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Look after the Pennies

Published June 23, 2019

Look after the Pennies

If you’re ever reviewing your finances, it’s easy to look at the bigger picture: current accounts, savings, mortgages. But as the saying goes, it’s useful to look after those pennies as well because they can start to add up to more meaningful numbers. The Pennies app helps you do just that, with a super simple and clean interface that sets up a budget and tries to ensure you stick to it.

On a desert island, games would have to be my luxury

Published September 6, 2012

On a desert island, games would have to be my luxury

I just recently finished playing a new, actually old, game on the iPad called The Island: Castaway. I can’t remember why I bought it, except that I love islands and the concept of being cast away on one. That’ll probably do it. There’s a video ad for the game that explains it better than I could. It’s really very simple, you just run around picking things up, and interacting with other characters.

Keep a diary, and some day it will keep you

Published August 14, 2012

Keep a diary, and some day it will keep you

I’ve kept a diary on and off for years. The first diary I remember writing was in one of those exercise books where half the page is blank and half the page is lines with enormous spacing. We would draw and write about our day. I don’t draw well, but I probably didn’t write very well in those days either. I also recall later keeping a diary in the back of one of our English exercise books.

Looking forwards whilst staring backwards - Thoughts on Apple's new Podcast

Published June 28, 2012

Looking forwards whilst staring backwards - Thoughts on Apple's new Podcast

I recently wrote about the cyclical nature of my feelings towards podcasting and how I am currently losing interest in many of the subscriptions I used to listen to. (As an aside, after years of listening to Leo Laporte talk about it, I finally signed up to Audible. The new-member special of £3.99 a month is great but when that goes away and it heads up to £7.95, I’m going to be less enthusiastic, I think.

Roll in the Hole puts pandas in search of lollies

Published November 12, 2011

Roll in the Hole puts pandas in search of lollies

It’s been a while since Baby Panda Thursday ceased to be updated on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped looking at all things cute and panda shaped. Lots of people tweet me panda related items and I love it! I also particularly love apps and games that involve pandas. If your app has a cute panda as the icon, then you’re very likely to make a sale.

Is The Sims Social really worthy of The Sims name?

Published September 21, 2011

Is The Sims Social really worthy of The Sims name?

So, who has tried out The Sims Social? I’m just starting to use Facebook more as their battle with Google+ heats up, so that I can see who is winning and who is losing. Then they went and introduced my favourite ever game as a Facebook game. It’s not really the same Sims at all, nothing like it, really, and it’s very, very… social. That might sound crazy, given that it’s called The Sims Social - but I’m finding that you can’t do very much without interacting with neighbours - neighbours that I don’t really have yet and don’t know the etiquette for getting.

Never bored of the story with a Storyboard

Published September 12, 2011

Never bored of the story with a Storyboard

When Mr C and I started discussing book trailers, we did a bit of research and talked concepts and all that good stuff. I decided to make a storyboard of my thoughts on what our trailer should perhaps have in it. I am not good at art, though, as we have previously discovered. Instead, I turned to my trusty iPad, and what do you know, there were a couple of storyboarding apps available.

I love Monopoly but I am not good at it

Published July 20, 2011

I love Monopoly but I am not good at it

I’ve just started playing Monopoly on the iPad and I’m enjoying it. Actually that’s not true, I’m hating it because I’ve played twice - both on the easy setting - and I’ve lost both times. I swear the AI is cheating. However, if you ignore my uselessness at Monopoly, the app is really cool. There are animations that make the dice rolling and piece moving fun, but you can fast forward them if you’re not interested in watching the dog gallop forward.

Sing like you're winning

Published May 18, 2011

Sing like you're winning

Last night, on something of a whim, I downloaded the Glee app for the iPad. Don’t stop reading yet! Regardless of what you think of Glee, it’s making some incredible changes in engaging people with music. The app itself is pretty clever, and a genius money-spinner at the same time. You pick a song (a couple are free but most cost about £1), it comes up with karaoke style lyrics, and you record yourself singing it.

Every day, it's a-getting closer

Published March 24, 2011

Every day, it's a-getting closer

When I was putting my Life List together, I added a vague “photo a day” item. In my head, it was the idea of making one of those videos where you take a picture of yourself every day, and see how you change over the course of a year. Then I thought about it a bit more and realised I’m unlikely to remember to take a picture every day, I don’t really like looking at myself that much, and I can’t imagine anyone else would either, so it was a silly idea.