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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!

SEE ALSO: Florence: Half-baked beautiful game about first loves?

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5 accredited Airbnbs you can book in Boracay

Life is always better at the beach

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Boracay is one of the Philippines’ most beautiful islands. Every tourist dreams of seeing its majestic sunsets and enjoy its heavenly white sands.

After Boracay’s rehabilitation in 2018, the Department of Tourism of the Philippines has limited the number of tourists arriving in the island, hence, every traveler must present proof of booking from an accredited accommodation.


Most Airbnbs in Boracay aren’t accredited yet. Thus, we prepared a list so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Bianca’s Garden Apartment

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If you’re looking for a safe haven away from the crowd, then you should stay at Bianca’s Garden Apartment! Located at the quiet side of Station 3, the apartment is situated on a peaceful hilltop side of Boracay. Despite being situated at a distance from the popular tourist attractions, it’s still just a few minutes away from the center.

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Tropicana Ocean Villa

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Families can enjoy this entire villa by Tropicana Oceana. It’s a home perched gracefully on a slope, offering a beautiful and panoramic view. In addition, it’s situated in Din-i-wid beach, ensuring a serene and relaxed atmosphere away from the typical Boracay buzz.

Book it here.

Apartment 3, Sheridan Villas

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For those looking for a homey place, Apartment 3 in Sheridan Villas is the place to go. It’s suitable for groups, and it’s also just a few minutes away from the white beach area in Station 3. Furthermore, you can bring your friends and families to nearby restaurants and eat to your heart’s content.

Book it here.

Bamboo Bungalows Rest House

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Bamboo Bungalows screams tropical and nature, adorned with a little bit of sleek and contemporary. Located at Station 2, this place might be ideal for couples wanting an oasis surrounded by lush greenery, but it’s also great for solo travelers seeking tranquility. Nonetheless, Bamboo Bungalows are best for those who want to take a retreat whilst still near all the adventures Boracay has to offer.

Book it here.

Marrakesh Resort: Ocean View with Balcony

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Located at the picturesque Station 1, Marrakesh Resort offers a stunning view of the beach and breathtaking sunsets. It also lets you experience Morocco through its themed rooms, restaurants, and bar serving Mezze and delicious cocktails. Enjoy a romantic getaway in one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Book it here.

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Friends is leaving Netflix for HBO Max

This is a huge blow to Netflix

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Friends is officially leaving Netflix. Earlier this year, there were rumors that Netflix will lose Friends. It was officially confirmed when WarnerMedia — who owns Friends’ distribution rights — launched HBO Max as the new home for the well-loved TV series.

Along with Friends, titles such as Pretty Little Liars, Batwoman, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air will be streamed when HBO Max launches in spring of 2020. The streaming service is positioning itself to compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu.


The show won’t depart the streaming giant until later this year so you and your friends can still binge-watch until then. On the other hand, Netflix might take a huge blow from this since Friends is one of the most watched shows, according to research by Jumpshot.

More and more companies are capitalizing on video-streaming apps and services with paid video offerings. On a larger scale, this isn’t just a problem for Netflix but for the whole industry as well. Users might find it expensive to maintain multiple subscriptions and might resort to piracy instead. Sure as hell, we won’t pay three different subscriptions just to watch my favorite shows.

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More than 1,000 Android apps are mining your data

They can bypass your restrictions

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The world knows what you did last summer. Well, more than a thousand Android apps do, to be precise. A group of researchers have recently discovered the shadier ways of the Android ecosystem. According to a short report, several Android apps can bypass certain permission restrictions imposed by the user. The discovery reemphasizes the need for a crackdown on data collection.

Of course, excessive data collection has always terrorized the digital world. Software companies continuously find ways to extract data from us. As consumers, we can only restrict app permissions to combat malicious apps. For the most part, permissions can ward away the more rudimentary data collection method. For example, a selfie app absolutely has no need for access to your messages. A simple restriction can ideally stop this.


The latest findings reveal the futility of app permissions. Using a variety of methods, apps can still collect data, bypassing the imposed restrictions. Notably, most examples use readily available data on your device outside of the restrictions. For example, a restricted app can tap into an allowed app’s database to extract data. Baidu’s Hong Kong Disneyland app, for one, can access other Baidu apps with the right permissions. These allowed apps can store vital data on your internal storage, waiting for other apps to extract it.

Another example sends seemingly innocuous data hiding important information. Shutterfly, a photo management app, can sneakily bypass geolocation restrictions. Normally, users can restrict the app from sending geolocation data. If restricted, Shutterfly will instead send photos to its server. The server then extracts the photo’s EXIF or metadata to mine the same geolocation data it was restricted from.

These are just some examples presented by the short report. In August, the researchers will reveal more methods and examples including the full list of 1,325 apps. Additionally, Google has already promised to patch these exploits out in Android Q.

SEE ALSO: Some Nokia 7 units are sending your data to China

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