VIDEO: Apple’s new ‘Everything Changes with iPad’ spot helps you rethink ways you do things every day

This minute-and-a-half video kicks off ‘Change Everything,’ a new marketing direction for Apple. It ties in with a new website of the same name, featuring individual spots and pages that explore in greater detail the themes and directions mentioned in the video above: cooking, learning, small business, travel, and redecorating.

Deal of the Week | May 1st, 2015: Schatzii Screen Cleaner Cloths for $1.99 (reg. $12.99)

Schatzii Screen Cleaning Smart Cloths , on sale this week at Connecting Point for just $1.99Here’s an idea: Extend your usual ritualistic ‘spring cleaning’ to all the many screens surrounding you.

Your HDTV. Your smartphone. Your tablet. Your laptop. Your smartwatch. The GPS in your car. Heck, these cool little cloths even do a spiffy job on headphones.

And the good folks at Schatzii have covered all the bases: the Schatzii Smart Cloth is dual sided, with plush buffing microfiber on one side and a specially-designed polishing microfiber on the other. They’re naturally hydrophilic, which means they’ll absorb oils and liquids from your screens like crazy. They’re anti-static, anti-dust, anti-mold, and anti-mildew. And if they start to get a little funky from all that cleaning, fear not: they’re machine washable.

We think you’ll quickly get used to having a Schatzii Smart Cloth along with you wherever you may roam. And to make that especially painless for you, we’re offering them – this week only, as our DOTW – for just $1.99. That’s 11 bucks off our regular $12.99 price.

Click here to learn more about this week’s DOTW – including a peek at some of the cool pattens and colors that are available.

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Deal of the Week | Apr. 24th, 2015: 12V Socket Splitter/USB Car Charger Combo $9.99 (reg. $19.99)

3-way Car Lighter Splitter and 2-port USB Car Charger for $9.99For this week’s Deal, we’re offering a “twofer.”

In other words, two items for a single low price. And these items happen to complement each other rather nicely. First, you get a 12V car socket splitter, which expands one socket to three. Suddenly, you have three places to plug in your gadgets. Second, you get a two-port USB car charger, suitable for plugging in and charging your iPhone, iPod, GPS, or what-have-you.

We usually sell these two as a bundle for $19.99, but this week (and while supplies last) they’re on sale for a low, low $9.99. That’s half price!

Click here to learn more about this week’s DOTW.

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NEW ARRIVAL: Apple MacBook 12-inch, now in stock at both stores…and it’s a beauty.

12-inch Apple MacBook now in stock at Connecting PointJust a hair over a half-inch thick (at its thickest point). Just a smidge over two pounds.

It can only be the all-new Apple MacBook. With its groundbreaking new ultra-slim design, razor-sharp Retina display and innovative USB-C multi-purpose port, the new MacBook is unlike any other notebook. It’s the lightest, most compact Mac notebook ever. It even comes in three different colors: Silver, Space Gray (shown) and Gold. And we’ve just gotten them in stock,* at both Connecting Point locations.

You really have to see, touch, and lift this stunning new design to appreciate it. So come down and check out the latest from Apple, at the place that knows Apple best: Connecting Point Computer Centers…For four decades, your local, independent experts.

*Not every model and color is in stock, and supplies are still constrained. Shop early for best selection.

Deal of the Week | Apr. 17th, 2015: SyncStop Safe Charging USB Adapter for $14.99 (reg. $19.99)

SyncStop Safe Charging USB Adapter, on sale at Connecting Point for $14.99And now for something completely different…

In late 2013, a small, Portland-based independent security firm called Xipiter built the first version of SyncStop (which was originally called the “USB Condom,” until cooler heads prevailed) to scratch an itch: They wanted to minimize the risks involved with charging their own mobile devices in public areas.

When they tweeted about their invention, they were immediately flooded with emails and calls – and realized they were on to something big. The first production run sold out in a matter of days, spurring them to refine (and rename) their product.

Connecting Point is proud to be the first in our area to carry SyncStop, designed and built by another locally owned, independently operated business. And we’re inspired to offer this already-affordable gadget at a 25% discount, as this week’s Deal of the Week.

Click here to learn more about this week’s DOTW.

SyncStop – Charge Safely from XipiterSec on Vimeo.

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Developers may now apply for tickets to 2015 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (June 8-12 in SF)

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference June 8-12, 2015 in San FranciscoFrom the official website:

Apple’s renowned developer community will come together at WWDC to learn about the future of iOS and OS X.

WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers,hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards.

Developers can apply for tickets to attend WWDC and millions worldwidewill be able to watch sessions streamed live.

WWDC Scholarships are available to students and members of participating STEM organizations around the world.

Deal of the Week | Apr. 10th, 2015: Combo Backup Battery/LED Flashlight for $9.99 (reg. $19.99)

PowerBot Universal Power Bank and LED Flashlight for $9.99 at Connecting PointIt’s the go-to tool for go-getters on the go.

You get a sleek, solidly-built (the case is polished aluminum) battery backup charger for a whole slew of USB devices, including many, many cell phones and MP3 players. But it also serves as a super-bright LED flashlight. In short, it’s two, two, two lifesavers in one. You really won’t want to hit the road without one.

Click here to learn more about this week’s DOTW (including a full list of supported devices).

Connecting Point proudly supports 14th Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) | Apr. 9-13, 2015

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“Like Telluride without the altitude and Sundance without the attitude.” – Mark Shapiro, Head of Entertainment Brand Marketing, LAIKA Studios

The Ashland Independent Film Festival is five days of the highest-quality independent film, held in historic Ashland, Oregon. The Washington Post called it “a dream you’ll never want to leave.” Every Spring, Southern Oregon buzzes with the excitement of the AIFF. Over 7000 film lovers gather at the historic art-deco Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and other venues to watch over 90 documentary, feature, and short films over five days.

Connecting Point returns for its third year as a Community Sponsor, providing an iMac computer and a wireless printer for the festival’s Hospitality Suite. We urge you to support the thriving arts community in our area. Visit the AIFF website to see the rich variety of films being presented at this year’s festival. Better still, pick up some tickets and celebrate independent cinema with like-minded folks in Ashland! It all kicks off today and runs through Monday.