Category Archives: Tech

Tech: Top 5 Apps

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Most people have smartphones and tablets now-a-days, so it’s only right to recommend some apps every now and then. These apps I all have on my iPod Touch and are available from the iTunes app store but they should all be available on android app stores too, such as Google Play.

#1 Social Media – Instagramapps

I love Instagram, it’s an easy and fun way to keep up with the lives of your favourite people and celebrities. Instagram allows people to post images and captions instead of text posts such as statuses and tweets as seen on Facebook and Twitter.

#2 Story-based Games – Runway Life

I’ve recently been playing this game and been loving it too much. In the game, you have started your own fashion company and are required to hire models, buy clothes, and design your studio to make a successful company of your own.

#3 Wellbeing – Calm

This app allows you to meditate by listening to a calming soundtrack and looking at a calming image either with or without instruction. I find this very useful just before I go to sleep to clear my mind and I think you’ll find it equally helpful, if you also have a mind that never shuts up.

#4 Community Social Media – Strawburry17

I love this app for it brings the Strawburry17 fandom together and allows the Strawburry17 audience to interact with all the SB17 team in one place.

Strawburry17 is a YouTube channel set up and run by Meghan Camarena, who works with a whole team of brilliant people to provide interesting and unique content. See her channel here.

#5 Time Wasting Games – White Tiles, 1010! And Magic Touch

Okay, I couldn’t pick between three games but hey, three for the price of one! White Tiles is a fast paced game based on tapping a black tiled moving screen. 1010! is a tactical game using ideas based on Tetris by clearing lines in a cube by placing different shaped tiles strategically. Magic Touch is a Nitrome game which involves tracing the lines or images seen in bubbles to pop said bubbles before they reach the bottom of the screen. All three are addicting and will make you and your friends fight for the best score.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from various sources, edited together by myself via word and paint to create one collage for this post.
P.S. While I move and settle in to my new surroundings, I will not be posting until Oct 4th. See you then!

Tech: HP Envy Printer

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Today I’m recommending a printer. Yes, you read that right… a printer. The reason for this is that I’m currently preparing to move for university. I decided that I wanted to buy myself a new printer, perfect for me and perfect for uni life, largely so that I don’t have to worry about printing off my work in time for deadlines or worry about my own personal printing (such as pictures for my scrapbook).

Additionally, I thought this post could be helpful for anyone else looking to buy a printer, as a uni student or not, since the experience of shopping for any technology can be daunting and overwhelming.

The printer I bought is a HP Envy 4507 from the HP Envy 4500 e-All-in-One Series.

I decided early on that I wanted a HP printer once I was informed about their new service, HP Instant Ink, which allows you to sign up for a subscription service that basically ensures you never run out of ink. There are three packages that you sign up for, the 50 page plan (£1.99), the 100 page plan (£3.49) and the 300 page plan (£7.99). Each you pay for monthly.

It works by telling HP when you’re running low on ink and they’ll send you your cartridges for a much cheaper price, as you can tell; many printer ink cartridges are upwards of £20 as it is. However, if you chose to buy your cartridges as and when you need them, the ones compatible for the HP Envy 4507 are approximately £16 to buy.HPInstantInk2

Leading on from being able to select a plan, to help keep printing costs low, my printer came with two cartridges (as you would expect) and 2 months free on the Instant Ink 100-page plan. After these two months are up, I can easily change the package I use, if I feel I need to, to a smaller or a larger one.

So about the printer itself? I wanted a colour all-in-one printer with only two ink cartridges. The HP Envy 4507 offers this. It can also work wirelessly. It allows you to print normal documents and photos, which for someone creative like me, with hobbies doing photography and scrapbooking, I find very useful. As well as the 2 free months on HP Instant Ink, the printer came with a pack of HP photo paper. Additionally, once I had put the first two cartridges in, I was ‘rewarded’ for using genuine HP ink by them giving me access to the HP photo creations software.

I found the HP photo creations software to be extremely good, it gives templates to create photo books for example, and I can’t wait to use it more.

To sum up, the printer is excellent, great printing quality, great colour, great deal via HP instant ink and amazing free photo software all for a great price at £49.99 from PC World.

There is little else to say, except that if you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll answer as best I can as soon as possible.

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Disclaimer 1 – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/printers-scanners-and-ink/printers/hp-envy-4507-all-in-one-wireless-inkjet-printer-10076742-pdt.html#srcid=11026 and http://h20435.www2.hp.com/t5/The-Next-Bench-Blog/HP-Instant-Ink-Ink-that-thinks-for-you/ba-p/83505#.VfBH7PlViko
Disclaimer 2 – I am not sponsored for this post, I genuinely wanted to recommend my printer since so far I am having a good experience with it.