5 MUST HAVE apps for students going abroad


If you’re a student and are looking to go abroad, then what apps will you need? Yes, I really did just say ‘what apps will you need’!!!!

The time has come where we no longer only consider what we need to pack to take with us, but (apparently) we are considering what apps we’ll need installed before we journey away from what we deem ‘home’, in order to stay in contact with our friends and family.

Top 10 apps to install before going abroad:

  1. This one may seem obvious (to some), but a great app to have whilst abroad would be WhatsApp. WhatsApp is a FREE to download app which allows you to contact your family via. using 3G or WiFi services. You can send multimedia messages, enjoy group chats, no pins or usernames (uses your mobile phone number), no international charges. Available on BOTH iPhone and Android
  2. Viber – Make calls to anyone anywhere in the world for free with Viber, as long as the person you want to contact has the application on their phone. It is similar to Skype, but without the video calling, although you can send video messages and text as well. Available on BOTH iPhone and Android
  3. Skyscanner – Plan your next trip home (or adventure to another country) and find the cheapest flights using the handy search results display, which allows you to view prices by day, week, month or even a whole year. It also directs you to the cheapest company for each flight when booking. Available on BOTH iPhone and Android.
  4. XE currency converter – If you’re a student and you’re going abroad then you’re definitely going to have to be watching your pennies. This app lets you know just how far your money is going with this currency converter, which stores the latest rates to give an accurate figure when you’re not connected to WIFI or 3G. It also comes in a selection of different languages, which is a bonus. Available on iPhone and Android
  5. BBC Weather – you never know what the weather is going to be like, so be equipped with a weather app installed onto your device. This app allows you to have several locations available at the swipe of a finger, so you’re able to check the weather in multiple countries. This app is free and is available on iPhone and Android.

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Related articles

The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/study-abroad/10-musthave-apps-for-students-on-their-year-abroad-9301734.html

TheStudyAbroadBlog: http://thestudyabroadblog.com/top-50-iphone-apps-studying-abroad/

DiscoverExcursionsBlog: http://discoverexcursionsblog.com/the-13-best-apps-for-traveling-abroad/

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Twitter’s NEW Layout


Don’t be too shocked, YES! I am back and blogging again…

I just want to use this post as a quick ‘hello I’m back post’ and quick explanation of my absence , also to also raise a social media point (which is what this blog is all about!!)

I had been busy with my university course, working to deadlines, sorting out my placement for next month and looking/applying for jobs. It was nice to have a little break, but I’m glad to be back and blogging about SM and chatting to all of you again. I would also like to thank you all for still reading my blog and thank you for taking an interest in the posts I write. Also, welcome to my new followers and THANK YOU!

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Right, back to the social media…

So, Twitter have rolled out a new layout. I think they’re only rolling it out slowly? or to a few people to begin with? (I could be wrong). Because my Twitter account has not yet been updated to the new layout.

I had read earlier in the year about Twitter possibly rolling out a ‘Facebook’ type layout, but until now, because I’ve actually seen the layout first hand, I didn’t realise how Facebook like this layout would be. It’s too Facebook like, in my opinion. What are your thoughts?

As my profile hasn’t been updated to this layout I can’t really comment on the functionality, i.e. how easy it is to find buttons etc. However, I am hoping I don’t get this layout any time soon because I’m not keen on the appearance of it. What are your thoughts on the appearance? Is it easy to use (if you have this layout)? I’d love to know, maybe I’m just judging it’s appearance and it’s actually so much better to use!!

Twitter may be dramatically trying to change their layout so more users use the desktop version of Twitter again? Because I for one can tell you that 80% of the time I use the Twitter app on my HTC and know that there are a lot more mobile users of Twitter!!

Let me know your thoughts on the new Twitter layout

I’d also love to know if any of you use the desktop version more than the mobile version + reasons?

 

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Facebook finally cuts through the noise with Paper | Technology | theguardian.com


Has anybody tried Facebook’s newest app…’Paper’?

What are your thoughts?

Full article:

Facebook finally cuts through the noise with Paper | Technology | theguardian.com.

Did you board the ‘flappy bird’ train?


Flappy bird, the game which involves you tapping your screen and guiding the bird through pipes. The concept of the game seems simple, but the game soon became addictive because of its complexity.

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‘Flappy bird’ was created in May 2013, however didn’t take off (excuse the pun) until the following December; when downloads of the game skyrocketed.

The decision to take ‘flappy bird’ off the IOS and Android app stores was due to the creator, Dong Nguyen, not being able to “take it anymore”. Following up his decision with the tweet:

“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.”

Despite the creator making $50,000 (just over £30,000) a day from people clicking on the adverts on the free app.

Did you download ‘flappy bird’? What were your thoughts on the game?

After ‘flappy bird’ was taken down it became apparent that people who still had the game installed on their phone saw a profit, and so began selling their phones, with the app still installed on them, on eBay. And you wouldn’t believe how much the ‘biddings’ are up to, go take a look..quite frankly I think it’s going way too far.

Let me know your thoughts below, I look forward to reading them.

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BBC Targets Instagram Users


The BBC is making more effort to reach out to new audiences who predominantly use tablets and mobile devices to access social media platforms. The BBC made the decision to join one of the biggest social media platforms of the year; Instagram. They’ve done this in the hope that they’ll reach out to more users online and in the hope that it will encourage more and more young people to read the news; as news consumption among younger audiences seems to be ever growing.

On the 16th January the BBC launched “Instafax” which;

is a throwback to the BBC’s former Ceefax service – the world’s first teletext service that ran on UK television until 2012.

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The BBC’s Instagram page will feature 15 second long video’s, three times a day; these video’s will aim to show the round up of the days news.

Why?

Corporation hopes to reach new audiences as mobile and tablet viewing figures overtake desktop

The BBC have decided to ‘step up’ and reach new audiences by getting their online audience more involved.  It’s clear that the BBC have new audiences online between different social media platforms; with “BBCBreaking” having over 8 million Twitter followers, “BBC News” having over 3.7 million “likes” on Facebook and the “BBC” having over 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube..and these are far from all of their social media platforms!!!!

As well as this viewing figures on mobiles and tablets have, for the first time in December, taken over desktop viewing figures!! Impressive, right?

There has been mixed reactions about Instafax, ranging from people saying “Instafax is a game changer” to others saying it’s the “worst idea ever”.

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Have you been following Instafax? If so, what are your thoughts on the BBC joining Instagram?

Don’t hesitate to contribute to the discussion below in the comments…

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SEO in Google


Want to know how to reach the top of Google’s Search Engine Optimisation rank system?

Well you could search Google for hints and tips, which would mean changing everything you’ve already done. However, there is another option; you could watch the following video’s and subscribe to the channel for the best ways to boost your Google SEO.

How to get to page one of Google & QUICKLY!

What matters when considering the Google SEO ranking?

-Title; keywords don’t necessarily matter. Make your title short and relevant to your post.

-Clicks; the more clicks you get the higher you’ll rank.

-Bold. Make a keyword bold, highlighted, this will make your post more visible!

-Make sure the keywords you’re aiming for are the first/second word in your blog/website title.

-Blog about your link; make yourself more visible.

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The Social Network For Introverts


What is Anomo?

Is Anomo “revolutionizing first impressions”?

How ‘Anomo’ describe themselves:

“Anomo switches up the social networking world. You use an anonymous avatar and actually get to know the people around you while interacting in games and group or one-on-one chats. Because everyone starts as an avatar, first impressions reach beyond appearance and relationships grow in a more interactive way. You control how much you want to reveal about yourself in each relationship as you go.”

Have you tried this new  social media site?http://www.jessicaleeman.wordpress.com

Why not take a look at the original blog post by CLisseman

Let us know your thoughts on this new social media website..

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LinkedIn abandons news aggregator for RSS app ‘Pulse’..


First and for most what is ‘Pulse’?

Pulse is a social newsreader RSS app; which is available on both the desktop and mobile devices. Pulse was acquired by LinkedIn in April for a large sum of $90 million!! Pulse replaces LinkedIn’s original news aggregator ‘LinkedIn Today’.

“Pulse and LinkedIn technology have been fully integrated to offer a more relevant news experience with content tailored to your professional interests both on the Pulse app and on LinkedIn.com,” -Ankit Gupta (Pulse co-founder). Source

The Pulse app is available on both Android and IOS devices. When you first open the Pulse app you’ll be prompted to sign in using your LinkedIn account. The app will then sync anything you’re already “connected” with; i.e. channels, groups and influences you follow. Also, says Gupta, Pulse will offer you personalised content and recommendations which are customised according to your preferences, interests, experiences etc. on LinkedIn. From within the Pulse app you can also share to other social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Pulse, according to this source is supposed to include more industry relevant stories, based on your LinkedIn history. However, there doesn’t seem to be many satisfied customers; it would seem that LinkedIn Today is the preferred news aggregator here..

BUT what do we, as the audience; the receivers of this new update think?

Do you like ‘Pulse’?

Did you prefer ‘LinkedIn Today’?

Let me know what you think..