What is Nixplay Plus? And how does it make it easier to share photos with family and friends? Find out everything you need to know in our guide – from security and warranty to shared photo albums.
The Benefits of Nixplay Plus
So, what are the real perks of upgrading to Nixplay Plus?
1. Up To 80% Off On Photo Prints
With Nixplay Plus, you can enjoy unlimited custom prints at the lowest prices, so you can share photos with family and friends on a much bigger scale.
2. Share Your Favorite Video Clips
Whether it’s a photo, slideshow or video, Nixplay Plus elevates your memories further, giving you the opportunity to enjoy more of life’s best moments – straight from your frame.
3. Connect Up To 10 Nixplay Frames
Staying close to long distance family is made easy with Nixplay Plus. From just one account, you can control and manage up to 10 Nixplay frames, so everyone from the kids to the grandparents can experience the joy that Nixplay brings. Easy, seamless and sociable.
4. Extended Warranty
Nixplay digital photo frames are durable, technologically advanced and cutting-edge, so we hope you’ll never find a fault. But should you have an accident – like spilling a drink – or your frame stops working for whatever reason, Nixplay Plus covers you for five whole years. Extra warranty, extra security.
5. Family-Sized Storage
The more memories you have, the more space you’ll need. And no one wants to be faced with the choice of which pictures or videos to erase when you run out of memory. Luckily, Nixplay Plus allows you to enjoy a total of 50GB of cloud storage – so you’ll never have to worry about that dreaded ‘out of memory’ alert popping up!
6. Private And Secure Grouped Playlists
In this day and age, you shouldn’t ever have to lose your old photos. With Nixplay Plus, future-proofing your memories has never been easier. Not only can you share photos with family and friends, you can also create up to 50 playlists. This makes it easy to organize and digitize your memories into specific slideshows.
How To Share Photos With Family And Friends
The best part of any Nixplay frame? Being able to share your memories with the ones who matter most. While this is standard with all of our frames, Nixplay Plus lets you create private, grouped playlists that you can send and share in a few easy clicks. What’s more, you’ll have plenty of storage to work with, as we’ve designed our Nixplay Plus subscription plan to be family-sized – giving you all the space you need.
Still wondering how to share photos with family and friends? There’s three ways to do it.
Via the mobile Nixplay app
After setting up your Nixplay frame, you’ll create an account where you’ll be able to manage your pictures, shared photo albums, playlists and even your contacts.
1. Sending photos by email
When you activate your frame, you’ll be able to email your photos and videos using the @mynixplay.com email address used to create your account.
To add the photo in an email to a specified playlist, you can enter ‘pl: playlist name’ in the subject line.
When the photo has been delivered to the @mynixplay.com account, it will automatically be stored in the online ‘Albums’ section.
2. Sending photos at www.nixplay.com
To send and receive photos directly from the Nixplay website, all you need to do is log in with your Nixplay account credentials.
You can add photos to your online shared photo album from:
Your local drive
Your mobile phone camera and camera roll
3. Sending photos on the Nixplay App
To send photos using our secure mobile app, simply download the Nixplay app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play.
Once you’ve created an account and/or logged in, select ‘Send Photos’ from the home screen and choose whether you want to send photos from your phone camera library or directly from your camera.
When sharing photos from your phone library, you can add captions, send photos to a particular playlist and send your pictures to friends and family.
However you want to share your photos, Nixplay Plus allows you to save and keep up to 50GB worth of photos and videos (that’s a lot of memories in one place!).
Family Networking: Privately, Securely and Safely
With the rapid rise in social media, more of us are sharing our intimate moments online. Whether that’s videos of the kids playing on vacation, photos of your family outing or a snap-happy selfie, it’s important to take extra care and precautions to ensure that your shared posts are kept secure. So if you’re wondering how to share private photos, look no further than Nixplay.
With Nixplay Plus, you don’t ever have to worry about the security and privacy of your photos and videos. So when it comes to your shared photo albums and playlists, you can wave goodbye to any safety concerns. Your Nixplay frame is a safe place to share your most precious memories with loved ones, no matter where they are in the world. With end-to-end encryption, we’ve taken every possible measure to keep your content private – so you don’t have to!
Six days, 18 hours, two tire punctures, one crash, and around 730,000 pedal rotations–that was what it took me to complete the Race Across America, an endurance event that involved cycling 3,070 miles across the United States. It was an adventure unlike anything I could have ever imagined, and I don’t regret any second of it.
The Race Across America (RAAM), founded in 1982 and nicknamed “the Everest of Cycling,” is a non-stop, ultra-endurance event that starts in Oceanside, California and finishes 3,078 miles away in Annapolis, Maryland. Crossing twelve states and involving over 190,000 feet of climbing, the race encompasses a multitude of challenging environments, including the Arizona desert, the wind-swept plains of Kansas, the magnificent Colorado Rockies, and the unrelenting Appalachian mountains of West Virginia.
Needless to say, it did not fail to provide a seriously tough race which left its mark on all who took part.
Preparing for a long-distance race such as this was a lesson in suffering, routine and self-discipline. I would be up by 5 a.m. to train, and though I would often look at the bike with some discontent through tired and blurry eyes, I embraced the monotony that turbo training brings.
Each time I climbed onto my bike, I reminded myself that this exercise was going to strengthen my legs while ensuring that my mind is adapted to what was to come. These early morning sessions were then combined with a host of strength work, cross-training, yoga, and long rides after work and at weekends during what many would consider unsociable hours. My diet was closely monitored, as was the amount of sleep I was getting each week. All these was to ensure my body was at its most optimal for the biggest sporting challenge of my life so far.
I developed a passion for adventure and the great outdoors, physical endurance, and human performance at an early age. Some of my fondest childhood memories involved shuffling my way through green fields and hiding from my brothers among the high corn stalks in farm fields, enduring the summer heat and biting bugs for what seemed liked hours; an early test of endurance.
I have spent most of my life training for, being involved in, and recovering from various endurance challenges, which encourages many to ask the truly sensible question, “Why would you put yourself through that?”
Personal motivation and having a reason for taking part in an endurance event is of fundamental importance. Like an assassin, the question of why slowly creeps on you leading up to the beginning of a race, and by the start line, it has you in fight or flight mode.
Flying out to San Diego with my finely tuned bike marked the moment that I realized the true enormity of the challenge ahead. I was feeling good, although I kept questioning if I had everything I needed for the bike through security check-in, as well if the bike would even arrive stateside in one piece.
The support from family and friends is of the utmost importance when committing to compete in the Race Across America. As such, it was essential for me to keep in contact with my loved ones while I was in the race. Nixplay generously provided my family members with a range of 8 and 10-inch Wi-Fi frames, allowing me to share photos and memories while out in America and providing me with the opportunity to show what life was like on the road. It was not always possible to make a call or even send a WhatsApp message, especially as my moments off the bike usually involved a quick wash before eating as much as possible, then passing out in anticipation of the next shift on the bike. The Nixplay App was easy and simple to use, and my photos would reach everyone at the same time.
During the days before our departure, I got together with my family to set up a shared playlist through the Nixplay App, and we began setting up the frames in key locations in the various houses. The idea was that each morning, afternoon and evening, I could simply upload images and videos on the app, and my content would then seamlessly appear on all the screens. This proved to be an incredibly important part of the race, and one which allowed my family to stay connected, feel included, and follow me on the race journey.
It is worth noting at this point how simple and intuitive Nixplay Frames are to set up and use. It was reassuring to me that the technology would work in the way we intended to use it within minutes of unpacking the frames from the boxes. It was not only the software that reassured me, but also the sturdiness of the design and the elegant aesthetics when placed in their location.
I am endlessly grateful for the support that Nixplay provided and I feel humbled by the generosity and time given by the Nixplay team in getting me to the start line. As I walked through London Heathrow Airport pushing my bike box, which proudly displayed the Nixplay branding on it, a passerby stopped me and explained that they have also been using some of the frames. Shortly after we had gone our separate ways, this person was following me on social media and became another participant in the adventure to come.
Upon my arrival stateside, I met the race team for the first time and I confirmed I would be racing with individuals who were all high-caliber in their own right. There we all were, congregated in a downtown motel a little shy of the race start line, and it dawned on us that we knew little of each other’s character and motivations. Despite this, a bond was cemented after the first team briefing, thanks to a slightly discolored and aged swimming pool that even the leaves avoided being blown into.
We were all there to get across as fast as possible, stay safe, and in the end, try to remain friends. Signing the liability waiver was a poignant reminder that, although competing in a superbly organized race, we were dependent purely on each other to get out of any tight spots.
Bikes were built, support vehicles prepared, and the range of compulsory media and inspection events commenced without delay. Special Nixplay branding stickers were applied on all three our of race vehicles, and these were seen by thousands of people while out on the road.
The almost festival-like atmosphere around Oceanside was almost enough to make us forget that we were about to spend seven days (or more) willingly putting ourselves through arduous tests of both physical stamina and mental fortitude. The evening before the race, we joined in the pre-race presentations. The jovial atmosphere was quickly squashed as the Race Director took us through the risks, dangers and sheer enormity of the task ahead. Shaking hands with the other racers, amplified our competitiveness. Strong grips and unwavering eye contact was the norm, along with a nod of recognition that the next conversations would take place out on the road.
A few days later, after a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner and a stiff espresso, we were off. Nervous, excited, and tremendously grateful for getting this far despite not knowing what awaited us on the vast journey, we were focused on the task at hand. I had written the words ‘Dig Deep’ on my hand before the race; I knew that, for this particular race, I would be needing a bigger spade.
Hours later, I awoke from the metronome of tapping bike pedals and found myself cycling through Death Valley in 130 degrees Fahrenheit. With the reflective and absorbent black Tarmac flying below me, it felt close to 150 degrees Fahrenheit and the hot air singed the back of my throat. It’s a misconception that the desert is flat, and before too long I found my heart rate racing at 180 beats per minute while overtaking a host of riders on a 5,000-feet climb. Getting blurry-eyed and worried that I might pass out, I forced myself to slow down slightly. A direct hit from another team’s iced water pistol helped immensely.
In a race of this duration, I quickly learned the value of patience. Passing other teams was best kept as a long-term aim, wherein you slowly chip away at any lead as each mile passed. The risk of heatstroke was always high, and listening to your body and watching for the warning signs were fundamentally important in averting a tragedy. The support crew worked tirelessly to keep us as cool as possible, although our faces still resembled sun-worshipping lobsters before the first day was done.
The support team played a crucial part in keeping me as a rider safe on the road at all times. The value of being in a motivated, well-trained, conscientious and driven team cannot be played down. Without the backing of the incredible people around me, surviving the first 48 hours would have been near impossible.
Sleep came and went in the blink of an eye, with some shifts only allowing two hours in a moving RV, providing perhaps the biggest challenge. Without adequate rest, the body is unable to heal itself fully and repair the damage done to the muscles. This results in an uncomfortable return to the saddle, and each shift becomes a torturous moment which you simply have to endure knowing it will eventually pass. Despite being delicious, food was also difficult to stomach. Forcing down 6,000 calories a day became almost an art form, thanks to a mix of high-calorie chocolate spread and sport-specific powdered fuel.
It is worth noting that until this year, I have not had the pleasure of stepping foot in the wonderful and beautiful country of America. I found no greater distraction from tired legs than the incredible people and the ever-changing spectacular scenery—Utah’s sacred deserts; Colorado’s imposing mountains framed by fir trees; Kansas’ vast rolling plains; Mississippi’s floodplains; West Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, with its terrain similar to my beloved Dorset, where I live in the UK; and finally, the iconic state of Washington and the relief and exuberance provided by the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland.
Crossing The Finish Line
We completed the race on June 22nd with a time of six days and 18 hours, climbing 175,000 feet over 3,070 miles with an average speed of 19 mph. Approaching the finish line felt surreal. A team of strangers from many different parts of the world had done it with no injuries apart from a few minor falls; our bikes all in one piece and big smiles on the faces of all the cyclists and crew. With the prospect of a cold beer mixed with a great sense of bewildered pride, arriving at the docks to cheering crowds and then passing through the branded archway of the Race Across America was an unforgettable moment.
Even though the final destination of all the race finishers was the same, the journey taken by each competitor in the RAAM was different. The shared experience of taking on such an endeavor enabled us to move forward with a new purpose regardless of future challenges, incorporating the valuable lessons learned in life as we go.
Throughout the journey, the Nixplay Frames performed tremendously and have become a talking point for family and friends back home, with many requesting a frame for upcoming birthdays. Linking the frames with social media platforms also proved to be a huge success, and friends were able to share how they are using their frames with others around the world.
Enduring hardships, demonstrating leadership, having trust in those around you, showing resilience at times of impending failure, and working tirelessly towards a shared goal: These are moments to be enjoyed and cherished. They make us stronger and give us the confidence to search for greater horizons, all the while raising much-needed funds for causes close to our hearts.
I plan to dedicate some time now to reflect on what we achieved and this epic journey that formed friendships for life. I’m not sure it would take much to encourage a return to the race as a pair in two years’ time, but for now, the priority is to rest, spending time with loved ones and thanking those who gave support and made this possible.
Nixplay was fundamental in allowing me to take part in such an endeavor, and I was immensely proud to endorse the brand across the entirety of the USA. I very much hope to work with them again in future challenges in becoming an ambassador for their superb business and excellent frames.
With nearly half of Senegal’s population living in poverty, life is certainly not easy in the West African country. A lot of young Senegalese brave crossing the desert and sea just for a chance to live a better life.
This was the case with Malik Ndao, a struggling farmer supporting a family with six children, and Mate Mbaye, who had accumulated a lot of debt trying to support a family of 25. They had planted peanuts and maize for years, but never managed to make enough money from their crops to feed their family long-term. As a result, they had to take on low-paying side jobs like pushing wheelbarrows and repairing radios. Despite this, they still struggled to make ends meet.
A few years ago, Malik and Mate joined the Trees for the Future program. The organization taught them to start and maintain Sustainable Forest Garden Systems that provided for them and their families. Thanks to Trees for the Future, Malik now had a Forest Garden System with over 2,463 trees, while Mate was able to grow over 1,544. They were also able to grow vegetables and other sustainable crops, ensuring they have enough produce to consume and sell all year round.
Mate Mbaye and TREES Technician Omar Ndao, who had guided Mate in implementing his forest garden
Malik and Mate’s Forest Garden Systems changed their lives, raising their families from poverty and cementing their legacy in their respective communities. Through our partnership with Trees for the Future, Nixplay is proud to contribute to this movement.
Our Seed For A Seed initiative allows us to donate a tree seedling to Trees For The Future, reducing the impact of climate change in our own small way. By the end of 2018, we should have helped plant 193,135 trees in developing African countries. With your help, we can plant thousands more.
This Earth Day, we’ve got a special offer for you on all Nixplay Seed frames: 15% of every Seed you buy. But there’s more to it than just a special offer. The unforgettable moments that you share in our frames are worth more than you think.
For each Seed you buy, Nixplay donates the cost of a tree seedling to be planted in Sub-Saharan Africa, through our partnership with Maryland-based non-profit organization, ‘Trees for the Future’. A literal Seed for a Seed.
Through our partnership, the first 10,000 trees have already been planted; and we’re just getting started.
Planting trees provides families with more than just food. It provides income, empowerment, unity, leadership, education and even saves lives.
Trees for the Future currently works with over 3,000 farming families across five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their focus is on the implementation of Forest Garden Programs in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Tanzania.
Since it started 1989, Trees for the Future has planted over 115 million trees in dozens of countries and revitalized hundreds of thousands of acres of soil while changing people’s lives forever.
Why trees? From Trees.org:
Ending hunger: Our latest data indicates that the Forest Garden Approach ends hunger for most families after the first year. Only 13% of our project participants were food secure when they joined the program, and after just 12 months of planting Forest Gardens, 86% of our farmers are food secure. LEARN MORE
Ending poverty: Through the Forest Garden Approach, we are impacting the lives of their farmers and children, resulting in positive impacts for over 26,000 people so far. A total of 82% of our farmers have seen significant income increases and more than 92% now feeling capable to brace for any unforeseen circumstances the future may bring. LEARN MORE
Ending deforestation: By decreasing the use of destructive farming practices such as burning, clearing and plowing, Forest Gardens reduce deforestation by eliminating farmers’ dependence on forests for food, timber, and many other non-timber forest products. The positive environmental impacts of a Forest Garden are endless. LEARN MORE