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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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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Review

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NOW EVERYONE CAN PLAY BACK THEIR MEMORIES OF FINAL FANTASY

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This one is mainly for Final Fantasy fans. As you will know, we all have deep, emotional connections with the ones we have played, countless hours sat staring at the TV falling in love with your favourite character. Mine being Tidus from Final Fantasy X, still my second most favourite video game EVER!

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The Final Fantasy Series has been around for years, setting the standards for every other RPG game out there. Countless times they have pushed the bench mark, visually and with their story telling. Capturing imaginations all across the globe. This little app they released last Christmas lets you jam along to your favourite songs from the Final Fantasy games, it’s a free app, however the songs are available through purchases that are made inside their store. It comes packed with two songs, one from FFX and another from FFVII.

If you’re a devoted fan to the series I suggest you download this now, it’s available for both the iPhone and the iPad!

Thank you for the nostalgia SQUARE ENIX!

Another 4 stars.

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Final Fantasy is my jam and this game is completely up my street. I love playing Guitar Hero and anything like it so to be able to listen to some of the best scored music for games and tap along to them is a dream come true, really – it is!

It’s got everyone you love, including Chocobos 😀

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The game has 3 different difficulties including expert for those of you who think you’re pretty great at anything. The 2 free levels you can play are a nice length and you get some decent playing time, I’d only wish since last Christmas they’d of maybe added at least a few more free levels or even better switched them round once in a while.

Personally anything Final Fantasy gets a 5 taps from me 😉 –

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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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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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