Deal of the Week | Mar. 20th, 2015: iXCC High-Power Dual USB Car Charger for $9.99

BANNER-DOTW_yellow_reflect_640x160iXCC Dual USB Car Charger for $9.99 from Connecting Point Computer CentersPicture this: You’re driving along with your significant other, wandering the world and seeing what there is to be seen. It’s another grand adventure with your partner in life, and the world is moving effortlessly beneath your wheels. Life is good. Until…

You both need to charge your devices at the same time. Uh oh.

Preserve the harmony in your relationship with this compact, powerful, incredibly useful dual USB charger. It’s got enough juice to charge your iPad, quickly and efficiently. And it’ll work with just about all your other USB gadgets, as well – including iPhone and most Android phones.

Best of all, because it’s this week’s DOTW, you can get this handy little guy for half price. (It normally sells for $19.99, but while supplies last it’s just $9.99.)

Find out more about this week’s Deal here.

Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ event to be streamed live; begins at 10am PDT this morning

Apple 'Spring forward' event, March 9, 2015 at 10am PDTToday is the day. Back on February 26th, Apple sent members of the press invitations to an event they termed ‘Spring forward.’ This Daylight Saving Time wordplay almost certainly hints the event will involve the Apple Watch. Later this morning (at 10am PDT), the lights will go down in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, and we’ll find out exactly what it’s all about. You can watch the event live online at this link.

To view the livestream, you’ll need to have version 5.1.10 or later of Apple’s Safari browser on your Mac, or Safari on iOS 6.0 or later on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. You can also stream it through your second or third generation Apple TV, provided it has software version 6.2 or later. If you don’t have any of these options available, here’s a workaround that’ll let you stream it on Windows PCs and Android devices.

Here are a few links to media outlets’ live event coverage:

VIDEO: New 60-sec Apple TV spot ‘Make a Film with iPad,’ narrated by Martin Scorcese

“Every scene is a lesson. Every shot is a school. Let the learning continue.” – Martin Scorcese

More and more creative people are discovering what an amazing filmmaking tool the iPad is. Its built-in camera is astonishingly good, able to capture 1080p video with remarkable clarity. And its screen acts as a superb, gigantic viewfinder. With a few additional accessories and apps, you can produce professional-quality film and video.

Connecting Point is your local, independent Apple Specialist. Come see what an iPad can unlock for you.

Deal of the Week | Mar. 6th, 2015: USB 3.0 Card Reader for $9.99 (reg. $19.99)

Transcend USB 3.0 Card Reader for $9.99 at Connecting PointDoes your camera or other gadget use SD cards? Now you can have a fast, reliable card reader with you at all times. No larger than your average flash drive, the Transcend USB 3.0 Card Reader accepts most SD card formats through the slots in its side. And transfers happen at USB 3.0 speeds, making it especially suited for high-res images and video recordings.

And because it’s our Deal of the Week, it’ll only set you back a Hamilton. You read correctly: we’re selling this nifty little card reader, this week only and while supplies last, for half price: just $9.99 (regularly $19.99).

Find out more about this week’s Deal here.

Connecting Point’s Medford store revises its hours (slightly)

New store hours for Medford's Connecting PointEffective immediately, these are the hours of operation for our Medford location:

  • Monday-Friday 8am-6:30pm
  • Saturday 9am-6:30pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm

The main change extends the hours of our Service Department to coincide with those of our Sales Department. Now you can enjoy the convenience of dropping off or picking up repairs until 6:30pm, Monday through Saturday. EDIT [03.19.15]: As has been the case for years, our Service Department is unable to field phone calls until 9am weekdays.

And please note our Service Department remains closed on Sundays – which means no repair drop-offs or pickups on that day.

Apple MacBook Pro repair extension program for video issues: Connecting Point to perform service at no charge

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch, circa 2011Do you own a 15- or 17-inch MacBook Pro, purchased between 2011 and 2013, that’s been having some weird video problems?

Apple has determined that a small percentage of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013.

As an Apple Authorized Service Provider, Connecting Point SERVICE will repair these affected MacBook Pro systems, free of charge.

To find out if your MacBook Pro may qualify, and to determine what to do next, please click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Medford store experiencing phone issues [Tues., Feb. 24th, 2015]

Phones are temporarily down at Connecting Point's Medford locationUPDATE 12:10 PST: It appears our phones are back up and running again. Give us a ring.

FYI: Our Medford store is having issues with its phone system this morning. If you are unable to get through, please call Jeff’s (541-944-4835) or Tom’s (541-291-8500) cell. You can also email us. If you’re trying to contact our Service Department, you can submit a form here.

The issues appear to be related to our cable provider, and are probably not confined to just us. Techs are working on the issue. We expect to be back up and running shortly. We appreciate your patience, and apologize for any inconvenience.

Deal of the Week | Feb. 20th, 2015: Six-foot high-speed HDMI cable for $5.99

This week's Deal: 6-foot HDMI cable for just $5.99 at Connecting PointMore and more devices are jumping on the HDMI bandwagon. Devices like DVRs, satellite and cable boxes, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players—and more and more desktop and laptop computers.

There’s a good reason for this. HDMI simplifies. That’s it. Period.

The video, audio, and even Ethernet signals are all transferred within a single slim cable. No snarled nest of cables lurking behind your entertainment center. You don’t even have to screw anything down. HDMI is truly plug-and-play.

These cables are of the highest quality, conforming to the latest electrical standards—but that doesn’t mean they’re expensive. In fact, as this week’s Deal, they’re downright dirt cheap. Our $20 HDMI cable is on sale (while supplies last) for a low $5.99.

This offer runs from Friday, February 20th to Thursday, February 26th, 2015, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks.