Wednesday, 23 November 2011

POYNT - a phone directory in your pocket



POYNT is a handy little app currently available for the following devices :

iPhone®, Android™, Nokia®, BlackBerry® smartphones, BlackBerry PlayBook™ Tablet and Windows Phone® devices. 

and in the following countries :

US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and India.

It's a FREE app that gives you access to information on nearby Businesses, Movies, Restaurants and Events.

Once you've downloaded the app your homepage will show current weather conditions for your location and a simple to use menu that you just swipe to access the options.


To search for movies on at a local cinema you can select to search by 'Theaters Nearby' (a bit American) , select your chosen cinema and then your chosen movie. You can read a brief synopsis, watch a trailer and view film times, as well as adding the film times direct to your calendar and cinema contact details to your address book. At certain cinemas you can also choose to book tickets for your chosen film there and then from your mobile device.
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To search local businesses you just enter the type of business or name into the search box and the results are shown immediately. I must admit I was a little sceptical and thought it may only list certain businesses but I searched 'hairdressers' for my location and the one hairdressers and one barbers shop in my village were shown in the results, as well as others up to around 5 miles away (and more when you select 'more').

Searching for events suitable for you and your family is also easy - when I searched for events local to me I came across a 'Mummy Morning' at the Westfield shopping centre in Derby and a Winter Wonderland Luxury Christmas Fair in Nantwich, as well as many others (including 'Big Girls Paradise - a party for big girls and the men who adore them'...hmmm).

If you are looking for a place to eat out then POYNT can find that for you too - all the local restaurants with contact numbers that you can phone phone at the touch of one button or save to your contacts list for later. You can search your current location or enter a different one and you can also search for specific cuisines.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Indoor Allergy Week


Allergy UK predicts that 12 million people in the UK are allergic to their own homes. This 'Home Fever' is on the increase with sufferers reacting to mould, dust mites, pets and some cleaning products. Symptoms are confused with those of a common cold and therefore the cause of the problem is often left untreated.

This week (14th - 20th November) has been Indoor Allergy Week, designed to raise awareness of these allergies and how to help reduce the symptoms.

Dettol Anti-bacterial Surface Cleanser Trigger Spray is the only household cleaner recommended by Allergy UK that can help remove 90% of indoor allergens from hard surfaces around the home, helping to lessen families exposure to these allergens.

The trigger spray, floor and surface wipes are not only proven to remove allergens around the home but are also powerful enough to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, reducing the risk of transferring flu germs from hands to surfaces.
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Cranking up the heating in the winter can cause mould spores and house dust mites to increase, triggering allergic reactions. It is recommended that surfaces around the home are dusted with a damp cloth regularly, every day if possible, to help reduce the indoor allergens and prevent flare ups.

Sam suffers from allergies and I'm hoping that he could benefit from having his bedroom wiped over with Dettol anti-bacterial wipes regularly. Dettol are sending us some of their wipes and spray to try out and I will be posting a review here in the not too distant future.

You can find out more about Indoor Allergy week here, and more about Dettol anti bacterial products here. The Dettol surface cleanser range kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses including E.Coli, MRSA, Salmonella and the H1N1 flu virus. They are suitable for using in food preparation areas as well as baby changing mats, high chairs and play pens.