It’s finally back in stock, our super cool accessory – The IR Blaster.
If you’re wondering what it is, keep on reading.



Back in the olden days, before Smart Home was a thing, our main way to control our electronics was with an old fashioned IR (Infra-Red) remote control and you had one remote for each appliance.

This kind of technology is still used by most TV’s set top boxes, sound systems, lighting and even air conditioners. This means, one remote per device, and if you have many devices, you probably have many remotes and are always mixing them up. Although this system outdated, elder appliances still work great and upgrading sometimes is expensive and unnecessary.

Sometimes, when leaving the house it would be nice to turn off all appliances and not go searching between the couch pillows for each remote.

However, since my old devices are not smart, does this mean it is not possible to control my “dumb” devices with some kind of unified remote?

We made it possible with the IR accessory for Flic.




Our IR accessory works as a bridge between your smart home and your… not so smart home. The IR connects to the Flic Hub and can mimic the button presses on your remote control. This way you can control your TV, sound system, lighting and even AC with Flic buttons. 

How to connect an IR accessory to your Flic Hub LR or Flic Hub


Connect your Flic IR Accessory to the Flic Hub via the 2.5mm connector and place the IR blaster, in the direction of the receiving device(s). The range of the IR signal is ~10m.

For best results ensure a clear line of sight between the IR blaster and the receiving device.

To setup your first action, simply select the IR blaster action within the Flic Hub app page. Follow the app instructions to start recording IR signals from any of your remotes!



PRO Tip

As Flic allows for multiple actions to be triggered simultaneously, you can create complete scenes for each trigger.

Example: 

Push – Turn TV on, dim your LIFX lights to 30%, pause music on your Sonos Speaker and turn down your blinds.

Double Push – Switch to the Playstation input, turn all lights off, lock your door (through IFTTT), and send a message to your gaming pals through Slack to tell them you’re going online. 

Hold – Turn everything off, TV, lights, music, coffee maker – you name it.



Set your Flic to: One push to take me home (country rooooads). Double push for next song. And most important, Hold the button to call my spouse 😛

Drive safe and don’t look at your phone, please.

How to do this in the Flic App:

IOS: function called Navigate, enter destination

Android: function called Navigate, enter destination and navigation type

IOS: Global Music Control, select “Next”

Android: Navigate Music, select type & application

Android: phone call, insert phone number





Smart doorbell time!
Put a sticker on a Flic and place it by your door to receive a notification as soon as someone presses it. Pro tip, share the discount code FLICNEIGHBOUR so your neighbours can get 10% off on flic.io.

IOS & Android: Works both with and without a Hub LR, we recommend a Hub LR for this action

  • Select the Hub, add a flic and select the action Slack Post, insert the message and channel or group.





I lost my phone… again

Are you always running around your house looking for your phone when you are in a rush? 📱

Pop a Flic by the door to make it ring! You too can be an organized human being like Ludvig here, look how happy he is with his Flics 😁

IOS: Find my phone function, select noise

Android: Find my phone function, select noise & flash light





Nightmares can be tough and calm music can help. Mount a button by your child’s bed so they can play music when needed 😴🌙

IOS

  • Spotify: select Spotify Web Connect, connect your account, select Media and select a playlist
  • Apple music: select Apple Music, select item to play

Android

  • Spotify: select Spotify Web Connect, connect your account, select Media and select a playlist
  • Navigate Music: Select navigation time, and select the application




Want to prove that you are changing diapers more than your partner?

Place a Flic button by the crib to notify your partner to get more diapers, formula or whatever your baby needs. Not picking up your phone for simple texts can be super helpful and time saving 💕👼

IOS: Send a Text Message, input message and recipient.

  • Due to limitations in IOS, we are using a third party provider to send text messages, Twilio. You will need to buy credits when using this on IOS

Android: Text message, input receiver and body

Note that you need to use an international number format, starting with + and followed by the country code.




Place a Flic button by your office postbox or your home mailbox to get notified when the mail carrier arrives. Our favorite way is using our amazing Slack integration.

IOS & Android: Works both with and without a Hub LR, we recommend a Hub LR for this action

  • Select the Hub, add a flic and select the action Slack Post, insert the message and channel or group.


How many times has your pet tricked you into thinking you have not fed them, but your family member already did? 🦴

Mount a Flic button by the pantry where you store the food, and press it to send a message each time you feed them.


IOS: Send a Text Message, input message and recipient.

Due to limitations in IOS, we are using a third party provider to send text messages, Twilio. You will need to buy credits when using this on IOS

Android: Text message, input receiver and body

Note that you need to use an international number format, starting with + and followed by the country code.



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“We loved how creative, functional, and easy-to-use Flic smart buttons were. We saw a great opportunity for OnSong and musicians to utilize Flic’s solution for performing multiple actions from a single button.”

Dakota Kiebler, Marketing and Media Manager



OnSong is an app that helps musicians both onstage and offstage to be as efficient, prepared, and confident as possible in their performances. OnSong was originally developed by OnSong’s President to be a resource for his worship team to allow them to import, store, and edit their chord charts digitally on their iPads rather than carrying around large binders full of paper. Since then, OnSong has grown to be used by musicians of all kinds, from bar bands and cover bands, to ukulele groups, to singer-songwriters, to professional touring musicians like Phil Collins or Pete Townshend!



OnSong has worked with Bluetooth foot pedals for a while, but their larger size and restrictions in terms of where they can be placed could sometimes present issues. On the other hand, Flic smart buttons are small and mobile enough that they can be placed anywhere, even on your instrument, so that a quick press or double-tap of your finger can turn pages within OnSong, start or stop backing tracks and a metronome, and perform over 160 other customizable actions!


“Having a partnership between OnSong and Flic has been wonderful. They’re a great team of people and an amazing, innovative company that keeps improving. We’re thankful to be able to work closely with them and integrate their product with our’s!”

Dakota Kibler – Marketing and Media Manager

Read more about OnSong

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“Our partnership with Shortcut labs has been a powerful enhancement for our users on Anglr who are pairing the Anglr Bullseye – powered by Flic to the fishing experience had on the water. Most recently we’ve extended our offerings by embedding the Anglr Bullseye, powered by Flic, into the first smart fishing rod called the Virtual Rod with manfucaturing partner, Abu Garcia. We’re beyond excited for the 2020 fishing season and the value we’ll bring with the Virtual Rod.

– Landon Bloomer, Founder & President 


Anglr is a fishing intelligence platform built for anglers by anglers that consists of a free fishing logbook app that syncs across mobile and web devices. The app lets their users build private, powerful, personal fishing analytics always at their fingertips to help plan, record, and improve their fishing.


Using your phone to track your fishing journey is great, but there is an obvious obstacle in having to pick up your phone, unlock it and open the app just to pinpoint a location, especially when out fishing. This is why Anglr started looking for a wireless trigger to activate frequently used actions within the app.



In 2018 Anglr found and implemented Flic support with the Anglr app and they are using all three triggers, One-push privately records catches. Two-pushes mark private waypoint, and hold records specific gear changes. It’s that convenient to keep the phone tucked away as you go fishing.


Since then, the Flic button has been a large part of the Anglr app success. The Bullseye, as their custom branded Flic is called, is sold by Anglr on multiple online channels and selected fishing gear retailers across the US. The Bullseye also comes in a bundle with a premium subscription, making it a great product for on-boarding new customers.


In the Spring of 2020 the company partnered up with manufacturer Abu Garcia and took fishing gear to the next level by creating the world’s first connected rod. Following the launch of the Virtual Rod by Abu Garcia, Anglr is in discussions with several other gear manufacturers with the aim to embed Anglr connected buttons and create a full suite of connected fishing gear.

Read more about Anglr

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“Our bags are meant to provide the wearer with technology that provides convenience and reduces stress. We chose Flic because we believe that their product fulfils those two initiatives, along with the fact that they create high quality products, and they work closely with our team to ensure that the technology is working as it should. It has been an adventure! I was able to meet the team in person at the CES Convention in Las Vegas this past January and it was wonderful. We are so lucky to be working with such a great team of individuals.”

– Tracey Hummel, Founder



Bee & Kin is luxury handbags and accessories with a twist. They offer a modern play on classic shapes incorporated with DesignTech for a dynamic lifestyle. With the finest materials they strike the right note between style and function. Their mission is to make modern accessories that make life more convenient and help you be more present.


Tracey had originally read about Flic in a technology newsletter and realized that many of the functionalities, like find my phone and start a playlist, would be great to have in a bag. In October 2018, Tracey reached out to Shortcut Labs and the partnership started to evolve. 

“Shortcut Labs have been incredibly supportive of what we’re doing at Bee & Kin, and it has been a great relationship ever since.” – Tracey Hummel 


Some favorite actions are find my phone, send a pre-programmed text or start a Spotify playlist.

For example: If you’re desperate to get out of a meeting that’s running long, you can push the button to have your cell phone ring, or if you’re on your way to meet your best friend for a cocktail, you can push to send a pre-written “5 min away” text as you get off the subway. In addition to these little life hacks, Bee & Kin aims to make their customer more present as she navigates through life by pushing a button instead of using their phones. 


About the Company 

Tracey Hummel founded Bee & Kin, in May 2019, because she felt there was a gap to fill in the luxury handbag market that fused technology with fashion that revolved around the modern woman.  Her experience with top brands such as Tory Burch, Salvatore Ferragamo, and David Yurman gave her a solid foundation in the accessories industry.

“For as long as I can remember I wanted to create classic accessories with a twist—beautiful products with exciting features that support you like family. I found myself struggling to find things in my bags and really envisioned different ways of tying in tech to make my search simpler. I realized that I wasn’t the only person with this struggle, which propelled me toward building Bee & Kin.” – Tracey Hummel, Founder

Bee & Kin bags can be found beeandkin.com

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Our favorite staying home hacks using Flic

I’m busy / come in light

Inspired by April, let your new coworkers (your family) know when you are in a call or not, so they know when they can come and disturb you with snacks.


Movie time

Movie night, every night.

Set up a Flic to dim the lights, stop the music and start your favorite show.

In order to avoid conflicts, please do not watch a show without the person you were watching it with.


Change Music while showering

Hate getting your phone wet while showering and wanting to change that one song you hate?

Pop a Flic button in your shower for an easier morning.


Meeting time!

Notify your colleagues on Slack that it’s meeting time. Give them a heads up when it’s time for a online Swedish Fika break or set up a beer O’ clock message notification.

 Easy access to pre-set Slack messages are fun and useful.


Bed Time

One button, everything off!

No apps, no voice, no running around turning everything off.

Literally, just a button push and you’re set. Go to bed, get your sleeping schedule back to normal.




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It’s easy to assume we’ve reached the summit of the way we interact with our tech. We’ve gone from simple switches, through to smart phones, then to voice assistants – as evolutionary journeys go, it would seem this journey has reached its peak.

 

But all is not as it seems. Voice is incredible and thanks to Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri it’s now used by billions of people. It’s incredible, but it’s not perfect. It can’t do everything, there’s a definite margin for error, and sometimes it’s quite simply not appropriate to use voice-activated controls.

 

It’s here the smart button comes in. At CES 2019, Google introduced a preview of its Google Assistant Connect platform. This platform is designed to make it easier for companies to integrate their products with Google Assistant and takes much of the heavy lifting away from the company and places it within the Assistant app.

 

One of the devices Google previewed was a smart button which can be used to simplify complex tasks or perform your favourite Assistant routine. If it’s good enough for Google, it’s good enough for us!

 

We’ve always viewed smart buttons as the next iteration in how we interact with tech and we expect this to flourish in 2019. The best smart buttons open up a world of possibilities while retaining the very quality that made them so attractive in the first place – their simplicity.

 

Picture the scene… you’re fast asleep, your mind’s drifting through different dreams. Then the alarm sounds, jolting you awake. You don’t want to wake the rest of the household so you don’t say ‘Ok Google, start my morning routine.’ Instead, you reach for a button and press it without opening your eyes.

 

The alarm stops. Your lights turn on to the ‘wake up’ scene you’ve set for them. Your morning playlist starts through your wireless speaker, the thermostat kicks in to heat up your home, your coffee machine starts, a note is automatically made in your calendar for when you woke up, and you’ve messaged the office to tell them you’ll be there in an hour.

 

All with the push of a button.

 

This isn’t science fiction. This is right now. And it all happens because of a single click. This could potentially be done with voice but who wants to be saying: “Hey Google, start my morning routine” as soon as they open their eyes?

 

Here’s three ways buttons are changing the way we interact with our technology and, by extension, the world around us:

 

  1. Convenience. A smart button like Flic has three ways to use it. You push it once, you push it twice, or you hold it down. These three commands can then trigger whatever actions you want them to do. It’s simple and it’s convenient. You don’t have to ask a voice assistant to do it for you and you don’t have to scroll through your phone to find the right app to perform the action you want. When it comes to smart home control, this is absolutely crucial and it’s here smart buttons are a true game changer. We are creatures of convenience and smart buttons help us streamline processes in an easy and effective way.

 

  1. Subtlety. Pushing a button can be a very discreet action. If it’s in your pocket, no one will ever even know you’ve pressed it. Say you’re having a bad date you want to get out of it in a polite way, you can’t then turn round and say ‘Siri, make a fake phone call to my phone.’ With a button you can. One press and your phone starts ringing with the emergency call to help you escape. On a slightly more practical level, try saying ‘Hey Google’ in a meeting room full of Android users and see what happens. Buttons can even be used to activate your voice assistant, taking out the need for unnecessary commands.

 

  1. Chain reactions. The beauty of buttons is the ability to create chain reactions which trigger a number of actions at once. Rushing out of home in the morning? Simultaneously turn off all your lights, your heating or air con, open the garage door, close your window shades and arm your security system. Getting ready to go to bed? Then turn on your electric blanket, dim the lights, lock the doors, set your alarm and start tracking your sleep. With integrations with services like IFTTT and Zapier, there are countless possibilities to explore.

 

Buttons are the next step in the way we interact with tech. Like the best technology, they are built to enhance our lives, make complicated tasks simple, and to be a joy to use.

 

So go grab your own buttons and start making your life easier.

 

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What a start to 2019! For the fifth year running the Flic team went to CES, the global stage for innovation and the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.

Not only did we get to show hundreds of people what Flic is and open their eyes to the power of using a smart button, but we also got to see first hand some of the latest tech that’s set to shape future.

From foldable TVs and phones, enhanced virtual reality, self-driving cars, all the latest smart home gadgets, more wearables than you could fit on your body and everything else in between, CES was a feast of innovation and inspiration.

Here are five things we learned from CES 2019…and our advice to any company who are thinking of exhibiting there next year.

1. Technology must serve a purpose.

Just because we can do something, it doesn’t always mean we should. Technology for technology’s sake isn’t going to cut it anymore – new products have to serve a purpose and enhance the lives of the end users. Startups that add technology or the word “smart” to things just because it hasn’t been done before are less common now at CES. You can still find a smart pet toilet, smart nail polish, even a smart pepper spray… but more companies are starting to think if there really is a value in making something smart before selling it.

2. The smart home battle is hotting up.

Google had a huge presence at CES as it looks to make 2019 the year Google Home and Google Assistant become integral parts to the lives of millions. Of course, in the opposite corner, is Amazon and Alexa, who already have the larger market share. The good news for the consumer is more devices than ever before support both options so, ultimately, the customer wins.

3. AI will be everywhere.

Following on from the above, AI is becoming integrated with everything – from TVs automatically changing their settings based on light conditions to golf clubs tracking shots and displaying stats in an app. Traditionally, we’ve viewed artificial intelligence as the ‘robots’ of the future. In reality it’s different and more subtle – AI will exist everywhere, in everything.

4. 5G is nearly here.

And a large part of the above will be powered by 5G. As GQ put it recently: “Every generation of mobile network so far, including 4G, has been about connecting people. And although 5G will likewise be designed to connect people, it will also be about connecting things.”

5G will be at the heart of automation and AI while, at the same time, bringing users greater speeds and greater capacity. We’ve already been close to the action with Sweden’s first 5G network being tested on the KTH campus where our office is.

5. Buttons are coming.

The keyboard came first, then the touch screen, then the voice assistant. Next is the turn of the smart button. Obviously this is something we’ve always believed in but when Google announced they’re planning to open their integration of Google Assistant with the “Google Assistant Connect Platform” one of the things they showcased was a… smart button 😉


Top Tips For Businesses

This was our fifth year at CES and we moved up a floor, away from the startup section, to take our place among the more established companies. This meant a bigger booth and harder work but also lots more people with questions about Flic. Our booth design made a big difference here, too.

Here’s our top tips for businesses who are attending CES in 2020:

– Provide a demo people can use without having to ask – some people like watching/reading before actually asking somebody. Our demo was a set of Flic buttons to control our presentation, showcasing case studies, what our clients use Flic for, how you can get your company’s logo on Flic buttons, and our famous video (which we made available offline as the internet at CES is a little unreliable).

– Set up for press to come to your booth, have a nice spot for interviews, make your booth photography worthy!

– Create a space with a few comfy chairs and a table if you have room – this worked for us because walking around a fair all day is tiresome and people want to take a load off – it was the perfect way to get people to our booth! It’s also perfect for meetings. You can have people come to you so there’s no need to meet in the noisy food court.

– Drive everyone you meet to your website or social media – we did this by running a Flic giveaway on our social channels.

– Everyone has a smartphone so allow people to take pictures of business cards with their phone which will save paper and save you printing a ton of cards. We ran out of them!

– Stay close to the conference venue. Our hotel was within walking distance of the Sands Expo, so we even went home for lunch! It’s nice to get some fresh air and have a break.

 

It happens every year. January 1st arrives and we’re full of positive intent. “This year,” we tell ourselves, “is going to be different.”

With the best intentions at heart, we vow to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. To wake at 5 am and begin our morning routine of meditation, yoga, a run, and a green smoothie before bounding into the office 30 minutes early with a beaming smile on our face and a spring in our step.

Then the third week of January arrives and everything changes. We realize that 5 am morning routines might work for some people but we’re more than happy to have two cups of coffee and a donut before stumbling into the office five minutes late – the ‘new you’ can wait until next year.

And we’re not alone. Only 15% of New Year’s resolutions are kept, the rest fall quietly by the wayside. This happens for a number of reasons. Firstly, we set ourselves unrealistic expectations. Change is tough and requires more than just willpower alone. It requires a commitment of time and energy, and a desire to want to do things differently.

Secondly, we rarely have anyone to hold us to account if don’t hold up our end of the bargain and we don’t put a system in place to track our progress. And it’s this that can make all the difference.

We’re not suggesting you hire a life coach to follow you around every minute of the day picking you up on all the bad habits you swore you’d get rid of, but we do have a pocket-sized hero that can keep you heading in the right direction.

Here’s how you can use Flic to stick to your resolutions, not just in January, but throughout the whole year.

Log your activity

Straight out of the box, Flic works with Strava and Runkeeper making it easier than ever to log your activity. If you’re trying to hit the gym more in 2019, you can also use the timer function to record the amount of time your working out or the counter function to count the number of times you’ve been to the gym. With IFTTT and Zapier, you can hook both of these actions up to a Google Spreadsheet so, with every press of the button, you’re logging your sessions.

Measure what you’re eating

Eating healthier tops the charts when it comes to the most popular resolutions. Flic can help you track both your good habits and bad habits. You can stick one on your refrigerator and press it once every time you eat something healthy and twice every time you eat something you said you wouldn’t. You can even take it one step further (like this guy did) and integrate your Flic with Google Analytics to run your very own Data Studio report.

Buddy up

On the accountability front, you can use Flic to easily send messages. Say you’ve made it your goal to quit smoking, at the end of every smoke-free day you can push Flic to send a message to a loved one to let them know you’ve gone another day without lighting up. Or, if you want to read more books in 2019, you can set Flic up to send a message to a reading buddy as soon as you finish a book you’re reading.

Make things simple

Flic can help you make life simple. Rushing out of home in the morning? Simultaneously turn off all your lights, your heating or air con, open the garage door, close your window shades and arm your security system. Getting ready to go to bed? Then turn on your electric blanket, dim the lights, lock the doors, set your alarm and start tracking your sleep. Automating simple tasks can end up saving you a huge amount of time throughout the year – time you can then spend instead doing something you love, whether that’s taking up a new hobby or simply spending more time with friends and family.

Make 2019 your best year yet and let Flic help you along the way.

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If you’re looking for a stocking filler with a difference or a gift to unlock endless possibilities, Flic has your festive fun buttoned up.

Flic is the perfect gift for any of your nearest and dearest, whether that’s uber cool teenagers or a gadget-loving grandparent. From controlling smart devices through to automating text messages, here’s our guide on who to give the gift of Flic to and some of the super fun ways it can be used.

🤳 The Teenager

It’s undeniable that selfies are all the rage with teenagers. With Flic, they can level-up their selfie game by taking pictures from afar with the push of the button. It can integrate with their favorite music streaming service, send pre-programmed messages (which even include their location!) to parents and even help them find their phone when they (inevitably) forget where they last put it.

🚴 The Cyclist

Cyclists love having the latest gear. If you have a friend or a loved one that’s dreaming of Tour de France glory one day or simply loves a cycle to the office then Flic is a great gift. Here’s how it could work – on one click: start tracking their ride on Strava. On double click: skip the track they’re listening to on their headphones. On hold: send a message saying: “On my way, ETA 10 mins.” As an added bonus it can also be easily attached to the handlebar!

🏃 The Runner

Sticking with the active theme, runners can use Flic in many of the same ways as cyclists with the added benefit of being able to use the wearable clip included with Flic. As well as Strava, Flic also works with Runkeeper.

👶 The New Parents

If you have kids then you’ll recognize the familiar argument among new parents of who changes the most diapers. It can quickly become a bone of contention in any household! Flic can help diffuse the arguments before they even begin by helping you track who changes the most – just like these parents did.

👵 The Grandparents

Forget teenagers, we know many a grandparent who is constantly glued to their smart devices! But sometimes, getting their tablet or phone to do what they want can still be a bit tricky. With Flic, they can do everything from starting and stopping music or an audiobook to easily calling loved ones, toggling the lights and even muting a pill alarm.

📱 The Gadget Dad

Dads love gadgets and, with smart homes now becoming so easy to set up, Dads are discovering their own slice of paradise. As a present, why not bundle up Flics with a Flic Hub and LIFX light or two – you could even set this up for them and trigger different lighting modes on a click or a double click. They’ll LOVE it!

🙋 The Busy Mom

Modern Moms are heroes hiding in plain sight. And most of them are always juggling a hundred things at once. So anything that can make their lives easier must be a good thing, right? A Mom can configure Flic to, on one click, send a text message to her partner or children saying “I’m home soon”, including a link with her current location. Or on a double click how about sending: “Can you pick up the groceries?” Then on hold, setup Flic to reject incoming calls – because all Moms deserve the opportunity to have some peace and quiet when they want it.

💼 The Office Worker

Anything to brighten up the lives of office workers is usually welcomed with open arms. You can set Flic up to change slides on their Keynote presentations – just like Apple’s employees do! What’s more, Flic has remarkable integrations for work, including Slack, IFTTT, and Microsoft Flow.

💡 For the Venture Capitalist, Investor or CEO in your life

If you have someone who finds it hard to dodge meetings that suck both their valuable time and energy then Flic is the savior. Set-up a fake call or discreetly send a Slack message to a colleague for an easy but efficient way to get out of a meeting.

💻 The Coder or Programmer

Coders and programmers love Flic. From making magic happen with a Raspberry Pi to automating builds of their code in Xcode using the Flic Mac app, there’s any number of possibilities for them to enjoy Fli. They can while she’s create their own app to work with Flic! (See the SDKs here)

💞 For the serial dater

Maybe it’s a sibling or a close friend but most of us know that certain someone who is a serial dater. They love to impress and, with Flic, they can take their cool factor up to the max. Flic is perfect for changing the lights, playing music and “setting the mood!”

🔎 For the Secret Agent

Obviously, no one knows an actual secret agent because this information is classified. But if you did, they’ll love being able to secretly record conversations and take photographs with the push of Flic.

Flic is just a button. But it’s probably the most intelligent button you’ve ever encountered. No matter who you are, or who you’re buying a gift for, there are countless possibilities lying in wait for you with Flic.

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