15 recommended Android apps for downloading

Digital disruption is defined as the change that occurs when new digital technologies and business models affect the value proposition of existing goods and services.

A clear sign of how these digital technologies have become omnipresent in our lives is our sheer dependency on smartphones and mobile apps.

Almost every task nowadays can be done via our smartphones. There is an app for almost everything and a majority of them are available for free too.

According to GlobalStats, Google’s mobile operating system, Android currently holds a 76.77% market share in Malaysia. This makes it the undisputed preferred mobile platform in the country.

So, if you happen to be an Android user, here’s a list of 15 recommended apps you should consider having on your mobile device.

Excluded from this list is prominent apps that usually come bundled in your phone like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.

1. Spotify

Let’s face it, nobody buys physical music albums anymore. With Spotify, you have access not only to a world of music but also podcasts.

There are also ready-made playlists and personalised recommendations to suit your mood and taste.

2. Shazam

We’ve been there before. A song plays on the radio and we find it real catchy. But we have no idea what the title of the song is or who the singer is. With Shazam, you can get the answer almost immediately.

3. Netflix

The average monthly bill for a cable TV in Malaysia can range between RM40 to RM200.

If you rarely watch TV but still want to enjoy brilliant movies, series or documentaries at home or on the go, consider switching to streaming services such as Netflix.

That being said, Netflix can be accessed for free for the first month but comes with a paid subscription starting at RM33 per month for subsequent months.

4. GSC/TGV/MBO Cinemas

By purchasing your movie tickets online, you not only get to save time but also ensure you don’t miss out on preferred seats.

Of course, online purchases usually require you to become a member of a specific cinema chain.

They do, however, come with plenty of additional privileges. So, whether GSC, TGV, or MBO, make sure you download the mobile app.

5. ShopBack

For many of us these days, shopping simply means buying our favourite things through clicks and swift payments from the comfort of our homes.

ShopBack takes online shopping to a whole new level by offering us cashback on all your purchases. With over 500 stores to choose from, you’ll definitely save more money.

6. Grab

Let’s face it, everyone knows Grab by now. They started out as a ride-hailing app but have now evolved to include food delivery services besides offering a cashless payment solution.

7. VSCO

The popularity of social media apps such as Instagram has made it no longer acceptable to have “average” looking photos. Well, at least if you want to stand out, that is.

VSCO enables you to edit and filter your photos with superior but easy-to-use presets.

8. Mobile banking apps

This is one of the easiest ways to check your account balance, transfer money instantly, pay bills, and a lot more.

Plus, with Malaysia heading towards a cashless society, why would you want to queue up at banks anyway?

9. RAR

With more and more tasks being done on your mobile phone compared to a laptop or desktop, it is logical to have this compression and extractor app installed.

10. LastPass

LastPass is a password manager and password generator that locks your passwords and personal information in a secure vault.

From your LastPass vault, you can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in notes, and much more.

11. 1.1.1.1

Yes, we purposely put this app as the 11th item on the list. This app allows you to automatically encrypt your DNS queries.

In non-technical terms, it means you have more privacy and security when you are online. Plus, it might even make your internet connection faster.

12. Habit Tracker

One of the most effective ways to cut bad habits from your life is to track how often you do them. Once you see the patterns, it’s easier to break them.

The same goes when you want to add some positive habits. Keeping track of your day with Habit Tracker will keep you accountable and responsible.

13. Heimdall Parental Control

Exposing your children to the internet is inevitable. However, it is your responsibility as a parent to take control of what they access.

This app helps you protect your children by securing their phone or tablet and adding restrictions.

14. Goodbudget

Based on a novel and time-tested budgeting system called envelope budgeting, the Goodbudget app helps you keep track of your income and expenses by putting each amount into a specific envelope. You only get to spend what’s in the envelope and save what’s left of it.

15. Freeletics

Using the Freeletics app is like having a personal trainer right inside your mobile phone.

The artificial intelligence coach learns from your feedback and performance and then designs complete training plans customised for you.

The app has over 140 types of exercises and more than 900 workout variations. This way you’ll never get bored and will be better equipped to avoid a plateau.

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OnePlus 5 Launch Set for June 15, Tips Leaked Internal Mail

OnePlus 5 Launch Set for June 15, Tips Leaked Internal Mail

HIGHLIGHTS
OnePlus 5 will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor
It is tipped to come in four colour variants
The device is expected to feature a 5.5-inch QHD display
OnePlus 5 teasers are picking up pace, hinting that the launch is very near. And now an internal mail leak brings us a possible launch date of the device. In an email to the employees, OnePlus outlines the publicity required for the OnePlus 5 ahead of the launch, which is stated as June 15.

This purported internal email was published on Weibo, and if it is legit, the OnePlus 5 is set to launch on June 15, which is just two weeks from now. Ahead of the launch, the OnePlus 5 has been teased on multiple occasions, confirming the arrival of the Snapdragon 835 SoC, possible four colour variants, and a better camera.

OnePlus is ditching the number four moniker to launch the OnePlus 5 right after the OnePlus 3T. As per leaks, the OnePlus 5 is expected to sport a vertical dual camera setup at the rear, a patterned back, a metal edge, and a Home Button at the front that presumably will house the fingerprint sensor.
Ahead of the launch, the Chinese company has announced OnePlus Referral programme under which each of your friends will receive $20 off towards the purchase of any accessory when they buy a OnePlus smartphone via the official store. The ones who shared their unique referral link with friends will get 100 referral points. As of now, the referral program hasn’t started in India yet.

The Chinese company earlier this week officially also announced that it will discontinue the OnePlus 3T, and it’s currently selling last few stocks. For the Indian market, the company, however, said that the OnePlus 3T (both 64GB and 128GB variants) will continue to be available for purchase in India until later this year.

Apart from the processor, OnePlus 5 is expected to feature a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display. The successor to OnePlus 3T has been suggested to come with 64GB built-in storage, which will be expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5

KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.50-inch
Processor
2.35GHz octa-core
Front Camera
16-megapixel
Resolution
1440×2560 pixels
RAM
8GB
OS
Android 7.1
Storage
64GB
Rear Camera
23-megapixel
Battery Capacity
4000mAh
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Tags: OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5 LAunch Date, OnePLus 5 Features, OnePlus 5 Specifications, Mobiles, Android, OnePlus

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15 Best Mobile Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users

15 Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users

Smartphones have changed the way we think about cell phones, because they are no longer just a communication device. A great example of this is mobile first businesses that rely on these devices to carry out almost every task in their organization. For these businesses, cell phone reception is extremely important. Whether the phone is being used on premises or outside of the office, a strong reception is critical to talk, conference, text as well as access data services, cloud applications and more.

With the right cell phone booster, any problems you might be experiencing because of a weak reception will be a thing of the past.

So why should you buy a cell phone booster?

Even though telecoms have done a good job of deploying cell phone towers to cover all of the areas in which they provide service, there are always pockets within these areas that have weak reception. Even if your business is located in area with excellent reception, you can also land in these pockets of low reception while commuting back and forth to work or taking a work-related business trip.

Weak reception also drains your battery because the phone is continually searching for the best, most reliable signal, and the longer it searches, the more power it uses. If you want to know what you should look for in a signal booster, click here. For a list of the best signal boosters for your phone, see the list below.

The Best Business Cell Phone Signal Boosters

weBoost EQO Cell Phone Signal Booster

weBoost is one of the most recognized brands in the market, and has a wide range of devices for multiple applications. The EQO is designed for quick and easy installation to enhance 4G LTE and 3G signals for homes, apartments or condos up to 1,200 sq. ft. It works on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Straight Talk and more at a cost of $349.99.

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost EQO Cell Phone Signal Booster

According to the company, it boosts cell signals up to 32 times and it comes with a 2-year warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee.

Smoothtalker Mobile X1

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Smoothtalker Mobile X1

The Smoothtalker Mobile X1 has multiple configurations for buildings and vehicles of all sizes. The X1 50RV 50dB, with a list price of $395.99, is a high power RV/motorhome or large vehicle booster kit that does not require a physical connection to the cell phone or cellular data device. Once it is plugged in, it boosts the signal to all cell phones and cellular devices within range at the same time.

weBoost Drive 4G-S

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Drive 4G-S

The Drive 4G-S is another booster for vehicles at a lower price point than the Smoothtalker — just 199.99. However, the lower price doesn’t compromise on quality and functionality, the company says. This is the most affordable 4G vehicle cell phone signal booster weBoost makes. It also boosts 4G LTE and 3G signals up to 32 times for a single person.

It works on all the major carriers and provides up to 2 hours additional talk time in weak-signal areas.

Surecall Fusion5s

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Surecall Fusion5s

The Fusion5s is a 2G, 3G and 4G LTE home signal booster, which according to the company is the first five-band cellular booster compliant with new FCC Certification standards. It controls all carrier frequencies independently and it covers 5 to 10 simultaneous users in a 6,000 square foot area. But it also carries a $849.99 price tag, so this might not be a choice for smaller more budget conscious businesses.

weBoost Drive 4G-X

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Drive 4G-X

Many truck drivers are small business operators, and the Drive 4G-X is an OTR (over the road) signal booster that might suit them. The booster can work for up to four devices and costs  $499.99. It enhances 4G LTE and 3G signals up to 32 times for everyone in the vehicle works with all the major carriers.

The Drive 4G-X has an omni-directional antenna that boosts voice and data with the maximum FCC-allowance of 50 dB system gain. Because of this, the company says it gives drivers fewer dead zones or lost connections and faster downloads and uploads, as well as better audio quality.

Uniden U60

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Uniden U60

The U60 comes with a 60 Day satisfaction guarantee, 2-Year warranty and lifetime service and technical support. The support the company provides is for a device with an omnidirectional outdoor antenna to capture signals for all 3G and some 4G networks. It has a 2,000 sq. ft. capacity for your home or office and can handle up to 20 devices simultaneously. The boosters cost is $449.99.

Smoothtalker Stealth X2

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Smoothtalker Stealth X2

The Stealth X2 has an impressive 7,000 sq. ft. of coverage for less than $600 — a suggested price of $549.99 more specifically. The company says it is the highest powered 65 dB building booster on the market, providing boosts for locations that are 10 to 35 miles from the nearest cell towers.

The automatic oscillation control and network overload protection maintain maximum gain at all times using the 170 degree directional outside and inside antennas automatically.

SolidRF BuildingForce 4G-M

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SolidRF BuildingForce 4G-M

The BuildingForce 4G-M booster connects more than 25 mobile devices and works with all 2G, 3G, 4G and LTE signal networks in the US and Canada — impressive given its cost of just $349.99.  An automatic gain control feature ensures reliable coverage even with an intermittent incoming signal. If there is a strong outside signal, the booster covers up to 1,500 sq. ft, but with a medium or weak outside signal, it covers up to 800 and 200 sq. ft., respectively.

weBoost Connect 4G

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Connect 4G

The Connect 4G covers 5,000 sq. ft. and features a dynamic, self-adjusting gain control for each frequency band automatically. Like the other weBoost units, it works on all the major carriers with cellular signal improvement of up to 32 times. And the recommended price for the Connect 4G is $549.99.

SureCall EZ 4G LTE

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SureCall EZ 4G LTE

The EZ 4G LTE has an indoor panel antenna with a five band manually adjustable signal booster. The plug and play feature makes it that much easier to install and use out of the box, the manufacturer says. It has a coverage area of up to 3,000 sq. ft., with support for CDMA, WCDMA, GSM, EDGE, HSPA+, EVDO, LTE and all cellular standards. But at $740.00 you’ll have to decide if features are something your business can afford.

SureCall EZ 4G

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SureCall EZ 4G

If the indoor reception in your office is weak, this plug-and-play booster indoor unit covers an area of up to 2,000 sq. ft. It improves 4G LTE voice, data and text signals for all North American cell carriers without an external antenna. And at $298.06 it is a bit more affordable than some other options.

weBoost Connect 4G-X 7500 sq ft

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Connect 4G-X 7500 sq ft

This particular weBoost model covers up to 7,500 sq. ft. It amplifies cellular signals throughout a large workplace or home on all cellular-connected devices. The increased area capability also comes with all of the weBoost features, including 4G LTE and 3G signal improvement for all major carriers, a 2-year warranty, and 30 day money back guarantee. But at $899.97, you’ll need to decide whether you really need these heavy duty features.

weBoost Drive 3G-XR Marine Antenna Booster

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Drive 3G-XR Marine Antenna Booster

If you are a small business running a day cruise on a ship, the weBoost Drive 3G-XR marine antenna booster can extend your service range up to 50 percent further than other boosters on the market. It achieves this capability by operating with the maximum output power allowed under current Federal Communications Commission regulations and supports all US and Canadian cell carriers all for a fairly reasonable cost — $399.99.

SureCall Fusion5X

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SureCall Fusion5X

The Fusion5X has four inside antennas for maximum coverage, which can go as high as 20,000 sq. ft. The 5X provides the highest downlink allowed by the FCC, allowing it to turn strong outside signals into a wide area of coverage inside. It supports 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. But you’ll pay $1,699 for these features.

Wilson 463127 Pro

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Wilson 463127 Pro

This particular Wilson model covers an area of up to 50,000 sq. ft. inside of a building with a strong outside signal. It supports the 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks from most of the carriers in the United States and Canada.

According to the company, before it overloads it has the ability to boost an outside signal that is 10 db stronger than any other booster on the market, which can potentially increase an area of interior coverage up to 6x the size of any other booster. You’ll need to register for a Wilson Amplifiers account for pricing information on this one.

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Since a good quality booster will cost you several hundred dollars, call the company and ask questions relevant to how you will be using the device. This should include support and warranty information for the device you are going to be buying. And as always, comparison shop online with different retailers and brands too get the best value.No Signal Photo via Shutterstock

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Uber Hikes Fares Up to 15 Percent in Delhi-NCR

Uber Hikes Fares Up to 15 Percent in Delhi-NCR
HIGHLIGHTS
Uber has increased ride time charge to Rs. 1.5 per minute
The ride time charges for UberPOOL & UberX have been increased
Uber charges Rs. 6 per km for up to 20km
Transportation app Uber has hiked fares of its entry-level offering ‘UberGO’ by up to 15 percent in Delhi-NCR.

The US-based firm has increased ride time charge to Rs. 1.5 per minute from Re. 1 earlier.

Uber charges Rs. 6 per km for up to 20km and Rs. 12 per km thereafter, with a minimum fare of Rs. 60 for UberGO.

The ride time charges – calculated on the basis of total time of the ride – for ‘UberPOOL’ and ‘UberX’ have also been hiked to Rs. 1.5 per minute.
When contacted, an Uber spokesperson said: “Starting January 5, 2017, we have made some changes to our pricing structure in Delhi NCR in order to serve the city better.” The prices are expected to go up by 10-15 percent, the spokesperson added.

Last year, Uber had introduced ‘upfront fare’ under which the company calculates and shows rates depending on expected time and distance of travel and local traffic. The fares fluctuate due to demand.

Affordable pricing has been one of the important factors driving the uptake of on-demand taxi services in the country.

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Tags: Uber, Uber Delhi, Uber India, Apps

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