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Cat Condo: Another adorable mobile cat game is out!

I want all the cats!

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Remember Neko Atsume? It was a mobile game where you could collect cats and watch them laze around your house doing silly things. Remember Cookie Clicker? That free-to-play web game where you would click the cookie or upgrade your equipment to bake more virtual cookies? Cat Condo is a mix of both these games and here’s why.

What’s Cat Condo?

Cat Condo is a free-to-play clicker mobile game that lets you generate new cats and discover new breeds. This is done by merging already existing cats. The game was created by a Taiwanese start-up called Zepni Ltd. The design resembles Neko Atsume, but Cat Condo is a drastically different game.

In Neko Atsume, cats have the liberty of going about their business and the potential joy of the game is seeing them being adorable as they are. In Cat Condo, the cats sit atop cat condos and generate money for you. Once you merge similar breeds of cats, they generate a larger amount of money.

More than just adorable

I said this before and I’ll explain it here: Cat Condo is just like Cookie Clicker. In what way, you ask? Besides the obvious of both games being clickers, these games latch on to simple and adorable elements. In Cat Condo, it latches on to discovering more and more breeds of cats and adding them to your gallery.

When I first played this game, it was undeniably charming and the fun didn’t come from just the adorable factor — there was also the challenge of discovering other breeds of cats the game had.

Waiting game

Playing this game can become tedious. It isn’t a game you should play seriously, and if you did, you just took the fun out of it. There are no quick ways to earn new breeds of cats unless you earn enough money to buy specific breeds. Also, factor in the cats that are generating money for you. Essentially, this game will take time and that is what a majority of clicker games do.

Its charm

What makes this game worth installing despite how simple and ironically tedious it can get? The cute cats! It makes you want to sing along to this song.

Some of them are fluffy and tubby, while others are strange and scrawny. Merging cats has nothing to do with how they are bred in real life, but it’s pretty silly to do in the game. The fun is having no idea what you’ll get next.

If you’re looking for a silly, casual game to play, this might be the game for you. If you played Neko Atsume or Cookie Clicker and like cats, this is also the game for you.

You’re free to try it out yourselves on either iOS or Android to see who among your friends has the most extensive collection of cats!

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Top iOS 15 Features to look out for

FaceTime for Android, anyone?

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The next version of iOS rolls out this fall. There are new features such as FaceTime for Android, new Memojis, rebranded Safari and Messages app, personal identification card compatibility for Wallet, and more.

But in this video, we rounded up our Top 10 iOS 15 Features you should look out for.

Watch the whole video by clicking here.

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Voilà AI Artist turns your selfies into 3D cartoons, caricatures

And many more artistic renditions!

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From FaceApp to Zepeto, plenty of avatars from these apps proliferated social media platforms. Most recently, the Internet went crazy with cute avatars once more. You probably noticed how people have been posting a 3D cartoon version of themselves, akin to a Disney character. It’s all thanks to Voilà AI Artist — a photo-editing app using artificial intelligence to turn your photos into artistic renditions.

Get yourself painted as a Renaissance painting.

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Have your selfies transformed into a 3D cartoon from an animated movie.

Turn your photos into a 2D cartoon…

Voilà AI Artist

… or even have your face drawn as a caricature.

Voilà AI Artist

Voilà AI Artist is developed by WeImagine.AI., a Canada-based team of creators and developers. The app is free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you’re concerned about the app’s privacy policy, read it here.

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The US revokes Trump’s executive order that banned TikTok

A level-playing field for everyone

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries. It’s specifically meant for apps like TikTok and WeChat, which President Trump banned.

It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, said Biden. If apps are found violating fundamental laws, a ban can be imposed. The task of identifying threats has been given to the US Commerce Department.

Trump’s executive order particularly targeted TikTok and WeChat. Instead, Biden is opting for a level-playing field for everyone. Biden shares the same concerns as Trump, but their approach is vastly different.

Under the previous administration, TikTok remained in a precarious position as Trump sought to ban the app unless it sold to an American company. A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service and taking responsibility for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.

But there were numerous legal challenges, and before they could be ironed out, Trump lost the election. The Biden administration’s new executive order does not affect those negotiations, which are a separate process. The order also calls upon federal agencies to develop recommendations – for future executive actions or legislation — on how to protect the data of US citizens.

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