Lifestyle, Social, Tech

Essential DIY Apps 

Do you like DIY projects? I’m really on in it, and I want to share with you the apps that I use most of the time.

A good project idea normally starts with Pinterest app which allow me to check similar ideas, trends and also some info graphics with the DIY procedure step-by-step. Other app with some projects step-by-step is WikiHow.

Pinterest on the App Store – iTunes – Apple

Pinterest – Android Apps on Google Play

wikiHow on the App Store – iTunes – Apple

wikiHow: how to do anything – Android Apps on Google Play

After that I need the material, you can buy new material but a good way to save some money is to get it free from Gumtree. Specially in London, there’s a lot of people moving home and some times they have that furniture that they don’t need at a lower price or even free to collect. If you are in other countries probably you have other second hand selling platforms, for example in Portugal you can get this from OLX.

Gumtree Classifieds: Buy & Sell – Local for Sale on … – iTunes – Apple

Gumtree: Buy and Sell Locally – Android Apps on Google Play

If you are painting a room you would like to see the project idea before buying the paint and for this I use an app called Dulux Visualiser that allow you to take photo and replace the colour of the walls – and in case you want, you can buy the paint directly from the app. Again if you’re in a saving mood you can search in Gumtree for free rest of paint.

Dulux Visualizer on the App Store – iTunes – Apple

Dulux Visualizer – Android Apps on Google Play

Do you need to hang some frames/pictures in the wall and want it to be aligned? Just use the inbuilt app from your iPhone, go to the Compass app, swipe left and turn it to landscape mode and that all you need – a level. Alternatively you can use the Bubble Level app.

Bubble Level for iPhone and iPad on the App Store – iTunes – Apple

Bubble Level – Android Apps on Google Play

After you finish your project, just use Instagram to share it with the community. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #uartstyleDIY and you will see your project published in

Stay tuned.


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Creating an IFTTT account and the first recipe

You can create a new IFTTT account and setup your first recipe in 9 straightforward steps.

Go to and fill the form with your email and a password.



After clicking Create account you will be redirected to IFTTT main section. Click My Recipes to create a new automation recipe.


Click Create a Recipe.


Remember, you need a trigger and an action. Check my previous post about IFTTT.



The automation recipe that we will create is a Blog notification email every time a new post is published.

Choose RSS New Feed item trigger.



Enter the Feed URL, in this case my blog rss feed. You should follow me too 🙂


Now we need an action. Let’s choose Email channel, and Send me an email action. This trigger will use the email that you have registered in your IFTTT account.

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You can setup the email subject and body using available commands (or ingredients). As soon you’re happy click Create Action, and confirm the Creation of the Recipe.

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Now IFTTT will do their work and check automatically every 15 minutes, and if i have posted a new article you will receive an email.


Stay tuned.

Business, Tech

London is a good place to start a Tech company. Why?

The capital is now the second most likely city in the world to create the next big tech giant, according to EY’s annual Attractiveness Survey, behind only San Francisco.


Since the creation of the Tech City project six years ago, London has emerged as Europe’s fastest growing technology hub while cementing our status as a world-class destination to live and work – Boris Johnson


  • Multi-language city
  • London office hours overlap with countries that collectively generate 99% of the world’s Gross World Product
  • Financing and Investment
  • Fast/direct flights to european countries
  • Rate/hour
  • Great network of both public and private organisations working together

Connecting apps in a IoT world

Nowadays everything is connected by the internet.

Using online banking you can set-up app notifications when you are charged for something you bought, you can use your Oyster and check your balance online, you go to a shop and your smartphone alerts you to give a tripadvisor testimonial, you can use Starbucks app to order a Black coffee one sugar and pickup it from your closest shop, so many examples that you use everyday.

But if you want to build your own integrations between apps that you use? To do this i use IFTTT – abbreviation of “If This Then That”. With this web service, you can create recipes where you choose the trigger and the output action.


I will do a blog series called “IFTTT and Me”, where i will show you my recipes and teach you how to create your own integrations. I use this for several things which includes:

  • Evernote new note alerts
  • Save data into spreadsheets
  • Notifications

Stay tuned!