Back to Basics with Jivo and Olixar

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When it comes to choosing the best cover for your laptop or phone, the choices are endless. White, black, silver, gold, floral or polkadot, no matter what colour or style you want, you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy! However, sometimes, all these choices can leave you feeling more confused than ever, which is why we’ve gone back to basics!

Take a look at some of our minimalistic phone and laptop cases that offer the same great protection, but without the fuss! Sometimes simple really is better!

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Custom moulded for the iPhone 7/7 Plus, this FlexiShield gel case from Olixar provides excellent protection against damage as well as a slimline fit for added convenience.

Each FlexiShield case is made from a special strong and durable gel material, which makes it flexible like silicone and tougher than a crystal case providing you with long lasting protection for your iPhone 7.

The FlexiShield case is designed to be slim, lightweight and strong – so you can be assured that this case will add virtually no extra bulk to your iPhone 7 so it will still fit in your pocket with ease.

Designed for the Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro Retina, the Jivo Form fitting Frosted Shell keeps scuffs and scratches at bay for daily protection. Its Sleek no-fuss design consists of a lightweight two piece plastic that’s easy to put on and remove. Rubberised feet add stability to prevent your Macbook® from sliding and tilting.

The Jivo Frosted Clear Macbook Shell is available for the Macbook Air(11″,13″), and the Macbook Pro Retina(13″,15″).

All of the products featured here are available in-store now. Visit our website for more information.

 

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Every iPad Needs A Coverbuddy…

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Are you an iPad user that’s constantly losing their Apple Pencil? If the answer’s ‘yes’ then the new CoverBuddy from Switcheasy is just what you need!

Sketch Board Mode: Switcheasy’s CoverBuddy case features an ergonomically perfect elevation for drawing with your Apple Pencil. Not only that, but it also comes in handy when you’re using the iPad’s virtual keyboard!

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee: Cover Buddy boasts a powerful punch weighing at only 1.3kg.

Grip Friendly: CoverBuddy’s patent-pending Pencil Holder provides a nice grip when you’re carrying your iPad Pro.

Exchangeable faceplate: Coverbuddy’s interchangeable faceplate will allow you to use your iPad in book mode or pencil-sketch mode.

Coverbuddy is compatible with Smart Cover, Smart keyboard and other covers.

Choose from a choice of three colours: Clear, White or Black.

CoverBuddy is available to purchase now from 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.

New year, new gadgets…

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A new years means more weird and wonderful gadgets than you can shake your iPhone at!

Here’s just some of the fantastic products that have recently landed in our store…

Urban Armor Gear Macbook 12inch Case

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Designed for Apple’s 12 inch Macbook , UAG’s patented Composite design fuses a hard outer shell with a soft impact resistant core. The unique shape of the case provides structural rigidity, while a soft rubberized screen surround and rear skid pads provide 360 degree protection from scratches and abrasions .With over sized tactile buttons, generous ports and a low profile design that slips in and out of your pocket, access is always easy.

Joby Griptight Gorillapod Magnetic

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Offering the largest mixture of shooting positions of any flexible smartphone tripod, the GripTight GorillaPod Magnetic from Joby can be wrapped around trees and poles, balanced on uneven surfaces or you can even use the super strong magnetic feet to attach it to most metal surfaces. The tripod also features rubber foot grips which stabilize your smartphone for convenient media consumption and crisp photos. Endless possibilities mean you never miss a photo opportunity!

Decoded Leather Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2

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The Decoded Leather Bluetooth Keyboard Case offers sophisticated full body protection to your iPad with its premium leather casing.

Finish your documents in comfort like you would on your laptop or computer. The illuminated keys support three brightness levels. The keyboard’s battery lasts up to 80 days once charged with the included micro USB cable and an LED indicator tells you about the battery status. Smart sensors will automatically turn the keyboard  while the magnetic enclosure puts your iPad in auto sleep mode function.

Joby Action Base Kit

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With this Joby Action Base Kit you’ll enjoy a broad range of angles and shots at your fingertips . The kit comes complete with 3 GoPro/action video mounts(GPOD Mini Magnetic, Action Grip, Gorillapod Action Tripod) and a protective case for your camera and gear. All included tripods and mounts come with a GoPro mount as well as a 1/4″-20 screw to attach to other action camera models. This is the perfect bundle to grab every angle of  your epic lifestyle!

Check out these products and more over on our website

5 Must-Have Bank Holiday Essentials

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There’s something about a Bank Holiday that always puts us in a good mood. Maybe that extra morning lie-in has something to do with it? Whatever it is, we want this one to be equally as enjoyable so we’ve put together a list of all the essentials needed to make your weekend unforgettable!

Cocoon Grid It! Medium Organiser

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Heading abroad or down the country? Cocoon’s Grid It! Organiser is the perfect travel companion that keeps your most important personal belongings in one place. Consisting of a unique weave of rubberised elastic bands designed specifically to store your digital devices and personal items in place, Grid It! is ideal for holding headphones, chargers, cameras, cords, and other personal objects.

KEF M500 Hi-Fi Headphones 

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Whether you plan on spending the Bank Holiday weekend travelling or relaxing at home, a good pair of headphones is necessary for enjoying your music alone or on the go. These M500 Hi-Fi headphones from KEF are lightweight and comfortable and have been carefully designed for individuals who are serious about sound. Compatible with most smartphones and computers, they also come with a matching case for added protection.

Joby GripTight Mount PRO

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Featuring an updated durable design, the Joby Griptight Mount PRO is the perfect companion for your smartphone when you’re out and about. This premium clamping mount fits any smartphone with or without a case, and offers a robust, locking and rotating solution , allowing for  a more optimal set-up of photos and videos.

 

Osmo Starter Kit for iPad

 

Keeping the children entertained on weekends is hard enough, never mind bank holidays and mid-terms! With Osmo for iPad, you don’t have to worry. Osmo is a unique gaming accessory for the iPad that comes with games that will change the way your child plays. Simply attach the included reflector and stand to your iPad, and watch your child’s imagination come to life! Osmo works with all iPads, including the iPad Mini and iPad 2.

Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom Tripod with Ballhead

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An extra day off work means an extra day to head outside and take incredible photos and create new memories. For budding photographers, the Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom Tripod is a must have. Easily achieve pro-grade shots for beautifully polished video with your DSLR, phone or GoPro. Create sliding shots that pull objects into focus, rolling shots that glide over top of objects, or 360° rotating shots—all without expensive, heavy equipment or a big camera crew. The tripod’s flexible legs means that it can easily wrap itself around trees and poles allowing you to get even more creative. The tripod is also lightweight and portable which means that you can take it with you wherever you go!

Want to find out more? All of the products featured above are available now on our website.

Everything that was announced at the Apple Event…

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Missed the Apple Event yesterday? Here’s a rundown of every new product that was announced along with all you need to know…

Apple TV

First up came the announcement of a newly revamped Apple TV streaming service which will feature a redesigned operating system called tvOS. The new service will also come loaded with Siri which will allow you to make specific requests such as “show me the Modern Family episode with Edward Norton in it.” Not only that, but you’ll also be able to fast forward or rewind a specific scene simply by asking Siri to do so. The Apple TV will be available in 32gb and 64gb models with a starting price between €150-200.

iPad Pro

Next up was the much-rumoured iPad Pro, a new large iPad featuring a 12.9 inch retina display that will be specifically targeted at business users. The iPad Pro will come with a four speaker audio system, an 8MP iSight camera and 10 hours of battery life. An accompanying stylus called the Apple Pencil was also launched. The iPad Pro will be available in three colours: silver, gold, and space gray and will cost between €800-€1,100.

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

Finally came the much-anticipated announcement of the iPhone 6S/6S Plus, two new upgraded iPhone models. The new phones have the same screen size as current iPhone 6 models but feature a new screen control system called 3D touch’. Similar to force touch on the Apple Watch, 3D touch will allow users to access different functions depending on how much touch pressure is being applied to the screen. The new iPhones will also have an improved 12 MP camera as well as a 5MP front-facing camera dubbed the ‘selfie camera’. The cameras will come with 4K video resolution and a feature called ‘live photos’ which captures 3 seconds of audio recording and video footage each time a photo is taken. With a 64-bit processor, the new iPhones are expected to be 70 per cent faster than previous iPhones and they’re also made from tougher metal to avoid any future ‘bendgates’. That’s not all as the iPhone will now also be available in a brand new colour: rose gold. Prices for the iPhone 6S start at €700 while the iPhone 6S Plus will cost up from €800.

Now we don’t know about you, but new iPhones and iPads aside, what we really would have liked to see is something to address the charger problem. Maybe next year?

 

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Must Have Travel Accessories for your Holiday

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Summer has officially arrived! And what’s the best thing about Summer? Holidays of course! Whether it’s a city break, a few days spent by the countryside or a fortnight in the sun, there’s nothing like the prospect of a holiday to get you in a good mood.

Preparing for a holiday? Now, that’s another story. You might start off with good intentions, plan to do your shopping early or vow to pack your suitcase in advance. Then something will come up. You have to work late or you’ve got your hands full minding the kids. And suddenly, that thing that you swore you packed in your suitcase gets left behind.

This year we’ve decided to help. To ensure that you don’t forget the important stuff, we’ve made a list of some trusty travel gadgets that will make your holiday easier and more enjoyable too!

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For guaranteed comfort while travelling, look no further than the trtl sleepscarf. Cleverly designed to look like a scarf while worn, the sleepscarf features an internal support system with patented Z7 tech to offer you more support than any other travel pillow in the world. It also packs to the size of a tablet so it won’t take up much room in  your suitcase. Available in red, grey, or pink.

 

 

GP2C_GoPro_side_heroNo holiday would be complete without a few travel photos to make friends and family go green with envy.  For those serious about photography, the Joby Gorillapod Action Tripod is a must for your holiday checklist. Thanks to the integrated 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, while the bubble level makes sure that your composition level. Take fun self-timer shots, create awesome timelapse photo series or unique stop motion videos!

 

URBNST-EAR-MIAMI-BLU-O_IMG01_600There’s nothing worse than getting your iPhone or iPad out ready to listen to music or watch a movie and realising that you’ve forgotten to pack your headphones. And while you could just cut your losses and play your device on loudspeaker, your fellow passengers might not be too happy.  Urbanista Miami are comfortable and foldable headphones in a classic design. The large acoustic housing provides for a rich sound experience and keeps distracting noises out, while the frame’s sturdy and foldable flexibility, combined with the soft headband and ear pads, allow the headphones to rest comfortably on your ears. Tucked inside the headphones, a  powerful and well-balanced speaker system  delivers thick bass topped with clear sound across the range, proving you with an immensely enjoyable listening experience.

 

GUM-IPADAIR-DT-ARGRN-O_IMG01_750Keeping the kids entertained during long travel journeys can be a concern for many parents. It’s no surprise then, that toys, books and other portable gadgets are a regular occurrence in mam’s and dad’s suitcases. If you’re planning on letting your kids get their hands on your iPad, you might want to invest in some extra thick protection to make sure that it stays damage-free. For the ultimate in iPad protection, the Drop Tech Series from Gumdrop is a real winner. With multi-layered barriers and an integrated, snap-on screen cover, the Drop Tech Series iPad Case offers rugged, standout durability like no other. Featuring shock absorption, drop protection, and extreme ruggedness, Drop Tech ensures that your iPad is prepared for every adventure!

 

BB-SNK-BLK-O_IMG1_750Travelling can often leave us feeling exhausted, little ones especially, which is why the BubbleBum Sneck is the perfect travel companion for young jet setters. This comfy travel pillow’s micro-bead filled pillow pods and cozy material allow your child to sleep in total comfort, while providing head and neck support. Perfect for car journeys, bus trips or fly-in’s, the Sneck easily attaches to the headrest with a velcro strap so it stays in place and the kids can snooze comfortably. This innovative pillow system also comes with a stash pocket so your child can store their mp3 player or mobile device while not in use.

 

So there you have it, with the help of these trusty travel accessories, you’ll not only be guaranteed a great holiday, but a relaxing one too!

All items featured here are available now from our website! If you are heading off on your holidays soon, enjoy(we’re not jealous at all)!