10 best Halloween apps for Android!

October is a very special time of year. There are pumpkins everywhere. People are watching horror films, The Simpsons Halloween Specials, and Bruce Campbell movies at energetic rates. The Monster Mash plays on the radio for the first time in a year. It’s time for Halloween, folks! Your mobile device will always play a relatively minor roll in the festivities. However, there are some great apps out there that help put you in the Halloween spirit. Here are the best Halloween apps for Android!

Amazon is one of the obvious Halloween apps. There are plenty of specialty stores for stuff like costumes. Plus, most brick-and-mortar stores have decorations. Thus, Amazon’s app may not always be the best choice. However, they do sell basically everything on Amazon. It’s a great place to look around and find those fun Halloween items that you may not otherwise find in stores. Additionally, you can always add stuff to wishlists and lay in wait for next Halloween as well!
Amazon Shopping

Google Maps

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Google Maps is another easy choice for Halloween apps. Most people know the trick-or-treat routes through their neighborhood. However, many more may have just moved or otherwise don’t. It helps either way, especially if you travel to different neighborhoods for Beggar’s Night. You can also plan routes if need be. Those who have kids going out on their own should also check out Google’s Find My Phone app. That way, parents can keep track of their kids as they walk the streets in search of candy.
Google Maps

Pinterest

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Pinterest is a great Halloween app for ideas. The app usually has tons of DIY Halloween projects around this time of year. That includes costume ideas, decoration ideas, and other useful stuff like party suggestions, Halloween inspired food recipes, props, and other Halloween stuff. This one is also useful during other parts of the year as well. It’s also an excellent place to find ideas when you don’t have any.
Pinterest

Reddit

Price: Free / $3.99 per month
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Reddit is a lot like Pinterest. It’s a fantastic place for ideas. You can find all kinds of subreddits about costumes, pranks, party ideas, recipes, and other stuff. It’s a little difficult to find that stuff. However, there are some decent ideas here. We’ve linked the official Reddit app. However, there are a host of third party Reddit apps as well. Any of them should work fine. The site is free to use with an optional $3.99 subscription to remove ads and add extra stuff.
Reddit

Wallpapers HD

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Wallpapers HD is one of the better Halloween apps. Most wallpaper apps have Halloween-inspired wallpapers. It’s a quick, easy way to theme your phone for the holidays. We liked this one in particular. It only shows you wallpapers that are the proper resolution for your phone. However, most wallpaper apps have Halloween stuff so no one has the market cornered here. Most wallpaper apps (including this one) are free. They do usually have advertising, though.
Wallpapers HD


Zedge

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Zedge is one of the great Halloween apps. Its wallpaper selection is a little inconsistent. However, the ringtone and notification tone selection is top notch. You can find all kinds of Halloween-inspired ringtones, notification tones, and alarm tones with this one. They are all handmade by the community. They’re also completely free along with the app. The advertising is a little annoying, but it’s worth it.
Zedge

Halloween icon packs

Price: Varies
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Icon packs are another easy customization method for Android phones. There are tons of Halloween-inspired icon packs as well. You can find pumpkins, festive colors, and other types of icons. Most launcher apps support them, including some OEM launchers. That makes icons a quick, cheap way to add some Halloween spirit to your phone. They vary in price from free to a few bucks. However, none of them get overly expensive.
Halloween icon packs

OEM device themes

Price: Free / Varies
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Many OEM skins have theming. That includes Samsung, LG, most Chinese manufacturers, and others. The themes are generally hidden in the settings somewhere. Most of them are free to download or cost very little. Samsung has the best theme store out of the lot. However, most OEM theme stores have themes for various holidays. Android proper (and thus, pure Google Android phones) doesn’t have native theming. However, you can still theme for the holidays if you’d like. We have a list of the best Android themes toward the bottom of this article.
OEM device themes

Your favorite music streaming service

Price: Free / Varies
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Music streaming services are excellent Halloween apps. Virtually all of them have Halloween playlists with modern and classic tunes about the holiday. Some of the popular options include iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal. Simply open the app and search around for Halloween playlists. Add in some headphones, a Bluetooth speaker, or a streaming stick (like a Chromecast), and you get an excellent, on-demand Halloween music experience.

Your favorite video streaming service

Price: Varies
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Video streaming services are also excellent Halloween apps. Many have classic Halloween TV shows and films. Netflix has a seriously good selection of horror stuff, including newer stuff like Stranger Things. Google’s Movies Anywhere lets you buy your favorite movies (like Nightmare Before Christmas) and watch them on your mobile device or streaming stick. Some classics, like The Simpsons Halloween Specials, can be hard to find. However, live TV services like PlayStation Vue, SlingTV, and YouTube TV no doubt have channels that will run Halloween specials around this time of year.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Better but not the best

galaxy tab s3Had the device been Rs 10k cheaper, it would have been a genuine challenger to the iPad Pro, in fact it would have been hard to argue in the iPad’s support but being offered at the same cost makes it hard to recommend over the iPad Pro.
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There never has been a real tablet market — there’s an iPad market and then there are the rest of them. Windows sure has produced some impressive devices in the 2-in-1 and high-end segment, and most of the Android tablets fall under the lower-end category. And thanks to the big screened phablets, tablets are becoming less attractive each passing day.

galaxy tab s3

An Android tablet with top of the line features is a rare occurrence these days, and the Galaxy Tab S3 is another example why. Samsung’s latest tablet is premium looking, zippy and comes with a great display, but the Android experience on a tablet still isn’t up to the mark. The Tab S3 is without a doubt a great device, but do we really need this tablet at all? Let’s find out.

Design

In terms of design, the Galaxy Tab S3 resembles the iPad Pro (review) featuring nearly same dimensions but in a lighter form. Both devices have the same display size and the pixel resolution.

The tablet is extremely slim, at just 6mm, however, it slightly thicker than its predecessor Tab S2 (also heavier at 429g). It also feels more premium than the Tab S2, but it looks a bit odd with unusual USB port placement. Both headphone jack and the charging USB port are placed off-centre.

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galaxy tab s3

galaxy tab s3

galaxy tab s3

The noticeable changes happened on the rear end, where the Tab S3 boasts a new glass panel. Although, glass makes the tablet look stunning, it acts as a smudge and grime magnet too. Sweat marks, fingerprints and smudges are clearly visible, making it look unappealing. However, the silver colour variant hides the fingerprints slightly better than the black variant.

galaxy tab s3

The Galaxy Tab S3 has an advantage when it comes to the stylus S-Pen that comes bundled with the device. Unlike the iPad’s Apple Pencil costs users a separate $99, users here don’t have to shell out extra money for the S-Pen. Samsung has worked well on the S-Pen this time around and made it more intuitive and impressive. It can work with third party app as well and hovering the pen over the edges will provide quick access to shortcuts for screen shots, notes and others. The shortcuts can also be customised according to the user’s needs.

galaxy tab s3

The S-Pen offers four times pressure sensitivity similar to Apple’s Pencil. It is capable of recognising whether a user is shading or putting more pressure on the nib, making it a useful and effective tool for jotting down notes or doodling and digital painting.

Display

The Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED panel with a 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution. The screen now supports HDR content and has some serious brightness, making it an excellent tool for media consumption. Colours on the display look crisp and images are filled with good amount of detail. But the downside is that there is not a lot of HDR content as of now. It’s surely an upgrade in quality, but since the content isn’t available yet, it’s like paying in advance for something that will deliver the improved quality later.

galaxy tab s3

While the display is impressive, it fails to look good in all conditions — it’s too reflective. It is nothing compared to the display on the iPad — Apple’s True Tone display is capable of changing colour temperature for a more comfortable viewing experience, and has an anti-reflective surface too. The Tab S3 only allows user to optionally switch on the blue light filter.

Performance

The Galaxy Tab S3 uses the dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is a let down since most of the users expect more storage on a media-focused tablet. But at least it offers a microSD card slot for storage expansion. Although the chip used here is older, the quad-core chip does a good job and handles almost every task with ease. Performance wise, the device is smooth and is capable of running intensive apps easily.

galaxy tab s3

The tablet runs on the company’s TouchWiz UI wrapped under Android 7.0 Nougat. At its core, the software largely borrows from the Galaxy S8, with similar interface and the pre-loaded apps of course.

The tablet comes equipped with a 13MP rear camera which performs below par, but then again you shouldn’t expect much from a tablet camera. The pictures lack detail and depth and the colour reproduction isn’t impressive. It sports a 5MP front facing snapper with an f/2.2 aperture and it is good enough for video calling.

galaxy tab s3

On the connectivity front, the Tab S3 offers Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO and optional LTE Cat 6, but misses out on the NFC or an infrared sensor. For added security, the company has added a fingerprint sensor incorporated under the home button. The sensor is fast and responsive as one would expect and also comes in handy for unlocking the Samsung account.

Battery

The Galaxy Tab S3 draws power from a massive 6000mAh battery, which is bigger than the one seen on the Tab S2. The tab is capable of providing 12 hours of video playback, but that can change in case of the HDR content. The standby time on the device is brilliant; you might go without using the device for days and it will still have enough fuel to power the device for moderate usage.

The tablet charges using the USB Type-C port, but there is no option for wireless charging. The bundled fast charger will fully charge the device in about two and a half hours, which is pretty good for a 6000mAh battery.

Verdict

There’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is one of the best Android tablets amidst those launched recently. If you are looking for a device that can go against the likes of the iPad Pro but runs on Android, then this is it. Performance on the tablet is great, even though it looks more like an early 2016 flagship phone on the paper. If you have Rs 47,990 and want a tablet only to get the best video-watching experience, then it highly recommended. Also it comes bundled with the S-Pen which is good for creativity and productivity and is fun to play around with. However, if you are ready to shell out more money, then the iPad Pro is the go-to tablet for you. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro (WiFi + Cellular) is priced at Rs 61,400 for the 64GB. The keyboard will cost you another Rs 14,000, and the Pencil for around Rs 9,000.

But it seems the Korean giant is pushing the limits of the tablet too far. The software is not well-optimised, multitasking options are limited and the UI is buggy at times. The tablet almost checks every box a tablet can, but sadly all those high-end features come at a hefty price.

Had the device been Rs 10k cheaper, it would have been a genuine challenger to the iPad Pro, in fact it would have been hard to argue in the iPad’s support but being offered at the same cost makes it hard to recommend over the iPad Pro.

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3 best money management apps

We all think we are fully capable of managing our income, but how good are we really at making our paychecks last? If you’re like me, when payday arrives you feel on top of the world, ready to treat yourself to things you’ve been waiting to buy. Then, two weeks go by and you’re already in a tough spot. If you also have trouble making the most of your money, look into these top three money apps that’ll help keep tabs on your dough.

Mint

This popular app is a free budgeting resource that allows you to sync credit cards, monthly bills and bank accounts to one singular account. With Mint, you can get a look at your net worth at any time and your spending is separated into different categories. The app then calculates how much is spent on average in each category and uses this information to provide you with a solid budget. Mint will send you notifications if you go over your budget and also provides detailed information on your credit score.

You Need a Budget

YNAB starts by connecting to your accounts and then allows you to assign every dollar you spend to a specific category (for example, travel, food, etc.). This app helps you view your money in the present and use only what you have now, as opposed to guessing how much you’ll have to spend in the future. Once you get a solid feel for how your money is being spent and what categories you need more money for, your budget can be altered accordingly. This flexibility is what many users appreciate most about this app.

Digit

There are often small areas in life that we don’t focus on where we can save little amounts of money a month. The Digit app keeps on the lookout for these small ways we can save by checking spending every few days. By connecting with your checking account, Digit analyzes your income and spending and searches for a few dollars (if you can afford it) to set aside in a “Digit savings” account. Even if it’s a small amount per month, Digit is a simple way to stash away a few extra bucks.

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Spider-Man Is the Best Character to Replace Iron Man at the Centre of the MCU

Spider-Man Is the Best Character to Replace Iron Man at the Centre of the MCU

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige says Avengers 4 the end of a 22-movie arc
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming’s sequel will be a fresh start for the franchise
  • The contracts of most of the existing stars would have expired by then

Spider-Man: Homecoming is out in the cinemas now, and as we noted in our review, it’s an exuberant film that brings a fresh flavour to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland played a brief but memorable part in Captain America: Civil War, and with Spider-Man: Homecoming, you’ll be happy to know that he’s able to sustain the viewers’ interest over the course of an entire film as well.

But as it turns out, Spider-Man has a much bigger part to play in the canon that Marvel has been building ever since it first came out with Iron Man in 2008. Talking to the Toronto Sun, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, the architect of the MCU, said that Avengers 4 (which will release in 2019, and doesn’t have a title as yet) will be the last of the current MCU films. And after that, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming will come out, starting off a new era for the MCU. To appropriate Star Wars a little – he’s not the last of the old Avengers, he’s the first of the new.

When you consider the ownership of the Spider-Man franchise – created by Marvel Comics, owned by Sony Pictures, with merchandising rights in Disney’s hands – that’s a weird place to rest the future of your cinematic universe, particularly as it will come at the end of an arc that Feige said spans 22 movies.

But it makes sense too – after all, Spider-Man was always one of Marvel’s top-tier characters, which is why he was much more saleable back when Marvel was bankrupt, before it was acquired by Disney.

homecoming cages spider man

By the time this new “arc” beings for the MCU, many of the actors’ contracts would have expired. Almost all the Avengers, from Iron Man to Captain America to Black Widow to Thor would either have to be recast, or the character retired in some manner. Perhaps we’ll finally see some stakes emerge in the Avengers movies, as so far, the films have actively shied away from killing off characters.

That’s because, thanks to the “shared Universe” concept, writers had some limits on their freedom. It might have been narratively sound to have the Vision accidentally kill War Machine in Civil War, but if he has a part to play in one of the upcoming movies, then you can’t really take that plot line forward.

There’s a lot of new characters in the mix now, such as Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, which will allow Marvel to ease off the earlier characters without thinning the ranks too much, and over the course of the next two years as we move towards the new MCU, perhaps the company can start looking at new characters to spotlight.

For one, the company has two new movies lined up that a lot of people are excited about, with Black Panther and Captain Marvel planned for February 2018 and March 2019 respectively. Beyond that, perhaps the MCU will also take a page from the comics again, and start finding new characters to take up old mantles.

homecoming climb spider man

Some of the most interesting characters that Marvel has right now are young enough that they can look up to Holland’s Spider-Man as a mentor figure of sorts, such as Moon Girl, or Ms Marvel, or even Amadeus Cho’s Totally Awesome Hulk.

In the new phase of the MCU that Feige talks about, Spider-Man could well occupy a role similar to that of Tony Stark today, as a leader who brings the whole team together.

Whether this will be possible with the deal that Marvel has in place with Sony is of course a different matter, but with the lineup that’s on hand, there’s a real risk that the MCU could lose the vibrancy that made it so successful to begin with, and that’s why Feige’s comments about basing the future of the MCU on Spider-Man makes us hopeful.

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