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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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Google is under investigation for abusing Android

Dominating the market comes with a price

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Google has often been accused of monopolizing the smartphone market with the use of Android. While Android as an operating system is open source and anyone is free to make or use the system however they wish, Google’s push of its apps is a bigger problem.

Android is maintained by the search engine giant and the code is available for everyone’s use. But, Google pushes its range of apps in stock Android like Gmail, Maps, Play Music, YouTube, and more. Many accuse the company of forcing itself upon users and blocking the competition from a fair chance.

India’s Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been reviewing Google’s case for the last six months. The enforcement agency is currently at a preliminary stage and no official release has been made. Google, as well as CCI, have declined to comment.

The European Commission found Google guilty of dominating the market since 2011 and it’s abusing its standard practice of installing Google apps. The investigation led to a US$ 5 billion fine from the antitrust agency.

Google and CCI have met in recent months and the complaint was filled by a “group of individuals.” The agency has a track record of taking years to finish or conclude a case and we never know when a verdict might actually come.

Although, the CCI did impose a US$ 19 million fine on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position.

Android has a massive 85 percent market share and almost every Android phone ships with Google’s suite of apps. These apps, in return, help the search engine push ads to the user and generate revenue for the company.

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EA is looking into making a mobile version of Apex Legends

To battle with Fortnite

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EA‘s battle royale game is a certified hit. Apex Legends, which was developed by Titanfall makers Respawn, has no fewer than 25 million registered players in just one week. The game is playable for free on multiple platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One), but why not make it available on mobile as well?

Early reports don’t indicate mobile plans for the game, although during the Electronic Arts Q3 2019 earnings call, EA Games CEO said that they are looking into bringing Apex Legends to mobile devices.

Fortnite‘s userbase ballooned when it became available on Android and iOS, so it’s a no brainer than EA also wants mobile gamers to join the fun.

“We are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that,” EA Games CEO Andrew Wilson said during the conference call.

There’s no definite timeline for the release of Apex Legends on mobile, but it’s certainly on the drawing board. For now, EA plans to introduce direct purchase options for players to buy items and new legends or heroes. They will also offer the so-called Apex Packs or simply loot boxes for more random items.

Apex Legends is not a pay-to-win game, so these items are purely cosmetic and can be used to customize your hero’s looks in the game.

SEE ALSO: Apex Legends hits 25 million players after one week

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Introducing Bumble’s Spotlight: Pay to get to the top of the page

For just two Bumble coins!

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You can’t buy your way to true love but you can now buy a top spot on Bumble’s swipe page.

You heard that right. Bumble just announced their new feature and they’re calling it Spotlight. For two Bumble coins, which is around US$ 2, you can get your own profile to the top of the swipe page — the most conducive spot for swiping. Your profile stays there for 30 minutes and people won’t even know you paid for the extra airtime.

Similar to Tinder Boost, this new feature allows for a bigger shot at better swiping results. It basically bumps you up in the queue. Remember, though, that you can only pay for being more visible on the app, but the swiping is still left to the other party.

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