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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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