All posts tagged: iPhone

iPhone SE Review

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geek / reviews

I recently traded in my somewhat worn iPhone 5S for the newer SE. Before buying I read a load of reviews, none of which answered the three questions I had. So, after about a month’s use, here they are: 1) Is it noticeably quicker than the iPhone 5S? Yes, but only in a few apps. Safari’s quicker to render some pages. Pokemon Go runs beautifully, when it was a bit laggy on the 5S. 2) Is the […]

Kitten Block: Now for iOS

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cats / fuckwittery / geek / kitten block

Since I published the Chrome version, the most common request I’ve received from Kitten Block users is a version for iOS. But given that Safari on iPhone and iPad devices doesn’t support desktop-style add-ons, this has never been possible – until now. With iOS 9, and subject to some limitations, noted below, Apple has made it possible to install content blockers into iOS for the first time. And so I’m pleased to announce that Kitten […]

The best iOS game you’re not playing: 太鼓の達人

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fuckwittery / Japanese

If you’ve ever been in a Japanese video game arcade, there’s one machine you can’t miss: Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人), AKA the one with the two huge drums (photo above by Amy Jane Gustafson). It’s a hugely fun game, not least because it’s so simple: there are only really four things you need to learn: 1) Red blob (ドン) means “hit the drum” 2) Blue blob (カッ) means “hit the rim of the drum” 3) […]

18 Months in (mostly) cats

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cats / photos

I’ve had my iPhone for 18 months now, and for most of that time it’s been the best camera I’ve had to hand – so I’ve taken thousands of photos. Most of them never left the phone, but now that I’m about to take a screwdriver to it (busted headphone jack) I thought I’d rifle through and see if there’s anything worth saving. Perhaps unsurprisingly: lots of cat photos. And so, here’s 18 months in […]

The best iPhone apps for learning Japanese

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Japanese / lists / reviews

Ever since I started to learn Japanese, I’ve done a lot of studying on the train to and from work. At first this meant carrying around home-made paper flashcards and a big English to Japanese dictionary, but these days an iPhone can replace both of those and help you do much more – there are apps for flashcards, for learning the stroke order of kanji, and even fully fledged dictionaries. I’ve downloaded and tried loads […]