Super Mario Run Now Available for Download on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Super Mario Run Now Available for Download on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Super Mario Run is now available to download and play on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The hotly anticipated Nintendo game has seen a flurry of hype around it. In order to play Super Mario Run, you’ll need an iOS device with iOS 8.0 or later. If you aren’t able to download it just yet, it’s just rolling out the world over, and may take some time for it to be available on your country’s App Store.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Controls, Gameplay, Coins, and Modes Explained)

Keep in mind that while Super Mario Run is free to download, it’s not entirely free to play. Specific elements of Super Mario Run’s three game modes — World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder are free, not all of them. Super Mario Run’s price is Rs. 620 or $10.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Release Date Is December 15, Download Size, Price, and More )
And no, there is no Super Mario Run Android version just yet. Nintendo has said that the Super Mario Android release date will be set for early 2017.

Also of importance is that the game needs you to be online.
(Also see: Super Mario Run Android Early 2017 Release Date Is Bad for Nintendo and Gamers)

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, has revealed that you will need an Internet connection to play Super Mario Run. Speaking with Mashable, Miyamoto said that the decision had been taken to combat the game’s piracy. “For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us,” he added. “And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we’re able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment.”

(Also see: You Will Need an Internet Connection to Play Super Mario Run)

When Mashable asked if he was referring to the risk of piracy in “security”, he said: “That’s correct. Unlike our dedicated game devices, the game is not releasing in a limited number of countries. We’re launching in 150 countries and each of those countries has different network environments and things like that. So it was important for us to be able to have it secure for all users.”

With the Nintendo Switch reveal seeing another Mario game, we won’t be surprised to see if there’s a deeper connection between both games when Nintendo’s console sees a full reveal in January.

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How to Download UPI Apps by SBI, HDFC, ICICI, and Other Banks on Android and iPhone

How to Download UPI Apps by SBI, HDFC, ICICI, and Other Banks on Android and iPhone

How to Download UPI Apps by SBI, HDFC, ICICI, and Other Banks on Android and iPhone
HIGHLIGHTS
UPI apps by 21 banks, such as SBI, HDFC, ICICI, are available now
All banks have released Android apps for UPI, and a few have iOS apps too
UPI allows you to make transactions online directly from bank accounts
While mobile wallets have capitalised on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation drive and emerged as the big gainers, the government-backed Unified Payments Interface (UPI) had been a no-show until a recent marketing push by the government. Despite being a platform that could have solved the cash crunch, UPI hasn’t really got the kind of traction it probably deserves among both consumers and merchants.

(Also see: Wallet Companies Are Expanding, but Where Is UPI?)

UPI allows you to make payments directly from your bank account, just like you can pay using a debit card, by netbanking, or via a cheque. You need to have a registered mobile number with your bank, and this is used to verify your account. When you sign up on a UPI app the system takes the requisite information courtesy your mobile number. Once your mobile number is verified, you can create your Virtual Payment Account (VPA) and an mPIN to start making transactions using the UPI service.
(Also see: All You Need To Know About UPI)
At present, around 30 banks have joined the UPI platform, with more than 20 UPI apps already available on Google Play and Apple App Store. The beauty of the UPI system is that you can register on (for example) the Axis Bank UPI App, but link any of your bank accounts, whether it is HDFC Bank, or Union Bank. Some UPI apps also act as mobile wallets, while others allow users to make purchases, such as mobile or DTH recharges, using the UPI. These include ICICI Bank’s Pockets app, and the Flipkart and Yes Bank-powered PhonePe.
(Also see: How the Unified Payments Interface Will Evolve)

Making transactions via UPI apps entails a charge of Rs. 5, plus service; this is the amount banks charge for making payments via IMPS netbanking too, which makes sense, since IMPS is actually the backbone of the UPI. Here is a list of all the UPI apps currently available for smartphones.

1. SBI Pay: Android

2. HDFC Bank MobileBanking: Android, iOS

3. ICICI Pockets: Android, iOS

4. Axis Pay UPI App: Android

5. Union Bank UPI App: Android

6. PNB UPI: Android

7. PhonePe: Android

8. Canara Bank UPI – eMpower: Android

9. United UPI: Android

10. Andhra Bank ONE – UPI App: Android

11. UCO UPI: Android

12. Bank of Maharashtra – Maha UPI: Android

13. Vijaya UPI: Android

14. South Indian Bank – SIB M-Pay (UPI Pay): Android

15. KBL SMARTz (UPI): Android

16. OBC UPI PSP: Android

17. UPI Bank Transfer with Friends: Android

18. DCB Bank UPI App: Android

19. Lotza – UPI: Android

20. TranZapp – UPI: Android

21. CSB UPI: Android

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Opera Mini Gets Video Download Support, Highlights India Content on Home Page

Opera Mini Gets Video Download Support, Highlights India Content on Home Page

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Opera Mini partners with Sportskeeda and Bollywood Hungama
  • The new update brings home page redesign only for Indian users
  • The downloaded videos can be stored on internal or external memory

Opera has updated the Opera Mini browser for Android with new features and integrations. This includes India-specific updates on Bollywood and cricket on its home page, alongside the ability to download videos on to the smartphone from the browser.

Opera Mini 18 for Android will show a new entertainment feed on its home page. The browser company has partnered up with Bollywood Hungama for this purpose. It has also partnered with Sportskeeda to give live cricket updates on its home page as well.

The browser maker also enabled a new video download feature in Opera Mini 18 for Android, which will essentially allow users to download videos from social networking and other sites onto their devices from the browser directly. By clicking on the video, a pop-up dialogue box with the option to save the video appears. Users can then hit on the Save button to start downloading the video, or press cancel to just stream it online. This feature has been enabled on many websites like VuClip, Hotstar, Times of India, DjPunjab, Indiamp3, Webmusic, and Djmaza.

Opera notes that the feature only works on video websites without their own integrated media player. Video downloading is essentially useful for users who look to loop videos for whatever reasons, without wasting data. The downloaded videos can be saved onto inbuilt storage or to a microSD card installed in the user’s device.

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Opera Mini recently also introduced a new feature called ‘Video Boost’ for its Android users. As the name suggests, the feature would help Opera Mini users “see less of the video-buffering wheel.”

Tags: Android, Apps, Bollywood Hungama, Opera, Opera Mini, Opera Mini 18, Opera Mini 18 for Android,Opera Mini Home Page, Sportskeeda
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Why You Should Care About Four Apps From Apple That You (Probably) Can’t Download Yet

Why You Should Care About Four Apps From Apple That You (Probably) Can't Download Yet

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple introduced iOS 10 at WWDC this year
  • iOS 10 includes several new features like stickers
  • Apple has also overhauled its iMessage app

Apple just released four apps that you probably can’t download yet – but are the first signal of a big shift in the company’s core messaging product.

The apps themselves are four sticker packs from Apple for iMessage that feature different smileys, hearts, hands and some throwback Mac iconography that should delight Mac fans, particularly children of the 1990s.

That bomb icon! The sad Mac! That spray can! It’s just like you finished all the keyboarding tutorial assignments you had to do and now you can use the rest of the computer lab time to fool around in KidPix.

The big catch is that while the apps are on the store now, they’re supported only for iOS 10 and higher. And, if you’ve been paying attention, you know that iOS 10 isn’t out yet to anyone except Apple developers. A public beta period is expected this month but hasn’t started yet.

That means, yes, Apple has released four apps that hardly anyone can use. That’s sort of an odd decision, though one might take it as an indication that the public beta is imminent.

And these goofy sticker packs, while admittedly pretty silly, do represent a part of Apple’s greater ambitions for messaging – a part of the tech world that’s getting increasingly competitive. Because while Apple’s been dinged in the past for not properly jumping on the social-networking bandwagon (Ping ring a bell for anyone?), the wheel has turned to make messaging a major social force. And messaging is something Apple has down pat, in its simplest form.

But Apple seems to want a little more pizazz to compete with other messaging apps, and it’s now willing to open Messages up to other apps and developers to get there. These sticker packs come from Apple but are the first of many add-ons that can be made by any developer.

That change benefits Apple as it looks to keep pace with other innovators in the space such as WeChat. Apple already announced at its June developers conference that it would add a host of features to Messages, including the ability to hand-write notes, to obscure parts of messages and to automatically erase them a la Snapchat. Those in-house features enhance Messages, but the stickers and other apps that tap into iMessage take it from a product to a platform.

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