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.

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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.

Winter is coming…back, this Sunday! Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ season premiere via Apple devices, cable-free

Apple TVWe move one giant step closer to “cutting the cord” with the introduction of HBO Now, a standalone subscription to the premium cable channel’s highly coveted selection of original series (including the white-hot ‘Game of Thrones,’ Season 5 of which premieres this Sunday, April 12th), movies, comedy specials, documentaries, special events, and talk shows. Unlike HBO Go, a similar service that required a subscription to HBO via your satellite or cable provider, this one is entirely standalone. All you need is a decent broadband Internet connection (or, in the case of iOS devices, at least a 3G cellular signal). Subscriptions are $14.99 per month, and the first month is free for new subscribers.

With your HBO Now subscription, you’ll be able to watch programming on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. And with an Apple TV, you’ll be able to watch it on your HDTV. But that’s only one reason to get an one: Apple TV gives you access to the biggest names in entertainment, in up to 1080p HD. Just plug it in and enjoy a whole world of movies, TV shows, sports, music, and more. And you can show anything that’s on your iOS device or Mac on your HDTV with AirPlay.

Dig a little deeper into Apple TV here, or stop by Connecting Point this week to pick our brains. And if you don’t already own an Apple TV, there’s never been a better time to buy. Apple just slashed its price by $30, making Apple TV the best $69 you’ll ever spend on entertainment!

Happy Easter! Both of Connecting Point’s locations (Medford and Bend) are closed today.

Colorful Easter eggsPLEASE NOTE: Our Medford store will be closed today, Sunday, April 5th in observance of teh Easter holiday. (Our Bend store is not open on Sundays, and this one is no exception.)

Happy Easter, everyone.