Last minute gift idea: Make a USB flash drive mixtape!

13 February 2016 in Fun | Personalised | USB Flash Drives | USB Memory Sticks | DIY

We all have the best intentions to get our friends, family and loved ones fantastic gifts for birthdays and Christmas, but sometimes even the best laid plans go awry. Thankfully, in this modern age there are so many ways you can make a great last minute gift that are still thoughtful and sweet but without a hefty price tag or spending hours hunched over a craft project (though that can be fun too!).

We all know how versatile USB flash drives are, so use yours to its full potential and create your loved one a USB mixtape. It's fun and easy to do and makes a great last minute gift. Before we give you our tips on how to make a flash drive mixtape, we must state that we are, of course, not lawyers and we cannot guarantee the legality of this form of music sharing. As far as we are aware, sharing music for personal, non commercial use is permitted by most music retailers, but please check first if you're not sure!

With that out of the way, let's go ahead and make a mixtape.

1. Get an awesome USB drive. Head over to our website now and pick out a novelty, sparkly, or classic drive for your beau, friend, or family member. We have a great selection and with our engraving service and great range of premium packaging, you can make this gift as personal as you want it to be.  We make no apologies for that shameless plug.

2. Choose the right capacity. We supply flash drives from 512MB up to a whopping 32GB, so whether you want space for just a couple of songs or for several albums, we've got you covered.

3. Choose your songs! For iTunes users, you can right click the song and click "show in finder" or "show in explorer" and copy the file to the USB drive. Or you can just locate the music folder in your documents, and copy and paste your songs directly from there - whichever is easiest for you.

4. Add other stuff, perhaps a mini speaker to make a full musical package gift.

5. Add the finishing touches. Maybe just add a little tag to the flash drive (particularly easy if they come with a keyring built in or a loop for one (like many of ours do), put it in a gift box, or a little gift bag. If you get your drive from us, we can take care of those packaging options for you.

And you're done! If you've made a flash drive mixtape or if you have any great ideas for a playlist, let us know in the comments.

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21 July 2015 in Advertising | Branded | Business | Personalised | Promotions | USB Flash Drives | USB Memory Sticks

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Fresh in: web keys

13 June 2014 in Branded | Business | Personalised | Promotions | USB Flash Drives | USB Memory Sticks

Have you heard of web keys? Do you know what they are? If you run a business or have something to promote, then they really could be a game changer for you.

When your customers plug in one of your web keys, it will direct them to whatever web address you've loaded on there. You could run a contest, advertise a sale, or simply use them to direct people to your web site. They can link to any valid URL, so you could send customers to an otherwise hidden page on your site for exclusive deals or content

Web keys are a great alternative to a business card as you can have them emblazoned with your logo and send people directly to your web site, facebook page, or any other link of your choosing.

Web keys are small and light, making them ideal for posting out to clients or giving away at trade shows and exhibitions. It's a great way to stand out from the crowd of competition companies overwhelming your potential customers with business cards and flyers, and means you can present a whole lot more information with one tiny product.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to our new Web Key section on our web site and get your business moving!

Flash drives on-the-go!

30 May 2014 in USB Flash Drives | USB Memory Sticks

If, like most people in the modern Western world, you are the owner of a smartphone, then we're about to make your life so much easier. One of the greatest things about smartphones is also one of it's biggest drawbacks; You can take hundreds of photos and videos and save all kinds of data, but often there is not enough storage on the device itself. Some phones and networks offer 'cloud' storage devices, but often you have to pay a monthly premium for it or be stuck with a very small amount of extra space that just isn't worth the effort. 

The image below shows just how much storage capacity your smartphone has. It may look like a lot, but remember that this space is also be taken up with all the apps you install, not just the images and videos you take or music you download. 


 

The fact of the matter is, a lot of us are very reliant on our smartphones, and without a solid means of backing up the important data we keep on them we could find ourselves somewhat stranded in the digital age if our phones should ever give up the ghost.

So, what can you do? Well, thankfully, we at Memory Mates have just the thing to solve this problem. They're called OTG (short for On The Go) Flash Drives and they work exactly the same way as a regular USB stick, except that they have the addition of a micro USB connector on the other side that enables you to plug it in to your smartphone. It can also be used with some tablets, which is a real bonus if you want to write that important document on the go and easily transfer it to your computer when you arrive. Given that almost every smartphone has a mini USB port (they are soon to be compulsory, in fact) and never enough storage, we believe that this is a sorely needed addition to the gadgeting world!


The best news of all is that they are available to buy from our web site right now.

Selfie craze

15 April 2014 in Fun

The craze of the selfie has hit an all time high. Celebrities are posting selfies worth $1 billion, a song called "#Selfie" has made its way into the top 20, and even the Pope is getting involved! What started out as something reserved largely for vain teenage girls, this trend has become a worldwide phenomenon and is a great way to capture special moments. Of course, if you have one of our Power Banks you have three times as much battery power for taking all these marvellous selfies, but you knew that already. You could also then import all of those onto one of your Memory Mate flash drives, right?! OK, enough shamless plugs.

So, with the craze seemingly at its height, what else can possibly top the Ellen Degeneres Oscars selfie or the First Papal selfie? Astronaut selfies. 

Here at Memory Mates we obviously like to keep our fingers on the pulse when it comes to technology and trends, so we were keen to share the incredible astronaut selfies with you to perk up your day! Some of these astronauts were so ahead of their time, they were taking selfies in space before we even had a name for them.

Enjoy!

JAXA astronaut Aki Hoshide takes a self-portrait during Expedition 32 in September 2012. “Visible in this outworldly assemblage is the Sun, the Earth, two portions of a robotic arm, an astronaut’s spacesuit, the deep darkness of space, and the unusual camera taking the picture,” NASA wrote. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

Apollo 12′s Pete Conrad is visible in the helmet of crewmate Al Bean during their moon landing in November 1969. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Expedition 15 crewmember and NASA astronaut Clay Anderson snapped this self-portrait during a spacewalk in August 2007. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Self-portrait of Expedition 36/37 European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano during a July 2013 spacewalk. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

NASA astronaut Mike Fossum grabbed this self-portrait in July 2011, with space shuttle Atlantis visible in the background. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


NASA astronaut Joe Tanner grabs a helmet shot during a spacewalk on STS-115 in September 2006. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Mike Fossum, a mission specialist on STS-121, took this shot in July 2006. In the visor you can see space shuttle Discovery, part of the International Space Station and fellow crewmate Piers J. Sellers. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski takes a self-portrait during STS-120, which ran from October to November 2007. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Gemini 10 astronaut Mike Collins in July 1966. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University


Expedition 6′s Don Pettit takes a portrait in January 2003. Also visible in the picture (upper right) is his crewmate, Ken Bowersox. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Gemini 12 astronaut Buzz Aldrin snaps a picture of himself during a spacewalk in November 1966. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


A tiny Neil Armstrong is just visible in the helmet of Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 landing in July 1969. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

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