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News about our latest innovations and posts written by members of the Nixplay team.

Gen Z: When Real Meets Digital

Gen Z: When Real Meets Digital

The next time you point to millennials as the masterminds behind a new slang word or a viral online trend, you might want to inspect another group: Gen Z. These are the people born between 1997 and 2012 and thus, have never known life without the internet.

Since their earliest years, Gen Z had been conditioned to polish and prime their online presence in order to become the most presentable version of themselves. Their selfies, for example, go through a painstaking selection and editing process before being posted online.

It’s not just the selfies

This habit of zooming in to every detail to project a picture-perfect life extends beyond selfies. Nearly all photos that make it to their social media accounts, from family pictures to food shots to travel snaps, are subject to the same stringent curation process. And they certainly wouldn’t mind going out of their comfort zones for a jaw-dropping photo.

Unclear but Present Danger

However, maintaining a Pinterest-worthy online presence has its perils. The more we rely on technology to improve our lives, the more accessible our data becomes. The laptops and mobile phones that we can’t live without could easily be used to spy on us. Everything from your location to your passwords and financial details, as well as mundane things, such as what you had for dinner last night, can be uncovered online. Data privacy is—and will always be—an ever-pressing concern, and Gen Z, given the speed at which they adopt the latest apps and trends, are the most vulnerable.

Here at Nixplay, we use the most modern physical, managerial, and technical safeguards that are designed to improve the integrity and security of your photos, videos, and other personally identifiable information. The servers on which personal information is stored are kept in a controlled environment with limited access, and your data is encrypted and protected using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Nixplay is also GDPR-compliant, and we will let you access and even delete your data that we store, upon your request.

Your online safety and privacy is our priority. With Nixplay, you can ensure that you’re sharing your moments safely and securely.

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at

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3,078 Miles In 6 days: One Man’s Race Across America

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.

The Race

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.

Introducing Affirm: A New Way To Pay For Your Nixplay Frame

Here at Nixplay, we’re always looking for ways to help you find ways to display your favorite memories conveniently, easily, and most importantly, affordably. That’s why we’ve partnered with Affirm to give you a new payment option that’s more manageable on your pocket.

Affirm is a credit card alternative that gives you an easier way to pay for the things you love. With Affirm, you can pay for your NIX and Nixplay purchases over the course of a few months. Affirm will always show you the total amount of interest you’re expected to pay at checkout, and they will never charge any fees.

Here are some advantages of Affirm:

You can choose a payment option that fits your budget perfectly.

Affirm makes big-ticket purchases more manageable for your wallet. You’ll be presented with different payment options, and you can pick which option will best suit your current financial situation. No need to pinch pennies just to buy that item you’ve been eyeing since forever!

Affirm lets you pay for your purchases on your own terms.

If your Affirm loan is approved, you can easily customize your payment plan and details. Choose from 3, 6, or 12-month financing—whichever option works best for you. You’ll also enjoy 0% APR (annual percentage rate) if you choose to pay for your purchase within 3 months.

You know exactly how much you need to pay upfront, and there are no hidden charges.

Your Affirm interest rate and monthly payment plan will be provided to you upon checkout so you know exactly how much you need to pay each month. Affirm also notifies you when your payment date is coming up. No bill shock here!

Affirm is convenient and easy to use.

To use Affirm, simply click the ‘Affirm’ option during checkout, provide some basic information, and you’ll soon get a real-time decision. No confusing paperwork necessary.

Affirm makes gift-giving easier.

Planning to give NIX or Nixplay Frames to your loved ones? Avoid the holiday rush with Affirm! You can order your NIX and Nixplay Frames weeks ahead of the holidays and pay for them in flexible installments so you don’t have to brave the crowds doing their last-minute shopping.

Learn more about how you can use Affirm to pay for your Nixplay purchases here.

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at

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Privacy in an open world: How much do Americans care about online privacy?

Never in the history of mankind has information ever been so easily accessible. Whether you’re looking for the latest celebrity gossip or a new scientific study, everything you need to know can be accessed online.

Unfortunately, companies looking to increase their sales know this as well. And they’re not afraid to use the latest technology to learn as much as they could about you.

To find out how privacy issues affect American online behavior, Nixplay surveyed 2,003 Americans in partnership with market research company InnovateMR. Below are some surprising findings:

“I HAVE AGREED TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS”: When downloading a mobile or tablet application, 1 in 2 (50%) do not regularly review the list of data points the application is able to access, putting them at potential risk for third parties to access phone features such as their microphone and camera.
COINCIDENCE? MAYBE NOT: 43% of consumers indicate they have often seen advertising that appears to be related to a recent verbal conversation.
A PRIVATE AFFAIR: 14.8 percent of Americans have also stopped using Facebook due to concerns over privacy.
CAMERA-SHY: 1 in 3 parents of children under 18 years old (33%) estimate having posted no more than 5 photos on social media within the entire last year.

“Memories of our friends and family are meant to be shared but privacy and safety concerns – especially regarding our children – are not something to be taken lightly,” said Nixplay’s Founder and CEO, Mark Palfreeman. “Although social media seems to be the prime medium for sharing life’s experiences, we created Nixplay as a safe place to share those intimate memories and most precious moments with family and close friends. With end-to-end encryption, Nixplay has taken every precaution possible to anonymize your content and keep it for your eyes only.”

More information about the study is available upon request via

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The Nixplay Mobile App Just Got A Makeover

We’ve given the Nixplay Mobile App a brand-new look, and you should absolutely check it out. Trust us on this.

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The New Nixplay Mobile App.

For starters, we’ve totally revamped the interface. Our design team worked hard to give you a better user experience, and you’ll see the fruit of their efforts when you navigate around the app. Pairing your frames, uploading photos, and selecting playlists have never been this easy.

It’s now easier than ever to manage your Nixplay Frame.

The updated Nixplay Mobile App isn’t just eye candy. It’s also faster than ever, with our software team working double time to give the app a smoother, optimized performance. This gives the app fewer chances of lagging, and gives you more time to bask in your memories.

It’s also easier now to share photos with your loved ones using the Nixplay Mobile App. This is a crucial part of the Nixplay experience, and we’re always looking for ways to make the photo-sharing process easier for you. That’s why we improved the activity feed showing the updates of your friends. This way, you’ll never miss out again on an important milestone in the lives of those dearest to you.

Share photos and videos of your favorite moments.

Finally, we know how much you love watching videos of your favorite moments. That’s why we’re very pleased to announce that both iOS and Android users can now upload 15-second videos using the Nixplay Mobile App so you can see your memories on your Nixplay Frame instantly. Making your life’s highlight reel has never been this easy—or this fun!

Don’t miss a beat! Download the Nixplay Mobile App today from Google Play or the App Store to join in the fun.

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at

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