iPhone games to quash the boredom

If you are bored and need to kill some time with a brilliant iPhone game that costs less (much less) that the price of a beer, read on.

We’re looking at 3 killer games today ranging from just $0.99 through to $6.99.

Endless Ducker

Endless Ducker iPhone

It’s a simple, yet addictive premise.  Cody is a tall dude, he runs around.  You’ve got to get him to duck underthings (or jump over).  Our lanky friend Cody runs continually from left to right, tap the screen on the left to make him duck under things, tap the screen on the right to jump over.  This is one of those games that you’ll lose yourself in.  Get it on the AppStore here for $0.99.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Minecraft Pocket Edition

Minecraft has a massive cult following and the pocket edition has seen big updates recently that pretty much bring desktop Minecraft to your iPhone or iPad.  Whilst you’re paying a few more dollars for this game it’s a very different kettle of fish.  Minecraft: Pocket Edition is a first person game in which you dig holes to collect blocks.  Sounds simple, however what you do with these blocks is the critical bit – and where your imagination can run wild.  You can build anything from a tiny shack to a full on metropolis.  Get it on the AppStore here for $6.99.

Reigns

Reign iPhone

Sit on the throne as a benevolent (or malevolent) medieval monarch of the modern age and swipe your royal fingers either left or right to impose your will upon the kingdom. Survive the seemingly never-ending gauntlet of requests from your advisors, peasants, allies, and enemies while maintaining balance between the influential factions of your kingdom. But beware; each decision you make might have implications and unfortunate consequences down the road that could put your reign and family’s dynasty at risk!  Get it on the AppStore here for $2.99.

Our Verdict

If we had to chose (like you have to!), we’d go with Minecraft (direct link here).  This is a serious game that you can really invest in for the long haul.  Sure, it’s a few bucks extra but you really get what you pay for.. and really, who can resist that retro look?  We can’t!

Facetune: Here’s an app that makes you look (even more) awesome

So we’ve all got those little skin blemishes… perhaps our teeth aren’t quite perfect.  These are great and they makes us who we are, but maybe we don’t want our online picture to have those in?

Facetune let’s you tweak your photos as professional photographers do (and who charge hundreds of dollars to do so).  All the airbrushing techniques you’ve read about that celebrities use can now be applied to your selfies… by you!

There’s loads the app can do to tweak your picture including editing your smile, your skin, your eyes, your hair and even your facial structure!  You can then apply some make up and and a professional feel to the picture by, for example, blurring the background.

All of this, not for hundreds of dollars… just $3.99! Get it here on the AppStore.

Guide to iPhone printing – you probably have everything you need already

We now live in a world where we can do most computing tasks from our mobile devices. We haven’t completely got rid of paper though, and we still need to print documents and photos. Luckily, if you own a printer you probably have everything you need already.

Your iPhone (and iPad) has the ability to wireless print to printers compatible with the AirPrint standard. This is a specification and capability that Apple have made and designed into their products. You will need a compatible printer, but more on that in a moment.

To print from your iPhone first make sure you are on your home or office wifi network. Then open the document/email/picture/thing that you’d like to print. Tap the share icon (it looks like a document with an arrow pointing upwards and can usually be found in the lower toolbar). Scroll right a bit and select Print. Chose the printer on your network and go get you print out. Very simple!



Now for this to have worked your printer needs to support Apple’s AirPrint and be connected to your wifi network. AirPrint is supported by most contemporary printers and the easiest way to find out if yours is compatible is just to try it. Do remember to make sure that your printer is on and connected to wifi, and that your iPhone is on the right wifi network.

If you don’t have a compatible printer (or no printer at all) not to worry, they are really cheap. Check out this Amazon link to see a whole range (click here).  If you are on a budget there are some seriously good deals, such as this all in one color Canon printer (link here).  We generally like HP printers using them at home and in the office, they are reliable and the scan quality is good.  For just $79 you can pick up this HP all in one printer/scanner/copier with AirPrint support (link here).

HomeKit enabled iDevices announce tighter home integration

iDevices are one of the leading suppliers of HomeKit enabled smart home devices and today they are announcing gear that offers tighter integration into your home.

The Verge reports that iDevices announced that they will make switches, sockets and dimmers that integrate directly into your home by sitting in the wall… You know… Like normal switches do.

This means that those who want smart tech don’t have to leave lights and sockets permanently switched on (causing conflict between the switches and the smart tech) or feel like you’ve retro fitted something to your house.

Light switches work like light switch should, but they’re also smart inline with iDevices’ usual smart home gear.

This is also the first time this has come to a HomeKit enabled system.

You can see some of iDevices’ existing kit on Amazon :

The full article by The Verge can be found here:

http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/5/10706816/apple-homekit-light-switch-power-outlet-idevices-ces-2016

How to scan receipts and documents with your iPhone 

Gone are the days when you have to have your computer to hand to scan documents – you can do all this from your iPhone (or iPad)!

When on business to may need to quickly log that expense receipt; alternatively you may need to scan that contract as you head out of the office.

Scanner Pro is an iPhone application which lets you use the camera in your phone to easily create PDFs or JPGs of you documents or receipts.  Just point the camera at the paper and the app will recognise the border of the document meaning you have a nicely cropped image. You can even add a password to PDFs to secure them.

Once scanned the images can be printed, emailed or sent to a number of cloud services including Dtopbox, Evernote, Google Drive, iCloud or Onedrive).


Removing location (GPS) data from iPhone pictures

When you take a picture on your iPhone it will have your location data which stored in the image as meta data, assuming that you are using the standard settings.  This can be read by anyone that has the image.

This is great for organising your pictures, but sometimes you’ll want to remove this information for privacy purposes. Maybe you’re posting a picture online publicly or you’re simply sharing it without wanting people to know where it was taken.
One option is to change your phone setting so that location is not stored. However, this won’t work if you’ve already taken the picture and location is actually really useful for your personal pictures.

The alternative is to use an app. We use an app called Geo Destroyer which is fantastically simple to use. It cost a small fee, but this is tiny and well worth it. You can find it in the App Store here:

First take your picture as usual, then fire up the Geo Destroyer app:

Remove iPhone location details
Geo Destroyer App

Hit choose and select your image from you camera roll:

Load your photo
Geo Destroyer App

Hit share and select Without Location (this will keep other meta data such as time of day etc.. You can remove this too if you like by selecting the Without Data option):

Select Without Location
Geo Destroyer App

Then share by your chosen mechanism. You can save it, or could even just email it to yourself. We select full size image to keep the maximum image quality.

Share iPhone image without geo
Geo Destroyer App

Here’s the link to the Geo Destroyer app on the AppStore again invade you missed it.

Geo Destroyer – Geotag Remover, Photo data Privacy Tool – Christopher Collins