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21 Gadgets Every Man Needs

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As a wise man (probably) once said, having the right tools for the job is half the job itself. But these days, that means more than just a few screwdrivers and a rusty old hammer.

A quality multi-tool will always be at the heart of a man’s DIY arsenal, but today’s tech market offers a mind-blowingly vast suite of electronics, apps and other assorted whatchamacallits designed to simplify everyday life.

But while other sites might try to convince you that a combined radio-toaster is a must-have, or a mask that straps TV remotes to your face is not to be missed, we’re on hand to shed light on the gadgets actually worth the gravy.

At Home

It’s about time domestic life caught up with the kind of gadgets futuristic movies have been promising us for decades. We may have to wait a little longer for androids that can do the ironing or retina scanners to replace door handles, but there is still some must-have tech in existence that will level-up your home life.

Smart Speaker

A smart speaker is the centrepiece of any technologically advanced home. From Sonos One and Amazon Echo to Google Home and Apple HomePod, these small-but-mighty sound machines don’t just play tunes; they manage your diary, boil your kettle and order your pizza. Who needs other humans?

Buy Now: £89.99

Amazon Echo

Smart Security Camera

Too far from home to threaten thieves with a baseball bat? Tell intruders exactly where to go with a smart security camera that keeps you updated on movement in any room via a smartphone app and lets you communicate directly through a built-in mic. Or just use it to ask someone to check how much milk is left in the fridge.

Buy Now: £169.99

Logitech Circle 2 Indoor & Outdoor Wired Security Camera

Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Or more accurately, a small, puck-like contraption that scoots around the place, eating up dust, dirt, pet hairs, crumbs and anything else in its wake. Fitted with intelligent sensors and designed to reach nooks and crannies you never knew existed, it’s now possible to clean under the sofa without even getting off it. The dream.

Buy Now: £249.99

iRobot Roomba 612 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Black

In Your Bag

The beauty of modern tech is that everything is so small, you can take it with you wherever you go. No 21st-century man’s bag is complete without a selection of gizmos to keep him in touch with the digital world and plugged into his favourite entertainment. Here are a few gadgets that you should never leave home without.

Portable Charger

Tech giants aren’t taking your pleas for longer battery life on board any time soon, so pick up a pocket-sized lifesaver. Look for a portable charger that packs enough juice to charge your devices multiple times and you’ll never have to be that guy who asks to put his phone behind the bar.

Buy Now: £19.99

AUKEY Power Bank

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

There have been big, reassuringly quiet strides in the world of noise-cancelling headphones, but the merits of owning a pair remain the same – mainly that they drown out everything from chatty colleagues to screaming babies while keeping your love of Little Mix a secret.

Buy Now: £99.99

Sony MDR-ZX770BN Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones with Mic/Remote

E-Reader

Books are great, but lugging 15 of them around at any one time is a surefire way to slip a disc. If your mental to-read list is filled with more titles than a local library, a lightweight e-reader will let you feed your habit and doesn’t require planning permission for an extra wing in your house.

Buy Now: £169.99

Kindle Paperwhite

In The Bedroom

Bedroom-based gizmos don’t stop at that thing ‘hidden’ in your other half’s top drawer. With so much tech geared towards making life healthier and generally more comfortable, it makes sense that there are gadgets designed to help you get a better, more satisfying night’s kip, like these.

Wake-Up Light

Too many men endure the early morning masochism that is being startled into reluctant, bleary-eyed consciousness by a phone alarm. Step forward the wake-up lamp, which slowly emits warm light, recreating the effect of a natural sunrise, which helps balance your mood and reduce tiredness.

Buy Now: £149.99

Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 700 Wake up to Daylight SAD Light

Sleep Tracker

Some of these live on your wrist like wearable fitness trackers (in fact, some double up as fitness trackers), while others slip under your mattress or bedsheet. But the goal is the same – to monitor your nighttime activity and give insights into how long and how well you’re sleeping.

Buy Now: £205.99

Withings Aura Alarm Clock

Smart Thermostat

Not just for the bedroom, of course, but getting a smart thermostat will mean a much better sleep routine. Managing your heating and hot water in advance with your smartphone means no more sweltering at night or waking up freezing cold because you’ve got one of those old, impossible-to-use wall dials.

Buy Now: £199.00

Hive Active Heating and Hot Water Thermostat

In The Kitchen

The kitchen is where the two ages of men come together: the modern bloke who isn’t afraid to get familiar with a whisk; and the old-school geezer, who loves nothing more than dusting off his toolbox. These gadgets aren’t just for culinary kudos – they’ll make a man out of you.

Slow Cooker

Once dismissed as a seventies kitchen relic along with electric knives and fondue sets, slow cookers have retaken a rightful spot in every sensible person’s kitchen in recent years. There are three main reasons: 1) you don’t actually have to cook, just chuck in ingredients; 2) your food is ready when you come home from work; and 3) it’s almost always pulled pork.

Buy Now: £25.00

Morphy Richards Accents 460002 3.5 Litres Slow Cooker

Coffee Machine

What would the world be without seriously good (and seriously convenient) coffee? Absolutely knackered, that’s what. From pods to filters and bean-to-cup models, there’s a type of Joe for just about every, well, Joe.

Buy Now: £59.89

Bosch Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machine

Juicer

Juice is as trendy right now as it’s possible for squashed fruit to be. Machines that do the messy work come in all shapes and sizes (and price, depending on how much you’re willing to spend). Some crush, some grind, some squeeze – but all get the fruity goodness fast and easily.

Buy Now: £142.99

Sage by Heston Blumenthal BJE430SIL the Nutri Juicer Cold

At Work

Anything to get you through the working day is likely a welcome addition to the gadget arsenal. Want to make your days in the office better organised and less stressful? These have got you, and your desk, covered.

Phone Charging Dock

Do you think Elon Musk spends his days endlessly searching through his bag for a cable, or getting tangled up in a mess of wires under his desk? No. Give your tech a deserving home with a handsome USB charging dock that does the business while you do yours.

Buy Now: £99.95

Belkin Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone

Digital Paper

While it might sound like one of those daft inventions that proves technology has gone too far, this is almost certainly the office stationery of the future. By using a pen that tracks each stroke, you can seamlessly transfer analogue notes into a digital format. Looks like the future is indeed paperless.

Buy Now: £199.95

MOLESKINE Smart writing set paper tablet and pen

Standing Desk

Every office worker knows the dull stabbing lumbar pain that comes from being hunched over a computer all day. A standing desk is a savvy alternative that elevates your workstation to a higher, non-back-destroying position, with the added benefit of a productivity boost, according to research.

Buy Now: £325.00

VARIDESK Pro Plus 30

In The Gym

Like somebody dedicated to getting in shape, the gym is where tech has gone from strength to strength. Designed to make us faster, fitter and more in tune with our bodies, these gadgets could be all that’s standing between you and your personal best.

Fitness Watch

Hauling ass is hard enough as it is. A fitness watch lets you count your steps, monitor your heart rate and check your cardio fitness level on the spot or by a connected app. Best of all, most come in cheaper than a PT.

Buy Now: £116.00

FitBit Alta HR Fitness Wristband

Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Nothing says gym newb like getting your headphones tangled in the hack squat. Cut the cord and invest in a wireless pair that lets you go gains-chasing without the risk of wrenching them out of your ears every 10 minutes.

Buy Now: £179.95

Bose SoundSport Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones

TENS Machine

AKA transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Using pads that stick to your body, this machine delivers electrical currents that help increase blood flow, improve endurance and decrease muscle tension. They’re best used for strength training and can be programmed via an app for either warm up, workout or recovery settings.

Buy Now: £59.99

Beurer EM49 Handheld Digital TENS EMS Device

In The Bathroom

Gadgets and grooming go hand-in-hand. So bin the disposable razor and get rid of those rusty nail scissors in favour of one of these pieces of kit, which will have you looking sharper and more handsome in much less time than usual.

Beard Trimmer

A go-to grooming tool for anyone with more than a millimetre of growth on their mug. The best beard trimmers come with a range of settings and accessories to tackle different lengths and facial hair styles, plus an attachment for nostril hair. Alternatives include bankrupting yourself at the barbers or continually getting mistaken for Rasputin.

Buy Now: £44.99

Philips Series 7000 Beard and Stubble Trimmer

Hair Dryer

If your haircut of choice is an easy French crop, then all the technology you need is a towel and your fingers. For anything high-maintenance, like a pompadour, quiff or longer hairstyles, a powerful hair dryer is essential.

Buy Now: £19.96

TRESemme 5542DU 2200W Power Dryer

Smart Toothbrush

There’s more to cleaning your pearls than just sticking a brush in your gob. A smart electric toothbrush connects with an app to monitor your technique in real-time and give personalised feedback on how to make your teeth whiter and healthier.

Buy Now: £180.00

Philips DiamondClean Smart Sonic Electric Toothbrush

Best mobile plans and cell phones for seniors who just want to stay in touch

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Picking the right smartphone can be tedious, and a sometimes overwhelming task. There are scores of phones to choose from at any given moment, and many of them look the same, but differ in terms of storage and performance. If you’re not a tech-savvy grandparent, or you’re shopping for a grandparent that doesn’t know or care about the differences between iOS and Android, simplicity is probably what you want the most out of a modern smartphone.

Sure, the iPhone only has a few physical buttons, but upon startup, the sheer number of icons on the home screen can be intimidating. Similarly, while you can go into the settings and customize various aspects of the device to suit anyone’s needs, navigating the back end can be frustrating when it’s unfamiliar.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves any more than we already have. For those grandparents that aren’t in touch with their tech side, what smartphone should they get if they only need one to stay in touch with family, a handful of friends, and to send pictures of your dog to your grandchildren? How much are you willing to spend on a phone for grandma and grandpa? Do they need data? Are they aware of what data is and what it’s for? These are all valid questions and concerns, but we have you covered. Don’t like sifting through phones, and comparing wireless carriers and phone plans? We’ve already done the work for you. Below, you can find the best phones not just for the tech-illiterate senior citizen, but also the best mobile plans and cell phones for seniors that know what’s what. Heads up: They’re surprisingly similar to the best phones and plans for everyone else.

Best smartphones and plans for non-techie grandparents

If you’re not worried about having the latest-and-greatest smartphone or prefer functionality over features, you can’t go wrong with a prepaid phone. In most cases, you can still get an attractive phone, but the benefit to prepaid phones is that they’re often more affordable than going the pay-per-month route.

For starters, there’s very little chance of being hit with unexpected charges or having to deal with overages, since you pay upfront for the prepaid phone and minutes. If you’re only using the phone to call and text loved ones occasionally, you shouldn’t use more minutes than you actually have at your disposal. In the event you do run out of minutes, however, you can buy prepaid/refill cards, which are readily available at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and a number of other retailers and websites, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint. Watch out, though — if you don’t buy more minutes before your current plan runs out, you can end up paying a higher rate or get hit with overage charges — conditions vary from carrier to carrier.

Here are some prepaid phones from each of the four big carriers, all of which come with the necessary prepaid cards to get you going.

ZTE Cymbal Z-320 ($29+)

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Let’s break the traditional mold right out of the gate with the ZTE Cymbal from T-Mobile, a phone that looks nothing like a modern smartphone. Instead, it’s a flip-phone that has no touchscreen or digital assistant, but does offer the basics, such as the ability to make calls, send texts, and take pictures. If you’re more into functionality than other aspects, like aesthetics, the ZTE Cymbal is a good way to go if you’re looking for a straightforward phone for a grandparent.

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Moto E4 sitting face up next to notebook, glasses

The Moto E4’s more usual RRP of $130 had previously put it out of our range for a good, but cheap, prepaid smartphone. However, deals from Target and Best Buy that dropped the price to $70 make this a great bargain for any grandparent. The Moto E4 was one of our favorite budget phones of 2017, offering good power, a decent camera, and great battery life, packed within a small body, and running Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It’s not going to win any awards for the most powerful phone out there, but if a reliable pocket-pal is all that is needed, then it’s hard to turn down the Motorola Moto E4. If the 5-inch screen seems a little on the small side, there’s also the larger Moto E4 Plus — and that comes with an even better battery.

ZTE Blade Vantage ($40+)

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ZTE is another brand offering solid, reliable phones at bargain prices. The Blade Vantage is a decent little phone that won’t break the bank, and if you’re looking for something that just works, this could be perfect. With 16GB of storage, there is plenty of room for photos and videos. The 2GB of RAM keeps the 5-inch screen running smoothly and can handle a good few tasks. There is an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera along with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfies. It also has access to the Google Play Store, and while some apps may be out of the technical reach of some golden oldies, there is a massive collection of apps that could still be useful just running in the background. It’s locked to Verizon and restricted to CDMA networks only, but if that isn’t a problem, then this ZTE phone is a bargain.

LG Optimus Zone 3 ($30+)

The Optimus Zone 3 isn’t the most futuristic-looking phone, but that’s okay because that’s not why it’s here. The Zone 3 is here because it has a lot in common with the previous two phones, and even though it doesn’t do anything particularly better than either, you can look at it as another option that can hold its own. It has a 4.5-inch display, front and rear-facing cameras, and battery life that allows for up to 11 hours of constant use. The internal storage of 8GB wouldn’t be enough for most people, but it might be enough for grandma or grandpa. If not, it still supports MicroSD cards up to 32GB, which should end up being more than enough space.

Other alternatives for non-techie grandparents

Getting a prepaid phone from a major carrier isn’t your only option, however, as there are multiple companies out there that dedicate themselves to giving seniors more convenient ways of buying phones, plans, and refill cards. Places like Greatcall and TracFone are a few of the services that make shopping for a phone less of a hassle, and their plans are easy to sift through and compare to one another. Greatcall, specifically, has the Jitterbug smartphone and Jitterbug flip phone, both of which are designed to be simple to use and navigate thanks to their large buttons, screens, and unique emergency buttons.

Best basic pay as you go plans

Average Price Talk Text Data AT&T (GoPhone) $45/month ($40 with AutoPay) Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited up to first 6GB, then throttled to 128Kbps T-Mobile $43/month $3 for any combination of 30 minutes of talk or 30 texts ($0.10 per additional minute or text) $3 for any combination of 30 minutes of talk or 30 texts ($0.10 per additional minute or text) $10 for up to 1GB of 4G LTE per week Republic Wireless $15/month Unlimited Unlimited Extra $5 per GB of data Greatcall (Jitterbug Flip Phone) $18/month 200 mins  300 texts  None Best smartphones and plans for tech-savvy grandparents

Grandparents who know smartphones and don’t want to deal with prepaid devices will find themselves in a similar situation to most other people who want the latest-and-greatest phones. We recently broke down the plans offered by Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon to give people a better understanding of what’s available to them. Each of the big four offer plans with unlimited data, text, and talk time. If you’re a grandparent that chews through data, one of those plans is what you want.

But that’s only one aspect of this — the other is finding the right phone to go with it. And depending on what you want, you may be stuck with one or two carrier options.

iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and LG

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If you want an iPhone, be it the iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone SE, you can go to any of the major U.S. carriers, which have them for varying prices. The same goes for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S8, and the LG G6 and V30. Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy phones are some of the most popular devices in the world, so it’d be odd if you couldn’t get them anywhere.

The iPhone may be particularly tempting to get if you already have an iPad, or have some familiarity with one, since the iPad and iPhone share the same operating system and general layout. Plus, its accessibility options allow you to tweak a number of vision, hearing, and speech settings to suit your needs. There’s also a Hearing Aid Mode designed to improve audio quality. Samsung Galaxy smartphones have their advantages in ease of use as well. The apt-titled Easy Mode alters the layout of the home screen, so there are fewer app pages to swipe through and bigger icons.

Moto Z2 Force and Google Pixel 2

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If you’re in the market for something that doesn’t have as much brand recognition in the mobile market but is still just as good as what Apple and Samsung are putting out, look into the Moto Z2 Force from Motorola and the Google Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 is made and designed by Google, and it can certainly hold its own against the competition, with super-smooth performance and a camera that’s capable of almost replacing a dedicated camera. What sets the Moto Z2 — both the Play and Force models — apart from other phones are the variety of Moto Mods people can buy to augment their phones and enhance their capabilities. These include everything from the JBL SoundBoost Speaker, to the Insta-Share Projector, to the Hasselblad True Zoom camera lens.

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Sometimes paying a set price every month is just easier. Here are some of the best deals that you can set and forget.

Special senior citizen plans and offers

While the above are our own picks for phones you should look at, AT&T and Verizon have plans specifically made with seniors in mind. However, you may be better off going with one of the above phones, or one of the alternative options we detail below. Verizon’s Nationwide 65 Plus Plans, for example, has a lot of overage charges applied to talk, text, and data. Phones used as part of AT&T’s Senior Nation Plan are not capable of receiving texts. At $30 a month, the simple act of receiving texts seems like something that should be included, unless you just want a phone to talk to people and have no interest in typing. It also should be noted that AT&T’s Senior Nation Plan requires the account owner to be older than 65. T-Mobile’s One Unlimited 55+ plan is the exception to the rule, having no real restrictions for the price.

Sprint doesn’t have plans dedicated to seniors but does offer a pair of phones made for those that have sight, speech, hearing, or mobility impairments. The Kyocera Verve is a slider-style phone compatible with a wide range of hearing aids, with In Case of Emergency and 911 shortcuts. The Alcatel OneTouch Retro is a flip phone that also supports hearing aids, and can verbally describe the web browser and user interface, and read aloud menus, text messages, and notifications.

Veteran offers

Each of the big four carriers also offers discounts to military veterans — and in AT&T’s case, the spouses of veterans. Verizon offers a 15 percent discount on your monthly service; AT&T gives you up to 15-percent off the monthly service charge on qualified plans; Sprint has a tiered system of discounts; and T-Mobile, if you’re part of its Advantage Program, also has discounts ready for veterans.

At the end of it all though, whether you’re shopping for a grandparent or you are a grandparent, there are plenty of phones out there for you. If you want something basic that won’t break the bank or empty your wallet, prepaid phones are better than ever, and places such as Greatcall and Seniors Wireless provide even more pay-as-you-go options. But if you’re someone who knows your way around 21st-century tech, at least as well as the average person, there are definitely enough devices to satisfy your technology-heavy lifestyle and needs.

30 Best New Android Games of 2018

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Unlike all other best Android games of 2018 lists out there, all 30 of these games will actually be coming out in 2018, not 2011 or 2017. As such, we offer you the 30 Best Android Games of 2018.

Some of these games are out already and we highly encourage you to add them to your phone and try them out. There is something for everyone here, from nostalgic platformers inspired by e’olden arcade games to the latest AR technology that lets you play the part of a spell-casting wizard or even a Ghostbuster.

Furthermore, all of these games are highly praised for their gameplay and concepts. Some might still be in beta and therefore have a few bugs that need fixing, but their fully realized versions will be coming out in 2018.

As such, here are the 30 best new Android games of 2018:

Tekken

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Tekken Mobile launched March 27, 2018, to a worldwide release. The only catch is that you need a high powered device to run it. Compatible devices are anything with a 2GB RAM, 4 core processor, and running Android Lollipop.

Tekken Mobile is very similar to the console version, making it one of the best fighter games on mobile for 2018. The game features over 20 characters, including Paul, Kazuya, Xiaoyu, Law, Panda, and Nina. You will be the Dojo Master, collecting as many fighters as possible, upgrading them, and unlocking special moves and story missions.

There are, of course, plenty of events going on daily, weekly, and monthly. Each new event brings new content in the form of a story, modes, items to win, and rare characters to unlock.

PUBG Mobile

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This game is one of the best conversions of a PC game to mobile. It feels exactly like it did on the PC when it first started to get popular – only with next to no bugs. The journey from the starting arena to plane is always a bit glitchy, but we can assume that’s the servers assembling 100 people from all over the world to be in one place.

As usual, PUBG is fun. Whether you are desperately trying to find your team before you all get gunned down, or striking it out on your own and waiting patiently for the circle to close.

PUBG Mobile is by no means as a casual game on the platform – this is no match 3 game to pass the time on your way to work. The most thrilling experiences in PUBG is where you’re sitting around with some friends and all playing together.

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition

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Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is another great conversion from console to mobile. You can play all ten chapters from the original game, though not with paying for it. You can purchase chapters two and three for $1.00 USD and all the rest are $3.99 USD.

If that doesn’t suit you, but you still want to play the whole game on mobile, you can pay for all the chapters at once for $19.99 USD. Depending on how much you value mobile games, it is up to you whether or not that $20 is worth it when you can pay for the game on console for more than twice that amount.

The art style choice for FFXV: Pocket Edition is a stroke of genius on Square Enix’s part. The art style not only keeps the game’s graphics suited to mobile but also makes everything feel especially charming.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

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We were never supposed to like Pocket Camp as much as we did, but here we are. There are so many events going on in this game that makes it hard to put down once you finally have it loaded up. Pocket Camp is every collector and completionist’s dream, with absolutely no end game.

The only gameplay is the infinite amount of fetch quests that renew themselves every 2 and half hours. These fetch quests lead to gardening, crafting, and even the occasional fishing tourney. Pocket Camp may seem boring and simplistic, but there is a layer of personality under that makes it a fun waste of time.

If you’re thinking about getting into it, you might want to also check out our MEGA Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Guide.

Hero Academy 2

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Hero Academy 2 is the real-time strategy mobile game of the year so far with both PvP matches and single-player campaign. The latter is what really puts Hero Academy 2 a cut above the other RTS games on mobile.

The campaign mode features exploration of the Academy itself and plenty of missions to keep the player busy. That is to say nothing of the constant events that give players opportunities to win rare prizes and explore new content to help them climb those leaderboards.

With fully customizable decks, infinite cards to collect, and “meaningful” crafting for upgrades, Hero Academy 2 improves upon everything that made Hero Academy great.

RuneScape

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Jagex announced quite the ambition for 2018. According to the developers, the entirety of RuneScape will be available in 2018 on all mobile devices. This won’t be a cute version, like Final Fantasy’s port to mobile, it will be the full game with “mobile-optimized interface.” If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, they will also be offering cross-play between mobile and desktop versions.

One does wonder if microtransactions will make an appearance for the mobile version. There are some in the original version, so microtransactions are a possibility. They certainly won’t be overpowering, as the backlash from fans the first time Jagex tried it did not go down well.

Marvel Strike Force

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Marvel Strike Force is another real-time strategy game to hit mobile stores this year. This is one of the first games from 20th Century Fox’s game subsidiary, FoxNext. Marvel Strike Force may not be a perfect shining example that FoxNext might hope it is, but it a great starting point for the mobile market.

You’ll be able to assemble a squad from a selection of almost all Marvel heroes and villains including Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Loki, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Avengers, Elektra, and so many more. Each hero has plenty of outfits to choose from, as well as upgrades to make them more powerful in each battle.

Battles are 5v5, so make sure you have the right people on your team to take your enemies down. The gameplay is not too complex either, combos requiring a single tap to unleash.

If you want to know more about the game, check out our Marvel Strike Force tips hub.

The Sims Mobile

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Sims on mobile has been a poor excuse for the game for years, but come 2018, EA suddenly updated and remastered the game to something that actually resembles the PC and console versions. The customizable options are still limited, but they are much better choices than before. For example, you cannot choose your first Sim’s career, the game will decide for you.

Nonetheless, the interface is much easier to understand, especially for brand new players. It doesn’t seem nearly as daunting to just follow the tutorial and learn as you play with this new version of The Sims Mobile.

You may not be able to mod your way into your dream home the first time around, but EA has updated this game to make it far better and more fun to play than ever before. Now you can take Sims with you on the go and you don’t have to worry about bugs crashing your game.

Once Upon a Tower

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Platforming on mobile has given us the updated version of old-school arcade games, where the goal is to hit the high score and memorize levels and enemies. Once Upon A Tower is just that, the idea is to hammer your way down from the top of the tower, down to the bottom, wherever that may be.

As you play, you will receive upgrades in the form of different princesses with unique specialties. Loriel, for example, is the first alternate princess you will receive and she can swing a lot faster than Ada can. Eventually, you’ll be able to choose who suits you best and climb your way up the leaderboards.

So don’t bother waiting for your Prince Charming, Once Upon A Tower is about the princess saving herself with nothing more than a hammer.

Cytus II

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Of course, it wouldn’t be an android game list without mentioning a game from Rayark. This year, the developers came out with the sequel to their critically acclaimed Cytus, Cytus II. The latter, just like the game before it, is a music rhythm game.

Unlike Guitar Hero, Cytus II’s music comes from a variety of genres, like classical, electronic, and rock. The music is from composers all around the world, including Japan, Korea, the US, Europe, and Taiwan. They provide a dynamic experience for players to truly understand the story being told through the music.

In the cyberpunk world of Cytus, a talented but extremely mysterious DJ is holding the ultimate concert. He’ll be revealing his appearance for the first time in his career and millions of people await his “descent from the skies.”

Cytus II, like so many games from Rayark, is both haunting and uplifting with its story and music. The music and levels rise and fall with the character and sometimes it can feel like you are really a part of the story, even when you make mistakes.

Shadowgun Legends

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If you love Destiny, you’re going to love Shadowgun Legends. This game is an addition to the Shadowgun series developed by Madfinger Games, all of which are similar FPS mobile games set in a futuristic world. The developers state that the story campaign is thrilling, with over 200 missions on 4 planets, but the focus for Shadowgun Legends is multiplayer.

You can play co-op missions with up to three friends to defeat the more difficult bosses for better loot. You can join PvP team battles as well, with a number of game modes and arenas to choose from. All of which leads to more loot, of course, that you can use to customize your character’s armor, weapons, and a great number of small cosmetic elements to choose from.

The game’s hub, not unlike Destiny’s tower, allows players to interact with each other, visit vendors, accept missions, create battle squads, form guilds, and so much more. Shadowgun Legends is as addicting as it is fun to play.

Florence

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Florence is not just any visual novel, you do not just tap your way into a conversation and enjoy the pleasure of timed reactions. Florence utilizes different gameplay to tell the story in a way most visual novels would never attempt.

For example, while attempting to have a conversation, you must do a puzzle, place all the right pieces in the right slots. It is the perfect literal interpretations of the metaphor “putting the pieces together,” as you build the conversation rather than choose pre-made options.

Florence is a simple love story, but it is the way Florence is told that gives this game the exceptionally high rating of 4.8. If you haven’t already, buy this game and see what it is all about. The price tag is not all that high either – this isn’t the $20 price tag for Final Fantasy.

My Tamagotchi Forever

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If you loved Tamagotchi back in the day, this game is for you. Just like the old toy, this game lets you take care of a little creature, and more if you want to. Each little creature is a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. As you take care of them, you can change their looks, clothes, and any accessories they might have.

You will also be able to customize where they live, in Tamatown. In fact, this is where the main feature of the game lies, AR technology. Tamatown is right there in your living room and it’s up to you to collect hidden treasures and play hide and seek with your little creature friends.

My Tamagotchi Forever is also a great game for kids who don’t remember those tiny keychain days. Perfectly child-friendly and easy to play, this game is good entertainment for any long car ride or trip.

Craft Warriors

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If you’re looking something a little more relaxed and simple, with character customization that would make the Sims weep, Craft Warriors is for you. Craft Warriors is an RTS game with bright and colorful pixelated art.

It’s easy enough to get started, all you have to do is build your own fortress, create your own character, form squads from your clan and head out to attack enemies fortresses. Each battle will get you new weapons and upgrades to tackle the next town or fortify your own.

This game is cute, fun, and you change the appearance of your character whenever you want to. In fact, you can get right down to the pixel, editing the shape and color of your character and armor.

The Room: Old Sins

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The Room: Old Sins comes to Android April 19, 2018, and like the games before it, is steeped in gothic horror and puzzles. If you recall 7th Guest, these games are exactly like that. The puzzles can be quite difficult, but they are very cleverly designed and worth the time and brain power to figure out.

Unlike the point-and-click controls of old, the developers of The Room series has introduced what the developers call “intuitive touch controls.” This means that when you’re opening drawers or moving parts of a puzzle, you have to physically drag your finger in the right direction until it opens properly.

Some might complain that such controls make for inaccurate puzzling, where you might be getting the solution right but not using the touch controls right. However, Fireproof Games has long put such fears to rest, improving upon each game in the series until there is nothing to worry about – save perhaps whatever haunts the house you’re in.

Dr. Panda Restaurant 3

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The Dr. Panda series has been a staple of the mobile market for quite some time and the Restaurant series is no different. This cute little game has you cooking for a variety of cute little animals in one of the most innovative gameplay mechanics since Fruit Ninja. The controls are dynamic and intuitive. Cooking noodles, for example, requires you to pour noodles into a pot of boiling water with circular motions.

This may be another kid-friendly game, but it is a lot more fun than you might think. If you enjoy cooking games in general, then Dr. Panda Restaurant 3 should make it to the top of your Google Play download list.

Fortnite Battle Royale

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Fortnite Battle Royale is on iOS right now and though Epic Games hasn’t given us a release date for Android yet, the developer does promise that the support is mere months away. We can count on Fortnite coming to mobile sometime this year, at least. When it does finally come, Epic Games assures fans that it will be the same game with the same content and regular updates.

There are some concerns about the controls, as Epic Games will have to add the complexity of building to FPS touch controls. Thus far on the iOS, this has not been going well. However, as this game is very much in the early testing stages, and it only fair to keep in mind that Fortnite is not going to be perfect right away. Given enough time, Fortnite will be just as good, if not better than its PUBG counterpart.

Mars: Mars

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Mars: Mars is another game from Pomelo, the same developers who created Once Upon A Tower. Mars: Mars upholds a similar art style, with beautiful backgrounds on each level. You begin on mars, of course, with the many rocky canyons and dim sunsets. Later on, you will be submerged, watching enormous blue whales drift by. Take a look for yourself, Mars: Mars is breathtaking.

The gameplay is simple, jump from one platform to the next. You have the help of your jetpack, but that just makes it easy to overshoot the jump. Take care and the further you go, the more characters and levels you will unlock. Oh, and don’t forget to take a few selfies, those views are worth it after all.

Ghostbusters World

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Ghostbusters World is trying very hard to ride the coattails of Pokémon Go’s success, but that’s okay. Niantic themselves is coming out with Wizards Unite this year too, so we’re really going to see how these AR-based games work with a concept other than Pokémon.

Granted, the concepts do seem very similar. In Ghostbusters World, you are finding specific ghosts out there in the real world, much like you would Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

However, there will likely be some unique elements that make Ghostbusters World different from Pokémon Go. Sony probably won’t be making a half-hearted attempt with this IP, especially due to the recent success of the movie reboot. Or Sony’s last attempt at a Ghostbusters game, the very poorly rated Ghostbusters VR.

Animus – Stand Alone

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Though this game definitely needs a big update to fix bugs, the rest of the game is a beautiful rendition of a Souls-like game on mobile. There are some great monster designs here and a huge variety of armor sets and weapons. The graphics are quite good for mobile as well and don’t seem to stutter when there’s a lot going on in a fight.

The only problem is the combat controls desperately need to be fixed, which is tantamount to a game like Animus – Stand Alone. It’s been less than the month, so hopefully, the developers will hear their fans and send out an update soon. Once this game is fixed, it will be one of the best Souls-like game on mobile for 2018.

The Harry Potter RPG we’ve all been waiting for will finally arrive this year! Harry Potter games haven’t exactly had a sparkling past, with the best being the LEGO series because it’s always the LEGO version. Hopefully, Hogwarts Mystery will break that mold and really remind fans what they loved so much about the series.

Hogwarts Mystery will follow the plot of Bill Weasley’s 4th year at Hogwarts, as he searches for the Cursed Vaults and decides to break into them. This, of course, begins his career as a Curse Breaker once he finishes at Hogwarts. The player will play the part of Jacob’s sibling, traversing next to Weasley on his adventures in curses.

Life Is Strange Mobile

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Life Is Strange came out to the iOS first, of course, back in December 2017, but the developers did promise that we would be getting an Android version in 2018. The mobile version will have the first season available for free, with the rest of the episodes priced at $0.99 USD and Season Pass at $8.99 USD.

Some exclusive content to Life Is Strange on mobile are Life is Strange iMessage Stickers, a Photo Mode (complete with filters and sharing features), “enhanced” touch controls, and the ability to “share and compare your story choices” on social media. We can expect the same amazing game on mobile as it is on console, but this time you can take Life Is Strange on the go.

Maguss

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Maggus has nothing to do with Harry Potter, but you will be waving wands, brewing potions, and dueling with other players and creatures. Described as an MMORPG, Maggus focuses on exploration, ranked PvP duels, character customization, monster battles, and spell decks. All with the added layer of AR.

Maggus is currently in beta, with quite a few updates and features planned to expand the game until its release sometime this year. The game started out as an Indigogo campaign, an idea within the Mawa studio to bring a magical fantasy game to AR. If you would like to try the game out while it is still in beta, Maggus is currently free-to-play on Google Play.

Westworld

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The first thing you need to know about the Westworld mobile game is that it is a simulation game, any robots you create will not rebel against you after awhile. There is no underlying plot, you are simply playing in the world of the Westworld TV series as an intern.

That said, the Westworld mobile game is still a lot of fun. It is still in beta at the moment, but it feels a lot like Fallout Vault. Your clients come in, they desire certain elements, and you provide the robots and locations for them. Easy, right? Eventually, you have the entire Westworld at your disposal, unlocking key characters as you play.

Westworld is already one of the best new Android games on Google Play.

Hyper Sentinel

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Hyper Sentinel is game currently being developed by one man, Jonathan Port, and published by Huey Games. The game is expected come out early 2018 and frankly, this is something Space Invaders fans are going to love. Inspired by wish pick up and play arcade games, Hyper Sentinel is a side-scrolling space shooter.

Though the art is in full color 6 bit, Hyper Sentinel boasts 60fps at all times and you will certainly be needing it. This is a fast-paced game that will test your abilities as far as they will do with unique levels and epic bosses. If you’re interested, this game will be coming out on all platforms, not just Android, and you can pre-register here.

Super Meat Boy Forever

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Though there is currently a knock-off version on mobile from Russian developers, Super Meat Boy Forever will officially be coming to mobile this year. If you looked at Run Sausage Run and thought it was too easy, I encourage you to keep a watchful eye for Super Meat Forever on Android.

As one of the best platformers of our age, having this game on the go is going to make it even more accessible to folks who may have found the console versions to have unfriendly controls or simply too expensive. Whatever the case, Super Meat Boy Forever on mobile is a great way to challenge your platforming skills and play those levels whatever you want to.

The Wolf Among Us Season 2

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Ah, it is about time we see the continuation of this series. The Wolf Among Us Season 2 is coming out sometime in 2018 for all devices and consoles.

The first season of The Wolf Among Us was what put Telltale on the map for a lot of gamers, revolutionizing visual novels to something with dynamic gameplay and decisions that mattered in almost every conversation.

If any fans are worried that Season 1 was wrapped to well in a nice bow of conclusions, have no fear. The Wolf Among Us is based on a comic book series called Fables, written by Bill Willingham, and it is a very long-running series (150 issues to be exact). There are plenty of new characters and plot lines to choose from, and as such Telltale could make this series go on for as long as they pleased.

Jurassic World Alive

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Jurassic World Alive is yet another AR game that will be coming in Spring 2018, this time from Ludia, the makers of Jurassic World: The Game. In Jurassic World Alive, you’ll be searching the real world for dinosaurs, with your phone of course.

Once you find one, you’ll need to deploy a drone to collect DNA samples. Any you dinosaurs you manage to catch, you can level up. Once they are strong enough, you can introduce your dinosaurs to PvP battles.

The latter makes gives Alive a quality Pokémon Go never had, making it a great deal more attractive to those who might want to share more than just a Raid with a friend. If you are interested, you can pre-register at the game’s website and receive and in-game incubator at launch.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

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Wizard’s Unite is the next game from Niantic, the developers of Pokémon Go. The game will work off a similar gameplay concept to Pokémon Go, AR technology. Wizard’s Unite is about teaming up with friends to take down magical creatures, like a troll, and learning spells.

It is not clear how duals work between players, as the trailer implies that you can happen upon other players and challenge them. The logistics of this require a breach of privacy that not everyone will be comfortable with, but we shall see how Niantic handles it.

Perhaps such duals will occur like Raids in Pokemon Go, with set locations rather than sharing other people’s locations. However Niantic manages it, it’s sure to be a really fun game, it is Harry Potter after all.

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Ark: Survival Evolved is a survival game where you will be capturing and taming dinosaurs (the game boasts over 80 different dinosaurs), forming tribes, and building fortresses with the resources you scavenge from the open world around you.

Just like the PC and console version, Ark: Survival Evolved challenges you to use your skills in strategy and tactics to gain the upper hand in the Jurassic world you live in. Ark offers multiplayer features, where you can team up with other players to take down dinosaurs or raid the nearest rival tribe base. When you do, you will share all the loot from your missions, like experience points, resources, and re-spawn points.

10 hiking apps and gadgets for hitting the trail this spring

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A spring hike is a great way to take advantage of the newly-warm weather. But it also comes with hazards like lingering snow, unpredictable downpours, and winter-damaged roads and trails. To prepare, you need to bring basic essentials like extra clothing, snacks and water, and first aid supplies. In order to hit the trail with even more confidence, we also recommend that you carry technological help: Download some extra apps and pack a few trusty gadgets. We’ve selected 10 pieces of spring-hiking tech that will guide you through the great, still-slightly-damp outdoors.

1. AllTrails

When you’re deep in the woods, you can’t exactly rely on Google Maps. Instead, download AllTrails (free for Android and iOS), an app with 50,000 maps of trails all over the world.

Once you’ve chosen a route, AllTrails will plot your progress on a map, display upcoming terrain, and track statistics like steps, distance, and elevation. It will even save this information so you can see how far you’ve traveled in a single day or across your entire hiking career. The app also boasts user community of hikers who share photos, advice, and reviews to help you research interesting trails in advance. And it wraps up all this guidance in a sharp-looking interface that’s a pleasure to use.

The one downside to AllTrails is its reliance on a network connection—which can be pretty weak when you’re actually out in the woods. If you want to download maps for offline access, or print them out, you’ll need to pay for a Pro subscription, which costs $30 per year or a one-time fee of $100. The Pro account also includes the ability to create and save custom routes.

2. Amazon Tap

How tall is the mountain you’re climbing? What weather can you expect on your descent? If you rely on Alexa to answer questions like these, then bring the digital assistant with you on the Amazon Tap ($100 on Amazon), a portable version of the Echo smart speaker.

Alexa needs internet access, so the Tap will only work if you use a strong phone signal to set up internet tethering. Then the Tap will not only answer all your questions, but also connect to your device through Bluetooth. This will let you play podcasts or music, for up to nine hours, as you tramp along.

3. Cairn

Think of Cairn (free for iOS only) as a hiking safety net. If you don’t make it home on time, it will automatically ping a couple emergency contacts to let them know you’re still out in the wilderness.

In addition to potentially saving your life, Cairn plots your route as you go and provides helpful information for your hike: topographical charts of potential paths, crowdsourced maps showing where cell reception is patchy, and estimates of how long various trails will take.

Like AllTrails, Cairn will only give you offline access to this information if you purchase a premium subscription, which costs $5 per month or $27 per year. That will also buy you the option to send live updates to your emergency contacts.

4. Huntsman Pocket Knife

On the trail, a blade has all kinds of uses—and a multitool has even more. We like the Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman Pocket Knife ($35 on Amazon), which strikes a nice balance between functionality, bulk, and price.

The tool’s 15 attachments can open bottles and cans, saw through wood, cut through paper, and perform other helpful tasks. It even has a pair of tweezers for removing that splinter that got stuck in your finger. When you’re ready to put the pocket knife away, its attachments fold into a package just 3.5 by 0.8 inches, weighing a measly 3.4 ounces. This makes it the perfect size for tucking in your pocket—so you can always be prepared.

5. Spyglass

Before the rise of smartphones, you used to need a compass to navigate. These days, you can simply download an app like Spyglass ($6 for Android and iOS, with a free trial available on Android). It contains a digital compass and a full GPS toolkit, with a few neat augmented-reality tricks that give it a fantastic-looking display.

Spyglass really is one of those must-have hiking apps. The compass updates as you move your phone and progress along your route, showing you the way you need to go for the next few steps. It can also display a zoomed-out map with waypoints that you aim for to keep your journey on track.

On top of that, you get bonus features like measuring your distance traveled, speed, and altitude. Want to channel the days when sailors steered with sextants? Spyglass will help you navigate using the stars. To really put the app through its paces, check out the app developer’s comprehensive user guide.

6. Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire

For serious walkers—who also have a little (okay, a lot of) cash to spare—the Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire ($620 on Amazon) is the smartwatch you need. Unlike some of the cheaper options on the market, it features solid on-board GPS. This can guide you to your destination even if your cell phone dies or you get stuck in a dead zone. And as you’d expect from the steep price, this watch is extremely well-built and capable of surviving the toughest weather.

Maps will pop up right on this watch. Like its competitors, it also lets you measure steps, distance traveled, and elevation, as well as other physical activities. And it can display notifications from your phone, allowing you to keep the larger screen in your backpack.

7. Peakfinder AR

If you prefer to spend your time on a slope, Peakfinder AR ($5 for Android and iOS) will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about the mountain ahead of you. With more than 350,000 mounts in its database, the app will help you get your bearings or simply learn more about the valley you’re traversing. It even works offline.

Just point your phone’s camera at a peak, and the app will display information through augmented reality. This data includes the names of all the peaks on a range, as well as their locations and heights. Then the app converts this augmented view into a line drawing for easier reference. Want to check out a mountain that’s just out of view? The app will let you “fly” over to peaks you can’t actually see.

8. Kedron Solar Charger

The Kedron Solar Charger ($40 on Amazon) will draw on sunlight to make sure your gadgets have enough juice. Even if the sky threatens to be overcast, you can charge it in advance before you head out.

Smartphone batteries drain quickly when you’re using the GPS, especially when you’re traveling through an area with a poor signal. The Kedron device will make sure your phone stays powered up through the end of the day. The charger’s 24,000mAh capacity will charge the average smartphone three or four times over. When you get home, built-in fast-charging technology will quickly restore its lost charge.

9. Map My Hike

Although other hiking apps offer to map your route, for a dedicated option, try Map My Hike (free for Android and iOS). It measures how far you’ve traveled and plots your route on a map so you can review your hike once you’re done. It also provides a detailed look at your progress, including steps, elevation gain, and average pace.

Map My Hike also includes a social side, letting you share walks and routes with friends. Add a premium subscription for $6 per month or $30 per year, and it will remove ads, and deliver you a personalized walking workout routine.

10. DJI Spark

To record your hike for posterity, bring a photo- and video-taking robot along with you. The DJI Spark drone ($550 on Amazon) will capture the scenery from above, and let you take the most dramatic of selfies.

Important for would-be hikers, the Spark weighs in at 1.5 pounds, so it won’t drag down your backpack too much. It’s also simple to operate, even for beginners—though do make sure you practice a bit before heading out.

As for its other specs, the Spark reaches a top speed of around 30 miles per hour and carries a 12 MP camera for those high-resolution snaps. It can only fly for 16 minutes between recharges, so if you plan to do a lot of filming, make sure to bring a spare battery.

After you delete old Facebook apps, take a hard look at Uber and Snapchat settings

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An Ohio rape victim later posted a Snapchat video of herself being attacked.© Carl Court, Getty Images An Ohio rape victim later posted a Snapchat video of herself being attacked.

If you’ve deleted old apps in your Facebook account, don’t forget other apps on your smartphone that soak up too much personal information.

Those programs can raise some of the same privacy risks as Facebook apps if they ask for data that they don’t need to do their jobs—especially if you accepted that request long ago and haven’t checked the app’s settings since.

Remember, any information an app collects doesn’t necessarily stay within the app.

The Android version of Facebook Messenger, for example, requests your phone’s calendar, contacts, phone and SMS. Letting older versions of Facebook Messenger sync your contacts led that app to upload your text-messaging and calling history to the site.

That logging no longer happens, but the Android messenger app remains thirsty for your data–and the Facebook help article meant to explain these requests still doesn’t explain why the app wants into your calendar.

Snapchat—a company that had its own data breach, four years ago—is almost as inquisitive. Its Android app’s permissions include your phone’s status and your contacts, and its iOS permissions list is only a little shorter. Its explanation for needing your contacts cites inviting friends to use the app but also includes this open-ended line: “so we can improve the app.”

Snapchat did not answer a request for clarification.

And Uber’s Android and iOS apps make their own dubious permission requests. For instance, they seek calendar access to streamline hailing a ride across town—but is it really that hard to type in an address or a point of interest?

Fortunately, both iOS and Android make it easier than Facebook to review and revoke these permissions by providing an overview of which apps can employ which types of data and device features. You don’t have to inspect each app’s permissions individually to see how many can see your contacts list.

In iOS, open the Settings app and tap Privacy. You’ll see a list of core iPhone apps and components, like the Contacts program or the camera; tap one to see which apps have access to it, as indicated by a slider button highlighted in green. To revoke the app’s permission, tap that slider so it’s no longer green.

To see all of any one app’s permissions, however, you need to return to the first level of Settings and scroll down to the entries for individual apps.

In Android, open the Settings app and search for “App permissions,” and you should be pointed to a similar list of phone capabilities, like the microphone or SMS. Below each, you’ll see how many apps now use it and how many could. The app-permissions screen should also offer a complete list of installed apps; to see the full set of permissions for each, tap its entry.

In both iOS and Android, these system-level app permissions override an app’s own settings. That may break some convenience features; for instance, denying camera access to apps that let you pay for things will prevent you from adding a credit card by taking a picture of it.

In apps that still haven’t been updated to work with the app-permissions system Google introduced in 2015—for instance, Snapchat—revoking permissions may result in app crashes or things failing without an error message.

Don’t forget that uninstalling an app also works to end its access to your data.

Rob Pegoraro is a tech writer based out of Washington, D.C. To submit a tech question, e-mail Rob at rob@robpegoraro.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/robpegoraro.

Alleged Nokia 9 Specs Include Triple Cameras

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HMD Global may have already launched the Nokia 8 Sirocco, but the company still hasn’t revealed its “true” 2018 Nokia flagship yet. But it looks like the device in question may have already been revealed in full thanks to the leaked specs sheet of the Nokia 9.

The full specs sheet of the Nokia 9 was first shared by the Finnish-language blog SuomiMobili. The Nokia 9 is said to boast an impressive set of hardware features indicative of a premium Android handset. The standout feature of the phone is the ZEISS-branded, triple-camera module on its back.

The cameras on the Nokia 9 are listed as having a wide lens, a telephoto lens and a monochrome sensor. The wide lens camera is the main shooter and it is equipped with a 41-megapixel sensor with an f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture. Meanwhile, the telephoto lens comes with a 20-megapixel sensor and the monochrome camera has a 9.7-megapixel sensor.

It makes total sense for HMD to put a triple-camera setup on its next flagship smartphone considering that Huawei has already done the same for the P20 Pro. The inclusion of the variable aperture lens is also similar to what Samsung did with the Galaxy S9 Plus camera. Needless to say Nokia wants its 2018 flagship to compete with the biggest players in the smartphone market and having an impressive camera setup will surely garner a lot of attention.

The leaked specs sheet also included a single image of the Nokia 9’s back, showing off the vertically-aligned triple-camera setup. The device appears to have a black ceramic back plate with an “18-karat gold finish.” There may not be an image for the device’s front, but the specs sheet lists the device as having a 6.01-inch AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, as pointed out by Phone Arena.

As for internal specs, the Nokia 9 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Although it wasn’t listed, it’s possible that there will be other storage options when the device officially launches. The handset is said to be packing a 3,900mAh battery that supports wired fast charging and fast wireless charging. The specs sheet also states that the Nokia 9 will have an in-glass fingerprint scanner.

On the software side of things, the Nokia 9 is listed as running Android 8.1 Oreo. The documentation states that the handset will receive regular software updates as it is part of Google’s Android One initiative.

Is this leaked specs sheet legit? There’s no way of telling for now, so it’s best to remain skeptical until an official announcement is made. However, it would certainly be great if at least a few of these features were real.

HMD Global's true Nokia flagship for 2018 might arrive with a triple-camera setup.

HMD Global’s true Nokia flagship for 2018 might arrive with a triple-camera setup.

© Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls HMD Global’s true Nokia flagship for 2018 might arrive with a triple-camera setup.Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

OnePlus 6 specs revealed: Snapdragon 845, 256GB of storage to go with its notch

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While it’s still likely several weeks away from being announced, we already have a pretty good picture of the OnePlus 6. After divulging that its next handset would indeed include a notch in the screen for the camera, the company has dropped a few more tantalizing details about its next phone, and it’s taking yet another cue from Apple’s iPhone X.

The Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, bringing speed boosts and better battery life to Android’s top phones—soon to include the OnePlus 6. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ were the first phone to feature it, but many more are due to follow, including the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ2 and Nokia 9.

[ Further reading: The best Android phones ]

Along with the Snapdragon 845 chip, the OnePlus 6 will pack 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Those specs are likely for the step-up model of the OnePlus 6, which traditionally costs $60 more than the base model, but they’re impressive nonetheless. With the OnePlus 5T (pictured above), the company charged $499 for 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, and $559 for 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. However, there have been reports that the OnePlus 6 will have a higher starting price than the 5T, which could push the 256GB version over $600.

It’s rare to find an Android phone with 256GB of storage, but OnePlus is one of the few phone makers that doesn’t include a slot for expandable storage. Neither does Apple, and it introduced a 256GB option in its iPhone 8 and iPhone X last year.

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The OnePlus 5 (right) borrowed design features from iPhone 7 and the 6 will do the same with iPhone X.

Storage capacity isn’t all the OnePlus 6 is borrowing from iPhone X. In a previous interview, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei told The Verge that the OnePlus 6 will sport an increasingly-fashionable notch at the top of the screen: “Our notch, it will be there,” he added, noting: “I’ll be bigger than the Essential Phone, smaller than the iPhone.”

After poking fun at the iPhone X’s notch when it launched last year, more Android phones have been embracing the notch as a design element in 2018. And OnePlus has never shied away from copying Apple’s latest trends. Last year’s OnePlus 5 and 5T were virtually indistinguishable from iPhone 7, with a similar matte aluminum back and a horizontal dual camera array in the top right.

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OnePlus provided an exclusive picture to The Verge showing the notch on its next flagship phone.

In a post announcing the specs, CEO Pete Lau talked about delivering a “burdenless experience” for the OnePlus 6 to create “a lasting impression of speed and smoothness, throughout all-day use.” To help accomplish that goal, OnePlus assembled a group of engineers called Team FSE (which stands for Fast, Stable, Efficient), whose sole focus, Lau says, is on “maximizing the power of our flagship devices.”

OnePlus hasn’t said when the new phone will release, but with so many teases, a launch appears to be imminent. The OnePlus 5T has been out of stock in the U.S. since last month and OnePlus has said it won’t be offering it for sale any longer.

The impact on you at home: While the specs here aren’t much of a surprise, an Android phone with a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage is certainly exciting. (For comparison’s sake, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 has 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM.) We’ve always been big fans of OnePlus’s near-stock Android OS and low prices, and the OnePlus 6 looks to continue with its string of hits. And maybe this year we’ll even get wireless charging now that Apple has it too.

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nokia 1 price in india | nokia 1 specification | nokia 1 review | nokia 1 release date

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Nokia 1 runs android eight.Zero oreo. The cellphone has a four.Five-inch hd ips display. The alternative popular nokia mobiles you may look for are nokia 6 2018, nokia 4 and nokia 7 plus. It has a 5mp rear digicam with an led flash and a 2mp front-dealing with digicam. The device is powered with the aid of a 1.1ghz quad-core mediatek processor and 1gb ram. It has 8gb inner garage that could in addition be accelerated as much as 128gb . Connectivity alternatives include 4g, wireless 802.Eleven b/g/n, bluetooth 4.Zero, gps, and a microusb 2.Zero port. The tool is powered through a non-detachable li-ion 2,150mah battery.

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Nokia 1 price in india

Nokia 1 charge in india is expected to be rs. 5,500. Nokia 1 is due to be released on march, 2018. The nokia 1 is available in best black colour.

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Nokia 1 info

Creation and digital camera

Finnish phone maker nokia has introduced the nokia 1 in affiliation to google’s android go software. The finances phone seems just like nokia 2 and ships with low-quit hardware. The smartphone sports a polycarbonate plastic lower back panel that is pretty commonplace among maximum entry-stage devices.

In phrases of imaging, the phone comes with a five-megapixel rear and a 2-megapixel the front-going through digicam. The number one imaging piece is assisted by an led flash to handle low-light photography. One can take selfies and take pleasure in video calling the use of the the front shooter.

Display and battery

The nokia 1 boasts a 4.Five-inch hd ips show which is first rate and is paired with huge viewing angles. But, out of doors legibility isn’t that first rate, and it’s tough to examine the display screen whilst placed underneath bright sunlight. Also, there’s corning’s gorilla glass protection similar to the nokia 2 that stops scratches.

The nokia 1 packs a non-removable li-ion 2,150mah battery which the corporation claims is right sufficient to remaining for an entire day for a ordinary consumer.

Overall performance and storage

The nokia 1 is powered by a 1.1ghz quad-center mediatek chipset and 1gb of ram. One have to no longer anticipate great performance with this type of low-give up chipset, but the device is optimised to address simple obligations coupled with a chunk of multitasking with ease.

For apps and different records, the nokia 1 is loaded with 8gb of onboard storage area which may be expanded the usage of a microsd card up to 128gb. One essential factor is that the handset ships with a dedicated expansion slot so that one does no longer have to rely upon the hybrid sim slot.

Connectivity and platform

The nokia 1 runs the android 8.Zero oreo (cross version) running gadget out of the container. Android move is nothing however an operating system for budget smartphones. For connectivity, the tool ships with alternatives like 4g with volte aid, gps, wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n, bluetooth 4.0, and a microusb 2.Zero port. Also, there is twin sim aid that we could users use  networks simultaneously.

Nokia 1 specifications

  • Android Oreo (Go Edition)
  • 4.5in FWVGA 16:9 IPS display
  • 1.1GHz MediaTek MT6737M quad-core processor
  • 1GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • MicroSD support up to 128GB
  • 5Mp primary camera with LED flash
  • 2Mp selfie camera
  • 4G LTE
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • GPS/AGPS
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • MicroUSB 2.0
  • Nano SIM
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Supports Xpress On covers
  • 2150mAh removable battery
  • 133.6×67.78×9.5mm
  • Available in warm red, dark blue

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Oppo F7 specification

Oppo will soon launch Oppo F7 smartphone in India, highlight is a full-screen show and an iPhone X-like indent.

The organization has just begun prodding the up and coming handset on Twitter. Oppo F7 is said to be a selfie-centric cell phone.According to news Oppo F7 launch date in india is 26th March.

Oppo teased by tweeting a image and saying it will be iphone X-like notch.

Oppo f7 specification  Oppo f7 specification

A cricketer(we guess Hardik Pandya) will be the new face for the Oppo F7.

Oppo F7 specification

Oppo F7 specification
Oppo F7 leak image(Source-http://www.fonearena.com/blog/246051/oppo-f7-india-launch-date.html)

 

As far as reputed determinations of the Oppo F7, a report by The Economic Times uncovers a reasonable picture of the front of the gadget. The report likewise expresses that the Oppo F7 will accompany a 6.2-inch FHD+ show with a great screen-to-body-proportion of 89.09 percent.

The report includes that the Oppo F7 is probably going to pack an octa-center MediaTek SoC with 4/6 GB RAM and 64 GB of locally available capacity which can be additionally extended with the assistance of a microSD card. The picture of the telephone additionally uncovers the nearness of a 3.5 mm earphone jack on the base of the gadget.

The F7 is additionally anticipated that would pack a 25 MP front camera with AI abilities that upgrade the nature of selfies. The front camera will likewise likely component constant HDR, an improved marvel mode and AR stickers. The organization has not uncovered any insight about the forthcoming cell phone at the season of composing aside from the tweet soliciting clients to figure the name from the cricketer.

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