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Best Android Apps in May 2018

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Best Android Apps 2018 (May)

What’s up guys, News booklet is here with an amazing list of 20 Android apps to get you started with May 2018.  Let’s get this started.

 

AmpMe

ampme

With Ampme you can connect multiple devices and play the same music across all the devices seamlessly to create your own loudspeaker. Since smartphone these days comes with stereo speakers the sound is pretty amazing and if paired with 4 or more phones the app supports your music library, YouTube, and Spotify to create an amazing music experience. Moreover, you can also sync it with your Bluetooth speakers so that you can party anywhere with just your phone. However, you do have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. 

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SnapTube

Snaptube

You can use this app to download videos from major video sites like YouTube, Facebook Instagram Dailymotion and so on. You can also add the URL manually, and as soon as any video is loaded, you get an icon to download the video. While downloading videos you get the option to choose the video resolution or if you just want the audio you can do that as well. It’s really handy while downloading your favorite tracks from YouTube. Also, your downloads are categorized into different sections making things easier. You will need the premium version of this app to download videos on 2k and 4k and even go ad-free. so if you are looking for a video downloader try this app.

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Stop Ad

Stop Ad

As the name implies, this app prevents unwanted ads, pop-ups which add up to your web as well as app experience, plus it also saves your mobile data by blocking unwanted pop-ups and ads. While you are on 3G or 4G the app works flawlessly. Perhaps this is the best ad blocking app to date and it has very little to no impact on your battery life. Stop Ad not only blocks ads in your browser but even inside the apps like Facebook YouTube and Skype. From the app, you can view your statistics and add apps on whitelist which will show ads on the selected apps and I must say this is a nice add-on. This way we are helping the respective app developers moreover you can update the filter list regularly for better results. Stop Ad is free and can be downloaded from its official website as this app is not available in the Play Store. This app is also available for Windows and iOS.

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MakeUseOF

MakeUseOF

With this app you can learn different facts, tips and tricks, hacks, DIY and so much more especially regarding technology. All the articles are well organized and you can also browse through various categories or groups to learn about different topics. One nice add-on here is, you also get the link on where to buy the products. The descriptive articles, ease of sharing, and useful tips make this a must-have app.

Air Console

Air Console

Basically, this app makes your smartphone a gaming controller while playing games on your computer browser, Android TV, and laptops. It just heads on over to Air Console and pairs your device. Here you can choose from a list of games you have puzzle games, arcade single-player as well as multiplayer games so that you can pair multiple smartphones and play together with your friends. It’s seamless and such a fun app to use with your friends and family.
Next up is Notin. This is a note-taking app that solves two purposes, one that it lets you quickly save notes and two it stays in your notification panel which also works as a reminder. Its very simple to use. It works perfectly and very very intuitive and once you are done you can simply swipe away to clear it.

Canva

Canva

This app lets you create beautiful and attractive pictures and posts for your Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and many more. The highlight of this app is all the templates are in default resolution of  the respective apps for example, if you choose Facebook Cover the template will set to the default resolution of Facebook cover so you begin by choosing your favorite template and then you can change the text, add image, customize or add graphics and then you are good to go. So right from your smartphone, you can have attractive posts for your social media and business.

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File Go

File Go

It’s a file manager that lets you manage your files and folders. The well-organized UI adds to it. You have your storage previews, files are organized and categorized as per their formats and you can also perform actions like clearing cache and managing downloads. Furthermore, it also has a built-in file sharing feature to share files with other devices wirelessly.

Snapseed

Snapseed

This has been our all-time favorite photo editing app since ages. The new update has made it even better, right from applying filters to RGB curves with different tones and effects, double exposures and so much more. All the desktop great tools are present. The UI is very intuitive as well. You select tools by swiping vertically and make adjustments by swiping horizontally. You can also preview layers to edit and adjust. Each layer from here makes it a perfect photo editing app.

 

Touch Retouch

Touch Retouch

There are times when you take a picture and then you have an unwanted element in the picture that completely rinses it. This app helps you eliminate that. Its very simple to use and it works perfectly.

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Assistive Touch

Assistive Touch

Since smartphones are getting bigger and taller this app makes it easy to use your device’s single-handed. You get a floating icon with accents like notifications panel, recent apps, home and your favorite apps. Its perfect for big screens as with a single shortcut we can perform multiple actions. We can also customize these shortcuts like give actions on tapping the icon, change the looks and manage the shortcuts as well. This icon can be placed anywhere and can be accessed from any apps or games.

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Walli

Walli

My all-time favorite wallpaper app for Android. You have a wide range of categories to choose from and the wallpapers are pretty amazing and high-resolution one. Nice addition here is, while browsing through different pictures, you have the option to browse through similar pictures, a must have guys if you haven’t tried it yet.

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UBMe

UBMe

This is a new social app that has a twist according to your location. You can view or add contacts, share post and updates, interact with what others are sharing. Like other social media apps, you can also add friends, send messages, follow create events and manage your profile. You get points according to your uses. It’s a new social app that has the new way of adding contacts and it’s always good to try something new.

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Drupe

Drupe

This app is all about interacting with your contacts in a much intuitive way. You can access all your contacts with a swipe and view or contact them easily let it be a phone, SMS or other social apps. Moreover, you can record your call and this app also has a built-in caller ID which is a plus. You can also set multiple themes which is a nice addition and it really blends with the smartphone. Furthermore, you can easily contact the nearest gas station, stores, banks, restaurants and many other businesses. The floating icon can be accessed from any apps or games and I would say it’s a perfect replacement app for both phone and contacts.

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1password

1password

This is among the best password manager for saving your bank account details, credit card details, login credentials, Wi-Fi info, secure notes and so on. What I like about this app is that it’s secure. You can lock this app with your fingerprint and a master passcode plus it also has its own secure browser for secure logins. While adding login details you can use the password generator for password ideas. I mostly use this app to store my bank account details, login details, and my secure notes.

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Microsoft launcher

Microsoft launcher

This is the official launcher from Microsoft. This launcher is close to stock Android but instead of Google, you have everything. Let it be from being wallpapers, being searched to the newsfeed. A couple of nice addition in this launcher is that you get a QR code scanner right in the search bar and app ID feature to hide your apps. Additionally, you can change the look and feel of the launcher and set various gestures for different actions.
While we are on launcher we have another launcher called Computer launcher. As the name implies this launcher mimics Windows 10 from UI to app layout. It seems as if you are using Windows on your phone. You have your taskbar, Start menu where you have all your apps and other settings. the attention to detail is fantastic. For example, if you go on to my computer, this will work like a file manager and the launcher is very smooth and it’s quite unique to have. Talking about customization we have custom live wallpaper maker and custom widget maker but instead of making your own custom widgets what I suggest you here is you can download tons of themes and presets from the Play Store to suit your style.

 

AZ Screen Recorder

AZ Screen Recorder

This is perhaps the best screen recorder I have used. It’s very simple to use. All you need to do is tap on the floating icon and start recording. Moreover, you can record in high quality even in 60 frames per second with audio.

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So that’s it for this time guys. I hope you enjoyed it. If you feel your favorite apps are missing feel free to leave it in the comment section below. Stay tuned as we have lots of new thing coming for you guys.

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Why Windows Phone Failed

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Why Widows Phone failed
 Windows Phone: a product with so much potential that had everything going for it, and yet one that failed spectacularly. Despite the billions of dollars and the priceless connections of Microsoft, the Windows Phone never took off and would go down in history as one of Microsoft’s most expensive mistakes.
We’re gonna look at the reasons behind its failure and the actions Microsoft could’ve taken to possibly prevent it.
When Steve Jobs announced the iPhone in 2007 he took the smartphone world by storm. Up until then, smartphones had a big problem: they had small screens with interfaces that were hard to navigate, and the reason for that was because half of the phone was occupied by a keyboard with tiny buttons you could hardly press with any precision at all.
Apple unvield iPhone in 2007

Apple unveiled iPhone in 2007

What Steve Jobs showed to his ecstatic audience was a game changer, but it wasn’t just Apple fans there were watching. The engineers at Google, which for the past two years had been building a smartphone of their own, had to scrap their entire project and to start over with a touchscreen design. Their final product, Android, would arrive more than a year later, at which point the iPhone had taken the smartphone crown.
The iPhone’s model was built on exclusivity: it was entirely produced by Apple to establish maximal control over the user experience and the quality of the product, which allowed Apple to charge a premium for their phones.
To succeed Android would have to adopt a different strategy: instead of going for exclusivity, Google tried to be everyone’s friend, partnering up with as many phone manufacturers as possible with the selling point of their phones being the fact that they were cheap, yet functional.
For a time, the smartphone world was in balance, with Android and the iPhone occupying very distinct segments of
the market. And yet, this balance would soon be disturbed by another tech giant, Microsoft.
Now, out of the three companies, it was actually Microsoft that had the most experience with mobile devices.
Back in 1996, Bill Gates unveiled what he called the handheld PC, which was really more of a tiny laptop. The operating system it ran was known as Windows CE, which was basically Windows 3 modified to function on the lowest specifications possible.
Over the next decade, Microsoft would add features and develop this product line extensively, making another 6 full releases. Between 2006 and 2008 Microsoft’s mobile devices claimed a 15% market share, greater than any of their competitors except Symbian by Nokia.
But this success is exactly what blinded Microsoft to threat of the iPhone.
When Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft at the time was asked about the iPhone his reaction, he was like that iPhones don’t have keyboards which will not make them good email machine. Also said that $500 for iPhone is not customer friendly.
When he was asked “How do you compete with iPhone?”, he replied ” Right now we’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year. Apple is selling zero phones a year.”
We can clearly see the stark difference between the two men: the reporter very clearly sees the innovations
of the iPhone as a threat to the old smartphone establishment, but Microsoft’s CEO can barely look past the sales numbers. And just in case you’re thinking he’s an exception, the CEOs of Blackberry and Palm were equally skeptical of the new iPhone.
It took Microsoft a full year of declining market share to finally realize that something had to be done. Unlike Microsoft, Blackberry’s sales were still increasing, which gave them a sense of confidence they never recovered from.
Now, as they say, it’s better late than never and when Microsoft finally got around to it, their development was actually pretty fast.
Microsoft began developing a touchscreen-based mobile device in late 2008 and it took them only two years to get it ready for market. What Steve Ballmer unveiled was indeed a very unique product whose advancement of smartphone design isn’t really widely recognized, but it should be. At a time when the iPhone and Android were stuck with static icons, the Windows Phone gave you tiles with live information.

Microsoft unveiled first Windows phone in 2010 at MWC

Overall, critics had much to praise: in terms of design the Windows Phone user experience was right up there next to Apple and because Microsoft had very strict requirements for the hardware used by phone manufacturers, all of the early Windows Phones were very powerful machines for their time. And yet, Microsoft ran into a big problem very early on.
Microsoft was trying to do something very difficult: it was emulating Apple in trying to establish strict control over the user experience and hardware, but unlike Apple, it wasn’t actually making its own phones. This approach made the Windows Phone a very refined product, but the degree of control Microsoft wanted to be made working with them much more difficult for phone manufacturers compared to working with Android.
Unsurprisingly, most phone manufacturers decided to partner up with Google, which left Microsoft in a very bad position: it had a great product and no one to make it. The only saving grace for Microsoft was a lucky connection: when Nokia replaced their CEO in September 2010, the new guy, Stephen Elop, was a former Microsoft executive and the first item on his agenda was to try to restore Nokia’s declining market share by abandoning Symbian and pivoting towards Windows Phone.
Now, you can tell that this was a very premeditated plan because of this massive transition, during which Nokia completely changed their product offerings, happened in the span of a single year. Nokia started selling their first Windows Phone in November 2011 and I can tell you right away that this was possible thanks to the billions of dollars Microsoft poured into Nokia as “platform support payments”.
Nokia was supposedly paying Microsoft a licensing fee, but in reality, it was actually getting $250 million back from Microsoft every quarter, which more than made up for their expenses. Of course, the other phone manufacturers knew that this was happening, which pushed them even farther away from Microsoft.
After all, why would they fund their own development and pay a licensing fee to Microsoft, when Nokia was getting it all for free?
Effectively, Microsoft had gone all in with Nokia and there was no going back. But sadly for Microsoft, it was far too late. By the time Microsoft solved its production issue, four years after the introduction of the iPhone, it had fallen to a 2% market share. Nobody was developing applications for the Windows Phone and why would they, considering that Android and iOS were clearly the winners here.
For its first three years, the Windows Phone App Store was empty: it didn’t have Instagram, it didn’t have YouTube, it barely had anything. By 2013 the stock price of Nokia had fallen by 75% at which point angry shareholders were threatening to just fire Stephen Elop and get rid of Microsoft altogether.
In the end, that didn’t happen, Microsoft instead just purchased Nokia’s mobile phone division for $7.2 billion in 2014. Here’s the funny thing though: the very next year Microsoft wrote off their investment for $7.6 billion, and then to top things off they fired almost 8,000 employees. Microsoft kept Windows Phone on life support until October 2017, but it was clearly dead a long time before that.
And yet, it’s easy to imagine the different path Windows Phone could’ve taken had it only not been as greedy with its original philosophy. Had Microsoft been willing to compromise on its control over production, it would’ve
easily convinced the big manufacturers to use Windows Phone instead of Android.
After all back then Google had practically no ecosystem to speak of, while Microsoft had been a software titan for decades.
This was how the Windows Phone ran the path for its downfall.
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WhatsApp CEO to visit India again in October end for Fake News issues

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WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels has planned to make his second trip to India in three months to help the Government Officials of India to find out the root cause of the Spreading Fake News all around the Country via social Media Platform WhatsApp.

A delegation of WhatsApp officials along with the company’s global policy head Christine Turner with Daniels will visit India to meet with Government Officials at Prime Minister’s Office and the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY).

It is reported that the delegation will be arriving on 24th of October, Wednesday.

During the Visit, CEO Chris Daniels is expected to meet the designated authorities on wide range of issues but the main focus would be rather on the data encryption and data sharing. Government of India has asked WhatsApp to find out ways to catch the origin of fake Messages and news, but things would not be that easy. As because WhatsApp runs on end-to-end Encryption.

Government requested WhatsApp to figure out the way to find alternative to find the solution and stop the unnecessary fake news to spread in a larger audience.

CEO chris daniels with Govenment Officials

Visit in August | Image Courtesy: Digit

Lately Fake news over WhatsApp has been leading to very bad condition of Mob lynching in some parts of the country.

Earlier when CEO Chris Daniels visited India for the First time, he was asked to appoint a grievance officer and set up a corporate entity in India to tackle the wide spreading of Fake news all over the Country. Also government demanded for a system to be developed for tracing the origin of fake News.

On demand Chris appointed a grievance officer to look upon the complains of fake messages all over the country. But data sharing and tracing the origin of the fake messages would not be that easy as mentioned earlier, although Indian Government stating “It’s not a rocket science”.

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SoftBank to acquire majority stake in WeWork.

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SOFTBANK to Acquire WeWork

SoftBank a Japanese telecoms and Internet Company, which is very intimate and well known for funding and acquiring stakes in various Multi National Companies. SoftBank is about to take over around 50 percent of the company WeWork.

WeWork is an American company founded in 2010 by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey that provides shared Workspaces and Offices to Technology Startups and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and startups, small and large Businesses.

SoftBank shares fell 5.4 % and suffered their biggest one-day drop in nearly two years on Wednesday (10 Oct 18′) partly on concerns about the prospects of eight-year-old WeWork whose outlook is tied closely to the ups and downs of the real estate market. Recent technology sector weakness also weighed on SoftBank’s shares, traders said.

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One of the sources told that the pricing and other details of WeWork investment are yet to be firmed up and the second source said Softbank is in talks to take a major investment in WeWork.

SoftBank and its giant Vision  Fund invested about $4.4 Billion August 2017 on WeWork and hold 2 board Seats in the Company. And Owns about 20 percent of the company.

Earlier the Wall Street Journal reported Softbank’s investment would be between around $15 billion to $20 billion and is most likely to come from the Softbank’s giant Vision Fund. Earlier June Journal says that the smaller Softbank investment discussion valued WeWork at up to $40 Billion.

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SoftBank’s other real estate-related investments include Compass, an online real estate marketplace, Katerra, a construction startup, and Indian hotel chain OYO Hotels.

SoftBank Group Corp, Tokyo Stocks

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SoftBank had earlier invested Billions of Dollars in U.S. ride-services firm UBER Technologies but owns a minority stack in the firm.

The Chinese unit of WeWork raised about $500 million in July from the investors including Hony Capital, SoftBank, Trustbridge Partners, to drive and expand its existence in the nation.

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