Most of the articles I (plan to) write are designed to be interesting and useful to people for whom tech exists to help them in their work and play, but it isn’t their job or hobby. I cover those tips, tricks and tools that often remain undiscovered, but are actually very easy to incorporate to inject a bit of fun or improve productivity. Today I’m going to take a slightly deeper dive for the more adventurous amongst you…

I’m going to introduce you to programming (without code) so that you can build your own web or mobile app!

So let’s start by clarifying the distinction between programming and coding. For our purposes, programming can be understood as the creation of a set of instructions. It’s true that in the past it was necessary to write code to tell a computer what those instructions were — but that is no longer the case. You can now create a fully functioning app (application/program) without writing a single line of code (and this is called Visual Programming). …


First up, high-5 to you… you’re using an Android mobile (or at least you’ll wish you were after reading this article). That means you have way more control over how it works compared to Apple’s iPhone.

So, your mobile is great, but wouldn’t it be cool if it could ‘intelligently’ do things automatically for you at just the right time? It can…

For a while now I’d been using an app called Automate (worthy of a mention), but found it a little complex. Then I stumbled across MacroDroid — which is amazing! Seriously, go and download it now… it’ll change your life. …


Hardly a day goes by without hearing news of the latest advances in artificial intelligence (AI) or the release of a new chatbot service. You’d be forgiven for concluding that these things are the domain of uber-geeks, and that your only option is to resign yourself to the role of ‘observer’ as the world changes around you. I’m hear to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way…

You can build your own chatbot without any technical expertise what-so-ever.

Thanks to companies like Motion.ai, chatbot creation is being democratised. …

Mark Benjamin

I try to improve life in meaningful (and fun) ways by combining my love of technology and experimentation.

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