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Apple app charts roundup: Top Singapore downloads of 2017

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In this day and age, it would be accurate to say: You are what you download.

Apple has released their iTunes downloads roundup and this gives us insight on what users in Singapore have been putting on their iPhones.

This year, augmented reality, real-time competitive gaming, and mental health and wellness apps were all the rage. In the music department, Ed Sheeran bags the top spot for best album with ÷, and best song with “Shape of You.” Bruno Mars comes in second with his album 24K Magic. K-pop was also a thing with at least two Korean bands taking a spot in the top 10. iTunes Movies had “girl power” as a big theme this year with movies like Moana, Wonder Woman, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story making the list.

In 2017, Singaporean download habits paint us a pretty picture of users today. This illustration by Teresa Lim of @teeteeheehee sums everything up perfectly:

Made on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil

Top free iPhone apps are as follows:

  1. Grab – Ride Hailing App
  2. WhatsApp
  3. Uber
  4. YouTube
  5. Facebook
  6. Messenger
  7. Instagram
  8. oBike – Bike Sharing
  9. Google Maps – GPS Navigation
  10. Carousell
  11. Gmail – Email by Google
  12. WeChat
  13. Spotify Music
  14. Google Chrome
  15. My Singtel app
  16. foodpanda – Food Delivery
  17. UberEATS: Food Delivery
  18. Google Translate
  19. Healthy 365
  20. Snapchat

On the other hand, top paid iPhone apps are as follows:

  1. Gudak Cam
  2. TouchRetouch
  3. kirakira+
  4. Scanner for Me + OCR
  5. Enlight
  6. Forest by Seekrtech
  7. LightX
  8. Tabs & Chords – learn and play
  9. Afterlight
  10. Glitché
  11. Analog Paris
  12. Plotagraph+ Photo Animator
  13. The Wonder Weeks
  14. ProCam 5
  15. ProCamera
  16. Facetune
  17. Slow Shutter Cam
  18. Halide – RAW Manual Camera
  19. Pixomatic photo editor
  20. Fontmania – Add Artworks & Text to Your Photos!

In the gaming department, these free games topped the charts:

  1. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
  2. Super Mario Run
  3. Fight List – Categories Game
  4. Coin Master
  5. Word Cookies!
  6. Candy Crush Saga
  7. 8 Ball Pool
  8. Clash Royale
  9. Episode – Choose Your Story
  10. Pokémon GO
  11. Lords Mobile
  12. Piano Tiles 2
  13. Subway Surfers
  14. Asphalt 8: Airborne
  15. Roll the Ball – slide puzzle
  16. Toy Blast
  17. Choices: Stories You Play
  18. Clash of Clans
  19. Cookie Run: OvenBreak
  20. Critical Ops

View the top music chart here and the top movies chart here.

Paraphrasing an old saying and giving it a social media twist, I say: “Show me your apps and I’ll tell you who you are.”

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X Review: Is it worth the hype?

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Facebook to pay $650 million in facial recognition lawsuit

The company that never learns

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A federal judge has approved a settlement in which Facebook will pay US$ 650 million to a class-action lawsuit over its tagging feature. The lawsuit alleged that facial recognition technology, used to tag photos, infringed on users’ privacy.

Facebook users who submitted claims will get at least US$ 345 from the company, the AP reported. The lawsuit had claimed that the adoption of facial recognition technology was being done without seeking permission from users. The social network also failed to inform the users how long their data was being stored.

While many of us view the tagging option as a feature, the platform collects sensitive facial recognition data, whose handling procedures remain opaque. Facebook ended photo-tagging suggestions in 2019 and instead opted for a model to allow users to control what data the platform has over their face.

“Overall, the settlement is a major win for consumers in the hotly contested area of digital privacy,” wrote Judge Donato. “The standing issue makes this settlement all the more valuable because Facebook and other big tech companies continue to fight the proposition that a statutory privacy violation is a genuine harm.”

The class-action case was first filed in Illinois in 2015, suggesting a violation of the Biometric Information Privacy Act. Facebook initially agreed to pay US$ 550 million last year, but another $100 million was added to the judge’s insistence.

 

Attorney Jay Edelson, who originally filed the suit in Illinois in April 2015, told the Chicago Tribune that the settlement was a “big deal.” He also tweeted that the settlement, “was the largest cash privacy class action settlement in history.”

Facebook has an abysmal track record of managing users’ data. In 2019, The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) imposed a US$ 5 billion penalty on Facebook for misrepresenting users’ ability to control their facial recognition data, as well as other sensitive account metadata.

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Facebook unveils BARS, a TikTok-like app for rappers

Builiding a community dedicated for rappers

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Facebook has launched a new platform called BARS and it’s specially made for rappers. What’s its unique selling point? Unlike TikTok, BARS does not focus on transitions and lip-syncing to make content.

The app will allow budding rappers to focus on the lyrics rather than investing their time on expensive equipment and studios. You can choose from a wide array of premade beats, which can be leveraged by the rapper with their own lyrics and effects.

It also has a Challenge mode, wherein users can perform freestyle rap while incorporating auto-suggested lyrics. Aspiring rappers can just focus on the lyrics and record themselves to these beats. In addition, the app helps rappers finetune their craft as well with the help of auto-suggested rhymes while the user is writing.

BARS will let you select your rap experience level upon sign-up: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced. The Beginner selection will provide a handy auto-rhyme dictionary to help kickstart your experience. Advanced rappers get the Freestyle mode with several words to create an instantaneous rap.

Once users finish recording their videos in the app, they can share them across various social media outlets. The app has a TikTok-like feed where the discoverability is maximum. The app also promises “studio quality vocal effects,” including actual AutoTune.

After creating the videos, you can save them to your camera roll and share them on other social media platforms. For now, only a small number of iOS users can download the app in the US. Interested users can also sign up for the waitlist in the app.

BARS Community Manager DJ Iyer revealed in a blogpost that the Coronavirus pandemic has been one of the major reasons behind the creation of the app. “I know access to high-priced recording studios and production equipment can be limited for aspiring rappers. On top of that, the global pandemic shut down live performances where we often create and share our work,” he Iyer added.

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Disney+ now streaming in Singapore

Have you subscribed yet?

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The wait is over. Disney+ is now finally available in Singapore.

If you’ve been longing to stream Disney classics, new shows like The Mandalorian in the Star Wars universe, or just want a feel good flick from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can now do so via the streaming app.

The subscription costs SG$ 11.98 per month or SG$ 119.98 for a year. With it you’ll have access to a library of 500 movies and over 15,000 episodes of some of your favorite shows from Disney Channel.

You’ll also gain access to content by other major entertainment companies like Pixar, National Geographic, and Star.

To sign-up, users need to go to the Disney+ website and you’ll be asked to input your email address so they can keep you updated on how to subscribe. A subscription plan lets the user stream on four different devices at the same time. There are also different profiles for each subscription just like Netflix. However, instead of just five, Disney+ gives you up to seven profiles.

GeekCulture put together a list of supported devices so check them out to see if you have any of them.

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