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5 free apps that every beer lover should have

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How do I love beer? Let me count the ways… ?

Whether it be a locally branded ale, a craft brew, or a well-known international brand, a good, cold beer mug in my hand is something I always look forward to.

Aside from often being on the lookout for the next good pint to try, I try to find ways to optimize my drinking activities with technology. (Duh, I work for GadgetMatch. Tech mingling with everyday life should be expected!) I’ve picked out my favorite drinking apps so that you, dear audience, will have the same fun and fulfilling tech-assisted hazy beer adventure. You’re welcome.

iBeer Free

For times you want to drink beer (which is probably most of the time) but can’t. This app simulates beer on your smartphone and allows you to chug it down, complete with sound effects. Because, why not.

This app simulates beer on your smartphone and allows you to chug it down, complete with sound effects.

Download on iOS; Android

Beer?!

If you’re tired of pretend drinking on your phone, it may be time to get the real thing. Get friends to join you via this no-nonsense app. Beer?! allows you to send invites and set drinking dates with one quick gesture: tap to send “Beer?!,” tap to reply “Beer?!”

Drinking plans were never this fuss-free.

 Beer?! allows you to send invites and set drinking dates with one quick gesture

Download on iOS; Android

Drink-O-Tron

If you’re in no mood to go out for beers, you could pop open a few bottles at home and have a shot ? at this virtual game with friends. Drink-O-Tron is beautifully designed and, more importantly, a surefire way to get more fun out of those beer-filled mugs.

have a shot  at this virtual game with friends with Drink-O-Tron

Download on iOS; Android

Untappd

Imagine a social media network like Facebook — but for beer. That’s what Untappd is, sort of. This app allows you to rate and review different beers, check where your drinking buddies are at, or scan beer barcodes to pull up details on your drink. Best part: It can book you an Uber, because we all know that drinking and driving isn’t cool.

This app allows you to rate and review different beers, check where your drinking buddies are at, or scan beer barcodes to pull up details on your drink

Download on iOS; Android

Drunk Mode

We all have our beer-fueled moments, and this particular app is a godsend in that department. Manage your emotionally charged, alcohol-powered drunk-calling confessions with this very useful app. It allows you to block certain numbers for a period of time — yes, as long as you need for your night out — and it asks you to answer a complicated equation when you try. Additionally, it can track your location and send it to your (hopefully not equally drunk) buddies in case you’re a drunk wanderer like yours truly.

Really, what a time to be alive.

Drunk Mode allows you to block certain numbers for a period of time

Download on iOS; Android 

Who needs an occasion to drink beer? Well, certainly not me! I welcome a sweet, sweet pint (or three) anytime — especially with these apps safely downloaded on my phone.

Cheers, ladies and gents! Drink moderately, or at least make sure you download that last app.

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Oceanic+ turns the Apple Watch Ultra into a dive computer

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The Apple Watch has come a long way. From its humble beginnings in a sweaty gym, Apple’s iconic wearable can now go deep underwater. Released earlier this year, the rugged Apple Watch Ultra promised unparalleled durability designed to withstand extreme conditions. Adding to this durability, the Apple Watch Ultra now has the new Oceanic+, a new app that turns the smartwatch into an operational diving computer.

Built through a partnership between Apple and Huish Outdoors, Oceanic+ melds the ease of use of an Apple Watch and the technical complexity of a diving computer. “People who know how to use an Apple Watch already know how to use this dive computer,” said Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors.

The app will display much-needed information for divers in a timely fashion. Before a dive, users can set surface time, depth, and gas. The app can then calculate their No Deco time, an essential feature for planning a dive. Divers can see this information even when they are underwater.

Further, after a dive, the app automatically collates and summarizes information to give users feedback regarding their dive including GPS entry and exit locations.

Users can easily operate the app even underwater using the Action button and the crown. Plus, the watch’s strong haptic feedback provides users with vibrations that can be felt even underwater. With limited sound underwater, haptic feedback becomes a necessary tool to alert divers of any important information as they come.

The Oceanic+ app is now available through the App Store. Most of the common functionalities are available through the free basic plan. However, more premium features — like decompression tracking, tissue loading, and a location planner — are locked behind a US$ 9.99 per month subscription.

SEE ALSO: Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review (Part 1)

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Over 5.4 million Twitter accounts have just been exposed

Beware of any fishy emails

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According to new owner Elon Musk, Twitter is enjoying record-breaking numbers as of late. If the billionaire’s claim is true, it’s time to beef up your Twitter account’s security. A leak stemming from earlier this year has exposed and exploited over 5 million accounts.

Back in July, the platform confirmed the leak but claimed that none were exploited. An API vulnerability reportedly caused the leak. Now, according to BleepingComputer, Twitter isn’t out of the woods yet.

Though the vulnerability has already been patched, the 5.4 million users affected by the leak have just had their private information leaked on a hacker forum. These details include both phone numbers and email addresses — information that isn’t usually readily available on the platform. The list of affected users even include celebrities and companies.

Thankfully, the leak doesn’t give outright access to an affected user’s account. However, it gives malicious parties some information to work with. Needless to say, if you receive any suspicious emails, take a gander before clicking any links, especially those that ask for your password or any other sensitive information. Also, it might be a good idea to beef up your security with two-factor authentication, just in case.

That said, 5.4 million users is just a drop in the bucket for a massive platform like Twitter. Though it’s not impossible, it’s more likely that your individual account is safe from any of the current chaos. Still, keep your accounts safe.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is working on encrypted DMs and video calling

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Netflix is working on its first PC game

It’s a AAA title

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Though off to a relatively slow start, Netflix is now a gaming company as well. As of late, the platform included a variety of mobile games in its catalog of content. Every Netflix subscriber can play any of the games. Now, Netflix is working on something else entirely: a game for the PC.

Spotted by Mobilegamer.biz, Netflix has recently posted new job openings for a game director, an art director, and a technical director. All three listings describe a “brand-new AAA PC game” as a project. One listing even describes “one of Netflix’s first generation of internally developed original games.”

Currently, Netflix taps into other game studios to produce titles for them. Aside from a few independent developers, the platform even partnered with Ubisoft for mobile titles. (One of which will be based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.)

With the listings in place, the company is expanding its efforts to developing its own titles. Right now, the unnamed project doesn’t feature a lot of details. While the project is still looking for a creative director, it’s likely that the plot isn’t finalized either.

Throughout the past year, the company has bled for subscribers. Since then, they have tried various strategies, including potential punishments for account sharing and cheaper subscription tiers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix will now let you kick people from your account

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