Friday, 2 May 2014

Clickers Geeky Round Up

See How Google's Self-Driving Car Navigates City Streets

This is incredible, but I can't imagine ever wanting to use one. I would be on edge the whole journey!

Apple Patents Head-Mounted Display

What are Apple planning? Maybe it's to do with the Apple TV..

The End of the Car Wash? Nissan Develops 'Self-Cleaning' Vehicle

This is awesome, definitely worth a watch.

10 Office Food Hacks for Supreme Workplace Snacking

Not too sure about boiling an egg, but I love the bagel holder!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Clickers Geeky Round Up

The Ultimate Roundup of 2014's Biggest April Fools' Day Pranks

Who got pranked on April Fools? I didn't! *phew*

Amazon Fire TV: Questions and Answers

I love my Apple TV but the only annoying thing about it is that it doesn't have TV apps like BBC I Player or 4od.  If Amazon bring out those apps I think I would be tempted to buy one.

Amazon Fire TV's 8 Stiffest Competitors

Here is a list of the Amazon Fire TV Competitors

Tesla Drivers' In-Dash Web Browsing Habits Revealed

Wow, a serious competitor for the Apple CarPlay!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Clickers Geeky Round Up

15 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

Here are the new iOS 7.1 tips and tricks!

What's your most embarrassing technology mishap?

These are hilarious! Do you have an embarrassing moment you're brave enough to share?

Why Office for iPad Took 4 Years to Get Here

Thank god you can finally get it now!

Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ends

Check out the deals at the bottom of the page for anyone who is still on XP!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Clickers Geeky Round Up

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Flight MH370

Currently, the biggest news story which is getting everyone talking is Flight MH370 - and it is amazing how the internet is helping solve this mystery. Check out the links bellow and see how normal people like you and me are getting involved. 

Malaysia Missing Plane: Armchair aeroplane hunters head online

This is a fantastic article sent over to me by Richard.  It's the perfect example of how normal people who aren't employed by the military are helping solve this awful mystery.

How can you help?

Check out this fantasic website from Tomnod  and see if you can help spot anything.


How have Cancer Research UK ended up with over £1 million worth of donations over the past week?Check out the links below and see how the #nomakeupselfie and #sellotapeselfie hash tags have raised an incredible amount of money for such an important cause. Well done guys!

Why the Moto 360 Smartwatch Will Kill Google Glass

I think this is so much better than the Samsung Watch.  What do you think?

The return of Flappy Bird?!

I cannot wait :)

Monday, 10 March 2014

Does my business need a mobile app?

Not necessarily.  You need to look at all of your options and get mobile app-savvy before you make up your mind.

Do you really mean an app?

Some clients say they need an app but what they really want is a mobile website (a separate website built especially to be viewed on a mobile) or a responsively designed website (one website built to look good at all screen sizes, like  It’s crucial that you have a good understanding of the differences between these before making a decision.

Do you or your customers need you to have an app?

What would an app do better than your current website or systems?  Why would your business need an app?  If you can’t think of a good reason why, or what would be in the app, then no, you probably don’t need one. 

Let’s think through a scenario.  You’re a painter and decorator and you think you need an app for your business because you’ve heard that now every business should have one.  Why would your customers want you to have an app?  Perhaps you’d like to be able to track quotes for your customers.  But then they’d need a username and a password to make sure it’s secure.  And they’d need to have a smartphone.  And they’d need to find and download your app.  Do you really want to make your customers have to download your app to get a quote from you?  Or would email do the job just fine?  Don’t reinvent the wheel - think it all through logically.

Do the benefits outweigh the costs?

Bespoke mobile apps do not come cheap unfortunately.  The skills required to build them (especially for iOS) are specialised and quite difficult to come by.  An app may even cost more to build than your website.  Many businesses simply do not realise how expensive it can be, so it does need to be either revenue generating, or saving you money.  And if you want to sell through your iOS app, you can wave goodbye to 30% of your revenue straightaway – this is Apple’s cut.

I’ve answered 'no' to all of the above, what now?

Don’t worry!  It’s not mandatory to have an app.  If we were talking about websites, we’d say that all businesses no matter what they do, need a website, even if it’s just one page.  But an app is different.  There needs to be a point to it, or even when it’s downloaded, people will realise its not useful and they’ll delete it.  If you’re worried that you’re not up to speed with mobile, then look at making sure that your website works as well as it can on mobile devices (don’t forget about tablets like iPads) and perhaps invest more money in this.

I’ve answered 'yes' to all of the above, what now?

SimpleClick, based in Ipswich, Suffolk, have developed many apps, for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Blackberry and Android – so we know our stuff.  Get in touch to have a chat with us – no obligation – we’d be happy to help.

Friday, 7 March 2014

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Watch Apple CarPlay in Action

There is a lot of debate whether this is safe or not. What do you think?

This Bluetooth Ring Is Like a Magic Wand on Your Finger


Mozilla anger over Dell Firefox fee

This is ridiculous.

10 High-Tech Gadgets for a Cutting-Edge Kitchen

Maybe one day my kitchen will be filled up with overpriced gadgets :)

Friday, 28 February 2014

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Oh no! Now your smartphone could be giving you 'Techneck', a WRINKLE caused by constantly looking down at gadgets

This is hilarious. I think I have a techneck! – Thanks for this one Claire!

Most Americans Would Choose Internet Over TV or Cellphones

You can watch the TV on the internet..?

How the Blackphone Protects Your Privacy

What does everyone think about this? Anyone thinking of getting one?

Google's Plan to Make Modular Smartphones Moves Forward

I can’t believe this is actually happening.. Who thinks it’s a good idea?

Friday, 21 February 2014

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Would you look at that.. We have a brand spanking new website! Do you like it?

WhatsApp - is it worth it?

What Facebook have actually bought for $19bn

7 STEM Toys That Put Barbie to Shame

I was always extremely pleased when I got a brand new Barbie.. But I admit I would have preferred a Robot :(

Find Out When That Email You Sent Was Read

Think someones ignoring your emails? This one's for you..

Google unveils smartphone with 3D sensors

Whatever will be next?!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Clickers Geeky LOVE DOVEY Round Up!


I’ve stolen this video from our good friends Would Like to Meet - I think I would go for “BBQ Lou”!

For any singletons out there - Would Like to Meet are the world’s first 100% verified dating site.. and the best part is that it’s completely free! They have a fantastic website and awesome mobile apps to make it even easier for you to find your true love!


Anyway, here are some lovey dovey links to get everyone in the mood for the day dedicated to loooooove.. <3 

Google Lets You Say 'I Love You' With an Interactive Valentine's Doodle

Awww cute! Here’s my box for everyone -

11 DIY Valentines to Make Your True Love

Who has forgotten to get their loved one a valentines present? If you have, have ago at one of these cringe worthy/cute DIY presents!

12 Apps to Make This Valentine's Day Your Best One Yet

Have a great day everyone :)

Friday, 7 February 2014

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Apple's New Job Post Fuels iWatch Rumour Mill

2 things – Who wants to apply for the job at Apple? And who would actually buy an iWatch if Apple bring one out?

How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

Any Photo Shoppers out there.. Would you spend $130 on this keyboard?

Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4

Pretty smart move from Apple.. What do you think?

5 Things You Should Know About Your Precious iPhone

Fact 5 is interesting - More iPhones bought than babies born?!

Please can everyone take a moment to watch this woman’s impeccable dance moves?

Make sure you watch all of it and have the sound turned up!

Coming back to work as a mum

Two years ago I wasn’t even in a relationship, never mind thinking about becoming a mum.  As a director of SimpleClick, my focus was on work – the company was really growing, expanding the team and taking on lots of new clients.  

I would sit at home in the evenings and check emails on my phone, getting back to customers and doing any bits of work that I needed to so that I could start the next day without too much of a backlog.

I had no real commitments, so getting into the office early to crack on with a piece of work in peace and quiet, or staying there till late just wasn’t a problem.  Things were nice and flexible.

To cut a long story short, I met the love of my life, got married and had a baby all within the space of 15 months, finding myself on maternity leave in March 2013.  I left work (and a huge handover document) three weeks before my baby was due. 

Wow, maternity leave – what a shock.  Having worked in one form or another since getting a part time job at the age of 16, I was suddenly free to watch daytime TV, catch up on box sets, go shopping and spend an absurd amount of time doing my nails.  I did this for all of 5 days before extreme boredom and impatience set in.

Then one day over due date, our little bundle Freddie arrived.  Early days are EASY!  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  They sleep pretty much all day and night for about 2 weeks.  Then it gets hard.  As they get to 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, you start to realise that this is actually the hardest job you have ever done.  All that commuting into London you did for so long seems easy-peasy.  Staying up all night to get a website launched?  Nothing compared to this.

I took 9 months off to be with Freddie.  As a director, I realised this was a long time to spend away and felt extremely lucky that Richard (MD at SimpleClick) was so understanding.  After my son was about 2 months old, I started to pop into the office every couple of weeks to catch up with the team.  I still wasn’t really missing work at this stage, I was so absorbed in motherhood, and to be honest couldn’t ever imagine there being space for anything else.

After about 6 months, Freddie was having more definite naps, he was onto solids and things were just that bit easier.  I started to take on some smaller projects.  My mother in law offered to look after Freddie for a day a week, freeing me up to work.  And I loved it!

Colleagues with children always joked about ‘coming into work for a rest’, and I always used to think they must be joking.  I now know that they were being deadly serious.  Coming into the office gives me a chance to think about something other than crawling, babbling, peppa pig, weaning, making bottles, washing clothes, and whether the contents of that nappy look like they’re supposed to.  My back gets a rest from constantly bouncing an 18lb child up and down.  I absolutely love being a mum, but there is no getting away from the fact that if you’ve been a bit of a ‘career woman’ previously, it is the biggest shock of your life.

I remember going to a Suffolk Business Women talk by Minnie Moll, Marketing Director at Notcutts, when I was about 7 months pregnant.  She has twins, so the audience were really interested in how being a mum affected her working life.  She was quite adamant in her view that being a mum improved her performance at work.  I remember her saying how it gave her a new perspective on life, and what she might previously have seen as a big issue, now seemed small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

While I’m still just in the early days of coming back to work (I’m hoping to be back 3 days a week by the time my son is one), I can definitely see exactly what she means.  However I’ve also noticed something else.  I think I’ve always been known for being pretty efficient at work.  Well, being a mother has driven this through the roof.

When I’m at work, for the limited time that I can be, I have to get everything done.  No more staying late just because I want to spend another hour getting those charts in that report to all line up perfectly, or getting in early just to get some testing done before the office gets noisy.  Or taking a nice long leisurely lunch.  I have a to-do list, and I know I have to focus completely to make sure it’s all crossed through by the time I need to go to pick Freddie up from childcare. 

As a result I now work at what feels like a million miles an hour (knowing it all still has just be just right), and can multitask like never before.  For me, this is how being a mum has improved my performance at work.

Priorities change, freedom disappears, and everything has to run to a schedule.  But life as a working mum is fantastic, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Friday, 31 January 2014

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We would love you to get involved and leave your thoughts about some of the blogs we post this week! We would love to hear your opinions!

Apple's iPod: is the end nigh? 

Is there anyone out there who still uses an iPod/MP3 player?

Samsung Smart Display Concept Reveals a World Dominated By Screens 

OK so how far off do you think we are from this kind of technology? 

This Floating Sonar Pod Turns Your Smartphone into a Fish Finder

This one is for you Fishing Fanatics! What do you guys think? I think it would take the fun away from fishing? (not a fisher myself!)

Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm 

OK but these poor people will have to learn how to use Windows 8 - Yuk!


Matthew from our team sent me this one!  This isn’t a blog post, but it is just pure awesome. I haven’t had ago yet but definitely going to have ago at building my house!

Friday, 24 January 2014

Clickers Geeky round up!

It’s Friday Friday, gotta get down on Friday! (an awful/comedic song with 64 million views -

Welcome to Clickers Geeky Round Up!  Here are our top geek links of the week!

4 DIY Projects to Protect Your Tech

WOW! Love this article! Definitely going to do the 2nd video :)

Google unveils 'smart contact lens' to measure glucose levels

What an amazing idea.. 

Hacker Breaks Snapchat's New Security Feature in 30 Minutes

I don't use Snapchat.. and I'm glad I don't!

How London is embracing the Bitcoin virtual currency

I don't think I will ever want to use the Bitcoin, but I'm sure one day I will. What do you think of it?

Friday, 17 January 2014

Clickers Geeky round up!

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Disastrous logo redesigns 

Hmm, not too sure what to make of these gems... #whatweretheythinking

Computer programmer cracks secrets of films' dodgy code
Absolutely brilliant! This is a must geeky read.

Mobile-App Use Increased 115% in 2013

Yes 115%! Sustainable growth?

18 pivotal web design trends for 2014

Bye bye gradients!

And finally one for all you Star Wars fans

Wookiee Roars. Enjoy.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Clickers geeky round up!

Grab a coffee (or a hot choccy with cream like me), kick back and catch up on a selection of articles that caught our attention this week.

Seven ways you can become a real-time retailer 

The boss found this, get more from your online shop!

19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know
OK I thought I was pretty savvy with my iPhone and iPad, but clearly I wasn't. I am now thanks to this great article!

Facebook Buys India Startup to Bolster Mobile Apps

It might not have been a $1 billion deal, but just imagine Facebook asking to buy your company!

The Best iPhone Calendar App Just Came to iPad

The iOS7 calendar on my iPad isn’t great and doesn’t always sync with my iPhone. Definitely going to give this one a try!

App Store sales surpassed $10 billion in 2013, Apple says

Monday, 6 January 2014

Being a technology business in Suffolk

I should start with a disclaimer.  Our company, SimpleClick, has three directors, none of whom are from Suffolk. One is from Essex, one from Yorkshire and one from China.  The circumstances through which we all ended up living in Ipswich and working together are long and complicated, but here we are!

We do however employ people who were born and bred in Suffolk, and we’ve put down roots here.  We have families here.  SimpleClick is very definitely an Ipswich-based company with no plans to change.

It’s not necessarily easy being a hi-tech company in Ipswich.  Rightly or wrongly, Suffolk isn’t really known for being ‘fast-moving’.  We have clients far and wide, from Canada to Cumbria.  But when a potential client asks where we’re based, we realise that it would sound a lot more impressive, and sometimes be much easier, if we could say ‘London’.  Let’s face it, everyone knows London.   So we sometimes have to explain to a puzzled face where Suffolk is, that we’re not a million miles from anywhere, and that Ipswich isn’t actually the end of the earth.

Sometimes it puts us on the back foot, and we’ve been advised in the past that we should look at moving to London if we want to continue to expand.  But there are so many benefits to being a business in Suffolk (especially when compared to London).  Here are a few that I thought of:

  • Suffolk has a huge number of incredibly supportive networks for small businesses (Suffolk Business Women, Suffolk Chamber, Suffolk Business Stars (Facebook group), ISSBA, WiRE and many more).  These have definitely helped our growth and brand recognition.
  • Costs are lower here than they are in many other parts of the UK.
  • We can compete with London agencies on price because of this.
  • Our team don’t have long commutes to get into the office, meaning that (most of the time!) they’re bright eyed and bushy tailed.
  • Property prices are reasonable, so that when they do go home they can afford to live somewhere other than a grotty houseshare in a bad part of town.
  • We’re in the age of Skype - we can always video chat with our clients.
  • It’s only just over an hour on the train to London to see the clients that we have there.

Of course, London has its benefits.  I worked there for a long time myself and loved it.  But I started my career in Ipswich after university and somehow I made it back here, so it can’t be all that bad.

We may look at expanding into London with a satellite office in future, especially if we gain more clients there.  But SimpleClick’s base will remain firmly in Suffolk and we will always be grateful for the support, clients, contacts and fantastic team that it has given us so far.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

SimpleClick do the Tour de France

...well almost!

Following the success of Richard and Claire’s charity skydiving exploits last year, we’ve decided to take on a new challenge for 2013! In July, Richard and Andy will cycle 300 miles from London to Paris, arriving in the French capital 24 hours before the riders in this year’s Tour de France (OK, they’ve pedalled a bit further!).

We are honoured to taking up this challenge in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. They provide care and support wherever the family wishes – in families’ own homes, in the community or at one of their hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham.

We’ve set ourselves an ambitious target of £3300 in total, but with your help we are very confident we can reach it. We’re training hard and every donation gives us that extra incentive to clad ourselves in lycra and get pedalling!

Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far. Every donation helps, even if it’s only £1 it will help make a difference.

Donate via Virgin Money Giving
Read more about EACH

Our ride is supported by Basepoint Business Centres, CAA. & WOOP.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

We've moved office again!

We had a really great 2012, with lots going on - new clients, some major project launches, new team members, and a new office!

Our apprentice, Olivia was made a permanent member of the team after completing her NVQ and is now well on the way to being able to build her first website.

We also recruited another front-end developer, Marie, and another project/account manager, Naomi.

Looking to expand even further, we were going to be bursting at the seams in our old office at Basepoint, which was a real shame as we loved being there.  But we realised that if we were going to take the plunge, now was a good time.

We didn't really want to go very far ideally, so we had a look at an office in Epsilon House, still on Ransomes Europark, and they showed us around the 'Penthouse Suite'!  Very posh.  It's right at the top of the building with floor to ceiling windows either side, so we have great views and lots of light, which makes our designers happy.

We moved on 21st December, so right before Christmas, with most of the team working from home to make sure it was business as usual.  And here's a photo from the office on move day - it's amazing how quickly things got up and running.  Luckily it doesn't look quite as sparse now we're all settled in, and we've even built in a separate space that we can use for usability testing and running focus groups.

Moving in day - 21st December 2012

What makes us most proud is looking at where we started.  This is a photo of our first office, in Basepoint, just before we moved in in October 2010.  Look at the solitary monitor on the floor!  It really hits home at how quickly we've expanded in only a couple of years - and we have our brilliant clients to thank for helping us get there, as well as lots of support from Michelle & Leanne at Basepoint (we miss you!).

Our first 'proper'office! October 2010.

Our new address is Epsilon House, Penthouse Suite, West Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, IP3 9FJ - pop in and say hello!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

What makes a great CMS?

So what is a CMS? CMS stands for Content Management System. It is the system that sits behind a website that gives website administrators the ability to manage the website’s content.

If you’ve ever been tasked with selecting one, you’ll know that there are hundreds if not thousands available. With so many Content Management Systems to choose from, how do you even begin to select one that’s right for you and your business?

Once you have chosen if you want an open source or proprietary based solution (a whole other conversation) and what you want the system for, when comparing Content Management Systems, we recommend you assess the following:

  • How intuitive is the system to use? It needs to allow for efficient working by staff at all levels so it should be simple to navigate and use yet powerful enough to perform all the required functions with ease
  • Is there a limit on the number of users, pages, uploads or forms in the CMS? There shouldn’t be any limits placed on these allowing your website to grow over time
  • Has the system been built with SEO in mind? Does it allow editing of the meta data of all pages? Is this easy to do? Does it allow the creation of ‘friendly’ URLs?
  • Is there a roll back facility allowing you to revert to previous versions of a page? Are all changes tracked?
  • Can you upload images in all required sizes in one go?
  • Does it have the ability to create and edit forms and log responses?
  • Is it web-based? If it is, this saves the IT department (if you have one) a lot of work as they do not have to have anything installed on user’s PC’s other than a web browser with access to the internet. It then also allows easy home working.
  • Does it allow bespoke, customised development? 
  • Costs – what are the one-off initial costs and what are the ongoing costs? 
  • Is there is a license fee to pay? Generally with a proprietary CMS, you do have to pay a license fee, but for this you should get free upgrades to the latest system with new functionality

A great CMS should provide you with all this and more.

We always recommend seeing a demo of the CMS allowing you to assess how easy it is to use, what functionality it has and how it could be adapted to fit with your business. If you would like to arrange a demo of the SimpleClick Desktop CMS, click here >>

We also think it is important that you get on well with the company providing the CMS. Here at SimpleClick, we pride ourselves on our customer service and our ability to build lasting relationships, working in partnership with our customers.

Remember to also take a look at the clients list of your chosen provider. The SimpleClick Desktop CMS is used by the following clients:

  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Wheatley Associates
  • House of Elliot Collection
  • Lujos

If you would like further information about how SimpleClick can help you with your website project, then please feel free to contact us or call 0844 736 2747.

Friday, 25 May 2012

We're still alive...

As many of you know, as you were being pestered for sponsorship money, on Saturday 12th May, Claire Thorpe and Richard Jennis from SimpleClick Solutions did a tandem skydive to raise funds for local charity Out and About.

Claire met Kate Higgs, from Out And About, at a WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) meeting and heard about the good work of the charity, which helps to empower young disabled people to engage with their local community and gain independence.  So when she heard that they were asking for fundraisers to take part in a charity skydive, Claire was first in the queue, persuading Richard to join in!

Along with Richard and three others from the Ipswich Basepoint Business Centre who were also raising money for the charity, they leapt from a height of 10,000 feet, freefalling for 5,000 until the parachute was deployed.  Claire said, ‘This is something I would never have considered doing had it not been for such a fantastic cause.  I was definitely relieved when the chute opened, the free-fall was petrifying, but knowing it was for charity made it all worth it!’

Kate Higgs from Out & About said “It is only with the generosity and support of people like Claire & Richard that we can continue to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and young people. We are so grateful to them and all the other “jumpers” who gave up their time  and challenged themselves to raise money for Out & About”

The five jumpers from Basepoint Business Centre raised over £4,000 for Out and About - which is an amazing total. Would we do it again?  Richard - yes.  Claire - no!