Best Apps July 2016

All the best new iOS and Android apps you need to download

By on July 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

All the best new iOS and Android apps you need to download

It’s the end of July 2016. It’s too hot to go outside because our planet is melting, a reality TV star is statistically likely to become the most powerful man in the world, and your best friend has become a zombie slave to a Pokemon game.

But never fear, because there’s a whole host of fantastic new iOS and Android apps for you to download. We’ve rounded up some of the best brand-new apps you should go get on your device right now.

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WhatsApp Windows Mac App

WhatsApp just released desktop apps for Windows and Mac

By on May 10, 2016 at 7:26 PM.

WhatsApp just released desktop apps for Windows and Mac

WhatsApp has been a smartphone-only messaging program for ever, but that changes today. There’s now desktop clients for both Windows and OS X, in addition to the months-old web client.

This doesn’t reflect some giant change for WhatsApp — the desktop clients just mirror what’s on your phone. In other words, you need your phone powered on and running the WhatsApp app to send and receive messages. You scan a QR code on the desktop app with your smartphone, and what you see on your laptop is a reflection of the WhatsApp app on your phone, complete with sent messages and chats.

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iOS 9 In-app Purchases Hack

iOS 9 code vulnerability lets hackers steal thousands of dollars worth of in-app purchases

By on September 24, 2015 at 3:36 PM.

iOS 9 code vulnerability lets hackers steal thousands of dollars worth of in-app purchases

It’s not a trend that gamers are especially ecstatic about, but in-app purchases (IAP) have become a major element of mobile gaming. It’s how many of the biggest games on the App Store stay afloat, but earlier this week, the developers at DigiDNA discovered a coding flaw that could allow hackers to steal thousands of dollars worth of IAP from popular games. More →

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Best Apple Stock App Replacements

The best alternatives to Apple’s stock iPhone apps, as chosen by iOS users

By on September 3, 2015 at 2:26 PM.

The best alternatives to Apple’s stock iPhone apps, as chosen by iOS users

Apple makes some of the best hardware in the smartphone market, but the software isn’t always up to snuff. That’s not to say that the stock apps on the iPhone and iPad aren’t effective, it’s just that other developers have taken the basic concepts and run with them to the point that better alternative exist for nearly every app on the iPhone. More →

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Top 19 iPhone Apps Android June 2015

Cool iPhone apps that do amazing things your Android can’t

By on June 12, 2015 at 3:10 PM.

Cool iPhone apps that do amazing things your Android can’t

The iPhone vs Android debate will likely never be settled. Fans of each platform will stubbornly defend their choice and will be unwilling to accept that sometimes the grass might be greener on the other side. Sometimes, amazing Android apps will be able to do things the iPhone can’t. Other times, it’s iPhone users who get to gloat by having access to some awesome apps that aren’t available on the other side. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now

By on May 7, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now

Yesterday’s post was packed with more paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free than we’ve featured in a single post all week, and a few of them are still on sale for free if you hurry back to that post. Today, however, we have eight more paid iOS apps that are on sale for a limited time, and you won’t pay a dime as long as you grab anything that looks appealing right away. More →

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My Idol iPhone App

A bizarre Chinese app has taken the Internet by storm this week

By on April 24, 2015 at 2:07 PM.

A bizarre Chinese app has taken the Internet by storm this week

Every month or so, an app comes along that captures the imagination of the Internet. We saw it with Words with Friends, Draw Something and Flappy Bird, but nothing had caused quite as big a stir as any of those apps in a while.

At least, that was the case until everyone stumbled across the free Chinese app My Idol earlier this week. More →

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How Much Money Do Mobile Apps Make

Now we know why companies are spending insane money to buy mobile apps

By on May 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM.

Now we know why companies are spending insane money to buy mobile apps

Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp is not going to be the last jaw-dropping deal in the mobile app industry. If you’re looking for reasons why, search no further than Mary Meeker’s epic, 164-slide “Internet Trends” mammoth presentation. More →

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Using Maps Apps While Driving

Mapping and driving is ok, appellate court says

By on February 28, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Mapping and driving is ok, appellate court says

A man who was given a ticket two years ago for using a map app on an iPhone 4 while driving had his conviction overturned by a Fresno appellate court on Thursday, which agreed that drivers should be able to use map apps on a smartphone while on the road, FresnoBee reports. “The Fifth District Court of Appeal unanimously concluded that the state Vehicle Code applies to listening and talking and texting on a cellphone while driving – not looking at a map application,” the publication writes. More →

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Mobile Gaming In-App Purchases

A tiny number of suckers account for half of all in-app purchases

By on February 28, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

A tiny number of suckers account for half of all in-app purchases

Do you play a lot of Candy Crush Saga or Clash of Clans but almost never spend any money on in-app purchases? If so then you’re free riding on the backs of a tiny number of users who are spending ungodly sums on virtual goods that enhance their enjoyment of their favorite games. Re/code reports that a new study from app-testing firm Swrve claims that half of all in-app purchases are made by just 0.15% of mobile gamers, which is pretty stunning considering how lucrative in-app purchases have become for mobile game developers. More →

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EU In-App Purchase Credit Card Charges

EU looks to crack down on ‘misleading’ in-app purchases in free games

By on February 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

EU looks to crack down on ‘misleading’ in-app purchases in free games

Following concerns from consumer groups in Denmark, Britain, Italy and Belgium, the European Commission wants to know more about in-app purchases that are available in mobile applications and that can cause unexpected credit charges, especially for games played by children who may not aware what in-app purchases really mean. According to Reuters, the EU has invited industry – including Apple and Google – policymakers and consumer protection authorities for talks on Thursday and Friday. More →

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Best Android Apps Audio Aware

New app aims to make it safe to cross the street while staring at your smartphone

By on February 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

New app aims to make it safe to cross the street while staring at your smartphone

Plenty of the apps on our smartphones provide us with entertainment and information, but how many protect us from the dangers of the world around us? As far I know, there aren’t many, but the upcoming Android app Audio Aware from the developers at One Llama could do just that. According to MIT Technology Review, Audio Aware will be capable of comprehending noises in the environment that could signal danger, alerting “hard-of-hearing smartphone users and distracted walkers” to an oncoming emergency vehicle or the sound of tires screeching on the pavement. If you happen to be wearing headphones when the background app picks up a distressing noise, it could pause your music and emit a word of warning. One Llama is also looking to include the app in wearable devices in the future as well. The technology is far from perfect, but if an app is able to detect danger before the human ear, it could speed up our increasingly sluggish reaction times.

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