New in store this month…

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We know you’re probably busy enjoying your holidays or watching the Euros so we’ll get right to it. Here’s what’s new in-store this month…

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Is your phone constantly by your side when you workout? If the answer’s “yes”, you’ll love the universal sports armband from Jivo!

Carefully designed to be a comfortable fit during your workout, the Jivo armband is the perfect running partner come rain or shine.

It’s universal and fits several smartphone models including: iPhone 5/ iPhone 5S/ iPhone 6/ iPhone 6S/ Nokia XL 4G/ Nokia Lumia 830/ Sony Z1/ Moto G LTE/ XT1077/ LG G3 Mini/ Samsung S5/ S6/ S6 Edge/ HTCone M8/ M9.

The Jivo Sports Armband is also adjustable for small and large arms, and features a flexible strap key pocket as well as a reflective strip to ensure your safety.

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If you’re lucky enough to own and Apple Watch, you might be interested in ANCHOR, the minimal base and magnetic charging cable from Native Union.

Made from weighted zinc alloy with a non-slip silicon base, it anchors your watch and cable in place, preventing them from dropping to the floor when charging. Your watch screen remains accessible for checking messages and using apps.

ANCHOR’s simple design and compact size lets your Apple Watch take center stage. Its sleek and stylish silicone and brushed metal finish makes a minimalist design statement on your desk or nightstand, with or without your watch attached.

Precision engineered without screws, your Apple Watch magnetic charging cable fits securely between ANCHOR’s two minimal components. Slot them together to create a simple and stylish home for your watch and cable.

ANCHOR is compatible with all Apple Watch models and most strap styles, excluding Milanese Loop and Link Bracelet which need to be unclipped before connecting.

To find out more about these products, check out our website!

What’s New in store this month…

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It’s a new month which means it’s time for some shiny new in-store gadgets…Sure, who doesn’t like new stuff, right?!

Olixar Smart Charger with 6 USB Charging Ports & Smart IC

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With so many electronic devices around the home and office, the need to find a free USB port to charge your device can often lead to frustration. Well, now you can end the torment and enjoy the power and versatility of the Olixar 6 USB Smart IC Charger for smartphones, tablets and other USB powered devices.

With an impressive power output totalling 10 Amps, the Olixar smart charger allows you to simultaneously charge 6 of your USB powered devices fully from a single mains charging socket. Boasting a compact size and an input voltage of 100-240V, it’s the ideal gadget for bringing with you on your holidays.

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I Am Cardboard® – VR Cardboard Kit V2.0 (Box Color)

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It may look like nothing more than a cardboard box, but this nifty gadget from I AM Cardboard is actually a virtual reality headset!

The headset comes in a protective cardboard sleeve, just slide the cardboard kit out to enjoy and slide it back in when not in use. The conductive foam button give you complete control of your experience, and  works with both iOS and Android devices.

The kit fits smartphones with a maximum screen size of 6″. It also includes Velcro strips and a rubber band to secure both the top and side panels of the VR headset.

mStand – MacBook Stand by Rain Design

MSTAND-MACBOOK-O_IMG01_750Designed specifically for Macbooks, mStand enables you to work comfortably and safely every day by raising your laptop to the appropriate ergonomic height.

mStand consists of a single solid piece of aluminum with matching MacBook’s sand-blasted and anodized finish. With mStand by your side, your laptop quickly transforms into a stable and stylish workstation.

All ergonomic guidelines recommend placing the laptop screen at eye level, and keeping your back, forearms and wrists straight. This can be achieved by using your laptop with mStand, along with an external keyboard and mouse.

To find out more about any of these products, visit our website.

5 Reasons Why You Need a Joby Gorillapod…

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In 2006,  Joby launched the Gorillapod tripod after recognising a consumer need for new and creative ways to capture photos.

Fast forward ten years and the Gorillapod continues to be one of the most popular tripods for photo enthusiasts around the world.

Here’s 5 reasons why you need to get yourself a Gorillapod:

Different angles and new perspectives

The Gorillapod’s trademark wraparound legs are definitely the product’s unique selling point and the main reason why people continue to buy it today. Flexible wraparound legs mean that the Gorillapod can be easily wrapped around poles, fences and trees, allowing you, the photographer to capture high quality photos from a variety of angles and perspectives.

Convenience

Joby’s Gorillapods are incredibly lightweight, and they also come in a range of models and sizes so you’re guaranteed to find one that fits your smartphone and your camera. Choose from the Joby Gorillapod Action Tripod, Joby Gorillapod GPod Mini Magnetic, Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom, Joby Griptight Gorillapod Video, Joby Griptight Gorillapod Magnetic and more…

Compact Size

Unlike standard photo tripods that tend to be large and bulky, the Joby Gorillapod tripod is both small and compact, allowing it to be easily carried around in a bag a suitcase. This is ideal for photographers who love to travel or are always on the go!

Stability

What it lacks in size, it makes up for in design.  Every one of Joby’s Gorillapods features unique rubber grips at the base. These have been specifically designed to ensure that your phone or camera stay firmly in place throughout use.

Competitive Price

Another great thing about Joby’s Gorillapods is their competitive pricing which means that you don’t have to worry about being strapped for cash. Prices on our website range from €14.99-€65.99 so you’re bound to find something to suit your budget. And the money that you do save, why not put it towards a new camera?

The Joby Gorillapod is available to order now from our website.

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Turn Back Time: 5 Of Our Favourite Flip Phones

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While the evolution of smartphones and touchscreens marked the start of something new, it also signaled the end of something else: flip-phones. Gone were the days when you could terminate a call by slamming your phone shut whenever you became exasperated by the person on the other end. Though some were sad for a while, just like any new technology, people learned to adapt. And so, very quickly, flip phones became a thing of the past.

Fast forward to 2015 and it looks like they could be about to make a comeback. Asian telecommunications company LG, has just announced plans to release a new flip-phone model entitled the Gentle, which will run on the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop software.

In honour of this news, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to revisit 5 of our favourite flip-phones:

Motorola V550

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This sturdy little flip-phone came packed with a camera, mp3 player, downloadable screensavers and more! We loved the clamshell design and vibrant blue finish, and the battery lasted way longer than our iPhone!. Sigh.

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The 7373 from Nokia wasn’t so much a phone as it was a fashion statement. Seriously, what girl could resist that gorgeous pink and cream floral design? Aesthetics aside, the phone also came with a camera, a built in stereo radio, 8mb of internal memory, and an SD card with an additional 2mb of storage.

Sony Ericsson W300i

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Before Androids and iPhones, Sony Ericsson was viewed by many as the go-to phone manufacturer. Known for their high quality music players and impressive battery life, any self-respecting “cool kid” owned a Sony Ericsson phone.The company’s popular W300i flip-phone featured bluetooth, a phone book that could store up to 1,000 contacts, as well as a camera, and best of all, an mp3 player that could read songs in MP3 and MP4 formats.

Motorola  V3 Razr

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While this flip phone came in a variety of colours, the hot pink version was another favourite among girls. When it was initially released in 2004, this slick and stylish model had been exclusively marketed as a fashion phone. However, within a year, the price was lowered and by July 2006, the phone had sold over 50 million units. To this day, the Motorola V3 remains the best selling clamshell phone, selling more than 130 million units during its four year run.

LG VX8100

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This sleek little phone from LG had bluetooth, a megapixel camera, loud stereo speakers, and an mp3 player. While it may not have been the best selling flip phone of all time, we loved its bold turquoise colour and the fact that the volume controls were on the front!

What was your favourite flip-phone? Let us know in the comments below!.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Father’s Day is rapidly approaching, and if like many of us you find yourself scratching your head for ideas, then you’ll love our tech-themed gift guide. Featuring a variety of unique products, we’re sure to have something that will get your dad talking! Take a look below!

 

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Is your dad a football fanatic? If so, he’ll love the new club-themed iPhone 6 range from inToro. This Officially Licensed Hard Case protects your device as well as showing support for your favorite football club.

The case design features the home stadium shielded by the club crest while the 3D depth technology looks great from every angle. Available in Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Spurs, Liverpool, and Barcelona versions.

 

 

HIRISE_APPLWTCH_BLK_O_IMG01_800__82426.1433255897.386.513Perhaps your dad has recently purchased an Apple Watch? If the answer’s ‘yes’, then the HiRise stand is the perfect gift for him! Similar to HiRise for iPhone, HiRise for Apple Watch has been designed with a stable, metal base that lets you interact with the screen on your watch while it’s charging. See alerts, reply to messages or check the time at a glance. The brushed metal stand is elevated and angled just right so you can see your Watch screen while lying in bed or glancing over at a countertop, while a non-slip rubber base keeps HiRise in place.HiRise for Apple Watch is available in black or silver.

 



perfect-drink-cocktail-scale-2For dads who like to enjoy a few drinks with friends, Perfect Drink is the gift for them! Perfect Drink is an app-controlled smart scale that digitally calculates all of the measurements required to make the perfect cocktail every time. The kit includes a smart scale, a stainless steel shaker and a stand for your tablet or phone, while the free downloadable app comes pre-loaded with 300 thirst-quenching recipes ready for you to try out. Once you’ve tried them all, you can customise existing ones and even                                                                                         add your own. And if you’re planning on                                                                                                   entertaining a bigger crowd, the scale is large                                                                                         enough to accommodate pitchers and punch                                                                                           bowls.

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Time for a gadget with a difference. Available in both Android and iPhone versions, the Kenu Stance is a compact and portable tripod that mounts your phone. Take fantastic landscape photos or enjoy hands free videos. The best part? It also doubles as a bottle opener.

 

 

 

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If  your dad fancies himself as a bit of a handyman, he’ll definitely appreciate the FLIR ONE. The Flir One is a thermal camera that attaches to your iPhone 5 allowing you to capture raw, thermal images on your iPhone. Check for leaks in your home, monitor your tyre pressure, and even locate lost pets. The possibilities are endless!

 

 

 

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Thanks to London-based designers Marshall Bergman, your dad can now protect his laptop and look stylish doing it! Created exclusively for Apple, this luxurious Eris briefcase is padded throughout to protect your MacBook and iPad and is crafted from lightweight, durable, and water-repellent pebble cowhide leather. A bespoke slide-lock with detachable leather key pouch gives this bag an elegant finish while keeping your iPad and MacBook safe and secure. There is also an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap with a padded leather section for versatile carrying and comfort.

 

All of these products and much more are available now from our website. From everyone at Soundzdirect, Happy Father’s Day!

Key points from Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference

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Apple held its annual World Wide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco yesterday, and as usual the company that never does anything by halves, announced a whole host of new features that are coming our way.

Here’s a breakdown of everything that Apple announced:

Apple Music

Firstly, Apple are launching a new music streaming service called Apple Music that is set to rival Spotify. With Apple Music, users will be able to stream one of 30 million songs from within the Apple music library which will feature music from signed and unsigned artists. The streaming service is set to launch later this month and will be free for the first three months. Thereafter, the cost of using the service will be €10 a month, or €15 a month for up to six family members.

OS X El Capitan

Apple are rolling out a new operating system for the Mac entitled El Capitan. New features include improved Spotlight search, shake to enlarge the mouse cursor and a new way to pin websites to Safari. The browser will also include a speaker icon on the URL bar which will allow users to mute music coming from any opened tabs. El Capitan will also give users the ability to split their screen into multi-tasking windows by pressing down on the maximise button and dragging left or right.  The browser will also come with built-in metal graphics technology which is set to enhance a user’s gaming experience.

iOS 9

With iOS 9, Siri is becoming smarter and more in tune to your user behaviour. For example, if you usually scroll through Twitter first thing in the morning, Siri will be able to detect this and automatically open that app for you.

iOS 9 will come with improved battery life(+1 hour) and a new battery saving mode that will allow users to shut down non-essential features to enhance their iPhone’s battery by an extra three hours.

iOs 9 is also adding built-in trackpad to iPads which can be accessed by putting two fingers on the keyboard.

Apple Pay will officially launch in the UK and Northern Ireland in July. According to Apple, it will be compatible with nearly 70 percent of all UK debit and credit cards and you’ll be able to use it in Boots, Costa, Starbucks, KFC, New Look, Marks and Spencers, Mc Donald’s and more.

Lastly, iOS 9 will include a News app which will feature personalised news content that will automatically update anytime the user opens the app

Perhaps most importantly, iOS 9 will only require 1.3gb to install, a huge drop from iOS8’s required space of 4.48gb.

Watch OS

Watch OS is the newly improved operating system for the Apple Watch. Apps will now be able to access the microphone and accelerometer, play audio through the speakers, and even utilise the Digital Crown. HomeKit will also be made available on the Apple Watch via Siri.  A newly added watch face function called “Time Travel” will allow users to skip backward and forward to view past and upcoming events.Watch OS will also feature new watch faces, including several than can customise the watch face using a single photo or an updating photo album.

So there you have it. That’s all the main features that we can expect from Apple in the near future. Which announcement was your favourite?

Introducing the Kenu Stance…

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Say hello to the Kenu Stance! This miniature tripod mounts to your phone’s charging port allowing you to make video calls, watch your favourite movies, and capture amazing photos easily and conveniently.

The special patent-pending ball-and-socket joint lets your phone tilt and rotate freely, allowing you to position it at the perfect angle.

Weighing just 34g, it’s smaller than a packet of gum, perfect for slipping in your pocket when you’re on the go.

The best part? It also doubles as a bottle opener.

Available for iPhone and Android, get yours here.

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