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03 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Introducing Pure’s Pop Midi and Maxi with Mini Moderns – a design collaboration

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London, 3rd June, 2015: Pure presents a new designer edition of the award-winning Pop Midi and Maxi digital radios. Both digital radios, which also include Bluetooth for wireless streaming, feature a Mini Moderns signature design called “Whitby”, which has a nautical theme. “Pop Midi by Midi Moderns” and “Pop Maxi by Mini Moderns” will be available through John Lewis, Mini Moderns’ online store and independent retailers at an SRP of £89.99 and £109.99 respectively.

Inspired by 1950s linocuts, Mini Moderns’ Whitby design captures the majesty and beauty of the open sea. London based Mini Moderns designers Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire explain how the design came about: “Coincidentally, we both spent all our holidays on the North Yorkshire coastline… so when we think of the seaside, it’s not beach huts and yachts, but the vibrancy of a working fishing harbour that comes to mind. The linocut style offered the perfect way of expressing the movement of the waves and the ruggedness of the coastline we know so well.”

“We’re really proud to be collaborating with such an iconic British brand as Pure, particularly as they share our ambition to combine quality with unique design. Pure’s Pop range showcases our Whitby design perfectly and we are sure the radios will be a big hit with fans of both brands.”

Says Nick Hucker, Pure’s Senior Director of Global Marketing: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Mini Moderns as we really identify with their creativity and influence in British interior design. The Pop family has already won a prestigious Red Dot design award[1] for its innovative design and we think its style marries perfectly with the attention to detail in Mini Moderns’ Whitby collection. We recognise that our customers love our designer collaborations and this new range champions Pure’s focus on design in home technology. Pop by Mini Moderns is the next step in our focus on bringing fashion and customisation to our products.”

Designed and hand tuned in the UK by Pure’s audio experts, the Pop range is designed using insights from extensive research with radio listeners. Its key design elements are derived from a study into how people want to use and interact with their radios. The result is a trio of products, Pop Mini, Pop Midi and Pop Maxi, with instant access and ease of use at the forefront of its design, while delivering high quality audio.

Benefitting from Pure’s heritage of British design and engineering, the practical and stylish Pop family uses highly energy efficient digital audio amplification to deliver the best possible sound quality, excellent battery life and low power consumption. The Pop family comes with three years warranty as standard and is mains powered with the option to take regular alkaline batteries or an eco-friendly rechargeable ChargePAK D1 for portable use. As with all Pure’s current range of digital radio, Pop is Digital Radio tick approved, meaning the range is future proofed and ready for a Digital Radio switchover.

The range starts from an SRP of £89.99 up to £109.99.

The Pop by Mini Moderns range will be available from John Lewis and Mini Moderns’ online store http://www.minimoderns.com as well as selected independent retailers.  For more information, please visit www.pure.com

About Mini Moderns

Often described as “cult Brit homewares brand”, Mini Moderns was established in 2006 by London based designers Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire.

The brand specialises in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, bedding and ceramics.

Customer Enquires

Readers can call John Lewis on 08456 049 049 or visit www.johnlewis.com

About Pure

Pure is a world leading consumer electronics manufacturer and leads the way in music streaming and radio systems, multiroom audio and entertainment cloud services with the Pure Connect portal www.pureconnect.com as well as innovating in new areas. Designed and engineered in the UK, all of Pure’s products are manufactured with the environment in mind and at ethically audited facilities. Pure is a division of Imagination Technologies Group plc. See www.pure.com.           

Contact:

UK Press Contact

Roxanne Kingsman

Pure

t: +44 (0)1923 277427

m: +44 (0)7468 697210

roxanne.kingsman@pure.com



[1] Red Dot Awards 2015

 

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20 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

First commercial DAB+ service goes on-air in Belgium

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The World DMB Auto Event in Brussels is underway

 

It’s becoming ever apparent that the future of radio is digital. If Norway announcing its 2017 switchover date wasn’t enough momentum, today the World DMB Automotive Event launches the first commercial DAB+ service in the Brussels region of Belgium.
The launch of the commercial DAB+ is set to enhance the offerings of the Belgian public broadcasters VRT and RTBF, which account for 16 different stations already using DAB.
Norking is continuing testing and expects to have DAB+ coverage for Antwerp and Ghent by 2017.

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18 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure’s pick of the weird and the wonderful from the Official Billboard Awards 2015 #BBMA2015

Kanye gets booed on stage

Kanye West: love him or loathe him, his commitment to his performances can’t be questioned.  Surrounded by pyrotechnics recreating a scene from, what we consider to be a recreation of the cult horror film “Drag me to Hell”, Kanye could be seen bouncing around the stage dodging both flames and back-up dancers. But amid the roaring flames and Yeezy rapping his new single All Day, were boos from the audience. His sister in-laws, Kylie and Kendall Jenner were also booed as they introduced him onto the stage. Perhaps Kanye’s marmite personality is starting to effect his reception at live shows.

For those watching on the television at home (i.e. the rest of us mere mortals), profanities in his song were censored with silence, leaving gaps up to 15 seconds long in the song.

 

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Taylor Swift unveils the craziest pop video since Miley swung in on a wrecking ball

Taylor Swift – as well as picking up eight awards- premiered her new video, Bad Blood.

Have you ever wondered what it would look like to get Lena Dunham smoking a cigar, Swifty walking through fire and Ellie Goulding shooting a bazooka gun, broken up by a superhero-esque cat fight to the background of a new pop hit? No?!  Really? Us neither, but here it is:

 

 

The amazing Photoshop skills in this pic of Harry Styles from the event

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Sam Smith’s Love Actually style acceptance speech

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At home recovering from surgery on his vocal cords, Sam Smith was unable to be at the awards but gave this charming speech via cue cards, reminiscent of the silent love speech in Love Actually.

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04 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure Supports Soundtrack to Sports Charity

Pure Supports Soundtrack to Sports Charity – GB 365

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Pure is pleased to announce our support today for the official sound track for sports charity Sports Traider. The single, “GB 365”, by singer/ songwriter Alexander Joseph, will be launched officially at Hoops Aid, a major sporting event for the British Basketball League.

Hoops Aid will be held in the 02 Arena, featuring exhibition matches from the Paralympians, Battle Back Heroes and the Pro Celebrity All Stars.

GB 365 is being supported on Pure’s music streaming service, Pure Connect, available to listen to now with a Pure Connect subscription.

Says Paul Brown, Head of Media, Sports Traider: “We’re really pleased that a brand like Pure is able to support a sound track that embodies the passion we have for this charity. The songwriter himself shares our passion for sport and understands how motivational music can be in sports. The fact that this track is now available on a mainstream music streaming service like Pure Connect gives this track even more potential to reach and inspire others.”

Artist Alex Joseph explains: “The power of music in sport should not be underestimated, and neither should the benefits of sport for young people regardless of background and ability. Pure’s support for GB 365 not only raises awareness of Sports Traider’s fundraising by association, it helps to extend the track’s potential reach and spread this message further.”

More about the songwriter…

Alexander (Alex) Joseph is an established artist but has enjoyed many successes in both music and sport. As a musician he cut his teeth as a singer/ songwriter in the open mic scene in Bath, combining playing solo with a covers band that provided the platform to experiment and grow as an artist.

Alongside this he was juggling a career as a burgeoning tennis player, from which he moved into sports coaching, enjoying time working with the England Netball and British Skeleton teams, tennis, badminton, wheelchair basketball and, more recently, wheelchair tennis. Knowing that music burned in him just as passionately as sport, he has sought to combine these two motivations.

Alex left a full time role working in sport to make room for his growing musical ideas which is where the idea for the song GB 365 blossomed. The women’s GB Wheelchair basketball team picked up on the song as something of a “war cry” curing a recent world championships and excitement about the track has since been quickly growing in momentum.

More about Sports Traider…

UK charity Sports Traider is a youth-focused charity offering young people the kit and support they need to discover and fulfil their sport ambition and potential, whatever their background, ability or disability.

Sports Traider will be featuring GB 365 by Alexander Joseph across its platforms over the next year in preparation for the Olympics and also in its bid to encourage more grass roots level involvement in sport among children.

Proceeds from the single will go to Sports Traider to be channelled back into funding sports coaching, access to facilities such as gyms and sports clubs and even transport required to get talented but disadvantaged athletes to training.

 

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23 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

English Language Radio Stations around the World

In celebration of United Nations’ English Language Day

In celebration of United Nations’ English Language Day, we wanted to share a few of our favourite global English language radio stations. Whether you’re an expat, studying abroad, travelling around the world or even trying to learn the language, English language radio stations are a great way to connect with the rest of the world.

 

English Language Day is celebrated annually on 23rd April – the date when tradition says the master of the English language and playwright William Shakespeare was born. His plays continue to be published, performed in theatres and seen in films almost 400 years after his death.

 

The United Nations celebrated its first English Language Day on 23rd April 2010. That day, a number of events were held at the U.N.’s headquarters in New York City.

 

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WWSN Radio

http://wwsnradio.com/

 

Available on Pure Connect – http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/front_page

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BBC World Service

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldserviceradio

Available on Pure Connect – http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/front_page

 

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Riviera Radio, Monaco

http://rivieraradio.mc/

 

Available on Pure Connect – http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/front_page

 

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Energy FM Tenerife

http://www.internet-radio.com/station/energy106/

 

Available on Pure Connect – http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/front_page

 

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Rocket FM Stockholm

http://www.rocket.fm/

 

Stockholm’s rock station

 

Available on Pure Connect – http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/front_page

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16 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure welcomes Norway’s commitment to a digital radio migration date

 

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London, 16th April 2015: Pure announces its full support for Norway’s commitment to a digital radio migration and FM switch-off date. The Norwegian Ministry of Culture announced today that national FM networks will be switched off during 2017 to complete a transition to digital radio.

Paul Smith, Pure’s general manager, says: “As one of the original digital radio pioneers, this announcement is music to our ears and gives clarity to consumers and the radio industry in Norway allowing us to push ahead our digital radio plans with certainty. We look forward to working closely with radio industry stakeholders in Norway to ensure a smooth transition by continuing to stimulate the market with new and innovative products.

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”This announcement, along with the recent confirmation of the winner of the bid for the UK’s second national digital radio multiplex, and the ongoing progress in Germany, shows that there is a huge amount of momentum and appetite for digital radio across multiple countries.”

In addition to its wide range of domestic digital radios, Pure is also working on expanding its in-car digital radio range and will be working with Digital Radio Norway to ensure there are accessible in-car adapters in the market in readiness for digital radio migration.

For more information, please visit www.pure.com or call +44 (0) 845 1489001.

 

Press Contact:
Vicky Hewlett
Pure
Home Park Estate
Kings Langley
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30 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure Pop family of digital radios wins Red Dot Award for design

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30th March 2015, London, UK –Pure’s Pop family of digital radios has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award for product design. The Pop family, which is made up of three digital radios, is designed to reinvent digital radio and is based on insights from extensive research with radio listeners.

The Pop range from Pure succeeded in convincing the jury members, deservedly winning the sought-after Red Dot seal of quality.

 Says Nick Hucker, Pure’s senior marketing director: “We are extremely pleased that our new Pop range of digital radios has secured such a respected product design award. This recognition endorses the time and effort we dedicated to product design and user experience, specifically for this range, which focused on direct feedback from customers on what they were looking for in the next generation of Pure radios.”

Radio listeners were asked about key design and usability elements and how they want to use and interact with their radios. The result is a trio of products, Pop Mini, Pop Midi and Pop Maxi, delivering high quality audio, with instant access and ease of use at the forefront of its design.

Instant access to radio content was a key requirement, so the Pop’s controls are centred on a large button on the top of the radio. Users can now turn on their radio at the ‘pop’ of the button and the radio will automatically revert to the previous station and volume. In addition, there are easy access presets to quickly change station. There is also strong support for Bluetooth across the range in response to many customers wanting dual functionality and access to wireless streaming.

 For more information on Pure’s Pop range, please visit www.pure.com

About the Red Dot Award:

In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept.

The Red Dot Award was created by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and with around 17,000 entries each year is one of the best-respected design competitions in the world. In 2015, it is celebrating its 60th anniversary: It was in 1955 that a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. The sought-after award, the “Red Dot”, is the revered international seal of outstanding design quality.

Award-winning designers, manufacturers and agencies use the Red Dot winner label and receive numerous other winners’ privileges, such as the presentation of the award-winning product on Red Dot Online, in the Red Dot Design Yearbook, the Red Dot App and on Red Dot 21. Additionally, the winning products are communicated in the international PR activities of Red Dot and exhibited in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen for a whole year.

More information is available at www.red-dot.org/press.

 

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Pure

Vicky Hewlett

Vicky.hewlett@pure.com

t: +44 (0)1923 277531

m: +44 (0)7810 808 516

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16 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Our Best Bits from the Brits

Last night the nominees for the 2015 Brit awards were announced, with some more surprising than others. English singer-songwriter Sam Smith is up for an impressive five awards, closely followed by Ed Sheeran who has been nominated for four. The rest of the nominations can be viewed on The Brit Awards 2015 website, and the winners for the ‘Best British Video’ and ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’ categories can be voted for there as well.

Historically, the Brits has been a celebration and commemoration of great British pop music, with a host of famous acts performing throughout the years. This year’s show will see Paloma Faith, George Ezra and Royal blood give memorable performances.

However, the flurry of fabulous outfits, emotional acceptance speeches and fantastic performances aren’t the only memorable moments of the Brits. We’ve listed five of our favourite controversial, entertaining and funniest clips of the ceremony throughout the years.

5. Harry Styles misses collecting his award.

At the Brit Awards in 2014, One Direction went on stage to collect an award for Best British Video and one member was missing. About halfway through the speech, Harry runs up towards the stage and apologises claiming he was late because he had to go to the bathroom!

4. A little known DJ thought he had won a Brit.

This also happened in the 2000 show. During the presenting of the award for ‘Best  British Sound Track’. The winner was Notting Hill; however a DJ named Brandon Block had a little too much to drink and was convinced by a friend that he had won. Let’s just say it was fairly awkward when he climbed up on stage, and nobody had any idea why he was there. He then attempted to start a fight with Ronnie Wood before being escorted off stage by security.

3. Liam Gallagher throwsIn  his Brit into the Crowd.

You can always count on Liam Gallagher to cause a stir . In 2010, Oasis won  Best Brit Album of the Past 30 Years and Liam came to collect the award. After thanking everyone in the band, except for  his brother who was the cause of the band splitting the previous year, he threw his microphone and then his award into the crowd. Host Peter Kay was less than impressed.

2. Russell Brand Hosting the Brits

It’s hardly surprising that Russell Brand caused controversy in the 2007 Brits, they must have known what they were getting themselves into as ITV received over 300 complaints about his bad taste jokes and Ofcom received another 100.

 

1 Adele’s performance of Someone Like You

This is perhaps one of, if not the most memorable performances in Brit history. In 2011, Adele performed her song ‘Someone Like You’ with just a piano accompanying her. This emotional performance caused sales of her single to skyrocket, leading to her securing a British number 1 for the song.

Make sure you watch 2015’s Brit Awards hosted by Ant and Dec and scheduled to air Wednesday 25th February, and let us know via Twitter and Facebook who you want to win.

 

 

 

 

 

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22 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Your Extra Hour

This Sunday (October 26th) at 2 am sees the end of British Summer Time and the clocks moving back an hour to make our mornings lighter (hopefully making it easier for us to get out of bed!).  The clocks change twice a year, going forward in the spring and then back again in the autumn, so to mark this occasion we’ve created a fun infographic with some interesting facts about the change back into Greenwich Median Time.

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With the bustle of everyday life, it’s hard to keep a track of when these changes take place. Luckily, if you happen to own a Pure digital radio this stress is taken away. If you don’t, you’re spoilt for choice, as all of our digital radios automatically update to the time change. Have a look at our range here.

To celebrate that ever crucial extra hour in bed, we are holding a competition! To enter simply Tweet us, comment on Facebook or comment on Instagram on how you plan on spending your extra hour this weekend.  We are looking for the most creative and interesting answers.

We have two prizes to give away, one Evoke D2 Mio for the runner up and one Evoke D4 Mio for the winner!  Pure’s Evoke D2 and D4 Mios feature stylish interchangeable grilles in seven different colours, making it easy to match your radio to your décor. Both radios have alarm functions, making them perfect for your bedside table. The D4 Mio even comes with a touch sensitive snoozehandle if you’re not up for facing the cold mornings just yet.

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Competition Rules

  1. This competition starts at 11.00am BST on the 22nd October 2014 and will run continuously until 11.59pm GMT on 28th October 2014, when the competition closes.
  2. Entrants will be required to submit an answer to our question “How are you going to spend your extra hour this weekend?” Entrants should tweet @PURE_Insider with their answer, or comment on either Pure’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PURE) or Instagram account (@PURE_Insider) with their response.
  3. Winners will be selected by our judging panel based on the creativity of their answers.
  4. The main prize is an Evoke D4 Mio with Bluetooth. One runner up will receive an Evoke D2 Mio with Bluetooth.
  5. Winners will be asked to provide pictures of themselves with the prize for use on our social media outlets (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest).
  6. Each winner will be contacted via social media and announced on Pure’s Facebook page and blog insider.pure.com on or around 29th October 2014.
  7. This competition is subject to the Standard Competition Terms and Conditions set out below.

 

 

Standard Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter of the competition is: Pure (Imagination Technologies Limited), Imagination House, Home Park Estate, Kings Langley, Herts, WD4 8LZ (“we”, “us” or “our”).
  2. Your entry in the competition constitutes your acceptance of these legally binding terms and conditions.
  3. In order to be eligible to win, you must:
    1. be over 18 years of age and resident in the United Kingdom;
    2. have access to the internet; and
    3. not be one of our employees or an employee of our associated companies (including their family/household members).
    4. Only one entry per person is permitted, unless otherwise stated. Automated entries will be invalidated, including multiple entries from the same IP address or telephone number range.
    5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are not received by us.
    6. Names of the winners may be used by us for promotional and publicity purposes, unless you otherwise notify us at the time of submitting your entry.  Winners may be requested to take part in or co-operate with reasonable publicity.
    7. Your personal data will be used strictly to administer the competition or otherwise only with your consent and will be handled in accordance with current UK data protection legislation.
    8. No cash alternative or alternative prize(s) are available on request but in the event the advertised competition prize(s) are unavailable we reserve the right to offer alternative prize(s) of equal or greater value. Prizes are non-transferable.
    9. The competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand and agree that you are providing your information to us and not to Facebook. By entering the competition, you release Facebook from any action or claim arising out of the competition. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the competition must be directed to us, not Facebook.
    10. We will not be liable for any damage, loss or disappointment suffered by any person taking part or not being able to take part in a competition. By participating in the competition, to the extent permissible by law you release us from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to the acceptance of any prizes in connection with your participation in the promotion. Nothing in this clause shall act so as to exclude our liability for death or personal injury as a result of our negligence.  We are not liable in the event that any portion of the promotion is cancelled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control.
    11. We may, at our sole discretion, disqualify you from the competition on the basis of any fraudulent, rude, abusive, or otherwise inappropriate behaviour.
    12. Our decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    13. These terms and conditions are governed by English law.

 

 

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11 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Barclaycard Mercury Prize

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Last night the nominations for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize were announced. The Mercury Prize is an annual music prize awarded to the best album in the United Kingdom. The shortlist is selected by an independent panel of musicians, music executives and journalists. All genres of music are eligible for the prize as can be seen by this year’s nominations which showcase a variety of different music.

There are seven debut albums shortlisted this year, and five more established acts. The nominated albums include artists such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Nick Mulvey and previous nominee Anna Calvi. If you want to take a listen to those up for the award have a listen to our PureConnect Playlist.

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