Archive for April, 2012

Hail a taxi from your mobile with GetTaxi app

GetTaxi is now available on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry and is London’s first free new generation taxi app.

How does it work?

GetTaxi enables people to hail a taxi from their mobiles and allows you to track your taxi on a real time map and pay by credit card, cash or account straight from your phone. It is the only app of its kind available on all three major mobile platforms. It is easier and quicker  to order a licensed London Black Taxi, with no charges above the taxi meter, no credit card fees and a user-friendly set of features making it the coolest way to get a black cab:

· Order a taxi in just a tap: no more stroppy call centres, irritating hold music or mysterious whereabouts of the taxi

· See the taxi making it’s way to pick you up on a real-time map, from the office, pub or club

· Get the knowledge on your driver: see your driver’s photo, phone number and registration number sent straight to your phone, for complete safety and peace of mind

· Cashless cabs: Pay for your GetTaxi ride directly through your pre-registered credit card for free

· No card handling charges – and no late night fumbling for coins, looking for cash machines or your card

· Receive email receipts to easily expense your GetTaxi journeys through your company

· Share your journey with your friends through Twitter and Facebook

· Rate your Taxi driver and see their overall star rating

The GetTaxi mobile app automatically geographically locates the passenger via GPS and issues their request to the closest available taxis via GetTaxi’s special TFL approved driver units. It brings easy, super-safe and innovative digital taxi ordering to the masses, putting the user in control.

Get Taxi will also soon launch TaxiMiles, rewarding people for the trips they take and sharing the app with friends. Points are redeemable against a variety of gifts, and can also cover free taxi rides, rewarding users in three levels of usage: Newbie, Pioneer and Evangelist.

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If you like wine…check out the Corkcicle

The Corkcicle is the perfect solution for wine lovers who want to maintain their wine at its optimum temperature.

No more messy ice buckets or ice cubes in your chablis with the Corkcicle you chill your wine from within. It looks like an icicle with a  cork on top (hence the name!) that is filled with a thermal gel. Store in the freezer and when you open chilled wine, pop in the corkcicle and it will maintain the temperature for an hour. Once you’ve finished drinking just rinse and pop back in the freezer for the next time. You can even use it with red wine too. Perfect wine every time.

Price £19.99

For more details go to www.corkcicle.com

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Cool music sharing site: This is my Jam

This is my Jam is a cool new music sharing site where you can recommend tracks to your friends and followers.

Each week you can pick a new track (your “jam”), which is optionally shared over Twitter and Facebook. Your friends will similarly be recommending tracks and you can listen to them all in one set list – a kind of mix tape for the 21st century. You can also listen to a random jam, drawn from the thousands on the site, or a popular jam, which has had the most listens this week.

One downside of the site is that the list of songs is not comprehensive, but this has been nicely sidestepped by allowing subscribers to also select their jam from YouTube music videos, widening the selection considerably.

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Sport Chic: Proporta beachbuoy bike mount

A brand new version of the  BeachBuoy 100% waterproof phone case has been launched by Proporta specifically for use by mountain bikers. Easily attached to the handlebars of a bike, the new BeachBuoy BikeMount allows cyclists to use any smartphone securely with a biking app such as ViewRanger, keeping it 100% waterproof whatever the weather. Compatible with all smartphones the BikeMount makes using your phone whilst cycling, easier and safer than ever before.

Price £17.95

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BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: Competition for BBC Children in Need

BBC Radio 4’s Today programme is to produce a limited edition digital radio to commemorate its return to New Broadcasting House in November, with profits going to BBC Children in Need.

The programme is today launching a competition to design a ‘skin’ or outer cover for the radio, which is open to design students across the UK-based universities and colleges as well as amateur designers and Today listeners. The competition was announced live on-air this morning and will now be open for a period of four weeks, with entries accepted until 5pm on Friday 11th May.

The radio will then go in to production and is expected to go on sale in late Autumn for a limited period.

To receive a full design brief and terms and conditions, entrants should email today@bbc.co.uk to with the header ‘RADIO DESIGN’ in the subject of the email.

The designs will be judged by Ceri Thomas, Editor of Today, Deyan Sudjic, Director of The Design Museum, Sarah Montague of the Today programme and Stevie Spring, Chair of Trustees for BBC Children in Need.

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