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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 asks smartphone makers to pay for Play Store

In response to EU’s ruling

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Months ago, Google landed in a scalding pool of Europe’s hot water. The European Competition Commission accused the company of anti-competition practices. Among other things, Google forced smartphone makers to bundle Chrome and Google Search as a requirement. According to the commission, the stipulation gives the company an unfair advantage over its rivals.

Eventually, the Commission hammered down a guilty verdict. From this, Google paid a record-breaking fine to the European Union. Besides this, the company had to stop the indicted practice.

Now, Google is finally implementing a resolution for the guilty verdict. Starting this month, the company will change its offered bundles for smartphone makers in the EU.

As opposed to enforcing the bundle, Google will offer Android’s apps for a price. Instead of a strong-arm strategy, Google’s new strategy aims for the best of both worlds. Smartphone companies can opt out of the program. Historically, some companies have already opted out of Android’s app ecosystem. For example, Chinese smartphones often implement their own variants because of China’s prohibitions.

Additionally, Google will loosen its regulations against forked versions of its Android operating system. Some smartphone makers alter Android’s inner workings for their own uses. Most notoriously, Xiaomi uses its own MIUI software. Previously, the bundling scheme swayed the deal towards Google’s favor, despite any proprietary changes. With looser regulations, companies can fork all they want.

Now, companies can sell smartphones running forked Androids. That is, if they also sell a separate smartphone with Google’s untouched software.

Amid all these changes, Android remains as free software for smartphones. Android can maintain its status as the world’s most ubiquitous operating system. However, if this issue elicits any questions, it’s this: How will Google’s new schema affect the casual consumer? Right now, we’ll have to wait and see.

SEE ALSO: You might need to pay Google for Android soon

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6 iPhone apps for your well-being

Mental health is important!

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World Mental Health Day may have come and gone but that shouldn’t mean that your well-being should be pushed aside. In fact, a healthy disposition should always be practiced. How does one do that in today’s fast-paced world?

We’ve got apps for you!

Omvana 

Omvana is a meditation app that measures stress levels and even your state of mind; it’s your personal mindfulness coach! The app also automatically connects to HealthKit.

Download here. 

Calm

With guided meditations, breathing exercises, sleep stories, and relaxing music, this app will help make sure you’re always in a relaxed mood.

Download here. 

Insight Timer

Don’t know how to meditate? This app allows for guided meditations from the industry’s best practitioners!

Download here. 

Headspace: Guided Meditation

Another guided meditation app which allows you to manage stress and even apply meditative practice to your every day. There’s also a sleep experience feature which promises better rest and calmness.

Download here.

Aura: Calm Anxiety & Sleep

Aura’s three-minute meditations will bring more positivity to your life. The app also does life coaching, relaxing music, and even personalized meditations.

Download here. 

AutoSleep Tracker for Watch

Better sleep means a better disposition! This app tracks sleep automatically with Advanced Heuristics AutoSleep so you’ll always have the info at hand.

Download here. 

What are you waiting for? Get to downloading and happy meditating!

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Facebook Lite comes to iPhones at less than 5MB

It consumes less power, too!

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After being enjoyed by Android users for years, the slimmed down version of Facebook’s main app finally arrived on iOS. Although, it’s only available to a select few — for now.

The Facebook Lite app was originally designed for developing countries where mobile data can be unreliable and Android phones are pretty basic. But, it also gained popularity among users with better phones because it uses way less data than the main Facebook app.

On iOS, the lite version is available for download through the Apple App Store for less than 5MB. Apart from being an easy download, it also uses less battery power and occupies minimal storage space.

This is going to be ideal for iPhones and even iPod Touch devices that are already showing signs of slowing down. The app is compatible with devices running iOS 9.0 and later.

For now, the app is only available in Turkey. As the testing phase expands to other regions, Facebook Lite will eventually be open for everyone.

Via: Business Insider

SEE ALSO: Facebook Messenger redesign starts rolling out to select users

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