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10 Tips to Improve Your Battery Life In iOS7

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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!

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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.

DISABLE AUTO-BRIGHTNESS

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.

PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

“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.

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Twitter’s Update Review

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TWITTERS FRESH NEW LOOK

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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…

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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).

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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!

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How to close (force quit) apps in iOS7?

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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.

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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!

Clay Jam Review

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SAVE THE LAND OF CLAY JAM FROM THE FEARSOME BULLY BEASTS

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Do you remember the days of FarmVille? Who doesn’t remember the days of FarmVille is a better question. Zynga was once a part of our everyday life, when Facebook had a much stronger hold on the lives of all of us, allowing this game company to monopolise the social network. They had every game going for the browser users and the requests came pouring in (I almost deactivated my Facebook until I found out you could block requests – the names of people I won’t mention), constant reminders to water my plants or join my friends in a word game or to stock my shop. These kind of games and requests catapulted Zynga into the stratosphere, making millionaires and investment into loads of other, similar, time consuming browser games. Thankfully, those days are behind us.

Here’s another one you might remember, Draw Something, yes, I thought so. A popular app by an independent developer team who just wanted it’s users to have a good time guessing each others drawings. For some it was a creative outlet, allowing them to showcase their artistic skills to their network of friends. For others it was proof that their ‘F’ in art was genuine. Draw Something was a smash, everybody had it, you couldn’t escape it! Not long passed until it grabbed the attention of the execs over at Zynga, they wanted it, they needed it after all. Their games were losing users daily and their presence in the social arena was becoming dimmer. Fast forward a couple of months and you guessed it, Zynga now owned the game. They added a few new features, people got bored and once again Zynga was on the way down again.

That was until they released this cute, original game. Clay Jam. The entire game is built of clay, every aspect from the buttons to the social connections are all made of the squidgy stuff we used to play with as kids!

The gameplay was basic, all you have to do was help a little clay ball get it’s home back. You did this by guiding it down a hill, destroying other clay badies, each one you squished made you bigger as their clay became part of you, the bigger you are, the badder the enemies you can kill. That simple. It’s safe for me to say that the rest of the game will be more enjoyable if you discover it yourself ;).

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The app costs nothing and i don’t ever remember seeing it hit the top spot in the App Store.

Well done Zynga Inc. you have another treasure in your hands.

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Where’s My Water Review

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A HALF EFFORT FROM THE TEAM OVER AT DISNEY.

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Don’t get me wrong, the concept of the game is simple, there isn’t much to learn and I guess it’s aimed at kids, but most of the young ones in my family have no idea how to play it at all. The youngest person I’ve seen playing it is 15, anything below that would need someone there to guide them. It might just be the kids in my family that can’t grasp the basic science of water, I wouldn’t let it put you off trying the app with your young ones, you may have a little genius in your hands.

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If you take the ‘Disney’ away from this title, you’d be impressed, it’s a compact, brain challenging game that can hold some level of entertainment for at least 15-20 minutes. Then you have to remember that Disney is a worldwide behemoth in entertainment, a billion dollar company…

This is Disney we’re talking about…

Yes, I thought the same, they have teams and teams of skilled developers and designers dedicated to this kind of stuff, yet the intro animations aren’t even high def graphics, they’re mostly pixelated.

Gameplay is basic, and the levels are quite extensive, there are some in-app purchases to unlock other characters and level packs but no purchase is needed to enjoy the main game and the huge amount of levels it holds.

Overall I’d say it’s a good game for Disney to enter the App Store with but it lacks innovation, originality and nothing is really unique, you know, the kind of things that you automatically think “ahh that’s Disney”.

Only 2 taps for you Where’s My Water, let’s hope something more exciting is in the pipeline from your creators!

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