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Step-by-step guide: How to install Counter-Strike on your Android device

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Since publishing our story about how to make Counter-Strike for PC run on your Android phone or tablet, we’ve received a smorgasbord of messages asking for help on how to install the game.

Well, dear readers and fellow recovering Counter-Strike addicts, ask and you shall receive: Here’s our step-by-step guide — with screenshots and accompanying annotations — on how to get one of the most popular PC games of all time running on your Android device.

1. Use your PC to download the Steam launcher from the gaming platform’s website. Be sure to download the appropriate installation file for your operating system. If you already have Steam installed, you can proceed to step four.

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2. Install the Steam launcher, then create a Steam account.

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3. Next, run Steam, and then type “counter-strike” in the search bar.
4. Buy and install the game that’s highlighted in the screenshot below. Once the installation is complete, you should find the Steam directory in your computer’s hard drive (drive C:, by default).

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5. OK, now on to your Android device. Use your device’s browser to download the latest versions of the CS16Client and Xash3D apps. The link for CS16Client is here, while Xash3D can be found here.

6. Install the CS16Client and Xash3D apps on your device.
7. Use a USB cable to connect your Android device to the computer where Steam is installed.
8. Create a folder called “xash” in your phone’s SD card directory.

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9. Transfer the “cstrike” and “valve” folders from your Steam directory (usually under C:\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life) to the xash folder in your phone’s SD card.

10. Run the CS16Client app. Untick the box next to “Enable ZBots bots,” then tick “Enable YaPB bots” and tap “LAUNCH CS16-CLIENT!”.

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That’s it! Launching the client will bring up a screen that looks like this:

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At this point, you might be asking: “Okay, so now what?” Now comes the fun part.
1. To start a multiplayer game against AI opponents (a.k.a. bots), click on “Multiplayer,” then select “LAN game.”

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2. Choose “Create game” next and select the map you want to play on.

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3. Once everything is in order, hit “Ok” and you’re all set.

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Was the guide helpful? How are you liking Counter-Strike on your Android device so far? Let us know in the comments!

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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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