The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-07-27T02:05:32Z Medical-grade tablet cases beat pathogens in healthcare and science 2018-07-27T02:05:32Z medical-grade-tablet-cases-beat-pathogens-in-healthcare-and-science With 54% of doctors reported using devices for professional purposes 1, iPads, tablets and iPods used in clinical care present a dangerous new surface for pathogens that cause Healthcare Associated infections (HAIs). The United States’ Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that HAIs occur in 1 out of every 25 acute care hospitalisations 2. Tablet cases that can’t be properly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants have no place in healthcare settings. Especially for healthcare professionals using tablets and iPads in healthcare, aged care, dentistry and veterinary science, Maximise Technology is pleased to introduce Griffin Technology’s Survivor Medical cases for iPad, iPod, Surface Pro and Galaxy Tab A 10.1. New specially designed cases for tablets and iPod can allow healthcare professionals to utilise mobile technology in clinical care, without contributing to the spread of pathogens. This means that doctors, nurses, pathologists and other health professionals can leverage the benefits of mobile technology and bedside data capture, without increasing the risk of spreading pathogens in the healthcare facility or between patients. Lab-Tested, Lab-Proven – 168 hours of continuous exposure to 4 common hospital disinfectants. This testing method is equivalent to 3 years of disinfectant exposure in a typical hospital setting. Can disinfect with common medical wipes – Wipes/chemicals including at least: Isopropyl alcohol wipes (70%) Quaternary alcohol wipes Bleach wipes/solution (10:1 dilution) Activated hydrogen peroxide (0.5%) Disinfectants used in 168-hour tests PDI Sani-Cloth AF3 PDI Super Sani-Cloth (55% isopropyl alcohol) PDI Sani-Cloth with Bleach Cavicide  Managing mobile devices in health and aged care We have helped our health and aged care clients to take iPads, tablets and iPods deeper into both clinical and residential care. Charging stations are used to store, sync and recharge team devices to reduce the admin time and cost of a device fleet, and to reduce the footprint required to manage many devices at once. Recharging 5 to 40 devices with one powerpoint is a significant benefit in that no additional power outlets are required. Compact charging carts or wall mounted charging cabinets keep the footprint low for storing devices. iPad and tablet stands or wall mounts are keeping tablets in use for patient, staff or public use. Rugged laptops and tablets are used in emergency departments, ambulance, fire and police vehicles as the devices are toughed to be able to withstand drops, knocks, splashes and more.  Pia Argiratos is Managing Director of Maximise Technology www.maximisetechnology.com.au. At Maximise Technology, we see mobile technology as a uniquely powerful tool for business, healthcare, education and many more parts of life. We help people get more from mobile devices as they earn, learn and play by bringing together the most innovative, clever, high quality accessories to work with all mobile devices. Always the best quality and best design to really make a difference in what you can do. References 1. Venola, C.L (2014). Mobile Devices and Apps for Healthcare Professionals: Uses and Benefits. P&T, 39 (5), 354-364 2. Magill SS, Edwards JR, Bamberg W, et all (2014). Multistate point-prevalence survey of health care-associated infections. New England Medical Journal. 370 (13): 1198-1208 7 Tips for BYOD Back to School 2016-12-27T05:23:48Z 7-tips-for-byod-back-to-school-1 More schools are offering bring-your-own-device, or BYOD programs, for children to bring their own iPad, tablet or laptop to school to use in class. This reduces the impact on the school’s budget, but also makes students and their parents responsible for protecting the iPad to, from and at school. Here are 7 tips on what you should consider for your school-going iPad or tablet.     1. Make it last: Protective case with genuine drop protectionYour child’s iPad, tablet or laptop will be dropped and squashed at school. Deep breath; it’s a fact. So it needs real protection – this is not the time for a cheap and cheerful plastic wrapper over your $600 device. High quality tough case brands such as Gumdrop, Griffin, Otterbox, Trident and Lifeproof engineer their cases to handle drops, shocks and more. This can include inbuilt air chambers, high density silicone, ABS plastic internal frames and other forms of clever to kid-proof your device. The investment will be worth it for the extended life of your device, and the fact that your child won’t be the only one without the right gear at school while you pay to have it fixed – again.   2. Clear view: Include a screen cover Sand and grit being dragged across the screen can leave lasting damage to the glass and frankly you really need a screen to be clear to get the most out of a tablet. Many good quality cases include an inbuilt plastic screen cover that is both tough but also sensitive so the ever-so-slightly heavier finger pressure required to activate the screen is well worth it for the protection it provides. Of special note is the Otterbox Defender case which has an integrated plastic screen cover but also a detachable screen guard/stand which provides a tough ABS plastic barrier between your child’s iPad and compass set. Alternatively, some come with adhesive screen protectors. Adhesive covers can be purchased separately so added to other cases, and replaced when required.   3. Cover the vulnerable bits: Port covers Mashed banana in your charge port, m’am? No thanks! Make sure that your iPad case includes secure port covers to keep the nasties out of vulnerable places.   4. Use it right: Stand up straight Having a stand on the iPad case can make a difference to a child’s head and neck position while using the device, and assist to ensure good posture. Many cases include stands, such as Griffin,  Gumdrop Hideaway, and Otterbox Defender.   5. Long text tip: Keyboard is important High school students are using iPads as their primary content capturing device, and tying onto the screen is not really an option for long tracts of text. Think of their wrist position as well as the reduced screen size once the keyboard is on display. A Bluetooth keyboard easily integrates with iPad or tablet means they can type comfortably and get full use of the device for the long school day. This can be either as a separate keyboard or part of a keyboard case or folio for your iPad or tablet.  The keyboard case is also a sturdy protective case as well so two jobs done in one. Zagg, Kensington, Gripcase and Belkin are some of the brands to look out for, for durability and long battery life.   6. Keep learning: Recharge options The batteries in most devices will last the school day however a portable power pack slipped into the school bag is a great back up to help your child recharge any device anywhere. Simply plug into the USB power bank mid-class and keep learning. Mophie, Phillips and Powertraveller all make portable power packs of different battery sizes and degrees of durability, so there is one for your child's needs and your budget.   7. Class room protection: Secure store and charge One of the major worries for schools is how to secure the iPads, tablets or laptops while they are not in use. Wall cages with charge systems – such as PC Locs or Ergotron - may be the answer, otherwise lockable trolleys to move devices around. There are many options available and the school needs to have a solution so that your iPad doesn’t vanish while the kids are at lunch. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au maximises your mobile technology – to earn, learn and play. Protective cases, portable power and charging systems for businesses, schools, special needs kids and busy people. Do more and reduce cost and time of managing devices. Find out more at www.poweredlife.com.au or call 1300 POWER 4 (1300 76937 4), email hello@poweredlife.com.au. Live a powered life! 5 Tips For Using A Solar Charger For Your Mobile Phone 2016-10-28T02:12:07Z 5-tips-for-using-a-solar-charger-for-your-mobile-phone Having a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet means you can recharge your gear anywhere the sun shines. Perfect for travel, camping and most of all emergencies. Remember summer power failures, anyone? Imagine a holiday with no flat battery moments but instead the convenience of your camera and mobile phone fully usable anywhere. Solar power for your mobile devices also means you are taking less power from the grid – saving the planet one recharge at a time AND saving money. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your solar charger, whether this is for camping or everyday. To increase the efficiency of your solar charger, make sure the panels directly face the sun at all times. As the sun moves across the sky throughout the day, adjust your solar charger accordingly. Pop it onto the car console or dashboard while driving to catch some rays. Leave it on the window sill at home through the day so you can recharge off the grid at night.  If you are charging through a window, windscreen, etc, be aware that the charging times will be increased especially if your windows are tinted.  A great way to use a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet while camping or bushwalking is to WEAR IT! Strap it to your backpack and recharge your portable battery anywhere you go. Then its on hand to charge up your phone, camera, GPS or the kid’s iPod (so you can enjoy the serenity a bit longer).  The power of the sun’s rays depend on the season, as during summer the earth faces more directly towards the sun. So charge times can vary depending on the season where you are. The time of day is also an important factor to consider when using your solar charger. You will get the best performance when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, usually at noon. In fact, an hour charging at noon will give better charge than a few hours later on the same day.  Extreme weather can affect your solar charger’s efficiency, so if its baking hot, protect your charger from until its a little cooler, ideally less than 45deg C. Powered Life has solar chargers from leading brands including Powertraveller. From the waterproof Powermonkey Expedition or to the family sized pairing of Powergorilla + Solargorilla, from waterproof Powermonkey Extreme Solar Charger to the all-in-one Solarmonkey Adventurer 2015 Solar Charger, we have a solar charger to suit your lifestyle and mobile devices. 7 Best iPad Cases for Business 2016-08-28T02:51:49Z 7-best-ipad-cases-for-business Finding the right iPad cases for your team can make the difference between your iPads being a handy tool for when they sit down to check email to becoming a real investment in mobilising your business. Genuinely protective cases for iPad means your device can keep up with your staff in the field, to be used to collect data, photograph information around sites and live up to the promise of the software you want them to use. The 7 best iPad cases for business are here... Otterbox Defender Case for iPad Multiple layers of serious protection, detachable screen guard which is also a stand - tough Otterbox Defender Series for iPad Air 2 gives you rugged and trusted protection. This case maintains and optimises the full functionality of your tablet, for a precision fit and uninhibited use of every function and feature of your device. A built-in screen protector to guard against scratches, plus port covers to keep out dust and debris, this is one of the best iPad cases you’ll find. Now you can play use your iPad for work, learning or play, knowing your tablet is seriously protected.>> See the Otterbox Defender Cases for different iPads here   Zagg Folio The ZAGG Folio is the thinnest and most diverse Bluetooth® keyboard available. It features a unique hinge design that lets you position your screen at virtually any viewing angle and also provides full body protection to help keep your iPad® free from scratches and dings. A powerful battery keeps it going for up to three months of regular use between charges. Featuring a unique hinge design that adjusts through 135°, the Folio holds your iPad at whatever viewing angle is best for you, just like a laptop. No other Bluetooth® keyboard does that. >> Find out more about Zagg Keyboard Cases for iPad here   UAG Urban Armor Gear UAG iPad cases combine light-weight materials in a rugged, low-profile design to provide maximum protection for your iPad. Utilising a tough yet durable exterior UAG calls FrogSkin, UAG iPad cases ensure your case won't slip out of your hand in daily use. Oversized ports, tactile buttons, and a smart cover provide maximum usability on your next adventure.>> More about the UAG Case for your iPad here   Gumdrop Hideaway Case for iPad A super protective case + stand without compromise. Gumdrop HideAway tough case for iPad Air 2 features a proven rugged design with a disappearing stand. The stand ingeniously hides away into the easy grip rubber pattern, and can easily be engaged with a flip and a click. The Hideaway supports two mode; viewing mode and typing mode.  Built in stand held in place with magnetic snaps; Complete protection for the iPad, including screen and port covers; Rigid internal frame protects against drops (tested from 6’ on flat concrete); Integrated and replaceable screen shield prevents scratches; plus full access to touch ID technology. >> Read all about Gumdrop Cases for iPad here   Trident Industrial Case for iPad Air 2 Trident Kraken AMS Industrial Case for iPad Air 2 is designed to protect tablets in the most severe conditions. This case Series meets Military Standard MIL-STD-810G, with features like waterproof dust filters, high-definition film and sealed ports, so professionals need not worry about damaging their tablets while on the job. Each Industrial case includes an attachment port that supports a twist-and-lock feature to securely fit a variety of A.M.S. tablet attachments, allowing you to use your device to its full potential. >> Find out more about Trident Industrial Case for iPad here   Griffin Survivor Slim Case for iPad Griffin Survivor Slim for iPad is a blend of slim, multi-layer design and mil-spec rugged protection perfect for schools, families and busy people. Survivor Slim protects your iPad from 2-metre drops using a shatter-resistant polycarbonate shell ringed with a silicone bumper. The bumper absorbs shocks and creates a non-slip grip when you carry it. The touch-through screen shield protects your Multi-Touch display while you use it, and flexible button covers deflect windblown dust, grit and rain. Survivor Slim's built-in kickstand flips open and locks in place to hold your iPad at the perfect angles for viewing video, surfing or typing. >> More about Griffin Survivor Slim and other Griffin Cases here     Lifeproof - waterproof case for iPad Lifeproof nüüd for iPad is the sleekest, slimmest, smartest tablet case ever made for the sleekest, slimmest, smartest tablet ever dreamed. Lifting your iPad from the confines of the living room, nüüd equips it for the wilds of the classroom, boardroom, jobsite or campsite. Along with total screenless interaction and four-proof protection, LifeProof nüüd provides full iPad functionality and complete access to every control. Add to that the optical-glass lens, dynamic speaker ports and slim, sleek design, you get an iPad that’s up for anything and more capable than ever dreamed.  Lifeproof frē case for iPad is heavy-duty protection. Featuring LifeProof’s four-proof protection, frē shields Air from drops, dirt and complete submersion. And the smart design allows total tablet functionality. From classroom to boardroom, jobsite to campsite, with frē for iPad, the sky’s the limit. Or is it? Designed to work with every feature, function and control — just as Apple designed — frē melds seamlessly with your iPad. And, this waterproof tablet case is so unbelievably slim and light, you think it’s barely there — until you’re glad it is. >> Find out about Lifeproof cases for iPad here     Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au maximises your mobile technology – to earn, learn and play. Protective cases, portable power and charging systems for businesses, schools, special needs kids and busy people. Do more and reduce cost and time of managing devices. Find out more at www.poweredlife.com.au or call 1300 POWER 4 (1300 76937 4), email hello@poweredlife.com.au. Live a powered life! New choices to toughen up Microsoft Surface Pro 2016-02-29T03:36:54Z new-choices-to-toughen-up-microsoft-surface-pro Microsoft Surface Pro laptop-replacement-tablet is quickly growing lots of fans in schools and businesses. Good news: there are new choices in rugged cases to protect Surface Pro through a busy day in the classroom or out in the world – including military-grade rugged cases.   For some Surface users  who just need to protect the device while in transit, a sleeve to tuck it safely away while its not in use is ideal. Incipio ORD Sleeve for Surface Pro 3 has a protective nylon exterior and a soft faux fur lining, so your tablet will be protected at all angles. Handy pockets and two pen holders make it easy to carry around. If you like to be a bit more office-like, try theTargus Folio Wrap case for Surface 3. For others, keeping Surface Pro safe from drops, bumps and more while using it for work or learning is important. Features such as handles, carry straps and sealed ports can take your device to a whole new level of function and endurance, maximising your work day wherever you are. Incipio’s Capture Case for Surface Pro 4 is engineered for durability. This multi-layered Capture Case featuring an adjustable 360° rotating handle and comfortable strap for secure grip. Shock absorbent layers give it maximum drop protection, however keeping it charged and in use all day is easy with sealed but accessible ports including power and USB. But there are people who really test out the durability of a device and need more protection so that it can keep going, without damage or needing to be replaced.  STM Dux Case for Surface Pro 4 goes to the top of the class for rugged case protection. This tough case is tested to meet or exceed U.S. Department of Defense Standard 810F/G durability tests, yet works seamlessly with the Type Cover and pen. Ports are protected but accessible, and the case is ventilated to keep your device as cool as you are. There is a STM Dux case almost as tough for Surface Pro 3, too. Kensington BlackBelt 1 for Surface Pro 3 is another military-grade choice, with a strong, cushioned TPU layer that meets military-grade MIL-STD-810G testing for all-around protection against drops and scratches. And for its price, its great, tough case value. Other rugged cases for Surface Pro 3 and 4 include Trident Cyclops Case with dust filters and a patented audio design that redirects sound to the front of the screen   Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au maximises your mobile technology – whether you are a school with iPad and laptop fleets to manage, or a family that needs to kidproof its iPads, as well as businesses large and small. Do more and reduce cost and time of managing devices. Find out more at www.poweredlife.com.au or call 1300 POWER 4 (1300 76937 4), email hello@poweredlife.com.au. Live a powered life! 5 tips on using a solar charger for your mobile phone 2015-10-23T02:24:51Z 5-tips-on-using-a-solar-charger-for-your-mobile-phone Having a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet means you can recharge your gear anywhere the sun shines. Perfect for travel, camping and most of all emergencies. Remember summer power failures, anyone? Imagine a holiday with no flat battery moments but instead the convenience of your camera and mobile phone fully usable anywhere. Solar power for your mobile devices also means you are taking less power from the grid – saving the planet one recharge at a time AND saving money. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your solar charger, whether this is for camping or everyday. 1. To increase the efficiency of your solar charger, make sure the panels directly face the sun at all times. As the sun moves across the sky throughout the day, adjust your solar charger accordingly. Pop it onto the car console or dashboard while driving to catch some rays. Leave it on the window sill at home through the day so you can recharge off the grid at night. 2. If you are charging through a window, windscreen, etc, be aware that the charging times will be increased especially if your windows are tinted. 3. A great way to use a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet while camping or bushwalking is to WEAR IT! Strap it to your backpack and recharge your portable battery anywhere you go. Then its on hand to charge up your phone, camera, GPS or the kid’s iPod (so you can enjoy the serenity a bit longer). 4. The power of the sun’s rays depend on the season, as during summer the earth faces more directly towards the sun. So charge times can vary depending on the season where you are. The time of day is also an important factor to consider when using your solar charger. You will get the best performance when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, usually at noon. In fact, an hour charging at Noon will give better charge than a few hours later on the same day. 5. Extreme weather can affect your solar charger’s efficiency, so if its baking hot, protect your charger from until its a little cooler, ideally less than 45deg C. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au has solar chargers from leading brands including Powertraveller. From the waterproof Powermonkey Expedition or to the family sized pairing of Powergorilla + Solargorilla, from waterproof Powermonkey Extreme 12V to the all-in-one Solarmonkey Adventurer, we have a solar charger to suit your lifestyle and mobile devices. Christmas Gift Ideas for people who love technology 2015-10-23T01:43:49Z christmas-gift-ideas-for-people-who-love-technology Picking the right gift for family and friends who love technology just got easier, with the release of new ideas to help them take their favourite device away camping, to school or even to work. Mophie H2Pro case for iPhone 6/6S and Lifeproof Fre Power Case have it all: military-grade tough, waterproof and dropproof tough case, with inbuilt rechargeable battery pack, so you get 100% extra battery life built into your case wherever you go. Powertraveller Powermonkey Expedition solar charger is a revolution in portable charging technology, bringing together multiple ways in which to naturally, yet efficiently generate power - all housed in strong, aluminium, waterproof casing. The waterproof (IP65 rated) powermonkey expedition houses a 10,500mAh lithium polymer battery which can be charged in three ways; via hand-powered crank, solar or via the international AC mains charger. Does your home or office have multiple devices to recharge every day? A charging station can charge up to 5 devices from one powerpoint. Griffin PowerDock 5 and BlueFlame 4 Device Charging Station can save space, time and sanity. Educational technology toys mean the kids won’t realise they are learning while they have fun. Osmo Game System brings iPad into the physical play, with interactive games for creative thinking and problem solving. LittleBits Electronics, including kits on space and Arduino, teaches them about circuitry, leading them to robotics, coding and much more. Working with iPad is so much easier with an inbuilt keyboard in a protective case. Zagg Slim Book case for iPad Air 2 has backlit keyboard to make working that bit easier, even in low light. Powered Life helps you maximise your mobile technology – whether you are a school with iPad and laptop fleets to manage, or a family that needs to kidproof its iPads, as well as businesses large and small. Protect your devices with the choice of best brand protective tough cases while recharging anywhere with solar and portable power. Reduce admin cost and time of managing multiple devices in your school or business with charge-sync solutions. Find out more at www.poweredlife.com.au or call 1300 POWER 4 (1300 76937 4), email hello@poweredlife.com.au. Live a powered life! Power up your Dad this Father's Day 2015-08-21T03:15:16Z power-up-your-dad-this-father-s-day Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and spend their time doing different types of things. Here are some great gift ideas for YOUR kind of Dad. Sporty Dad If Dad likes to bike or hike, he might like to take his mobile phone with him. MAMILs (middle aged men in lycra) often like to record their hard-earned kms so waterproof phone kit with a mount to keep it safe while he works the pedals is a great gift. Lifeproof has waterproof, drop proof, dust proof cases for mobile phones – so they are also Dad proof – including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6. iPod users get protected too. Add on an optional mount kit so Dad has his phone on his bike, car, boat - anywhere.   Business Dad Mophie’s range of powered cases for mobile phones is legendary. Yes, you read right: built-in back-up battery in a protective case. Flick a switch and recharge anywhere. Stock available right now for iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus as well as Samsung Galaxy S5. Lifeproof makes Dad even more powerful (get it??) with a waterproof PLUS powered case. Perfect for the endlessly busy Dad, the clumsy Dad; the travelling or tradie Dad. If Dad likes to recharge more than just his phone, check out the Mophie Powerstation XL which can recharge 2 devices at once, from its 12,000mAh rechargeable battery pack. Or a ruggedised powerstation with the Mophie Powerstation Pro, with a 6000mAh power bank that is drop proof and water resistant.   Adventure Dad Does Dad like to get out there in the wilds? Powertraveller portable power gear means Dad can venture far, while keeping in contact with his world, with solar and rechargeable power packs. Powermonkey Explorer 2 is crushproof, waterproof while Powermonkey Solarmonkey Adventurer has endless power for mobile devices. For the hardened explorer, the brand new Powermonkey Expedition power pack includes solar and hand crank recharge options. For the Dad who ventures overseas, the BlueFlame World Charger plus Portable Battery Pack can make simple work of recharging devices, with a single AC adaptor with international pins, plus a detachable portable pack to keep him recharged anywhere. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps you choose where to work or play. Use your mobile phone, tablet or notebook - anywhere, any time - with top brand portable power and tough cases for mobile devices including Lifeproof, Mophie, Powertraveller and much more. Solar chargers, waterproof mobile phone cases, kid-proof iPad/tablet cases. iPad case review: Otterbox VS Gumdrop 2015-04-27T01:07:09Z ipad-case-review-otterbox-vs-gumdrop When you really use an iPad or tablet - for work, in the classroom or healthcare - you really need to protect it with a case or cover. Schools, families and businesses in particular ask us: which is the best protective case for my device?   Do you really have the time to evaluate all of the different options in iPad and tablet cases, or will it usually come down to price? You can be honest, it’s ok.   Here is our review of two of the most popular protective cases for iPad, tablet and mobile phones: Otterbox Defender and Gumdrop Hideaway. Let’s start with the construction. Both of the cases are rugged, durable and have dual material construction to protect against drops, bumps and scratches. These are seriously rugged cases, used by special needs kids, schools, busineses and travellers alike. Both include integrated plastic screen protection, a stand for hands-free viewing, drop proof corners, and good grip. They are engineered to protect your device, not just be a pretty bit of plastic over your shiny, slippery class and metal device: inbuilt air chambers to absorb shock, ABS internal frames. Tough silicone outer skins. Real protection for people who really need to protect their device. There are differences though. The Otterbox is sleek and smooth all over, which means it can easily slide into a bag or folio, and comes in a choice of 3 conservative colours. The Gumdrop series case is hard core to look at with its checker plate designed silicone cover and masculine colour options (though more options are available for bulk purchases). Gumdrop is also the lighter of the two. Then there is the orientation of the display. The stand on the Otterbox can handle multiple tilts and profiles - You can use it portrait or landscape, with various degrees to each. Unfortunately the Gumdrop stand really only works in landscape (which is still great for watching movies on dark nights out camping). And the nature of the stand is also different on both cases. The Otterbox has a fully removable stand which is also its clip-on screen cover, while the Gumdrop stand has a magnetic close, so the stand tucks away snug into the case when not in use - and fits into iPad sync-charge stations as a complete unit. So it really depends on how many parts you are willing to cart around. Both brands ensure that all the ports are protected to keep out dust and debris, which is great if you need to survey farmland or inspect warehouses - or keep school-bag grit out of power ports. But still easy to open and recharge including when using a portable rechargeable power pack or solar charger. So which is more popular? These are both top of the range cases and attract the discerning buyer who wants - or needs - their device to keep going for a long time in tricky conditions. Otterbox is often preferred by occupational therapists for special needs children, and also by business users. Gumdrop’s slightly cheaper model Drop Tech (no stand) is generally the case of choice for schools - who would prefer the Hideaway but have to contain costs. Business and healthcare clients have used both to great success - you will see these cases used by our clients in hospitals, air-borne health services, building and construction industry, schools around Australia and more. Bottom line: Otterbox and Gumdrop are both great cases, built with excellent quality, and will protection for your device well in almost any situation (except underwater! You need to look at waterproof Lifeproof brand for that). The product differences of look, features such as the stands will be the only thing that splits them. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps schools, business, families and travellers use their devices where and how they like. We bring together the best protective cases, portable power and solar chargers, charge-sync systems for fleets of devices and much more - all together on one place at www.poweredlife.com.au. Extend learning with electronics 2015-03-27T05:27:23Z extend-learning-with-electronics For parents, schools and therapists, finding new ways to extend children who aren’t into arts or music can be challenging, however looking to technology and electronics may be the answer. Imaging the learning opportunities in building electronic circuitry to achieve specific outcomes, such as building a cold fireplace, or a waving hand activated by sound. Not only is it learning the rules of electricity (though in a safe, 9V battery kind of way, of course), but also cause-and-effect relationships between modules. Electronics are great not only for high performing students, but also those learning support needs. Kids with disabilities can find new ways to be active in the world through creating systems that turn music on or off, flash lights, turn around or whirls. Hands on learning and working together in a group to achieve a new project teaches children about planning and communication, building resilience and creativity at the same time. LittleBits Electronics Kits are click-together circuitry kits with an almost unlimited number of possibilities. Starting with a base kit, there are thousands of possible circuits you can make, and more as you add on kids such as the Space Kit, the Synth (music) kit and the Cloudbit Kit to re-create smart devices such as mobile phones. A range of specialist additional pieces mean the scope for learning and achieving with Littlebits is almost infinite. Each module within the kit has a sequence, so kids learn to recognise the order of circuitry. Start with connecting the power, ie a 9V battery, then connect an input module such as a switch, then an output module which will do something. Each module type is colour coded and they connect via magnets so the students can easily create connections and achieve their desired outcomes. The included manuals give them many sample circuits to try, so they can learn and then develop their own ideas. Check out the LittleBits range at http://www.poweredlife.com.au/accessories/electronics/shopby/brand-littlebits.html. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps schools, businesses and families to get more from their mobile technology by offering the very best in protective, tough cases, innovative power and sync systems and helpful accessories all in one convenient place. Only genuine brand gear so you know it works. Advice and information to find the solutions for your devices and how YOU want to use them. Live a powered life! Manage iPad fleets from your phone: New Bretford app 2015-03-27T05:26:09Z manage-ipad-fleets-from-your-phone-new-bretford-app iPad management is one of the busiest tasks for your ICT co-ordinator. Not only is there software to update, but keeping dozens or hundreds of iPads recharged and secure in various places around your school can be a big task. Now there is an app that makes a difference. Bretford, one of the leading brands in iPad power-sync systems world wide, makes this easier with the release of the PowerSync App, so your staff can manage iPads in multiple locations from their phone. In addition to the Bretford range’s features of full rate charging, even when connected to the host computer, this innovation can reduce staff time spent administrating iPads considerably.   About the app The PowerSync+ app, which is available from iTunes for iPhone, iPod or iPad, works with the PowerSync+ systems to display the recharge and sync status of your devices. Different coloured indicators for each individual device shows you the progress, and the one app can be used for PowerSync+ stations in multiple locations around your school. So your ICT co-ordinator can see the progress of syncing for a 40 iPads in the library cart, then 30 iPads in Mr Smith’s room, and the 20 in the cart in the secure wall mounted station in the support unit. The PowerSync+ app can also help with security. By setting an ‘out of hours’ timezone where devices should not leave their station, the app will alert you if any devices leave the station out of hours. Think of it as an all hours iPad theft detection unit!   Models in the PowerSync+ family PowerSync+ is the latest range of charge-sync-store solutions from Bretford. The all steel construction range includes a 40 Bay cart, a 20 Bay cart with storage space, and a 20 Bay wall or desk mount-able station. All come with Lightning cables pre-installed, so you are ready to go once you unwrap your new stations. All come with a huge 12 year warranty on the cart/station, and 2 year warranty on electricals. Compatible iPad cases Best choice of protective iPad case to work with the Bretford PowerSync+ range are Gumdrop,Otterbox, Kensington and Hard Candy, so saving time while kid-proofing your iPads is now so much easier.   For more information on Bretford products contact Powered Life on 1300 POWER 4 (1300 769 374) or schools (at) poweredlife.com.au Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps schools, businesses and families to get more from their mobile technology by offering the very best in protective, tough cases, innovative power and sync systems and helpful accessories all in one convenient place. Only genuine brand gear so you know it works. Advice and information to find the solutions for your devices and how YOU want to use them. Live a powered life! Power for 10: new iPad, Tablet and Chromebook stations released 2015-03-27T05:24:49Z power-for-10-new-ipad-tablet-and-chromebook-stations-released Many businesses and schools using fleets of iPads and tablets have been looking for a cost-effective solutions to charge, sync and store the devices.  This is it. Carry baskets are a key feature of new products, which were released last week at Future Schools Expo in Sydney. The three new products each manage 10 devices, but offer solutions for different devices. PC Locs iQ 10 Charge Sync Store is for iPads and other Apple devices, as not only will it recharge and house your iPads, but it offers the ability to update apps in bulk via Configurator. The small footprint of the unit means it can fit in anywhere, and can be desk or wall mounted. Indicator lights help you monitor the progress of your charging and updating, which is fast with full rate 2.4amp charging. The carry baskets included make it easy to move iPads around the school safely, with 5 devices per basket with a comfortable carry handle. The removable divider can fit most protective cases including Gumdrop, Otterbox, Kensington, Griffin and Hard Candy, so keeping your iPads kid-proofed plus recharged and up to date has never been easier. If you love the iQ 10 concept but are using Android or other tablets, or don’t need syncing in all locations – and want to save some money – then the iQ 10 Charging Station is the one for you. Everything else is the same, just no syncing function. Need a solution for larger devices such as Chromebooks, notebooks, laptops? PC Locs Carrier 10 Charging Station is built for devices up to 17”, and includes the larger Uber basket with longer carry handle so you can carry even large devices around easily. SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICES for these great new PC Locs products for Term 1 so contact us today for a quote. 1300 POWER 4 (1300 769 374) or schools (at) poweredlife.com.au Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps schools, businesses and families to get more from their mobile technology by offering the very best in protective, tough cases, innovative power and sync systems and helpful accessories all in one convenient place. Only genuine brand gear so you know it works. Advice and information to find the solutions for your devices and how YOU want to use them. Live a powered life! Travel gets a jump start 2015-01-20T03:30:17Z travel-gets-a-jump-start Whether you are travelling or just running a busy life with a car full of kids or clients, NOTHING wrecks the day more than a flat car battery. Or if it’s on the water, a boat battery that just won’t kick over, leaving you stranded, or ruining a perfect day’s fishing before it’s even begun. Times like these you wish you had the solution in your pocket. Well, now you can. PowerOn Portable Jump Start Kit is a small-sized lifesaver. It’s a jump start for your car, boat, bike or whatever, capable of jump starting your vehicle’s battery up to 20 times from a full charge. It takes up less than the space tor a set of jumper leads but can get you out of a tight spot in a minute. Of course, sometimes flat battery emergencies can be of the OTHER type, such as a flat mobile phone or iPad battery, leaving you uncontactable, or worse, having to listen to the kids argue in the back seat for the next 2 hours 48 minutes. So the PowerOn Jump start kit is also a power pack, ready to recharge any 5V/1.2A USB chargeable device from its massive 12000mAh battery pack. Plus the built-in safety LED torch, and your travels just became a whole lot easier. It can put out 86 lumens of light and up to 100 meters of illumination, with multiple illumination modes: torch, strobe light, and SOS. An emergency light capable of lasting up to 120 hours on a full charge! >> Find out more about PowerOn Portable Jump Start Kit here Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps travellers enjoy the outdoors and remote adventures while keeping their mobile devices charged and protected. From solar chargers and portable power packs, and drop-proof and waterproof protective cases for devices, to mounts for keeping your device anywhere, our products help you maximise your fun whether you are glamping or hiking mountains with goats. Live a powered life!  6 tips for buying a school-proof iPad case 2015-01-20T03:16:35Z 6-tips-for-buying-a-school-proof-ipad-case More schools are offering bring-your-own-device, or BYOD programs, for children to bring their own iPad to school to use in class teaching. This reduces the impact on the school’s budget, but also makes students and their parents responsible for protecting the iPad to, from and at school. So what should you consider for your school-going iPad? Here are our top 6 tips on what you should focus on. Protective case with genuine drop protection This iPad will be dropped. Face this fact right now. So you need to give it genuine protection from the inevitable – this is not the time for a cheap and cheerful plastic wrapper over your $600 iPad. High quality brands such as Gumdrop, Otterbox, Trident and Lifeproof engineer their cases to handle drops, shocks and more. This can include inbuilt air chambers, high density silicone, ABS plastic internal frames and other forms of clever to kid-proof your device. The dozen dollars or so you will spend on it will be worth it for the extended life of your iPad, and the fact that your little Jonny won’t be the only one without an iPad at school for a week while you get it fixed – again. Screen cover Screens cop a bit from grubby little people. Sand and grit being dragged across the screen can leave lasting damage to the glass and frankly you really need a screen to be clear to get the most out of a tablet. Many good quality cases include an inbuilt plastic screen cover that is both tough but also sensitive so the ever-so-slightly heavier finger pressure required to activate the screen is well worth it for the protection it provides. Of special note is the Otterbox Defender case which has an integrated plastic screen cover but also a detachable screen guard/stand which provides a tough ABS plastic barrier between your child’s iPad and compass set. Alternatively, some come with adhesive screen protectors, such as Kensington BlackBelt and Safegrip models. Adhesive covers can be purchased separately so added to other cases, and replaced when required. Port covers Mashed banana in your charge port, m’am? No thanks! Make sure that your iPad case includes secure port covers to keep the nasties out of vulnerable places. Stand up Having a stand on the iPad case can make a difference to a child’s head and neck position while using the device, and assist to ensure good posture. Cases such as Gumdrop Hideaway, Kensington Blackbelt and Otterbox Defender include stands, while Trident Kraken AMS Media Stand is an optional accessory. Protection in class – storage for lunch breaks etc One of the major worries for schools is how to secure the iPads while they are not in use. Wall cages with charge systems – such as PC Locs or Ergotron - may be the answer, otherwise lockable trolleys to move devices around. There are many options available and the school needs to have a solution so that your iPad doesn’t vanish while the kids are at lunch. Accessorise for success Make sure that your child has the gear they need for using the iPad in class. This may be a child-friendly stylus pen, or volume limited headphones so that they can’t blast their heads off. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps families and schools maximise iPads and tablets for learning, while minimising the cost. Protective cases and covers for children of all ages including those with special needs. Styluses, headphones, keyboards and other accessories. Charge-sync-storage systems for schools to reduce admin cost. All the best quality brands, all in one place at www.poweredlife.com.au or 1300 POWER 4 LIFE (1300 76937 4 5433) or hello@poweredlife.com.au.  Maximising iPads and tablets in the classroom 2014-05-11T11:10:04Z maximising-ipads-and-tablets-in-the-classroom Any parent can attest to the skill of primary school teachers, who take our excitable, energetic rascals and with skill and patience, teach them not only facts and lessons, but how to learn in a classroom. iPads and mobile technology have added to the tools these miracle workers have in their cache, giving them new scope for engaging, teaching and exciting kids at school. But how can a school reduce the cost of maintaining a fleet of iPads and tablets for their students, ensuring that there are devices available for more children, and for longer, at less cost? Our top three tips for maximising technology in classes at a reduced cost are: ·         Kidproof your technology - Protect your iPads and tablets with good quality, robust cases that suit your class needs. Brands such as Gumdrop, Otterbox and Trident are engineered to be truly drop-protective. Some of the clever features include internal air chambers for absorbing shock, inbuilt screen protectors to safeguard from scratches and some water protection. ·         Reduce the time and costs of managing technology - Recharging and syncing class sets of iPads and tablets can be time consuming and a poor use of staff time. Recharge or power-sync systems can make managing large numbers of tablets – from 8 to 60 units at a time – simple and quick. Some systems also include features to secure devices from theft. ·         Clever accessories - What? Can’t hear you? A child that can’t fully engage with a lesson will be easily distracted, so make sure your class gets the most from your technology with the right accessories. From an extra speaker to project the sound of the current lesson to the back of the class, to styluses and brushes for individual children to be able to use on the tablet, clever extras can maximise the benefits of technology in the classroom. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps schools, businesses and families to get more from their mobile technology by offering the very best in protective, tough cases, innovative power and sync systems and helpful accessories all in one convenient place. Only genuine brand gear so you know it works. Advice and information to find the solutions for your devices and how YOU want to use them. Live a powered life!