Satisfy Your Craving for Speed with No Brakes

No Brakes is a fun, free app where you travel in a short track with one goal in mind: speed. You travel faster and faster as your little rectangular car, and try not to hit any walls. The longer you play, the more challenging the game becomes. I enjoy the mindless activity, and always want to break my personal speed record.

How to Draw with Light!

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Happy 4th of July! Many people who celebrate the independence day of the United States have a tradition of seeing fireworks and playing with sparklers, and the best way to remember the occasion is to take a picture! You probably have seen an image of a light drawing before, like the one I took recently shown above, and may wonder how to take a picture like that. If you have a DSLR camera, then it is very simple. Just make sure you are on your manual setting before following any steps. The first step is to change your ISO to a low value such as 100. Then you want a slow shutter speed. The slower the speed, the more time you can have to draw. I recommend a four second shutter speed. Then, take a picture and have fun!

The Flap Game Fever Returns With Flappy Golf

The past week, I have been addicted to a game with flap-style gameplay. No, this is not Flappy Bird or an identical game with different name that flooded the top charts of the App Store a few months ago, this is Flappy Golf. Flappy Golf is a fun game where you use flap-controls to move a golf ball into the hole with as few taps as possible. There are TONS of levels, and it is entirely free! The app itself is free, and there are also no in-app purchases. There is also online and local multiplayer to see who the ultimate Flappy Golfer is. The quest to get a gold star on every solo level has become my reason for addicting gameplay, and it may be yours too. Download Flappy Golf today!

Five Things I’m Not Looking Forward to in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

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This year’s WWDC was full of new software releases, and yesterday I mentioned five things that I am excited about. However, not everything released is good in my opinion. I use my Mac and iPhone daily, and have my own personal likes and dislikes. Here are the five things I am not looking forward to in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

  1. App Design: This is a very minor thing that I know that I will get over eventually, but I grow partial to the look of apps, and it will take a while to get used to new changes.
  2. Health: While the concept of a heath and fitness app build in to your phone is good, it adds to an issue that many people face. Apple’s apps that come with the device are impossible to remove, and people often throw them in a folder that is unused. For many, Health is going to be another app that falls in that folder, putting this on this list.
  3. iOS 8 Keyboard Changes: Personally, I think that the recommendations to text as an addition to the keyboard is just going to be an obnoxious addition that I will not use often. Maybe I will use it for the occasional “yes” or “no” in a question, but I would rather keep the current keyboard.
  4. Safari Design: I use Safari all the time, and a Safari window is almost always open on my screen. I love the current look, and am not wild about the changes. The new logo is cool, though.
  5. Spotlight Changes: I rarely click on apps, and use Spotlight for everything. While having more functionality in the feature, I prefer the smaller window used in Spotlight to limit the space taken on my screen when multi-tasking.

Top Five Things I’m Looking Forward to in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

WWDC, or the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, took place on Monday, and Apple had a TON of new software released. As a Apple fan and owner of a Mac and iPhone, the operating system of my devices is always important to me. I have done my research on the changes, so here are my personal top five things in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

  1. Integrated Voice Messages in Messages: Sometimes it is fun to send audio to a friend or family member, and recording a video is not the simplest option. Having a simple way to send messages is going to be a feature that I use occasionally, but I am looking forward to it.
  2. Family Sharing: Every member in my family has their own Apple ID for iCloud, but all purchases are on a single account. It would be useful to keep everything under everyone’s personal ID but be able to keep current apps, but the change might take a while to make for families with a current Apple ID setup.
  3. Notification Center’s Today Feature: I currently find the Mac Notification Center to be useless because I check things on my own, but the Today feature would change my perspective. I like the idea of adding widgets and seeing an overview of my day in one place, and would probably use more apps to keep my day organized.
  4. iCloud Drive: I currently use Dropbox to store my files and keep them safe, but the mobile apps are not the best. Also, the current iCloud storage is very limited. I love the idea of iCloud Drive connecting everything and being able to replace Dropbox for me, and probable many other people.
  5. OS X and iOS Phone Connectivity: I am often on my computer, and am sometimes hard to reach. Being able to see caller ID and call others from my Mac would be greatly appreciated by those who are trying to reach me, and also complete texting integration can help me keep in contact with my friends without needing my phone.