Category Archive : Apps

Apple Arcade Is Open For Beta Users

If you’re an iOS 13 beta user who is looking forward to Arcade, it looks like you might be taking advantage of Apple’s subscription gaming service within three days of the official launch date.

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Not Another One! Facebook And Instagram Developing a New App Called ‘Threads’

Who would have thought that Facebook would be developing another new messaging app? And this time, it is doing so to rival Snapchat. This app will be named ‘Threads’.

Facebook is reported to be developing Threads as a new messaging app. It is aimed at helping users share more information more often with their close friends. Those close friends will be picked up from the close friends’ list users have on Instagram and Facebook.

What is the functionality of Threads?

Threads is created to automatically share close details, such as location, internet speed, battery life and the like. The app also shares typical social media posts such as text and pictures. Threads is intended to work with the ‘close friends list’ of users listed on Instagram.

Threads will act as a companion to Instagram. Currently it is in testing at Facebook

Threads is engineered as Instagram’s ‘sister’ app and invites users to share close details with their close friends using Instagram’s creative tools. The app includes an opt-in ‘automatic sharing’ feature allowing people on the app user’s close friends list receiving regular updates, about where the person is, and vice versa.

Threads also allows users to update their respective statuses manually, with those statuses being shown in the main feed along with the messages. The app will show online users with a green dot, allows users to quickly read stories shared by friends and also includes its own camera function.

It is the latest in apps automating status sharing through mobile phone sensors & one-tap status sharing. In 2014, a similar app called ‘Status’ tried doing the same thing as Threads, and in 2015, Danny Trinh’s free app took another yet similar approach.

Why are Facebook & Instagram developing Threads?

After facing years of sustained & rising criticism in its negative role in the promotion of political propaganda, false news, false information, spam content, failure to stop large-scale data breaches & verbatim genocide, Facebook signaled major changes which are currently in progress.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this year that his company would be improving Facebook’s privacy.

Facebook has also started a project aimed at merging the services of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook. Such will allow users to send messages instantly across these apps without the need for switching between the apps. The apps will remain separate, but their messaging functionalities will now be under one umbrella.

Could this be an attempt by Facebook to mask its numerous failures? It is becoming highly probable that Facebook is doing so by making an impression in the general public that it is moving on from being an open public forum to a close one shielding users’ information.

The concluding point – Will Thread survive or face another rollback?

There are doubts among the general populace about the survival of threads after its inception. Such became evident when the social media giant ended its support for Direct, which was a camera-first app that not only resembled but mimicked Snapchat.

Direct was unveiled in 2017 and was tested in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey & Uruguay. However, the launch of direct was canceled before a global release was to occur. There is ambiguity in whether Threads will be launched or not.

There is a likelihood that Facebook might end the development of the app before giving it to the general public (as it did with Direct). However, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg asserted back in March that he sees private messaging as the company’s future.

Threads appears to be part of the efforts of Facebook’s latest vision of making private messaging become a reality.

Will Facebook succeed this time? Or will it falter with just another failed launch?

Instagram is working on a Snapchat-like app

Facebook is testing another Snapchat clone.

The app “is designed to facilitate continuous, automatic sharing between users,” The Verge said, and the company has released a model of the app based on screenshots of unpublished apps. The image shows a single feed where you can see a friend’s story or a brief “status”.

Facebook and Instagram have been trying to copy Snapchat at least six times over the years. However, these attempts were unsuccessful until Instagram launched Stories in its own application.

Of course, Facebook’s previous attempts to create a separate Snapchat clone were unsuccessful, and Threads could be as easy as other Snapchats that the company has been dying over the years. However, by integrating Instagram stories with the user’s “close friends,” the company at least indicates that it is willing to put all the features of Instagram into practice.

WhatsApp prepares its own version of Boomerang Instagram

WhatsApp is developing a boomerang feature for its videos, much like its sister app, Instagram.

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The Best Games to Play on the Nintendo Wii this Season

There are several gaming consoles on the market and each of these consoles has earned a significant position. We have the ultimate PS4 which offers us some really awesome exclusive and then we have the X-Box 1x which offers its own set of exclusives. Each console may differ from each other based on the different efficacies it has to offer. Among many consoles, emerges a name that has established itself as an authority in the motion-control console gaming. It is none other but Nintendo Wii. If you’re a fan of the Nintendo, you might wonder which are the best games to play. 

Here are some Nintendo Wii games that are quite the traction for all the Nintendo lovers out there. 

Xenoblade Chronicles

Do you want to play a game with an amazing questline, some really memorable characters and really cool fantasy combat actions? Look no further than the amazing Xenoblade Chronicles. It is a Japanese video game which packs a lot of interesting gaming features with a steep learning curve. If you ever face a roadblock in this game, don’t worry because there are many interesting guides on the Internet to educate you on how you can find your way around the game. 

The game has previously scored a staggering 92 percent on metacritics and well deserves it. It is one of the best fantasy games with a sleek gameplay and stunning art direction. The game also features some mind-soothing Xenoblade Chronicle soundtracks. In fact, they are so great that people listen to them on Spotify even when they are not playing the game. No wonder Xenoblade has earned its keep as one of the best action-fantasy game of all-time on the Nintendo Wii.

Super Smash Bros Brawl

There is no other podium where the best Nintendo warriors come together to have a cross-over fight other than the Super Smash Bros brawl. The ultimate Super Smash Bros is a fighting game that works out fine for everyone, even for all those who aren’t quite a fan of the fighting games themselves. It is quite interactive and fun when you can play it with your family and friends. And, the game is quite different from other fighting games because you can have up to four combatants in a single round. 

Also, it doesn’t matter if you are using the Wii Remote, or Wii Remote with Nunchuk, Gamecube Controller or the Classic Controller; with Super Smash Bros different combatants can use different controls to simultaneously play with each other. Unlike other fighting games which require complex combinations such as Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter, the controls for Super Smash Bros are pretty streamlined. Such controls can easily be learned by anyone on the go so they can have some real fun.  

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Developed and published by Nintendo, the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the trademark game of Nintendo. Just like Super Mario, the Legend of Zelda is a vintage classic storyline that has come down a long way. The best thing about the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is that even newbies can play it. If you haven’t played any of the prior Zelda games before, you can still master the gameplay in Skyward Sword; all you have to do is get your hands on this game title and begin your adventure.  

You will have plenty of opportunities to interact with different memorable characters, complete various challenging quests, and find your way through the dungeon labyrinths. Believe it or not, but this game almost took around 5 years of development before it reached its target audience. Just imagine, the heart and soul developers have put in this game and how much time they have invested in the game details; from the soundtrack to animations, even the grass blades caressed by winds.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

The title has earned its keep in the PC version of the game quite magnanimously and it has earned its keep in the Nintendo world, especially with the use of the Wii motion controller. In Call of Duty: Black Ops, you start out as a CIA operative Alex Mason where you are battling in the era of Cold War. As you conquer through the game’s decently designed campaigns, you face with the options of sabotaging enemy equipment, rescue political prisoners meet interesting allied rebels and do much more. 

It is a thrilling multiplayer title which takes place in over 14 different maps. Irrespective of whether you are shooting down AI opponents or human opponents, the experience with the Wii motion controller is indeed out of this world. It has sold more than 6 million copies around the world and especially individuals using the Wii motion controller have reverted back with more positive reviews than ever. If you haven’t played this title on Nintendo Wii yet, I strongly recommend that you do; it will be worth it. 

Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart is a racing video game featuring the ultimate Mario characters and is quite a delightful treat for all those planning to play this game with friends. The gameplay seems to be just as amazing on the Wii as it does on every other console. It features both single-player as well as multiplayer modes and you have the advantage of the Wii Remote’s motion-sensing which provides good steering. 

The powerups in the game are distributed evenly and semi-randomly. So, it’s like if you are not doing good in the game, you will get the best powerups so you can excel in the race. Whereas, the player who is in the lead usually scores the weakest powerups which ultimately results in making the game less challenging for losing players. Eventually, someone in the last can readily come up at the first. 

It makes the game altogether quite a thrilling experience for Mario Kart Wii players. 

Okami

Last but definitely not the least on our list today is Okami. With the recent HD remake, Okami has become one of the best Wii Games on Nintendo this year. There is so much interesting that this action-adventure game has to offer to its players. The only setback was the graphics which is now resolved giving Nintendo players an edge to have the ultimate gaming experience of Okami. 

The Okami story combines several Japanese myths; it discusses the story of Shinto a sun goddess saves the land from the darkness. The Wii version of the Okami is a remake of the PlayStation 2 version of the game but only this time it comes in better HD quality and with a Wii motion controller. You can perform miracles, skills, and actions with the Celestial Brush which works as the gesture.

So there you go, here are all the best games that you can play on the Nintendo Wii this year.   

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CONFIRMED! TikTok To Launch Their Own Smartphone This Year

The company ByteDance behind the virus video-sharing app TikTok will soon launch its own smartphone.

A few months ago, rumors about equipment were common, but now the spokesperson of the Chinese giant officially confirmed this development.

They said the device is working to extend the company’s product portfolio beyond news and video applications.

The company’s representative did not say much about the function of the phone, but the Chinese outlet “Financial” reported that under the leadership of former Smartisan executive Wu Dezhou, the company’s development lasted seven months.

In other words, we do want the phone to offer some ByteDance-owned apps, from TikTok and IM Feiliao to the news app Jinri Toutiao, and possibly music streaming services.

Basically, if the device does not provide the ideal software/hardware, people may not purchase it when they choose to install the same ByteDance application on a better device.

WhatsApp Starts Banning The Spammers

We use WhatsApp to track our old school friends, organize social events and even business communication. However, please note that if you abuse certain features on the app or violate the Whatsapp rules, WhatsApp will temporarily block your account.

You will be notified when you are banned. This will notify ‘temporarily ban WhatsApp’.

If you break any rules, prepare for the WhatsApp ban

WhatsApp wants to keep its platform free from any illegal activities. Messaging companies are banned accounts only to curb bad behavior and those that violate the WhatsApp terms.

Try to avoid the following things that might make you banned:

  1. Sending too many messages to people whose number you do not have saved on your phone
  2. If a user is blocked by a lot of other users in a short period of time
  3. If you create too many groups that contain users that are not in your address book
  4. If you are using a fake version of WhatsApp

Users can Join a Group with Instagram Chat Sticker

Now, with a single click, you can request them to join the group and you can be part of someone’s chat group. Many people think about how Instagram chat stickers work; it’s easy.

How Instagram Chat Sticker works:

  • This sticker will appear with other Instagram stories
  • When you click on this sticker, it will open a text prompt asking what you want to talk about.
  • People can also choose to “join chat” and they will be added if the person allows it.
  • The person who posted the sticker will have complete control over who decides who can join the group, who can’t.

In addition, the sticker will also serve as a promotional entity for people who use the tool to advertise. Now they will be able to create events in chat groups such as the Spring Festival.

This feature is available in chunks, so you’ll soon see the “Join Chat” tab in Instagram stories.

Xiaomi CC9 Introduces a New Version of Emojis

CC. Xiaomi CC9 will be the first smartphone designed for teenagers. To make the phone more like a young customer, the company decided to bring Emoji to the phone.

Phone X has this feature, namely Animoji. Samsung then copied this feature and named it AR Emoji with additional options. Later, Xiaomi also copied this feature, added some features and named it Mimoji.

Xiaomi will launch a new smartphone on July 2. Mi CC9 is not the only smartphone that will be launched at the event.

New PUBG Game Announced

Recently, Call of Duty developers announced new PUBG games. They have not revealed the name of the upcoming game. However, the only thing we know is that it was developed by a new studio called “Striking Distance.”

Striking Distance is a new studio that has appointed a new team led by Glen Schofield. Glen Schofield has many popular games like Dead Space and Call of Duty. The best part is that this upcoming game will be developed under his supervision.

According to the latest report, PUBG’s new game will become “the original narrative experience in the PUBG universe.” There is no further argument at the moment. Let’s see what happens next. Until then, please stay tuned for updates.