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10 pleasurable video games for players 1 and 2

Looking for the perfect game to play together?

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Sometimes the day of fancy dinners, red roses, and chocolate binges just isn’t what you or they are into. Who knows, maybe you’re looking for the perfect game for both of you to be competitive or cooperative. Want to kick each other’s butt, win and lose together, maybe have some feisty good plays?

Here are some games you should try and play with your babe:

BattleBlock Theater

This cooperative platformer manages to combine adorable and gruesome at the same time. Believe me, when you first find the cute rounded minimalistic art design, you’ll probably make the mistake of thinking it’s easy to get around. Play here.

Overcooked

Overcooked will make it necessary to yell at each other — which doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You work together as a team to prep, cook, and serve. It’s the perfect game to play to break the ice, work together, laugh, and panic. Play here.

Broforce

Another fun co-op platformer on the list that’ll bring unlockable comical familiar characters from iconic movies. This game can be summarized with a single word: explosions. You’ll have fun getting through stages together and laughing at the game’s self-award absurdity. Play here.

Samurai Gunn

It’s morbidly ironic to find Samurais with guns but with this game, you get to play against each other with limited amount of bullets and a katana. If you run out of bullets, you can swing your katana just in time to return one aimed at you. Play here.

Spaceteam

This is another game perfect for screaming at each other — this time, a game you can enjoy on your phone or tablet. Get to know each other with this local cooperative game where you work together to save your spaceship from crashing. Play here: iOS, Android

Don’t Starve Together

If you were the type of person who played Minecraft for the survival bits of it, this is the perfect game to play with your Valentine. This game will force you to work together to survive and explore the wilderness. Play here.

Tekken 7

Want to just beat the crap out of each other in a fighting game? Some people can be into that. Don’t worry about winning as much, you both can button-smash just for laughs. Maybe you can learn combos and mix-ups together. Play here.

Nidhogg

It’s a simple and fun game where you try and kill each other to get to the opposite side only to be the Wurm’s chosen meal. Compete against each other and see who can get to the other side at whatever cost. Play here.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

If you still haven’t had enough cooperative games, this is the one you need to have: a game with a ticking time bomb, literally. If you both are up for a challenge or just willing to laugh off a thrilling loss, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a must-have of a game. Play here.

Vainglory

Didn’t expect a mobile multiplayer online battle arena on this list? Neither did I. This is not to say Vainglory is the best MOBA out there. Play whichever ones you both enjoy! Play here: iOS, Android.

Starwhal

Starwhal lets you win by piercing your enemies beating heart. If that doesn’t scream Valentine’s worth-it, I don’t know what will. You get to customize your narwhal with whatever call and personalize it with hats and other accessories. The game is charmingly simple and a whole lot of fun. Play here.

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Apple isn’t encrypting iCloud backups because of the FBI

Public security is their concern

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One of Apple’s selling points for its products is encryption by default. For a long time, the Cupertino company advertised device encryption for its iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks.

For users, it means better security and privacy against malicious hackers wanting to steal sensitive information. All device data is securely stored and encrypted so only the users can access them.

However, there is one thing missing from Apple’s encryption clause. By default, iCloud backups are unencrypted — Apple can see any data users store in the cloud service.

Privacy no more

While the company remained mum on the issue, a report by Reuters revealed why Apple didn’t encrypt iCloud backups for many years.

It turns out, the company planned on encrypting all iCloud backups last 2016. During that year, the company successfully fought a court battle against the FBI for unlocking the iPhone of a school shooter. The encrypted iCloud plan has the code name “Plesio” and “KeyDrop”.

Apple discussed the encryption plans with the FBI but the agency complained about its implications. Pressured by FBI and several US agencies, Apple later caved in and dropped plans to encrypt iCloud backups.

Sources gathered by Reuters also suggest one reason for dropping encryption: more users will find it hard to retrieve their data once they lost their password.

Implications and repercussions

With iCloud backups remaining unecrypted, FBI can easily request a court order for Apple to turn over precious data to the agency. As such, iCloud data became one of the preferred evidence for the agency, with more than 1,568 cases involving its use.

Apple has not yet commented on the issue. However, expect the fallout from this relevation to be swift and widespread, as more tech companies face the dilemma of balancing users’ privacy against the need for upholding public security.

Source: Reuters

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WhatsApp is finally getting a dark mode for Android

Currently available only in beta

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Android’s dark revolution is finally in full swing. Following the launch of Android 10, the operating system has slowly updated its supported apps to accommodate the much-awaited dark mode. Android apps are getting darker, potentially saving millions of eyes at night. The revolution has already swept the heavy hitters like Twitter and Instagram.

Now, the popular messaging service, WhatsApp, is getting the same treatment. More specifically, WhatsApp has rolled out the feature for its Google Play Beta Program.

On the updated app, users can access four types of display modes. The first two are the basic Light and Dark modes: dark text on a white background and white text on a black background. The third automatically switches between the two modes, depending on the time of day. The fourth, dubbed as Set by Battery Saver, switches depending on your current battery.

Unfortunately, the Beta Program is not accepting new members at this time. Only current members of the program can access the new mode. Currently, if you want a makeshift dark mode, you can change your chat wallpaper to a dark image.

Given the timeliness of the beta update, a public release will likely roll out in the near future.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp may soon get disappearing messages

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5 best makeup filters on Instagram Stories

Nothing like the convenience of virtual makeup!

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Since time immemorial, apps and smartphones’ built-in beauty modes have allowed us to apply airbrushing, contour, lipstick, blush, and eyeshadow without lifting a makeup brush. But there’s nothing like the convenience of the virtual makeup we get through filters on our favorite social media apps.

Here we’ve rounded up the best makeup filters you should save on Instagram Stories. Apologies for the barrage of selfies you’re about to see!

Francesca

If, like me, your go-to everyday look is the winged eyeliner then Francesca is filter you need to save on your Stories. It’s best used when you haven’t drawn anything on your lids yet as it might be difficult to match your wingtip with the filter’s.

Try the Francesca effect here.

Eyelashes

If you’re the type who can’t leave the house without mascara, Eyelashes is the one you need to save. It won’t curl your lashes in real life, but any selfie you post from here on out will look like you made the effort to look nice even when you just got out of bed. There are 3 different styles of lashes because one size does not fit all looks!

Try the Eyelashes effect here.

Natural

Want to look fresh at 5pm even without retouching? As its name suggests, Natural will remove blemishes and blot oil from your face and the resulting selfie will still look as natural as possible. It also adds a little bit of tint to your lips without going overboard.

Try the Natural effect here.

Glitter Lips

Smudged lipstick after a greasy meal is a problem we all deal with. Get that selfie on point even without a trip to the powder room with Glitter Lips. Choose from 7 different glossy shades — there’s nude, pink, even gold!

Try the Glitter Lips effect here.

+2 Vintage*Blush II

This filter adds freckles and blush to your cheeks, and smoothens your skin out. But +2 Vintage*Blush II isn’t just a makeup filter — it also changes the mood of your entire photo to something warmer. You get a total of 4 different looks, with two adding noise to the entire image for more of that vintage feel.

Try the +2 Vintage*Blush II effect here.

We all get by with a little help from friends and technology. As with anything, use makeup filters in moderation and with the best of intentions.

Do you use makeup filters on Instagram Stories? Let us know what your favorite is in the comments below.

SEE ALSO: PSA: Snapchat dysmorphia is real

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