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06 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pure and 7digital bring stereo back to the home

SXSW 2014 LogoSouth by South West (SXSW) is arguably one of the biggest events on the music industry’s calendar. The first conference was held in Austin in 1987 and ever since then has been a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop careers, to bring people together, to meet and share ideas. To give you an idea of how big the event is it started with 700 registrants with numbers now reaching 16,000.

Noam MeppenThis year Pure’s director of sales for the US, Noam Meppen, will be joining President of 7digital – North America, Vickie Nauman, for a panel to discuss the return of the home stereo.

The home is arguably the most natural listening environment for music, so how important is the return of the home stereo? As the digital age has advanced many technology innovators have prioritised connected mobile devices and services meant for people on the go. Households have found themselves neglecting their home stereo to make do with portable alternatives such as MP3 players, iPods and the like. However, as more connected speakers emerge, such as the Pure Jongo multiroom music system, listening is returning to the home.

As well as Noam, Vickie will also be joined on the panel by industry experts, Tim Grimsditch, Marketing Director for Spotify and John Hamm, CEO of Pono Music.

If you’re attending SXSW there are some great artists taking to the stage. As well as thousands of up and coming new acts and established artists, you can also see the likes of Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, London Grammar, Soundgarden, Pitbull and Keith Urban who are all playing the iTunes Festival at SXSW. If you can’t wait until then you can find these artists on Pure Connect now!

 

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19 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

New family of Evokes launched at the Urban Tea Rooms

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Last Tuesday 12th November, we invited press to celebrate the evolution of our iconic Evoke and see the launch of the Evoke D4, Evoke D2 with Bluetooth and the Evoke Deutsche Grammophon Edition radios.

Tucked away down a old wooden staircase in one of Soho’s excellent coffee shops, guests were invited to drop by and sample the wonderful coffee and pastries on offer.

We had great feedback on the products shown and a lot of interest was generated around the Evoke Deutsche Grammophon Edition in particular.

Journalists were shown all of the new Evoke range that is coming into stores in time for Christmas. Our new look Evoke D4s are available in domino, glacier, oak and walnut and are packed with features. The new Evoke D2 is also available in these colours, with even better audio than the original D2.

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The models that come in Domino and Glacier also have Bluetooth, meaning you can stream Pure Connect and your favorite music straight from your smartphone or device.

With its distinctive Deutsche Grammophon plaque and two-colour finish, the Deutsche Grammophon edition of our iconic Evoke Mio portable digital radio is the perfect way to spread the joys of classical music.

Check out the new D4s, D2s and our lovely Evoke Deutsche Grammophon at pure.com.

For hi-res images, please email lena.palmer@pure.com

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27 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Jongo goes Stateside

Last week, Chloe and I headed on an epic trip to the US of A to showcase the new Jongo T2 and T6 speakers - which will be available at leading North American stores, Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon.com - and announce the arrival of our music service stateside. We covered both the East and West Coast taking in New York, San Francisco and LA which meant taking four flights in just six days!

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We were joined by Noam, Pure’s US sales director and kicked off our tour at Hearst publishing in New York to meet with Good Housekeeping magazine and followed this with a number of tech and trade publications. The day was rounded off nicely with a dinner with the lovely guys from Laptop magazine at the highly recommended Lupa Italian restaurant.

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After our whirlwind tour of the Big Apple, we took a flight to San Francisco and visited numerous titles including the iconic Time magazine. By this time, jet lag was really setting in but we bravely continued onto LA to set up an industry dinner at Soho House. Before setting up for the dinner, we met with a new freelance contact at British pub, the Cat and Fiddle where I noted it’s possible to get marmite and proper tea! The dinner was a great success and was attended by tech and music press and music industry guests.

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For more information on the availability of Jongo and Pure Connect in North America, visit http://www.pure.com/us/press/ and email any review sample requests to vicky.hewlett@pure.com

 

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20 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Rose Evoke Mio is auctioned at Delicious magazine’s charity afternoon tea at Lord’s

On Sunday 18th August, 120 lucky readers of Delicious magazine were treated to a Champagne afternoon tea at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London to celebrate the magazine’s 10th anniversary and raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.

As well as enjoying a scrumptious feast and a tour of the grounds the guests took part in a silent auction, with a whole host of foodie related goodies up for grabs.

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Amongst the 8 other kitchen themed lots, Pure donated a Pure Evoke Mio digital radio in Rose. The winning bidder for the radio was Pam Fairclough and all together the event raised as whopping £2,500 for Breast Cancer Care.

For more information about the event please visit Deliciousmagazine here  http://tinyurl.com/mp9frpd

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15 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

New Jongo speakers unveiled at Dolby

Yesterday, journalists and guests from the music and broadcast industry were invited to see and hear Pure’s new Jongo family line up at Dolby’s HQ in central London. Pure’s new marketing director, Nick Hucker, delivered the news to a packed house in Dolby’s Atmos theatre and also unveiled Pure’s new Violet subscription music service that allows users to listen to unlimited music offline wherever they are for £9.99 a month.

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After the presentation, guests were treated to a sonics and synchronisation demo in one of Dolby’s sound rooms run by two of Pure’s top audio and software engineers. Audio engineer, Dax, showcased the sounds of the Jongo T6 and T2 that he and his team  hand-tuned and software engineer, Ian, was on hand to talk about how the engineering team developed Jongo with a focus on how the audio synchronisation was achieved.

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Canapes and drinks were served in Dolby’s impressive reception area where guests could get hands on with the product and try out the new music service and see how to pair speakers via the Pure Connect app.

Please visit pure.com for more information on the new Jongo line up and the Pure Connect music services. Anyone interested in high resolution images or review samples, please contact Pure PR Assistant, lena.palmer@pure.com

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08 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Fun Kids inspire young engineers at Pure

Yesterday, thirteen engineers from Pure and Pure’s parent company, Imagination Technologies took part in an “Inspiring Engineers” workshop run by Fun Kids, the UK’s only radio station dedicated to children.

Matt with his speaker

Matt with his speaker

Fun Kids have been running training workshops across the country to work first hand with young engineers to teach them key multi-media presentation skills including interviewing and delivering audio and visual presentations. The aim of the day was to take the engineers back to their childhoods and to think about what inspired them to become engineers. The engineers were asked to perform a Blue Peter style task by doing a  practical demonstration of something fun to educate children and then create audio and video features to capture this. On the the day everyone who took part really got stuck into this task and produced some fantastic products out of the most basic materials. For example, Ian, a Pure software engineer  created a buzz wire game, while Matt, an Imagination Technologies engineer built a speaker and Joe, an Imagination Technologies engineer, created an electromagnet.

Once the practical demos had been  filmed, the engineers were interviewed for a radio feature where they spoke about tips for young people entering engineering. We spoke to Ian from Pure about what sparked his interest in engineering.

Ian doing his demo

Ian doing his demo

What sparked your interest in engineering?

“I was a bit of a geek as a kid and was always interested in computers! I used to make games using ‘Flash’ and I got a bit of a reputation at school for one particular game I created called ‘Shooter’. My friends were always asking me to create new levels for them to complete so I used Google to learn how to do it and just played around with a few things until I got it right!”

What would be your top tips for young people trying to get into engineering?

“Do what you are interested in. If you are not enjoying something don’t try and pursue a career in that area – stick to what you enjoy. Keep applying for courses and I highly recommend getting a work experience through things like summer placements as every company will ask for experience.”

Why did you sign up to the Fun Kids course?

“It’s important to encourage young people into engineering. People rarely know what to do before they go to university, so it is good to provide a taster as courses such as software engineering are not the type of subjects widely available at school.”

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The group learning how to sell their ideas

Other topics covered on the day included a presentation master class on how to present to children hosted by Fun Kids presenter Sean Thorne. Sean spoke about some interesting statistics on how much time children spend per day gaming and on the internet and gave tips on how to present to a young audience. The engineers were also taught how to sell  ideas, whether preparing for a team meeting or for an important presentation in front of a large audience. Overall, the day was thoroughly enjoyed and everyone  learned some usefull skills that can be transferred into the work place. The Blue Peter style demonstrations will be broadcast on Fun Kids and available on their website within the next few weeks.

For more information on Fun Kids please visit: http://www.funkidslive.com/

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Keerthi being interviewed

 

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Joe with his electromagnet

Phil with his alarm

Phil with his alarm

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05 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Pure and Halfords crown the king of karting at in-car DAB launch

Yesterday, we launched two exciting new in-car audio products with Halfords at the Team Sport Go-Karting Centre in South London.

IMG_0584Press  from the tech and motoring industry were invited to come and have a first look at the products and take part in a high performance karting challenge on the best track in London .

The afternoon kicked off with  presentations from Halford’s Jon Oliver, Jasper Wybrants from Pure and Laurence Harrison from Digital Radio UK followed by a Q&A session. Afterwards guests were able to get hands on with the new models and see how the radios look once installed.

 We finished the day with some extreme karting on the brand new double decker track which proved to be very competitive and hotly contested!team talk

The competition was fierce and it was a very close call between the winners. Well done to Luke Johnson from Trusted Reviews who was crowned King of Karting and topped the record time of the week!

For more information or hi-res images please email sarah.riley@pure.com

To read more about the new products, visit www.pure.com

For more information on digital radio, please see www.getdigitalradio.com

 

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25 April 2013 ~ 1 Comment

‘Pure Genius’ team comes third at talkSPORT Quiz

The Pure Genius team!A couple of weeks ago Chloe and Sarah got together a group of sporting geniuses in the form of Ed Chester (bit-tech.net), Rik Henderson (Pocket Lint), Jeff Parsons (T3) and David Gilbert (International Business Times) to take part in the talkSPORT quiz at RadioWorks in London.

Former Portsmouth and Newcastle player Micky Quinn was quizmaster and there was also appearances from talkSPORT presenters Jason Cundy, Andy Goldstein, Andy Jacobs and Paul Hawksbee.

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Rik and Micky Quinn

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Chloe and Micky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The teams were competing for great prizes including talkSPORT goodies, sweet hampers, a trip for two to Celtic Manor in Newport, bottles of Champagne and of course a Pure One Mini Union Jack. Questions included a picture round of football stadiums, a music round of songs that teams come out to and other general sporting knowledge questions. We battled through the questions but we were expecting a low result and a distinct lack of prizes but amazingly we came third winning some great talkSPORT goodies and a tour of the talkSPORT studios, which we are all really excited about!

The 'Pure Genius' team with their talkSPORT goodies

The ‘Pure Genius’ team with their talkSPORT goodies

RadioWorks is the UK’s premier radio advertising specialist and we would like to thank them for a great night and look forward to the next quiz!

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21 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Chloe’s travel diary – Radiodays 2013

Radiodays 2013This week I felt like I was heading back to IFA as I flew to Berlin for Radiodays 2013 at the Berlin Congress Centre.

Radiodays Europe is the meeting point for the the international radio industry, bringing together broadcasters, manufacturers and organisations such as World DMB to discuss what is going on in the radio industry, including the status of digital radio. The 2012 conference in Barcelona, Spain had 800 participants from 45 countries and this year saw numbers rise to over 1000. Radiodays Europe is the largest and most important radio conference in Europe, with top expert speakers and sessions with a wide range of topics including mulitplatform radio, the digital future, working with music services and strategies for smartphones.

Tony Wadsworth - Chairman of British Phonographic Industry presents the music industry keynote

Tony Wadsworth – Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry presents the music industry keynote

World DMB showcase our products at Radiodays 2013

World DMB showcase our products at Radiodays 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a positive message about digital radio at this year’s conference with Jan-Willem Brueggenwirth, CEO of Dutch radio station Radio 358, telling delegates that DAB+ is the next big thing for radio in The Netherlands, where full DAB+ nationwide coverage will be achieved by September 2013.  Marius Lille, Head of Radio at NRK (Norway) also reported that success between government, public and private braodcasters mean their planned 2017 FM switch-off is well underway. The situation in Germany remains positive with Michael Reichert from ARD (consortium of public broadasters) reporting that 240 different digital radio models are now available in Germany, where it is anticipated that more than 1 million receivers will be sold by the end of 2013. Ford Ennals from DRUK (Digital Radio UK) also supported this message by announcing that new Audi models in the UK will have digital radio fitted as standard from April 2013.

As well as attending the conference I also had some time to visit Saturn, one of our retail partners in Germany, to see our products in action!

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I stayed at the Park Inn at Alexanderplatz, which we stay in when we’re at IFA, but this year I got great view of the TV tower which looked great by night and slightly white by the time I woke up in the morning thanks to all the snow!

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The next Radiodays Europe will take place March 23-24, 2014, in Dublin, Ireland. For more information visit the Radiodays website.

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13 March 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Pure sponsors digital radio personality award at this year’s TRIC awards

Pure logoWe were proud sponsors of the digital radio personality award at yesterday’s TRIC Awards 2013, which was won by BBC Radio 2 breakfast host Chris Evans.

The event, which was held at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, was attended by delegates from the radio and television industry along with some famous faces.

Winners on the night included Peter Andre, Carol Kirkwood, Clare Balding, Shane Richie, Ant and Dec, Countryfile, Celebrity Juice, Silent Witness, Mrs Brown’s Boys, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, This Morning, Eamon Holmes, Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry (Capital Breakfast) and Sian Williams.

The legend that is John Craven collects the award for Countryfile

The legend that is John Craven collects the award for Countryfile

Claudia Winkleman and the Strictly team collect their award

Claudia Winkleman and the Strictly team collect their award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took some journalists to the event as well as our friends from Digital Radio UK, music and broadcasting industry and retailers. We all enjoyed a great meal and some celebrity spotting – the highlight for me being my photo with the cast from Call the Midwife who won HD Drama Programme of the Year.

Rich Melville, Andrew Williams and Jenny

Rich Melville, Andrew Williams and Jenny

Hannah Bouckley and Tom Newton

Hannah Bouckley and Tom Newton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chloe with the cast of Call the Midwife

Chloe with the cast of Call the Midwife

Jane Ostler (DRUK) poses with Louis Smith (Strictly)

Jane Ostler (DRUK) poses with Louis Smith (Strictly)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few more photos from the evening.

Jenny with Declan Donnelly

Jenny with Declan Donnelly

Chloe with Keith Lemon

Chloe with Keith Lemon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Pure Insider Blog is complete without a photo with Sean Hannam who was at the event!

No Pure Insider Blog is complete without a photo with Sean Hannam who was at the event!

Nick Hucker (Pure) with Jane and Ford from DRUK

Nick Hucker (Pure) with Jane, Ford and Aaron from DRUK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the TRIC awards visit – http://www.tric.org.uk/main/2013winners.html

 

 

 

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