad Catz Wireless Headset giveaway ($199 suggested retail price). Just enter your first and last name and email address to enter, and don’t forget to like/follow us for more giveaways!

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Gear Up and Get Your Nerd On at San Diego Comic-Con 2016

Gear Up for San Diego Comic-ConIt’s been called the “cradle of nerd civilization” and “one of the most feverishly anticipated pop-cultural events of the year” (Rolling Stone). Its 4-days have been called crazy, insane . . . and an unmissable “circus.” I’m talking about San Diego’s Comic-Con of course, now in its 47th year.

Will you be one of the more than 130,000 attendees braving the lines to get your nerd on this July 21 to 24 at the San Diego Convention Center?

MORE THAN COMICS

Over the years, Comic-Con has grown to become much more than just another comic book convention. It’s the gathering place for anything and everything related to comics, film, gaming, TV, and pop culture.

You’ll find “A” through “D” list celebrities there on panels and in the crowds, find exclusive and collectible merchandise, try out new games, view new movie trailers and TV pilots, and get to mingle with like-minded enthusiasts and cosplayers (many of whom attend in costume).

Not all the excitement will be at the Convention Center. Much of downtown San Diego gets involved in the extravaganza as well, including hotels, parks, restaurants, and many others. Numerous events such as games, anime, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival and the Eisner Awards all take place outside the Convention Center.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Comic-Con is family friendly, targeting children from ages 2 to 100! Autographs and fan interaction are commonplace. It’s safe to say, if you’re into it, you can find it at Comic-Con.

  • Younger kids can catch the latest on their favorite TV shows, movies, games, and comics, as well as celebrity and character panels and events (especially on Sunday).
  • While older kids will relish what’s new, as well as appearances by their favorite talents from yesteryear and other nostalgic fare.

GEAR UP

Let’s face it. You’ve made the effort to get to Comic-Con, ponied up for the tickets, got your visitor’s badge, and you’re eager to get going. Now is NOT the time to fall short on gear for the event that will help make the most of the experience for you and your family.

As a Comic-Con attendee, you’re encouraged to bring snacks, water, portable electronics, and anything else you need to make the most of your time there. Plus, you’ll need something to tote home all the free loot and paid merchandize you’re bound to pick up along the way.

The good news is that backpacks and other carrying bags are allowed at Comic-Con, subject to search of course for security reasons (rolling luggage is not allowed, presumably to save wear and tear on the toes of your fellow patrons).

The even better news is that with Mobile Edge backpacks for men and women, you can take it with you! Mobile Edge’s men’s bags and women’s bags are the perfect carry-all solution to complement your Comic-Con adventure. They offer style, storage, and safety for your valuable gear and supplies.

As for gamers planning to participate in Comic-Con tournament play, Mobile Edge and Alienware have partnered to create some of the most cutting edge bags and backpacks available. Each is designed to protect your valuable electronics and make it easy for you to transport your gear comfortably and conveniently.

In fact, Mobile Edge is so committed to helping gamers take their gaming experience to the next level, we’re giving away a FREQ Mad Catz Wireless Headset. For contest details and to enter, visit Mobile Edge’s Facebook page. There, enter your first and last name, email address, and don’t forget to like/follow us for more giveaways!

For additional details on the who, what, and where of San Diego’s Comic-Con 2016, visit the Comic-Con 2016 Website.

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Get Mobile with Summer Travel, Gaming, and Fun in the Sun

Get Mobile with Summer Travel, Gaming, and Fun!

Summer’s here, and those of us who live and work in the southwest need no reminders. In just the last few days, it’s been too hot to land planes in Phoenix and hot enough to cook eggs on the sidewalks of LA!

Of course, we can’t let a little heat keep us down. Summer is the time to get going and get moving. It’s a time for outdoor sports and recreation, going to the beach, family get-togethers, vacation travel, and much, much more.

Whatever your pleasure, MobileEdge makes protecting your expensive and irreplaceable computing and gaming gear and accessories a cinch with carrying bags of all shapes and sizes that are both functional and fashionable.

Celebrate the Fourth with a Bang

Heading to the beach this 4th of July, the family BBQ, or a Fireworks Show with your gaming gear, tablet, laptop, and/or photo gear in tow? No problem.

Mobile Edge bags like the Razer Tactical Gaming Backpack are water- and tear-resistant, and made from the same materials used for military flak jackets—thick, tightly-woven, robust ballistic nylon. And our stylish and colorful Sumo Laptop Purses are the perfect accessory for women on the go who are looking for durable protection for their MacBook, Laptop, Tablet or Ultrabook.

Vacation Travel

While it’s true that business doesn’t end just because Summer is here, it’s a given that vacation travel certainly heats up. With Mobile Edge bags, you can travel in style and security. Our Select Messenger is perfect for quick getaways when you want to stay connected but not be overloaded with gear. It’s robust ballistic nylon makes it extreme durable, and its exclusive Wireless Security Shield™ pocket protects cell phones and PDAs from hackers and viruses. For longer vacations or business trips, you can travel with the ScanFast Checkpoint Friendly Backpack, our ScanFast Checkpoint Friendly Messenger Bag, or our ScanFast Women’s Ultrabook/Tablet Briefcase. Each is checkpoint friendly/TSA compliant and features a lifetime warranty.  With a ScanFast bag, you don’t need to remove your device going through security.  Just unzip it, spread it out and run it through the metal detector.

Get Your Game On

Summer is no time for gamers to be idle—not with a new generation Xbox on the way for 2017 (as revealed at E3 2016 in mid-June), the Xbox One S to debut this August, and Sony’s new PS4 “Neo” set to launch before the end of the year. Add to that the dozens of promised game titles about to see the light of day—ranging from Final Fantasy XV, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Gran Turismo Sport, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, and Madden 17—and it’s clearer than ever that gamers need superior protection for their valuable gear. Mobile Edge’s Razer Tactical Gaming Backpack is a perfect solution for mobile gamers looking for versatility and durability.

The Mobile Edge Solution

Don’t let worries over protecting your computing gear and accessories slow you down this summer. With Mobile Edge bags, you can make that outing to the beach, a family get together, a fireworks show, or even an exotic vacation getaway confident in the knowledge that your valuable electronic gear and accessories are safe and secure.

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Give Your Dad an Edge this Father’s Day – A Mobile Edge That Is!

Give Your Dad an Edge!

Stumped on what to get your Dad for Father’s Day? Stop eying that chartreuse tie at Macy’s or those black tube socks you just know are going to end up in your Dad’s “miscellaneous” drawer”.

What your Dad really needs is something he can use all year long—something to show him you appreciate him for all the big and small things he does.

Thank you Dad for . . .

1. Working hard, night and day, and even weekends to make sure we had a roof over our heads, food in the fridge, shoes on our feet, and clothes on our backs.
2. Being a trusted adviser I can count on for words of wisdom about “this, that, and everything.”
3. Showing me how to throw a ball, spin a Frisbee, cast a fishing line, make a sand castle, ride a bike, or countless other childhood rites of passage.
4. Taking me to practice (or recitals or other after school activities).
5. Giving me my first taste of driving by letting me take the wheel in the driveway (while looking on nervously and not trying to let it show).
6. Sneaking me a piece of candy and even my first sip of beer when Mom wasn’t looking (or was pretending not to notice).
7. Telling really corny jokes that I somehow remember and will probably tell my own kids one day.
8. Going above and beyond with bedtime stories accompanied by silly accents and your best attempts at sound effects.
9. Most importantly, all the unconditional love and hugs you’ve given that make me feel that no matter what, everything’s OK.

This Father’s Day, Mobile Edge makes it easy to show Dad you care. Our wide range of backpacks, briefcases, and messenger bags provide a stylish, safe, and hassle-free way for Dads to transport their laptops, tablets and other digital gear and accessories. Including . . .

Mobile Edge’s line of Men’s Backpacks are for men “on the go” who appreciate the freedom and flexibility that only backpacks can offer. Not for kids, these stylish packs are designed specifically to protect the digital gear and accessories of men with active lifestyles.

From corporate to casual, the Mobile Edge Briefcase brings together form, function and style. Each case is meticulously crafted to integrate exclusive technology, including the bungee comfort system, and the patented SafetyCell™ computer protection system.

Messenger bags are ideal laptop carry solutions for business professionals looking for a variety of styles, sizes, and functionality. Designs are available in nylon, leather, vegan leather, and eco-friendly canvas materials.

Versatile Alienware cases deliver optimal protection for high-performance notebooks and gaming consoles and accessories. Whether you are a student, gamer or professional, you can carry these versatile cases in style.

That’s Not All! In honor of Father’s Day, Mobile Edge is giving one lucky winner a Mobile Edge “Checkpoint Friendly Briefcase 2.0.” Details can be found at the Mobile Edge Facebook page.

In the meantime, Mobile Edge wishes all Fathers and Grandfathers out there a healthy, happy, and joyful Father’s Day.

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Give Your Student the Gift of Protection, Productivity and Portability with Mobile Edge

Best Graduation GiftWhen most high school or college students graduate, one of the biggest investments they’ve made to date, aside from cars or degrees, is in mobile technology—specifically their tablets, smartphones, laptops, gaming consoles, or any combination thereof.

And even if students didn’t make the initial purchase of each of their handy gadgets (thanks Moms and Dads and guardians everywhere!), they have invested a great deal of time, emotion, and energy into integrating said devices into their daily lives. They rely on them for everything ranging from how they communicate with peers, family, and teachers, to how they plan their social activities and schoolwork. They are sources of entertainment and information. They are productivity “tools of the trade” for coursework, internships, and new found jobs.

Let’s be honest, though, for most students the last thing on their minds is “how can I keep my laptop or tablet safe?” That’s where Mom and Dad, Gram and Gramps, and everyone else with graduating students in their lives comes in.

The Perfect Graduation Gift

Mobile Edge offers a variety of carrying bags designed with transitioning students in mind—the perfect graduation gift as your student moves on from high school or college to post-graduate work and/or that first “real” job as a young adult.

Mobile Edge’s affordable laptop bags, messenger bags, backpacks, and sleeves come in a variety of shapes and sizes to match personal styles as well as offer students the three “P”s of protection,  productivity, and portability:

1. The Express Backpack 2.0 provides great functionality and user comfort when carrying laptop computers. It features extra room for books and accessories, as well as an integrated tablet pocket for an iPad or other tablet.

2. Mobile Edge’s SlipSuit Sleeve ensures mobility and protection for laptops. Made of extra-thick, water-resistant EVA with reinforced corners, it features a large, exterior zippered pocket, and can be carried like a briefcase or easily slipped into a larger bag.

3. The SmartPack is a no-nonsense, ergonomically designed, super lightweight, stylish backpack for laptops and tablets, with ample space for books, files, and accessories. It’s rugged design is water resistant and features mesh pockets sized for water bottles.

4. The new ScanFast Herringbone Element Briefcase was crafted for sleek Ultrabook laptops and lightweight tablets. The eye-catching Herringbone material is accented with stylish black Koskin trim, and polished nickel fittings. Zippered compartments provide space for files, magazines, and accessories.

5. Our Slimline Ultrabook Case is perfectly suited for Tablets and Ultrabooks. Stylish and full-function, it features padded pockets for an Ultrabook and iPad or other popular tablet, plus space for files and accessories, an interior zippered pocket, a full-length exterior pocket, and an organizer for cell phones, iPods, flash drives, memory cards, pens and a key fob.

6. A graduate’s life can’t be all work and no play. Alienware Cases are designed to take a beating so tablets, laptops, slim and mobile game consoles, and controllers of all shapes and sizes don’t. Made of weather-resistant, high-density nylon, and offering maximum padding, these carrying cases offer optimal storage for a wide range of gaming gear.

This graduation season, give your student a gift that will make his or her transition into college and beyond easier and more worry free. Flowers may be nice, but a computer bag from Mobile Edge is invaluable for protecting your graduate’s expensive technology and irreplaceable data.

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Practical Ways to Prevent Child Victimization

Practical Ways to Prevent Child VictimizationWhen a child goes missing, some of the most important tools law enforcement officials have at their disposal are up-to-date photographs and information.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Child ID Kit helps parents organize descriptions of their children’s identifying features, medical information, and photographs. As part of Mobile Edge’s commitment to help prevent child abduction and exploitation, it’s available for download at our website. Also available there is a “Tip Sheet” for protecting children online, summarized below:

Take Charge

1. Set ground rules. Establish basic guidelines such as when your kids can go online, what sites they can visit, and limits on texting.
2. Research before you buy. Understand the technology you’re bringing into your home.
3. Report abuses. If your kids are dealing with cyberbullies or potential predators, report them to the website, cell service, law enforcement, or www.cybertipline.com.

Monitor

4. Supervise Internet use. If you can see what your kids are doing, they’re less likely to get in trouble.
5. Safeguards don’t equal Safe Kids. Technology can’t replace your time and attention as a parent or guardian.
6. Don’t go overboard. Keeping an eye on your kids’ social networking is smart, but it’s never cool to post embarrassing messages or pictures to their page.

Communicate

7. Talk to your kids. Ask and get involved so you’re not the last to know.
8. Show interest in their activities. When you do, they’ll be more likely to respect your rules.
9. Don’t pull the plug. Taking away Internet access doesn’t solve the problem. Talk to your kids about protecting themselves and respecting others online.

May 25 is National Missing Children’s Day in the United States. Each year, Mobile Edge donates 10% of the retail price of purchases from its NCMEC® Caring Case Collection directly to the NCMEC. Won’t you take a moment this May 25 to honor our Nation’s missing and exploited children, and to help keep hope alive for countless children and families?

About Mobile Edge
Founded in 2003, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides laptop carrying cases, messenger bags, backpacks and more through their innovative, intuitive and inspiring personal transport products. The company is committed to the highest quality standards in every case that it produces and offers the strongest product warranty in the industry. Leading computer manufacturers rely on Mobile Edge to design and build custom cases for their products.

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Join Mobile Edge to Keep Hope Alive This National Missing Children’s Day

Keep Hope Alive This National Missing Children’s DayANAHEIM, Calif., May 12, 2016 May 25th is National Missing Children’s Day, an annual observation that highlights the problems of child abduction and honors organizations and individuals who work to protect our nation’s children.

To recognize this national day, Mobile Edge, a leader in the design and manufacture of laptop carrying cases, messenger bags, backpacks and more, will donate 10% of their sales of their National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) Caring Case Collection, to help raise awareness and prevent child abduction.

“It may sound cliché, but children do represent our future. How we raise and protect our children says a lot about us as people,” says Mobile Edge President and CEO G. David Cartwright. “That’s why Mobile Edge is proud to support the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® each year to help prevent child abduction and exploitation, as well as reunite missing children with their families.”

According to NCMEC, more than 450,000 children are reported missing each year in this country, with an additional 6.6 million reported as abused or exploited.

What can caregivers do to keep children safe?

According the NCMEC, one way caregivers can keep children safe is through communication. Their “Take 25 Initiative,” encourages parents, guardians, and educators to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. They stress getting involved in a child’s life, online and off, as well as monitoring the child’s whereabouts and internet usage. Having an up-to-date, quality photograph and descriptive information about the child is critical for law enforcement.

A Child ID Kit, prepared by the NCMEC, is available for download at Mobile Edge’s website. It’s an easy way to pull together descriptions of your child’s identifying features, medical information and photographs.

Each year, Mobile Edge donates 10% of the retail price of purchases from its NCMEC® Caring Case Collection directly to the NCMEC. The organization’s co-founder host of “America’s Most Wanted” John Walsh, whose own child was abducted and murdered, maintains that “One missing child is one too many.” Take a moment this May 25 to pause and honor our Nation’s missing and exploiting children, and then join Mobile Edge and NCMEC in helping to keep hope alive for countless children and families.

About Mobile Edge
Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides laptop carrying cases, messenger bags, backpacks and more through their innovative, intuitive and inspiring personal transport products. The company is committed to the highest quality standards in every case that it produces and offers the strongest product warranty in the industry. Leading computer manufacturers rely on Mobile Edge to design and build custom cases for their products.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. Authorized by Congress to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on these issues, NCMEC operates a hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), and has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 208,500 children. NCMEC also operates the CyberTipline, a mechanism for reporting child pornography, child sex trafficking and other forms of child sexual exploitation. Since it was created in 1998, more than 4.9 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been received, and more than 145 million suspected child pornography images have been reviewed. NCMEC works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, visit  www.missingkids.org. Follow NCMEC on Twitter (@MissingKids) and like NCMEC on Facebook (Facebook.com/MissingKids).

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