Every day we see hundreds of headlines in the technology sphere. Here at Uptodown we focus on the most important information related to the world of software, covering everything from the most relevant news items and articles on IT security to advice on online privacy.

At Uptodown we work closely with a number of app developers in order to offer their apps on our platform. From the Bench is one of the most successful Spanish studios with major official sports licenses as demonstrated by the tremendous popularity of the saga of football management strategy games that go by the name of Fantasy Manager. Not to mention the successful NBA General Manager 2017. Speaking of the latter, as a result of our tight partnership with its creators, from today on every active player in this game will receive an additional package of 50 free coins sponsored by Uptodown.

The Russians at ZeptoLab hit the jackpot with their game Cut the Rope, with its more than 500 millon downloads since its release in 2010. While that game and its sequels have been Zeptolab’s biggest hits so far, the developers still keep plugging away in other directions, as seen in their super-catchy King of Thieves and Pudding Monsters. Now they’re back to try their luck with CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars, a title where you have to create homemade mechanical vehicles piloted by felines and set them to run up against the creations of other players.

Blizzard knows what’s up. A few days ago it announced that it’s developing Starcraft: Remastered, a remake of the original game from 1998 that pumps up the graphics, slated for this summer. To stoke expectations, they’ve just released nothing less than a new patch for the first game, with the main change being that besides updating the compatibility to suit modern machines, it’s now being distributed as a completely free title. You can download it without paying a dime, even if you don’t have a BattleNet account.

As announced this week on its official blog, Instagram is rolling out a new feature available from version 10.17 of the Android and iOS clients to let you make custom collections out of posts saved as favorites. Plus it’s possible to organize them into themed folders to keep track of everything in a move that brings it closer to the approach of Pinterest. Plus it’s rolling out a new offline mode that lets you like, save, and make comments on posts when you have no connection, and sync everything automatically whenever you go back online.

While Google Earth had its moment, it’s quite clear that it’s lost momentum over the years due to largely being eclipsed by the features on Google Maps and a clear absence of new developments in 3D visualization. Two years ago a new automated 3D viewing system for buildings and geographical features was implemented to replace the outdated, manually uploaded static 3D models. Now the latest version of Google Earth has jumped lightyears ahead of all that, offering an impressive interface from which to explore the world with an unimaginable precision and level of detail, and with added tools for discovering remote places all around the planet.

Instagram is still sticking it to Snapchat and its latest update does a better job than ever of integrating interpersonal communication through Instagram Direct. The new version of the app now combines disappearing posts with private conversations in your inbox – which is exactly what made Snapchat famous and has now been seamlessly incorporated into the picture app owned by Facebook. Disappearing chats based on small videos and pics are now a reality on Instagram.

It’s interesting days for lifelong Transfans. Though rather battered from their manhandling by Hollywood moviemakers, the Transformers have never really gone out of style. In fact, their presence is a constant in the gaming world, as borne out yet again by this Transformers: Forged to Fight, an action and strategy game along the same lines as the hit Marvel: Contest of Champions, also from the studio Kabam. Still, don’t be fooled by the screenshots, as there’s much more to this game than meets the eye.

Ask which are the most popular launchers for Android and Nova Launcher is probably one of the names you’re most likely to hear. But there are alternatives out there whose big user base attests to their great performance – and Evie Launcher is one of them. This option has proved the best at winning fans thanks to its refined style plus its lean weight and speedy performance.

Fallout Shelter was a terrific release from Bethesda that brought the famed post-apocalyptic universe to Android by converting the RPG saga into a fantastic strategy and management game that’s recently even made the jump to PC. On the coattails of this hit, the Russians at My.com have developed Hustle Castlean odd clone that shamelessly copies the Fallout Shelter gameplay but uses a medieval fantasy setting with a lot of parody thrown into the mix. In fact, they’ve used the distinctive look of animated shows from MacFarlane Productions like Family Guy. But the most important question is: Does this hodgepodge of references actually work? Amazingly, it does!

Up to this point sharing contacts on WhatsApp had to be done one contact at a time, which could be annoying if you wanted to share a whole group of contact details. Not something we’ve had to do a lot, but when we did it was a serious pain. Luckily the messaging app has decided to fix this with a new update that lets you send multiple contacts at the same time.