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iOS App of the week: Bright Side – Let’s make the world a little brighter

Saturday, November 19th, 2016


Do you feel like the news is filled with doom and gloom? Looking for a bit of positivity to start your day off? Time to check out our iOS app of the week:

Bright Side

bright side app

Here’s what the guys over at Bright Side had to say about their app:

“All that is beautiful, fascinating and inspirational about life has been gathered in one place – Our goal is to inspire you every single day. We observe and delight in the wonderful world around us, side by side with you.

We believe there’s truly no limit to the kindness, beauty, wisdom, happiness and sincerity that can be found all around the world. Love, good deeds, positivity and humor are what drives us. Install our app now to see the Bright Side every single day.”

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7 Ways to Make your iPhone 7 and other iOS10 Devices More Secure

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Whilst BlackBerry are boasting the ‘most secure’ handset on the market with the Dtek50 and upcoming Dtek60, there are ways to make your iPhone 7 more secure and security minded (N.B. most of these tips will work on any iOS10 device.)

Here’s 7 ways to ensure your iPhone is protecting your personal information, data and media:

1. Use a Custom Alphanumeric Code

Custom Alphanumeric Code iPhone 7

The default security passcode for the iPhone 7 is a six-digit number, but the more security minded amongst us may chose to swap this for an alphanumeric code (which have been proven to be the hardest passwords to hack).  Simply click through to  ”Touch ID & Passcode” in the settings,  ”Change passcode,” then onto the “Passcode Options” once you have entered your old passcode for verification.

2. Enable the ‘Erase Data’ option after 10 incorrect Password attempts

erase data iPhone 7

This one is pretty self explanatory. Once again found in the ”Touch ID & Passcode,” an ‘Erase Data’ toggle gives you the option to delete all the data on your iPhone after 10 failed attempts. Perfect for those carrying sensitive data for work, not so good for those with young children who like to try and ‘crack the code’.

3. Limit the amount of Lock Screen Activity available without a Passcode

lock screen activity

iOS 10 brings about the first major overhaul to the lock screen since the iPhone launched in 2007. Thanks to 3D Touch-enabled iPhones, you can  use quick actions to jump directly into your favourite apps direct from your Lock Screen, which is great for speed and efficiency but can throw up some security red flags. Head to ”Touch ID & Passcode” and limit the activity you allow before the handset requests a passcode (preferable alphanumeric.)

4. Disable ‘Raise to Wake’

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With ‘Raise to Wake’ enabled, it is extremely easy for anyone to glance at all the information available on the lock screen. Disable the feature to make sure that the lockscreen doesn’t light up when the handset is moved around. Head to ’Display & Brightness’ via ‘Settings.’

5.  Block third-parties from tracking you via ads

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Ad-blocking isn’t a new feature to iOS (we first saw it in iOS9), but you previously had to use a third-party app to browse the web ad-free. However, Apple have made some changes to allow you to block third party ads in the standard Safari browser. Head to the ‘Settings’ area again, hit ‘Privacy’ and then ‘Advertising.’ From here you’ll be able to limit adds, and with iOS 10 reseting the identifier to 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 you’ll be almost impossible to track.

6. Ask before joining a Network

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Connecting blindly to unknown Networks can be a risky business, so it’s time to limit yourself to trusted networks and ensure your handset asks before it logs on to a network. Go to ‘Settings’ and ‘Wifi’ and hit the ‘Ask to join Networks’ toggle over to green.

7. Lock Down your Location

frequent locations iPhone 7

As with previous versions of iOS, iOS10 tracks your location as long as you are connected to Wi-Fi. Stop your phone or tablet from logging your most “frequent locations” and up your security game. Head to ‘Settings’ > ‘Privacy’ > ‘Location Services’ > ‘SystemServices’ and then Frequent Locations. For added privacy, hit the Clear History button.

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Get Organised with Widgets on your iPhone with iOS10

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The new iOS10 update arrived along side the release of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and with the operating system came a new hub for widgets. Read on to find out more about iPhone widgets and how they can turn you into an organisational wizard.

What is a Widget?

A Widget is simply an app extension that offers a quick glance at important information without you having to actually open a single app.

Where can I find the Widgets on iOS 10?

Simply swipe left on the lock page or home screen to locate the Widget hub.  Things have become a lot easier thanks to the time-saving features on the update, including Raise to Wake so you’ll be able to quickly and easily glance at all of your notifications, your widgets and Control Centre with just a swipe or a press.

What can I do with Widgets?

Widgets offer a wealth of opportunities, from checking the weather, your reminders, events on your calendar or the battery levels on connected devices. You can even perform common tasks, such as a phone call etc direct from the Widgets. Like your app usage, it’s all about tailoring the widgets to your personal needs and finding what works for you.

iOS10 Widgets

How do I get started with Widgets on iOS10?

If you have a 3D touch enabled device (iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, or iPhone 7 Plus), you can use 3D Touch to add new widgets offered by your installed apps. Simply press down on your chosen app icon and you’ll see the Widget module underneath or above the Quick Actions. You’ll then have the option to  “Add Widget” on the top right.

If your have an iPhone 6 or below without 3D Touch, simply access new widgets by going to your widgets page and hitting “Edit.”

Third Party Apps with Widgets that we recommend:

Apple’s own widgets are pretty good and cover the essentials, including music, weather, Siri suggestions (your most used apps) but don’t forget that you can add third party apps to get the most out of the Widget hub. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

1. Picniic (free):

 picnicc widget

This is perfect for families with a multi-layered to-do list revolving around extra-curricular activities and play dates. Working as a tool for family management, the Picnicc widget offers a daily snapshot of your family’s schedule.

2. Shazam (free)

shazam widget

By the time you’ve heard a song you need the details of, unlocked your handset and booted up the app you’re likely to have missed the moment. With Shazam’s widget you’ll be finding the name and artist in a second without even having to unlock your device.

3. Amazon (free)

amazon widget

In the Amazon app’s widget you’ll be able to keep an eye on whether your parcel has been delivered yet. Perfect for shopaholics everywhere.

Check out our previous blog outlining 10 Things you should know about iOS10 for more information on the operating system update.


Need some Recipe Inspiration for your Weekend Meals? Check out these Kitchen friendly iOS Apps

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

We all know that we should be eating healthy Quinoa bowls with Acai berry smoothies, but when it comes to the weekend we want something good and comforting to eat. So if you’re looking for some Kitchen based inspiration for your Dinner Party or to accompany your latest box set obsession, check out these 3 iOS apps:

1. Kitchenbowl Recipes & Cookbook By Apphat

Kitchenbowl Recipes & Cookbook

An app that believes that everyone can cook and create delicious meals at home, Kitchenbowl reimagines the recipe format with step-by-step recipes and looping video clips for difficult cooking techniques. You’ll gain help from some professional food bloggers who share a creative take on an everyday recipe, as well as avid home cooks sharing a tasty family dish.

If you’ve got a great family recipe up your chef’s sleeve you’ll even be able to publish and share your culinary knowledge with GIFs and videos for all to see.

2. Mexican recipes by

Mexican recipes by

This Mexican Recipe video app helps you plan an authentic fish taco dinner for the family, with a side of guacamole and seasonal mango salsa! What more do you need? Once again, you’ll be learning recipes from authentic  professional as well as accomplished home cooks via easy to follow recipe videos for Mexican fare such as burrito, enchilada, quesadilla, taco, salsa and drinks.

Recipes catering for specific dietary requirements including vegetarian, low carb and vegan offerings are also very easy to find.

3. The Great British Bake Off: Step by Step Better Baking by Hachette UK

great british bake off app

If you dream of joining Mary Berry in the Great British Bake Off tent then this app is for you! Designed to take you step by step through the methods, tips and techniques you need to create the most delicious bakes, each recipe has a difficulty rating so you can choose the right one for your skill level.

The Great British Bake Off app offers a selection of free recipes to start you on your journey towards better baking, a GBBO Baker’s Guide containing expert advice to help improve your skills, as well as a personalised shopping list that syncs with your device reminders to keep you and your baking organised.

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How does Apple’s iOS 10 revolutionary ‘Raise to Wake’ feature actually work?

Friday, September 30th, 2016

One of the biggest revision from Apple since the launch of the first iPhone back in 2007 is the removal of ‘slide to unlock’ feature; replaced with the simplistic ‘Press home to open’ command.

iOS 10 raise to wake

Whatsmore, with iOS 10, you will be able toget a quick glance at your notification without a single button press thanks to the innovative ‘Raise to Wake’ feature (similar to that of the Apple Watch).  Apple are fixing the all-too-common issue of missing  lockscreen notifications when you hit the TouchID home button.

Whilst this is innovative in terms of iPhones, this feature isn’t new to the market and has been previously seen on a range of Android phones, including the Huawei Nexus 6P.


Want to enable/disable Raise to Wake? Here’s how:

Go to the Settings  > Display & Brightness > Slide to enable/disable Raise to Wake 

disable raise to wake

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iOS10 Gives us 72 new Emojis

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Good news emoji lovers – with the new iOS update (read 10 things you should know about iOS10) comes 72 new emojis to fill our phones and brighten our day.

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Amongst the additions come some welcome images, including multiple skin tones, a water pistol in place of the gun and a rainbow flag of the LGBT community. Apple clearly wants us to make love not war in 2016.

Our favourites include:

The Perfect Monday Morning face:

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A female mountain biker:

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A Guard for times when you just got to keep the secret:

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Here’s the full list of emojis hitting your phone soon:

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10 things you should know about iOS 10

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

This month is all about Apple, with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and the Watch Series 2 hitting the shops later this week. With hardware updates come Operating System updates. Cue the release of iOS 10.

But what can we expect from the newest iOS from the American tech giant:

1. ”Swipe to unlock” is no more. Time to retrain the brain to ”Press home to unlock.”

2. iOS 10′s revamped Messages app brings a whole host of joy to your fingertips. You’ll be able to send handwritten messages, doodle over your photos is a Snapchat style manner, send hidden messages with invisible ink (simply swipes them open), predictive emojis (which automatically replace text with emoji), view previews of website links and GIF messaging capabilities.

iOS 10 messaging

3. Deeper 3D Touch integration. 3D Touch finally makes sense with actions dotted everywhere, such as hard-pressing the “X” icon in the notifications bar to clear all and 3D empowered widgets.

4. ”Raise to Wake:” Your iPhone screen will burst into life whenever you pick up your device.

5. Swipe right for your camera app.


6. Swiping to the left displays all of your “widgets.”

7. More useful Notifications.  When notifications now pop up on your lock screen, you can hard or long press to interact with them. You’ll even be able to see a mini versions of your apps you do utilise 3D touch in your  notification centre.

8. Apple Map redesign. Enjoy live updates as your routes changes while you’re on your journey. You’ll also be able to zoom in and out or schedule stop-offs, (to find coffee or petrol for example) as you travel.

ios10 maps

9. Apple Music redesign. Navigating the library is now easier, you’ll be able to view lyrics and there’s a smarter ‘For You’ suggestion list

iOS 10 apple music

10. Intelligent Photos. Photo on iOS10 have become far more clever, with artificial intelligence search support to locate  the things you want to find.

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What to expect from Super Mario Run for iOS

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

One of the big announcements for gamers at the Apple Event this week was the promise of Super Mario for iOS, coming to the App store in December this year. The iconic Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (also responsible for Donkey Kong and Zelda series among many others) took to the stage in San Fransisco to introduce the new game, called Super Mario Run.

Why bring Mario to the Smartphone?

When interviewed after the event, Miyamoto cited his decision to move to the iPhone as a desire to keep the Mario games simple and appealing for everyone, even those who don’t game on consoles. Miyamoto had also noticed that the smartphone was “the first place this kids are encountering games” and so the company wanted to encourage parents to download the game for their children, thus expanding the game’s demographic even further.

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So what can we expect from Super Mario Run?

The description is up on the App store already, describing a game that can be played with one hand. Gamers will navigate Mario through the courses using a variety of jumps. Your character’s behaviour will adapt depending on the timing of your taps, allowing you to gather coins and reach the goal.

Super Mario Run will run on three different gaming modes:
- The first mode features challenging courses for you to complete.
- In the second mode, you challenge the play data of other people’s completed courses. You compete to see who can finish the course with the most style!
- In the third mode, you can create your own Mushroom Kingdom using coins collected by playing the first two game modes.

Which handsets will be compatible?

The game requires iOS 8.0 or later.

You’ll be able to download the game on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, as well as a selection of iPads and iPods.

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If you love gaming on your iPhone, check out our 3 Games for iOS blog from earlier today.



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