A non-trivial list of the 100+ must-have Android apps in 2017

Android is the world’s most popular operating system by a long shot and it has a gigantic ecosystem of apps with more than 2 million applications on the Google Play Store, but having so much choice often means that it’s hard to find the essential apps, the ones that truly enrich your experience in a meaningful way.

That’s what this selection of essential Android apps aims to do: help you discover the very best of the platform without the tiresome trial-and-error.

Time and time again, we keep on coming back to these appsThis is not a conclusive list, but we’ve …


Visit blocked websites and watch Netflix anywhere with 5 of the best Android VPN apps

A VPN app can be a seriously powerful tool for defending your online freedom. Acquiring access to websites and content blocked in your country, encrypting your traffic to protect it from prying eyes, and watching Netflix from anywhere in the world – these are the most basic things any VPN app can do for you. Some even let you choose between servers in specific countries and establish secure SSL connections. If you are looking for an Android VPN app, you won’t go wrong with any of the ones we’re showing you below. They are rated highly, updated regularly, and are mostly …

How to scale the LG G6 display for apps and games that don't fit in 18:9

LG got none other but the inventor of the 2:1 format on stage during the G6 unveiling to explain why it comes with a screen in the unorthodox 18:9 aspect ratio. When LG announced this brand new 5.7″ display panel with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution, we thought “Oh, that’s just LG being LG, they are always doing something with modular phones or extra ticker screens like on the V-series, so that might be it.”

It turned out that LG had a deeper meaning when it crafted a 2:1 Dolby Vision-certified display for the G6. This standard is called Univisium, and is not widespread …

Here are five paid iOS apps that are free for a limited time

Even if an iOS app normally costs an arm and a leg, you never know when it might end up free for a limited time, like the rest of the apps on this morning’s list. And when we say “free for a limited time,” it means that if you see something that you like, you better grab it now before it is too late. To check out which paid apps are being offered for free, simply click on the slideshow below.

With each of the apps listed, we include a link to the App Store listing, an image pertaining to the app, and a brief summary. This time around, we have five apps for your perusal. So what are you waiting …

The iOS 10.3 beta lets you check which apps won't work in iOS 11

Ever since the first beta for iOS 10.3 hit, it’s been all but confirmed that the next major release, iOS 11, will likely cut support for 32-bit apps entirely, essentially making nearly 200,000 apps obsolete. It turns out, however, that the company also lets users manually check which, if any, of their installed apps will be affected by the change, though it hasn’t done a good job of advertising it.

The feature, called “App Compatibility”, is buried deep within the settings, where it can be found by tapping on General > About > Applications, provided the device is running …

Apple could wipe out nearly 200,000 apps from its App Store with iOS 11

According to a new survey from app analytics firm Sensor Tower, Apple’s next major update to iOS could result in the destruction of more than 187,000 applications. This is due to the fact that Tim Cook & Co. will most likely kill 32-bit support when iOS 11 premieres this September. 

Sensor Tower says that these figures represent about 8 percent of all the titles that are currently on the App store, and points to a message warning that appeared in the first beta version of iOS 10.3 which states that 32-bit applications “will not work with future …

Infographic shows who would win March Madness tournament among messaging apps


The other day, the NCAA released the 68-team bracket for the single-elimination tournament that will crown the 2017 Men’s College Basketball champion. But suppose that instead of college basketball teams, there was a tournament that pitted mobile messaging apps against each other. Which one would be named the best messaging app for your smartphone? With that in mind, Apptopia set up a tournament for 32 messaging apps. The seedings were based on global downloads over the last 180-days.

While the apps can’t really compete against each other on the hardwood, they can compete using metrics …

Find cheap flights with 5 of the best flight booking apps for Android and iOS

Organizing trips can be a messy process with all the planning involved, so it’s a blessing that travel apps exist. They let you find beautiful destinations, book the best-priced airline tickets, set up accommodation and rent-a-car services, all from one place. It’s fast, convenient, and mostly free – unless the app takes a small commission out of your bookings, which may or may not be fine with you! We have lined up 5 of the best apps for booking flights available on Android and iOS. Give them a try, and while you are at it, feel free to have a look at our best travel apps selection!
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Best new Android and iPhone apps (March 7th – March 13th)

So, off we go, trotting into the next workweek, but hey — no need to be grumpy over it. You know it — with a new week ahead of us it’s time to look forward to brand new apps. As we do every Monday, we tackled the heaps of new software that was poured into the App Store and Play Store to find a few apps that are well put together and interesting in one way or another.

So, this time around, we have a new chat app from Google — who would’ve thought — an interesting privacy solution from BlackBerry, a fun new way to share videos with friends in Uptime, Cyanide and Happiness …

Apps like iMovie for Android and iPhone

Apple’s iMovie is part of the iLife apps group that is a signature feature of iOS — iPhoto (now integrated with the Photo app), Garage Band, and iMovie allow users to create quality artistic projects with minimal effort. There’s nothing cooler than feeding your clips and pictures in an app, dragging things around a user-friendly interface, and coming up with a pretty clip in less than an hour.

With simplicity, however, come some restrictions. So, you might want to look at different apps to compile parts of your videos, without them being necessarily more complicated …