Deal of the Week | Apr. 29, 2016: Video/Camera/Phone Care Kit $1.99 (reg. $19.99)


Fellowes Digital Video/Camera/Smartphone Care Kit #97767 $1.99 (reg. $19.99)THIS WEEK: Fellowes Digital Video/Camera/Smartphone Care Kit $1.99 (reg. $19.99)

Protect your device from harmful dust particles: The Fellowes Digital Video/Camera/Smartphone Care Kit has the components you need for cleaning your laptop screen, smartphone, monitor, TV, digital camera, tablet, video camera and more.

It comes with pre-moistened wipes that safely clean device components. Use the Optical Grade Perfect Clean Cleaning Cloth to gently clean delicate surfaces. The included blower brush safely removes dust particles from a camera lens, and the included Screen Protectors shield LCD screens from scratches and also help to reduce glare.

Kit includes:

  • Four (4) pre-moistened cleaning wipes
  • One (1) optical grade Perfect Clean Cleaning Cloth
  • One (1) Blower Brush
  • Six (6) digital camera screen protectors

This kit normally retails for $19.99, but this week only (while supplies last), we’re selling them for a crazy-low $1.99.

This offer runs from Friday, April 29th to Thursday, May 5th, 2016, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks.

Deal of the Week | Apr. 22, 2016: Apple iPad mini 2 16GB Wi-Fi + Verizon $199.99 (reg. $400)

BANNER-DOTW_yellow_reflect_640x160Apple iPad mini 2 16GB Wi-Fi + Verizon $199.99 (reg. $399.99) A new iPad has never been so affordable. iPad® mini 2 has a beautiful 7.9-inch Retina display, is only 7.5mm thin, and weighs just 0.73 pounds. It features the powerful A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity,1 iCloud, and up to 10 hours of battery life.2 It also includes great apps for productivity and creativity, and powerful new features in iOS 9 like multitasking. And there are even more incredible apps available in the App Store.

  • 7.9-inch Retina display (diagonal)
  • A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture
  • 5MP iSight camera with 1080p video
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi with MIMO LTE1
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life2
  • Two speaker audio

This particular iPad model retails for $399.99, but we’re selling them for just $199.99.

This offer runs from Friday, April 22nd to Thursday, April 28th, 2016, or while supplies last. Limit one per customer. Sorry, no rain checks. Apple SKU #MF075LL/A.

1 LTE connectivity is available only on Wi-Fi + Cellular models. Data plan required. LTE is available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds are based on theoretical throughput and vary based on site conditions. For details on LTE support, contact your carrier and 2 Battery life varies by use and configuration. for more information.

Deal of the Week | Apr. 15, 2016: Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer $20 (reg. $50) + USB Beverage Warmer $5 (reg. $30)

Two great offers for this week's Deal of the WeekIt’s our first ever “Double DOTW”! First, the Oregon Scientific EMS100 Indoor Outdoor Thermometer with PC Upload. This handy device shows the current indoor and outdoor temperature, warns of freezing conditions, and even lets you track the temperature. It normally sells for 50 bucks, but we’re letting them go for just $19.99.

Second, the USB Powered Beverage Warmer with 4-Port USB Hub can keep your beverage, coffee or tea hot all morning long. Since it’s powered from your computer’s USB port it doesn’t require batteries! We usually sell these for 30 dollars, but for this week’s DOTW, we’ve slashed the price to just $4.99.

This offer runs from Friday, April 15th to Thursday, April 21st, 2016, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks.


Deal of the Week | Apr. 8, 2016: Wi-Fi Network Video Camera for $9.99 (reg. $99.99)

Wi-Fi Network Video Camera with Mic for $9.99 (reg. $99.99)Wireless surveillance has never been so easy…or affordable. This network camera makes it easy to keep an eye on your home or business. It features a 1/4-inch color CMOS sensor with 640 x 480 pixel resolution, and a video frame rate of up to 30 fps. It supports 802.11b/g wireless networking and has a built-in microphone.

It also has an embedded web server. What does that mean, exactly? It means the camera supports remote viewing and management, bringing clear, full-color, full-motion video images to your desktop from anywhere on your local network – or over the Internet. It also features motion detection, alerting you when motion is detected.

We sold this unit for years at its MSRP of $99.99. But the 802.11g Wi-Fi standard has been superseded. For that reason, this week, we’re letting them go for only $9.99.

UPDATE: April 8, 2016 2:30 pm: Well, that didn’t take long. Sorry folks, we are sold out of this week’s DOTW. Please check back next Friday for another excellent Deal.

This offer runs from Friday, April 8th to Thursday, April 14th, 2016, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks.BANNER-DOTW_yellow_reflect_640x160

Connecting Point proudly supports 15th Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) | Apr. 7-11, 2016

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“The Ashland Independent Film Festival is one of those regional gems that gives me faith and hope for the future of independent cinema. Great town, great people, great atmosphere, great movies, great everything!”
Michael Tully, Director, PING PONG SUMMER

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.

Filmmakers from around the world engage with the audience after each screening and at festival events such as Opening Night Bash, the AfterLounge, and Awards Celebration, which include local wine, beer, and gourmet food. Special guests have included Ty Burrell, Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Helen Hunt, and Bruce Campbell. The Ashland Independent Film Festival: Celebrating the diversity of human experience through the art of independent film—enriching, educating and inspiring audiences of all ages.

The Oregonian newspaper’s Shawn Levy claims AIFF “offers movie lovers that same sense of being in a magical place…. Southern Oregon doesn’t have anything else like it – nor, in fact, do most places on Earth.”

Connecting Point returns for its fourth year as a Community Sponsor, providing an iMac computer and a wireless printer for the festival’s Hospitality Suite, where visiting filmmakers and other creatives can both work and relax. 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.

Deal of the Week | April 1, 2016: 13″ and 15″ Leather Laptop Sleeves for $1.99 (reg. $30)

Simplism 13" and 15" Leather Laptop Sleeves for $1.99NO APRIL FOOLS JOKE HERE.These sleeves were originally designed for Apple MacBook Pro models – but they’ll work great with many other brands, too!

You’ll be hard pressed to find anything even approaching the quality of these sleeves at their regular price of $29.99. But on sale for just $1.99, they are an absolute steal.

Simplism 13″ and 15″ Leather Laptop Sleeve details:

  • Slim shape takes up very little room in your luggage or backpack
  • Rubber hook closure allows fast, stress-free access
  • Robust genuine leather rivet endures years of use
  • Raised inner fabric cushions your laptop securely
  • Document pocket holds important papers
  • Three small inside pockets
  • Pleasing, neutral beige color
  • DIMENSIONS: 13″ – 9.5 x 13.1 inches | 15″ – 10.3 x 14.5 inches

Bring your laptop into the store and try before you buy. If it fits, you’ll get years of security and protection for your laptop for under two bucks!

This offer runs from Friday, April 1st to Thursday, April 7th, 2016, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks.BANNER-DOTW_yellow_reflect_640x160

Mac users: If you’re still holding out, should you upgrade to El Capitan?

BANNER Apple Mac OS X El Capitan 640x400Apple released OS X 10.11 El Capitan in September 2015, with the promise of “refining the experience and improving performance in lots of little ways.” That’s marketing speak for “you may not notice hardly any difference.” But just because the changes are minor doesn’t make the decision to upgrade any easier. Here’s why.

For the most part, El Capitan hasn’t caused compatibility problems, and most of those that did crop up immediately have been resolved…

On the one hand, you shouldn’t worry about El Capitan’s new features being hard to learn. Split View is the only truly new feature, and by merely clicking and holding the green zoom button in a window, you can assign it to a side of your screen, after which you can pick another window to occupy the other half. Other new features, such as expanded Spotlight searches, the shake-to-zoom feature for finding the lost pointer, more swipe gestures in Mail, the capability to mute tabs in Safari and pin other tabs so they can’t be closed accidentally, and an all-new Notes app, are all easy to figure out and at least moderately useful.

On the other hand, if whatever version of OS X you’re using now is working fine, why mess with it? If it ain’t broke… For the most part, El Capitan hasn’t caused compatibility problems, and most of those that did crop up immediately have been resolved, either by updates from other developers or by subsequent minor updates, which fixed nasty crashing problems experienced by Microsoft Office 2016 users.

Nevertheless, upgrading to El Capitan may require you to update many of your applications, and if you’re relying on a significantly older version of expensive software, like Adobe Creative Suite, it’s hard to justify even a free operating system upgrade if it comes with lots of hidden app upgrade costs.

Here, then, is the answer. First, don’t upgrade until you’ve talked it over with whoever helps you with technical problems you can’t solve on your own. (If you purchased your Mac from Connecting Point, call or drop in to talk it over with us.) There’s never any harm in waiting for Apple and other developers to fix more bugs.

But you will have to upgrade eventually, and that’s particularly true if you use an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 and want to sync Notes between them. An El Capitan upgrade will also give you certain useful features in the included Apple apps, such as geotagging and editing extensions in Photos, and transit directions in Maps. And if something were to happen to your Mac and you had to buy a new one, it would come with El Capitan, so you don’t want to be caught flat-footed with incompatible software and a looming deadline.

So yes, do upgrade to El Capitan once you’ve been given the go-ahead by your tech, and do it on your own terms and your own schedule. It’s not hard, but if you’re anxious about it, an ebook called Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan will walk you through the entire process.