Now that we’re in full swing with movie and music awards season, we can’t miss out on the chance to plug the most important awards in mobile gaming. This year marks the 13th edition of the International Mobile Gaming Awards, a prize gala that highlights excellence in gaming for mobile devices in different categories. This year’s list of nominees is gigantic – we present our selection of our favorites for you below.
When Facebook Lite appeared in 2015 we couldn’t imagine the waves it would make over time. The light version of the Facebook app has become indispensable for people who have weak connections – or simply don’t want to eat up all their memory with the gigantic original Facebook app. Amazingly, it’s now reached 200 million users, and this achievement is being celebrated with improvements to the app’s performance.
Two-step verification helps protect your online services, and is now available on most of the big-name chat and social network apps. The addition of this feature seems to have been in the works for a while, but only now has the latest WhatsApp beta incorporated a two-step verification system as extra protection. Here we explain what it is and how to set it up.
If there’s one tech company that continually tries to innovate in its apps, it’s Facebook. With updates rolling out almost weekly, Facebook never stops moving to include new features that make its service more complete. Today we’re talking about two novelties that deserve a look: weather updates and community notifications for disasters.
It’s an issue as ubiquitous as WiFi itself: randoms break into network connections and eat up the bandwidth without the owners realizing it. Though most routers include web control panels where you can manage which machines are permitted, smartphone apps can also get this job done. NetCut is one of them: this app scans your network for randoms and then blocks their access.
Let’s do some juggling here. Martial arts cinema has left its mark on several generations of kids obsessed with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Donnie Yen and their meticulously choreographed melée hostilities. Meanwhile, video games have served as a medium for expressing the inspiration this genre has offered them. The iconic Kung Fu Master from Irem was one of them, and then taken as a basis for Curlking Game Studio in developing The Counter of Death – a super-simple game of skill for Android where you have to knock the crap out of anyone who gets in your way while climbing floors in a tower.
One of the longest-standing issues with YouTube is how airtight it is in terms of allowing local downloads of its videos. There are, of course, unofficial apps like TubeMate, but Google policies prohibit downloads like this, so users who want to view content offline have been left to their own devices. The latest solution to this problem is YouTube Go, a new service for locally downloading and sharing videos for viewing inside the app. Several months ago it was trialled in India, and now it’s finally been released for global use.
“Prevention is better than cure,” as they say (probably too often), and in many cases they’re probably not wrong. If you apply this logic to the Android ecosystem it’s more than just a saying – it’s a mantra you should definitely hang on the closest wall. You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your phone, so we’ve picked out a couple useful tools here to help armor-plate your installed apps.
Those of us who consume lots of online media are in a bit of a pickle these days. Between à la carte TV services, online streaming subscriptions, cable TV, and the ever-less-cool broadcast television, it can get hard to remember when new episodes come out for the shows you watch. OK, OK, this might be a first world problem – but at least it’s got a solution. Track My Shows is a free Android app with no ads that notifies you beforehand when new episodes are about to come out for your fave series.
The world of emulation never stops moving. While a few days ago we gave you a review of the impressive Cemu emulator for Wii U, today it’s the turn of Citra, a fully functional emulator of Nintendo 3DS for Windows and Mac that can run games at 100% and scale the 3D graphics to display much higher resolutions that the console originals.