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How to work the Weather App in iOS7

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Rain has never looked so good.

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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.

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Kingdom Rush: Frontiers Review

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THE WORLDS MOST DEVILISHLY ADDICTIVE DEFENCE GAME

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I have been playing this game since it’s release at the beginning of June and since then it’s consumed nearly all of my free time, in fact, i think on some occasions I made time to play the game.

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Gameplay – the game consists of multiple levels situated on a map. The goal is to protect your land from dragons, man-eating plants and ghastly denizens of the underworld. You have bases on each level to build 4 towers of your choice, either a mage, archer, soldiers or artillery. Each with their own unique upgrades and abilities, you tactically place them to prevent any enemies passing through your land. It may sound easy but from experience, it’s one hard son of a bitch when it gets going.

The first level starts off like most other first levels, the basics, you get to know how the game works, what you have to do and what not to do to succeed. Just like life, you learn as you go along. But this time with magic stuff and lots of bombs!

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I bought the app for ¬£2.99, the best ¬£2.99 i have ever spent. Everything about the game is beautiful, the voiceovers of the characters gives it character and humour, the big bosses are really cool too, i found myself getting all excited when they’d show up to my surprise.

Our first game to receive 5 out of 5 taps! Well done  IronHide!

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A well deserved update

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Well, it’s a dull, rainy day here today, I have a few spare hours at my disposal, a few hours I thought I’d spend with you. At the beginning, I promised myself that I would fully commit myself to this blog, a way for me to showcase some creativity or skill whilst the holidays surrounded me and London was 300 miles away. It pains me to say that i failed myself, and you guys on that promise. A lot has happened since then, both personally and professionally and I feel right now at this moment, a new wave of determination to make this blog a real life thing for me has taken over, a want, a need, to make it maybe one day, a job.

Writing has always been an interest for me, I am passionate about technology and design and was luckily blessed with good taste for both, so the only natural thing for me to do is this. A blog. For you to take in my opinion, maybe argue with it, challenge it or even influence your own. Whatever it does, just reading it will make my day, the other 3 are all bonuses.

Whilst it may seem that my attention has been focused entirely on everything but this blog and the lack of posts are there to back that up yes, but, you have always been there in the back of my mind, time my friend, it’s what’s been against us. Over the last couple of weeks I have been downloading new apps, paid and free, and some old apps that have been updated with new features and even complete redesigns. With that in mind, I will be bringing to you my reviews and thoughts on all that Tap This App has to say about them. Here are just a few of the apps you will be reading about real soon.

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Stay tuned, I pinky promise you that you have not been forgotten about. My time is now in your hands.

The Future of the iPhone

What Apple should do with the future of the iPhone, at least before Samsung creates their own.

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Apple have always talked about buttons, and how they will one day be history. However, to this day nothing has changed on any of the iOS devices when it comes to the buttons, maybe a few dimension changes or a tweak in where they are located, but still they remain, on the side of the iPhone and iPad waiting for their impending death.

I want to help Apple here and show them that they too can move forward and make me happy, who wouldn’t want to make me happy? I thought so. Without Steve Jobs around, and the current board members worried about innovation within the company whether it’s the lack of innovation or they have too much i don’t know, but this is one they need to get to grips with, pronto.

One aspect which really took my interest was the screen at the side of the phone, it’s unlikely that it will ever happen but heres hoping the execs over at 1 Infinite Loop are looking into making this happen ;).

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Here is another image showing how Apple could advance in their effort to make buttons obsolete, the touch screen at the side of the device could be used in replacement of the hardware buttons we currently find on our devices, it would be interesting to see what Apple have in mind for the volume/vibrate buttons, the ones above look elegant, simple and much more ahead of the competition out there. Below are a few more images of showing how the side screen could potentially be used.

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Doesn’t it look stunning, iOS7 has never looked so beautiful.

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