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Treat Your Someone Special With Sony!

It’s never too late to treat that special someone for Valentine’s Day, so take a look at these seven great products from Sony, and see which one everyone will love!

WH-H900N Noise cancelling headphones – £230.00 RRP

Available in five unique shades – perfect for the style-conscious person in your life

Treat your loved one to top-of-the-range sound with these colourful headphones. The WH-H900N allow you to block out everyday noise with their digital noise-cancelling function, whilst letting you control your listening experience on the move with the ambient sound mode. They feature a touch sensor control panel for easy operation and are available in a selection of colours to match your style including; Twilight Red, Pale Gold, Horizon Green, Moonlight Blue and Greyish Black.

  • Superior high-resolution sound quality
  • Digital noise-cancelling function that blocks out everyday noise
  • Touch sensor control panel for easy operation
  • Available in Twilight Red, Pale Gold, Horizon Green, Moonlight Blue and Greyish Black

WI-H700 h.ear in 2 Wireless headphones – £150.00 RRP

Try them with your favourite outfit and it all just works – a perfect gift for the commuter in your life

Treat your partner to sublime sound and hip design with these wireless behind-the-neck style headphones. Perfect for listening to music and taking calls, they offer eight hours battery life and include a helpful call vibration feature to notify you of incoming calls. Available in Horizon Green, Twilight Red, Grayish Black, Pale Gold and Moonlit Blue.

  • Ideal for listening to music and taking calls
  • Wireless behind-the-neck style
  • A handy call vibration to notify the wearer of incoming calls
  • 8 hours of battery life

NW-A30 Walkman with High-Resolution Audio – £180.00 RRP

A must-have for music lovers who never want to run out of tunes

A must-have present for your audiophile partner, the NW-A30 Walkman is a digital MP3 player which features an S-Master HX digital amplifier for pure sound quality. The glossy exterior and touchscreen make it a joy both to behold and to handle. The Walkman is available in a selection of colours to match your style including; Lime Yellow, Viridian Blue, Charcoal Black, Bordeaux Pink and Cinnabar Red.

  • Top-of-the-range-sound quality
  • Ease of use with touchscreen
  • Easy Bluetooth connectivity with NFC One-touch so you can connect easily to your favourite tunes
  • S-Master HX digital amplifier that cuts distortion for rich, full-bodied sound

SRS-XB40 Portable Wireless BLUETOOTH Speaker – £199.00 RRP

Ideal for those who love to party

Perfect for the party loving significant other. See and hear the beat with Sony’s EXTRA BASS speaker featuring flashing club-like lighting effects. Make the party last longer with 24 hour battery life and connect up to 10 wireless speakers via Bluetooth with the Wireless Party Chain mode. Match your setting with a range of colours including; Black, Blue and a very romantic Red.

  • EXTRA BASS for deep, punch sound
  • 24 hours of battery life
  • Available in a range of colours: Black, Blue, Red
  • Wireless Party Chain allows you to connect up to 10 wireless speakers via Bluetooth technology

GTK-XB60 High Power Portable Audio System with BLUETOOTH – £300.00 RRP

Perfect for festival fans

For any festival loving couples, the GTK-XB60 will be the ultimate gift to receive this Valentine’s day. Large and loud but wireless and portable the EXTRA BASS speaker creates the deep, punchy sound you desire. With multi-coloured line light and flashing strobes and a 14 hour battery life, this is sure to be the speaker of the summer.

  • EXTRA BASS for deep, punchy sound
  • Multi-coloured line light, speaker lights and flashing strobe
  • Up to 14 hours of battery life
  • NFC™ and Bluetooth for quick, seamless connection

WH-1000XM2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones – £330.00 RRP

A premium present for frequent flyers, delivering optimal sound at high altitude

For love in the air, these headphones offer industry-leading noise cancellation and wireless freedom – the perfect present for frequent flyers. With a new Atmospheric Pressure Optimising feature that analyses your surrounding sound, it will ultimately improve the quality of sound when used on a flight.

  • Industry-leading noise cancellation that blocks out everyday noise
  • Atmospheric pressure function that delivers the best sound at high altitudes
  • Smart listening by adaptive sound control that detects your movement
  • No wires for ultimate comfort

UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player – £400.00 RRP

The ultimate gift for movie lovers to enjoy their favourite rom-com

Have a romantic night in watching movies in picture perfect 4K and enjoy hi-resolution audio playback capabilities that truly show off your collection. The player can also deliver 4K streaming from services such as Netflix, all encased in a sleek and subtle design that fits with any room interior.

  • 4K UHD Blu-Ray – watch the latest Blu-Ray discs from unmissable films such as Blade Runner 2049 and Baby Driver from Sony Pictures
  • Anti-vibration construction for clearer sound whilst watching your favourite movie
  • Plays almost any disc and file format
  • Stunning picture with 4K upscaling up to 60p

α6500 Premium E-mount APS-C Camera – £1,500.00 RRP

The perfect gift to capture all those special moments

The α6500 is a premium APS-C interchangeable lens camera and is compatible with Sony E-mount lenses. It is the perfect gift to capture all those special moments and features unmatched autofocus capability, as well as touch screen focusing. The camera has 4K video recording capabilities, and features 5x slow motion capture and 60x Quick Motion.

  • Unmatched autofocus capability to extend the range of your shooting capabilities
  • New touch screen control for ultimate ease whilst capturing memories
  • 4K recording for videos in perfect detail
  • 5x slow motion capture and 60x Quick Motion – allowing budding video editors to customise their content

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Stage Set For New Screen Media Innovation Lab

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, with Ards and North Down Borough Council Chief Executive, Stephen Reid, are pictured at the Town Hall, Bangor Castle, during the BCRD meeting.

Ulster University’s plans for a new, world class Screen Media Innovation Lab (SMIL) were centre stage at today’s Belfast Region City Deal Council Panel meeting, hosted by Ards and North Down Borough Council.

SMIL is set to play a key role in the Belfast region’s economic recovery post-COVID, by building on the success of Northern Ireland’s creative industries which already contribute over £1billion GVA to the NI economy and employ around 26,000 people.

As one of the City Deal’s innovation projects, SMIL will provide a Centre of Excellence in Research and Development, and Innovation in Virtual Production, where academics, researchers and the creative sectors can collaborate using state of the art facilities, helping to both sustain and grow jobs in one of Northern Ireland’s most successful sectors.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, who chaired today’s Belfast Region City Deal Council Panel meeting, said:

“The Belfast Region City Deal partners are focused on driving investment in our most resilient sectors, and in projects which will lead to sustained, long term regional growth and job creation.

“Demand for virtual content production is rapidly growing, but there’s currently a lack of capacity in this field. And because the Belfast region has already established strengths in film, broadcast, animation, games, and virtual, augmented and mixed reality – we’re perfectly positioned to establish this new Screen Media Innovation Lab and meet that demand.”

Facilitating Virtual Innovation

Professor Frank Lyons, Associate Dean of Research and Impact, Co-Director of The Creative Industries Institute and Ulster University’s Academic Lead on the SMIL project, said:

“As well as facilitating the levels of virtual innovation that will make us world leaders, SMIL will provide training and development opportunities to strengthen our talent pipeline, meeting the needs of the sector and boosting our productivity. In conjunction with the Belfast Harbour Film Studio complex, SMIL will drive collaboration in R&D on an unprecedented scale.

“SMIL has the potential to completely transform our creative industries, providing the platform for local companies to compete globally and establishing the Belfast region as a destination of choice for investment.”

Transformative Programme of Investment

Momentum continues to build for the Belfast Region City Deal, with the aim that a deal will be signed this summer to kick off this transformative programme of investment in innovation and digital, tourism and regeneration, infrastructure and employability and skills.

With the NI Executive’s commitment of £350m to match fund the investment of £350m from the UK Government, the overall investment package from both governments and BRCD partners currently stands at £850m for this ambitious 15-year programme. The government and partner investment will leverage critical private sector investment that will ensure delivery of a deal with a value well in excess of £1billion.

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First Beneficiaries of Project Stratum Connected to Next Generation Access Broadband

Economy Minister Diane Dodds meets with Tara Hamill, one of the first beneficiaries of Project Stratum, and Chief Operating Officer for Fibrus Networks Ltd Conor Harrison. Credit: Aaron McCracken

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has welcomed the announcement Fibrus Networks has connected its first customers to Next Generation Access broadband under Project Stratum.

Just three months into the awarding of the Project Stratum contract, the first OLT (Optical Line Termination) in Coalisland, County Tyrone is now live with the first customers connected.

Once completed Project Stratum, the £165million broadband improvement scheme, will radically transform rural broadband connectivity by extending gigabit capable full fibre broadband infrastructure to approximately 76,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland.

Project Stratum is Life Changing

Commenting after speaking to Tara Hamill, one of the first beneficiaries of Project Stratum, the Minister said: “In today’s world we are especially reliant on our broadband services and good connectivity. More and more of our work and leisure time is spent online and if you don’t have access to good broadband this can be a real issue. Speaking to Tara Hamill has underscored the difference Project Stratum can make to peoples lives and how it is bringing tangible benefits to householders.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds meets with Tara Hamill, one of the first beneficiaries of Project Stratum, and Chief Operating Officer for Fibrus Networks Ltd Conor Harrison. Credit: Aaron McCracken

“I know there are many communities, especially in rural areas, which have been waiting a long time for improvements in their broadband speeds. These first connections demonstrate Fibrus Networks have the capability and capacity to deliver full fibre solutions, with speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, to many rural premises transforming the broadband connectivity landscape for individuals and businesses across Northern Ireland.”

“I want to congratulate Fibrus Networks on reaching the first significant milestone and I look forward to hearing about their continued deployment in bringing the benefits of Next Generation Access broadband to many more neighbourhoods across Northern Ireland.”

Commitment and Dedication

Chief Operating Officer for Fibrus Networks Ltd Conor Harrison added: “The logistical planning and immediate execution of this work is testament to the commitment and dedication of Fibrus, as well as the skill of our team who are equipped and ready to deliver full fibre broadband to the people of Northern Ireland.”

UK Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said: “Access to fast and reliable broadband is a central focus of our mission to build back better. The UK government has invested £150million in Project Stratum to roll out top-of-the-range speeds not just to towns and cities but to rural communities across Northern Ireland. It’s great news for thousands of people and I’m excited to see the first customers plugged in to these game-changing gigabit connections.”

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