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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 rolls out Dark mode to G Suite apps on Android

A feature meant for Android Q

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With Android Q‘s release already on the horizon, Google has started making changes to its core apps to support it. One of its anticipated features is the system-wide Dark Theme. Thankfully, even Google’s first-party apps will have their own Dark mode.

In a blog post, Google announced the rollout of Dark mode for two of its Android apps: Calendar and Keep. Basically, the brightly made Calendar and Keep apps will now be friendlier to use in dim environments with less strain to the eyes.


To activate the Dark mode for Google Calendar, just head over to Settings > General > Theme, and select Dark mode. On Google Keep, simply go to the app’s Settings menu and select Enable Dark Mode.

Dark mode for Calendar is only supported on devices running Android 7 Nougat and higher, while Keep’s Dark mode will work on older phones running Android 5 Lollipop and newer.

Those who have Android Q Beta with Dark Theme activated will have Dark mode for both Calendar and Keep apps turned on by default.

The update will be rolled out to compatible Android devices over the course of 15 days, according to Google.

SEE ALSO: Latest Android Q Beta is now available on Pixel phones and 15 other devices

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World through augmented reality

A new way to experience Lady Liberty on your iPhone

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The quintessential American landmark, the Statue of Liberty is a shining beacon that enlightens the world. Despite today’s polarizing times, she has become a true symbol of liberty throughout the years, not just for Americans but for citizens of the world.

Today on the same island where she is perched, the new Statue of Liberty Museum opens its doors to the millions of tourists that come to see her each year. But in recognition that not everyone can visit, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is also unveiling an AR app for your iPhone. Anyone, anywhere, can experience the statue’s grandeur.


A grand view of Libertas’ torch

On her right, the Statue of Liberty holds up a torch which symbolizes enlightenment and the path to liberty. Though visitors could originally climb up and experience the statue from the torch, it has been closed off to the public since 1916. The Statue of Liberty app will allow us to once again enjoy the breathtaking cityscape from this vantage point from sunrise to sunset.

The makings of the statue

Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi with the framework by Gustave Eiffel, the Statue of Liberty is an engineering marvel. 125 tons of steel and 31 tons of copper comprise the statue which used to glisten like a penny. The current patina green coating comes from copper oxidizing.

See everything with your own eyes via the Statue of Liberty AR app: how the color changed, how the insides were built, and even a life-sized model for scale.

A look throughout the years

Strategically built at the “gateway to America”, the Statue of Liberty has born witness to a significant chunk of New York’s history. On the app you can look through her eyes in an almost 180-degree field of view and watch the changing of the times from 1886 to the present day. Watch the Manhattan skyline rise and fall including that poignant moment from 2001. It’s all there, 200 years of change and progression from the viewpoint of Lady Liberty.

The hows and the whys

The creation of the Statue of Liberty was no easy feat. A private venture that maximized crowdfunding efforts not just from the elite, the statue is truly an icon that each American can call their own. Exclusive content on the app tells us the story in detail and narrates the journey from inception, to France, and finally to America.

If you can, you should also check out the 3-part short film at the new museum’s Immersive Theater. One will surely walk away with a better appreciation for Lady Liberty and all she stands for.

Raising the Torch, a limited-series podcast narrated by Diane von Furstenberg, is also now available for your listening pleasure. The saga tells the Statue of Liberty’s history, continuing story, and evolving significance.

You can download the app on the App Store here.

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