Whenever I visit The Mall Camberley one of my favourite things to do is pop into Currys.Digital and chat to my friend Geoff (the Manager) about all the latest tech of which he and I share a mutual love for. It’s almost like a tech bromance.
On a recent visit to Curry’s Geoff was excited because he had just taken delivery of some shiny new Apple TV’s and true to form we got talking about all the latest cool features.
He said “Want to take one home to play with?” “I thought you would never ask” I said. He gave me a Google Chromecast II to take home to play with too.
I have had chance to play with the Apple TV and the Google Chromecast and I love them both.
I’ll start with the Google Chromecast II. No point in going over old ground explaining what this device does as I wrote a blog about the first generation Chromecast here and to be honest the second generation device does not offer anything new in terms of features. The second generation Chromecast simply offers a more powerful device with an upgrade in the processor and antennas which are optimised for streaming. This is really noticeable as there is no longer connection issues found with the first generation device.
The price is the same at £30 and included are Sky NOW or Google Play Store Credits to choose from. A little advice, last year on Boxing day only Curries.Digital in Camberley were selling the Chromecast for £18 so its worth waiting to see if they will be doing the same offer this year.
So now to the 4th Generation Apple TV. This small bit of kit really is the Ferrari of streaming media devices.
As someone who uses such devices daily and has owned a 3rd Generation Apple TV for a few years I am really excited about the latest iteration.
Apart from the on board hardware upgrades which make the device much more capable to handle the new OS and feature sets, the biggest improvement is the addition of an App Store. When the device was first available, there were not that many apps available but more and more apps are being added by developers. Some of the games are superb making the device a great family entertainment system. My daughter and I have had hours of fun with some of the games.
The other noticeable difference is the remote control which has a motion engine integrated and allows it to be used as a game controller much like a Wii controller.
If you are a Netflix fan then the Apple TV is the best device to experience Netflix movies and TV shows. This is because Apple caches Netflix shows on Apple servers which means they load faster and far less likely to buffer.
I love the way SIRI search brings all services together so that when I search for a movie it returns results across all services rather than just iTunes.
Finally, Apple TV has two memory capacities to choose from. 32gb or 64gb. I think the 32gb will serve most people’s needs adequately but if you are an App monster then go for the 64gb.
Starting on 19 November and up to 17 December, most of Camberley’s top high street names and fantastic independent traders will open late, giving shoppers a chance to pick up Christmas essentials until8pm.
Surrey Heath Borough Council is providing free parking in its Main Square and Knoll Road car parks for cars arriving after 3pm.
The late night shopping dates are: 19 November, 26 November, 3 December, 10 December and 17 December.
The Atrium is also offering free parking during the same days and times.
A new online service ‘Car Park Spaces Live’ gives updates every 15 minutes showing how many spaces are available in Main Square and Knoll Road car parks.
In addition, a new online prePAY system has been introduced in both car parks, meaning customers can create an account and pay for their parking at home and then they can enter and exit the car parks without needing to use a pay station.
For more information, visit: www.surreyheath.gov.uk/parking
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Strap yourself in for the return of The Camberley Car Show, on Saturday 22 August, there is a bigger and better collection of classic and vintage cars, motorbikes than ever before and even live acts to keep you entertained throughout the day. Last year the show saw thousands of visitors pull up to Camberley Town Centre to see the eclectic array of vehicles and join in the free family fun day. From 10am to 4pm, The Camberley Car Show offers the chance of a fantastic day for motor-heads and visitors alike don’t miss out.
The Camberley Car Show was initially created in 2012 to fundraise and give support for the South West Thames Kidney Fund. Extremely generous visitor donations over the last 4 years have improved quality of life for those who so desperately need it. Created in partnership by the towns’ Business Improvement District (BID) Collectively Camberley Ltd and local car enthusiast, Ken Bonner, The Camberley Car Show attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all across the UK. BID Manager, Lucy Boazman said
‘Year on year, the show has involved and is now one of the biggest car shows in the South. It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the very best of Camberley Town Centre whilst raising awareness for the charity. It also provides a fantastic platform for the towns businesses, which fund the show, to promote themselves to thousands of new visitors.’
This year the BID team have secured an exclusive exhibition from The Bloodhound: attempting to break the World land speed record, this jet and rocket powered car designed to reach speeds of 1,000 mph. The iconic F1 six wheel Tyrrell P34 will also be within the amazing variety of cars. The show has even attracted the attention of Chris Evans, the new host of BBC 2 Top Gear, who is loaning the town his original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Another one of the big names attending Camberley Car Show this year is the Brooklands Museum Trust. Brooklands Museum Trust is an independent charitable trust which aims to preserve and interpret the heritage of Brooklands – the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey, in 1907. Recognisable classic cars will be positioned all across the Town Centre. Jaguar’s, Lotus’, among many more of your favourite names in the motoring industry. Miss Boazman continued
‘We’re really excited to be joined this year by such high profile cars like The Bloodhound and the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car. These cars will help really put The Camberley Car Show on the map –for the BID team, this is really important.’
In addition to the exceptional list of classic and vintage cars, Edd China from Discovery Channel’s “Wheeler Dealers” will be making an appearance during the show, plus local charity ‘Sporting Bears’ will be offering passenger rides in luxury sports cars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis. In addition to all of this, there will also be plenty of live music a free face painting and entertainers to keep the little racers happy too. Programmes will be available on the day for a small donation to let you know what will be happening throughout the event.
The Camberley Car Show is a free event funded by all businesses within the towns Business Improvement District.
Nine independent retailers in Camberley gave up their time to feature in Collectively Camberley’s promotional video in celebration of Independent Retailer Month. With the lights bright, the camera ready and action called, the interviewees from some of Camberley’s well known businesses explained what it’s like to be an independent business in the forever-improving town today. Independent Retailer Month is a campaign that runs annually throughout July to highlight the important role smaller, local, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and in the retail sector as a whole.
With an eclectic array of retailers, Collectively Camberley’s promotional video got deep into the heart of life as an independent retailer in Camberley. The video exhibits just some of the 70+ Independent Businesses in the town including restaurants, hairdressers, bakeries and more. The intention of the video, along with other promotional activities across the month, is to show off the uniqueness of the town and discover what makes Camberley stand out from the competition.
With many of the businesses stating they believe that independent businesses give a town its identity and its originality, it has seemed more than appropriate to really appreciate the character they bring to Camberley.
Lucy Boazman, BID Manager for Collectively Camberley, explained why she thinks the project has been so fantastic.
“Independent Retailer Month is a really important time for the Independent shops in the Town Centre and we’re calling on shoppers to come along and see what they have to offer. Camberley has over 70 independently owned businesses, many of which have been trading in the town for years. It’s these businesses which make our town unique. Independent means different and Camberley is certainly that.”
What can you do to support your local independent businesses in Camberley? Well it’s simple; come and see them for yourself. When you do, we promise it will be hard not to go back to these enthusiastic businesses that all show a real passion for what they do and this shines through in their customer service.
Celebrate Independent Retailer Month; Love Camberley and Shop Locally
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