Xbox E3: Things that Delighted and Disappointed
- Bruce Lacey
- Lisa Taff
- Bruce Lacey
- Lisa Taff
- Bruce Lacey
- TikTok iOS Android TikTok is a phenomenally popular social networking app that lets you watch, create, and share short vertical videos. It’s an inexhaustible source of fun and creativity with the fastest-growing user base amongst all social networks on the market. Using TikTok, you can express yourself in front of millions. No matter what you can do, there’s an audience and a format for that. Download the app for iOS or Android and enjoy it.
Interface – 5/5
At first sight, the interface of TikTok is a bit cluttered, but soon you understand that it’s a highly convenient creative environment that lets you create high-quality content holding your smartphone with one hand. The app is designed to let you watch, record, and edit videos on the go without difficulties. It certainly takes time to understand how things work, but the learning curve isn’t too long. Besides, the users always record exciting tutorials, letting you learn something new about the capabilities all the time.
Functionality – 5/5
If you expect something like Snapchat or Instagram, you should leave these expectations and get ready for something totally fresh. When you open TikTok for the first time, you can start watching popular videos by other users right away. Millions of tiktokers submit billions of hours of video every day so you can just sit back and enjoy watching their videos one by one. If you see something exciting, just subscribe not to miss the new videos.
If you are a creative person and you want to express yourself, you will enjoy the advanced built-in video editor that’s very simple to use and lets you achieve incredible effects in no time. If your content is good enough, people will like your videos and subscribe. Keep posting, and you have a chance to become popular and even earn a living by shooting these short videos.
Security – 5/5
TikTok is a free application that lets you use most of the features for free too. It means that you can use it without linking your account to your credit cards and PayPal. Just have fun without thinking that someone can steal your personal information. Personal messages are protected by encryption, so it’s impossible for third parties to read them. You can also register using any name that comes into your head and keep your privacy in secret.
For Creative Minds
TikTok is an excellent opportunity to consume creative content on the go and find a niche for expressing your creativity as well. Here you can be anything you want and dance, play various scenarios, show your talents and skills, communicate, and just relax after a hard day at school or work. TikTok is a trendy social network with a large variety of short vertical content, and everyone can find a place for themselves in it. 4.6
- Cash App Android Cash App is a mobile application with which you can perform easy tasks and get paid for it. Also, the cash payment mobile service Cash App, developed by Square Inc., allows users to purchase bitcoin. It has reached a key stage in the development of bitcoin and has become the most popular app in the finance category in the US Google Play store, bypassing PayPal in terms of downloads.
The interface is made in a simple style and the design allows you to quickly understand all the functionality of the Cash App. When registering, you will see all the tasks that you need to complete to make money on the main menu. Each task is immediately indicated by price and requirements. Even if you have never used such apps, you don't need much time to learn this.
Sound & Notifications 7/10
Each time you complete tasks, you receive sound notifications on your phone. It is very convenient to control your earned money. There is no sound in the application so as not to distract you from completing tasks. Some tasks have sounds, for example, when watching a video or checking some kind of service.
Set of Functions 8/10
In the Cash App, you can add your credit or debit card and send the money to your friend by pressing the button. It accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. You can also send money directly from your bank account, but you will have to pay an additional fee of 1%. You can protect your data with a password or with the TouchID of your phone. If you're new to the Cash App, make sure you use the code from another user when you sign up to get a $ 5 discount voucher when you make your first transfer.
Cash App expanded to support Bitcoin trading. It allows you to request and transfer money to another money account through their application or by email. Then, users can withdraw money with a Visa debit card at ATMs or transfer it to any account at a local bank.
To earn money, you need to follow the instructions set in each task. Usually, you have to check a specific product or service, take pictures, and answer some questions. For each task, you can earn loans in the amount of up to 10 US dollars, and as soon as you have enough loans, you can redeem them for real money. You can do this at any time, there are no difficult missions, and best of all it is a simple, fast, and interesting way to make money. No gift cards or discounts, you pay in cash on your PayPal account.
Cash App allows you to earn real money by completing simple tasks using the app – checking displays, taking photos, giving opinions, testing services, free trials. Everything is easy and convenient with this app. It's quick and easy, get Cash App, and check for available missions.
- Snapchat iOS Android Introduction
Snapchat is a pretty popular social platform where you can exchange photos and videos with your friends and send texts. If you haven’t used it before you’re not alone since I downloaded Snapchat only a couple of days ago =)
The interface is quite complicated as well as the app itself. There is a chat pane, a story pane, the camera, the settings, and so on. Actually, there are a lot of options that may seem confusing at first but then you just get used to it.
There are several ways to add a friend in Snapchat: you can find a person knowing their username, add someone from your phone’s contact list, and even see people nearby who want to become Snapchat friends.
In Snapchat, you can take photos and videos and add text, stickers, or lenses to make them funny and cool. After your friend views it and exits the snap, photos and videos will disappear. However, you can buy replays of snaps that are available via in-app transactions.
This feature may look cautious since no one will see your photo after it’s gone. On the other hand, users can easily make a screenshot, take a picture of their phone’s screen or even save your messages, photos, and videos with third-party programs. So, nothing on the Internet disappears forever, and that is the reason to be discreet.
To increase your safety on Snapchat, take some time to explore privacy settings and make sure they align with your own comfort level. For example, you can choose people who can view your content and location as well as the users who can send you messages, photos, and videos, and so on.
Via Snapchat, you also can make a story that other users can view and review for 24 hours.
If your friend is online you can make a voice or a video call using various effects. You also can create a group chat.
Performance and User Experience: 6/10
I guess the app is made for young people who want to stay in touch with their friends and share bright or funny moments of their life. There are a lot of stickers and lenses, and there’re new ones coming with almost every update. So, Snapchat is a nice and creative way to communicate and express oneself.
On the other hand, I would recommend users to carefully choose what details of your life to share so that no one could take advantage of your openness.
Devices Compatibility: 7/10
Snapchat is compatible only with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. You can download the app if you have iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or any Android-based device. One can’t use the app on a desktop or a laptop computer, but I don’t think it’s necessary since we’re so used to have our smartphones on hand pretty much all the time.
Snapchat is a creative social platform where you can view your friends’ stories and share your own ones. At the same time, this app causes a lot of anxiety since it’s pretty popular among teenagers whose parents worry about privacy and sending inappropriate content through Snapchat. One of my friends who is a mother of a 13-years-old boy had a meaningful talk with him about what you can and cannot send through Snapchat and how to interact with people when using the app. I believe that we as adults should teach teens how to use apps like Snapchat wisely, and should do that in a calm and meaningful way. 3.5
- Fortnite iOS Fortnite is a phenomenally popular third-person battle royale shooter by Epic Games. The game was initially published in 2017 and gained worldwide popularity in just a few months. Today, you can play immersive, dynamic battles with over 250 million other live players from all over the world on all major gaming platforms, including PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. The game is free to play on all platforms. You can buy battle passes only if you want to.
Graphics – 5/5
Although some players don’t like the funky style of the game, I can’t deny that the game looks great even despite the cartoony design of characters and objects. The visual part of the title is powered by the proprietary engine of the developer, Unreal Engine 4, which is one of the most advanced kits on the market so far.
Of course, the best quality is available only to the owners of powerful high-end PCs, but Switch and mobile gameplay look really good compared to other handheld installments in the battle royale genre. Moreover, the game graphics have been drastically reworked after the launch of Chapter 2, so it looks much better than in 2017.
Controls – 5/5
The control scheme of Fortnite was developed to let you enjoy pure TPS gameplay on high match speeds. You can set the highest sensitivity that you can deal with and smash other pros in the multiplayer without problems. Still, you have to ensure that you have the best Internet connection quality to get the most out of your system and apply your skills to the full.
Game Plot – 5/5
There’s no traditional plot in the game. Instead, the developers publish a new season every two months to brighten up gameplay and add something new to the narrative of the multiplayer Fortnite island.
The gameplay core always remains the same and awesome, though. When you enter the game, you can create a unique character in the advanced editor and join the game right away. The system will automatically adapt the level of difficulty to your current experience level and collide you with 99 other players who have the same level as you.
Your mission is to eliminate as many opponents as possible and manage to survive until the end of the round. The only way to do it is to shoot everyone who tries to stop you! All 100 players have the same purpose, so every match is incredibly hot and challenging!
Worth a Repay? – 5/5
Replayability could be a good second title for this game. You are allowed to play an unlimited number of rounds every day and progress at your own pace. No matter when and on what device you want to join a match, the system will let you in very fast.
Battle Royale at Its Best
After 3 years of resounding success on the market, Fortnite is still growing and becomes better with every new season. You can join the game anytime and enjoy the most dynamic TPS gameplay of all time on any of your devices. 4.6
- Amazon Alexa iOS Android Amazon Alexa is the ultimate assistant app for all of your smart devices. Control any supported device with nothing but your voice to play music, manage locks and thermostats, or make a call remotely. This app offers you a lot of customization options, and the more you use it, the more it adapts to your voice and habits.
Amazon Alexa is designed to let you control different devices, including smart speakers like Echo Dot, smart locks and lights, and many other gadgets. With this app, all of them can be voice-operated, so it’s possible to listen to your favorite music or manage playlists, edit to-do lists and schedule meetings, set room temperature or lock doors remotely – and you don’t even have to touch your phone. The app gets even more and more reliable over time as it adapts to your voice.
Moreover, Amazon Alexa learns your vocabulary and remembers personal preferences to provide more relevant recommendations and filter search results more effectively, allowing you to use it as a personal assistant. The app saves your progress through playlists and books, so you can always pick them up any time – exactly where you left off. You can also ask Alexa to remind you of recently accessed books and tracks, so you can play a good song once again.
Amazon Alexa allows you to connect to popular music services like Amazon Music, Pandora or Spotify almost instantly, so your favorite music is always just a couple of taps away.
However, there’s much more to Amazon Alexa than just music: you can use the app and suitable smart speakers to automate many chores around your house. You can make Alexa feed your pets, set timers or alarms, and so on. These options may be a bit more difficult to access and learn, but the learning curve is still pretty mild, and you get introduced to new functions slowly. That means the app can be used by both kids and adults especially since there are parental control options, too.
But you don’t have to become limited by your house: this app allows you to call or message any device that’s supported by Amazon Alexa, and you can always take a speaker with you. There is a feature that allows you to connect to any Echo Dot device instantly or gather entire groups of speakers to create an intricate sound system.
Do we recommend this app?
One of the most popular virtual assistants, Amazon Alexa allows you to control your life effectively by using your voice or tapping a few buttons. However, it’s much more useful if you combine the app with the Echo Dot speaker or similar device. 3.2
- Netflix Android Netflix is a streaming platform that has become astoundingly popular over the last few years. The service lets you view hundreds of high-quality original titles by Netflix studios from all over the world on a large variety of platforms. It's home to such excellent franchises as Stranger Things, Peaky Blinders, Narcos, and dozens more. You can start binging with a free trial on a variety of devices.
Tap & Watch – 5/5
The service has a large library, which is just impossible to scroll through without good assistance. Fortunately, the interface of the app (independently from the device you use) is intuitive and very assistive. All the shows are divided into various categories, making it easier for you to find something to watch in just a few minutes. Besides, the smart menu learns your choices and always tries to offer you something that you may like.
Original Excellence – 5/5
If you think that watching only original shows can be dull, you're mistaken. Netflix has proven that making hundreds of original shows under one brand can be a good idea. The library is full of top-chart shows in various categories, including Kids TV, criminal dramas, comedy, anime, thrillers, action movies, documentaries, soaps, and many other types. Another great feature is the ability to entire binge seasons without the need to wait for new episodes. This rule works for the majority of titles, so imagine how you can spend your next weekend!
Quick Satisfaction – 5/5
Unlike other streaming services, Netflix lets you plan your day and watch as many episodes as you want. Besides, it costs relatively cheap and lets you download episodes onto your device without any extra costs. Regional limitations cause the only inconvenience. If you want to watch episodes (even downloaded), if you're traveling abroad, you have to use VPN to tell the app that you're still in your country.
Everywhere – 5/5
You can install the app not only on Android and iOS smartphones, but also on a variety of other platforms, including Smart TV, Roku, Chromecast devices, Amazon Fire TV, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and many more.
Netflix is one of the best choices when it comes to streaming TV shows and documentaries. The app makes the process highly convenient independently from the device you are using and lets you binge entire seasons as soon as the first episode comes out. 4.5
- ROBLOX Android iOS Roblox is a game client that allows you to play many games on your phone. Roblox is very popular among the children. They can play with each other, finish levels, create their own maps. Roblox allows you to do anything you wish. There are many game modes so it will take some time to play them. You can play in the open world, drive cars, fly on helicopters, rob bankes. Or just play casual levels, for example, racing or puzzles. You can download Roblox on Android, iOS, Xbox One, Windows, Fire OS, and Mac OS platforms.
What is Roblox?
Roblox is a game client. You have to download it and after that you can choose a game mode to play. For example, you can play a Zombie mode where players should kill zombies or hide from them. You can enter a shooter level, where many players compete with each other. Each of these modes has its unique maps that were created by players. There are more game modes. For example, if you do not like shooting, you can race on cars, helicopter, airplanes. You can also play a Jailbreak mode, be a superhero and fight with other players, and so on. There are hundreds of game modes with thousands unique maps. And of course you can create your own maps. Just show your creativity!
The graphics in Roblox are cartoon-like. Many people may not like it. The game is old, it was released more than 10 years ago. But it is still interesting to play. The graphics are not blurred. Some objects are clearly visible. We should also mention the lighting effects. Despite the fact that the game is old, the lighting effects look pretty realistic. All in all, you will get used to graphics.
Is it safe to play Roblox?
The Roblox client is safe and there are no viruses in it. Players can also communicate with each other with the help of the chat. But in order to make the game safe for children, developers added a special chat filter. With its help people will not be able to use strong language. It is safe to play Roblox because people cannot insult each other in chat. In addition, you can contact with moderators and tell them about the bad behavior of a certain player or just report on some problem.
We recommend you to play Roblox especially if you want to kill some time with friends. The game is free, but it requires Internet connection. You can play many game modes here or create your own. In addition, developers do their best to create a friendly community. You can report on various bugs or toxic players to moderators. Roblox uses a cartoon-like graphics, so some people may not like this. All in all, Roblox is worth your attention in case you do not have any game to play. 4.5
- ZOOM Cloud Meetings iOS Android ZOOM Cloud Meetings is the app that brings the famous video conferencing service to your mobile. With it, you can participate in conferences, schedule, or start them. The app features all it takes for efficient communication. You can download ZOOM Cloud Meetings for iOS or Android and take your office with you!
Video Conference Saves the Day
In the time of social distancing, many offices go remote. ZOOM offers a platform that satisfies most requirements for that. With it, you can participate in conferences from home or other places, with your desktops, laptops, or mobile devices. You can even do it while driving, in a special safe mode that doesn’t involve looking at the screen.
The conference supports group and private chats, so you can send messages to the entire group or to a certain user. It also highlights the video of the current speaker, so the others don’t have to search for them among the tiles. The conference can be recorded to the cloud for later access. Finally, you can share your screen during your speech or share files and links in the chat. The service is compatible with cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and others. There is also an advanced notification system that won’t let you miss any important event unless you set your status as unavailable.
Free users can hold conferences for up to 100 users, up to 40 minutes long. Private 1:1 meetings can last as long as you wish. If you want more, you’ll need a subscription to hold such a conference; other users don’t have to pay. They don’t even have to use a smartphone: ZOOM is available through H.323/SIP room systems and regular telephones. So it is highly optimized for business use; nevertheless, it’s just as good for family or friendly parties.
Is ZOOM Trustworthy?
The recent scandals concerning privacy and security seriously undermined the service’s reputation. After that, ZOOM changed its policy, reduced features meant for the bosses to control employees, introduced end-to-end encryption even on free plans. Still, the fact that these scandals could ever take place is a dealbreaker for many switchers choosing other platforms.
Nevertheless, if we trust the company’s claims, ZOOM appears quite a solid option for business communication. It offers even more now for the price, and video/audio quality remains high.
Do we recommend ZOOM Cloud Meetings?
There may be safer solutions, and there may be apps that everyone already has. But if you want to speak to large groups of people on video, ZOOM is quite a good solution for an affordable price. Unless you’re too concerned with the aforementioned security issues, you just need to download ZOOM Cloud Meetings for active collaboration with your team.
- Telegram iOS Android Introduction
Telegram is one of the worldwide known messengers competing with such market segment giants as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber and Skype. The app had a tough way to its popularity since 2013, when it was released. Let’s review Telegram in detail.
Interface – 9 out of 10
The interface is clean and neat, I felt ‘at home’ right away after installation. The background is created in soft basic colors: grey and white. The main interface color is dark blue, which is very pleasant to the eye. The menu is well-thought-out: it seems that app developers did their best by providing a seamless and intuitive user experience, so any user can find whatever they want is seconds. The app has obvious signs of sent and read messages (single or double-check marks), easy search by chats, saved messages and options, emoticons, and stickers. I would give it 9 instead of 10 for no interface customization.
Features – 9 out of 10
Like other tools for online communication, the basic features of Telegram are chatting, group chatting, calls, and media content exchange. Uncommon things about this messenger are:
Cross-platform support – the app is available not only for all Android and iOS devices but you can run the full-fledged app version from your desktop or web browsers. Telegram is a cloud-based app.
Opportunity to send all file types – I can send whatever I want up to 1.5 Gb and the app won’t hang.
Telegram bots – third-party services providing access to additional functions, entertainment, and information, for example, Wikipedia Voice bot.
Telegram channels – third-party broadcast services, where you can find everything: from daily recipes to thematic jokes.
Supergroup chats – allowing 20,000 members and providing enhanced functionality.
Opportunity to chat without showing your number – just with the username.
Custom notification for every single chat.
Increased security – the data is seriously encrypted.
As you can see, there are plenty of outstanding functions, however, I would appreciate having some nice features from Snapchat here. Finally, there is no limit to perfection – therefore 9/10.
Performance and user experience – 10 out of 10
As I have mentioned above, user experience is flawless: everything about design, functionality and neat displaying of options create fast and effective user interaction with Telegram. Its performance is stable and reliable, regardless of the device, you install it on iPhone, iPad, Android mobile, Windows, Linux and so on. The latest version released is available on app stores with a detailed description of improvements and fixes. It NEVER crushed at my device. Due to the cloud storage, you have instant access to all recent messages without annoying seconds of loading. There is hardly anyone who deleted this app due to mediocre performance – so 10 out of 10.
Devices Compatibility – 10 out of 10
The list of platforms and devices supporting Telegram is impressive: it works on all relevant including almost all iOS and Android devices, and other popular platforms that altogether cover 99% of the market. Before installing APK, make sure your device is supported - you can check it out on Google Play and App Store.
Telegram developers claim it to be the flagship app opening the ‘new era of messaging’, while users say it is more than an app, it is an independent communication platform, building new opportunities for individuals and businesses. Today this messenger is considered the most secure messenger available for free download and supported by all popular platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone and other.) It has been installed from 100 to 500 million times and got thousands of excellent reviews from users. 4.3
- Pinterest Android iOS Pinterest is a great Android and iOS app to design and color your life. Get new inspiration every day and find out more about home, make-up, street style, interior design, and recipes. Unlike other social media, it focuses on visual images rather than on blogs, messages, news or music. It’s a new way to discover the visual world. The mobile app looks like its website.
Both iTunes and Google Play apps are simple to download on your smartphone or tablet PC. The app has been translated into different languages. As soon as you get an invitation from Pinterest and log in, you will see the main dashboard. Upon signing up, you’ll be able to install a bookmark button to pin pictures found on the Web. Start browsing through pins, add your own ones and manage your settings. You can view popular images, pictures you looked thought by clicking “History” or random pictures by clicking “Everything”. Search for people, boards, or pins. On your profile, you’ll find followers and those you are following. Add your profile photo, location and contact information on your profile.
Choose your interests and see the content you determined. To avoid irrelevant information, just press “Not relevant” or “I don’t like the recommendations” box. You can also make subcategories. For example, you can create a board called Paris and Nice in the category France. If you haven’t any ideas, explore images that other users uploaded. Everything you save becomes searchable. Users can also post comments on photos they have picked.
App key features:
Great source for the new ideas and inspiration. Find a new hobby, recipe, style or handicraft.
Save your ideas and divide them into topics and share them with friends.
Search pictures by category, keyword or using your camera: point the camera at the object you are interested in and Pinterest will find similar pictures.
Performance and User Experience
The latest version of Pinterest works fast although some users complain about its freezing on Windows and force close after looking through 10 or more pins. They also complain about countless ads, useless notifications, and auto-update feature. Some people notice that uploading pins from a mobile phone takes too long. However, users like Pinterest for organizing thoughts, idea boards, tasty recipes and style ideas. They use content for work, home, and hobbies.
Twitter app is compatible with the most modern devices working on iOS (iOS 9.0 or later, available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch), Windows and Android.
Pinterest is an awesome tool to fawn over your favorite topics and get creative inspiration. It showcases thing people like and admire like beautiful nature, cities, home décor, make-up, food, cars, etc. Its latest update allows users to categorize their preferable items and search for other users with similar interests. It may be less interactive than Facebook or Instagram, but here users express their opinion and passion through the visual world. 4.7