Find your phone and your keys with Orbit

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You know that feeling when the weekend has ended and you wake up bleary eyed on a Monday morning after snoozing your alarm five times? Tired and slightly irritable, you reluctantly drag yourself out of bed, put on some clothes and get ready to head out the door. But just as you’re about to leave for work/college, panic ensues. You’ve lost your phone AND your keys and you’re already running late.

Well, thanks to the Orbit Bluetooth device, your days of losing your personal valuables are about to become a thing of the past.

Crafted in anodised aluminium, Orbit is a clever little device that attaches to your phone, keys and other personal items.  Orbit works  in conjunction with a free app to make sure that you never misplace your valuables again.

Find your keys with your phone. With a press of a button on the app, it will ring your orbit.

Find your phone with your keys. With a press of a button on your orbit, it will ring your phone.

Take a selfie. The orbit device also functions as a camera remote for your phone.* Works only in camera feature built into the app.

Product Features:

  • Last seen location shown on a map
  • Orbit is splashproof and also features a Separation Alarm
  • Built-in 90db loudspeaker
  • Battery life up to 6 months
  • Free app on Google Play and the App Store

Don’t get caught in a fluster again. Orbit is available now in black, silver and rose gold from our website.

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Online Shopping: Questions To Ask Before You Buy

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Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, you can now buy almost anything online: televisions, holidays, clothes…even food! The ability to do this from your own home and skip those pesky waiting lines is one of the main reasons that so many of us are choosing to do all of our shopping on the web!

But, while online shopping is incredibly convenient, it is also not without its downfalls. Most of us have probably had at least one online shopping disaster. Maybe the product that arrived wasn’t what you ordered? Maybe it was the wrong size, or maybe it didn’t arrive at all? When you’re not familiar with the website you’re buying from, the thought of parting with your money can leave you feeling uneasy. We want your online shopping experience to be a seamless one which is why we’ve put together a list of questions that we think you should ask yourself before you buy!

Is the website secure?

First and foremost, it is very important to check that the website that you want to buy from is a secure site. This will greatly reduce the risk of fraud and help to put your mind at ease if you haven’t purchased anything from that particular site before.To check if a site is secure, look for a tiny padlock icon located on the top left of the browser’s URL bar. Another thing to be aware of is the site URL itself. Secure sites begin with https:// while non secure websites begin with http://.

Is it the right product for your needs?

Consider what you need the product for. Are you planning on using the product for work reasons or personal use? Perhaps you travel a lot and need the product to be compact? All of these factors can have an influence on the type of product that is right for you.

Is the product compatible with what you want to use it with?

Make sure that the item that you are buying is the one that you need. For example, the Kenu Stance is a portable tripod for your phone that is sold in both Android and iPhone versions.

Do you know what you’re buying?

Be clear about what you are getting for your money. For example, you may be wondering if a specific cable or accessory is included in the purchase price. If it is not clearly stated in the product’s description, contact the retailer! Most online retailers have contact details listed on the website specifically for dealing with customer-related queries. Unlike regular shopping, online shopping doesn’t give you the opportunity to view the product before buying. Check to see if the seller has included any images alongside the product’s listing. This will help to ensure that there are no unwanted surprises once the product arrives.

Is the brand reliable?

Research the brand and the product. See what other customers are saying about the quality and durability of the item. Many online retailers now include customer reviews alongside each product. Real-life experiences from people who have already purchased the product can help you to decide whether or not you really want to buy the product.

Does the product seem “too good to be true”?

A rule of thumb for online shopping is that if the price of an item seems too good to be true, the chances are it probably is. Trust your extincts. If a website is advertising Apple watches for €100 when they normally retail for €500 then you know it’s most likely not a legitimate offer. Again, check customer reviews to see what others are saying about the website!

Does your order need to be signed for?

Perhaps one of the most inconvenient aspects of online shopping is waiting for your product to be delivered. If your product needs to be signed for, you may want to check if tracking is available on your order so you have a rough idea of when your item will be delivered. This helps to ensure that someone is available to sign for your order when the courier comes knocking.  If there is rarely someone at home, it might be worth considering an alternative delivery address for your order, such as your work address or a family member’s address.

Does the product include a warranty?

It’s good practice to check a product’s warranty information before choosing to buy. It might also be worthwhile contacting the seller before you make your purchase to clarify warranty cover and also to confirm the seller’s returns policy should any issues arise with the product after purchase.

What payment options are available?

Deciding on what payment option to use can be a daunting aspect of online shopping. Most websites offer various options including credit card, debit card,  Paypal and more. Where possible, try to use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards have spending limits whereas debit cards do not. It is also easier to dispute fraudulent charges on a credit card then on a debit card. With credit cards you can also dispute a fraudulent charge without being out-of-pocket for the amount disputed. Third party payment processors like Paypal and Stripe are also a safer option. Paypal and Stripe handle the payment for you, helping to minimise the risk of fraud.

The next time you want to buy something online, ask yourself, ‘can I answer these questions?’, if the answer’s ‘yes’, then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about!

Need help? Email us at: info@soundzdirect.com

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!

New website is back up and running! Yay!

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web buildingWe’re still working away at perfecting our new website but the good news is, it’s now live so you can shop away to your hearts content!

Here’s our top tips for shopping securely online…

Let’s face it, shopping online from the comfort of your sofa is a great way to save time and money, but how do you know if your personal information such as bank details, are protected?

Lacking basic online shopping smarts could end up causing you a world of headache and hit you hardest… in your pocket.

Here are a few tips that will help you enjoy secure and trustworthy online shopping, at the click of a mouse.

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  1. 1.   Look for signs that the business is legitimate.
  • Buy from reputable stores and sellers – find out what other shoppers have to say, read reviews and evaluations.
  • Look for third party seals of approval. Companies can put their logo on sites if they abide by a set of standards. If you see the logo’s, click them to make sure they link to the particular company.
  1. 2.   Look for signs that the website protects your data.
  • On the web page where you enter your credit card or other personal information, look for an “s” after http in the web address of that page.
  • Make sure there is a tiny closed padlock in the address bar.
  1. 3.   Keep passwords and PINs secret.
  • Do not share them in email, instant messages, or over the phone.
  • Avoid using the same password everywhere. If someone steals that password, all the information that the password protects is at risk.
  1. 4.   Never …
  • pay bills, bank, or shop on a public or shared computer or devices that are on public wireless networks. The security is unreliable.
  1. 5.   Use common sense.
  • Watch out for scams. Be wary of deals that sound too good to be true, alerts that you have won a lottery.

So, here it is – new and improved – www.soundzdirect.com where you can shop with peace of mind!

From the Soundzdirect Team!

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.

You can even buy directly from our website safely and securely through Pay Pal, and with three shipments of orders dispatched a week, you’re guaranteed to receive your purchase within two shakes of a lambs tail!

If you want to get in touch with us, it couldn’t be simpler.Check out the ‘Contact Us’ page for all the relevant details.

We’re also in the habit of running ridiculously great competitions through our Facebook page so keep an ear to the ground!

And, last but not least, you can sign up to our newsletter below and we promise not to bombard your inbox with pointless “junk-mail”! (Newsletter – http://eepurl.com/ozLZ1).

Thanks,

From the Soundzdirect Team!