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  • Moving Made Easier - Useful Apps

    Moving-Happiness-Home-Sketch-NSMEverybody knows that moving to a new house can be one of the most stressful tasks a person can do. How will it affect my commute? What’s the neighbourhood like? Did I leave my phone charger in the old flat? Here are a few useful apps to help you clear your mind of worry and make moving home as stress free as possible.

    Mapumental

    One of the main reasons to move house is to move closer to work. So there can be nothing for frustrating than finding out your new apartment is closer to the office by mileage but it requires three buses, two trains and horse to get there. Using Mapumental you can search for properties using time taking to travel to work instead of distance. If you have a strict work schedule Mapumental will help you discard properties that extend your commute or require multiple transfers.

    Moving Planner

    Are you the type of person that likes to be super-organised? Do you need to have everything mapped out to the minute? Moving Planner is definitely the app for you, this incredibly detailed checklist allows you to plan the big day weeks in advance, checklists, moving schedules, cancellation of bills you name it, Moving Planner has it. Alongside checklists, Moving Planner allows you to create a full inventory of your personal belongings and allocate which box you have put them in. So as soon as you move in you won’t have to be rooting through unmarked boxes looking for your toothbrush or TV remote.

    Bubble Level Now you’ve moved into your new home it’s time to hand the painting and photos around the house. Bubble level is a digital display spirit level that does exactly what you would imagine it to do. Hang your favourite artwork and photos with accuracy and ease all by using your mobile phone.

    Dulux Visualiser Are you thinking of revamping or decorating but can’t decide on the colour scheme? This app allows you to take a picture of your room walls or ceiling and mix and match colours before making the all-important final decision. This app can come in very handy when you are in the shop trying to picture what your living room would look like with Teal walls.

    Everyone at Money4Machines hope you find these apps helpful and they help you move into your dream home.

  • First Impressions Samsung Galaxy S8

    Samsung_Logo.svgThis is Samsung’s first release since the S7 exploded onto the market in 2016. This is an incredibly important time for Samsung, as they attempt to re build the bridges with customers that were burnt by the issues with the S7.

    We are going to look at what Samsung have done differently this time around with the Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8 is an incredible looking phone and sees the introduction of the infinity display, Samsung have done away with the bezel and managed to squeeze more screen onto a regular sized handset. The transition from screen to the mirror-like back panel is almost seamless, and creates an extremely sleek looking handset. The S8 is available with a 5.2-inch display or a 6.2 inch if you prefer to go all out for a phablet.

    To create enough space for all this extra screen, Samsung has done away with the home button and installed a virtual home button. Using similar technology to Apple’s force touch, simply press down where the home button would be and this will take you back to the home screen.

    If there is no home button, then how can I unlock my phone using my fingerprint? Fear not the fingerprint sensor is now located on the back of the handset next to the camera lens. However, this may prove to be problematic if you happen to be left handed as your hand will already be covering the sensor. Not only can you unlock the phone using a pattern or fingerprint sensor, with the S8 you can now use the instantaneous facial recognition. This setting is so fast you will not even notice the phone unlocking, and with the fingerprint scanner now on the back casing this may be the most efficient way to unlock the device.

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 also gives Samsung users their first opportunity to meet BIXBY. This is Samsung’s first step into the virtual assistant world, simply press the Bixby dedicated button on the side of the handset to wake up your new personal assistant. By talking to Bixby you can search the web, cast videos onto your smart T.V and set personal reminders.

    Samsung are hoping this latest release will be the hottest property on the market for much different reasons than the Galaxy S7. First impressions are looking promising, infinity display and virtual home button play a huge part in the S8’s futuristic feel. Now only time will tell if users enjoy facial recognition and Bixby moving into their phone.

  • Mobile World Congress 2017

    It’s that time of the year again, the big players in the technology world have congregated together in Barcelona to showcase what they have in store for us in 2017.

    There is only one place to start, rumours have been circulating… finally it has been confirmed at MWC that Nokia are re-launching the 3310! Complete the most important application of all time, snake. 17 years after the original release of the famed indestructible phone, Nokia have decided to bring back the nostalgia inspiring device. The re vamped model will include a 2.4-inch colour screen, Bluetooth, FM radio and of course Snake. The 3310 will have a reported 22-hour talk – time and an unfathomable month long battery life! The new Nokia will be available to purchase in the summer of 2017 and is expected to retail around £40.

    Sony unveiled its new flagship handset the XZ Premium, there are two aspects to this handset that truly set it apart from the pack. The first being the display, the XZ Premium will be the first handset to have a 4K HDR display, this means that the latest Sony will more than likely have a higher resolution display than the television in your living room. Sony have also partnered up with Amazon prime to secure stream capabilities to their 5.5 inch 4K displays. If your fan of catching up on your favourite programmes on your commute, or watching sport whilst your other halve has control of the T.V the XZ could certainly be the phone for you.

    The second exciting thing about the new Premium is the super slow motion camera and video capabilities. Doesn’t sound like anything new? The majority of slow motion technology currently on the market functions at 240Fps, whereas the XZ boasts an outstanding 960Fps, completely blowing its competition out of the water. To create such impressive speeds Sony have installed the latest technology called “Motion Eye” where memory is stored within the sensor chip enabling a much faster scan speed.

    Mobile World Congress also saw the unveiling of the world’s first self-drive electric car. Named Roborace and powered by a Nvidia Drive PX2 brain, Roborace is supposedly capable of performing 24 trillion AI operations per second. Consisting of 18 ultrasonic sensors, 6 AI cameras and GNSS positioning Roborace can learn its 360 degree surroundings and can produce speeds of up to 199mph! Roborace may not have been designed with every day use in mind, however it is certainly a look into the futuristic capabilities of cars.

    Enjoy the week from us here at Money4Machines!

  • Technology for Valentine’s Day 2017

    January is over! Celebrate the end of dry January or Veganuary! Whether you successfully gave up your favourite treats, or gave up on your resolution the end of the longest month of the year is cause for celebration. Or is it? Now January is over and the Valentine’s day stress is upon us, the rush to find the perfect gift, book a romantic restaurant, buy a beautiful bouquet of flowers! Fear not the digital age is here to help you plan the perfect Valentine’s day for your significant other without the stress.Valentines Technology

    Planning on cooking a romantic meal at home but don’t fancy yourself as a Jamie Oliver in the kitchen? The Mindful Chef will deliver a personal planned box of fresh ingredients and meal plan straight to your door from their west country based farm. Whether you’re a meat eater or a vegetarian The Mindful Chef have you covered. And all their recipes are completely gluten free!

    So, whipping up fine dining in your kitchen isn’t for your and the big day is fast approaching, how will you find a table?!? The Open Table app will use your GPS location to show your local restaurants will open tables and enable you to snap them up without even having to call. Collect points every time you book through Open Table and reap the rewards on your next booking.

    Table booked/food ordered and on its way, time to sort out the all-important flowers. Timing of getting the flowers home and into the house without being spotted can be an impossible job. Bloom and Wild is a handy app on which you can order the perfect flowers. Not only are they delivered to your door they arrive in a specially designed box that fits through your letter box!

    Time for the final piece of the puzzle, the card. If your struggling to find your William Wordsworth romanticism, then the Love Poems apps is here to help. This Android exclusive app has a gallery of poems ready for you to pick your favourite and put in a card for that special someone. No more time to be wasted in the loitering in the card aisle searching through hundreds of cards.

    That’s it! The complete Valentine’s day planned and ready to execute using only your smartphone! We hope you have found these apps helpful and from everyone from Money4Machines, Happy Valentine’s day!

  • Technology for 2017 – What Does The Future Hold?

    With 2016 well and truly in the rear-view mirror, we are going to have a look at what exciting technology 2017 may have in store for us.

    technology in the classroom First, who will win the battle for reality based gaming, augmented reality or virtual reality? The key difference between the two is the situation the technology creates. Augmented reality enables the user to interact with created images in their real-world surroundings, the flagship game for this technology currently being Pokémon Go.

    Whereas virtual reality is a fully immersive computer based technology, that can transport the user into completely different environments and even dimensions! With virtual reality, the user is not limited to the reality in front of them or on their mobile phone screen, you can fully immerse yourself with the new 3D surrounding you find yourself in. Augmented reality has certainly taken an early lead over VR after the release of Google Glass, however VR has certainly come a long way since its infancy in the 1990’s, and it remains to be seen which technology will have more commercial success.

    Do you hate doing the washing? Well the Laundroid could be the answer your looking for! Inspired by “2001 Space Odyssey” this space like invention has been in production for 10 years and is due to be released in March of 2017. Laundroid will not only wash and dry your clothes for you, it will also de-wrinkle, fold and neatly arrange them into clothes types! Simply put your laundry into the bottom compartment of the machine and Laundroid will do the rest, however this ultimate luxury will not come cheap, with prices ranging between $700- $800 after initial release.

    This machine is not to be used if you are looking to quickly wash a shirt before an important meeting, with the estimated time currently sitting at around 10 minutes to de-wrinkle and fold each item. Shin Sakane (inventor) stating that the time is taken for the central server to communicate with the Wi-Fi signal and then recognise each item. Even so this item is certainly revolutionary and one to keep an eye out for.

    People talking to loudly on the phone at work or on public transport has always been a problem and can be very annoying. The Hushme is a Bluetooth device that sits on over the top of your head like a pair of headphones, and then comes down and covers your mouth like a human muzzle. The Hushme connects to the user’s mobile phone via Bluetooth enabling the user to easily take calls, the covering of the mouth mutes the user’s speech helping them both have a private conversation and for their colleagues or fellow train users to not be bothered by their chatter. Whilst not hearing everyone else’s conversation, the Hushme will also make all your colleagues look a bit like Darth Vadar which can brighten any day in the office.

    Happy Friday from all of us at Money4Machines!

  • Best Christmas Technology Ideas 2016!

    christmas-1755104_960_7202016 has been an eventful year to say the least, unexpected and colossal changes to the political landscape, unlikely Premier League champions and grown men chasing imaginary Pokémon around the streets. But this eventful year is coming to an end, with just the small matter of Christmas between us and New Year celebrations.

    With the big day just around the corner we are going to take a look at a few last minute stocking fillers for the tech lovers in your life. If the Christmas break for you means time spent keeping warm and watching your favourite television programmes, then the Amazon Fire Stick is definitely for you. Simply plug into the HDMI port of your TV, connect to Wi-Fi and say hello to thousands of programmes from both sides of the pond and beyond, this little device takes binge watching to a whole new level!

    Amazon has also given you the opportunity to add another voice activated robotic helper into your life. The voice inside of the Amazon Echo is Alexa, and she is here to help you with nearly anything you can imagine around the house… apart from the washing up. Alexa can help you entertain your friends by playing music, reading audiobooks or by answering any question that comes to mind. The Amazon Echo is compatible with devices such as Hive, Hue and WeMo so you can control your lighting and heating all by using your voice.

    Looking for something a bit different to add to your office either at work or at home? How about the wireless fully bamboo keyboard and mouse from Sengu? This keyboard is made from 100% ethically sourced bamboo. The grain on the keyboard absorbs the ultra-violet light and is anti-radiation. The gloss finish does not only add to the aesthetics of the keyboard but also makes it easy to clean and keeps the keyboard feeling fresh.

    Vintage vinyl has been making a massive comeback in the past two years or so, in fact for the first time in the UK vinyl out sold its digital counterparts. It’s easy to see why with vinyl making the perfect present for cool Dads and hipsters alike. If your either dusting off the old vinyl collection in the loft or starting a new collection you will need something to play it on. The ION audio max could be exactly what you are looking for. It is lightweight and compact making it very easy transport and set up. The wooden finish and belt drive gives the ION audio the vintage feel and look which most nostalgia seeking vinyl collectors enjoy. This turntable also has a modern aspect, simply connect to your computer using the USB port to convert your favourite records to digital audio files.

    We hope you got a few good ideas for gives either to give or to sneakily add to your own Christmas list for Father Christmas. From everyone at Money4Machines have a very Merry Christmas!

  • Black Friday - What have you got your eye on?

    It’s nearly that time of year again, the time of the year where bargain hunting shoppers limber up and get their elbows in to secure the best Christmas deals. It is the return of every shoppers favourite Americanism, Black Friday.

    Black Friday originally used as a term to describe to the stock Black Fridaymarket crash of 1969 caused by the cost of Gold rapidly decreasing, then coined as the name of the biggest discount shopping day in America which falls on the first Friday after Thanksgiving, it now appears to be in the UK to stay. If getting down to the shops and tussling with the public to get a deal doesn’t appeal to you, you can stay at home and take advantage of the online deals that extend over the weekend and into Cyber Monday.

    Black Friday has gained more traction with UK shoppers as the years have gone on. In 2015 Black Friday sales reported around £3 billion was spent over the entire weekend! Which is a massive increase on the reported £810 million spent in 2014. Cyber Monday has also been a huge success since starting on these shores. Online traffic was boosted by over 60% compared to a normal day, and shoppers spent around £960 million! 2015’s Cyber Monday was the biggest and busiest online shopping day ever in the UK, Amazon reported they alone sold more than 7.4million items!

    We have all done it before, add a few items to your online basket, get to the checkout only to get buyer’s remorse before you have even paid for it. So, you just close the window and abandon the purchase and pretend like nothing happened. The average abandonment rate throughout 2015 was as high 85%, this may be due to shopper either having second thoughts or simply waiting and looking around for a better deal. During both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the abandonment rate fell to between 71 and 75%, this may in part be due to some online retailer including how many of a certain item they have in stock causing buyers to panic about missing out on a bargain and going straight through with the purchase.

    Even though another busy weekend of sales is expected there are some retailers that have chosen not to take part. High street retailers such as Ikea, Asda and Next have ruled themselves out of both Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year!

    Whether you are staying warm and shopping online or taking to the streets to battle the crowd we wish you all an enjoyable Black Friday weekend, happy shopping!

  • Halloween Apps

     

    With Halloween just around the corner here is a list of a few apps that will help Halloween lovers young and old get into the spooky spirit.

    Pumpkin Carver Pro – Are you a fan of the more traditional side of Halloween? Want to carve a pumpkins but don’t want to deal with the mess it will inevitably create? Pumpkins Carver is a fun and interactive app perfect for little ones to get the enjoyment out of carving a pumpkin without risking your carpet. Or maybe you want to have a practise run of a design you have in your head before taking the plunge and diving straight into the real thing. This app allows you to choose your pumpkins and pick from a variety of tools so you bring your carving ideas to life.

    Ghost Observer – If you are into the more supernatural side of HalloweenHalloween and fancy giving yourself a real fright then the Ghost Observer app is really for you. This uses what is described as advanced technology to locate and communicate with the paranormal beings around you. This app won’t just help you locate what goes bump in the night but also enable you to communicate with the spirits using the Spirit Translator. Once you have located the spirit using the radar you can capture these ghostly beings on film.

    Five Nights At Freddy’s – You have been hired as the night security guard at Freddy Farbears’s Pizza. Your main responsibility is to guard the animatronic bears that are the main attraction to the restaurant. However these robotic bear’s behaviour has become somewhat erratic and they have a tendency to wonder off amongst other things! Using the limited amount of electricity allowed by the money anxious boss you must protect yourself from the crazed bears and make sure everything is how the boss left it in the morning. Can you survive the night at Freddy’s?

    Zombie Run – This immersive app will help you get motivated for the 10k you’ve been training for, or help you get out and exercise. Zombie run is a training app with a terrifying edge, soon as you step out the door you will begin to hear the guttural growling of the undead. Through your run the adventure side of the app will keep you immersed in the reality of the impending Zombie apocalypse, collecting supplies along your way to make your base into an impenetrable strong hold and medicines and food to prevent the human race from extinction. With this app you can also create heart pounding playlists from your own music collection to help you avoid the clutches of the blood lusting zombies. Zombie run put you at the forefront of your very own zombie adventure and helps put the fun back into running.

    We hope this entry hasn’t been too frightening for you and has helped get you in the mood for a haunting Halloween. Happy Halloween from Money4Machines.

  • 90’s Kids Will Remember - Vintage Technology

    Technology is advancing at a rapid pace these days, innovative inventions and advancements around every corner. As consumers we are expecting more and more from our gadgets that we carry around in our pockets every day. But there was a time when our “portable” gadgets were too large to fit into our ripped jean pockets, and all of our school work was stored on a floppy disk. This magical time was the 1990’s and we are going to take a look back at some of the technology you may have forgotten about.

    talkboyLate 1992 saw the release of Home Alone 2, this highly popular film led children to pester their parents for Macaulay Culkin’s favourite toy. The Talkboy Radio was an oddly shaped tape recorder that had only two features. However the ability to slow down and speed up voice recordings kept many children entertained throughout 1993. Well before the days of downloaded music at the touch of a screen or the ability to store every song you’ve ever heard of on an iPod there was the Sony Discman. Sony actually released the Discman in the mid 1980’s, however the hefty price tag of the player and CDs themselves meant it did not appeal to the masses until the 1990s. A key feature of the Discman was its anti-skip, however this did not work as the Discman would skip on nearly every bump in the road or if you were walking too quickly! Despite this slightly annoying tendency, it didn’t stop us from loving the Discman and it was a 1990’s must have.

    1996 saw the release of one of the biggest fads to hit the decade. Everybody had one. The Tamagotchi was everywhere! This pocket pet was immensely popular, a reported 76 million have been sold since its release! However it was not all fun and games, Monday morning was a stressful time for Tamagotchi owners. With most school teachers banning them from classrooms, it would mean a nervous day at school hoping your Tamagotchi could last the day without being fed! All those hour of caring for your Japanese pet would be in vein, if left unfed the Tamagotchi would die of malnutrition! A very real struggle for the 90s school child.

    Also released in 1996 was a businessman’s best friend. Before being able to store all of the contacts and e-mails on your phone, the businessman’s go to gadget was the Palm Pilot 100. The Palm Pilot could store an impressive 500 contacts and sync with PC’s and Mac computers. The handwriting recognition was also a key factor in the Palm Pilots success, after 18 months of release the Palm Pilot 100 had already sold of 1 million units. However after this initial success, the device was slowly phased out with the increasing popularity of mobile phones.

    We hope you enjoyed this short trip down memory lane and next time you are looking down at your smartphone spare a thought for the forgotten age of gadgets.

  • Apple Release the iPhone 7 - The M4M Summary

    Last night saw the launch of the new Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in apple iphone 7San Francisco. Although the overall appearance of the phone will look the same as the 6s there are some noticeable upgrades.

    Before we get into what Apple has upgraded for the new model, first we are going to take a moment to recognise what they have dropped from the previous models. First of all the iPhone 7 will not be available with 16GB storage capacity, the new product line with start with a minimum capacity of 32GB. I’m sure most users will not be sad to see the end of the 16GB range as it has become easier and easier to fill 16GB of memory.

    The most notable difference is the much rumoured absence of a headphone jack. Gone are the days where you will drop your iPhone and close your eyes expecting to here is smash into the pavement, only to look down and it see clinging onto life at the end of your headphones. Instead of the traditional headphone connection you will receive the new lightening EarPods which connect to the phone through the headphone jack. The new design will also see the release of the wireless Apple AirPods. Using infrared sensor, the headphones will be able to detect when they are in your ear and detect your voice for use of Siri and phone calls. However these innovative headphone will not come cheap, they will be available for £159 from the 16th September.

    The iPhone 7 is also introducing a pressure sensitive home button. This is the first time Apple have used this technology on a phone, however it is already in use on the later Macbooks. The new home button will use a vibration feedback system to notify the user when in use.

    With this latest release Apple appears to have listened to the customer with that to improve upon. Two of the most important things to users are battery life and quality of pictures and videos. The new camera has 12MP sensor and can allow up to 50% more light into the lens, this will increase the quality of images and videos taken in low light settings. The video recorder has also been upgraded, it now has 4K capabilities and also allows the user to edit live recordings. Apple have taken into consideration the fairly poor battery life of previous models. They claim the iPhone 7 will last up to 2 hours longer than the 6s, which will be an average of around 14 hours battery life when using WiFi.

    When Apple released the iPhone 6s they introduced the Rose Gold model into the range. This quickly became the most popular colour for people buying their new handsets, Apple will certainly be hoping that Piano Black can be the new Rose Gold.

    If you are looking to upgrade, don't forget to recycle your old phone with M4M.

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