1.01.2016

How To Manage Notifications On Apple Watch


Notifications on your wrist can be very helpful. It's convenient to get the information you need at just a raise of a wrist. But notifications when set up wrong can be anything but useful - they can be annoying! Which is why it's important to take the time to properly set up the Notification settings for your iPhone and Apple Watch.

The type of useful notifications are the things that give you important time relevant information - like; messages, reminders, calendar alerts, phone calls, possibly fitness alerts (if you are really into that) and maybe some social media alerts - like messaging apps.

To adjust Notification settings for your Apple Watch, you'll need to open the 'Apple Watch' app on your iPhone.

Make sure you are on the 'My Watch' page, then tap 'Notifications'. The Apple Watch is normally set to mirror notifications from your iPhone, but if you let slide a lot of notifications (specially from unimportant third-party apps) on your iPhone - you may want to redefine what you let through to your wrist.

The Notification settings are divided into Apple apps and third-party-apps. Now just simply go through the list of all your apps and decide whether or not you want that apps notifications to alert you on your Apple Watch.

The other important thing to know is - how to mute notifications. For when you don't want distractions - like when you are in a important meeting, at the cinemas, or maybe on a date - you should put your Apple Watch in Do Not Disturb mode.

To activate Do Not Disturb mode, from your watch face, slide up from the bottom of the screen. On the 'Settings' glance pane, tap the Crescent Moon button - this will switch on Do Not Disturb mode. The settings for Do Not Disturb will mirror your iPhone. You can set repeat calls to alert you or your favorites list. To adjust those settings, go to 'Settings > Do Not Disturb' on your iPhone.  

12.13.2015

Apple's iOS Autocorrect Suggests "Kardashian" for "Lardass"



Apple has a little hidden Easter egg joke in iOS apart of autocorrect. 

Seen by actress & fashion model, Lydia Hearst and Instagramed by television host Chris Hardwick, when first typing in the word "Lardass", the iOS autocorrect suggests the replacement word, "Kardashian". 

I tried it out for myself - and yep - this is real! Not that I'd doubt Chris Hardwick or Lydia Hearst. However after typing the word "Lardass" the "Kardashian" suggestion doesn't appear anymore. It may be a one off joke. 

Try it out for yourself! 


12.08.2015

Apple Releases iOS 9.2 Update With Improvements & Bug Fixes

Apple has today released iOS 9.2 update for iPhone's, iPad's... Included in this update is various improvements and bug fixes including: improvements for Apple Music, a new Top Stories in News, and Mail Drop in Mail for large attachments. 

Before updating, remember to backup your iOS device to iTunes or at least iCloud! Then you can update over-the-air on Wi-Fi by going to: Setting > General > Software Update on your iOS device. Or you can also update through iTunes with your device connected to your computer.   

'Power Rangers Dash' Adds Megaforce Rangers To Game


If you had finished collecting Power Rangers in the iOS and Android game, 'Saban's Power Rangers Dash', you now have a few more to go back in and collect. In a recent update, the game has added the six 'Power Rangers Megaforce' Rangers!

Here's a tip to collect the new Megaforce Rangers - go the the store and buy with "Purchase by Point" for 100P each - then when asked which season you'd like the Ranger from, choose 'Megaforce'.

Power Rangers Dash now features nine different seasons of Power Rangers, including; Mighty Morphin (minus the White Tiger Ranger), Wild Force, S.P.D., Mystic Force, Operation Overdrive, RPM, Samurai, and the latest team, Power Rangers Dino Charge. Here's still hoping they add some of the other classic seasons like; Dino Thunder, Zeo, Time Force, and In Space - to name a few.  

Power Rangers Dash is FREE to download from the iOS App Store and Android Google Play Store. 


12.05.2015

Pocket Weather AU for iOS Gets Disappointing Redesign Plus Apple Watch App


Pocket Weather Australia by ShiftyJelly PTY LTD has long been a favorite weather app for Australians. It was just recently updated with a totally new redesign, along with the new much anticipated Apple Watch app. But wait! Users who haven't updated yet, may not want to hit that button too quickly. This update has left some users not too happy with the change and for what I think is good reasons. 

If you use Pocket Weather Australia, you'll know the app for its great design and more accurate weather information (than the stock iOS app) - right down to your local suburb. The app was designed for both iPhone and iPad, and used the real-estate advantages. The same can't be said for all of its previous positives in this latest update.

Gone is the great graphical weather images for a very minimal design, with a lot of white space and very basic weather icons. The new design also feels less intuitive - even with its very simple Google looking card system. Like tapping the today section card will open more in-depth information, however there is no indicator of this feature. There are also inconsistencies that don't make a lot of sense - like rounded up/down weather temperatures and showing the 'correct value' in different areas. I also experienced crashes and freezing while performing simple actions like adding a city or trying to load the weather.

The iPad app is also a let down compared to its previous version. Before the iPad made use of the larger display, however now, it's basically the same exact iPhone app on a larger plain background. It's clear that this redesigned version has taken design cues from Google, over Apple. 

On thing that many people were waiting for was a Apple Watch app to replace the  usually incorrect iOS weather app. But this app has its let downs too. While there is a complication you can add to the Watch face, it will not show the current live temperature - instead it'll show the days max and condition. Tapping the complication will take you to the Pocket Weather Australia Apple Watch app. 

The Watch app shows some more useful information for when you're on the go, like; current temperature, the day's predicted high and low, and the weeks temperature overview. Missing info that would be useful is; the Feels Like temperature, hourly/upcoming rain info, ability to switch through different cities/towns and a reload button for when the app fails to refresh, which in my experience, happens -  there has definitely been some updating issues. 

While it's still the same great app that pulls weather information from the Bureau of Meteorology, maybe with a few issues or bugs, this version feels a lot like a step backwards. Honestly, a hybrid of the before and after, I think, would look a lot better. Bring back the old weather graphics for the header, keep the simple new interface maybe with some adjustments and make better use of the iPad's larger screen size. 

Pocket Weather Australia is priced at AU$2.99 in the App Store. The new redesign and Apple Watch app update is free for existing users. 



12.01.2015

Surreal 3D Exploration Game 'Monument Valley' Currently FREE On App Store


This is one app that you won't want to miss out on - if you haven't already bought this game - now's the time to download it for free! 

Monument Valley, down from it's usual price of $3.99, features stunningly beautiful hand-crafted graphics in it's 3D surreal world.

The goal is to guide princess Ida though the mysterious monuments, while uncovering hidden paths, optical illusions, and outsmarting the Crow People. 

Monument Valley is also Apple's 2014 Game of the Year, and Winner of Apple's 2014 Design Award. 


Advent Calendar for iOS - 2015 Christmas Apps

It's December and Christmas is just around the corner! Which means - it's time for Christmas apps! What better way to start the countdown than with an advent calendar app!

25 Days of Christmas - Holiday Advent Calendar 2015
By appChocolate


An advent calendar is a countdown calendar with doors that you open - one-each-day. Most commonly, physical advent calendars features a gift, mostly chocolate, inside. In an iOS modern fashion - 25 Days of Christmas - features digital gifts.

In 25 Days of Christmas, you get a quick mini-game to play each day and a special 'gift', which seems to basically be an advertisement for an app that's available for free on the App Store.

The simple mini-games are anything Christmas themed from snowball fights with elves, to breaking and eating a Christmas cookie, to decorating Christmas trees.

25 Days of Christmas - Holiday Advent Calendar 2015 is designed for both iPhone and iPad and is available for FREE on the App Store. [View on App Store]


11.29.2015

Pop Dash - Music Runner Combines Love of Pop Music & Running Games - iOS


Pop Dash - Music Runner by Maximum Play, combines your love of pop music and playing games on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

Pop Dash - Music Runner dives into the pop-culture world with wild themed levels in this running game. The game is divided into levels - so while you can run endlessly, you are aiming for three stars to achieve by meeting different level objectives on each level.

While playing the game - music plays that you can groove too by pop artists like; Lindsey Stirling, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Wiz Khalifa, Becky G, Echosmith, DVBBS, Art vs Science, MARRS, Jo Li, Betty Who, and more...

The gameplay also combines swiping in all directions and a bit of a Guitar Hero feel with buttons on the road to hit with certain actions - however the buttons don't effect the music.

Playing is limited by energy that re-charges over time. The energy count is 5 (plays). Energy can be re-charged using Crystals - the rarer in-game currency.

Players can purchase, using the in-game coins, different players and costumes. Players can also choose to play as American violinist, dancer, performance artist, singer and composer, Lindsey Stirling!

From the musical pop-culture world themes and graphics, to the layback casual gameplay feel, and the pop background music, Pop Dash - Music Runner is a great game to play for some fun and to just chill too.

Pop Dash - Music Runner is FREE (with in-app purchases available) to download for iOS devices.

> Go to Pop Dash - Music Runner on the iTunes App Store.