Friday, 20 October 2017

Top 5 Music Apps!


We thought it may be helpful to separate the great from the good with the amount of choice you have from the range of music apps available on the app stores. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 music apps.


Apple Music
Apple music is one of the best music apps available with the membership not being too pricey at £9.99 a month, you get a lot for your money with over 40 million songs to download, stream and listen to you've got a lot of choices no matter what your taste in music.
https://www.apple.com/uk/music/

Shazam
Another great app in the music genre is Shazam, for all those times you hear a song you love but have no idea what the song is or who its by, this is one of the best for recording a little snippet of the song and telling what the title is and who the artist is.
https://www.shazam.com/gb

Spotify
Spotify is also a great music app for everyone, like Apple Music just more widely available as it can be found on both Android and Apple devices. Not only this is that it has a free option which has limited uses or monthly memberships which start at £9.99 where you can have many more options. 
https://www.spotify.com/uk/

Soundcloud
Soundcloud is a great free app for unsigned music artists and listeners. It also helps incorporate a more social aspect to music apps where you can interact with your friends and send them music and only have playlists between a group, making it great for parties.
https://soundcloud.com/

Garage band
Garage Band helps enable you to make music by turning your phone into a variety of instruments. Not only does this app help you create your own music but it also helps you to DJ with live loops and other useful tools to help you improve your musical ability.
https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/garageband/

So, there's our list of top music apps my personal favourite being Apple Music as I think it's the most effective music streaming and downloading App, not only this it is easy to use and understand. What's your favourite music App that you can't live without?

Thanks

Emily

Friday, 13 October 2017

Top 5 Productivity Apps!


If you have problems with your productivity and keeping yourself motivated then these apps could be very useful to you. There's always room to improve your productivity so why not try some of these apps.




Doodle
This app helps to avoid meeting clashes and promote productivity. By having a scheduled day where nothing clashes, you'll have a much less stressful day. Both your colleagues and other people can be involved and Doodle will schedule in times and work out the best time slot for everyone.
Cost: FREE


Trello
Trello is a great app for managing your tasks and creating different lists for different subjects or projects. This helps to visualise your tasks for the day/week and can then tick them off. On top of this, your colleagues can be added in so you can set group tasks and lists.
Cost: FREE


Be Focused Pro
This app helps to break tasks down into time intervals so that you can keep your motivation up and keep powering through your tasks for the day,y without you getting distracted or too stuck one task for too long. Also with this app, you can track your progress over the weeks and months.
Cost: FREE


Genius Scan
Genius Scan is a great app which helps you to create quality PDF documents by simply taking a photo. This free app allows you to send the PDF's you generate via text, email, or export them to Dropbox or Google Drive. This app is very handy if you need to send a copy of something but it needs to be readable and not just a photo or a PDF version of a receipt.
Cost: FREE



MindNode
This app is great for jotting down ideas in mind map form. The app helps to visualise your ideas quickly either in mind map form or in doodles, you can also get your colleagues involved so they can add their ideas to the mind maps too. Not only this but you can add photos and save them for next time or export them.
Cost: FREE


There's our list of productivity apps. Although there are many on the market, these are our top 5. We'd love to know what your top 5 are and what works for you to improve your productivity?

Thanks

Emily


Friday, 6 October 2017

Apps Of The Week



Today lets take a look at the top apps of this week. From what’s top in Apple’s App store, to my own personal favourites. I'll be looking at all genres of apps; from games to revision apps, so hopefully there’s something here for everyone.

Apple’s free app of the week is ‘Dwindle’. Dwindle is an app that can be used to help you to fall asleep, reduce stress and anxiety.


Dwindle:

Dwindle can be used to help you fade into a deep sleep, reduce stress/anxiety during a quick break or ease you into a state of mindfulness’- iTunes

If you’re the type of person who falls asleep listening to music but then find that this music sometimes wakes you up in the middle of the night when a louder song comes on, this app eliminates that problem as it fades the music out when you go to sleep and therefore promotes a deeper sleep.



Most downloaded free app of the week (iOS)-

Space Frontier:

Blast off for the stratosphere with Space Frontier, the addictive physics rocket game that your friends will want to play, but they can’t! It’s your phone, mate.
Your mission is to launch your rocket as high into orbit as possible.’ - iTunes

With this game, the simplicity of it makes it very addictive.
Although you may not play the game for hours on end it’s a great time passer and easy to pick up making it great to play when travelling.



Most downloaded paid app of the week (iOS)-

The Official DVSA Theory Test Kit:

The ONLY OFFICIAL Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) app for the Car Theory and Hazard Perception test. Written by DVSA – the people who set the tests.’- iTunes

This app is great for anyone learning to drive or coming up to their driving theory test.
It’s very useful at helping you practice things that will be in the test so that you are much more prepared for your theory test.



Most downloaded grossing app of the week (iOS)-

Clash of Clans:

Join millions of players worldwide as you build your village, raise a clan, and compete in epic Clan Wars!’- iTunes

This strategy video game is much more time-consuming game as you can build it up and fight against other players making it a little bit more social than other mobile games.



Apps to look out for-

Superimpose:

Just with a few taps, create professional grade superimposed or juxtaposed photos on your iPhone! You don't need a computer and expensive software to superimpose’-iTunes

There are many photo editing apps in the App store however this one is my personal favourite.
It has many features that you would get if you spent your time editing images on a photo editing software on your computer.

Cost: £1.99


Giphy cam:

Record amazing GIFs with GIPHY CAM! Feeling creative? Add some filters or special FX! Then share the best GIFs in a text, on the web, or save it to your Camera Roll for later!’- iTunes

With this app, it’s more just a bit of fun and can entertain you and your friends for hours.

Cost: FREE


Waze:

Avoid traffic jams, police traps, and accidents with Waze, the #1 real-time navigation app.’- iTunes

Waze is a clever sat nav that notices when there's traffic and redirects you to avoid getting stuck in traffic.
It also warns you of construction work that's going on around you and helps to avoid it, as well as this it helps you avoid car accidents and even police.

Cost: FREE



Well, there’s this week’s apps of the week along with my personal favourite apps this week.
There are many new and interesting apps on the market each and every week so don’t forget to keep up to date on what’s available to you in the app store.

Don’t forget to let us know what your app of the week is?

Friday, 29 September 2017

Top 5 Tablets of 2017





There is such a range of tablets on the market in 2017, we decided to break down the best out there so that you know what will suit you best.


1. iPad Pro 12.9inch, from £549

The iPad Pro 12.9 inch is one of the best tablets on the market and one of the best iPads Apple has ever made. The iPad Pro 12.9 inch comes in 3 different colours, silver, space grey and gold, it also has an A10X fusion chip with 64-bit architecture.
As well as this, the iPad features a 12 mp camera with f/1.8 aperture along with many other great features to the camera making the iPad Pro a very useful gadget to have.



2. Amazon Fire HD 8, from £90

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is the cheapest on this list, however, it is still one of the best for the price. This tablet doesn't have as many high-tech specifications as the others on this list, but it is still a great tablet for the price you pay. It's great if you're just wanting to try out a tablet before you invest in one of the more expensive ones.


3. Microsoft Surface Pro 4, from £729

This tablet is the most expensive on our list but it has the specifications to match from the 6th Generation Intel® Core™ m3, i5 or i7 processor and Windows Hello face sign-in camera (front-facing), 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video, and 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video, along with many other clever features and rightfully earns its place on this list.


4. Google Pixel C, from £399

The Google Pixel C is another tablet that you should check out. If you're not a massive Apple or Microsoft fan then this is probably for you. The Google Pixel also has a NVIDIA Tegra X1 256 core Maxwell GPU processor and a 2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera. The tech specs on this tablet really make it one of the best with its reasonable price tag.


5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, from £499

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is one of the most popular tablets on the market for a very good reason. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has a Quad Core processor and a 13MP rear camera making it a very high-quality camera for a tablet. This tablet comes in two different colours black and silver and a Li-Ion 6000mAh battery. This is also one of the best tablets on the market simply for the high-quality camera it comes with.


So that's our top 5 tablets ranging from £90 to £729. There’s something on here for everyone, even if you just wanted to try one out and not break the bank. Let us know what you think to our top 5 and what’s your favourite tablet?

Friday, 22 September 2017

Top 4 iPhone Tips and Tricks




People are always asking us how to get the most out of their iPhone, so here’s a list of 4 iPhone tricks that you may not have known you could do. These little tips and tricks should help you discover a few things that your iPhone can do that you never knew about!




1. Create custom iMessages for calls you can’t answer

This can be very helpful for those times when you just can’t answer the phone but want to let the person know that you’ve seen the missed call and that you’ll respond later. This is great for those times.

>Swipe upwards on the phone icon next to the unlock slider.
>Choose respond with a text.
>There are 3 custom messages and a custom message button where you can write your own message to send to that person.




2. Set a sleep timer for your music

With this feature on your iPhone it can be very helpful for those people who fall asleep listening to music as this helps to prevent a loud song from waking you up in the middle of the night.

>Go to the clock app
>Go to timer
>Set a timer for how long you want your music to play for
>Then press when timer ends
>Next scroll down to stop playing




3. Create customised vibrations for different contacts.

By having this option to create different vibrations for different callers can help you identify who is contacting even when your phone is on vibrate.

>Go to settings
>Sounds
>Ringtone
>Vibration
>Create new vibration and then tap a pattern in.




4. Lock autofocus points

This little trick is a great one for if you’re on the move and trying to take a picture of something as it helps you to get the perfect image without it being blurred.

>Go to camera
>Hold the screen for a couple of seconds until ‘AF locked’ pops up on screen




They are my top 4 iPhone tips and tricks that you may not have known before.
A personal favourite of mine is that you can lock autofocus points meaning that when you’re on the move you can still take great pictures that aren’t blurry.

Have you got any iPhone tips and tricks?





Wednesday, 13 September 2017

What You Need To Know About Apple's Event and the New iPhone 8 and iPhone X


After the Apple event last night many new products were announced.

 First up was the new Apple Watch Series 3. The biggest new feature is that it has cellular built in so that you can take calls and texts without a phone (EE only in the UK for now). You can also stream 40 million songs from your wrist using Apple Music and AirPods, great for runners or cyclists.

Along with the new Apple Watch, Apple announced the new Apple TV 4K making it possible to watch movies in 4K HDR. It offers a whole new 4K interface and Apps like Netflix, live sports and news.

Then the new iPhones were announced which is what everyone was really waiting for! As expected, they announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The new features being the all new glass body, wireless charging, better cameras, and augmented reality experiences.

However, the main event and star of the show was the announcement of the iPhone X (referred to as both X and 10 to celebrate 10 years of the iPhone) with many new high tech features being introduced. Here's our roundup of the main 8:

1. Edge to edge OLED display 

This is one the more obvious and most useful changes in our opinion. The iPhone X features a new edge to edge display creating a much more immersive experience and changes the well known look of the iPhone that we’ve known for the past ten years. It's a 5.8 Inch Super HD OLED display offers the best colour accuracy on the market.

2. No home button 

One of the biggest physical changes to the iPhone X is the removal of the home button that we all know and love. In order to go home, you now simply swipe up to go to the home screen. They've also utilised the power button for some of the other functionality such as Siri.

3. Face ID 

Face ID is set to replace Touch ID, waving goodbye to the old fingerprint unlocking. It now uses facial recognition as a more secure way to unlock your device. They say the chances of someone unlocking with fingerprint ID was 1 in 50,000. With facial recognition it's now 1 in a million!

4. A11 bionic chip 

The A11 bionic chip in the new iPhone X is the most powerful chip yet. It is up to 25% faster than previous models. It's not only much more powerful, it also uses less power so has added 2 hours to the phone's battery life.

5. Wireless charging 

The new iPhone X (and the iPhone 8 and 8+) now allow wireless charging. You'll need a wireless charging mat but it will create a much easier way to charge your device. Just put your iPhone X down on the mat and it will automatically charge itself.

6. Animoji 

Using 3D tracking technology Apple have devised a way to animate emojis in real time. You can then record these as videos to send to your friends and family. So making text conversations that little bit more entertaining.

7. Dual camera 

The dual camera features a 12MP wide angle and telephoto camera along with portrait mode and portrait mode lighting and not only this the front facing camera will finally have portrait mode for taking much higher quality selfies.

8. Augmented reality 

The A11 bionic chip allows augmented reality in games and apps. This allows the iPhone X to make extremely high quality 3D models to appear as though they are in the real world. This has lots of scope for both gaming, and uses like overlaying scores and data in live sports events.

So that's a quick round up of last nights Apple event and all the tech gear that was announced. The most exciting one by far, being the iPhone X.

What do we think? We think the iPhone 8 is just an incremental upgrade to the 7 (and the same is true from 7+ to 8+) with better and faster bits. If you're already using an iPhone 6 or 7, we can't see that the upgrade is really worthwhile. The iPhone X is different enough to do so though, if of course you can justify the expense at £999!

Over to you now. What do you think about these new releases, which is your favourite, and why?

Thanks

Emily

Friday, 1 September 2017

iPhone 8 Rumours - Our Top 10!



It’s that time of year again when Apple are close to releasing their latest iPhone. There have been many iPhone 8 rumours over the past few months after information was allegedly leaked about the upcoming release. With all of us sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for Apple's 12th September event, it’s set to be another of Apple’s exciting releases.

So we decided to put together a top 10 list of the most common rumours we've heard. So here goes...

1. 5.8” OLED display.
By having an OLED display, it means that the phone will be a lot thinner and consume less battery power.

2. A new A11 processor.
The A11 processor will make this iPhone more efficient and faster.

3. Glass body.
Instead of the aluminium body used previously on the iPhone 5, 6 and 7, they will revert back to a glass body as featured on the iPhone 4.

4. Edge to edge display.
With a full edge to edge display, it will make for a much larger screen and overall better display.

5. Facial recognition will replace touch ID.
Having facial recognition will increase the security of your phone so that only you can unlock your phone. It will also make it quicker and a lot easier to unlock.

6. No home button/ virtual home button.
By having no home button or possibly a virtual home button, it means that the screen can extend down and be much larger.

7. Wireless charging.
We could be saying goodbye to the days of plugging your phone and being attached to a plug socket waiting for your phone to charge.

8. Notifications to be muted just by looking at the screen.
This feature will make muting notifications in situations when you can’t touch your phone stacks easier.

9. Dual lens camera.
With this new camera, some of the rumours are that the camera will be able to detect various different scenes and will adjust the shutter speed and aperture to ensure you get the best possible photo.

10. Waterproofing/ water resistant.
Waterproofing will come in very handy for those of us with butter fingers and who tend to drop their phone anywhere near water!

Even if only some of these rumours are true, it will be quite a change to any of the current iPhones. The removal of the home button would change that distinctive iPhone look that each phone has had previously.

As well as the iPhone 8, there are also rumours of Apple releasing another 2 phones, updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus and we do wonder about an updated SE model too. Only time will tell, so roll on September 12th :)

What do you think of these iPhone 8 rumours?

Thanks

Emily