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Simpsons Tapped Out – “Where’s Maggie” Fix


maggie-floating-with-balloonTo those that were fed up with Maggie not being tappable in the “Where’s Maggie” minigame, I found on that the best advice is to complain by filling out this form, then select “Technical support” followed by “Game performance” in the drop down menus, at which point the advice you will likely get is to tap the building and other areas around her prior to tapping her. It apparently works.

Also, if you’re on with support, ask for some donuts for your inconvenience. You will not be denied 🙂


10 Free OnePlus One Apps You Need Right Now


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Without a doubt, the OnePlus One has taken over the world by storm. Based out of China, OnePlus devised an affordable, budget-friendly alternative to pricier smartphones, such as the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and recently the Nexus, which doubled in price once the Nexus 6 came out. Even with its upcoming price increase it’s still competitively priced considering you are getting the phone unlocked.

All that having been said, as awesome as the phone is, there are always apps that can be purchased to enhance your phones’ experience. Here are ten of my favourites:

1. Camera: CameraNext Mod

One massive complaint the phone had was in the camera quality: it produces photos that are too grainy, especially in low lighting. Looking into it, I realized that the issue must be software-related since OnePlus took the camera hardware from Sony, making the hardware component top-rate.

I was looking for different alternatives. Of them, the best one was the Cyanogen-modded CameraNext app. The pics and videos there are among the clearest I’ve seen. Here are the links:

Why are there two different apps? Because, when you upgrade to CM12, Panorama crashes the CM11 version of the app. Why the links? Because the apps were fan-modded by pro developers and aren’t available on Google Play. I still prefer this app over to what’s commercially available at the Play store.

Honorable mention goes to Google Camera, though my issue with it is in the video where it seems to auto-focus in and out.

2. Recording: Titanium Recorder

My issue with the stock recorder was that it would only record a message for a minute, then stop once the phone went to sleep. Titanium Recorder continues playing after the phone sleeps, and produces excellent audio quality.

The App is available on Google Play.

3. Messaging: GoSMS Pro

I personally find the stock Messaging app to freeze and crash too often. Apparently it cannot process/handle the contacts and messages. Enter GoSMS Pro. It’s free, gives a choice of six colors, and works amazingly well.

The App is available on Google Play.

4. Messaging: WhatsApp

Need I say more?

The App is available on Google Play.

5. Battery Management: Qualcomm Snapdragon BatteryGuru

One issue with OnePlus, which also goes for all Android devices, is battery management. Battery management especially became an issue once the Cyanogen Mod 12 (CM12) came out. BatteryGuru saves some of that juice.

The App is available on Google Play.

6. Contacts

I personally use Contacts+ to import my contacts from GMail, Facebook, and iCloud. To backup your contacts into a CSV file, SuperBackup does the trick.

These Apps are available on Google Play.

7. Readers

For readers, there are:

a. Pocket, which lets you locally download any web page into your account for future access in areas where no wifi/data is accessible

b. Amazon Kindle, for those eBooks requiring Kindle reading (and where I can download my purchases)

c. Aldiko, for other eBooks

The Apps are available on Google Play.

8. Skype

To communicate with other users with video for free across Wifi, there’s still nothing better out there.

The App is available on Google Play.

9. Social Media

Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIN. Goes without saying.

The Apps are available on Google Play.

10. Coffee Shop Apps

I’m referring to Starbucks and Second Cup.

When you need a coffee and are in a bind without your card, you simply add your card number to an account that you tie in with an app on your phone. It simplifies the process greatly.

The Apps are available on Google Play.


Glad you enjoyed!

Video Game Console Tech Specs



A video game console is essentially a computer has traditionally been designed to do one thing- play video games from cartridges. Today this has evolved into online gameplay, downloadable games via WiFi, and more. Since they’re computers, what’s under the hood? That’s one of the things a video game manufacturer fails to specify, and most people are complacent.

Here I lay out the “skinny” on video game consoles. Have fun!

 X-Box 360Nintendo WiiNintendo Wii-UPlaystation 4
System RAM:N/A 88 MB 2048 MB8 GB
Drive Capacity:4 GB 512 MB8 GB500 GB
CPU Speed:N/A 729 MHzN/AN/A
CPU Cores:N/A 1N/A8
Disc Capacity: 8.5 GB 8.5 GB8.5 GB8.5 GB
Disc loading type:Slot loadingSlot loadingSlot loadingSlot loading
Video outputs:Component, HDMI (v1.4) Component, RCA / composite, S-Video Component, HDMI (v1.4), RCA / composite, S-VideoHDMI
Video Formats:1080p, 1080i, 720p 576i, 480p, 480i1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 1080i, 720p
Released:August 3, 2010November 19, 2006November 18, 2012November 15, 2013

Apple iPhone 5 Cable Not Working? Try Removing Dust from Charger Slot With Screwdriver


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I have an iPhone 5 by Apple, and have used iPhones for the last few years. I recently had a problem where my iPhone 5 wasn’t charging using my cables. I immediately dismissed those cables as old and faulty, and looked for knock-off versions.

Imagine to my chagrin that I still received an error that “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.” Aargh!

After looking high and low for a solution that would work, a friend of mine tried something so primitive that it worked. He took a small screwdriver and cleaned the small space on the bottom where the charger cable goes into. There was a surprisingly large amount of dust inside, preventing a proper charge from happening. After 15-20 seconds of cleaning the space out of dust, my phone was able to charge with any cable once again.

Top 7 Ways and Tips to Get Ahead in Simpsons: Tapped Out

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I practically grew up watching the Simpsons. The Simpsons fully aired when I was 7 years old, in 1990, after being seen as shorts on the Tracey Ullman show. While many of the newer episodes have become just plain stupid, there are occasionally some good ones.

When The Simpsons: Tapped Out came out on iPhone and Android, I was excited to download it for free. I forgave the games’ slow load time and occassional Origin account mishaps. I’ve been playing it a while and can say that it’s the perfect game or my hectic schedule: spend a few minutes a day, wait 24 hours to collect goodies, then repeat.

Here are some unique and not-so-unique tips on how to get ahead in Simpsons: Tapped out. Some of them are shockers, and some of them are, like, “*facepalm* of course! How could I have missed that???”

For cash

1. Choosing tasks

Choose tasks where you know your own schedule. If you have a few minutes in the morning and a few in the evening, choose 8 or 12 hour ones. If you know that you won’t be around for the rest of the day, choose the 24 hour tasks. That way you can maximize the amount of cash you get per task.

2. Choose your buildings carefully

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Stores such as the Kwik-E-Mart and others have the ability to earn you higher income but it comes at the cost of time. While you can trigger more tasks at once, they’ll most likely take longer. These are good ones to have as a steady stream of income. I typically trigger tasks when I can and definitely always have tasks running while I’m away from the game. That way I come back to a nice pile of cash the next time I play.

As for houses, aside from the houses you need to get based on tasks early on, the best advice I can give is: stock up like crazy on blue houses. Those collect in 8 hours and give you the best bang for your buck.

Either way you will need to stock up on both as each set of buildings affect your conformity score.

3. Consult the Conform-O-Meter and Optimize your Conformity Score.

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That’s right: stock up on decorations, Hail Ants signs for obedience and more. Get Sideshow Bob each time he appears and visit your friends’ lands for Righteousness. Each star you earn is another percentage point added to your cash collection on buildings and more. If you earn 4.5 stars, you get 4.5% additional money and XP for each thing you do. It adds up.


I’m not going to lie, there aren’t a whole lot of ways to get Donuts and Premium Stuff. EA Games really puts a tight lock on this, such that you cannot do things like pushing your phone clock further in time to finish tasks sooner, hacking the game using a third-party Windows app requiring you to give up your phone number/credit card, etc.

4. Hidden items and bonuses

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This is a rather easy one and doesn’t require any skill. Tap on Homer so his task list comes up next to him. Now tap on Homer 10 times quickly. Doing this will unlock 10 donuts and a Jebediah Statue. (source:

5. Leveling Up

Leveling up to higher levels will eventually force EA to give you donuts, since there comes a point (level 35 or 36) where the game can no longer give you free goodies.

Also look for holiday promotions. X-mas/New years are prime times for EA to supply you with the occasional free donut.


6. Making/Visiting New Friends

Visiting new friends and doing 3/3 daily actions guarantees you some money as well as 25 XP per friend. If you have enough friends and time this can add up.

Not only that, but when it comes to holiday editions you can get lots of free valentines hearts, X-mas cards, etc. just by visiting your friends. And if they’re active you will be able to get these goodies in your land, too.

As for adding new friends, there are two ways to do so:

a. One way (the obvious one) is to invite your Facebook, iPhone/Android Contacts, and Origin contacts to play with you.

b. The other (not so obvious way) is to request invites through public forums and Facebook groups/pages. Do #2 last as EA/Origin limits you to 90 friends (that’s why I haven’t friended so many other requests, sorry).

The sources I personally used for friend requests (in the comments section) were:

In general, if you Google “simpsons tapped out add me” you will see a lot of resources. Focus on the ones where the posts are most recent.

7. Trees and Items

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Items such as trees will earn you XP, which you’ll need in order to level up and unlock other items. While these items don’t earn you cash or donuts, it’s important not to forget about them. Certain characters, buildings, and other items can only be unlocked when you reach a certain level.

In order to level up, you’ve got to collect XP. Adding trees, landscaping, and other items are cheap ways of earning XP faster (source:


I hope this helps anybody looking to get ahead in the game. Again, most of these items are common-sense, and some items (like how to add friends) are not so obvious. Feel free to offer feedback and share this post if you find it helpful!

Zombie Cafe for iPhone – Customers to Zombify

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This is not complete yet but is continuing to grow!

Name of customer- Special abilities – Cash to Convert to Zombie – Its rating out of 5 stars


  • Retiree- daydreams a lot – $0 to convert – 2/5
  • *Centernarian – even older and worse than retiree (100 years old) – $0 – 0.5/5
  • Average customer – normal – $0 to convert – 3/5
  • Businessman -seems to already be a zombie-$0 – 3/5
  • Underacheiver – hints that he’s lazy, not sure – $0 – 2.5/5
  • Teacher – Hints that he’s powerful, not sure – $0 – 3/5
  • Coach Potato – lazy – $0 – 2/5
  • Policemen -extremely weak, but fast. DO NOT GET- 1 toxin – 1/5
  • *Local Hero – Upgraded cop – 10 toxin – 1.5/5
  • * Traffic Cop – ??? – 1 toxin – ???


  • Nerd- speedy and quick (loses energy fast)-$200 – 3/5
  • Teenager – more energy, decent fighter. Use as cook. – $0 – 3/5
  • Punk (500 dollars) – Souped up teenager.
  • Foot ball Player – lots of strength and energy (only food for raids). Low attention span, though. No Tips. I wouldn’t get him.- 10 toxin – 3/5
  • Veteran – ??? – $100 – ???
  • Construction Worker -Powerful at fighting, but will never get tips (slow heal time)-$250 – 3/5
  • Telemarketer – hints that she is persuasive. Good for tips but go with politician/executive/cio – $0 – 2/5
  • * Celebrity – Gets tips. Regenerates quickly. Low attention span and poor fighter though. Wouldn’t get – level 10 – 5 toxin – ???


  • Politician – gets bigger tips, terrible fighter – $100 – 3/5
  • Yoga instructor – regerates slow but has a lot of stamina. Very solid fighter. I recommend. – $0 – 4/5
  • Firefighter-Strong fighter. Good as a cook. Doesn’t get tips.-$750- 3/5
  • *Mathlete – better version of nerd. Quick. Poor fighter, but I love him as he gets the serving job done fast. – $750 – 4/5
  • Clown – generates tips more easilier, for some reason a good fighter. Quick. – 8 toxin  – 4.5/5
  • Accountant – almost never daydreams. Good for cooking. – $0 – 3/5
  • *Fire FIghter – appears at lvl 9 – $750 – ???
  • *Executive – a team player lvl 9 – $750 – ???
  • Sergeant* (10 toxins)


  • *Boxer – hints that he’s powerful, never loses in a fight – 15 toxin – 4.5/5
  • *Champ – better version of Boxer – 20 toxin – 5/5
  • *Engineer – better version of Construction Worker – $500 – 4.5/5
  • *Sumo – High energy, no tips. Good fighter. – 30 toxin – 4.5/5
  • Foreman – upgrade of engineer. Solid fighter, no tips, good for cooking. – $1500 – 4/5
  • *Star Player – ??? – 15 toxin – ???
  • *CIO – hints that he can make money fast – $1500 – 3.5/5
  • Stoogie the clown – upgrade of clown – 12 toxin – 5/5
  • * Fire Chief – Very good at fights. –  level 10 – $1800 – 3/5