Valentine’s Day gift guide: Him & Her

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’ve put together a no-nonsense gift guide for your loved ones, packed with cool and quirky gadgets that are guaranteed to last long after the chocolates have been eaten and the flowers have been smelt. Enjoy!

Him:

Marware Sportshell Convertible Armband for iPhone 5- Black

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The patented design of the Marware SportShell Convertible iPhone 5 case gives you four iPhone 5 case functions in one, transforming for work, the gym, Facetime or a night on the town. Just switch out the interchangeable back pieces and enjoy its versatile features: an iPhone armband for exercising; an iPhone 5 stand for hands-free viewing; a 360° belt clip/ iPhone holster case for the office; and a thin back shell for sleek style.

Amethyst The Mini Block Bluetooth Portable Speaker- Blue

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The Amethyst M3 ‘Mini Block’ speaker is one for music lovers. Portable and compact, it will give you up to six hours of on the go sound. The M3’s Bluetooth 3.0 technology makes it super easy to connect to your Smartphone, iPhone, or Bluetooth enabled device, plus it even has speakerphone capability.

Switcheasy Wrap Folio Case for iPhone 6- Black

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With its leather trimmed design, Wrap protects your iPhone 6 from scratches with style and ease. It’s handy kickstand feature means that you can look at your phone from a landscape view,  perfect for alternating between typing and watching movies.

 

Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Duro Performance Fit Sport Earphones- Red

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Yurbuds Ironman Series earbuds feature ultrasoft, medical-grade silicone enhancers that fit the contours of your ears, providing exceptional comfort for long periods of time. Patented Twist-Lock Technology guarantees that they will stay in your ears during rigorous workouts, even when you sweat or train in the rain.

 

Her:

Urbanista Oslo Earphones- Pink Panther

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Oslo are straightforward and multi-functional earphones designed to comfortably rest in your outer ear in such a way that you’re always aware of your ambient environment. Use the single button remote to control your music and calls. Also features a  built-in mic that allows you to take calls on the go!

Fitbug Orb Bluetooth Movement and Sleep Activity Tracker

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Perfect for any fitness-loving partner, The Fitbug Orb is a discreet, button-sized device that tracks your activity around-the-clock. From steps and aerobic steps to calories burned, distance walked and even your sleeping patterns, the Fitbug Orb sends all this data wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth Smart technology. You can then view all your progress in one place – on the Fitbug app, which is available to download separately on your smartphone or mobile device, or on the robust Fitbug member portal.

trtl Sleepscarf- Coral with grey velcro

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If your partner is a frequent traveller then the the trtl sleepscarf is a must. Cleverly engineered to look like a scarf when worn, the sleepscarf is the most comfortable way to the sleep on the go. And there’s no need to worry about bulk as it packs to the size of a tablet, letting you sleep painlessly for hours in an upright position.

UAG iPhone 6 composite case- Valkyrie

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UAG’s patented Composite design fuses a hard outer shell with a soft impact resistant core. The unique shape of the case also provides structural rigidity.Their crystal clear HD screen guard, soft rubberized screen surround and rear skid pads provide 360 degree protection from scratches and abrasions.

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5 tech-savvy Xmas gifts for your…brother

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You’ve got your mam’s present sorted, and your dad’s. So now, what do you get that brother of yours who you pretend gets on your nerves, but deep down you really love?

Fear not, we’re here to help! If there’s one thing that guys love, it’s their gadgets. We’ve put together a list of five great Christmas gifts, ideal for any tech-loving brother of yours!

Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Performance Fit earphones- Cobalt Blue

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Is your brother sports mad? If so, then he’ll love these sport performance earphones from Yurbud. Developed by athletes for athletes, Yurbuds feature special twistlock technology and a flexsoft comfort fit so they won’t ever hurt your ears or fall out.Their ergonomic design is also sweat and water-resistant, as well as allowing ambient noise so that you can remain aware of your surroundings.

 

 

Urban Armor Gear iPhone 6 Composite case Slate/Black

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Has your brother recently bought an iPhone 6? If he has, then the last thing he’d want would be for it to get damaged, or worse, bent. With this composite case from Urban Armor, that certainly won’t happen. This case has a hard outer shell to protect against scratches and a soft inner core to ensure a snug fit for your phone. It also comes with a free HD screen guard for even more added protection.

 

 

Gumdrop Drop Tech Series Protective Case for iPad Air – Black/Red

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Is your brother constantly worried about dropping his iPad ? Well, not anymore. If you’re looking for the most durable, yet affordable protection for the iPad Air, you’ve found it in the Drop Tech Series Case for the iPad Air. Shock absorption, drop protection, extreme ruggedness and hard-core readiness for all adventures, the Drop Tech Series Case for the iPad Air specifically conforms to the shape of the iPad Air and offers multiple layers of protection.

 

Joby Gorillapod Action Tripod with Mount for GoPro- Black/Red

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Does your brother fancy himself as a bit of an action photographer? Is his GoPro camera constantly by his side wherever he goes? If the answer is ‘yes’, then the Joby Gorillapod action tripod for GoPro is the perfect gift for him. Thanks to the ballhead, taking the perfect shot has never been easier.Use the ballhead with adjustment knob to easily fine tune your composition after you’ve positioned the GorillaPod legs. Use the bubble level to ensure your composition is level, especially handy since most action cameras don’t have an LCD preview screen. Take fun self-timer shots, create amazing  timelapse photo series or incredible stop motion videos!

Klipsch KG-200 Pro Audio Wired Gaming Set

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If your brother is an avid gamer then he will love the KG-200 Pro Audio Wired Gaming Set from Klipsch. Designed for use with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One* (3rd party adapter required) and PCs, the wired KG-200 provides listeners with athletic mesh ear pads for long-term wear, comfort and breathability while still providing superior levels of noise isolation. Equipped with 40mm precision-tuned drivers and four selectable EQ presets (Fidelity, Combat, Stealth and Sport), the headset delivers optimized sound for every game type. Large, easily-accessible controls are located on the right earcup for controlling EQ, chat volume, game volume and mic monitor.

All products are available now on our website, or by clicking the relevant images above. Enjoy!

 

Unleash your inner inventor with littleBits

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Do you love inventing things? Fancy yourself as the next Thomas Edison but not sure where to begin? With littleBits, you don’t have to be an engineering expert to make cool and fun electronic gadgets. You don’t even have to know the basics. In fact, all you need to get you started is a bit of time and some imagination!

What are littleBits and how do they work?

LittleBits are small, open-sourced modular electronic components that snap together to form larger circuits. The company was founded in 2011 by interactive artist and engineer Ayah Bdeir who wanted to make electronics accessible to everyone, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity or technical ability.

Each littleBits module is colour coded depending on what category they fall into: power, input, wire, and output. The modular components are also labelled with a single function, and as you snap them together with their magnetic links, you start to create more complex circuits. If you make a mistake, don’t worry. Just unhook the magnets that connect the modules together and start again! LittleBits give you the ability to control everything from sound to actual moving motors and it’s all powered by a power supply or a 9V battery.

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LittleBits are sold in kits with prices ranging from £99(€125) for the base kit to £199(€252) for the deluxe kit. There’s also specialised kits available for those interested in music or space, or you can buy most of the parts separately for under £20(€25). The company have also released bundles that allow you to integrate internet applications and Arduino programs with littleBits.

LittleBits are suitable for everyone over the ages of 8, perfect for any young budding engineers!

With over 60 modules available that can be used to create millions of combinations, the possibilities are endless!

LittleBits are in stock now, you can view our range here. Happy shopping!

5 tech-savvy Xmas gifts for your…father

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Christmas shopping for your dad can sometimes seem like a daunting task. After all, dads can be fussy individuals. While it may be tempting to cut your losses and buy them a gift voucher, you’ll feel better if you actually take the time to put some thought into their present.

Then there’s the sock issue. Sure, socks are a great gift. They’re safe and reliable. Not to mention useful. But come on, how many pairs of feet does your dad have?

Don’t despair! The truth is there are very few dads nowadays who don’t own at least one electronic device though they may try to convince you otherwise. With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of 5 great tech-savvy Xmas gifts, perfect for even the pickiest of dads.

Urban Armor Gear iPhone 6 Composite Case- Scout Black

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Has your dad just bought a new iPhone 6? Well then, the last thing he’d want would be for it to get damaged, or worse, bent. With this composite case from Urban Armor, that certainly won’t happen. This case has a hard outer shell to protect against scratches and a soft inner core to ensure a snug fit for your phone. It also comes with a free HD screen guard for even more added protection.

 

 

Kenu Airframe +  Portable Car Vent Mount for large smartphones

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This small, portable device attaches to the vent in your car allowing you to dial and receive hands free phone calls in a safe and secure way. The new design has been recently expanded to accommodate smartphones of up to six inches, perfect for dads on the go!

 

 

 

Jivo Bear Grylls Extreme Tech Messenger Bag 

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Designed by Jivo in collaboration with extreme adventurer Bear Grylls, this water proof, shock resistant backpack can accommodate Macbooks of up to 15 inches. It also comes with an adjustable shoulder strap, as well as a padded pocket for extra protection. It’s the ideal place for your dad to store his Ipad, MacBook or tablet.

 

 

 

Klipsch Reference R6i In Ear Monitors with Apple Controls and Mic

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Is your dad a music fanatic? If so, then he will love these Black Reference R6i headphones from Kilspch. Made from a combination of constructed aluminum and elastomer, this sleek design is lightweight, durable and comfortable. Klipsch have also used the same advanced acoustic engineering and industrial design from their legendary Reference home theatre speakers to provide high premium performance, voice and design for the Klipsch Reference R6i monitors.

 

 

iHome iDL45 Desktop Clock Radio

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Does your dad struggle to get up for work in the morning? If the answer is yes then the iDL45 desktop clock radio from iHome would be a great gift for him. The iDL45 is a dual alarm clock radio for iPad, iPhone and iPod that allows you to listen to your favourite music while simultaneously charging your iPad, iPhone or iPod. You can also choose whether you want to wake up to the radio, or your very own custom playlist.

 

All of these fantastic gifts and lots more are available on our website now. Give your dad a treat this Christmas!

 

 

5 tech-savvy Xmas gifts for your…mother

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It’s that time of year again where the thought of Christmas Shopping has slowly begun to creep its way into your head and you’ve started racking your brain for ideas…Number one on your list? Your mother, of course. Now, for a lot of people Christmas shopping for their mother is as straightforward as buying her favourite perfume or treating her to a spa day… But what if your mother doesn’t like makeup or bath sets? What if your mother prefers practical gadgets to pampered packs?

Fear not, we’ve made a list of 5 fantastic gifts that we know your tech-savvy mother will love!

1.) Decoded leather flip case for iPhone 6

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Smart and stylish, this genuine leather case from Decoded will protect your mother’s iPhone 6 from scrapes and scratches. Not only that, but it also comes in 3 great colours-black, brown, and red!

 

2.) Orla Kiely multi scribble stem case for Kindle fire

mum gift 2Exclusively designed by Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely, this kindle fire multi scribble stem case is the perfect gift for book loving mums!

 

3.) Doxie flip cordless flatbed photo scanner 

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For the most sentimental of mothers, Doxie is the perfect gift! Doxie is a lightweight portable scanning  device that allows you to scan photos, postcards, coins, ticket stubs, letters and even stamps so that you can create digital files to keep and share. No computer is required so you can scan anywhere, anytime!

 

4.) Marblue slim hybrid folio case for iPad Air- Pink

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This gorgeous pink, ultra thin case from Marblue will keep your mother’s iPad Air well protected without adding unnecessary bulk. It also offers full access to all ports and buttons for optimal use.

 

5.) Equil smartpen realtime Bluetooth sync for tablet, phone and desktop

mum gift 4Another great gift for career driven mums, the Equil smartpen uses bluetooth technology to transcribe your handwritten notes directly and seamlessly onto your iPhone or computer so you don’t have to! It also comes with two complimentary apps-Equil Note for writing tasks and Equil Sketch for creative tasks.

*All featured products are available from our website or directly by clicking the relevant images above. Go on, spoil your mother this Christmas!