Heather Tucker

I am a freelance writer and photographer living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I love to travel, start new projects and have an addiction to all things app related. You can find out more on my blog or by following me on Twitter, @traineecloggie.

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We live in a busy world that has us juggling work, school, kids, and so much more each and every day. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get ten minutes a day to completely relax? Well, that just might be possible with Headspace (on-the-go), a mediation app.

The creators of Headspace are on a mission to get as many people as possible to take ten minutes out of their day to practice mediation. They suggest that Headspace is mediation for the modern world delivered through simple and scientifically proven techniques that aim to give you a healthy mind. But does the app manage to keep you motivated with its design and techniques or does it end up boring you to tears? That’s what we’ll find out.


As a freelancer, it is important to keep track of how much time I spend on each project I am working on. Yet, when it comes to tracking my time, I quite honestly suck at it. It is one of those things that I always think I will remember to mark down later and almost always forget.

Recently I came across a web app called Toggl. The simplicity of Toggl, together with the data it can capture and breakdown for me, meant I fell in love with the app straight away. But I quickly realised that I don’t always have my computer with me when I need to track my time. Therefore, when I saw that there was an iPhone app, I wanted to know how the Toggl Timer compared to the Toggl web version. Let’s find out. (more…)

What’s that shadow over there … they’re following you … runner No. five … they’re following you now … the swarm from the car park … RUN! And with the sound of zombie moaning in my ears, I picked up my pace and did just that — I ran.

Nowadays, we are all looking for a way to spice up our workout and make it more fun.  A new playlist that boosts your motivation, TVs built into exercise equipment and intense gladiator training all exist but why did no one think of hiring zombies to get us to move more? Zombies, Run! does just that. (more…)

I never got into the Draw Something craze. Something between a lack of skill and large fingers on a tiny screen meant that I was lucky if I won against a three-year-old. Fortunately, my dignity could be redeemed with the introduction of a new app, named Song Pop.

When Song Pop showed up in the App Store, I am pretty sure music lovers everywhere cheered with joy. Now they could show off not only their song knowledge but also their artist knowledge, in a five question multi-round music quiz where you are pitted against other music fans. A combination of fast answer times and correct answers in music genres including ’90’s Alternative and Modern Rap is what it takes to show you are the Song Pop queen or king. (more…)

New Year’s Eve may be well and truly past, but that doesn’t mean your goals have to be. Everyone knows that keeping up momentum on the changes you need to make or the time you need to invest in achieving a goal can be one of the hardest parts of the journey. Whether you wish to learn how to ski or have made the vow to run three times a week, Wonderful Day is one app that can help you reach your goal.

Wonderful Day (not to be confused with Wonderful Days or My Wonderful Day) lets you set goals and track their progress over a period of time. A series of dots, coloured green for progress and red for no progress, turn your action into a visual chain game. (more…)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words but what if you need more than a thousand words? You combine multiple photos into one, throw in a few frames, round the corners and share it with your friends. That’s what you do.

Combining photos isn’t something new. You’ve probably seen your friends doing it on Facebook and Instagram for ages but with so many different apps out there to choose from, how do you know which one is best for you? In this post we’ll take a look at three of the more well-known photo combiners (PicFrame, Diptic and Frametastic), investigating the pros and cons of each, so that you can easily see which is the best one for your needs.

Bad days — we all have them and we all have different ways of dealing with them. It was a long night with very little sleep that resulted in me finding the Andrew Johnson relaxation apps in the App Store.

Andrew Johnson is a relaxation coach, hypnotherapist, EFT therapist and reiki teacher. His wide range of recordings (including Beat Procrastination, Quit Smoking and Deep Sleep) are available on CD or as MP3s and due to a partnership with Michael Schneider of HiveBrain Software, many are also available as iPhone apps. I chatted with Michael to find out how he embarked on the journey of creating relaxation apps, what is on his iPhone now and how he sees things developing in the future. (more…)

Technology, Entertainment, Design — those three words make up TED, the non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together some of the world’s biggest thinkers and doers to share “ideas worth spreading.” TED has been about since 1984, and in that time you have probably come across one or two of their talks, even if it was just because a friend shared the video on Facebook.

One of the popular ways of discovering and viewing TED content has always been through the TED website. However, if you wanted to take the power of ideas with you on the go, then the TED app is well worth taking a look at. Is it for you? Let’s find out.  (more…)

Once upon a time, in a galaxy not so far away, lived a simple jelly nation. Things were peaceful until one day an invasion of kiwi-flavoured-halva-shaped spaceships arrived with the intent of stealing the jelly nation’s gems. The result was a whole lot of jelly screaming and a 20+ level tower defense game for you to sink your fingers into.

I’ll leave the full exploring of the game up to you, so as not to ruin the fun and excitement. However, let me take you through a quick review of the design, gameplay and performance, plus give you a glimpse at some of the great visuals that make up Jelly Defense.


Have you ever given much thought to the designs that end up on a T-shirt? No, not the standard T-shirt that everyone and their dog owns but the unique designs that make you think, “Dang, why didn’t I think of that?” If you have, then Threadless is going to be the app for you.

The app, which allows you to vote on designs submitted by the Threadless community, gives you the power to determine which designs get printed, as well as some of the power. You can also browse the online store, order something from the shop and have a bit of fun with the Doodle Pad and the Festasizer. I’ll cover all these features plus some of the less exciting in-between bits after the jump.


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