Movember – Coming Soon to a Face Near You

By Kelly Gerrish

Movember 2014 officially kicks off on Saturday, responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on the faces of millions of men around the world. The aim is to change the face of men’s health by getting men to grow their facial hair while raising funds for men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancers.

Movember’s goal is to change the way men look at their health – to make them aware of the risks and signs. By putting a fun twist on a serious topic, Movember helps to remove the stigma attached to these serious health issues and essentially saves lives through promoting early detection.
Movember
As these Mo Bros groom their way through the month, they effectively become walking-talking billboards for men’s health issues, using the humble moustache as a catalyst to drive awareness.
But ladies, Movember is not only for your hairier halves – women play an important role, encouraging the men in their lives to sign up, rallying the men in the office, pledging their support and driving conversation around men’s health issues.

We’re getting involved at right on the line. Check out our Facebook page for updates on our progress.

15 Things You Can Do With an Extra Hour

By Kelly Gerrish

It’s official – summer is over. With the clocks going back this weekend, we’re now in for months of short, dreary days and long dark evenings. But look on the bright side. We’re all guilty of moaning that we don’t have enough time, at work and in our daily lives. Our ability to control time is non-existent, which can be frustrating when you really need it. Well here’s your chance to gain the benefit of an extra hour. Here are 15 ways to spend your extra hour so you don’t waste this precious time.

Catch up on your email.

Update your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter profiles and your CV.

Tackle at least one thing on your to-do list.

Call an old friend or relative who you may have neglected.

Take your dog for a walk. If you don’t have a dog, borrow one.

Do some exercise – go for a swim, take a yoga class, hit the treadmill.

Plan a romantic evening for your other half.

People watch in a crowded area.

Try a new recipe.

Bake a cake or your favourite dessert.

Delve into that book that’s been waiting.

Give yourself a makeover. (Yes, that means shopping.)

Get a massage.

Have a relaxing bubble bath.

Or simply do nothing. Unplug your computer, hide your mobile, turn off the television and just enjoy the silence. The time you enjoy wasting is never wasted time.

London Going Green

By Kelly Gerrish

Disused phone boxes in London have been given a new lease of life – as solar-powered mobile phone charging stations.

The iconic red boxes have had a makeover for the project – painted green and fitted with a roof-mounted solar panel. Each box is kitted out with a variety of charging ports for different phone models. The free service offers a 20% battery boost in just 10 minutes.

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Running out of battery is a common problem for smartphone users as phones become ever more powerful without an equivalent leap in battery life. Designed for a quick boost in ‘juice’, users can nip in and out while they queue for the bus or wait for a friend.

The service is 100% funded by advertising as users will be shown “short, fun and exciting” ads with exclusive content while they charge.

The first of six boxes was unveiled on Tottenham Court Road this month, with five more being rolled out by April 2015. Should they prove successful, we could be seeing more of them popping up around the capital and further afield.

Learn more about the project here.

The red ones may be design classics, but when was the last time you actually used a phone box? With most people nowadays owning a mobile phone, phone boxes are basically redundant. It’s great to see them being ‘recycled’ in this way that suits the mobile age.

What the iPhone 6 Means For Your Emails

The release of the new iPhone 6 broke records around the world.  In the first three days, Apple sold more than 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus models, more than any other release and exceeding all expectations.
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Apple is heralding the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus as “the biggest advancements in iPhone history”, the most notable of which is the bigger screen size.

With bigger screens and millions of new iPhone users across the world comes bigger opportunities to maximise your emails. Mobile-friendly emails are a must. With that in mind, here are two ways in which the new iPhone 6 affects your emails, and what to do about it.

More content, less scrolling
You want readers to find your most important information as quickly as possible. Luckily, the larger iPhone 6 screens display even more of your email ‘above the fold’ – the point at which you have to scroll. Reassess your email design to maximise this valuable space. Trim your mastheads, and move your most compelling information and call to action higher.

More preview space
The larger screen sizes mean more room for pre-header text to display directly in the inbox. Treat your pre-header as a secondary subject line to encourage readers to open your email. Make sure you put the pre-header text above everything else in your email – including the masthead or logo.