Mobile game engine are an alternative to native application programming. With native languages you need to program the engine your self, or make use of libraries. However there are lots of good alternatives out there to make mobile games.
I have made a list here of good alternatives programming tools, or mobile game engine to create mobile games. The list is presented in alphabetical order.
There are probably lots of other game engines. And most of these engines can publish to other platforms than mobile platforms too. Like web as Flash, html or a custom plugin. Some of the engines like Unreal Engine and Unity can publish to game consoles as well.
Engines like Stencyl and Construct 2 you dont even have to code your self. You just drag command blocks around. You kind of still have to code, but not from typing. It is worth to check out if you are a beginner into game design or game programming.
Check out the web pages for those engines.
So please download one of those engines and start making awesome games. Remember if you want to build native games you should check out Xcode, Android Studio or Visual Studio.
As you can see from the list, some of the mobile game engine are free, others are paid and some are subscription based. Some are free until your game reach over a certain amount of revenue. Then you have to pay a small percentage of royalty fee. Those limits are quite high, so you can easily afford it if it comes to that.
Is TouchID protection useful or useless? It all depends really. It depends on who you want to protect your iPhone from. If your threat model is theft, your fingerprint is brilliant. If your threat model is coercion by a government authority, it is worse than useless.
If being arrested you can invoke the fifth amendment and deny telling your password. What you can not do is deny the government authority press your finger on your iPhone fingerprint reader. As they are entitled to register your fingerprint anyway. And instead of using an ink pad, they just will use your iPhone. Your fingerprint is not protected in the fifth amendment, but your password is.
Ok, TouchID might not always be brilliant, so what do I do? What you can do is disable it. If your iPhone get stolen the thieves can not try an unlimited number of password. After 3 attempts it gets locked.
I still want TouchID enabled, but what if government authority wants access and I dont want to give them access? If you get the chance you should reboot your iPhone. Hold in home button and the power button for 10 seconds and your phone is restarted. TouchID doesn’t work on first login after reboot. You will need to use the password then. And after 48 hours your TouchID gets disabled.
You might know that Siri can be access from lock screen? It is pretty convenient that you dont have to unlock your phone to access Siri. Lets say someone you dont want to have access to your phone got your phone. What if that person asked Siri about your last incoming and outgoing calls? Asked Siri about your last messages? Or your planner and schedule? Siri would give him all that and more. Siri would tell on you to anybody without even knowing your iPhone passcode. How to disable siri from lock screen?
Unless you really need to access Siri from your lock screen, you should close this security hole. It only takes you about 15 seconds to do it. And your privacy would be a lot more secured. In fact disabling Siri from your lock screen is one of four steps to protect your iPhone and privacy. The three others will be in a few later posts.
How to disable Siri from lock screen: First open your iPhone. Once one your home screen, enter settings. Scroll down to Passcode (or Touch ID/Passcode on iPhone 6 and later) Enter your passcode. And deselect Siri from the access from lock screen options.
Congratulation, your phone is now a lot more secure. And so is your privacy. PS! You can still access and use Siri. You just need to enter your passcode to unlock your phone first.
If you try to enable Siri but still goes to voice control when trying to access Siri, you probably forgot to select language for Siri. If you dont select any language for Siri, Siri will just deactivate once you leave the Siri settings. And when trying to use Siri, you will only get Voice Control when holding in the home button.
So if your Siri language is empty, click to select a language, and Siri will work just fine.