Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Specifications Leaked; New Titanium Gray Colour Expected

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Specifications Leaked; New Titanium Gray Colour Expected

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are set to launch at the Galaxy Unpacked event, just ahead of Mobile World Congress 2018, in Barcelona. We have had our fair share of leaks, renders, and rumours to get an almost certain picture around Samsung’s upcoming flagship phones. However, we are still a few days away from the Galaxy S9 launch event, and reports around the two phones haven’t stopped yet. Fresh renders of the Galaxy S9 series have revealed colour options, and a separate leak has outed specifications of the upcoming range.

Starting off with renders of a new colour variant, reputed tipster Evan Blass took to Twitter to showcasea new Titanium Gray variant expected to launch with the Galaxy S9 range. Blass has previously leaked renders of the smartphones in Lilac Purple and Coral Blue hues.

Additionally, a report by WinFuture.de claims to have access to all specifications expected on the two smartphones. The report mentions that the Titanium Gray colour option may not launch in European markets. It says the bigger model will have the dual camera setup, but the smaller sibling will feature a single sensor with variable aperture so buyers will be able to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4. Apart from that, the two Galaxy S9 phones will also get slow-motion video recording of up to 960fps. Both cameras feature OIS and a combination of laser and Dual Pixel autofocus. Additionally, the selfie camera will have an 8-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture.

This report also talks about the stereo speakers, with surround sound, that will be fine tuned by Samsung-owned audio brand AKG. Talking about the displays, the Galaxy S9 is reported to sport a 5.8-inch display, while the Galaxy S9+ is expected to retain the 6.2-inch display; both with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. 3D emojis, inspired by Apple’s Animoji, also seem to be part of the package.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to get a maximum of 4GB RAM, and the Galaxy S9+ will get 6GB RAM in the top variant. Both variants will be launched in single SIM and dual SIM options. Separately, the Galaxy S9 might get a 3000mAh battery, while capacity on the Galaxy S9+ is expected to be 3500mAh.

Talking about the processor specifications, the report suggests the Galaxy S9 duo will get the latest Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC that is based on the 10nm process, and features four cores clocked at 1.9GHz, and four cores clocked at 2.9GHz. The phones will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC in US and China. The European variant of the phones is expected to come with 64GB inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). And, lastly, the phones will run Samsung Experience 9.0 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo, and feature IP68 certification for water- and dust-resistance. Iris scanner, facial recognition, and fingerprint sensor will be part of the package too.

As for the availability, the report says the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be up for pre-orders from the date of unveiling, i.e, February 25, with availability expected starting March 25.

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Samsung Galaxy S9

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Display

5.80-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2960 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 8.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

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Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9+

  • KEY SPECS
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Display

6.20-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2960 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 8.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

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Apple Marketshare in Samsung’s Home Country at Record High: Strategy Analytics

Apple Marketshare in Samsung's Home Country at Record High: Strategy Analytics

Samsung smartphones maintained their dominant market status late last year as Apple iPhones expanded their presence in South Korea, an industry report said on Monday.

According to the report by industry tracker Strategy Analytics, the South Korean tech giant shipped 24 million units in the local market during the fourth quarter of 2017, reports Yonhap news agency.

The figure accounts for 46 percent of combined shipments that is nine percentage points down from the same period a year earlier, the report said.

Apple, meanwhile, sold 15 million units of its iPhones in the same quarter, with its market share reaching a record high 28.3 percent.

The figure for the iPhone is 3.3 percentage points up from the same period a year earlier, Strategy Analytics said.

Samsung has been moving to maintain its market share through budget models.

In the global market, Apple shipped 77.3 million smartphones worldwide in the October-December months, overtaking Samsung Electronics, a separate report said.

Apple captured first place with 19.3 percent global market share, nudging Samsung into second place, Strategy Analytics said.

The industry tracker said there was robust demand for the iPhone X, though global iPhone volumes have been on the decline on an annual basis for five of the past eight quarters.

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BlackBerry will remove paid apps from the BlackBerry World app store on April 1st

BlackBerry Limited, the company that manages BlackBerry brand licensing and software, today began informing some app developers that it will forcibly remove paid software from the BlackBerry World app store on April 1st. BlackBerry says the marketplace will become a “free-only storefront,” and that “all purchasing mechanisms will be disabled.”

Apps can still be monetized, the company says, but payment backends must be supported by the developer and built into the app itself. Refunds for paid content will be supported until April 30th, 2018, the note confirms, and customers will retain access to paid content even after it is removed. If a developer chooses not to transition an app from paid to free, the company will remove it by March 31st.

Effectively, BlackBerry is announcing the end of BlackBerry World here, as developer Steve Troughton-Smith notes on Twitter, where he posted the notice from the company and called it the final “nail in the coffin” for BB10, BlackBerry Limited’s final custom mobile operating system before it transitioned to Android in 2015.

Back in December of last year, BlackBerry promised at least two more years of BB10 support, with BlackBerry World slated to close down officially on December 31st, 2019. When reached for comment, a BlackBerry representative pointed The Verge to a blog post from December in which the company states, “Customers who upgrade to a new KeyOne or Motion won’t miss a beat as they’ll have immediate access to the rich universe of apps in the Google Play store without compromising on either security or their desire for a physical keyboard.”

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While the Nokia Brand Flourishes, the BlackBerry Brand is Stagnating

While the Nokia Brand Flourishes, the BlackBerry Brand is Stagnating

Two of the most surprising brands entering the Android marketplace these last 2-3 years has to be BlackBerry and Nokia. Nokia used to be a stable cellular phone brand back in the day and BlackBerry cemented its position before smartphones even became mainstream. Each of these brands have been revived under two different strategies and each of them have had different levels of success.

We’ll start with the BlackBerry brand as the Priv hit the market before an HMD Global smartphone under the Nokia brand name went up for sale. At the time, BlackBerry was still focusing on BlackBerry 10 and most Android smartphones used a virtual keyboard rather than a physical one that BlackBerry is known for. The company launched the Priv as their first Android smartphone, and it seems like sales were good enough to justify further efforts.

BlackBerry ended up licensing out its brand name to TCL (and other companies) for devices they wanted to sell. This ended up taking BlackBerry out of the smartphone hardware business so they could focus on what they were more passionate about—enterprise software. The DTEK50 and DTEK60 hardware were made by TCL while still letting BlackBerry handle the software side of things.

Nokia followed a similar but somewhat different strategy when they licensed their name out to a company called HMD Global. They have released a handful of devices since this partnership was announced and so far they have been really well received by the community. OTA updates with security patches and major version updates are even rolling out to Nokia devices before some of the bigger smartphone OEMs (such as Samsung, LG, and HTC) can get their flagships updated.

While both Nokia and BlackBerry have incredible brand-recognition, we’re seeing these two brands having different levels us success in 2017 with BlackBerry stagnating and Nokia doing rather well for themselves. Data from the IDC shows that BlackBerry was only able to sell 850,000 units during the entirety of 2017 while HMD Global managed to sell 4.4 million devices during the 4th quarter of 2017 alone.

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Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Get Low Repairability Score in iFixit Teardown

Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Get Low Repairability Score in iFixit Teardown

Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones are yet to be released by Samsung in many markets including India. However, DIY repair authority iFixit has brought a detailed teardown to reveal the internals of the South Korean giant’s latest flagship smartphones. While we already know that the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have faster processors, better cameras, AKG-tuned dual speakers for enhanced audio, and AR Emojis, among other features, the iFixit teardown assessment reveals many other features.

While there were no surprises found in the specifications department, not unusual as most Androidphones are released with detailed list of hardware components (unlike Apple devices), iFixit claimed that the internal design of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ “a welcome respite” from its recent destructive teardowns. The iFixit teardown of the two smartphones reveals that several of its components are modular and can be replaced independently. It also added that replacing the batteries is technically possible, but accessing it is an “unnecessary challenge”.

As far as the Galaxy S9 is concerned, the report says that the front and back glass in the smartphone leads to double the crackability. Additionally, the strong adhesive also makes it tough to access the internals in case of repairs. Also, due to the curved screen, replacing the front glass without destroying the display is extremely difficult.

When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S9+, the iFixit teardown report says that the display and rear glass have increased the chance of breakage, which also makes repairs difficult to start. It added that in order to replace the screen, one needs to remove the glass rear panel and disassemble the entire handset while managing the tough adhesive. In conclusion, iFixit gave both the smartphones a repairability score of 4 out of 10.

iFixit also mentioned that the camera sensor arrangement in the Galaxy S9+ is “more sprawling and awkward looking” when compared to the Apple iPhone X. Adding to the optics features, the report said that the standard camera lenses use a minimum of five aperture blades to keep the aperture mostly circular throughout many f-stop adjustments. It said that the Galaxy’s aperture sports just two rotating, ring-like blades for its single adjustment.

Further, the report says, that despite the dual image sensors, the double camera on the handset is a “single unit, on a single PCB, with a single connector.” It added that the camera line appears to be called Star this time, compared to 2017’s Dream cameras. As for the relocated fingerprint sensor, iFixit says the sensor almost became a victim of the teardown as “it got ensnared in some nasty glue as we pried off the back cover.”

In terms of battery, the iFixit folks found that the 3.85 V, 3500mAh battery weighing in at 13.48Wh in the Galaxy S9+ was the same as the one found in the Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 7. Coming to biometrics, iFixit concluded that it may have been too ambitious of Samsung to “jump on Apple’s Animoji train without a hardware update to bring it up to speed.”

After every smartphone’s launch, several technology websites jump on the bandwagon of reviewing them but iFixit’s teardowns are quite popular. As the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will go on salein India on March 16, you now know what they pack on the inside just in time.

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64GB

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12-megapixel

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3000mAh

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1440×2960 pixels

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6GB

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Android 8.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3500mAh

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Intel Plays Down Report of Interest in Broadcom Acquisition

Intel Plays Down Report of Interest in Broadcom Acquisition

Microchip maker Intel Corp responded to a news report that it is considering a possible bid for Broadcom Ltd by saying that it is focused on integrating previous acquisitions, raising doubt over the idea.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Intel’s competitive concern about Broadcom’s attempt to buy mobile chip rival Qualcomm had led it to consider a range of acquisitions in response, including a bid for Broadcom.

In response to an inquiry about the Journal’s report, Intel said it does not comment on “rumours or speculation” related to mergers and acquisitions but that it is focused on its previous acquisitions.

“We have made important acquisitions over the past 30 months – including Mobileye and Altera – and our focus is on integrating those acquisitions and making them successful for our customers and shareholders,” Intel said in a statement to Reuters. Intel acquired autonomous vehicle technology firm Mobileye last year and acquired programmable chip maker Altera in late 2015.

Broadcom did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Shares of Broadcom rose 3.6 percent to $262.93 in after hours trade on Friday. Qualcomm and Intel each fell less than 1 percent, to $62.87 and $51.84, respectively.

Singapore-based Broadcom’s $117 billion bid for Qualcomm faces concerns by U.S. regulators worried about potential Chinese influence on the company and U.S. ability to influence the creation of the next generation of mobile networks, called 5G.

Qualcomm has sought assurances from Broadcom over potential antitrust issues.

Intel is mostly known for making chips that are the brains of personal computers and data centres, though it has made progress gaining smartphone manufacturing customers such as Apple.

If Broadcom buys Qualcomm, Intel would face a much bigger competitor, nearly equal to itself in market heft.

Broadcom and Qualcomm are worth close to $100 billion each and a combination would be the biggest tech deal ever. An Intel deal would be significantly bigger, since its market capitalization alone is nearly $240 billion.

The Journal reported that Intel had been considering a Broadcom bid since late last year and was working with advisers, although the newspaper said one of its sources described a bid as unlikely given the complexity of the combination.

Still, antitrust consultant Linley Gwennap said Intel likely could convince regulators to allow it to take over Broadcom, despite the size, since the companies largely make different types of microchips.

VLSI Research chief Dan Hutcheson agreed. “There’s product overlap, but it’s really inconsequential,” he said.

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Microsoft’s future of Windows is clever modes for clever hardware

Windows 10
 Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Microsoft’s big promise with Windows 10 has always been a version of Windows that will run across multiple devices. While we’ve seen Windows 10 power devices like the HoloLens, an Xbox One console, or even phone hardware, Microsoft has often created separate interfaces and software to sit on top of the underlying core of Windows. That’s meant the Xbox home screen looks different to the Xbox app on Windows 10, and that the mobile version of Windows 10 has always felt like a truly separate version of Windows. Microsoft’s future vision now involves clever modes for clever hardware.

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Windows plans tell The Verge that the software giant is developing Windows to adapt and run on a single device with many modes. We’ve seen early examples of this with Microsoft’s Continuum work for both Windows 10 tablets and phones, allowing regular laptops to transform into tablets and phones to morph into PCs. These existing modes haven’t always included the features you’d expect, nor the same user interface or software.

Microsoft is now creating a Composable Shell (C-Shell) for its own developers as well as creators of Universal Windows Apps to make use of. Windows Central first reported on C-Shell last year, and it’s essentially a more modular version of the existing Windows Shell that powers the Start menu and notification center. At the moment, Microsoft builds and maintains multiple versions of the Start menu for different devices, but the vision with C-Shell is to create a single Start menu that automatically spans across different modes and different devices.

Microsoft’s mystery Surface patent

This idea of modes is particularly relevant when you consider Microsoft’s future Surface plans. Microsoft has been widely rumored to be working on a secret Surface notepad device, with foldable dual displays. Patents have shown off hardware that looks very similar to Microsoft’s Courier concept of a digital notepad, with a clever hinge powering the two displays. The patents also show Microsoft’s potential device adapts to become more than a notepad or a tablet, and into a laptop-like form factor. Coupled with the ability to connect to a larger display, you could imagine this device, codenamed Andromeda, adapting to many different modes. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has also previously promised that Microsoft’s future “phones” won’t look like phones at all.

Microsoft’s Windows vision includes the idea of a gaming mode for playing games with an Xbox controller, a quiet mode with a desktop for productivity, and a kids mode that acts more like a tablet with a simple interface. These different modes are designed to scale across a variety of hardware, including hardware that has not yet been released yet. The idea is that this C-Shell could eventually replace the existing legacy desktop in Windows, and be the main shell across all devices. That all depends on C-Shell being truly adaptable enough, but Microsoft has codenamed this desktop effort Polaris.

Windows 10 Mobile Continuum
A Windows Phone transforming into a PC
 Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

We’ve seen some early examples of how C-Shell will influence Microsoft’s adaptable user interfaces for Windows, but we haven’t seen any new devices to really show why this project matters to Microsoft. That’s about to change in the coming months. Microsoft is planning to unveil its Surface Hub 2 in the first half of 2018, and it will be Microsoft’s first hardware to showcase C-Shell. Microsoft is also expected to unveil its mystery Andromeda Surface device this year, and it will set the stage for similar hardware from PC makers with adaptive modes.

Microsoft’s existing Surface Hub is already powered by Windows 10, running its own custom shell. The second-generation Surface Hub will give us an early look at how Microsoft further adapts Windows 10 for different screen sizes, scenarios, and hardware. The changes will be subtle at first, but Microsoft’s vision should lead to single devices that can adapt (just like Surface) to form factors and hardware that doesn’t even exist today.

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How to calibrate a monitor using Spyder5Pro and DisplayCAL

Spyder5Pro

The Spyder5 range of display calibrators are great little tools for fine-tuning monitors for a better visual experience, but the accompanying software from Datacolor isn’t the best option out there. Luckily, a fine community of developers continues to work on an open-source calibration suite called DisplayCAL (powered by ArgyllCMS), and it works with the Spyder5 range of calibrators. Here I run you through how to remove the Datacolor software and driver, install DisplayCAL and the necessary files and then get started.

  • Remove Datacolor software
  • Install DisplayCAL
  • Quick configuration

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How to remove Datacolor software

Spyder5

There’s no need to have the driver and software from Datacolor installed as we’ll be using open-source alternatives. If you haven’t installed the official Spyder5 software, you can skip this section. Should you already have it all set up, you will need to remove the suite and driver.

  1. Hit Windows + Q to bring up the search bar.
  2. Type in “add remove”.
  3. Select Add & Remove Programs.
  4. Scroll down and remove “Spyder5 software”.

Unfortunately, removing the software alone won’t get rid of everything. The driver for the calibrator will remain installed. To remove it as well, follow the following steps:

  1. Hit Windows + Q to bring up the search.
  2. Type in “device manager”.
  3. Select Device Manager.
  4. Search for the Spyder5 device listing. (It should be located under Universal Series Bus Controllers.)
  5. Right-click it and select uninstall device.

Install DisplayCAL

DisplayCAL

Now’s the time to prepare the system for calibration by installing DisplayCAL. You also need to fetch a driver for Spyder5 that works with DisplayCAL. (Don’t plug the Spyder5 in just yet!)

  1. Download and install DisplayCAL. (Choose the standalone package.)
  2. Run through the wizard and complete the installation.
  3. Launch DisplayCAL.
  4. Allow the suite to download and install the Argyll CMS color engine.
  5. Go to Tools > Instrument.DisplayCAL
  6. Choose “Install Argyll CMS instrument drivers”.
  7. Close down DisplayCAL and plug in the calibrator.

Fire up DisplayCAL, and you should now see the Spyder5 listed as an available instrument. Don’t start calibrating as you need to fetch the correction data from the official Spyder5 software.

Quick configuration

DisplayCAL

  1. Download the Spyder5Express software. (Don’t install it yet!)
  2. In DisplayCAL, go to Tools > Correction.DisplayCAL
  3. Choose “Import colorimeter corrections from other display profiling software.”
  4. Select Spyder5.
  5. Hit “Select File” and locate the Spyder5 installer.

This process should complete without a hitch. With all the steps done, you’re now ready to start the calibration process using Spyder5 and DisplayCAL.

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Ola, Uber Drivers Threaten Indefinite Strike in Key Indian Cities From Sunday

Ola, Uber Drivers Threaten Indefinite Strike in Key Indian Cities From Sunday

Drivers of cab aggregators Uber and Ola have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from the midnight of March 18.

The strike is expected to be observed in key cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune among other cities.

“Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are unable to cover their costs. They have invested Rs 5-7 lakh, and were expecting to make Rs 1.5 lakh a month but are unable to even make half of this, owing to the mismanagement by these companies,” Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena, who is organising the strike, told PTI today.

Naik further alleged that these taxi-hailing companies are giving first priority to company-owned cars rather than driver-owned vehicles, causing a slump in their business.

While taxi-hailing companies offered loan-guarantee letters to drivers through the Mudra scheme and that too without any verification, they are defaulting on repayment now as their costs are not covered, he claimed.

In Mumbai alone, there are over 45,000 cabs on these aggregators but due to the slump in business, there has been a fall of 20 percent in the number of cabs running on these platforms in the city.

“If our demands are not met, we will go on an indefinite strike,” he said, adding the drivers had approached MNS leader Raj Thackeray to intervene in the matter.

Other unions of Ola and Uber are also in support of the strike, Naik said.

“The transport department should take strict action as these taxi-hailing companies are violating permit conditions, and also encroaching on the taxi-rickshaw business. It is good they are going on strike,” Al Quadros, general secretary, Mumbai Taximen’s Union said.

While Ola declined to comment, an Uber spokesperson termed the strike call as a speculative.

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Top 10 iOS apps for 2018: These App Store downloads will supercharge your iPhone or iPad

Before the iPhone came along, no-one really thought much about applications – especially on a phone.

But Apple created its own ecosystem and before long the “app store” was thriving.

Now there are millions of them all clamouring for space on your iPhone or iPad.

Some of them are de-facto downloads, like WhatsApp, Facebook and maybe even LinkedIn. But others are rare gems that maybe fulfil only one specific purpose.

The thing is, there are new apps being produced all the time – and it can get confusing if you don’t know where to start.

Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 iOS apps that you should download right now. We’ll keep this list updated as new apps emerge, so be sure to check back regularly.

1. MyLocalPitch

Trying to organise a game of 5-a-side football can sometimes feel like herding cats, but MyLocalPitch promises to take the hassle out of booking a venue.

Billed as the ‘Airbnb of sports’, the app lets you search for and instantly book sports facilities, based on your current location or a specific postcode.

There are listings for 17 different sports – including football, tennis, netball, badminton and squash – and each can be paid for securely through the app.

An interactive map lets you explore pitches and courts in your desired location and view professional photographs before placing an online booking.

The app is well laid out and simple to use, with helpful information such as parking, opening hours and facilities – including changing rooms and floodlights.

MyLocalPitch currently only covers sports venues in London, Dublin and Manchester, but the company behind the app hopes to expand to more cities soon.

2. Shoto

It has become trendy for couples to use hashtags on social media to gather together all the photos taken by family and friends on their wedding day.

But one slip of the hand and #MegAndTomGotHitched becomes #MegAndTimGotHitched, leaving your precious pictures at the bottom of an internet black hole.

Now photo-sharing app Shoto has launched a new Weddings and Events feature, designed to make it easier for newlyweds to collect photos into one shareable album.

Guests can download Shoto before the big day, and the app’s “Album Match” feature will use artificial intelligence to automatically detect who has taken photos, and prompt them to begin sharing.

The app is also capable of pulling in photos guests have shared on social media using custom hashtags – with the user’s permission.

Shoto isn’t the only app to offer a shared wedding album feature, but its uncluttered user interface and clever AI technology make it one of the most intuitive around.

3. Bristlr

If you’re single and have a beard – or a penchant for stroking beards – then Bristlr is the dating app for you.

Bristlr allows you to find local people near you, and filter by distance, age, whether or not they have a beard.

It even has a built-in “Lothario detector”, which alerts you if an incoming message has been copied and sent to other people, to help you avoid bad matches.

Although beards may sound like a niche interest, the app has proved popular, claiming to have created more than half a million connections worldwide.

Developer John Kershaw turned heads Dragon’s Den, with all five dragons offering to invest in his business.

Bristlr has been described as “feminist-friendly”, with women reporting to have received fewer “creepy” messages than on other dating apps like Tinder.

Whether that speaks in favour of the app itself, or simply the bearded men that use it, is hard to say.

4. Mush

Having a newborn baby can be very lonely, with 60% of new mums often going through a full day without adult interaction – a situation that can sometimes lead to post-natal depression.

Described as “Tinder meets NCT group”, Mush is an app that lets mothers see other mums in a nearby radius, along with their interests, age, how many children they have, and any shared connections.

If they find someone on the app they like the look of, they can ask them to meet up immediately or organise a play date in the future.

Mums can also use the app to find and recommend child-friendly activities in their local area, and access guides on everything from potty training to non-alcoholic cocktails.

It’s still early days for Mush, having only launched in April 2016, but it already has over 40,000 users, the majority of whom are in the UK.

It’s available on iOS and Android, and has received rave reviews from mothers who have used it to build a support network for themselves.

5. Snatch

The astronomical success of Niantic’s Pokemon Go has kickstarted a trend for mobile games that project video game mechanics onto the real world.

The latest is Snatch, an augmented reality treasure hunting game that has you running around town collecting parcels that contain prizes.

Players must hold onto each parcel for six hours without it being snatched by another player before they can open it and reveal the prize.

Most of the parcels contain coins, which can be used to buy tools to defend against snatchers, but some contain real-world prizes like pizza for a year, flights to Europe, free clothing from TopShop and two-month passes to Now TV. Some “Golden Parcels” even contain cash prizes.

The game itself is a lot less slick than Pokemon Go, and of course it has nowhere near the number of players, but it’s entertaining enough and, for many, the chance to win prizes will be enough of a draw in itself.

6. Chappy

Whether you’re gay or straight, there’s no shortage of apps offering to help you find a date.

But for gay men in particular, wading through the sea of naked torsos and pornographic images on apps like Tinder and Grindr can be an intimidating prospect.Now a dating app called Chappy has launched, claiming to offer more choice for gay men looking for relationships.

Founded by Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke, who famously came out as gay on the reality TV show, Chappy users are required to show their faces in their profile pictures, and all accounts are verified through Facebook.

The app also features a sliding scale, allowing users to specify whether they are looking for “Mr Right” or “Mr Right Now”, so they are only matched with compatible men.

While Chappy trails far behind its rivals in terms of users, it offers a refreshing option for modern gay men looking for more than just a quick “hook up”.

7. Hoop

With the Christmas holidays looming, many parents will be racking their brains for fun activities to keep their kids entertained over the festive break.

Hoop is a free app which lists over 35,000 events and activities for kids nationwide each month – from baby raves and coding camps to art workshops and dance classes.

Just enter your postcode and the age of your child to bring up a list of suitable events in your area. You can browse by category, or use the app’s filters to home in on the things that matter most to you – from free activities to events that are within walking distance.

Listings are full of useful information, such as age suitability, pricing and travel times, and if tickets are required, you can book them through the app.

There’s even a forward planning feature, so you can get their whole schedule filled up in advance, with just a few taps.

8. Echo

If you have a chronic illness that requires repeat prescriptions, you probably find yourself visiting the GP and the pharmacy more often than you’d like.

But whether you suffer from Asthma or Diabetes, a new app called Echo aims to make managing your medication a whole lot easier.

Founded by former LloydsPharmacy and Apple execs, Echo lets you order repeat prescriptions and get them delivered directly to your door.

All you have to do is enter the details of your GP surgery, along with the name of the medication you need (you can do this by scanning the barcode), and Echo will set you up with one of its partner pharmacies.

The app features smart reminders, which tell users when to take their meds, and warns them when they are about to run out.

All medications are dispatched via Royal Mail. Postage is free, with the exception of scheduled medication, which must be sent recorded delivery.

9. Badoo

The world’s biggest dating app has launched a new feature that lets you search for partners based on their resemblance to your favourite celebrity crush.

Whether you dream of dating David Gandy, Kendall Jenner or Justin Bieber, Badoo uses facial recognition technology to find the best matches. The only catch is they have to like you back before you can start chatting.

While the chances of finding a Nicole Scherzinger lookalike may seem slim, Badoo says it has over 350 million users on its platform, so there’s a big pool to choose from.

The app also has a strict identity verification process, which requires users to send in a selfie that is compared to their profile pictures before their profile are approved.

Badoo is less well known in the UK than dating apps like Tinder, Happn and Bumble, but it shares many of the same features – such as swipe to match, in-app chat, and the ability to see who you’ve crossed paths with in real life.

Download Badoo free here

10. Dice

Dice has already made a name for itself as one of the best ticketing apps around, allowing users to browse and buy tickets for gigs, concerts and festivals based on their location and musical tastes.

Now it has become the first to allow fans who can no longer make an event to return their tickets in exchange for a full refund.

The idea is to stop people selling their tickets on secondary ticketing websites, where they are often snapped up by speculators and sold at insane prices. Returned tickets will be offered to other music fans on the waiting list at the original price.

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