Tech

Dec 11 2012

Products to Show Your Instagram Love

Any of you fellow Twitter and Instagram fanatics, will currently be mourning the loss of the ability to display your pretty pictures within Twitter. If you’re like me, your profile grid will be half empty and missing that nostalgic glow that so many of us have become accustomed to.

To make up for this; to add some prettiness back into your life (Twitter filters don’t come with your Instagram community) and to show some love, I’m dedicating this post to Instagram and all of the wonderful things that you can do with it… Here are some of my faves!

Casetagram from £21

I need one of these in my life immediately. No more awkwardly picking up someone else’s phone and seeing something you shouldn’t you cheeky little monkey!

Casetagram Instagram iPhone Case

Blurb Instagram Book from just £6.80

All of your favourite piccies in a hardback book. What’s not to love?

Blurb Instagram Hardback Book

I’m assuming it doesn’t come complete with pooch. Would be nice though.

Instagram Calendar – One of many items from the awesome folks at Printstagram for just £24.

Instagram Calendar from Printstagram

Instagram Chocolates – Personalised chocolate from Cocograph – from £8

These cute chocolates aren’t currently available in the UK but I’m reliably informed that they’re happy to ship. I think it’s worth the wait. Not sure I’d fancy eating a picture of my cat though, bless his cotton socks.

Cocograph Chocolate Instagram Pictures

Instagram Magnets by StickGram from £9

Always useful to pop up magnets on the fridge of you when you fitted in THAT bikini. Just saying.

Stickygram Instagram Fridge Magnets

Instaprint – price on application

Awesome little booths to print on the go at events. A must have for any hipster soiree, surely?

Instaprint Instagram Photo Booth for Events

Projecteo – available on Kickstarter. Bids from $1.

A teenie weenie Instagram projector. Nothing better than an impromptu slide show I find.

Projecteo Instagram Projector Mini

And of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Instagram Christmas cards from Cheergram.

Cheergram Instagram Christmas Holiday Cards

Of course, if all else fails, you could bring photos back into Twitter using this Chrome extension (thanks to @martymerc for the tip off).

Hopefully that’s brightened your Tuesday. Now let’s make the world pretty again.

Much love,

M xox

Dec 5 2012

Perfect Gifts For Your Geek This Xmas

It’s officially 20 days until Christmas. That means that there’s only 19 more sleeps, 473 hours, 28377 minutes or 1,702,757 seconds to go. Not much shopping time at all.

Given that I’m a not-so-secret geek, it’ll come as no surprise that technology’s at the top of my list for the big guy this year… as it is most years. Well, that and Miu Miu bags of course (geeks can style too!).

This year’s top gadget has to be the Apple iPad Mini. Yes, yes, I’m still a fan girl. I’m OK with that. If your loved one is lucky enough to already have bagged themselves the iPad Mini, here are some accessories you might want to consider to keep it company:

Merino Wool Felt Charcoal Case with Leather Straps £19 on Etsy.

 

Keep your iPad Mini nice and warm in this lovely felt case… the pop of colour on the straps are guaranteed to make it stand out from the crowd.

Sock Monkey iPad Sleeve £15.50 on Etsy.

 

A sensible case a little too grown up for you? This sock monkey comes to order and is quite frankly CUTE!

Pro Quality  Fisheye, Telephoto, Wide Angel and Macro lenses from £12 from Photojojo.

 

For all of those budding photographers out there, these lenses allow you to clip on to the camera

JBL Wireless Speaker for iPad Mini – £124 on JBL.

 

An absolute must for all of those Spotify fans out there like myself. Turn your iPad into an entertainment system with this speaker!

Charging Dock for iPad £1 minimum bid on Kickstarter.

 

Now that Apple is no longer making their beloved charging dock, this is a must-have purchase from a kickstarter funded project.

If your loved one is like myself and getting into cooking (just call me domestic goddess!), why not consider this kitchen friendly stand? It’s £21 from Chef Sleeve.

 

 

Of course, if none of that whets your appetite, there’s always the DODOcase that I wrote about a few weeks ago, which you can have personalised with your very own message. Now, that’s love!

Many of these products are shipped from the States, so be sure to order them nice and early. Oh and it’s always handy to get the iPad Mini first too, which you can pick up from Carphone Warehouse  😉

If you think I’ve missed a must-have accessory, leave a comment. Anything that helps me stay hip and down with the kids is always appreciated!

Much love,

M xo

Nov 20 2012

Personalised iPad case with style…

The other day, I was browsing the web (much like every day) when I stumbled upon DODOcase. Now I’m sure many of you will have already have visited their site and be completely clued up about the awesome products, helping an even more awesome cause… but I’m hoping that you are yet to discover their custom iPad cases? Say it’s so…? Is it?

DODOcase custom web builder

Now you can completely customise your case, from the material, pattern, lining and monograms. What’s more, if you’ve just treated yourself to an iPad Mini, fear not, they cater for those too, you lucky so-in-so.

DODOcase Piles

My favourite is the plain polkadot with a bright elastic band to give it a pop of colour. However, if you’re stuck for inspiration, the clever folks have created a Pinterest board with some of the custom cases that they’ve created.

DODcase Pinterest Board
I’ve done my research and the great news is that they ship to the UK, woo! Starting from $89.95 (this pretty much comes bare!) up to around double that, they make the perfect Christmas pressie. I’m already playing around with designs for my present to myself (they’re the best kind).

Nov 13 2012

Your Choice of the Best iPad Apps

I’ve decided to become more efficient. Yes, there, I said it. I came to this conclusion yesterday, when I realised that I have 4 different online diaries, 6 different email accounts and my moleskin diary which is where I actually keep all of my information but never carry it with me.

Image of an Apple iPad

Therefore,  I decided that I want to try and start streamlining my work processes, using my iPad a lot more to ease consumption of content on my journey in to work, make life simpler when I’m there and be able to easily continue work/blogging when I get home. So I asked you crazy bunch for your recommendations for your favourite iPad apps and this is what you recommended:

Softsign – great for signing documents such as contracts, timesheets and expense claims.

Notablity –  Take Notes & Annotate PDFs with Dropbox & Google Drive Sync. KAPOW!

AlienBlue – Reddit client that makes the most of the beautiful, yes I said beautiful, touchscreen.

Evernote – Write note, tasks, save files and share across multiple devices. Seamlessly synced.

Then some extra ones that I personally use:

Feedly – Great RSS reader for catching up on your favourite sites and blogs on your commute

Pinterest – Everyone loves Pinterest. With it being so visual, it works really nicely and can be great for wasting a good few hours.

TV Catchup – Watch live TV in bed on your iPad. What? It’s almost Christmas! It’s cold. Bed is allowed.

Pocket – Awesome bookmarking tool for content that you find online and want to catch up with at a later date.

WordPress – It’s all about blogging on the go.

Photoshop Express – Vastly cheaper than the full Photoshop package and whilst it doesn’t contain all of the features, it is good for the basics.

Spotify – For music in the bath. Obvs.

COD Zombies – Not easy at all to control with the touchscreen, but sometimes you just need to game.

The main thing that I adore about having the iPad is the ability to keep up with all of my favourite blogs when I’m busy during the day. Being able to save RSS feeds offline or articles to Pocket is fantastic. The only issue being that I always forget to sync before I leave the house in the morning. I’m waiting for the day they push content at the beginning and end of the day 😉

If you’re looking for a regular source of iPad reviews, iPad today is really good. I just prefer personal recommendations from you cheeky chaps.

I’d love to hear your app recommendations, so feel free to leave a comment.

Much Tuesday love,

M xox

Nov 12 2012

New Tech Crush: Whooz?

If you’re a gadget geek like me, you need to cast your eyes on these…

These Whooz labels will mean that never again will you have your cables borrowed and not returned  and neither will you pull out every socket before finally discovering the one that you were after 😉 Please tell me I’m not the only one…!

My favourite feature however, is the ability to customise it. Geek meets cute. WIN.

Clearly this is not my customised Whooz below. Just saying.

Pop on over to Kickstarter and order yours and get yours whilst they’re hot.

Monday love,

M xox

Oct 25 2012

Internet Trolls: A Message Just For You

Yo, yo, yo. Yeah you, internet troll over there…. I feel bad. I never acknowledge you. You spend hours writing comments and what do you get in return? Zilch.

So, I decided to record you a video, I hope that you enjoy.

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Heart felt love.

M xox

p.s. for my internet companions, I’ve uploaded a version that I hope you can access here. The music was meant to be “Lily Allen, Fuck You” but apparently YouTube doesn’t like that. Apologies.

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Aug 4 2011

Tell Tale Signs You’re Living in 2011

Fashion comes and goes. Tech changes. More tellingly, the way we behave changes with time. Here I explore some signs you’re living in 2011. I really hope I’m not the only one that snuggles next to a lovely warm laptop at night…. (too much information, no?).

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I’d love to get your thoughts too. Oh and if we could pretend that I’m soon to be 21, that would be awesomes.

Love ya xxx

Apr 2 2011

I can haz iPad?

Ever thought that it was just kids that fought over toys? How wrong you are… (notice the fur in his mouth… savage!).

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Oh and when he can actually be bothered to play… he doesn’t quite get that you’re meant to tap the mouse with your paw rather than lick it… oh and check out the nonchalant cleaning of the paws inbetween. Crafty little bugger.

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For those of you who want to get the game for your cats, it’s called Games for Cats in the app store and is free or £1.19 for the full version. Hours of fun.

Sure you’ve got some awesome videos of your cats too, drop a link in the comments below and I’ll take a look!

M xox

Apr 1 2011

FaceTime on the iPad 2

It’s Friday and what better day to try out Facetime on the iPad 2. I recorded it to share the monumental moment. Made me chuckle. Hope you do too.

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Oh and in case you wondered who the handsome chap was, it’s Andy, the official voice behind SpreadingJam.com… he’s funny. Much funnier than me.

Happy Friday!

M xox

Mar 27 2011

Did you hear? The iPad 2 launched in the UK!

Unless you’ve been underground, are a hobbit or just really very strange; you’re likely to know that Apple’s iPad 2 launched in the UK at 5pm on Friday. As part of my awesome new role at Jam (something I promise that I’ll blog about soon), I put on my roving reporter hat and went to check it out.

For full content, you should check out SpreadingJam.com which is Jam’s blog (the place I blog about marketing and cool stuff); however, I’ve also embedded the videos here for you.

I managed to interview Jewels Lewis who was the first in line at the Regent Street store. Covered by most of the press, Jewels made the headlines as he chose to miss his son’s 12 birthday. You can hear more here:

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We headed back down to the store ahead of the 5pm launch in the hope that we’d be able to interview Jewels straight after his purchase. However, Jewels had become a superstar and was escorted out the back. So we took the second in line instead:

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You’ll see from the picture below that the whole of Regent Street came to a halt. Buses were forced to swerve to miss the pedestrians in the road and huge raucous cheers could be heard each time a member of the queue entered into the store.

One thing’s certain, Apple sure know how to put on an event. Now where did I put my iPad? 😉