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Monthly Archives: September 2015

What are Trends on Twitter?

Have you ever wondered what the ‘trends’ column on the left of your Twitter homepage is?  How the trends are selected and what they are used for?

Trends on Twitter are hashtag driven topics that become popular instantly. A hashtag is a word or phrase that is preceded by a ‘#’ which refers to a current topic, usually in the news; for example recently a good hashtag was #election2015 or #RoyalBaby.

By using a hashtag, it places your post into a group which then counts, in a complex algorithm towards what makes a trend. When something is trending, it can relate to a specific country i.e. trending in the UK, or even more specific location, depending on your settings. The hashtags that are trending the highest mean that more people are talking about that subject than any other in your region at that period of time.

Hashtags have become a powerful tool for people on Twitter and although it is pretty difficult to have a trending hashtag, you can always join in with others, or use your own hashtag for fun!

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The best buy and sell apps

We’re all guilty of keeping clutter, after all, it’s not always convenient to wake up early and head to a car boot sale. However, there is a way you can rid yourself of those unwanted items in the comfort of your own home.

Buy and sell apps are becoming an increasingly popular method to sell unwanted items, and find interesting bargains!

Depending on what you’re looking for, some apps will work better than others; here are just a handful of those available to download:


This app is a simple and safe way to buy and sell locally, allowing you to search listings according to location and includes a bidding system, so you are guaranteed the best deals.


Depop is a fantastic app that successfully combines the selling aspect of eBay with the social networking of Instagram. Take photographs of your items, add filters and hashtags, and watch your sales grow. All items bought and sold through Depop are covered by PayPal’s Buyer Protection, for your piece of mind.


Shpock works like your favourite boot sale – without the hassle. Your listing is created by simply taking a photograph, writing a description and setting a price, this will then become visible to anyone in the local area, allowing them to view and, hopefully, make a purchase!

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Six surprising iPhone 6 features

If you are an owner of the new iPhone 6, you may be surprised by some of the new added features.

As well as the bigger screen, higher-resolution photos and improved battery life, there are also some new popular tips and tricks to make the most out of your iPhone experience.

Conserve battery life – if the battery on your phone is running low, you can extend its life by switching it to ‘greyscale mode,’ you can find this in settings > general > accessibility.

iMessage quick reply – you can now drag down on an iMessage notification at the top of your screen and reply instantly, there and then, instead of tapping it.

Access Siri hands-free – active Siri by speech command, this is a fantastic feature if you are driving, you can find this option in settings > general > Siri and tap the toggle ‘Hey Siri.’

Hide photos – you can now hide photos to keep them from showing up in your photo stream, to do this you press and hold down any photo and tap the ‘hide photo’ option.

Website shortcuts – the new iPhone 6 allows you to create shortcuts for websites you frequently visit, and save them on your home screen for easy access. To do this, you simply click the ‘add to home screen’ option on safari whilst on the chosen page.

Reachability – benefit from a new feature that enables you to use your phone one-handed.  Just double-touch the home screen button down closer to your thumb, it will then slide back to its natural position.

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What is Google Drive?

With more than 300 million monthly active users with a Google+ account and almost 12 billion Google searches carried out each month, it is fair to say that a large proportion of the world is using Google.

If you have a Google+ account, Gmail or a Google account, then you are able to store up to 15GB of data on your Google Drive.

This could be files, photos, videos or other documents you need to save but don’t want taking up valuable storage on your computer.

With Google Drive, you also have the ability to share with friends and family in a simple one-step process, which will enable you to access those photos you have been waiting for; or share with loved ones a precious video of your children or grandchildren.

If you don’t have a Google account, it is very easy to obtain one. Simply visit www.google.co.uk and click on the blue button on the top left where it says ‘Sign In.’ Underneath the sign there is a link that says ‘Create an account.’ Click on this, and enter some basic information.

Once you have completed this stage, your Google Drive will be accessible from Google when you click on the ‘Apps’ button in the top left hand corner.

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We’re sponsoring Story Factory Chichester

We are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring Story Factory Chichester, a fantastic creative workshop aiming to encourage reading, writing and imagination in 6-11 year old children from the Chichester area.

We are honoured to be part of a project that enables young people to express themselves positively through creative writing, and gives them the opportunity learn new skills in an imaginative and fun environment.

Find out more about Story Factory Chichester here