iphone

In app purchases

iapThe current trend is that apps are free to download and use but the developers build in “in app purchases.” These are also referred to as micro transactions. It’s not a bad practise or done with any malicious intent. It rewards the developers with some money to continue their endeavours.

For example: you could download a basic drawing program and then opt to purchase additional pen types or additional colours.

The problems arise when the ipad is handed over to our little darlings. (Kids) The games they download with or without our consent mostly have these in app purchases. To make matters worse there is often confusion between rewards earned within the game and those that will be billed to your credit card. Remember your ipad is connected with your iCloud account which has your credit card details. To authorise a purchase from within an game or app it’s often as easy as clicking on the OK option provided. BOOM money has been deducted from your credit card.

All parents can take steps to avoid such a fate: If you have an iPhone or iPad, go into Settings, then into General, then Restrictions. Enable restrictions (you’ll have to create a PIN so Timmy can’t undo your handiwork) and then turn off  In-App Purchases under the Allowed Content heading. You can also adjust further parameters, such as whether your kids can have access to iTunes, the camera, or the Safari Web browser.

  

Product review: Olloclip 3-in-1 lens for iPhone

Olloclip lens for iphone

Olloclip 3-in-1 lens for iPhone, available in white, black or red

My fascination with macro photography has changed forever with the Olloclip lens that clips to iPhone 4/4S/5 in three ways – a fish eye lens, a wide angle lens and my favourite, the macro lens! It’s brilliantly compact, easy to clip on and change between the thee lenses.

My only irritation (and it’s not the Olloclip) is the screen protector film lifting once in a while when you’re clipping the Olloclip over it.

Of course, professional photographers will need tripods, lighting and all kinds of plans, but since most of us get around every day with a camera in hand, we record life on the run. It’s never going to trump a professional shoot in quality and composition but it can be used to great effect, for both business and personal records. As I mostly take macro photos of flowers or plants, I often have no breath left by the time I take the photo! You really have to hold the phone dead still for a while to focus, compose the shot, etc. and if it’s a moving object… well, just take a lot of pics.. :-)  And have fun!

I post a link to my Tadaa page again – most of my photos are there.  Let me know where I can see yours.

You can buy yours at Kalahari for around R888

Here’s a video showing off the Olloclip:


Olloclip 3in1 lens for iPhone

  

Photo-sharing app review: Tadaa for iPhone

Tadaa is a a photo-sharing app that lets you edit and apply filters to your photos and share them in a community.

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My Tadaa page – click to view

I love taking photos with my iPhone and after I stopped using Instagram, I tried a number of similar apps to use for posting my pictures online.  Tadaa offers much superior editing features, and I’m hooked!

What I like about Tadaa:

  1. Photo quality and size
    Comparing the Instagram pics I posted before with Tadaa pics, I realise how much I missed higher quality and larger (zoomable) pictures. Tadaa pics are posted at a maximum of 2048 x 2048 pixels and unlike Instagram, Tadaa doesn’t restrict users to a square image. Read More…
  
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