Here are five paid iOS apps that are free for a limited time

March 16, 2017
Even if an iOS app normally costs an arm and a leg, you never know when it might end up free for a limited time, like the rest of the apps on this morning’s list. And when we say “free for a limited time,” it means that if you see something that you like, you better grab it now before it is too late. To check out which paid apps are being offered for free, simply click on the slideshow below.

With each of the apps listed, we include a link to the App Store listing, an image pertaining to the app, and a brief summary. This time around, we have five apps for your perusal. So what are you waiting …

Google’s JPEG encoder reduces image size by 35%, could help you save mobile data in the future

March 16, 2017

Google’s new open source image compression algorithm is capable of reducing the size of JPEG files by 35 percent, without compromising image quality too much, and the results it produces are compatible with all web browsers and image editing software.

Called Guetzli, which is apparently Swiss German for cookie, the new JPEG encoder does its magic during the so-called quantization stage of image compression, which is when the encoder tries to strike a balance between removing detail to keep size down, without obliterating the source image.

Guetzli uses what …

AMD announces Ryzen 5 lineup of desktop processors

March 16, 2017

Following the launch of Ryzen 7, AMD has announced the second tier of its desktop CPU lineup, the Ryzen 5. Unlike the Ryzen 7, which targets the high-end of desktop computing, the Ryzen 5 is aimed at the mid-range and will compete with the more affordable Intel Core i5 series.

The current lineup includes four SKUs, starting with Ryzen 5 1600X at the top, followed by Ryzen 5 1600, Ryzen 5 1500X, and then the Ryzen 5 1400 at the very bottom.

The Ryzen 5 1600X is a 6-core part with 12 threads, 3.6GHz base clock speed and 4.0GHz boost clock speed and 100MHz XFR boost with certain…

Swatch wants to hit Apple and Google wearables where it hurts the most with a new OS and smartwatch

March 16, 2017

Swatch, Switzerland’s largest timepiece maker, has great ambitions for the wearables market. The manufacturer is developing its very own operating system which will be first seen in a brand new smartwatch that is set to hit the shelves at the end of 2018.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Swatch CEO Nick Hayek revealed that the new timepiece will be a member of the Tissot brand which is a subsidiary of the corporation. By “thinking small”, Swatch will aim to beat Apple Watch and Android Wear devices in an area where they are currently lagging – battery life. According to …

The Kuke iPhone 7 battery case could be a smarter choice than Apple’s bulging monstrosity

March 16, 2017

Remember Apple’s own iPhone battery case? You probably don’t want to. That one was a winner in off-putting aesthetics. It’s the sole modern-era Apple product that nobody of note ever copied, which speaks volumes. So what do you do if you want an iPhone 7 battery case that’s not an utter eyesore? Usually, one gets whatever Mophie has in store, but other interesting alternatives to Mo’s generally solid products do show up from time to time.

The Kuke, for example, looks quite promising – it’s a sturdy case that packs a 2400mAh backup battery and a microSD slot for up to 256GB of additional …

Huawei P10 Lite

March 16, 2017
The P10 Lite is a compact device that comes with Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.1 on board. It looks slightly different than the P10 and P10 Plus, as the phone lack a Home button and the fingerprint sensor is positioned on the back side. Hardware-wise, the phone is powered by a Kirin 658 processor, coupled with 4GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.

The Huawei P10 Lite is finally official, three weeks after pre-orders started

March 16, 2017

We have been expecting this one for a while: today, Huawei has made the P10 Lite, the third and final sibling in the P10 line, official. This comes more than three weeks after we first heard of the device’s existence from a Dutch retailer’s pre-order page, which was soon followed by other European retailers.

Despite its insistence on neglecting the device, however, today Huawei has officially acknowledged its existence by announcing its availability in the UK. Pre-orders in the UK have also started as of today, though, just like its bigger siblings, …

Update to Moto G5 Plus improves the audio recorded while capturing video

March 16, 2017
The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were unveiled last month in Barcelona, and launched earlier this month. The Moto G5 Plus has just received a software update in Brazil to fix an issue that was limiting the audio quality captured by the device during video recording. Not only does this update improve the audio, it also makes the Moto G5 Plus more stable and exterminates bugs as well.

The new software version is NPN25.137-33, and it weighs in at 280.7MB. Once the notification arrives, users should make sure that they are connected to a Wi-Fi network before starting the updating process. In addition, …

Go Fish – Fishing Games for Android

March 16, 2017

There are several fishing games in the app store. Some are first-person fishing games, while others are third-person fishing games. Check out the features and the best/worst part of each game. Ace Fishing Wild Catch This is a fishing game that features a fishing boat, a fishing pole, and open waters. The player’s view is of the ocean and fishing rod. It’s similar to a first-person-shooter, but you are stationary. There’s a cast and reel button that throws the fishing line into the water. After a fish bites it, reel it in. Features:  Cast and reel button Reel line indicator(tightness) Fishing Store with a selection of fishing rods and accessories Tutorial and Skill Practice Room Friend requests through HIVE Cool Fish Tank home page wallpaper/tank – several are available Chat messaging, inbox Quests, Achievements, Milestones Fish List – list of each fish at each beach to catch What’s good about this game? Graphics and fish tanks What’s wrong with this game? Yanking mechanic and fight with fish to reel it…

This is an original post from Go Fish – Fishing Games for Android at App Review Central by Vasanth Simon

Would you sacrifice Quad HD display resolution on flagships for better battery life?

March 16, 2017

It’s a sad fact of life, but flagship phones have much worse battery endurance than their midrange counterparts with a similar battery size, and the bright Quad HD resolution displays they sport seem to be the culprit. The marriage of a decent battery capacity, and a 1080p display seem to be the winning tradeoff in battery endurance and pixel density these days (well, save for the OnePlus 3T), since the Quad HD flagships are all clustered in the 6-9 hours range of screen-on time in our proprietary script. That goes for the new LG G6, for last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and for …