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Experience the zombie apocalypse on your runs with Zombies, Run!

Here’s how zombies can help you get in shape

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It’s almost the end of January, so how’re your resolutions coming along? If you’re looking for something to shake up your workout routine, we found this app that puts a game-y twist to your runs. It’s called Zombies, Run! and it’s a story adventure game where you’re a runner for a community in a zombie apocalypse.

Each run is called a mission, with each one moving the story forward, and you can customize it to your liking — whether to track your progress through distance or time, your source of music, or tracking location via steps or GPS.


The app can work with the music on your phone or a streaming app of your choice, so you don’t have to worry about running in silence. The story clips play intermittently as you run, and it’s pretty seamless in that it lowers the volume of your music automatically.

The narrative itself can be a bit cliche at times, but it does make even the shortest of runs at least a little more interesting. You’ll learn about new characters, new places, and entirely new storylines all while you jog along. And when you’re mission’s over and you want to walk or jog a little more, you get to listen to a fun, quirky pair of DJs who banter in between your songs.

As you run, you’ll occasionally hear that you collected supplies which allow you to help build up your base. And if you have the “chase” feature turned on, you’ll also occasionally hear warnings letting you know that a horde of zombies are on your tail. The typically quiet growling of zombies gets amplified, which in turn gets your heart racing and pushes you to pick up your pace or risk losing all the progress you’ve made so far.

It’s a pretty unique app, and simply looking at it on my phone makes me miss going for a jog — something that isn’t normal for me. If you need the extra push, or just a weird and fun twist to your workout, you should give this app a shot.

It’s available for both Android and iOS; check it out here.

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New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box

Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal

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Here’s more news about the US trade ban against Huawei. The latest American company to take action is Facebook. The popular social networking company is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones.

The latest blow to the Chinese tech giant doesn’t necessarily mean users won’t be able to access Facebook. According to a report by Reuters, customers who already bought Huawei phones will still be able to use Facebook apps and receive updates. Although, new Huawei phones will no longer have Facebook pre-installed. Other Facebook-owned apps are also affected including WhatsApp and Instagram.


If you purchased a Huawei phone lately, you might have noticed that your phone came with a few apps pre-installed — aside from the native apps, of course. Usually, smartphone vendors have deals with developers like Facebook to make their app widely available. Aside from Facebook, Huawei phones also come pre-installed with Twitter and Booking.com in many markets.

While Facebook’s move to stay away won’t badly hurt Huawei, it could affect the partnership sales outlook. Again, the Facebook ban only affects Huawei phones that have yet to come out of the factory. Also, Facebook can still be downloaded from the Google Play Store assuming Huawei will not lose access to it soon.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Google: Cutting off Huawei is an even bigger threat

Could lead to less secure apps

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For three weeks, Huawei’s biggest concerns were the loss of Android and ARM architecture support. The recent Trump ban created pandemonium for the Chinese company. Since the ban’s announcement, Huawei has struggled with solutions and appeals. Unfortunately, the company’s troubles are not stopping.

In a Financial Times report, Google argues that Trump’s ban will ironically open Huawei to more cybersecurity issues. Likewise, an Android ban will cascade down to the operating system’s supported apps. Users will likely resort to less secure installation methods for their lost apps.


Google further explains that using an Android hybrid (since the platform is open-source by nature) could result in more holes in the system’s security. Huawei’s alternative — either their own custom OS or a forked Android variant — will not offer the same amount of protection.

In related news, Facebook has banned their app’s pre-installs on their future smartphones. Currently, Huawei’s phones come installed with Facebook’s slew of apps — Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp. Arguably, all three apps are essential pieces of a smartphone’s ecosystem. As such, smartphone makers often strike pre-installation deals with app developers, allowing devices to come with these essential apps.

Of course, Huawei users can still install them manually through the Google Play Store. However, this method is also in jeopardy. By August 19, Google is forced to sever support for Huawei, pending a permanent resolution. The ban can feasibly take the Play Store with it. If that happens, Huawei users can no longer install Facebook through the usual means. Users will start resorting to Huawei’s own store or APK installs.

Huawei’s continued dealing with bans rings an ominous death knell for the Chinese company. Without a conclusive resolution, the world’s number-two smartphone manufacturer is facing an uncertain, dangerous future for its phones, inside and out.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Final Fantasy’s music officially comes to Spotify

From every game in the series!

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Square Enix has done something we’ve all been wishing for: Uploading a collection of official Final Fantasy soundtracks to Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

News began spreading around the web as Spotify users noticed that there are heaps more FF songs available. It’s also been reported that Apple Music and Amazon Music have them, as well.


The uploaded tracks span all main FF entries plus direct sequels and spin-offs. If you’ve ever been in the mood for a gaming nostalgia trip at home or on the road, this may be the best time.

While there has been FF-related music on Spotify in the past, this is the first time it’s been made official. And yes, it includes songs from Final Fantasy VIII.

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