5 Tech Companies To Look Out For in 2015

Apple. Facebook. Google. Amazon. They were all tech startups once. Recently there has been a new wave of tech firms that will one day be household names to us all. Tech City UK are an organisation which encourage new tech firms to startup in the UK. The Future Fifty list consists of the top 50 firms to look out for this year. Here’s my top 5… 

Lyst is a online fashion platform which brings together all your favourite fashion brands and retailers and curates them onto one website. Your one place to visit to find all your latest clothing. Lyst has great features such as being notified of when your item is back in stock, and even when your saved items have reduced in price. A great fashion platform for all your shopping needs…


Hailo is an online taxi service where you can use your smartphone to request a licensed taxi to take you to your destination. Similar to Uber this app enables you to quickly get a taxi with a few simples taps on your phone. So if you’re unsure about the safety of Uber, why not give Hailo a ride…


HouseTrip is a website that offers you thousands of holiday homes to rent and use rather than the boring hotel room. Similar to Airbnb, HouseTrip offers you a holiday room on any location around the globe where you can choose which amenities that you need and for any time period during the year. When you’re planning your next getaway, give HouseTrip a try…


PhotoBox is the one place to go to get anything personalised with your personal pictures. Creating the perfect canvas to a personalised business card, PhotoBox is a simple service to use to create the perfect personalised gifts. A very simple app that you’ll soon learn to love…


Shazam is a simple app that makes it easy for you to find out what song is playing around you. With a simple tap on the smartphone app, Shazam will discover what song is playing around you by listening and finding the song and lyrics from its infinite database of music. If you haven’t downloaded Shazam already this is a must-have app on your smartphone. It’s time to know exactly what song that’s playing around you…

Which tech startup are you looking forward to explore? Let me know on the comments below…

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3 Simple Gadgets To Make Your Home Smarter

Home is where you spend the majority of your life. Your home is the place where you enjoy being at most most relaxed and comfortable. Whether you’re living in the bright lights of a big city or in the calm of the countryside, your home can be become a smart home. By adding a few gadgets to your home you could make your home more intelligent. Check out these cool new gadgets that will bring you one step closer to a tech home…

Smart Lock August ($249.99)

August is a keyless smart lock that you can attach to any door in your home but is best used on your front door. August uses Bluetooth technology from your smartphone to recognise when you are near your door and unlocks it. You have 24/7 total control of who enters and exits your home by adding family and friends to the access list. Log records are kept for you to track who and when enters/exits your home. August requires 4 x AA batteries and you can simply install it to your existing deadbolt lock. This is a great way to keep your home secure. No more forgotten keys!

Smart Thermostat – Nest Thermostat (£249)

The Nest Thermostat is a clever thermostat that learns about you and how warm or cool you want your home. You can simply change the temperature by turning the dial, but you can also programme the timing and temperature when you are out using the smartphone app. Nest Thermostat learns when you are not home and turns to Away mode and switches off your heating to save you money. You can have different temperatures for different times of the day like when you wake up or when you are returning home from work. This is a hot thermostat (see what I did there?!) that will help make your home the temperature you want, when you want.

Smart Doorbell – SkyBell WiFi Doorbell ($199)

The SkyBell WiFi Doorbell is a smart video doorbell that uses the built-in camera and microphone to enable you to speak, hear and see the person at your door whether you are at home, on the go or at work. SkyBell uses the motion sensor to alert you when someone is nearby. Using your smartphone the live video feed begins giving you a real time video call with the visitor at the door. If you are at home you can let them in just by tapping on your smartphone, or if you are away you can let them know when you’ll be back home or even let them in. This is a great security gadget that gives you comfort of who enters your home.

What is your favourite home gadget? Let me know in the comments below…

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3 tips for creating a great App

There seems to be thousands of mobile applications across multiple platforms. From apps that change the way you live to simple games that help you pass the time on your daily commute…

Here are 3 top tips on creating your own app…

1. Design is everything

When thinking about an idea for an app you have to think about how it will look and feel for the user. The design and user interface will need to be very simple and engaging to ensure your users come back for more. Take more time on your design than its features. Users want a simple feel to their experience.

2. Do one thing well

Whether you want to create a game or a simple utility app, ensure you do it well and go all out. Whatever you decide to create make sure you do it well. Don’t try and complicate things by trying too many things in the app. Simplicity is key and doing that one thing well will make for a killer app.

3. Persistence is key

Don’t give up with your idea. Keep going and don’t stop. Standing still is a big no-no in the app world. You need to keep improving your app with updates. Look for the bugs and fix them. Continuously learn about your app and improve it regularly. This will help make sure your app is on top and can’t be faulted by your loyal users. Don’t give up and keep going…

To make sure people keep coming back your app and tell their friends, follow these tips and you’ll have a killer app..

What’s your favourite app that you can’t go without? Let me know in the comments below…

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What is Apple Music?

Apple has always been passionate about music and helping the music industry grow. Since the launch of the iPod in 2001 and iTunes in 2003, Apple has realised that music is now in its DNA. Apple’s latest service is being launched on June 30th.

Here is a simple breakdown of what it is and how you will use it…

What is it?

Discover – Apple Music is essentially a music streaming service with unlimited access to listen to any song, album or playlist from all your favourite artists and genres. You have total control of what you listen to and how you organise your songs. By giving Apple a few ideas of which artists and flavours of music you enjoy, Apple Music will suggest new songs and albums from those genres and artists. As you will be streaming the music, it won’t take up any memory on your iPhone or iPad.

Connect – This is a service that allows you to interact with artists as they post new songs, lyrics, photos and videos. An easy way to keep up to date with your favourite artists lives and interacting with them. Connect gives you exclusive access into the their world and what inspires them to create new and inspiration music for you. You will be able to comment and like on their updates as well as share to Facebook and Twitter.

Radio – Beats 1 will be the world’s first 24/7 live radio station broadcasting from LA, New York and London. With brilliant resident DJ’s including Zane Lowe, this live radio station will be playing all your favourite songs and will include artist interviews all live. When you wake up or are going for a run, Beats 1 will always be on and live. The world’s first live 24/7 radio station.

How can I get it?

On June 30th, Apple will release iOS 8.4 for your iPhone and iPad. Simply update your device to the latest software and open the Music App. Once you open the Music app, you will see a brand new and revamped Music player which will prompt you to sign up to Apple Music. You will also be able to sign up via iTunes on your Mac or PC. Once signed up, you’ll be ready to go and explore all the songs and albums you didn’t even know about…

How much will it cost?

The cost of Apple Music will be FREE! Yes for the first 3 months Apple Music will be available to you at no cost. You will be able to use all the cool new features during this free trial period. After the 3 month free trial has finished, you can continue to have unlimited Apple Music access for an affordable £9.99 per month, or £14.99 per month for a family package of up to 6 people.

For more details on Apple Music visit:


Which song will you stream first on Apple Music? Let me know in the comments below…

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3 Tech trends to boom in 2015

Technology always been one step ahead of the game. It’s what drives us forward in life by making life’s challenges easier and simpler. This year and beyond will see technology move even further forward, making the 90’s seem generations away.

Here are my top 3 trends in technology for this year and beyond….


Paying with your credit card at a point of sale or online is beginning to become a thing of the past. There are many online payment services but we will begin to see payments using many other devices and services. There have recently been services such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet. Using services like these with your smartphone or smart watch will soon be the norm.

With a recent technology called NFC (Near Field Communication) which is used in London’s Oyster travelcard, this technology is now moving to smartphones. Most people have a smartphone so you will be soon be making your daily online and in store purchases with your favourite smartphone.

Smart home

The home is beginning to evolve from a simple place to relax and enjoy to being a tech hub of the future. Using anything electrical in your home has usually been initiated with your physical command of pressing a button or the on/off switch. With services such as Apple’s HomeKit, you will be able to use all your home’s electrical essentials with a simple tap on your smartphone.

Whether you are at out for the evening or even travelling abroad, tasks such as turning on the heating and opening the garage door will be as easy as tapping your smartphone. These day to day tasks have been simplified to make your lives easier and stress-free. Watch out! This will be a trend that will accelerate in the coming months for sure…


What is a drone? A drone can be simply described as an electronic flying device that can be used for many different uses. Parrot’s AR Drone which was released a few years ago was initially a game play device that enables you to use your smartphone to fly the drone as part of an interactive game. We are now seeing drones being used in many different ways.

Companies such as Amazon and Facebook have been testing drones on how to improve and deliver services to people much faster. Amazon will be using drones to make quicker deliveries to homes, and Facebook hopes to deliver internet services to areas of the world where the web isn’t easily accessible. This is also a much cheaper and efficient way of providing these services to its users. This trend is for sure to take off, so keep looking up and see if you can spot a flying drone in the near future…

Any other tech trends you think will take off this year and beyond? Let me know in the comments below…

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My Top 5 Apple Watch Apps

5 Apple Watch Apps you must download right now…

1. Shazam

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Shazam is a great app that lets you know which song is playing just by your device listening to it. You can even use Siri on your iPhone to ask what song is playing. This great app for the Apple Watch has features that show you the lyrics in time with the music and also lets you buy it from the iTunes Store. When you tap on Buy you only need to swipe up from the lock screen on your iPhone to go straight to the iTunes Store.

App Store Direct Link: https://appsto.re/gb/ZEk_q.i

2. Uber

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Uber is a great app that lets you request taxis with the touch of a button on your iPhone. That experience has become even simpler on your Apple Watch. Open the Apple Watch app and Uber will tell you how long you have to wait for your nearest Uber taxi. With a simple tap you can request the Uber and even track where it is. A must have app for all Uber commuters.

App Store Direct Link: https://appsto.re/gb/4hz-v.i

3. Dark Sky

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Dark Sky is a great weather app that notifies you when it is going to rain. It is very accurate and informs you if you need an umbrella for the next hour. A detailed weather forecast comes to the Apple Watch by giving you a simple glance on the likelihood of heavy precipitation in the area. A brilliant iPhone app that has made even simpler on your Apple Watch.

App Store Direct Link: https://appsto.re/gb/nhD1E.i

4. Nike+ Running

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For those of you unfamiliar with the Nike+ Running iPhone app, it is a very simple app that helps track your outdoor runs. Key features include map tracking, your distance goals, and competing with your friends. This experience has come to the Apple Watch with a simple glance on how you’re progressing with your run, to giving you constant updates on your pace and timing.

App Store Direct Link: https://appsto.re/gb/1Zohx.i


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ASOS is a great fashion platform to buy your latest clothes and all things fashion. The iPhone app makes it easy for users to search and refine their searches until they know exactly what they want to by from ASOS. The Apple Watch app helps you search for an item and save it for later. It will notify you when that item is back in stock or has gone on sale. Also using the Handoff feature you can swipe up on your iPhone lock screen to get straight to that item on your iPhone.

App Store Direct Link: https://appsto.re/gb/4jQsB.i

Have any Apple Watch apps that you can’t go without? Let me know in the comments below…

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iPhone 5c & iPhone 5s

Which iPhone are you?

Apple unveiled 2 (yes 2!) new iPhones to the world on Tuesday. This is the first time Apple showcased 2 iPhones in the same year! Both may be very similar but are still very different…

iPhone 5c

– Very similar to the iPhone 5
– Plastic outer body
– Comes in 5 colours (White, Pink, Yellow, Blue & Green)
– Much cheaper than the iPhone 5
– Still has all the features of iOS 7


iPhone 5s

– Similar design to the iPhone 5
– Touch ID Fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone
– Improved camera with slow motion feature
– Much faster processor to make your tasks speedier than ever
– Comes in Gold, Silver and Space Grey


Both are released on Friday 20th September.

Go get yours….

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My Top 5 iPhone Apps

The 5 must-have iPhone Apps

Have you just bought a new iPhone? Or do you just need some help on which apps to download? Fear not, I have put together my Top 5 Apps to download from the App Store…..

My Top 5 iPhone Apps

  • Google Maps – After the failings of Apple Maps, Google released its own Maps application. Its a must download to get you from A to B, and has all the correct places where they should be…
  • WhatsApp – The easiest way to instant message a friend, no matter which smartphone they are using….

  • BBC Sport – A great sports news app to find out all the goings on the world of sport. A cool, slick app….

  • Facebook Messenger – Facebook’s Messenger app lets you just chat with your Facebook friends, without getting distracted by the news feed….

  • YouTube – Finally, the YouTube app for iPhone is the easiest way to watch videos on your iPhone….

So what are you waiting for? Get downloading these apps now! What is your favourite iPhone App? Let me know in the box below….

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How to change my iPhone search engine

Google, Bing or Yahoo! Which will you choose….

Have you ever decided to change your iPhone’s default search engine? You can choose between Google (obviously), Bing and Yahoo! You may have accidentally changed your search engine and just want to get it back to Google. Follow the below steps to get you on your way….

Follow these simple steps to change your iPhone default search engine:

  • Firstly go to the Settings app

  • Then scroll down to Safari

  • The first option will read ‘Search Engine’

  • Tap on this and you can select your desired search engine from Google, Bing or Yahoo!

  • Now when you go to search in Safari, you should see your desired search engine box in the top right corner

With these simple steps you can change your search engine on your iPhone. Have you ever used Bing or Yahoo!, or is Google your thing? Let me know in the box below…

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How to use AirPrint on your iPad

Print from your iPad to your wireless printer

Have you ever wished you could print a webpage from your iPad without the use of any wires? Well now you dont have to send yourself an email to print out an article or news story. Follow the below steps to get you on your way to printing from your iPad…

These few steps will guide you on how to print from your iPad to your wireless printer:

  • Firstly, make sure that your wireless printer is connected to your router via an Ethernet cable, which connects your printer to the network

  • Go to Safari and visit the web page that you want to print out

  • Tap on the Share icon which is located in the top left of the screen next to the URL address field

  • Tap on Print and select your printer from the list, and choose how many copies you would like print

  • Finally, tap on Print and your web page should be printing on your wireless printer

With these few simple steps you can easily print wirelessly from your iPad. What will you print first? Let me know in the comment box below….

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