iOS app reviews, tips and features - iPhone and iPad

The Mail app in IOS on the iPhone and iPad has a useful swipe function that enables you to quickly deal with email in your inbox. You probably were not aware of this, but you can actually configure the swipe options.

Do you want to develop an iOS app for your personal use or a business and you don't know how to code or develop at all? Where do you start and what do you need in order to create an iPhone or iPad app? First you need the right tools for the job and here you can find the necessary languages you need to know for iOS app development.

A problem that some people have with the iPhone and iPad is apps not showing, apps not updating or no app updates. It becomes impossible to update the iOS device because there is no longer an update link or update button. What is the solution?

Should you buy the Apple Watch when it goes on sale in April or should you wait? This is the dilemma facing Apple fans and it is a tough decision to make. Here are some thoughts on the matter that might help you to make up your mind.

It seems like there’s an app for just about everything. That’s great news especially for the homeowners among us, who can have a plethora of useful, convenience tools right in the palms of our hands. From apps that ensure we never miss a bill to design apps and apps that help us save energy, here are some of the most essential, must-have apps for homeowners that make homeownership a bit less stressful.

Google+ and OneDrive can automatically backup your photos to online storage as soon as you take them. This sounds like a great idea, but there are problems with both services that you might not like. Is it time to ditch them?

What do you get if you cross a velociraptor with a spider? The answer is a velocispider, which combines the best of both creatures. Plus, it has a huge gun on its head. It is a silly idea of course, but Velocispider is a lot of fun.

Canva is both an iPad app and an online tool for creating impressive designs. With a few taps you can design a wide range of items and it is a very easy app to use. If you lack the design skills or tools to draw something from scratch, Canva will enable you to create what you need.

A fisheye lens is an extremely wide angle one with a short focal length that captures distorted, but interesting photos. A real fisheye lens can only be mounted to a traditional camera, but InstaFisheye is an app for the iPhone that simulates the effect.

I have covered brain training apps twice before and have examined four apps for iOS and Android. I make no excuse for covering two more brain training apps and you simply cannot have too many. In order to have a healthy, active brain you need to spend as much time exercising it as you do the rest of your body at the gym.

The camera on the iPhone is excellent and it is easy to point, tap and shoot high quality video. Apple has an excellent video editing app and iMovie can do all sorts of wonderful things with videos. However, Replay is a different type of video editor and you can have maximum fun for minimum effort.

There are so many photo editing apps to choose from, it is hard to know which to install on your iPhone. Your choice is made even harder because so many of them offer similar features. Typically you can take a photograph using the iPhone's camera or load a previously taken one, crop it, apply various filters and then save it or share it. LensFlare can do all of this, but it also has some extra features that set it apart from the crowd.

There are many farming games and many city building games for iOS and Android. Township takes elements from both types of games and blends them into something familiar, but also slightly different. It is not pure farming or pure city building and you get to do a bit of both. I have been playing Township on the iPad for the past week, although an Android version is available too.

iOS notifications

Some people have been experiencing an odd problem on the iPhone with iOS 8 - phantom notifications. What happens is that a notification sound is heard from the iPhone, but when the phone is checked, there is no notification. The chime can occur throughout the day and night with no obvious cause, but there is a solution.

Remember Flappy Bird? It was an infuriatingly simple, yet maddeningly difficult game that was incredibly addictive. It was nothing really and could be knocked up in an afternoon by a reasonably competent programmer. 2 Cars is similarly exasperating and its simplicity, difficulty an addictiveness will appeal to Flappy Bird fans.

Plague – The Network is an unusual kind of social network and unlike rival services, you don’t have any friends at all. In fact, you don’t even need an account. At first sight this seems to be a very odd concept for a social network, but it is strangely addictive and quite entertaining. You will soon be hooked!

Transport Empire is a free game that runs on just about anything – iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and even Facebook. It takes you back to the early days of steam trains, steam boats and airships, and you must build and manage cities and transport systems, and accumulate lots of money. I am playing the iPad version and it is a lot of fun.

When traveling, whether it is across town or across the world, I always have my iPhone on hand. Technology allows me to have a world of technology at their fingertips. When I'm somewhere unfamiliar, there's a bevy of applications that can help me save time and money. Here are some of the applications that I simply cannot live without while traveling.

iBooks is an excellent app that enables you to buy ebooks in the iTunes store and then read them on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You can carry a whole library of books in your pocket, read them on the bus, train or plane, take them on holiday and so on. But how do you delete a book?

There is a fantastic full moon tonight, with a perfectly clear sky. The moon looked fantastic, so I decided to see which mobile phone could take the best shot of the full moon. I used a Samsung Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 6. The Samsung has a higher resolution camera than the iPhone, so the expectation was that it might produce a better moon shot, but did it?