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Top Apps in US, UK and China March

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

Top Apps in US, UK and China March

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Camera Plus- Now introducing ‘AirSnap’ – Capture everything. Remotely.
  • Camera Plus makes capturing and sharing an absolute pleasure. It brings a lush and intuitive interface and melds it with slick features to enhance and share your memories.
  • Loopy HD- Create music with Loopy HD by layering looped recordings of singing, beatboxing, or playing an instrument with a savvy, sophisticated, tactile new looper that totally reinvents the formula.
  • Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day-A star and constellation guide has never been more beautiful and easy to use. Just hold it to the sky to automatically find stars, constellations, planets, satellites and more. It’s stargazing fun for all ages and experience levels!
  • 7 Minute Workout Challenge By Fitness Guide Inc- The “7 Minute Workout” is a research-backed workout program that has become an international hit! Researchers have selected 12 exercises that are performed for 30 seconds with 10 second rest intervals. This high-intensity training with little rest results in higher daily metabolism and is the equivalent of working out for over an hour – for only slightly longer than 7 minutes.
  • Facetune-Facetune is a fun and powerful portrait photo editor.
  • 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.
  • My Talking Pet- Bring photos of your pet to life with My Talking Pet!
  • PicPlayPost- PicPlayPost™ is the first all in one Video and Photo editing tool that delivers you a full suite of customization options to build unbelievable video collages for Instagram and other social networks. But it just got better with iOS 7 because we added new features based on feedback from our incredible fans.

Top 10 Free (not games) – UK, US, and China

  • NCAA® March Madness® Live- Watch every game live with NCAA® March Madness® LIVE on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch: the only place to watch all the best rivalries, upsets, and buzzer beaters! Log in with your TV provider to enjoy unlimited access to live streaming video of all 67 games of the 2014 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. A temporary preview period is available for live game streaming before login is required.
  • Google Search- The best of Google in one app. Say “Ok Google” and find everything from nearby restaurants to the calories in cheesecake. Google also shows you the info you need before you ask, like updates on your favorite teams and traffic alerts.
  • Kik Messenger- 100 million people love Kik, the smartphone messenger with a built-in browser. And since your Kik username – not your phone number – is your Kik identity, you’re in complete control of who you talk to on Kik.
  • Pinterest- Pinterest is a tool to help you discover and plan things you want to do. When you find something that looks interesting, just Pin it! Pins are visual bookmarks that you organize and share the way you want.
  • 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).
  • Netflix- Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies on your phone. This Netflix mobile application delivers the best experience anywhere, anytime.
  • WhatsApp Messenger- WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for iPhone and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages.
  • 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.
  • RetailMeNot Coupons-Spend less and shop more at your favorite stores.
  • The RetailMeNot Coupons app makes it easy to save in store and online with thousands of coupons and deals to the places you love to shop.

New in Top 100 – UK, US and China

UK

1. Capitaine Train Releases Android App To Book Your Train Tickets On The Go

Train ticket booking startup Capitaine Trainjust released its Android app. If you used the iPhone app at some point, you won’t feel lost as the Android app is very similar in design and features. As a reminder, Capitaine Train wants to improve the cumbersome process of booking train tickets online and on your phone. Read more…

2. Povio, The Polite Photo App That Students Love, Joins YC’s Winter Batch

It sounds odd to be talking about another photo sharing app, but a young company has – incredibly – come up with an entirely new take on the concept. Povio, a young startup from Slovenia, gained early traction with its clever take on photos and will now join Y Combinator’s winter batch (for which is gets $20k, 3 months’ worth of mentoring and acceleration, in return for 7% equity).

Povio’s take (available for both iOS and Android) on photo sharing is, bizarrely, unique. We literally haven’t seen anything similar (yet). Read more…

3. Simple Spotlinks App Lets You Connect On Location, Share Links

We’ve all been there. You met someone at a conference who seems interesting, so you get out the business cards. Fast, not awkward, and socially OK. An alternative is you stand there and fire them an email there and then (common practise in the US). Other use LinkedIn apps (I don’t). If you are really ambitious you get out dedicated app built around location and try that. Usually they’ll need the same app, which massively reduces your chances of actually connecting to a small percentage. A new startup thinks it can make all this easier. Read more…

US

1. YC-Backed CareMessage Is On A Mission To Improve Health Literacy By Bringing Mobile Healthcare To The Underserved.

It’s no secret that the U.S. healthcare system is in desperate need of change, especially as costs have continued to rise, while the quality of care remains the same. While technology will play a critical role in reversing this trend, many assume that improving outcomes is simply a matter of putting smarter technology in the doctor’s office. However, the problem isn’t a scourge of careless doctors or shoddy diagnostic tools. Read more…

2. Rumr, Group Messaging With An Anonymous Twist, Launches On iOS And Android

Say hey to rumr, a new messaging app that’s vying to draw your attention away from all the other ways to say hey already in play. Read more…

3. Apple Adds Talk Radio And News To iTunes Radio Starting With NPR

Apple is teaming up with NPR to offer its first news content on its iTunes Radio streaming audio offering, Re/code reports. The new channel goes live today, offering 24 hours of live news and previously recorded programming including All Things Considered. Local affiliates will also start offering their own custom channels sometime in the coming weeks. Read more…

CHINA

1. Portal Will Come To Android Via Nvidia And Shield

Portal, the now-classic first-person puzzle game from Valve, will finally get an Android port thanks to Nvidia, the company announced today (via Verge). It’s going to be a full port spearheaded by Nvidia, optimized for the Shield Android-powered game console, and while there’s no timeline on its launch, it is “coming soon” so expect it in 2014 at least. Read more…

2. Google Now Comes To Chrome On The Desktop For Windows And Mac

Google has released its Google Now notification integration for its desktop Chrome browser, and the update will begin rolling out today and continue to percolate over the coming weeks. The new feature allows users to receive Google Now notifications on their desktop, synced the Now notifications on their phone. To enable them, users need only to be logged into Chrome on the desktop with the same account they’re using on iOS or Android for the automated digital assistant. Read more…

3. Google Launches Photowall iOS And Android Apps For Beaming Collaborative Galleries To Chromecast

Google has launched a new iOS and Android app with Chromecast-specific features calledPhotowall. The app, as detailed by 9to5Mac, lets users send photos from their device to their Chromecast-connected TV, and works with either one iPhone user or a group on the same network. There are also photo editing features that let you doodle and make notes on images displayed on the big screen. Finally, the app can generate a YouTube montage from your photo wall creation for easy sharing. Read more…

New in to Top 100 in Business – UK, US and China

UK

1. UK inflation hits new four-year low, wages still lag

British inflation fell to its lowest in more than four years in February, easing pressure on Britons’ living standards ahead of next year’s election and dipping further below the Bank of England’s 2 percent target. Prices have been rising faster than pay almost continually since the start of the financial crisis in early 2008, and the fall in living standards despite recent strong economic growth is a major line of attack by the opposition Labour Party. Read more…

2. Women struggling to crack glass ceiling in top companies – report

More women are sitting on the boards of Britain’s biggest companies but the glass ceiling is yet to crack, with most top jobs still held by men and companies needing to do more for gender balance, a report showed on Wednesday.

The latest of three British government reports on gender in boardrooms found women now hold a fifth, or 20.7 percent, of board positions in FTSE 100 companies, up from 17.3 percent in April 2013 and 12.5 percent in 2011, but short of a 2015 target. Read more…

3. UK may toughen executive pay rules if firms do not act – minister

The British government may introduce tougher rules on executive pay if companies and their investors fail to restore the link with performance, Business Secretary Vince Cable will say on Wednesday.

Last year Britain tightened rules on how companies decide directors’ pay, including requiring businesses to detail what was paid to each director and giving shareholders a vote on remuneration policy at least every three years. Read more…

US

1. Facebook to buy virtual reality goggles maker for $2 billion

Facebook Inc will acquire two-year-old Oculus VR Inc, a maker of virtual-reality glasses for gaming, for $2 billion, buying its way into the fast-growing wearable devices arena with its first-ever hardware deal.

The acquisition, which comes hot on the heels of its $19 billion deal for messaging service WhatsApp, marks a big bet byFacebook to anticipate the next shift in an evolving technology industry, at a time when consumers are increasingly abandoning their PCs for smartphones. Read more…

2. ‘Candy Crush’ maker King scores $7.1 billion valuation in IPO

Mobile game maker King Digital Entertainment Plc priced its initial public offering on Tuesday at the mid-point of its expected range, valuing the “Candy Crush Saga” maker at about $7.1 billion despite questions about whether it can replicate the success of its smartphone smash-hit.

The offering marks the largest United States IPO from a booming mobile gaming industry that has been keen to emerge from the shadow of Zynga Inc, the social gaming firm that lost half its value after a 2011 IPO that valued it just below King at $7 billion. Read more…

3. California lawsuit claims more GM vehicles faulty than in recall

A lawsuit against General Motors Co filed this week in San Francisco seeking class action status includes plaintiffs who own cars outside GM’s recall of 1.6 million vehicles.

The suit claims that a wider set of GM vehicles than the company has recalled have faulty ignition switches. Chevrolet Cobalt cars made as late as 2010 had poor placement of the ignition switch that made it easier for drivers to inadvertently bump keys into the “accessory” position which, the suit filed by a coalition of U.S. law firms claims, renders airbags useless in a crash. Read more…

CHINA

1. China official urges calm as depositors again queue outside rural banks

A Chinese county official appealed for calm among bank depositors in the eastern city of Yancheng on Wednesday as queues formed for a third straight day outside the branches of two small banks rumoured to be in financial trouble.

Police and security guards stood by as dozens of people formed a line outside a branch of Rural Commercial Bank of Huanghai, one of the two banks that have suffered a rush of withdrawals this week on the outskirts of the city. Read more…

2. Hyundai Motor eyes major expansion with fourth plant in China

Hyundai Motor plans to build its fourth plant in China for about 1 trillion won (560 million pounds) and start production in 2016, a source said, as the Korean automaker joins rivals in boosting capacity in the world’s biggest car market.

The plant would mark a major overseas expansion for the world’s fifth-biggest automaker, which has been cautious about adding manufacturing capacity in the past couple of years as it focuses on improving quality. Read more…

3. China Resources Enterprise leans on Tesco as profit slumps to nine-year low

China Resources Enterprise Ltd (CRE), the country’s No.2 supermarket chain, said it will expand in smaller cities and lean on its joint venture with Tesco Plc to turn around a business that posted its lowest profit in nine years.

Hypermarket operators in China including Hong Kong-listed CRE and market leader Sun Art Retail Group Ltd have been pressured by competition from a growing online foods market and a slower Chinese economy. Read more…

New in to Top 100 in Lifestyle – UK, US and China

UK

1. Rare stamp from murderer’s estate seen setting record

A rare One-Cent Magenta postage stamp printed in British Guiana in 1856 and most recently owned by the estate of a du Pont chemical company heir convicted of murder is expected to fetch a record price of $10-$20 million, Sotheby’s said on Monday.

The stamp is being sold by the estate of the late John du Pont, who died aged 72 in a Pennsylvania prison in 2010 where he was serving a sentence for the 1996 shooting of Olympic champion U.S. wrestler David Schultz. Read more…

2. World Chefs: Say Cheese pop-up plays with notions of English food

Ellen Parr’s photographer father Martin is famous for a 1995 book that showed British food for what it was – greasy, heavy, unhealthy and, more often than not, fried.

Now, at a pop-up restaurant in a community hall in east London, Ellen Parr and partner Alice Hodge are serving dishes that may resemble the food Parr’s father so graphically portrayed in “British Food”. But they are given a few twists to make them healthier, more international and trendier. Read more…

3. Watchmakers look to bespoke design to court the super-rich

As luxury watchmakers seek to keep increasing sales while preserving exclusivity, they are taking a leaf out of the haute couture book, making watches to order with anything from diamond stars to fully personalized shapes and decorations.

Big brands, such as Swatch Group’s Omega or Richemont’s Cartier, generate billions of dollars in sales, but as their timepieces grace ever more wrists, they lose their charm for some rich individualists. Read more…

US

1. Harry Potter artwork, Princess Diana’s dress up for auction

Two original “Harry Potter” book illustrations, Winston Churchill’s resignation letter, a dress worn by Princess Diana and documents signed by Adolf Hitler are just some of the eclectic items put on the block by auction house Nate D. Sanders. The sale features more than 600 lots and buyers can bid online until March 27. Read more…

2. Not carved in stone, views of U.S. statues change with the times

Wearing only a strategically carved cluster of leaves, the chiseled male figure towering over two female forms in the 1922 marble sculpture “The Triumph of Civic Virtue” now watches over a lonely cemetery in Brooklyn.

The same statue, once representing victory over vice and corruption, was a long-time fixture on a pedestal outside Queens Borough Hall. Two years ago, it was decried as sexist and offensive by an angry public and exiled to Greenwood Cemetery. Read more…

3. Oklahoma Girl Scout sets cookie sales record at over 18,000 boxes

A nearly 30-year-old record for Girl Scout cookie sales has been crumbled by Oklahoma City scout Katie Francis, who has so far sold 18,107 boxes by asking anyone who crossed her path to buy some of the sweets.

“There’s three ingredients to selling cookies: There’s lots of time, lots of commitment, and I have to ask everybody that I see,” the 11-year-old said in an interview with the NewsOK website posted on Monday. Read more…

CHINA

1. Michelle Obama Defends Internet Freedom in China Speech

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama defended the importance of free speech and Internet freedom in a talk in China on Saturday.

Obama spoke at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing, as part of a goodwill tour in the country. In what could be seen as a criticism of China’s tight grip on the Internet through its infamous “Great Firewall,” which censors western websites such as Facebook, Twitter and human-rights blogs, Obama underlined the value of freedom of expression online, Read more…

2. Daredevil Soars Over Great Wall of China in Parachuting Stunt

There has to be at least a few laws against this. In this action-packed video from Pittsburgh Paragliding, one daredevil straps on a parachute and throws himself off the Great Wall of China. The paragliding group claims to be the first to attempt this stunt. Read more…

3. China and Huawei Demand Explanations on NSA Spying

After new Edward Snowden documents revealed NSA operations against Huawei, the tech company and China want answers. Since at least 2007, the NSA has been conducting a sophisticated operation against Huawei, hacking into its servers, stealing its source code, and monitoring its employees’ emails, as first reported by The New York Times on Saturday. Read more…

Top Apps in US, UK and China March