FEED HERBIVORES AND CARNIVORES WITH YOUR FINGERS
Well, this game is for you. It’s cute, it’s simple and did I mention it had dinosaurs?! The objective of the game is to create a theme park for your guests, an enjoyable place for them to see the dinosaurs, have a cup of coffee and to spend as much money as possible.
You start off with a little budget to buy your first dino. After that it’s up to you to decide what you spend and on what. The more your park has, the more visitors you get, eventually you’ll be bringing in the big bucks and you can pimp your park out as much as you want.
You have the option to build all sorts of attractions, from a coffee shop to a balloon stand, it’s all at your fingertips.
It’s a completely free to play game, no in-app purchases or adverts. Just you, your dinos and your finger.
The developers are still working on updates, like extra content and dinosaurs but it has a decent amount of tasks to keep you occupied.
I’m gonna give this app 3 taps, it’s great, but it still has so much more to offer.
- Dinorama – Kids App (jancwatford.com)
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- New Jurassic Park Movie Will Be Called Jurassic World. No, It Will Not Take Place On A Dinosaur Planet. (tor.com)
- ‘Jurassic Park’ dinosaurs will roar back in 2015 (nbcnews.com)
Okay, all I have heard since iOS 7’s debut is complaint after complaint! I agree with you all though, iOS 7 comes with a lot of little extras that can drain away that percentage next to your battery. If you are like me and have the iPhone 5, your battery is roughly a year old and needs a little extra help plodding along.
iOS 7 comes with loads of new advantages, but how do they prove useful with a dead battery?
Luckily for me, I have these 10 handy tips that keep my battery, me and Tap This App happy – tips that I will now be sharing with you.
So read ahead and tell iOS 7 to kiss your batteries ass!
TURN OFF PARALLAX
Yes, parallax is really cool, it’s the one thing I loved to show off when I first got the beta. However, it can be a huge drain on your battery. It’s fun but it doesn’t add any value to your life. Do you need it? No. So you can turn it off by going to Setting > General > Accessbility and setting Reduce Motion to on.
TURN OFF AIRDROP/BLUETOOTH
We’ve already told you what AirDrop is so by now you should know the lowdown. It’s great when you’re AirDropping, but when you’re not, it’s eating your battery whilst looking for another friend. Swipe up your Control Centre and hit the toggle.
CONTROL YOUR WIFI
Find yourself walking around through town or college and you’re constantly being asked to join Wifi networks? It’s annoying. There’s no need for your phone to keep searching for Wifi, especially when there are no safe networks around. You’ll save yourself some battery life by going to Settings > Wi-Fi > and turn Ask to Join Networks to off. Your phone will now join only the networks it knows.
DISABLE LOCATION SERVICES
Deep down in your phone, somewhere, Apple are tracking your location. They are using this information to improve their maps service, a service for the greater good. Does Candy Crush need to know your location? No. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services to get a full list of every app that uses/needs to know where you are. You will probably turn off around 90% of the apps.
TURN OFF BACKGROUND APP UPDATES
Do you really need your apps updating that badly? More important than your battery life? Most likely not, again, it doesn’t add much value to your life. Drag yourself to Settings > iTunes & App Store scroll down a little and you’ll see Updates under the Automatic Downloads. Flick it off and just remember to visit the App Store every so often to update your apps manually, just like you did with iOS 6.
TURN OFF BACKGROUND APP REFRESHING
Real-time multitasking looks beautiful on the new software. However, it does have a downside, it means running things in the background, things you might not need. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and disable background running for the apps you don’t think are important.
Auto-brightness was so useful with iOS 6, but now we have Control Centre. Chances are you won’t even see the benefits of auto-brightness so head over to Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness and flip that switch.
“Allow (Said App) to send you push notification” recognise this? Not all apps need to send you push notifications, they take a lot of power. Go to Settings > Notification Centre and scroll down to the Include section, get rid of the apps you don’t need those pesky notifications from.
DON’T PUSH; FETCH
If your email isn’t that important, or you have a couple of accounts, turn the less important accounts to Fetch instead of Push, which means your phone will go retrieve mail at set intervals instead of having it pushed to you every single time you receive an email. This one is pretty dependent on how often you get emails and how crucial they are, so you’ll have to feel it out, but you can set to fetch in Settings > Mail, Contacts and Calendar > Fetch New Data.
TURN OFF SIRI
Let’s be honest. Unless you’re in an advert, nobody actually uses Siri. Let Siri have a little sleep instead of waiting, tongue out, hoping you’ll hold your home button for a little too long. Head over to Settings > General > Siri and tap that switch.
- Extend your battery life on iOS 7 (sazhadi.wordpress.com)
- Five other fixes I want in iOS 5.0.1 (reviews.cnet.com)
- iOS 7 features built for the next Apple iPhone? (mobiles.co.uk)
- Do 4G phones drain battery life faster? Stay charged with these tips. (mobiles.co.uk)
TWITTERS FRESH NEW LOOK
Twitter has recently released an update available for iOS devices (iOS5, iOS6 and iOS7 ready) with a brand new look. This review is just taking a look at what’s new and how it looks now. Immediately you’ll notice the App icon has now been changed to fit in with the new iOS7 style (see above) this is a good move, I mean you don’t want a horrid looking icon on your main screen do you? I certainly don’t…
When you open the app you’ll notice that Twitter has taken on board the new trend of having flat images instead of any other styles it may have used in the past. The main header is now a nice Twitter blue which I personally think is a really nice touch I mean, Twitter has always had the blue in past images and logos but never really used it in past Apps. You’ll see that the Me page is pretty much the same with a few of the images changed to fit in with the new style (flat images).
This also applies to the Home page too, not much has really changed here about from some minor colour changes however you can see that the Thread feature recently released now also looks a lot better with the fresh new look. One of the nicer changes is on the actual tweet page where you can see it fits very nicely with the new keyboard and also has taken a feature of iOS7 with the Cancel and Tweet buttons no longer being buttons but just text instead.
Twitter have made this the perfect companion for iOS7 and it’s worked really well. I give you a great 4 Taps for the new look!
- The New and Improved Siri in iOS7 (tapthisapp.net)
- Twitter redesigns for iOS 7 (theverge.com)
- iOS 7: The little things (tuaw.com)
- Multiple Data Sources Suggesting iOS 7 Adoption Rates Well Ahead of iOS 6 (macrumors.com)
Rain has never looked so good.
Okay, so last week I found a really cool weather app on the App Store. It was simple, straight to the point and mostly brutal. If it was raining, it would tell you with profanity. If you wanted to find out more, it would tell you to look outside, because, lets face it, that’s the best way to find out.
Well, the Weather App given to us by Apple doesn’t tell you that honestly. Instead it tells us through beauty. The whole screen is consumed by what’s happening outside, in real time, if it’s snowing, you will see snow falling on your screen. Everything else is there, like the weekly forecast, your current location and the temperature outside.
It’s not what just meets the eye, if you tap the temperature some additional information appears in it’s place, humidity, chance of rain and wind speed. Knowing which way your fringe will blow is always a good idea. We’ve all been there.
The temperature is now displayed in the Notification Center for your convenience. Nothing else to talk about, the weather is always a good place to start.
- What happened to the Tweet and Facebook post buttons in Notification Center? (tapthisapp.net)
- All about Control Center in iOS7 (tapthisapp.net)
- How to close (force quit) apps in iOS7? (tapthisapp.net)
- iOS 7: Weather app is easy on the eyes, still lacking features (tuaw.com)
What is Control Centre you ask?
For those of you who have used iOS6 for it’s full length of release or even older versions of the OS, I promise you that this will be one of your favourite things about iOS7. From this simple swipe up you have everything you need at your fingertip.
If you look through my App purchases on the App Store you will see countless Flashlight apps, all claiming to be better at switching my light on, a simple task, yet these Apps claim to change my life with this light. Well, none of them have. Most of them are free, advert funded apps, some of them are pretty, others are God awful!
All hail, the Torch switch in Control Center. That’s it, that little torch icon on the bottom left. Simple. Quick. That’s all I’ve ever wanted from my Flashlight.
Two other little features that have proven helpful are the Clock and Calculator App launchers, when i’m boiling an egg, I need a timer quick, and nothing does it better than my Control Center! Finally, the bottom right corner has always been saved for the camera app. Why is it in the Control Center though when the app is already on your home screen (providing you keep it there) and when your iPhone, iPod or iPad is locked you can access your Camera App by simply swiping upwards on the right of your screen. I suppose it’s handy for those people who are folder centric when it comes to their organisation, but for me, it’s pointless.
From the top you can toggle Airplane Mode, Wifi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and Auto-Rotate. These are so convenient, they make you question why Apple would keep these from us all these years. Why Apple, why?
Another handy feature for when you’re out in the sun or your led in bed with your iPhone hovering above your face, brightness. Auto-brightness is genius, I agree, but I can’t say that it has always been there to support me. In my minute of need, I need quick precise brightness shifting! I can now finally breathe as iOS7 has come to my rescue. Sometimes I just sit there and adjust my brightness, why? Because I can.
What is AirDrop and AirPlay you ask again?
- How to close (force quit) apps in iOS7? (tapthisapp.net)
- What happened to the Tweet and Facebook post buttons in Notification Center? (tapthisapp.net)
- Adoption Of Apple’s iOS 7 Beats That Of Latest Android OS Within Hours (appadvice.com)
- iOS 6 vs iOS 7 design differences comparison: the end of skeuomorphism (phonearena.com)
Want to quit more than one app? Use two fingers. It just works.
Those who are accustomed to iOS6 might find themselves lost when it comes to closing their Apps down from the multitasking screen. Like all things to do with Apple, it’s simple. Alls you have to do is swipe the App upwards and it disappears. It will no longer be working in the background.
Just like in the picture, there’s no more need for the little red bubbles above the Apps. Just double tap your Home Button and BOOM!
- How to quit and kill (force quit) apps in iOS 7 (imore.com)
- How to Close Apps and Multitask in iOS 7 (laptopmag.com)
- New lease on life or death sentence? iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 (arstechnica.com)
- iOS 7 Quick Guide: 5 must-know iOS 7 features (tuaw.com)
You searched, found nothing, you searched, you found nothing. It’s a horrible loop. iOS7 takes some getting used to. Don’t worry, Tap This App is here to help you, luckily for you, we have had the pleasure of working with the new OS for several months now.
Throughout today we will be gracing you with the answers you have been searching for. Today we will be your iOS7 God. You’re welcome!
First thing, I see a lot of searches for the Tweet and Facebook post buttons that were at the top of the Notification Center in iOS6. They allowed you to quickly post what was on your mind with a single swipe down from your iPod, iPad or iPhone. Now, they’re gone, so how can you post or tweet quickly in iOS7? Where did they go?
Harsh truth. They were trashed, thrown into the oblivion never to return. Let’s face it, they didn’t belong in Notification Center, they’re actions. They were out of context.
iOS7 does come with a new control center though, maybe this could be the new home for the quick posting buttons many of us probably never used. Maybe they will be there in the next update, we never know. However, they would fit perfectly, is a way, it’s about control. You control your Facebook, you control your Tweets and what better way to access them then through Control Center.
Need an alternative? Use Siri, simply say “post to Facebook” or “post to Twitter” and then dictate what you want to say. It’s incredibly fast, and if you’re in a situation where you can talk to your iPhone, iPod or iPad you’re sorted! A word of warning, not everyone wants to know what you Tweet though, so for you serial Tweeters, stick to using the App.
There you have it, you now know why Notification Center no longer has quick post updates.
KEEP ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’
Everyone loves those simple games that just get you fuming in less than a minute of playing them right? me neither. Roll is a Free App available from the App Store and was brought to us by Gourmet Pixel Ltd. I decided I’d download a random App to review today and wow this one really pissed me off. I thought it’d be something simple to keep me busy when I was travelling to work or something but…No, The game infuriates me which would never be good in the back of a taxi.
Why does it infuriate you so much Nathan? Well I’ll tell you why and lets be honest It’s not going to be pretty. The game starts off with two balls which you need to put back into their original slots by tilting your phone around, sounds simple enough? well the first level is easy and you’re loving life. Then the madness happens they add another ball and the game suddenly becomes a challenge, not to mention the timer ticking away at the side of your screen.
There is nothing I hate more than a timer telling me how long I have to complete something which is slowly driving me insane. I wouldn’t mind but when you do get the balls in the right slot you can knock them out with another ball but alas if you put the wrong colour in the wrong hole the game is OVER and you must try again?! I think I got up to level 3 or something and got too annoyed to play any more. This game might be right up some of your streets but it certainly isn’t up mine.
I’ll not be playing the App again for the good of my health, Roll you’ve scored a very annoying 2 taps from me.
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APPARENTLY KATE MOSS‘S FAVOURITE GAME
Dumb Ways To Die is a game brought to us by Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd. The App is free from the App Store so you won’t be needing to pull out your wallet any time today 😉 The game it’s self is very similar to the old Idiot Test on the internet/iPad. You go through stages in which you have to react quickly before the timer at the top of the page runs out.
Now I’m always dead awful at these games as they require some sort of precision but this one is brilliant. The game starts off slow and your aim is to gain points. The more you gain the better the prize gets that you unlock, from new characters on the start screen to music videos and much more.
You can gain points by completing stages fast and also by doing absolutely nothing the game sometimes rewards you. The more you play the faster the game gets and you’ll find yourself having to move your finger to clean up vomit from your screen at a super fast speed, everyone’s dream right? I knew it. The levels are well designed and always have a fun idea behind them, like having to duck from a bear attack or simply tapping away some wasps wanting to sting your face.
This App is right up my street and for that I’m giving it a great 4 Taps. You’ve got to download it and give it a try, it really is addictive!
I have to say Nathan, you really do pick your games. Definitely think they designed one of the characters after you ;).
Enough of the virtual flirting and back to the reason i’m here. Dumb Ways To Die was kind of a flash in the pan for me, I tried it when it first appeared on the App Store and I loved the quirkiness. After a while though I felt the game lacked any sort of continuous excitement, the levels were just the same, but faster, like everything was playing in a loop. Loops get boring.
On a positive note, I liked the UI and the animations were smooth and fluid, entirely from a design perspective, the game looks great.
Maybe I just don’t like death or I’m being unfair, I challenge you to make your own decision and try it out. Sorry DWYD, you get 1 tap from me. Peace.
- Dumb ways to die, the game! (goldenquake.wordpress.com)
- Dumb Ways To Die iOS review (mobot.net)
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- Dumb Ways to Die (campaignsworthsharing.com)
TAP AND SLIDE YOUR WAY TO HOT NEW BACKGROUNDS
Blur is an App I recently stumbled upon but thought it’d be nice to bring it to your attention. This will probably be one of the shortest reviews we’ve had but really this App is a great tool. Blur. is brought to us by Enormous at the reasonable price of 69p. Recently there has been a big craze with blurring images for backgrounds around the internet and generally in design. why should your phone be an exception? With the release of iOS7 coming on September 18th what better time to create yourself a new wallpaper to keep up with the current trends.
The App has minimal buttons which makes it easy as pie to use. One lets you either take a photograph or select an image to edit. A slider allows you to change the blur amount on the image with a preview of what the outcome will be in the background of the App. Then the final button saves the image to your photos and is ready to use instantly. There you have it, a background perfect for your iPhone within seconds. Who could ask for anything more?
I’m giving Blur. an in the middle 3 taps, I do love the App however is it really worth paying for? I don’t know I’ll let you guys decide!
- Blur for iPhone – Create Awesome Gradient Style Wallpapers From Any Picture (theultralinx.com)
- Blur. Gets You Ready for iOS 7 (beautifulpixels.com)
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- Tutorial | Blur Technique using iPhone App (annaaspnes.typepad.com)