Instagram not working? Here’s how to fix it!

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Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, but when it’s not working it can be a frustrating experience. The servers are generally reliable, but for those unfortunate occurrences when Instagram isn’t working, we put together a list of ways to fix it. Follow the troubleshooting guide below to fix any Instagram problems you might be experiencing.


Check if Instagram is down

If Instagram isn’t working for you, it could be the case that it isn’t working for anyone. Before you take any more drastic measures check whether or not Instagram’s servers are down.

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There are a number of websites that let you do this, but the one we recommend is Down Detector. Just check Down Detector’s Instagram page and it will display No problems at Instagram, Possible problems at Instagram, or Problems at Instagram. You can also report any issues you’re having to notify other users.

If Instagram is down, there’s little you can do but wait. If it isn’t, keep moving down the list.


Restart the Instagram app

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If Instagram’s servers are fine and it still isn’t working for you, try closing the app and reopening it. On Android Pie this is easy and just takes a few seconds. The exact steps may differ slightly depending on which smartphone you’re using.

How to close and restart Instagram

  1. Tap the square in the bottom right.
  2. Swipe Instagram up to close it.
  3. Reopen Instagram.

Restarting the app could be a quick fix, but if the problem is more serious it will require further steps.


Update the Instagram app

Closing and reopening Instagram will fix most problems, but if it doesn’t check to see if you’re using the most recent version of the app. Newer versions often contain bug fixes in addition to new features. Follow the steps below to check for Instagram updates.

How to update Instagram

  1. Open the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the menu by tapping the hamburger icon in the top left.
  3. Tap My apps & games.
  4. Tap Update next to Instagram, if available.

Read also: How to update apps on the Google Play Store


Check your connection

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If your Instagram feed isn’t loading or you aren’t able to upload pictures, it may have to do with your internet connection. If you’re using a Wi-Fi connection, there are several things to do when this happens, and any one of them may solve the issue. Try each of the items on the list below.

  • Turn off data and switch to Wi-Fi.
  • Move closer to your router
  • Reset the router, even if your internet works on other devices.

Read also: What to do if your phone won’t connect to Wi-Fi

When none of the above fixes do the trick, try turning off Wi-Fi entirely and see if Instagram starts working. If it does, it’s time to buy a new router, but if it doesn’t it’s time to move to the next potential fix.


Restart your phone

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Like many tech problems, the simplest and most effective solution is to restart the device. When Instagram isn’t working, the same logic applies.

Reset your device and it may instantly solve your Instagram woes. Just hold down the power button and tap restart. If that doesn’t work, move on to the next item on the list.


Uninstall and reinstall the Instagram app

Occasionally a bug can appear when installing or updating Instagram that causes it to stop working. The only way to remedy this is to uninstall and reinstall the app.

How to uninstall Instagram

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps & Notifications.
  3. Find and select Instagram.
  4. Tap Uninstall.

From there, find Instagram in the Google Play Store and reinstall it. It will automatically install the latest version, but you may need to re-enter your login details.


Check the list of known issues

If you’ve tried everything on the list and Instagram still isn’t working, it may be a legitimate problem or bug within the app. You can keep track of these on Instagram’s list of known issues.

Known issues may have a temporary fix, so be sure to check out the link above for the latest.


That’s it for our list of ways to fix Instagram when it stops working. Did we miss any potential fixes? Let us know in the comments and we’ll get them added to the list!

10 best security apps for Android that aren’t antivirus apps! (Updated 2019)

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When you Google Search the term security apps, you get a ton of antivirus and anti-malware app listings. Unfortunately, that’s a very narrow view of what’s out there. There are tons of apps that can boost your security. Most of them are fairly easy to use and don’t use a ton of resources. Here are the best security apps currently available on Android.

Read Next: How to encrypt your Android device


Applock by DoMobile Lab

Price: Free / Up to $128.78
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Applock by DoMobile Lab is one of the better app lock apps for Android. It does what the title suggests and keeps your apps behind a password lock. You can keep your gallery, phone app, messaging app, or even social media apps under a lock and key. It isn’t flawless and tech savvy folks can definitely get around it. However, it works well to keep your kids or nosy roommates out of your sensitive files and apps. You can watch ads and use this for free, use it without ads for free with fewer features, or donate to get an ad-free experience and all of the features. The choice is yours!
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Bouncer

Price: $0.99
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Bouncer is one of the newer security apps. This one manages your permissions. Here’s how it works. Sometimes you may want to give temporary access of a permission to an app, but you don’t want the app to have permission all the time. Bouncer basically does that for you. You can do something like enable location in Facebook and Bouncer asks if you only want it temporarily. It will then automatically remove the permission later for you. Thus, you can use apps a little more freely without worry in regards to them pinging stuff like your location 24/7. It costs a paltry $0.99 and we think it’s worth it. Android Q is improving app permissions, but Bouncer is still better right now.
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Find My Device by Google

Price: Free
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Find My Device by Google used to be Android Device Manager. The name changed. However, the app still does the same thing. It tracks the location of your phone. The app can also play sounds for easier finding. It can erase your device, show a message, and remotely lock your phone as well. The ability to find a lost phone is vital to protecting your privacy. We also really like the data erasing tool. It keeps you safe even if you never recover your device. This one is entirely free with no advertising and no in-app purchases. That makes it a good option for security apps.
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Firefox Focus

Price: Free
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Firefox Focus is a privacy browser. It’s essentially an Android browser that is always in incognito mode. It doesn’t log your activities for long periods of time. You can delete them at a moment’s notice whenever you want. It can also remove trackers and advertising. That way websites can’t see you there. It’s one of the newer security apps. It also won’t block every single thing. The app is completely free with no in-app purchases. It’s definitely more private than most browsers. It doesn’t protect from everything, though.
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GlassWire

Price: Free / Up to $9.99
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GlassWire is one of the newer security apps. It lets you see what apps are consuming your data. You get a live graph that shows how much data your apps are consuming. Additionally, you’ll get alerts to let you know when a new app is sucking down some data. This is a great way to see how much data each of your apps is using. It’s also a great way to see any strange activity that may be happening in the background. Its main use is to make sure you don’t hit your data cap. Still, seeing a random app you don’t know about grabbing something from the web can be extremely telling.
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LastPass

Price: Free / $12 per year
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LastPass is one of the best password manager apps out there. It lets you store site passwords, PINs, and other sensitive info for quick recall. It’s all hidden behind a master password of your choosing. It’s infinitely safer than just putting that info almost anywhere else. You can also pick up LastPass Authenticator for additional security. It’s powerful and it’s cross-platform. The free version should give you most features. The pro version adds some features, some syncing options, and more. It’s one of the must-try security apps out there. Bit Warden is an excellent free password manager if you want to go that route.
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ProtonVPN

Price: Free
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ProtonVPN is one of the newer VPNs on the market. We really like this one. It is entirely free as of the time of this article’s publish date. Additionally, they have a strict no logging policy, a no sharing policy, and network encryption. That basically makes this app a unicorn. You won’t get the absolute best performance. After all, free can only go so far. However, those concerned with security probably don’t mind waiting an extra second or two for a page to load if it’s secure and free. There are premium VPNs with no logging policies, no sharing policies, and encryption as well. We have a list of VPNs linked at the bottom of this article.
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Resilio Sync

Price: Free
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Resilio Sync lets you create your own cloud storage. The computer version turns your regular, everyday computer into a cloud storage server. The app then helps you sync files between your PC and phone or tablet. Think of it like Google Drive or Dropbox, except you know exactly where your files are at all times. This is great for more sensitive data. It’s also great for those who don’t trust online cloud storage, but still want the versatility of having it. The app is easy, even for beginners. It’s also entirely free. It’s one of the most underrated security apps.
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Signal Private Messenger, Telegram, WhatsApp

Price: Free (each)
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There is a small, but growing number of messaging apps with at least some form of encryption. Some of the popular options include Telegram, Signal Private Messenger, and WhatsApp. Each one has different levels of encryption and some people trust one brand over the others. We’re not here to make that choice for you, but all of them do feature encrypted messaging. Signal also adds stuff like video calls while WhatsApp has the largest set of features in the group. For basic encrypted messaging, you can’t go wrong either way. They are all free as of the time of this writing.
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Signal Private Messenger, Telegram, WhatsApp

Tor Project (four apps)

Price: Free
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The Tor Project is probably one of the more obvious choices for security and privacy on almost any platform. Unfortunately, their Android apps aren’t as robust as their computer offerings, but they’re slowly getting there. For now, you have access to Orfox, Tor Browser on Android (still in beta!), and Orbot which is a proxy app that helps other apps use Tor’s technology to remain anonymous. The browser is still under construction but is coming along nicely, but Orbot is definitely a solid app worth grabbing. The project also recently released Ooniprobe, an app that lets you see if your Internet is blocking your connection to some sites. These are all excellent security apps for those who are a little more advanced.
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Bonus: Any authenticator app

Price: Free (usually)
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Authenticator apps are a relatively newer thing in Android. However, they provide tons of security. It’s a two-step authentication style. You enter your password and then enter an authorization code from one of these apps. There are several for you to choose from. That includes Google Authenticator (linked), Microsoft Authenticator, Authy 2-Factor, FreeOTP Authenticator, LastPass Authenticator and others. This is basically the best security for any account because a hacker is extremely unlikely to have access to your phone as opposed to something like an email address. We have our list of the best authenticator apps linked at the button above!
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If we missed any of the best security apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments!

10 best strategy RPGs and tactical RPGs on Android! (Updated 2019)

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Strategy RPGs and Tactical RPGs are an admittedly niche market. The game play tends to be slower because it focuses more on strategy than it does on sheer action. They operate with a turn-based style of combat and feature a chessboard style map where you move units into tactically advantageous positions to gain the upper hand. There aren’t many available on Android, but some of them are truly excellent. Here are the best strategy RPGs and tactical RPGs on Android!


Banner Saga 1 and 2

Price: $9.99 each
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The Banner Saga 1 and 2 are two strategy RPGs. They each feature a variety of playable characters, interesting story lines, and solid combat mechanics. Each title has branching story lines and permanent character death. Thus, your decisions matter in both combat and in the story. The second game adds a little bit from the first game, including a new character race. It’s one of the few mobile games that employs a deep narrative and strategy without freemium elements. They are a bit older and may not display 100% correctly on newer devices with notches and such, but they should otherwise play fine.
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Brown Dust

Price: Freemium
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Brown Dust is a newer strategy RPG. It also Japanese RPG elements, animations, gacha elements, and story style. The game boasts over 300 mercenaries to collect, upgrade, and fight with. In addition, the grid-based fighting system is traditional strategy RPG. We liked this game for its massive story, the 1,200 stages to complete along with all of the weekly and monthly stuff to do. You will have something to do in this game for a very long time. However, it is a freemium game and it has a lot of those freemium elements, especially with the gacha stuff. Beware of that, but otherwise it’s a good RPG.
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Dotomchi Games Collection

Price: Free / $0.99 with in-app purchases
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Dotomchi Games has several strategy RPGs worth playing. They include Rebirth of Fortune, Sorceress of Fortune, Mystery of Fortune, Defense of Fortune 2, and Mystery of Fortune 2. They are the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth games in the series. We’re not sure where the first three games are. They all play more or less the same way except Defense of Fortune 2. That one plays a bit more like a tower defense game. They’re inexpensive tactical RPGs. They do have in-app purchases, though. Just a heads up.
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Final Fantasy Tactics: WOTL

Price: $11.99
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Final Fantasy Tactics is definitely among the best strategy RPGs. It first came out in 1997. It features a long, story-driven campaign complete with video cut scenes. Square Enix added characters along with additional cut scenes for more options and enjoyment. There are also additional jobs and missions to play. The only caveat is that players on budget devices seem to be having some crashing issues on certain missions, so make sure to read through the customer reviews before dropping $11.99 on the game.
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Fire Emblem Heroes

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Fire Emblem Heroes is one of the newer strategy RPGs. It’s a freemium version of Nintendo’s popular series. It features a bunch of characters and music from the series. There’s a new story line for you to play through. There are also a few play modes to keep things fresh. The main game maintains the classic tactical RPG mechanics of the original franchise. The game is also very clean compared to other mobile RPGs. There is also a lot more content now than on release day. It does have a character collecting mechanic. That’s popular in current freemium RPGs. Otherwise, everything in the game is surprisingly good. This is Nintendo’s most profitable game for a reason.
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Heroes of Steel

Price: $3.99 / Up to $1.99
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Heroes of Steel is a four episode tactical RPG. All four stories add up to about 120 hours of game play. That’s fairly impressive. The game also includes character customization, retro style graphics, tons of loot to find, and a lot more. The combat mechanics are classic tactical RPG, but still pretty simple. It definitely focuses a little more on the narrative. The base game is $3.99. The in-app purchases are for the other four episodes. It is definitely one of the better strategy RPGs.
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Kingturn series and Tactics Maiden

Price: Free / Up to $4.99
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Kingturn is a series of strategy RPGs that have made a good name for themselves. They feature retro graphics that aren’t the best, but the developers more than make up for it with lengthy, story-driven campaigns. The two main games in the series have more than 130 missions combined. They also include a ton of character classes, abilities, items, gear, and more. It’s not the most complex series of games out there. They do maintain a faster pace than typical tactical RPGs. There is also a newer game in the series. Tactics Maiden is a lot like its predecessors and costs about the same.
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Shining Force Classics

Price: Free / Up to $4.99
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Shining Force Classics is a remake of the popular strategy RPGs from the SEGA Genesis days. This title includes all three Shining Force games. I played the first two quite a bit when I was younger, but I never gave the third one a real shot. In any case, these are really traditional strategy RPG style games. You recruit characters, save the world, and engage in grid-based combat. Characters can upgrade their class after so many level gains and SEGA left the games relatively untouched from their previous releases. The controls are a bit clunky, but the games play well enough. Each title runs for $1.99 as an in-app purchase or you can buy all three in a single $4.99 bundle.
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Shining Force Classics

Terra Battle

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Terra Battle is a unique tactical RPG that does things a little bit differently. The core mechanics are the same as other strategy RPGs, but with scaled back graphics and faster battle mechanics. There are also things like bonus items on the map to give you an advantage over your opponent. Like most, you’ll still have various characters and classes that you can collect, upgrade, and customize. Terra Battle boasts hundreds of game maps and hundreds of characters to collect. The composure is Nobuo Uematsu, popular for his work on the Final Fantasy franchise. It’s a freemium game with frustrating freemium elements, but everything else about it is good.
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Ticket to Earth

Price: $4.99
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Ticket to Earth is a bit of a wild card in this space. It has all of the core mechanics of a tactical or strategy RPG. However, the game also includes board game elements, match-three elements, and more. For instance, your character walks along a path of the same symbols and colors. The longer the path, the more damage the character does. It’s quite neat, actually. This may even end up on our best match three games list one day. In any case, the game runs for $4.99 with no in-app purchases or advertisements.
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If we missed any of the best tactical RPGs or Strategy RPGs for Android, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists.

10 best new Android games from March 2019!

Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a bit more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Some months are better than others, but there is usually at least one great new game on mobile every month. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month! You can watch the videos on YouTube from previous months by clicking here! You can also check out our picks for the best new Android games for 2018 in the video above!


AxE: Alliance vs Empire

Price: Freemium
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AxE: Alliance vs Empie is an MMORPG with some decent graphics and a fun premise. You choose between two factions. Those two factions battle it out for domination. The game features various types of online PvP, co-op raid battles, a bunch of missions and quests, a large world to explore, and six total character classes. The game plays like a typical MMORPG. You learn a bunch of skills and go on a bunch of quests. The competitive nature and the freemium price tag leads to some mismatches in the PvP and that’s not cool. However, those who enjoy MMORPG mechanics may enjoy this one for a while. There is a lot of stuff to do.
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Brown Dust

Price: Freemium
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Brown Dust is a strategy RPG with anime styling. The game features over 300 characters, each with their own skills. In addition, the game features the usual assortment of PvP and co-op game play opportunities. The co-op stuff is mostly social, though. The game has a staggering 1,200 levels so you won’t finish this one over a long weekend. In addition, there are various ways to upgrade all of your various mercenaries. It’s not the best SRPG on the Play Store. However, those who like long games will certainly get a kick out of this one. It’s a freemium game with gacha elements. Those who don’t like those types of mobile RPGs should steer clear.
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Era of Legends

Price: Freemium
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Era of Legends is another newer MMORPG. It has the usual fantasy setting with dragons and such. The game also features an absolute ton of missions and quests along with online PvP, an open world to explore, tons of loot to collect, and a variety of social elements like clans. You can explore various dungeons or participate with other players in raid bosses. There is an auto battle and auto movement (auto path) system that sucks a bit of the joy out of the game early on. However, players praise the game’s story line and that’s a rarity for an MMORPG. It has freemium elements but you probably already guessed that.
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LifeAfter

Price: Freemium
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LifeAfter is the latest game from Netease. It’s a post-apocalyptic style game with survival, simulation, and adventure elements. A virus wiped out most of humankind. You have to survive on whatever you can find. Players can encounter other survivors, build homes, and fend off the hordes of infected zombies. Some players criticize the controls and the game’s difficulty. However, a survival game should be pretty hard. Regardless, this is a surprisingly engaging game and it played well during our testing. The freemium elements also don’t get too much in the way of having a good time.
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RBI Baseball 19

Price: $6.99
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RBI Baseball 19 is the MLB’s official baseball game of 2019. It launches almost every year in March these days. The game features updated rosters, weekly roster updates, a franchise mode with simulation elements, and all 30 baseball parks. The graphics are decent and the controls are better than previous years, although they still take some time to get used to. In addition, players can collect over 165 MLB legends. The price is fairly reasonable at $6.99. However, those who enjoy a simpler, more arcade experience may balk at the more difficult, more granular controls and mechanics. The game has no additional in-app purchases or ads.
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RuneScape

Price: Free
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RuneScape is a mobile port of the actual RuneScape game. It features cross-platform play with the PC version along with basically all of the game play elements of the actual game. The graphics are definitely on par with the PC version and there exists no major differences aside from the touch screen controls. The game is in beta and it’s only available to current RuneScape players. Thus, we didn’t get to test the game ourselves. However, the developers keep a list of known bugs in the Google Play description and players have been posting about how good the port is for a beta release. You probably can’t get this right now, but keep it on your radar for when it officially launches. It’ll be one of the best MMORPGs on Android when it does along with OSRS.
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RuneScape

Shieldwall Chronicles: Swords of the North

Price: $5.99
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Shieldwall Chronicles is a tactical RPG similar in scope to games like The Banner Saga, although we think The Banner Saga has better storytelling. Anyway, this game has you leading a group of heroes against a bunch of enemies. Your party is customizable with up to 16 different character classes. The combat is your standard turn-by-turn strategy RPG combat, but this one includes a morale system for a bit of extra complexity. The developers boast over 40 hours of total game play. It’s not bad for a $5.99 game with no freemium elements to get in the way.
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Skylanders Ring of Heroes

Price: Freemium
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Skylanders Ring of Heroes is the latest game from Com2uS, developers of the popular Summoners War. We mention that because this is a very similar game. You can collect over 80 different characters across ten different elements. The elements all have weaknesses and strengths to help out in certain battles. The game has a story mode, a PvP arena, and a fairly complex character development system. We’re not big fans of the energy. You can run through it very quickly and it takes forever to fill up again. It’s good for quick plays over a long period of time, but those who like to spend time with their games will be annoyed at how little you can actually play this game per session.
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Stardew Valley

Price: $7.99
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Stardew Valley is a farming simulator. It had a very successful launch on PC some time ago and the mobile version hopes to continue that trend. There is a metric ton of things to do. That includes grow crops, go fishing, engage in social events with the NPCs, and there are even some exploration and adventure elements. This feels like a full gaming experience. Plus, the developers added multiple control schemes for some customization there along with auto-saving. There is even external controller support. It’s easily one of the best games of 2019 so far and it’s not a freemium game. We like that. Of course, those who don’t like sims or farming probably won’t like this one either.
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World of Legends

Price: Freemium
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March 2019 had a lot of MMORPG releases and we finish off our list with one more. World of Legends is an open world MMORPG with a non-linear story line. That means you can do basically whatever you want whenever you want. The game lets you recruit various sidekicks to help with various missions. You can also play with friends and join guilds. Of course, you get mainstays in the genre like PvP combat as well. It’s definitely something a little bit different. The graphics and controls give it a more arcade feel and that’s not a bad thing. The developers even have a dedicated Discord server for players to chat, deliver feedback, and play the game together. We like that kind of forward thinking in a video game.
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Fortnite Season 8 guide: Start date, Battle Pass, skins, map changes, and more!

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Fortnite Season 8 is almost here and it looks like pirates and a world of fire are about to invade the shores of Epic Games’ hit battle royale game! Season 7’s cold snap is melting away and the Fortnite team is expected to make major changes to the map and gameplay for the Spring season.

Below we’ll be running through everything we know so far about Fortnite Season 8. Here you’ll find the Fortnite Season 8 start date, Battle Pass details, map changes, new skins, and more! Check back frequently to stay up to date on the ever evolving world of Fortnite!


When does Fortnite Season 8 start?

Fortnite Season 8 will start on Thursday, Feb. 28 a day after Season 7 ends on Feb. 27.

Fortnite Season 7 and the Season 7 Battle Pass had been expected to end on Feb. 14, but Epic extended the event by two weeks to give the team a holiday break. To tide players over until the start of Season 8 we got the Valentine’s Day “Share the Love” event complete with overtime challenges.

When will Fortnite Season 8 end?

The Fortnite Season 8 end date should fall ten weeks after the start on Thursday, May 9.

How much does the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass cost?

In a bit of a change from previous season, the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass is free. Sort of.

If you can complete all of the Overtime Challenges before Season 7 ends on Feb. 27, you won’t have to pay a cent for the premium Battle Pass.

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For those that don’t manage to complete the Overtime Challenges, the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass costs 950 V-Bucks. You can buy 1,000 V-Bucks for $10.

While there’s a free Battle Pass for players who don’t want to spend their hard-earned cash, you’ll only unlock the most sought-after exclusive skins, emotes, and other cosmetics by completing challenges to progress through the premium Battle Pass’ 100 levels.


Fortnite Season 8 Theme and Map Changes

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Things got a little chilly during Fortnite Season 7 with snow and ice invading the map and whole bunch of winter- and holiday-based skins.

While Season 7 had clues stretching back for months, Fortnite Season 8 has been a little harder to predict until very recently.

The first clues began with the melting ice around Polar Peak which revealed a large castle. This was all sparked by a sudden appearance from the Ice King and Season 7’s secret character, The Prisoner, who was apparently being held deep within the castle’s walls. It seems likely that The Prisoner will be responsible for the melting snow and ice as he’s basically a fire version of the Ice King.

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You can see this progression as you unlock stages of The Prisoner skin (above) as he melts the cold ice off his skin and appears to have fire and magma coursing through his body.

Fans have speculated that the Ice King trapped The Prisoner within the castle, something backed up by the shackles on The Prisoner at the start. Season 8 could be sparked by The Prisoner getting his revenge — a plan that may already be in motion.

In the past few weeks, Fortnite players have started experiencing tremors that are causing fissures in the ground.

If the Ice King can control ice and snow from the sky, perhaps his opposite number can control the molten rock below the surface to cause earthquakes?

So far the cracks are just cosmetic, but if the earthquakes continue and increase in scale there’s a good chance we’ll see the Fortnite map change dramatically.

Major earthquakes could even split the map into separate islands and give away to water. It would certainly explain the aquatic-themed skins we’ve started to see added to the game.

It could also explain the pirate theme the official Fortnite Twitter account has started teasing with pictures of hooked hands, skulls, bones, and cryptic hints about treasure and loot.

That doesn’t quite explain another teaser hinting at snakes slithering their way to the Fortnite island, however.

The image and an accompanying poem references hissing creatures that “shimmer” within a cave, which is most likely a reference to the mysterious eggs in Polar Peak. Epic’s creative director Donald Mustard further hinted that the two are connected with a quote tweet containing an egg emoji.

More puzzling, however, is the latter part of the poem which warns of “those who arrive on waves.” Could this be the pirates? How do they fit in with snakes? Is The Prisoner secretly a pirate king? We’ll know for sure when Fortnite Season 8 starts!


Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass – Skins, Wraps, Pets

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A new Season in Fortnite means new cosmetics!

As well as the usual batch of new skins, Season 8 should also feature new Wraps and Pets.

Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass Skins

We’ve yet to see any of the new skins for Season 8. As soon as we do we’ll post them here!


That’s all for this Fortnite Season 8 guide. What are you most looking forward to this season and what would you like to see in Season 9? Let us know in the comments!

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10 best earthquake apps and earthquake tracker apps for Android!

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Earthquakes range from mildly annoying to destructively terrifying. However, there are some apps out there that give you an advantage. We noticed two different types of hurricane apps. The first tracks them worldwide. You can see if any took place near you and get alerts for your area. The other type are actual vibration meters. They use the accelerometer in your phone to measure vibrations where you are. We have a healthy supply of both on this list! Here are the best earthquake apps and earthquake tracker apps for Android!


American Red Cross Earthquake

Price: Free
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The American Red Cross has a bunch of apps for a variety of natural disasters and that includes earthquakes. This one includes support for Spanish out of the box. In addition, the app notifies you when earthquakes happen in your area, provides a history of earthquakes in your area, and it gives you a bunch of informational resources for better preparation. The app has a bunch of tips for dealing with things during and right after an earthquake along with long term recovery advice. This one is entirely free with no in-app purchases or ads. However, the app does have a few bugs.
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American Red Cross Earthquake

Earthquake Network

Price: Free / $2.99
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Earthquake Network is kind of an all-in-one type of earthquake app. It alerts you to nearby earthquakes, uses your phone to detect earthquakes, and acts as a network of sorts. There were roughly 8,800 devices on the network during our testing and we assume the alerts are generated from those people. The app uses the accelerometer in your phone as a seismograph of sorts, but only when your phone is charging. The free version includes that, an earthquake history guide dating back to 2000, and some other features. Those who get the premium version also get some additional notification options and a chat room for emergencies.
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EarthQuake Alerts and Monitoring

Price: Free / $3.49
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EarthQuake Pro is a a fairly basic earthquake app. You can view earthquakes from around the world in the recent past. In addition, the app provides details about the event, provides alerts for earthquakes in your area, and it has a seismograph function built-in. The UI is Material Design. That means it looks nice and it’s easy to navigate. The premium version removes advertising and adds a few additional features. It seems like a newer app and it needs a little work to correct a few bugs. However, it’s otherwise competent.
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EarthQuake Alerts and Monitoring

Earthquakes Tracker

Price: Free / $3.49
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Earthquakes Tracker is one of the older earthquake tracking apps. It does what most tracker apps in this space do. Some of the features include alerts, an interactive map of earthquake activity, customized alerts for your area, and various charts for data. You can see things like how many earthquakes happened and how strong they were. The app could use a visual makeover, but it works well regardless. The premium version removes the advertising, but we noticed no other significant differences. You can go with either one.
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Earthquakes Tracker

Little Panda Earthquake Safety

Price: Free (with ads)
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Little Panda Earthquake Safety is a neat little game for kids. It’s also a bit of a wild card app on this list. The app is a series of scenarios around earthquakes. Kids play through the scenarios to keep the little panda character safe. The mechanics use actual earthquake safety tips as its base. Thus, kids learn what to do in the event of an earthquake in a fun, safe environment. There is some content that feels a little weird, like treating the open and bleeding injuries of a cute cartoon animal, but it’s an educational experience either way. It’s also totally free to play.
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My Earthquake Alerts

Price: Free / $1.99
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My Earthquake Alerts is a solid, simple app for earthquake detection. It shows earthquakes all around the world. In addition, you can create custom alerts with no restrictions just for your area. Some additional features include a history that dates back to 1970, a Material Design UI for easy navigation, and more details about any given earthquake. A lot of people started using this app after the 7.0 earthquake in Alaska back in December and they seem to be quite happy about it. There is a premium version for $1.99. The only difference we could see is the lack of advertisements. Otherwise both apps should work about the same.
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My Earthquake Alerts

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Price: Free / $5.99
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Volcanoes and Earthquakes is a decent app for those who want to keep track of both phenomena. It shows both earthquakes and volcano eruptions on a worldwide scale. In addition, you can see volcanoes that are expected to erupt or are showing other types of activity. There are push notifications for earthquakes near you and the app pings multiple data sources for both types of events. It even has stuff like tectonic plate boundaries so you can see where such activity is expected. The premium version is a tad pricey at $5.99. However, you get more information, no ads, and slightly more granular controls.
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Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Vibration Meter by ABC Apps

Price: Free (with ads)
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Vibration Meter is a very simple app. It uses your device’s accelerometer to detect vibration. It is made specifically for earthquakes. You also get the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale) for quick reference. The app is otherwise simple, clean, and effective. What you see in the screenshot is basically what you get. A simple UI with a meter at the bottom and the MMI at the top to show you how much the vibration is. The app is free with no in-app purchases although there may be ads. It’s good for what it does and it’s a decent app to pop onto a second device in case you don’t want to use your daily drive for this.
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Vibration Meter by ABC Apps

Vibration Meter by Gamma Play

Price: Free (with ads)
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Vibration Meter by Gamma Play is another excellent vibration meter app. Like the one by ABC Apps above, this app measures vibration. It includes the MMI scale right above it for easy reference and highlights the appropriate level based on the readings that it takes. It uses a simple UI. We don’t think anyone will have problems using it. This one hasn’t seen an update in a couple of years at the time of this writing. Thus, if you experience bugs, you may want to just try a different app. This one is free with no in-app purchases. You may see the occasional ad or two.
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Vibration Meter by Gamma Play

Wikipedia

Price: Free
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Wikipedia is a decent option for learning about earthquakes. It has all of the major terminology, including information about tectonic plates, earthquakes, terms surrounding earthquakes, and details about historical earthquakes, like the Kobe earthquake in 1995, the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, and even popular media about earthquakes. There are better and more thorough reference materials available from sources like Amazon Kindle or Google Play Books. However, Wikipedia offers a decent introduction into the topic. Plus, the app is free and it’s easy to search and find stuff.
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10 best NFL apps and football apps for Android

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American Football is vastly popular in North America. The NFL is, by extension, among the most profitable and popular professional sports organizations out there. Most enjoy the sport either via television, live events, or playing pickup with friends outside. Football season is long, and includes both professional and college level sports. Your smartphone can help make sense of all of the action. Here are the best football apps and NFL apps for Android! It’s not listed, but of course, YouTube is an excellent app for football fans as well for highlights and such!


ESPN

Price: Free / $4.99+ per month
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ESPN has a ton of content for football fans. In fact, it’s probably the sport that ESPN takes most seriously. It covers the basics, such as scores, schedules, news, rumors, trades, and stuff like that. ESPN also has a fairly decent fantasy football option. Their newer streaming service, ESPN+, also streams a variety of sporting events. They don’t do NFL streaming, sadly. However, you can see some college football there. The app is a little heavy. Those looking for a more minimal experience won’t enjoy this. However, if you don’t mind that ESPN has a ton of stuff, it’s not a bad way to go.
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ESPN

Feedly

Price: Free
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There are a ton of NFL and football news sites. Most of them have dedicated apps with a ton of extra features. Feedly helps simplify the experience. It’s an RSS news app. You can add all of the football blogs and sites you enjoy. The app provides a single feed for all of those sites. It can’t do stuff like schedules, live scores, or anything like that. However, it’s probably the best way to get news from everywhere without downloading a bunch of apps for each website. Plus, Feedly is free and cross-platform. It also works with iOS devices.
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NFL Mobile

Price: Free / $99.99 per year / $24.99 per quarter
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NFL Mobile is the NFL’s official app. It has a decent amount of content. You can find schedules, news, stats, highlights, trades, rumors, and more. The app also lets you follow specific teams and news for only that team. It’s a little clunky, but nothing too bad. This is also the home of NFL’s Game Pass streaming service. It costs $99.99 per year or $24.99 per quarter of a year. You can watch every non-blackout football game. That means you can’t watch home team games, but you can watch anything else. There are other options for live streaming, but the content and news is fairly top notch.
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NFL Mobile

Sling TV (or similar apps)

Price: $20+ per month
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Sling TV (and similar services) stream live television. They don’t stream football specifically. However, all of them come with football packages and most of them come with local sports channels at the very least. You can watch home team games this way as well as college football. Plus, there are all of the other cable channels for the days of the week without football. There are five major options in the United States. They include PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, and DirectTV Now. We have a comparison video linked just below if you want to see what they can all do.
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theScore

Price: Free
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theScore is a decent sports news app. It offers up news on a variety of sports, including the NFL and NCAA football. It shows the usual stuff, including scores, stats, schedules, lineups, and news. You can also customize the experience with your favorite teams and/or sports. It’s a solid source of news. The app’s UI is in the middle of a revamp at the time of this writing. Some people like it while others don’t. The app is entirely free, though.
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Thuuz Sports

Price: Free
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Thuuz Sports is another excellent sports news app. It comes with the basics. You can find schedules, scores, stats, and more. The app also rates live games on a scale from 0-100. The hotter and more exciting the game is, the higher the rating. It also has a fantasy sports tracker, alerts, social features, and more. It covers far more than just football or the NFL as well. The app is free with no in-app purchases. It does have advertising, though.
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SofaScore

Price: Free / Up to $2.99
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SofaScore is a sports scores app and one of the best. It covers sports from all over the world, including hockey, soccer, football, and many more. The app even covers niche stuff like rugby, volleyball, and others. It’s a fairly simple app. You pick the sports you want to keep track of and the app does the rest. You check scores and schedules as needed. This is an excellent football app for fans that also like other sports. It’s also relatively cheap, easy to use, and it even looks nice.
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TuneIn Radio

Price: Free / $9.99 per month
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TuneIn Radio is one of the better radio apps. It has a variety of stations, including talk radio, comedy, AM radio, FM radio, audiobooks, and more. That includes sports talk radio stations, local sports radio stations, and even live games. There is an optional subscription service. It boasts live football and NFL games. It has other sporting options as well. The UI is nice and the streams are high quality. This is an excellent way to catch a game while driving or at work. However, it does not do video streams. There are other apps for that.
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TuneIn Radio

Twitter

Price: Free
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Twitter can be a horrible place. However, if you can avoid the terrible parts, it’s a great way to check the news. Most NFL teams, NCAA teams, and sports writer personalities have Twitter accounts. You can follow them to get up-to-the-minute scores, news, and updates. There are hundreds of Twitter profiles that deal almost exclusively with sports. You follow them and you’ll see what happens in football before the 11 o’clock news. It’s about the only social network worth using for football and NFL news.
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Yahoo Sports

Price: Free
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Yahoo Sports is among the largest NFL and football news sources out there. It has all of the stuff you’d expect. That includes lineups, stats, schedules, news, scores, trades, rumors, and more. Yahoo also has one of the best fantasy football options, but that does require a different app. Yahoo Sports streamed the Super Bowl in 2018. We don’t know if it will in 2019 also. However, it should be an above average experience for football even without it. Plus, it works well for other sports too.
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10 best to do list apps for Android

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Staying organized is one of the toughest things to do. It’s okay if you can’t keep track of it all because most of us can’t either. That’s kind of why to do list apps exist. They can add some organization to a hectic lifestyle and keep you from forgetting important stuff. They also usually work great for stuff like grocery lists and recurring tasks like taking the garbage out every week. Those with good memory probably don’t need something like this. However, in a world where multi-tasking is an increasingly important life skill, a good to-do list app can help you keep everything in order. This is one of those apps we recommend to everyone. There are a bunch to choose from, so here are the best to do list apps for Android!


Any.do

Price: Free / $2.99 per month / Up to $2.24 per month (billed annually)
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Any.do is a popular to do list app that gets the basics right. You have the usual array of tasks, sub tasks, and notes that you can add to help remind yourself of what you’re supposed to do. There is also cloud syncing so you can access your tasks on a variety of devices, including desktop, web, and tablet. It has a sleek interface and built-in support for Cal Calendar if you want to kill two birds with one stone. It’s powerful, it’s simple, and most of its features are free. Any.do is also one of the few to do list apps with support for both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
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Any.do

Asana

Price: Free / $9.99 per month (per person)
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Asana is a business-oriented to-do list app. Those looking for individual solutions should probably steer clear of this one. This one works best for groups of people. It features task categories, various sorting and tagging options, and tons of ways to add info to a task. Additionally, each task has its own comment thread for communication purposes. The app also has a decent free option for those who want to try it first. This is one of the better business solutions and works best in a work environment rather than for personal use.
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GTasks

Price: Free
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GTasks is a popular and highly rated to do list app and one of the few that adhere to a simple free-paid system. The free version has a ton of features, including the basics along with widgets, quick adding for tasks using voice, and syncing with Google Tasks. If you go pro, you’ll also get batch task adds, a pattern lock for security, and theming. You can even add tasks using Google Now if that’s a thing you like to do. The app even has integration with TickTick (if you use TickTick). It looks good and it works well, especially if you’re in the market for something simple and effective.
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Memorigi

Price: Free / $3.99 / $1.99 per month / $15.99 per year
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Memorigi is one of the newer to-do list apps. It features a beautiful Material Design UI along with a bunch of other stuff. The basic features include tasks and lists, cloud syncing, recurring tasks, notifications (reminders), and more. The more unique stuff includes floating actions (like Facebook Messenger’s chat heads), integrated weather, and theming. It gets the job done and looks good doing it. The organizational structure takes a bit of time to get used to, especially if you’re used to things like Todoist, TickTick, or GTasks. The free version includes some features. There is a single $3.99 for the plus version that adds most of the basic features, and a monthly subscription for the rest of it. Most should get by fine with the free or plus versions.
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Microsoft To-Do

Price: Free
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Microsoft is eventually going to kill off Wunderlist. That’s bad news because Wunderlist is easily the best to-do list app ever. However, the team working on Microsoft’s new To-Do app are the same people that did Wunderlist. Thus, we expect for Microsoft’s To-Do app to be as good as Wunderlist someday. The app can already do a bunch of stuff. That includes recurring tasks, notes, smart suggestions, and cross-platform support with Windows 10. Recent updates added task sharing with other people and some other, smaller features. It’s not as good as Wunderlist yet, but it’s certainly getting there. Plus, it’s one of the few decent options that is also totally free.
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Microsoft To-Do


Tasks

Price: Free / $1.49
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Tasks is one of the newer to do list apps. It features a gorgeous UI, plenty of customization options, and a decent set of features. Functionally, it works like most other to do list apps. You simply put in the tasks, add due dates and reminders, and complete the tasks when necessary. Some of the other features include multiple lists, a dark theme, and a simple layout. It doesn’t have more popular features like list sharing or cloud syncing. However, not everyone needs those features. It’s still very much in active development, so check the Play Store to see what’s changed between now and when we update this list again.
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Tasks

TickTick

Price: Free / $2.79 per month / $27.99 per year
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TickTick is another simple, but powerful to do list application. This one has the basic features along with cloud syncing so you can keep track of your tasks between devices. It also includes a tag system so you can easily sort your tasks, widgets, priority levels to differentiate more important tasks, and location reminders. The free version also comes with up to two reminders per task. If you go pro, you’ll also get improved task management, improved collaboration support, and more reminders per task. It’s another solid, simple option that can work very well. In fact, we routinely recommend this app to people who left Wunderlist and don’t want Microsoft’s To-Do list option yet. The premium version adds more features, but the free version should be more than good enough for most.
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TickTick

Todoist

Price: Free / $28.99 per year
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Todoist is a powerful to do list app that can do pretty much whatever you need it to do. On top of its mobile apps, you can get native apps on Google Chrome (as an extension), desktop, and other places for full cross-platform support. It covers the basics and also includes offline mode, tags and inboxes for easy task sorting, Android Wear support, integration with a ton of other apps (including Google Assistant), and a unique karma system that helps you visualize how productive you’ve been. We aren’t a fan of reminders being a premium-only feature when most other to do list apps don’t do that. Otherwise, this is easily among the best in its category and one of the most flashy.
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To Do List

Price: Free / $2.99
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To Do List is perhaps the least inventive name of any app on the list. However, it’s actually pretty good. It covers the basic to do features, including the ability to get reminders to make sure you get your stuff done. The interface is reminiscent of Wunderlist but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s very clean and easy to use. It has plenty of tertiary features like adding tasks through voice commands, widgets, and more. This is a simple to do list app for simple needs. Those looking for something more complicated may need to try another option. You can download it for free to try it out. The full version costs $2.99.
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To Do List

Trello

Price: Free
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Trello is a big name in the to do list game and it’s one of the few options that’s entirely free. At least for right now. It comes with all of the basic features as well as a unique, card-based interface where you create your tasks on “boards”. It also comes with Google Drive and Dropbox support, Android Wear support, collaboration features, and scaling so you can do something as simple as a grocery list or as big as a multi-person group project. The app is powerful, it looks cool, and the price tag is great for a lot of folks. It was purchased in early 2017 by Altassian. We don’t know how that’ll affect it in the long term, but right now it works the same.
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10 best Disney apps for Android!

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Disney is quite the large media property these days. They own ABC, ESPN, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and, soon, Fox. That means there are a bunch of ways to interact with Disney stuff. However, we think that people looking for Disney apps want the more classic Disney characters and experiences. We can definitely help with that. Disney is, again, massive. They have movies, TV shows, and music across plenty of genres. We can help you find what you’re looking for. Here are the best Disney apps for Android!


DisneyNow

Price: Free (with TV provider login)
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DisneyNow is Disney’s current streaming service. You log into the service with your existing TV cable provider info and gain access to a bunch of Disney TV content. That includes kids shows, cartoons and live action stuff, classic and new Disney characters, and even Radio Disney. This is, admittedly, kind of holding the slot here until Disney+ comes out sometime in 2019. That will definitely be the streaming app to get from Disney. Until then, as long as you have cable, DisneyNow should be good enough to stream current shows to your smartphone. The app itself is otherwise free.
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DisneyNow

Fandom by Wikia Disney apps

Price: Free (with ads, usually)
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Fandom by Wikia is a community of enthusiasts that create these little wiki pages for various media properties. You can find Fandom apps for Disney (linked at the button), Star Wars, Marvel, and tons of other stuff as well. They generally provide information about characters, movies, TV shows, and even some games. It’s a neat way to learn some trivia about basically any Disney movie, show, or character. Of course, it’s a bit of a niche product. Not everybody wants to read about Aladdin, they want to watch Aladdin. We’ll cover that shortly, but trivia buffs should definitely start with the Fandom Disney apps.
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Fandom by Wikia Disney apps

Giphy

Price: Free
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Giphy might seem like a weird pick for Disney apps, but hear us out. Disney has a GIF app with a bunch of reaction GIFs. It’s a fun little app, but it lacks some really basic features and it makes the app hard to use. Thus, we recommend Giphy instead. It has a great search, tons of Disney GIFs, and the app is very easy to use. It’s much better than Disney’s GIF app. Other than that, there isn’t much else to talk about. You simply search for the reaction GIF you need and the app finds it. It has non-Disney stuff too in case you want that. It’s otherwise completely free to use.
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Giphy

iHeartRadio Family

Price: Free / $9.99 per month
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There are a few different versions of iHeartRadio. However, for Disney stuff, we recommend iHeartRadio Family. It has 80 stations of family-friendly music from a bunch of popular kids’ shows and movies. Of course, that includes plenty of Disney content. You can go with a station dedicated to Disney princess songs or just hit up the standard Radio Disney for a big mix of music from Disney. Of course, the full version has all of these stations as well so current fans of iHeartRadio just need to hit up the search button to find these stations. The premium version adds unlimited skips and a bunch of other features as well.
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iHeartRadio Family

Internet TV (Hulu, Sling TV, YouTube TV, etc)

Price: Free / $7.99-$39.99 per month
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It’s easier (and cheaper) to watch TV than ever before. TV services like Hulu, Sling TV, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now all have a bunch of excellent child-friendly content. Consequently, they also all have access to the Disney Channel along with a bunch of back-logged Disney content. For instance, on Hulu, if you subscribe to the live TV service, you get the Disney Channel, but also access to movies like Pocahontas. The amount of Disney content per streaming service varies, but you can at least get the actual channel on all of them. Honestly, this is probably better than cable for Disney stuff because you do get those on-demand titles as long as you’re subscribed to the live TV service. You can go with whatever one you want. We simply linked Hulu because Disney owns 30% of it.
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Internet TV (Hulu, Sling TV, YouTube TV, etc)


Movies Anywhere

Price: Free
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Movies Anywhere is probably the best app for movies on Google Play. It isn’t its own standalone streaming service. It’s actually a collection of other movie streaming services. You sign in with your iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, or Google Play. All of the movies you purchased on all of those services are now available in one spot. The service boasts over 7,500 movies and that, of course, includes tons of Disney movies along with basically every Marvel and Star Wars movie as well. Disney is likely going to have all of those movies on Disney+ when it comes out. Until then, though, this is probably the best place to actually buy a Disney movie and watch it. The app is occasionally buggy, but it’s otherwise quite good. It also comes with Chromecast support.
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Movies Anywhere

My Disney Experience / Disneyland

Price: Free
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Disneyland and Disney World are two of the most popular vacation spots in the world. They also both have official apps. The My Disney Experience app focuses primarily on Disney World. You can use it to plan your vacation, as an interactive map of the park, and you can even buy your tickets and merch there. The Disneyland app is much the same way. The app shows you information like estimated wait times, browser restaurant menus, and interact with the park’s map. There are apps for all of Disney’s parks individually, including the ones in Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Those headed to Disney World or Disneyland should definitely have these apps on hand.
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My Disney Experience / Disneyland

Reddit

Price: Free / $5.99 per month
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Reddit is good for a lot of fan bases and Disney fans are no exception. The site has dozens of subreddits for Marvel properties, Star Wars movies, and, of course, classic Disney properties as well. You can talk to other people who like the stuff that you like and post stuff that you care about. The Reddit app keeps everything under moderate control, although people who haven’t used Reddit before may have a tough time acclimating at first. In any case, this is a great way to read up on news about Star Wars, Marvel, or other Disney properties and discuss those things with other fans. The premium subscription removes advertising and gives you some additional features as well.
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Reddit

Official apps for Disney media

Price: Free (usually)
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We’ve said it over and over again that Disney is a huge company. As it turns out, there are a variety of official Disney apps for most of those properties. Some examples include the official Star Wars app, the official Marvel app, the ESPN app, ABC’s official app, and the list goes on and on. These official apps are among the best ways to interact with Disney’s massive list of media companies. For instance, you can watch ABC’s programming on the ABC app or read about the latest Star Wars news in the Star Wars app. You can even read old Marvel comics in the Marvel app. It really depends on what kind of content each property makes, but it’s all still Disney.
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YouTube

Price: Free / $12.99 per month
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YouTube is an excellent, albeit obvious, choice for a great Disney app. You can find basically any Disney song ever made there along with a ton of clips and memes from various movies and TV shows. That’s also the place to see trailers for upcoming movies or shows, reviews of various toys or games, and basically anything else you can think of. Disney has an official VEVO channel with over 11 million subscribers. But, again, you probably already knew all of this so this part of the list is really just some confirmation bias. Yes, YouTube is among the best apps for Disney fans. You can optionally pay $12.99 per month to remove ads, download videos for offline use, and you get a few other features.
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5 most controversial Android apps and games from 2018!

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Android apps and games took huge leaps in 2018. We saw AAA game titles like Fortnite and PUBG hit Android. We also saw excellent new apps and services like Bouncer and YouTube Music. However, some apps and games simply didn’t have such good luck. There were a number of scandals and mistakes made in 2018. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal immediately comes to mind, but that was more Facebook the service rather than Facebook the app. Some apps were removed from Google Play for silly reasons (that actually happens a lot). In any case, some incidents simply stand above the rest. We are happy to report that Uber managed to not make this list for the first time in this list’s history. Congratulations to Uber! Here are the five most controversial Android apps and games from 2018!


The Cheetah Mobile Play Store page.

Ad fraud served two ways

Google Play had not one, but two big ad fraud problems in 2018. The first used bots to simulate real people. Here’s how it worked. A group of developers would purchase popular apps on Google Play from developers for Bitcoin. They would keep the app maintained and track user behavior. The developers would then create bots that emulated the human behavior they observed, except these bots also viewed ads along with doing the other stuff. The bots managed to avoid Google Play bot detection for a very long time.  Hit the link above to find the full list of all 129 apps that did it. The reason this probably didn’t hit harder was because it didn’t actually affect any end users. It was essentially a bunch of developers defrauding advertisers. Still, that’s not great and many of those apps were available in the Play Store at the time the report took place.

The second ad fraud case was by several Cheetah Mobile apps. This one is a little less creative. Several Cheetah Mobile apps, including Kika Keyboard and CM File Manager, would read the apps installed on a user’s phone. CM would then take credit for all the apps the user installed and collected the advertising money. Cheetah Mobile swears up and down that it did not do anything and the advertising SDKs were to blame. However, Cheetah Mobile has pulled some deceptive ad tactics before so we don’t necessarily trust them. Google is still investigating as of the writing of this article so we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.


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Fortnite bucks the trends for better or worse

The biggest Android game narrative of 2018 was PUBG Mobile versus Fortnite. PUBG Mobile’s launch was fairly typical. It came out in Google Play, people enjoy it, and everything went as normal. Then Fortnite came around. To start, the game is not available on the Google Play Store. Instead, it opted for a launch on Epic Games’ own website  along with Samsung’s app store. People lost their minds about it. The CEO called it a move to promote a free and open platform. It also stands as the biggest mobile game to do this. The installer had its share of problems, including a massive security issue early on. There was also that pesky problem of all the fake Fortnite APKs. The PUBG developers even sued Fortnite for stealing content, although that suit was eventually dropped.  Things have smoothed out for now, but goodness Fortnite’s mobile game had a rough first six months.


Google shuts down all the things

The Google app library had a surprisingly rough year. Let’s start with Hangouts and make our way around the circle. Google Hangouts is reportedly changing from a single chat service to a group chat service similar to Slack or Discord. That reporting prompted a surprisingly aggressive Twitter conversation with a Hangouts developer. This puts an end to one of the few consistently decent chat services that Google had and the closest it ever came to a true Android version of iMessage. Google then shocked everybody by announcing the end of Google Allo. Many of Allo’s features are headed to Android Messages for now, but Allo is now officially circling the drain. Finally, Google is shuttering Google+ in 2019 after not one, but two major data breaches. It all leaves Google in a bit of a hole after it announced no major new apps in 2018. They did re-brand a bunch of stuff for no apparent reason, though. It’s been a surprisingly rough year for Google.


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Telltale Games had an epic crash and burn

Telltale Games had some of the best point-and-click adventure games on mobile. They usually work with existing titles like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Minecraft, Borderlands, and others. Well, 2018 is probably its last year in existence. The company announced a massive layoff in mid-September that spared only 25 employees. The layoff also doubled as the announcement that the company was shuttering its doors. Telltale Games’ CEO Pete Hawley cited poor sales as the primary reason and that makes sense. The company simply didn’t generate as much buzz this year as they did in previous years. To make matters worse, the employees filed a class-action lawsuit against Telltale Games for unlawful termination, citing WARN laws. That lawsuit is in progress as of the writing of this article.


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Google and Amazon are seriously still fighting

Amazon and Google have been competitors for a while. However, late 2017 saw things take a nasty turn for consumers when Google yanked YouTube from all Amazon Fire devices, starting with the Echo Show. This turned into a year long trench war that is only making things suck more for consumers who use both Amazon and Google products. Initially, Amazon promised to start selling Chromecasts again, which it only started doing again in early December 2018. That certainly didn’t help things. Both companies announced that talks were underway to restore YouTube to Amazon devices along with possibly some other stuff. While we definitely don’t mean to pry, we would love it if Amazon Prime Video received Chromecast support as well.

In any case, the companies broke off talks early into 2018 after Google intentionally made YouTube worse for Silk Browser, Amazon’s default browser. In March 2018, Amazon stopped selling Google’s Nest products. Of course, YouTube TV never made it to a Fire device either, so you can add that to the list too. This has gone on long enough and is now bordering on the absurd. We’re really hoping that Amazon selling the Chromecast helps bring an end to this ridiculous and long-winded problem sooner rather than later. Until the dust settles, we highly recommend just buying Roku or Nvidia Shield. Those devices don’t seem to be affected by this preposterous pissing match.


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