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.

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 (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
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!