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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!

Get it on iOS and Android

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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Facebook Pay will let you send money instantly

Will also be available on Instagram and WhatsApp

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Facebook unveiled its next-generation cryptocurrency Libra early this year. However, the service has received a lukewarm response due to Facebook’s spotty privacy record. Governments and regulators are worried the social network hasn’t done enough to instill confidence after the Cambridge Analytical scandal.

While the giant is trying to find a smooth path for Libra, it’s also ensuring that now-trending opportunities aren’t missed out. With the launch of Facebook Pay, the social network will seamlessly let you transfer money to your friends and acquaintances.

The system supports all major credit as well as debit cards but is being launched in the U.S. only at the moment. We expect availability in other regions following compliance with local laws.

Facebook already lets users send money through the Messenger app. But with Facebook Pay, users will be able to send money via other Facebook apps. To start, it’s rolling out on the core Facebook and Messenger apps, but will be added to Instagram and WhatsApp in the future.

The company has more than a billion active users worldwide. Thanks to a centralized service, it can leverage users from all the various apps it owns. Venmo is currently leading the micro-transactions segment and only time will tell whether Facebook has been able to retain users.

The users can add a PIN or use device biometrics, such as touch or Face ID recognition, for an extra layer of security when sending money or making a payment.

In India, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been trying to launch WhatsApp Pay, a similar peer-to-peer service. Unfortunately, India’s data localization laws and additional compliances have delayed the release by more than a year.

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Huawei Mobile Cloud will have free storage for some users

5GB free for users in APAC

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In an attempt to get more people to use Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), Huawei is offering a treat for users in Asia Pacific.

Some time in the middle of November, HMS users located in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand will be the first in the region to enjoy free 5GB storage of Huawei Mobile Cloud. You’ll just need to login using a Huawei ID.

In addition, Huawei and Honor users can enjoy one month of 50GB Mobile Cloud storage at a massive discounted price from today until December 31, 2019.

Countries Original Price per month Discounted
Philippines PhP 49.00 PhP 1.00
Singapore SG$ 1.28 SG$ 0.10
Thailand THB 35.00 THB 1.00
Malaysia MYR 3.90 MYR 0.10

Exclusive deals for Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro users

Those who already own or who plan to own Huawei’s latest smartphones — the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 pro are entitled to three months of free 50GB Huawei Mobile Cloud storage along with two years warranty and free screen replacement from Huawei HiCare.

They’re also incentivizing users who will download the Huawei Member Center app from the AppGallery. Users from the mentioned countries can redeem free Huawei Points and Lazada shopping vouchers available on the app. This will be available by the end of November 2019.

Countries Huawei Points Lazada Vouchers Trip.com Vouchers
Philippines PhP 1200 PhP 500 N/A
Singapore SG$ 30 SG$ 12 Up to SG$ 20 off
Thailand THB 850 THB 300 Up to THB 250 off
Malaysia MYR 100 MYR 40 Up to MYR 30 off

SEE ALSO: Huawei is building an ecosystem of connected devices

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Instagram has started borrowing features from TikTok

Instagram is looking out for inspiration

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A couple of years back, Instagram and Snapchat were involved in a brutal face-off, each wanting supremacy over the other. Thanks to Snapchat, Stories are now an integral part of not only Instagram but also Facebook and WhatsApp.

In 2019, Snapchat is no longer viewed as a threat to Instagram. A new kid on the block is challenging the status quo — TikTok. Instagram launched a new video editing tool in Brazil that copies some of the best-known features of TikTok.

Dubbed Reels, it lets you create “15-second video clips set to music and share them as Stories,” which can be shared wider via a new “Top Reels” section on the Explore page.

Per a recent tweet from engineer Jane Manchun Wong, this new tool will also let you remix other users’ Scenes if their account is public. Reels is launching today on iOS and Android but is limited to Brazil for now.

 

It’s safe to assume that Instagram is piloting the new feature because a release timeline for other regions isn’t available yet.

Instagram also has IGTV that is essentially a YouTube rival. However, short videos have been the main forte of TikTok and since the death of Vine, there has been a vacuum in this segment. With healthy funding from its Chinese parent Bytedance, TikTok has enough firepower to take on the Facebook-owned app.

In a leaked audio recording, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also expressed concerns about TikTok’s growth and dominance in certain market. He said that the Chinese company has “married short-form, immersive video with browse. So it’s almost like the ‘Explore Tab’ that we have on Instagram, which is today primarily about feed posts and highlighting different feed posts.”

Instagram previously launched a dedicated video sharing app called Lasso but failed to migrate users over from the primary app. Incorporating similar features in the Instagram app is the best way to ensure users get on board.

 

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