8 paid iOS apps are free today

You don’t often get something for nothing in this day and age. There is no such thing as a free lunch. But there are paid iOS apps that are free for today. Some of these might still be available at no cost for a few days afterward. But as we always do, we recommend that if you see an app you like, install it now before the app returns to paid status. With that in mind, let’s start looking over the 8 paid apps that you can pick up today for $0.

Some of the interesting apps include Or2Web, which gives you access to blocked websites and allows you to access the dark web. GiftBuster allows you …


Kik jumps on the cryptocurrency bandwagon in a bid to copy Chinese messaging apps

You may know Kik as the WhatsApp alternative cool kids use to sext each other, but its executives seem to want to turn it into something a bit different. Once accused of being a clone of BlackBerry’s BBM, Kik now seems to be turning its gaze eastward, where messaging services, such as Chinese giant Tencent’s QQ and WeChat have a variety of other uses, including peer-to-peer payments.

Kik CEO Ted Livingston recently spoke at a TechCrunch event held in Shenzhen, China, where he justified the company’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency (think …

Malware-infected apps keep making their way to the Google Play Store

Judging by recent headlines, the Google Play Store seems to be becoming an increasingly common source of malware-infected apps. The precise reasons for this aren’t clear, but it’s most probably a combination of Google’s inability to keep up with hackers’ latest tactics, as well as security researchers’ relatively recent mainstream interest into the Android OS. But whatever the reason, the facts are that we’re constantly hearing of yet another Play Store purge of apps that have amassed thousands of downloads, putting their users to risk.

Last year, a …

Best new Android and iPhone apps (mid June, 2017)

Hey there, appaholics! Yup, we’re off to another week, and we are starting it off with yet another pick of the best or most popular apps from the past 7 days. As you know, we are pretty open to suggestions, so don’t hesitate to drop a comment if you happen to know of a cool new app that we missed!

We’ve got a public speaker’s training app, a new video intro maker for vloggers, a new launcher and icon pack for Android, and more fun stuff. Check them out below and, as always, if you know of a cool new app that we missed — namedrop it in the comments!

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Info-stealing malware Xavier has infected hundreds of free apps on Google Play Store

Android users beware! Over 800 Android apps Google Play Store are found to be infected with information-collecting malware dubbed Xavier. According to Trend Micro security experts, the malware has been pre-installed on a wide range of free Android applications, such as photo editors and wallpapers, and has been downloaded millions of times so far. 

The Xavier malware is in fact an ad library – an element, integrated in free apps to enable advertising as a revenue source for their developers, and often referred to as adware. But being a relatively harmless …

5 of the best virtual pet apps that will scratch that Tamagotchi itch

Remember Tamagotchi? The cute little virtual pets that we used to have on a key chain as children? They were quite fun to take care of, especially if your parents didn’t allow a real pet in the house. Of course, it was quite annoying when you had to clean up after it in three o’clock in the morning, but you sometimes get that with a real mischievous cat, so it only added to the experience.

Well, Tamagotchi toys are still being produced, but you probably didn’t know that, right? Nowadays, not a lot of people, be it children or grown-ups, would want a separate device to carry around, just …

5 camera apps that force the iPhone 7 Plus into telephoto mode

The iPhone 7 Plus is Apple’s first handset to feature a dual camera module on its back. A regular 12 MP, wide-angle camera was neighbored by another 12 MP snapper, but with a telephoto lens over it, which provides 2x optical zoom.

Real zoom on a smartphone? Sounds awesome, even if it’s only a fixed 2x level. But the limitations don’t end there. Since the telephoto lens doesn’t have a very wide aperture, it’s not the best in low-light conditions. So, to offset this, the iPhone 7 Plus may choose to still use its regular, wide-angle camera when you zoom 2x and above …

Spin boredom away with 5 of the best fidget spinner apps and games for Android!

The fidget spinner is 2017’s flagship office toy. As if our smartphones weren’t distracting enough, out of nowhere came these spinners, slashing productivity amounts by double-digit percentages – under the guise of being nervous energy outlets. These are selling like crazy at the moment, and their extreme (though temporary) popularity has motivated app developers to simulate the toy in virtual conditions.
Thanks to the reasonably advanced physics and graphics processing options of modern smartphones, creating a convincing cyber-spinner is a walk in the park. Developers …

Want a more cinematic look in your videos? Try these filmmaking apps out!

Nowadays, smartphone cameras are awesome. For all their spacial limitations, they are capable of capturing plenty of light and producing sharp, detailed imagery at the tap of a virtual shutter key. And, many photographers and film makers have dipped their toes into experimenting to see just how well the handsets can perform for professional projects.

Now, of course, they are not going to be replacing pro cameras or huge machinery any time soon, but with the help of a few apps, some knowledge, and willingness to experiment — you can get some surprising results from …

The first episode of Apple’s “Planet of the Apps” is now available to watch for free

A few months back, we told you that Apple was looking to make a splash in the TV content pond, by launching two show series this year – new ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series, hosted by no one else but James Corden; and ‘Planet of the Apps’. The first, as we know, has not been released yet and we haven’t had much detail about a possible date, but the first episode of ‘Planet of the Apps’ is now available to watch for free.

You can watch the video either on the series’ dedicated website or on Apple Music and iTunes. All subsequent 9 episodes of the first season will be available to Apple Music subscribers …