Best apps to have when travelling

Billions of apps have been download over the last few years, and there’s hundreds targeted for the techno traveller. I’ve reviewed and read many, and generally decided that I wouldn’t use them in reality. Generally most are more gimmicky than practical. Below are my personal top 10 apps when travelling. All are free (some have pro versions that will cost you).

Trip It

This is a brilliant app. It syncs with your email account to recognise booking confirmations, and then automatically schedules out your trips and records all the important info.

Trip Advisor City Guide

Download maps, itineraries, venue guides and much more for many cities around the world. Once you’ve downloaded each specific city you don’t need WIFI to use it. Very handy if you don’t have a data package when on the move. Continue reading

Apps for Business People on the Move

For most business people who travel a lot having the possibility to stay in touch and up to date on their business is a necessity. Whether you need to access an important document in order to pull off the ideal presentation or you need to edit crucial spreadsheet whilst sipping up margaritas in the air on a plane, productivity apps are one thing you will need in order to achieve that.

With all the apps and technological progress happening around us, it’s easier than ever before to handle your day to day business activities like a pro and become a corporate hero. With eye-melting speeds of 4G and mobile data becoming more and more affordable you can literally access the fast Internet with your mobile device from anywhere in the world. And with the help of thousands of apps available on the market you will be productive wherever you are.

We will take a closer look at some of our favorite apps and will assemble a small fundamental app “toolkit” which we believe will help you stay connected and productive wherever you are headed. Continue reading

Best mobile apps and gadgets to manage your money on the move

Keeping an eye on your spending habits can be one of the safest ways to stay out of debt, and we all know that prevention is better than cure. If you are suffering from debt, keeping a track of your budget – and sticking to it – is essential in order to avoid the spiral of debt that could end up costing you a lot more than you originally intended.

Are there any apps and gadgets that can help you manage your finances?

Many of us will keep some sort of budgeting system, whether it’s a traditional pen and paper job or something more technological – even using a custom spreadsheet on your home computer can be one of the simplest and most successful ways to keep track of your household budget. But when are we most likely to spend money? When we’re out and about, of course! Having a spreadsheet or accounts book at home is all well and good but having access to your personal budget while you’re on the move is even better.

Aside from signing up to the relevant mobile banking services from your personal bank, you should also investigate the range of mobile apps on the market for keeping track of your personal budget. If you’re one of those keen Apple fans who recently managed to get their hands on a brand new iPhone 6, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a host of useful home budget applications available to download for the iPhone.

Best budget management apps

My Student Budget Planner

1) If you’re a student, opt for the My Student Budget Planner, a simple and easy-to-use little app that keeps track of the most essential components of any student’s finance: loans, grants, wages, savings and outgoings.

While not the most complex application, it allows you to organise yourself with a weekly budget (great if you work part-time or are paid weekly) and rapidly update your budget with outgoings. You can also see your expenditure and budget for a total yearly period – again, great for students who work on a slightly different timetable to regular workers.

2) For those wanting something fairly simple to keep track on their budget whilst out, rather than a fully comprehensive budget application, the Budget Me Free application is excellent. Presenting your information in a clear visual format, you set your monthly budgets for a variety of expenses (including groceries, eating out, and utilities) and input expenditure as you go along. Continue reading

How to play iPhone Bingo Safely

There’s nothing worse than being called away from a game of bingo. This can be frustrating though playing mobile bingo can offer the perfect solution. We like to use an iPhone to play bingo in particular, as these devices are brilliant.

Check out this article for our top tips on staying safe while you play.

Use Alternate Payment Methods

There are a range of payment methods on the market that you can use to protect yourself online, whether you use a mobile or desktop to play. Entering your card details directly to a site can be ok if they’re secure, but we always like to take another step to protect ourselves online.

With methods like PayPal and Neteller, you can log into an account to authorise a payment. That way, you don’t actually have to give them your payment details at all. This can save you a lot of time and many even have fraud protection as standard just in case your login details are compromised by someone else.

If you’re not able to make card payments at all, then you can still play online. This can be done by using a voucher service, like Paysafecard, or using your mobile phone bill. These payment methods are also good for mobile players, as you’ll be able to play without providing your card details at all.

Connect Safely and Securely

When you play online, it’s also important to make sure you connect securely too. There are a number of options, including public Wi-Fi, your mobile data or a private connection. These all vary in security, with a private internet connection being the most secure.

This isn’t a massive security concern but it’s still worth bearing in mind. You should also look at the security features of the site itself, as they should also be storing your information safely. This should include 128 bit SSL encryption and also require a safe connection, brands such as Rocket Bingo that are secure, will display the green padlock in your browser’s address bar. Continue reading

Toyville Heroes

Toyville Heroes: Overleap is a quite interesting game from the game development beginners Some Game Studio, in which you need to play for the toy characters and jump from one column to another. According to developers, it’s the first game from a series of games about this universe of toys. They call it Toyville Heroes.

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Despite the fact that the game looks fairly childish, it’s hard to classify it as “game for kids”. At first play you will understand that scoring at least 5 points is not as easy as it seems as this game use a pretty difficult and annoying game mechanics.

Here’s how it works

At the beginning of the game your character stands on the column (which is actually abc-blocks) and has the target that spins around him all the time. Your goal is to jump to another column before the one on which you stand don´t crash (a timer at the bottom of the screen will always jog your memory). To perform it (by considering the rotation of the target) you need to accurately calculate the jump. You tap on the screen at that moment, when your character has to jump, and hold it until target reaches the next column, then you should release. After that your character will jump, and if you release at the right time, he will land on the next column. Otherwise, you will fall down. You will have to start the game again. In other words, you need to jump from one column to another, until you don’t fall (and there’s no doubt that you will fall. It’s the only matter of time). That’s it.

There are also a lot of characters, which open through the system, borrowed obviously from the popular game “Crossy Road”. It means, either you buy characters for real currency or take periodic gifts in the form of virtual currency, then put them in a “special” slot machine, which will open you a random character. And later you will be able to select them in the characters selection menu.

Another thing that matters is the fact that the game has already been translated into 4 languages: English, French, Russian and Kazakh.

Finally, it’s worth to say that we’ve met pretty interesting and exciting mobile game which has its own childish atmosphere.