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Kingdom Rush Review

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THIS ONE IS ON US, YOU’RE WELOME.

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Okay, some time back I reviewed the second instalment of this game. Kingdom Rush: Frontiers was an iPad exclusive during it’s release and for me, that would have been a good enough reason to buy an iPad. It’s a little dramatic but I couldn’t be more serious.

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So recently I was browsing the App Store and came across the games again, I was super excited to find that the original game was now available for the iPhone, and having a 6S Plus seemed so fitting! It was free and from the minute I downloaded it, I haven’t been off since! The gameplay is pretty much the same as what i said in my last review, it’s a tower defence game in which you stop the enemies from going through the check point. It’s clever, it’s beautifully animated and the easter eggs that are hidden in the game provide moments of joy!

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Get it whilst it’s free and to point out, the limited screen size of the iPhone doesn’t take anything away from it’s appeal. If you’re looking for a game that doesn’t require an internet connection, minimal loading times and constant entertainment, this is the one for you. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!

Another 5 Taps from me.

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Disney Crossy Road Review

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RELIVE THE SPLENDOR OF THE DISNEY CLASSICS

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So here we go. Another post about Disney and it’s heavy presence on the app store, but this time, it’s simple trickery and lending of an already popular brand provides many moments of accomplishment, annoyance and nostalgia. The original Crossy Road was a massive success for the team at HIPSTER WHALE in 2014, they even got their own segment to show off their app at an Apple conference. To me, they’ve already made it. With that in mind, they seemed content with the app they had, I never imagined the team at Disney to even consider approaching such a popular, yet in comparison, tiny developer. I couldn’t have even imagined what they’d create together. But alas, they’ve made magic.

Fundamentally the game is the same as the iteration before it, but it’s the Disney spin that provides the most fun! All you have to do is tap, swipe left or right to dodge various obstacles and get the highest possible score you can. It’s basic. It’s simple. What keeps me compelled are the endless Disney characters that i’m so familiar with. You start with the original Mickey Mouse and from there you unlock parts of your history that you’d forgotten about. I’ll keep those under wraps for you as I don’t want to ruin the fun but you’ll be pleasantly surprised and the smile that comes with it stretch from cheek to cheek.

The game has so many little easter eggs and different ways to boost your score, it’s a game that just keeps on giving! Well done HIPSTER WHALE and Disney, you’re union has brought me much joy and awakened the child inside of me, I’ll probably die of excitement when I unlock my favourite Disney character! Until then, please keep the additional content coming! 5 Taps from me!

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Dinorama Review

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FEED HERBIVORES AND CARNIVORES WITH YOUR FINGERS

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Ever wanted to venture into Jurassic Park and see all the dinosaurs? Wanted to roam wild and be at peace with the huge beasts?

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.

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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.

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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.

More about iOS7

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Quick update from Tap This App.

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2 very successful days on our site, a huge thank you to all the readers tapping in and getting their fix on iOS7s new features.

It’s a huge shift in design from iOS6 and nearly everything has moved or looks different. We want to help you as much as we can by making your shift as comfortable and stress free as possible. To do that we would love for you to help us too.

Please follow us WordPress, Facebook and Twitter. All you need to do is tap the respective icons at the top of the home bar just next to our logo or simply click the links in the last sentence.

It helps us know that we have support.

Again, thank you, and keep a lookout for more Tips & Tricks on iOS7 coming soon.

If there is anything specific that you need help with, just email 1 of us and we’ll do a post for you.

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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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The New and Improved Siri in iOS7

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Siri can now seduce you by simply saying your name.

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First of all, I want to say a huge well done to Apple for maintaining and improving Siri. I have had the voice assistant since it’s inception, since then, it’s improved massively!

Now with a new UI and high quality speech, it’s even more beautiful then ever!

Siri can handle even more tasks in iOS7, here are just a few.

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Search for images

Post to Facebook and Twitter (quickest way without the quick posts from iOS6)

Play voice mail

It’s even got a little brainier, it can now learn pronunciation of difficult names. You can change the gender of your personal assistant through “Settings > General >Siri >Voice Gender”.

I’d say for the past 2 years Siri has been in it’s “beta” stage, just shy of it’s full release. Like a boy about to enter puberty. Well, now with iOS7, Siri has exited it’s “beta” and has become man.

That’s all I can really say about Siri. It’s not a major part of my life but it’s nice to have it there, and when I need to bury a dead body, he has the best suggestions!

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.

All about Control Center in iOS7

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What is Control Centre you ask?

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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?

What is AirDrop in iOS7?

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What is AirDrop?

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AirDrop is kinda like Apples own Bluetooth. It allows you to share photos, videos, contacts and anything else from any app that has a Share button. The only catch, that other person has to running iOS7 on their iPhone.

It’s a cool feature and I would say it’s arrived pretty late for the iOS ecosystem.

It’s perfect for students, you’re with a few friends working on a project or some other work and you need to show everyone what you’re working with or looking at? AirDrop is all you need (that is if everyone has an iPhone 5 running iOS7) you just press Share and all your friends will appear under your AirPlay and ZOOM, it’s beamed to them. Yes, that quick too! If you’re still unsure about it, try it out for yourself, actually using it is the quickest way to learn about it.

AirDrop has a cousin – AirPlay. They both share a room on Control Center.

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