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What your apps say about you…

Three, the number one mobile operator for mobile broadband, worked with psychological coach Nick Jankel and found the apps we download onto our phone can be surpisingly revealing according to psychological coach Nick Jankel. Hidden character traits like competiveness or ambition can be discovered just by looking at the types of apps you use every day. Curious to know what your apps say about you? Nick tells all below…

1. Photography apps (e.g. Instagram) You are creative, artistic but above all sociable and you love life. You see the beauty in the every-day and are keen to share the best moments of your life, with your friends and family.

2. Gaming apps (e.g. Angry Birds, Draw Some) Play is the name of your game. Your playful but competitive personality traits manifest positively with a desire to improve your skills and win – whether against yourself or others.

3. Shopping apps (e.g. Ebay, ASOS) Friends envy your wardrobe but probably not your bank balance. A fashionista through and through, you are always on the hunt for a bargain and keeping up with the latest trends.

4. Ebooks apps (e.g. Amazon Kindle) You are a dreamer with a wild imagination. While you love to escape into a good read you also like to use your free time to learn new things to better yourself.

5. Health & fitness apps (e.g. Nike running / Calorie Counter) You want to feel good. You want to look good. You want to stay healthy. You may also feel slightly smug that you can wax lyrical about how good your latest running app is.

6. News and gossip apps (e.g.Perez Hilton) If you are honest with yourself, you’re a bit of a gossip. You have an insatiable appetite for information, with your finger on the pulse and like to keep your mates in touch with what’s going on in the world.

7. Work related apps ( e.g. LinkedIn) You work hard and play hard. You are ambitious, strive to be the best that you can be and understand that networking is the key to a successful career.

8. Cooking/ recipe apps (e.g. Jamie Oliver) You are the caring ‘mother hen’ of your social circle, always on hand with a kind word and a cuppa. A perfectionist at heart, nothing delights you more than putting together an amazing spread for the people you care about.

9. Going out apps (e.g. Bar Chick, Hailo taxi) Vivacious and sociable, that’s how your friends would describe you. Always the life and soul of the party, you ensure that your crowd hit the best parties and are never stuck for fun things to do.

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Top Travel Apps for this Summer

The busy holiday season is just around the corner and although it should be the highlight of the year, many people find the planning stage of their annual getaway not so fun. Where to go, what are the ‘must sees’, does it fit my budget, all add to the stress of booking a holiday.

Whether you want to relax on a sunny beach, roam the Scottish Highlands or visit the Pyramids in Egypt, help is on hand with a number of easy to use travel apps. They will not only ensure you plan and execute the perfect trip, but will help you get the most from your holiday whilst there too.

Gogobot (FREE) for iPhone

Gogobot helps you plan the perfect trip with the help of friends. By allowing you to tap into your personal networks, be it on Facebook, Foursquare or Twitter, you can receive personal advice and reviews from people like you – not strangers.

Browse more than 60,000 travel destinations and arrange them according to recommendations made by your friends. With the touch of the screen you can search for hotels, restaurants, and attractions, plus turn photos into postcards (love that!), which can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, SMS or email – letting everyone know that you’re having a great time!

TripLingo (from £6.99) for iPhone, Android

Learning a few phrases and travel-related questions will go a long way to making your trip more enjoyable and the locals will appreciate your effort. TripLingo makes picking up the local lingo and culture easy and fun.

With over 1,000 phrases, a built-in dictionary, and flashcards nothing will be lost in translation! Nifty features include articles on local etiquette, information on the country, plus multiple audio examples for phrases helping you with the pronunciation – so you sound just like a local.

Packing Pro (from £1.79) for iPhone

Have you ever reached the airport and had that sinking feeling you’ve forgotten to pack something? Well this excellent app is perfect for those of us who are perhaps a little forgetful, or those who tend to leave packing until the last minute.

Packing Pro will assist you with what to bring based the number of adults (males & females), children & days, as well as temperature, destination & clothes washing preferences. With Packing Pro, you’ll never forget something as crucial as your bikini or sun screen again.

Camera+ (from 69p) for iPhone

Capturing magic moments with friends and family and of your holiday surroundings are important to creating lifelong memories of your trip. The easy to use Camera+ iPhone app not only allows you to get snap happy, but encourages your creative side too.

A number of features will ensure top quality pictures such as special effects, cropping, easy editing, plus a choice of image boarders. Once you’ve got the perfect pic, proudly share your holiday snaps with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or simply via email.

Airbnb (FREE) for iPhone, Android

To avoid disappointing holiday diggs, sign-up to Airbnb, a trusted community for holidaymakers looking to discover and book unique accommodation around the world, either online or from your mobile phone.

From apartments to villas and castles to B&B’s, Airbnb offers accommodation across 19,000 cities and 192 countries. And if you’ve found something you like the look of, but still have a few questions, Airbnb allows you to message the host directly, as well as access host details and get directions to your destination. For the last-minute holiday organisers amongst us, with one simple tap you can search for available places nearby for that night.

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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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Guest Post: Five fab business apps

With advances in technology and smart phones, it is now easier to run a business than it has ever been before. Whether the business is small or large, there are great smart phone apps available that can improve your company. Many of the business apps available allow for the company to save time and money; the goal of every business. While there are a lot of great business apps available, here are 5 top apps that can be downloaded from your mobile phone’s network or wi-fi offered by your internet service providers.

Expensify

Expensify allows someone to expense a business trip. Most businesses will not repay the employee for something on a business trip unless they can provide a receipt. This means that they have to try to hold on to every receipt which can sometimes be tricky! Expensify allows you to log each expense and then take a picture of the receipt. All of this information is stored in the app, so there is no need to try to save everything.

Tripit

Tripit is an application that helps with business trips. It can be hard to keep track of all of your flights and hotel reservations on an extended business trip, but the Tripit app will now do all of that for you. After all of the travel information is entered into the app, Tripit will then make an easy to follow itinerary.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a great business app that businesses of all sizes can use. To use the Dropbox app, the business must first download Dropbox onto their computers. Dropbox allows for anything to be safely saved and stored on their systems. Anything saved in Dropbox can then be accessed from any computer or smart phone. This allows for everyone in the business to have all of their important information with them at all times on their smart phone. This eliminates the need to have to print out reports and give them to everyone; they can now have them electronically on their phone.

Square

Square is a great application for small businesses. Square allows any business to be able to process credit card payments with a smart phone. There is no need to buy all the expensive credit card machines when you can download Square. Once the credit card information is entered into Square, it is instantly transferred to the company’s bank and customer’s credit card company.

WebEx Meeting Center

This app allows for a business to conduct conference calls and meeting through their smart phone. Documents and presentations can be viewed on the phone’s screen while still being able to talk to each other.

Guest article by Ruben Corbo, a writer for the website www.broadbandexpert.com

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Five free mobile apps for your car

Phones, smartphones and tablets allow you to have the world at your fingertips, even from your car. But always be sure to consider safety first; here are some of the best apps to make your car journeys safer and more convenient.

Carrr Matey! – Android

Carrr Matey! is a parking app that allows you to log where you parked your car, making it easier to find again. The app also has a timer so you can get to your car before your parking ticket expires. If you’ve parked in a multi-storey car park, activate Harbour Mode to note the exact location of the car. Best of all, everything in the app is themed around pirates for a bit of fun.

DriveCarefully – Android, Blackberry, iPhone

Reading your texts or emails while driving is not only extremely dangerous, it’s also illegal. The DriveCarefully app takes away the temptation to take your eyes off the road by automatically reading aloud any text messages or emails you receive. You can also set an auto response to let people know that you’ve received their message, but that you are driving. This app could be a step towards reducing accidents caused by texting and driving. You can also avoid a potential £30-60 penalty and 3 points on your license from driving whilst using a mobile phone.

Road Trip Lite – iPhone

Road Trip Lite enables you to keep track of your miles per gallon and fuel economy for your car. Using this app will give you a good idea of what you are spending on fuel for your car compared with how much you use it, and will make you rethink how to get the best out of your car. Team this app up with a petrol price calculator and you can quickly assess how much your motor is costing you each week.

c:geo – Android

Geocaching is essentially a game of high-tech hide and seek. You use the c:geo app to pinpoint your location as well as a number of ‘caches’ (hidden containers that often contain some form of trinket as a reward). There are hundreds of caches to be found, and using the geocaching app to locate them can turn a normal car journey into an exciting treasure hunt.

RAC Traffic – Android, iPhone

Sitting in traffic can cause even the mildest mannered motorist to become enraged, so use this app to avoid it. Luckily, this app follows your progress and alerts you of any nasty jams that may delay your journey. The map updates in real time and lets you know if there are any new incidents.

 Thanks to Jamie Gibbs from  www.confused.com

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