Classifying best Android apps is not an easy thing to do, as it depends a lot on people’s preferences, but having a go at it is fun and would help us get feedback from our readers to see what kind of apps they like and which they don’t. As Spring is slowly settling in, some people might be struck with a temporary bad mood, as the shift from cold to warm may impact the way in which we transition. Spring is a time for celebration, and even though some live in areas that are warm year-round, the sentiment of the new season still leaves its mark. With this Spring-spirit in mind, our best Android apps for March will encompass the trends that usually take hold when the days get longer. And the allergies also take hold in Spring, as demonstrated by the beautiful illustration on top, courtesy of our favorite: The Oatmeal.
In Spring, people usually already start thinking about Summer. Girls and boys alike start thinking about renewing their bodies, regenerating from the damage Winter’s cold winds have done and honestly, getting a beach-bod. It might not be a main concern, but there are many people out there, including myself, who are starting to take up new sports routines in order to get rid of the flabs of Winter. Others will start re-evaluating their lifestyle and start seeing things in more positive light. Some feel that Spring has brought out the worst in them, getting riddled with anxiety and stress, as March is a busy month, when everybody starts getting out more. The best Android apps for this season are usually fitness apps, nutrition apps, relaxation apps and productivity apps, as the symbolism of Spring is a new beginning. As such, we might get a bit obsessed with changing our habits for the better.
Charlotte has also reviewed her lifestyle, and has decided to take up Yoga and fitness exercises, because sitting at a desk all Winter did not do her a bum a lot of good. As she’s seeing the new veggies and fruits getting cheaper in the market, and fresh food starting to gain terrain in supermarkets, she’s thinking about new recipes that she should try, which would help her avoid the flu-season easily. At the same time, she’s thinking about relaxation and improving her work, with which productivity and relaxation apps may help. She’s also trying to get her brain back into its normal thinking pace, as the colds of Winter have slowed it down a bit. But there’s also fun to be had, as Spring means more trips outside, and the anti-social girl in Charlotte is starting to vanish. Ramblings aside, let’s see which are the best Android apps for March. We will keep updating this post when we find new apps during the next few weeks that would help you transition from Winter to Spring in a relaxed, comfy, cozy, happy way.
1. Pocket Yoga
Yoga is a form of exercise that can be taken up by anyone, as it doesn’t require a level of fitness. It is the sport of relaxation, stretching and getting your body back into shape. It has great health benefits and helps your syche, too, which is why the Pocket Yoga apps is one of the best Android apps for March. If you are thinking of getting back into shape, relieving some stress, finding some balance in your life or plain relaxing a bit without procrastinating too much, Yoga is for you. Pocket Yoga is the best Android app for this purpose because it is very easy to use, it doesn’t take up a lot of memory and it comes with a magnificent soundtrack that offers relaxation and a soothing atmosphere. It has poses and exercises for beginners and more advanced practitioners and keeps things very simple. you get good quality image which inform you on the poses you will have to do and detailed descriptions of how you should do them and what benefits they have. Charlotte got this app for free from the Amazon AppStore as part of their pre-Valentine free bundle, but it will cost $3 in the Google Play Store right now. It’s also available in the Apple App Store.
Telegram launches a global self-custodial crypto wallet, excluding the US
Telegram, with 800 million monthly users, is launching a self-custodial crypto wallet. The move will solidify its presence in the vibrant crypto community that has grown from its chat platform and may attract more people to crypto.
Telegram and TON Foundation announced TON Space, a self-custodial wallet, on Wednesday at Singapore’s Token2049 crypto conference, which draws over 10,000 attendees.
Telegram has a complicated blockchain relationship. After the SEC sued Telegram over a massive initial coin offering, the chat app abandoned its Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain project in 2020. The Open Network Foundation (TON Foundation), founded by open-source developers and blockchain enthusiasts, supports the development of The Open Network (TON), the blockchain powering a growing number of Telegram applications, including the wallet.
The Open Platform (TOP) and TOP Labs, a venture-building division, created the TON-based wallet.
TON Space will be available to Telegram users worldwide without wallet registration in November. The U.S., which has cracked down on the crypto industry and promoted many crypto apps to geofence users, is currently excluded from the feature.
Google’s massive antitrust trial begins, with bigger implications
The Justice Department’s landmark antitrust case against Google began in court today, setting off a months-long trial that could upend the tech world.
At issue is Google’s search business. The Justice Department claims that Google has violated antitrust laws to maintain its search title, but the company claims that it does so by providing a superior product.
The Justice Department sued Google for civil antitrust in late 2020 after a year-long investigation.
“If the government does not enforce the antitrust laws to enable competition, we will lose the next wave of innovation,” said then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. “If that happens, Americans may never see the ‘next Google.’”
A large coalition of state attorneys general filed their own parallel suit against Google, but Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the states did not meet the bar to go to trial with their search ranking complaints.
The search business case against Google is separate from a federal antitrust lawsuit filed earlier this year. The Justice Department claims Google used “anticompetitive, exclusionary, and unlawful means” to neutralize threats to its digital advertising empire in that lawsuit.
Justice Department attorney Kenneth Dintzer set the stakes for the first major tech antitrust trial since Microsoft’s late 1990s reckoning on Tuesday. “This case is about the future of the internet, and whether Google’s search engine will ever face meaningful competition,” Dintzer said.
Beginning the trial, the government focused on Google’s deals with phone makers, most notably Apple, that give its search product top billing on new devices. Dintzer claimed that Google maintains and grows its search engine dominance by paying $10 billion annually for those arrangements.
“This feedback loop, this wheel, has been turning for more than 12 years,” he said. “And it always benefits Google.”
Google lawyer John Schmidtlein refuted that claim, hinting at the company’s legal defense in the coming weeks.
“Users today have more search options and more ways to access information online than ever before,” Schmidtlein said. Google will argue that it competes with Amazon, Expedia, and DoorDash, as well as Microsoft’s Bing search engine.
Google planted the seeds for this defense. According to internal research, Google Senior Vice President Prabhakar Raghavan said last year that more young people are using TikTok to search for information than Google Search.
In our studies, almost 40% of young people don’t use Google Maps or Search to find lunch, Raghavan said. “They use TikTok or Instagram.”
Google will be decided by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in the coming months. We’re far from that decision, but the company could be fined heavily or ordered to sell parts of its business.
The trial could change Google’s digital empire if the Justice Department wins. Other tech companies that dominated online markets in the last decade are also watching. If the government fails to hold an iconic Silicon Valley giant accountable, big tech will likely continue its aggressive growth trajectory.
If the Justice Department succeeds, the next decade could be different. The industry-wide reckoning could cripple incumbents and allow upstarts to define the next era of the internet, wresting the future from tech titans.
India warns of Android malware threats
India has warned its residents of an advanced Android malware that can access sensitive data and give hackers control over affected devices.
Indian Defence Ministry’s Controller General of Defence Accounts issued an advice on DogeRAT, a Remote Access Trojan discovered by cybersecurity company CloudSEK. The letter added the malware, which targets Android users in India, is spread via social networking and messaging platforms like ChatGPT, Opera Mini, and “premium versions” of YouTube, Netflix, and Instagram.
“Once installed on a victim’s device, the malware gains unauthorized access to sensitive data including contacts, messages and banking credentials,” the August 24 advisory stated.
The statement added the malware can hijack affected devices and send spam, make illicit payments, change files, take images and keystrokes, track the user’s location, and record audio.
The advisory notes that fraudsters recently utilized Telegram to spread fraudulent versions of ChatGPT, Instagram, Opera Mini, and YouTube. The threat’s origin is unknown.
The Defense Ministry advises its agencies and officials to avoid downloading apps from unknown third-party platforms and clicking on links from unknown senders. Install an antivirus program and update handsets with the newest software and security updates.
In late May, CloudSEK blogged that Java-based open-source Android spyware targeted banking and entertainment users. The startup also emphasized that while much of the marketing initially targeted Indian people, it is designed to be worldwide.
CloudSEK researchers said DogeRAT’s author demonstrated on GitHub that a Telegram bot and an open-source NodeJS app hosting platform could begin the malware campaign.
Local news outlet Moneycontrol reported the advisory’s emergency.
Cybersecurity breaches have increased in India, the world’s second-largest internet market after China, due to digitization. The Indian IT ministry recorded 192,439 government department cybersecurity incidents in 2022, up 171% from 70,798 in 2018.
Last year, a major cybersecurity breach hit India’s largest public medical facility, AIIMS in New Delhi. The administration told lawmakers in December that the ransomware attack affected five servers with 1.3 gigabytes of data.
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