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Top Apps in US, UK and China

Top 10 Paid (not games) app in UK, US, and China

  • Afterlight By Simon Filip- Afterlight is the perfect image editing app for quick and straight forward editing. Our simple design, paired with powerful and snappy tools, will give you the look you want in seconds.
  • ThemeLab- This app adds an image of a colored dock, colored status bar, and slide to unlock button to the regions behind them to create the effect/appearance of colored docks, status bars, and slide to unlock bars.
  • Sleep Cycle alarm clock By Northcube AB- Waking up made easy.
  • An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. Sleep Cycle helps millions of people to wake up rested!
  • Union- Combine your photos in infinite ways to create mind-blowing scenery, artistic framing, and surreal images.
  • Videoshop – Videoshop is an easy video editor with fast editing tools, filters and many other effects for personalizing your videos.
  • Pimp Your Screen- Pimp Your Screen is an award-winning app that helps you customize the look of your device by giving you an exclusive selection of specially designed backgrounds, icon skins, app shelves, neon combos and many other eye candies.
  • Camera+ By tap tap tap- It’s all about one thing… great photos!
  • Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera, Camera+ will make you love taking photos.
  • Facetune- Facetune provides easy-to-use, powerful tools (previously reserved only for the pros) to perfect every photo or selfie, making each one look like it came straight out of a high-fashion magazine.
  • Couch-to-5K- Get off the couch with the OFFICIAL Couch-to-5K® training app from Active.com! This oft-imitated program has helped thousands of new runners move from the couch to the finish line. Spend just 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week, for nine weeks, and you’ll be ready to finish your first 5K (3.1-mile) race!
  • Ultimate Guitar Tabs- Ultimate Guitar Tabs is a mobile version of the world’s largest catalog of guitar & ukulele chords, tabs and lyrics, available even offline. Learn how to play your favorite songs on acoustic, electric guitar or ukulele. Get over 800,000 tabs and free daily updates with recent hit songs!
  • Top 10 Free (not games) – UK, US, and China
  • Snapchat- Experience a totally new way to share today. Snap a photo or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend (or maybe a few). They’ll view it, laugh, and then the snap disappears from the screen – unless they take a screenshot! If you want to share a Snap with all of your friends, add it to your Snapchat Story, where each Snap lives for 24 hours until it disappears, making room for the new.
  • Instagram- It’s a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments on your iPhone. Customize your photos and videos with one of several gorgeous and custom built filter effects. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.
  • Facebook- Keeping up with friends is faster than ever.
  • Facebook Messenger- Instantly reach the people you care about.
  • Messenger is a fast, free and reliable way to stay in touch. It’s just like texting, but you don’t have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan).
  • YouTube- Catch up on your favorite videos and playlists from around the world on the couch, in the kitchen or on the go.
  • UberFacts – Ever been bored? Join the world of UberFacts and discover thousands of ferociously fun new facts that will transform you from socially awkward to mildly interesting!
  • Pandora Radio- Great music discovery is effortless and free with Pandora. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, genres or composers and we will do the rest. It’s easy to create personalized stations that play only music you’ll love.
  • Emoji Keyboard 2 – Express yourself with any emoji you want in this Totally Free app!
  • Include: New Emoji Keyboard, Fonts Maker, Emoji Art, Text Art, Static Emojis, Animated Emojis, Custom Emojis, Emoji Creater, Emoji Editor… Many many NEW emojis and they are all FREE!
  • Google Maps- Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.
  • Free Music Downloader Plus- Free Music Downloader is the most intuitive downloader for downloading Legal and Free music. It provides an easy way to download and organize files.

New in Top 100

UK

  • Presence Orb uses Wi-Fi to detect if buses and bars are full
  • “When you go to [Facebook] Places and it says ‘x’ people were here? That’s a useless statistic,” says Thomas Sheppard, co-founder of Presence Orb. “I don’t care how many people have been there, I want to know how many people are there now.”
  • The world has seen a variety of location-based services and almost all have failed to gain widespread use or to be uniquely useful. Facebook check-ins have languished, the vast majority of Twitter users keep  location information disabled on their tweets and Foursquare remains the preserve of Silicon Valley. Read more…
  • Help this ecologist record Earth’s sounds in one day
  • Bryan Pijanowski wants to capture the sounds of the world on a single day, and he needs your help.
  • Today, April 22 — Earth Day — Pijanowski hopes to enlist thousands of people in recording a few minutes of their everyday surroundings with his Soundscape Recorder smartphone app. Read more…
  • Facebook struggling with swap to multiple apps
  • No one ever said disintegrating was easy.
  • Facebook is trying its darnedest to split its everything-and-the-kitchen-sink site into a collection of narrowly focused apps. Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently referred to this “unbundling [of] the big blue app” as a top priority. But events of the past few days have highlighted how hard it will be to achieve this vision. Read more…

US

1. LookFor Kickstarts A Colored Flashing Light For Your Smartphone Screen – Seriously

If you want to find someone at a big event, it’s difficult. “I’m by the big orange thing sort of next to the pretzel vendor kinda” is pretty standard fare for communicating your whereabouts. A new Kickstarter project (via Ross Rubin on Twitter) aims to DISRUPT finding your pals in a busy place with a significant advancement in smartphone technology – colored flashing lights. Read more…

2. Truecaller Extends Live Caller ID To Its iOS App To Fight Spam And Scam Calls

Truecaller, the crowdsourced, reverse-lookup phone directory app, is expanding its service, and breaking some ground in the process. Today the company is adding its Live Caller ID feature to its iOS app — which will let iPhone users identify spammy numbers, as well as callers that are engaged in one-ring scams. Read more…

3. After Cyberbullying Scandal, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million

Anonymous social networking apps are having a moment. Following the notable funding rounds for apps like Secret ($8.6 million) and Whisper ($21 million!), newcomer Yik Yak is today announcing a small amount of outside investment, too. In its case, the company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its “hyper-local” chatting app, which controversially grew popular with school kids, leading to several bannings due to cyberbullying, drawing national headlines. Read more…

China

1. China: Shanghai OnStar upgrades voice and Mobile App

Shanghai OnStar introduced an upgraded voice recognition system, a new-generation mobile app and an enhanced security service at Auto China 2014 in Beijing.

The upgraded voice recognition system includes the new Traffic on Demand service, which makes it easier for subscribers to obtain real-time traffic information. Read more…

2. 200 million Chinese people use Tencent’s QQ… at the same time

Last Friday, Tencent’s 15-year-old QQ messenger and social network might have hit it’s final major milestone – 200 million people used the service simultaneously. That’s more than the entire population of Brazil all concurrently using a single application. While Tencent’s mobile messaging app WeChat is renowned for having 355 million monthly active users, that number is still dwarfed by its desktop-first predecessor. In it’s latest quarterly report, Tencent reported 808 million monthly active users on QQ and a peak of 180 million simultaneous users. Read more…

3. Linked to prostitution, China’s favorite flirty chat app slammed by state media

This week, China is undertaking an online porn crackdown that state media says is needed in order to “create a healthy cyberspace.” Run by the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications, the clean-up campaign is going through mobile app stores, video streaming sites, ebooks, public photos, and online ads to check for illicit and inappropriate material in otherwise innocuous places. The public is being asked to report such content. Where racy material is found, the web administrators must tidy up their site. Where outright porn is found, the offending websites will be shut down. As all this goes on, only one particular app in China has been singled out by name for criticism – Momo. Read more…

New in to Top 100 in Business

UK

1. Netflix hikes subscription price to £7 per month

Streaming service Netflix has today announcedthat it will raise subscription prices, first for new customers and later for all subscribers. Existing customers, it says, will not feel the effects of the price hikes for 1-2 years, but new subscribers in the next quarter will see a £1 increase immediately, bringing the monthly cost up to £7 per month in the UK. Read more…

2. Major media publisher admits it is ‘afraid of Google’

The chief executive of Axel Springer, one of Europe’s largest media publishers, has said that his company is afraid of the power that Google has accumulated, and worries that the search giant is becoming a “superstate” immune from regulation.

Mathias Döpfner published an open letter to Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in which he points out that Google is not only the largest search engine in the world, but the largest video platform, the largest browser and the most used email service and mobile operating system. The open letter was published as a response to a guest column written by Schmidt in the same newspaper. Read more…

3. Amazon buys digital comic distributor ComiXology

Amazon has furthered its plans for world domination — at least of people’s entertainment choices — by acquiring digital comics distributor ComiXology.

The news was announced on ComiXology’s tumblr, with David Steinberger, the co-founder and CEO of ComiXology later writing, “ComiXology will retain its identity as an Amazon subsidiary” and that Amazon “shares our desire for innovation and a relentless focus on customers”. Read more…

US

1. Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion

Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world’s biggest music labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, the company’s top executive said on Tuesday.

The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6 billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer. Read more…

2. AT&T partners with Chernin Group in online video venture

AT&T Inc said Tuesday it would partner with The Chernin Group media holding company to invest $500 million in a joint venture for web-based video services, making it the latest company aiming to tap the growing consumer demand for online video.

The move follows announcements by Verizon Communications, Disney and Dish Network Corp which have plans to roll out video products outside a traditional TV subscription. Besides the $500 million investment, other financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read more…

 

3. Greenlight Capital down 1.5 percent in first-quarter, warns of second ‘tech bubble’

David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital Inc closed the firm’s money-losing short position in Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, the $10 billion hedge fund said in a letter to clients on Tuesday, and the firm has started shorting a group of momentum stocks that he did not identify.

“There is a clear consensus that we are witnessing our second tech bubble in 15 years,” Greenlight said. “In our view, the current bubble is an echo of the previous tech bubble, but with fewer larger capitalization stocks and much less public enthusiasm.” Read more…

China

1. Apple’s Chinese rival Xiaomi goes global with mi.com

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is preparing to take on the world, and as part of its plan has introduced a more globally appealing and simplified domain name for its website, mi.com. The change of domain was tweeted by ex-Android VP Hugo Barra, who now has responsibility for taking the manufacturer’s international rollout. Read more…

2. China’s Huawei says investment in information technology to rise 14 percent in 2014

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s No.2 telecoms equipment maker, expects investment in information technology to rise 14 percent in 2014, a senior executive said on Wednesday. Read more…

3. Bland Theft Auto: China censorship weighs on games consoles

China has fully lifted a 14-year ban on selling video game consoles, but foreign console makers hoping to make a killing in a potentially huge new market will first have to find a way around the country’s onerous censorship rules.

The likes of Microsoft Corp, Sony Corp and Nintendo Co will henceforth be able to manufacture and sell consoles in China through “foreign-invested enterprises” in Shanghai’s free trade zone, Shanghai’s government said on its website on Monday. Read more…

New in to Top 100 in Lifestyle

UK

1. Lottery winners top up Scottish independence coffers with 3 million pound donation

A Scottish couple who won the lottery have donated at least 3 million pounds ($5 million) of their winnings to the campaign for an independent Scotland, making them Britain’s biggest political donors, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Colin Weir, a former cameraman, and his wife Chris, a former nurse, are from a seaside resort near the Scottish city of Glasgow and won 161,653,000 pounds ($271.72 million) in the Euromillions draw in 2011. Read more…

2. British author Warren Ellis takes over comic series

Noted British author (and previous Wired columnist) Warren Ellis is set to take over Dynamite Comics’ Project Superpowersline of comics.

The line debuted in 2008, originally spearheaded by comics painter Alex Ross and writer Jim Krueger. The titles focussed on public domain characters such as the Black Terror and the original Daredevil (unrelated to Marvel Comics’ character of the same name), all of whom first appeared during comics’ “golden age” — marked roughly as the period from Superman’s first appearance in 1938 to the early 1950s.  Read more…

3. Urban legends brought to life in ‘Playable City’ initiative

The whisperings of a woman bricked in by her family 150 years ago, a bus stop that delivers uplifting one-liners and a pair of hands that like to play music when touched. These are three of the projects that have come out of the Recife: The Playable City Programme, a cross-continent collaboration between UK and Brazilian digital artists. Read more…

US

1. California bill to curb medical marijuana passes key hurdle

A measure to regulate California’s chaotic medical marijuana industry passed a key legislative hurdle on Tuesday, in a move that could lay the groundwork to tax and control recreational use of the drug if it ultimately becomes legal.

U.S. states are increasingly moving to remove curbs on marijuana following landmark voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational purposes. Many more states allow medicinal pot. Read more…

2. Georgia joins other U.S. states facing gay marriage lawsuits

A federal lawsuit was filed in Atlanta on Tuesday, challenging the constitutionality of a Georgia law banning same sex marriage, the first such case in the southern U.S. state.

Until the suit was filed, Georgia was one of only a handful of states in the country which had not yet faced a legal challenge to its same-sex marriage ban.

Georgia’s law denies same-sex couples “equal dignity and respect and deprive their families of a critical safety net,” said the suit, which seeks class-action status. Read more…

3. Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of hot dogs due to undeclared allergen

Kraft Foods Group Inc is recalling about 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the packages may instead contain Classic Cheese Dogs made with milk, a known allergen. Read more…

China

4. World’s fastest lift will travel 95 floors in 43 seconds

Hitachi’s new ultra-high-speed lift will travel 440 metres between the first and the 95th floor of the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre in China in a mere 43 seconds. Moving at 72km per hour (or 1,200 metres per minute), the elevator will be the world’s fastest. It was announced today by the Japanese company as part of the design for the mixed-use Chinese skyscraper, which is due to open in 2016. Read more…

5. China’s seizure of Japanese ship has pre-World War Two roots

It all began with a pre-World War Two contract between China’s then “ship king” and a Japanese company to lease two Chinese freighters.

When the one-year lease was up in 1937, the ships were nowhere to be found. That year also marked the start of a full-scale war between China and Japan.

And so began a protracted legal case which came to a head last weekend, when a Chinese court ordered the seizure of an iron ore carrier owned by the successor to the original Japanese company in compensation for the loss of the two Chinese vessels. Read more…

6. Internet Freedom Crackdown: China Jails Blogger, Shuts Down Sites

China is stepping up its long-running crackdown on Internet freedom this week, launching a new campaign to purge the web of porn while jailing a blogger for spreading “rumors” online.

Qin Zhihui, a blogger with a large following, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in jail for posting inaccurate reports on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, according to newsreports. He is the first Chinese netizen to be sent to jail under an anti-rumors law enacted last year. Read more…