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Posted on February 24, 2017

The Big Small Business Survey

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Ah, small businesses. We all love to support them and help their businesses to become a success. We see them as friendlier and more personal than a big company. Everyone loves an underdog, right?

Instaprint recently carried out a small business survey. The results are interesting, so take a look!

Posted on February 23, 2017

Top 5 messaging apps

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Top 5 messaging apps

There is an abundance of messaging apps out there for smartphones, and it’s often very difficult to chose the one that’s suitable for your needs, whether it’s for personal use or business. You’ll likely to do all sorts of research when it comes to a new phone and, after you’ve trawled through different mobile networks, product types and models on tech blogs, you’ll now you need an app that will perform the tasks most important to you. Below, we’ve put together the top five messaging apps for you to consider.

WHATSAPP

WhatsApp is enormously popular with 800 million users worldwide; this could have something to with it boasting apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and the Windows Phone. WhatsApp allows you to send photos, documents, text and call over Wi-Fi for free – ideal to avoid the costly MMS charges or if you want to call a friend from abroad for a catch-up. It’s simple to use, free and you can log onto your WhatsApp from your computer, too.

GOOGLE MESSENGER

For all those people out there love to customise and organise their lives, Google Messenger offers you this in the form of colour coordinating your contacts. It has a fluid easy-to-use design that lets you scroll through your messages easily. Unfortunately, all you iPhone lovers out there will be left out with this one as it’s only available on Android. However, that’s not to say that you can’t message someone who doesn’t have Google Messenger, they just won’t have the same colourful responses as you do.

SKYPE

Skype is mostly known for video calls, but you can also send instant messages to any of your Skype contacts. It’s an all singing, all dancing app that gives you three different ways to communicate in one go. Ideal if you want a ‘face to face’ conference call, chat to a relative that lives far away or send an instant message to a friend. It’s very easy to download and can be used on a number of devices. It’s also free if you’re just after the basic package.

If you’re looking for an alternative to Skype, consider the virtual phone numbers for businesses offered by Capital Telecommunications. Not only do they offer a range of 03 and 08 numbers to use for your business, but they allow you to use them from your smartphone.

SIGNAL

A messaging app for those worried about privacy. It comes from Open Whisper Systems (that has the seal of approval from Edward Snowden, no less), is simple to use and your conversations are encrypted. It is available for iOS and Android, keeping its target market pretty open. There is no message backup, so don’t send anything you don’t want to keep permanently, this is because it doesn’t record metadata. So if you need to send a colleague delicate information or you’re concerned about phone hacking, this could be the perfect choice for you.

FROZEN CHAT

Like Signal, Frozen Chat offers end-to-end encryption, but it also has Off The Record Messaging. This means that your messages are protected, and you can verify whom you’re speaking to. Unlike Signal, Frozen Chat is only available on Android but could be the solution to your security fears.

Posted on February 15, 2017

A Brief History of Microsoft Windows

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A Brief History of Microsoft Windows

Since Windows 1 was launched in 1985, the Windows operating system has changed massively.

My first memories of Windows were on version 3.1. Basically, the only thing you could do was play solitaire, draw on point and use the notepad.

I was sent this infographic over to share with you all about the different versions of windows have changed over time. It’s hard to imagine an operating system in 2017 that could run off 192KB ram!

Take a look and get nostalgic:

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Posted on December 27, 2016

The Best Online Pharmacy. Buy Cialis Without Prescription – Orders-Cialis.info

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Why buy cialis on the internet is really beneficial for you?

So you’ve decided to order cialis and do not know where to start? We can give you some advice. First, ask your doctor for advice in order to properly determine the dosage, when you do that, you need to decide for yourself exactly where you will be buying the drug. You can buy cialis online, or you can just buy it at the pharmacy. Buy cialis online has a number of advantages, one of which is price. The cost of the Internet will always be lower than in stores, and when combined with the free shipping, it will be the best choice. Besides the price there are a number of advantages over conventional pharmacies, one of which is anonymity. Also, you can always check the online store on reliability, read reviews about it and the opinion of other buyers. Read more.

Posted on December 19, 2016

A Christmas Wislist for a Geeky Man

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Less than a week to go and you’re still worrying about what to get a geeky man in your life? Check out some of these and get them on quick delivery ASAP!

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Everyone loves and hates Monopoly. I remember wanting to play it but also getting so annoyed and bored with how long it takes. How about a themed version for a bit of fun?

I went to a bar launch a few weeks ago and I loved that they had a big ice ball in one of the whiskey cocktails. This death star ice mould is perfect and I’m actually tempted to buy myself a couple!

Lighters are always useful, whether you smoke or not for lighting candles or a manly fire. Or something like that.

Again with the Star Wars theme – light up chop sticks?

These virtual reality headsets look like loads of fun! I’d love to try one out and I bet any guy would, too.

Winter is coming has to be one of the most said phrases on Game of Thrones. Apart from ‘A Lannister always pays his debts’. Love this chopping board!

What ideas do you have for geeky men?

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Posted on October 17, 2016

Penclic B2 Bluetooth Mouse // Review

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Penclic B2 Bluetooth Mouse Review I was recently sent the Penclic B2 Bluetooth Mouse to review.

The mouse is designed to allow you to perform movements on your computer while using your body parts designed for these types of moments. Rather than using shoulders and arms in an unnatural and healthy position, the Penclic B2 lets you use your fingers to carry out these movements to help reduce the likelihood of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

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I love the packaging of the product, it’s encased in a cylinder tube that is easily put back together – handy if you want to sell the product at a later date.

The Penclic Mouse comes with a start-up guide and a troubleshooting leaflet. In typical electronics style, both guides had many languages. Despite the size of the leaflet, there wasn’t much information at all. I ended up going on the Penclic website to download the startup guide which included more detail with pictures.

Hey, I need pictures because I’m a useless girl. Don’t judge me, okay?

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The box also includes a pouch which is home to the USB port and rechargeable battery.

You put the battery in the bottom of the pen and plug the USB cable in to charge it. The light on the front flashes green when charging. It then has a continuous green light once fully charged.

To connect it, you press a button underneath to connect the device by Bluetooth.

I’m not going to lie, I found it hard connecting the mouse. It didn’t seem to like my computer. I then dropped it by accident and the pen fell out of its socket. I pushed it back in and then it seemed to work. Maybe the fall did it good, ha! It doesn’t seem damaged at all by the little accident.

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Overall, the pen looks great on the desk although it’s quite awkward to use. It’s nicer to use than a traditional mouse, but I think I still prefer my track pad on my Mac over the pen as I’m used to the shortcuts and everything already.

I think it would take a few weeks of using it to fall in love and because I don’t suffer from any pains due to my excessive computer use, I don’t quite need to do this yet, but it’s good to know I have the option.

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Posted on October 12, 2016

Update required // Remind me NEVER

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i hate updating my phone

I have a confession.

It’s almost as bad as how I never safely remove USB sticks. I just yank those fuckers right out of there. That’s what she said. 

So today I’ve finally given up to my iPhone. After weeks and weeks of pressing ‘remind me later’ several times a day, I’ve finally updated the new iOS.

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I hate updates.

Not only does this mean I have to be without my phone for several minutes. Which only ever happens when I’m asleep. It also a great risk. The greatest of risk.

I’ve heard tales about it. From my friend.

She updated once and it ended in chaos.

She lost every single one of her photos.

Every single photo and video of her cat as a kitten.

Of course, I had half of them on my phone because that’s what girls do. Send each other photos of their kittens. Or something like that. But look how adorable he is:

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So now on top of having to spend time without my phone, I risk losing 30k photos. Yes. That’s how many photos I have. This is also why I need to get the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus. Becuase my 128GB one clearly isn’t enough.

It’s not just my phone I have this issue with.

But everything.

Apps. My Mac. My Xbox.

I turned my Mac on this morning and it’s like TIME TO UPDATE and I’m like REMIND ME LATER. Raging that there’s no remind me NEVER option.

Why hasn’t this option been invented yet?

Xbox is the worst because there’s no remind me later options.

It’s either update RIGHT NOW. Or you die.

Okay, so you don’t die. But you have to update there and then. And they take forever. I only wanted to play a few rounds of COD and have a few beers. By the time the update is complete, I’m too wasted to aim properly.

There is no point to this post.

I just wanted to tell you that updates ruin my life.

The end.

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Posted on October 3, 2016

Xbox Games with Gold October 2016

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The best part of the month is seeing what games you can download for free with Games with Gold on Xbox.

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Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings

Available: 01/10 – 31/10

I’m not much if a baseball fan, but this game is said to have accurate physics and many stats to track. You can play on your own, against friends, in co-op mode of against the computer.

The Escapists

Available: 16/10 – 15/11

This is a prison escape game. The objective is simple, escape prison. In between planning your escape, you’ll be doing your daily chores and living out prison life.

MX vs ATV Reflex

Available: 1/10 – 15/10

This is a duel control motorbike game that lets you control the bike separately from the rider – which means you can not only dodge bad accidents but do some amazing freestyle tricks.

I Am Alive

Available: 16/10 – 31/10

The world as we knew it ended a year ago and almost everyone has been wiped out. You’re playing a man who is trying to find his wife and daughter in a world where the air is barely breathable, full of crumbling ruins and armed gangs and people that are only out for themselves.

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Posted on September 2, 2016

Xbox Games With Gold September 2016

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One of my favourite things about Xbox Gold is that every month, they have free games to download.

When I got my Xbox One last year, I told myself I wouldn’t buy any more games until I had completed the 3 I bought with it.

Call it a loophole.

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Some of the games are naff, some are good. But it’s always good to try new things. That’s what she said!

Here are the games you can download this month and a bit about them.

Xbox One.

Earthlock: Festival Of Magic – Available September 1st – 30th. 

This is an Indie RGP Game that lets you explore the beautiful world of Umbra in this fantasy, hero-type game.

Assasins Creed Chronicles: China – Available September 16th – October 15th.

Set in 16th century China, you’ll be seeking Shao Jun’s vengeance on the Chinese Emperor in this very well known stealth game.

Xbox 360.

Forza Horizon – Available September 1st – 15th.

I was dating a boy once who was obsessed with this game. I’ve never played it myself, now I get to see what all the fun is about in this open-world street racing game.

Mirrors Edge – Available September 16th – 30th

In a world where freedom has been exchanged for a comfortable life, play Faith, to adventure around this oppressive world to uncover a conspiracy.

What games are you most excited for?

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