Guest Post: Launch of new crowdfunded app Playora set to change the way photos and videos are shared

Launch of new crowdfunded app Playora set to change the way photos and videos are shared


Playora allows you to share photos and videos instantly, to anyone, on any device or Smart TV, anywhere in the world.


Playora is a new app which will quickly and easily allow people to share their media from mobile devices to other screens, including Smart TVs, no matter where they are located (even on the other side of the world).


Serial entrepreneur and founder of Playora, Matt Spall, explains: “Sharing photos, videos, music and other media to other screens can be complex and frustrating. Playora enables simple sharing of digital media to almost any screen; handheld or household. Using our proven technology core Playora’s first release will be available on iOS and Android platforms as a free-to-download freemium app.”


Playora allows users to display instantly any media file (including photos and videos) on family and friends’ screens anywhere in the world. For example:


  • Imagine you’ve got photos and videos of your kids on your Android phone, and their grandparents, on the other side of the world, want to see them on their tablet. Imagine you could instantly share those photos to their tablet and that they can then share them from their tablet to their Samsung Smart TV.


  • Imagine you’re with your friends in a bar, and you want to show them your holiday pictures. Imagine the pictures you choose appearing on all their smartphone and tablet screens, all at the same time, irrelevant of manufacturer.


  • Imagine you’re at your parents’ house, and you’ve got a video on your phone to show them. Imagine being able to send it directly to their Smart TV without messing around with wires or streaming boxes.


Playora is initially monetised using in-app advertising. In-app purchases will be added later. The team forecast 2million installs in year one, and close to 10 million by year three.


Playora founder Matt Spall is a BAFTA winning serial technical entrepreneur, with a significant background in digital entertainment since 1986. Matt is the designer of Playora and has been active in development on Smart TV platforms and content since 2011.


Fellow Director Simon Jeffrey has had significant exposure to high profile licensed assets through his experiences with Virgin, Sega, LucasFilm and Hasbro-owned Backflip Studios. Simon is an investor and early advisor to AppLovin Inc., which recently agreed a US$1.4 billion sale to Orient Hontai Capital.


It is predicted that 2.1bn people will be smartphone users by the end of 2016 (Statista  79% of smartphone users regularly take photos with their smartphone, making it the most popular non-call based activity (Futuresource Consulting). Worldwide shipments of Smart TVs exceeded 100mm in 2015, with more than half of all TV sets shipped globally in Q1 of 2016 (IHS 42m streaming stick devices were sold in 2015, a third of them being Google’s Chromecast (Strategy Analytics Google revealed in July 2016 that Chromecast sales had risen to over 30m (Recode


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About Playora

Founded by BAFTA winning serial technical entrepreneur Matt Spall, Playora is the trading name of Invisiplay Limited. The company was formed with the specific purpose of making it easier to use, so called, ‘Smart’ technology for entertainment by people left behind by the digital divide.



Guest Post: How to File a Domestic Violence Lawsuit

How to File a Domestic Violence Lawsuit

Domestic violence victims can file a lawsuit for injuries. The lawsuit provides legal remedies for the victim for injuries incurred; physically, mentally and financially. This lawsuit is filed in civil court.

The abuser can be sued in a civil court even after undergoing criminal proceedings. O.J. Simpson was sued after being acquitted in a criminal court.

Family lawsuits

Some states do not allow family members to sue each other in a court of law. They included Arizona, Hawaii, Wyoming, Delaware, Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Missouri, Utah and Washington D.C. This was intended to avoid family breakups. However, many states have changed to allow family members to sue each other in family courts. The reasoning is that family members that are suing each other have already broken up, and it is only just to allow injured family members court proceedings.

Those states that do not allow family lawsuits make exceptions for intentional harmful acts like domestic violence. The victim may also sue for emotional distress in cases of stalking, threats, and harassment.


A domestic violence lawsuit can lead to compensation for damages including:

  •    Wages lost
  •    Medical bills
  •    Emotional stress
  •    Punitive damages

When deciding to file a lawsuit, a victim should be prepared for the emotional stress that comes with this situation. In the first place, reporting domestic violence is stressing enough. Filing a lawsuit includes baring family details to the public. The victim should be ready to deal with all this. Here’s more info on the court process of domestic violence. You can also check this website for more info on jail time for domestic violence offenses.

Lawsuits are also expensive. If the victim cannot afford attorney fees, there are many attorneys willing to work on a contingency basis. This means that they will take a cut of the monies awarded by the court. The court will also order the abuser to settle court costs in some cases.  The plaintiff must also consider if the abuser has the ability to pay.

However, filing a domestic violence lawsuit can provide a closure to the victim. He/she will also be in a position to get back up financially if her/his finances have been damaged by the domestic abuse

Get an attorney

If you are a victim of domestic violence, there is help available in the legal system. Family attorneys and court prosecutors are willing to come to your aid. They can help you get justice in the courts.

The attorney will help you weigh your options and provide a way forward for your situations. You will understand if you can claim monetary damages, and how to pursue the money and get your life back on track.

Virgin StartUp-backed company builds world’s first modular artificial reef and marine habitat to protect the endangered fresh water crayfish

Virgin StartUp-backed company builds world’s first modular artificial reef and marine habitat to protect the endangered fresh water crayfish


ARC Marine aims to protect the UK’s indigenous white-clawed freshwater crayfish population from extinction with their first custom-built reef structure at Vobster Quay, an inland water site and former quarry, near Radstock, Somerset.


The small Torbay-based company, who were given a starting loan by Virgin Startup, design and build artificial reefs that can block illegal fishing trawlers, provide a protective marine habitat for endangered and declining species, boost the stocks of overfished species and protect coastlines and underwater habitats from erosion.


ARC Marine is funding its world-first operation through a crowdfunding campaign, and chose the reef’s site due to its close proximity to Bristol Zoo, with whom they are collaborating in this joint effort to regenerate dwindling numbers of the globally-protected crayfish species.  


Due to habitat destruction and the introduction of an aggressive and invasive US breed, the white-clawed freshwater crayfish is at risk of becoming extinct in the UK within 20-30 years.


“Artificial reefs can be very useful in enhancing marine life, but also double up as anti-trawling devices.” said Dr. Nicholas Higgs, Deputy Director of the Marine Institute at the University of Plymouth’s COAST lab facility, undertakes tests on various structures built for a marine environment.


“Firstly, they provide structure by concentrating fish and nutrients around the reef, creating a whole ecosystem. They also prevent fishing in that area as these big structures stop ships towing fishing and trawling gear through the area.


“The ARC modules provide increased habitat complexity. By providing that living space, you should be able to increase the amount of crayfish that can live in habits like quarries and man-made water bodies.”


Currently, only 4 per cent of the world’s oceans are officially protected, according to WWF. A study published in the Nature journal found that 93 per cent of CO2 is stored in algae, undersea vegetation and coral, highlighting the crucial need to prevent marine degradation in order to protect the earth’s atmosphere.


Overfishing is also an environmental problem in both the UK and abroad. 53 per cent of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, and 32 per cent are over exploited, depleted, or recovering from depletion, according to WWF.  


At this current rate, research from scientists and ecologists shows that all species currently fished for food are predicted to collapse by 2048.


Tom Birbeck, co-founder of ARC Marine, is confident that the company can be a UK leader in reversing this trend by setting an example with its own ocean conservation efforts. His decision to choose crowdfunding over commercial sales or grant funding aims to reflect the nature of the problem his company is trying to solve:


“Oceans and waterways belong to everyone. So, the responsibility of marine conservation, and the challenge of reversing ocean degradation, is one that we all must collectively tackle.


“We hope that at the end of this campaign people will see what we see. Not just the critical condition of the world’s oceans, but a viable solution to the problems shown here.


“We’re giving the crowd the power to rebuild and protect our delicate marine environment for generations to come with a 500+ year project lifespan. There is no pledge like it in the history of crowdfunding”.


ARC Marine was formed in June 2015 to develop specific products to aid the rehabilitation of damaged reef sea-beds that would last longer than ships (which have previously been used to create artificial reefs). It then began developing design prototypes including artificial reefs and sea grass habitats.


The company has created the world’s first multi-functional artificial reef solution. With a strong, modular design, its reef systems protect against depth trawling, provide a superior marine habitat, can act as a robust anchor point for cages and buoys, and can protect marine structures and coastlines against underwater currents and erosion.


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4% of the world’s oceans are officially protected:


93 per cent of CO2 is stored in algae:


53 per cent of the world’s fisheries:


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About ARC Marine:

ARC Marine was formed in June 2015 to develop specific products to aid the rehabilitation of damaged reef seabeds that would last longer than ships (which have previously been used to create artificial reefs). It then began developing design prototypes from artificial reefs to sea grass habitats.


The company has created the world’s first multi-functional artificial reef solution. With a strong, modular design, its reef systems protect against depth trawling, provide a superior marine habitat, can act as a robust anchor point for cages and buoys, and can protect marine structures and coastlines against underwater currents and erosion.


In June 2016 ARC Marine were officially named as Virgin StartUp Ambassadors and spent the day at Sir Richard Branson’s family home in Oxfordshire where they took part in a branding workshop.


In December 2016, ARC Marine filed for a patent on the ARC module, a subsea structure capable of providing a marine habitat as well as acting as an anti-trawling device and a mooring/anchor point.


As of February 2017, ARC Marine have secured a tenancy at Brixham laboratory with state of the art laboratory and design studio facilities to facilitate their upcoming projects.  Plymouth University are also looking to collaborate on an artificial reef project with ARC Marine in 2017/18 and are assisting their research for projects.


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Guest Post: 6 Secret Signs your Marriage is in Trouble

6 Secret Signs your Marriage is in Trouble

Many people don’t realize the problems they’re facing in their marriage until it’s too late. This is a major issue because most of these problems can be solved through communication and teamwork. After all, you are partners, and you should do everything together, especially solve problems that plague your marriage. Divorce Lawyer in Syracuse

Not spending “Just the two of us” time anymore

“Just the two of us” is needed very often in a relation. When a couple lacks these alone time with each other, it creates a misunderstanding and lack of attraction. Arrange and plan to spend more quality time without any distractions. Try a secret movie night with your partner or go for a long drive or two the place where you met for the first time. You need those alone time together to eliminate any misunderstandings.

Arguing about the same things over and over

Constantly going back to a problem that should have been solved some time ago is a bad sign. This means that you haven’t been able to reach an agreement that would solve an issue. Instead, you constantly fight and bicker over the same things repeatedly.

Not having fun together

No having fun together in your free time is an indication of avoidance. If your partner starts spending more time with his or her family and friends and not giving the time that you both required then this is a definite sign of distance between you two. Find out the reason and try to do something to impress your partner. Arrange something like surprise date or buy your partner a gift or do somethings innovative to bring back the fun-time that both of you deserve.

Speak but don’t communicate

You talk to each other but those words aren’t getting into your brains, and you simply don’t care about what your partner says. Your marriage is comprised of small talk that exists simply to fill the silence that surrounds you.


Not keen to celebrate what you love about your partner

Every partner should cherish and celebrate the quality of their better half to compliment. A sweet word to praise your partner every now and then is highly required. When you feel that you both are not keen on celebrating each other’s quality anymore, it is a sign of fatigue in your relation. For the sake of your relation, try to remember the good things that you used to love about your partner and compliment them and show that you still love these qualities about your loved person.

Fight about silly things

Your partner got mad at you because you spilled some water on the floor. You got mad at your partner because she/he didn’t close the window and it’s too cold in the room. These are silly reasons to fight over, yet you fight because you’ve grown apart.

These are all signs of marriage in discord. They all lead down the same path – divorce & lots of changes come with a divorce. Make sure to be open about these or you might find yourselves talking to a Syracuse divorce lawyer.

Here’s how to fix it.


  • Express concerns constructively


Talk about your problems with each other. There’s nothing better than healthy communication with your significant other. You’ll solve problems more easily by doing this.


  • Remember your vows


Don’t forget what you said to each other on the altar! Remember the words you spoke and keep true to them – do not break your vows if there’s a way to fix your marriage!


  • Make decisions cooperatively


Don’t simply decide to do something without telling your partner. This makes it look like you’re selfish and self-centred. You have a partner and he/she has you, remember? Don’t forget about your partner.


  • Restore Intimacy


Couples can sometimes lack intimacy for a long time due to their change of heart to each other. If you restore intimacy and start talking about your problems, you’re well on your way to fixing your marriage!

Labour Leader Piers Corbyn MP spotted at Hastings pushing the Channel back to France.


As it happens, as a Labour voter of 42 years, I quite like Corbyn. He has done many good things in his long time in Parliament. I can’t see him accepting a peerage…but he could stay on as an MP?  I just happen to think that the Labour Party might do better with a younger leader.  I am not being ‘Ageist’ (I’m 64 in May) …just pragmatic about Labour’s electability.

Lord Chief Justice criticises Liz Truss

Belfast Telegraph article

“Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, who was one of the High Court judges who ruled that Parliament, not the Prime Minister, had the final say on triggering Article 50, said Ms Truss had been “constitutionally wrong” not to stand up for the judiciary in the face of fierce press criticism.

The Lord Chief Justice criticised the stance taken by Ms Truss that it was not her role to tell the media what to write.

He told the Lords Constitution Committee: “T o my mind, she was completely and absolutely wrong.

“And I am very disappointed.

“I can understand how the pressures were on in November but she has taken a position that is constitutionally, absolutely wrong.

“In short, I believe the Lord Chancellor is completely and utterly wrong in the view she takes.”…..

Immigration Law: Residency Rules Changes Cause EU Nationals Panic

Immigration Law: Residency Rules Changes Cause EU Nationals Panic
Ryan Duffy

Panic has set in this week for EU citizens based in the UK after news emerged that Government regulation changes will grant the Home Office the ability to remove people from the country if they don’t have a comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI).

Immigration specialists have published briefings stating claims that the Home Office acquired controversial new enforcement powers that would start from the 1st of last month against EU citizens.

The new power brings warning to EU nationals who aren’t considered to have EEA PR, more commonly known as a right of residence. This includes spouse of UK citizens as well as many students who don’t have a CSI, meaning they could be refused entry or worse be deported.

The Home Office have been quick to dismiss these claims are incorrect, going on to state to these regulations aren’t a new measure. Their spokesperson said: ‘It is completely wrong to say that we have new powers to deport EU citizens without comprehensive sickness insurance. EU citizens will not be removed from the UK or refused entry solely because they do not have this insurance. Their right to remain will remain unchanged while we are a member of the European Union and they do not need any additional documents to prove their status.’

However, according to the briefing, the new sparked a surge of panic from EU nationals who are living in the UK. There were hundreds of concerned messages following the social media posting of the piece. These issues were coming from mature students as well as spouse of British Citizens who are not working and are therefore at risk at being removed due to these rule changes.

The barrister who put together the initial briefing, Colin Yeo of Garden Court Chambers in London, described how he thought the changes wouldn’t have as detrimental of an impact as what was first thought, however he went on to state how he felt that the Home Office was being ‘careless’ and creating ‘unnecessary panic’ to these people.

Speaking to the Independent, Colin said, ‘According to the regulations, if you are perfectly self-sufficient in the UK and you’re not claiming benefits or anything like that, but you don’t have comprehensive sickness insurance, you don’t have a right of residence and therefore you could be removed. I don’t think the Home Office is going to enforce this against say, the French wife of a British citizen. I think they’re using it against people they don’t like, like Polish rough sleepers. The position of a Polish homeless person who hasn’t committed any criminal offences or claimed public funds is the same as the wife of a British banker but doesn’t have CSI, according to the regulations. They’re both equally removable as far as the Home Office is concerned. I think they’ve drawn it up without really realising the power they’ve granted themselves and the way that it’s going to make people feel, because this is going to make people feel very insecure.’

These immigration law changes come after reports that PM May stopped giving rights to EU nationals under the new freedom of movement rules when Article 50 was triggered. It’s still yet to be apparent if the Governments plan will breach European treaties that guarantee the freedom of movement. Under this plan, there currently is around 3.6 million EU citizens residing in Britain so those who came before the change will have their rights protected – that is dependent on whether the EU agree the same states for UK people living in Europe.

Why a Lasting Power of Attorney Can Be Important for Your Marriage

Why a Lasting Power of Attorney Can Be Important for Your Marriage
Ryan Duffy

It has been projected that each year, thousands of people have an accident or develop conditions that damage their mental capacity. It is likely that you will assume that when you are married to your partner, that if you every require money for your loved one’s medical care, it will be as simple as going into a bank and request access to their money. However, this is not the case, and the only you can do this is with a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). If you do not have a LPA, you may be forced to go through a long legal battle to get the rights to the money. Obviously, when you are having to deal with your partner being ill, this is the last thing you want to be doing! To ensure you don’t get into this position, read below to make sure you are fully informed about an LPA.

What is LPA?

If you happen to find yourself in the horrible position where you condition where you are unable to care for yourself because of an accident or a disease, it would leave you in a position where someone else will have to manage your finances. The LPA is a legal document that allows you to nominate your partner so you have someone you trust to handle your affairs.

When Does the LPA Become Active?

In 2005, the mental capacity act which was brought forward. This act is used as the criteria to assess whether you will be unable to act on your own behalf if you are ill or have been in an accident. The outline of the act states that loss of mental capacity is apparent when a person cannot function and retain information which is required for them to make a decision on something. If you have an LPA already written it will then become active and your partner will make your decision for you.

Why Set One Up?

If you do get to the stage where you are unable to act on your own behalf and still haven’t set up a LPA, then your partner will then need to try and become a ‘deputy’ – which is a very long expensive process. This is a highly confusing matter and you will more than likely need the help of a wills solicitor to get you through the jargon and help you navigate your way through the matter. This can also cause further stress if you happen to have children which are not the biological children of your partner, and this may cause them to want rights to the money, which could end in a dispute resolution – causing even further stress on your family when they should only be worried about caring for you.

As is the case with many legal documents such as wills or prenuptials, this is something which is never at the forefront of our minds because we’re often too busy loving our lives with the love of our life. However, if you can think one step ahead and prepare for the moments when life not may be as easy – you will give yourself that extra peace of mind.

Therefore, it is important to look at all your options and make sure that you and your partner are fully protected should the worst happen.

Barrister fined by the ICO for failing to keep her client’s information secure.

You have by now more than likely read the story of the barrister fined by the ICO for failing to keep her client’s information secure.  I wonder how commonplace the same security carelessness is within her peer group, through insecure local file storage and/or sharing.  I don’t wish to scare-monger; rather I wish to make clear, that it does not have to be difficult to exercise good practice.  Remember it is your responsibility to look after your client’s data.

Firstly, ensure that any mobile device is encrypted to FIPS 140-2 standard.  There is specialist encryption software available on the market to purchase, however most new laptop machines nowadays come with FIPs compliant encryption built-in (just make sure you deploy it properly and save the key securely!)

Secondly, beware of ‘consumer’ file sharing applications as you often have little control over where the data resides and in the event of an account breach, it presents a huge risk of your files being compromised.

Lastly, (and this is a long term commercial consideration) move towards a private cloud solution as your business environment.  There are many things to consider when making the right choice of cloud solution and IT partner but holding your data in the cloud should mean you have access on the move to your files in a secure environment without the need to download locally.

Sprout IT can offer advice and assistance with all of the above and  IT security in general.  You can find more about encryption, secure file sharing and choosing the right cloud partner by clicking the links or contacting SproutIT on 020 7036 8530.

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Fiona has 15 years’ experience within the legal sector, supplying products and services in various client facing roles.  Focused on forging strong relationships with clients, she is passionate about providing excellent client service, gaining a deep understanding of customer needs and providing quality products and services to improve clients business environment.


Smarke – new app and hardware allowing you to share secure, scheduled access to your rental property – no key required

smarkeSmarke – new app and hardware allowing you to share secure, scheduled access to your rental property – no key required
Chantal Cooke

Smarke is the easiest way to share secure, scheduled access to your rental property with your guests – instantly and remotely. No key required.

After successful Beta trials Smarke is launching in the UK.  Smarke promises to completely change the way we give access to people entering our property – whether friends or rental clients. No more asking your mum to let your AirBnB client in because you are abroad – just use your smartphone and Smarke app.

With Smarke you can use your mobile phone to grant immediate access to your property – whether you are nearby or halfway around the world. Simply retro fit a Smarke lock (which is the same size as a standard Euro lock – so easy to fit) and download the mobile app.

The Smarke keyless entry app gives you full control. You decide when guests are able to check in and check out of your property – keeping the process secure, efficient and convenient. You grant access via the Smarke app to your guest‘s smartphone by specifying the dates and times of their visit. The guest can then grant access to other members of their party.

The Smarke app uses Bluetooth to unlock and lock the door, so there‘s no need to rely on potentially hackable Wi-Fi or a vulnerable internet connection. The device fits on any Euro Profile Cylinder lock. It takes just minutes to install.

Smarke is battery operated so there is nothing to wire or connect. When the battery is running low (it lasts up to six months), you are alerted via the app.

Smarke’s home access range currently consists of three products: a smart lock, an intercom solution, and a keypad. All these products are protected via military grade encryption – so you can relax in the knowledge that only people you have authorised can use it.


  1. The smart lock retrofits onto existing Euro-profile type locks. It sits on the inside of the door, so no one will know that you have Smarke installed on your door and you can still use a key on the outside. Installation is extremely simple, taking up less than five minutes of your time and requiring no drilling, wiring, or professional assistance. It is controlled via Bluetooth by the Smarke mobile app that allows the owner to lock and unlock the door when in range of the lock, while also allowing the lock owner to send scheduled access to family members, friends, and anyone that downloads the Smarke app on their smartphone.


  1. Smarke’s intercom solution is completely new to the market, and allows property owners in apartments, flats or gated communities to have a complete smart entry solution. Anyone with an existing intercom system can install the chip in their apartment, allowing you to access your building using no more than a code, while also being able to send a scheduled personalised code to others via the mobile app.


  1. The keypad controls the smart lock via Bluetooth. It sits discretely on the outside of the door, and offers users an alternative if they do not have their smartphones with them or their phone battery dies.


Smarke is developed and manufactured in the UK.


Smarke is designed to meet the needs of property managers, hosts and guests on platforms such as AirBnB and HomeAway. Smarke is also perfect for anyone who has ever been locked out, left their keys at the office, or constantly has to pat-down all their pockets before leaving a public place.


Smarke is currently running a rewards crowdfunding campaign that allows users to get their hands on Smarke’s products, at massively discounted rates, as soon as they are available.


Smarke’s solution is a game changer for those who offer holiday lets or part-time letting via platforms like AirBnB.


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About Smarke:

Smarke’s smart lock solution allows property managers, hosts and guests on platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway, to share secure, scheduled access to their rental property with their guests – instantly and remotely, through the mobile app. No key required.


Twitter: @sharingsmarke



Internet Newsletter for Lawyers March/April 2017

Internet Newsletter for Lawyers March/April 2017

The latest issue of the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers is now published. In this issue

  • Access to justice – Judith Townend of the University of Sussex considers the human impact of the online court proposals
  • Bar marketing – Catherine Bailey of Bar Marketing provides guidance on completing legal directory submissions
  • Legal practice – David Gilroy of Conscious Solutions asks who (or what) should law firms be afraid of in 2017?
  • Court technology – David Chapman of Zylpha describes how the courts are being digitised and the resulting benefits
  • Litigation – Alex Heshmaty of Legal Words explains predictive coding and its impact on lawyers and paralegals
  • Online legal services – Delia Venables looks at the pros and cons of providing legal services online and the firms doing it

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