Archive for the ‘iPhone’ Category
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Blizzard’s digital card game Hearthstone is now available on iPhone and Android phones, months after its debut on the iPad and Android tablets, and about a year after it first was launched on PC and Mac.
The game has you controlling heroes from the WarCraft universe, playing minions and spells to whittle down your opponent. The gameplay is much more accessible than most CCGs like Magic: The Gathering, but there’s still great strategic depth once you get into it.
The incredibly addictive game has been carefully ported to suit smaller screens, with tweaks to ensure that the game remains easy to understand for newcomers and veterans alike. You can begin with a short series of tutorial missions, or get right back to battling against friends and foes in the multiplayer. If you’ve already played on another platform, you’ll immediately be able to sign into your Battle.net account and get access to your cards, decks and friends list.
Hearthstone is free to play, with in-app purchases for additional singleplayer campaigns, multiplayer Arena play and additional card packs. You’ll get a free pack of cards for playing a match on phone, so it’s definitely worth checking out. You can download it via the App Store or Google Play store as usual, plus the Amazon App Store if you don’t have Play Store access.
25 million people already play the game, so it’ll be interesting to see how many more pick it up on these new platforms. What do you make of Hearthstone? Let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Netflix is pretty great, but unless you’ve picked up a recent smart TV you’re unlikely to be able to watch it directly on your television. Here are some ways to use your Android device or iPhone to play Netflix on your TV instead.
Use a Chromecast
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to get Netflix on your TV is to use Google’s Chromecast dongle. Simply plug the Chromecast to your TV and set it up, following the instructions. Then after you’ve installed the Chromecast app and connected to your Chromecast, go into the Netflix app and press the cast icon . After a few seconds of loading time, your Chromecast will play your Netflix content. You can select new videos or adjust the volume using the in-app controls.
Use an MHL adapter or cable on Android
Many recent Android phones (but not the Galaxy S6) support the MHL standard, letting you mirror your display to a TV, projector or monitor using a simple cable or adapter. Pick up an MHL adapter, then simply plug one end into your TV’s HDMI port and one end into your phone’s micro USB port. You can also plug in a power source to the micro USB port of the adapter, although as of MHL 2.0 this isn’t required. Once plugged in and your TV is set to the correct input, you’ll see your screen mirrored on the TV. Then just open up the Netflix app, sit back and enjoy. An Apple alternative is also available.
Use AirPlay & Apple TV on iPhone or iPad
The Apple TV is another easy way to watch Netflix on your TV using your iOS device. Simply plug in your Apple TV (2nd generation or later) and follow the instructions to set it up. Make sure both the Apple TV and your iOS device is connected to the same wireless network. Then, open the title you want to stream in the Netflix app. Click the AirPlay icon, and the Apple TV will take over playing the content. Your iOS device becomes your remote control.
I hope at least one of these options works well for you. If you have any questions or comments, please share them below or tweet us @mobilefun. Thanks for reading!
Thursday, April 9th, 2015
The Apple Watch goes on pre-order tomorrow from 8:01 AM UK time. Ordering online seems like the best bet, although you’ll also be able to book an appointment to try the Watch in an Apple Store.
Remember to update your billing and delivery information now; you might even want to turn on Express Checkout to save time on the day. You can also use the heart icon in the upper right of each Apple Watch’s page to save it as a favourite, so that you can order them instantly.
Regardless, you can expect your Watch to be delivered from April 24th, two weeks later. Leaked information from Apple Germany suggests that some of the more expensive stainless steel Apple Watch options - including the Modern Buckle, Leather Loop and Link Bracelet – will ship at least four weeks after the pre-order date. The £8,000 Apple Watch Edition, meanwhile, will be available from May.
Early reviews from The Verge and Bloomberg suggest that the cheapest model, the aluminium Apple Watch Sport, is the most highly recommended. The Sport has precisely the same internals as the more expensive models, and with the prospect of a much-improved second-generation model next year it seems silly to get anything else.
If you’re planning to pre-order the Apple Watch, you should have a look at some of our Apple Watch accessories, all of which are scheduled to arrive before that April 24th ship date. Here are our top 3 picks:
The WatchStand is our first recommended accessory, providing a tidy and convenient way to charge your Apple Watch overnight or through the day. The dock will charge your Watch at full power, and can accommodate the Watch in vertical or horizontal positions. That makes it easy to see incoming notifications even when your Watch isn’t on your wrist, and shores up the limited battery life that has been reported in early reviews. The WatchStand even caters for your iPhone too, with a landscape-mode stand. It’s a well-designed package that lets you get the most out of your shiny new Apple Watch.
Did you know that the Apple Watch can play music even when it’s not paired to your iPhone? That means you can leave your heavy iPhone at home when you’re out jogging or exercising, and still benefit from your favourite tunes. Make the most of that special ability with the Avantree Jogger Pro, a well-tuned set of Bluetooth headphones specifically designed for use while exercising. They’re light, comfortable and work fine in the rain. They even include Multipoint technology, letting you stay connected to your iPhone too.
If you’d like to make use of the same functionality with a more traditional over-ear design, then the Olixar X2 Pro Stereo Headphones are a great alternative.
Our final accessory is this portable charger, which will allow you to recharge your Apple Watch on the go. Just plug in your Watch with its charging cable, place everything in your bag and leave it for a few minutes. The Apple Watch’s small internal capacity will ensure it’s recharged quickly; then you can unplug and wear the Watch as normal. With Apple admitting the Watch has less than a day of battery life, this could be a must-have accessory to keep your Watch ticking.
If you’d like to recharge your iPhone from the same power bank, just use your existing Lightning cable or pick up a super-short one here.
I hope you’ve found these recommendations helpful! Please write any questions or comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.
Thursday, March 12th, 2015
The Apple Watch was announced on Monday, and already we’ve started to get in a nice range of accessories for the wearable. We have five charging stands prepared, including four distinct designs each from a different manufacturer. These Apple Watch docks serve to both charge your Apple Watch each night, and provide a suitably stylish display area for your watch. I hope you’ll enjoy what we’ve selected so far, and we welcome your feedback in the comments below!
The DODOcase is our first selection, and it’s a beauty. The stand is made from genuine Californian walnut and tanned leather, providing a classy traditional look. The stand is elegantly formed to hold the Watch in an elevated position, allowing you to show off your choice of case and band without revealing a clumsy charging mechanism. The base is made from solid steel for stability, so you’ll be assured a perfect platform for your desk, side table or nightstand. This relic, handcrafted in San Franciso, is available on pre-order now for just shy of £60.
Our second stand has a more modern look, and a friendly price point too. The Griffin WatchStand is designed to charge and display your Apple Watch at an even more elevated position than the DODOcase example, making it ideal for positioning on a low table like a nightstand or coffee table. This stand also allows you to position your watch vertically or horizontally, allowing you to emphasise readability or a cleaner appearance according to your preference. Finally, the Griffin WatchStand also includes a handy stand area for your phone, allowing you to keep an eye on incoming notifications or watch videos in landscape mode.
Apple are famous for their use of aluminium, and HEDock are using that same material here to provide a great-looking platform for the Apple Watch. The modern industrial design is simple but effective, and will complement any colour or strap combination well. If you’re looking for a futuristic dock, this is a great choice.
The Twelve South HiRise is our last Apple Watch accessory of the article, but it’s a good one. The HiRise uses a cool partially split design to display the Apple Watch, while keeping the bulk of the strap and the charging cable safely out of sight. The charging stand is available in two colours – silver or black.
Thanks for checking out the article. For more information, please leave a comment below or talk to us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Monday, March 9th, 2015
Apple first announced the Apple Watch last year, but today’s event served as the official launch of the device. Apple revealed a few new features for the watch, including 18 hours of battery life, an included microphone and speaker for taking phone calls, and the first apps from the likes of Twitter, American Airlines, Instagram, Uber and Shazam. The biggest news was the UK price and shipping date for the wearable.
The Apple Watch will go on pre-order on April 10th in the UK, US and eight other countries. At this date, you’ll also be able to get a demo of the Apple Watch at Apple retail stores. The Watch will start shipping on April 24th, two weeks later.
The Watch has a wide price band, thanks to its range of materials and bands available. These are all individually priced, in three collections: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition.
Apple Watch Sport is the cheapest collection, with aluminium bodies, fluoroelastomer straps and prices starting at £299 for the 38mm size and £339 for the 42mm size. Colours include white, blue, green, pink and black, for 10 models in total.
Apple Watch is the mid-range collection, with the largest amount of straps available in a range of materials and a stainless steel body. Band options include fluoroelastomer, leather and steel, with 20 models in total.
Apple Watch Edition is the high-end premium collection, with a small range of straps and 18-carat gold bodies. The cheapest option here is £8,000 for a fluoroelastomer band, going up to £13,500 for a ‘bright red modern buckle’.
Apple also unveiled a range of Apple Watch accessories. You can also buy bands separately, allowing you to change looks or upgrade your watch to a more expensive option later on. Prices here range from £39 for the fluoroelastomer sport band, £209 for modern buckle straps, and £379 for the stainless steel link bracelet. A spare magnetic charging cable is also available, costing £25 or £29 depending on the size of your watch.
What do you think of the Apple Watch’s pricing? Is it more or less than you expected, and will you pick one up? Let us know in the comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun!