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16 January 2014 ~ 1 Comment

January workout inspiration via Pure Connect’s free radio and on demand content

January 2014 has quickly come around, and with the Christmas indulgence drawing to a close, it’s a time when many people decide to get fit and healthy- so we’ve put together a series of blogs to give you fitness inspiration with Jongo!

Young happy woman doing fitness exercises with ball at homeNot all of us want to go the gym – so we’ve got the solution for working out in the comfort of your own home. Our versatile Jongo multiroom speakers are just right for blasting those fitness tracks through your house. With four speaker sizes to choose from, there will be one that’s perfect for whatever room you choose, and our Jongo S3 is a portable speaker so you can even take that outside for a work out in the fresh air!

Simply use your smartphone or tablet to control your Jongo speakers wirelessly and streCut outsam content stored on your PC or device. You can also choose from the thousands of radio stations and podcasts on the free Pure Connect app- there are radio stations dedicated completely to fitness such as Radio 24 Shape, and podcasts from Men’s Fitness to give you inspiration.

Why not give these 10 ways to boost fitness on Men’s Health a go or check out the top ten ways to get fit at home with FitWatch?

For more reasons to choose Jongo visit Why Choose Jongo?

 

 

 

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15 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

What Jongos in Vegas stays in Vegas!

The Pure team has just been over to Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show to show off Jongo to the world’s tech industry and press. While we were there, we took the portable, Jongo S3 wireless speaker out with us in its brand new dazzling blue outfit to see the sights!

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Click here to view more information on Jongo and its new colour collection.

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15 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

How does music aid memory?

revisingBeing back at work and into a routine after a long break can often take some getting used to – but did you know that music not only aids concentration at work but can also help you to recall information in the future?

Henry L. Roediger III, professor of psychology at the Memory Lab at Washington University, has explained how putting information and tunes together can make it easier to remember things that slip our minds. For example, some people have memorised every state in the US with rhymes, and doctors have even recalled how to treat asthma patients using rock classic, Breakfast at Tiffanys. ‘Music’, says Roediger, ‘provides a rhythm, a rhyme and often, alliteration’.

So next time you’re revising for an exam or having trouble committing your presentation to memory, reach for a playlist you can listen to again and again. Not only will your ‘happy’ music put you in a receptive mood but the repetitive nature of listening to the tunes should enhance memory.

There are lots of study albums and concentration music compilations out there – take a look at the variety of choice on Pure Jongo_Family_VibrantConnect such as Study Music and  Music to Study to  and try them out. These study aids are available to purchase or free to stream if you subscribe to our music service. You can then listen in great quality through our Jongo wireless multiroom speakers.

We’re all for music – especially if it helps us remember niggly things we always forget. So if you’ve ever remembered something – your pin number, your bike lock- or something more technical with the help of music, let us know and we’ll share our favourites!

 

 

 

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10 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pure outlines technology trends for 2014 – a new revolution in stereo

According to Gartner, IT spending is set to hit $3.8 trillion in 2014 – up 3.6 per cent on the last year – with uplift driven by the growing adoption of connected devices, ranging from jewellery to refrigerators.

The stage is set for a series of shifts that will affect how we use technology in everyday life. We will be wearing more technology, enjoying higher quality audio/video and streaming more content than ever before.

4. A new revolution in stereo

Young man in the cityThe launch of the iPod created a boom in sales of speaker docks during the last decade, which meant that listening to audio through small speakers was the norm and the art of listening in true stereo at home was all but forgotten.

The recent growth in sales of fashion and high-end headphones shows however, that armies of music fans around the globe are enjoying the immersive nature of listening in stereo but their experience is confined to the personal space rather than the home.

This goes hand in hand with a recent explosion in single Bluetooth speakers, which shows that people want to continue their listening at home in a more social environment. Wireless streaming technology is enabling them to do this.

But while Bluetooth is an extremely convenient and easy-to-use technology, Wi-Fi multiroom speakers deliver a more substantial listening experience and are necessary to deliver higher quality audio. In recognition of this, sales of Wi-Fi only speakers have grown by 75 per cent to 2.3 million units and increasingly wireless speaker chips will incorporate both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi offering consumers the flexibility to choose the method of connectivity. Reflecting this, the wireless speaker market is set to experience significant growth to 55m units by 2017 and speakers integrated with a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will account for the biggest growth category within this market.*

Jongo_T2_StereoPair_DazzlingBluePreviously, it was only possible to deliver a good stereo listening experience with a wired system but now Pure’s parent company, Imagination Technologies, has developed Caskeid technology , which delivers effective stereo separation over Wi-Fi with a delay of less than 50 microseconds between speakers so any deviation is undetectable by the human ear. This enables users to hear an accurate and faithful reproduction of the soundstage, just as the artist intended. Pure uses Caskeid technology in its Jongo multiroom speaker system and users can pair two of the same speakers to experience a stereo sound wirelessly from the convenience of their sofa.

Says Nick Hucker, Pure’s marketing director: “This more engaging soundscape, teamed with the convenience of wireless streaming explains why Wi-Fi multiroom speakers are set to be the ‘next big thing’. In the coming months we expect to see more people listening to true stereo at home – without compromising on sound quality.”

Read more Pure 2014 tech predictions:

Part 1 – fashion and personalisation to merge with tech

Part 2 – smartphone ownership is driving demand for wireless speakers

Part 3 – high quality audio

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09 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pure outlines technology trends for 2014 – high quality audio

According to Gartner, IT spending is set to hit $3.8 trillion in 2014 – up 3.6 per cent on the last year – with uplift driven by the growing adoption of connected devices, ranging from jewellery to refrigerators.

The stage is set for a series of shifts that will affect how we use technology in everyday life. We will be wearing more technology, enjoying higher quality audio/video and streaming more content than ever before.

3. Pure outlines technology trends for 2014 – high-quality audio

iStock_000006942237Small (2)In the past, people have accepted lower quality audio as the norm as the technology and hardware to deliver high quality audio wasn’t accessible to the mainstream and high quality audio content wasn’t available. However, we know that people are searching for a better quality listening experience. This is demonstrated by our global research study, which shows that over 90 per cent of participants rank quality as very or fairly important when listening to music or other audio content.*

A significant group, almost 20 per cent, also said they would be happy to download larger files to achieve better quality audio.* With affordable storage space, ample bandwidth and appropriate hardware and content becoming available, music lovers do not need to settle for compressed file formats anymore.

Running in parallel, consumption of digital audio files has already overtaken physical formats such as CD, cassette and vinyl (45 per cent to 41 per cent respectively) and is set to take over as the dominant way of consuming audio.* In fact, consumer spending on cloud-based audio is set to represent 71 per cent of consumer spending on recorded music by 2016.** In addition, the recent on-going roll out of the 4G network has made the consumption of high quality audio through smartphones and tablets a real possibility and adoption of this new technology is likely to go mass market once phones and contracts are upgraded and renewed.

Says Nick Hucker, Pure’s marketing director: “High quality audio and listening to audio that is as close to the original studio experience will become just as accessible as MP3s but without the compromise on quality. It is set to be the next big thing – especially if it is easy to access and to listen to. As a result, we predict a movement towards higher quality music streaming services and will be looking to introduce higher quality options within our Pure Connect subscription music service offering during 2014.”

For more information, visit www.pureconnect.com

Read more Pure 2014 tech predictions:

Part 1 – fashion and personalisation to merge with tech

Part 2 - smartphone ownership is driving demand for wireless speakers

*global study carried out for Pure by Audiencenet

**Futuresource

 

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08 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pure outlines technology trends for 2014 – Smartphone ownership is driving wireless speaker demand and consumption of music streaming services

According to Gartner, IT spending is set to hit $3.8 trillion in 2014 – up 3.6 per cent on the last year – with uplift driven by the growing adoption of connected devices, ranging from jewellery to refrigerators.

The stage is set for a series of shifts that will affect how we use technology in everyday life. We will be wearing more technology, enjoying higher quality audio/video and streaming more content than ever before.

2. Smartphone ownership is driving wireless speaker demand and consumption of music streaming services

Jongo_Family_VibrantSmartphone adoption continues to grow with an anticipated 1.8 billion owners globally by the end of 2013 while developed markets such as the UK and USA are reaching saturation with penetration at 93 per cent and 84 per cent respectively. This growth in smartphones gives consumers wireless streaming at their fingertips, thereby creating greater demand for wireless audio devices such as the Jongo multiroom speaker system on which to listen to this music.*

Over half – 57 per cent – of consumers are already listening to music on their smartphones although just 1 in 5 are sharing music from their smartphone with another device indicating that there is a large pool of potential customers for wireless audio devices. In fact, by 2017, the global market for wireless speakers is expected to reach 55m units and will eclipse the speaker dock market by this time.*

According to IFPI, (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), digital music services are fuelling the global recorded music industry’s path to recovery. Consumption of audio via digital formats is now more popular than via physical formats such as CDs and vinyl (44 percent to 41 percent respectively).**

We are also seeing the emergence of frictionless music services and momentum is building for micro subscriptions. O2 Tracks (a music service offered by a UK cell phone operator) is a good example of this as it delivers the top 40 singles to the user’s phone for just £1 a week.

Says Nick Hucker, Pure’s marketing director: “Today, music services are nascent and don’t cater for everyone and all genres. Access to music services is becoming commoditised and people, especially younger users, no longer have a deep knowledge of the artists they listen to. Music service providers need to make their services relevant to each audience or there is the risk of losing some people along the way.”

“Our long term vision for our music service, Pure Connect, is to enable our customers to personalise their music experience. We’ll be innovating around our customers and providing tailored services for genres such as jazz or classical where despite huge popularity – for example, Classic FM radio station in the UK has over 6 million listeners per week – there are relatively few people embracing this genre in the streaming world.”

Visit www.pureconnect.com and get a free month trial*** of Pure’s ‘Violet’ music service which gives you access to millions of streamable tracks and the ability to listen offline.

Read part 1 of Pure’s 2014 trends around fashion and personalisation merging with tech here. Part 3 and 4 to follow.

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**Global study carried out for Pure by Audiencenet

***The Pure Connect subscription service is available in the UK, France and North America with more territories to follow

 

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08 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Beat the January blues

 

wakeuphappyWith people heading back to work, school and college after the Christmas break do you find yourself with friends and family members who have a case of the January Blues? We’re here to offer a helping hand with getting everyone ready to start the day.Images

Pure’s Twilight (SRP £139.99) combines light therapy and digital radio to create the perfect ambience, perfect for a good night’s sleep and refreshing wake up. Offering dawn simulation, mood lighting, built-in natural sounds and lullabies as well as a reading light, Twilight creates the ideal ambience to uplift your mood.

Of course it also allows you to set up to four alarms, and charge your mobile phone, and comes with a charger kit for Kindles. Other features include an input for your iPod or iPhone, headphone socket, sleep timer, auto-dimming display, touch-sensitive controls and satin-touch finis. So there’s no reason to feel down this month- get up and going with Pure’s Twilight. For more information, please visit http://www.pure.com/product/twilight-vl-61504/

 

 

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07 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Back to School

Back to schoolWith everyone back to their school routines this week, we know it can be a struggle to get everyone out of the house in the morning. But our new Evoke D2 digital radio with Bluetooth can make it that bit easier to enjoy your mornings.

 

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With a radio or tone alarm, sleep and snooze timer features, the Evoke D2 portable digital radio can help wake you up with your favourite radio station. Or if you prefer, pop it in the kitchen whilst you’re making breakfast- the lacquered domino and glacier finishes look great with any interior.

 

Built-in Bluetooth also turns your radio into a great wireless speaker – just choose your favourite music and send it wirelessly direct from your phone or tablet without trailing wires.

So whilst you may not be excited for the day, our new Evoke D2 can help you get back in the swing of things this term. For more information, please visit http://www.pure.com/product/evoke-d2-with-bluetooth-d240bt/

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06 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pure outlines technology trends for 2014 – fashion and personalisation merging with technology

According to Gartner, IT spending is set to hit $3.8 trillion in 2014 – up 3.6 per cent on the last year – with uplift driven by the growing adoption of connected devices, ranging from jewellery to refrigerators.

The stage is set for a series of shifts that will affect how we use technology in everyday life. We will be wearing more technology, enjoying higher quality audio/video and streaming more content than ever before.

1. Fashion and personalisation merging with technology

2014 will see a continued growth in fashion influencing the design of the latest gadgets. Colours are everywhere from smartphones to cameras and many of these products are customisable so consumers can put their own stamp on their tech. The most pervasive example of this is smartphone and tablet cases but we will see personalisation growing in other areas such as interchangeable speaker grilles or side panels for toasters.

ClementineAt Pure, we have successfully offered colour and designer options for our Evoke Mio digital radio range for a number of years and are now extending this with the Jongo multiroom speaker system, which we designed with personalisation and customisation in mind. Jongo has interchangeable speaker grilles so customers can purchase new colours to accessorise their speakers. This flexible approach allows us to update the colours on offer to match the latest trends and two new ranges have been launched at this year’s CES based on the Pantone Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Report.

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The introduction and increase of so-called wearable tech products has already increased the influence fashion has on gadgets, from Google Glass, Fitbit and Pebble to a series of O2 handbags that double as phones. This trend has led to an increase in consumer electronics companies considering both men and women in the design of their products and accessories. Says CEO of Lady Geek @belindaparmar: “Women are big spenders when it comes to consumer electronics; they outspend men 3 to 2 on technology and influence 57 percent of new technology purchases. Brands are starting to take notice of this and are developing products that appeal to women such as the introduction of more streamlined designs without wires, greater colour and size choice as well as fashion designer partnerships.”

Says Nick Hucker, Pure’s marketing director : “We take design just as seriously as audio quality at Pure and our engineering design team has put a lot of care and attention into all aspects of the Jongo multiroom speaker system. In addition to customisable speaker grilles, Jongo has a streamlined look and feel and the speakers are wireless so they don’t clutter the home environment. There are also well-engineered stands for selected speakers so that customers can choose to place them in a portrait position, thereby saving space. 2014 will continue this theme as we’ll be introducing customisation to more of our products in 2014 and announcing more fashion designer tie-ups.”

Two new ranges of interchangeable grilles for the Jongo multiroom speaker system were launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and include Pantone’s ‘It’ colour for 2014, ‘Radiant Orchid’ and ‘Dazzling Blue’, which was used by the most fashion designers at New York fashion week. Read all about it here

20 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Wildverse Winners 2013

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We’re excited to announce this year’s winners of the RSPB’s Wildverse poetry competition for young people, in association with Fun Kids radio.

The annual competition invited children and young people aged up to 19 to get creative and write a ‘wild’ poem about a bug, bird or animal or special place.

The over 13’s had the option to enter a Twitter competition and tweet their entries.

This year’s judge, children’s author Gill Lewis, was very impressed with the high standard of entries and ‘collection of wonderful poems’.

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The overall winner from the under 8’s category was Jordi , aged 6, with his poem ‘Blackberry’. Gill says of Jordi’s poem: ‘Jordi’s poem fills me with the magic of black-berrying in Autumn. I can almost see and touch the thorns and nettles while looking for ripe blackberries in the brambles. I especially loved the term, “Buzzing with brambling fever”. Jordi has perfectly captured a small moment in time along Autumn hedgerows.’

Charlotte, aged 11, was the winner of the 8’s and over category with a poem entitled ‘Snorkelling with seals in the Isles of Scilly’. Gill says of Charlotte’s entry: ‘Charlotte’s poem has it all. It has wonderful imagery of the underwater world and the meeting with the seal pup. We can see the “tangled forest of seaweed”, hear the “kittiwakes screeching their insults” and feel the icy waters. Charlotte has managed to capture and share her wonder of the natural world.’

Winner of the all new Twitter category was Mairenn Collins, aged 15, with ‘Melon Udrigle’. Gill commented: ‘This is an incredibly beautiful poem full of powerful imagery and sense of place; “above rock-pools’ yawning salt-chapped lips.” I felt this conveyed a picture of a wild seascape, painted with words and given character by ascribing details of the landscape to physical features: “seaweed hair”, “collarbone shoreline” and “bruised knuckle rocks.’ Mairren received a Pure Jongo S3 wireless speaker.

Winners of the under and over 8’s categories both received a Pure Sensia 200D Connect internet radio and the runners-up received a Pure One Flow internet radio.

To hear the winning poems, tune in to Fun Kids Radio (online or through DAB digital radio in London and the South East) between 21st and 22nd December, or check out the winning pieces on Pure Connect.

The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home.

 

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