Epic Games’ Steam-Rival Store for PC Games Now Live

Epic Games' Steam-Rival Store for PC Games Now Live

The Epic Games Store is now live. Announced earlier in the week, it’s the Fortnite creator’s attempt at taking the world’s biggest PC digital storefront Steam head on. At the moment the offerings are sparse, ranging from indie fare like Supergiant Games’ Hades to Epic Games’ own titles like Unreal Tournament (for which its halted development in favour of focusing on Fortnite) and Shadow Complex. And it seems that Epic is borrowing a page out of EA’s book by making two games free each month. This is not too dissimilar to EA making select games free on its Origin store. The first two games slated to be free on the Epic Games Store are Subnautica and Super Meat Boy from December 14 to December 27 and December 28 to January 10 respectively. And yes, it has its own downloadable client called the Epic Games Launcher.

Epic is giving all developers on the Epic Games Store an 88 percent share of the revenue. A part of this is due to how well Fortnite is doing and Epic seems hellbent on sharing its good fortune.

“As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players,” said Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney in a prepared statement. “Thanks to the success of Fortnite, we now have this and are ready to share it with other developers.”

What’s more is, it will be available to “additional games and other open platforms throughout 2019.”

Safe to say, the company is referring to side loading the Epic Games Store on Android just like how Fortnite is playable on Google’s OS.

How Epic manages developer expectations will be a point of concern. With the company taking all of 12 percent, how much effort it puts into curating, discoverability, and sustaining an active user base in its first few months will be telling of its longterm strategy. It also begs the question: what if Fortnite stops being popular? Will it still offer the save revenue share? Either way, the PC games space just got a bit more interesting.


Here is your horoscope for December 9, 2018

You come to the essence of the problem as you start investigating professional and personal situations. Delay in projects, opposition from family and the inertia of your staff could cause some anxiety. Take things lightly and get on with what you have to do. Lucky number 21. Colour blue.


You can transform a breakdown into a breakthrough with your inner strength and hard work. Limitations and restrictions are no longer able to contain you as you opt for freedom and space. Don’t allow superficial friends to influence decisions or waste time. Lucky number 11. Colour yellow.


Emotional and financial security becomes important today as you make investments and commitments. Feel the expansiveness that sharing can bring. The tension of hanging on to what you think is valuable needs to be examined. Go beyond limitations and restrictions! Lucky number 4. Colour red.


Your interest is focused on financial transactions and earthy matters for now. Old habits and addictions can be dropped and new attitudes; diets and fitness programs can be inducted. Guard against a heavy and serious mindset regarding personal relationships. Lucky number 10. Colour red.


You have great energy to achieve targets and goals. You are impatient and unable to suffer fools gladly today. You make quick decisions and follow plans with dynamic energy. Don’t expect the same intensity or totality from others or you can be disappointed. Lucky number 9. Colour red.


Discussions could lead to arguments and it is best to remain balanced, as conflicts can be resolved now. Travel plans may be postponed. You have the courage to face unexpected situations or crisis. Your friends and family stand by you when you need them. Lucky number 16. Colour red.


Things fall into place; you are in the flow and the natural rhythm of life returns today! Inner conflicts are resolved as you list priorities and chose the right options. Balance should be maintained in all areas of life to get past blocks and reactions. Lucky number 4. Colour green.


When there is a mess wipe the slate clean and start all over with a fresh and unbiased mind. You need to revamp fitness and diet routines to remain healthy and active. You meet interesting people who become friends. Look at fear in the face and it drops! Lucky number 15. Colour white.


You are individualistic and can be sudden and expressive in love and anger; be aware! Your heart and soul give you insights and answers that you have been looking for intellectually. Listen to your intuition or gut feeling when decisions have to be taken. Lucky number 4. Colour orange.


It’s a time of duality when decisions have to be taken. Your intelligence and humour are scintillating and endear you to friends. Media involvement is entertaining. You tend to be sensitive and take things personally. Be silent and centered inside. Lucky number 6. Colour pastels.


Rescheduling plans may be for the better. You make breakthroughs in professional situations after considering what you give up or gain in the process. It’s best not to be unrealistic about goals. A positive attitude in relationships brings healing and love. Lucky number 12. Colour green.


Moods swing from happy to sad and then pass when you start feeling strong inside and are a force to reckon with outside. Relationships tune into a balance of love and freedom. Take one step at a time with your feet on the ground and things start changing. Lucky number 7. Colour grey.


Clutch Announces the Leading Web Design Agencies in the United States for 2018

 Clutch unveiled a list of the leading web design agencies across the United States today. These designers are experts in the latest design techniques and work closely with clients to ensure that their websites fit their unique style and business goals.

This report recognizes over 1,000 companies for their ability to deliver and commitment to client satisfaction.

“In today’s competitive digital landscape, having a unique and eye-catching design for your website is essential to stand out from the crowd,” Clutch Business Analyst DJ Fajana said. “These leaders have not only demonstrated creativity and a deep understanding of the industries they work in but also ensured that their clients are informed and happy throughout the entire design process.”

It’s free to get listed on Clutch, but only the most highly recommended companies are named as leaders in Clutch’s annual reports. These web designers have gone above and beyond to prove their industry expertise and ability to deliver.

Clutch’s research is ongoing. For a chance to be listed on Clutch’s 2019 report, apply now. It’s a free, two-step process that takes less than 20 minutes


This Is How Long It Actually Takes For A Supplement To Kick in

Ever reached for a multivitamin at the first sign of a sniffle, in the desperate hope you can ward off the dreaded flu before the full-blown symptoms hit? Yup, we’ve all been there and we know what it feels like to want results fast.

That’s why we hit up Jessica Sepel, nutritionist and founder of JSHealth Vitamins, for her expert intel as to how long it actually takes for supplements to take effect.

How long does it usually take to notice a difference after taking a supplement?

It really depends on what’s in the supplement. If you’re lacking in minerals and nutrients, it can take a few days for supplements to kick in. From personal and clinical experience, iodine can work within days. It’s a great source of energy production because of its ability to enhance the thyroid and metabolism, which drives energy. Many people are so iodine deficient that when they start supplementing it they notice a difference in energy and mental clarity within a few days. Generally speaking, it takes around three to six weeks for noticeable changes.

Will the severity of your deficiency determine how quickly you start to feel better?

Yes, definitely. If you’re deficient, you’ll notice how much better you feel when you start supplementing with those minerals.

What about the cause of the deficiency? 

The cause of deficiency can be brought on by several factors such as diet, digestion, stress, IBS, inability to absorb nutrients, the state of your digestive function, the foods you’re eating and the soil in the country that you live in.

Does the time of day you take the supplement make a difference? 

I tell my clients to take supplements first thing in the morning with breakfast. Some supplements contain minerals that help with energy production, so it’s great to boost that at the beginning of your day.

How does the quality and dosage of the supplements come into play?

Where you source your nutrients and minerals does matter.

What foods can inhibit supplement absorption?

It’s best to avoid taking supplements 30 minutes before or after coffee. Taking this product with food is important because taking zinc on an empty stomach can make people nauseous.

What foods can help supplement absorption?

It’s definitely important to take care of your gut as having healthy microbiome helps you absorb your minerals with ease.  It’s beneficial to take a daily probiotic, practice stress reduction and increase your intake of fibre, nuts, seeds, and greens, too. I also recommend reducing your intake of gluten, refined carbohydrates and refined sugar and ensuring your stomach is acidic enough by adding lemon or apple cider vinegar to water.


3 Grape Face Masks For Wrinkle-Free Skin

3 Grape Face Masks For Wrinkle-Free Skin

Almost all of us wish to have a soft, glowing and radiant skin; however, with increasing temperature and pollution, it is getting nearly impossible to achieve the same. Other than these external factors, one cannot deny the fact that our skin tends to go through natural changes as well. As we age, our skin begins to lose its elasticity and moisture. However, in some cases, the signs of ageing like dark spots and wrinkles start to occur at an early stage. Few dietary changes can come to great help to prevent these early signs of ageing. Grapes, in particular, could prove to be beneficial for our skin and the credit goes to resveratrol that are found in good number in grapes. Resveratrol is usually found in grape skin and seeds. If you wish to have a wrinkle-free skin, then application of grape pulp on your skin may do wonders. Here’s a list of 3 grape face masks that will give you a supple and wrinkle-free skin. Read on to know more about them.

1. For Dull And Dry Skin

Strawberry And Grape Face Mask

If you have a dull and dry skin, then this face mask is apt for you. It is made using two antioxidant-rich fruits that are loaded with skin-benefiting properties – grape and strawberry. Take few strawberries and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Add it in a bowl along with few grapes. Mash both the ingredients till a pulpy mixture is attained. Now, with a help of a cosmetic brush, apply the blended mask on your face and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Once it is done, rinse off with cold water.

2. For Oily Skin

Grape And Fuller’s Earth Face Mask

This one’s for oily skin type. All you need is few black grape and Fuller’s earth (multani mitti). The very first step is to blend the grapes into a smooth paste. Transfer the paste in a bowl and add one teaspoon of multani mitti, 1 teaspoon of rose water and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in it. Mix all the ingredients and apply the mask on your face. Allow it to sit for 10-12 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water. You can repeat this procedure thrice a week for visible results.

black grapes

This face mask is for oily skin type

3. For Normal Skin

Tomato And Grape Face Mask

This face mask is a powerful combination of tomato and grapes that have the potential to fight wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. All you need is a small-sized tomato and about 8-10 grapes. Blend the two ingredients in a blender till a semi-thick mixture in attained. Now, with a help of a cosmetic brush apply the paste on your face. If you have under eye dark circles and sun spots, then apply a thick layer of the paste on them. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

So, bring these face masks to use and say bye-bye to wrinkles and fine lines! Look fabulous!


New guidelines for skin cancer diagnosis still allow for error

Editor’s note: Elmore described her own cancer-misdiagnosis experience in this video. 

The latest guidelines for the diagnosis of skin cancer provide for a more accurate diagnosis, but still allow for a great deal of error, says a study published today in the new journal JAMA Network Open.

“Providing a diagnosis on skin biopsies can be challenging. A biopsy might be interpreted differently if a second or third pathologist is asked to review the case,” said Dr. Joann Elmore, lead author. She is an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Elmore knows this firsthand. A decade ago, three pathologists reviewing Elmore’s own skin biopsy provided three different opinions, including an erroneous diagnosis of melanoma.

“There is a lot of uncertainty in medicine that is often forgotten by both health care providers and patients,” she said. “These latest findings underscore the need to inform patients that a diagnosis can be imperfect. And we need to find a better way to diagnose both harmless lesions and invasive melanoma.” Invasive melanoma kills more than 9,000 Americans a year.

The challenge is that melanoma is diagnosed by visual interpretation. Every year, millions of Americans have a suspicious mole or skin lesion biopsied and sent to a pathologist to determine whether it is a potentially deadly melanoma. The pathologist examines a slide of a thin slice of tissue and compares what is seen to published guidelines for what is cancer and what is not.

The pathologist’s interpretation is thus crucial to what happens next for the patient. If the lesion is diagnosed as benign, no treatment may be recommended. But if the pathologist says the slide suggests malignancy, the patient will typically undergo surgery and perhaps other treatments.

Pathologists are likely to agree when lesions are clear-cut – either benign or highly malignant – but they often disagree when interpreting lesions in the middle range.

Elmore and colleagues first published a paper on this challenge last summer. The American Joint Committee on Cancer has since issued new guidelines for staging of melanoma.

In the new paper, the researchers describe what happened when the old guidelines and the latest guidelines were applied to more than 4,300 individual slide interpretations examined by 187 pathologists in several states. The study found that pathologists agreed with an expert reference diagnosis on the status of 54 percent of early-stage invasive melanoma, versus 44 percent using the older guidelines. For cases diagnosed as a late stage of invasive melanoma, the pathologists agreed on 78 percent of the samples versus 72 percent under the earlier guidelines.

The study calls the improvement “modest,” but scientists are considering ways to improve diagnostic tools.

In the 2017 report, Elmore wrote, “The diagnostic variability that we found does not mean that pathologists are the problem. My appreciation of the challenges pathologists face on a daily basis attempting to classify biopsy specimens has grown exponentially. Interpreting these lesions is especially difficult and carries a lot of responsibility. Pathologists embrace this responsibility with the utmost skill and thoughtful commitment.”

Collaborators on the paper include senior author Dr. Michael Piepkorn, clinical professor of medicine, Division of Dermatology, at the UW School of Medicine.


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.


Apple Schedules Education-Focused Event for March 27

Apple Schedules Education-Focused Event for March 27

Apple has scheduled an education-focused event for March 27 at a high school in Chicago. The company has sent media invites for the event, where it says it will share “creative new ideas for teachers and children”. For now, not much is known about what Apple is expected to launch at the event, but, the change of venue to a new state and city certainly heralds something out of the ordinary.

Apart from a new generation of iPhone models expected this year, Apple in 2018 can be expected to launch new iPad and MacBook models. There have been rumours of a cheaper iPad being launched this year, and this event could very well be something related to that. After all, Apple positions its iPad tablet lineup as laptop and desktop replacements, and the launch could be a way for the company to push its tablets into the education market that is increasingly seeing adoption of low-cost laptops like Chromebooks.

The Cupertino-based company is also anticipated to launch an entry-level MacBook lineup this year – another possibility for Apple’s March 27 event. What’s also a likely scenario is the launch of new ARKit based apps and features that enable virtual excursions. The invite (shared by Engadget) clearly says “Let’s take a field trip,” which could imply the use of augmented reality to take students on virtual field trips.

As we said, not much is known about the Apple event for now, with a paucity of leaks directly pointing to such a launch. We’ll have to wait to see just what Apple has in store for us.


Top 7 Remote Access Apps For Linux

Top 7 Remote Access Apps For Linux

  • Top 7 Remote Access Apps For Linux

    These Linux remote access apps will help you run your system no matter where you’re located.
A common misconception among Linux users is that it is near impossible to remote into your Linux PC over the Internet. In truth, there are a number of remote apps available for Linux. In this article, I’ll share my most recommended remote apps for Linux.
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    NoMachine remote app for Linux

    NoMachine remote app for Linux

    Setting up and running NoMachine for Linux is a very straight forward process. Simply download it on the PCs that will be the host and the client, then follow the directions from there. Once setup, NoMachine is very reliable and has enough throughput capability to watch video over it. That’s not a typo. If your end to end Internet/network is fast enough, you can watch video from a remote computer.

    It’s also worth noting that NoMachine is considered to be enterprise grade software. This means in addition to providing outstanding remote access to your PCs, you can utilize this software in an enterprise environment knowing it’s been used successfully with businesses in the past. Despite its nature of requiring an IP and a port to connect to a remote machine, you can use dynamic DNS services to make the remote connection process over the Internet a bit easier. The only thing you must remember it to configure port forwarding on the network with the server PC. You should also be aware that SSH isn’t available in NoMachine for Linux. It’s available in NoMachine Workstation for Linux, which is a paid product.

A common misconception among Linux users is that it is near impossible to remote into your Linux PC over the Internet. In truth, there are a number of remote apps available for Linux. In this article, I’ll share my most recommended remote apps for Linux.
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    X2Go remote app for Linux

    X2Go remote app for Linux

    X2Go is similar to NoMachine in some ways. Both apps utilize NX technology for remote connections. Both apps offer fantastic quality connections over LANs and over the Internet. The key difference with X2Go is that it is open source software. Also, X2Go provides secure tunneling over SSH.

    X2Go is broken up into two methods of remote desktop access. First, it can provide you with a server/client set up that allows for Remote Desktop options. Secondly, you can use X2Go for Desktop Sharing if you want to ask someone for remote support. This is useful when offering assistance to someone from another location. Like NoMachine, you’ll want to forward the appropriate ports and setup a dynamic DNS option before trying to remote connect over the Internet.

A common misconception among Linux users is that it is near impossible to remote into your Linux PC over the Internet. In truth, there are a number of remote apps available for Linux. In this article, I’ll share my most recommended remote apps for Linux.
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    AnyDesk remote app for Linux

    AnyDesk remote app for Linux

    AnyDesk is a powerful proprietary remote app for Linux, among other platforms. It utilizes a technology called DesktRT. AnyDesk is lightweight, and it offers nearly no lag between client and server. AnyDesk is considered a freemium product. You can use the AnyDesk app to connect to a remote PC for free, or expand on this more with the paid option to gain more “seats” (slots for techs to provide support to others). AnyDesk also features custom aliases for remote PCs,admin features for maintaining remote PCs, plus other useful functionality.

    It’s worth noting that in addition to this being proprietary software, you’re connecting to your remote machines through AnyDesk’s server network. There is nothing wrong with this, but not everyone is comfortable with this sort of data routing even though it’s completely encrypted. All of this said, I personally use AnyDesk and have found it to be an outstanding set it and forget it remote app for Linux.

A common misconception among Linux users is that it is near impossible to remote into your Linux PC over the Internet. In truth, there are a number of remote apps available for Linux. In this article, I’ll share my most recommended remote apps for Linux.
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    Guacamole remote app for Linux

    Guacamole remote app for Linux

    Guacamole may seems like a strange name for a remote desktop app, but don’t let the name fool you. Guacamole is a very powerful remote control application that works across all the popular platforms. What makes Guacamole interesting is that you only need to install the server on the target machine, then access that remote box using a standard web browser. Even more impressive, the browser access works extremely well.

    Guacamole supports RDP, VNC and SSH sessions. I detest VNC as it’s dated, slow and leaves a lot to be desired. However, I like to use Guacamole for connecting to remote Windows boxes from my Linux PC. This is useful using the RDP protocol. It’s also important to note that as great as Guacamole is, the server configuration is a bit complicated for Linux newbies.

A common misconception among Linux users is that it is near impossible to remote into your Linux PC over the Internet. In truth, there are a number of remote apps available for Linux. In this article, I’ll share my most recommended remote apps for Linux.
  • Guacamole remote app for Linux

    Guacamole remote app for Linux

    Guacamole may seems like a strange name for a remote desktop app, but don’t let the name fool you. Guacamole is a very powerful remote control application that works across all the popular platforms. What makes Guacamole interesting is that you only need to install the server on the target machine, then access that remote box using a standard web browser. Even more impressive, the browser access works extremely well.

    Guacamole supports RDP, VNC and SSH sessions. I detest VNC as it’s dated, slow and leaves a lot to be desired. However, I like to use Guacamole for connecting to remote Windows boxes from my Linux PC. This is useful using the RDP protocol. It’s also important to note that as great as Guacamole is, the server configuration is a bit complicated for Linux newbies.

A common misconception among Linux users is that it is near impossible to remote into your Linux PC over the Internet. In truth, there are a number of remote apps available for Linux. In this article, I’ll share my most recommended remote apps for Linux.
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    SimpleHelp remote app for Linux

    SimpleHelp remote app for Linux

    SimpleHelp is a bit more than mere remote control software for Linux. It’s actually more of a help desk/administrator management application. That said, SimpleHelp also allows its users to access their desktops remotely, provides an interface for IT staff to manage updates and server resource management from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

    Some of the best features of this enterprise application include reconnection upon a remote system reboot (even in Windows safe mode), and no port forwarding or NAT bypassing needed. Licensing for SimpleHelp is best suited to enterprise users. However if your company is looking for a reliable remote support tool for multiple end users, this is a good option.

A common misconception among Linux users is that it is near impossible to remote into your Linux PC over the Internet. In truth, there are a number of remote apps available for Linux. In this article, I’ll share my most recommended remote apps for Linux.
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    RemoteView remote app for Linux

    RemoteView remote app for Linux

    RemoteView can not only provide you with the ability to remotely access a Linux PC, you can also use it to manage users/device groups, reinstall an OS and even configure the BIOS on a remote machine.

    RemoteView is an enterprise grade application that is best suited for tech support personal or system administrators looking for the best remote control support possible. Being able to remotely install a new Linux distro and setup the BIOS from a remote location is extremely powerful and this paid application makes this a reality.

A common misconception among Linux users is that it is near impossible to remote into your Linux PC over the Internet. In truth, there are a number of remote apps available for Linux. In this article, I’ll share my most recommended remote apps for Linux.

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.