Does Moto’s new mid-ranger have enough wow factor?
The Moto X Play was a surprise announcement in this year’s Motorola line-up, a brand-new handset sandwiched between the top-end Moto X Style and third generation of the popular budget buy Moto G. However, the Moto X Play is more than just a mid-range option for those that want a better screen and faster performance than the Moto G offers, but can’t afford the Moto X Style (or Pure Edition, as its known in the US).
The Moto X Play houses a gigantic 3,630mAh battery that Motorola says will last two days, which is much larger than the Style’s own 3,000mAh power cell. It also boasts a 21MP rear camera, double the size of the camera housed on the new iPhone and, more importantly, it helps distinguish it from other reasonably priced phones like the OnePlus 2, Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 and Honor 6 Plus.
Become a mixmaster with this must-have app from Ninja Tune, Coldcut and Seeper
We’ve finally managed to tear ourselves away from Ninja Jamm to write this. It’s so hard to put down! Far from being a complete virtual music studio like Stagelight, this innovative remix app still has you mashing up beats, loops and samples. Not only is tapping and swiping involved, you even get to tilt and shake the device! Ninja Jamm is a collaboration between the Ninja Tune record label, technology collective Seeper and veteran DJ duo Coldcut, who also provide some of the content for remixing. You get to choose from around 35 tunes (by Ninja Tune artists) and sample packs, some of them free, including genres such as dubstep, house and trap. The ‘Jamm’ then starts playing and you can skip to different song sections and loop them indefinitely. The default screen sees you switching between eight loops for each of the four channels. Flicking a channel to drill mode lets you hold down one or more individual waveform clips to play them repeatedly and create custom loops. A stab matrix with slider is used to add scratch samples, while the effects screen offers crush, filter, delay and reverb for each channel. Even better, an XY pad enables you to apply multi-effects by moving two grid markers or tilting the screen. Finally, the Coldcutter automatically cuts up clips in various ways, with extra buttons for manual fills and glitches – or just shake the device. While there’s sadly no option yet to import your own samples – which would hugely expand the creative options here – mixing is addictively fun, and you can even record your Jamm and upload it to SoundCloud. If you own a tablet, it’s also well worth paying £0.99/$1.49 for the Share+ IAP which also gives you access to all of the tools on a single screen, an Android exclusive, to make mixing even easier.
Award points in your Corona-created game
In this final section, we’ll complete ghostTouched(), which is the code that’ll be called every time the player successfully taps a ghost object. This code will register the touch event and double-check that the player is at the start of Corona’s multi-step touch sequence.
Once the touch event has been checked and registered, the system will increase the player’s score by one point and remove the ghost object. While we’re writing this score code, we’ll add a line that’ll display the player’s score on screen, so they can keep track of how well they’re doing.
But there’s one more scenario to consider and that’s what’ll happen if a ghost object isn’t touched, but falls off screen. Rather than these objects building up off screen, where they could potentially cause problems, we’ll write some code that deletes any ghost objects that the player can no longer see.
Edit your quick settings on Android Marshmallow
The System UI Tuner is a hidden feature of Android phones that allows you to edit the quick settings menu you see when you pull down the top bar of your phone. Firstly we’re going to show you how to activate the System UI Tuner and then what you can do with it once activated.Access settings
Pull down the Quick Settings menu all the way, so that it is fully open. Press and hold the settings cog for around five seconds before letting go.Add System UI Tuner
Once you’ve released it, you should see a text fl ash telling you that System UI Tuner has been added to your settings. If not, press and hold for a little longer.
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Use Glimpse Notifications to see who’s contacting you
Many apps alert you when a notification arrives, but they don’t light up your screen.
Glimpse Notifications puts an end to this by automatically turning on your homescreen so that you can see, with just a glance, if you have a text, an email or even a WhatsApp message. It is a simple, nonintrusive app that requires a couple of minor permissions in order to save you the hassle of unlocking your phone to discover that all you’ve received is an alert telling you what other people are tweeting about.
This tutorial will show you what each of the app’s settings can do and how you can optimise them to do exactly what you want, such as not turning on at certain times or ignoring particularly uninteresting notifications.