Friday, 29 December 2017

Top 5 Apps To Help You Keep Your New Years Resolution!

If you’re setting a new years resolution for 2018 then we may have some apps that can help make carrying out your resolutions that little bit easier. From getting fit to saving money there are various app suggestions that could help you next year.


Get Fit
When it comes to getting fit as your new year's resolution there are many apps that can help you succeed in this. Two apps that stand out as great ones to help you get fit are Pact (iOS and Android) and FitStar (iOS and Android). Pact is an app which puts your money in the firing line if you don't either work out or eat healthy that day. It also rewards you with money every time you go to workouts or eat healthily. FitStar is slightly different in that it doesn't involve your money, it comes with custom workout videos and the ability to connect to your fitness trackers.

Saving Money
If saving money is your new years resolution, a great app to help you with this is Mint (iOS and Android) all you need to do is fill in some of your basic banking information and how much you want to spend on various different things and then the app takes care of rest, telling you how much budget you have left to spend on certain things, and tell you if you’ve gone over budget in certain areas.

Manage Stress
There are many apps available to help you manage stress better, one is Pacifica (iOS and Android). Pacifica is a great app that allows you to track your moods every day and gives you tips and advice on how to improve these. To get support with these you can share your data with friends, family or your therapist.

Travelling
If your new years resolution is to travel more then the perfect app for you is Travelocity (iOS and Android). This App gives you inspiration on your next trips and provides information and deals and flights for different holidays. Another App to download once you’re on your travels is Trip.com (iOS and Android). This App gives you suggestions of places to eat and stay.

Learn a New Language
If in 2018 you want to learn a new language then one great App to help is Duolingo (iOS and Android). This App allows you to learn at your own pace whether you’re a beginner or quite advanced. As well as this, the App allows you to learn with your friends too.

Eat Healthier
If you’re looking to eat healthier in 2018, a great app to download in the new year is Nutrino (iOS and Android). Nutrino is an app which gives you personalized suggestions on healthy food that would suit your taste. As well as this the app lets you plan meals based on your goals. Also, it lets you log your food, workouts and any other information you think is vital to the improvement of your health.

These are our top apps to help you with specific new years resolutions. Don't forget to let us know what your resolutions are and if you use any apps to help you manage your new year's resolutions.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Top 5 Last Minute Gifts!

Here are our top 5 last minute gifts that you can buy online or in stores so whatever suits you best. There's a range of things suitable for a range of different people you need to buy for. Whether it's a secret Santa present that you forgot to buy, or you've just forgotten about some last minute gifts, there's something on here for everyone. 


Pet Selfie Stick
Cost: £7.00
This is a great last minute gift for any dog owners if you don't know what to buy them and you've left it too long. The pet selfie stick attaches to a smartphone and allows you to attach a tennis ball to your phone to get the attention of your pet. As well as this as it is on Amazon Prime you can get this delivered to you within 2 days.

Colour Change A4 Light Box
£17.92
This is a great gift for anyone, as well as having all the letters with the box it also has colour changing features. You can get these light boxes from various places. This one is from Urban Outfitters who have before Christmas delivery, however, there are also some available on prime so you can get it in 2 days. 

FitBit Charge
Cost: £99.99
For a more pricey gift, a Fitbit is a great gift for those who enjoy exercise and you don't know what to buy them. The Fitbit allows them to track their daily activities and maximise workouts. The Fitbit is available from various different sites including Argos which provides a service where you can reserve the item and pay when you collect it the next day.

Belkin Tassel Phone Charger
Cost: £19.98
This on the go charger is perfect for fashion lovers as it helps to make a phone charger more of an accessory. As well as this, its a lot harder to lose a colourful tassel rather than a loose wire in your bag. The Tassel not only has an iPhone charger but it also has a USB port. As the charger is available on Amazon Prime you can get fast delivery before Christmas.

Netflix Gift Card
Cost: £15-£50
An alternative to just putting cash in a Christmas card is a gift card. However, a slightly more interesting gift card is a Netflix one, rather than ones for random shops. Also, the gift card prices range from £15 to £50 so you can suit it to the person you're buying for. The gift cards are widely available in most supermarkets and online.

So, there's our list of last-minute gifts hopefully, there's something on here that will suit everyone you know and need to buy for this year. Don’t forget to let us know what your last minute gift ideas are.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Top 5 Fun Tech Gifts!

As we are giving you our Top 5 Fun Tech Gifts, they range in prices drastically from just £4.99 to £149.99, so there's something on here for anyone you know. As well as this, the gifts range in different genres as some are more themed than others. For example, with the upcoming release of the new Star Wars there's one Star Wars themed gift on here for all those super fans.


1. RED5 Mini Desktop Arcade Machine
Cost: £24.99
This fun little tech gift is perfect for any gaming lover or arcade fan. This portable arcade game provides hours of fun as the small machine is filled with 200 16-bit games that you've missed over the year. The retro game comes with an 8-way control stick, 2 buttons and a 2.5 colour screen with music and sound effects too. One thing to remember is that the arcade game requires 3 x AA batteries.

2. R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero
Cost: £129.99
This is the ultimate gift for those Star Wars fans, The small R2-D2 robot is perfectly accurate to the films even down to final touches like the cables on the feet of the robot. Through the app that links the robot to your phone, you can draw a route for your robot and R2-D2 will follow this pattern on the floor. This little robot also interacts with the Star Wars films if you are watching them with the most realistic sounds.

3. LifePrint Photo and Video Printer
Cost: £134.95
LifePrint isn’t just a photo printer, this little device incorporates augmented reality with the free app. The tiny printer allows you to print your photos and videos straight from your iPhone. Not only does it print from your iPhone camera roll and print your live photos, but also from all your social media such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. You can also ‘follow’ your friends with a LifePrinter and print to any LifePrinter across the world.

4. Fidget Cube
Cost: £4.99
This is a great stocking filler for all those fidgeters you know who just can't sit still. The fidget cube has 6 different functions to help soothe stress and anxiety. As well as this you can glide, rock, roll, spin, flip or click the different sides of the fidget cube. Also, this highly addictive cube comes in various different colours.

5. Overdrive Starter Kit Fast and Furious Edition
Cost: £149.99
This is perfect for any Fast and Furious fans or car fans in general as this allows their competitive side to pour out. The Fast and Furious kit comes with 1 Dom's Ice Charger, 1 Hobbs' International MXT, 3 straight track pieces, 1 exclusive Power Zone track piece, 690 curved track pieces, 12 guardrails, 2 riser pieces, 1 four-car charging platform, 1 tyre cleaner so that you can set up the perfect track.

So, there are our 5 Fun Tech Gifts for this week. My favourite is the LifePrint Photo and Video Printer as it allows you to not only print photos but also your videos, and has a more social element to it by allowing you to share those images and print them from any of the LifePrints across the world. Let us know if you bought any of the gifts from our gift guides!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Top 5 Apps To Make Christmas Easier!

In order to make this Christmas less stressful and more enjoyable, we have compiled a list of apps which will help you with your Christmas shopping and planning for Christmas. Whether you have already bought all your Christmas presents or haven’t even started doing your Christmas shopping yet, then there’s defiantly something on this list that could help you out this Christmas.


Cost: FREE
Platform: iOS (similar for Android is “Christmas Gift List”)
This app is super helpful when setting a budget for all the gifts you need to buy at Christmas. The app allows you to set yourself an overall budget and break your budget down into specific gifts for specific people, within this, you can set a price for each gift and say whether you have purchased the item or you still need to buy the item. Then once you have entered all your gifts, it gives you your overall costs of the gifts and says whether you are in budget or over budget.

Cost: FREE
Platform: iOS
This is a great app for finding ideas for gifts for people that you don't know what to buy them. The app allows you to select what type of person you are looking to buy a gift for i.e. "A Top Chef" or "A Style Icon" along with many more options then from here it will suggest a range of gifts that could be suitable for that type of person, then it allows you to either save the item to your favourites or buy the product straight from the app.

Cost: FREE
Platform: iOS and Android
Amazon is one of the most useful apps to have when it comes to buying Christmas gifts with there being almost everything you could ever want available to order on there at your fingertips. Also, by having the app it allows you to track your orders and make any last minute gift purchases you need to.

Cost: FREE
Platform: iOS and Android
Pinterest is a great app if you’re in need of some inspiration this Christmas, Pinterest has a wide range of images and post on there to give you some ideas for gifts, decorations and DIY’s to help make Christmas that little bit easier. Not only is Pinterest helpful at Christmas, it’s a helpful app all year round.

Cost: FREE
Platform: iOS and Android
Depop is a lot like Etsy in that its a place to buy unique and interesting gifts for your family and friends or treat yourself to. However Depop is slightly different to Etsy in that is it more fashion, design and vinyl based, so for all those fashion lovers you know, you’ll be likely to find something perfect for those people on Depop.

So, there are some apps that could help you have a less stressful Christmas. My favourite app for helping with Christmas is the Santa's Bag app, as it helps you to budget your Christmas presents and compile a more accurate list of what you're getting all your friends and family for Christmas. Do you have any top tips on keeping your Christmas planning as easy as possible? 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Top 5 Tech Gifts Under £150!

For this weeks Appy Friday, we're giving you another tech gift guide but for higher budget gifts. The gifts on this list are suitable for all those people that you don’t know what to buy them because they have everything already. There is also a range of different types of tech so there is something on here fit for everyone you know.


Amazon Echo 2nd Generation
For the price of this product, it is one of the most useful tech gifts. The Echo has 7 built-in microphones to ensure that Alexa can hear you better than ever. As well as this, the Amazon Echo is a great gift for those people that have everything and you have no idea what to get them, as it is suitable for everyone.
Cost: £69.99

HP Sprocket Mobile Photo Printer
The HP Sprocket is another great gift for anyone with a smartphone, as it allows you to quickly print images from your phone into small Polaroid images. Making it the perfect gift for people of any age. As well as this the Sprocket comes in 2 different shades Black and silver, and white and rose gold.
Cost: £119.99

Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet, 32GB
This Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet is a great budget tablet with many great features to it. The tablet is a great starter tablet for family members or friends that have never had a tablet before as it's easy to use and isn't overly complicated with lots and lots of different features.
Cost: £149.99

Sonos Play
The Sonos has similar features to the Amazon Echo, however, the Sonos Play has much better sound quality for playing music. The other difference is that the Sonos speak has only 6 microphones. The Sonos is another great gift for friends or family that you aren't sure what to get as it suits a range of people of all ages.
Cost: £149.00

SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker
This Bluetooth speaker is a great waterproof speaker, that offers capabilities to hook up to your phones Siri or google voice commands. The speaker also has a battery life of 6 hours, and the option to use speaker phone through the speaker.
Cost: £99.95

So, there’s our list of top tech gifts under £150. My personal favourite is the Sprocket, with it being so portable and easy to use, also it's suitable for everyone with a smartphone. Let us know if you have any of the products on this list or if you'll be buying them for anyone this Christmas!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Top 5 Tech Gifts Under £20

With Christmas right around the corner, we are starting out with Christmas tech gifts under £20 so that you can buy people cool tech gifts on a budget. Not only this but these are great gifts to get for people when you don't know what to get them. So for your first instalment of Appware's Christmas here's a rundown of our top 5 tech gifts under £20, ranging from cheaper stocking filler gifts to stand alone cool tech gifts suitable for anyone.



1. Mrice E300 Earbuds (Amazon- £19.03)
For those who don't want to splash out on expensive earphones that will most likely end up lost. These are the perfect gift for those who are always either losing their earphones or always borrowing yours, not only is the price tag nice they also have a great sound quality.

2. Branch Earphone Splitter (Amazon- £9.37)
A branch earphone splitter is a great stocking filler for all those music lovers and are great for times when you're with friends and want to listen to the same music, they always come in handy.

3.Volport Magnetic 360 Degree Smartphone Mount (Amazon- £8.99)
This is also a great stocking filler, especially for those who travel a lot. Not only is it great for using in your car but also your desk/ bedside table so your phone is always at the right angle. This mount is also compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

4. Poweradd Pilot X7 20,000mAh Portable Universal External Power Bank (Amazon- £19.99)
This is a great gift for anyone with a mobile as there are always those times when you need to leave but your phone is only on 10% battery and you need a power bank. A power bank always comes in very handy.

5. Fizz Plug and Play JoyPad Arcade Game (ASOS- £14.99)
This retro joypad comes with 200 games built in, it's a fun gift for any tech or gaming lover. This fun little game is a great stocking filler or main gift for anyone who's a child at heart and is also a great time passer.

So, there's our list of top 5 tech gifts under £20. One that I have actually bought for someone this year is the Fizz Plug and Play JoyPad Arcade Game from ASOS as it's an affordable gift for those who enjoy games and you aren't sure what to get them. Let us know what tech gifts you'll be buying for your friends and family this year. We hope this has helped your Christmas present shopping this year.

Thanks,
Emily.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Top 5 GPS Apps!



This week we thought we'd give you a rundown of the best GPS apps for both iOS and Android devices and that range from GPS apps strictly for driving to once from cycling and running.

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1. Waze
The Waze app is a great GPS app that helps to ensure that you can avoid traffic jams, police and any accidents. Not only is Waze a GPS app it's a great app that helps you plan your journeys in advance to help you save time and money by being notified when the best time is for you to leave for your destination if you set your drive in advance. Not only this but you can get police and speed camera alerts while you drive helps you find petrol stations with the cheapest prices on your drive. So, it's definitely worth downloading.
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/waze-navigation-live-traffic/id323229106?mt=8


2. Google Maps
Google Maps is a great GPS as it not only has driving routes but walking, cycling, transit and flights. The Google Maps app has real-time updates and is very useful for discovering new places and for helping you explore new places. Also, this app comes in very useful as it has accurate maps in 220 countries another great thing about this app is that it has an automatic re-route system based on live traffic, accidents and road closures.
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/google-maps-gps-navigation/id585027354?mt=8


3. Sygic
This GPS app is used by more than 200 million drivers and features high-quality TomTom maps, free map updates multiple times a year, parking suggestions which feature information on availability and price, along with any other features. One very useful thing that this app features is the lane guidance and junction vies to help you change lanes safely and ensure you never make a wrong turn.
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sygic-gps-navigation-maps/id585193266?mt=8


4. Be-On-Road
With this GPS app, it offers free offline GPS navigation for your trips and routes. The top features of this app are that there are speed camera alarms, options for both driving and walking, 3D maps, heads-up display and lane guidance along with many more cool features and is definitely worth checking out.
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cz.aponia.bor3&hl=en


5. Strava Running and Cycling GPS 
Not only is this a GPS app it can also help you track your runs, rides and activities all for free, you can also set personal challenges for yourself through this app. The app also lets you connect with friends and other athletes to help you with social training, friendly competition and for joining clubs. The app also allows you to pair with almost all GPS running watches and cycling computers, lets you track heart rate and can pair with the Apple Watch making it a very useful app to have.
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/strava-running-and-cycling-gps/id426826309?mt=8


There are many GPS apps available on both iOS and Android devices so there is our top 5, my personal favourite being the Waze app as not only is very useful is simple to use and has many of the best features and with it being free its worth a try. Let us know what your favourite GPS app is and why you like it. Also, don't forget to let us know if you use any of these apps.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Top 5 Gaming Apps!

As there’s a lot of mobile phone games on the app store it's hard to decide which ones are worth your time to download and play therefore we wanted to give you a list of our top 5 favourites so that you could know which ones to play and which not to.



Monument Valley
This game won Apple's game of the year 2014 and is a great game where you manipulate architecture and take a princess through each level. Each level has different geometry to work around in order to pass the level.
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: £3.99
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/monument-valley/id728293409?mt=8

Candy Crush
Candy Crush is a great mobile game, one of the most addictive. The game has been around for years but still manages to be one of the best games in the app store. Candy Crush is a game that revolves around matching up various different pieces of candy in order to get points to progress to the next level.
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/candy-crush-saga/id553834731?mt=8

Subway Surfers
Subway Surfers is another great game to kill time with, however, be warned it is very addictive. The game revolves around you jumping and dodging on top of trains flying past in order to get new high scores, playing either just by yourself or competing against friends.
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/subway-surfers/id512939461?mt=8

Space Marshals
Space Marshals is a great adventure top-down shooter game, this game is very different to the others on this list as its much more shooting based and much more adventurous game.
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pixelbite.sg&hl=en_GB

Super Mario Run
This game is just like the original Super Mario Run but in mobile phone format, the game is just as good as you would expect and just as good to play but now on the go. Not only this but you can now compete against friends.
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/super-mario-run/id1145275343?mt=8

So there are our favourite mobile games, my number 1 favourite being Subway Surfers as it is super addictive and super enjoyable but also easy to play on the go. Don’t forget to let us know what your favourite mobile game is and which one you like for this list!

Thanks,
Emily.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Top 5 Free Apps

There are many free apps available on Apple and Android phones that range in quality some being more useful than others. Therefore, we thought it’d be helpful to put our most useful free apps in one place.



Google maps
Possibly the most useful free app to have on your phone for all those times you’re in a new city or town and don’t have a clue where you’re going, then this app is great for directing you to those places.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/google-maps-gps-navigation/id585027354?mt=8

Paper
A great note taking app where you can combine images and text to make your notes more visually pleasing and can help make more in-depth. Not only this but you can save your notes up as PDF’s, Keynotes and PowerPoint Presentations making it easy to share your notes in a clearer way with co-workers.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paper-by-fiftythree-sketch-diagram-take-notes/id506003812?mt=8

Google Translate
Another great app for travelling is the Google Translate app, it’s always a good idea to have this app on your phone for when you’re in other countries and don’t speak the language. Although Google Translate has its downfalls it’s still a very useful to have for emergencies.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/google-translate/id414706506?mt=8

Skype
Skype is a great app to connect you to friends, family and co-workers whether that’s for getting in -contact with people when they’re on holiday or for meetings with co-workers. The app is just a great one to have especially because it’s free.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/skype-for-iphone/id304878510?mt=8

1Password
This is a great app for remembering all your different passwords. 1Password keeps your password for all your accounts safe in one place with one overall password to keep all the other logins safe. This password manager is simple and effective to use.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/1password/id568903335?mt=8


So, there are our favourites personally I like Paper app for more creative note-taking. What’s your favourite?

Friday, 27 October 2017

Top 5 Photography Apps

As there are so many apps on the market it hard to decipher which are the best from the wide range available. In this list, there are both photo editing apps and photo sharing apps, with most of them being free you may want to try them out.



VSCO (FREE)
VSCO is a great photo editing app with different filters and effects to add to your images. Not only this but VSCO has a great community behind it where you can post your edited images with other photographers who use VSCO and can help you gain inspiration from those using the apps.

https://vsco.co/

Instagram (FREE)
This is my personal favourite photo-sharing app as there’s such a wide range of images on there for you to browse through either on the trending page or through the people your followings post where you can like and comment on your friend’s images.

https://www.instagram.com/

Layout (FREE)
Layout is also a great app for posting on Instagram as it has the correct image proportions and sizes as Instagram allows except it helps makes those posts more exciting by adding to the layout of the image either by doubling up one image and using interesting proportions to make a more eye-catching image or by allowing you to put more than one image into the layout.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/layout-from-instagram/id967351793?mt=8

Facetune (£2.99)
Another great app for photography is Facetune, this app is great for doing touch ups to images. Not just to touch up images of yourself, but also for editing images of other people that you may have taken.

https://www.facetuneapp.com/

EyeEm (FREE)
This app may look like your average photo editing app, but this app has a ‘market’ feature where you can get money for the photos you take and edit if they are bought by brands or publishers.

https://www.eyeem.com/

There’s our list of the top 5 photography apps, my personal favourites being Instagram and VSCO. Let us know what you use to edit your photographs and what you post your images on. Also, don’t forget to tell us what your favourite is from this list!

Thanks

Emily

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?