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Gadget Guidance

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How Technology Can Make Travel And Adventure Stress Free

Travel and Adventure Stress Free

Make Travel and Adventure Stress Free

As a wise person once said, “travel is the only thing you buy which makes you richer”. Whether it’s a swift city break or a lengthy adventure, technology has revolutionised it’s every aspect.  

 

Researching, Planning & Booking 
 

From meticulous planners to the more spontaneous, technology provides many ways to get the most from your trip. Travel blogs and guides are a great place to start when seeking inspiration. Many people have already experienced what you’re looking for, so why not utilise their knowledge? Try searching online e.g. ‘Italy travel blog’ or ‘South America trekking guide’. 

 

Finding the ideal mix of hotel and flights can be laborious. When travelling Indonesia, ‘Booking.com’ was an easy method of finding where we next wanted to stay, with its simple interface and helpful rating system. If you’re a fan of luxury boutique hotels, then ‘MrandMrsSmith.com’ is ideal for finding those unique international getaways. Flights can make or break a holiday, Skyscanner.com helps find the cheapest available, or if budget isn’t an issue, Privatefly.com compares private jet charters for the perfect aviation combination. 

 

Dining & Activities 
 

Ever find yourself walking aimlessly looking for ‘the right’ restaurant? Unfortunately this often ends in disappointment, as appearances can be deceiving. Why not use websites like tripadvisor.com or Google to discover the best eateries in your area or read a restaurant’s reviews before sitting down? Trip advisor is also a great way to learn about the local activities, from museums to mountain biking.  

 

Navigation & Communication 

Finding your way can be difficult enough at home, let alone in foreign countries with unfamiliar roads and sometimes confusing signs. Luckily technology is there to help out… 

 

Available both online and as an app, ‘Google Maps’ allows you to mark points of interest before you travel, plan routes and navigate public transport. You can pre-download an area’s digital map before travelling, avoiding pricey ‘roaming’ fees for international data. If you’re planning to use your smartphone abroad, then make sure you check data charges with your network provider or only use Wi-Fi and turn mobile data off.   

 

Google translate (available via the free app or online), translates from or to over 100 languages; very handy when hand signals will not suffice.  

 

Useful Gadgets 

 

Ereaders are a great way to enjoy your favourite books without weighing down your suitcase. They have ink-like screens so the sun’s glare won’t interfere with your reading. A portable power bank is a light device filled with electricity, useful if you run out of juice in the middle of nowhere and want to snap that sunset. ‘Anker’ are a good quality manufacturer. Gadgets are ideal to make Travel and Adventure Stress Free.

 

Travelling will always be about switching off from everyday life and enjoying the moment, although technology can help discover those moments and ensure your trip is the best it can be!  

 

Make sure you check out our homepage by clicking here to see all the easy to use technology products that could make Travel and Adventure Stress Free.

Guide To Selling Online

Guide to selling online

The TechSilver Guide to Selling Online

Whether it’s finally time to clean out a cluttered house and get rid of those things the charity shop won’t take or get some extra cash for weekends away. Trading your old things online is not only kinder to the environment than throwing them away, but often enjoyable and addictive! 

Ways to sell 

Which platform you choose to sell your item/s on and how you sell them depends on the answer to a few questions; is the item valuable? Are you bothered about getting the best possible price or do you just want rid? 

As a general rule, higher value items that require more images and a lengthier description (like classic cars or furniture) are better suited to websites like Ebay or Gumtree, whilst lower value items like bric-a-brac and some clothing may be better suited to selling apps like Schpock or Depop. Etsy is also great for selling home-made craft items.  

Tips for selling 

Pictures speak a thousand words, so make sure you take plenty. Ensure they’re light and bright with no clutter and from plenty of different angles, including any blemishes or scuffs so the buyer knows what to expect. Make sure you write an informative description that’s not too long-winded but covers all the key areas. Bullet points are a great way to make your listing easy to digest, make sure you include key info like dimensions to save unnecessary contact from prospective buyers. 

Use creative language without being deceptive, after all one women’s rubbish is another’s treasure. I recently sold a dresser / seat hybrid furniture monstrosity on Gumtree that was worthless, but due to my enthusiastic description, on arrival the prospective purchaser loved it! Use the old sales tactic of ‘features and benefits’. This isn’t an ‘old haggard chest of drawers’, it’s a ‘characterful mahogany storage dream that oozes Victorian charm with plenty of room for all your items’… see what I mean? 

Pricing 

Depending on the platform you use, sales can be a fixed price or via an auction. People will often try to bring fixed prices down when the contact you, so factor that in from the beginning. With an auction, ensure you set a high enough reserve price, as often people wait until the last hour to start bidding which hampers the winning bid. 

Security 

Problems are uncommon, however If it’s a large item that can’t be posted then it’s likely the person will be coming to your house. If you’re a bit unsure then speak to them on the phone and gauge how you feel before sending your address. 
 

Payment 

Many platforms like Ebay and Depop offer integrated payment systems, so no worries about receiving your money. If the person is paying in cash, be sure to check their notes are genuine. PayPal is a great way to receive money as the buyer has some protection (e.g.  if you didn’t provide the goods) and you only need their email address to send. 

 
Feel free to contact the TechSilver.co.uk team for more information on a Guide To Selling Online

What is a Smartphone / Tablet? What is a Desktop / Laptop? – An Introduction to the Digital World

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What is a Tablet? / What is a Smartphone? / Laptop or Desktop?

Ever wondered the answers? Our resident tech expert Miles gives you an introduction to the digital world and what it all means…

Tablets to tethering , Wi-Fi to wearables, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the abundance of techy terms in use today. You may already be familiar with the benefits technology has to offer, but knowing where to start is often difficult. Whether looking to keep in touch with loved ones, type up your memoirs or research your next adventure, there’s a device suited to your needs and lifestyle. As an expert in helping people with technology, I’ll attempt to guide you through the digital world… 

Desktop vs Laptop  

What you’d traditionally associate with a computer, desktops are made up of separate parts. A tower (which houses the computer’s ‘brain’), a monitor (viewing screen), a keyboard and mouse. Having an external keyboard makes them more ergonomic for typing than laptops, whilst being able to interchange accessories (such as a more comfortable mouse or bigger screen), means they’re easier to be customised for a specific need e.g. sensory impairment. However, as desktops are fixed to one location, this makes them less convenient for quick tasks and so are better suited to jobs that will take longer to complete, (like typing up those memoirs).  

Sometimes called ‘Notepads’, laptops are computers that can be folded up and taken with you, made up from a screen on one half, and a mouse and keyboard on the other. Their portability allows you to carry out tasks wherever you please, making them more convenient than desktops for typing a quick email or booking a hotel room. Although portable, they’re often still too cumbersome for your handbag, so may be more than you require if rarely typing for long periods. 

Tablet vs Smartphone  

One of the differences between computers and portable ‘smart’ devices (like smartphones and tablets) is the ability to install ‘apps’. Short for applications, they’re downloadable computer programs ranging from travel and puzzles to news and music, providing information, communication and entertainment at your fingertips. Because smart gadgets rely on a touch-screen for interaction instead of a mouse and keyboard, millions of apps are available to simplify and enrich daily tasks.  

Tablet computers (often referred to as iPads from market leader Apple), have become popular in the digital world due to their thin and lightweight design. They’re perfect for curling up on the sofa or long travels, offering all the features of a computer with added convenience. Ideal for comfortable leisure use; looking up info online, ordering gifts for the family or unwinding with your favourite crossword is a breeze.   

The fact tablets have a camera on both the front and rear means that thanks to video calling, the faces of your loved ones are just a few taps away (which I’ll cover in more detail next week). The main downside of tablets is typing through a touch-screen, so writing long emails will take that much longer, (although you can easily pick up tablet accessories like a QWERTY keyboard).  

The days of mobile phones resembling a building brick are long gone, with smartphones offering transportable access to the digital world. Due to their screen usually not exceeding around 5″ (12cm) in diagonal width, they’re better suited to communication and navigation rather than admin or typing tasks. They’ve got near enough the same choice of apps as a tablet, although smartphone-only apps like ‘Whatsapp’ have brought my family closer together, with three generations sharing pictures, videos and messages from anywhere on earth.  

You may be asking ‘why would someone have a smartphone and a tablet’ as many people do. The answer is simply portability and the ability to call people. Furthermore, with excellent cameras, having a smartphone in your bag means you’ll never miss snapping that beautiful sunset or family moment.

Which one is best for me?  

With the lines between these devices blurring by the day, you can carry out most digital tasks with any of the above. The best for you depends on your lifestyle, budget and requirement for portability. With thousands to choose from, luckily there’s an increasing amount of devices designed specifically to be easy and intuitive. Technophobes fear not, access to the digital world may be simpler than you think…  

Easy to use Technology

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The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Apps: Part 1 – What are they and why do they matter?

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 Introduction

This free multi-part guide will walk you through the world of smartphone and tablet apps, explaining how they can help make your lifestyle easier and more enjoyable.

We’ll explore the various categories of ‘apps’ that offer benefits including making each day more fun, making living alone much easier or generally saving time, effort and money!

As we speak and work with many people enjoying later lifestyle, we encounter a huge variety of opinions and attitudes towards apps, smartphones and technology in general.

Some of the common questions we’re asked include…

“What are apps?”, “Why do I need apps?”, “Apps aren’t for my age group, are they?”
“What are apps for Android or Apple?”, “How do I install an app?”, “Are apps safe and secure?”

We’re here to answer some of those unanswered questions and explain what ‘apps’ could do for you, regardless of your technological know-how!

‘APP’ : Our Definition

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An App or ‘Application’ is a computer program designed to solve a problem, from keeping up with friends and family, to telling you what song you’re hearing and everything in between.

Traditionally downloaded to and installed on a portable device like a tablet (e.g. iPad) or smartphone (e.g. Doro 8040, Apps sometimes cost around the same as a cup of coffee, however the vast majority are completely free to use as many times as you like!

 

Why do I need ‘apps’ ?

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“Although having a smartphone or tablet may not be essential, carrying access to endless information, entertainment and useful tools in your pocket can often lead to an easier, more entertaining and more enriched lifestyle!”

Miles Waghorn – TechSilver Founder

How could I benefit from ‘apps’ ?

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Explaining the benefits of ‘Apps’ at on of our Free ‘Later Life Matters’ Exhibitions

 

In the not too distant past, if you wanted to take a picture, you’d need to buy a camera. If you wanted to find out current affairs, you’d need to buy a newspaper. If you wanted to see the faces of your loved ones, you’d need a car (or plane ticket). If you got lost, you’d need a road map and if you wanted to check your balance, you’d need to visit your bank.

You get the picture…

 

How do apps help?

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One of our smartphone customers at another Later Life Matters event in Uppingham, UK

A smartphone with the right combination of apps means that what used to require a large range of purchases, possessions, time, effort and money, can now be achieved with something that weighs less than ¼ a bag of sugar, is smaller than most people’s wallet or purse and costs less than you’d expect.

That’s possible by one device combining a camera, newspaper, satellite navigation system, music player, and many more, whilst allowing you to video call your family anywhere on earth (free), transfer money securely, listen to your favorite music, the list goes on and on…

 

How do I get apps?

In the next part of our ‘Ultimate Guide’ we will introduce how to safely and securely search for, sort through and get hold of ‘apps’ to use with your smartphone or tablet. Click here to receive the next part FREE: http://bit.ly/FreeGuidance

 

Which apps should I get?

We’ve sifted through the thousands of apps available, selected our favourites and categorised them, so you can pick and choose the ones that suit your lifestyle.

Throughout the following chapters, we’ll go through our categorised recommendations. To receive the next chapters of this FREE ultimate guide in your email inbox, click this link: http://bit.ly/FreeGuidance

 

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