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Pancakes-its shrove Tuesday-yes there is an app?

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With Shrove Tuesday just around the corner (February 28th, in case you weren’t aware) our minds have turned to all things pancake. Of course, we then drifted on to all things sweet and yummy and, well, we kind of got stuck there. However, that did cause a moment of inspiration and a desire for us all to turn in to Mary Berry and became master bakers.

The problem is, recipe books can be so expensive (and take up a lot of room), especially when you start off with the best of intentions and give up after browsing one page.  The good news though is that, as with everything these days, there is an app for that. If you want to enhance your baking skills, why not have a look through the various apps on offer?

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It might not necessarily have made it on to your calendar, but the Mobile World Congress is taking place in Barcelona on 28th February.  As it’s also Shrove Tuesday, there’s every chance you’ve already got plans with a frying pan and a squeezy lemon; however, don’t feel disheartened. We can tell you everything you need to know. Primarily because, as far as we’re concerned, only one thing matters.

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Its the month of love- a quick look at dating apps!

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It’s February, and that means love is in the air.  While for many Valentine’s Day can be something they get inadvertently caught up in, for others it can be a very lonely, albeit brief moment in time.  If you’re single like a Pringle, constant reminders of how happy everyone else in the entire world is, can make you feel a bit blah.

With the aisles in all major retailers festooned with hearts, pudgy Cupids and sexy lingerie, picking up your meal for one seems somewhat depressing.  Bright side, Prosecco is usually discounted at this time of year, so yay!

Hopefully, if you are single, you take it all with a healthy pinch of salt; however, if you are on the look out for love, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to review some of the dating apps currently out on the market.

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Business RPI and Discretionary Line Rental increase March 2017

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Business RPI and Discretionary Line Rental increase March 2017

On 29 March 2017, EE is increasing the price of contracts in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI), a measure of the increase in prices for consumers on average across the country over the last 12 months.

The latest rate of RPI was released on Tuesday 17 January and we can confirm that it is 2.5%.

Who does this affect?

Small Business customers who joined, renewed or upgraded after 26 March 2014 agreed to a line rental increase each March as part of their terms and conditions. These customers will see an increase from 29 March 2017, in line with the annual Retail Price Index (RPI) increase published by the Office for National Statistics, as specified in EE’s clause 7.4 of terms (or clause 7.1.4 if an EE customer joined or upgraded with EE before 11 November 2015/ 7.1.4 T-Mobile / 6.1.5 (Orange) of  terms and conditions.) (more…)

Have your apps helped your New Years Resolutions?

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Earlier this year we wrote about apps that could help with your New Year’s Resolutions, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.  We thought, now that January is over and Big Ben’s bongs are but a distant memory, now would be a good time to see how your plans for a changed you are holding up.

There are countless goal oriented apps on the market, some of them specifically designed for particular topics such as fitness or health, others are far more generic.  For example:

Bookout

Many of us lament how little reading we manage to get done over the course of the year. Whether you never pick up a book, or the only books you currently read are to tiny versions of yourself involving mythical creatures or superhero worms, then this app could be for you.

Bookout allows you to set goals for how much time you want to spend reading, and will also allow you to track your progress.  It’s a great way of recording where you’re up to, and with its myriad of social features you could be a literary expert by the end of the year.

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Twinning – what is it?

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When most people think of “twinning”, they no doubt think of remote French villages or unpronounceable Polish towns. For example, our great town of Bury is actually twinned with four towns: Angouleme and Tulle in France, Schorndorf in Germany and Woodbury in the USA.

Of course, that’s not what we’re talking about at Diamond Solutions when we suggest you consider twinning for your business.

When it comes to telecoms, twinning is the ability to link an external number to your desk extension, so that both numbers ring at the same time.  You might wonder what the point is, surely that just creates lots of ringing phones? What are the actual benefits?

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How can Voip help when its snowing?

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If you spent any time on social media during the early part of last week you will no doubt have seen countless posts predicting that “winter is coming” and it was bringing a whole heap of snow with it.  Given the sights seen by many of our European neighbours it’s easy to understand why some people were beginning to panic.

A few days later it had all blown over and, in Bury at least, we are pleased to say we all survived the little bit of slush we were left with.  However, it could have been much worse, and true enough, there’s still plenty of time for it to really challenge us yet.

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Sim only is it for you?

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When it comes to choosing a mobile phone there can be a dizzying array of options, which can be made even more complicated when you have to factor in what you want your phone to do.  Long gone are the days where a phone was simply there to make and receive calls.

Once you have decided on the phone you want, you then have to try and find the best deal when it comes to contracts.  No easy task if you’re not an expert, or don’t have enough time to wade through all the different tariffs.  If you also have to factor in a number of phones to meet the needs of any staff you want to remain connected, prices can soon mount up.

Here at Diamond Solutions we have seen an increasing number of businesses opt for SIM-only deals, rather than renewing their contracts at the end of the two years.  For many, this can be a really cost effective approach to getting what you want out of your phone.

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Apps – what’s out there?

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With the New Year upon us, many of us are looking for ways to make 2017 even better than 2016.  It might be that you have specific things you want to achieve, or just some things you want to improve on.

Whatever it is, and no matter how determined you are when Big Ben chimes in the 1st of January, many of us will have fallen back in to our old ways by the end of the month.  We thought we’d have a look at some of the apps out there that are perfectly designed to help you stay motivated, focussed and on track for the next 12 months.

 

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Mobile Technology 2017

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For obvious reasons we’re more in to diamonds than crystal balls in the office; however, we thought we’d turn our hand at looking towards 2017, and what mobile technology is likely to be doing over the next 12 months.  Remember, if we’re right, you heard it here first.

If we’re wrong, well, let’s just move on.

Virtual Reality

Throughout the next 12 months virtual reality will become more of a, well, reality.  We already have some awesome games and apps playing around with VR and AR, but moving forward, we will see these capabilities combined more with chatbot assistants to enhance customer experience.

OLED

According to UBI Research, a rise in OLED display technologies could mean that by 2020, we will start to see rollable or even foldable smart devices.  Throughout next year, and beyond, we will see technology giants playing around with this more in a bid to be the first ones to reach this point.

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