Month: February 2020

How Technology Can Keep Kids both Entertained & Educated 4.3 (137)

Being a parent can be tiring and time-consuming. So in order to make your life just that little bit easier, it might be worth bringing a bit of tech into the home. In addition to making your life easier, the right tech can keep your kids entertained as well as helping them to learn and get to grips with modern technology. There’s no doubt that we’re living in a highly-digitised world, and it’s only going to grow as your children grow too. So what is out there tech-wise than can make a difference for you and your families’ lives?

Monitoring the Situation

Everything seems to have a screen on it these days, and baby monitors are no different. Whilst conventional audio monitors were and are still useful, having a video baby monitor can add ultimate peace of mind when you leave the baby in the other room. Whilst they aren’t cheap, they aren’t inexpensive either, and if you plan on having more than one child, it can be a suitable investment. If you want to take a look at how each one compares, then check out these reviews from the trusted source of ‘Which?’. And if the prices are still a bit of concern, then don’t worry, Pugscode is here to help. We bring together all the best tech codes from a whole range of retailers, doing the work of finding the best deals for you so you can spend time doing the things that really matter to you, like caring for your children.

Take a Tablet

It might be something that you resist at first, but tablet computers like the Apple iPad, Microsoft’s Surface Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Tab can be useful tools to help your child learn through play, as well as doubling up as a distraction tool for them on long car journeys or rainy weekends. Whilst there are some apps out there that are purely designed to keep kids addicted to playing certain big, popular games (naming no names, Fortnite), there are still a good number which have been specifically designed with kids in mind. Just take a look at these four apps from Cbeebies which will keep them entertained whilst learning them a thing or two.

Pinna Your Hopes On This

And it’s not just the Cbeebies apps that can keep kids entertained. With a whole raft of apps out there, it’s important that you pick the right ones. Well getting your kids into audiobooks, podcasts and music is a great way of keeping them busy, whilst knowing everything will be safe and age appropriate. Well that’s what Pinna offers. They have a vast library of audio goodness, including such audiobooks as Captain Underpants, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and original podcasts like the Totally Unauthorized Minecraft Fan Show. Having things audio-only means there is a reduced amount of screen time and it will introduce your children into the wonderful world of audio entertainment.

A Bit of Jiobit

Letting your kids leave the house to play with their friends is always an unnerving experience. These days you can give them a cheap mobile phone and send them on their way, but there’s no way of knowing where they are, and no guarantee of an answer when you do ring their phone. However, by using the latest advancement, you can keep a closer track whilst at the same time keeping your distance. The Jiobit is a tracker which was recently the winner of the Baby Health & Safety category at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as well as being recommended by Wired and PC Magazine. So what is it, and what does it do?

Well basically, it’s a GPS tracker you can clip onto their trousers and track through your phone. As well as that, you can get notifications for when they reach certain destinations, as well as telling you where they’ve been, and if his friends also have Jiobit, who they’re with. Take a closer look at what you can do with it in this review from Fatherly.

So there you have it. Just a few ways you can incorporate tech into the home in a safe, smart and healthy manner. Technology does get a bad wrap, but as you can see it’s not all TVs, games consoles and mobile phones – there’s so much more you can do. So why not give one of these a try?

How Tech Improved My Life 0 (0)

I used to be that person who would always be behind the times. I wouldn’t never have the latest phone, the coolest clothes or the newest video games. It felt like, for the whole of my life, I was lagging behind. It wasn’t great because I was missing out on life experiences and job opportunities because of my reluctance to make myself digital and have up to date technology. However, I recently decided that I wasn’t going to come second place any more. I slowly invested in tech which has helped to change my life for the better. So I’m going to tell you how that happened.

But first, a site that really helped me throughout this process was when I started working for Pugscode. They have a whole host of discount codes on their website for everything techy. So not only was I saving a good deal of money with those codes, I was also finding out new recommendations for the latest gadgets and useful appliances. So how did tech improve my life exactly? Well I’ll tell you.

Getting A Laptop

Genuinely, this is how far behind I was. I didn’t have a computer of my own at home. Until recently I was going to the library and using the computers there for any digital stuff I needed to do. Everything before such as banking and bills, I did with paper, in person or over the phone. One thing that convinced me to invest in a good laptop was the benefit on what going paperless would mean for the environment. Less post equals less wastage, and so things like my gas and electricity, my water bill and my TV license are digital now. Also being able to connect to the internet at home means I can search for things more regularly and also have more time to watch silly YouTube videos like this

Upgrading My TV Setup

My TV was tuned to accept Freeview, but that’s probably when the upgrading stopped. I’ve never been one for Sky or any of the other TV stuff. I don’t really watch too much TV anyway, only during the evenings when there’s plenty on really. However, I didn’t have an HD TV. I know that’s the standard now, and has probably been for a few years, but the picture quality suited me fine. However, since I upgraded to a new LG HD screen, I’ve noticed just what I’m missing out on. The picture is crystal clear and the sound is much better too. I still have Freeview and have no real desire to upgrade that. But with having a ‘smart’ TV it means I can watch BBC iPlayer on it. So if I’ve missed shows, like I sometimes do, I can go back and watch them at my own convenience. I know you’re probably reading this thinking catch up TV has been around for years. But when you’ve been relying on ‘as live’ programming for all these years it’s a relief to have.

Getting A Games Console

Now, I did use to own one of these before, and it was the first time I was at least on par with the crowd. In the mid 00s I had an original Xbox and had a few games on it like Halo 2, Project Gotham Racing and Star Wars Battlefront. I was relatively young at the time and did enjoy playing on it, but when all the new models started coming out that’s when things passed me by and when work took over in a big way. I blinked and before you knew it they were releasing the Nintendo Switch and announcing details for the PS5.

However, after getting my TV upgrade, I wanted to see how far along games had come. As it turns out, a long way. Because one of my favourites before was Star Wars Battlefront, I decided to give the two EA Battlefront games a go. The first one doesn’t have a lot on it, but the graphics are good. The second one is much better though. A lot more characters, a lot more levels and a good story mode too. Because I had an Xbox before I went for an Xbox One this time, which meant I couldn’t play that Spider-Man game which is a shame but I could have a go on Forza Horizon 4. Which apparently the best current racing game just like Project Gotham Racing was back in the day. The open world nature of it all fascinated me, and if you compare that to what early racing games were like, then you can definitely see that game developers have come on leaps and bounds over the years.

So to summarise….

So all in all, these tech upgrades helped improve my life by making me feel more connected and more fulfilled when it comes to enjoying entertainment. I still have a way to go though, as my phone isn’t a very good one, so that might be the thing to change next. Let’s see what the future holds.