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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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WhatsApp will turn-off features until you accept the new T&C

Facebook wants your submission before May 15

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WhatsApp will continue the roll-out of its controversial terms of service, which has received a lot of criticism in the last few months for being too intrusive. Well, Facebook has made it clear that users can either accept the new terms or lose access to features.

The instant messenger has always shied away from advertisements since its inception. But its acquisition by Facebook confirmed one thing — the private, silent life of WhatsApp would change radically. The new terms and conditions are from Facebook, ensuring that all its products like Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp, are ready for monetization.

“After a few weeks of limited functionality, you won’t be able to receive incoming calls or notifications, and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone,” the company said. At that point, users will have to choose: either accept the new terms, or they slowly forget WhatsApp.

The moment WhatsApp starts sending “persistent reminders,” users will encounter limited functionality on WhatsApp until they accept the updates. Although, it won’t happen to all users simultaneously and will change in a phased manner.

Additionally, if you don’t use the messaging app, your account will get deleted as WhatsApp generally deletes those accounts that remain untouched for about 120 days.

The rollout isn’t going smoothly for WhatsApp, though. Germany’s data regulator has asked the instant messenger to stop processing users’ data from the country. The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) issued a three-month emergency ban on Tuesday, which is permitted under the General Data Protection Regulation.

Right now, it’s hard to gauge if Facebook will continue with its blitzkrieg or buy some time for itself and rethink the strategy. If one country has clamped down on the app, it won’t take much time for others to follow as well. Facebook is already in boiling water with American lawmakers and cannot afford to spoil relationships with any more governments.

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YouTube enters the TikTok party, announces $100 million fund for creators

Short videos are the latest hype

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TikTok has created a global phenomenon, and every platform is scrambling to have a share of the pie. After Instagram’s Reels, YouTube has debuted its own short-video-making feature called Shorts. Now, the Google-backed company intends to attract content creators.

YouTube Shorts Fund contains US$ 100 million, which will be distributed to creators over the course of 2021 and 2022. YouTube will actually reach out to “thousands” of creators whose Shorts receive the most engagement and views. You don’t have to be a part of the YouTube Partner Program, which is used to monetize standard videos.

Shorts must be original and follow community guidelines to be considered for the fund. Google is holding onto additional details about the fund as the feature is only available in the US and India at the moment. Instagram followed a similar strategy to lure TikTok users.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said on the company’s earnings call that Shorts is garnering 6.5 billion daily views globally. The company declined to provide more recent statistics for global and U.S. user bases.

“YouTube has helped an entire generation of creators and artists turn their creativity into businesses, paying more than US$ 30 billion to creators, artists, and media companies over the last three years,” Singer wrote. “The Shorts Fund is just the first step in our journey to build a long-term monetization model for Shorts on YouTube.”

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Scarlet Nexus opening sequence, pre-order details

So hyped!

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The game Scarlet Nexus, in collaboration with SUNRISE and ORAL CIGARETTES, have come out with a gripping new opening sequence you don’t want to miss out on.

The game mechanics and origins stick close to home with the title itself: Scarlet Nexus. It’s based on the concept of scarlet red strings and connections through fast-paced rock rhythms. And, if there’s anything that’ll pique your interest with this game, it’s the mechanics.

Scarlet Nexus lets you play around with Psychokinesis attacks mechanics, psychic ability, and collaborative connections to further in the game. You get to pick who to play: Kasane Randall or Yuito Sumeragi and venture to uncover the mysteries of a Brain Punk future. You’ll get to fight enemies, uncover the truth about yourself, and explore the obscure world of technology and psychic abilities!

The game will be available on June 24, 2021 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. While, available the next day, June 25, on Steam in Southeast Asia. The Scarlet Nexus anime series, produced by SUNRISE, will also be released this upcoming summer.

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These are the pre-order bonuses:

  • Special Battle Attire Set -Audio-
  • Additional Attachment “Dream Catcher”
  • Additional Attachment “Face Vision: Seal”
  • Attachment Set “Shoulder Baki (11)”

The Deluxe Edition includes the full game and the following content:

  • Brain Punk Bundle (includes Battle Attire Set -Red-, Digital Artbook, Digital Soundtrack)
  • Additional Attachment “The Other” (Deluxe Edition Bonus)
  • SAS Plug-In Variations (3) (Deluxe Edition Bonus)

Pre-order here now.

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