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Dating online? Check out our top 5 dating apps

The internet shook up the dating scene in a big way and now smartphone apps are taking it to the next level! If you’re new to the world of apps, Broadband Genie have a handy guide here to get you started. If not, let’s dive straight into some of the best dating apps out there!

OkCupid

Android/iOS – Free

OkCupid is one of the most popular online dating services thanks to its unique approach of asking you a series of questions to match you with people with similar interests and personalities. The OkCupid app adds in a broadcast feature with searches for other users in the local area.

Plenty Of Fish

Android/iOS – Free

Plenty of Fish is a busy dating site, and the app reflects this with features to help you track down other PoF users in the same location, but also usefully providing you with tips on good date ideas nearby.

Tagged

Android/iOS – Free

Tagged boasts a huge userbase of over 300 million people and aims to make meeting new people fun and easy by using a built-in game to connect you with others. It also provides location matching, and it’s free to use and send messages.

Badoo

Android/iOS – Free

This is currently one of the most popular apps on any mobile platform. It’s a social network focused on meeting new people and thanks to the rapidly expanding number of users it’ll be easy for you to find someone wherever you are. Not only great for dating it’s also ideal if you’ve just moved to a new area and want to find some new friends or interests.

Tinder

iOS – Free

This clever iOS app tries to help with the awkwardness of a first date by helping you to find someone who you might have a better connection with by using your Facebook location, friends and interests. Once you’ve found a match you can ‘Like’ them through the app, and if they respond in kind you can take things further from there.

Mollie Goodfellow contributes on behalf of www.broadbandgenie.co.uk, the consumer advice site for broadband, tablets and smartphones

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Multi-Tasking Mums Turn Back Time Online

In a world of smart phones and gadgets galore it is no surprise that Britain’s mums are becoming evermore dependent on the internet. Amidst the chaos of juggling home and family life, busy mums across the country admit to having to go online EVERY HOUR so that they can feel more in control.

New research released today by British Gas shows that 7 out of 10 mums are turning to the internet to cope with their increasingly hectic lives. Despite Mums spending the least amount of time online, the research shows that mums optimise their time online by focusing on completing essential day to day tasks rather than entertainment or socialising with friends online.

They are saving valuable time each day by going online for routine daily tasks, such as managing finances and paying energy bills; at the same time as doing the housework (39%), whilst on the toilet!! (22%), pushing a buggy (10%) and seeing their children off at the school gates (7%).

Busy mums can make the most of using the internet for essential day to day tasks, to help them save time, money and hassle, up to an hour and day and £100 a year!

My Top Tips for Saving Time Online

  • Waiting for the kids to come out of school – make use of the spare five minutes to search for a restaurant deal and book a table online for that dinner with friends you’ve been meaning to organise
  • Getting a haircut – make use of the downtime by paying your energy bills and checking you’re getting the best deal
  • Going on a long car journey – do your weekly shop online which not only saves you time getting to the supermarket, but means you can make the most of online deals which can save you money too
  • Save money on parking and shop online whilst watching TV rather than trekking to the high street. Much more fun, you don’t have to battle with the crowds!
  • Need DIY jobs doing on the house or a repair to an appliance and just haven’t got the time to look for a handyman – let someone else take the strain by booking an engineer whilst you’re in a taxi on your way for a night out with friends
  • Keep meaning to book airport transfers for the holiday, use a smartphone app to book a taxi online whilst on the train to work, rather than phoning around trying to get the best deal
  • Make the most of the commute by checking your bank balance, you can even pay your utility bill online and check you’re getting the best deal
  • Waiting in the queue for your morning coffee, make use of the free wifi and check out flights for your next weekend away
  • Don’t wait on hold for 10 minutes that costs time and money, book a doctor or dentist appointment online and schedule the appointment yourself
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Online Christmas Shopping Tips and Tricks from Internet Explorer 9

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Go On: Give someone their first time online

Microsoft has recently launched a new campaign GO ON: Give someone their first time online (www.get-someone-online.com) which is appealing to the public to encourage non-internet users to give the internet a go. The campaign is in support of the Race Online 2012 initiative, led by the UK’s digital champion Martha Lane Fox.

The idea is to give people the gift of the web this Christmas, whether it’s pledging to help a family member set up an email account, registering someone they care about for a free internet training course, donating their old PC or actually gifting someone a low cost web ready PC for Christmas.

Research from Microsoft to support the campaign has found that there are an estimated 30 million PCs and Laptops lying around homes in the UK which could potentially be given a new home. And to make it as easy as possible for internet users to do their bit, Age UK will be making their 475+ charity shops across the UK available as donation centres for old computers for the duration of the campaign. The campaign ends on 31st January 2011.

In the UK there are 9.2 million adults that are currently offline, and who are missing out on the huge range of benefits the internet provides. The research went on to explore how the internet has been changing people’s lives and found: 29 per cent have found a job, a romance searching 13 per cent have found their partner or spouse online and more than one in ten people (12 per cent) have found their dream home. Furthermore, 19 per cent have found their dream holiday and a lucky 5 per cent have won a significant amount of money through an online game or competition.

It also explored how reliant on the internet we have become,, in fact 10 per cent of Brits say they would only be able to go about their normal lives for 12 hours without the internet

To support the campaign there is a Facebook page:

 First Time Online – http://apps.facebook.com/firsttimeonline/ which includes a cool game which people can play.

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Web of the Week: www.wishpot.com

Wishpot is a fab website to collect and share all your fave things you want to tell your mates (or your lover) about that your lil’ heart desires! Just download the wishpot button and start saving and sharing products in one click. It’s that simple! Wishpot makes it easy and convenient to create your wish lists and registries with products from any website, for your birthday, your wedding, or  even just your funky fashion picks.

For more details checkout www.wishpot.com

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