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#134: Best in Showroom | December 2010


Happy Holidays!

Lights are going up in houses and storefronts, holiday decorations seem to spring up overnight, and snowflakes add a little more sparkle and holiday spirit.

This time of year has different meanings for many of us, and no matter how you choose to embrace it, I encourage everyone to take a moment to remember someone less fortunate. Donate a toy, some warm clothes or maybe just your time to make this often difficult time of year a little easier for someone else in your community.

Holiday shopping can be both a pleasure and a headache this time of year, but here at Small Dog Electronics, we hope to make checking off items on your wish lists a little less stressful! We have all kinds of specials available in our stores and on our website designed to take a lot of the guess work out of holiday shopping.

We have bundles available with $100 in gifts with every Mac purchase, a $100 gift card with the purchase of Apple’s 27” LED display, 10% off iLife ’11 and more!

Of course, we haven’t forgotten about the Mac addict who seems to have everything… from iTunes gift cards and Small Dog gift cards to gadgets and accessories to make any Apple enthusiast smile.

For a complete list of specials and holiday gift giving ideas, visit our Holiday page online:

We wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!

Emily and the Waitsfield Retail Team

Top 3 Hottest Holiday Gifts
By Kali Hilke, Marketing Manager

Apple has updated some of their already hot products (and some that needed a refresh) just in time for the busiest shopping season of the year. (So you just may be able to take care of almost everyone on your list with these suggestions!)

Here’s what customers have been asking for most this year:

#1 Apple TV
Now featured an incredibly reduced size, the Apple TV now exclusively streams HD movies, TV shows and more from your iTunes library, plus Netflix (with subscription) and YouTube content.

In stock for the holidays—just $99.99!

#2 iPad (only in-store!)
You may have heard the word “revolutionary” thrown around. iPad makes the most of your digital life, from an e-book reader to notetaker to mini Mac. Come into our stores to get your hands on a demo and see what all the buzz is about!

Models currently in stock from $499.99!

#2.5 Verso case by Hammerhead for iPad
Protect that new device with a sleek and durable premium leather case that also converts into a stand for better viewing. In Candy Apple Red, Chocolate Brown and Ebony Black.


#3 iPod touch
This one never seems to slow down in popularity! With a seemingly endless array of apps to choose from, the iPod touch is a mainstay for people on-the-go to game enthusiasts. No need for cell phone service and contract* when the iPod touch can do almost everything the iPhone can!

From $229.99 (Be sure to grab a free Hammerhead Aura case with it!)

*We’re now AT&T Authorized, so we can be your one-stop shop for an iPhone as well! Come in for your new iPhone 4 (or 3GS at just $99) and service plan today!

Apple Releases iOS 4.2
By Ben Bonaccio

A lot of our customers have been asking about this, and now it’s here. This past week, Apple released iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The update, which has been long awaited by iPad users, brings owners of the device over 100 new features.

Multitasking, folders, unified inbox, Game Center, AirPlay and AirPrint are only a few of the new features making their debut on the platform. It had been rumored that Apple, at the last minute, had removed some network/shared printer support, and it appears that this is the case. Currently, the feature is only supported by select HP printer models, though more support is planned for the future.

The update also brings full AirPlay support to Apple’s family of iOS devices. Previously only available through iTunes, iOS 4.2 will allow users with compatible devices to wirelessly stream videos, music, and photos to the new Apple TV.

The third all-new feature of iOS 4.2 is a free version of Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Previously a MobileMe exclusive, Apple has included the device tracking application for free within the update. Though this inclusion will certainly be appreciated by users should their devices go missing, there is a catch. Free Find My “Device” functionality is limited to the iPhone 4, iPad, and 4th gen. iPod touch. iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 2nd/3rd gen. iPod touch owners will not be able to use this feature—or at least not in the same way as those with current generation hardware.

Whether or not your device supports all of the new features of iOS 4.2, it is a promising upgrade and an especially momentous occasion for iPad users. For more information on iOS 4.2, click here.

The update is available now through iTunes. Users can obtain the software update by connecting a compatible device to iTunes and following the prompts to update. If you do not receive an automatic prompt, simply select “Update” from the device’s main screen within iTunes.

Check our blog here for a list of all compatible devices and to read more!

MacTrak by GadgetTrak
By Jim Overman

With my stepson off at college, I decided that it might be a good idea to get him a subscription to MacTrak for his notebook.

MacTrak is a security program from GadgetTrak which helps to locate your computer when it has been lost or stolen (I know, I know, not something you want to think about over the holidays).

The more I found out about the program, the more I started to realize that it is an amazing idea. Then, I proceeded to add it to all the machines in the household—even our iMac.

Once you have your account set up, the program is dormant until you activate it. If your computer is ever lost or stolen, then you simply log into your account and activate the tracking program. From there, MacTrak goes to work.

The minute that the missing computer is connected to the internet, MacTrak uses Wi-Fi positioning technology to inform you of the location of your computer. Even better still, it will utilize your built-in iSight camera to take a picture every thirty minutes and uploads it to a pre-planned Flickr account so you can see who is using the computer! Seriously!

This will come in handy for the authorities—all of this is done silently, so the user never realizes that they are being tracked or photographed. You gotta love a program that actively dishes out Karma!

Just $15 for a 1-year license.

Come in and ask us about it or read more here.


Toys for Tots

Both our Waitsfield and South Burlington retail locations have collection boxes for Toys for Tots. Please donate!

Read more about the Toys for Tots program here.

We hope you will join us in supporting our local community and its members during your next visit to our retail stores.

Specials | 12/10: Holiday Edition

All specials are in-store only and while supplies last.

Save $30: Chill Pill Bundle
Includes Black Chill Pill speakers, Dual USB Port AC Adapter and Helmet Speakers.


Save $15: FREE Hammerhead Aura case with purchase of any iPod touch (4G)
Your choice of Clear, Smoke, Purple, Blue or Pink (while supplies last)!

Save $30: JBL Creature III Speakers
A best-selling speaker system from JBL—makes a perfect gift!


Save $10: Maxx Digital Executive Alarm Clock with Dock
Includes AM/FM radio and docking station for iPod and iPhone.


Save $15 on any Mili Product
External batteries, power adapters, cases and more. From $4.99!

Save $50 on the Sierra Sound InStudio 4.0 speaker system!


Mention Best in Showroom when you purchase!

Classes: On Winter Vacation

Our classes and free seminars will return in January!

We are excited to announce we are updating this valuable resource and will have new classes and seminars for the new year.

Check our website and stay tuned to our newsletters for more information on when classes resume and other news!