Face to Face Business Meetings with CityHour

Face to Face Business Meetings with CityHour

face to face business meetingsOver this last week or so I’ve been investigating  just how easy it is to set up Face to Face Business Meetings with CityHour. I was asked by Alex Lubinsky CEO of TrueBear Corporation to test out the CityHour application (which is available on iOS) to share with you what it does. Yes, this is a sponsored post, as I explained in my last post about CityHour – I am being paid to be a Brand Ambassador for just a short while. Which is fantastic as I love telling you about great applications to help you with your business.

City Hour Makes Setting up Meetings so Simple

We all know that social media and business networking is very important to our business.  Establishing a connection, interacting with our contacts and getting to know them is all important in creating trust and/or friendships.  However, CityHour expands those connections and takes them that step further, with ease.  No longer are our connections just a number but they are a prospect that wants to meet us.

In this post I’m going to show you just how CityHour works to connect you to those important business leaders that are open to connecting face to face with you. Yes, there are people out there just like you that actually do want to connect in person.

First you need to download the application – CityHour

How to use CityHour

Install it and Log in with LinkedIn and let CityHour sync with LinkedIn to add your profile details and your connections, it will then find everyone with the application and hopefully people will connect to you or you can do this.  You can also sync with your address book.

What do all the buttons mean?

CityHour profile

Find People – Finding people is easy – you can locate and meet people based on common topics, industries, goals and locations.

Calendar – With the Calendar you can see all of your meetings and also sync them with your iPhone calendar. 

Contacts – This is all the people that you have connected with on the app – you can send these people private messages from here also. 

As the application automatically adds your details, there is very little work for you to do, with regard to completing your profile.  CityHour tells you then how complete your profile is and shows you what other information you need to add, as you can see mine here is only 80% done.  So I have a few more pieces of information to add.

Face to Face Meetings

As its a new application of course even though I have 1500 connections on LinkedIn not many have this application yet – so it only found 21 people to connect with.  Immediately one person added me to their contacts. This of course will work much better, when everyone has installed the application, and they will – we just need to let them know how great the app is.

Face to Face Meetings

How to set up face to face business meetings with CityHour

Say you are in Town and have a couple of hours to kill in between meetings, rather than waste that time, you can see if anyone is available – One way to do this is – from the profile page – as you see on the above image, we can ask Omar to meet us – or anyone else in the same way – what you need to do is from there Select a Venue – you can add a personal message here – and select a time – this will then be sent to the person for him to accept.  You can even schedule meetings around the world and CityHour will handle all time zone conversions. (Very handy for me, as I always get those times wrong)

CityHour meeting

In My Meetings I will now see this

CityHour (4)

So that’s how easy it is, hopefully the person will send you a message back saying that they are available to meet you and off you go to your power meeting to conquer the world or to maybe just have some relaxation time with a contact.

This app is only available on the iPhone right now but the iPad app is on its way and so is the Android version.

Soon you will also be able to log in via Facebook.

You can download this app for free on iTunes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.



tinder dating app

What’s different about the Dating Application called Tinder?

tinderI recently found out about the free GPS dating application called Tinder from a friend of mine (honestly)!  I’ve never used dating sites for myself, not saying that I wouldn’t, I think they are a great idea, if you can be sure its safe.

Some of the dating sites seem a bit too formal though and that’s how this one is different, it seems easier and more fun.  Although some have called it a sex satnav and said that people are using it to meet people for sex.  Which is all very well if that is what is expected but it then becomes a worry that this app is rated 12+ but that’s another blog post…

What is different about Tinder?

There are many people searching for romance, love or sex and apparently this dating application has been a winner so far, with many many downloads, matches and engagements that have happened this year, so why is it different?    Basically its FUN, its not stuffy, and doesn’t require you to fill out huge forms expressing your feelings or anything at all for that matter; you can get going straight away to find a suitable match in your area!  Using Tinder’s GPS system you can input mileage range and it will show you who is around you, that maybe you have friends in common with or the same interests or likes using the dating application, so right away you are both looking for the same thing in the same place.

With Tinder you have to sign in using Facebook, which usually I do not like in an application, I prefer to choose if I want to connect a social networking site, but in this case I think its a good idea, as it gives you some level of trust, it takes at least two pictures from your Facebook – your profile and others  which you can choose I believe. Although of course you could set up a fake Facebook account very easily and put  fake pictures on there, or you might already have this set up, there are certainly enough Fake Facebook accounts.

What I like about this application is because shows if you have the same likes or the same friends you instantly have something to talk about, and you can ask your friends about them too.  Also you are still anonymous in a way as only your first name is used, nothing is posted to Facebook, and you can adjust your profile settings.



How to use Tinder

So you’ve chosen if you are interested in boys or girls, what ages you are interested in and your radius – be it 5 miles or 50 miles whatever, then it brings up profiles of all the people in your area.  Looking through the photos to choose – you swipe through the pictures to the left or press the X until you see one you like and if you like it you press a heart, or swipe it to the right which also says that you are interested and hope that the other person presses on your heart, then you have a match it asks you if you want to chat or carry on.  If you want to read more about the person then, press the i for information,  its so simple and easy.  The good thing here is you are not told that someone has liked you until they like you too, and you have a match, so this cuts down embarrassment.  People cannot message you unless you have liked them, and if they get creepy there is a block function.

How Jackie uses Tinder

My friend, who we will call Jackie, had tried the dating application day before with a 5 mile radius and now was trying a larger range.  Addicted to how easy and fun this game was; yes it is a game Jackie told me, she was eager to show me what a laugh she was having with it.

Jackie logged in and began swiping through the pictures very fast, saying, No, no, no…too old, too fat, too bald, too skinny.  I was starting to get worried about how superficial it is.   Suddenly she called out, “Oh, that one had a friend in common.”  – “Who?” I asked, she said “Erm, I don’t know he’s gone now”  “Gone forever?” I asked.  “Looks like it”. Jackie said, without a care.  I asked her why she was swiping so fast, how can she read about the people to find out what they are like.   Jackie then explained that she wasn’t interested in reading bios, that she was scanning photos, if they look good then she might look further, but she’s not bothered about a bio, as they are usually boring and untrue and no one ever likes writing them.  I thought has the world come to this, are we that shallow that we don’t want to meet anyone unless they look HOT?   But she went on to say …  this for instance  I am Sam and I like football, going to bars and meeting people. That doesn’t tell you anything about the person, it makes him sound dull and boring, and I like to find out these things through chatting with them naturally. Just like with real life, if you like the look of someone in a club you might strike up a conversation to find out more, that’s just what happens here, it is superficial but its how life works.  She does have a point. 

All of a sudden she’s reading out a profile to me, saying, he sounds nice… “But you just said?”  “I know, but I like this one and I was intrigued.” Jackie replies thoughtfully, clicking his heart.

After swiping through many disguarded and I might say very unlucky men of which she’d managed to heart two of them, she exclaims, “Oh no, I’ve ran out of men!”   There were no more men in her chosen area, she had gone through all of them.  And right at that moment she got a notification to say that she had a match… how very exciting!

So, we are yet to see if you can meet the love of your life using this Dating Application called Tinder, or if you might just have some fun with it.  This remains to be seen.

Just remember to be SAFE if you are arranging to meet a stranger on a date for the first time – You must tell people where you are going and meet in a crowded place

This application is available on iPhone and more recently Android

Tinder Messaging UPDATE

Since I wrote this post a week ago my friend hasn’t found love or even close to it,  she has had a few chats with her matches, but mostly the men have been pretty disappointing in contacting.  Two guys were obviously looking for easy sex and one was just plain boring and the rest haven’t amounted to anything.

Messages without Matches

However the reason for the update is that my friend has been getting emails or messages I think they are,  from people that she hasn’t matched with – about 4 so far – this isn’t supposed to happen, when I asked @tinder about it – they said that she must have swiped the wrong way by mistake, when I explained that she hadn’t even had a matched notification, they didn’t reply – I tweeted them again after this happened for a 4th time but Tinder are yet to comment.

Although its no big deal – she can just block these people – it does appear that there is a bug or something is not working, as you are not supposed to be able to message people on Tinder unless you have matched.

Please let us know, if you have found this problem too.

Instagram video launched

Instagram Video! Facebook’s Instagram have now added video to the instagram app.

The video can be upto 15 seconds long and you can filter and share it just like you do your images.

Where can I get instagram video

This is available right now on iOS and android.

instagram video

Just update your app in the app store – Google play or in iTunes for iPhone and as if by magic you have the new feature of movie making.


instagram video3

As you can see here the video icon is there !

Its very exciting to have these changes to Instagram, its a great app and I must say that I use it often. I love how easy it is to enhance images and then share them on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr and now we can do this with video, exactly the same way as we do with images.

I did a quick video just to test it out – and it works pretty much the same as Vine but you have a button.  http://instagram.com/p/aynxI7hXOf/?autoplay=true   The only trouble is that when I posted it to Twitter it tweeted PHOTO! No its not a photo!

instagram video2

Competition for Vine

What about Vine though, does this mean we won’t use Vine as much or is the extra 9 seconds enough to make us switch to Instagram Video!  What do you think?  I think I will probably just use both, as I have different communities on both – Instagram has many of my Empire Ave buddies.

Enjoy, let us know what you think?  Maybe even share your videos with me on @techieminx or below



Mood Watch the iPhone app helping Mood Disorders


This clever iOS application for iPhone and iPad is used to track the moods of people with Mood Disorders. It helps people suffering with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder and even people just feeling a little low to track how they are feeling mentally, physically and emotionally in order to help them understand themselves better, and to hopefully enrich their lives.

Who created the app Mood Watch and why?

I found this an interesting story – Kim Knox, who has Bipolar I – created this application after tracking her own moods during a stay at psychiatric hospital.  She started with just five coloured pencils and a note book and began charting how she felt, adding notes about her blood pressure, sleep, what tablets she took and much more information to see how these things were affecting her moods. It was helping her learn about herself but it was so time consuming it was then she thought about creating application to help collate all of this information.

It sounds complicated but its actually very simple to use, and the application creates an easy to read chart that should pinpoint a theme to when you are experiencing mood swings or issues.  The report and be forwarded to your doctor or whoever you wish by importing it into an Excel document.

The Mood Watch application is Endorsed by the International Bipolar Foundation.

How to use The Mood Watch application

mood watch application

When you first log in to the application it asks you

  • How you are feeling
  • How much sleep you’ve had
  • How you feel the quality of that sleep was.

If you then have a blood pressure meter you can put your results here for first thing in the morning.

You then scroll down and enter your blood pressure reading for after you’ve taken your tablets.


Scroll down further still and add how you rate your

  • Energy
  • Anxiety
  • Mood
  • Calmness
  • Focus


To do this does take practice, you need to slide the middle white dot up to where you want to put it, you need to press lightly or you will scroll the screen up to the next chart.

On the last page in this section you can enter notes for the Morning, Noon and Evening.

Next click on the second section – titled Meds

meds Mood watch

Here you quite simply add the information for the medication you are taking (which you can either select from a list or add your self) the dosage, and how often you take them.

On the last next page is your report – I’ve only completed one day so there isn’t much on my report – so here is a sample from Moodwatchapp.com and next to that is the report imported into Excel.

graph Mood watch1









Mood Watch Spreading the Word

Mental health is very important to all of us, so many people suffer from various mood disorders, if its not ourselves, we all know someone who is suffering.  We need to reach out and help whenever and where we can.

Mood Watch is available now on iTunes for just 69p but they need a little help getting the word out, letting the world know that it is available, by speaking at engagements and conferences, help with marketing and press releases, they also want to translate the application into six other languages.  This all costs lost of money – you can help and get involved by going to the Mood Watch Indiegogo page.

Just adding a $1 donation will help a great deal, if you cannot donate maybe you could help by sharing the page on your social networks.

Other ways to help support Mood Watch

By liking the Facebook page

By following Kim on Twitter

Adding Kim on Google+

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.