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World Cup 2018: 4 apps to download

Keep tabs on your favorite teams!

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The 2018 World Cup is upon us and if like me, you’ve been having sleepless nights due to severe excitement, I suggest you use that time to get on your phone and download apps. Here are four of the most useful ones to keep you up to date before, during, and after the world’s biggest sporting event.

1. FIFA 

The official FIFA app has been updated to focus on the 2018 World Cup, providing exclusive content and features surrounding the month-long event. When setting up, it will ask you to choose your favorite team, notifications you want to receive, and other teams you want to track. You also get match schedules, standings, live scores, news, and analysis.

2. FOX Sports

FOX Sports won broadcasting rights in the United States this year, making it the exclusive English-language home of the 2018 World Cup. With that comes a special section on the FOX Sports app dedicated to this summer’s hottest event. You won’t run out of content to watch as the network prepared a ton of them including highlights from previous World Cups, predictions, and profiles on players. There is also a dedicated tab for replays in case you can’t catch the games live.

3. Twitter

If you haven’t yet, now is the time to download Twitter and create an account. Not only does seeing live reactions from fans add to all the action happening in the next four weeks, together with FOX Sports, Twitter is also streaming a live show hosted by Rachel Bonnetta straight from Moscow’s Red Square in Russia each match day. That’s 27 shows in total that will provide match previews, recaps, and of course Twitter reactions. Aside from #WorldCup, you can keep tabs on specific matches by using the official hashtags compiled by Twitter here.

4. Bleacher Report

Last but not the least, it may not be an official partner or have exclusive rights to any World Cup content, but Bleacher Report is my go-to for bite-sized, sharable content. Like on the FIFA app, you can select your favorite teams to get curated content, but there’s also a special feed for anything and everything World Cup. You get the epic tweets from @brfootball and other relevant accounts, links to articles, and videos not only from Bleacher Report but from other publications as well.

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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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