Caveman Golf By Hello Simpson iPhone Review

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Caveman Golf is another game I was fortunate to test and offer my feedback on before being released. The first thing that caught my eye probably a year ago was the fantastic app icon that tells your mind to stop here when flipping through the App Store. The caveman is one of those characters you can see turning into a brand of t-shirts and stuffed animals. A little early for that talk, but it has a nice family feel to it to play with your kids.

You’ll have 18 levels to unlock blasting various Dino’s with rocks by swinging your caveman club. Depending on how many rocks you swing at to clear the level, you’ll receive a bronze, silver, or gold medal. If you get a gold medal on all 18 levels (1 shot per level), a secret infinite level will be unlocked! We’ll get to that in a minute, but lets first go over the Caveman Golf game itself.

The swing of your caveman club is not as easy as you might think, or maybe it is, guess you’ll have to see for yourself. You flick the screen at the angle you want to aim, but you also have to choose the right speed and length of your touch. Because it’s not as easy as a simple flick, you may find yourself needing a mulligan or prehistoric bomb. Caveman Golf is free with the ability to remove ads with a .99¢ purchase of 3 mulligans to help you get the gold, or 3 Dino Blasts to blow everything to pieces. Each level contains a mix of green Dino’s, egg dropping Pterodactyl’s, and a head bobbing Ankylosaur. Your screen is also carefully filled with obstacles like rock and wood which can help you or hurt you depending on your flicking skills.

As I said earlier if you receive a gold medal on all 18 Caveman Golf levels you’ll unlock an infinite level of Dino’s coming for you. Swing as fast as your Caveman can or be killed by a slew of Dino’s flying at you! You can challenge your friends through the Game Center and see who can last the longest. Literally you may need someone to bring you food while you survive for hours!

I was able to solve most levels with ease, so Caveman Golf isn’t going to be much of a challenge for most. I think it’s a perfect game though to entertain your kids with a real part of history in a fun way. For a first game from the Schuster’s at Hello Simpson, I think it’s a great start to a game that has a lot of future potential. The graphics grab you, the idea is fun, and Caveman Golf is the beginning to bringing the prehistoric times back alive!

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Flight Lander By Francisco Vera iPhone Review

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Get ready to land planes, helicopters, and even blimps without crashing into each other and a slew of other obstacles! In Flight Lander you’ll draw paths to land as many of your planes as possible before crashing. If you’ve played Flight Control before you’ll love Flight Lander with its bright colors and eye popping scenery. I was fortunate to be able to test and offer my ideas to the Vera brothers as I was very impressed with their first game FatMole. I state that because I am biased since they allowed me to stay in contact and offer my feedback, but I still promise to always offer an honest review. When you first begin you can add your pilot name or connect through Facebook. You can try Flight Lander free first with new levels being unlocked every three days(turn on notifications), or you can unlock all levels for a small price.

To begin playing you’ll scroll through the sphere planet filled with levels to choose from. When you first try Flight Lander you will start with the Aircraft Carrier level that doesn’t contain any enemies or obstacles to warm you up. As you look down on the Aircraft Carrier surrounded by blue waters, you draw a path from each plane or helicopter to the correct runway. As you draw your path a green line will follow and show you which runway your plane needs to land on. If you draw an incorrect landing path you’ll see a yellow line instead. For instance you can’t just land a helicopter anywhere you want, so you’ll be instructed to land on the Helicopter landing area. As your planes approach the runway they’ll make one final dive so you know you’ve landed. On the bottom left one option I really like is the turbo arrow. What this does is speed up all your planes which adds a little difficulty as well as faster gameplay. If things get too difficult all you have to do is hit it again to slow things down.

I really like the fact that each level has its own unique location and strategy which keeps things exciting. Currently you will find 10 different locations including Aircraft Carrier, Volcanoes, Dunes, Icebergs, Mountains, Pyramids, Islands, Asteroids, Canyons, and the City. Doing nothing but drawing a path for each location can get boring quick which is why I like some of the added features in Flight Lander. In the Islands level instead of landing planes you are tasked with aerial refueling and fixing planes. Some of the other great features to keep you engaged are avoiding asteroids, plane shaking wind gusts, and even a plane grabbing skyscraper jumping gorilla! For you in app purchasers Flight Lander offers a way to deactivate hazards, draw landing paths while planes are frozen, or wipe away every plane on the screen if you’ve lost control. The price of these cheats might be too pricy for some, but the good news is each one is a permanent purchase that can be used once per game.

For you score junkies, on top of beating your Facebook friends Flight Lander offers some stats, awards for accomplishing things, and level ups based on number of landings. The game seems to run smoothly with few errors, and if I could find something wrong I’d like to see larger planes and larger runways, or maybe I just have large fingers! Being an Indie Developer is difficult enough, breaking into the U.S. App Store when you don’t live here is even harder. That’s why I’m excited to watch the Vera brothers and RoomLabDev team grow. You can lose a few hours trying to beat your Friends best scores in Flight Lander, so be prepared for some nail biting, heart pumping, air traffic control fun! So go ahead and give Flight Lander a try for free and see if you like it.

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Fast Camera By i4software iPhone Review

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Fast Camera is a very user friendly app where you can take a high number of photos very quickly. How many times have you asked someone at a restaurant to take a picture of your family only to find out the picture was terrible? You can interrupt the random photo taker again, or just delete the photo and try again next family reunion. Why don’t we just avoid the issue all together and download this fantastic camera app!

Here’s how easy it is to end up with the most memorable photos no matter the situation. When you first open Fast Camera your screen is already taking pictures for you, that way you don’t miss that crazy lightning strike or meteor shower. All you have to do is push the start button to begin taking pictures, and hit the stop button when you want to stop. At the top you have a settings button, light options, front or rear camera, and a plus+ sign for some tutorials and info. You’ll see how many pictures are being taken at the bottom left as it increases, and you can hit that or push the review button to view your compiled photos. What I love about the review page is the fact that none of the pictures taken have been saved to your camera roll until you say so. From here you can select which photos to preview, delete, or save to your iPhone. You can also save to Cinemagram, or even turn those photos into a video. You might be saying to yourself why wouldn’t I just use my normal camera app to take a video? See how long it takes with your normal camera app to take that cute picture of your dog, then switch over to video to start recording. Yeah, much easier to use Fast Camera instead.

That’s as deep as the app gets, but you also have some great setting features at your fingertips. Inside the settings options is where you can decide how your Fast Camera works. You can change the delay between pictures from a 1/10 of a second all the way up to five minutes, if your capturing the movement of a turtle. I recommend turning on folders which separates the photos taken each time you start and stop taking pictures. Along the same lines you can also set the maximum number of photos Fast Camera will take, otherwise you’ll be stuck searching through a thousand pictures. There’s a few other features, but the last one I’ll cover is the timer. It’s tough enough taking a good picture with your phone, it’s even harder to try and set a timer and run as fast as you can before your picture is taken. You have four timer options 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds. This is a nice feature so you can stand next to your friends and take a bunch of serious and goofy pictures and be done with it. You know what I’m talking about ladies, “I don’t like the way I look, we have to do it again!”

Overall Fast Camera is one of those apps that I’ll probably keep on my iPhone for awhile as it’s useful and glitch free so far. The only thing missing is the option to zoom, but lets be honest zooming in at all kills the quality. i4software has a good amount of apps in the App Store, and they seem to appeal to iPhone users with decent ratings. Thanks for finding this app for me dad!

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WuzOnMyiPhone How-Tos

In the past I’ve seen some daily tip blogs that explained how to do some things on the iPhone you may not have known. Most of them I would say to myself, “who the heck doesn’t know how to do that?”. It finally hit me having breakfast with my father who’s a pretty smart guy, that he didn’t know how to do any of these helpful tips. It’s not that he isn’t tech savvy, it’s the fact that he’s a business owner and doesn’t have hours of time on his hands like I do. So to help all of you hard working men and women, I wanted to list some great iPhone tips that may sound simple to some, but to you it could be mind blowing!

Closing Apps Running In The Background
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Did you know that just because you hit the home button and close Angry Birds that it’s still not closed? Apps run in the background just like you have Microsoft Excel, Word, and iTunes minimized on your computer. The experts say it doesn’t matter if you close them, but clearly GPS or any other apps that are supposed to do something in the background take up memory. If you didn’t know this, be prepared to spend the next few minutes closing apps.

1) Click the home button two times(your circle button)
2) You should now see a list of apps at the bottom that you can swipe left and right through.
3) Hold down on one of the apps for 2 seconds like you were deleting an app.
4) You can now click on the minus sign of every app running in the background.
5) When you are done, click the home button twice and you’re done.

“Why the heck would apple do that to me and slow my iPhone down?”. Let’s say you’re driving and you want to listen to Pandora but need to see your directions on a map. Glad we cleared that up. You can also swipe to your right and you have two extra screens. Swiping all the way to the right allows you to change the volume. One screen over you can play your music, or lock your screen from turning landscape.

Search For Almost Anything On Your iPhone
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Do you struggle finding a specific email, note, song, video, or maybe an app you stuffed in a folder somewhere? You have a search option where you can type in what you’re looking for instead of actually trying to find it yourself.

1) Open your Settings App>General>Spotlight Search
2) Check which items you want to allow Spotlight to find like emails, apps, and music. You can also grab the right side of each choice to change the order of what pops up in your search.
3) Once you are done, hit the home button to go back to your regular app pages.
4) Swipe to your right until Spotlight Search comes up. If you are on your first apps page, you can also just hit the home button once to do the same thing.
5) Type in whatever you want to find like “Google Earth”, “Uncle Frank” to find a birthday or event on your calendar, or find and email by subject or name.
6) Choose what you want to open and you’re done.

You’ll notice the apps tell you which folder they are in, and you can see a little info for some of the other items. You will also notice that the categories are in the order that you chose, for instance showing emails first before showing apps.

Notification Center
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If you slide your finger down from the top of your screen, you’ll find a full page of notifications. You should have things like the local weather, emails you haven’t read, stock quotes, and Facebook. What shows up in this view depends on what you want to show up, and here’s how.

1) Open your Settings App>Notifications. You’ll find a list of apps that will show up in your Notification Center, and below that apps that won’t.
2) Choose an app to turn the notifications on and off, or how the notification pops up on your screen. For instance if you turn the Weather Widget off, the next time you slide open your Notification Center you’ll see the weather is gone.
3) You’ll see an edit button at the top right of the notification settings page. You can choose to view notifications by time, or choose manually, then Edit, and move the order of your notifications and widgets by grabbing the right side.
4) You can scroll left on your weather notification to view the six day forecast, or touch the weather to view other saved locations or to create a new one.
5) Once you’ve touched your weather widget, you can swipe left or right to see the other saved locations, or touch the tiny “i” to create or delete a new weather location to view.
6) To change your stock quotes you can open the stocks app that came with your iPhone, or touch the stocks in the Notification Center.
7) Touch the small “i” at the bottom right, and add, delete, or move around your stock quotes.
8) Finally, you also have the option in your Notification Center to open each notification, or touch the small “x” to remove the new notifications in a certain category from view.

Keyboard Shortcuts
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Shortcuts are one of my favorite time savers. You know how when you type a few letters your iPhone try’s to finish the word for you? You can create your own few letter shortcuts to finish words you use often to save time. Who cares about that? What I use it for is to finish my email addresses, home address, and even the HTML code to create a link in my blog. My email address is Wuzappenin@gmail.com which I have to type over and over into different login sites. All I have to do is type “Wuza”, and my full email address pops up for my choosing. Have you ever had to type your home address to order pizza or someone needs your address to send you an empty card? You could set a shortcut by typing “1600”, and have “1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington D.C. 20500” pop up. Pretty useful, and here’s how.

1) Open your Settings App>General>Keyboard>Shortcuts
2) Click the plus+ sign at the top right
3) Type your email address or whatever you want to pop up in the Phrase section.
4) Type your few letter code in Shortcut like “Wuza”, which pops up Wuzappenin@gmail.com for me.
5) Click Save and you’re done, or create another.

Five Things Siri Can Do For You

You might have given up on using Siri as she just pissed you off too many times. If you have never used Siri, hold down your home button to talk to her. You can also open your Settings app, General, and choose Siri to change some options and tell her who you are. Since I’m not going to list everything tell Siri, “Guide” or, “tutorial” and you can look through a list of categories to learn what to say. For instance you’ll see, “What movies are playing?”. If you choose this category you’ll get a nice list of what you can say like, “What comedies are playing?” or, “What movies are playing at North Hills Cinema?”. Here are some things she can do pretty well that can really be beneficial.

1) Reminders
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As we get older we forget things easily. I use Siri all the time to remind me to do just about everything as I hate when people are late or forget to do something. Ask Siri, “Remind me to get gas in 45 minutes, watch the Super Bowl February 3rd at 6:30pm”, or “Wake me up in an hour”. You can do some neat stuff with your calendar too, but we can get to that in another post.

2) Tell Siri Who’s In Your Family Tree
You can let Siri know who your family members are by saying “Mike is my husband”, or “Christy is my sister.” Alternatively you can do this in your Contacts App. This allows you to say “Call my wife” instead of “Call Jane Smith”, or “Text my boyfriend”. While we’re on this topic, be sure to nickname yourself by saying “call me Big Daddy”. That way Siri will refer to use as Big Daddy instead of your real name.

3) Sports Scores and Schedules
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Instead of turning on ESPN or googling your favorite sports team, just ask Siri and she’ll give you the information. For instance if you’re a fan of the Syracuse Orange like I am you can ask Siri, “what is the score of the Syracuse basketball game?”. A scoreboard will pop up and she’ll say, “the Orange edged the Bearcats by a score of 57 to 55”. Sometimes I forget they’re playing so ask Siri, “when is the next Syracuse basketball game?”, and she’ll tell you something like, “the Orange Wildcats game is Saturday 11am”. Now you can use your Reminder skills to have Siri remind you on Saturday to watch the game! Feel free to mess around as she can also give you standings and stats. Ask Siri who the college basketball assist leader is, and you’ll get a list of players and she’ll tell you it’s Michael Carter-Williams. Pretty incredible right?

4) Sending Emails and Texts
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There’s no excuse anymore for texting and driving, so if you need to write a quick email or text to your lover, Siri can do it for you. If you’re cruising down the road and your wife texts you “what’s for dinner?”, you can say “text my wife I don’t know, what do you want?”. Maybe you got an angry email at work and while driving you finally thought of the best response other than an expletive. Tell Siri to email the persons name, she’ll ask you for a subject, tell her your witty response, and voila! Unfortunately this is a little disappointing as Siri can only read new texts and can’t read your emails.

5) Ask Siri A Question You Don’t Know The Answer To
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Another great feature of Siri is her ability to answer a lot of questions like definitions, synonyms, rhyming words, math, and tons of other helpful information. If you’re reading a book and you’re not sure what demagogue means, just ask Siri, “what does demagogue mean?” and the results will pop up including that it’s 14 scrabble points. Maybe you took your dusty guitar out of the closet to try and write a song again. Siri will respond to, “what rhymes with love”, or “what is another word for “wonderful” and a list is at your fingertips. A useful feature is Siri’s ability to answer your math questions. Lets say you’re out to dinner with three of your friends. Just ask Siri “what is a 20% tip on $234.00 for four people”, and the information will show up with $46.80, and the rest of the amount totals you’ll need to pay. Maybe you’re measurement clueless like me and you need to know how many ounces are in a cup, and she’ll display 8 oz.

I hope you found some of these iPhone tips useful, and you can thank my father for inspiring me to share them. I plan on doing some more WuzOnMyiPhone posts, so be sure to subscribe and let me know what else you would like to learn.

Wacky Rapids By Paw Print Games

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Any iPhone game that involves racing in the water I download. In Wacky Rapids you’ll race in a tube down river rapids against wacky cartoonish characters. If you’re expecting an in your face 3D experience, you will not get that. The view is looking down on the cartoonish river starting from the top of your iPhone flowing downwards. The game is simple to play, but not as easy to win. To control, Wacky Rapids will automatically calibrate how you hold your iPhone, and then just tilt left and right to steer.

As you race down rapids like Cowboy Canyon or Icy Falls, you’ll slide over jumps for some extra speed, or grab some stars to build up a boost and spend in the store. Be careful as you’ll need to avoid obstacles like the canyon walls, sand, or random buoys that slow you down. The best part is snatching question marks like Mario Kart to slow down your opponents with different weapons. Some of those weapons are ice cubes, give someone the crabs, well shoot them with a crab. You can also drop a tornado behind you, water bomb, or stop everyone with lightning. It’s nice to see Paw Print came up with their own neat ideas.

Wacky Rapids consists of seven different location settings with four different courses including Volcano Mountain and Pirate Cove. Like many low price apps, if you want to unlock rapids early or use new characters and tube upgrades, Paw Prints has In-App Purchases. Otherwise you’ll need to complete different fun missions and collect stars to unlock the next rapid or spend your stars on tubes and immunities. Don’t worry Game Center lovers, you’ll be able to see your stats as well as challenge friends achievements.

What I enjoy about Wacky Rapids is the racing and completing of missions. Trying to maintain a lead or catching up by drifting another tube and shooting them at the last second, is a blast. Some of the missions are jumping and lighting up all the stars on the down ramp, or turning a certain number of characters into ice cubes. Overall I really can’t think of anything to complain about other than it takes awhile to collect enough stars to buy things, and the menus a little confusing. This is the first iPhone game for Paw Prints in the App Store, and what a start!

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