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10 Tech Holiday Must Haves

  1. Make sure your phone and tablet never runs out of battery with a portable charger, I have an Anker Astro, fits in my bag easily!
  2. If you want some different holiday snaps, you can always take a mini drone in your suitcase, this quadcopter is recommended.
  3. If you are going to be around the pool or beach, you may want to invest in a waterproof case for you phone, to take it with you get some good underwater snaps!
  4. Print out your pictures whilst you are holiday with a portable printer
  5. If you are worried about somebody breaking into your suitcase, you can always use a bluetooth padlock
  6. It is always useful to get a waterproof speaker to blast out those summer hits whilst you tan by the pool
  7. Data roaming can be expensive, although many networks offer you to continue your contract abroad, but you can buy a mobile WiFi hotspot
  8. A range of eReaders are available, varying from basic to advanced tablets, I have the Amazon Fire HD and love it
  9. Wearable Tech is always fun to see how far you’ve walked round cities, recently in Amsterdam we were frequently hitting 20,000 steps! I have the Apple Watch 3
  10. If you are worried about your wallet and things getting pinched or you just frequently loose your things, you may want to buy this bluetooth tracking item finder device
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What Apps Do I Use?

What Apps Do I Use_Monzo… A mobile bank that allows me to budget and track my spending, I get instant notifications when I buy something and can pay mobile contacts easily.

Spotify… Music on the go and good for in the car!

Peak… Bit of brain training

Google Maps… Have become very reliant upon!

Amazon… Love a cheeky mobile purchase!

HayDay… I do love games that I can build up levels, nerdy but fun, along with, Clash Royale!

OneNote… which I have saved on my OneDrive and can use on my iPhone and it updates onto my laptop.

Of course… all my social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp!

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What’s The Point Of Wearable Technology?

Originating as pedometers, wearable technologies have advanced to the point where the Apple Watch Series 3 can remove the need for a mobile phone!

My Apple Watch enables me to track my daily exercise and since I’ve had it, I’ve definitely noticed how I can do more each day, even little improvements like making sure I move around a minimum of 12 hours a day and exercise enough to meet the goals that I’ve set on it. It reminds me to keep pushing myself during my daily routine.

Even better is the example of how a FitBit has helped my Nan to improve her health in the last 6 months by being able to track steps, sleep and for her to be able to track that on her phone. If she has not done 5,000 steps in a day, she takes the dog out for an extra walk and it’s great to witness how technology has aided her to do this.

There are many HCI research papers studying how wearable technologies can improve the lives by being a motivation to do more.

Wearable tech is also used in other ways… When my boyfriend ran the Berlin Marathon in September 2017, we were able to track his location on the route through a clip on his shoe laces, through an app that we could download. This made the whole day even better because we were able to know where he would be so we could go there and see him and his brother, and track their times.

The reason I love technology is because of the endless opportunities it presents and how it can help people, the better tech gets the more people it can make an impact to in little to big ways.