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Pokemon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality (AR) game. It grew to massive success at its July 2016 launch, reaching the #1 spot in app stores for both Android and iOS. The game did run in to issues early in its release due to the popularity of the app as it rolled out to more countries. The game's characters are based on the popular children TV series Pokemon. Other Pokemon games are available on Nintendo devices, like the Nintendo 3DS. The aim of Pokemon Go puts the focus on your current location. By moving around in real-time, you are able to find nearby wild Pokemon that you can then capture. Special icons on the map show areas of interest for Pokemon Go players: PokeStops and gyms. PokeStops allow you to gain items, such as potions, berries and PokeBalls. You can also get eggs that when incubated can hatch in to a Pokemon. Eggs need you to walk a certain distance to hatch, ranging from 1–10 kilometers (0.62–6.2 miles). Pokemon Gyms are not like gyms from more traditional Pokemon games. Instead, you represent one of three teams - Valor, Mystic, and Instinct - which can then own the gym. While you have a Pokemon in your team's gym, it can earn rewards to make your Pokemon stronger. Defeating an opposing team gym's leader allows you to take over that gym for your team. More features and new Pokemon are added in regular updates. Pokemon trading, player vs. player battles, and Pokemon Centers are currently in development. Niantic has not provided any specific dates on when these will be released.
Facebook started as an online directory of Harvard College students in 2004. As popularity grew, the site expanded to other colleges and Ivy League schools across the US. On September 26, 2006, Facebook allowed anyone to join the social media network. The only requirements were to have a valid email address and be at least 13 years old. Some countries, however, do not allow access to the service. Since the access was open to everyone, Facebook has grown to have 1.86 billion active users each month. It is due to this that Facebook has grown to be the third most popular website in the world, behind YouTube and Google Search. Facebook allows users to post status messages, images, video and links to friends and groups. Each piece of content you publish can be shared with one or more people. You can control who sees your updates The News Feed feature is the main staple of Facebook. This allows you to view content highlights from friends, groups and pages you follow. Algorithms determine what content shows in the feed, much to the frustration of users. Facebook later provided options to allow you to fine tune your personalized feed, by notifying what you want to see more or less of. Another popular element to Facebook is the Like button. It was extended to include several other expressive notions to content. Such options besides Like includes, but is not limited to, Love, Sad, Wow, and Haha (funny). While rumors spread often, Facebook is a free to use service. The rumors were exacerbated further when chain letter posts were shared by thousands of users. The company provides advertising services to businesses to monetize the free service. Effective targeting methods to Facebook users that are interested in the content is one such method. Other services include sending gifts, buying virtual currency for games, or the marketplace.
Bitmoji is the ultimate app to create a digital version of you called an avatar. The app is a spinoff of the original Bitstrip web and mobile app which let the user make comic strips of themselves and their friends. After the immense popularity of Bitstrip in Facebook, the developer of the app decided to refocus the product to making personalized avatars and that’s how Bitmoji was born. The Bitmoji app has been embraced not only for entertainment purpose but also for academics and branding purposes. Users can use Bitmoji to share personalized emojis in their text communication adding a new layer to the effectiveness of the conversation. The app has received a critical response since it was launched and is currently used by millions of users worldwide. The popularity of the app made Snapchat decide to purchase it from its Toronto-based developer for $100 million in March 2016. Thereafter, the app has been integrated into the Snapchat platform. In recent years, the app has continuously evolved to give users the ability to make their avatars have more resemblance to their real looks. The application has already caught the attention of many world-renowned figures in various industries including John Mayer, Victoria Beckham, and Seth Rogen to name a few. Bitmoji also provides consistent updates to keep up with current events, seasons, and celebrations. The app has helped boost the popularity of Snapchat and is pointed out as one of the leading reasons why the photo-sharing platform continues to edge its competitors. Bitmojis popularity has driven the app to be featured in Forbes, LA Times, Business Insider, and many major media entities.
Skype is an all-in-one communication app for internet telephony. It’s a feature-packed app that allows users to make voice and video calls, send text and voice messages, share images and documents, and conduct video conference calls. The Skype app started in August of 2003 when the team headed by the Swedish nationals Niklas Zennstrom and Dane Janus Friis released the first desktop version of the program. The user base of the application rose exponentially in the first two years of its release. And by September of 2005, the e-commerce giant eBay decided to purchase Skype at $2.6 billion making it one of the most successful apps ever developed. In September 2009, a Canadian investment corporation agreed to acquire 65% of Skype from eBay. This placed Skype’s enterprise market value to $2.92 billion. Microsoft then took Skype from eBay in a deal worth $8.5 billion made on May of 2011. Since then, Skype has been a flagship product of the Microsoft Corporation. The Skype mobile app is free to download although in-app purchases are available to get Skype credits. The credits could be used to avail premium features like Skype to landline calls, having local landline number attached to Skype, and unlimited call services for some countries. Skype to Skype messaging and calls are free for all users. The video conferencing feature, which is one of the reasons for Skype’s popularity, is also free for everyone. As of 2015, Skype has an average of more than 300 million active users per month. The app has also reached the 1 billion landmark in downloads.
Have you ever heard of a music that was so catchy yet you can hardly identify the title of that song? Whether the song is totally new to you or you only recognize the music by some of its lyrics or tunes, you do not have to waste your time searching the web because you can easily identify them with this brilliant app. Shazam is designed to recognize any songs that are playing in the background and it can give you the results in just one tap. Whether you are dining in a restaurant or you are in a bus and suddenly a catchy music started to play, you can use this app to easily identify the song without going through any extensive research. The mobile app absolutely works like magic but it’s actually the amazing technology behind it that makes Shazam an incredible application. Interestingly, Shazam is more than just a useful song recognition mobile app. Once the song is identified, you can actually listen to the full song and even sing along with the music as it comes with the complete lyrics. It also comes with music video that you can watch and enjoy. Your discovery will also give you additional access and information regarding to the artist who sang them. You can be updated with Shazam’s real-time charts and discover the latest and hottest music today. You can also connect Shazam with your Spotify and add the songs in your playlist. What makes it even more engaging is the fact that this app can work offline, making it extremely useful everywhere you go. Shazam is also taking their application to an all new level! Aside from the audio recognition, they are taking another great step as they introduced the visual recognition which allows users to witness amazing augmented reality in selected items. Through this app, you can tap the Camera icon and move the camera on top of any Shazam posters, magazines, books and more and be amazed of this highly innovative form of brand advertising. On top of these amazing features, you can also connect your Shazam to any of your social network accounts and share your wonderful discoveries and also to see what others are Shazaming about! A brilliant and useful app indeed.