Back To School Gadgets…

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Summer has finally come to an end which means another school term is about to begin! No school year is complete without some shiny new accessories by your side, so we’ve made a list of the gadgets you need to guarantee that you’ll be the envy of all your classmates! 

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Are you someone who is constantly losing their pens, calculator and other stationery? Grid It! by Cocoon may be the answer to your problems. GRID-IT!® consists of a unique weave of rubberized elastic straps that are designed to hold your most valuable personal belongings in place. There’s even a pocket on the back which fits most 9-11 inch tablets. Free up space in your bag with this handy organiser!

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If all of your assignments and other projects are done on the computer, then it may be time to invest in a flashdrive. This one from Toshiba is compatible with Mac and Windows Operating systems, and will store up to 16gb of files. Transferring your photos and documents has never been easier so there’s no excuse for not having your work done!

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Use an iPad Mini for your studies? Why not customise it with this eclectic vinyl sticker from Gelaskins? GelaSkins removable covers are backed by adhesive technology from 3M, which allows bubble-free application and when you fancy a change, don’t worry, GelaSkins remove cleanly, leaving no trace of residue on your device. Ditch the plain, boring tablet covers and let your personality shine through with a graphic print cover from Gelaskins!

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If you own an iPhone, Macbook or any other Apple device then this lightening connector cable from iWires is for you. Sync or charge your iPhone or tablet using your laptop or connect the iWires cable to a wall or car adapter. Our advice? Pop the cable in your bag and use it as a spare. You never know just when you might need it!

Check out these products and more over on 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.

  Joby GripTight Mount PRO

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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.

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?

Announcing Marshall Bergman for Apple…

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Nowadays, more and more fashion designers are turning their hand to designing practical and protective accessories for our favourite electronics. The result? A laptop bag isn’t just about protecting your Macbook anymore, it’s about making a fashion statement too. Created exclusively for Apple by London based designers Marshall Bergman, this collaborative accessory line has combined functionality with luxury, setting a new standard for carrying Macbooks, iPads, and iPhones.

With a Marshall Bergman bag  by your side, not only will you feel good about protecting your Macbook or iPad, you’re guaranteed to look good too!

Don’t believe us? Check out some of the gorgeous bags from the Marshall Bergman for Apple range below, all of which are available on our website.

Marshall Bergman 11' Macbook/Tablet Bag Phoenix Dusty Rose Leather

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Marshall Bergman 11' Macbook/Tablet Bag Phoenix Stone Leather

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Marshall Bergman 11' Macbook/Tablet Bag Phoenix Black Patent

Marshall Bergman 11′ Macbook/Tablet Bag Phoenix Black Patent

Marshall Bergman 13'" Laptop Bag  Eris Black Leather

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Marshall Bergman 11" Macbook Bag Adam Black Leather

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Marshall Bergman 11" Macbook Bag Adam Espresso Bag

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Marshall Bergman 15" Laptop Bag Alex Espresso Leather

Marshall Bergman 15″ Laptop Bag Alex Espresso Leather

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!

 

 

Welcome!

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Welcome to our brand-spanking new blog page!

Here we’ll be posting regular updates on all the latest on what’s happening with Soundzdirect, new products, giveaways, reviews and some of our favourite stories from the world of tech!

We’re also on hand to offer you honest advice when buying products online, either with us or another retailer.WELCOME

First, let’s get a little acquainted. Who are we and what do we do?

Well, we’re an Irish online retail company based in Dublin. We supply a wide range of accessories for the iPad, iPod, iPhone and MacBook – including cases, skins and tripods.

We also have top quality speakers, award winning Klipsch headphones and earphones, as well as an array of Kindle accessories, in stock.

Have a quick browse on our website for more information on all our products – www.soundzdirect.com.

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