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  • Everyone can Code. How Coding Transforms Lives & Economies

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    Thursday 6th April, 2017 – 4pm  

    Coding can transform lives and economies. Join the iConnect team for an evening where we explore how coding helped transform an education system, with a case study from the economy of Estonia. Coding transcends the school curriculum and primary school teacher Michael O’Kane will reveal how he’s found coding can even improve the broader life skills of students who code. We’ll also look at how to effectively teach coding on iPad in the classroom and Minister Regina Doherty will join us to open the evening.

    Join us at this iConnect Education event, and see first hand the impact Apple technology has had in Irish classrooms and around the world. The event begins with an address from the Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, Regina Doherty.

    H.E. Mrs. Kristi Karelsohn, Estonian Ambassador to Ireland, will share her experience about how the Estonian education system has spawned a generation of digital natives, who have gone on to create companies like Skype and TransferWise.

    Closer to home, Michael O’Kane Primary School Teacher, discusses how he uses Apple Swift Playgrounds in the classroom.

    At this event you will:

    • Discover how coding changes lives
    • Learn how economies grow through coding
    • Learn how to teach coding with Swift Playgrounds

    Agenda

    16:00 – 16:45 
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking

    16:45 – 17:00 
    iConnect | Introduction

    17:00 – 17:30 
    Regina Doherty | Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach | Opening Address

    17:30 – 18:10
    H.E. Mrs. Kristi Karelsohn | Estonian Ambassador to Ireland | The story of Estonia’s digital rejuvenation

    18:10 – 18:30 
    Michael O’Kane | Primary School Teacher
    Swift Playgrounds and teaching coding in the classroom on iPad

    18:30 – 18:50 
    Apple | Everyone can code

    18:50 – 19:00
    Q&A and Networking

    This event is now Closed.

     

  • Apple Pay Arrives in Ireland

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    The wait is over! Apple Pay is now being rolled out in Ireland. This revolutionary payment method is set to create some interesting vibrations within the mobile payment sector.

    What is Apple Pay?

    For those of you who haven’t been anxiously waiting on tenterhooks for the day Apple Pay would go live, here is how it will work. It works with your everyday Apple devices. It’s a cash-free payment system that enables users to pay for goods by tapping their phone on a reader in a similar way that they would if they were to use a contactless card. Apple Pay is a very user-friendly and simple way to pay using works with your everyday devices. Apple Pay does not require Apple Pay-specific contactless payment terminals and can work with existing contactless terminals.

    Set-Up and Security

    In order to activate Apple Pay the card must first be added to the Wallet App on your Apple Device. Using Apple Pay is an extremely secure method of payment. You are issued a unique Device Account Number that is encrypted and stored on your device when you make a purchase; Apple Pay uses this device- specific number and unique transaction code. Your purchases are kept private as Apple Pay doesn’t keep transaction information that can be tied back to you. All your recent transictions are kept in a wallet for your convenience. You can also use Apple Pay to pay for goods and services in Apps and on your device! It’s convenient, safe, fast and efficient way to pay. It’s the future!

    Apple Pay is available on iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iWatch and will be accepted in iConnect Stores as soon as possible! Stay tuned for more details!  Apple pay is available on Ireland through Ulster Bank and KBC.

     

     

     

     

  • Meet Osmo

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    Every day is a school day, especially for our children. Learning new things and making new friends, its hard to keep track of them sometimes. Let iConnect make it easier, introducing their new study partner and friend, Osmo. Osmo, the award winning game system, allows your little ones to interact with the iPad in a whole new fun way while learning at the same time. For children between 5-12, Osmo will certainly keep them entertained for hours on end while teaching as well as helping them to be creative and develop new skills.

    So who or what is Osmo and why should you let you children play with it. The Osmo game system is an accessory for the iPad that opens the iPad up to hands-on play. It includes the Osmo base, a camera attachment and some specially designed games. Slot the iPad into the base, put the red reflector over the camera, choose and download a game from the Osmo website and start playing. Some of the games need additional props but for some all you need is a pen and paper. The games available include, Tangram, Monster, Numbers, Coding, Masterpiece, Words, Newton and our personal favourite here at iConnect, Pizza Co. With the Osmo starter pack you will get the props for Tangram and Words so lets start with them.

    image of osmoWords can be played on your own or with a group of friends. It comes with two sets of letters, red and blue, over 150 default puzzle images and if that isn’t enough, you can even create your own personal Words experience. While interacting with the imagery on the ipad, kids can spell out the words using the letters and the camera attachment will pick them up using a sensor. Making spelling fun and engaging.

    Tangram is also provided with the Osmo starter pack and will appeal to the more creative side of our children. The game that has been around for nearly a thousand years has turned digital through Osmo. Using puzzle pieces provided, the children arrange them into different shapes to match what is shown on the screen. Again the sensor over the camera picks up what is on front of the iPad to make it more interactive. Tangram is great for developing spatial thinking and problem solving. With over 500 puzzles it will be a while before they tire of this one.

    Words and Tangram are just a taste of what is available with Osmo. With six more games available, Osmo can really help challenge and develop your children in a new and exciting way. Osmo works with iPad 2, 3, 4, Mini, Air, Air 2 and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, most of which are available at iConnect. Our helpful team would be happy to give you a demonstration on how Osmo works.

     

     

  • Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

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    As seen in The Irish Mail on Sunday, Andy O’Donoghue reviews Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

    As the world is becoming more and more cable free, with headphones being one of the first ports of call to become wireless, iconic headphone maker Beats has followed suit and produced their first upgrade in some time, the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones.

    The Solo3 comes with a soft carrying case containing the headphones, a 3.5mm cable (just in case you want to use the headphones in their traditional way) and a USB charging cable. The cable has a remote for phone calls and audio control plus an in line microphone. The on ear headphones are surprisingly small and light weighing only 215 grams!

    The new W1 chip which the Solo3 implements is very effective with a little window popping up on your iPhone even when the headphones aren’t directly beside your iPhone. The Solo3 can seamlessly switch from Apple device to Apple device once you are signed in to the same iCloud account.

    Comfort isn’t compromised for style as these Beats not only look great they are incredibly comfortable to wear too. The pads are extremely soft and adjustable for your delicate ears and they’re more robust than they look!

    Now the sound! The clarity of vocals and sound is extremely impressive, in fact our tester found them to be the better than any wireless headphones he had tested before.

    The best features of the Solo3 are the benefits of the new Apple W1 chip brings, picking up a connection on any device. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones also boasts 40 hours of playback from a full charge!

    To celebrate the launch of the new Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones iConnect are offering 20% of all Beats by Dre accessories exclusively online this week. Don’t miss out on this amazing offer, visit our site for more details.

  • 3 tips and tricks for your GoPro

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    Make use of Protune

    The high-end Hero 5, Hero4 and Hero3 cameras have an extra feature built into them called Protune, and if you know what you’re doing with it, it can be a really effective tool. It essentially lets you adjust ISO speeds, white balance, exposure levels and more.

    Switch to time lapse mode for photos and videos

    Your GoPro comes with a very capable time lapse mode, which gives you an alternative way of shooting numerous scenes, whether it’s a sports game or a city street. You don’t have to necessarily stick to the “traditional” timelapse subjects (like a slow-motion sunset).

    Change the field of view

    GoPros are known for their wide-angle lenses, but a 170-degree field of view (FOV) isn’t the right perspective every time. Some models give you a choice of FOV at certain resolutions, so there’s the option of switching to medium (127 degrees) or narrow (90 degrees) if needed.

  • GoPro: Introducing HERO5 Black

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    GoPro has announced its next flagship action camera. Actually, there are two: the Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session.


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