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For many of us, our phones are an important asset in our everyday lives. They are our tool for communication, our cameras and even our alarm clocks.


Are you sure you are making the most of everything that this technology has to offer? From 360° travel tours to creating lip sync videos, we have found five great activities that you can do on your smartphone.


Ascape VR


Recent advancements in digital tech has paved the way for a variety of new Virtual Reality experiences, and you don't need expensive equipment to experience it for yourself. Ascape VR is a mobile app that allows you explore 360° travel videos and scenic tours from your own phone. Just tilt the screen to look in any direction.


Its content includes everything from tours of paradise beaches in New Zealand to footage of Disney parades in Disney Land Paris. For the most immersive experience, you can simply place your smartphone inside a VR headset. Whether you need a hand deciding on your next summer vacation or you would just like to see more of the world from the convenience of your own home, Ascape VR is an ideal app for discovering new places.


Mimo


Mimo is a new app that allows you to learn how to code from your smartphone. In a rapidly digitalising world, this is a skill that will not only help you in the job market, but will also help you to understand the technology that you use on a daily basis.


Mimo's courses give you the option of learning how to make a website, build an iOS app, become a hacker or even create your own game. Its lessons are split into interactive, bitesize pieces that make it easy to practice your coding skills any time you have a few minutes to spare.


Slots of Vegas


Why not use your spare time to take on new challenges and even win some money? Slots of Vegas is a mobile online casino with over 100 games to play. From table and slot games to video poker, Slots of Vegas has a wide variety of exciting casino games powered by a safe and secure Realtime Gaming software.


With the option to either play in your web browser or download the games directly to your phone, accessing the casino is easy. Why not play a game of 3 Card Rummy or Dragon Orb and see for yourself?


Soon: The Everyday Bucket List


If you are someone that likes to make plans to do new things and go on adventures but struggles to organise them, the Sweden-based app Soon will make a perfect addition to your mobile home screen.


The app allows you to find relevant content and categorise your to-do lists. Also, its map feature gives you the ability to find locations and add them to your travel plans. You can even invite your travel companions to collaborate and share locations with you.


This app is the perfect planning tool for helping you to complete your bucket list.


Dubsmash


Creating and editing home videos has never been easier! iOS app Dubsmash allows you to add audio clips to your own footage and lip sync popular internet sounds and videos.


Sounds include famous catchphrases from The Big Bang Theory, Mean Girls, The Simpsons and even popular memes such as Danielle Bregoli's ‘Cash me outside,' with this app it is easy to create funny videos within minutes.


Pick your sound, record your video and then use the app's messaging feature to share your new creation with friends.


These five apps are just a few examples of the creative and fun uses your mobile phone has to offer. Log on to your Apple or Google Play app store and start exploring for yourself.



The Galaxy S8 will be launched in roughly two week's time, but it is still more than a month away from being available for purchase. While that is quite frustrating given Samsung has not released a flagship smartphone in over a year, it might also be the perfect time to pick up a S7 or S7 Edge in the US.


As of now, both the phones are available for purchase from Sprint and T-Mobile at a discount of $250 and a free 128GB micro-SD card. AT&T is selling the devices at a discount of $200, along with the same 128GB micro-SD card thrown in. Although Verizon or the unlocked variants of the S7 and S7 Edge does not have the same offers, Samsung has officially slashed the prices of the two phones by $100, even if you are buying the unlocked or Verizon version. However, you will get a 64GB memory card for free if you buy a regular S7 and a 128GB card will be bundled in only if you buy the S7 Edge in this case. Given that the S7 and S7 Edge are still among the best smartphones that money can buy, the discounts almost make them a must buy at this point.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



One thing commonly associated with airports and holidays abroad are delays. Everyone has heard or been involved in a holiday nightmare where they or someone they know has been stuck in major queues at the airport as they get set to jet off to warmer climes. What people really want is to get to the airport and breeze through quickly, without delay, so that they can start their holiday stress free. This could become a realistic possibility thanks to a revolutionary new mobile app available for smartphones and tablets.


A new mobile passport app that has received official authorisation by US Customs and Borders protection is the first of its kind and is said to simplify the whole travelling process thanks to how it works. The app, known as Mobile Passport Control, is available to users of both iOS and Android based devices and has so far been downloaded over 1 million times by holidaymakers looking to get their vacation off to a great start thanks to less time spent waiting in airports.


The free app works by allowing the user to create a basic profile. The profile includes details such as the traveller's full name, date of birth, address, phot identification and passport information. This is all secured by a pin number that will ensure that no details can be stolen or misused at any point by a third party. A receipt is created by the application which is then used to show at border control, to save waiting time and queuing. The Mobile Passport Control app also means that the days of filling out customs forms are well and truly over as the app itself is enough to verify the traveller's identity and details. It's a truly revolutionary new way to travel; as long as it used in conjunction with advice from an experienced immigration lawyer, to ensure that all procedures have been covered.


The ease of use of the app and the fact that is can shave hours off of waiting times in some cases means it's extremely likely to appeal to the mass market who just want to get on their way as quickly as possible. Another method by which it saves holidaymakers plenty of time is getting from the plane and out of the airport too. Four questions are posed to the traveller about the journey that they are on, once all four are answered correctly they have four hours to get from the plane and out of the airport.


Airports around the world are fully aware of the delays that happen on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. With the Mobile Passport Control app already proving to be a huge hit in America, it's extremely likely that it will be adopted on a global scale, with the UK likely to be very keen on the idea. It's been over 10 years since Britain brought in the e-passport and these further advances in technology will not only benefit airports but also those travelling too. It's a sure fire way to ensure a great start to the holidays. 



An estimated 55.7% of Americans played games on their mobile phones in 2016, and that number is expected to rise to 58.9% for 2017. As such, it's no surprise that more and more titles are being churned out daily. And as much as we love our games, we love them even more when they cost us nothing! For you Android aficionados, here's a helpful list of five great games you can play on your handheld that are all free (with in-app purchases).



By now, most of us are well aware of the Pokémon GO phenomenon. The game became the most popular mobile title of all time in July of 2016, reaching 21 million active users (the prior record holder was Candy Crush Saga, which boasted 20 million active users in 2013). With such immense initial success, it comes as no surprise that the fervor over Pokémon GO has since toned down a bit; but the game is still a winner, particularly given the free price tag. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past year, the objective of Pokémon GO is to "catch" Pokémon by exploring the real world to locate them. New upgrades include the addition of "legendary" Pokémon and raid battles. The game is constantly evolving and is well worth a try, even if it's just to see what all the fuss is about.


Ever since the release of popular titles like Pole Position and Outrun back in the 80s, we have always been fascinated with racing games. Rather than becoming stale, this gaming genre continues to change with the times. Two great racing games that you can enjoy gratis are Asphalt Xtreme and Asphalt 8: Airborne, both created by Gameloft. If you can tolerate their assertive in-app purchase strategy, then both titles are quite enjoyable. Released just last year, Asphalt Xtreme puts you behind the wheel of an off-road machine and gives you the opportunity to unlock additional vehicles. It includes an online multiplayer mode and offers you many courses to race through. Asphalt 8: Airborne has been around since 2013, but it has a massive amount of content for you to experience. Like Xtreme, it also offers an online multiplayer option, as well as additional activities for you to enjoy.



If you like first-person shooters, you should check out Critical Ops. In a variety of urban-style settings, you can either battle against or play the game as a rebel yourself. Critical Ops has a substantial online multiplayer following, so feel free to invite your gamer friends to play against you. The programmers are still working out some of the kinks, but they update the game regularly. While it's still a work in progress, it's still a quality title at "the right price".


Famous for creating Clash of Clans, Supercell has most recently released Clash Royale, which you can play as an alternative to Hearthstone. The game allows you to build decks, collect cards and engage in individual battles with online challenges. You'll be given many opportunities to unlock new cards, and you can also form clans to share cards. You will also earn trophies when victorious, but you'll also lose them when you've been vanquished.


Lastly, if you're in the mood for a brainy, creative strategy game, then look no further. Your goal in Plague, Inc. is to mutate diseases with the sole purpose of infecting the earth's populace. You're given multiple viruses to consider unleashing, each with their own outbreak characteristics. One special feature of Plague, Inc. is that it gives you the option of saving multiple games so that you can play several iterations at once. The game's infection simulations are so realistic that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invited the developers to be guest speakers at their headquarters.


We fully expect our list of free Android favorites to fluctuate from time to time as more games enter the market. We're also looking forward to more of our favorite online games (like Super Rally Extreme, Power Up and Traffic Slam 3) being made available on the mobile Android platform. One thing that the Android faithful know for sure is that the best free titles are yet to come!


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