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10 free-to-play offline games on iOS and Android

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When you disconnect, whether you choose to or have an unstable internet connection, you sometimes want something casual to just pass the time. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with 10 offline free-to-play mobile games on both iOS and Android!

Cat Bird

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If you want a game that’s adorably challenging, I might have the game for you: Cat Bird. It’s a title developed by Rayumi Adventure, an independent studio headed by Ryan Carag. If you like pixel art, you might want to check other titles from the same studio because they’ve developed similarly designed games. This game is fun, adorable, and strangely unsettling when you find out in my review what I sat through.

A Girl Adrift

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A Girl Adrift is about a survivor who drifts around in a world submerged in water. If you’ve ever tried fishing in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town, Suikoden 2, and Pokémon, this is the perfect offline mobile game for you. Without the fuss of anything else, this open-world game by DAERISOFT is a great play while waiting. The adorable graphics alongside the simple gameplay make it perfect for passing the time.

Tape It Up!

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Tape It Up! is hands down the best game to play when you’re bummed out and need a breather. It’s a simple game where you tape up packages going through a conveyor belt to progress. It gets hilariously wacky though, letting you use everything you can think of to tape up packages. From tape to cats to bacon, you won’t get tired of playing this vertical jumping action game!

Hungry Hearts Diner: A Tale of Star-Crossed Souls

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This game will steal your heart away. If you’re looking for another Diner Dash game on mobile, you’ll like this one — but not for the reasons you’ll expect. Hungry Hearts Diner: A Tale of Star-Crossed Souls is such a wonderfully gentle game of a woman who keeps cooking for the people who come to her restaurant. You can talk to your customers and have a deeper connection to each customer as they drop by. The soundtrack to the game against the stunning graphics makes this game lovely. You should really give this game a go.

Heart Star

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Heart Star is an incredibly adorable puzzle platformer where you guide two friends through two parallel worlds to meet. You swap between characters and work to get through obstacles. The stages can get challenging and it genuinely calls for moments of switching between characters. This game is not just cute and challenging; the retro pixel graphics and catchy soundtrack make it my personal number two pick on this list.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade

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Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade is an explosive action-packed game with an epic story. There are over 170 chapters of the storyline players can sink their teeth into and explore. When you first play the game, it gets a little overwhelming with the amount of detail the developers put into a mobile title. The mechanics are, of course, optimized for mobile gaming and simplified for tapping and shooting. The aim of the game is to protect your kingdom against an endless horde of invaders.

Happy hop: Kawaii Jump

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Adding to the list of adorable games on the list, Happy Hop is a simple and easy platformer developed by platonic games where Miimos, narwhals dressed as other animals, can go nowhere else but up. Besides screaming from sheer adorableness, the game does get challenging as you progress so try not to smack your smartphone while you get adorable Miimos through tough pavements. 

Asphalt 8 Airborne

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Fans of racing games are going to love the Asphalt 8 Airborne. The game allows players to live their wildest car fantasies in high-fueled gameplay for hours on end. There’s just a lot of fun content to unlock — leaving a lot to look forward to. This racing game is action-packed with awesome airborne moments — thus, the game name. There’s high-definition graphics, plus you get to choose from an arsenal of good-looking unlockable vehicles!

Magic Tiles 3

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If you were playing Tap Tap Revenge when it was released around the early 2000s, Magic Tiles 3 isn’t a far cry. Magic Tiles 3 is a popular piano game that has you tap on black tiles before they reach the bottom of the screen. The game will seem simple at first but, once you get into the groove, it’ll get addictively difficult. Magic Tiles 3 has various quests that let you unlock more songs to try out and play. It even has a battle mode to compete against your friends and other players.

Lanota

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Lanota is deceitfully the best offline mobile game on this list for me. Why’d I say deceitful? Because I thought the game demanded online play. It’s a simple musical game where you follow the rhythm but with the added layer of amazing graphics and a riveting plot. You get to unlock music of various genres, conquer specially designed boss stages, and gaze at an amazing artistic picture book.

There’s a ton of games out there to try out on your mobile — perfect for when you want to unplug. Not everyone has a stable connection so it’s nice to have something to play while you aren’t online. I tried to pick as many games of different genres so anyone can try and pick one up for fun. Found something you’re installing now? Let us know in the comments below!

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Google turns Android into world’s largest earthquake detection system

Using technology to make a difference

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2020 is the epitome of chaos with a pandemic, fear of cyber warfare, and government incapability. Amid all the negativity, Google has some refreshing news. Android, the world’s most widely used mobile operating system, will now leverage its reach to help detect an earthquake.

Pretty much every Android phone today sports an accelerometer, a sensor that can help detect seismographic movement. When this sensor is clubbed along with the user’s GPS data, researchers can use the phone as a live seismometer.

The University of California-Berkeley, along with funding from the state of California has launched a new app called MyShake. The app can use the phone’s onboard sensors to feed data in a massive network of devices that are constantly monitoring seismographic movement across the globe.

Using this same technology, Google is taking a step forward. Instead of relying on an app, it’s incorporating Android Earthquake Alerts System on every phone running on Google Play Services. The system is being touted as “the world’s largest earthquake detection network.”

The company studied historical accelerometer readings during earthquakes and found they could give some users up to a minute of notice. Since the feature is being rolled out via Play Services, the alerting system will be available on all active phones within a few weeks. The user won’t have to depend on the software update roll-out.

“We are on a path to delivering earthquake alerts wherever there are smartphones,” said Richard Allen, director of the University of California-Berkeley’s seismological lab and visiting faculty at Google over the last year.

Proactive alerts shall be limited to California for now. Google added that “over the coming year, you can expect to see the earthquake alerts coming to more states and countries using Android’s phone-based earthquake detection.”

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Google launches virtual visiting profile called People Cards

Time to google yourself!

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Have you ever googled yourself? If not, this new feature on Google search will surely prompt you to give it a shot. The search engine wants to make it easier to find new people and has unveiled a new feature in India called People Cards.

People Cards act like your virtual visiting card. If someone’s looking for you on Google, they’ll usually come across a few social media profile links or any other online content you’re associated with. Thanks to the new card, you can directly control how much information you want to keep up front.

The feature is limited to the mobile app for now. To set up your own card, all you need is an active mobile number and a Google account. It’s also limited to India for the time being and only supports English.

To create your own card, just:

  • Open the Google app on your phone.
  • Search for “add me to Search.”
  • You’ll immediately see a prompt to set up your card and after mobile number authentication, you’re all set.

You can enter brief details about yourself, add a bio, link social media profiles, and even make it easier to connect with you by publishing your email, website, or mobile number.

While the feature makes discovering people easy, it also opens a floodgate of privacy concerns. Spammers can easily collect information from the partially open system. We advise our readers to proceed with caution and ensure they’re not divulging any personal details.

Individuals who have already created their cards can opt-out of the experience anytime. In the case of people who share the same name, Google Search will show multiple modules.

The search giant says it has a number of mechanisms to fight spam and abuse. Only one card can be created by an account and you can flag a card in case of false information or an imposter.

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Google announced new directives for online learning

Including a Homework filter for Google Lens

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With the pandemic still ravaging the world, online learning is ramping up twice over. Tech companies are developing new ways to help students learn and attend classes online. Today, Google announced new directives for online learning. For one, Google Lens’ new Homework filter can solve math homework.

In a post written by Jennifer Holland, Google’s Director of Program Management for Education, the new Homework filter can take photos of a math formula and provide a host of new options including transcribing it and actually solving it. The solution will also include a step-by-step explanation for the formula.

Besides the new filter, Google’s Read Along will gamify text-to-speech technology for learning readers. When students get words right, the program will reward them with stars.

Speaking of text-to-speech, Google Meet now has advanced speech recognition to provide live captions which are particularly helpful for online classes. In the same vein, Holland also hypes up a better noise cancellation feature for Google Meet.

For class time, Google’s Family Link can limit a student’s online time, optimizing learning time even while studying at home.

Right now, we’re already at the tail end of summer. The next school year is fast approaching. Because of the ongoing pandemic, classes are still online for the time being. That said, online learning tools will prove their usefulness very soon. Today, students are already getting used to Zoom and other collaboration tools, stemming from the previous school year.

But, don’t tell the students; we’re borrowing the new filter for every time we have to split the bill somewhere.

SEE ALSO: Acer and Smart team-up for online learning tools

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